Some people say crossing a black cat is bad luck, but the Warner family had the best of luck when they adopted Rebel from a local shelter. Read more

Muggle, a beloved guinea pig, will be sadly missed by Sam, David and Charlotte Johnson. Muggle joined the family in 2019. Read more

Champaign - Rocky passed away in the summer of 1992. He was the childhood friend for the Jackson household. He was well loved, cared after the children, and will be dearly missed by all that knew him. Read more

Mr. Whiskers, the vocal and lovable dog of Charles and Rachael Schading, passed away in 2017 but his indelible spirit lives on.  Read more

Lady, a golden retriever, recently took her last walk around the neighborhood. Read more

Smeagol, a 16-year-old hairless cat belonging to Joe and Hilary Smith, has passed over the rainbow bridge. Read more

King Louie, a St. Bernard owned by Annie and Paul Reed, recently passed away at age of 6. Louie left us too soon but will be remembered for his prodigious slobber and uncanny ability to sense a potato chip bag being opened from anywhere in the house. Read more

Mordecai, an African grey parrot owned by Sally Green, recently passed away after a long and pampered life. Mordecai joined the family as a baby and remained a steadfast and loyal friend for more than four decades. He was extremely talkative and had a vocabulary of more than 250 words. Read more

Champaign - Rocky passed away in the summer of 1992. He was the childhood friend for the Jackson household. He was well loved, cared after the children, and will be dearly missed by all that knew him. Read more

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Hedgehogs are not tiny cats or spiny hamsters. Before getting a hedgehog as a pet, you need to understand their unique needs so you can keep it healthy and happy. Luckily, Dr. Spencer Kehoe, the newest veterinarian on the zoological medicine service at the University of Illinois Veterinary M…

Birdland is overcast and dry. Though some sparse grass shows green, patches of the yard seem to be pounded dust. I try to remember when we last had a soaking rain or blanketing snow, and I can’t. For the last several days I have not gotten out to close up the chicken coop before dark and alw…

Ursula has found her spot in the sun. The breeze blows lightly over her as she checks everything out. The kitchen door? No, still closed. She turns her head. Maybe something is happening with the garage door. No, still closed. When it opens, she will check the new cupboard where the two-legg…

Just like that, the tawny wall of corn is gone. And just like that, our view to the woods is unobstructed. We can see the trees at the fence line behind our house. We can see Uncle David’s big rock to the west. The grass waterways on the morning and evening side of our house are visible agai…

Almost 12 years ago, a black Lab puppy came to live with us. With her short puppy snout and silky black pelt, she looked so much like a bear with a long tail that Dylan, our middle boy, named her Ursa Minor, Ursula for short.

I had just fed the dogs and was about to bring in the cat’s dish when a truck came down the lane. “Hush, Cullen,” I said. “It’s just Gayle.” Though why she’d come so early for our walk, I didn’t know. I still needed to get dressed and brush my hair. I would have liked to have a cup of coffee first.

NPR reports that camping is one of the least risky summer activities in the time of COVID-19, and luckily, backpacking in the Porkies has become our summer vacation for the past several years.

In Birdland, the lilies are beginning. Years ago, Michael surprised me for our anniversary with a modest circle of orange daylilies. They were really just ditch lilies that he dug up from the edge of our woods, but I treasure the image of him filling the bed of our little truck and then plan…

Kind-hearted volunteers will greet you if you're headed to Day 2 of this weekend's Society of Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency (SHARE) fundraiser outside Dewey.