Drive through any neighborhood in Payson and you are sure to see people walking their dogs — I don’t know if any survey has ever been done, but it seems to me that Payson has one of the largest dog populations in the country. It is said that pets are healthy for their owners, especially dogs. The dogs get their owners (although I am not sure who owns whom) walking at least twice a day and giving them a sense of responsibility and purpose.
As a child growing up in the north woods of Wisconsin, we always had a dog, and for a while, two. Coco, our wire-haired terrier, was my constant companion for 14 years. Bill, a mixed collie, came along later, and soon became part of the family.
When Len and I had children, we decided they needed a dog. A friend of Len’s father had a dog that had just had a litter and was killed by a car, so Nibs, at five weeks, became ours. She grew up with our three kids as toddlers into their early teens.
Any pet owner knows the heartbreak of having their beloved pet put down, but cancer made it necessary.
“We won’t get another dog,” we said, but fate had other plans for us. My sister’s friend was going on vacation and needed a dog sitter for two weeks. We were at our lakeside vacation home so we agreed to take care of Lonesome, a mixed hound breed. Jane came home from vacation and took Lonesome back, but a few weeks later, we had a call from her: “I’m moving and can’t have a dog in my new place — do you want her?” We said, ‘no,’ as we were going back to our Illinois home and jobs.
As we got in the car to leave, all of the kids (and me) were crying. We got as far as the highway, Len pulled to the side of the road and asked, “Do you want to go back for Loney?” The rest is history. Loney was sitting in the window waiting for us. She was the sweetest dog ever, and she lived with us for many years after the children were grown.
We now have a cat that adopted us 10 years ago — she doesn’t need walking, but she does like to help me (as she is now) when I am at the computer. Q (short for Quicksilver) sends greetings to you all.
Pine/Strawberry Thrift Store
Workers are busy repairing and restoring the Pine/ Strawberry Thrift Store at 3916 N. Highway 87 in downtown Pine. The store sustained serious damage in January due to a broken water pipe. Tentative reopening is scheduled this month and special activities are planned. More information will be in future editions of the Roundup.
Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the community dining room, adjacent to the thrift store. A full salad bar, main entrée, dessert and beverage cost $5, no tax or tip. Please make advance reservations by calling (928) 476-2151.
Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store
Wednesday, March 6 is Mix and Match Day at the Senior Center, 514 W. Main St. Wear an unusual combination of clothing, sit at a different table, comb your hair a different way — anything goes!
Zumba Gold is held beginning at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Center; Sit and Fit exercise classes follow at 11:15 on Wednesdays. Call (928) 474-4876 for information or to register for classes.
The Old Time Music Makers play old favorites from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 11 and 25 in the Center Dining Room. Come and enjoy the music or join in if you play an instrument.
Free legal assistance is available March 12 through the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens at the Center. Advance appointments can be made in the Center Lobby.
Be sure to wear something green March 15 when St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated at the Center. There will be live Irish music by Anne James and a special St. Patrick’s Day lunch menu of Guinness Beef Stew with brown bread and Irish cake for dessert.
If you like Bingo, join the game at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18 in the Center Dining Room.
The Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St., is having a close-out on clothing during the month of March. All winter clothing and jeans will be 50 percent off the marked prices. Ornamentals and collectibles also will be on sale at half price. Shoppers spending $20 or more can draw a poker chip that will give them an additional discount on purchases. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Payson Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the First Southern Baptist Church, 302 S. Ash St. in Payson. For information, call Kathie at (928) 468-2196.
Myrna Tibbs is the 2013 winner of the Library Friends of Payson’s Nan Pyle Distinguished Service Award. Myrna is a volunteer who helps Online Book Sales Coordinator Pete Rothenbach research antique and collectible books, updates online inventory and assists online customers.
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