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Sent: November 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

“In order to keep a true perspective of one’s importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore
him.”- Dereke Bruce

"If there was any petting to be done...he chose to do it. Often he would sit looking at me, and then, moved by a delicate affection, come and pull at my coat and sleeve until he could touch my face with his nose, and then go away contented." - Charles Dudley Warner

Dear Friends,

While at the dental surgeon this week enduring the continuing repair of the damage done by the bull, he told me this story:

When he came into the room, he said, "I was thinking about you yesterday." "Oh, should I ask why?" "Yes, of course. I knew you would appreciate my friend’s pain. Not everyone loves animals the way the two of you do."

I was very pleased to be thought of when love of animals is the issue. I will always be pleased to be thought of in that capacity.

My dentist continued: "My friend, who lives in Thomaston, Georgia, was in Iraq. He and 15 members of his group had been assigned to a large residence. The family had to leave their dog behind and had left a note asking "someone please love him and feed him. There is food in the cabinet. We were given the choice of having him shot immediately, in front of our children, or taking a chance on his starving to death. We knew he could get out and would not starve inside the house. Please, he has been very good for our son. We could not bear to see him killed. Thanking you with our hearts." The dog was fed and petted and never left them, even at night. After a week of never barking at night, everything changed. The dog was nervous all day, repeatedly walking from room to room. At 3:00 a.m., he began barking ever more urgently. The entire group fully dressed in camo and field gear. Slipping silently out the back entrance, they were met by 60 insurgents who had come to kill them. Thanks to the dog, none of our guys was killed or even seriously injured. My dentist’s friend made a promise to the dog that he would be brought back to the United States and adopted by his family. In appreciation for saving his life, his family would love and respect the dog forever. All the quarantine arrangements were made, and they all waited anxiously for the time to be up. On the day the quarantine was satisfied, his friend and family were waiting for the doors to open, all very happy to begin fulfilling a lifetime promise. After a wait of one hour, they were called back. "Now, how may we help you?” the disinterested clerk asked them. The excited children said, "We're getting the dog who saved my daddy's life! I bet it was the one we heard bark a few minutes ago!

The clerk took their papers and exited to the back. The family could hardly contain themselves. Then the door opens and the clerk has a different dog. "This is not the dog. We want the one numbered here!"

"Oh, that dog was euthanized a few minutes ago. This one will have to do. We can't keep them past their date. We would be covered up in the things…”

The friend and his family were so depressed—knowing that the dog the children heard probably was the right dog. The family made inquiries on the "other" dog and adopted him. The children are happy, but the friend feels he was robbed of a very special relationship. He gives this dog extra love because someone promised to take him home and love him, too, but forgot about him as soon as he came home.

My dentist made a donation to our shelter in memory of "Bravery.” He asked that others—if they are able to do so—also make such a donation. We will make copies of every donation in honor of "Bravery" and ask that my dentist send them to his friend. "Bravery" may be lost to his life--but never lost to his heart.

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ADOPTIONS—We are delighted to report the adoption of 10 puppies in November. The first home visit for each was very successful.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 68 stamps vs. about 154 required to send out this newsletter (and other mail) from Joanne Daube, The Hoofnagle Family, Jamie Reagin, and Lois Holbrook. We had 20 stamps on hand at the beginning of the month so had to purchase 66—and presently have zero inventory. Please do your best to send as many stamps as possible in December.

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GOODSEARCH RESULTS—Thank you to those of you who regularly choose Goodsearch as your search engine. We received a check from that company of almost $100, reflecting your use.

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BENE-PET WAREHOUSE-- Please give ordering from our online store a try. 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. The shelter receives 10% of the amount ordered on a very timely basis. Bene-Pet operates the store on our behalf at or by following the links on our site.

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To Sandy Briggs for your lovely note to Tiffani. We, too, are proud of her. And for your donation to help pay our veterinary bills.

To Elly Meyer for the wonderful kitty card. MacDuff must have been a most handsome fellow if he looked like the kitty on the card. Thank you also for your compliments to Tiffani.

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

To Nancy Dennison for sending us the much-appreciated Home Depot gift card in addition to your regular support.

To Mildred Ferrell for helping with our veterinary expenses.

To Gloria Overbey for helping with our vet bills.

To Nadine Hereth for your compliments on our November letter and the extra for vet bills. We’ll look forward to the picture.

To Julie Ashton for your nice comments about Tiffani. We are all glad to hear that you are recovering from your medical issues. We hope that angels are watching over you, too.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward the medical expense of our animals. And for your beautiful note.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your donation “for the love and dedication to God’s family.”

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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.

A donation earmarked for our electric bill (latest bill was about $360) and/or garbage bill (currently $139.35).

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• Holiday food can be harmful to animals. Don’t overindulge with turkey skin, ham fat or other fatty foods, which could lead to stomach upset and pancreatitus. Turkey bones should be avoided, as they can puncture intestines.

• Avoid leaving food on an unsupervised table and keep a secure lid on garbage cans full of scraps.

• Keep poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and hibiscus out of reach as they can be toxic.

• Keep chocolates (especially the dark variety) away from your pets.

• Sugarless candy with Xylitol is very toxic for dogs and may cause liver failure.

• Don’t leave gifts that might contain candy under the tree or anywhere else where your cat or dog may get at them.

• Never give your pet any beverage containing alcohol. It can cause respiratory and cardiac distress.

• Keep lit menorahs and holiday candles out of reach.

• Water in your Christmas tree stand can contain harmful preservatives, pine needles and bacteria. Consider purchasing an artificial tree to avoid these hazards. If you use a real tree, leave it undecorated for a couple of days so that your kitty gets used to and accepts it.

• Secure your tree to keep it from falling over. If possible, anchor the top to the ceiling with fishing line.

• Artificial snow is toxic to your cat.

• Avoid hanging breakable ornaments on lower branches.

• Holiday decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, garland, lights, ribbon and other small items can pose a choking or electrical hazard.

• Lots of visitors, loud noises and extra food may also contribute to a stressful situation for your dog or cat. Give him or her quiet space if needed.

• To keep your kitty away from tree problems, you may purchase a repellent spray like Keep Off. Be sure any repellent you purchase is for indoor use.


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