Archive for December, 2010

A Call for Donations

posted by Karen Jean Matkso Hood
Friday, December 31, 2010


You have until midnight 12/31/10 to make a charitable donation for the 2010 tax year. Please consider contributing to For the Love of Children or The James & Karen Hood Foundation. Not only will you receive a deduction on your taxes, but you will be making a valuable contribution that you can be proud of to a charity dedicated to the betterment of society through reaching out on both a local and global level.

Your donation helps make possible the blogs for both charities, where we pull together articles on a wide range of informative and important topics that you can put to use both in your day-to-day life and in the pursuit of crucial social issues. On these blogs you can find information on adoption, including detailed breakdowns of the unique challenges associated adopting from specific countries; health and nutrition; parenting tips and advice on foster care; domestic violence; debilitating medical conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Sjogren’s Syndrome; articles on education and literacy; and much more. Furthermore, we hope to offer opportunities for volunteer work through both For the Love of Children and The James & Karen Hood Foundation in the coming year.

But even more importantly, your donation goes to directly support those in need in the following ways:

For the Love of Children concentrates on funding research on issues involving education, nutrition, health and wellness, abuse, and neglect of children. This charity is dedicated to touching the lives of as many children as possible the world over. Remember, these children are the future of our world. It is crucial to ensure that they receive the brightest and best we can give them.

The James & Karen Hood Foundation funds worthy causes and other established charities that assist the downtrodden in every area of need. Even in the United States, there are so many people suffering needlessly from poverty and neglect, and there are many more on a global level. Nothing is more important than addressing the welfare of our brothers and sisters in need. In helping others, we create a better world for everyone.

Help us address these crucial issues facing our modern world: donate today. Please click here to donate to For the Love of Children and here to donate to The James & Karen Hood Foundation. Thank you for your gift. Your contribution is deeply appreciated.


New Cockapoo Puppies Coming Soon to Mountain Valley View Farm!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Cockapoo puppies from our last litter

We are so excited! Reggie & Ginger, our first-generation pure bred Cockapoos, will soon be proud parents! Ginger is expected to give birth on February 25, 2011. These will be second-generation Cockapoos, which are more rare and valuable. Normally a Cocker Spaniel is bred to a Toy Poodle, but in this case two Cockapoos were bred to each other. This produces smaller litters, which is why second-generation Cockapoos are more rare.

Of course, we can’t predict exactly what the new puppies will be like, but Reggie & Ginger’s last litter produced three females and two males in a range of colors, as you can see above. Ginger is a silver, beige, and white Cockapoo with a very loyal and loving personality who loves to be around people; and Reggie is a red Cockapoo, a loyal companion who enjoys spending time with his owner.

The puppies will be for sale after they are weaned from their mother. All puppies will have a complete set of vaccinations and health examinations, as well as having their dew claws removed and tails docked.

Cockapoos are known for their intelligent, affectionate personalities and playful activity. They also have the low-shedding and low-dander qualities of the poodle, making them the ideal pet for any home.  This breed is eager to please, vigorous, and friendly, making these dogs a popular choice as a companion. The Cockapoo has an easygoing personality and generally gets along well with children and other animals.

We are accepting reservations for the puppies from interested parties. Reservations require a non-refundable deposit of $350 on the total price of $1500. You may request a specific gender/color combination (for example, a black female) but we cannot guarantee what puppies will be born in this litter. In the event that your requested puppy is not available, you may choose to have your deposit applied to the next litter or refunded in full at the time the litter is born.  Please note that this is the only condition in which a refund will be issued. We will take orders on a maximum of 4 females and 4 males. Puppies can be picked up or shipped at 8 to 10 weeks of age. We ship via airlines anywhere in the US. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted for deposits and payments on puppies. If you interested in reserving a puppy, please call 509-928-1800.