Friday, June 30, 2006

Holling's gifts from Brazil

Hi Everyone,

This week Sharon met Carla's sister and Erika's friend, Justine. We received some wonderful gifts for us from Brazil. We loved your handwritten post cards! Thanks so much.

"That cat" just wouldn't move off of my rug. Woooooooof! Even Daphne and Callie were curious about the rug, but Bandit wouldn't let them lie on it!

Have a wonderful holiday and if you would like to write to us anytime, I'll make sure that we write back.

Woof! Woof! and his secretary Sharon

A thank you message!

Hello Sharon, Holling, Dao, Jack and friends all over the world!

On July 3rd, our group of students, Juvenil 3, will have its last class. Then they will be on winter vacation. They will be back at school in August, but they will have a different teacher. We had lots of fun interacting with you in the past months and we learned a lot too! We learned new vocabulary and we learned a lot about different ways of living! But the most important of all, we learned that there are fabulous people out there doing their best to make the world a better place! I think we are all doing a great job trying to understand more about other cultures and values. We will miss you a lot and we will never forget this international exchange!
This is not a goodbye message because I'm sure we will find new opportunities to meet online!
Thanks for being wonderful friends!

Erika and the Juvenile 3 students from Brazil

Friday, June 23, 2006

Holling thought the turtle was his blue ball!

Hi again everyone!

I have a funny story to tell you. As you know, Holling doesn't see or hear too well. He does like to play with his big blue ball because he can usually see its shape.

Well, there are many turtles coming up out of the river to lay their eggs. The other day Holling and I saw one that is about the size of his big blue ball. Holling got all excited and thought that it was time to play ball. I'm sure that the turtle wasn't too happy at all of the barking and running around. I finally convinced Holling to leave, but he kept turning his head and wagging his tail as we continued to walk down the street.

Poor turtles when Holling is around :-)



The Update on Sam and the foxes

Hi Everyone,

Thanks very much for asking about Sam. We're going to answer your questions in this post with the picture of the fox. The little red fox in the picture is just like the ones that live around my town. In some parts of the town there are so many foxes that the streets are named after them. There's Fox Lane, Fox Avenue and Fox Boulevard. It's fun to see them playing in the snow in the winter time. Their fur is very beautiful.

Now to answer the questions about Sam! He's perfect again and you can't tell that he has lost part of his paw. The doctor did a very good job. Sam was born outside. He's unhappy inside except in the winter when it's cold and snowy. John brought Sam home 15 years ago when he was a kitten that someone had abandoned. We kept him in the house for many months, but he was very unhappy. We started to let him out to play in our backyard and he was a much happier cat, so we let him continue to play outside.

We have a big fence around the backyard and all the cats usually stay inside of the fence. Sam sometimes digs a hole under the fence and goes to play in the forest. There are deer, foxes, coyotes and brown bears in the forest near our house. I think that many of them are Sam's friends.

Usually foxes don't attack cats, but the fox that hurt Sam has babies, and she was probably trying to protect them. She lives in her den behind our backyard and usually comes out at night, although we have seen her a few times during the day.

Thanks very much for asking about Sam and me.

Woof! Woof! and his secretary Sharon

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Holling's best friend goes to hospital!

John and Sam

Recently Holling's best friend Sampson disappeared for a week! We were worried about Sam because we have foxes living around our house. Holling kept sniffing everywhere trying to find his friend Sam.

Then one night when I arrived home late from school John met me at the door and told me that Sam had come home. He really looked bad. We were worried so we took him directly to hospital even though it was 11:00 at night. The doctor said that it looked like he had been bitten by a fox and that they would have to operate.

Sam stayed in the hospital for five days. While he was there we went to visit him every night. Holling was so happy when we finally brought Sam home. He kept licking and sniffing his best friend.

Sam had to have part of his paw amputated, but we're happy to say that he healed very well and is running around now like a new cat.

Sharon and a very happy Woof! Woof!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

You've seen Junior's, here's one of Dao!

Hi Everyone,

Please say hello to Dao's smiling face. Now I'm sure that you can understand why Junior misses her.

Junior is probably wondering when he will get to eat some brownies again!


Sharon and Woof! Woof!

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