8.30.2012

people and pets and sponsors. oh my!

Playa Animal Rescue Image
So I've gotten a few questions lately that I would like to address. Actually, I got one lovely anonymous question. Those are the best, aren't they? But because I got one question, I’m guessing there might be more than one of you thinking this.

So, the question is: Why dogs? Why animals? Why am I so infatuated with dogs; and on that same note, why would I want to help animals when there are millions of people (real live human beings) out there suffering? And the more specific question that was brought up to me the other day ... "Why give any of your sponsor proceeds to animals?" Animals for crying out loud!
(I added the 'Animals for crying out loud!' for effect).

Before I get in to this ... some of you are probably wondering why even get in to this. Why even answer this question? You see, I know for a fact that some of the most amazing bloggers out there would get this question and either ignore it, delete it, or say "it's none of your business".

But, I'm not one of those amazing bloggers. I {sometimes} do actually worry about what other people think *gasp*. I once heard that conscientious people should never start a blog. I disagree. I think we should. We just need to be smart enough to disable anonymous comments {note to self}.

So anyways, back to the question at hand ...
I saw this picture on pinterest last week. I saw this picture just hours after I had received this comment of “why dogs?” And I could not tear myself away from it. I sat at my desk, staring at this picture, asking myself this very same question … why in the world do I care so much about animals?

And after all of my pondering and all of this rambling ... all I really want to say is "because I do". Tah-Dah! But I will also remind my anonymous reader that to many people dogs are considered a companion. A confidant. A friend. They know how to love unconditionally. They need our love. They deserve our love. They deserve a voice. Oh and they're cute too. What's not to love?

Now, I want to emphasize that starving people, abused women, neglected children- they break my heart too. Remember that little job of mine? I do like people. I promise I do. And I try my very best to use my education and life experiences to help people on a daily basis. So, as a hobby ... for this little hobby of mine ... I want to try to help the animals. However, I don’t want it to sound like I’m Mother flippin' Teresa here. Some people might even laugh at the small donations that I have made. But, it's the thought that counts, right?
If you don't know how to put glasses on your pets, you should check out THIS site asap.
One more thing before I go. I have a dog. You may have heard about him. His name it Sherman. I don’t have kids. You may have heard this too. Do I want kids eventually? Absolutely. More than anything in this world. But do we have kids yet? Not yet. So for now, I'll send some money to the animals and {over} post pictures of my dog. If we are lucky enough to have kids one day … who knows, you might see me donating to an organization supporting neglected children. I have no idea how my outlook on life will change once we have kids. But for now ...
it's those dang dogs. :)

P.S. The very first picture in this post is from Playa Animal Rescue, an amazing organization in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico (one of our favorite places to vacation). If you have a spare minute, please check them out; like them on facebook, send them some words of encouragement ... or money. :) And speaking of donating money ... my sponsor proceeds are now going to this crazy (crazy as in awesome) organization. I will keep giving to the petco foundation, as I always have. I will also continue to sponsor other amazing blogs, as promised. But PAR has been heavy on my heart lately.
I saw them, I read about them, I fell for them.

So, the moral of the story?
If you ask me why I donate money to the animals ...
I will just donate more. ;)

46 comments:

  1. So, I am an animal nut too. I volunteer at a local shelter and have three shelter animals of my own. One dog and two cats. I took the dog from the shelter that was there the longest that no one wanted. We've worked through a lot of issues. She still has separation anxiety and aggression issues, but I won't give up on her. Everyone asks me why I don't just get rid of her. I ask them if they'd ever get rid of their child. I've always been drawn to helping animals and I don't know why. Maybe because I am less awkward around animals than I am people? I think it's awesome you donate all your sponsor proceeds. I'm already sponsoring blogs for September...but I am going to sign up to sponsor you in October. And when I start charging for my sponsor spots, I am going to follow your lead and donate the money to the local shelter.

    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  2. I loved reading this. I studied International Development in college, and my dissertation was about why aid isn't working for the most part in the developing world. I spent four years learning about people suffering: but I still don't believe that animals should be neglected either, and animal rescue organisations do such fantastic work. Anyway, sorry if this seems like rambling but what I am trying to say is that lots of people feel happy to criticise who and what organisations people support, but it is very possible that those people aren't doing anything to help themselves! It is wonderful that you are helping a cause that you believe in. It is not possible for one person to try and help every cause, but if every person helps the cause they believe in most, well, that is fantastic.

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  3. I love that you donate to an organization, regardless of what it's for! That's something I really want to do if I get my blog rolling.. Is donate to different organizations with the proceeds. I love that idea! Good for you!! :D I'm a total fur mama too, I have a cat but I totally know what you mean when you mentioned your world revolves around you animal.

    Krista

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  4. I really love animals as well. Like, REALLY love animals. I think you should be commended 100% for donating to these organizations. It's my hope that I can follow in your footsteps and do the same exact thing in the future.

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  5. Don't you think it is as simple as God made people with a "heart" for people and people with a "heart" for animals and maybe some with a "heart" for both.....that way the love (money) gets spread around!!!!

    No living thing deserves to suffer in any way!!!

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  6. Actually (I haven't sponsored you yet) but the reason I want to is because of the animals! Any sort of donations I ever make are always to animals, (a) because they can't help themselves and it's the fault of humans that they're overbred and dropped at shelters, (b) they have unconditional love (ok maybe not cats... ;) ), (c) there's so many charities to help humans, but not animals. I don't have kids and never will, but fur babies forever!

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  7. Tiff, I don't think you should ever have to justify who you donate to. It is a selfless act that should never be questioned or judged. You are a very kind person with a very big heart and no one should care who or what you direct your kindness to. Also, animals don't have a voice and they need advocates just like you to help them.

    There is an organization I wanted to share with you called the American Humane Association. It fights for the humane treatment of not only children but animals too. After all, babies and young children need a voice just like the animals do. I'm not saying you should start giving your donations to something other than what you already do, I'm just sharing with you an organization that I thought you might connect with. I love that you love dogs to much and I love that you care not to offend people. I get it. Keep on keeping on, Tiff! You are a wonderful person!

    http://www.americanhumane.org/

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  8. I admire what you're doing! Funny, I wrote this post about Jacko the other day and though - everyone is gonna think I'm cracked out because I'm so upset over my dog. And I told my boss the same thing after breaking down in front of her on Tuesday... she has no pets, but understood - they are like your children, and are totally dependent on you as children are! XOX

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  9. Hey, at least you donate, right?! You could just be donating to the "scarves, booze and banana colored shorts fund". :-D

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  10. I love you. And Sherman.

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  11. i'm a crazy animal lover too...i think helping anyone, animals or people, is a beautiful thing. i donate to the ASPCA often, and don't think you should feel bad for choosing what someone else might think is the "wrong" charity. animals have always tugged at my hearstrings, you have to support what you feel strongly about. i think you're doing a great thing :)

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  12. You know I'm an animal lover. But I think all causes are worthy, and I don't think one organization is more deserving than another. I think it just comes down to ones personal beliefs and I don't think we can judge people for giving to a cause, no matter what that cause is. I admire you for giving to those who can't help themselves - the animals :)

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  13. I am completely with you, on the fact that I do not have children and my dogs are my babies. It is completely acceptable to blog about your dog as much as Moms blog about their children.

    xoxo!

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  14. So sweet! I think that if everyone gave to the same kind of charity there would be none for other charities. It's good that people are different and care about different things.

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  15. Thank you for this post! I recently faced this scenario, too, when someone commented about the animal commercials and how they're "really getting sick of them when there are PEOPLE suffering out there." My response was this: Just because light is shed on one worthy need, doesn't detract from the other need. The fact is, is that there ARE more people donating to help people (and of course donating to people is wonderful, I'm 100% behind it). But just because there is one group of living beings suffering doesn't mean that we should be guilted into ignoring another group of living beings suffering. I wonder if "anonymous" donates to any cause?

    Good for you. And keep those pictures of Sherman comin'! :)

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  16. I love your heart for animals. And I love seeing Sherman on my blogger feed everyday. So it's a win win love all around type thing for me. Just sayin.

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  18. (Crud- I deleted my last comment-oops.) AWESOME and tactful response. Very well said. And now I must go figure out how to put glasses on my dogs...

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  19. I have two children- one with four legs and one with two - but yet I'm still more apt to donate to animal organizations. They can't help themselves! I loved this post. And on behalf of my four legged child thank you

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  20. Preach it, Sister. I am with you 100% on this. Very nice and to the point response.

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  21. I totally consider Sammy to be a child and my heart breaks for those animals that are abused or not taken care of. So I think you are totally justified for your reasons for donating to who you do - not that you should have to explain yourself anyway.

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  22. did you know that ill cry in movies if something happens to a dog, but it takes me A LOT more to shed for a human? im not cold-hearted.... im just animal-hearted.

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  23. You spend, donate, or do whatever you like with your money! Just don't leave it laying around, Sherman may eat it!

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  24. Being heavily involved in International Animal Rescue (and local Animal welfare) I get the same question all the time. Usually from people that probably do not donate to any (human or non) organizations. I commend you on your compassion and dedication, to trying to make this world a better place for ANY living creature!

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  25. I always say..."because it's not their fault" mankind is unfortunately not so kind anymore.
    I never have been disappointed by one of my animals but plenty of humans. They don't lie and betray. All my animals are rescue with tremendous issues that I feel the challenge to make it good for them to prove everybody can do anything that they have their minds set on.

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  26. Big virtual hug to you... wouldn't it be nice if all people realized that there is plenty of love and empathy and goodwill for all different kinds of causes in this world?

    The most important thing is that YOU are actually doing something good, and you should never feel bad that it may "not be very much". It's more than nothing! A

    And imagine if every person on this earth, heck let's just say ONLY this country alone, donated just $1 to some worthy cause... we'd have more than $300 Million to use for something good :)

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    1. BTW LOVE Sherman with the glasses!! I wonder if our cat will let me put Julian's kiddo glasses on her? Must try. Ha, and sorry for all the CAPS :D

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  27. Well said Tiff!

    -Jennifer

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  28. You know...I'm not much of an animal person. I have one great dog I love, and I'm not drawn in to most others. But, some people have gifts towards certain things. I worked with people with disabilities for years, but I could really never see myself working with the elderly and being good at it. God has placed different things on each person's heart. You clean up your corner. I'll work on mine...and maybe eventually we'll have most of the house clean. Something like that. Or at least liveable. :)

    Anyways, I'm with you, Tiff. *Stands next to Tiff and shakes fist at anonymous commenter*

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  29. My answer would have been, "Why not dogs?" :) Love this post! {But you know I am a fellow doggie obsesser with no children!}

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  30. Ugh people who make donations to charities are so cliche.

    {sarcasm}

    Why question a donation at all is what I want to know? A donation is a donation is a donation. Geesh. Get a life peeps. Or do what we did- get a blog.

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  31. I think you and your blog are awesome and you don't suck. I think dogs are awesome, too, and someday, I will get and love another. Right now, I get to help you do what you love to do, and that makes me happy. :)

    xoxo

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  32. Oh anon......Why anthing? Why do I spend so much money on wine? Why does she spend so much money on fake boobs? Why does she spend so much money on her tan? BECAUSE IT MAKES US HAPPY! At least your cause is more noble then booze and boobs! I think your contributions are an amazing thing, and I am proud to be indirectly helping it out {when I sponsor in November) xoxo

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  33. I commend you Tiff!! The point is, you are doing something GOOD. Who cares if some type of good is "better" than another type of good. Good is Good.

    You have inspired me though. I hadn't thought about using my blog to raise money for a CAUSE. I make no money from my blog at all. I have rejected sponsorship/giveaways etc. only because it's all too overwhelming. But THIS, this is genius.

    Hmmmmmm.....you've really got my wheels spinning.

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  34. I don't think you suck nor does your blog. Well said love.

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  35. Dogs NEED people to care about their cause!!! Jeesh! Anonymous people are creepy.

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  36. If you didn't care about the animals, who would? Everyone has something that is close to them, and I'm so glad you love animals so much. It makes me so happy. If we all had the same desire to help the same group, that would just suck for everyone else, now wouldn't it???

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  37. i love this, my friend- mostly because i'm vegetarian, and a crazy animal lover....

    and also, because people just suck. really. who gives an EFF what the HELL or WHO the hell you are sending your money to?

    oh, people... you make it so easy to give butt loads of money to animals (:

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  38. I love animals too... I think that at least you are trying to save something... You are giving to a charity... Some choose people, some chose animals, etc. If everyone chose the same cause wouldn't other causes have a lack thereof of help? God puts those desires in our hearts for a reason... I love dogs AND kitties! xoxo

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  39. As you can imagine, I LOVED this post. So well written and well said. There are so many great causes to choose from, but animals have always had a soft spot in my heart, too. You don't have to justify this or explain it, because you're still doing a good deed and helping others -- does it really matter that they aren't human? Sherman is one lucky pup to have you as a mom!

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  40. I love your response! People need to realize that you can't donate to every organization--you have to pick the ones that touch your heart most. Dogs are top on my list too!

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  41. I feel the same way, I have always helped and will continue to help animals, animals can't at all help themselves so they need us to more than ever :)

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  42. You support a cause because you want to. That's all that matters. Great post!

    Hugs!
    Kara
    ShawnKaraAndHeidi.blogspot.com

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  43. Why dogs? Because they need help and love and good homes, too. And they don't deserve to die just because they're homeless. My pup Dallas is a rescue and one of the best decisions we've ever made.

    Oh, and when you have kids? Speaking from experience--your heart towards dogs will not change. It probably will only get bigger :)

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