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Posted June 05, 2019in People & Pets

Forming a bond

Sydney Moore’s love of fostering animals leads to a trio of adopted dogs. When Sydney Moore’s coworker suggested she foster dogs, her top priority wasn’t to just provide a temporary home for stray or neglected pets — it was to cuddle. “I selfishly wanted to play with the puppies,” she

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Posted September 06, 2017in People & Pets

One-eyed wonder

A one-eyed dog named Howie “He owned it,” says Brooke Wagner of her one-eyed dog. “It didn’t seem to affect him much.” Howie, an 11-year-old shih tzu, lost its left eye in 2010. “He got into a fight with our chow mix,” says Wagner. Howie always picked on him, and

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Posted August 02, 2017in People & Pets

The bee’s knees

Backyard bee breeding Jason Foley’s Des Moines home and the 1.72-acre property it sits on is entirely devoted to his bee breeding business, Foley’s Russian Bees. Foley has been breeding bees for 10 years and was successful enough to leave his desk job of 13 years to grow his bee

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Posted June 01, 2017in People & Pets

The call of the wild

In-home wildlife rehabilitation Once in a while, one comes across a wild animal and has the urge to take it home. It could simply be because it’s cute, or maybe because it’s injured. For Beth Kuntz, it’s the latter. Kuntz, 24, is part of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Network of Central

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Posted May 03, 2017in People & Pets

Love at first squawk

Michelle Conkling’s Des Moines home contains many animals, but perhaps the most exotic of them all is a 10-year-old Congo African grey parrot named Kanoni. Conkling and her husband purchased the bird from a now defunct pet store when it was 2 and have had it ever since. The bird’s

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Posted April 05, 2017in People & Pets

More than a beautiful bulldog

A Drake alum and director of Drake’s annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Niki Smith already had a deep-seeded love for the breed. But in September of 2016, she finally became a bulldog owner. Seven-year-old Dexter is not an English Bulldog — the breed synonymous with the university — but rather is

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Posted March 01, 2017in People & Pets

Rag Doll… Living in the city

Four cats and Ashley Sholes When Ashley Sholes gets home, she has four furry friends acting as a welcoming committee. “They greet me at the door,” she says. “They follow me around, and they definitely keep me entertained.” Sholes is an avid animal lover, but she insists she isn’t necessarily

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Posted February 01, 2017in People & Pets

Go fish

“She’s more of a fish girl, and I’m more of a coral guy,” says Dave Roth about the passion that he and his wife Deanna share for fish aquariums. Roth works in information technology (IT) by day. But at home, he labors over his two fish tanks with a watchful

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Posted January 04, 2017in People & Pets

A nice-sized puppy: Great Dane is youngest to win an Award of Merit

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a really big dog? Meet Castle, the 8-month-old Great Dane puppy and its owner, Sonia Gens. The pair recently traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the National Specialty Show, and Gens says her dog is the youngest Great Dane to receive an

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