It’s the night before Christmas Eve and I am exhausted from all of the wrapping and Christmas crap I had to do today. My morning started early with my 75 pound beast climbing on top of my chest while I lay in bed. He was giving me “the look”. “The look” is when he stares at me until I tell him to howl. Once I whisper that word, it’s on. He will sing the blues!! He was getting so loud this morning that my little ones ended up in bed, too and we all sat and howled for a while. Very strange family we are. Sure the neighbors love us!
I packed up my little ones and headed to Winding River kennels to visit my friend Sam and to take “John” and Sweet Pea their mail. I tracked “John” down in the back moving pooches from one place to another. The minute he spotted me he came up and gave me a great big hug. We them went to the front office and I started giving him the things he had received, along with what I brought for him. I handed him a card from me which contained numerous gift cards. He looked over at me and told me that he had never been given anything for Christmas since he was a kid. I told him I messed up his record.
There was a box from Cottage Collars and it said that John & I were supposed to open it together. When we did, I just about died. The box was full of collars for me to donate to the shelters and rescues!! And there was a very special collar for Sweet Pea that says “Princess”. I plan on copying the letter so you all can see it. Immediately, I handed out collars for the dogs somewhere in transition for a home. Nothing can make a dog feel like they are cared about like a collar can. A collar says, “I’m important.” and “someone loves me”. To be able to make a homeless dog feel this way it the greatest feeling ever.
After spending some time with “John” and Sam, I left Winding River to take the boys for something to eat. I ate a nice steak and really thought that things couldn’t be better. Then I came home to the wrapping of toys and crackling and popping of my joints any time I loved. Hours in, I needed a break and so I sat down and found my emails full.
Apparently, the KCMO Animal Shelter is so over-run that they will begin euthanizing dogs tomorrow, Christmas Freakin’ Eve, due to lack of space. Please take a moment and look over the list of available dogs and share their stories and help save their lives. You can be a hero!
Kansas City Animal Shelter