We all have a cause we believe in. Many of us stand by it strongly enough that we devote our time, talent and resources into advancing it. Be it the arts, animal welfare, social justice issues, health-care parity or the environment, there are a number of upstanding charities and nonprofits throughout St. Louis that is focused on bettering our community through their mission.
With two large research universities located in St. Louis, both with medical schools on campus, our city is known for producing and participating in some of the most important medical studies of the past several decades.
For most people, pets are considered a part of the family. But what happens to them when the family splits up? Area attorneys tell us there are no special laws in place concerning pets during divorce, at least in Missouri.
ONCE UPON A TIME...Sarah Keefe and her boyfriend, Pete Millar, packed up their belongings and their cat, Souvlaki, to move from Boston to St. Louis. Millar had gotten a job at Washington University; and Keefe, a freelance web developer, was happy to make the move. “We had this great big apartment with all this space (compared to Boston), so we started thinking about getting another cat,” Keefe says. “We were looking on PetFinder.com—not too seriously at first, but it got more serious. I was looking at pictures and I saw this one named Taffy. We were looking at senior pets because we wanted a cuddly pet, and Souvlaki is really energetic. Taffy was really beautiful and photogenic...and I said to Pete, When are we going to see Taffy? and it became a running joke because we kept waiting to go. Then one Saturday, he said, Let’s go visit Taffy.” And so they did.
Oh, what fun it is to…but now, the reality of our new holiday pet is settling in. Your beautiful, cuddly, sleepy little pup has transformed into an energy-driven, biting, irresponsive devil who seems to pleasure in pooping and peeing anywhere but outside. Sound familiar?
Imagine petting a porcupine, hiking with a llama or even teaching a parrot to talk. Kids can experience these animal interactions and more at Cub Creek Science Camp.
In the realm of wedding planning, there is nothing more beautiful or exciting to be a part of than a well-done Christmas wedding. The romance of a wedding, and the awe and majesty of Christmas combine to provide memories that are unequaled.
I've compiled my annual look back on my favorites from Fall 2014. The best part? See how easily these looks can carry you into Spring of 2015!
After last winter, we all are assuming another bad one is on the way. There are many concerns for our dogs who have an inordinate amount of outside exposure. Obviously, there are breeds that are kenneled and spend a good part of the year outdoors. Those pets will transition to weather extremes of winter more efficiently and safely.
The animal control department of Peoria, Illinois, found Dixie, a 4-year-old basset hound, on the streets with a litter of puppies. They took her in, but during the procedure to have her spayed, something went wrong and she became very ill.
Indulge your sweet tooth and help endangered animals with Cupcakes for Conservation, a partnership between Sweetology and the Endangered Wolf Center. Visit the Endangered Wolf Center website (endangeredwolfcenter.org) or the Sweetology website (sweetology.com) and purchase a Cupcakes for Conservation kit, which includes four ready-to-design cupcakes, supplies for decorating them, a wolf cookie-cutter, and information about wolves. Proceeds from the sale of these kits will go directly to helping wolves.
So, Cranky is 16. Like most 16-year-old girls, she is focused on a few priorities: clothes, boys, texts, One Direction and homework—if the last item is not on that list, please don't shatter my belief system. So it comes as no surprise that when a diet miracle appears on social media, Cranky would be quick to jump on it.
Send winter well-wishes to family and friends while also supporting your favorite organization, with these holiday cards from local nonprofits.
Story: In 1938, 8-year-old Berry Gordy Jr. witnessed the thrill his parents experienced when American boxer Joe Louis defeated German fighter Max Schmeling in a heavyweight bout. Gordy Jr. was determined to bring happiness to others in a way much like he saw in his parents’ faces at news of that epic boxing event.
ONCE UPON A TIME...The Humane Society of Missouri rescued 39 small-breed dogs from Carter County. The owner surrendered the dogs after telling animal cruelty investigators that she had planned to load them into a truck and dump them on the side of the highway. Many of the dogs were in poor shape, and the Humane Society’s rescue team brought them to its Macklind Avenue headquarters for care.
November houses Turkey Day, and that means tons of great food, lots of family time and more. Many of our pet health concerns around Thanksgiving have to do with all those scrumptious table goodies getting into the mouths of our non-discriminating pet gourmets.
Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
*Spoiler Alert* It's not really a spoiler—I should say: premise alert. Either way, I feel obligated to tell you that the catalyst for most of the action in this movie is the killing of a puppy. I don't know what it is about puppies...We can watch dozens of humans get gunned down, blown up or tortured, but one sweet animal is a deal-breaker. It's definitely worth getting past it, though; because trust me, no one is more upset about it than our hero, John Wick.
With fall’s cool breeze and colorful leaves come some of St. Louis’ most family-friendly adventures. LN recently spoke with Amanda Doyle, local mom and author of 100 Things to do in Saint Louis Before You Die, about packing up the kids and heading out for some fall fun.
Story: Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of the late King Oedipus of Thebes, each dies in battle on opposite sides of the civil war fought in Thebes. Their uncle Creon, now ruler of Thebes, declares that Eteocles shall be honored as a patriot and given a proper burial, but that Polyneices’ body will be left in the streets to be preyed upon by carrion birds and animals.
ONCE UPON A TIME...Scott and Heidi Suppelsa had two purebred dogs: A beagle and a cocker spaniel. When both passed away within a span of two years, the family took a yearlong break from dog ownership. But eventually, they wanted a new dog that would be good with their two kids, Eli (now 10) and Maya (7).
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) leaves his rural Missouri cul de sac one sunny July day and heads to visit his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon), at a neighborhood bar they co-own. There, Nick receives a call from a neighbor letting him know—we assume—that his front door is open and his cat has gotten out. When Nick returns to retrieve the animal, something is not right.