Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Bodacious Biscuit Love Evolution - The Not-So-Etched-In-Granite Conclusion

If you're just tuning in, the past few posts have been about evolution and changes that we're embarking on. You can read the original post here. After almost 3 years of spreading the biscuit love, and doing everything else that we do, we're making some much needed changes. Change, for the most part, is good. These changes, for us, are positive and long overdue. The inspiration behind these changes were brought on by lots of good stuff and some not-so-good stuff. After weeks of putting everything on the table, dissecting what we do and what we've done, and a whole bunch of other stuff, we're giving Bodacious Biscuit Love a bit of a makeover in most areas.

And, if you've read all the posts about evolution and change, including this one, you'll notice I use the word "stuff" a lot. That word covers a lot of ground and I like it. 

1. Bodacious Raffle Baskets - We've already made changes in this area. You can update yourself here.

2. Shipping - Effective August 1 of 2016, we will no longer be shipping outside of Connecticut.

3. Display Locations - We're located in Plainfield. After having several displays in locations, for over a year, that were 30 minutes or more away, it proved to be too much. In addition, we're trying to stay closer to home. This applies to display locations and other areas as well. I'll get to that in a bit. We've already pulled our display from All Friends in Norwich and Grimm's Furry Tails in Ledyard. We currently have a display at the Plainfield Veterinary hospital and will be looking for a few more display locations in our immediate area.

4. Spreading Biscuit Love - In the past, we provided complimentary biscuit love to our local animal shelters and rescue groups and organizations. Effective August 1 of 2016, we will no longer provide complimentary biscuit love to rescue groups and organizations. Our focus is on the many local animal shelters here in Connecticut.

5. Our Community - There are people right here in our community who could use a helping hand. Maybe their hours at work were cut and they can't afford treats for their pups on any given week. Or, maybe they've fallen on hard times and need a helping hand for a month or two. It happens to all of us. When we hear of such happenings, we donate biscuits. As needed, we donate pet food too. We don't ask. We just do it. Since the beginning of this year, we've really taken notice and we want to help. As of now, we have a few ideas that include providing biscuit love and pet food to these families and putting aside one day a week where people can pick up these items. There are a couple of people who have food tables in our area for people in need. So, why not pet food and biscuits?

6. Holiday Pet Baskets - In the past, we've provided bags of biscuits to various organizations in other towns who put together and deliver Holiday Pet Baskets in their immediate town. It got us thinking. Why can't we do the same for people in our own town? More to come on that.

7. Beyond Biscuits - We'd like to start sewing up our Bodacious Blankets and Bandannas and creating packages for special pups in need in our area...especially around the holidays. Or, in the near future, to sell and use that money to buy blankets, towels and other supplies for our local shelters. If we can sell a handcrafted pup blanket and biscuit package for $30, that could buy 9 throw blankets or 5 throw blankets and a handful of cleaning supplies or ingredients to get them stocked up on biscuits. Again, more to come on that. We're still in the stage of planning.

8. We Want To Be A Trusted Resource - If someone is in need of homemade dog treats or a bag of pet food, we want people to feel comfortable enough to reach out to us. So far, we've been scattered. Some people in our immediate area know of us, but we want to plant our feet right here. This is who we are. This is what we do. If you need pet food or treats, we're not going to judge you. We all know what it's like to need a helping hand. Reach out and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

9. Our Bodacious Community And Beyond - To the incredible Animal Control Officers, the people in our Bodacious Community, the doctors and vet techs, the staff and volunteers at our local Connecticut animal shelters, the people in our community and beyond, who have worked with us, showed their support, and everything between, we will continue to nurture these relationships and connections. We will continue to provide, go above and beyond, and to support your efforts. We value each and every one of you and are grateful beyond words.

10. Our heart and soul will always back our passion. Lisa and I made a commitment years ago. We're dog moms to 3 incredible fur-kids. Our life revolves around them. We have gone without and made many sacrifices. As the saying goes, "Without my (fur) kids, my house would be clean, my wallet would be full, but my heart would be empty."

The other day I searched for something to wear that didn't have a peanut butter (oil) stain on it, holes from paws, muddy paw print stains, dog hair, etc., and I couldn't find anything. I was okay with that. More than okay with that.

Our mission hasn't changed. What we do hasn't changed. How we choose to spend our free time hasn't changed. And, it won't. The only thing that has changed is making sure we make the most of the funds and time that we do have available.

In the days, weeks, and months following this post, we will keep you informed of the great stuff that's happening. We're excited.

Stay tuned...

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