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A letter to my dog’s foster moms

Dear Christina and Jessica: In February 2015, you took in a large, young, injured, stray, sad, black Labrador retriever mix. This dog had everything going against him: his coat color, his size, his injuries, his unknown origin. This dog had been hit by a car in Yakima and no one ever claimed him. He was…

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Beck’s Place: Building Community For People and Pets

Beck’s Place has fostered and honored the deep connection between people and their pets since it was founded in 2015. The nonprofit is a support system for people and their animals and offers multiple services, including a foster boarding program, veterinary care, a pet food and supply bank, community action, and a “paw it forward”…

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Girl’s Dying Wish Rescues a Kitten…and Her Family

Twelve-year-old Kylie Myers was the girl with the constant smile, infectious laugh, and joy for life. Her mother, Robin, called Kylie “the glue that held their family together,” and everyone who knew her called her “Smiley Kylie.” But that constant smile hid a very sad truth: Kylie had metastatic bone cancer – and she was…

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Fluffy cat and bearded dragon have epic interspecies friendship

Romeo and Juliet. Lancelot and Guinevere. Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. Napoleon and Josephine. Stevie and Boots. Wait – you haven’t heard of Stevie and Boots? Well, you’re hearing about them now. Stevie and Boots share a home with their pet parent Hayley Shoecraft – and they have an interspecies love…

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Don’t Miss the 10th Annual Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt!

Join Pet Connection Magazine and the Puget Sound animal loving community for the tenth annual Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt!  Saturday, April 8, 2017 10am-3pm Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) 8345 Steilacoom Rd SE, Lacey, WA (on the corner of Steilacoom & Marvin) You’ll enjoy: 2 Doggie Easter Egg Hunts 1 Hunt for kids Doggie Fashion Show…

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Weston and Ellinore: Adventure Cats Extraordinaire

After a video of a human and his cat sledding down a slope set social media ablaze, adventure cats Weston and Ellinore are taking the Pacific Northwest – and the whole world – by storm. Weston and Ellinore reside in Chehalis, Washington with their human mom and dad, Ashley and Jesse Smith, and they aren’t…

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Conservation Canines: Hometown Heroes Make Worldwide Impact

Earth is experiencing a biodiversity crisis. Animal species are disappearing from our planet at up to 10,000 times the “natural” (without human impact) extinction rate. There have been five mass extinction events during Earth’s geological history and, unless we act quickly, scientists believe that there will be a sixth extinction crisis that’s directly tied to…

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Hike or Walk You and Your Dog Into a Healthier New Year

The first part of the year is a great time to reflect on goals, recommit to the ones you made last year, or make new ones. If you’re not already doing it, something that should be on everyone’s list is walking regularly with your dog. Walking doesn’t take any special equipment, can be done anywhere,…

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