Sometimes when you see a website you say, "Why don't they ..." Now, there may a reason, but perhaps the real explanation is that they simply never thought about doing it that way.
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In the country almost every farm has a dog. So it seemed right that a country church website that wanted a mascot might just choose a dog too. Now we are cautious because taking care of a dog is a lot of work and they eat a lot too. So, we have decided to adopt someone else's dog and let them keep feeding him and taking good care of him for us. We will just try to give him a lot of loving attention.
Meet Paisan our mascot (pronounced "PIE-ZHAN" ),
Click on his picture for a larger image. Paisan is now 5 months old and weighs 51 pounds. We have overlooked the fact that Paisan is not a resident of Alberton (which more or less guarantees that we will not have to feed and care for him). Actually, Paisan lives in Kingston, Ontario. But he does have some Alberton credentials because his owner, Al Smith, grew up around here. The banner picture at the top of the page is Paisan's (and Al and Sil's) new home.
It is Official: We are so pleased! We have asked and permission has been given for us to adopt Paisan as our mascot. We have even been assured that this page of the website has been shown to Paisan and that he made no comment but did wag his tail. So, since the adoption is official, expect to see more of Paisan in the days ahead. We have been promised more pictures and updates on his life.
Paisan Celebrates His First Birthday (April 14th., 2010)
Here are the photos of Paisan enjoying his birthday cake. The only thing that seems to be missing is a shot of him blowing out the candles - but then, perhaps dogs just aren't up to blowing out candles. In cany case, we hope that someone did remember to tell Paisan that he could make a wish!
Paisan already weighs 80 pounds so the cake couldn't be larger.
An update posted on October 10th., 2009.
Paisan is growing like a weed ! Yes, Paisan is a very happy dog ! He now shakes hands, and truly enjoys meeting new people. Sil takes him for long walks and both Sil and Paisan love to play SOCCER !! Paisan loves to play "fetch" too ! He also loves the Water ! A week ago Paisan decided that since the swimming pool is now closed up for the season that the Fish Pond at the front of the house looked like a good source of water. Al and Sil had turned their heads for only a minute, and then when they looked back there was Paisan , submerged up to his neck, laying in the pond with the gold fish and frogs and with what seemed like a very big grin on his face !
On October 16th., 2009, Paisan will be going to the Vets and have that procedure done that "fixes" him up. While that is being done, they will also be putting a identification chip into him, so that should he ever get lost with no collar or tags, they can still tell who he is and ensure he gets home safely. The Kingston Mills Veterinary Hospital has been AMAZING. Their Staff all treat Paisan so well. Paisan actually ENJOYS going to the Vet... as they are so nice to him. The Staff have also looked at the Alberton Church Website, and have been thrilled to see Paisan's picture !
Update on Oct.17th. We have received the word! Paisan has had his surgery. All went well and he is back home to recuperate. We will, of course, be sending him a get well greeting from the website.