It's fond past moments like these that brings loved ones back for a brief visit. While all my FiveSibes seem to get more excited during the holidays, Gibson was our holiday Husky elf! He seemed to always enjoy sporting his jingling-jangling reindeer collar (or humoring his hu-mom!) and spreading Christmas cheer wherever he strolled!
Greeting cards are a favorite of mine. I will admit, that since the passing of my mother and Gibson three years ago, I hit the pause button on sending out greetings. In the top photo of Wolf with their many cards in their "mailbox," I will admit I still have yet to open those cards from Christmas 2015, which was one month after my Mom passed, and only two weeks after Gibson left for the Rainbow Bridge. My holiday spirit was severely under attack that year, so I took a bit of a break from sending greeting cards, but it is back in full force (thanks to my amazing family and sweet, sweet grandson) and I look forward to sending cards once again! And, I plan on sitting down with my Huskies one night with the Christmas lights all aglow, holiday carols playing, and Gibson's spirit nearby as I read those cards from Christmas past. Tears will fall, but over a smile from all those wonderful blessed moments of Christmas past.
All those cancelled stamps on your greeting cards could help other dogs around the world? They sure can! How you may ask? There are folks who engage in philately, or better known as stamp collecting, and they collect cancelled stamps to use as fundraisers!
DogTrust is one such organization based in the United Kingdom. Their "stamp lady" Jenny collects cancelled stamps and sells them to raise funds "specifically to sponsor kennels in our rehoming centres...Sponsorship provides for all food, treats, toys, veterinary bills and heating - in fact everything needed to give a dog somewhere to call 'home.'"
According to DogTrust, ANY stamps, both British & Worldwide are welcome, and she is really jolly to receiving the following:
Foreign Coins & Banknotes
First Day Covers
Jenny can also boost funds by selling postcards - old, new, wish-you-were-here, funny, pretty - anything and everything.
To donate your stamps and read how to send, visit DogTrust HERE.
The United Kingdom's PDSA also collects stamps! According to PDSA.org, "We're the UK's leading veterinary charity, providing free and reduced cost vet care for pets of people in need."
To recycle your stamps by donating, and to learn more about PDSA, visit HERE.
Used stamps and postcards are welcome at Many Tears Animal Rescue, based in Wales, "We take in and rehome primarily ex-breeding dogs who are no longer required; those on "death row" in the pounds and those whose owners are no longer able to keep them. We are a unique rescue in that the majority of our dogs are ex-breeders and many have never seen the outside world before. With the help of our staff, fosterers and other volunteers we provide a special and loving environment to help all our dogs adapt and find permanent, loving new homes."
To learn more about how to donate your used holiday stamps (or any cancelled stamps), visit HERE.
Canine Partners Stamp Appeal is a program to "raise money to fund an assistance dog through their advanced training. All kinds of stamps are welcome, on or off paper. You just need to leave no more than a 5mm single thickness border around them, and the perforations should not be damaged. Any commemorative or special stamps should be sent, or handed over, separately."