By

Scott Cotter
30
Oct

Dispatches from the Home of A Mildly Lovable Cat

CC is the cat who lives with the lady who has lived alone for what must be 25 years now.  That lady is actually my mom. And she is not a cat person. In fact, she’s reluctant to have CC in her life right now even though the two have lived together for more than...
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10
Oct

There for Each Other

We believe in #ThePowerOfPets. And we try to tell stories that reveal how incredible the human-animal bond is. But from time to time, we ask people to tell us, in their own words, what their pets mean to them and what kind of impact those pets have had on their lives.  This is Lisa’s story...
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02
Oct

The Problem with Parasites

Who hasn’t ever scratched at a mosquito bite and wondered, “I hate them; why do they exist?”  Or fleas, ticks, intestinal worms … all parasites for that matter. But as cooler weather approaches, some of us are likely to forget the aggravation caused by this year’s bumper crop of pests.  But …  As pet lovers,...
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17
Sep

Keeping Pets and People Together

“If you can’t afford a pet, you shouldn’t have one.”  We hear this quite a bit. Certainly it comes from a place of compassion for animals; I myself thought this long before I understood what happens here at SNKC. Or what the reality would be if everyone who struggled from time to time couldn’t have...
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22
Aug

Driving Away Desolation

“Because of her, I’m never sad,” Charlie says from the front porch of his tiny home at the Veteran’s Community Project. He lives there with his best friend, a pibble mix he calls Blue.   Blue loves people and proves what we say about the bully breed all the time: they’re wonderfully sweet and good for...
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07
Aug

#ThePowerOfPets

A week rarely passes that I don’t think about John.  Anytime I try to tell someone about him I immediately feel my heart stumble, and the words start stacking up in my throat like cars at a busy intersection. I don’t believe I’ll ever forget what he turned to me and said as we sat...
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10
Jul

A New Friend … A New Start

Just down the road from SNKC HQ is a small community where lives are being put back together piece by piece. It’s called the Veteran’s Community Project. Most people know it locally from the small houses that are being built at 89th and Troost. It’s called the Village. And it does have a village feel...
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02
Jul

Fear of the Fourth

The marred knob on my basement door tells the story.  It was probably 20 years ago. My neighbor invited me over to grill out for the fourth. As it turned dark, he pulled out a box of fireworks and began shooting them into the sky. We knew our dog, Annie, was not a fan of...
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13
Jun

Saved by A Four-Legged Friend

We believe in the power of pets to change lives in dramatic ways. And this submission, made by an SNKC client, reveals how true that actually is. We are running it here with only a little editing for length and clarity because it’s an incredible testament to the impact pets have on our lives. …...
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14
May

Making Baby Better

When I met Lori she was patiently sitting in our lobby. What surprised me is that she didn’t seem worried even though I had been told her dog had a problem and was bleeding on the floor. One look confirmed it … there was blood. Still, Lori sat nearly motionless while she gently pushed her...
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