Author Archives: Veronica

About Veronica

I worked at The Birmingham News for 27 years; during my tenure, I was a feature writer, copy editor, and reporter covering beats from business to community news. Now, my husband, Joey, and I run Animal Advocates of Alabama (, a news and information website that covers animal-related issues throughout the state. We live on Birmingham's Southside with a grumble of pugs, a Calico cat, and a a few other dogs of varying sizes.


I wrote my first post about Miss Lillian on March 18, 2011. I asked readers then to “follow Lillian on her journey,” and I promised, “You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll enjoy the trip with this very special lady.” I hope … Continue reading

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Dozens of roses for one Pearl of a black girl pug

Just about anyone who knows us knows that we are rather fond of pugs. In truth, we’re Crazy Pug People — and we’re just fine with that.  Pugs are funny, smart, stubborn. Pugs snore. Pugs audibly fart. Pugs inhale their … Continue reading

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An unbelievably happy ending to a sad collection of stories

We have dealt with several unfortunate experiences at the Kennedy Compound since Greta crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Sept. 21, 2014: Sadee Lew, one of our pugs, got out of our backyard fence on Christmas night. We are still searching … Continue reading

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The queen of the Kennedy Compound pugs comes home to her final resting place

Greta came home today, but I don’t feel any better. Friends and family have told Joey and me that we would feel better once our beloved pug’s ashes were with us, where they belong. The sealed wooden box containing her … Continue reading

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These two dogs need our help — and neither live in the Birmingham, Alabama, area

We all like to plead ignorance, especially when it comes to helping people — both adults and children — and animals. In fact, if we’re really honest, it irritates us to scroll our Facebook pages and stop on a photo … Continue reading

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Help Sallie find a home; she has been through too much already

Editor’s Note: I never meant to take a six-month hiatus from this blog, but it has happened. I cannot make up that time, but I can start again now. So I am — starting again. No reasons. No excuses. I … Continue reading

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An elegant lady dies, leaving a hole in the heart of her human

Weedapea was the epitome of elegance despite her disabilities. Weighing only seven pounds didn’t stop this blind toy poodle from being the queen of her home realm. The queen is dead, and her human, Diana, is devastated. So are Diana’s … Continue reading

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