Hello my friends, and happy Tuesday. It strikes me that we could all use some positivity in our daily roll though the 2020 landscape. Well, here is some positivity for you. Let me introduce you to one of the most motivated and effective of the “Spike’s Supporters,” Renee Criswell.

For the last three years, Renee and her friends at the Clubhouse bar and grill in Virginia Beach, have held a fundraiser for us and every year it gets more and more prolific.

This year, Renee lost her mind! She made over 200 cheese-cakes and sold them to earn $ for Spikes! She also made over 150 jello-shots for the people who attended the fundraiser! At the fundraiser, Renee, who is a lovely woman, but given her passion for Spike’s, one could only describe her fundraising tactics as “guerrilla warfare!” She moves through the crowd, smiling and cajoling and laughing and all the while, surreptitiously strong-arming the crowd for more donations! She has, over the last 3 years, raised over $20k for the K9’s.

Renee, when she isn’t working as a tier-one fundraiser, is an arson investigator with her sweet Dog, Caylee. It is always eye-opening to me to witness the selfless work of amazing people like Renee and to know that they are doing it because they believe in Spike’s K9 Fund’s mission. Taking care of the Dogs who work on behalf of Americans.

There are many examples of awful and selfish behavior in America these days. Renee Criswell is an example of what we should all aspire to be; an American, NOT an American’t.

Renee, thank you so much for your hard work and time, and most importantly, thank you for pointing the enormous heart that beats inside your chest, towards helping us take care of these amazing creatures that enrich our lives in so many ways.

We love you Renee!