Monday, April 19, 2010

CycleSports and Du2R Sponsor Dog Show on May 8, 10AM

Wow. People are really cool. Paul Bushee, owner of CycleSport in Ellicott City, and his fave Duathlon team, Du2R Multisport, have together donated a NEW BIKE for our raffle at the May 8 Strut Your Mutt event. Carly had so much fun going to CycleSport to pick out the GORGEOUS deep blue bike by GIANT. This is going to be SOME RAFFLE! PercWorks, our favorite local tech support shop, is donating an iPod Touch! Come out and buy those tickets for your chance to win!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Strut Your Mutt: Saturday, May 8, 10AM Word Spreads Overseas!

Kimberly McCasland, Director of CHAMPS (Children Against Mines Program), has been so incredibly helpful and supportive of us as we have planned our dog show, Strut Your Mutt. We gave her one of our Strut Your Mutt pins when she came to visit Glenelg Country School on her way to work on mine issues in Afghanistan. And here she is, in Kabul, with the Marshall Legacy Institute's on-site managers, and she's wearing our pin on her Afghan dress! So cool!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Glenelg Country School to Host Strut Your Mutt Charity Dog Show, May 8, 10 AM

Thank you, Glenelg Country School, for all your work in helping to rid the world of deadly abandoned landmines. You really came through for Strut Your Mutt, by agreeing to host the event. Whoo-Hooo, Dragons!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

MAY 8 in Ellicott City, MD: Strut Your Mutt Silly Dog Show to Support the Removal of Abandoned Landmines

Here's a great article on canine demining corps efforts in Bosnia, as reported by our friend, Shelby P, who went there to see it first hand!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Landmine Victims Inspire the Work of Canine Teams

Mines left behind in more than 80 countries worldwide hurt or killed 5,197 people in 2009, a third of whom were children. In 2010, we want to help stop them from hurting anyone else. Some amazing things have been happening, thanks to some HERO DOGS.

With the help of the specially trained dog demining corps, since 1999, at least 3,200km2 of mined land, an area twice the size of London, has been cleared in more than 90 countries and other areas. Mine action operations have resulted in the destruction of more than 2.2 million emplaced antipersonnel mines, 250,000 anti-vehicle mines, and 17 million explosive remnants of war (ERW).

Yet, 70 countries remain contaminated by these hidden killers.

Our school, Glenelg Country School, became involved in this cause because one of our most beloved teachers, Linar Etamadi, has roots in Afghanistan, a country riddled with old landmines. She and a 5th grader, Shelby Patrick, raised awareness about this cause and how every kid can help!

We were part of an effort to raise the $20,000 to train a dog, and I got to meet Arwa, a landmine victim who became my friend.

Ever since then, my sister, Taylor and I can't stop thinking about the tragedies left behind by "forgotten" landmines. Our "Strut Your Mutt" event will raise funds to support the training of a dog to join the corps. We're so excited! Pictured above are Miss Etamadi and my friend from Yemin, Arwa.

Strut Your Mutt, Saturday, MAY 8, 2010!

Saturday, May 8!! We are so excited to announce the date of our first annual "Strut Your Mutt" event to support the efforts of CHAMPS and Marshall Legacy Institute in ridding the world of thousands of existing devastating landmines. Saturday, May 8. That's on a Saturday. In May. The eighth day of May. The day before Mother's Day. Save the morning for this awesome event and very important cause! To the left, watch my vLog videos and follow the progress of my 12-year-old sister and I as we make the event a reality.

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