Animal Clinic of Kalispell - February 2021

MEET KATO Football Star, Movie Star, and Family


It’s really wonderful to meet all of you! My name is Kato. I’m an Alaskan Malamute, and I’ve had a really full life thanks to my parents, Linden and Jesse Rigler. I’m turning 11 this year, and I’ve been with my human parents since I was about 6 weeks old. I grew up on a ranch with my dog family, which is where my human mom and dad adopted me from. I’ve been at their side ever since and have experienced so many things!

Mom and Dad actually adopted me the same year they were married in 2010. They got married in August, and I became part of the family only a few months later in November. Mom likes to tell the story of how they decided to adopt me: Dad went to Albertsons one day and saw a poster of puppies. He took it home, and he and Mom talked about adopting one. They decided they wanted to, so they came to the ranch and I went home with them! I remember being so excited to be a part of their family.

It’s in the Cards WHY VALENTINE’S DAY IS THE ULTIMATE CARD HOLIDAY This may be the first year in a long time that kids don’t pass out Valentine’s Day cards at school. Going in to the new year, the seasonal section of most stores is lined with cards featuring fun characters from superheroes to unicorns. Handing out cards is now a well-loved tradition, but have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day became one of the biggest card-giving holidays of the year? Like many holiday traditions, the convention of handing out Valentine’s Day cards goes back centuries. During the 1700s, it became fashionable to trade Valentine’s Day cards with a short poem or verse. The popularity of swapping cards only increased throughout the 1800s. Sometimes, people would go as far as to paint or draw spring-like images on the cards. They were much more elaborate than what we typically see today, though they were still usually very small.

I’ve had such a wonderful life these past 10 years, and I’m so grateful every day for the opportunity I have to be with Mom, Dad, and our growing family. I’ve watched my three human siblings grow up, and I became an older dog-brother, too, when Mom and Dad adopted Blaze. I’ve enjoyed so many wonderful adventures with them!

When I was younger, I was doing all sorts of exciting things. By the time I was 2 years old, I was already a movie star! There was a local author in town who wanted her book to get picked up by a movie director. When she was putting together a movie trailer, she asked if anyone knew a good dog that could play the wolf. My parents had a friend who knew the author and recommended me. I was too young at the ‘My Furry Valentine’ Pup Snacks

But where did those folks get the idea? People of that era were likely inspired by stories that go back even further. There are legends that the originator of this holiday tradition was Saint Valentine himself. One story says that on the night before he was set to be executed, Valentine wrote a small letter to a jailer’s daughter. He ended the note with “Your Valentine.” It’s unknown whether that story is true, but to 18th century Europeans and Americans, it was inspiring! So inspiring, in fact, that the entire Valentine’s Day industry began to gain traction. A guidebook called “The Young Man’s Valentine” was published in 1797 to help suitors garner the attention of their love interests through the written word. Eventually, books aimed at women were also published, including “The Lady’s Own Valentine Writer,” which served much the same goal. These publications, along with young people writing notes to one another every February, have made Valentine’s Day cards an ingrained tradition, and now people can’t get enough of them!

Who needs a Valentine’s Day date when you have a furry friend at home? This Feb. 14, show your pooch your love with these frosty strawberry dog treats. Use a heart-shaped silicone mold to make this snack extra festive.


1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup frozen strawberries, puréed



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