Seniors' Pet Assistance Network



NeighborsGO Shares SPAN's Story

Posted by on August 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Editor's Note: Our Website, So Easy A Boston Terrier Can Use It

This week, all 11 neighborsgo covers will feature stories on Making a Difference. In the editor's note, I take a look at what happens when pets hijack their owners profiles, organizations which help seniors care for their pets, and our cover story on Mission East Dallas. I also give a preview of an inside story I've written for this edition on the Wilkinson Center's Shoe Drive.




White Rock | East Dallas editor


Perhaps it’s because my calico cat, Sherlock, is not too bright, or because I’ve always assumed that paws and keyboards don’t mix, but I was a little shocked when I checked last week to find a post from a dog.


More specifically, a post by Wheels, a Boston terrier who lives in Vickery Place, the canine hijacked the account of his owner, Sheila Huffman, to write about the Senior Pet Assistance Network, or SPAN. The nonprofit raises money to help low-income seniors care for their furry friends.


I must admit, the black, white and brindle terrier had better grammar than I expected from a pooch, and he even included a portrait shot of himself. In the post, which you can read online here, Wheels mentioned two main ways to help SPAN continue to provide for the pets of older residents: volunteering and donating. But two-legged friends of the organization may also purchase a cookbook to benefit SPAN, he said.


In 2011, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Vickery Place, Sheila and her neighbor, Kathy Harris, compiled and edited “Recipes and Recollections, Vickery Place Cooking Since 1911.” The cookbook will be reprinted this year, and all profits from the sale will be donated to SPAN. The book’s introduction was written by Rose Mary Rumbley, and features recipes, neighborhood history, old photographs and historical tidbits from old issues of The Dallas Morning News. Copies of the cookbook will sell for $12, and may be purchased at Jimmy’s Food Store, 4901 Bryan St., or by contacting Wheels at 214-827-4568.


SPAN ties together last week’s theme, Pets and Their People, with this week’s theme, Making a Difference. On the cover of this week’s edition, reporter Heather Noel writes about Mission East Dallas, a medical and dental clinic for the uninsured and underinsured residents of the area. Founded in 2002, the clinic wants to move to a larger location so that they can treat more people. Check out Heather’s story on Pages 8 and 9.


I also took pen to paper this week and wrote about a back-to-school shoe drive held by the Wilkinson Center. Started 26 years ago by Carlin Morris, of Lakewood, the drive will provide a new pair of shoes and socks to about 1,800 area children so they can start the school year off on the right foot. Read about it on Page 11.


And, in Sounding Off, we asked you if there were any groups or individuals you felt should be honored for their work with others. Read what your neighbors have to say on Page 12.


As always, I’m happy to talk to you about what’s going on in our part of Big D, and you can post your tales online 24/7 at — if Wheels can do it, you can, too.

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