Our pet picks of the week Buddy and Minx. Buddy is a 2-year old brindle Feist. A Feist, what is that, you might ask? Don't worry, we had to look it up too.

A Feist is a breed of dog mainly known in the South with terrier as part of its genetic makeup. They are known to be friendly, active, easygoing hunting dogs. Buddy was born with a slight deformity in his rear legs. He doesn't seem to notice and he is perfectly mobile. His tiny stature and sweet face remind us of a baby deer. He may be a tad bit shy at first, but he quickly warms up and is playful and loving. Buddy is adorable as he burrows into his covers to take a nap, peeking out to make sure you are still there. Buddy will make someone an excellent … well, buddy.

Minx is a black domestic shorthair feline, probably between 2 and 3 years old, who is craving attention. Minx came in as a stray from Belfast with nine other cats. Once at the shelter, she gave birth to a litter of her own. The kittens have all been adopted and now it's her turn for a happily ever after. This super-sweet girl isn't shy about introducing herself. In fact, upon meeting you, Minx will quickly give you a bump on the head with her nose and try to snuggle up to your neck to get as close as possible, with a purr that is loud and constant. If you're looking for an affectionate, constant companio stop by and meet Minx.

Saturday, May 20, is our annual Clean Up and Cook Out. We need help sprucing up the place with a new coat of paint, weeding the garden, grooming the dog trails and the like. We'll start at 10 a.m., work up an appetite and then around noon we will feed you a grilled lunch in appreciation of your hard work. Many hands make light work and it’s always a fun day. For more information, contact Kelly at 594-2200. Our annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m. following lunch.

Are you a movie fan? Have we got a deal for you. To raise funds to provide care for all the animals at the shelter, we are selling an amazing coupon book to Flagship Cinema. For only $25 you get $200 worth of savings: free tickets, free popcorn, BOGO's etc. They will make a great treat for your dad on Father's Day, the graduate in your life, or treat yourself. There's a limited supply, so hurry in to the shelter to buy your booklet today.

Wish list: Laundry detergent, copy paper, wet dog and cat food, garbage bags, lint rollers, ziploc bags (quart and gallon). Gift certificates to Wal-Mart, Staples, Amazon and other local businesses are also a great help. Thanks for your support.