runs exclusively on the steam of our volunteers' time and
energy and expertise. We are blessed with wonderfully talented
[read about our other featured volunteers]
This month, meet Nancy Ryan, Software Trainer for the ATAP
do I volunteer for MetroPets? I suppose it is because I want
to ensure that others may have the opportunity to add a wonderful
animal to their family and gain as much joy and love as my
husband and I have gotten from our dog Lucy Sunshine.
Sunshine came into our lives through the Internet. It's a
little like telling children that a stork delivers babies.
But in our case, we really did have Lucy delivered to us through
not for PAW's link
to dozens of dog photos, Lucy would be somewhere else. Thanks
to PAW's efforts, though, she'd probably be with another caring
family attracted to her loving face and floppy ears. The caption
next to her photo read "Brightens your day" and we knew immediately
that we had to make arrangements to meet this adorable puppy.
waited patiently at the adoption show for Ellen, her foster
mom, and Diamond, as she was then called, to show up. A half-hour
into the show we saw a little dog that looked just like the
one in the photos on the web site. She innocently pranced
around the corner in the store, with a spring in her step
and a sparkle in her eyes. She was cuter than we could have
imagined. Right then and there we knew she was for us, and
we decided she had to have the name Lucy Sunshine in honor
of her sunny disposition.
Lucy has proven to be the ideal companion. She has the smarts
and intensity of her Border Collie breeding, but somewhere
in her background must have been some extremely mellow, laid
back ancestors, as she is all about relaxing and hanging out.
At her first health checkup, our vet surmised that she was
part "nice little doggie". I can honestly say that she has
changed my life - adding a dimension of love and caring I
had never before experienced. Lucy is now four years old.
She is enjoying her agility classes, we take her on vacation
with us to the beach and we can't imagine our lives without
her in it.
I currently work as a
software instructor for Softek Services, and when I saw a notice
on DC Web Women's
mailing list that MetroPets needed assistance with their classes
teaching animal rescue groups how to create Web pages, I knew
I had found my opportunity to ensure that more wonderful animals
like Lucy would find homes via the Web. Meeting and working
with the staff and volunteers who spend their time ensuring
that homeless animals will find loving homes is such an honor.
Their dedication is inspiring, and I am proud to be a part
of the MetroPets mission.
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