Animal Rescue of Fresno: Home and Garden Show 2021

 By Wendy Hunter  

One's home is like a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening — the best piece of pie you have ever eaten in your life — and can never find again. —Lemony Snicket

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Hello there guys and gals, I hope you’re staying safe during this vexing time of vaccinations, gender reveal mishaps, and Tik Tok videos on how to cook almost anything in your waffle maker. Whatever you’re craving, there’s some over-enthusiastic home chef who’s thrown it into a bowl of batter and squished the bejeezus out of it. Gooey quesadillas? You bet!  Fried pickles? Bleah. Leftover stuffing? (Hmmm) Flaming Hot Mac n’ Cheetos? Um, NO. This pandemic has left us all in a bored, hazy fog, if waffled Ramen noodles is something to get excited about. And speaking of which, I just found out I have a lousy cataract in my left eyeball, which would explain why all the traffic lights at night look like colorful starbursts. Pardon the pun, but that visit to the optometrist was a real eye-opener. My new glasses are making things better, but I will eventually have to go under the knife, or the laser beam, or whatever gadget they use these days. I’m also dealing with some weird tendon pain in my arms and hands, which makes doing almost anything a nightmare. It’s certainly made getting ready for work a real adventure, since I can barely clench a can of hairspray, hook up my brassiere, or brush my buckys. If only we were still telecommuting, I wouldn’t have to worry about horrifying my co-workers with a mop of messy bedhead. 

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Now that the COVID restrictions are more relaxed, it’s time to get back out there safely and mingle with your fellow Americans. But most importantly, it’s time for gigantic cinnamon rolls. Huge, hot, swirly bundles of sweetness, topped with melting butter and cavity-inducing sugar glaze. Delish. And where can you find such delightful morsels of joy? At the annual Fresno Home and Garden Show, where ARF will once again be manning a booth. Last year was a complete bummer, where events of more than ten people were quickly admonished. This meant the Home Show was cancelled, and ARF missed its chance at getting many deserving dogs adopted. So we were thrilled to learn that in 2021, the show must, and will go on. As in prior years, it’s being held at the Fresno Fairgrounds, May 21-23. If you’ve never been to the Home Show, you definitely should, especially if you’re attempting any sort of improvements on your casa. There are a ton of exhibitions and demonstrations, and even a few Tiny Houses to check out. And, of course, there will be a Pet Expo where ARF will be hanging out. We’ll be alongside vendors selling homemade doggy treats, clothing, leashes, collars, and even booties to keep Fido’s tootsies warm on chilly mornings. Brrr!

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Also at the Pet Expo, you’ll find Bailey’s CBD OilProducts, whose owner adopted an ARF dog at the show a couple years ago, so make sure and visit their booth. Also, our beautiful ladies from M&M Brittany Homemade Gourmet Dog Treats will be there once again. So if you’re wandering around and wondering where that amazing BBQ aroma is coming from, it’s their yummy smoked treats. From peanut butter nuggets to beef liver jerky, the ARF dogs absolutely love them! If you need even more incentive to visit the Home Show, ARF has a few small sweet treats of our own to tempt you off the couch. C’mon kids, the Queen’s Gambit isn’t going anywhere soon, and let’s face it, nothing can beat a pile of puppies for pure enjoyment. We have quite a few cuties that will be making their Home Show debut, just waiting to lick your face and make your kids squeal with delight. Or, the other way around; we don’t judge...

And don’t forget, ARF will also be bringing adult dogs as well. Maybe Bonnie, a little chiweenie with a big personality. Her owner passed away, and when she arrived at ARF, she was extremely shy and scared. At about six years old, Bonnie is a true people pleaser. She would love to snuggle on the couch with you, but will require some walking, to keep her girlish figure. If you’re not cool with the whole couch thing, we understand; some people don’t want to spend their lives vacuuming the La-Z-Boy. 

If you’re into older men, we have Mike, another unfortunate soul who lost his owner. At twelve years old, this senior found himself waiting in a kill shelter, with a lousy future. Luckily, ARF was able to rescue him, and he was given a much needed dental, including several extractions. Even though he hasn’t many teeth left, Mike’s feeling much better now. If you have the time and love for an older dog, he would be a great fit for you. Especially if you have a bag of soft treats in your pantry.

Do you need a bit of spunk in your life? Check out Bosco, a tiny fireball of energy who weighs only five pounds. He may be itty-bitty, but his heart is huge. The perfect size dog for an apartment dweller, he may just get lost in your sock drawer.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have a couple of bigger dogs at ARF who are just lovely. Purdy is a Shepherd mix with a toffee and chocolate colored coat, and a goofy demeanor. She’s very active and loves playing with her toys. Sadly, some may meet an untimely end in Purdy’s water bowl. Heavy sigh, that rabbit had no chance. Purdy is very outgoing, and she can easily knock down small children. She is currently learning leash manners, and will make a wonderful companion for someone who’s as energetic as she is. Purdy would be best in a female-only home without other dogs or cats; no men please! I guess she just wants to be the Top Dog! 

And then we have Snow, a gorgeous Boxer mix who’s friendly, loves riding in the car, and gets along with kids and cats. As she’s a puppy, Snow still jumps on people and is teething, so she’ll need lots of toys and attention to keep her focused and out of trouble. We’ve been told she knows the commands, sit, stay, and leave it. At five months old, Snow loves to play with everybody. This is one fun gal, and will be a joy to have around for years.

And now, a follow-up on Cookie, the sweet puppy with Vascular Ring Anomalies who I wrote about last month. We had a huge yard sale and raked in enough money for Cookie’s open heart surgery. Cookie has made a full recovery and is doing fantastic. She still has to eat sitting up, but is making amazing progress. Again, we appreciate everyone who donated to this cause. Cookie sends her love and kisses. Thanks so much and we’ll see you at the Home and Garden Show!    

Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. —Author unknown

Animal Rescue of Fresno
4545 E Dakota Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726

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Wendy Hunter has been volunteering with ARF for four years. She grew up in Fresno and recently became an Office Assistant with Fresno County. She has been writing all of her life, though never professionally, and currently writes personalized poetry for birthdays, weddings, pet remembrances, etc.