Monday, October 13, 2008
  Introducing KATIE
I walk this girl every Monday. Well, if I can beat the other volunteers to her. She's a beautiful Boxer. I made the mistake of saying hi to her the other night when I stopped by the shelter to pick up some vaccines when someone was walking her, and she basically dragged the girl across the road to say hi to me. (Granted, this is probably more due to my crazy high baby voice I adopt when speaking to the furry ones rather than her recognizing me as someone she likes.) She's big and awesome and has been there since I started volunteering, a good 3 months ago.

We partially blame the fact that this is the pic of her on Petfinder. Pics make a HUGE difference. One dog sat in the shelter for weeks, but within 3 hours of her picture going up she was on her way to her new home (and had seven other people who had TRIED to get her).

Knowing how important pictures are, this weekend I went to take some. A nice Canadian lady named Mary met me there so we could take as many as we could manage in an hour, but when we arrived we found out that NONE OF THE FOUR VOLUNTEERS scheduled to work that day had shown, so instead we got to walk dogs and clean cages. They called in for back-ups, and after a few people arrived, I set off to take some pictures. But managing a hyper-omg-I've-been-in-a-cage-for-months-basically dog AND a camera isn't all that easy.. So after an hour and fifteen minutes, I only managed some doggy-walking, a serious amount of frustration with the entire situation, and three pictures. And by then, I had to leave.


At least I got this, though. Improvement? :D I put her up on Craiglist tonight with the new pic. Cross your fingers!!
I LOVE the brindle coated pooches!
MUCH better picture! Those teeth hanging out in the original picture could not have been helping her. The tongue hanging out will.
I agree -- much better picture. What happened to her leg?
Yes, she be adorable.

She apparently got hit by a car.. The story I was given, that someone bought her and gave her up due to medical bills, was corrected the other day... Apparently she was a stray who had been hit by a car, so Animal Aid helped her.

The good news is that she has an APPROVED application in for adoption, so as long as they follow through... Well, we'll see on Monday. I am hoping hoping hoping for an empty Katie cage.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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