The winter-loving dogs go outside to play, and they have their own playhouse — a plastic children’s house that the Andrewses had bought for the grandchildren 12 years ago.
The dogs fit inside the house, and there’s room for JoAnne to come in and visit with them. The doors open and shut.
“They don’t mind if it’s snowing,” JoAnne said. “Their hair is thick.” However, she noted that dogs do need shelter from the wind.
The dogs enjoy the best of both worlds — playtime outdoors and snuggle time indoors.
Personally, I agree that dogs should be allowed to come into the house, and my own dogs are proof of that. The Humane Society of Danville, the DEA and other animal lovers are to be commended for caring about what happens in other people’s backyards.
No animal should have to endure the biting cold (and that includes farm animals, as well). I know local people will step up with donations of dog houses and building materials so all pets can have a comfortable life.
— In the city, call the Humane Society of Danville at 446-4110 to arrange for pickup of dog houses or building materials.
— In Hoopeston, call the animal control officer at 283-5196 if you have a dog house to donate.
— To donate to Operation Warm Paws, send a check to the Education Personnel Federal Credit Union, 1102 N. Walnut St., Danville, IL 61832, and indicate it’s for Operation Warm Paws. For more information or to donate building supplies, call 260-5895. Deadline is the end of January.
The Vermilion County Animal Shelter Foundation is asking for help in returning a dog to safety.
Peaches is a 2½-year-old Yorkshire terrier mix with a tan/red coat. She ran away from the Village Mall on Jan. 5 during an adoption clinic event and has not yet been retrieved.