A 65 year old woman walks into a room filled with complete strangers…
Six of whom are dogs…
Her heart beats a little faster…
Scents of puppy breath and craft beer waft across the air…
And, she feels drawn…
You can call it puppy love, but…
I prefer to call it my first meeting with the lovely and amazing folks who are the Portland Chapter of Canine Companions for Independence.
Quite honestly, these people (and their pups) blew me away. And then they stole my heart. The meeting lasted two hours and I was completely hooked by the time I left. I do not see the title of “puppy raiser” in my future, but I’ll make a great puppy petter and a very vocal supporter of the dedication and beautiful work that is being done by the good folks of CCI.
The meeting I walked into on that first Monday in March was a planning session for the Portland edition of a national fund raising event put on by CCI chapters – DogFest Walk ‘n Roll. Yep. You guessed it. I joined the planning team right then and there. You can’t keep an old meeting planner down.
This is going to be a fantastic event for a beyond great cause!
By why stop there, she asked. We need a Backpack&Rollie Walk n Roll team! Because really, isn’t that what hubs and I are setting out to do? Walk and drag out rollie-bags along wherever we go. I am grateful everyday for our ability to so easily make this dream come alive. For so many, it’s not quite so simple. So last week Team Backpack&Rollie was officially launched. We’re ready to walk and roll and we’re looking for members and sponsors to help us exceed our goal of raising $1,000.
Okay, and it didn’t bother me one bit that the team captain is also called the Top Dog. How stinkin’ cute is that?
Here’s the mini version of how DogFest works.
- It’s a family and dog friendly event that combines, two walking courses, puppy petting, sloppy kisses and wet noses (for the dogless folks like hubs and I).
- Teams and individuals will walk and roll either or both courses. Prizes will be given!
- There will be entertainment, local celebrities, doggie events of all kinds and a chance to meet lots of CCI puppies in training, their handlers and their trainer. Get a few tips for your own four legged friend.
- The goal of each DogFest chapter (events being held in cities across the country) is to raise $60,500 and to spread the word about the amazing work these dogs (and their handlers) are doing to make a difference in the lives of so many people.
- Fundraising is done through donations and sponsorships of all kinds, but the easiest way to get involved is to form or join a team. Teams raise money online, compete for doggone good prizes and share in the fun on the day of the event. You don’t have to live in Portland but if you do, you can come walk with us in September. For out-of-towners, there will be lots of video and great photos so you will see your team in action and can cheer from a distance.
Please watch this short video taken at the most graduation of puppies from the Portland chapter at the Charles M. Schultz (yes, Snoopy’s creator was a HUGE supporter) in Santa Rosa, CA.
Wanna join the fun?
Great, because Team Backpack&Rollie WANTS YOU!
Here’s how you can help ~
- Join our team. Here’s the link again.
- Spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers and help us raise $1,000. I’d love it if you shared this post.
- Sponsor our team if you are a business, or talk to me about corporate sponsorship for the event if you want to go big.
- Make a one time donation. Every dollar counts!
- Come walk with us and join the fun on Saturday September 13, 2014 at the University of Portland. I’m thinking costumes and I’m open to your wild and crazy ideas.
Because, when the chips are down in this life, aren’t we really all in it together?
It’s just how we roll.
Nancy ~ aka The Top Dog
Check out the CCI website for more information on their mission, their programs and all the ways you can get involved.