Less than two weeks after Shadow and I lost our senior cat, Bear, I decided we'd mourned long enough. The house was a bit gloomy. Shadow moped. There's an animal rescue shelter not a mile from where we live, so late on a Saturday afternoon I hopped in the car and headed for the shelter. I sat and watched cats and kittens, and when I spotted L'il Bear, I knew he was just right for Shadow, who was now the senior cat. The little guy was four months old. At first, Shadow hissed just as I expected... Continue Reading
Two weeks after my return from Hawaii, I woke up to discover that my Senior Cat, Bear, was dead. Everyone who owns a pet knows that the pet's life is limited, but of course we don't know how limited. And are we ever reallyprepared? Bear was a rescue cat. He saw one owner through until his or her death, and Jack and I adopted him in April of 1998. Then he saw Jack through his illness and death. He was always there for Jack. He then discovered Shadow, and was his mentor and big brother for three years. I took this picture when I was helping an animal rescue put together a newsletter. Bear was up for adoption, and he caught my eye...
Meet Nellie Simpson, one of my many adorable granddogs. She recently had radical surgery on her knee: Tibial Patellar Leveling Osteotomy, and it is the 24/7 duty of Ron and Kerrie Simpson to ensure that she stays off her feet almost all the time. Yeah right... Continue Reading
Do you know someone in need of a trained assistance dog? You might want to investigate Canine Co-Pilots, of Flagstaff, Arizona. This organization raises service dogs, social therapy dogs, hearing dogs, and autism dogs. Here's the way this 501(c)(3) works:
Our puppies are placed into volunteer homes at 8 weeks of age. The puppy raiser then attends training class once per week to learn training techniques and commands. The puppy raiser also gets to take their dog in training everywhere, including to their place of employment! After placement, the volunteer is required to participate in weekly field trips out in public alongside Canine Co-Pilots trainers. The dogs come back to us prior to their placement with a person with a disability.Continue Reading