If you’re following this hashtag on Twitter, you already know the story. If not, you’ll want to watch this video. The LA Times and KTLA are reporting on a small white dog, who we have since found out is named Gordo, was hit by a van being chased by the highway patrol. The video is […]
Buzzeo to fight Lyme disease with "Sticks against Ticks"
The "Sticks Against Ticks" hockey event, spearheaded by Buzzeo, is designed to raise Lyme disease awareness and to help Lyme Research Alliance (LRA) fund cutting-edge research by top scientists at major universities. About 130 fifth to eighth-grade …
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Poultry, goats can help reduce tick numbers in St. Lawrence County
CANTON – With tick populations and Lyme disease on the rise, some St. Lawrence County residents are using livestock to fight back. St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension Kristen Colarusso says she has received an increasing number of …
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Just like the humans on whom they so often feed, deer ticks are moving west, with the hardiest pioneers now reported to have reached North Dakota. No one would much care, perhaps, except that the mite-sized pests are the primary carrier of Lyme disease.
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Most shelter dogs are lucky if they find a forever family. Very few leave the shelter — if they do leave the shelter — with a forever friend.
The “if” in the sentence above is what makes the story of Ares and Zeus such a touching and special one. They very nearly did not make it out of the Orange County Animal Shelter in Orlando, Florida. The dogs were scheduled to be euthanized on the fourth and fifth of this month; if Ronda Chewning hadn’t seen their picture on the Second Chance Rescue Facebook Page, that would be the end of their story. It would be an unremarkable end, because thousands of dogs end their stories the same way every year.
Ares and Zeus came into the OCAS one day apart from each other, and became instant friends. They’ve remained friends ever since, and fortunately, Chewning was able to give them a home together. “I had no plan to get any dogs, let alone two,” Chewning told The Huffington Post. “We live on a tight budget, and two dogs weren’t in the budget.”
And the family certainly wasn't lacking canine members. They already had two, a Miniature Pinscher and a Maltipoo. But the picture of the two dogs touched something in Chewning, and she felt that she needed to be involved in some way. She posted on Facebook that she was going to the shelter to check on the two dogs. The response she got was remarkable; not only did she get encouragement to go ahead, many people offered money if she'd go ahead and adopt them. "Everyone said get them, they would donate."
It turns out that wasn't idle Internet chatter; as of now, a fundraising campaign has raised $ 8,050 for Ares and Zeus's medical expenses and adoption fees. The two dogs have remained inseparable in their new home. "They are still connected at the hip. They walk side by side," Chewning says. "They even eat side by side."
When Chewning first took Ares and Zeus into her home, she intended it to be temporary, but now she's not so sure. The idea of giving them to another home makes her feel "really torn."
Ares and Zeus have come to live with Ronda Chewning and her daughter, but their adoption has been a community matter. A Facebook Group called Ares and Zeus "The Boys" is thriving with over 12,000 likes. The community rallied around the dogs when they needed it most, just on the verge of death. Through the Internet, that same community is watching them live.
Want to donate to support Ares and Zeus's new lives in the Chewning family? Their crowdfunding campaign is still open on GoFundMe.
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The official first day of fall is just a week away, and here in the Chicago area, the temperatures are starting to prove it. The last few days have been in the 60s, and we hosted a dinner party on Friday where the lows were in the 40s, which felt slightly unbearable when we tried to hang out on our deck. I may not be ready to say goodbye to summer, but like it or not, warmer threads are going to be necessary sooner than later. And the recent chilly weather made me realize that neither Essley nor I have any warm outerwear for this season. She has (obviously) outgrown last winter’s clothing (and this is her first fall), and my only real coat/jacket lost several buttons and popped a seam last year, thanks to my at the time very pregnant belly. It is officially time to grab something new for both of us.
The adorable baby girl coats and gorgeous womens coats and jackets you see above all come from a wonderful brand called Joules that is based out of the UK. For three decades, they have been devoted to crafting the highest quality clothing designed to capture the true essence of British style. And recently, they’ve crossed the pond to become available here in the USA too. I really love their use of color and cute prints, and I appreciate their commitment to quality over the fast, poorly produced pieces that are so prevalent today. In addition to their outerwear, they make clothing, accessories, and footwear for women, men, children, and babe. I’m seriously crushing on all their little girl clothes and their women’s rain boots.
Now I just have to decide which coats to buy. Which ones are your favorite? Have you gotten any new fall/winter outerwear yet this season?
This post is in collaboration with Joules.
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Meet S’mores! This handsome gentleman is currently living in Fargo, North Dakota, courtesy of 4 Luv of Dog rescue. Here’s what their website has to say about this young Shepherd mix. Foster Home Feedback 8/11/14: He has been with us now about three days. He is such a good boy. He had gotten along very […]
I remember this about September 11, 2001: I felt very lonely.
It was my senior year of veterinary school. My husband, who had only been my husband for about 2 months, was far away in San Diego. My mother was the one who called me, waking me up to tell me to turn on the news. She was alone too, as my father was on a rare business trip in Texas, one he ended up having to drive home from. We held the phones to our ears together until there was nothing more to do, so I said, well, I guess I ought to go to school.
I was doing a rotation in a lab that week, spending my day alone in a dark basement underneath the medical school looking at slides. Every few minutes I’d wander upstairs where I could get radio reception, and the other lab denizens would join me for a few minutes before we retreated back down to our holes.
Later that afternoon, after I returned home, there was a knock on the door. It was two nicely dressed missionaries. “How are you?” they asked.
“Not so great,” I said.
“Why?” they asked, genuinely concerned. “Do you want to talk about it?”
“Do you have any idea what’s going on?” I asked. They shook their heads in confusion. I shut the door.
Behind me, Nuke gently pressed his head into my hip. I had adopted him the year before, thanks to my friend Dan. “I want a dog,” I had said. “A Golden, maybe, or a pug.”
“I have just the dog!” he said, before referring me to the radiology department and the 10 year old coonhound who had been getting irradiated on a weekly basis as the vet students learned how to take films.
“He’s not housebroken and doesn’t know what outside is, so he’s a little addled. If it doesn’t work out, it’s ok,” said the tech. “They were going to euthanize him so I figured, I’d give it a shot.” No pressure.
He was a little addled. He was the dumbest dog I’ve ever had. He was neurotic and howled if he was outside for more than 2 minutes because he was scared of open spaces. He refused to learn ‘sit’. I loved him.
In those long and sad days after September 11, he was my greatest comfort. He died of cancer shortly after I graduated the following year. I miss him.
This Sunday marks National Pet Memorial Day. I hope you’ll join me in thinking of those we lost, or sharing a memory below. They leave this earth but they never leave our hearts.
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