Dwight area bassethounds will be wagging their tails with pride in a few weeks thanks to an honor bestowed on Veterinarian Dr. Lou Cronin of Dwight.
Cronin will be presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue at its annual auction, Saturday, April 16.
GABR was started 18 years ago by Dwight residents Larry and Emmy Little and Fran Gray. Gray passed away five years ago but the Littl
es carry on the tradition.GABR’s mission is to rescue bassets who are abandoned, at shelters, left along the side of the road, or belong to people who can no longer take care of them.
Dr. Cronin has been providing services to the organization since its inception, Larry Little explained. “Everybody loves him,” Little said of Cronin. He was referring to the pet’s owners, not just the pets.
d us if we need help to call him anytime,” Little added. Little said there have been occasions when Cronin was called out of bed at 3 a.m. for an emergency. “He [Cronin] knows the business inside and out,” Little said. “He treats them all like family. And he’s one of the best human beings I have ever met.”
The award given to Cronin will be part of the organization’s fund-raising, in which more than 1,000 donors contribute to the cause.
“We have basset friends all over,” Little said.
During the past 18 years, the organization has rescued 4,000 bassets, paying for “an awful lot of Veterinarian bills.”
Each dog averages $600 in medical costs, but the GABR charges people just $250 for the dogs, thus the need for fund-raising.
“We have had some medical bills that far exceed that cost,” Little said.
He told the story of one basset hound run over by a car and the owner could not afford to pay to save the dog. So instead, the vet purchased the animal and gave him to the GABR to be adopted by a new owner.
The Paper readers may be more familiar with the famous basset waddle held as part of the Harvest Days parade in September each year.
Little said he chose bassets because everyone or every living thing, needs help sometimes.
“My thing about life — everyone needs a charity,” Little added.
The event will be held at Jennifer’s Garden in Morris, April 16. The doors open at 5 p.m .
For further information call Little at (815) 584-1044.
To create her winning design, she melded flower and vegetable gardeners into one concept.
Memorial to her meant a “tripod” held wreath.
She recalled the tools often used at her grandfather’s farm, the bright flowers her grandmother would plant on the edge of the family garden.
The design includes orange, red, and yellow circus roses, purple radicchio cabbage, green kale, orange tulips, asparagus, purple mums, brussels sprouts and parsley and bright orange carrots to dangle as a ribbon.
At the event the third place and second place winners were announced, and her “heart sank” as she believed she did not win.
Then the announcement came that the first place winner was Kaitlyn Harlow of Joliet Junior College, and she said she and her teacher “screamed like blooming idiots.” Pun intended.
Harlow, who currently resides in her grandmother’s home in rural Kinsman, was the adjunct floral teacher at JJC. She attended JJC under the direction of Donna Theimer, American Institute of Floral Design, who attended with Harlow.
Harlow has an associates in Floral Design and Interior Plant Scapes from JJC and a bachelor of education and a minor in horticulture from Kansas State University.
“I just find arranging flowers effortless and the key is don’t over-think,” she said in a news release issued to The Paper.
“But I tell you, there was no other arrangement like mine at the contest,” she continued. “Dang, Maybe I should have over thought a little,” she joked.
The criteria for the category was to have at least three years professional experience, and create a design using two design techniques.
She decided to use techniques she learned under the direction of Donna Theimer.
“Donna has been an incredible mentor, and encouraged me to enter into this show, with our floral design students,” Harlow said.