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Lee Morris and Daisy

Lee Morris and Daisy

A Week in the Life of a Service Dog Project Volunteer

By Lee Morris, explore.org volunteer camera-operator

Well, I did it!  I finally made it to Service Dog Project to volunteer. I’m an SDP cam op and I’ve been following their cams since they went live in 2012.

SDP is a busy place. The staff and volunteers work hard and yet no one trips over the other. Everyone has a smile on their face and offers kind words to the newbie. During my week there I learned how to clean kennels and runs, pick up poo, brush dogs, give treats, brush donkeys, clean out a stall (even while the donkeys are in it and want attention), fold laundry ‘the correct way’ per the helpful picture cards, feed chickens, sit with a dog that was under the weather and cook ribs for a crowd. None of those things were ever in my resume before my visit and they are on it now! I have so much respect for the people who do this day in and day out.

Jette is one of many friendly SDP faces

Jette is one of many friendly SDP faces

Surprises? There were many. Walter will not eat treats or go to the bathroom on cement. The guinea hens will not move out of the way of vehicles. Gretchen responds to A Riot’s hand signals from Grace, and most of the dogs listened to me when I told them to stop barking. I talked to new applicants and they were very open and willing to answer my questions. The biggest surprise was that I LOVE donkeys, especially Daisy who I want to adopt and bring home with me.

I worked 7 days straight and came home feeling tired and sad.  But I know I will be going back to do it all over again one of these days.

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  • Ila M Steutermann

    Very nice description of your week at Crazy Acres.

  • camop_TenaciousB

    Lee that is just fabulous!! I had so much fun watching you there too. It was amazing to see you with all the Danes.

    • CamOp_CairosMom

      Thanks for the video and pictures you sent me Susie.

  • baronblu

    Thank you, Lee, for the wonderful summary of your busy time at SDP! It was also nice to see you operating the cameras in between all the help you provided to the staff and volunteers. Lots of hard, but rewarding work that was much appreciated!

  • Astroserf

    Lee, you Rock! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Debbie Porges-Au

    Good on you Lee. i think you will be back at CZA really soon(maybe after a visit to the pandas!)

    • CamOp_CairosMom

      I am thinking October for SDP and May 2017 for China. Do you want to meet me at Gengda Base Debbie?

      • Debbie Porges-Au

        Would be nice!LOL

  • nhteach

    So fabulous to finally meet you! Glad you had a great week – and thanks again for all you did – even “driving the bus” on explore while all the craziness swirled around you!! 😀

    • CamOp_CairosMom

      It was lovely meeting you too and all the others I knew from the cams.

  • CamOp_GeorgiaGolden

    This is just lovely, Lee. Thank you for sharing with us! :)

    • CamOp_CairosMom

      You will experience it first hand when you go too Becky. Remember OCTOBER. hahaha………..

      • Anitafio

        plus she may get to see New England in all its glory – and then ahve the joy of raking leaves

  • mosaic_world

    I find their donkeys to be very cute too

  • amazed

    It appears you had a fun, busy fabulous week. Dogs and donkeys. Really sounds like fun.

  • Carol Kirby

    Great Job Lee and wonderful blog post!

    • CamOp_CairosMom

      Thanks Carol. They do wonderful things there and I was so glad to help out.

  • Dianeks-MD

    Loved your Blog. Hope you get to go back soon.


    So glad you finally got to experience the wonder that is Crazy Acres :)

  • Katie-KellerTX

    I really enjoyed seeing what you do as a CamOp…so that we can see what we see. Thank you!

  • sassybelle05

    Lee, no wonder you had to rest for a day afterwards. Having so much fun is hard work, and hard work can be so much fun. Clearly, you love what you do!

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