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AC Pup marks 250th Telegraph column

You will never believe what an important red-letter day this is on my calendar. I am celebrating a significant milestone today, and I couldn’t be happier.

Today marks my 250th column in The (totally terrific) Telegraph. It’s hard to believe I’ve written that many for the paper. For 250 weekends and almost five years my column has been running. Who would’ve ever thought a dog could write one column, let alone 250?

It seems like only yesterday, but it was late summer of 2010 when the folks at The Telegraph were interested in running a column about pets. They knew how important pets are to the people in Middle Georgia, and they wanted to offer a column to their readers that would be informative, educational and entertaining.

Little did I know they had seen my Facebook page where I was chronicling all my activities working with my nonprofit group Central Georgia CARES. I was busy adopting homeless pets, going to schools teaching kids about compassion for animals, promoting spay and neuter to prevent unwanted births, conducting a campaign against cruelty to animals and a gazillion other things to raise awareness about animals in our region.

I guess The Telegraph thought I might make a good spokesdog for the column so they reached out to CARES. CARES agreed that it was a fabulous idea and put me to work.

So my column debuted Oct. 16, 2010, and the rest is history. And it may even be national history, too, because, as far as we can tell, I’m the only canine columnist for a newspaper. I think that makes us pretty doggone progressive.

I’ve written articles on every imaginable topic related to animals and the people who love them, their health and safety, the joy they bring to their families and the impact they have on our community. I’ve penned touching adoption stories and tried to give much deserved credit to the fabulous rescue groups that work so hard to save homeless adoptable pets.

It’s been a privilege to be able to communicate such important messages about animal welfare through my column. And I’m so grateful to you for reading them.

I appreciate all of you reading it week after week. Thank you to the many people who not only read it but have emailed me to let me know reading my column is the first thing they do on Saturday mornings.

One sweet lady told me it’s been AC Pup and a cup of coffee that has started her Saturday mornings for years. Another reader puts my column in the mail to her sister out West each week so she can read it, too.

I am so humbled to know that I’ve been able to come to folks’ kitchen tables for the past 250 weekends. Thank you for taking the time to read my column week in and week out.

Thank you also to The Telegraph for having the vision to know its audience would enjoy a column like mine. Please keep reading it as we continue our journey to make our community even more compassionate toward animals and people.

Send questions to acpup247@yahoo.com. Visit www.acpup.com or like his Facebook page.

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