Puppy's First Snow

My husband, about to introduce Effy to her first snowball.
I am pet sitting the most ridiculously cute and well-behaved puppy this weekend. That would have been enough. But seeing her discover snow for the first time.  Ohhhhh goodness. Just…ohmygosh… You. Are. Welcome. Effy is a 5 month old Golden/English Cream retriever mix. I’m so sorry her parents missed this day and I know they... Read more »

For This Company, Giving Back is So Much More Than a Tuesday Thing

For This Company, Giving Back is So Much More Than a Tuesday Thing
This time of year and with the huge success of the #GivingTuesday initiative, many people are turning their thoughts to how they can give back to their communities. But what happens after the spirit of the season starts to fade? In response to ongoing community needs, this Chicago company has set out to make charitable works an ongoing... Read more »

Local HeARTs Speak Photographer Travels to Spain, Donates Services to Aid Spanish Galgo Rescues

Local HeARTs Speak Photographer Travels to Spain, Donates Services to Aid Spanish Galgo Rescues
Did you know we have an organization in the Chicago area that is part of an international rescue effort? If you are not familiar with the exquisite Spanish galgo and their plight, you can learn about them here. Today, I’m delighted to share the latest news from Travis Patenaude, who co-founded Love, Hope, Believe Galgo Adoption with his... Read more »
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Pickle - A Short Film About Love, Pets and Death That Will Leave You Smiling (Really)

Pickle - A Short Film About Love, Pets and Death That Will Leave You Smiling (Really)
Could you use a little bright spot in your life right about now? A little something to make you smile in the face of the sometimes ridiculous predicament of being alive? The raising of a graveside toast in honor of the crazy things we do for love? You know you do. If you have two bucks and... Read more »

The Gift of Seeing a Pet's Life Through to the End

The Gift of Seeing a Pet's Life Through to the End
Pet lovers can sometimes get dubbed ‘crazy’ for all the devotion and love they shower on their animal companions but it is important to appreciate the truly unique nature of the human-pet bond. Recently I wrote about the loss of our cat, Luigi, who had lived with us for nearly twenty years. If you consider life from Luigi’s side,... Read more »

Work from Home? Introvert? Book Lover? Lots of Computer Time? Why Not Consider Adopting an Older Dog?

Work from Home? Introvert? Book Lover? Lots of Computer Time? Why Not Consider Adopting an Older Dog?
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. As someone who has hosted many shelter dogs as well as the “happily homed” at my house, I can tell you without hesitation that I am a HUGE fan of the older set. Older pets can be ideal for many home situations but let me speak here to the more cerebral set…the... Read more »
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Remembering My Cat, Luigi

Remembering My Cat, Luigi
He simply could not make it up the stairs. Luigi stood on the landing with one paw raised, his emerald-green eyes fixed on the stair at eye-level ahead of him. And in that exceedingly slow and careful manner which we had come to think of as his particularly deliberate way of moving through the world,... Read more »

Considering Becoming a Dog Foster? Be Sure to Research Your Rescue and Consider These Questions

Considering Becoming a Dog Foster? Be Sure to Research Your Rescue and Consider These Questions
Foster care providers are THE life’s blood of animal rescue. Open admission shelters, who constantly have to manage space and resources while never knowing what will come through their doors on any given day, rely heavily on rescue organizations to get animals to safety and into adoptive homes. These rescue organizations are largely volunteer-led and donor-supported... Read more »

This Artist Basically Paints the Coolest Pet Portraits Ever (and Her Story is as Unique as Her Work)

Be sure to read the artist interview to learn about this portrait of Hamish.
Yes. Yes,  I did find the pet portrait artist you have been searching for your whole life (whether you realized it or not). You are welcome. Recently I went to my high school reunion and while it was great to see old familiar faces, the real gem of the evening for me was meeting Jennie... Read more »
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Radar's Marvelous, Mysterious Rescue

Radar's Marvelous, Mysterious Rescue
I am so happy to share this video with you, with the gracious permissions of author Peter Stern and Waterline Writers. If you have not heard of Waterline Writers, you have been missing out on a sweet little literary gem in Batavia. Housed in the gorgeous Water Street Studios, these monthly gatherings feature curated readings... Read more »