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By Shiela Rabe
Shiela Rabe is a former RN with an interest in creative arts such as writing, quilting, craft sewing and water color painting. She is an avid observer of birds and has been an animal rescuer with the Uffda Fund for Animals, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 ...
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Shiela Rabe is a former RN with an interest in creative arts such as writing, quilting, craft sewing and water color painting. She is an avid observer of birds and has been an animal rescuer with the Uffda Fund for Animals, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation since it began in 2008. Shiela and her husband Bruce have lived in Cando for 13 years and have a family of rescued collies and kitties.
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By Shiela Rabe
Dec. 20, 2012 7:01 a.m.



"There's no place like home for the Holidays" is one Christmas song that always brings tears to my eyes. There have been more than a few Christmases spent far from home - the years I was in Alaska, Sure I threw some decorations on a tree, wrapped some presents and put some Christmas music on the turntable. It looked like Christmas, it sounded like Christmas,the roasting turkey smelled like Christmas - but without the people and pets I loved it did not feel like Christmas. On Christmas morning I would phone home, and if the lines were not  totally clogged with other callers I would chat cheerfully with Mom and Dad, masking my loneliness with some amusing tales from life as a frontier nurse. Before long, my Dad would call out "Smokey, come say hi to Shiela!". As soon as he heard my voice the dog would start a chorus of silly barks. I could picture his little black body wriggling with excitement -  Smokey, the stray dog my father rescued when I was ten. He was the constant companion of my childhood.

That was a lifetime ago. Smokey is a distant memory, but whenever I hear that song I recall how the little dog my father saved from certain death influenced my attitude to abandoned pets. We all need a Home for the holidays and beyond.



 

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