GOLDENDOODLES AND SHOES

If your wondering what Goldendoodles and shoes have in common, let me tell you – in my house they go together like a pair #punintended

Back in February I wrote a blog post titled GOT SHOES. It was a story about Doodle Dad’s desire to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes to share with those in need of quality footwear…

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What started out as a social action shoe drive with his Fraternity quickly became a crusade for both Harley & I when he posed in one of the photos…

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Olde Towne Pet Resort saw it on Facebook and offered to help. They graciously set up a dropbox at both locations for other pet parents to bring unwanted shoes. Soon we had a wagon full…

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Then something magical occurred – we received a DM from one of Harley’s FACEBOOK FRIENDS (a Doodle parent we’d never met) who wanted to donate shoes! What a great way to meet someone!

Our garage is swollen with shoes. We’ve got dress shoes, tennis shoes, sandals and boots. We are elated with the thought of reaching our goal.

Jax, has actually started to pitch in and help. He’s insisting on donating my dog walking clogs…

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When Jax and I took Harley to day camp on Friday we were super excited to see the box was full of shoes again!…

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But we were speechless and deeply moved to find a note in there from “Bacon” one of Harley’s furrends…

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Wasn’t that the best? #lovemesomebacon

By the time we set up the #happyfeet Shoe Shop on Friday, April 17th and Saturday April 18th – I truly believe we will have exceeded our goal!

There are so many different agencies involved in the shoe movement, I had no idea of this extreme need.

Here are a few facts from SOLES4SOULS that just blew me away –

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Photo courtesy of Soles4Souls

  • shoes help prevent the spread of parasitic diseases  that plague over 1.4 billion people worldwide
  • over 400 million children worldwide live in extreme poverty. Many of them don’t have adequate shoes
  • many serious health conditions can be absorbed through the feet
  • going barefoot puts you at risk for cuts, scrapes, and puncture wounds
  • a child’s bare foot is particularly at risk for infection by hookworm

AREAS IN NEED ARE –

  • Disaster Relief Victims
  • Summer Camps for Disadvantaged Children
  • Women Domestic Abuse Shelters
  • Inner City Hospitals
  • Homeless Shelters

We also plan to assist some of these local agencies as well.

Thank you to so many for your generosity and donated shoes. If you are living in the Northern Va area, hearing about this for the very first time and have shoes to spare – please feel free to drop them off at either one of the OTPR locations:

8101 Alban Road, springfield, VA 22150 (703-455-9000)

21460 Squire Court, Sterling, VA 20166  (571-434-3300)

If you’re not in the area and you’d still like to help – please share this story on your social media pages, so others nearby will know.

Want to make this the best week of your life? – be kind to someone and see how happy you become!

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34 Comments
  • Vicki Green
    March 23, 2015

    Harley you are super – great job helping with a great cause!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      Vickey – Harley cracks me up, when we “tip-toe” through the garage to get outside, he is so careful not to step on the shoes. Jax stepped all over them the other day, and Harley barked at him as if to say “watch it dood!” Hilarious 🙂

  • slimdoggy
    March 23, 2015

    What a great cause…I’ve got a box of old shoes in my storage shed – want them?

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      Sure! Send them to us 🙂

  • DashLilly
    March 23, 2015

    Hooray for community-minded Doodles!!! Good job boys!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      I like that Deirdre – “community – minded Doodles” – thanks!

  • Tiffany
    March 23, 2015

    Amazing!!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      It’s been a humbling experience Tiffany to see so many come together 🙂

  • Flea Christenson
    March 23, 2015

    How awesome are you?! I once attended a Sole Hope party. We cut out show parts for people in Africa who are effected by jiggers, the foot parasites. The women in villages construct the shoe, thus earning money, then the shoes go to the villagers. Way cool.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      Flea – that’s my kind of party! It is so rewarding to get involved and help other people – I love social action events. This has been a great deal of fun involving the boys and meeting so many wonderful people. Good for you!!!!

  • Talent Hounds
    March 23, 2015

    What an amazing cause, good job!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      We’re trying Talent Hounds. Every little bit helps….

  • Dolly the Doxie
    March 23, 2015

    What an amazing accomplishment! I know the Lady always donates her gently used shoes to charity, so glad that your are helping so many in need. Love Dolly

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      Thanks Dolly, I’ve never thought of shoes before – never knew there was such a need….

  • LeeAnna Paylor
    March 23, 2015

    Jax you’re lucky to have Harley to teach you the ropes. And you’re so cute! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      Thanks LeeAnna, let’s hope Jax survives to appreciate everything later BOL

  • Emma
    March 23, 2015

    Lots of shoes there. We just hope your garage doesn’t have a strong smelly, human feet smell 😉

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      So far because of the cold weather the scent hasn’t been too bad! You and Bailie would have a field day in there doing some nose training I bet!

  • Tenacious Little Terrier
    March 23, 2015

    I think you’re going to definitely surpass your goal! We’ve been donating old clothes and shoes to a school here that uses them as a fundraiser.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 23, 2015

      I think so too Mr. N. Surpassing our goal would be doodle-tastic indeed! Good for you donating things you can no longer use. Every effort helps!

  • Ann Staub
    March 23, 2015

    I still think this is just the most awesome thing ever! And your new friend sounds like a pretty cool guy. It’s little notes like those that really put a smile on your face 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 24, 2015

      Thanks Ann, I was so touched by Bacon’s note – it really made my day, so I just had to share! I will make sure I keep everyone updated as we get ready to launch….

  • Barbara Rivers
    March 23, 2015

    Awesome cause!! I LOVE that Olde Town Pet Resort supports you with it ~ I really miss this place ~ the pups always had a blast at day camp & also in the pool!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 24, 2015

      Barbara – I love that place too! They are incredible sponsors to my blog as well as a great place to take your dog. I’m so grateful to them for helping out.

  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    March 23, 2015

    Great cause indeed, thank you for what you are doing!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 24, 2015

      JoAnn – I’m loving the experience. It feels good to do something worthwhile for others. Thanks so much for reading!

  • Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    March 24, 2015

    What a great cause! And so happy the Doodles are doing their part to help. Think of all the #happyfeet!

    –Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 24, 2015

      Exactly Susan – hopefully there will be 1,000 plus #happyfeet

  • Amanda
    March 24, 2015

    Cathy – Would you mind emailing me your address? Wrigley, Piper, and I would like to send you some shoes!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 24, 2015

      Terrific Amanda- I will do that right now! Thanks so much!

  • Pamela
    March 24, 2015

    Wow, you doodle folks are doing amazing! I guess it pays to shoot for a high goal.

    And it sounds like you’ve inspired so many others to help. Great job!

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 24, 2015

      Thanks Pamela! We are so amazed at the turnout and support that people are showing by sharing shoes. Truly amazing!

  • Jan K
    March 25, 2015

    How heartwarming to see what a success this has been for you, and to see that even the new addition to your family has gotten in on the action.
    I can’t wait to hear how many pairs you end up with in the end…I definitely bet you will exceed that goal.

    • Cathy Bennett
      March 25, 2015

      JanK – I’m too thrilled myself. I am curious too. It looks like a whole lot because they have taken over my garage, next week we will start grouping them by men – women – children, tying shoe laces, etc… Should be great fun 🙂 especially with Jax running through the shoes as he seems to enjoy doing these days.

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