Letter From The Editor


Ask any pet owner about his or her dog, cat, parakeet or even snake, and you’re likely to get more information than you planned to hear, accompanied by a slideshow of photos on the pet owner’s phone. As the owner of a terrier mix I adopted from the pound more than 15 years ago, I’m as guilty as anyone else of this.

Any person who has a pet knows how quickly they can become a major part of your life, and medical studies have shown how pets can help prevent depression and improve a person’s quality of life. In this issue, though, we’re looking at dogs who help save people’s lives: service dogs. From search and rescue labrador retrievers to German shepherds used to help military veterans with PTSD cope with their daily lives, these canines have a profound impact on people’s lives.

We also have the perfect cure for anyone suffering from the holiday blahs this month: food. We looked across the state for the best comfort food that’s guaranteed to cure a grumpy mood. Whether it’s a traditional staple like chicken fried steak or a chance to try something new, we have a variety of options that will have you running to the nearest restaurant, cutlery wielded.

As always, feel free to contact me at [email protected].