2007 Pampered Pets
calendar on sale
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–The Pampered Pets of Cedar Creek
Lake 2007 calendar, available at Bluebonnet Emporium and at the
Friends of the Animals clinic in Gun Barrel City Tuesdays, is
marked down in price to only $6.
This annual calendar is an important fund-raiser for Friends of
the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.
This calendar provides extra needed income to help keep the
doors open on the low-cost spay/neuter clinic.
Doing surgery every Tuesday by appointment only, this
organization, a non-profit charity, has performed almost 10,000
surgeries, saving/preventing literally millions of lives.
Surgery prices range from $25 for a male cat to $65 for a more
than 100-pound female dog.
Microchipping, at $20, is available every Tuesday – no
Dr. Glen Campbell, who runs a veterinary clinic in Garland,
comes to Gun Barrel City every Tuesday to perform the surgeries.
Your purchase of this calendar helps this much-needed service to
This project was conceived and is produced every year by
photographer Terri Hudson, who donates her time, energy and
talent to this project. Hudson and her lab Blanche are featured
on the back cover.
But this year’s biggest change is that it was professionally
produced by Cheryl Voris of 5oDezyn, a design and graphics
Voris is a long-time volunteer with Friends and this year spent
hours making sure every page of the calendar from front to back
Her dog Sammy is Mr. May and one of her cats, Cheeto, is CFO
(Chief Feline Officer) and is pictured on the back.
Please call (903) 887-PETS (7387) for more information on the
calendar, to make a surgery appointment or to volunteer at the
clinic any Tuesday.
Tax-deductible donations may be sent to P.O. Box 5455, Gun
Barrel City TX 75147.
And visit the web site:
Dream of running
your own business?
Special to The Monitor
OAK BROOK, Ill.–Ace Hardware will make dreams come true this
year with the launch of its Dream AceSM contest.
The unique contest will give aspiring entrepreneurs an
opportunity to compete to win his or her very own Ace Hardware
store valued at $1 million.
Entries for the Dream Ace contest will be accepted throughout
the month of January at www.dreamacehardware.com.
Successful contestants will demonstrate a combination of
business and sales expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and home
improvement knowledge, as well as a true commitment to
“Two qualities are at the heart of Ace Hardware and our store
owners entrepreneurialism and helpfulness,” director of
advertising and brand development at Ace Hardware Corp Paula
“Through the Dream Ace contest, one qualified and talented
contestant will be judged the winner and will have the
opportunity to join our Ace family of entrepreneurs, and, with
our help, build a successful future,” she added.
What’s in store for your future?
The selection process for the Dream Ace contest begins with an
online entry form, including an entrepreneurial-suitability test
and three essay questions, which will be reviewed by third-party
judges to identify the top contestant from each state.
Contest entries will be accepted from Jan. 1 through 11:59 p.m.
(Pacific Standard Time) Jan. 31.
Throughout February, the 50 state finalist contestants will be
narrowed down through a series of contest-related interviews,
presentations and other skill-based tests taking place in New
York City and Chicago.
All contest activities will be judged by qualified Ace retailers
or independent third parties and the Dream Ace Grand PrizeWinner
will be selected by vote of all Ace retailers present at the Ace
Hardware convention in Las Vegas March 15.
The culmination of the Dream Ace contest is the grand opening,
June 30 and July 1, of the winner’s store, which will be located
in Houston or an alternate location at Ace’s discretion.
The store prize is valued at approximately $1 million, and
includes opening stock inventory, fixtures, décor, and
Additionally, the winner and his/her staff will receive
extensive training and support from Ace similar to the
assistance the cooperative provides its new investors.
On the Road to Success
Beginning Jan. 4, a team of Dream Ace ambassadors will travel
across the country promoting the entrepreneurial spirit of Ace
Hardware and the Dream Ace contest. Bill Rancic, celebrity
entrepreneur and season one winner of “The Apprentice,” and Lou
Manfredini, national home improvement expert, Ace’s “Helpful
Hardware Man” and an Ace store owner, will cross the country in
two 45-foot buses dubbed the “Dream Ace Machines.”
The Dream Ace Tour will make stops at Ace Hardware stores in 40
cities, offering giveaways and a chance to meet Rancic and
“Because I started my own company and grew it from the ground
up, I understand the challenges and excitement of being an
entrepreneur. I’m excited to be part of a contest that will give
one entrepreneur the chance to fulfill his or her dream of
owning and managing their own business,” Rancic said.
For more information on the Dream Ace contest, official contest
rules (including winner’s significant ongoing store ownership,
management and other financial obligations) or to enter the
contest, visit www.dreamacehardware.com.
About Ace Hardware
Throughout its 80-year history, Ace Hardware has been known as
the helpful hardware store by both customers and communities.
With 4,600 hardware, home center and building materials stores
that generate annual retail sales of more than $13 billion, Ace
Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in
Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace currently operates 14
distribution centers in the U.S. and its retailers’ stores are
located in all 50 states and 70 countries. More information
about Ace can be found at www.acehardware.com.
Help available for
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–Animal shelter statistics show the majority of
pets relinquished by owners come as the result of basic behavior
problems. Most problems are easily fixed with some coaching from
Area puppy owners can receive that expert assistance through a
pair of behavior workshops (without dogs), to be held from
9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 and 20 presented by Joan Guertin
of Common Sense Dog Training and sponsored by The Friends of the
Animals Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic in Gun Barrel City.
The 90 minute sessions will be open to new puppy and dog owners
by reservation by calling April’s Pet Place at (903) 432 3642.
A portion of the $25 workshop fee will go to the sponsoring
Handouts will be available for each subject discussed and phone
consultations will be available for those attendees needing
Included in the workshop will be professsional advice on house
training, jumping, biting or mouth games, plus some basic
information on normal puppy behavior and demonstrations on how
to achieve some basic puppy obedience.
Reserve your space today.