Although it's at the 11th hour, I have decided to throw my hat into the ring for a two year board position with VGSR. I apologize for the late entry, but like many of us, I just hadn't focused yet on the upcoming election.
I don't have a good memory for dates or numbers, so I don't know how many years I've been involved with VGSR. Most of you know me as a very active foster home. I'll be the first to admit that I don't always follow all the rules. I think that "guidelines" rather than rules is what we need for most matters.
|Trooper, atop his viewing platform.|
He can survey much of the property from up here.
He keeps us safe from burglars, Jehovah's Witnesses, and birds
Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for whatever task they assume. Speaking from the perspective of a foster home, that means taking responsibility for any dog in my care, treating it as one of my own, and representing the dog's best interest when it comes to vet care and adoption. That includes getting the dog vetted, getting the paperwork in order, completing the contract, and taking the dog back if the adoption decision turns out to be a bad one for whatever reason. I don't think that anything else matters much in this organization.
|Luke with his favorite ball, (thanks, Judith!)|
Zachary flying by.
|Ryland, I love this dog.|
It's no secret that being on the board of directors for a non-profit organization as diverse as this one is a thankless task. I don't think we can ever hope to satisfy everyone, and maybe not anyone, but we need to keep the organization afloat because it supports important work being done by our volunteers. I'm not particularly interested in growing the organization as much as solidifying what we already have. We need to support and maintain our foster homes because that is how we operate. We don't save every shepherd in Virginia and we probably never will, but we need to save as many dogs as we can. We don't have to agree on very many things, we don't all have to like each other, but I think we can get along if we keep our focus on saving and adopting dogs.