It should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me or follows Real Dog Moms of Chicago that I am a ridiculous dog lover. I blame my Mother. I grew up in a dog loving home; growing up with Rocky, Taffy, and Anna, during my childhood. In 2001, my senior year of college, I rescued an Australian Shepherd from a local farm. Emma was my first rescue and I would go so far as to say I was hooked. Shortly after my mom and I drove across 3 states to rescue a Border Collie, Lucy. Some where in there I started fostering for PAWS Chicago. Foster Failed a dozen dogs in, on a broken sweet German Shepherd, I named Greta Von Barken. Got my family to adopt one of my other fosters, a sweet pibble they named Molly. Anyway, you get the point.
My mom told me in my adolescence that she judges people based on the way our family dogs reacted to them. That's something I've carried with me my whole life and tend to take their [my dogs] counsel seriously. I firmly believe dogs are the greatest example of unconditional love and resilience. Everything I do with my free time is 100% for the dogs, my own or ones in rescue care
Due to COVID19 related lay offs I lost my job on April 3rd and I've never been so thankful to be entwined in the rescue community. I've spent my free time driving dogs to and from foster homes to vet appointments, from intake transports in the suburbs to foster homes in the city and most terrifically I've driven several long distance transports from Southern shelters to Chicago. 2,700 of the miles I've driven in 2020 have been for local all breed rescue, One Tail at A Time. 2,500 of them since quarantine started our Shelter in Place, 40 days ago.
While so much has changed in the world due to COVID, nothing has changed with dogs needing rescue. One Tail focuses on rescuing animals from overcrowded shelters, near and far. Click here to learn more of the ways they are working to resolve issues facing our local community, as well rescue puppy mill survivors and promote adoption over buying from pet stores.
Why do we sit?
One Tail at a Time's annual Sit in for Shelter Dogs raises awareness and collects donations for the hundreds of thousands of dogs in shelters needing rescue each year.
On June 14th at 10am, we will sit together quietly and this year, remotely.
I wanted to share pictures from my journeys. Show you the 51 reasons why I'm sitting for shelter dogs. Why I sit long hours in the OTAT transport van to provide freedom rides.
They are cute after-all.
January 8, 2020 - Champaign, IL
March 17, 2020 - begin of COVID19 Quarantine - Champaign, IL
March 24, 2020 - Quincy, IL
March 29, 2020 - Peoria, IL
March 30, 2020 - Joilet, IL
April 8, 2020 - Champaign, IL
April 26, 2020 - Quincy, IL
A litter of eight 4 week old puppies and a litter of four 4 month old puppies were left in the pouring rain outside a shelter in Quincy, IL.
Next ... May 1, 2020 - St. Louis, MO
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