Janet Day " Grand County still makes place in its heart, homes for animals
Winter Park, Colorado
Woof. The valley’s gone to the dogs. In a good way.
In spite of an economy that’s forcing people to cut back on many things, we’re still a community of animal lovers willing to bring pets into our lives and take care of them.
Last Wednesday’s newspaper photos of pets available at the Granby Animal Shelter got my attention, especially the chocolate Labrador retriever they called Zach. I called the shelter, thinking I’d take in another needy big brown dog. Zach, like so many other animals these days, was surrendered by a family that was moving and could no longer keep their pet.
He was described as healthy and playful, and the photo showed a brown-eyed cutie, but work and other commitments meant I had to wait a couple days before being able to introduce him to the existing canine in my home. Before I could get to the shelter, three more people expressed interest in the chocolate lab and one of them, shelter workers told me, was a very good match of man and dog. I let Zach go, but not sadly because a good home appeared to be in his future.
The large black Great Dane mix and a small comical mixed-breed also found homes quickly, as did several cats, I was told. Unfortunately, there will always be more surrendered or abandoned pets and more photos in the paper. Maybe one will come home with me in the future.
In the meantime, the ugly and ill-behaved dog I share my home with is getting quite popular and well-known in the community. He spends one day a week at Mountain Dawg Outfitters doggie daycare, seeming to interact with more of my friends than I ever see in one day.
Even the Fed Ex delivery guy knows Tulo, my two-toned lab. He sees the pooch while making deliveries to Mountain Dawg and then reports his activities to me when making deliveries at my office.
Jon and Francie DeVos’s dog Cuervo now knows his heritage, but the DNA testing results have a lot of us baffled. BioPetVetLab claims Cuervo is a mix of Basset Hound, Irish Setter and Shih Tzu. Who knew? None of us knew by looking at him ” he’s about 18 inches tall at the shoulder, with short hair that’s mostly white, pointy ears and a pink nose. He doesn’t have the loose skin or long ears of a Basset, the red hair of a setter or the short face of a Shih Tzu. I think they should ask for a second opinion.
Francie and Jon had asked people to make donations to the Pooky Fund and guess what the test results would show. The challenge raised more than $500 for the fund, which helps pet owners who can’t afford necessary veterinary care.
Toasty Toes. My favorite hiking/trekking/biking sock-maker, Point 6 of Steamboat Springs, has added ski and snowboard socks to its collections and they’re great. The soft merino-wool socks that come in a light, medium or ultra level of cushioning are reasonably priced and provide cushioning around the entire calf, not just in front. Check http://www.point6.com for special pricing this month.
Time to Learn. Tough economic times are good times to focus on learning new trades or tricks for business. The Grand County Business and Economic Development Association recently awarded a sizeable grant to the Grand County Library District to develop a business resource collection. Among the new titles they’ve added, many of which could be an inspiration in slow economic times, are:
– How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business
– The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up
– The Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers
– The Brand Called You: Create a Personal Brand That Wins Attention and Grows Your Business
– Wow! I’m in Business: A Crash Course in Business Basics
” Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.
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