Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved animals in a way that is hard to put into words. They bring me a peace inside that I can’t quite describe, it’s just a feeling I feel. I’ve particularly loved the unloveable kinds – missing eyes, short on leg (or more), goofy looking, or needed just a little extra compassion. The “rejections” are, and have always been, my jam.
When my family began our love affair with Boxer pups, thanks to my sister and brother in law for introducing these amazing babes into our live with their beautiful Jada in 2002, our world was never the same.
Most of you had the pleasure of knowing my Lola, who was my side kick for 11 years. She brought a light into my world that I never knew could exist, and her passing in December of 2018 didn’t put put out that light like some might expect. Instead, it fanned it. The bond that her and I had gave me a peek into my future. She brought the most amazing humans into my life, she left a lasting smile on anyone that met her either online or in real life, and that is a feeling I never want to lose.
Shortly after saying goodbye to her, a beautiful Boxer boy’s face popped up and without thinking much about it, I knew I needed him in my life. Sure, he needed me too, but not nearly as much I as needed him.
Enter Samson. A ten year old dude from Missouri that needed love, and a little extra care due to the poor condition of his body and his mouth. He was rescued by a non-profit that I will forever be grateful for, and shortly after loving on him, I found out just how poor the condition his mouth was in.
I needed help. I couldn’t afford his surgeries on my own – they were far too grand for me to fund myself, so I took a giant leap of faith, a leap that took all of my courage and made me swallow my pride, and I asked my friends for help in raising the money to fix him up.
That fundraiser, and that beautiful boy Sam’s love was the birthplace of my realization that we can do impossible things. Together, we can do anything we put our minds to – in fact, we can DO GREATER things than I ever knew possible.
If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of vision boards, setting intentions for your life, dreaming big and KNOWING that anything you dream can absolutely come true. If you can think of it, that means it’s possible. My vision board has a section dedicated to animals. An animals sanctuary is one of my big WHY’s in life. I mean, my email signature says “I work hard so my animals can have a better life”. I think you get where I’m going with this right?
Today, I want to introduce you to my dream come true. Literally.
Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue.
Along with four amazing women that I’ve met BECAUSE OF SAMSON, our non-profit start up is an all volunteer, foster-based organization dedicated to providing loving homes for senior & medically challenged Boxer dogs starting over again in an unfamiliar world.
We have a LOT of work to go before we are officially up and running, but we’ve got a Facebook page, BIG DREAMS, so much love, and the most amazing community we could have ever dreamed up.
Like our page so you can stay up to date with our progress, join in on any fundraising fun we have, and if you’re looking for a way to help, we will be posting more about that as time goes on. We are completely volunteer based, so we have a need for lovely humans (kids and adults welcome) to help us spread the word, and spread the love!
Thank you, from the tips of my toes, to the top of my head to each and every person that has loved, helped with, supported, or even so much as smiled from any of members of my zoo, past or present. My slight obsessed with animals is a quality that has brought me great joy, unforgettable connections and SO much light to my life. I can’t wait to see where this goes!