National Puppy Day – March 23, 2015

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Today is National Puppy Day, a day to bring awareness about puppy mills and available, adoptable animals at shelters and rescues looking for their very own loving forever homes.

The MEGI family has seen many puppies come through our homes and families, living happily through their golden years.

Last year, we took in a stray dog in hopes of finding her owner or a new home of her very own. The weather was turning cold and we just couldn’t imagine her trying to find a warm place to sleep on a vacant property.

We named her Pinky Lee and much like many dogs on our road and in our family, she just showed up outside our gate and never left. The previous property owners and neighbors have all had to deal with animals being dumped on our road for many, many years.

The dogs we didn’t keep got taken to rescues and found their families. Pinky Lee should have been one of those dogs, but she came with nine puppies that entered the world just a month after we took her in.

Nine puppies, five girls and four boys that are now almost 6 months old. As we search for homes for these puppies, we want to remind you when you are looking for your furry forever family member, visit your local shelter or contact a local rescue. The most adorable little faces are there waiting for homes – even a few older ‘puppies’ that deserve a chance to be loved as well.

Here’s a few of the Pinky Lee Nine to help celebrate National Puppy Day and let’s hope that all the puppies, and older dogs, get their loving families sooner than later. ~ Christine

 

 

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: From Ripon, Wisconsin Press – Melissa Survives Fatal Auto Accident, Gets Inspired By Bret  At Oprah’s Lifeclass

Click here to read more about Melissa’s story, how the accident and meeting Bret changed her life outlook.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bret Meets Some Awesome Diabetic Children @ Effingham, IL Birthday Bash!

Check of these great photos from Bret’s birthday bash last night in Effingham, IL where Bret took time to meet, take photos with and sign autographs for some really awesome diabetic children. As a lifelong type 1 diabetic himself, Bret was honored to meet these great children and young adults who have a positive attitude about living with diabetes. You rock! – Team Bret


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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Our Friend Jaxton, Inspiring Heart To Fight Batten Disease

Check out our awesome friend Jaxton who loved this heart all the way from a Bret Michaels fan in Alabama. He did his best to look the part while showing it off! To learn more about Jaxton, his fight against Batten Disease and how you can send him a heart, please click HERE.Jaxton team Bret

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bret Meets Local Tulsa, Oklahoma Diabetes Children

Tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma Bret Michaels rocked an awesome, record breaking crowd where he met with local children living with diabetes. Michaels, who himself is a lifelong, type 1 diabetic since the age of 6, took time to talk to the children about the importance of good diet, exercise and managing their diabetes. Bret founded his own Life Rocks Foundation that sends children with diabetes to summer camp each year.

– Team Bret

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Breast Cancer Can Stick It Thanks Bret For Helping Fight The Fight

Thanks Bret for always supporting BreastCancerCanStickIt.org

Great seeing you in Tyler, TX – Scott

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: 93.5 The Mix & KWWL-TV would like to introduce you to Jax

93.5 The Mix and KWWL-TV would like to introduce you to Jax.

7 year old Jaxton’s favorite character is the Grinch, but he’s far from him. He started doing acts of kindness around his community and school in exchange for paper hearts. Every time he shows an act of kindness, he places a heart on his wall to watch the Grinch’s heart grow. Whether it’s giving a hug or donating, he has created a ripple effect.

His teacher Ashley said, “Within the school there has been hundreds of kids who have done acts of kindness and they put their hearts on the wall and it has just continued to grow.” Jaxton cannot see the hearts though, he is blind.

About a year ago he was diagnosed with Batten Disease, which is a rare, inherited disease of the nervous system which is fatal.

In a recent interview with KWWL-TV, his mother Tina said, “We want to do what we can while we can because we know this disease is progressive, but he is laughing. Everybody should be able to laugh and do things and appreciate things.”

He may not be able to see the reactions from his givings, but his reward? Hearing people laugh.

Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see and in that sense, Jax can see it, but most importantly he feels it.

Tina said,”It’s not about us. It is that people are doing things for others and then giving the hearts to him so he can feel it. He doesn’t know what a random act is, he just knows he is creating a lot of hearts and a lot of smiles.”

Just like the Grinch’s heart that grew, so are Jaxton’s hearts. A beautiful way to see the powerful of kindness.

Now meet Anthony, a 5th grader from Cedar Falls, Iowa. He saw Jaxton’s story on KWWL-TV and wanted to get involved. He approached his principal at Lincoln Elementary with the idea to send Jax hearts. Anthony delivered over 300 hearts from staff and students! Anthony, YOU ROCK!

How awesome would it be for Jax to get hearts from all over the world and from an awesome rockstar with a HUGE heart? Please send hearts to:

Orange Elementary

6028 Kimball Ave.

Waterloo, IA 50701-9043

Thank you!

Teri Lynn
93.5 The Mix

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Mother & Daughter Bond At Bret Michaels True Grit Concert

The last year has been one of the hardest that I have dealt with, which is saying a lot if you know what I have been through.

I am a single mother (more of less) to 5 beautiful children. When I was divorced in 2010 my ex-husband and father of my oldest 3 moved back to Texas from Illinois. He has since seen our children TWICE. My boyfriend and I have 2 children together as well. However, we do not live together due to behavior problems of my oldest children.

My mother is my salvation when it comes to my children. She is there whenever I need her, whether its to vent, cry to, or to watch my kids. She is only 54 and has had MAJOR health issues. In May of 2014 I almost lost her during what was supposed to be a “routine” angiogram. This was probably close to her tenth, and she already had received numerous stints. This angiogram did NOT go as planned. There was a rupture and she began bleeding out. The massive amount of blood then caused her heart to more of less collapse. I received the call at work for the hospital that there was a critical situation and I was needed at the hospital immediately. I was rushed into a room where a social worker began to ask me if I was aware of my mother’s final wishes. Once the doctor came in I was advised that they wanted to fly her out but that they needed her stabilized first. I was allowed to see her at that point. They took me into the surgical operating room where my mother was still lying on the table. She was on a ventilator and her chest was still open because they would need to remove more blood/fluid before they could fly her. They allowed me in to say my goodbyes.

She was finally flown out to a hospital that could provide her with the care that she needed. I spent my 29th birthday by her bed side trying to envision my life and my children’s life without her. She truly is the only person I can completely count on to be there. My father passed away in 1999. My mom is the only grandparent that my children have. She means everything to them.

Miraculously, my mother did pull through.

Being that I have 5 children, every dime I have goes to them and bills (which still isn’t enough). But when I discovered that Bret would be performing at the Wild Rose Casino in Clinton, Iowa, I knew that that I had to go. I was able to put together enough money to buy tickets to take my mom. Honestly, we never have the opportunity to do anything together. Money truly limits me and if I am able to do anything, which is rare, my mom is the babysitter.

When I told her that I had gotten us tickets and was able to line up a babysitter, the sound of her voice made everything worth it. I was finally able to do something for her. I know that one concert isn’t enough to show my gratitude, appreciation, and love I have for my mother but it was something.

We were right up front and had the night of our lives. When I held up my military picture Bret actually held my hand and pointed to me. My mom was so excited. And after the concert, I was able to get the shirt that he had worn and it was autographed.

I wanted to thank Bret from the bottom of my heart for giving my mother and I a night we will never forget.

I don’t know how much longer I’ll have my mother as her health continues to deteriorate, but that night is something I will always remember and cherish. Thank you!

– Jennifer

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Breast Cancer Can Stick It

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I met Bret Michaels in Texas and talk to him about Breast Cancer Can Stick It, an organization founded by April Samuels who is a breast cancer survior herself and professional drummer. I want to thank Bret for his love and support with wanting to help others. I am happy to bring knowledge of this organization to Bret’s attention in order to reach out and spread awareness to help people in the fight against breast cancer.

Thank you for your time and support in helping other Bret!

– Scott Shoemaker

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TeamBretMichaels.com Pet Rescue Story

I started rescue one day when I passed by a convenient store that was closed for the night and saw several litters of kittens searching for food. I spent the next month trying to catch these wild kittens, getting them healthy, socializing them and finally, finding them all new homes. Last check to make sure I didn’t miss a kitten, I found another litter….so I had to repeat the process. Then I noticed how quickly the feral cats kept reproducing. I have to thank PETSMART Charities for giving a grant to my local spay/neuter clinic to cover the cost of several of the spays and neuters. After that colony of cats was under control, I moved on to several other colonies and repeated my efforts several times, encountering many very sick or orphaned kittens…staying up day and night with many of them. Then family members started depending on me to help them, next my local vet clinics called on me for help also, not only with cats and kittens, but dogs and puppies too. My vet was very supportive in giving discounts for my rescue efforts. While at the vet one day, someone brought in two, 2 day old squirrels. The person was desperate to help them, but didn’t have the time to bottle feed every 2 hrs. My first attempt at small wildlife was successful! I then rescued rabbits, shrews, and chipmunks. After that, I began to do foster care for my local shelters. As of today, I have rescued about 280 cats and kittens, 65 dogs and puppies, 2 baby rabbits, 2 chipmunks, 3 shrews, and 6 baby squirrels. I’ve done rescue for 5 yrs. I’m now studying to do ultrasounds, but plan to be able to carry my knowledge to the animals, of course.

R. Jama’l Rawls

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