Author Archives: wpadmin

Betty Boop: Simply Irresistible


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

Raptor Revival


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

Busy Bunnies


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

Second Chance Chihuahua


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

Book Review “Checked”


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

Book Review “The Animals Among Us”


“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

There’s a Horse in the Elevator


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

Healing Haven


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