To the editor:

I am a fairly new resident to Brownwood. I have worked as a mobile dog groomer for the 10 months Iíve lived here and so I know the education factor of how to care for animals has been seriously dismissed. The recent article about the 15 puppies left to suffocate in a trash bag is a prime example. Unfortunately, Iím sure the individual responsible doesnít read the paper. Iím also sure their name has been in it several other times in the police reports. Granted, we animal activists canít reach every single individual in our small town. I do my duties to help educate and inform each time as I arrive at an individualís residence to groom their pet.

I have a challenge to the Humane Society board, and that is to hold lectures informing these uninformed individuals and personally make it their mission to reach every Tom, Dick and Harold. I realize that the board has had many trying times lately, but the big picture is being missed. Educate, inform and be leaders.

I would also like to bid a farewell to Cheryl Campbell, Humane Society director of five years. Since Iíve been in Brownwood, this wonderful woman has given her heart and soul to all the new projects that are going on. Thank you Cheryl. You will definitely be missed, and good luck on your advancement to achieving your Ph.D. In closing I would like to inform by sharing the 10 commandments of dog ownership.

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well being.

4. Donít be angry with me for long and donít lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I donít understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps Iím not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak?

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you canít bear to watch. Donít make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

Signed, a groomer, technician, trainer, and most of all concerned citizen.

Trent Hudspeth