The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages...even puppies. We'll have dogs for adoption from 11 to 3 Saturday, July 27 in the Kirkwood Petco near I-44 and Lindbergh, and 11 to 2 in the St. Charles Petco at I-70 and Zumbehl Rd.
Sometimes I'd rather be a virtual rescue person -- someone who sends emails and makes calls about dogs in need without ever meeting the actual dogs. Then I could celebrate those blissful moments when a dog escapes from the shelter into the hands of a rescue group. I could take pride in my efforts (which are important and do make a difference) without dealing with extra dogs in my own house.
This past week has seen several of my foster parents going on vacation and others taking breaks. Still others are fostering dogs that are hard to place or still not healthy enough for adoption. In addition, a few dogs are coming back from placements that aren't working out. All of that means too many dogs at my place.
So yesterday I decided it was time to buy new shoes because I was down to only one pair of shoes that hadn't been chewed on by dogs. I also needed bed pillows because of one dog who could actually pull the pillow out from under my head and rip it apart, spreading pieces of foam throughout the living room.
So I headed to the local discount store and bought flipflops, canvess slip-ons and one black pair that might work for dressier occasions. I forgot to buy new pillows. Once home, I put the sack with the shoes on top of my dresser and sat down to answer phone calls and emails.
One of the emails was from someone who called me several nasty names because I hadn't agreed to take the dog she'd contacted me about. I answered several other calls and emails from people who wanted me to take their dogs. As politely as possible, I said we didn't have room and suggested a few other places they might try.
Then I noticed that the dog at my feet was chewing on something....a shoe, my yet unworn black shoe! I snatched back the slimy object and went searching for the other, which I found in the livingroom along with the remains of the shoebox. I guess dogs respect $2 flipflops and inexpensive canvas slip-ons. Those were undisturbed.
So I'm trying to decide this. Can I still wear the shoes? They've never been worn. And who looks at my feet that much anyway? I'll think about this some more as I nap on my shredded pillows. But first I need to sweep up dog hair, a thrice daily task that always produces enough hair to cover a medium-sized dog.
Or maybe someone will buy me some new shoes and new pillows The shoes are size 7 1/2 medium. Standard pillows are just fine.
St. Louis Senior Dog Project