The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Chip Minemyer

January 22, 2012

Readers' Forum 1-22 | Shade group shared its Christmas spirit

— I am a member of the Cairnbrook Community Club in Shade Township and also its board of directors. I would like to acknowledge their help in assisting a local family over the holiday season.

A mother who had no money to buy gifts and who was struggling to heat her home was given a very generous gift to assure for her family a very merry Christmas and help with heating their home.

I want to thank the board and the other members of the club for their generosity and continued patronage, which helps keep us up and running.

Because of your kindness, there were many smiling faces in a local home on Christmas morning.

May God bless you all in the new year.

Patty Fela

Central City

When buying a puppy, do your homework

During the holidays, members of my extended family purchased a puppy through a breeder’s advertisement that guaranteed the health of its puppies.

Long story short, this puppy was diagnosed with and died from parvovirus within one week of bringing it to its new home.

If this were the end of the story, it would be sad enough. But it doesn’t end there.

Within a week of the death of the newly adopted puppy with parvo, another young canine family member visiting during the holidays also was diagnosed with parvo and also died. Please keep in mind that the second puppy was a healthy, playful family member before she came in contact with the “health guaranteed” puppy.

In conclusion: If you are in the market for a puppy, don’t believe everything you read. You will want to do research before bringing a puppy into your household, not only to avoid the heartache of losing that puppy, but also to protect any canine (especially those younger than 1 year old) already in the household.

Ask the seller for references or names and phone numbers of people who bought from them, and then call those people.

Also, if you do decide to purchase the puppy, take it to a veterinarian to ensure its good health before exposing other canine family members.

Do it for your family.

Evelyn Walat

Hollsopple

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