Puppy Kisses: My Secret Source of Creativity

Working in a creative field, we constantly hear about “combinatorial creativity,” the concept of connecting different thoughts and experiences from all aspects of life to create new ideas. That’s why, throughout the year, we’ll show you the outside experiences our staff love that help shape their thoughts and boost their creativity.


This is the first installment in our series exploring combinatorial creativity.

I have been a dog lover my entire life and have volunteered at dog rescues for the past few years. When I moved to Asheville, I was lucky enough to learn of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. I often go to the shelter to walk dogs, fold laundry, snuggle, and more. The dogs seem to love the time I spend there, but I might love it even more.

This past weekend, I volunteered at their Howl-O-Ween Walkathon (Get it?) fundraiser. I staffed the adoption table and hung out with my handsome buddy Chance, who chose to dress as a blue crayon for the festivities. We spent the day visiting with families, searching for food that children dropped on the grass, and practicing our “sit” command. (One of us has it down a little better than the other.)

When Chance is not dressing up, he enjoys belly rubs, frolicking in the great outdoors, and dog treats. I have faith that he will find his fur-ever family very soon. (Sorry, these events just breed puns…and there’s another!) Should you want to learn more about Chance or any other adoptable dog I love to snuggle, visit bwar.org.







By Valerie Kulbersh

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