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THANK YOU PET OWNERS! Injured Marine Needs Help, Freepers Respond!
Personal correspondence | 01/03/2005 | 2jedismom

Posted on 01/03/2005 9:56:58 AM PST by 2Jedismom

FRiends,

As many of you know, The Hobbit Hole has been following the story of Andy, a young Marine that was injured in Fallujah on Thanksgiving Day. You can read about our initial introduction to Andy here...

Initial introduction.

I’ve posted periodic updates from his mother and the Hobbit Hole has sent cards and even sent him a couple of our knives, one especially fine knife with his name engraved on it, as a token of our appreciation.

Andy is doing well, although he had to make the decision not long ago to have his wounded leg removed. Since then, he has really progressed. He still has quite a bit of rehab to go.

If you have the Time Magazine with Bush on the front...the Man of the Year magazine...Andy is in the section where he is getting his Purple Heart from President Bush. He is shaking the president’s hand. You can see Andy, but all you can see of Bush is his hand and forearm.

At this current time, his parents are staying at the Navy Lodge and I asked them if there was anything we could do for them. They had only one request and I thought I would pass it on to the animal lovers of this forum.

They need help with the cost of boarding both Andy’s dog Gus, and their own animals during the time they are staying with Andy. The animals are being boarded at:

Fur Family Members Pet Care
2110 Strickland Bridge Rd    
Fayetteville, NC 28304
910-426-3400

If you can help with this, even if just a little, please send a check to this business, designated “Hatcher Boarding Costs”. The Hatchers have asked for nothing except this one thing and they didn’t even ask for this until I asked them.

Thanks for any help you can give...

2jedismom


TOPICS: US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogping; marinegus
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Update link.

Another update link...

1 posted on 01/03/2005 9:56:59 AM PST by 2Jedismom
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To: patriciaruth; HairOfTheDog; PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain; CindyDawg


2 posted on 01/03/2005 9:57:58 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: patriciaruth; HairOfTheDog; PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain; CindyDawg

Ping


3 posted on 01/03/2005 9:58:15 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: 2Jedismom; Flyer; technochick99; sinkspur; annyokie; Scott from the Left Coast; 88keys; ...
Happy to ping for Andy and his family, 2J....

Dog lovers, pet lovers... this is a very real part of life that becomes difficult whenever a family has an extended recovery period far from home. I know I'd be up a creek in such a circumstance with my life, dogs and horses needing to just be put on "pause" for a while. We all know they can't. If you will consider writing small (or large) checks for this family, I think it would be money well spent. This Marine has given alot to us.

Ping!

Ping!


4 posted on 01/03/2005 10:04:46 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: 2Jedismom; 300winmag; Alkhin; Alouette; ambrose; Anitius Severinus Boethius; artios; AUsome Joy; ...

Pinging for one of our wounded.


5 posted on 01/03/2005 10:06:08 AM PST by ecurbh (.. .-.. --- ...- . .... .- .. .-. --- ..-. - .... . -.. --- --.)
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To: HairOfTheDog; ecurbh

Thanks, you two!

Chris, Andy's mom, told me that she absolutely couldn't believe the kindness shown her from the Hobbit Hole. From strangers.


6 posted on 01/03/2005 10:10:04 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: 2Jedismom

Thanks for letting us know about the needs of Andy and his family, 2J!


7 posted on 01/03/2005 10:10:53 AM PST by SuziQ (It's the most wonderful time of the year!)
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To: 2Jedismom
Done.

Is Andy, a Freeper?

Hey Andy, I got a Labrador named Gus. Zell Miller's got a Labrador named Gus, also.

And Andy, we really appreciate guys like you.
8 posted on 01/03/2005 10:11:19 AM PST by cowboyway (My Hero's have always been cowboys.)
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To: Corin Stormhands
If you have the Time Magazine with Bush on the front...the Man of the Year magazine...Andy is in the section where he is getting his Purple Heart from President Bush. He is shaking the president’s hand. You can see Andy, but all you can see of Bush is his hand and forearm.

I think Corin scanned it and can post it

9 posted on 01/03/2005 10:13:38 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: 2Jedismom; HairOfTheDog; ecurbh

Sam's insisting that I send something tonite...

10 posted on 01/03/2005 10:14:57 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Go Hokies!)
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To: cowboyway
Thank you so much! I don't think Andy is a Freeper...

Yet.

Here is the latest update...just in today...

Got an email from Andy's mom! Has a new address too, to send cards or letters to.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Once again we want to thank you for all your positive thoughts, cards, emails and prayers!!!!

Andy has been transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.....its is approx. 7 miles from Bethesda.  Any mail sent to Bethseda will be brought to him by the Marine Liaisons Office.  George and I are continuing to stay at the Navy Lodge.  When Andy is released from the hospital and classified as an outpatient, he will be living at the Mologne House on post....we willl stay with him until he is comfortable getting around on his own.

Andy is getting his strength back....he lost quite a bit of weight...the transfer to WRAMC is very positive...he is healing quickly and has remained infection-free!!!  They will continue to monitor his hearing loss and eyesight, as well as the shrapnel wound on his arm.  Thank goodness he was in excellent physical condition when he was injured!!!!!  His full rehab - including physical and occupational therapy - will take 6 - 8 months....inbetween phases he should get some weekend passes and 30 days convalescent leave. He is expected to fully recover and with the help of advanced technology, be able to everything he wants to do....run, swim, rock climb, etc. !!!  It's all pretty amazing! He will be fully evaluated by his rehab team early next week...so we will take one day at a time as we begin the next phase of "Andy's Excellent Adventure!"

If you would like to stay in touch...Andy's address is:

[Freepmail me]

God Bless!

Chris and George


11 posted on 01/03/2005 10:16:47 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: HairOfTheDog; 2Jedismom

12 posted on 01/03/2005 10:16:58 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Go Hokies!)
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To: 2Jedismom

Forwarding this to a friend who lives in Fayetteville.


13 posted on 01/03/2005 10:17:44 AM PST by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: Corin Stormhands

That is a good lookin' pooch!

Thanks Corin!

:-)


14 posted on 01/03/2005 10:22:25 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: 2Jedismom

Done.


15 posted on 01/03/2005 10:22:56 AM PST by RightWingMama
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To: RightWingMama; Duchess47; patriciaruth; HairOfTheDog

Thank you!

I made sure to put the phone number for accountability. Patriciaruth and the Hobbit Hole can vouch for my integrity. That's very important to me.


16 posted on 01/03/2005 10:25:04 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: Corin Stormhands; 2Jedismom

Our cats say since it's for a Marine, okay.


17 posted on 01/03/2005 10:25:34 AM PST by nina0113
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To: 2Jedismom

I tried calling, but they don't pick up. Do you have any connections to let them know that folks are calling?


18 posted on 01/03/2005 10:29:12 AM PST by paulat
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To: 2Jedismom

How much does the boarding cost per day? And how long do they foresee needing to board the dog? I know it's probably hard to say...


19 posted on 01/03/2005 10:34:37 AM PST by cwiz24
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To: 2Jedismom

Never mind--I answered my own question by visiting the website for the kennel. It costs $17 per night.


20 posted on 01/03/2005 10:36:10 AM PST by cwiz24
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To: cwiz24; paulat

Great info! Can you post the link?

I was told that the owner's name is Lisa Adams.


21 posted on 01/03/2005 10:39:44 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: 2Jedismom

http://www.fayettevillepetcare.com/index.htm


22 posted on 01/03/2005 10:40:22 AM PST by cwiz24
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To: 2Jedismom

Just wondering out loud: has the boarding kennel owner been approached to consider a contribution "in kind" knowing the reasons why these pets need housing for a period of time?

I would hope that he/she would give Andy and his parents a cost 'break'.


23 posted on 01/03/2005 10:41:53 AM PST by krunkygirl
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To: 2Jedismom

Please note that the address given at the beginning of this thread is slightly different than the address given on the website. Above, it says 2110 Strickland Bridge Road and on the website it says 2102 Stickland.


24 posted on 01/03/2005 10:44:31 AM PST by cwiz24
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To: 2Jedismom
I made sure to put the phone number for accountability. Patriciaruth and the Hobbit Hole can vouch for my integrity. That's very important to me.

Never doubted for a minute.

25 posted on 01/03/2005 10:44:41 AM PST by RightWingMama
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To: cwiz24

I noticed that too...I suspect it's all at the same general area...their home is their business, according to that website.


26 posted on 01/03/2005 10:45:30 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: 2Jedismom

Just to be safe, though, I'd use the one from the website.


27 posted on 01/03/2005 10:46:20 AM PST by cwiz24
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To: Former Dodger; fastattacksailor

help for Marine ping.


28 posted on 01/03/2005 10:49:07 AM PST by fastattacksailor (The US without the UN is like not having your mother-in-law with you on your honeymoon)
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To: 2Jedismom

worthy cause bump


29 posted on 01/03/2005 10:51:37 AM PST by krunkygirl
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To: 2Jedismom; HairOfTheDog

Just a thought.....

I had a dog in the dog hospital for 2 weeks. While I was there I met a girl who's home and burned down and she had to board her dog because she was living in a hotel. I offered to take her dog to my home so she would be able to visit him as often as she wished, not have a $210 a week bill, and know that he would have a big yard to play in and be well cared for.

Would it be possible to contact a kind person in the Fayetteville area who would be able to foster the dog in their home while the marine is in the hospital? A home is always better than being boarded.


30 posted on 01/03/2005 10:56:33 AM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There are 2 types of people in this world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't.)
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To: 2Jedismom
No problem -- will send one today -- not a lot but it all helps.

Carolyn

31 posted on 01/03/2005 10:59:19 AM PST by CDHart
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs

It's a good thought, and if I were in that area, my home would be what I would offer. There also exist some military pet foster programs, but they aren't everywhere.

That kind of thing has to kind of fall in your lap. It isn't easy to go looking for a good samaritan.


32 posted on 01/03/2005 11:00:01 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs; HairOfTheDog

I agree...that would be ideal.

Hmmm....I have a big back yard...I don't live anywhere near there, but maybe someone in my area could use a "baby" sitter!


33 posted on 01/03/2005 11:03:04 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: CDHart

Thank you very much!


34 posted on 01/03/2005 11:03:48 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: 2Jedismom

Done! Thanks for this post, we are passing it on to our pet/vet friends


35 posted on 01/03/2005 11:05:55 AM PST by go-dubya-04
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To: 2Jedismom; PetroniDE

PetroniDE, would you be able to ping the kitty caption list to this thread? I'm sure some of those folks would love to help out.


36 posted on 01/03/2005 11:06:51 AM PST by retrokitten
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To: 2Jedismom

I looked into trying to foster military pets here, being able to take on anything from dogs and cats to horses or a goat, but there wasn't an organized program here, and I didn't think I had the gumption to start one. But I am near Fort Lewis, and could take on critters for the duration of deployments and such, if any in need read this message.


37 posted on 01/03/2005 11:09:19 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; Samwise; Valin; bentfeather; alfa6; Iris7; PhilDragoo; soldierette

Ping to our Marine FRiend Andy from a few weeks ago.


38 posted on 01/03/2005 11:11:10 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Where there's a GI, there's a way.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

ping!


39 posted on 01/03/2005 11:28:43 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: 2Jedismom; Professional Engineer; retrokitten; CDHart; go-dubya-04; Hillary's Lovely Legs; ...

Thanks to all who have helped so far... It is very appreciated!


40 posted on 01/03/2005 11:44:04 AM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Yes indeed! Many thanks!


41 posted on 01/03/2005 11:47:52 AM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: 2Jedismom

Did anyone get in touch with the boarders and let them know folks were calling?


42 posted on 01/03/2005 12:03:28 PM PST by paulat
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To: paulat

I haven't tried to call...thought I'd try after 3:30pm central...looks like they might be around then, according to the website (wouldn't that be 4:30pm NC time?)

Did they have an answering machine?


43 posted on 01/03/2005 12:07:50 PM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: Professional Engineer

bump!!


44 posted on 01/03/2005 12:14:02 PM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: 2Jedismom

Only reason I'm asking is that a lot of us are "electronic" these days. I don't have ANY bills that I don't pay online...so checks are out-of-date...I'm happy to contribute electronically.


45 posted on 01/03/2005 12:20:34 PM PST by paulat
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To: paulat

Oh yeah...I'd like to talk to her about PayPal. When I was sending the troops the Hobbit Hole care packages, that's how most of the contributors did it and it was very easy.

If I get ahold of her first, I'll let you know and you do likewise, ok? Her name is Lisa Adams...


46 posted on 01/03/2005 12:24:30 PM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: paulat

This is the email from the website...

furfamilymembers@aol.com


47 posted on 01/03/2005 12:25:25 PM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: GretchenM; rintense; ohioWfan; TruthNtegrity

While I wouldn't abuse the Dose ping list by using it here, just thought we could help spread the word. Maybe a mention and link on today's Dose, for whoever's doing it? Lot's of animal lovers are regulars.


48 posted on 01/03/2005 12:30:40 PM PST by Wolfstar (Where are you, Miss Beazley?)
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To: Wolfstar

When was the last time someone told you that you were a PEACH?

:-)


49 posted on 01/03/2005 12:36:31 PM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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To: paulat

I just emailed asking about the possibility of PayPal.


50 posted on 01/03/2005 12:38:27 PM PST by 2Jedismom (FMM)
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