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Frankie’s Fund Is a Huge Success!

I’m generally a glass-half-empty type of person. But meeting half a goal of $5,000 — I chose that amount because why not shoot for the moon? — means that, with the help of many wonderful people who donated, wrote about, or shared my posts about Frankie’s Fund, I raised nearly more than $2,500 $3,000 to help senior dogs die with dignity, in comfort, feeling loved.

Olimometer 2.52
Goal: $3128
Left to Raise: $50


My heart is far more than half full with gratitude.  It’s brimming over into my eyes, in fact.

Thank you.

By the end of next week, I should be able to reveal the organization that will receive the funds through a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization.  Over time, I also hope to track the dogs that are helped by the grant, and share their stories with you.

But in the meantime, I just wanted to express my gratitude to you all for helping me to honor Frankie’s memory. Frankie may not have been especially altruistic but, like all public figures, he approved of charitable giving as a way to burnish his image.

As for the thermometer, which some of you might have noticed looks a little different than it did originally…In the last year of Frankie’s life, I often adjusted my idea of what constituted success to accommodate his advancing age. I was pleased when he played with his squeaky carrot for half a minute, for example, no longer expecting him to chase it until I got tired, and praised him accordingly. So let’s just say that, in tribute to senior dogs and their successes, I adjusted the goal of Frankie’s Fund accordingly.

Good donors, good donors!

Update: Another donation just came in — there is no cutoff date — raising the total above $2,500. Hurrah!

Update 2. Wow. Just wow. Someone just donated $500, raising the total to more than $3,000. I adjusted the thermometer accordingly. This is one case where moving the goal posts has proved to be a good thing.

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14 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    And thank YOU for starting this great fund on Frankie’s behalf. You were proactive and make a big difference in so many lives through all you do.

  2. Rebecca Boren
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Woof! It will only get better from here! What is the longterm plan for the Fund? An annual disbursement, or?

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted January 4, 2014 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      I believe it will be disbursed as a one-time grant that will be used for an appropriate hospice program (or a term I read recently “fospice” — as in foster hospice). I am hoping that I will hear about all the dogs who benefit from the funds — that was my request, in any case.

  3. Posted January 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Wow, pretty amazing fund-raise. I think you have got to do it again next year. Whichever organization/program you pass along the funds to will be over the moon.

  4. Posted January 5, 2014 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Congrats Edie, with this fabulous result. It will definitely have a huge impact for some dogs in need out there indeed, with that amount. Makes me happy to think about that.

  5. Rebecca Boren
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Frankie’s Fund definitely needs to be an ongoing affair. You have just started to educate people about the needs of homeless senior dogs and to train them to donate to the Fund. Why stop now? I tried to think of a cute dog training metaphor, but I guess I am in a literal frame of mind right now. Frankie’s Fund could be a great annual campaign, giving people an opportunity to do something useful with our anger and frustration over the fact that the holiday session is also prime time for dumping senior dogs at shelters.

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted January 5, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

      Good point! And literal is good (all that comes to mind is “jump through hoops” metaphors, not what one looks for in talking about donating…).

  6. Posted January 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    What a wonderful New Year surprise!! I am so glad you adjusted your perception of success in this. Raising money for any cause is not that easy, and you’ve done a great job in a very short amount of time! Hearty congratulations to you and “Frankie power” and the lucky dog(s) who get a special sendoff 😀

  7. Posted January 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Hooray for Frankie’s Fund and any rescue who benefits. I second (third?) an annual campaign in Frankie’s name.

    Weather permitting, I’m bringing in a 12-14 y/o Beagle/Rat Terrier mix on Saturday from a wonderful shelter south of me. They’ve worked hard to keep him alive and finally found the formula – love and grain free food. He’ll come as a permanent resident to Silverwalk Hounds; won’t be listed for adoption. Some dogs just need to stay.

    Congratulations – and certainly, this year will be better though still bittersweet.

  8. Posted January 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    This is wonderful news, Edie!! Makes me feel good that maybe, just maybe, the combination of my own donation and all the sharing I did of your posts about the fund will a mutually have a beneficial impact for at least one dog.

    I agree wholeheartedly that the fund needs to be an annual one…I know I’ll donate again next year given the opportunity. Or, maybe just keep it open-ended so that people who can’t really afford to give during the holidays can do so during the spring, summer or fall when their finances aren’t quite so stretched.

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted January 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      There is no question that your donation and your sharing will help at least one dog — and likely many more. And I will definitely keep the fund open ended. Just as I was typing the answer to your comment, another donation came in. Wow!

  9. Posted January 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    That’s fantastic, Edie! What you’ve been able to do for Grey Muzzle is just wonderful and a beautiful legacy to Frankie.

  10. Posted January 11, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Hi Edie –
    I am a pretty new dog blogger and, through Kimberly Gauthier’s blog, learned about the Pet Blogger’s Challenge, you and Amy and, now, of Frankie’s passing. I’m so sorry. I’ve been there, losing a senior pet, too, and it’s really hard. Thoughts are with you. I’d like to donate to Frankie’s Fund.
    I’d also like to participate in the PetBloggersChallenge next year. Please add me to your bloghop opps.
    Nice to “meet” you and hope to meet you in person, maybe at BlogPaws this year.
    Jody

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted January 11, 2014 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      Jody, thank you so much for your empathy and donation to Frankie’s Fund. It is greatly appreciated!

      As for the Pet Blogger’s Challenge — that’s open to everyone. We announce it on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and who knows what else Amy is on top of; I’m a bit less tech savvy…. So just stay tuned. But it’s always been on January 10 and I see no reason for that to change.

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