Happy Tails Dog Club Stays Cool!

Guest speakers Gary B. Wells and Eileen Pierson with members of the Happy Tails Dog Club

Lorraine Wilson

The Robson Ranch Happy Tails Dog Club meets the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the CATC building, Room 103. We now have over 100 members, and we invite anyone who has a dog to come and check us out. New membership dues are $10 per household per year, and renewal is $5. Check out our club and our pets on our website, rrhappytailsdogclub.weebly.com.

With two speakers, our Aug. 13 meeting was a huge success! Our first speaker, Eileen Pierson, is a fellow Robson resident who has a passion for helping the many dogs and cats at Apollo Support & Rescue in Justin. Apollo is a no-kill rescue operation and is funded completely from grants and donations. As Eileen explained to everyone, if the city were to fund the rescue, it would become a kill shelter. Eileen works diligently to get needed materials for the shelter and also makes dog beds from donated materials. The club was able to donate to this very worthy cause.

Our second speaker, Gary B. Wells, Attorney at Law, gave us a very informative presentation about how we can protect our estates from probate by using a few useful tools, such as a will and a revocable living trust. He also presented information on what we can do to make sure our pets are cared for after our passing. When Gary was presented with his honorarium check, he, in turn, donated it to Apollo Rescue.

The September Happy Tails Dog Club meeting was on Saturday, Sept. 10, and the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) was our guest. THLN is the only Texas-based organization focused on addressing unjust state animal welfare laws. They are working to stop animal cruelty and abuse before it starts. Their IRS status as a 501(c)(4) allows them to be political animal advocates by lobbying and working with our representatives to fix our lenient animal cruelty laws. While there are thousands of 501(c)(3)s in Texas formed to help animals, they are very limited in how much they can lobby and are outright prohibited from participating in any partisan activities. This was an interesting and informative meeting about how our state government works on behalf of animals.

Our October meeting on Saturday, Oct. 8, promises to be an extra busy day! First, we will have our regular monthly meeting from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the CATC building, Room 103, with Dr. Kirk Rexroat, chiropractor from Argyle Family Chiropractic in Argyle. Dr Rexroat adjusts both people and canines and will be talking to our group about the philosophy of chiropractic care and how it can benefit your dog.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 8, the annual Robson Ranch Women’s Club Holiday Market is being held, and Happy Tails Dog Club is sponsoring two animal rescue organizations at the event. Both EARS from Dallas and Humane Tomorrow from Argyle will be bringing dogs to the event, so volunteers are needed. Please reach out to Lorraine at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering that day.