Dogs wear their hearts on their sleeves, give us their unswerving loyalty, companionship and joy, and teach us how to love. Now New Zealand dog owners have a chance to give something back via a new blog called A Letter to My Dog (<a href="http://www.alettertomydog.co.nz">www.alettertomydog.co.nz</a>).
The newly launched blog is a home-grown version of a popular US site and is supported locally by Whitcoulls and Paw Justice. It allows proud canine owners to express what their four legged friend really means to them.
Owners across the country are encouraged to submit a letter to their pooch, along with their favourite photo of the dog. Exceptional letter writers and their canine recipients will be contacted for inclusion in a book of the same title, which will be sold exclusively through Whitcoulls stores later this year.
Whitcoulls is thrilled to be involved in a project which celebrates a relationship so meaningful to many of their customers, and enables them to have the chance to contribute from the very beginning.
The book and blog are part of an international undertaking and the book will include letters from the US version of the project, which was developed by renowned photographer Robin Layton. The American letters include a range of everyday people alongside celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Hilary Duff.
A contribution from the proceeds of the book will go to Paw Justice to help the charitable organisation continue its work against animal cruelty.
"A dog is the only thing on this earth that loves you more than he loves himself," says Craig Dunn, co-founder of Paw Justice Charitable Trust. "Every day, New Zealanders get to experience the joys of dog ownership. Paw Justice is incredibly proud to be a part of a project which lets New Zealanders share their incredible experiences, and the love that their dogs bring to their daily lives."
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