Lucky Dog Shop needs structural engineer, grant writer

The commercial/residential building located at 23 Elm St. in Nashua, home to the Lucky Dog Resale/Thrift Shop, was built in 1920, recognizable by the red, storefront ice-damaged awning now needing replacement. The shop, a 501(c)(3), part of the Tails To Freedom Charity, hopes a qualified engineer will volunteer a structural evaluation of the awning frame attached to the structure. A volunteer turns to the Mailbag for structural support and a grant writing need for donations.

Lucky Dog Shop needs engineering, grant writing expertise

“I am here with an update and a couple of requests for the Tails To Freedom/ Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, the charity that I hold near and dear to my heart and volunteer for with all my spare time,” writes Nancy Barnes (LTR 43). “I live in Stratham near the coast now, and I am doing work for Kat that I can do remotely, since I don’t live in Nashua anymore. So, she and I have talked about some needs for the charity, and she suggested that I write you (Chris’ Mailbag) on behalf of her and the charity. Here goes ….

“The Lucky Dog Thrift Shop is on the lookout out for some lucky people that might be willing to help us out. As many know, our red canvas storefront awning was ripped to shreds during the 2016 ice storm. We haven’t replaced the awning due to structural issues. We need the charitable opinion and expertise of an engineer to take a look at the current awning frame to find out if it is in sound condition, both the structure itself and its mounting on the brick wall storefront. We can discuss with this person our plans to replace the awning, depending on the engineer’s findings. We do have some choices to complete this long-overdue project if we can get the frame deemed safe and sound. If there is a kind engineer out there that has a little bit of spare time to do a huge favor for a great charity, we would be very grateful.

“Also, we are looking for an exceptional volunteer who has experience in grant writing. We have many leads on foundations that have money to give to animal charities, but we need that one special person to pull all of this info together and write the grant applications for the charity. We are in dire need of funds to help our community’s pets that need high-cost medical treatment for catastrophic injuries and diseases. This is a huge piece of our organization that could have a profound impact on our work zwith the right person stepping up to help us. Thank you.” Chris, the ‘Mailbag Lady,’ supports the Lucky Dog annual Doggie Coat Drive, as well as publicizing needs and donation updates. As a pet parent myself, it’s always a pleasure. If you can fill either of these requests, Kat Ranalletti, director of Tails To Freedom/Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, can be reached at 882-3647. Great people, great cause … ‘paws’ to help if you can.

55-inch TV available to ‘see the big picture’

“I saw your ad in Sunday’s paper and am excited that I finally potentially have found someone to take my 55-inch Mitsubishi TV,” writes Diane C. of Goffstown (LTR 3,356). “The set is in great condition and works well, clear picture and the colors are excellent. The reason we are moving this item is only due to downsizing. This TV work beautifully and we just don’t want to throw it in the town dump for we are sure there must be someone that is in need of a TV. Please let me know if this is an item you would be willing to take from us. I need to have it gone by Easter please. Thank you.” Since this is Easter Sunday, hopefully (or ‘hop’ fully, as the bunny would say) someone will give Diane a call at 384-1112 and arrange for pick-up.

Opportunities for ‘fine reclining’

“I have two recliners to donate, but they must be picked up in Hollis – they don’t fit in my vehicle for transporting,” says Sue D. of Hollis (LTR 3,357). “One is a dark blue rocker/recliner in a soft fabric, the other is a light brown recliner in a tight weave corduroy fabric. Both are sturdy, in very good shape, and still in working condition (gentle rocking works on the blue one, and reclining works on both). I can send pictures via email if that is helpful.” The idea of reclining furniture emerged in France during the mid 19th century. In fact, it is believed that the first reclining chair was built for Napoleon III, nephew of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Comfortable for seating, napping and sleeping, if you can use one or both of these recliners, contact Sue D. at 759-1264.


– Bert the Picker of Nashua (LTR 1,775) says “The Eureka Superbroom was picked up last Sunday by Deb, of Nashua; the Conair Garment Steamer went to Julie, of Hudson. The Stanley high velocity blower fan, a multi-purpose fan that delivers a direct high velocity air stream for cooling, ventilating, exhausting and is especially good for drying newly-shampooed carpets and/or refinished hardwood floors is still available. Bert the Picker can be reached at 883-0990. Leave message if no answer … he will get back to you.

– Kathey R. of Nashua (LTR 3,110) writes, “Thank you for the wonderful write-up. Bless you! The recliner went, but the counter-top and the sofa are still available. A reminder: the sleeper sofa, 80-inches long by 35-inches deep, light brown/white pattern, opens to a full-size slim sleeper; the L-shaped counter top piece, approximately 65-inches by 45-inches by 25-inches deep could be used as workspace with sawhorses for support. Interested parties can reach Kathey at 689-5044.

Wishing all my readers a Happy and Blessed Easter!

Contact Chris’ Mailbag by emailing or sending mail to Chris’ Mailbag c/o The Telegraph, 110 Main St., Suite 1, Nashua 03060. Include full name and complete address, along with telephone number or email address for publication, if applicable. Items eligible for publication are for donation, trade or barter only; requests of items for sale or purchase will not be included.