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ESTRELLA PUBLISHING produces Arizona West Valley's premier and preferred

hyper-local community magazines.  From Your Neighbors, For Your Neighbors. 

Up The Hill magazine (Estrella & CantaMia),  Viva magazine (PebbleCreek), 

The Hamlet magazine (Palm Valley), The Park magazine (Litchfield Park), 

Main Street magazine (Verrado & Victory), Mountain View magazine (Vistancia,

Trilogy & Blackstone),  The Front Porch magazine (Marley Park), 

Surprise Living magazine (Sterling Grove, Surprise Farms, Mountainside, and Sweetwater Farms), and CB Living magazine (Corte Bella).

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From Me To You - May 2024

One of our dogs passed away this week. Even though he was getting on in years - he made it to the grand old age of 73ish in dog years - it was unexpected. What was worse is that he was living at college with my son, and I had to help him (my son, not the dog) navigate emergency vets and momentous decisions about his childhood pet from a distance. 


I learned several things during the process, the most important is that letting go can be a blessing. Hank was in pain and I was glad that his suffering was brief, and letting go of him was the right thing to do. My son is now a man and is very capable of making important decisions, navigating the world with the information he has at hand. I discovered that letting go of control where he is concerned was the right thing too.


Hank (the dog) had slipped into the role of old man when he lived at home with us, but once he got to Pullman at the tender age of 9, he joined a Fraternity and began his teenage years all over again. He chased stray dogs off his property, became a great wing man for his roommates, helped raise money for their philanthropy - Special Olympics, joined his frat brothers on the Fraternity composite portrait, and I am sure lapped up a beer or two in his time there. He was a blessing for my son, a reason to stay on the straight and narrow - you can’t party too hard when you have to take the dog out for a walk when you get home - and above all a friend who always had his back when classes, work, and relationships seemed to much to handle. 


So I want to say ‘Thank you, Hank’ you were a good dog and we will miss you.


Catherine Uretsky

Editor in Chief, Estrella Publishing

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