People, Places & Events




Dog Fest set for Saturday
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The third annual Dog Fest, is coming up this Saturday,
Festivities begin at 9 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Mabank Pavilion.
There will be lots of games and contests for you and your dog. Admission is free – your dog should be on a leash and up-to-date on his shots.
Friends of the Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake are excited to invite all area dogs and their well-behaved owners to come have a fun morning.
With lots of games, contests, food, and gifts, this promises to be the entertaining event of the year. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake and CLAW will be on hand with beautiful dogs available for adoption – making it easy to add one more best friend to your household!
One of the great silent auction items will be a hot air balloon ride, valued at $250. You won’t want to miss this!
A donated autographed hat from NASCAR’s Greg Biffle will be given to a lucky someone.
Visit the Bluebonnet Emporium in Gun Barrel City any day or Friends’ clinic in Gun Barrel City on Tuesdays to participate in the giveaway.
Professional dog trainer Joan Guertin will be in attendance giving obedience demonstrations and answering behavior questions.
Most adult dogs end up in shelters because of easily solved behavior issues. Guertin will also show how easy it is to teach your dog to sit, stay and come.
Expert volunteers will be available to microchip your dog. A tiny chip is painlessly inserted into your dog’s scruff and if he is ever lost and ends up at a shelter, a quick scan returns him home! The cost is just $20 and includes permanent national registration.
There will be lots of contests, such as best dressed dog, smallest dog, largest dog, looks most like owner and more! Prizes as well as ribbons for winners will be awarded.
There will be many vendors with the usual and the unusual. Crack dog photographer Terri Hudson will be available to take a picture of you and your dog.
Friends of the Animals is a 501[c][3] nonprofit charity doing spay/neuter surgeries every Tuesday by appointment only. In its five years of being open, the clinic has performed more than 11,6000 surgeries, saving and preventing literally millions of little lives.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is also a nonprofit charity providing a second chance for hundreds of beautiful, loving cats and dogs. They will bring a few dogs for adoption to Dog Fest so think about adding another wonderful critter to your heart and home.
For more information about this event, call 903-887-PETS (7387) or go to the website at

VNA offers a wide range of home services
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–The Visiting Nurse Association provides a wide range of healthcare-related services throughout the tri-county area, Cedar Creek Kiwanis members heard Wednesday.
Jessica Gannon, professional relations manager, said the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) was established in 1934, and offers in-home medical and hospice services.
Based in Dallas, the VNA serves residents in Kaufman, Henderson and Van Zandt counties, along with Dallas, Collin, Denton, Rockwall, Ellis and Tarrant counties, Gannon said during the club’s weekly luncheon at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Visiting Nurse Association spokesman Jessica Gannon shows a “Passport to Healthcare,” a booklet that enables a person to record and easily carry a list of their medications, past healthcare problems, needed telephone numbers and other health-related information.

Home healthcare services include physical and occupational therapy, skilled nursing, medical social work and tele-health monitoring, allowing skilled medical personnel to remotely monitor a patient’s vital signs.
Gannon demonstrated an in-home tele-health monitor, which enables a patient to monitor vital signs at the same time daily.
The monitor provides verbal instructions on how to set up and record blood pressure, temperature and heart rate.
“This is free with a prescription,” Gannon said.
When asked how the monitor makes sure the recordings are made the same time every day, Gannon explained the monitor will verbally remind the patient about the scheduled testing.
“It’s quite insistent,” she added.
Specialized care programs offered by the VNA help individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, cardiac care, diabetes care and wound care.

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Jessica Gannon (left) demonstrates a home health monitor on Kiwanis president Dr. Jeanne Caillet during the club’s weekly luncheon Wednesday. The monitor verbally offers instructions on how to record blood pressure and other vital signs.


Under hospice care, the VNA can work with the family up to 13 months, and can address the full range of patient needs.
“With hospice, we will supply any durable medical equipment needed that falls under the hospice benefit,” Gannon said.
Under its primary home care program, the VNA aids individuals who have chronic, long-term illnesses or disabilities with in-home professional care.
The VNA also offers an eldercare program, offering assistance to individuals 60 or older, including escorted transportation, shopping and errand assistance and home safety assessments.
“We are a United Way affiliate, and a non-profit organization,” Gannon said.
For more about the VNA, call (214) 689-2355, or check the website
In club news, members:
• were reminded of the club’s upcoming installation banquet Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
• were reminded the club’s monthly service project will be creating treat bags for Mabank Nursing Home residents, and would be held Wednesday, Sept. 26.
• heard the club’s regular Sept. 19 meeting would be cancelled.

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake

My name is Ben. I am a beautiful male Yellow Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control, so I have no history. So far I am a very friendly boy and I seem to walk okay on a leash. I am current on my shots. I am a good kid looking for my new forever home.

My name is Pete. I am a beautiful male Beagle mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. So far I seem friendly and seem to get along with others. I am a good boy looking for my new home.

My name is Shelly. I am a beautiful Collie mix? I was brought to the Shelter by animal control so I have no history. So far I am a sweet baby. I am full of energy and just plays with other puppies. I have been started on my shots. I am a wonderful kid looking for my forever home.

My name is Rebel. I am a beautiful male Pit Bull mix pup. I am somewhere around 12 weeks old. I am a sweet and playful puppy. I have just moved out of the cat room. I have lived with cats until I was started on my shots. I am very playful with cats. I am such a wonderful young kid in need of a new wonderful home.

Pictured are just a few animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals. The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220 County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at