Friday, March 17, 2017

Three Things To Feel Awesome About Right Now.

1) Because People Are Good. Really, Really, Really Good.

When a good samaritan saw some folks carrying around wee little pups in a duffel bag with no mom in sight, he knew it was not a safe sitch for the little muffins. It wasn't his problem - but he made it his problem. He talked the people into giving him the pups. He bottle fed them overnight while he researched a safe place to bring them. Then he brought them to us. That's really, really good person #1.

Tiny little days old potato puppies. 
Once here, staff fed and cared for them until an awesome foster home could be found. That foster parent spent weeks bottle feeding, raising and caring for the little foundlings. That's Really Good Person(s) #2-5. We're counting the staff and the foster folks*.


Because so many really good people helped see them through safely to adoptable age, they turned from little potatoes into actual puppies. When they did, folks queued up to adopt them. So let's add all the folks who wanted to adopt the Duffel Bag Puppies onto our Really Good People List. And now the number is too high to count.

Now actual poopy-sized poopies. 
#2: Because Cataleya Carries Her Own Toys

Actually we could just say 'Because Cataleya' period. Everything this enormous-headed pooch does is ridiculously adorable from her ginormous, basketball sized grin...

Look at that noggin! It's huge! It's happy!
To her willingness to pack her own gear on the way to the dog park.

Stop. Just stop. We cannot take the adorbs. 
She's pretty much a guaranteed smile on paws. More good news? She's an honorary cat this weekend. With our All About That Bass Oversized Cat Promotion adopt fees on all cats are just $20. We included her in the promo so her adopt fee is just $20!

Reason #3 To Feel Awesome: The Remy Comparison.

Remy came in with a broken leg after getting hit by a car. Our amazing vets were able to save the leg by doing a complicated surgery involving a metal plate (we have the bestest vets ever). In a few weeks Remy will be back to normal but to sum up right now:

Hit by car.
Extensive surgery.
Stuck on exercise restriction - no running for six weeks.

Yet still Remy looks like this:

If this picture doesn't make you smile, we got nothin'.
Yup. He's smiling. He's smiling in pretty much every picture we have of him. Because that's how he rolls - all waggy tail, kisses and smiles.

So if Remy can smile, we can all feel awesome about something today.

If you don't feel awesome, we can help. Pop in to snuggle a dog or cat at any of our locations

*Psssst - we have a dog and puppy foster orientation tomorrow. Sign up for it here!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Even When You Lose, You Win: The Catch-It Challenge.

Sometimes we all want things but maybe aren't the best at getting what we want.

As hoomans, it's easy to get discouraged. We have one miss...

Aaaaand we just quit trying. 

Dogs, however, are a totally different animal (obviously).

They have one miss..


And realize that trying a) is fun and b) gets you a cookie.

I got a lot of cookies. I even ate the ones that bounced off of me. 

And they just keep trying until they get the cookie.


We have a lot of cookies. People are awesome and donate a lot of cookies. Our volunteers are awesome and bring their own cookies for the pooches. Our employees are awesome and bring things like cut up chicken and cheese for the dogs.

This woman is an endless font of cookies. 
 (Auntie Cookie, aka Exec Assistant Lorrie Sprain, we're looking at you).

We digress - we have a lot of cookies. And we have a lot of pooches.

I like cookies. A little too much, actually. 
We live in a cell phone culture, where everything can be filmed. So we thought, hey, wouldn't it be fun to have a friendly competition and film the pooches catching (or not catching) cookies? Even if the dogs lose, they win because they still get a cookie and we're not above doing a few practice rounds...


Until they get it right. 

We had three takeaways from this:

1) Sometimes you just need to stick to what you're good at. Which, in Amber's case, is kisses. Lots and lots of kisses. 


2) Cats are not amused by the Catch It Challenge, though our resident clown kittehs Frank and George had a blast with all the treats.


3) Watching dogs with ginormous ears try to catch anything might be the best thing ever on a rainy Monday. 


And oh yes, one more thing: Don't give up. You might not always win, but the trying is fun. 

And hey, cookies.