My youngest dog, Chance, should have been named Houdini. During the first seven of our 11 years together, he mastered the art of escaping. I became comic relief as my neighbors watched me chase him down my street in dresses and high heels and pajamas and slippers. Thankfully, I — and not the police — always caught him quickly. In addition to being maddening, Chance’s escapades were against city ordinance, which states no dogs, cats or other domestic animals shall be
My black Labs love to go for car rides, but this time of year I rarely allow my pair of pooches to ride along. Unfortunately, the recent hot temperatures seem to have melted the brains of some pet owners. I was stunned on Tuesday by the number of calls to the Eau Claire Police Department over the Memorial Day weekend from people reporting dogs left inside vehicles in parking lots. From May 26 to May 28, the daily high ranged from 93 to 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
First-time author Carol Awe never expected a children’s book to sprout from the seeds she plants each year. But the 46-year-old mother of two found herself inspired after a friend’s visit to her home outside of Chippewa Falls a couple of summers ago. “I was in the garden, covered in dirt,” Awe said. “The kids were so amazed. They had never smelled basil, and they had never smelled dill. That inspired me.” Her book, “Ms. Greenthumb’s Garden,
Hoping to help a homeless dog, staff at the Eau Claire County Humane Association took to social media last month to raise funds for necessary surgeries. Tootsie, a mixed-breed estimated to be about 4 years old, arrived at the ECCHA on Feb. 5 as a stray. She was found in the Eau Claire County town of Union. The lovable mutt had a severe case of mastitis, a bacterial infection in the mammary glands in her breasts that caused painful swelling, multiple ruptures and open wounds. Her condition
In the darker days of winter, it can be easy to get down, so when a press release advertising the 30-day Gratitude Challenge arrived in my email inbox, I decide to give it a try. Each day starting Jan. 15, I had to write down something I was thankful for, do something kind and take a moment to be present in the moment. “Many sources agree that having a positive outlook on life can help improve your mental well-being,” said Sara Carstens, director of community engagement and
Several months ago, a prescription went missing from a kitchen drawer. After searching high and low, I convinced myself that I must have accidentally threw out the bottle, thinking it was empty. Weeks later, I was sweeping my kitchen – something I do regularly because I share my home with two black dogs and a black cat and have light-colored flooring – and came across a tuft of fur sticking out from under my patio blinds. Unable to free the fur with my broom, I moved the blinds and