By

Scott Cotter
15
Jun

Not Going it Alone

You know this. That life can be tough and random and lonely. But this is not about that. Not even a little. In fact, even with that small reminder that there’s a line somewhere out there we all know about and some of us cross (willingly or not), this is about the power of love....
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24
May

All For a Friend Named Leroy

This is a story about perspective. It’s about loss and pain and struggle. But what stands out is that it’s also a story about unconditional love. And that friendship really matters. What doesn’t matter is how many legs those friends happen to have. … I first met John sitting in our waiting room. Ramona, our...
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15
May

Splish Splash: Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Water

With summer upon us (maybe earlier than we wanted, right?), a lot of folks will have their dogs around the water. And a great many of those dogs will want to give swimming a try. It’s a great way to cool off, of course, but also one of the most fun things you and your...
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25
Apr

Being Where We’re Needed

Joel first showed up at SNKC with Soco when she was sick with pyometra, a uterine infection that is life-threatening for a dog. He had been to a vet clinic and, after recently losing his job, realized that paying for emergency care wasn’t going to be easy. He needed help but wasn’t sure what to...
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10
Apr

Yuck! Here Come the Parasites…

Here in Kansas City, we keep flirting with spring before winter tightens its icy fingers around us one more time. Still, just a couple of days of warm weather is all it takes to awaken the parasite parade. That includes fleas and ticks, but also some others we don’t hear that much about. As scary...
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29
Mar

A Best Friend for My Best Friend

Tom says his rescue dog, Maggie, was miserable. “Maggie had a friend next door,” he says of his puggle. “But the neighbors had to move and her best friend, Molly, left. Maggie just started moping around. She had her tail between her legs and her head was down all the time; she was so sad.”...
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08
Mar

“I Love Working Here Because I’m Proud of Working Here”

From the moment I arrived here just a few months ago, I could tell there was a level of commitment from the staff that wound itself around everything that was happening. Even during the tough days when chaos sifted like sand into every nook and cranny,  there was the unspoken focus on doing the right...
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23
Jan

A Day in the Life: In the Field with Families Better Together™

It’s cold out. Single digits and dark. The day started too early, and probably won’t be through until nearly midnight. So far a number of spills have been taken on the snow-slickened hillsides (nobody hurt, thankfully), handfuls of community cats have been trapped, covered, and returned to SNKC, and a number of teams scattered throughout...
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21
Dec

Finding Happiness Again

After Gary lost his last dog, Frank, he wasn’t in a place to even think about getting another dog. In fact, he thinks Frank’s passing is why he had a stroke on the same day. There was no way he was going through that again, he thought.    Enter Bear  Gary is a disabled veteran. That’s...
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29
Nov

Winter’s (Kinda) Here. Here’s 5 Ways to Fight Doggie Boredom

I have two dogs of questionable character. One is now a 10-year-old cattle dog mix. The other, an 8-year-old Border Collie mix. Despite their advanced dog years, they have two speeds: turbocharged and faster. Hard, hour-long walks barely put a dent in their desire to go, go, go. When the weather turns (and I don’t...
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