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Gizmo Shares a Sandy Hook Message - Take II

Our hearts go out to the people of Newtown.

Gizmo recently took off his Patch blogging cap and put on his therapy dog vest to lend support, even in a small way, to people in Sandy Hook, CT.

As we were standing in front of one of the shops near the fire station, a shop owner quietly came out, smiled at me, gave Gizmo a kiss and a pat on the head, and then hung a note on her shop window. I think it’s an important message, right from the heart. I asked her if I could share it with all of you, and she asked me if I please would. So here it is:

“We’re all busy. We all have schedules and agendas jam-packed with various things to do. Our days, weeks, months and years are filled with appointments, classes, paperwork, phone calls, deadlines and parties.

Sometimes we find ourselves so busy that we forget to say goodbye to our loved ones before we leave for work in the morning. Sometimes we forget to take a few minutes out of our day to send a friend a birthday text, or give some affection to our dog.

However, whenever we are directly confronted with a tragedy of this magnitude so close to home, it makes us stop dead in our tracks. We automatically call our friends and family, reach out, give a hug and kiss, and tell someone we love them.

Why must a crisis have to occur to remind us what is truly important in life? Why do we have to be shaken up, jerked alert to realize what really matters? I’m sure that all the parents, siblings, relatives and friends wish they had said the words “I love you” just one more time to the sweet child they lost today.

If there’s anything we can learn from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, it’s that we ALL need to slow down, simplify our lives, and take the time to appreciate our loved ones each and every moment. Life is short; fragile. If we don’t do it now, we may never get another chance.” --A Sandy Hook Store Owner

Let’s be kind to each other. Love one another. You never know when a small gesture might make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Signed, Gizmo’s handler

Note: This blog has been revised out of respect to readers who are not familiar with Gizmo and what he does. We are all grieving during this unspeakably difficult time. Let us continue to send love and prayers for the people of Sandy Hook and for each other.

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POODETWA January 12, 2013 at 08:03 PM
haha--- love that--- i just showed my dog karen's comments and she started to growl--- long live gizzmo--
Gizmon January 12, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Gizmo, my dog's name is Gizmo too...can you believe that? Don't faint, ok? I see you won't be blogging for Patch anymore. That really stinks. I want to let you know that the difference you make is more far reaching than you know. Are you aware that the only thing that gets my neighbor's elderly mother out of bed each day is your morning posts on your other page? My neighbor puts your mug on the computer and sets her mom's breakfast on the table nearby. Her mom eats breakfast and gets up and about. Because of you. I love you, Gizmo. Don't let the crazy people who cross your path slow you down.
Karen's Dog Training Blog January 12, 2013 at 09:45 PM
Jenifer. Are you really that upset that you were asked for non profit status proof that you are quitting your blog? My question was not an attack, but a lot of people turned it into one. One person went so far as to bash my business with a false review which the editor removed. The person has done this before to me and others so be very careful who you trust and believe. Your blog said Gizmo's Frens was a non profit - and it turns out that maybe it is not - yet. Are you really going to quit blogging because you hated my questioning? No need to quit blogging over a simple question. No need for all the silly comments, outright lies, false business reviews and name calling from some of your supporters. I never did that – I asked a simple question on a public forum because I could not find another way to reach you. You and Gizmo make people smile – are you really going to take that away just because you were asked about non-profit status? People love your blog and one person surely can’t be enough to make you leave this public forum. That was never my intent. Keep up the good work you are doing. Be prepared - people will ask questions, criticize, and not like the blog. That’s life. I do hope you continue to post on Patch for all your fans. I do wish some of your fans weren't so childish and indulging in name calling. That is certainly not in the spirit of what you and Gizmo are all about.
MSF January 12, 2013 at 09:56 PM
The business is listed as a nonstock...which in CT means nonprofit. A nonprofit is a nonprofit is a nonprofit. Even if 501c3 status is being applied for. Get a life, please. Knock this nonsense off. You will continue to attempt to make this look like what you want it to be. Truth is, not everything in life will be a scam and a horrible travesty as you want it to be. Leave the good people alone. And stop making an ass out of yourself.
Megan Bard January 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM
It is unfortunate that people who continue to comment on this blog are not able to post questions and answers without becoming overly defensive or offensive. For this reason I am closing the comment thread. Best, Megan

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