As many of you know, I believe my local PetSmart is a unique place, and I happen to know that many others share my view. Consistently, they will reach out and into our community. And for all of us pet parents, they refuse to treat us as mere customers…we are treated as friends. I could actually go on and on about how just plain wonderful they have been to me, and continue to be. But I will save that for another time – and soon!

Last week as I was heading in to pick up my pup from camp (yes he goes to camp from time to time), I was greeted by the store manager at the door. My first thought was – yikes, oh no, what is up with Rainier? As it turns out, she greeted me because she wanted to invite me to a little event they were having the next morning.

photo-42This little event however was by no means little. Now, while there were few invitees, I would submit it was a big event. You see they were presenting a check to one of our community rescue organizations, Healthy Paws for a Cause. By no means was it a small check. You see, it was for $14,000 and the impact it will have on Healthy Paws is huge – so that in turn, Healthy Paws can help the community in a might way. And it was gift from our local PetSmart, a gift directly from their hearts and an ongoing commitment to our community. They see this as a small act. I believe this small act will have great impact.

The PetSmart tagline is: Inspired by pets. And while I believe they are indeed inspired by pets, I think there’s more to it.

Inspired by pets, to unleash goodness in the community!



Today’s a day I’ve candidly been dreading. But more than dreading this day, I’ve been struggling with what it represents for me. On this day, one year ago, I lost my dog Keely. We’d been together 10+ years. We found each other when I was living in Binghamton, New York. While many viewed him as a rescue, I always saw him as a rescuer! While it’s now officially been a year, I still miss him – so much. And sometimes I will find myself feeling a little down, and based on some feedback from my awesome vet, so does my other sweet pup Rainier. Don’t worry – this isn’t going to be a post where I walk down memory lane. I’ve written about Keely a couple of times and you can find those posts here. Here’s the reason for my post today. I’d like to make this a day to remember beyond the anniversary of the day I lost Keely. Over the last year, I’ve really felt strongly, that I’d like to use this day to encourage people, including me, to do something special. I am convinced that this will create goodness, positively impact many folks, and further, it will truly enhance what this day means to me. So here’s what I’m thinking: how about we make the conscious decision to do one – just one – random act of kindness before the week is over? The great thing about a random act of kindness is that, regardless of our budget, there’s always an opportunity to do something nice for someone. As I chatted with a couple of friends about this post, they were quick to say that this is a good idea – but asked me to realize/recognize that not many folks have an opportunity to do a random act of kindness in their day. Well, I would submit that is simply not true! That said, I’d like to offer up some small acts/ideas for you to consider:

  • - Open a door for someone
  • - Let someone in in traffic
  • - Stop for someone in a crosswalk
  • - Put our grocery cart back inside the store, or at least in the cart return area
  • - Write a kind note on your bill at a restaurant, or even a little extra in your tip.
  • - Offer simple thank you or kind word as you are checking out somewhere
  • - Send a simple text, email or phone call to let someone know they are on your mind

And here are some other suggestions for your consideration: The opportunities are endless and inside your budget. Are you willing to take just few extra minutes this week to do just one thing for someone else? Sometimes our smallest acts can have quite an impact. Are you up for the challenge? Will you let me what you decide to do?  It might encourage someone else!



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