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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,Evening Sun Staff | May 28, 1991
HUNDREDS OF Pets on Wheels volunteers -- without their pets -- are putting on a party they are calling ''Bone Voyage.''The evening aboard the Lady Baltimore, open to the public, is a benefit for Pets on Wheels, a program of the Baltimore City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education, in which volunteers take their pets to visit nursing home residents. It began nine years ago when four volunteers and their pets visited four nursing homes. Today there are 170 teams in the city and more than 600 statewide who visit nursing homes, some home-bound elderly and developmentally disabled.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Alicia I. Floyd, a homemaker and volunteer, died Dec. 13 of Alzheimer's disease at her home in the Brightwood retirement community in Lutherville. She was 75. The daughter of George Dudley Iverson IV and Gertrude Rausch Iverson, the former Alicia Lee Iverson was born in Baltimore. After the death of her mother, she moved with her father and stepmother, Julia Goldsborough, to Burleigh Manor, the historic Howard County estate that dates to the 1700s. She was a 1956 graduate of Garrison Forest School and made her debut that year at the Bachelors Cotillon.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1997
Dr. Frank Folke Furstenberg, a retired allergist and Sinai Hospital official and founder of Pets on Wheels Inc., died of Parkinson's disease Tuesday at his Guilford residence. He was 92.Dr. Furstenberg went to work for Sinai Hospital in 1946 as director of the medical care clinic, which served public assistance clients, and retired in 1984 after holding positions including director of the outpatient department and associate director for program development.He also closed his private practice in 1984.
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By Janet Gilbert | June 5, 2010
"Pets on Wheels" may not be the best name for the charitable organization my husband and our dog are volunteers with. It conjures up an image of a roller derby league for pets in one's mind. At least, in this particular one's mind. But Pets on Wheels is a collection of volunteers with docile, friendly and somewhat obedient, prescreened pets who commit to visiting area nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in our county. Its mission is to bring the joys of simply petting a dog or cat to the residents, who often have to give up their pets to enter these facilities.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1996
Willy, a young beagle-basset, was up to little good last spring, roaming loose on Maryland Avenue, lacking street smarts and facing an uncertain future.He was rescued by Jean Box, a Pets on Wheels Inc. official, who took him home to her family. Willy then began commuting to work as the unofficial office mascot, visiting Alzheimer's disease patients weekly at Keswick Home in Roland Park and cheering up most everyone in sight, from Ms. Box's children to the elderly patients.If only the future of Pets on Wheels Inc. were as solid as Willy's, Elaine Farrant says of the statewide nonprofit that she considers the major way people visit the aged.
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September 29, 1995
In yesterday's LIVE section, an incorrect day was listed for the Pets on Wheels Dog-a-Thon. The event will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Call (410) 366-PETS for information.The Sun regrets the error.
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By Muphen Whitney and Muphen Whitney,Contributing writer | April 15, 1992
The "Complete Book of the Dog" describes the bichon frise as "a small, pure-white, curly-coated dog with an appealing and lively character."The half-dozen residents of an assisted living home for seniorcitizens in Howard County might describe the bichon frise they know,Miss Tillie, as pure love."
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 30, 1996
For the first time in its director's memory -- and that goes back nearly 14 years -- Pets on Wheels has had to ban a dog from visits to a nursing home because it bit someone there. The director of the nursing home responded by banning Pets on Wheels. That's a first, too. And a very sensitive matter.We're picking this story up three months after the bite but in the midst of what are described as "talks" among the parties involved -- the injured woman and her attorney, the owner of the dog and her insurance company, the president of Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center, and Elaine Farrant, who runs Pets on Wheels.
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October 17, 1993
Privatizing Pets On WheelsThose of us who have been active with the Pets on Wheels program during the past decade were proud to read the editorial, "Privatized Pets," (Oct. 4). Due to the dedication of Coordinator Karen Martin and her board, the Anne Arundel County program has grown in spite of financial difficulties.Two years ago, the Baltimore City Commission on Aging also privatized its Pets on Wheels program and helps support the program with a grant. Howard County government followed suit in July.
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October 4, 1993
Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall's latest privatization effort involves three outreach programs of the Department of Aging, which include visits to nursing homes by adult volunteers, pets and children.More than 300 people volunteer a total of 10,000 hours each year visiting elderly and disabled men and women at the county's nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and adult day-care centers. Also participating in the program -- and providing significant entertainment for the elderly -- are some 190 pets, including dogs, cats, a rabbit and even a pot-bellied pig named Golda.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2010
When she spotted Boomer, the eager yellow Labrador with the blue Pets on Wheels bandana around his neck in the lobby of the Heartlands retirement community center, 83-year-old resident Pat Conway couldn't resist. She held the 3-year-old dog's head in both hands, pulled her face close to his and began talking softly to him. "You're a good one," she said, rubbing behind Boomer's ears as he began looking to his owner, retired lawyer Chris Vissers, 64, for one of those tasty bacon-flavored treats Vissers had in his vest pocket.
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June 22, 2007
Despite threatening skies, the Centennial Fun Run began its 29th season Tuesday with 140 participants, said organizer Arleen Dinneen. "It was great. We were worried that we might not be able to hold it because of the weather. But we did, and it was a wonderful crowd," Dinneen said. The one-mile run though the neighborhood across from Centennial High School begins and ends in front of Dinneen's house, on Colonial Drive. Dinneen said the summer tradition is a "Howard County Striders' event.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1997
Dr. Frank Folke Furstenberg, a retired allergist and Sinai Hospital official and founder of Pets on Wheels Inc., died of Parkinson's disease Tuesday at his Guilford residence. He was 92.Dr. Furstenberg went to work for Sinai Hospital in 1946 as director of the medical care clinic, which served public assistance clients, and retired in 1984 after holding positions including director of the outpatient department and associate director for program development.He also closed his private practice in 1984.
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By DAN RODRICKS | October 30, 1996
For the first time in its director's memory -- and that goes back nearly 14 years -- Pets on Wheels has had to ban a dog from visits to a nursing home because it bit someone there. The director of the nursing home responded by banning Pets on Wheels. That's a first, too. And a very sensitive matter.We're picking this story up three months after the bite but in the midst of what are described as "talks" among the parties involved -- the injured woman and her attorney, the owner of the dog and her insurance company, the president of Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center, and Elaine Farrant, who runs Pets on Wheels.
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By Sally Buckler and Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 19, 1996
JENNIFER MELICHAR, a seventh-grader at Mount View Middle School, would make any mother proud. For her work as a volunteer in Fidos for Freedom and Pets on Wheels, and her active membership in Happy Hounds 4-H Club, Jennifer received an invitation from the county executive's office to attend the Howard County Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony and reception Sept. 26.Her mother, Sandy, is proud, and very happy that her daughter has been honored by the invitation.At the annual event, outstanding volunteer groups and individuals -- usually adults -- are recognized for their selfless contributions to our community.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1996
Marianne J. Kelly sees double after brain tumor surgery but her clear vision for cancer patients has eased psychic pains for scores in Maryland.She's aware of cancer aftereffects. She saw her 14-year-old sister die. Her 4-year-old daughter went through four years of leukemia treatment and has been free of the disease for 16 years. She survived chemotherapy and a 16-hour brain tumor operation in 1989.Her long recovery led her in January 1995 to begin working to minimize the trauma of changes from treatments.
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October 4, 1993
Anne Arundel County Executive Robert R. Neall's latest privatization effort involves three outreach programs of the Department of Aging, which include visits to nursing homes by adult volunteers, pets and children.More than 300 people volunteer a total of 10,000 hours each year visiting the elderly and disabled at the county's nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and adult day-care centers. Also participating for the entertainment of the elderly are some 190 pets, including dogs, cats, a rabbit and even a pot-bellied pig named Golda.
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October 3, 1993
Court and Beverly Blatchford of Ferndale have volunteered with the county's Pets on Wheels program for more than two years. They take their two dogs once a week to visit the Meridian Nursing Home in Brooklyn Park for about an hour.Volunteers' comments: "My father's condition was similar to that of some in nursing homes," Mr. Blatchford said, "and I felt I wanted to do something for people, to help them."We have two wonderful dogs -- a part-golden retriever, part-collie named Gideon, and a mixed lab and poodle, Sirius.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1996
Willy, a young beagle-basset, was up to little good last spring, roaming loose on Maryland Avenue, lacking street smarts and facing an uncertain future.He was rescued by Jean Box, a Pets on Wheels Inc. official, who took him home to her family. Willy then began commuting to work as the unofficial office mascot, visiting Alzheimer's disease patients weekly at Keswick Home in Roland Park and cheering up most everyone in sight, from Ms. Box's children to the elderly patients.If only the future of Pets on Wheels Inc. were as solid as Willy's, Elaine Farrant says of the statewide nonprofit that she considers the major way people visit the aged.
NEWS
September 29, 1995
In yesterday's LIVE section, an incorrect day was listed for the Pets on Wheels Dog-a-Thon. The event will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Call (410) 366-PETS for information.The Sun regrets the error.
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