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Cheryl Wicks: Be your pet’s best friend

February 20, 2020

Last month I wrote about the impending mating season and begged everyone to get their animals spayed/neutered before this annual calamity of unwanted kittens and puppies begins. The shelters, rescues and foster families work so...



Susan Wallace: The importance of fostering

January 16, 2020

Most rescues are foster home based. This means they can’t take in a dog off death row until a suitable (screened) foster home is available. The shelters are often inflexible with their kill dates. So...




Joan Merriam: The older dog

January 16, 2020

Writer’s Note: This column previously ran in The Union’s Oct.18 issue, but was accidentally truncated. Here’s the entire column, in full. Many of us who’ve passed the half-century mark aren’t crazy about getting older…yet it’s...


Joan Merriam: Holiday stress and your dog

December 19, 2019

Ahhh, the holidays: a time for good cheer, good food, good friends and good times. So why would so many of us rather be locked in a room with a quartet of Velociraptors from Jurassic...




Cheryl Wicks: We count our blessings for the holidays

December 19, 2019

During the holiday season we reflect on the past year, count our blessings and give thanks to this great community. At Sammie’s Friends, Curt and I have replaced ourselves with two outstanding people. Lorie Hennessy,...






Joan Merriam: The older dog

October 17, 2019

Many of us who’ve passed the half-century mark aren’t crazy about getting older…yet it’s a fact of life we can’t dismiss with a wave of a magic wand. We feel the same way about our...





Melinda Newton: What’s all the itching about?

September 19, 2019

Got allergies? If you are like millions of other Americans, changes in the seasons are heralded by a cacophony of sneezing, sniffing and coughing. It’s only natural to assume that the occasional watery eye or...


Joan Merriam: The games we play

September 19, 2019

OK: to be more accurate, I’m talking about the games we play with our dogs! As you know, there are all kinds of games we can play with our pups: catch the frisbee, get the...