Hi everyone! It's JD and Max's FH here (female human for those of you who aren't that familiar with their blog!). It's now one week on since Shelby's Auction event and I wanted to officially 'wrap it up' with a post that gives a big 'thank you' shout out to everyone who made it possible - and that's A LOT of people and pups and kitties!
Myself and my boys first became aware of sweet Shelby when quite a few of our blog pals kept mentioning this really cool pup called Mack, who was running a competition to help raise money for Shelby. We went over to his blog to check it out - for everyone who left a comment on one of his posts he was going to donate one dollar to Shelby. We thought this was a great idea and incredibly generous of Mack and his folks. So we got in touch with Mack's people to ask about Shelby - and they told us all about her. About how Sandra from Kissa-bull had found her abandoned in a parking lot and had rescued her, about how Sarah from Mona and the Mommy Too - who lived next door to Sandra - was helping with looking after Shelby. And about how everyone was worried about Shelby's vet fees as poor Shelby needed so much help.
Shelby, sweet trusting Shelby. As soon as me and the boys saw her smile and heard that she was still able to trust even after all she'd been through, I knew that this was one very, very special girl. And I knew that I wanted to help her in any way I could, which is when we hit on the idea of the auction. We had been inspired by Mack as well as by the amazing GABE event that Miss Twinkie had hosted earlier in the year (and to which we are really looking forward to again next year!) so we really hoped that an auction for Shelby would raise more money than we would have been able to simply donate on our own.
So we spread the word. We hoped that pups would be happy to donate items to the auction and we hoped that pups would also enjoy bidding on items. We'd like to take this opportunity to give a really big thank you to Mack, The Slimmer Pugs, Lola, Khyra, Mayzie, Oskar, Zona, Brodie, HoneyBuzz, Honey, Mona and Miss Molly who all supplied wonderful auction items. It seemed that every day another exciting auction item was being offered, we were blown away! As we were getting closer to the auction lots of pups spread the word - Shelby had touched everyones hearts and everyone wanted to help in whatever way they could!
The actual auction weekend was very exciting - bids seemed to be coming in left, right and centre! The time zone difference made it extra exciting for us - being UK doggies we used to wake up in hte morning to find our in-box full of bids and comments! When we first hit upon the idea of the auction we thought we might raise approximately $250, $300 if we were very fortunate, which is lots more than we could have donated on our own. We could never have imagined how successful it would be and when the auction ended with the final bid and donation total standing at $1,215.00 we were almost speechless!! And donations are still trickling in - we'll hopefully announce the 'overall' total next weekend.
We'd like to thank everyone who placed a bid and congratulate everyone who was lucky enough to place a winning bid! We think that everything has now been paid for (the PayPal account is held within the US) and all addresses have been sent out to the pups who are supplying the items so watch your post boxes for your winning items! (If anyone hasn't heard from us or hasn't paid or is concerned about anything they bid on please do get in touch with us at 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.)
The whole experience has been amazing and we feel honoured to have been a part of it all. We've made some amazing new friends as a result and we loved every minute of it! It really was a huge success which was all down to YOU, the kind pups and kitties out there in blogland who joined in with 'pawing it forward'. Thank you, thank you, thank you - your kindness is going to really help Shelby and her new puppies! Oh, and if you haven't heard, Frankie had a great idea about 'naming rights' for Shelby's puppies - if you want to name a puppy you can pledge a certain amount - click here and read the comments section to find out more!