Monday, May 20, 2013
Cupcakes and Pupcakes
the Domestic Diva Mysteries by
I used to say that if I won the lottery I would spend all my time and money saving homeless dogs and cats. I never did win the lottery, but I was lucky enough to marry a man who my shares my love of animals. My husband is a forensic pathologist, which means he's constantly away from home, testifying in high profile murder cases. But that leaves me plenty of time to volunteer at the local shelter.
We're always looking for funds (isn't everyone?), which gave me the idea of a Cupcakes and Pupcakes weekend. Everyone loves cupcakes, so why not combine them with our love of dogs and cats? Local bakeries will be selling cupcakes, and pet stores will have booths chock full of everything Fluffy and Fido could possibly want. A portion of the sales will go to local animal rescue groups to help them save lives. It costs quite a bit to have all those cats and dogs spayed and neutered. They need their shots and microchips, too.
On Saturday evening, there will be a cupcake banquet. That's right! I can't get enough cupcakes, so I'm really looking forward to an eight-course meal of cupcakes. Doesn't that sound like heaven? There will be an corresponding eight-course meal of pupcakes for dogs in attendance, too. We sold out right away. I guess I'm not the only cupcake and pet lover.
I must admit that what seemed an easy project proved much more difficult than I imagined. My best friend and across-the-street neighbor, Sophie Winston, pitched in to help. After all, she is an event planner. How does she manage to do this all the time? I'm just hoping nothing will go wrong. I've been very organized. Everything is planned precisely so there won't be any surprises.
Our friends Humphrey and Francie are helping Sophie and me man an adoption booth on Friday with dogs and cats ready to go to their furever homes. There's a really cute little dog, mostly white with a brown spot around his eye that I'm in love with. And a very special huge dog that reminds me of a Bernese Mountain Dog. If you know anyone ready to adopt, send them on over to Market Square, okay?
I have to admit that I'm a little bit nervous. Coordinating all those people is kind of like herding grasshoppers. Sophie says to expect something to go wrong, because something always does. I hope she's joking. Just because she's stumbled over a few corpses doesn't mean anything terrible will happen. I hope.
Have you ever adopted a dog or cat from a shelter or rescue organization?
THE DIVA FROSTS A CUPCAKE will be in bookstores June 4th. It's available now for pre-order at bookstores everywhere, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and your favorite independent bookstore.