Know You're a Rescuer if ...
vet thanks you for putting his kids through college.
vet's staff recognizes your voice on the phone and
asks “How many are you bringing in today?”
entrance to every room of your house has a baby gate
across it but you don't have toddlers.
are considered part of the furniture.
dogs are eating premium dog food and you're eating
peanut butter sandwiches.
is a collection of leashes at every exit of your house.
And a couple of spares in the car.
look around the living room and think “I can fit three
more crates in here if I get rid of the sofa.”
know every rest stop and restaurant within a hundred
mile radius of your home.
had more canine riders in your vehicle than Greyhound
has had passengers.
call your cell phone and ask where you are and how
many dogs you have with you.
have a book of baby names but don't have children.
can temperament test a dog but have no idea why most
of your family isn't speaking to you.
You have more
dog food bowls than dinner plates in your kitchen.
don't ask how you are, they ask how the dogs are.
time someone asks you to participate in a fundraiser
you wonder if there's a way to do something similar
to raise money for rescue.
time somebody is giving something away free, you wonder
if there's any way the rescue group can use it.
heart sinks every time you receive an email or voicemail
from an animal shelter. You wonder if there's any way
to squeeze “just one more” into your household.
how many times you clean it, your car still has the
underlying aroma of dog.
credit cards are maxed out and but you haven't bought
yourself anything new in months.
“extra cash” you have is donated to the group.
time you bring home yet another foster, the resident
animals look at you like “Here we go again.”
feed and walk dogs in shifts.
declined an invitation to go out because you've spent
so much time on rescue-related business lately that
you need to spend some quality time with your own dogs.
been late for work because a new foster wouldn't cooperate.
park your car in the driveway because you have an emergency
foster in your garage.
know you as that “dog person”
have let a foster dog sleep on the bed to help it adjust
to it's first night in your home.
can successfully integrate a new dog into the household
but forget the name of the person you're introducing
to your friends.
keep a supply of extra collars, in a variety of sizes,
remember the name and markings of every dog that's
ever been through rescue but can't recognize members
of your own family.
can maneuver through a room full of dogs with ease
but you can't walk across the street without stumbling.
spent a sleepless night worrying about a dog in need
You know the
location of every animal shelter in every county in
family, friends, and coworkers avoid you because they're
afraid you're going to ask them to foster “just this
of your free cell phone minutes are used for rescue-related
have taken time off from work to pull or transport
handle rescue-related issues even when you're on vacation
or home sick. There is no such thing as a day off.
have driven halfway across the state to help a dog,
but you won't drive across town to pick up a pizza.
You will prepare
a nutritious, high-protein meal for a sick dog but
won't open a can of chicken soup for yourself when
you're feeling under the weather.
have cancelled appointments because a rescue emergency
has come up.
You eat more
meals in your car than in your kitchen.
drive an SUV or station wagon but don't have any kids.
spend your free weekends at adoption events.
Your whole life
revolves around the dogs and you wouldn't have it any