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Published May 07, 2010, 12:00 AM

Rescue fund drive cranks up the cute for Mother's Day

Take one part flower, one part puppy dog, and mix in a little Mother’s Day sentiment. What do you get? One potent fundraising idea.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM

Take one part flower, one part puppy dog, and mix in a little Mother’s Day sentiment.

What do you get?

One potent fundraising idea.

At least, that’s what 4 Luv of Dog Rescue is hoping for.

The organization, which finds homes for unwanted animals in the Fargo-Moorhead area that might otherwise be put to sleep, is teaming with a Fargo business to sell puppy bouquets in the lead-up to Mother’s Day.

But the canine-themed floral arrangements would make a great gift for anyone, said Patty Petry, who volunteers for the rescue group and is helping with the fund drive.

Petry said the bouquets last for weeks and are made of white mums, “so it looks like a white terrier of some kind,” Petry said.

The idea for the fundraiser sprang from last fall, when a rescue volunteer who had seen a similar design suggested using it for a silent auction 4 Luv of Dog held in October.

The petal puppies were a hit, Petry said.

“People love ’em,” she said.

The bouquets are made for 4 Luv of Dog by Balloons, Etc. in Fargo, where designer Julie Howes fills orders.

“We all love dogs. They’re always there for you,” Howes said, explaining why the business teamed with 4 Luv of Dog.

The business charges $39.99 per bouquet, with $5 of that going to the fundraiser.

Customers can order the bouquets by phone and pick them up at the business at 1529 S. University Drive in Fargo.

The bouquets can be delivered for an extra $7.95.

Petry said the dog rescue organization relies on fundraisers to pay for things such as shots and boarding for dogs it accepts from pounds and homes that can no longer keep the animals.

“People that have fostered for the rescue or volunteer or have adopted from them support all the fundraisers. They know there are a lot of dogs in the F-M area that would be put down on a weekly basis,” Petry said.

(Would-be gift buyers, take note: Mother’s Day is Sunday).


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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