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Happy Trails Pet Owner’s Club Minutes of the February 8th Meeting

The meeting was called to order @ 1:00pm by Ron Ward. There were 24 people in attendance. The President & Acting Secretary were not in attendance.

Marianne Krasson, Treasurer, reported that there is $2,877.38 in the treasury.

A written request was read from the President’s notes that the sign needed additional painting. There are several pieces of stain glass to be placed inside our sign which are red in design. It was mentioned that the color be changed from green to possibly red. No motion or vote made.

Again, from the written notes of the President, it was stated that “only residents/renters are allowed at the pet park”. Persons with pets who reside outside the Happy Trails resort should be reported to security.

Discussion ensued regarding the hours posted for the pet park. Items mentioned during this discussion consisted of:

1) Clarification of park hours & small pet hours.

2) Large dogs before 9am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

3) Big dogs having their own hours.

Motion made that rules left “as is” for small dogs 9am-noon Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with further explanation on the sign board to the effect that “all dogs are allowed to use the park from dawn til dusk with the exception of Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am-noon.” Motion voted & passed.

Motion made to post member roster on sign. Discussion followed that persons using the park who were not on the list had not paid their dues. This initiated another discussion regarding the membership fees. On an annual basis, there is a $10.00 fee to be a member of the pet club and use of the pet park. Persons residing (typically renting) in Happy Trails who would like use of the pet park pay $5.00 fee each year. The Treasurer stated that it would be a lot of manpower (which we don’t seem to have) to constantly update a posted list of paid members and users of the pet park. Motion set aside.

Motion made that aggressive behavior by pet owners toward others pets should be:

1) Warned that it was not acceptable behavior

2) Banned from the park

Motion set aside.

The “President’s notes” also requested that pets needing new homes and persons wanting pets should be able to post such requests on the sign board for thirty (30) days only. Anna Louise volunteered to be responsible for those postings. Motion voted and passed.

Sally Port, the two gates between main entry into the park, was mentioned several times during the meeting. Leads must be taken off and put on inside the sally port as per DRC requirements.

With regard to the Pet Expo, the Treasurer has sent out 38 invitations. There is a $15.00 acceptance fee to participate. Marianne, Treasurer, asked Sandy to make a write up for the Expo in the Nosey Coyote March 14th from 9am-1pm. Marianne is hoping we will have noted speakers with topics on Viruses, Puppy Training, and Animal Communication. Phoebe’s mom volunteered to spearhead the Pet Parade. An email requesting volunteers for the parade and expo will be sent by the acting Secretary, Sharon, and Kathy Glennan.

Also mentioned:

a) www.happytrailspetowners.org is updated regularly with new information, minutes, etc. Please visit our website.

b) Looking for volunteers for President and Secretary slots. Voting to take place next meeting.

c) Virus-no new cases since last meeting.

d) Top gate should have a “no entry” (lock out), to use main entry only.

No new business. Meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting coincides with the Pet Expo. The following meeting will take place on April 11th @ 1pm in the Lantana Room. We encourage all pet owners to attend as we continue to need your support for our pets and Happy Trails Pet Off-Leash Exercise Area.

Happy Trails Pet Owner’s Club Minutes of the January 11th Meeting

The meeting was called to order @ 1:00 pm by Ed Heckman, President. There were 16 people present. The secretary was not in attendance.

Marianne Krasson reported that there is $2,570 in the treasury and at this time we have 75 paid members.

The Message Board for Happy Tails was installed today by Ron “Boomer’s daddy” Tull. Thank you Ron!

Procedures for who can use the pet park were discussed as follows:

1) Submit rabies certificate to Happy Trail’s Office

2) Pay $5.00 or $10.00 yearly for membership

3) Put money in envelope in mailbox at gate entrance to dog park

4) Mailbox to be cleaned out daily

There is a virus going through the dog park that is not kennel cough and not valley fever. Five dogs have been vetted.

It was suggested that a recommended list of groomers in the area be posted on the new message board.

The pet park will be closed January 12th for weed maintenance. The spray used is non lethal to animals.

There was a suggestion that the dog park be closed during our meetings.

The Pet Owner’s Club has a confirmed list of 8 dog sitters and 4 places that will board a pet for those interested in these services.

Remember the Pet Expo is March 14th, 2012.

The next meeting of the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club will be February 8th @ 1:00PM in the Lantana Room. We encourage all pet owners to attend as we continue to need your support for our pets and Happy Tails Pet OFF leash Exercise Area.

Happy Trails Pet Owner’s Club Minutes of the December 14, 2011

The meeting was called to order by Ed Heckman, President. There were 5 members present.

Old Business: Ed bought brackets for the Message Board. Ron Tull will help with mounting of the board.

The Yard Sale was a success. The total for both December 3rd & December 10th was $255.39.

New Business: We discussed getting a system for new members to receive Dog Park tags after pet registration is properly taken care of and vaccinations papers filled out with Happy Trails Office and payment was received.

I know many of you have paid your annual dues for 2011/2012. For those of you who have not paid for your convenience please go to the Pet Park and fill out an envelope and pay or mail your $10.00 to: Happy Trails Pet Club, 17200 W Bell Rd Lot 390, Surprise AZ 85374.

We discussed the importance of making sure there are always envelopes in the box for members to pay dues and make any necessary changes to information pertinent to Happy Trails Pet Owners Club.

Please don’t forget the Pet Expo March 14, 2012.

The next meeting of the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club will be January 11th @ 1:00PM in the Lantana Room. We encourage all pet owners to attend as we continue to need your support for our pets and Happy Tails Pet OFF leash Exercise Area.

Happy Trails Pet Owner’s Club Minutes of the November 9th Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Ed Heckman, President. There were 11 members present.
It was discussed that Loren Hansen needs help on the brackets for The Message Board for Happy Tails Pet OFF leash area. We need volunteers to help him.
As we discussed at the last meeting the coyotes are traveling in packs and we should be cautious of aggressiveness. Since then they have been seen at the Dog Park so please pay attention when you are there with your dogs.
Marianne Krasson reported that there is $1,876 in the treasury and the treasurer’s report was accepted and approved.
Happy Trails annual winter yard sales will be Dec 3rd & Dec 10th. Please bring yard sale items to be donated to Lot 390.
Ideas of Coffee and Happy hours were discussed as well as a social pot luck without pets.
It was brought up that Mail Boxes need to be refilled with Happy Trails Pet Owners Dues and Member Information. Anne Louise Petersen has a book that Bob Garrett made for those who are interested.
It was suggested that watering should be at 6:00PM during fall, winter & spring. A vote was taken and it was a unanimous decision.
There was a discussion to be present at the Board of Directors meeting on Nov 10th
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The Pet Expo is March 14th, 2012.
It was noted that Happy Tails has a new memorial placard.
The next meeting of the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club will be on Dec 14th @ 1:00PM in the Lantana Room. We encourage all pet owners to attend as we continue to need your support for our pets and Happy Tails Pet OFF leash Exercise area. A Christmas Pet Walk will follow @ 3:00PM everyone is invited and we will meet at the Pet Park. 

Happy Trails Pet Owner's Club Minutes of the October 12th Meeting

In the absence of Ed Heckman, president, the meeting was called to order by vice-president, Bob Garrett. There were 13 members present.
Joyce Hansen reported that she had resigned as secretary due to the loss of their Miniature Schnauzer, Sam, and asked for volunteers to fill the position. Sharon Chambers graciously accepted the position of secretary. The minutes of the April meeting ere approved.
Marianne Krasson reported that there is $1,706 in the treasury and the treasurer’s report was accepted and approved.
Bob Garret, vice-president has recently moved to Sun City West and he described the Pet Exercise there.
Old Business
The Message Board for Happy Tails Pet OFF Leash Exercise Area was discussed. Loren will look into brackets needed in order to mount the board.
New Business
The bobcats have returned and we discussed the increase in the coyote population. The coyotes are now traveling in packs and we should be cautious of aggressiveness.
Bob asked about the status of the sandwich boards that we had agreed to order and it was decided to wait until Ed returns for the season as well as discussion on the shade coverings.
A volunteer is needed to attend the CIA Meeting on October 25th at 9:00AM (8:00AM for breakfast) the Chuckwagon. Anne Louise Petersen volunteered to attend.
The Fall Festival, on November 9th will replace the Oktoberfest with new games. Bob Garrett will contact Ed Heckman to find out about the Pet Owner’s Club’s participation.
A discussion was held on the purpose of the Pet Club and suggestions were given to encourage interest in attendance. It was suggested that we take a survey of members at the exercise area and encourage suggestions of activities of interest from all pet owners.
It was discussed to have a sale of pet items during the yard sales.
Now that we have Happy Tails Off Leash Pet Exercise, It is important for all pet owner’s using the pet exercise area to become aware of the rules, assist with new pet owners in checking for current rabies vaccinations and in registering their pet, being diligent in picking up after your pet and seeing that the waste receptacle containers are emptied each day, and seeing that there is sufficient water for the pets.
All pet owners who use the pet area are responsible in maintaining its upkeep. Hours for the Pet Exercise Area were discussed and it was decided to leave the park open as long as the members take responsibility for their pets.
Karen Johnson volunteered to purchase 2 water jugs to replace the current water containers. Anne Louise Petersen volunteered 2 stainless water dishes.
Loren Hansen mentioned that there is an issue regarding the use of the area to walk pets at the Cascade Pickleball Courts as to whether the land is owned by the Golf Course or the Resort. A resident complained about the use of this area for exercising pets. There has no action been taken by the Board on this complaint.
The next meeting of the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club will be on November 9th @ 1:00PM in the Lantana Room following the “Fall Festival. We encourage all pet owners to attend as we continue to need your attendance and support for our pets.

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Distemper and Parvo Outbreak in Phoenix, AZParvo virus warning received 8/30 (see news article below):
Distemper and Parvo Outbreak in Phoenix, AZ
We have had a total of four dead coyote pups found to have contracted Parvo. Two were at the Echo
Mesa
golf course, two were at Pebblebrook. Our Environmental Services Office contacted the Sate Wildlife Health Specialist with Arizona Game and Fish Dept, and she had this to say:
Generally, as a veterinarian, I have seen Parvo move through a town or neighborhood. Areas like parks and common spaces where people walk their dogs are common areas for transmission. The virus is present in the vomitus and diarrhea from infected dogs. Once it is deposited, it remains infectious for months.
In order to protect their pets, residents should make sure that their dogs are up to date on all vaccinations, especially parvo, distemper, and rabies. I also advise against taking puppies to public parks and similar areas until they are 4 months old. Hopefully, your veterinarian will share the diagnosis of parvo in the coyote pup with his/her colleagues in the area.

Anne Justice-Allen, DVM, State Wildlife Health Specialist, Arizona Game and Fish Dept

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Distemper and Parvo Outbreak in Phoenix, AZ
Posted 13 April, 2011 by Prescott Daily Courier

The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is warning local pet owners to have their pets vaccinated against deadly diseases. YHS is reporting a serious outbreak of canine distemper and parvovirus in the Phoenix/Maricopa County area.
Both diseases are highly contagious. Distemper is fatal in half the reported cases, and the mortality rate of parvovirus is much higher. There is no known cure for these diseases. "These are two insidious diseases because they seldom show any definitive symptoms before it is too late," said Ed Boks, YHS executive director. "Since there is no cure for distemper and parvo, prevention is the key, and we are strongly encouraging our local pet owners to make sure their pets are up to date on their vaccinations." The Parvo and Distemper vaccine is also the best way to help limit the spread of these diseases into local communities.
Dogs who survive parvo and distemper often suffer problems for life including physical weakness, heart and other organ and digestive and dental problems, and neurological disorders such as aggressiveness, disorientation, convulsive movements and aimless wandering.
PROTECT YOUR DOG AGAINST PARVO AND DISTEMPER NOW!
To make sure your pets are safe from distemper, parvovirus and other fatal diseases, please visit a VETCO Vaccination Clinic at PETCO in the Phoenix and Prescott area.

 

Notice from Joyce Hansen, Secretary:
Those of you who prefer a cooler climate in the summer are probably making plans to return to Happy Trails. We hope that you will continue to support the Pet Owners Club and volunteer in maintaining the Happy Tails Pet Exercise area.

The next meeting of Happy Trails Pet Owners Club will be on Wednesday, October 12th at 1:00PM in the Lantana Room. We hope to see you all there!

We are going to need someone to replace me as secretary of the Pet Owners Club. I will be happy to assist in any way in the transition and in maintaining rosters, etc. I have all the pet club information on a flash drive. Loren and I will no longer be members of the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club due to the loss of our Miniature Schnauzer, Sam, on August 21st. 

Minutes of April 13, 2011 Meeting
The meeting was called to order by President, Ed Heckman.  Twelve members were present.  Minutes of the previous meeting, March 9th were approved.  The treasurer, Marianne Krasson reported that there is $2014.58 in the treasury.  
We received thank you notes from the Surprise canines and Camp Bow-Wow from the Pet Expo, from the Pickelball Club for the donation to the Silent Auction and from the Stained Glass Club for our donation to their remodeling.  The Stained Glass Club would like to create a sign for the “Happy Tails” park as a thank you.
We have been very successful in placing dogs in need of a new home.  Dale & Molly Hannon  wrote: ”TODAY WE ADOPTED THOSE 2 DARLING DOXIES FROM PASTOR STOOPS. THEY WILL BE LOVED AND KEPT TOGETHER FOREVER. THEY JOIN OUR "PACK" OF TWO OTHER DACHSHUNDS, BUT WILL EVENTUALLY BE ADOPTED INTO OUR DAUGHTER'S "PACK" ON A TEN ACRE MINI RANCH. LIFE WILL BE GOOD FOR THEM BOTH~! WE ARE A DOGLOVING FAMILY AND WE WILL BE SURE THEY ARE WELL CARED FOR AND THAT ALL THEIR VETERINARY NEEDS WILL BE ALWAYS BE MET. DALE AND MOLLY @ #1131 HAPPY TRAILS .“
And from Audrey Sjolie for the two Shitsu  dogs: “Thank you so much for your help.  We think we have a new home for them, and are so happy ,we feel sure they will be well cared for etc.   Will know for sure on Thursday when we can deliver them.   Thanks again for your help.”
The new message board for Happy Tails was discussed. 
Sal Ognibene is working on it and the cost will be $325.  It should be ready soon and will be installed in the fall.
Summer Monitoring and the need for available monitors were discussed.
Sandwich Boards were discussed.  Ceramics has donated one and we will get two others from the association for $130.  The need for contact numbers that could be interchangeable on our website and on flyers was discussed.
The Pet Expo was very successful.  We had 18 vendors (15 paid and 3 no charge) with 1 no show for $240.  We collected $114 in the 50/50 drawing.  The Pet Owners Club received $57, New Member, Chris Qualco, of Lot #8 received $57. and Judy Helm, Lot #1151 received a gift card to Village Inn donated by Katz N Dogs.  We received $9 in donations, $32 from flashers and sold one shirt for $14.
Activities have scheduled a Fall Festival on Wednesday, November 9th instead of the annual Oktoberfest. 
Marianne Krasson mentioned that additional Pet Sitters are needed.  It was suggested that we post the need for and interest in being additional pet sitters in our monthly Noisy Coyote article.
It is very important that we report any incidents between dogs happening in the Happy Tails Pet Exercise Area to show that we are taking charge of the situation.  Documentation is necessary in order to see that aggressive dogs are identified and that the situation is dealt with.
Ed Heckman showed plans for shade covering at Happy Tails Pet Exercise area.
Reminder to reserve the Lantana Room for next year on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:00PM
The next meeting of Happy Trails Pet Owners Club will be on Wednesday, October 12th at 1:00PM in the Lantana Room.  We hope to see you all there!

IMPORTANT:  It is necessary to coordinate volunteer monitors in order for Happy Tails Off-Leash Pet Exercise Area to be open during the summer months.  Due to the temperature being very hot, Happy Tails will be open during the early hours of the morning (7:00AM-12:00PM).  It is necessary to continue to have monitors in order to check the park and to keep it cleaned up at closing.  Please reply to this message if you will be here during the summer and are willing to be a monitor so that coverage can be coordinated before members leave for the summer.  Without monitors, the pet exercise area may remain closed for the summer

Minutes of the March 9th Pet Owners Club Meeting
The meeting was called to order by president, Ed Heckman.  Ed thanked the club for the flowers sent to his wife, Lynda.  There were 20 members present.
The minutes of the February 9th meeting were approved.  Marianne Krasson reported that there was $1759.69 in the Treasury.  The Treasurer’s report was approved.
Membership chairman, Anne Louise Petersen reported that we are still receiving dues and that she continues to introduce dogs to the park.
Loren Hansen reported that the Message Board was discussed at the Board Workshop on Monday and would go before the Board for final approval on Thursday, March 10th. Loren also reported that the monitors should watch out for rabbit pellets containing worms and to see that they were picked up.
The association has provided two resident only signs for Happy Tails, one by the gate and one on the fence.
Ed purchased a Rubbermaid storage bench from Home Depot for the off leash pet exercise area and would like to also purchase hanging file folders for storing information for Happy Tails.
It was decided to purchase up to two sandwich boards at $67.50 from the association to be used to advertise pet club events.  A member suggested that we might also be able to use a third sandwich board from the Ceramics Club and will look into that possibility.
Nominations were taken for the offices of vice president and treasurer.  Bob Garret was elected as vice president and Marianne Krasson volunteered to remain as treasurer.  We will need to know which members will be available to monitor during the summer months so that we can organize coverage to assist Bob Garrett.
The Pet Expo is on Friday, March 18th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.  Thirty-one vendors were invited.  We will have 14 vendors who will pay $15 each and two at no charge. 
Sandy Matarazzo, Ed Heckman, Bob Garrett and Loren will set-up and take down tables and chairs
Sandy Matarazzo and Marianne Krasson will be in charge of signage for presentations.
Marianne Krasson and Anny Louise Petersen will greet and assign vendors.
Lee Martin, Laurette Cook, Bob Garrett and Pat Denney volunteered to staff the tent/table and oversee information, the 50/50 raffle; donations, membership and dues and selling club t-shirts and flashers.
Water for pets and waste can & bags will be provided by the club.
Debbie Heim agreed to purchase the prize ribbons for the Pet Parade.
Anne Louise Petersen volunteered that Lowell Petersen would judge the Pet Parade
Meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting of the Pet Owners Club will be on April 13th at 1:00PM in the Lantana Room.

WANTED !

The Pet Club needs at least two nominees to fill the offices of Vice-President and Treasurer. Pet Club Officers serve two-year staggered terms so that there are always two experienced officers to assist new Board members. The outgoing officers will also support and assist the new incoming officers.  It is important to have dedicated officers in order to maintain all that the pet club has attained.

If you or someone you “love” would enjoy promoting the Pet Owners Club, please contact the Nominations Chairman as soon as possible to include their name on the Slate of Nominees. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted at the February 9th  meeting.

Nomination Chairmen:

Sandy Matarazzo #690 (623) 203-9123 & Ronda Doerksen #427 (623) 251-7707   HTPetClub@aol.com

It has come to our attention that pet owners walking their dogs at night are difficult to be seen if they do not have flashers on their collars or low on their leash.  It is a good idea for you to have a flasher as well as your pet.  If you need flashers, it is our understanding that Activities has them available at a reasonable price. Also, pet owners are letting their dogs run loose on the Great Eagle Golf Course at night. This is not only trespassing on private property but is dangerous to your pet as this is where the coyotes hang out at night.

Minutes of the January 12th Meeting
The meeting was called to order by vice-president Laurette Cook, in the absence of president, Ed Heckman.  There were 13 members present.   The minutes on the previous meeting were accepted.  Treasurer, Marianne Krasson, reported that we have $1500 in the treasury. 
Membership Chairman, Ann Louise Petersen, reported that she has received several new members.
Loren Hansen reported that the Board gave us positive feedback at the Workshop.  A request for permanent status will be presented at the monthly Board Meeting tomorrow. Loren is looking into a bulletin board and has the mailbox for dues ready.
The Club Fair is on Friday and Anne Louise Petersen, Pat Denney and Susan Johnson have volunteered to work at our table.
The annual Homecoming Parade is on Friday, January 21st.  The theme of the Parade is “Western”.  In order to have a good showing, we need to have a participation of as many of you as we can in our entry.  Please contact the parade coordinator, Anne Louise Petersen at (623-975-0221) if you can commit to participating.  You can either drive your golf cart or walk along with your pet.  The parade will begin forming at 9:30AM, at “The Ranch” and will travel down Happy Trails Blvd. to the Town Center at 11:00AM.  We have been told that we will be near the front of the Parade. 
The dress will be in western attire with jeans, scarves and cowboy hats.  It was decided that the pets also will wear western scarves and some hats will be available for them as well.  If you have other western costumes for yourself or your pet, that is fine also.
“Cat Day at the Park will be from 1:00PM-2:00PM after the parade.  Members of the Pet owners Club are encouraged to attend.
The Pet Expo is on Friday, March 18th from 9:00AM-1:00PM.  Thirty-five invitations are ready to send out to possible vendors. 
Sandy Matarazzo and Ronda Doerksen volunteered to work on nominations for the offices of vice-president and treasurer.
Nancy Sanderson asked about a program for deaf dogs and we discussed eye care for animals.
Marianne presented a list of pet sitters.  She is screening the pets for available sitters.
The next meeting of the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club will be on Wednesday, February 9th, at 1:00PM in the Lantana Room.

February Nosey Coyote Article:
HOORAY! "Happy Tails" Pet Exercise Area is now a permanent part of Happy Trails! The audience broke out in applause when  Happy Trails' Board of Directors ended the one-year probationary period on January 13, 2011, with accolades to Committee Chairman Loren Hansen and the Pet Club for a job well done. The Pet Club continues to promote responsible pet ownership throughout the Resort. Our next event is the annual 2011 Pet Expo on March 18th from 9AM-1PM. Bring your pet to visit the Pet Communicator or watch "bedbug detective" Beagles do their stuff! There will also be veterinarians, groomers and fabulous food for your furry friends. If you'd like to help, our next meeting is February 9th at 1PM in the Lantana Room. Visit our website at www.happytrailspetownersclub.org. FMI Ed Heckman 303-877-8894,
htpetclub@aol.com.

Notice 1/13/2011
Thank you to all supporters of the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club who were able to attend today’s Board Meeting! 
The Board unanimously voted to give permanent status to Happy Tails Off Leash Pet Exercise Area with very favorable comments about the effort the entire Pet Owners Club put into developing the pet exercise area.
The annual Homecoming Parade is on Friday, January 21st.  The theme of the Parade is “Western”.  In order to have a good showing, we need to have a participation of as many of you as we can in our entry.  Please contact the parade coordinator, Anne Louise Petersen at (623-975-0221) if you can commit to participating.  You can either drive your golf cart or walk along with your pet.  The parade will begin forming at 9:30AM, at “The Ranch” and will travel down Happy Trails Blvd. to the Town Center at 11:00AM.  We have been told that we will be near the front of the Parade.  
The dress will be in western attire with jeans, scarves and cowboy hats.  It was decided that the pets also will wear western scarves and some hats will be available for them as well.  If you have other western costumes for yourself or your pet, that is fine also.
It has come to our attention that pet owners walking their dogs at night are difficult to be seen if they do not have flashers on their collars or low on their leash.  It is a good idea for you to have a flasher as well as your pet.  If you need flashers, it is our understanding that Activities has them available at a reasonable price.

Loren & Joyce Hansen

Notice 1/9/2011
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anuary is a significant month for Happy Tails Off Leash Pet Exercise Area.  As of January 4th our one year trial period has come to an end.  It is now time to go before the HT BODs to ask for a permanent use status for the pet area.  On Monday, January 10th, information will be presented to the BOD at the Board Workshop outlining our accomplishments during the previous year and to answer any questions board members might have regarding our request for status change.  Though most of the work will be done on this date, a final decision will not be made until Thursday January 13th at the monthly BODs meeting.  Both of these meetings will take place at 1PM in the ballroom.  Ed Hickman and I will present at the workshop and I will present at the BOD monthly meeting (Ed will be out of town at this time).  Though it will not likely be required, it would be helpful if users of the pet area could be present at either or both of these meetings to provide support if needed.  

Our monthly pet club meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 12th, between the workshop and the BOD monthly meeting.  At this time, information will be provided to members as to how the presentation went on Monday regarding our request.  There will also be other important issues discussed at this meeting, including the Club Information Fair, Homecoming parade and our Pet Expo to take place in the spring.  We will also be starting the process of seeking candidates for Treasurer and Vice President for the club for the next two years.  
 

If you have any questions, you can contact me at 623 826 4865 or Ed Hickman at 303 877 8894.

Loren Hansen, H
appy Tails coordinator

Minutes of the December 8th Happy Trails Pet Owners Club Meeting
The Meeting was called to order. There were 15 members present The minutes of the November 10, 2010 meeting were accepted.  The Treasurers report was given and accepted.  After paying for 3 benches for the pet exercise area, donations, dues and club shirts, there is $1236.93 in the treasury.  The money spent on club shirts will be returned to the treasury as the shirts are sold.  The club shirts are $14 this year.
The Holiday Pet Parade was a success with 18 dogs participating on a walk through the Town Center area.  The prize winning costume went to Suzy, a Pomeranian in a Christmas dress and goggles.
Loren reported that we need more pickup bags for the pet exercise area as well as volunteers to monitor.
The Club Fair will be on Friday, January 14th from 10:00AM-1:00PM.  Anne Louise Petersen, Susan Johnson and Pat Denney volunteered to take turns at our Club table.
The Homecoming Parade will be on Friday, January 21st,.  The theme for this year is western.  Sandy Matarazzo and Laurette Cook have several small western hats for pets.  Various themes were discussed including having the large dogs dressed as cowboys with the small dogs dressed as cows.  Anne Louise Petersen volunteered to be chairman for the Parade.  All members of the Pet Owners Club are encouraged to give her all the help she needs and to participate in the Parade.
The first ‘Cat Day in the Park’ will be on Friday afternoon, January 21st, from 1:00PM - 2:00PM after the Homecoming Parade
.  Notices will be in the Nosey Coyote, on Channel 22 and on flyers.
The Annual Pet Expo is to be held on Friday, March 18th from 9:00Am – 1:00PM.  Marianne Krasson has a list of vendors and welcomes any suggestions of anyone interested in participating or doing demonstrations.  Marianne reported that she has found three new vendors, Pest Eliminators, Scents and Blue Moon Dog Food.  We will invite the Surprise Police K-9 unit.  If anyone knows off any other vendors, please notify Marianne Krasson.  Sandy Matarazzo offered to be in charge of table setup.  It was requested that we have better signage for the demonstrations than we have had in the past.
George & Elaine Van Compernolle gave a generous donation to be used for a memorial in memory of their dog, Tyler.  Tyler and the Van Compernolles are remembered as participants in past costume parades at the annual Pet Expos.  Tyler was also a therapy dog.
The pet exercise area was discussed.  Loren showed the mailbox that we will place at the pet exercise area to assist in collecting dues and for submitting suggestions.  Envelopes for dues will become available.  Loren asked that pet owners please be diligent in picking up after their pets and remind others to do so also.  Bags are needed for picking up after your pets, and can be placed in the Styrofoam box in the exercise area. Monitors are needed!  Please sign up to help.
If you find missing or loose cats, you can call Mary Cathey from Four Paws. 
There is a Pug up for adoption on Channel 22.
It was decided to renew our website (happytrailspetownersclub.org).
Happy Tails Pet Exercise Area will come before the Board for final approval at the January 13th Board Meeting.
An enclosed bulletin board for the pet exercise area, shade covers like those used for the pickle ball courts and memorial plaques for pets were discussed. 
The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting of the Pet Owners Club will be on January12th at 1:00PM in the Lantana Room.

NOTICE 12/26/2010
1.   I had to delay opening today (12/29/10) due to standing water throughout the area.  About 15 minutes before the park was due to open, the sprinkler system was just shutting off resulting in the standing water.  Evidently with the recently rain, the ground has become saturated which may require times of closure to prevent damage to the grass.
2.   We are in need of more plastic grocery bags for the park.  If you have some, please put them in the Styrofoam container inside the park. 
3.   As more of you return from the holidays, please consider volunteering as the park monitor.  Currently there are about 2 or 3 of us taking on the responsibility.  It is easy and I would be willing to give you any information you need, just call me at 623 826 4865.
4.   There has been a few occasions when some owners have not picked up after there pet.  I am sure this is an oversight, but it is important to be aware of when your pet does their business so the park can remain clean.

Thanks for your consideration.
Loren Hansen

A Special Note of Sympathy:
George and Elaine VanCompernelle lost their beloved dog Tyler last September. Tyler was a good soul and a favorite in the Pet Parades and Costume Contests (our favorite was the pirate!). We will all miss him. 

Minutes of the November 10, 2010 Pet Owners Club Meeting.           

It’s time to pay your 2010/2011 membership dues!

The meeting was called to Order by President, Ed Heckman.  Fourteen members attended.  The Minutes of the October 13th meeting were accepted.  Marianne Krasson reported that there is $1,905.55 in the treasury.

Membership Chairman, Ann Louise Petersen reported that we are getting several new members and that she is working on increasing our membership.

Happy Tails Coordinator, Loren Hansen, reported that the offsite monitoring is working well.  He went over the procedures and asked that a lock box be purchased for the off leash park in order to simplify payment of dues and donations.  Loren showed an example of printed envelopes to be provided for this.  Sandy Matarazzo offered to print up the envelopes.

Discussion on a previous request from the Stained Glass Club for a donation was held.  A very generous anonymous member donation had been given to the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club in order to make it possible to accelerate installing the fencing to make the pet exercise area available as soon as possible after it was approved and has also donated their time and services to our club.. This member is also involved in the Stained Glass Club, which is now in a similar need of assistance in getting set up.  It was decided to return a portion of the original donation to the member in order to assist the Stained Glass Club in getting operational.

The Annual Holiday Pet Walk was discussed and it was decided to meet at the Happy Tails Pet Exercise Area on Wednesday, December 1st at 11:30 and then to walk the pets through the Town Center Area.  Route to be determined.  All Happy Trails pet are welcome, whether they are members of the Pet Owners Club or not, and costumes are optional.

The Club Fair on Friday, January 14th from 10:00AM-1:00PM was discussed.  Anne Louise Petersen, Susan Johnson and Pat Denney volunteered to take turns at our Club table

The Homecoming Parade on Friday, January 21st, was discussed.  The theme for this year is western.  Sandy Matarazzo has several small western hats for pets. Anne Louise Petersen volunteered to be chairman for the Parade.  All members of the Pet Owners Club are encouraged to giver all the help she needs and to participate in the Parade.

The Happy Trails Pet Owners Club is not only for owners of dogs. It was suggested as one of our new activities that we establish a ‘Cat Day in the Park’.  Happy Tails will be closed for all dogs and available only to owners of cats at this time.  We realize that the owners are not going to turn their cats loose.  Cats can be on leash or in crates as they are used to.  This will allow the cat’s owners to socialize and compare experiences. The first ‘Cat Day in the Park’ will be on Friday afternoon, January 21st, from 1:00PM-4:00PM after the Homecoming Parade.  Notices will be in the Nosey Coyote, on Channel 22 and on flyers.

Elections for Vice-President and Treasurer are going to be held in March. We will need volunteers for the nominating committee as well as for the offices.

 The Annual Pet Expo is to be held on Friday, March 18th.       Marianne Krasson has a list of vendors and welcomes any suggestions of anyone interested in participating or doing demonstrations.  We will invite the Surprise Police K-9 unit.  Sandy Matarazzo offered to be in charge of table setup.

Marianne Krasson mentioned that Kimbur Pet Wash is having a Dog Care Demo in Safeway parking lot on December 4th.

Eureka Grill has been advertising that you pet is welcome with patio seating.

The Pet Owners Club website was discussed as well as updating the pet sitters list and how referrals will be made. 

We have had had requests for Happy Trail Pet Owners Club t-shirts and it was decided to order more to sell.

The meeting was adjourned.  The next Pet Owners Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 8th, at 1:00PM in the Lantana Room.

PET CLUB NOSEY COYOTE 12-2010

"DID YOU KNOW?”

Q)     What do I need to do to use the  Pet Park?
A)      Contact Loren Hansen at 623-826-4865. Show him your pet’s rabies certification (this will be given to the Front Office) and he will give you an “Entrance Dog Tag”.
Q)     What will it cost me?
A)    A $5.00 donation per dog if you are here temporarily or a $10 donation per family to join the Pet Owners’ Club and your tags are FREE!
Q)     My dog is very timid and afraid of other dogs. How do I solve this?
A)    Bring him into the dog park for at least 5 days in a row and let him socialize with the other dogs. Walk away from him while in the park; start with a short period of time and increase, if all goes well.
Q)     My dog doesn’t like other dogs; he may be mean. What should I do?
A)    When you come into the first gate, remove his leash. Then open the second gate and walk away from him. The lease makes him territorial and he may be trying to protect you. Walk away and avoid eye contact until he settles down. If he attacks another dog, he must be removed.
Q)     When can I bring in my big dog?
A)    Anytime except Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. These times are for small dogs only (under 30 pounds).

“CLUB NEWS”

A Special Thank You! Loren Hansen stayed all summer to insure that the Pet Park ran smoothly. Give him a high five! GREAT JOB!
Pet Expo 2011 is set! The Pet Expo is scheduled for March 18th at 9AM. We will have Pet Vendors, Vets, Groomers and demonstrations. Put it on your calendar!
Holiday Pet Walk will be held December 1st from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. We will walk the pets in costume at the Town Center.
Cat Day at the Park will be held on January 21st  from 1PM-4PM at the Pet Park. 
If you are a member of the Pet Owners’ Club and are not receiving emails, please contact Joyce at 503-757-0275 and she will set you up for emails.
Monitors are still needed. It involves opening the Pet Park at 9AM, getting fresh water and checking bags; leave your phone number on the board and return at 4PM to make sure the park is clean and waste cans are empty, then lock the gate.  
Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1PM in the Lantana Room. Visit our website: happytrailspetownersclub.org. FMI contact President Ed Heckman 303-877-8894.

 Pet Owners Club Meeting Minutes, October 13, 2010

The first meeting of the season was held on October 13 and was called to order by Marianne Krasson in the absence of our President, Ed Heckman.  There was one officer and 8 members present.  

The
treasurer, Marianne Krasson, reported that the balance in the treasury is $1620.55.  We collected $75. in donations and $120. in dues.

The Oktoberfest on Friday the 22nd, from 10-1 was discussed and members volunteered to help.  Loren and Ann Louise from 10-11, Bob & Donna Garret from 11-12 and Marianne Krasson and Mary Munn from 12-1.  Marianne will solicit prizes to be donated for Oktoberfest from Kimbur Pet Wash.

Happy
Tails Park is doing well. Self monitoring is working and so far there are no problems.  If someone comes into the park and has not registered we are to direct them to Loren.  His cell # is on the monitor schedule board.  Four benches have been added to the park.

We received a request from a pet club member who contributed $500. to the  Pet Club  when we were trying to accumulate money for the fence  for the unleashed pet area.  She is asking for a contribution for the Stained Glass Blub for their renovation.   We will discuss and act upon this matter at next meeting when our President is present.

President, Ed Heckman will set up the time for the Pet Expo.

Next Meeting of the Pet Owners Club will be on Wednesday, November 10th, at 1:00PM in the Lantana Room

Remember to pay your dues for 2010/2011

SUMMER HOURS AT HAPPY TAILS:
If you are not at Happy Trails at this time, go ahead and disregard this e-mail.  For the few of you still at HT, effective June 1 we will start summer hours at Happy Tails.  There will be no afternoon sessions and the morning session will be from 7:30 AM to 10 AM.  Dogs of all sizes will be permitted during these hours. There will be no "small dog only" times.  This will remain in effect until further notice, likely mid September when the temp. will again be consistently under triple digit.

Monitors will continue to be off site with the same duties as prior to the new summer hours.  Remember to sign in on the dry eraser board with your phone number so you can be contacted should an issue arise.  This has been working well but also means that monitors are needed.  Thanks for all the help from those who have monitored up to this point.  Keep up the good work.

Loren Hansen
Happy Tails coordinator

 Minutes of the April 14th, 2010 Meeting 
The meeting was called to order by president, Ed Heckman.  There were 7 members present.  Minutes of the March 10th meeting were approved. 
Krasson, Treasurer reported on the Pet Expo and that there were 19 vendors (4 @ no charge) totaling $255, $89. from the  50/50 raffle (1/2 going to winner Martin Kornock) $44.50 to Pet Club, $6. in donations, $104. from sale of T-shirts and $100. from memberships and dues.  The total from the Pet Expo was $509.50.  The balance in the Treasury is $1692.55.  Loren Hansen made a motion that the treasurer’s report be accepted, Sandy Matarazzo seconded the motion and it was passed.
 The Surprise Canines presence at the Pet Expo was discussed and it was decided to donate $100 to the Surprise Canines.  Additional monies in the treasury are earmarked for future expenses of the Pet Owners Club and for maintaining Happy Tails.
 It was decided to give the donation to the Surprise Canines this year in lieu of our donation to Activities.
 It was suggested that we provide a locked box at the Happy Tails for the purpose of collecting dues.
 It was suggested that we issue new tags and was decided that the pink stars would remain for now trusting the present members to renew their dues each season.
 Loren reported that due to the temperature rising and the population decreasing for the summer that we go to offsite monitoring of Happy Tails.  Monitors will unlock the gate in the morning leaving a phone # where they can be reached for that day on the dry erase board available, returning at the end of the day to dispose of dog waste and lock up.
 We need more members to step-up to be monitors at Happy Tails.
 The donated bench to be moved to Happy Tails has been postponed until fall.
 Ed suggested that we have calling committees to get information out and to recruit monitors and to use e-mail to disperse information.
 There was a discussion on ways to gain interest for members to attend future meetings.
 The Oktoberfest in the fall, on October 22, was discussed.  Ed will not return until November.  Laurette Cook as vice-president will be in charge.
 We were reminded of the webite and it was suggested that we post the website at Happy Tails.
 The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting of the Pet Owners Club will be on Wednesday, October 13, 2010.  Attendance is important in order to plan and participate in the annual Oktoberfest.

April 24, 2010 - Change in Monitoring Procedures for Summer Months

If you have already left Happy Trails, you do not need to read any further.  Those of you who will be at Happy Trails for the summer, we need your help in monitoring.  I will not be available for the month of July so will need somebody to step forward to oversee the monitoring for that month.   

Due to the decreasing number of dogs using Happy Tails, there will be a change from onsite monitoring to offsite monitoring.  What this means is, a monitor will open and set up Happy Tails at the beginning of a shift making sure there is water and pick up bags available, place a phone number where they may be reached on the dry eraser board, and at the end of the shift, will walk the park checking for any accidents, empty the garbage can and lock up.  Since there are fewer individuals for monitoring, I would like folks to sign up for a 3hr shift or for the whole day (we may not need to lock up at noon).  Please use the dry eraser board to sign up for shifts.  If your actives allow during the shift, it might be a good idea to stop by the park to make sure all is okay.   

At this time we will continue to have morning and afternoon open times.  As the temperature increases, this will likely change to AM opening only, but I will e-mail when this change takes place.   

If you have any questions, or are willing to oversee the monitoring in July, please call me at (623) 826-4865.   Loren

March 25, 2010

I have three very important things to bring to your attention. 

1)       It came to my attention that some kids came into Happy Tails this morning and some dogs reportedly went after the kids in ways which could have harmed them.  The rules of Happy Tails clearly state that no child under the age of 8 is allowed in the off leash area   They can watch the dogs through the fence, and any child from 8 to 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  I know that with the various school breaks taking place in the next couple of weeks, children at Happy Tails will become an issue.  Monitors be aware of this and suggest children under 8 watch the dogs through the fence.  The actual rule follows. 

Children 8 years and under are not allowed in the off-leash dog area.  Children 8 to 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

2)       At the April HT Board workshop, April 5th, and the Board meeting, April 8th, I will be asking the Board of Directors to give a report on how they feel we are doing at Happy Tails with respect to rules and agreement which established the use of the amphitheater for the off leash area late last year.   It would be helpful for you folks who will still be at HT to come to these meetings to provide support and input should the Board request such.   

3)       On Saturday, March 27th at 1PM, at NC2, there will be a presentation by staff from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary located in New Mexico.  They will have an ambassador wolf there for all to see.  This should be a very interesting and informative presentation.   

Thanks, Loren

March 17, 2010

As a reminder to all of you, Thursday is this year’s pet expo.  There are 17 to 19 venders signed up to show there services including a pet psychic, rescue services, vets, and products galore.  The Surprise K9 unit will be there all day, providing they do not get called out on police work, to answer questions and give demonstrations.   

Because the K9 unit will likely be doing demonstrations in the amphitheater, Happy Tails will be closed for pet exercise today.

 We will be starting set up at 8 AM for those of you who have already indicated a willingness to help.  Tear down will take place at 2 PM.  Because we will need to set up and take down about 23 tables and corresponding number of chairs, I will need all the help I can get. 

This will be a fun and informative day so I will see you all there, I hope.  Let’s make the 6th annual Pet Expo the biggest and best one yet.  Tell your friends and neighbors.

 Loren

 

3/7/2010 Message from Loren Hansen
Subject: Pet Club meeting and Pet Expo 

The next Pet Owner Club meeting will be March 10th at 1 PM in the Lantana room.  This will be our last meeting prior to the Pet Expo and will be quite important in making this event run smoothly.  

You will also find attached to this memo the 2010 Expo flyer.  The flyer will be placed on the various information boards around the resort and on channel 22.  I would also like to encourage each of you to print a copy of the flyer and place it on your golf cart window.  Let your friends or anybody you can bend the ear of know that we will have not only vendors, but that the Surprise K9 patrol dog will give a demonstration, a pet psychic will be there, as well as other speakers
It will be a fun event!

 In preparation of the expo, I will also need help putting up 15+ tables and chairs before and taking down after the event.  If you can help set up please be at the ballroom about 8 AM and if you can help take down please be there about 2 PM.  Drop me an e-mail if you can help during this task.   

As all of you are aware, Happy Tails is doing quite well.  Drop by and see the fun and bring your four legged friend. Also, as individuals start heading back up north, we will still need monitors.  If you are still here, please help monitor.  I would also like to get a feeling for how many individuals will be at Happy Trails in May or later in order to get an idea of potential usage of Happy Tails this summer.  As the temp. gets into triple digits, Happy Tails will likely be on restricted AM hours, likely 8 to 11 AM.  We will continue to need some form of monitoring during the summer.

Loren Hansen

Message from  Loren Hansen 2/28/2010

 I have lots to talk about this rainy day so stick with me. 

 First off, I am getting tired of referring to the pet exercise area as the pet area, dog park, etc.  We need a name.  I had one suggested by an observer of the dogs at play which seemed kind of neat.  How does “Happy Tails” sound to all of you guys?  I like it because of the positive connotation as well as the play on the Happy Trails name.  Do you have any other suggestions?

 Next, the rumor mill is at work.  Word has it that you have to be a member of the Pet Owners Club to use Happy Tails (name sounds good).  This is not true.  It is an amenity for all owners and renters at Happy Trails to use.  The only condition that is part of the agreement in establishing the pet area is that the dogs using the area are registered at HT resort, which also means the pet belongs to an owner or renter, have a current rabies vaccination and be aware of the rules and regulations of pet ownership at HT.  The unique tag (hot pink star) only signifies that the dog has been registered or that the registration has been confirmed.  I also hear that the dogs are proud to wear their star as a signifier of being in the “in group” (in the park that is). 

 I want to say a little bit about monitoring at Happy Tails.  Monitoring is a commitment by the pet owners who use the area to make sure that we will be able to comply with HT board conditions in order to change our status from a “trial basis” to an ongoing use basis.  It is up to us to make this happen, so sign up to monitor and help.  It is easy to monitor and there are simple instructions next to the sign up sheet in the teal book in the storage tub at the exercise area.  So the next time you visit, bring your schedule with you and look at the vacancies and see which days will work best for you.  Sharing a time slot is also been popular among the current monitors.  We need all of you to participate

 One of the most important parts of being a monitor is good ambassadorship.  We are there to show a positive atmosphere as well as to see that the rules are complied with.  We are not the police, only guides.  We need to do our parts in a positive supportive manner and not a strict dictatorial manner.  Just have fun with it and please be courteous. 

 Minutes of Pet Owners Club Meeting 2/10/2010 

The Meeting was called to order by president, Loren Hansen.  There were 11 members present.  Minutes of the January 13th meeting were reviewed and accepted.  Marianne Krasson, Treasurer reported that there is $1042 in the treasury plus money collected at the meeting.

Loren stated that the Pet Exercise Area is running well and we have had to order more tags.  Monitoring of the area was discussed.   Monitors are always needed.  It is okay to split shifts. Those who want to split shifts should sign up with their lot# (phone # is optional).  Summer monitors and hours were discussed. 

 Larry Lux, one of our regular monitors is in the hospital.   

The Pet Expo is scheduled for March 18th.  Marianne Krasson stated that 50 invitations have been mailed out.  One vender accepted and requested 2 tables and sent $30.  Another vendor requested 1 table and another asked if they could sell items. 

Anne Louise Peterson volunteered to be in charge of the Speakers and will locate the PA System. 

 We will need volunteers for table set-up.  

 We will need a coordinator for the pet parade including obtaining judges.  We have been having prizes donated.   

Loren has a cover for the Pet Club table. We will set up to collect dues for next year, donations, and sign up new members. There will be a 50/50 drawing. 

Schedule for coverage at the Pet Club table will be discussed at the next meeting. 

Elections Nomination chairman, Ann Louise Petersen stated that Ed Hickman had agreed to be President.  Joyce Hansen agreed to be secretary. Terms are to begin in April to carry over through March 2012. 

Loren stated that we now have a website up and running and gave out the website, user name and password for club members to get into the club information. 

Joyce gave information about a lighted retractable lead.  A catalog for Ryan’s Pet Supply was available. 

The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting of the Pet Owners Club will be on March 10, 2010.  It will be very important to attend to make the final plans for the Annual Pet Expo. 

Since the meeting, Kathy Sedy agreed to be in charge of the pet parade and judges for the Pet Expo.

      WANTED !   The Pet Club needs at least two nominees to fill the offices of President and Secretary. Pet Club Officers serve two-year staggered terms so that there are always two experienced officers to assist new Board members. The outgoing officers will also support and assist the new incoming officers.  It is important to have dedicated officers in order to maintain all that the pet club has attained.If you or someone you “love” would enjoy promoting the Pet Owners Club, please contact the Nominations Chairman as soon as possible to include their name on the Slate of Nominees. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted at the February 10th  meeting. Nomination Chairman: #Anne Louise Petersen #849 975-0221 or HTPetClub@aol.com  (January 30, 2010)  ====================================================================================

January 21:  The HT Homecoming Parade down HT Boulevard has been moved to the Ballroom at 11AM.  There has been an exception for dogs in the Town Center buildings for this event.  If you are going to be in this event, be there a little before 11 so we can get the dogs in their costumes.  Adults who are wearing costumes can still do so or wear your HT Pet Owners Club shirts. ====================================================================

 Minutes of the January 13th Meeting of the Happy Trails Pet Owners Club

 The January 13th meeting of the Pet Owners Club was called to order by president, Loren Hansen.   There were 19 members present.  Minutes of the December 12th meeting were read, amount in treasury corrected to read $2002.46, and approved. The treasurer reported that after generous donations and deductions for the fencing of the Pet Exercise Area and shirts for the parade, the balance in the treasury is $920.54 with approximately $200 to be deposited.

 The Pet Exercise Area was discussed.  It was voted on and approved to purchase a stainless steel step garbage can for the area.  Monitors would then empty the can into the white dumpster after each monitoring session.

 The question of visitors to a pet owner’s lot using the Pet Exercise Area was discussed.  It was voted on and approved to provide a visitor’s pass showing proof of rabies vaccination and length of stay signed by responsible parties.  The Visitor’s Pass is now available at the Pet Exercise Area (See Monitor).

We need your participation to help monitor the Pet Exercise Area for 3hr sessions.  Monitors are encouraged to sign up at the area in the notebook provided.  Ask the current monitor for assistance in doing so.  Your help in monitoring will be very much appreciated.  A list of procedures will be provided (explaining procedures, rules and verifying rabies registration).

 There has possibly been vandalism in the Pet Exercise Area.  At least nine bolts are missing from the fencing.

The Homecoming Parade was discussed.  Decorations for our golf carts were shown and provided.  “Snausages” (resembling wiener wraps or hot dogs) will be passed out to dogs watching along the route by those in the parade.  The baseball shirts were shown and new orders were taken.  The shirts will be available to members of the club and it was voted on and approved to order 20 more shirts. Loren is planning on recording the poem “Casey at the bat” to be playing on a boom box.  John Scherman volunteered to tow the concession wagon.  The parade starts forming at 10:00 AM (gates to open at 9:30 AM) at the Ranch.

 The Pet Expo on March 18th was discussed.  Letters of invitation need to be sent to venders early with follow-up postcards where needed.

The need for an election committee was discussed.  Please consider running for President or Secretary. 

 The Pet Owners club will maintain a list of names for pet sitters, groomers, vets.

 Mary Cathey discussed cat rescue in the resort.  It was suggested she attend the Patrol/Safety meeting on Monday morning at 9:30AM at NC1 to discuss possible poisoning issues involving rabbits and secondary poisoning.

 The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be held on February 10th, in the Lantana Room.  It will be a very important meeting for election of officers and planning for the Pet Expo in March. ===============================================================================================

 

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