A California Magazine with Local Focus and Global Appeal:
Community - Entertainment - Human Interest


Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister sites Kings River Lite and KRL News & Reviews for bonus articles.


Joyce Brandon

Kibble From Heaven: An Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE November 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andJoyce Brandon,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Joyce Brandon


The tombstones glowed, albeit faintly, illuminated by the sliver of a moon that hung over the cemetery. The gates now locked, blocked entrance to the eerie but strangely beautiful expanse where many loved ones had been laid to rest. The silence was soothing and as I scanned the horizon for signs of life I thought to myself, “I should be scared” but, I wasn’t.

{ 4 comments }

Happy Endings: An Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE October 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andJoyce Brandon,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Joyce Brandon


Like many public service occupations, those in animal rescue see the best and worst of humanity. Thankfully, the animal loving people we deal with on a day to day basis fuel our resolve to continue; likewise I suppose, those that abuse and neglect the helpless cement our commitment to animal welfare cause.

{ 2 comments }

by Joyce Brandon


Imagine being fifteen pounds and about eighteen inches tall: your line of vision is equal to the kneecaps of most humans, and the tires of most cars.
Imagine living on the streets for eight months: through rain, hail, fog, cold, and heat of summer. Imagine having no steady source of food or shelter. Imagine a life focused on survival. Imagine surviving on the kindness of others. This is Tippy Toes’ story, that was Tippy Toes’ life.

{ 1 comment }

by Joyce Brandon


One plus three equals eight only in animal rescue. How is it that no matter how hard I try the animals in my house multiply? A perfect example of this involves my new foster Jazzy and her litter of puppies.

{ 0 comments }

by Joyce Brandon


A recent discussion amongst friends focused on a story of faith in the Bible. The story featured a woman with a physical affliction, who, after failing to find relief through conventional means, grabbed the hem of Jesus’ robe and was healed. We were batting about thoughts and insights regarding the healing of this woman. I began to wonder: was this an extraordinary woman of faith or was this an ordinary woman who had an extraordinary moment of faith? Did she reject conventional wisdom which had failed her, for the unconventional? By now I’m sure you are asking yourself, “What does this have to do with animal rescue?” I’m getting there.

{ 0 comments }

by Joyce Brandon


Our Reedley Homeless Pets project has been wonderfully successful. In just a little over a month we have been able to save 38 dogs and cats from going to the Central California SPCA for disposition.

{ 4 comments }

Hunger Games: Movie Review

IN THE March 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJoyce Brandon,
andMovies
SECTIONS

by Joyce Brandon



I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games trilogy so when asked to review the movie, of course, I was excited to do so. My enthusiasm waned; however, after realizing that I was less then enthralled with the Hollywood version of the book.

{ 0 comments }

by Joyce Brandon



Our Central Valley has a black eye with its high animal kill rates; but, there are some exciting things happening with our small communities and change is just around the corner.

{ 0 comments }

by Joyce Brandon


I was slightly uncomfortable to admit to everyone I had read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The idea that I was reading a “young adult” book shook my pride just a little but I soon overcame that insecurity when adult after adult told me how much they enjoyed the book. Yes, it is written for young adults and is; therefore, an easy read, but that doesn’t detract from the story. The plot is creative and the story hooked me right from the beginning.

{ 3 comments }

Love is in the Air: Another Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE February 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andJoyce Brandon,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Joyce Brandon


In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share two of my favorite foster love stories. In the rescue world we face a lot of heartbreak and often see the dark side of humanity so those glimpses of love and the angels that come along side and take our broken little ones home, make our journey worthwhile.

{ 1 comment }

Fostering: Another Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE January 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andJoyce Brandon,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Joyce Brandon


We receive e-mails from time to time from adopters who like to give helpful advice to our foster families. Just recently we received an e-mail advising one of our foster moms not to allow puppies to kiss her face, according to our adoptive mom; it is a terribly disturbing behavior when it is carried forward into their permanent home. A while back, a foster mom was chastised for not teaching her foster kitty to forego the very problematic habit of counter surfing. Obviously, the foster mom lacked discipline as this very curious kitty was jumping on the kitchen counters in her new home.

{ 3 comments }

by Joyce Brandon


The Grinch is a fictional character created by author Dr. Seuss in 1957. This funny looking green goblin was featured in the children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas and has become a symbol for anti-holiday sentiments and also is used to describe someone with an unforgiving and greedy attitude. Oddly enough, even the Grinch had a dog. His only companion is Max, a Coonhound who stands faithfully by his master.

{ 4 comments }

Rescue 911: An Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE November 26 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andContributors,
andHelping Hands,
andJoyce Brandon,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Joyce Brandon


Ninety-nine percent of rescue work is consumed with taking pets that for one reason or another have lost their home and need a new one. The drill is pretty much the same, assess, vet, foster, and find that happily ever after. It is fabulous work, and is a job we take very seriously. Most of the animals in our care were facing death sentences: they either came from a shelter or were on their way there. We love saving lives!

{ 2 comments }

Golden Girls: An Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE October 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andJoyce Brandon,
andPets
SECTIONS

by Joyce Brandon


We see the beauty in the eyes of a senior dog that is not readily apparent to everyone. The clouded eyes emit truth and wisdom of a long life that cannot be otherwise shared. Seniors are usually calm and quiet and easy to have around yet we are always thrilled to see the occasional blast of youth that sends them running through the room, or throwing a toy in the air.

{ 0 comments }

  • Arts & Entertainment

  • Books & Tales

  • Community

  • Education

  • Food Fun

  • Helping Hands

  • Hometown History

  • Pets

  • Teens

  • Terrific Tales