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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A HfeRALDZElTUNG Saturday September 16 2000 Paris friendship with president went to the dogs BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Few people got to know the Richard M Nixon that John and Edna Paris knew To John and Edna thats a shame In their New Braunfels home is a photo and a letter that tells of a years long relationship the Parises had with the former president long ago John a veterinary technician who oversaw a pet cared for dogs that belonged to Nixon a president whose political career was saved early in life by one of his dogs In Johns previous work in California he came up with an idea for a pet It led to him meeting the US We housed three dogs for the Nixons We talked with him a number of times We had a lot of John Paris President and caring for the presi dents dogs Nixon embroiled in a moneyrelated scandal in the 1950s when he was the candidate for vice president saved his career in a nowclassic speech in which he movingly spoke of a coat cut from good Republican cloth and a dog named Checkers that was a gift to his wife Patricia While John Paris never took care of Checkers he cared for the thenFirst Dog Nixons red Irish Setter named King Timahoe and dogs that belonged to Nixons daughters Tricia and Julie We housed three dogs for the John said We talked with him a number of times We had a lot of Whatever Nixons troubles were in the greater world he and his family were dedicated to their pets John recalled One time the president called up from San Clemente and said John Ive got problems That doggone red dog got away from the MPs and took off across the country on me If that dog shows up hold on to him and call John said the president told him that Marine 1 the helicopter that carries the president and his family had backfired and spooked the dog which then ran away Nixon called a little later and told him not to worry about the setter Three jeeploads of MPs had found the first ani mal none the worse for the wear I guess they cornered it between them and took it John said smiling Another time Nixon had perhaps a bigger problem He was walking the dog along the beach and it went to play in the diving into oily muck left from a spill Pat and my girls told me not to cut one hair on that dogs Nixon told John Paris Can it be cleaned up John told him he thought it could and did Several times the president called over problems about that particular dog We had a lot of incidents with John said Hed call up and say John Im in The poor guy was always in Edna said The Parises are saddened that perhaps Nixon is best remembered for the scan dals that consumed his presidency They said detractors do not know what sort of man he really was when he was not on the world stage We had a lot of respect for him Nobody can say anything bad about him around John said Im Irish and Ive got a pretty good temper Thats a bad temper Edna said 1A We went out and started it up it ran for 10 minutes then I cut it off That thing just sat for months and months I began to think What can we do with it Its never going to do us any Holder had an answer The sheriff said he could use he said The Parises are members of Cross Lutheran Church and trans planted Californians who have lived in New Braunfels for 11 years Holder introduced the couple to commissioners describing their valuable volunteer work and the gift of the generator His depart ment cannot budget the generator because there are other higher spending he said You dont want to spend that kind of money and have it hang Holder said The generator gives us a power source we can use If we have a situation out in the county where we need light it will be available to Holder said Holder said the generator filled a valuable niche because it was s smaller than another one his department had that was trailer mounted Its more portable We can put it in the pack of a pickup and carry it to a crime scene or cata Holder said Its not something youre going to use a lot but when you need it you need it As for the volunteer work the Parises do they allow sheriffs employees to do other administra tive work John and Edna donate a con siderable amount of time to the Holder said Im grate ful for County Judge Danny Scheel told the Parises he was grateful as well We appreciate all you do for Scheel said Its an John answered And the sheriffs great to be Edna said SUBSCRIBE TO THE HERALD ZEITUNG CALL 6259144 1A serves as the environmental direc tor Rob and Beth Watson a hus band and wife team have served as executive directors for 12 years Activities and programs are wideranging Rappelling low ropes courses guided nature hikes canoeing star gazing are offered to conferences and retreats that fill the guest books each month The original stone ranch house has been revamped and sleeps 24 in three dorm style bedrooms The meetinghouse was recent ly rebuilt and has room for 100 Three fully heated and air condi tioned cabins are divided into two rooms and each room sleeps six The 14 shelters with bunk beds and without air conditioning are authentically rustic Kids love them and adults hate Holmes said In the summer months the non profit organization offers day camp for ages 4 to 11 and resi dent camps for grades 3 to 12 Prices range from for a four day day camp to for a two week residency Specialty camps include back packing in Colorado beach camp at Padre Island and sailing camp at Rockport We think every child should come to Holmes said We have contributors who fund schol arships for camp Throughout the year visitors from hospice retreats church retreats leadership training pro grams Girl Scouts schools and special programs find the outdoor experience is a positive in young lives Its a great place for kids and for kids with problems The place gives them a feeling of nature and the Holmes said Six special camps are scheduled each year giving adopt ing families and children counsel ing Its a respite for the parents while we do things with the Holmes said Last June Hospice Austin held a threeday Camp Brave Heart for kids who have lost a loved one We try to create an atmosphere of acceptance The camp is a community Groups live and sleep together We really do affect chil drens lives in a positive way Its one of the few times they can be Holmes said As a Hays County Master Natu ralist Holmes uses his Texas landmanagement knowledge to teach children and adults about proper range and wildlife man agement He leads groups on educational tours where he points out fossils plants like sideoats grama the state grass of Texas and trees native to the ranch land such as red oak black walnut and bald cypress Visitors can hike four nature trails varying in length and endurance John Knox Ranch is located in far northwest Comal County Take Ranch Road 32 to the intersection of Highway 3424 near Fischer Turn on Mail Route Road and fol lowing the signs to the ranch and into the heart of the Hill Country 1A letting counties set impact fees making the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District a permanent agency with full authority creating a multicounty water district to protect the Trinity Aquifer and increasing authority for water district to manage groundwater giving counties next to metro politan areas authority to adopt orders to protect their water quality For his part Dawson anticipates doing some serious armtwisting in the 77th Texas Legislature Im going to support every one of Dawson said Thursday Well go through all the hoops send legislators letters and go to public hearings or committee hear ings in Austin Well meet with representatives and their staffs We cant leave out the staffs theyre an important part of getting anything Millikin said he would work to see that the county cooperated with other counties to pursue its aims and not in a scattergun fashion He represents Comal County on the 31member Conference of Urban Counties as well as on a 25 member group that 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