Buying A New Car When Your Great Dane Rides In The Back Seat

"Black Great Dane with grey muzzle sits in grassy backyard

My son is shopping for a new car with enough room in the back seat for Jasper, our 160 pound, ten year old Great Dane. The car that he bought four years ago, a 2001 Mercury Sable Sedan, needs to be traded in or given to that junkyard in the sky. Normally, my son's pretty shy about starting conversations with complete strangers. He doesn't seem to have any difficutly at all in calling up car dealerships or just stopping by to chat up salespeople about what he's looking for before asking these … [Read more...]

Brother Can You Spare A Dime For Lollypop Farm?

"Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Greater Rochester

You wouldn't believe how hard it is to take a decent photograph of an acrylic (empty) dog house with a cute pix of a nondescript dog attached to the back. But after taking a lot of bad ones: too much glare, crappy backgrounds, poor lighting, I manged to get one or two that will do. You'll note (if you look closely) the iconic easily recognized, trademarked graphic that belongs to Lollypop Farm the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. More than 30 years ago, the very first cat that my … [Read more...]

Two Dog Loving Guys From LA Start A Dog Walking Business

"The Dog Walking Company Logo"

Sometimes, when you least expect it, you open your email and find an invitation from a complete stranger that reads something like this: "Greetings! We are two dog loving owners who are interested in building a relationship with you! Our names are Adi and Kuldeep and we are starting The Dog Walking Co, a website where everyone should go to find a dog walker. Our site is focused on creating trustworthy dog walkers who really know how to care for animals. Anyone can become a dog walker for us, … [Read more...]

Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan – An Unexpected Book Review

"Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan by Lloyd Burlingame"

Fourteen years ago, there was a lot going on in the world. Europeans had finally agreed on a single currency (the euro), despite the world's disapproval, India conducted three atomic tests; meanwhile, Serbs battled ethnic Albanians in Kosovo and, on April 10th, a Good Friday Accord is reached in Northern Ireland. In the United States, the movie Titanic, pulled in more than $580 million, making it the highest-grossing film of all time, an estimated 76 million of us watched the last Seinfeld … [Read more...]

Emergency Vet Visit For Josephine Shifts Pack Energy

"Close up of my whippet's head"

Things are a bit lop-sided this morning because Josephine spent last night at the vet's office so that her torn ear could be fixed (surgically) today. Seems she was out in the yard late yesterday afternoon with the other two dogs and my husband. Something made her decide to go crashing through the rose bush that grows up against the chain link fence. It's not a big rose bush but, it does have long, spindly stems with wicked thorns and somehow, she caught her ear in that mess and came out the … [Read more...]