Dear SSDCA Member and Shiloh Shepherd Fancier,
Your immediate attention and cooperation is needed
regarding a terrible tragedy which has occurred regarding the Founder of
the Shiloh Shepherds, Tina Barber, and her family!
We ask that you take the time to read all of the
enclosed information regarding the following issues:
The establishment of "The Barber Fund"
Adoption of Shiloh Shepherds desperately in need
of homes from Zion Kennels
Helping to replace Tinas personal files on
dogs she has sold to people, breeders she has agreements with or
upcoming litters which people have put deposits on.
Thank you for your support.
The SSDCA Advisory Board
Tragic Fire Destroys All
On Tuesday, January 25, 2000 a very tragic fire
occurred at the Barber residence. This fire started in the vent pipe of
the pellet stove between the walls and engulfed the entire house. Tina and
her grandson Josh, were at home at the time of the fire, and fortunately
were able to escape. After calling 911, Tina managed to rescue the puppies
in the house. Tina and Josh were both taken to the hospital and treated
for smoke inhalation. Tragedy struck when one adult dog that had been
brought out downstairs, went back upstairs to guard Joshs room and
perished in the fire. All contents of the house were destroyed by burning
or by water damage. Everything the Barbers owned will need to be replaced.
Things that we take for granted such as the glasses we drink from, the
shampoo for our hair, the towels we dry ourselves with, the socks for our
feetall are gone.
The Red Cross assisted with temporary living quarters,
but they too only have limited funds to help house victims of disasters.
At this time the family has found temporary housing approximately four
miles from the kennel. The dogs in the kennels are being cared for and are
still on the property of Zion Kennels, but there is no one there at this
time on a twenty-four hour basis. There cannot be anyone there until
housing can once again rise from the ashes of the old house.
As you know, Tina has poured her heart and soul into
the development of the Shiloh Shepherd for over 30 years. All extra monies
for many years were poured back into helping this breed become the dogs
that we love and adore today. Because of this there is no money for
rebuilding her home.
While we sit comfortable in our heated or
air-conditioned homes, looking at our Shiloh Shepherds or pictures of
them, please think about the Barbers. Their kennels now sit next to a
burned wreck of a house whose smoldering embers have been slowly
extinguished by the snow that has fallen. There is no longer a place to
stay on the property. The dogs in Zion Kennels are all relatives of our
dogs, from the past, for the present and into the future. For the Shiloh
Shepherd future to continue we are asking for your personal help. Help to
rebuild a bridge. Help to rebuild a home. Both of these are important to
the future of the Shiloh Shepherd. It will be through your help that the
bridge to continue to the future is accomplished. Lets keep her
"Dream" alive and help her in her time of need.
Read the enclosed account written by Tina herself. This
was written and posted to the ShilohShepherd Onelist on the Internet just
two days after the fire. Also read the newspaper clippings that are
enclosed. These are heart wrenching! To stand by helplessly and have to
watch while your home is destroyed is beyond a lot of our imaginations.
Those who have experienced this kind of loss know it is not easy to
recover quickly. It takes time and most of all it takes money.
Please consider donating whatever money you possibly
can to the Barber Fund. Whether it is a $5, $50, or $500 donation, every
bit helps. There are over 250 SSDCA members and over 2000 Shiloh Shepherd
owners. Just think of what we can do if we all contribute something.
First, this fund will be used to provide housing for Tina, Lisa, Josh and
David as soon as is humanly possible. Second, any extra money will cover
the cost of setting up housekeeping again and purchasing supplies for the
kennel. Contributions made by check or money order should be made out to
the SSDCA, Inc. with a notation at the bottom that it is to be used for "The
Barber Fund". Your contribution should not be sent to the SSDCA
Post Office Box, but rather sent directly to the SSDCA, Inc. Secretary at
the following address:
6271 Footes Corners Rd.
Conesus, NY 14435
A listing of all donors will be printed in the next
If your SSDCA, Inc. membership has expired, or you have
lapsed for some time and would like to rejoin in order to stay informed
regarding further developments, please feel free to download an
application off our website
or send a SASE to our secretary, and we will be happy to mail one to you.
Our breed founder has also been very active answering
questions and providing ShilohShepherd Onelist members with the wisdom she
has acquired over the past 4 decades breeding and training these wonderful
dogs. If you are not a member yet, we would like to invite you to join us
today. Please visit our website and scroll down to sign up. If you need
assistance, please e-mail the list moderator .
Dogs Available for Placement at Zion Kennel
Over 20 dogs are available for immediate placement at
Zion Kennel. For more information, please visit our website. If you do not
have Internet access and would like to receive a complete listing of these
dogs, please send a SASE to the SSDCA, Inc. Secretary listed above.
Important Updates from Tina
Please note: All of our records were kept on computer
and also in hardcopy format. Unfortunately, the filing cabinet was not
fire proof and the hard drive is not salvageable. Therefore, if you
purchased a puppy from us within the past 6 months or had one reserved, we
would appreciate it if you would send us copies of your records so that we
may rebuild our files. If your puppy papers have been processed and you
now have a pink bordered certificate, your records are being duplicated
for us through the TCCP.
The ISSR records, which are stored in triplicate with
the TCCP, are safe. TCCP will be providing duplicates of all originals and
printing new stud books for the ISSR, Inc. The RC program has been
re-ordered and will be back up and running by the end of this month.
Please Note: All memberships were upgraded prior to the
last Newsletter mailing. Several new members joined shortly after that and
an envelope was prepared for their NL mailing, unfortunately those were
also destroyed in the fire. We are extending all memberships for everyone
who has joined after October '99 by an additional 6 months. Our new
secretary has been very busy "revamping" these records, but
since she did not have a complete update of the new members (and our only
record comes from the Treasurer's books that only give name, date and
amount paid), please be kind enough to fill out another membership
application and mail it to Karen Ursel.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. We would like to apologize for
this inconvenience and assure you that extreme precautions will be upheld
in the future.
Please follow Tina's
progress by continuing to the next chapter.
Tina's Testimony (1987) |
Tina's Testimony (1998) |
Sharing (July 1999) |
2000) | TINA's OnELiST Letters Jan-Feb 2000
| Urgent Letter Feb 2000 |
Sharing: April 2000 |
Tina's Leap of Faith
(April 2000) | Sharing: AUGUST 2000
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