In Bugg's World... Dogs will have Happy Homes!

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 22nd May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1uoc5zdd/
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At times we all get frustrated with the lack of compassion we see thrown out in our world and then, you run into a person, that reminds you. There are good people out there.

One Spring Night

Dan, Billy, Bugg and I were sitting on the front porch. I was explaining to my three guys, how we should do something to show Caitlyn how much we appreciate what she has done for us. Caitlyn is the young lady that put Sweet Tee into our lives. One deed we have been very grateful for, since the day we brought Sweet Tee home. Yes we did pay our small fee but, I feel, we need to do more than just that, for the kind gesture she has bestowed on us.

I was telling Dan, Billy and Bugg how I went to Caitlyn's facebook page, 'Happy Homes' and how I saw first hand how she is doing her part in trying to find homes for one too many unwanted animals.

I explained to them that I also felt I needed to do my part for these lovely animals in our area. I went on to tell them of my idea of writing a article on Caitlyn and the great work she has done for the Columbus Georgia Animal Care & Control shelter. It has been said, "It only takes one person to make a change.".

Well, in my eyes, Caitlyn is one of those people.

Our friend Caitlyn

Caitlyn Stoddard first started fostering animals after she tried to coax a scrawny, pathetic pit bull over to her while visiting Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter one day. As Caitlyn was trying to coax this dog over to her, a Animal Control officer walked up to her and asked her if she was goning to adopt this dog. Caitlyn informed the officer that she was not really planning on getting another dog at this time. As Caitlyn has two dogs of her own.

The officer looked at Caitlyn and said "We are about to put her down.". Caitlyn could not bare to think of this happening, so she adopted the dog, at that very moment, with out hesitation. Emma, is the dogs name that Caitlyn so lovingly saved from death row. Emma is now living with her parents.

Caitlyn has since been fostering dogs, on her own, since August 2010. Caitlyn is a veterinarian technichian and groomer at Gateway Veterinary Hospital in Columbus Georgia.

Save A Life!

Since Caitlyn's encounter with Emma, her goal was to start a rescue group in the Columbus Georgia area. Caitlyn started Happy Homes in August 2010.

Caitlyn's mission with Happy Homes Facebook Page, is to post each of the animals currently down at Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter, so these animals will get more exposure and hopefully get adopted. Caitlyn feels that most people in Columbus Georgia, know very little about the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter and how they work. Columbus Georgia Animal Care & Control Shelter is located behind the PAWS facility. Most people in our area, go to PAWS and look no further.

Caitlyn informed me that, it has been wrongly believed that PAWS pulls all animals from Animal Control and that none of these animals are euthanized. This could not be further from the truth, 8,251 animals were brought into Animal Control last year and only 648 were sent to PAWS.

One of Caitlyn's goals is to inform people that, there are plenty of healthy adoptable animals at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter, even purebreds. The dogs at Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter, cost the fraction of the price to adopt, then they do at PAWS. The cost ranges from $15-$75.

The cost includes spaying/neutering, rabies vaccine, and microchip. Most animals are dieing because, peoples lack of knowledge of this shelter. Caitlyn informed me that, Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter even gets well groomed dogs, which shows that the dog did once belong to some person/family but, most people do not even go to the shelter to look for their lost pets. If these animals do not get adopted, then this family pet ends up being euthanized.

Happy Homes

Caitlyn has 3,020 friends on her Happy Homes facebook page. At this time only about 50 people are active members on her page. These are the ones whom strive to help the page grow and save the animals dumped at the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter. Caitlyn has noticed a upswing with more people wanting to help her over the last few months.

The way it works is, Caitlyn posts which animals are scheduled to be euthanized. Caitlyn's followers then help out by posting these animals waiting to be adopted on their own facebook pages. Some will also post these dogs on craigslist.com (this is how we found Caitlyn and Sweet Tee) and some even post in the lost and found in our local newspaper, The Ledger Enquirer.

Caitlyn's active members work together, by using all their resources they can muster up to help these precious animals. Some of her active members that have joined Caitlyn's Cause, will go to the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter and adopt the animal that is about to be euthanized. With the intent to foster the animal, until they can find them a loving and permanent family.

Caitlyn has rescued, fostered and rehomed 22 animals herself.

Thank you Mr. Baker

After Caitlyn gets back from her honeymoon this month, she will immediately be diving into the application process for her shelter license and non profit 501(c)3 status.

As Caitlyn has found out, as she has ventured into this great cause, it takes a lot of money to do the work she feels needs to be done. So Caitlyn has entered a contest through the Pepsi corporation.

Caitlyn found out about the pepsi refresh project last year. A man named Art Baker was trying to get a shelter built in Columbus Georgia for soldiers deploying. Columbus Georgia is next door to Ft. Benning. Mr. Baker gave Caitlyn a flyer to vote for his idea while she was visiting Petco. Caitlyn went home and checked into the Pepsi refresh contest.

Caitlyn Enters

When Caitlyn went to the pepsi website to vote for Mr. Baker's cause and also to find out how she could enter the contest for the shelter she has been wanting to build. Caitlyn noticed that the pepsi refresh contest was about over with for that year but, pepsi was going to have another 'refesh everything' contest starting in April 2011 and she knew she had to apply.

Caitlyn filled out the application, she was picked by a third party to be one of the worth while causes Pepsi would highlight. Caitlyn's application was approved and passed by the pepsi corporation and is now one of many great causes they have in their Pepsi refresh contest.

This years contest will be over with June 1 2011. Caitlyn needs all the help she can get from all of my readers. Even if Caitlyn does not win this contest, I know she will make it out there but, I would like to see if we could help Caitlyn out and lessen her load a bit.

While doing my research

I contacted Mr. Chris Brown, whom is the special enforcement manager of the Columbus Georgia Animal Care & Control Shelter. Mr. Brown had nothing but high praise for Caitlyn Stoddard and rightly so. Mr. Brown also informed me of other rescue groups that have been sprouted off of Caitlyn's Happy Homes group.

Mr. Brown informed me that, Caitlyn and the other groups branched off from Happy Homes, have helped save a lot of animals since it first began back in August 2010. Mr. Brown, went on to say that in March 2010, there were 28 dogs placed in homes but in, March of 2011 there were 104 animals saved by being placed in homes.

Mr. Brown can not say if this is a direct result of Happy Homes but, Statistics do not lie and there have been a upswing in adoptions and they have not changed a thing, well other than now, having the great outlet and members of Happy Homes and the other groups that have branched off of Caitlyn group.

I spent a good thirty minutes chatting with Mr. Brown and I could tell by talking to this kind man that, he is frustrated and heart broken that they are not able to place all dogs and cats they have coming into the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter, into loving homes.

They have a limited space and if they pick up a stray, they must, by law, hold that animal for 5 days. Where a new animal has to be housed, one has to be either adopted or, they must be euthanized to make room for the next animal coming in.

Mr. brown is as adamant as I am about this one thing, please spay or neuter your household animals and spread the word to others. Then maybe, we can help the overpopulation of domestic cats and dogs.

So, that Spring Night

As we sat on the front porch, we all were in agreement that I must write this article, so maybe we will be able to help more of these animals that come into the Columbus Animal Care & Control Shelter be placed in loving homes. Though the kicker for me was, when Bugg turned to me and I saw the love in Bugg's eye. I knew I had to at least try and help, in my small way.

I mean, can you say no to this face, come on!

Can Caitlyn win this contest, I just don't know but, as we know, usually things do go Bugg's way, as it is...

A Bugg's world!

To cast your vote for this worthy cause and help Caitlyn out, please visit... http://www.refresheverything.com/happy-homes-no-kill-shelter. You can vote once a day.

If you don't want to help Caitlyn then please, at least do something for the animals that are in your local shelter.

If you are interested in adopting any of the animals I have showcased in this article, well other than Bugg and Sweet Tee, please go to the, Columbus Georgia Animal Care and Control Shelter.

For more articles on this subject please go visit these pages written by some wonderful people...

Adopt a Pet Save a Life, or two. Written By: Mark Gordon Brown.
Become A Pet Foster Parent. Written By: Jerry Walch
Rescuing Raffles. Written By: Songbird B

I would like to thank Ashley Patel for all the work she has done to help me get this article out to all of you. She has been a angel.

I would also like to thank Mr. Brown for his time, his permission to allow me to use these pictures of the adorable animals they have up for adoption (also any information they have on their website) and for being such a kind man, that is trying to do all he can so we will have more pets adopted and not euthanized. I would also like to thank Sergeant Allen Meeks for the help he gave me, that allowed me to rap this article up.

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author avatar Songbird B
25th May 2011 (#)

Oh Denise...I could cry for what I have read in your incredible article..Being in the UK, I cannot vote for Caitlyn, as it only applies in the States, but how I praise the likes of these Angels here on earth that try their hardest to save healthy animals being euthanized. I would love to know why, in today's supposedly enlightened society, animals are still seen as disposable property, of no value or worth. It makes my blood boil, Denise. Thank God, there are people like yourself and Caitlyn, who care enough to make a difference..My Raff would have been due to be euthanized too, if our local Dog and Cat Home hadn't taken him on. Watching him the other day, when we were with new friends, I watched how he went to each and every person, most of them strangers to him, and sat next to them so he could be petted. He would make such a great P.A.T dog.. This deserves more than one Star...if I could, I would give you a dozen for the exceptional quality of this outstanding page. I am so proud to call you 'Friend', here on Wikinut. As you are a woman after my own heart. Bless you Denise..

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author avatar Denise O
25th May 2011 (#)

My dear friend, I am so overwhelmed by your kindness. You have me in tears sitting here. I am such a cry baby. LOL
You know, I will never understand it either. When I talked with Mr. Brown at the shelter, he just seemed so overwhelmed with his task of keeping the streets safe and most importantly finding these animals homes. I plan on doing some more work with him, in the next coming weeks. Caitlyn and her group that has been so instrumental in placing so many dogs in our area, into wonderful homes, they are just true angels here on earth. I plan on doing more work for her and and her organization also. The compassion in these folks hearts in just unreal. I am proud to call you friend also my dear. As we say here in the south, you seem like good people to me, I tell ya! I know you would vote if you could. Thank you hon for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
25th May 2011 (#)

What a great moving article. We are not dog people but do appreciate the thought behind the need for loving families. We have many of the same feelings in relation to the cats that we see from the humane society in our area.

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author avatar Denise O
25th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Peter for your kind words. As you can tell, we are also promoting Cats. Bugg loves all animals. When I do my next few articles I will be highlighting all kinds of animals that are left at the shelter. You would be amazed what people drop off, sadly. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
25th May 2011 (#)

These animals cannot speak, so we have to be their voice for them...Was so disappointed when I linked to the page and found out that I was unable to vote due to my Country... Please keep us updated, Denise, and bless you for caring enough to help promote such a worthy cause..

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author avatar Denise O
25th May 2011 (#)

I sure will hon. These folks that are involved with this organization are just tops. When Caitlyn got our Sweet Tee, he was found in a abandoned home, no water and no food. How can people be so darn cruel. Thanks hon.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
25th May 2011 (#)

thank you for this article and shedding light on this huge need,I am linking to this page and your kindness will help many, I pray with you for safe and happy homes for everyone of them...well done Denise!!! Please No kill shelters....!

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author avatar Denise O
25th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Delicia for your kind words. Also, I am honored you would like to link with me, thank you for that. I am with you on the no kill shelters. I just wish more people would spay and neuter their animals and then maybe there wouldn't be such a need. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Carol
25th May 2011 (#)

Oh Denise, this article really touches my heart in so many ways, and how lovely you wanted to dedicate it to Caitlin. I know you are also an unsung hero, you care about dogs, and you give them a home and love, and thank goodness there are such peopke as you and caitlin around. Until Leo, we always rescued dogs, they wre so loving and grateful, and it broke my heart to think that both of them had been saved from euthanasia, and then had to go through the ordealof seeing if someone wanted them. I wish I could have taken all the dogs home, it was so hard to choose. This work certainly deserves a star, and has moved me to tears. Many thanks.Carol xx

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author avatar Caitlyn Stoddard
25th May 2011 (#)

Thank you for the article Denise! We need more amazing people like you to help spread the word. Everyone can do their part and help by adding my Facebook page Happy Homes and reposting the animals I post. Maybe one of YOUR facebook friends will see one they like and adopt!

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author avatar Denise O
25th May 2011 (#)

Carol, now I am going to cry, what a sweet message hon. I hope others that may come here after my note left to you, take the time to understand whom I am, before they take what I am about to write, the wrong way. Carol, I do not toot my own horn. I have always been just a worker bee but, I have to say. I am proud of this one page. I really did my work on it and as with you, it is a cause near and dear to my heart. After my interview with Mr. Brown (whom I will be working with in the next week on other articles) I just sat here and cried. This man has a very hard job. Most folks, do not understand that animal control people are not heartless. Actually, just the opposite. The compassion and hurt in this man voice, as he was telling me stories of how people just drop off dogs, cats and at times whole litters would have made the hardiest of men cry. The stress this guy is under, knowing as each animal comes in, one must go and he doesn't have a choice but to euthanize, if no one adopts them, really weighs heavy on this man's heart. Now Caitlyn, she really has done the hard work and not only that, she has spread that love all around our area. I have found a great bunch of people here. Thank you hon for your kind words and as always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
26th May 2011 (#)

I hear ya Caitlyn. It was a honor to do this story on you. I also tweet/twittley so, I hope we get some hits that way for Happy Homes and votes for the pepsi contest. Thank you for all you do.:)

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author avatar Denise O
26th May 2011 (#)

I hear ya Caitlyn. It was a honor to do this story on you. I also tweet/twittley so, I hope we get some hits that way for Happy Homes and votes for the pepsi contest. Thank you for all you do.:)

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author avatar richardpeeej
26th May 2011 (#)

It is so good that there are some very caring people in the world such as yourself Denise, and Songbird. I am so honoured to have both of you as my friends on here...This is such a heart wrenching article, and very well written too. Fully deserving of a star page...

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author avatar Maria Malone
27th May 2011 (#)

wonderful article.....

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author avatar Greenfaol
30th May 2011 (#)

A wonderful article on a wonderful cause. Caitlin sounds like a great soul who saves a lot of doggy lives. I wish her all the best. I really agree with many of the posts here. As you know, Maddy was a save as well and I can't imagine life withut my beautiful rescue dog. Love to you and all those involved xxxx

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author avatar rama devi nina
30th May 2011 (#)

Touching and inspiring. Love the theme thread of compassion running through this write. ;)

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author avatar Mike Powers
30th May 2011 (#)

I really enjoyed this outstanding article. Thanks!

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author avatar ppruel
7th Jun 2011 (#)

Denise - you and other people behind this project are the real angels - I'll check out the link of the site. Thanks for the info...Great Cause! And I will bring this to Facebook and Twitter as well.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Richard for your kind words. I agree Songbird is just a sweetie pie. I am so glad I have you as a friend as well. I tell you, this young lady I highligted is just tops I tell you. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Maria for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jun 2011 (#)

Norma, yes I remember Maddy was saved by y'all. Just warms my heart I tell ya. I have been so impressed by the dedication from Caitlyn and her group. As soon as the young lady got home from her honeymoon, the first thing she did was get on her facebook account and update her Happy Homes, just a wonderful, dedicated person, you just have to have so much respect for folks like this. as always my friend, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you rama for your kind words hon and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Mike for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jun 2011 (#)

Awww Thank you ppruel, for your support. You have been there for me since the start and I am so grateful for your encouraging and always kind words. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar vpaulose
9th Jun 2011 (#)

O Denise, where are you after this story on Caitlis?

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Hey vp, sorry my friend. I have been sick with a awful flu. I am slowly trying to make it back. I need to think of my health first. I do miss y'all. I will be back 100%, shortly. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Buzz
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks, my friend Denise for the share. Wonderful!

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author avatar Angelique Newman
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Excellent article Denise for bringing attention to this important subject. I'm so grateful for people like Caitlyn, you and others for guiding us in ways to help our furry friends.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jun 2011 (#)

You are most welcome Buzz. Thank you for taking the time to stop by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Angelique for your kind words. It is so good to see you. I hope all is well with you and yours. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
11th Jun 2011 (#)

Compassionate and powerful.
Denise, my friend, you touched my heart!

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author avatar chellanglo
12th Jun 2011 (#)

What a fantastic article, Denise! I am moved by all the love this young lady has for our four legged friends. I wish I would have read this sooner then I would surely have voted for her! And thank you for writing this and sharing this wonderful story! You are such a kindhearted lady! Much love and many hugzzzzz!

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Awww Rathnashikamani, thank you for your kind words and as always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you Chellango for your very kind words. I wish I had known about this contest earlier myself. I know you would have given her your vote. Caitlyn didn't win but, she has gained more popularity around our parts and I think she is clse to getting her dream filled for a shelter. I will keep y'all updated. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar White haired one
20th Jun 2011 (#)

wonderful article denise
don't you just love dogs
WHO

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you WHO, I sure do. They have been part of my life since I can remember. I also agree with you 100%, we learn so much from them, daily. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar C J Evans
20th Jun 2011 (#)

great article, very well written and touching. Great pics!

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you C.J, for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Jul 2011 (#)

Bravo to Caitlyn, and bravo to you, too, Denise. Your love for dogs shines glowingly through this entire page. Great picture, too. A well-deserved star page. Thank you.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Jul 2011 (#)

Thank you Steve. Sadly Caitlyn didn't win but, she has gained so much exposure in our town, through our local news. I think things will work out. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Robb714
31st Jul 2011 (#)

Another heart hurter, I am beginning to think you own stock in Kleenex. I have bookmarked this one for inspiration to work on my "Tales of Midnight" series. If I were king for a day, I would provide a loving home for every unloved animal in the world but since I am not, I find solice in knowing one that will eventually do that. After reading this, I would encourage you and your fans to check out my article on writing tips on my page. If it doesn't split your sides open, I will me a monkey's uncle. Thanks Denise, for sharing this important information regarding pet adoption and what we can do to help out. May God bless you.

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author avatar Denise O
1st Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you Robb for your kind words. I am sorry I keep hurting your heart. It was sad though when I had spoken to the director of the dog pound and you could hear the tears in his voice when he said, we (by law) must keep each animal for 5 days and if someone else brings in more, then we must kill one or more to make room for the new ones. He really is so upset with this, he hates having to do it. I can say this facility does all they can to make sure they do not have to do it. Caitlyn and two other groups are in his back pocket so, they have saved a lot more animals this past year. I hear ya Robb, if I could save them all I would but, I am just not able to. Thank you Robb for stopping by and May God bless you.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
28th Sep 2011 (#)

Denise O. Thank God for people like you. I will try to help in any way possible. I am feeding two feral cats who come to my porch every night. I have heard of a ferel cat santuary and I must follow up on this.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Oct 2011 (#)

Hi Ivy, I am so sorry it has taken me so long to get to you. As I have said earlier, I am now without a computer, at this moment. My son allows me to use his computer when he can. God bless you for taking care of those cats, it just warms my heart to no end when I hear of this. Thank you for your kind words and as always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th Oct 2011 (#)

Congrats on being the Writer of the Day on Wikinut, look forward to your, and Buggs, return.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Oct 2011 (#)

Aww Thank you my dear friend Mark. I am so excited to get back. Just a few weeks! Like I wrote, I will let you know when I start producing. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
24th Oct 2011 (#)

Oh and I swear Bugg is missing the limelight. LOL

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author avatar martin cross
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Hi Denise
I am Gail Martin's wife and I love your article about rescues. If you are on Facebook, there is an app that you can go to called Pet Pardons. It is run by 2 angels named Ashley Hill and Chris Hoar. They are phenominal. I think you might like it. It makes you feel good when the babies you have been advocating are saved. Please check it out.
Thanks and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.
P.S. Thank you for liking Martin's articles.

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Hi Gail, I sure will check it out. I am just without my own computer at this time. I am using my son's laptop but, his laptop is as old as my computer I just fried some months back. I am afraid to do anything on this relic. My husband just bought me a used computer about 1 1/2 weeks ago and it is being looked at, by the tech guy at his work. I hope I am up and running soon. I will for sure look into it. Maybe I can do a story on them. I plan on doing more in the next few months for our area. You and yours have a lovely Thanksgiving. I know your place will be smelling darn good with all these wonderful recipes Martin shares. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar ecapz(TipWriter)
8th Feb 2012 (#)

They're all adorable!

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