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Day 19: Must Love Dogs

Chef Challenge Update:

A few “posts” ago, I pledged to raise $10,000 in donations for Women’s Cancer Research at Mount Sinai Hospital through an event called The Chef’s Challenge. This event will utilize both my fundraising skills, my ability to cook (or at least I like to think I can cook) and my willingness to take on Master Chef / Master Bully Gordon Ramsey. I look forward to taking on Chef Ramsey but I need your help to reach my fundraising goal of $10,000. Currently I have donations totaling $995.00. I appreciate everyone’s help to date but I have a long way to go.

The practical way of viewing this goal is to break it down: $50 x 180 donations or $100 x 90 donations and I will meet my goal.

A full tax receipt will be given for each donation. Please take a minute to review my profile look and see if you can GIVE today.

Karen Somers Photography

Today I was hiking with my two dogs, Brooklyn and Mackenzie. Having one dog is a lot of work and I thought having two would just mean two poop bags.  I imagined they would keep each other company and would be less needy of me. Wrong ! It’s a bit like saying two children are easier than one. There is no Mother that would ever agree to that. Twice the love – twice the work. It’s a daily balance.

My dogs are both adopted. One was rescued from a wonderful couple in Ontario that saves dogs lives from the Humane Society. Sometimes animals are put down through this organization due to overcrowding and not being able to get an animal adopted in a reasonable amount of time. Our other dog Mackenzie, was rescued at 2 weeks old (not adopted by us until 9 weeks) by another couple that run a dog rescue / adoption called Moosonee Puppy Rescue from their home. They rescue many dogs from Indian Reserves in northern Ontario. We love both our dogs from the bottom of or hearts and most of all they love our son. Today’s GIVE is dedicated to them, our first “kids” who taught us so much about being parents before we ever had our son.

Give 19 / Day 19

The Animal Rescue Site makes giving easy. Just one click and you have given food to an animal in need. I would do anything for a dog, cat, fish or even gerbil in need. This a great idea and is one we can all do, everyday, for 365 days if we each choose.

Time Commitment: 30 seconds

Cost: 0

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Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
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