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A trio of golden retrievers took a venture into the skies Saturday on a flight from Murray to Knoxville, Tenn.
The one older pure-bred and two young mix-bred dogs earned their wings in a lightweight two-seater aircraft manned by a pair of Knoxville pilots who have a passion for rescuing animals and flying.
Members of the Murray-Calloway County Humane Society organized the flight as part of the Pilots ‘N Paws – an online forum where those who rescue, shelter or foster animals can meet volunteer pilots who are willing to assist with the transportation of animals. The website opens up an avenue of communication between those who need to get animals across long distances but lack the resources or manpower to do it.
Humane Society Executive Director Kathy Hodge said the program often acts as a catalyst where people like her and her volunteers can begin organizing times and places where pick-ups or drop-offs of animals needing better homes can be made.
Mike Williams and Bridgette Duber of Knoxville were quick to respond when local Humane Society Transportation Coordinator Shari Sherwood posted their need to move the three golden retrievers to a breed-specialized rescue in Knoxville. Sherwood said the plan had been to initially use a group of 10 or 20 volunteers from across the state to drive legs of the journey over the course of a weekend, but Duber told Sherwood she could fly the dogs out of Nashville. Still desperately trying to find driver volunteers, she said Duber emailed back once again and said she would be fine to take her first flight to the far western Kentucky area. The two arranged a time and date, and at a little before 10:30 Saturday morning, the small propellor plane broke through some low cloud cover and landed at Kyle-Oakley field where the two pilots were met by a group of families and Humane Society volunteers toting a large welcome sign on the tarmac.
After brief hellos and a quick break for doughnuts and coffee, the volunteers helped load 3-year-old Ashley, 2-year-old Hayla and 10-week-old Gus into some temporary cages where seats would usually go in the back of the plane and the flying dogs took flight on a one-way trip to Knoxville.
Williams and Duber agreed that they were more than happy to play a part in finding good homes for the three dogs.
“We would have been flying around somewhere today anyway,” Williams said. “We might as well do something good for these dogs when we do.”
Hodge said she is touched by the philanthropic sprit of the volunteer pilots who will often go long distances for animals, footing the bill themselves.
Last year, the Humane Society in Murray and Calloway County transported about 340 animals, but only about five or six were moved by airplane. Still, she said, it’s a preferred method because it limits the stress travel can have on the animals.
“For younger or older dogs – or really any dog – it’s so much easier on them to fly. It takes much less time so they get more quickly to the place where they are going to be. After all, we’re always looking out for what’s best for the dog.”
By Austin Ramsey
Murray Ledger & Times
SHELTER KITTIES OF THE WEEK
This big gorgeous boy is MAX and he is such a big lovable teddy bear. He is a very laid back guy and would make a great companion for someone who likes a friend to just chill with. MAX is just waiting for his own special human to take him home. He is already neutered and up to date on all shots so he’s ready for a new home today!!
Look what a little cutie this fella is!! This is BENSON and he is just waiting for his own special human to take him home. He is just the sweetest little kitty, and he has a huge personality to go along with his amazing good looks. Don’t miss out on adopting this little doll today!!
This little doll baby is named IVY!! She is a gorgeous short hair light-brown Tabby with black Tiger Stripes. IVY is just as sweet as she can be and loves attention. She is also very playful. Why not add this little bundle of furr-n-purrs to your family? You’ll be glad you did.
The State Journal
It was an unusual scene at Frankfort's Brighton Park Shopping Center Wednesday evening after a deer jumped through the glass of a vacant storefront.
Frankfort Police Maj. Robert Warfel said it happened around 6:30 p.m. at the Shoe Exchange, a store that has been closed and empty for several months.
The deer was badly cut from breaking through the glass, Warfel said, but still moving around the store.
Fish and Wildlife officials were called to the scene, where they made the decision to euthanize the injured deer.
No people were hurt during the incident, Warfel said.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014;
The U.S. has proposed putting four species of freshwater turtles, whose meat is considered a delicacy in some Asian countries, on "an international endangered species list, in part to better monitor exports of the species," Ros Krasny reports for Reuters. "Under the plan, the common snapping turtle, Florida softshell turtle, smooth softshell turtle and spiny softshell turtle would be listed under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a global pact ratified by 180 countries."(Wikipedia photo: Common snapping turtle)
Turtle exports have been on the rise in recent years, with 811,717 live common snapping turtles exported from the U.S. in 2011, a 24 percent increase from 2009, Krasny writes. Live Florida softshell turtle and spiny softshell turtle or turtle egg exports also jumped from 2009 to 2011. The proposal is open to a 60-day public comment period. (Read more)
Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 10/30/2014 04:52:00 PM
MAGNOLIA is a gorgeous long haired beauty with silvery gray fur and hints of light peach patches scattered across her body. She is stunning!! MAGNOLIA is a very sweet little girl and she loves attention. She also gets along very well with the other kitties she shares a room with at the Shelter. Don’t delay or you will miss out on this little beauty!!
Look at this very unique adorable little girl named MURPHY!!! She is a Diluted Calico & Tabby mix---which means she is a Diluted Tabico!! And look at her gorgeous big green eyes—just amazing! MURPHY is a very feisty little girl and she loves to play and wrestle with her playmates in the foster home where she is being raised. She is drop dead gorgeous. SHE IS NOT AT THE SHELTER. PLEASE CALL BEVERLY PACK at 606-571-6224 for information.
I can’t even describe how gorgeous this little kitty is!! This is TARA and she has the most prominent Tiger Stripes but her body is also almost two-tone color with light orange fading in & out. Some people would refer to her as being a Torbie (Tiger Stripe & Tortoiseshell mix). She is gorgeous. TARA is a very sweet and playful little kitty and would make a great new family member in any home. Come in right away and make this baby a new member of your family today. You’ll be glad you did.