The Leader of the Pack Howls
Welcome to 2015! Last year seemed to go by pretty fast for me so here we are with a brand new year in front of us which always feels good and gives us a chance to continue with our mission to help animals and the people that love them in our community.
To keep things interesting and fresh, we are changing up some of our look inside the publication and bringing back some features and creating some new ones thanks to some sponsorships from local businesses. We always appreciate the support of local businesses and if you want to help through sponsorships or advertising, we would love to talk to you. It also enables us to give space to our local rescue and shelter organizations to advertise and promote their events and fundraiser so please look for those in every issue.
On our cover this issue is a long awaited story that we have been following from the beginning and that is our new $500,000 Beneful Dream Dog Park won by local Prescott resident Linda Nichols and her dog Callie. Linda was one of hundreds of contestants that submitted plans and a video to win the makeover and she did a wonderful job winning our town this incredible facility themed Sirens & Hydrants. The grand opening of the dog park was on December 10th 2014 and was attended by the local media and lots of local residents who tried out the park with their four-legged friends. I hope you enjoy reading about this incredible journey and seeing the pictures as the park progressed, along with all the amazing amenities that our town will enjoy at the there.
And in our feature, Senior & Their Pets, we have a fascinating story about a very special lady, Dr. Adele Plotkin, who lives in Chino Valley and has a passion for cats and caring for them. While she cares for many, she has one whom she rescued from death named Elan who is neurologically challenged. Before retiring she was a scientist with degrees in chemistry, biophysics, biology and quantitative genetics, her doctoral field. This is a sweet story of kindness, love and devotion and I think you will really enjoy it as much as I did.
Prescott is a very patriotic town with many veterans and military families and we were happy to bring you a special feature about a program for veterans in Chino Valley with our long-time friends at Horses with Heart. It’s a program called Heroes & Horses and it shows again the healing power of animals featuring horses. The program was featured in a documentary called Riding My Way Back, which I was fortunate to view at a premier at Yavapai College in November. I was so moved by the film and feel it is one that everyone should see. You will find out more about the film and this incredible program in our story titled Heroes & Horses, A Veterans Program.
I want to take this time to thank you all for the overwhelming support you have shown The Prescott Dog and we will continue to work on providing you with pertinent, timely and meaningful stories in 2015. We are also already working on our two big annual events, Woofstock, Prescott Valley coming up in May and our Dogtoberfest event at the Downtown Courthouse Square the first Sunday in October. The publication and our events are made possible by the businesses that support them, so please, support the businesses you see in our publication and at the events because without them, we wouldn’t be here.
And if you would like to make a New Year’s resolution to do more to help animals in our community, please check out our Volunteer Opportunities to see where you can help the many groups listed there.
Love, Light & Laughter,
Ann, Bernie & Miss Pauleena
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