Local group visits Helena shelter
Hard to believe a week has passed and an other article yet to be written. Even harder to believe that our trip to Helena/West Helena new animal shelter (scheduled three weeks ago) was attended by three of us.
A tale of motherhood ...
This day belongs to all the mothers that read this, and what a joy it is to become a mother.
Lots of good things happening
What a week! Lotsa good things, positive things happening and we are so much the better for it.
Too many animals abandoned on streets
As a nation we claim to love our dogs and cats. Millions of households have pets, and billions of dollars are spent yearly on pet food and supplies.
The wonderment of unconditional love
There are so many of us that possess that wonderful love for animals, they are so like family. "Gretch" has been a little under the weather, and it is like having a child that is ill.
What it means to be an animal hoarder
On occasion, I am asked what "exactly" is an animal hoarder. This usually comes up when someone is accused of being an animal hoarder.
Lawmakers get it right on Senate bill
Kudos to our congressmen who did their homework on S.B. 13. They thoroughly dissected it from over three pages to a paragraph which states that an animal owner is only responsible for "reasonable expenses for an animal's care when it is seized by law enforcement or by an animal control officer."
Abuse is never acceptable
Many times I have used this article as a vehicle to try to reach and teach. To teach readers that animals are wonderful creatures that love unconditionally and share a powerful bond with humans.
We need to keep our animal rights laws intact
Well, here we go again! I hate to dwell on the negative but, if you are not notifying your congressmen on SB 13 and 14 you best do it or hang up the existing Arkansas animal cruelty as a felony. Once again the bill proposes that only law enforcement personnel, not animal rights groups or individuals, are allowed to investigate complaints of animal cruelty...
County shelter project slowly moving forward
I am most happy to report that our startup committee met Wednesday. It was my pleasure to announce that according to Judge Carney, the land that Mayor Kennemore and I have coveted for the most of 10 years will be released to us for our shelter project.
Senate bill must be stopped
There are many things we all do -- right things and wrong things. Too often, we just let things ride, because, we just do.
Harmful bill has a new sponsor
Well, how about this news! Senate Bills 13 and 14 now have a co-sponsor. A Sen. Gary Stubblefied. A month ago I was advised by Sen. Burnett that it most probably wouldn't fly. Someone out there thinks it will!
Animal cruelty still hard to fathom
It is or would be correct to state that Blytheville is not exactly a cultural mecca. It has it's good points. It would, however, be fair to state that after 43 years, it has been home to me and mine.
Still time to fight nonsensical Senate bill
Maybe it is just the desire to remember what used to be good -- remembering things that meant something and wondering if things will ever be the same.
Dumping dogs out in county is no solution
Arkansas needs to create a database or some type of registry that handles repeated animal abuse. Arkansas could be a leader that would create stronger penalties for animal cruelty and neglect (and make it stick).
Neighbor's shooting of dog not justified
How does one measure love or happiness -- a good friend, a good meal, laughter of a child? I do know that too often when love is suppressed, the hate settles in. Pick up the paper, watch TV, and it is all laid out before us.
Senate bill reads like a bad joke
Listen up all you animal lovers! I don't know what Sen. J. Hutchinson of Benton was smoking when he drafted S.B. 13. I do know he has no idea what he is talking about.
Nothing as upsetting as losing something you love
I suppose there is nothing quite so upsetting as something you love to come up missing. Missing -- gone -- maybe forever.
Dogfighting at odds with rational thought
A few months ago Adam Reeves, in a special article for the Democrat-Gazette, was openly chastising Iowa's U.S. Rep. Steve King.
Time keeps marching on
"Time has no divisions to mark its passage. There is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins, it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols." So it was stated by Thomas Mann (1924). He would never imagine how true that statement is in this county we live in -- in this world we live in. Nor the city we inhabit...
"My puppy gave to me ..."
"On the first day of Christmas, my puppy gave to me, the Santa topper from the Christmas tree. ...
Pets still need heroes
If you are reading this article, then the world did not come to an end! Praise the Lord!
Church offers aid to MissCo Animal Rescue
The second Sunday of Advent brought forth a celebration of God's love in many of the live of others. This was the blessing brought forth by the unfortunate closing of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Blytheville.
Dogs enter old age at different rates
What a lovely week this has been. I have been quite under the weather for weeks, and this week I am improving wonderfully well! Nothing in this world can beat good health.
Education, police key to ending animal abuse
Good endings come from prayerful beginnings, this I believe! My desire to put to use that which is necessary and good will bring forth a shelter that will serve the county well.
Programs help people, pets
For the very few that remain unsure about construction of our very own county shelter, I will offer excerpts from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
More on feral cats
This article may not be a help or interest to many readers, but surprisingly enough, I am often asked what to do with feral cats.
Here's why we need a county animal shelter
A recent incident is another reason it is important to look to a future shelter out in the county.
The joys of adopting
As this month comes to a close, I hope many of you were able to participate in this October month, which is "adopt a shelter dog month."
Project closer to reality
Last week I was invited to Wilson to speak to the ladies club there that are much interested in what we are wanting to do with the animal shelter in Mississippi County. They listened with interest as I explained the advantages of proposing such a project.
A tale of two kitties
I rather expect the majority of the readers have read or at least heard of "The Tale of Two Cities." Betcha never heard of the tale of the two kitties?
What not to feed your pet
I came across the following article that had some great info regarding the feeding or the do-not-feed list. A lot of it I knew, but wondered if everyone knew what you should not feed your cat or dog.
Pets, prisons can be a win-win scenario
While our committees are reviewing, revising and reveling in the tasks at hand, I would like to take the opportunity to kinda fill you in on the what's going on in the animal world of Paws in Prisons.
County shelter progress not too good to be true
In these unsettling times, the expression, "If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is" usually holds true. Not this time. Progress is being made toward providing a county animal rescue.
Animal abuse is never acceptable
I believe it was 2009 when the Arkansas animal cruelty law came into being. Well, being the 46th state to admit that torturing an animal was more than a Class A misdemeanor shows progress. (Perhaps we were a little on the late bloomer side, but I digress.)
Hospital staff pitches in to help pet in need
If you ever hear complaints against our Great River Medical Center, I want you to remember that every living thing is important to them.
County shelter a win-win proposal
A lot of interest in the county shelter of late. Some of the comments are positive and some are negative. It is hard to imagine that there are those who could find fault with anything new that they don't understand, and that makes it all wrong.
County shelter effort moves forward
Another major step has occurred in our quest for a county shelter! We finally received our Federal Identification Number and glory in it. Try and start a bank account, even with $12,000 in your hand without a FIN and you will find out it ain't gonna happen.
Cats can serve a useful purpose
I reckon as how I love all animals, but dogs are my very favorite. I find myself nearly always carrying on about dogs, not on purpose, really.
Remembering the good ole days
It seems like just yesterday although the many years have passed since bread was 5 cents a loaf and gasoline was 12 cents a gallon. Back then friends were true and trusted friends. Those were the days when men loved women and women loved men and neighbors knew and cared for one another. ...
Working together for plan for animal shelter
Wednesday morning of this week was chocked full of a board working together selecting an animal shelter plan. Everyone seemed excited to be a part of the choosing of a plan that hopefully will not be cost prohibitive but, one that could be efficient and able to add to when the time arises...
Misplaced pup waits for master
I suppose, it's only natural, that when you read an article with the name of the town where you were born and raised, you just automatically read the article.
A stinky skunk story
Did ya hear the story about two animal control ladies and the skunk?
The love of one good dog
A rescue animal is a joy to behold and mine certainly no exception. That is to say she is as fine an animal that I have ever owned.
Rampant cases of animal mistreatment
One day when you get bored, drive about town and see a life at the end of a chain! Underfed, underloved, covered with fleas and ticks and in some cases mange!
Someone has to speak for the animals
Having lived these many years and being a witness to hard times most of this life, it seems we are living in troubled times.
June a great time to adopt a cat
The month of June is a special month -- the excitement of a summer coming on and signs of new growth. It is also special for another reason. It is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!
Horses require proper care
Is there ever a more beautiful sight than a horse grazing in a pasture or galloping across grassy green acres?
Vets, vet techs offer wisdom
I recently read an interesting article written by veterinarians and vet techs. I thought it might be neat to share some insider tips and cautionary tales, all of which might save time, trouble and even trauma, as they put it, for everyone in the family.
Remembering a dear friend
I'm guessing that it would be fair to say most of us were born with the knowledge that there is a time for laughing, loving, worshiping, sorrow and good times.
Exciting time for county
Hi, everybody! I am back from the "hinges," and I am proud to be back. My heart is now sporting the newest in heart jewelry.
Animal control can be an ugly job
Such a week, last week, poor Terrie! Can't help but wonder what this world is coming to!
Hope for country shelter
Such a day! A call from Judge Carney last month set my mind in whirl. I was invited to speak at a luncheon being held this day at the Manila Depot, to all the mayors in Mississippi County, (17 were invited.)
It's hard to say goodbye to pets
Everyone dreads the day when we have to say goodbye to the ones we love. Whether it be human family or family animal, the sorrow is much the same.
Debunking the myths on spaying and neutering
True to my promise, I would like to address issues we face with people who do not know how spaying and neutering affects an animal. There are many myths floating about, so hopefully readers will realize there are myths and truths regarding the procedure.
Animal over-population still a problem
I hope to raise awareness of pet over-population to this city -- to this county by bringing info via this article.
Stranger than fiction
Life is strange, and as I grow older, the stranger it gets. All this to say, so many things begin to connect and suddenly you think well, duh!
How it all started ...
I am often asked how long I have been so involved with animals. My answer would take to long in a casual conversation.
Stricter abuse law a good thing
After years of begging for stricter legislation, we now have stricter laws in place that disallows abuse of any sort. Mind you, abuse continues to go on and will for years to come.
Abuse rampant in pet industry
Did you see the news or perhaps read about the two women caught transporting 100-plus dogs in a U-Haul trailer? No ventilation. Animals cramped into cages, some ill and most not properly cared for.
Shelter runneth over
Talk about " the cup runneth over." Terrie reports that this would fit the description of her shelter!
Always hard to say goodbye
It is never an easy thing to say good-bye to a loved one, especially a mother.
A fruitful ending to 2011
Merry Christmas and I hope it was a merry one -- now it is on to a fruitful new year! Did I say fruitful? WOW!
Pets not always the best Christmas present
In the spirit of Christmas giving, keep in mind that everyone neither wants or needs a Christmas animal. Everyone loves puppies and kittens and the companionship that pets bring to our lives. But pets are not always suitable for some.
Spaghetti dinner/auction a big success
What a night -- what a special night! If you missed the dinner/auction, you missed a great party! We had at last count 155 attendees. We had just the right amount of food and everyone left full and happy.
Been there, done that
By the time you read this article, we will have been there and done that! By that, I am making reference to the Spaghetti Dinner Auction.
Looking out for the animals
By the time you read this article, Thanksgiving will be over and time to look to planning a new year. Better still, look to planning our next endeavor.
Plans for spaghetti dinner, new thrift store
Tuesday night was a time to come together to communicate and bring the Spaghetti Dinner/Auction plan together. Everyone donated their time and talent to the needs of the upcoming yearly fundraiser.
Arkansas an exporter of pets
Well whaddya you know? The Democrat-Gazette out of Little Rock, on the front page, if you please, shows a dog headed for the Rescue Waggin'.
Humane Society elects board
This past Tuesday night was indeed a red-letter day for the Humane Society! It was well attended by some say 25 others, say 27. I say what a great meeting!
License laws can work
Looks like Blytheville is fair game to Channel 8 news. Every time I turn around they seem to be there with that camera. This time it was in regard to the high incident of dog bites with renegade dogs
Here's to Richard
How would some one explain a person like Richard Schlosser? I suppose I would describe him as a good friend to everybody.
Early Halloween at Humane Society
Halloween came a bit early this year to the Humane Society.
Thankful for volunteers
It goes without saying how wonderful it is to have this flurry of volunteers networking with our humane society. We seem to be adding a new table every month to accommodate the numbers so willing to be willing.
How to give your cat a pill
Back by popular demand! It is quite clever:
Speaking of city animal control ordinances
Not that I think it will do any good but, in this business, you gotta try.
Some insist on doing the wrong thing
It is very hard to deal with people who insist on doing all the wrong things where their animals are concerned. I guess there will always be in our midst uneducatable people.
Same old "stuff" ...
At the risk of being uncouth: It's SOSDD! Reckon after all these years of trying to deal with folks that obviously couldn't make change for a quarter is taking a toll on my well being?
Don't leave pets (or kids) in hot cars
Most of us that love our animals thrive on their return of that love. We realize that those same pet lovers love to take their animals everywhere they go.
Girl's letter helps dog find a good home
A good friend and animal advocate, Mr Lampley, called me the other evening regarding his concern for the loving care of our animals and the need for it.
More cases of animal cruelty
No wonder people often think that animal lovers are a little weird.
Team of volunteers moving full speed ahead
Well, whad'ya know? Our booths did surprisingly well! We had great volunteers to assist the ladies with all sorts of things -- candles, jewelry, Avon, purses, scrap-booking -- and the ice creaming wasn't bad either.
The old man and the dog
This is a story sent to me from friend Ann Hutto. I felt compelled to share it instead of my usual moaning. Hope the readers enjoy it as I did.
Consider joining the Humane Society
Perhaps you recently received a letter of invitation to become a member of the Humane Society. Please give it your serious, sincere consideration
Fundraiser to benefit Humane Society
We are always attempting to bring fun things to do to the city that benefit our shelters. Now we are offering something different in a sense, something that hopefully many will enjoy.
More evidence of the maker's magnificence
I'm sure that stranger things happen on a daily basis; however, this is a thing that I believe will go undefined.
Don't leave dead dogs lying around
We are faced with a concern that will be offensive to the perpetrators, but very disgusting to us. Something that just must be addressed here. It may be preaching to the choir but, it still must be approached.
A story of "Faith"
Many years ago, early on a Sunday morn approximately 16 years, my Laurie came to the shelter with the saddest looking dog we have ever seen before or since.
Humane Society has too many friends to mention
Webster's Dictionary defines friend as "an ally, supporter or sympathizer." I can stand up tall and say that the Humane Society has so many friends too numerous to mention.
Lots of fundraising ideas in the works
At our last meeting we put together some ideas we thought might interest the public and help us raise money for the shelter.
Dream comes true for mass of tangled fur
The heart is truly a lonely hunter for animals, as well as for humans. As an example: a recent encounter of a mass of tangled fur wandering about hunting for food, yearning for love, seeking some type of existence.
Reality hits, and hits hard
Several of my good friends have entered into a far better life than that which they witnessed on this earth (all in one week).
Don't keep your dog on a tether
Does the sight of a chained dog break your heart? I can tell you anyone with love in their heart for an animal will be disgusted and hurt for the animal.
When bad times hit, they hit hard
Sometimes when bad times hit, they hit very hard. Makes it even harder to understand when everything goes haywire.
Beans, beans, musical fruit ...
Beans, beans, musical fruit -- the more you eat the more the loot!
Bean feed to benefit Humane Society
Calling all bean eaters! Don't forget Monday night for a fun, fun bean feed! We will have several kinds of beans (four to be exact); and several kinds of cornbread from several great cooks.
People come into our lives for a reason
I don't know who wrote it, but it is so true -- people come into our life for a reason, for a season or for our lifetime -- coming into this life to assist us through difficult times, providing us with guidance and support.
Are your pet's rabies shots up-to-date?
And another thing I have been belly aching about is this rabies thing. Over in Sebastian County, they have three confirmed and two suspected cases of rabid skunks.
Photos with pets being offered
For everyone's information -- if you are interested in great photos of your animal family better get to it and make your appointment (March 23--26)
Need for county animal shelter growing
Sunday afternoon, I received a call from Sheila Johnson who lives in the rural area of County Road 650 (on the other side of Osceola). She has called for help from sources that inform her that they cannot help her with the animal problems that plague many of the rural areas.
Paws to Ponder
Connealy has been a longtime advocate for animal rights.