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Have you noticed in the past day or so all of the happy faces of the canines in your neighborhood? More than likely, those are the dogs that attended Thursday evening’s “Doggy Swim Night” at the Big Blue Water Park.

The fourth annual event was a great success. The city of Beatrice again partnered with the Beatrice Humane Society to give the lucky dogs an evening of pure joy before the pool gets drained for the season. The donation fees that were collected go directly to the Beatrice Animal Shelter for the care of lost and homeless dogs and cats.

“This year, we had 88 dogs come through the gates. It was a wonderful evening for everyone,” said John Rypma, president of the Board of Directors of the Beatrice Humane Society. “This was the biggest turnout in the four years we have held the Doggy Swim Night.”

Many breeds were represented, including lots of Labrador retrievers of all colors, golden retrievers, boxers, pit bulls, Yorkies, a Newfoundland, West Highland terrier, an English sheepdog, border collies, greyhounds, corgis, Blue Tick Coon hounds, Shih Tzus and my favorite: mutts.

Thanks to all who attended this year’s swim party, and thanks to the city of Beatrice for making it all possible.

Special needs felines up for adoption

You may recall the story of little “Twister,” the kitten that was caught in tree limbs following the June storm in Beatrice. Because of severe injuries, Twister’s tail and one of his back legs had to be amputated.

Today, two and a half months later, Twister has made an amazing recovery. He has been neutered and is now looking for his forever home. He gets around well, but will need to be in a home that can accommodate his special needs.

Twister has been through a lot in his short life; he deserves a forever home that will give him lots of love and compassion. If you would like to meet Twister, stop in at the Beatrice Animal Shelter for a meet and greet with the little guy.

It is unusual to have one three-legged animal in the shelter at any given time, but currently there are two. In addition to Twister, “Indy” is also looking for a forever home. Indy is a 3-year old gray and white female cat that had a close call when hit by a car.

Because of the severity of her injuries, she had two toes removed on her right foot and a full amputation of her left front leg. Like Twister, she is doing well and getting around just fine.

According to shelter staff, Indy is quiet, clean, and very friendly. She loves kitty treats, sitting in people's laps and is especially fond of being brushed. Stop in at the shelter to meet these cool cats.

Groomers available for nail-trimming

In all the hustle and bustle of school starting and schedules getting back into a fall routine, don’t forget some important needs of your pets. If you have noticed that your dog’s nails have grown over the summer, please know there is help waiting.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, professional groomers will be at the Beatrice Animal Shelter to trim nails  from noon until 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for the first dog and $5 for additional dogs. For senior citizens, the service will cost $5 for each dog. All proceeds go to the Beatrice Animal Shelter for the care of the animals. No appointment is necessary.

Tips to protect your pet

Don’t think that just because school has started that mosquitoes have given up sucking blood and spreading disease. Your pets must be protected from contracting the potentially fatal heart worm disease that mosquitoes spread.

It is preventable. Check with your pet’s vet for information on the best way to administer the heart worm preventative for your cats and dogs.

There is a quote that is sometimes, correctly or incorrectly, attributed to President Harry S. Truman: “If you need a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

Just saying.

This column was written by Bette Anne Thaut, board member of the Beatrice Humane Society.

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