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!!

Welcome Home!

When Monday finally rolled around I couldn’t wait to go pick up my new fur baby! I had signed a sheet at the shelter requesting to be called before his surgery so that I could have a time frame of when to go get him – they never called.  As it started to get later in the day I called them to find out they had already done the surgery and he was ready to be picked up, thanks for calling to let me know? Not. Thats when I found out about some of the health issues we would be dealing with.  The lady started the conversation off with “Wow this baby has a serious ear infection & several other things we should go over.”  This scared me, not so much because of the cost because I would sell my left kidney for this dude, but because the lady had immediately over whelmed me.  I started wondering if I could REALLY trust a place that didn’t check the paper work and see my call request before touching him?  I needed someone, someone who looked hard core, to take with me to pick him up just in case I was getting scammed.  I felt they could hear my emotional concern and saw dollar signs, and Taylor (Mulligan’s dad) is way to nice to stick it to these people. So I called someone who was bald, the physical definition of a bad ass – my dad. Plus I knew I could trust him and he knows everything.  When we arrived at the vet the list of things they claimed I needed were a page long, single spaced.  However, the list included some outrageous things I wasn’t sure I needed at all & my dad confirmed my suspicions. I paid for medication for his ear infections as well as some other things I felt were needed right away and left planning on finding another vet immediately.

To prove my point: when I found an amazing new vet for Mulligan they called to get his paperwork sent over so that they could see what had been done.  THE PLACE CLAIMED THEY HAD NO RECORD OF US EVER BEING THERE!!!!! Good thing I kept the receipt, the paper work AND HIS SHOT TAGS. Yep, they were just as freakin’ awesome as I thought they were. Pathetic.

Mulligan refused to get into the car when we left the vet that day to go home – can you blame him? His last two car trips ended at the pound and getting his balls chopped off.  His concern was understandable, so we had the vet’s assistance lift him into the car with me and off we went.  At home we had all new dog toys, bowls, treats, bones and any and everything else waiting for him! I was so excited for him and our new life together.  He hopped out of the car and right inside the house where we let his curiosity take over.  He didn’t do much exploring before he laid down in what seemed to be a mixed emotion of being scared, in pain, and happy all into one.  It was probably the drugs talking!The Power of Adoption!

Taylor & I spent all night comforting him – I slept downstairs right beside him to make sure he was ok and not having any difficulties from the surgery or being in a new home.  I was up every hour that night between trying to get him to fall back to sleep, after waking up scared or in pain, and trying to pull off the endless amount of ticks that were on him.  I DO NOT TOUCH BUGS. This was true love and those ticks were of all sizes (some still kicking’).

A sleepless night was well worth it to see this face in the morning. He was so excited the next day to not wake up at the shelter!  The difference between his expressions at the shelter and less than 24 hours home shows the true power of adoption!  THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD ADOPT! There is nothing in this world like a second chance, we all deserve them.

Don’t worry I loved him to death and we enjoyed a lovely breakfast & bone together before I spend the rest of the morning pulling off more ticks and trying to brush off all the dead flea’s with a fine tooth comb.  A friend and I literally laid on the ground with him and tried as hard as we could to get the bugs off – it was mission impossible.  I called his new vet and was recommended a groomer who said they could get him in right away and take care of the issue without messing up his stitches.  Im telling you this was an emergency, to say he was covered in dead fleas and ticks would be an understatement.

Skinny MiniHe came back from the groomers (who bragged on him saying he was the nicest dog ever!) with no more fleas & ticks! I was thrilled for him! This is when I noticed the sores he had on his skin… I assume from being infested with bugs, scratching, etc.  I treated the sores on his skin and even pulled bugs out of them. BLESS HIS HEART is all I can really say about that situation and the next few days that followed of me treating the spots & his ears.  Not only that, but shaving him made us realize how underweight he really was, exposing his spine and ribs that were showing.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, I got weird looks in public for a while & spent lots of time explaining that he was a new rescue – I wasn’t starving him!  For the weird stares and questions I got about his ears missing all I could say was the obvious, someone cut them off and who the hell knows why? I would like to cut their ears off.  It didn’t take long at all for Mulligan to trust me enough to doctor him up; skin, ears, weight and all.  He was happy to have the attention and I was happy to have him!