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The smile beneath my tears: Images of cancer will fade behind memories of my mini-lion, with his studly strut and confident smile. Several weeks ago my father and I recalled Tikvah's wrestling matches with his inseparable playmate, my Lhasa Apso Stanley. Tikvah stalked Stanley with the stealth of a puma, until he moved in for The Pounce. Then he jumped on top of Stanley piggyback style. For the first time in months, I remembered Tikvah with laughter instead of tears. One bit of solace lies just beyond the horrible void: I cherished a special animal who returned that love every day of his life.
~  Brenda Shoss, Surviving Loss: Excerpts From A Life
  • You Were Not Supposed To End
    Kinship Circle - Dear Ethel, I was gone just an hour. A Thursday morning, like others. I'd be right back, to feed and play with my girls. You weren't supposed to end, and probably understood that in your last moment. But you were broken. Swept into a red current. Drowning. Beautiful girl with sunlit fur. One and a half years old. Time does't heal much, just distracts. Then yanks you back toward disbelief……
  • Born In A Puppy Mill
    Kinship Circle - She waddles over on stubby legs. The four-pound pup nestles against my chest and gives me the goofy sideways glance. I'm a goner. I'll call her Mandy. I first laid eyes upon this irresistible Lhasa Apso at Flawdogs Adoption, a rescue dedicated to "little puppy mill leftovers…"
  • Stanley Schmanley Shoss
    Kinship Circle - The unceremonious moment occurred as I watched HBO's To Love Or Kill: Man Versus Animal. During the documentary's Kill part, my world stopped. I looked into Stanley's eyes. What I found was a soul, endless and deep. Long forgotten cries crushed my indifference. Billions of nameless deaths walked through my apartment. I was awake. I was alive. My life would never be the same…
  • Tikvah Means Hope
    Kinship Circle - As a 20-something serial girlfriend with a penchant for destructive men, I could barely care for myself much less a houseplant. When my cousins found a homeless cat, I seemed the least likely candidate for feline foster mom. Still, I checked out the orphan. Two lost souls ought to meet…
  • IAMS Doublespeak: Experiments On Cats And Dogs
    Kinship Circle - Spoiled. Stanley, a Lhasa Apso, gets acupuncture for arthritis. Cleveland, the sensitive Lhasa-Poodle, takes a homeopathic sort of Prozac. Feline princess Rebekkah and Garfield-like Isaiah snooze atop everyone. Food is a big issue. IAMS brand…
  • Live Gifts: Instructions Not Included
    Kinship Circle - A wiggly pup waits beneath a Christmas tree. A teeny kitten brightens the Hanukkah festival. Nothing stirs the warm fuzzies more than a furry addition to the family. In fact, marketers urge shoppers to wrap Fido or Fluffy in red ribbons, for the perfect holiday present…
  • One Country's Companion Is Another's Cuisine
    Kinship Circle - Red rivulets flow past a cage where he and others huddle in airless heat. Hands tug him through metal slats. They bash his head with a pipe and shove an electric prod against him. He is a carcass, but awake, dunked in boiling water, blowtorched. Finally, everything goes black…
  • Pet Theft Thugs: They're Real. They're Nearby.
    Kinship Circle - His muddy ID tag recalled another place: A home defined in sloppy kisses, tail-wagging reunions, and a warm spot at the end of the couch. But a bullet to the head erased that life. The dog lay among the carcasses uncovered in an August 2003 raid of Class B dealer…
  • Leashed For Life
    Kinship Circle - On a steamy August day, workers at Petropolis Pet Center found an odd delivery hitched to the store's lamppost. A scrap of twine had carved a ring of pink skin around the animal's neck. His tail wagged cautiously as if caught between instinct and fear. A lopsided grin…
  • Witness To A Greek Tragedy
    Kinship Circle - Marijo Anne Gillis is a bomb-throwing mad woman. At least according to certain dignitaries with Greek or Hellenic in their titles. On August 10, Gillis raised heart rates from New York to Belgium with her Boycott Greece! protests outside Greek embassies. Government phones buzzed…
  • Goodbye Kitty, 1985-2002
    Kinship Circle - Kitty crossed over today. The 17-year-old striped tabby leaves behind his humans, along with animal siblings Stanley, Cleveland, Rebekkah and Tikvah. When my husband and I wed two years ago at Farm Sanctuary, I acquired more than a guy willing to go meat-free…
  • Property? She's Alive. He's Not A Thing
    Kinship Circle - Overwork, mutilate or kill an animal in California and you face a year in prison plus a $20,000 fine. In Oregon aggravated animal abuse is a Class C felony and Missouri's repeat offenders rate Class D felony. Yet in court an animal is only worth his or her market value…
  • Canine Cuisine: A Custom Or A Crime?
    Kinship Circle - Last December, Hope stood with activists outside the Korean Embassy in London to protest President Kim Dae Jung's U.K. tour. Amid cries of "Shame, Shame, Shame!" Hope bow-wowed. The rescued four-legger and her human guardians object to Korean dog-meat…
  • Dying For A Home
    Kinship Circle - The white poodle trembled as cars flew past his mangled body at the busy Chicago intersection. Cara pulled over, as she had done countless times before, to rescue the animal. She was inches from the dog when a blue car charged over him. The little pup flipped…
  • The Violence Link
    Kinship Circle - My kid thought I was a major-league nerd when I boycotted the movie "Something About Mary." But I refused to fund a flick that invited snickers over animal abuse. "It's only a movie," my husband said. "They didn't really hurt that little dog." Maybe not, but real-life abusers do hurt animals…
  • The Buy-And-Sell Puppy Trade
    Kinship Circle - Right now in rural Missouri, dogs are tethered to stakes or packed in cramped wire cages. Standing in their own urine and feces, the emaciated animals stare through metal bars. Eye ulcers cloud vision and the blood from long forgotten wounds hardens over matted fur…






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