My sister, husband and I met up with my awesome follower, Cowgirl, and her friends at the Los Angeles Farm Sanctuary last Sunday. It was great, but we almost didn’t make it. Here’s what happened…
We left early because you never know about LA traffic and stopped at PetSmart’s Pet Hotel to drop Mambo off for the day. They wouldn’t admit him, however; because their records showed his vaccinations weren’t up to date. I’d just had Mambo’s shots done a few months ago, however; so the clerk said she’d call his vet.
The vet didn’t answer. The clerk then remembered that our vet, who was also located in PetSmart, didn’t open until 10 o’clock. She told us we could either wait for them to open or bring in Mambo’s paperwork.
My husband didn’t think we had time to wait, so he went home to get the paperwork while my sister and I got coffee. When my husband returned with the paperwork, the clerk still insisted that Mambo needed a shot. “But we just had his shots done in July, so he should be up to date,” I insisted.
The clerk told us that we’d have to wait for the vet to open to verify this. So we walked across the store to the vet’s office and waited. At ten minutes past ten, while we were grumbling about the vet being late, the PetSmart manager came over. “I’m sorry”, he said, “but the clerk made a mistake. The vet isn’t open on Sundays.”
Oh no! What were we gonna do now? My sister suggested that we take Mambo with us, but the Farm Sanctuary didn’t allow dogs so this was out. And we couldn’t leave him at home because we didn’t have a doggie door for him to use to go potty. So, in a panic, I called my neighbor, Anna.
Anna saved the day! She agreed to feed and walk Mambo while we were gone, so we drove home to drop him off. I was relieved that we had a plan, but I was also worried that we’d be late. I was so anxious, in fact, that while my husband and sister were using bathrooms, I nibbled on the leftover pie. Before my husband and sister came out, I’d eaten all the Oreo cookie crust off the pie.
This was not a good thing for many reasons, but mostly because I’d planned on photographing the pie on Monday so I could submit the recipe for the Virtual Vegan Potluck. I had a beautiful vision for it. I’d drizzle raspberry syrup on a small white plate that I’d top with a perfect slice of pie. Then I’d garnish it with a raspberry and a mint sprig. That wasn’t gonna happen now that the pie was crustless and ugly. Sigh!
As disastrous as the morning was, the day ended up being a lot of fun. So stay tuned, because I’ll be sharing about the Farm Sanctuary visit and revealing the Chocolate, Coconut & Rum Pie recipe soon!
Photo courtesy of jasonloh.co.uk.