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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Breaking Pet News! Cumberland Bank, forums, Halloween Party!!!

Lots of exciting pet news!

First, if you don't have an account at Cumberland Bank, get one! Not only are they a great bank (President Ron Sleigh was a Leadership Clarksville classmate of mine and he's a hoot!)they are now helping the Humane Society! I already have an account with them and am well pleased, especially since they have a branch inside the Hilltop Market, which is convenient for me as I go to and from work.

I noticed one of their ads--which featured a homeless pet looking for someone to adopt him. And it worked! They are also donating $10 for every checking, savings or money-market account opened during the next 6 months. You can open one at any of their four branches. They've set a goal of 600 accounts.

Not only that, they recently had a "Jeans Day" were workers donated $5 and the bank matched it so workers could wear jeans for a day, with proceeds going to the Humane Society.

And if you can't open an account, you can donate to the Humane Society at any branch. Even if you regularly donate to the Humane Society, for the next 6 months, do it through the bank to show how much you appreciate what they are doing. When businesses see the success they bring with such programs, maybe more will do it.

An example: Years ago, Lyndon's Salon did a fundraiser for the Humane Society. On one Saturday, everything they made that day went to them. I went and got a haircut and have gone there since. So they got a permanent client from their kindness. While there, I met Anita of Dog Gone Salon (who was giving free pet nail clippings) and D. C. Royalty, who is a massage therapist also certified in pet massage. (She was giving free pet passages that day at the event). I started taking Zoe to Anita, and have taken here there regularly for grooming ever since! Same with D.C. I go to her for regular massages!

So, as you can see, businesses who help animals always get MY business! We even went to the law firm Runyon & Runyon for our wills because they advertised in the newspaper Animal Tracks I did years ago. Ray Runyon is a dog lover and has four of his own. He's also a great guy.

Other news: I wrote too much already, so I will tell you more about these things tomorrow, but look at today's paper or the Web site for the article about the pet-licensing forums that will be taking place over the next several weeks. They are open for public input as to the pet-licensing issue. They will be held in the different county commission districts and some are already scheduled, so please go if you can and tell them why licensing is a GOOD idea. Each commissioner is supposed to invite at least 5 citizens to attend. I don't think my commissioner, Benny Skinner will invite me, even though he knows I've been involved in the issue for years. I've found him to be not very supportive or understanding of animal problems and have let him know it. He probably wishes I'd go away! Instead, I want The Boss to run against him next election!!!

Last bit of news. The Humane Society is having a HUGE Halloween bash at the Riverview Inn Sat., Oct. 20. It will be a blast, I can promise you, as I've gone to several others they've held over the years (The 1960s Love-In theme was my favorite). Costumes are encouraged, there's going to be GREAT food, as the American Culinary Federation is involved. So, for $50 you get a night of great fun, music, food and free beer (cash bar available for other drinks), not to mention a Q108 DJ for entertainment along with a master hypnotist, belly dancers, sword fighting skit, slide show, door prizes, contests and lots more! I'll be giving a full rundown soon and Leaf-Chronicle features reporter Stacy Segovia will be doing a story in a few weeks as well. All that for $50 that will benefit a great cause! So mark your calendars now!

Picture above is of Daisy Duke on a visit here a few years ago, with her favorite of my pack, Peanut, aka, "Little Man." They are both enjoying reading The Leaf-Chronicle!

posted by Sandy at 9/12/2007 02:49:00 PM


Blogger Guinevere said...

Oh my. Will Dragon recognize the fabulous Daisy without her infamous shorts visible???? Inquiring minds wish to know.....

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:45:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Peanut looks a bit unsure about that hug. I bet Dragon would have another look! Maybe a big Smile!

Thursday, September 13, 2007 1:21:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

Stop with the pictures of me. I have a few of YOU my dear sis that I will post shortly....tee hee

I wish I knew about the Halloween Bash I would have planned my visit 2 weeks earlier!! Grrrr I'd even dress up as a Dragonette!

Thursday, September 13, 2007 8:18:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Yeah I agree! The Foreman said if we had known we could have come for the ball as well.

Tonight was our first puppy class. Hunter did very good right up to the point the trainer put a gentle leader on him. Then he spent the rest of the class laying on the floor, digging at his nose trying to get it off. The Foreman also has to work on paying attention to the instructor instead of me or the other people in the class. He gets distracted so easily. (Just like every other male I know.)HA! I'm taking pictures, so I'll post some soon.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:20:00 PM  
Blogger jdt said...

My hubby and I attended the forum last night at St. B on pet licensing. It was an informative and eye opening experience. Some people and their comments just blow me away. I read the article this morning, but I would say when we left last night it was about even on for or against pet licensing. One of the things that was said that bothered me is that it punishes responsible pet owners and forces them to spay or neuter their pets. I really don't think some people understood. Not to mention the one gentleman who kept going on a tangent about vets and the money they make and how vaccinations cost too much. I wanted to say, if it is such an issue for you, then why do you even own a dog. I strongly encourage all of you to attend the meetings in your area, regardless if you are for or against. I think it is improtant to get your opinion out since it is your community. At least that is how I explained it to my hubby when I turned around on the way to dinner as we past St B because it had slipped my mine. After he told me he was glad he went and didn't realize there was such a concern in the community. Also, I don't want to name people, but one person did make the comment that people need to remember Animal Control is not the Humane Society and their purpose is not to try to adopt the dogs out, they need to have their 48 hours and then be euthanized. (or something to that affect) That really upset some people in the room, especially a lady who volunteers with the Humane Society. I was a bit shocked this comment was made out loud. I don't think the gentleman met it as harsh as it sounded, but it still was a bit shocking.

Just thought I would give you an update about the meeting.

Friday, September 14, 2007 7:04:00 AM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

Thanks for the update, I had forgotten about that meeting. Do you know if there is going to be another one any time soon? I wish I had been there.

This is off topic but maybe someone can help. What hours are volunteers at cats r us and what is the criteria for accepting a cat? I showed a home to a client yesterday and it turns out the people who lived in the house have moved on to another state and left their INSIDE cat behind-outside.I am soooo mad. This poor kitty is nuetured and declawed and has never been outside the house before and they left it outside with a little bit of catfood in a bowl and said "they figured it would learn how to survive on its own" Arrghhh!!!!! They don't want it, don't care and have no intentions of doing anything for it at this point. The poor baby is outside under some bushes howling its head off. I left more food and water for it and plan on going back with a carrier this morning to try to coax it out from the bushes. I have never dealt with cats r us and am wondering if this would be a cat they might consider. Anyone with any ideas please email me this morning or call me.

Friday, September 14, 2007 8:19:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I'll be calling you Shannon

Friday, September 14, 2007 8:31:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

That just breaks my heart. I am trying hard not to cry after reading this but cant help but shed some tears for the poor furry baby... I wish there was some way I could smack the crap out of those people! No animal deserves to be treated in that manner!!! They should never be allowed to have another animal in their life ever!!! Please keep us posted on the baby as I will worry myself all day today about it...

Yes thanks for the update on the meeting. Even though I don’t currently live in Clarksville, all the matters do concern me as I do plan to get there some day! I try to keep up with as much as I can with the political arena and find it frustrating to see how slow progress seems to move in City Hall...

Friday, September 14, 2007 9:07:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Gee, if Daisylouu and Adrienne were at the Fur Ball... Then we could have Dragon wearing the Jets thong for all to see! We wenches should not be selfish and keep him all to ourselves ya know.... His costume could be the ultimate Jets Fan! Green hat, giant green foam finger, green shoes and socks and green thong! ohhh weeee the visual...

Friday, September 14, 2007 9:16:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I'M BLIND-----I'M BLIND!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 14, 2007 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Shannon, please update us on that poor sweet kitty! 'm sure Cats Are Us will be willing to take it and try to get it a GOOD home! Why oh Why are people like that blessed with animals then treat them like that? As far as future pets, I bet they get another as soon as they get settled in thier new home and that poor pet will get the same treatment as this one. What a shame! Did those people even give the poor cat a name? Good luck catching it! Try putting a can of tuna inside the carrier and that should help.

Friday, September 14, 2007 12:53:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

I love the idea of the jets thong!!! Puleeze someone take a camera in case we can't go!

I have the kitty and did talk to cats r us today. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Sandy.I have to take Mr Kitty to get a test to make sure he doesn't have feline leuk and then I think they are going to try to help me.

He is such an absolute sweetie ya'll. Doesn't someone out there want him? He is inside my basement room right now curled up on a blanket underneath my stairs. He is VERY much a talker and very loving. he has rubbed up against me and everything else in the room for 2 hours straight now. He has finally settled in and seems to be ready to go to sleep.I talked to him a bit more before coming upstairs and I immediately heard his purring start up from his hiding spot. I think he is glad to be inside. He seemed to be terrified of being outdoors. Again, just can't imgagine having this guy for a few years and then throwing him outside. People amaze me. I so wish I could keep him-he seems to have quite a bit of personality and wants to be loved. Anyone want some free unconditional love??? Sigh...why can't I win the lottery and then I could have my very own kitty and doggie farm just for babies like this.

Friday, September 14, 2007 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Hmmmm. IF he's so sweet, already neutered and declawed, ummmmm, why can't you keep him? LOL. How many cats do you have? Or, we could always make him a foster cat of Cats Are Us, put him up on the website and keep him THERE until we find him a home, like the Humane Society does with their foster homes (all of their pets for adoption are at foster homes since they don't have a shelter.)

Shannon, if you can, get me a few good photos of him when you can! Then we'll post them and see if we can find a home.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh, Shannon. I am pretty sure it's ILLEGAL to abandon a pet that way. I'd call David Selby at Animal Control and ask. Those people should be charnged/fined. Their names are known and the neighbors know it's their cat, and especially if you get vet records.

That's what needs to start happening so losers like that don't get away with it. They should be fined. But David would know.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 3:43:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Shannon, honey, How many signs from above do you need to know that this kitty is yours? It is trying to tell you that you are the one who has not just rescued it but are the one who needs to love it forever! It's just like when I rescued Cosette, I thought I would find her a good home but within a couple of hours I knew I had to add her to our family although we had sworn not to get any more animals. Please keep that precious kitty!!!!!!!!!!!11

Saturday, September 15, 2007 7:45:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I agree Shannon, You need to Foster the baby until someone can adopt it. Kitty loves you and needs you until it can find a new for-ever home! That is, unless you will keep Kitty.... Can we mom, can we mom, hun, hun can we mom??? Anyone of you ever say that one???

Saturday, September 15, 2007 9:21:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Shannon, are we wearing you down honey? I'm sorry if so. And if you really can't keep him then that is just the way it is but--- as I said I ahd no intention of keeping Cosette and then couldn't give her up then when Penelope decided I was going to be her Mommy, it took me two weeks pf begging Fly Boy before he gave in and said ok. Now he loves her as much as I do. She demands srratches on the head and under the chin from him all the time. She looks at him and fusses at him till he gives her the rubs and scratches then she is as happy as a bug in a rug. Just think about keeping the kitty if it's at all possible. I know you are probably already doing that. It's like we've said sometimes they pick us instead of us picking them and it all works out the way it's supposed to. Then we wonder how we ever got along without them.

Sunday, September 16, 2007 5:48:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

O'malley--Cats R Us would LOVE to have the help I'm sure. Even if it's just to come in and play around with the cats, and ESPECIALLY the dogs out back. We go on Saturday morning, but I'm sure they need hands all around the week too. It's a pretty tight place, so too many folks can't work around each other. You get a few owrkers and a few adoptors in there and it's kindda tight.
And not to beat you over the head, but fostering the kitty would probably be the best thing for it right now at least. Cats R Us is bursting at the seems. We really need to put our collective head together and get a fund raiser for them together.

Monday, September 17, 2007 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

Oh Ya'll,

You have made me feel so guilty...I would love to keep the kitty but I am afraid I will be divorced. Hubby will be home here soon I think and I promised him I would get no more pets while he was deployed. If I foster it what are the chances of us finding it a home? Here are the cons-it has to stay in the basement due to the other 5 psycho kitties I have that smelled him and started peeing on everything. Also, Mr Kitty does NOT like kids or other animals it seems. He has bitten both my daughters and they are now very afraid of him. and no, my daughters were not doing anything but trying to pet him. I am afraid he has probably been mistreated by the jerks that owned him as he will hiss at my feet when I first approach him-like mayby he was kicked around? He does deserve to have a happy, loving home and I want him to. He seems like the kind of cat that would do well in an adult home with no kids. He does not seem to want to be picked up at all but prefers to rub up against things, meow loudly, and get petted on his back only. He is still very nervous and runs immediately when he hears loud noises or sees someone different. He also seems to be wanting company so badly, when I go down to the basement he immediately comes to me and starts talking, rubbing up against me and stretching out on his back on the floor. If I move slowly and talk to him alot, he seems to relax and enjoy my company but he always has his guard up a bit-just listening intently and watching me. So how do I go about trying to find him a good home? Please ya'll help me so I don't have to go to divorce court.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Shannon, Darliyoun' you have done a good thing helping out this kitty the way you have and if you can't keep him and it sounds like you really can't then talk to Suzanne and Gerta. I know they can help you. Maybe fostering him a little while till he gets a home is the only way but if not that is understandable too. When you already have a housefuill or you're at your limit to how many you can handle then it's time for others to step up.
I'm getting ready to have a housefull in another week. My daughter and her family are going on a Disney cruise so in addition to our girls I will have my grand doggie and two grand kitties. I have to keep all the cats seperated because they will fight and that is no fun!
But Shannon, God bless you for rescuing that poor cat and helping it to find a home. I will be sying prayers for both of you!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 8:04:00 PM  

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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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