Cheers and Jeers: Aug. 18, 2014 - Press-Republican: Opinion

Cheers and Jeers: Aug. 18, 2014

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Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 3:25 am

CHEERS to John Bruno, who weekly brings a tractor around to the Valehaven Home for Adults in Peru to give the residents rides around the town.

Bruno, 80, a horse and cattle farmer by trade, also worked construction in the West on the Sioux Dam during his early years. An auto accident in 1934 laid him up for five years, ending his work in the building trades.

The reason for his volunteer efforts? When going by the home on Route 22 a few years ago, he saw some residents sitting around smoking, seemingly with nothing to do. He decided to see if he could fill a void in their life.

For more than two years, Bruno has filled the wagon weekly with passengers for rides throughout the hamlet and in rural parts of the town, even stopping for ice cream on occasion. His 1939 Farmall tractor and 1937 Ford tractor are familiar sites in the Peru area.

He asks for nothing in return. Folks around town enjoy seeing the Valehaven residents, waving to the riders when they pass by. And we’re sure the residents enjoy the attention, distraction and socializing this slow-lane tour of town affords.

Thanks, John.


JEERS to owners of dogs who bark all day.

Those who leave their unattended canine friends home alone inside may not realize that their charges bark all day _ and sometimes all night.

Although some low-energy breeds might nap all day, many dogs need attention, exercise and play. When they are shut away indoors for hours, they pick up bad habits. This isn’t good for the dogs or their owners.

If you can’t make it home for a lunchtime walk, consider a doggie daycare. Another alternative is to ask a neighbor to help or hire a neighborhood young person for dog-walking services.

You may not see the dogs, but some of human’s best friends charge front windows to growl and bark at anything that goes by, be it car, pedestrian, mail and news carrier.

Not sure you have a problem? Ask your neighbors: They know.

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