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Four legs, a lick and a wag


Dear Friends,

Burrr, it is very cold outside! Speaking from many rough experiences, I want to remind you of a few things.

It is best to bring your pets inside during the very cold months of living in Indiana, but if your pet must stay outside during these cold months please make sure they have shelter out of the wind, snow and rain. Clean dry blankets or straw in their outside house will help them maintain warmth.

Place the door of the house away from the wind if at all possible, water freezes very quickly outside and so be sure to check your best friends supply so they always have fresh water to drink.

Something you may not have thought about before, but because I was a lost wandering guy for a while, my feet got pretty cold and messed up with the salt and chemicals that were on the road. If you walk your pet during the time our road crews clean the roads and put stuff on it to help drivers, it would be a good idea to wipe their feet with a warm damp cloth.

Sometimes even our mouths need some attention. If we lick our feet after being outside walking the streets and we get the same stuff in our tummies that are on our feet it could cause some tummy problems.

I had a really cool story about a dog finding a human but my mom’s computer is acting up so that will have to wait for another time. Computers she says are great when they work and frustrating when they don’t. You can be watching for that story hopefully next week.

Wiggles and Wags to Brian, Sandra and the staff at the Sanctuary. They are doing a great job helping all my friends and finding homes where they will be warm and cozy the rest of the winter. It’s not an easy task making everyone happy there. Someone wants out when someone else wants in. This guy wants to walk; this one just wants to sleep. Some like biscuits and some like chews. Some like to talk all the time and some never talk.

Let me tell you staff, the guys and gals appreciate all you do. Just seeing your smiling faces everyday gives them a sense of belonging to someone and that someone cares for them. Keep up the good work!

My email is still working and several of my friends let me know about all the good stuff that goes on out there.

February 15th and 16th are dates you want to put on your calendar. Super Value is allowing Ark Animal Rescue to have their annual membership drive at the store. Ark people will be greeting you and sharing with you what Ark is doing and how you can help at the sanctuary as well as at the Paws and Claws bookstore. There is rumor that some bones and flowers will be distributed as well. I am not a flower kind of guy, but bones? - I am always for a good bone.

Paws and Claws are still looking for volunteers. If you are at all interested in helping at the book store in Howe, call 562-2100 and see what all is involved. I hear there are some new and exciting things happening there. In fact, I think I will go check it out so I can report first hand next week.

I was really pleased this week, a Westview and a Prairie Heights teacher called about Buddy’s book. They are having their classes write a story. There is still plenty of time for you to submit a story as well.

You can go to the blog, or the website, and find all the information you need to get started.

I hope you have a great week and don’t forget to do something kind for your forever friend, and then tell them to pass it on.

Your Friend,