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Public Bathies

Right in the middle of the sidewalk, between a coffee shop and a restaurant in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City, this happened last Sunday:

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Gizmo is horrified.

That’s right – bathies!

Bathies for all the world – or at least all of Washington Street – to see.

The dogs who unknowingly arrived for a scrub-down all seemed humiliated.

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Waldo wonders when this will be over.

But afterwards, the dogs seemed as happy as their people.

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Sonny – so fresh ‘n’ so clean.

All of the sudsin’ was part of a donation drive for Unleashed Pet Rescue & Adoption, a local organization that moves homeless pets from kill shelters to a no-kill shelter or foster homes until they can be adopted.

During the dog wash, I talked to passersby, offered free homemade beer biscuits and sold Beer Paws bottle openers.

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The turnout wasn’t huge for the event, but lots of people gave donations to Unleashed.

Ten percent of all Beer Paws proceeds from that day are also going to the rescue.

If you could not attend the dog wash but would still like to contribute, make a donation to Unleashed. If you would like to buy something from Beer Paws and have the charity portion of your purchase donated to Unleashed, just let me know when you place your order.

Has your dog ever had a public bath?

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Thankful Thursday

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Luke is here to say thanks to everyone who spread the word about and took part in yesterday’s Beer Paws fundraiser for Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.

10 bottle opener orders came through, from places near and far.

20 percent of the proceeds will go to the Alliance, to support efforts against puppy mills and other inhumane practices in Missouri.

You guys are awesome. Thanks so much!

And if you ordered Beer Paws, be sure to share a picture of your dog and bottle opener over at the Beer Paws Facebook page!

If you missed the flash sale, you can still give back through your purchase. As of today, ten percent of sales are back to supporting Midwest Adopt-a-Bull dog Tessa.

Click to shop!

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Beer Paws for a Cause: No More Puppy Mills

I have committed to always donating 10% of all profits from my business Beer Paws to animal welfare organizations. Today only, 20% of bottle opener sales from my webstore will benefit Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, a leader in the fight to reform dog breeding regulations.

I live in the state of Missouri, aka the “puppy mill capital.”

Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities where dogs aren’t treated as man’s best friend or even his least favorite second cousin. Puppy mill dogs don’t get socialized, and they don’t get groomed. They exist solely to procreate as often as possible, their offspring headed for pet stores or wherever they may fetch the highest price.

When they can no longer reproduce, puppy mill breeding dogs tend to be dispatched, with the lucky few ending up in rescue.

Puppy mill dogs tend to be purebreds and high-demand hybrid breeds like Pearl, a labradoodle I know.

Pearl

Pearl

Rescued puppy mill breeding dogs often come with significant behavioral and health issues. Pearl has had trouble in her lady parts from having multiple litters, and there’s a notch in her tongue.

The offspring of dogs like Pearl aren’t always in the best condition either. Pet store pups exhibit more health and psychological problems, according to Psychology Today.

The whole puppy mill issue sucks, but it’s actually getting a little better in Missouri, thanks in part to one tireless organization.

According to the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, which has lobbied full-time on behalf of animal issues in the state since 1990:

  • In 2009, there were 1,998 commercial breeders and dealers, as of May 30, 2013; there are 963 which means 1,035 puppy mills are gone!
  • In 2009, there were 9 inspectors, currently there are 14 animal health inspectors, 2 investigators, and 3 veterinarian inspectors.  So it went from 9 people in the field to 19 in the field today.
  • The number of inspections conducted in 2008 was 1,169; the number of inspections last year was 3,460, which means that the number of inspections conducted has tripled.
  • In addition to the number of breeders decreasing, the number of dogs per facility has also decreased.  The average number of adult female breeding dogs per facility has declined from 44.5 to 39.2.
  • Those mills that still exist have substantially increased their standards of care due to the new law.  Many have built brand new facilities.

Many of these improvements are owed to the passage of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Act in 2011, which enacted tougher regulations for breeders in Missouri and funded more inspections of breeding facilities. MAAL was a leading force in educating and mobilizing the public to vote for that bill.

Some MAAL members are even featured in the trailer for the forthcoming documentary Dog by Dog.

The fight for animal welfare in my state and beyond continues, as you can see in that film clip and by the frequent updates on MAAL’s website and Facebook feed.

Prominent in MAAL’s recent updates are announcements of a fundraiser happening tonight. Pints for Paws takes place at an Old Chicago in Olathe, Kansas. Twenty percent of the restaurant’s profits tonight will be donated to MAAL.

Although I cannot personally attend the event, I am also supporting this organization today – with a little help from my friends.

If you’ve been waiting to buy a Beer Paws bottle opener like Pearl’s now is the time! 

20% of all Beer Paws bottle opener purchases made at my webstore by midnight Central Standard Time will be donated to MAAL. 

Let’s see how much we can raise for the fight against puppy mills and the overall better treatment of all animals in the state of Missouri!

I’ll report tomorrow on our success. Watch for updates on Facebook throughout the day.

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Pre-order silver and glow-in-the-dark bottle openers for guaranteed U.S. delivery by July 4. A limited number of turquoise openers are available for immediate shipment.

Flurry Friday

This is Flurry.

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She’s skinny and furry and friendly and full of energy. She’s also adoptable.

If you are in the Kansas City area, you can meet her this Friday in the Crossroads art district.

She’s going to be a featured canine model at the Beer Paws Pop Up Shop, sponsored by Kennel Creek Pet Resort.

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“Pop Up Shop” in our case is a fancy way of saying “table on the street corner.” But it will be fun.

Flurry and friends are going to help me shill Beer Paws bottle openers and delight passersby with their wiggles.

Turquoise Beer Paws bottle opener

Join the Facebook event to be the first to know where our shop pops up.

If you’re not in Kansas City or don’t want to deal with the crazy First Friday crowds, order a Beer Paws bottle opener from the comfort of where you are right now via Storenvy.

Remember, 10% of proceeds benefit adoptable dogs like Flurry (and specifically, Tessa).

Update on Tessa the Blue Pit Bull

Yesterday, I wrote my very first check as a business owner.

It was for $25, and the money went directly toward helping this pretty lady:

adoptable pit bull in Kansas City

I felt so proud and grateful at the same time!

The only thing that would have made the experience better is if Tessa and I had run into her future family while we were out walking.

The money, of course, was proceeds from Beer Paws – the new little business that you all have been helping to support through purchases and by spreading the word. Tessa and I both thank you!

She seems to be doing OK, by the way.

adoptable blue pit bull kansas city

I think she has put on a little weight, and her sensitive blue velvet coat is in good condition.

Although Miss Tessa so far doesn’t seem too great around other dogs, I think she will blossom into a wonderful companion for someone.

She’s very excited about meeting new people. And in my experience, she is neither afraid nor dominant with humans. She is rather independent, but I think she just needs a chance to bond with a person of her own.

While I cannot adopt Tessa, I will continue to do what I can to help her and dogs like her, through this blog, direct action like walking her and through the Beer Paws brand.

This past weekend, I added a new product to the line – turquoise bottle openers for collars and leashes.

Turquoise Beer Paws bottle opener

As always, a portion of every sale will go towards animal rescue.

However, to keep the bookkeeping easy as the Beer Paws brand continues to grow, I’m shifting the donation from a dollar amount to a percentage – 10 percent, to be exact.

So, every time you buy something from Beer Paws, one-tenth of your purchase price will be designated to help an animal rescue organization like Midwest Adopt-a-Bull and dogs like Tessa.

Does that sound like a good deal to you?

Stay tuned for announcements of more Beer Paws products – and, of course, updates about beautiful Miss Tessa.

Congratulations to the winner of the Beer Paws giveaway – Emily from Adventures of a Dog Mom!

What’s for Breakfast?

If your name is Scooby the elderpin, today’s morning meal looks like this:

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The hand mixed contents of your dish include a heaping scoop of Natural Planet Organics turkey dinner canned food, a teaspoon of pumpkin, a tablespoon of kale and broccoli pulp and a 1/4 cup of  Acana dry kibble (equal parts Ranchland and the duck/Bartlett pear varieties).

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If your name is Scooby the elderpin, however, you aren’t much interested in this dish today.

Nor is your buddy Luke the emo dog hungry for his bowl of just the Acana.

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One of you is very old and not consistently hungry. The other is very scared of the stormy weather outside.

Maybe you are both holding out for some more buffalo and elk scraps from your people’s past two evening meals.

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Maybe breakfast will just have to become lunch today at the Wayward House. Maybe it will stop raining eventually.

What did you serve your dogs for breakfast today? Did they eat it?

Have you entered my giveaway yet? Click here!

Team Beer Paws Grows + A Giveaway

Recently, I announced that I founded a little business.

Well, it’s so far so good in Beer Paws land.

The Facebook page is active. The official website is live.

Beer Paws products are available at my online store, at Kennel Creek Pet Resort and on Kansas City’s food truck for dogs GoodDog2Go.

And the sales – with a portion of proceeds directly supporting Tessa, a Midwest Adopt-a-Bull dog – are happening.

My first product, Beer Paws button style bottle openers, adorn the collars of many Kansas City area dogs, including:

Pearl

Pearl

Lola

Lola

Reilly and Willow look good with Beer Paws!

Reilly and Willow

Beer Paws have also been seen on dogs who live very far away!

It’s so exciting for me to see Team Beer Paws growing.

And, of course, I want it to get even bigger.

So, I’m hoping you all will help me spread the word, in exchange for an opportunity to win something cool.

Here’s the prize:

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1 Stainless Steel Water Bottle for Dogs + 1 Beer Paws Button Style Bottle Opener

The bottle is awesome. The screw top lid opens two ways. The bigger opening allows you to fill it with fresh water for your pooch. The smaller, top opening contains a ball bearing that controls the flow of the water so your dog can drink from it. You can find similar bottles all over the internet for $10-$20. One winner will get this one for free plus one of my bottle openers.

Three ways to win:

  • Leave a comment below telling my why you want to win (mandatory – 1 entry)
  • Tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #beerpaws (bonus entry)
  • LIKE Beer Paws on Facebook and leave a Facebook comment related to the giveaway (bonus entry)

Good luck!

This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook. Entries close at 12:01 a.m. CST Sunday, June 2. One winner will be randomly selected via random.org and contacted by email. If the winner does not respond within three days, a new winner will be randomly selected.
U.S. residents only, please. (Sorry – I promise to do an international giveaway soon.)

Nice Day for a Ride

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Not everything is right in the world – particularly if you happen to live near the tornado path in Oklahoma.

But today in Kansas City, the sun is out, the breeze is sweet, and (in spite of some troubles of our own) we have plenty to be thankful for.

This little scene of two smiling dogs in a car will be repeated this morning, as I chauffeur Luke and Scooby to Kennel Creek Pet Resort.

I’m so glad they will be taken care of on a day when my plate at work is sure to be overflowing.

What are you grateful for today?

 

What Are Beer Paws?

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I have been obsessed with the idea of bottle openers for dog collars for quite a while now.

I first encountered a dog with bottle opener bling on the set of the Pet Pops video.

The notion amused and impressed me so much that I eventually outfitted Luke with a bottle opener.

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At your service!

Then, it occurred to me that creating a line of bottle openers intended to be used by dog lovers would be a great way to spread around this fun idea while also supporting my personal projects and raising funds for animal rescue.

Voila! Beer Paws were born.

Luke Beer Paw

I officially founded the company with the state of Missouri this week.

The first round of button style bottle openers were a hit at the Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua parade, and I’ve already had some out of state orders.

Beer Paws bottle opener

Shiny collar bling for your dog.

At 2.5 inches, this particular style is a little big for small dog’s collars.

But it works great at the end of a leash, or even attached to your own bag or keys.

Reilly and Willow look good with Beer Paws!

Reilly and Willow look good with Beer Paws!

Eventually, I see the Beer Paws brand encompassing a little bit more than just bottle openers. But for now, that’s where I’m starting.

The official Beer Paws website will soon go live. In the meantime, please Like the Beer Paws fan page on Facebook.

Place your orders via the Wayward Dogs shop on Storenvy.

If you’re in Kansas City, you can also buy Beer Paws directly from me or from the following purveyors:

Kennel Creek Pet Resort

GoodDog2Go

I’d love to hear what you all think of this idea. Please share your thoughts in the comments or send me an e-mail!

What a Lovely Blue Velvet Coat

Meet Tessa

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This pretty little pittie girl used to live in unsavory circumstances in a house full of dogs. Then, she ended up on death row.

Lucky for her, Midwest Adopt-a-Bull recently saved her.

However, her foster home didn’t work out, and now blue Tessa is back to living in a cage.

Until we can find her a new foster or forever home, Tessa is in boarding at A Dog’s Fun Playce, a rescue center and doggy daycare in my neighborhood.

Her accommodations aren’t bad, but she sure was happy to get out over the weekend when I stopped by.

Although we had never met before, Tessa greeted me with a kiss before dragging me out of the shelter.

She’s a pocket pittie at just about 45 pounds, but Tessa is pure muscle, and she’s not yet used to walking on a leash. For the first half an hour, she pulled like a sled dog, but as she got tired, she walked more politely.

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I know with more practice, she will be a great walking or jogging companion.

My most important discovery about Tessa is that she’s not afraid of people. In fact, she likes them a lot and even gave kisses to two of my neighbors.

People like Tessa, too. Her silvery blue velvet coat garnered many compliments during my outing with her.

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I plan on seeing Tessa again this week.

In the meantime, I am hoping to do some things to improve her current situation, such as bringing her Kongs and bones.

You can help Tessa, too.

Please consider making a donation in her name to Midwest Adopt-a-Bull, whose tiny budget is being stretched to the limit by the cost of her boarding.

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If you would like to get something tangible in exchange for your giving, you can also buy a Beer Paws bottle opener from my Storenvy shop.

Beer Paws bottle opener

The front.

Beer Paws bottle opener

The back.

These button style bottle openers look great on your dog’s collar, at the end of a leash or on your own bag or keys. They’re even silver, like Tessa.

Until further notice, at least $1 from each Beer Paws sale will go directly toward Tessa’s care.

Order online today, and I will personally send you a Beer Paw!

Contact me with any questions.

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