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Maximum Impact: Give the Gift of the Joy Litter

 

Minnesota’s day of giving is here! Our goal for Give to the Max Day is $60,000 to sponsor the Joy Litter: Java, Jaxon, Jemma, Jerry, Jess, Jewel and Juneau, 8-week-old bundles of, well, JOY!

Please click here   DONATE NOW    to contribute to this effort, and plan to join us for more fun (the puppies are coming!) at our annual OPEN HOUSE today!

Please note: As of this morning, the donation site has been overloaded with contributions  and GiveMN has moved to a backup server. All donations remain 100% secure and are applied to meet our $18,000 donation match (your donation is doubled until we achieve $18,000 in donations.)

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A sincere (and joyful) thank you from everyone at Helping Paws!

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The Joy Litter Goes Home!

Fridays are often joyful for many people, signaling an entrance to a weekend of leisure and fun. Last Friday may have set a record for some of our volunteer Foster Home Trainers, as they each welcomed a puppy from the Joy Litter into their home. Born September 17, these true “bundles of…” are now a thriving 8 weeks old, thanks to the nurturing of their mother Elska and Caretaker Mary Tiegan. Many thanks also to Jane Docter of Docmar for donating the services of sire Gangsta.

The Joy Litter is the focus of donations we receive from Give to the Max Day this Thursday, November 17. You can access the donation site here: Give to the Max Day: Helping Paws.

The pictures from the first meeting of Foster Home families and the puppies say it best.  Photos are courtesy of Scott Kleckner.

 

 

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Honoring Those Who Serve

Again this year, Helping Paws was honored to be the beneficiary of the Noland Golf Tournament fundraising effort held this past summer. This remains timely for us, year round, as the tournament’s proceeds advance our program that provides service dogs to military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Special thanks to our volunteer organizers and Bent Creek Golf Club for hosting this event.

We invite you to click this link,  Helping Paws PTSD Service Dogs: In a Veteran’s Own Words, to view a special video created at the tournament courtesy of ABRA Auto Body and Glass.

On this Veterans Day, we honor the veterans who serve us and the dogs who serve them. Thanks to each and every one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puppy Joy!

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Helping Paws is proud to debut our latest litter of future service dogs, the Joy, or “J,” puppies. Mama Elska timed the arrival to coincide with our annual Tail Waggin ‘ Dinner, where we celebrate  our mission of furthering people’s independence and quality of life through the use of assistance dogs.

The Gangsta x Elska pups, four males and three females, are thriving @ four weeks of age.

They are weaning to puppy food, and wrestling.

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Each puppy has a litter name related to the theme of joy:

Jolly: full of good humor; mirthful; cheerful

Sunny: bright; shiny; radiant

Harmony: when you feel happy; peace

Effervescent: enthusiastic; vivacious; fizzy

Happy: joyful; fortunate; marked with good luck

Joy: happy; glad; merry

Bliss: completely happy; full of joy; blessed

Appreciation to caretaker home Mary Tiegen. Adorable photos courtesy of Judy Michurski.

 

 

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Cuteness overload!

There is nothing cuter than a group of Helping Paws puppies receiving their official HP packs! The Thursday night puppy class, consisting of half of the Chester x Karma Lab litter and half of the Lambeau x Mare Golden litter, recently donned their packs for the first time.

First comes the fitting of the pack…

Haven getting fit

Haven getting fit

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Hilde

Next is “can we really work in these things?” Why, yes we can! Here we are doing Watch.

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Haven

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Hilde

Henzo

Henzo

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Gidget

Gertie

Gertie

We have an added puppy, Halo, being trained by Solvei. Best behaved pup of the bunch!🙂

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Halo

Gibson, absent from class that evening, provided this pic:

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Gibson

Not only do the puppies receive packs…the humans receive their official Helping Paws t-shirts!

Here is the class readying for a group photo…

Getting ready

Getting ready

…and here they are, puppies and packs, foster home trainers and t-shirts!

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Part of the class of 2018

It was a fun night! Tired puppies.

After class crash

After class crash