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Take a hike

Looking for a place where you and Fido can get some exercise? Check out these local trails: New York Creek Trail: This 1.6-mile dirt trail starts at the El Dorado Hills Community Service’s District’s Community Park and ends at Art Weisberg Park on Francisco Drive, across the street from Jackson Elementary School. * Source: El Dorado […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2015 | Posted in Life in the Hills | Read More »

The vet knows best

Dr. Penny Hodge Last August, Dr. Hodge joined MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital. Hodge previously worked in Stockton for 19 years. She takes patients of the canine and feline variety and said she loves working with animals and tackling the day’s unique challenges. Hodge earned her degree at UC Davis in 1990. She grew up around animals […]

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Seniors cuddle with Kitties for Companionship

Fat Kitty City founder Ed Minghelli, who runs the sanctuary with his wife Cindy, said the facility is like Disneyland for cats, complete with great play structures like the one behind him. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Cisco, a gray, green-eyed charmer meets you at the gate at Fat Kitty City, followed by Chip and Dale, striped tabby brothers who politely come up and ask for a pet. Sebastian, a huge, fluffy clone for Deuteronomy in the musical “Cats,” catches some rays in the play structure while Mystery, white with tortoiseshell markings, […]

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This labor of love changes many lives

Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raiser Karrie Kinsella keeps Vicki's focus during a training session outside. The six-month-old yellow Lab will stay with Kinsella for several more months before heading off to her next round of training in San Rafael. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

By Noel Stack Managing editor O pening your home to a new puppy invites challenge after challenge … mess after mess. But for some families, this labor of love isn’t about having a new pet; it’s about giving back. Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy trainer Karrie Kinsella knows the routine well. She’s training her […]

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If you lost your pet

Check the El Dorado County Animal Shelter immediately; ask to fill out a lost animal report and check the Found Animal Reports. A picture is very helpful. If you live near the county line, check the other nearby shelters as well, just in case. The shelter staff here can tell you which other shelters might be […]

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It’s good business to give back

Why does it makes sense for a “for-profit” organization to do business with a “non-profit” organization? The most obvious response would be to promote their good “corporate citizen” image.    Altruism and social responsibility in business seems to be the current “buzz” word but it has been around longer than one might think. Many may […]

Comments Off / November 19, 2014 | Posted in Life in the Hills | Read More »

Hands4Hope empowers youth, inspires action

Hands4Hope — Youth Making a Difference is a non-profit, youth-driven outreach organization based in El Dorado Hills. Founded in 2008 by Jennifer Bassett, Hands4Hope is comprised of youth volunteers ranging in age from kindergarten through 12th grades. Its mission is to empower youth to make a positive difference in the world around them through exploration, action […]

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