De-Stress With Dogs Event @ University of Washington

College can often be a very stressful time between early classes, challenging tests, and long, interactive lectures. Schedules are tight, sleep is minimal, and relaxing, quiet moments can be few and far between. One of the things we all firmly believe at Emerald City Pet Rescue is that pets are therapeutic. They intuitively respond to the stress in humans by bonding with us, cuddling with us, and taking us out of the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Dogs live in the moment and their presence encourages us to do the same.

Yesterday, we had a wonderful opportunity to bring some of our rescue dogs to the University of Washington so they could participate in a “De-stress With Pets” event. For an hour, college students could come in to a room, sit on the ground, and pet and play with dogs.

Where in the world was this when I was in college?!

I digress.

Three of our currently adoptable dogs, Buddy, Indigo, and Kona, joined us from the rescue along with some dogs owned by employees.

We had never participated in an event like this before, so we weren’t sure what to expect. We hoped the dogs would all behave, act friendly, and successfully de-stress these college students and we were not disappointed! Within the hour, nearly 100 students came to the event. It was truly amazing to watch the dogs light up, even in a room packed full of people, and without hesitation, greet people, ask for pets, sit on laps, and chase after toys in games of fetch. It was as if they fully understood that their “job” was simply to bring joy to others, and they found joy themselves in doing so.

As a dog-mom myself, I know firsthand the therapeutic benefits to having dogs around. When I’m feeling down, they don’t leave my side. When I’m stressed, they adamantly insist that I take a seat, remove myself from my “hurried” compulsions, and pet them in a slow, gentle rhythm until I am as calm as they are. Even so, watching them display such heart, soul, and amazingly compassionate intuition toward dozens of strangers all in one room was something I will remember for a long time.

We plan to do more events like this in the future. It’s an amazing, and I imagine much-needed break for college students, and it’s a wonderful experience for the dogs, as well.

We are always open to opportunities to reach out into the community and help others, educate others, and along with our wonderful rescue pets, facilitate bonding and appreciation between humans and animals alike.

If you are looking for a furry friend of your own to help de-stress you on a daily basis, our pets are gladly up to the task! Check them out at www.emeraldcitypetrescue.org

 

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DailyECPR : We Met Grumpy Cat!

Happy Friday, everyone!! The weekend is almost here, I can feel it, I can see the clock tick-tick-ticking away. I have very awesome plans for this weekend. It involves a lot of wild partying. …. Okay, let’s be honest. I have a date with the litter of kittens I am still fostering when I get home, and then with my PILLOW! And then there’s the whole adulting part of life where my once-leisurely weekends now consist of running errands and fulfilling responsibilities….

But now, let’s back track from my upcoming weekend of errands and sleep and talk about what’s REALLY important –

YESTERDAY’S EVENT!

grumpy2Emerald City Pet Rescue was invited to be part of a very fun event yesterday, a GRUMPY CAT meet and greet! The famous feline with the eternally grumpy face was here in Seattle yesterday to celebrate her third book.

We (myself, and two awesome volunteers Susan and Suzanne) arrived at the location of the meet and greet, a University of Washington bookstore. (It was HUGE! As in, I could have easily gotten lost in it – and I actually did even if only for a few moments!) We had substantially less gear than we are used to bringing to events because the lovely hosts provided tables and chairs for us (Thank you for that!) and it was indoors with limited space so we did not need our tent.

We set up our ECPR gear right next to some gear from Best Friends and the Seattle Humane Society. We got acquainted with a few lovely people that had been waiting in line for three hours just to be among the first to meet Her Royal Feline Highness.  The line started to move, and we perfected talking about our rescue in 30 seconds or less for those walking by. A lot of people ooed and awed over our adorable adoptable pets so who knows, maybe some of our critters will find forever homes with some of Grumpy’s most dedicated fans!

After they closed the meet and greet line at 8PM, the event hosts surprised all of us and offered us the chance to meet Miss Grumpy, so volunteer Suzanne and I scrunched in and got our photo snapped. Grumpy couldn’t have cared less, she was asleep! Grumpy

As ECPR continues to grow, I am thrilled that we are being offered opportunities to participate in different types of animal-related events, and we are of course happy to be at all of them that we can in order to spread the word about our rescue and showcase our precious animals to help them find their forever families.

If Grumpy Cat could talk, I would imagine she might have been saying something like, “Not that I CARE, but if you give these animals a home maybe ECPR staff can stop going on and on about how cute they are. NOW I’M GOING BACK TO SLEEP!”

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, fall is well underway and winter is just around the corner!

DailyECPR : Barktoberfest Was a Storm (Almost!)

IMG_0421This past weekend, a few of us at Emerald City Pet Rescue ventured down to Auburn, WA with our tent, our tables, and a lot of freebies and goodies for Barktober Fest! Brandon and I ventured down there in the company van and a kennel attendant, John, mosied down in his own car.

On our way there, we were concerned because the rain was pounding down on us like a boxing match, so torrential that we could barely see a few feet in front of our car! Since the event was outdoors at Roegner Park we were worried that we would get there only to find out that the event had to be sadly cancelled, but just as we pulled in to Auburn the downpour started to let up. By the time we arrived at the Park, the sun was peeking out through the clouds and the rain had nearly stopped.

We set up our booth with a wonderful view of the fall leaves, and Auburnites and their pooches began to show up and walk around! The event coordinators were kind enough to walk around with bottled water and bagels for all of the vendors. (Thanks, event coordinators!) Lots of people stopped by our booth whether they were looking to adopt, or just kind enough to give us a donation!

As I wrote that, a chorus of barks rang out in the playroom behind my office. The dogs would all love to say a huge thank you to everyone who is spreading the word about ECPR!

About fifteen minutes before the event came to a close (It was just a half-day event running from 10AM to 2PM) the sky began to darken once more, the winds broke out and raindrops started falling on our heads. Fortunately, Brandon, John and I were able to pack up the tent and our supplies like rock stars and avoid anything getting lost or damaged. We made it almost the whole time, it was as if the weather had been kind enough to pause in its angry crying fit just long enough for us all to enjoy a nice fall day with the dogs! Thank you, weather Gods! I tip my hat to you in gratitude!

Roegner Park has beautiful scenery, from the fall leaves to the streams to the walking trails. I highly IMG_0425recommend it if you’re needing a day away from the city with your four legged companion, or even just to enjoy a quiet day by yourself.

As for Barktober Fest, they told us that next year they’re going to have the event in August to try and avoid unpredictable weather. Still, I say it could have been a LOT worse! Overall I would say the day was a success. We’re getting good at doing events now (at least, we’ve got the rhythm down) and we really enjoy them! We can’t wait to participate in even more fun things, and we’ve got a special surprise appearance at a very awesome event happening on Thursday. Want to know what it is? You’ll have to wait a few days! I know, we’re sneaky like that!