Gurney's Inn
April 03, 2007

Shelter Stories

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I can't believe it. Last week, right after my "Shelter Stories" column came out, my 9X9X9 cyclone fence pen with a gate and bar at the bottom for safety's sake was on its way in a flatbed truck to a farm in Riverhead for the Collie mix Trevor. Doesn't he look happy with Sue and Linda, on the right, from RSVP? Now Trevor can enjoy the sights and smells of the farm, fresh air and sunshine.

And this week coach Frank Iaccio is devoting his skills to training Trevor — men scare him. Frank will straighten this out. (These poor dogs have histories we'll never know about and have endured so much cruelty — yet they can still trust.) Trevor particularly likes women and has been taught a lot by RSVP, mainly Linda Mosca, his surrogate mom. Trevor's a wonderful dog, about two, reddish in color. A groomer, known as "Debbie the Groomer," is going to trim his long hair with sheep shears and give him a bath. She has her own truck and will go to the farm. Thank you, Debbie.

But without my three angels, none of this would have happened. They are Jim White, the coordinator of the project, who owns Jim's Busy Bee. He can fix anything but mainly specializes in pest control. I've known Jim for over 20 years. His son, "Jimmy," the kid, White, Jr., a high school senior who has the car racing community buzzing about his 4-cylinder success, was invaluable. He has a heavy schedule: school, work with Jim senior and fun at the Neets Holiday Stock Car series and Mountain Speedway shows. Jimmy also races in the enduro and grand enduro.

Father and son have built their own car but they both found time to help a dog in distress. Jim White called on his friend Bob Coco of Coco Construction who drove his flatbed truck to my house — Bob does custom woodwork and renovations and additions. Then we were off to Riverhead. What an experience.

The pen is up as you can see and the quality of Trevor's life has improved 100 percent. And all because some good people cared. Let's not forget the owner of the farm who asked to remain anonymous. He and his daughter have been great. Not many people worry about the fate of poor abused strays. (Our editor Rick Murphy is even willing to give up his hair for donations to help RSVP do its job.) Media people take note: in a cynical world, Trevor's story can't help but make you smile and feel better.

More news. Summer's foster parents Rex and Connie are keeping her. So now we have only Sweetie, the Terrier mix, over at the Riverhead Shelter, and King, the Golden Retriever mix, to place. King needs a strong, no nonsense owner. Sweetie is just that but I wouldn't place her with other dogs or cats. She's not used to that life. She loves people and kids. Kisses may have a foster parent and is going for a training lesson this week.

And someone is interested in Keisha, last week's pet of the week. No calls about Arrow, the young Lab mix. I don't get it. Arrow is a great dog.

One bit of bad news. Little Teddy, whom I featured several months back, died. His rear legs gave out, and he had health problems. He lived out his life with Sue Hansen near a sunny window in a warm bed. Teddy, who never had a real home and family to love him, was about 12 when he died. A home and love at last at the end. Sue is an RSVP volunteer, one of the best. You can reach RSVP at (631) 728-3524.

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