Thank You Hickory County!!!

Our First Annual Purses for Paws fundraising dinner and auction was more successful than we could ever have hoped!  To all the volunteers and people who attended, you were awesome.  In fact, the funds raised were sufficient to allow us to start our building fund, a vehicle fund to transport to the vet for whatever reason and STILL continue providing low-cost spay & neuter services and food support to those needing the help.

Shown below are some of the photos taken at the fundraiser – where good food was enjoyed and happy winners enjoyed their prizes, whether from the silent auction or the purses.

And Kudos to Sara Marie Fukula – Photography by Sarah Marie – for doing such a great job of covering the event!

Picture - Fundraiser - Won a Bunch Picture - Fundraiser - 2 happy winnersPicture - Fundraiser - Getting Fed




Picture - Fundraiser - Purses to AuctionPicture - Fundraiser - Pat & Jeff performing



Picture - Fundraiser - Pastor Hoff & FriendsPicture - Fundraiser - Looking over the Crowd 3



Picture - Fundraiser - Looking over the Crowd 4Picture - Fundraiser - Door Prizes 2



Picture - Fundraiser - Auctioneer workingPicture - Fundraiser - Margaret winning a purse




Picture - Fundraiser - Won the Guitar

Pet Sitters Wanted

We regularly are receiving requests for in-home pet sitting, where someone reliable comes to a vacationing person’s home and takes care of their animals as if they were their own.  If you are bondable, love animals and want to have your own independent business, this could be a lucrative niche in Hickory County that would also be providing a service.  We’d be happy to help you think through how to set this up if you like.  Just email us at

And if you’re already set up to do this sort of thing, please let us know ASAP.  We’ll list you on a resource page, and there are several people we know actively looking for help.

Missing Pets

Having been through it myself, I know there’s absolutely nothing worse than the uncertainty of wondering where one of your beloved companion animals has gone.  I posted flyers all over within a 10-mile radius, and never did find Bear.  Sadly, it’s likely that he was shot by a person who didn’t like dogs and/or had cattle that needed protecting and couldn’t deal with his rambunctious “herding.”

To aid in finding these animals, we suggest the following:  Make sure all of your pets have a name tag with your contact information on it. Home Again, the microchip tracking company, says that over 50% of the animals recovered happen because of such a name tag.  There are many on-line companies from which you can order it, or if your pet has been microchipped, then you usually can get one from them.

Secondly, post the missing pet on our Facebook page, to the main Hickory County chats page, and I also suggest you consider taking out a lost-pet ad.  Putting flyers at the local post offices, gas stations, the cafe on the square in Hermitage, etc. also gets the word out.  Lastly, if you have a picture, send that information, a description of the animal and where it was last seen to and we’ll also get it posted up here.

Solve the Dog Nail Trimming Nightmare

Anyone who has a dog knows their nails keep growing no matter what you do, and one of our least favorite activities is trying to convince them to let us trim their nails.  You can either take them to the vet or groomer and pay for it to be done, or try and do it yourself.  Often we spend the money in frustration, because who needs the hassle of your dog having a nervous breakdown.

Recently I heard of a nifty trick.  Part of the problem with us trimming our dogs’ nails is that we are doing it the wrong way.  Either we’re taking too much off at a single time or we’re asking them to become unsteady on their feet by lifting up their paws, which is uncomfortable.

Instead, get a trimmer that has an open end, so you don’t need to lift up the nail or paw.  Kneel down in front of your dog.  Don’t lift the paw.  Just put the trimmer under the nail with the paw still on the ground, bring it up slightly and snip off just a small amount.  Doing so will let your dog stay stable and avoid the possibility of cutting too much or hitting the quick.  This lets you quickly get each paw done.

If you have one of those dogs who hates the sound of the clipping, do a paw, then go away.  Come back another time to do another one.  If your dog’s nails have grown super long, take them down a bit at a time, and you’ll get less resistance from your pet.