Time flies by so fast! I can’t believe we already have another year on the books, sharing knowledge about love, DIYs and the pursuits of nerds. I wish we could have celebrated in style, with our friends and family, but remaining safe during the pandemic is paramount. We shelter in place and find ways to keep busy until the crisis passes. We refire plans to revisit Munich in the fall or next spring once the world reopens to travelers from the United States of America. We celebrate knowing that the 2015 layoff sabbatical paid off in ways that benefit other pawrents and reduction in workforce survivors.
This self imposed-government mandated isolation time has given me and opportunity to heal from old wounds, and refocus on what’s best for my family moving forward. It’s resulted in a full office remodel, a couple of woodworking tricks learned, and lots of time spent with Zach, whose Insta following and influence continues to grow and inspire others to continue the hard work or rescue and responsible pet ownership. He was recently featured on The Northwest Dog’s blog and a while ago on Former Fosters which has helped us continue to expand the brand.
Community outreach has become part of our calling card. During the last year, we’ve led fundraising campaigns for pets and families in need of medical assistance or a leg up. It’s been hard, exhausting, yet rewarding work that’s taken a lot of energy and sacrifice from the parties involved. Not everyone can be helped and not every pet can be saved but we persevere, doing what we can to support those on the journey to healing and to better days. Life’s hardships are easier to endure when we can count on the love and assistance of the social media community.
Hope springs eternal…Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
As we look into 2021 with great trepidation and apprehension, there’s a lot more to achieve and more resilience to build. I can’t thank y’all enough for being a part of our lives, encouraging us to succeed on a mission that sometimes seems impossible: educating folks on the ills of breed specific legislation, discrimination, racism, abuse of privilege and historical inaccuracies. For those reading and following, we appreciate you! For those just discovering us, please give us a chance to become a part of your lives as well.