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by Jenny Ostoj April 06, 2020
Animals bring so much joy and love to our lives in good times and in bad. They do not judge us for how much money we make or what we do for a living and teach us countless lessons around gratitude, patience and unconditional love.
Studies show that companion animals are therapeutic in many ways, especially for those with mental disabilities or those struggling with substance abuse.
While those living in extreme poverty do not have a lot of money to spend on veterinary care, they love their animals just as much as anyone else and sometimes even more. Which is why we believe PAW Team's mission is so critical.
Here is an excerpt from their website about the growing need for these community services:
As the Portland area’s homeless population has reached crisis levels, the vital work of the PAW Team is becoming ever more urgent and essential to the community.
This is evident at each of the PAW Team’s clinics, as diverse crowds of people, including families with children in strollers, young people, individual adults, seniors, and the disabled, some with canes or walkers, some in wheelchairs wait in line for their turn to be seen. Their beloved pets, seeking comfort and care, wait patiently with them on leashes and laps, in arms and carriers.
Since its inception, PAW Team has established itself as one of the only sources of free veterinary care for the pets of people who are experiencing homelessness or living in extreme poverty.
In 2019 alone, PAW Team helped 1700 pets. This includes distributing over 25,000 lbs of dog/cat food, as well as 522 spay and neuter surgeries.
PAW Team clients rely on these services to provide life-enhancing, lifesaving medical care to their beloved companion animals. PAW Team is proud to play a unique, vital role in contributing to the strength and integrity of our community’s social safety net.
Wag Theory is excited to announce that we now donate a portion of every sale to PAW Team. We also donate overstock of gently used or damaged products to their organization and collect physical donations dog or cat supplies on their behalf.
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by Jenny Ostoj August 31, 2021
Designing the Rain or Shine fabric was a project I started working on in June 2021 based on a few goals I had been kicking around in the back of my mind. I actually wasn't sure I would be able to pull it off, but it turns out, any thing is possible! ;-)
Here were my initial goals:
by Jenny Ostoj April 13, 2021
One of the biggest pain points I have as a dog mom is feeling like there is dog stuff EVERYWHERE in our house. In order to combat this issue, I came up with some ways to categorize and organizing our dog clothes, toys, supplies, and gear.
My two biggest goals when organizing are:
None of my organization tips below require you to have a Pinterest-worthy space or matching bins. You can certainly make it that way if you choose, but you'll see that I've personally chosen function over fashion when it comes to my organizational strategy ;-)
Without further ado, here are my top four tips for keeping your dog stuff organized!
by Jenny Ostoj March 15, 2021
Dogs are constantly grooming themselves, which means that any surface they are in contact with is likely being ingested. I decided to start with finding non-toxic dog-friendly DIY cleaner recipes for their dog bowls plus our floors, surfaces, windows, and toilet bowls. There are tons of recipes available online, but I chose formulas that had minimal ingredients that I had already at home, and have opted not to use essential oils for scent though some recipes include this as an option. (I just know dog noses are super sensitive and that essential oils are extremely concentrated, so I've opted to personally avoid it since the natural vinegar smell dissipates quite quickly).
Below is a list of recipes we decided to try out!