Animal Tales

Coco’s Story

by: Carol De Leo

cocos-storyEvery dog has a story. Coco’s story begins on the streets of Chiang Mai Thailand. As an abandoned puppy she learned how to survive, scavenging for food, avoiding traffic, and escaping injury from other street dogs.

Eventually Coco was picked up by Care for Dogs, a sanctuary for dogs in Chiang Mai, and lived in a yard with about 100 other dogs, all of them waiting for someone to come along and fall in love with them and provide them with their own “forever” home.  (Read more)


She Will Dance With the Dragonflies
by: Shelley Madden

Pappy and I were enjoying a leisurely boat ride on the pond, as his aged dog sat between us. Her grayed face could not hide the telltale tiredness in her faded eyes.

“She was so sick yesterday.” He told me. “I thought I’d loose her.”

I rubbed my hand down her back, feeling her glistening fur between my fingers.

“I prayed to God to give her more time.” He continued. “I don’t know if people pray for their dogs, but I did.”

Pappy tells me things he tells no one else. I understood, and nodded. He knew what I knew. An unspoken bond we shared in our love for animals. He knows my heart, and I know his. (read more…)

Christmas Magic in a Stable

by Shelley Madden

Since I was a child, I’ve held fast to a very strong belief that the animals will talk on the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve. You must be quiet, and listen with your heart, and soul. You must have patience. And most of all, you must believe.

Many years and counting, my dad has joined me every Christmas eve. You see, we are both single. Or in some books, its called divorced. But, no matter. A tradition was born way back when, which has continued to this day. It’s usually only us, but often my mom and step dad, or my son will join us. (read more)

God’s Flock
by: Shelley Madden

There comes a point in our lives that no matter what we set out to do, sometimes we have to know when to throw in the towel. It happens despite our best intents, despite our hard work and dedication. Some things just don’t work out.

I have raised a yard full of chickens for eight years now. Eight long years of dashing into the coop during an unexpected storm, and closing the birds up to keep them from being pounded into chicken kabobs by hail. Eight years of racing around the pasture, (read more)


I Can Never Forget That Puppy
by Archana Kapoor Nagpal

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty”. – Albert Einstein


Delhi has been very close to my heart for so many reasons. In 2005, I moved to Hyderabad but still Delhi as a place is special to me. From my school to college and then my marriage, I have spent 7 years of my life in Delhi. Narrow roads, variety of cuisines, well-planned and well-maintained flyovers and now metro makes Delhi one of the most attractive cities in India.

Delhi’s extreme cold weather reminds me of an incident. (Continue Reading…)


The Founding of a Thailand Dog Rescue: An Interview with Amandine Lecesne

Author: Nola Lee Kelsey

Founding any animal rescue is not for the faint of heart.

Founding a rescue in a foreign country filled with unfamiliar regulations and different cultural perception towards animals is downright intimidating, at least to almost any rational thinking human being.   more


Whisper Buddha

Author: Alan Davidson

“40 Mile-an-Hour Greyhound, Prize Winning Athlete, and Canine Incarnation of Buddha Himself, Dies in Houston, Texas”

Whisper, my fourteen-year-old friend and canine-other for the last nine years, died this morning in my hands. I’m reminded, as I often am when an animal friend dies, of a story by a small town vet:       more


Big Hearted People and Very Wise Dogs

Author: Ally Taylor

These scenes are typical from my experience when out on the road with Amandine and Karin, who as you can see pour their hearts out to the dogs they meet and give them so much care.


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