And we are back! Back from sipping cocktails on the beach. Back from sleeping late each and every morning, and back from watching Pawn Star marathons. We’re now in 2015, and what a year it’ll be! We underwent dramatic changes (for the better) here at Why Ed in 2014, and we’re hoping to improve in 2015. THIS WILL BE OUR YEAR… hopefully. Now that the formalities are done and dusted we can get to our little story about what happened on 31 December 2014 that changed my mindset about 2015! I’m skipping the mumbo jumbo about the party as every single person had their own little get-together on that day – some of you had a braai, others were drowning their sorrows in series and wine, and others (like me) had life-changing experiences. Here’s what happened: We were driving on our way to a friend’s party at his crib: we were laughing and already in the 2015-festivities when we spotted a small figure in the rain, standing in the middle of a busy intersection. It was a little dog; afraid and alone with nowhere to go, and to be honest, at first I didn’t want to help the dog as I was on my way to have a good time with friends… But something got the better of me, and I decided to climb out of my car and pick up the distressed, drenched doggy in the road. This is how she looked like right after we picked her up. We took her to Wollies a few blocks away and filled in a few forms as she obviously belonged to someone, and probably ran away due to the constant fireworks in the area. She was wet and petrified – it was so bad that she didn’t even want to eat a piece of meat to calm her down. The people at Wollies thanked us for doing what we did… they had their hands full that night. Dogs were constantly barking at the fireworks, and some of the dogs looked worse for wear. It made us sad and angry seeing these amazing creatures so scared and abused by a select few people out there. The fireworks only made things worse, but fortunately the people at Wollies were prepared and played music very loud throughout the night to keep the sound of the fireworks at bay. Dogs are here for us to be our most loyal companions, standing by us through thick and thin, not a thing to torture by setting off fireworks close by, and in some sick cases, tie fireworks to them… Something changed me that night – I want to help Wollies. It’s my new year’s resolution – it’ll be my first – to help animals in need wherever I can! I’ll be visiting and supporting Wollies more often, and vow to help them out whenever I can with dog food and spreading the good work they’re doing each and every day to make the world a better place. We ask you to also assist if possible. You can get in touch with Wollies by following this link: Thank you for listening, and let’s make 2015 an awesome damn year!