Temperature: -20 (feels like-30)
Donation Total: $505
5:30pm Arrive at shelter. One of the volunteers brought me a heater. Thanks Lee!
5:35pm Feed the dogs their supper. I let the Shih Tzu out (I tentatively named him Fluffernutter…I’m running out of name ideas!) while I clean his kennel and turn around to discover a puddle. I wonder who could have done that?
“Hey lady! I found this!”
5:45pm Shovel some poop outside. What goes in must come out! Over the many years in animal rescue I have learned many lessons, most important of all, when chipping frozen poop, close your mouth. Don’t worry folks, my lips were tightly sealed! Animal rescue isn’t as glamorous as one would think…with all the poop and the pee and all the random fur everywhere. But beyond the mess, it’s rewarding as heck!
6:00pm Scooping poop works up an appetite. My mother always said I had an iron stomach. Leave for supper.
7:30pm Back to the shelter. Let some kitties out to play.
7:50pm Jeff comes to stock the fridge with food. Now I have things to put in the microwave!
He also hands me a handful of ear plugs. I’m sensing a theme with my gifts!
7:55pm Puff goes Gaga over my laundry. I must wash my things in cat nip!
8:00pm Now for some entertainment. Laser pointer! And right out of the package I accidentally pointed it in my eye. Apparently I suck at reading labels. And never trust a laser pointer with two ends. You have a 50/50 chance of blinding yourself.
8:15pm Play with the kitties.
Out damn spot!
8:30pm Random Fuzzy Kitty shots. Just a small sampling of our feline residents!
8:45 Pick my sleeping buddy for the night: Sam! The resemblance between Sam and Buster is uncanny! Sam is a 1.5 year old Golden Lab mix. He was adopted as a puppy but returned a year later due to the fact that he had a bit of wanderlust and wouldn’t stay on the acreage. He loves adventure! His owners felt it wasn’t fair to chain him up so they brought him back so we could find him a more suitable home. He was raised with kids and like a typical lab, LOVES his people!
8:50pm Sam meets Puff and they hit it off!
9:00 Rearrange Rosie and Pepper to another cage. They did not want to go willingly, as they laid claim to my bed.
9:10pm Rosie and Pepper give me stink eye. They do not approve of Any other sleeping buddy but them. Oh the guilt.
9:49pm Lights out! Sam is a super snuggler already! He gives great hugs!
10:05pm Someone starts barking. And barking. And barking. But thankfully no one else chimes in.
11:30pm One of the neighbour cats starts hissing.
12:00am Sam finds a bowl under the bed and starts to dig for it. Clang clang clang. Then manages to find a stray kibble. Crunch crunch crunch.
2:15am One of the cats breaks out in a feline rendition of an opera song. I would swear the cat was in heat with the notes it’s hitting. Mmmmwwwwrrrooooooowwwwwwwww!
But we don’t have any of those! I think?
4:00am I roll over and Sam lays on my back. He’s stuck to me like glue. Very heavy glue.
6:00am Fluffernutter the Shih Tzu starts barking for no reason. Ok, he needs a better name! Like Poopy Pants, Piddles..or Barky McBark Face…maybe Fluffernutter isn’t so bad.
7:26am Neighbour cat has it’s morning poo. Good thing I’m not setting my alarm to their bowel movements. I’d be late!
7:31am Sam rests his heavy head on my full bladder. Ouch!
7:35am Roll out of bed and set off the dogs. Breakfast time!
7:45am Top off food and water for cats.
7:50am Put Sam back in his kennel and thank him for being such a good boy. Put Rosie and Pepper back in their kennel with the big bed. They are very happy!
8:00am Everyone gets a Milkbone before I go to work.
Night #2 Complete!
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