Gizmo Shares a Sandy Hook Message

As a certified therapy dog through Paws For Friendship, Gizmo is blessed to be able to bring comfort when needed. Our hearts go out to the people of Newtown.

And hi.  Today, I’m Gizmo, the (3.4 pound) certified therapy dog.  I had important work to do today! 

Today, in the little town of Sandy Hook, CT, in the face of one of our saddest tragedies, I witnessed the greatest outpouring of love I’ve ever seen.  I snuggled with so many people, some shedding tears, some breaking a frown to smile at me, and some just staring blankly, still trying to grasp the ungraspable. And every one of those people who held me said 3 very important words before they let me go.  “I love you, Gizmo.”  Ok that was 4.  But you see where I’m going with this.

As we were standing in front of one of the shops near the fire station, a shop owner quietly came out, smiled at me, gave me a kiss and a pat on the head, and then hung a note on her shop window.  I think it’s an important message, right from the heart of one our Sandy Hook frens.  I asked her if I could share it with all of you, and she asked me if I please would. So here it is:

“We’re all busy.  We all have schedules and agendas jam-packed with various things to do. Our days, weeks, months and years are filled with appointments, classes, paperwork, phone calls, deadlines and parties.

Sometimes we find ourselves so busy that we forget to say goodbye to our loved ones before we leave for work in the morning. Sometimes we forget to take a few minutes out of our day to send a friend a birthday text, or give some affection to our dog.

However, whenever we are directly confronted with a tragedy of this magnitude so close to home, it makes us stop dead in our tracks. We automatically call our friends and family, reach out, give a hug and kiss, and tell someone we love them.

Why must a crisis have to occur to remind us what is truly important in life?  Why do we have to be shaken up, jerked alert to realize what really matters?  I’m sure
that all the parents, siblings, relatives and friends wish they had said the words “I love you” just one more time to the sweet child they lost today.

If there’s anything we can learn from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, it’s that we ALL need to slow down, simplify our lives, and take the time to appreciate our loved ones each and every moment.  Life is short; fragile.  If we don’t do it now, we may never get another chance.”

--A Sandy Hook Store Owner

Frens, let’s be kind to each other.  Love one another.  You never know when a small gesture might make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Sined, The Gizmo.

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Karen's Dog Training Blog December 23, 2012 at 01:08 AM
@ Gizmo - from your blog Gizmo Shares a Sandy Hook Message By Gizmo | Thursday, December 20 | 40 comments As a certified therapy dog through Paws For Friendship, Gizmo is blessed to be able to bring comfort when needed. Our hearts go out to the people of Newtown.
gerald gergler December 23, 2012 at 01:09 AM
giz keep up your mission we don't care if you have a personal author couldn't see you with a pen in your paw anyway p.s. say hi to cooper.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 23, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Gizmo's Frens, Inc is not listed as a charity with the State of CT. Did the charity file with the state and the IRS for 501(3)c status under a different name? Just wanting to verify the status.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 23, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I can't find it listed on either site using the name or the EIN. That's all I am saying - I can't verify it. Not saying anything more than that. Calm down. It doesn't seem to be listed.
David Burton December 23, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Never fear, Gizmo, all one has to do is go here: http://www.concord-sots.ct.gov/CONCORD/online?sn=PublicInquiry&eid=9740 and clearly see GFI is legit. In fact, we all know you're the real mccoy. No need to justify yourself to someone who completely misses you point. You are much loved.
susan e mercier December 23, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I had no trouble finding it either. Some people are just trying to stir up trouble.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 23, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Found a business listing, but not a non profit listing.
Geri Jones December 23, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Gizmo Frens Inc is listed as Non Stock type. Business ID: 1079595 See below, I copied and pasted: Business Name: GIZMO'S FRENS, INC. Business Id: 1079595 Business Address: NONE Mailing Address: NONE Citizenship/State Inc: Domestic/CT Last Report Year: Business Type: Non-Stock Business Status: Active Date Inc/Register: Aug 03, 2012 Take a better look Karen,. then perhaps chill out and give thanks that there are kind, giving people and dogs who give their spare time, and a lot of cash to help others. Thank you and good night.
David Burton December 23, 2012 at 02:31 AM
You clearly are looking in the wrong place. GFI is indeed listed, complete with an agent. I refuse to engage you anymore on this. Stop accusing, and open your heart to the real message here. If you can't do that, then direct your anger elsewhere, please. Gizmo's owner is a good hearted person doing what many of us would never even think of doing in our free time. She spends countless hours devoting her time to helping so many people from all over, with no compensation for her time. You are directing your lashes at the wrong person. Here is a copy paste directly off the State of CT website of registered charitable organizations. I personally know this business is legit, because I helped file the paperwork. Gizmo's owner got a 2nd job and saved to pay for all the fees herself simply because she wanted to use Gizmo as a vehicle to help others, and she wanted to do it above board. Now please back off because there is no need for this. Business Name: GIZMO'S FRENS, INC. Business Id: 1079595 Business Address: NONE Mailing Address: NONE Citizenship/State Inc: Domestic/CT Last Report Year: Business Type: Non-Stock Business Status: Active Date Inc/Register: Aug 03, 2012 Business Summary Agent Name: UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC. Agent Business Address: 615 WEST JOHNSON AVENUE, SUITE 202, CHESHIRE, CT, 06410 Agent Residence Address: NONE
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 23, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Thank you for your research. Geri, David and Susan - I asked about non profit status and everyone went nuts..... I don;t know who Gizmo's owner is, never heard of this non -profit, and wanted to know more. So I asked and everyone starts screaming. Asked a couple simple questions that could have simply been answered and instead everyone went off .... Did you know they caught a guy in Newtown collecting money for the families and he was a scam? How did they catch him? Someone questioned it? Had no one asked, he would have kept at it which is wrong. Relax.
M Miller December 23, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I think it is time to close this thread down out of respect for the people of Newtown. I hope the Patch moderator sees fit to do this.
Geri Jones December 23, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Did anyone here on this page ask you to make a donation? Did the person you refer to have a blog on a local newspaper and are they known and trusted by the editors? Do you really think Gizmo's Frens Inc is a scam? I think that you need to relax dear Karen. I'm only here standing up for Gizmo and his owner because they are the most caring loving beings I know, and who give up weekends and vacation time to raise funds for animals and humans alike. Take your campaigning somewhere else please, and send out love and thanks to those who deserve them.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 23, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I never said they were a scam. I asked questions that is all. I think all of you need to relax and not jump to conclusions. I also have volunteered countless hours to help animals and humans. I am not the enemy. I asked questions that is all - so take it easy. I also asked about therapy dog certification. If "Gizmo" doesn't want to answer, that is his right. Others criticized his visit to Newtown and they were not as soundly pounded as I was... On another note, I found the article written by a dog with his photo taken in front of the sign for Newtown like it was a vacation spot to be a bit of poor taste. My opinion - - everyone is certainly free to express theirs.
Sue P. December 23, 2012 at 04:27 AM
I'm just not getting this. I keep trying but I just don't get it.
Sue P. December 23, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Oh wait a minute I get it. Someone is asking us to be kind to each other. I guess I should have read the entire article before reading all of the comments.
Hope T December 23, 2012 at 01:14 PM
A contributor doesn't need to be licensed, certified or a fully documented 501C3 to pass along a message that should be generic in people's hearts to start with. Obviously the message needs to be distributed more widely. I appreciated receiving the message, and compassion should never need justification. Merry Christmas and may the SPIRIT of the holidays last longer than a day.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 23, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Passing along the message is not contingent on anything. I looked here to check non-profit status using the EIN and the IRS doesn't have this charity listed. If nonprofit - should be listed with IRS. That is the question asked along with certfication of the dog as a therapy dog as claimed. Still not seen anything to prove either. Not a thing wrong with asking for verification of a charity is there? http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/pub78Search.do?dispatchMethod=navigateSearch&pathName=forwardToPub78Search&searchChoice=pub78
MSF December 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I find it terribly offensive and inappropriate that these issues are being questioned in this particular forum. I don't see where they are saying they are collecting money for anything here. They are simply trying to share a message they were asked to share. The nonprofit is listed in CT, it is very new, and the apps take a long time to go through the IRS. Quite frankly, if it did show up on the IRS website this early in the game I would be surprised. A charity has 27 months from date of inception to file 501(c)3 status. Lay off, lighten up, and take heed to the message they are passing along. "We ALL need to slow down, simplify our lives, and take the time to appreciate our loved ones each and every moment. Life is short; fragile. If we don’t do it now, we may never get another chance.”
MSF December 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
One last note: I certainly hope Patch has enough sense to close the comments on this blog. Enough is enough.
MJL December 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
You have some serious inner issues Stluva50s......maybe you need Gizmo as much as anyone else for some therapeutic release :) Relax a little
James Bond December 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Good dog Gizmo,Scooby snack for you!
Guido December 23, 2012 at 04:30 PM
It appears that Gizmo's Frens, Inc. did not file an "Organization and First Report" as required, listing Board of Directors names. The address in Cheshire is a "virtual office" address. The complete anonymity of the organization should arouse everyone's suspicions. Although it was organized five months ago, it is not listed on the IRS website as a charitable organization. There are lots of scams out there: beware, donors. No charitable donation deduction for being a sucker.
Ed Froem December 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
James Bond and Hawkeye, for on e I agree with both of you. Such a simple polite and nice article, dragged into the gutter and through the muck by folks who need to get a different hobby than stirring up grief.
Elaine December 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Seriously? You need to dial it back a notch or two. What is your problem? Why so angry?
Elaine December 23, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I am also saddened by the couple of people who choose to ignore the simple message conveyed by this article in order to nitpick and disparage the messenger. What is wrong with you people? Lighten up.
Karen's Dog Training Blog December 23, 2012 at 06:50 PM
My only point - can't find it and this "dog' is a regular blogger who has mentioned this non-profit in several blogs. That and the therapy dog certification were items I was interested in since it doesn't seem the info is accurate. As business owner and individual who donates to non-profit animal groups, I wanted to know more about the non-profit and the therapy dog info before I or anyone I know donates. Based on the attacks and non answers - I guess the answers to my questions won't be coming anytime soon. If a regular "blogger" representing a "non-profit" and being the owner of a certified therapy dog puts a photo of said dog on Patch sitting in front of a Sandy Hook sign and the memorial to the murdered- some people are going to send money to Gizmo's Frens. I wanted to be sure they were a nonprofit - publically flog me for asking. I am finding this whole Gizmo thing to be amusing at this point. Saul - you are just plain rude.
Paula Gufstason December 23, 2012 at 07:13 PM
If I were a person being questioned about my own legit nonprofit in as inappropriate manner as this, I would choose to keep my integrity by not responding. I don't see any solicitations for funds for Newtown anywhere on this blog. All I see is a very tender message shared at someone's request. And I also see an extremely disrespectful and unwarranted response. Get over yourself and move on to your next victim. Leave Gizmo alone.
M Miller December 23, 2012 at 07:27 PM
MSF, I suggested that too but it continues. Somebody has to be the adult. Please close this thread. Does Patch even have a moderator?
Paula Gufstason December 23, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Agreed, time to put this malarchy to rest. Close the thread, Patch.
Jayme Kunze December 24, 2012 at 01:56 AM
This comment stream has diverted from the blog post topic, so I'm shutting it down. Feel free to email me at jayme.kunze@patch.com with questions. Happy holidays.


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