Last year, when Freddie did the Selfless Saturday, my Girl Scout troop collected a shit ton of cat supplies for the cat shelter. This year, starting back in Sept when the girls and I started planning our year they demanded we do something again this year for Selfless Saturday.
Back story: One of the many hats I wear is Girl Scout Leader. This year my troop consists of 9 girls in Kindergarten, First and Second grades and one 16 year old girl-the sister of another girl in my troop. 8 of the girls-all of them in K-2nd have Down Syndrome. The 16 year old has a 4 year old Pug/Boxer mix service animal due very severe OCD/anxiety issues. He's well trained, well cared for and loves to play and steal cookies when ever he thinks he can get away with it. This girl acts as my 2nd pair of hands/helps out with the troop and loves just being there.
So they girls wanted to do something for the homeless kitty cat shelter this year. A lot of our service projects revolve around the shelter anyway so this was no big deal. It's the same cat shelter we donated all the stuff we collected last year.
The girls came up with the idea of hosting a “Black Friday” event. From Noon-2pm on BlackFriday, all cats with black on them (black paws, black fur, all black, or black spots) the adoption fee will be 50% off. During that time, my troop will be selling cookies, punch, home made cat toys and treats (all proceeds going to the homeless kitty cats) and they will be singing Christmas Carols. The shelter had no problem with this. SSSOOO.....
Cue us, a couple of their moms, the older girl (I'll call Rachel) and I are in Walmart to buy poster board, premade cookie mix, glitter, markers and other supplies for our fundraiser event. Rachel's service dog-Porkchop-was in his usual vest and harness minding his own business. The girls were gushing over what color markers to get and what color/kind of glitter we wanted, Porkchop stretched out next to Rachel and took a nap-we knew he was napping because when he sleeps, he snores.
As the girls finished making their selections we started to move on to the poster board and before Rachel could call for Porkchop, this bitch on her cell phone with a shopping cart flies around the corner, rams her cart into Porkchop, causing him to jump and yelp. He barely was able to get out of the way before she pushes her cart forward and runs over his paw. She's still on her cell phone. Rachel says sternly “Well excuse me!” before collecting Porkchop. The lady still on her phone stops talking for a second and screams at Rachel “Dogs don't belong in the store. Get your fucking mutt out of here,” then starts yapping into her phone “oh some stupid teenager brought her dog into the store.”
Poor dog was cowering behind Rachel and the other girls. One of the moms who came with me grew a pair of brass balls, reached over grabbed the lady's phone, turns it off and snaps at the lady- “Watch your language. There are children present. And the “mutt” you carelessly ran over is my nieces service dog. Watch where you are going and good day,” threw the cell phone in to the cart as we took the girls to the next aisle. Rachel collapsed in the aisle sobbing while her aunt stayed behind to make sure both of them were going to be okay-Porkchop was a good boy and did what he was trained to do-calm her down. Nothing like wet sloppy doggie!