After scrolling page after page in hopes of finding another dog blog that really captured my attention, I began feeling defeated. There are so many people like myself who are passionate dog lovers, that discovering one that really stood out became difficult all until I came across the FACE Foundation Blog. The “FACE Foundation” is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006. They provide grants to animal owners who cannot provide the adequate medical attention to their pets due to various financial reasons. After contacting the organization, I was directed to Lisa Hertz, the volunteer blogger of the FACE Foundation. She is from San Diego, CA and began writing for FACE about three years ago. She claims she is old enough to be my mother :). Here is her story from the interview I did with her via email.
Lisa Hertz began writing the FACE blog about 3 years ago. It was her first pet blogging experience, even though she has been a writer, animal lover, and had other animal-related writing experience. FACE started the blog to spread the word about the charity work that they do and to engage an interested audience. They value it along with their social media like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Lisa Hertz finds in most challenging to “maintain” the blog. She this blog requires a lot of time and attention beyond just writing the posts. Lisa worked hard at developing and maintaining a growing network of fellow animal bloggers. There’s a fantastic community of animal and pet bloggers out there and it’s important to keep up with them, and interact with them, pretty much daily. She believes blogs are important for individual writers to maintain an online presence beyond Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In. Having her own personal blog page as a journalist is just as important as it is for an established news organization to have a blog where the writing is more informal and interactive.
Lisa says she has been very pleased at the level of interest people from all over the world have shown in the blog and in FACE. She has friendships with bloggers from all over the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and Australia. She loves the fact that blogging is so interactive, and you’re not just sitting at home writing, your part of a community of like-minded people! The advice she would give bloggers just starting out is while the non-profit blog is different than a beat blog, she’d say that the most important thing to keep in mind is that it will probably take up more of your time than you think it will. Lisa says, “be prepared to work on the blog as part of your everyday routine. Even if you only post a couple of times per week, it’s vital to respond to followers and spend time following and interacting with similar blogs. Maintaining relationships is every bit as important as posting good content.”
I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with some of the goofiest, sweetest Don’t Bully Us Rescue dogs! They had an adoption event at the Moorestown PetSmart on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Don’t Bully Us Rescue is a non- profit Pit Bull Rescue. The dogs are all placed in foster homes in the South Jersey area. They host different events to help get their dogs adopted into loving, safe homes. If you are interested, they can contacted via Facebook or Instagram.
“I could be doing a million other things on a Saturday, but I rather be here, hoping they get their much deserved forever home.”
This was the response from one of the volunteers of the Don’t Bully Us Rescue, Rachel Snyder, after I asked her what makes her get out of bed on a Saturday morning to come to a volunteer event like this. It is truly amazing that people take time out of their hectic lives to come to events such as these, just in hopes, that these dogs will get another chance at a home.
What is better than a pen full of puppies at the Moorestown PetSmart, Don’t Bully Us Rescue event?
Let me introduce the star of today’s post, Alana McNellis. Alana has been creating dog accessories for quite some time now. She takes pride in her work and does this on the side. She is a huge dog enthusiast and knows her stuff when it comes to making dogs fashionable! She is a teaching assistant bg day, dog accessory creator by night. She named her side business, “Blackjack Pets” after her beloved dog, Blackjack.
She quote, “loves making dog accessories and tweaking ideas until they become functional and fashionable.”
Why should I buy these items?
These dog accessories can be great for all sorts of events. I personally have used them when I got a family portrait done. I wanted my dog, Shadow, to stand out in the picture and coordinate with our outfits! It also is great for different holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and/or Thanksgiving! And get this, Alana will custom make exactly what you are looking for! Feel free to send her a message and she will cater to your every wants and needs! A great pet friendly photography location is JC Penneys! For great ideas and suggestions for your family and pet friendly photo shot, check out Scruffy Dog Photography.
Are there only dog accessories for sale on her site?
Not only does Alana make dog accessories to wear, but she also makes dog toys! I know speaking from personal experience, that I spend a fortune of different dog toys. They all promise to be indestructible, but our dogs quickly show us how far from the truth that really is! These toys, only $7, really do last what seems like forever! They are handmade with fleece material to help reduce the strings you get from ordinary dog toys. They also are machine washable and can be utilized by dogs any size! Don’t believe me, check out the reviews on her Etsy website and find out from the other buyers.
What are all the items sold on her website and how much do they cost?
Scarves- $10- $15
Bow & Neck ties- $8- $11
Poop Bag Holders- $8
Hair bows- $5
Custom made items- prices will fluctuate depending on item
If you are interesting in purchasing any of Alana McNellis’s dog accessories, you can reach her via Etsy and Instagram.
(Permission by Alana McNellis to use photos in blog)