The Devoted Barn is an animal rescue and rehabilitation facility in Newport, Michigan. Although they accept all kinds of animals from cruelty, neglect and large scale hoarding cases, they also maintain an excellent feral dog program. These animals come to the Devoted Barn to heal both emotionally and physically, with the help of at risk youth or special needs adults who come to work at the barn.
We think this is a wonderful example of people helping dogs and vice versa, and we're proud to support their amazing work. You can learn more about The Devoted Barn here.
Marley's Mutts is a truly incredible organization with a great story. Located in Tehachapi, California, it was founded by Zach Skow at the lowest point in his own life. Although he was only in his twenties, he had spent many years drinking himself to death. The only hope for him was a liver transplant which his doctors would only consider if he quit drinking for six months first.
He moved back home with his father, who had a soft spot for homeless dogs and they needed exercise. Zach began walking them and then running them, and suddenly he was better. So rather than saving the dogs, the dogs saved him and ever since he's been dedicated to not only homeless dogs but also people who are in desperate need of saving themselves from substance abuse, PTSD, and many other tragedies. And Zach doesn't just pull the easy to place dogs from city shelters, he takes on the abused, the handicapped and disfigured, the aggressive, the bully breeds, the ones who normally don't stand a chance. A lot like he was.
We're so proud to support Marley's Mutts that our donation covers not one but two quarters. If you'd like to learn more about Marley's Mutts, please do visit their website: marleysmutts.org.
Yesterday morning our favorite photographer Amanda Jones was featured on Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends program to discuss her new book Dog Years: Faithful Friends, Then and Now. We were thrilled to be included as Amanda's sweet little pup Ladybug was also on set wearing our Caramelle collar in Pistacchio! We think it looked stunning on her and she was a pro in front of the camera, of course! If you'd like to watch the interview, it can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/o4rv65g.
Amanda's book captures dogs she has photographed over her 20-year career as puppies or young dogs, and then a decade or so later. A very touching tribute that honors the dogs we love in all stages of their lives. If you'd like to order the book, signed copies are available at thedogstudio.com.