June 20, 2011

A Reverse Birthday Gift (Giveaway)


My birthday is coming up next week, and I want to do something a bit different here on my blog. I am going to give a blogging friend a “reverse” birthday gift. I also want to raise awareness about assistance dogs.

"Until Tuesday" is a book about a wounded Iraqi war veteran and the golden retriever who saved him. The author possesses some different political beliefs than I do. But I greatly appreciate the sacrifices he has made for our country, and I admire the strides he has taken to live independently and try to find peace after his painful experiences. And I also applaud his adorable assistance dog, Tuesday, who has been instrumental in helping him along his life’s journey.





Most folks think assistance dogs are for those individuals who have visual impairments. However, these well-trained companions serve people with a wide range of issues, including hearing impairments, physical disabilities, autism, and seizure disorders. These special dogs provide independence and dignity for their human friends. One of our primary charities is Paws with a Cause, which provides training and placement of assistance dogs throughout the country. We are proud of the work that they do and take heart in the lives that have been forever changed for the better.

With deep gratitude for successfully completing another year in my life’s journey, I am going to give away a copy of “Until Tuesday”. Consider it my birthday gift to a friend. The last day to enter is Sunday, June 26

Here are my simple rules to enter:
  1. Leave a comment on this post to get one entry.  
  2. If you follow my blog, please leave a separate comment for another entry. 
  3. If you publicize this giveaway (e.g., on your sidebar), please leave a separate comment for another entry.
  4. Entries outside the U.S. will be accepted. However, only those from bloggers with active web sites will be eligible.

    21 comments:

    1. I see Paws With A Cause dogs walking around the hospital all the time. A lot of time it's puppies in training! What a wonderful thing that is!

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    4. What a wonderful cause! I paid close attention to the part about assistance dogs for many different disabilities. Very cool.

      Happy Birthday week to you, Sweet Friend!

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    5. It's a wonderful cause. I hope your birthday will be one of the best ever. ((hugs))

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    6. This is such an important issue. I'd love to read this book, please consider me entered. I think when my cat passes I'll be doing some training of these dogs.

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    7. I do follow you Donna so enter me yet again. Thanks.

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    8. I mentioned your giveaway in my blog post today, hope you get lots of action.

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    9. Ahhhh....Oh well, another good cry never hurt anyone...Hahahaa....
      We are really active with Fuzzy Friends Rescue here at home. I Know the feeling when you get to help with a great cause...Thanks for the link Donna! I'll be hopping over to check them out!
      Birthday time already?? No way! That makes you...lets see...29 again?Hahaaa
      hughugs

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    10. what a great article and cause for awareness. BTW sending early greetings for a happy birthday my friend!

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    11. It's amazing what these dogs can do to help give people back their independence. Sounds like a great book.
      Happy birthday week. I hope you have something fun planned to celebrate

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    12. What a good idea. I have a great fondness for all dogs in general but for service dogs in particular. We have a number of people who bring in their therapy to visit elders. The bond is instant every time.

      A great cause Brenda...and a great idea for a birthday....reversing the gift giving.

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    13. Happy Birthday, Donna! *hugs*

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    14. I enjoyed my visit to your 'chickadee' hideaway. Thanks to Donna :O)

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    15. What a great cause to support! We are friends with a family from church who raise puppies until they're age 2, then give them back to the seeing-eye dog place where they continue their training, eventually going to someone who needs a seeing-eye dog. I've always thought that was a really special thing for them to do.

      Hope you have a phenomenal birthday, Donna, and thanks for helping everyone become more aware of this helpful service! (Oh, and can I be entered in your give away too?) Hugs!

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    16. I hope someday to adopt a rescued Greyhound. When our Melanie was in the hospital for cleft palate surgery in '06, she was feeling so badly and sleeping most of the time but I wish you could've seen her face when a big old dog walked into the room and stood by her bed. She nearly leapt out. Steph had to hold Melly securely on her lap so that much petting and rubbing could take place. That dog just stood and let Mel pull his ears and scritch him endlessly. I think she would have done it for hours if others were not waiting for his unique ministrations!!!

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