March 11, 2010
Meetings, TV mention
I’m cleaning out the notebook a bit this week – from a community banning together to fight crime to Holly Springs receiving a good plug on national TV.
Close to Nowhere
Friends and companions
What with our esteemed and beloved Dr. Childers receiving Vet of the Year and our esteemed and beloved Dr. Milton Winter discussing dogs and such and then the very sad letter to the editor we have in the paper this week, dogs have been on my mind a lot lately.
The Preacher’s Corner
Happy for Dr. Childers and staff
I cannot think of a better recipient for the Mississippi Veterinary Medicine’s Association’s Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year award than our own Dr. David Childers of Holly Springs!
He won my heart:
One of the sweetest little dogs I’ve ever met was a throw-away.
My grandson found him Dec. 30 of 2009.
He was sick, skinny and scared. I don’t know how long he had been there.
A black and tan, male Chihuahua, he was a sweet, smart dog, but he was very sick.
My sister fell in love with him. When she took him to her vet, he told her he was 13 or 14 years old. He also said he weighed half what he should and had heart worms so bad he would die, because he could not live through the treatment in the shape he was in.
So for six weeks he lived in doggy heaven. She had to put him down because he had begun to suffer.
This is just to let you know and you know who you are. When your child gets to be too much trouble, or your parents or grandparents get sick, just dump them out on the side of the road, so some kind soul will find them. I’m sure they will be better off with someone who really cares.
We called him “the old man.” He doubled his weight in six weeks. He looked like a puppy, and we wish he could have been.
I have had many dogs, but this little fellow won a place in my heart.
Be alert for scams:
National Consumer Protection Week runs from March 7-13 and Mississippians should be aware that there’s a new scam every day.
Someone posing as a census worker may ask for your Social Security number. A “charity” may call and say they need your bank account number. An e-mail may tell you to click on a link for a “free” trial offer.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS), Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), wants Mississippians to be alert that these may potentially be con artists trying to steal your identity and your money.
Some general tips to avoid scams:
1. Never give out your Social Security, Medicare or bank account numbers over the telephone. Further, do not give the names of your children or grandchildren.
2. Beware of callers who say they’re from an organization such as Medicare and they need to know your Medicare number. If they truly were from Medicare, they wouldn’t need to ask. Nor would they call or visit your home unless you called them first.
3. Never purchase items online from a website that you’ve found from an e-mail link. It could be a fraudulent site. If you know the name of an organization you want to do business with, go to the website on your own. Only buy from secure websites -- those with “https” as part of their web addresses.
4. If a charity calls wanting a donation and you’d like to donate, hang up, look up the name of the charity and call the organization yourself. The caller might not have been from the organization at all, or might have been a middleman who pockets most of the money and funnels little of it to the actual charity.
SMP educates and empowers seniors to prevent, identify and report health care fraud and abuse. For more information, contact SMP at 601-359-4929 or 1-888-240-7539.
National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated consumer education campaign. For more information, go to http://consumer.gov/ncpw.
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