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LESSON LEARNED ON THE LONG DRIVE FROM DURANGO by Jean Marie Alfieri
Saturday, May 15, 2021 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Zuggy the Rescue Pug - Spooky Ooky Stories

AUTHOR:  Jean Marie Alfieri

GENRE:  Family

TARGET AGE:  All Ages

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR JEAN MARIE ALFIERI TO PATTI’S PORCH. JEAN SHARES ONE OF MANY LESSONS LEARNED FROM A FEW CANINE FRIENDS WHO CROSSED HER PATH.

 

 

 

JEAN IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A COPY OF ZUGGY THE RESCUE PUG - SPOOKY OOKY STORIES.

 

 

LESSON LEARNED ON THE LONG DRIVE FROM DURANGO

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Jean Marie Alfieri

 

 

 

The journey started in the most normal way. I was meeting a new “rescue” partner for a trip to Durango for the Humane Society. My volunteer job as a Rescue Ranger is to make the day-long trip from Colorado Springs, stay the night, then return, starting at 7am, making stops at various partnering shelters to pick-up dogs. We usually get older or bigger breed dogs that are not as popular, or ones needing medical or behavioral care. Smaller shelters struggle to financially care for such animals, so transferring them to “us” is a great alternative to euthanasia.

 

 

 

Carrie and I hit the road to Durango at 9am. We found much in common and there wasn’t a single gap in our conversation during the 8-hour drive (or the half-hour lunch). We checked into our rooms then grabbed dinner before retiring.

 

 

 

We were up and out early the next morning. It was a brisk four degrees on that early January day. To our dismay, we discovered the sliding side door and the back door to the cargo van were frozen. We could get into the cab, so we turned it on and let it warm up. We’d meet our first shelter partner right down the road, in an hour. We cranked up the heat in the back and were confident the doors would loosen by then. We stopped for coffee then parked at the shelter. Scott, driving the van bringing dogs from New Mexico, arrived promptly at 8am.

 

 

 

Carrie and I stepped out to meet him. He had 10 dogs and 9 puppies to unload. The kennels were prepared and we were ready to start the transfer. I pulled firmly on the sliding door of the van, but it wouldn’t budge. Not even a little. I tugged some more. Nothing. I went around to the back. That door was still frozen as well. Carrie tried. Scott tried. No luck.

 

 

 

We considered our very limited options. We got buckets of hot water from the shelter and poured them down the doors. It didn’t work and may have made matters worse. Getting it into a warm garage would help, but this was a huge cargo van. We needed a local hero.  – The fire department! I grabbed my phone and found the nearest station just 10 minutes away. Scott agreed to wait, and we headed off.

 

 

 

I rang the doorbell to the firehouse and out stepped Hero #1. I briefly explained our issue. He grabbed his coat and as we moved toward the vehicle, Hero #2 emerged. They conferred, inspected the van, and pulled on the sliding door. It didn’t budge. Not even a little. Hero #1 walked to the back and pulled on that door. Shazam - it opened!

 

 

 

Running an hour behind schedule, this was good enough for us. Carrie and I thanked the firemen and headed back to the shelter where Scott and 19 dogs waited patiently. In route, we discussed our new strategy. Loading dogs from the back was possible, but not nearly as easy, given the three-foot step. Getting in from the back required we hoist ourselves with the assistance of a pull-handle, which we couldn’t use while maneuvering a dog in our arms. We agreed that Carrie would be on the ground, handing the dogs up to me. I would receive them and put them in their respective kennel. This would take longer but was the safest option.

 

 

 

Back at the shelter, we tried the sliding door one more time. Still frozen shut. Scott brought each dog around and told Carrie their name. She relayed this to me so I knew in which kennel they should be placed. She started handing off dogs with a manner and efficiency that reminded me of … me! She was very succinct, checking off each dog on the list, handing them off and expediently moving on to the next.

 

 

 

I, on the other hand, felt a wave of … what was it? Not “compassion”, though I feel that whenever I’m assigned to these runs. It’s wonderful to rescue dogs, knowing this may be their only chance at life. I always pray it’s not just any life they get, but the BEST life.

 

 

 

This feeling was even more dominating than compassion. It was a sense that even though we were running late, and we could make up time by moving quickly through this process, what we really needed to do was slow down. As Carrie handed me the third of nine puppies, that’s exactly what I did. I began welcoming each of them.

 

 

 

“Good morning, little cutie, how are you? You will be riding with your litter mates right here.”

I received the next puppies:

 

 

 

“How are you doing this fine day? So glad you’re here. We’re in for a long drive, so settle in and get comfy.”

 

 

 

Then the dogs:

 

 

 

“So happy to see you! We’ve been looking forward to meeting you. I’m Jean and this is Carrie, we’ll be your escorts today.”

 

 

 

“Hello Momma. Aren’t you beautiful? You did a great job with these puppies!”

 

 

 

“Hello, Handsome. Ooh, aren’t you a big hunk of love?”

 

 

 

They all seemed to enjoy the special attention and when Carrie heard me greeting each dog, she chuckled and slowed down.

 

 

 

During our drive, we pondered this. How often do we rush past each other? If we could be as genuinely kind to our fellow humans as we were to these dogs. If we could forego our schedule for a few minutes to show compassion, consideration and sincerely care about each other … wouldn’t our neighborhood, our city, our world be a better place?

 

 

 

There’s much to be said about due-dates and timelines, but if we learned anything in 2020, it’s that nothing is certain except our love for one another. It may have seemed like a routine trip on an otherwise non-descript winter day, but I emerged a different person. From now on, I’m letting my heart lead.

 

 

 

Book Cover Blurb for Spooky-Ooky Stories

Leave it to Zuggy to weave together three spooky stories that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat. First, Zuggy seeks shelter from a thunderstorm inside a haunted barn where he finds himself face to face with “The Whispering Ghost.” Though he never wants to go back, he winds up at the old farm again, and discovers the “Secrets of the Haunted Barn.” Lastly, Zuggy tries to help the kids when they accept a dare to go at night to the old farm, in “Fright Night.”

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A COPY OF ZUGGY THE RESCUE PUG - SPOOKY OOKY STORIES BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, MAY 25TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

Jean Alfieri is an author, speaker, and dog fan. When her eyes locked with those of a smooshy-faced little dog who sat inside a kennel at the Humane Society, it was love! He captured her heart and she captured their many adventures in short story poems starring Zuggy the Rescue Pug.

Her newest Zuggy book, Spooky-Ooky Stories will be released on May 20, on National Rescue Dog Day! Look for it on Amazon.Visit Jean at her website. 


Comments

Bonnie Engstrom From AZ At 5/22/2021 5:36:10 PM

A very special story! Thank you, Jean (and Patti), for sharing it. Now for a blatant promotion since we are obviously all dog lovers. My talented granddaughter is doing hand-drawn pet portraits that are getting rave reviews. Contact me at [email protected] for more information. No obligation.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Bonnie. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us about this opportunity. I had seen your post about this but didn't realize the portraits are by your granddaughter. Way cool!

Becky Van Vleet From CO At 5/17/2021 1:06:23 PM

Ahhh, Jean, you are so right about slowing down and savoring moments. I struggle with this, so I appreciate the reminder. You are right, our world would be a better place if we could all take some time to engage with one another with genuine interest and compassion.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you so much for stopping by and contributing to the discussion. Have a blessed week!

Paula J Peckham From TX At 5/16/2021 4:56:33 PM

Awesome story! And I love that you do rescues. We need a mind shift in America, to stop breeding expensive dogs while killing others every single day. Thank you for what you do. And thanks for the story. It was worth the read.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Paula! Thank you so much for stopping by and joining in the discussion. It was nice to "meet" you this weekend! Hope you are enjoying a blessed Sunday!

Jerri From Colorado At 5/16/2021 12:15:55 PM

Such a valuable lesson! Just think of what this world could be like if we took time to notice each person as an individual to serve, and not hurrying on with our own agenda. Thanks for the reminder.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jerri. You are so right! Thank you for stopping by and joining in the conversation. May your Sunday be blessed!

Melissa Henderson From Mount Pleasant SC At 5/16/2021 9:46:16 AM

Looks like a good book. Thanks for sharing the information. Have a blessed day!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Melissa. Jean writes amazing stories that we can all learn from. Thank you for stopping by. Hope your Sunday is blessed!

Amre From Idaho At 5/16/2021 8:36:24 AM

I loved this!! How often do we hurry past each other, focused on our timeline, and miss what's truly important!! I love the thought of slowing down when you think you need to speed up!! Thank you for this reminder!! God bless you as you continue this important work!! :)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Amre. Yes, we are often so caught up in our own activities and thoughts that we forget to admire all the wonders around us. Thank you for stopping by. Blessings on your Sunday!

Dave From Alabama At 5/16/2021 6:22:34 AM

What a wonderful story! Thank you!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Dave. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to let us know you were here. Have a blessed Sunday!

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