Have you ever felt blinded by the difficulties of life and couldn't figure out where to turn? Meet Lorraine Trapani of Ridgefield, CT. Lorraine's husband tragically lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. After he passed, Lorraine did the best she could to distract herself with work, gaining nearly 100 pounds in the process. In efforts to implement better structure in her life, she became a raiser for Guiding Eyes For the Blind, a non profit organization that uses volunteers to train dogs for the blind and visually impaired. As part of the 12-16 month long process of socializing her guide dog Merrick, Lorraine saw Merrick helping her become better socialized as well, attending guide dog meetings and eventually joining a weight loss program! Before she knew it, Merrick was ready to fulfill his career as a guide dog and she had lost weight and gained a knew lease on life.
What's more fun than watching a fashion show? How about a fashion show featuring incredibly cute dogs??
Rescue dogs have lots of fervent supporters among animal lovers, who encourage people looking for pets to "adopt, don't shop." And now, rescue pups have their own awards show!
We've met a lot of amazing organizations and non-profits over the years, especially ones that do amazing things to help shelter dogs, who are close to euthanasia, find love and forever homes. Some of these organizations are small and community based, while others cover a larger regional or national footprint. No matter their size, what they do to support these dogs is nothing short of inspirational.
The Trenton Thunder, a minor league baseball affiliate of the NY Yankees, has an unusual way of getting through the dog days of summer. If you attend their home games, you will find Golden Retrievers serving as the "bat dogs" and mascots for the minor league baseball team.
At just 3 pounds, this therapy dog may be small, but he's on a big mission! His goal? To spread hope, smiles, and comfort to everyone he meets.