Monday, May 14, 2007
Planet Dog Category: Pets and Animals
Thanks to part of our extended family of dog lovers, we learned about these absolutely wonderful chew bones made for puppies (orbee-tuff bones). They're perfect for pug puppies and we'd recommend them to anyone bringing home a new little one!
Then at a dog show, I met a distributor who was selling other Planet Dog items, including these wonderfully soft, yet strong, hemp and fleece harnesses. They also explained that a portion of the sales go to promote programs for and about dogs.
Now that I've had a minute to sit down and take a peek around their website, I'm very impressed. They have funds set aside for grants and have helped sponsor programs such as at-risk youth learning to work with dogs, the prison program where inmates do basic training on shelter dogs to help them find a home. And then there's one I really enjoyed reading about...
Because we raise small dogs, we see many people who don't have the room or the energy to deal with large breed dogs. It's true that they require more in some ways, but I truly love large breed dogs. So I loved this particular grant that I read about on Planet Dog's Grantees Page. The Service Dog Project in Massachusetts trains large breed "balance" dogs to help aid people with mobility issues such as Parkinson's, MS, and stroke recoveries. That sounds absolutely fabulous! Not only do they get help with balance and recovery, but they get the loving therapy of a wonderful, large breed dog.
There are a lot of good things happening out there in the world! :)