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Learning About Project Blue Collar & Pet Adoption

Dear Kid,

You remember when the Puppy learned he was adopted? And couldn’t understand why he was adopted and you and Pi weren’t? Read about it here and here if you’ve forgotten.

I’m typing very quietly because it’s still a sensitive subject for him.

At Pet Wants, learning about Project Blue Collar. DearKidLoveMom.comYesterday at Pet Wants, I was fortunate enough to meet the ladies who founded and run Project Blue Collar. PBC (as they like to say) is (and I’m quoting here) a global MOVEMENT to celebrate rescue dogs and unite the people who care about them.

Project Blue Collar sells a number of items promoting rescue babies, including (wait for it) a blue collar designed to spark conversation.

“Oh, what an interesting blue collar your dog has. What is it?”

“Thank you for noticing. It means this little guy is a rescue animal. We adopted him.”

Hopefully, the conversation is more interesting than that.

The Lecture:

While there are over 10,000 different rescue groups in the U.S., there are millions of animals in shelters, many, many of whom are adoptable. Over 3 million animals are euthanized in shelters annually (yes—each year) and over 80% would have made wonderful pets.


Not you. You’re in college. You, study.

But for anyone even considering a new pet, please adopt one of these wonderful animals.

And maybe think about investing in a blue collar to help tell the story.

Love, Mom

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Love Your Pet Day | Puppy Conversations

Dear Kid,

Puppy Conversations #PuppyConversations DearKidLoveMom.comPuppy: Mom.
Me: Mmm?
Puppy: Mom!
Me: What honey?
Puppy: That’s a commercial on TV, right?
Me: Yes.
Puppy: And commercials are to sell things, right?
Pi: I sense a trap.
Me: Generally, yes.
Puppy: There are sad dogs in that commercial. Why are they selling sad dogs?
Pi: Can’t wait to hear how you answer this one.
Me: Well, they aren’t exactly selling sad dogs.
Puppy: Good. Because dogs are supposed to be happy.
Me: True. But not all dogs are happy.
Puppy: What? Don’t their families make them happy?
Me: Not all dogs have families.
Puppy: WHAT?? How could they not have families? Ridiculous.
Me: Some dogs don’t have families. Or the people they live with don’t treat them well. So they are in shelters. That can make dogs sad.
Puppy: Why are you just sitting there? We have to go!
Me: Go where?
Puppy: To get the dogs! We can’t let them be sad!
Me: Where do you think we will put all those dogs?
Puppy: They can both stay here until their families get them.
Pi: Harder conversation than you thought, huh Mom?
Me: Oh, baby. There are more than two dogs that need to be rescued.
Puppy: This is terrible! We have to do something!
Me: Well, we rescued you.
Puppy: What. Did. You. Say?
Me: We’ve talked about this. Don’t you remember?
Puppy: No, I don’t remember. I have a very small remember-er.
Me: We adopted you from a rescue shelter.
Puppy: Nonsense. I’m part of this family.
Me: Well of course you are. Now. But before you were part of our family, you were at a shelter.
Puppy: I was not.
Me: Really and truly you were.
Puppy: I was a Sad Dog? Like on the commercial?
Me: Honey, the good news is you were never a sad dog like the commercial. But you were in a shelter.
Puppy: And you rescued me?
Me: We adopted you.
Puppy: I have to go lie down.
Me: Would you like me to scratch your tummy?
Puppy: Yes! Yes! Yes! I love having my tummy scratched!
Pi: You really do protect him, don’t you?
Me: Of course. He’s family.

Today is Love Your Pet Day. If you’re thinking about getting a new pet, please consider adopting a shelter animal. In the US there are almost 3 million healthy cats and dogs waiting to be adopted. Even if you can’t adopt or foster a pet, please think about supporting the wonderful shelters that care for these animals. And if you know of (or even suspect) animal cruelty, be sure to contact authorities immediately.

Love, Mom

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October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month | Puppy Has an Announcement

Dear Kid,

Puppy: Woof. May I have your attention please? I woofed. Pay attention.
Ok. October is National Adopt a – what is this word?
Me: Shelter
Puppy: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. It is important that –what does “shelter” mean?
Me: In this case it means dogs that don’t have a home of their own
Puppy: WHAT? Excuse me, I’ll be right back.
What do you mean “Dogs that don’t have a home of their own”?
Me: Not all dogs have their own people
Puppy: You’re joking
Me: No, I’m not. There are lots of puppies that live in cages at a shelter hoping someone will adopt them
Puppy: This is terrible. We have to do something! Let’s go do something!
Me: Well, we adopted you
Puppy: What. Do. You. Mean. “Adopted you”?
Me: When we were looking for a dog to be part of our family, we looked at several shelters. We found you at the Cincinnati SPCA and we adopted you.
National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. How are you celebrating? DearKidLoveMom.comPuppy: Don’t be silly. I’m part of this family
Me: Now you are. Before, you were a shelter dog
Puppy: Me?
Me: You
Puppy: Was a shelter dog?
Me: You were
Puppy: And you rescued me?
Me: We did
Puppy: But I thought you were my Mommy!
Me: I am your mommy. But we adopted you
Puppy: This is very confusing
Me: It’s important that people know about adopting shelter animals. How about you go on with your announcement?
Puppy: Are. You. Kidding. Me? This is a Major Revelation and you want me to make an announcement as I struggle with my identity?
Me: Your identity is the same as it was 5 minutes ago. You’re part of our family. But you used to be a in a shelter.
Puppy: Did the Kid and Pi come from shelters too?
Me: No
Puppy: You didn’t rescue them?
Me: No
Puppy: WHY NOT?
Me: They didn’t need to be rescued
Puppy: But I needed to be rescued?
Me: I think maybe you were just waiting for us
Puppy: Well, then why did you take so long?
Me: We were looking for you. We adopted you when we found you
Puppy: Do all dogs come from shelters?
Me: Not all dogs, no
Puppy: Where do other dogs come from?
Pi: Uh-huh. How are you going to answer that one, mom?
Me: Thanks for helping, Pi. Come here little boy.
Puppy: I’m here
Me: You know we love you very much right?
Puppy: Yes, and I love you
Me: Good. And you know you’re part of our family right?
Puppy: I’m people
Me: Sort of
Puppy: So where do other dogs come from?
Me: Do you think we should get you a treat?
Puppy: I LOVE treats! Let’s get a treat! Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!
Pi: Nice wiggling, mom
Me: Read the announcement, Pi
Pi: October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. In the US there are almost 3 million healthy cats and dogs waiting to be adopted. Even if you can’t adopt or foster a pet, please think about supporting the wonderful shelters that care for these animals. And if you know of (or even suspect) animal cruelty, be sure to contact authorities immediately.
Puppy: Cruelty? What does that mean?
Me: It means you get a tummy rub
Pi: You’re just protecting him
Me: You bet. Nicely read by the way.

Love, Mom

For more puppy conversations see Puppy Conversations and Food Observations, Spring Puppy Conversations, New Puppy Conversations, Winter WonderPuppy | Baby It’s Cold Outside, Puppy Conversations Translated for the College Kid, Puppy Conversations and FIFA World Cup Soccer, Puppy Conversations and the Joy of Quirkiness, Puppy Conversations| In the Beginning, Puppy Conversations | What’s In a Name?, Puppy Conversations | Puppy Plans a Party, Puppy Speaks Foreign Languages…Sort Of, Summer Puppy Conversations | Speaking of Hope, National Dog Day | Puppy Has His Say, Puppy Conversations | Completely In Love with Tal, and The Puppy and The Cricket | Wildlife in the House

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