Puppy Love

Soldier sends war buddy home to his family in Chester, By Ellen Teatum

Chester — War is ugly. But beautiful things do happen, even in a war zone. The soldier who cares for an injured child. The native who befriends a foreign soldier.

For Staff Sergeant Michael Golembesky, stationed in Afghanistan with the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, beauty came in the form of a puppy.

On their third day defending a hilltop in a major Taliban-controlled area, Michael and his unit were on patrol in a nearby village. They found a nine-week-old puppy in a bombed-out building. He was shaking, dehydrated, and hungry. He had no tail and no ears. The Afghans cut them off so that the dogs can fight the wolves that threaten their herds. Sometimes, the dogs are used to fight one another.

The soldiers named their new puppy “Bear.” He latched onto Michael, who took him back to his barracks.

In January Golembesky called his wife, Sabrina, a Chester native, to tell her how much he loved this special dog, and how it would break his heart to abandon him when the time came for his return to the States.

Sabrina went right to work.… Continue reading

Going to The Dogs

Girl Scouts lead way in creating park for Warwick’s 2,300 dogs and their owners, By Dulcie Pavuluri

Warwick – The more than 2,300 dogs licensed in the Town of Warwick have some very good friends in Florida Girl Scout Cadettes troop 571.

The scouts are spearheading the efforts to create a 1.2 acre dog park at the town park at Union Corners. It will allow the community a safe social location for dogs as the troop works to achieve the Silver Award, the second highest any scout can receive.

“The Girl Scouts decided the fenced in area would allow dogs to be off leash and keep the kids safer who were playing in the nearby fields,” said Heather F. said a Cadette involved in the project.

A large fund raiser, “Bark in the Park,” will be held Saturday at the park to help raise the $16,000 needed to build a dog park with an agility course and separate off-leash, fenced-in area for dogs over and under 30 pounds.

Dog lovers

With nine out of the 11, Cadette-level Girl Scouts owning dogs, the idea seemed like a good one to enjoy during and after the project was over.

“We all thought… Continue reading

Eagles Vick evokes strong emotions from mid-Hudson residents

By Kevin Gleason
Times Herald-Record
Published: 2:00 AM – 12/19/10

Shari Forst sits in the gazebo at Warwick Valley Humane Society petting Hoyt, a pit bull whose name derives from the road nearby on which he was found abandoned last month. Believed to be 3 years old, he has a stunningly beautiful black coat and white streak starting on the forehead and expanding to cover most of his face and belly.

Hoyt arrived with issues. He’d sharply lift his head each time he heard the sound of a pickup truck, presumably the kind of vehicle driven by his previous owner. Forst says Hoyt “would growl at everything, including me,” and trusted no one, clear signs of neglect and abandonment. A month later, and with Forst’s help, Hoyt is up for adoption as a friendly tail-wagging, face-licking sort who seeks attention.

Forst, who lives in the Village of Florida, has dedicated a good part of her life to caring for dogs. She’s been a trainer for 22 years and board certified companion animal behavior counselor the past decade. Now Forst is asked her reaction to hearing that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick wants a dog.

She answers quickly and disdainfully. “I wanted… Continue reading

Shelter Tails: Dog’s Adoption ‘A Remarkable Story’

By Mary Esparra
For the Times Herald-Record
Published: 2:00 AM – 11/05/10

WARWICK — Here is a story explaining why shelter folks do what they do.

It begins in November 2007. Honey, a Korean Jindo dog, belonged to a Warwick family who couldn’t control her.

“She used to get out the door and terrorize the neighborhood, though she was more afraid of people than they were of her,” said Warwick Valley Humane Society President Suzyn Barron. “Finally, animal control took control and brought her to the shelter, where she was finally surrendered.”

Shari Forst of Canine Case Squad dog training volunteered to help socialize and train Honey. After almost a year of working with Shari and shelter staff, Honey was finally ready for adoption.

Eva Hanks of Manhattan was ready for another dog. The 82-year-old law professor at Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University had lost her beloved Jindo dog, Tracy, a few months before.

“I’ve had dogs for 50 years, and I knew I couldn’t really be without,” she said.

Hanks Googled Jindo rescues and found Honey’s posting on Petfinder.com.

“Suzyn (Barron) wrote a cunning little sentence,” she said. “‘She gives gentle kisses in return for some kindness.'”… Continue reading

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