Tour Guide Of Life

“Tucker!” That’s how I’m greeted when I walk into a room. Or rather, that’s how my dog is greeted. My existence is an afterthought. It isn’t until after Tucker gets a few butt scratches and he wags his tail, smiling up at the human welcome party whose good cheer reflects Tucker’ ...

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True Calling

It’s been said, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Not many of us are lucky to have such a scenario. Not everyone’s true calling can put food on the table and pay the rent. First ...

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The Key to Kindness

I awaken to the warm glow of pre-dawn light that casts itself across my room. Looking down the bedcovers, I see a furry being, feel his warmth, and watch as his side rises and falls in a gentle rhythm. I shuffle under the covers slightly, and he comes awake ever so briefly to take a stretch. E ...

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Great Nonprofits Awards Baf “Top Rated” Status!

We love the work we do and believe in its impact and importance, but it’s always great to know that others agree and feel strongly about our efforts and us as a group, so we’re over the moon to have achieved “Top Rated” We love the work we do and believe in its impact and importance ...

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How to Make Friends and Influence Dogs

Tucker and I headed up a trail in the ancient redwood forest, enjoying the serenity of the silent wood. A brown dog with black markings around the eyes, white muzzle, and giant smile on his face came bounding around the switchback ahead of us. No human was right behind so I paused to wait for ...

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The Perfect Present

As I watched Tucker rip open his gifts Christmas evening, a part of my heart reached out to all the shelter pets who didn’t get to share this day with their forever family. While Tucker was here with me, many dogs and cats sat alone in their kennels that night—some mourning the loss of the ...

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A Spay, A Smile, and a Clinic of Kindness

Looking at the line of people in the parking lot at Whittier Narrows Park at 6:30am this Saturday morning, knowing they ventured out long before dawn to be here, I am reminded of the long lines that used to stretch down Hollywood Boulevard for days and nights before the opening of the newest&n ...

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Little Hands Make a Big Difference

“Who wants to help?” a female voice rings out.

“I want to help!”  the voices of kindergarteners answer back.


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