Here are some of my not favorite things…. Bein hungry. Bein famished. Mommy ignoring my famished eyes. Baths. Not necessarily in that order but today my least favorite thing to do was have a bath. Now I smell like a girl and will have to sneak out to roll in the dirt very soon.
Now here are some of my favorite things to do. Eat when I’m hungry. Eat when I’m famished. Mommy to share her dinner when she sees my famished eyes. You get the idea. One might think that food is all I think about and mayb….. did you just hear my tummy grumble? I did… Be right back I need a snack…. Okay I had a snack now back to what I was saying. We were talking about cookies, right? No? Oh yeah my favorite things… food… noms…cookies… huh? oh besides food. Oh belly rubs, peanut butter…. wait peanut butter is food? No it’s not, peanut butter is a snack. What? snacks are food. No snacks are just snacks to hold you over until someone feeds you food. Mommy don’t roll your eyes at me! Oh okay, my other favorite things… Belly rubs, walkies, zoomies and being an ambassador for other laboratory animals and making new friends. Today I got to go to a very exciting event called Fishkill Cares for Cats. I was invited by my friend Ann from Sound Earth. She likes Mommy and me to go places with her to talk to people about animal testing. Ann knows how important it is for people to be made aware of animal testing. And while todays event was no different than any others that we have attended insofar as peoples reaction to me the day started out with a bang or should I say a big siren. After getting assaulted in the bathtub with warm water and lavender oil Mommy put me in the car and we were off on another adventure. A bit of a drizzly chilly day especially for a beagle who just had a bath and smelled like a flower garden. We got to the Fishkill Town Hall at 11 sharp. Beagles are always prompt you know. As Mommy unloaded the car I did what I always do, jump onto her seat and cover it with dog hair. Just so she can take me everywhere with her. As we are wheeling everything into the front door suddenly sirens start going off and peoples are rushing around and making me scared. Fire drill, fire drill everyone out!! We never even got in I think but you never want to be anywhere with that loud noise, trust me!! As we stood in the drizzle shivering Mommy decided it’s better to sit in the car and be not shivering that out in the cold while our teeth chatter. Mommy’s smart. She started the car and as I climbed into her lap I heard the sirens and the whistles and the sky falling down all over the place. Okay well maybe not the sky falling down but fire truck noises are loud but belly rubs with the heat blasting on you in the car proved to be a good distraction. I never looked up until 3 hours or actually 10 minutes later when the firemans came out and said no no no more making popcorn and smoke because we have other things to do besides look at your burnt popcorn. I wanted to offer to help and eat it all up so the firemans wouldn’t have to look at it anymore but Mommy said Juno hush! The firemans gave us the all clear and back inside we went. The Animal Rights Alliance (T.A.R.A.) was there with their mobile spay and neuter clinic. Over 50 cats were scheduled to be spayed and neutered today. I am proud to tell you that even though dogs are not supposed to like cats I still sponsored one today! Cause what we don’t need are more unwanted kittens running around. There were lots of other vendors there today. Sound Earth, Furry Friends Pet Rescue, Guardian Angel Cat Rescue, Beacon Barkery (thanks you for the cookies) and many others. My friend Pat came to see me and brought my favorite cookies again. That makes twice now so Pat you now qualify for Aunt status in my book and you can visit me anytime you want! We met a few friends, like Julie that we have known on Facebook but never actually met before and we met many people who never knew that beagles were used for animal testing. We won a gift basket today filled with cat food, of all things and a t-shirt from Mid in Beacon. My friend Audrey is the shelter director there!! Mommy put my name in that raffle cause she liked the t shirt. She says thanks Audrey!! So what does a crazy dog lady do with a big bag of cat food? Donate it right back, of course!! Some of the cats got adopted today but not all of them. While I am happy for the ones in their new homes tonight I’m a little sad for the others. Don’t lose hope while you are waiting for your forever home you have people who really love you and take super duper good care of you.
The DJ came over and asked Mommy if he could interview us and she said sure. She said words that made everyone very quiet and put lumps in their throats. Mr. DJ came over later and told Mommy that he use to do audits for a university in New York. The science program had a location in upstate New York where he had to go to inventory. It was there that he saw a little chimp dressed in baby clothes just like a little boy. From behind his steel bars the chimp reached out his little hand almost as if to say please help me. Mr. DJ said that was the end for him of that job and that he couldn’t take it anymore. Oh how I wish the whole world felt like that cause then there would be no one left to test on the animals. Mommy cried today a little while telling someone my story. You would think that after saying the same thing over and over two billion times that she would be use to it but she said that she will never get over the feeling of helplessness in my first days at home. How badly she wanted for me to feel safe and to know how to be a dog. How badly she wants to give me back the first five years of my life which belonged to people in white coats and not to me. It’s okay the nice lady said to her, she’s free now. Yes, I am but the others are not. And as long as those others are not free we will keep doing what we do and drive all over the world to tell everyone who will listen. And while we are at it we are going to tell you to please take care of your animals. Be responsible. Juno’s watching and Juno cares for cats… and dogs and rabbits and monkeys dressed like little kids and all the animals who have yet to be saved. Be good to them and each other.
Luv n Wags,
Juno’s Big Day – Fishkill Cares for Cats – March 2012