Cre­ate Change: These Dog Toys Give Back!

These toys, col­lars, and tees give back!

Modern Dog - - CONTENTS - By Laura Den­nis

There are 4.5 mil­lion or­phans in Ethiopia. Each and ev­ery one of these awesome prod­ucts for dogs and their peo­ple pro­vides two meals for these dis­ad­van­taged kids.

When Josh Allen spent time in ru­ral Ethiopia as part of a mis­sion trip with his church, he didn’t ex­pect it would in­spire him to launch a new per­sonal ini­tia­tive—but that’s ex­actly what hap­pened. While on that trip, Josh spent a day with an or­ga­ni­za­tion called Bring Love In (bringlove.in). B.L.I. pairs up “un­adopt­able” or­phans from Ethiopian gov­ern­ment or­phan­ages with local wid­ows that have lost their kids and families, yet still de­sire to be moms. B.L.I. le­gally adopts the kids and pairs them up with the “moms” to cre­ate fam­ily units lo­cally in Ad­dis Ab­baba, Ethiopia’s cap­i­tal city. Josh came away “re­ally im­pressed” with the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the way they were “help­ing lo­cally, in their culture, set­ting the or­phans up for fu­ture suc­cess from ‘the in­side out’ rather than as­sert­ing more for­eign ‘aid’ and culture from places like the USA.” Upon re­turn­ing from the trip, Josh felt called to do more. He hap­pens to be the owner of an all-nat­u­ral pet sup­ply bou­tique in Mon­tana called Dee-O-Gee, so he de­cided to use his knowl­edge of the pet in­dus­try to de­velop a line of toys that would help. Through a part­ner­ship with Bring Love In, Josh do­nates a per­cent­age of his sales to of­fer nu­tri­tional aid for the wid­ows and or­phans. This ini­tial line of toys has grown into WO De­sign (wode­sign.com), through which he of­fers awesome toys and col­lars, as well as tees for peo­ple, all which sup­port Bring Love In. “The W is for wid­ows and the O is for or­phans,” Josh ex­plains. “Each prod­uct WO sells has a tan­gi­ble ‘give back’ as­so­ci­ated with it. We've started with pro­vid­ing meals—home cooked food for the or­phaned kids—and to date we've funded over 15,000 meals for or­phaned chil­dren and wid­ows.”

The good­ness doesn’t stop there. WO De­sign also en­cour­ages cus­tomers to par­tic­i­pate in their toy-re­cy­cling pro­gram. While the prod­ucts are de­signed to give years of fun (throw it, float it, re­cy­cle it, love it!), when your dog is done with them you can send them back to WO to be re­cy­cled into new toys in­stead of adding to land­fills. Start to fin­ish, WO De­sign is all good.

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