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Reader Exchange

Beloved dog needs help to get moving

Published September 23, 2006

Since our pets are prey to many of the same aches and pains that attack us, they sometimes require similar medications and equipment. Nevertheless, the staff was intrigued to receive a request for a dog wheelchair. We're not sure how variable the designs for a dog wheelchair are, but those wheeled platforms under dogs' hindquarters that we have seen on TV shows pop into mind first.

As usual, we defer to the extensive knowledge of our readers when we relate that Keri Charon's 91-pound dog, Hooch, was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy in March, and the illness is now starting to affect his hind legs.

Keri has done her homework and researched the disease, and one important fact she has learned is that this disease is not painful. Hooch's vet tells her that a dog may live many happy years with this condition, if that dog gets some mobility - just like humans. Enter the canine wheelchair.

If you have one to donate to this good cause or know about any organizations that may help Keri obtain one, both Keri and Hooch will be most appreciative. Keri's husband is very handy, and if the device didn't quite fit big ol' Hooch, he could modify it. Please call 727 861-0707 if you can help get Hooch rolling.

Speaking of pet-related problems, it appears that even dogs are victims of travel red tape these days. Elizabeth Banton is taking her dog on a trip next month, and she can't seem to locate a carrier for Fido the size American West Airline requires. She needs a carrier whose maximum size is 17 inches long by 15 inches wide by 8.5 inches high, with a minimum of three ventilated sides. If you can suggest where such a carrier may be purchased, please e-mail

"Christmas will be here before you know it." Those are the timely words of Alice of Clearwater. Because Alice's arthritis makes it difficult to decorate for Christmas, she is offering a reader her Christmas tree, about 5 feet tall, complete with lights and lovely ornaments. Please call Alice at (727) 531-6243.

Lois Oburn owns a sadly tattered copy of The Pocket Cookbook by Elizabeth Woody, published in 1955. It was given to her by her mother-in-law, so she really treasures it. Lois would love to have a copy that is a little better able to stand up to the rigors of the kitchen. If you can help, please e-mail

Like to iron while you watch TV but you sometimes run out of things to press? Linda Herbert of Safety Harbor may have a solution. She's looking for someone in the north Pinellas area who takes in ironing or will come to her home every few weeks to iron. Please call (727) 796-0780.

Leda Adams of Dunedin has an old three-quarters bed; this is, if memory serves, a bed that is larger than twin-sized, but smaller than a double bed. Leda used to buy sheets for her bed from the Sears catalog, but it no longer carries them. She has tried making sheets smaller, but can't get them properly adjusted. Do you have tips or suggestions to share?

Leda also has some old calendars with beautiful pictures to share with schools or organizations that can use them. Most of them feature scenic views and measure 8 by 10 inches. Please call (727) 734-4583 about either aspect of Leda's request.

Wooden spools for thread are becoming a thing of the past, yielding to spools of plastic, which may be a good thing from some points of view, but not St. Petersburg's Katie Albury's. She needs all sizes of the wooden variety for craft projects. Please call (727) 323-3849.

A Clearwater reader who is looking for a lightweight typewriter, preferably a Canon, may be reached at (727) 797-8480.

Dorothy McDade has two dozen crocheted winter caps left over from a garage sale. Maybe they could become part of the stock at a holiday craft sale with which you may be involved this fall.

Dorothy has a wish too: books one and seven of the Little House on the Prairie series. Dorothy may be reached at (727) 584-0983.

Thank-you note

Pat Santora of Sun City Center writes, "Thank you for posting my camera/slides offer. On the first day, I had so many offers they filled up my messages. Calls are still coming in. I had many attractive ones to choose from . . . Thank you for helping me close a chapter in my life and a shelf in my closet, and for delighting a lady who wants to continue promoting wildlife and art."

It is our pleasure, Pat - and that's Reader Exchange for this week.

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