To the wonderful people of Waynedale,
Just recently I lost my husband of 27 years – Larry D. McGinnis. His sudden death was devastating; yet during this time of grief the love, compassion, prayers, and support the people of Waynedale and surrounding area have shown my family and me, has been overwhelming.
I never realized until now how many wonderful friends, my husband had made in the last 27 years while we've lived in the Waynedale area. I wish to thank everyone who, during the funeral, shared your stories and memories of Larry with me. How I wish I could have written them all down to pass on to his three grandsons. You shall always have our deepest gratitude. Thank you.
Sherry L. McGinnis
And the family of Larry D. McGinnis
I agree with the letter to the editor January 23rd about Mae Julian's story January 9th. The only so-called hero is the Vet for doing his job. Buddy & her puppies on the other hand are victims of supervised neglect! Betsy obviously misunderstood that Buddy would never be a mother. Was she told that Buddy could not get pregnant or that if she did she could not have them? More questions should have been asked at that time and spaying should have been recommended.
That is where Betsy neglected a major responsibility of owning a pet. Having a pet spayed or neutered not only helps control overpopulation, but is healthier for the animal. Pets that are altered are more calm; they will stay home (no running the neighborhood), and they stand less of a chance for cancer. There is so much more to breeding any animal than as a learning experience for children.
What lesson did Buddy's story really teach the kids? That it is ok to let your dog run the neighborhood? It's OK to be misinformed about your pets health? That it is OK to labor all day and be near death before you get help?
One lesson learned is that an animal can endure human error at a great cost. In this case it was almost Buddy's life! What if she had died and the puppies could not have been saved or that she would not nurse them? Would Betsy and the Kids have done 'round-the-clock' bottle feeding? This story would never have been printed if it had a different ending and the puppies were not looking for homes. That is what made it so aggravating to this animal lover.
Dear Editor Robert Stark,
After reading the January 9th WAYNEDALE NEWS paper, I was really upset that you put in the story about the dog. The Boxer looked like she was very thin. I have a Boxer and I could never put her or any other dog through what she went through that day.
If the Vet had told me that my dog was that sick and that she, along with her puppies, could die, I would have given her the easy way out. I don't know what would make them think they were heroes, I think they were very uncaring. I sure hope he spade her. At least the Vet that said, "No," was thinking about the dog. There are a lot of people very upset as well as the Animal Control, they also won't be happy about the puppies here. Why don't the people where she lives take them? Why are they advertising the puppies here?
I sure hope they at least keep the puppies till they are 8 weeks old, as the law says. I wish the dog good luck.
Just a disgusted dog lover that feels sorry for the dog.
Dear Waynedale News,
Regarding Mae Julian's article January 9th. If this was written to entertain your readers, it fell short with people who love, care for, and take responsibility for their pets.
Letting Buddy go through what she did was cruel. Betsy is a nurse and yet she left Buddy labor all day. Since Betsy didn't know anything about whelping pups, she should have found help. Betsy was told, that Buddy had an anatomy that would not permit puppy-bearing. She needed help from the nearest Vet, no matter what the cost.
Now to find homes for 8 mixed breed puppies. Take responsibility, talk to the people adopting the puppies; discuss spaying and neutering. The females may carry the same gene that won't allow them to deliver pups naturally. The pups should be Vet-checked to be sure they are healthy, wormed and have their first shots. 6 to 8 weeks is the best time to find new homes. Maybe the story will have a better ending for everyone, especially Buddy.