You’re reading this on Tuesday, but I’m writing this on Monday. It’s almost time for dinner – says Jack, anyway! – and every muscle in my body still aches (Scott’s too; we’ve been commiserating and smiling all at once), my painting trigger finger actually hurts (can you sprain your forearm from spray paint?), and my brain is exhausted but way, way too excited for sleep. Because, you guys? We spent the entire weekend at the One Tail Adoption Center! Since April, we’ve been making lists and buying this, buying that and coordinating with generous sponsors to fill this space and make it one really happy place. The happy place. This past weekend, we finally stopped planning behind computer screens and telephones and just did things. So many things.
We unpacked boxes, we obsessed over art, we built shelving systems and painted doors and potted plants and cursed the wind, heat and rain for not playing nice. We cleaned floors and windows and whacked weeds and crossed things off our list and highlighted what’s left.
We lured in a few friends with the promise of free beer and lunch, and we could not have gotten as much done as we did without them! (At one point, Scott and I thought we could design and execute the entire thing by ourselves, and then reality laughed in our faces.) I could literally cry just thinking about it, and I may have obnoxiously thanked them twenty-too-many times. Even still, biggest of thank yous to Marti for rocking the flat packed boxes, Angela for the green thumb, Kathryn for sanding All the Things, Mark for the dead-shrub-plucking and Adrienne for the expert art framing! Scott has been 100% in from the start, making and hatching plans, punching those plans in the face, and losing sleep right alongside me.
We’re a few weeks out from the official opening, and we’ve somehow inserted ourselves a bit too deep into the weave of the Center (are you okay with that, Heather?). There’s still a lot to do, but we’re getting there. In the end, we want future pet parents to drive up to One Tail, see that happy place and think, I’m going to adopt my dog today.
You can learn all about the One Tail at a Time Adoption Center right here and watch the world’s sweetest video. Today is the last day of donations, and we’ve been thrilled to see the One Tail team surpass their goal not once, not twice, but three times.
PS: So much love to the Adoption Center sponsors shown in this post! Thank you to Dyson for sending us a V6 Absolute to keep pet hair GONE (game changer!), MegMade for the gorgeous dresser, Lulu & Georgia for the pet-friendly outdoor rug and Osborne & Little for the wallpaper. The outpouring of support to help us whip this place into shape has been nothing short of amazing.