Week of August 18-21

Categories: On the Road with Marlin

IMG_0650This week began a bit stressfully for me as I flew to Washington to attend to a few things since my father passed away a week before. Taking a bit of time off from work for this left me behind on getting things done for the weekend. This saw me at the computer and inside multiple kennels learning new dogs and matching them to the right volunteers for the weekend events. I was still at it Saturday morning scrambling to find just the right dogs for the afternoon event. A couple of new dogs that I had selected were placed on adoption hold just before the afternoon event, which sent me back to a couple of repeat dogs I had out before.

After getting everything done, the weekend events proved to be very pleasant and even relaxing! We visited Pasadena POPS at the Arboretum on the night of Saturday, August 20. These were the volunteers and dogs: Judy with “Tulip,” a shy white Chihuahua; Cindy with “Cherry,” the cherry-eyed fireball Chihuahua; Tyra with “Dakota,” the mellow but playful American bulldog mix; Eva with “Eddie,” the active senior Parson Russell terrier who looks more like a toy fox terrier; and Morgan with “Sadie,” the super-playful Lab/pit/mystery mix. Tulip did okay as long as she was on a walk, but was shivery while in our area. She would still walk over on her own to meet new people, however. “Tulip” was shivery and nervous but was growing slowly in confidence. “Sadie” and “Cherry” either played with or destroyed toys!

Each dog took time out to go for a few runs through the grassy field. “Dakota” lasered in on the peacocks, but I was surprised to also see her romping playfully through the grass with Tyra! “Eddie” spent much of his evening with Eva going through commands to impress and wow the visitors (that is, Eva gave the commands and “Eddie” would follow. I did muse that it would have been most interesting to see it reversed!). “Eddie” was great with the usual commands, but would also give a high-five! We just had a lot of very friendly people. Crowds continued to grow and started getting a bit overwhelming for the dogs, but by then it was about time for us to leave. (By the way, we did enjoy watching a very assertive peacock harassing a group of picnickers and repeatedly stealing their food by making attacks from one side and then the other! I’m sure “Dakota” would have been more than happy to help them.)

IMG_0649On Sunday, August 21, we were at PetSmart in Monrovia. Volunteers and dogs were: Betsy and “Petey,” a super-shy but very cute Papillon mix; Louise and “Freddy,” a white Chihuahua/possible spitz mix; Mary Ann and “Dakota”; Lissa and “Eddie”; and Carol with “Sadie.” While it was warm, we had a pleasant breeze blowing all day. We had crowds on and off throughout the day and even had a pleasant visit from our new CEO/president, Julie, and her family. I was very impressed with their abilities at meeting and greeting our dogs appropriately! The three small dogs all got along well and the two big dogs were fine with each other, but “Sadie” and “Freddy” really took a liking towards each other and spent a bit of time almost in play mode! “Petey” was very, very shy most of the day until volunteer Tyra stopped by to visit with chicken treats. Suddenly “Petey” was a new dog and Tyra was his new best buddy! “Eddie” spent much of the day resting up from all those commands from the night before . . . but liked to keep me in sight. Anytime I went inside the Mobile Unit, he had to come . . . dragging Lissa with him! “Dakota” got into playing with toys today and wore herself out, snoozing much of the afternoon. We walked a few of the dogs into the Orchard Supply Hardware store next door and the staff there made them feel very welcome. We had a lot of interest in several dogs but the only adoption hold we placed was for “Sadie,” and we are keeping our paws crossed for that one! The rest of the family and their dog need to meet “Sadie” and we’ll wait until Tuesday to see how it all goes! “Pleasant” was the key word for this entire weekend! (I need more “pleasant” from time to time!)

Other Mobile dogs to mention: “Chiquita,” the sweet and lovable Chihuahua, has been adopted. “Katie,” the super-hyper terrier taken out by Lissa, was finally tracked down by her owner!

Coming up this weekend: Saturday, August 27 will find us at Glendale Christian Science Church, located at 1320 N. Brand in Glendale, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, August 28, we will be at PetSmart inside the Hastings Ranch Shopping Center, located at 3347 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. In the meantime, somewhere along the highway, I’m sure I’ll see you “On The Road.”

About Marlin Miller

After my first entry, people have been asking, "Who's Marlin?" Briefly, I am the Mobile Outreach Coordinator for PHS. I drive the 33-foot long Mobile Unit and squeeze it into impossible spaces at a variety of community events. Inside, we have kennels for adoptable dogs and seats for enthusiastic mobile volunteers. We happily motor off to events every Saturday and Sunday and a day or two during the week as well. At these events, we display around 40 informational sheets or flyers and showcase our adoptable dogs while representing PHS. We are in such demand that our event calendar is booked several months in advance!