I'm fundraising for Housing Works this year (info: http://www.housingworks.org) and have committed to (a) raise $1500, and (b) run the Reykjavik marathon with the other team-HW fundraising folks. I hope you'll consider pitching in a bit. It's all tax deductible and HW is a great organization.
The puppy has nothing to do with anything. But it would probably want you to donate.