A Busy Day At the Shelter, 8-6-22

I went to the shelter this morning armed with my weed eater, 2 kinds of weed sprays, rakes, a small shovel and two pruners. The yard has been neglected badly but the owner as well as the maintenance person have both had health problems so I thought I’d help out. I trimmed all along the kennels where my puppies are living. I asked if I could foster them again and was told I could but then found out that of the two at the shelter I only had one of them. What to do now? I am going back tomorrow so I’ll be thinking overnight. I saw people come and leave with a dog – lucky dog!

I must apologize that I said The Free Quilt was in the online store – I can’t find it but I know I sent out many paper copies last winter so I just assumed it was there. I’ll ask Kayla to put it in. Do you remember the other Free Quilt I made?

I used sashing on this one which is a change from the pattern.

One reader quilt – PINK!

We are getting heavy rain tonight – in fact Garner is under a flood warning! How can that be??? Pictures around the farm:

Look at these puppies from the shelter – I want all of them!

Oh, Lord, I wish I didn’t love dogs so much!

30 thoughts on “A Busy Day At the Shelter, 8-6-22

  1. Rosalie

    Please send that rain to Texas!
    Wild fires all over the state. Fortunately none within 20-30 miles of us.
    Cute puppies- look forward to seeing what you do.

  2. Becki

    Hi Mary. I can relate to your loving dogs. My heart melts when I see a dog we have a chocolate lab named Goose. Love that dog❤️

  3. Lynn

    Mary can I ask what are the white and red plants in the wheelbarrow. I have one like it and it has remained empty. Love yours and all the farm pictures.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynn – white impatiens and red geraniums – planted together because that’s what I had left! Didn’t know they’d get along so well!

  4. Cherry in St.. Paul

    Those puppies are the cutest! Your wheelbarrow is just beautiful and your volunteer work at the shelter is absolutely commendable. God bless you, Mary. I hope the flooding doesn’t materialize.

  5. Kathy in western NY

    Good for you Mary to spruce up the shelter with your own tools and time. They are lucky to have your dedication. Maybe you can spend some time inside with the doggies tomorrow at the shelter and see how the two puppies behave now.
    The picture tells me they love seeing a human.
    We finally got some a heavy rain after a stretch of none. The news said because our humidity was so high and so much moisture in the clouds that when it rains, it can cause flash flooding with how fast it comes down. Can’t remember the last time we had a puddle in our driveway.

  6. Jan Pittenger

    Hi Mary,
    At least you go to the shelter! I don’t trust myself and also don’t want to be an emotional wreck from all the pups that need great homes to love them!! I do have three senior pups that each have issues. They deserve all of our love and attention. I do know that my next will be a rescue. We have one now who is such a sweetheart!! Actually, all of them are! We have English Labs – great, great dogs, but 100 lbs is getting to be too much for us!! We are seniors with issues, too!!! I call this the Geriatric Home – everything – even the bird- is old!!!!!
    Love, love, love your flowers! They are so beautiful!!
    Even though I rarely comment, I look for you everyday! One of my very favorite quilts is my “Free Quilt”. Mine is the old version with denim. It’s always on the recliner and is used even in the summer because that chair is under the ceiling fan and, of course, that’s where I sit!!!
    Thank you for all you do for pups, kitties, farm pets, and quilters!!! Jan P

  7. Jo in Wyoming

    Your root tree is spectacular! What a great idea.
    The trough is grand…everything is beautiful. I see the desk in the background, it, too, is full of color.
    I hope you get gentle rain, no flooding.

  8. Sandy

    Hi Mary, great work , helping tidy up at the shelter!How many of the pups did you take home? Bella keeps me busy , toilet trips and lifting her up onto the bed several times a day, she likes to be comfortable! Been working on a summer dress for Stella using the smocked panel l made, she will need it in Taiwan as it’s hot there. Then one for Luna before the end of the week as Friday is moving day! Take care everyone, Mary made time for a beer and relax! Best wishes from Sandy

  9. Amy Kollasch

    Crazy to think we have needed rain and everything is dry, but when we get rain we end up under a flood warning. I, too am a lover of animals. Unfortunately my allergies have been passed down to my son and we can only have certain dogs (and only 1 at a time). If I could save them all I would.

  10. Mareen

    Oh Mary you are such a blessing to them! Thank you and I know they appreciate it so very much! It just breaks my heart that there are so many that need homes!

  11. Kathy Hanson

    Always love seeing your “around the farm” pictures, what a wonderful place you have made, every thing is so beautiful!! Have a blessed Sunday!

  12. Linda

    You are so thoughtful to go spruce up the shelter. How you got home without puppies is the question! When I take food, blankets, and other supplies to the shelter I have to drop it off at the door and leave. Seeing all the babies crated breaks my heart and I have all I can handle at the moment. If I could afford it and would be able to keep up with the hair I would have a dozen more cats and dogs. I already decided after my dogs go to wait for me at the rainbow bridge I will only rescue older dogs that need love and a good home. Everyone wants puppies but I want the love of a grown dog who needs to be loved and run around my farm.

    I’m glad you are going to foster the other puppies again, they need to be on the farm enjoying their childhood!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – I have said the exact same thing – senior dogs only! But then my foster puppies are calling me and they’re only 4-1/2 months old!

  13. Launa

    Idaho’s Moose Fire was blessed Saturday with two rains…those did help firemen with Moose Fire….could see rain running off our metal roof! Wonderful to hear one clap of thunder!
    Sun will be here Sunday (today) tho.
    Thanks for pictures! Praying no flooding for you! Your flowers look delightful!

  14. Lisa

    Thanks for the farm pictures! How do you get your morning glories to grow so well? I have always struggled with mine, no matter where I’ve lived or where I plant them. What’s your secret to success?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lisa – I’m no expert – last year I didn’t get a single bloom until the day before a killing frost! So I have no idea

  15. Sue H

    You are such a kind woman to go over to the shelter and lend a hand. It’s not like you’re 30! And yes, those puppies are adorable!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue H – Deb, the owner, and I said the same thing – those of us willing to volunteer for hard physical work are all too old!!!

  16. Kim from TN

    How nice of you to help the shelter out with some yard work. I loved seeing the pictures of the farm, all that color and gorgeous flowers filling every nook and corner. Thanks for sharing. Its blistering hot here in middle TN and I hope we get some rain, just not that much at once. Stay dry

  17. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    HI Mary, Thanks for all of the beautiful farm pictures. Your impatiens and geraniums are beautiful together.
    Here is a thought. The members of our National Honor Society at the high school have to do some kind of charitable work to remain a member. Could your NHS or another organization at the high school take on the shelter? That would be a win/win for all and maybe even some of the dogs and cats would be adopted!
    I am working on my second DD so hope to have it finished soon. Not too hot today in Central Ohio. I have so many books for my Little Free Library that I set up a card table and a TV table!! I never know what will come in, but they are always interesting:) Have a good one.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – NHS is a fabulous idea! I’m going to look into it.

      1. Diane and the gang

        I hope it works, Mary. My students volunteered lots of places, but loved the Humane Society🐶😸

  18. Darlynn Venne in Illinois

    Yes, I feel your pain about dogs. I went to the IA site and looked at the dogs for adoption. Looking for an older female. I am sure one will come along. Thank you for all you do~

  19. Shirley from Oregon

    Your farm photos are gorgeous this time of year.
    Those puppies break my heart.
    I admire what you do.

  20. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary- such cute puppies ❤️❤️ I’m amazed by all that you do. The shelter is so blessed to have you. I saw another reader suggested asking the NHS for some help – great idea. What about some scout troops too?

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