Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I Love Lucy

I got a call yesterday from a coworker in the shelter asking me to help a Spanish speaking client. Gladly, I accepted the call, and learned that the family was looking for their lost dog.

After they got instructions on the process, they visited the shelter, and they found their dog! I got another call from the family today, and they are now interested in getting their dog neutered (male dogs tend to run off when females are in heat) and getting him vaccinated.

I couldn't be more proud that my hard work in learning Spanish paid off!

Fortunately, German wasn't offered the year I tried to sign up. Fortunately, I enjoyed learning Spanish. Fortunately, our school had teachers that provided good instruction. Fortunately, my parents were able to help me go to Spain to study. Fortunately, I practice enough to be able to help the family and their dog.

Having Spanish speaking clients in the vaccine clinic inspired me to continue practicing my Spanish, and I'm so glad that I did.

Oh - and fortunately, I always wanted to know what Ricky said to Lucy when he was chewing her out : )

Monday, January 24, 2011

Role Models

I chuckled after I titled this blog post because of the immature, but popular movie. But onto the real post....

I recently realized how fortunate I am to know many admirable women who serve as role models for me in my career. I know these women through work, volunteering, and networking.

They are making an impact on animals' lives in Indianapolis in so many ways:
  • Spaying and neutering thousands of cats yearly
  • Beautifying a cheerless yard in front of Animal Control
  • Coordinating a food pantry, fencing projects, outreach events, and more
  • Transporting huge amounts of fence and then helping needy families install it
  • Trapping and transporting hundreds of feral cats
  • Shouldering the animal issues that matter at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control
  • Managing all of the Humane Society's operations and make it look easy
  • Rescuing, rehabilitating, fostering, and adopting out homeless and neglected animals
  • Planning the new spay/neuter center in Fountain Square that will sterilize thousands of animals yearly
These women manage households, raise children, have careers, and do all of these things simultaneously. I seriously admire these women and hope that I grow up to be as cool as they are : )