The Dog That Shed!

The Dog That Shed!

I land in San Antonio and my sister picks me up. I am dressed up wearing my favorite black sweater and my Russian winter coat with dress shoes. We hug, I say “hi” and “I love you” then she responds with, “I love you too, by the way, you are wearing way too nice of clothes because we are about to pick up a foster dog.”

Ryan Avery rescuing a DogMy sister fosters dogs and this little guy was two hours away from getting the needle. He needed to be picked up asap!

Now I am all for saving a life or two especially a puppy but at least let me know beforehand not to wear nice clothes! Especially my favorite sweater! One of my biggest pet peeves (no pun intended) is I can not stand animals that shed! I despise random hairs all over the place! I don’t want to own a lint roller and I like clothes too much.

We pick up the filthy little guy and he sheds so much my black coat is now shimmering with long strands of white and dirty dog hairs! He claws my arms, he snags my clothes and his breath is worse than mine in the morning!

Ryan Avery washing a dogHe is so excited to see someone and he can tell his life was just saved. We take him for a bath and of course we get him all soapy and wet and what does he do… he shakes… he shakes off all the water and soap off his body like he had fire ants biting him.

I am now soaking wet, smell like wet dog and these are my nicest clothes I brought with me.

I am a little annoyed at this time because I only have enough clothes for this trip and no lent roller! But then I look at the face of the puppy we just saved and you can tell he is smiling. He is so happy and if he could say sorry he would but he just can’t stop thinking about how much better it is to have a bath then be in the pound.

My sweater is almost ruined and I can’t stop smelling dog breath but my day was perfect. Even though I was surrounded by pets who added to my pet peeve, I got to spend time with my sister and save a puppy’s life. We are now sitting on the couch watching comedy central and about to go for a walk.

Ryan Avery and a few dogsI learned a valuable speaking lesson from my sister today. She fosters dogs because they need help. They need our support and for us to speak up for them. Without us, many of them would never be saved.

There are people, environments and animals out there that need you to stick up for them. They can’t use their voice. That need you to stand up and speak out on their behalf. You might have power or prestige or money or a following and if you use your voice to make a difference, think of the things you can change in the world?

Keep speaking up and doing nice things for those who need it most. Even though you might get a little dirty or some hair on you, it could save a life and make someone else’s even better!

Question: What is your favorite kind of dog and why?

This post was written by
At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

8 Comments on "The Dog That Shed!"

  • I love tat dog! Send him down here, I’ll take him! By the way, unless you are suddenly Catholic, it’s lint, not lent!

  • OK, so I mispelled “that” – kharma.

  • Donna says

    I loved this story. Your message sincerely touched me.

  • Chuck Mencke says


    What a super post and an incredible lesson learned! Thank you. This past August we lost our Border Collie after 17 years. I mourned for a couple of weeks before setting out to find a new RV Camping buddy. This time around I wanted a female, small, under 30 pounds and a short haired dog.

    We searched the shelters, PetsMarts, etc. and didn’t find the “right” dog. Several of my Toastmaster friends were following my search on FB. One of them called and said we have “your” dog, do you want to come see it.

    My friend is a high school English teacher and the dog they found had been dumped in the parking lot earlier in the week. Another teacher took the dog in to foster her and the rest if now history. Miss Reba is now very much a part of our family.

    What kind of dog do I like? Any dog that needs a home and our love, that’s the kind of dog that I like!

  • Merlla says

    My favorite kind of dog is Rescued, but I have a soft spot for every one of them. Even rowdy, stinky, muscular ones that chew on all the wrong things.

  • Monty Ray Davidson says

    The fourth picture is The Best In Show! Very nice heart warming story about the power of pets!

    Any dog that would go for help if I fell down a well–would be considered my favorite!

  • Rose N says

    Welcome to a parent’s world! Glad you had a good time ruining your favorite sweater.


  • Trackback from Being Bold and Time to Yourself | the new wifestyle
    Tuesday, 14 January, 2014

    […] don’t worry about him though…he’s just saving dogs lives and looking cute. read about his adventures of puppy rescue and how he gets a little crazy about dog hair on him HERE. […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: