Zina Goodin, co-founder of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary

Zina Goodin— co-founder, with her husband, Michael, of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, a Mount Juliet, Tennessee haven housing 95 elderly dogs on a two-acre parcel of land–recalls becoming a dog person somewhat later in life, and feeling lukewarm enthusiasm initially when her family adopted its first dog in 1990. But, in relatively short order, she fully embraced that pooch, and over time, the Goodins started volunteering at a Golden Retriever rescue, becoming acquainted with senior dogs and how they’re often overlooked for adoptions—so they began adopting some. Those included Lucy-Lu, whose previous life involved experiencing severe, almost fatal neglect and, who Zina Goodin notes, immediately flourished under their care. (Later in the interview, Goodin cites Lucy-Lu as one of the two or three dogs who most captured her heart, of the dozens she’s known, noting she considers Lucy-Lu a co-founder of Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary.) She traces the history and evolution of the Sanctuary, including a period where they had purchased the home next to theirs, creating a compound of sorts to house numerous dogs—and where their neighbors made it clear at a certain point that the slew of canines were no longer welcome there. Not too long after, they relocated to the two-acre former garden center they currently occupy, which Goodin provided a verbal guided tour, noting that areas are earmarked for big dogs versus small dogs (and how a bonded pair of a big dog and small dog will be placed together rather than split up by size). She also reveals they’re building a new facility that will be much larger than the present digs. (https://ofsds.org, https://www.facebook.com/OldFriendsSeniorDogSanctuary/)

 

ALSO: I spoke with Maria Matlack, marketing and public relations manager at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, about their “Easter Eggstravaganza” event taking place on March 28, 11am-2pm. She outlines some of the activities planned for the Eggstravaganza, including a visit by the Easter Bunny, egg hunt for kids, photos, a bunny petting pen, lotsa food including cotton candy and Kona Ice. Matlack also issues a caution about buying bunnies as Easter gifts for kids, which has been done for many years, often with disastrous results for the newly-purchased rabbit. (https://humanesocietytampa.org/events-list https://www.facebook.com/events/667275217151482/)

 

COMEDY CORNER: K. Trevor Wilson’s “Deer”  (portion) (https://www.ktrevorwilson.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:  The Beatles’ “Hey Bulldog”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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