Cottage Grove sentinel. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1909-current, January 10, 2018, Page 6A, Image 6

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Pacifi c Power tips on bill savings
Magic's miracle
Sharon and her husband, Vic,
raised seven daughters and a
foster child, but today their lives
"are all about our animals."
Seven years ago, they went to
a pet store to buy some aquari-
um fi sh. Vic also looked at the
adoptable cats. and instead of
fi sh, they left the store purr-oud-
ly carrying Mew-fasa. A year
later, they returned to the pet
store again looking for fi sh.
Somehow, they missed the small
print that there was a big cat
adoption drive that day.
Sharon fell in love with a
beautiful black long-hair kitty,
Magic, caged with an orange
tabby, Simba. When they dis-
cussed adopting the black cat,
Sharon and Vic with their miracle cat Magic
the staff suggested that the cou-
ple also adopt the orange kitty.
The couple looked at each other, grinned, and left with both Magic and Simba.
"We were happy with our three fur babies who were allowed to go outside. Magic was extremely
friendly and went up to anyone, even strangers. But one day, he didn't come home. We drove all
around looking for him, but we couldn't fi nd him."
The heartbroken couple were paws-itive that he had been stolen. Nevertheless, they constantly
searched lost internet cat boards and humane shelters.
For the next four years, while driving, they kept a vigilant lookout for their cat. The black felines
they saw never checked out to be Magic. They were convinced they would never see him again,
yet they never broke the habit of stopping and checking out black cats.
One day, a microchip company phoned Sharon and asked, "Do you own a black cat called
Magic?" Someone had found her cat twenty miles from home and on the other side of the river!
"I was ecstatic and cried," said Sharon. "They told us which shelter Magic was at and when Vic
arrived home with Magic, I cried all over again. It was pure joy seeing and holding him again.
(Magic, that is, but Vic is a charmer too!)"
When Sharon put kibbles and kitty treats down, as much as the cat tried to eat them he kept
dropping them. Sharon realized that he couldn't chew, so she gave him canned food, which he ate
like he hadn't eaten in days (and he probably hadn't). They are taking him to a vet for his teeth.
Many starved cat's teeth rot and fall out which appears to be what happened to Magic.
There were some things about Magic that Sharon had forgotten like sittting with the tip of his
tongue sticking out. He likes sticking his wet nose against her face, giving her head loving head
butts, and he purrs so hard that he drools.
"Magic is happy to be home," said Sharon, "and he and his kitty siblings are getting along. He
is NOT happy that we aren't letting him outside because I'm afraid of losing him again."
During Magic's world travels, Sharon and Vic adopted Shelby, a 160-pound St. Bernard. Poor
Magic is trying to fi gure out if Shelby is going to eat him, but the dog's calm nature is winning over
the "new" family kitty.
"I think that, in time, they will be best buds," said Sharon, "because each day they are sitting
closer to each other. We are so happy to have Magic home. We are thankful to the microchip
company, the shelter staff and the family who recognized that Magic was a stray and took him to
the shelter."
On dark evenings, place a fl ashing light onto your dog's collar so vehicle drivers can spot you
and your dog, and if your dog runs off you can easily see which way it went. You can also purr-
chase a lighted leash or carry a fl ashlight for visibility.
What is your pets story? "Follow" Pet Tips 'n' Tales at
PetTipsandTales. Humane Society for Neuter/Spay Assistance Program. (541) 942-2789
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The
colder it gets outside, the more
energy it takes to keep your
house warm. No one can change
that basic equation, but there are
steps you can take to keep en-
ergy bills from giving you the
"You may not change your
thermostat, but when tempera-
tures fall, the difference in tem-
perature between the outside
and the inside grows, and so can
your energy usage," said Barb
Coughlin, Pacifi c Power's vice
president for customer service.
"Being smart about your heat-
ing can go a long way towards
keeping your energy bill low."
Here are tips you can use to-
day to battle cold weather:
* Set your thermostat as low
as comfortable, aim for 68 de-
grees. When you are asleep or
out of the house, lower the tem-
perature by another 10 degrees
and this will reduce your energy
usage by about 10 percent.
* Use space heaters sparing-
ly and safely. Running a 1,500
watt portable heater 8 hours a
day for 30 days can add an extra
$30 to a monthly power bill in
* Close drapes and blinds.
Closed drapes and blinds can
help your house stay better in-
sulated and reduce energy use.
* Avoid the temptation to
bump up the thermostat when
it gets colder. That won't get
you to your desired temperature
faster, you will just make your
furnace run longer and use more
* Improve your home's heat-
ing and cooling systems by
cleaning or replacing furnace
fi lters and scheduling routine
system maintenance to help air
fl ow through the system more
effi ciently. Move furniture that
is blocking intakes or heat reg-
You can save even more ener-
gy by taking a longer range view
of your energy use. In Oregon,
Pacifi c Power teams up with
Energy Trust of Oregon to offer
energy effi ciency consultation
and cash incentives to upgrade
your home and save energy and
money. Visit
or call the Energy Trust toll
free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn
more about qualifi cations and
Another step is manage winter
bills is to switch to Equal Pay.
Under Equal Pay, energy costs
are averaged out over the year
so bills are more predictable
and manageable. Customers can
enroll in Equal Pay online at
pacifi, via
the Pacifi c Power mobile app,
or by phone at 1-888-221-7070.
"The sooner you call, the bet-
ter for Equal Pay," said Cough-
lin. "If you wait until the higher
bills have already come, your
average will have gone up, too.
This program also helps if you
have high cooling costs in the
SLMH earns grant to help kids
Cottage Grove-based South
Lane Mental Health has received
a $10,000 grant from the Eliza-
beth S. Holden Fund of The Or-
egon Community Foundation to
expand its school-based therapy
services for students in Cottage
Grove and Creswell. Therapists
are available at 12 school cam-
puses in both districts to assist
students of all ages.
South Lane Mental Health’s
mission is to restore hope and re-
new lives through compassion-
ate mental health services, sup-
port, and advocacy. In addition
to school-based therapy, South
Lane Mental Health’s services
include: outpatient counseling,
crisis response, medication and
case management, Intensive
Community-based Treatment
Services for Children and fam-
ilies, an outpatient recovery
program, and a foster home and
supported living services for
adults with persistent mental ill-
ness. South Lane Mental Health
provided services for more than
2,600 people last year. To learn
more about South Lane Men-
tal Health, visit
The phone number is (541) 942-
The mission of The Oregon
Community Foundation is to
improve lives for all Oregonians
through the power of philan-
thropy. The Foundation works
with individuals, families, busi-
nesses and organizations to cre-
ate charitable funds — more
than 2,000 of them — to support
the community causes they care
about. Through these funds,
OCF in 2016 awarded more
than $108 million in grants and
Cottage Grove
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Serving Cottage Grove Community since 2006
Welcome new patients
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Phone: 541.942.6482
Fax: 541.942.6483
257 N. 8th St. • 541-942-5000
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Cottage Grove, OR 97424
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