Monday, April 26, 2010

Caring for your community

This is the second year that we have participated in the “Pitch In” Community Clean Up Program. My family and I go and clean the parks and walkways around our block and behind our home. This year it was again disappointing to see all the broken glass that is on the pathways from people smashing bottles. It is dangerous for children and all my four legged friends. Keeping our parks clean and safe is important, for all of us. This week, we are going to make a difference by writing a letter to the County and request two garbage cans be installed on the pathways by our home. We will go one step further…I will PAWprint the letter, as I bet the County has never seen a letter signed by a dog resident of the community. Perhaps the creative approach will garner support faster.

What is one thing you can do this week to care for your community?

Together, we can make a difference in making our communities a safer and more beautiful place to live!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Volunteering from the Heart

It is hard to believe that I have already been volunteering as a Pet Assisted Therapy Dog for more than two years. Wednesdays are my favorite day because I am living my passion and purpose as a volunteer. This week the hospital recognized my volunteer efforts with a lovely card, and a gift card for Pet Smart (my favorite store). Volunteering from the Heart is about connecting with people, making a difference and about being fully present! I know the patients appreciate me being there on Wednesdays, but, I also value and appreciate them. They make a difference in my life!

My new book “On Toby’s Terms” published by Bettie Youngs Books ( will be in bookstores September 27, 2010. Order your advance copy through Amazon at

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

We are also celebrating Earth Day on Sunday as we participate in the “Pitch In” neighborhood cleanup event! We will be cleaning up the parks in our neighborhood, and will be asking the County to put another garbage can along the walk way to reduce litter.

Together, we can make a difference! Through our single efforts, we can make a wave of change.

My new book “On Toby’s Terms” published by Bettie Youngs Books ( will be in bookstores September 27, 2010. Order your advance copy through Amazon at

Monday, April 19, 2010

Toby Jogs up a storm to raise money for The Edmonton Humane Society

Whose this handsome pup on the treadmill? It's me!! Congratulations K9 Awareness for a great event! A PAWsitive fundraiser for the Edmonton Humane Society, and all us four legged friends had a barking good time!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Day to Celebrate

This is a four paws up day! We just got word that our new book On Toby’s Terms- a story of life, love and purpose, written by Charmaine is now listed on Amazon. The book will be in bookstores everywhere September 2010. Thank you all for your support, encouragement and for celebrating with us!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Discoveries Under the Snow

Spring is almost here! There were all kinds of great discoveries in my backyard after the snow melted. I found a bunch of tennis balls, my long lost cat (stuff animal) and a few other treasures. We are fortunate to be surrounded by great parks and walking paths that we use regularly. I am participating in the 44th annual Pitch In Canada Campaign later this month. I am going to assist Char, Chris and our neighbourhood friends in pitching in to clean the parks and paths by our home. If we all do our part, the world will be a cleaner place. Woof Woof for now.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dog Jog-A-Thon

I am so excited!!I am going to be in a Dog Jog-A-Thon (on a dog treadmill) this weekend (Sunday April 11, 2010) at All Season K9 Awareness Centre in St. Albert. It is a fundraiser for the Edmonton Humane Society. If you would like to sponsor me to jog and raise funds for the Humane Society, just let me know, we’d be grateful. Hope you can drop by and bring your four legged friends. Woof Woof.

Toby the Dog.