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 Scott James!
"joined" MetroPets the way most Married Men "join"
an organization that their wife is interested in .... I was
'volunteered', by my wife, to assist with MetroPets'"Pets
In Pearls" Animal Fashion Show (October 2001). Since
then, I've 'been volunteered' to assist MetroPets at several
myself: I'm a Life Member of the Naval Institute and have
recently retired (21 years of active duty as a Computer Specialist),
from the United States Navy.
always been around animals. Raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin,
I was surrounded by nature: deer, cats, horses, dogs, cows,
etc.. Most people, who know me, say I "have a way"
with animals. Probably that's because I am very comfortable
with most species.
family loves dogs and I had a toy Fox Terrier, of my own,
when I was a teenager. I was also extremely fortunate to be
exposed to responsible breeding methods, at home. While growing
up, I thought that all breeders were like my parents. Our
last dog, "Duchess", (who passed-on as our Grand
Old Lady, at age 15) a pure-breed,smooth-coat, award-winning
Dachshund, had a total of five litters ... her entire life
(it was supposed to be four, but she had other ideas and figured
out to open the door). My mother only placed puppies with
families that she knew. She also kept in contact with the
families to follow up on each puppy's progress. If she didn't
feel that a family understood the long-term responsibility
of dog ownership ... they did not get a dog from her. I now
realize that her standards were not the same as someother
"breeders". Unfortunately, it's the "other"
type that gave breeders the reputation they have today.
married to Jeanette Davias and, when I can, I like to assist
with the 'dog stuff' my wife signs me up for. I have been
representing MPs at assorted Virginia community events (e.g.:
Canine Games; Italian Festival, Scottish Games; Super Pet
Expo, Scottish Festival, etc.). I do sales and outreach and
really enjoy the functions. And, I'm proud to say, my wife
& I are the top salespeople, of the Rawcliffe collectibles,
for MetroPets. I'm the proud 'doggie daddy' of five mixed-breed
rescue dogs: Duchess; Sadie; Milo; Rusty; & Daisy. Our
'fur-kids' are also 'put to work' at events. AND they take
their 'job' very seriously and are terriffic at showing people
that abused and neglected dogs can make wonderful pets ....with
lots of love and attention. People are attracted to "The
James Gang" and usually stop to give them scratches and
hugs. So the dogs look forward to the events as much as we
do! My wife and I (and the 'fur kids') appreciate that MetroPets
has given us the opportunityto 'spread the word' for Pet Adoption.
We hope that our example has made a few more peopletake in
a 'throw-away' animal and give him/her a permanent, happy,
check our web site for more stories about our volunteers. If
you are a volunteer and would like to submit your story, please
write to firstname.lastname@example.org!