The Just Love Project 033: A Grateful Gunther

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“Sometimes I think he doesn’t realize he’s a dog,” Jennifer says. Whatever 5-year old Gunther thinks he is, he knows he’s happy, healthy, and exceptionally well cared for. For Jennifer, it was always a part of the plan. Five-years ago, she moved from Chicago back to her hometown of Kansas City. Near the top of her new-house wish list:  a …

The Just Love Project 031: Pepper Goes for a Ride

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Sometimes extraordinary dog-human relationships are formed when they aren’t planned. Someone hesitantly agrees to attend an adoption event, sure that they’re just going to say hello to a few animals. Next thing you know, you’ve abandoned all rules about pets sleeping in your bed, the matching outfits you ordered online are on their way, and you lovingly wonder how it …

The Just Love Project 030: Everyday Battles, Extraordinary Bonds

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“She was always so in tune with me. It was unreal.” Michael Tellerino describes Gretta with a fondness that’s hard to replicate. Today, Michael is the CEO & Founder of K9s for Veterans, an organization dedicated to helping U.S. military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)  transition back to civilian life with the help of trained service dogs. Gretta was …

The Just Love Project 027: Ken’s Co-Pilot

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Ken has driven a truck professionally for seven years. If you ask him about his time on the road, those years are divided into two sections, and not evenly. The first five, while certainly successful, simply don’t compare to the last two. Actually, the last 19 months to be exact. All thanks to a routine stop at a Target in …

The Just Love Project 026: Bailey’s Converts

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Occasionally, people still get afraid of Bailey despite his best efforts. Bailey is a pittie rescue, and Alexandra admits that for people who don’t know him, stereotypes and ‘bully-breed’ labels create an expectation that he might be dangerous. She always wants to tell those people the same thing. “If you only knew what a baby he really is,” she says. …

The Just Love Project 025: Kona’s Claim to Fame

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Dogs do lots of things on accident. They’ll mistake your shoe for their favorite chew toy. They’ll barrel through your home like a freight train, with little regard for the path of destruction trailing behind them. When they’re very young, they pee. Everywhere. On everything. All the time. Dogs doing things by accident comes with the territory. It’s sort of …