When I started blogging (five years ago), it seems like I had more dog stories than cat stories. Over time, I think the posts about dogs and the posts about cats probably balanced each other out. But anybody who’s been reading here for only the last couple of years would have to say this is place has gone to the cats. Of course, there’s a reason for that. A good reason! Winnie’s Wish is here. Winnie’s Wish is a CAT rescue/shelter/sanctuary. Since I write about what I’m doing day in and day out, this blog has become heavy on cat stories due to the nature of my work.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t love dogs. In fact, I have more dogs (of my own) than I do cats. Our animal family is composed of six cats and TWELVE dogs. Now two of those dogs are feral and can only barely be touched. And five of the remaining ten are ancient – REALLY ancient - so I don’t know how much longer they will be with us. But the point is that I love dogs just as much as I do cats. And if I was still doing dog rescue like I’m doing cat rescue, there would be more stories about dogs. Today there is a story about dogs because of an event that occurred last week.
My boarding kennel (my business – the income without which I would not be able to do my rescue work) is on overdrive every Summer. The kennel stays mostly full June through August. Some days I am literally releasing a dog to his/her owner, cleaning & sanitizing the run, and putting another dog right into that run within the period of about an hour. It is rare during the Summer to have a run standing empty. But just before last week got started, a Facebook friend included me in a Facebook conversation about a transport of some dogs from somewhere in Tennessee to somewhere in Illinois. I see transport stuff all of the time, and though I would LOVE to be involved in helping a dog go from a kill shelter to a foster home or adoption, I simply do not have a lot of extra time to devote to driving a leg of a transport. But this request was not for driving. It was for overnighting. This particular transport was looking for a place to put a couple of pups for two nights who were en route from kill shelter to potential adoption. And the two nights that were needed were Monday night and Tuesday night. I glanced into my kennel schedule book and I had EXACTLY one run open for THOSE two nights! There was no doubt about where those two pups were supposed to stay.
It was really fulfilling to be able to help some canines on their path to The Good Life. Also – taking care of these two sweethearts reminded me of how wonderful puppies are. It had been a while. I received them on Monday afternoon. They were picked up on Wednesday afternoon. They had more than a little fun while they were here. Caring for them and playing with them reminded me of how many dogs are in shelters and pounds all across this land. These are a couple of the lucky ones.
Tomorrow – back to cats. A rescue mission has been put in place. We have so far been unsuccessful. I MUST succeed at this. A group has “crossed my path” and I am determined to save them. I’ll start that story tomorrow.
And speaking of cats . . . here’s what Winnie’s Wish received over the weekend. YAY!
Alyssa – THANK YOU.
If this rescue mission comes together like I want it to, I’ll be adding Kitten Chow to the Wish List . . . Keep your fingers crossed.
See you tomorrow.