Fondo ride raised $3,600; pups need forever homes

Greetings Sonoma! Thank you to all who supported the shelter in my Ride for the Animals last Saturday in the Sonoma Gran Fondo. I love the feeling at the start of the ride when we all peddle our way down Napa Street.

I had a few well-wishers out in the early hours to cheer me on. Thanks Irene, Susan and Monna. We raised more than $3,600 for the animals and I can’t tell you how much that means to us. Now for any of you reading this who were on the ride and did not stop for the stray puppy on Old Sonoma Highway just before the turn onto Old Sonoma Road, you are welcome to send in a $10 donation to Pets Lifeline.

Yes, indeed, there she was ducking and weaving between the onslaught of bicycles as we were all coming into our stride about a third of the way through the route. Of course I stopped to help her out and found her yard a few doors down with her sibling and mom out in the yard. Who knows how she got out, but losing a bit of time on the ride was worth it to get that gangly little Great Dane pup home.

We have a few cute little pups here up for adoption that you should check out. Chelsea is a 3-to-4-month-old terrier/beagle mix that is the color of wheat and just the sweetest thing. Our volunteer puppy foster goddess, Ellen, has been taking her home to train and socialize during the afternoons, so she is well on her way to good manners.

There is also Quincy, an 8-month-old rust-colored terrier/pug mix with white toes and white chest – he is a cutie patutie with all the love you can possibly fit into one dog. Chip is our more mature gentleman who looks like an oversized Boston terrier, a very sweet dog who would make a great companion for anyone.

Our kittens are growing and getting sassy. On Tuesday, the paper had pictures of Trudy and Fluffy Ruffles on the purses and, by the time you read this, they could be double that size.

We want to send a giant shout out to Kelly-Moore Paint Company in Sonoma and to Kris Heglin, the Sonoma rep who prepped and painted our kitty Isolation Room floor for us. Thanks Kris. Kelly-Moore and Kris donated the materials and labor so that we could do it the right way. We needed a special paint with several coats that we can keep spotless and disinfected. It may not seem like much, but it helps us out tremendously. Keeping everything clean and sanitized is how we keep our animals healthy and happy. Yay to Kris and Kelly-Moore.

We have a spring fling special on right now with all adult cats $10. Spring fling is part of our countywide coalition participation and we encourage everyone in the county to adopt local. If you can’t find it in the shelter nearest you, click through on the adopt local emblem on our website, and it will connect you to the other shelters in the county.

We all support each other in our goal of finding homes for all the animals.

By the time you read this, we should be setting up for our Tailwags and Handbags ladies luncheon today at Buena Vista Winery. I am writing this on Tuesday and we have a few tickets left, so if you want to come down to see if you can still join us, please do. We start at 11:30 a.m. and will party until 2:30 pm. Come on down.

And don’t forget about the Farm & Ranch Readiness Fair at Atwood Ranch on Sunday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go to petslifeline.org or julieatwoodevents.com for more information. This is a don’t miss event to get vital and pertinent information on how to be prepared in our own neighborhoods. It’s not just for ourselves, but for our pets too. Come by our booth and say hello.

Ciao bellas! Peace, love and paws.