Farewell to a Few Friends

The past year was one of loss for many in the world of entertainment. We said goodbye to legends like David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Merle Haggard, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, Alan Thicke, Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, just to name a few. Each of these famous figures and shining stars entertained and inspired millions of people in different ways and left behind legacies that will live on for decades to come. Closer to home, a few remarkable souls and friends of the SPCA Albrecht Center also made their way to the next world. This week, I'd like to offer them each a few lines of remembrance and gratitude for their service to the animals and to such a worthy cause. Robert

The Power of the Dog Walk

Hopefully you take your dog for a walk every day. If so, give yourself a pat on the back! In addition to basic care, feeding and simple training, walking your dog is perhaps the most loving thing you can do for your furry friend. Aside from the obvious – providing your dog with some daily physical exercise and an opportunity to eliminate – walking with your dog and exploring the environment together is an integral component to building a strong human-canine relationship. “The walk” is one of the most basic mechanisms of pack structure. And although domestic dogs are not truly pack animals anymore in the purest sense of the word, they do retain their wild ancestors’ need to move through the e

How Can We Serve You?

There are many definitions for the word "service." If you still have a dictionary, dust it off, crack it open and take a look, or, if you're like me, Google it. Google keeps it simple, defining service as "the action of helping or doing work for someone" or "a system supplying a public need." That definition is also best suited for the purposes of this article, which is to bring you noteworthy information related to pets and make you aware of the services available at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. You might be thinking, "But the SPCA is an animal welfare organization, don't they serve animals more than people?" Ultimately, yes. Those of us who work or volunteer in animal welf

New Purpose for Old Cars

I'm not what you might call a "car person". I can refill gas and check fluids, but changing the oil, a tire or any other type of maintenance or repair is sadly not within my skill set. I do, however, have a fond appreciation for nice cars. The way they look, the way their engines sound, luxurious upholstery and high-tech dashboards. Classic cars, too, but more so for the era they represent; usually a simpler time when cars were heavier, less complicated, more reliable, and much cheaper to repair. Despite my lack of knowledge, cars have played a significant role in many of my memories. It's hard to forget being packed into the so-called back seat of my aunt's banana yellow VW Beetle with my t

2017 Dates to Remember

Happy New Year! If you're a pet lover looking at a lot of blank spaces on your 2017 calendar or digital agenda, get your pen or keyboard ready because I have some pet-friendly dates that you will most definitely want to remember. Let's start with February, which is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. February 28th is World Spay Day and the SPCA Albrecht Center will be raising awareness and raising money for affordable spay/neuter services with a SPAY-ghetti Dinner from 5 - 8pm. Meals are just $8 in advance, $10 at the door and include a plate of spaghetti (with or without meatballs), salad, bread and a drink. Dine in at the SPCA or take-out. April is National Volunteer Month, and once again, SPCA


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