I feel like I’m saying this all the time, but the blog sure has been quiet lately, hasn’t it? If you follow THPL on Facebook you already know that in the beginning of February I was taken by surprise and asked to become an Adoption Counselor for the Jacksonville Humane Society. Quite flattering and super exciting! The only downside? I have decided, for now at least, to keep my current
boring desk job. Between the two I’ve been working a lot of hours each week (like, more than double what I was previously), hence the neglected blog. But I L.O.V.E what I do at the Humane Society, which means it doesn’t feel like “work” at all, and quite frankly I have the greatest husband and dogs, so for now it works. Stay tuned for some lessons I have already learned in the short time I’ve been working there!
You might remember this post where I shared my excitement over deploying with the HSUS to be part of the #367 rescue. I was adamant that I would go into the week remembering that they don’t need my tears, they needed my strength. Despite thinking I was pretty well prepared for the experience I still had a hard time, at times. There were major highs and in particular one major low; it was an emotional roller coaster. I promise to go into more detail later but for now I will say that the majority of those dogs have it better than most shelter dogs do. There were some things I didn’t agree with, but in general I felt like the HSUS was fighting for the dogs’ futures. In fact, one of the highs was when seven dogs got to leave and go start their lives in foster homes. Talk about thrilling!
With all the excitement/lack of free time, I have neglected to mention one very exciting piece of news: I have a new foster! Okay, okay so that’s not exactly true. But I have secured the first foster home in Jacksonville for Last Hope Rescue, and the first foster dog arrived a couple of weeks ago. Bootsie is her name, being adorable is her game. The foster mom is a good friend of my brother’s (see this post for how freaking awesome he is) so he is constantly over there helping her with the ins and outs of parenting a puppy. I’m not sure if Bootsie is just really super duper smart or if my brother is just that awesome at training, but either way, Bootsie is pretty much the perfect puppy. She absolutely adores other dogs and has become quite the little hiking buddy (see: pictures throughout this post) and as far as I can tell, her only flaw is that she still needs some help in the loose-leash walking department. If you happen to know anyone in the Florida area that is looking for a perfect little Lab type puppy, please do share this post with them! I’d love for her to be adopted while she still has a little puppy breath left.
There. I think I have managed to briefly catch up on things here at THPL. Since today is my one day a week off, and my dogs are giving me majorly pathetic sad puppy eyes, I am off to take them on a much deserved romp in the woods!