When our very, very special Tux died unexpectedly from a heart 
attack, I was devastated. Tux had come into our lives when we rescued him and his litter mates from a fast-growing feral colony. We bottle-fed them and found his brother and sisters adoptive families. Tuxie became our furry son.

Rotary Youth Rally for K9s for Warriors

Rotary Youth to Save Our Soldiers completed its 3rd annual event run by Interacters from CVUSD high schools at Cal Lutheran. It benefits K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit that trains service dogs for veterans who come home with PTSD. The day included talks about PTSD, live music and more.

OBOL Blankets Homeless Pets with Comfort

Operation Blankets of Love Founder, Eileen Smulson, and her certified therapy dog, Ginger, lead the charge to help homeless animals find forever homes through outreach and education. The award-winning nonprofit animal welfare and emergency relief organization brings blankets and supplies to shelters, rescue groups and pets of the homeless. OperationBlanketsofLove.org

Community Raises Glasses for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County celebrated a Chardonnay/Zinfandel wine challenge at the Sherwood Lake Club. Pledges from Conejo Valley community attendees came to enough for at least seven "Littles" to be matched with their "Bigs."

Belmont Village to Open Doors in Calabasas

Belmont Village CEO and Founder Patricia Will and team recently met with community members to share information about programs and services available at the senior living community, slated to open soon in Calabasas. Belmont Village communities offer residents chef-prepared meals, housekeeping, transportation, social activities, and support from a well-trained staff.

March 2018 Around Town

Looking to add a new family member to your clan? Visit Valley Cats Westlake Village Adoption Center, located at 790 Hampshire Road Unit H in the Westlake Village Executive Center, and meet their 30+ foster cats who are eagerly awaiting their forever homes. Conejo Valley’s FIRST cage-free facility, Valley Cats Adoption Center was founded in 1999 by Debrah Regal. The…

Therapy Pets Create Smiles, Relieve Stress 

Doc and Reba spend countless hours visiting assisted living facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and schools. Bringing joy and happiness to others has been a focus of their life since they’ve been a year old. Now 8 years old, Doc and his 5-year-old “sibling” Reba also serve as leaders, modeling appropriate behavior and assisting others in their training to become therapy…

Dog-Friendly Destinations

With their well-earned reputation as “man’s best friend,” dogs enjoy spending time with their families at home and out on the town! Luckily, more and more places are welcoming dogs than ever before. From restaurants and beaches to hotels and hiking trails, look for dog-friendly designations and be sure your four-legged friends are well-behaved and friendly before taking them out…

Shelter Hope Pet Shop: 
Saving Animals 
With a Little Help From its Friends

Since the Shelter Hope Pet Shop opened at Janss Marketplace in 2011, the nonprofit rescue effort has saved between 40 and 60 dogs a month—celebrating close to 5,000 adoptions to date.

Indulge in Style at 
J.Weisman Beauty

Walking through the doors of J.Weisman Beauty in Westlake Village reveals a peaceful, welcoming realm where relaxation and beauty reign.

Five Tips for a Happy Life from Man’s Best Friend

Ask anyone what their goal is in life and their answer will probably be, “To be happy.”  

National Charity League Honors Debutantes for Community Service

The Conejo Valley Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) honored 14 debutantes for their philanthropic endeavors and community service at the 36th Annual NCL Ball. The event took place in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Collectively, the 2017 NCL class has contributed over 4,000 community service hours to local philanthropies.

Foundation Fosters Flock for Service

Tucked away in the hills of Moorpark lives a flock of some very fortunate American Blackbelly sheep. These content creatures, rescued from market by two remarkable women, will now live their lives as therapy animals.

Test Your Tax IQ

Most of the new tax laws take effect immediately. Do you think you have them figured out? Take this short quiz and find out. And, by all means, talk with your CPA or tax attorney.

Happy Anniversary! How Should We Celebrate?

Anniversaries are special occasions often celebrated with champagne and regarded as a time to reflect on the past and as an opportunity to plan for the future. This anniversary makes for a delightful reflection on the recent past, and if I can be persuasive, presents a golden opportunity to motivate a constructive view of the future. 

The Power of Play in Malawi

On a recent trip to Malawi in southeastern Africa, my son, Richard, granddaughter, Katelin, of Oak Park, and I served as volunteers for an Earthwatch Project at the Majete Wildlife Reserve. Majete is a management project of African Parks, a nonprofit conservation organization that took over the reserve in 2003 when it was nearly void of animals due to poaching…

They Love You Just the Way You Are

Looking for someone to love you just the way you are?

The Little Angels Project: Saving Grace for Animals

Found in a shelter with a severely damaged eye, Pirate the cat was given the very minimum dose of painkillers while waiting to be euthanized. But when The Little Angels Project heard about Pirate’s plight, he was pulled from the shelter and given the veterinary care he needed—ultimately saving his life.