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Sent: March 28, 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

"One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or pretend they do”. - Barbara Webster

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of ther universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." - Roger Caras

Dear Friends,

This is Lucy’s story. I stopped by to check on my Aunt and was met by a friendly, skinny, very pregnant black dog. Knowing my Aunt is barely able to care for herself, I knew she didn’t go looking for a dog. “So, what’s the story on this one,” I asked, nodding toward the dog. “Someone drove into my driveway and dragged her out of their car and drove off and left her here,” she replied. “It broke my heart.”

She then told me the dog had stood in the very place she was left for about two hours and then lay down for another couple of hours. She was waiting (in vain) for her people to return for her. My Aunt then carried food and water out to her and told her, “You are welcome to come up on the porch, out of the sun, if you want. Nobody will hurt you here.” After a while Auntie went to see about the dog. And there, in her front porch swing, was the dog—and both the food and water bowls. I guess the dog felt safe.

I knew Auntie had knee surgery scheduled for the coming week and wouldn’t be able to care for the dog. So, I made the offer before she had to ask, “Do you want me to take her?” “Well, if you don’t mind. Could you come by here and feed her for a few days and then maybe take her for a visit on another day? Just to see how she gets along with the other dogs.”

And that’s what we did. On the day I carried her to live with me, I asked, “Have you named her?” “No, I was waiting to see what fit her,” she replied. “Well, if you don’t care, I want to call her Lucy.” And Lucy became my constant companion, after that first night here, that is. On that first night, Lucy went back to Auntie, carrying her food bowl with her. Later that day, Auntie called to tell me Lucy was headed back to my house—again carrying her food bowl. She never left again.

She followed me around as I did my chores. I talked to her as if she was human. She would (and still does) look at me with the brownest eyes and cock her head like she understood every word. She gave birth to seven beautiful pups, all of which were quickly adopted. (She has had all her shots but still needs to be spayed.)

Lucy is the Queen Bee of this place. She has complete freedom to go anywhere on the place—be it indoors or out. She is one of the most intelligent beings I have ever met. Lucky for me!

Due to extremely high blood pressure, I spent several days having periods of passing out. One of these periods happened while out in the yard. I came to with Lucy gently licking my face. I wasn’t able to stand alone, much less walk. Lucy let me put much of my weight on her, and we made it into the house. Lucy wasn’t satisfied with that. She kept licking me until I finally got into bed. She stayed in the room with me until my son came to take me to the doctor.

She still sleeps in the house—faithfully trailing me to the bathroom, the kitchen, etc. I let her out into the fenced yard, but she expects to be let back in or she will stand on the steps and howl. She clearly thinks I can’t get along with her. And I completely agree!!

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POLICE DOG UPDATE—As we told you in the last newsletter, two of our pups were selected for training to become police dogs specializing in finding illegal drugs. They are presently with the trainer, who reports they are exceptional trainees—he calls them “naturals.” We expect their training will be finished in the next month or so and they will become official members of the force. We plan to announce that in the May newsletter and put their pictures (with badges) on our website.

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FENCING PROJECT—We want to thank the following supporters for their donation toward the cost of our new fence: Mildred Ferrell, Julie Ashton, Dena Roesler, and William Briggs. You have helped us reduce our bill to slightly under $500.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 120 stamps (vs. 157 required to send out this newsletter and other mail) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Linda Gettle, Benjamin Jones (and thanks for the enclosures), M/M A. N. Holbrook, Jr., and Jamie Reagin. This is a bit discouraging—but we’re sure that May will be a much better month!!

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To Mary Jane Johnson for the lovely card and equally lovely wishes. You do brighten our day.

To Linda Young & Tom Carry “in remembrance of my aunt, Mrs. Martha Lindsay. She was a wonderful person in every sense of the word. We loved her.”

To Elly Meyer for the wonderful polar bear and cub card. And our congratulations on your 92nd birthday on March 10.

To Kathleen Cummings for your “donation in memory of Mrs. Martha Lindsay, who was recently deceased.”

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

To Dorothy P. Madding “in memory of Mrs. Martha J. Lindsay.”

To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched by your company, to help with our veterinary expenses.

To Joan Brown for your donation “in memory of a friend and neighbor, Martha Lindsay.”

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

To Nadine Hereth for your good wishes. We definitely agree that a true friend is a gift.

To E. Boozer “in memoriam for Martha Jennings Lindsay.”

To Estelle Lemming for the picture and story of Jordan, the Brittany Spaniel taken in on a “temporary” basis by Cynthia Curatalo of Hilo, HI. Jordan, in his Hawaiian shirt, is just adorable. And, we’re not surprised that the arrangement is now permanent.

To Kathy Beckman for your much appreciated blessings.

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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 $425) and/or garbage bill (currently $201.17).

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Stuart, VA – March 3, 2010 – About two weeks before Christmas, Deacon (an 85-lb. German shepherd) went missing from his family home in rural Stuart. During the first couple of days, Deacon’s family (Pamela and Keith Holt) assumed he was running in the fields behind their home, just enjoying the outdoors. But they soon became worried and contacted the local dog warden, and pound and the sheriff’s office—to no avail. After two weeks, they gave up, fearing he was dead or had been stolen. BUT, a curious call in February from a man in Florida changed everything.

The man, who said he was from Animal Control in Deland, FL., told the Holt’s he was looking at their dog. And, after he asked if the dog’s name was Bruno, the family knew it was their dog—as Deacon had been originally named Bruno when he was micro-chipped. The Holt’s drove 10 hours to Florida to pick him up.

They believe Dean was stolen by people who had hoped to breed him—not knowing he had been neutered…and somehow the dog ended up in Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Holt vow to never take the chance of this happening again, stating that “We are blessed to have Deacon back and will do what we must to keep him safe and sound."

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