How a beagle’s pen pal made a difference

When I was working in the fundraising department at the Toronto Humane Society, a big part of my job was responding to donor mail. My favourite letters were those sent by children. There was one in particular I won’t ever forget, and not just because the envelope was lumpy. The author of that letter became […]

Walkathon for a four-legged cause

According to walkathon legend, we have Diplo to thank for pounding the pavement first. In 1953, the actor/comedian walked 80 miles through San Juan, Puerto Rico, to raise money for the Puerto Rican League Against Cancer. In four days, he raised $85,000. We’ve been walking in his footsteps ever since. We walk to fight disease […]

Beautiful Angel needs heavenly home

Angels travel in packs. These gangs of good almost always have a leader too – the inspiration behind their unrelenting acts of kindness. The head halo is often elusive by nature, fluttering just out of identifying reach. But recently, I caught one by the wingtip and I absolutely refuse to let go. Of course, that […]

Try going off the ‘Deep’ end

I remember the first time bravely dog-paddling my way into the deep end of a pool. There was something about the ground disappearing from under my feet. That pool could have been as deep as the ocean for all the good it did me stretching my toes in a futile search for the bottom. And […]