Disabled from birth, abandoned, rescued. This beat-the-odds Bulldog pup sparkles with spunk.
By KL Snyder | Photography by Kelvin Andow
With Betty Boop, the pictures speak for themselves,” says Chris Maddox, a rescuer, friend and fan of the peppy puppy with the funny name. Continue reading
The peregrine falcons of Mayo Clinic: 30 years of following fledglings
By Amy Brase
In the late months of winter before a splash of color returns to the landscape, downtown Rochester keeps an eye to the sky for a few beloved friends to return.
Best known for their long migratory flights and title of fastest members of the animal kingdom, the peregrine falcons receive a warm Minnesota welcome as they take up residence among the tallest buildings of Mayo Clinic. Continue reading
From agility to therapy work, these rabbits are ready to rock
By Anna Matetic
Photography by Kelvin Andow
It’s Hoppy Hour at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. And that’s the literal explanation of the activity in the room. Continue reading
And other costs of pet ownership
By Konnie LeMay
hen you are just about to adopt the cutest puppy or kitty on the planet, the last thing you want some curmudgeon to ask is: Do you know how much that doggie in the kennel is going to cost you over the course of its hopefully long lifetime? Continue reading
By Sara Reusche, CBCC-KA CPDT-KSA CVT
Q: “What’s the difference between a trainer and a behaviorist? I’m confused about all these titles.” Continue reading
Pint-sized dog becomes store mascot and family friend
By Holly Galbus
Photography by Kelvin Andow
We all love a happy ending. And for Gus, a 10-year-old Chihuahua who was abandoned and wandering the streets of Rochester before being adopted through Paws and Claws Humane Society, it is a very happy ending indeed. Continue reading
By Cynthia Kadohata, illustrations by Maurizio Zorat,
c.2018, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 404 pages
All Conor MacRae wants to do is play hockey.
And hang out with his Doberman, Sinbad.
Because Conor’s dad does shiftwork, he’d gotten Sinbad for Conor for protection, and the two are as close as dog and boy could be. Sometimes, Conor feels as though he can mind-meld with his 90-pound sleek black pup, which sounds kind of weird but it makes Conor feel safer. Sinbad goes everywhere possible with Conor and his dad. Hockey might be Conor’s soul, but Sinbad is his heart. Continue reading
“The Animals Among Us”
By John Bradshaw,
c.2017, Basic Books, $28, 367 pages
The sofa is covered with fur.
It’s a constant battle to keep it clean, and you always lose that fight. Same with toys on the floor, kibble found everywhere but the bowl, and you don’t care. You love a dog or cat, which is better than a furless sofa any day and in this book, you’ll learn why. Continue reading
Pint-sized therapy horses give comfort, laughter and surprise
By KL Snyder, Photography by Kelvin Andow
When it comes to lifting spirits, therapy dogs and therapy horses are equal,” said Chris Humble, volunteer services director at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.
“Both bring a lot of joy and spread a lot of love. But there’s something about a miniature horse walking out of an elevator that creates a stir.” Continue reading
Between the shelter and the foster home: a place for animals to decompress
By Amy Brase | Photography by Kelvin Andow
It’s not hard to imagine the horror of being displaced from our homes into shelters without our familiar surroundings and people. We know that we wouldn’t be ourselves due to the stress. Continue reading