| Karlene Wieland
With the Fourth of July upon us, it makes me think about American values. You know you are reading this from your desk while you try to figure out how to get to your holiday weekend sooner so let’s just take a moment to reflect.
One of the things defines America, and that we are all so proud of, is that we are able to speak our thoughts, good or bad. It's part of our collective value system. (Just look at the confluence of opinions from liberals and conservatives on your personal Facebook feed.)
As the best, most privileged, country in the world, so many of our voices are advocating for the needs of under-protected classes. We consider it our responsibility to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. And that includes those that bark.
The most common questions we get at the office (outside of questions about the products) are folks who want to know how to contribute to the canine community. We tell them about our Puppy Love Rescue fundraising program and ask about their style of advocacy.
- Are you a letter writer? Write your Legislator about reform on puppy mills and animal rights.
- Do you have time to volunteer? Find a nearby rescue group and call to see what help they need. (They almost always need foster families.)
- Can you a write a check? Rescue groups and shelters always need dollars and it’s a tax deduction. Even the smallest amounts help.
- Do you have access to a computer? This is often followed by a pause to be interpreted as the polite version of “well, duh.” You have too little time and money but want to do something. You can, right from your computer, in your pajamas, in the middle of the night. You can even set up a reminder email so you do it everyday. It’s called FreeKibble and every click donates food to shelter animals.
Make your voice heard on behalf of those who bark among us. It’s your privilege as an American! Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July.
P.S. Keep those fireworks away from your dog’s sensitive ears and curious nose and mouth!