To honor the memory of these dear souls, Susan and Linda decided that they would ask for donations of toys for dog and cats (we love cats, too!) who are loved by families who can’t afford toys this holiday season. By coordinating with the Bi-State Pet Food Pantry, we can assure that these toys will be given to families with financial difficulty.
Four Muddy Paws is proud to be a donation site for Toy Chest for Pets this year.Â We have big wrapped boxes in both of our locations where we’re accepting toys of all shapes and sizes.Â Plus you can fill out a donation card in memory or in honor of a loved pet.
Not much is now known about Kermit’s life for his first 8 years. He was picked up as a stray, already in his late mid-life years with his face partially paralyzed. He spent 4 years living at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. When I met him, my husband and I were visiting the Sanctuary as volunteers and working in the care area where Kermit lived with three other dogs in his run. There was a special lock on the door of their run because after the caregivers had gone home for the evenings, Kermit liked to let himself and his runmates out to have a party. He was smart and people-focused and 12 years old. I knew when I adopted him that I may only have a couple of months with him, but I also knew that I wanted him to live in a home for whatever time he had left. He gave me almost 2 years, which I will forever cherish.
Kermit was full of love and joy and mischief. He loved his family and his dog sister, Lily. He would meet up at the fence with the neighbor’s dog, another elderly boy, and have their chats — I suppose about the weather or how their arthritis was acting up. He rejoiced in comfy, smooshy dog beds.
And he loved toys. He would carry them from dog bed to dog bed, hoard them from Lily, and chew or snuggle with them. I couldn’t imagine Kermit in a world without toys, so I can’t imagine a better way to honor his life than to help other families give their dogs and cats a toy this holiday season. Share the joy.
Thelma’s story. Thelma was found by a rescue living in a garage with her sister. They had been there the first 4 months of their life. She came to us when she was 6 months old after spending time in a foster home. Thelma never did easily trust many people. We liked to say she had a small circle of friends. But with those friends she was loving and gentle. When Thelma met new people she would run to grab a toy, it didn’t matter what it was, it made her feel better to have something to carry. So in Thelma’s memory we want all pets to have a toy. All of the toys collected will be donated to the Bi-State Pet Food Pantry to go directly to area families in need
. It’s Thelma’s legacy.
About Bi State Food Pantry:
The goal of Bi State Food Pantry is to keep pets and their families together when they’re facing financial difficulties that may result in families having to give up their beloved pets because their families can no longer afford to take care of them.
Bi-State Pet Food Pantry operates solely on volunteersâ€™ time and efforts with six board members and nearly 50 volunteers. In 2013, they assisted almost 2,000 pets and distributed 153,000 pounds of food. When families fall on hard times, Bi-State Pet Food Pantry is happy to know that they can help them care for their four-legged family members!
Four Muddy Paws is a year-long donation drop off site for Bi State Food Pantry.Â This holiday season is extra special in helping families with the Toy Chest Donation Drive.Â Thanks for your support!