This has been a long winter, and as we are still waiting for Spring to really come. It’s easy to just get all cozied up with some wine and my Teddy and watch movies. I’m a big fan of action movies, no matter how cheesy they are. I think growing up with my older Brother and my Dad definitely attributed to my love of these movies . I have fond memories of watching action movies with them. We watched old Kung Fu classics, crazy Sci Fi originals, and of course my Dad’s favorites with Steven Seagal. I like to tell my brother that he was my very first friend, and he rolls his eyes at me. Even though we don’t live close to each other anymore, we still watch action movies when we get together, and its still just as fun. I ask dumb questions, interrupting the movie, he gets exasperated and explains what is going on. I have to admit, I ask questions sometimes just to see the look on his face.
My favorite thing about action movies is that there is always a hero that overcomes whatever evil there is. Let’s get real, I like all the high speed chases, fight scenes, and explosions just as much, but at the end of the movie you always get a sense of hope that good can overcome evil. I live my life by that very mantra. I believe that by doing good things I can make a difference in the world. This is why I do a lot of the things I do, like volunteer at the shelter. When people say ” I don’t know how you do what you do, I would just be too sad.” I just think to myself that I couldn’t NOT do anything. Yes, I see sad and evil things, but I need to know that I’m fighting it in my own way.
When I was little my favorite action hero was She-Ra: Princess of Power. She was the star of an eighties cartoon based on a normal everyday woman that transformed into She-Ra when she needed to save the day. I was so into it that my parents got me the sword, the mask, and all the accessories. I just wanted to be like her and save the day. I can’t do graceful high kicks like her, or wield a sword, and to my dismay I don’t have a talking unicorn that flys (which would be so cool). Since I know I’m never really going to be able to do these things, I’m determined to do what heroic things I can do. I am a hero for the animals that I help. I try to be a hero for my family when they need me. I am definitely a hero for Teddy every day (at least he makes me feel like it). You never know what little things that you do in a day that might make you somebody’s hero. Someone bought my coffee in the Dunkin Donuts drive thru one day. It absolutely made my day. I then helped a woman at the grocery store that was new to our country. She kept saying she was sorry, but it was her first time buying groceries. Its the little heroic moments like this that matter.
We have a group that we work with at my shelter thats mission is to rid the word of puppy mills. They rescue puppies and their parents from horrific conditions and bring them to the shelter so that we can work with them and get them adopted. This past week we had a lot of these puppy mill rescues in the shelter. It is all about patience and love when working with these dogs. They have never been shown kindness by the humans that were breeding them and have never been outside of cages. They are absolutely terrified when they come in. Fortunately there were some lovely people that came in to adopt last week. They really understood that adopting a puppy mill rescue is a long term challenge. We really try to make sure we educate people about puppy mills so that they know what they are getting into. It takes time to build a trusting and loving relationship with these animals. These adopters were true heroes for the animals. This is why I always tell people “adopt don’t shop”. We get so many of these dogs from careless breeders and pet stores. You can adopt and really make a difference in an animals life. Follow my Instagram account@singldogmom for behind the scenes from last week and every week.
Until next time, be a hero in someone’s life. Remember it can be the smallest of things that make a difference. That is was life is all about.
Pup of the week:
Meet BayBay….it’s like she is saying come adopt me through the picture. What a face!
After being at our shelter for quite a while it appears that Boss was finally adopted! Yay Boss!