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Sent: January 30, 2010

ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. ( - 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

"As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.” Cleveland Amory

“I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.” W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Dear Friends,

Several years ago, the pastor of our church lost his wife to cancer. He was left with five-year-old twin boys to raise. And, trust me, these were two very demanding—but obedient—children. Then, six months ago, he remarried—to a very loving woman who welcomed the challenge of two boys.

One thing the boys wanted was a dog. Our minister didn’t want to saddle his new bride with another thing to care for; but the boys planned and schemed and, since they are now 10 years of age, they are pretty good at it.

The minister had managed to deflect all arguments on the subject, and it seemed the boys had given up. Then, just before Christmas, they came up with the perfect reason.

Sitting at the supper table one night, the boys started asking again. And once again the minister started explaining the reason they didn’t need a dog. It seemed to be going well until one of the twins spoke up, “But, dad, you got her (pointing to the new wife); can’t we have a dog? She could look after it while we’re in school, and we can take over when we get home.” The new wife looked at her husband and laughed, saying, “I think they have you on that one.”

So, the family came to visit our dogs. The boys stood there looking at all the puppies. I asked if they were afraid since there were so many. “No,” one of them answered. “We are waiting for one to choose us.” I was completely floored by that answer. How could a 10-year-old be so wise?

All the puppies came to be petted and then resumed their play. That is, all but two. Each boy had a puppy sitting at his feet, as though that was where he belonged. The minister looked at his wife, and then said to me, “Well, it looks like we have two puppies.” I was glad he adopted one for each boy.

On Christmas day, the family came to visit again. This time they brought boxes of treats from the boys “for all the puppies we couldn’t take home with us.” So—it was a Merry Christmas for all!

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ANIMAL HEALTH AND CARE—This month we will discuss the benefits of a raised food bowl for your dog. Elevating the dog’s food (or water) bowl may help improve posture and digestion, in the following ways:

 Alleviating muscle, joint and bone stress caused by the bending of the neck.

 Taller dogs that have to bend their necks to eat or drink tend to “gulp” lots of air. Taking in too much air may lead to a condition known as Gastric Dilation Volvulus (commonly known as bloat), which may lead to cardiovascular and digestive system problems.

 The ideal height for the bowls should be just below the dog’s chest. Measure from the floor to the top of the dog’s shoulder and subtract six inches to give you the optimal height for the bowls.

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FENCING PROJECT—We were able to pay $300 to the fencing man during January. We now owe him $1,000 for his work. The fence means that none of our animals are now in danger from any type of predator—making it well worth its cost!!

We still need your help to get the balance paid!! Please consider a “special” donation for this purpose.

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ADOPTIONS— We are very happy to report the adoption since our last report of Daisy, a blonde, 8-week old cocker spaniel mix; a solid black 16-week-old male lab; and a solid black 16-week old female lab to three very loving families.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 162 stamps (vs. 139 required to send out the newsletter plus about 20 for sending out other mail) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube, Gail and Bob Brown, Lois Holbrook, Benjamin Jones and Jamie Reagin. We had enough for January use but now have exactly 15 on hand. We’ve had two consecutive months where we have not had to purchase stamps—let’s make it three!!!

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From Pamela Rountree “in memory of Robert A. Lanford, Sr. uncle of my dear friend Thomas Lanford.” Thomas writes that “he was a special man. If you know of any one who went to Camp Glisson up near Dahlonega in the 70's/80's they probably met Robert.”

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To MaryJane Johnson for your donation toward our veterinary expenses.

To Gail and Bob Brown the two Lowes cards, which will be put to immediate use.

To Elly Meyer for your note about how much you loved my puppy story. We definitely agree that animals are smart!

To Nadine Hereth for your “update” note. We’re very glad you are in good health. Thank you for thinking of us for the future.

To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with veterinary expenses.

To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched by your company.

To Avis Buchanan for your help with our veterinary bills.

To Cynthia Bachmann for the lovely card, designed from antique chromolithographs.

To Annette Gonzales for your donation towards our electric bill and your very kind words.

To Benjamin Jones the great Happy New Year card with the story about how cats “shrink.”

To Mardi Hoofnagle for the “little extra from cat sitting my neighbor Davey.” We’re very glad you got the chocolate, too.

To Gloria Overbey for your support to assist with our veterinary expenses.

To Laura Mitchell for your help, via a PayPal donation, with paying for our new fencing.

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Many items we use to care for the safety and comfort of our animals are available at either Home Depot or Lowes. We would very much appreciate the donation of gift cards from either place.

Gift cards for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelters, such as bleach, detergent, tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, and paper towels. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart, PETCO, Publix and Ingles cards are especially welcome.

Any type of animal medicine.

A special donation for veterinary bills. You may send a donation with a notation that it is to be used for veterinary care. Or send directly to Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital, PO Box 1328, Dawsonville GA 30534. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account. NOTE: Please be sure to let us know that you have sent support directly to the clinic—they are sometimes too busy to let us know about the support they receive from you.

A donation earmarked for our electric bill (latest bill was about $500) and/or garbage bill (currently $198.22).

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FROM THE NEWS--Boston Bar, British Columbia – January 2, 2010 – An 18-month old golden retriever saved her owner from being attached by a cougar while in the back yard of their home. The dog, named Angel, threw herself between her owner (11-year-old Austin Forman) and the cougar which was charging him. Angel and the cougar fought under the family’s deck while Austin’s mother called 911. Fortunately, a constable was in the area and was able to be there in minutes and kill the cougar. It appeared at first that Angel had been killed but she “sucked in a big breath of air and got up.” Ever the protector, Angel walked to Austin, sniffed him to make sure he was OK and sat down. Angel had “some pretty nasty injuries across the front of her head and neck” said veterinarian Jack Anvik of Sardis Animal Hospital. If the constable had not gotten there so quickly, the cougar would have no doubt killed the dog, added Dr. Anvik. At the writing of this story, the dog was recovering at the animal hospital—and enjoying the huge steak that Austin bought for her. FROM CNN.COM – JANUARY 5, 2010.

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