I spent my morning on the Eastside, making two stops on Massachusetts Avenue. I visited with six pets and distributed needed supplies. Afterwards, I drove out to our PO Box to check the mail and to ship a package. I wanted to be done by 11am or so, because I made plans to finally meet Christine Ramirez for an outdoor lunch. She used to volunteer with me every week but we have not ridden together since the pandemic started, over a year ago. We do meet for lunch now and then which is something I always appreciate. Nestlé Pure Life waters, protein shakes, wet dog food, salmon treats for dogs, bacon flavored dental sticks, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, bully sticks, doggie waste bags, chicken jerky treats and pet toys were shared.
At 7:00 am, I was at the Rite-Aid on Limonite picking up a birthday card. When I pulled in, I saw a stroller in the parking lot and a homeless gentleman walking in the distance. I could not see his face so I did not know who it was. When I came out of the store, the gentleman was pushing the stroller in my direction and I realized that I did know him. I had not seen him and his little dog for at least a month or more so I was surprised to see them today. I had hoped they had found housing but sadly that was not the case. I visited for awhile and then went home for about an hour, before going back out a second time. I made my first stop at the bridge by Carlson Dog Park. I walked down to the area where there is an encampment and hollered down the hill. The dogs began barking but the people said they did not want to getup yet so I went back to the car and drove on. My next stop was Fairmount Park. The park was filled with families but I did find one of the people I was looking for. I gave the dogs a few treats and a chew stick but they did not need anything else. From there I went through downtown Riverside and drove around Magnolia Center. Once again, I did not find who I was looking for so I kept driving out Arlington Avenue and turned on Van Buren. I found ‘Kawasaki’ and her companion in one of their usual spots. They were half asleep but got up for the visit. When we were done, I ran a couple of personal errands and headed home. Nestlé Pure Life waters, $20.00 McDonalds gift card, cloth mask, protein shakes, protein bars, drink flavor packets, cookie packs, cracker packs, candy, beef sticks, Max and Neo dog collar, fleece blanket, body wipes, face wipes, wet dog food, salmon treats for dogs, bacon flavored dental sticks, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, small bag of dog food, pet wipes, Inaba tuna fillets and chicken jerky treats were shared.
I was asked to bring dog food to one of the river bottom outlets and that was my first stop of the day. While I was there, I received a text from another river bottom outlet stating he needed cat and dog food. I was not too far away so I went there next. I had planned on stopping at Fairmount Park when I was done but there was an event going on and none of the homeless were at that location. After doing a quick drive through, I left. I drove out to Hunter Park on the Eastside, thinking some of the people might have gone there instead but I did not find anyone. I drove around Blaine, Iowa and then finally spotted a familiar face on University Avenue near the Rite Aid. I pulled into the parking lot and spent some time talking to the dog’s companion and giving them a few needed supplies. I drove around to a few other areas but did not see anyone with pets. I kept driving until I reached our PO Box in Jurupa Valley. There was nothing waiting for us there today so I decided to call it a day. Saturdays used to be such a busy day but that has not been the case. I can’t say for sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing when I don’t find people with pets. I know so many are still out there but I am hoping they just don’t need anything which is why they haven’t texted or called. Nestlé Pure Life waters, protein shakes, hand warmers, knit gloves, socks, beanie, fleece blanket, toilet tissue, body wipes, face wipes, pet bed, wet dog food, wet cat food, Inaba Churus for cats, salmon treats for dogs, bacon flavored dental sticks, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, 20 pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, pet pillow bed, pet wipes, dry pet shampoo, pet toys, stainless steel pet dishes, k9 Glucosamine with Chondroitin, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba tuna fillets and chicken jerky treats were shared.
I was able to make it to Fairmount Park this morning, while the ‘Oatmeal Lady’ was there. That meant people with pets were there as well. Some of the people were sleeping in their vehicles and did not get up but I was able to visit with three pets and their companions as well as distribute needed supplies. When I left the park, I drove to Massachusetts Avenue on the Eastside. There were a few pets on the street with their companions and I visited with three of them. I distributed a few supplies at that location and then headed over to Hunter Park. I did not see any familiar faces there so I drove around Iowa and Blaine as well as University. When I did not see anyone else, I knew, I continued to a freeway entrance and drove out to the exit closest to our storage. I had made arrangements to meet my friend Lupe Alcala there, in order to lend her a trap and give her a few supplies. When we were done, I ran a personal errand and then headed out to our PO Box in Jurupa Valley. I also stopped at a T-Mobile store to see about getting a new USB cable for my Sprint phone. The Android application started to malfunction and I was hoping a new cable might fix the issue. It only fixed part of it so I still don’t see the street names register as I am driving which is troublesome. The phone is only a little over a year old and even though they just came out with an updated one, I really don’t want to get a new phone yet. I will continue driving with the app working as is and if it is not something I can get used to, I will upgrade the phone. I am on the streets seven days a week and the Android Auto is something I started to rely on. I don’t use if for music but do like the verbal text messaging, verbal instant messaging and other features that make things easier when driving. I will figure this out as I go. Nestlé Pure Life waters, protein shakes, protein bars, fleece blanket, body wipes, face wipes, wet dog food, small bag of dog food, salmon treats for dogs, kabob chew sticks, bully slices, bacon flavored dental sticks, 17-pound bag of cat food from the Star Milling Company, Inaba juicy bites for cats, Inaba tuna fillets and chicken jerky treats were shared.
Because I had a dental appointment this morning, my time on the streets was limited to one hour. That isn’t really long enough to get too much done but I did manage to visit with and distribute supplies to three pets. I drove through the parking lot of the Jurupa Valley Motel6 but I did not find anyone with pets there, so I drove a couple of blocks to where I was hoping to find ‘Midnight’. That was a success. My next stop was in a field in Jurupa Valley, where I found a woman and her two dogs. When we were done, I had to run home to let my dogs out and then I headed to the dentist. Nestlé Pure Life waters, toilet tissue, body wipes, face wipes, wet dog food, 20-pound bag of dog food from the Star Milling Company, salmon treats for dogs, bully slices, bacon flavored dental sticks, cows ears, pet toys and chicken jerky treats were shared.