Between 1:30 and 2:30 we spent time meeting some of the residents. Bebe sat in my hands while people pet her. She had one of her paws extended out at all times as if she was wanting to "shake hands" with people. Many of the people took the opportunity to hold onto her hand and rub it while they talked to her and asked me questions about her. Everyone was so kind with their compliments and expressed how thankful they were for our visit. It was really heartwarming.
After the meet-and-greet, everyone gathered into the auditorium. I was surprised to see how many residents were there. There had to be at least 100 people! They ran out of room, so there were people even out in the hallways enjoying watching the dogs as we waited our turns to go into the auditorium.
The event started with a blessing of the animals. A prayer was said and the dogs were sprinkled with Holy Water. Most of the dogs seemed confused by the whole process.
After that, the contests started. There was best tail wagger, best vocals, most obedient, owner look alike, talent and much more. Bebe entered in some of the categories just for fun. For most obedient, she showed off her skills of heeling... Which was pretty much her following me around like she always does. For her talent, we brought her doggy limbo set.... But she had stage fright in front of all the people, I guess. We were urged to enter the owner lookalike... Do I take that as a compliment that I'm pretty like my dog or a diss because I look like a dog? hehehe
In the end, Bebe didn't win any of the categories. But it was ok, because I was happy that we got to put smiles on people's faces. You could tell that the event was something many of the people looked forward to. Bebe did get a valuable participant certificate, though. And one of the prize winners gave Bebe one of their prizes. It was such a kind gesture!
We look forward to our next opportunity to volunteer. I have truly found a new passion. The rewarding feeling of bringing joy is one of the best feelings ever!