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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Become a Virtual Santa Claus! And about Tender Paws

The Humane Society wants to give the pets in their foster care program a very merry Christmas, and you can help. Here's the deal from an Actionline:

"The Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery Co. proudly announces its Second Annual Santa Paws Program for our foster dogs & cats!! This is a great program for individuals that LOVE to help animals but can not foster. It is also well-deserving & lots of fun for our foster families who open their homes and hearts year round for homeless animals in our community. Here's a sneak peek at our current 2007 pet roster (go to their Web site to see all the foster babies!)

"How the program works: Click on the Santa Paws link on our website at for a list of foster pets & their wish lists. Email us with your foster pet selection(s) & go shopping! The wish list is only a guideline... but as a Santa Paws you can give whatever you like! All Santa Paws selections & gifts must be turned in no later than Fri. Dec. 14th. Gifts will be personally delivered to foster homes on Sat. Dec. 15 by "Nya Clause" in her Rudolph-mobile, pictured below.

"PLEASE help us make this a wonderful Christmas for our homeless animals and their foster families... your caring goes a long way!!!"

I know Nya the Santa Dog! I even went to a past birthday party of hers at Rotary Park years ago. Everyone brought their doggie guests and presents, and Nya greeted us wearing a birthday hat. We had good food and birthday cake and a great time, as all pet-lovers do when they get together. She is a wonderful dog that has been a therapy dog with Tender Paws. Are you guys familiar with Tender Paws? They meet at Gateway and the members visit people in the hospital and nursing homes with their pets, who get certified in therapy. Pets who go to Gateway even get their own badge! They also do a reading program, where children read to the dog, making them less nervous and helping them with their reading skills.

When I was in the hospital for four days after a hysterectomy several years ago, I had a visit from a Tender Paws dog. It was so great, because I really missed my own dogs.

Years ago when I wasn't working at the time, I took Tramp and Penny to Palmyra nursing home for visits. It was so rewarding. People who seemed in a shell and didn't talk broke into huge grins when they petted a dog. It's one of those things I'd love to do again when I'm RETIRED and not working full time. If this is something you have time for, you should check it out.

posted by Sandy at 12/06/2007 10:22:00 AM


Blogger Skeeter said...

What a wonderful idea!

Thursday, December 06, 2007 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

ok folks--I know I'm always pushing --- but I once again drop the gauntlet for all my Pet Pals to drop $10 in the bucket for the fosters. I know it's a hard time of year, and there are so many in need--but I figure if we take a total we would donate toe charity at Christmas and split it up --everybody gets a piece--right?

Thursday, December 06, 2007 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

SANDY--can you see my bunch at the Nursing home? It would be more like an EMERGENCY room by the time they got thru!! Lucy would be peeing all over from too much excitment-Charlie would be chewing somebodies IV tube in half, and HInes would be barking his head off. Pearl would be lying in a corner, casually observing the disaster as it unfolded-LOL
By the way--TODAY is LUCYS B_DAY. She is four years old--she woke me up this morning, looking down at me, and Jeremy and I hugged her up andsang Happy Birthday to her. She's such a big girl now. And yes, she got a new sweater for her birthday which she will get at the party tonight.

Thursday, December 06, 2007 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh, B, you MUST take pictures for me to post of Lucy in her NEW sweater! Don't forget! Happy Birthday to Lucy!

I already am sponsoring one of the pets, the cat Furrnando. If you notice on their website, you don't have to shop and get the gifts if you don't want. You can PayPal a donation, saying who you are sponsoring. Their is a link for an e-mail address to the person taking care of this.

And I am sure one of your dogs would be a good Therapy Dog--he or she would just have to go through the training and get their diploma! LOL. But I love the description of how they'd act.

This is a bit of bad humor, but maybe Hines, with his little bark, could wake someone from a state of semi-coma! They'd come out of their shell just to say "Shut that dang dog up!"

Thursday, December 06, 2007 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

What a Christmas miracle story that would make! I could take him around the country waking up coma patients! That might be a steady income at that!
I will try to get Lucy into her new sweater--she's never been a clothes horse--but we will have new pics to send unless the camera is dead. I couldn't pick a favorite for the SANTA PAWS, so I just pay pal-ed a lump. I just couldn't stand the thought of one of them being left out.
I have been packing Yard Sale stuff for the past three nights. I may have to go rent a u-haul, cuz I'm cleaning house. I asked Suzanne what they usually did well with and she said usually anything goes. Anyone who like to read history type books or hollywood stuff can pick up some great stuff I'm parting with. I still have to go thru the CD collection, but I cut a chunk out of the video collection already. God know I'll never miss it-LOL

Thursday, December 06, 2007 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger jdt said...

I picked one of the foster dogs this morning for my hubby and I to sponser for Santa Paws. I picked Sebastian. Something about his smile and eyes speaks to me. We have already started the shopping. Is it okay to wrap the gifts or do they just want the names on them when you drop off?

Thursday, December 06, 2007 1:29:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

You can present the gifts however you choose. I picked a kitty last year & bought a 4 ft. tall stocking from the Dollar Tree, stuffed it full of goodies, & personalized the stocking w/ the cat's name. Many people bought big bags of dog food & put large bows on it. Or, they just print out hte pet's picture & taped it to the bag. Be as creative as you want or don't want... the pets will be THRILLED either way! Just be sure whatever you submit is easily identified with your pet's name so it can be delivered properly. :) :) :) Thank SO much, and HAPPY SHOPPING EVERYONE!!!

Thursday, December 06, 2007 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

The professor donated to Ike and I did Mittens using PayPal. This is such an easy way to help! I love it! I also hope the foster parents can use the cash to get what they NEED. Not some silly costumes....

The professor thought that Ike looked like a good dog. We wish we had the room for a large dog but it's pretty close quarters with 3 small dogs, 3 cats and two full sized adults... ok... one of the adults IS plus-size...

I was smitten with Mittens... the little fella looks shell-shocked... kinda like how I feel some mornings.

I just love the warm fuzzy feelings you get by helping out...

Thursday, December 06, 2007 6:10:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

B, You explained your little hospital room scenario so vividly that I can see it in my head! Thanks for the laugh....

The Saint and I just sent our Pay-Pal in… We wanted to pick Chucky and Peanut but could not figure out how to donate individually (without signing up) so we just made one payment to who ever will need the money in the end. Yep, Alice, I am feeling mighty fuzzy!

Thursday, December 06, 2007 7:35:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Keep it up Pet Folks!! Thats what I love about you guys!! Big hearts and willing hands--and open wallets-HAHA
We had Lucy's Birthday last night.
She got her sweater (which we never got on her) and a new collar. We took the traditional pics, but none of them were really good cuz she was trying so hard to get to the food-LOL. When Jeremy pulls them off the camera, I;ll send them out.
We ran into Suzanne from CATS R US at Kroger last night. She said donations are coming in for the Yard Sale and the building is being prepared. They got the lights on and everything is chugging along towards the goal. The people who adopted Bubba finally picked him up. He was the last dog being housed there. Butthen when they got there the next day, someone had dropped two more dogs over the fence. She said they were lab mixes. I can't wait to see them Saturday!!

Friday, December 07, 2007 6:58:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Okay, B, here is one more! I picked Corona to be Santa Paws for. I met her at an adoption event back during the summer, and she was such a sweet girl. It breaks my heart that she still hasn't found her forever home.

Amy, maybe some new pictures of her on Petfinder might help?? She looks kinda fierce in that one, and they are older pics of her. Something cuter, laying on a doggie bed or getting belly rubs or something??

Friday, December 07, 2007 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

WONDERFUL!!! Keep it up folks!!! Love is in the air--and so is the fur-LOL.
SO many of you loved the hospital/nursing home scenario, involving my babies, you would have loved the mass histeria that was Lucy's birthday. Lucy was clawing Jeremy to pieces trying to get at her special food bowl, Charlie was trying to climb the back of my legs while I was putting Pearls treat in her bowls, and Hines was a whirling derbish, runnning all around the kitchen trying to figure out where his bowl was, why the daddies were making such a fuss over Lucy, and when the h*ll were they going to feed him! Pearl, of course, was lain across one of the dog kennels looking at us like,"Ya know, you might want to consider medicating those mutts of yours1"

Friday, December 07, 2007 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I can see it now Brett! What a difference compared to Pearl's first birthday, where she was a calm, well-behaved little princess!

Friday, December 07, 2007 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

I just visited the Santa Paws site again and the fosters who have been gifted have their names crossed out. But now there are wonderful, sweet babies who still need a gift angel...
Please talk this up to your friends and relatives! I wish I could help them all...

PS. I have been talking to the professor about adoptig Mittens. In Japan there is a tradition that a cat will bring luck to you. You can see the cat statues in oriental places. The cat is sitting up and it has one paw in the air. The paw is beckoning good luck an prosperity into the home/business. In stores you see the cat with one eye colored in. This is the first year the store has been open. The second year, they color in the other eye.

Anyway... Mittens is holding up one paw just like the lucky Japanese cat... It sure looks like fate to me...

Friday, December 07, 2007 3:22:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

YES, Alice. It's FATE! FATE, I tell you! Listen to those voices in your head. You know where we are when you're ready to add to your family! :) Mittens is quite a bit older than pictured though (I think about 6 months now). The foster mom has been kinda slow on getting me updated pictures. The bio does give her approx d/o/b though so I'm hoping inquirers do the math. :) Hope to see everyone at Applebee's in the morning for pancakes!

Saturday, December 08, 2007 12:32:00 AM  
Blogger O'Malley said...


whirling that will def put a visual in your head!! I think that will be my new word for my Rocky!

Saturday, December 08, 2007 7:32:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

B, Lucy's party sounds like a blast! I think Pear has it on target though! Maybe daddies need a bit of meds also! LOL.. You are too funny...

Alice, yes, follow the voices and give that little mittens a forever home! Wish I could give them all forever homes. Still playing that lottery and praying...

Saturday, December 08, 2007 7:53:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Well for thoseof you who didn't go the pancake breakfast was very good and the Girl Scouts did a terrific job as waitresses! Bless thier little hearts for helping the sweet animals.On the Santa Paws thing, here is what we did last year and are doing again this year. We are waiting to see who doesn't get picked to get anything then we are sending a donation to paypal to take care of all of them. I challenge the rest of you to do the same. It doesn't have to be a big ammount to all who have already chosen pets to help but even a additional $10.00 would help. We send enough to help them all so andthing besides that will help. Amy said she had a great time taking the donation and shopping for them, right Amy? Anyway please consider that if you possibly can, the babies need it!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I did my shopping for Corona on Sunday, and had a blast! I just loved the funny looks I got at Dollar Tree as I stood in the pet aisle and crammed every dog toy and treat I could possibly get into that paw print stocking!!!!! One girl brought her hubby (or whatever) over to the aisle and said "See, I'm not crazy!!!" If I hadn't been in such a hurry, I would have recruited her for the blog. LOL

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

You guys are killing me---If we recruit so many people to the Blog, do we win prizes?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

That is too funny B...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007 5:06:00 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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