Bo, a ten-year-old cattle dog from Michigan by way of Florida, is the ANIMALS 24-7 advance scout, office cat herder, and our eyes and ears on the graveyard shift––at least until he wakes us up.
Bo is also a much better fundraiser than I am, unabashedly running up to everyone he meets at the Greenbank Farm off-leash dog park with a wagging tail and inquisitive nose, looking for treats.
Bo befriends every dog at the farm, knowing their people may be carrying treats. Bo also wins treats at the post office, the bank, even the car repair shop. Everyone likes Bo, except for a couple of the office cats, who resent his promotion to management ahead of them. The cats, however, despite their occasional demonstrations of web skills, refused to take turns answering the telephone.
Publishing ANIMALS 24-7 is a team effort. As editor and senior reporter, I am assisted 24-7 by my wife, photographer and social media editor Beth Clifton, Vermont-based researcher Cathy Czapla, and as yet all-volunteer team of researchers, photographers, guest columnists, and stringers around the world. Bo contributes, the cats contribute, and even the deer, rabbits, bats and hummingbirds in the yard chip in with insights and perspective.
Producing ANIMALS 24-7 takes money, too. Not a lot of money, considering how many people we reach, how often, in how many places, but we have to cover the costs of web maintenance, archival access, special investigations, and of course kibble, even for the cats who think a ringing telephone makes a great hockey puck.
We need your donations, whether of $5.00 or $500. Bo will thank you, with his wagging tail. And we thank you too.
Merritt Clifton, editor