I’ve never been to Australia, nor do I have any ties to Australia. Truthfully, I think that’s the case for many of us here in the United States impacted by what’s happening in Australia. You don’t have to have been there or have any ties there for their current states of affairs to weigh heavily on you.

 Australia is experiencing literal hell on earth. They are currently experiencing the worst bushfires they’ve seen in decades.

 Here are some of the horrible statistics:

  • Almost 30 people have died, including several volunteer firefighters
  • Over 2,000 homes have been destroyed.
  • In December 2019 in Sydney, the smoke in the air was so bad that it was considered 11 times the hazardous levels.
  • Half a billion animals have been affected, and likely millions are dead.
  • About 1/3 of the koalas in New South Wales have been killed, and 1/3 of their habitat has been destroyed.
  • There will likely be species of birds and frogs become extinct due to this.

 The United States, Canada, and New Zealand have sent in about 2,000 firefighters to help.

 Australia is receiving about $2 billion from the Morrison Administration to help rebuild the infrastructure, and the prime minister has said $4,200 will go to each volunteer firefighter battling for over 10 days. There is some other compensation for them, but let’s just think about that for a minute. They are leaving their country, their family, and their day job that pays the bills to help fight these fires.

 Australia experiences a fire season every year, but these fires are at whole different level. The worst part is – they are likely made worse by humans. New South Wales police have taken legal action against 183 people for arson since November. Then, there’s the destruction that we are all contributing to – climate change. These fires are absolutely made worse from the persistent heat and drought Australia has been experiencing, which is heavily influenced by climate change.

 While all of Australia is suffering – from the tiniest amphibians to entire families – the impact this is having on the koala does stand out. While birds can fly away and kangaroos can hop quickly, koalas are slow, seek height for protection, and thrive on eucalytpus trees. Unfortunately, the eucalyptus trees contain so much oil which can ignite into an explosion – killing the koalas in its wake.

 Organizations like Rescue Craft Co were asking for crafters to make and donate items to help the wildlife – like koala mittens for their burned hands, joey hanging pouches, etc. The good news is most of these organizations have been flooded with these handmade items and are now simply requesting money donations to aid the wildlife, firefighters, and victims.

Many articles point to the fact that the fires will only get worse with the hotter days ahead. Australia’s agriculture and tourism industries have been completely destroyed by these fires, and their economy will likely not be the same.

 

 

SO WHAT’S THIS KOALA BANDANA?

I opened a handmade store!

Something you may not know is that I’ve been wanting to create a homemade, functional dog gear shop for the active yet reactive dog. So what the heck does that mean? Basically – I want to make bandanas and leash wraps (and other things coming in the future) that make traveling and hiking with your reactive dog easier! They will be cute but functional items that have personalization with things like “I Need Space,” “Back Off,” “Ignore Me,” etc. 

I was going to launch this shop with those items, but then news of Australia broke out. I have always been a “tree hugger” or “environmentalist” at heart, plus the world’s bigget animal lover, so this is seriously killing me. I can’t even fathom living there right now. 

So I figured – the best way to launch a new store and a new product is by first helping others. So, I found some adorable koala bandana fabric, and here we are! I’m going to donate 50% of all of my sales to WIRES. You can read more about WIRES here, but they are the largest wildlife rescue organization in Australia. 

All of my bandanas are handmade by me in Winchester, Virginia. These koala bandanas have the koala print on the front with a plain black backing. They slip onto the collar, so they will easily fit any size/any dog. They’re 100% cotton and can be machine washed on cold or hand washed and then lay flat to dry. Shipping is via USPS, so after placing your order, please allow 6-12 days for it to show up at your doorstep. This gives me to time to handmake the item to ensure it’s perfect, and it allows shipping time for USPS. 

If you (or your dog) has a bandana addiction, please consider purchasing this koala dog bandana. Not only are you helping by allowing me to donate to WIRES, but you’re also spreading awareness everytime someone sees your dog in this bandana. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at alix@fetchformehuman.com

You can go directly to my Shop and the koala dog bandana by clicking here, or you can click on the Shop button at the top of the page.

I seriously can’t thank you enough – first for taking the time to read this, but secondly, by supporting me as I launch a new store for the reactive dogs of the world and for supporting me in helping a good cause!

Australia needs all the help they can get. Let’s all continue to keep the wildlife, victims, firefighters, and everyone else in our thoughts and #prayforAustralia.

 

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