Category Archives: Articles

You are my Sunshine


This Penny is priceless

By Kathy A. Megyeri

For five years, Penny, a trained therapy dog owned by Jan Haycraft of Owatonna, Minn., has improved the lives of elders in senior centers throughout southern Minnesota. Penny has been a mood elevator, an entertainer, an aid in physical therapy and most of all, a true friend.  Continue reading

Following the Golden Rule


Golden Retriever rescue has paws in two countries

By Amy Brase


It’s difficult to resist the charm of a lovable Golden Retriever puppy. The breed is not only beautiful but is famous for being loyal, playful and smart.

According to the American Kennel Club, Golden Retrievers are among the top three most popular dogs in the United States. This makes it hard to understand the need for a Golden Retriever rescue organization.  Continue reading

Ask the Trainer




Q: “I have a 4-year-old Chihuahua from a puppy mill. She is insistent that she not be picked up and held, but I want to be able to take her on walks, give her baths and take her to the vet. How can I help her trust me?” Continue reading

Dogs & More: The GREAT Adoption Event


By Erin Pagel

It would be amazing if we could see 25 to 40 dogs, cats and pocket pets adopted—maybe even a few chickens!”

That’s Pam Miller’s goal for DOGS & more: The Great Adoption Event at the History Center of Olmsted County on September 30.

Pam is the owner of Bon Appetit Canine Bakery (BACB) and one of the organizers of the event hosted by BACB Unleashed and Rescued Animal Coalition of Southeastern Minnesota.  Continue reading

Being a SUPER Pet Parent


Donna Chicone’s advice through books, television and a TEDx talk

By KL Snyder
Photography by Kelvin Andow


Everybody has a book in them,” says Donna Chicone. “Everybody should write a book. Some people think so and talk themselves out of it. I talk myself into it.”  Continue reading

Mobile Vets


These veterinarians make house calls

By Laurie Simon


Getting veterinary care typically involves loading your pet into your vehicle and driving to a clinic or hospital. It’s a ritual that some pets enjoy, but many don’t—especially when they suspect where you’re taking them.  Continue reading

Farmaste Animal Sanctuary


A place for farm animals to receive medical care and love 

By Amy Brase


Between the covers of classic children’s books, happy farm animals frolic and graze on endless acres of rolling green hills. The idyllic scenes comfort us into believing that everything is just as it should be.  Continue reading

“Bark” Yard Landscaping


Digging In for Dogs

By Konnie LeMay


Put it under the category of “seemed like a good idea at the time.”

Some landscape altering appeared to be the perfect solution to a dog-training problem. From our fenced-in backyard, our energetic German Shepherd-mix, “Turbo” Rachel, felt compelled to loudly alert the neighborhood whenever she saw a dog stroll by with its owner. The obvious solution—shrubbery.  Continue reading

Marvin the Bedbug Beagle


Sniffing out the tiny terrors is his only job

By Lauren Bedosky


When Adam’s Pest Control gets a call about a possible bedbug infestation, they can usually go out and find the offenders with a visual inspection.

“If they’ve got a medium to heavy infestation, they’re pretty easy to find quickly,” says Todd Leyse, president of Adam’s. But if it’s a small infestation, or a visual inspection brings up nothing, they’ll bring in their secret weapon: Marvin the Bedbug Beagle.  Continue reading