Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WOW! You HAVE to Read About the Latest Donations

Today we took Chloe to Patt Veterinary and were amazed at all of the food in the boxes.  There were 2 bottles of laundry detergent and 33 food items! 

Our next stop was to Pet Valu, which had 1 bottle of laundry detergent and 6 pet items. 

Chloe's favorite stop was Joe Paw's Bakery, as she got to visit with Barkley.  Joe Paws gets 4 paws up from both Chloe and Belle, as they had 77 human items and 8 pet items.  We were amazed at how much food was dropped off since we were there last!

Since the back of our Jeep was full, we dropped off the above items to the Boyertown Multi Service Center.  They were really appreciative, as laundry detergent is much needed. 

Now that we had an empty trunk, we had to fill it up again! 

First stop: Boneyard Joe's.  Jen and Eric have been amazing with their efforts to help us fill the Media Lab, as they offer a discount to customers who donate items.  Today they had 5 human food items and 5 bags of pet food.  However, the best part of picking up here is that it gives me and the hubby an excuse to order from  there.  Boneyard Joe's food is soooooo good and so inexpensive that we cannot resist!  Belle and Chloe double dog dare you to drop an item off there and not order food...because it simply cannot be done!  The food is that good and the people are pretty awesome, too. 

Our last stop today was to Pottstown Roller Mills and we were shocked at how much food they have collected.  There were 92 human items, 22 pet items and 6 bottles of much needed laundry detergent. 

Thanks to the Community's generosity, we have another full trunk of items to donate to the Pottstown Cluster in the morning!  PLEASE keep the donations coming!  There are so many people and their pets that need help and would appreciate any donation you make, no matter how large or small! 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Update on Chloe

Chloe made it through her spaying like a rock star.  Dr. Singh at Patt Veterinary said she did really well and her vet tech, Rachel, said she was a good girl in her crate until we came to pick her up.  She had the surgery on Thursday and was back to normal on Friday, except for wanting to scratch and lick her stitches.  So far, the cone of shame is only needed at bedtime and when we are not near her.  She is doing a good job of listening when we tell her to leave her stitches alone.  Belle is being a good big sister and not being too rough with her!  I cannot wait until these 10 days are over with and we can go back to the dog park, though! 

Boneyard Joe's Continues to Amaze Belle and Chloe and a New Location to Drop Items Off At!

Eric and Jen, the owners of Boneyard Joe's in Pottstown, contacted me thru this blog when they heard about our Fill the Media Lab food drive because they wanted to help.  When I called Eric, he was enthusiastic and thanked me for letting them be a part of this.  No, Eric, thank YOU for helping!  As the collection efforts have continued, Eric and Jen have been offering discounts to customers for donating items at their location.  As if this wasn't enough, they also asked Clothes to Home to become a collection site for the drive and are offering customers discounts if they come in with a business card to show they were at Clothes to Home to donate items.  In my opinion, these acts of kindness could not be topped, but then Eric and Jen managed to top themselves by donating enough bulk food items for 150 people to enjoy a spaghetti dinner and also some bulk condensed soup that should feed around the same amount of people.  If you read this and happen to stop in to Boneyard Joe's to donate an item (to get the 10% off, say Charlie sent ya!), please thank Eric and Jen for their kindness. 

As I mentioned, Clothes to Home in Bechtelsville is now a dropoff location for our Fill the Media Lab food drive.  You can drop off human or pet food or laundry detergent there.  Their address is:  822B Route 100 in Bechtelsville. It is the shopping center with Dunkin' Donuts and Subway.  I have heard really good things about this business from friends, so drop off some of your dirty clothes while you are there!  Their hours are:

Monday - Friday:  8:30 am  to 6:30 pm
Saturday:  8:30 am to 3pm

As always, thank you so much for your support, as we try to reach 20,000 items to help area Pantries!

Wow! The donations keep coming!

When I dropped Chloe off for her surgery on Thursday morning, I was amazed to see that Patt Veterinary Hospital's boxes were getting full again!  There were 20 cans of much needed cat food,  6 bottles of laundry detergent and 23 food items!  The Boyertown Multi Service Center was very happy to receive all of the items, especially the laundry detergent, as there is a great need for it.  Please consider donating some next time you are in the area.

After Patt, I stopped by Pet Valu and continue to be amazed at the kindness being shown to our furry friends.  There was one extra large bag of dog food, 50 bags of cat and dog treats (including Pill Pockets for sick dogs that need to take medicine!), 4 big bags of dog food and 1 bottle of laundry detergent.  The Pottstown Cluster was really happy for the animal donations, as they are in desperate need of cat food. 

Please continue to donate whatever you can whenever you can, as both people and animals are in need of food.  Belle and Chloe thank you for your support! 

Here are some pictures of the food collected!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wish Chloe Good Luck!

Chloe goes in to be spayed tomorrow morning, so please wish her luck by commenting on this status!  In preparation for 10 days of limited activity, we went to the dog park in Birdsboro a few times over the past week.  Here are some pictures for you to enjoy from March 8th! 

The Customers of Boneyard Joe's Come Thru Again!

After dropping off the 125 pounds of food, plus other items that were donated by one of Boneyard Joe's customers to the Pottstown Cluster, I was notified by the owner that another customer made a huge donation due to her couponing skills.  Belle and Chloe give Brianna Hagner four paws up for donating much needed baby food and other items to our Fill the Media Lab drive. 

This pickup at Boneyard Joe's included: 1 bag of cat food, 23 food items, 98 baby food items and 18 toiletries.  I am blown away by the kindness of Boneyard Joe's customers.  Please keep the donations coming to all of Belle and Chloe's donation locations! 

While you are purchasing items to donate, PLEASE consider buying some cat food, as the Pottstown Cluster really needs it.  Even if you donate one can of food, it will help!  Belle and Chloe want there to be happy and healthy cats around town to chase!  :)

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Fill the Media Lab drive!  Here are pictures of the pickup from Boneyard Joe's! 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Belle and Chloe were blown away by the generosity of one woman!

Boneyard Joe's posted on their Facebook page that one person, Bobbie Kline, filled all three boxes at their location, but I was blown away when I saw just how many items she actually donated.  There were 89 human items (including formula, soap, paper towels, toilet paper, amongst other things), 90 pet food items (including full size bags of Science Diet dog and cat food, plus full cases of canned food) and 5 bottles of laundry detergent.  The owner of Boneyard Joe's said Ms. Kline donated all of these items herself and would not accept a free lunch from them for her generosity.  Hearing this made me wonder how much better the world would be if everyone did good deeds "just because" instead of looking for what they can get in return.  This woman saw that there was a need for items to be donated and quietly came in and supplied them to the cause.  Not many people would step up to the plate like her and many of those who did would want something in return.  I am happy to know that there is still someone out there who will do a good deed "just because".  Actually, this Fill the Media Lab challenge has been going so well that there must be more people like this than we realize.  Here are pictures of the dontation made by Ms. Kline.  I cannot wait to drop it off at the Pottstown Cluster Monday, as they are in need of pet food at the moment.  This one person's kindness will help so many people.  I wish I could have met her and thanked her in person.  Belle and Chloe give her 4 paws up! 

Let's keep the donations coming over the weekend!  My goal is to have to make several trips to the Pottstown Cluster and the Boyertown Area Multi Service Center this week because my collection sites all have overflowing boxes! 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Four Paws Up to Patt Veterinary, Joe Paws Bakery & Pet Valu!

Belle and Chloe went to check out their locations collecting food for the Boyertown Area Multi Service Center today and could not believe how much food 3 locations collected!

Our first stop was to Patt Veterinary, where we were greeted with a full box of human items!  Patt collected 55 human items, 2 bottles of laundry detergent and 5 animal food products.  Along with the food items, there were donations of toothpaste and other personal care items.  Belle and Chloe knew that the doctors and staff at Patt, along with their clients would come through and help out!  When we donated the items to the Boyertown Area Multi Service Center and told the gentleman there that a lot of the items came from Patt Veterinary, he was not surprised.  Belle and Chloe are proud to be patients of such a caring hospital. 

Our next stop was Pet Valu and we honestly did not know what to expect.  This location gets 4 paws up and some slobbery kisses from Belle and Chloe, as they collect 95 pet items!  The box was overflowing!  We needed a cart to get everything out of the store, as there was a case of canned food and a few large bags of dry food.  The generosity of the employees and customers of Pet Valu showed us how caring people can be when it comes to animals in need.  When I decided to use this blog to collect pet food to help people out that cannot afford their pets, I was worried about not getting donations.  I figured people would think it was silly to collect food for pets when there are people that don't have enough food.  Pet Valu's collection of only pet food proved I made the right decision to ask for these donations.  I hope that we can get even more pet food in the coming weeks and help more families feed the members of the family that are always there and ask for nothing in return. 

After Pet Valu, we went to Joe Paws Bakery and  Belle and Chloe were a bit rambunctious after being in the car running from place to place. The treats were so yummy looking and smelling that Belle kept trying to steal one!  Joe Paws collected 52 items after Belle and Chloe added a few, but the majority came from Joe Paws Bakery clients!  Check out this piece of doggy treat heaven if you haven't already, you won't be disappointed!  Belle and Chloe HIGHLY recommend the beef meatloaf and pizza flavored treats. 

Here are some pictures of the food donations:

Thank you again to everyone who is helping this great cause!  Belle and Chloe received a trip to the dog park in Birdsboro for all of their hard work collecting donations today! 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Boneyard Joe's Get 4 Paws Up & A New Dropoff Point

Belle and Chloe were anxiously waiting for us to return home from checking our boxes today.  Boneyard Joe's and their customers get 4 very big paws up for collecting the most items!  We were amazed at the generosity of their customers.  Here are pictures of the items received.  The Pottstown Cluster will appreciate the 19 dog food items, 5 bottles of laundry detergent, and 32 food items, including 6 boxes of pasta and a 35 pack of water from Belle and Chloe.  The owners (and Charlie) did an amazing job of getting the word out to their customers to drop off items and even offered a discount on Saturday to anyone who donated one item.  While we were there, we ordered dinner from here again.  I was set on getting a Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak when I got there, but the BBQ smelled so good that I ended up with BBQ chicken, mac n cheese and fried apples.  Dirone ordered Cheese Fry Steak.  The food was amazing!  I think this is definitely going to be our new go to place when we order out.  How can you go wrong if the food is excellent, inexpensive and the owners care about helping the Community?  Belle and Chloe want each of their readers to donate an item to this location and try the food and help a local business out! 

Along with picking up donations left over the weekend in our boxes, we dropped off a box for new donations to Perk Valley Pet Eatery in Trappe.  You can find Perk Valley Pet Eatery at 325 West Main Street, Trappe, PA  19426.  Their phone number is: (610) 454-0045.  Their hours are:

Mon - Fri:9:00 am-7:00 pm
Sat:9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sun:11:30 am-4:00 pm

We have shopped at this store for years, as they are very helpful and knowledgable about helping you pick food for pets on special diets.  This month is Raw Food Month and they have a lot of promotions for it.  Stop in and donate food for humans or pets or a bottle of laundry detergent and treat your favorite furry friend to a treat or toy! 

Belle and Chloe would like to ask everyone to remember kitty cats need love, too!  The Pottstown Cluster is almost completely out of cat food and is looking for anything you can donate! 

Thank you for all of your support in our Fill the Media Lab challenge! 

Happy Monday!

Belle and Chloe hope everyone had a great weekend!  The girls were busy visiting local businesses in hopes of obtaining more dropoff points for our Fill the Media Lab challenge and luckily got some "yeses"!  Boxes will be dropped off today and tomorrow, so check back here for details! 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

WOW! Discounted Lunch & A Good Deed!

Belle and Chloe were just on Facebook and saw that Boneyard Joe's is offering 10% off to anyone that brings in a pet or human food donation or laundry detergent towards our Fill the Media Lab challenge!  All you have to do is donate one item and you get 10% off!  Just mention "I'm giving to Charlie's friends!" when you check out to get your 10% off.  My husband and I tried Boneyard Joe's when we dropped off the boxes this week and it was AMAZING!  I highly recommend the rib and chicken combo.  You get 1/2 rack of ribs & a 1/4 chicken with BBQ Sauce or Naked for $11.25.  This comes with 2 sides and their delicious corn bread.  The portions are very generous, plus you get 10% off!  How can you go wrong?   Belle and Chloe also LOVE this place because they have jars where you can pick a dog biscuit to take home to your furry friend!  So, the question is: how can you go wrong if you get a good meal, save 10% and are doing a good deed?   Please let us know what you think of Boneyard Joe's!  It is our new favorite spot!  You can visit Boneyard Joe's at 148 Shoemaker Road behind Comcast.  To get the 10% off, you have to pay in cash.

If you want to do more good this weekend and meet Al Chernoff from Rescue Ink, go to the Pottstown K-Mart at 9am on Sunday to help find Belle, a Chocolate Lab that has been missing for too long.  Her family is devastated and desperately wants to bring her home.  If you cannot join the search effort tomorrow, please check out the Bring Belle Home page on Facebook.  They are meeting in front of the garden center to coordinate the search efforts tomorrow.  Please help if you can! 

Don't forget to donate to any of Belle and Chloe's other dropoff points if you can!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chloe and Belle Added TWO More Dropoff Sites

Chloe had a big day today, as she got her last puppy shot and became a big girl!  Next stop, the cone of shame in 2 weeks when she gets spayed!

While we were at Chloe's appointment, we asked if they would mind being a dropoff location for our Fill The Media Lab food drive and they made Chloe's day by saying yes!!!  I was not surprised, as they do so much for Bark For Life and other area charities.

Unfortunately, my husband and I have experience with Patt Veterinary Hospital in healthy and sickly times for our pets.  We actually stumbled on this practice when our cocker spaniel, Lily, was having seizures years ago.  Dr. Patt and her staff were kind and more importantly, caring, when it came to finding out how to proceed with treatment of these seizures.  Once a plan was in place, Lily's quality of life improved, for which we will always be thankful to them for. Unfortunately, Lily also had football knee, where her knee would not move correctly and limped and developed Cushing's Disease.  Dr. Patt and her staff were amazing as Lily's health deteriorated.  When Lily was not doing well, we were fit into their schedule on short notice and when we had to make the decision to end Lily's suffering on a Sunday at Metropolitan in Oaks, someone from Patt Veterinary called to tell us they were sorry for our loss when they reopened on Monday.  Dr. Patt and her staff care about not only the pets they treat, but also their owners. 

When Dirone and I adopted Belle as a sickly puppy, Dr. Patt and staff helped treat her Kennel Cough.  Today, Belle is a healthy and happy dog because of this care.  There have been appointments with our pets through the years where the doctors at Patt have noticed a problem starting before us, as the doctors and staff get to know your pet and look for changes us owners may miss when they examine them.  Belle and Chloe actually enjoy going to the vet because everyone there is so kind to them.

There are tons of other reasons why our family continues to use Patt Veterinary Hospital, but why not see how great they are yourself?  Stop in to donate pet or human food and ask them about becoming a new patient.  You will not regret it! 

Patt Veterinary is located at: 239 Oberhotzer Road, Gilbertsville, PA  19525.  Their number is: (610) 367-2572.  There hours are: Monday thru Friday - 8 am to 7 pm
                                    Saturday -                  8 am to 12 pm

Please stop in and donate and tell them Belle and Chloe sent ya!

Chloe also stopped into Pet Valu in Gilbertsville and asked them if they would serve as a dropoff point and they agreed!  While we were there, I was thrilled to see they had the Sock Monkey sweater I have been looking all over for so Chloe can match her big sister!  Not only did they have it, but they had it in Chloe's size and it was on sale!  I will post pics of them in their matching sweaters this weekend.

Pet Valu is a store I do not get to visit often enough and I had never been to the Gilbertsville location, but I loved it.  They had a lot of cute sweaters for your dog and TONS of toys and treats.  Stop in and make a donation for humans or pets there! 

Pet Valu is located at: 1050 East Philadelphia Avenue, Gilbertsville, PA 19525-9517.  Their number is:
Phone: (610) 369-1770.  Their hours are:  Monday thru Saturday: 9 am to 9 pm
                                                                 Sunday:                      10 am to 5 pm
Of course, do not forget about Tails of 2 Dogs other locations!  Please donate what you can!  Belle and Chloe thank you for your support!