WITH PETS ON WHEELS Volume 2 - Winter 2003
Pets on Wheels is an all-volunteer,
non-profit organization dedicated to providing companionship to
patients of nursing homes and hospitals.
NOTE FROM MIKE
like to thank each volunteer for his or her time and dedication
to the Charles County Pets-on-Wheels program. Please note that
you can contact me via e-mail or through the Pets-on-Wheels HOT
address is: CCPetsOnWheels@aol.com You
can also get updated information from the Web Site at: www.CCPetsOnWheels.com
TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR Make a note of these dates!
he second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM is when we hold
our POW Board Meetings at Genesis. All POW members are welcome
to attend. Immediately following, we conduct our monthly Pet
Screening. The third Thursday of each month, I have scheduled
a Pet Parade at one of the facilities that we visit. Check the
schedule (attached or at the Web Site) to determine the facility
that we visit for any particular month. The fourth Monday of
each month, we visit RICA. RICA is a residential placement for
troubled youth. Anyone interested in visiting can contact Mike
at 301-392-0155. Periodically POW has special daytime visits.
These are also listed on the schedule. Tuesday, March 18th,
Volunteers are needed to run BINGO at the Jaycees Hall. Our annual
fund-raiser will be held on Saturday, April 19th from
9:00AM – 1:00PM at the La Plata Wal-Mart. Remember to check
the Pets-on-Wheels Web Site or call me to confirm all upcoming
like to welcome new volunteers and thank them in advance for their
service. At the January screening,we welcomed six
new/returning members. “Maggie” is three-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi and is the
proud companion of Janet and Pat Fulcher.
has recently retired from the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics
Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. I am willing to bet that Janet doesn’t
miss the daily commute from Mechanicsville to Fort Belvoir any
more than she missed the commute when
DLA’s Headquarters was at Cameron Station.
a Blacksmith and in addition to shoeing horses, creates works
of art out of iron.
Dave and Kathy Romero referred Janet
and Pat to Pets-on-Wheels while Pat was shoeing Dave’s horses.
will be visiting Charles County Nursing Home in La Plata.
the January screening, “Lulie”, “Panche” and “Necca” were re-screened. These Cavalier
King Charles Spaniels will be returning to Pets-on-Wheels
along with their handler Dawn Camp. Genesis will continue
to enjoy their company.
but not least, “Bailey”
and “Natasha”, Red/Rust
Dobermans that are handled by Peggy Boss were re-screened.
“Bailey” and “Natasha” will be visiting
Charles County Nursing Home.
At the February screening, we welcomed “four”
new members. They were:
“Kippy” is a three year old, twenty-two pound,
Jack Russell/Beagle mix who is the proud companion of Jill
Bikowski. Jill and her husband Don reside in Issue, Maryland
and Jill works for the U.S. Department of H.U.D. downtown DC.
and Jill will be visiting the Waldorf Healthcare Center.
“Wee Little” is a two-year-old Terrier
who is a bundle of joy (and a lot to handle) for Cynthia Goad.
“Wee Little” and Cynthia will be
visiting the Waldorf Healthcare Center. Cynthia and her husband
Scott reside in La Plata and Cynthia works in La Plata for the
Department of Social Services. Rough commute Cynthia!
“Jack” a 137-pound, 8-year-old Doberman/
Rottweiler mix joins us along with his owner Charles Morrison,
Jr. “Jack” and Chuck will be visiting Charlotte Hall
where he has done other volunteer work for many years. Charles
and his wife Starley reside in La Plata.
“Bridgett” is a one-year-old, 12-pound, Cookopoo who joins
us along with her owner Cheryl Moore. Cheryl and her husband
Mike, both work for the Prince George Board Of Education. “Bridgett”
and Cheryl will continue to visit Charlotte Hall where she has
been volunteering with her son. “Bridgett” and family
reside in Mechanicsville.
t is that
time of year again for the PETS-ON-WHEELS annual fund-raiser.
It will be held on Saturday, April 19th in front of
the La Plata Wal-Mart on Route 301 from 9:00AM – 1:00PM.
All volunteers are asked to attend with their pet. We have a
bake sale in which each volunteer needs to bring individually
wrapped goodies to sell. We also ask each volunteer to try and
collect a minimum of a $25 donation from your friends and family.
All collections should be brought to the fund-raiser. Checks
can be made payable to Pets-On-Wheels and are tax-deductible.
the December 3rd, 2002 Pets-on-Wheels Board Meeting,
the Board Members and guests bid a sad farewell to Heather, her
three dogs, three cats, and her two children; Alex and Alexis
and of course Mohamed who had already departed for sunny California.
six years of providing leadership to the organization, Heather
relinquished the Director’s position to Mike Capps. In
addition to the farewell cake, the attendees presented Heather
with several mementos. The theme of the gift giving was a gift
that she could use while traveling across the states. She received
several “books on tape”, crossword puzzles, bubble
bath, card games, car games, gift certificates and much more.
the primary concerns that Heather had prior to leaving was what
would happen to the Charles County Chapter of Pets-on-Wheels after
she left. I assured her that while she is gone; we
will work together as a team to keep the organization going.
wanting to add Heather to your Christmas card list, her mailing
address is: Heather Abul-Hawa, 676 Ascot Place, Brentwood, California,
94513. Heather’s telephone number is: (925) 516-4102.
(Heather’s Long Distance carrier is AT&T – so
those of you who also use AT&T can call her toll-free.) Heather’s
new e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sure that she would love to hear from you.
(Dave Romero has agreed to write
this portion of the newsletter in future issues. In the
this issue, I would like to use this space to tell you
a little about the Capps’ family.)
“Lola” has been a volunteer with Pets-on-Wheels
since December 2001. During one of the obedient classes being
taught by Diana Miller-Blandford, Diana introduced us to Pets-on-Wheels.
As Aurora had not completed her mandatory community service, we
contacted Heather (and her school counselor) to determine if Pets-on-Wheels
would qualify. The agreement with Heather was that after Aurora
fizzles out, Mike would take over. Aurora is now a freshman at
the Community College of Southern Maryland and would like to transfer
to Salisbury next year. Aurora also works part-time at Long Horn.
“Lola’s” primary care provider for feeding and
grooming is Yoshiko. Yoshiko visits Genesis whenever her schedule
allows. Yoshiko is Manager of Whitehall Jewelry.
The Capps’ oldest daughter is Andrea. Andrea graduated
from McDonough High School and has a degree from the University
of Maryland College Park. Andrea is 27 and is single. She purchased
her own house off of Wakefield Circle in Pine Field in July 2000.
Andrea is Manager of Whitehall Jewelry in Arundal Mills. (Seems
to be a theme here!)
“Lola’s” best friend and vice
versa is Mike. Mike retired from the Army in 1989 after twenty-two
years of service in Washington DC, Augusta GA, Fort Ord CA, Camp
Drake Japan, Taegu Korea,
Okinawa Japan, and Clark
Air Base Philippines.
Mike met Yoshiko while assigned in Japan
and has been happily married for 32 years. After retiring from
the Army, Mike worked as a Defense Contractor for the Navy in
Cheltenham until the base closed and them moved to the Washington Navy Yard. In January 1998, Mike
joined the Pentagon Renovation Project and works on the Voice
Switch Team (VST). The VST has responsibility for transitioning
twenty-two telephone switches within the Pentagon to their renovated
and the Capps family look forward to their regular visits to Genesis
and especially to the Pet Parades.
(You can view additional
photos of Pet Parades by clicking on Photo Gallery at the top
of the page).
WALDORF HEALTHCARE CENTER PET PARADE
December 10th marked our annual Christmas Pet Parade
at the Waldorf Healthcare Center. In addition to more than twelve
of our pets, volunteers and Santa, Sara Taylor a reporter with
the Maryland Independent was at the event with her photographer
– Gary Smith. The Maryland Independent wrote a feature
article on Heather and the six years she spent with the organization.
The article appeared in the Friday the
13th edition of the paper.
Charles County Nursing Home and Rehab
The Charles County Pets-on-Wheels
had a good showing at the Pet Parade held at the Charles County
Nursing Home and Rehab Center on February 13th. The
theme was Valentine’s Day and most of our pets were dressed
for the occasion. Hope to see you at the next Pet Parade scheduled
for March 20th at 6:30 PM at the Waldorf Healthcare