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eNEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2011

Sent: October 30, 2011


ALLCREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org) – 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
Email: carolyn@sandwave.net NEW ADDRESS!
PO Box 1095
Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps. We still would have it no other way."

“I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.” ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth


Dear Friends,

When I chose the first quotation above (from an anonymous writer), little did I know that I was going to very soon experience such a loss but--this is a very sad day for me. My little dog, Joker, died today. He was a small Chihuahua, always bouncing around demanding attention. If you were petting another animal, Joker would come put his head under your hand. He believed all petting belonged to him.

We found Joker chained to a fence. He was so small he was doing his best to hide from all the large dogs around him. It was late at night and it seemed as if everyone in town had decided to dump their animals then. Most of the dogs weren't even secured but running loose. I called the animal control officer on duty that night and told him of the situation. He informed me the shelter was overcrowded and all he could really do was put them inside the outer fence. I told him I would wait on him and help get them inside. When he arrived, we got all the dogs inside the fence. I had a truckload of canned Pedigree and offered to give half of it to the shelter. He helped me unload it and carried some of it with him to use in his traps. He was very concerned for the animals. You could tell this wasn't just a job to him- it was trying to help the animals.

As I picked up the little Chihuahua, I noticed a note under his much too tight collar. The little dog was shivering from fear. I removed the note and read it aloud. It said, "This dog will be 10 years old on January 23. I can't stand to see him die, so I am leaving him here. I know you will put him to sleep because nobody will want an old dog. Please treat him gently." The officer said, "Well, they are right about that. No one wants old dogs." I immediately replied, "I do." "Well, just take him. We don't have any papers on him, so we will pretend he was never here," he said. So that is what I did. I took the shivering, terrified little creature home with me. I fixed him a bowl of food and one of water and put him on a blanket by my bed. I talked to him all the while and told him he could live with me as long as he wanted to. He watched me as if he understood.

Later that night, I awoke to find a small, warm body against my back. Never did he sleep on his blanket--always on my bed. And he did that for 12 years.

When we woke this morning, he wasn't as perky as usual, but he did take his outside morning trip but wanted back in immediately. For a couple of years, I have had to help him get on and off the bed. Old age was getting to him, but I didn't mind helping him. He was simply a part of me that needed help. But this morning, he stood at the bottom of the back porch steps, waiting for me to get him. This has happened several times lately, so I didn't think much about it. I brought him inside, fed him and put him back on the bed.

A few minutes later, he was standing at the edge of the bed. His sign for wanting down. I lifted him down and he got on the kittens blanket. The kittens were excited. They are always crawling all over him. He tolerates them with the wisdom of old age. But today, he didn't play with them. I sat on the blanket with him, talking and petting. He only once turned his head to look at me. It was a look I had never seen from him, and I instantly knew it was goodbye.

"Oh, Joker, I don't know what I will do without you," I said. Then I realized I was being selfish. "Joker, you do whatever you need to do. Just know mama loves you and will miss you forever; but if you need to be somewhere else, don't try to stay here for me. I will still love you, wherever you are."

I was propped on one hand on the blanket. Joker put his head next to my hand, wanting it on his head. The same gesture he had made hundreds of times before. I put my hand on his head, gently petting. Less than 10 minutes later, he was gone. I still sat on the blanket for several minutes. Petting his little head and telling him how glad I was he came into my life. And I am very grateful I shared his life for so many years. This hurts too much for tears..........

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT--Thank you to all of you who sent extra support during October. Because of you, we were able to pay all the bills for the month on time.

We now ask your assistance to pay our property tax bills, which come due at the end of January. We will be unable to pay them in full without your “extra” help as they total several thousand dollars. If you are able—please send an extra or “special” donation for this purpose, which we can keep accumulating until the due date. Thank You!

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last letter, we have received 170 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Barbara Johnson and Joanne Daube. We were able to send out this newsletter and other mail during the month and have 25 stamps remaining. Thank you very much--and keep up the great work in November.

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THANK YOU—

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

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

To Mary Jane Johnson for your help with veterinary care bills.

To Avis Buchanan for sending a donation toward veterinary expenses.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help pay our veterinary care bills.

To Elly Meyer for the very much appreciated extra support and beautiful card. To answer your questions—the year was 1985 about 35 animals.

To the Godzosa’s for your donation for Ziggy and Zoe.

To Nadine Hereth for your generous support. And for your note about the people arrested for dogfighting—we definitely share your opinion.

To Lois Holbrook for your lovely note. And congratulations on recently celebrating your 90th birthday.

To Jo-anne Croghan for your support of the Alabama shelter.

To Jennifer and Sasha DeWeese for their donation, just matched by her employer.

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IN HONOR AND MEMORY

From Janis Wolfson “in memory of Bruce Valentine.”

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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 $215) and/or garbage bill (currently $159.35).

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FROM THE NEWS--Anchorage Alaska, August 31, 2011 – A 22-year-old woman punched a black bear in the face to save her small dog from being carried off and eaten. Brooke Collins hit the bear to save her dachshund, Fudge. She said she discovered the bear crouched down, clutching the dog in its paws and biting its neck. “It had her kind of like when they eat salmon,” Collins said. I just punched it and it let go.” Collins’ boyfriend then scared the bear away. Collins said she has lived near Juneau for most of her life and is accustomed to bears and taking precautions around them. In this case, however, Fudge darted out the door before anyone checked to see if the vicinity was safe. The dog was not seriously hurt but Collins is tending her wounds and keeping her inside—and taking extra precautions for both of her dogs. FROM TODAY.MSNBC.MSN.COM – SEPTEMBER 1, 2011.





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