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Sent: October 28, 2012

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P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022

"Gentle eyes that see so much, paws that have the quiet touch, Purrs to signal ‘all is well’ and show more love than words could tell. Graceful movements touched with pride, a calming presence by our side. A friendship that takes time to grow. Small wonder why we love them so.” Author Unknown

“Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog; but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog.” Douglas Mallock

Dear Friends,


 Thanks to volunteer labor and donated building materials, we have yet another new doghouse. We have used up all the donated materials, which have made terrific houses.

 Since our last report, we have found wonderful homes for two of our puppies.

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This month one of our long-time supporters called me. During the course of the conversation, she asked about one of the mother and son dogs that had been with us for a long time. It took me several seconds to realize which dogs she was asking about. This simple question made me aware of something I do without realizing it. I tend to gradually change the names of animals that are with me over several years.

Over the years, “Buster” became “Bus,” then “B.B.,” “B.J.,” “B. Jr.,” “J.R.”—and now, finally, ”Junior.” This just happens with a few of the animals—and they don’t realize the change either. To test that theory, I called “Buster” several times. Result—“Junior” didn’t react at all to that name.

The supporter also asked how old he is now. I said eight, only to realize later that he’s closer to 11. Now I became upset with myself. So, I gave it some thought and I think that I understand the “why” of it.

I started out life as Carolyn, then Collie, Colliboo, Collie Baby, Sister Baby and Sis. One of my brothers still calls me Sis; the other two Carolyn. One Aunt still calls me Colliboo. Until the day she died, my Mother called me Sister Baby. My Daddy always called me Carolyn or Sis. One brother started out as Buddy and then became John. Another brother originally was called Kenny—and later became Kenneth, Ken and sometimes Rick (middle name Richard).

And, I think I understand the “time” error, too. When I am well, all my days are pretty much the same. I feed, water and clean. No wonder time seems to stand still. I often have to check to see what day of the week it is—because that is not generally important to me.

So, if I sometimes answer a question a bit strangely, it is simply because “I don’t know any better.” Please bear with me.

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A supporter sent us an email on the subject of why cats have no interest in sweets. Turns out a team of a dozen scientists from various parts of the world found that one of the two genes which make up taste bud receptors is not functional in cats. The scientists report that both domestic and wild cats most likely cannot detect sweet-tasting compounds. (I can think of a quite a few people who say they wish they weren’t so interested in sweets - Smile.)

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From Mary Ann Harrell “in memory of what would have been my wonderful dad’s 88th birthday on October 8. His name was JAMES A. HARRELL.”

From Mardi Hoofnagle a Lowes gift card “in memory of DAVEY CAT.” We are very sure he got the very best of care from you over the years when his person was away. Thank you very much for your kind words about the love and care we provide for “so many animal friends.”

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Since our last report, we have received 210 stamps or a donation to purchase them from Joanne Daube, Barbara Johnson, Elmer Bryant, Lois Holbrook, Jamie Reagin and Gloria Young. We had enough stamps to send out this letter plus an exceptionally heavy month of other types of mail. Our inventory is now 14 stamps—so keep up the great work.

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To Carol Clenney for your continued generous support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs.

To Kathy Beckman for your kind words inquiring about my health. Hope you are caught up with your reading.

To Tammie Porter for your generous on-line gift.

To Elly Meyer for helping once again with on-line support.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your ever so appreciated help with our veterinary bills.

To Nadine Hereth for your advice—to “hang in there.” I will certainly try!

To Bill Underwood for a few of the best for “Bacon Biscuits and the like—maybe some Gravy.” Sounds mouth-watering!

To Renee Merback for the wonderful card and the uplifting words it contained. Thank you so very much for your prayers on my behalf.

To Mildred Ferrell for helping once again with our veterinary medical bills.

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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. Gift cards from either place are much appreciated.

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, and Publix cards are especially welcome.

Any type of animal medicine.

A special gift designated to help with our veterinary bills.

Help with electric bill (latest bill was about $285) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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FROM THE NEWS—Excerpted from AP article dated September 26, 2012.

“Dunkin' Donuts says it will start using cage-free eggs in its breakfast sandwiches and eliminate "gestation crates" from its pork supply chain. The Canton, Mass.-based company said that it will transition 5 percent of its eggs to cage-free by the end of next year; it did not set a timeline for completing the switch.

“To determine a timeline for eliminating gestation crates, or breeding cages for pigs, the company said it will start by requiring its U.S. pork suppliers to outline their plans to achieve that goal. Josh Balk, director of corporate policy at the Humane Society of the United States, said that's the first step for most companies that want to stop the use of gestation crates. ‘There's been a massive trend by the largest pork buyers to demand their suppliers eliminate gestation crates,’ he noted.

“Other major fast-food chains that have committed to eliminating use of pig crates include McDonald's Corp., Burger King Worldwide Inc., Wendy's and Subway, as well as several supermarket chains such as Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc.

“Gestation crates often confine mother pigs for their entire lives, or about four years, Balk said. The space is usually so small that pigs can barely move.

“Several companies have also said they will start using cage-free eggs, although the commitment levels vary.”

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