Pet of the Week: Izzy is ‘super-spunky and silly’ terrier mix

This week volunteers at Adopt A Dog have selected Izzy as the program’s adoptable pet of the week. They describe him as follows:

“Izzy is about 5 months old, likely Manchester terrier mix, and weighs about 20-25 pounds. He’s young but has had his share of hard times and is ready for a loving, fun home.

“Izzy favors his front leg and after x-rays, we have learned that it’s from an old break to his shoulder that has shattered his socket and is not ever going to heal correctly. As he gets older, he may likely get arthritis at a younger age than other dogs, but that certainly does not stop Izzy from acting like a puppy now! Just watch his video on our website!

“The only evidence he shows of any kind of injury is that he sometimes favors that leg, but you’d never know it to watch him go! He doesn’t just romp about — he tears it up, man! Izzy is super spunky and silly and loves a good game of “run-around-anywhere” and once he gets that puppy energy flowing, he’s off — dancing about and chasing anything he can find! And then he crashes and needs a nap! He’s so silly to watch!

“Izzy also fancies himself a bit of a lap dog — that is until he finds something else to go explore. Izzy also bonds very closely with the people who have shown him any kindness and gets super-happy when they return.

“He is housetrained, crate trained, current on shots and micro-chipped, but too young for neuter. Izzy’s new owner should be aware that he may need extra veterinary care as he gets older.”

The adoption fee for Izzy is $150, plus neuter deposit; cash or check only, please. The fee to adopt is charged to recoup standard veterinary expenses.

Since many of the shelter’s dogs are in foster care, please call ahead to meet Izzy at the Hukari Animal Shelter, 3910 Heron Drive, Odell; 541-354-1083. Adoption hours are Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. Applications may be downloaded at www.hoodriveradoptadog.org and faxed to 877-833-7166.

The Adopt A Dog program offers 24PetWatch microchips, which include free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service. (For more information visit www.24petwatch.com or call 866-597-2424.).

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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