Silver Oak School Makes it PAWsible

Last Thursday, Bright and I had the pleasure of presenting to about 700 elementary schoolers at Silver Oak School in San Jose. We were invited because the whole school is participating in an ingenious fundraiser for CCI called Make it PAWsible. Mr. Laraway, a 5th grade teacher, has personal ties to CCI through his sister who received multiple dogs and dedicated much of her time to volunteer work for CCI.

Did you ever do service learning projects when you were in school? The general purpose is to allow students to practice organizational skills and often teamwork while introducing them to some sort of social responsibility. When I was in school, we did things like cleaning up public parks and collecting gently used clothing for donation. Continue reading

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I Could Never Do That

The last article on Help On Four Legs really focused on the labor of a Puppy Raiser. I sang their praises, and thanked them for their hard work and sacrifices. It’s like being a surrogate parent; Puppy Raisers care for these little hell-raising fur balls just until they start to act like civilized adults, then they give them back.

“I could never do that.” 

 When I tell curious strangers about the process, the 5 words above are almost always the first they utter.

Ok, so you could never do that. There’s a lot you can do, though. Continue reading