@FrugalDougal’s a 1996 model, born in Rutland, United Kingdom. Since 2009 Dougal has walked the walk and barked the bark, leading us along his pathway of open-hearted kindness and charitable acts. Dougal has been at the forefront of the anipals putting our paws together and raising over US $32,000 ! *eyes popping* (Note: that dollar amount was back in June 2010.)
Dougal’s first Pawpawty back in 2009 was attended by 20 Pals, with very few prizes. But although small in stature, Dougal does not think small; he pressed on, sniffing and trekking his way to greatness. Nowadays Pawpawties are staffed by DJs, Barktenders and he even has his own Sekurity Team.
When Dougal’s parents flew to The Shorty Awards in New York to receive Dougal’s Award for Non Profit Charitable Acts, all of us puffed out our hairy chests as a sign of pride because our dear friend was being recognized and rewarded on the World Stage. No honor could be too great for Dougal to receive. Dougal doesn’t only live the high life though, he has remained grounded (very close to the ground), and still talks with ordinary folks too! *big smile*
Throughout Dougal’s (now 17) years of his life he’s enjoyed many different tasty treats and sampled many Pawpawty Menus. He says: “someone had to do it.” Yet Dougal’s favorite food to nom is the humble chip, as in fish-n-chips. Let me be more specific: Fish-n-Chips by the Sea! (Maybe all these chips are one of Douglas secret beauty tips: oil from the chips bring a shiny tangle free coat! ) Above all, Dougal enjoys the beautiful After-Chip-Breath! (I believe Dougal is willing to demonstrate his Chip-Breath ability at any time requested.)
Dougal’s always been a Sporty boy, his ability for cross-country walking is remarkable. Dougal never allows weather conditions to curtail his precious walks, in fact Dougal is gifted in powder snow trekking. (Over the years we’ve enjoyed many photographs of Dougal frolicking in the snow.) Please note: Dougal is also an Iron Dog, because whilst frolicking in the snow during his cross-country walks, he does not even need snow boots, coats or hoods. Unbelievable strength!
For all young pups reading this story: learn from Dougal and copy his strength of mind and body. Instead of man-up, I say to all pups: “Stand up and Dougal Up!”
But the “Piece de Resistance” for FrugalDougal is his absolute love of running free along the wet shores of his beloved England! Salty wind in his flowing hair, his face splashed with salty specs of cold ocean waters! Ahhhhh, at this very moment Dougal is more alive than ever! This is what Dougal’s life is really about! This IS Dougal the Dog!
The little dog who runs and runs and runs and chases waves and sticks and birds and digs in the sand and gets his hair all messed up and stinky and then races past and steals a chip as he flashes past. That is the REAL FrugalDougal who will forever grace these sands and run along the edge of the crisp English waters.
On behalf of all Anipals, Dougal it’s our Privilege and Honor to call you “friend.” Your in a League all of your own and we humbly Salute you! *humbly bows to FrugalDougal* Dougal you’ve changed our lives, motivating us to open our hearts and follow your lead in helping needy animals around the globe. Individually, may we always remember the kindness you’ve taught us.
Dougal also takes great pride in his most successful “Lessons of Knowledge” that he’s imparted to his Staff. Lesson 1) the official way carrots and peppers must be chopped to release their true flavors; Lesson 2) the importance of selective prowess in deciding which chicken to chase (example: gift chicken toy is the correct type of chicken to be chased); Lesson 3) the purrfected positions for a purrfect nights sleep = on the mama’s bed, with his bottom in-line with Mom and Dads faces; or, for something novel: horizontal between Mom and Dad. Both sleep positions assure the purrfect nights rest !
Young Pups please study and learn from Dougal’s life’s work: what his Mom calls “his adorable little begging face.”
Above everything else, you have taught us, “love can change the world!” In your own words: Love can change the world if enough people share the same love and hope and no-one should ever underestimate what a little dog can do.”
Dougal we are honored to be your friends and sincerely wish you all the very best of life and may your legacy of generosity continue to grow and inspire.
Dougal, we love you! XXX *all glasses raised* “Hurray for Dougal!” *Appaws*Appaws*Appaws* for @FrugalDougal, The Pawty King!
Please Note: this article was originally published in June, 2010, to celebrate Dougal’s Pawesomeness. To read the 97 original comments that were written back then: click here. I’d like to thank @BadAndy_KityKat for his help in the original article. (((HUGS)))
Within a few days Dougal will have a new article on my Rainbow Bridge Blog; please keep an ear pricked for it.