The Blind Puppy That Saw Right Through Me
Working in a veterinary hospital means either having such a slow day that you’re detailing kennels and reorganizing cabinets, or so busy you skip lunch and suddenly it’s midnight - there’s no in between. On this particular day, when I noticed a persistent whining noise coming from a kennel in the hospitalization area, it was the latter. It’s literally my job to keep track of everything going on with any patients in the hospital, so I quickly investigated the source of this noise and found a tiny culprit was causing the ear-numbing sound.
Saving Gary: How to Help a Snail Off the Street
Have you ever seen a snail in the middle of the street and wanted to get it out of harm’s way? If you’re like me and you'd like to help a little friend out, but you don't know how, here’s a nugget of helpful information!
The Station 57 Cat
There was a “meow” coming from somewhere in front of our station. We heard it at random intervals, desperate but also elusive. Two of the Emergency Medical Technicians I work with helped me canvas the area, using whatever meat products we could find in our break room refrigerator as bait. We are situated in a busy area of Brooklyn and there are many feral cats nearby, but none had ever called out to us before.
How Dogs Have Boosted Mental Health During the Pandemic, Meet 3 Dogs Changing Lives
Since March 2020, most of us have been leading lives of isolation, often struggling with loneliness and despair, but these three at-home-heroes have been making life a little easier for their new found families. Humans have a long-time relationship with the canine species. Affectionately coined as (wo)man’s best friend, dogs have been a large part of our lives for thousands of years. Recent studies published in October 2020’s issue of the Science Journal (Vol. 370, Issue 6516), say that number is over 10,000 years to be exact. It’s clear that we have always valued and understood the many benefits of the human-dog relationship, but now, thanks to this new pandemic lifestyle, we are even more keenly aware of the value of a dog.
Sleepless in Park Slope
I had big plans for 2020, I mean, didn't everyone? But I don't think you understand, I was turning 40 years old on December 12th and there were so many things I wanted to cross off my list. Things like, travel more, maybe finally bike that 10K I've always wanted to do, and I was going to finish writing my podcast musical. But mostly, I was going to find my soulmate in 2020, or at least figure out why love kept escaping me all these years.
Move Over Diamonds, There's a New Best Friend Comin' to Town
Who says diamonds are a girl's best friend and dogs are a guy's best friend? It's time to update that saying. But, yes, I still do love diamonds.
Heather the Hamster
I hate thinking of Heather as being a ‘purchase’. I often forget that I actually paid to have my little friend in my life. If anyone ever asked me ‘what do you think has been your best ever purchase’ I had maybe mentioned a new piece of filming equipment that had advanced my filmmaking or a new book that brought insight to a fictional world I loved, but now?
Heart To Rescue
"Not all Those Who Wander are Lost." -C.S. Lewis I guess you could say I have always been a stray magnet. Even as a very young child I remember feeling an odd, soulful connection to the many homeless wanderers that somehow managed to find me wherever I happened to be. On the swing set in my yard, playing in the wooded area behind our house or just walking home from school, no place was immune to what I believed to be my ability to attract animals in need.
The Pet Whisperers
Being a pet parent is hard. We make it easy. Become a pet whisperer with these tips and tricks.
Beasts of the Wild
Lions and tigers and bears - oh my! Exploring majestic beasts in their natural habitats.
Animals of the Internet
The viral pets that make us squeal, aww, and cry. Making your newsfeed cuter each and every day.
If you had to do it all over again, would you still do it, even knowing how it would end? June 28, 2018 had been a stiflingly hot day, humid, with dense heavy air. When I walked out of the animal hospital around five o’clock, the clouds finally cracked open and it began to pour. Pickwick would have hated this. He hated walking in the rain. But that didn’t matter now. Pickwick was gone.
Ruby Lead paws scruffles von puppyduck fur prawnius the third is her technical name, it has been built over the 3 almost 4 years that she has graced us with her presence. Her spoiled ways are not only tolerated in this house, but they are encouraged. From her sweet homemade chaise in the sun spot at the front window, to the couch seat where she hides her kibble (in my couch, really!) to the many other places we have maintained and organized around the house, strewn with blankets and toys, Ruby rules the roost.
The First Fourteen Years
We weren't in the market for a pet when she adopted us. My husband was full-time college student two months away from his undergrad degree and planning to leave the country for a year to work on his master's. I had just started freelancing full-time.
A Tough Decision
"We can't give her away," I found myself saying, eyes welling. “Maybe we can convince your parents to take her." My husband and I had never intended to adopt two, let alone one puppy during our nine months in Israel. But here we were with two adorable, rambunctious puppies chasing each other around our apartment.
The Coolest Little Sheep in the World
I absolutely love March and April. It is two months of cold and rain and sometimes snow. The ground is muddy, too muddy.
How Cat People Discouraged me From Getting a Cat
“I had a cat once who would wake me up every morning just a minute or two before my alarm went off by tapping me on the mouth with his paw. Not that hard, but not that gentle either, with his claws extended just a tiny bit. ‘Hey, time for breakfast, bud.’ ” — Josh Fruhlinger as quoted in The Guardian
I have a tiny dog. Like, a really tiny dog. He is going to be 19 years old in September. I remember his birthday because we share it. It is probably not his real birthday but it is easier to remember this way. He is the biggest pain in the butt but I can’t remember a life without him.
Her Name was Riley
I called her Riley because she came to me at a time when I was opening up to a more spiritual way of living. I looked up "prosperity" in the thesaurus and found "the life of Riley". I hadn't even met her yet, but I knew I wanted her name to remind me of what I had to be grateful for.
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