Something that I've been working on, sometimes a lonely endeavor, is being a social media manager at the same time as being a developer, program manager, or even a customer service rep for Dogs BOND. I've found it challenging to keep fresh ideas coming all the time, and it's definitely a grind when you've got to put out engaging content that isn't just sales or requests for donations.

I put together this quick list of upcoming global hashtags and trends that I hope will inspire some of our rescue partners in their content creation this month. If you see a day and a global hashtag that you want to use, go ahead! Use your own photos and then tag #dogsbondgame so we can like and boost your post!

April 2: Take a Walk in the Park Day


April 5: Peanut Butter and Jelly Day


April 7: Walk Around Things Day


April 14: National Pet Day


April 17 thru 24 : Pet ID Week

#NationalPetIDWeek #PetIDWeek

April 26: Lost Dog Awareness Day


April 27: Take a Chance Day


April 30: Kids and Pets Day


I plan to expand this effort as I am more able to move away from the production, international logistics, and other small tasks. Maybe I'll have some ready made images that rescue partners can just take and use!

I'd love to get your thoughts, feedback, and of course ideas on how I might be able to build this into a greater resource for rescues! Have a great April!

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Our Pledge Manager - CrowdOx - is open to everyone. Through CrowdOx you can update your "ship to" address if you need to and we will take care of you. We are still on target to print, quality/safety test, and deliver the games in late summer 2021. Please fill out your CrowdOx surveys if you haven't already!

BACKERS: You should have received an email survey. This is our process to confirm your order, and ensure that the shipping address that you have is correct. We are collecting shipping information and fees now so that when the game arrives we can send the games as soon as possible.

Plan on moving between now and May 2021? Use CrowdOx to update your shipping information in a snap.

Have you talked about the game and a friend asked you to get them a copy? Use CrowdOx to update your pledge order at any time.


Is CrowdOx an official Dogs BOND seller?

Yes. We are working with them to host us now that we can take preorders but are still in the process of getting printing and child safety testing done.

I don't want to add anything to my pledge, do I have to answer the survey? Yes. The survey is how we are systemizing the shipping confirmations for the project. Sorry for the multiple messages on that.

Are you already shipping? No, we're just collecting the information and votes at this time. We are just as excited (if not more!) for the games to be printed and shipped to you. ESTIMATED TIME FOR DELIVERY LATE SUMMER 2021.

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Hi again everyone!

TL;DR: Don’t panic. Due to covid & worldwide logistics challenges we are adjusting delivery estimate to late summer. Need to update your shipping info? Visit the bottom of this post. We love our backers!

Program Manager Hat Activate!

As many of you know, my day-job is as a program manager in tech based in California. As such, I’m always looking at timelines, program roadblocks, risks, and solving how to get around them. Before that at school, I got a degree in Communication and I thought I’d be a pretty good player in public relations. One thing that both my professional and academic careers agree upon is to be truthful and authentic. I’ve been working hard, gathering information from all the corners of the industry and our vendors to get some substantial information and I hope that you’ll forgive the unusual lateness of this update for the month of March.

Printing is underway. We expect to hear back from the factory soon. Our production run should be completed by April 5th, and we’re planning to review a factory copy selected at random to review. Once we have done that quality assurance, the rest of the games should be able to print and package quickly out of the manufacturing line. Again, we’re using BODA games which is a company that’s produced dozens of high-quality board games and they’re no stranger to the Kickstarter ecosystem.

Factory Email to Us in Mid-March

Shipping and logistics have always been something of a wildcard for us. Although the COVID pandemic is now being addressed worldwide with vaccines, there are still backlogs that are being worked out of the system. Trucking, shipping, dock loading, and unloading has been much slower because of the physical distancing requirements enforced for human safety. Plain language – it’s just taking longer to move goods safely. This will affect our schedules, and I’ve got a schedule at the bottom of this update.

Shipping prioritization is challenging during a pandemic. I’ve spoken to other game developers, Kickstarter creators, and even the US customs brokers. Board games are being deprioritized in shipping because they’re non-perishable items. Food and beverage is taking a priority because when they have a spoilage date they need to get where they’re going. Since we don’t recommend eating the game to enjoy it, the fact that we’re shelf stable means that we may stay on the dock shelf longer as well.

One of many memes about the shipping problems

The Evergreen Ship stuck in the Suez Canal this past week is also adding to the complexity for us and about 15% of worldwide supply chain. Obviously, a container ship going from China to Portland won’t be going through Egypt, however many ship schedules have been totally thrown out of whack as a result of the 1-week blockage, rerouting throughout the oceans, and other things outside of our control.

Optimistic schedule:

April 5 - approval of proof/production copy

April 12 - truck from factory to dock

April 19 - picked up and loaded on to ship

May 10 - arrives in Portland

May 17 - cleared customs / offloaded from ship

May 24 - arrives at warehouse

May 31 - in the mail to backers

Mid June arrivals of official copies

Likely impact to the timelines at this point:

+2 weeks for the loading / shipping of the game (prioritization of perishable goods by the shipping companies, and Suez Canal debacle)

+1 weeks to offload from ship

+1 weeks to clear customs since this is our first project and customs is scrutinizing stuff from China

Late Summer for the delivery of games to our backers

Dogs BOND Product Shot

Bottom line – Nobody panic. We are going to deliver Dogs BOND. When the games arrive is, unfortunately, mostly out of our control at this point. We’ve got the right vendors for freight, insurance, and other things all lined up. We’re just beholden to the market forces and world events.

Since this is a project on the Internet, I know that there’s sometimes passionate words that show up in the comments. Please understand that it’s just me working within the global supply chain, and at this point even larger projects cannot spend money to make the process go faster.

Dogs BOND has always been a “little project that could”, and that’s all thanks to our backers. We cannot thank you all enough for your support. Hopefully some of the SuperBackers in the group might be able to share some stories in the comments below, this does happen to Kickstarters. Projects like ours are fueled by passionate and driven individuals, but there’s just some things that are out of our control that will add delays to the delivery dates.

I hope this update is helpful for everyone. I don’t want to cast doubt on the project. I’m only calling out impacts to the timeline and hopefully we can proactively set everyone’s expectations on delivery timing for the game. Please leave a like on the update, and if you have a story about your Kickstarter being a little behind to share with some of our first-time Kickstarter backers please feel free to share in the comments below.

FAQ: Couldn’t you fly the board games to the USA?

Air freight is a possibility; however I have estimated costs about $900 USD to fly a single copy of the game from Shanghai to San Francisco via FedEx. Customs fees not included. Air Cargo rates are equally unappealing. It’s simply not cost effective for anyone involved.

FAQ: I need to update my shipping information / email / order

Delivery Dates & Shipping FAQ

Thank you all for your patience and support!

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