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SunLit Excerpt: “Hanging Falls” begins with the requisite body, but also veers into family matters

Friday morning, mid-July  A stitch in her side plagued Deputy Mattie Cobb as she jogged uphill, telling her that her level of anxiety and this form of exercise didn’t mix. Running in the Colorado high country around Timber Creek had soothed her for years, but not today. Her mind kept jumping back to the one […]

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SunLit interview: Cary Unkelbach’s beloved dog Max spurred her curiosity about his breeder’s bizarre life

Cary Unkelbach grew up in a family that bred, raised, trained, and showed their Walden Labrador retrievers for more than 40 years. She has trained and shown Labradors at AKC competitions since age 8. Cary was a reporter for the Hartford Times and the Hartford Courant newspapers and has also written for Dog World, Labrador […]

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“Heartbreak Kennel” tells a grim tale of abuse, but also the complex story of a breeder who fooled everyone

I Chapter 1: Heartbreak She heard human voices for the first time in more than two days. Her rail-thin body crowded nine infant chocolate puppies, all soaking wet from a sea of excrement inside an airline crate positioned within a horse trailer. Other dogs barked nearby. The unfamiliar voices drew closer to the Labrador mother. […]

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A “once in a lifetime” bond: Aspen mourns the death of Zoot the avalanche rescue dog

By Kaya Williams, The Aspen Times Aspen lost a beloved mountain figure this week in longtime avalanche rescue dog Zoot, an 11-year-old Airedale terrier. He died Monday after a month-long battle with cancer, according to owner and Aspen Mountain ski patroller Brad Benson. In the days after, countless members of the local mountain community have […]

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A new breed of veterinarian in Colorado provides fear-free treatment for man’s best friend. And cats.

Nervous dogs are soothed by the funky tones of reggae in one exam room of Robin Downing’s veterinary practice on Main Street in Windsor. In another room a continuous loop of classical music lulls distrustful cats while they are being looked at by Downing and her staff. The animals are also calmed by low doses […]