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eNEWSLETTER - MARCH 2011

Sent: February 27, 2011


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org) - 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
Email: carolyngunter84@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

"'It's a friend of mine - a Cheshire Cat', said Alice: 'Allow me to introduce it.' 'I don't like the look of it at all, said the King: 'however, it may kiss my hand if it likes.' 'I'd rather not.' the Cat remarked." - Cheshire Cat quote by Alice in Wonderland

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.” ~Edward Hoagland

Dear Friends,

URGENT MESSAGE: In February, we received the lowest amount of monetary support in the last three years. This, combined with our utility bills tripling, has put us in an extremely perilous financial position. We BADLY need your help in March. Please do your best to send a little extra. Thank you!!

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We had been snowed in for three days. The only places I had been were on the trails to all the feeding stations on our property and, twice with Tiffani, to feed a neglected dog. I couldn't sleep. No reason, just restless, tired of all the reruns on TV and didn't have any books I hadn't read at least twice.

I wasn't going to put my vehicle on the road until I was sure it would be OK. Besides, our road was still complete ice. A neighbor had driven down it with a front-end loader on tracks to break it up some so it would melt faster when it did get above freezing. I had walked the same trails I and the dogs always do. In fact, it was their footprints that let me find the trails. At every feeding, I would walk a little to either the left or right of the original trail to try to widen the area that would melt first. The rest of the yard was one solid sheet of ice. I had stepped over on it once, and it was strong enough to hold my weight. When I was younger, I would have been skating down the hill--but not now!

So, here on the third night, I lay in bed watching the weather channel. It is 2:28 and 19 degrees. Then, one of the dogs started barking. I gave it a minute or two, then got up, put on a short robe, got my flashlight and headed outside. Dolby, a large mixed breed, is looking down toward the creek. I had put food out there earlier. Shining my light down there, I see two eyes looking up the hill. OK, maybe all the food is gone, so I’ll take more down there. Getting my food bucket, I start out. A little concerned about slipping, I follow the trail I had used earlier.

Sure enough, no food there and three dogs I didn't know just waiting. Two were in the house that has become a permanent fixture in the little clearing for fresh water. Starting back up the hill, for a reason I will never know, I went back to the road and started my climb. A third of the way up, I slipped and fell. Turning to try to break my fall, I wrenched my back and twisted an ankle. "Wonderful, now what?" I complained to myself. I am in a short robe, cotton nightshirt and no socks--and I’m sitting in the middle of the road. I tried to stand up, but the ankle wouldn’t hold my weight, so back down I went.

All at once, I am covered with black furry dogs. "Oh, please, don't step on my ankle," I begged them as if they would understand. Lucy sniffs me all over, then stands by my ankle. My wonderful Lucy. I know she will stay with me and I won't freeze to death, even if it does feel like it at the time. She comes around me and tugs on my robe. "Lucy, no." If she pulls off my robe, I will freeze. Then another of the dogs starts pulling on my robe. I think Lucy just wanted me to get up, but I never know with her. Then I realized she has moved me a few inches uphill.

I took the belt from my robe and said "Here babies. Let's go." Very good. They think we are playing tug-of-war as we do with some of their toys. I slid over to the solid, smooth ice--but close to where they can get footing. Slowly but surely, we started moving up the hill. A few times I slid back a little; but, with six of them pulling and a lot of playful encouragement from me, we made it to the edge of the yard. Then I saw headlights coming slowly along the road.
My neighbor, Phillip, stopped and got out. "Carolyn, I can't believe you are out in this cold, sitting on the ice, playing with the dogs!" That’s so funny to me, I started laughing. "Trust me, Phillip, I'm not playing.'' I told him what happened. Then, and only then, do I think to ask what HE is doing out. "Nothing much; just a little trip to the hospital. Seems the baby wants to be born in this icy weather," he told me with a smile. "What are you doing talking to me?" I yell. "Get her to the hospital. Then, "Wait, get me in the house first. I want to live to see that boy.”

So, all is well. My little injuries are much better, really minor to begin with; and Phillip and Anne have a beautiful boy, 8 lbs 4oz and 21 inches long. And, I learned a simple game of tug-of-war can save your life. All the time I spend playing with the dogs is certainly worth it.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 138 stamps vs. about 154 we need to send out this newsletter (and other mail) from Jamie Reagin, David Garvin, Gloria Young, Mardi Hoofnagle, Betty Phillips, Joanne Daube and Lois Holbrook. Because of the huge number of stamps received in January, we had enough for February. However, we now have only about half of what will be needed in March.

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IN MEMORY—
From Mardi Hoofnagle, who writes that “My granddaughter Courtney’s beloved black Lab PRINCESS died Thursday, January 27. She was 11 years old. We will all miss her. She wagged her tail until the very end.”

From Thomas Lanford “in loving memory of TIGER, a damn good watchdog.” Our sympathy to Raj Kumar.

And, “in loving memory of UGA VIII. His reign was too short.” Our condolences to Frank Seiler.

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IN HONOR OF--
From Nancy and Bob Donahue for your donation in honor of Kevin Donahue’s birthday for the purpose of helping with Ziggy’s vet bills. Ziggy’s skin condition is much improved.
From Jessica McGee “in honor of Julie Vogt from the students of her Weekday twos class.”

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GOODSEARCH –Please remember to use Goodsearch.com as your search engine when using the Internet. The shelter receives funds for every search you do.

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BENE-PET--Please give ordering from our online store a try and share the information with friends and family. 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 www.mypetwhs.com/go/allcats or by following the links on our site.

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THANK YOU—

To the Godzosa’s for helping with Ziggy and Zoe’s expenses.
We are delighted to report that Ziggy’s skin condition is greatly improved.

To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs.
To Mr. & Mrs. William Briggs for your assistance with our animal medical expenses.
To Mary Jane Johnson for sending support for our vet bills and the lovely card.
To the person who sent me the long, white, fluffy robe. I bet I know why you didn't sign the card. You were afraid I would send you a list of all the things I think I need. :) Seriously, that was a lovely thing to do and it is much appreciated.
To Nadine Hereth—we will keep our fingers crossed.
To Gloria Overbey for helping with our veterinary expenses.
To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched—as always—by your company.

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ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME
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 $510) and/or garbage bill (currently $144.35).

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Beyond The Rainbow –This beautiful poem was recently sent to us and we want to share it.
“As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played, I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade. I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

“I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide! And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see were animals of every sort as healthy as could be! My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new and I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

“I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright. That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night. 'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and “bold. And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

“For although we may not be together in the way we used to be, we are still connected by a cord no eye can see. So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart if you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.”





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