Christmas Giving Tree for Carillon

Bindi with Adam Karol

Bindi’s Buddies

From Bindi’s Buddies’ website:

(Amy and Adam Karol’s dog Bindi, a Welch Corgi, died in March of 2017.)

In the fall of 2016, Bindi had been very suddenly diagnosed with sick sinus syndrome, an electrical abnormality in her heart.

It caused her to have fainting episodes, and made it so she couldn’t play ball anymore — her favorite thing outside of car rides and Adam’s real estate office. Given that she already had facial paralysis, it was difficult to give her medicine. We only had her for seven more months, and then we had to say goodbye to her one month before her 10th birthday. It was way too soon.

I’m sorry if this story made you sad; it made us sad too. That’s why we decided to make something good come out of this situation. Every month we gather donations and drop them off for the Senior Pet Connection pet pantry, which has a Meals on

Wheels type service for homebound and low-income seniors.

Why Bindi’s Buddies?

Suzanne, pet parent of the Happy Camper French bulldogs Bunny and Tess, participates in the donation effort and suggested Bindi’s Buddies for the Giving Tree. A regular contributor, she said that this month she is giving food, treats, and toys for dogs and cats, as well as cat litter. The people in Feather Sound, where Suzanne lives, are notified of the current month’s needs through the NextDoor app on their phones.

Pickup is made on the first Monday of each month from the 30-40 regular contributors in her neighborhood.

Christmas Giving Tree for 47th Street

Southeastern Guide Dogs

From the Southeastern Guide Dogs’ website:

Some veterans lose vision on the battlefield. Some return home from the battlefield, eyes intact, with unseen scars…nightmares and flashbacks so severe that it feels safer and more sane to just never leave the house. Our dogs make a dramatic difference. Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are active duty and retired, men and women, young and old, from all walks of life. The unseen scars of military trauma create losses that quickly magnify. Reclusiveness, depression, anxiety, flashbacks, and hypervigilance become daily battles. Their world, too, can be a very dark place.

And then they meet our dogs, extraordinary guide dogs and service dogs that transform their world with stunning skills and boundless affection.

Our graduates walk out the door to freedom, heads high, shoulders back, confidence soaring. Possibilities multiply and independent travel becomes the new normal. A new best friend offers a steady source of unconditional love. A dog never has a bad day, offering warm hugs, boundless positivity, and skills on command that make a remarkable difference.

Our extraordinary dogs transform lives.

Why Southeastern Guide Dogs? Mary Beth wanted a charity that served veterans and involve dogs. Any charity that helps our servicemen and women without charge is worth supporting.

Making Progress!

Glitz & Glamour // Miss Katie’s Fish Camp

These are two of the themed luxury lodges at the Carillon addition. There will be nine themed lodges altogether when the construction is complete. The lodges range in size from 25 to 60 square feet.


Hazards Can Take the “Happy” Out of Happy Holidays

No one wants to be sick during the holidays. And no one wants to make their pets sick, but there are holiday hazards that are easy to avoid if you’re aware of them.

Beware of red things

Poinsettias have received bad publicity over the years, but the real problem with them is the milky sap that can irritate the mouths of pets. Besides, who wants to display half-eaten flowers? Try to convince your pets that they’re not potted snacks or buy artificial plants (which last longer anyway).

Beware of green things

Mistletoe, unlike poinsettias, is very toxic for animals. Eating mistletoe can cause vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, shock and death. Bad news, so keep the mistletoe tacked at the top of the door frame where it can prompt a kiss instead of an emergency trip to the veterinarian.

Beware of slashy things

Cats and dogs usually regard a Christmas tree as a decoration in their holiday water dish. If you plan to add chemicals to make your tree last longer, read the label to make sure it’s pet friendly. And any tree sap that gets into the water may be mildly toxic.

Beware of shiny things

Pets sometimes eat tinsel and ribbons. Then they can get very sick if the tinsel or ribbon doesn’t pass through their intestines. Not exactly the reason you use tinsel or ribbons, huh? Maybe garlands are a better idea until your pets get too old and blase to bother eating foreign objects.

Beware of happy beverages

Animals aren’t happy drunks, so keep them away from alcohol by making sure your family or guests do not set drinks on the floor where they’re readily accessible to nosy pets. Let’s face it, some dogs will drink anything. And alcohol is toxic to animals.

Beware of flaming things

Burning candles are beautiful, especially when they are set up where your pet can’t accidentally brush against them. Singed pet hair is not a good look for the holidays.

Beware of dangling things

There once was a cat that didn’t play with the decorations on the Christmas tree, but that was long ago and only one cat. There also once was a dog that was very, very careful not to bump up against the Christmas tree. Or at least it’s rumored that there was. Since these probably are wishful thinking, don’t put breakable ornaments at the bottom of the tree — you’ll keep both the soles of your feet and the ornaments safe. And, if it’s possible, anchor your tree to a wall to keep it from tipping over. ‘Nuff said.

There are so many things that can make pets sick during the holidays that’s it’s impossible to name all of the possible hazards.

You know best if your pets are nosy or rambunctious or equal opportunity munchers, so you’re the best protection they have.

Give them a happy holiday.

And Happiest of Holidays to you from the staff at Happy Camper and Donna, newsletter editor.

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