Humane Society at Calico Fort

Published 4:13 pm Monday, April 13, 2009

The Butler County Humane Society will be wagging its way to Calico Fort in Fort Deposit this weekend. Volunteers will be on hand to share info about the organization, sell raffle tickets on a giant doggy treat basket, take donations and offer some cute and cuddly puppies and dogs in need of “fur-ever” homes.

They are also excited to announce special guests at this year’s arts and crafts fair.

“Janice Plessner of Blue Ridge Kennels, a dog obedience training instructor, will be giving a demonstration in Obedience Training and a “Meet the Breed” program at Calico Fort on both Saturday and Sunday. Janice is also a breeder of champion Rottweilers and Corgis,” said BCHS member Faye Finney.

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Finney’s own dog, Chu Wee, a two-year-old, 185-lb. (and still growing) English Mastiff, is in training as a therapy dog and will be part of the Meet and Greet at the Fort.

Also participating at Calico Fort will be Debbie Goebels, an experienced search dog trainer and member of the Central Alabama Search Dog Association (CASDA). She trains canines like Snuffie the bloodhound to perform tracking and trailing in order to locate missing children, Alzheimer’s patients and other missing persons. These dogs also conduct scent line-ups and suspect identifications, and more. Dogs are also trained for both land cadaver and water cadaver detection and wilderness search and rescue. Goebels will be putting some of her detection dogs through their paces to entertain and inform the public at this weekend’s event.

“We are so pleased these ladies are going to be a part of Calico Fort to share their expertise in working with these animals, and to show off some of what man’s best friend can do for us,” BCHS president Herbert Morton said.

“We hope to see you all at the Fort this weekend!”