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Catahoula Leopard Dog Rescue/Foster/Transport Volunteer

Mr. Deane and his wife, Joanna, have been active participants in Catahoula Leopard Dog rescue efforts since approximately 2000.  In addition to fostering ~5 of these dogs, they have rescued and then transported ~40 of these dogs from various "kill" shelters to forever homes throughout California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. In addition, they have evaluated and provided advice regarding several forever homes for adoption suitability (fencing, other onsite pets, children, etc.), so that potential problems can be minimized to allow the adopted dog to stay at the new home forever.
They currently work closely with Janeen Jackson of Janeen's Catahoula Leopard Dog Rescue Network located in Roundup MT.  Janeen is involved in rescuing several breeds in addition to Catahoula Leopoard Dogs, as all dogs deserve a chance to be adopted into a forever home.  If you are interested in adopting one of these wonderful dogs, you can review available dogs online and contact Janeen directly via cutting&pasting the following URL into your browser: or clicking on the following link:

Janeen's Catahoula Leopard Dog Rescue Network website

If you wish to donate to Janeen's efforts while buying products at, go to Smile.Amazon.Com instead, where you can use the same login/password information to enter the site.  Then, simply "pick up" her website by entering "Janeen's" into the window and select her website.  Very easy way to donate to her efforts.
Who knows, Thom and Joanna might even deliver your adopted dog directly to you, or at least participate in its transportation...


Vintage Volkswagen Restoration

Through the years, Mr. Deane has owned, and in some cases restored, several vintage Volkswagens ranging in production year from 1958 to 1968, including a 1958 "lowlight" Karmann Ghia, a 1959 "ragtop" bug, a 1960 hardtop bug, a 1963 13-window kombi micro-bus, a 1965 hardtop bug, a 1967 fiberglass dune buggy, and a 1968 squareback.  He is also looking for his Dad's dark blue(?) 1955 Porsche Pre-A 356 Speedster that his Dad raced amateur-class at Riverside International Raceway and other southern California racetracks during the mid- to late-1950s, as well as his parent's black 1955 hardtop bug (1956 CA license plate "FWC 201" or "FWG 201", using an old fuzzy slide) and agave green 1957 ragtop bug (1956 CA license plate "LFK 734").
Mr. Deane still likes to "turn a wrench".  Thus, his two current, and seemingly permanent, projects include the 1958 "lowlight" Karmann Ghia (also known as a "poor man's Porsche", bought in 2012) and the 1959 "ragtop" bug (bought in 1979 while attending California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA).  The following photos show the Karmann Ghia at the 2014 Inland Valley Volkswagen (IVVW) Springfest that was held at Wolfsburg West in Corona CA, and the ragtop Bug right after its pan-off restoration during the same year.

1958 Karmann Ghia (the "Chili Pepper")

1959 Ragtop Bug (the "Mango")

For those interested in this hobby, please visit the very best air-cooled vintage Volkswagen (and Porsche) site at at the link shown below.  Sign up is free, they never send spam, and it's an excellent site for buying/selling parts and/or entire cars from daily driver to concours quality, and sourcing technical information.



Mr. Deane likes to solve problems outside of the work environment as well.  His first two patents are for two pet-related inventions and his third patent is for a drip irrigation-related invention. 
Patent Number 7,681,532 (issued by the USPTO on March 23, 2010) is for a telescoping animal carrier that can be expanded to provide additional space and comfort for the animal within it.  Great if you are car-camping, a breeder, or have a pet that needs to be confined while recuperating from surgery or other veterinary procedures. 
Patent Number 8,888,080 (issued by the USPTO on November 18, 2014) is for a simple device that locks onto the animal carrier gate to prevent annoying rattling of the gate while driving on bumpy road surfaces. 
Patent Number 9,527,195 (issued by the USPTO on December 27, 2016) is for a simple hand tool that allows you to separate drip irrigation tubing from couplers/Ls/Ts, and emitters from the associated "spaghetti" tubing.  If you've ever tried to separate these items by hand, or by any combination of tools, you'll appreciate this tool as it allows you to separate them easily with one hand and without damaging the tubing/couplers/Ls/Ts/emitters, saving you time and money.