Just about every day this week we have been at least once staff member short. Today was no different except that most of the work fell on two kennel attendants today. It's understandable because there is a lot of work that needs to get done "behind the scenes" but that doesn't mean that any of the necessities that keep the shelter running smoothly can be put on hold.
I got into work a little early and started with dog ISO, after finishing that I moved over to the cattery where I was able to take care two of the main sections rather quickly. Once that was done I headed over to the rabbitat and teamed up to get it done in a flash. Of course there was still a rabbit in ISO as well as the garbage, laundry, and dishes someone just decided to soak so all of the chores were still unfinished by the time we opened.
The rest of the day pretty much went the same way. It seemed that you could never quite get caught up. It wasn't horrible though because there was always something to keep you busy and keep the day flowing. It did get a little annoying when I was cleaning the 15 or so dirty crates full of poo and vomit and for some odd reason the hose sprayer kept popping off from all of the pressure and soaking me from head to toe. Note to self, do no wear canvas Chuck Taylor's when you are using a hose in any fashion, having soaking wet socks all day long is not a comfortable felling.
In the midst of all the mayhem we were able to send Sara home, a momma dog that was once adopted and for some reason the adopter backed out. Anyways, we think we found her a great home and she was able to pack up her things and head out. There were a few more showings, cat and dog alike, but nothing panned out. I did do an interact with the same woman who met a dog last week she loved. She brought her English Bulldog back to meet Roscoe, a relinquished dog that wasn't available until recently. The showing and interact went perfectly. The dogs played like they were lifelong friends. The woman decided that she would wait until Friday though when she had five days off in a row to take him home. She also said if he was adopted by then it wasn't meant to be. I honestly hope in this case he is still here on Friday, the way those two dogs were playing it seems they were meant for each other.
The rest of the day pretty much was identical to the morning, once you finished a task the next one was waiting. I hate to say it buy I was glad that there were no more showings late in the afternoon because there just wasn't enough time to get everything done. We got all of the dogs out for their afternoon breaks and of course got the surgery dogs that were all getting dentals today fed and comfortable. Here is a picture of Poppy, a cool little Spanish speaking terrier that seemed to be feeling pretty good have his dental work.
Overall the day went pretty dog gone fast and I am happy to say that nothing got neglected even though we were short handed. I honestly just wish we had had an adoption, it would have made all of the hard work a little more worth while.
Just wanted to give you a heads up that I will be attending a "compassion fatigue" class tomorrow and taking this upcoming Sunday off so expect an interesting blog tomorrow and a lack of one for Sunday. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts with me everyone. If you have any questions about anything or any specific dogs don't hesitate to ask.