When Andy and I were talking about getting a dog, our #1 concern was my allergies. We needed to look at breeds that were allergy-friendly. Andy was determined that we wouldn’t get a small dog either. As fate would have it, Andy met a sweet and adorable goldendoodle named Dewey while paying our water softener bill one day and the rest is history.
Since goldendoodles are a “designer breed” it never even occurred to us to check shelters or rescue sites. We got Steve from a reputable breeder, but if we ever get another dog, we will definitely look at adoption first.
Which brings me to one of our “pet” charities — the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha. HAWS gets the largest percentage of our annual charitable giving. Let’s be honest — Steve lives the good life. He’s spoiled rotten, and in return, we get unconditional love and joy. But many pets aren’t so lucky — many are neglected, abused and abandoned. Those animals are the reason we support HAWS.
We participate in their annual walk at Minooka Park in Waukesha which took place on Saturday, May 2 this year. We set a fund raising goal of $250 and put the call for support out to friends and family. I also posted a sign at work with a picture of Steve on it. Steve’s sweet little face helped us hit and surpass our goal quickly — on the day of the race we had raised $260!
Our friends and their pooches joined us, and Steve had the time of his life walking at his favorite park. A big thank you to everyone who sponsored us — the animals at HAWS will appreciate it!
Us! (with Steve)
The Neuenfeldts (with Molly)
The Reikowskis (with Lucy)