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.
After 33 years as a veterinary practitioner, I've come to realize just how difficult it is for pet owners to determine whether they have a true pet emergency.
Millions of Americans travel for business purposes, and staying healthy is important to making the most of any trip. Jayne McAllister of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness works with companies across the country to help ensure that employees have all the tips and tools they need to minimize the risk of becoming ill while traveling. She recently shared some advice with LN.
Whether you call it cobalt, sapphire or midnight, bold blue is the hottest hue for fall—and not just a hint here and there: This shade is meant to be worn head to toe and without apology.
In the coming weeks, as leaves and temperatures begin to drop, something amazing happens: Masks and bulk bags of candy begin to magically appear on store shelves. It’s an enchanting time of year for little ones, who begin dreaming of what otherworldly costumes they can don to collect the most sweets. Though it’s still a few weeks away, LN spoke with a handful of first- and second-graders at Rossman about their plans for Halloween.
Thanks to the efforts of students participating in the Read to the Finish program, several Kirk Day School faculty and staff revved their engines in a race against teachers from other schools. The reading-incentive program rewards young readers with a free ticket to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the opportunity to watch their teachers rev their engines.
Need a lift to the North Pole this holiday season? For the first time ever, The Polar Express Train Ride is coming to town, departing from St. Louis Union Station beginning in late November.
The simplest fountains include only a waterproof container and pump. Add water and power for instant effect. Go one step farther by adding a float valve, a device that tops up the water automatically by operating a valve on a garden hose. Last month’s column provided simple instructions for a small self-contained water feature.
Story: Vagabond preacher Purlie Victorious Judson has returned home to rural Georgia. He has his heart set on buying Big Bethel, the local church, with money that he believes rightfully belongs to him. Trouble is, those funds are in the tight-fisted hands of bigoted plantation owner Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee, who is none too eager to let go.
Once Upon a Time...Sarah Evens was thinking about volunteering at the St. Louis City's animal control facility on Gasconade Street. "When I pulled up the website, the adoption page came up, and Kona was the first one," she says. She and her then-boyfriend, Pete Williams, started talking about getting a dog, and visited the facility. "When we walked in, he was in the first cage, so honestly we didn't look at another dog—he was the first dog we saw, and it was love at first sight." (Editor's Note: The Gasconade Street facility has since closed, and most of its dogs were given to nonprofit Stray Rescue of St. Louis for care and adoption.)
The head of the class...For the second year in a row, Ladue Horton Watkins High School is the top-rated high school in Missouri, according to a nationwide annual ranking.
Colorful leaves, a cool breeze and the city’s signature fall festivals soon will signal the start of autumn in St. Louis.
Personally, I love critters. I enjoy purebreds and I enjoy ‘mutts.’ In turn, I strongly support rescue and adoption, both philosophically and in practice. Our clinic hosts the only Missouri state-licensed rescue facility owned and managed by a veterinarian. So, I applaud anyone willing to take on a rescue. It’s a wonderful action, indeed! But it often is fraught with misunderstanding and/or problems. So, when clients ask me about adoption, I like to prepare them for the processes associated with adopting a rescue animal.