Tuesday, August 24, 2010

All the puppies are clean

We went on a tour of the area Humane Society this afternoon with some wonderful homeschool friends. 

The kids got to hold kittens, and of course, right away they thought they need one.  The Humane Society just happen to be having a 2 for 1 sale on cats, how convenient was that?  We did not, however, get another cat.  The newspaper was there taking pictures to do a story on the over flowing cat population they have at the moment and Dancer had her picture taken playing with one of the kittens so maybe she will get in the article.  A couple of other kids had their pictures taken too so we will see who they pick to put in the story.

On to the puppy room.  They got to take a dog out to go potty and for a walk.  They were so excited about it.  Why don't they fight over who gets to take the dog out at home?  Sometimes I have to threaten them to get them to do it.  Sheesh.  They also got to bathe a few of the dogs.  Spark said they told his group that they give them a bath everyday.  It seems kind of excessive but maybe that is the only way to keep it smelling half way decent.  They have a lot of animals in and out of there everyday so maybe the new ones get a bath too.  For instance, yesterday they had nine adoptions and 12 surrenders.  They normally have about 100 animals at a time so that is a lot of turn over from day to day and a lot to clean up after.  The dogs all have big kennels that are half inside and half outside, and they sleep on little camping cots so that must help keep the animals clean.  There were also big industrial side washer and driers running so they must wash all the blankets every day, each dog had their own blanket on their cots or the cats in their cages.

The kids picked up the newsletter and inside were some funny dog dictionary words, I will share a few of them.

Leash:  A strap that attaches to your collar, enabling you to lead your person where you want him/her to go.

Sniff:  A social custom to use when you greet other dogs until your person makes you stop.

Bicycles:  Two-wheeled exercise machines invented for dogs to control body fat.  To get maximum aerobic benefits, you must hide behind a bush and dash out, bark loudly and run alongside for a few yards; the person then swerves and falls into the bushes, and you complete the exercise by prancing away. 

Thunder: A signal that the world is coming to an end.  Humans remain amazingly calm during thunderstorms, so it is necessary to warn them of the danger by trembling uncontrollably panting, peeing on the rug, rolling your eyes wildly and following at their heels.

Bath:  A process by which the humans drench the floor, walls, and themselves.  You can help by shaking vigorously and frequently.

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