On a hot Friday afternoon, July 19th, the 1800-Flowers.com® Smile Squad traveled to Wantagh Park on Long Island, NY to deliver smiles to some lucky Girl Scouts along with some help from the playful terriers from Paws Unite People, a non profit that serves to assist shelter animals in finding their purpose in life through rehabilitation and training.
As the team of employees and dogs were arriving, you could hear the excited cheers from the girls as they knew they’d soon be getting a visit from some very special four-legged friends.
Matt & Meredith, the husband and wife team who are part of Paws Unite People, took the stage to explain to the girls the proper care of dogs as well as the process of adopting and raising rescue dogs. They were joined by their furry pals, Dixie & Otis, who both gave—and received—lots of affection as the girls asked questions. While the dogs took a water break, the Smile Team handed each girl a truly original Pup-Cake in Bloom® arrangement, which they were excited to bring home and show their families.
“This was a very rewarding experience for all that were involved,” said Stephanie Marcus, a 1-800-Flowers.com® employee and team leader for the event. “Seeing the joy the dogs brought to all the girls, was enough to melt anyone’s heart! Once we gave the girls the Pup-Cakes it was all over! They couldn’t get enough of them!”
Another 1-800-Flowers.com® employee and team member, Brittany Dean, added “As this is my first year with the company, it was a truly unique experience to be able to bring smiles to so many people. And to see the excitement of all employees to participate in such a program is an amazing thing.”