Help Ben & Shannon, The Dog Spot Owners!
Ben Rickard and Shannon Rood, co-founders of The Dog Spot
in Boulder just lost everything in the flash flood that happened in the Denver/Boulder area on Sept 11th and 12th, 2013.
We are running this campaign to help Ben and Shannon offset some of their immediate expenses, like food, clothing, dog food, and rent (let's get them out of the Dog Spot building and into their own space with a kitchen!)
Their house, barn and 7-acre property are all completely flooded (will likely be a total loss), and they have lost all of their personal possessions. They left the property on the day of the flood with just the clothes on their back and their pets. Most likely, insurance will not cover any of their losses.
As owners of The Dog Spot, Ben and Shannon are exceptionally kind, caring, lovely members of the Boulder community, and they have cared for hundreds (probably even thousands) of dogs since they founded the business in 2004. They create such a warm and loving environment at their place of business that it is a joy to be a customer there (and to be a friend to Ben and Shannon).
At a time of great devastation and loss in Boulder, it's hard not to feel helpless. But there are families we can help, and people whose lives we can change for the better by providing some much-needed help, love and financial support. Please help if you can.
"An Open Letter to The Dog Spot community:
Shannon and I are at a loss for words, as all of you have rallied around us the past three weeks. What began as a sudden destruction of nearly everything we had has turned into something maybe not quite as tangible, but certainly something as valued - our renewed faith in each other and our continued amazement at the unselfish generosity of others. From twenty dollars given from a little girl's piggy bank, to an anonymous gift of $5,000 dollars - you have all given freely and generously. From free services, to volunteer work, to shelter, to countless cookies, treats, meals, gift cards, cash, checks, care packages from afar, hugs, tears, and words of encouragement, you have lifted us up, refusing to allow us to stay down."
As the water receded, and we began the process of digging out the unimaginable amount of mud, we uncovered many unexpected gifts that we will hold onto for a life time. Gifts in the form of hundreds of volunteers who have showed up to do the most difficult backbreaking, stink-infested work, to our new friends Kelly and Marco, who continue to come by on an almost daily basis to lift heavy boards and our heavy spirits. Our employees, who have seemingly dropped everything they had planned in their private lives, so that they could be here to take care of the one thing we had left, our business.
Finally, what began as a surprise donation link on our Dog Spot Facebook page has truly gone viral. With a beginning goal of $10,000, you have all doubled that amount! Donations from our customers, to complete strangers. Donations from locals, to all the way from Germany! We are grateful, and humbled beyond words.
Thank you "“ Ben and Shannon.
On the advice of some folks who have donated here, I'm going to go ahead and raise our goal number to $15,000. We raised $10,000 in under three days, so let's keep going!
Thanks again, all. :)