Celebrating the Life-Changing Work of Guide Dogs for the Blind #GuideDogMonth @NaturalBalance

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As regular readers probably know, Daisy is a brand ambassador for Natural Balance Pet Foods and they are a big sponsor of our blog. We’re super excited to partner with Natural Balance to help raise awareness and support during National Guide Dog Month.

Guide Dog Month was inspired by Natural Balance co-founder, Dick Van Patten, who was impressed by the intelligence and training of guide dogs. During a visit to a local guide dog school, he was blindfolded and experienced how guide dogs provide mobility and assistance to visually impaired and blind people. After learning about the costs, dedication and commitment to raise and train a guide dog, he was inspired to help raise awareness and support the cause.

I’ve known from early on that Daisy and I have a close bond, but we are truly inspired by the amazing bond between people who are blind and their guide dogs. In addition to providing enhanced mobility for their handlers, guide dogs can also be a social bridge, opening a world of possibilities for friendship and human connection.

Meet Michelle and Oscar. They are just one of the many human-canine teams with inspiring and life-changing stories!

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Born with glaucoma, Michelle spent a big part of her young life unable to navigate the world around her. Later, when Michelle became more mobile, it came with its fair share of bumps and bruises. Lacking depth perception, she lived in a constant state of discomfort and found it increasingly difficult to get around.

Around the same time that she started her undergraduate degree in psychology, Michelle made the split second decision to apply for Guide Dogs for the Blind program, and she has never looked back. From the get go, Michelle knew that the program had done a marvelous job in matching her with her beautiful golden guide dog Oscar—they immediately fell into step with each other, and within two months knew they had a lifelong partnership.

Even more surprising was the sheer number of people who approached Michelle on the first day of the new semester. The questions on everyone’s lips were: “Who is your furry friend?”, “Where can I get one?”, and of course “Can I pet him?” With this positive attention, the pair was able to walk with confidence everyday—whether it be on a small grocery shopping trip or a longer trip to visit Michelle’s sister in Los Angeles. Together, the two tackle intense psychology and jiu jitsu classes, but always leave room for playtime. Michelle and Oscar are primed to tackle deadlines and take the mental health field by storm.

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Natural Balance is partnering with Guide Dogs for the Blind to help support the work they do. Since 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind has empowered lives by creating exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities. They’ve got the largest Guide Dog school in the country and are dedicated to providing high quality student training services with extensive follow-up support for graduates.

  • Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.
  • More than 14,000 teams have graduated since their founding.
  • Approximately 2,200 active guide dog teams are currently in the field.

YOU can help support the life-changing mission of Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2 easy steps:

  1. Help raise awareness by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter and/or Pinterest
  2. Donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind

Meet other amazing human-canine teams and read their stories at: http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/GuideDogs.

How To Raise Money For Your Favorite Cause, Passion or Pet Project

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Check out this cool new site that lets you set up a fundraising page and sell t-shirts to support your favorite cause, project or organization. It’s called Booster, and it’s super cool. It’s also fast & easy to set up AND free to run!

Booster empowers you, a group or your non-profit to make a difference with t-shirts. Design a shirt to fit your cause and put it up for sale on a personalized Booster Page. Then spread the word to family and friends to make the biggest impact. They’ve even got great design templates you can use if you don’t have a logo or graphic of your own. Or you can upload your own artwork…it’s up to you!

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You raise the funds and tell Booster where to send the money. It can go to you or straight to your cause or organization. They print and ship the t-shirts for you. Visit Booster.com to get started with your own idea or project.

From schools to small businesses, animal rescue groups to pet projects, there’s no limit to your fundraising potential. Raise Money. Create Awareness. Have Fun. Questions? Check out the FAQs.

Get a Boston Stands As One Tribute T-Shirt and Support The One Fund!

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To support those who were affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy, Adidas has created the Boston Stands as One tribute tee. 100% of all profits from the Boston Tribute Tee will be donated to The One Fund Boston.

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Show your support and help raise funds by purchasing a men’s or women’s Boston One shirt available at adidas.com for only $26.50 with Free Shipping included!

Switch Off Your Lights for Earth Hour 2013 Tonight!

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It’s time for Earth Hour 2013! Switch off your lights for 60 minutes on Saturday March 23rd at 8:30pm local time and show your commitment to protecting animals and the planet.

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EARTH HOUR FAQS

1. What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet. Towards the end of March every year, Earth Hour brings together communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour.

2. When does Earth Hour take place?

Earth Hour 2013 will be held on Saturday 23 March between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone.

3. What does Earth Hour aim to achieve?

Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.

Go Dark for one hour tonight and help show your support for our planet! Learn more and get tools to help spread the word at EarthHour.org. Connect with other supporters on the Earth Hour Facebook Page to view photos of cities going dark all around the world!

Join America’s Pet Debate: Are You Team Cat or Team Dog? #VoteDog #VoteCat

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Vote dog or cat in America's pet debate and support veterans

It’s election season and all across the USA, one debate is really heating up: Is America a Cat Country or a Dog Country?

YOU can help decide! Cast your vote, campaign for your candidate and follow the results at America’s Pet Debate.  The controversy will be settled on November 9, 2012, when the votes are tallied and the winner – cat or dog – is announced!!! CATS are ahead 54% to 46% over DOGS…so get going and support your team!

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Be sure to VOTE DAILY in America’s Pet Debate, and tell your friends to do the same! For every vote Purina will donate $1, up to $100,000, to Pet Partners’ Veteran Programs to help provide America’s military heroes with animal-assisted therapy.

Pet Partners’ veteran programs support America’s veterans, connecting them to dogs and cats so they can experience the real mental, physical and emotional benefits they can provide. The donation Purina will make on behalf of voters in America’s Pet Debate will help fund visits to veterans from therapy animal teams.

Go to AmericasPetDebate.com for more info and to cast your vote!