Volunteering with Doggies: Rewarding as Heck

This is the second Saturday in a row that I’ve spent at least part of the day volunteering for Milam Touch of Love. Today we were at an event at Tractor Supply in Rockdale, where we were invited to bring materials and dogs that are adoptable.

Our booth after the doggies arrived.

Since the event was in Rockdale, we invited the Rockdale Pound folks to bring some dogs. I got there first and set up the table, along with the really helpful manager at Tractor Supply. Our banner looked really good, and we made the whole setup look inviting.

Lucky gets love from his favorite Animal Control Officer

Of course, when Janiece showed up with the dogs, it got way more inviting. We had lots and lots of visitors, many donations, and by the time I’d left we’d gotten four new members for the MTOL organization. And I had petted all these dogs. That’s volunteering fun.

I sure liked this heeler mix!

But what was truly rewarding was getting to help get two really sweet dogs adopted and saved from having to return to the dog pound.


The first one was Lucky, who is mostly shepherd and just about the most laid back and friendly dog I have ever run into. He loved everyone he met, and was gentle and sweet. My heart just about melted when a young family met him, and their little girl started playing with Lucky. He basically crawled up to her and licked her gently, then let her pet and laugh at him. They both appeared to be in love with each other.

Lucky meets his new little human sister.

Eventually, the little girl’s parents also fell in love, and Lucky had his lucky day. I think this family is the luckiest. He will be a great friend to this little girl and her future sibling. He’s just so patient. And he will enjoy having five acres to run and play in.

We get to go home now!


Diana is a heeler mix puppy, about 5 months old. I had lot of fun holding and petting her and thinking she was the cutest dog ever. Then, a lady walked up to us, and her eyes got big when she saw Diana. She said she was going home to get her husband right that minute.

Take me home! Look at my tail!

A little while later, there she was, with her husband. He took Diana out of the cage and cuddled with her. After that, she never left his side. They’d been looking for a heeler to let them know when people showed up at their house, and she was just perfect. She’s not going to be too big, so she’ll do great mostly indoors.

And that man just looked so happy to have found the dog he wanted.

And more

I’m hoping that the other two dogs got adopted, or at least loved on a lot. Roxie is a chiweenie and built exactly like Pickle, while Sandy is a big girl with eyes the same tan as her fur. She has double dewclaws, which make me think she’s part Anatolian shepherd (also her coloring). I’m sure she will find a home. She’s even spayed.

Roxie reminded me of Pickle so much!

Anyway, it was just so rewarding to help these dogs out. And we got enough donations to help out many other dogs. It was a good day.

Smiling Sandy!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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