Give A Dog A Home

It's been much too long since I've posted. Why? Probably because there's too much to tell, and I feel overwhelmed when I sit down to write a post! But they're all good things--I'm just really busy with filling wholesale orders for my business, helping at the shelter, and family stuff.

At the shelter, I'm working with the dogs and helping them with graphic design projects. I designed their logo, newsletter, and most of their publications and marketing materials. For this, they have put me on a small monthly retainer, which is so nice of them. I keep telling them I'd do it for free anyway, but the retainer makes them feel better about asking me for things. I really enjoy the graphic design projects--but my first love is still the dogs.

Reese was a young German shepherd who had been abandoned by his owner. The animal control officers found him living in filthy conditions, covered with more fleas than they'd ever seen on one animal. Reese's tail had been run over months ago, but his owner had not done anything about it, so it was festering and infected. Our shelter had him on the operating table within 10 minutes of his arrival. Poor Reese lost his tail, his boy parts, and his fleas, all at the same time. But now, this beautiful dog lives on a 30-acre ranch with horses and a human who is a horse and dog trainer. I adored this dog, went to the shelter to work with him every chance I got, then cried happy tears when I heard he'd been adopted.

This is 2-year old Liz, with her adorable perpetually windblown ears. She spent 6 months at a shelter to the south of us, and then 6 months at a shelter to the north of us. Both shelters wanted to put her down, not because she had any issues but because she's a pitbull and time was running out. Our shelter brought her here, where we will find her a home, come heck or high water. Our shelter has a success rate of 93.75%, which is so awesome.

Notice the adoption jacket both dogs are wearing? My younger daughter is taking a class in entrepreneurship at her high school, which requires that she start a small business. With my help, she is making and selling these adoption jackets. We opened her Etsy shop two weeks ago, and she has already sold 8 jackets! A portion of all sales will go to our animal shelter. Click here to go to Give A Dog A Home on Etsy. Enter coupon code--oursforayear--to get free shipping!

Kari in Vegas  – (November 20, 2012 at 7:48 AM)  

Love Liz :)

Stop on by for a visit

Briana  – (November 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM)  

Liz is so cute--those ears remind me of Piglet from Winnie-the-Pooh!

Casey  – (November 20, 2012 at 8:00 AM)  

Hooray for new homes!! Poor Reese's tail sounds like it was just miserable, but boy does he have a dog's life now!

Those jackets are totally pawsome. LBR dogs wear "Adopt Me" bandanas, but those jackets are a lot more visible.

Emily and the Labradors  – (November 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM)  

Love the jackets! I have been fostering for a lab rescue for the last few months (to fill the void of my mostly puppy-less life now) and kept thinking about making something like this... but these are much nicer than I would have made myself I am sure and I love to support a young entrepreneur! Headed over to order one now...

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