Bragging on Our Family

I‘m so proud of the work that Lee’s nephew, niece, and brother (Chris, Kathleen and Jim) did yesterday at the Cameron dog pound. On behalf of our company and through the Milam Touch of Love organization, they put together a huge, safe dog run so the pound puppies can get exercise and play with each other. It’s also a great place for potential adopters to get to know the dogs. Below is a slightly edited version of what I wrote for Hearts Homes and Hands this morning.

happy woman and dog
Here’s Sue Ann with Carlton, the day she adopted him from the Cameron Touch of Love.

Yesterday was a fun day for Hearts Homes and Hands! We got to fulfill our promise of building a big dog run for the City of Cameron Touch of Love facility, which is our local dog pound. Lee and Sue Ann got two of their wonderful dogs from the facility, which strives to adopt out all dogs that come in, unless they are too sick or injured.

We donated the money to buy the materials to the Milam Touch of Love organization, which supports the welfare of all animals in Milam County, and on which Sue Ann has served on the Board since it was founded. As we shared earlier, we got the materials on Thanksgiving weekend, but had to wait until our crew came back into town before the big job of building the dog run could be done.


Unloading the materials

Early yesterday morning, our team arrived at the pound, where Sandra Ritch, the Cameron Animal Control Officer was eagerly waiting. Our Administrator, Kathleen Caso, led a team consisting of her husband, Chris (the mastermind of this project), Jim Caso (Chris’s dad AND one of our clients), and our dedicated office queen, Meghan Land, who is also on the Board of Milam Touch of Love.

The run uses lots of sturdy fencing panels
Buiding the vestibule.
Lots of toting.

The pictures show how big the project was. It’s a large dog run! It also has a safety feature of an entry vestibule, where you can bring dogs in and shut the door, then open the door to the run. This should help us deal with any escape artists.

Making the run sturdy.

Chris also reinforced the run with t-posts, to keep it secure. In the end, the team produced a beautiful playground for the animals (including, as you can see, the kitties who are mascots of the facility).


We are so happy we could help a worthy organization like Milam Touch of Love and the Cameron Touch of Love facility. Over the past few years, volunteer labor has turned what was once a very sad dog pound into a clean, comfortable place for lost dogs to await their owners and strays to find new homes.

Meghan and Jim hold the gate so Chris can work on it.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the facility, it’s open from 8-5 on weekdays and is located at 1200 E. Gillis in Cameron (near the water treatment plant). You can see the renovated offices, beautiful storage areas, and comfortable area for visiting with dogs.

They can always use donations. The easiest way to do so is to view their Amazon wish list, or to make a donation to Milam Touch of Love, which helps spay and neuter, transport, and get medical help for the animals.

Star thinks the run is okay, but it can't hold HER!

Star thinks the run is okay, but it can’t hold HER!

Kathleen and Sandra. Very happy.

Kathleen and Sandra. Very happy.

The team all happy after their long day of work.

The team all happy after their long day of work.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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