My mom has an 80-pound collie named Teko who’s basically a small horse. When I was home from college on Christmas break one year, Teko knocked the olive oil my mom had set out on the kitchen counter onto the floor and ate all of it. We were out shopping and didn’t find the mess until a few hours later. When we realized what had happened, my mom tried to scold the dog and ended up scolding my sister and me instead—we couldn’t stop laughing because the dog was just staring at my mom and smacking his lips, totally unfazed by her anger.
According the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an estimated 6.5 million dogs and cats end up in the shelter system every year. Though nearly half are adopted, some 1.5 million are euthanized due to illness or lack of space.
Perhaps the most satisfying words that can be said about a new pet is, “It’s a rescue.” Renewing a life in the canine or feline world is a project well worth undertaking. Both the families who adopt such pets and their new best friends almost always emerge better from the experience.
Growing up, I didn’t have a pet. I was desperate to have a golden retriever. I imagined myself playing with said golden retriever, telling him all of my secrets and curling up at night with him. I dreamed of the day I had my own place so I could have a golden retriever.
Approximately 48 million Americans face food insecurity every day, according to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization and network of more than 200 food banks. That means they, and their pets, face uncertain access to a sufficient amount of affordable, healthy food.
Life lessons, responsibility and sportsmanship are only a few of the things that youngsters walk away with from a lacrosse field when they play for Lacrosse On 3, a nonprofit organization that enables underprivileged youth in Stark County to play the game.
December typically leaves many people scrambling to find the perfect holiday gifts for family and friends. The About staff found many unique items perfect for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. From the pet lover to the foodie, inexpensive gifts to over-the-top, some for the kids or the Stark County enthusiast — we found something for everyone.Happy shopping!