PET OF THE WEEK: Jedidiah ‘a lover through and through’

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

“November is ‘Adopt a Senior Pet Month,’ and Jedidiah is one for the books! He’s about 10 years old, a hound mix, and one might say he was a bit of a mess when he first arrived at the shelter back in August — OK, really, they would say he was a total mess, but let’s be polite!

“In a nutshell, this big old boy was covered with tumors and ticks, eyes were icky, we couldn’t get him to eat, and he was skinny as can be. His nails were so overgrown he had trouble walking, and he barely had a hair hanging off those bones.

“But he had spirit, and we knew he wasn’t done yet. He would look you straight in the eyes and you knew he wanted more. Wanted to finally have a life — but boy, did he need a lot of work; much more than we could afford. We hoped to get him to a vet and maybe just do the bare minimum and make his life a little more comfortable and see what would happen.

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Jedidiah

“But thanks to some incredible donors, enough money was raised to get that boy everything he needed and we got straight to work — starting with getting rid of all those pesky tumors, then on to a full dental work-up where he had several teeth pulled. They removed so much embedded cheat grass in his gums, it’s why he couldn’t eat — hurt too much!

“They also discovered his eyelids were curled under and scratching his eyes every time he blinked, which is why they were always so awful-looking. So Jedidiah got an eye lift! Yep — just like the movie stars!

“Jedidiah gets a special shampoo bath to get that hair back; he’s eating up a storm and gaining weight, and trouble walking? Heck no! That boy likes to run! He’s happy as can be and feelin’ groovy! That gleam in his eyes is brighter than ever and now all he wants is a forever home to retire.

“Jedidiah loves to go on walks and loves a cozy bed (uh, but he’s a bit of a snorer!). He’s a lover through and through and isn’t done discovering how great life is.”

Jedidiah is current on shots, microchipped and neutered. The adoption fee for the boy is $115. The fee to adopt is charged to recoup standard veterinary expenses.

Since many of AAD’s dogs are in foster care, please call ahead to meet Jedidiah 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.hood-riveradoptadog.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.24pet-watch.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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