Unique Nonprofit Shares the Healing Power of the Paw by Shannon Kopp

With Adopt a Shelter Dog Month just underway, a unique nonprofit organization, SoulPaws Recovery Project, was thrilled to share it’s message about the healing power of the paw in PEOPLE Magazine! 

Logo Courtesy of Shannon Kopp

 
SoulPaws utilizes rescue dogs and therapy animals (dogs, puppies, miniature horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and more) to help women overcome food and body issues. The nonprofit provides free online and in-person animal-assisted therapy workshops—designed to combat the shame and secrecy so inherent in eating disorders. Live workshops are held monthly by trained facilitators, who are licensed therapists, social workers, or marriage and family therapist interns. Journaling, meditation, sharing on recovery oriented topics, and one-on-one time with the animals are a part of each workshop experience.

 
Studies show that time spent with animals not only improves our physical health, but our mental and emotional well-being. “The lack of judgment, lack of expectations, nonverbal interaction, sensory engagement through touch, evident behavior of the animal, and restorative/fun experience are elements that have made the human-animal interaction qualitatively different from human interactions,” says SoulPaws Executive Board Member, Dr. Patricia Flaherty Fischette, Ph.D.

soulpaws participant and therapy dog. Photo Courtesy of Shannon Kopp

 
SoulPaws Founder, Shannon Kopp, shared with PEOPLE: “Eating disorders are often described as a disease of disconnection. The goal of SoulPaws is to not only help the participants connect with animals and each other, but to experience freedom from their eating disorder and a reunion with their true, authentic selves.”
 
In late November, SoulPaws will be teaming up with Recovery Warriors to offer their biggest online animal-assisted therapy workshop yet at the FoodBodyLove Rally.
 
To learn more about SoulPaws, visit www.soulpawsrecovery.org.

Soulpaws therapy dog photo courtesy of Shannon Kopp

 
About SoulPaws: SoulPaws, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, offers unique and evidence-based animal-assisted therapy experiences designed for people impacted by mental health issues. With every workshop, SoulPaws aims to decrease shame, increase compassion, and inspire courage. Offered in-person and online, our workshops are led by SoulPaws trained facilitators. SoulPaws utilizes a variety of therapy animals, including dogs, miniature horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and more. In simply being themselves, SoulPaws therapy animals serve as guides to compassion, mindfulness, and emotional vulnerability.
 

Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) #Blog4Peace

Mimi Lenox  is the  Creator and Founder of Blog4Peace.com, an online global peace initiative that has been celebrated by thousands of people, She has  come to understand ” the pervasive significance and influence of blogs and websites on our society, our consciousness, and on this planet now deemed a global neighborhood.”


She receives peace globes from all over the world on a regular basis.
“November 4th is the day we blog for peace. Every year. The same day. One subject. One day. One voice. As of Nov 2017, we are six continents and 214 countries/territories strong… and counting…”

Now more than ever may we “find peace in these overwhelming times.”

Dog Book for Children:”Too Licky” (Two Sisters’ Journey to Rescue the “Just-Right” Dog) by Gigi Giles & Ryan Giles, Illustrated by Cynthia Inks and a GIVE-AWAY!

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month we are happy to present to you a darling children’s book:

Photo Courtesy of “Too Licky” Click to visit their website!

I always feel a little uncomfortable presenting anything rescue oriented because the first question/comment I always think I will hear is: “What? You are featuring this and Dakota wasn’t adopted?” That’s right, no, Dakota was not adopted. Cody was. When Dakota joined our family he was referred to us by one of my “bonus daughters”. And…ready for this? Said “bonus daughter” not only manages a local rescue here in the suburbs of Detroit, but she has given homes to dogs and cats from her shelter that most would consider to be “un-adoptable.”

The bottom line to me is ALL dogs deserve a “furever home” and NO BREED should be discriminated against.

Gigi Giles and Ryan Giles, Photo Courtesy of Too Licky.com

What is “Too Licky?”

“Too Licky” is a children’s book about finding the ‘just right’ rescue dog.

Gigi Giles and Ryan Giles are the authors of the precious and important book: “Too Licky.” Back in April they launched a SUCCESSFUL kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of “Too Licky.”

Gigi and Ryan Giles with Sugar. Photo courtesy of Too Licky.com

Gigi and Ryan were born in Los Angeles and when their parents announced they were moving to Jacksonville, Florida, the “bargain” was to get a dog.

Gigi and Ryan Giles searched high and low to find the “right” dog. After months and months of searching they found her, the “just right” rescue dog – Sugar.

The first two years of her life are unknown. The only knowns are that Sugar and her three puppies were found as strays, were taken to a rural animal shelter, fostered by a volunteer and all four adopted into loving homes.

Sugar’s story isn’t over yet. It’s more like the bumper sticker, “who rescued who?”

Proceeds from each book sale go to help other rescue dogs like Sugar find their forever home.

Please join Gigi and Ryan in helping dogs like Sugar by purchasing a book, adopting a rescue or, both!

This darling book which was inspired by the book “Too Purpley!”  “Too Licky” features beautiful illustrations by Cynthia Inks (what an appropriate last name for an illustrator, right?) and those illustrations are EXQUISITE. The illustrations are vibrant, energetic and to me are reminiscent of artwork from the 70s (Pop art colors, etc), they are DELIGHTFUL! Each of the 21 illustrations are REAL DOGS from the rescue dog community, and each of those dogs  has a “story” that is shared in the back of the book. Cynthia is  a Florida native, (who also helped Gigi and Ryan find Sugar). There are also  forewords by well-known bully breed advocates and celebrity dog trainers. The book  also features tips for families on how to find their own “just right” rescue.

Huge kudos to Gigi and Ryan Giles for writing this darling book, sharing the proceeds and for giving “Sugar” such a special home! May you have many, many years of happiness together!! 

For more information on “Too Licky,” visit the website at www.toolicky.com.

“Too Licky” is now available on Amazon!

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GIVE-AWAY!! Gigi and Ryan are kindly offering two of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and are 18 and over) a chance to win their own copy of “Too Licky!” All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT YOU WISH TO BE ENTERED! That’s it! The give-away is open NOW and will end at 5pm EST on OCTOBER 31st, 2017. WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY random.org and will be announced ON OR AROUND NOVEMBER 1, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

Help Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® donate $250,000 to benefit shelter pets! You could win a year of Nutrish for your Pets!

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

A SWEEPSTAKES FOR YOU AND YOUR PETS TOO!!

  • Grand Prize$25,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.
  • THREE (3) First Prizes: $5,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.

Many of you know that I am not a Shelter dog. I was not adopted. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to help EVERY SINGLE ANIMAL who is in a Shelter find a furever home. My kitty brother, Cody, was adopted. My “bonus” human “sister” manages a local animal shelter here in Michigan and she has adopted many of the animals she has helped care for.

I have been eating Nutrish since 2008, and I have been an Ambassadog for Nutrish for approximately four years. Mom and I are EXTREMELY proud to represent a company, that not only has delicious food that is good for me, but we are proud to represent a company where the owner, (Rachael Ray), not only “talks the talk”, she “walks the walk” when it comes to her dedication to helping animals.

For those who are regular readers of my blog you know that Rachael Ray created:Rachael’s Rescue® which was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation,
which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue. Through September 2017,
Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $21 million dollars to pet charities and
other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food,
medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals
around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make
a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

Because there are so many more animals who need help, Rachael Ray has created a new campaign that will run throughout the month of October.

The Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Furever Home™  Campaign is Helping Shelter Pets Find The Home They Deserve!

Rachael Ray Nutrish is donating $250,000 during the month of October to help shelter pets in need!!

Cash donation will be made in equal amounts to 3 organizations:

  1. Big Dog Ranch Rescue :Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States.
  2. ASPCA: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®(American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®: We have featured the ASPCA numerous times on Dakota’s blog and are honored and happy to do so. The ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare and has worked tirelessly for over 150 years to put an end to animal abuse and neglect.
  3. North Shore Animal League:  North Shore Animal League is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.
    • SWEEPSTAKES!!!!

    • The Sweepstakes begins on October 1, 2017 at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on October 31, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
    • To Enter Online: Purchase any Nutrish®-only product during the Sweepstakes Period, then visit www.nutrishfureverhome.com and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the registration form with your contact information, including email address. Then upload a digital photo of your original purchase receipt with the Nutrish product circled, to receive one entry into the Sweepstakes.
    1.                                                       To Enter without Purchase. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S/D.C.,18+ (19+ in AL&NE). Ends 10/31/17 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. To enter without purchase by mail and for Official Rules: www.nutrishfureverhome.com

      1. Grand Prize: $25,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.
      2. THREE (3) First Prizes: $5,000 and a one-year supply of Nutrish® dry dog food or one year worth of Nutrish® dry cat.

      About Rachael Ray Nutrish: In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish super-premium food and treats for dogs inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. In 2014, we were very excited to grow the brand into the world of cat food. Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers.

      I LOVE MY NUTRISH and you will too! So what are you waiting for? Hurry out and buy some today and HELP SHELTER PETS and maybe you will win some Nutrish for YOU!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Rosh Hashanah and Day of Peace 2017

FROM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES:

Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest holidays in the Jewish religion. The two-day holiday begins at sundown and celebrates the Jewish New Year. During the celebration, Jewish people take the time to appreciate and accept God as their king.

The Jewish calendar, which runs on the lunar cycle, determines the date of the holiday each year. The celebration begins at sundown and the following day marks the first full day of the celebration. Jewish calendar dates end at nightfall, which means this year’s Rosh Hashanah celebration will begin at sundown on Oct. 2 and end at nightfall on Oct. 4.

In Hebrew, “Rosh Hashanah” means “Head of the Year” and it’s also known as the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the day that God completed the creation of the world and highlights the relationship between God and humanity.

While Conservative and Orthodox Jews observe the holiday over the course of two days, most Reform Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana for one day.

An important tradition during this holiday is Tashlich, which calls for Jews to go find a body of water, be it the ocean, river or stream, and cast away their sins. This is done symbolically by throwing bread into the water and the act allows people to reflect and correct themselves so they can focus on a new year.

At home, families gather for dinner prior to attending service the night of the holiday. They recite blessings over candles and wine. Families also indulge in challah bread or apples dipped in honey.

This year it is extra special that the

 FIRST FULL DAY of

 Rosh Hashanah coincides with:

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

May peace be around you and inside of you.

We Remember

I took this photo late in 2016. It was hanging on the wall at LaGuardia Airport in NYC