In a violent world where we see so much animal abuse every day, one little girl is making a difference in a positive way, bookmarks, to be exact.
Tegen Rhind a 7-year-old from Regina, Saskatchewan, was sad to learn about a local dog had been shot with an arrow and was in need of help. Tegan has two rescue dogs of her own and is a staunch supporter of rescuing and the #adoptdontshop movement. When we spoke with mother and daughter, they told us they have been active in foster and rescue programs.
Tegen, 7-years-old, with her dogs Archer (left) and Akeela (right)
Tegen has recently learned to sew from her mother Brie, and she had the idea to sell the bookmarks to raise money and contribute to Arrow’s medical fund at CC RezQs Regina.
The stray was found on someone’s back steps with an arrow through her back that just missed her spinal cord and was rescued by CC RezQs Regina. The Shepherd-Husky mix is now healing in a foster home and the rescue informed us that she is very loved, but will be made available for adoption once she is fully recovered. (That is, if her foster family doesn’t adopt her first!)
“I’ve never believed in not sharing things with [Tegen] for the fact that they might be too gruesome or whatnot, because that’s our society and she needs to know the world in which she’s growing up.”
She is mad at the person responsible for harming Arrow because it “was not nice,” and she wants to help “lots of dogs.” Tegen said she would like to be a dog trainer someday and it sounds like she would make a fantastic one with all that heart.
While Brie does most of the sewing, she says Tegen has a great eye for detail and does most of the pattern and color matching on the bookmarks. She even created some with a less floral appearance because “some boys probably don’t want flowers on their bookmarks.”
They have created as many as 38 in a full day, and after the overwhelming response, have met their goal of $1,000 for Arrow! Brie told us that she never expected such a response , they just wanted to help a dog in need.
A sample of the beautiful, hand-crafted bookmarks
The ladies are catching up on their current order of 68 bookmarks, but plan to make a few extra to sell at the March Madness Craft and Trade Sale on March 20th in Regina. CC RezQs Regina will also have a booth set up to educate people about adoption, fostering, and volunteering to help these dogs.
Stephanie Senger of the rescue told us that they feel very optimistic about the future of strays having kids like Tegen getting involved at such a young age. Tegen and Brie have sold their bookmarks, priced at $15 apiece, all over Canada. Los Angeles and even across the pond as far as Scotland! In addition, they’ve received donations as well.
Sadly, Tegen and Brie will be taking a break from making bookmarks so that Tegen can focus on her school work, but they look forward to picking up again during summer break. Brie is a very proud mama, stating:
“I think a lot of kids nowadays are very short-sighted in seeing the world… To see her seeing an issue in society and trying to help as much as she can, by doing what she can, makes me extremely proud of her.”
Tegen is very inspiring to us all that you can get involved at any age and make a difference in these dogs’ lives.
CC RezQs surprised Tegen at school with a special visit from Arrow
Be on the lookout for more bookmark sales to come by following “Bookmarks for Rescue Dogs” on Facebook. In the meantime, you can get involved by adopting, donating, and/or volunteering at your own local shelters. If you would like to donate to CC RezQs Regina to help Arrow and many other dogs like her, you can do so on their website here and be sure to follow them on Facebook as well!
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