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What does The Golden Rule mean to you?

As I’m working through some of my project goals for 2011 – yes, I’m working today! – I’d love to get some feedback from readers. (This is something I’ll be doing throughout the year, so get ready to share!)

What does the phrase “Do unto others as you would have done unto you” (also known as The Golden Rule) mean to you? And does it have to have a religious aspect to be successful?

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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

Shelter stories – If you really cared about your cat …

Scarlett, one of the cats available for adoption at Rochester Animal Services

We got a call at the shelter this week from a woman who wanted to know if we had a list of apartment complexes in the city that allowed cats. She left a message on the voice mail explaining that she had a bunch of cats, that her landlord found out, and now she has to move ASAP.

She didn’t want anything to happen to her cats.

This, my friends, is part of the reason why shelters get overrun with cats.

People do a wonderful thing when they adopt a cat or take in a stray. It’s one less cat in the shelter, and a cat can be a great pet for apartment-dwellers.

But if they don’t have permission to have the pets, there’s always the chance they’ll have to surrender the animals when their landlord finds out and they have to move before they find another, pet-friendly, apartment.

That kind of disruption isn’t great for the cats or the shelters that are already bursting at the seams with cats that need homes.

So it’s important to balance our good intentions with a realistic approach to animal rescue. Not every animal will be rescued; that’s just a fact of life. So if you live in an apartment and have permission to have a pet, fantastic. If not, consider volunteering at the shelter rather than keeping cats on the sly. It’ll be better for you and the animals.

Volunteering at the animal shelter – it's more than just walking dogs

As you know, yesterday was my third Friday volunteering at the city animal shelter. I went back down today for two reasons: first, I forgot to log in my hours in the volunteer book yesterday, and second, I wanted to be there when the couple coming to adopt Hank brought their older dog back for a visitation.

I met Diane, one of the other volunteers, as I got out of my car. She was there when the couple came in and offered to come over and be there today when they came back. As soon as I saw her she told me that Hank had been adopted yesterday – by another family.

As long as I was there, I decided to stay for an hour and lend a hand. One of the other volunteers asked me to walk a dog, but you know what? I’m just not comfortable walking around downtown by myself. So I went back to the cat room, talked to Christine, who was mopping and sweeping and cleaning cat cages, and helped with a cat visitation.

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Volunteering at the animal shelter – it’s more than just walking dogs

As you know, yesterday was my third Friday volunteering at the city animal shelter. I went back down today for two reasons: first, I forgot to log in my hours in the volunteer book yesterday, and second, I wanted to be there when the couple coming to adopt Hank brought their older dog back for a visitation.

I met Diane, one of the other volunteers, as I got out of my car. She was there when the couple came in and offered to come over and be there today when they came back. As soon as I saw her she told me that Hank had been adopted yesterday – by another family.

As long as I was there, I decided to stay for an hour and lend a hand. One of the other volunteers asked me to walk a dog, but you know what? I’m just not comfortable walking around downtown by myself. So I went back to the cat room, talked to Christine, who was mopping and sweeping and cleaning cat cages, and helped with a cat visitation.

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Scout's a good dog, too

My mom told me yesterday that I spend too much time writing about Bandit and the chickens, and not enough writing about Scout.

I understand what she means, but let’s face it. I can only get into one dog’s head at a time, and for whatever bizarre reason, it’s easy for me to be Bandit. Besides, Scout doesn’t need his own blog; I can’t keep up with another blog.

But yes, Scout does need some more coverage.

And wouldn’t you know it? Here’s something new:

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Scout’s a good dog, too

My mom told me yesterday that I spend too much time writing about Bandit and the chickens, and not enough writing about Scout.

I understand what she means, but let’s face it. I can only get into one dog’s head at a time, and for whatever bizarre reason, it’s easy for me to be Bandit. Besides, Scout doesn’t need his own blog; I can’t keep up with another blog.

But yes, Scout does need some more coverage.

And wouldn’t you know it? Here’s something new:

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