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From another list and permission to cross-post.

The link
<http://pets. groups.yahoo. com/group/ extreme-animal- rights/message/ 5949>
http://pets. groups.yahoo. com/group/ extreme-animal- rights/message/ 5949 is to
a Yahoo site (open entry so anyone can see it) with a request to “warm up”
the crowd for an AR protest at Dallas AKC shows on July 4, 5 & 6 (limited
specialties on the 3rd). Be aware they are attempting to mount a serious
effort to make a mess at these shows. Dallas is currently a major AR target
and apparently poised to fall to AR activity in the immediate future. This
might “inspire” dog show protest all the more with recent activity still
fanning the fires. The quote forwarded below is from the Yahoo AR site.

Conveniently, the message talks about July 5th and 6th. The show site is
active from July 3 through the 6th. This 5 & 6th focus may be to lull
people
to think the earlier days are “safer” than they really are. With July 4th a
holiday, attendance will be high and crowd control a factor in permitting
less obvious maneuvering than on a normal, slow Friday. July 4 appears to
be a critical mass date too. Any of the days could be actual target dates
for activists. Details on the shows are viewable from the events page for
AKC www.akc.org/ events/search/ ; select conformation, TX and July and check
by date. The AKC shows on the holiday weekend are for three DFW area KCs
at:

Dallas Market Hall
2200 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX

Not just heads up, Dallas. Heads up, everyone, everywhere. Specialties
start on July 3, none for FTs, with KC all breed shows on the 4th through
the 6th. Please check with handlers also to determine status and whether
you
might want to pull and/or keep dogs from traveling to the site. Advise
handlers of need to keep help stationed with all dogs on site, at all times
– at set ups, at the ring and in motor homes and vans. Trust no one
unknown,
including ringside, since they use very insidious and often friendly
tactics
to approach and gain release of animals.

They even use children to lend an innocence to their presence sometimes. Be
wary, very. These people don’t hesitate to sacrifice animals to the cause,
though they try to keep their followers blissfully unaware and place the
blame on the sport or uncontrolled “reaction” on site, not their fault, and
not their doing. A dog reportedly recently died in KS after being released
into traffic at much smaller shows.

The “home page” for the Yahoo group includes the PeTA logo and a self
description. Again, be wary…

Description

The association for extreme measures to protect animal’s rights.

Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2008 1:17 PM

Subject: Fwd: [NAIAandNAIATrustMe mbers] HEADS UP!!!!! DALLAS

HEADS UP!!!!! DALLAS

http://pets. groups.yahoo. com/group/ extreme-animal- rights/message/ 5949

AR’s have a protest scheduled at an AKC show in DALLAS, July 5th and 6th

“It’s important that we don’t let these breeder/murderers of shelter dogs
have their fun at homeless dogs’ expense.” (Emphasis added.)

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Hi all,
 
While Chagrin Falls and Lakewood are debating banning pit bulls, a bill has come before the Ohio legislature to ban pit bulls statewide. I am providing information from the AKC legislative alert website about this bill. Who is going to pay the all the DNA tests on all the dogs who people may think look like pit bulls?–you the taxpayer. If pit bulls are wiped off the face of the earth (or at least driven out of Ohio), what breed will be next?
Heather Lampman
Corresponding Secretary & Legislative Liaison, Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Western Reserve
 
Draconian Ohio Breed-Specific Bill Introduced Print This Article [Tuesday, May 20, 2008] Ohio House Bill 568, introduced by Representative Tyrone Yates of Cincinnati, seeks to prohibit the ownership, keeping, or harboring of a dog that “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.” Furthermore, if this bill is passed and adopted into law, all such dogs will be seized and euthanized. It is imperative that all concerned dog owners in Ohio contact their elected representatives and express their vehement opposition to this draconian legislation.

The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. The AKC believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

HB 568 unacceptably provides that:

  • No person shall own, keep, or harbor a dog that belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.
  • No later than 90 days after the effective date of this bill, a person who owns, keeps, or harbor a pit bull dog will be forced to surrender the dog to a dog warden.
  • Within ten days of surrender, the dog warden shall euthanize the dog.
  • If an officer has probable cause to believe that a dog is a pit bull, the officer may apply for a search warrant. After obtaining a search warrant, an officer shall seize the dog and transfer the dog to the dog warden, who shall euthanize the dog within 10 days.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

All concerned Ohio dog owners should contact their elected representatives and express their strong opposition to HB 568. To find your elected representatives, http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/

For more information, please contact AKC’s Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or e-mail doglaw@akc.org.

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Whenever you think your pet needs to see the vet but you think you can’t afford to go, please take note of two things.

1. Part of the deal with pet ownership is providing medical care. Failing to provide it may actually constitute animal cruelty.
2. Instead of asking for medical advice on myspace, call your vet. It costs nothing to make a phone call. If it’s after hours, call an emergency vet. Vets can help you figure out if your pet’s problem is an emergency or not and if there is anything you can do at home to help your pet. Myspace people generally are not qualified to give you this kind of information.

With that in mind, here are some groups that can help you afford the vet bills:

American Animal Hospital Association
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home/
“Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship.”

Angels 4 Animals
http://www.Angels4Animals.org
“Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment
to those pets and pet owners in need.”

Care Credit
http://www.carecredit.com
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.
“With a comprehensive range of plan options, for
treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan
and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every
budget.”

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/
“Seniors, People with disabilities, People who
have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten – any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.”

The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501
(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and
kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save
their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.

God’s Creatures Ministry
http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html
“This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.”

Help-A-Pet
http://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html
“Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the
working poor.”

IMOM
http://www.imom.org
“We are dedicated to insure that no
companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker
is financially challenged.”

The Pet Fund
http://thepetfund.com/
“The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that
provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need
urgent veterinary care.”

United Animal Nations
http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html
“The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued
animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require
specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve
Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured
animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens
and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.”

UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills
http://www.petloversonline.co.uk/financial.htm
“Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the
day to day care of our pets. However, how many of us come out in a
cold sweat when our pet is ill or injured and we know we have to take
it to the vet? Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford
it but, some of us who love our animals dearly cannot. Unfortunately
we do not have a PDSA or a RSPCA Centre within our area, but there
are a few charities who may be able to help.”

Other Groups Who are Breed or Injury Specific:

Corgi Aid
http://www.corgiaid.org/

Dachshunds Needing IVDD surgery
http://members.rushmore.com/~dds/applyforhelp.htm

http://www.doberman911.org
It’s for special needs and senior dobermans who need medical help.You can donate to help them, or have them put your dobie up there if you need help too!!

HandicappedPets.com

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AKC Cautions Pet Owners to Keep an Eye on Fido At Home and On the Road

The American Kennel Club® warned pet owners and breeders about an alarming rise in dog thefts in recent months and offered tips on keeping pets safe with an appearance on NBC’s Today Show earlier this month. From parking lots to pet stores and even backyards, more dogs are disappearing. In the first three months of 2008, the AKC has tracked more than 30 thefts from news and customer reports, versus only ten for all twelve months of 2007.

Media reports have chronicled the escalation of these “dog-nappings” from all around the country. Incidents have included armed robbers entering a breeder’s home, tiny puppies being stuffed into purses at pet stores and most recently, purebred pets being snatched from cars in parking lots and even shelters.

“The value of pets in people’s lives has been on the rise for a long time and now we are seeing thieves trying to capitalize on this. Whether they seek to resell the dog, collect a ransom or breed the dogs and sell their offspring, thieves seem to be attuned to the increased financial and emotional value pets have in our lives,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Losing a treasured family pet is devastating to the owner.”

“Criminals look for weaknesses and exploit them. They know pets can’t protect themselves, so that means owners need to be alert,” said Lt. John Kerwick, a law enforcement K-9 handler and the President of the U.S. Police Canine Association, Region 7. “Be wary of anyone who approaches you and asks too many questions about your dog or where you live. This is a red flag that they may be out to snatch your pet.”

Peterson added that “These ‘dog-nappers’ are misguided and naïve. They’re stealing living beings, not jewelry that can be pawned. Plus, it’s unlikely that they can sell the dogs for high prices without proper registration papers, and these inept criminals are not realistically going to collect a ransom. Caring for a dog — and especially breeding — is a time consuming endeavor that requires a lot of knowledge. Thieves will find themselves with a frightened and confused animal that needs a lot of care.”

The AKC offers the following advice to prevent your “best friend” from being a target of a crime:

At Home

  • Don’t let your dog off-leash – Keeping your dog close to you reduces the likelihood it will wander off and catch the attention of thieves. A Saint Bernard that had wandered away from his owner in Nebraska was snatched up right off the road.
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended in your yard – Dogs left outdoors when no one is home for long periods of time can be potential targets, especially if you live in a rural area and the fenced-in yard or dog runs are visible from the street.
  • Keep purchase price to yourself – If strangers approach you to admire your dog during walks, don’t answer questions about how much the dog cost or give details about where you live.
  • Breeders need to be aware of home visits by potential puppy buyers Criminals posing as would be “puppy buyers” have visited breeder homes to snatch dogs, while other homes have been burglarized when the owner was away. From Yorkies in Los Angeles to Bulldogs in Connecticut, thieves have targeted young puppies of these highly coveted breeds.

On the Road

  • Never leave your dog in an unattended car, even if it’s locked Even if you are gone for only a moment, an unlocked car is an invitation for trouble. Also leaving expensive items in the car such as a GPS unit or laptop will only invite thieves to break and possibly allow the dog to escape.
  • Don’t tie your dog outside a store – This popular practice among city dwelling dog owners can be a recipe for disaster. Reports have surfaced of such thefts in Manhattan. If you need to go shopping, patronize only dog-friendly retailers or leave the dog at home.
  • Be vigilant when entering or leaving establishments or venues catering to dogs such as grooming salons, veterinarians, doggie day care or hotels Be aware of your surroundings, such as slow moving vehicles, or people watching you and your dog. Carry pepper spray as a precaution and, if possible, don’t walk alone late at night or stay in a well lit area.

Recovery

  • Protect your dog with microchip identification – Collars and tags can be removed so make sure you have permanent ID with a microchip. Keep contact information current with your recovery service provider. Several pets have been recovered because of alert people scanning and discovering microchips. For more information and to enroll your pet in a 24 hour recovery service visit www.akccar.org.
  • If you suspect your dog has been stolen – Immediately call the police / animal controlin the area your pet was last seen.
  • Have fliers with a recent photo ready to go if your dog goes missing – Keep a photo of your dog in your wallet or on an easily accessible web account so that you can distribute immediately if your pet goes missing.

 

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Ohio Dog And Kennel Legislation

 

Please Contact Your Legislators And Senators

 
by JOHN YATES
American Sporting Dog Alliance
 
COLUMBUS, OH – Hearings are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday on two pieces of legislation that would have a severe impact on all dog owners and hobby breeders in Ohio.
 
The Senate State and Local Government and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will receive a reported substitute bill for S.B. 173 (House version is H.B. 223) on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the South Hearing Room. Testimony will not be taken on this new bill. This legislation imposes heavy financial and legal burdens on kennel owners.
 
On Thursday, at 8:30 a.m. in the Finance Hearing Room, a hearing will be held to review reported amendments to H.B. 446, which affects all dog owners. The House Local Municipal Government and Urban Revitalization Committee reportedly will take testimony at this hearing. The reported amendments were not made available to the public by Monday morning.
 
It appears that an attempt is being made to ram these two bills through the legislative process as quickly as possible.
 
These two bills take a giant step toward fulfilling the extreme animal rights agenda of the eventual elimination of the private ownership of animals. They would drastically reduce the number of puppies available in Ohio by sharply curtailing hobby breeding of purebred dogs.
 
A Senate fiscal analysis of S.S. 173 shows that additional licensing costs will exceed $300,000 for an estimated 2,000 kennels that would be classified as small hobby breeding kennels.
 
Under the legislation, a small breeding kennel is defined as having between nine and 15 dogs, which would impact most hobby kennels.
 
In addition, the analysis shows, a new supervisory position would cost about $60,000, and an unspecified number of dog wardens would have to be hired at $43,000 each. Estimates of the number of new dog wardens needed to enforce the law range from a minimum of 17 ($700,000 a year) to 88 ($3.8 million a year), plus numerous start-up costs.
 
These and other expenses would come out of the pockets of kennel owners.
 
Our prior reports have contained detailed analysis of this legislation, and this report will only summarize. For readers who want an in-depth analysis, please contact us at asda@csonline.net.
 
S.B. 173 (companion to H.B. 223) has the potential to destroy hobby breeding of purebred dogs in Ohio in a misdirected effort to curtail “puppy mills.”
 
H.B. 446 mandates licensing for puppies at eight weeks of age, increases fees, reduces the age for a spay/neuter differential to six months, gives county auditors the power to revoke kennel licenses, and makes it much harder for good Samaritans to help lost dogs.
 
Testimony on the bills has been mixed, with only a few people attending previous hearings. However, some of the legislators and senators asked some hard questions and expressed doubts. Others, however, have signed on as cosponsors to this legislation.
 
The American Sporting Dog Alliance is supporting Ohio dog and kennel owners in an effort to defeat this legislation, and has offered strong testimony in opposition to the two bills. Ohio Valley Dog Owners President Norma Bennett Woolf has addressed the hearings on behalf of dog owners. Ms. Woolf has worked tirelessly to defeat this destructive legislation, and she is one of the true heroes of the movement to protect dog owners’ rights.
 
We strongly urge all Ohio dog and kennel owners to take an active role. Your participation and support are crucial. We cannot emphasize too strongly that this legislation stems from an extreme animal rights agenda that aims to greatly reduce the number of dogs as a giant step toward eliminating dog ownership altogether.
 

S.B. 173

 
This legislation (a companion to H.B. 223) claims to target “puppy mills,” but would have a devastating impact on every kennel that has nine or more unsterilized adult dogs that could be construed as a “breeding dog.” Because of the definition and required burden of proof, almost all small hobby breeders will be affected.
 
A breeding dog is defined as any male or female dog that is intended for breeding or has produced one litter in a year, either as a stud dog or a mother. The law does not define standards for this definition or for the burden of proof, and the burden of proof rests with the kennel owner. We see this as a “Catch 22,” as there would be no way to conclusively prove the purpose for keeping any dog. It would a matter of convincing the dog warden to take the owner’s word.
 
This unvarnished animal rights legislation also grants dog wardens the power to confiscate any dog for which there is probable cause to call a breeding dog. The standards for probable cause are not defined, but could be construed as any dog that has the potential for being bred.
 
To obtain a breeding license, a kennel owner would have to pay an annual fee ranging from $150 to $750, submit to inspections by state officials, provide proof of insurance, purchase a bond guaranteeing financial liability, submit to a personal background check by the police, be fingerprinted and obtain and use an approved vendor number to advertise or sell a dog or puppy.
 
Inspections would open any area that houses dogs to state officials without a warrant, including the owner’s home. Papers, documents and bank records also could be examined or subpoenaed.
 
Citations can be given and fines levied for violations or “threatened violations,” which are not defined. Any hearing, trial or appeal of an action must be done through only one Ohio court, in Franklin County.
 
The inspections would be based on providing a specified level of physical care in housing, sanitation, medical care and food and water.
 
They would require a kennel to be cleaned every 12 hours, mandate professional veterinary care for even minor conditions, injuries or ailments, require grooming and nail trimming, mandate vaccinations, deworming and heartworm prevention, and require available water at all times, even in freezing weather.
 
Here is a link to the actual text of this legislation: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=127_SB_173 .
 
We urge dog and kennel owners to submit written comments to each member of the committee. Emails, letters and phone calls all are important. This is urgent!
 
This link will take you to a list of the committee members: http://www.senate.state.oh.us/committees/com_state.html . A page will open up giving you a link to each senator’s email and mailing addresses.
 
 

HB 446

 
Every dog owner will be affected by HB 446.
 
It says:
 
  • Puppies must be licensed for $10 apiece at eight weeks of age, and also must wear a collar and license tag at that age. A puppy must be registered and licensed before it can be sold or transferred. Unlicensed puppies and dogs can be confiscated.
 
  • Individual dog licenses would rise from $2 to $10 per year, and kennel license costs would rise from $10 to $50. The extra charge for licensing for a dog that is not spayed or neutered will be imposed on dogs at six months of age, instead of the current nine months
 
  • Kennel licenses would be required for anyone who raises a single litter of hunting dogs. The bill says: “A kennel owner is a person, partnership, firm, company, or corporation professionally engaged in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale.”
 
  • A particularly onerous part of the legislation gives county auditors the unrestricted power to revoke kennel licenses (this includes anyone who raises a single litter of hunting dogs) for unproven allegations of animal cruelty. County auditors do not have the qualifications to make judgments about animal cruelty, and the guilt or innocence of a dog owner facing such accusations should be determined only in a court of law. This power is given to auditors “if the auditor determines” that a violation of animal cruelty statutes has occurred. No limits are placed on this power, and the legislation does not define any criteria for an auditor to use. In fact, the law gives an auditor the power to revoke a license if he/she simply feels that a kennel owner may have violated cruelty statutes, or even extra-legal personal opinions about what constitutes cruelty.
 
  • Good Samaritans who find a stray dog must notify authorities within two days and turn it over to the animal control agency within 10 days, and do not have the option to give the dog to a no-kill shelter or rescue group, or find someone to take the dog if its owner cannot be found. This exposes the dog to a high probability of euthanasia.
 
Other provisions regulate dogs that are declared dangerous, cats, ferrets and other animals.
 
The purpose of greatly increased fees is to make law-abiding dog owners pay for the cost of animal control in Ohio. The unfairness and irrationality of this approach is that responsible dog owners and breeders, who are perhaps the least likely cause of the problem, are the people who are being forced to pay for it.
 
Breeders and owners of purebred dogs rarely burden animal control agencies and animal shelters. Moreover, purebred puppies almost never are found in municipal animal shelters. This legislation makes responsible dog owners and breeders the “cash cow” that will be milked to pay for animal control efforts directed at irresponsible people who ignore the law. ASDA regards this as the unethical exploitation of law-abiding citizens.
 
People who actually violate the law should pay for the cost of enforcing it, through fines and other penalties. This cost should not be borne by law-abiding dog owners. We should not be held responsible for the actions of others, over which we have no control.
 
We urge dog and kennel owners to submit written comments to each member of the committee.
 
Here is a link to the text of the legislation: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=127_HB_446.
 
This link will take you to a list of the committee members: http://www.house.state.oh.us/jsps/Committee.jsp?ID=21. Please click on each member’s name. A page will open up giving you a link to the legislator’s email and mailing addresses.
 
Please feel free to use any information contained in this report, and also to cross-post it and forward it to your friends.
 
The American Sporting Dog Alliance is the unified voice of sporting dog owners and professionals in America. We work at the grassroots level to defeat unfair legislation and policies that are harmful to dogs and the people who own and work with them. Our work to protect your rights is supported solely by the donations of our members. Your participation and membership are vital to our success. Please visit us on the web at http://www.americansportingdogalliance.org.

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FDA News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2008

Media Inquiries:
Kimberly Rawlings, 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA

 

FDA Requests Seizure of Animal Food Products at PETCO Distribution Center

Today, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center located in Joliet, Ill., pursuant to a warrant issued by the United States District Court in Chicago.

U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated animal food susceptible to rodent and pest contamination. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because it was alleged in a case filed by the United States Attorney that they were being held under unsanitary conditions. (The Act uses the term “insanitary” to describe such conditions).

During an FDA inspection of a PETCO distribution center in April, widespread and active rodent and bird infestation was found. The FDA inspected the facility again in May and found continuing and widespread infestation.

“We simply will not allow a company to store foods under filthy and unsanitary conditions that occur as a direct result of the company’s failure to adequately control and prevent pests in its facility,” said Margaret O’K. Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “Consumers expect that such safeguards will be in place not only for human food, but for pet food as well.”

The distribution center in Joliet, Ill., provides pet food products and supplies to PETCO retail stores in 16 states including Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

FDA has no reports of pet illness or death associated with consumption of animal food distributed by PETCO, and does not have evidence that the food is unsafe for animals. However, the seized products were in permeable packages and held under conditions that could affect the food’s integrity and quality.

As a precaution, consumers who have handled products originating from the PETCO distribution center should thoroughly wash their hands with hot water and soap. Any surfaces that came in contact with the packages should be washed as well. Consumers are further advised as a precaution to thoroughly wash products sold in cans and glass containers from PETCO in the 16 affected states.

If a pet has become ill after eating these food products, pet owners should contact their veterinarian and report illnesses to FDA state consumer complaint coordinators.

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WWC Park Walk

For anyone who is interested or willing to help out please let me know if you would like to meet at a public park w/our Corgis and do some socializing and obedience work geared towards the Canine Good Citizenship Award. Now you don’t have to have a Corgi but you will be out numbered..hehe. Its not going to be that formal..its more to meet others alike and to have fun w/our dogs. If you don’t have a dog that you can work w/and need one..well fear no more..I have some I can share with you.  ONLY BORROW …YOU MUST RETURN!!! Right now I can meet on Monday Evenings, Friday Evenings and Sunday Afternoon. After July 10th we can add Thursday Evening and after July 16th, All days are open except Saturday..have to leave a day open for those weekend projects and keep my husband moving. LOL Get back to me on it and will inform all of you what I come up with. Let’s try to do this weekly if not bi-weekly once a week. I’m hoping we all can agree on a day but if not I think I can manage 2 days. This is an open invitation for your friends or anyone you may know that would be interested, though I must warn you, nothing is for FREE..meaning I am not experienced or a licensed instructor but can guide and help the best that I can.

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