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Gizmo Shares a Sandy Hook Message - Take II

Our hearts go out to the people of Newtown.

Gizmo recently took off his Patch blogging cap and put on his therapy dog vest to lend support, even in a small way, to people in Sandy Hook, CT.

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 Gizmo 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. 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

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.

Signed, Gizmo’s handler

Note: This blog has been revised out of respect to readers who are not familiar with Gizmo and what he does. We are all grieving during this unspeakably difficult time. Let us continue to send love and prayers for the people of Sandy Hook and for each other.

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Erin s. December 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM
The patch needs to shut this down! after all the support that "Gizzy " gave them for them to allow this travesty just for the sake of "hits" on their blog page is disgusting. Keep allowing this and perhaps their can be a boycott of all things Patch related. Wonder how many "hits" you'll get then......
Megan Bard (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Hi all, I have read all the comments on this blog and none mention any concerns related to Gizmo's Frens Inc. Until this morning the only two comments on this post were from a woman thanking Jen for her peaceful spirit (please see above). I believe you are referencing comments made on a separate blog and that comment section was shut down one week ago. I have personally reached out to Jen through e-mail asking that she contact me with any questions or concerns. She has yet to respond. The invitation remains open. Best, Megan Bard Regional Editor megan.bard@patch.com
Erin s. January 01, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Hey megan, I read ALL the comments before they were deleted and YES they were directed towards Gizmo.Funny though I mention boycotting the patch an comments start getting deleted. I would like to see a formal apology to Gizmo and Jen,Otherwise I may consider arranging the boycott.There are plenty of blogs out there who would love to have the following that Gizmo brings. Good day, Megan.
Jenifer Adams January 01, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Thank you for supporting us, Erin. While I appreciate your sentiment, I am not looking for an apology from anyone. I am heartbroken that Patch allows untruths to remain on another blog, but that's their decision and I respect that. It's just sad that it all had to end this way. But...it's a new year, with new adventures on the horizon. Stay tuned for more Gizmo. You might not find him here, but you'll know where to look. May everyone have a peaceful new year.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 02, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Never saw any proof that Gizmo's Frens is properly documented as a 501(c) 3 which is all I asked along with what agency certified the dog. Nothing false posted. Questions asked that were not answered. The subject would have been dropped had the documentation been found or provided.
Megan Bard (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Hello again, and Happy New Year. On Patch, people are encouraged to post comments, questions and opinions, even if those thoughts are not acceptable to the majority of readers in a particular forum. People are also encouraged to post an answer, a counter-question or a counter-opinion, even if those responses are not popular. What is strongly discouraged is the abuse of the comment system. In this case, the abuse I'm referring to is the flagging of comments that do not violate terms of use, but which are contrary to popular opinion on an issue. Unfortunately, this is happening too often on posts related to this topic. If it continues, I will begin suspending the accounts of those who are inappropriately flagging comments. If you have any questions or concerns about this you are welcome to contact me directly at megan.bard@patch.com. Best, Megan
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 03, 2013 at 06:56 PM
From the IRS web site - "A tax-exempt organization must make available for public inspection its approved application for recognition of exemption with all supporting documents available and its last three annual information returns. The organization must provide copies of these documents upon request without charge (other than a reasonable fee for reproduction and copying costs). Penalties are provided for failure to comply with these requirements." Feel free to provide to me via email or post here. I have not seen any full name or email address where this organization can be contacted so I am posting it here, If asked, you are legally required to provide the documents so that they can be read in full. Please stop making this into more than it is. It is a request for information about a charity that if this organization is a charity, you are legally required to provide the information. As a person in a pet related business, I check on charities before I or others I work/volunteer with actually give or participate. So please stop getting al upset and feeling attacked. A simple request was made that turned this into mud slinging and tears. Unnecessary. If you are a non-profit - expect to be asked to provide documentation.
Irene Harold January 03, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Oh my god Karen!!!! Give it a rest already!!! Anything and everything to do with dogs, bears, cats, deer, or animals in general you seem to always have to weigh in on and in such a negative way. Gizmo's blog is simply a light-hearted blog. Why is it you feel the need to always jump in and challenge everything? As others have pointed out, your negativity is not necessary. For someone who is supposedly a dog trainer as you always seem to mention, why can't you see the good in in articles such as this rather than always feel the need to get to the bottom of something or verify something or challenge something? Maybe you need someone like Gizmo in your life to give you some perspective. Hey folks, is Karen's business on the up and up? Is she a "certified" trainer? I think the Patch needs to suspend Karen.
Highway Worker January 03, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Karen has a valid point. As a buisiness owner she is a being prudent asking for verification that Gizmo's Frens Inc has filed with the IRS as a Charitable Organization before she can refer people who may have benefited from their work. Not sure, what the issue is. By the way, Irene, Karen is a certified dog trainer and her buisiness is on the up and up.
Highway Worker January 03, 2013 at 08:08 PM
business!!! LOL!
Irene Harold January 03, 2013 at 08:15 PM
So in other words Karen, you aren't "certified"?
MSF January 03, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Ugh. Call the Secretary of the State and ask them if Gizmo's Frens Inc. is registered. I have NEVER seen anyone on a public blog being asked to produce documents of incorporation. I called the state out of curiosity and they are indeed legit. Please shut your flappers, Karen. No one wants to hear it anymore. Go find a real cause.
Jenifer Adams January 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I just responded to this and it appears my comment was deleted. Imagine that? As I said...it is no secret that Gizmo's Frens, Inc. is still in the process of applying for 501(c)3 status. Potential donors are made aware of this. A nonprofit has 2 years to apply, and it is retroactive to date of inception of the nonprofit. I believe I mentioned in a blog months ago that we had 501(c)3 status, but that was before I was aware of what a lengthy process it is. I have since clarified and am very open about our status. I am not trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes here. Just trying to help a few pet rescues and other charities with a few occassional small donations is all. Not trying to make a buck or get rich here. And I am not asking for any donations from Patch readers, nor have I ever. Peace and good day.
MJ Holbrook January 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM
You owe no one any explanations. I have seen what you do to help our communities, and it goes way beyond fundraising. You and Gizmo raise so much awareness of all the GOOD happening all around us. You deserve a big thank you, not the chastising coming from from a few (or less). I am a donor and supporter of Gizmo's Frens, Inc. and I applaud you for trying to make a difference. I wish more people would spend their time focusing on how to make positive change in the world, and less time pointing fingers and trying to make others look bad. Shalom.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Jenifer why did it take all this hoopla before you answered a simple question about the stats? That is all I asked. If you had posted the above the 1st time asked, the discussion would have been over. Instead, you remained silent, people took offense and it became a mess. My question was not an attack - it was a question that until now remained unanswered. Why you chose to not answer during all this is a mystery to all who wanted to know also.
Julie January 12, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I'm sorry to hear Gizmo will not be blogging anymore. Karen you made your business look like a dog and pony show rather than a dog training venue by dragging a great cause like Gizmo through the mud. I met Gizmo and donated to a great cause. Gizmo puts so many smile on so many faces. Just awful to see posts by you so hurtful to Gizmo's Frens Inc. As a business owner I'm happy to see he raised money for so many different cause. I enjoy his blog and I'm just sad to see that it will not continue anymore.
MSF January 12, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Patch shut this nonsense down. It's disgusting that you allow this "Truth Skr", "pet trainer", mud slinging commenter to continue her pettiness on a blog whose message is always so positive and uplifting. Gizmo, I speak for so many when I say I love you! I will miss your blogs here, but I know where to go to find your next adventures. Don't you DARE allow this to hold you back from doing what you do. The world needs more Gizmo, and less blahblah from the jaw flappers. Your love will outshine any of this!
Paula Gufstason January 12, 2013 at 05:21 PM
And that's exactly where you should take this whole conversation, Karen. Offline. Because no one wants to witness your ugliness anymore on such a beautiful message destroyed by a (failed) attempt to condemn. Nobody cares about your business. Go put some POSITIVE energy into it, and maybe people will. Your sole mission on any blog having to do with animals seems to be to throw good people under the bus. Who would want to do business with that? Just shut up and go do something good for somebody else for a change. News Flash: Not everything is all about you.
James Bond January 12, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Yes it was an attack......woof woof!
James Bond January 12, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Karen....woof woof
gizmo fan January 12, 2013 at 06:39 PM
PEACE OUT THE WORLD, GIZMO!! Yoooooooooo rock! And just when I think you couldn't be more loved, you prove us wrong once again! Nice new digs, my man! I love the story on your new blog about the woman in the vet's office who said her dog went into rescue with heartworm, and how the lady told the vet thanks to the help from a little dog named Gizmo, the dog is healthy now and in his new forever home. Giz! Thank you for all you do. Keep doing it! MUAHHHHHH.
POODETWA January 12, 2013 at 07:43 PM
irene-- i agree with you. someone recently commented that "karen is roaming again - (dog story)
POODETWA January 12, 2013 at 07:47 PM
well put-- go gizmo go! karen should not be saying "fire away" people might not feel comfortable
POODETWA January 12, 2013 at 07:51 PM
thanks for all you do. i would be more than happy to donate-- food or a little donation. ignore karen-- what a bag of wind.
POODETWA January 12, 2013 at 07:53 PM
maybe she didn't have a chance to read this prior to other readers. i read your windbag comments last.
POODETWA January 12, 2013 at 08:03 PM
haha--- love that--- i just showed my dog karen's comments and she started to growl--- long live gizzmo--
Gizmon January 12, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Gizmo, my dog's name is Gizmo too...can you believe that? Don't faint, ok? I see you won't be blogging for Patch anymore. That really stinks. I want to let you know that the difference you make is more far reaching than you know. Are you aware that the only thing that gets my neighbor's elderly mother out of bed each day is your morning posts on your other page? My neighbor puts your mug on the computer and sets her mom's breakfast on the table nearby. Her mom eats breakfast and gets up and about. Because of you. I love you, Gizmo. Don't let the crazy people who cross your path slow you down.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 12, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Jenifer. Are you really that upset that you were asked for non profit status proof that you are quitting your blog? My question was not an attack, but a lot of people turned it into one. One person went so far as to bash my business with a false review which the editor removed. The person has done this before to me and others so be very careful who you trust and believe. Your blog said Gizmo's Frens was a non profit - and it turns out that maybe it is not - yet. Are you really going to quit blogging because you hated my questioning? No need to quit blogging over a simple question. No need for all the silly comments, outright lies, false business reviews and name calling from some of your supporters. I never did that – I asked a simple question on a public forum because I could not find another way to reach you. You and Gizmo make people smile – are you really going to take that away just because you were asked about non-profit status? People love your blog and one person surely can’t be enough to make you leave this public forum. That was never my intent. Keep up the good work you are doing. Be prepared - people will ask questions, criticize, and not like the blog. That’s life. I do hope you continue to post on Patch for all your fans. I do wish some of your fans weren't so childish and indulging in name calling. That is certainly not in the spirit of what you and Gizmo are all about.
MSF January 12, 2013 at 09:56 PM
The business is listed as a nonstock...which in CT means nonprofit. A nonprofit is a nonprofit is a nonprofit. Even if 501c3 status is being applied for. Get a life, please. Knock this nonsense off. You will continue to attempt to make this look like what you want it to be. Truth is, not everything in life will be a scam and a horrible travesty as you want it to be. Leave the good people alone. And stop making an ass out of yourself.
Megan Bard (Editor) January 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM
It is unfortunate that people who continue to comment on this blog are not able to post questions and answers without becoming overly defensive or offensive. For this reason I am closing the comment thread. Best, Megan

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