i would be a total fool not to notice the positive changes that have happened at saints and for the saints (and me too) since carrie has joined our staffing ranks...she came with several years of large, busy shelter experience including the organizational/admin kind of stuff besides her ability to work well with the animals and people.
saints has gotten too big for me to manage alone while continuing to work full time in nursing (and i have no intention of giving up my paid and much loved career)...therefore i have decided to make carrie the fulltime, mon-fri shelter manager and share the ultimate responsibility for the saints well being with her.
i am still the person in charge and the responsibility and burdens will always ultimately stop with me but carrie is now the saints manager to help them and me. she is in charge of the staff, the animals, the shelter, full time, mon-fri.
welcome to your new position carrie, i know you are going to continue to help us grow well.
cleo.....mugsy and cleo's dad died, leaving them both in our care along with a bit of a legacy. i have always learned not to count our eggs til they hatch cuz you never know really what an egg may contain....anyway, probate is finished and some money did come our way...this will complete the last of the saints reno's for our animals daily life (the icky door-less room will become another cozy area for the dogs to hang out in if they want, the fireplace in the dog room will finally be replaced, the bathing grooming area will soon become a reality, AND the barn staff and volunteers will FINALLY get a roof over the shavings bin to make their job out there easier.
al was quite an incredible man, and along with the cheque came some photo's of him and his beloved dogs, it was great to finally see and somehow meet, the man who's love for mugsy and cleo and other senior animals in need will become such a guardian angel to us all.
jill, his executor has charged me with something...to buy cleo a special gift from her dad...i have been thinking on this cuz i take this really seriously...what does cleo want, more than anything????
well, she likes to be warm (the new fireplace will cover that) she likes to go different places but can;t wear a leash or be safely taken off the property...so the reno'd icky door-less room soon to be doggy lounge will cover that too....cleo likes to eat, so a few steak dinners will be coming her way...she likes to cuddle so we all agreed she needs her very own cuddle couch (or giant chair...she likes the big red one out in the mp room so i might go looking for a leather version of something nice and cuddly comfy for her soon...all easy to provide for her thanks to her dads ongoing care.
BUT...what does cleo really want more than anything else in the world?.... she wants to follow me around with the rest of the posse, she wants to be where ever i happen to be, she wants to belong to me.
cleo is a great, great dog (even if she is a bit of a sometimes freak about certain things) and i do know exactly what she has been saying to me every single day since she got here...be mine, be mine, be mine....she is as relentless as cuddles.
welcome to the hine family cleo, i will give you the gift you really want...you can adopt me officially and be next to me everywhere now.
hope you are happy al....cleo is now and always will be loved and cherished as part of my personal family.
nicole, can you please move her to the adopted page? thx.
ok, back to business....it is time we move to the next level, the plan was always...find a home, make that home right for them and then start sharing the dream of what saints was always meant to be....for senior and special needs animals......a model of possibility.