Guatemala Service Immersion Trip With Fordham Global Outreach and Share Tours

In early August, I spent a week in Guatemala working with Fordham alumni and Share Tours on a new school for kids in Tecpan. In a remote village in Tecpan, overlooking corn fields on hillsides there stood a newly constructed school awaiting a cement pavement and a paint job. A few years ago, the community…

Howling Woods Farm: Where Wolfdogs Get a Second Chance

A brown, burly dog came jogging toward me. His wolf-like face had amber colored eyes that sparkled in the sun. His heavy coat waved and his thick legs moved with grace. When he reached me, he sniffed and slowly plopped to the ground, exposing his long, soft belly to rub. Big, and surprisingly cuddly, Samson,…

My Galápagos Adventure

I had dreamed of visiting the Galápagos for nearly ten years. In September 2012, I was able to finally make the trip of a lifetime. I got to swim with sea lions, hang out with wise old giant tortoises, hike on spectacular cliff trails next to iguanas and exotic birds. I even experienced the thrill…

Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Livestock Guarding Dog Program Helps the African Cheetah

You’ve heard of seeing eye dogs, doggie therapists, and search & rescue dogs. But have you heard of guard dogs that are helping cheetahs? The Livestock Guarding Dog (LSGD) program started by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia is one of the most successful programs implemented to help farmers guard their livestock from cheetahs—and…

Billion Baby Turtles: Give a Dollar, Save a Turtle

SEE Turtles Organization launches billion baby turtles campaign Baby turtles are adorable. They are also in serious trouble. The Billion Baby Turtles campaign launched by the SEE Turtles organization has a lofty goal. A billion is a big number, but that’s exactly what’s needed to save endangered turtle species. “Odds are long for a baby sea turtle,…

Kindness Ranch: American Sanctuary for Research Animals

Apes and bunnies are not the only animals used in research. A lot of pets and farm animals spend their time in disease research facilities and pet food companies across the country, most never even seeing daylight. Thankfully, a sanctuary started by Dr. David Groobman is changing the lives of some of these animals. Kindness…

Women Helping Wildlife Around the World

"The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves." ~ Jane Goodall Amazing women like Jane Goodall have been helping animals for years. They have been raising awareness about endangered species, developing sustainable solutions to bring back species on the brink of extinction, studying animal behavior to further protect them, and…

“A Little Book of Sloth” Meet the sloths of Aviarios sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica

Did you know that sloths spend 70 percent of their time “resting”? Their nerves have evolved to not react to loud noises, which allows them to kick back on tree tops for long periods of time blending with the environment. “Sixty million years of evolution have made sloths the absolute masters of mellow,” writes Lucy…

20 Tips for Traveling the Globe with Your Dog

It wasn’t until I read Sheron Long’s adorable book, Dog Trots Globe: To Paris & Provence, that I began to consider bringing my dog with me on my travels. Dog Trots Globe is a new travelogue by Sheron Long that recounts travel adventures through France with her Sheltie, Chula. After dozens of trips, Sheron and her husband decided…

Which Way Home Documentary Film

On my first day in Guatemala, I saw the documentary “Which Way Home”, and learned that kids as young as nine travel alone on top of freight trains from Central America to reach the US. Many don’t make the dangerous journey, their dreams crushed, along with limbs for some. A bunch are sent back in…