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Blog The Change – Why Bother Indeed!

Blog the Change
I’ll be honest. I had forgotten about Blog The Change For Animals. I had forgotten that today, January 15th, was the day to blog about something that mattered to me. So, when I saw that others had already posted their blogs sharing their Blog The Change topic, I felt guilty. I have so many other things I need to get done today. “I guess I’ll just miss another one of these Blog The Change For Animals deadlines”, I thought. (sigh)

But, then I saw Karen’s blog post “Blog The Change For Animals – Why Bother?” out on Twitter and decided to read it. Wow. Powerful stuff. Yup. There are times when I feel the same way. Why bother? What good does it do to blog when people will still continue to treat pets like commodities? Or, to buy pets on the spur of the moment and later discard them with such ease, like they just bought a purse, instead of a living breathing thing? It can be so frustrating.

The truth is that sometimes it’s easier not to care or to even try, but I know personally of several people who did change after reading one of my blog posts (e.g., A Letter from a Shelter Manager). So change can happen. It just takes perseverance, time… and patience. Lots of it.

I recently had a fellow volunteer from our animal shelter (the one that closed down on December 31st, 2010) ask all of us volunteers this question “If you were to write a mission statement about yourself (in regards to animal rescue) – what would it be?” Hmmm…. What a great question. Since our shelter closed, I have been floundering around trying to decide what to do next. I’ve been exploring rescue groups, looking at volunteering at other shelters, etc. but nothing has quite appealed to me… except one. Here is my response, “Fighting puppy mills and rehabbing puppy mill dogs.”

So today, I am going to do something I’ve never done before I’m going to move beyond blogging the change and go out and do something I have been wanting to do for some time. Protest at a Petland Store. If you would like to join me, please do so. Here is the information. From what I hear, they are peaceful and focus on informing folks vs. confronting them.

After that, I am going to start focusing on my “blood pup” campaign. I’ll write about it, promote it, and do whatever I can to educate folks on puppy mills and the dogs they buy from pet stores, this includes online pet stores.

Change doesn’t happen unless all of us get involved – and I’m not just talking about animals either. Everyone has a cause or issue that they are passionate about. How often do they take action on that issue? What do they actually DO besides talk about it to their friends and family about it? Maybe today should be a BE THE CHANGE kind of day. A day when each one of us does one thing to help our cause. What do you think? Are you in?

My Blog The Change for Animals happened after all. Thanks Karen! You motivated me!


I did it! I made it to my first Petland Protest! I am so glad I did too. I met some terrific people, including a woman who has a puppy mill dog of her own. As luck would have it, the mall security, where the Petland is located in St Paul, won’t let the group protest on the property. They delegated us to the huge snowbanks in front of the mall. I think the joke was on them though because we actually were more visible to incoming and outgoing traffic since we were elevated and so close to the road. Thanks Mall Security! We had over 50 people honk, wave or give the thumbs up sign and we educated one woman who stopped to ask questions. We might have frozen are arse’s off, but I feel good doing it. Next month, Shakopee!
Here’s a few pics from our protest.

Here’s a few pics from our protest today.

  1. January 15, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Good for you Mel! Kudos for going the extra mile.

    Just saying that we shouldn’t think that blogging is not helping, not moving anthing. It is. But I hear you. What you said reminded me about the speech of a the leader of the new political party in Denmark. A party that started as a movement against the BSL that was enforced in this country. I visited the local shelter where he held a speech. He said “What is wrong with us Danes? We are outraged about the BSL! What do we do? we start a Faceboog fan page. And when we have x thousands “fans” we are happy, we did something about it. But I ask you, what did we actually DO?”

    What you are both warning us against (and Karen) is a future where we think just “liking” or “tweeting” about something is enough. The DO-ing maybe starts there, but we shouldn’t leave it with that.

    • Mel
      January 16, 2011 at 6:36 AM

      I couldn’t have said it better Leo. Blogging is good and it does have power, but doing is good too. I don’t want to discourage people from blogging for the change; just encourage them to do more.

  2. January 15, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Good for you for turning your sense of futility into action — and for such a terrific cause.

    This was a very eloquent post, Mel, and I’m glad you decided it was worth taking part in Blog the Change after all.

    • Mel
      January 16, 2011 at 6:33 AM

      Thanks Edie. I’m laughing about the eloquent post because I didn’t schedule it. Go figure! It just came pouring out of me. Ha! I guess sometimes schedule doesn’t matter! 🙂

  3. January 15, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Good for you, Mel. You are an inspiration! Like Edie, I’m glad you decided Blog the Change was worth taking part.

    • Mel
      January 16, 2011 at 6:34 AM

      Thank you Lorie. I really wasn’t going to go to the protest until I saw Karen’s post, so I have her to thank. I knew it was today and was ready to make all the excuses, but her words moved me.

  4. January 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Great post Mel. I admire you for moving from your blog to the pavement to take action.

    • Mel
      January 16, 2011 at 6:32 AM

      Thank you Deborah. I like that, moving my “blog to the pavement”. Glad I did it.

      • January 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM

        Congratulations on a protest well done! Thanks for writing the update.

  5. January 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Good for you! Be the Change, exactly. Unless we are actively going out there and being the change we want to see in our communities, it is impossible to expect others, who don’t care as passionately, to do the same. I am glad you took the time to write this. I find these posts so inspirational – the fire I think I needed underneath me to stop just yakking and start doing.

    • Mel
      January 16, 2011 at 6:31 AM

      Thanks Kristine! It was really cold, but I am so glad I went. Met some really nice people. Will be going again in February.

  6. January 16, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    I so pleased that I inspired you to write this post AND attend a rally! I suppose that we can both thank Kristine, since without her post, I never would have written mine.

    • Mel
      January 17, 2011 at 4:31 AM

      Good point! I think I’ll go over and thank her now! Thanks for writing such an honest and blunt piece! It got me out there and doing something!

  7. January 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    We like your story and are happy you got to do a protest! Our Mama explained to us that sometimes the Internet (things like Facebook, blogging, Twitter) can be sort of a step up to doing. For instance sometimes Mama might be afraid to go to some places, but if she learns about them on the Internet, she feels better. And maybe a lot of people would be afraid to try to make a change in the world, but if they read in blogs about what others are doing, they will feel good enough to try it themselves! Well done!

    • Mel
      January 17, 2011 at 4:30 AM

      Trixie, Lily and Sammy-Joe – I completely understand how your mama feels. I am not a rabble-rouser or the first to go protest, but Karen’s post moved me and I needed to feel like I was doing something. Anything. Thank you for stopping by and sharing!

  8. January 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Mel, thanks for writing this–Karen inspired many of us after we read her post. I can certainly understand how one can get burned out. But I love your “blood pup” campaign, and am so glad you are an activist for animals. Protesting Petland is a big step, IMHO.

    • Mel
      January 17, 2011 at 4:28 AM

      Thanks Hilary. I actually was feeling a lot like Karen, so when I read her post it hit me… hard. I realized that I was one of THOSE people who talk about my cause, but hadn’t done much more than write about it. I’m not saying everyone needs to do what I did, but I know I needed to do something. Otherwise, I am part of the problem. Thanks for support on the “blood pup” campaign. Still working out some ideas.

  9. January 17, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    Hey Mel, I was so happy to see that you decided to attend a Petland protest and that you were inspired by our fellow blogger Karen, who was in turn inspired by Kristine – what a great turnaround! I was wondering how you were feeling about things now that your volunteering came to a close with the shelter shut down. Hard place to be. But look what amazing things are filling that space:) Great post!

  10. January 17, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    Happy to hear your reaction to Karen’s post – we all feel that way sometimes, but it’s way too important to stick to our guns and keep working toward better welfare of our furry friends! That is great you protested at Petland, we have one here and talk about a place that irks me to no end…!! Kudos to you, keep up the important work!

    • Mel
      January 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM

      Thanks CindyLu. I will be continuing with my protests. As the owner of a puppy mill dog, this issue is near and dear to my heart. I want to see all puppy mills closed down.

  11. January 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Crikey! We FORGOT too! Thanks for this reminder, though. And thanks for sharing your own change with us. We’re inspired!

    The Road Dogs

    • Mel
      January 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      Thanks Road Dogs!

  12. January 19, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Mel, you’re my hero! Seriously – you’re awesome.

    • Mel
      January 19, 2011 at 7:54 AM

      Thanks Pup Fan, but I fear I am much less than a hero. Just motivated by emotions and words that touch me. Thank though!

  13. January 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    That is amazing Mel- GOOD FOR YOU!

    I don’t know what else to say other than that it is SO GREAT to put yourself out there like that. Well done 🙂

    (and… I had forgotten until Friday too! Ack! :))

  14. January 20, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Thank you, Mel! I have always been so frustrated by the people who go into pet shops to buy dogs (and cats, as well) and not go to a shelter, pound or other place to get the perfect pet for their home! But, like you, had never physically done anything…and now seeing you “protest” has given me the courage and the “kick in the butt” that I need to do this as well…again, thank you!

    • Mel
      January 21, 2011 at 4:13 AM

      Wow. Thanks Ginger. I’ve done small things to fight puppy mills, but until that protest I hadn’t done anything physically to fight them. Glad you were inspired, but I give full credit to Karen from Doggystylish and Kristine from Rescued Insanity for inspiring me.

  15. January 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM

    You made my day. This is EXACTLY what Blog the Change was meant to inspire. From now on I’m following your lead – rather than “raise awareness” by writing I’m going to get off my arse and do something and then write about that. Bravo, Mel.

    • Mel
      January 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      Wow. Thanks Amy! But, I have to say that I think the real credit goes to Karen at Doggy Stylish and Kristine at Rescued Insanity. They motivated me to get off MY duff!

  16. February 4, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    Hi! What a great post and reminder to go out and do, rather than just talk about it. Thanks for standing up against those awful puppy mills!

    (Can you believe I am still making my way through all of the Blog the Change posts from January? I hope to read all of them eventually)

    • Mel
      February 4, 2011 at 8:11 AM

      Donna – You put me to shame. Between the Pet Blogger Hop, Blog the Change and the Saturday Blog Hop (and work!), I finally acknowledged I would never have the time to read them all. Obviously if you can do it, so can i! Thanks for your kind words… and motivation!

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