My dog Oliver is in need of surgery. I think he got out of the yard and in his travels met a neighbor who maced him and broke his leg.
On October 26th my dog was maced and then had his leg broken by some stranger in my neighborhood. He's never shown aggression and wouldn't hurt a fly. He didn't deserve this.
On Sunday night, I came home and found my dog Oliver laying in the yard with one of his front legs shattered. In addition he at some point was maced, which covered his entire face making it almost impossible for him to see / breathe.
After having Oliver in to the vet, they are recommending a minimum of a $3500 surgery to repair his leg and its more money than we have. My other option is to amputate the leg which is $1500 which is also more than I have available.
he last resort is having him put down which I refuse to accept.
If you are able to donate anything, even just 10 dollars, it will help me avoid having to put him down over a broken leg.
My funds have been exhausted just getting him in and out of the emergency care. Sadly, we don't know who did this so we can't hold anyone responsible for the cost.
Anything you are willing to contribute is welcome and will help save Oliver's life!
Jeb and Oliver.
Remembering the life and legacy of Lawrence Leighton Smith
It is with extreme sadness that the Colorado Springs Philharmonic reports the death of Lawrence Leighton Smith, our beloved music director emeritus. Smith died at home on Friday, October 25, 2013 in the company of his family at the age of 77 from complications of Binswanger’s disease.
Born April 8, 1936, Smith was one of the most respected American conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries, noted for his brilliant conducting career, which started in 1973 as a first prize winner of the Dmitri Mitropoulos Competition. Smith went on to appear with nearly every major orchestra in the United States, as well as frequent international conducting tours.
As music director of the Louisville Orchestra from 1982 to 1993, Smith earned international recognition for both live performances and recordings. He also served as music director of the Austin, Oregon, and San Antonio Symphonies. He became the first American conductor of record to conduct the Moscow Philharmonic, creating the widely acclaimed “Moscow Sessions” recordings.
Known for his commitment to working with student musicians, Smith led many performances at the Manhattan and the Yale University schools of music, the latter of which he was the conductor-in-residence and head of the orchestra and conducting program, leading the Yale Philharmonia for ten years.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Smith was also an accomplished pianist and started his music career as a piano soloist. He began his conducting career at Tanglewood as a musical assistant to Erich Leinsdorf, also spending time at the Peabody School of Music. He is a recipient of three honorary doctorates and, with the Louisville Orchestra, fourteen awards for adventurous programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
As music director of the Colorado Springs Symphony, Smith succeeded Charles Ansbacher, Christopher Wilkins, and Yaacov Bergman, and was instrumental in the rebirth of the orchestra as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in 2003. He was succeeded by current music director Josep Caballé-Domenech.
For the past thirteen years, Smith has called Colorado Springs home with his wife Leslie.
In keeping with Smith’s wishes, there will not be a public funeral or memorial service. A celebration of Smith’s life will be held in Colorado Springs the weekend of November 16-17, 2013, and details as to location and time will be forthcoming.
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic has established a Facebook Page where friends, students, and admirers of Smith can post their stories about him and his life at facebook.com/conductorlawrenceleightonsmith. Additional information will be posted to the Page as it becomes available.
In total, Stitches is exactly the sort of Americana record that can act as antidote for what’s happening in the genre right now. At a time when “hey!” folk has fully infiltrated rock radio, and made questionably bearded banjo players the guitar shredders of this generation, somebody has to stand up and represent how truly weird and wondrous this music can be. Stitches isn’t a record designed to bowl anybody over — It eschews easy Mumford-like payoffs. Like desert sand, it slowly washes over until it finally crushes you.