This coming Monday, Jan. 25, we will all have a chance to do something positively wonderful for some of the critters of this area. Our local DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant has teamed up with the Pawsitively Full Pet Food Bank with a delightful fundraiser. The tickets for the dinner, which will have a generous portion of the amount paid going to support the food bank, are available at Oakhurst Feed in the Enterprise Center, as well as at the offices of Ameriprize Financial (located on Stagecoach Road in the heart of Oakhurst).
Dinner will be a half-and-half plate with Lasagna and Scarface pasta, which includes chicken, mushrooms and an Alfredo sauce. Your non-alcoholic beverage will be included as well as a generous serving of Spumoni for desert. The tip is included in the price of the ticket. If you desire a little wine or beer with dinner, it will be available but it will cost you extra. There will be three seatings (3-5 p.m., 5-7 p.m., and 7-9 p.m.) available, which you select when you buy the ticket. There will be raffle prizes available so bring a few bucks to buy tickets.
The Pawsitivly Full Pet Food Bank came about because a few concerned and caring animal lovers noticed when disasters strike or a family suffers a temporary bump in the finances. The money used by the family gets stretched pretty thin, and often the animals have to take a back seat to the immediate needs of the family. Remember when fires hit, the horses in the community are also displaced and the pasture may be gone.
The Food Bank was established with a set of qualifying criteria for the applicants to receive some assistance for their animals. The animals must have been vaccinated and registered with the county and the need is a temporary one. An example would have been the fires that swept through our community. Homes lost and the food in the household pantry is gone. The pet owners could apply and the Food Bank was there to help.
Some families suffer momentary setbacks due to work shortage and the Food Bank can offer some assistance. The family pets are very dear to each family. The gaze of a dog into your eyes is one of love. The cats at least pretend to enjoy us and are willing to let us love and adore them.
The differences between a dog and a cat are simple. The dog looks at you and figures you love them, you feed them, you watch out for them, so you must be god. The cat figures that you love them, you feed them, you watch out for them, so they must be god. My Siamese cats, Cho-Cho San and Noelani, seem to tolerate me because I work out as a good “houseboy” and meet their needs. Hildegard, my German Shepherd, thinks I am the greatest person alive. I don’t claim that Hildegard is very smart.
This community is one that demonstrates such love for our neighbors and we pull together for a great cause when the need arises. This is such a time. The shelves at the Food Bank are getting rather bare, so we need to get money into the coffers so that we can buy the supplies. Oakhurst Feed will get the food at cost so our dollars go much further.
I would also encourage many of you to make an additional donation to the Food Bank. I like to donate a can per month per pet in my house. Since there are two Siamese (never call them a cat) and one dog, we donate 24 cans of cat food and 12 cans of dog food to the Food Bank each year in their honor. This past year we lost a faithful dog, Minnie, to old age. She was such a lover and smart dog and so we will also want to honor Minnie’s memory with a donation in her name. Minnie would like that as she was a sweet dog. I am sure she would bark an approving “Arf, Arf, Arf” to support the feeding of another canine in this community.
We worry about so many things and times are tough to be sure, but it says a great deal about a community that supports a Food Bank for the animals. They look to us for their care and they are there to return their love to us in their special way.
So next Monday, you will find Carol and I at DiCicco’s enjoying a great meal, fabulous service, saying “hello” to neighbors and friends, and feeling really good that our meal that night will provide a number of meals for puppies, cats, horses, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and some hamsters.
After the feast, when we hear the “Midnight Bark,” it may just be the animals in our homes telling the animals in need that help is on the way because the people of Eastern Madera County have supported the Pawsitivly Full Pet Food Bank.