Saturday had beautiful weather for our second drive of the season with the car club. This one was special, as it was a benefit for the local humane society. Everyone who knows me knows I am an absolute sucker for a terrier face. Any dog face, really, I just love them all. When the local Jaguar dealer offered to have our car club over for a cookout, they asked if we wanted to help them with their drive to help the animals. Of course we would!! That’s our blue car on the left, a British TVR, next to our President’s British Racing Green MG.
The participation was epic, with 24 cars and more than 40 members meeting up at a local grocery store parking lot. Both our DeLoreans came, along with more MGs.
British MGs and Triumphs, …
along with a Jaguar or two. The Porsche on the end is a member too, we let him come along when he can. Our club is just happy to have more in the event, no matter what they drive.
Member Toni (pictured below) was dog-sitting for a rescue who became our mascot for the day. Chester is adorable, and so very shy. We tried not to overwhelm him with attention, but of course, I had to give an ear rub or two.
Participants were taken on a lovely scenic drive, lasting about an hour, …
down lovely tree lined streets…
and pastoral vistas…
ending at the local Jaguar dealer who fed us a marvelous lunch and collected our donations. We filled up the back of an SUV with both rear seats folded down! Dog food, detergent, towels and treats were appreciated.
Our last two furkids were rescue dogs from a Welsh Terrier rescue group called WT Cares. We lost our dear psychodog last fall, and the house is pretty quiet without her. But now isn’t the right time to have another, maybe in a couple of years when we are able to retire. Isn’t this the most precious face?
Some years ago, I found this poem in a column by Ann Landers, and I still find it to be profound wisdom. I had it on the blog for National Dog Day 2014, and I’d like to share it with you again. I have been unable to find the original author to give credit.
“If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your problems,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of your own and those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, or politics,
Then, my friends, you are almost as good as your dog.”
If you are thinking of adding a furkid to your family, please consider rescuing a forever friend from the local shelter, breed rescue or humane society. You can save a life today, and the rewards will be worth it. If you cannot have a dog (or another dog) consider volunteering at a local shelter. They always need help to clean cages, walk the dogs and just provide much appreciated ear scratches and tummy rubs. You can donate food, towels, laundry detergent, plastic bags, toys or just cash, there is always a need. If that isn’t possible for you, please consider donating unused and unwanted items to a Humane Society Thrift store. Every little bit helps for those who cannot speak for themselves.
A few days ago, fellow blogger Kathy put a wonderful idea on her blog about making dog beds out of leftover scraps too small to use elsewhere. She stuffs fabric bags, what a great idea! You could also use old pillowcases. See her post HERE.
Do you support your local animal rescue?
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