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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.

Blogfest Update- Giveaways and more!

Pawsibilities ‘I ❤ Rescue Dogs’  Blog tour is still looking for participants. We’ve got 3 blogs on the sign up sheet and are looking for more. One of our participants has upped the ante! If you visit Lexcade’s blog ‘Going from Nobody to Somebody’, comment, and participate in the Blog Fest then you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. A really awesome offer.

Don’t know what our blog fest is all about? Click Here for more info. 

Remember you can participate in just one week if that’s all you have time for. This is a unique opportunity to share your love of dogs, and we’ll promote you’re blog here as well. 

Join in the fun, tell your story.

Pawsibilities ‘I <3 Rescue Dogs’ Blog Tour

Pawsibilities ‘I ❤ Rescue Dogs’ Blog Tour

Our blog is hosting an 8-week blog tour all about rescue dogs and pets, and the owners who love them. The tour starts Monday, February 20th, 2012, and is a great chance to show your love for the animals that have touched your heart or changed your life. Now how do you get involved? Easy, you sign up! Below you’ll find info on how to sign your blog up to participate.

What does participating mean?

It means you’re committing to posting 1 blog post a week, based on that particular week’s theme. Anyone can be involved: rescue, author, chef, mom, or random blogger. You can choose the day you would like to make your theme post on your blog. Just let us know which day that is so we can help promote your involvement. With the post, if you’d like hold a giveaway for commenters you can. All we ask is that with each post you add a small blurb about our tour/rescue and a link back to our blog. There’s no other catch; we just want to hear your stories and information, and spread our stories and information as well.

What are the Themes?

Week 1 (2/20-2/26) – Favorite animal organization/rescue

Week 2 (2/27-3/4) – Favorite pet story (Tell us about your favorite pet! Doesn’t have to be a dog)

Week 3 (3/5-3/11) – Favorite animal-related book, movie, song, etc.

Week 4 (3/12-3/18) – What I know about dog rescues organizations?

Week 5 (3/19-3/25) – The gorgeous, the active, and the unique. Tell us your favorite dog breed.

Week 6 (3/26-4/1) – Favorite Dog/Pet Stores in your area.

Week 7 (4/2-4/8) – Favorite dog parks and dog-friendly attractions in your area.

Week 8 (4/9-4/15) – If I had a dream… What would you do for rescue dogs if you could?

What if I can’t blog, but still want to be involved?

-Write a guest post for any of the weekly themes and our awesome participant blog Confessions of an Animal Junkie will post it for you.

-Mention and promote our tour on your blog/tweet stream/ facebook wall over the course of the tour.

-Send us an item to give away on one of our themed posts; we will link back to your blog/website and promote information about you in return.

If interested:

-Send an email to landra.graf7@gmail.com  

-Include your info: link to blog, website, email, and any other information you’d like me to have.

-Tell me which weeks you would like to participate in (you’re not required to participate in all of them), and which day of the week you’re planning on posting.

-If you can’t participate by blogging, let me know how you would like to assist.

Why I’m in rescue

Everyone’s got a reason why. A reason for becoming part of a rescue and assisting animals. Whether their story originates from younger experiences to something not so far in the past, the stories are singular and unique. To help readers get to know us better here are our stories.

Lora–  A few years ago my family helped city workers catch a dog that had been running Windsor for over a month. He’d been shot at, people were having their own dogs attack him and he was skin and bones. His owner told the city workers if he ever came back they’d shoot him. We contacted the rescue that was helping the pound at the time about fostering him and I’ve been in rescue ever since.

Monica– I am in rescue to help animals find forever homes. I grew up on a dirt road where people constantly were dumping animals. I can’t count how many strays we took in through the years! When I started working for a vets office after high school, people would bring dogs they wanted to get rid of all the time up there and we could not take them. It broke my heart to know there were so many animals out their that were just simply not wanted. My goal in volunteering in rescue is to advise those people that have to get rid of their animals how to do it the right way and to find great homes for those that have none. They deserve a happy, safe and loving home too!

Landra– When I was younger, I had a dog. How I loved my dog! He was a bassett hound named Grunter. The name came from the family friend who gave him to us. He was sweet, and as a puppy used to trip over his ears and crash into walls chasing me around the house. As I grew older I spent less time with him, moving on to the typical activities of a teenager. Eventually my father said that he was giving Grunter to someone else, we didn’t have the time or money for him any longer. I don’t really know what happened to my dog, supposedly he was taken to a farm with other bassetts that he could play with. Years later I found my passion to have another close pet was real, unfortunately I’m allergic to dogs or at least their dander. No loveable dog would grace my bed or cuddle with me on the couch, so I decided to help by assisting a rescue. I’m no superhero, but just the chance to give one dog a home and to know it’s a good place for them reminds me of my own dog. Now I don’t have to hope they’re in a good place, I know it.

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