I love music and being indoors a great deal has given me the
opportunity to revisit CDs of artists I have seen. Justin Kauflin is a young jazz
pianist I saw at the Monterey Jazz Festival and it has been a treat listening
to his soulful, innovative music.
I first noticed Justin as he traveled through the crowd at
Monterey with his dog. Dogs are not allowed at the festival so seeing one there
caught my attention. What I didn’t realize at the time was that Justin is
blind. To watch this team in action was poetry in motion.
Justin, a musical prodigy, learned to play the violin when
he was 4. By 6 he was performing in concerts and eventually became a
concertmaster for several orchestras. Disaster struck when he was 11, and he was
blinded by exudative retinopathy.
Undaunted, he learned Braille, cane mobility, and jazz
piano. Justin graduated at the top of his class at Salem High School. He also
attended William Peterson University where he met and was mentored by the
legendary trumpeter Clark Terry.
During this time, he also attended The Seeing Eye Inc. where
he met and trained with his dog Candy. The Seeing
Eye Inc. was established in 1929 with the mission to breed, raise and train the
best seeing eye dogs in the world. Working with a dog allows more mobility and
activity for sightless folks.
Justin is a graduate of The
Seeing Eye Inc. and for the past few years he and Candy have performed at their
annual fundraiser. Watching Justin perform was amazing, but the most moving
moment of his performance was when he dedicated a song to Candy. His love for
her is apparent.
If you would like an uplifting
experience, you can check out Justin’s story on the video “Keep on Keepin’ On”
available on Amazon. Especially now, we all need to keep on keeping on with the
help of our furry friends.
IN NEED OF
Items for the CAPS annual garage sale. Call 775-423-7500 for
Aluminum cans. If you have cans to pick up, give us a call
(775-423-7500), and we will come get them. You can also drop them off at CAPS.
Folks who need free spaying/neutering for dogs or cats. We
still have funds from Maddie’s but this is a limited time program. Call
775-423-7500 for details.
Everyone to sign up for Chewy pet food delivery. The details
SHOUT OUT TO
Ernie for donating wood shavings. Wags
and kisses to you!
All the people that have donated food
and toys anonymously through our Amazon Wish List. You made our wish come true!
Chewy.com for donating food. A
Four Paw salute to you!
COME SEE US
CAPS is open,
by appointment only, for adoptions, SNAPS, and food pantry. We cannot
accept volunteers until further notice. Call 775-423-7500.
May Pet Holiday: National Pet Month
You can open an account with Chewy and reference; CAPS in
the order. CAPS will receive $20 directly into the operating account with your
first $50 order. Chewy offers quality food and free two-day delivery on orders
over $50. Check our Facebook page, Churchill Animal Protection Society, for more
To donate directly to CAPS on Facebook by just hitting the
donate button. We are in desperate needs of funds at this time. We thank you
for your support!
CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407.
CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill
Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are
CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me,