It was such a nice surprise when FIDO Friendly asked me to review the current winter issue of their magazine. Why? Well as a self-identified dog lover I was happy to page through this recent edition again, because besides being a magazine for dog lovers and dog guardians, the articles they publish encourage readers at every turn. In this December edition, I read stories about hope, joy, tolerance, courage and determination.
Reading about Junior, the Lab choosing a feline named Josie as his new best friend teaches us that an open heart can reach across species. There is the candid emotion behind a woman’s love for her dog and the courage that got her to leave an abusive husband. My favorite story in this issue is “Anatomy of a Grieving Dog Mom”. It is about handling grief. The message of hope Carol writes about is read loud and clear. With my first dog entering her senior years, I appreciate all that Cleo gives and stories like Carol’s remind me that a dog’s positive influence doesn’t ever have to end.
Unlike many glossy magazine covers, the pretty face on a FIDO Friendly cover is bound to be an animal activist and pet advocate. Rather than just Hollywood gossip, it is nice to read about an actress like Charlotte Ross raising money and awareness for groups like Operation Blankets of Love. Rescues and shelters are always in need of supplies.
FIDO Friendly issues include hotel and destination reviews, training tips and health and safety topics. However one aspect in every edition that I really appreciate is their attention to various philanthropic campaigns and in particular pet adoption. Given my adoration for my own rescue Cleo, one of my favorite campaigns is FIDO Friendly’s own Get Your Licks on Route 66 Adoption Tour.
Now in the December issue, they share one of the world’s largest pet adoption programs—Iams Home 4 the Holidays. Not only do you learn about the program, you’ll come away feeling the same determination Mike Arms, founder of the drive and president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center, has for reducing pet homelessness through adoption.
If you enjoy scanning glossy pages filled with tips, lists and colorful pet products or you are more the type who likes sinking into a chair for a long read, I believe all dog lovers and guardians will like what they find in FIDO Friendly magazine.
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