I don’t even know where or how to start this post beyond the fact that I am about to embark on one hell of an adventure (and if you’re lucky, I’ll take you with.) Regardless of the fact that I am utterly speechless, I am about to travel to Houston with my dearest friend, Erin, to help transport 22 dogs from Texas to Wisconsin. That’s right, the two of us, our friend Larissa, and 22 dogs will be in one vehicle from the south to the north (in hopefully one day!) I know, I know, this is crazy (it is) but it’s going to be amazing. Yes, they will probably bark, they might pee on each other, and I am sure the ride will smell anything like perfume but it’s going to happen and it’s so going to be worth it. Let’s be serious, I have always loved animals. I grew up wanting to be a vet for a good portion of my life (until my mom had me job shadow a vet and I watched them dissect a dead turtle.) Then I went through years of wishing for a hamster for my birthday/Christmas/first communion – you name it, my parents never gave in. I fulfilled that dream when I got a hamster in college (probably not my brightest moment, RIP Little Girl) Regardless of my failed attempts at keeping fish (or a hamster) alive, I have always had a heart for animals and I have always cried during those Sarah McLachlan commercials to save them.
We adopted little Chloe from a rescue a few weeks before our wedding (timing isn’t really “our thing”) and then fostered Tucker two years ago – which we clearly failed at because that little bugger is laying in my lap as I type this. I sometimes dream of taking in 20 more dogs and having a home filled with puppy snuggles and raw hides (then I remember that I can barely handle my two unruly pups and I like sleep too much.) Rescuing animals is super close to my heart and is something I wish I could do more of, so when my dear friend Erin started her efforts here in Wisconsin, I knew I had to be aboard in some capacity. Erin is the most selfless human I have ever met. She impossible to buy gifts for because she literally wants nothing and would rather help others (humans or animals) before ever wanting something for herself. She is hard working, devoted, and hilarious. I sometimes think her calling in life is writing the captions to get animals adopted because she has a way with witty words that make you want every dog on the planet to be yours. She started teaming up with Larissa in Houston and has since placed dozens of dogs into the warm homes of Jefferson County! These cross country trips have been frequent these past few months as Erin continues to place dogs in the homes of people who will love them! When she asked if I would ever be up for a trip to Houston, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.
We will be flying down to Houston, getting to see their amazing efforts in helping homeless animals find homes, and then starting the road trip home with 22 dogs who will be united with Wisconsin residents upon our arrival. We will have hours upon hours to sing Beyonce, snuggle puppies, and handle life on the road with our own little circus. I am so excited to be a part of this adventure, to help document all that goes into these trips, and to spend some time with some incredibly worthy animals who just need someone to take a chance. If you have space in your home and heart this holiday season and think a four-legged addition would be the finishing touch for your family, please, please take a moment to check out the available dogs that are ready to find their forever home! If you don’t have space or can not have pets, I pray you would consider donating to our cause to help more transports happen! Use the links below to take a peek at the puppies that will be mine for all of two days and hear more about the efforts that are happening in Houston to make all of this possible. Now, I’m getting ready for the most epic road trip I will likely ever take…