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When Being A Senior Means Being Perfect

Posted by Beth Stern on June 12, 2017

There are all kinds of reasons senior pets find themselves in shelters, and 90 percent of those reasons have nothing to do with the pets.

And there are all kinds of reasons senior pets make fantastic companions, and 100 percent of those reasons have everything to do with the pets.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how hard it is for senior pets to get their second chance in life. Two recent experiences probably explain why these golden sweethearts are on my mind.

On May 12, I heard about a devastating situation that I had to share with my... Read more...

Why Mother’s Day Isn’t Just for Mothers

Posted by Beth Stern on May 10, 2017

A mama cat nurses her litter of kittens …plus one baby skunk.

A beautiful hen sits gently on a puppy to keep him warm.

A dog nurses baby rabbits.

And perhaps my favorite: An orphaned, 3-month-old bush baby cuddles into the protective embrace of a 7-year-old baboon.

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A Month of Hope and Challenges: April's Cats and Dogs

Posted by Beth Stern on April 10, 2017

It’s raining as I write this — sprinkling, to be exact — but it’s April, a month defined by showers of hope and promise — the month when spring begins!

Franny and Zooey

For me, it’s also a month of mixed feelings and fresh nuggets. Two arrived just yesterday — tuxedo kittens, clearly literary types, named Franny and Zooey — and then there’s Mamma Edamame, a gorgeous Russian Blue, with her babies, Wasabi, Sake, and... Read more...

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