Bogey finds a home with Putnam golf pro

MAHOPAC, NY – A stray dog found at Putnam County Golf Course in July was adopted by its in-house golf professional Jim Woods through Putnam Humane Society.

Staff at the golf course found the 35-pound Beagle-Labrador mix wandering around the course and then by the carts. After catching the dog swimming in the pond, Putnam Humane Society was called. With no identification tags found on him, the nonprofit decided to name him Bogey a golf term meaning one-over par, to recognize where he was found.

“Everyone at the golf course hoped that his owners were going to be able to find him,” said Woods. “But we kept an eye on him through the humane society’s website.”

Jim Quinn, the shop manager at the golf course, wanted to take him but already had two dogs that he did not think would get along with Bogey. Woods, who lives in Stormville, contemplated it, but kept his consideration to himself.

About two weeks later, Woods approached his wife Lisa about the possibility of adopting Bogey.

“She would take every dog in the pound if she could,” said Woods. “We are already parents to Bunker and I was the one who needed to ready to take on another dog.”

Bunker is a 14-year-old Labrador. Bogey is believed to be 8 or 9 years old.

On Monday, July 31, the Woods went to Putnam Humane Society to spend some time with Bogey. Then after deciding together that he was meant to join their family, came back on Saturday with Bunker.

“They hit is off from the start and by Saturday night we took Bogey home with us,” Woods said.

Michele Dugan, president of Putnam Humane Society, is pleased whenever a match can be made.

“We are very happy that Bogey was able to find a new home,” Dugan said. “All of the dogs that come in are assessed by a trainer so we can identify the right family for each one. Bogey is an amazing dog and Jim and Lisa are great people.”

Bogey was almost adopted by someone else.

“We did have a volunteer approved to adopt Bogey, but she was going on vacation and was not going to be able to take him until afterwards,” Dugan said. “When she found out that someone else was willing to adopt the dog earlier she was willing to let him go.”

Woods thinks it was meant to be.

“I thought that it was cool that he was found on the golf course and I always wanted a dog that wanted to come to the dog course because Bunker is scared of people,” Woods said. “And I would have named him Bogey.”

When filling out the application to adopt Bogey, one of Woods’ reference contacts was Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, who could not have been happier to throw her support toward the union.

“I am a supporter of Putnam Humane Society and all of the work that they do,” said Odell. “There are so many rescued pets that need homes that it is always a joy when you can help a family come together. I know that Jim, Lisa, Bunker and Bogey will all bring each other a new sense of fulfillment by being together.”

While Bogey is still adapting to his new home, Woods is already looking forward to bringing him back around the course.

“I will bring him around in the fall, when he understands that I am his master and there are less people around,” Woods said.

This winter, don’t get left out in the cold…

This winter, don’t get left out in the cold…

With the cold weather slowly setting in, the Putnam County Office of Consumer Affairs would like to remind you to use licensed and registered tradesmen for all of your home repairs.

All too often, especially during the winter months, Consumer Affairs receives complaints from residents regarding sub-standard work performed by unlicensed or unregistered tradesmen, on boilers and other heating systems.

When it is cold outside, and the heat goes out, consumers tend to look for a quick, economical solution and many are forced to agree to repairs, not knowing anything about heating systems. Consumers have to trust that the technician is telling them the truth and most times, the consumer doesn’t have time to get a second opinion or doesn’t have the luxury of shopping around.  Often times, consumers end up looking at price and availability as top priorities for hiring servicemen. Also, consumers forget to get written estimates and signed contracts. Finally, at the urging of the repairman, consumers are tempted to save money by paying cash up front.

While entering into service work agreements can seem like a good idea at the time, the Office of Consumer Affairs asks consumers to consider this:  When you hire a Putnam County licensed/registered tradesman, know that the person you are hiring is insured and bonded and had to go through the rigors of becoming licensed, including in most cases, testing to verify they are qualified to perform trade-specific work.  Through this process, the licensed tradesman is invested in his commitment to the residents of Putnam County.   And while there is no guarantee that all jobs will go off without a hitch, if something does go wrong, in many cases, the Office of Consumer Affairs can assist the consumer in finding a resolution.

When consumers do not get a signed contract for proposed work or fall into the trap of paying cash up front as a means of saving money, they enter into a he said/she said situation. Consequently, should problems arise, consumers have no proof of either agreements for work or payments made.

Therefore, the Office of Consumer Affairs’ recommendation to all homeowners, aside from keeping warm this winter, is to always ask if a tradesman is licensed/registered in Putnam County. If the answer is yes, ask to see the license. Each tradesman is given an identification card complete with photo. Ask for written estimates and get signed contracts. If paying cash, get a signed receipt for payments made. Hopefully this advice will help to keep our community safe, warm, and scam free this winter.

For questions or concerns, or for a complete listing of Putnam County licensed tradesmen,  contact the Putnam County Department of Consumer Affairs at (845) 808-1617 or visit our website at