Grateful Dog Design is a huge fan of Conspirare – the world-class professional choral group based in Austin, Texas and nominated for five Grammy™ Awards in the past few years.   Please visit Conspirare’s site for more information about the singers, upcoming concerts and tours, and how to purchase audio or video recordings.

Another exceptional nonprofit deserving of support is Moja Tu.  Moja Tu (which means “Just One” in Swahili) is an organization whose mission is to provide Kenyan children with access to education and also to support them through a one-on-one relationship with their sponsor.   That relationship is fostered through not only letters but also with quarterly video conferences where sponsors can Skype with the child whose life they’re helping to change.  Moja Tu sponsees are given a better opportunity to succeed in their studies and realize their dreams.

Grateful Dog Design is also pleased to recommend the following sites especially for animal lovers: ~ Ginny sponsors a site full of resources for those grieving the loss of an animal companion

Pet ~ another site with useful suggestions and support for pet lovers challenged by loss

Austin Pets Alive! ~ an effective nonprofit dedicated to find ways to stop the killing of Austin’s adoptable dogs and cats, through foster & adoption, while striving to address the reasons animals are abandoned or surrendered in the first place

Blue Dog Rescue ~ the sole (soul) purpose of this nonprofit in Austin, Texas is to end the needless killing of homeless dogs

Animal Trustees of Austin ~ a valuable nonprofit located in Austin, Texas, committed to protecting animal lives and making veterinary care and spay & neuter services available at low cost

The Horse Shelter ~ located just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, this amazing place is a refuge for abandoned and neglected horses who are thriving with the long overdue love and attention they receive there

Nacho the Dog ~ Austin, Texas graphic designer and author Emma Virjan (a major dog lover) has created a young children’s board book featuring Nacho — a fun-loving, entertaining dog who celebrates his birthday (and yours) in “Nacho the Party Puppy” from Random House.

The Canine Center for Training and Behavior ~ founded by Shari Elkins and modeled on the principles espoused by acclaimed dog behaviorist Lee Mannix, the CCTB is an outstanding option for people in the Central Texas area with training or dog aggression concerns

Everything Husky ~ Murray hosts a soulful and informative site dedicated to Huskies (and all varieties of sled dogs), straight from the Yukon!

Whisper in the Heart ~ Lin creates lovely “urn-type” pendant memorial jewelry (tiny containers for holding fur, ashes, etc.) to help with grieving the loss of a beloved animal companion