Saturday’s Workout: Ran 5.5 sets of 10 flights of stairs (27 steps per flight) at the local college. That’s 1485 stairs. Roundtrip I walked 3-ish miles.
Sunday’s Workout: Run-Walk intervals at the high school track. Run 200 m (1/2 lap), Walk 100m (1/4 lap). Repeat for 12.5 laps = 5K. Time: 36:56.
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This is Caesar, he’s a French bulldog puppy with a heart murmur and an umbilical hernia. I declare right now: I love this dog.
In this first pen there are 6 puppies – Ceasar (he’s the white one fast asleep); 1 Boston Terrier, Penelope (she’s the brown and white one with a red collar); 1 wirehaired miniature dachshund, Tellulah Belle (she’s the brown dog sitting on Caesar); and 3 terrier mixes, Honor, Treasure, and Justice. OMDog, so cute.
In the second pen are 6 more puppies: 1 chocolate lab, 1 great Pyrenees/spring spaniel mix, 1 black lab, and 3 australian shepherd/blue heeler mixes. The cuteness is overflowing!
I spent 3 hours with all these guys on Saturday. It’s okay, you can be jealous.
Volunteering with a dog rescue, I meet some really interesting people. Saturday’s adoption event was like many, some really great people and some really odd people. Here are a few tips about what you might consider at dog adoption events:
1. We aren’t selling dogs or puppies. They are available for adoption. They have an adoption fee. But they aren’t an off the shelf product for sale.
2. Try before you buy. Ask me to get a dog out so you can interact with it. Take the dog for a walk outside. Schedule a meet-and-greet so your kids/spouse/other pets can meet the dog. And ask me questions! The biggest benefit of an all foster rescue system is that we know these dogs! Don’t pick based on looks alone.
3. It’s not first come first serve. Fill out an application and we’ll be in touch. My last foster dog received more than a dozen applications. Most were amazing families but ultimately I had to find the best fit for her.
4. If you can’t afford the adoption fee, you can’t afford the dog. You think $500 for a puppy that comes spayed or neutered, with all its shots and a microchip is expensive? Wait until that puppy eats your kids’ Halloween candy and you go to the ER vet at 10 PM on a Sunday. No new shoes for mama for a while.
5. You are allowed to look, pet, and admire and not take one home. Don’t feel bad. We all wish we could adopt them all but we can’t. It’s ok the just pet and leave. The dogs love the attention. Can’t adopt? Then foster. Can’t foster? Then donate. Can’t donate? Then help spread the word.
And just for fun, here is our cat, Indigo, thinking that my warm jam jars make for a nice pillow.
How cute is Caesar? I so want to foster his squishy little face. I’m not sure his name suits him. What name does he look like to you? I’m sorta feeling Franklin.