Another Update on #LetsBlessBlessings -We Did It.. Let’s Carry on!!

UPDATE ON BLESSINGS – 9th September 2016

UPDATE ON BLESSINGS – 9th September 2016
 
It was so incredible to see ‘Turbo’ Blessings at our house today, as he starts to do odd jobs for my folks.
 
He gave me a heartwarming update, that had us both smiling from ear to ear!
 
Not only did him as his wife have a safe return from Malawi, but they are in the process of getting permanent residence!
 
AND blessing of all blessings …
 
After the devastating loss of their baby to Malaria, Blessings wife is now in the early stages of pregnancy!!!
 
Thanks again to so many incredible people for helping this special guy out! Lyndall Smith Mikhaila Katz Roxy Mulder Tayrene Barrett Justine Miller Maggie Miller Megan Fellner Dominic Darne Kerry Pallas
 
He is literally radiating from all the love shone upon him and still a little in awe and amazed that people would help him!
 
Because this has turned out to be such an amazing initiative started by my selfless brother in law Bruce Darné and because our Turbo is just the most grateful, special person even through his heart wrenching and tough journey in life, I would like to think that we can all carry on with helping to #BlessBlessings.
 
He still has no home and with a new baby on the way any donations would help in the form of clothes and nappies etc.
 
We also need to ensure that when going to Malawi his wife, himself and new baby are protected from Malaria with items such as mosquito nets,citronella candles and oil.
 
If you are keen to assist please let myself or Bruce know and we can organize collection of items.
 
Alternatively we still have his donor page set up and you can donate on this page via PayPal or into Bruce’s bank account via EFT.
 
Banking Details:
 
Bank: Nedbank
 
Account Holder: Bruce Darné
 
Account Number: 1009742647
 
Branch Code: 100909
 
Proof of Payment can be sent to Bruce at bruce@addvalue.co.za or 0823370962.
 
Please use your name and what items you would like us to use your donation for, in the email subject line or as a reference.
 
We will always credit and mention you amazing, kind and beautiful souls who help make another life one worth living …. Please let us know if you would rather stay anonymous.

UPDATE ON BLESSINGS – 6th May 2016
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IN JUST 5 DAYS WE DID IT – $1000 (R 16 627) RAISED & GOAL COMPLETE … BLESSINGS CAN COME HOME & HAVE HIS LIFE SAVINGS RETURNED
….and with the extra funds YOU have made it possible to help him start his life in South Africa….to my amazing brother-in-law Bruce Darné who started this initiative, you have a heart of gold I am proud to have you as a brother!
MOST IMPORTANTLY ~ AN INCREDIBLY HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, SPECIAL, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE for your GENEROUS DONATIONS… this world needs more people like you as there are so many stories like this one where people in dire straits need assistance.

Kerry Pallas – R 1530 | &100

Tayrene Barrett R 1000 | $66

Lyndall Smith  R 765 | $50

Mikhaila Katz – R 300 | $21

Roxy Mulder – R 500 | $33

Anonymous donor – R 7000 | $463

Kathryn-Leigh Storm –  R 500 | $33

Dominic Darné & Barclays Bank –  R 2000 | $131

Amanda Grose –  R 2000 | $131

Adriaan Theron – R 200 | $13

Justine & Gary Miller  – R 200 | $13

Megan Fellner –  R 500 | $33

Jojo & Debs Bayvel  – R 500 | $33

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Dedicated To THE Best Person And Mother In The World … My Momma 

Happy Momma’s Day to THE best mother in the whole wide world. There is not only no other mother like you, there is no human being like you.

Your outer beauty at nearly 66, still takes away the breath of most people you come across and your inner beauty is just so abundant it is pretty hard to describe.
You would give up anything to make your family, friends and even strangers happy, you enhance the life of every person you meet, you are the kindest most thoughtful most amazing most selfless most humble, most beautiful mother alive.

You make every day of my life better and the nights feel that much safer. You are the calm in chaos, the anchor in any storm. My mom, my world, my life, my heartbeat..

I love you today and everyday, infinity times Infinity and more then more. God blessed us with an angel on earth to call “Mom” …. You my momma are my home… 💞💞💞💞 

Happy New Years Wishes From Me … To All Of YOU 

  
All my loved ones, 

My wish for you in 2016 … 

May this life becomes all that YOU want it to, 

May your dream stay big and don’t ever forget that YOU can achieve them, 

May your worries stay small as YOU leave behind every stress and sadness from the past, 

May YOU find someone who loves you unconditionally or enjoy the unconditional love of someone who already loves you, 

May you look forward to the future and all it has in store for YOU and learn to not look back at the past with sadness but rather as lessons learnt, 

May you learn to forgive so that bitterness does not consume you and ruin that beautiful soul that makes YOU so very special,

May YOU experience and accept the grace of God in everything you do and in every way He promises, 

May you learn that loss is not permanent and that people you have lost are looking down on YOU and smiling and loving you knowing you will be together again, 

May the future year be filled with every single thing you need and want but may YOU also learn to help and give to others so that their needs and wants are met, 

May…

YOU remember that YOU are beautiful 

YOU are special 

YOU are loved beyond the number of stars in the sky 

YOU are talented and able 

YOU have an abundance of love to give and a heart that an abundance of love should be filled with in return 

YOU are blessed with a Heavenly Father who adores you always 

YOU can achieve anything 
Happy New Year …. 2016 be a special one
  

Tips on How to Help Dogs Find Forever Homes,Stop Overpopulation & Puppy Mills

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Horrifying, Tragic and just actually too much ….

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Watching my feed on Facebook lately I am so saddened by the number of dogs and cats landing up in shelters or alternatively abandoned on streets or in rubbish bins or even given to beggars to sell on the roads.

We all see these posts and with sore hearts share and try as best we can to help with donations and finding these beautiful animals their own forever homes.

And then…

We decide we would like a pure bred puppy and so we only approach breeders or pet stores to find that perfect ‘pet’.

The truth is that most of these breeders are running what should be called ‘Puppy Mills’ and if the breeder is not approached for their pups, these little furry creatures are given to pet stores to sell.

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Besides the images which pretty much tell their own tale. Here are a few sad facts about these places:

  • A puppy mill is a commercial dog-breeding facility that focuses on increasing profit with little overhead cost. The health and welfare of the animals is NOT a priority.
  • Female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters. When, after a few years, they are physically depleted to the point that they no longer can reproduce, breeding females are often KILLED.
  • Every year in America alone, it’s estimated that 2.11 million puppies are sold that originated from puppy mills, while 3 million are killed in shelters because they are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.
  • In puppy mills, dogs spend most of their lives in cramped cages, with no room to play or exercise.
  • Often times, the water and food provided for the puppies is contaminated; crawling with bugs. And puppies are most often malnourished.
  • Puppies in mills are found with bleeding or swollen paws, feet falling through the wire cages, severe tooth decay, ear infections, dehydration, and lesions on their eyes, which often lead to blindness.
  • Most puppy mills have no veterinary care, climate control, or protection for the animals from weather (hot, cold, rain, or snow).
  • With limited or no regulations or enforcement, puppy mills have no clean-up control. This means that dogs can be living in urine and faeces for indefinite periods of time.
  • It’s common to find dogs in puppy mills with collars that have been fastened so tightly that they have become embedded in a dog’s neck and must be carefully cut out.

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As a nation we are set on helping animals find a place to live – if social media is anything to go by, but how do we go about doing this in a proactive way. Not just sharing and donating but stopping the problem at its core.

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Well we could always go and adopt a dog from one of the numerous shelters in our surrounding areas. These beautiful babies are just waiting to be loved and cuddled and so very often they have been abandoned by a family who are relocating or do not have enough ‘space’ for their pets  ( these people are just horrible excuses for human beings). These shelters only euthanase when it is absolutely necessary so please help them make it unnecessary.

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If you are intent on your pure bred Labrador or little Chihuahua then why not just Google Rescue centres for these precious pals – there are so many recused pedigrees from pups to old boys and girls waiting for you to fetch them. Just look at Cadence…


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Then there are the older doggies. Having been abused by inhumane idiots their entire lives or those pooches whose owners pass away and they are left with nowhere to go after a lifetime of being loved. Surely these dogs are the ones who need our love and homes the most? To live out their last years being adored and spoilt? If this video doesn’t change your mind about helping these old fellows well…

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And then the main reason behind this post and one that will hopefully initiate a change which will eventually stop this problem for good – sterilisation or neutering to stop this insane influx of stray and homeless dogs and cats. It is sadly, at this point the only option.

If you would like to help there is an organisation called the NSP (National Sterilisation Project) whose vison is to play a major role in reducing the growing population of stray animals in South Africa through an ongoing, nationwide mass sterilization program.

This organisation was started due to the massive upsurge of stray animals living in the most appalling conditions where hundreds of dogs and cats are put down each week in South Africa simply because there aren’t enough homes for them.

The NSP brings together animal welfare organizations, corporate sponsors and animal lovers in a united drive that will ultimately protect all domestic animals.

Relying on donations and corporate sponsorships, the NSP offers a financial and health solution to many people who cannot afford to sterilize their pets. They believe that no-one should be born into abject poverty, hardship and disease. The same holds true for the cats and dogs of South Africa.

Poor communities are often hard-pressed to take care of their pets and to sterilize them. Where animals run the risk of spreading diseases, such as scabies, rabies, hook worm, tape worm and toxoplasmosis and on average a bitch will produce at least 3 litters within a two-year period, which by the end of 8 years could see 10 368 unwanted puppies. The situation is worse for cats. From just 3 unsterilized females, more than 16 785 unwanted kittens can be born over a 3 year period. The NSP plays an important financial role by subsidizing sterilizations performed through its network of beneficiaries.

By supporting the NSP, you will be directly helping their incredible network of beneficiaries from around the country. Learn more about the NSP here and like their Facebook page here.

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If I could I would live on a plot with hundreds of rescued dogs but circumstances now don’t permit this so by signing the below pledge and donating to the NSP I hope I start to make a small difference.

Click here to donate and help the NSP now.

Click here to sign this ASPCA anti puppy mill pledge.

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And follow your heart to find a puppy or older dog who would love your forever home one who is already out there sitting in a cage or on the side of the road waiting for your arms to wrap around them and show them humans are capable of the very same unconditional love they show.

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Sharing This Sobbing – Rhinos in Africa – Received this poem from a 13 year old boy who wishes to remain anonymous.

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*I am Cecil.

Naturally I am powerful.
Yet the situation was such that I am not longer alive.
Alive to hunt, alive to live, alive to be African.
I am not Cecil. But I am Africa, An Africa for you to kill, obviously.

I am every rhino and elephant that you tear apart.
I am the Ivory ripped from their faces, for you to consume.
I am rhino and elephant. I am Cecil, I am Africa.

I am sorry that we can’t defend the defenseless against people with weapons used to attack.
I am sorry that we can’t bring Cecil back.
You’ve killed Cecil.
You’re killing Africa.

I am not Cecil.
I am Africa.
I need help.*

Donate to help High 5. Give $5. Save Big Cats.

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Your donation, no matter how small, will make a very real difference in the lives of these majestic creatures. From building livestock enclosures to save snow leopards in Nepal to combating lion snaring and poaching in Zambia, the Big Cats Initiative provides on-the-ground conservation and education support to preserve big cat populations worldwide.

National Geographic is a nonprofit organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. Together we can make a difference. #5forBigCats