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Sent: September 26, 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

"I used to look at [my dog] Smokey and think, 'If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you werethinking,' and he'd look at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to.'"
- Fred Jung Claus

"Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible.” - Roger Caras

Dear Friends,

I'm sure most of you remember Prissy. She is our very old Chihuahua. She is now losing her sight and hearing and only allowed out in the yard only when someone can be there with her. Well, that isn't good enough anymore. Now, she will have to be on a leash!

I had let her out and was sitting on the porch watching her. UPS came to deliver a package, and for not more than 30 seconds I took my eyes off her. When I looked back for her, she was across the road in the pasture with the cattle. To my horror, a bull was charging toward her. Prissy weighs about 3 lbs., the bull at least 1,200 lbs. I screamed her name and she stopped-- but she didn't turn around to come back. The fence is electrified and I knew I would get shocked, but I couldn't worry about that. Crawling under, my hair got tangled in the barbed wire. Grabbing that strand with both hands, I tore it out. Getting to my feet, I ran for Prissy. Scooping her up, we headed back for the fence. Just as I shove her under, the bull hits me, knocking me into the wire and even more shocks. The barbs catch my clothes, skin and even more hair. The stupidest thought passes through my mind, "You are going to be bald when this is over."

The UPS guy grabs Prissy and shouts at the bull. From my point of vision, I believe the bull took his shout as encouragement. It turned and trampled me as I tried to crawl under the fence. The UPS guy grabbed my arm and pulled me under the fence, getting a good jolt of electricity in the process. "My Lord, how did you stand getting electrocuted for that long?" he asked. Then he got a good look at me. "Don't move, I'm getting help," he said. I tried to tell him to put Prissy into the house, but I realized I couldn’t speak. I was spitting blood and teeth. I tried to point to the house but couldn’t raise my arm. "O.K., I'm hurt," I thought—but didn’t feel it yet. "Maybe it's not too bad." Wrong!

My cousin Terry arrived just before the ambulance. He took care of getting the dogs back where they belong and calling my son. Barry is so used to my escapades and assumes it’s a small thing. I heard Terry yelling over the phone at him, "There’s blood everywhere!”I looked down. Sure enough, blood everywhere and no shirt. I am still not feeling pain, just tiredness as though I needed to sleep for a long time. Then I heard the EMT telling me to stay calm and stay awake. "O.K., just give me a shirt," I thought. I heard Barry asking, “How is she?" as he comes around the ambulance. Then, I head him say, "Oh, Lord." Must be worse than I thought. So, why am I not hurting? I would regret that thought later. Even today, I don't know the order in which I received the injuries. The ones to my head must have been the first ones. My mouth is all cut inside from the breaking of my teeth. I have a concussion, separated ribs, bruised hip, broken wrist and collarbone. But, the most important thing, Prissy is safe. She will be walked on a leash from now on.

Barry says the same about me. Actually, I believe what he said was I need a keeper. I am improving improved and am told I will heal completely.

Many thanks to my granddaughter, Tiffani, for her love and support. Without her, I could not have survived. And, much thanks to the UPS guy, Gary Holsonback for his assistance. He stops by on his route to ask if he can bring me anything.

Gary became attached to one of our puppies and is adopting him when he reaches six weeks old. His wife and son have visited and think he made a wise choice.

NOTE FROM PAT: Carolyn suffered a broken wrist and femur, severe concussion, contusions over 90% of her body and many cuts and scrapes. She also has burns from the electrified fence. Her recovery has been slow, and much extra labor required since she literally can do nothing to help care for the animals. A special donation to help with the extra cost would be VERY MUCH appreciated!!

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WE’RE VERY EXCITED (AGAIN)—We have already received our first small check from Bene-Pet Warehouse just a few days after our letter went out. Two supporters ordered products and we received a check for 10% of their purchases. Please give it a try—order from our online store where you and other consumers can Shop, Save and Support our shelter. The store offers over 20,000 pet related products from top name manufacturers at prices up to 40% off. Encourage your friends and family to order, too. If you would like more of the wallet-size cards describing how to order, just drop us an email or a note in the mail!!

Bene-Pet operates the store on our behalf at or by following the links on our site.

Some of the other features of the store include:

• A broad catalog of products for dogs, cats, birds, small animals or fish.
• Member Programs with order history, address books, wish lists and special sales.
• Monthly sales with hundreds of quality items.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 100 stamps vs. about 156 required to send out this newsletter and other mail from Benjamin Jones, Gloria Young, The Hoofnagle Family, Jamie Reagin and an anonymous donor. We did have to purchase stamps for the second consecutive month—so we’d much appreciate a great stamp month in October!!

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To Mary Jane Johnson for your assistance with our veterinary bills.

To Elly Meyer for your complimentary note about the story in the September newsletter. I would truly like to write a book someday.
To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs.

To Nancy Dennison for your very generous support to help with flea prevention.

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

To Mildred Ferrell for helping with our veterinary expenses.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with vet bills.

To Jo Anne Croghan for your donation for the Alabama shelter.

To William Underwood for helping out with our vet bills. We are most happy to resume sending you our letter via Post Office mail.

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Our Alabama shelter has two acres of grass which needs to be mowed regularly. Our old, small mower just isn’t up to the task. We urgently need a new or good used riding mower. If you have one to donate or would like to help pay for one—please contact us!

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.

A donation earmarked for our electric bill (latest bill was about $350) and/or garbage bill (currently $127.35).

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FYI—A pilot program in Tanzania is using trained giant rats to smell tuberculosis sputum samples. The nonprofit organization involved (APOPO) also trains rats to sniff out landmines. Even though the samples have been previously checked by a human using a microscope, the rats have improved detection of the disease by 44%. The World Health Organization estimates that 2 billion people around the world are infected with TB. The rats are both faster and more accurate than humans—plus low tech and less expensive. Rats aren’t the only creatures making medical diagnoses, as dogs can be trained to find disease in humans via smell. However, APOPO states that rats can detect anything dogs can at one-fifth the cost. EXCERPTED FROM AN MSNBC ARTICLE WRITTEN BY CHRIS TACHIBANA, AUGUST 13, 2010.

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