Pilates & Pints for Pets

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Special birthday/fundraiser edition of Pilates & Pints, benefiting Emerald City Pet Rescue

I may be biased, but I think Pilates & Pints is already a pretty cool thing. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my upcoming anniversary of my 29th birthday by teaching Pilates and drinking beer. That was, until I decided to make it a fundraiser for a pet rescue! If you follow my Instagram feed or are friends with me on Facebook, you will notice a trend of many, many pictures of my cats. If you know me IRL, you have probably noticed the ridiculous covering of cat hair on all of my clothing that I am now blind to. It’s safe to say I love my cats more than just about anything. There are even times when I joke to my husband that I love my cat Storm more than I love him! (Some days I definitely LIKE my cat more, haha!) I am that person that cries like a little girl when the ASPCA commercials come on, and yes, that type of marketing works on me!

I also was thinking about birthdays and birthday parties. It can get so awkward with social obligations! If it’s someone’s birthday, you feel obligated to bring a gift. You have no idea what to get this person, as you have only ever interacted with them at work and you don’t really know much about them. A bottle of whiskey? A gift certificate? A mug? Underpants for your hands? As the gift recipient, you feel obligated to be super enthusiastic about it, even if you know it is going right into the back of the closet when you get home. Then you feel obligated to keep the thing for the next 10 years, since it was a gift. So awkward!

Then the idea came to me! I don’t need anymore crap. I have closets full of stuff I don’t need. If there is something I want or need, I buy it! I’m an adult with my own money, I don’t have to deny myself if I can afford it. I’m also not going to go around and drop hints or make a list (unless your name is Crystal, then I will drop hints like crazy).  So why not bypass this awkward social obligation by having people donate to a charity! Then they will feel good, I will feel good, and better than a closet full of crap, a worthy cause will get some help.

I chose Emerald City Pet Rescue because they are a local organization in West Seattle, and rescue all sorts of pets. They do really great work! I feel great knowing that even in this small way I am helping out. And you can feel great too if you come to Pilates & Pints on April 1st! In three ways even! First, you will have a feel-good workout with me, sculpting your body from head to toe and increasing poise, balance and flexibility. Second, you get to re-hydrate with a delicious craft beer from Counterbalance Brewing (or a local cider!)  Third, you get the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing that you helped this great rescue care for homeless cats and dogs. And hey, maybe you are in the market for a new forever friend of your own! There will be reps on site to answer questions, take more donations, and tell you about great adoptable pets.

You can get your tickets at  Pilates, Pints & Pets. You can also check out the Facebook page at Pilates, Pints & Pets Facebook. If you can’t make it but still want to donate, you can! Donate to Emerald City Pet Rescue. All proceeds from ticket sales on April 1st are going to the rescue, and Counterbalance Brewing is donating $1 of each beer that day to the rescue as well!

Thanks for your support, not only for my budding new enterprise Pilates & Pints, but for helping out Emerald City Pet Rescue!


One thought on “Pilates & Pints for Pets

    Dennis Milligan said:
    July 26, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Shea, you are so awesome,,,I think I’m going to adopt you…..No, wait, I can’t do that since I am already your father


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