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?