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The Happiness is Dog Shaped Book is a collection of dog stories supported by beautiful photography + art, presented as a hardcover book
The Happiness is Dog Shaped Book is a collection of dog stories supported by beautiful photography + art, presented as a hardcover book
64 backers pledged AU$ 4,948 to help bring this project to life.

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AU$ 4,948

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HAPPINESS IS DOG SHAPED BOOK

The Happiness is Dog Shaped book is a beautiful collection of dog stories, as told by their humans, of how dogs have brought happiness into their lives. The stories will be a combination of funny, heart-warming and the everyday delights of the happiness of dogs. All complemented by delightful photography and unique images commissioned especially for the book.

The book is presented as a foil-printed hard cover, wrapped in a meticulously designed and visually beautiful dust jacket. The book is 21cm x 21cm and 120 printed pages.

This book will be one you’ll want to share with friends and family, proudly display in your home, office or any place that needs an extra touch of happiness. The book will also make a lovely gift to yourself or for a loved one for Christmas. 

The Happiness is Dog Shaped book will ship worldwide in November, 2017 in a custom-made mailer with branding detail.

PROJECT TIMELINE

The happiness project has been long in the making. We haven't just thrown this campaign together hoping we could figure out the details as we move along. The concept phase has lasted for well over a year and we really started knuckling down on all the details late last year.

Our human is very experienced in high-level project management, so she's a stickler for detail and all the 'little things' - like budgets, operational compliance, accountability and the stuff that isn't fun but is vital to the success of any project. An abbreviated version of our project delivery timeline is below. Of course, there's a bunch of detail behind each of these points and they've all been meticulously thought-out and mapped so we deliver our pledges to you as promised and on time.

 

                   

OUR CHARITY PARTNERS

Our human has been working to raise funds and awareness for dogs in need for a long (long) time. People who know her know she cries pretty much every time she sees a dog. And, that's just an expression of her happiness. When she hears of a dog in need, the response is vastly different. There are tears of heartbreak, but she is also mobilised to act and make a difference. You can read more about our human's work with dogs in the 'about' section of our campaign. 

We want to talk about the charities that you will be supporting by committing your pledge today.

Pets of the Homeless

Yvonne, Founder - Pets of the Homeless Charity
Yvonne, Founder - Pets of the Homeless Charity

Homelessness is a significant social issue. On any given night, one in every 200 Australians are homeless. For many, the only comfort, love and companionship they have, comes from their pets. For some, homelessness has become their only option after refusing to separate from their beloved pets.

Your pledge to our campaign today will help Pets of the Homeless keep best friends together, provide food, veterinary care and other support to pet owners in need. And, help people who are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness by making sure their companion pets are well looked after.

Dachshund IVDD Support Australia

Princess Lilo Weenie on Wheels
Princess Lilo Weenie on Wheels

We love our dachshund community! We've had the privilege of meeting and befriending doxie owners from around the world. One such friend is Princess Lilo Weenie (above). Meeting Lilo helped us learn about Intervertebral Disc Degeneration (IVDD).  

One in four dachshunds are now affected by IVDD.  It’s actually the genetics of the short legs, not the long backs of dachshunds, that pre-disposes them to IVDD.

The team at Dachshund IVDD Support Australia (DISA) provide an invaluable service to the many dachshunds affected by IVDD each year. 

At DISA, prevention, information and support are their key goals. We are truly moved by the community they support and the lengths they go to assist owners to make well-informed decisions regarding the care and treatment of dachshunds affected by IVDD.

THE REWARDS

We've bundled up a reward to suit every budget. Starting at just $1 for warm and fuzzies and incremental rewards to include a book, a book feature, book bundles and a VIP Launch Pawty, we're sure you'll find a happiness reward to suit.

Detailed information on rewards can be found in the project rewards section ('Back this project button' if viewing from mobile, to the right on desktop).

 

FAQs

We'll be providing regular updates through this page, including some sneaky behind the scenes photos as the project progresses. We'll also ensure we capture any FAQs and add them to the project page.

But, you might already have some questions about this project. So, we wanted to pre-empt these with some additional information:

Why is our funding target so low (for book production)?

We have already funded much of the project. This project is about reaching out to our community to source stories and to amplify our fundraising for our two nominated charities. And, of course, for you to purchase your copy of the Happiness is Dog Shaped book!

How do I nominate my preferred charity?

Once you've claimed your reward, you'll hear from us via an email to ask you to nominate your preferred charity. We'll be posting updates about funds raised for each charity, when we've remitted funds to our charity partners and how your donation is making a difference to the work they do. Thank you for being pawsome and contributing to a project that makes a difference to those in need.

How do I submit my feature story or cover dog information?

We have a simple form that captures all the information you'll need to submit to claim your feature. We'll send you a link to the form, which will need to be submitted by the happinessisdogshaped.com website. Please wait until you receive the link from us and do not submit any information via the website until requested to do so.  

What about the other stuff?

It's not all rolling around in the grass, getting covered by dog hair and picking up poop. We take 'all the stuff' pretty seriously. 

You'll find all the purchase and shipping terms, refunds policy, privacy policy and additional information about the book on the happinessisdogshaped.com website. 

You can feel comfortable committing your pledge today knowing that we've taken steps to be transparent about 'all the stuff', to give you peace of mind. We take your pledge of support and this project seriously.

Do you have any other questions? If we haven't already covered them off in the FAQ section, we want to hear from you! 

 

Risks and challenges

We mentioned earlier that our human is an above average project manager and by day she works in risk management. This means she understands each project comes with unique risks and challenges and that her job is to ensure these issues don't ruin the project.

The biggest issues we have identified (and planned for) are:

SCHEDULING RISK
Unexpected delays at an external vendor, natural factors and delays in acquisition of supplies by third parties is possible. We've factored a reasonable buffer in our project timeline to counter possible scheduling risks.

RESOURCE RISK
That is a human resource risk. We're human. Life is tricky and sometimes throws curve balls. To counter any human resource challenges, we're knowledge sharing across a small team to keep the project on track.

SHIPPING DELAYS
Our book is shipping at the peak time of year. We've endeavoured to counter this by scheduling a November, rather than December, dispatch to meet our promise to have your book and rewards by Christmas.

In the event an issue arises, we commit to ensuring that we're transparent and keep you fully informed. We will excitedly be sharing project updates with you. If we're required to deliver news in an adjustment to the project schedule, you can be assured we will do this in a timely manner.

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    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About $0.75

    Happiness is the warm and fuzzies

    You're the person who knows a little bit can go a long, long way.

    Your contribution is nudging us closer to our stretch goal, which ultimately means helping dogs that are disabled, need surgery or are homeless. Warm and fuzzies are guaranteed with making this pledge today, knowing that you've contributed to amplifying our goal to help dogs in need.

    You can add $1 or increase your donation to suit your budget - just increase the quantity to equal your donation, eg 1 quantity = $1, 20 quantity = $20 and so on.

    Thank you for being pawsome!

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    Pledge AU$ 10 or more About $7

    Happiness is a Tote Bag

    You're really not a book person. Totes fine. We're going to say thanks for giving up your latte and danish today to contribute to the happiness project by sending you a Happiness is Dog Shaped tote bag.

    You're pawsome!

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    • One Happiness is Dog Shaped tote bag
    • $1 donation to Pets of the Homeless or Dachshund IVDD Support Aus
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    Pledge AU$ 25 or more About $19

    Happiness is a little reward for me

    You love dogs and helping others. We get that, so the Happiness is Helping Dogs in Need (and a little reward for me) package is just for you.

    This is about a little something for dogs in need. And, a little reward for you and your doggo for being pawsome.

    Includes:
    • One Happiness is Dog Shaped dog charm -pawfect for doggo's collar
    • One Happiness is Dog Shaped tote bag
    • $5 donation to Pets of the Homeless or Dachshund IVDD Support Aus
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    Pledge AU$ 30 or more About $22

    Happiness is a Book

    You're not about the fuss or bells and whistles. You like to keep it simple and want a lovely book-of-dog-shaped-happiness delivered to your letter box.

    Even though you don't like fuss, we want to say thank YOU for being pawsome!

    Includes:
    • One copy of Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • One Happiness is Dog Shaped dog charm -pawfect for doggo's collar
    • $1 donation to Pets of the Homeless or Dachshund IVDD Support Aus
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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $37

    Happiness is a Book Bundle

    Pawsome choice!

    You just know you don't want to miss out on this collection of stories of dog-shaped-happiness. The stories will be a combination of funny, heart-warming and the everyday delights of the happiness dogs bring to our lives.

    Photographs and stories, which will be accompanied by illustrations commissioned especially for the Happiness is Dog Shaped project, will make this book one you will proudly display on your coffee table.

    A tote bag, a dog charm (pawfect for doggo's collar), your name credited in the book and the official website, together with a donation to either Pets of the Homeless or Dachshund IVDD Support Australia make this reward one of our favourites.

    Includes:
    • One copy of Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Your name credited in the book as one of our supPAWters
    • Your name on happinessisdogshaped.com website as a supPAWter
    • One Happiness is Dog Shaped dog charm -pawfect for doggo's collar
    • $1 donation to Pets of the Homeless or Dachshund IVDD Support Aus
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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $112

    Happiness is a Book Feature (dachshund)

    See your ween in print with a feature in our book!

    You know the correct pronunciation of dachshund. Words like ween, snag and doxie are part of your vocabulary. Your home is likely to be filled with at least one, likely two or more short-legged, big-willed wiener dogs.

    You're nodding your head, right?

    We just know you're going to love seeing your ween featured in the book. What's included in the feature? We're glad you asked!

    One feature on your dachshund in the Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited First Edition), which includes one full printed page feature with one photograph, a short story about your dog/s and your Instagram handle.

    Excited?! Yes?! That's just the feature. This reward also comes with all the pawsome inclusions below.

    This reward is for dachshund breed dogs. We love all dogs, so if your dog is a breed other than dachshund, please see our next reward :)

    Includes:
    • One copy of Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • One feature on your dachshund in the Happiness is Dog Shaped book
    • Your name credited in the book as one of our supPAWters
    • Your name on happinessisdogshaped.com website as a supPAWter
    • $40 donation to Dachshund IVDD Support Australia
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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $112

    Happiness is a Book Feature (all breed)

    See your dog in print with a feature in our book!

    You're known in your neighbourhood as the dog person. Heading to the dog park at the end of the day is as much about you cuddling dogs as it is about exercising your dog. You've seen Marley and Me at least ten times and end up in tears EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. All your clothes are covered in dog hair but you just don't care.

    Whether they tear apart their bed just before you have guests come over, or pee on the new rug the minute you lay it down, when those big bold eyes and floppy ears look up at you, the whole world just seems a better place.

    Congratulations, you're a dog person and you know that happiness is truly is dog shaped.

    "Tell me more!", we hear you say.

    This feature includes:

    One feature on your dog in the Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited First Edition), which includes one full printed page feature with one photograph, a short story about your dog/s and your Instagram handle.

    Excited?! Yes?! That's just the feature. This reward also comes with all the pawsome inclusions below.

    * IMPAWTANT: this option excludes dachshund-breed dogs. See our Happiness is a Book Feature (dachshund) for ween-love.

    Includes:
    • One copy of Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • One feature on your dog in the Happiness is Dog Shaped Book
    • Your name credited in the book as one of our supPAWters
    • Your name on happinessisdogshaped.com website as a supPAWter
    • $40 donation: Pets of the Homeless or Dachshund IVDD Support AU
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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $150

    Happiness is Being a Cover Dog

    Feature on the outside back cover of the Book!

    Lights, camera, action! You're going to need your most pupparazzi-worthy photo for this reward!

    Our beautiful hard-cover book (with fancy foil print on the cover and spine) will also include a full-colour dust jacket with FIVE very lucky doggos featured on the outside back cover.

    You know this reward is for you if:

    - You have more photos of your dog in your camera roll than of coffee/ food/ anything else;

    - Your dog has more Instagram followers than you; or

    - You’ve always dreamt of being a cover model. Being on set with everyone making a fuss of you, makeup artists touching up your lipstick while assistants are bringing you cucumber sandwiches as a wind machine blows through your hair and the French photographer shrieks, “Darrrrllinng, you’re perfect!” But, realising this dream may not come true anytime soon, you can live vicariously through your dog instead.

    *IMPAWTANT - this offer is available to all breeds of dogs, except dachshunds. If you would like to feature your dachshund on our outside back cover, please view the Happiness is Being a Cover Dog (dachshund).

    Includes:
    • One copy of Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • One photograph of your dog on the outside back cover of Book
    • Your name credited in the book as one of our supPAWters
    • Your name on happinessisdogshaped.com website as a supPAWter
    • $40 donation: Pets of the Homeless or Dachshund IVDD Support AU
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    Pledge AU$ 200 or more About $150

    Happiness is Being a Dachshund Cover Dog

    Feature your ween on the outside back cover of the book!

    Do you have a photogenic ween who’s just waiting to get their big break? If so, grab this reward super quick as there's only one on offer. Then find your best, cover-worthy photo and get ready to sign pawtographs and fend off the pupparazzi with your new-found fame.

    *IMPAWTANT - this offer is only available to dachshund breed dogs. If you would like to feature your dog on our outside back cover, please view the Happiness is Being a Cover Dog.

    Includes:
    • One copy of Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • One photograph of your dog on the outside back cover of Book
    • Your name credited in the book as one of our supPAWters
    • Your name on happinessisdogshaped.com website as a supPAWter
    • $40 donation to Dachshund IVDD Support Australia
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    Pledge AU$ 275 or more About $206

    Happiness is a VIP Launch Pawty

    Dogs, dogs, dogs and more dogs!

    You'll be exploding with pupper-love at our VIP Launch Pawty.

    You and your dog will feel like rock-stars for the day by mingling with celebrity dogs while indulging in delicious treats (of the human and dog variety) and fun activities.

    Like the true rock-stars you are, you'll leave with a Premium Goodie Bag (valued at $300) with treats for dogs and their humans.

    Even though every dog is a rock star and deserves a private jet to whisk them from one exotic destination to the next, this reward is location based. If your jet, car, bus, train, magical flying carpet or human can get you to Melbourne (Australia), you don't want to miss this event.

    Your reward includes an invitation for you and your dogs to our exclusive VIP Launch Pawty to be held in Melbourne* (includes all the rock-star feels of food, drinks, Insta-worthy activites and Premium Goodie Bag) plus all the extra goodess below.

    * VIP Launch Pawty date expected to be mid-November - early December, date is subject to confirmation.

    Includes:
    • Invitation to VIP Launch Pawty
    • VIP Goodie Bag (valued $300)
    • One copy of Happiness is Dog Shaped book (Limited 1st Edition)
    • Your name credited in the book as one of our supPAWters
    • Your name on happinessisdogshaped.com website as a supPAWter
    • One Happiness is Dog Shaped dog charm -pawfect for doggo's collar
    • One Happiness is Dog Shaped tote bag
    • $20 donation to Pets of the Homeless or Dachshund IVDD Support AU
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