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Caurie Putnam
Caurie Putnam is a columnist with the Democrat and Chronicle and freelance reporter with Reuters. She lives in the Rochester, NY area with her husband, two boys and three dogs, including a beagle rescue named Wilbur Write. She holds a BA, MS and Fulbright from the University of Rochester.

Caurie's essays on body image, motherhood and parenting a child with special needs have been published in national magazines like Shape, Fit Pregnancy and Brain, Child and the following books: Bare Your Soul: The Thinking Girl's Guide to Enlightenment; The Breastfeeding Diaries; Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul 2; Motherly Musings; Chicken Soup for the Soul: To Mom with Love; and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Like Mother Like Daughter.

Follow Caurie on Twitter @CauriePutnam

Entries by Caurie Putnam

My Proudest Mom Moment

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 12:05 PM

My boys and I. photo by Kate Logan

My proudest mom moment happened in front of an audience of one.

It did not involve a certificate, trophy, medal, MVP puck or bumper sticker.

It happened not on a...

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Shot Labrador Goes From Celebrity to Pound

(68) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 6:03 PM

My son Brady, with Longshot, at the Dare County (NC) SPCA Shelter on July 30, 2015. Photo by Caurie Putnam

Longshot was once a celebrity.

The four-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever riddled with gunshot wounds and left for dead in Virginia in December 2014...

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You Are Beautiful Today

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 10:37 AM

I'm going to let you in on a big secret: You are beautiful today.

It's taken me 39.10 years to figure this out, but now that I have, I have to share.

Here's how I figured it out:

As I prepare to turn 40, I realize I wish I was...

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Psst: You Are Beautiful Today

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:32 PM

I'm going to let you in on a big secret: You are beautiful today.

It's taken me 39.10 years to figure this out, but now that I have, I have to share.

Here's how I figured it out: As I prepare to turn 40, I realize I wish I was...

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Dog Thrown From Car Three Years Ago Still Needs Home

(23) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:56 PM


Mocha and shelter volunteer Michelle Cilurso, who has taken the pup under her wing

Mocha-Chino, a beautiful pup from New Jersey, celebrates a not so celebratory milestone this month: three years living in a dog shelter.

Mocha came to the shelter after...

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Coolest Snow Day Announcement Ever

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 5:27 PM

Students in Webster, New York -- a town outside Rochester on the Lake Ontario snow belt -- woke up Monday morning to news of a snow day.

What made this news newsworthy, though, was the way in which the snow day was announced: a YouTube video.

Webster school's...

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Four Years in a Dog Kennel and Still No Home

(49) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 4:52 PM

2015-01-22-10351005_708793169216296_5258724417989374636_n.jpg Winston/Provided by Sandy Moore

As a dog owner, I feel guilty leaving my hounds in their kennel for even a few hours.

Dogs belong with their human companions; curled up by the fire, lounging on the couch, chilling by the fridge hoping to...

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Dog Photos Take Over Facebook for Sick Boy

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 1:32 PM

Have you posted a photo of your dog on Facebook for Anthony yet? If not, get off your tail and do it!

All across the world, Facebook users are eagerly posting snapshots of their pooches after a woman from Arizona put out a call for dog photos to cheer up...

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50 Years Ago, My NYPD Cousin and Partner Were Fatally Ambushed in Brooklyn

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 8:53 AM

James Donegan, NYPD

This is not a political post.

This is not a divisive post.

This is not an inflammatory post.

This is a simply a post to show that when a bullet kills a police officer it reverberates, not just in the...

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Best Use Ever For Your 'I Voted Today' Sticker

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 11:57 AM

If your social media feeds look anything like mine the past few days, they are flooded with divisive and dramatic posts about this week's elections.

One election post on my feed, though, stands out from the rest.

It is drama of the good kind -- the kind that gives...

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My One Regret About Breastfeeding

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Having breastfed two children for a total of six years, I only have one regret: I do not have enough photos.

This may come as a shock to those who know me, because I am rarely without a camera. My online and tangible photo albums teem with a crazy amount...

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Vacant Walmart May House Children of Illegal Immigrants

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 7:54 AM

In a stunning news release from Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today, it was revealed a vacant Walmart in an upstate New York suburb is being considered by the federal government to house children of illegal immigrants.

Yes, you read that right, a dark, decrepit Walmart that has been vacant in...

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This Disc Jockey's Sketchy Marriage Proposal Rocked

(5) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:35 PM


As a disc jockey, Scotty Brooks is used to playing up the element of surprise.

This past Sunday he perfected it in a marriage proposal for his girlfriend Dianne that can best be described as sketchy.

Brooks, a DJ for 100.5...

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Periods, Puberty and 'The Letter': Mom's Life Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Last week my 10-year-old son brought home from school "the letter."

You know the letter -- the one that makes every pre-pubescent mom's heart miss a beat and wistfully wonder where the past decade has gone?

The letter that makes you realize it really is time to throw...

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Athlete with Autism Adds Amazing Boston Marathon Finish to His ESPY

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 2:00 PM

J-Mac on the eve of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Photo courtesy of Josh Thomas and AutismUp.

Jason "J-Mac" McElwain has a message for kids with autism: "It's amazing what you can accomplish when you put your mind to it."

Look at J-Mac for...

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50 Cavity-Proof Easter Egg Stuffers

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 7:46 PM

If your kiddos are anything like mine, by the time Easter Sunday rolls around, they've already gorged themselves silly on candy from town egg hunts and classroom parties.

While my boys still get a bit of candy in their baskets, I am always on the lookout for non-edible, fun treats...

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Burger King Reunion Inspires Adoptee to Search via Facebook too

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Burger King was the final straw that an adopted upstate New York woman needed to launch her own search for her birth parents.

Kathy Doolittle Fuierer, 47, of the Rochester area, was thrilled to see fellow adoptee Katheryn Deprill, 27, of Pennsylvania find her birth mother two weeks ago --...

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Special Needs Parenting: What Dies, What Is Born

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 6:40 PM

On January 12, 2007, I gave birth to my second son, Brady. We quickly learned Brady was born with a myriad of medical and special needs, including the rare neurological disorder hyperekplexia. A little piece of me died on the day Brady was born, but much more of me was...

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I Found Another Mom Like Me Through Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 10:51 AM

My 6-year-old son Brady Patrick has a rare neurological disorder called hyperekplexia. This disorder is so rare that he was the first case diagnosed at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong in Rochester, NY, back in 2008. Up until 2011, Brady was still the only pediatric case at Strong.

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