WCSPCA Shelter is Full – Please Consider Adoption Today!

WCSPCA The Shelter is Full 2015

“We need forever homes to live in and humans to love and entertain as well. Please drop by and be mine!” ‪#‎cats‬ ‪#‎dogs‬ ‪#‎4life‬ ‪#‎WCSPCA‬

The Shelter is Full!  We are overflowing with dogs and cats, so until further notice, our prices are dogs $50; cats $10.  Adopt one feline, get another free!

Washington County SPCA
16620 State Hwy 123  Bartlesville, OK
918.336.1577

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A Gift that Time Travels and Cat Cartoons Too!

eye candyChristmas season means lots of different things to lots of different cultures, but one thing seems to be fairly consistent.  It is a time to give gifts.

When we think about that from a Christian perspective, the greatest gift ever given was the baby Jesus — God coming to earth to rescue man from the bondage of sin with the ultimate consequence of death.  It is a priceless gift beyond anything we can comprehend and explain to others.  To fully enjoy a gift one must unwrap it and embrace it and share it with others!  One would most naturally be thankful to the giver for the precious gift and say so in many ways.  We tell others about the rescue and that they can be rescued to, but some don’t even know they need to be rescued yet.  To those friends we stand ready to share in more appropriate times as the door opens for us to share.  This is an example of a gift that gives beyond life on this planet and steps into eternity.

I am going to tell you about a gift in my life that has given beyond the lifetime of the giver.  You have them too, but maybe this will help you put them in perspective and treasure them all the more.  Maybe this will help you package your gifts to others in such a way that they give beyond a lifetime.  Give them the story that goes with the gift.  Give them good memories.  Give them a treasure of wisdom, a sparkle of imagination, a blessing that multiplies.  Gifts of time and treasure accompanied with love and prayers are the best!

Back in the early 2000’s a good friend of mine who knew of my love for cats (he was a dog person), began sending me cat cartoons and cards rather routinely.  They were often accompanied with the political wisdom of the day also, but that is another story.  I always enjoyed the cards and cartoons and shared some further by email with personal notes back then.  I saved them and realized at some point that I had quite a collection.  It wasn’t until I started clipping and organizing them (with the help of another friend) that I realized how much time and treasure was in the gift of finding them and sending them to me originally.  They turned into a cat cartoon album that sits on my living room coffee table and has brought many a smile to many a guest and of course to me.

In 2006 I had a foreign exchange student named Hanna, who did the cover artwork for me as a gift.  She wonderfully captured the personality of my three cats Ivory, Ebony, and Peaches (L-R).  Ivory was primping, Ebony had on a top hat, and Peaches while she has a halo on her head was sharpening her claws.

Cats Do Talk by Hanna 2006

This year I scanned the pages and put the cartoon album online for my family for Christmas. Hanna’s artwork will be the cover online competing with the New Yorker cat cover on the album on my coffee table.   I hope the smiles will multiply from generation to generation.  There is nothing like the sparkle of light and laughter originally captured and put on paper by someone you love.  The light bulb moment shared.  The blessing multiplied.

Here is the album on scribd (and it is a work in progress).  It is dedicated to our family pets through the years.  There was Count, the pedigreed boxer and then Shadow, the miniature blue poodle and delight of my early years.  Then there was Pierre, the gray tom cat; then Tina the long haired white and gray talker (with a special bird trill alert alarm).  At the Caswell household, we have Calvin and Hobbes, the bengals  — smart, playful, and cuddly too.  Then there were the Garland ferrell cats —  Auria, Melody, Jazz and more!  And last but certainly not least the three pictured above, Ivory (blue eyed female with Siamese markings and playfulness too),  Ebony (golden eyed black male love bug),  and Peaches (green eyed Calico female with a  love of running water).

Some of the cartoonists collected over the years and included are listed below:

Crankshaft

Family Circus

Far Side

Larson Fav - cat fud ->

one of my all time favorites…

Frank and Ernest

Garfield

Get Fuzzy

Hazel

Heathcliff

Mother Goose & Grimm

Mutt

Pickles

Rhymes with Orange

Rose is Rose

Speed Bump

That’s Life

The Bucket

Ziggy

Communing with Cats — selected pages from Cat Fancy 2002

Super Bowl Commercial about Cat Herding – article from 2001

Cat and Fish Bowl ad from Washington Post

Share the laughter and enjoy!

Your Duck is Dead

Original source unknown — but thanks to Donna for sharing with me!

Proverbs 17:22

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

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A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.”

The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?”

“Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet..

“How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything.

He might just be in a coma or something.”

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The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat.

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The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.”

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..

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The ducks owner, still in shock, took the bill.

“$150!” she cried, “$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”
The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now $150.”

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Beatles Bash in Bartlesville set for April 20th — Thanks WCSPCA!

Washington County SPCA Event Featuring Liverpool Legends April 20th

Community Center Event — Tickets available online NOW!

Click on pic — Events Page for Community Center

 Saturday, April 20, 2013 7:00 PM Liverpool Legends  [buy tickets]
WCSPCA
presents Liverpool Legends
Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band, are four talented musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison – sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. Liverpool Legends perform songs spanning the entire career of The Beatles and on through the solo years. With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing! Together, these four lads will bring you “The Complete Beatles Experience.”

If you would like to help more and sponsor the event — please contact the Washington County SPCA here >>>
More information on sponsorships available here >>>

[Editor’s note: If you are a Republican Delegate to the Oklahoma State Convention — please note that this event is on the same day as the Convention in OKC, but the state conventions are ‘usually’ over by mid afternoon; you should be able to do both events. Hope to see you there! /sc]

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them and OKGrassroots

Liverpool Legends Concert to Benefit Washington County SPCA Tickets Available Now! PreConcert Party for Sponsors

Washington County SPCA LogoDear Washington County Friends,

The Washington County SPCA invites you to become a sponsor for our first annual fundraiser “We Get by With a Little Help From Our Friends” concert featuring the Liverpool Legends which will benefit our shelter.

The primary source of funding for “We Get by With a Little Help From Our Friends” is from corporate and individual sponsors, such as yourself. The Washington County SPCA receives no governmental funds for our adoption facility or our many services provided to members of our community.

This exciting event will be held at the beautiful Bartlesville Community Center’s Performance Hall on April 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. It will be a fun evening that will kick off with a preconcert party open only to our sponsors and their guests. Then your guests will move into the performance hall for a trip back to 1964 (one year before our shelter first opened to the public) with a celebration of the Beatles music.

As you may be aware, the Washington County SPCA has provided City Impound services for Bartlesville, Copan and Ochelata, an adoption facility and spay/neuter assistance to Bartlesville and all of Washington County since 1965. The funds provided by this event will be to fund our operations. These operations encompass the care for the animals in our adoption facility and low cost/free spay/neuter services to area residents’ pets.

Your sponsorship will help assure the continued success of the Washington County SPCA. Enclosed please find more information on this exciting event and its sponsorship levels. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

I look forward to speaking with you at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Donna Gustafson
Member of Board of Directors
Washington County SPCA

Fall 2012 Newsletter (pdf format)

[Editor’s note: There are lots of ways that you can help make sure our furry friends are taken care of in this community. Please volunteer some time, donate some money, share this informations with a friend, sponsor this event, attend this concert, adopt an animal into your family, and help to save a pet today! Thanks to our local SPCA and all who make this community safer for people and pets every day! Blessings/sc]

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them and OKGrassroots

Cats, Flowers and Valentine’s Day!

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Recently I got an email reminder to send flowers for Valentines day so I thought I would do that — virtually!  Aren’t they lovely.  I’ve always loved flowers and just for the record, so do my cats.

In fact so much so that I usually keep them in the sink so that when (not if) Peaches pulls at the flowers and they fall over, I can fix them rather easily.

Yes, you learn these things after a few occurrences!

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True to form. Here she goes for the flowers. Good thing I’m a trained cat parent and the flowers are in the sink!

Guarding the flowers -- notice the ears!  And you thought they were yours...

Guarding the flowers — notice the ears!

So send some flowers, share some love and have a Happy Valentine’s Day —

Oh yes, and don’t forget to pet the cat!

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed — Special Thanks to Donna Gustafson

Over the years, I have pondered the little saying:

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

I have come to understand that some ‘friends’ disappear in the crisis. That may be because they were truly unaware, but it may mean that the real friends  both know and respond when called for sure, but often even before the call goes out.

Donna Gustafson is the best friend anyone could ever have.  We met in the Houston area years ago and became family friends through the years.  We have celebrated family blessings and losses from birthdays to special holidays to ministry opportunities.  She is gifted in so many ways and blesses so many people that it is a joy and a delight to watch and be a part of and now report to the world here on my little blog. But than many of you know this as well as I do and from your perspective. You know that she loves her family above all and serves them daily and sacrificially too.  She is always there for friends and family and ‘critters’ of same! She is always juggling more things for more people than most are aware of.  I am blessed to call Donna friend and so are my ‘kids’!

In our Bartlesville Community, Donna is involved with the SPCA.  She rescues animals herself and has helped guide our Bartlesville SPCA to it’s role model status.  If you want to help with the SPCA let her know and I’ll bet she can plug you into efforts ongoing. Ask Donna how you can help our furry friends today!

Washington County SPCA (Oklahoma)

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Cross Posted with OKGrassroots

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