Friday, November 17, 2017

Not Jerry Needs to Talk to You About Something

Listen, we need to talk about senior pets. 

Who, me?

 Yes, you, Jim. In our view, seniors are pretty awesome.

What about me? Aren't I awesome?

Yes, Random Puppy, you're awesome too. But awesome in a "chew everything in sight, fingerpaint in your own poop, sing the song of your people" kind of way. 

The horror! The indecency! 
We know, Marilyn, you would never stoop to that level. Like a lot of senior buds, your manners are on point and your politeness is impeccable. 
 Exactly. Dignity, people.
That's not to say seniors aren't fun or playful. 
You better not be saying that. Because fun is my middle name. Or it would be, if I had one.
Seniors, like all animals, come in a lot of different shapes, sizes, and personality traits. And we have a big variety here just waiting to go home with you.

Like me! Pick me. I'm awesome.

Yes, Not Jerry, you're one of the coolest seniors around. But back to the point. We have tons of awesome seniors right now (dogs and cats!) who would love to go home with you and wouldn't create artwork out of their poop or scale your curtains.  
You're darn right. Curtain climbing is childish.
This week we're celebrating senior pets and all their mature, housebroken glory. Through Tuesday, 11/22, adoption fees for cats and dogs over 6 years old are only $50. And we'll have an extra special Senior Showcase at our Milpitas ACC this Saturday from 11am-12pm. Tons of awesome senior dogs will be romping in our dog park showing you their social skills and hoping to tempt you into giving them forever digs. Let them tempt you. Visit us soon.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Official Sarah Armes Cute-O-Meter.

This is Sarah. She works in our Development Department as a Campaign Manager.

Ruth Vader Ginsburg.
She usually doesn't dress like this but, you know, Halloween was this week. So there you go.
Yes, there we go. And make Halloween stay gone until next year. 
Anyhoo, as you might have noticed we tell a lot of stories here at HSSV. We tell stories about our amazing animals.

Yes, I am winking at you. Because I'm that cool. 
Stories about our amazing staff and volunteers.

Glen who, in addition to his million other duties, is The Human Cat Bed.
And stories about our awesome adopters.

Thanks for the new hoomans, HSSV. 
But how do we pick what stories to tell? Well, the HSSV staff is pretty awesome about telling us their stories....

Yes Suarez. We're looking at you. And not just because we love posting this sweater pic.
And when staff does tell us stories, they're recorded in a big repository that's just for stories. Think of it as a story box, if you will.

Not an actual story of photo repository. But that is a box.  
At which point we go through the story box and as we need stories - for newsletters, for the blog, for everything - we pull them out. So what does any of this have to do with Sarah?

I stick my tongue out when I'm thinking hard. 
Sarah is one of the gatekeepers for The Story Box. Every other week she sifts through all of the stories staff has put in the story box and decides which ones go where.

We went everywhere. Because look at us. 
At some point in developing the story process, we discovered the Sarah-Armes-Cute-O-Meter.

I think I actually achieved melt status.
While stories aren't picked based on cute, Sarah does make some pretty amazing faces when looking at pics of our animals. So amazing we actually had to document them and share them with you. This is the 'It's So Fluffy I'm Going To Die' face.

Don't eat your fingers, Sarah. We need you to answer your emails. 
Which was probably made in reaction to some little nugget like this. 

Okay, now we're all eating our fingers. 
The 'I Cannot Stand It, If I Keep Looking I Will Chew Off The Insides Of My Cheeks' Face...

Does she still have fingers? Can someone check? 
Which happens a lot with little muffins like Onyx..

Okay Onyx. Stop it right now. We're ALL eating our cheeks.
 The 'It Is So Cute I Need To Hunt It Down And Smoosh It Face'...

Still in the dark on the fingers? So are we. 
This one kind of scares us because Sarah gets all hunched over and grabs her neck like she's choking. We don't know whether to give her the Heimlich or just hand her someone like this and let her moosh cheeks until it passes.

Don't worry Fiona - the good news is it's hard to moosh if she doesn't have fingers. 
And finally there is the pinnacle, the ultimate, the Holy Grail of the Sarah-Armes-Cute-O-Meter, the infamous 

Pretty sure the fingers are gone. 
'I Might Actually Melt It Is So Adorable' Face. This one has a long recovery time. It usually takes a good ten minutes and possibly a strong dose of kitten to get her over this. 

Quick - grab the kittens in little sweaters! Now!

So what have we learned from this week's blog?

1) Sarah makes amazing faces.
2) All cute photo jokes aside, Sarah does work really hard and we have the most amazing, dedicated staff ever.
3) Even people who work around our animals all day are still susceptible to their charms.
4) We honestly do have the best, cutest, sweetest pets in the world here so you should make sure to adopt them.