Loving our family: Two-Legged and Four-Legged

IMG_5298Last week was my annual mature exam at the vet. I had a nervous stomach and relied on my pack for support. They brought my favorite treats to surprise me with, and even let me get onto the couch next to them while we waited for our turn.

I trust my pack to not let anything bad happen to me, and they don't disappoint. They wrapped me in love throughout the entire appointment. This time I even settled down long enough to weigh in at 88lbs! That's an auspicious number even for a dog!

Afterwards, they confirmed with the doc that I am a rockstar..

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Influence Positively Interview - Lizzie Mead


Lizzie Mead was born in 1973 and raised in Tucson, AZ. She has quirky parents (Lloyd and Alicia Mead) who own a motel on the wrong side of the tracks where there are many at-risk animals..and they pretty much run a cat rescue on the property. Her mom raised her with a love for all critters and instilled in her a desire to help animals in need. Her dad is the voice of reason and taught her to not have 20 foster animals at a time.

Silver Sea Jewelry has been open since 1993 in Tucson, AZ Lizzie takes great joy in being self-employed, even if she'll never be rich. She volunteers with assorted animal rescue groups, and is a "Beading Diva" a group which raises money for animal rescue groups with beautiful handcrafted bracelets. Lizzie is an animal welfare advocate for dogs, and her life goal is to see the end of racing in the state of Arizona and one day, across the country. She also works with homeless and at risk youth in her area, helps them with their dogs, and mentors kids transitioning off the streets into homelife. For Lizzie, life got much sweeter once that life went to the dogs.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? My perfect idea of happiness is a balanced life in which I get to spend much time with my furry children, have awesome relationships with family and friends, help others and the animal kingdom, and successfully run my little jewelry business that I love. A bonus is a little quality time lounging on my porch in front of my orange house. Most of this I already get to do! That's fun!

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why? If it would be possible to come back in my next life as a dog that belonged to someone awesome, I would totally want to do that. Dogs rely on us so much, and we are their best friend. We are their protector, nurturer, food and water bringer, and primary love giver. Not everyone is up for this challenge and so many are abandoned or ignored and thrown in a backyard to spend much time alone. I feel like people who get a dog to have in the yard are really missing the point. They are also cheating themselves out of the full experience, not to mention cheating the dog as well! So, though I am a big-time dog person..I'm going to have to go with CAT. They are more independent and better equipped to survive when their people fail them. I'm not saying cats *should* have to fend for themselves, they are simply better at it. Independent, prone to bouts of tearing through the house at top speeds, distracted by shiny objects That sounds like me!

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Influence Positively Interview - Heidi Ganahl


Heidi Ganahl is one of the country’s most extraordinary, respected and in demand women entrepreneurs. Heidi has triumphed over staggering adversity. Beginning with the loss of her husband at the age of 27, to losing a million-dollar insurance settlement, Heidi’s entrepreneurial spirit and extraordinary leadership skills have helped her pick herself up and emerge as a Top Dog of Camp Bow Wow, the $40 million leader in the pet and franchise industry.

Since starting Camp Bow Wow in 2000, Heidi has been able to realize her dream of creating a nonprofit organization, The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, which promotes the health of pups, ending overpopulation and the inhumane treatment of animals worldwide. "The lessons I’ve learned over the years fill my presentations – keep in mind that the world is your field of tennis balls and pile of sticks to fetch if you just put your nose to the ground and go after them! Tragedy, loss and misfortune can all be used to learn the lessons you will need to get past your fear and become a great leader or entrepreneur. So let’s play ball!"

 Heidi enjoys hiking, traveling and working on various charitable causes including her board positions with the Denver Venture School (denverventure.org), the Metro State Center for Innovation (www.centerforinnovation.org) and the University of Colorado at Boulder Leed’s School of Business. "My devotion to the importance of education and animal welfare issues keeps me busy!"

If you are headed to BlogPaws 2011 - like we are - Heidi will be a Saturday keynote speaker. We're honored and thrilled that she took time to join our interview series ahead of the conference!

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