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Ask about pets: And they’ll turn up at The Union! I had no sooner gotten to work on Wednesday when receptionist Betsy Hunter gave me a note that said “Speedy” was here. When I went to the lobby, there was Alta Sierra resident Candy Leach with Speedy, her 2-year-old desert tortoise. Candy got Speedy at Incredible Pets in Grass Valley when he was a little guy – 2 months old and about the size of a silver dollar. Now Speedy is the size of a casserole dish and will eventually grow to the size of a manhole cover. Did I mention he will probably live to be 120 years old? Candy had him all painted up; even his toenails were bright red. Speedy made quite an impression, by the way. As soon as Candy finished boasting that he was housebroken, he pooped on our carpet! Tortoise poop, for those of you who have never had the pleasure, is quite large in comparison to the tortoise. Just as Candy finished cleaning up the mess (good thing we’re about to start remodeling!) he pooped again! Never a dull moment here at The Union …

Happy dog tale: His name is Meeko, and he had been at the Nevada County Animal Shelter for two months – which is just about the limit before putting an animal to sleep. I saw a picture and he’s a cutie; shepherd-Akita mix, about a year and a half old. Cheryl Wicks sent me another desperate e-mail with the words “Help save Meeko!” I called her to get some additional details and she told me Meeko was adopted by two guys from Truckee Wednesday afternoon, just as I was writing this column with a plea to adopt him. Sometimes things just turn out right. But, before I could hang up, Cheryl told me about Lancelot, a 1-year-old neutered male tabby cat who is friendly and needs a home. Cheryl says he’s a good companion. If you’re interested, call 273-2179. As usual at this time of year, the shelter is full of cats and kittens.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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