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Sent: November 25, 2012

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"The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.” ~Robert Brault,

“In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” ~Dereke Bruce

Dear Friends,

URGENT NEED--We took in four large, pregnant, ready-to-deliver dogs in November and desperately need help with their expenses. A special gift would be greatly appreciated.

I looked at my ringing phone. I didn't recognize the number. I started not to answer. I was tired, my back hurt and I wanted a bath. “It's not going to be life or death," I said to myself. But, I did answer and it WAS life or death.

It was my cousin and she didn’t even say "hello"-- just "get to Wal-Mart as fast as you can. Some woman put a pregnant Chihuahua out here and people are chasing it. It is running under cars and into the road. It’s going to get killed."

Pulling my car in front of the store, I see the little dog in front of the door. A man was trying to coax it to him, but it avoided him. I stepped onto the sidewalk. The little dog saw me and came running. I knelt down and she actually jumped up on my leg.

"That's my dog. I saw it first," the man said. "Those puppies are going to be worth some money.” That was a very wrong thing to say to me. Then my cousin spoke to me. "I am sorry I let your dog get away. She just jumped out of the car. I am so sorry." I realized what she was doing. We had to make the man believe it was my dog. A woman nearby had come over to see what was going on. She, too, realized the man was not a fit person for this little dog. "I saw her jump from the car, but I couldn't get near her either." The man didn't like it, but he had to back off.

I picked up the little dog and she snuggled against me. She knew she had found a home. My cousin and the woman followed me to my car. "Poor little thing" said the woman. "I did see a woman put her out. She just about tossed her toward the door. The little thing tried to follow her, but she just ran off and left it." We all had tears in our eyes.

Then I saw the paper collar the dog was wearing. Turning it so I could see, I read aloud," Her name is Hope." The woman said, "That is all this dog had, isn't it? Being thrown out like that. Hope that someone would love her." "Well," my cousin said, "She sure landed in the right home. Carolyn loves animals more than people."

I brought Hope home. She was comfortable here from the very first. She sleeps on my bed with Sissy, Crystal, me and the cats. She wasn't pregnant after all, just malnourished with a bloated stomach. The vet checked her over and said she will be fine. At first she didn't want to be away from me for even a second. Now she goes outdoors with the other dogs, always coming back to check on where I am. She now knows I will always be here to get her back into the house. And, best of all, she knows she is loved.

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HOLIDAY HEALTH & SAFETY—We are reprinting this list, as we feel it contains very important information:

Holiday food can be harmful to animals. Don’t overindulge with turkey skin, ham fat or other fatty foods, which could lead to stomach upset and pancreatitis. Turkey bones should be avoided, as they can puncture intestines.

Avoid leaving food on an unsupervised table and keep a secure lid on garbage cans full of scraps.

Keep poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and hibiscus out of reach as they can be toxic.

Keep chocolates (especially the dark variety) away from your pets.

Sugarless candy with Xylitol is very toxic for dogs and may cause liver failure.

Don’t leave gifts that might contain candy under the tree or anywhere else where your cat or dog may get at them.

Never give your pet any beverage containing alcohol. It can cause respiratory and cardiac distress.

Keep lit menorahs and holiday candles out of reach.

Water in your Christmas tree stand can contain harmful preservatives, pine needles and bacteria. Consider purchasing an artificial tree to avoid these hazards. If you use a real tree, leave it undecorated for a couple of days so that your kitty gets used to and accepts it.

Secure your tree to keep it from falling over. If possible, anchor the top to the ceiling with fishing line.

Artificial snow is toxic to your cat.
Avoid hanging breakable ornaments on lower branches.

Holiday decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, garland, lights, ribbon and other small items can pose a choking or electrical hazard.

Lots of visitors, loud noises and extra food may also contribute to a stressful situation for your dog or cat. Give him or her quiet space if needed.

To keep your kitty away from tree problems, you may purchase a repellent spray like Keep Off. Be sure any repellent you purchase is for indoor use.

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From Jennifer DeWeese “in memory of Pat Kachur’s cat KATIE—they enjoyed many loving years together.”

From Thomas Lanford “in loving memory of PADDY, much loved pet of Clyde and Renee Smith.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 120 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Lois Holbrook. We did have to purchase a few stamps in order to send out this newsletter and other mail. So, the larder is bare. Let’s make December a great stamp month!

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GOODSEARCH--Please remember to use as your search engine when using the Internet. The shelter receives funds for every search you do. We recently received a check for almost $70—so this really works!!

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

To Mary Jane Johnson for your ever so appreciated help with our veterinary bills, the wonderful puppy card and your message of love. .

To Nadine Hereth for “understanding” my name problem. And I’m not 94—so I salute you!

To Gloria Overbey for your consistent help with our vet bills.

To Bill Underwood for your “early” Christmas gift.

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

To Avis Buchanan for your gift to help with veterinary expenses.

To Lois Holbrook for the lovely card and blessings. Also for the brochure and information about Tate House. You have done an absolutely marvelous job.

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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 $185) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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FROM THE NEWS— A Jack Russell terrier in France had a miraculous escape from death after he was poisoned and buried alive on his third birthday. This happened in Charleville-Mezieres, a town about 125 miles northeast of Paris.

Ethan was dug up by a man who was walking on a lakeside pedestrian path and noticed that the ground was moving, apparently the result of convulsions from the dog’s poisoning. The man then got a shovel and dug the dog up. Lucky Ethan — not every random person strolling through the park would react that way! The anonymous man called firefighters who rushed the shivering dog to a vet who was able to nurse the dog back to life. The terrier was subsequently identified through a microchip that showed all this happened on his on his third birthday.

“It’s extraordinary. We only see this in TV movies,” said veterinarian Philippe Michon. “He came back to life and without a scratch. It’s rather miraculous.” The vet said when firemen brought the dirt-covered terrier to his office “he was completely cold, he was barely breathing.” Michon used hot water bottles to warm up Ethan’s seemingly lifeless body. The dog was so cold his veins had collapsed and it was hard to find one to hydrate him but within 24 hours the dog was back on his feet.

Ethan is one lucky dog: between a passerby who noticed the ground moving, the firemen, and a caring veterinarian, the terrier is bouncing with life.

But that leaves the question: why did Ethan end up poisoned and in a shallow grave to begin with? According to Gawker, Sabina Zamora, president of an animal association in Charleville-Mezieres, Ethan’s owner says he had given the dog away but police are investigating.

France has a remarkable system of health care for people, with all their medical information encoded on to a single computer chip. It’s great to know that animals are covered in a similar way.

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