Friday, March 1, 2013

Bloggers help with Paws with A Cause with author blogger Laurie Garrison

I want to apologies up front for this long post.

First off I want to think my Co-host Danielle for all she has done for getting this cause together. Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies took this idea and created this awesome charity event, that any blogger would be proud of hosting, I know I am. THANK YOU Danielle your awesome!!

I also want to think all the bloggers and authors who donated their 1.00 or more for the grand prizes. I also want to think all everyone that helps with the donating to our cause. 

Now as most of you here at Bitten by Paranormal Romance know I hosted Pet Week least year and this year I wanted to take pet week add a pet charity with it so with Danielle direction pet week is now “Bloggers helps with Paws With a Cause”. What that means is the bloggers and authors that signed up for this week will be hosting some kind of post of pets each day during March the 1st to the 8th on their blogs. This gives you the chance to help with the charity by donating to Paws With a Cause during this week, which you'll find full instructions below on how to donate. We are hosting grand prizes and I know most of the authors who are participating will also be doing giveaways on the different blogs. Plus you get to see who has what kind of pets the whole week.  So please help us with this cause in any way you can.

I would like to say this is the first time something like this has ever been attempted that I know of, so we might encounter a few problems along the away or something’s might not be explained just right. I would ask that everyone please bear with us because we want to let the world know readers can help charities in a large away than has ever been tried before. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Danielle or I (Laurie) by email so we can make sure everything is clear for you. If this goes like I think it will I believe we can do this each year and create a large charity with blogger, authors and readers that anyone has ever known.

Now since Danielle suggested participating bloggers to host the first post for their pet you get to read about my wonderful pets first. Then I have some wonderful authors and their pet coming up for you in over the next few days. I hope you enjoy and have fun looking at all the different blog and learn about Paws for a Cause during this week. 

I have always loved animals. At one time I owned over 50 rabbits, a pig, a dog, and a duck and yes, it was at all at the same time. I’ve had so many different animals during my lifetime that I don’t think I could ever live without having at least one animal. At this point in time my gang consists of 3 cats and 1 dog, but I have a lots of squirrels, rabbits and birds that visit my smorgasbord feast (my hubby calls it that LOL) in my backyard each day.

My oldest cat is nine year old. His name is Salem and yes, he is black just like the one on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Heck sometime he even acts just like that cat on the show LOL.  At one time he belonged to me, but sad to say he took to my daughter instead. All she has to do is snap her fingers and he’s ready to run after her. She has to kick him out of her room each night or he’ll keep her up, so he waits until I get up each morning, then he drive me nuts until I let him in her room and believe me he can beg LOL

My youngest cats are two Maine Coons. I wore my hubby down until he finally caved in and let me have one. The best part is not only did I get one but I got two instead, WOOHOO! Both cats are 3 years old and have been abused; one cat shows it more than the other one does. The sad fact is when you buy from a breeder you sometimes get kennel cats so these cats know nothing about playing with each other let alone with anything else. It’s sad what people will do to animals. One of the cats took to me and my daughter helped me name her Sookie. She turned out to the largest of the two cats and she stick to me like glue and believe me when I say “like glue” I’m not exaggerating by any means. If she wakes up and I am not around her she starts squalling for me and when it's bedtime she is either on my head or beside me and lets not even get around to her sitting on my chest while I am trying to use the computer or read UGH. My hubby said, “Well you wanted a lap cat.” Yes, I did but heck she can’t stick with me all the time LOL. Her favorite toy is a box, if you have ever received a box from me then you have seen her art work and she will only drink out of a running faucet.

Our other Maine Coon is named Heidi. My husband named her because once she came into the house she hid under a chair for weeks. We didn’t think she would ever come out. She still loves to hide every time someone comes over. The only person that has had the privilege to see her is Vanessa from the Jeep Diva. There is something about her voice that Heidi likes. Heidi has become our watch dog. She waits until she hears our dog bark and then she goes into “guard the house mode” before she flees the scene and hides. It’s funny to hear her growling the whole time while she is going to her hiding place. One day last summer when I had the windows up she was in the window when the electric meter reader came by and said “Hello Kitty.” OMG! I thought she was going to attack him though the screen. He snuck up on her before she knew it and she didn’t have time to hide, so all she could do was attack. It was too funny. Heidi favorite human food is Sargento's shredded Colby-Jack cheese. I have tried off brands and she just walks away. She sits at the refrigerator every morning waiting for me open the bag so she can have her cheese feast. LOL.

Our dog is a schnauzer named Spuds. He is 6 years old and was saved by my daughter by an abusive household. He still has some issues when it comes to petting him because he always ducks for a blow when you go to pet him. He is a wonderful dog until it comes to trimming time. Oh my, he hates it LOL. He is quiet and gentle and I am so glad that my daughter saved him. It’s just too bad we couldn't save all the abused animals in the world….

Free ways to help pets 
  • Petfinders is hosting a luckiest pet contest, this is free all you have to do is vote each day
  • If you own a blog or website look and have room to add a widget, please visit this link at Petfinders and add one of your choice. 
  • If your local animal shelter is still a kill shelter then please stop by and ask them how you can help them in moving forward into being a no kill shelter

Now for the most important part of this event here is more about the Cause Danielle has picked out for us to help. 

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.

Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348

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! Your all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.
8. Please email Danielle at with the name you used to donate your money. For example the name I used to donate on behalf of was Romance Book Junkies. 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. Your all done. Thank you for donating!

Warning: 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.

We will have 4 winners for the main giveaway.
We have 2 $65 gift certificates to any online book store.
Also we have two huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for US residents only.

Good luck to all and thank you for helping make this fundraiser a success. 


  1. What a great cause. I actually entered my three legged rat into the Luckiest Pet Contest you spoke of. I love the pictures of your cats and dog. I have 6 rats right now. I love rats and since my daughter is allergic to cats and dogs we started out adopting hamsters when she was little because she wasn't allergic to them, now I have rats.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Mary and I hope your Rat wins. I need to go vote again.

  2. Laurie, thank you so very much for this opportunity to give to such a wonderful cause!! I, too, am an animal lover and have 8 cats of my own, all who were feral until I took them in and socialized them with the intention of getting them adopted. Yeah, didn't work out that way. I kept them all. I do the Trap, Neuter, Release with the ferals in my yard so that we don't have too many kittens. And I feed them all. Along with the birds, groundhogs, foxes, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and deer!

    1. Phyllis, Thank you for stopping by. I wish I had a chipmunk to feed. I have never been up close to one.

  3. Laurie growing up always had a dog a horse or 6 and yard full of chickens so my decision when a young married was for us to only have 1 pet at a time.

    That worked for years until discovered hedgehogs in a pet shop we used to buy things for my aquarium, never ever buy 2 hedgehogs and allow them to share a living space because if you do the 2 becomes 6 fast!

    Now we only have our two cats and as much as miss my dog that passed last fall there will be no more pups and probably after these two are gone no more cats as it hurts too much when you have to say goodbye.

    1. My hubby says the same thing. "no more animals" but yet he lest me keep dragging them in LOL.

  4. What a wonderful cause! I love animals and am a big supporter of causes like this one. Bravo to all of you!

  5. This is great, I'd still love to help on my blogs!

  6. Love that you are doing this and I'm glad to participate. Most of my stuff will not include the weekends. Oh and I'm with you, I would love to save all the abused babies. I'm so glad that your bunch has such a great home. I miss having a kitty so I'll just virtually pet yours!

  7. Your babies are so beautiful, Laurie! My hubby is deathly allergic to just about anything with fur so, even though we both love dogs and cats, we can't have any in our home. We make up for it by donating to animal awareness and rescue causes. We've also adopted 3 bunnies, a white-faced cockatiel, 3 guinea pigs and a sugar glider. Some of them bothered my hubby if he held them, otherwise we were lucky enough to give them good homes. Some of them are no longer with us but they were all very much loved.

    I'm honored to help by passing on the info about this cause and by making a donation. Thank you for doing this, and for loving and helping animals. You and Danielle are angels!

    Best wishes always,
    Charli xoxo

  8. What a great idea and a great cause to donate to. Your babies are so cute and I'm so jealous. I'm horribly allergic to cats and not much better with dogs, so all I can do is admire them from afar, but I'm always happy to support pet charities.

    1. I'm sorry to hear that Jen. I would hate to be allergic to animals.


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