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Fences for Fido

by Tracy Barry

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Posted on July 9, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:32 PM

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

I love that quote from Margaret Mead. I also believe it. I've witnessed the power of people coming together for a good cause repeatedly. And I will offer you more proof of that tonight in a story running during our 6 o'clock newscast.

It started with a Portland women seeing a story on U-tube and then forwarding it to a friend, who then forwarded it to another friend and so on. The U-tube piece was about a group of people in North Carolina who decided they could make this a better world by getting dogs off of chains.

And they could do that by offering to build fences for free.

Well the more these Portland friends talked about it the more they thought ..we could do that too! And now a year later that is exactly what they are doing. A couple of the folks from North Carolina even flew out last month to help them with their first build!

I love that because most of us are inspired from time to time, but not many of us follow through. Turning inspiration into reality is tough and they did it!

The Portland group calls their new non-profit "Fences for Fido" and they have already changed the lives of two lucky pups.

But what I didn't have time to tell you about in the t-v story is that they have also changed the lives of the owners as well. You'll meet Chopper who lived at the end of a chain for six years and is still one of the sweetest Lab mixes you can imagine. He even pals around with a cat.

Andrea Kozil of Fences for Fido says Choppers owner Keith is a wonderful guy who just couldn't meet all of Choppers needs. He was thrilled when they approached him about building a fence.

Keith didn't want to be interviewed on camera but he is only too happy to say off camera that the fence has completely changed his relationship with Chopper. He now spends more time in his backyard playing with Chopper and the bond between them has grown tremendously.

Andrea says owners who keep their dogs tied up usually feel bad about it and sometimes avoid the animal because of that. So a simple fence can free them up to enjoy each other again. And many of you know the power of an animal's unconditional love.

I wanted to pass on their website address where you can learn all about Fences for Fido.

They are also holding their first fundraiser on August 16th. There is more information on their website but I can tell you they will be serving a drink named after Chopper.

And this is a link to a slide show from their second fence building for a dog named Darwin. The photography is so beautiful and haunting.

Hope you enjoy the story and as always thanks for watching.

Tracy Barry