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Monday, May 07, 2007

Snips and Snails and Pet Tales, News

Did you all read Stacy Segovia's story in Sunday's Living section about Precious Friends, a Clarksville puppy rescue and adoption shelter? They are one of the several private groups in town that work tirelessly to help homeless animals, which is so important since our county leaders have dragged their feet for decades on providing adequate animal control facilities and implementing pet licensing, spay/neuter, and other laws that would help the problem. If you haven't, you can read it on the Leaf-Chronicle Web site. Click on the "Living" section link, then choose "Sunday." It is called, "Wall, garden help owners cope," with a sidebar story titled, "Hutchison dreams of 'litter-free' city."

Precious Friends has created a "Rainbow Bridge" wall, where for $30 you can get a pet's name painted on one of the blocks. This is a fundraiser and also a memorial to the pets we've lost. You can have more than one name painted on a block, or get one for each pet you want to memorialize. They will be dedicating the wall on Saturday at 2 p.m. if you'd like to go, and if you get in your order by Friday, you're names will be on a block by Saturday's dedication. For more information, call Precious Friends at 551-4407 or drop by 110 Red River St. (off of Kraft) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The County Commission is having their informal meeting tonight about approving additional funds to build the new county shelter. This money is available in the county's budget and does not require raising additional funds. The formal meeting is May 14 where the actual vote will take place. PLEASE call your county commissioner and tell them you want this approved. It's not what animal control originally asked for (that was cut), but it is better than nothing. A real waste of money would be to build a new shelter that is just as inadequate as the present shelter, which was built in the 70s. Tell them it's about public safety first and foremost, because even people who don't have or like pets are still affected by free-roaming pets and the irresponsibility of some pet owners. You can also write a letter to the editor to: to show your support.Animal control is a basic service like anything else, one that must keep up with the times. Our commissioners need to be held accountable for their actions (and inaction) on this matter. It's not about putting animals before the needs of people, because it is a service PEOPLE need, as people cause the animal problems and those problems affect the public safety and quality of life.

Coming soon: Stacy Segovia is also working on a story about Cats Are Us and a special volunteer who raised money for them. Also, update on the time and location for their huge yard sale. Also remember the Second Chance & Happy Tails yard sale coming up May 12 (rain date May 19) at 513 Yvonne Dr.(off of Lafayette in N. Clarksville) from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call Inge at 503-8300 for more info.

Also, the ASPCA is conducting volunteer training for those interested in helping pets during and after natural disasters. The training is called Emergency Animal Rescue Service Volunteer Training. The ASPCA and United Animal Nations are partnering to host Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) volunteer recruitment and training workshops on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, in Nashville. These workshops will provide training for local residents who are willing to assist animal victims affected by fires, floods, tornadoes, or other emergencies/disasters. EARS volunteer workshops are part of the Community Animal Disaster Preparedness Partnership, a collaboration between the ASPCA and United Animal Nations to provide training and education for animal disaster readiness in 10 cities across the country. The Nashville Humane Association is also a sponsor of the May program. It will be May 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nashville Area Chapter of the Red Cross, 2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville. To register, call (916) 429-2457 or visit Saturday’s workshop is full, but there is still space available for training on Sunday, May 20.

NOTE: Stacy who posts here has accused me of favoring Scooter in pictures. I guess that's because he's the biggest pain, so he gets the most mention on the blog when discussing "issues." So here is a picture of the good dogs, Zoe and Peanut in the days before Scooter arrived on the scene.

I have a lot going on this week, so my apologies in advance if I don't always get back to the blog to continue conversations, but you all are doing fine on your own! I hope to get the roster of Pet People together later this week and will email it to you all when I get it done. Please bear with me!

posted by Sandy at 5/07/2007 08:36:00 AM


Blogger Skeeter said...

I have my Letter to the Editor written…
And a donation to the Rainbow wall in the mail!

Monday, May 07, 2007 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hang in there Sandy! And watch out for old scaley skin, he's cruisin' for a bruisin', I can tell he has missed getting into a good argument with anyone who is ready to go at it with him,ha.

Monday, May 07, 2007 1:13:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Ok, now to sound really ignorant but can you help me figure out which one of these commissioners to contact? I think we are in district 10 but am confused becasue I thought Bill Somers or Summers 9 don't kknow which spelling is correct )was our guy but it is saying a woman is in district 10 and the elections was just in November. See my problem? I contacted people last year for this samething but there was someone else in then. I sent emails to several different people, all that had addresses. Please let me know soon so I can do my part with email or calling.

Monday, May 07, 2007 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

You can call the Election Commission, give your address and ask what district you are in. If you have a Fact Book, the districts are marked in that. You can also check the county web site for links and info. Some commissioners list email and phone numbers there. Some you can find in the phone book.

District 10 commissioner is Martha Brockman. Since there was just an election last August, the commissioners changed, so maybe you had a different one.

Monday, May 07, 2007 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Thanks Sandy, I know we are in dristrict 10 so Martha Brockman is the one to contact but needed to make sure.

Monday, May 07, 2007 3:55:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Yes, Sandy favors Scooter because he is Sandy in dog form....BOSSY! She can't use pictures of Zoe because of the ugly factor, and poor Peanut gets overlooked because he is so sweet and shy! Honestly, look at the picture of Zoe and tell me it's not enough to make one shudder?

Monday, May 07, 2007 4:38:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Daisy, Daisy, Daisy. You are pretty damn bossy yourself. It's in the genes you know. And Scooter is NOT my favorite, just like I am nobody's favorite because of the bossy, know-it-all factor as well. :)

Zoe is so sweet and such a good girl and she IS a cutie pie as long I I don't get her cut with the mustache like I used to. Peanut is my favorite because he's a wussy mama's boy. I do not overlook him. Scooter is my smart child, which is the same role I played in our family, so yes, we are alike in that respect. LOL.

Shudder over Zoe? PLEASE. I am going to tell her right now that you said that!

Monday, May 07, 2007 6:17:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Now Daisylouu, I just know you are tying to do nothing more then ruffle Sis-Sandy's tail feathers again. Zoe is down right adorable in that picture with her Peanut bud!

Monday, May 07, 2007 6:31:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Daisylouu, Do you know what this is? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
That is the Dragon tail shuddering after looking at Zoe picture.

Monday, May 07, 2007 9:03:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Sandy, Don't worry, Daisy is just jealous that she doesn't have a dog as beautiful Zoe. She is very pretty and you can just tell that she's a perfect lady, mustach or not. Who doesn't get a little hair on their upper lip now and then.

Monday, May 07, 2007 9:09:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Daisy is jealous because Zoe doesn't kiss her butt like the others do. She is used to being worshipped by all dogs and cats, excpet for Zoe, and her one cat Tiger who likes me better. :)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 9:52:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

daisylouu and dragon, you too are full of sh--! Zoe is a cutie pie! daisy just wants to get at Sandy and dragon's been itchin' for a good ole fight for days now so come on ans get it over with!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 7:44:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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