The Just Love Project 023: Bella Knows Best

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“She had worn down her kennel bars trying to get to be with people.” Even 11 years later, Lesley remembers the day she met Bella well. Her feverish desire to be around people never went away. It just needed to be harnessed. That afternoon was day one of that process. But, it wasn’t actually their first interaction. Lesley just didn’t …

The Just Love Project 020: Present Company Perfected

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Nearly four years ago, Michele Borello lost her mother after a rapid health decline. Already planning on adopting a dog, Michele brought Butch home within days of her mother’s passing. Looking back on the experience now, she’s not sure how she would have endured the time without him. “He absolutely got me through the grieving process,” Michele says. With a …

The Just Love Project 019: The Wrigley Welcome Wagon

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Every day can be a victory parade if you’ve got the right attitude. Just ask Badger & Angus. Along with their humans, Christy & Matthew, the four live in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, where they’ve grown an adoring fan base roaming the streets near Wrigley Field. Gamedays, off days, rain, shine, win, lose – it’s not hard to find Badger & …

The Just Love Project 018: These Bears Will Be Bears

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“Just have fun and love your dog. They’ll show you who they are.” For Ashley Gaer, it’s simple but important advice that she offers to any first-time dog owner. Ashley shares her home with her husband, Andrew, and two Newfoundlands, Cass & Elmore. Together, their everyday adventures delight thousands on Instagram as @TheLoganSquareBears. Newfoundlands are known for their affectionate, loyal, …

The Just Love Project 017: Thanks, Einstein

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“He makes the bad days great and the best days perfect.” Those adoring words belong to human Billy about his wire-haired dachshund, Einstein. Today, the love between the two is massive, but their story unfortunately begins at a moment of heartbreak. After a long-term relationship came to an abrupt end, Billy had decided that once the dust settled, he’d adopt …

The Just Love Project 014: Sophie’s Strong Suit

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Springer Spaniels are often known for two instinctual skills: showing affection, and hunting. Sophie, Jackie Romolo’s six-year-old Springer, is great at exactly half those things, and it’s the one that’s as far from loud noises as possible. Pouring M&Ms into a bowl will send her hiding in the bathroom. So despite an initial goal of bringing Sophie along on pheasant …