Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Sunday Lover

Who needs a home and totally deserves one.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Long Walks at CVHS

Today was the first day at the shelter and it was a lot of fun! I got to walk 8 different dogs in the time I was there. It would have been smart to remember that I would be there for three hours when I decided to walk Ollie for an hour before that. I don't think I have a career in dog walking...

My favorite dog of the day was a compact little pitbull mix named Beck. He was so wiggly and cute and had the sweetest eyes. I think I fell in love with all of them though. I even found a girlfriend for Ollie named Ramona. Ramona is a little skinny right now and I've taught Ollie to go for the girls with a little meat on their bones, so the matchmaking will have to wait. Ramona and Ollie sittin in a tree...the cats will totally pee on my pillows if I ever bring another dog home. They are spiteful sometimes.

I am so glad I started doing this. I think that finally getting it together and going for it even motivated someone else to start volunteering, but I'm pretty sure she's doing it to find a injured veteran boyfriend...Lisa is shameless and I love her for it.

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Quick and Easy Donations

I know lots of people that would like to help donate to charity, but don't have the time or money to do so. Let's face it, the economy is effecting everyone and makes it hard to pay our own bills, let alone help others. That all has changed with Freekibble and Freekibblekat.

These two websites donate 10 pieces of kibble for each person that answers the daily trivia question...and you don't even have to get it right!!! Right or wrong they will still donate 10 pieces of kibble to a shelter on their list.

10 pieces of kibble doesn't sound like a lot, but think about if you tell a friend and they tell a friend and so on and so forth. It adds up fast and helps out a lot of animals in shelters.

10 pieces of kibble to a shelter that needs it and learning some fun trivia about cats and dogs? Sounds good to me! Head on over to them today, help out some animals, and feel good about knowing that you helped out without spending a dime!

Oh and if all of this wasn't cool enough, it was started by a 12 year old girl. Wow!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday Night @ The Condo

He gets the big couch and I take the love seat
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The First Post

Rather than give a long introduction of what I'm doing and why I'm doing it, I figure I will just jump in with both feet. This blog is about animals, plain and simple. It's about the three pets that I have, my friends' pets, pets that I have helped at the shelter, and pets (and their people) that inspire me with their stories.

I just watched the most incredible episode of "I Shouldn't Be Alive" on Animal Planet. A woman fell into a canyon in Utah and broke her pelvis...and her dog ended up saving her. Her dog Taz stayed with her as long as he could and when she felt like it was her very last hope (after being out in the canyon for three days and bleeding internally) she asked him to go get help...and he did! Taz left his owner in the canyon, found the search party, and brought them back to where his owner was. To say that this woman has one of the best dogs in the world is an understatement...this was one of those miracles that you can only read about or see on tv/in the movies. Or is it?

I, like every other good pet owner, believe my dog is the smartest, cutest, most perfect dog in the world, but I don't know that he could pull something like that off. Hopefully, he never will have to. Dogs do seem to have a six sense about human feelings though. One of my favorite parts of the book Marley and Me is when John and Jenny come home after the miscarriage of their first child (stay with me on this one) and Marley rests his head in Jenny's lap. It's the simplest gesture, but it speaks volumes for how dogs can intuitively sense when we need them. Ollie will sit with me when I'm sad or make me laugh with his funny noises when I need it the most...and then he will go eat my cell phone. It's this crazy juxtaposition of comfort and craziness that keeps me going on a daily basis. Cover me in sloppy kisses when I get home from work and then turn around and puke on the rug.

Volunteering at the shelter starts on Sunday. I've always wanted to do it and never did out of fear. I think a lot of people want to volunteer, but feel the same way as I do. It's gotta be depressing to see animals in cages that have don't have their own forever home. It's gotta be really hard to not take them all home yourself. I wasn't sure I could handle it, but I believe that the rewards will far outweigh the hardships and maybe, just maybe, there will be a story or two to inspire someone else.