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For Lillie’s Sake #indiegogo – #dog #causes #crowdfunding #crowdsourcing

28 Feb

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For Lillie’s Sake

Lillie, a sweet mama dog, and her 6 puppies were rescued after being found chained, emaciated, and parasite infested!

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http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/for-lillie-s-sake

****Update 12/1/12***

We thank all of you so much for your support and hope you continue to support Faithful Friends — you can read our original story on Lillie below, but we wanted to update you — 4 of Lillie’s puppies have been adopted into wonderful, loving, approved homes. 2 of them are still waiting on Forever homes! We invite you to check them out on petfinder.com. BUT, Lillie, as great as she’s been doing with her foster home, at her latest vet appointment, the vet found a heart murmur and some other issues — for a referral and appointment at the university vet hospital, it’s going to be at least $500 to do some testing on the health of her heart! She’s come so far in such a small amount of time, we don’t want to lose out on any option to help her, the puppies and all of our other rescues currently in foster homes! Please continue to spread the word about Lillie far and wide! Thank you!

Just yesterday, Lillie got to be the star in our local Christmas Parade and she was Gorgeous and sweet as ever 🙂

 

Who are we?

Faithful Friends Animal Advocates, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in Neosho, MO. The organization provides rescue efforts to animals in Newton and McDonald counties, two of the nation’s leading puppy milling and puppy broker counties. Through the years we have been established, we have managed to help rehome hundreds of dogs and cats. Our efforts are endless, we work entirely off of donations, foster homes and volunteers. We are also in the process of building an Animal Adoption Center.

Lillie’s Story

An email request for help came from a Newton County Sheriff’s Department deputy. He had seen a “very skinny dog and three puppies” on a rural county road. The owner was questioned and admitted he could not take care of them. When I spoke with him on the phone, he said they’d had the dog for five years but he was working two jobs and struggling to make ends meet. “Lillie” had six puppies (not three). The man told me the deputy was concerned about the scar on Lillie’s back, but said that it was caused by getting sunburned when she was being looked after by a family member. Her chain had gotten tangled so she was out in the sun for several hours. He said she’d been given veterinary care and it was healed. I believed his story and made arrangements to meet his wife at the home the next morning to assess how we might help.

As I pulled into the drive, I saw a red boxer looking dog peek her head around the corner of some concrete blocks surrounded by a pile of debris at the far corner of the property. The owner’s wife led me first to the opposite end of the property along a line of trees where six, young, small puppies were penned. As they all clamored and cried loudly at the gate, the woman admitted they hadn’t been fed that day. Their little hip bones were protruding and their bellies swollen. As I squatted down to talk to them, I saw the biggest fleas I’d ever seen were visible running all over their little faces and bodies.

We then walked to the other end of the property where I was introduced to Lillie. I couldn’t believe that the skeleton of a dog that was standing before me was still alive, let alone wagging her tail at me from the end of a three foot chain. I felt sick. The horrific, partially healed scar on her back accentuated every vertebrae of her entire spine. She had little muscle mass but still had the strength to put her paws around my waste. I carefully asked the woman a series of questions to see if her story matched her husband’s. It didn’t………I took some pictures as I blinked back tears.

I hurried back to the office, sent out an SOS email with the photographs, booked a vet appointment and with the help of another volunteer returned to rescue Lillie and her babies.

The staff gasped, almost in unison, as we walked into the animal hospital. Lillie’s boxer mix frame weighed barely thirty pounds. My fingers disappeared in her rib bones. She was full of deadly parasites along with the same gigantic fleas that her puppies were wearing. The doctor said it was absolutely impossible that the partially healed scar on Lillie’s back could have been caused the way the former owner claimed. He surmised that something acidic had been poured on her. Lillie listened and watched us with those huge, beautiful eyes, her tail continuing to wag throughout her entire examination, enduring all the pulls and pokes, with complete submission.

Thankfully, all that her babies needed were worming, good nutrition, vaccinations and some tender, loving care. Lillie, on the other hand, will need months to recover from the abuse and neglect she has endured. We are deeply grateful to a very special couple who received our SOS email about Lillie, saw the shocking pictures and asked if they could foster her. Tonight as I write this, Lillie’s boney little frame is sleeping on a soft pillow beside their bed, instead of in between some concrete blocks hooked to a chain. She has a tummy full of premium dog food, extra vitamins and healing meds. She has not had one accident in this couple’s house, nor disturbed one thing, when left alone. She has displayed nothing but gentle kindness toward all other dogs and people. Her new foster mom and dad and their whole family adore her. The improvement she’s shown in a few short days has been amazing, confirming the diagnosis of starvation and neglect.

How does a dog experience the indescribable pain and suffering that she has endured and yet respond to us with such loving kindness and even gratitude? This time charges were filed…………..for Lillie’s sake

What We Need & What You Get

Financial support is greatly needed for the care of Lillie, her 6 puppies and the countless other animals we have rescued and in foster homes. When we rehome animals, there is an adoption application process and screening. We ensure quality veterinary care for all of our animals, vaccinations, deworming, flea/tick prevention, heartworm prevention, spay/neuter and usually microchip as well. Your financial support will go to the health and well-being of all of our animals, and we will continue to post pictures and updates.

  • Donations up to $20 will receive a personal thank you note and picture of an animal you have helped
  • Donations between $20 and $99 will receive a refrigerator magnet, personal thank you and picture of animal
  • Donations of $100 or more will receive an FFAA t-shirt, magnet and personal thank you with picture.

Other Ways You Can Help

Please consider supporting us! If you can’t help financially, please help get the word out!

Follow our story, consider being a contributor!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/for-lillie-s-sake

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Business Gurus that failed at first

28 Feb

Business Gurus

These businessmen and the companies they founded are today known around the world, but as these stories show, their beginnings weren’t always smooth.

  1. Henry Ford: While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn’t an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five time before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.
  2. R. H. Macy: Most people are familiar with this large department store chain, but Macy didn’t always have it easy. Macy started seven failed business before finally hitting big with his store in New York City.
  3. F. W. Woolworth: Some may not know this name today, but Woolworth was once one of the biggest names in department stores in the U.S. Before starting his own business, young Woolworth worked at a dry goods store and was not allowed to wait on customers because his boss said he lacked the sense needed to do so.
  4. Soichiro Honda: The billion-dollar business that is Honda began with a series of failures and fortunate turns of luck. Honda was turned down by Toyota Motor Corporation for a job after interviewing for a job as an engineer, leaving him jobless for quite some time. He started making scooters of his own at home, and spurred on by his neighbors, finally started his own business.
  5. Akio Morita: You may not have heard of Morita but you’ve undoubtedly heard of his company, Sony. Sony’s first product was a rice cooker that unfortunately didn’t cook rice so much as burn it, selling less than 100 units. This first setback didn’t stop Morita and his partners as they pushed forward to create a multi-billion dollar company.
  6. Bill Gates: Gates didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data. While this early idea didn’t work, Gates’ later work did, creating the global empire that is Microsoft.
  7. Harland David Sanders: Perhaps better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it.
  8. Walt Disney: Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.

Public Figures that failed at first

27 Feb

Public Figures

From politicians to talk show hosts, these figures had a few failures before they came out on top.

  1. Winston Churchill: This Nobel Prize-winning, twice-elected Prime Minster of the United Kingdom wasn’t always as well regarded as he is today. Churchill struggled in school and failed the sixth grade. After school he faced many years of political failures, as he was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62.
  2. Abraham Lincoln: While today he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of our nation, Lincoln’s life wasn’t so easy. In his youth he went to war a captain and returned a private (if you’re not familiar with military ranks, just know that private is as low as it goes.) Lincoln didn’t stop failing there, however. He started numerous failed business and was defeated in numerous runs he made for public office.
  3. Oprah Winfrey: Most people know Oprah as one of the most iconic faces on TV as well as one of the richest and most successful women in the world. Oprah faced a hard road to get to that position, however, enduring a rough and often abusive childhood as well as numerous career setbacks including being fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for tv.”
  4. Harry S. Truman: This WWI vet, Senator, Vice President and eventual President eventually found success in his life, but not without a few missteps along the way. Truman started a store that sold silk shirts and other clothing–seemingly a success at first–only go bankrupt a few years later.
  5. Dick Cheney: This recent Vice President and businessman made his way to the White House but managed to flunk out of Yale University, not once, but twice. Former President George W. Bush joked with Cheney about this fact, stating, “So now we know –if you graduate from Yale, you become president. If you drop out, you get to be vice president.”

Athletes that failed at first –

26 Feb

Athletes

While some athletes rocket to fame, others endure a path fraught with a little more adversity, like those listed here.

  1. Michael Jordan: Most people wouldn’t believe that a man often lauded as the best basketball player of all time was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Luckily, Jordan didn’t let this setback stop him from playing the game and he has stated, “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
  2. Stan Smith: This tennis player was rejected from even being a lowly ball boy for a Davis Cup tennis match because event organizers felt he was too clumsy and uncoordinated. Smith went on to prove them wrong, showcasing his not-so-clumsy skills by winning Wimbledon, U. S. Open and eight Davis Cups.
  3. Babe Ruth: You probably know Babe Ruth because of his home run record (714 during his career), but along with all those home runs came a pretty hefty amount of strikeouts as well (1,330 in all). In fact, for decades he held the record for strikeouts. When asked about this he simply said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
  4. Tom Landry: As the coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Landry brought the team two Super Bowl victories, five NFC Championship victories and holds the records for the record for the most career wins. He also has the distinction of having one of the worst first seasons on record (winning no games) and winning five or fewer over the next four seasons.

The Zayger 3D Watches #Kickstarter Press Release – #Watches #jewlery #crowdfunding

26 Feb

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/25/2013
Contact: Kinship Marketing Owner@KinshipMarketing.com

Watch maker Shlomo Mockin Launches Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign for 3D watch company, Zayger Watches.

The goal is to raise $40,000 for the production of a new type of watch that will be a combination of 3D Printing and traditional manufacturing.

Brooklyn, NY — Shlomo Mockin has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.com, in hope of raising a total of $40,000 to help cover the costs associated with the production of a new type of 3D watch.

“Zayger will create watches combining modern manufacturing methods such as 3D printing and laser cutting with old school hand finishing and polishing techniques. Hand engraving, hand painting and enameling will be the finishing touches to make beautiful, stylish and unique timepieces that will stand out, without straying too far from the “classic” watch look.”

Supporters are invited to make a contribution ranging from $1 to $3,250.

Donors won’t walk away empty-handed. Contributors will receive a thank you gift, ranging from a thank you to an 18k, Leather Zayger watch.

To make a contribution or to learn more about Zayger Watches, visit
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/191335399/zayger-watches

 

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The Atalantic- The Death of Retail

25 Feb

The Death of Retail: The Economics of the (Doomed) Office Depot/OfficeMax Merger

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Office Depot has reportedly agreed to buy OfficeMax to form a super-office-retailing juggernaut that … well, is still 25 percent smaller than Staples and is probably doomed, anyway.

For those of us on the end of retail beat, like Matt Yglesias and myself, the news might be a surprise but the story’s shape is familiar. For the last two decades, Walmart and e-commerce, led by Amazon, have eaten retail with a blend of supply-chain mastery, digital savvy, and ginormous scale.

Long story short: For most of the 20th century, retail work grew in line with the population. Below is a look at retail employment as a share of the labor force since 1950. What you’re looking at is the perfect “cyclical” industry. When the economy shrank (gray bars), retail pulled back. When the economy grew (white columns), retail charged ahead. Then something happened in the 1990s … retail seemed to get a case of the productivity bug. It’s not like Americans suddenly decided to stop buying computers and clothes and toilet paper in 2000. We just bought more of those things at labor-saving supercenters like Walmart — or super-labor-super-savings-supercenters like Amazon.com. Retail became more productive, which means they could sell more with less costs — those costs being people and stores.

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Cool news for consumers. Bad news for an industry that employs one out of ten American workers.

Still, retail is too big and varied to die in unison. Our “end of retail” story won’t sell as well at clothing accessory stores, where employment is up more than 50 percent since 2001. People still like touching the clothes they wear (even if young shoppers are more comfortable than their parents ordering shirts in boxes for home delivery).

But office and supply stores aren’t so lucky. Not only are their shelves being replaced by digital shelves, but also their products — paper and office supplies — are being replaced by digital products. A real double-whammy. The few retail categories more doomed than office stores are music stores, camera stores, computer stores, book stores … essentially, the guys who are really and truly hosed. [This data shared exclusively with The Atlantic by our friends from EMSI]

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http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/02/the-death-of-office-retail-the-economics-of-the-probably-doomed-office-depot-officemax-merger/273334/

Fertility Forecast- a web app that helps women prevent or achieve pregnancy. #Indiegogo

18 Feb

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/336927

 

My Story.

Hi, I’m Jennifer. Like many women, I have used the pill for contraception. After I was forced to stop using hormonal birth control for unforeseen health reasons, I was on what felt like a never-ending search for a natural, highly effective method of birth control. I refused to believe that condoms, sponges, and diaphragms were my only options. After months of research, followed by hesitation and skepticism, followed by more research, I decided that the symptothermal method would become my primary form of contraception.

It wasn’t long before I became frustrated by the lack of intuitive, easy-to-use tools that help women practice this method. There are millions of other women out there who feel they have no other options. We want to give them the options they deserve, and we need your help to build our amazing software. Trust me, the software will be much better than my poorly cropped video.

The statistics.

11% of at-risk, US women currently practice NO form of birth control…that’s 4.3 million women. The number of unintended pregnancies that will result this year from this group of women is enough to populate the city of LA. 10% of women struggle to conceive when they want to. This leads to women undergoing expensive, invasive fertility treatments that may not be necessary.

The symptothermal method, which is up to 99.3% effective at preventing pregnancy when properly practiced (Planned Parenthood reports a 99.6% effectiveness), is commonly confused with the less effective calendar, or rhythm, method. Not only is the symptothermal method effective at preventing pregnancy, it also enables women who are trying to conceive to get pregnant faster. Fertility Forecast’s software will be built based on reproductive biology and scientific data that proves the efficacy of this method. Science?!? No way! (Note: several references may be found at the bottom of this page)

Although several other products exist, there has yet to be one that encompasses all the features women really need and want. We want to get it right and help take the confusion out of the symptothermal method by building beautiful, intuitive, and intelligent software.

Our Vision.

  • to cut down on the number of unintended pregnancies each year by providing free education and low-cost, natural birth control to women who cannot afford birth control, don’t have access to medical care, or want a natural option; and
  • to decrease the number of women who suffer through invasive, costly fertility treatments to get pregnant.

What will your money be funding?

Unfortunately for us, good software doesn’t make itself. Your money will help make the Fertility Forecast software a reality. Help us promote women’s reproductive health with easy-to-access, easy-to-use tools.

We’ve done a ton of work already, but unfortunately we can’t do much more without funding.

Our awesome software will:

  • Give women the go-ahead or no-go on unprotected sex based on their fertility signs and baby (or non-baby) goals
  • Look/be awesome (really)
  • Be super easy to use (trust me, we have an awesome developer)
  • Save women money over other potential methods
  • Predict ovulation, fertile days, and future menstruation days
  • Track a woman’s fertility experiences (we call them experiences, not symptoms, because they are totally normal)
  • Give women individualized tips and supplement suggestions to make their fertility experiences more pleasant
  • Give women tips for greater conception success
  • Track fetal or follicle development (science, for the win!)
  • Give women the tools and knowledge to identify a potential health concern

Visit our website. Still not convinced? Read more about the symptothermal method here and here.

I hope that you will consider helping us build this life-changing product. Thanks so much for the support!

-Jennifer