If you’ve worked with me or seen any of my social media posts, I’m sure it’s no secret that I love dogs. Boxers in particular. My husband and I have welcomed 3 of these wonderful goofballs into our lives over the past 20 years, and have treasured each one. Each of these family members came to us through Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue. This organization has dedicated itself to finding the perfect Boxer for any forever home that needs one. I love these folks.

I’ve been so fortunate in my life. I wanted a chance to share the blessings. I decided to pick a charity to support that would reflect me and that’s where MTBR comes in. I truly struggle to express the amount of love and joy these dogs have brought to my life. It’s amazing. Especially considering their less than ideal origins remind me of my own journey from office worker to massage therapist. Talk about a positive life transformation!

The parallels spoke to me. This was how I could make a difference. I could make sure these dogs have the best lives possible. So I contacted MTBR and asked how I could help, and we came up with a plan. I would offer discounts in exchange for donations. Not money, though any charitable organization can use a little more cash. It turns out that the biggest needs were care items and human contact.

So here’s what we worked out. In exchange for a donation of one or more of the items listed below, you can purchase an Elementals Massage gift card at a reduced rate. I’ve outlined the details below. (MTBR has made it amazingly easy to donate items! Smart, right? They’re really good at this.) And remember, MTBR is a 501-c3 so all physical donations are tax deductible.

In addition to physical donations, you can also volunteer your time. The dogs waiting to be adopted need socialization and exercise. Think about that…you spend your morning walking and playing with these beautiful babies, and in exchange, you get to save money on holiday gifts! It’s like 3 gifts in one; your friends and family get a massage, you save money, and you get to play with Boxers. WIN!

So please consider helping a worthy organization, as well as treating yourself.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and thank you again for letting me be a part of your healthy lifestyle.

Ways  to help

Shop at Amazon: MTBR Amazon Wish List Shop at Chewy’s: Extra Large Potty Pads Nature’s Select Pet Food: To donate food call (615) 986-9285 (Tell them you’re donating to MTBR.) Volunteer Dog Walking: volunteer@mtbr.org or call 629-777-4001

Ways to redeem your discount:

1. Items Donated: Send a copy of your electronic receipt and a phone number to tammy@elementalsmassage.com. I’ll call you to get your credit card number to complete the purchase.

2. Time Donated: Get your picture taken with the dogs and the other walkers and post it to Instagram. Tag @elementalsmassage and @mtbrescue in the post. (Account must be Public.) Then call Elementals Massage at 615-212-9343 to purchase your gift certificate.

Discounts Offered:

$30-$74 gift cards = $5 off with each donation $75-$125 gift cards = $10 off with each donation

Please Note: Each donation is good for 1 discount, and only 1 discount can be applied per gift card. Gift certificates must be purchased between now and Dec. 31, 2018