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Dog Shopping We Go


Rescue is what I wanted to do.  There are certain television shows in our family’s weekly DVR list that are based on rescuing animals and giving them a chance at forever homes.  There is one show in particular I have been a fan of for several years that really opened my eyes to all the great dogs that don’t have homes.  Although I thought rescuing wouldn’t be for me, I found myself slowly turning the tide and mentioned the idea to Cristina.  No surprise here that she was all for it and so the hunt began to find the perfect dog to mesh with our family.

There is a local rescue we are drawn to that gets lots of national attention and they really need as much as they can get.  With 300+ large dogs to take care of, being kept in a spot light helps tremendously.  This particular rescue always talks about the importance of getting their dogs homes.   After talking about it as a family, Cristina and I decided this would be where we would put in our application due to the amount of dogs this rescue had.  With that conversation we put in our application choice for this precious baby:


I probably shouldn’t have done this but I KNEW this girl would be ours.  Nothing could have been further from the truth.  After waiting about 2 weeks we received a call back only to be told that they didn’t think she would make a good fit with our current dog who is 12 years old.  They felt she would “aggravate the hell out of him.”  I tried to explain that our dog Hanzel is well acclimated to dogs of all ages, sizes, shapes, and personalities.  He has several dog friends and does well with everyone.  I was still denied.  They felt a puppy would not be good in our household.

Well instantly this left a bad taste in my mouth for rescuing.  I knew any dog would be happy in our home.  Not to mention we would never acquire another dog in our home if Hanzel, our Min Pin, would be unhappy.   Needless to say this hadn’t deterred us and we applied to yet another rescue in the attempt to give another dog a forever home.

The following Saturday we met someone at a smaller local rescue and he asked that we bring our dog to meet the puppy we were interested in.  We waited all day to go back at our designated time with Hanzel.  The dogs met and everything was fine.  Seemed like a done deal until they noticed Hanzel wasn’t neutered.  Although their dog was altered they would only give her to us if Hanzel was as well.  When I asked what is the purpose since their dog was fixed, the answer was that he may get out of our yard one day and impregnate other dogs.   I replied had I gotten Hanzel as a baby I would have gotten him altered but I rescued him at 4 years old.  I figured he had lived that way for 4 years I wasn’t going to put him through it. She stated again that without verification from our vet that the surgery had taken place, we couldn’t have their dog.  And here is the kicker:  Even if I do get him fixed they will not hold her and its possible I spend the money and put my aging dog in surgery for NOTHING.

And so I’m pissed.  I’m pissed because the first rescue has many “lifers” there that could have possibly been adopted but are too choosy.  I’m pissed because that first baby we wanted had already been there for 8 months and will continue to be there because you insist my dog will react a certain way when you don’t know him.  I’m also pissed because the second rescue insisted that my dog could get out and whore around as if I am some unresponsible pet owner because I hadn’t gotten him fixed.  I’m pissed because we dedicated a lot of time searching for the perfect dog and filling out these lengthy applications short of giving our blood type to end up empty handed.

Seriously all selfishness aside I REALLY wanted a Dogo Argentino or a French Bulldog.  I, however, had put those feelings away and thought it would be best to rescue because all dogs at breeders will find a home.  I wanted to do the right thing.  I wanted to adopt.  As I appreciate all the work these rescues do because it is a hard job, it leads me to believe that the reason so many dogs are at these places is because the interviewers are passing up good homes.  Based on this experience, dog shopping we go.


New Years Resolution Thoughts??? How About Saving?

SaveI must first admit I saw this originally on Pinterest.  I am a secret Pinterest lover.  I have several hundreds likes and I refuse to post unless I actually tried the pin.  How can I ever tell people “Hey!  Try this!  It’s sinfully delicious!” if I have never tried it.  Perhaps I think too much about this but there is a method to my madness.  I can’t ever tell you to try this miracle secret cleaner on your house only to find out it stains your porous granite counter tops.  No no, not me.  (However I’m told I do think too much about it.  LOL)

Anywho I saw this sometime last year and I figured I would try this in 2014.  I honestly forgot about it until a co-worker emailed challenging us to save money for 2014.  She attached her version of two plans, one which looked VERY familiar:

52week save

And the other which was the same concept but you paid into the savings plan 10x the amount.  So week one you put in $10 and week 52 you put in $520 resulting in $13,780 big ones!  While it would DEFINITELY be nice to be able to save almost $14K a year it really isn’t feasible for most.  For the month of December alone you would need to deposit $2020!  Most of us don’t have that kind of extra money laying around and especially during Christmas time.  So plan A it is for me!

Now the way I look at it you can do this a few ways.  One way is obviously the original way listed above.  Another that my lovely girlfriend came up with during this discussion would be doing it backwards.  So on Week 1 you put in $52 and week 52 you put in $1.  Her reason being that in December it could still be tough for some to come up with an extra $202  during Christmas time.  So applying her theory for the month of December (doing it backwards) you need only deposit $10.  Brilliant!  Then I got to thinking some more and I realized well  for some people your week to week may not be all that consistent.  So another alternative could be that you just print the 52 Week Challenge out and every week commit to depositing one of those amounts.  So maybe this week  you can afford more than the $1 deposit but next week you can only do the $2.  Then maybe you should pick one of the larger amounts for this week and next week maybe just the $2 you are supposed to.  With this theory you can skip around the deposit amounts and scratch them out one by one but by week 52 you should only have one week’s deposit left to scratch off.  However you decide to skin this cat you should end up with $1378 in a savings account or for the few very fortunate people $13,780.  LOL

So I’m taking this challenge and I challenge you.  Save.  It pays to try it out…..$1378 to be exact.  🙂  And really who CAN’T use that???

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