Archive for the ‘Volunteering’ Category

Volunteering Is Fun

May 31, 2012

Volunteering for Austin Pets Alive! has brought so many wonderful animals and people into my life the last two years. Last night, I got to meet a fellow volunteer in-person for the first time after many months of emailing back and forth and friendship on Facebook. We visited over coffee, watching people in grass skirts walking giddily down the sidewalk on their way to see Jimmy Buffet, and then we traveled to APA! to take some pictures and shoot some video footage of some dogs who needed to have their profiles beefed up. It was pretty much an awesome evening.

Look at these beautiful faces. We got to spend time with all of them yesterday evening.

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Dogs Can Climb Trees

March 30, 2012

I’ve spent time the last couple of weeks with two amazing dogs at Austin Pets Alive! Gracie and Olive.

Gracie can be a bit mouthy, but she’s eager to learn and making great progress. She can destroy a stuffie toy in less than 10 seconds, and she doesn’t know that dogs aren’t supposed to climb trees.

Olive is a petite pittie princess. She walks well on her leash, loves cheesy duck crackers and is happy to chase birds out of the yard.

Sometimes I get attached to the dogs that I meet and get to volunteer with. There are awesome animals waiting to be adopted, and I wish I could take them all. Since I can’t take one of these two, I think you should.

What in the World?!

December 14, 2011

That was the question that I exclaimed when I first saw Prince and Kuma last night at Austin Pets Alive! I walk dogs there every Tuesday evening, and those two just didn’t look like dogs to me from far away.

They are, of course, cute dogs — long-hair chihuahua mixes. And they’re available for adoption.

If you’re not ready to adopt, we always need volunteer walkers. There is no better feeling in the world than ending the day by loving on a dog, making sure they’ve done business and had a treat or two, and then tucking them in for the night. Last night I walked one pup who has probably only been on a leash three times in her life. She was scared and so unsure of what to do. I spent about 20 minutes with her just getting used to the leash on her collar and walking as slowly as she wanted to go. At the end of that 20 minutes, I was getting kisses on the ear. Volunteers make a difference, and these two faces, and my much-loved ear, were the perfect reminder.