Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Bloggers Help with Paws with a Cause with author Dani Harper




DOGS WITH JOBS – an exclusive by Fiona the Pug





Hi, my name is Fiona the Pug, and it’s about time Dani let me write another blog post! You see, I’m her executive secretary and I’ve tried to explain to her that this is part of my job description, but you know humans … they’re a little slow on the uptake.

Now you might think that assisting an honest-to-gosh author would be an exciting and totally glam position, but not really. (I’m still waiting for that rhinestone collar…) That doesn’t mean it’s not an important job!  Writers have to be encouraged constantly. I listen to her ideas, lick her toes if I like what I hear, or climb into her lap to proofread what’s on the screen for myself. Sometimes she needs a hug if things aren’t going well, and especially if she comes down with a case of the dreaded “writer’s block”. I don’t know what kind of illness that is, but it must be awful. I do my best to comfort her and remind her to drink enough coffee by sticking my face in her nearly empty cup so she has to go get another one.
It all keeps me pretty busy. Fortunately I have an assistant, Toby. Last time I blogged, he was just an apprentice, but he’s taken over some of the physical work now. Like barking out the window to keep the distractions away – especially the twenty or so cats that wander across the yard daily. No one told me that we were moving to a neighborhood with such a strong feline element. I would have advised Dani against it. Toby works very hard at keeping them at bay, though.



Both Toby and I do our best to keep Dani active. Writers sit in one spot for long periods of time, so they need to move regularly. We run to the back door and ask to be let out every twenty minutes or so. Of course we don’t always have business to attend to outside, but don’t tell Dani that!  And Toby has mastered the “THE FACE”, and uses it to encourage Dani to take us for a walk. I think the little spinning dance he does is way over the top, but hey, Dani thinks it’s cute so I just ignore it.
Speaking of CUTE, if you leave a comment on this blog post, you’ll be automatically entered in a drawing for this adorable little Webkinz PUG.  Dani will let ME point out a name at random on March 9th!  Make sure you include an email address with your comment so we can contact you if you win!
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Every dog has a job, even if their owners don’t know it. And the purpose of this blog is to let you know about PAWS WITH A CAUSE, which trains service dogs for a variety of tasks.  58 bloggers have gotten together to raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause. And if you make a DONATION, you can enter to win one of the four MAIN PRIZES of this event. The Linky List is below, plus information on the organization and how to enter.
Fiona the Pug



Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.

PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.  PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.


BLOGGERS HELP 
"PAWS WITH A CAUSE®" 

By making a donation to Paws With A Cause® you become eligible for one of the following 4 awesome prizes:
     2 - $65 gift certificates to any online book store.
     2 - huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance (for US residents only). 

The real winners are the clients of PAWS WITH A CAUSE. Clients pay no fee to apply for or to receive their much-needed Assistance Dogs from PAWS. But the sponsorship to train and place a PAWS Assistance Dogs is about $30,000 --- so donations are critical to this program! 

Here is a little about the organization that we are raising the money for:

Photo from PAWS website - www.pawswithacause.org
What is "PAWS WITH A CAUSE"?

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.
PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.

Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. 

By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen. PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.

HOW TO DONATE:
2. Click on "Make a Donation"
3. Enter a amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate.  
4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make a anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.
5. Next it will ask you for your credit or debit card information. 
6. Then it will ask for your email address to send you a receipt. This is so that you can submit it for tax purposes.
7. Ta Da! You're all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.
8. Please email Danielle at RomanceBookJunkiesDanielle@Yahoo.com with the name you used to donate your money. Do not send me your name off your credit or debit card because I will not be able to see this. Along with the name you used please tell me how much you donated and if you live in the US or are International.
9. You're now entered in the Main Giveaway for BLOGGERS HELP "PAWS WITH A CAUSE®". Thank you for donating! 

PS: Do not try to email Danielle the name and donation amount of another person that is not yourself. If Danielle recieves more than one email with the same persons name and donation amount she will have to ask for your copy of the receipt from everibbon to verify that you are the correct winner. Thank you.

8 comments:

  1. So cute ! i love him already! if it's open to int please count me in!!!

    isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. he is so cute...My son saw the picture and goes "eddie" he calls all dogs Eddie as that is what our German Shepard/Husky mix is called our lab is Zelda and that is to hard for him to say... My aunt has pugs they are so funny i love the snorting sound they make it is so cute... Thank you for being part of this wonderful cause.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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    1. Congratulations Jeannette --- I printed the names, cut them out and scattered them on the floor. Fiona did better than just point to one, your name stuck to her nose! So we're VERY SURE you're the winner, LOL. I'll be emailing you in just a minute.

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  3. Toby is adorable.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

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  4. Yep, I am participating in this great event and I have dogs with jobs. Their job is to make me laugh at least once a day. They excel at their job. :) Love the pugs!!
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  5. So cute! Fiona, you and Toby do a terrific job of taking care of Dani. I have a Toby too but he's a basset and he and his little sister Sadie take good care of me :)
    tracidhorton at yahoo dot come

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  6. So cute! Our dog has a night job keeping away the fox's and anything else she deem's to be trepassing!
    suzi1811 @ fsmail.net

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  7. So cute! I think my dogs think their job is to hold down the couches! They are currently stretched out snoozing & one of them is snoring pretty loud, lol.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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