Thanks for all the nice comments on my 100th post. Mom said, don't expect 200 things about me when we get to 200!!!!!!!!!!
Mom and I went to the feed store to buy food for the shelter - we sort of had to "rearrange" our plans as there is no such thing as a 10 lb bag of food......so this is what we did....we bought ten - 5lb bags of assorted California Naturals -some puppy, some big dog food and one 50 lb bag of Canidae All Life Stages for a total of 100 lbs as promised......
then we attached a little certificate to each bag of food with your name and picture on it - [click to biggify if youo want]
then......mom and I were feeling bad that all of our other blog buddies didn't get to have their own bag so we bought a 2nd 50 lb bag of Canidae All Life Stages and put a note on it with all of your pictures and names on it....so that was a total of 150 lbs of food for the shelter! ......mom messed up and didn't get a picture of the front of that bag [see it flying in the wind] - the sun was shining and she couldn't see what she was taking a picture of ........remember "old, blonde, southern" ..... that explains everything!!!!! [pee ess that is NOT a picture of mom - that is a picture of the lady at the feed store - trust me mom was not carrying 50 lb bgs of food.....BOL .... she thinks I'm heavy!]
Now that all the food is in mom's tiny trunk we head to the shelter - we should have let daddy go because mom had a menopausal breakdown while we were there.....first of all when we got out of the car a man said " oh, don't turn her in, I'll take her that dog is perfect for my little girl" then he keeps rattling on about not having to sign paperwork and stuff if she'll just give me to him in the parkig lot - Sheeeesh.....we were barely even out of the car and some guy is trying to kidnap me - as if that were even a possibility!!!!!!! And, he thought I was a girl!!!!! ......mom got flustered and bent down to pick me up for fear somebody might snatch me and run away with me - you know me being so cute and all!..... she said "oh no, I'm not leaving my dog! why would you even think that!" - you see, it never dawned on mom that people actually LEAVE their animals there. DUH! Mom, it is a "shelter"!!!!
Now mom has a death grip on me becuase the man is following too close and as we walk accross the parking lot mom says to me "oh isn't this great - look at all these people here to adopt." [you know in that silly, I'm a nut case who talks to my dog voice]
Well, mom was just WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Mom has yet to grasp the fact that shelter does not mean "adopt" it means "drop off"!!!! How does she think think the dogs who are adopted got there? Does she think they were dropped from the heavens!
She is about to discover how the dogs get to the shelter and believe me they were not being dropped from heaven!!!! There were about 10 people at the counter with crated cats or poor doggies pulling at leashes. Some of them had 2 or 3 cats and one woman had 4 dogs. Mom quickly realized that almost everyone there was LEAVING an animal - and NOT adopting one!!!!! One nasty man was holding an adorable little lab who was tugging at his rope leash and mom said "oh, he's so cute, you're going to love him" - and the mean and stOOpid man said "why don't you take him if you think he's so damn cute!" The man then dropped the rope and walked out leaving the poor little guy just standing there. Mom burst into tears! Finally some chubby man in a uniform came around the counter and asked mom if he could help her - she told him she needed to drop off some food and tried to explain what was going on with the blog and my doggie friends and wanting to donate some food...the man patted mommy on the shoulder and said "I wish we had more people like you." This made mom cry harder because she realized just how many nasty people there are who don't care about animals!!!!!!! People were sort of snickering and laughing at mom as she told the story of why we were there.
Now mom was adding anger to the tears - so she climed on her soapbox and started talking about how she just couldn't believe how people would abandon their animals or not share their life with animals that come their way.... she went on about how if they gave that animal a chance they would have so much unconditional love in their life [let's remember that I am not a shelter animal but she does NOT mention that fact] Now she's on a roll.... she's Elmer Gantry preaching about loving animals! And how kindness makes you a better person and on and on.... I'm turning from black and white to RED - mom's hormones or lack of hormones or whatever it is that sets her off are now raging out of control - the man in the uniform is a little nervous I think - wondering if mom is going to pull out a gun or something and he's easing her out the door - probably wondering if he will need to use his stun gun on her and if there really is food in her trunk!
This is the chubby man in the uniform. He doesn't look so nice in the picture - but, really, he was - I think he was just overwhelmed with all the mama drama, the people turning in animals and a little confused by the blogging/friends/100 posts/donating etc. and what any of that had to do with the 150 pounds of dog food in the trunk as mom continued to boo-hoo through her explanation.
A couple of other people came out to help get the food - a couple of them hugged mom and told her that she was very nice to be so generous. Then they started to read all of the tags on the bags and asked if all of these dogs blog....One of them laughed and told mom she had too much time on her hands. This made mom laugh [thank goodness] One even asked for my blog address. Now mom was laughing and crying.....Mom apologized to the man in the uniform - he hugged her and told her he appreciated her and that he was sure all of the little critters appreciated her too....she cried some more and we left! BUT WAIT - it's not over yet - as we drove by the feed store mom had one of those EUREKA moments and realized "gee there were cats there too!" So she went back in and bought 50 lbs of cat food......but this time she asked the lady at the feed store if she would please take it over there because she just didn't think she could handle it again!!!!!
On a more positive note there was a little girl there who was in the "getting to know you" area with a small retriever - I think she was going to adopt.....gosh I hope so...... Mom should have taken her picture but she was a bit flustered and didn't think of it till we were gone!
These are copies of each certificate we stapled to each individual bag - you can click on yours to biggify it - if you want a copy I can peemail or snail mail - just let me know!
This is a copy of the certificate we attached to the 2nd 50lb bag we bought in honor of all of our other blogger buddies. If I left your name or picture off - it was not intentional... and I apologize in advance for not including your name/photo....please know that you are remembered in my heart and that it is TOTALLY mommy's fault that you were left off!
What did we learn from today? We learned it is good to give to the shelter - but, DADDY needs to make the deliveries - NOT Mommy!!!!! We learned mom gets way too emotional about animals who don't have homes just like she does about foster care for kids - you DON'T want to go there with her!!!!!!!
And, guess what Bodie sent me----- check this out - it is too cute.....