Vendors at Paws Fur the Holidays!

Paws Fur the Holidays
Saturday, November 14
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Community Center, 1050 North Orange Street,
Richland Center WI

For your shopping pleasure for pets and for home, OMHS has invited a few vendors to show and sell their wares.  You will find the craftsmanship and selection excellent at Paws Fur the Holidays!

Vendors are:

Sandy's Patience Way Shop… dog jackets, hats, blankets, Christmas stockings, bandanas, and hand made collars.  View items on

Creations by Vickie… purses, dog and cat items, snowballs, mittens, ornaments. Go to Facebook to view Vickie Ernst's creations. 

Mary Kay Cosmetics… cosmetics, perfumes, lotions presented by independent consultant.

Lil McGil's Ju Ju Junk and Harmonious Funk… glass/ceramic pieces, cake plates, sun catchers, and more!  Check out

Tastefully Simple food items that areable easy and quick to fix…go to on the web to view product selection.

Bevelli Designs... rhinestone transfers, headbands, mugs, shirts, vinyl decals.

Pet and People Cariactures by Mike Klen…
      Mike creates cariatures from photos and from life!  He can even create stunning
      cariactures from a cell phone photo!

Natural Jewelry by Evelyn…
            Stones, wood, plants, beads all inspire Evie with her creations!

Hand-crafted in Wisconsin… an array of handmade items from several area people.



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Silent Auction Photo Gallery and list for Paws Fur the Holidays!

The Silent Auction at Paws Fur the Holidays is always a great time to bid on quality items for your home or your pets!  Below is a list of items and a gallery of photos of items donated for the Auction.

Come to the Paws Fur the Holidays, Saturday, November 14, at the Community Center, 1050 North Orange Street, in Richland Center, and enjoy a day with OMHS friends and neighbors!

Photos are not available for these items:
Chet's Feed and Seed: 40# Victor Lamb and Rice dog food
Chet's Feed and Seed: 40# bag Victor Chicken and Rice dog food
Chet's Feed and Seed: 2 lots… 2  20# bag of Fresh Scent kitty litter

Chet's Feed and Seed: 2 lots… 2 boxes of suet cakes
Special prize offer… Solar Lighted Hummingbird feeder.  Details at event.
Mary Kay Deep Wrinkle Repair
Gift Certificate from Toasty Toes Pedicure/Hand Care

Collection of 12 cds entitled the World's Most Beautiful Music
One Pie Per Month for Six Months… Pie Guy
Terry Redlin Print, Framed

Holiday Tree of your choice from Schaller's Tree Farm
Lazy Patch Strawberry Wine
Lazy Patch Wine Selection
Meister Cheese Gift Certificate


Our Silent Auction Gallery of photos

Rowe Pottery Deer Motif Jug…
Rowe deer jug






Rowe Pottery Bird Motif Jug…

Rowe pottery bird motif






Hand made Quilt… cotton flanel… 66×54 inches
Phil Poole quilt 2015






Rowe Pottery small bowl… pine sprig motif
Rowe small bowl pine motif





Rowe Pottery small mixing bowl, teaberry motif…
Rowe bowl with branch motif






Rowe Pottery mixing bowl, cattail motif…
Rowe bowl cat tail motif





Pro Select Pet Kennel Fan with cooling package…
pro select pet fan





Coach Purse…
Coach purse cropped




Franciscan Porcelain Japan: Snow Princess oatten, setting for 8 plus serving dishes…





Peggy Karr Glass fused plate, 11 inch,  ancient Mesopotamian technique… 

Karr glass charger






Royal Worcester casserole with side dish… asparagus motif.  c.1961
Casserole and dish w asparagus motif





Royal Worcester casserole with side dishes, c. 1961…

Casserole and dish set






Two Hand woven rugs, 24×94 inches and  27×58 inches…
hand woven runner 27x58 handwoven runner 24x94





Hand woven rug, 25×83 inches…
handwoven runner 25x83





COHR Danish Silver Plated Candleholders, c. 1960… Danish collectible.
COHR Denmark candleholders





German Milk Pot, ceramic, hand-thrown, 12.5 inches, stoneware; c. 1890's…;German milk pot 3





Cheese Cutter by Jewell Hollow Woodcraft…

Cheese Cutter






Tree sculpture… 8×10 inch, scroll sawed from a walnut scrap about to be burned…
walnut scroll saw tree design




Love is a Four Legged Word… scroll sawed sculpture, 9.5 x 7.
Love is a four legged word





Warm, cozy doll bed with all the essentials…

doll bed and covers






Painted, pine Bluebird house with mounting pole…
  painted pine bluebird house 2015





Lovely crocheted, blue/lavendar shawl…
lovely blue lavendar shawl 2015





Cedar Bluebird house #1, with mounting pole…
cedar bluebird house 2015






Felted Scarlet Purse…
felted purse






Warm, hand knitted shawl…
knitted heavy warm shawl






Cedar Bluebird House #2…

cedar bluebird house






Rainbow striped felted purse…
felted rainbow purse





Tastefully Simple: Beer Bread and Mug Cake…



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Awareness of Breast Cancer in Dogs

October, Breast Cancer Awarness Month, is almost over but the awareness and alertness for breast cancer continues all year.  And for those of us who have dogs in our families, we should be aware of the danger of cancer for our canine loved ones.

In fact, breast (mammary) cancer in dogs is fairly common, with the most common type of tumor in female dogs being the mammary tumor.

Breast tumors in dogs are most common in 5- to 10-year-old female dogs that are not spayed. The risk of breast cancer is very low in dogs spayed before their first heat. In fact, according to an article in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the risk of cancerous mammary tumors in dogs spayed prior to their first heat is 0.05%. Compare this to a risk of 8% for dogs spayed after their first heat and 26% for dogs not spayed after their first heat—one more reason why dogs should be spayed or neutered as early as possible.  Another reason to spay and neuter pets.

If you find a lump on your dog, see a licensed veterinarian right away. Especially if caught early, breast cancer in female dogs can often be successfully treated. (Mammary tumors can also occur in male dogs, but the prognosis is not as good in most of these cases since the type of breast cancer that occurs in male dogs is usually very aggressive.)

Treatment of a dog’s malignant breast tumor usually involves surgery in which either just the tumor or the entire mammary tissue (along with lymph nodes) is removed. In humans, this type of surgery affects the underlying muscle tissue, which complicates the recovery; however, in dogs, the breast tissue and the related lymphatics are outside of the muscle area, which makes the surgery easier and the recovery faster (normally 10-14 days). Also, unlike in humans, breast cancer in dogs is usually not treated with chemotherapy or radiation since these treatments are not nearly as successful in dogs as they are in humans.

Remember, the best way to prevent breast cancer in female dogs is to spay them before they go into heat for the first time. By doing this, dog owners can practically eliminate the chances of their dog(s) developing mammary cancer.

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Plans Ready for Paws Fur the Holidays!

Paws Fur the Holidays!

Saturday, November 14,

Community Center, 1050 N. Orange St.,

Richland Center 10 to 2 p.m.

Join OMHS as we celebrate the 14th annual Paws Fur the Holidays! Many new features are planned that are fun, entertaining, and educational. The Paws Team has put together a very fine schedule for the day. And OMHS is, of course, looking for volunteers for the event, and you can be an important factor in the success and enjoyment of the day.

This event is all about the animals that OMHS has in its care! We must raise money to feed, shelter, provide medical care, and find homes for these deserving and wonderful creatures!

New for Paws: Pets in Costume! Start right now planning your pet's costume for this fun feature. There will be three categories for the judging; dogs, cats, and other pets in wonderful, creative costumes! And extra points will be awarded if the handler (a human) is also in a costume that coordinates with the theme of the pet. So you and your pet should start thinking right now about this special featured appearance! The cost of entry in the contest is $5. The First Place winners in each category will receive a plaque and appropriate food and treats, but we know that all pets are winners, so treats, coupons, and collars will be given to all participants.

New for Paws: Sweet Walk! Mmmm…homemade candies, cookies, kolachy, bars, scones, biscotti, krumkake, rosettes will be the featured treats in the walk. Buy a cute paw print box for $10.00, walk around the Sweet Walk tables, and select the items you want. You will more than get your money's worth! For sanitary safety, plastic gloves will be given to each person who buys a box. Pease bring out those great candy and other delightful recipes, and begin planning your contribution for this new feature. Or just be a buyer! We need you either way you can participate.  OR be a sweet creator and a buyer!

New for Paws: Vendors! The Paws Team is offering vendor space at the event for a cost of $25! Booth space is 10'x10', and we supply two tables and two chairs. We have 10 vendor booths already spoken for and could accommodate 5 more. Craftsmen and business folks who would like to apply for a booth should call 608-647-6453 or email and a vendor form will be sent to you.

New for Paws: Santa Paws Tree! A tree decorated with handmade ornaments with photos of cats and dogs will be prepared by Jeannnie Coppernoll and Sierra Tiegs. The ornaments can be picked off the tree by people who would like to give a practical gift for OMHS animals. The reverse side of the ornament will have a suggestion of a low cost gift appropriate for a cat, kitten, dog, or pup. The gifts can be brought to Shireman Veterinary Clinic or the Richland Veterinary Service on or before December 31. OMHS will have a special box at each veterinary clinic for the gifts. Be certain to include your name with the gift! Of course, a monetary gift is always appropriate for OMHS animals… online or by check or cash.

Schedule for Paws Fur the Holidays…

10 a.m…. doors open for the event. You will be greeted at the door and will receive a program for the day and, if there is room on the page, a menu.

10:30 a.m… Jeannie Coppernoll will moderate a “Pet Gab Session” in the Meeting Room. Jeannie will invite you to contribute info about your pet that will be of interest to the group… a behavioral situation, a medical situation, or other pet info that could be help to someone else. This is not a vet session… just gabbing about our pets in a positive way.

11:15 a.m. … Gary Garbe, dog trainer and teacher, and Tucker, dog extraordinaire, will present a program entitled Dogs; What We Know and What We Think We Know.” This is a great opportunity to rethink your wonderful pet… dogs are so incredible! You will thoroughly enjoy Gary and Tucker.

Grand and Glorious Food Stand... opens at 10 a.m. with a super menu of pulled pork sandwiches, homemade coleslaw, vegetarian chili, homemade ground beef chili, veggie packs, pie, ice cream, soda, water, chips. We have the foods to satisfy your Paws palette!

PieNation… Homemade whole pies and half pies for sale! $12 for a entire pie and $6 for a half pie. Pie bakers, let's amaze folks with a wonderful selection of pies. Everyone loves pie!

Pet Portraits… Professional photographer Mandy Kellogg will capture your pet and you in two fine photos. Mandy will edit the photos and you can download them for your use or you can order inexpensive prints from her. The charge is $15 for two professionally edited photos. Directions for downloading will be ready for you.

Silent Auction… Always a popular feature at Paws, we anticipate up to 24 select items for the auction. Minimum bids begin at $5 with $1 increments as the bidding gets hot! If you would like to donate an item worth at least $25, please call 608-647-6453, or email to register the item(s). Items will be accepted for the Silent Auction only until November 5 so that bidding sheets can be prepared. Items will be featured on line by November 5 or before.  Stay tuned for photos!

OMHS Tee and Sweatshirts for sale… show your pride and support of OMHS with a tee shirt or sweatshirt. Many colors available. OMHS Memberships… November is membership month, and Paws if an appropriate and convenient occasion to renew your support for the work of OMHS.

Perhaps your membership has lapsed or your have not had the opportunity to become a member. Well, Paws Fur the Holidays is the time and place!

Buy a shirt or renew membership or become a new member and have the opportunity to “litterbox dive!” A clean litterbox, clean litter, and a clean scoop and you are ready to take the plunge! Dive in and see what fabulous prize you come up with!

The “litterbox dive” arena will be located between the membership table and tee shirt table.

How can you help?

We need volunteer help with the following:

Set up crew: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Four people.

Treat Walk: Help set up the display of goods on tables; cashiers also needed. (two hour shifts).

Greeters: Volunteer for 1 or two hours. Meet folks and give the handouts to the visitors.

Pie bakers: We need pies from our wonderful OMHS bakers! We would like to have 10 whole pies for sale and 20 half pies to offer for sale. Can you help?

Clean up crew: Sweep and take out trash, put tables and chairs into storage. Put Meeting Room tables and chairs back in order. Help vendors load up. Help photographer load up her equipment. Four or five people.

Pets in Costume… Assist setting up the feature area. Help the pet owners get the pets ready, if necessary.

Please call 608.647.6453 or email with your offer to donate or help at Paws!

Recycle ink cartridges and cell phones at Paws Fur the Holidays. Bring them to the Membership table.

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Paws Fur the Holidays Planning Begins…in Earnest!

A planning meeting for the November 14 event, Paws Fur the Holidays, will be 10 September, 10:35, at the Community Center meeting room, Richland Center.
 If you would like to attend this "idea" session, feel free to come share you suggestions/ideas with the group.

We will discuss inviting vendors of animal related items, health, hand made crafts, arts to bring their products and sell at the event.  This will be the first time we have had vendors so it is a new experience for OMHS. We are charging $30 for an 8 x 8 booth space consisting of two 8 foot tables and two chairs. 

Do you know a potential vendor?  Please send info to OMHS.

Send your inquiries or interest in having a booth to

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Celebration of St. Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of Animals

Come celebrate with OMHS members and pets, the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, Wednesday, October 7, at St. Barnabas Church, Richland Center. The ecumenical service and celebration will be short because there will be many dogs in Church that evening! 

Yes, by all means, you can bring your dog to Church with you! Your cat can come, too, if in a cat carrier for its safety.

This is the 4th year St. Barnabas has opened its doors to everyone for a celebration of this special saint.  Father Don Fleischman, St. Barnabas, will be assisted again this year by Pastor Tom Dowling, St. John's Lutheran Church. The message in the service will include special thoughts about Cecil, the Black-maned Aftrican lion, who was killed by a trophy hunter. Cecil was the symbol and mascot for the nation of Zimbabwe. The message will partially focus on the violence against all living creatures.

St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment, two things that are very important in our lives today.  Mark your calendar now and plan to attend.

Refreshments will be served following the service and outdoor blessing. Members of St. Barnabas parish prepare the home made refreshments. . 

Please come to the service, and make it an annual event when we focus upon our pets and the joy they provide.

Large group 130 10-11 pet prayers 1 273


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Howl and Meow Continues its Successful Fund-raising Role

2015 marked the 13th annual Howl and Meow event to celebrate pets and people!  This event continues to be one of the OMHS signature events to raise dollars and to raise the community's awareness of the joy and healthy-giving therapy pets bring to our lives. The Howl and Meow featured several new ideas for the public and members to enjoy. A special thank you to Gary Garbe who provided a very informative and entetaining program entitled “What We Know About Dogs.” Gary and dog Tucker gave the audience plenty to think about regarding their dogs or the dogs they know. Tucker demonstrated some of his remarkable training that keeps this big dog challenged and at the top of his game. Gary illustrated his extensive dog training skills very well!

The H & M Events Committee launched a few new ideas for the event including new menu items. The Committee will review the results of the changes and additions with a report of findings at the Annual Meeting. Volunteers for the Events Committee are very welcome to join the fun of planning OMHS events. Just email to volunteer to help plan the events.

New this year for OMHS are memberships for pets, with the memberships set at $5.00 per year. Jeannie Coppernoll suggested this way to involve pets as members of OMHS. To date, there are 15 dog and cat members!

Thank you, volunteers, for working to make Howl and Meow a success.

One of the parts of the celebration that has continued for 13 years is the Mascot of the Year Contest.  The mascots are chosen by the amount of dollars their hard-working human companions have raised on their behalf!  (The cats and dogs are all snoozing and lounging around while their "people" are getting wonderful pledges for them to be delared OMHS Mascot!) 

Jane Kintz is the Quints "manager/wardrobe mistress," and mamma and she writes the following about the felines:

The Warehouse Quints are proud to be the 2015-16 OMHS Cat Mascots!  The Quints like car rides, wearing clothes, lounging on their second floor deck, and being adored. This group of felines are known far and wide by those seeing the monthly group photos of them sporting outfits that are posted on the ‘You Know You’re from Richland Center if…’ Facebook page and on their mama, Jane Kintz’s, FB page. It takes four people to prepare the Quints for their monthly photo shoots.  They must be dressed, posed, brought back into the picture frame when they decide to wander off, redressed when they decide to remove their clothing, and photographed.  Two of my former art students, Melanie Manning and Brenda Inman, along with my long-time friend, Jan Sabin, help out every month, Sometimes it’s a cat-astrophe but we always get the job done!  IMG_20150609_091015_hdr

     I discovered the family of kittens nearly two years ago on the 4th floor of the AD German Warehouse, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Richland Ctr., WI.  The cute little boogers were playing in a pile of rubble while a group of us were taking a tour.  My beloved cat, Gladys, Doudna  Elementary’s Art Room Cat, had died two months before.  I was still grieving her loss and could not think of getting another cat yet—but these little guys needed my help.  Their mom was feral and they would be, too. Jan brought her pet taxi, I brought them home and fostered them for OMHS.  The plan was for me to adopt Spot and Puff and that Frank, Lloyd and Wright would be adopted by someone else.  Well, my friends were correct—I would adopt all five!  They are the sweetest, most loving, friendly cats.  Even though it is sometimes a little challenging to have FIVE cats, I cannot imagine my life without the joy they bring to me. 

Jane raised $1116 on behalf of the Quints, and they designated it for the Emergency Medical Fund.

"Louie" is the 2015-16 Canine Mascot for OMHS! Louie is very proud of his position and promises to do his best to promote adoptions and humane care of all pets. Louie, who is around 6 years old, was taken under the wing of OMHS after being released from a neglectful situation in late March 2014. He was adopted into the home of Kent and Marilyn Houck in mid-April. Right after he was adopted, it was discovered that Louie had a life-threatening condition… he had two perineal hernias that ultimately could have caused his bladder to fail and he would have died a painful death. However, Louie immediately had surgery by a Board Certified Surgeon at the Madison Veterinary Specialists, and the outcome was spectacular. Louie had 8 weeks of “pen rest” and was eager to get on with life!

Louie has developed beautifully into a trusting and intelligent companion. He enjoys the three other dogs in his “family” here at the farm. Louie is a therapy dog “in-training,” and he enjoys meeting, people. Louie 's dog DNA test showed that he is part Border Collie crossed with an Alaskan Malamute… these are the great grandparents of Louie! No one knows what other dogs have contributed to the wonderful personality exhibited by Louie!

Louie and his Therapy Dog friends meet residents at Schmitt Woodland Hills and at Our House alternating Monday mornings at 9:30. Louie would be most agreeable to a visit from you to see the dogs interact with people.     Louie rests at Howl

Sporting a “Lion Cut” fur-style, Louie will be out and about at OMHS events. Be sure to come to say hello to this fine fellow and take him for a walk or give him a treat. He LOVES string cheese! He will do almost anything for string cheese!

Louie and his family are most grateful to his friends and neighbors for sponsoring his Mascot campaign. Louie raised $3044 for the Emergency Medical Fund for pets like him who need specialized medical care right away! Louie looks forward to meeting you and the rest of his adoring public! 

Louie's word of advice:  "Neuter your dogs to lessen the risk of perineal hernias."

Next up on the OMHS events calendar is the Paws Fur the Holidays.  Watch for further information and plan to attend… or maybe, volunteer!

Join OMHS as a member and recieve the newsletter, Pet Connection, to get all the news and the list of donor and volunteer names. Go to the membership page and enroll now!  November is membership month.  You will be glad you joined an energetic, active, caring non-profit organization.



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Rummage Romp for Pets was a Fine Success!

The Rummage Romp for Pets held in July was a great success with some new ideas that worked out very well!  The amount raised was $2087.65 and our expenses were $436.00, primarily for advertising. This was the 8th year for the Rummage Romp for Pets and it continues to grow in volunteer strength, donation of items of quality and interest, and in the curiosity of the shopping community for intereting items at a good price! 

There was a marvelous volunteer staff to make this important fund raiser successful. Thirty volunteers helped with the set-up on Friday afternoon and the whole procedure went smoothly… we were almost done by 3 p.m.!  A record!  Chair for the event was Judy, ably assisted by Mari Sue and Jeannie. 

Doors opened at 7:00 a.m. and plenty of folks were in line to be first to get the great items for sale!  Mari Sue provided dvd music as background to encourage a great shopping experience, and Joanne and Marilyn had home-baked cinnamon rolls and brownies, coffee, and lemonade for sale to energize the shoppers.  It was the total shopping experience!

OMHS is very grateful to the volunteers and to the shoppers who made this event a success.  The dollars raised are so important for sheltering, feeding, providing the medical care needs, and, of course, the TLC for the vulnerable animals in the temporary care of OMHS.  Be an adopter and make the stay in OMHS care very short for a dog or cat, pup or kitten!

A complete list of volunteers, as well as the donors of items is in the OMHS newsletter, Pet connection.  Become a member and get all the news details! Go to the membership page and sign on for a great cause!

Here is a photo of the Friday afternoon volunteers! (Just click on the image to see the entire picture!)

Rummage sale volunteers

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Alex Plays Well with Others!

Alex is such a nice young gentleman who is determined to have a great home to show off his talents and lovable personality!

Alex is a young cat under 2 years old.  He still has a lot of kitten in him and he loves to play and show off his athleticism!  Alex is a nice and friendly cat.  He really does play well with others and he has lots of friends here at the "cage-free" shelter.  Alex will whisper his story to you when you come to interview him. (Tip: he was found as a stray, a youngste, in a trailer court across the river. But pretend you don't know his story as he whispers it to you.  Just tell him he is safe now and will be well cared for!)

Wouldn't Alex look great in a Green Bay Packer cat collar?

Alex is not a large as Max, he is at a more modest weight of 8 pounds.  His sleek black fur is shiney, and he keeps his white fur meticulously clean.  Alex is the whole pacakge! He is up-to-date on vaccinations and will pack his bag with some food, a toy or two, and his very own blanket he can use for a cat nap. 

Interview Alex at the Adoption Center @ 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, located behind the main building at the Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Center.  Hours are Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon.  You may call 608-604-8834 for more information about Alex.  He will await your call for an interview.

Alex 2015 Alex 2 2015


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Max is a Big, Declawed Cat!

Max is a very lovable cat!  He is mature and experienced feline who will fit in beautifully to a wonderful, loving home.  You will wonder what you did without this affectionate fellow!  Max is a mackerel tabby cat and a stunning orange fur coat shows off his beautiful green eyes!  He has a sense of humor… his photo shows his ability to look handsome and a bit mysterious while concealing his mischievous side!

Max is declawed… OMHS did not declaw him because we have issues with the pain of declawing…so he was declawed in his earlier life.  He weighs in at about 12 + pounds.  Max is friendly and playful.  He loves to lounge about and take restful naps when not playing and observing everything around him. Max will need to exercise and watch what he eats… and how much!  It would not be the best idea to give him "free choice" at the food dish!  He is up-to-date on his vaccinations and ready to travel to your home.

Come visit Max at the Adoption Center located at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills.  Hours are Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 to 12 noon.  You can call 608-604-8834 for more information about Max.  He will be awaiting your call.

Max declawed 2015

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