May 20, 2012

White Dog was not happy that she was not going to the Spring Furry Fling as our 2MillionDogs ambassador.  The adoption rescue event was being held mid-day in a rope offed area of a parking lot and the temperature was expected to be in the upper eighties...too hot even under our canopy for our pampered Serene Highness.

"How come Oso gets to go?" WD whined. "I am the head of the White Dog Army and you are going to take the NEW guy?"

"As a leader you know that sometimes the best choices are not the most popular ones. Oso gets to go because he has not yet figured out how to use the dog door so he is not potty independent and we will be gone all day. OAWD will sit quietly in the little crate which we can make sure is not on hot asphalt and you do not like be confined...heck, you barely like wearing a leash!" Plus this will be a nice chance to see what Oso's level of socialization is...we are still learning abut him and knowing how he does around other people and pups other than the incredible WDA will help us make sure we all know what to expect and how to help him."

White Dog sighed. "Can't you take us both?" "And then what do I say to Quinn? and Nuka? and Puff? and YoYoMa? The entire Army cannot come, I have things to do to run the booth and talk to people about how they can help us fight the c monster. Today, the best thing the White Dog Warriors can do is be patient and understanding."

The baking sun turned out to be a deterrent for many and the turnout was slim; many of the rescues decided about 2 that the day was just too hot in the treeless sea of radiating blacktop and packed up early. By three, the organizer, a wonderful caring Great Dane rescue, came around to let those remaining know that they, too should tear down for the best interest of the dogs. We managed to hand out Save This Date Cards for our Walk and to talk with a few people about the amazing potential of comparative oncology so the day wasn't a total bust.

And Oso? He was a gentlemanly little ambassador in training who did White Dog and the WDA proud. He patiently stood to be petted and cuddled by children. He walked several circuits of the area with Steve to meet and greet. He made friends with some of the rescue pups in attendance. And he wore himself out.

The sweet woman running the food truck gave all of the groups free shaved ice cones and when she heard that I (as a diabetic) couldn't eat one brought over a diet Pepsi. I didn't have the heart to ruin her generous act by saying I do not drink soda so Oso got to enjoy the can's coldness as I rubbed his neck and belly with it.

Oso insisted that we stop in the pet store who was co-sponsoring the event to purchase a box of whitefish and sweet potato treats to take home to his siblings...a wise and diplomatic move.
Oso and Hank the Bloodhound spokesdog for the Southern Bloodhound Group

Winter, the Great Dane puppy was a bit intimidating

Everyone traveled from shade spot to shade spot
Cooling belly rubs...another great use for aluminum cans!


Agnes B Bullock said...

Great job OAWD!

Nola said...

What a good boy, OAWD!
Dachshund Nola

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I love the day you had, and do you know what? Yesterday my mommy took me to the park where an art even was happening,, and 2 white fluffy dogs came up to me, and we sniffed noses!
Was that you? If it wasn't I think you sent them to say hi to me,

Jo's World said...

Oso, you are one cool guy, even when its too hot!


ra husky said...

We knew Oso was a gentleman BOL!! Grrreaat job little mate!

RA, Isis & Nanük

Mr. Pip said...

Cooling cans! What a great idea! I get overheated pretty easily so I will definitely request my mom give this a try.

Your pal, Pip

Suka said...

hey WDA,

Oso, so furry nice to meet you! I got caught up and know all about you now. Welcome! You are a pawsome addition to the WDA and your mom is right, you were an excellent ambassador today for the WDA. Congratulations on a job well done! I know I could not have dealt with such heat so I am furry impressed that you handled it so well.

Great photos! What beautiful dogs you met, and you are super lovely yourself, Oso! I hope all the people who got the cards do "Save the Date" and show up at the 2 Million Dog Walk! Other than the heat, sounds like it was a successful day. Yay!!


Teddy Bear said...

Way to go, Oso. What a fun day for you .:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Random Felines said...

good job Oso - we agree that summer events can be tough....

Kari in Vegas said...

Great job Oso! And woo hoo Diet Pepsi ;)

Stop on by for a visit

Brian said...

Oso did such a wonderful job, bravo!