Three Women Make a Difference: One Dog at a Time By: Carol Bryant

From DAKOTA’S DEN: Today Dakota and I have the ULTIMATE HONOR of featuring a guest post by  author Carol Bryant, a woman I have come to know and greatly admire, through BlogPaws.  Carol epitomizes the quote:

“if you want something done ask a busy person to do it.

The more things you do, the more you CAN do” Lucille Ball.

 Carol  is  vivacious, caring, brilliant, ADORES what she does for a living,  and dedicates her heart and soul to animals.  Carol also is an exemplary role model in the world of blogging.

About author Carol Bryant:  “A dog lover of the highest order,” is how Gayle King introduced Carol Bryant when she and her Cocker Spaniel appeared on Oprah Radio’s Gayle King show to dish dogs. A frequent media contributor, Carol has appeared on television, radio, and in print. As guest speaker at conferences and seminars about dog products and travel, she also has a passion for growing social media and helped one client land the “best dog blog” honor. A repeat nominee from the Dog Writers Association of America and writer for Dogster, she also works with BlogPaws pet blogger social media community and conferences and is founder of her own canine-centric magazine-style dog blog, Fidose of RealityThank you Carol for being our guest blogger today!

Three Women Make a Difference: One Dog at a Time By:  Carol Bryant 

One person can make a difference in the life of an animal. How many of us can relate to that statement? If you love a dog, cat, or anything in between, at some  point you wished you could do more. Perhaps if there was some way to reach out and help those innocent faces scrolling through your Facebook timeline, right? How can we stop the Michael Vicks of the world?

The same questions resonated through the minds of Molly Mednikow, Sara Henderson, and Susan Hollar. They had the same “what more can I do” thought racing through their minds and then they did something very special: They acted on it.

Molly Mednikow is the Founder and Executive Director of Amazon CARES. She answered the call of the wild, so to speak, as when she decided to move to Peru and start an animal welfare charity. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and divides her time these days between Atlanta, Georgia, and Iquitos, Peru.

Recently Amazon CARES made international headlines. Recently an  unprecedented verdict has been reached in the Iquitos area of Peru, where the not-for-profit organization, Amazon CARES, secured a conviction in the case of a woman who was charged with poisoning a 5-month-old puppy.

“In this particular case, Amazon CARES , in partnership with the Iquitos Bar Association, had been working with legislative officials to enforce and/or strengthen animal cruelty laws,” Amazon CARES’ Founder and Executive Director, Molly Mednikow, shares. “This case, of a  neighbor intentionally poisoning and killing her neighbor’s puppy, is the first case we have brought to trial.”

Making a difference, one life at a time, is certainly the focus for Molly Mednikow and Amazon CARES.

Here in the states, Sara Henderson and Susan Hollar are making a difference in feeding dogs one bag at a time, one shelter at a time, and of course, one dog at a time.

BOGO Bowl premium dog food is produced in Ohio, with protein, fruit, and vegetables, and contains no artificial fillers, colors, or flavors; no corn, wheat, or soy used as filler. The starches in BOGO Bowl dog food are encapsulated to ensure less fermentation in the dog’s body, and hip healthy vitamins are included in most formulas. Sara Henderson is the CEO and brainchild behind the company, which is poised to go national. BOGO Bowl sells seven types of dog food online and contributes food to shelter partners across the United States, with a buy one, give one concept.

All BOGO Bowl formulas meet AAFCO criteria for healthy, quality pet food. Formulas included Puppy, Maintenance, Healthy Weight, Lamb Meal and Rice, Chicken Meal and Rice, Salmon Meal and Rice, and No Grain.

Sara knew she wanted to make the world a better place for animals -– she put that phrase on a “vision board” in 2008 –- and she started the process in 2009 when she founded the Pet Project Midwest. Her concept: Buy a bag of dog food, and her group will give a bag to a shelter pet in the same area where the food was bought.

If you are anything like me, when you donate to a rescue group that is not in your area, you really hope (and cross your paws) that the money is used to feed and save dogs affiliated with that group. Sara and Susan agreed, so for every bag of their BOGO Bowl dog food purchased, they ship the equivalent of the same food to a nonprofit shelter of the buyer’s choice.

It can be done: making the difference in the life of an animal. One by one, click by click, bag by bag, when each of us does something, together we do so very much.

For more about BOGO Bowl, visit

The official website of Amazon CARES is



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  1. Another wonderful, thought provoking post Dakota & mom. Thank you!

    • Wallace and Samuel THANK YOU! Ever notice how the “thought provoking” ones are the ones that Mom and I DIDN’T WRITE? BOL!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

      • You may not have written them but you thought of getting people to share their information with us which is just as important!!

        Love & licks right back at you!
        Wally & Sammy

      • Wally & Sammy I could just give you the BIGGEST HUG EVER!!! THANK YOU! That meant the WORLD to my Mom and I! 🙂 Sending you even MORE “love and licks!!” Dakota and Mom

  2. What a lovely post Dakota, these people who devote their lives to the welfare of the animals, are just the most fantastic Human beings.
    Have a great Thursday xxxx00xxx

    • Mollie thank you! Carol is amazing and writes MUCH better than Mom and I. We were thrilled to have her share this most impawtant blog post. Glad you liked it and we hope you have a great Thursday too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  3. Lovely to read your guest poat. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • thanks Molly, we were honored to have Carol guest post. You have a terrific Thursday too. Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. What amazing women!!

    • We couldn’t agree more! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. What a great idea!

    • We think so too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  6. Mom said, to read about dog food would make her hungry…should we better call a dr.? LOL I have no words for this… woman, I was crying while reading this story at amazon cares

    • Easy you are such a sensitive doggy ((((hugs)))) Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. That’s very awesome. We are huge fans of Amazoncares such a wonderful program.

    • Roxy we agree! It’s SUPER awesome! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  8. Great post! Good job, Dakota, Mom and Carol! I didn’t realize Amazon Cares was started by an American who had moved there. Wow. She’s amazing!

    • Hi Jackie! It is Carol that deserves the credit, not us, but thank you!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  9. Great post about a great lady who does great work! Thanks Caren and Dakota for telling us about them!

    • Nellie you are welcome and we THANK YOU!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  10. Really nice to read bout people like them, there’s still hope for the human race.

    • got that right! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  11. My humans are always complaining that they don’t do enough for rescues. I have to keep reminding them it’s not possible to rescue every animal but they can help in different ways by making donations. Ok we mightn’t have a big pack but the ones in rescue are getting looked after.


    • Sheba my Mom feels the same way. She became more involved this year than ever but still needs to be even MORE involved! You are so right about donating…doesn’t have to be money either. It can be newspaper, paper towels, toys, the list goes on and on…oh and FOOD!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. Hi Y’all!

    Great post and great info! What wonderful people still inhabit our world!

    Y’all Come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    • Hi Hawk! Thanks and we couldn’t agree with you more! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  13. That is a terrific post. We sure didn’t know any of those things. Sounds like she is one special lady to help the animals like that.

    • Marg thanks so much. She sure is! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  14. What a cool idea! Thanks for sharing!


    • you are welcome Bunny!Thanks for visiting! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  15. Boy, Carol is everywhere. Great idea for a guest post featuring these inspirational women.

    • BOL! She sure is but in a GOOD WAY….the world can never have TOO MUCH Carol!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  16. Great guest post and to the women making a difference. We have a shelter close by so I just drive dog food and treats there and give them to the shelter myself. And we are having the Halloween Parade that is making a difference this month. Thank you for having these women on your blog 🙂

    • Tyler you are so sweet! You are welcome! That is so sweet that you deliver food and treats, you are truly special! You are most welcome and thank YOU for all of the good that you are doing too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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