Thursday, June 25, 2009
Dear Big Dogs Huge Paws,
I thought I would send you an update. Riley(formerly Agness) is settling in perfectly! Day by day a new piece of her personality shines through. She wonders why her brothers will not play with her, but each day they, too, get a little more comfortable. I think they are beginning to realize she is here to stay, and not just a visitor any more. Dylan, my siamese, is laying near her as I type. I have been amazed that there have no accidents in the house to date!
I will be filling out my volunteer application shortly!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
This is where you can help...we need Corporate Sponsors! Do you know of any company that might be willing to support this great event? If you do, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and either we can contact the potential sponsor or supply you with a letter that you can submit for their review.
The Corporate Sponsors do not need to be dog related and we would love for them to come to the actual event and set up a booth to promote their business too!
Date: Sunday, August 23rd
Location: Clement Park
Gold - $500 (LG logo on t-shirt, banner and booth)
Silver - $250 (SM logo on t-shirt, banner and booth)
Bronze - $50 (logo on printed materials and booth)
We are so excited for this event and will be posting more information in the coming weeks!
Mark your calendars!!!!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Gracie III is a wonderful girl who is still looking for her forever family. We introduced Gracie to you all as a permanent foster, but we are THRILLED to report the original diagnosis of Cancer was incorrect! Gracie is healthy, happy and just happens to have a funny looking foot! She loves to snuggle and play, and is about as easy as they come!
This bed sure beats the puppy mill she used to live in!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Freedom Service Dogs is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1987 and their mission is to rescue dogs from area shelters and custom train each dog to assist a person with a disability with day to day activities providing their human companions with a greater degree of independence and an overall higher quality of life. They have recently received a number of requests for larger dogs from soldiers returning from Iraq who are too tall for the majority of dogs they currently have in their program. They have also found that the giant breeds are wonderful therapy dogs for kids with autism. FSD contacted BDHPI due to the obvious match between our organizations and our missions and I am thrilled to be able to share with you more about their program and the ways we will be able to work together!
Freedom Service Dogs custom trains all dogs in their program to be one of three (3) types of dogs: (a) certified service dog, (b) skilled companion dog or (c) social dog. FSD places dogs only in Colorado, so that they are able to provide a lifetime of hands-on support to ensure the success of the team.
Certified Service Dogs –Full service dogs retrieve and carry objects; turn lights on and off; open and close doors; find a person; find the phone; push a LifeLine or 911 button; assist with pulling a wheelchair; help with transfers; brace and counterbalance ambulatory clients; and perform specialized tasks needed by the client. Certified service dogs have complete public access.
Skilled Companion Dogs – Similar to full service dogs, skilled companion dogs perform specialized tasks as needed; retrieve thrown objects, find a person; push a LifeLine button; brace and counterbalance; stand for grooming, lie quietly when being read to; understand non-verbal commands; and provide a social bridge. Skilled companion dogs typically do not have full public access.
Social Dogs – Social dogs serve as a link to the world , a companion, a much-needed and trusted “buddy” for those suffering emotional trauma. They are easier to talk to than people, and they provide an outlet for those who are experiencing emotional or social difficulty. An example of use for social dogs includes animal assisted therapy by a licensed physical, speech, occupational, social or other therapist or placement with children with autism.
We are so excited to support this organization and think we may even have a dog or two right now who might fit this bill!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Here is a current list:
Lindsay Condon, CEO/President
Greg Smith, COO/Vice President
Rand Winton, DVM/CMO
Rob Landry, DVM/CMO
Kari Bastyr, Behavior Director
Bree Dew, Human Resource Director
Claire Whitlock-Skinner, Fundraising Director
Nada Giunta, Marketing Director
Sonya Aamodt, Retail Director
Marie Silverstein, Medical Director
James Lane, IT Director *NEW
Samantha (Sam) Lehr, Media Director *NEW (bio coming soon!)
Amy Humphreys, Accounting Director *NEW
Craig Brooks, Operations Director *NEW
Barrett Donaldson, Southern Regional Director *NEW
Links to Bios and Photos:
Officers - http://www.bigdogshugepaws.com/about-us/officers
Directors - http://www.bigdogshugepaws.com/about-us/directors