2017-07-13 / Arts & Entertainment News


Furry Friends partners with Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans

Pups will take to the waves Aug. 26 for the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic in Jupiter. 
DAVID SCAROLA PHOTOGRAPHY Pups will take to the waves Aug. 26 for the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic in Jupiter. DAVID SCAROLA PHOTOGRAPHY Giving Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch in Jupiter the accolades it truly deserves, it is exciting to report that it has partnered with Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans to bring rescued dogs for training at the Martin County Correctional Institution Work Camp. They are helping at the correctional center and available for adoption in Palm Beach County as well.

Thanks to the fine work being done by Pat Deshong, the president, and her “army” of volunteers, both organizations save animals from high-kill shelters and have unique training programs that partner pets with people. Hallelujah!

Lorri Volkman, of Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans (D4DV), reached out to Mrs. Deshong to discuss the program and partnership. Both organizations have specialized training for service dogs for veterans, so they agreed to work together to help at the work camp.

Pat Deshong of Furry Friends with a dog that has been adopted. 
COURTESY PHOTO Pat Deshong of Furry Friends with a dog that has been adopted. COURTESY PHOTO The lucky dogs in the program must pass a test to demonstrate the right temperament for training. They will enter the facility for four months for training exercises. The dogs are placed at the work camp, where inmates train the dogs through a train-the-trainer program. At the end of their training, the dogs will be available for adoption. The dogs, inmates and future adopters benefit through the rescue, training and placement process.

Mrs. Deshong visited the Martin County facility with Ms. Volkman, trainer and co-founder of Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans, and was impressed with what she saw. She met with prison officials as well as with several of the inmates who were accepted in the program. They discussed the feasibility and benefits of the program for both dogs and inmates.

Tito (left) and Circle K (above) will be trained by inmates at a Martin County prison to assist disabled veterans. Tito (left) and Circle K (above) will be trained by inmates at a Martin County prison to assist disabled veterans. “I insisted on visiting the prison prior to committing to the program. I wanted to meet the inmates involved and see for myself where our dogs would be living,” Ms. Deshong said. “I felt very good about the program after they demonstrated their knowledge of basic obedience training and when they expressed how meaningful it was to have dogs as companions. It was obvious that the dogs meant a great deal to them and that they were instrumental in their rehabilitation. We presently have two dogs with a request from them for four more for a total of six.”

Ms. Volkman agreed.

“It is a WIN, WIN, WIN. First, the dogs are rescued by Furry Friends. Then the inmates learn a new skill, training dogs. The dogs become adoptable because they’re trained, and last, we get to see if the dog can become a candidate for our organization, Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans.”

COURTESY PHOTOS COURTESY PHOTOS Mrs. Deshong realized the opportunity in partnering with the program. “It means so much to the inmates to have a dog by their side while they are rehabilitating, and our rescued dogs have a chance to spend one-on-one time with someone that will train and care for them. This is a reward-based program for good behavior for the inmates that are accepted into this training program.”

The first two dogs to enter the program are Tito and CK. Tito is a 1-yearold terrier mix that was surrendered by another shelter, and CK is a year-old hound mix that was found in the parking lot of a Circle K in Jupiter. Both pups were deemed as great candidates.

Furry Friends, based in Maplewood Plaza in Jupiter, also has a 27-acre ranch in Palm City.

Oh, and don’t forget to put the Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic on your calendar for Aug. 26. Held in Carlin Park, It is a fabulous fundraising event for Furry Friends Adoption Clinic & Ranch and is sponsored by All Animal Eye Care and Jupiter Pet Emergency & Specialty Center. Thousands of folks come out to watch the dog surf competition and have great summertime fun. They even have dog surf lessons, so sign your dog up now.

To learn more, about Furry Friends and how you can support the organization visit www.furryfriendsadoption.org or call Pat Deshong, president, at 561-747-5311.

Pier-spectives in Juno

One of my very favorite educational places to visit every summer is the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, where the cool breezes blow across the turtle tanks along the ocean and you can go inside to look at the fish tanks and exhibits.

This facility, led by the charming and dedicated president/CEO, Jack Lighton, not only saves and heals the precious turtles it rescues, but also provides a family-friendly place to spend an afternoon with lots of activities going on and marine wildlife to observe.

Get out your cameras — the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is currently calling photographers of all ages and experiences to submit their best photo of the Juno Beach Pier for the Center’s “Third Annual Juno Beach Pier Photo Contest.” Submissions opened July 3 and run until Friday, Aug. 11, so there is plenty of time to get involved.

Last year, contestants from across Palm Beach County participated, with over 65 photo submissions and over 30,000 views of the Facebook album. Notably, the contest also created engagement in the community.

Photos must reveal one’s “pier-spective” of the iconic Juno Beach Pier in some way. All submissions will be uploaded to Facebook for an independent panel of judges to review and identify the winners. The most “liked” photo will be named the Facebook fan favorite.

LMC will showcase and announce the grand prize winner and additional winners at Marinelife Day at The Gardens Mall in the Grand Court at noon on Saturday, Aug. 19. The grand prize winner’s photo will be featured as the official Juno Beach Pier Facebook profile picture and will win a $200-value LMC gift basket, including a personalized sea turtle adoption. Select photos will also appear on the official Juno Beach Pier Instagram.

Contestants may submit one high-resolution photo (iPhone photos are accepted) via email to Hannah Deadman, LMC public relations & communications coordinator, at hdeadman@marinelife.org by Friday, Aug. 11, to be entered in the contest. For more information, visit www.marinelife.org/pier, or call 561-627-8280.

Summer at ArtCenter

Located just blocks away from where I live is the beautiful, exciting Lighthouse ArtCenter, featuring a great exhibit this summer, “Drawn to the Arts,” a national award-winning children’s book illustrators exhibition running through Aug. 11.

“Indians and robots, monsters and bunnies, heros, history and humor – the galleries are brimming with illustrations by artists that we know and love. Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre and Bank Street Book of the Year Award Winners — the original artwork from America’s bestselling author/illustrators is here in the world class exhibition right in the heart of Tequesta,” reads the slick membership card brochure mailed to my home.

Coming up next time: I’ve been a member of the Lighthouse ArtCenter for many years and worked closely with this art treasure hidden away in Gallery Square North since I had my own art gallery a few doors down, Tequesta Galleries. I won’t miss this treat of a show and I’ll try to tell you more about the event in my next column. We’ll also have a look at the new board of directors for the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. ¦

— Hope you liked the Burt Reynolds interview last week — let me know. Keep in touch at csaunders@floridaweekly.com or CarolChatter@aol.com. Send in your society, art or theater news to be included in “Carol’s Corner.”

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