A Celebration of Motherhood for Pet Lovers

Mother’s Day celebrations need not be just for two-legged moms, but a celebration for four-legged moms, too.   I would like to honor a four-legged mother by telling the story of my littlest friend, Dillon.  I first spotted Dillon at the PACC911 pet rescue adoption event held at the Franciscan Renewal Center on March 10, 2007. From a distance, I observed four-month old Dillon looking at the people strolling by with a confident upheld chin and a swift-wagging tail. Well-meaning folks passed without even a glance, yet Dillon remained steadfast with his hopeful eye contact until they were out of site. As the crowd settled so did Dillon, lying down next to his siblings; one in particular, to wash her ears, kiss her and lay his head on top of her head as if he were her protector.  Fondly, I watched Dillon act as an awesome puppy caretaker to his runt sister, as she slept underneath her watchful and protective big brother. […]

July 4th Pet Safety

July 4th is a widely recognized holiday enjoyed by families across the USA.  Who doesn't love backyard barbecues, family gatherings and patriotic celebrations?   As Americans, we prepare in advance by hanging flags, decorating, menu planning and determining which firework displays we will attend.  July 4th festivities and loud fireworks can be terrifying for your pets. Consider some advance planning for [...]