May 25, 2012


Comradery: the spirit of friendship and community in a group.
A close friend or a fellow soldier — in other words, someone who comes to mind when you say, "We're in this together." Comradery reflects that same spirit: both words can be traced to the Spanish word comarada, meaning “chamber mate,” or roommate. Comradery is a feeling of trust, a bond created by a shared goal or experience — you don't have to be best friends with everyone in the group to know you have their support.


Cheekie was a plain old dog housed at the Roanoke pound earlier this month. Her time was up, and RCACP staff called us to see if she could be transferred to Angels of Assisi. It was possible she was pregnant, and she had no where to go.

Word got around, and one of the most wonderful volunteers in the world, Janet Corbin, offered to foster her. Cheekie was safe, and yes, she was indeed pregnant. When we called the Pound to let them know a transfer was possible, a collective "WOO HOO" could be heard loud and clear through the phone lines. (We kinda absolutely love those front desk employees, Libbie and Katie!).

The RCACP and Angels of Assisi volunteers watched as Cheekie made her way to Janet's house, and watched as the photos appeared of her belly getting bigger. And bigger, and then, like, seriously bigger. The enormity of it turned into a a "Puppy Pool" with folks guessing how many and when they would arrive. That turned into a facebook event, and raised about $300 for the Biscuit Fund- pretty awesome!

The big day finally arrived, and the first puppy was named after Amos, and words can't really describe how that made us feel. People remembered him, he mattered, and through their love, he lives on. The next puppy was named after Athena, she mattered, and she was loved. Not in a home, but in our shelter and in our hearts. And in her honor, these new babies will not end up homeless.

On and on the puppies came, folks followed the story and sent their good vibes, until there were 13. One was named after our friend, Hany, who has the most extraordinary way with dogs. He joked that he would have to take special interest in this pup, because one could not have an unruly Hany running around town, so we promptly told him that several other large dogs in our adoption center would be re-named Hany... stat! He is going to be one busy man!

Donations started arriving at Janet's- a plastic pool, food, laundry detergent. And to date, 3 adoption applications have been submitted in the 4 days they have been on this earth. A special thank you to Janet, Karen, and Meg for a very busy few days!

From plain old brown dog, to hero and mama of 13, Cheekie's story is one that was made possible by the good people in our community. Not only did you save her by fostering, you turned her predicament into one of comradery and we all became a little closer, a little more united, and a little more "you know what, we can do this, and we're going to have fun with it, because this is where our heats are".

Thanks to all for what you accomplished this last week. 14 lives were saved, and, more than ever, experiences and goals are being shared. For little Hany and those that follow, that means everything.

1 comment:

  1. Tammy ClarkMay 26, 2012

    Thank you for all you guys do!!! from Basil's mommy!!(the mostly white boy)