Well mai pals I am sure that a lot of you remember that the staff went to Blogpaws in Columbus earlier this year. After a major travel mishap they got there and met some great people and they were part of the Be The Change session which was a great success.

Along with Jessica from Pawcurious, Dorian from YourDailyCute and Jane from Petfinder they shared stories of how they had each done some crazy things to help anipals all over the world. They also laid down a challenge to everyone who attended the session to do their own bit to help Be the Change, the result was a mini PawPawty, lots of bloggers, facebook fans and tweeters who all did just that and helped to raise over $2000 for Pets Without Parents a great shelter in Columbus.

But it was not just about raising money, there were lots of ideas of how to help keep this great thing going that they had all kind of invented together. Not everyone can donate to the monthly PawPawty events on twitter, or donate lots of prizes, or make videos, or write brilliant blogs. So they have been busy thinking up ideas and you will hear lots more about what they will be getting up to if you are going to Blogpaws West in September.

Share your story
One of the first things you can do to help is to visit the Be the Change for Pets on Facebook where you can interact and share your stories of what you are doing, or want to do to play your part in helping less fortunate animals all over the world. There is also a toolkit section so that you can all start to share things that work and get help and support from like minded people. One thing is for sure when you start sharing ideas and telling others about what you are doing or want to do well things just seem to start to happen.

So why not pop along to facebook and tell us what you have done, or are planning to do to help Be the Change in your part of the world. It does not have to be something new it could be something that you have been doing for a while and it does not have to involve pots of cash. Lots of little things add up to a huge difference.

Dog Days of Summer
As you would expect from this gang they have a new challenge that you can get involved in if it fits with how you want to help local anipals. Basically all you have to do is persuade your staff to  purchase a little extra food when they next go shopping and then pop it along to your local shelter. It would be great if you can get a photo or a video of your staff handing over the nom nom noms to the shelter so that we can see all the different shelters and charities that we are helping. There is even a cute flyer that you can print off to include with your donation to the shelter.

I feel so inspired myself that I may even give up my usual treats for a week, then again I may just get the staff to give up wine for a week! Oh and just to be clear obviously this new challenge applies to Noms for cats and other critters it is not just for doggies!

And if you ever thought that one little act of kindness would not make a difference, well remember how the whole PawPawty thing started, it was just a few friends having some fun, a few drinks and laughs.

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Frugal Dougal
Well mai pals I think I already told you what a great week this has been for me because I had lots of pwesents delivered! Well I finally got the staff to take a picture of me in my beautiful silk bandanna which mai pal @pasikas made for me. Kathleen is a lovely lady who is very talented and she makes these fantastic hand painted silk scarves. As you can see this one even has my name on it.

It is also ideal for this hot weather cause it is light and silky and does not make me hot around the collar!  I know that lots of you have beautiful scarves from @pasikas because for a long long time she has supported the PawPawty events every month ( sometimes twice a month!) by providing two of her beautiful scarves as pwizes. You should check out Kathleen's  website because there sure are some beautiful examples of her work. 

The staff are very happy as well because as well as the lovely gift for me , mum got this scarf as well! We have all been very lucky this week!

Kathleen does commissions so if you have a favourite colour then why not get in touch and see if you can have your very own personalised design just like me. So a big thanks to Kathleen for being so thoughtful, talented and generous in all that she does.

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Well mai pals I have been very lucky this week because I have had lots of pwesents arrive just for me!

Take a look at these great magnets that mai pal @no_crybaby_dogs staffs made I think they are lovely and I was so happy to have some to display in our kitchen. Lets face it there should be at least one picture of me in every room in the house!!

I am trying to decide which one is my favourite!!

Hmm I think this one !!

You should take a look at mai pals store and check out all of the great prints, magnets and cards on offer. You are sure to find one that you like ( even if it is not the ones of me...hee hee).

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