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All For a Friend Named Leroy

This is a story about perspective. It’s about loss and pain and struggle. But what stands out is that it’s also a story about unconditional love. And that friendship really matters. What doesn’t matter is how many legs those friends...
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Splish Splash: Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Water

With summer upon us (maybe earlier than we wanted, right?), a lot of folks will have their dogs around the water. And a great many of those dogs will want to give swimming a try. It’s a great way to...
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Day in the Life: Wellness Care Clinic

Nine a.m. arrives relatively quietly on this Wednesday. Surgery check-in goes until 8:30, and there aren’t too many people running late, so we’re actually a little quiet in the waiting area. One man is already waiting, though. James has two...
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Being Where We’re Needed

Joel first showed up at PRCKC with Soco when she was sick with pyometra, a uterine infection that is life-threatening for a dog. He had been to a vet clinic and, after recently losing his job, realized that paying for...
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Yuck! Here Come the Parasites…

Here in Kansas City, we keep flirting with spring before winter tightens its icy fingers around us one more time. Still, just a couple of days of warm weather is all it takes to awaken the parasite parade. That includes...
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A Best Friend for My Best Friend

Tom says his rescue dog, Maggie, was miserable. “Maggie had a friend next door,” he says of his puggle. “But the neighbors had to move and her best friend, Molly, left. Maggie just started moping around. She had her tail...
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Pet Poison Prevention

(or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Hiding Poisons from my Pet) As humans, we have the ability to read a package and say, “Oh hey, this is poison. I won’t eat it.” Our pets aren’t so lucky,...
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“I Love Working Here Because I’m Proud of Working Here”

From the moment I arrived here just a few months ago, I could tell there was a level of commitment from the staff that wound itself around everything that was happening. Even during the tough days when chaos sifted like...
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Volunteerism

Volunteering is all about giving back, right? It’s all about helping out and doing something good for someone else. That’s so true! Volunteering makes our communities stronger, smarter, healthier, kinder, and more beautiful. But there’s another side to this coin....
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Getting to the Far Shore

Barbara lives alone now in a quiet house, except for when her son comes to stay with her occasionally. It used to be different, though. Much different. Several years ago, her husband passed away. Five months later, her father. Five...
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