The Charlotte News

Cush as a pup with Ryan and Natalie Senior of Shelburne. Courtesy photo.

Macushla, or Cush, the golden retriever shop dog at A Little Something in Shelburne, celebrated his 10th birthday with a fundraiser to benefit Passion 4 Paws, a dog rescue group whose mission is to rescue homeless, abandoned, neglected or abused dogs, primarily from the South, and find them forever homes here in Vermont. The fundraiser will take place from March 16, Cush’s birthday, through March 31 at A Little Something, with a special event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.

Deidre Senior, the owner of both A Little Something and Cush, wanted to use her dog’s popularity among her customers to benefit dogs in need. Cush comes to work four to five days a week, getting to his feet to say hello to every person who enters. He also takes lots of naps in between his greeting duties. “There are so many dogs out there that need a home, love and kindness, and this lucky pooch has a loving and well-cared for life,” she said. “He comes to work with me every day, and there’s an absolute love-fest between him and our customers. So many dogs don’t have the love-filled life he has.  We thought his 10th birthday would be a great time to help other dogs who are just as deserving of a good home.”

A Little Something chose to partner with Passion 4 Paws through an exclusive giveaway to the first 50 people who donate $30 or more to the organization at the shop.  The sterling silver pearl pendant with 16-inch chain is one that is suitable for all ages and fashion sensibilities. “It’s unique in that it’s not your grandmother’s pearl pendant,” Deidre said. “The sterling silver surround is a contemporary look, and it’s just the right size for wearing every day or to dress up a special outfit. It’s a great gift.”

All funds collected will go directly to Passion 4 Paws to help provide medical care, housing and rehabilitation to the dogs they rescue and transport. In the last three years the group has been able to save over 730 dogs from shelters. There are typically over 50 dogs available for adoption through the organization. These dogs have all been vetted, neutered or spayed and currently reside with dozens of foster of families in and around Chittenden County. Dogs are typically adopted locally, but through the power of social media, some dogs have been discovered online and adopted into families throughout New England.

To make your donation to Passion 4 Paws and receive your free pendant and chain, simply head over to A Little Something before March 31. Most days Cush is in the shop so will be available to thank you from Passion 4 Paws. You can purchase locally made dog treats, also to benefit Passion 4 Paws. On Saturday March 25, Cush will be on hand from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in a special weekend appearance for photos and accepting hugs, kisses and paw shakes. A couple of Passion 4 Paws dogs looking for their forever homes will also be there.

For more details, visit A Little Something, 2989 Shelburne Road, Shelburne Bay Plaza.  Passion 4 Paws can be reached through their website.