P.L.A.Y.fully Giving Back

Its obvious that we love dogs. We want to help dogs in anyway we can and thats why weve recently donated a few of our items to charities across the country. From helping homeless animals in Austin, to contributing to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or donating raffle items for animal rescue and cancer research in California- we know that every little bit helps.

Austin Pets Alive! (APA) is a non-profit organization run almost exclusively by its volunteers. With a mission to provide resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals - we were more than happy to donate one of our products for their Sweet Barks adoption event.

It was a fun-filled and wonderful day for pets, people, and Austin Pets Alive! Almost $1500 was raised, as well as $600 worth of donated food, toys and treats. 

The best part:  six animals went home that day - to new lives, with additional adoptions still pending!   Congratulations on a successful event APA!


The Weston Whirlwinds have been participating in North American Flyball Association flyball tournaments since 2000. For those of you who dont know, Flyball is a fast-paced relay race for pups. Its unique because it is truly a team sport - four dogs and their handlers have to work together in order for their team to be successful. Most recently, their event in February hosted 56 teams at the Central Massachusetts Expo Center in Fitchburg, MA. (Thats over 200 dogs!)

A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA). The charity (chosen because a members son is affected by the terrible disease) raises money to help find a cure for the disease in addition to supporting families dealing with the illness everyday. We are proud to have been a sponsor for such an important cause.

Next up? The Weston Whirlwinds are hosting a Mardi Gras Madness event at the end of March. To find out more about the sport or learn how to get your dog involved, check out the North American Flyball Associations website.

This April, the Delta Australian Shepard Fanciers and the Peninsula Australian Shepard Association will be hosting their Spring Fling event. The event includes two Agility Trials, four Conformation Shows, two Obedience Trials and two Rally Trials - all for Australian Shepards! Last year the event had 139 dogs compete in the conformation show alone! For the event this year, 100 percent of the money raised from their raffle will be split equally between animal rescue and cancer research. With such a great cause, we were happy to donate one of our agility tunnels for the event.

We contributed to these events because they are not only fun for animals and their humans, but they work to make a difference as well. Well be sure to share more photos as we get them!

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