Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I am very close to the end of my special project and I may be given the thumbs up to write the blog tomorrow. In the meantime, I decided to blog about how I stumbled upon volunteerism and how this adventure has changed my life.
It all started when I attended a United Way event a few years back. The speaker that year spoke of following your passion and finding an organization that could use your help. In the past, I always thought that there weren't enough hours in the day. Well, there were and there still are only 24 hours in the day. If you have the passion and make the commitment, you will find the time. Presently, I couldn't imagine a better use of my spare (few hours) time then following my passion for homeless dogs.
When I first started volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society, I needed to show commitment by volunteering 20 hours before starting the Dog's Day Out program. I would show up at 8 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon most weekends to walk dogs on their premises. At the beginning, it felt like I would never reach this goal - but soon time flew and this experience added to my adventures with BHS. Once I started with Dog's Day Out, it took on a life of it's own. My husband is always commenting that I should be paying them. This has become a very important part of my life.
Every community has it's share of agencies in need of volunteers. Your passion may not be dogs, cats or other furry friends. Your passion may be youth sports, reading to elderly, helping at a soup kitchen, etc. All I ask, is that you volunteer a few hours a week for a few months. If you find that you are not feeling the rewards of volunteerism with a particular agency, look further. Once you have found your passion, it will pay you back ten-fold.
Now back to my special project. Goodbyes are always hardest. But volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society, the goodbyes are the goal.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
How do I behave while I'm at the Littlefield home? Well, very well. Here are just a few of the things I've done on my visits:
v Walks - I love walks. At first the Littlefield's were timid about bringing me where there would be other people and dogs. But once they got over their fear, every thing has been great. I am always very curious around other dogs. I have not done any nose to nose with them, but I did have a dog come charging at me wanting to play. The Littlefield's were very nervous - I was very curious and kind of wanted to meet this dog. Then we saw a puppy and let it pass us while I sat and watched. Of course the Mrs. got to talking and I wanted to continue walking. I had seen enough of that little dog, but on our return I wanted to see more of her. Then came the runner and we just sat and watched. Oh did I mention the deer on the bike path that would not leave or the skunk in the back yard? Well, I was extra good and all it took was a little jerk of the leash and I followed in the other direction.
v Treats - what can a dog say? They are the best!!! They give them to me and sometimes take them away. I think this is a test and I think I pass it all the time. I would love to play the tug game, but they are not keen on this game. Now when they say out, I realize that they don't mean tug.
v Sleep - I love my naps. I have also recently been spending some nights, which I really like. I normally will sleep on the blanket on the floor, but recently have been invited to sleep on the couch. I love curling up next to her and being patted, but I am not obnoxious about it. Although I'm affectionate, I am not a kisser.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Today wasn't only about dogs!!! Today was a day to explore the shelter and check out all the other creatures that are available at the Bangor Humane Society!!!
To see more about today's photo shoot, go to http://imagepro.photography.com/index?site_id=23981&page_id=119502&preview=true