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Week 23-Emotions, Day 2-Comfort

com·fort/ˈkəmfərt/

Noun: A state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint.


I felt a sense of comfort multiple times today.  I felt it when I pulled into my very own garage and walked into my house to find my wonderful husband and two loving dogs waiting for me.  I felt it again when I arrived at work to people who had missed me and welcomed me back.  I was extremely comforted and relieved when K called me this afternoon to tell me American Airlines had found my wallet that I thought I lost on our journey home yesterday.  Yea, that’s a story for another time.  Comfort is like a warm blanket on a cold winter night.  You wrap it around you and instantly feel warmer all over, and forget all your worries.  Sweet, sweet, comfort is one of my favorite emotions.

Comfort is an emotion that everyone deserves to feel.  Comfort Zone Camp is a place where children who have lost a parent or sibling can feel safe and even have fun while they grieve.  Losing a parent or sibling is something I can’t, and don’t want to, even begin to imagine.  Often times children are just left alone to deal with the aftermath of the death of a family member.  CZC provides a large community of supporters to help children ages 7-17 process and work through all the emotions they are experiencing.  Founded in 1988, the free CZCs are held year-round in New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Texas.  CZC proves you can’t put a price on comfort.  Sometimes comfort also comes in the form of a literal blanket.  Operation Blankets of Love is a non-profit that provides new and recycled pet-related items to comfort stray, sick, or neglected animals in shelters.  OBOL is also an Emergency Response Team that helps provide comfort and relief to animals that have been displaced by disasters, like the tornadoes down South.  They have collected over 255,000 items for helpless animals in the short time they’ve been an active charity.  Studies have also shown that shelter animals with blankets were more likely to feel happy, safe, warm, and comfortable which increase their chances of being adopted.  Everybody needs a blankie every once in a while.

Comfort Zone Camp Donation

Operation Blanket of Love Donation

So here’s to you comfort!  You are what most of us seek our entire lives, and don’t find nearly as often as we hope.  You are something we can give to others just by being who we are.  You can always be found in that familiar smile, hug, recliner, or worn out t-shirt.  I mean, you are pretty popular.  You have hotels, liquor, and foods with your name in the title.  Sometimes we find you at just the right time, and sometimes you find us when we least expect it.

So, so true

Week 15-Mis Amigos, Day 7-Kristina

Here's to the best friend I could ask for

This is probably one of the most challenging posts I’ve written over the past 15 weeks.  Finding the right charities to write about was easy, being thankful for Kristina was easy, finding lots of fun pictures to accompany this post was easy, figuring out a way to convey what she means to me was not so easy.  Kristina is in the group of friends I’ve known forever so I’ve attempted to tell her how much she means to me over the course of about ten years, but I’m not sure I’ve ever been successful.  I’m so thankful for her incredible loyalty, overwhelming support, sincere love, and continuous effort she puts into causes she believes in, like our friendship.  She is always giving me new ideas for blogs, and helps me remember why I wanted to start this labor of love to begin with.

Until about three months ago K was the manager of a Starbucks in NC.  It was awesome (for me) because she gave us pounds and pounds of free coffee, knew about great new music before everybody else, and got discounts on sweet merchandise.  It was awesome for the community around her because her store was dedicated to helping adorable little canines find homes through the Family Addition Dog Rescue.  FADR also happens to be where she and her husband J adopted their second dog, Macon.  FADR is a small group of like-minded individuals who dedicate their time, home, and hearts to helping dogs who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned in their community of Huntersville, NC.  They believe that a dog is another member of the family so they are very diligent about placing the dogs into homes where they will be loved and welcomed with open arms and paws.  Like most girls K and I love to shop.  I’m pretty sure we manage to do it every time we see each other.  Plus we’re Americans, buying way more stuff than we actually need is what we do.  (RED) realized this and came up with the ingenious idea to transform our need as consumers into a force to help others.  They have teamed up with a couple of brands you may have heard of like Apple, Converse, Gap, Nike, and Starbucks to sell special products where up to half of proceeds go directly to The Global Fund.  Since beginning five short years ago in 2006 over $16 million dollars have been raised for TGF and over 5 million people have been educated through HIV and AIDS programs supported by the RED initiative.  Having HIV or AIDS is not the death sentence that it was twenty years ago, and RED is making sure people know that.

Family Addition Dog Rescue Donation

(RED) Donation

So here’s to you Kristina!  You are dependable, logical, beautiful, wise beyond your years, and benevolent.  Your heart is made of gold and your spirit is unbreakable.  You are always full of ideas I could never come up with, and willing to help no matter what the cause.  You’ve watched me laugh, cry, make a fool of myself, fall down (literally and figuratively), be selfish, and give back.  But no matter what, you’re always there by my side, and I know always will be.  Thank you for being everything that I never knew I needed, and now I can’t live without.  Thank you for being my person.

Week 7-Animals, Day 7-Oscar

I thought it only appropriate to bookend my week of animals with my/our other dog, Oscar.  For anyone who has not had the pleasure of meeting my little man he is a 5 year old miniature dachshund, and my very first dog when I moved out.  I worked at a veterinary clinic the summer after my freshman year of college and fell in looohhuuvvee with a beautiful miniature dachshund that belonged to one of the girls that I worked with.  So I saved a little money, found a good breeder, and the rest is history.

Hey guys

The Dachshund Rescue of North America is a non-profit that focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing dachshunds across the country.  Last year alone they placed over 1,000 needy weeners in good homes.  Plus what other cause do you know that is supported by the sale of dachshund shaped luggage tags and wine?  I’m serious, a donation to Weener’s Leap winery will help support DRNA and buy you a bottle of vino.  Genius.  If you’re more of a Diet Coke drinker than you can donate a grooming, a dental visit, a back surgery, or take the plunge and adopt your own weener.  I was so excited when I found the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival that helps to support the Children’s Hospital at Cabella Huntington Hospital.  They have weener dog races, a bun run, pooch look-a-like contests, and a car show all packed into one day.  With Huntington, WV being a couple hours away from Morgantown the Bowdridge pack will be making a day trip of it.  Plus Oscar loves hot dogs.  Ironic?  I believe so.

Dachshund Rescue of North America Donation

West Virginia Hot Dog Festival Donation

So here’s to you my Oscar!  You are my constant companion and little electric blanket in the middle of the night.  You look so sweet in your little Snuggie for dogs laying in my lap right now.  You steal the hearts of any and everyone who meets you, even if you have the worse overbite I’ve ever seen.  Thank you for showing me daily what unconditional love means.

Week 7-Animals, Day 1-Pippy Dog

Snow day, snow day!  This morning we woke up to a beautiful 10 inches of snow on the ground here in NJ.  Scott was lucky enough to be able to work from home and not have to drive in the mush so we knew we had to outside and play for a while.  Our 7 year old Australian Shepard looovvesss the snow.  Our 5 year old Miniature Dachshund, not so much.  So we took Pippy dog out by herself for some special one on one snow time.  I am so thankful for sweet Pippy and the joy she gave me today watching her play, and sometimes eat, in the snow.

Snow dog

Me and my girl

Pippy was brought into a local veterinary clinic in Maine to be put down because she had double hip dysplasia as a puppy.  Luckily Scott’s room mate at the time knew he would be the perfect person to save her, and the rest is history.  He changed her name from Harley to Pippy, took her home, and fell in love.  Double hip dysplasia is fairly common in large breeds like German Shepherds and St. Bernards, but not Aussies.  Organizations like The Pet Fund are making sure that no dog goes untreated.  The Pet Fund assists owners in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay & neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care.  TPF also strives to teach the pet owners about preventative care and pet insurance so they can prevent future emergencies through planning.  Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline Inc. is a non-profit that, as the name implies, that is working to make sure all Australians Shepherds have a happy home.  Founded in 1992 ARPH is driven by a passionate group of volunteers and is the official rescue organization of the American Shepherd Club of America (ASCA).  ARPH can help you adopt an Aussie, foster an Aussie, or support an Aussie.  Or if you wanna help the old fashion way and get your paws dirty.

The Pet Fund Donation

Aussie Rescue and Placement Helpline, Inc. Donation

So here’s to you Pippy dog!  You were the most adorable sight to see today as you ate snow balls and trudged through the fresh powder.  You really are the best dog we could ask for and we are thankful everyday that Scott was lucky enough to find you.  You make our lives complete, and everyone deserves the happiness you bring us on a daily basis.