Life With Cheeta the Chimp

Living-With-Cheeta-the-Chimp-750x484In a peaceful California sanctuary, the former film star is well cared for and loved.

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How My Old Dog Is Teaching Me to Age Gracefully

how-my-old-dog-taught-me-to-age-gracefullyI love dogs and the lessons they teach us. My 12-year-old dog inspired me to write this blog. I rescued Goldie from a shelter in Danbury, Connecticut, when she was almost six years old.

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Hanging With Eagles/ Our National Mascot Makes a Soaring Comeback

hanging_out_with_eagles I did this feature on the comeback of the American bald eagle and the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.

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Twice Bitten

Goldie had been in the shelter for more than two months. Despite her runway looks – short golden coat, long snout, Cleopatra-lined eyes and athletic build – no one had adopted her. “She’s very sensitive and isn’t eating. If you don’t take her, she’s going to die soon,” a shelter volunteer told me.

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Out of the Woods

The high-pitched yelping of an injured animal filled the late afternoon air. My heart stood still. I knew something terrible had happened to my dog, Goldie.

I charged into the woods, running through prickly vines and over crunchy leaves. When I spotted Goldie, she was lying on her side next to a fallen birch tree.

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