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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Specials: Adopting A Deaf Feral Cat


We didn’t have nice things (like a couch), but we had Elsie. She was a black and white, domestic shorthaired cat with a crooked tail that, when upright, was shaped like a candy cane. Elsie was deaf and feral and had the most perfect black triangle on her nose. I foolishly thought I could tame her as I had with other feral kittens. But I couldn’t.

Rescuing and adopting a deaf feral cat

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Ruby On K-9s For Cops


Earlier in August Ruby visited the bison in Custer State Park in South Dakota and last week the K-9s For Cops public art installation in her hometown of Chicago. It's been quite a summer!

On display from July through Labor Day, K-9s for Cops honored the canine unit and fallen police officers while raising funds for the families of officers wounded or killed in the line of duty and free spay/neuter services for residents in economically challenged communities. K-9s For Cops included more than 100 54-inch-tall fiberglass German Shepard statues standing guard in downtown Chicago, primarily along the magnificent mile. 

Yorkie-Poo with legs of K-9's For Cops
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Ruby Sees (And Smells) Wildlife

We just returned from a trip to Custer State Park in South Dakota. You can read more about our adventure in Monday's post. This was Ruby's first trip west and she was able to see and smell all kinds of amazing animals!

One of 1,500 free-roaming bison at Custer State Park in South Dakota

One of 1,500 free-roaming bison that live in the park. 
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Exploring The Black Hills (And Life) With Dogs

Last week we took a road trip to Custer State Park in South Dakota. It was Ruby's first trip west and she enjoyed it much more than her trip to Cape Cod a few summers ago. She's definitely more of a woodsy dog than a water dog.

If you haven't visited Custer State Park, I highly recommend a trip. Custer is a state park and wildlife reserve in the Black Hills in southwestern South Dakota. The park covers an area of 71,000 acres of hilly terrain, sweeping prairies, majestic rock formations and is home to a famous herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison. In addition to bison, the park hosts elk, mule deer, mountain goats, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, coyotes, mountain lions, and feral burros (not really so feral). We were lucky to see all of these critters except bighorn sheep, coyotes (we see them in Chicago so not a big deal), and mountain lions, which are only spotted occasionally in the park.

Custer is also famous for its scenic Needles highway and wildlife loop as well as its close proximity to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Badlands National Park, and Wind Cave National Park. However, there's enough to do in the park itself that you might not even make it to the other places.

Visiting Custer State Park and Cathedral Spires with your dog
Ruby hiking at Cathedral Spires
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Specials: Adopting A Senior Deaf & Blind Dog

Would you rather have a few moments or days of over-the-moon, this is amazing or years of just OK? If given the choice, I will always choose the extraordinary over the ordinary. I'm all about quality over quantity (which occasionally gets me in trouble) but also explains my crazy love for adopting senior and hospice dogs and cats.

While sharing a long happy life with an animal is a wonderful thing (the best), providing a few years, months, days or even hours of care to a dog or cat who has never have experienced kindness, gentleness, or even love is just as amazing. Senior pets do not live as long, but they help us live in the moment. They may have health issues and emotional scars (who doesn't), but they also have much to share about patience, forgiveness, compassion and the beauty of imperfection.

Adopting or fostering a senior shelter pet is a chance to rewrite the story with a happy ending - helping them leave the world knowing they are safe, cherished and finally home. You get back much more than you give and some pretty good karma to boot.

Adopting or fostering a senior dog teaches us about patience and forgiveness

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