The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 8, 2013

Readers Forum 12-8 | Be serious when accepting responsibility of pet

JOHNSTOWN — I have four dogs that are adoptions from local humane societies. Each of these dogs were given as gifts during Christmas when they were puppies. Soon after the holidays, these pets were abandoned because their owners did not want the responsibility of maintaining a pet.

These loving, trusting and loyal companions had developed what they thought would be a lifelong relationship with their owners who, through their thoughtless actions, often reflect a selfish personality that probably exhibits itself in their day-to-day dealings with others.

Many of these animals wind up in shelters and, if not adopted, eventually are euthanized. Please think carefully before considering adopting a puppy or kitten, just because you or your children think they’re cute or will be fun for a few days or weeks.

My adoptees have proven to be fantastic companions that I would not sell for a

million dollars. Don’t adopt unless you plan on making it a lifelong commitment.

These helpless creatures deserve better from the so-called more intelligent species. Be responsible. Learn about the habits and personalities of various breeds and then decide if this is a serious lifelong commitment you are willing to make.

Speak to a veterinarian, humane society and pet store officials. Do some homework  and study the habits of the various breeds. Teach your children through example about responsibility toward all God’s creatures and hopefully these lessons will teach them also to treat their fellow man with good will.

Guy A. Monica


Thanks Geistown for great service

This letter is to thank Geistown Borough. I lived there on a dead end street for 30 years and of those 30 years, I had nothing but the best from the borough officer, police and road crew.

A special thank you to Denny and his crew, who kept our road clean and plowed every day.

Also special thanks to Terry McGrath and Nick Zakucia for going out of their way.

We will miss Geistown and Richland and I hope we have the same service in Hollsopple as I did in Geistown.

Goodbye Geistown. We miss you already. Keep up the great work and stay the great people you all are.

Tom and Lucy Vatavuk


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