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Windham County Humane Society starts ‘Puppy-gram’ service for Valentine's Day

BRATTLEBORO—Instead of giving your beloved a box of chocolates on St. Valentine’s Day, why not let a puppy do it?

The Windham County Humane Society is holding its first-ever “Valentine’s Day Puppy-grams” fundraiser.

For a donation of $50, a puppy — accompanied by a human volunteer — will visit your loved one at their home or workplace in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Newfane, Putney, and Vernon.

“The recipient will have a half an hour to enjoy the puppy — and the puppy breath!” WCHS Executive Director Annie Guion told The Commons.

The puppy will wear a puppy-sized backpack holding a greeting card from the sender and either Lake Champlain or Lindt chocolates.

“Because who cares about roses?” Guion said. “Everybody wants chocolates.”

This is the first year the WCHS is offering Valentine’s Day Puppy-grams. The WCHS’s Director of Development, Marianne Monoc, learned of the program from other shelters, Guion said.

“We wish we’d thought of it,” Guion added.

All proceeds from the Puppy-grams will go to the WCHS to care for animals in need, said Guion, who noted, “while it’s a fundraiser, it’s also community outreach.”

Guion recommends interested parties sign up early; the program is limited to only 30 slots. “We have three drivers, and they’re each getting two puppies” to bring to recipients on Feb. 14, she said.

The puppies will come to the WCHS from St. Hubert’s, an animal shelter in Madison, N.J. “We get regular dog transports from them, and most of the dogs come from down south,” Guion said.

The Puppy-gram puppies will arrive at the shelter on Feb. 8, a vet will examine them, and the next day the dogs will go out to local foster families until the big day, when they’ll come back to bring love and candy to 30 lucky recipients.

What if a recipient loves the puppy so much, they want to keep it? The WCHS staff is prepared for that.

“We’d be happy to arrange an adoption once the puppy is done delivering the Puppy-grams,” Guion said. “Come on Thursday to the WCHS and we’ll fill out the paperwork.”

“Our pets embody unconditional love,” said Guion, “so what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?”

To purchase a Puppy-gram, contact the Windham County Humane Society at info@windhamcountyhumane.org or call them at 802-254-2232. In case of inclement weather, the WCHS will postpone Puppy-gram deliveries and notify participants.

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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Peter Ford (Dallas) says...

Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #444 (Wednesday, January 31, 2018). This story appeared on page A1.

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