Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Features

August 17, 2013

Batesville couple fosters military pups

BATESVILLE — When Bob and Joanne Schrimpf’s dog was dying 18 months ago, “we just couldn’t picture doing another 16-year commitment, but we were dog people, and knew we’d miss the walks and (sound of) nails on the floor.”

The Batesville woman looked online into fostering pups, came across the website for Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets and completed an application. “They interviewed us by phone,” then officials worked on finding a dog for the couple to nurture.

The Schrimpfs turned down two pit pulls, a boxer and dalmatian due to their sizes and because they were traveling last winter. Soon the GASP Kentucky liaison got in touch with Carol Highhouse, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Indiana foster coordination liaison. Volunteers were having trouble placing two beagles adopted from rescue agencies in New York and North Carolina who belonged to a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Knox.

“I can do two beagles,” she decided. The couple drove to Kentucky to meet the servicemember and her pets. “We got to see her house and what her standards of care are. They were very sweet dogs. You could tell she was checking us out, too.” Once the deployment date was solid, “she came up with her friend’s truck piled high with beagle equipment” and the dogs to drop them off. “I gave her a private moment” in the backyard. “It was emotional.”

The owner is expected to remain in the Middle East for six to nine months. “We hope to be just really good babysitters of them with the expectation these are her dogs.”

“There are very serious contracts and paperwork .... If she gets killed in action, there are ways that’s handled, too. She has named the person who would take the dogs long term.” Schrimpf realizes, “The soldiers are doing important tasks at great risks.”

Text Only
Features
  • nws-gb041614-Shelter Spotlight pic 2- (Pics share cutline) Shelter Spotlight: Pets of the Week GREENSBURG - Another week brings more animals currently housed at the Greensburg/Decatur County Animal Shelter in need of loving permanent homes. This week, the Daily News presents Fred and Ivan. Fred is a three year old puggle mix. According to shel

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY 1741 - Frederick II of Prussia defeated Maria Theresa's forces at Mollwitz and conquered Silesia. 1790 - The U.S. patent system was established. 1809 - Austria declared war on France and its forces entered Bavaria. 1814 - Napoleon was defeated at the

    April 12, 2014

  • ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY 0193 - In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Seversus was proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum. 0715 - Constantine ended his reign as Catholic Pope. 1241 - In the Battle of Liegnitz, Mongol armies defeated the Poles and the Germ

    April 9, 2014

  • nws-gb040914-Shelter Spotlight pic 2- page 12 (both pics share cut) Shelter Spotlight: Pets of the Week GREENSBURG - Another week brings more animals currently housed at the Greensburg/Decatur County Animal Shelter in need of loving permanent homes. This week, the Daily News presents Melody and Henry. Melody is a wonderful young cat. She came to the sh

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY 0896 - Formosus ended his reign as pope. 1541 - Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits. 1581 - Francis Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world. 1687 - King James II ordered that his declaration of indulgence be

    April 4, 2014

  • nws-gb040214-Shelter Spotlight pic 1- page 10 (Both pics share a cut) Shelter Spotlight: Pets of the Week |GREENSBURG – Another week brings more animals currently housed at the Greensburg/Decatur County Animal Shelter in need of loving permanent homes. This week, the Daily News presents Peter and Suzie. Peter is a two year old toy fox terrier and Chihuah

    April 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb032814-Shelter Spotlight pic 1 (Both pics share a cutline) Shelter Spotlight: Pets of the Week GREENSBURG - Another week brings more animals currently housed at the Greensburg/Decatur County Animal Shelter in need of loving permanent homes. This week, the Daily News presents Scarlett and Nathan. Scarlett is an eight month old female cat. Shelt

    March 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • toDAY IN HISTORY 1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book. 1622 - Indians attacked a group of colonist in the James River area of Virginia. 347 residents were killed. 1630 - The first legislation to prohibit gambling was enacted. It was in Boston, MA. 163

    March 22, 2014

  • ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY 1349 - 3,000 Jews were killed in Black Death riots in Efurt Germany. 1556 - Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake at Oxford after retracting the last of seven recantations that same day. 1788 - Almost the entire city

    March 21, 2014

  • nws-gb032014-Severe Weather Preparedness Week lightning jpg March 16-22: Severe Weather Preparedness Week-32 Governor Pence has issued a proclamation declaring proclaimed March 16-22, 2014, as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. 2014 is the 40th anniversary of the April 1974 Super Outbreak, still the largest tornado outbreak in the U.S. and the third largest

    March 20, 2014 4 Photos