Teeny has a very active social life for such a little dog! One organization he is involved with is PawPawty, the brainchild of our Twitter friend @FrugalDougal. PawPawty is a monthly virtual party on Twitter, which benefits a different animal-related charity each time.
Each pawty has a “theme” (for example: Chickfest, St. Paws, Model Pawty, Cooking, Cruise Ship, etc.) and many animals on Twitter change their avatar, according to the theme, as a “costume” (see photos below). As well as a theme, each pawty has DJs and CJs (dog jockey or cat jockey), Barktenders (serving tasty drinks like barkaritas and meowjitos), Sekurity (to help newbies and block spammers) and Quizmasters. Teeny happens to be a DJ and enjoys coming up with a playlist that matchs each month’s theme. Various people and companies donate prizes, which are given to the winners of the quizzes presented by the Quizmasters. All of this is done virtually, using the #pawpawty hash tag on Twitter. The PawPawty site has a great “Paw by Paw” guide if you’d like to learn how to join in the fun.
But how do these pawties raise money for shelters and other organizations?
The pawty goers are encouraged to “tip” their barktenders and DJs or to make a donation (if they are able; you don’t need to donate to enjoy the pawty!). Money is exchanged using FirstGiving or JustGiving, which are 3rd party sites that pay the funds directly to the organizations. Click here to read a blog by Frugal Dougal which explains this a bit better.
PawPawty souveniers are sold by the PawPawty Zazzlesite with the proceeds being donated to the monthly charity. You can order things like coffee mugs, mousepads, and doggie tees!
In the organization’s first 18 months of existence, it has raised nearly $40,000 for worthy shelters and organizations! We are so proud to be a part of something so wonderful!
Just for fun, I will be posting Teeny’s “costumes” below along with the month and pawty theme. Hopefully you get a laugh out of them!