A Dog Day

Tiresome and stuffy, the bus journey dragged on, I was wondering if I would even get off at the right stop for the animal shelter. After escaping the confines of the vehicle and letting 45 minutes of journey evaporate away I was standing in front of the building. I could sense the creature compassion and happy wagging tails before I even entered. My purpose for being here was actually volunteer-oriented and I had an interview with the volunteer manager – which went swimmingly well and she was super nice.

Not only are neglected, abandoned and surrendered doggies bought here but the biggest lop-eared rabbits you’ve ever laid eyes on, kitty cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds and even a rogue snake has found its way into the shelter’s possession. 7000-8000 animals a year are bought through their doors – imagine that!  Using their super powers of love and care they arrange adoptions, offer top-notch care and educate the public, real life animal heroes.

One thing that struck me about the dogs here was how well-behaved they were, either greeting you with barks and bounding – wanting to lick your face off in the friendliest of ways, or calm and gentle – to put you at ease in their company. Each dog has such a distinct personality, like people there are those that immediately want you attention and crave it, and those that are happy to sit back and maybe be a bit cautious about revealing too much of their personality till you know them better.

I thought I would share some photos of my day, including my favourite dogs. Yes, if I had the room I would love and look after them all, then buy a sleigh so I can get around the city when the winter snow starts to layer the ground.

Human kindness

Ginger (German shepherd, rottweiler cross) and Yoyo (American Eskimo). Great dogs, great spirit.

Top: Benny. Love at first sight. Here’s 50% American Eskimo, 50% who knows (pure awesome). He looked so full of joy I thought he would burst. Below: Charlie, a giant Saint Bernard, though between you and me I think he’s crossed with a giant teddy bear.

I have such a promising feeling about getting involved here, I’m excited to be a dog walker and carer and looking forward to putting a positive stamp on animals’ lives. Who wouldn’t want to spread kindness in the face of unconditional puppy love?



Filed under Building my CV, Calgary, Musings and Aphorisms, NABLOPOMO, Nature and Planet Earth

6 responses to “A Dog Day

  1. I got my cat from the pound, I went looking for a kitten and there was Willow with the biggest eyes and fluffiest tail that said LOVE ME! and she has an amazing personality.
    We always had a pet dog as we grew up, and my parents would take us kids to the pound to see the abandoned & lost animals, so we would understand where they went and what happened to them – and that we had to take care of our pets.
    Sounds like an awesome thing your doing:) hope you have fun, and I’m sure the dogs will have fun too

    • Thanks so much ❤ I always get the feeling that the animals that get rehomed must be extra thankful that someone was kind enough to take them in and it must seem such a happy contrast to their previous lives. I bet Willow loves you with all her kitty heart.

      As kids I think pets taught us so much about responsibility. Going to a pound is definitely a wake-up call it's so sad how some animals get treated.

  2. This is so wonderful. I’m so excited for you, and I can’t wait to get involved in our local Humane Society. Animals are dear to my heart 🙂

    • We can trade animal stories, let me know when you get involved!! 😀 I can’t wait to get started.
      So sad these animals have been neglected or surrendered, they have such sweet temperaments and deserve so much love.

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