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Message started by chinarose on Mar 7th, 2009 at 8:12pm

Title: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send prayers
Post by chinarose on Mar 7th, 2009 at 8:12pm
I"m crossposting this from my Worldchow forum....what a tragedy!

I am absolutely sick you guys. Some of you may have heard already but my good friend Karen Tracy in PA (Pazzazz Kennels) had a terrible fire at her kennel caused by a propane truck explosion and lost most of her own chows as well as some boarded dogs..

Here is the news report. A warning the video is very hard to look at!! There are burned chows being treated.

http://tinyurl.com/cfwm89
Please send all your positive vibes , prayers and energies to Karen and her mother Jean. I will try calling her today( update below)




My heart is absolutely breaking for her and all the dogs and owners involved.

Keep tuned to the forum http://worldchow.com to find out more later in the weekend

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

I just spoke with Karen. Oh dear.........the few of her dogs that did survive are in vet hospitals and Journey (our Vinnie daughter) bless her soul happened to be in the house and is safe. A very small bright spot in an unbelievable tragedy.

Martha Stewarts puppy was one of the chows lost in the fire I featured this puppy last year
http://graffitigossip.com/2008/09/you-fetch-it-chow-print-and-martha-stewart-on-monday/

Our deepest sympathies to Karen, her mother Jean, Martha as well as all the dog owners involved. It's just an unthinkable situation

Karen was at home when it happened and the flames were so hot she wasn't allowed to get near her dogs to let them out. I can't possibly imagine the helpless feeling. When she was brought the living dogs to identify she couldn't recognize most of them because of the burns.

As you read in the report some firemen and the driver were injured as well...the propane tank driver in currently in critical condition. Prayers go out to him and his family as well as the firemen who so selflessly tried to rescue as many of the dogs as possible!!

I spoke with Karens good friend just now who has started a fund for Karen and I will be posting info soon . No money will ever replace her beloved chows but funds directed Karens way will most certainly help towards rebuilding her life.

I'm so terribly sorry Karen. There are simply no words.....its an animal lovers worst nightmare but I know what a strong woman you are dear Karen. With help from your friends you will get though this!

I'll update here with how to donate to the fund for Karen as soon as I get the info.

Love Sandra

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by ChrismaChows on Mar 7th, 2009 at 8:38pm
This is truely horrific. While I dont personally know Karen, we are on several chow lists together, and this is sooo sad. I cried when I first read this horrible tragedy.
Amy Young posted on one of the chow lists that Karen is very thankful for all of the calls, emails, and cards. According to Amy, Karen lost all of her dog grooming supplies, towels, food, anything dog related was lost.
If you want to make a donation go to petedge.com or your favorite dog supply site and purchase what you think Karen will need and have it sent to:
Karen Tracy
459 Pohopoco Dr
Lehighton, PA 18235

Karens personal items are ok, it is all of her dog  related equipment and supplies that need to be replaced.
Karen has helped me out many times, and is one of the most caring, devoted people I know, if you have any thing extra, or can help her out please do so.
Karen, If you read this, My prayers and strength are sent you way!!!!
Sherrie

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by Lynne on Mar 7th, 2009 at 10:17pm
Dear Sandra,

I got your mail on my personal adress, I saw the video and
started shivering with tears in my eyes, all those Chows killed
and wounded :'( :'( :'( my heart was breaking.
What a horrific accident and tragedy, please give Karen and her
family my deepest sympathie, also in behalf of the committee
of the Dutch Chow Chow Club.

Love from Holland, Ted and Lynnechow.

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by paula on Mar 7th, 2009 at 11:12pm
How horrible. I am so sorry to hear about this tragedy.
Paula

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by ChrismaChows on Mar 8th, 2009 at 2:33am
http://wfmz.com/view/?id=659525

This is very graphic, and very sad so grab some kleenex if you decide to watch the video. Karen Tracy is a wonderful person who's love and devotion to all animals is true to the heart.  
Karen just lost another male chow this AM, Shamrock, and the survivors,   are  in critical care in various animal hospitals.
If any of you have any extra money, please send it Karens way.. I wouldnt ask this of just anyone, but to know Karen is to know how thoughtful and caringshe is, how she will go without to save or help an animal.
Here is the letter I recieved a bit ago.
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Hello Friends,

I started a new page at Amazee where I have done fundraising for the pandas and moonbears before. I am trying to raise a minimum of 2500.00 by the end of March to help Karen get back on her feet with the vet bills , dog supplies etc.

You can sponsor this project by donating any amount you wish via Paypal (you can use your charge cards this way )

http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0

I will send all the money to Karen on the April 1 or sooner depending on how much we get and how fast. It's better off with Karen then in the Paypal account.

You can also join as a project "member" if you can't afford to sponsor this project right now. The more members the better as Amazee has contests that will help match funds etc . Just join Amazee (it's FREE) and upload a profile photo and join the project. It's that easy and we might win some extra money for Karen to help her and  her mom out.
http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0

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Thank you so much for all your concern and help. I will update often at

AMAZEE  http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0


on WORLDCHOW Forums http://worldchow.com


and on our new FACEBOOK page  http://tinyurl.com/bp7ycq

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...spread the word and please cross post on your other lists.

Hugs,
Sandra Miller
Worldchow


Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by chinarose on Mar 8th, 2009 at 2:35am
Thank you all SO  much for your kind words and heartfelt emotions.  I will pass all of your caring thoughts on to Karen!!!!

Well after talking to a few folks about what Karen is needing most here is what I have set up for Paypal/credit card donations...more to come including a possible Ebay auction I'm trying to coordinate.

Here's what you all can do to help!!! CROSS POST CROSS POST CROSS POST!!

Hi friends,

If you get a chance, please cross post on any lists you can, this is a  link to my Amazee page for Karen Tracy.  My Worldchow mass email system is down...terrible timing, so I will need to depend on you all to help spread the word.

Thank you so much you guys!!!!!!

Sandy


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Hello Friends,

I started a new page at Amazee where I have done fundraising for the pandas and moonbears before. I am trying to raise a minimum of 2500.00 by the end of March to help Karen get back on her feet with the vet bills , dog supplies etc.

You can sponsor this project by donating any amount you wish via Paypal (you can use your charge cards this way )
You can pay via the Amazee system by clicking the SPONSOR NOW button, or under the photo of Journey is a direct link to a Paypal button I created that goes into the same account.  Non Amazee members can use that link to pay.  

ALL NAMES WILL BE LISTED ON THE AMAZEE PAGE AS WELL AS ON WORLDCHOW

http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0

I will send all the money to Karen on the April 1 or sooner depending on how much we get and how fast. It's better off with Karen then in the Paypal account.

You can also join as a project "member" if you can't afford to sponsor this project right now. The more members the better as Amazee has contests that will help match funds etc . Just join Amazee (it's FREE) and upload a profile photo and join the project. It's that easy and we might win some extra money for Karen to help her and  her mom out.
http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0

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Thank you so much for all your concern and help. I will update often at

AMAZEE  http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0


on WORLDCHOW Forums http://worldchow.com


and on our new FACEBOOK page  http://tinyurl.com/bp7ycq

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...spread the word and please cross post on your other lists.

Hugs,
Sandra Miller
Worldchow


Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by Vega Chows on Mar 8th, 2009 at 4:59am
Hello...

How horrible notice... this is so sad, we are adding some links in the Mexican Forums.

Our prayers are with you.

Rogelio & Alejandra.

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by Lene on Mar 8th, 2009 at 12:58pm
Dear All

I have send it to as many as possible - and maybe some of you have got it personally from me also.
SORRY but it is so necessary for Karen that we get as many as possible in sending good, strong positive thoughts to her and her Chows in this terrible situation.

I do hope that many also will help sponsoring - it doesn't need to be much - all counts!
We have a danish saying: "Many small creeks makes a big river!"

I cry every time I think of it - I feel so sad and helpless to her tragedy that we can not even speculate how she must feel.

I'm so so sorry Karen - my deepest sympathy is with you!

Love & Peace and "May the force & strength be with you"
Lene :'(

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by Lynne on Mar 8th, 2009 at 4:26pm
Right now this is the most important Chow Issue
from the BTT, I quess :( :(

Ted and Lynne

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by chinarose on Mar 8th, 2009 at 8:00pm
You all are so wonderful.  I so appreciate the help in spreading the news about Karens tragedy

Big Sigh!!!!!!!! I just spoke with Karen and she said she just this moring lost her girl Marti who is Journey's mom .  The burns were apparently just too bad and Karen didn't want her suffering any longer.  She was able to say  her "goodbyes" as Marti peacefully left her beloved owner.

I told Karen about our Amazee project and she was speechless and overwhelmed at the response.  She said the expenses will be astronomical as far as the vet bills go even though the clinics are doing their best to accomodate Karen.  She told  me to pass along her deepest thanks to all of you.  Her phone recorder is full and is not accessing email right now but she knows how much you all are here for her!!

One thing she told me that blew me away is one of the police on the scene was his FIRST day on the job!!!  He told Karen later that he saved one of her dogs. OMG what a miracle.

I will update you  more on how things are going but thought you would like to hear about Marti.  She was the first dog I ever met of Karens and I'm so sick for her!!!

Hugs
Sandra

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by paula on Mar 8th, 2009 at 10:19pm
Thank you for the update. I am so sorry to hear another of Karen's chows is gone. I pray that she will get tons of help. This is just horrible. :'(
Paula

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Post by Mika and Suki on Mar 8th, 2009 at 11:42pm
What an absolutely terrible thing to have happened.  I have just spent the last 10 minutes in tears after watching the video and reading about this awful tragedy.  :'(  It's just totally unimaginable.

Please also send my deepest sympathy to Karen at this extremely sad time.

Nicki
x

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by leisa75 on Mar 10th, 2009 at 2:51am
My heart goes out to Karen !! I was in tennesse with titan shwoing him at the specility show ! When everyone heared ther ! One of her chows Maddox was there showing ! There was a fund set up at the show there also !! Many ppl donating it was a mazing !! If anyone can help I'm sure it would help alot !! All chow ppl shoud stick together especially in a time of need !! The chows cant help themselves ! And they a re strong fighter of a dog !1

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by chinarose on Mar 10th, 2009 at 7:47pm
Hello all,  I am stopping in fast this time to give you some updates on Karen and the dogs etc.

I just spoke today with Karens close friend Jan and got some news that Karens chows "Yucki", "Campbell" and "Sahara" are now home and recovering with a good prognosis.   Thank goodness for miracles!  I haven't heard about the boarders dogs yet but will keep you up to date.

Apparently it was even more miraculous that any dogs survived.  Jan told me it happened that a local stream was being stocked with fish and the worker saw the plume of fire as it happened and was apparently one of the first on the scene to help some of the dogs escape.  Miracles!!

3 others are still hospitalized...condition unknown

Also I sent a newsletter out but for those who didn't get it please stop by my blog and find out how we can collectively help win $1000.00 USD for Karen through our Facebook accounts  
http://graffitigossip.com/2009/03/are-you-on-facebookplease-help-us-win-100000-for-karens-fire-fund/

Thank you one and all for your  help!!!! Keep passing the word we need funds for Karen.  The Paypal account I have set up currently has almost 6500.00 USD in it!!!

Here is the page where you can donate
http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0

Even 5.00 at a time adds up fast..THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Sandra


Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by chinarose on Mar 10th, 2009 at 11:18pm
UPDATE ON THE FACEBOOK RALLY FOR THE PRIZE FOR KAREN..................

This is what social networking is all about..our  fundraiser for Karen Tracy is currently in THIRD PLACE for the 1000.00 prize.  OMG ..keep up the INCREDIBLE WORK...READ MORE HERE
http://www.amazee.com/new-update-rally


OUR PROJECT IS HERE
http://graffitigossip.com/2009/03/are-you-on-facebookplease-help-us-win-100000-for-karens-fire-fund/

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by Lovechows on Mar 11th, 2009 at 2:06am
This is heartbreaking. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Shirley

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by Ef_Deal on Mar 18th, 2009 at 2:52am
Is there any update on Karen's situation?

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by chinarose on Mar 18th, 2009 at 3:41pm
Hello friends,

ACCESS OUR AMAZEE  PROJECT HERE
http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0

Just a quick update to let you all know I will  be updating about Karen and her chow's status and any other related news at the AMAZEE link above.  I have been updating until now at Facebook , Worldchow, my blog etc which is quite time consuming so will be centralizing all info at her fundraising page instead.

Be sure to sign up on the AMAZEE page to be a member as an extra show up support for Karen. This page will be a place for you to share your condolences and thoughts and wishes for Karen as well as for all affected by the fire .

The discussion area at the top of the page in the pale blue tabs will show up as soon as you register with AMAZEE. Just click on JOIN PROJECT in the upper right hand corner to get started. Its FREE and only takes a moment.

ALL UPDATES CONCERNING KAREN AND THE FUNDRAISER WILL BE LOCATED AT THE DISCUSSION THREADS ON KARENS AMAZEE PAGE  
http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0

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Also I WILL tell you this fantastic bit of news..........we are in FIRST PLACE in the Amazee/Facebook race to win Karen $1000.00 USD!! Up from third place last week!!

In order to stay on top before the contest closes we need to continue to encourage all our friends on Facebook (and those not yet on Facebook) to add the Amazee application to their profiles.  Again..another  FREEBIE and takes only moments to do.  Instructions are at our Amazee Project for Karen as you scroll down this page
http://www.amazee.com/chow-kennel-devistated-fire-0





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And another blog writeup at Amazee about our Chow project for Karen.  Their "press" has really  helped make it possible for the project to get some incredible exposure




Thank you all so very much for everything!! Karen is so incredibly grateful for all you have done!!!

Hugs
Sandra Miller

Title: Re: Devistating Chow kennel fire in US...send pray
Post by Ef_Deal on Mar 19th, 2009 at 12:42am
I can't seem to figure out the whole Amazee thing.   But I am on Facebook as Ef Deal.  Can you give me feedback there?

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