|Face 11 & sketch 14 of 75|
I started volunteering at the local animal re-homing shelter last week. I'll be there twice a week in the mornings. It's really small with only 4 paid staff so the chances of a paid position opening up there is pretty remote but never say never.
The morning routine is to clean out the kennels, the cattery and the small mammal room where they have kittens, rabbits, even hedgehogs and a black bird with a missing tail feather.
It isn't a big place so there is only room for a few of each species of animal but while they are generally quite full (which isn't good as it means folk either are unable or unwilling to continue looking after their animal companions), the good news is that many of the animals don't spend too long there before they are re-homed.
|Face 12 & sketch 15 of 75|
Of course I fell in love with every dog, cat and rabbit that I came into contact with and wished I could adopt them all. It's funny because one of the woman lucky enough to work there full-time said she often felt a particular connection with certain animals and I knew exactly what she meant as I felt a special affinity with one cat in particular but I don't think our dogs would take too kindly to him moving in with us and he has to be re-homed somewhere without other animals anyway, so hopefully he'll find a new home with someone else soon. In the meantime, I'll always be sure to give him (and all the others, for that matter) plenty of affection and cuddles every morning that I'm there volunteering.
|Face 13 & sketch 16 of 75|
In other news, on Wednesday this week there was a big old snow storm that affected most of the north of England and Scotland. I had gone to the animal shelter in the morning but within an hour it was a full on blizzard and the roads were covered. The manager sent me home early as he knew I was nervous of driving in snow never having done it before. I got home and settled in with my slanket and hot water bottle - the power went off (again!) and was off for most of the day which wasn't so good but at least I had my sketch book and my kindle and the dogs curled up beside me to keep me warm when the hot water bottle became a cold water bottle.
S did his final exam for his training course on Wednesday morning (which he aced!) and drove from Manchester all the way back up here - a long enough journey when there's no snow! Thankfully, he'll be staying up in the north of Scotland now with only the odd overnight stay on the Orkney Islands now and again so my days of being home alone with the dogs are over!
|Face 14 & sketch 17 of 75|
It's been a few days since I posted so today we have Faces 11, 12, 13 & 14 of 29 Faces - all dogs - no surprise there!! These also qualify as Sketches 14 to 17 of the 75 day sketch challenge.
I'm posting today but will be linking this to Paint Party Friday - be sure to pop by and see the ever-growing army of artists who join in every week!
And in an idea I'm borrowing from the lovely Tracey Fletcher King - Just in case you missed it and want to catch up on news from Craggis Cottage, my other post this week can be seen here:-