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Pets

by Allix Ollivier


Bo is our beautiful, eight-year-old Labrador/Shepherd mix and one of the cutest new re-additions to our shelter. Bo, originally named Smiley due to his wonderfully contagious smile, was originally adopted out from our shelter six years ago. However, during the time Bo was with his adopted family, some unfortunate incidents occurred. Bo has hip dysplasia, which is when the hip ball and socket don’t develop normally.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Senior Dogs

IN THE February 4 ISSUE

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by Wendy Hunter


You may not know this about me, but I live with my parents. I know, it’s scary. My folks have cute little habits, like turning the TV up loud enough to puncture your ear drums, and dropping crackers on the floor during Happy Hour. My mom never tastes recipes while cooking, and my dad refuses to close snack bags. Stale pita chips anyone? But hey, they’re housetrained, and will even shake your hand.

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by Lupe Gore


Valentine’s Day is this month, and there are many, many heart-shaped boxes of chocolate candy on the shelves of stores for people to give to those they love or just eat themselves. I am going to write about another type of candy though—a beautiful long-haired dilute Calico named Candy!

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by Cynthia Chow
& Krista Davis


Holly Miller is spending her first summer since childhood in Wagtail, Virginia, where she has taken up her grandmother Oma’s offer to become a partner in the Sugar Maple Inn. Now that the resort town has rebranded itself as a pet-centric and very pet-loving tourist destination, they are hosting Wagtail’s first Animal Attraction matchmaking event. Singles who have been luckier finding love with pets will be bringing them along to hopefully increase the chances of meeting the perfect (human) partner.

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by Jackie Dale



This is my final opportunity to remind you of an important upcoming fundraiser for The Cat House on the Kings. On Saturday, February 18, Club One Casino of Fresno is hosting a fundraiser to benefit The Cat House on the Kings. For $40 you buy-in with 3,000 chips. There are unlimited re-buys until the end of the first break. There will be prizes and raffles! Club One is generously matching the proceeds of the fundraiser $1 for $1!! For more info text “clubone” to 95495, call 559-497-3000, or visit www.clubonecasino.com. While you are at your calendar, in the spirit of advance planning, put a big “X” on Saturday, May 6, the date of the Spring Open House.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Kathleen Costa


This week we have 3 more fun mysteries from Penguin and Kensington authors-Telling Tails: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Death on the Patagonian Express: Amy’s Travel Mystery by Hy Conrad, & A Pinch of Poison: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell.

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Rattie Ratz: Rescue Story, From Labs to Love

IN THE January 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Alyssa Nader


Patrick was a lab rat, rescued in a group of 53 rats from a biomedical facility. All that the Rattie Ratz volunteers were told about his time there is that he “ran mazes.” Despite his rough beginning, Patrick found a loving home, became the “gentle giant” that he is today and even met his soulmate, thanks to the love and effort of many volunteers.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Kate Davidson agreed to train and become her best friend’s doula, Kate thought that witnessing a twenty-one hour labor would be the most disturbing sight of the night. Instead, that honor goes to the vision of the aptly named Doctor Dick making out with a nurse in the hallway of A Better Birth Associates’ birthing center. Kate sees him all too soon in her own Serenity Yoga studio, where she learns that Doctor Richard Jones is the husband of one of her students.

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by Lee Juslin


About a year ago, Josie of Westie Rescue of NY received a disturbing call from an area veterinarian. Rory, a senior Westie, had been dropped off by owners who could no longer care for his many health issues. The vet told Josie, “If you can’t help, we’ll have to euthanize him.” Like all dedicated rescue volunteers, Josie couldn’t say no.

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by Becky Holly


In rescue we sometimes tend to focus on all of the animals who are not safe, who we cannot help, and the overwhelming number of them needing us. At the end of every year, we find ourselves emotionally and physically exhausted. At Fresno Bully Rescue, we are fortunate to be graced with warm-hearted, volunteers, adopters, and supporters who continually amaze and energize us.

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by Allix Ollivier


Ferdinand the Pug is a four-year old rescue from our local SPCA. We took one look at Ferdinand, and even though he couldn’t see us back, we knew that Ferdinand would have to become a part of our VAC family! Ferdinand was blind when we rescued him. He suffered from glaucoma which is an increasing pressure within the eyeball that slowly causes loss of vision. When we brought Ferdinand back to our shelter and had our veterinarian look at him, we noticed that he was suffering from intense pain in his eyes because of the pressure that the glaucoma caused.

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by Lupe Gore


When Feral Paws Rescue opened their Adoption Center four years ago, I had the privilege of volunteering there, caring for the cats and working in the office. I met some very special cats who I will never forget.
One of the cats Feral Paws Rescue saved from a high-kill shelter was named Grandpapa. He was 18 years old at the time of rescue. Grandpapa was the sweetest old gentleman, who loved attention, loved to be held, and loved it when I would share my food with him—specifically part of a burrito from a nearby Mexican restaurant.

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by Cynthia Chow


Kristan “Stan” Connor would like nothing more than to barricade herself inside her kitchen and test bake organic dog and cat pet treats. Now that she is being financially backed by her boyfriend Jake McGee and her mother Patricia, Stan has the opportunity to finally open Pawsitively Organic Pet Patisserie and Café. Jake is the perfect boyfriend, providing not just emotional support but enough monetary backing to push his investment over that of Patricia’s, keeping Stan’s mother a minority investor.

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A Pair of Rescued Westies

IN THE January 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andLee Juslin
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by Lee Juslin


Luna, aged seven, and Casper, aged four, lived happily with their owner until one day the owner decided to move and could not take the two Westies and that turned out to be a life-saving event for Luna. Enter Sunshine State Westie Rescue.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



“Miss Winkles”…A distinctive name, for sure! Named in recognition of David McDonald’s adorable yet mischievous West Highland Terrier, Miss Winkles. She and her brother Rocky were ever-faithful companions to David. Though Rocky is still an ever-present friend, David made the generous decision to celebrate Miss Winkles’ short life by supporting the amazing, state-of-the-art, Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center.

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by Wendy Hunter


What do you get when you combine fifty-five dogs, two cars, 480 miles, and four sleep deprived ARF volunteers? You get a recipe for chaos, confusion, and the craziest road trip since Thelma and Louise. I’m talking about the “Heaven Can Wait” pilgrimage, where Animal Rescue of Fresno transports lucky dogs from California to Oregon several times a year. With adorable critters like Chiquita, Mr. Big, and Emma Lou, what could possibly go wrong? Don’t ask.

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by Jackie Dale



First things first, this is literally the last day to write those tax-deductible donation checks. Donations have been very slow the past few months and funds are at dangerously low levels. Please, please, please, if you have not already done so, please consider making a donation. No donation is too small. The Cat House Facebook page has well over 1 million followers.

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5 Common Service Dog Myths

IN THE December 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andPets
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by Erica Horn


I love my job as a dog trainer, more specifically, a service dog trainer. Although I train privately, a huge part of my job and daily life is educating the public about service dogs. Much of the time I have a service dog in training with me when I am out and about and I am frequently approached by people wishing to know more about the dog at my side.

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