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I <3 Dogs Wk 3: A day in the life

There are several different types of days in Pawsibilities rescue and an average day for us is most likely completely different than the

Linda ready for the parade!

average day for another rescue as each rescue has its own procedures, processes, etc. With Pawsibilities there are Vet Run days, Dog Pull days, Transport days, Pet Fair days, (My Least Favorite-Day BEFORE pet fair day), etc. Then there is the “Thank Our Lucky Stars” day. The latter is the day when there is no major emergency, no driving for hours, I don’t have to work my regular job today, etc.

The day in the life of Pawsibilities Are Endless dog rescue on a “Thank Our Lucky Stars” average day from the point of view of Lora, Pawsibilities Are Endless president, treasurer, transporter, vet run coordinator, pet fair coordinator and foster mom.

Morning: When I wake up in the morning the first thing is feedings, of course. We let each dog out to use the restroom and then feed them. While they’re eating we start the process of cleaning the patio, which is usually a 45 min. to an hour job.  While I clean the patio, I also clean dog houses. Although I’ve only seen the dog houses used 2 times in the past year and a half, we keep them out there “just in case”, they still get dirt and leaves in them daily so they need to be cleaned. During all this I’m also checking twitter, facebook and all our email addresses to keep our animal’s profiles actively moving. Add in crossposting other dogs from all over the world who need help as well, keeping up with any needs from fosters, potential adopters, and extended family members (aka: adopters).  When the patio is finally clean it’s time to get all the dogs out to the back yard to play. I like to be out there with them to work on any issues I see. (barking at neighbors, digging, etc) This also gives me the chance to socialize the dogs and do basic training at the same time.

Afternoons are for naps. -Miley

Afternoons: Afternoons are spent rotating our foster dogs out for exercise and fresh air while again working on twitter, facebook, youtube, emails, phone calls, etc. At the same time I’m trying to get my personal duties accomplished (paying bills, cleaning, tutoring my son, etc). Every time a text, phone call or email comes in I’m hoping it’s not an emergency. Afternoons are also for research, paying rescue expenses, updating medical records, making videos, taking and cropping photos, etc. Glamorous… I know. But in reality if I ever wanted to go into pet photography I would be on the right path.

Evenings: Evenings are probably the most hectic. As soon as 4pm hits the family starts trickling in the front door. Now on top of juggling the never-ending dog rotation and trying to handle rescue related items, etc, it’s also family time.  From  4-10pm it’s really just a matter of juggling family and fosters (and making sure Flower doesn’t run off with another one of my shoes, which by the way, she just did, then walked back in to make sure I knew and left again : ) trying to make sure everyone’s needs are met while again working online. FYI: The insanity of these moments is actually what makes this kind of worth while because my fosters provide so much comic relief. 

Yes, I eat shoes. You love me
-Flower

After 10pm it’s usually “Potty and Playtime.” I like to make sure each foster dog is pretty well worn out and has used the restroom before I go to bed. This is for my own selfish reasons as well as their comfort. In most cases I kennel our foster dogs at night, if they are well exercised they are nice and quiet all night and sleep like babies like the rest of us. So, from 10pm until about 1am the foster dogs again take turns using the restroom and playing to their hearts content.

Please remember as you read this, I could tell you stories about the worst days, but you hear about those all the time so I chose to discuss the easiest day in rescue. The “Thank Our Lucky Stars Day” is my favorite day. Even though it’s extremely busy— and I never get everything done— this is a day when all of our dogs are healthy and we have time to help other rescues/shelters by crossposting their dogs. I get to spend time with my family, my dogs and my foster dogs. I don’t have to commute. This is a day I can actually take time to enjoy the volunteer work that I do. I don’t take these days for granted because I know tomorrow may bring a long drive, hours at the vet clinic or a major emergency. I also know we can’t save every dog so I just try to do the best I can for the dogs we do bring into our rescue.

Lora

President, Pawsibilities Are Endless

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I <3 Dogs Week 1: Your favorite animal organization or rescue

Today is Launch Day! The Pawsibilities Are Endless I ❤ Dogs Blog Tour is officially commencing. This is a brand new venture, and we hope that visitors enjoy the information we have to share.

This week it’s all about the rescue’s and animal organization’s we love! Pawsibilities favorite animal organizations and rescues post will be up Wednesday. Other participants will be discussing there favorites as well so be sure to stop by the other blogs by clicking the links below, the day’s they’ll post are listed as well.

Other Participating Blogs:

Going From Nobody to Somebody – Thurs. (2/23)

Confessions of an Animal Junkie– Tues. (2/21) & Guest Posts Thurs. (2/23)

Blog For Paws– Tues. 2/21 

Prizes up for grabs this week: A ebook copy of  PRINCIPLE DESTINY by David A. Cleinman, or a $15 gift card to the source of caffienated heaven Starbucks.  All you have to do is comment on any of our posts, or the participating blog’s posts this week (2/20-2/26). Winner will be announced next Monday (2/18).

David A. Cleinman was born in 1964 in upstate New York and grew up in the small village of Gilbertsville. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling Butternut Valley hills and its rivers, forests, and streams, he began writing at age 13. A fan of classics, Tolkien-style fantasy, and literature of all kinds, his writing encompasses many genres and ideas. Characters are his favorite part of a story, both when reading and writing. His first novel, PRINCIPLE DESTINY, is a treatise on political and personal struggles where deadly consequences meet the heroine’s desires head on. You can learn more about David and his work by visiting his website at www.davidcleinman.com

So for your first shot at a chance of winning PRINCIPLE DESTINY or a $15 Starbucks card, tell us what animal rescue or organization has your attention? Feel free to share links because we love connecting with other groups!

Also we have the Animal Junkie Challenge! That’s right… the lovely Phoenix Sullivan with the Confessions of An Animal Junkie Blog is sponsoring Pawsibilities Are Endless. Phoenix has agreed to match each $1 donation (up to $50) towards our organization. To donate click the ‘Donate’ button at the top of the list. Be sure to mention the Animal Junkie Challenge so Phoenix knows how much dough will be going to our adorable dogs. Remember each donation contributes to vet visits, medicine, food, cleaning supplies, and toys. We give our dogs every penny and try to help as many as we can.

Linda the Clown

*Guest post by Landra, originally featured on Confessions of an Animal Junkie*

 Like some of the other stories on this blog, the best ones are about the animals that flourish after being saved from horrible circumstances. Linda the Clown is another example of why rescue work is rewarding.
 
 Linda is a 14-month-old Basenji Shepherd Mix. This sweet girl was in Pawsibilities’ local pound, and when the local ACO (animal control officer) resigned from his position our rescue stepped up and brought Linda into our fold. When Pawsibilities got her, Linda’s first experience with us was a trip to the vet.
Side note: One of the reasons her position at the pound was dire is because she was originally mistaken for a pit bull.
 
The town Pawsibilities is based in has laws that pit bulls and pit mixes are not allowed within city limits. This makes them extremely hard to adopt—and the first up on the list for euthanasia. Fortunately for us the vet was able to give her a positive identification as a Basenji Mix, which opened a lot more doors for her.
She had mange, and acted extremely terrified of everything—it didn’t matter if it was a person, a bug, a new blanket or treat. On top of the mange this baby was also suffering from an ear infection. Since that first day Linda has been with us for 5 months, and now she’s every bit of rambunctious puppy. In that time her personality has completely changed.
At first we thought she was the devil dog, and possibly psychotic.  She would tear into everything at her foster’s house. Threaten to chase cats with a gleam in her eye, and act completely hostile at Pet Fairs. Linda even took the time to tear up a doggie door at a local boarding facility that was holding her for us while her foster went on vacation. Unfortunately the facility owner has since banned Linda from the establishment, and in retrospect we realize that not everyone is good at boarding. At that point Linda had been a member of Pawsibilities for only a month, and likely thought she was being abandoned again. No one, animals or people, enjoys the idea of being cast aside.
 
A few more months behind us and Linda’s not afraid of anything. In fact, she’s shed her devil dog persona and replaced it with that of a clown. Her everyday antics and actions provide a ton of comic relief—from chasing paper towels to leaping over the couch. The couch trick is one of her favorites, and is a daily source of exercise. Her foster will fill a Kong toy with peanut butter and throw it back and forth over the couch. Linda will play chase for hours as long as the Kong keeps moving. 
The best part is when you talk to her; she’ll tilt her head to the side as if your sentences really bear some sort of important factor. In reality she could be just mesmerized or relieved at the sound of your voice.  She mimics Snoopy by sleeping on top of the dog house, and has a genuine love for gardening. Just don’t draw her attention to the carrots because she just raises her nose at them.
As time passes and this darling is avoided at Pet Fairs, we wonder if there will ever be a family for her. She’s only a year old and her behavioral issues are those any puppy experiences. Surprisingly she fits in well with the other dogs at her foster’s home, and some of them ignore her when she goes hyperactive ninja or decides to pole vault over people’s knees. 
At some point we hope that this precious bundle will get the chance to make others laugh and enjoy her cozy, snuggling ways. Until that point, we can only continue to help her grow, and keep her from chasing the cats. FYI: She typically stalks a cat in slow mo, and then runs away in the other direction.

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