Week of May 25-29

Categories: On the Road with Marlin

I hope everyone had a very enjoyable and meaningful Memorial Day weekend! Some of us work on holidays and yours truly was one of them! On Saturday, May 28, Indigo Alliance sponsored a Psychic Faire at their location in Pasadena. My oldest daughter works there as a creative manager and invited PHS to have the Mobile Unit there (she was able to pull some strings!). The store front for Indigo Alliance is narrow so not only did we cover the front of their store, we also covered part of the front of Michelle’s Antiques, Lighting & Design and the owner there was also very welcoming (I’m assuming her name was Michelle)!

Along with several psychic readers for the faire, there also was Karen, a pet psychic. One of our Mobile volunteers, Judy, who adopted the dog “Bug” not too long ago, brought in his picture and had Karen do a reading. Judy reported that she was quite accurate and hit some points spot on! We even had a couple of PHS people show up to have readings for their pets or for themselves!

The volunteers of the day and their dogs were: Cheryl and “Lucky,” the white senior Fox Terrier; Mary Ann and “Sebastian,” the somewhat shy, but not really all that shy, Cairn terrier; Morgan and “Oreo,” a black and white (with a name like that you were expecting any other color?) Cockapoo; Tyra and “Clifford,” a little red dog; Pamala and “Sarah,” our mellow playful Stafforshire terrier mix; and Greg and “Bobby Z.,” the toy-loving Labrador/pit bull mix. It’s always fun to see dogs like “Sebastian” and “Clifford,” who are so shy inside the kennel, totally blossom and gain playful confidence once out on Mobile. Shy little “Sebastian” even went on a walk with super playful pit/Lab mix “Bobby Z”! I watched both dogs heading down the sidewalk with tails up, and prancing along side by side!

“Lucky” was more active, playful, and calm than I had ever seen him. He played with a ball and jumped in and out of a chair with it in his mouth. “Bobby Z” and “Sarah” immediately started playing with each other and when “Sarah” tired out, “Bobby Z” climbed into our toy basket and began playing with each one! “Oreo” is a dancer and danced so much for attention that he ended up spending part of the afternoon snoozing in Morgan’s lap! A lot more people came through our area than I had anticipated and we were kept busy the entire day.

IMG_4336Just down the block from Indigo Alliance was Off Kilter Kilts. (Did anyone know that there was a kilt store in Pasadena??) After some joking around, volunteer Greg joked to volunteer Mary Ann that if she brought him a kilt, he would put it on. Within minutes, she returned with the manager of the store who was carrying an extra kilt! Greg good-naturedly put it on and posed for multiple pictures while I held “Bobby Z.” All in all we had a really wonderful day and even enjoyed lunch with Piti’s Food Truck parked right behind us!

Sunday, May 29, saw me arriving at PHS at about 9:00. I had work to complete and an afternoon family barbecue to head home for. Besides some paper work, I also had to wash the Mobile Unit to get it nice and clean for the Memorial Day parade on the following day. I also needed to scrub some outdoor mats we use when we are set up on hard surfaces. Volunteers Morgan and Tyra showed up to help clean and they saved me a good extra hour of hard work. These two sisters are PCC college students and their energy and dedication was invaluable! We were done in a little over an hour and I was able to head back into the office to finish the desk work and head home a bit early!

Monday, May 30, was Memorial Day. The City of La Cañada Flintridge celebrates the entire Memorial Day weekend with “Fiesta Days” that has something happening each day. It culminates in a Memorial Day Parade and a Festival at their Memorial Park afterwards. We were there bright and early to wait in the staging area before the parade. With us was Animal Control Officer Murphy and both the Animal Control Truck and the Mobile Unit were part of the parade. Also with us were these volunteers and their dogs: Mary Ann and “Oreo”; Kelly and “Lucky”; Eva and “Bobby Z.”; Betsy and “Annie,” a tiny toothless terrier; Mary and “Toby”; and Aisha and “Shadow,” a huge, shy German Shepherd.

Once the parade started, it was a lot of fun waving to the crowds and hearing their applause as we slowly cruised by, followed by our Animal Control Truck. We saw numerous dogs in the crowds and always gave them a shout-out! Our dogs rode at the open windows and open doors and watched the cheering crowds slowly slide past. While I’m not always thrilled with the pre-parade activities, I always enjoy the actual parade and greeting all the people!

After the parade, we had to drive a circuitous route back to the front and make our way to Memorial Park for the festival. The festival was well organized and they led me directly to my spot. As I was maneuvering around and backing the Mobile Unit into its space, a gentleman walked up to my window and asked if he could have a business card. I asked him to wait for me to get parked.

We were inundated with people as we were getting set up and the crowds didn’t let up all day. Our dogs mostly took it all in stride . . . for a while. Tiny “Annie” did pretty well and loved to walk and maneuver through the crowds and even went on a walk with big “Shadow” at one point. And “Toby”? He soaked up all the attention he could possible get! The more the merrier! He greeted each and every single adult and child and was totally mellow throughout the entire day.

“Bobby Z” loved his toys, loved the attention, and even laid his head in the lap of a little boy and went to sleep. “Lucky” was on the move most of the time with his ball! “Shadow” stayed calm while meeting everyone for the first hour or so, but then he started getting antsy which told me that he had enough, so I had him walked out of the park to hang out for the last hour or so in the quiet zone! It was too much for “Oreo” almost from the start of the festival and he was super anxious most of the time, so volunteer Mary Ann had to keep him out the outskirts of things for a while, and later he just relaxed inside the Mobile Unit.

IMG_0312We met a lot of very nice people and handed out a lot of adoption information. Part way into the festival, a live band started performing and even though we were at the other side of the park, the music was loud! I began to see the dogs wearing down but “Annie,” “Bobby Z.” and especially “Toby” were all doing okay, but I didn’t want to press it, so around 2:00 we decided to call it a day! The festival was scheduled to go for a few more hours, but dogs get tired! (Ever hear the term “dog-tired”?) We headed back to PHS and dropped all our dogs off at a very quiet closed kennel!

Other Mobile Dogs to mention are: “Austin,” our super playful border collie that we placed on adoption hold at PetSmart last weekend, was adopted by that couple two days later! And “Kiki,” the shy Staffordshire terrier mix we had at Progressive Insurance, was adopted Saturday morning!

Coming up this weekend on Mobile Outreach: Friday, June 3, we will be at Westridge School’s Annual Pet Day from 10:00 until about noon, located at 324 Madeline Drive in Pasadena. On Saturday, June 4, we will be at Glendale’s Second Annual Police and Fire Open House from 11:00-4:00. We will be on the corner of Isabel St. and Wilson Ave. in Glendale. Then on Sunday, June 5, we will be at the Flea Market at Pasadena City College from 8:30-2:00 and we will be set up on campus near the swim stadium. Plenty of chances to catch us on “On The Road,” but for now, I am dog-tired!


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!