Linda ChurchPosted by on March 7, 2016
Furry Days Predicted With Periods of Heavy Puppy Love
For one of our favorite meteorologists, the forecast is warm and fuzzy, followed by intermittent showers of sloppy puppy kisses and squirmy twisters of adorability.
In other words, Linda Church, weather anchor at PIX-11, looked into the bright and sunny eyes of an irresistible puppy, and quicker than you can say “polar vortex,” she was adopting one of our charming young Mutt-i-grees.
The fateful encounter took place during an on-air segment last fall promoting our Get Your Rescue On®! Campaign. Linda did her weather forecast with an 8-week-old Shepherd mix draped over her arms. From that moment on, she knew she was in love, despite the fact she was still mourning the loss of her beloved White Shepherd mix, Sam, who’d passed away earlier in the year
“Because I was still getting over losing Sam, who I’m proud to say I adopted from North Shore Animal League America, I would cry every time I held one of the puppies that came to the set,” says Linda. “But as time went on I started to get better, and then one day, Kathy Lynn [Animal League America’s Director of Communications] hands me the goofiest, most lunatic puppy I’ve ever seen in my life. This little dog puts one paw on one of my shoulders, the other paw on my other shoulder, and proceeds to attack my face with love and kisses. I instantly fell in love and couldn’t get her out of my head, even though I kept telling myself I wasn’t ready to do this again.”
Later that day, Linda called Kathy and told her she couldn’t bear the thought of never seeing that puppy again. The adoption was finalized later that week, and Linda and Arty, as she named the pup, are now inseparable, sharing just about everything, including some personality traits.
“Arty is Miss Congeniality,” says Linda. “She’s a social butterfly who has to say hello to everybody and be right smack in the middle of everything. I’m not saying that’s me, but at this stage of my life I’m more outgoing and trying to get involved in new things and new activities, so it’s just very funny how she came into my life when she did.
“Sam, however, was the complete opposite. She was reserved. She wanted to sit by your side and watch what was going on. I think both dogs represent exactly where I was during those times in my life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. They were both absolutely 100 percent perfect for me.”
Linda has maintained a strong and generous commitment to Animal League America for years. Besides adopting two dogs from us, she makes sure our pets get plenty of airtime and often shares our no-kill message with viewers. She’s also generous with her personal time. During the past year alone, Linda spoke at our Tour for Life® finale in Columbus Circle, attended the Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon, and not only attended our 2015 Gala, but also donated a PIX11-TV Weather experience to our silent auction.
And to state her commitment loud and clear, she proudly posed with adorable Arty for our Get Your Rescue On! campaign. We’re tremendously grateful to Linda for using her celebrity and popularity to focus attention on our no-kill mission.
Stay tuned. We predict many more lifesaving collaborations in the future.