Rural Missouri - April 2014 - (Page 3)

C O N T E N T S Features Departments Comments National and statewide news 5 10 4 Columns Hart to heart Pawprints on our hearts The story of Old Drum, man's best friend 14 Co-op Nation, strong and proud 10 Emerson rallies the troops at her second NRECA Annual Meeting 21 30 Hearth and Home Now that's Italian Best of rural Missouri 38 Around Missouri Missouri happenings 13th annual contest results reveal readers' favorites 32 40 Marketplace Classified ads Community hub National attention helps one-room library in Oregon County offer more than books 36 18 Outdoors Bringing back balsa 21 Best Restaurant: Catalpa, Arrow Rock 44 Neighbors Hand-crafted speed 46 Just4Kids Fun stuff from Buddy Houses built by love Excelsior Springs widower builds dollhouses for special kids 44 Hand-crafted speed Rocky Mount bootmaker outfits elite speedskaters around the world 36 About our cover W hen you walk through the National Tiger Sanctuary's gates, you might hear a resident "chuffing" at founder Keith Kinkade or his wife, Judy McGee. Chuffing is friendly vocalization the big cats make that consists of a soft "brrr brrr" sound. We first introduced readers to Keith and Judy in a July 2008 Rural Missouri article on the home they had given to five sibling tigers at their National Tiger Sanctuary in Bloomsdale. As the years went by, the couple felt the need to help more cats, so they moved the sanctuary to a larger property in Saddlebrooke, 10 miles north of Branson. While they still have the original five sibling tigers - TJ, Max, Vincent, Paul and DeeDee - they've given good homes to more than 20 additional cats, most recently including a pride of African lions that grew up together. Keith, Judy and their team of dedicated employees and Cover and photo at left by Heather Berry volunteers provide a spacious facility where these formerly abandoned, relinquished or abused exotic cats live the rest of their lives happy and stress free. The public can visit the cats in a natural environment and learn about our roles in protecting the habitat these cats usually occupy. Our cover is graced by a young tiger named Tina, who came to live at the sanctuary in 2011 from a Texas zoo. Visitors also can meet Merlin, a lion from the Kirby Van Burch magic show in Branson who didn't like showbiz. Used to living inside, Merlin now enjoys his big open outdoor space at the sanctuary. Visit www.nationaltigersanctuary.org to read the cats' bios. Tours are given Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Call 417-587-3633 or 573-483-3100 for more information. The sanctuary is located at 518 State Highway BB in Saddlebrooke. To order prints of the cover, see page 41. APRIL 2014 3 http://www.nationaltigersanctuary.org

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