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Welcome to the home page of Tallahassee Area Mensa!

Tallahassee Area Mensa a local chapter of the High IQ Society, American Mensa. The Tallahassee area serves Florida from the Apalachicola River east through Taylor County including part of Madison County and even a bit of Dixie County. Our area is also the only area in all of Florida, Region 10 of American Mensa, to include a portion of Georgia. For a full view of the area we cover, visit our map.

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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

After the drought of May and the flooding in June, July has been a hot wet month, but this is Florida, so what else would we expect?

This year is an election year, which means we are beginning the process of nominating people to hold positions on the Executive Committee and the ballot will be in the October MenTally. As we have done in the past, the voting will be both via email or paper ballot. If you are interested in serving on the Executive Committee, we would welcome you. The officers are listed on the following page. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, contact Carolyn Stimel as she is heading up the Nominating Committee this year. If serving on the Executive Committee is not your goal, but you are interested in being involved in some way, we have other positions that are vacant as well. The organization runs on the willingness of our volunteers, and it is easier on everyone when the work is spread among many people.

My newest canine addition, Annie, is adjusting well. She is a Coton de Tulear, but the breeder discovered she has the patella problems common in some small dogs and decided he could not sell her, so he gave her to an elderly lady friend of his. The elderly lady wound up in the hospital and gave the pup to a friend, who did not want the dog. She gave the pup to the dog rescue that my sister volunteers with as a foster mom. By then the dog was covered with mats, had lived in 4 different homes in less than 6 months, and was very timid and uncertain about people. The lady who runs the rescue brought the dog to my sister and announced that this dog needed to come and live with me! She explained that I know about the patella problem (it is common in Yorkies too, mine have it), my Yorkies are getting old and my little guy Tiny (a prior rescue I adopted from her) needs someone younger to play with, she knew how I had responded when Tiny was bitten by the snake and she knew this dog would have a safe and happy life with me. My sister contacted me and told me all of this. I gave it some thought, all of the points were valid, and I agreed to take her. Annie got spayed and after she recovered, my sister and I met in Knoxville, midway between our respective homes, and Annie came home with me.

It was hard for her at first, she was very timid and Tiny was not at all sure about having someone new around. But she won Tiny's affection and they are now inseparable and race all around playing together, much to the relief of the Yorkies who prefer to quietly snooze into their senior years. Annie is still timid around people she does not know and often retreats into her kennel if she feels uncertain. But she has a very sweet disposition. Even when Tiny was being unfriendly with her in the beginning, she never responded with anything but confusion at his unfriendly attitude. As a result, I never had to deal with any dog fights, she is simply not a fighter. She pretty quickly decided I was safe. When I come home from work she is not content with just a greeting, she wants to be picked up and held. When I was fighting with bronchitis and running a fever, she stayed right next to me and would gently lick my arm. It was very endearing. Prior to meeting her, I had never even heard of the breed. Now that I have met her, if she is an example of what can be expected, I can understand why people seek them out as companion dogs. My hope is that as time passes and she finds stability in her life, observes that people come and go but she stays, she will relax more and get more comfortable around new people.

If you come to my home you may, or may not, get to meet Annie. But I can guarantee, whether you meet Annie or not, the Yorkies will be DELIGHTED to meet you and will hope to shower you with their affection. They are hard-wired that way.

Hope to see you at an event soon.

Robin

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