Lake County Animal Shelter seeking homes for senior dogs

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Magnolia is one of four senior dogs that the Lake County Animal Shelter needs homes for.

TAVARES – Is there room in your home for a Ladybug? How about a Magnolia?

No, this isn’t about insects or plants. It’s about older dogs that don’t have a home – but very much need one.

The Lake County Animal Shelter is now looking for homes for several senior dogs, including ones they’ve named Magnolia, Ladybug, Shela, and Suki.

Elisha Pappacoda, the public information officer for the Lake County government, which oversees the shelter, said this is a special request at a time when the shelter in Tavares is undergoing some needed changes.

“The shelter is currently undergoing some remodeling, and we have a few special senior pups who would benefit from staying in a comfortable, safe home rather than returning to the kennels at this time,” Pappacoda noted in an email about the adoptions. Continue reading

Lake County Animal Shelter hosting Hot Dogs, Cool Cats on Saturday

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Reece the cat will be available for adoption when the Lake County Animal Shelter hosts its Hot Dogs, Cool Cats event on Saturday.


TAVARES — This weekend, the Lake County Animal Shelter will be opening its doors to the public, encouraging people to stop by and find a new family member to take home.

The shelter and the nonprofit group L.E.A.S.H., Inc. are sponsoring “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats,” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the shelter at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares. There will be family events throughout the day, free hot dogs and popsicles, and, most importantly, pet adoptions at no cost.

“Summer is a wonderful season for families to consider adopting a pet,” the shelter noted in a news release. “Children are home from school and are able to spend time bonding and caring for their new best friend. In fact, having a family dog can benefit a child’s emotional intelligence.”

The shelter cited a study, “The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-being: Effects on Child Development,” which indicated that pets can help children by increasing their self-esteem and compassion, helping children feel more accepted, improving their cognitive development, lessening stress and contributing to overall happiness and health. Continue reading

“Hanging Hitler’s Long Johns,” a harrowing Holocaust memoir

Hanging Hitler's Long Johns

“Hanging Hitler’s Long Johns” is a harrowing, but still uplifting, memoir by Holocaust survivor Roman Ward.

“Hanging Hitler’s Long Johns” is a Holocaust memoir by Roman Ward, a Polish Jew whose harrowing journey started in 1939, when he was just 10 years old. He was living in the city of Kalisz, where Roman’s father was a successful businessman and respected veteran of World War I, and where the family lived in a large apartment with servants. By the war’s end, he has witnessed total devastation across Poland.

And yet Roman survived, and the book not only describes the agonizing journey his family endured during the war, but also the aftermath, as the Soviets took over Poland and East Germany.

If you’ve read other memoirs about the Holocaust, there might be a part of you that feels like these books are too difficult to pick up and read, that they’re simply so horrifying to get through. There’s no question that “Hanging Hitler’s Long Johns” (a reference to young Roman’s impression that Nazi white flags looked uncannily like winter long johns) recounts a nearly unbearable amount of misery suffered not only by Roman and his family, but by all the other Jews in Poland, and by non-Jewish families as well.

But don’t let that discourage you from reading it. Roman is not a processional writer (he put together these memoirs with the assistance of Frank Feldinger, a journalist who has worked for publications like Fortune and Mother Jones), and the book benefits greatly by not feeling like it takes a “professional writer” approach. Continue reading

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