Review: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

The older I get, the more disinterested I become in classics, despite having grown up with them. They feel too long-winded, old-fashioned, and dull. Or as if they were childhood things which I’d been forced to enjoy. Nothing could be farther from my experience but, nowadays, it still takes the right book to remind me of how pleasurable and rich the experience of reading a classic can be. When my husband recently pointed out that Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck features a poodle, I pushed past my prejudice and fell in love with a good book. When Steinbeck was … Continue reading Review: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Review: The Book of Joe by Vincent Price

For dog lovers, The Book of Joe is quirky little book with lots of personality. It’s written by Vincent Price of Hollywood fame who starred as a villain in dozens of macabre horror films. Far from being scary, however, The Book of Joe is a light-hearted and humorous account of Price’s life with pets. An orange-brown-black haired mutt who came into an empty moment in Price’s life is the star of this memoir. Price referred to him as “all dog”. At one moment, Joe could dutifully put up with hauling and yanking of a five-year-old boy (Price’s son), and in another moment … Continue reading Review: The Book of Joe by Vincent Price

Dogs of My Childhood

As I enter into my sixth year of blogging about pets, I thought it appropriate to rerun some of my articles about past pets. I’ve already introduced you to my first cat. Throughout the rest of February, I’ll introduce you to other pets that I’ve owned. In doing so, I’ll also tell you how each has changed my life. I grew up with Samoyed. According to the American Kennel Club, this is an ancient working breed developed by the Samoyede people of Siberia. They used the dogs for herding reindeer, hunting and hauling sledges as well as guard work. The … Continue reading Dogs of My Childhood

The Cat Who Turned Me into a Cat-Lover!

Now that I’ve been blogging for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors for almost a year, I thought it time to introduce some of my pets. Over the next few weeks, I’ll introduce you to some of the cats, guinea pigs, and dogs that I’ve owned. In doing so, I’ll also tell you how they’ve changed my life. Then in August I’ll get back to informing you about animal issues. Continue reading The Cat Who Turned Me into a Cat-Lover!

Volunteer Has Passion in LAA Pet Food Bank

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors wishes to pay tribute to Heather Bauer for her 10+ years of volunteer service with the non-profit. Bauer started her time with LAA by helping with its pet food bank at St. Matthews Episcopal Church. She then switched to being one of LAA’s phone volunteers, which led to her to processing its pet food bank applications. At the time that she gave up her LAA duties to return to school, Bauer was both volunteering with her husband at the pet food bank and helping to deliver newsletters. “I first became involved with LAA when they were holding … Continue reading Volunteer Has Passion in LAA Pet Food Bank

Review: Daisy to the Rescue by Jim Campbell

Collections of animal stories have been around for years. And I enjoy everyone that I read. Daisy to the Rescue by Jeff Campbell is no exception. What makes this collection one which you should seek out are the numerous ways in which it is unique. On my shelves are collections of stories of our companion pets such as dogs, cats, and horses. Daisy to the Rescue makes a unique addition, because of its diversity in the animals featured. For example, Campbell recounts the story of Dory, the first rabbit to scent diabetes. The forty-two-year-old husband had slipped into a coma. … Continue reading Review: Daisy to the Rescue by Jim Campbell

Tribute to Long-Term LAA Volunteer

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors wishes to pay tribute to Joyce Teets for her ten years of volunteer service. It also thanks everyone who supported them on Give to Lincoln Day. Finally, it reminds the Lancaster County community to mark July 18th as the date (if allowed) for LAA’s annual Wine & Howl. Teets first got involved with Lincoln Animal Ambassadors when some of her neighbors asked her for help with the community cats at Wyuka. “We had to trap the cats and get them to The Cat House for Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR),” said Teets.” I don’t think I understood … Continue reading Tribute to Long-Term LAA Volunteer

Review: Misty of Chincoteague

Imagine growing up on an island where wild ponies roam. For Paul and Maureen Beebe, characters in Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry, it leaves them with an insatiable desire to have one for themselves. They even have a particular pony in mind: the Phantom. Some said she was dark like the pine trees; others said she was the color of copper with splashes of silver. When Paul catches a glimpse of her, however, the feature which most stands out is a strange white marking that begins at her withers and spreads out like the United States of America. Now … Continue reading Review: Misty of Chincoteague