Monday, July 11, 2011



Bog Down by Red Tape Today. I'm still weak and not feeling very good. I have been having bad flair ups through out the day. They can last for hours. The more physical work I try to do, its bring them on quicker.

So I'm really having a hard time - taking it easy., in the offi...ce. I have Cabin Fever. I miss not be ale to do what I want when I want for the sake of the kitties.

And we are so ever grateful for each and everyone of you for your thoughts, prays, deeds, sharing and donating.

With out you we will not be able to make it and we thank you for everything that you do.

Before I can even get an appointment with the Dental Clinic I have to the Sarasota County Health Department Eligibility Office and complete the necessary paperwork.

I have to have the following. * A picture ID - I have * proof of address - I have * SS Card of all family members - Chrissy can not find hers so she is going to the SS office and applying for one and the letter she will get will be good enough. * verification of income for the past 4 weeks - We can not find our paperwork so Chrissy is taking care of that to at the SS office today.

So we be ready to Rock & Roll on Tuesday to start pulling teeth…….FUN FUN FUN.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

We are all doing the best with what we have ! Plus a $3,000 dollar grant from the Walmart Foundation For Our Pet Food Bank ???

I know the Humane Society is doing their best with what they have .

The majority of the people that use our Pet food bank is limited. I was thinking after I wrote my blog yesterday, that their had to be a deeper reason why their was a one time pick up rule, in Englewood.

The Humane Society has been around for over 35 years and more people know about their Pet Food Program.

With the large volume of traffic they most likely get ,their had to be a reason for a one time pick up rule, as Jerry Shallow, just explained it to me this morning, because of  people abusing it.

I know the abuse is their because through out the years since we had our pet Food Bank. I have notice and felt dismay about the fact that many of the people that used our program in the past,have pets that were put second in these folks life’s, due to the fact of a drug or alcohol  problem.

The problems goes deeper than this. The majority of these pets were not spray or neutered, thus adding to the pet population problems and their solution instead of taking advantage of the low cost ,spay and neuter program offered by Sun coast  Humane Society and other groups in the area, was to relinquishes  these animals to Sun Coast when their pets started to breed and had a litter of pups or kittens.

It’s a cruel world and some people do not deserve to be pet owners.

But at the point ,when I know the pets will go hungry , I always made a command decision  in supplying these people with food because I knew if I did not these dogs and cats will go without.

But it always  made me angry knowing the fact a six pack of beer, a bottle of booze or a pill came first instead of their pets.

But I always have put the pets first before the owners bad behavior.

But yesterday was a  totally different case that I  never came across . I never had a woman crying and emotionally upset because all she was doing  was trying to feed her dog. She was getting evicted  and the dog had no food.

I was willing to buy her a bag of food but our funds are very limited.

That is why I called the Humane Society on her behalf.

I know I’m like a bull in a China Shop when I feel I need to get something down ASAP.

It all worked out in the end and now I have a new insight in why their is a one time pick up rule.

The great news of the day is / As fate has it. Our grant writer just applied for a $3,000 dollar grant from the Walmart Foundation for our Pet Food Bank.

The reason being Walmart is limiting in how they give out Grants. So our grant is combating hungry in the Community.

There are people in the Community who need to use our Pet Food Bank services ,who do not have an addiction problem and  are responsible  pet owners, when times are lean for these folks, we know that they will spend the last bit of money for pet food  ,instead of buying food for themselves and thus these folks will go hungry before they let their pets do.

For years this has been our root of our Pet Food Bank

So lets keep our Paws crossed so  we get the grant to help the people of the Community.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


We have a Pet Food Bank at the Thrift Shop. We depend on the kindness of the community to donate cat and dog food for people in need.. When they come in and ask for  pet food, they need food. “Now”.

The only question  I ask is.. “ When  is the next time you will get monies in ? “ This let’s me know in how much to give them ,so their pets will have enough to eat until they are able to buy some pet food.

If they come back and need some more. No problem..

No red tape, no applications, no one time pick rule, no going to a local church .the next town over to pick up food.

Now on the other hand I just had a young lady at the Thrift Shop crying, she was getting evicted  on Wednesday and her dog needed food now.

I did not have any dog food in the food bank and if it came down to it, I was going to close the shop and walk over to Walmart and buy her dog a bag of food.

But I thought to myself the Humane Society, has a Pet Food Bank and they just did a huge fundraiser ,to get dog food in ,so she should be able to pick up a bag of dog food from them by going down their…

Sounds logical . Right ? Wrong

So I called them and I found out……

They have a one time pick up rule ,were you can get it at the Humane society itself, only one time .

Than they give you an application and you fill it out and drop it off and pick up the pet food at a church in Venice, and this is were you pick up your pet food from here on out.

I have a question - If someone can not afford a bag of food .How can they afford the gas to get to the next town over, Venice ! 
And why is their not a local pick - up station in Englewood ?

Well let me put it to you this way. Since she picked up before  , the person on the other end of the phone wanted her to follow their rules and I explained itm the Rickey K’s way, - 

" You have a hungry dog and she is crying and being evicted  and you want her to go through all these red tape for a bag of dog food to feed a dog that is hungry right now " ?

They told me they will make a exception this time…….

She got her food, the dog will have his dinner and as for myself ..well lets put it to you this way..

I’m probably get a call back from the Humane Society, expressing their displeasure about my phone conversation.

As I always say  “  I make the comfortable people of  our  community uncomfortable and I make the suffering souls of the community with two legs and four comfortable."