Chances are you’ve heard or read this before, but it bears repeating — animals provide unconditional love to their human companions. No strings, no gimmicks, no games — just unconditional love. They are always there for you, no matter what.
I love animals. Always have & always will, though I’m not too fond of anything reptilian. (Snakes scare me something fierce and I can’t even watch anything with snakes on TV.) I always had pets when I was growing up — cats, dogs, hamsters, even had a pet goat & a pet rooster. I’ve also been fortunate enough to enjoy the company of many dogs & cats during most of my adult life and I am currently the “mother” of Heidi, a 14-year-old standard red smooth-coat female dachshund with Frankenstein-ish scars on her neck & back from two disc surgeries, and Smooches, a 9 1/2-year-old male tuxedo cat who is paralyzed from the waist down. For all that my furry companions give to me, I feel it is my responsibility to return the favor where I can.
This blog was the result of a suggestion from Ron Marullo, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Williamson County (HSWC), during a brief conversation we had following my volunteer orientation. He suggested that I write a post about my orientation experience on my Facebook page and then let him know when it was done so he could add a link from the HSWC Facebook page to my post. The blog was created after realizing that my Facebook privacy settings would be a barrier to sharing my experience with others not on my friend list.
“XOXO & Cold Wet Noses” is a public journal of my personal experiences as a volunteer with HSWC. It is my sincere hope that by sharing my stories with others, readers will be more aware of the needs of HSWC & similar non-profit organizations and simply be inspired to get involved.