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?
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.