You can put lipgloss on Pig Pen, but…

Someone caught me in a weak moment. I was attending a memorial service for an SPCA supporter when I was wrangled into modeling in the PacRep Theatre’s November 1 fashion show/fundraiser titled “Runway Revels! A Very Different Fashion Show.”  

And, it was a very different different fashion show, namely because it included a lunk like me.

Promotional materials  urged people to “experience a new and theatrical event as community VIPs walk the runway and model PacRep’s famous Costume Collection.”

Models were asked to to share a short anecdote related to theatre or performing. I had nothing. I played Pig Pen, from Peanuts, in the 4th grade.  I like to think I gave a stirring, nuanced portrayal of this flawed, complicated character. But, I had one line and probably botched it.

A month before the show, I had my appointment with the costume designer. Models were invited to choose their costume/character from among the few dozen musicals PacRep has put on. I met a bubbly lady where we were surrounded by clothing racks and boxes spilling over with feathered boas and crazy hats.  “I can really see you as a giraffe!,” she gushed.  “You know, like from Madagascar,” which I did notice on the list of past PacRep shows. “It would require that you walk on stilts.”

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It’s cliche, but I’m going there anyway.  Welcome to my first annual “giving thanks” blog.

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Bistro SPCA – Thanksgiving gone to the dogs (and cats!)

Rescued pets at the SPCA receive loving, compassionate care from staff and volunteers every day – holidays included!  And this Thanksgiving they are receiving something extra special – a Thanksgiving treat made by a special set of animal ambassadors: SPCA Animal Campers.

Participants in today’s “Shelter Party” one day animal camp are having a blast learning all about the SPCA and how they can help animals in need. These SPCA campers/chefs have lovingly prepared delectable delights for adoptable dogs and cats to make them feel extra special on Thanksgiving!  

On this special “Bistro SPCA” Thanksgiving Day menu:  Our adoptable canines will be feasting on heavenly “Frozen Turkey Dinner Natural Dog Treats.”  This dish is an ambrosial combination of turkey broth, peas, and delicately softened sweet potato chunks.  These luscious ingredients are tenderly mixed together and glaciated (a fanciful term for “frozen”) into bite-sized nuggets of delectable scrumptiousness.  

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11 Years

We work in a roller coaster environment.  One minute, a happy family is bounding out of our adoption center with a pet who will change their lives forever, and the next, someone is carrying an elderly loved pet through our doors to be humanely euthanized.  Last week, this hit us hard.  

On Monday, a family surrendered their family pet, a black lab, who had been with them nearly 11 years. They said they were moving out of state and couldn’t take her. She arrived with a large mass on her chest, which we quickly determined was just a benign fatty tumor, common in labs this age.  We contacted a breed-specific rescue group and another group that focuses on placing dogs of an advanced age.  Neither could take her now. Not a problem. Although we figured this wouldn’t be the easiest placement since few potential adopters want a dog well into her twilight years, we also have special people who understand that while the time may be short, they will make it special for a pet who deserves as much. That special person arrived at the SPCA and made it official on her second day awaiting adoption!

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Eu + thanatos

In our line of work, we can’t save them all, especially the wild animals we encounter.  Our mission includes rescuing and rehabilitating all the sick, injured and orphaned wild animals in our area. A success rate even approaching 50% would be off the charts, and this doesn’t at all reflect the skills of people providing this care or their resources. Think about it. It’s a wild animal’s very nature to avoid humans. The great majority of those that allow us to get close enough to handle them are critical, at best, and often in grave condition.

This week, I’m offering someone else’s words. One of our board members felt a real sense of pride when a neighbor shared with her the story of an animal we couldn’t save.

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