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LeslieG. June 28, 2013 at 05:25 pm
Mutts Matter is a MD rescue, and all the adoption events are in MD. Can't you find a rescue basedRead More closer Oakton area to feature in the Oakton Patch?
Anoneemous May 11, 2013 at 04:18 pm
Help stamp out the Post Office. Private sector companies can run it better, faster, cheaper and atRead More no tax payer expense. I never thought I would see the day when I said something like, ditch the USPO, but the time has come.
mc6 May 12, 2013 at 01:05 pm
Yeah the mailman left my donations in the box so maybe he didn't get the memo...
Mutts Matter Rescue September 20, 2012 at 09:39 pm
Thanks Angie. He's such a sweet, easy-going boy, I suspect he will have a new home soon.
Mutts Matter Rescue September 20, 2012 at 09:39 pm
He's actually being fostered in a condo, but loves his daily walks.
Amanda Cavanaugh October 14, 2013 at 10:26 am
Oh my. I have always had kitties, but he's a doll. Aww, he's such a photogenic sweetie.
Karen Hock September 13, 2012 at 04:17 pm
What a little cutie! I love the story! I hope you find a forever home. I have four babies at homeRead More that I have rescued. I would love to take you home but, alas, I will be in the dog house.
Mutts Matter Rescue September 14, 2012 at 04:44 am
Wow Karen...four is a lot, but it's great you chose to rescue. You can also help by recommendingRead More Ricco's story and sharing it with your friends. His home is out there.
John Smith September 11, 2012 at 11:52 am
A big shout out of thanks to the students at Thomas Jefferson who organized and who areRead More participating in this program! You embody the spirit at the core of what it will take to continue making this world a better place for all people.
Carol Lewis September 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm
Thank you, students! You set a good example for us all.
Grace Terzian September 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Congratulations to Fairfax County and the firefighters/paramedics who gave up their weekend time forRead More this fundraiser! I'm glad I contributed.
Tierney September 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm
Blessings to Lauren and her family for giving Monty a chance in this life. I have two dogs and IRead More just can't fathom how people can be so careless about a dog. There is simply no better love than the unconditional love and loyalty they give. Dogs are the best people I know.
Randy Rawson September 6, 2012 at 02:21 pm
There is a special place in Heaven for folks like Lauren Bradford. Her parents should be veryRead More proud.
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abigail magnani September 2, 2012 at 02:05 am
Aboslutely at great cause!! However, we were at the intersection of West Ox Rd. andFair LakesRead More Parkway today. We were going to turn Left on W. Ox; the left turn lanes were red. A nice FF was carrying the boot; as we put in our cash, the light turned; car were unaware of anyone on the median line, zoomed ahead, and two FF's had to jump out of the way. Not sure that this is the most safe way to go about this.
Joel Kobersteen September 2, 2012 at 01:03 pm
Thank you very much for taking the time to write, Abigail. As the coordinator of the Fairfax CoRead More Fill the Boot Campaign, my mission is to have a safe campaign that has as little impact on traffic flow. As I tell the firefighters and my committee every year, "I do not care if someone is waving a $100 dollar bill out of their window, if it is not safe to receive the donation, wave them on." I am sending a message to everyone reminding them remain on our normal high level of awareness of traffic flow around them and to get to the safety of the median or sidewalk when the light turns green. Fairfax Co Firefighters are trained to a very high level to operate in and around NoVa traffic. Given that our personnel are Filling the Boot at controlled intersections and only when the light is green, this is a much safer situation than our typical emergency responses on the uncontrolled interstates and normal roadways of Fairfax Co. After two days of collecting, Fairfax Co Firefighters have collected $318,220! Our third shift, A-shift, is collecting today and C-shift collects again tomorrow. A-shift is looking to outdo B and C-shifts to be the highest collecting shift in Fairfax Co! A huge "Thank You" goes out to the citizens and visitors for helping Fairfax Co FFs help Greater Washington MDA and the families in the Washington, D.C. area that they assist on a daily basis. Also thanks for keeping Fairfax Co FFs in the top 3 in the US for amount collected!
Robert F. Dorr September 3, 2012 at 11:42 am
I wonder if Joel and others understand how intimidating it can be when you're approached by anRead More official wearing work uniform and an official-looking high visibility vest. Is this a firefighter using his public office to make me feel so intimidated that I'll feel pressured to donate, or a member of the SWAT team getting ready to rub me out? Contrary to Joel's assertion, this irritating and intimidating event is not being carried out safely. I've watched motorists come close to hitting one of these firefighters. I can reinforce Abigail's assertion that you don't want to be at West Ox and Fair Lakes Parkway when they're out browbeating us. I'll never forget the ominous and threatening look on the face of the firefighter carrying that ridiculous boot when he realized that I wasn't going to open my window, stop at a green light, or speak to him. For the exceedingly trivial amounts collected this way, this program is undermining civil servants who, for the most part, enjoy the trust and confidence of Fairfax County residents. This is a bad idea and it needs to be killed.
Lisa Pell August 23, 2012 at 02:55 pm
Love the name and mission of Mutts Matter, and the folks at Boone & Sons are to be commended forRead More their generosity. Hope "Diamonds in the Ruff" is a fabulous success. On a lighter note, pet fans might want to check out a music video I've produced with the help of several local musicians, Nothin' Butt a Mutt. http://youtu.be/rGv09fZuops It's also available on my website, www.whosyourdaddybaby.com. Enjoy!
SummerTime August 2, 2012 at 09:40 pm
I'm sure your God would watch and approve of you judging others. You don't know the background storyRead More of these people or why they no longer had the time. I have an in-law who due to old age and dementia was mentally unable to care for the dog and it had to go to a shelter. I guess in her 70s she forgot God was watching (dementia no doubt) and I guess she never believed in God.
taffy/toby August 5, 2012 at 02:46 am
hope it's a deal...let us know
Jackie Hardman August 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm
Where us this cutie pie?? I love him
Sherry July 26, 2012 at 08:06 pm
She is beautiful! what a great mix -- border collie's are so smart, and bassets have the bestRead More dispositions! Whata cutiepie! If i had room for another rescue, i'd take in a heartbeat!
Sherry July 26, 2012 at 08:09 pm
rita, send an email to suzanne@muttsmatterrescue.com for more info on carolina
Mutts Matter Rescue July 27, 2012 at 11:56 am
Thanks Sherry for both your support of rescue and directing Rita our way!
Geraldine Gassek July 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm
So happy to know someone is interested in adopting Owen. I had -- and loved -- a rescued Sheltie forRead More 15 years who was a sweet, loyal companion. I now have two rescued dogs I adopted so could not take Owen but am so relieved to know someone wants him. God Bless the people who rescued him. May Owen and his new owner share long years of happiness together. :)
Lea July 28, 2012 at 03:42 pm
Did Owen finally become adopted?
Mutts Matter Rescue July 28, 2012 at 06:00 pm
Yes Lea. Owen has found his forever home. That's one lucky family...We may do an update story on himRead More once he's had some time to settle in.
Shelley July 11, 2012 at 04:19 pm
I agree with Supervisor Herrity, Fairfax County should be doing everything possible to preserve theRead More very few current riding and boarding facilities it has remaining. What good are all these parks and equine accessible facilities if they keep allowing development to drive out the equestrians and horses that use them? The County should definitely appoint an equine coordinator. The county's lack of equine knowledge and expertise in county equine farm planning has never been more evidient than them planning to build a bypass through Woodlawn Stables. I have been amazed at by the misguided assumptions both FHWA and Fairfax County has made on basic equine behavior and farm land use and management. If they had a County Equine Coordinator available, I believe they would have saved a lot of time and would have a far better relationship with the stakeholders, and the design and planning for this project would be more pleasing to the public.
ea July 12, 2012 at 05:41 pm
the parks department made significant cuts to personnel this last year and to date has failed toRead More fill essential positions, that is, if you consider janitorial staff to keep your wonderful recreation centers clean and operational, essential. i think improving services in the riding community is a great addition to fairfax counties offerings but i think they need to make sure they can deliver on what they have already invested in first.