Thirteenth Edition

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Thirteenth Edition

    P.O. Box 67052 Ottawa, Ontario K2A 4E4 (613)


    Thirty-third Edition Spring 2008


    Thank goodness the winter is finally over, which means Sixteenth Annual General Meeting that now we can look forward to two spring traditions for FOAP members are invited to attend the next Annual FOAP the yearly fundraising walk and the Annual General Meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, General Meeting. Details of both are listed below, thJune 17 (see details below). along with a heads-up for what we hope will be a new

    FOAP tradition the charity auction and dinner coming All members are welcome to join us and meet the up in November. Please mark your calendars so you people who work on FOAP’s day-to-day activities don’t miss these events. there will be reports on events over the past year and

     members in good standing are eligible to vote for the

    Board of Directors for 2008/09. Before and after the Friends, Walking Friends meeting, members always have the chance to mingle,

    FOAP’s Tenth Annual Walk chat and enjoy homemade goodies. We look forward to

    seeing you there. FOAP’s 2008 fundraising walk is

    Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 scheduled for Saturday, June 7th at

    the beautiful Arboretum, Central Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (note earlier time!) Experimental Farm. Please come out

    and walk with us. By all means bring Location: Old Town Hall Community Centre

    your dog if you have one, but a 61 Main Street, Ottawa

    canine companion is not necessary (corner of Hawthorne)

    to participate there will be lots of dogs to watch and enjoy. FOAP Second Charity Auction & Dinner Leading the walk will be this year’s mascot Zoë, whose

    The first charity auction & dinner was a huge success story is told later in this newsletter.

    and completely sold out, so this year we are giving our Details of the walk are as follows: members lots of notice. Information will be posted on

    the website closer to the date and there will also be a Date: Saturday, June 7, 2008 reminder in our fall newsletter, but here are the details: Registration starts at 8:00 AM; Time: Date: Saturday, November 22, 2008 Walk begins at 9:00 AM

    Location: RA Centre, Clark Room Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm Location: 2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa (near Building 72 look for the signs)

    For tickets (which will be $40), to donate items or if you CTV’s own Chris Day will again be our MC for the event, would like more information, please contact Marianne at a barbecue will follow the walk; there will be prizes for 613-521-9447 or e-mail the top pledge-gatherers, goodie bags, activities and

    information booths to visit as well. Members will have Jean Gilchrist received a registration form separately in the mail, but thadditional forms are available from pet food stores and We are very sorry to report the passing on April 16 of

    veterinarians around town or they may be downloaded Jean Gilchrist, a long-time FOAP volunteer and great from our website, animal-lover. Jean fostered cats and co-ordinated our

    craft group for many years. Her contribution was sorely Also available on the website is a colourful poster missed when she retired from the group to devote more advertising the walk, which you are welcome to time to her own beloved felines. Then tragically, three download. Please help spread the word about this years ago, Jean sustained serious injuries in a car important fundraising event.

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accident, which meant she had to give up both her cats

and her home. Rest in peace, Jean.

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    Thanks, and More Thanks

    We have just learned that FOAP will receive a grant of

    $4,500 from the Community Foundation of Ottawa, to

    be used for spaying and neutering cats in feral colonies.

    Our sincere thanks to the Community Foundation.

    We are very grateful to our friends at the Pet Valu store

    at 170 Beechwood Avenue, for organizing “Pet Pictures th last in the Pumpkin Patch” at the store on October 27

    year. FOAP volunteers helped out with the picture-

    taking, and received donations on behalf of FOAP. Several FOAP pets looking for homes were introduced William (aka Willy) is a five year old Maine coon mix. to the clientele. A great time was had by all! He lost his right eye and suffered some damage to his

    ear while struggling to survive on the streets of Ottawa, Hydrotherapy but that hasn’t slowed him down one bit. With extra Alex DeBolt runs K9 Common Scents, a local long whiskers to make up for the loss of his eye, this hydrotherapy clinic. Hydrotherapy is very useful in charmer follows his foster from room to room. treating dogs with arthritis and joint and hip problems; it Willy is just one of the many cats and dogs helped by is often recommended by veterinarians, sometimes FOAP with your generous financial support. We thank before and sometimes after an operation. you on his behalf and hope that you will continue to One of FOAP’s senior dogs, Buddy was in need of think of FOAP when you make your charitable special care because of arthritis. Hydrotherapy by K9 contributions. A donation form is included with this Common Scents has made a world of difference. Thank newsletter for your convenience. As always, we and you for being there, Alex, when we and Buddy needed Willy thank you so much for caring.






    OTTAWA K2A 4E4, OR E-MAIL Janet Harris has lost two wonderful 19-year-old cats family thought the look only added to his charm. He is Paloma, a beautiful orange tabby and Paquinita, a black sadly missed by his humans Mike, Shannon and Logan, cat with a wonderful plume of a tail. Janet states that as well as his furry brothers Fiddle and Button. her cats “were her anchor in life”. Our condolences to Fluffles passed away in September. He arrived at our Janet. home 14 years ago as a young foster kitten and easily Gary Wheeler is mourning the loss of his beloved Emma. worked his way into our hearts, so we adopted him. This sweet dog came to FOAP in 2003, after almost eight Predeceased by his best friend Danny, the two of them years of living outside, never allowed to enter her will now be together forever. We miss them but are owner’s home. Emma found a wonderful new life with grateful for the years we shared. Fluffles is also greatly Gary and proudly served as mascot at FOAP’s 2004 walk. missed by feline friend Timmy.” – Marion & Peter Ross.

    Emma was elegant, smart and very much the social We join with Wendy Waddell in mourning the passing butterfly. All who knew her will miss her. of Coco, a lilac-point Siamese cat adopted from FOAP in Our sympathies go out to Sophie Drakich on the loss of November 2000. They had seven happy, loving years her cat Charlie, a feral female cat rescued by Sophie over together; sadly Coco became ill after their move to 15 years ago. Charlie became a loving companion over Kingston and had to be put to sleep at the age of nine. the years and brought so much joy to Sophie. She is She will never be forgotten. sorely missed. The Brisbois household have lost their eldest feline Pumba was an orange tabby FOAP rescue cat who went resident, the lovely Ms. Worm. Our heartfelt

    to live with the Barkhouses in July 1998. His ears, sympathies to Roz and Jack on this sad event.damaged by frostbite, had to be trimmed but his new

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    Full House for the Charity Dinner/Auction!

    Last year a group of FOAP volunteers organized the charity’s first dinner and auction. One

    hundred and fifty people attended what became the hottest ticket in town, held on a Saturday

    in November at the Ottawa Police Association on Catherine Street. Some members formed

    groups of ten and together were able to reserve a full table.

    The silent auction began as guests arrived. The tables were piled with interesting items and

    comments and feedback from those in attendance was very positive. The silent auction

    continued while attendees feasted on a delicious three-course dinner with a choice of

    vegetarian or beef entrée.

    The live auction started after dinner. With CTV’s Chris Day as guest auctioneer, the event had nary a dull moment. Donations for the auctions included: estate jewellery, VIA rail train tickets, books, gift baskets, gift

    certificates for restaurants, dry cleaning, massages, hair styling, pet grooming and much more. One member

    contributed his time-share condo in New Hampshire for a week, and another her lakefront cottage for a weekend.

    Esteemed local artists (and FOAP members) Elizabeth Mountfort and Jinny Slyfield both donated artwork.

    The auction volunteers gathered these donations, both new and re-gifted, from businesses, members and concerned

    citizens. Volunteers created gorgeous gift baskets from many of the donated items. Many happy attendees also left

    with door prizes in addition to the auction items.

    As a fundraiser it was a huge success and the auction raised over $8000. The auction committee is already planning

    a second FOAP Auction and Dinner, scheduled for Saturday, November 22, 2008. This year’s event will be held at the

    RA Centre at 2451 Riverside Drive and will include a sit-down dinner. Further information will be posted on the FOAP website and details will appear in the fall newsletter. The Committee is accepting gifts of items for the next auction and

    is also hoping to find some space in which to store donations please let us know if you have a little space to offer.

    If you would like tickets or more information about how you can assist with the next auction, please contact: or call Marianne at 613-521-9447. We recommend that you order your tickets early to avoid

    missing another great event.

    FOAP would like to thank the following contributors who helped make our 2007 Auction such a resounding success:

    Aesthetic Spa Flying Piggy’s Bistro – Italiano Elizabeth Mountfort Spa Club Ottawa Centre Beaudry Silk Greenhouse Forever Friends Dog Training Mr B’s – March House Studio Crafts Bed & Biscuits Home Hotel Hillary’s Dry Cleaners Restaurant Swiss Chalet for Small Dogs Keg Steakhouse Mud Oven Tatiana’s Cakes Black Dog Bistro La Maison D’Or Jewellers Optimal Wellness Centre The Clinic Upstairs Massage Blush Beads Jacqueline Lemire Paws A Bit Boutique Therapy and Wellness Centre Blushes Salon and Spa Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leonard Perfect Books Three Wild Women Calabogie Peaks Resort Little Critters Billing Bridge Photography by Gaylinne Wild Birds Unlimited C.A. Paradis and Carlingwood Red Apron Caterer Wilderness Tours Carmello’s Italian Restaurant L’Orée Du Bois Marilyn and John Rumbles Wizard Of Pawz Carolark Training Lumina Anti Aging Centre David & Wendy Saunders Via Rail Canada Inc. Critter Jungle Hampton Park Denyse Mageau Shoppers Drug Mart Terry Village Groomer Delusions Of Grandeur Milk Marketing Board Fox Drive Member Donors Dory’s Hair Design Chantel Moroni Singing Pebble Books Epicure Selections Shannon Mother Tongue Books Jinny Slyfield Barkhouse Consultant Mount Pakenham Ski Hill Artist/Designer/Teacher


    FOAP does not have a craft coordinator at this time,

    but we do have an inventory of high quality crafts to

    clear at sell-off prices. We could use the help of

    volunteers to take candles and catnip pillows to work

    for a sale. See the website for a list

    of available crafts and prices. Members without

    access to the internet may call Heidi at 613-728-8059.

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    Zoë, a lovely silver and cream coloured Husky, came to FOAP in early September 2007. Poor Zoë had

    been left to fend for herself by her former owners and was wandering around Russell, Ontario, miserable

    and in „heat”. Someone notified the kennel, Dogs ‟n‟ Company, that a female Husky was roaming the

    backyards of Russell and needed a place to stay.

    The kennel called FOAP‟s dog co-ordinator to see if we would help. The answer was yes, but the dog would

    have to remain at the kennel until a foster home was found. From that day forward, Zoë‟s life became a

    series of “up and downs”. We found a foster home for her in about a week and a half a lovely family with

    three children. Unfortunately, through no fault of her own, things didn‟t work out; Zoë came back into

    FOAP‟s care and was returned to the kennel.

    Then we discovered Zoë‟s secret. A visit to the vet revealed that she was expecting puppies possibly as

    many as eight! When told of the turn of events, the dog co-ordinator nearly fainted. Obviously Zoë had

    become pregnant during the time she was on her own, just before she went to the kennel in September.

    The kennel arranged a warm, comfortable room for Zoë and she gave birth to her babies -- five females

    and three males -- on Sunday, November 11, 2007. All were healthy, and Zoë was an

    attentive and proud mother. At the age of two months, all the pups were adopted, and

    they are doing well in their new homes.

    Zoë herself has been adopted by one of FOAP‟s members and is very happy to have

    found not only a permanent place but also someone who really cares for her. In early

    June she will celebrate her new life by serving as mascot of FOAP‟s 2008 fundraising walk. If you would

    thlike to meet Zoë, please join us on June 7 at the Arboretum, Central Experimental Farm.

FOAP receives some wonderful, heart-warming e-mails (many with photos) from people who have

    adopted cats and dogs from us over the years, updating us on their beloved pets. We would like

    to share some excerpts from a couple of these messages with our readers:

    “After our loving cat of years, Pebbles, passed away we felt a true void, and we adopted

    Caspurr („Reggie at the time). Though Pebbles could never be replaced, Caspurr helped to

    ease our pain. Caspurr has been a wonderful pet. We adore him. He is a true "people"

    cat. He loves to be with us all the time, whether it be sleeping on someone's lap or just

    walking around our feet "talking" to us, he is a true joy. We love him to bits. Thanks

    FOAP!” -- Carolyn Campbell


    “I simply had to let you know that I am the person who adopted Eddie (now Dusty) in 2000. I remember the day I picked him up. He was so tiny. Hoppy (FOAP foster) said to me "perhaps you can fatten him up". Well, I remembered letting out a little chuckle as I knew

    that once he became a member of my family, he would fill out in time. Today, he is healthy,

    happy and loving due to the fact that I always give him a lot of attention and TLC. His

    name at the time was actually Sir Edmond, “Eddy” for short. Not that I minded his name, it just didn‟t suit my lifestyle. Sir Edmond sounded so formal and regal. He used to stick his head into

    cracks and crevasses in the basement and come out covered in dust. So I thought Dusty would be a great

    name for him, and appropriate wouldn‟t you say?” -- Deborah Hyde

Animal lovers will be interested in reading a local book about Ernie, the former resident cat at the Glebe

    Centre. It is an amusing read and nicely illustrated by Trish Doyle. The title of the book is “Just Call Me

    Ernie”. A copy can be obtained at the Glebe Centre, or call the author, June Coxon, at 613-521-4855.

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