Having pets in a wedding is becoming common and more mainstream. This is no surprise due to the fact that Millennials are having more pets than kids. Pets are deemed part of the family now in 75% of households. That’s a lot! I’m no exception – my animals are everything to me. So when I told everyone that my three dogs would be in my wedding, no one was shocked. In fact, we had to get married at a dog friendly wedding venue. It wasn’t an option – it was a must-have. Khloee and McKenzie Rae both wore custom gowns from CH Couture, and I took it one step further with other details of my wedding.
Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL) is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. This year I am making it my mission to become more involved in their cause, as I’ve been an avid AAWL supporter for years. Now I want to take my support a step further, and to do that I am sponsoring an adoptable dog and cat each month! Without further adieu, meet our January AAWL adoptable cat of the month: Boggs! This bobtail beauty is sure to win your heart over!
Matt and I rescued McKenzie Rae from the county euthanasia list in November 2015. She came into the shelter as a stray, then she came home to us as a fearful, malnourished angel. Although McKenzie Rae (her name means “hope for a new beginning”) became ill and almost passed away in the first month we had her, she’s now super healthy, active and friendly. We’re still working on fear issues but that’s a work in progress.
We adopted Leila in October 2016. She was also a stray. Leila was actually stuck in the engine bay of a car and it took rescuers an hour to retrieve her. After about two days of being with us, Leila began to show us her playful, spunky personality. It resembles that of McKenzie. Before we knew it, Leila was attached to McKenzie Rae. I fully believe that animals can sense what each other has been through, and my two beautiful girls connected immediately.
I know what it’s like to struggle to pay the bills. I’ve been there. I feel for everyone who is there now. What’s even worse is when there’s an emergency and you don’t have the funds you need. This happened to me in November 2011. I was a poor college student living on my own. I had a guinea pig, Kirby, and a cat, Edison. One late night Edison broke his back leg. I rushed him to emergency at 11pm. That one visit costed me about $500. I knew I was in trouble. I wish I had resources back then, so that’s why I’m sharing some with you now. Here are some resources if you need financial assistance with veterinary bills or pet food for your dogs and cats.
I know it’s a chilling subject, but animal abuse happens everywhere, everyday. It doesn’t matter how rich, poor, nice or mean people are. Animal abusers can be standing next to us in line at the grocery store. Scary thought, right? Although people who abuse animals don’t have a stamp on their forehead (dang it!) you may suspect that a friend, neighbor or even family member is abusing their animals. I have a list of actions you can take if you suspect animal cruelty.