Everyone is a winner in Fallon

What a great weekend for our Cantaloupe Festival. With the glorious blue skies, and crisp temperatures autumn was in the air. My husband and I took Watson out to the fairgrounds Saturday morning for the dog contest. It was great to see several graduates of our CAPS shelter waiting to enter. Pauline, who is Watson’s favorite person from CAPS, was taking entries.

There were six categories: cutest, biggest, smallest, best costume, best trick, and best of show. After much consideration, Watson was entered in the cutest dog category. Urtle, who is the kisser-in-training at the CAPS Kissin’ Booth, started the proceedings with a woof. We urged him to be our emcee, but he suddenly got shy and Teresa from CAPS filled in for him.

As the dogs stepped up to the stage, you could tell they were sort-of- ready. Cheers and clapping greeted each contestant as the categories were judged. It was really fun to see the pups and their owners. I hope they add an owner and dog look-a-like contest next year.

This year’s winners are the cutest, Monroe, the biggest, Boone, the smallest and the best costume, Pumpkin Seed, the best trick; Roo, and the best in show, Monroe. All contestants received a participation ribbon. Everyone had a good time and left as winners.

Watson didn’t win the cutest- dog ribbon, but I know that everyone who has rescued a dog realizes what a gift he or she has received. Our pup has enriched our lives and is a constant source of unlimited love. We are proudly hanging Watson’s participation ribbon on the fridge because we know he’s the winner of our hearts.

Be sure to stop by the CAPS garage sale today or tomorrow. See the details below. Watch next week’s column for the winner of the Flower Tree Nursery raffle.


RobYn Oppenshaw and the Cantaloupe Festival are who’s who this week. CAPS and the dog owners who competed in the dog show send a big Thank You! It was a lively addition to our community festival. Four paws up to Fallon; we love living here.


Bear, a chocolate Labrador, is about 11 years old. He was discarded by his people and was found wandering the streets. Bear is looking for a stable home where he can learn trust and relax with his person. He is a sweet boy who needs a committed person to take care of him. If you like chocolate you’ll love Bear.

We also have nine frisky kitties who are too cute for words! Our nine puppies are waiting to receive shots and to be spayed/neutered. They will soon be ready for new homes. Policy, however, prohibits adopting out puppies or kittens under the age of six months to a home with children under five years of age. This is to protect both the children and the animal.


CAPS’ annual garage sale will be held today and tomorrow at 390 Whitaker (the corner of Whitaker and Rancho Drive), from 8 a.m.-to 4:00 p.m. (No early birds please). We have appliances, furniture, tennis rackets, exercise equipment, couches and wonderful miscellaneous items.

CAPS will be at Walmart on Sept. 19, along with Ki and Urtle at our Kissin’ Booth. Ki is the veteran of the kissing booth, and Urtle is the kisser-in-training. Come by and join their fan club. We have plenty of shirts and caps, so please check them out before or after greeting our canine volunteers.

Wow! Flower Tree Nursery is again raffling a 15-gallon tree of your choice (that you can choose is terrific!). Raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets. Be sure to get your tickets soon.

The CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89406. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnv.org) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likable.

Do you have questions, comments or a great story? Contact me jkwmil@outlook.com.

Kathleen Williams-Miller, a CAPS volunteer, contributed this week’s column.


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