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Small Acts of Kindness from Big Business

Being the new kid in town can be difficult. If you’re shy, you sit quietly at the cafeteria table at lunch, don’t rock the boat and hope someone befriends you. If you’re a little more confident and carefree, y ...

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Fostering Love

“How do you do it?” I asked Rosie’s foster dad, Lee, when I picked up the little Jack Russell/Beagle mix to transport her to her forever home two States away. On my long journey across the country, I wondered if I’d ever have the strength to foster. “How do y ...

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Holes in the Safety Net: An Unsheltered Pets and People Story

Holes in the Safety Net: An Unsheltered Pets and People Story

Barbara, a kind woman in her late sixties kissed her dapple long haired dachshund on the head. Attie, short for “Miss Attitude,” gave her a lick back, ...

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Freedom Dogs

The brindle and white sausage-shape dog with pointy ears races across what was once the countryside of France, now scorched earth. He dodges bullets, jumps over trenches, and quickly searches foxholes, his nose leading the way. Nothing can deter him from his mission of finding the wounded sold ...

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Your Dog’s Best Friend

“If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” That’s how Mark Twain described New England’s fickle weather patterns. For some reason, when I think back to my childhood I don’t remember such drastic change, but I do remember the rains. The thunderstorms. The hurricane watches. ...

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Where Love Was Against the Law

Although it was mid-summer, the sun was already almost to the horizon where I-70 hit the curve of the earth far in the western distance. I took a right off the interstate as instructed and found the unnamed, unmarked construction site that was to be our rendezvous place. Most transports are ...

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Caring For Our Caregivers

“Do something nice for yourself tonight,” my friend Katya said.

“Why?” I asked, oblivious to her reasoning.

“Just trust me. Take care of yourself, okay.”

I hung up the phone and packed my bag for a day of touring shelters in southern California. I was workin ...

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From Cruelty to Compassion: One Voice That Changed a Nation

The formidable woman stood tall in front of the slight man behind the desk. She crossed her hands in front of her, and unsmiling, and questioned him.

“Mr. Waln, where are the watering stations?”

The man sighed, taking off his spectacles and placing them on the desk. The so ...

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The Gift of Spring

CAUTION: may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 10 (contains spoilers about the Easter Bunny) In an age long before man, the German Goddess of Spring, Eostre, was wandering about during the winter time when she came upon a bird in the forest with a broken wing. The bir ...

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Be Kind to Animals… Always

This week marks the 104th year that the American Humane Association has led it’s Be Kind to Animals Week humane education campaign. It started as a poster campaign showing children feeding stray cats or caring for a dog to educate children about being compassionate to animals. They offere ...

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