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Busy Bunnies

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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

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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”

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“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”

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“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

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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

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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

Stroke of Luck

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A boost from alternative medicines, acupuncture and chiropractic, helped a stricken dog recover and frolic again. 
by KL Snyder  |  Photography by Kelvin Andow

When a stroke crippled Kate Herness’ 12-year-old Chocolate Lab, Berit, euthanasia loomed as a logical option. Kate thought otherwise.

In March 2016, two months before Berit’s collapse, Kate herself, at 51, had suffered a major stroke. She’d lost the use of the left side of her body and was told the paralysis was permanent. The day after learning the grim prognosis, she began to recover. If she could get better, maybe Berit could, too. Continue reading

A Stable Environment

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Equine Park at Montgomery Meadows Offers a Community for Horse Enthusiasts
By Tracy Will

For many people with a passion for horses, the idea of having the animals close by to ride and enjoy would be a dream come true. But obtaining the land, facilities and space required to make that happen can be daunting. Now a new development in Byron, Minn., is offering the best of both worlds.  Continue reading