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eNEWSLETTER - MAY 2011

Sent: April 26, 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

“If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.” ~Phil Pastoret

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

Dear Friends,

Some of you have asked about the dog Tiffani found. I have faithfully fed him and he is fat and beautiful. You would not know he is the same dog. Several times I nearly took him home with me. But, there was no way I could justify taking him from a place where he had acres and acres to run and play on, just to put him in a fence. I did manage to get him to the vet for shots and even bought him a collar and put his tags on it. I didn't put it on him but gave it to him when I let him out of the truck. Stupid, I know, but I wanted him to have his tags. Then came the day when I had to talk to the man. Stopping my truck a little past the front door, I cut the engine, jumped out and raised the hood. Reaching under, I quickly pulled the coil wire loose. That way if the man did come out, I had a reasonable excuse for the truck not to run and, if he didn't, I had an easy way to start the truck again. It took only seconds for the dog to find me. Of course, he knew I was the person who fed him every day. I gave him a biscuit and continued to look under the hood.

A few minutes later, I heard a voice, "Now, Skipper, are you bothering the nice lady?" So, I finally knew the dog’s name. I said "No, sir, he isn't bothering me. He is a very friendly dog." He replied, "Yes, he’s a good dog." I watched as he petted Skipper's head. Skipper sort of leaned into the touch. It was obvious they cared for each other. I continued my search under the hood. Then the man spoke again. "I know I'm an old coot. Set in my ways. Tending to do things the way my daddy did." I looked at him questioningly. "Well, back in the snow, a young girl came to my door wanting to feed me and Skipper. Since that day, I've seen a whole lot of this truck." He just looked at me and I just looked back, not saying a word. I was determined to wait him out. "And ever since, Skipper has been getting fatter and fatter. He brought home sweatshirts and blankets and all sorts of stuff." I just kept looking at him. "Took me a while, but I finally got it." We continued to look at each other. "Then, about a month ago, I couldn't find Skipper. When he came home, he was carrying this." With that, he pulled the collar and tags from his pocket. I still didn't say anything. I just reached out for the collar and leaned over to put it on Skipper. "Looks good," I said, "I'll have to tell the vet his name is Skipper." “You do that. Do you need the address?” "No, sir, it is on the mail box. The vet has it and your name," I answered. "And, you can leave that dog food now. Save you a lot of trips," he added. "I may be an old coot, but I'm willing to learn.” I took a couple of bags off the back of the truck and he took them to the porch. "Now, about that truck," he said. "Don't worry about it. I think it's fine," I answered, leaning over to push the coil into place.

The man laughed, "You are really something, you know that?" "Well, I've been told that a time or two," I replied as I got in the truck. "You come back, now," he said. I told him that I’d be there every week—and I will be. Skipper depends on it. I noticed that Skipper went into the house with the man. He really has come a long way.

ADOPTIONS—Since our last report, one of our puppies reached adoption age and has gone to his forever home. Several others who are spoken for are scheduled to go to homes in the next few weeks.

STAMP REPORT—We are absolutely delighted to report that since our last letter, we have received 340 stamps, or donations for purchasing them, from Dena Roesler, Joann Daube, Elmer Bryant, Barbara Johnson, Benjamin Jones, Nancy Donahue, Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin and Gloria Young. After sending out this newsletter and our other mail, we still have an inventory of 91 stamps. Keep up the great work!!!

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A DIFFERENT RESCUE STORY--Last Sunday, I heard a terrible crashing sound from out front. Opening the front door, I could see my neighbor's tractor turned over next to a tree in the pasture across the road. The tractor is one of those very large John Deere with an enclosed cab. I went running over there, dialing 911 as I ran. Charles, my neighbor, was lying under the tractor with only his head and shoulders visible. Kneeling beside the tractor, I was terrified of what I would see. I asked if he could hear me. His response was, "Can you help me? I need help now!" I asked if he could move. He said his legs were trapped and he could tell the tractor was going to crash down any minute, crushing him.

Looking over the tractor, I could see it was supported by a very thin aluminum window frame and a very large tree root. "I'll find something to brace it," I told him. But I honestly had no idea what I could find that would help. I needed something only as thick as his body to keep the weight off him. Being the only one there, it was up to me to comfort him until rescue arrived.

I was only about 25 feet from my front door. I called my son as I ran back across the road, and he said, "I'll be there in two minutes. Get the spare tire from the car and pick-up and get them under there with him.” By the time I had done that, Barry was there. Being with the rescue squad, he carries a myriad of equipment with him at all times. He had some sort of support stands he put under the tractor to keep it stable. But I could see the worry on his face. When I started to question him, he shook his head at me, meaning for me to be quiet and not scare Charles any further.

By that time the ambulance, fire department and police were there, but the tractor still had to be lifted off Charles. At least that was what I thought. Barry had already discovered only one leg was actually trapped. Grabbing a shovel, he started digging. In a few minutes, he had Charles freed and the paramedics were able to ease him out from under the tractor.

Charles asked Barry to "please get my tractor back to the barn." Barry told him he would get a wrecker out there to get it upright and he would take it to the barn. I couldn't believe it. Didn't Charles realize the tractor was on its side? Didn't Charles understand my son had risked his own life stabilizing the tractor and digging him out to safety? When I expressed my astonishment to Barry, he said, "If that was your tractor on its side, you wouldn't have gone to the hospital until it was back upright." I had to admit he was right. So Barry did exactly as he promised.

About two hours later, there was a knock at my door. It was Charles. "I want to thank you for what you did. I could hear the metal creaking and just knew I was going to be crushed at any second. Thank you for your help and comfort." He had gotten out of a life threatening situation with only a cut on one ankle. It was indeed his lucky day.

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THANK YOU—

To Barbara Johnson for your lovely note and telling your daughter Kathi, who also rescues animals, about us.

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

To Nadine Hereth for the nice talk we had recently—I am very glad you are home from the hospital.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with the veterinary expenses.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward our animals’ medical expenses, kind words, and the wonderful doggie card from Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

To Gloria Overbey for your assistance with our veterinary expenses.

To Barbara Johnson for the “something extra” once again.

To the Godzosas for your help with Ziggy and Zoe’s medical expenses.

To Elly Meyer for the adorable card and your nice note. We are, however, sorry to hear that you have been in the hospital. We hope you feel much better very soon.

To Mardi Hoofnagle—for your nice note. The idea that my life would make an inspirational movie is a new one—and very flattering.

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 $235) and/or garbage bill (currently $148.35).






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