The bags are packed, plane tickets are in hand, and you’re ready for a nice, long vacation. While you’re away, it’s important that Buster gets cared for as lovingly and safely as usual. That’s where finding and preparing for a quality pet-sitter comes into play.
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.
Summer picnics are lovely with their delicious spreads of fruits, breads and salads. But beware the potato salad that’s been sitting in the sun! Salmonella poisoning (also called ‘salmonellosis’) is a terrible way to end a nice day out.
Congratulations to the Arts and Education Council's 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. Each year since 1992, recipients have been singled out for their legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching St. Louis’ arts and cultural community.
It’s impossible to say just how many dogs Patty Krosch has walked in her 14 years as a Humane Society of Missouri volunteer. She shows up in extreme heat, pouring rain, and on holidays. “The dogs still need to get out,” she says.
Shirley Ernst and her Yorkie, Kiki, march in The Gatesworth’s annual Pooch Parade. This year’s parade included 23 dogs and their owners, spectators and a few canines invited from outside The Gatesworth—pets who have a ‘doggie grandmother’ in residence.
You know what toy she loves, or which ear he prefers to be scratched—but how can you know what food your four-legged friend's digestive system would prefer? We asked local animal experts to weigh in on all-natural pet food.
It has been an unusual spring, indeed. Fortunately, we have had a good deal of rain as of late. But the summer heat is upon us, as well—and pet owners must be sensitive to this issue.
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.
“Treatment for breast cancer can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars," says Dr. David Caplin, co-founder of Gateway to Hope. "Even if they have some insurance, just the co-pays and deductibles will bankrupt them.”
Ring in the Fourth of July St. Louis-style at one of these community celebrations.
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.
Summer travel season is here, and for pets not joining the adventure, I encourage pet owners to discuss one or more options with their veterinarian.
There are virtually endless ways for youngsters to have a memorable summer break in St. Louis. Mark your calendar for these family-friendly festivities, and get ready for some fun in the sun!
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.
On a recent sunny spring afternoon at Parc Provence, a resident was helping arrange flowers from the greenhouse when she had an idea: She would make a beautiful bouquet for her daughter’s visit. This is the type of special experience Parc Provence aims to enjoy with residents every day. “We try to create moments of happiness,” says administrator Tracy Cecil. “We celebrate the residents; we celebrate their life successes; and we celebrate who they are.”
A deep love of art, animals and teaching make Mariann Menges a sought-after art teacher. Where else can students of all ages arrive for art lessons and have the rare opportunity to be taught in a zoo-like setting? Where else can students pet, feed and draw seven live animals that include two box turtles, a rabbit, hamster, toad, dog and ‘Little Guy,’ a 47-year-old talking parrot who speaks two languages and sings opera?
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.”
Spring is upon us—when warm, breezy evenings abound with choruses of spring peepers and intermittent barred owl hoots. I find myself outside earlier in the morning and later in the night this time of they year with two of my beloved canine companions, Bruno and George, tagging right along. They are running and exploring every new tuft of grass and chasing the occasional bugs already out and about. And when they do, I find myself thinking about concerns for their well-being.