October Kitchen - March 2019

How 1 Little Boy Saved Over 1,000 Dogs A Second Chance

When Roman and his mother moved to Washington state, they learned that dogs at shelters in the Pacific Northwest have a better chance of getting adopted than animals in the more densely populated shelters of Texas. Jennifer and Roman began raising money to

Each year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters across the United States. Due to overcrowding, 1.5 million of these dogs and cats are euthanized, according to estimates from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It’s heartbreaking to think about all the pets that don’t get a chance at a second

transport dogs up north from Texas and Project Freedom Ride was born. Their first ride transported 31 dogs. Since

home, but it’s not all bad news. Many dogs doomed in kill shelters have been given a second leash on life thanks to a kind little boy and his mom’s video camera. Roman McConn adopted his first dog, Luna, when he was four years old. His mom, Jennifer, found Luna at a kill shelter near their home in Texas and when she heard about the shelter’s struggles, Jennifer began volunteering there. Many people worry whether dogs will be good with kids, so Jennifer began making videos of Roman playing with and talking about different dogs. To date, every single dog Roman has made a video with has been adopted.

2016, Project Freedom Ride has saved over 1,400 dogs and cats, rescuing them from high-kill shelters and helping them find new homes in Washington and Idaho. “I don’t think dogs should just be in the shelter,” Roman says. “They need to do things!” For his kindness, Roman was named the

ASPCA’s 2018 Kid of the Year. You can watch Roman’s videos and learn more about Project Freedom Ride at Facebook. com/pg/ProjectFreedomRide.


Having a movie or TV series marathon is another great way to pass the time. You can watch some of the classics, like “Forrest Gump” or “Singing in the Rain,” fill the day with “The Lord of the Rings” series or start a new Netflix show. If you want to involve your kids in the binge-watching, you can let them pick out one of their favorite movies too. Piece Together a Puzzle A rainy day is a great opportunity to pull out a puzzle. You can also grab your friends or family members and make the puzzle a team activity. With the whole day ahead of you, you’ll have several hours to devote to one of your favorite hobbies.

As the weather warms up, the urge to get out of the house becomes stronger. However, any plans you might have can be abruptly canceled due to rain. If you find yourself stuck inside for the day, here are a few activities to keep you occupied. Get Bakin’ A wet and chilly day is an excellent opportunity to warm yourself up with some baked goods. Bake your favorite snickerdoodle cookies or fudge brownies and pour yourself a mug full of hot chocolate or cider to get through the stormy day. Read a Book If you have a bookshelf full of novels you’ve not cracked open, a rainy day is the perfect time to jump in. Settle down on the sofa with a cuddly blanket and enjoy some uninterrupted reading. The rain smattering against your windows creates the perfect background noise to delve into the pages of a new adventure.

Don’t let the rain keep you down! Instead, take advantage of the weather and enjoy a cozy day at home.

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