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Saturday, November 15, 2008

PAWS Ministry Gets New Members

Today was PAWS Ministry's temperament testing. I fortunately already got to test when I showed up on the wrong date last week (still feeling silly about that, by the way) so I was not there to meet some of the other testers. I did, however, receive an email from our coordinator who proudly stated that as of today PAWS Ministry welcomed 34 new members and 28 new pets including 23 dogs, 3 cats , 1 bird, and 1 bunny. So it goes to show you that not only dogs can make a difference in peoples lives!

The new members and their assigned locations are:

CORAL TRACE
Wynne and Nancy Nolan & "Giffer"
Sue and Chase Purdy & "Zoe" & "Zelda"
Adalina Mendez & "Snoopy"
Don Payne & "Brutus"
Dan, Jamie, Ashley and Kaylee Ayers & "Daisy"

CROSS KEY MANOR
Iris, Pete and Sophia & "Happy"
Cathi Petersen & "Mickey"
Marty, Carol and Jarrod & "Sasha"

GULF COAST VILLAGE
Linda Schrodell & "Sadie"
Sandra Broderick & "Harry"
Ann Bachhuber & "Bing"
Courtney, Daniel and Mia Acevedo & "Jack"
Erin Tuthill & "BooBoo"
Majorie Seegmuller & "Olivery"

HIDDEN OAKS
Chris Leetz & "Sasha", "Ruppurt Henry" & "Bootzz"
Brenna Yukins & "Angel"
Karen Reci & "Bella"
Shirley Thompson & "Taco"
Shawna Laufer & "Cayman"<---------------------- that's us!

REHAB & HEALTH
Amber, Karla, and Jason Alden & "Bunny" & "Spike"
Kim Phillips & "Sancho"
Kim and Morgan Stevens & "Penny" & "Lucky"
Bill and Marilyn Earl & "Sandy"

Tomorrow is our mandatory orientation and I can hardly wait to meet the other members and get my new shirt and Cayman's bandanna!

1 comment:

Erin and guide pup Midnight said...

Very Cool! Good Luck with that!!!