Thursday, January 24, 2013

Transfer Assistant

Today I had my second shift in my new position at the Humane Society. My old position was dog walker. That means that I walk the dogs that are waiting to be adopted. I'm still also a dog walker, but now I'm a Rescue Wagon assistant too, which means that I assist with intake when we get a big truck full of dogs that have been transported from other states and shelters. Essentially, the process looks like this:

First, we take the dogs out of their kennels and take them for a short walk so they can relieve themselves after their long journey. (A lot of times these dogs are coming from New Mexico, Wyoming, Oklahoma, etc., so they've been cooped up for way too long.) After a quick bathroom break, we take each dog in for a quick evaluation, to check for things like microchips, spay/neuter status, injuries, vaccinations, and all that good stuff. Then, the little guys get put into their more permanent kennels, where they wait for a more in-depth medical and behavioral evaluation before officially being put up for adoption.

I liked being a dog walker, but I have to say that I enjoy doing the dog intake even more. I feel more useful, and it feels good to be there for these dogs when they are likely at their peak levels of anxiety. After all, wouldn't you be worried and upset if all the sudden you'd been taken away from your home and possible family, only to spend 10 hours in a kennel with a bunch of other dogs? It's really sad to think that Haruki once went through this same journey last Spring, all while I was probably watching episodes of The Biggest Loser.

Anyhow, these are a few shots that I got today.

Obviously they suck. (The pictures.) These dogs don't know me and aren't really calm enough to pose for pictures.

What I do have, however, are pictures of shoes. To balance out my do-gooding volunteerism I made a quick stop at Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find a pair of casual shoes. I couldn't. Instead, I walked around aimlessly, feeling frumpy and not girly enough to be shopping. Sigh.

First I examined and tried on these:

While they were comfortable and not horrendous, I just couldn't bring myself to buy them. They're just way too trendy and preppy for me.

Less preppy but still way too trendy? These guys:

Yes, my feet are size 8.5.

Can I just say, YUCK! Why does everyone love these idiotic shoes? (Aside from the company's pledge to donate one pair of shoes for every one purchased--that's okay with me.) I tried them on, and while they are comfortable, they're just not very flattering. Way too pointy, as far as I'm concerned. (Ditto on the topsiders too.)

*Do you wear Toms? Do you feel bad about it?


  1. OMG I love you so freaking much! I hate the Toms shoes trend. I'm sorry but they look like shoes my grandma would wear. I just don't get it. Thanks for making me feel less alone in this crazy crazy world!

    Also, I'm glad you didn't buy either pair. They both look like grandma shoes and you are way too cool for that!

    1. Wow you just pump me up with every comment you make!
      What kind of shoe girl are you? I can kind of imagine you wearing Converse All Stars. I would like to wear those, but they too make me feel like my feet are really big and pointy. Maybe my problem isn't the shoes but instead that I long for cute little feets. Yah, feets. Feets are much cuter than feet.

    2. I've actually never had any Converse sneaks, though I would wear them. I hate shoe shopping. I wear a 9.5 and half sizes are harder to find past size 9 clodhoppers. Plus my feets are slightly narrow. Hate hate hate shoe shopping. For dress shoes my favorite brand is Bandolino. I wear boots a lot in the winter. Summer is sandals (I had a Bandolino pair I wore all last summer that we cute and comfy). Gym shoes of course. And I usually have some random pair of black shoes that are soft and comfy but don't look too grandmaish. I tend to buy one pair, wear them for a year then buy another. I am definitely not one of those women with 100 pairs of shoes. Oh, Franco Sarto are nice shoes too. You should do a post on all your shoes. I could do a shoe link up. That might be all kinds of awesome.

    3. A shoe post is coming your way! Wait until you see all the stilettos I have up in here!

  2. Okay, Toms suck. I want to like them because they're so popular but they are just hideous. I wear a 7, same size as my mom so she is always trying to get me to wear shoes she bought for herself and doesn't want anymore. I want to say, "Mom we are the same shoe size, but we are not the same age and therefore do not have the same shoe style." But she might be kind of offended.

    1. Whew--that's a relief! Since you're younger I thought you might favor Toms and hate me because I hate them. Luckily we can still both agree on Toms and also how great all those pancakes at Snooze are.