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Sent: June 29, 2014

Telephone: 256-677-5518
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022


"I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through." - Jules Verne

“We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment." ~George Eliot

Dear Friends,

Before I begin describing the events of June, I want all of you to rest assured that all ended well.

It started with all the after effects of the infection in my mouth. There was so much infection that it was spreading to other parts of my body. My doctor said she had never seen anyone with this amount of infection who had survived. It was even in my bloodstream.

I awoke trying to get my breath. I found my phone, dialed the #2 to connect me to my son. I couldn't speak, only grunt. He said, "I am calling an ambulance. I will be there in two minutes." It didn't take him that long. I had crawled to the front porch, not wanting to take a chance on anyone letting any of my dogs out. I saw the flashing lights on his Hummer, then the siren and lights from the ambulance. It was the same paramedic who had transported me the first time my son had called last month. His first words were, "What on Earth are we going to do with you? Do I have to move in here and keep an eye on you?" He knew just how very sick I was when he didn't get one of my usual joking remarks.

At the hospital, they were suctioning the infection from my windpipe. Every breath felt like it would be my last. So, again, I was admitted. They worked with me until finally the head resident called my son aside. I heard the doctor say, "We are losing her. She stands a small chance if we get her to Vanderbilt, but don't hold out too much hope." I will never forget the shattered look on my son's face. Then he looked at me and realized I had heard their conversation. "No," he said, "I refuse to let her die. Let's get her to Vanderbilt."

So off we went in the Life-Flight helicopter. My son never quit holding my hand the whole way. After a thorough examination, I was told, "You have, at most, three days left of life. We have a very new experimental surgery that might give you a few more days. But you must be warned, we have tried this on two others and both of them died on the table." I told him to do it. I couldn't stand another three days of this torture. He patted my shoulder and said, "You look like a fighter to me. I believe you will make it."

And, obviously, I did. I wish I could tell you about the surgery but I am forbidden to talk about it. Those doctors think they have the break-through to win awards. I wish them all the luck in the world. The very next day I was allowed to come back to the hospital close to home. My breathing was better than it had been in years, but I still had that pesky infection to deal with. The next night I was in terrible pain. All the tests showed I had gall stones, so another operation--but a very small one. One of the doctors from Vanderbilt came to see me and was very excited at my improvement. He proposed another operation on a very vital organ. Again--I am not allowed to talk about it. I will say that they went through the same incision as the first time, and now I don't get tired walking on the treadmill. I even seem to have excess energy, which I can certainly use. I also had my appendix removed. Four operations in less than two weeks. But, I AM DOING GREAT!! I had doubted I would EVER be able to say that again.

Now the only thing between me and really good health is getting rid of the infection in my mouth. Thanks to Julie Ashton’s generous donation, I have had all the teeth removed but the top left ones. This means I am going to do something I don't want to do. I am asking all of you to help me get the last $2,000 I need for this. This will not only remove the bad teeth, it will get me a top plate. Ever since I was 10 years old I have been accused of wearing "falsies." Now, it will be true; it will just be teeth and not the "other things."

I need this money by the 12th of July. PLEASE, PLEASE help me if you can. All of this agony could start all over again if it isn't done. I do believe I can count on you to help me.

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ADOPTIONS--We adopted out six puppies and eight kittens since the last newsletter. I so hated to see them go, but I know I have to do whatever is best for them. I know all the families, some are my own cousins, and all have brought them to see me today (June 27). It was like a big party and seeing the babies so happy and healthy was wonderful.

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ELLY MAY NEEDS YOUR HELP--My little dog Elly May was born with a hernia. She was sleeping by my side when all of a sudden I was wet. Looking down, I could see her insides coming out of the burst hernia. I grabbed her in the bedding we were sleeping on and headed for the vet. In a matter of seconds we were both covered in blood. She had to go to Huntsville to a specialist. So far her bill is $1,280. I have no way of knowing what it will be when I get to bring her home. If you can help with her bill, please do. If it comes to a choice of her bill or mine, please help with hers. I don't think I could live without Elly.

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FINAL THOUGHT--I am so hoping that July will be so boring I will complain about it. Wouldn't that be wonderful??? (Smile)

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FLEA PREVENTATIVE--It is time for the monthly flea med for all the animals. That alone costs a little over $700, but it is a must. The fleas are so bad that the animal control people come around and check every month to make sure we are caring for them properly. This is not just us; it is every shelter in the State. We suggest that you take this opportunity to use the Amazon Wish List feature to send us this med. Like food and any other needed item, this saves us both money and time—a great combination!!

If you prefer to send support for this purpose, just include a note to that effect with your check or on-line donation.

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ANIMAL HEALTH NEWS—The FDA has approved the first insulin pen for cats and dogs. These pens are refillable and automatically measure the prescribed dose. Per Merck Animal Health, the pens will be available at a number of veterinarians in the U. S.

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PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE continue (or consider) using the Amazon Wish List feature to send us as much food as possible. It has been a HUGE help as we feed 150 pounds of dog food and 40 pounds of cat food per day. Having food (and other supplies) sent to us saves us both money and a great deal of time. As a reminder, here are the step-by-step instructions:

1. Type in into your browser.
2. Locate the words “Wish List” on the far right of your screen.
3. Click on the down arrow beside the words “Wish List” – Scroll down and click on “Find A Wish List or Registry.”
4. You will then see a box in the middle of your screen with the word “Search” at the far end of it.
5. Type ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. into the box and click on “Search.”
6. Our Amazon site will come up (with our name included) and show a long list of items we badly need.
7. Choose item or items you would like to send us. Check out as you would when ordering from any on-line store.

Besides food, we have a great need for cat litter as we use at least 35 pounds per day and 105 pounds each time we change litter completely.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 176 stamps or support directed for their purchase from Mardi Hoofnagle, Thomas Lanford, Jamie Reagin, Lois Holbrook, Gloria Young and Carol Clenney. Great job stamp people!! Keep on sending those Forever stamps!!

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THANK YOU--Please be assured that our thanks are not limited to the specific names below. We appreciate so very much all love and support sent by every single one of you. If your name is not included and you would like it to be, please let us know.

To Carol Clenney for sending such a very generous gift. It is very much appreciated!!

To Avis Buchanan for your help in paying our medical bills.

To Gloria Overbey for your assistance with our veterinary bills.

To Victoria Johnson for your extra support in June.

To Vicky Murphy and Karen Garvin for your monthly on-line support through PayPal.

To Nancy Dennison for your consistent, and very generous, support. It means a lot to know we can count on you.

To Kathy Beckman for sending us another Lowes gift card.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your generous and consistent on-line support.

To Gloria Young for your monthly support and the wonderful puppy card. Your words mean so very much. And I am honored to be on your nightly prayer list.

To Dena Roesler for your consistent support, always matched by your company.

To Fritz and Marliese Kalk for the lovely puppy and kitten card and for lighting a candle for me at your church.

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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. 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, PetSmart 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 $215—and/or garbage bill (currently $94.45).

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IN THE NEWS – Duffy the Irish terrier is one lucky dog.

The blind pooch recently had surgery to restore the eyesight he lost to diabetes. The operation was successful, and his owners recorded the moment they were reunited with their furry friend, and it is now on YouTube. In the viral video, Duffy joyfully squeals and plants kisses on everyone in the room. Posted on Saturday, June 21, the heartwarming clip has already racked up more than 500,000 views.

The adopted terrier's ordeal started months ago, when veterinarians diagnosed him with diabetes.

"Within about 3-5 months, he went from a totally normal eight-year-old dog to a dog who was completely blind," his owner wrote on Reddit.

"It broke my heart seeing this dog I grew up with … running into things, not being able to recognize me," he continued.

Doctors and the family were able to get Duffy's diabetes stable enough for surgery to repair his sight.

And if the video is any proof, the operation was a huge success.

"He's a trooper," his owner wrote.

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