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My father's pets need homes - Please Help!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Please see the following note at my facebook page:!/notes/laura-long

My father in St. Louis is terminally ill and has been moved to a nursing home as he is no longer able to care for himself, or his pets. I am unable to take his four dogs in due to my own four, here in Ohio. I have had to expand my contact circles as I am not having any luck finding placements for these sweethearts, here, or there. Please help me find suitable homes for these loving animals.
All are spayed and neutered. All but Penny are chipped. All are medium sized - 50-60 lbs (i believe) - I asked the vet to forward their histories to me and can provide those. They are all in good health, and active. My father took them in when Penny was abandoned with her litter over 9 years ago. They are all each other have ever known, but behave on leashes well, and have no undue response with neighbor dogs while walking.

Penny is mom - she is 10-12 years old, not really certain. Social, beautiful, and smart.

Bonnie is daughter - 9 yrs old. Painfully shy, but sweet once corralled. Preferably should be able to stay with mom, but perhaps she would come out of her shell with loving kindness.

Clyde is son - 9 yrs old. Somewhat shy, but loving and social. More of a follower than a leader. Would be nice for him to stay with Tim, but again, loving kindness could bring him out.

Tim - son - also 9 -doesn't know a stranger, and is outgoing and lively.

More info and pictures are available at!/notes/laura-long-tatma

Please let me know if there is any other information that you need.

Please feel free to forward to anyone who may be in a position to help, and let me know if there are any other avenues I might try. I have been contacting everyone I can find between St. Louis (where they are) and Ohio (where I am). I am happy to transport wherever they need to go. We are happy to make donations to whatever organizations can provide assistance, as these dogs are the reason my father has lasted this long and they are all he truly cares about.


Laura Long

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BILLALEX70 6/30/2012 7:28PM

    Beautiful animals, but I won't have room for a dog of that size.

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KAYWEB555 6/28/2012 9:11AM

    Will be keeping this in prayer for you successful adoption of all these wonderful dogs ! Sorrry to hear of your Father's decline !

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ONUTHIN125 6/27/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon I am so glad that you are trying to find them a home. I live in Georgia and I will ask our vet what is a good route to take to find them homes. I will put them on my prayer list.

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ALL4THEMUTTS 6/27/2012 11:26AM

    I did try his vet. I haven't tried mine yet (duh). Training clubs? hmmmm

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PADOXIEGIRL 6/27/2012 10:09AM

    Call the vet and see if they know anyone. there is always someone that will bend a little. Local training clubs are good resources as well.

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ALL4THEMUTTS 6/27/2012 9:11AM

    I have been contacting everyone I can find references for, for the last two months. Most rescues are not actual facilities, but networks of fosters - largely overburdened already. The number of animals in need of help is staggering. And lots of organizations are focusing on death row dogs, sick or abused dogs... these guys are happy and healthy - just in need of a good home - for which they get less attention.

I knew going in that this would be difficult. Older dogs are not as cute as puppies. But they still have lots of love to offer. My heart breaks a little more each day as my deadline moves closer.

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4MYHEART4 6/27/2012 9:03AM

  Try contacting some rescue organizations in his area... you can find them on

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What can One Woman do?

Monday, April 02, 2012

Big question.

What can any one person do?

Well, I am about to find out.

I have begun 100 training runs - 99 training runs actually, and one final big event... a 50K.

It is not an event actually, but a personal journey. But I have chosen to use this personal journey to support a local organization, the Dayton Montessori Society, in order to elevate this undertaking to another level... to expand my quest beyond myself.


The idea began over four years ago, when I first started running to get in shape. I thought, "Wouldn't it be great to run a marathon for my 50th birthday?" A few years later I realized a few key things:

1) I can do more than I ever thought before.

2) Training for a 1/2 marathon is a lot of work and time commitment - a Marathon?!? - much more.

3) I can if I want to, but do I really want to? No, not really - knowing is enough.


But alas, the Golden year is upon me. And I know if I get to the end of the year without having run a marathon, I will be angry with myself for not finishing what I started four years ago. So, NO, knowing is Not Enough.

So then I thought, find a great Marathon to run.


*Step inside my brain for a while if you dare*

No, it can't be on your birthday - it is in July. Who wants to do that to themself in July?!?

So find a great event somewhere. Damn, these flippin' things get expensive... Especially if it is in a great location.


Claim your own piece of road/trail/whatever and make it your own personal marathon.

Why should I pay someone else for something I can do any time I want? ;)


My friend, Mary, is heading up a new non-profit - the Dayton Montessori Society.

This is a big, brave step for her. If she can do that, certainly I can run a marathon.


Instead of spending money to run, why don't I run to raise money???

And so, I am running to raise money for the Dayton Montessori Society.

In this way, reaching my goal helps others to reach theirs.

(And that is how my brain works.)


But wait.... I said 50K earlier, didn't I?

Well, that is because a marathon is a major milestone.

But 26.2 miles just doesn't jive with my 50th birthday, like 50K - so 31.06 miles it is then! ;)

(Again - how my brain works... sigh)


So here is the deal.

Remember the old Pledge-a-thons?

Support me in my goal. Pledge whatever you like per kilometer.

(.10/k = $5, .25/k = $12.50 , $1.00/k = $50... you call it!)

Those funds will be donated to the Dayton Montessori Society.

Support me on my run. Run with me, get people to pledge to Your kilometers so You can donate to the Dayton Montessori Society. You don't have to run the whole thing - get pledges to run 5k, 10k, 15k, however much you can muster.


Support me on my run, by coming out on the route and cheering me, and whoever else tags along, on. We will appreciate the enthusiasm... especially if you get there toward the end!

Or volunteer with the support team.

Or run the last 5K with me (we hope to organize this as an event within an event).

Of course any donations at all are welcome!

The details are forthcoming.

I will be doing this in October, with or without your support, but I would much rather with!

Because this is One thing this one woman can do.

How about you?

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ALL4THEMUTTS 6/3/2012 9:16AM

    Hey, Bill! Training goes well, thus far - 40% complete.
You should come run some with me! ;)
Take care!

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BILLALEX70 6/2/2012 10:46PM

    I'm sure you can tackle this! You just add a few weeks to marathon training and WHAM! you've got a 50K. I can attest that marathon training isn't easy, but put in the hard work and it can be yours.

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TINA7866 4/11/2012 4:31PM

  I love it! Im a year behind you and have always had the same goal. If you were closer, I'd definitely run some of it with you! Best of luck and keep us posted.

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Getting up the gumption...

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Long time no chat...

Life has pretty much been good. But there have been some adjustments.
I finally started back to work after 2.5 years. Giving up all my free time has been hard. Getting back into a routine (especially in a job without set schedules) has been hard.
Falling into old sedentary patterns has been a little too easy.

Compound all this with the fact that, while I did not need to replace my former income, I really need to be making more than I am (depressing because I like this job) and my father has been in ill health three states away... well, I am beginning to stress way too much.

I know if I can just force myself to get back into some physical swing, it will be more helpful than sitting and stressing. It is just really very difficult to pull on the ol' bootstraps.


Get over it.
Get on with it.
Quit whining and get moving.


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BILLALEX70 10/3/2011 9:07AM

    Hang tough!

I hope your dad starts feel better.

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Motivating! ;)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What a great way to start the day... Wake up, put the coffee on, settle in to read email and discover that I am Sparkpeople Motivator of the Day!

It is great to have gotten to a comfortable weight.
It is great to be able to do all the things I want to do.

It is FABULOUS to inspire others, to let them know that it can be done, to lead by example!

Thanks for the validation... ;)

Now get moving... ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY!!!

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SUSIEMT 11/16/2011 7:02PM

    WooHoo to you!

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BILLALEX70 4/16/2011 8:56PM

    Rock on!

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MNCYCLIST 4/16/2011 10:08AM

    That's awesome to be motivated by the fact that you've become a motivator!

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Just Pulled the Trigger!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Deep Breath....

I just enrolled to become an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer.
Time to take what I have learned and share it with others.
Time to learn more and share that with others.
Time to do more, be more, live more!

I have come so far from where I started... interesting to see how far yet I can go!
Wish me luck! ;)

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MOMEDITOR 10/9/2010 4:34PM

    Congrads on taking the leap- what a great way to inspire through example! emoticon

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ALL4THEMUTTS 9/28/2010 10:06AM

    Hey, Bill... Thanks! ;)
No, I am not running Columbus. I have still not committed myself to a full. I now know that I CAN do it, but seriously, the time commitment for training is what puts me off of it - that and they usually start the darn things so bloody early! ;)
Our summer vacation put a crimp in any real training program so I didn't plan on a half this fall either. So I have a 15K in November in Spring Valley, and then I will do the Xenia Half next April.

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BILLALEX70 9/27/2010 8:10PM


I think you'll make a fine trainer. You can show them that the proof is in the hard work NOT a magic pill.

BTW, are you running the Columbus marathon next month?

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DRAMBERT 9/27/2010 1:27PM

    Wow! emoticon emoticon

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1NIMUE 9/27/2010 1:24PM

    Good luck and congrats! emoticon

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