Who Let the Dogs Out

I’m a new blogger. Heck, I’m still pretty new to social media in general! I want to change the world, though, and have been truly inspired by the impact a blog can have. I kicked off my 12 Months of Kindness campaign on January 1st of this year and it’s been viewed by people in 15 countries already! It makes my heart sing to think of people all over the world doing something nice for someone.

But how does a new blogger (and one that isn’t very tech savvy, I might add) get the ball really rolling? I think I may find the answer at BlogPaws!

I watched Who Let the Dogs Out on the Hallmark channel today and Tillman the skateboarding dog  and BlogPaws have offered up a way that I might be able to attend… this blog will earn me an entry into the contest! If you haven’t seen the show, it is not only entertaining but also educational.

(1) Being an amateur trick dog, today’s show made me feel better – even the teams of experienced trick dogs get anxiety about how their dogs will perform!

There was also a segment about BlogPaws on the show today. (2) I had heard of this event before, but really enjoyed the clips showing how all the dog-bloggers and vendors get to interact with and learn from each other.

(3) If I get to attend this year, I’m certain I can learn more about the technologies people are using to get their message out. I would get to consult with a great many experienced bloggers about how they caught the attention of the public. And most importantly, I’m sure I would make some life-long personal connections with other people and dogs interested in make the world a better place somehow.

I’m going to run and start packing my bags, just in case…

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This is a Blog Hop and I’m still not really sure how these things work… I tried pasting the code below, but you can see it doesn’t really work. See why I need to go to BlogPaws!?!

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Play! 12 Months of Kindness continues

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I bet you’re wondering what playing has to do with kindness.

I recently had the pleasure of listening to Kevin Carroll speak about his “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball“. You see, Kevin was abandoned by a drug-addicted mother at the age of six. Literally left abandoned in a trailer with his two brothers for many days without food until he finally had the courage to seek out help. Once safely in the care of his grandparents, he discovered the playground and a red rubber ball that ultimately led him to a military career in linguistics, a position as Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers, a place on the Yugoslavian Olympic basketball team, an agent of creative change at Nike, and now to speak and inspire people all over the world.

And it all started with play.

After all, where do dreams start? Kevin affirms, “They start when we’re playing, when we’re free to run and romp around. That’s when we imagine we’re something bigger than we are.”

We can’t choose where we start.

“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” – Voltaire

But we can, right now, impact the future of another being with a simple act of kindness. Give them the gift of play. This month, my friends, I ask that you give away a toy. It can go to your local Ronald McDonald House, a children’s hospital, a neighbor, a shelter (don’t forget animals need toys too!), or even to someone in your own home. It doesn’t have to be new or expensive. Sometimes all it takes to inspire imagination is a

red rubber ball.

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Please share a picture of your gift or just tell your story on my Facebook page… it always inspires my readers to do great things!

Go now and spread the kindness friends!