`Dog Day Afternoon' at the Blue Cow Cafe

NEIGHBORS

May 07, 2002|By Dana Klosner-Wehner | Dana Klosner-Wehner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

OAKLAND MILLS resident Frosty, a 2-year-old Border collie, won the "Stupid Pet Tricks" competition at the Blue Cow Cafe last week. The dog's owners, Danny Sayre, 12, and his sister Jessica, 10, said it took no training at all to get Frosty to chase a broom while it was waved upside down in the air.

The competition was part of "Dog Day Afternoon," held at the cafe as a "stuff" raiser - no money was collected - for the Howard County Animal Welfare Society. Items collected included food for kittens and puppies, toys, old towels, nail clippers and bandanas.

The event was coordinated by cafe owner Karen Blue, whose daughter Shannon is a member of Brownie Troop 1072 from Thunder Hill Elementary School. The Brownies worked with Junior Girl Scout Troop 349 from Oakland Mills and Dunloggin middle schools to organize the event.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's east Columbia Neighbors column about an event at the Blue Cow Cafe held by Brownie and Girl Scout troops contained incorrect information. The event was to benefit the Howard County Animal Control Facility, the phone number of which is 410-313-2780. Also, Deborah Baracco is the administrator for Animal Control. The Sun regrets the errors.

About 20 dogs and their owners converged on the cafe - which features gourmet dog biscuits, along with people food, and a side window where dogs can stop for treats on their daily walks.

Representatives from the Snowden Square PetSmart offered dog training advice and free nail-clipping services for canines. The east Columbia Dogs and Company store gave out samples of dog food. Owen Brown residents Gordon and Peggy Spencer sold their original wood pieces. Brownies and Girl Scouts worked at tables making cat toys and doggie bandanas, which are used at the shelter to attract the attention of prospective owners who tour the facility.

The idea for the collection box grew from a Scouting event in January, said troop leader Julia Dougherty.

"The girls baked dog biscuits at the Blue Cow and brought them to the animal shelter," Dougherty said. "When we got there, we were told of all the things the shelter needed.

"We thought we would organize a collection box," Dougherty added. "Karen said we could leave the box in front of the cafe. Then she decided to throw a kickoff event."

The Animal Welfare Society houses about 3,400 animals a year, said administrator Deborah Baracco.

"I think it's wonderful that the girls are helping the animals and the community," Baracco said. "They are learning that animals are a commitment for life. The shelter is a byproduct of what happens when people don't take their responsibility seriously."

Girls from Brownie Troop 1072 who helped out were Christina Potis, Anna Ruggiero, Anna Simon, Emily Wagner, Nora Weil and Keighley Westhaver.

Girls from Junior Troop 349 were Bridget Foley, Maura Dougherty, Imani Henderson and Sadie Roosa. Troop members Michelle Alvey and Ashley Smith helped make posters.

The collection box will be at the Blue Cow Cafe, 5134 Thunder Hill Road, until Monday.

Information: 410-772-8999.

A box also will be at Thunder Hill Elementary School's Mayfest on Saturday.

Information: 410-313-6922.

To make donations directly to the Animal Welfare Society: 410- 465-4350.

For crime victims

About 400 people from Central Maryland gathered April 21 at Long Reach High School to remember crime victims and their families.

It was one of three memorials - called "Their Light Still Shines" - held simultaneously in the state. The services were sponsored by the Maryland State Board of Victim Services and the state's attorney's offices in Howard, Talbot and Washington counties.

It was the 12th annual event uniting families of victims, victim-services professionals and public officials. Each year, the memorials mark the beginning of the state's observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Howard County State's Attorney Marna L. McLendon was master of ceremonies for the Columbia event. Speakers were Howard County Police Chief Wayne Livesay; Roni Young, assistant state's attorney for Baltimore City; Stephen P. Amos, executive director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention; and Joseph I. Cassilly, state's attorney for Harford County.

Keynote speakers were Irie Harris-Mitchell, a Howard County resident whose husband, Donald Mitchell, was killed in 1998, and Crystal Mason of Long Reach, whose daughter Ashley Nicole, 14, was a homicide victim in November 2000.

Parents workshop

The Horizon Foundation will present "Parent Power," the fourth evening in a series of workshops to acquaint parents with resources for child-rearing, from 7 to 9 tonight at Long Reach High School.

Jim Conway, a senior trainer from the Search Institute of Minneapolis, will gave a talk, "Build Your Child's Strength to Meet Today's Challenges."

"We want parents to know they are not alone," said Peggy Alexander, coordinator of the Adolescent and Youth Program for the Horizon Foundation.

Admission is free, but registration is requested. Child care will be provided for children 4 to 12 years old. The school is at 6101 Old Dobbin Lane.

Information: 410-715-0311.

Columbia's birthday

Owen Brown and Kings Contrivance residents will have an opportunity to give Columbia their best wishes on the occasion of the town's 35th birthday.

The villages are preparing giant cards to be signed by as many neighbors as possible. The cards are available at the community centers until June 7.

Both will be displayed - along with cards from other villages - at a celebration June 16 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

After the celebration, the cards will be given to the Columbia Archives.

Information: Owen Brown, 410-381-0202; Kings Contrivance, 410-381-9600.

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