What was my life like before I had my dog Cooper?
I find myself wondering this from time to time, and honestly, I don't remember. He has become my best friend - from warm snuggles in the morning, to endless games of fetch and chase, to those serious puppy-dog eyes begging for just a little piece of cheese, my days begin and end with my bestest boy.
Now imagine, the thousands of homeless dogs and cats out there who don't get a chance to snuggle up to their favorite human or who don't even know the exciting thrill of chasing that tennis ball or the savory taste of that little piece of cheese. Some of these homeless pets were once a family member, beloved and all but for some reason unknown to them, they lost that place in the family line.
My heart breaks for these dogs and cats. To no fault of their own, they don't have a family or a place to call home. Instead of just letting my heart break, I am choosing to act. Groups like my favorite, Community Animal Welfare Society (CAWS), give all pets a loving bed to sleep in at night while they await their chance at a forever family. CAWS rescues and adopts out over 1,200 dogs and cats each YEAR in our community. This is all done by loving volunteers who also feel that every dog and cat should have that second, third, or 100th chance to find their forever people.
So this year, for Strut Your Mutt, Cooper and I are dedicating our efforts to CAWS and to helping all those dogs and cats to find their place and people in this universe, so they too can find the joy in tasting that little piece of cheese and ensuring a happy, full belly and heart, being loved each and every day.
We challenge you to join us - we know that together, we can make a difference for every dog and cat in Utah who just needs a little bit of support and love in their journey to find their forever home.
With love, slobbery kisses, and lots of cuddles -
Cooper & Katy xo