Once upon a time…There was a blue merle Great Dane who loved to ride in cars. Sam, now a 5-year-old, 210-pound dog who stands about 6 feet, 4 inches tall on his hind legs, was adopted at 8 months of age by the Goding family. “We worry that Sam gets frustrated if he hasn’t been in a car for awhile—which means for some portion of the day—and it’s not unusual for one of us to ask, Hey, has Sam gotten a ride today?,” says Keith Goding, owner of Hard Work Yard Work. “And if he hasn’t, we’ll open up the car and he’ll jump in, and we’ll give him a 15-minute ride around the neighborhood.”
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Keeping a definite style throughout will make your wedding memorable—and you’ll never have any regrets.
Bethany Penrod of Maryland Heights signed up to volunteer at Mid America Horse Rescue. Though she didn't have much experience with horses, she was interested in learning to care for them.
Once Upon a Time…Rita Wells and her husband, David, were looking for a new kitten. They had always been ‘cat people,’ and had nurtured a pair of Tonkinese cats for almost 20 years. Rita, who retired as the Saint Louis Art Museum’s director of retail sales a few years ago, visited Animal House Fund several times, and in the process, got to know the rescue’s director, Brandyn Jones. “You’re not allowed to just walk in and adopt on the spur of the moment; it’s a process. She really wants to place them carefully,” she says. “And one day Brandyn called and said, I have your cat! She just came in.”
Once Upon a Time…Candice Coleman and her son, Logan, were looking for the perfect pet. And they found it—twice.
With a wedding fit for a princess and her prince charming, Stefanie Mark and Creve Coeur native Matt Pauley are ready for their happily ever after.
You might say he’s the perfect mate: he’s smart, good-natured and charming. And soon, he’ll find a home that’ll be perfect for him. Trooper, the puppy who made headlines after that horrific dragging incident last year, is ready to meet his forever family. The staffers at the Humane Society of Missouri, who have been with Trooper through thick and thin (seven surgeries, numerous therapies and continuous hours of training), have whittled down the list of prospective adoptive families to six. The hope is to send Trooper home with his new family for the holidays.
Once Upon a Time…Jackie Yoon and her 15-year-old son, Brendan, were looking for a new family pet. Three years before, they had lost their rescued Rottweiler to cancer, and it took about six months of searching before they came across a lab mix named Bunny at Gateway Pet Guardians.
It’s the final golf column of the season, so let’s hit a driver and get started.
Choosing music for your wedding should be one of the planning stage’s more enjoyable decisions, and it should be done together as a couple. While selecting music to celebrate your big day can be overwhelming (like everything else about the wedding), it can be simplified if you separate the decisions into ‘categories.’ There is appropriate music for religious ceremonies, as well as secular and ethnic weddings.
Once upon a time…there was a Rhodesian ridgeback/beagle mix puppy running the streets of East St. Louis. His life was changed one day in 2011, when Blues forward Alex Steen and a team of volunteers working with Stray Rescue of St. Louis found him and brought him back to the shelter. On the way, Steen stopped by his car dealer Bomarito Audi, where he introduced the pup to sales manager Joe Wolk.
Once Upon a Time…the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) took in Tillie, a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix. Tillie had lived with a family, but they had to give her up because of their child’s allergies. Meanwhile, Teel Ackerman, who had recently lost a dog, was looking for a new pet to keep her active and walking. “When he died, I wasn’t going to get another dog; but then I thought, the dog keeps me going—I walk him everywhere, and it’s good for me.”
Once Upon a Time…Carolyn Grove was looking for a new dog, several months after her previous dog had passed away. “I decided that I needed another rescue dog, because I needed and incentive to get up and walk. Otherwise, I’m a couch potato,” jokes Grove, a longtime interior designer.
Once upon a time…There was a dog whose specialty was making people feel better. Kennedy, a black lab mix, has even been borrowed by friends to take on nursing home visits, says owner Cheresse Pentella. “If you’re having a bad day or want to have a friend, he’s a wonderful dog for that,” she says.
For the past week or so, the Muyco-Tobin household has been the recipient of a free DOG TV trial, courtesy of our satellite provider. While I haven’t had the chance to gauge what Rowan and Bauer think of it, you can bet their Mommy has been taking notes.
Story: Set “Once Upon a Time, in a Far-Off Kingdom,” a cluster of fairy tale characters profess their hopes and desires as relayed by a genial narrator. There’s Jack, whose mother wants him to sell his beloved but dry cow, Milky White, while she still commands a reasonable price. Cinderella, a lowly maid put upon by her demanding stepmother and imperious stepsisters, dreams of attending the royal ball at the prince’s palace. Little Red Riding Hood is eagerly looking forward to a visit to her grandmother’s house in the woods, while a baker and his wife lament they have no children.
Who doesn’t love a storybook ending? I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a few fairy tales play out in my life—and a couple of really momentous ones involve actual tails: tail-waggers, to be exact.
Once upon a time…there was a dog you couldn’t begin to describe with words like ‘active’ or ‘hyper.’ Coal, a lab mix, is the type of dog who will climb up a tree trunk after a squirrel, says owner Linda Palmer. In fact, he’s on a two-year probation after being accused of incessant barking—although Palmer says the charges were exaggerated.
The Champagne toasts and wedding cake may have passed, but there still is time for claiming whose is whose. Postnuptial agreements, the figurative younger sibling of the better-known prenuptial agreements, offer legal documentation of spousal understandings, should marital circumstances change in the future. But if you’re happily married, why bring attorneys into the picture?