Brody’s first birthday is tomorrow.
I’ve got some great recipes to use for a birthday cake. The kids wanted a birthday party- it’s all their fault, I swear- so we will have one this weekend.
I had a nice long list of all sorts of amazing luxury collars and various sundry goods that I wanted to get for Brody for this once in a lifetime event- and honestly, this is the first time I’ve had a young one year old dog to celebrate a first birthday with, so this really is an unusual thing for me. But I changed my mind.
Last week, I had to go to the shelter to get dog licenses in order. While I was pulling in, I saw a sweet little pit bull peek up from her resting spot in her cage. She stood up hopefully, wagging her tail as I walked by, and as I joined a line of people passing her by, settled back in to wait some more.
I think this was her- Roxy. There was just something about her, a longing mixed with resignation.
There were several people in the office, all inquiring about the same dog- a little chihuahua puppy. No one was inquiring about the little redhead girl with the inquisitive eyes. What can I say? I didn’t either.
And in that moment I remembered what the primary directive is, of our lives together, of the experiences we all share with each other. We need to take care of one another, and remind ourselves each day why we work so hard to make the world better for animals. Because they make the world better for us.
So yes, there’s another donation badge off to the right. I hope if anyone feels moved by the Birthday Spirit, they will consider tossing in some spare change in honor of Brody, Roxy, and all the pets waiting to make life amazing and bright for someone else.
Instead of buying a pile of presents for Brody, I’m going to buy some of my favorite things we’ve come across this past year and share them with you all. There will be giveaways, oh yes, there will.
In addition, if I get at least $50 for this shelter, I will also buy a Kuranda dog bed to donate to a shelter in need. Or more than 1. Who knows.
Georgia Jewel says
Happy to be the first to donate, Doc!
Eric Goebelbecker says
That was quick.
Lisa W says
In honor of Blade’s birthday each year, I’d pick out a bunch of stuff for the local shelter that we took Cookie home from and give in his name. Especially since he was always spoiled by everyone at his birthday parties. If you need any dog treat recipes, I have some really awesome ones that I would make for his parties each year.
Off to check out this redhead. Why anyone would chose a chihuahua over a pittie mix is beyond me. 🙂
YAY! I’ve made my donation. Let the celebration begin! 🙂
Donation made and hope Roxy (and so many others) find their forever homes. Party on!
Deb Mendez says
I’m in, too! Happy Birthday week Brody!
donation: done and done! 😀
Also, my pup is turning 1 in a couple months….so if someone could post some good birthday cake recipes that would awesome! 🙂
What a great idea! I don’t really know when any of our boys’ birthdays are, but I’m thinking a donation in their honor anyway, is a perfect way to celebrate! 🙂 Happy birthday, Brody!
Dr. Sarah says
Aw, she’s cute. We have one that looks a lot like her going up for adoption, too. She’s such a sweet and gentle dog, but people are generally scared of owning pits. I’m worried about how long it will take to place her.
As Dr. V knows, I had a similar experience a few weeks ago when I got my little furry girl groomed and it was shelter day at the groomer. I usually don’t look….but this time, there was this hound dog mix, Kane, who just reached out and squeezed my heart. He had that resigned look like, I’m just gonna lay here while all the little cute dogs get the love. I learned that his story is quite sad- he and his brother, after a year in the shelter (the only no kill in Vegas), were finally adopted. Six months later, Kane was picked up on the interstate, headed “home” to heaven can wait sanctuary, paws all torn up and bleeding. His humans had abandoned him- phones all disconnected, moved with no forwarding address. Honestly, Sir Kane is not my type. But yet something about him…. and still I truly cannot take a dog in right now, but man, I cried my heart out for a few days. I sought Dr. V’s wise counsel and she said, Look, it’s a no kill shelter. He’s okay. He clearly loves his current digs as he went back there. Make a donation, you’ll feel better. And she was so very right. I made a $500 directed donation for Kane with money put aside towards a surround sound in my new house. The shelter keeps me updated on Kane, and I feel alittle better being his benefactor. I dropped some stuffed animals and treats off for him last week and my heart was a little lighter. When Life Can’t Wait, Donate. It made me feel fuzzy.
That is an awesome story! Too many times, I find myself in that same situation when I let myself look. You are an inpiration, and even though I don’t “know” you, I appreciate you!
Ooops, meant inSpiration!!!! 🙂
Thanks Tonya! I was glad to be in the rare position to have some bucks floating around to do something for once. I decided once my journey with Kane is done, because he is either adopted finally or goes to Kevin someday (sniff), I think I’ll try to always sponsor one dog (with a modest monthly donation). I kinda wanna vacation at Dog Town, but I know I’ll end up coming home with a buddy I shouldnt’ve just now. 🙂
Yay! Well-loved and super-spoiled pets like ours understand that they have to forgo something to help the homeless pets. 🙂
I adopted a “Roxy” one time and it was the best decision I ever made. 🙂 My vets even agreed… “you will never have another dog like her” ..She was the light of my life for 9 years and I miss her dearly every day. We can’t adopt them all, but perhaps our donations can make help to make their lives better…
Annette Frey says
Oh poor Roxy, I’m gonna’ cry! She is beautiful and looks really sweet. Lambchop was 1/2 pit (1/2 beagle) and a really good boy.
Happy Birthday Brody! xoxo and licks, wags and woofs from Starlet
Laurie Buchele says
My dog is a therapy dog and we read with at-risk kids in our local schools. For Daisy’s birthday, we always donate pet-related books to the school and to the kids we read with. We hope it helps educate future dog owners!
I hope sweet Roxy finds her furever home very soon! I made a donation.
Happy 1st Birthday Brody!
hidden exposures says
can we make sure the money goes directly to roxy? i feel so bad seeing that she has been there for quite a while…wondering if the money could go towards her being fostered in a real home to get her out of the shelter for a while? just trying to think creatively.