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All Creatures

November/December 2019

Be inspired by the special bond that exists between animals and people. Heartwarming stories of lifelong friendships, healing, hope and adventure.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Guideposts
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

2 min.
editor’s note

LATELY I’VE BEEN THINKING about an arctic fox’s epic journey from Norway to Canada across 2,175 miles of mostly open sea ice in just 76 days. Researchers in Norway were tracking the young female to better understand her local migration patterns. Boy, were they surprised when she ended up in Canada! The scientists surmise that the little fox was seeking a better breeding habitat due to changes in the climate back in Norway. I was struck by the vixen’s courage to undertake such a perilous quest for the sake of her future young. Nature is replete with examples of animals demonstrating astounding bravery. Well known is Balto, the Alaskan sled dog, who in 1925 battled the elements to bring lifesaving serum to Nome, which was in the throes of a diphtheria outbreak.…

1 min.
all creatures

Editorial Director & Vice President Edward Grinnan Executive Editor Amy Wong Creative Director Kayo Der Sarkissian Senior Editor Megan Troise Art Director Gigi Fava Photo Editors Kristin Sladen, Kevin Eans Copy Editor and Production Coordinator Steve Levine Production Editor Celia M. Gibbons Senior Contributing Editors Rick Hamlin, Colleen Hughes Senior Digital Editor Sabra Ciancanelli Senior Digital Producer Brett Leveridge Assistant Digital Producer Ashley Lateef Contributors Meg Belviso, Ty’Ann Brown, Desiree Cole, Amanda Ericson, Peggy Frezon, Lisa Guernsey, Jim Hinch, Alina Larson, Celeste McCauley, Evan Miller, Mari Pack, Doug Snyder, Diane Stark, Elena Tafone, Alikay Wood President & CEO John Temple Chief Financial Officer David Teitler Senior Vice Presidents Rocco Martino, Kelly Mangold, Heather Dennis, Carl Hixson Vice Presidents William McGlynn (Magazine Marketing), James Asselmeyer (Production), Julian Lama (Continuity and Book Marketing), Pablo Diaz (Outreach), Chris Mellor (Books and Inspirational Media), Ansley Roan (Digital Content)…

1 min.
unexpected friends heaven and sweetpea

Heaven, a blind calf, was rescued from a dairy farm and brought to Saving Grace Animal Society in Alberta, Canada. The two-month-old was skittish around other animals, so the staff set up a private pen for her in the backyard. There she met a pit bull named Sweetpea, the sanctuary’s gentlest resident. “Sweetpea took to her right away and showed her the ropes, as she often does with the dogs that need extra medical attention,” Saving Grace executive director Erin Deems told CBC Radio. The staff believes that the instant best friends understand each other because of their similar rough pasts (Sweetpea was saved from an underground dogfighting ring). The pair likes to roam the grounds and sunbathe together. “They’re both going to live out the rest of their days…

2 min.
on the job these working animals wow us

› Bovine Buddies You’ve heard of animal therapy with dogs, cats, horses, birds…but cows? On farms in the U.S., the Netherlands and other countries, cow cuddling (koe knuffelen in Dutch) is helping people feel better. Not every cow is suited to the job, but many have calm personalities that invite a warm embrace. Some even lie down, allowing folks to get closer. A farmer, a therapist or a handler shows visitors how to approach and greet the cows and oversees the session to ensure it’s a safe interaction. › Canine Conservationists In 2017 the worst wildfires in Chile’s history destroyed 1.4 million acres of forestland in the central Maule Region. Three border collies named Das, Olivia and Summer trotted in to help. Wearing special backpacks filled with native seeds, the dogs ran up…

1 min.
i’ll never forget you

ON A JUNE afternoon in 2005 I felt the urge to visit the local animal shelter. That’s where I saw him, a white kitten with just one eye. When he looked at me, I could see his soul. I felt his love and had no doubt that Wink was coming home with me. As a child, I tried hard to get along with our family cat, but it didn’t work out. Wink was different, and we grew close. A few years after I adopted him, my son, Jimmy, was born. The two of them were like brothers. Wink watched over Jimmy, always sitting next to him. As they got older, Wink let Jimmy carry him around the house—and even into the pool. Our cat loved to swim! With age Wink became weaker…

1 min.
winter wonder

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: COURTESY SANDY WISOR, DANA APPLE, EDWARD GRINNAN 0. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY BRENDA MEADOWS, ALICE ROTAR, BARB KOEHLER, AMY GLIBERT…