A Dog with a Happy “Tale”

Or, that should really be, two dogs with two happy tails.  Only two eyes though – between the two dogs – since one of them relies 100 percent on the other one to be her eyes, as she doesn’t have any.  That is why when they ended up in a shelter in England as their owner was unable to take care of them.

The two Great Danes – 7-year-old Maddison (who has both eyes) and 6-year-old Lily (who is eye-less), ended up in Telford, UK, at the Shrewsbury Dogs Trust Care.  The shelter thereafter sent out a request looking for a good home for both of these dogs, figuring it would be pretty bad to separate them, especially as Lily’s handicap had rendered her totally dependent on Maddison.  But the shelter was somewhat concerned about finding a good home, as taking care of such a dog without eyes would not be an easy feat. 

The shelter was thus shocked and delighted that the response was so incredibly overwhelming!  Indeed, thousands of individuals made contact with the shelter, asking to take on both of the dogs.  Much research and investigative work was carried out and Len and Anne Williams were chosen for the task. The couple intends to take the dogs on long walks and even on their vacations to France!

Addicts Getting Their Lives Back

The Tale of Annie Akavak

It’s no wonder Annie Akavak was an addict most of her life. She pretty much went through every type of abuse throughout her distraught childhood…and then some, giving birth to the first of her four children at the tender age of 14.  Bustled around from one foster home to another, she eventually ended up on the streets.  It’s taken a long time, and there have been many setbacks, but right now, she is ever so slowly – one step at a time – on the long road to recovery thanks to some incredible help and support from an amazing Canadian organization.

Jean Tweed Centre

Situated in the west end of Toronto, it was the Jean Tweed Centre and all its programs which really gave Akavak the first sniff of hope of a normal life.  A decade ago, the Pathways to Healthy Families outreach program began to give pregnant women and mothers help with their kids from birth ‘til 6-years-old.  They offered substance abuse counseling, assistance in finding housing and prenatal care, and more.  Thereafter the Moms and Kids Too program (MK2) was established which also helped Akavak get her life back on track.

It’s definitely been a long road for Akavak and there’s still a lot of work to be done, but the Jean Tweed Centre has really given her the tools she needs to at least start.  When her daughter was taken from her she was determined to get her back.  Turning to the programs run through the Centre, was what saved her. “I stopped relapsing and started learning some coping skills,” she said. Ultimately she won the custody battle and got her daughter back.  “Jean Tweed taught me how to be a better mother and a healthy mother.”  In a sense, her story is a rags to riches tale, in the sense of how well she lives emotionally these days.  Her dream is to have her own home.  In time, there’s a good chance this will happen.
 

Christmas Cheer for “Boring” Residents

Santa Claus is Coming to Town…

Soon it will be Christmas, and already the Christmas season is pretty much here.  Well, at least it will be once all the Thanksgiving fuss has died down.  Santa is hard at work and his helpers are getting in on the act as well.  And everyone is trying to remember the people in need.  And that is exactly what the Christmas Basket and Giving Tree programs are engaging in. 

Every year prior to Christmas, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, these packages are put together for the needy in the communities of Boring and Damascus.  As well, money is given so that additional food can be purchased to ensure a really delicious, nutritious meal can be put on the Christmas table and thereafter.

A Community Affair

All different segments of the community are getting involved in this worthy, charitable event.  Students are donating canned foods (in 2010, 22,000 cans were collected at the school food drives) and there is even a competition as to which class donates the most cans.  They are also donating gifts that can be put under the trees which are being sent to these families as part of the package.

Charity Fun Run

This coming weekend, if you happen to be in New York City, keep an eye out for the Ronald McDonald House New York Kids Charity Fun Run.  Running in Central Park, this will be a true illustration of children helping children.  The run has been going for twelve years from where it can be traced back to its humble beginning of a mere 50 participants. 

Today, there are around a thousand kids who come from all different types of schools and backgrounds to join in.  They raise a lot of money with the race and really have a good time.  Although, it is not such a good idea to call it a race, as that implies competitiveness which is somewhat scorned since in this particular instance it is really just a fun day out for everyone.  All the children get a ribbon and a prize, and bringing in the funds for the Ronald McDonald House is really the most amazing contribution – no matter if they come in first or last. 

Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House really has been set up as a “home away from home” for children undergoing cancer treatments.  There are just so many expenses when you’re going through a medical crisis, so the money raised at this annual event is vitally needed.  Participants run anywhere between 220 yards to a mile.  It is truly inspirational to see these kids ask anyone they know to make a contribution.

Have Your Pie And Eat It Too

Tehachapi Pie Bakers

Just like there can’t be marriage without love, nor can there be a horse without a carriage (if you trust the famous song), there simply cannot be Thanksgiving without pie.  So, given that the holiday season is approaching, a little bit of investigative work was undertaken to find out how the pie-baking was going in Tehachapi, CA for the upcoming holiday.

Some people like the tradition of baking their own pies, and that’s perfectly fine.  But for those who figure they may just be better off with the help of an expert, the Tehachapi pie-bakers don’t intend to let anyone down.

How Many Types of Pie?

It seems like the people of Tehachapi must like variety since there are around 20 different pies being baked in the region, all prepared by the city’s local bakers.  Perhaps even more interesting to pie lovers in the hood, is the one pie that is unique to the place which cannot be found anywhere else in the whole world, and that is the Tehachaberry Pie.

In all, at least 20 different kinds of pies will be prepared by local bakers including one pie found nowhere else in the world — the Tehachaberry Pie. Stuffed with raspberries and blackberries and sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon, it has been described as “out of this world.”  The brainchild of Charles Lewis of Tehachapie, it has become well-known over the years.

For those wanting something more traditional though, rest assured that Tehachapie has it all: from apple to cherry; coconut cream to lemon meringue and everything else in between – this is the place to get your yummy Thanksgiving pie.

Have Your Pie And Eat It Too

Tehachapi Pie Bakers


Just like there can’t be marriage without love, nor can there be a horse without a carriage (if you trust the famous song), there simply cannot be Thanksgiving without pie.  So, given that the holiday season is approaching, a little bit of investigative work was undertaken to find out how the pie-baking was going in Tehachapi, CA for the upcoming holiday.

Some people like the tradition of baking their own pies, and that’s perfectly fine.  But for those who figure they may just be better off with the help of an expert, the Tehachapi pie-bakers don’t intend to let anyone down.


How Many Types of Pie?

It seems like the people of Tehachapi must like variety since there are around 20 different pies being baked in the region, all prepared by the city’s local bakers.  Perhaps even more interesting to pie lovers in the hood, is the one pie that is unique to the place which cannot be found anywhere else in the whole world, and that is the Tehachaberry Pie.

In all, at least 20 different kinds of pies will be prepared by local bakers including one pie found nowhere else in the world — the Tehachaberry Pie. Stuffed with raspberries and blackberries and sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon, it has been described as “out of this world.”  The brainchild of Charles Lewis of Tehachapie, it has become well-known over the years.

For those wanting something more traditional though, rest assured that Tehachapie has it all: from apple to cherry; coconut cream to lemon meringue and everything else in between – this is the place to get your yummy Thanksgiving pie.