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My favorite pet stories in 2013

<b>Puppi, Burma and adventure therapy save a veteran with PTSD</b></br>
Stephen Simmons is a veteran suffering from severe PTSD. His battle back has included two unlikely mentors – Puppi and Burma – his dog and kitten (now cat) that hit the trail with him in Oregon for what he calls adventure therapy. In two different posts, he told 
their <a href=" http://bit.ly/1dnmXC8">story</a> and shared the beautiful photos of their <a href=" http://bit.ly/1cb9aQ3">adventures</a>.</br>
</br><i>PS - Raining Cats and Dogs even got a shout out when Simmon's Picture book was published.</i>
Internet cats…happy endings…inspiring rescues…goofy therapy cat. These are all some of my favorite pet blog posts for 2013. Yesterday, I listed my top viewed posts. Today it’s all about the posts that I loved writing and sharing…even if they didn’t get the audience that many of my other stories did – my favorite pet stories... Read more »

Olympic Animal Sanctuary dogs safe and settled in Arizona

Olympic Animal Sanctuary dogs safe and settled in Arizona
Animal lovers have been watching closely the past week as the sad tale of the Olympic Animal Sanctuary began to unfold. The sanctuary in Forks, Washington came under fire by animal advocates for the alleged inhumane treatment of the dogs. While the story started to unfold, the dogs and sanctuary owner Steve Markwell disappeared. Photos... Read more »

Head for Camp Dogwood for winter get away with your dog

Head for Camp Dogwood for winter get away with your dog
The holidays are over and it’s time to get out and get moving to make sure you don’t morph into a total couch potato this winter. If you have a dog, it’s important to keep your pooch active as well, even though options can be limited. That’s why it’s the perfect time to book another... Read more »
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Top 25 pet stories of 2013

<b>1. Five Minutes to Heartbreak</b><br> If you work at an open access shelter, you see the heartbreak everyday of pets left behind by their families. When a friend of mine posted a side-by-side photo of a happy dog walking into animal control and that heartbroken dog in her kennel five minutes later. I was inspired to write about the effect being left behind has on so many pets.<br> <br> The post – <i><a href="http://bit.ly/198tMIo"> Five minutes to heartbreak</a></i> – about a Doberman named Cindy went viral. The good news was that Cindy was quickly rescued by Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus. Read her happy ending at post 20.
Although I’ve been writing about Chicago’s pet rescue scene for a couple of years, this has been my inaugural year blogging for ChicagoNow. It’s been a great experience being part of this community. I’m amazed everyday at how many people read and share my blog. Here are my top 25 pet stories for 2013 (the... Read more »

Chicago pet events for New Year's Week

Chicago pet events for New Year's Week
It’s still a pretty quiet week on the pet scene with few Chicago pet events on tap with New Year’s almost here. You can ring in the New Year at an intimate party for Tree House Humane Society or jump in the lake (yes, Lake Michigan) to support the pets at Alive Rescue or bowl... Read more »

Hounds and Heroes: Going to bat for rescue dogs and veterans

Hounds and Heroes: Going to bat for rescue dogs and veterans
What do you do for an encore when you’ve been a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, the only female NBA Scout, a front office executive for the Lakers, an actress and a sportscaster? If you’re Bonnie-Jill Laflin, you tap into your other two passions – animal rescue and helping veterans – to form a non-profit to help... Read more »
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Every Dog Deserves Their Very Own Bowl

Every Dog Deserves Their Very Own Bowl
During the holiday season, I’ve asked my rescue friends and contacts to share their heartwarming stories involving pets that they’ve rescued or adopted. Today’s post was submitted by Leo who was rescued by the National Mill Dog Rescue and adopted by his foster mom. After over 8 years in a puppy mill, Leo had a lot to... Read more »

The kitten that saved Christmas

My dad has never been a big animal lover and has never been particularly fond of cats. Since my mom, brother and I are big cat lovers, that dislike never really carried much weight in our house. For most of my childhood through college, we had a cat. You could say that dad co-existed with... Read more »

Lil' Olive: Was this puppy mill rescue too damaged to love

Lil' Olive: Was this puppy mill rescue too damaged to love
During the holiday season, I’ve asked my rescue friends and contacts to share their heartwarming stories involving pets that they’ve rescued or adopted. Today’s post was submitted by Pam Horton who adopted an Italian Greyhound she named Olive from the National Mill Dog Rescue. After 14 years in a puppy mill, she had a long way to... Read more »
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Alive Rescue Bringing Tucker Home: The Lucky 11

Alive Rescue Bringing Tucker Home: The Lucky 11
When rescues take in a dog or a cat, they make a commitment to that animal. They nurse them back to health, socialize them and help them find a family. Sometimes they find out a dog or cat isn’t as easy to socialize and they need to find alternatives. That is the case with Tucker... Read more »
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