Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all! Nurse Nancy is refreshed and energized after spending Saturday meeting thousands of folks along the streets of downtown Denver. That’s right, Nurse Nancy was in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Denver this past weekend. It’s one of the biggest St. Paddy’s Day parades in the country and I was out there with Bowser and some representatives from my network of clinics. I don’t know how many of you have actually been in a parade, this was my first time, and let me tell you, there’s a lot more to it than just showing up and handing out cat condoms to the throngs of parade watchers lining the sidewalks.
I showed up at the parade assembly location at 10am, just me and my Smart Car (named Smaarty, of course). Bowser was there, and Dr. Piccoli with Spay2Day as well as Colleen McManus from Downtown Animal Care Center. It was a beautiful day, and we just hung out for a while, waiting our turn to hit the parade route. It took a while, there were a TON of floats and organizations walking in this year’s parade. We had a great time hanging out with some of the 200 bicyclers that were slated to follow us along the route.
Bowser made friends with some St. Bernards during the day, and from the moment we got there, music was playing, people were dancing and adult beverages were being consumed by many of the participants. In fact, it looked like we were having more fun than those who had come out to see the parade. I have to say a big THANK YOU to the organizers. They were on top of everything, including getting a neat little car number for Smaarty and making sure we were taken care of while we waited.
When we finally did hit the parade route, it was incredible. Thousands of people cheering and waving and having a great time. We managed to get the Nurse Nancy banner strapped to the front of Smaarty right as we turned onto the route. It was delivered about fifteen minutes before we started moving, and thanks to some extra hustle from a Nurse Nancy supporter, we were able to get the banner, tie it to the front of Smaarty with some cute little green beads and we were on our way!
Kids and parents alike loved Bowser, and they really enjoyed the cat condoms. The parade itself is a bit of a blur. So many people, shaking hands, waving, smiling, I felt like a politician on the campaign trail. All that was missing were babies I could kiss. Suddenly, it was over. We rounded 17th Avenue in front of Union Station, passed by the Wynkoop and disappeared behind Fodo’s next to Coors Field. The crowds vanished and the parade was over. I couldn’t believe it went so fast.
Hopefully we reached some folks. Certainly we didn’t have time to talk to everyone to tell them about the benefits of spaying and neutering pets. But if we reached even just a few folks, got them to check out my videos, log onto my website, visit my Twitter page or friend me on Facebook, it was more than worth it. And now that the parade is behind me, it’s time to get back to the hard work of preventing unwanted pet pregnancies.
I’ve been working hard to figure out a way to reward folks who get their pets fixed. I figure, the clinics in my network are already offering low, low prices on spays and neuters, so there has to be a way to motivate folks to get the deed done. It’s just my way of saying “thank you” for joining in the effort. With that said, I hopefully will have a big announcement to make in the next week or so. It’s all so very exciting. So make sure to keep an eye on this space for the big announcement and remember to tell your friends about Nurse Nancy.
Also, the next video in the new web-series is due to come out next week, so keep an eye out for that as well. Things are moving along and we’re growing all the time. If you haven’t joined the Nurse Nancy Nation, do so today, subscribe to this blog and tell everyone you know to get on board. Every friend and follower saves the life of a cat or a dog. We’re all in this together and we can make a difference!