I’m writing about this month’s recipe sitting under a blanket and hoping the winter weather advisory that’s been issued doesn’t end up being as serious as it sounds. In my heart, though, it’s 75 and sunny. And hopefully, by the time you read this, that will be the reality (or closer to the reality. I understand April in Ohio is still a big gamble.)
Mary Jo Harroff, acting executive director, joined Girls on the Run in 2008 as a coach and fundraiser when she lived in Chicago. Upon returning to Canton, she immediately volunteered as a coach for girls and quickly became involved with the organization’s growth as a member of the board and now as the acting volunteer executive director. Girls on the Run inspires girls in grades 3 through 8 to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.
As we transition from winter to spring, I find myself torn between reaching for familiar, comfortable media and seeking out something new. It’s so much easier to rewatch The Office on Netflix for the fifth time than to click on something unfamiliar. Or to reread a favorite book instead of walking down to the library for something new.
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.
Lynn Serri has seen too many animals surrendered to a shelter because their owners no longer can afford to feed them. The former volunteer for the county dog pound already had been helping multiple families by sharing her dogs’ food with them, but she was in search of a solution that could help pet owners across Stark County.
Dog parks have grown in popularity in direct response to busy pet owners seeking safe and structured areas for their best fur friends to run and play. Today, most municipalities offer dog parks at no cost. There also are a few privately operated parks.
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.
If you have to leave you pet behind when you take a trip, it’s important to secure a place where he or she will feel comfortable. Here is a list of some local kennels: Sugarbush Kennels, 1300 Applegrove St. NE, Plain Township. Features indoor and protected outdoor kennel runs; bedtime snacks, optional services (grooming, tooth brushing, specialized care for older dogs, etc.). Pickup service also is available.
If you’re new to dog ownership—and new to having a pet you need to get groomed—here are some tips on how to prepare for your dog’s first visit to the groomer. • Make sure your dog is used to being touched, especially on the paws and ears.
The Repository Select Rite Aid Stores Spee-D Foods Buehler's Fresh Foods Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations Aultman Hospital Gift Shop Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations News Depot Avenue Arts Marketplace Yum Yum Tree Alliance Grapes in a Glass