Pay It Forward with Stonyfield

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Years ago I worked at an animal shelter.

Even though it was for a short summer, it left a lasting impression on me. When I first started, I envisioned playing with cute puppies and kittens. Walking the dogs daily. Basically hanging out with the animals and giving them love. It did involve all of that. But it was not an easy job. And definitely not glamorous. There was poop. Lots of poop. And pee. If you have animals, you know there’s lots of cleaning up involved!

Despite the dirty work, my love for animals grew that summer. When I graduated from college, got my first “career” job and was living on my own, I went to that same animal shelter and adopted a dog. His name was Root Beer but we changed it to Rudy. A big goofy chocolate lab (maybe a mix but not sure exactly of what) that was about 7 years old.

Older dogs and cats usually spend more time in animal shelters. Most people want puppies and kittens. I didn’t. I knew puppies were very labor intensive and that was something I couldn’t do while I worked full time. Rudy was perfect. He had his faults but he loved fiercely. He was my loyal buddy and protector who kept me company living in a new town all alone.

We never knew Rudy’s story before the animal shelter. He was found running on a road and picked up by animal control. I did always wonder, how come no one claimed him?

Rudy lived another 5 years. He moved with us to Virginia and eventually to New Hampshire. He loved when we lived near the beach where we could go for daily walks and chase seagulls.

After Rudy, we began to search for another dog. We looked at animal shelters and rescues. We finally found Chocolate (now known as Cooper). It’s the same thing, we don’t know Cooper’s story before us other than he came from a high kill shelter in Tennessee. But once again, we found an amazing dog. He’s zany, gentle and just a love. It’s been 10 years and we couldn’t imagine our lives without him.

Cooper

And now we have Nevada, who also came from an animal shelter with no known history. She’s a complete love bug who seamlessly merged into our pack.

Nevada and Cooper

When we started searching for a cat to adopt, we visited a lot of animal shelters. In doing so, it brought back a lot of memories of what it was like working in the animal shelter. Sure there are cute puppies and kittens but there’s also a lot of older dogs and cats who are scared, anxious and just plain nervous. Have you ever been in an animal shelter? It’s not the most quiet and calming place!

I was super excited when Stonyfield kicked off a Pay It Forward campaign this year. As you know, I’m a huge fan of not only their yogurt but the principles and vision of the company.

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Back in August when I went on the Stonyfield Farm Tour in Vermont, I saw that Stonyfield cares a lot about their farmers and the cows who provide the milk for their delicious yogurt.

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In the spirit of Pay It Forward, Stonyfield is encouraging families to spread good fortune in the form of a charitable act with the hope that others will be inspired to do the same. We had already done a few food bank donations and an adopt a family through work this year. I knew I wanted to help out one of our local animal shelters.

Animal shelters have done so much for my family over the years. If it wasn’t for their good deeds, I would never have been blessed with such great pets who completed our family. I’m thankful for their compassion in protecting and finding homes for homeless and unwanted animals big and small.

Animal shelters are always looking for donations of anything. I went on to their website and found a list of their most needed items and headed off to Target with the kids to stock up. Ron and I are huge animal lovers and it’s been passed down to the kids. They wanted to help them too!

Pay it forward

Kitty liter, dog and cat food, bleach, and paper towels are always in high demand.

When we dropped off the items, the girl at the front desk was so appreciative. They need the help of the community to keep things in operation. Paying it forward to the animal shelter will bring joy and comfort to an animal in need and a family looking to give a home to them.

I hope you will choose to pay it forward during the holiday season and all year long. It doesn’t have to be big. It can be holding the door open for someone. It can be leaving a note on a bathroom mirror with an encouraging or uplifting message. It can be paying for the coffee of the person in line behind you. Btw – I love doing that one!

Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you!

How will you pay it forward?

3 comments on “Pay It Forward with Stonyfield

  1. I love this story and feel in many ways you told the story of my house too. We have three rescues, two cats, and a dog. They weren’t babies either. I look into my dogs eyes and think, “who would ever abandon you?” I don’t know her past, but she has terrible anxiety ( birds of a feather) we are two of a kind and it has helped us both to understand each other so deeply. What you and Stoneyfield are doing is incredible and it definitely inspires others including myself to take action. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and safe New Year. When I think back on this year, it is friends like you that bring joy to my life. Grateful that we have had this long-standing virtual friendship.

  2. I love this story so much and I love how you paid it forward to an animal shelter! Charlie was rescued in Ohio after he was dumped by a breeder at a gas station, and we don’t know anything about Ollie except that he came from a kill shelter in Texas. Animal shelters have always held a special place in my heart. I’m always so grateful for the work they do. Charlie especially made such a difference for me, since I adopted him when I lived alone and was in grad school.
    I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
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  3. I’m really touched and a little emotional after reading your post. I think I can get how you feel one way or the other! Just collected some knowledge and information about how beautiful life is! I will definitely pay it forward !!
    Happy new year, best wishes!

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