Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Speak Up for Animals!

Posted by MyLy M at Wednesday, March 23, 2016 0 comments
Hello animal friends,

March has been an exciting month for Dogs Of A Good Society.  We participated and showed our support at the Humane Lobby Day for the third year in a row, right here in Minnesota.  It was energizing and inspiring to be around so many like minded people, who wanted to advocate for animals.  We got the chance to make new connections and meet old friends.

@ Humane Lobby Day-March 16, 2016
HSUS Information packets, bills to present to our legislatures inside and a swag pin!
Our legislators from our group said YES they would support the animal rights bills.

Here we are with the great animal advocate Senator Scott Dibble.  He was presented with an award that day for all his efforts in animal advocacy.
That's our amazing Treasurer, Lan, in the Make Your Mark t shirt and the other person is me. :D

And here's Dave, our wonderful Board member.  We had to take a picture with a picture with animals, of course! :D

At the March 1st, 2016 Caucus with our fantastic Secretary, KoKo, holding our resolution and awesome Board member Lauren.

For the love of animals, we love what we do and sharing it with you!

The Humane Society of the United States  for more info on the bills in our state and other states

D.O.G.S. Advocacy our resolution

Until next time,
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Posted by MyLy M at Wednesday, January 20, 2016 1 comments

All dog lovers have been there… you have a dog (or a couple) and are looking to add to your fur family. If you’re anything like me, emotion always plays apart in this decision. It is often hard to think so rationally when you see an adorable puppy (no matter the age, they’re all puppies). Now that I have 3 of my own, I have actually learned a lot about adding another fur baby.
First, it’s vital to think about your current dogs and all other pets as well. From their personalities, temperament, how they interact with people and dogs, how they act around feeding times, etc. This can all be important to determine the best match for your household.
Maybe the most important part of adding to your family is knowing that all family members, both pets and human, are in agreement. There is nothing worse than having the stress of a new member wearing on someone who wasn’t on board. If you have a cat who isn’t dog friendly, it is not fair to throw their life and routine upside down.
Next is lifestyle. While dogs often do not hold all the traits of their breed, most can hold true. Matching your active style to the dog can be very important to both the balance of the dog, and the owner’s happiness. It is extremely easy to fall in love with an active hunting dog, but if you and your family do not live that lifestyle, natural traits of the dog can become difficult to deal with in a home. Be honest with yourself about the type of lifestyle you live and research breeds online.
Your current pets and their personalities are also very important. When I added my 2nd dog, changes had to be made to how my oldest dog eats. It was a tough transition, but we found a good personality fit in a dog for her. They’re now on a schedule feeding due to her younger sister, but it’s important to know that changes will have to happen.

Ideally, the goal is to match a dog to your family. There are several rescue pups that are looking for their forever home. We suggest doing your research and finding a rescue group to help you in the process of adopting your new family member. Most rescues will also want current pets to meet, which is where you can truly determine if it’s a good fit. If you go to a shelter, be aware of the dog’s energy and ask if you can bring a current pet to meet. At the end of the day, everyone wants it to be the right fit and not one based solely on emotion. 

Here's our board member, Lauren's 3 cute furbabies:

Big thanks to our guest writer-Lauren Thewes-Board Member for a wonderful blog on adding a new family member.

Until next time,
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year, Same Dream. Same Goal.

Posted by MyLy M at Thursday, December 31, 2015 0 comments
I have a dream…


If you were to ask me what my ultimate dream is, if I could do one thing and know that I couldn’t fail, I would say without hesitation that my dream would be to have my own little island full of all the animals in the world needing their own home and family.  That would be THE ultimate dream.  But I have to be realistic (unfortunately!). 

The closest to having my own island filled with animals would be to have an animal sanctuary full of rescued animals.  I would take in the old, theunwanted, the strays, the sick, I would take them all.  I would be honored to take care of them, bring them back to health, show them love, and if possible, adopt them out to loving families.  

While that dream is definitely more realistic than having my own island, it’s still not something that can be fulfilled in a snap of a finger.  It will take hard work and (a lot of) money, but someday, watch me make it come true.  

inspirational-quotes-pinterest.jpg tell me, if you could fulfill a dream, knowing that you could not fail, what would you do?  What is your dream?

Susel shares our dream and goal....:)

Guest writer-Susel Depinoy

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Don't break my heart, my achy breaky heart...

Posted by MyLy M at Wednesday, March 04, 2015 0 comments
Good morning everyone! :)

Do any of you remember that song?  Don't break my heart my achy breaky heart, I don't think it'll understand....da da da da daaaa  ??  Well I'm a country music listener myself and love country music!  That song popped in my head this week when I was talking to someone who called D.O.G.S. about surrendering their dogs.  The owner was crying and my heart hurt for her as well.  Recently D.O.G.S. has been getting emails and calls more and more.  Which is great, our team that works on marketing us is doing their job.  We are grateful to have people help us navigate our Google 'perks' like Google adwords.  If you are starting your non profit, you should check it out!  Google offers a variety of support for non profits!

Anyway, it's tough to receive calls and emails like those and I suppose it is the nature of the beast when working with a non profit that helps animals.  People may not read our mission or fully understand what we do.  They may see animals, help, rescues and call or email.  We help them as best we can and offer resources and support.  All the while listening to the sad stories is difficult.  Sometimes going through my Facebook feed or just having an email is difficult.  The sad stories, pictures, tragedies can be overwhelming at times.  One way I keep on trucking is reminding myself THIS is why I want to continue to work on D.O.G.S. for all those sad stories to go away.  Eventually.  Decrease them.  Cease them.  It may seem naive, some may say how nonsense of her to think that way, but that's a way I know how to cope/manage with all of it in a healthy way.  

If you would like to share how your organization or yourself manages situations like this.  I would love to hear it.  Please comment below or shoot me an email.  Let's connect!  Strength in numbers, the power of positive thinkers.  :)

Until next time,

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Who Moved My Cheese?

Posted by MyLy M at Wednesday, February 18, 2015 0 comments
Greetings animal friends,

Lately I have been experiencing more change then I would like to welcome.   Don't get me wrong, I understand change is going to happen, sometimes even necessary.   Whether it is a good change or a not so good change, change is present all around.  My friend loaned me a book called Who Moved My Cheese?when I was in transition from one job to another to create more time for D.O.G.S.  It was a simple, fast read, which I appreciated it very much at the time considering my lack of time.  I would recommend it for people going through change in their life or to read for fun.  I took away some nuggets from it.

With that said, with D.O.G.S. change is constant, making changes, making adjustments, decisions for the betterment of D.O.G.S. and so on.  One change I will share with you today is:

Today we made the decision to move our candy machine for fundraising for D.O.G.S. 100% of proceeds go to assisting animals in need.  We moved it to hopefully a higher traffic location.  We are so grateful for So Good Asian's support in our candy machine fundraising efforts for over a year now.  We were able to connect with Hot Comics in New Hope, with a different demographic and perhaps higher traffic will help with our fundraiser for D.O.G.S.  It was a tough decision, since we had such great support at So Good Asian.  In the future we hope to have multiple candy machines throughout MN, but for now we are happy to be able to sustain this one.  We are looking forward to our new partnership with Hot Comics and this isn't good bye with So Good Asian :).  

I feel truly blessed to have amazing opportunities for D.O.G.S.  As D.O.G.S. grows, I feel the support increase.  It definitely is a different vibe then when I first started this dream.  So if you are thinking of doing something you love, don't hesitate, take the steps, make it out, give it a feel, and go for it!  It will be hard, it may get harder, but it does get easier.  D.O.G.S. is challenging and easy if that makes sense, everything else is a bit more difficult, but made easier because I am doing what I love.  Do what you love.  Make the change.  Create the change you want.  I know I still am and will continue to make changes for a happier, healthier me and D.O.G.S.

New hours come to Hot Comics and get your read on and support D.O.G.S.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I Rather Be with My Dog, Really?

Posted by MyLy M at Wednesday, February 11, 2015 1 comments
Hello everyone! :)

Have we met?  My name is MyLy.  Me then: I am an introvert at heart.  I tend to keep to myself quite a bit, prefer to stay home with the furbabies, enjoy my alone time, love working on what I love and am happy to do it alone, and of course would rather be with my dog then anyone else.  And I mean anyone.  People would say she's got be with her dog only.  Say what?

Me now:  I am still an introvert, however with the birth of D.O.G.S. I have a little more extrovert in me.  See: an outgoing person.  I enjoy my introverted side, no doubt, but I also embrace a new side of me.  A butterfly that wants to meet others with similar interests in helping animals, meeting new friends, partners, supporters, and animal lovers.  It is actually really fun.  If it wasn't for Dogs Of A Good Society, I would not have the chance to meet amazing rescue heroes, rescue supporters, and most everyone on the board of D.O.G.S.  I have gained some wonderful friendships, partnerships, and a new sense of me and on going.

So, sometimes it's good to go outside of your comfort zone and learn something new about yourself through something that speaks to your heart.  Try it, you might like it.  I know I do. 

Hi, have we met?  I'm MyLy and I go wherever D.O.G.S. takes me.  It may be scary, it may be a bit crazy??  It may be a risk.  Some may call me a 'dog lady', but really what's the negative in that???  As long as it's positive, makes me smile, and I get to try to be the person my dog already thinks I am.  Why not?  

Until next time,

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Are you going to eat that?

Posted by MyLy M at Wednesday, February 04, 2015 0 comments
Greetings fellow animal friends! :)

This week's post I decided to blog about my somewhat, but not quite borderline 'hoarding' of anything I can use for Dogs Of A Good Society.  As some of you may know, I am not much of a collector of things I don't need (i.e. clothes, boxes, knick knacks, etc).  I absolutely love cleaning and organizing, getting rid of 'junk' so to speak.  With that said I do collect: old/new t shirts (for DIY dog toys), boxes, Starbucks coffee bottles (for event decor), mason jars (events), notebooks, paper, recycled paper, pens, pencils, folders, candle jars (events), shopping bags (storage, etc), hangers from the dry cleaners (for D.O.G.S. clothing closet), seasonal clearance items (event decor/supplies), frames, and so much more!  Random items I collect all for D.O.G.S.  I find myself frequently thinking, what could I use this for D.O.G.S., or this or that.  

"Hey don't throw that away, you never know when I could use it for D.O.G.S.!"  Lucky for me, my family is pretty supportive of my 'keeping of things'.

Being a start up non profit, I don't want to waste any resource; waste not, want not.  Almost anything could be a resource.  Heck, I recycled an old table a neighbor was throwing out for the D.O.G.S.'s office.  And for those of you who know me fairly well, that's almost unheard of.  I am quite a germ-a-phobe, got some snippets of OCD cleanliness in me.  However, I figured a good scrubbing and disinfectant and va la!  An office desk so I can work diligently and efficiently in the D.O.G.S.'s office.

I suppose you have to keep everything and anything, reuse, recycle, and all that to save a little here and there.  All to be able to spend more on helping animals.  It's OK to do that, it's OK to want to spend it where it counts.  I'm learning it's OK to change some of my habits, way of thinking, what have you to really focus on what's really important.  The BIG picture. Pinch a little here, save a little here, keep a little of this, get a little of that, to help.  Help a furbaby that will make my heart and face smile for days on end.

A glimpse of some of the items I collect

all for these cuties...

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