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Gizmo Parades on Coventry's 300th Anniversary (and Other Doglet Thoughts)...

Gizmo, Patch's Manchester and Central CT Top Dog, blogs about area events and animal rescue efforts. Sources say he also enjoys parade candy.

And hi.  I’m Gizmo,the (3.6 pound) blogging doglet.  Hey do you like parades?  I do!  That’s why I am so happy to tell you this exsillent news!  On Saturday, September 29, at 10:00 Coventry had the biggest parade in town since 25 years ago!  Can you believe it?  And do you know why?  Because it is Coventry’s 300th birthday!  Children’s entertainment was near the memorial green, featuring Stretch the Clown, and a military fly over was planned.  There were even fire trucks in that parade! 

Which brings me to my next item of news.  Did you ever hear of Haggerty’s Fire
Department?  I never heard of them until last week when I met them at the Andover/Columbia Food Bank fundraiser where I was raising awareness and funds for the food bank through my nonprofit, Gizmo’s Frens, Inc.  Haggerty’s Fire Department was there too, in their giant 1976 Willimantic fire engine!  They even have their own band that plays right from the truck!  I could not believe it!  I always wanted to sit on a fire truck, and they said I could.  So I did!  And you will not believe what happened next.  One of the Haggerty brothers asked me if I would be their mascot, since I am the same color as a Dalmatian!  And now I get to ride on the Haggerty’s Fire Department truck in the Coventry parade!  Maybe I threw some candy at you.  I like candy.  Do you?

Guess who else I met at the Andover/Columbia Food Pantry fundraiser last  Saturday?  My good fren Scot Haney!  And do you know after his baseball game, he took his jersey off in front of the whole crowd just so he could put a Gizmo T-shirt on?  He’s a good guy, that Scot Haney.  And we’re frens!

Speaking of frens, Kimberly Collette, one of the members on my Facebook Fan Page told me a very touching story about her mother who passed away unexpectedly at a young age.  She was an avid supporter of animal rescue efforts.  She was especially fond of an animal sanctuary in Utah called Best Friends, and she regularly sent them donations to help support their programs.  Well, together we decided Gizmo’s Frens, Inc. would fundraise in her mother’s memory.

It is my honor to announce that on Sunday, 9/30, Gizmo’s Frens, Inc. will be holding a fundraiser in loving memory of Ruthanne McAuley Collette for Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary at the Manchester Pet Supplies Plus. We hope you can stop by.  But if you can’t make it and would like to help, Our Companions is asking for donations of supplies they need to open in October.  They have a site set up on Amazon where you can purchase needed supplies for them.  Go here. Please tell them your donation is in memory of Ruthanne.

Also, an anonymous donor has stepped up and said they would match all funds raised for Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary through Gizmo’s Frens, Inc., and donate the matched amount to another rescue, Companion Pet Rescue (www.cprdogs.com).  They are building a new intake facility for their dogs that will be climate controlled.  So we are very grateful for the anonymous donor, too!

Isn’t it amazing?  If there is one thing I am learning through my work with  Gizmo’s Frens, Inc., it’s that there are many good people in this world!

Hey listen!  Do you like parade candy?  Or have you met the Haggerty’s Fire
Department or Scot Haney? Or do you know of an exsillent pet rescue in the area?  Leave a comment!  I love hearing from my frens!

Sined, The Gizmo.

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Kate September 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Have fun at the parade Gizmo! You look so cute on that big fire truck. I will try to make it to your fundraiser Sunday, ok? You're such a good little wonderdoglet.
Barbi B. September 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
...Gizmo, Sir!!! How in the world did you talk the Chief into letting you drive that rig...er "Truck" ...or "Engine"??? (I've been tryin' for years in my own town...and I can drive a pretty 'mean-tanker'!!!) ...I guess you just have let them know who's really "in charge"...huh? ...Love you, Giz-Man...you ROCK, Sir!!!
debbie beebe September 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
i was sooooooooo happy to have you at the andover food pantry even though some mean buuly type people were there most of us were goooooooooood love youmuchooooooooooooooooooo
Barbi B. September 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
...Okay, Giz...I won't call you "Sir" if you promise not to call me "Antee"....but I'd really like to know...was that fire-rig a 9-speed, a 13-speed, or was it an automatic?
Barbi B. September 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM
...Gizmo...do you mean "Dan" Haggerty as in "Grizzly-Adams"...???
Christine Voronovitch September 29, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Gizzy you are just such a good doglet to help support all the causes you do? Working for something good is fun isn't it. The people associated with Our Companions havie been working for YEARS to get the plan of a a home for homeless pets. I hope that lots of people donate in your upcoming fundraiser on Sunday. And doing it in the memory of a wonderful person Ruthann, makes it a double blessing. See you Sunday! Antee Chris
Jane Haugh September 29, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Have a great time at the parade in Coventry. I live in town but will not be able to make it to the parade. I really like Scot Haney also. By watching channel 3 in the mornings, I know he is an avid lover of animals. I'll see you on Sunday for a little bit. Oh by the way, I'm Kim's Auntie Jane. We have crossed paths twice now at pet stores in Manchester.
Chippee Reifler September 29, 2012 at 02:11 AM
hay gizzee goe eezee on da candee mai fren yoo mite brake yore teefs butt yoo ar doin sum mitey gud werk wiv yore fund raysin an aim veree impressd dat yoo ar a mascot fore dat fier deepartment dats brillyunt congratulashuns mai fren
Chippee Reifler September 29, 2012 at 03:35 PM
gizzee ai need too gett a noo chareeot so dat ai can travle too doze plases ware yoo goe at da moment ai cant fit intoo a lil carr aim werkin onn gettin a bitt littler - mai fren gerree sez to me chippee will yoo pleeze stopp beein so bigg haha
Pat September 29, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'm with Jenifer Adams - to whomever is making the matching contribution to CPR ... Buttercup & I simply can't thank you enough! The world needs more people like you! To Mr G - I hope you had a great time at the parade and am looking forward to a full report when I see you tomorrow! :)
CAROLE GRALIA September 30, 2012 at 02:50 PM
DEAR GIZMO, WE ARE SO PLEASED TO FOLLOW YOUR MANY ADVENTURES AND GOOD DEEDS. YOU ARE TINY BUT YOUR A POWERHOUSE OF GOOD. ENJOY ALL AND MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY. MISS OREO FROM PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA
Kim Collette September 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Hi Gizmo!!!! I just wanted to say a BIG, HUGE, "THANK YOU" to you and your mom Jen for the AWESOME job today raising money for "Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary" in Ashford, CT in memory of my mom, Ruthanne McAuley Collette and her dog Griffin!!!! I had such a nice day with you guys!!! I can't believe we raised $400 dollars in 3 hours!!! Also, a big thanks to our anonymous donor who is matching the funds we raised and donating them to "Companion Pet Rescue"! Thanks also to Antee Brenda and Oncle Patrick for helping us today!!!! I love you guys!!! You Rock!!!
Olivia Hugo January 24, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Wow that dog is so cute! Gizmo is so adorable!

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