I spent this weekend volunteering at the Northern Indiana Pet Expo and on this Monday morning, while fighting the aches that come with this middle-aged body am feeling so mentally and spiritually energized. I don't think I can adequately express how great this weekend was. I know that the staff worked extremely hard to pull all of this together and there were volunteers stuffing media bags for weeks prior to the event.
I requested and got Indy to handle on Saturday. He and I perused the displays, chatted with people, showcased his good looks and great manners while answering questions about where to fill out an application to make him a permanent family member. I guess other volunteers switched out dogs throughout the course of the day, but honestly not only did I not want to, but it didn't really occur to me until I got some ribbing from the staff.
One of the best things about the weekend, other than the mountain of applications the dogs received, was seeing past temporary residents of the shelter. Remember these beautiful babies? Yep, one of them came to the Expo with her family. She is growing into a darling gal. Each visit was like acelebrity sighting. Franklin, a special guy was nearly mobbed by groupies, happy to see him so well-loved and cared for. Then with less fanfare, towards the end of the second day, I saw him. Everydog walked by with his parents. I was able to chat with them for a few minutes and learned that he has a ton of toys, a big fenced back yard, neighbor dog playmates, and doting parents. It was a great way to cap off a successful weekend.
Because I spent so much time away this weekend, I decided to have a staycation this week. On tap today for Ray-Ray and his mama is a trip to green Dog Goods.