|"The Kennel of Hope"||The Newsletter of Animals in Distress
P.O. Box 609 Coopersburg, PA 18036
|Vol. XXXI, No. 5||July 2008||Editor: Lois Gadek|
In this newsletter:
What's A Life Worth?
Many years ago, a little terrier mix dog named Peanut was returned to us. At 8 years of age, Peanut was no youngster, but she was certainly not the puppy most people are looking for. Board member Rose Yanger decided to adopt her and made Peanut a part of so many people’s lives.
Peanut went to work with Rose on many days, brightening the lives of the seniors living in the personal care home where Rose worked. Sometimes, Peanut would disappear from Rose’s office, having hopped the elevator to another floor so she could visit somebody up there. Every holiday and special event for years, Peanut was there, wearing one of her many theme outfits. Stealing everyone’s attention, she brought smiles at sad times, and lifted heavy hearts.
Peanut became an ambassador for Animals in Distress, and attended countless events as one of our representatives. Everyone loved her, and she soaked up the attention with a big doggie smile. Peanut visited the WAEB station every year during Radiothon week, bringing lots of good will along with her. She is famous for her stepping on a control button in the broadcast studio from which Bobby Gunther Walsh operates and, amazingly, she unleashed polka music on the show! A shout of astonishment was heard around the Lehigh Valley, as startled listeners to Gunther’s show checked their ears to make certain they weren’t going crazy. Yes, Peanut had stolen the show (and the programming).
Last year’s Radiothon was bittersweet because it is the last time Peanut visited Gunther’s studio. Almost 21 years old, mostly blind, and very frail, Peanut went one last time - to represent all the animals who need help, and have been helped, by the kind efforts of Animals in Distress. She said goodbye to Bobby and his listeners, and Rose, with heavy heart, knew that the end was getting close.
This wonderful dog, who gave so much and asked so little, has now gone over the Rainbow Bridge to join the many Animals in Distress animals and the many pets of Rose’s who have died. They are all waiting for their friends to join them. We dedicate this year’s Radiothon to Peanut’s memory and to her legacy. She was such a sweet soul, humble and kind; welcoming the many animals Rose brought home, to foster when they were little or ill; accepting each person’s touch, even when hands were trembling with old age and illness. She left this world a little better off, she made a difference, her life mattered, she was here and brought us smiles, love, and inspiration.
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