Favoritest Things Friday: Contest for a Cause

Happy Friday everybuddy!

Ohmidogness! I’ve had so much fun getting to say hi to all my old friends and meeting new ones through GABE! If you haven’t yet, be sure to visit my post about it and leave a comment for a chance to win totally FREE and amazing prizes!

Okay, so’s it’s Favoritest Things Friday. As you all know, I’m a rescue dog and one of my Favoritest Things in the whole wide world is helping places that do stuff to help save doggies and kittehs like me. And what I’m gonna tell you about is one of those places.

A few weeks ago, I gots a message from my bloggie friend Shady and her mom. Now, Shady’s mom has this nifty business called This Good, That Bad. And what she does is she helps raise green papers for animal charities through the sale of her stuffs.

Shady and her mom decided they wanted to do something that would make peoples think about how great it is to adopt a pet. So they put their heads together and came up with a super amazing idea for a contest. They’re calling it the This Good That Bad Writing Challenge.

Oh! This is the part where I come in. They asked little ol’ ME (um, oh yeah, and my mom) to help with the judging! I was very much honored to be asked to assist with such a very important task. I hope I do a good job cuz I tend to be pretty non-judgmental. But I’m gonna try really, really, really hard.

Me trying to looks judgmental. Did it work?

Anyway, here’s what you have to do. It’s super-duper easy, I promise:

1. Go become a fan of Shady’s Facebook page by clicking here. I know some of you may not have Facebook pages but it’s crazy-simple to join.

2. Then get your human to use this form and tell us in 125 characters or less (that’s characters, not words – that’s why it’s a challenge!) how you make them a better person or how you keep them the sane and well-balanced human that they are. You can even write it from YOUR perspective if you want. You just gotta do it by April 30.

3. Well, there is no number three cuz that’s all there is to it! Tah-Dah!

Shady is giving away some Most Fabulous prizes including a cash donation to your favoritest animal charity; a copy of the book “Guardian of Being,” signed by the book’s picture-drawer and MUTTS cartoonist Patrick McDonnell; Adoption Good, Homeless Bad tee-shirts; and this Most Ingenious Invention called a ScooPup Pocket that keeps our…ahem…droppings neatly tucked away during walks (since humans seem to be awfully embarrassed by that kinda thing). Oh and of course you get bragging rights for winning a national contest!

Here’s a linky to a thing called a press release that tells you even more abouts the contest. And if you want, feel free to tell other peoples and four-leggers who might be interested in this terrificness. Especially peoples involved in rescues cuz maybe they can win some green papers for their groups!

And I think that’s about it! Oh, wait! There is one more thing! Psst…come here. Closer.  Cloooosseerr.

Okay…just remember that if you enter and you don’t win…it’s TOTALLY the fault of the other judges.

Wiggles & Wags & a Million Doggie Kisses for a Most Happy Weekend!

Win with GABE

Hello there everybuddy!

I am Most Pleased to announce that I am pawticipating in this marvelous, one-of-a-kind, too much amazing for words blogging event – GABE (Global Animal Blogging Event).

It was organized by the marvelous, one-of-a-kind, too much amazing for words TWINKIE!

She thought this would be a fun and interesting way for us all to meet new friends and get to know the old ones better. Since I’m kinda new to the bloggie world, I was oh-so-excited about this! Thank you, Twinkie!

I’m what you’d call an “active pawticipant,” meaning I’m gonna give something away!

Yes, you heard that right. I’m gonna give something for absolutely amazingly free at no charge to one lucky winner!

Right about now, you’re prolly asking yourself what this most absolutely amazingly free at no charge prize is. And up until about 30 minutes ago, I was asking myself the same thing. And then, BING! It just came to me! I would give away one of my Favoritest Things!

And one of my Favoritest Things is my Most Stylish collar from Collar Mania. Here I am modeling it for you.

Okay, I’m not actually gonna give you MY collar cuz, well, it’s one of my Favoritest Things and all. No…instead I’m gonna give you a (drumroll please) $20 GIFT CERTIFICATE to Collar Mania so’s you can pick out one of your own. (Oh, and don’t worry kittehs. They haves kitteh collars, too, in case you win. If you’re a ferret or a goat, you’re prolly outta luck though.)

But wait! There’s MORE!

Since I’m a rescue dog, I will donate $25 in your name to the animal rescue or shelter of your choice!

And as a special bonus, if you comment now, we’ll also throw in this lovely set of Ginsu knives.

Haha! Nooooo…not really. I just wanted to see if you were payin’ attention.

Anyways, all you have to do to enter to win this valuable prize package and be the envy of that snooty dog or kitteh next door is to leave one (1) comment on this post between now and midnight (EST) April 17, 2010. On April 21st (cuz my mom’s gonna be out of town when the contest ends), we’ll draw the name of one lucky winner in some super-duper scientific way…which might involve a hat and a blindfold.

Oh, and whatever you do, make sure I haves your contact information in case you are the lucky winner!

GOOD LUCK!

PeeS. Be sure to check out the other pawticipants by clicking this linky. Remember, new ones will be added all the time so check back often.

PeePeeS. If you’re new to my bloggie and want to learn more about me, just click here and you’ll magically be taken to the “About Me” place. Isn’t technology the BEST?

Favoritest Things Friday: My Adoption Story

Hi everybuddy! Can you believes it’s Friday already? Gosh, this week has just zoomed on by!

So I thought for my favoritest thing today, I would tell you more about how I came to be adopted. It really is one of my favoritest things. I could hear mom tell it over and overs again.

Now, you already know how I got rescued and you prolly already know a little bit about my adoption from my Very First Post and from the story my mom sent to the Animal Rescue Site. But there’s even more to it than that!

Okie doke…so after I gots to feelin’ better, my Angel Donna Fostermommy sent me to this thing called an Adoption Fair. It was at this store that sells good stuffs for doggies and kittehs. It was teensy bit scary cuz I’d never been in a place like that before and there were peoples and other doggies I didn’t know. But my puppy, Smudge, came with me so that helped a little.

On that day, my mom and dad decided they needed to gets more food for Brudder Ranger. So they stopped by this very same place that I was at! While dad was off getting the food, mom decided to go over and say hi to all the doggies.

She sat down on the floor and started petting this other doggie. (I forget his name.) And I can’t tell you why, but right off the paw, I knew that she was a sucker the one for me.

Now, mom and dad had talked about getting a brudder or sister for Brudder Ranger. But they figured it would be at least another year. And they had talked all abouts the kinda dog they wanted. My dad specially had some pretty Most Specific ideas. I told you once that my dad is a Most Great hunter. So he very much wanted a dog to go hunting with. And they both wanted a dog that was confident and outgoing and not too big and not too small and a dog that could go anywhere and do anything they wanted. Cuz they go and do lots of stuff.

Me and Mom re-enacting that Most Fateful day.

Of course, I didn’t know a single bit of this at the time. I just knew that the lady sitting on the floor seemed awful nice so I tooks a deep breath, walked over, crawled in her lap and asked her if she would please take me home.

My mom told me later that at first she didn’t even notice how skinny I still was cuz she was so taken with my eyes. She said she felt like we’d known each other forever and you know, I felts just the same way.

She asked the ladies there about me and they told her my story.  I thought for sure that would close the deal but then she stood up to walk away. I was awful scared at first that she was just gonna leave but then she called my dad over. He petted me and she told him my story and he shook his head like he couldn’t believe it. But then you know what they did? THEY LEFT! And, well, I thought that was that.

But I guess after they left, my mom couldn’t quit thinking about me. Later on that day, she told my dad that there was something about that little dog that she just couldn’t get off her mind. My dad just shrugged it off cuz sometimes my mom can get a bee in her bonnet and if you ignore her, the bee will finally go home where it belongs.

Not this time.

On Monday, my mom told a friend of hers, Gail, about me. Gail is a sucker dog lover too and she was Most Enabling Encouraging to my mom. So my mom wrote my Angel Donna Fostermommy an email to ask about me. Angel Donna wrote her back and answered all her questions. And that night my mom went home and told my dad what she’d done and all the stuffs she’d learned about me.

And my dad still thought maybe, just maybe, that bee would go on home.

But the bee stayed and my mom kept talking. And my dad finally said, well, maybe they could come visit me.

Now, my Angel Donna lived a million miles 3 whole hours away from where we live now. But mom and dad put Brudder Ranger in the car and they drove all that way to say hello to me again.

Oh! I was Most Excited to see them! I wiggled and wagged and they sat in the floor with me and I shyly invited dad to play a little bit of tug. And he was real sweet and didn’t pull too hard and I liked that abouts him.

Me and Brudder Ranger re-enacting when we first met.

Me and Brudder Ranger re-enacting when we first met.

THEN I got to meet Brudder Ranger! I was a little uncertain at first but gosh, I could tell right away he was the Most Awesomest Dog That Ever Lived. We walked around the yard and I showed him all the best places to sniff and tinkle. It was Most Lovely.

And then, if you can believes this, they left me again!! (If you can’t tell by now, they don’t make decisions very snappy-fast.)

Mom says when they left, they went and had lunch and talked a little about me. But Dad was still unsure. See, he had this picture in his head of what the Most Perfect dog would be. And, well, to tell you the truth, I wasn’t it.

So mom just let him cogitate on it real good for a day or so. As much as she wanted to adopt me, she said she knew she couldn’t pressure him into doing something so important as adding a family member. So she tried to keep that crazy bee real quiet but finally she just couldn’t stand it anymore. And so she just flat-out asked him what he had decided and he said…

YES!!!

Oh, my mom was so very much happy that she started leaking buckets right away. And she hugged and kissed my dad and and told him how much she loved him and thank you, thank you, thank you.

So it was all settled and two weeks later – on March 28th – I went back to the Adoption Fair. But this time it wasn’t to look for the Most Perfect Home That Ever Was. It was because I had already found it and they were coming to take me there for good. And now dad says that it turns out I was exactly the dog they were looking for after all!

And it’s all because of my Angel Donna and my mom and my sweet dad and one Most Crazy bee!

In which I am rescued

Guess what happens in 10 days from today? GUESS! Oh, okay. I’ll just tell you. I celebrate my Gotcha Day Birthday!

Yep, it was almost a year ago – on March 28th – that I came to live with mom and dad. Gosh, on one paw, it seems like only yesterday. And on the other paw, it seems like I have always been a part of my family.

So I thought maybe you’d want to hear a little more how I came to be rescued in the first place. Now, before I start, I want to gets one thing straight. I’m not tellin’ you this to make you feel sorry for me or anything. I’m telling you this cuz I thought you might like to know why I considers myself to be the Luckiest Dog That Ever Ever Lived.

Okay, so it was January of 2009 in eastern Collie-rado and my Angel Donna Fostermommy got a call from a person saying that they had a puppy they wanted to surrender to her rescue. So she got in her car and drove over to this person’s house and they met her at the door and handed her the puppy.

Here’s a picture of the puppy. His name is Smudge. Isn’t he the Most Adorable??

So my Angel Donna Fostermommy told the person that she’d like to see the mama cuz sometimes adopters have questions about what the mama looked like. (But she really just said that cuz she wanted to see what kinda condition the mama was in. Isn’t she so smart?) So the person said okay and took her to the backyard.

And that’s the first time I met her. Cuz, you see, I was the mama!

Well, my Angel Donna Fostermommy was none too happy with what she saw, I can tell you that! I was a real skinny minnie cuz they weren’t all that much keen on givin’ me a whole bunch of foodables or anything. And I didn’t have any water and all I had for shelter was this kind of plywood shelf thingie turned on its side. Of course, I thought it was all perfectly normal cuz that’s the only life I had known. (I had no idea there was such a thing as a BED at that point. Can you imagine?)

I felt a little shy but I could tell that this lady was real nice and so I went up to her and wiggled and wagged and told her how very pleased I was to meet her. I heard her asking that person who lived in the house if they would surrender me to rescue, too. But they said no…that they wanted to keep me.

She had a real sad look on her face but said okay and then she left. I was sorry to see her go and that sure was a lonely night without Smudge.

But what I didn’t know was that when my Angel Donna Fostermommy got home, she couldn’t quit thinking about me. She told her husband-man that she just couldn’t leave me there like that. And he said…well, then, I guess you better go back and get her.

So the next day she got in her car and drove back out to where I was living. And she talked and talked to the person in the house and they finally said that okay, I could go with her. I didn’t know it then but that was the Most Lucky day of my whole entire life!

Well, she took me back to her house and gave me a crate with soft blankies in it. And she gave me some food and all the water I could drink. Gosh, I still remember how good that water tasted cuz I was really thirsty. And Smudge was there, too! It was all kinda scary in a way cuz I didn’t know what to expect. But I also knew that my life had just gotten a whole lot better.

After I put on some weight and was feeling more myself, Angel Donna Fostermommy took my pictures and put together a Petfinder ad for me. Here are the pictures she took. My mom said she looked at them a million times from the time we met at the Adoption Fair til they brought me home.

If you look at my Petfinder ad, you will prolly notice that my name wasn’t Mayzie then. Angel Donna Fostermommy gave me the name “Angel.” (Which is ironic cuz that’s the name I gave her, too!) Anyways, she told my mom a couple of months ago that she picked out that name for me cuz she couldn’t believe how sweet and loving I was even though I lived in that icky place. Well, I thought that was a very nice thing to say but whoa! did it ever make my mom all kinds of leaky!

So anyways, Smudge got adopted by some nice peoples and then just a few weeks later, I got adopted by my mom and dad.

Now you know why I considers myself to be the Luckiest Dog That Ever Ever Lived! And I make sure to tell my mom and dad every day how much I luvs them and how happy I am to live here and how grateful I am for every teeny tiny little moment of my life.

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