The Fish and Bone is an urban pet boutique located one block away from the site of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings. The store will sell t-shirts for dogs, men, women and kids and give all profits to The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred on April 15. This is a great way for your readers and their dogs to help victims. I’m including the additional info by way of background and in anticipation of questions. It’s been a heartbreaking week for all of us in Boston and we are all just trying to do our little piece to help.
You can see the t-shirts here: http://blog.thefishandbone.com/2013/forever-boston-t-shirts/and the shirts will also be sold in the store in about 10 days.
There is info on The One Fund here: http://onefundboston.org/
The Fish and Bone closed on Monday right after the bombings and re-opened the next day with the express desire to welcome as many members of their community as possible and to provide people with a place to gather, with the added benefit of dogs. People were raw, but they relaxed as they hung out for a while, sharing their stories and petting the dogs. There were lots of dog treats, hugs, disbelief and shock that first day. Owner Kathy Palmer was in awe of the courage and compassion played out in the aftermath of the bombings. “Our best qualities as humans, what those of us with pets see in our animals, was really beautiful.” she said. “It makes me choke up every time I think of how Boston came together, without a second’s hesitation.”
Palmer had the words on t-shirt — brave, loyal, fearless, strong — in her head all week. They made her think not only of the people of Boston, but also of the dignity and courage of the rescue dogs. She wanted the design to convey that this spirit is part of Boston’s history and that it will always be what Boston is. She wanted to include a tribute to animals, hence the paw in the heart. Palmer then assembled a team of people willing to help get the shirts made and available for sale. Her graphics person offered to get the design print-ready, her printer waived his fee so the shirts could be printed made at cost, and her web designer put together a web page on her blog so they could be sold online.