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September 2012

Official Publication of The Ranch at Brushy Creek HOA

Volume 4, Issue 9

Fall's most highly anticipated event has arrived!

Fit Happens in The Ranch at Brushy Creek


Most Americans acknowledge the facts that regular physical activity and healthy eating improve overall health and reduce the risk for many chronic diseases. However, statistics collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that despite this knowledge, many fail to integrate healthy lifestyle choices into their daily lives. According to the CDC, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States over the past 20 years. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents are obese. In addition, less than half (48%) of all adults meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines and less than 3 in 10 high school students get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Statistics such as this will continue to be the norm unless individuals make a commitment to health and wellness for themselves and their loved ones. In an effort to help our neighbors on their healthy lifestyle journey, a group of RBC residents have come together to organize the first “Fit Happens 5K Run/Walk” and Health & Wellness Expo. This event will take place in the RBC neighborhood, starting at Ranch Trails Park on September 22, 2012. The Fit Happens 5K will begin at 9:00am (with registration and bib pick-up starting at 8am) and be followed by a raffle and Health & Wellness Expo in the park. Service providers at the Expo will specialize in products that promote a healthy lifestyle. The 5K is a non-competitive run/walk designed to get the neighborhood out and moving! This event is for any fitness level and age! Whether you plan to run, walk, push a stroller or pull a wagon, recruit your family and neighbors to participate in this event together and make FIT HAPPEN in RBC! (Continued on Page 2)

As always, you are welcome to participate during whatever hours are convenient for you but the community wide sale itself will be advertised to take place during the hours listed below. Individual Garage Sales are to be held on your own driveways and you are responsible for placing and removing your own signs within the neighborhood in a timely manner. (Signs posted on Parmer before 5 pm on Friday, May 4th run the risk of being picked up by the city.) The Social Committee will place ads in local papers and signage outside the main entrances. If you have particular items of interest and want to place ads of your own it is highly encouraged and may help draw attention to our neighborhood.

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Randy Vogel..................................................... 512-502-7506 ............................................ RANCH AT BRUSHY CREEK HOA BOARD

Deerrick Matlock, Vineet Rohatgi, Vice Freddie Jimenez, Treasurer.......................... Anastasia Manning, Secretary...... Blake Contine, Member At Large.................................................. Fred Herdman, Advisory COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

Fit Happens… (Continued from Cover Page) ADDITIONAL EVENT DETAILS:

•5K will start and finish at Ranch Trails Park and the course will wind through the Ranch at Brushy Creek neighborhood •Water stations provided along the course will compete for YOUR vote for the best water station •5K participants receive a “swag bag” with goodies and will be eligible for the event raffle •Pre-registration for the event can be completed through Active. com at: For more information regarding a booth at the post-run expo, advertising your business in our participant “swag bag”, or providing post-race food or donations for our raffle, please contact Lori @ If you are interested in volunteering at this event (water stops, course support, set-up, clean-up, etc.), please contact Jenny @

Architectural Committee Derrick Landscape Committee Aneka Public Relations Committee Erin Pool Committee Byron Social Committee Candace Lambert............... Neighborhood Watch Vineet

NEWSLETTER INFO Editor Erin Publisher Peel, Inc........................, 512-263-9181, 512-263-9181


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THE BULLETIN Saturday, Sept 1 Beginner's Running Group Brushy Creek Park (meet near the splash pad) 7am Ladies, we have neighborhood Bunco! It was started through our neighborhood Facebook site, Ranch at Brushy Creek. There are at present, 6 Bunco groups of 12 members. Each group plays once a month, and each member hosts the game at their own house once a year. No experience is needed.  If you have never played before, it is fun and EASY! We are taking names to start group 7.  Interested parties please go to R@BC Bunco on Facebook and ask to join. Once you are a member of our private Facebook site, post that you want to join a group and please tell me your street address. If you’re not on Facebook, email me. As soon as I have 12 names another group can start! Kelly H. Smith

Wednesday, Sept 5 RaBC Ladies Happy Hour 6-8pm Morelia Grill

Friday, Sept 7 First Friday Playdate @ Ranch Trails Park at 10am

Saturday, Sept 8 Beginner's Running Group Brushy Creek Park (meet near the splash pad) 7am

Wednesday, Sept 12

Bunco - Group "Hot Aquas"

Thursday, Sept 13 Bunco - Group "Cerulean Charmers"

Friday, Sept 14 Playdate @Quest Park on the corner of Discovery Blvd and Stallion Drive 10am

Saturday, Sept 15

Playdate @Quest Park on the corner of Discovery Blvd and Stallion Drive 10am

Monday, Sept 17 Bunco - Group "Red Metal Chickens"

Tuesday, Sept 18 Bunco Group Dicey Divas

Come learn why we’re saying

Thursday, Sept 20

HOA is not a four letter word!

Bunco Group Orange County Housewives

UT Alumni Center September 21st Join other Austin area community association leaders to learn industry best practices that work.

Field Trip Friday TBD check the Facebook page RBC Playgroups for more details.

Admission is FREE

• The 7 Deadly Sins of HOA Boards • Cyber Theft - Who Has The Keys to Your Account? • Board Member Survival - Best Practices for New and Seasoned Directors • Four People You Should Know • Becoming Firewise - Make Your Community Safe • Money Saving, Water Saving Tools for Your Community

Visit any of over 65 industry exhibitors there to help you govern your neighborhood responsibly Full details and online registration at: 512-858-5228

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Friday, Sept 21 Saturday, Sept 22 Fit Happens 5k Ranch Trails Park 9:30am

Tuesday, Sept 25 Bunco - Group "Designer Dawgs"

Friday, Sept 28 Foodie Friday Lunch 11:00am @1890 Ranch meet in front of the movie theater

Saturday, Sept 29

Beginner's Running Group Brushy Creek Park (meet near the splash pad) 7amin front of the movie theater For more details on any of the events please contact Candace Lambert - Social Committee Chair The Ranch at Brushy Creek HOA Newsletter - September 2012


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National Night Out Thanks to all the families and sponsors that helped make National Night Out a big success! It was a great chance to gather together, meet new neighbors, and learn about keeping our community safe. Vinny Rohatgi and his team put together a great event! Congratulations to Leslie McLellan Proctor and Shavaire Griggs for their heroic efforts and being the first recipients of the Ranch @ Brushy Creek Hero award!





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Pet's Corner

Helping Educate Rescued Orphans SEPTEMBER 2012 article By Michael and Debby Hylton Sadly, Austin has a pet overpopulation problem. Many, many pets and cats are dropped off at area shelters each day. Animal Control also finds many stray pets/cats each day. The majority of these animals are healthy with no behavioral issues. Their owners have a multitude of reasons for surrendering their pets, including: moving, new baby, health issues, financial issues, allergies. Many organizations of loving volunteers, strive to give these pets/ cats a second chance by matching them with a new family that will be thrilled to welcome them into their home. A foster-pet (or cat) program is designed to buy time for shelter pets and to help them find a perfect family. Organizations actively seek foster families to help. You could become a foster-parent family and help connect orphaned animals with families looking for companions. What does it take to Help Educate Rescued Orphans, to be a HERO ? Contact your preferred organization for exact details, but generally, here’s how it works: The foster family plays an important role in the process of rescuing a pet and finding the perfect home. Foster families are trained to help pets transition into a new environment and to assess the requirements for each pet. Some pets need a lot of exercise, some families are very active. Some pets like to just watch TV next to their owner; some owners just want a pet to watch TV with. Foster families are key to helping match adoptive families with the perfect pet. Why would anyone open up his or her home to an unknown, sometimes untrained pet? Because the rewards are amazing. Some of the rewards of fostering include: • Learning about a wide variety of pet breeds • Being able to experience that “new pet” excitement – over and over • Being able to have a young puppy/kitten in your home any time you want • Knowing that you have saved a pet’s life • Watching your scared shelter pet turn into a happy, well-adjusted pet that is ready for a new family • Giving a family the joy of a new pet • Making friends with other pet lovers • Meeting a wide variety of people • Learning from experienced trainers and rescue team members Once a pet is pulled from a shelter by the Rescue Group, it is that organization’s responsibility. They cannot and will not just take the pet back to the shelter. Therefore, groups generally have substantial requirements to become a foster family: • Your foster pet must meet the same minimum medical requirements we ask of our adopters. Current on all vaccinations, must be spayed/neutered and show consistency in receiving monthly heartworm preventative. • Love and treat your foster like your own while it is in your home • Provide housetraining, crate training (the group provides a crate if needed), leash manners and indoor manners training 6

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• Have your foster live indoors • Provide a diet of good, nutritional, age appropriate food • Have a safe, secure yard for your foster during its time outdoors • Seek advice early and commit to work with your foster through any behavioral issues (aggression towards humans, being the exception) • Give monthly heartworm and flea protection which is provided by group • Provide transportation for your foster pet to one of the organization’s approved veterinary clinics (cost covered by the group with prior approval and arrangements), and attend adoption events • Work with prospective adoptive families to help your foster pet find a home How does it work? First, pets at the shelters are evaluated based on basic temperament qualities. A group will look for pets that are friendly, outgoing, good with other pets, kids, etc. They attempt to pull pets that have reasonably good manners or puppies/kittens that can be quickly taught manners. After the pet is selected from the shelter, it receives full vetting; including vaccinations, de-worming and heartworm test. Most pets, other than young puppies/kittens, will be spayed or neutered before being placed in their foster home. What support do I get as a foster home? Most organizations have an experienced team of pet-owners and access to trainers who have likely worked in pet rescue for years. Prior to receiving your first foster pet, you will be encouraged to attend a Fostering Orientation class. As a foster caregiver, you and your foster pet can attend any group pet training classes that are appropriate for the age and skill level of your foster pet. Monthly special topic training and get-togethers may be offered, depending on the group, which will help you learn and keep you connected with other foster families. First time fosters are normally provided with much support. Fosters are invaluable to Rescue Groups, so they want to help you with any issues that may arise, including covering foster-pet related expenses.

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(Continued from Page 6) What pets do groups intake? Austin is fortunate to have many breed specific rescue groups that are able to help many of the purebred pets in the shelters. Other groups focus primarily mixed-breed pets and serve as a back-up for breed specific rescues when they are out of space. Some people like or are better equipped to handle certain types of foster pets. When you decide to volunteer, be sure to indicate your preference in size and age of the pets you would like to foster. How do I begin? Start by filling out the organization’s Foster Application, sometimes found right online. Then, if you have a pet, the group will contact your veterinarian to ensure the pets in your care currently receive proper medical care. It is strongly recommended that your dog receive a Bordatella vaccination prior to you bringing in a foster dog. Sadly, Bordatella (kennel cough) is very common and many foster dogs will have it or may have recently been exposed to it. Next, usually a member of the rescue team will visit your home. The purpose of this visit is to answer any questions and to learn more about your level of pet experience. At this meeting, you will go over our fostering guidelines and likely be asked to sign the organization’s Foster Agreement. If it is part of the group’s process, you will next be scheduled for a Foster Orientation class. The last step is helping in the selection of a foster pet. You are encouraged to visit a local shelter with the rescue coordinator to assist in selecting a pet. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the leaders of the rescue group and ask for help.

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WHAT CONSTITUTES A PET EMERGENCY? An emergency is any situation in which your animal’s life is in danger. The following are specific examples of emergency situations. • Illness – If your animal becomes severely ill, please seek help as soon as possible. Indications of severe illness include lethargy, severe vomiting and/or diarrhea, or signs that an animal is in pain. • Trauma – If your animal sustains any kind of traumatic injury, please seek help as soon as possible. If the injuries are severe, please take your pet immediately to the nearest veterinarian. • Loss – If your animal becomes lost, please seek help as soon as possible and contact local animal control facilities. 24-HOUR EMERGENCY VETERINARY CLINICS

Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin - North Area 12034 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759 Phone: 512-331-6121 Animal Poison Control Center 24 hour Emergency Poison Hotline Phone: 888-426-4435 *There is a fee for contacting the Animal Poison Control Center

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