With the arrival of fall, so come all the cravings of the season: squash of all varieties—including and especially pumpkin—apples, caramel (or apples dipped in caramel), and bacon and chocolate. (OK, those last two can apply to any season.)
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).
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.)
Once Upon a Time… Dorothea and Mats Bernesjo were looking for a new cat. The couple had been married for about four years, and had recently lost their cat, Claire, to lung cancer. “I had a cat when my husband met me,” Dorothea Bernesjo says. “I told him, I’d like to get another cat, but it’s up to you, because I already had one when you came into this marriage.” Mats agreed, and they started the search for a new pet.
Susan Bonan was watching the local news when she saw a dog that had been badly burned and found by a Good Samaritan, who took him to the Humane Society of Missouri. Sonny, as the boxer would come to be known, was only a few months old when he was placed in intensive care to recover.
So, this was the scene: In the spring of 1986, Pattonville was hosting De Smet in the district final. De Smet led 2-1 in the sixth. There was a man on second and two outs. DeSmet elected to pitch to Scott Cooper, who had homered earlier in the game. Bad idea. Cooper hit the ball 400 feet on the track by the football field. Pattonville won 3-2.
Once Upon a Time…There was a home on 4 acres in Eureka. Bob and Holly Berthold had lived there for almost 20 years with their two dogs, who were brothers from the same litter. When both dogs passed away, the Bertholds found the peace and quiet…well, just a little too quiet.
Part of the joy of gardening is the daily surprise. Sometimes, conditions conspire to make a garden look tired and worn, such as extreme summer heat compounded by drought. Those days, while disappointing, must be endured. However, on other occasions, gardeners may draw a lucky had when strange combinations of conditions bring about splendid moments. This year, for example, the long, cold soil temperatures slowed down the early varieties of spring bulbs; then good moisture and warm sun brought out the late-season kinds right on schedule. After the winter of death, we needed a break.
Once upon a time…Suzanne Woodard was about to embark upon her second career, opening a furniture shop called The Refind Room in Brentwood. “I thought it was the perfect opportunity to have a dog, because since I own the store, he can be with me all the time,” she says. It was 2012, and she had not planned to get her ‘store dog’ until the shop opened, but having started her search several months before the opening, she found Teddy Freddie early, and it was love at first sight.
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.”
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
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.