We are wishing everyone a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!!July and August were both scorchers!
I am looking forward to cooler temps, hopefully beginning in September. I hope everyone enjoyed our time off in August and I also hope everyone is raring to get going again, we have a busy schedule picking back up after Labor DAY!
Paws Patrol-Pet Partners Semi-Annual Meeting Minutes
August 26th, 2018.
Our last meeting was held on March 18, 2018.
January 21st, 2 attended & we gained 1 new team, Prudence Millner with Buzz
April 8th, 5 attended & we gained 3 new teams, Karen Martin with Baxter, Rachel Dorough with Elvis and Marilyn Morgan with Brady)
August 19th, 7 attended and it looks like we will get maybe 4 or 5 new teams.
I will schedule another Workshop for October 2018. (?)
WE WELCOME AND APPRECIATE ALL OF OUR NEW MEMBERS!!!!!
Let me know if you are interested in visiting Phoebe facilities and or Hospice.
Evaluationsheld so far this year, February, March, April, and August.
Our next scheduled evaluation will be held on September 16th, and at least one more in November or early December.
We want to thank everyone who assisted with the workshops and evaluations!! It takes at least 3 or 4 people to get these done correctly! A huge thank you to Beverly with Mandy, Betty with Schatzi, Donna with Bessie & Barkly, Prudence Milner with Buzz Paula Patterson with Abbie, Mark Cohen, with Smoky, myself and of course a HUGE thank you to Phoebe Hospice for the use of their beautiful Willson Hospice House facility!
If you have not yet received an Assistant Packet, please request one if you are interested in helping out with these events. We could use the help!
We are requesting the following from our members for our files:
We would like copies of your Badges, or acceptance emails from Pet Partners that are usually received following your evaluation within 7 to 10 days after completing your online registration. You may fax them to me at 229-432-5411. If you are expired and still want to participate, please sign up for an evaluation. If you wish to be dropped from our emails please let me know. If you are in the process of completing your online registration then please remember to register with our Community Partner number #33948to receive discounts, expedition and publishing privileges.
We also need Phoebe Volunteers to share your Phoebe Badge numbers.
This will ease the reporting of our volunteer hours with Volunteer Services.
We have also discussed the number of visits that we expect from ourMembers. We would like to see all members visit at least once monthly. We would prefer more frequent visits, but we understand that many members have other commitments.If you need to miss a month for personal reasons then you should make it up the next month.
Now that we are receiving donations we have discussed and decided that our New Members or renewing teams will receive a collared Polo with our logo, a set of magnets for your car/truck and an embroidered bandanna for your animal. We will also provide you with Paws Patrol Bookmarks-After 3 months of visiting at least once monthly. Prudence Milner has offered to assist our members with ordering the bookmarks. I will provide her with your contact information and she will get in touch with you for the information about your animal.
Bandannas are going to be embroidered at no charge by an angel named Bonnie! I want to thank Prudence Millner who sought out the information and pricing for us. Prudence also has information to have decals put on your car or truck if you prefer decals over magnets. She had them put on her truck and they look awesome. Pricing is $10.00 for one or 2 for $20.00.
Dougherty County Library will be every 3rdThursday evening now instead of on Mondays. Our Mondays were too busy already.
New Schedule Request:
Oaks, Dr Moss Orthodontist, Moultrie Hospital and Moultrie Library
Our calendar is quite full and we have a difficult time fulfilling the number of requests. I have added Oaks to our calendar and we will see how it goes with being able to fulfill this commitment?
I am very excited that we are now getting computer help for our website from Robert Thompson, but it will take 2-3 weeks before it is complete.
-Camp Good-Grief October 13th, at Willson Hospice House
The training sessions for Camp Good Grief will be on Wednesday, October 3rdeither at 12:00 noon or 6:00 PM. These training sessions are required if you would like to participate in this event and they last approximately one hour.
-Christmas Parade is a fun community event and always takes place on the first Saturday in December which falls on Saturday, December 1st. Meg Farris is going to let us use her beautiful white truck!!!! THANK YOU MEG!!!! We should think about forming a committee for this event. Please let me know if you are interested in participating and helping us pull this together. Laura Golden’s mother contacted Sue Hite and has offered to help us with this event. She apparently has float skirts and lights! This will be a fun event and I have already purchased props and goodies for the parade. We certainly could use a committee for this event! We participated in 2016 and had a great time!
We use to have social gatherings with our registered companions, at least once a month to socialize with one another. We have decided to resume these gatherings and Beverly Nichols has volunteered to arrange these gatherings for our group. Thank you Beverly!! Please contact Beverly if you have any ideas or suggestions for her.
We would like to see more participation or support from our fundraisers. We have asked our members to either participate in at least one fundraiser a year or make a monetary donation of $25.00.
-February we raised $10,000.00 for Laura Golden, thanks to the hard work of Sue Hite, Donna Franklin, Betty & Bill Livingston, Beverly Nichols and myself.
-Facebook Birthday donations (you can choose a non-profit such as Paws Patrol-Pet Partners to have your friends donate to) On my birthday I requested this and received $720.00! Pretty nice and easy!
Please consider participating in this fundraiser for our group?
-We participated in the Tift Market Bake Sale in March. This fundraiser was to fulfill our commitment to Pet Partners as a Community Partner and took place the day before Easter this year. Not as good of a turn out that we had hoped for, but we did okay. We were able to make a $300.00 donation to Pet Partners for the Sweets and Treats fundraiser they do every year in celebration of National Pet Therapy Day.
-PetsMart-adopt a pet days. We participated in on May 19thand sold baked goods, dog & cat treats, bandannas (not the same ones that we will be using) and cold water. PetsMart, Pet Supermarket, Oasis Day Spa and Studio 413 have been very generous with lots of items to raffle off.
The next opportunity to participate is on September 15th, but we have a scheduled visit at Lee County Library that day and evaluations scheduled the next days, so we decided not to participate in this one. We will try and participate in the Adopt A Pet Day on Saturday, November 10th.
Donations: Thank you to Donna Franklin for updating our financials!
We are very proud to say that through our fundraising efforts, we have raised monies to assist with the daunting spay and neuter efforts in our local shelters Moultrie Colquitt, Lee County and the Albany Humane Society. We were able to donate $600.00 to each facility in memory of Ms Marty Harris!! I know she would be very proud of our group for all that we do for SWGA, as should we all!!! I want to also be sure to thank Dr Mark Cohen, our top supporter!!
We are making a difference, not only on a daily basis with our visits, but also within the entire SWGA area!! Thank you to all of our members!!! Thank you to everyone in our group for all that you and your fur babies give!
We have been in dire need of updating our bulletin board in the Phoebe Oncology Dept. Beverly Nichols has volunteered to update the bulletin board at Phoebe Main Campus. Thank you Beverly!!!!
Summer has arrived, high temps and humidity!!
Please be sure to carry water for your fur babies and be mindful of the hot asphalt!
I apologize that I have been sooooo busy with a wedding and losing two pups of my own, not to forget the great loss of Bella, Sandy Knight’s sweet pup and Leigh Windham’s, sweet Robert’s Achilles injury and Mandy has been down with an infection! This has all happened since December 2017 and the beginning of the year for me, has been a very difficult one! But with that said, things are looking up on my end and I am more than ready to pour my heart and soul into our mission and moving forward. I currently am staying very busy with three young dogs/pups! All have great potential for becoming therapy dogs. Sandy Knight misses being part of our group also and she adopted an abandoned miniature male poodle from the Albany Humane Society and we have high hopes that they will soon be joining us again at the libraries. We miss Sandy so much and she was such a blessing to our group! Please keep her and her new fur baby in your thoughts and prayers!
Our summer calendar is a little lighter and so we are able to participate in some special summer camps and summer children’s programs. We participated in Aspire’s Summer Camp at the Park in Sylvester during June and they were a great group of children. We talked about therapy dogs vs. service animals, animal safety and our Paws Patrol-Pet Partners mission. We will be visiting the Lee County library on Thursday, June 28th for their special children’s summer program and again at the Oakland Library Branch on Thursday, July 17th. We need as many teams that are available, never too many teams for these events. Please consider joining us on these special visits.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel a few visits recently and that is something I do not like to have to do, but sometimes we have to put our volunteer work aside and take care of ourselves and our families. We are not good company for our clients if our animals or ourselves are not in good a place or in good health. As we well know, by many of the clients that we visit, quality vs. quantity frequently is a choice we have to make in our lives. Canceling a visit is something that none of us like to do, but sometimes is a necessity! Mandy and Robert are in our thoughts and prayers with their recent illnesses and injuries and we wish them a speedy recovery! They are missed so much!!!
We are excited to welcome these new members into our group, Karen Martin with Baxter (a Teacup Yorkie), Rachel Durough with Elvis (Shih Tzu) and Marilyn Morgan with Brady (long haired Chihuahua). Karen and Baxter have already made a couple of visits and are doing great! Rachel and Marilyn have received their badges from PP and are ready to get started.
We have been busy raising money and have purchased embroidered and collared polo shirts from Pro-1 in three different colors, white, turquoise and fusia. We are giving each new member a shirt, a set of magnets and a bandanna for their animal to get started with visits. If you would like to purchase an additional shirt the cost is $18.00. We are looking into the cost of purchasing bookmarks with a photo and information about our animal to share with folks on our visits. Thank you to Prudence Milner for investigating this and getting us a price sheet. I will following up with more information soon.
Camp Good Grief is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th, please save the date. We take shifts spending the day on the grounds of Willson Hospice House with youth from 11 different counties who have suffered from the loss of loved one. These children are referred through their churches, schools, counselors and teachers. It is a fun and quite rewarding day, we look forward to each fall.
We have scheduled another date for evaluations on Sunday afternoon, August 5th. Please check your badges expiration date and if you expire in September 2018, please be sure to sign up for a renewal. Also, please remember to give a copy of your Pet Partner badge to Phoebe Volunteer Services to keep on file. I am holding another Workshop for anyone interested on Sunday, August 19th. Please let me know if you know anyone that might be interested in attending.
We will be taking August off for visits so I am thinking that would be a great time to have our next Semi-Annual meeting. I have tentatively set the date for Sunday afternoon August 26th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, please save the date. I am flexible so please let me know if this works with your schedules? We have a lot to discuss and I am hoping that everyone can make it.
Wishing a Happy Birthday to our July and August Birthdays!!!!
August-Beverly Nichols and Becky Mills
This is a short newsletter, but has a lot of information.
We began rescheduling our Phoebe facilities at the beginning of April and are glad to be back. We also added a couple of extra visits to our calendar in April/May to the special education class in Lee County. We had a great time working with these children and brightening their day.
We held a Workshop on April 8th and had five people attend. Thank you to Beverly Nichols, Betty Livingston and Donna Franklin for assisting with the Workshop and Evaluations in April! Three of these folks have also been evaluated on April 29th and will be joining us on visits very soon. We are welcoming Karen Martin with Baxter, Rachael Dorough with Elvis and Marilyn Morgan with Brady!!!!! We are very excited to have thes ladies joining us!!!
We are having more evaluations this Sunday, May 20th and we have three teams signed up for this so far. One renewal and two new teams. We could use another person to assist with these if you are available, please sign up. If you have not assisted before, we have a packet explaining what your responsibilities are as assistant.
Aspire has requested that we participate in their summer camp program again this year, so I have added to our June Calendar. It is being held at Jeffers Park in Sylvester this year. Should be fun and it starts at 9:00 a.m. so it shouldn’t be too hot yet. These are always fun and the dogs enjoy the children. We have a bit lighter schedule during the summer. We do not schedule Saturday visits at Lee County Libraries during the summer, but they have requested that we participate in their summer childrens program which takes place in June and July during the week, please check the calendar for dates and times. We will be keeping Dougherty County Library visits on the calendar for Saturday during June and July..
We will be taking August off as we always have in the past, this is due to the extreme heat in August and the start schools. I hope to have another Workshop in July or August, but we have not set a date yet. AARC/Lions will remain on our calendar this June and July. They love seeing the dogs and so do the folks at Easter Seals and they told us that they want to meet all of the dogs in our group! Please consider joining us on these visits, I promise it is a very rewarding experience.
Happy Birthday to our May Birthday!!!!! Meg Farris!!!
I hope everyone had a good Valentines Day!!! & Wishing everyone a happy Easter!!!
Mark and I have had a really rough time since the New Year began. We have lost two of our very special fur babies and within one month of one another. First our precious Spike, to an illness that took him from us on January 3rd and then we lost our sweet Mini to a splenic tumor on February 7th. We are now down 5 registered teams if you take into account Mark and I were both registered with Spike and Mini and then Sandy Knight’s sweet Bella passed in December. I have had a difficult time getting and staying motivated.
I am very sorry to also have to share with everyone that one of our members, Barbara Harden, joined her Lord and her loved ones already in heaven on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018. Barbara and her beloved dog, Charlye, loved their volunteer work with Paws Patrol and were a very dedicated team before the cancer took control of her life. They will be dearly missed by Paws Patrol and so many who lives they touched. Her husband, Richard Harden, although he operates mostly behind the scene, has been a very active part of Paws Patrol and is responsible for our website that he and Marty established prior to Marty’s passing. We are deeply grateful to Richard for all he has done for Paws Patrol. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers!
On a more pleasant note, we are not only ecstatic, but also very proud to say that Paws Patrol-Pet Partners sponsored, supported and helped to raise $10,000.00 toward the purchase of Bruno, the seizure alert service dog for Laura Golden. Sue Hite and Donna Franklin were key to arranging, organizing and running the Puppy Love Run. In case you don’t know, Laura Golden is a local Albany resident that suffers from Epileptic Seizures. Bruno will not only be able to alert Laura when she is about to have a seizure, but he will also provide protection for her during her seizures and allow her to attend college safely and independently. Bruno is a rescue dog that has been being trained in Arizona. We will be presenting a check for $10,000.00 to Laura at our Semi Annual meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 18th. Bruno and Laura’s mother, Juanita will also be attending our Semi Annual Meeting and we are so excited to meet Bruno. We hope everyone will come and help us celebrate this very special occasion. We have been informed that WALB may also be attending and if this is the case then we may change the location to a more suitable public place. I will keep everyone posted of any changes.
We are also inviting a few potential members to our Semi Annual Meeting as well. Please plan on attending and helping us to welcome these potential new teams.
Phoebe facilities have had us on hold with our visitations due to such a heavy flu outbreak this year. I believe that we may resume our visits in April, but this is not yet confirmed. I will send out an email when I am notified and begin posting our Phoebe facility visits back on our calendar.
One of our teams made a special visit to Lee County School, Leigh Windham with Robert had a great time visiting some of the students. I have gotten nothing but positive feedback about there visit. Also, while visiting at Aspire this week, one of the students was telling us all about meeting Robert (the really big dog) during a library visit. We are making a difference and touching lives on every visit we make! Thank you to all of our teams for your time and promoting physical, emotional and mental health through the human-animal bond. Lets make 2018 a great year by stepping up our participation in these scheduled visits!!
Beverly Nichols, Paula Patterson and I held evaluations on February 24th and we are very pleased to welcome two new teams to our group, Prudence Milner with her golden, Buzz and Donna Franklin with Barkly!!!! Congratulations to Prudence and Buzz, and Donna Franklin and Barkly, we look forward to visiting with both of these new teams!!!
We will be having another evaluation on Saturday March 10th at Easter Seals. We could use some help with these evaluations if you are available please sign up to assist. We only have a couple of teams to evaluate so we will begin around 9:45 and should be finished before 1:00. I have scheduled another Workshop for Sunday afternoon April 8th. Please encourage any potential friends or family that you think might make a good team to sign up for this Workshop.
Happy Birthday to our February and March Birthdays!
Amy Jones, Mac Walters, Jessica Andrews, Fran Clinkscales, Betty Livingston, Amy Heidt and Prudence Milner!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
We are off to a rough start for this new year, with all of the flu that is going around we have had to cancel many visits. All of the Phoebe Facilities have canceled our visits until further notice. As soon as we get clearance from Volunteer Services I will begin posting them to our calendar. I know Betty Livingston was recently hospitalized with pneumonia and now Sandy Knight’s husband, David is in the hospital with pneumonia. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers.
It has been a really sad beginning to 2018 with the loss of two of our precious little therapy dogs, Sandy Knight’s Bella and also, our little Spike. They both died suddenly from something they had ingested. Bella passed in December and Spike passed on January 3rd. Needless to say, Sandy and I have been devastated and it has been very difficult to keep moving forward. Thank you to everyone for your patience and those who have shared there condolences with the two of us and our families. It not only has been devastating to us humans, but also to the other animals in our family. Bella was only six and Spike was only five, way to young. Both, Bella and Spike were loved so much and touched many hearts in their short lives, they will be deeply missed by so many! R.I.P. sweet babies!
Because we are a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit, we are excited and pleased to be sponsoring the PUPPY LOVE RUN for Laura Golden. Laura has Epileptic Seizures and needs a Service Dog in order to safely attend college. I hope everyone will come out and participate. We will have a table set up to raffle off a gift basket and a couple of generous gift certificates donated by a local business and giving information out to anyone interested in joining Paws Patrol-Pet Partners. Sue Hite, a good friend of Donna Franklin’s, and Donna are doing a great job of organizing and managing this event. Paws Patrol is sponsoring and promoting this event and we hope that we have a huge turnout. Bruno is a rescue dog from Arizona and is being trained to be a Seizure Alert Service Dog who will not only be able to alert Laura prior to a seizure, but will also provide protection for her during a seizure. All of the monies raised for this event will go to the purchasing of this special Service dog. Please come out and support this awesome pair.
We have a Whiz Kids visit on the calendar for Wednesday, January 31, 2018 and we really need more teams to sign up for this after school group of grade school students and the volunteers that tutor these children. They look so forward to our visits. We will need to arrive at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2126 Edgewater Dr., Albany, GA by 2:45 and we will be finished by 3:45 pm. We will give a brief introduction and then the children will read to the dogs. I have books about therapy animals and service animals that I bring along.
We held a workshop on January 21st and hope to soon be welcoming two new teams to our group, Prudence Milner with her Golden and Natalie Levinsohn with her bunnie. We have scheduled an evaluation for Saturday, February 24th. Beverly Nichols and I will be the evaluators. Please check your expiration dates and sign up if you are due to expire the end of March, 2018.
Please continue to keep Barbara Harden, Virginia Gray and their families in your thoughts and prayers!!
Happy Birthday this month to Leigh Windham!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
I apologize for having to cancel the Christmas Parade and Christmas Party, but I have had some things come up that have prevented me from being able to dedicate my efforts to these celebrations. As always, we sure could use some help with visits this month. I have tried to eliminate a few visits during the Holiday Season, but we still have many commitments.
We have an extra commitment to Lee County Library on Friday, December 8th, from 6:30 until 8:00. Lee County was given a grant to work with approximately 20 impoverished family over several weeks and this is the last week. They want us to come with our fur babies and have the children read to the dogs. Paws-for-Poetry, we need volunteers for this event and so far we only have two teams signed up. Please sign up or let Beverly Nichols know if you plan on attending.
We are very excited to help with the “Puppy Love Run” scheduled for Saturday, February 10th. This event will be a 5k run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Doggie Walk, to help a young Albany lady, obtain a Service Dog so that she can attend College. Laura Golden has seizures and she needs Bruno to help her live independently while at school. He will be able to alert Laura before the onset of seizures and also protect her during seizures. Please save the date and spread the flier around to friends and business owners that you think might like to get involved with this event. At a later date, we will be sending out further information along with an application to sign up for this event. We will be setting up a booth and passing out information to the public during this event and we will need volunteers to help with this.
Please continue to keep Barbara and Richard Harden, Virginia Gray and her family, in your thoughts and prayers!
I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!! & I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
I have tried my best to schedule lightly over the holiday season, but we still have quite a busy calendar. October went very quickly and I have been a bit busy with family business, so I am combining October and November Newsletters.
We had our usual visits scheduled, with the exception of Camp Good Grief! We had a great day with the children, staff and other volunteers. This was our second year to participate in this special event and we look forward to participating next year! Thank you to our volunteer teams that day, Beverly Nichols with Mandy, Sandy Knight with Bella, Leigh Windham with Robert and myself with Mini and Spike. Penny McCullough sent out certificates, with thank you notes, to all who participated in this wonderful event! I believe that this event will be scheduled for October in 2018, due to the weather being much better than in September.
We are back on track with our visits to Lee County Transitional Learning Center/humane Education and things are going well. I sometimes run into some of the children from our past classes and get nothing but positive feedback from them. This makes my heart happy and we are thrilled to continue this program. Please share if any of you have any topics that you think would be important to share with these children.
After speaking with Phoebe Sumter Administrators and Phoebe Volunteer Services, it was decided that beginning in November we will begin visiting Phoebe Sumter on Mondays rather than Wednesdays. Our visits were often preceded by other visiting team/teams and we feel that the hospital, patients and staff will benefit more from our visits and our mission if they are more spread out. Please check the calendar for these changes and we hope you will consider joining us on our visits to Phoebe Sumter, we always feel so appreciated by the staff, patients & community.
The Youth Detention Center visits were canceled and will not be rescheduled at this time due to internal concerns.
I have posted the calendar for November and we sure could use some participation from as many teams as possible. This is a very busy time for all of us during the holidays. It also can be a very rewarding time to visit with folks, not only those that may be lonely, but also this joyful time with all of our special needs folks, after all, being gracious and giving is the reason for the season!!
We are quite excited that Paws Patrol will participate in the Albany Christmas Parade, “The Splendor of Christmas”. This will be our second year and we are working hard on improving our presence in the parade. We are planning on having a small float that will be pulled by a person. The parade is taking place on Saturday, December 2, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. We have to have all teams in place by 5:00 PM. I will go early and check us all in and then we can meet at our place in the line up. We will have a small lit sled and a reindeer. There will be enough room in the sled to put a couple of smaller dogs, if we can get them to cooperate. I also have another wagon that we can take and let the larger dogs take a break if they need to. The parade is approximately ten blocks, or one mile long. It moves pretty slow until the end and then it picks up to a fair pace. We will need teams to participate in this event, but out of respect for Pet Partners we will not put the dogs in costumes, but we can decorate their vests and put Christmas collars on them. The handlers should all dress as elves and I have some elf hats, attire and shoe covers to help with this. We will need some volunteers to help hand out goodies bags and carry our banner and it would be great if they also would dress as elves. Please let me know if you know of anyone that would be interested in helping with this fun event. Last year Betty and Bill Livingston had some of their friends help us and they were great! We are also having a pizza party after wards for all participants. Meg and Max Farris have been so gracious to offer there home for the pizza party, they have a big fenced in yard and our furry friends are welcome! I have added the parade to the calendar, so please sign up or let me know if you want to participate and I will be happy to sign you up for this special event. I have a map that I will email prior to the parade to everyone who signs up.
We have been invited to participate in a special program on Friday, December 8, at the Lee County Library. They were given a grant to help impoverished families over a few weeks, with special initiatives and they would like to feature Paws Patrol on the above date, to have the children read to our dogs. I will be adding this to our calendar and once again am asking any teams available to please sign up to participate in this very special evening.
Beverly Nichols with Mandy and I with Mini represented Paws Patrol-Pet Partners to the Albany Kiwanis Club last week. We shared our history and mission with the group and were very honored to be invited to speak.
We have scheduled evaluations for Sunday, December 10 th, from 12:30 until 4:30 PM. Please check your expiration dates and sign up if you need to be renewed.
Our Spotlight Volunteer Team for this newsletter is Becky Mills and Mosby:
To paraphrase a Bible verse, specifically from the chapter of Luke, ‘To whom much is given, much shall be required.’ God blessed me with a sweet, loving dog who seems to intuitively know who needs his attention. Pet therapy seemed to be the perfect way to give back.
We joined Paws Patrol over two years ago so we could make the giving back part official, but Mosby’s therapy work actually started when he was 11 weeks old. After I picked him up at the Atlanta airport, I walked into my Daddy’s house with him and Daddy who was recuperating from open heart surgery, broke into a huge smile. Mosby continued to make Daddy smile, and charm his sitter, then his fellow residents at two different assisted living facilities, until Daddy died in August 2016.
Next, we turned our attention to reading therapy at the Calhoun Library in Edison. Young people who were too self-conscious to read to other students opened up to Mosby and read book after book.
Right now, my seven year old partner and I are on what I hope is a brief sabbatical from therapy visits. My work as a free lance ag journalist takes me, and my four legged editorial assistant, out of town frequently and makes scheduling visits difficult. In addition, Mosby and I also compete in retriever field trials and that ties up quite a few weekends.
Hopefully we’ll be back at the library soon, even though we’re on the receiving end of the blessings from those visits.
Please keep Barbara, Richard and Charlye Harden in our thoughts and prayers and also Virginia Gray and her family during these difficult times.
Prayers were answered and Southwest Georgia survives another storm, Irma!
Saying goodbye to Summer is not always as easy as saying goodbye to the heat!
I hope everyone enjoyed having August off from our calendar commitments, because we are starting up with a very busy September schedule.
We held Evaluations on August 26 and we had five teams renew, Betty Livingstion with Schatzi, Sandy Knight with Bella, Mark Cohen with Spike, Cheryl Cohen with Spike and Preston Coangelo with Kosmos. Congratulations to all of these Complex teams! Thanks so much to those who assisted with the evaluations, Sandy Knight with Bella, Betty Livingston with Schatzi, Beverly Nichols, Preston Coangelo and Cheryl Cohen. Thank you to the Evaluators, Cheryl Cohen and especially Preston Coangelo from Tallahassee. It was a busy day for us and we had three teams that received a Not Ready, but they are all very close and hope they will continue to work with their animal and try again.
Please join me in congratulating Beverly Nichols on her recent accomplishment, she has received her Evaluators License! She worked very hard and traveled to Birmingham to complete the work that was required. We appreciate all that Beverly and Mandy give for our mission and look forward to her working with us in her new capacity. Beverly and Preston Coangelo will be completing more evaluations on Saturday, September 23 (note new location). We would appreciate anyone that is available to assist us on this day. If you are available to assist please sign up on the calendar and if you have not already received an Assistant Packet, let me know and i will get one to you. We have traditionally held the evals at Easter Seals and are very grateful for the use of their facility, but this time we are trying a different location that I believe we will find roomier. St John’s and St Mark’s in Radium Springs have opened their heart and doors to our group in order for us to hold Evaluations.
A huge passion of our founder, Marty Harris ,was providing Humane Education to the youth in Albany and surrounding areas. We have added the Youth Detention Center back to our calendar, which is now located in Dawson, as well as the TLC visit in Lee County. Paws Patrol has visited the Transitional Learning Center in Lee County for several years and due to lack of participation we were not able to visit since the beginning of 2017, but after hearing how much we have been missed, we have added it back on our calendar. If you have not visited either, you may want to consider giving it a try. We do a Humane Education class with these young people who are placed in this program for various behavioral, academic or emotional concerns. I have been approached from some of these young people out in the community and they tell me how much they enjoyed our visits and the education we provided them. Makes our hearts smile when we get such feedback! I feel that if we touch, or help to change just one life, then it was well worth our time and effort. Let me know if you are interested in visiting either of these facilities and I will be sure you get the necessary paperwork that is required.
I am excited that I was able to attend the Pet Partners Conference in Bellevue, WA this past Friday and Saturday, September 8th and 9th. There were several wonderful speakers that are animal experts and have been involved with our mission for many, many years. These speakers gave several talks on a variety of topics including, professionalizing the profession, working with Autistic Clients, Animal Behavioral Experts, Child Psychologists, Animal Behaviorist, Dog Trainers, Animal Nutritionists as well as Annie Peters, who has over 20 years experience leading non-profit organizations. I found it not only to be a very wonderful experience, but also a wonderful growth experience. I met several other instructors, evaluators and handlers and we shared thoughts, ideas and experiences with one another. I had an awesome time and I hope more Paws Patrol members will join me in attending future conferences.
We are having our Semi-Annual meeting on Sunday afternoon, September 17, from 3:00 to 5:00. Please plan on joining us for this very important meeting. Please remember to sign up on the calendar. Paws Patrol will provide pizza, wings and salad. We encourage you to bring a guest if you would like, also please plan on bringing any guest that may be interested in receiving more information about joining our Paws Patrol group that serves our Albany and surrounding areas. I would appreciate your signing up on the calendar and please let me know the number of guests you plan on bringing so we can plan enough food for everyone to enjoy.
We received wonderful feedback last year from our participation in the Willson Hospice House “Camp Good Grief” program and I am happy to say that we have been invited back this year. Please save the date for this special event on Saturday, October 21. You do not need to be a Phoebe or Hospice Volunteer, but you do need to be a registered Pet Partner. I hope that we will have several of our teams to participate in this very fun and rewarding experience. The children come from eleven surroundings areas and are referred to this event by Pastors, School Principals, Counselors and Teachers. I will have the necessary forms with further details, available at our meeting, or i can email you a copy.
Betty Livingston had a great idea to setup a booth at PetsMart during one of their marketing days! Betty has great ideas and has been very active in helping Paws Patrol earn monies to help cover expenses. So, we are having a booth setup at PetsMart, one of Pet Partners big supporters, on Saturday, September 16, from 9:00 until around 3:00 to sell baked goods, bandannas and pass out information about Paws Patrol-Pet Partners. Please sign up to assist us if you are available, and/or donate something to help us raise funds, and/or be sure to stop by and help us greet the community and share our mission!
Our Spotlight Volunteers this newsletter is Meg Farris and Fig.
Fig, our Italian Greyhound, has been a therapy animal with Paws Patrol since 2016. Before I even knew anything about animal assisted interventions, I brought Fig into hospitals and nursing facilities to visit my grandmother. Fig was always a welcomed guest and brought cheer to my grandmother, other patients, residents and staff alike. At the end of my grandmother’s life, whien she was in a memory unit, she still requested Fig by name, even on her worst days.
Even though Fig is small and a little shy, her expressive face and her gentle nature are great attributes as a therapy animal. Fig is still relatively “new to the game” and she is still learning the ropes, but she gets excited everytime we suit up to go on a visit. This is immensely rewarding to watch the joy Fig brings on every visit!
Happy Birthday to Sandra Knight, Barbara Jackson, Bobbie Lee, Becky Mills and Beverly Nichols!!
Please continue to keep Barbara, Richard and Charlye Harden in your thoughts and prayers!
I hope everyone had a great 4th!!
We are looking forward to some time off and I am already working on the September through December calendars.
July has been an extremely hot and quite busy month. There will be no scheduled visits during August, but we will be busy getting things organized and on task.
We will be adding the Lee County Library visits back into our schedule, along with AARC/Lions, TLC and RYDC that is now located in Dawson, Ga. We have had much feedback that our visits are very much missed at the TLC (Transitional Learning Care in Lee County). Please contact me if you are interested in visiting the Youth Detention Center in Dawson, because there is a packet to be filled out including a background check that takes about 4 to 6 weeks for processing. This is a brand new facility with all new staffing.
We will be working on a new Site List, with descriptions of the visits and any helpful specifics that we might need to know in advance, as well as a new Volunteer List. We will be updating the Website and encouraging members to get more involved if possible.
Our next Evaluation date is scheduled for August 26, and I believe that we will have several evaluations and a few renewals to do that day, so please sign up to assist if you are available to help. I will give you an Assistant packet if you have not yet received one and would like to assist with evaluations.
I will be posting the September calendar soon and I will send out an email when it is officially posted. We will be having our Semi-Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 17, from 3:00-5:00 PM. Please save the date and sign up on our website, so that we will have an accurate number of those attending, spouses welcome to attend.
Our Spotlight Volunteer team this month: Leigh Windham and Robert (Our Marathon Runner)
Leigh and Robert were both born and raised in South Georgia. Leigh was born in Albany and Robert was born on Leigh’s family farm in Smithville, Georgia. Robert was the largest puppy in the litter and everyone knew he was special at a very young age.While most of the farm dogs are hunting/Field Trial dogs, Robert had no desire to hunt. He did, however, need a job. A friend suggested that Robert become a Therapy Dog with Paws Patrol-Pet Partners. Robert was 4 when he had his first Pet Partners Evaluation. There was concern about teaching an old dog new tricks, but Robert came through, he learned his “DOWN” in no time and it has become one of his favorite commands!
Leigh and Robert both love working with Paws Patrol-Pet Partners. Robert especially likes the children and enjoys spending Saturdays at one of the libraries. When not working with Paws Patrol-Pet Partners, Robert likes to go to work with Leigh at ReMax of Albany. Leigh is the new Broker/Owner of ReMax of Albany and he is the companys Furry Mascot.
-Please continue to keep Barbara, Richard and Charlye Harden in your thoughts and prayers!
-Sadly, on July 11th we said goodbye to a very special former Paws Patrol Member and our founder’s, Marty Harris’ Mother, Liz Meilton. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved her. We miss them both!
Summertime heat has arrived!!
Summertime always slows down for us with school being out and the calendar changes that we have, but this June has brought us new opportunities to visit some summer camps. We were able to participate in St. John and St Mark’s Episcopal church summer camp located in the Radium Springs neighborhood. Also, Aspire began a summer camp this year at the Clubhouse on Dawson Rd and another location at Lee County Primary School and I am happy to say that we were able to participate. We had a good time teaching the children about our mission and teaching them the difference between Service Animals and AAi/AAE/AAT animals. We also touched on animal safety and care. The children really seemed to enjoy our visit.
We held evaluations on Saturday, June 3rd. I would like to thank our Volunteers that assisted with evals, Meg & Max Farris, Betty Livingston and Beverly Nichols, THANK YOU SO MUCH!. We had three teams signed up, but we had one no-show and one team that received a N/R (not ready). I am thrilled to say that one team received a Complex Rating. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming, Donna Franklin and her Boxer, Bessie! We welcome this very sweet team and have already began visiting with them.
We are having another Workshop on Saturday, July 8 and our next scheduled evaluations will be held on July 22. Please check your expiration dates and if your expiration date expires in June or September please register for an evalution renewal.
Please contact Judy Himes at 312-4333 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to visit at Phoebe Facilities and have not yet taken their required Volunteer Class or the most recent annual update. Also, I want to remind everyone that to visit at Willson Hospice House or to participate in the Phoebe Hospice program you will also need to complete a Hospice Orientation Class in addition to the Phoebe Volunteer Orientation Class. To arrange to take the Hospice Orientation please contact Penny McCullough at 312-7050.
Pet Partners has began a new initiative program titled “Walk with Me” I have ordered the information book for our convenience and to assist any of our teams that might wish to participate in this program. I will have this information along with the “Read with Me” information available at our next meeting. Please let me know if you would like to borrow them and read up on these two initiatives. You can also find information on www.petpartners.org website.
I am planning our next Semi-annual Meeting to be held on Sunday afternoon, September 17, 2017, please save the date. Paws Patrol now has a PayPal account to be able to accept donations and I am hopeful that we can get this account linked to our website in the near the future.
Spotlight Volunteer this month is Sandy Knight and Bella (a rescure Toy Poodle).
Bella and Paws Patrol was an answered prayer. For several months I had the desire to find a ministry that would make a difference in people’s lives. Being a nurse for several years, enjoying caring for others and hopefully giving them comfort during difficult time and always being an animal lover, little did I know what God was preparing for me.
In 2013 a puppy mill was broken up in Worth County were I live. One Saturday shortly after that, I went to the Worth County Humane Society to get a companion for the poodle I had at home. I informed the person at the Humane Society that I was looking for a poodle or poodle mix but was not interested in a dog rescued from the puppy mill. They said the only poodle they had was a white one rescued from the puppy mill. I agreed to see her and the rest is history. Bella came into our lives and is such a loving, sweet fur baby. Two years after Bella joined our family I was reading the Albany Herald, which I rarely do, and there was an article about Paws patrol. As I read I kept thinking, Bella would be great doing this! This was the ministry I had been looking for, combining my love for caring for people and my love for animals! I contacted Paula Patterson who got me in touch with Cheryl. I attended the workshop in May 2015. Bella and I evaluated in July 2015 and became a Paws Patrol team. Bella loves visiting, especially with children.
Whenever she sees me get her bag, she gets all excited and ready to go. I am so thankful to have found Paws Patrol. It is so rewarding to see the smiles on those we visit and knowing Bella has brightened up their day.
Please continue to keep Barbara, Richard and Charlye Harden in your thoughts and prayers!! Also please keep Linda (Grimes) & David Kohr in your thoughts and prayers!
Wishing our June Birthdays, Paula Patterson and Cheryl Cohen a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!