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Governor Doyle being asked to return "tainted" donations

Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) is urging Wisconsin residents to contact Governor Doyle to request he return thousands of dollars in campaign donations he has received from a late-term abortionist and his wife.  WRTL calls the donations, “tainted money.”

Read more in this WRTL blog.

ADOPTED! Brilliant Black Lab Charley

Charley is such a special dog!  He is an absolute delight for our volunteer dog walkers, who report that he's not only affectionate, eager to please and polite, but an incredibly quick learner and motivated student. He has been taught "sit," "down," "shake" and is starting to explore the agility equipment in WHS' outdoor play yard.  In no time at all, Charley will be performing parlor tricks with his new best friend - you!  At only 6-months-old, Charley looks forward to a lifetime of love and learning.  Bring the whole family down to meet this special dog (who also LOVES belly rubs, by the way).  See him at

The girls are in action Friday night

Good news from Senate District 28

The following girl’s high school basketball teams at schools in Senate District 28 play Friday night, March 6, 2009 in sectional semi-final games of the state tournament with the sectional finals set for Saturday night, March 7, 2009:




The winners of the sectionals advance to the state tournament in Madison next week. Good luck, girls!

Bath Towels Needed for Dozer's Pals

Doing some spring cleaning? The Wisconsin Humane Society depends solely on donations from the community for all our programs and right now, we are in need of bath towels!  Even if you can't adopt, volunteer or donate money, there are items on the WHS Wishlist that might be just taking up space at home.  Drop them off during our shelter hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  On behalf of the animals, thank you!!!

ps... Dozer is looking for a new home. Learn more about this super smart 1-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever mix.

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911 Back at Ya!

The Greenfield Police Department is going to implement an emergency alert program that will alert the citizens of Greenfield of emergency information via the telephone. The service is called Connect-Cty or what might be known as “reverse 911”.  The service “allows authorized government officials to create and distribute public information quickly and efficiently to the citizens, and employees, of the City of Greenfield.  The system can be used to send emergency or non-emergency messages within the City government or externally to local businesses and households.”  The messages will be sent as a recorded message via the telephone.  Some school districts are already using this system to disseminate school information.  Examples of it’s use could be “public notification in the event of a man-made or natural disaster such as a chemical spill or other catastrophic event; or distribution of public information that may be critical in the event of a local emergency situation such as a missing child or elderly person.


For more information and sign up options please visit our website at


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Hoppin' Himalayan Bunny

This cute bunny hasn’t begun meowing quite yet, but Snowflake is definitely enjoying her new suite in the Royal Cat Hotel at the Wisconsin Humane Society, helping to draw attention to the many rabbits looking for new homes right now.  A 2-year-old Himalayan mix, Snowflake is super soft and has beautiful, distinctive markings.  She LOVES her new digs in the Royal Cat Hotel and approaches visitors with curiosity and courage. Like all the rabbits at WHS, she’s been spayed and microchipped, and she goes home with a certificate for a free veterinary exam.  Snowflake will continue to attract attention in her swanky place until she finds herself queen of a new castle.  Check out to see all the great rabbits looking for new homes this spring!

I hope Governor Doyle, legislative Democrats do not find out about this


The governor of Illinois is preparing to propose an incredible tax increase this week. The Chicago Tribune reports, “The Tribune has reported that sources familiar with the governor's budget speech on Wednesday say  (Governor Pat) Quinn is considering raising the state's personal income tax rate, to 4.5 percent from 3 percent.”

That is a 50 percent increase. Yikes!

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Shelter Dog Joins MPD!

The Wisconsin Humane Society is thrilled to announce the acceptance of one of the shelter dogs into the Milwaukee Police Department’s Vice Control Division's Drug Detection Canine Program. Dozer, a 1-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, was chosen for training after passing aptitude and medical tests.
Detective Glen Bishop recently contacted Natalie Zielinski, WHS behavior manager, about his quest to find a dog to work in law enforcement. A rather exuberant, intelligent canine came to Zielinski’s attention and she suspected that the lab might excel in police work. Curious, confident, highly motivated and eager to learn, this smart dog fit the ideal profile.
“We have assisted the police department in finding good matches for their program in the past,” Zielinski said. “For the right dog, this opportunity is ideal. I can’t imagine a better placement for a dog like Dozer, who really needs a job, in addition to a loving guardian.  We’re so excited for him.”
Like all dogs available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society, Dozer was neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and tested for heartworm disease.

Parks & Recreation to offer Fitness Instructor Certification


The Greenfield Dept of Parks & Recreation is hosting the

NETA – National Exercise Trainers Association’s
Get certified with the most thorough one-day certification in the industry.  Beginning instructors with little or no experience will gain insight into the basics of teaching group exercise.  Classroom review of required textbooks and demonstrations in a relaxed atmosphere include Kinesiology, Physiology, Nutrition, Cueing, Choreography & Music Skills, Safe Exercise Evaluation, Written Exam and National certification (valid 2 years). 

Saturday, April 25
Check-in:  7:45 AM            Workshop:  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
End times may vary depending on class size.
Greenfield City Hall Besson Community Room (lower level)
For further information, please visit their website: or call 1-800-237-6242

State Budget Watch: Your cell phone

State budget

Here is yet another example of Governor Doyle’s penchant for raiding funds.

The governor is calling for $25 million in rebates designed for consumers to instead be transferred to local governments. It is another in a pattern of moves by the governor to raid funds to use for another purpose. There is a larger principle at play. This is your money and the governor wants to take it away.

The Associated Press has complete details on the history of the rebate and the governor’s provision in his proposed 2009-11 state budget here.

Kids Photo, Art, Poetry Contest Announced!

Be Kind to Animals Submissions Be Kind to Animals Week, which falls May 3rd through 9th this year, is the oldest celebrated week in the nation! The Wisconsin Humane Society is sponsoring events in celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week. Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to enter the Poster, Poetry and Photography Contests. The public is also invited to nominate special individuals whom they think deserve recognition for helping animals and showing compassion.

Awards include: Humane Hero Award, Animal Hero Award, Kindness Awards and the Humane Education Teacher of the Year. Award winners will be honored at a special recognition ceremony on Sunday, May 3rd at the Wisconsin Humane Society. This year’s theme, Share the World, reminds us all that we need to do what we can to maintain a world that will sustain animals of all kinds. The deadline for all entries is Wednesday, April 8, 2009. For more information on entering the contests or nominating someone for an award, click here.

State Senate Calendar for Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Here is the calendar for the state Senate floor session Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m..

Sign-up your child for the best soccer camp in the country!

Konkel Park, Youth Sports

Challenger British Soccer Camp - the #1 Soccer Camp in the U.S. is coming to Greenfield!  The Challenger British Soccer Camps have selected qualified and talented coaches from Britain who are specifically trained for those camps.  They believe that every child loves to be challenged, learn new skills and that they thrive on positive feedback.  Challenger has developed one of the most innovative methods of coaching by focusing on key techniques and technical components of soccer, but are also committed to developing the whole child.  Click the title above to view complete program details and learn how to register your child.  They will coach soccer skills in the frame work of character development based on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership, and sportsmanship.

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Wisconsin's hatred of businesses

Senator Mary Lazich captured the mood of businesspeople attending Monday’s WISCONSIN JOBS NOW Task Force meeting in Brown Deer. They feel like they’ve been assaulted, demonized, and vilified.

They have every right to be upset. The current treatment of state government to job creators is reprehensible. Here are all the examples from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

Is it any wonder businesses want to leave?


4 on the Floor - No Jumping!  
Do you have an exuberant dog that just can’t seem to say “hello” without jumping all over you and your guests? Come to the Wisconsin Humane Society on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 0:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for this one-hour workshop with your dog.  They will work on teaching your dog to politely greet you with all four paws on the floor by using positive techniques and reward-based training. This class is for dogs that are 5 months of age or older and their guardians. There is a $20.00 fee and a limit of 8 dogs for this workshop so register now at  

Keep 4 on the Floor - no jumping!

4 on the Floor - No Jumping!
Does your dog think her name is "Down!"???  Does Spot greet visitors with two paws to the chest?  Come to the Wisconsin Humane Society on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for this one-hour workshop with your dog.  They will work on teaching your dog to politely greet you with all four paws on the floor by using positive techniques and reward-based training. This class is for dogs that are 5 months of age or older and their guardians.

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Fire Safety advice for parents and child carers


 The best way to teach children about fire safety is by example.  Let your children see you being sensible and careful about cooking, candles, smoking and other potential fire risks. 

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Director Victoria Wellens Loses Battle with Cancer

The Wisconsin Humane Society is deeply saddened to announce that Victoria Wellens, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humane Society, lost her battle with cancer early this morning. The Wisconsin Humane Society is deeply saddened to announce that Victoria Wellens, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humane Society, lost her battle with cancer early Saturday morning, the 28th of March, 2009. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Victoria’s husband, Jim, her stepchildren, Aaron and Elizabeth and grandchildren, Morgan, Mia and Mya. Victoria was an amazing human being and her commitment and dedication to the Wisconsin Humane Society and the animal welfare field was unparalleled.  For 15 years, her outstanding leadership transformed the humane society into a beacon of hope for not only homeless animals, but for people who strive to make the world a kinder place for animals.  She set the highest standards for animal care and was nationally recognized for her valiant efforts and remarkable leadership.When Victoria came to WHS in 1994, the shelter was literally sinking into the ground and staff members were desperate for better resources.  In just five years, thanks to her brilliant efforts, Milwaukee boasted one of the best shelters in the country, a place where animals receive excellent care in a nurturing and loving environment.   Victoria pioneered so many innovative programs. Education was a cornerstone of her vision, ensuring that compassion and respect for animals would endure in future generations. The wildlife department moved out of the dark basement at the old facility and into an illuminated, spacious center that annually treats more than 5,000 wild animals. Victoria ardently fought to end the suffering of dogs in puppy mills and continued to campaign for the welfare of feral cats in our community until her last days. She was determined to expand the same amazing programs and services offered at WHS into Ozaukee County, laying plans for a state-of-the-art facility that will better serve the needs of animals and citizens in Ozaukee County. Armed with the knowledge of her vision for the future, we hope to see these dreams realized in her honor. “Words cannot express how much we will miss Victoria’s presence, leadership and vision,” said board president Tony Enea. “Her impact on animals’ lives cannot be measured. We are fortunate that she left us with an incredibly strong management team and structure and her legacy will serve as a foundation for the continued growth and outstanding efforts of the Wisconsin Humane Society to save lives.”

Click here for the full announcement.

UPDATE: Harley-Davidson rides out the tough times


Last week, I blogged about a New York Times article that said Harley-Davidson was having troubles because its baby boomer clientele was getting too old.  

My reaction was that the storied company has a history of resiliency and would rebound.

Harley-Davidson’s reaction? It responded by taking out a rather blunt, full two-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the New York Times in the form of the American flag:


Tax Freedom Day is April 13


Tax Freedom Day
is the day Americans will have earned enough money to
pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels.

Tax Freedom Day in Wisconsin will also fall on April 13, 2009.  That compares to last year’s Tax Freedom day of April 21, 2008.

If that sounds like good news, it depends on your view. Wisconsin’s 2008 Tax Freedom Day was the 14th worst in the country. This year’s Tax Freedom Day is the 12th worst of all the states.

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