Now, i’m very allergic to cats :(, but figured i’d try it anyway. Baby Boss and Mr. Buster were awesome! although by the time i was heading home from the send off the next day, i was sneezing up a storm from dear Boss. LOL.. oh well…. So i went to go meet the previous transporter around 6 pm down in Ashland (outside of Richmond) The dearest Peg (MamaPeg) actually drove a little further north to meet me, as the meet was actually to be in Richmond, but since that was more of just over 2 hours from me, she helped shorten my trip. She is the sweetest lady! So precious! I instantly saw how she got the moniker “Mama Peg” If she isn’t the epitome of everyone’s favourite Grandma, i sure don’t know who is! So, I got to our meet @ Cracker Barrell, and i was early so went into Cracker Barrel for a slice of pie, but found they have the most absolute quaintest shoppe there, and $60 later (YES $60 :eek:) I was back in the lot, keeping eyes peeled for Mama Peg’s Bright Red van.I’m not sure I want to be meeting peeps at any more Cracker Barrels… I will go broke! But in all fairness, $30 of the $60 was an adorable animated Christmas decoration. I love playing Piano, so you can see why I was drawn to this one.
He plays several tunes, here a tiny clip of one: Snowman Jazzin it Up
So, Anyhoo, Mama Peg showed up with the precious cargo. Buster was so full of life! and spot on adorable. More instant love… Little Boss was in a carrier, but my heart went out coz it was such a small carrier :(… and by this point his litter was all over, he practically had to sit in his make-shift litter box in there, yet with all the litter scattered about, not sure how he could use it. Now, i know nothing about cats, but this seemed like a bummer to me. But i loaded up the babies and off we went. got back to my place and had to figure out how to get a dog a cat and some bags i had all into the house. I didn’t know the animals, so didn’t necessarily want to leave them alone. If i took the cat in first, then boss would be alone int he Jeep. For some reason i thought he would be worried if i took out everything but him. These rescues can be fragile, and i still didn’t know Buster, or how easy going he was. Now, certainly Boss hanging in his carrier could stay in the Jeep while i brought in Buster, but then Buster is a lone in the house… again even less attractive than the first option. So, well, all of us struggled in at the same time. In think Boss had it the worst, coz his carrier was over my shoulder, like a carry bag. He “meowed” the whole walk tot eh apartment. funny part was i enter my apt through a courtyard so his meow’s were echoing. I come to find out Siamese love to “talk” as it’s called, and Boss was definitely no exception. Anyway, we all got in, Buster checked out the apartment and proceeded to poop on my living room floor. LOL!!!! I’m grateful he was on a good kibble diet, and easily scooped up the poop. So i made a litter box for dear Boss, let him out of that tiny dwelling, and he got use to the apartment also – under my couch. Buster liked to play with cats , and while he was harmless, he’s like 20 times Boss’s size and very agile, so his quick play moves, had Boss scooting for safety. I got food out for everyone and Boss was more shy than dear Buster, who kept right on my heels while i was getting his bowl ready and gobbled it all up happily.
He and i went for another long walk, and i found it mega amazing that he actually turned right down the correct walkway to my door, without me even directing him, and then knew my door.! Wow, huh? Smart doggie. Well we played a little and then settled in, Me and Buster spooned on the couch to sleep and when we settled down, little Boss Man, ate and used the litter box.
Cant say there was a ton of sleep, but got enough. Went for a long walk in the morning with Buster, he did all his business. Then we went back to find out where Boss’s new hiding place was – It was behind my tall vintage radio.
I gave him the cat toy i had bought for him, and he grabbed it and took it back to behind the radio. haha… I could hear the little bell jingling, knowing he was playing with it. (Thanks @ Robyn Merganthaler for the tip on that 97 cent toy 🙂
Here’s the Boss: Boss Behind the Radio Boss Playing:
so we hung out for a bit, and I made Buster a custom bandana. 🙂
Then we needed to start getting packed up. now to get Boss… Hmmm….it took a bit to wiggle him outta there, coz 1: i don’t handle cats, and didn’t want to break him – LOL, and 2: he tucked himself under the antennae tuner piece, but after a bit, i got him out. I had already cleaned his carrier and refilled his somewhat goofy litter box in there. I was trying to do something better for him, but the carrier was so small, i really couldn’t find another option. So this time I brought Buster out first to the Jeep then went back for Boss. Much less awkward of a load up than the night before. So we were off. I met the next transporter in Alexandria. There is one turn that confuses me and this is the second time i went the wrong way! Uggghh. I have to go drive it one day so i can make sense why i made the same wrong turn twice now. anyway, unlike me, this time it made me late. My fellow transporters were kidding around and saying I fell in love & wanted to keep them as long as possible…. ‘er go the tardiness.. (we had a facebook group for the transport). I think there were 15 legs in this transport. GA to PA. Well dearest Rebecca took the greatest pic of me with Buster before she took off to MD. I’m so grateful! and then dear Rochelle got a great pic of the bandana, coz i forgot to take one before putting it on Buster. So what fun the weekend was!
I also wore the new T-Shirt I made:
The two cuties made it safe and sound to Effort, PA to their rescuer: Heather at Red Rock Rescue, Inc.
Loved to meet all of you on this transport!
Just look at this doll-baby! My second transport this past Saturday 10/29 – another transport requested by PRO – Pointer Rescue Org that reached me through Doobert.com! If you missed my blog post about my first transport, see it here!
I was excited again when the Run Sheet was sent out a few days before. It indicated that Blair was a 3YO female English Pointer, gets along with other dogs, un-spayed, and possibly coming back into heat, so we were to transport her alone. She would be spayed in foster care and also treated for heartworm. So this Rescued Beauty was going from Wagener, SC to Glens Falls, NY. I was “Leg 7”. She was going to her Foster Family. Fostering is another Volunteering Opportunity that you can sign up for on Doobert.com. (Doobert.com is a ‘connections’ facilitating site that connects volunteers and rescues/shelters together. When Rescues & Shelters look for volunteers for Animal Transports – (Pilots & Drivers), Fostering, Photography,behind the scenes techie type stuff, social media admins… Check it out and see where you can help… ANYWAY…
So I got my Transport “Go-Bag” out, double checked it, and looked good – out of “poop bags” but plastic shopping bags abounded, so I was good to go. I contacted the two other transporters on either side of my leg, to verify we were good to go on the meeting addresses.
So I was to meet Elizabeth at 4:30 pm. It’s a bit over an hour to get to the meet spot, so i allowed myself 1:45 minutes to get there. (very important due to possible traffic conditions) And YES! i hit a back up, but it only put me back 15 minutes, so that was okay. The Transport Monitor emails the team updates on the Animal(s) progress during the travel. At the time that my leg was coming up, they were 15 minutes behind schedule. but Elizabeth gained it all back, and when I left with Blair, we were all back on schedule. It’s really no big deal in the grand scheme of things, coz all the volunteers up the line get notified as each transfer takes place, and can see if significant delays build up, and adjust their own timing. So I met Elizabeth, and we transferred Blair after a little walk.
We were headed north, and the leg after me, Jamie, contacted me and the Transport Monitor, as she was stuck in a ‘parking lot ‘ of traffic on I-95…I offered that if she couldn’t get down to the meet spot, I could continue north if needed. but we kept in contact, and she wiggled her way around the traffic jam! Good navigating there Jamie!
So, Blair and I had some extra time together – it was good for her i believe coz she refreshed herself completely and even had a bit of water! She also seemed to liven up a bit walking around. Pointers are really kewl to watch as they sniff around and look around, hearing probably even an ant lifting a tiny breadcrumb…lol… Then we sat for a bit and Blair was climbing on my lap, I loved it.
Then Blair greeted Jamie with kisses! It was so awesome!
They rode off, literally, into the Sunset… LOL. I cruised home so full of admiration of the teams and all the hands involved in the saving of just one more animal! I’m a softy crybaby, so I tear up (tere, not tare) at all the love.
Of all the volunteering I’ve done over the years, and yes, every one was wonderful, but I have to admit, finding Doobert.com is the most perfect fit of all. I have been able to participate in a focus group, and design art for some promotional materials. I have a Photographer profile and a Transporter profile there. I think one thing i absolutely LOVE about Doobert.com is that it is very ‘self-paced’. Other places I’ve volunteered at /with, I’ve sort of had like set days kind of thing – and maybe it’s my personality, but it’s a tough feel for me. With this, I have completed the designing at my own pace, and as for transporting, well, I get notices for all the ones near me, and I can pick and choose which ones to join. That is the ultimate in flexibility! There are other volunteers in my area, so if i don’t hop on the site near the time of the notice, sometimes the legs in my area get filled by others and that’s what’s even another great thing – that says there are a bunch of volunteers in my area.
So as I sign off tonight, I thank God for blessing me with this amazing opportunity that fits my lifestyle and my heart perfectly.
Danica — My first transport. Requested by PointerRescue.org visit their site to see the rest of Danica’s trip photos!
The day started at 4:15 am. This is not unusual for me, as I am an early riser (yes I don’t use any alarm and still get up 4-ish in the mornings.) I have just moved back to the east coast from California. I was excited about today because it wasn’t just a regular Saturday for me; it was my first transport activity with DOOBERT.com networking website. Founder Chris Roy, possessing a very distinguished IT background, along with his wife Daphne, initialized this site as a tool for Rescues & Shelters invested in saving the lives of so many homeless pets every day, to be able to find volunteers in their area. In a word, Chris is providing the means of the “Connection”. Chris himself does all the scripting on the site.
Rescues and Shelters look for volunteers continually for all sorts of aide: From dog walkers, to pilots & drivers who can transport animals to their fur-ever and/or foster homes. Transport requests are initiated by a rescue organization on DOOBERT.com, they often span over multiple states, and through Chris’s “SME-pertise”, his site emails notifications routed to volunteers according to their locations (the drivers and pilots have a profile on the site with their geographical data), then volunteers sign up for different “legs” of the transport. Maybe driving a 60 mile leg, or the like, and then handing off the precious cargo to the next volunteer along the way. And yes, they also have pilots (Chris himself is one!), who also participate.
Today was my first experience joining a transport team. This one was made up of 12 legs bringing the beautiful Danica from Fredericksburg, VA at her Foster Mom Karen’s out to her fur-ever home in Belleville, Illinois. The trip planned would be a pretty long 17/18 ish hour travel time for little Danica.
I received the confirmation email from the Hosting Shelter: PointerRescue.org, with all the legs and contact information a few days before hand. Yaye! It was a go! I had contacted both people I was interacting with; both the place of pick up and the place of hand off, to introduce myself make sure I had all my details correct, times, places, names, etc.
I headed out just after 5 am. Still dark out, you should have seen the moon; huge, full, and in a perfectly clear sky. It was setting as I made my way to pick up Danica, all along the hi-way ride, it lowered and began to glow that gorgeous and mysterious yellow, the color deepening as it set over the horizon. I marveled at The Wonderful Creator. I arrived to Karen’s early, as is my usual MO. I met Danica, and immediately fell in love! She was very nervous of a newcomer coming into her presence, and so frail. I still tear up thinking how Danica is finally headed towards the fur-ever home she so deserves, and that I am a part of helping get her there. Karen chided that it would be difficult to “pass Danica off” to the next volunteer because she was such a love, and I might want to take her home myself! Haha (she certainly called that one right!) I made extra sure I had the proper papers with Danica for her trip, and after some photos, scooped up that adorable Pointer, as she was shaking, gave her some hugs and gently got her settled on the front seat of my Jeep. I had water, water bowl, blanket, leash, collar, chew bone, and of course, some treats! I had already checked with the Foster Mom to see whether I needed a transport crate or not.
Here’s Foster Mom Karen and her trick with Danica:
So, Danica, Karen, and I notified the group we were on the way north to leg two. About ½ way, I texted the woman participating in the 2nd leg. Now this part was funny because I was driving, so I used the recording feature to speak my text message to her. And boy did Siri hack up that transmission. So poor Caylee received a weird text calling her “Katie” and calling me “Joe”. So not only were other words garbled, but now she is wondering what unknown guy is texting her a weird message early on a Saturday morning. My name is Jo Lynn, (female) and cell phones always type Joe, like the male version of the name. So, thankfully she guessed what I was trying to do, and we had a chuckle.
Danica was incredibly easy during the ride, shaking a little at the start, but then curled up on the blanket on the front seat, and enjoyed me petting her and doting on her the whole way. We arrived at the meeting point, and I took Danica out for a walk, and any other refreshing she may need, and found she was very uncomfortable out in the open parking lot, and she kind of scurried us to a doorway nearby and kind of leaned up against the wall there. My heart went out to her, realizing her discomfort at not being nestled and protected in some form. I realized she may not go potty, so scooped her up hugged her for quite a while, and then rested her back in the front seat. She didn’t drink water, and didn’t take the treat right away, but I guess once she regained assurance of safety again on the seat of the car, me sitting with her, she reached around for the treat and gingerly crunched on it. No water though. I spent the next 10-15 minutes taking tons of pix. Selfies with my cell phone and more portrait type shots with my DSLR camera. If you ever get to be the first leg of the trip, it’s a great spot to have; because I think you have more “free time” than the rest of the leggers. Caylee arrived, we exchanged papers, I told her a few things from my short time with Danica, then brought her out and Caylee and I took some pix of the 3 of us together (again with my selfie stick). Caylee then got Danica all set for her second ride, I waved them goodbye with a happy heart.
I organized a few of the cell phone snapshots before I pulled off, and sent about 5 out to the group in my announcement that Caylee and Danica were off. I then forwarded the snaps to Chris@ doobert.com.
What a fabulous morning I had. I truly look forward to the next time I can participate in a transport. I am a professional photographer as well, and also have a photographer’s profile on DOOBERT.com. Chris once suggested it may be real nice to have the photographer volunteers be at hand-off’s to photograph the event. I can certainly appreciate that (being a photographer) because I was unable to use my DSLR for any group pix, nor candid’s of all the interactions, while being a transporter at the same time. I would easily capture great shots if I was just in the role as the photographer, photographing the others. Chris, if you’re reading this, I would love to reach out to the transport coordinators (TC’s) when I receive notices, to ask if they would mind me going to one or more of the transports in my area to photograph the exchange(s). I truly can’t see them saying no, but I would want all of the stakeholders to be aware that I would be there and in what capacity.
Hats off to Chris and his wife Daphne, who found it in their hearts to design DOOBERT.com, a tool which brings both sides of the teams together: The Shelters who need volunteers, and the volunteers who love to work with rescues to saves pets lives’.
Jo Lynn Kelley
So, you just know I had to make a GoPro Video of riding out here in North San Diego County. Places include Julian, Santa Ysabel, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, El Cajon, Borrego Springs, Del Mar, Pine Valley, Palomar Mountain, Lake Elsinore, Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant, Valley Center, Fallbrook, and places in between… On Sunday’s i was riding with a group called North County Cruisers, they took me all over. And folks, I have never seen twisties like I have out here in CA! Sometimes going around turns in 1st gear! 8-/
So the video catches some, And I’ll have another post with California Adventures, But here’s the link to the video on YouTube
Cheers – JJ
My dear friend Scott was diagnosed recently with Squamous cell carcinoma about a month or two ago. It is a throat cancer. Today he is undergoing treatments to Kick its Butt!. The treatments are brutal, my heart goes out to him. He’s 1/2 way through a 6/7 week treatment plan. I wanted to bring something cheerful, and spent two weeks trying to decide what could I do. I ended up deciding on painting a leather vest for him, with his bike on the back. I checked his albums on Fury Forum (motorcycles), and found a pic i thought was real kewl.
And produced this for him:
He really enjoyed receiving it, but i tell ya i enjoyed making it more! Scott we’re all thinking and praying for you.I know this treatment plan is brutal, but we’re beside you.
Kick it’s BUTT!!!!
Known originally as JDol on the forum Fury Forum I got into making bazillions of patches for everyone. I’ve made completely custom ones, as well as making Forum Favorites – meaning the Adopted Forum Artwork and “logo”… I’ve made country and state specific FURY NATION patches. I’ve made memorial patches, name tags, pet patches, and some award ones. I love art, photography, and embroidery — anything creative. anyway, here’s a collection of works over the years….
This is my riding vest, currently. The most recent addition is the cancer ribbon supporting my brother Night Fury in his fight to beat throat cancer.
Since Moving to California in April this year, I am starting to play with my Jeep way much more. I did my first off-roading adventures with it, and now I’ve got the doors permanently off along with the windows. Having more fun in it, I am starting to customize it a bit more. I ordered a bikini top for it, I polished the fenders up to restore the black, some other little things in the works. So, having the urge to paint, I couldn’t resist the Blank Canvas of the passenger dash on the Jeep. I had come across this most awesome saying, and had intentions of embroidering it onto a Tee, but then the thought hit me to paint it onto the Wrangler dash. And with one of my favorite shots of my Doggy Tanner. You see, Tanner was quite a wild child, and in all the 13 years together, i don’t think i let him off the leash but a half a dozen times… now that’s not to say he didn’t get off the leash on his own!!! HA HA…. But he’d be off onto an adventure, and his ears would go deaf to me calling. lol… Once he crossed Bloomfield Avenue in Newark, NJ.. Now that is a nuthouse road with 3 lanes on each side! Talk about giving me a heart attack! Okay so with that little background, this photo is treasured coz he was off the leash and didn’t zoom away from me…. 😀 and we didn’t live near the beach so, it was a unique background for a pic for him…
So here’s the pic I have framed, and then my new Wrangler dash painting….
I love it.
Here’s the step-by-step…
So, being winter now and my bed head being on an outer wall, (cold) I remembered this old headboard stuffed in the garage, that’s been a hanger-on for over 15 years and maybe more! So, I was going to paint it, some rattle can artistic finish or something, and then the thought occurred to me– maybe i could refinish it! i looked at a few you tube videos and within an hour I was at Lowe’s getting stripper, stain, brush, steel wool & a sander… I was going for it! Never did anything like this before… It’s winter, and i had a few semi mild days in the 40’s lower 50’s, nice breezy which was good, so it blew all the sawdust away.
Here’s the piece as it looked right outta the garage…
After wiping the cobwebs (lol), Started off with stripping… (not me stripping… – the wood, silly)
So that went pretty well, not perfect… But got most of it stripped down, just some spots here and there.
Okay, that was fun, didn’t really take too, too long…there were some stubborn spots, but i figured as long as got the majority, I’d be okay… So – on to sanding…I wore a mask, but still think i inhaled a bunch of sawdust…… 😦
There are doors to it, also, they slide. I started sanding the top parts, and saw how kewl the two-tone looked, so I kept it instead of sanding that off also….
So now sanding done, let the wipedown begin….
Bring it in to the spare room, coz it’s going to start raining and getting cold, so I can do the rest inside. Here I am ready and prepped to start staining…
So, we did 3 nice thin coats, the stain i got was a Stain & Poly, all-in-one, so the 3rd coat gave it the perfect look.
Dry for 36 hours and we’re ready to re-install the backer and set it all up in the BR. All went well, and here are the final pix of it all set up.
I also made a couple posters – one of my bike and one fun collage from my Off-Road driving trip… Tossed them up on the walls…
Here also is a pic of my poster 😀
So that is my Refinishing project, and re-vamping of my BR… A little collage:
That was a real blast to do!
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