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Unforgettable Animal Tales

First Place: “Zipper,” by Dr. John Baldwin

First Place: “Zipper,” by Dr. John Baldwin

  Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Zipper By John N. Baldwin, MD  It was April Fool’s Day in 1967, and the open-heart patient in Operating Room 6 at UCSF Medical Center was almost off bypass and home free when a nurse

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Second Place: “Tiger’s Tale,” by Mark Stoltenberg

Second Place: “Tiger’s Tale,” by Mark Stoltenberg

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Tiger’s Tale By Mark Stoltenberg “Don’t be late for school!” We both knew she didn’t have to prod her 10-year-old son. I was the owner/operator of a new Sears three-speed bicycle, and our Third Street hill

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Third Place: “Kiwi,” by Francie Snell

Third Place: “Kiwi,” by Francie Snell

  Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Kiwi By Francie Snell He was a frightening sight when he first crept past our sliding glass door. It was October, and he was the epitome of the perfect Halloween cat: scrawny, with dirty gray

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Honorable Mention: “What Tombre Taught Us,” by Kim deArrillaga

Honorable Mention: “What Tombre Taught Us,” by Kim deArrillaga

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online.                           What Tombre Taught Us By Kim deArrillaga As a puppy-raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, my husband, Steve, and I raised five potential

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Honorable Mention: “Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet,” by Ruth Placek

Honorable Mention: “Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet,” by Ruth Placek

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online.                       Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet By Ruth Placek After graduation from high school, my son Jack and two friends

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“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog By Linda Butler-Baker The story of survival of an abandoned dog in the middle of the wilderness destined for death.  She was strong, determined and refused to give up

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“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Little Ben By Sally Byrd We live on a two-mile rural stretch of a dead-end road, that sadly is a drop off for unwanted kittens. We often see strays running in and out of culverts and

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“Ginger’s New Lease on Life,” by Susan Calfee

“Ginger’s New Lease on Life,” by Susan Calfee

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Ginger’s New Lease on Life By Susan Calfee The adoption took place in the Manteca Home Depot parking lot. We met Tawnee Preisner, founder of the NorCal Equine Rescue, and her husband, who had brought Ginger

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“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Kaya’s Legacy By Jan Canavan Two dogs were perfect…or so we thought…until the day Kaya showed up on our doorstep. She’d been hanging around a nearby neighborhood and our daughter, Robin, had seen her scavenging cat

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“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Usso’s Story By Pam Dobbs I am a retired teacher. Prior to becoming an educator I was a professional dog trainer. Although teaching full time, in 1993, a German multimillionaire, Dr. Wilfried Voigt, heard of my

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“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Upcountry Mountain Lion By Kat Everitt mountain lion haunts my dreams crossing Omo Ranch Road near 88 not growling – no, no threat, not a bit – broad daylight through carpets of that parkland of mountain

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“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter By Dorothy McClary Lorrie Sue was coming down to my house for her usual morning coffee and breakfast, and was a bit late. Her little dog “Leroy” came running

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“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Sometimes Angels Have Fur By Mike McReynolds She came to us 15 years ago as a set of lungs covered with fur, abandoned in the leaves covering Roberta’s dad’s back yard. She was loudly telling the

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“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. You Be the Judge By Catherine Morita I have always loved horses, and got my first horse Shillelagh, in 1968, when I was thirteen. He was a green-broke bay gelding, just over two. Shillelagh and I

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“Meeting the King of Beasts,” by August Ogg

“Meeting the King of Beasts,” by August Ogg

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Meeting the King of Beasts         By August Ogg Ever had one of those days that if you did not tie your shoes you would trip and fall? That is, if you never

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“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Shablaze By Helen Prince Shablaze was an incredible endurance horse. Doing many 100 mile rides as well as 50’s. He was also a three-day event horse. Blood lines, ¾ Polish Arabian and Racing (1/4 bred). In

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“Gangsta’s Red Trouble,” by Tammy Ann Rose Snyder

“Gangsta’s Red Trouble,” by Tammy Ann Rose Snyder

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Gangsta’s Red Trouble By Tammy Ann Rose Snyder This story begins when I was a youngster living in Connecticut. My brother Robby and I were playing in the back yard when out of nowhere a Red

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“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Boxes, Buses and Automobiles By Sharon Sutliff “You have a cat? No problem — we have a cat.” With this, we were off to England where my husband exchanged jobs and houses with a teacher at

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“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Raven By Sydney Taylor My toy poodle, Raven saved my life and extended the life of my Border collie, Miles. I was a dog trainer for fifteen years and trained and competed with large dogs. I

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“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Hailey the Rescue Dog By Bob Turney Hailey was the fourth Labrador I have had in my life, although my first chocolate Lab and smaller at only 55 pounds, but she had every bit of the

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“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Xena, the Warrior Princess By June Vaughn We just said good bye to one of the most unforgettable dogs that we have ever owned. She came into our lives in a very unexpected way and stayed

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“Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’,” by Stephen Willey

“Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’,” by Stephen Willey

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Garfield Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’ By Stephen Willey Garfield was an incredible employee of the National Hotel & Restaurant in Jamestown. For 14 years, he worked the six months of the summer season, never missing

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“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Woodpile Babies By Janet Wilmeth A black and white feral stray cat had been hanging around for weeks. One evening I looked out on the porch and she was there with several kittens. I put some

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