Fall has arrived, but it feels more like winter this morning with breaking low temperatures all across the country. I hope everyone is warm and well.
We have a very busy schedule through out the remainder of the year. Things are going to get hectic with the Holidays fast approaching.
Last year our group worked very hard on our Christmas float for the Albany Christmas Parade, only to be rained out due to strong storms. The date was rescheduled, but we were not able to make the date at that point. We are planning on participating in the Parade this year. We participated in 2017 and had a great time! The parade takes place on Saturday, December 7th. We will be gathering at my home on Sunday, December 1st to assemble the float. We will have chili and soup for all, but only after the work is done of course (LOL!!). Please plan on joining us and taking part in the fun event. Thank you to Bill Livingston and Richard Morgan for making sure that we have a truck and trailer to use.
We will be adding a few special events during December. On Tuesday, December 3rd, we have been invited to ASU on Gillionville to provide pet therapy to students taking their finals. We will begin at 10:00 am and finish up by 1:00 pm. We have provided pet therapy for the students in the past and it is a very enjoyable event that the students really appreciate. Please plan on joining us for this fun day.
The Phoebe Gift shop has asked our participation on Thursday, December 12th from 11:00-1:00. They have purchased several pet items and would like our attendance in order to promote these items while providing pet therapy to all visiting the gift shop on that day. The $1,000.00 donation we received from Phoebe for our bookmarks came from the gift shop and I hope we will be able to oblige the gift shop with their request for our participation.
Karen and Don Martin have graciously volunteered to host our groups Christmas party on Saturday, December 14th. Please save the date and more details will follow in an email soon.
We will have NO visits on our calendar beginning on Christmas Eve through through the 2nd of January, 2020. I hope you will enjoy your holiday with family and friends. We will begin our New Years Calendar on Friday, January 3rd, 2020 with a visit to Willson Hospice.
I will be holding a Workshop this coming Sunday, November 17th. I believe that it will be a small group and therefore I am planning on holding it my home. Our next evaluations will be held on Sunday, December 15th. Please check you expiration date on your Pet Partner badge and be sure to register to renew if you expire at the end of December of 2019.
Richard Morgan has fully recovered from his recent surgery and is back visiting with Brady and we are happy to have him back participating.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KAREN MARTIN IN DECEMBER!!!
Needless to say it has been a very busy and hectic summer here at the Cohen’s. I apologize for falling behind with our Newsletters. I have been quite busy trying to learn how to navigate our new website. Robert Thomas is our webmaster and between both of our hectic schedules it has taken much longer than we wanted it to. Robert will be attending our meeting on Sunday, October 6th. Our meeting will be from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Robert will be assisting us on how to navigate the new Website and hopefully it will be up and running after that. I have posted the calendar on our old website and those who were signed on to the old site should still be able to signup on the calendar. Or, if you let me know I can sign you up on our new site.
Over the summer we have added seven new awesome teams to our group. Bonnie Johnson with Jill and Georgia, both are Australian Shepherds, Donna Cannon with Annie, a little Maltipoo, Virginia Johnson with Kelly, a miniature Schnauzer, Paula Patterson with Louie, a Portuguese Water Dog, Faith Holcombe with Luna, a Labradoodle and myself with little Yogi, a one year old Yorkie. Please join me in welcoming these new wonderful teams to our Paws Patrol group.
In July we held a workshop and we have a couple of more future teams in the works. Diane Davis and Becca Miller are continuing to work with their dogs and will go through evaluations when they feel that they are ready. Our last evaluations were held on September 8th. Betty Livingston with Schatzi were renewed and they make a wonderful team. Our next Workshop is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, November 3rd and Evaluations are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, December 1st. Please check your expiration date and be sure to sign up for this evaluation if you need to renew.
I want to thank Beverly Nichols with Mandy, Betty Livingston with Schatzi, Prudence Milner with Buzz and Marilyn & Richard Morgan with Brady and Karen Martin with Baxter for always being willing to help out with, fundraisers, Workshops, Evaluations and other special events. They are always willing to go a step beyond and these events definitely take a group effort. And, thank you to all of our visiting teams. I realize that life can get in the way with our volunteer work and many of you work and have other commitments as well. We appreciate everything that each of our teams bring to our group. Vida Gross is a friend of mine and is always willing to help us out and helps me behind the scene a great deal. We are very well thought of and greatly appreciated in our communities, not to mention that we are always in high demand.
I hope everyone enjoyed the time off during the month of August. We went on vacation and then my daughter visited from California. We had a lot of work being done on the house, the final touch ups caused from the hurricane Michael and raising four puppies. I didn’t get all of my closets and drawers cleaned out, but I enjoyed my time with family. Then when September came I had a difficult time getting back into the swing of things. Our youngest, Yogi is now one year old and is also now a registered Therapy team. No longer puppies! YAY!!!!
The holidays are fast approaching and our visits will be worked around the holidays. We have some extra special requests ahead of us and I hope everyone will participate. On September 26th, we have been invited to give a presentation to anywhere from 5 to 15 children at Lake Park Elementary school, from 3:00 to 3:30 PM. I will put this on the calendar. Then we have also been invited to ASU for a destress day before and during finals. These dates are in October and November and I will also get these posted on the calendar. We worked very hard on the float last year and had a great float to enter into the annual Christmas Parade, but due to stormy weather it was rescheduled and we were unable to make the event. Hopefully this year will be better. The Christmas Parade is the first Saturday of December, please save the date.
Phoebe Volunteers we have been requested to send a digital photo of our dog volunteers to Juli Bruner of Volunteer Services and our furry volunteers will receive their very own volunteer badges. We are really excited about this. We used to have them and we have missed them, so they are bringing this extra little touch to our therapy teams. Everyone gets a huge kick out of the dogs having their very own badges. Send your digital photo to Juli Bruner or Suzanne Perrine email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Please keep Marilyn and Richard Morgan in your thoughts and prayers. Richard recently had a hip replacement and we wish him a speedy recovery!
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