Rockwall celebrates five years of happy pets

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 28, 2016) Before you read this, go to the refrigerator or an ice chest and grab your favorite beverage. It’s time to toast our accomplishments in Rockwall County, especially if you’re a “pet person” like me. Thanks to the Rockwall City Council, our animal shelter has been saving the lives of […]

A Memorial Day tribute to two influential females

(ROCKWALL, TX – May 10, 2016) Memorial Day will be exceptionally meaningful for Rockwall-area animal lovers. We lost a pair of influential females recently. They were instrumental in Rockwall’s move to become a No Kill community five years ago. One of them is well-known to Blue Ribbon News readers. The other stayed under the radar, […]

Hoppin’ down the (rescued) bunny trail

Hoppin’ down the (rescued) bunny trail

(ROCKWALL, TX – March 22, 2016) Ah, the joys of spring in North Texas. The temperature is generally warm and pleasant. The landscape is in full bloom (to the consternation of allergy sufferers). And the Easter Bunny is preparing to deliver brightly colored eggs to happy children everywhere. That also means local animal shelters are […]

Area volunteers show love for community

(ROCKWALL, TX – Feb. 4, 2016) I still get excited when a presidential election year rolls around. It’s one of our great American traditions: debating the future of our country every four years, then voting to see which vision attracts a majority. In fact, I’ve always believed that our right to vote is our most […]

Pets give us a special Christmas gift

(ROCKWALL, TX – Dec. 16, 2015) As Andy Williams would say – or sing – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Many a Rockwall County home is warmed by the presence of a Christmas tree. By now, those living rooms are bulging with small mountains of festively decorated gifts. But this season has […]

How to save a pet’s life in your spare time

(ROCKWALL, TX – September 29, 2015) It’s all the rage these days! But first, a word of caution. You won’t be reading about Technicolor hair dyes, fitness bands, i-dosing (look it up) or Ariana Grande. And trust me, we won’t be going anywhere near the Kardashians. The lastest fad that’s developed during the past couple […]

How Rockwall Became a Haven for Pets: Part Two

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 17, 2015) Let’s talk about money. I knew that would get your attention. Money is everyone’s favorite topic, right? In the last edition, we discussed the history of the Rockwall animal shelter, and how it went from a dilapidated tin shed to one of the first 50 open-admission municipal shelters in […]

Mom turns son’s room into kitty condo

Motherly love like gold in this Rockwall County home (ROCKWALL, TX – May 11, 2015) Jeri Fontenot is the richest person in Rockwall County. That’s if you believe Mildred B. Vermont’s famous statement, “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.” Jeri is […]

Rockwall pet advocate garners more national recognition

Rockwall pet advocate garners more national recognition

(ROCKWALL, TX – April 28, 2015) Rockwall County has received more national recognition for its leadership in animal welfare. Michael Kitkoski, co-founder of No Kill Solutions, was selected as the focus of the “Inspiring People” section of Best Friends Magazine in its latest edition. The article in the May/June issue highlights the accomplishments of Michael and his […]

A springtime bumper crop of joy in Royse City

(ROYSE CITY, TX – March 29, 2015) You’d think Pam and Robert Shives spend each springtime immersed in song. Especially since they live with Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, Reba McEntire and JLo. But truth be told, the Easter season is relatively tuneless around their Royse City home. That’s because they’re raising a crop of little dogs. […]

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