Careful, you’re skating on thin ice |

Careful, you’re skating on thin ice

Kathleen Williams-Miller
Maggie is an adorable one-year-old gray tabby. She came to CAPS with her sister, Millie, because their owner moved. Maggie is so sweet and loveable that she will bring joy to your life.

While walking around Liberty Pond with Joe and Watson, I noticed a sign that said “Unsafe Ice Keep Off.” That sparked a memory of my mother holding a wooden spoon saying, “Young lady, you had better think that over because you are skating on thin ice.” I would immediately adjust my behavior!

It wasn’t until I was older that I learned about thin ice in a very perilous way. I had moved to a remote area of Colorado with a large pond in front of my cabin. Fortunately, I had the company of a magnificent yellow Lab named Mr. White, who was my guardian and playmate.

As winter set in, the pond froze deeper and deeper until I could walk on top of it securely. I swept the surface and created a skating rink. Oh gosh, what fun to whirl across the ice with Mr. White pulling me with his leash. We spent a couple of months zipping across the ice.

I didn’t really notice the harbinger of spring until that fateful day when Mr. White broke through the ice and pawed desperately to get out. I was in panic mode but realized that we were both in trouble if I charged forward. I carefully laid down on my stomach and inched forward grasping for his paw.

Amazingly, the ice held and I was able to secure his other paw too, slowly I moved backward lifting and pulling Mr. White toward me. He sensed danger and remained calm until I pulled the bulk of his body onto solid ice. We carefully scooted off the ice. Lesson learned: When the ice is thin, you can fall in.


Vendors for Bark in the Park on May 18. Call 775-423-7500 for details.

Emergency funds for our adorable Cash’s surgery; any amount will help.

Computers; we have dinosaur computers and we desperately need to upgrade. If you can help us, call 775-423-7500 and ask for Gaby.

Folks who need help affording spaying/neutering for dogs or cats. The SNAPS program details are below.


Everyone who has sent money for Cash’s surgery. All tails are wagging for you!

The Fallon Lions club for their donation. A Four Paw salute to you!

Kacie for coming on board to write grants for CAPS. We won’t take your help for granted.


CAPS will be at Walmart on Feb. 2 with the Kissin’ Booth and a puckered-up pooch. Come by and smooch our pooch. We have hoodies, shirts and hats. Be sure to check out our merchandise after you’ve hugged our pup. We have taken January off to give our volunteers a break.


January Pet Holiday: National Hug Day.

CAPS 2019 calendars are available for purchase at CAPS or 3-Dimension Shipping.

SNAPS is a program offered to Churchill County residents through CAPS that provides low-cost spay/neutering for cats and dogs. To qualify for SNAPS, you need to have one of the following: Medicaid, a child enrolled in NV Check Up Program, food stamps, 2017 tax return stating income is less than $30,000 or Veterans disability card including a photo ID. Also required are a Churchill County ID and a co-pay. For information, call CAPS at 423-7500.

Flower Tree Nursery will again be raffling a tree March 15, and the winner doesn’t have to be present to win. The raffle tickets are available at Flower Tree, and they are $1 for one ticket and $5 for six tickets.


CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is Visit the CAPS website ( and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are really likeable.

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,