The Tucson Dog Magazine

The Leader of The Pack Speaks

Dear Readers,

Welcome to beautiful fall in Tucson.  Now that the weather has cooled down, there are many events happening outdoors to enjoy with our four-legged friends. We are so excited to continue sponsoring events and organizations that help animals in this wonderful, caring community.  

I love this time of year, not only for the weather but for the upcoming holidays. I always seem to get a little melancholy but also a heart of gratitude. I think of people (including four-legged ones) who have passed and the appreciation I have for those that are here now that I am honored to share my life with.   I also feel so lucky that I get to do what I love every day helping animals. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am especially grateful this year for the community of Tucson who has embraced our publication and our mission here. But there is also great need this time of year so I hope you will all join us in supporting the people and animals that surround us. Everyone has something they can contribute whether it is donating their time or money.  Tucson is a very loving, generous community and I am so proud to be a part of it!

On our cover this issue is an incredible shelter located in Green Valley doing a great job helping animals in their care. The Animal League of Green Valley is a rare gem with an all-volunteer staff which is unheard of in the world of sheltering. The programs they offer are extraordinary such as the one for senior dogs or cats where their veterinary care is paid for life after they are adopted. They also have a Medical Outreach program that provides vet care for low-income families. Everything about this shelter is different as you will read in this amazing story. This is a place worth supporting in every way!

We also have some special features in this issue like the story about how several Tucsonans worked together to help Hurricane Harvey dogs. The story starts with Megan Rombalski who saw the news coverage and felt she had to do something and boy, did she ever. I’ll admit, this story gave my tear ducts a workout! Of all the stories we have done over the years, I am still in awe when I read one like this.  Megan rallied a lot of other people to help on her journey and the result was a lot of much needed assistance for Hurricane Harvey’s most helpless victims.  Animal people are truly incredible, aren’t they?

We have so many other remarkable stories this issue too: Vets & Their Pets, Dogs In Blue: The K9 Beat, Kids and Animals and more. Each one is awe-inspiring and I know you will love them as much as I did.

And in this time of gratitude, I would like to ask you a favor. Please support the businesses you see advertised with us and let them know you saw them in The Tucson Dog when you visit them. We have received many emails and calls from readers telling us how much they love the magazine and how happy they are we are here supporting the animals in this great community. We are only able to do it because of the businesses who support us and you, our fabulous readers! Thank you so very much!

From all of our Staff at The Tucson Dog magazine, we want to wish you and yours a very happy and safe Holiday Season and we will see you again for another fantastic year in 2018!

Love, Light & Laughter,


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