It doesn't take too much effort to help those in need

Cherie DaLynn, the owner and founder of the no-kill domestic animal rescue and sanctuary For the Luv of Paws in Golden Valley, nine-year-old Eightball, a lovable American Pit Bull Terrier who is a resident of the facility, and I pose by the cat and dog food Chris Marie and I delivered to the sanctuary. The animal and cash were from visitors to Chris Marie’s and my Christmas lights and blowups display donated.

Cherie DaLynn, the owner and founder of the no-kill domestic animal rescue and sanctuary For the Luv of Paws in Golden Valley, nine-year-old Eightball, a lovable American Pit Bull Terrier who is a resident of the facility, and I pose by the cat and dog food Chris Marie and I delivered to the sanctuary. The animal and cash were from visitors to Chris Marie’s and my Christmas lights and blowups display donated.

I have been pondering about what my next blog should be about and my decision has been extremely difficult due to the inordinate amount of news, both good and bad, going on within Mohave County.

My sweetheart Chris Marie continually tells me I should alternate when writing my blogs; after a hit piece, I should write a feel-good one.

Because of Chris' guidance and direction of which I always attempt to follow (remember the best two words to say to a woman is YES, DEAR), I decided to sit down in front of her computer and bang out a new blog. At first I was going to write a cumulative-type blog of the good and bad news that occurred in Mohave County during 2011, and allow the readers to decide what category it fell into.

You probably wonder why I am using Chris' computer to write my blog. Well the answer is simple; mine is at my computer doctor Bits-N-Bytes to be repaired because some person who had nothing better to do or some website sent me a malware. I know the term malware sounds as if my computer might have some newly-discovered cancer and it could be partially deemed true. In short, a malware is a malicious software consisting of programming codes, scripts and other really nasty stuff designed to disrupt or deny operation, gather information that leads to loss of privacy or exploitation, or gain unauthorized access to system resources, or that otherwise exhibits abusive behavior. Before you jump to any conclusions, a malware is different from a computer virus, but I will let your computer guru explain the difference next time you have to visit him or her when your computer takes a dump.

Because there seems to always be so much bad news written about in the newspaper and also seen on TV, I decided to accept my honey's challenge and tackle a couple of things that I consider the good stuff that is happening in Mohave County.

Many people have "come out of the woodwork" to help people and charities in need, and many organizations are providing a viable service to the community and our county such as the various no-kill domestic animal rescues and sanctuaries. Just about everywhere you turn, there is a facility accepting unwanted animals and they then in turn attempt to place those animals up for adoption. Some pets are luckier than others; a family learns about them and like magic, the previously unwanted animal has a new family and is headed to its new home where it will be cared for and loved. However some of the unwanted friends with wings, tails and fur are not so lucky and ultimately spent the rest of their lives in a no-kill domestic animal rescue and sanctuary.

Chris is one of those loving and generous people who has a soft spot in her heart for all things with wings, tails and fur, and she likes to help out those in need. But I have discovered she also has a dark side to herself and that is an addiction and/or an obsession - she can't stop making her annual Christmas light and blowup display larger each year.

I was able to see her addiction and/or obsession first hand during her after-Christmas shopping jaunts to both Bullhead City and Kingman, for new LED lights and blowups for the 2012 Christmas season. Yep, she is already figuring out where specific blowups will be situated in our yard for the 2012 Christmas season even though the 2011 display hasn't been taken down yet. As she walked down the aisles of the local store, she reached into her pocket to take out a ballpoint pen to write something down on a piece of paper and all that she pulled out were some spare Christmas light bulbs and twist ties. My mild-mannered honey turned into a "shark on a feeding frenzy" as she filled the two shopping carts with lights, garland, blowups and other Christmas related stuff like they were the "last loaf of bread during a famine."

Chris describes her annual Christmas display as a way of giving back to the community. She says there are many people who either do not have the resources, finances or capabilities to put up their own Christmas decorations. "There are many elderly people who have visited our Christmas display and they have said they appreciate ours." Chris, who likes to refer to herself as Santa's helper, says, "I will continue to make everyone's Christmas a little brighter and cheerful as long as I can."

There have been many people who have offered to help out with our electricity bill because of the Christmas display because they know 54,000 lights, 40 blowups, 30 lighted deer and a whole bunch more electrically operated stuff consumes a lot of electricity, but both Chris and I have said no thanks. The reason is because we enjoy what we do. However this year, we did decide that we wanted to help a couple of local charitable endeavors - one was the Marine Corps Toys for Tots (dear to my heart) and the other was to donated to a no-kill animal rescue and sanctuary (dear to Chris' heart).

"We put the word out asking visitors to our Christmas lights and blowups displays to either bring a new unwrapped toy to be turned over to the Toys for Tots representatives in northern Mohave County and/or some foods products for a no-kill animal rescue and sanctuary," Chris said. Many of the visitors brought enough toys for about 100 local needy children, a bunch of dog and cat food, and some cash donations for both organizations.

Chris and I turned the toys over the Toys for Tots representatives just prior to Christmas and we feel our efforts made Christmas a little better for some needy children in our area.

On Dec. 30, Chris decided to deliver the dog and cat food, and cash to For the Luv of Paws located at 8115 W. Oatman Rd., in Golden Valley. When we arrived, we were met by Cherie DaLynn, the owner and founder of the no-kill domestic animal rescue and sanctuary, David Robinson, the caretaker of the facility, and also nine-year-old Eightball, a lovable American Pit Bull Terrier who is a resident of the facility. As we were turning over our donated cash and bounty for the animals, we learned DaLynn currently has 60 dogs, 100 cats, two ferrets and a couple of really cute lop-eared rabbits. She said that she is currently maxed out on the number of dogs she can currently accept and hopes interested people would contact her to check out the different types and breeds of loving animals that are available for adoption. Interested people can visit her website at http://www.fortheluvofpaws.org, give her a call at either (928) 897-7304 or (702) 376-0882 and/or fax them at (928) 565-4217.

There are other domestic animal rescue and sanctuaries also located in Mohave County that have "your next loving pet" available for adoption. You can contact the Kingman Animal Shelter at (928) 753-2727, The Western Arizona Humane Society at http://westernarizonahumane.org/welcome-to-kingman-western-arizona-humane-society to see what animals they have available at their shelters throughout the county and/or complete a search on the internet for other animal rescue and sanctuaries in your area.

We all know that with each New Year, most everyone attempts to make a resolution that normally falls to the wayside sooner or later. However why not make a resolution that is assured to be successful; either visit an animal rescue and sanctuary and adopt a loving new family member or donate some time to help take care of those unwanted furry friends.