Tag: Toby

Sweet Lorane Community News, March 24, 2022

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Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
March 24, 2022
By Pat Edwards

This morning, as I try to figure out what I can write about, I’ve decided that it would be fun to tell you a little about a subject I’ve been trying to work in for quite some time. As most everyone knows, for Jim and me, our family is the main focus of our world. Many of you know our daughters and son, our grandchildren and even our great-grands. Each of them have their own homes and live their various, busy lives in ways that make us proud. Since we have been “empty-nesters” for some time now, we’ve turned more and more to our “furry kids” to help fill our lives. Unfortunately, their life spans aren’t long enough. Each time we have had to say goodbye to any of them, it has been heartbreaking. Each one is special and as much a part of our family in their own time and place as our human kids. I’d like to introduce three of our current ones to you today.

Jo-Jo, aka Joey

We’ve had Jo-Jo the longest… I usually just call him Joey. His mama and another female cat had been dumped at our store over 14 years ago. Both were pregnant, so we caught them and kept them in the old tavern building where they delivered and raised their kittens. We took the mamas in to have them spayed after the kittens were weaned and found homes for them all. Jo-Jo came home with us.


We adopted Toby from a rescue in San Diego, California. He’s a small blue heeler with a big attitude. He arrived in Eugene in a crowded dog carrier sitting precariously at the very back and top of an enclosed van where he had been for the two-day trip. He was scared and very quiet on that morning as he was unloaded from that van. I was very quiet, too, and I remember my eyes were red and swollen, for, very early that same morning, I had returned from the vet’s office where I had been forced to say goodbye to my beautiful, sweet Shortie dog who was to be Toby’s brother. We had not planned it that way… it just happened. So, Toby and I immediately bonded in our fright and sorrow.

BB… Can you believe his daddy is a blond Labradoodle? 🙂

BB came into our lives as part of a local rescue. His mother and litter of puppies had been found running down Siuslaw River Road. We found the owners and they willingly turned the puppies over to a nearby rescue group. We fell in love with BB and he, Toby and Joey have become “brothers.” We have two other female feline members of the family, but I’ll have to tell about Oreo and Xena in another column sometime.

Toby, BB and Joey are quite the challenging group. Each one is very possessive of me, especially. They love Jim, too, but Toby has set himself up as my protector and he would like to keep others (people and animals) away from me whenever possible. BB, who looks like a black Irish Setter with brindle accents, is usually submissive, but wants, and sometimes demands, his attention, too. And, the older Joey gets, the more determined he is to not be left out when he feels attention is needed… which is often.

One morning I was sitting at the breakfast table reading the paper and all three were gathered around. They don’t beg for food… they each just want to be the ones getting the attention on each side of my chair. All of a sudden, BB and Toby got into one of their very rare fights. It sounded real, but they’ve never hurt each other in any way. I got up to break it up when all of a sudden there was a flying hairball with clawed feet splayed out, pouncing on top of the melee. Joey had had enough of their childishness and decided to end the fight himself. Toby, whose back was blanketed by a very angry cat, yelped and disengaged from BB. I grabbed Joey and threw him outside so the dogs wouldn’t turn on him, and told the other two “kids” to stop it immediately.

They soon settled down and when I let Joey back in the house, he immediately walked over to Toby and nuzzled up against him. Toby, in turn licked Joey’s ear tenderly.

It so reminds me of what it was like raising our own kids so long ago. Being family has always meant we love each other, but arguments and fights are inevitable. It’s ok—and expected—to fight amongst ourselves, but if you really want to feel the fangs, just let someone from outside the family circle hurt one of us. I love it! If only we could all be one big family!

Sweet Lorane Community News, June 13, 2019

Fern Ridge Review
Sweet Lorane Community News
June 13, 2019
By Pat Edwards

I am really enjoying our summer this year. Yes, we’ve had a couple of much-too-hot days this past week, but for the most part, the temperature has stayed within comfortable limits.

I’ve been able to spend some time outside in the evenings, working in my flower beds and making sure that everything has been watered and the birds feeders are filled. It’s my favorite part of the day. Our two canine kids, Toby and B-B, love it too. They think that they need to be wherever I am when I’m home, even though it is pretty boring inside the house while I’m working at my computer. Their excitement really kicks in when Jim or I can be outside with them. They have the horse watering tank to cool off in—it has become their own personal pool since we no longer have horses on our property. Then, they do their self-appointed jobs of running the 5-acre fence-line around our house to keep an eye out for the UPS, FedEx, or garbage trucks that sometimes head up our hill.

Jim is improving although he still isn’t driving and he continues to have mobility issues and must use a cane. For the most part, though, he’s enjoying his time at the store and working in our yard, as he can, between our almost daily trips into town.

I want to mention again a very important meeting for the Lorane area that is coming up on Thursday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. Members of the Lane County Department of Transportation will be meeting with the public at the Lorane Grange to discuss the plans and ramifications of the realignment of the 7 miles of Territorial Highway between Gillespie Corners and the town of Lorane. As anyone knows who has driven that section, the road is narrow, curvy and has no shoulders. The fog-lines are right at the edge of the pavement which immediately slopes down into a drop-off or ditch on both sides.

For years, the major uphill curves of Stony Point have been dropping—giving way under the weight of traffic heading south. That section of the formerly state-owned and maintained road has, for years, needed to be filled and repaved often to keep the low, sinking pavement level with the rest of the surface.

Lane County has taken over the ownership and maintenance of Territorial Highway and has received a large multi-million dollar grant that will pay for needed work on Territorial—much of it dedicated to the Lorane project.

Be sure and attend the meeting if you have any questions or concerns about what is being planned. A lot of us will be impacted by the process.

As you can probably tell, there’s not a lot of Lorane or Crow news to report this week. However, we have some really big events coming up in the next month or two which I’ll discuss further in future columns, but here are the dates so that you can mark them on your calendars:

July 13 – The 16th Annual Crow Car Show, Crow High School
July 27 & 28 – The Art in the Country Artist and Author Festival, Applegate Regional Theater (Corner of Central & Fleck Roads)
August 3 – Lorane Community Wide Yard Sale
August 11 – Lorane Community Potluck and Ice Cream Social

Sweet Lorane Community News – February 09, 2017

Fern Ridge Review
Creswell Chronicle
Sweet Lorane Community News
February 9, 2017
By Pat Edwards

I missed telling you about the February Lorane Movie Night event that was held last weekend. It sounds like it was a good one, and I apologize. The two movies were “A Farewell to Arms” (1932) and “A Brideless Groom” (1947), but the big draw was that it was also a Valentines Chocolate Potluck as well.

Just to make sure that you know about the March event, I’ll list the info now. On Saturday, March 11, the last movie of the 2016-2017 season will be shown. It’s a John Wayne movie entitled “Angel and the Badman” (1947) and will be accompanied by a skit by the Crow High School Drama Club. If you get a chance, plan on attending. The movie nights are held between October and March each year at the Lorane Grange. They are great events with good food (soup and salad dinners), good movies, and great people to enjoy the popcorn and camaraderie with. More info can be found on the Rural Art Center’s website at https://www.ruralartcenter.org/movie-night

Do you like to sing? Would you like to sing in a choir? The Lorane Christian Church is planning an Easter cantata and invite anyone who would like to join them. Ages 10 and up are encouraged to participate. Practice times will be worked out when they know everyone’s schedules. If you are interested, give Heidi Rusten Langstraat a call at 541-556-6223 or send her a Facebook message.

Shortie2 03-01-16.jpgThis past week has been a very difficult one for me, personally. It’s been a week of changes, both heartbreaking and renewal. Jim and I lost our Shortie who, for 16 and a half years, was my constant, loyal companion, walking buddy and devoted friend. His quiet presence was always there for me when I felt the need get away from a turbulent world for a short while, at least. I’ve known for a long time that his time would be coming soon, but I always felt that when that time came, he would let me know. He let me know last Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Jim was already asleep and had an early day the next morning, so I called Gloria shortly after midnight; she called her sister, Michele, and the three of us made that trip to the emergency vet with Shortie. Everyone who has pets can identify with the pain one feels about making a decision to say goodbye to a special member of our families, so I won’t go into detail, but as each of you know, it was incredibly hard. Thank you, my sweet, wonderful daughters for helping me through the ordeal. It was such a special gift to not only Shortie, but to me, as well.

Toby and me.jpgRemarkably, two weeks before, I had found a young, 8-month-old rescue puppy on-line that we applied to adopt so that he could join our family in time to pick up some pointers from Shortie. He was to be shipped from San Diego where he had been abandoned and taken to a high-kill shelter before being rescued by an Oregon rescue group. Six hours after saying goodbye to Shortie, with little sleep, my bloodshot, swollen eyes and a raging headache Gloria and I picked up our little Toby.

He is a small size (mini or toy) Queensland Blue Heeler and he was very scared after the long trip in a van with about 30 other dogs in crates. He snuggled down into my arms as Gloria drove us home. Since then, Toby has provided a distraction and the quiet and sometimes exuberant love that I needed at the time and in so doing, he formed an immediate bond with not only me, but with Jim, as well.

I think Shortie would have approved.