This is Gus (aka Aspen when he was with DDR) who I adopted in June of 2017. He has been there with me through the most traumatic moments of my life and is my best friend. Gus is a great foster brother and is always so patient with the puppies. Here he is on his 4th birthday and then walking in the snowy woods during Christmas!

Recently, we got word that his hip dysplasia (which he was diagnosed with a few months after I adopted him) has caused severe arthritis and it’s becoming very painful for him. Gus is medicated and I’m trying to keep him comfortable for as long as we can before he crosses the rainbow bridge. But I’m going to love hard on him and give him all of the kisses and snuggles while I have him.

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Kristina Millman-Rinaldi

Kristina Millman-Rinaldi

Kristina Millman-Rinaldi has been changing the face of animal welfare in Detroit for well over a decade. The nonprofit organization is Detroit’s first and only no-kill shelter, which finds homes for neglected dogs and animals who are victims of violent crimes. As Detroit Dog Rescue’s Executive Director, Kristina worked closely with Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan’s administration to create Detroit’s first animal welfare committee. This partnership resulted in new leadership and policies for the city’s municipal animal shelter. Detroit now works harder to find alternatives to euthanasia due to overpopulation, while focusing on public safety. Kristina has been a part of several documentaries, news stories, and reality shows highlighting Detroit’s stray dog epidemic and she has raised millions of dollars to fund initiatives that support animals, especially ones who are victims of violent crimes. In the past, Kristina has been the recipient of the Mackinac Humanitarian Award, Beaumont Hospital’s President Award for Community Giving, and has been named WDVD’s “Woman of the Year” for her ability to create solutions in underserved communities.