After spending my winter in Cyprus and helping every so often at PAWS dog shelter, I always left wishing I could do more.
In an ideal world I would adopt all of the furry pooches and let them live a tail-waggingly happy life in doggy paradise, or I would find the perfect families for each and every one of them to go live the lives full of bountiful love that they each deserve....
Whilst I cling onto the hope that these dreams shall one day manifest themselves, PAWS in Paphos, Cyprus offers hundreds of homeless dogs a safe haven free from the abuse, neglect or abandonment they were previously subject to.
One of the only shelters that does NOT euthanise healthy dogs, this place is run 95% by volunteers (mostly expats and retirees) who work tirelessly to ensure the dogs receive food, warmth, love, care and exercise and they exist on donations, fund-raising, sponsorship and money raised through their charity shop.
I couldn't leave without one - so I didn't - but giving one dog of hundreds a new life is not enough. I want to do something HUGE for PAWS, to celebrate the HUGE impact their dedication to helping dogs has had on a crazy dog lover such as myself. And the hugest thing I could think of doing for them was to break a world record.
So here goes.
I, Ashlee Lovebox, shall attempt to break a Guinness World Record this summer, for the love of dogs. I will be putting myself under the most amount of pressure ever (I love a bit of pressure I do!) and undergoing intense training to ensure I will not let myself or donaters down, by smashing this record.
The record being -
Most hula hoop rotations on the leg in the arabesque position in one minute - current record is 166. (see photo of me attempting it)
What I want to achieve by doing this, (apart from superhuman mental and physical abilities) is to raise awareness of the fact that it is possible to adopt dogs from abroad (and the process is made to be simple.) I want people to realise they can give a furry baby from another country a new home - can you imagine - a country like Cyprus only has a population of just over a million and yet 200,000 dogs are abandoned per year..... Not everyone on the island is going to want to rehome a dog - creating a problem.
I also want to raise awareness of and money for PAWS, who have a special place in my heart. The money will go towards the general maintenance of the shelter - dogs need food, collars, veterinary treatment, leads, treats, blankets, beds, food bowls, water bowls, etc etc. And new dogs are arriving on a daily basis.
Please give what you can/ what you feel. This is the biggest thing I will ever do in my life until now and if you feel that deserves some funding then that will definitely motivate me to go practise my standing on one leg skills. :)
I will be updating this page showing my progress/ news and so on.
In the meantime check out - Video of PAWS!
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