A Drive for the Love of Dogs

Saturday had beautiful weather for our second drive of the season with the car club.  This one was special, as it was a benefit for the local humane society.  Everyone who knows me knows I am an absolute sucker for a terrier face.  Any dog face, really, I just love them all.  When the local Jaguar dealer offered to have our car club over for a cookout, they asked if we wanted to help them with their drive to help the animals.  Of course we would!! That’s our blue car on the left, a British TVR, next to our President’s British Racing Green MG.

April Drive for Dogs

The participation was epic, with 24 cars and more than 40 members meeting up at a local grocery store parking lot.  Both our DeLoreans came, along with more MGs.

April Drive for Dogs

British MGs and Triumphs, …

April Drive for Dogs

along with a Jaguar or two.  The Porsche on the end is a member too, we let him come along when he can.  Our club is just happy to have more in the event, no matter what they drive.

April Drive for Dogs

Member Toni (pictured below) was dog-sitting for a rescue who became our mascot for the day. Chester is adorable, and so very shy. We tried not to overwhelm him with attention, but of course, I had to give an ear rub or two.

April Drive for Dogs

Participants were taken on a lovely scenic drive, lasting about an hour, …

BCC Drive for Dogs

down lovely tree lined streets…

April Drive for Dogs

and pastoral vistas…

BCC Drive for Dogs

ending at the local Jaguar dealer who fed us a marvelous lunch and collected our donations. We filled up the back of an SUV with both rear seats folded down!  Dog food, detergent, towels and treats were appreciated.

Collected donation

Our last two furkids were rescue dogs from a Welsh Terrier rescue group called WT Cares. We lost our dear psychodog last fall, and the house is pretty quiet without her.  But now isn’t the right time to have another, maybe in a couple of years when we are able to retire. Isn’t this the most precious face?

Sweet Face

Some years ago, I found this poem in a column by Ann Landers, and I still find it to be profound wisdom.  I had it on the blog for National Dog Day 2014, and I’d like to share it with you again.  I have been unable to find the original author to give credit.

“If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your problems,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of your own and those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, or politics,

Then, my friends, you are almost as good as your dog.”

If you are thinking of adding a furkid to your family, please consider rescuing a forever friend from the local shelter, breed rescue or humane society. You can save a life today, and the rewards will be worth it. If you cannot have a dog (or another dog) consider volunteering at a local shelter. They always need help to clean cages, walk the dogs and just provide much appreciated ear scratches and tummy rubs. You can donate food, towels, laundry detergent, plastic bags, toys or just cash, there is always a need. If that isn’t possible for you, please consider donating unused and unwanted items to a Humane Society Thrift store. Every little bit helps for those who cannot speak for themselves.

A few days ago, fellow blogger Kathy put a wonderful idea on her blog about making dog beds out of leftover scraps too small to use elsewhere.  She stuffs fabric bags, what a great idea!  You could also use old pillowcases.  See her post HERE.

Do you support your local animal rescue?


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19 thoughts on “A Drive for the Love of Dogs

  1. Rosemaryflower

    This is so great Carole
    I support my local shelter, and the local food bank also takes pet supplies.
    I also give old towels.

    My fabric scraps I save and put in the woods right across the street from me. The animals put it to good use.

    The shelters always appreciate good stuff. The animals deserve the best.
    These two doggies look so sweet. I do not know how you could resist, but I understand. You have a busy schedule right now.
    Happy Sunday.

  2. Your car club sounds like so much fun Carole, my husband is a sports car nut, we used to have a ’62 Corvette and we were in a Corvette club for a while. Such a great cause, humane societies are so important-

  3. I just love seeing your car group and all of the lovelies that show up! A great event tool. I donate to two of our local shelters and hope to soon be a volunteer at one of them . As soon as I get my back issues settled.

  4. Barbara Jenkins

    We always support them. I like the pillowcase idea. I must have some I can make beds from…..

  5. Lesley

    I love seeing all your British cars – so nice to know they help draw in people to your charity events 🙂
    Loved all your photo’s, especially your little psychodog x

  6. Good Morning Carole! Loved your Car Club Pictures and the beautiful scenery you shared. Yet, I have to admit, I did spend a tad bit more time looking at the puppies, they are just so adorable! As you know, both Chicca, Mr. Shakes and Mr. Colby (our daughter dog) are all rescue animals. They did not come from a shelter but from terrible peoples homes. We do support shelters in any way we can and I have a bunch of scraps saved to make up some beds. There is most likely enough now to create quite a few beds, Thank you for posting and sharing all of the information and of course your love and support for the fur babies! Have a fantastic and creative day!

  7. Mary-The Boondocks Blog

    Lovely pictures Carole amazing countryside and beautiful cars too. I am also a dog lover and try to spend time with my favorite furry friend every chance I get.

  8. What a wonderful event you enjoyed!
    I love to drop by and visit the humane society/rescue and bring things they need, but it is heartbreaking sometimes to see dogs that are still there over time.

  9. Susan Clarkson

    Bless you for supporting rescue. I have been in animal rescue for years & have fostered for our local shelter for the last few. My health has reached a point where I can’t foster any more, but I plan to make some of those wonderful beds for our shelter.

  10. Melanie

    Beautiful cars, a wonderful activity to support the furry ones, and looks like you had an ideal weather day, too. We do support our shelters and adopted an older dog (Sophie) in 2013 who had many special needs. She was our joy for 2 1/2 years until we lost her last month to declining health. But we feel blessed to have given her a very spoiled and loving last years. Like you, we will rescue again, but it will probably be at least a year for us.

  11. manasotavacation

    I work closely with several local and out of town groups doing legs of Freedom Rides (out of the shelter!!!), home visits for applicants, making belly bands for the little boys who may have forgotten their manners in the stress of life events (losing home, being in a shelter, transferring to a new environment of a rescue) and just about anything else they need. That poem is all too true. My six rescue dogs are my world and I just try daily to be the person they think I am.

  12. rattlebridge farm -- foodie friday

    Those cars are fine-looking; and I love how your group helped the animals. I am a sucker for a Terrier face, too. I miss my Yorkies like crazy.

  13. Oh my goodness, coming straight over from Rattlebridge Farm today. I couldn’t pass up that adorable WT face! I have a WT granddog, and he is the most handsome fellow I’ve ever seen. My daughter is absolutely crazy about him. He was adopted from a family who couldn’t handle him after two small children, and my daughter and sil’s airedale had just crossed the rainbow bridge. Love how your group helped the animals!

  14. Hi Carole,

    Thanks for your sweet e-mail! It seems we do have a lot in common; this is a great post. Now I see why you said Duncan is a cutie; you’re a terrier person!! Obviously, we are too. Duncan is the third Scottie we’ve had in our 29 years of marriage. Your Welsh Terrier was adorable. I won’t even ask about “psychodog;” Duncan is one of those too. 😉

    We used to belong to a car club, too, for several years. My husband has a Mazda Miata, and we usually take it to the mountains every year. I really do love the classic British sports cars the very best, though. That British Racing Green MG is gorgeous.

    Have a great weekend!



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