It’s been a while since you have heard from us. There is never a dull moment around here but the last couple of months have been an absolute whirlwind. In addition to the usual day to day grind, we were honored to film a digital episode for an Animal Planet Go miniseries highlighting Best Friends Animal Society network partners. The goal of the project is to empower and encourage others to get involved in rescue. It was an incredible experience that was well worth the time and effort it took.
Through the amazing generosity of our supporters, we were able to spruce up our space for the filming and provide lunch for the production crew (which they said never happens). From fence boards to cleaning supplies, we had everything we needed donated and plenty of hands to complete the work prior to the big day. We cannot express what a relief it was to have so many things checked off our to do list! Our HKRT family never fails to take care of every request and we cannot thank you enough.
The filming of our episode took place on October 1. The film crew was wonderful and made things so much fun for us. We had hair and makeup services donated by local artists Krysten Blasingame and Haley Walton which took a ton of pressure off, too. (Seriously, check these ladies out. They showed up, on time - at 5:30am, for free.) The HKRT dogs were showcased, and a great deal of time was spent discussing the why and how of what we do. Our episode is shaping up to be deeply personal but will hopefully inspire others to take a similar leap of faith, not just on the underdogs but also themselves.
Because of this unbelievable opportunity, as well as the fantastic, organic growth we have experienced this year, Hard Knocks will be making some big changes over the next few months. Our next goal is to have a facility which will allow us to increase our intake availability, expand the training program, and add a doggy daycare/boarding service for reactive/sensitive pups in a homelike setting. Our fee for service menu helps us cover rescue expenses and supports our mission by offering families compassionate and committed support with training and pet sitting needs which can be vital to keeping dogs in homes. If you would like to help us reach this goal, please consider becoming a regular monthly sponsor or make a one-time donation earmarked for our “Facility Fund”.
We will keep you posted on when you can view the entire miniseries. Be sure to download the Animal Planet Go app now so you’re ready for the air date!
Lisa Maasen, Jennifer Marbrey, and Nikki Hinsdale are Partners in Hard Knocks Rescue & Training, Inc. They have years of experience within the rescue and training community, and a drive to see its teamwork bring positive changes to the dogs in most need.