For many of us, our pets are more than just pets—they’re family and we can’t imagine life without them. It doesn’t matter if you’re a dog, cat, fish or reptile person; I believe life is better when you spend it with a critter. This is why we devoted this issue to pets, an evergreen topic that remains popular with our readers, though we stuck to the furry companions this time (sorry fish and reptile lovers).
Casey Fitchett starts us off with a story on The Retrievers, an all-volunteer team based in Minnesota that helps reunite lost dogs and their owners. Peter Fergus-Moore talks with a Thunder Bay family that fosters cats. Rae Poynter chats with the Cook County nonprofit Go Dog North Shore about bringing a new dog park to Grand Marais. Erin Altemus writes about the many personalities of her sled dogs. Ashley Bredemus followed musher Andrea DeBoer around her dog yard to learn what a day in the life of a sled dog is all about. Last but not least, Elle Andra-Warner writes about unusual pets and their owners. Did you know first lady Grace Coolidge (wife of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge) had a pet raccoon named Rebecca?
Not a pet person? Not to fear, we’ve still got you covered. North Shore Dish writer Kitty Mayo covers three Caribbean-influenced restaurants to help keep you warm this winter. Gord Ellis talks about the multi-species ice fishing mecca Bays End in Thunder Bay. And Joe Shead writes about fishing off the Two Harbors breakwall.
Valentine’s Day is also this month (Monday, Feb. 14 if you needed a reminder). Joe Shead shares a story of his disastrous Valentine’s Day as a floral delivery driver. Eric Weicht interviews Tim Young about being an adoptive father, as well as an artist. Speaking of art, the Spotlight section should inspire you to spread love and kindness to everyone you meet. Remember to do this every day and not just on Valentine’s Day.
As always, February is packed with various events for the whole family, both indoors and outdoors. Be sure to take advantage of your favorite winter sports. While it doesn’t seem like it now, spring will be here before you know it.—Breana Johnson
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