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Yorkshire terrier
in running for 'best soap exit' award

Yorkshire terrier Bracken is a nominee at the British Soap Awards.She played Edna Birch's beloved pet Batley in Emmerdale until her recent demise in the show.Batley is in the running for the Best Leaving Scene award.
The dog brought tears to the eyes of viewers as she died in Edna's lap earlier this year.

In the storyline, Edna refused to accept that Batley had a terminal illness, and would not take the Yorkshire terrier to the vet to be put down.

In the Best Leaving Scene category, five-year-old Bracken will be up against former EastEnders star Martin Kemp, who played Steve Owen; Coronation Street's Alma Halliwell, played by Amanda Barrie, and Night And Day star Georgina Walker, who played Jane Harper.

Bracken's proud owner Ivy Cullingworth told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "She was a great little actress. Ever since that final show went out I have received so many letters from people. And I've even had phone calls from Ireland congratulating Bracken on her performance.

"I have to admit I found it very moving."An Emmerdale spokesman said: "We are very proud that Bracken has been nominated for these very prestigious awards. It was a very moving scene and we were inundated with calls from the public afterwards."The British Soap Awards take place on Saturday, May 18 and will be broadcast on ITV1 the following week.

Story filed: 12:31 Thursday 9th May 2002

Going to the dogs
Therapy dogs made for a fun day for a group of pre-schoolers Wednesday, but it's always hard work for the animals
By Dan Nienaber Free Press Staff Writer

MADISON LAKE - Dog people fall into a variety of categories.
Some people like big dogs. Others like small dogs. Long-haired dogs that look and act dainty are preferred by some, while friskier outdoor dogs are a must for hunters.

Luke Chambers of Waterville doesn't fit into any of those categories. He likes all dogs.

The 4-year-old Waterville-Elysian-Morristown pre-school student couldn't keep himself from making the rounds Wednesday when his class was treated to a visit from a group of trained therapy dogs. It was one of many events the pre-schoolers enjoyed during a last-day-of-school celebration at Bray County Park, on Madison Lake.

"We don't have any dogs, so this is the first time he's been around this many at one time," Luke's mother, Karen Chambers, said.

There were tiny dogs with long hair, big dogs with short hair and Linda Murray's big, hairy Samoyeds named Rebel and Dillon. Murray is president of Therapy Dogs International Chapter 24, a Mankato-based group.

The group visits three or four places a month with the hopes of making sick people feel better and lonely people feel happy. On Wednesday, they were helping young people learn a little more about the dogs they love.

The students learned about Dexter, a Yorkshire terrier whose tiny ancestors were slipped into pants pockets and carried into coal mines. Their job was to keep the mines free of rats and mice. They learned that Rebel And Dillon were originally bred to herd reindeer.

"We also try to teach them how to greet a dog," Murray said. "We teach them that they shouldn't be afraid of dogs, but they should know how to greet them by walking up slowly and showing them the backs of their hands."

By the time a rat terrier named Fudd was introduced to the crowd, those formalities had been forgotten. Luke Chambers couldn't wait to greet the dog, and several other students followed his lead. Fudd, who had a previous owner named Elmer, didn't mind.

Fudd didn't waste any time getting to know 6-year-old Laura Roemhildt, either. It took a little yank by his owner, Dawn Finch, to get him out of Roemhildt's lap.

"She just loves animals," Carissa Roemhildt, Laura's mother, said. "Her grandparents live on a farm and they have dogs. They usually nip at her feet and take her socks off - she just loves it."

It's mostly fun for the dog owners and the people they visit. But for Murray's dogs, playing with kids and making people feel better can be hard work.

"I think they really enjoy it, but it's very exhausting for them, also," she said. "It's emotionally and mentally stressful."

About four years ago, Murray and Rebel were invited to visit an elderly woman in the Mankato hospital critical care unit who was in a coma. Rebel was brought close to the woman and her hand was put on his head.

"She opened her eyes and smiled," Murray said. "It was simply the touch of the dog that did it."

Nurses rushed to give doctors the news. Murray and Rebel headed home, where he collapsed from exhaustion. Rebel was tired for several days after that.

"It was hard on him," Murray said. "He sensed what was going on. He knew what had happened."

Brandon house fire claims lives of at least 24 show dogs

The Associated Press

BRANDON, Fla. - At least two dozen champion Yorkshire terriers, silky terriers and other toy breed dogs were killed when a dryer used in their grooming sparked a fire, firefighters said.

A passing county code enforcement officer spotted the fire Thursday morning and pulled a woman who was trying to save the dogs out of the burning home.

Twenty-six dogs survived the blaze at the home of dog owners Colleen and David Krug. Firefighters revived some of the survivors with oxygen.

The Krugs were raising more than 50 show dogs at their home and showed many at prestigious competitions.

"They are our kids, and we treat them as such," said 60-year-old David Krug as he stood outside his burned home. He was not at home when the fire broke out.

"I loved all of them. There wasn't a dog I didn't pick up and hug every night."

Among those was a top silky terrier that produced four champions in the past year. Two of those offspring were also believed killed. Another silky terrier, ranked 12th in the nation, survived.

The fire started in the garage area where the Krugs had an industrial dryer for grooming the dogs.

The dryer had tripped a circuit breaker several times, but Colleen Krug, 44, and her sister reset it, officials said. Later, they heard a loud pop and saw smoke in the garage. They ran outside and opened the garage door, but that just fed the fire with oxygen, firefighters said.

The damage to the home and two cars in the driveway was estimated at $160,000. Twenty firefighters responded and put the fire out in 30 minutes

One 'paw'pular event: Do Dah Day raises money for animal welfare, shelter

Weighing in at 198 pounds is Julius, a Great Dane owned by Margarethe Leonard. He easily won first prize for 'biggest dog.' Photo: J.C. Lexow/The Anniston Star
Dogs stole the show Saturday at Zinn Park during the Do Dah Day celebration and pet parade.
Canines outnumbered their feline counterparts by a ratio of 25:1.

Despite the small turnout of cats - which may be correlated to the high attendance of dogs - event organizer Kathy Foster rated this year's festivities a success.

"People have come out, and we've had a good time, and the pets are wonderful, and the costumes are wonderful, and hopefully we've made some money for The Animal Shelter and League of Animal Welfare," Foster said.

Both organizations receive proceeds raised during the event, which is sponsored by The Spirit of Anniston.

Julius Ceasar, a 4-year-old Great Dane, won the biggest dog contest. It was an easy decision for the judges, and the fourth straight year the mammoth 198-pound dog has won the event.

Tiffany Rankin, 12, of Oxford, and her bichon frisé Sadie won a first-place prize in the pet/owner lookalike contest and second place for best costume during Saturday's Do Dah Day festivities. Photo: J.C. Lexow/The Anniston Star
"He walks me," said Julius' owner, Margaret Leonard of Weaver, who corrected the statement after mulling it over for a few seconds.
"He runs me," she later conceded.

The judges' decision for smallest pet came down to two contestants. Weighing in at 4 ˝ pounds, Banjo, a 6-month-old papillon owned by Rachel Sellers of Anniston, seemed a shoo-in. That was until the tiny Yorkshire terrier Summer Rose pranced in front of the judges.

The 1-year-old terrier, owned by Taylor Colgrove, weighed a mere 2 Ľ pounds. "A bag of dog food lasts a long time with her," the owner said.

Summer Rose placed first in the smallest dog category, one slot ahead of the heftier, second place Banjo.

Other categories included celebrity look-alike, pet owner look-alike, best costume, most exotic, cat-e-gory and waggiest tail.

Katie Lechner has a Gizmo to help with her Lincoln High School senior project.

This isn't a gadget or a thingamajig. Gizmo is her dog, a 7-year-old Yorkshire terrier.

Lechner uses Gizmo for her project on pet therapy at the Behavioral Health Unit of Ellwood City Hospital.

The idea of pet therapy was a natural for Lechner, 17, who belonged to a 4-H group that made monthly visits to Hill View Manor, the county nursing home, with their pets.

Tenacious terrier saves man

FALL RIVER -- Spock, a 7-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is described as being a "lazy" pooch, but he more than made up for his dog-tired ways one morning in March.
One floor down from Spock and his owner lives Norman Chatterton, a retired banker and former school committeeman who is now indebted to the four-legged neighbor he believes saved his life.

Chatterton, 78, owns the three-family house and lives on the first floor, renting to his granddaughter, Lynessa Chatterton, 19, and her friend, Melissa Teixeira, both college students.

On the morning of March 3 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Chatterton awoke as usual, but the day turned out to be far from normal.

"I was walking to the bathroom and I fell," Chatterton said. "I ended up on my back."

Chatterton said he felt no pain, but was unable to move. He looked down to assess the damage and was stunned at the blood he saw flowing from his ankle.

"I picked up my leg and my foot was dangling at the ankle," Chatterton said.

Chatterton had twisted the ankle when he fell. His brittle bone broke and the force of the fall pushed it through his skin.

The telephone was about 5 feet away from where Chatterton was lying, and there was no way he could get to it. So, he crawled over to the nearest wall and started banging on it to alert his granddaughter.

But, it wasn't the sleeping Lynessa who heard his thumps for help. It was Spock.

Chatterton banged and banged on the wall. Spock, hearing all the racket, must have known there was something wrong, according to Chatterton. The dog went to Lynessa's closed bedroom door and scratched at it and barked for her to come out.

Lynessa finally heard Spock's ruckus, and then she heard the banging from below and rushed to her grandfather's apartment.

"I told her to call 911," Chatterton said. "She kept cool. And she called my son."

Chatterton said this was just one in a string of medical ailments he has faced recently, including thrice-weekly kidney dialysis, blocked carotid arteries, prostate cancer, diabetes and several leg operations.

"I refuse to die," Chatterton said. "I called all the cemeteries in the area and nobody wants me."

Once Chatterton's son Jay, a woodworking teacher at B.M.C. Durfee High School, arrived, he was in and out of consciousness. The police got there about the same time.

"There was a lot of blood," Chatterton said. "If the dog hadn't woke up the girls, I would have bled to death."

Chatterton was taken by ambulance to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where he spent four weeks recovering, and then another three weeks at Sarah Brayton Nursing Care Center for rehabilitation.

Now, back at home for about a week, Chatterton is indebted to his furry little upstairs friend.

"I'm very happy," Chatterton said. "He can have anything he wants." Chatterton plans to shop for a few treats for the pup when he's feeling better.

"He's a very lazy dog," Chatterton continued. "He's got his own mind. But he worked wonders for me."

Deborah Allard-Bernardi may be reached at dbernardi@heraldnews.com.

Police find no evidence of dog theft

NIK HAWKINS / THE CHIPPEWA HERALD -- Emil Langel holds his dog, Charlie, a year-old female Yorkshire terrier, on Tuesday afternoon in front of his house at 139 W. Elm St. Langel and his wife, Bonnie, are relieved to have their dog back after she went missing Friday morning, but wonder why the police seem uninterested in pursuing a possible case of dognapping.

While Emil Langel believes his dog may have been stolen from the backyard of his home on Elm Street on Friday morning, Chief Joseph Coughlin of the Chippewa Falls Police Department said an officer's investigation on Tuesday found no evidence of theft.

Langel's daughter, Annie, encountered a woman who was walking the Langels' year-old female Yorkshire terrier, Charlie, three days after the dog's disappearance.

Langel, 44, said the woman originally lied to his daughter, and later to him, about where and when she had gotten the dog.

"What led us to believe that it was theft was all the lies she was telling us when we found her with the dog," Langel said.

The woman originally told the Langels that she had owned the dog for three months. When Langel confronted her the next day, she told him she had found the dog.

But Coughlin said the responding officer spoke with the woman and her two daughters in separate interviews and found their stories were identical. All three described where they saw the dog run into the street before they picked it up on Friday afternoon, Coughlin said.

"(The officer) really doesn't think that she took the dog," said Coughlin.

The woman explained to the officer that she was intimidated by Langel. So she said she didn't feel comfortable telling Langel the truth or giving him her name, Coughlin said.

"That's not to say she shouldn't have been forthcoming from the beginning," he said.

The officer identified points in the Langels' fenced back yard where Charlie could have escaped. The officer also determined that the woman or her daughters are not tall enough to lean over the 4-foot fence to pick the dog up, Coughlin said.

Coughlin also pointed out that dogs, unlike other property, can leave on their own. So simply finding a person with the dog is not grounds for arrest, especially if their story is affirmed by witnesses, Coughlin said.

"(The officer) would in no way be in a position to arrest her for theft," he said.

Although Langel admits to the possibility of Charlie somehow getting out of the backyard by herself, he said it is unlikely because they took measures to dog-proof the fence after Charlie escaped about a year ago.

"And even if (Charlie) did get out, that doesn't give (the woman) the right to keep someone else's dog," Langel said.

But a person finding a stray without tags, and Charlie was tagless, is under no legal obligation to report the dog to the authorities, Coughlin said.

"I think people should (report finding a dog) especially if it doesn't look like a mutt," he said.

"I don't want to judge someone until I know all the facts," Langel said. "But (so far) it leads to that they stole it."

Reach Nik Hawkins at nhawkins@chippewa.com.

Cops help save lucky Buddy

Flint Twp. - Patty Ashlock thought she would never see her Buddy again. Thanks to the state police, she did.

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After the little Yorkshire terrier disappeared from her yard last Friday, Ashlock and her family searched the neighborhood around her W. Court Street home but came up empty.

"I figured he was gone for good," Ashlock said.

Unbeknownst to her, Buddy had wandered into Court Street and been struck by a car.

A passing motorist found the injured dog in the middle of street around noon Friday, scooped him up into a discarded Easter basket she found in a nearby trash pile and drove Buddy over to the state police post on Corunna Road.

"We all immediately fell in love with this little dog," said state police post commander Lt. Diane Garrison.

Assistant post commander Lt. David Street escorted Buddy to Ressler Animal Hospital in Frankenmuth, where Dr. Wendy Woodard patched up a gash on his head, pulled one of his teeth and prescribed some ointment for his legs.

Noting Buddy's recent grooming and his overall condition, Woodard assured police the dog was no stray.

"It was somebody's pet," Garrison said.

Street took the limping dog home for the weekend with plans to call the Humane Society on Monday.

Hoping that someone might have found her companion of almost nine years, Ashlock went to the Humane Society on Saturday, but again returned home disappointed.

Still, she hoped for the best.

"I didn't find him in the road, so I figured he must be nice and cozy in somebody's house," Ashlock said.

Monday, Buddy was back at the post living in a cardboard box next to Garrison's desk.

Suffering from a broken jaw, the 10-inch dog would eat only hamburgers soaked in water.

Unaware of his name, troops had renamed him "Lucky" because he was found near the Lucky Star market on Court Street near Tacken Street.

Troopers called the Humane Society on Tuesday and discovered someone had come looking for the dog.

There was no doubt police had the right dog when Ashlock, her two daughters and granddaughter came into the post Tuesday.

"His ears perked right up when he heard their voices," Garrison said.

Resigned to the possibility she would never see Buddy again, Ashlock was ecstatic when she found out what happened.

"(State police) are absolutely terrific," Ashlock said. "They were wonderful."

Still, it may be some time before Buddy gets to enjoy a homecoming biscuit. He had surgery Thursday to fix his jaw.

Snake Smarts
Class teaches pets to avoid run-ins with venomous rattlers.

By Javier Erik Olvera
The Fresno Bee
(Published Monday, July 22, 2002, 4:50 AM)

MADERA -- At 9 pounds, Sugar Face is no match for a rattlesnake, and her sole encounter shows.
A 3-inch scar across the Yorkshire terrier's shaved neck is evidence of reconstructive surgery she underwent last month after a run-in with a snake near her Ahwahnee home.

To make sure she's not attacked again, Sugar Face's "mommy" brought her to a rattlesnake- avoidance clinic Saturday at the Madera Fairground.

"She's like my child," said Sonny Conner, cradling Sugar Face in her arms and adding that the hour drive into the Valley was worth it to ensure her dog is safe from snakes.

More than 30 dog owners from across the nearby hills and mountains took part in the one-on-one clinic, which continues today at the fairground on Cleveland Avenue.

For $60, a man considered one of the leading dog trainers in the country and a pioneer in snake avoidance can teach man's best friend to stay clear of a rattlesnake's venomous fangs.

Patrick Callaghan developed the rattlesnake-avoidance technique two decades ago and has since been sought out by animal owners from across the country to train their pets.

The 62- year-old Norco resident likes to joke a lot, but when it comes to dogs and rattlesnakes, he gets downright serious and points to pictures that illustrate how dangerous the creatures can be.

"This is why I do it," he says, holding an 8-by-10 picture of a large dog whose right eye appears to be missing after being bitten by a rattlesnake. "I love animals, and this can be avoided."

He's a grandfatherly type with silvery hair that pokes out from under a straw hat. He has a way with animals that he says comes from his ability to communicate with them.

Before each dog makes its way to the first of three training areas, Callaghan sizes up its personality to pinpoint how he will get the lesson across.

With a leash, an assistant guides a dog through the first training area, where a "humanely muzzled" rattlesnake has been placed to help with the lesson.

The dog is guided toward the snake and, just as it approaches, Callaghan sends a slight tingling sensation through an electronic collar to teach the dog to back away. The second phase is very similar, but done in another area and with a different snake so the dog learns that there's more than one out there that could bite.

The final area allows a dog to freely maneuver around another snake as the owner calls for the dog from nearby.

Sound easy? Callaghan says there's a science behind knowing how close to let a dog get to the snake so the dog learns not to approach -- something he says other dog trainers have ineffectively tried to copy.

"They say I'm the leading one," says Callaghan, who also trains horses, llamas and the occasional goat how to avoid rattlesnakes, which begin popping up around the nearby hills and mountains each summer.

Saturday, one dog owner told him she couldn't surf "dog training" on the Internet without his name popping up on a Web site or a news article written about his technique.

A schedule on his Web site (www.patrickcallaghan.com) shows he's been offering clinics between San Diego County and the Bay Area every weekend since March.

Jennifer Lane organized the Madera event to help other dog lovers like her to save their pets from snakebites. She's planning another clinic for next March.

"I really think there's a need for this," said the Raymond resident, whose dog was bitten twice last year. "I truly believe in what Patrick [Callaghan] does."

Pampered pooches parading panache

By Katherine Leal Unmuth
Express-News Staff Writer

Web Posted : 07/14/2002 12:00 AM

Deep in concentration, Michael Parks deftly angles a blow dryer as he styles and fluffs the red hair of his classy client — Blossom, a miniature poodle.

Dogs of all breeds and sizes perform in the 'flyball' competition. The River City Cluster of Dog Shows continues today.
Aimee Santos/Express-News

Will, a beagle, jumps up for attention from his master, Eddie Dziuk, in the grooming area of the Convention Center. The River City Cluster of Dog Shows continues today.

Parks, 15, a handler-in-training, loves poodles and often spends his weekends pampering them and sculpting pompom tufts into their coats.

"I love their attitude and I like their hair," said Parks, adding that he has no interest in people hair.

"They're a very stylish breed. I'm attracted by their glamour."

Welcome to the world of high style, for dogs. At the Convention Center this weekend, thousands of dogs and handlers, as well as admirers, came to watch Blossom and other dogs compete in the River City Cluster of Dog Shows, which concludes today.

Vendors at the show are selling everything for dog lovers — from German Shepherd earrings to light-up, dog-shaped lawn ornaments.

While fierce competition was waged in the ring, dogs in the grooming area spent more time getting ready than most women spend at the salon.

"It's like blowing dry your hair and hairspraying it and putting it up like you're going to a fancy dance," said Colleen White, a handler who spent nearly two hours straightening the silky black hair of Allie, a Shih Tzu.

As Stone, a pint-sized Yorkshire terrier, stood still on a grooming table, handler Lindy Fuller struggled to shape a tuft of hair atop his head into a top knot.

Then she topped it off with a red bow studded with cubic zirconia.

"You can use any color you want to," she said.

"But right now, everyone's using red. So we use red."

Of course, not all dogs are created equal.

Each breed has its own look.

Gemmy, a fluffy Pomeranian weighing in at 5 pounds, pranced up to any onlooker who wanted to pet him.

"You want a cute little face with a great expression," said his handler, Audrey Roberts.

On a nearby table, Wizard, a 75-pound chow chow with a face looking more like it belonged to a lion than a dog, buried his head in his handler's chest when a stranger approached.

His look is much more regal and aloof, explained handler Linda McClendon.

Despite all the dog hair flying everywhere and smell of wet dog thick in the air, handlers said the competition is the best part, for them and their pets.

Hope Arnold, who brought her Tibetan Spaniel (or "tibbie" as they are called among insiders), Night, said handlers have the same type of competitive drive as in any sport, such as race-car driving.

And Jerry Weirick, a 40-year veteran handler of miniature schnauzers, said he'll always love the thrill of dog shows.

"Being competitive is the thing that makes us all similar," he said.

Dogs get help dodging snakes
By Javier Erick Olveera, Fresno Bee
July 24, 2002

MADERA, Calif. — At 9 pounds, Sugar Face is no match for a rattlesnake, and her sole encounter shows.

A 3-inch scar across the Yorkshire terrier's shaved neck is evidence of reconstructive surgery she underwent last month after a run-in with a snake near her California home.

To make sure she's not attacked again, Sugar Face's owner took her to a rattlesnake-avoidance clinic this week at a local fairgrounds.

"She's like my child," said Sonny Conner, cradling Sugar Face in her arms.

More than 30 dog owners from across the nearby hills and mountains took part in the one-on-one clinic. For $60, a man considered one of the leading dog trainers in the country and a pioneer in snake avoidance can teach man's best friend to stay clear of a rattlesnake's venomous fangs.

Patrick Callaghan developed the rattlesnake-avoidance technique two decades ago and has since been sought out by animal owners from across the country to train their pets.

Callaghan, 62, likes to joke a lot, but when it comes to dogs and rattlesnakes, he gets downright serious and points to pictures that illustrate how dangerous the creatures can be.

Before each dog makes its way to the first of three training areas, Callaghan sizes up its personality to pinpoint how he will get the lesson across.

With a leash, an assistant guides a dog through the first training area, where a muzzled rattlesnake has been placed to help with the lesson.

The dog is guided toward the snake and, just as it approaches, Callaghan sends a slight tingling sensation through an electronic collar to teach the dog to back away. The second phase is very similar, but done in another area and with a different snake so the dog learns that there's more than one out there that could bite.

The final area allows a dog to freely maneuver around another snake as the owner calls for the dog from nearby.

PAWTUCKET -- When Bill Bibby made a pit stop at 28 Patterson Ave., the two-story single family home owned by a nephew where Bibby moved in six weeks ago, he had a few tasks in mind. Not least among them were feeding his dog Damian and two pet parakeets.

"I cooked (Damian) some chicken giblet, took a shower and put both my air conditioners on," also remembering to leave out some food for the birds, Bibby said.

That was about 2:30 p.m. Barely two hours later, "my nephew," Sid Bibby Jr., for whom Bibby works, "called me from Connecticut and told me the house was on fire."

The message relayed to his nephew and then to Bibby, who had just relocated to the white vinyl-sided house from Central Falls, prompted him to immediately return home, concerned chiefly for his pets.

What he found, in a fire reported at 4:43 p.m., was black smoke, popped windows, melting vinyl siding and firefighters just as concerned about Damian as he was.

Bibby told firefighters where the dog would most likely be. Lt. Ralph Domenici duly found the tiny gray Yorkshire terrier on the floor of Bibby's bedroom, a favorite hangout for Damian.

That floor perch, below ascending smoke, was in Damian's favor, said Battalion Chief Michael Carter. "That's what probably kept him alive, being low to the ground like that," he said.

Firefighters Steve Galuska and Lt. Ralph Cournoyer brought the dog outside, where he was treated with oxygen by firefighter Tom Simpson.

"After a few minutes, he started to come around," Carter related. "He'll be all right."

Bibby said he would take the dog to a veterinarian for examination. The parakeets, which Bibby said roam at will from unlocked cages, could not immediately be accounted for. Bibby said he also lost his clothes and other personal possessions in the fire.

Bibby, 70, lived alone in the house except for the birds and Damian. "I've had him since he was a baby. He's almost as old as I am, in dog years," Bibby said of the companion he has had "since the late '70s."

While the fire remains under investigation, Bibby said he thought the problem must have stemmed from the air conditioners. "The stove was not on. I don't smoke in the house. It had to be an electrical problem," he said.

John Fletcher, who lives across the street, said it was the first fire on the street in the 30 years he has lived there. "A lot of black smoke came out, all the windows started to go pop-pop-pop," he witnessed before making the 911 call.

Carter estimated damage at about $20,000, but said it could have been worse.

"There's heavy damage to both bedrooms (upstairs) and bad heat and smoke," plus roof damage where firefighters had to vent a loft area to be sure fire wasn't building there.

Carters said first on the scene on Engine 1 were firefighters John Gagnon and William Quinn. "They made the initial attack," negotiating a narrow, twisting rear stairway with air packs on their backs on a day where temperatures were in the 90s.

"Engine 2 backed them up. It was a great stop," with the fire out in about 20 minutes and no injuries in the process, Carter said.

An independent insurance adjuster at the scene, John McCauley, said the house would be boarded up by workers for Bibby's nephew, a painting contractor.

Man would go to 'ends of earth' to find dog, but only had to go to Shelbyville

RITA BAUER, Staff Writer July 25, 2002

After a desperate three-week long search, Gene Spray, of Tullahoma, finally found his beloved “Missy.” The tiny 17-year-old Yorkshire Terrier needs regular medication and he worried he might never see her again.

When Gene Spray lost his little dog, "Missy," he said he'd "go to the end of the world to get her back."
Luckily, he just had to go to Shelbyville.

Spray, 67, of Autumn Manor Apartments in Tullahoma, lost the tiny 17-year-old Yorkshire Terrier June 28. He had taken her with him to visit a friend at the Good Samaritan thrift store that afternoon when she disappeared.

Besides loving his longtime pet (who's 119 in dog years) Spray was concerned about her need for regular medication. He was sure she had been stolen.

Spray immediately started searching, checking the city animal shelter, local veterinarians and the police department. He placed an ad in the newspaper and offered a reward.

Stories in The News and on local cable TV news advertised his plight.

Three weeks went by before he got a phone call from a woman he knows only as "Mrs. Wallace" in Shelbyville. She told him a woman in Tullahoma had given her a little dog, and she was sure it was his "Missy."

"I left to go get her right away," Spray said.

"I met the lady at the Golden Gallon in Shelbyville. It's a wonder I didn't get a speeding ticket, I wanted to see Missy so bad.

"She didn't know the dog was stolen. I'm sure she didn't have nothing to do with it, but there's something wrong.

"The woman had taken her to be groomed and to the vet. She had planned on keeping her.

"She had a four-year-old granddaughter and Missy had made a bond with her. The woman did take real good care of Missy. I told her to hug her and tell her good-bye before I left," Spray said.

"And I hugged her neck. I probably would've kissed her if she'd let me, I guess."

Spray said he tried to give Mrs. Wallace a $100 reward but she refused to accept more than $10.

"She was out a lot more than that. She'd taken the dog to the vet and to be groomed," he said.

Spray wanted to tell the story of how Missy was lost and returned to him because he admires the honesty and kindness of Mrs. Wallace in Shelbyville, and appreciates the support he received from the Tullahoma community.

"You can't believe all of the people that were looking for Missy. I got calls from the Dossett Apartments to Country Club; people callin' and lookin' for her and wondering if I'd found her.

"It seemed like half the population of Tullahoma was lookin' for this dog. And the police officers honestly looked for her hard. They were tickled to see me get her back, too.

"It's just me and Missy at home. I guess that day I found her came close to being the happiest day of my life. Oh, I missed that dog."

©The Tullahoma News 2002

Animals on parade

Pets all dressed up with some place to go

Log Cabin Staff Writer

"Always Low Prices at Alps!"

VILONIA -- A country boy from a White County farm took best-dressed honors for his one-of-a-kind overalls Saturday morning at a unique competition near Vilonia.

At the same gathering, a member of the same farm won a talent contest for simply answering some questions.

The national talent search sponsored by Purina was held at Circle I Feed on Highway 64 and included such would-be stars as Dixie the singing Chinese pug, and her friend Kakki, a Yorkshire terrier who specializes in running away, "but only from home," according to her owner, 11-year-old Lauren Ashby of Conway.

Then there was Sassy, another pug with the same group who was "just along to look pretty," according to Sally Rodden of Conway.

Alexis Jade Harness attempts to feed her pet goat, Nakoma, before a pet parade on Saturday at Circle I Feed in Vilonia during a national pet talent search. Amanda Bruning Photo
She added that when it came to it, Dixie probably wouldn't perform, either. "She can sing, but she only does it when she wants to, just like a kid with a trick."

Another talented critter at the event was Nakoma, a 2-month-old goat whose talent was fainting and finishing a bottle of milk in a matter of seconds.

"He's a spotted goat," according to Nakoma's handler, 3-year-old Alexis Jade Harness. "Come on buddy," she said as she took the patriotically dressed goat for a walk. The two were cloaked with American flags.

Nakoma and Alexis Jade were accompanied to the contest by her grandparents, Jim and Betty Harness of Mayflower.

But it was one of the smallest contestants in the "People and Their Amazing Animals" talent search that received the most attention.

Oscar, a black Old English bantam rooster, seemed to wear his homemade overalls with pride. His crowing and other banter helped him to express his feelings.

"He runs our farm," Susan Anschultz of Bradford said. "I thought this outfit would be appropriate. It was my first try at chicken apparel."

Anschultz said she and Oscar had to go through several fittings while she was making his outfit, and he would sit on the back of a chair and watch as she made alterations.

Oscar was shown by Anschultz's son, Zach, 11, because she had her hands full holding Snook, a Shih Tzu/Dachshund mix whose only claim to fame is raising baby chickens on the Anschultz farm.

The talent winner was Anschultz's horse Manny, a 6-year-old "Paint that ain't."

Manny can dance, ride tackless, sit like a dog and play dead, Anschultz said, adding his best trick might be his ability to answer questions.

"But, you never know which way he's going to answer," she added. Apparently he answered correctly Saturday because now he may be able to compete nationally and possibly earn the Anschultz farm up to $10,000 in prize money.

Circle I Feed hosted the event as a Purina Gold dealer, according to Charles Idleman, co-owner of Circle I.

"This is a new thing for Purina," Idleman said. "It's nationwide and if it goes over well, they may do it annually."

He added he thinks this is the only such competition in the state, although similar events are being held in neighboring states.

At the local event, an artist and a photographer were available to capture images of the contestants, the Humane Society of Faulkner County had adoptable animals available and 4-H members showed and discussed different breeds of rabbits.

Pet health insurance grows as pet care becomes more costly and sought-after
By MARY CLAIRE DALE - Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA - Zachary has endured chemotherapy, five hip and knee operations and gall bladder surgery.
He takes a daily diet of prescription drugs to combat nausea and other maladies and gets intravenous fluids at night because of kidney failure.

``He's going strong. Last July, you would have never thought he'd make it a couple more weeks,'' said Donna Raichle, 54, who spends about $400 a month on Zachary's care.

Zachary, by the way, is a 12-pound Yorkshire terrier.

His lengthy medical file may be one clue that the era of pet health insurance has arrived.

With advancements in veterinary care, more pets like Zachary can get high-tech - and costly - treatments ranging from chemotherapy to behavioral therapy.

And more owners like Raichle are seeking it out the insurance that pays for it.

``Americans are in love with their pets, and ... they're spending more on them,'' said Jack Stephens, 55, a veterinarian who founded the Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. in Brea, Calif., in 1980.

After losing $18 million over 20 years, VPI turned its first profit last year, earning $1.3 million on $47 million in revenues. The company has 85 percent of the U.S. market.

``The economy helps, but what we find is it's really the bond of the pet with the owner that's driving our business,'' Stephens said.

He launched the company, with financial backing from 900 veterinarians, after watching people put their pets down for mostly financial reasons. Stephens knew how to cure the animals, but the average person's limit for pet care was about $250.

Today, the threshold is $900 and climbing, according to industry studies. Americans spend about $11.1 billion on veterinary medicine each year, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Some people will pay more than others.

One physician couple, whose German pointer was mauled by other dogs, ran up a $40,000 bill at the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary hospital. After several surgeries, skin grafts and a weeks-long stay, the purebred hunting dog is back in action.

Cable TV shows about animals and veterinary care are making people more aware of the treatments available, according to Dr. Ken Drobatz, who directs Penn's emergency veterinary service.

But only a small fraction of his customers - and fewer than 1 percent of the nearly 60 million households with pets nationwide - have pet insurance.

``We definitely get clients asking about it all the time. A lot of time they're asking after the fact,'' Drobatz said.

Most insurance companies that have entered the business over the years have failed, but that may be changing.

VPI expects to take in $72 million this year. Its policies range in price from $193 per year for standard coverage for a kitten to a $521 premium policy for a 10-year-old dog.

Raichle had pet insurance years ago for one of her first Yorkies, but felt it didn't pay most claims and dropped it.

Linda Marcus, who has also had several Yorkies, won't be without it. VPI paid about half of the $3,500 to $5,000 in veterinary bills for her beloved Bandit in the six months before he died at age 15.

``This dog brought us so much pleasure that I would have done anything that money could have done to try to keep this dog alive,'' said Marcus, 59, who sells real estate on Chicago's Gold Coast.

That philosophy troubles some, including Arthur Caplan, chairman of Penn's Department of Medical Ethics. He hears from people every day who don't have health insurance for themselves.

``It's sort of odd to think that a pet could get certain treatments in the United States that certain people could not afford,'' Caplan said.

When his own collie was ill, he explained to his young son that it would be more humane to let the dog die.

Raichle said she'll know when it's time to let Zachary go.

``Zachary is a kissing machine,'' she said. ``When he stops kissing, that will be the time to say, 'That's it.'''

Florence woman uses CPR to save dog's life

The Associated Press

Melanie Nelson took a CPR class recently hoping it might someday help her save someone's life.

She had no idea that after taking the lifesaving course offered by her employer that first patient would need mouth-to-snout resuscitation.

On Thursday, she had to use the skills learned in the course, not on a human, but on her 3-pound 13-ounce Yorkshire terrier named Bow. The dog collapsed on a hot day after running up a hill outside Nelson's home.

"I was like, 'Lord, help me get through this,'" Nelson said. "I had to think what I was taught in class; it comes back to you."

Nelson said she started giving Bow breaths and careful compressions after noticing he wasn't breathing. Like giving CPR to a baby, Nelson said she had to be careful not to crush Bow.

"He was limp like a dish rag," Nelson said, "but slowly, he came around."

Bow had a heartbeat of 35 beats per minute when he arrived at a veterinarian's office, faint for a dog whose heart should have been beating four times faster. The veterinarian suspected the dog may have suffered a seizure one and would not have survived if it weren't for Nelson's CPR.

Nelson said the incident was a reminder that people should be prepared for emergencies.

"I realize how fast things can happen," Nelson said. "It's very important all of us are trained in CPR."

Information from: Times Daily

Catawba County reports 10th rabies case

NEWTON, N.C.(AP) - A raccoon shot after it attacked a dog last week was rabid, marking Catawba County's 10th rabies case of the year, officials said.

On Thursday, Lacee Clifford, 14, was walking her Yorkshire terrier when the raccoon attacked the dog, county spokesman Dave Hardin said. Clifford's father, Tom, told officials he shot the raccoon as it scurried up a tree.

County officials sent the animal to the state lab, and learned of the test results Monday.

The dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination and required only a booster shot, Hardin said.

The county had nine cases of rabies last year.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer




12:00 - 24 August 2002

You don't often see Daisy the dog lying down on the job - but when she does, she's out to save your bacon.

That's just what the pint-sized hero did for Exeter owner Vonnie Truscott - and ended up with a bravery award from the firefighters of the city's Red Watch.

Daisy is the smallest dog that charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has ever had -weighing in at only 1.6kg. In fact when she first started training, she is used to being dwarfed by cats.

But the tiny Yorkshire Terrier cross has proved what she lacks is size, she more than makes up for in courage, intelligence and personality - having alerted her owner, Vonnie, of a fire danger in her Pinhoe home.

Ever-alert Daisy was on duty when she got a tiny earful of alarm from a smoke detector - and rolled into action.

Vonnie, who got Daisy last October, said: "I was standing in the kitchen cooking bacon on the griddle when Daisy came in and jumped up at me.

"I said to her 'What is it?' and she lay down which is her signal that there was danger."

Vonnie, 57, went to the alarm panel and saw the fire alarm was going, so she turned it off. But what she had not realised was that her alarm was connected straight to the central office at the fire station.

A few moments later, Daisy went straight back into to the kitchen to alert Vonnie again, this time leading her to the front door.

Vonnie, who requested a Yorkshire Terrier having previously had them as pets, said: "I had been desperately trying to stop the smoke detector from going off by hitting it so when I got to the door I was a bit flustered.

"I was very surprised to see two fire engines and 12 fireman on my doorstep."

Acting Station Officer Bob Crane, said: "Daisy is definitely the smallest hero I have ever seen.

"We have heard of cases in the past where people have been alerted to fires by animals - but obviously Daisy is highly trained for the job.

"Luckily in this incident, there was no fire, but if there had been she would have saved her owner's life."

Leading fire fighter John Walland, of Red Watch, who attended the call at 5.40pm on January 20, said: "I think the lady was pretty shocked to open her door and find us all standing there.

"It is just good that we weren't needed."

Daisy certainly saved the day on that occasion, and now Vonnie feels secure in the knowledge that if there was a fire her pet will let her know when the alarm sounds.

She said: "The fire brigade, were really nice about the whole thing and checked the smoke detector for me - because I had hit it to try and turn it off."

Vonnie, has been losing her hearing since she was 30, and is now profoundly deaf. She has a hearing aid in each ear but still relies heavily on Daisy.

She said: "She is wonderful because she responds to so many things.

"When I am cooking things I set the oven time and it will make a sound when it goes off.

"Daisy will give me a signal when she hears the sound and then I know the food is ready.

"I used to burn things all the time before I got her."

She added: "It is not just what she does for me but also the companionship which is so important.

"I really could not cope without her."

Daisy may be a star to Vonnie, but the miniature canine was once an unwanted pet at the Leicestershire Animal Aid shelter. Seventy four per cent of all hearing dogs were once either rescued or unwanted.

Daisy was taken on by the charity when she was four months old and spent time with one of its socialisers before going through 16 weeks of sound-work training.

Vonnie, said: "Somebody from the charity came to my home and recorded all the different sounds here so she could be trained with them and learn to react."

Hearing dogs alert deaf people by touch, using a paw, or jumping up and leading the person back to the sound source. They lay down to indicate danger.

Vonnie said: "I count myself very lucky that I have Daisy, she is so helpful, loving and funny. I just could not imagine my life without her."

Woman saves pooch with CPR
By Emilio Sahurie
Staff Writer
August 25, 2002

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FLORENCE - Melanie Nelson's training last week was supposed to be for people. There wasn't anything in her CPR class about mouth-to-snout resuscitation.

A week after taking a course with her Valley Eye co-workers, the ophthalmologist technician's first patient in need of rescuing turned out to be her dog.

"I was like, 'Lord, help me get through this,' " Nelson said, recalling the day her dog collapsed. "I had to think what I was taught in class; it comes back to you."

On Thursday, Nelson's doggie kisses were lifesavers for the family's 3-pound, 13-ounce Yorkshire terrier.

Nelson said the ordeal began after Bow the yorkie ran out of her house in the Underwood community to check out the commotion of a nearby barn being built by the family. The long run up a hill with the heat and humidity apparently caused the tiny dog to pass out.

Nelson said she started giving Bow breaths and careful compressions after noticing he wasn't breathing. Like giving CPR to a baby, Nelson said she had to be careful not to crush Bow.

"He was limp like a dish rag," Nelson said, "but slowly, he came around."

Bow had a heartbeat of 35 beats per minute when he arrived at a veterinarian's office, faint for a dog whose heart should have been beating four times faster.

Bow, who was the size of a teacup when he was born nearly a year ago, also had a high blood sugar level. The dog's doctor believes he may have suffered a seizure - one he may not have been able to survive if it weren't for Nelson's CPR.

First aid classes for pets are something organizations like the American Red Cross take seriously, offering it in some of its chapters across the country. It's a skill emergency personnel are taught as well in the event a firefighter may have to pull an unconscious dog or cat from a house fire.

It's a skill pet owners should consider with every other home in America having a dog, said Scott Secrest, who runs the Bay Area K-9 Academy in California. Secrest is a pet first aid instructor. "People learn CPR for the kids," Secrest said. "Why not learn it for a pet; they are a part of the family, too."

Much like giving CPR to a person, the steps are similar for treating an animal who is not breathing or who has no heartbeat, he said. Heartbeats do vary from a fast pace for a yorkie to a slow thump for a bull mastiff.

Rescue breathing consists of clearing an airway, checking for a pulse and heartbeat and breaths after sealing a pet's muzzle with a person's mouth and hands.

For Nelson, it was a reminder that people need to be prepared regardless whether the patient has two or four legs.

"I realize how fast things can happen," Nelson said. "It's very important all of us are trained in CPR."

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