You Generous, Wonderful Bastards, You

I’ve had a sinus headache since about four, and after a long morning and long day, have no desire to post, but I did want to give you an update on Garnet, that beautiful St. Bernard that we talked about last night. Evelyn writes:

Hi John,

One of the members of MARC did not get the message that all contact with you would be through me..Sorry.

She reported the below to you..Just to make sure you see it:


    As of 3:50 pm we have recieved 60 donations for a total of $2523.01 !

    I have emailed thank you notes to each donator. Now we can do snail mail.

    I can’t believe we can actually afford to help animals now! lol.

    Thank you all!

As I said on the phone earlier today..You are the best and all your loyal followers too.

I will send you another update in the morning.

Thanks from bottom of my heart.

When I talked to Evelyn earlier today, we were hovering somewhere around $2000, and she said she had been inundated with phone calls from all the volunteers at MARC who were, well, gobsmacked by the donations that were pouring in. Evelyn said she tried to “warn” them what to expect when the Balloon Juice community gets involved, but I guess they just didn’t realize how wonderful you all are. She knew, and I knew, but these folks had no clue.

I can’t tell you how important this is for a young shoe-string organization like this. This is really going to help them get on their feet, and will really help a lot of animals. So thank you so much. I’ve also told Evelyn that we have a lot of cat lovers here, so hopefully they will be able to really help take care of some cats, too, and let us know when there are really needy cases. Evelyn thinks that snail mail receipts for tax purposes will be out, and I made a special request that she update us with pics of Garnet and other animals we help out once they get to their forever homes.

Oh, and another thing- the best news in all of this is that I was checking out MARC’s facebook page, and it looks like there is already someone who is interested in adopting Garnet, and according to their profile, they have two kids. How does it get any better than that?

You guys are the shit.

38 replies
  1. 1
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Loyal followers or.. EVIL MINIONS??? Flying monkeys save crying dogs.

  2. 2
    Kristine says:

    This makes me happy.

    In a world full of *&^%$#, it does a heart good to be able to help critters.

  3. 3
    slag says:

    Tell Evelyn not to waste any money on snail mail. Really. People can print, if they need to. Also, she can include a line in her thank-you emails saying that, rather than waste resources on sending paper mail to everyone, she’ll send paper mail only to those who opt in to receive it.

  4. 4
    Yutsano says:

    You’re welcome, you most generous, most wonderfulest bastard you.

  5. 5
    Schlemizel says:

    not the first time I have been called shit – just so you know

  6. 6
    slag says:

    Also…Sweet balls of fluff, these are some cute kittens!:;theater.

  7. 7
    Jebediah says:

    I second this. I would rather they use every resource for the critters.
    And I am thrilled we all did so well. Is there some way we can divert some UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH to them?

  8. 8
    Elizabelle says:

    Just wonderful.

    Way to go, Balloon Juicers and curmudgeon in chief.

  9. 9
    Punchy says:

    All thru college and into my 30s Ive longed to be a part of a BJ community.

  10. 10
    Feebog says:

    Agree on nixing the hard copy . Save the money, moar doggie treats!

  11. 11
    Jay in Oregon says:

    it looks like there is already someone who is interested in adopting Garnet, and according to their profile, they have two kids. How does it get any better than that?

    This is the part that makes me all melty inside. I love it when dogs find homes and people to love them.

  12. 12
    spudgun says:

    @Jebediah: I third this — anyway, I have my PayPal receipt that indicates the organization I donated to, so wouldn’t that be enough for the TaxMan?

    Keep every single penny for the fur bebbehs.

  13. 13
    Raven says:

    I got a nice note from April and I sent her a picture of my dogs. She liked em!

  14. 14
    JohnK says:

    Thanks, you bastard!

  15. 15
    Violet says:

    Yay! So happy for Garnet, Evelyn and all the wonderful animals she’s helping.

    And if anyone here still remembers the fun we had with the online polls for Little Bitsy, Evelyn reported in the previous thread that Little Bitsy has a has wonderful home and more doggie friends to play with.

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    slag says:

    @Jebediah: Seriously. Sixty donations at…what…$0.44 a stamp. Assuming they get all their paper, envelopes, and printing donated (a crazy assumption for an org this size) and that volunteers do all the work, we’re talking over $25 for postage alone. Don’t do it, Evelyn!

  17. 17
    RedKitten says:

    Aw…that stuff just makes me so happy. Garnet’s a doll and I hope she finds a happy forever home.

  18. 18
    Lizzy L says:

    Love this. Agree, no snail mail, waste of $$. Spend the money on the animals. All rescue, all the time!

  19. 19
    Raven says:

    Maybe they are required to send receipts.

  20. 20
    dexwood says:

    You do Dog’s Work, Sir, Dog’s Work.

  21. 21
    Felinious Wench says:

    Who’s a good doggy? Garnet’s a good doggy! *big ear scratches*

    My shelter mutt, our feline overlord, and 2 sons with no excuses for THEIR behavioral issues wish you the best!

  22. 22
    La Caterina (Mrs. Johannes) says:

    @slag: kittehs! Squeeeeee!

  23. 23
    Maude says:

    I’m sure they are. Usually a tax donation form.

  24. 24
    slag says:

    @Maude: There shouldn’t be any requirement for the receipt to be on paper. Email should suffice.

  25. 25
    Bunker says:

    Someone needs to contribute more to their blog, me thinks.

  26. 26
    Maude says:

    Look it up at the IRS. I don’t know, but it’s a good idea for them to do that. It is also good for them to have that on record.
    I would want the original document.

  27. 27
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Yay Us! Glad to have helped out and looking forward to happier days for Garnet.

  28. 28
    Genine says:


    And now you are part of one… that’s into animals. ;-)

    But, seriously, this does my heart good. I always like to think that the good outweighs the bad and Balloon Juice is one of the places that confirms it for me.

    I wish I could have donated but I am grateful to all who did. As soon as I am able, I will donate as well. :-)

  29. 29
    phoebes-in-santa fe says:

    No donation letter for me. I can use the form that was emailed to me last night. All funds should be used for the dogs and cats.

  30. 30
    Lojasmo says:

    In for $45. Such a cute doggie.

  31. 31
    PurpleGirl says:

    @Raven: Yes, they are required to keep track of all donations and to send receipts. Now the receipts can be a postcard or a form or a letter. But all donations have to be acknowledged.

    At the organization I worked for, a donation of $1 to $99 got a postcard, with only the fact of donation noted on it, i.e., no amount. (But we had that in the computer.) We had receipt forms for $100 to $999 and after that the donor received a formal letter, which mentioned the amount. Every donation was acknowledged in some manner.

    ETA: Of course the large donations ($5,000 & up) received a formal receipt and a thank you letter.

  32. 32
    slag says:

    @Maude: “The receipt can be a letter, a postcard, an e-mail message, or a form created for the purpose.”

    Jesus Christ, people, it’s a receipt. Just as valid as the kind the blue shirts at the Apple store email you from their magic iPads. There’s no substantive reason to kill a tree and deprive a puppy of her kibble for this purpose. None.

  33. 33
    ruemara says:

    I’m thrilled and happy, especially for Garnet finding a home.

  34. 34
    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    What I do for NAMI Warren County is to draft formal tax letters on our letterhead and email them as an attachment. That way they are in my files and the donors, should the donor need to print them for an accountant. For paypal donations, I include the paypal transaction ID. Obviously I have an email address for any paypal donations, and I have one for many of our check donors. I’m happy to share a template with MARC.

  35. 35
    Sawgrass Stan says:

    OK, OK, sorry you all– didn’t get the post until 12pm, just got the money off to ’em… hope Garnet and those kids enjoy each other for a long time. Also– I “hate” Facebook, and avoid it as much as I can, but my wife doesn’t so I “liked” MARC on her FB account. It seems to be important somehow, so you should all “like” it too, and tell your “friends,” and please visit my ebay “store” where I’m having a “fire sale” on “ironic quotes.”


  36. 36
    asiangrrlMN says:

    YAYAYAYAYAY! This is one of my favorite things about this blog, and I’m always happy to throw in a few bones, Cole. I’m so glad Garnet has a prospective home, too.

    @slag: KYOOOOOT!

  37. 37
    tjmn says:

    Yutsano Says:

    You’re welcome, you most generous, most wonderfulest bastard you.

    Should be a tag just for Cole.

  38. 38
    Michael Demmons says:

    When I donate to Charlie’s Angels, by the way, I get a 100% company match, as well. Make sure you’re taking advantage of this, too!

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