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.
One year ago today, someone surrendered sweet Chick to Chicago Animal Control where she would spend the next 11 days until Anna Friedman would pick her out from hundreds of other dogs and One Tail at a Time would come to the rescue.
From there she would spend over a month with Kelly Jo until Josh Hilgendorf and I saw her photo and became instantly hooked.
In that one year she has been featured in the Chicago Tribune on Take your Pet to Work Day, joined Chicago SociaBulls to hang with the big guys (sweet pits can love a feisty chi), been enrolled in a Canine Good Citizen Class, had her picture taken by a professional photographer (cc: Kelly Johnson Photography) and plastered onto an Xmas card.
She has made numerous visits to the nursing home where my grandma who has always been terrified of dogs decided suddenly she would love Chick, met the very special dogs I grew up with who I wish I still lived with, attended Christmas dinner with a crazy sweet bulldog pup and survived, and now sleeps above my head every night. What a year, Chick. Love you sweet pup!!
(Photo via Kelly Johnson Photography)
I first shared Mickey back in September, when he became a part of One Tail at a Time. I fell for him because he was a sweet old pup and I love a good senior dog. I begged my dad to let him be a new pal for Frasier, but as it turned out, Mickey just needed a hospice home to live out his last few months. And I’m so grateful he was able to do that, instead of ending his life in a shelter. But today sweet Mickey has passed on. Sending my love to you, sweet pup.
In between traversing the city finding the spot where L. Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz (just mere blocks from the apartment) and the house where Walt Disney grew up (now a not so great house), we also came across two loose pups. One we couldn’t get near, but the other (named Chowder Vargas!), we successfully reunited with his owner. And let me tell you, Chick was not happy to have me holding that little guy. We also pet taxied little Emory around, who was just adopted yesterday through One Tail at a Time. The rest of the weekend was spent feeling grateful for a sweet and silly Chick, safely inside.