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HAWS and the Holidays!

Holidays, Holiday Bazaar, Friends of HAWS, Mod Squad, Mobile Adoptions, Holiday Pet Photos

HAWS heads into the holiday season with shop-portunities, “Kodak” moments, a “TTouch”-ing seminar and more at our Waukesha shelter.

The Friends of HAWS annual Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale is Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pet-related merchandise, seasonal items and sweet treats make for great early holiday shopping. Stop by for lunch, enter prize drawings, browse and buy, with proceeds supporting HAWS.

T-Touch for Little Critters will be demonstrated Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m. Lead by Dr. Claudeen E. McAuliffe, this hands-on class shows ways to alleviate stress in our small pets. Pre-registration is required – call 262-542-8851 or log onto

Get Fido dressed in his holiday finest and ready to smile for the Holiday Pet Photos on Nov. 12 - 13. Call 262-542-8851 to reserve a sitting. Photos taken by Unlimited Vision Photography Club, with proceeds donated to HAWS.

HAWS’ Mod Squad™ celebrates two years of success with a “birthday” party on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome - meet current Mod Squad™ dogs and learn more about this behavior program!

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center is in full holiday-prep mode, with the Dog Wash on Nov. 13 at Petlicious Spa. Stops at the Petco stores in Waukesha, Germantown and Delafield are planned, as well as a day at PetSmart – Brookfield and Pet Supplies ‘N More of Muskego.  All details are at!

By the way - be sure to register the kids today for HAWS’ Winter Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp. Held December 26-30, sessions include both 2- and 3-day camps and are available for children ages 7 – 13 years. Spots fill quickly – don’t miss out on a great way to spend holiday break!

New Website Brings DNR, Small Businesses Together

dnr, business

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched a new website to help businesses improve their bottom line and improve environmental performance.

Business owners may share their ideas and feedback, and get information about DNR processes through the new website.

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Holiday Tours of the Executive Residence

Holiday tours of the Executive Residence are available during the holiday season.  Tours include a narrative history of the Executive Residence.

Tours are scheduled for December 7, 8, 10, 14, 15 and 17.  All tours are from noon until 2:00 PM.  Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker encourage all tour participants to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Second Harvest Foodbank.

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Apply For A Gubernatorial Appointment

Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants to serve on various boards, councils, and commissions.  You may browse a list of boards, councils, and commissions at the Governor’s website.

Senate Calendar for November 2, 2011

Special Session

First Order.                  Call of Roll.

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a little kindness goes a long way

dripping blood, St. William

Boy am I glad I had nothing but nice things to say about my job and the people I work with in my last blog post. As I was hoping, an edited version of it was printed in Thursday's WaukeshaNOW section.

I brought a copy in to show people, but I didn't have to. No sooner had I got to work than everyone from my boss's boss to the GM came by to shake hands and congratulate me on a good article. (I saw someone had framed it and put it up for all to see!) It immediately went viral in the company, with copies sent to the president and extra copies purchased or printed offline. It put many people mentioned in a good mood, especially me.

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Walker appoints Gundrum to Court of Appeals

Less than two years after he was elected circuit judge, former legislator Mark Gundrum has been elevated to the state Court of Appeals.

Gov. Scott Walker appointed Gundrum, the longtime Republican state assemblyman from New Berlin, on Friday.

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What's Happening: Nov 7 to Nov 14

11/07/11- 11/22/11
Carroll Art Student Union Fall Photography Exhibition, juried exhibit

Juried photography exhibit by Carroll students. Free and open to the public.- Marceil Pultorak Atrium Gallery, Humphrey Art Center, Carroll University, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha, 262-524-7195,

Comedy Tonight: Family Night

Students of all ages will participate in fast-moving, highly-interactive games that are sure to keep the audience laughing. So come down to the theatre and see what the next generation of comedy looks like!- Waukesha Civic Theatre, 262.547.0708,

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HAWS Takes Time to Celebrate

Adopt, HAWS, pet, holiday pet photos

Miesha has gone home!Recently a great number of HAWS pets found homes after lengthy stays at our shelter - thanks in no small part to the dedication of our staff and volunteers.  We are THRILLED they have landed in their new, loving homes and wanted to share the news.  (There is no time limit for a pet's length of stay at our facility.)

- Miesha-cat-surrendered 2/26/11-adopted 10/1/11
- Billy Bob-cat-found as stray 6/6/11-adopted 11/5/11
- Misty-Dwarf rabbit-surrendered 6/11/11-adopted 10/10/11
- Pepper-Border Collie mix-surrendered 7/12/11-adopted 10/3/11
- Tito-cat-surrendered 7/12/11-adopted 10/2/11
- Bucky-Coonhound-surrendered 7/21/11-adopted 10/5/11
- Darcy-Shih Tzu/Poodle mix-surrendered 8/3/11-adopted 10/19/11
- Zeus-Lionhead rabbit-found as stray-8/20/11-adopted 10/25/11
- Marvin-Guinea Pig-found as stray 8/22/11-adopted 11/6/11

We celebrate not only because of the length of time of each pet's stay, but because of the diversity of the animals and their new families!  Looking for a GREAT pet?  Adopt 4 paws from HAWS.

By the way - this weekend is HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS weekend - call today to reserve your sitting (262-542-8851) and be all set for holiday cards featuring your Best Friend!

a 40 Year Climb

1) sound of music

Songs that make you feel old: Stairway to Heaven turned 40 last week.  

What's Happening: Nov 14 to Nov 21

The Art of the Gift Art Exhibit

A holiday Art Exhibition featuring gifts for Everyone on you list. Original artworks from 17 artists. Lots of gift items, wearable art and more.
Opening reception is December 3rd from 4 to 10pm.- 342 West Main St, Waukesha, WI 53186, 262-542-1522,

Waukesha Creative Arts League

Informal meeting of all artists and visual arts enthusiasts to learn through art demonstrations and critiques by local artists, teachers and professionals. Our members can show their works at local libraries and other venues.- Waukesha Good Will 1400 Nike Drive, Waukesha, (262)-565-3465

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... and it prints too!

Inventory was cancelled and I was thrilled. I don't know anyone who enjoys inventory, but when it was called off last weekend my joy was obvious. I had a lot of preparation before this Thursday's HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner and Auction and hadn't started yet.  My main job on the dinner committee is the displays for live auction items, which often don't come in until the last week or two.  

We were having printer issues prior to my getting started on the title / description stands I use for the displays. The black ink cartridge was malfunctioning. Wasn't just low, but not working at all. Fortunately we only have to buy ink once a year or so, because I know you can spend a small fortune on it. After two stores I soon realized I could've spent $60.00 on a black and color set, the less expensive alternative to purchasing separately. It made me wonder if it would be cheaper to buy a low end printer new, which comes supplied with ink.

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Not What They Expected

HAWS, adopt, Mod Squad, party

Wendell is a HAWS alumni and Mod Squad grad!This past Tuesday, HAWS had the pleasure of hosting the monthly Waukesha Business Alliance "Networking After 5."

More than 100 area business people came to our shelter for a few hours of food, fun - and warm fuzzies.  We found out the latter wasn't what some of them had expected!  Over and over again we heard comments that the NA5 attendees didn't know our shelter was so warm and inviting.  They didn't expect the upbeat vibe they received - from both staff and volunteers, and especially from our animal guests.

We've been told we're the best kept secret in Waukesha County - maybe there's some truth to that? Those of us who spend our workdays here, those who come to volunteer and socialize with the pets-in-residence, those who've adopted from us, kids who have come to camp at HAWS, guests at our various seminars/events...they all know we're really quite a fun bunch to hang around with!  Now we just need to make sure EVERYONE knows that.

At HAWS, we strive every day to be the pet-person's resource, a place to learn, a place to experience the joy of a companion animal.  When people visit, they start to realize this isn't "the pound" - nor is it drab, dreary, depressing or antiseptic.  From our yellow, orange and green color-scheme to our loving caretakers to our well-socialized and happy adoptables, you can be sure you're entering a positive place with postivie outcomes.

So, don't be shy, c'mon over and see us - we don't bite, we purr!   And smile, and laugh, and...

By the way - our Mod Squad program is celebrating it's 2nd birthday, and you're invited to attend the party!  (See what I mean about upbeat - 2 parties in one week!)  Stop by HAWS between 2:30-4:00pm on Sunday to meet Mod Squad volunteers, learn about this important program within our Behavior Department...and have some cake!

WELS fires church official over child porn charges

religion, pornography, wisconsin evangelical lutheran church

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod fired its communications director on Friday, a day after he was charged with possessing child pornography at his Waukesha home and Wauwatosa office.

Synod President the Rev. Mark Schroeder issued a brief statement Friday saying Joel W. Hochmuth’s employment had been terminated.

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Dinner's Over, Meals Continue

helping, Hope Center, Country Springs

HOPE Thanksgiving Dinner  has been served, it was last Thursday night, but still there's still some leftovers to digest.

I could've bought a less expensive printer to help with the auction display; easier to use, but with just the basic features. The printer with all the bells and whistles I was so happy with last week momentarily turned on me! We got a last minute live auction item just before Thursday's dinner. I didn't have all the details on the donation until less than two hours before the dinner. I tried to print a nice descriptive table sign for the donation just a half hour before guests would arrive, but instead of printing the machine just wanted to fax something! Panic attack number one. After much aggravation I finally got it to work, but now I was running out of time to compose live auction cue cards for Todd Scheel, the auctioneer. No doubt in my mind I waited too long to make the cards. Should've had it done days ago. Lesson learned.

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What's Happening: Nov 21 to Nov 28

11/23/11- 11/27/11 & 12/1/11- 12/31/11
Country Christmas

Country Springs Hotel, 262-547-0201,

World's Greatest Cookie Sale

Country Springs Hotel, 262-547-0201,

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Giving Thanks for the Giving Season

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HAWS annual holiday appeal has already reached mailboxes in our community.  This fundraiser gives us a chance to tell of the many great successes we have during the year.  This year our story features Fred.

Fred is the poster child for all HAWS does for the animals of our community.

This vibrant young Shepherd/Lab mix was surrendered to HAWS due to a household move. Returned after his first adoption, Fred was found to have some very interesting habits – in particular, he had a compulstion to eat everything in sight! This made for some dramatic days at HAWS. 

Fred received emergency surgery from the staff at the Veterinary Referral Center, our community partner, paid for by Annie’s Medical Fund. HAWS’ Caretakers gave him daily TLC including a diet of sweet potatoes, olive oil and Essfacid supplements. He spent one-on-one time with a loving foster care family to complete his recovery. Once back at HAWS, Fred participated in Camp Gone to the Dogs through our Education Department, learning basic skills from the kids in camp – and widening his circle of friends since he was such a willing student! The Adoptions staff made sure prospective new homes heard all about his activities (including training with the Mod Squad™), and once the right home came along HAWS’ Behavior Department consulted both before and after his adoption to assist with his transition.

Fred just wanted to be loved and cared for…but he also needed structure, attention and guidance – all of which HAWS offers through the teamwork of our Animal Care staff, SNIP clinic/vet techs, Behavior Department, Education Department, Adoptions staff, Community partners and volunteers.

All is well with Fred: He is now called Duke, and even has his own Duchess – a sister to romp and play with. His new family reports Duke has a heart of gold and is an incredible companion. He is obedient and eager-to-please!

Just like Fred, dozens of dogs, cats, small animals and their owners look to HAWS each year for help. YOUR support allows us to offer so much to them! HAWS gives care and training to our in-house pets to ensure the best possible adoption. HAWS provides spay-neuter services for shelter residents, rescue groups and low-income households. Our Outdoor Owned Cat Program has helped to dramatically curb the population of unwanted cats in our community. And educational opportunities abound – including Kids ‘N Critters camp, Critter Club, K’HAWS, individual behavior consults, free seminars and more…for all members of your family!

WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS – TOGETHER.  Support the HAWS cause - Adopt, Learn, GIVE!

By the way - looking ahead, December is going to be a fantastic month at HAWS.  The Winter Symposium is December 3rd, we're hosting a (human) Blood Drive on the 22nd, Kids 'N Critters Winter Day Camp is December 26-30.  Learn more about all the HAWS happenings here!


Hope everyone is finishing up their final plans for Thanksgiving and the menus. Wanted to drop a note about some great beers for the holiday. One of my favorites with Turkey is Newcastle Brown Ale. Great beer to pair with the turkey and the stuffing. Some great seasonals are still availible to pair with your meal. Pumpkin beers from Lakefront and Southern Tier are the best ones I have had this fall.

Chocolate stouts are also a favorite of mine this time of year-a ton of great choices at your local watering hole or retail location. Drop me a note of your favorites and I will repost shortly.

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Giving Thanks for a Four Day Weekend

St. Vincent, let us pray, Thanksgiving

I don't always have time to give thanks... if I even knew how to give thanks. There's much to be thankful for this time of year, and always. We live in a great city in a great county in a great state... We're clothed and fed; safe and warm; not wealthy, but somewhat healthy. So many to thank. When was the last time you thanked a farmer or textile worker? We don't spend a lot of time on what we take for granted, but without them? Where would we be without not only doctors, teachers, service men and women, police and firefighters, but construction workers, employers, volunteers, foodservice industry persons, truckers, lawyers?

Every day there's probably dozens of people we could thank if given the chance, but Lincoln was evidently thinking more along the lines of thanking our Father in Heaven when he declared the first Thanksgiving 148 years ago during the Civil War. So, even in times of war there's reason to be thankful? Still safe and protected, thanks be to God.

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What's Happening: Nov 28 to Dec 5

12/02/11- 12/03/11
Pewaukee's Holiday Fest

Friday night enjoy Pewaukee's tree lighting and caroling. Saturday spend the afternoon with Santa & Mrs. Claus, enjoy kids crafts, tour the Clark House Museum, and enjoy some treats- Downtown Pewaukee, 262-695-9735,

12/02/11- 12/18/11
Candy Cane Tales and Holiday Carols

This is our third year of this holiday mash-up, and every year we find new ways to share our love of these beloved holiday icons. This ever-changing show has become our very own tradition, and we welcome you to make it yours as well.- Waukesha Civic Theatre, 262.547.0708,

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