MAKE A DIFFERENCE: PUPPY LOVE
Thank you so much to those of you who have been extremely patient (and checked in on me) while I was gone. I knew March was going to be a stressful month. Work was super super busy with some special projects wrapping up. To make it even harder there was an exam I had to take for a state certification I needed to get for my job. I spent the majority of my free time studying, which paid off because I passed! I got sick in the middle of that and also balanced getting used to a new medication for another health issue I am dealing with. There was death in my family and an out of town funeral. But there was a silver lining to this hectic month…. I got engaged to the love my life! Even though we are only a few days into April I’ve already gotten back some free time and am feeling a lot better. It feels so good to feel like myself again and motivated and excited to accomplish things!
If anyone knows me, they know that I love my dog. He’s a 10 year old beagle/jack Russell mix and is just the goodest boy there ever was. I wish I could say I am being biased, but he honestly is loved by every person that meets him. The reality is my fiancé and I actually have a love for all dogs. Every time we see a dog on the street or sticking their head out the car window we instantly melt. We wish we could adopt every single four legged friend we come across and have them live with us, but of course that isn’t legal. But I’ve learned that there are other ways that we can love and support all four-legged friends. If you love man’s best friend too, there are plenty of ways you can give back.
VOLUNTEER AT A SHELTER
I think there are few things better than being able to play and hangout with dogs all day, so volunteering at a animal shelter is such an amazing opportunity! Dog needs to be played with, bathed, and cared for. Most animal shelters and rescue groups have a volunteer program. Check out a local shelter near you for more information!
DONATE/MAKE SOME TOYS
Dogs in shelters still need to be cared for before they find a home. And part of caring for them involves keeping them happy and entertained. Toys are inexpensive items that can be donated to dog shelters and if you are crafty you can even make make your own (like a rope or chew toy). Most dog shelters are in need of any extra items they can get.
FOSTER A FRIEND
If you have space in your heart and your home, then fostering a dog is such an amazing act of love. By taking in a dog you are providing a safe environment and help prepare the dog for adoption. Be sure to check out your local rescue groups (especially after a natural disaster) for dogs that need to be fostered!