Monday, October 11, 2010

Day One of Volunteering

WOW, that a way to spend my Columbus Day Holiday!  What can I say about my first day?  I was a little nervous before I got there.  Sounds silly but I was.  Arrived after lunch and got all suited up in my apron.  Leash-check.  Walk card-check.  Poop sacks-check. Treats-check.  List I made of dogs needing picture taken-check.  Ink pen-check.  Camera-check.  Okay, I think I'm ready to head out.

I walk into the big dog kennel first.  Seems like there were more big and medium dogs that needed their pictures taken.  So many sweet faces.  I find one at the top of my list.  Get the leash on Cruz.  Then we head out to the play pens.  I let the dogs run around the pen and play while I try to take pictures.  It's a hand-full with some of these guys!

Anyhoo, here's Cruz...Very sweet dog.




After Cruz, I picked out Oreo.




Oreo loved a good pettin'.  Again, awesome dog.  After Oreo, I grabbed Mocha.  She's a BIG Anatolian girl.




Look at that colored tongue!  I think she just enjoyed being out of her kennel.  After Mocha, was Droopy.  Let me just say, Droopy put a smile on my face.  He's awesome.





Droopy played more than any of the other dogs.  He chased after balls.  Played tug a war.  Howled at me.  He was just a hoot!!  I don't know why this lil boy hasn't been adopted yet.  He's absolutely adorable!

After Droopy, I snatched Opie out of his cage.  This guy is a Terrier and something.  He wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get any real good pictures.  I really need to try for another face shot.  It's a face only a mother could love!



And finally, last but not least, here is Wheezer.  A rambunctious lil boy that needs lots of play time.





When I got him in the play pen, several employees/volunteers said, "oh, you got Wheezer.  You have your hands full."  And they were right.  There is a reason no one has been able to get a good picture of him.  He goes 100 miles an hour.  But you know what, you stay calm with him and eventually he calms down too.  I managed to get some great pictures of him.

I spent about 2 1/2 hours there and only managed to handle 6 dogs.  But I didn't just want to take them out and snap a picture and put them back.  They needed time to run and play.  And it was so fun and fulfilling.  I'm headed back on Friday since I'm off from work that day.  Plus the Husband said he would start going with me on the weekends to help.  How awesome is that!

20 comments:

Sydney_bitless said...

Well you got lots of energetic and rambunctious "kids" of your own. Taking pictures of these guys will be easy right.

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Sounds like a great time - you did wonderful and your comments on each pup are wonderful! I wonder if Mocha has a slight bit of Chow in her - black tongues are a chow trait....

Gail said...

What a blessing you are for these dogs!

I always see such terrible pictures when shelters are showing their dogs. Yours are great.

Great picture...quick adoption!

Kait Palmer said...

I'll take them all.

Please and thank you.

Faithful said...

You are AWESOME! What a great friend these dogs will find in you.

Linda said...

Agree with all of the above. I'd say Mocha's got some Chow in her too. You did an awesome job capturing them. Gail's right 'Great pictures - Quick adoption'!

~ Amy Elisabeth Photography ~ said...

This is so awesome Kit! I love it! What cute dogs and Droopy is my fav too. What a cutie!

fernvalley01 said...

Send Droopy imediatly! WHat a cutie, and Opie, and ,and ,and! Glad I am not there I would be taking them all home!

Shirley said...

Droopy is so cute, he has personality even in still photos! I hope he gets a good home soon- and all the others too! Are they going to use your photos to promote the dogs?

CCC said...

You know what I like about your pictures? You are down at their level when you take their pictures mostly and I think that is why they are so good. That the fact that you actually care about them shows in your pictures, too. Good job. Makes me want to take them all home.

Dee said...

Those are some great pictures. Hopefully they all get adopted soon. (not by you, of course) LOL

I think it's awesome that the husband shares the same interests as you and wants to do things like that together!

Anonymous said...

I cant think of a better way to spend spare time, you are lucky and so are those dogs :)
Donna, NY

the Goodwife said...

That is awesome that you and The Husband will be doing this together on the weekends! Droopy and Wheezer are too cute! They are all very sweet looking though. You are going to have your hands full emotionally I think ;)

Foxterriermom said...

Great pics, Kit! I know this is going to help to get some of these dogs adopted a lot quicker!

Nicole said...

I can see why the husband would go, first off the fun, but secondly hopefully try to keep you from wanting them all! haha... yeah I'm not sure why they aren't adopted either just from the pictures! Oh I'd be so attached! You are doing a wonderful thing and getting great shots out of the deal!

what kind of camera do you have anyway?

CTG Ponies said...

I think what you are doing is awesome and it really shows the personality of the dogs, much more than the pics in the cage. And you shot the pics from down low - love it.

LindaG said...

That is so great! Wonderful pictures. And it will be even better with hubby there too.

Bless you and your venture. Hope they all find homes, soon. :)

Whit said...

You got some great shots! I hope they all find homes very soon!!

gtyyup said...

What a great thing for you to do!!! I'm sure it was very fulfilling and those pics are going to get noticed...and the pups will find furever homes!!! Go girl!

DKG aka Scrappy Doo said...

you are doing an awesome thing! Thank You. I hope they all have homes soon.