Monday, May 20, 2013

Cupcakes and Pupcakes

Nina Reid Norwood

blogs for

the Domestic Diva Mysteries by

Krista Davis




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?

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14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful event, Nina! And partly for the benefit of rescue pets, something dear to my heart. Best of luck with it!
    Lauren Vancouver, from the Pet Rescue Mysteries (posted for her benefit by Linda O. Johnston)

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! You know how much time and effort those wonderful rescue volunteers put into saving lives. I just wish people were as easy to work with as the dogs and the cats!

      ~Nina Reid Norwood

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  2. Sounds like a perfectly delightful celebration. Wish I could bring my little Boston terrier friend, Woody. As Groucho Marx said, "Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read."

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    1. Hi Dorothy! I wish you would bring Woody. He'd have a grand time trying out the pupcakes. And the black tie gala is right up your alley. I hear they're serving a vodka drink called a Tiger's Paw!

      ~Nina Reid Norwood

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  3. I can't wait to read how the event goes!

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    1. I've been very organized and have scheduled everything precisely. I think Sophie's wrong. Surely nothing will go awry since I've planned it so carefully. Right, Susie?

      ~Nina Reid Norwood

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  4. Hi, Nina. An 8-course meal of cupcakes? What fun! And don't worry about the event. Something always goes wrong, but it's usually something small. At my wedding, the valet parking guys didn't show up. (Very hilly area, oops). And the cake was in an accident...well, the van was, the cake did fine, it just showed up LATE. But otherwise...

    Yes, I have adopted a rescue pet from the shelter. Max was the furry love of my life. I also rescued an abandoned dog from a park. Angel was just that, a sweet Angel. I'm all aboard for a new pet in the near future, too. You will love the experience. Promise.

    Daryl aka Avery

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    1. Aww, Max and Angel were lucky that you came into their lives!

      The cake was in an accident on the day of your wedding? Be still my heart! I bet you weren't as calm about it then!

      ~Nina Reid Norwood

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  5. My two wonderful dogs, Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho came from a rescue organization, and we are all very happy together!

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    1. I've heard rumors that you deprive them of ice cream. Is this true?

      ~Nina Reid Norwood

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  6. I like these kinds of events. I just wish I could take all the furry friends home.

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    1. Dru, I feel just the same way! I want to snatch them all up and take them home with me. It's such a relief when I see them going to good homes with people who will love them.

      ~Nina

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  7. Our Katie (Katrina) Kitty adopted us when we visited our local humane society. While all the rest of the cats and kittens snoozed or ignored us, Katie lay on her back right by the cage door with one paw stuck through and waving frantically. A month later, we were getting her diagnosed with a condition rare for cats--mega esophagus. Luckily we were retired and able to spend the time it took to save her life and nurse her back to health. She's precious to us (and she seems to adore us us too...most of the time).

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  8. What a lovely idea. Hope everything goes as planned, and lots of animals find a new and loving home.

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