Sunday, December 21, 2008
  Christmas gift!

This is my little friend, Bacon. He has been at the shelter since I started volunteering there in July. He's small and cute and just a doll, but he's fairly plain looking, especially when you consider all the pure-breds and hard-luck stories at the shelter.

I have taken him to the doggy park a couple of times. He's great there - kinda my little shadow, and so sweet. I had to push him back in his cage the first time I brought him back to the shelter, which broke my heart.

Last week when I was there, I gave him treats after his walk but he didn't want them. I felt so guilty and asked the shelter manager if we could move him to one of the running common areas, rather than leave him a small crate all the time. Apparently he jumps out when you try to keep him in one of those areas, so he had to stay in the crate. Ugh.

Then I asked if we could lower his adoption fee from $200. I felt it would be easier to try to "sell" him if we lowered the fee.

I stopped by Friday and took some dog pics, and was already wearing get-dirty clothes and had some time, so grabbed him and a really spazzy dog named Lucky and took them to the park. I gave them baths and let them run. Lucky was the star of the park - he ran at full speed for about an hour. He was playful with the other dogs and so happy to be free for a while. Everyone at the park loved him, and I tried to spread the word as much as possible that they both needed homes.

Bacon kept following me around at the park. If I held my arms out - or sometimes even if I didn't - he would jump up so he could cuddle with me. When I sat at the picnic table, he was on my lap, snuggling. I felt incredibly sad the whole time that such a sweet dog should be homeless and living in a crate.

I've been emailing everyone on Craigslist who said they are looking for a small dog. Today I went to to it again and went to get Bacon's profile off of Petfinder for them and... it was gone! I called the shelter manager and she said that HE GOT ADOPTED. A family came in yesterday and decided on Bacon; he'll be going home tomorrow.

I cannot even say how happy I am. Seriously. The shelter manager said it must be something I did, since it's been a good five months and NO ONE has looked at those dogs, and all of a sudden...!

Also? Lucky is being adopted right now. He's been there for a couple of months. I'm so glad someone is willing to take a chance on such a high-energy dog, 'cause he's a sweetie too. Pure happiness.

What a good day! :)

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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!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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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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