I see just her eyes through the crack in the door. She has green eyes that show her determination and commitment. She is staring at me, deciding whether to come in. I lift my head, and she immediately bursts through the bedroom door.   She peppers me with questions: “What are you doing? Were you sleeping? Are you warm enough? Are you hungry? How do you feel? What do you want? Do you want a treat?” She tells me: “Get up, Tommy. Come on. Stretch. Eat. Eat. You... Read More

Top 10 Uses for Baking Soda

Baking Soda – A Welcome Friend in the Kitchen! – by Laura Theodore The cleaning star in my kitchen is Baking Soda! Baking Soda is “eco-nomical” and eco-friendly and it is one of my favorite all-purpose cleansers. Kept in a shaker, it’s perfect for scrubbing a multitude of surfaces throughout the house. Who knew cleaning could be so easy? TOP TEN uses for BAKING SODA Use Baking Soda to scrub your kitchen sink. (Baking Soda also helps to deodorize the drain.) Use... Read More

Early Morning – An Essay by Karen Winkler

Good-bye, my dear friend.  It will be hard to be here without you.  We both are scraped and scarred from slipping on trails, and the deaths of loyal pets.   When we started volunteering together, we felt the same pull, and offered ourselves to the animals. We promised to keep them safe.  We watched countless dogs and cats take their freedom rides to new homes. I understand what made you quit.  It was the man who walked into the shelter dropping on the counter a Have-A-Heart... Read More

Daisy – An Essay by Karen Winkler

Daisy, a pretty petite pittie, was the first shelter dog I walked who was euthanized.  She was a good dog, but shelter life — with its constant noise, overpowering smells, and irregular schedule — was too much for her.  Daisy often spent the entire day jumping and spinning uninterrupted, and her hyper, erratic behavior was trying at best.  Some people thought Daisy behaved this way because she was housebroken and could not hold it a second longer; or perhaps she... Read More

Lucy – An Essay by Karen Winkler

There are moments during my walks with Lucy I love beyond all others.  I love her jump out of the Jeep.  I love the shake that rolls her body from side to side.  I love when the speed of our steps is in sync.  I love when Lucy forgets I am holding her by a leash. Lucy spends hours slouched against the cold cement block wall at the back of her cage.  The diamond pattern fencing makes it difficult to see out but Lucy uses what is available to understand what’s happening around... Read More

Much in Little – An Essay by Karen Winkler

Translated from the Latin multum in parvo Professor Higgins and Karen on their comfy chair Professor Henry Higgins, as he is known, was born to a feral mother in the month of October and is the offspring of Norwegian Forest Cats. His ancestors travelled with Vikings as mousers.  He is a descendant of adventurous, intelligent, and proud cats. His line is built to withstand cold weather and climb sheer rock.  It is unknown how or why he was brought to the shelter as a mere baby. When... Read More

To Whom It May Concern – An Essay by Karen Winkler

I walk shelter dogs. All breeds. All needs. All weather. Walking dogs is my calling. I have walked parks from Peace Valley to High Rocks. I know what a Martingale, haltie, gentle lead, and EZ-walk harness are. I keep a dog treat, poop bag, or squeaky toy in at least one pocket of every pair of jeans I own. I can take a damn good photo of a dog at the end of a 20 ft lead while wading through a creek and post it on Facebook without missing a step. I wear a head lamp, fanny pack,... Read More

Flavor Compatibility

Guest Post by Karen Page flavor:  the distinctive taste of a food or drink compatibility:  a state in which two things are able to exist or occur together without problems or conflict An essential aspect of great cooking is harnessing compatible flavors — which involves knowing which herbs, spices, and other flavorings best accentuate particular ingredients. A process of trial and error over centuries resulted in classic cuisines and dishes, some of which feature timeless... Read More

The 6 Top Myths About Plant-Based Diets

Guest post by Nava Atlas Would you like to consider a plant-based (aka vegan) diet, but find yourself confused by all the conflicting information? Let’s look at some of the most persistent myths, one at a time. You’ll never get enough protein on a plant-based diet. While longtime vegans regard the “Where do you get your protein” question as an annoyance, I look at it as an opportunity to enlighten the curious. It truly isn’t difficult to get sufficient good-quality... Read More

Tips for Omnivores Dating Vegans

Omni on Vegan: Tips for Omnivores Guest Post by Ayindé Howell and Zoë Eisenberg You’re not a vegan. And let’s face it: you may never call yourself a vegan. If you’re down to date a vegan, then good for you. The reality is, once it’s past the fun hook-up-on-a-Friday-night phase, and past the awkward “soooo, what are we?” phase, and into the comfy “we” are an “us” phase, then it’s time to know how to handle your vegan. With infatuation comes a willingness... Read More