11.27.2010

Sponsor Me with Your Posts!

Last year, I did something that I found fun--and I want to do it again. I donate regularly to Northwest Harvest and Seattle Humane Society. During the holidays, it always makes me feel good to sort of include others in this. I will donate $1 for every comment I get on this blog post between now and December 5th, up to $250 each. Help me reach five hundred comments!

Just leave me a little note on this blog post about something someone did for you that you really remember and appreciate, or a note about your pets and the holidays. On midnight, 12/5/2010, I'll count the comments and divide by two, and send Northwest Harvest and Seattle Humane Society each a check.

And, if you have extra during this time, I encourage you--reach out and help someone in need. Help is needed all year long, but the colder times of the year can be especially harsh. And if you need help--there is no shame in asking. I've been there. I remember. Which is why I donate now.

And while this isn't really a contest--I don't want people just to comment to win a book--I will also give away one copy of Songs of Love and Death. I'm proud of being included in that book. :)

Yasmine

100 comments:

Kate said...

Wow! What a wonderful idea! This Christmas I'll be missing our Beagle "Cleo" This will be the first time in 10 year s that we have been without he and I just know it's not going to be the same.

Moonwolf said...

Something nice someone did for me ...

Earlier this spring when DC got hit with the snowpocalypse, the City ploughs cleared some of the roads enough for most people, but we were still snowed in for a week longer. Until a neighbour came out of nowhere with a bobcat and literally dug us out from drive to main road.

All he'd take in return for it was a mug of coffee. Still have no idea where he got the bobcat from :)

Cynthia said...

Ahh, pets... We have 3 cats - 2 of which were rescues, 2 dogs, and 1 chincilla in the house. We also have pot belly pigs, chickens, guineas, ducks, sheep, and Samson - my cow. He was a Valentines gift in 2009. I always encourage anyone and everyone to help out in any way they can to their local Humane Society or shelter. There's too many babies that need help!

the sun sets here said...

Hey,
I remember when I was young, we didn't have any food in the house. So my mom went to wendy's to get some with change, but she didn't have enough. I don't think she noticed I saw her, but she offered the cashier a necklace to pay for the meal. Well, this guy took money out of his own pocket to pay for it. he also gave her 'change' and slipped the necklace back in the bag. I get teary eyed just thinking about it. I always appreciated that and I will never forget it. If I ever do well for myself, I hope to give back myself.
Bless you!

Bamafever said...

Whew can post now.
First let me say Thanks this is a great thing you are doing.

Well I have had something nice done for me. I was laid off of my job almost two years ago and of course my gas stove quit working. I also use it to heat the back of the house when it's really cold. One of my son's teammates dad came and fixed it plus did a check and clean on my heater. I can't even begin to say how blessed I was.

Summer said...

I worked at a humane society for two years, but this is my first year since I left home for college (6 years ago) that I've had my own pets. We brought home our live tree today, and within five minutes, boy cat was 3/4 of the way up the tree. It was hilarious--we got video and pictures, and I know we'll remember it forever.

Virginia said...

I love that your are doing this. I wished i had the funds to help out myself. But this yr is and has been a tough one.

Something nice that someone did for me.

Well in 2008 my cat Ricky passed away. It tore my heart out, the following day i was watching animal plant and "Cats 101" was on. They were talking about Savannah's, I seen them and oh i wanted one. Well my husband seen how hard Ricky's passing was for me and he searched on the web for savannahs and then out of the blue he says we had to go to the airport. I wondered Why we had to go to the airport. I stayed in the car he said he just had to run and pick something up next thing i know he is walking to the car with a animal carrier and inside it was my baby Serenity. I cried so much i couldnt believe he got me her. I love him and her so much

Sonyia said...

This will be the first Christmas that my husband and I will share together with a kitten. As much as I utterly adore my little Chloe Ann, I just don't think a Christmas tree could survive her. She is now at the stage where nothing and nowhere is safe from her. I love watching her explore her world anew every day and I will never forget the day she came into my life. I had been hounding my husband for a kitten for almost a year. While other women my age are wanting babies, all I wanted was a kitten. He kept saying no, but on my birthday, he gave me a certificate to adopt a kitten from the animal shelter. I was so excited that I cried. I went to the shelter that afternoon and looked at all the kittens. My little calico was in a cage in the corner all by herself and when I got to her, she stuck her paw out between the bars and touched my hand as if to say "Here I am, Momma." I brought her home and she made my life feel complete. That was definitely one of the nicest, sweetest things my husband has ever done for me, letting me have a kitten.

Evang said...

I love this idea and wish more people would do things like this too.

We've had several changes in our Furbaby family, lost a few and added a new one.

Our greatest loss was for my daughter when she learned while she was at her father's for the last of the split summer visitation that we'd had to put her beloved dog; a border collie mix named Callie to sleep. She knew that Callie had been feeling "off" but we all just thought it was depression because she'd never been away from my daughter for more than a day or two at any given time till this summer. The news from the Vet though devastated us. Our beloved Callie had developed a devastating form of Diabetes and treatment cost alone was almost $2000, and didn't even have a guarantee that she'd even survive the treatment and be cured or if we'd have to look at long term care for her in addition to the cost of the treatment. She was still a rather young dog; being not quite 8 yrs of age, she'd not been over weight; never fed fatty table scraps ever (maybe a cleaned off t-bone once in a blue moon or a small piece of watermelon*Not my idea either on that one but my hubby's doing*; but never any meat scraps or such); she was very active as a typical border collie and loved chasing and harassing my husbands dog and when she managed to get into the other pen; harassing our Boar Buck Goat that we have. Though he tended to Harass her back and she got butted a time or two by him for her trying to herd him.

We said good bye to her with heavy hearts and when my daughter came home from her last week of summer visitation with her father; we in turn opened up our home and hearts to a new dog (picked out by my daughter with the help of her step-father I might add *laugh*).

So now we have an almost 8month old pup that according to the adoption papers they thought she was a Chihuahua/Maltese cross (but looks nothing at all like a Maltese and MORE like a Terrier Cross to us), already fixed, all her shots and even the 24hr Pet Watch pet chip under her skin should she ever get out and run away. As long as she's found alive; she can be reunited with us the moment she's scanned for a chip. (Got to LOVE the makers of the pet chip!!) We named her Lily and she's full size but the sad thing is; our own CATS are TALLER than her. Our cats love that because they just shove her over, hold her down and proceed to groom her to their hearts content. What makes us laugh is that the silly dog just lays there though sometimes she will try to get up only to be shoved back down again. It's really funny to watch when both our indoor cats pounce on her at the same time to groom her. Both are female cats and they just think it's great fun to hold the puppy down and groom her. Even our other dog who's about 7 now will just put his paw on her and hold her down when ever she gets to much for him to deal with and no amount of her chewing on his paw or fussing will persuade him to lift that paw and let her back up again till HE'S good and ready.

So though we've had losses; we've also had a gain to our fur baby/Feather baby family and for every loss we have; we never forget the joy and love they gave us while they were with us.

Kay Theodoratus said...

I'm thankful the grandkids have grown calmer. The cats no longer disappear to the basement as soon they enter the house.

That's the good point. The bad point? Now we have to shoo them away from the munchies on the coffee table.

Shaiha said...

What a giving idea!

A story about my pets...

Well as you know, myself and Saje recently moved into our new home. What we didn't foresee was the personality changes in our animals. As soon as we moved in, they just relaxed. Even my pom who used to be a biter is now liking everyone. I am beginning to think that there are tranqs in the water supply.

cstempler said...

Thank you for your generous support of the Seattle Humane Society. Sally and I will be remembering our cat Hank who lost his battle with kidney disease this past October. Hank brought warmth and unconditional love to our family every day - he is sorely missed. We are also happy to have adopted two abandoned kittens - Theo and Vincent. They are on there way to helping to fill the void that Hank left.

Erica said...

I wish I could do much the same as you are doing. Congrats on your kindheartedness, and pets for all the Gurlz :)

Sheera612 said...

Every year my family adopts (at least temporarily) a stray. Earlier this summer we had a schnauzer-queensland healer mix (she was cute; my sisters named her Cinna, like Cinnamon) ... we ended up taking Cinna to the SPCA, (she ended up @ a no-kill shelter, since we couldn't keep her cause we live in an apartment). Now, maybe 1-2 months ago my mother found a kitten and she was SO sick and had tons of fleas. My sisters have named her Savannah (and EVERY day they have a new story about cat body language and what meows mean).
Personally, I'm not an animal person but I live with it and eventually grow to tolerate, accept, care for, love (but we'll keep the love thing on the low).
People r awesome & selfless. Several people I know or that someone I know, knows volunteer theirselves and their kids for 3 hour assessments to help support my education. They do it for free, with little to no resistance and at the end they don't get the results and I get to practice doing something that'll make me a better psychologist. Awesome!

Sheera612 said...

@Evang you should record the cats & puppy then post it to youtube ... it sounds like a riot! (Maybe it'll go viral)

rissatoo said...

What a wonderful thing to do! I, and the three cats who own me (Moxie, Smudge and Merlin), applaud vigorously (& wish I was in the position to do the same).

I'll be heading back to Twitter to RT now...

~rissatoo

MirasMommy said...

Something that someone did for me.....

The only thing that comes to mind is when I lost my niece.

My niece was born special, and we all knew that one day she would pass on. But even knowing this, it still hit me hard when it happened. My best friend at the time took time out of his day to spend the day with me, even though he didn't have to, to help me get past this overwhelming grief that I was feeling. Him doing that was what helped me to get past losing her and gave me the ability to move on.

I know that this is a bit selfish, what he did, or so it seems, but I feel like this is what helped me to continue living.

Nic, SD said...

I am a lurker by nature, but this is such a great idea!

A nice holiday thing:

I work a gas station job: open 24-365. I was on shift, overnight, Christmas eve of last year and it snowed. And snowed, and snowed and SNOWED.
The roads get plowed even on holidays and such (although they still a MESS that day). The maintenance guys who do my apartment complex parking lot are NOT so diligent and our little Sebring was snowed in, with husband unable to come get me.
A coworker and her husband hauled their butts out fairly early on Christmas morning with their big truck to make sure I could get home to holiday festivities. Crazy awesome of them!

Kimberly said...

You rock, Yasmine!
The sweetest thing that someone did for me...That would have to be the New Year's eve of 1998. My husband and I had been told in November that we couldn't have children. I was devastated and struggling with that issue.(I was raised in a family where "that's what women do...they have babies.") To help ease the pain, my husband brought home my first "daughter". She was a cute bundle of black fur. Kodiak was the first of 6 canine children. Honestly, I haven't looked back since she arrived. I'm a mom, just not the way I expected. Isn't the universe grand?!

Aurian said...

What a great idea Yasmine, I hope you reach your goal!
I only have a parrot, the old uncle of my best friend went to an oldpersons home, and was not allowed to bring his pet. And I always wanted to have one. So I have had my Lorre for 18 years already, no, it doesn't talk, but it will screach when it wants attention. My Lorre is about 10 years older than I am, and my guess is, it will outlive me!
Although irritating at times, it's nice that the house is not empty when I come home. I would love a full house, but I am allergic to cats and dogs.

Anonymous said...

I will always remember that on the day of my grandpa's funeral an old friend turned up who I hadnt seen in about a year. She had read about my grandpa's death in the local paper and decided I might need a shoulder to cry on. I will always remember how touched and grateful I was and I will never lose touch with her again.

Susan

witchchild said...

On the pet front, I think every Yule since 2001 has been a blessing to just have one around. That fall, my cat Honey (aka Her Highness) went out one day... and didn't come back until a week later. When she did, she was favoring her left front leg. It turned out the nerve had been punctured (with her personality, likely because she fought with another animal), and eventually the leg was amputated. It was either that or put her down and that was just not an option. Ever since then, she's slowly become a more friendly cat, doesn't run from me, and while she isn't a lap cat, she's a lot more affectionate now.

-Soli

Faye Hughes said...

Yazza,

What a wonderful thing you are doing.

Faye, who has a couple of rescue kitties and knows how important this is

Donna Grant said...

We regularly give to the humane shelters around here. All of our kitties have been rescue kitties. :)

What a wonderful thing you're doing, doll!

hugs,
D

lisa said...

I have 2 rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat! I love them and take my hat off to you for being able to donate money.

Kigeliakitten said...

That is a great idea. I have always been a cat person, and right now we have three kitties, which we have rescued ourselves, and have had spayed or neutered. I am trying to convince one more to join our little pride.

sarah said...

A couple of years ago at work a co-worker was broke and hadn't packed his lunch. He asked me if he could borrow some money. All I had was a dollar and I gave it to him. Later that night my sugar dropped and I got really sick. I had no money to buy a candy bar. I went to the bathroom to be sick, went to the smae stall that I always used and there on the floor was a dollar. So I took the dollar, went out and got me my candy bar and felt a whole lot better. I guess that night something or someone was looking out for me. Yasmine I think what you are doing is great. My birhtday is on the 5th. Your donation will make a great birhtday present.

Anonymous said...

That is wonderfully generous of you and an inspiration too.

I remember rolling into the gas station on our last drop of petrol and without a penny in our pockets. We didn't know what to do at first, then a bus load of American soldiers drove in.

My husband got the idea to go on the bus and just ask for some help. He told them who we were, what we were doing (we were at the time travelling missionaries) and everyone started digging in their pockets. We had enough to fill the tank and buy dinner that evening, a true miracle.

We also didn't just want to take, so we got the kids together and we sang them some songs and gave them all some posters and literature and wished them God speed.

Valerie
in Germany

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do!!! I hope that you make your goal!! All of our fur babys have been rescues!!!!! Goood luck and many blessings!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your idea Yasmine. We have 3 cats that have all been adopted from shelters. Ghost is an all white male, about 10 years old. Tootles is a short haired tortoise shell female, 8 years old and Rascal, long haired orange male, 1 year old. All cats are fixed. Plus we have a guinea pig who is now almost 7 years old! We also have an 8 month old queensland red heeler, Wally. We've had the heeler since he was 5 weeks old (his mama quit feeding him and his siblings). Since bringing Wally home, he and Rascal have been great friends. They will chase each other around the house and play all day. The other 2 cats would rather the heeler stayed away from them.

Robin K said...

I too have a rescued cat. He is a absolute diamond in the rough. Happy Holidays to you dear and thank you for your giving spirit.

Tammy said...

I've worked in animal rescue on and off now for 10 years. The nicest thing I ever had happen was a woman sold me a super 4x4 Jeep Cherokee for next to nothing so that we could use it for animal transports. 100's of cats and dogs have been pulled from high kill shelters in a 3 state radius and placed in new homes as a result of that lovely woman's generosity. Bless you Ms. Galenorn for your generosity this holiday season.

sixverstein said...

This year has been one of the hardest on me. I lost my cat, Harper this year, who I loved dearly and who has experienced a lot of the year's hardships with me and helped me get through them. But there was good to this year, definitely. The people I can't thank enough this year are my parents. I left home in February, and not on the best of terms, but when I lost my home 8 months later, they didn't hesitate to drop $600 in my account to help me get somewhere safe. Afterward, they paid for my bank debts, and then my father (who is military) told me that the GI Bill (which is a full ride to college, essentially) he'd signed to himself was going to be for me, all I had to do was come home for nine months and get accepted. I couldn't be more thankful. I learned a lot this year, including how much my parents love me, despite how it was when we parted ways.

Michelle B. said...

Good luck on hitting the goal! It's a marvelous idea and a great cause.

Anonymous said...

I love what your doing!!! It is a great idea.

For many years we had a Christmas tree that had a stand that didn't lock the tree in place so that every time our 2 large dogs brushed by it the tree would spin around in the stand. Luckily it never tipped over but ever time it happened it caused chaos with ornaments flying.

John ODell said...

My girlfriend & I run a no kill dog rescue. Not that we won't take cats but no 1 has asked us to take 1 yet. Ok so that's on the pet front. As far as what has someone done for me That I appreciate is , back in March my dad passed away at the age of 63. A friend of mine's family all got together & brought us over tons of food, coffee even dog food. It ment alot to my family.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea! We will be donating to the shelter where we rescued our dog from. We lost her this year to cancer. Our friends and family have been wonderful during this hard time and I'm very thankful for all of them! Hope you reach your goal!

george said...

These days I am grateful to my friends. There was an apartment fire at my condo on Tuesday, and due to the asbestos abatement and then repairs, I am going to be out of my condo for 8-12 months.
I live in frigid Alberta (it was -30 when the fire alarm went off) and my parents winter in AZ. They're feeling helpless being so far away, but they're still my rock. And my friends have rallied: rescuing me and my small cat, coming with me when I had 10 minutes to collect essentials, giving me rides, packing me up, and offering me up space to live. I'm not sure what the small cat and I would have done without them this week.

My escape from this "reality" is my home away from home: the Edmonton Humane Society, where I spend countless hours mentoring new volunteers, cuddling cats, and socializing kittens so they can go up for adoption. We are up to the rafters with animals -- nearly 700 right now!! Almost 500 cats and more than 175 puppies. The kitten "boom" hasn't ended this year, and now puppies have started...

We've been running monthly events called Wish Upon A Whisker Wednesday where all the cats of a certain type (orange in September, black and white in October, tabbies in November, cats with white on them in December) have the adoption fees waived. Not only do people line up to take the free cats and kittens home, but our adoptions for the non-waived animals sky-rockets those days. Our next event is this Wednesday, on the 1st.

I think what you're doing is wonderful. I appreciate it, and I know the furry and critter types do too! Good luck on reaching your goal!!

Jennifer X said...

This will be my puppy's first Christmas with a tree. My older dog is usually ok with the whole decorating ritual, but her giant tail usually knocks off one or two ornaments. Obviously the wooden ones go on the bottom. I can't wait to see how my pup reacts, because I highly anticipate him barking at the 7 foot bohemoth that will be erected in the living room.

I think the idea you have on this post is fantastic. I love helping out my local animal shelter, and if I had the money, I would completely rebuild the facility for the town. I donate coats and food every year too, and believe me, even 1 item helps. I hope the rest of your holiday season is filled with joy and good family fun.

Carol said...

My airconditioning died this summer. My sister and mother got together and sent me a check to cover the central air without my asking. I was blown away. Also, the cats and dog appreciated it since the house temp was 90 during the day.

The animals are now trying to decide what to think of all the new stuff to play with now that Christmas decor is in place.

Michelle said...

Thanks for doing this. Humane societies have always meant a lot to me. My cat is a rescue.

Kim said...

This is such a great idea!

The very first pet I got when I got married was a kitty from the LV
Animal Shelter. He was the craziest mixed fun we called Mouse. There was two choices in kitties, this really calm kitten sitting looking all pretty like a little princess and then Mouse. He ran around the cage jump on to his water bottle and gave us this look of "well I did my trick can we go home now?" As we stood in line to get a kitten, the calm one went home with the person next line before us. I am so glad that one had. Mouse was the protector of babies and brother hater. Its too funny thinking about it now.

Lynn Crain said...

Last year, our old friend and companion, Boomer died in our arms and we were devestated. I insisted that we immediately go out and get another puppy but the husband was skeptical.

So in September of last year, we picked out a little golden lab mix that has turned out to be a joy in our life. He was a little older, 6 months, than when we got all our animals but we decided to get him. There are days we have to work with him and ohters he's perfect. but the best thing he does is jog every morning with my husband. And that's why we brought him home as the shelter makes you spend thirty minutes with every animal before deciding, which one you want. Jasper jogged up and down the compound from the moment his lesh was in our hands.

His only fault would be that there are days he'd like to eat the cats. We have three but he leaves the big boy, our Maine Coon Cyn, alone as they are just about the same size as Jasper is small for a lab only 35 pounds.

I will always get animals from a shelter as not a one of them are there becaus they want to be. In the Las Vegas area, people are abandoning animals like they are abandoning homes. It's a very sad state of affairs.

Good luck in your charity drive. I admire you for doing something to help charities in your area.

Lynn Crain

Lisa Kessler said...

Great blog Yasmine!!! Thanks for putting this together!!! :)

I'm going to add your blog to my blogroll and retweet it...

It's very cool that you're helping animals...

Hopefully you'll get the 500 comment goal!

Lisa :)

Suzanne said...

Great idea, Yasmine! Go you! We rescued our dog, Sophie, back in 1997 and she's going to be 15 this Christmas. Sadly, she's no longer able to walk without a helping hand,(she's part German Shepherd and has problems with her spine and hips like a lot of the breed) so can't be left alone, but my family are all great dogsitters when needed, which is really nice of them all.

Wendy said...

About one week ago, my hot water tank went out and it was on a sunday evening. My husband and I didn't know who to call or what to do, so we called my in laws to ask them who they used (theirs went out 3 months ago). They told us and we said our goodbyes and hung up. About 30 minutes later they called back and wanted to pay to for the unit and for someone to put it in. Even though we said we could do it, they insisted.
So the next day home depot came out and instlled the unit. That evening our son said it was great to have hot water again. We started to laugh because we out for only 1 day.
Its great what you are doing!

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AlluraDeNoct said...

This is such a great idea! Last year was a rough one for us, we had no heat and I didn't have a coat that fit. One of my friends gave us a bunch of blankets and then he turned around and gave me the coat off his back so that I wouldn't freeze. Thankfully things are better now and we have a much warmer place now.

Autumn said...

I love that you are doing this! Animals get left out of the charities so often.

I've had all sorts of animals all my life. But cats were an integral part of growing up as not only did my mom have one, but every family member on her side did as well.
My grandma had about 4 at any given time, and my favorite of hers was Tigger. He was just your run of the mill American short-hair with gray and black stripes. He was the most awesome laid-back cat. When we moved a few years later grandma followed. We adopted a little stray momma Calico and her little kitten that looked just like Tigger. So I named him Tigger and he became my buddy. I still think of him often.
Now I have my Spirit, an all black cat that's more like my child than my buddy.
I can't imagine my life or my home without the disruptions, comedy, and love of a kitty cat.

Coffee Time Romance and More said...

My 4 cats have their christmas colors on and are jingling through the house merrily!

Thanks for the invitation Yasmine!

Karenne

Dana Taramina (@smudgiesmom) said...

I volunteer at an exotic wildlife sanctuary in Canada. We love this time of year because our 14 Siberian tigers truly come to life in the snow. They roll in it, play in it, hide & scare each other in it. One day we actually watched one make a "snowball" out of a giant chunk of ice. He rolled it backwards with his front paws, scooting around all over his enclosure. It got bigger and bigger as it picked up more snow unitl he finally rolled it into his house. What I would give to have had a video camera that day!

LadyVampire2u said...

Such a great idea :) We all should make an effort to give what we can and especially now during the holidays.

One of the nicest things anyone did for me was give me a computer. Out of no where this huge desktop computer and brand new monitor arrived at my house a week before Christmas. My friend who lived in a different state had worked on a computer and fixed it up to send to me, then bought me a new monitor. I had been expecting a card from him and nothing like a whole computer system. I was so touched and surprised. Its a memory that stands out for me.

Happy Holidays to one and all.

Anonymous said...

This is such a wonderful thing you are doing!! I hope you reach goal cuz there are a lot of animals that need loving homes.

We have 2 cats my hubs rescued. My little one luvz them so much she is always asking about them when she goes to visit her g-ma worried they will miss her & not be able to sleep w/o her. Always makes me smile when I see her play w/them & always glad my hubs brought them home to us:)

Good luck!!

nomadicdragon said...

Hmmm. This is Bacon's, our little teeny chihuahua, second Yule with us. This year she KNOWS that the green stocking is hers. And she WANTS it very badly. She's been barking at it off and on for days. Not constantly, thank the gods, but every once in a while she lets me know that SHE knows it is there. heh.

She also managed to steal a candy cane off the tree and eat the whole flipping thing before I noticed. She lost her mind from the sugar high for about an hour.

Darkydoom said...

I really appreciated when my aunty picked up my 3.5yr old daughter to take her out for the day to give me time alone with my newborn. I had a hard week of labour and hospital stay and the week after moved into my new home which is also the first time my husband n our lil family has lived alone. To have house quiet and nothing to do was a great chance to pass out and recharge my batteries

Glenda said...

A friend from church loaned me money so that I could close out my storage account, and told me I could pay it back by tutoring her daughter. It seems to be going well so far, and can bring in money once the loan is paid. It sounds like a small thing, but it's really helping me turn around a precarious financial situation.

OlwenIsis said...

My husband and I have the best parents. For, even though we are both 30/31, they continue to help out whenever we need (and times when we don't) assistance of any type. I have been unable to find employment, which can leave us tight in the budget from time to time depending on other events in our lives. They never hesitate to send a little money to help ease the strain and help us keep our heads above water. We just hope to one day be able to do something special for them.

Portrait of an Artist said...

This is such an awesome idea! A fond memory for me is when our daughter did Heart to Heart for our local humane society to raise money. She spent a week w/ a dog locked up in a kennel to show what it was like to live locked up. She could only get out to walk and such if someone donated! You could watch her on a webcam and make her do silly stuff and she still had to do her schoolwork while being there for the week!I was so proud of her and her dedication to the animals there!

Crystal said...

lovin what your doing... Keep it up!

Devon Ellington said...

Gosh, there are so many wonderful people who do wonderful things.

A pet-centric comment: When Elsa was a kitten, I used to have to put the Yule tree up, without ornaments, a few days early so she could climb the bare tree and get used to it. You'd see the tree shake, and then her little head would pop out near the top.

Once she got to climb it a few times, she'd leave it alone, and then I'd put on the lights, ornaments, etc.

Lela Gwenn said...

My parents split up over a summer- could have been the worst summer of my life. I spent a few weeks with my great aunt who did everything she could to keep me grounded and happy.

When I told her that her dog was hot and needed a hair cut she gave me clippers and told me to go for it.

No adult would let me do a thing like shave her dog. But she did. She let me shave her dog. I could have cut her dog. I could have done all kinds of bad things. But I didn't. And it gave me confidence to take chances.

Anonymous said...

This is such a wonderful idea. You truely are an amazing person.

In addition to my 4 kids, we have several little beasties in our family (2 guinea pigs, 2 bearded dragons, a sugarglider and a shih-poo) and one not so little (a rotti). I know that life would not be the same without them.

With any luck, we will be adding a couple of kittehs to the mix too since a frien has recently become a 'mommy.'

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Holiday season.

Syrenity said...

Yasmine, how like you to do something so thoughtful.

As to things people have done for me and my family, a couple jump right out. Back in 1998, our house burned. We had plenty of insurance, but it was amazing how the community rallied around. Neighbors got together and went door to door and presented us with $2000. I worked for our city government at the time, and so many of the departments took up money for us also. One day, we got an envelope in the mail. It was from a small church in the town next to us, that we had never visited or anything...it contained gift cards to Wal-Mart. A little boy down the street brought his toys to his mom and told her he wanted my daughter to have them. While at the house one day working on any possible salvage of personal items, a lady stopped by and told us that she would love for us to join her for dinner one day. We had no idea who she was, but she just wanted to do something. One of our son's friends, that had been like one of my own kids, came and told us that although he didn't have any money, he did have a strong back and would do anything we needed. He and his girlfriend (later wife) came over one day and went through photo albums, rescuing photos as best they could by trimming burnt edges etc.

The other biggie was when my 5 month old grandson died. My department was so awesome. I worked for the police department at the time, and my little angel had a send off that was out of this world! The department sent motorcycles and police cars to escort him along his way. As he was carried from the funeral home, he passed between an honor guard of the officers I worked with. The chief told me to not worry about time off, I was to take whatever time I needed and not to be concerned about pay or anything.

I've been blessed more than I can say with people in my life who care and lift me through the dark times.

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Fyre Kou said...

Well I will share a Christmas Memory of my cat...

I have a beautiful white haired cat her name is little bit. she have bright green eye and is the most wonderful thing out side of her male counter part an orange tabby named lato...

Well the first year I had her she she climbed my pre-lite Christmas tree with white light laying all around her she looked so angelic and to this day are some of my favorite photo's of her...

Sparkles said...

This is such a good charity program, fun! :))

Something I am thankful for:

Today I had a bad day.....work was busy and stressful, weather is bad (live in eastern WA and we have snow+freezing rain) and I found out I did not pass a state exam I need to take to become a teacher. Luckily, I have a vast network of family and friends who took the time to encourage me through facebook, texts, calls and hugs. Though my professional future is uncertain, I can hold my head up high because I am loved.
Send some love--even if it's just a simple Facebook comment--to someone you care about this holiday season! You never know what a difference you'll make!

Rachel said...

All three of my cats are from the Oregon Humane Society. Every year, our charitable donations are evenly split between human and feline charities, so we help the cats not in our house.

Melanie Cramer said...

John Mainella - he was my junior high school music director. He was and is still, my favorite teacher.

In 1988 - during my 8th grade year, I had come into information that my father was finally arrested and removed from my house for being a sick, demented and abusive father. I took enough beatings from that guy that a wonderful police officer was kind enough to haul his rear away.

Unfortunately, the immediate next day at school, my life had changed - dad arrested, my sister was committed and my mother didnt want to be home. My grandparents took me in - and Mr. Mainella found out what had happened.

I had been skipping breakfast and lunch for months. I had no appetite. Could not sleep very well, but grandma always cuddled up with me on the nights I needed to cry - what a wonderful woman!

My grandmother knew how much Mr. Mainella meant to me - I love music. Absolutely love it... Played Clarinet and was first chair since sixth grade. He threw me on Bassoon and sat with me to train/teach me. What a great teacher. That day, I had stayed after to practice my bassoon. I didnt want to go home (back with Mom), the next bus to Grandmas was another 90 minutes, so I went to practice.

Mr. Mainella saw me and asked me to put the bassoon away... I thought "uh oh, what more can go wrong"...

He sat next to me and once my bassoon was put away, he held my hand and told me he got a call from Grandma and was told about what had happened.

I freaking lost it... tears were everywhere, I couldnt stop crying... He was prepared though! Kleenex in hand and he told me that he wanted me to take a break from practicing as hard as I was and make sure I get a good night's rest every night - that was my homework until further notice.

He sat with me for a good two hours. Instead of being a teacher, he became the father-figure I needed to know that the school is looking out for me - my father, once he is out of jail will be immediately arrested if he should try to come to the school and that if it happens: I am to come running to the band room and hide in his office. "No one is going to hurt you again"....

He kept his word. He protected me while I was at school. My grandmother (and eventually my mother) was very appreciative.

Fast forward over 20 years later - I find out Mr. Mainella is directing an adult community band. They needed a bassoon player and I responded. The poor guy didnt know me from my new married name... I thought "PERFECT" - I snuck in to his office and asked "is this the place the band practices? Im the bassoonist responding to the email"... He was tinkering on his computer and had turned around... his eyes were wide and he jumped out of his chair and said "OH MY GOD, MELANIE!!!!! I DIDNT KNOW IT WAS YOU!"... I cried yet again.... he remembered me... and of course we caught up with our past together. He still remembered my mother, grandmother, my sister by name... and he asked if I ever had a run-in with my father. I told him, thankfully no. I immediately thanked him for teaching me that it was OK NOT to put up with anyone mistreating me, my family or friends. I learned really fast that no matter what age you were, you have the right go through life without being hurt in any way shape or form, at the age of 13 - and I thanked him for being the father-figure I needed when life was at its absolute worst.

I will always love that man and he will always have that special place in my heart for the help he gave me, and for protecting me.

Damnit I need a kleenex...

Kelle said...

This will be our pit bull mix Roxanne's first Christmas tree. I remember our lab mix Daemon's first experience. He licked half of the glitter off of every ornament facing outward so now all of the ornaments have half glitter.

Danielle said...

I've been unemployeed since February. I've in serious debt, and recently got a temp job, but feel like I'm drowning.

HoweverI do like doing things for others, especially animals. I generally like them more then people. I also volunteer myself at my local library, as they need the help and they are having huge cuts (3 million these two years) and so its nice when one can help

Trey said...

We have 2 "puppies" Duke a 4 year old Lab and Lola a 1 year old Pit-Lab mix. So far so good with the tree although when both of their tails get going, nothing is safe. They are such a great part of our family.
We did have a wonderful cat Zeus, who was more like a dog sometimes. He used to leave me little presents all the time. When we lived in Florida it was piles of lizards outside the front door. When we moved to Illinois, it was Cardinals by the back door. I had to promptly bury the Cardinals since they are the state bird of Illinois and I did not want to get fined. Zeus was an indoor/outdoor cat and made friends everywhere he went. He went missing and the whole neighborhood went searchig for him. We had a neighbor that worked for the city and put every department on high alert for our very special feline. We never did find him, but it meant so much to me that so many "dog" people cared about our cat so much.
I think you are doing a wonderful thing Yasmine!! I am trying to instill in my children to care about the world around them and the people that live in it. They have donated their excess birthday and christmas gifts to Toys for Tots, asked for people to bring canned goods instead of gifts to parties and they use their own money to put in the Salvation Army kettles. It makes me a very proud Momma!

Libster said...

I have to say that the PERSONS that have done something really special for me, are my parents. My husband has had four strokes and can't work anymore which makes me the breadwinner of the family. My parents have been by my side stepping in to help when needed. If it weren't for them, my husband and I would be worse off then we are. They are amazing people.

linda said...

My life would not be complete without my pets. I have a bird, cat, dog, two fish and a hamster. Through in two kids, a husband and your parents, that's a houseful. I so wish I could more the pets that are in need of a good home. But my hubby said if I bring another animal in the house he was going to divorce me. LOL Tell him to try telling a judge that. ;0)

Anonymous said...

Hi Yasmine:
May I say that the world is a better place because of people like you! I couldn't pick just one person who has done something nice for me because there have been so many. My husband is disabled and we have 5 children. Over the years, I have had people drive us to the doctors appointments, grocery stores, and work. I have had people give so that we could eat. Those are my angels. Now that we are in somewhat of a better position, I try to pass it on by helping where and when I can. If I could send a message to everyone out there it would be this: Smile at someone; hold the door for someone; compliment someone; try to pass on one second of kindness...it'll last a lifetime, because hopefully they will do the same for someone else simply because YOU made them feel so good. Try it. It costs nothing and is priceless. Bless you, Yasmine...and all the angels out there (and angels in training). Happy Holidays and may your season bring beautiful blessings to you and yours.
Judi in NJ

Cathy Wellman said...

Welcome and Seasons Greetings, I my give blessings to all of you out there helping each other, I don't have a lot but I do have a roof over my head and a warm bed. I give to as many things that I can, do unto others as you would want to be done for you. I have two animals, a dog named Gizmo and a cat named bethalmo ,B for short. I love them as family, I lost my other dog to brain cancer on Easter a few years ago and my good friend gave me Gizmo to make me happy,for I par my dad around the same time. I think sometimes he has my fathers spirit in him :-) it is a great cause that you are doing .many Blessings coming to you and yours. Love you Cathy

January Gens said...

Happy Holidays!
What a wonderful gesture!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! My two girls have tons of cat toys that I figure that I will donate to the shelter where other kitties would get much more use out of it. :)

Holly said...

This is Awesome! Thank you.

Harriet said...

This is a lovely idea :) I think the nicest thing anyone can ever do for someone is to just to phone them out of the blue and ask after them. It always means a lot to me.

Carrie Ann Ryan said...

A Simple Hello?!?

Love your work! Happy Hanukkah!

Caity said...

Hi Yasmine!!!

I would say more but my head is all fuzzy from being sick. Hope everyone stays safe and healthy during the holidays! <3

Taryn Raye said...

Hello!

Rebecca said...

Hello! This is such an awesome thing that you are doing. I got my kitty Gillian from the local SPCA 10 years ago and I understand how much they need donations. Keep up the good work!

Aekb said...

What a wonderful and caring idea.
Christmas with pets: I grew up with both a cat and a dog, and they each got their own stockings hung on the hearth...and they each had a pair of antlers they had to wear for our family picture! (We all had our festive hats we had to wear, and they were included in those duties!) They both HATED wearing the antlers on Christmas morning, but they also knew that those colorful stockings held delicious goodies for them, and it only took each of them one year to figure out that antlers = yummy goodies (and catnip for the cat!) in the stockings, so they put up with the antlers. Our family holiday pictures were always wonderful with our "little reindeer," and even though they're both gone now, looking at those pictures makes me smile. You can actually see their eye gazes in the photographs, fiercely tolerating the antlers with unwavering gazes on the stockings!

April said...

WOW! What a wonderful idea. I have a rescue kitty, his mother was killed by a dog. He was only about 1 week old, so I had to bottle feed him. What a mean little kitty, he is. His names is Sassy, but my grandchildre, loveingly, calls him "demon cat". He will attack, bite, scratch and has little patience for loving, except in the early morning. But what can you do. He is so funny, cute and adorable. He is jet black.My son-in-law thinks his dad might have been part bobcat.HA! What a thought.So I thank you for your caring enough to do this. I had a Jack Russell Terrior for over seven years until she died of liver cancer. What a lost we felt.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
tarenn98

L said...

I have a wonderfully kind hearted and generous husband. We live in a quiet neighborhood that seems to be labeled as "the dropoff place for stray animals". Our latest stray that found its way to our house is a tabby/white cat. He started coming to our house for the food we leave out for everyone:cats, possumms, raccoons and anything else that's hungry. right away I noticed that there was something wrong with his mouth. He was drooling and it seemed laborous for him to chew. After much coaxing, I was able to tame him enough so I could get him into a cat carrier. I took him to a wonderful cat care specialist. They looked him over and found that he had seven rotten teeth that needed to come out. I called my husband at work and broke the news that this baby needed $700 worth of treatment. My darling husband just sighed and said to get done whatever he needs. My wonderful teenage son has been helping to care for him and get him on the road to recovery. It will be a light Christmas, but we will be together as a family with one new addition: a sweet spirited cat named Walter. I am truly blessed with such a wonderful, generous husband and a kind-hearted teenage son!!

TribalCat said...

Thank you for doing this! I donate a couple of times a year to several animal welfare societies, although I feel like I can never give enough. We haven't had a holiday tree since I moved back in with my parents. My brother, a born-again Christian, is pretty religious and doesn't want his kids growing up with anything Pagan, so no tree, but I absolutely refused to give up the stocking hanging, so at least we have that. My mom drapes a white sheet over a small table for "snow", then the packages are spread around it on Christmas morning before the kids come over. My cat, Tyger, loves to hide under the "snow" and jump out at people. He thinks that's his fort :)

Anonymous said...

I like that you are doing this. I donate regularly to my local humane society and wish that others would do the same.

I lost "Rat" and "Jazmin" in Oct 2009, and "Momo" in July this year. I still have "Romeo", "Kassie" and "Apollo" though, and would be completely lost without my "kids". They may be old but they still bring a smile to my face with their antics.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this idea!!!!
We only have one furbaby and although this year she turned 10, she has found her kitten within. Every morning since we have put up the Christmas tree, she has raced back and forth making sure to skid on the wood floors. Upon finishing her morning "jog", she grabs a drink from the tree water and promptly falls asleep on the tree skirt for the day.
She adds so much fun to our lives. And yes, she was a shelter kitty that we brought home 9 years ago.

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CHL said...

Happy holiday season to you & yours!

This is my first x-mas since I came back from Korea & wish my friends and family there a safe & peaceful holiday season.

I have come home to my mom's new cat, Carla. She is cute & I like her but I can't help missing my mom's previous cat, Norse, who we had to put to sleep Sept 2009. I miss him so much - he was rottenly wonderful - I hope that he knows how much I love him - always.

Blessing to all.

(oops! sorry for the deleted posts)

Britt said...

I had the best dog in the whole world. She was there for me and my dad when my mother died. She made us feel better and licked our tears when we cried. I still feel guilty for not being there at the end for her. My parents had to put her to sleep about 6 years ago. My parents and I still think about her everyday.

Wage Slave said...

On my youngest cat's first Christmas we kept squirting her with a water bottle to get her to stay away from the tree. I remember one time my partner picked up the kitty, handed her to me and said, "You can has wet kitten."

Shiloh Walker said...

There was about a time a few years ago when I'd been sick-really sick, missing work and everything. Because of that, money was TIGHT, and I mean TIGHT...I was so sick of being sick, so sick of being tired...I mentioned at church that I could just use some prayers and positive thoughts.

On my way out, somebody slipped a hundred dollars into my hand. It bought groceries for us for two weeks...I won't ever forget that. It wasn't just the money-although we needed it-it was that somebody had seen an unspoken need, and reached out.

Anonymous said...

Funny kitty story:
To keep my son from the stairs I had a gate installed. One of my rescues has always had a problem jumping (she was skin and bones when we got her, although you couldn't tell that now!). Well she is constantly trying to jump the gate (we have food water and litter on both floors). The other day she tried getting over the gate and her tail was practically rotating like a helicopter. Well she got over the gate, doing a summersalt in the process. It was hilarious to watch and she was fine. It wasn't the most graceful move but so funny to see.

Robbie said...

My mom and I feed 9 semi feral cats and a neighbor gave us dry and wet food to help us through the winter. She also paid out of her own pocket to have them and 11 others neutered.
Thank you for a wonderful gift to the local furbabies in your area!

J.L. Anderson said...

I just want to comment for the charity of course!

A lot of people have done a lot of kind things for me lately. It's hard to choose just one thing. One thing that made me smile recently was that an online friend sent me a message to tell me how much she cared about me and appreciated me. It was surprising but came at a time I needed a little support.

Rachel said...

Thanks Yasmine! Love your books! But really enjoy following you because your as crazy about your furry kin as I am about mine! Keep up the awesomeness!

Bamafever said...

*sobs* My Mr. Meow has been gone for over a week now. I'm so sad that I have no idea where he is.