Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Animal Crackers: Happy Halloween Dog Story
Make your day a little more bearable with a weekly feature on Pets Unleashed: Animal Crackers. Think of it as a mid-week snack that just might crack you up.
Attention all fourth- and fifth-graders in Geauga County: The Auditor's Office wants to know why your dog is No. 1.
The office is holding a No. 1 Dog Contest to kick off dog registration for 2011. To enter, write a short essay explaining why your dog qualifies as the No. 1 Dog. The essay must be submitted by Nov. 17 to the Auditor’s Office.
Representatives from the Geauga and Burton public libraries and the auditor’s office will judge the essays on Nov. 22. The winner will receive the No. 1 dog tag for 2011 on Dec. 1.
For more information, check out the press release from the Auditor's Office and read the contest rules (both forms also available at www.auditor.co.geauga.oh.us). Information also is available at all public libraries in Geauga County or by calling the auditor’s office at 440-285-2222, 440-564-7131, or 440-834-1856, ext. 1604, or directly at 440-279-1604.
An old-new rumor making the rounds is of a supposed large mixed breed military service dog saving several military personnel in Iraq and subsequently winning the Medal of Honor (Note, officially it is NOT called "The Congressional Medal of Honor").
Thing is, the story is totally bogus. No dog has ever - nor won't ever - earn the nation's highest military honor.
For details about this sham visit Snopes.com.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
Animal Hospital Inc., partnering with Patty DeJohn of DeJohn Pet Services, is continuing to provide a Pet Loss Support Group to the community. The loss of a pet can be a very difficult time to work through and often people do not give themselves permission to grieve for an animal with whom they have spent a very significant part of their lives. The support groups meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month in the Animal Hospital Inc. conference room, 2735 SOM Center Road in Willoughby Hills. The support group is free of charge and open to anyone who has lost a pet or is facing this difficult time. Those interested are asked to call 440-946-2800 to reserve a seat.
Paws to Read will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Mentor Public Library’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch. The event is for children ages 6 to 12 years old. Children who are able to read independently are invited to sign up for a 30-minute session. A gentle, licensed dog who is trained to be a good listener will be paired up with the child. For details and to register, call the library at 440-255-8811, ext. 220.