This is what I consider an A++++ in parenting:
When most 8-year-old kids think about their birthday, they dream about a fun party with their friends, a delicious cake and a huge pile of gifts.
Ethan Katz is not most kids.
A couple months ago, when he was talking about turning 9 with his mom, Lisa, he decided that for his birthday, he wanted to raise money to save dogs.
“Ethan is an avid dog lover and always has been,” Lisa told The Huffington Post.
The Katz family has two rescue dogs: a golden retriever named Fly and a mini golden retriever named Brooklyn, who started off as a foster puppy from City Dogs Rescue, a D.C.-based nonprofit that rescues dogs from overcrowded or high-kill shelters and places them in foster homes. The family fell in love with “Brookie” while fostering her and decided to adopt her last fall.
According to Ethan, the pup was the impetus behind his selfless birthday wish.
“Since I started fostering my dog Brooklyn, I came up with the idea to do something off of that,” he told HuffPost.
So the Stevensville, Maryland, native decided that for his birthday he would design and sell T-shirts online for $20 a pop, and donate all the funds to City Dogs Rescue.
My biggest regret in life, and I have a lot of them, was that I didn’t rescue a dog before Lily. Having the critters around is seriously the most rewarding thing in the world. I tried to take a nap this afternoon, but couldn’t fall asleep, but I just stayed put with the dogs , scritching their ears while listening to music. Nice, comfy, relaxing hour.