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Sent: December 29, 2011

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Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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""I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.” ~Milan Kundera

“To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have iived, that is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Friends,

It has been quite an adventure with Annie and her babies. They had the best pen with the best, or largest, house and Annie still couldn't abide being shut in. I had to leave the gate open so she could roam the large fenced yard. She was happy with that arrangement. This meant the worst work I had to do was change the babies’ bedding. At least as long as Annie was their sole food source. After that, it was change the bedding and keep food and water for them. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Wrong! Since they couldn't eat dry food, it was like a war zone keeping the other large dogs from attacking me while trying to get canned food into the pen for the babies.

Then came the day Annie decided to move the pups under my house. This also happened to be the first night of below freezing temperature. The only thing under my house for them to sleep on was an old blanket that had been there for over a year. It was so far back under the house that I didn't think I could get to it--so I didn't try; I just left it there. But I couldn't leave the babies without fresh, warm bedding. That is when the real adventure began.

I put on an old pair of pajama bottoms, a ragged t-shirt, got a large fluffy blanket and started under the house. The first three feet weren't so bad. From there on, I had to crawl on my stomach—or, I should say, my toes and forearms. I had to put the blanket on my back because I couldn't hold it in my hands. Needless to say, that was the longest, dirtiest 40 feet I have ever crawled. And the last 10 feet was with all 10 puppies trying to get the blanket and biting at my fingers. They were "threatened" several times with being left under there without a fresh blanket. 

After getting the blanket in place, the puppies proceeded to drag it even further under the house. And, to my dismay, I realized I had to make two more trips. One with bowls, one with food and water. This routine continued for a week. Finally the puppies started to come out from under the house. This meant I could change blankets, put food and water, etc. closer to the crawl space opening. Unfortunately, they continued to use the opening for their bathroom. I was in a constant state of cleaning and usually very dirty. I took plenty of extra showers through all that.

In the meantime, another two pregnant dogs who we found tied to our fence on two consecutive mornings had their babies. One we named Helen had six on my back porch. So, now I had 16 babies requiring a lot of attention. But at least these are more accessible. Two weeks later, the other dog had seven puppies. I now have 23 puppies of various ages from six weeks to one day. Don't you wish you had my job?  Especially considering that the last were born in my living room and continue to stay there.

Several of Annie's pups were asked for as Christmas presents, but we don't do that. We only let them be adopted by the people who are going to actually own them. I have to make sure they are really wanted and won't be left at the pound after the new wears off. I know they are loved here by all of us who help with their support and those of us who do the actual work. It is only fair to make sure they continue to be loved when they leave here.

Thanks to Walter Gordy, Avis Buchanan, Barb Nelson, Mary Williams, Bennie Meadows, Alice Smith, Barbara Johnson, Tonya Graney, Nadine Hereth, Dr. Victoria Johnson, and the Laddin’s who so generously gave donations for Annie. Because of you, we were able to have Annie examined by the vet and the pups given their first shots and deworming. We will need to do a second round of shots in a few weeks (plus shots and deworming for the “new” pups) and would be grateful for any help you can give to them for that expense.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report we have received 178 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Gloris Overbey, Mardi Hoofnagle, Benjamin Jones, Lois Holbrook, and Gloria Young. That was almost enough to send out this newsletter and other mail during the month and we still have four books in inventory.

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From Mary Williams “in honor of my employer--Deceased Pet Care—and the Doyle Shugart family.”

From The Strohms “in honor of Alice and Bob Brown.”

From Maryland Timmerman and Frank & Rabeth Walker “in honor of little (3 oz.) Puffin, a kitten who passed away despite emergency care. His three siblings are each blind, disabled and require special care. They all need expensive eye surgery.”

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

To Dena Roesler for your donation (matched by your employer) to help with medical care and general expenses.

To Gloria Overbey for your support and note thanking us for our “devotion and self-sacrifice”—we could not accomplish anything without your support so many thanks to you.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your kind note, extra support and debit card—and the wonderful Christmas card.

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

To Elly Meyer for the very precious kitten and puppy card and your good wishes.

To the Godzosa’s for your donation for Ziggy and Zoe and wherever else help is needed.

To Bill Underwood for “a few more of the Best” and the “extra for the reindeer.”

To Nadine Hereth for your kind words. We all certainly hope that you feel much better very soon.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for your adorable kitty card and donation of a Walmart gift card.

To Walter Gordy for your wish for my quick recovery from surgery and a happy holiday season.

To Julie Ashton for sharing your emergency appendectomy story. We can each truly appreciate how wonderful it is to recover from such a painful experience.

To Benjamin Jones for the great card/envelope and gift card.

To Julie Vogt and her “Kids” for choosing a donation to our shelter as a gift from the class to Julie. And for your prayers for us.

To Renee Merback for your wonderful card and the sentiments contained in it. Your praise for our work and concern about my health are much appreciated. I hope that 2012 is a better year for everyone concerned with helping animals.

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From Elissa McCrery “in memory of Pat Lineback.”

From Nancy Donahue “in memory of her husband Bob Donahue, who passed away in October. Bob was a supporter of ALL CATS for many years.” Indeed, Bob was an extremely valued supporter—who was a great help during our past fund-raisers. He could always been counted on to help wherever needed. And he was a friend to all animals. He will be sorely missed.

From Mike Morrow who wrote “On 11-11-11, I lost the love of my life, Jeanne Schleke. I am sending you this donation in her memory. She would have wanted me to do it for all the good work you do. Spend it as you see fit.”

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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, 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 $257.42) and/or garbage bill (currently $158.92).

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Wausau WI, October 21, 2011. When his fellow firefighters carried an unconscious Labrador retriever out of a burning house, Jamie Giese had no medical equipment—so he went with something he had seen on TV to revive the dog. He leaned over and provided mouth-to-snout respiration to help the struggling yellow Lab breathe—after he had inhaled a substantial amount of smoke. The next day Giese appeared on the TODAY show and told Matt Lauer that they all thought Koda was dead; but, when they discovered that he was trying to breathe, he used his training of how to save humans to save the dog. After the successful revival, firefighters put a human oxygen mask over Koda’s snout and rushed him to the Companion Care Animal Hospital in Wausau and then the Central Wisconsin Animal Emergency Center, where he received fluids and advanced medical treatments. He was soon returned to his family. He was breathing fine when he appeared on TODAY. The other three pets—a border collie named Cooper and two cats, Lavender and Mocha—also were rescued from the flames and were not injured.

DECEMBER 28, 2011 - FDA officials are warning pet owners to avoid chicken jerky treats imported from China. They’re also urging owners to seek medical care if dogs develop symptoms including decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, increased water consumption and increased urination. Stop feeding the treats to the animal and seek veterinary care, especially if symptoms are severe, or persist for more than a day, officials say. Consumers can report suspicious illnesses to the FDA’s Pet Food Complaint site.

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