Sending Love To Those In Need

I am so excited about this upcoming Valentine’s Day! Not because of the main stream hype society has created around the holiday as they usually do for profit, but because it gave me a reason to give back! Taylor & I don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day like everyone else with an expensive dinner, gifts, and the usual. We firmly believe the spirit of Valentine’s Day is everyday if you’re with the person you love.  However, I still love the fun, sweet, and often quirky Valentine’s Day cards that get passed out! You all remember those days – in grade school when you had your big Valentine’s Day party and everyone passed out the cards they had picked out! OR if you were really lucky you got ones that were hand made, those were the best! Something about those small cards seemed to always put a smile on everyone’s face!

I wanted to do something to put a smile on someone’s face – the old fashion, young way!  I started thinking…

I started thinking about Mulligan who was snuggled up on my lap and is always an inspiration of mine.  He LOVES kids.  He will give them free hugs, kisses, and snuggles all day long, which went perfect with my card idea because that’s who they bring the most joy to, kids!

So I started thinking which kids need a little joy the most? That was easy, I quickly thought about all of the kids currently located at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock (my home town) and St. Jude in Memphis (not too far away). I cannot think of children more deserving of a smile than the children who are currently fighting for their lives in these hospitals.

For those of you not familiar with Children’s Hospital, it is a pediatric hospital & a level one trauma center located in Little Rock, Arkansas. It is the sixth largest in the United States and treats children from birth to early twenties for any and everything! It’s THE BEST!

St. Jude is a Children’s hospital located in Memphis, Tennessee treating kids with life-threatening diseases and fighting cancer.  The research and work they do there is incredible.

One of the many great things about Mulligan is he gives me the opportunity to do fun things like this – the chance to touch others lives in different ways! My idea came to me!  I didn’t want to be the person who picked random cards off the shelf, nor would I be able to hand make hundreds of cards, so I decided to do best of both worlds! I would use some of my favorite pictures of Mulligan & turn them into custom Valentine’s Day cards for kids! Kids love dogs, right?! I quickly started picking out some of my favorite pictures and thinking of fun quirky sayings that were both appropriate for children and cute for the holiday! This was no easy challenge! I wanted pictures that showed off Mulligan’s personality and made the kids smile.  That was the easy part! The hard part was thinking of different things to say.  I gave it my best haha! The different women I spoke with at the hospitals to make sure it was ok probably saw my crazy dog side the second I started to explain.  “Uh, hi, I’m a dog blogger and I was wondering if maybe it was ok for me to send the kids Valentine’s cards with my dog’s face on it and quotes”. They were super sweet and told me that would be just fine and the guidelines to follow.  So I started – this is what I came up with …If I were a leaf...

This was card one!  I loved this picture because I thought his goofy facial expression might put a smile on someone’s face – after all that was my entire goal!  With the leaves on his head, I felt the saying was short, sweet, and understandable for different ages! Plus who doesn’t love a cheesy pick up line? Card 1 complete!

Baseball Vday Card

When I started planning my second card, I wanted it to be one that was targeted more toward the boys! Something sporty! So I picked Mulligan’s picture from his World Series Post! I felt this picture both targeted boys and at the same time young girls who weren’t as girly girl!  I’m not sure the hospital will take the time to consider these things, but just in case I wanted them to have the option!

Twoof you vday cardime for card three.  This one was easy and simple! I found a close up of this big juicy smile & stamped an “I Woof You” to the card! Simple. Cute. To the point!  I was hoping this one would remind some of the kids with dogs at home of the pure joy their life brings to their pets! A simple way of trying to bringing a dog’s love into the hospital! After all, dog is man’s best friend! Maybe if I’m lucky, one of the kids will talk their parents into adopting a shelter dog when they get to go home!

blow tie Vday Card

My mom wanted me to do a card that showed off his “Ladies’ Man” personality to try to charm some of the beautiful, brave, & powerful girls inside the hospital. I give all the credit of this card to Mama Souls! I sure hope there is a little girl who loves dogs as much as I do that will smile at this one!

lips vday cardFinally I ended with this picture! This card again was short and simple but the big red lips fit the holiday perfectly! Pucker up!

I realize this isn’t much when you consider what all these kids are going through.  I believe that it’s the little things in life that count though, and I hope that as these cards are passed out this Valentine’s Day to the children that just one of them gets a smile on their face! If just one of those kids smiles it was all worth it! They may not be sitting in a class room passing out cards with their fellow classmates and friends but I hope that they know how much they are loved and all of those who are thinking about them.  Wishing each & everyone of them a blessed and happy Valentine’s Day filled with love and giggles! After all, in this world children are one of the rare forms of magic we have – Children, love, and pets, of course!!

The One With The Dog Fight

This is about the time I was mauled by a man eating beast disguised as a cute fluffy dog.  Ok.. so I didn’t get “mauled” but this dog did latch on to me like a chicken leg.  To put things into perspective for you, had I been a male I would have been neutered right then and there that day. This fluffy bundle of a man eating machine had been an instigator since we arrived at the dog park; biting (not playfully) several dogs, stirring other dogs up, the usual annoying “where’s the owner” type situation.  Mulligan has never, NEVER, been in a dog fight.  Never even kinda been in a dog fight. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, or so I thought.

Mulligan is very particular about his portable water bowl.  Why? Im not entirely sure.  Maybe it’s because he’s a shelter dog who still has a little fear of someone taking his stuff.  Maybe it’s because he’s a spoiled only child.  Maybe it’s because his gramps bought him the bowl on his first trip to War Eagle where he swam for the first time (at least since adopted).  Who knows. None the less he does not play games with his portable water bowl.  If he is drinking from it he doesn’t want any other dogs near his face.  I have seen him snarl his nose and growl should another dog try to push his way into the bowl, but never anything more.  He’s all bark – no bite.

There I am sitting down on the ground (yes I realize its a dog park & I am most definitely sitting on dog piss, if you have ever sat on grass you have most likely sat on dog piss too so…) sharing ear scratches and water with all the dogs when Mulligan came up for water.  I held his water bowl for him so he could get a quick drink and get back to chasing the ladies.  Then I spot the instigator, who proceeded to try to get Mulligan’s private water bowl.  Like always Mulligan snarls his nose at this dog (all bark no bite I swear) and thats when that evil dog bit mulligan on the side of his face. Mulligan did nothing back but you better believe I jumped up as fast as I could and stood between that dog and Mulligan.  Thats when he got me – right in the thigh.  Mulligan got a look on his face like I have never seen and choke slammed this dog off my leg like Hulk Hogan in his prime.  There was a legit WWF smack down going on  & as I pulled mulligan off this dog that dog WAS STILL BITING!!

Wondering where the owner is? Yeah, we were too.  She finally came up when it was all over and said “sorry, he likes to instigate”… thanks for stating the obvious. Mulligan was no longer interested in playing and sat and guarded me for the next five minutes so we decided to just go home.  Plus I was pretty sure my leg was bleeding. Hope that dog was up to date on his shots!

This is the day Mulligan had his first dog fight and I got mauled by a man eating machine disguised as an adorable dog! Watch your thighs at the dog park everyone – they can be mistaken as chicken legs.  It was at this moment I realized I needed to start doing squats! The tighter my thighs are the less the next dog will have to bite ahold of.  Workout E-Book has since been purchased along with workout supplies… So I guess some good did come from this event! It was just the motivation I needed to get into shape for the summer!

 Far Left: How It looked when I stripped down in the car to check it out.

Middle: Few hours later.

Far Right: Before I went to bed that night!