Thursday, November 6, 2008
In Which Lily Gets a Job
Tonight I attended the orientation meeting for the local hospice chapter and met a few nice ladies (all younger than me) who are also considering volunteer work. According to the volunteer coordinator, the maximum hours per week they will let someone volunteer is 4, so this will fit in nicely with work, school, church, and friends. As I found out, one of the areas of greatest need right now is for HosPets. These are pets who are taken along with the volunteer to visit the patients either in their homes or in one of the inpatient facilities. Lily will be perfect for it. (Bodhi? Not so much...not for a few years anyway).
There is much to do before the actual work begins. First I have to interview with the coordinator, which is about a 15 minute event, and then I'll have to arrange for an orientation with Wags for Hope, the local non-profit organization that assesses and trains the pets who will be involved in HosPets. The basic requirements are that the dog must be kept clean, be healthy and up to date on immunization, and be well controlled by the owner. The owner must also attend both the hospice training and the Wags for Hope training. Since hospice training won't happen until February, I have plenty of time to get Lily assessed and approved and get my own health checks done (including an MMR booster).
I can't tell you how excited I am at the prospect of both getting to share my love and compassion with my fellow humans but also getting to do so with my favorite girl by my side. Lily is the most gentle, sweet, and loving dog I've ever had. Though she started out being our daughter's 17th birthday present, she eventually became our dog and stayed with us after the Girl moved out. She's as good with strangers as she is with us, too, which makes her perfect for the job.
If you need hospice services for yourself or a loved one, or if you want to find out how to donate and/or volunteer, you can visit the Hospice Foundation website for more information.
Speaking of love, Lavinia awarded me this beautiful award on her blog today. Don't you just love it? I'm so honored, Lavinia. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'll be adding this to my Bling wall and considering on whom I wish to bestow it next.
And the Pay it Forward contest I ran was a little more complicated than I thought because of some commenters who turned down the prize for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, we have three winners! I will be shopping for some uniquely Maryland items this weekend and then shipping them off. Watch their blogs, then, for their own Pay it Forward contest once they receive the goods. There is nothing like having something a little tangible to connect us to our blog friends. And it's always cool to get a present in the mail for no good reason!
Our 3 winners are:
Ruth D~ (Upstream and Down)
Heather (aka Coal Miner's Granddaughter)
Michelle (aka Not Afraid to Use It)
Peace - D