Monday, April 27, 2009

A great birthday party idea

On Sunday, I took my daughter to a birthday party at the Pulaski County Humane Society in Little Rock.

A birthday party? At an animal shelter?

Yes, indeed! Why? Because the birthday girl -- a student in my daughter's homeroom at school -- wanted it that way. It seems she's been learning about missions in church and wanted to do her part to help a worthy cause in her community. So, instead of presents, she requested that all in attendance donate $10 to the animal shelter.

That's a very unselfish request and it's all the more impressive when you consider it was made by an eight-year-old girl.

The kids had a great time playing with dogs, looking at cats and begging their parents for a new dog (Brenda is pictured at the top of this post with the dog she wanted). I'm certain more than a couple of parents left with a new pet in tow, but I refused as we've got three dogs and I figure that's more than enough.

Besides, we adopted a three-legged shelter dog a couple of years ago and have spoiled her rotten. I've done my part and I'm sure we'll probably stop by the local Humane Society the next time we need a dog.

Even if I had adopted a dog, I would have made my wife furious. The dog I would have brought home reminded me of Cobb, my rat terrier who is best described as a lovable rascal. Yes, there was a female rat terrier mix at the shelter who reminded me a lot of my Cobb in that she was hyperactive and managed to escape out the front door and avoid capture for at least a few minutes.

Rat terriers are pains in the ass. Mine escapes the yard when he can, has spent the night in the pound after animal control nabbed him one day and he once figured out to open the latch on our back gate (we've kept it padlocked since).

Rat terriers are great dogs, though. Cobb is as loyal as the day is long and he kills the snakes in my yard (we live near the Saline River here in Benton, Ark., so those slithering pests are common), so I'd say he's worth the trouble. I wouldn't mind another one of those things running around the house, but I'm sure my wife would throw a fit.

Slowing down a bit

I'll be happily editing and writing magazine copy for the next few days, so I doubt I'll get to update this blog as much as I'd like. After writing all day long at work, I have a feeling I won't be too keen on the idea of coming home and writing some more.

I'll be flinging my usual nonsense at this blog before long, of course.


JD at I Do Things said...

AW! Your daughter is awesome. So is COBB! I think I'd have trouble attending a party at a shelter and not coming home with several animals tucked under my arm.

The Natural State Hawg said...

JD -- The temptation was very hard to resist, indeed. However, we've got too many animals at home and I don't want to add any more to the collection.

Karen said...

Your daughter is wonderful!

Harrison said...

There is a Pulaski Co. in VA. Guess that Polish general got around.

Nice dog.

Patricia Rockwell said...

I am so impressed with your daughter--and so young! You are obviously doing something very right when it comes to parenting.

Anonymous said...


NOW that is my kinda person.. 10$ to the Humaine society!!!

That put a smile on my face being a huge animal lover

Only thing is, I would of had my party at a NO KILL animal shelter and gave them 10.00 instead.

-- Christopher

The Natural State Hawg said...

Karen -- I'm fond of her ;)

Harrison -- Heh. Apparently so!

Patricia -- Well, that was another kid's birthday party. I do hope my daughter decides to have one there when her birthday rolls around in December (and she turns the big 09).

Christopher -- Wasn't her party. I hope she was influenced, though.

I do believe that particular Human Society is a "no kill" shelter. I hope so, at least.

I've done my part -- we adopted a three-legged shelter dog a couple of years ago. Still, it was hard not to bring home another dog.