Traveling Dog Lady: GOOD + Purina ONE's Photo Challenge; and Cooper the Tripawd Hero

Saturday, August 10, 2013

GOOD + Purina ONE's Photo Challenge; and Cooper the Tripawd Hero

I'm posting this on behalf of the Picturing Pets Challenge 

There are just 4 days left for pet owners to share a photo of how their furry friend has changed their life and enter for a chance to benefit two pet shelters in GOOD ( and Purina ONE's Picturing Pets Photo Challenge. 

GOOD and Purina ONE have partnered to showcase our furry friends in order to change perceptions on shelter pets. The Picturing Pets Challenge ( calls on entrants to share a photo and story of their cat or dog that describes how they change our lives and the world we live in. The winning entrant will be featured on, receive a year's supply of Purina ONE dog food, and a $1500 donation in the winner's name to one of four pet shelters, among other rewards. 

The Picturing Pets photo challenge is open for submissions now until August 14th noon PST. 


Similarly, I wrote about Cooper on our blog on, in much the same way that GOOD and Purina ONE are asking entrants in the contest to write a story about their pet(s).  

Cooper is one of's featured "Tripawd Heroes" for the month of August, and boy are we thrilled!  Here's his picture at the head of Tripawd's Facebok page  

Not only that, but the other day (August 7th) was his one year "ampuversary" (um, that means it's been a year since his operation where they amputated his leg!); AND I purchased one of Tripawds' nifty, personalized "Tripawd Heroes" books to commemorate the occasion.  The personalized Tripawd Heroes book features [your pet -- in our case, Cooper] on a page in the book, with photos and a blurb about what makes him so special.  I needed help from the Tripawds people to shorten my story, as there is just way too much that makes THIS hound special!!

Enter the contest with GOOD and Purina ONE, you just might win a year's supply of Purina ONE dog food, a $1500 donation to a shelter, or something else.

Here is the official press release about this partnership/contest:

Purina ONE® and GOOD Team Up To Benefit Pet Shelters With New Photo Challenge

Purina Picturing Pets Challenge Encourages Pet Owners Nationwide To Share Their Inspiring Pet Story For A Chance To Win Purina ONE®Brand Pet Food And A Donation To A Shelter

LOS ANGELES -- The key to helping shelter pets find homes isn't about pity--it's about changing perceptions. Purina ONE® and GOOD have teamed up to launch the Purina Picturing Pets Challenge to highlight how pets inspire and change lives, making the world a better place one home at a time. 

Beginning now until August 14, proud owners can go to and share an inspiring story that celebrates the simple, everyday things that pets do to make our world a better place. The winning entrant will receive the following: be featured on; win a year’s supply of Purina ONE brand pet food; have a donation made on their behalf that will enable professional photographer Nanette Martin to conduct a pet photo shoot and photography training session at a shelter, helping to facilitate adoptions by revealing shelter pets’ true beauty and personality. In addition, the winner will choose one of four pet shelters to receive a $1,500 donation on his/her behalf. 

“Every pet picture tells an important story, and every pet deserves the chance to tell their story and change someone’s life. With the rising number of homeless pets worldwide, we are proud to partner with GOOD to celebrate the difference that shelter pets have made in people’s lives and showcase their beauty,” said Christina Schneider, Assistant Brand Manager, Purina ONE.

The Purina Picturing Pets Maker Challenge aims to shift current and often misleading perceptions surrounding shelters that ultimately leave many pets homeless. This Challenge leverages the power of stories to make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners.

“As the proud owner of two dogs, I have enjoyed our partnership with Purina ONE,” said Jay Ku, Head of Partnerships, GOOD. “And now we’re going to direct a ton of attention on these shelter pets and hopefully drive adoptions. The more people who are connected to their community with pets, the better off we all are, and this partnership with Purina ONE is a great way to make this kind of progress.” 

To enter the Challenge, participants submit an inspiring story that celebrates the simple things pets do to make the world a better place. Submissions, accepted at between July 31 and August 14, will be followed by a public voting period, September 3 to September 17. The winner will then be announced around October 1.

In 2012, Purina ONE® and GOOD began their partnership to create the GOOD Pets Hub on to change perceptions around shelter pets. The editorial hub has since expanded to include personal stories, shelter appraisals, revolutionary ideas, infographics and community challenges called GOOD Maker challenges. 

About Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Purina ONE® brand dog and cat food is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, one of the leading global players in the pet care industry.  Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The company has provided more than $30 million dollars in support to organizations nationally. By supporting their partners in animal welfare, Purina® assists in providing care and adoption for more than 2.2 million pets annually. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A. -- the world's largest food company. For more, visit

About GOOD
GOOD is a global community of people who give a damn, and is a social platform where community members can connect with the best ideas and tools for progress, like GOOD Maker, an online grantmaking platform. GOOD Local brings the collaboration and efforts of the community to life in person at a local level, and GOOD Magazine is a quarterly publication that reflects the activity and impact the community creates. GOOD/Corps partners with member companies and organizations to align their social impact efforts with organizational success. To learn more, visit

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