Bella Talks about Synergy: A Bella Blankie is More Than Two Pieces of Fabric
Mommy is really the originator of the Bella Blankies, but how they got started and the crazy way they have become popular is all the work of a big magic word: Synergy.
In July of 2010, Southern California Pomeranian Rescue accepted a plea from the South Hamilton Animal Alliance and the Jewell Animal Hospital in Jewell, IA for help with placing a large number of adult Pomeranian dogs that were being released from an Iowa puppy mill. Here is a picture of them with Dr. Lisa Hindle Deppe of Jewell Animal Hospital after leaving the puppy mill:
Transport was arranged and soon 11 dogs were being driven to California and taken into rescue. Here is a picture of SCPR Volunteer Bruce and Precious Pets Transport driver Linda upon their arrival.
Many volunteers gathered to receive the dogs, bathe them, groom them, and get them all ready to be picked up by the foster families who had agreed to foster them while SCPR worked to find them all homes. It was a hot and sunny day in Southern California and everypawdy got wet , even the volunteers!
Money needed to be raised to cover the expenses. Mommy committed to making 20 fleece dog blankets to help raise the funds. She made her own pattern and had enough fleece to make 10 right away. We told everypawdy on my Facebook page about it. Here is the picture of me that we took on the very first one featured on Facebook:
The volunteers at SCPR dubbed them “Bella Blankies” after me, and my Facebook furrends really loved them. They are not sold, but anypawdy that makes a donation to SCPR can ask for one and Mommy will send it as her thanks for helping support SCPR. The donations pay for spay/neuter, microchipping, vet checks and treatment where it is necessary, vaccinations, dental care, and sometimes even life-saving surgeries. People from all over the world have Bella Blankies now: in Australia, Norway, France, Canada, England and Scotland too! Beginning with the very first Bella Blankie in July 2010, we are proud to have recently sent the *drumroll please* 500th Bella Blankie to my furrend Theodore. Here is Theodore celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of his adoption:
So if you are asking what any of this has to do with Synergy? Synergy is what you get when the whole is more than the sum of its parts. After all, it is just two pieces of fleece; but when they are sewn together with love and the hope that the lives of more dogs will be saved and placed into homes, it officially becomes a Bella Blankie.
And there, my furrends, you have it.