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21-September President's Blog

President’s Blog – Sometimes Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

Sometimes, old dogs and old broads can learn new tricks or remember old life lessons.

Yesterday, my partner Jack and I had the privilege of retrieving a dog to foster until he finds a permanent home or returns to his family in the Irish Channel in New Orleans.  As I spoke with Debbie Stephens, the wonderful woman who facilitated the rescue and fostering, I said some unkind things about my foster dog’s family and stated that I did not think they should get him back if they return home or settle somewhere else.

RicoLast night, this old broad marinated on the things I had said as Jack and I fell in love with the 113 pound hoss of a dog lying in Jack’s living room.

I have never lived in poverty.

I have never had children.

I have owned a car since I was 18.

I am a privileged, very white female.

I have family and friends who would assist me in times of need.

I don’t have a clue what it’s like to have to evacuate my home with two children in someone else’s car because of a monster storm.

I have never had to make the decision to leave an animal.

I called Debbie this morning to apologize for my very narrow minded remarks and to let her know that if the family wanted him back, I would drive him to New Orleans to be reunited.

My heart would be broken, but I am sure his family members’ hearts are broken for having to leave him.

The foster dog is settling in to his new life. He’s at the United Way of Southwest Alabama’s office with me today.  He is a great dog that is learning how to live in downtown Mobile with two complete strangers.

So, old dogs and broads can learn new tricks and remember old life lessons.

I will keep you all posted on Hoss’s progress – not his real name.

Please keep everyone affected by Hurricane Ida from Louisiana to New York and everywhere in between in your thoughts and prayer, and please consider making a gift to care for those who stayed and for those who evacuated.

By Jill Chenoweth, UWSWA President & CEO

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