The Leader of the Pack Howls
I know I’ve said this before, but I am really excited about this issue! We have some incredible stories that are really near and dear to my heart with some Special Features that we have never done before.
On our cover, we feature Horses With Heart and a very special young man who began their program several years ago that has culminated with a spot in the Special Olympics Equestrian Team at the World Olympics in Los Angeles July 28th through August 1st. Jeremiah Schedlock is not only going to the Olympics but he is the Team Captain! We owe so much to our animal friends and to the people who facilitate these kinds of programs. I am definitely on “Team Jeremiah” after meeting and talking to this incredible young man!
We also would like to acknowledge all the Service Dogs everyday but especially during “International Assistance Dog Week”, August 2nd – 8th. Service dogs help humans with daily tasks and more when they need help. They are specially trained and with that in mind, we are bringing you two special features about them. The first is from Yavapai College who is celebrating with the first graduating class of Service Dog and Therapy Dog Teams.
The second story about a real Service Dog team living here in Prescott. Jion and her dog, Bodhi are a working team as he goes with her everywhere from the store to the hospital to the movies. He picks up things for her, braces her and gets things off the shelves for her at the grocery store.
In our Horsin’ Around feature, we bring you the story of a well-known friend in the animal welfare world in Prescott, Dusty Spitler. Dusty was the host of The Pet Corner Radio program on KQNA radio for many years. She is also a member of Animal Disaster Services and has been there for animals in crisis situations like the Yarnell Fire. Dusty and her friend, Bruce Haughey were out on a trail ride on a beautiful Prescott day when they were faced with a life altering experience that almost took Dusty’s life. Bruce has put together an extensive program and spoke to The Prescott Dog about what he is trying to do to make sure people stay safe when out riding. It may be the difference between life and death. Thank you Dusty and Bruce for sharing this important story with us and Dusty…..we are so happy you are still with us!
Also in this issue, we are bringing you an amazing story of a woman, who against all odds, has been able to help make a difference for dogs in Rocky Point, Mexico. I recently vacationed there with my dog Bernie and spent time with Barb Mumaugh of Barb’s Rescue and got an intimate look inside the challenges of rescuing dogs in Mexico. While I was there, a litter of puppies came in and I saw exactly how it was done. It was an eye opening experience that I will never forget. Doing rescue in Prescott is hard….doing rescue in Mexico is almost impossible but Barb has risen to the challenge and does it daily!
I would like to acknowledge and thank all of our veterans and their families as we celebrate our Independence Day. As we all have learned by now, freedom isn’t free and many have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy everyday in our country. Please remember to thank them and have a safe and happy 4th of July with your four-legged friends.
Love, Light & Laughter,
Ann, Bernie & Miss Pauleena
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