SGH closing its doors…

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Many of you know that I began volunteering at a local dog rescue this summer to get my dog fix and to help try to begin the process of healing my broken heart after I lost Lupe.  After researching local rescues I decided to devote my time and energy (and my firm’s matching contribution for my time) to Shultz’s Guest House.  It was a magical place, convert horse farm with 200 acres of land where dogs can go hiking, swimming and get out of chaotic and overcrowded shelters (they even had a tripawd that was adopted before I could meet her).  I also knew that when I was ready, SGH would help me find my next dog (whose name will be Vivie).

This week I got an email from the rescue manager that SGH is closing its doors due to changes in tax guidelines.  It was a shock to me and most volunteers and I’m not sure of the whole story.  All I know is that a group of people who only wanted the best for dogs have put their mission and passion on hold to figure out how they continue.  All dogs (they only could take up to 10) have been adopted or put into foster, except 1 but fingers crossed as there is a potential adopter looking at him.  I thought about going down to the farm for one last day but I just don’t know if I can handle having to drive away from a place that helped me so much.

SGH reminded me that while we humans say that we rescue a dog, it is truly the dog that rescues us.  I can only hope that in the near future SGH can find a way to continue all the good they have done over the years.  Until then, I look for another rescue to help get me my dog fix and to continue filling the hole in my heart left by my sweet Lupe.

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All quiet on the dog sitting front…

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Had another AWESOME day volunteering with Shultz’s Guest House today.  Rescue manager and I went to a small humane society event today, met great people and dogs and helped spread the word about the rescue.  We went back to the farm and I was involved in the potential adoption of 4 dogs…2 of them are out on an overnight and the other 2 are considering options.  This was my first time being involved in this aspect of volunteering and its pretty amazing to watch how the dogs just strut their stuff for potential adopters.

I’ve been meaning to post about a tripawd that SGH had a few weeks ago.  Roxie is a 5 year old boxer mix.  I never got a chance to meet her and they were hoping that I would because of my special girl.  Roxie’s story is pretty amazing and she has found a wonderful forever home with a woman who works with people with disabilities.  I think any tripawd pawrent will tell you that a tripawd is proof of the ability to overcome any and all odds.

Night one of dog sitting Shilo and Koda is going pretty well.  Koda got sick in her create today so I had the joy of cleaning that up…I had forgotten who stinky vomit was, oh well.  Koda and I played fetch with her kong on a rope, both dogs have been fed and been outside for a while.  Koda did pull a fast one on me though.  I was bringing my stuff inside and when I went back outside I couldn’t find her.  They are both on an electric fence but Koda could probably withstand running through the fence.  I started to walk around the back of my car and out of my open trunk jumps Koda!  She is pretty agile and extremely curious.

Its nice to hear the noise of dogs again…