Category Archives: shelter

Scout gets to play some soccer with real soccer players

Today was the kick off for the next round of the ASPCA’s Shelter Challenge, and Rochester Animal Services hosted a little party in the park, with special guests from the WNY Flash women’s soccer team.

I headed down to take some pictures for the dog blog, and I debated bringing Scout. You know how much he loves to play soccer in the backyard, and how good he is with the ball. I thought he’d have some fun. But I also know how squirrely he gets in strange situations and crowds, and I didn’t want to overwhelm him in the heat, either. So I left him home.

When I got downtown, there wasn’t a big crowd (it’s hard to compete with opening day of Bills training camp). So I went home and got Scout.

I’m so glad I did! He was happy to get in the car, happy on the ride, and when we got there and he saw the soccer balls? In doggie heaven.

Forget about the people and the other dogs. All he saw was the ball. I dropped the leash, kicked him a ball, and away he went. Kaley Fountain of the WNY Flash spent some time with Scout running up and down the field and kicking the ball. A few times he looked to me as if to say, “This is OK, right?” Yup, it’s OK. Go, Scout, go! And then away he went.

If she had been up for it, I think he would have gone home with her.

Scout and Kaley Fountain from the WNY Flash

The girls had to take time for some photos with the shelter dogs, and then Scout went to play with the guys doing the soccer clinic. No kids? A dog will do.

It was a great day for my happy pup. I’d been worried since we found out he was sick that he might be prone to injury or something. But this week Dr. Hall said that she’d let him be a dog and not to worry.

You know, God really does take care of things, even our dogs. I know it seems silly to some people, but watching my pup out there running around made me so happy. I know God cares about him even more than I do and I’m glad his last days – if these even are his last days; I think he’ll be here till Christmas – are filled with the things he loves.

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Volunteering is better than a part time job

This is Chex. She's the sweetest dog you can ever imagine. And she loves going for walks. I mean really, who can resist that face? What's another 15 minutes volunteering so she can get out for a stroll.

I woke up this morning with a headache, probably from the MSG in the food I ate last night at the Japanese steakhouse. Yummy, but headachy.

My back also hurt. I was cranky. And at 9:30, when I was supposed to leave for the shelter where I volunteer on Fridays, I really just wanted to have another cup of tea and go back to be for an hour.

I’d already been down to the shelter twice this week. I’d heard we got in a bunch of dogs, so on Wednesday I went to go take pictures for the BarkAroundTown.com blog, but ended up walking dogs – including one I kinda fell in love with. Her name is Chex (that’s her shelter name) and she’s an 8 month old Pit Bull/Lab mix. Soooo sweet.

So on Thursday I went back to see her and take her for a walk. I couldn’t get into the room with her run because they were being cleaned, so I walked some other dogs and then took her out for a nice long walk and snuggle time.

Which is why by this morning my back is killing me. I still haven’t recovered from whatever I did to it a few weeks ago when I ended up flat on my back for days. And two days walking dogs – and then entertaining my own furry balls of energy – has taken its toll. Continue reading

Nevada Humane Society “Adoption Dance” video celebrates a dog’s new home

Picking up on the YouTube phenomenon “JK Wedding Dance” video, the folks at the Nevada Humane Society have created their own dance – celebrating dog adoption!

The Nevada Humane Society is a no-kill shelter with programs “designed to address the needs of all animals — and to provide support, education, and assistance for all the people that care about them.”

You can learn more on the website for the Nevada Humane Society.

And if you’re looking for a pet in Rochester, why not visit Rochester Animal Services, the shelter for the City of Rochester? There are lots of cats and dogs available for adoption. Visit the shelter’s website or stop in at 184 Verona Street, at the corner of Brown St, near Frontier Field.

Nevada Humane Society "Adoption Dance" video celebrates a dog's new home

Picking up on the YouTube phenomenon “JK Wedding Dance” video, the folks at the Nevada Humane Society have created their own dance – celebrating dog adoption!

The Nevada Humane Society is a no-kill shelter with programs “designed to address the needs of all animals — and to provide support, education, and assistance for all the people that care about them.”

You can learn more on the website for the Nevada Humane Society.

And if you’re looking for a pet in Rochester, why not visit Rochester Animal Services, the shelter for the City of Rochester? There are lots of cats and dogs available for adoption. Visit the shelter’s website or stop in at 184 Verona Street, at the corner of Brown St, near Frontier Field.