If you’ve been paying any attention, you’ve realized that I volunteer with an animal rescue group. Or maybe I’m a crazy dog person. That could be partially accurate as well. The group I volunteer and foster with is Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue, located in both Ohio and NYC and founded by a dear friend of mine. I’ve been fostering for two years now, and have volunteered with the organization since the first year running. I’ve learned more about the business of dogs in those handful of years than my entire run as a dog owner, and unfortunately, more about the absolute dreadful nature of what humans are capable of in these past few years. I’ve seen dogs rescued from dire situations and have complete transformations after spending time in a loving foster home. And I’ve learned that people will dump their pets for a variety of stupid reasons. (I get legitimate reasons for needing to re-home a pet, but the amount of pure stupid people who do zero research before adopting an animal and then are “forced” to give up the animal because of their own stupidity is mind-blowing.)
Enough about stupid people…this post is about awesome people doing awesome things. Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz (www.mikeruiz.com) donated his time and his talent to produce a calendar to benefit Louie’s Legacy featuring adoptable dogs from the rescue paired up with male fitness models. And the male models are not wearing shirts.
Much to my boys’ dismay, I was one of the first pre-orders – gotta support the organization, after all. I prefer my men a little more geeky and maybe with a sword in hand, but I’m not going to refuse to look at this every month. 100% of the profits go directly to Louie’s Legacy, allowing more dogs and cats to be rescued. The rescue has taken a hit this year with the amount of medical emergencies in the animals pulled this year, so this project is here at the perfect time. To buy a calendar, visit http://www.louieslegacy.org/calendar/. (Hey, that’s a nice looking web page right there. I bet a really awesome web developer pulled that one together. #shamelessplug)