These days, now more so than ever, I find that people are treating their dogs more and more like their children…'cause let's face it, they are our kids.
Except that they’ll be dependent upon us until that heartbreaking day when they have to leave and go to that big doggie playground in the sky. In the meantime, it is our responsibility to give them exactly what they require for a happy life.
They need us for everything, so much more than just food, shelter and water. And, be honest, we depend on them just as much. After all, they supply us with unconditional love, loyalty and companionship every day of their precious life.
Back to the look. I have sensed people's eyes on me as I begin to discuss another stray dog in need, "Oh no, not another one. You already have three. The law says you cannot have more than three." It is at that point when I begin explaining the ways that I can have more than three if I really wanted to, before putting their mind at ease, "Don't worry. I'm not adopting."
Though, in the back of my mind, the wheels are spinning.
I know that other dog lovers are familiar with that tempting feeling and are nodding their head in agreement, because, well, they know. We want to save all of them and wish that we could.
Not everyone can adopt, so, we all do whatever we can.
For me, I try to volunteer as much as possible, though not as much as I would like. In addition, I donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of my books to various animal rescue groups throughout the year.
From January, 2010 to January, 2011, just starting out as a new author, I was able to contribute $1000.00. Though just a mere drop in the bucket, every little bit helps.
This year, from February 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, my goal is going to be to donate $2000.00.
Thank you for all of your support and friendship in 2010. Hope this is a wonderful year for everyone, including those unfortunate animals in need!