Best Friends is a group very close to my heart. Obviously this company was founded and inspired by the values and incredible work they do. So recently, we were planning our trip out there to volunteer at Best Friends Sanctuary, and felt Thanksgiving break would be the perfect time.
Before we left, we found a curious envelope in the company mailbox. Inside was a check with a handwritten note by General Hospital fan, Amy, (if you don’t know, I am currently an actress on the long-running soap), sharing that a large group of fans pooled money for Better Buddies to donate beds to the animals at the sanctuary…wait for it…in honor of my birthday.
Two words: Absolutely floored.
I mean, seriously, this is what I dreamed of doing when starting this company! Sure, starting your own company is fun (and insane), but the big vision is to extend our reach toward animals in need. This was the first undeniable opportunity. And with our trip right around the corner, it was the perfect time to deliver our beds to the animals in person.
We flew from L.A. into Las Vegas, and we drove from Vegas into little ‘ol Kanab, Utah. And lemmie tell ya, God bless Southwest airlines! They allow passengers to check-on TWO bags per person. FOR FREE. We used our 4 check-on bags for Better Buddies beds, and a little carry-on for our clothes.
When we arrived, we still were able to spend time with the sanctuary animals…volunteering with pigs, rabbit, horses and…you’ll never guess….dogs! Shocking, I know. During that time, I became attached to a very special dog named Morgan.
She was rescued from a puppy mill where she was forced to breed. She is missing one eye and is almost completely blind in the other. But – there was something about her. Even the staff seemed to be touched by her…and they would talk in this funny, gooey voice around her. Like she was the most adorable thing there. And, seriously, she was.
Two words: She’s mine!
My little obsession continued as I brought her back to our cabin for her first sleepover at the sanctuary. And, for the record, all volunteers can take a sanctuary pet to their hotel rooms for the night, it helps the animals learn to be comfortable in new situations – so I’m not a total animal psycho….maybe a little but…….::GASP::…..Who said that??!…
Anyway, she spent much of the time exploring our room…ya know, bumping into a chair leg here and there…and eventually she settled in close by to me on the couch. The “can I hold her?”-girl in me got the itch, and I scooped her up onto my belly where she actually relaxed! And I have proof in the photo below! See? Morgan kicks ass.
And finally, the bed delivery day had arrived. On our last day, we brought the beds to some dogs and cats at the sanctuary.
Two words: No words.
There are no words to describe how it felt. To see the animals finding such joy and comfort in something we created on behalf of them…it was incredible.
If I could put it any way, it would be something like, this is my heart’s way of speaking.
AND as if it couldn’t be more perfect, we were able to deliver a bed to none other than Miz Morgan! Sure, with her struggling eye-sight she did walk right by it a couple times before she found it, but when she did find it…perfection. How much more full-circle could it get?
I’ve said before that I could spend weeks upon weeks there devoting my time to these animals, but knowing my imprint was left behind with our beds, makes me feel pretty damn good too. Thank you again to everyone that helped make this possible. It was one of the best birthday gifts I ever received.
OH. FYI. Morgan is adoptable. If you adopt her, I’ll send you a free Better Buddies bed. I’m dead serious. DO IT!