The 100-Day Smile Challenge

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The Power of a smile became the genesis of Global Paws For Peace when Dr. Teresa Hazelwood, known around the globe as Dr. Harmony - found herself emotionally hitting an all-time low, what she refers to as her; “dark night of the soul.” She noticed that on the days that she ran with her Stafforshire Bull Terrier Champp, he always had a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face – this dog that was supposed to be so scary! People always want to know what kind of dog he is and we frequently heard comments like, “Dude, that is one good looking dog.” Because she was not at a happy place in her life at that time, she experienced first-hand what it felt like to step outside of her own sad emotions and how she could also, like Champp, affect another human being in a positive way. Running with Champp became so rewarding and gratifying that she began to smile, even on the inside. It was her observations during this time that she began to notice other’s response to Champp’s magnetic smile, it gave her the idea of starting a 100-Day Smile Challenge! She also wanted people to stop judging her dog by his breed and she knew that this would help make it happen. So, together they set a goal to run 100 days in a row. Whenever anyone paid special attention to Champp and he made someone smile, they would stop that person, gently educate that person about his breed, and then post that person’s picture with Champp, on Champp’s social media page. Not in her wildest dreams could she have imagined the impact this gesture would make around the world! In no time their smiling challenge was picked up and re-posted by several leading dog magazines around the world and like an overnight super star, Champp Avalon, her 32 lb fur-baby became known for his smile and started making people around the globe smile while they tracked this smiling challenge. To this day Dr. Hazelwood is floored at the way in which the small seed of an idea and the simple gesture of making another person smile, could create bully-breed awareness and change her life in the process. She began to realize that she had much more to learn from this dog. This set her on another mission and created a passion that she could never have dreamed possible on her own. She began to read story after story of dogs being euthanized only because of their breed. She found this to be similar to the way we judge each other as human beings, which only causes discrimination and division within society. The story of Lennox the “pit bull” from Ireland, who was euthanized for merely looking like a pit bull, really struck a chord. Dr. Harmony knew she wanted to educate people and become the voice of these innocent creatures that are nothing more than a reflection of the Divine who demonstrated the Christ-like characteristics of humanity. This process had inspired her so much by this point that she became the founder of this non-profit organization, Global Paws For Peace, an organization dedicated to creating unity among all breeds and she supports rescue organizations that allows the pulling dogs from death row and place them in foster homes. Yes, you might say that she is on a mission to live up to her nickname of the “Mother Teresa of Canines!”

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