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Cotati Heart & Soul By Deborah Taylor-French

"We Are all Here On Earth to Help Others..."

Nov 15, 2018
by Deborah Taylor-French


"We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know."

W. H. Auden

Happy Holidays to you and thanks for reading

A special shout out to  Brenda Bellinger,  Alicia Hugg,  and  Barbara Harris  for saying they read this column each month. 

Cotati’s Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 7th  

Come to this enjoyable Cotati event. The celebration happens from 4 to 8 pm in  La Plaza Park.  When our daughter attended Thomas Page School, we loved singing Christmas Carols with Cotati’s  Troup 4 Boy Scouts.  “The children grow excited on the count down (to the annual lighting) that they almost rush the stage,” said  Mark Landman.  “…an old tradition in Cotati going back well over twenty years. The event includes free cocoa and coffee, arts and crafts and…Santa Claus on a fire engine.”   Josh Rheinhart,  The Community Voice.

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library Food Drive

Bring canned food to the library. Each winter they donate food to the  Redwood Empire Food Bank.  In a spirit of giving, remember those in need year-round. Beyond the feeling, and benefit of doing good,the library will forgive your late fees. That’s right. Time to square your library account and fines by bringing canned food. Vegetables, beans, soup, stew, and chili all help fill empty tummies and warm people. 

Holiday Special, free gift wrapping and shipping 

Marc Hoffman  makes a most generous offer. When you buy a copy or two of Red Sky at Night: Dog Leader Mysteries from me, he will gift wrap and mail it for you in the U.S.A. Please email me at my public email above or find me at  Redwood Writers Club   holiday meeting and potluck at the  Flamingo Hotel,  Sunday, December 9 from 2-4:30 pm. Come at 1 pm to listen or ask questions in the Author Support Group I facilitate. Guest speaker will be  Elizabeth Stark.  She promises to deliver on the topic: Secret to a Page-Turner.

Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Luckily, our local animal shelter is proactive helping pet lovers. Take advantage of their   “Get Them Back Home” Campaign  – Every lost pet should have a way to get back home. Rohnert Park Animal Shelter  provides a FREE pet ID tag and a back-up microchip to all residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati.  No appointment necessary, just come by the shelter during regular open hours: Wed. 1-6:30; Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 1-5:30; Sun. 1-4:30. Thanks to  Mickey Zeldes,  the RPAS supervisor for her weekly column, All About Pets  in The Community Voice. Her article on preparedness for pets inspired this section.

Do you have pet carriers handy for rabbits and cats? Is your dog’s leash kept in the same place?  Do you have pictures of your pets in case they disappear? Are they microchipped so they will be easy to identify?  Do you have a list of all medications your pets are on? Smart suggestions: Scan or snap a smart phone photo of each bottle of pet medicine. You will need these to show to a veterinarian after you evacuate to get a refill. Also take a picture of each pets’ vaccination records to show proof if needed. 

If these methods are not available, put pet medical information with pet emergence supplies or pet crate. Pack a bag with pet food and litter. These items will need to be rotated every two months to keep them fresh and usable. Some emergency shelters allow pets. Still, make a backup plan where your pets can stay in case a shelter does not have room for pets. For a list of what items to gather and keep for your pet during an emergence visit ASPCA disaster preparedness or the




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