After several people showed interest in Millie (who we were fostering through One Tail at a Time), I found that instead of being happy to see her find a new home, I was feeling seriously bummed that she would be leaving. And I think Josh felt the same way.
Our biggest concern though was making sure Chick would be okay with having a another pup around. She has always been a loner and never shows too much interest in other dogs. After Millie was spayed we saw the tension between the two dissipate and while they aren’t playmates, they are respectful of each other (save for when Millie interrupts Chick on “her” pillow on the couch. We all have our limits).
While it has been a little more work adjusting to walking two pups and getting them out the door (oh how I long for a house with a door to the backyard), it’s also been a lot of fun having two:)
A few weeks ago One Tail at a Time was the featured charity at Filoni’s annual spring gathering. Filoni is an artisan inspired clothing and accessories boutique in downtown Oak Park and Chick and I were lucky enough to be the featured guests at their event. Ten percent of all sales from the evening were donated to OTAT and it was so much fun to chat with the lovely ladies in attendance, all who had rescue dogs of their own. It was not so lovely, however, when Chick grumbled at one of those attendees. She sure is a snot sometimes.
(PS you must go to Maya del Sol, also in Oak Park:)
Sometimes brunch seems like it’s the most snobbiest meal. It’s not necessary, unlike breakfast, it’s not as exciting as a dinner out on the town and it’s not as humble as my favorite: the afternoon snack. In fact, Josh and I often joke about how we hate the term, “let’s do brunch,” but my friend Seebs swears by it, and she knows her stuff.
I’ve mentioned the court case dogs from Safe Humane Chicago before, and this time there’s brunch involved. One Tail at a Time, in conjunction with SHC and Taverna 750, is hosting a brunch and wine tasting to benefit these pups. Over the years, SHC has saved many, many pups from an otherwise cruel fate, and OTAT has taken in close to 20 of these dogs, all whom have since been adopted into loving homes. So if you’re in the Chicago area, come sip mimosas with us and nibble on tasty vegan treats. You can buy tickets right here.
This past weekend, from Thursday to Saturday, I traveled down to Moore, Oklahoma with several other volunteers from One Tail at a Time, the dog rescue group where I act as the Volunteer Coordinator and sit on their Board of Directors.
We traveled down with a van full of donations from our awesome volunteers and spent a day volunteering with the Animal Resource Center and Second Chance Animal Sanctuary. And the best part? We pulled six dogs (four from Second Chance and two from the Central Oklahoma Humane Society). All of the pups where already at the shelters prior to the tornado, which freed up space for the many displaced pups from the storm.
This was definitely the trip of a lifetime and I am so happy that I went and was able to be a part of it. The devastation in Moore was unreal and I can’t imagine what it was like to live through that. On Friday, when the second storm rolled in, we were able to take shelter with some of the kindest and most welcoming people I have ever met. The generosity shown to us is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.
Read more about our trip and see more photos on OTAT’s Facebook page!
(All photos c/o One Tail at a Time)
On Friday, Chick, along with adoptable Kuma from One Tail at a Time, took a trip out to Oak Lawn to hang at Simmons Middle School to talk to the kids about humane education. Chick was on her best behavior and let dozens of students pet her, Kuma represented pit bulls in a positive light and lots was learned about the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. Not to mention the kids had the time of their lives. There’s nothing better than seeing someone’s face light up when they see a pooch.