PAW PRINTS ON MY HEART
By Gudrun Jones, Co-Founder & President
of the Lakeside Spay & Neuter Center
Being a Volunteer at the “Dog Ranch” is wonderful, but it is not easy, it is hard work and there are times when your heart will ache, and even break a little when a new dog comes to the Ranch—a dog that is unwanted, abandoned and unloved. Sometimes it takes a while for these animals to trust again, for the tail to give a spontaneous wag when you come into view or the quick lick of the hand if you happen to reach into their kennel; however, your heart will never be shattered for there is a joy in being among these animals and in knowing that you are making a difference in their lives.
There are many people who are not afraid to show that animal welfare is an important aspect of life. They are the ones who keep us going and they are the ones who eventually will change the world as far as animals are concerned.
One of our youngest volunteers is eight-year-old Yara De Bois from Mesas, Arizona who was visiting her grandmother. Volunteering at the Ranch became one of the highlights of her vacation. Watching this delightful little girl interacting with our magnificent mutts proved to me that dogs and children go together. To the dogs, Yara was the favorite and every tail wagged when she appeared. To Yara each dog was special. If you have a grandchild visiting, bring him or her to the Ranch and let them experience what animal care is all about.
At this time I would like to take the opportunity and thank all the Volunteers who work for the Lakeside Spay and Neuter Center, whether dog walkers, cleaning crew, or other. These are the people who know that when you give the gift of your time, you’ll get back as much as you give – maybe even more. If you would like to volunteer, come to the Ranch and help us spread the message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection. Let us work together and in time we will achieve the impossible dream where there are no more street dogs, only pets. In time we hope that every animal is a wanted one; maybe not impossible at all.
Dog of the month is Emily. She is about 8 years old and a real sweetheart. She is medium to large in size, her coat is fawn colored but age is beginning to show and has painted her muzzle gray.
Emily would be perfect for someone looking for a companion and a friend. She does not care if you don’t want to take her for long walks or throw balls for her to fetch. All she wants is to be by your side and comfort you and also let you comfort her. She is healthy, has a fierce bark but is a gentle soul. Emily was a pet, and I would like nothing more than for her to be someone’s pet again.
Our wish list for the Ranch includes collars, leashes, building material, fencing, dog houses, food dishes and enough food for each dog each day. For more information call Gudrun Jones 766-3813.
For more information about Lake Chapala visit: www.chapala.com