Serving others is a skill and life passion that I want to pass on to my daughters. What better way to do that than volunteering as a family. We (myself, husband, & 2 daughters) have taken a late shift to walk dogs so that my husband can join us after he gets off work. On average, we walk about a mile and a half total. Generally we walk a hand full of dogs in the winter and three hands full of dogs in the summer per shift. We get to spend around 15minutes with each walk.
We’ve walked Chihuahuas, Pit Bulls, Huskies, Cattle Dogs, Great Danes, Labs, Yorkies, Poodles, and a mix of muts. Sometimes they have 3 legs and some times they have 4. We love most all of them. Some of the dogs don’t like to interact much and enjoy their walks out side quietly. Some dogs like a mix of walking and off-the-leash time playing. Some dogs refuse to walk and enjoy being held as we walk. Most dogs have a personality that make us smile. We’ve been bit, scratched, and slobbered on. I will also mention that one dog who humped everything. We couldn’t count how much poo we’ve scooped. We commonly use phrases like, “likes to chew on balls” (Tennis balls of course) or “another 100+ pound lap dog”.
Some dogs are so sweet that they are hard to leave there, but those dogs are usually adopted before we return on another shift. I love it when our walks are interrupted when people have an appointment to visit the animals. It’s always good to introduce the dogs to the families first before they are adopted. We’ve met dogs that don’t like my husband probably because he is a big man. Some dogs don’t like me and prefer the girls. With any dog you meet, you just never know.
Last but not least, we get to watch the sun set behind the mountains. Pikes Peak is always a joy to see, well if clouds are not covering it.
My call to action for you today is to get out and serve. If you don’t feel blessed, bless someone/something else. Be the blessing!