Dog daysJanuary 5, 2009
4 January 2009
Today was a busy day at the animal rescue. We have these GREAT kids who volunteer with the group. They walk the dogs one at a time, they sit in the pens and play with the dogs, and they’re able to help answer questions. They’re probably all between 11 and 13, and it’s encouraging to see them giving up their time to help out.
Unbelievably, Debbie the Doberman (10 weeks old) remains unadopted.
She is all feet, and her head hasn’t quite grown into her body yet. She’s bigger now than when I took this picture, but her adorable-ness is also growing exponentially.
It is a little heart-breaking when people surrender their dogs. This weekend alone, someone turned over their 7 year-old pug named Tyler. How do you give up a dog you’ve had 7 years? Another family gave up their three shitzus, two of whom are 10 and one (the father of the other two) who is 14. They are healthy, gentle, kind, loving and suuuuuper soft. Like alpaca fur.
Obviously, I don’t have the full details of these surrender situations, and I can’t know what these families are going through. The dogs know something is up, though. The looks on their faces … ouch. “Where’s that dude who fed me for 7 years? Where’s my cozy little bed next to armchair? What’s happening here? Did I do something wrong?”
I’m still a little tentative interviewing prospective pet guardians. You’re literally putting a dog’s life into someone else’s hands. Since most of the animals at Good Dog were rescued from a kill shelter, this is their second chance at life. I want to make sure I get it right. A few more interviews and I’ll be much more confident about things.
To end this on a happier note, my ex John sent me this fantastic video clip that I’m trying to tell everyone about. It is actually a beautiful, touching story about a friendship between two animals that chokes me up every time I watch. Check out the video clip here.