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7/29 A Boy's Wish: Locals quick to help Florida family find perfect pet


'Harper' will find a new home in Florida thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation. Courtesy photo
By DEANNA PAWLOWSKI/Daily Sun Staff
How often do you get the opportunity to help fulfill a wish?


Linda and Steve Rogers of Timshell Farm in Eureka were contacted by the Make A Wish Foundation in Orlando, Fla. Douglas, a young boy with a brain tumor, was given a wish by the foundation. While many children with this opportunity wish for a trip abroad or to Disneyworld, Douglas' only wish was for a puppy.

However, his family has never had a pet, as his mother suffers from pet allergies.
Enter the Rogers from Timshell Farms.

Goldendoodles, a hybrid dog produced by mixing a poodle and a Golden Retriever, are one of their specialties.

"We raise Goldendoodle puppies that are low-to-no shedding and are very likely to be non-allergy causing," Linda Rogers said. "These special puppies have AKC Golden Retriever mothers, and their fathers are AKC Poodles, either Standard, Miniature or Toys."
Having raised the puppies for two years, the Rogers were eager to work with the Make A Wish Foundation.

"I am so impressed with the whole thing," she said. "Make a Wish put out the notice on this, and within 30 minutes, a pilot had volunteered."

Carlos Roca, the pilot volunteer with Angel Flight East pilot organization, will land at the Corsicana Airport at approximately 8:30 a.m. Saturday to pick up the puppy, which will then be flown to Orlando to surprise Douglas.

"Harper" is the special 4-month-old puppy who will find a new home with Douglas.

"This is the first pet this family has ever had," Rogers said. "He could have wished for anything, but he had always wanted a puppy."

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Linda Rogers of Timshell Farm can be contacted via e-amil at llrogers@airmail.net

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Deanna Pawlowski may be contacted via e-mail at deannap@corsicanadailysun.com

(Source - http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/news/   Thursday July 29, 2004)