What was I thinking? A Slice of Life Story

20 Jan


I packed my bag Friday night  with all the things I’d need for the adoption event the next morning: blanket and water bowl for the dogs we’d have on hand, printouts of available dogs, the poster board, donation box, candy and bowl. I was set.

Saturday morning saw torrential downpours and it was OK to miss a day cozy at home because I knew Monday was a holiday. I had a late breakfast so I wouldn’t need to take a break for lunch. I had some snacks, just in case.

The rain was wicked as I drove to the PetSmart. This wasn’t our usual location for the adoption event. This time two stores were buddying up. It was easy to find although I surprised they didn’t have sign out or balloons. I figured it was due to the weather.

I walked in, surprised to see no tables set up, but I confidently walked up to the store associates and announced that I was there to represent Oregon Basset Hound Rescue. They looked perplexed. They were under the impression it was next month. Uh oh. The manager kindly called over to our regular store and they thought so too.

I retreated to the car and called our adoption coordinator. Apparently, I was a month early. I’m not sure how I made the mistake, since every e-mail I had about the event clearly said February in the subject line.

I’m leaving the bag packed so I can use it when I show up again…on the right day this time.

10 Responses to “What was I thinking? A Slice of Life Story”

  1. Jackie January 20, 2015 at 5:43 am #

    Oh, I have been in your shoes before–so confident that you are organized and prepared, so triumphant over the weather, and then, best-laid plans go all awry. Best of luck next time!

  2. arjeha January 20, 2015 at 8:18 am #

    Don’t think of it as a mistake, rather think of it as prep work. You were getting the store ready for the upcoming event so that they wouldn’t forget about it. Now they can start promoting a coming event.

  3. Tara Smith January 20, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    You certainly are ready! What a lucky puppy come February.

  4. Dana Murphy January 20, 2015 at 8:38 am #

    Oh no! I love your ending – good idea to just leave the bag packed. You sure will be ready!

  5. Nancy Cavillones January 20, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Oh! Think of it as a wet dry run. LOL. Reminds me of the time I showed up to work in a snowstorm only to find that a snow day had been called. Apparently, it never occurred to me to check the news…

  6. writekimwrite January 20, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    This speaks well of you and your dedication to finding dogs a forever home. What a prize volunteer you are!

  7. Michelle @litlearningzone January 20, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Oops!! It happens … You were sure ready to get some puppies adopted! And now you will be all the more ready next month! Hope you had time to stay in and read the rest of the afternoon!

  8. Lisa January 20, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    Better a month early than a month late. 🙂 I’ve done this a few times with hair appointments. And when I was pregnant with number 2 and working full time, I even did it with doctor appointments more than once! Each time I’d taken a day off work for the appointment, argued with the secretary that I was right, only to come home and discover my calendar said the appointment was the next day, or the next week! I learned to double check, and to not assume I was right.

  9. Maureen Ingram January 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    That is an early arrival! I loved these two lines: I confidently walked up to the store associates and announced that I was there to represent Oregon Basset Hound Rescue. They looked perplexed. I felt as if I could see their surprised faces! So funny!

  10. Linda Baie January 20, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Oh my, at least you were early. I’ve gotten the date wrong before, but it’s because I missed it. Glad you got part of the rainy day at home.

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