Many of John's recipes from the restaurant he owned (which I believed was named Shumsky's) are in the cookbook sold by A New Start On Life Pet Rescue
<http://www.anewstartonlife.com>. Terri was passionate about helping all dogs escape misery, and ANSOL is a non-profit all breed dog rescue that specializes in the acquisition, medical treatment and socialization of puppymill/commercial kennel dogs. I know this because I have one of the cookbooks here in front of me and I just copied that out of it. Terri worked tirelessly in many different fundraising endeavors, not just liver shunt. Speaking of which, I have one of her pieces here that I will be putting on eBay for TSFMLS. I had won a piece at auction and being the sweetheart she is she slipped in an extra piece as a special gift. I think it is only fitting that I give it back to her cause.
My heart is heavy. My eyes keep leaking. My hands are shaking as I try to type. I have so many stories to share. Because of Terri I'm a published author. That may not be a big deal to some, but to me it's huge. It's given me to the courage to start writing and submitting that writing for publication elsewhere. I feel so privileged to have been able to call her friend and even better, to have been considered a colleague. Not by me, but by her. As a former backyard breeder, I would never have put myself in her league, but she respected me and for that I loved her.
She was a strong-willed woman. As a strong and powerful woman myself I know that women like we are can often be mistaken for female dogs. That didn't bother her any more than it bothers me. She just went ahead and got the job done. It often put her at odds with people. There were times she and I were at cross purposes, too, but we would work it out and get back on track because of our mutual respect and mutual love for our Yorkies. When I grow up I want to be half the success that Terri was. Not a monetary success, although that makes security nice. Not a physical or cultural success, although the recognition is nice. But to have the heart and stamina and drive to do what is necessary for the common good, no matter what the cost.
Happy Trails across the Bridge, Terri & John!
Valerie in Seattle with BeBe & Scootie
Tribute to Terri from Terry Van Kirk at DaZHill Yorkies
Tribute to Terri from DeeGee in Sunapee, NH
Tribute to Terri from Paulette "barbie" Young
Tribute to Terri from Barb Beck in Indiana, NW
Tribute to Terri from Donna, Roman, Mikey, Sweetie & Maxwell
Tribute to Terri and John from Deb, Family and the Ridgecrest Yorkies
Tribute to Terri and John from Valerie in Seattle with BeBe & Scootie
Tribute to Terri from Toni Lowery at Yorkieland
Tribute to Terri from Vicci Doyle
Tribute to Terri and John from Karen at Yorkieland
Tribute to Terri and John from Lois Doswell in Morgan Hill, CA
Tribute to Terri and John from Bill and Smoky
Tribute to Terri from Maxwell's Mom, Karen Coffey
Message posted FROM Terri, April 18, 2001