THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

It would be impossible for me to tell you how many times I’ve been in the company of someone when they’ve said “I love a challenge.” To be honest, I probably couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve jokingly said it myself. But when my daughter asked me to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – initially, I was definitely not loving this challenge…

Can a sister change her mind?

Can a sister change her mind?

She accepted her challenge yesterday, and I chuckled as I previewed her video. After she challenged me, I realized I didn’t know “everything” there was to know about this new craze all over the internet. Sure I knew Hollywood was doing it – and sports figures were doing it – I even caught the Kennedy’s on the news “doing it.” But what really was “it?”

  • I knew “of” ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • I knew it was a horrible debilitating disease.
  • I knew, eventually it can _ _ _ _.

But because of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I now wanted to know more.

Here is where I watched a video featuring the story of former Boston College Captain Pete Frates, who actually inspired the ice bucket challenge phenomenon that’s raised awareness and millions for ALS.

  • I did not know his story.
  • I did not know ALS affects four in 100,000 people in the U.S.
  • I did not know in the last 24 days, the ALS Association has raised $41.8 million from people inspired to donate thanks to the ice bucket challenge (total money raised last year was $64,000.)
  • I did not know since July 29th, the ALS Association has had 637,527 new donors.

Now that I “knew”, I was ready to accept my challenge!…

I decided to include Harley because, well, he and I do practically everything together, and through his website, we reach more people then ever. I tried my best to discuss this with him, but the more I explained what we were about to do and why, the more he licked my face. I interpreted this as an “I accept too!”  sign.

With Doodle Dad on camera and our neighbor Mark on “bucket” we were ready to record…

Mark looks entirely too happy here...

Mark looks entirely too happy here…

 WAIT 

What good is a challenge if you can’t keep it going? Therefore, I challenge the following pet blogging buddies of mine (you know I love you, right?):

Ann of Pawsitively Pets

Kimberly of Keep the Tail Wagging

Jessica of Beagles and Bargains

Ladies, if you accept this challenge, you’ve got 24 hours to “do it” and “post it” (FB is cool too!)

Oh My Doodle it was cold…

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I want to thank my daughter for challenging me.

  • Not because I got to play in some water on a hot afternoon
  • Not because I now had a blog post topic to share
  • Not because I wanted to be part of a YouTube craze

Because now I am more aware of ALS, and its need for even small donations, and now I have empowered you by sharing this information.

DISCLAIMER: Harley is fine, didn’t really get that wet, and he wasn’t damaged in anyway by the ice.

Life is never dull here in Doodleville…

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Have a great weekend, be safe and we’ll be back on Monday.

28 Comments
  • Lee
    August 22, 2014

    Great job! I am proud of you both!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Thanks Doodle Dad – you make a great camera man….

  • Amanda
    August 22, 2014

    Good job doodle mama! I just gave Wrigley a piece of my ice to chew on, but Mr Harley’s raincoat and your smile are so cute– makes me wish I’d gone that route!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Thanks Amanda – It was fun (and very cold). I learned so much about ALS once I decided to accept the challenge.

  • Bichonpawz
    August 22, 2014

    Excellent! You did great! Thank you for sharing more information on ALS. A good friend of ours passed away from this dreadful disease.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Oh Bichonpawz – I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I am so grateful to the challenge, because w/o it I am ashamed to say, I wouldn’t know as much as I’ve learned about ALS. Take care and thanks so much for reading.

  • Sheila and Finnley
    August 22, 2014

    Great job Cathy, although, I don’t really think Harley was as on board as you wanted to believe. LOL
    I love your enthusiasm for each and every task that you and Harley take on together. HUGS to you both!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Sheila I forgot to tell Harley that I would probably scream from the cold water. He was fine afterwards. Glad you enjoyed it – and thanks so much for always reading and loving Groovy Goldendoodles. Can’t wait to tell you all about Harley’s new job….

  • slimdoggy
    August 22, 2014

    Congratulations! Well done. That’s great to see this has helped raise so much money.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      I know right? That was what drove me to write the post. The fact that so many people (like myself) were curious about the challenge, which drove us to learn more, then empowered us to share the information and hopefully pledge (if possible) towards research and a cure.

  • Emma
    August 22, 2014

    You did great! Kimberly should be ready since her hot water heater was out recently! Nothing more invigorating than ice water!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Oh Emma, is she still not getting any hot water? That’s a bummer 🙁

  • Caren Gittleman
    August 22, 2014

    THAT was HILARIOUS!! You were too cute when you were yelling “cut!!” LOVE IT! Well done YOU!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Thanks Caren, Apparently my “uncut” version which included me screaming “cut-cut” was enjoyed by many 🙂 Have a great weekend with Dakota and crew!

  • Tiffany
    August 22, 2014

    So proud of you and Harley!! That’s great.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Thanks for challenging me Tiffany 🙂

  • Lonnie Shapiro
    August 22, 2014

    Love it Cathy!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Thank you Lonnie!

  • Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats
    August 22, 2014

    I had a friend who died of ALS. It’s an awful, awful disease, and I’m thrilled people are raising money for research. I have donated before and will do so again.

    Thank you!

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 22, 2014

      Hello Susan – I am so sorry to hear about your friend. As I read I couldn’t stop thinking how frightened someone diagnosed would be as they battle this disease along with the helplessness loved ones feel as they watch. My heart ached as I read. While this challenge may seem “silly” to some, many of us (myself for example) – would never have learned or donated without it. I just wish I could do more. Thanks so much for reading 🙂

  • laverne bennett
    August 22, 2014

    Great job Cathy, I too took the challenge at my school on August 21th.You can see me on youtube.Thanks for sharing the information oa ALS.. People need to be informed.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 24, 2014

      Great! Good for you Laverne, I can’t wait to see your challenge.

  • Ann Staub
    August 25, 2014

    Well I finally made it by to officially say thanks for the invitation! I hope I can do this sometime this week. I’ll have to find some helpers, probably my daughter 🙂 And thanks for teaching me more about it too.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 25, 2014

      Oh Ann, I have faith in you – just let me know when 🙂 and “thank you” for taking this on…. it really wasn’t all that bad…. Take care!

  • Golden Woofs: Sugar
    August 26, 2014

    FUN! and its for a great cause. Golden Woofs

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 26, 2014

      Yes it was fun, and we’re so happy we did it too Sugar!

  • Sadie
    September 18, 2014

    Way to go Cathy and pups! Great job raising money and awareness for such a good cause!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 18, 2014

      Thanks Sadie – It was a “chilling” experience BOL – but because of the challenge I learned so much about ALS and I’ve been able to educate a few others also. For that reason, I would definitely do it again!

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