I left Massachusetts at 8:30am and arrived in Greenville, Alabama at 4:00pm. Bubba, Tina, and Kandys all took a leg of this transport to get me to my destination. So this is what it’s like to be a dog. I have a greater appreciation for what they go through. Although the commute was time-consuming, it gave me a chance to get to know our volunteers on a deeper level.
Leg one was Bubba:
Bubba was exactly who I thought he’d be. He greeted me with a huge smile and called me “darlin”. I have to admit, I like being called, “darlin” and I could get used to it. It makes me feel like a petite flower. Bubba works as the Shelter Director at Etowah County Animal Shelter (ECAS). It’s rare to find a southern shelter that actually wants to work with a rescue and accommodate your needs. Thanks to Sherri Starr who was the springboard to this relationship. She posted a dog named, Tanner, and it somehow made it’s way to Double Dog Rescue (or more specifically, me). Her description of the dog was so loving and desperate that I could tell she really cared about this dog. As I got to know Sherri, this is how she feels about all of ECAS dog, and so does Bubba.
As Bubba and I spoke, I asked him how many dogs does he sees running along the highway, and how many are not running. Keep in mind that I’m trying to get my head around the worst case scenario. Bubba was very straight and matter of fact with his answer. Seeing dogs on the highway or along any road is common occurrence, therefore he carries an extra large crate in his truck on his way to and from work. Sure enough, about 30 minutes after I asked him this question, I saw my first dog in the middle of the highway. My eyes got big and my heart started racing. I buried my eyes into my hands but it couldn’t erase the visual of what I just saw. It was reality.
Leg two was Tina:
Tina wasn’t what I had pictured in my mind. She is a little peanut of a thang. At only 5 feet tall, she is a sassy little thang. Tina volunteers with Chilton County Humane Society (CCHS). More specifically, she works with DDR board member, Jean Forsythe. Not only does Tina saves dogs, but she rehabilitates wildlife. Unbeknownst to me, she took out a shoebox with a young, injured bird. I was thankful that I chose not to throw the box in the backseat since it was sitting on the passenger seat. The thought still makes me cringe as it crossed my mind! Tina clearly has a lot of faith in me when she asked me to feed the baby bird a cricket for lunch. I was to rub the baby’s birds head with the cricket and it would open it’s mouth. Well, I got the mouth to open but feeding the cricket was not my cup of tea. You have to kind of push it into the birdies mouth. Clearly, I failed. Tina is all about saving everything and anything. She has an optimistic view of the world and is always wanting to do more. We have a big day ahead of us on Tuesday when I visit the shelter. Later in the evening, I will be meeting with the board for dinner.
Leg three was Kandys (pronounced Candice):
Kandys is one amazing woman. She puts in 13-15 hour days between driving her school bus and taking care of her boarding facility. Many of the dogs that reside at her facility are rescue dogs. She is very thorough and all the kennels are immaculate. You can tell that every single dog who resides here bonds with her.
Kandys’s husband, Rock, Is 100% supportive of her animal rescue efforts. He is quite the southern gent and greeted with with a big hug and three baby flowers. We bond over garden talk and he has quite the green thumb. I’m envious that they can grow Lantana here as a perennial. Wait… This is about the dogs…
Kandys is off to feed the dogs and I offer to help. She politely declines my offer since she has a routine and it would take longer to explain things to me. I’m fine with that because I do off to play with the dogs. It’s exciting to see the dogs that I’ve seen only in pictures. Many of the ones who are still here are either waiting for their Heartworm treatment or currently recovering from treatment. It’s important to keep them calm and not add stress to their heart after Heartworm treatment.
It’s 10:30pm and we just finished dinner. I see Kandys’s eyes blinking non-stop. I can tell she is very tired. So I help her clean up and I’m off to bed to start blogging. Just before I leave, I tuck a little biscuit under my arm to keep me company for the night.