Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, my grandaughter Gabriela Rugaas Vlad passed away in 2016 at the age of 24. To honour my granddaughter’s name and life I want to do something that will help increase the use of harnesses.
Gabriela was always handing out educational brochures about the dangers of collars to all she saw using collars on their dogs. With a big smile she handed them brochures and let them read, and after years of doing this on all her walks around the city, the results started to show. More and more people started to use harnesses, pet stores had the brochures lying around for people to pick up for free. I admired her so much for this, it was such a sweet and lovely way of doing it, and I want to keep up the work she started.
With the help of others, I have created “Gabriela’s Way” so that her work will be continued and her legacy will live on. Thank you so much to Nelis Verhoeven and Calming Signs in Netherlands who gave away one harness for every certain number they sold, and ended up giving away many all together. Others also donated harness in smaller scales, but just as welcome.
At Hundeland we have given away douzins of harnesses, lend them out and always make sure that dogs wear a harness if they are here on the premises. Collars not allowed ! We also use harnesses as prizes when we have some contests - like photo contests or other.
Since Gabriela started the trend of using harnesses in the town I now live in, we check regularly how the situation is. Recently we counted all the dogs we saw in one day around town, and how many used harnesses. To Our surprise it was 100 % - all the dogs we saw wore a harness !
What a good feeling that was ! It made me so happy.
We will continue Our work and hope you also do, for the benefit of dogs. And maybe you could send a thought to Gabriela, who have inspired us so much in promotion of harnesses, With her Sweet and lovely ways of doing it.
One of the last pictures taken of my beloved Kenzie, with the harness given to him by Calming Signs, Netherlands, He got the very first harness with his name on, in that colour, which was new, and with the message that for every 25 harnesses they sold in that colour, one should be given away to some dog who needed it. Till today they have given away 20-30 harnesses ! (do not have the exact number).
Thanks for keeping the legacy of Gabriela's Way alive !
Rusty from Australia, with the harness given him as part of a deal - harnesses given away as part of Gabriela's Way, after a certain number of harness sold. Lucky Rusty, and thanks to those who keep Gabriela's legacy alive.
.....supporting the initiativ Gabriela's Way we are giving her name to the new green coloured harness, and want to donate 1 harness per 25 sold, to a shelter, rescue fond or asylum"
Nelis Verhoeven and Ellen Versteegen, Calming Signs, Netherlands
firstname.lastname@example.org har donert Haqihana-seler til dingoene ved Kaarakin Dingoes i Australia. Els Vidts donerte leieband av eget design (freedogz.be). Her tilpasses en sele på en av dingoene !
Turid Rugaas email@example.com http://en.turid-rugaas.no