Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bark It Furward Commentathon

We have never done a commentathon before because much as we would like to donate to a worthy pet cause, we just don't have a piggy bank to break open.  But today we're going to do our first one on Milk-Bone's Bark It Furward dollar.  Yes, you read that right.  Each comment left on this post will be worth $1 US. 

For 12 years, Milk-Bone has donated a portion of the proceeds to help Canine Assistants.  In 2010, Milk Bone created Bark It Furward, a program created to raise awareness and funds for Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities. Founded in 1991, Canine Assistants has provided 1,000 service dogs to people across the country, giving them the chance to have more independent lifestyles.

Canine Assistants has their own breeding program at the Milton, Georgia facility, primarily Goldens or Labs, but they occasionally adopt from local breeders or organizations. Puppies begin training at two days old and training lasts about a year and a half. Some of the tasks the dogs learn to perform include turning lights on and off, opening and closing doors, pulling wheelchairs, retrieving dropped objects, summoning help and providing secure companionship.

Many people in need of a service dog depend on Canine Assistants to pay for the lifelong care of the dog. Without the help of any government funding, Canine Assistants relies on the generosity and private donations made by philanthropic partners like Milk-Bone to help pay for the training of these special needs dogs.

We hope you will leave a comment to help raise funds for Canine Assistants. And if you are interested in participating with a blog post of your own, just send us an email or include your interest in a comment.  Bark It Furward will run through January 4, 2011.

Before you go, take a minute to meet young Zoe and her canine assistant.


If the video doesn't play, click here.

Learn more about Canine Assistants and the Milk Bone Bark It Furward program..


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96 comments:

  1. Oh my!

    Pawesome pawesome job!!

    Here's to LOTS of khomments!!!

    I'll spread the word!!!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  2. Those dogs help so many humans who would not be able to live independently without them! Thanks for making everyone aware of this wonderful program and their hero "graduates." We hope you get LOTS of comments!

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  3. Pawsome way to pay it forward! Chi ching $1 here
    Norwood

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  4. What a wonderful thing to do for a wonderful cause.

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  5. Woo there~
    Furri special thing you are doing. Khyra sent me over to add a paper money to the khause!!
    Your pal,
    Summiiii

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  6. This is great. I hope you get lots and lots of comments. I do wonder what a puppy can learn at two days old, but the training program must be excellent.

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  7. Woof woof meow!
    Coming to you via Saturday Pet Blog Hop.
    I love your blog it is so cute, I hope you get lots of $$$$$$ raised
    Happy Christmas and a fun filled new year.
    Helen x
    www.acraftykindoftruffle.blogspot.com

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  8. We are happy to leave a comment for such a worthwhile cause!
    Good luck - we will keep our paws crossed for lots and lots of comments!!!

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  9. What a fabulous program/cause! We hope this generates lots of green papers!

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  10. What a wonderful program! We hope you get tons of comments!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  11. Woweeeeee!!! That's a very generous offer.

    Here is to zillions of comments!

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  12. That is a great cause. We hope you get lots of comments.

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  13. Very cool! Very pawsome program!!! Here's to loads of comments!

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  14. Canine assistants are the BEST!

    We hope you get a ton of comments!

    Chasing my tale...
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

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  15. I hope you get a squillion comments!
    Smoochies!

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  16. We hope you get lots of comments for such a good cause.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  17. What a wonderful program. We would like to bark it furward.

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  18. Thanks Milk Bone for helping with this very important cause!

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  19. Awesome! Will definitely spread the word. :)

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  20. Khyra sent us over to bark at you!

    All we have todo is bark? Consider yourself barked at!

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  21. Great cause thanks to you and Milk Bone!

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  22. Great to have a barkathon. This is such a wonderful idea and will help so many that are in need of some extra help. You are such a sweeties all of you at your place for doing this.
    Love to all!

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  23. A very good cause. Keep on posting and keep those bones flowing to the bank.

    Mogley G. Retriever

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  24. Thank you for the clip!! What a great organisation - and what a sweet girl Zoe is with Carmel. It's lovely!!

    And thank you lovely Jan for doing this commentathon! Brilliant! Take care
    x

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  25. We saw a program on tv about Canine Assistants. It was wonderful and so are they! I hope you get tons of comments!!!

    Kisses,
    Emma Rose

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  26. A commentathon! What fun!!!

    comment from Bobo
    comment from Meja
    comment from Mommy
    (does that count as three ;-)

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  27. We hope you get lots of comments - so much good to be done. That was such a wonderful video about Zoe and Carmel. We have all seen the wonders a dog can do for any individual, but especially for a young child with special needs. The way Carmel looked right at Zoe's face was so awesome - full of love for her.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  28. What a great cause! Here's hoping to many comments!

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  29. A great movie and a super program - you are terrific to host this with Milk Bone - hope you get a zillion comments!
    xoxoxo
    Sammie and Avalon

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  30. Two approving barks from this house! Terrific program and I know well how it works as a friend who is a parapaigic has one of these dogs. It has changed his life.

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  31. What a great thing to do!

    Thank you for remembering our Dad in your comment at our blog.
    He is doing well. His last surgery was a year ago September. The artificial femur section and rod have solidified nicely into the existing bone. He walks with a limp, and it hurts all the time especially after a long day. Nothing can be done about that, but he is healthy, no sign of cancer coming back. We are touched that you remembered him!

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  32. Great cause! Thanks for doing this commentathon! The video about Zoey was sweet.

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

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  33. We're very happy to add our barks and purrs to this great cause!

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  34. Well, I would have stopped by anyway, but I was just following Khyra's orders. Great job to everyone involved.

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  35. w00fs, great job JFF..hope u gets bunches and bunches of comments..

    b safe,
    rocky

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  36. We've seen several different stories about people who have benefitted from that program and it's always so heartwarming! I hope you get lots of comments to help them out!

    Bunny

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  37. The video with Zoe and Carmel was a most beautiful thing to see.

    Kisses, for Kids and Dogs,

    Stella

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  38. Wow what an awesome idea for a good cause!! We are sure it will be very successful - and it is so cool that Milk Bone is helping out like that!!

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  39. How cool!!! We haven't had any canine companions but have always tried to educate people (and trained our kids from babyhood) to respect them and not distract them, but to talk to the people they are helping!

    The Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde are all service kitties for mom. They will sit on her hand if she is pushing herself too hard on the computer and will lay all over her if her fibro is flaring really bad or lay beside her if it is really really really bad.

    We are all crossing paws & praying that you get TONS of comments!!

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  40. That sounds like a great organization!

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  41. This is a wonderful cause. Thank you for championing it and making me and others aware. The video was especially heartwarming.

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  42. "Utter contentment with the simplest gesture of affection -- that is the accepting love of a canine. I am convinced dogs unfurl their wings when we are not looking!" --K. Pippig

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  43. Thank you for sharing!!! Great work Jan & the Funny Farmers!

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  44. What a great cause. Hope you get lots of great comments today!
    Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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  45. OK, I's doing mine part an leafing a comment. I love woofies and woofie companions are priceless.
    Love & Purrs,
    KC

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  46. pee ess: I's not sure I unnerstand iffen I's supposed to fill out tha linky fing above or nots.
    So I just leafed a comment.

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  47. We agree dis is a pawsome cause!

    Molly
    Shadow
    Trooder
    Mooch

    Peeeeeeee Ssssssss The mom got leaky eyed watchin da moving pictures.

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  48. Good job. Those doggies sure do a lot of helping
    Snorts and Snuggles
    Benny & Lily

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  49. It looks like you got a lot of comments - good job for an extremely worthy cause.

    xo
    Chef

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  50. Great Program, wish we had a blog but we will support in any way we can.

    Hamish & Sophie

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  51. What a terrific program!
    We hope you gets lots and lots and lots of comments!

    purrin
    xoxox

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  52. Thank you for helping this organization!

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  53. Pawsome idea! We luvs all our generous anipals and der servants!

    We wishes fur Chrissymouse dat effurryone learns to care for all anipals!

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  54. Cool! A commentathon where someone else pays. I like it.

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  55. Here's my small part in your great commentathon.

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  56. Comment, comment, comment! :)

    What a nice way to do a commentathon! We're kinda 'spicious of dogs around here, but we know how hard we work just as ordinary sorts of companion cats to our humans. We think the work the canine assistants do is pawsome!

    Jack, Persephone and Tenxing

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  57. That's a great cause for a commentathon. My mum sponsors dogs like that here in Melbourne. It's awesome.

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  58. What a wonderful cause! Great job.

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  59. what a great program! a dollar a comment is bunches of green papers.

    kazoku neko

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  60. Just leaving my comment to help the cause! ;-)

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  61. Gooooo, get a lot of green papers for the puppies..

    Claudette..

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  62. We are finally checking in late in the day...but not too late...one comment from us!

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  63. What a change in Zoe with Carmel at her side. And what a relief for her Mom to see joy in her daughters face. Thanks also to those volunteers who are willing to train a dog for 1 1/2 years then give them up. Pat

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  64. Great post! I see the money adding up!

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  65. Woohoo, here is our addition to da pay it forward! Hope yoo get hundreds of comments...

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  66. We hope you get a squillion comments!!

    The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

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  67. hi-paw to getting tons of comments !!!!!! sounds like a real good cause and so cool of you to post about it here!

    MEOWs !

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  68. We add our comment! We hopes you get lots more and that you have a good weekend and Christmas!

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  69. All of the Sherwood Bunch came back to leave a big paws up for this good cause.
    Love & Purrs,
    Missy Blue Eyes
    KC
    Faith Boomerang
    Sol
    Smokey
    Brutus Jr.

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  70. We hope you get lots of comments today. Purrz

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  71. Awwww!!!! What a wonderful Video!! We hope you get loads of comments!!
    Your TX furiends,

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  72. Support Good Cause = Jan and her gang

    Thank you, Jan, for all you do for all the good causes we all try to support.

    Meepsie, Chattie, Smokey and Old Mumma Jan

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  73. Here's to good causes and lots of comments!

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  74. Hi Ms. Jan,
    You do an awesome job. Love the blog and the pictures of your pets.

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  75. I wholeheartedly support this type of support for those unable to procure services because of financial reasons. Special to Jan for supporting this and so many other causes. This helps those in need, as well as helping our furry friends do what they love best! Marty.

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  76. We saw on Dennis' bloggie that you were collecting comments, and we're here commenting! We'll spread the word about the commentathon!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

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  77. Do Howls count too?? BOL What a wonderful cause. Keep wagging!!

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  78. i was not aware that milk bone funded such a program. shows the good that a good pet can do for good people. treat a dog good and they will give back many times over.

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  79. I applaud you for doing this Jan - it truly does all add up!

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  80. Hi Jan, Au has tweeted about this, "for every comment at http://jansfunnyfarm.blogspot.com today, dey get US$1 for pet food. i am not getting a share. i am a furry nice kat"

    http://twitter.com/KatzTalesTweets

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  81. Sure I'll leave a comment to help this worthy cause. Thank you Jan for all you do to help animal welfare.

    Evelyn

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  82. We hope we aren't too late! We are finally able to post again!!!

    Hi Funny Farmers!!

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  83. We don't know why Boo bear is so smelly! she just is hehehe purrs

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  84. What a great thing to do a commnetathon for. Those dogs that do those special jobs of taking care of their person are so wonderful. Hope I am not to late to leave a comment. Take care

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  85. What a great cause!! We hope lots of $$$ is raised!!

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  86. Ok, theese is a most worthy cause, we hopes you gets LOTS of barks!

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  87. Hi Miss Jan and the Funny Farmers! Our mom has been out of town and she just got back tonight. We made her check out the CB and she saw the notice about your commentathon. We hope our comment still counts, as we'd love to help you raise another dollar! If we don't make it back this way this week, we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We hope Sandy Claws is very good to all of you this year. :)

    Your friends, Fuzzy and Zoe

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  88. We're so happy to leave a comment in support of this great cause.

    Woofs,

    Grete

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  89. Cyndi, hear'd it was your birfday today girlfurrend!!! have a happy-happy! i sees the commentathon wented realleh well, wowee, so many comments, sorreh i is late.

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  90. We are so happy to comment today, and be part of such a good cause.

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  91. Marg sent me over to help add a dollar to this fine endeavor. What a great thing to do.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  92. I don't have one of those bottomless piggie banks either but time to comment for a good cause - I will find the time!

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  93. I am doing my best for a great cause because we love Canine Assistants, their people and MilkBone!

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