Who doesn’t love the Peanuts gang? I got to meet Snoopy and a gaggle of adoptable puppies at the ASPCA the other day, a lovely way to draw a close to Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. The ASPCA arranged with Twentieth Century Fox Film, the makers of The Peanuts Movie, out this week, for the most famous Beagle in the world to pay a visit. What we didn’t know was that Ruby would wander in and make our day.
Because larger dogs are harder to adopt out, the ASPCA launched a special promotion last Friday whereby, if you adopt a dog over 30 lbs, they would deduct the dog’s weight from their normal adoption fee, and each adopter would go home with a free leash and pet ID tag. Arthur Hazelwood, Senior Director of the Adoption Center, brought in the sweetest mix, Peach, who was surrendered by her family back to the ASPCA, after having lived at the shelter for years. Peach is 8 years old and great with everyone.
When Snoopy showed up, the place cheered; I mean adult media people and all! Peach took her photo opp; she even gave ol’ Snoop a kiss!
When Peach was ready to go, they brought in the puppies. These kids were sooo cute, they had all of us cooing and aww’ing and, of course, playing with them, along with Snoopy!
And, then Ruby showed up, a vibrant, Miss Personality, wrapped in a three-year-old body, flaming red hair and enough wattage to power a planet. Ruby stole the show! Her dad let us know she was a Peanuts fan and was excited to meet Snoopy. Shy, at first, she eventually was coaxed to give Snoop a high five.
But, when her attention turned to the three bundles of furry cuteness, what self-respecting three year old could resist? Here’s where it got really interesting, as Ruby navigated engaging with Snoopy with immersing herself in puppy love.
Ya think she’s having fun? Sheer, priceless joy. Ruby, now fully warmed up, found the courage to give Snoopy a cuddle, too.
A great time was had by all, the important message of Adopt, Don’t Shop was delivered, the ASPCA launched their adoption promotion and one very charming little girl left with a big story to tell. She even got to do an interview for my Pet Life Radio show. You’d never know it was her first, the way she was reaching for that mic. A star is born!
Our takeaway was a cool gift bag of Peanuts swag! If you’re a fan or you know one, the winner will get an adorable Charlie Brown tee shirt, size L, an awesome Peanuts trucker hat, a color one sheet on the film and it’ll all be in an official The Peanuts Movie bag. Check them out!
How to enter
Just make sure you’re on our email list, so you’re a part of the Bark & Swagger Family! Then, Like us and the ASPCA on Facebook, Follow us and the ASPCA on Instagram! The giveaway will run from Tuesday, November 3 at 9pm EST to Monday, November 9 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!