Author Archives: Chelsea Zellner

What our pets teach us about love

  What does love look like? A dozen roses? A box of chocolates? Diamonds? Maybe. But I think it can also look a bit….furrier. Maybe slobbery. And it barks, or purrs. Or both. And maybe it covers your clothing in … Continue reading

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The Guilt of an Unready Heart

I was talking to my dad recently. He is one of the biggest animal lovers I know. He has had animals his entire life. But he and my mom don’t currently have any pets at all. Our family dog Maddy … Continue reading

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Merry Nothing

We’ve officially entered “the most wonderful time of the year.” So they say. For many, this season is euphoric. The bright, sparkly lights, the incessant din of cheerful music, the buzz of excitement in the air- it’s magical. Intoxicating.   … Continue reading

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You Did A Good Job

  You did a good job, human.   You did a good job at feeding me. Sometimes it was boring food, and sometimes it was my favorite. But you fed me every day, and that was my favorite time of … Continue reading

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What pets teach us about…Commitment.

In 2007, James Bowen was a drug addict, attempting to recover, living in halfway housing, and trying desperately to make ends meet by busking on the London Streets. He had struggled with homelessness and heroin addiction for many years, and … Continue reading

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What our pets teach us about…Loyalty

Roselle was a special girl. She was of course pretty (is there any dog that isn’t?), and she was of course the sweetest girl that ever was. Roselle was a lab, after all. She had a heart of gold, and … Continue reading

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Phantom Sounds

The jingling of a collar on a wiggly, happy body. The scrape and click of excited little claws on a hardwood floor. The low, soft rumble of a kitty who could not be more content. These sounds are the music … Continue reading

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Debunking the Myths of In-Home Pet Euthanasia

One of the most difficult parts of being a pet owner is when we realize we must say goodbye. It is such a heartbreaking decision to make, and thinking about taking that final trip to the veterinary clinic can be … Continue reading

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Regrets

  We had to say goodbye to my girl when she was 14. We had her since she was one, and she was every bit a family member as I was. Her name was Maddy, and she was a big, … Continue reading

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Only a dog

A colleague recently shared a story with me, one from her days working in a veterinary clinic. A man had come in during a shift that she worked. He was a big, older guy, burly, wearing overalls. He most likely … Continue reading

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