AC Pup: The house that love built

January 31, 2014 

Is this ever a big weekend if you love football! I’ll be right in front of the television Sunday watching the game. I’m really excited about it.

You know what else I’m thrilled about? The first ever AC Pupfest will be presented by my nonprofit group Central Georgia CARES in partnership with Georgia Industrial Children’s Home and Geico on Saturday, Feb. 22.

We’ll be celebrating my fifth birthday! We’ll have a ton of fun things such as arts and crafts vendors; great music, including a live remote from QIXIE 103.9 with dynamo Bob Johnson, as well as legendary disc jockey Ben Sandifer; dancing performances by Hayiya Dance group; and taekwondo demonstrations from Ahn’s just to mention a few.

And I’m so pumped about our Doxie Derby, where dachshunds with their little, tiny legs will race each other. I can’t wait to see this event myself.

Please bring a bag of pet food and come out to the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Mumford Road in Macon. You’ll have a great time and will help animals.

That concludes my AC Pupfest commercial for this week. Now, I want to tell you about some super heroes.

Remember my telling you about Mr. Jesse Faust and his dog, Lady, being separated? And you know that Lady’s been living all alone for the past couple of months waiting until a pen could be built for her?

Well, thanks to the kindness of our community, Mr. Jesse and Lady will soon be living together again. There have been so many wonderful people who helped make this project possible, not the least of which were the numerous people who donated materials, time, talents and made financial contributions.

We are so grateful for the folks at Whispering Pines allowing Lady to live on their property. This has made Mr. Jesse very happy.

A sincere thank-you goes out to Mr. Terry Daniels, a construction genius, for overseeing this project and for putting special touches on Lady’s pen like putting a heat lamp in her house, tarps around the pen and a ramp for Mr. Jesse. He even connected a water and heat source right at the pen so it would be convenient for Mr. Jesse. Mr. Terry is an amazingly considerate gentleman.

Thanks also to Mr. Chad Kohlmayer and Matt Brantley from AA Action Fence for installing the fence. Thanks to volunteers of all ages who came out to do the hard work of clearing, cutting and making a space for the pen to go.

I am indebted to, among others, Macon Concrete, Country Oaks Farm and Pet Supply, AA Action Fence, Georgia Fence and the legions of donors and workers.

So during the Super Bowl on Sunday while the country is talking about football heroes like Manning and Wilson, I’ll be thinking about compassionate heroes like Daniels and Kohlmayer who live right here among us.

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