Pet Of The Week! TinkerBell

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This week’s star of the show is the lovely Tinkerbell! Tink is a roughly 13 week old puppy in need of a loving home. She has two siblings also located at the Humane Society Of Blue Ridge. Rena says she will most likely be a medium to large dog. Tink is currently up for foster to adopt as well as her two siblings. She is extremely sweet and ready to find her forever home. If you’re looking to adopt an animal check out the humane society and all of their furry friends!

 

Homeward Bound Pet Of The Week: Hendrick

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Meet Hendrick, a 32 lb., 5-year-old Boston mix, who was surrendered to animal
control when his owner passed away. Hendrick is a playful little guy who enjoys a leisurely walk in the woods where he can sniff all things wonderful!

When given the opportunity in a fenced area, he will entertain you with zoomies until he can’t
run any longer and then will let you know it’s time to leave. He gets along well
with other dogs and has only shown curiosity with cats! He did well as our Pet of
the Week at The Cartecay Brewing Company meeting everyone with a smile!
Apply online: www.hbpr.org

Homeward Bound Pet Of The Week: Ohisi and Dandy

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Dandy

Meet Ohisi, a female terrier mix, about 10 years old, who is bonded with her buddy, 5 year old, Dandy.  They are owner surrenders due to the passing of their owner and the family was not able to care for them.  Both weigh around 17 lbs.

Both dogs are snuggly, love to leash walk together, play together and would provide hours of entertainment and a lifetime of love!  They are located at Homeward Bound Pet Rescue near Blue Ridge, GA.

Apply online:  www.hbpr.org

Ohisi

Gilmer Fire puts students to the heat

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On August 1, 2020, Gilmer Fire had 7 in-training Firefighters participate in a Live Fire Exercise and Evaluation to allow trainees a hands-on experience.

According to Public Information Officer, Al Cash, “The purpose of this training is for the student to observe fire behavior – meaning its growth, spread-patterns, and heat radiation. The students also become more familiar with their turnout gear – protective clothing, backpacks, air regulators, and masks.

Cash went on to note that the more subjective part of the exercise was for the student to understand their approach to safe firefighting. “A fire can attack an individual’s mental and physical weaknesses. One must be constantly alert of their own condition, their surroundings, and that of their fellow firefighters.”

This type of training gave these fine trainees a small taste of a fire scenario and put them closer in touch with their skills, their fears, and their successes.

Cash said the event went off very well with a great job by the students, the instructors, and the safety team.

He said, “Gilmer Fire and Rescue salutes you all.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Up close and personal with Gilmer Fire and Rescue – Ron Cheslock

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Continuing our series of posts, “up close and personal” with the finest men and women in the Fire Service – the personnel of Gilmer County Fire and Rescue. Today we’re proud to visit with a member of our Community Paramedicine Team, Firefighter/EMT Ron Cheslock…

“My EMS career started shortly after high school, in Morrisville, Pennsylvania when I signed up for a CPR and Advanced First Class with our Fire/Rescue Unit. I was immediately hooked, and volunteered with the station for a few years as a First Responder while attending college and working full time.

I joined the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman (Medic) serving over half of my 11 years in the military as an Infantry Field Medic with Marine Corps battalions and Special Operation Units. I was responsible for providing medical care to Marines and Sailors attached to our units while deployed, both on shore and at sea.

Following my military service, I continued my professional career in healthcare, working primarily in management and information technology roles both in the public and private sector. However, I always missed the “rush” and drive for going back to patient care in an emergency/austere setting.

Shortly after moving to Ellijay in 2016, I joined the department as a member of the Search & Rescue Team with Gilmer Fire/Rescue, and enrolled in the Firefighter and EMT training courses. I enjoy being back in the fast paced environment and look forward to starting Paramedic school in late summer.

I am excited to have the opportunity to come back and work in emergency care, and serve the community where I call home. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with the family, hiking and camping. I also enjoy serving our local community as Cubmaster of our scout pack and serving on the Advisory committee for Keep Gilmer Beautiful.”

 

 

(article and photos provided by the Gilmer County Public Safety)

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Up close and personal with Gilmer Fire and Rescue – Daniel Kauffman

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We are beginning a series of posts to become “up close and personal” with some of the finest men and women in the Fire Service – the personnel of Gilmer County Fire and Rescue. Today we’re proud to visit with our outstanding Fire Chief, Daniel Kauffman…

“My fire service career started soon after completing high school in Auburndale, Florida. I attended the Florida State Fire College in Ocala, Florida for my firefighter compliance, and the College of Central Florida Emergency Medical Technician program. I volunteered briefly with the South Marion Fire Department before gaining full time employment with Marion County Fire Rescue in 1988. Throughout that 30 year career I have served in the positions of firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, District Captain, Battalion Chief (Safety Officer), and Battalion Chief (Shift Commander). I was also active in Special Operations, serving as the Hazardous Material Response Team Commander. I had a front row seat to rapid growth and I was able to be an active part of positive progression from a BLS department to an ALS department and eventually ALS patient transport. The career of a firefighter is that of a life-long student, always perfecting their craft. Over the years I have found the positive affect of continuing education not only on my fire service career, but also in my daily life. The completion of an Environmental Science, Fire Science, and Human Resource Management degrees better prepared me for the position of Fire Chief with Gilmer County Fire Rescue. Likewise, I would support and encourage all of our employees to continue their education and professional development.

“When the position of Fire Chief became available in Gilmer County, we were pleasantly surprised. Gilmer County Fire Rescue was one of the few places that could have brought me out of my 9 month retirement. While I really did not plan to start a second career in the fire service, I really feel that God opened a door here for us in Gilmer County. Our family had been vacationing in Ellijay since 2005 and loved the area with all the activities it presented. My wife Stephanie and our blended family of three girls (London, Hannah, and Neve) would make many trips from Florida during school breaks to enjoy the outdoor activities. Now that we are full time residents of Gilmer County, we usually can be found spending our weekends hiking with our rescue dog, Piper, who came from Homeward Bound Pet Rescue. We have recently purchased an RV and plan to venture outside of Gilmer County to see what else the beautiful North Georgia mountains have to offer. Our fresh start here has been met with new friends and great coworkers. The opportunity to work and play in an area we love has been such a blessing and we look forward to what our future holds here in Gilmer County.”

(article and photos of Daniel Kauffman provided by the Gilmer County Public Safety)

Ask Alex : I Want A Dog

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Hey Alex! 

I have wanted a dog for as long as I can remember! I constantly search rescue websites looking for that perfect companion. When I was younger I always lived in apartments that wouldn’t allow pets, but now I own my own house, with my husband…. Therein lies my problem. He is just not a dog person and won’t budge on not wanting a dog in the house. Recently, I found a little guy that I think would be perfect for us, but I keep getting a very stern no from my other half.

What should I do? Would it be horrible if I just adopted the dog anyway? I’ve always heard it’s better to ask forgiveness than to get permission.

Sincerely,
Needing A Pup

 

Hey Needing A Pup!

I’m going to go ahead and stop you in your tracks. In this situation it is absolutely NOT better to ask for forgiveness than to get permission. Adopting a pet is a huge commitment in all aspects of your life. It will change how you operate day-to-day. It will change if you and when you can plan vacations and events. Not to mention the financial responsibility that comes with being a pet owner and these are just the practical areas that will be impacted, not the emotional impacts that would come and probably trouble your marriage.

Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment for that pet. What would you do if your husband is so angry he says it’s me or the dog? Would you just give up on the dog? What if this moment comes down the road when you have had time to bond with your pet? Would you be able to take him or her back to the shelter?

It sounds like your husband has been very clear on his feelings about getting a dog from go, which means you still chose to be with him knowing that you might never be able to own your own dog. 

I would recommend that you take time to volunteer at a shelter and try to get your puppy fix without bringing one home.  Another possibility that you could speak with your husband about is fostering. 

Rescues are always looking for foster homes, and the thought of the dog only being at your house temporarily might be something that your husband would be down to do. If fostering goes well he might just change his mind and be open to adopting a permanent four legged family member.

Sincerely,
Alex

 

 

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Homeward Bound Pet Rescue’s Pet of the Week – Simon

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Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc’s mission is to find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets in
the North Georgia area. Homeward Bound has re-homed over 7000 pets since 2000. We are a
100% non-profit, no-kill organization that is completely run by volunteers and depend on
donations, grants, Paws and Claws Thrift Store and fundraising events during the year.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc.

P.O. Box 792
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-HOME (4663)
Apply on line: www.hbpr.org
LIKE us on FaceBook

Meet Simon, a boxer mix who is approximately 5 months old. This young guy was found as a
stray and nobody claimed him. Their loss but what a treasure for some other lucky family. He
is already 30 lbs. so anticipate him being a big boy. He is gentle, loving and eager to please. He
wags his tail at all dogs and we have yet to hear him bark in the 4 days that we’ve had him.
We’d also love to tell you about volunteering, fostering and adoption opportunities.

Homeward Bound pets are up to date on vaccinations, treated month for fleas, ticks and heartworms,
spayed or neutered and are ready for adoption unless specified otherwise.
We are available by appointment for a “meet and greet”. The address is: 215 Wishon Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA (off Maxwell Road). We do recommend bringing everyone who will be involved
with the new pet; especially your dog(s).

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t survive without the help from our friends!

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Pet of the week – Tulip

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Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc’s mission is to find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets in
the North Georgia area. Homeward Bound has re-homed over 7000 pets since 2000. We are a
100% non-profit, no-kill organization that is completely run by volunteers and depend on
donations, grants, Paws and Claws Thrift Store and fundraising events during the year.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc.

P.O. Box 792
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-HOME (4663)
Apply on line: www.hbpr.org
LIKE us on FaceBook

Meet Tulip, a 30 lb; one-year-old terrier mix whose goal every day is to give and get hugs from
everyone she meets. The first thing you will notice is her smile and then her beautiful spotted
coat of caramel and vanilla. Tulip started her heartworm treatment on 5/21 and will need a
home where she can get leisurely walks every day; no playtime; no exerting her heart rate until
her treatment is through in November. A foster home will be welcome also!
We’d also love to tell you about volunteering, fostering and adoption opportunities.
Homeward Bound pets are up to date on vaccinations, treated month for fleas, ticks and heart
worms, spayed or neutered and are ready for adoption unless specified otherwise.
We are available for a “meet and greet” by appointment. The address is: 215 Wishon Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA (off Maxwell Road). We do recommend bringing everyone who will be involved
with the new pet; especially your dog(s).

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t survive without the help from our friends!

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue – Pet of the week Olivia!

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Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc’s mission is to find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets in
the North Georgia area. Homeward Bound has re-homed over 7000 pets since 2000. We are a
100% non-profit, no kill organization that is completely run by volunteers and depend on
donations, grants, Paws and Claws Thrift Store and fundraising events during the year.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc.

P.O. Box 792
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-HOME (4663)
Apply on line: www.hbpr.org
LIKE us on FaceBook

If you’re looking for a dog who loves to hug and be affectionate, you must meet Olivia, a 55#, 3
year-old (we really never know for sure) hound dog. Olivia is HW+ and is currently being
treated for the next several months. At this time, she will require a quiet atmosphere; no rough
play; only leisurely walks. Olivia walks great on a leash. She just wants to be close. HBPR
covers all meds and treatment. Protocol can be transferred to another vet if out of the Gilmer
area.

We’d also love to tell you about volunteering, fostering and adoption opportunities.
Homeward Bound pets are up to date on vaccinations, treated month for fleas, ticks and heart
worms, spayed or neutered and are ready for adoption unless specified otherwise.
We are available for a “meet and greet” by appointment. The address is: 215 Wishon Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA (off Maxwell Road). We do recommend bringing everyone who will be involved
with the new pet; especially your dog(s).

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t survive without the help from our friends!

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Pet of the Week – Hank

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Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc’s mission is to find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets in
the North Georgia area. Homeward Bound has re-homed over 7000 pets since 2000. We are a
100% non-profit, no kill organization that is completely run by volunteers and depend on
donations, grants, Paws and Claws Thrift Store and fund raising events during the year.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc.

P.O. Box 792
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-HOME (4663)
Apply on line: www.hbpr.org
LIKE us on FaceBook

Handsome Hank is a loveable 2-year-old, 40 lb. mix who was found injured on the side of the
road. He was taken to the vet and got his wounds tended to. They took him home where he
got along with the kids; a toddler and a middle-school-age child; 2 dogs and 2 cats. He fit right
in. He did bond with the “mom”. Hank is house trained and walks great on a leash.
We’d also love to tell you about volunteering, fostering, and adoption opportunities.
Homeward Bound pets are up to date on vaccinations, treated month for fleas, ticks and heartworms,
spayed or neutered and are ready for adoption unless specified otherwise.

We are available for a “meet and greet” by appointment. The address is: 215 Wishon Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA (off Maxwell Road). We do recommend bringing everyone who will be involved
with the new pet; especially your dog(s).

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t survive without the help from our friends!

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Pet of the Week – Hank

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Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc’s mission is to find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets in
the North Georgia area. Homeward Bound has re-homed over 7000 pets since 2000. We are a
100% non-profit, no kill organization that is completely run by volunteers and depend on
donations, grants, Paws and Claws Thrift Store and fund raising events during the year.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc.

P.O. Box 792
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-HOME (4663)
Apply on line: www.hbpr.org
LIKE us on FaceBook

Handsome Hank is a loveable 2-year-old, 40 lb. mix who was found injured on the side of the
road. He was taken to the vet and got his wounds tended to. They took him home where he
got along with the kids; a toddler and a middle-school-age child; 2 dogs and 2 cats. He fit right
in. He did bond with the “mom”. Hank is house trained and walks great on a leash.
We’d also love to tell you about volunteering, fostering, and adoption opportunities.
Homeward Bound pets are up to date on vaccinations, treated month for fleas, ticks and heartworms,
spayed or neutered and are ready for adoption unless specified otherwise.

We are available for a “meet and greet” by appointment. The address is: 215 Wishon Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA (off Maxwell Road). We do recommend bringing everyone who will be involved
with the new pet; especially your dog(s).

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t survive without the help from our friends!

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue’s Pet of the Week – Daisy

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Daisy

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc’s mission is to find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets in
the North Georgia area. Homeward Bound has re-homed over 7000 pets since 2000. We are a
100% non-profit, no-kill organization that is completely run by volunteers and depend on
donations, grants, Paws and Claws Thrift Store and fundraising events during the year.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc.

P.O. Box 792
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-HOME (4663)
Apply on line: www.hbpr.org
LIKE us on FaceBook

Meet Daisy, a 7-year-old Staffie mix who has been at HB for 6 ½ years. She’s always been the
bridesmaid; never the bride when it came to adoptions. After so many years at the shelter, she
is apprehensive of everything new. She thinks the volunteers are her family and HB is her
home. Daisy loves people and car rides! A good placement for her would be the only dog in an
adult household who have a fenced yard; no small children only because of her strength and
bulk of 65 lbs. She gets enthusiastic and might accidentally hurt a little one.

We’d also love to tell you about volunteering, fostering, and adoption opportunities.
Homeward Bound pets are up to date on vaccinations, treated month for fleas, ticks and heart
worms, spayed or neutered and are ready for adoption unless specified otherwise.
We are available for a “meet and greet” by appointment. The address is: 215 Wishon Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA (off Maxwell Road). We do recommend bringing everyone who will be involved
with the new pet; especially your dog(s).

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t survive without the help from our friends!

Sanctuary dog mourns his animal friends by staying by their side

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(story by Christian Cotroneo)

The horses, llamas, donkeys and dogs who arrive at Horse Creek Stable Rescue Sanctuary are often sick, battered or just plain tired.

Lester Aradi, a retired police chief, along with his wife Diane, makes sure no one lets them down again.

The refuge for special needs animals they founded in Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains is a bustling 35-acre beacon of new beginnings.

But there are endings here, too.

When they pass, the animals are buried on a slight hillside overlooking the pastures. Graves for dogs are lined up in a row. Burials for bigger animals — horses, llamas, alpacas — are marked with a fruit tree. Lester and Diane see it as a symbol of the circle of life.

“We just try to honor them that way,” Lester tells MNN.

This week, Tricycle mourned the loss of his friend, an alpaca named Vixen. (Photo: Horse Creek Stable Rescue Sanctuary)

But the most obvious marker for a fresh grave will be a 3-legged golden retriever named Tricycle. When an animal dies, he mourns them — sometimes for as long as three days — by stretching across the grave.

Recently, he’s been spending his time at Vixen’s grave.

“We lost Vixen,” Aradi explains to MNN. “She was an older girl. An alpaca. Within an hour of her dying, we had a neighbor come with a backhoe and dug the grave.”

They planted the customary fruit tree.

Not long after that, Lester went out to feed the llamas. He gazed towards the hillside and, sure enough, “there’s Tricycle laying on Vixen’s grave.”

“I don’t know if he can sense it, smell it, or whatever, But I think he was grieving. That was his way of saying goodbye.”

And Tricycle has said it many times before. The first time was back when his friend Major died. A St. Bernard-mastiff mix, Major arrived at the farm nearly broken.

“He was brought here with back issues. He was abused. He couldn’t walk any more.”

Tricycle and Major became fast friends.

“When Major died, we buried him here on the farm,” Lester says. “Tricycle went over and laid on his grave for about three days. He would come into the house. But every time he was outside, he would go to his grave and lay on it.”

Lester and Diane Aradi have given countless animals a second chance in life, including Carrie the alpaca. (Photo: Horse Creek Stable Rescue Sanctuary)

Lester and Diane Aradi have given countless animals a second chance in life, including Carrie the alpaca. (Photo: Horse Creek Stable Rescue Sanctuary)

Lester posted a picture of Tricycle mourning Major on Horse Creek Stable’s Facebook page back in 2017. Not long after that, a dog rescue group got in touch with him. They loved the photo. They thought maybe Lester and Diane could take in another three-legged dog who could really use a second chance in life.

And so, Romeo arrived at the farm. Naturally, Tricycle bonded with his new friend — a golden retriever just like him.

Circle of life, indeed.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue’s Pet of the Week – Ruby

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Ruby

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc’s mission is to find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets in
the North Georgia area. Homeward Bound has re-homed over 7000 pets since 2000. We are a
100% non-profit, no kill organization that is completely run by volunteers and depend on
donations, grants, Paws and Claws Thrift Store and fundraising events during the year.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc.

P.O. Box 792
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-HOME (4663)
Apply on line: www.hbpr.org
LIKE us on FaceBook

Meet Ruby, a little 2 year old shortcake who weighs just under 40#. This girl enjoys a good hike
through the woods, a little snuggling and a noisy squeaky toy! Ruby is house trained, loves to
ride shotgun in the car and is a guaranteed couch snuggler and will watch whatever channel
you choose.

We’d also love to tell you about volunteering, fostering and adoption opportunities.
Homeward Bound pets are up to date on vaccinations, treated month for fleas, ticks and heart
worms, spayed or neutered and are ready for adoption unless specified otherwise.
We are available for a “meet and greet” by appointment. The address is: 215 Wishon Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA (off Maxwell Road). We do recommend bringing everyone who will be involved
with the new pet; especially your dog(s).

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t survive without the help from our friends!

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