Entries by Cherese Cobb

SAVE-A-VET: Remembering the Other Forgotten Soldier

BY CHERESE COBB, FREELANCER For four years, Department of State (DOS) Agent Paddy worked as an Explosive Ordnance Division Technician at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. When Danny Scheurer and the rest of his unit went to clear a building, he leaped from an SUV and dashed to the door. “We tried to run,” […]

Chinese Shar-Pei: A Wrinkly Wonder

BY CHERESE COBB, FREELANCER Pepper was black, short and chunky. The one-year-old Shar-Pei looked like a baby hippo. She had mange and infected ears. Chained outside in the heat, she stunk badly. Her owners wanted to euthanize her. But there was something special about her. Kathy Baily, the president of Shar-Pei Savers in Genoa, Ohio, […]

Fox River Valley Cat Club

BY CHERESE COBB, FREELANCER Whether you’re a cat connoisseur, a crazy cat lady in training or a dog person transitioning into a cat person, the Fox River Valley Cat Club (FRVCC) can help you publicly proclaim your “cat-mance” to the world. The half-century-old organization has 15 to 20 members. Their motto: care, advocate, teach and […]

CBD Oil For Cats & Dogs: How Magical Is It?

BY CHERESE COBB, FREELANCER Hayden, an 11-year-old Rat Terrier, doesn’t like loud noises. At the first rumble of thunder or pop of fireworks, she shakes so badly that everything around her vibrates. She also drools and leaves puddles wherever she’s hiding. Before Anna Cabal adopted her from the Rat Terrier ResQ in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, she’d […]

Brittany: Small Players with Big Hearts

BY CHERESE COBB, FREELANCER Sportsmen on both sides of the Atlantic cherish the conveniently sized and agile Brittany as an all-purpose hunting partner and a dog sport teammate. The only thing that makes a Brittany happier than the smelly, great, smelly, wonderful, smelly, outdoors (Did we say smelly?) is staying velcroed to their owners. History […]

Peek Inside Sip & Purr, Milwaukee’s First Cat Cafe

BY CHERESE COBB, FREELANCER If your plugged-in, constantly on-the-go lifestyle has you on the fritz, or you’re cuddle-deprived because of your rental rules, fur-lergic partner or nomadic nature, Milwaukee’s first cat cafe, Sip & Purr, can fill that kitty hole in your soul. Nestled by Black Cat Alley on Milwaukee’s East Side (2021 E. Ivanhoe […]

Don’t Judge A Dog By Its Breed

By CHERESE COBB If you’re a dog owner, you probably know that you shouldn’t judge a dog by its breed. But if you’re new to the world of dogs, there’s a huge misconception that every dog breed perfectly matches its standard and profile. Even if your friend’s Chihuahua acts like a wind-up toy, your neighbor’s […]

13 Most Famous Dogs In History

  By CHERESE COBB Because dogs live in the present. Because they don’t hold grudges. Because they let go of all their anger daily, hourly and never let it fester, they’ve become man’s best friend. Whether they’re famous for lighting up the silver screen or pulling soldiers from the trenches, for one reason or another, […]

French Mastiffs: Big Dogs, Bigger Hearts

By CHERESE COBB If you’ve ever seen “Turner and Hooch,” you’ve seen a French Mastiff. The breed may look like a menacing mass of wrinkles with monstrous jaws and drooling jowls, but there’s far more to them than meets the eye. In fact, owners describe these dogs as massive sweethearts. That doesn’t mean they’re pushovers, […]