Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
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.
Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
Send winter well-wishes to family and friends while also supporting your favorite organization, with these holiday cards from local nonprofits.
Support Dogs, Inc.
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.
Senator Claire McCaskill recently selected Michelle Wright as this year’s Angels in Adoption award recipient. In addition to adopting both of her daughters internationally, Wright also advocates for all children who require special-education services and programs.
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, there was a little house on a big prairie, and practically everyone was a ‘Green Gourmet.’ People, for the most part, lived green and ate green. This way of life was the focus of the celebrated series of books, affectionately known as the Little House books, by Laura Ingalls Wilder—only Wilder didn’t know to call it ‘green’ when she decided to record her family’s stories from the late-1800s.
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.)
Sara Tenenbein’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37. That alone was a red flag for Tenenbein, a writer and blogger. After discovering that she carries an inherited mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which is linked to increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers, Tenenbein opted for a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in order to reduce her breast cancer risk. She also revamped her lifestyle to support ongoing health and wellness.
Sixth-graders at Chesterfield Day School participated in a year-long philanthropy project during the 2013-2014 school year to raise funds for Support Dogs, Inc. The students sponsored bake sales, worked concession stands and used ticket money from their performance of School House Rock Live! Jr., to donate more than $2,000 for the organization.
Chesterfield Day School's production of School House Rock Live! Jr. to raise money for Support Dogs, Inc.
Light-as-air upholstered pieces, coral prints, watery blues and silvery coastal accents create an oceanic wonderland, whether you’re by land or by sea this summer.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
Just call Richard and Kathie Winter an all-star team. Through the years, the pair has utilized their complementary talents for organizing signature events to bring in big dollars for a multitude of nonprofits.
Potted plants soften the edges of hardscape, mute street noise, and create a lush, colorful backdrop. One of the beauties of container gardening is that plants may be moved around to find the ‘best’ spot for their culture.
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.
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.
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.”
Ben Dozier, Verdi