November 18, 2006
The Power of Compassion
Last week someone called me concerned about a Great Dane that was living in filthy conditions. Within hours of the call I arrived at the suspect’s home. The owner reluctantly let me into her home to see the dog. Upon entering the residence I walked... more

November 18, 2006
Our Summer Field Trip
Our Summer Field Trip To Crawford County Humane Society One of the Most Memorable Events of My Life Even at 9:00 p.m., five hours into a six-hour trip, I couldn’t contain my excitement. I really should have been studying for my second semester finals, but I honestly... more

November 18, 2006
Humble Thanks
Opening my post office box today I pulled out envelopes of different sizes and colors. They were all sympathy cards for the tragic and unexpected loss of our little dog Rascal. Standing there at the table I opened each one, tears filling my eyes.... more

November 18, 2006
Rescue Bunny 911
15-year-old Margaret, an Animal Education and Rescue (AEAR) volunteer, was accompanying me to a foster home, where Missy, a schnauzer-mix, waited to have her infected ears cleaned. Just before passing the YMCA, in Vernon Hills, we both noticed a rabbit lying on the road. We... more

November 18, 2006
Kittens All Over
Pet Wise Kitties Take Over I heard through my Internet rescue circles that a mom cat and her one-week-old kittens needed a foster home – and quick. They were being housed in a shelter that was small, overcrowded and had contagious virus’s running wild. There was no... more

November 18, 2006
Support Our Local Shelters and Rescues
Many of us animal lovers have seen news reports regarding the animals left behind because of the hurricane we know as Katrina. What many people don’t understand is the devastating affects it is having on the animals that are homeless everywhere. As it stands today there... more

November 18, 2006
Looney Lainey Grew On Me
A volunteer asked me to do her a favor. Would I take a dog for just a day - a foster home would take her the following day. "No problem," was my answer. I’ll never forget the day my foster dog we affectionately nicknamed Looney... more

November 18, 2006
A Guardian of Animals
Nine months ago I was licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to be a Humane Investigator. Most people are unclear what a Humane Investigator is so I came up with an easy way to describe it. I do the same thing as the people... more

November 18, 2006
Turtle Rescue
Last month I was driving up St. Mary’s Road in Libertyville just south of Old School Forest Preserve. The car just ahead of me drove over what looked like a round object in the road. Passing over the object, I looked in the rearview mirror.... more

November 18, 2006
Tea Is For Mr. Teacup Poodle
It was December 23, 2005. The week before I had been to the Chicago City pound and seen a tiny black poodle in the shelter who was curled up in a ball, terrified of being at the shelter. I couldn’t get her out of my... more

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