Love a furever friend; you’ll get more than you give.
They say dogs are a man’s best friend… I am not sure who came up with that, but I’d like to amend it. A dog is a man’s AND a woman’s best friend.
I know this is true from personal experience. I am the proud owner of two West Highland White Terriers—Myles and Mando. Both dogs have left a permanent mark on my soul because they offer company, love and undeniable loyalty.
Spending time with them is one of the greatest joys in my life. I take them swimming in our pool, bathe and blow dry them, and go on walks with them. They deserve to be loved and cared for just like children. They’re a gift from God.
You might be wondering why I’m starting my publisher’s letter off by talking about my furry friends. I’ll tell you why. For the first time, we are dedicating an issue of Lake and Sumter Style almost exclusively to animals. I’m extremely excited about this, and I’m sure others will be too because I know there are countless animal-lovers out there.
We’re sharing the heartwarming story of Allison Fogarty, a 29-year-old Clermont woman with Down syndrome who was inspired by celebrity cook Rachel Ray to start her own company, Doggy Delights by Allison. She makes healthy, homemade treats for dogs in the community.
This month, we are also featuring five local animal rescues that go above and beyond to provide a happy, healthy life for abandoned and neglected animals. These rescues include the Cat Protection Society, Triple C Pit Bull Rescue, the Wild Horse Rescue Center, Chase Rescue Sanctuary and A Forever Home Animal Rescue. Reading these stories will surely pull at your heartstrings.
Our Outstanding Student, Sofia Prieto-Rodriguez, is a 15-year-old girl who serves as a pet sitter at Harbor Hills. And we’re also highlighting Uncle Donald’s Farm, an attraction in Lady Lake that houses a unique mix of farm animals and wildlife.
I’d like to end my article with this: If you’re a pet owner, give your furry friend an extra big hug to let them know how much they’re loved. If you’re not a pet owner, adoption is an excellent way to provide a needy animal with a fur-ever home.
Here’s to a happy and prosperous October.