I was invited to participate in the Read with Max Blog Tour. Read with Max is trying to help raise funds for Leader Dogs for the Blind. You know service dogs who help people who are visually impaired or blind. What a great benefit it is for these individuals to have a dog who can help them get around and have some independence. Leader Dogs for the blind has trained over 13,500 clients from 39 countries to use a leader dog. (Even the person needs training!) I am sure most everyone has seen a service dog at one time or another and wanted to help. Well, this tour gives you that chance. Max's goal is to raise $40,000 which is approx. what it costs to raise and train one dog. Imagine if you or someone you loved needed a leader dog. You may make a contribution through Max's fundraising page.
Leader Dogs for the Blind has so many programs going on that are helping people gain an independence they could not have without their leader dogs. They even have a week long summer camp for 16-17 year olds. Each year over 270 people attend their 26 day residential training program to be paired with a guide dog. Thanks to donations from supporters their Guide Dog services are provided free of charge, including; room and board, and travel to and from their campus in Rochester Hills Michigan for students living in North America.
Another way to help would be to go vote on Max's video. A video made to promote the book Dogs Work Too has been selected to be in the Peoples 2011 Telly Award YouTube contest.
Those interested in helping Anthony and Max share the message of Leader Dogs for the Blind, are asked to visit and view their video at the YouTube Telly Award Website on http://www.youtube.com/
"We excited to share our video as well the story about Leader Dogs for the Blind. We created the video so children and adults understand the true value of sight and sound. Your vote supports of our efforts but especially the efforts of staff members, volunteers, parents, teachers, family and friends who often go unrecognized. Give us a "Thumbs Up" vote as a symbol of support to in an effort to help those that who are visually impaired or Blind," Majewski adds.
Maximus, aka Max, is a gorgeous looking English Labrador who shares events in his life through his books for children, which in turn helps them to relate to these situations. What child doesn't like reading about dogs? All of my children love dogs, and books about dogs. Max even has a coloring book!
Now, neighbors, I need your help to create a buzz about Max and Leader Dogs for the Blind. I will be receiving a copy of the book Dogs Work Too, that will be signed by Max with a paw print and personalized. I have decided to use my book to help create a stir by giving it away. So here is what you can do to help.
Here is what you need to do if you want a chance to win this book. (Only one winner)
1. Tweet about the giveaway, but please mention Max in the Tweet. Leave a comment here with the link. You may do this once daily.
2. Do a post on your Facebook page about Max and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Leave a comment here with the link.
3. Vote on the video http://www.youtube.com/
4. Make a contribution to Max's Fund Raising Page. Leave a comment letting me know you did this.
5. Purchase one of Max's books. Leave a comment to let me know that you did.
6. Leave a comment letting me know that you are following the blog tour.
One reader will be chosen from the entries using random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. The winner will need to supply an address (no PO Box and USA only) along with the name of the person they will be personalizing the book for.
Max and Leader Dogs for the Blind get a paws up!
And last but not least, here is the information on the Visa Contest:
Every blog participating in this blog tour will be given a Max Word for the Day, which will be in the blog post. All you need to do is visit each of the sites in order and put the words together to form a long sentence. (in order of the blogs) At the end of the tour the first two individuals to post the entire sentence will each win a $50 Visa card. Interested? Here is our Max word # 17:"Support".
There is so much that goes into the cost of a Leader Dog. Food, Toys, Vet Visits, Uniforms, Harness, Travel, Boarding,Hours of Training, Building Overhead, Staff overhead just to name a few. As little as $1.00 can help this self fund organization.
If you decide to donate you can help with with three options:
1. Purchase one of my books and I will donate part of the Proceeds to Leader Dog
2. You can place a donation on my First Giving Site www.firstgiving.com/leaderdogs
3. Tupperware agreed and put together a fundraising site for me where 40% of the sale is donated to Leader Dog for the Blind on items purchased through this online site. You can visit it here: http://buz.tw/Iouwd
ALL DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO LEADER DOG You also can have your children participate in helping. This is a great teaching lesson to educate children on the value of community and giving back to those in need.
Did you know:
Leader Dog is recognized as a “Best In America” Charity by the Independent Charities of America (ICA). Donations to Leader Dog for the Blind are Tax Deductable.
I be here all day visiting. Please leave comments and ask me questions. I be happy to bark a reply. Thank again.
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