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City Chicks

April 23, 2018 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos by Christine Haynes & Mary Krampus   (Above Photo: Chicken coops can be made of anything durable including upcycled playhouses. Credit: Christine Haynes)    Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the 901, of course! Chicken coops…

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Pet Focus: Rabbit Adoption!

February 16, 2018 - articles

story & photos by Chellie Bowman   Thousands of domestic rabbits are abandoned (“set free”) or surrendered in the months following the Easter Holiday every year in the U.S., as adorable bunnies purchased as holiday surprises seemingly become less adorable when the reality of their…

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The Good Word on the Streetdog

December 24, 2017 - articles

story and photos courtesy of Streetdog Foundation   Streetdog’s Mission “Streetdog Foundation rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes stray and abandoned dogs in Memphis. We are committed to placing wonderful companion animals into loving, forever homes. We believe in responsible pet ownership, spaying and neutering and educating…

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Burgerfest to Benefit Memphis Paws

September 15, 2017 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Best Burger Fest   One thing Memphis does exceptionally well is food.With over two dozen Memphis restaurants featured on the Food Network’s website, and an annual barbeque championship bringing in over 100 teams from all over the…

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200+ Bird Species at Home in Overton Park’s Old Forest

August 21, 2017 - articles

story and photos by Melissa McMasters, Director of Communications, Overton Park Conservancy (Pictured above Northern Cardinals enjoy southern environments, too. This guy seems to be singing its praises. You don’t have to get too close to know a bird’s gender; the brighter the bird, the…

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Mid-South’s Pet Over-Population Problem is Getting Fixed

June 23, 2017 - articles

by Joan Allison | photos by Greg Campbell   (In the photo above, vet technicians move a sedated female dog to the surgical suite to be spayed. The staff puts socks on the all the animal clients’ paws to keep them warm while they’re in…

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Love Wins Again – Pet Focus

April 17, 2017 - articles

by Melinda Lejman photos courtesy of Ava’s new mommies, Jenny and Beth What do two rainy days, an abandoned pup, and a couple from Massachusetts have in common? They are all part of a very happy ending thanks to a network of dedicated people and…

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Pet Focus – What child is this? Um, it’s a dog.

December 26, 2016 - articles

Story by Rev. Cheryl Cornish, Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church, Memphis Excerpted from the sermon, “Hope that Walks” (December 11, 2011) Illustration by Christian Westphal (There was) a nativity scene that was placed each year in front of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Augusta,…

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Pets Welcome

September 19, 2016 - articles

edited by Joan Allison Have dog? Then travel! These places and events are ‘all-inclusive’!   EXPOS AND FESTIVALS   2016 Dog Day Festival and Music City Mutt Strutt! Centennial Park, Nashville Saturday, September 17, 2016 Mutt Strutt 5K Run/Walk: 8:30 a.m. start Festival: 10 a.m. –…

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Pet Focus – Summer Heat

August 19, 2016 - articles

HAPPY SUMMER PETS Hot Weather Safety Tips Copyright © 2015. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/hot-weather-safety-tips We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To…

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