Cottage Grove sentinel. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1909-current, March 18, 2015, Image 6

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Transporting pets across
state lines —
Volunteers save lives
iranda and her husband, Bob,
have rescued dogs for 30
years. They currently volunteer as pet
transporters, driving animals from kill
shelters to animal rescue organizations,
or for the lucky ones, to their forever
homes. The couple has purr-formed
over 100 transports, saving untold
furry lives. Most transports involve 1-
20 pets, take fi ve hours and cover 150
miles — the couple pays for their gas.
Disaster area transports involve up-
wards of 80 dogs. It takes a legion of
volunteers to transport these suddenly
homeless pets over state lines to avail-
able rescue shelters, until their owners
can claim them.
“Bob enjoys volunteering,” said Mi-
randa, “but he teases me, ‘YOU got us
into this!’ Yes, I was the one who dis-
covered the need for transporting res-
cued animals on the Internet. I signed
us up for IN and OUT-of-state trans-
It started out slowly, but soon other
transport coordinators contacted us, so
now I spend hours networking people
via phone/emails to move homeless
animals. Complex transports start in
one state, then they are met by other
volunteer teams who drive some of the
animals north, south, east, or west to
shelters with open space. Retired vol-
unteers drive weekdays, and those who
Courtesy photo
Miranda cuddles her rescued
dog, Rusty, fondly nicknamed
Schmoopy. He was a puppy
mill dog for nine years, then
was discarded into a “kill” shel-
ter before happily ending up in
Miranda’s arms.
work, like Bob, drive weekends.
The cooperation of many rescue or-
ganizations and a legion of volunteers
are necessary to save pets destined for
euthanasia. For the very long distant
transports, some volunteers overnight
the animals and their drivers in their
In the beginning, I rode with Bob
but soon relinquished my seat because
it was needed for animals. Just before
we became involved, we traded our van
in for an SUV. Now, we wish we had
that roomy van back!
We overnight dogs in our ‘posh’ car-
peted and heated garage that has never
housed a vehicle, just dogs! The ga-
rage-dog dorm has a comfy bed for Bob
and his traveling guest-dogs. Some of
our dogs join him, and the ‘visitors’
making for a very crowded bed. It’s a
canine sleepover or Pup Party! Then at
7 a.m. Bob is on the road again to meet
the next transporters, who drive the res-
cues onto their fi nal destinations.”
The couple’s love for their ‘pet’ chil-
dren extends to their fenced backyard
‘dog park’, so they can observe the res-
cued dogs’ behaviors.
Some animals need obedience, leash
training, or have food, toy, and space
aggression. The couple patiently trains
these diffi cult rescues. Some otherwise
good-natured animals have developed
aggressive tendencies, making them
unattractive to adopters. These dogs
growl as their only form of communi-
cation. Miranda and Bob reap the re-
wards of helping and adopting rescued
dogs: “Each dog is interesting, chal-
lenging, and loveable,” said Bob. “We
have learned how loving older, sick,
and disabled pets are — they extend
their love and appreciation to us. We
no longer adopt cute puppies who eat
our shoes and fur-niture!”
The couple also enjoys their less
complicated dogs — the ones who live
to eat, play, sleep, and lick a hand.
“We ‘found’ Rusty at a rescue. I was
talking to his foster mother about busi-
ness, and behind my back, Rusty cozied
up to Bob on the couch. When it was
time to leave, Rusty tried following us
out the door. Look how smart that dog
is! We ended up adopting him, and he
‘did’ follow us out the door!”
Always a team, Miranda authored
and Bob took the photographs for “I
Never Met a Dog I Didn’t Like”. The
book shares their many cat and dog ad-
ventures like Lizzie, the Cocker Span-
iel, who loved dressing up as a witch
and handing out Halloween treats. The
featured animals are rescues from kill
shelters who lived to tell their tale.
Their book also addresses the ridicu-
lous prejudice towards adopting black
dogs and cats. Just like people, the col-
or of skin, or fur, is nothing - but, well,
color! Both have loving purrs-onalities.
“Black animals are often overlooked or
even avoided by adopters,” said Bob,
“Yet, they are the most loving pets.”
Read about Lizzie’s funny trip to
the “I Want a Biscuit” bakery. Lizzie
knows exactly where they are and why.
She marches in barking - demanding a
cookie. “The owner tosses her her fa-
vorite peanut butter treat,” said author
Miranda, “she has him trained, while
I pay.” (Apparently she has Miranda
trained too!)
One day the bakery featured an ani-
mal communicator (pet psychic). Be-
fore the woman could begin reading for
Miranda’s other two dogs, Lizzie de-
manded to know from the communica-
em POWER ing
Calling All Crafters
added to the
EPUD offers five $1, 250
scholarships to any
customer, or their family
member, interested in
pursuing a career in the
utility industry.
April 11th & 12th
Spaces available for as low as $30.
Applications are available at
KNND Radio
This includes high school
seniors graduating in
June, adults seeking
second career training,
and returning students.
tor, “Am I going to get more cookies?”
Some dogs’ minds are easy to read,
even if you are not an animal commu-
Enjoy more of their animal adven-
tures in “I Never Met a Dog I Didn’t
Like”. Proceeds go towards their ani-
mals’ medical bills. www.mmcadams-
“Never abandon a pet,” advises Mi-
randa. “Please take them to a no-kill
shelter. One of our rescued dogs was
tied to a tree in coyote country. The
dog’s food and water were beside him.
His previous parents ‘thought’ they
were doing the right thing, but their pet
was ‘easy bait’ and could have been
helplessly killed by a wild or aggres-
sive domestic animal!”
“LIKE” Pet Tips ‘n’ Tales on Face
Share your wonderful/funny pet mo-
Adopt Loving Pets
Humane Society for Neuter/Spay
Assistance Program. (541) 942-2789
Live presentation to commemorate
'Nam vets' 'Welcome home Day'
Five years ago, the Oregon
legislature declared March 30
Vietnam Veterans Welcome
Home Day.
To mark the occasion Inner
View Productions is bringing its
live presentation of "Viet Nam:
An Inner View" to Roseburg's
VFW Post 2468 on March 29.
Post Commander Kirkland
Conner reports that the Rose-
burg VFW is pleased to have the
opportunity to welcome visitors
(both veterans and civilians) to
the Post, which is also the site of
the brand-new Oregon Veterans
Memorial Wall.
The multimedia documentary
project is entirely focused on de-
tailing one three-tour Marine's
experiences during and after
the war. Marc Waszkiewicz, is
100 percent PTSD disabled, and
Waszkiewicz this week became
a resident of Cottage Grove.
The presentation will begin
with an open house at 1 p.m.
followed by the love presenta-
tion at 3 p.m.
321 Main St. • Cottage Grove
across from City Hall
Applications due
April 15, 2015
541-746-1583 y
Board: Ron Davis, Kevin Parrish, Lee Kelley, Penny Jordan, Katherine Schacht
W orship D irectory
6th & Gibbs Church of Christ
195 N. 6th St. • 541-942-3822
Pastor: Aaron Earlywine
Youth & Families Pastor: Seth Bailey
Services: 9am and 10:30am
Christian Education
Nursery for pre-k - 3rd Grade
Calvary Baptist Church
77873 S 6th St • 541-942-4290
Pastor: Riley Hendricks
Sunday School: 9:45am
Worship: 11:00am
The Journey: Sunday 5:00pm
Praying Thru Life: Wednesday 6:00pm
Calvary Chapel Cottage Grove
522 E Whitaker • 541-942-6842
Pastor: Jeff Smith
Two Services on Sun: 9am & 10:45am
Wednesday Service 6:45 pm
Child Care 10:45am Service Only
Youth Group Bible Study:
Wed. 6:45 pm & Sat. 6 pm
Center for Spiritual Living Cottage
700 Gibbs Ave (Community Center)
Rev. Bobby Lee
Meets Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Info: 541-767-0182 (Mrs. “T”)
Church of Christ
420 Monroe St • 541-942-8565
Sunday Service: 10:30am
Cottage Grove Bible Church
1200 East Quincy Avenue
Pastor:Bob Singer
Worship 8:30am, 11am
Sunday School:9:45am
YouthGroup Mondays 6:30pm
AWANA age 3-8th Grade,
Wednesdays Sept-May, 6:30pm
Cottage Grove Faith Center
33761 Row River Rd. • 541-942-4851
Lead Pastor: Isaac Hovet
Sunday Service: 9am and 11am
Full Childrenʼs Ministry available
Delight Valley
Church of Christ
33087 Saginaw Rd. East
Pastor: Bob Friend
Two Services:
9am - Classic in the Chapel
10:30am - Contemporary in the
First Baptist Church
301 S 6th St 541-942-8242
Pastor: Steve Johnson
Sunday School: 9:30am
Worship: 11:00am
Come Worship with us
First Presbyterian Church
3rd and Adams St • 541-942-4479
Pastor: Rev. Bruce Cameron
Worship: 10:00am
Sunday School: 10:00am
Grove Community Church
77820 Mosby Creek Rd.
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
Pastor: Bryan Parsons
Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Nursery: Infant - Pre-K
Kidʼs Church: K to 5th grade
Hope Fellowship
United Pentecostal Church
100 S. Gateway Blvd. • 541-942-2061
Pastor: Dave Bragg
Worship: 11:00am Sunday
Bible Study: 7:00pm Wednesday
Living Faith Assembly
467 S. 10th St. • 541-942-2612
Pastor Rulon Combs
Sunday School All Ages 9am
Worship & Childrenʼs
Church 10:30 am
“The Bridge” Saturday Evening Service
Youth ABLAZE: Wednesday 6:30pm
Childrenʼs Breakout Class:
Wednesday 6:30pm
Church of Christ
1041 Pennoyer Ave * 541-767-0447
Preachers: Tony Martin & Robert Evans
Sunday Bible Study:10:00am
Sunday Worship:10:50am & 5:30pm
Old Time Gospel Fellowship
103 S. 5th Street • 541-942-4999
Pastor: Herb Carson
Sunday Service: 10:00am
Sunday Bible Study: 6:00pm
We sing the old time hymns.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
and St. Philip Benizi
Catholic Churches
1025 N. 19th St.
541-942-3420 / 541-942-4712
Pastor: Roy L. Antunez, S.J.
Euch. Liturgies; Sat. 5:30pm
Sun. 10:30am
St. Philip Benizi, Creswell:
552 Holbrock Lane • 541-895-8686
Sunday: 8:30am
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
1301 W. Main • 541-767-9050
Rev. Lawrence Crumb
“Church with the fl ags.”
Worship: Sunday 10:30am
All Welcome
Seventh-day Adventist Church
820 South 10th Street
Pastor: Kevin Miller
Bible Study: Saturday, 9:15 am
Worship Service: Saturday, 10:40 am
Mid-week Service: Wednesday, 6:45 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
6th & Quincy • 541-942-2373
Pastor: James L. Markus
Sunday School &
Adult Education 9:15am
Sunday Worship 10:30am
Comm. Kitchen Free Meal Tue & Thur
5:00pm TLC Groups
United Methodist Church
334 Washington • 541-942-3033
Pastor:Jerry Steele
Worship: 10:00am
Adult & Sunday School: 9:00am
Comm. Dinner (Adults $3, Kids Free)
Mon. 5-6:30pm
“VICTORY” Country Church
913 S. 6th Street • 541-942-5913
Pastor: Barbara Dockery
Worship Service: 10:00am
Our Worship
Directory is a
weekly feature in
the newspaper. If
your congregation
would like to
be a part of this
directory, please
contact the
Cottage Grove
at 541-942-3325.