Mystery Selfie and Donating Blood at the Lafayette Peach Festival

imageI received this selfie  last night and I have no clue who these people are.  I don’t know any of the people that were copied on it.

They look so happy I decided they needed a story.

Meet Andrea Anderson, Andrea Breeze, and Josh Banter.

They’ve known each other since first grade. They grew up in the small town of Lafayette Colorado, a suburb of Denver.   There was only one elementary school and their class was so small they went to first through six grade with the same kids each year.   The teachers always sat their students in alphabetical order, three kids to a long desk.   It was always Andrea, Josh, and Andrea at the first desk.   They became best friends.

The little town of Lafayette where they grew up had its first peach festival in 1999. Andrea, Andrea and Josh have been going to the peach festival every year since then.   It was a place their folks let them go when they were kids without supervision.

They still pig out on peach smoothies, peach cobbler, peach pie, and the newest addition peach pizza.

There are tons of vendors there and every year Andrea Anderson buys a new ring, Andrea Breeze buys a new necklace,  and Josh gets a barbecue turkey leg.

Even though the temperature this year was in the 90s, Josh was wearing his signature T-shirt and long sleeves.  His secret is that he’s got some tatoos he wishes he could get rid of it. He has one right at the base of his throat and many on each arm so he always wears a T-shirt and a long sleeve shirt.

One other thing they always do? They always donate blood at the mobile blood van.

image Here is the inside of the van waiting for a donation couch.

Well what do you think?  Should I send them a link to this blog post and see who they really are?

Make My Day and Puppy Rescue, Rommy and Roscoe’s Story

Rommy had been the only dog in the house for over a year and he said he was lonely.

I always had 2 or 3 dogs at one time and they were a real pack!  I lost Troilus and Jack, Rommy’s pack mates, close together and did not have the emotional energy to look for a friend for Rommy.

I had been following this web-site, Colorado Puppy Rescue.  My favorite dog is a German Shepherd and they always had German Shepherd-mix puppies available for adoption.  One weekend I decided to check them out, Rommy and I went to the adoption site and arrived one-half hour early.  When we walked in and the line was already dozens of people long.

Rommy is a big dark red and black German Shepherd and people are mostly afraid of him on sight and avoid him (cross to the other side of the street, etc., when they see us coming).  The people standing in line were dog lovers, no one was afraid of him and he was enjoying himself getting all the attention he wanted.  We got to the front of the line and the volunteers said no German Shepherd mixes were left but to please come back again.

We returned the very next weekend, this time one hour early, and there were already 8 people ahead of us!  They had 4 or 5 German Shepherd-mix puppies for adoption and I figured that not all of those people would want a German Shepherd puppy so we stayed and waited.  Just like the week before Rommy was making the rounds, getting hugs and leaning on people and just being so dang cute and friendly.  I was getting comments on how nice he was and questions like, were all German Shepherds like him?

Well, we get to the front of the line and I asked to see the German Shepherd puppies, and am advised they were all adopted!  Rommy had shot himself in the paw being so dang adorable that those people in front of us scooped up all the German Shepherds.  They did have other herding dog puppies so Rommy met them but was not impressed.  One of the volunteers came out from the back somewhere, took one look at Rommy and said oh you wanted a German Shepherd puppy, we have one in the back I forgot about.  Another puppy bit his ear and it was bleeding, we put him in the back to let that ear stop bleeding and forgot to bring him out.  Do you want to see him?

Rommy took one look at this puppy (now known as Roscoe) and said that is the one.  I thought it was my imagination so I held Roscoe under one arm and another puppy under the other arm.  I asked Rommy which one he wanted to take home and he sat in front of Roscoe and put his nose on him!

They have been best friends ever since.  Here is a picture of them when Roscoe was brand new to our house.

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