It just feels, as life moves forward, that there’s less and less time to get things done. I was sitting down to go over races that I’ve signed up for and others that I’ve expressed interest in for the 2017 running season. Fitting a large mileage race in each month of the year has proved to be challenging. Take into consideration my all over the place work schedule (that can change at any moment) along with general life scheduling…it gets tough. There’s marathon training to fit inside all of this and the hopes that I can stay healthy! The mind set is…”Find a way…or Make one”!
This week has been tough to get the miles that I keep hoping for due mostly to a lack of sleep. I’ve never been much of a sleeper and when I do get to sleep, I seem to be getting only a few hours…Stella decides I need to be awake and walk her around Oregon. I never get mad at her because it’s her release and she just wants to stretch her legs and be with me. Yet there’s still the part of me that says “how the hell am I going to get through the day on a few hours of sleep”! We’re working on that…Stella and I! (Note: Stella is my 2 year old Catahoula Leopard Dog)Dogs…once again I realized this week why I started this adventure. Texting back and forth with Sharon Bryant (who runs BlackJack Animal Rescue), I was expressing my sadness when looking through some of the links that I’ve been introduced to through social media to different animal shelters in southern states. I have to tell you all…it’s an eye opening problem down there! Most of these shelters are nothing more than killing machines! Corruption and money grabbing that leaves so many animals to die. Sharon has been fighting this battle for some time and with the help of her small army, they do everything they can to save as many dogs as possible. Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee all have high percentage kill shelters! In Sharon’s words “The Catahoula Leopard dog is considered a dime a dozen in several states”. Backyard breeders sell what they can of litters and then just dump the remaining puppies at a shelter, knowing full well they’ll likely be killed. This has got to stop! Sharon is very organized and, as I said, has a small army of very dedicated people that want the shelters to become “NO KILL”! It can be done and they have the volunteers to make it happen. The hurdle of politicians is the uphill battle. I will continue to work to bring attention to BlackJack Animal Rescue and would love for everyone who reads this to “like” their Facebook page, follow along and share when they are in need! Donations are a must and very appreciated! This rescue relies on good people to keep up their efforts to save more animals and get them to good homes. If we are to spend money, why not do it to make the world a better place? Dogs and cats can absolutely change your life and make a home complete. If you can’t adopt, volunteer to help transport animals from one state to the next! Become part of a network that saves these beautiful animals! Donate on a monthly basis or give a nice donation so that this fight can continue! I’ll be working on getting more things together as the year progresses. A virtual 5K is in the works (more on that later). T-shirts are currently available on Blackjackrescue.org and all monies go to save animals. I’ll also be looking into doing some kind of t-shirt or magnets for the Run Zombie Run part in this! Help where you can and make me proud!
Sunday is the Dave’s 10 Miler! It starts at 2 p.m. and looks to be pretty good weather this year for what can be a very crazy event weather-wise! I’ll be putting on my new Run Zombie Run racing shirt for the very first time Sunday and will represent BlackJack Animal Rescue with honor! https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Delta/Daves10Miler?remMeAttempt= Feel free to come on out and ring some cow bells! Runners love Cow Bells!! LOL!!
I’ll keep working on my training and finding a way to get everything done! Forge ahead…progress! Keep tuned in and please, take a look at BlackJack Animal Rescue on Facebook! We’re almost to 5,000 likes…so get on there…Like and share! Then go outside and play!!
I’ll see you on the road!