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When I was a teenager, I often found myself either bringing home stray dogs or actually being followed home by dogs. This was in the 1980’s when stray dogs were abundant in The Bronx. I would often keep the dog a few days – mother permitting – to keep it out of the shelter and from possibly being euthanized and try to find them homes.

Back then I wasn’t too successful in homing these wonderful dogs, all of which I wanted to keep. So I would call, what I believe was, the ASPCA (although to tell you the truth I can’t honestly remember) and then a truck would show up with a big burley guy who would collect the doggy and be on his way. Back then I just instinctively knew what to do. Then the 90’s rolled around. There weren’t as many strays on the streets and I was growing into adulthood so there were really no strays that came through my doors during this time. In 2010, there is suddenly a proliferation of unleashed, unaccompanied dogs on the streets and the things I think I NEED to do don’t work so it begs the question – What do you do if you find a dog? Continue Reading »

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Spaying and neutering aren’t just for preventing reproduction.  If you have had the good fortune of having a cat or a dog as part of your family I am sure that you have been well-educated on the importance of spaying & neutering your pets – for the most obvious reasons of preventing reproduction but also for reasons of ensuring the good health of your pet as they mature.  I don’t discount the importance of these procedures for the health of my pets but I must admit, I did have one dog that I never neutered and he lived to be 17 years old.  This is NOT an endorsement for NOT fixing your pet because there are life-threatening medical conditions which can affect your pet if they are not fixed.  I recently experienced one of these conditions – Pyometra – meaning “pus-filled uterus”. This condition can affect female dogs, cats, rats, ferrets, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Continue Reading »

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There are certain shows I love to watch, and do so religiously.  I love to watch Bones, CSI, Law & Order: SVU, and just about any crime programming that details actual crimes and their resolution.  I also love Hell’s Kitchen, and just about anything on HGTV.  If asked, I could tell you why I like any of the shows I actually watch.

Have you ever watched your pet watching TV and wondered what it was about that particular show that they liked?  When I caught my dog, Morby, watching TV, at first I thought she was only responding to action on the screen but not necessarily having a “favorite” show.

Morby Watching The Planet's Funniest Animals
Morby Watching The Planet’s Funniest Animals

Research done on cats and dogs infers that is exactly what she was doing.  Contrary to what most people believe, dogs are not completely color blind.  It is only the reds and greens that dogs can’t see, putting them at a distinct disadvantage at Christmas time.  It turns out that dogs can see the color blue very well.  I am relieved to know that since blue is my favorite color and whenever I would ask Morby how my navy suit looked, I knew she was answering me honestly when she said “woof”. Continue Reading »

I have had dogs for nearly my entire life – 34 years.  When I was growing up, I had a “puddle” named Heidi and a “bitchin’ fries” named Max.  These are unarguably small pooches which were easy to take to the groomers.  I would pile them into the car, drop them off in the morning, usually around 8:30am and then somewhere around 2pm I would get the call that they were ready for pick up.  The first groomer we had for Heidi, we used for most of her 12 years of life, so naturally when I got Max, we continued going to the same groomer for about the first 5 years of his 18 years, then we changed groomers.

As an adult with a fiancé, and finally adopting our first dog together and on our own, we were adopted by this beautiful fluffy, 12y.o. girl named Morby.  She was a Pom/Sheltie mix, about 2/3 larger than the dogs I had become accustomedMorby too.  We would take her to the groomer, which was a bit more of a project due to her size but we did it religiously.  Morby didn’t mind the groomers the first few times, but then I noticed a change – not the worst – in Morby.  The last time I went to pick her up from the groomer, this little “old lady” came bounding out of the back room, leapt over the 4 foot divider, right into my unsuspecting arms.  It was time to consider an alternative which was to learn grooming myself and then just do the deed myself.  SandyShortly after this incident, I came into custody of a Husky named Sandy.  Sandy was almost twice Morby’s size and due to her condition, was rather clumsy and due to her size was not easy to lift around.  It was definitely my destiny to do the grooming for these girls myself.  This was no easy task.  We decided to take the leap and try mobile dog grooming.  At this point it just made sense. Continue Reading »

Every day, tens of thousands of dogs and puppies are lost or abandoned. They are destined to be one of the 4 to 6 million animals euthanized every year in the U.S.  That’s where heroes from above step in. Pilots who donate their time, planes, and fuel to rescue dogs and transport them quickly and comfortably across the many miles to their new life.

KnoxvilleFilms.com: Trailer for Tails in Flight, TV Version

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