Hope Animal Rescue

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Last week I posted about adopting our sweet and wonderful Macy (here). We found this furry bundle of love as she was walking down the street with her rescue mom from Hope AR. They are such an awesome organization that this week I wanted to talk some more about Hope Animal Rescue as appreciation for the love and laughter they have brought to us and so many others! 

Some background: Cathy and Ashley (mom and daughter team!) founded Hope Animal Rescue in February of 2013, as a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the unnecessary killing of North Carolina’s adoptable dogs and cats. These lovely ladies hope to end the killing of homeless pets in North Carolina and stop the use of gas chamber euthanasia. They  have an ultimate goal of having every shelter in North Carolina become No-Kill. According to Cathy and Ashley, this can be done, but it takes a community to make change happen! I hope they can achieve this goal and any support you can give will help!

Hope is a foster based rescue, with fosters all across North Carolina, and foster homes are very integral to their rescue efforts – if there isn’t a foster available, Cathy and Ashley cannot rescue an at risk animal. I thought about fostering but then decided to adopt instead. However, I was curious about fostering and other ways that we could support Hope AR or any animal rescue. I sent a note to Hope and heard back from Audrey. 

Picking her up

Foster Coordinator Audrey:  When I decided to foster animals, I actually started out with another smaller animal rescue. I wasn’t introduced to Hope until a month later when I fell in love with a blurry picture of a minpin located 3 hours away. I sent the shelter an offer to foster her if a rescue would step up, as the one I was in was unable to get her.

Hope AR stepped up for me and the minpin, Sophie, and vouched for me to go and get this girl. Following that, I was impressed with the detailed care that Hope extended to its fosters and rescues.  Hope never allows an animal to wait when they are sick or injured and is always available to the family. This is why I dedicated my rescue life to Hope Animal Rescue.

How can you help? There is always a need for volunteers with any rescue/shelter.  The number one thing lacking for every organization, aside from actual fosters, is money. Without fosters, not a single animal can be saved and without funds, very few animals can be saved as care then comes out of pocket for the director (which happens so very often). Following those top 2 needs, help is always needed for things like transportation, great pictures from good photographers, accounting help from experienced bookkeepers, events coordinating to help find new places to have adoption events, fundraising ideas and events, volunteers at events to help watch and play with the animals as well as talk to people who come see us! Rescue is a business, even if it’s non-profit and to be successful it must be run as one. Therefore, every paid position in a business corresponds to a need for a volunteer in a rescue!

 

Why adopt from your local shelter or rescue? We have all heard the news stories about puppy mills and the horrible way these poor dogs are treated. Many times once a dog is no longer useful to the breeders, they are dropped off at a shelter. Dogs that do not meet a certain standard are also dropped off.  Very often purebred and designer breed animals are killed in shelters every day because people choose to buy from a breeder and not visit a shelter. Next time you or someone you know is looking for a new four legged family member, check your local shelter or rescue group first! Your fur-ever love may be there waiting for you!

Considering fostering a pup or two, or a kitty or three? Most animal rescues are foster based, and so logically it carries that without fosters, animals can’t be saved.  They NEED homes to care for these fur babies while they wait for their forever home! Even in rescues that have a facility, space is limited and fosters are still needed.  If every pet owner responsibly spayed/neutered their pets and then fostered a playmate for said pet, we could eradicate the euthanization of all perfectly healthy animals in shelters across the country. Please consider fostering an animal today!

I saw this picture on Facebook the other day and thought I would share it here. 

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Thanks for reading, hope you learned a bit here and will give a little love by supporting your local animal rescue!

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Homemade Dog Treats

I have 2 adorable fur babies – which you may already know about – Layla and Macy

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 And they LOVE treats :) So thought I would test out a few recipes that are roaming around the net unleashed. 

First treat: Peanut and Banana Biscuits from Sandra on Allrecipes 

Peanut butter biscuits

I love allrecipes because all the comments where people say if the recipe was good or not, things they added or deleted, etc. So this recipe I did make changes based on those comments. Recipe calls for 1/2 cup banana – I used 2 because they were so overripe. I didn’t measure the peanut butter but I would guess at least a half cup. Instead of wheat germ I used rolled oats. I left out the honey as well. And I added bacon bits to part of the giant bar cookie. Yeah too lazy to drop them lol. The pups LOVED them anyway.

Peanut butter nibbles

The other cookie, I mean treat, I made is from dogtreatkitchen - Peanut butter and Jam treats. I made a few changes – it calls for water and chicken broth….so I used all chicken broth. And I did not add jam. And…..they love these too. Amazing!  Next time I will add some bacon bits too :)

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Hope you treat yourself today :)

Thanks for reading, Millie

Please support your local rescue!

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Pet rocks!

Hey everyone! It is ART DAY! YAY!!!! We made… pet rocks! YAY!!!! haha, we had lots of fun.

 Step one is to go on a walk and find some nice rocks! You can see them here. One was small and flat round, like a river rock and the other one was much bigger but still rounded. Thankfully they each found their favorite so there was no fighting! Always a plus.

 

Step 2: Paint! We painted the tops and sides and let dry fully then went back and painted the “tummy.”

 

 

 

 Step 3: Decorate! Bob had much more fun decorating I think. He used a googly eye and some pom poms to decorate. Rami painted some spooky red eyes and gave hers a collar.

 

 

It was amazing how quickly they became emotionally attached to these rocks. Be warned, if you let them paint rocks expect them to keep them! Cycrock (cyclops rock) has even gone on car trips with us now. And ghost rock has been cuddled with, don’t ask me how you can cuddle with a rock. Anyways! They had lots of fun, hope you do too! Thanks for reading.

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Thirty-One Gifts for Ronald McDonald foundation

Hey everyone! Last year we did a fun give away for 31 Bags. Our lovely host Lilly Klatt emailed us to let us know about a charity drive she is doing and I wanted to share with you all.

Lilly filled us in on her plan to support the Ronald McDonald House:  “The Ronald McDonald House is Thirty-One’s newest partner and is such a great organization.  My goal is to donate at least 10 Thermal Totes, filled with items from their wish list.

To help, all you have to do is go to http://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/catalog.aspx?eventId=E4398159&from=DIRECTLINK and purchase a Thermal Tote in Red Wave. (Personalization is up to you.) 

That bag will be delivered to me and I will use my commission (and then some) to fill it with items listed on their wish list. I will fill some with snacks for the family for their long days at the hospital, a couple with small toys for the siblings, and a few with items that are needed for the house.

For every Thermal Tote in Red Wave sold – not only will you be giving a family a gift, Thirty-One Gifts will also donate 31 cents to a local Ronald McDonald House!

You can also visit their website at https://ronaldhouseoc.org

Lilly Klatt
Thirty-One Gifts
Independent Senior Consultant

Lets all help Lilly make this a successful drive! Order a tote today and spread some love to the Ronald McDonald House and the visiting families. 

Disclaimer: We are in no way compensated for this post.

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Snickerdoodle Sunday with Nearly Handmade

Welcome everyone to Snickerdoodle Sunday!! We are so glad you made it and brought your fab posts to share :)

You may have noticed we posted this a day later than usual. Starting this week we are running Snickerdoodle from 8pm ET Sunday to 8pm ET Tuesday. 

We announced another change last week about how we were switching to one featured blogger. The plan is to showcase their blog, social media and a few of their latest and greatest posts. Kristina and I hope you will take the time to connect with this featured blogger as well as connect with those that have linked up to the party!

We will also give the featured blogger the option to co-host the next week’s party and pick that weeks feature! 

Our Featured Blogger & Co-host this week is: Janice from Nearly Handmade

“I’m Janice from Nearly Handmade! I’m a stay at home momma of two with another little mouth to feed coming in June!  I’m married to the most wonderful man in the world who puts up with my crazy ideas on how I want to make our home nearly handmade on a budget.  I’m not afraid to pick up a saw, drill, or a paint roller to make my day dreams a reality and with a little help, I know you can do it, too!”
You can follow Janice here: Facebook, Pinterest, G+, Bloglovin’

Last week she linked up her So Simple Pinwheel Wreath

You might not know but Kristina and I LOVE wreaths and we both felt this was an original and unique design. Appropriate as well for April which is Child Abuse Awareness/Prevention month and the pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention. 

Janice has so many great projects on her blog, we picked a few to showcase here:

Too neat growth chart

Awesome Swing set!!

Soak in Style!

Congrats Janice! Thanks for such an awesome blog! 

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On to the Party!! 

A Few Simple Rules – not required but appreciated!

  • Link up your family friendly posts (up to 3)
  • Visit a few other blogs, leave some comment love, pin, etc.
  • Share the love everyone! 
  • Add our button to your page or post, it’s the nice thing to do :)
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  • Spread the word! The more people linking up great posts the more fun we have!

After the party check out our Snickerdoodle Pinterest page as we will post the favorites! All posts will be pinned to one of our boards. Thanks so much for coming and have a good week!

Let’s Get our Groove on!!


Top 12 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Thanks for stopping in! If you came to link up to our Snickerdoodle Sunday we have changed the hours for our link up party. We will now start at 8pm ET on Sunday and close at 8pm ET on Tuesday. Kristina and I hope you will come back tomorrow and link up your totally awesome posts!!

In case you want to hang around, I thought it would be fun to showcase some of the fun egg decorating links shared on our Snickerdoodle Sunday the last several weeks, so get ready for some eggciting fun!!

Top 12 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

For a fun twist on the traditional dyed eggs:

Guest post on MaMade Diaries

You know I love tie dye! From Modern Christian Homemaker:

Hey forget the mess – just use a Sharpie!!

Golden Eggs from Delineate  your Dwelling:

Fun colors and designs from Mom.Me

Hello Kitty from Living Frugal with Ericka

How about a little paint? Art Club Blog shared these cool eggs:

Let’s go out there and try some different crafting methods and materials!

Google eyes, seeds and some dirt from Feathers in the Woods

How about using a book? Juggling act Momma’s Book page Easter egg:

Have any pipe cleaners and like Dr. Seuss?  Mommiez on a mission shared: 

Moola Savings Mom used floss! 

And no collection would be complete with Crochet Eggs!!

Snapshots and Snippets bunny and chick cozies

Treasures Made From Yarn‘s awesome Chevron Egg!

And the final egg in our eggtastic bakers dozen:

Maz Kwok’s Eggy Bunny!!

Hope you have fun with your Easter eggs!

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