Entries by Barbara Morgenstern

Cincy dog survived Hurricane Katrina

As flooding again bombards Louisiana in biblical proportions, Marley the Labrador Retriever enjoys the love and safety of her adoptive family here in Cincinnati. She escaped death in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Marley went from “doggy hell to doggy heaven,” said her owner Ken Paley of Cincinnati. Now, more than a decade later, animals in Louisiana again are depending upon the kindness of strangers for their survival.


Successful animal welfare events, such as the recent My Furry Valentine adoption extravaganza, help make Cincinnati the top city for pet lovers. Paige Moore, left, and Wesley Larson of Batavia adopted Vadar from Ohio Alleycat Resource at the event. Virginia might be for lovers. But for pet lovers, Cincinnati is ranked #1 in the United States.

From prison to pedagogy, puppy becomes Miami U. “student”

Winks learned to stay close to his puppy raiser, student Lauren DuVall, whose sister, Taylor DuVall, left, serves as a puppy sitter.

OXFORD, Ohio –Even with no dog treats in sight, Winks behaved beautifully while attending English class here at Miami University. The seven-month-old, Golden-Labrador Retriever lay patiently at the foot of her puppy raiser, Lauren DuVall, of Eaton, Ohio, a middle childhood education major involved in the “4 Paws University” program.

“I wish…..”

By Emily Gear, pictured here. Gear founded Cincinnati-based Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue. Photo courtesy of Belle & Blanc Photography for Cincy Chic.

“Truly, I wish people would spay and neuter their pets and stop funding pet stores and puppy mills. Buying a dog from a pet store because it looked sick or sad, while it tugs at the heartstrings, is not rescue. It is fueling the machine which will continue to create misery for millions.”