Western Leader : January 10th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 5 WESTERN LEADER, JANUARY 10, 2012 NEWS The Mad Butcher & Tegel -- Best Price -- Best Quality! Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 9th January - Sun 16th January. All Stores Open 7 Days Fresh Tegel Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets $11 only .99 kilo The Everyday Low Price for Mad Butcher Classic Fresh Sausage Range -- including Beef & Pork Flavoured, Chipolata Thin & Breakfast Sausages Fresh Tegel Chicken Nibbles $6 only .99 kilo Serving suggestion only Fresh Tegel Chicken Thighs $4 only .99 kilo Serving suggestion only 15% OFF 4217153AC Freshly picked: Berry lets Albie know just what she thinks of him. Watchful eyes: Some of the SPCA's inhabitants making sure Albie does a good job of cleaning their pen. Time out: Animals like Berry need a little time out of their hectic days to collect their thoughts. with not having to put on make- up but he always finds time to spend with the animals -- the dogs more than most. With Albie every dog gets its allotted walking time just to make sure they don't go bonkers. It's quite surprising. You do notice that with the ones up for adoption when you have lots of people going in they get quite depressed especially with people tapping on the glass. I get quite annoyed and usually yell at them.'' But Albie is by no means a grumpy old man. He's merely sticking up for those who don't have a voice. They are, after all, his friends. And whenever one of the dogs is adopted out or is sick and dies, staff call Albie so he can come and say his goodbyes. It's nice to see them go to a nice home but does make you unhappy if you get attached to them,'' he says. He formed a tight-knit friend- ship with one heeler named Blue who had to have his leg ampu- tated when he came in. Albie was the only one Blue would allow to feed him. When he was here he stopped eating because he got so depressed and I used to go into the dog ward and just hand feed him. It was sad to see him go.'' Blue might have left the shelter behind but Albie keeps on helping the new batches of animals that come in. Sometimes when the shelter gets too full animals are sent to foster homes, one of which is Albie's, so they can make space for new arrivals. Add those foster animals to his wife and the three dogs and three cats they own and it makes for a jam-packed house. But it's not only the animals he likes to be around, Albie jokes. I always tell people that one goal in my life was to be among lots and lots of ladies and I am now. And now I'm too old.'' Maybe that's why his wife volunteers at the village too. One of the women is the shelter's chief executive Christine Kalin. What he gives to the SPCA -- not just in terms of time but what he really gives is his heart -- is immeasurable,'' she says. Without people like Albie we'd be a lot worse off.''
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