Monday, October 5, 2015

How My Dog Saved My Life

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I don't know about you, but whenever I see a news story involving an animal pop up on Facebook or Twitter -- I automatically click. I'm such a sucker for inspiring or uplifting stories about pets. I also love any opportunity to help rescue dogs and find them happy homes. Hi, I'm Kait and I'm a crazy dog lady. 

If you've been reading here for awhile, you've met my beautiful dog, Judy, but if not...

Dane and I have known for a very long time how special Judy is. From the time we got her, she has had a sweet demeanor and spunky personality. For anyone reading that has met Judy in real life, you know her goofy tendencies. She's just a fun-loving, happy dog. 
 Before we even got a dog, we knew that we wanted to enroll him or her in a therapy dog program to help wounded warriors at the local hospital. Judy took to training immediately -- listening to commands and acting accordingly. She was a dream come true to train - honestly! 

Around the time Judy was entering her second year of training, we hit a setback. I was sexually assaulted and I watched as life fell apart around me. We moved and I fell into a life filled with depression and constant anxiety. I failed to maintain friendships, my job and, ultimately, my happiness. I knew I needed to ask for help and when I summoned the courage to do it, I was diagnosed with PTSD.
Through this whole ordeal, Judy was my ray of sunshine -- always happy to see me, never leaving my side and periodically forcing me off the couch to go outside.

So many people always tell me, "it's so nice that your dog is helping people" and while I usually nod, I can't help but want to yell "She's the one who helps me!". Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that Judy is the one who would save me.

Before all of this, I had strong beliefs about helping dogs, but now I am even more passionate. Animals have such a soothing nature to them and I can't imagine what my life would be like without Judy. I was so excited when I found out that PEDIGREE® will donate a bowl of food to a dog in need for the entire month of October anytime a PEDIGREE® product is purchased at Sam's Club. How awesome is that?
Because of Judy's allergies, she has to eat medicated dog food, but we headed out to Sam's Club anyhow and snagged a 55-pound bag of PEDIGREE® Adult Dry Dog Food and dropped it off at a local shelter on our way home. PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® happen to be a fan favorite at our house, so we grabbed a box of those, too. You can never have enough treats, right?!

Knowing we were helping to feed hungry pets made us both so happy!

Can't make it to Sam's Club? No worries! You can upload a photo of the dog you love to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LaterShelter for a chance to be featured on The PEDIGREE® brand will donate a bowl of food for every upload.
Are you an animal lover? Be sure to check out more heartfelt stories here
I'd love to hear about your favorite pet!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fun Fall Activities Nationwide

With fall officially here, I wanted to make sure readers that are located in all parts of the country (plus Canada and the UK!) could see what was happening in their neck of the woods! If you're local to Hawaii, be sure to check out my original post listed below :)


  • Boston - Feathers and Stripes
  • Omaha - Mom on the Side
New Hampshire
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina
  London, Ontario - Creative Cynchronicity
  Toronto, Ontario - Teddy Out-Ready

  Yorkshire - JuggleMum  

Friday, October 2, 2015

3 Creepy Corners of The Internet

Tell me I'm not alone when I say that as bloggers, there's always a little bit of hesitation about what we put out here on our little corners of the interwebs. I mean, for anyone who doesn't know it yet, the internet is pretty much forever. If you've ever written it or posted it, someone, somewhere, could probably find it. Kind of creepy, eh?

But let me tell you about a couple of other creepy things I've recently encountered.

1. Selling panties.
Every now and then, I get the urge to completely rid my house of things that aren't being used. This includes clothes that still have price tags attached to them. I know, I know. Hold your groans. So when I stumble upon lots like this, I put them all in a bag and post them up on Craigslist. The other day, my e-nail dinged with a notification someone might be interested, so when I opened it up to see this request, my jaw kind of dropped. I thought this shit only happened on Orange Is The New Black!

For what it's worth, no underwear was included in the bag of clothes (ew), or sold to Mr. Completely Normal. 

2. Requests for photos of my feet. 

So when my good ol' friend from Craigslist isn't sending me e-mails asking for my used and unwashed underwear, my other best pal on Facebook is requesting photos of my feet. 

Let me clue you into something buddy, I have bunions from years of stuffing my feet into heels for a night of debauchery with my sorority sisters..AIN'T NOBODY WANT TO SEE THAT! Needless to say, Donald the foot man never got a response from me.

3. Baby role playing.

Have you ever been browsing Instagram so late at night that you have one eye open and the other squinted aimlessly scrolling through feeds? No? Just me...?

Well anyway, sometimes this happens to me. Not long ago, I found a pretty successful account who happened to have a separate account that was "run" by this person's child. Yeah don't ask...I thought it was fucking bizarre, too. In any case, one of the comments was #babyroleplay, tagged by a suspicious account. Being the curious person I am, I clicked.

DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN. Not only does it make me never want to post photos of my non-esitent child on the internet, it makes me want to report every single social media account that takes part in this disgusting activity. People are sick.

And on that note...

Where do you draw the line on the internet? Have you encountered anything creepy?

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