Volunteer

I’m now an official volunteer at the local humane society!  I went through the training and did my first hours of volunteering cleaning cat cages and then spending time playing with the cats.

This cat, Tinsel, insisted on patting me on the head the whole time I was cleaning her cage and the ones around her.  She didn’t want to be petted, she wanted to pet me!

This cat’s name is Mittens and I’m completely in love with her.  She is a polydactyl (has extra toes), something I’ve always loved and wanted.  She is also a gorgeous color, dilute or blue tabby.  The others at the shelter don’t like her because she is a bit sassy, but I think that makes her more fun!

This is the same shelter where I adopted Luie, Izzie, Jo, and Kamikaze!

Week 4: Favorite Toy – SOCKS!

My sock collection has grown quite a bit since last year!

The theme for this week’s dog photo challenge is “Favorite Toy,” which is perfect timing because one of Maigee’s favorite toys is socks and today is Crazy Sock Day! You can visit last year’s post to read a bit more about crazy sock day, or you can go to the Facebook event for the 3rd Annual Crazy Sock Day or like the Crazy Sock Day page.

I first discovered Maigee’s love for socks after I brought her home. I would take my socks off and leave them on the floor and next thing I knew, one or both would be moved. Never chewed, just moved around. She does like to shake them, I think she likes the floppiness of them. She also love floppy toys like the unstuffed raccoon and skunk she has. Her favorite though, is when I throw them and she can retrieve them. Though she still thinks it is fun to stand on one end and pull them!

Picture for Week 4: Favorite Toy
Because of her love for socks, I decided that it might be fun to teach her to take my socks off for me.  Though this is likely a task for some, I’m able to take my socks off myself, so it isn’t a service dog task for me.  But it was a lot of fun to train, and was the first chain of 4 commands I taught her (grab the sock, pull, return it to me, release).  She loves doing it, as you can see in the video below.

The other animals didn’t want to be left out of crazy sock day (except the fish, they don’t really care about socks or anything except food), so I did some pictures of everyone else enjoying crazy socks too.

My three baby bunnies thought socks made
perfect sleeping bags, warm and snuggly!
Zac was really hoping the orange sock would
taste like carrots (he says they didn’t).
And Mr. Jingles?  Well, he wants to tell you what he
thinks of them himself in his own video…

Tyler thought he might like to play with socks.
Jessie thought they made perfect
ear warmers in this cold weather
And me?  Well, I’m boring and just
wore my socks like a normal human.