The Crowded Acre: The Dude

By Jennifer Welch It’s no secret to most that I am part woman, part wild animal. I walk a paper thin line between human reasoning and animal instinct, between empathy for our man-made problems and disdain for the four walls surrounding me. I find it difficult to relate to most people, especially the ones that […]

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From the Editor

Best Friends Back in February I got a call from my friend Ken Vargo of Howard. He was wondering if I had any interest in joining him for a trip to Southwestern Utah in early March to volunteer for trail-building at the Best Friends Animal Society. Having had few opportunities to spend time in the […]

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Loyal Duke

The Legend of Loyal Duke

By John McManus The tale of Duke stems, as most legends do, from the seeds of reality. Where reality ends and myth prevails can only be personally resolved. The name of the lonely Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad worker who brought Duke the dog to the Salida rail yard is lost forever. Duke, however, […]

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A Canine Playground

by Mike Rosso It was a chance visit to an Englewood, Colorado dog park that ultimately led to the creation of Chaffee County’s first open space for dogs, Loyal Duke’s Dog Park. The dog park, which opened its gates on November 29, 2009, is the brainchild of Salida resident Laura Pintaine, who, along with her […]

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Lessons from a Big Dog

By Susan Tweit At the Post Office recently, someone asked, “How’s your Great Dane? I haven’t seen her in a long time.” I had to clear the lump from my throat before answering: “She died more than two years ago.” Some dogs stick in your heart. Isis, named for the Egyptian goddess of wisdom and […]

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Sunny’s Days

by James E. Muse This is not the story I would like to have written about this four-legged family member. No, that story would have had a different ending, or in this case a different beginning. So, starting with the bad news is the only way to deal with not having to tell you in […]

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