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Looking for Sponsor/ Roomie!

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I plan on attending Barkworld in Atlanta during August. Here’s the problem though, although I get discounted rates for being a student (Ticket wise which I already have) I’m saving up money for an airplane ticket and hotel expenses. Being a 16 year old kid who makes minimum wage with no car (I only have my permit so I don’t really need one yet) I’m saving up all I can to attend. I’ve started saving since the day I got back from BlogPaws and i have about $90 saved up. I have all summer to help collect money too but it’d be a lot more helpful if I had a roommate to split a room with. Ma and Carma are coming too but I don’t know if Ma can pull together enough money for the both of us which is why i’m trying to save up. I’m also looking for sponsors, I can do reviews and publicizing for brands and everything. (I can create short videos for my youtube accounts which really pack up views http://www.youtube.com/elileoplurodaun & http://www.youtube.com/immabirdie )

If you’re interested email me at Sarah.allen@stu.daviess.kyschools.us

Also feel free to share this post. I love my Barkworld family and I love going to the conferences!

 

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Tell the World I’m Coming Home.

Today was the last day of blogpaws so unfortunately that means i have to come home. All my photos are on my camera and the computer (Yes i’m using a computer for once) doesn’t have an SD card slot. Grrrr. Anyways i’ll have the photos on facebook, here, instagram, twitter, the moon etc. I had an amazing time meeting and remeeting bloggers and brands. I really want to go to Barkworld in August but I don’t know considering the price of the room. Anyone wanna bunk? We can go halfsies! Lol. I plan on saving up a good amount to go. The only thing i didn’t like about this trip is that my phone case got scratched and turned pink (I have no clue how!!) Forever a mystery. 

I’ve got to finish packing and getting ready! Love you all! 

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BlogPaws 2013

I’m posting live from BlogPaws in Virginia! This is a long ways away for southern folk. Anyways tonight was the official opening cerimony and I reunited with many of my old friends and met some new ones too! I’ve gotten plenty of things to bring back to my critters at home and at the Owensboro Humane Society. Its been really fun so far although I didn’t like having to run like a mad man to find a room one of the conferences were. Now that I know that the elevator doesn’t go that way, I know to go down the stairs lol. No pictures will be in this post today, they’re all on my camera and all I have is my phone. Anyways love you all! Just had to do a quick post and now my butt is going to bed! Good night all! 

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No sleep? Time to blog!

Its 12:30 in the morning and all I can think is “I should post”
So today/tomorrow/tonight whatever you consider right now is time for a new piece. I want to tell all of you that nothing is reviewed and revised its all just off the top of my head so if there is a grammar error or a misspelled word I’m sorry. I’ve made my latest post off of my phone and it doesn’t catch most of my mistakes, plus it doesn’t help much that I’ve never payed attention in an english class a day in my life.

Alright let’s cut to the chase. My issue today is trying to pull teens and kids into volunteering. Of course most people believe they should get paid for work, but you know sometimes a cheek covered in dog slobber is more satisfying than money. In my opinion it’d be nice to get paid in cat hair and puppy kisses but when you need gas in the tank or a roof over your head, you think “I need money”. Sad but true.
But how do I convince people my age to get into volunteering? For some its easy as saying “We have cats” and they’re ready to fill out an application to volunteer and start immediately. Some, its much more harder. They’ll have questions such as “What do you do there” or “I won’t have to pick up poop will I?” (You might, you might not. you never know) “Can my siblings volunteer with me?” (the more the merrier) etc. Of course any long time volunteer will share stories of their history with animals. I share a story every day. My friends know me as Ms. Humane Society and come to me when they have questions concerning animals. If I don’t know I hand them over to my mom.
Volunteering for kids will teach them many valuable life skills. Many such as how to take care of a pet, its hard work but very rewarding. Also they’ll learn how to clean up after their pets, scooping litter boxes or picking up toys that have been drug out. They’ll gain friends 4 legged and 2 legged that they’ll never forget. A special bond that will remain in their heart for the rest of their life. They’ll share their stories with others and we all know how talkative kids can be. For the shy kids that cling to mommy or daddy, this could be a great way to get them to come out of their shells. You obviously don’t want to just toss them into the air and expect them to take off and fly, but just walking around with them and having them socialize with each individual animal over long periods of times can help them become much more comfortable. Meeting for the first time can be stressful for both the animal and the child. You don’t know the animal’s story and they don’t know yours. They will not judge you for your past, for they cannot judge. For teens, this helps promote responsibility, socialization, and it looks great on a resume!
Now every teenager faces these dreaded things called hormones. (Girls especially) I would know. I’m a victim of my own body and puberty. When I’m zit faced and bitchy, my furbabies don’t judge. When I’m happy and hyper, they still don’t judge. They look up to you. They depend on you.
Personal story time!
See this baby boy?

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This is Dozer. He’s a 10 year old red nosed pitbull. He’s probably going to be mentioned on here A LOT.
He may be a pit and portrayed as a vicious dog, when actually he’s a big cuddlebug. He believes he’s a 3 year old chihuahua LOL. (He’s available for adoption at the Owensboro Humane Society find him on petfinders.com !)
Anyways, this boy makes my day 1,000,000,000x better everytime I see him. I could be on the verge of tears and wanting to just give up on every thing then he looks at me with those big brown eyes and he knows. Animals can sense how you’re feeling. Whether your happy, sad, mad, scared, and they just want to be there to help you. I like to take Dozer on long walks and I talk to him. He listens and responds not with words, but with body language. When my chihuahua Zen was lost, I brought Dozer with me to search the neighborhood closest to the humane society and hang fliers. We walked for 4 hours & he marked everything and I don’t think he did it cause its a male dog thing. I honestly believe it was because Zen knew his scent and was hoping it would lead Zen to the humane society. I sat down on the corner with Dozer and he pressed his head against me and kissed my nose. I let it all out to him and he climbed into my lap and later dried my eyes and face. A few months later I took him on a walk around the park right next to the humane society and let everything off my chest that had been keeping me down that I didn’t want to talk to anyone else about. He stayed right by my side and kept looking up at me. He’s not too keen with other animals, and even with all the birds and stray cats around he stayed focused on me.
Sometimes dogs are more faithful than boyfriends ladies. lol.
Long story short, without me starting the humane society, I would have never met Dozer and I would have kept everything bottled up. He understands me, and I understand him. He doesn’t like being cooped up at the humane society, that’s why we go on long walks. It allows him to stretch and get away from his problems. Even animals go through depression.
Of course if he gets adopted, I’ll be sad I won’t see him as much as I like, but I’ll be happy that he’ll have a fur-ever home.
  

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Welcome

Hello and welcome to my new blog Young Hands and Paws. This blog is centered around reaching out to kids 18 and under to volunteer with animals and to teach people about pets. My main motto is Adopt, don’t shop (I even have a magnet that says so).

So hopefully you’ll stick with me after reading that short paragraph and let me introduce myself. My name is Sarah “Eli Leoplurodaun” Allen I’m currently 16 years old and I’ve been volunteering with the Owensboro Humane Society for 3 years now. My love for animals has started at a very young age, my mother even has a photo of me dressed up as a Dalmatian sitting next to my dogs Hank and Judy (who both passed away when I was young). I wasn’t even old enough to walk yet! I grew up in a house full of fur babies. I honestly believe I would go insane without wearing dog hair on me!

I have a couple fur babies at home and now its their feature time.
First off I have Carma. She’s my mother’s first alert service dog & she is the spokesdog of the Owensboro Humane Society. She’s a standard poodle but she was the runt of the litter so she’s a little smaller than the norm.  

We got her when she was 11 months old from a pitbull rescue. She was the bait dog for them and when we got her she was pink and blue! She was my Christmas present and I love her to death. She is a total diva. She loves dressing up and getting her nails painted but she loves running around in the mud too. Goofy girl, I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

Next is my chihuahua Scooby. A few years ago we thought he was a stray running around. We found out that he lived right up the road from us and took him home, well he’d come back once every 2 weeks to stop by and have a meal with us, then it became twice a week, then every day and he’d stay with us for long periods of time. Late last year his owner came to us in tears saying that she lost her house and had to move to a busy highway in Ohio County & she was afraid he’d get ran over. We agreed that we’d take care of him and now he’s my adorable little bratty brother. He used to run the street and want to play all the time but now you can hold him like a baby (he naturally turns over like that) and he just falls asleep. He’s also gained a lot of weight since he’s been ours xD

Now is Jenny Sue, she was 6 weeks old when we first got her. She believes she can talk, if you first meet her you’d probably think she was just growling. But if you listen closely you can hear her say basic sayings. She’s a sweet little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is 10 years old now. She’s blind and has been since she was 8. We don’t know why she went blind actually. She was a very stubborn pup. She’d tear up cigarettes and knock over my dad’s beer and Ma’s RC just so she could get a drink! Thankfully we got out of the puppy years alive. She’s much better now.

I love my sissy spaniel and I wouldn’t trade her for the world

I also have another Chihuahua named Zen but he’s been missing since October… I really don’t want to think about it since it might make me cry.

Now time for my small fur babies.

I have a gerbil named PB and a Guinea Pig named Ms. Piggy. My uncle gave me the gerbil when I was down in Florida last summer. PB isn’t afraid of anything really, he chases after my dogs when we put him in his ball. LOL! and Ms. Piggy was brought to the Owensboro Humane Society and since everyone was afraid the cats were going to kill her Ma decided to foster her and then she fell in love with Ms. Piggy. That was the end of that!

Ms. Piggy
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PB

So now you know about my furkids.
I also have a trillion fish but only like 4 of them have names.

Thank you for reading and I’ll be posting more soon!