Week of October 26-30

Categories: On the Road with Marlin
Even though the small dogs didn't love Figo, everyone else did!
Police dog Figo at Petsmart

This weekend kept us busy! On Saturday, Oct. 29 we had two events scheduled. First was the Annual Crescenta Valley Dog Park Open House in La Crescenta. Since everyone else brings their dog to this event, I sent a team of volunteers (Cheryl, Ruth, and Kelly) with a Doggie Agility Course to set up in front of our booth. Owners brought their dogs to our area and the three volunteers helped to take their dogs through tunnels, hoops, around barriers and uneven lifts. The open house organizer reported to me that the booth attracted a lot of people, many of whom had questions about PHS, dog ownership and related topics. We offered a doggie gift basket for the raffle and the winner was the adopter of a dog from PHS!

I loaded up the Mobile Unit with volunteers and dogs and headed to the Rose Bowl for the LA County Boy Scout Youth Expo. This event had so many vendors and attendees that the event completely ringed itself around the outside of the Rose Bowl itself.

The gates opened and the scouts flowed inside. Our dogs were ready! Scouts visited all day long and listened to instructions on approaching dogs and petting them. After several hours of non-stop action, I went over to parking security to work out a plan for us to sneak a 7½-ton Mobile Unit out of the Rose Bowl an hour or so early.

Right before we left, a gentleman who had been visiting “Pogo” throughout the day decided to fill out an adoption application. After speaking with his parents that night, “Pogo” was adopted!

Our friends at PetSmart in Monrovia work hard to find ways to bring in more people and encourage adoptions while our dogs are there. Last weekend they had a Monster Trick or Treat event. This week they held a Pasadena K-9 police demonstration.

Pasadena Police Officer Steve Arcan and K-9 Officer “Figo” visited our 5 dogs and the volunteers, too. “Figo” is a Belgian Tervuren and was the sweetest and most friendly dog. He would lean into you and nudge your hand for petting. During the demonstration, “Figo” showed that he has what it takes to be a tough K-9 Officer!

No adoptions on this day, but we always know that we have helped our dogs to be even more adoptable by being out in public and socializing.

Coming up this weekend: On Saturday, November 5, at 11 am the Mobile Unit will be attending the Grand Opening of “South Paws-adena Dog Park”, located at 650 Stoney Drive in the Arroyo Recreational Area. Then, on Sunday, November 6 we will be at the Flea Market at Pasadena City College. Hope we see you some place “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!