So the other day Rob and I went to get a snow cone, or raspa as they are called here, and I ran into the dollar store just behind the little stand while Rob waited for our goodies. Now I ran in for one little thing but I came out arms fully loaded with lots of stuff. You see they don’t have plastic shopping bags here so I literally had to carry everything with me to the car, picking up things that fell as I went back to the car through the dark parking lots.
I love raspas here because they are quite a bit different from the snow cones I grew up eating. They aren’t necessarily better but the difference is pretty fun. One of the reasons I love them so much are the fact that they have raspas naturales, or natural snow cones. The pina colada isn’t a yellow, sugary syrup but instead is fresh pineapple agua fresca (fresh water) and coconut milk. The sandia naturales is shaved ice drowning in freshly made watermelon agua fresca that is both juicy and chunky at the same time. It’s seriously fab.
But as soon as I got to the car I wound up leaving my raspa in the car to melt while I tried to convince a stray cat it could trust me. The wailing this thing made was crazy and sounded like it was in labor. Being so close to it I could easily see that this kitty was definitely not in labor as HE had a pair of accessories that make that sort of thing impossible. In the end I spent ages crouched next to the car in a dark parking lot talking to a cat who stood his ground and made awful noises at me. But I think I might have made a little bit of headway :) He eventually quit hissing and just sat and won a few games of a staring contest that I wasn’t even playing. Rob patiently sat in the car while I tried to work some kitty lover’s magic and asked me about the cat as we made our way home.
You see, I’m one of those people. I’m the kind that will lay in a parking lot talking to a stray cat that might very well scratch me up because I have hope that this kitty could have a better life. And that’s why I love PetSmart so much and try to support the company by purchasing my pets’ goodies and collars there to help support a company that is good about supporting pets. Did you know that November 13 – 15, just a few short days away, is PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend? It’s such a great thing… four times a year PetSmart hosts shelters and rescue organizations and gives them a place to get together and try and find homes for dogs and cats who deserve a better life with a forever family and I think that is pretty cool.
During these events an average of 15,000 pets find their family to be companions to for the rest of their lives. Because PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization of animal lovers committed to ending pet homelessness they invest in more than 3,000 animal welfare groups in North America, helping more than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes through events like this PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend coming up. And if you’re wondering what that kind of effort adds up to, that is 6 million pets that found good, forever homes.
I don’t just support these events because I like the idea in theory, I also practice it. I truly believe that when it comes to animals you should adopt rather than shop. There are so many sweet babies out there that need families. Often they are dumped off at a shelter or left to their own devices to roam the streets simply because their owner failed them.
Though he was anonymously surrendered, I was told that I probably I got my Ollie because his owner needed a hunting dog and Ollie stinks at it. It didn’t matter that he is the sweetest, most loving creature. Somebody gave up a dog that cries when I cry and protects me with every ounce of his being. I’m not sure they understand exactly what it is they gave up. He truly is one of the best dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and the fact that I got to adopt him is amazing to me. I am very lucky.
After Rob met my Ollie he decided that he had been too long without a pet after his pretty beagle, Toffee passed away. He went to a local organization comprised of a couple who will go and round up animals from local shelters short on time and put their personal resources to work keeping them until they can find them a new forever home. There he found Lucy and she is definitely a unique little individual.
She’s bossy and her head is way too small for her body so she can slip a collar like you’ve never seen before. She’s also some sort of a Houdini because in the time after you put on a harness she’s somehow managed to get the thing chewed up and hanging off of her before you can lash the leash to her. What can I say, Lucy likes to be free! :)
Adoption really is the best way to find your new pet. For one thing they’ve come from less than ideal situations and they bring that with them to their new home. It may take a bit of work at first to earn the trust of our new companions but when they realize that you love them and are to be trusted you’ll be amazed at how fierce their love is for you.
I would like to highly encourage you to head out to your local Petsmart to check out their National Adoption Weekend that is coming up on us if you live in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico and check out all of the adoptable cats and dogs. You just might find your next best friend who finally found the forever home he or she deserves! Let’s keep the momentum of this event going! Find an adoptable pet near you by using Find A Pet, see where to go with a quick visit the PetSmart Store Locator, National Adoption weekend and share your story of adoption by visiting PetSmart Charities. There’s nothing like a good success story to help people see the light! Thanks for listening and thanks so much to PetSmart for doing so much for so many sweet little fur babies!