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Sent: January 25, 2011

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

"Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them." - Jim Davis

"Labradors [are] lousy watchdogs. They usually bark when there is a stranger about, but it is an expression of unmitigated joy at the chance to meet somebody new, not a warning." ~Norman Strung

Dear Friends,

I hope all of you don't mind another story from me, Tiffani. As you know, I have joined the National Guard. Even without our training, we were called out to help in the horrible weather in this area. We carried food, water, medicine, etc., to those who were snow-bound. I called the local feed mills and asked for dog and cat food and was very happy when they offered "all you can carry." One of the companies even spread cat food out on the flooring and drove equipment over it to break it down, swept it up and bagged it for us to feed to the birds. We are most grateful to these caring people.

At one of the houses we went to, the man living there came out and said he didn't need anything. O.K. We are out to help, not bother. Then, I noticed a shivering dog under the porch and asked "How about the dog? Does he need anything?" "No, he can kill food if he needs it." "I have dog food with me. Can I leave him some anyway?" "Little girl, I said he could hunt. Now, do you mind if I get back inside?" Well, the truth was, I did mind, but nothing I could do about it.......for the time being.

The man went back inside to his fire, and I managed to spill some food beside my truck. I knew he wouldn't see it because he had his windows and door covered with black garbage bags. We scattered some of the crushed food for birds on that road, and I left dog food a little way from his house.

We made rounds all day and never met another person so ungrateful for our efforts. I made a mental note to tell Grandma Carolyn about that dog. I knew that was assurance enough that it would never again have to hunt for its food. But, when we finished that day, I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I was determined he would have good food that night. So, Grandma and I started making plans. I would get her to within walking distance of the house, and she would take it from there. We had to drive without lights, but we got there. When we told Barry that we "have a job to do and need your truck," he just asked if we needed help and said to take the truck—but to be sure we made it back.

A little after dark, we were on the road. I had the truck turned around to head out. Barry showed me how to undo the wiring on the tail lights so we wouldn't be seen, along with strict warning to hook them back up after getting out of sight. Grandma started down the road, then across the field toward the small light coming from behind the blacked-out windows. It was almost funny to watch. Well, actually, it WAS funny. She had nothing white to wear so she wouldn’t be noticed against the snow--so wore a long white housecoat over her clothes. I was watching through a night scope of Barry's. All at once I saw her fall, get up, and then fall again. I was about to start after her when I saw what was making her was the dog. He smelled the cooked food we had for him.

I expected Grandma to put down the food and return to the truck. But, no, she continued toward the house. "Oh, Lord, please don't let her get hurt. Why did I ever tell her about this dog?" As I watched, she disappeared under the house, only to reappear a few minutes later without her housecoat. Now I understood. The dog needed bedding. I should have known. I was just happy to see her. She walked in the ditch, bent over, all the way back to the truck.

She barely had time to close the door before I had the truck rolling. "Are you insane? Yes, you are totally crazy!" I yelled at her. "Don't you know you could have been shot?" "Oh, calm down. I've done much crazier things. And, who are you to talk? Joining the National Guard where you KNOW you are going to get shot at?" she answered. "And, how do you expect me to do all these things by myself anyway?" That was the first time she had let me know she wished I wasn't going. And, I knew then she would miss me as much as much as I would miss her!

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Tiffani has been gone a week as of the time I write this. She is very much missed!

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ZIGGY & ZOE UPDATE--It turns out that Ziggy will need a good deal of veterinary care for his allergy.


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THE STAMP REPORT— Since our last report, we have received a total of 160 stamps vs. about 154 required to send out this newsletter (and other mail) from Mary Ann Williams, Jamie Reagin, Benjamin Jones, Lois Holbrook, and Mardi Hoofnagle. Thank you all so very much—and keep up the great work!!

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From Mary Ann Williams “in memory of a best friend to many—Barbara Buck. She loved all animals and was also my pet sitter. Barbara will be truly missed forever!”

From Susan Brogdon “for veterinary bills and in honor of Bravery.”

From Jo-Anne and Dennis Croghan in memory of Genny, a kitty abandoned near their church in November. Jo-Anne writes that “she was an itty bitty 6.6-lb. black cat…extremely affectionate and was always giving “kisses”—but could be feisty. She came in with the intention of being in charge. She did not thrive and, through the process of elimination by the ophthalmologist, it was found that this was due to Bartonella. She continued to decline and passed on January 2. She was not with us long but had a big impact on our lives.”

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To Benjamin Jones for the Petsmart Gift Card, the lovely holiday card and the chocolate treat. We so enjoy the creativity you put into your gifts.

To Elly Meyer for your very generous on-line donation. We are glad that your bout with the flu is over.

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 Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward the medical expense of our animals and the wonderful puppy holiday card.

To The Godzosa’s to help with Ziggy and Zoe’s veterinary expenses.

To the anonymous donor who sent an extra donation to help Lydia. She is so very grateful!

To Kelly Lattanzi for the much-appreciated Home Depot gift card.

To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched by your company. This is such a wonderful way to double the support given!!

To Jo-Anne Croghan for the lovely Christmas card and donation in honor of all your cats.

To Avis Buchanan for your support given to help with our veterinary expenses.

To Barbara Nelson for your extra donation for Ziggy.

To Nadine Hereth for your long-time support. We treasure our relationship with you.


Civitavecchia, Italy – August 2010 – Hundreds of specially trained dogs form a corps of canine lifeguards which rescue swimmers each summer. They are called “lifedogs” and wear a harness or tow a buoy that swimmers in distress can grab—or a raft they can sit on to be towed to shore. Unlike their human counterparts, they can easily jump from helicopters and speeding boats to reach those in trouble. The Italian Coast Guard says it rescues about 3,000 people every year—and that the dogs are credited with saving several lives. It takes three years for the dogs to reach expert rescue status, and 300 are now fully trained. The Civitavecchia center is one of a dozen schools in Italy. It will train any breed as long as they weigh at least 66 pounds. Labradors, Newfoundlands and Golden Retrievers are most commonly used because of their natural instinct for swimming. Each dog works in tandem with a human lifeguard, who acts as the animal’s trainer. EXCERPTED FROM MSNBC.COM ARTICLE DATED OCTOBER 13, 2010.

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