Sniffing Out Murder By Kallie E. Benjamin

by Sandra Murphy

Pris is on her last day of school—as a teacher—and at her last parent/teacher meeting. What a way to end the year, talking to Whitney, the mean girl who tormented everyone in high school. Whitney hasn’t changed a bit. Life in Crosbyville is a step back in time for Pris. She’s written a children’s book, sales are good, and she’s able to turn in her chalk and erasers for good at the end of the school year.

Grumpy Granny is Really a Sweetie

by Lee Juslin

A senior Cairn girl, Minuet is a true Cairn princess, according to her foster mom, Linda. “She is happy when things go her way,” says Linda. “But, she growls a warning when I disturb her sleep or try to do something she is not on board with.” That’s OK with Linda, an experienced foster mom who is used to terrier-tude. However, she does sometimes call Minuet “Grumpy Granny.”

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno: Tollhouse Cookie, A True From Rags to Riches Story

by Debbie Crisp

Have you ever looked into the sad eyes of a forlorn dog and wished they could tell you what happened to lead to their current circumstances? As rescuers, we see this way too often. However, when we found Tollhouse Cookie, she was a very extreme case. Cookie was spotted off and on for about a year in the mountains near and below Shaver Lake. She was spotted several times running across a four-lane highway. In the heat of summer, and in the cold of winter, she tried to survive alone.

Animal Rescue of Fresno: A Holiday State of Mind

by Wendy Hunter

Okay, I’ll admit it, I get really sappy this time of year. Call it melancholy, nostalgia, or maybe just an incurable case of the saddies. I miss all my late relatives, the family get togethers, the cocktails, the loud conversations, and the three-hour marathons opening presents. It took us so long to unwrap packages, we were forced to take a happy hour break in between.

Fresno Bully Rescue: Senior Month

by Terese Shaw

November is National Senior Pet month, a time dedicated to appreciating senior pets. It's true that adopting a pitbull is a wonderful and selfless experience. However, when most people think of adoption, they envision choosing a puppy or a younger dog. We would like to take this opportunity to promote some of our wonderful senior residents in search of adoption.

Help Valley Animal Center give homeless dogs and cats a Thanksgiving feast

by Juan Guitron

Valley Animal Center’s annual campaign, “Birds of a Feather, Feed Together,” returns this month. It is a fundraising campaign that seeks to raise enough funds to give their adoptables a Thanksgiving feast. When a person donates in person at any of one of its departments, the donor receives a paper turkey feather to write their name on. Each feather is added to a large turkey banner displayed in the grand lobby.

Animal Rescue of Fresno: The Senior Yard

by Wendy Hunter

Boo! Did I scare you? Did you jump a little? Well, my friends, by the time you read this, Halloween will be done and gone, taking all its ghouls and goblins with it. Children will have taken to the spooky streets on All Hallows Eve with plastic pumpkin buckets and paper sacks, weighed down with all kinds of scary sweets and treats. The dream team of Barbie and Ken will rollerblade through the sidewalks, wreaking havoc on unsuspecting ghosts, their sheets spinning like a whirling dervish.

Whee! I can Fly!

by Lee Juslin

Valentina, at barely one-year-old, is still very puppy-ish. She is super active, loves toys, and is a very busy girl. Her foster mom says she jumps on the sofa and flies to nearby chairs or tables.
Valentina was purchased by a nice family from a pet shop, but they had no Scottie experience. In addition, the parents were very busy between working full time, their children’s school, and after school activities. Consequently, Valentina spent a lot of time alone in her crate.