Monday, November 12, 2007

GET INSPIRED!... Where's Waldo?

Meet WALDO...this extremely handsome Dalmatian who is 13 yrs young and who was about to be turned into a kill-shelter by his people who could not care for him for their health reasons. Their neighbor intervened for WALDO and he
was bailed out by the ANGELS of DALMATIAN RESCUE of TAMPA BAY.

THAT is already a great story ...
BUT THEN he was one of their supporters.
and....WHERE WAS WALDO when he was about to be adopted to live out his life in love, care and attention in Canada?
WALDO was....IN FLORIDA! The wanderings of Waldo were just beginning!

The picture above is WALDO on his ROAD TRIP. He was too much a senior to FLY to Canada. A wonderful Family came down to the DAL-O-WEEN Fest Fundraiser that DRTB hosted and WALDO and DRTB volunteer-ANGEL, Pat, drove him up with his new Mom to his new home. Carole came down to adopt him.

In the Picture below you see him in his new yard with his forever Mom, Carole.

So...What inspires you? These are the kind of people in life who inspire me .
Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Bay is one of my personal favorites to create art for. They have huge hearts, do wonderful rescue of some of the neediest Dals in Florida.
(AHAA artist, Carol Chretien)
Their website link is:


DRTB Volunteer, Pat

Carole, Waldo, & I took off on our journey to Waldo's new home with Carole, Jim, & Ben on November 1st. We needed a few days after Dal-loween to recover and tie up some loose ends.

We rented a nice Mazda 6 to fit all the stuff Carole & Waldo acquired at Dal-loween from their supporters (and a few things Carole thought of on her own). Waldo rode shotgun from the back seat which also served as his travel bed. 9see picture at top)

Are we there yet???

Once we left Florida the weather became very nice along the way with clear blue skies & pretty autumn leaves. Waldo was a good sport and made few complaints about being on such a long car ride. We several stops along the way, though I think he would have liked a few more stops for him to investigate.

Day #1 got us to Carowinds/Fort Mill SC or 2 mile short of the NC border.

Day #2 had us stopping to shop in Tamarack, WV at the center filled with local craft & we made a visit to the National Park at New River Gorge, WV before stopping in Waynesburg, PA to rest for the night.

Our third morning a heavy frost greeted us so we didn't linger, besides we had Niagara Falls yet to see. Passing through customs was quick... no one even questioned Waldo.

Waldo was a hit with the tourists and had his picture taken many times... maybe we should have charged? We finally got to Carole's home on the evening of Nov. 3rd where Waldo soon settled in to his new surroundings.

Waldo is very happy in his new surroundings & with his new family and they are happy with him. He will be loved for the rest of his life & will never have to go looking for a new home again. I am going to miss him, he was such a good boy to snuggle up in bed with.

I stayed a day or so longer to see some local sights and then caught the Amtrak home. US Customs couldn't find a reason to to detain me so I made it to my cousin's home in Massapequa on Long Island for an overnight rest & changed trains the next morning. It was then a 26 hour ride home which while long gave me a chance to catch up on some rest I badly needed so I can get back to volunteering for DRTB and planning another event.

Thanks to everyone who made Waldo's trip happen!!!!


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