Poopy loves going to the dog park, she can smell it from a mile away and knows the way by heart. As we approach the park she gets so excited that she yanks the leash and whines in anticipation to see who's there that day. The yippy Pomeranian? The dopey Great Dane? She doesn't care, she'll play with anyone. Just get me in, I can't take it anymore!
We rescued Poopy from a pound two years ago when she was just a mere pup the size of a guinea pig. We found her in a cage full of other dogs that had not only been stepping all over her, but also pooping all over her. She was very cute, but awfully stinky. So we took her home, gave her a bath, and named her Poopy.
She has since then grown into a beautiful Border Collie mix full of life and energy. She loves to travel and has been with us all over the East Coast. From the Mexican Gulf in Florida to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the most eastern point of America way up in Maine. But most of all she loves to swim in the creeks and rivers of West Virginia where she was born.
We are very fortunate to have Poopy be a part of our lives, and I wish all dogs had loving homes. But sadly that's not the case and I think it's important to do what you can for your local dog shelter. It doesn't have to be much, a little goes a long way, especially if as many people as possible pitch in.
Maybe pick up an extra bag of dog or cat food next time you go grocery shopping. Or see if you have some old stuffed animals collecting dust in your closet. If your animal shelter has a website they usually have a wish list of things they need, it could be anything from blankets to leashes and collars, or even paper towels and postage stamps.
ExecuteMe is Maria, one of the original founding Owls. She likes, obviously, puppies, and makes some amazing jewelry that can be found in her Etsy shop. Maria's also a quite gifted photographer, and some of her photography can be found at MariaAfRolen.com (when it's not down for service!)
Editors Note: Maria photographed these precious doggies on the left at a local shelter in her area. If you are interested in finding out how you can get involved, contact your local shelter. Like Maria said, there are a lot of small ways to get involved. If you are unaware of your local animal shelter, there are easy ways to find out where it is! Visit AnimalShelter.org and search for your local shelter, or even a puppy or other animal to love!