Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Features

August 17, 2013

Batesville couple fosters military pups

(Continued)

The male, microchipped dogs are about 3 years old. At 27 pounds, Tucker is the smaller one. Clancy, with a bigger head, weighs in at around 35 pounds. “I can pick them both up under each arm,” she reports.

During the first days in their new surroundings, “we were all sniffing each other out. You could tell they were bewildered ... they missed her and were waiting for her to come back.” The beagles’ play “turned relatively rough” one day that first week in mid-summer. They were separated by Jake Taylor, Portsmouth, Ohio, whom Joanne Schrimpf had coached in swimming while the couple lived there for five years. Taylor is spending the summer at their home while he performs a Berea College internship in Cincinnati.

“That was the only bad night,” recalls the friendly woman. She spent it watching reruns of “The Dog Whisperer” for guidance.

Friend Pam Staat gave the dogs welcome-to-Batesville presents. Schrimpf observes, “They take the squeaker out of any toy. Then out comes the stuffing.” Luckily only toys have been destroyed and not human belongings. While their owner jogged with the duo, “I’m just going on walks with them” at least twice a day. “They’ve gained several pounds, but I lost several!”

The biggest challenge in caring for the dogs? She replies, “My hate of bunnies that are going to disrupt my day.” When the beagles spot one, “It gets so loud. They howl. It’s just dreadful.”

“We’ve gotten several e-mails from the soldier’s father,” who was in the military as well. He wrote that “her knowing that the dogs are comfortable is allowing her to perform her mission more effectively.” The couple and servicemember e-mail back and forth and photos will be sent soon.

The soldier reimburses the Schrimpfs for any expenses, such as food, medicines and vet bills. “She sends me a check every month.”

Text Only
Features
  • fea-gb081414 Paddle own canoe jpg Indiana at 200: 'Paddle Your Own Canoe' James Whitcomb Riley was the most acclaimed, but he wasn’t the first Hoosier poet to gain national fame. Sarah T. Bolton deserves that honor. Even today her poem “Paddle Your Own Canoe” is cited and recited, though few know anything about its origins

    August 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb081314-Shelter Spotlight pic 1 (Pics Share A Cutline) Shelter Spotlight: Gema and Lotus 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 Gema, a sweet 12-week-old terrier mix. Shelter workers are not certain

    August 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • fea-gb080714 Spaulding column jpg Whitetail deer in velvet, dove hunt draws Antlers have fascinated man since the beginning of time. Going back thousands of years, mans’ fascination for “animals with antlers” are found etched and painted on the walls of caves. Before modern civilization, antlers were used to make tools, cere

    August 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb080614-Shelter Spotlight pic 1 (Pics share a cutline) Shelter Spotlight: Herbie and Jerret 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 Herbie and Jerret. Herbie is a pug mix. He is a very sweet puppy and g

    August 6, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb080114 Earth Talk pic Ocean Debris Dear EarthTalk: Recent news coverage of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 reminded us all again of how much debris, including plastic, is in our oceans. To what extent is this a real problem that threatens ocean or human health? -- M

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws-gb073114 Indiana at 200 Canals pic 1 Indiana at 200: Fleeting canal era had lasting impact In 1825, the Erie Canal was completed with great fanfare. Cannon fire, parades, balls and speeches celebrated the speed and skill with which New Yorkers built “the longest canal in the world,” as one eyewitness erroneously called it. (The Grand Canal

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws-gb073014-Shelter Spotlight pic 1 (Pics share a cutline) Shelter Spotlight: Macy and Merle 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 Macy and Merle. Macy is a sweet, loving and beautiful kitten. She is a

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • fea-gb072914 Book Review jpg "Dozer's Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race" How much do you like to jump?If you’re like most kids, you’d do it right now if you could. You also like to run and explore which, unfortunately, can get you into trouble sometimes.And that’s not all. Running when you shouldn’t, could get you lost –

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • fea-gb072414 Indiana limestone jpg 2 Indiana at 200: The Fame of Indiana Limestone It is one of Indiana’s best-kept secrets. Limestone quarried from three Indiana counties is responsible for some of America’s most impressive structures. It was used to build the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and the Indiana State Capitol. It b

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Review: The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas Now you see it. Now you don’t.The magician’s coin jumps from hand to hat and though you’re astounded, that would be an easy trick to learn. You could research, and know how he made an elephant disappear. You could teach yourself how to conjure the ri

    July 22, 2014