Herb Cheeley, a Coeur d'Alene retiree, wrote the following story about his 1987 visitor in response to my request for animal tales. He wants you to guess what type of animal he adopted.
I didn't know what to do when I first held her. She didn't fidget or cry out, but she was frightened. I put her on the ground where the dogs had found her injured. She was still there the next morning, so I took her home.
She was a baby and would be safe in my utility trailer. I found out quickly she loved canned dog food. Later, I learned that scrambled eggs were her favorite.
Wendy Kelpin could lose her son, Shane, any time to the cystic fibrosis that ravages his lungs and intestines.
She savors every moment with the 6-yearold boy, right down to brushing his blond hair into the Elvis Presley swoop he wants. In a way, Wendy's grateful she knows what she's dealing with.
Where's LENA? (SP?) She's about 20 years old, has a relative in Vancouver? She has two sisters whose names rhyme with hers? Call Ben, (213) 874-1450.
What a riot to see your name in the classified ads. Ben Johnson had placed the ad seeking Lena in two Coeur d'Alene newspapers two weeks ago.
"If someone advertised for me, I'd be blown away," he says.
Cyd Savoy and Jo Johnson have $92,000 and a homeless shelter to prove Sandpoint is healthy with humanitarianism.
"Everyone said we couldn't do it," Jo says.
"But no one ever said, 'Give up,"' adds Cyd. Fast-talking Cyd and her buddy Jo are retired Air Force nurses with the drive and energy of an F-15 Eagle.
The work hurt and the climb to the mailbox wearied her 74-year-old body, so Janice Kelly left Coeur d'Alene's Blackwell Hill 10 days ago.
"She's been here forever," moans Lynne Hutton, one of Janice's former neighbors. "Who's going to pick up the (pop) cans now?"
It just wasn't the same up there among the wildflowers without Richard, Janice's husband. He died two years ago, leaving Janice alone for the first time in 48 years.
The more people know about child abuse, the more likely they are to report their suspicions, says Mike Bullard.
At the invitation of the First Presbyterian Church pastor and the North Idaho Coalition on Domestic Violence, author Christina Crawford will speak at a conference on family violence Wednesday and Thursday.