The beginning of Mr. Dash’s "Heart"
Have you ever felt unhappy or without a purpose, or lacked the motivation to do what you planned? That’s how I often feel as a foreigner in the UK.
In 2014, as I was beginning my exploration of digital media development and its impact on our lives, I got a British Border Collie puppy, whom I named “Dash.” As soon as this lovely puppy pranced into my life, he brightened my days – he made me happy more than any online experience ever could. Dash finds his happiness in each and every moment, and he shares it freely with every person that comes across his path. It’s not complicated or demanding, or intellectual – it’s simple, it’s basic, and it’s right here, right now, free for the taking. He helped me understand that happiness is a choice that’s waiting to be seized. It’s not about the gains of the future or the triumphs of the past. It’s about the wealth of joy inherent in the present, if only we choose to acknowledge and appreciate it. What Dash teaches me daily motivated me to start this project, “Mr. Dash’s Inspiration,” which aims to share his simple secrets to happiness with everyone.
I believe that to some extent, dogs are our therapists - and even mentors. Dash has taught me that by having modest needs and being satisfied with a simple life, one can achieve lasting happiness. I hope there are more people like me who can be inspired by Dash’s canine wisdom to seek and find the joy of living in every moment.
I remember the moment I discussed the project with my friend – Ting Fan, a New York based filmmaker and how she told me that our art designer, Sheauling Soo, found that the pattern on Dash’s head resembles a “heart” shape! This was something I’d never noticed, so I looked at Dash’s “dash” carefully, and I was so moved. Yes, Dash does have a heart on his dash - he was born with a beautiful “heart” to inspire people, especially me.
Sheauling incorporated the “heart” shape into “Mr. Dash’s Inspiration” logo and came up with more, such as mugs, special cards, and wall art, and then her sister, SheauYunn Usmanova, who is a calligrapher, has done all the calligraphy handwork for the quotes inspired by Dash.
I do want to say thank you to SheauYunn on behalf of Dash. Although she is pregnant and has to look after her lovely daughter at the same time, she did her best to spare her very limited time to help this project. I believe SheauYunn finished it because of her enthusiasm. Dash is such a lucky boy to have the Soo Sisters to help him to achieve the purpose of his life - spread happiness.
Do you have friends who are a bit depressed or feel unhappy without any reason like me? Dash’s cards with inspirational quotes will motivate them to find purpose.
Would you like to have a cup of coffee or tea with Dash every day? Dash would be very happy.
With this lovely wall art, you can have Dash to inspire you wherever you like.
Dash is really keen on learning new things. If you want to know more about Dash's experience and happy moments, Dash will share his videos with you.
Apart from the six quotes, actually Dash has more stories to share with you. From his secret diary, you will discover Dash’s deepest thoughts. Remember he is a clever dog and will have something special to surprise you with.
Hampstead Heath Walk
If you can walk with Dash in his favourite place – Hampstead Heath, you will interact with Dash, and get to know how Dash catches a ball, a Frisbee, or plays other interesting games. On top of that, you can also own one of Dash’s inspirational mugs, and a photo of Dash playing with you in Hampstead Heath.
Having a drink with Dash in his favourite pub
Sometimes it can be very simple to be happy. Just having a drink can make us feel relaxed. Dash has his favourite pub and always visits there after playing in Hampstead Heath and he would be very happy if you could join him. You will also get a photo of both of you having a drink together.
The future of Mr. Dash
In order to let Dash inspire people all over the world, I will keep exploring the relationships between pets and humans in a creative way so as to deal with people’s sadness, and more importantly, find more positive approaches to give people energy. The aim of this project is to develop space or networks to connect with people all over the world to get inspired in our lives, especially from Dash. Therefore, this Kickstarter project – Mr. Dash’s inspiration – is not the end of Dash’s inspirational story. On the contrary, this project is just the beginning. In the near future, you can find more lovely photos, videos, stories and creative products on Mr.Dash’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I believe the more support we get, the more meaningful things we can do. If you believe our lives should be inspired all the time or agree that we should keep thinking about how to change our world by supporting each other, please support this project. You will find more inspiration through Dash in your world.
Risks and challenges
Supporters can be sure of getting the rewards of their choice. With some rewards there is an element of uncertainty. For example, one of these rewards is to walk with Dash in Hampstead Heath. As you know, English weather is not predictable, however, I will try to follow the forecast carefully to arrange a good day to enjoy the walk.
As with other projects, the biggest challenge here is meeting the manufacturing cost of the items and the cost of delivery. Some items, such as mugs, are also very fragile so the packaging cost may be higher and make the process of delivery more difficult. To meet this challenge, I will keep in touch with supporters by email. In addition, all of the social media sites and the Kickstarter page will also assist to address our supporters’ questions or problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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