On Saturday, my mom left me with dad and the teenagers so she could go to a Kenny Chesney concert with her family and friends. What.the.heck. It isn’t that mom left me overnight; I am finally getting used to my family coming and that isn’t such a big deal anymore. However, there is no forgiveness for not taking me to see Kenny. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Kenny is a big time dog lover and I know for certain he would let me into his show. For free.
Here is mom at the concert (on the far left) with my aunt, uncle, grandmom and great aunt:
If you didn’t already know, Kenny is a really big supporter of dogs like me. Dogs who need a little bit of help to find a safe place to stay while waiting for their forever home. Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane with winds peaking at 180 mph, tore through the northeastern Carribbean and the Florida Keys on August 30th, 2017. In its direct path was Kenny’s home on St. John. A home that was built using the best architects and strongest materials available to stand up to a raging storm like this one. Without question, the wrath of Irma was going to put it to the test. As Irma was preparing to unleash her fury, Kenny invited his friends and their furry family members who were stranded on the island to take shelter in his home.
The house was destroyed but everyone in it was safe, including the animals. Many blessings to count that day.
The devastation was unimaginable. As the damage was being assessed over the next few weeks, Kenny and his assistant took notice of the amount of homeless animals wandering the island separated from their families without food or shelter and unable to survive on their own. Kenny and his team are responsible for providing resources to get these animals off of the island and into their forever homes by establishing the Love for Love City Foundation. You can read more about Kenny and his work here.
I can closely relate to the dogs of St. John and the other ravaged islands. I was a stray before I got to the shelter. I had no home and no one to share my life. Without the love, care and support from all of the wonderful people at the Animal Welfare Society I might be alone, scared and hungry. I would not have anyone to snuggle with or to teach me tricks. I might miss out scraps of table food as they hit the floor or chasing squirrels in the yard. I would not have anyone to walk alongside or to share my feelings with. I would not have been able to go to the doggie walk-up window for ice cream or going for car rides. I definitely would not have as many wonderful human and four-legged friends as I do now. It is hard to think about sometimes. Thankfully, I am one of the lucky ones on my journey to find my forever home. I am almost there!
Kenny may not know this, but he also gave me my own personal anthem; Everything’s Gonna Be Alright. It is going to be alright. I have a safe and happy future ahead!
Thank you Kenny for helping dogs like me! Next time, could you throw me a ticket?
Love, Tallulah 🐾