White Dog looked around and noted "They've made some improvements the past few months!" The others agreed that things were indeed different from when we were last at Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Sanctuary. At that time they were constructing a shade structure and since had add a lovely sitting area inside a fenced off the space so families could interact with pets they were interested in comfortably and more realistically than by holding a pup on a leash and walking just a few feet,
We were at our state's largest no-kill animal shelter for two happy reasons: So the White Dog Army acting as Santa's helpers could deliver our annual donation of 50 pounds of kibble. this year our donation was made in honor of our friends and family in the BlogWorld and split...35 pounds for the pups and 15 pounds for the kitties. We like to think that maybe on Christmas Day our fur brothers and sisters still waiting for homes will get to enjoy a bit upscale and extra bountiful meal because of our gift.
Earlier in the weekend, the WDA came to me as we were cleaning house. "Momma, what are we going to do with the Goodie Bags left over from the Puppy Up! New Mexico Walks to End Cancer?" The bags were given to every registrant and contained dog food samples, dog treats, a plastic food bowl, people candy treats, a collapsible water bottle, can topper and lots of important information about the services available. Of course they also contained the 10 Warning Signs of Canine Cancer and information about 2MillionDogs Foundation. "Why do you ask," I replied. "Our wonderful sponsors and supporters will be there next year with more and we have lots of bags leftover. We thought it would be nice to donate them to a worth cause so they will continue to give."
I called Watermelon Mountain Ranch and they were excited and grateful to receive the 40+ gift bags. In the blink of an Eskie eye, the Goodie Bags became "Congratulations on Your Adoption" Bags that will be given as a bonus with every dog adopted. Their organization is going to add some additional information and a few more "essentials" that they normally pass out and the bags will be a brimming Take Home Starter Kit for those who give a shelter pup a second chance. Our secret hope is that we will see those pups and their new owners next year at our Walk to End Cancer.
From now until Christmas the Ranch is holding a huge adoption Event and our gift bags are much appreciated. For the WDA the tail wag and nose touch through the fence given by WMR's resident senior lab mix was all the thanks needed.