Dogs Bond Board Game

So July kinda snuck up on me! Sorry for the delay. June was a good month for jobs, people, and animals - mostly. The emphasis for us in this thread is to provide some easy tips and upcoming ideas around social media content for our rescue partners.


This is July's 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! Let us contribute our likes, retweets, and shares to you - just tag us using @dogsbondgame on any of your posts!


CALL TO ACTION

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are still listing us as robots when we like/follow as many of the rescues as we do - so please like/follow us using your social media first so we can hit that "Follow Back" button.



MONTH OF JULY GLOBAL HASHTAGS


Dog House Repairs Month - this doesn't have an official "hashtag" but it's one of those things that we have to be mindful of! Just as we've spent time in our own homes, when is the last time you looked at your dog's outdoor shelter? Sometime to consider for sure!


#NationalHopAParkDay - we know your furry friends would love this.



JULY DAY CELEBRATIONS & GLOBAL HASHTAGS


July 10: #NationalKittenDay

Sure, they're cute too!


July 11: #AllAmericanPetPhotoDay

Since we gave our dogs and cats quite a fright over the past few days with the 4th of July fireworks, perhaps we can make it up to them with a photo day!


July 15: #PetFireSafetyDay

We've discussed it before, and in California we are facing a big drought! So make sure you and your supporters all have a plan in case there's a fire for your furry family members.


July 19: #GetOutOfTheDoghouseDay

Well, sometimes we just have to forgive them.


July 21: #NationalHotDogDay

So I immediately thought this was about dogs being left in cars, but it's about food. Since we know hotdogs come in packs of 8; and so do the pups in Dogs BOND; make sure you help folks remember!


July 25: #AuntAndUnclesDay

How many people have a friend's dog that they take care of very frequently. Give a shoutout to those who are in your tribe and village that contribute so much to the health, socialization, temperament, and of course exercise of our animals!


July 29: #NationalInternDay

Summer time means that kids are out of school (usually) and they're hopefully using that time constructively! Maybe you've got some volunteers you'd like to celebrate during this day!


July 31: #NationalMuttDay

Let's see 'em!



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 July!




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Hello Dogs BOND Pack Members!


TL;DR: GREAT NEWS. 1. Dogs BOND is officially in print

2. Passed all child safety checks for US and EU requirements

3. Custom illustration cards are officially in hand


The game we all worked so hard to bring to life is on its way – we are just as excited for the game as you are. I’m is still trying not to explode from the anticipation. We’re so close!


1. Dogs BOND : Printing is Complete!

WHAT? WHAT!?! Our little-project-that-could is printed, reviewed, and packaged up just ready to be shipped to our backers worldwide! What an incredible journey it’s been to get from the “ruff” concept to the final form!


A big thanks, as always, to Sarah and Kiki who have stuck with me throughout the entire process to ensure that the emphasis on quality was always forefront for our project. There were hard decisions to make, and especially since we couldn’t just walk down the street to see how things were going there was a lot of extra emphasis that we placed on making sure any files that were sent across were going to be amazing quality.



“Seeing the games in that wrap makes me want to rip it all open!” ~Sarah


“Finally!” ~Kiki


“It feels like I can almost touch the games!” ~Alex



2. Dogs BOND passes US & EU safety standards!

There wasn’t really any doubt that our project would pass those standards, but because we’re a mission-driven project it was very important that you and your family could have 1000% confidence in what we produced. We talked a bit more about them in this previous update; but the fact that we’ve passed both standards is a huge milestone!


3. Dogs BOND custom illustrations cards are done! They look AMAZING.

“Joy” is a word I use a lot on this project, but getting to see all of these custom illustrations which are based on real dogs just made my heart SING when we got them from the short-run printer. These are the same level quality as what’s in all of our games. It was extra special for our backers who were able to work directly with Sarah! What gorgeous dogs! They all have a super special ability that is only available through our Kickstarter – and Kiki did the special icon design for their abilities too!


“The colors and design really bring out the character in each of these dogs!” ~Kiki


“These were amazing to paint. I really enjoyed getting to know each of the dogs.” ~Sarah


“The same joy I felt when I got one dog at a time for the base set, it’s the same feeling I have all over right now. But for all these dogs! ” ~Alex


Thanks to our backers Adam and George who gave us permission to share these great cards with everyone in this update! Want to know what the backs look like? You'll have to ask for permission in the comments! Want to see the other cards? Ask for it in the comments!


4. What's Next for the Backers?

Sit back and relax. We're working hard on this side to navigate the high seas to get freight shipping confirmed. There are some challenges that we mentioned in our previous update, but we are working with professionals in the industry to help steer the ship towards friendly shores.


As always, send us any questions!

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And then it was June! There's a lot of good reasons to celebrate and to be much more "pawsitive" in our overall communication. As communities start going back to the office and out to restaurants, it's going to be challenging to stay relevant and top of mind for small projects and rescues like ours. Remember to focus on the good work that you're all doing, and celebrate that effort!


This is June's 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!


CALL TO ACTION

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are still listing us as robots when we like/follow as many of the rescues as we do - so please like/follow us using your social media first so we can hit that "Follow Back" button.



MONTH OF JUNE GLOBAL HASHTAGS


#NationalZooMonth


#NationalAquariumMonth


#NationalAdoptaCatMonth

Yes, we still care about our feline friends even though this particular board game isn't about them!

#NationalPetPreparednessMonth

Have a plan, a medkit, and most importantly communicate that to one another. Encourage each other to build those plans into your emergency preparedness conversations.


#NationalFosterAPetMonth

This is obviously very important for all of our volunteer run partner rescues. We have all started to see / hear about rescues being returned to shelters; so we need to be cognizant about our plans for fostering as we go forwards.


#NationalMicrochippingMonth

Funny enough, I've been looking at microchipping my tortoises but that doesn't seem to be really necessary at this time.


JUNE WEEK-LONG CELEBRATIONS & GLOBAL HASHTAGS


June 6-12: #PetAppreciationWeek

A great opportunity to connect back to the folks you've worked so hard with to adopt to, give your supporters a chance to create their own posts about your wonderful organization


June 20-26: #AnimalRightsAwarenessWeek

Sometimes animal rights gets swept up in the conversation; but it's important to demonstrate that legislation also puts a huge burden on our animals. Things like Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) that ban dog breeds outright are what our project stands against through education and compassion.



JUNE DAY CELEBRATIONS & GLOBAL HASHTAGS


June 8: #BestFriendsDay

What better way than to celebrate man's best friend?


June 8: #PetMemorialDay

You can also use #rainbowbridge


June 20: #FathersDay

I haven't found a #DogDadsDay yet. Anyone?


June 21: #NationalDogPartyDay

Ain't no party like a puppy party!


June 24: #CatWorldDominationDay

Maybe we'll have to launch Cats BOND on this day.




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 June!




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