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The Truth about Pitbulls

  Posted by Holly Jarrett 06/16/15 The debate rages on. Are Pitbulls a danger to the public, or no more so than any other breed? Should they be illegal to own? Have they earned their bad reputation? We have all heard the horror stories. We have heard the other side of the argument as well. Heartwarming accounts of loyal loving pets. My years working as a veterinary technician afforded me the opportunity to experience a wide variety of dog breeds, particularly under stressful situations when the ... Read more

Can Marley Run a Marathon?

  Posted by Holly Jarrett 06/05/15 So, the question really is…is it okay to take Marley on my runs? My son's friend told me that his aunt always runs with her dog. She competes in marathons. The dog hides when she pulls out his leash. Ya think? On the other end of the spectrum is the proverbial canine version of the couch potato. "Oh, my Fancy wouldn’t last for a quarter mile." Fancy needs to get her butt off the sofa and go for ... Read more

Marley Goes Naked

Marley Goes Naked Posted by Holly Jarrett 04/29/15 The temperature was only in the mid-70s, yet Marley was panting as though he had been dropped in the epicenter of the Sonoran Desert. Clearly, he would not make it this summer as a Muppet. Out came the clippers. At the conclusion of his shave, I looked upon his scrawny frame, finding it hard to imagine that at least some of his little personality was not cut away along with all that fur. And, evidently he ... Read more

Marley is a “good dog”.

    Posted by Holly Jarrett 04/08/15 Dear Diary, Today was different. Mom says it was a "good" day, that I was a "good" dog. Tilly says that good dog does not mean good things. Good dog means hunger. Good dog means boring. Tilly has agreed to teach me the finer points of not being a good dog. Tilly provided me with a list: Always be ready for opportunities. These might come in the form of an unattended chicken leg, or a bag of Skittles carelessly placed on ... Read more

Finally! A Method to get Fido to Poop!!

Finally! A Foolproof Method to get Fido to Poop!! Posted by Holly Jarrett on 02/12/15 Okay..., so it doesn’t exist. But, there are some tricks to the trade. As a pet sitter and dog walker for Lil’ Buddies Pet Sitters in Matthews, North Carolina, I have become a bit of an expert on this topic. Owners of my furry charges trust me to get their dogs out in the fresh air, but also to minimize the chance that they will find a “present” ... Read more

Born to Chase Cats?

Born to Chase Cats? Posted by Holly Jarrett 02/01/15 Dogs and cats are natural enemies. Or are they? My dog Trudy would say that some of her best friends are cats. However, my other dog Marley would say his favorite dish is a cat. It's not as though he has had a bad experience with a kitty. Unfortunately, he joined our family at 11 weeks with an obsession to seek out cats to chase already locked and loaded. Obviously, this chasing is not ... Read more

A Couch Potato with a Soul of Gold

    A Couch Potato with a Soul of Gold Posted 01/29/15 by Matt Jarrett   As I sit at my computer typing I hear an exasperated exhale and glance across the room, only to make eye contact with two saucer-like eyes. Sprawled on the couch, gazing at me as if I had slapped her across the snout, is Trudy an eight-year-old beagle mix, the sweetest soul you'll ever pet, and neuroses personified. Upon adopting Trudy from an animal rescue in 2007, my life took a turn ... Read more

Ho Ho Oh! That New Christmas Puppy!

That cute little puppy, wearing the bright red bow is now a month older. Since he joined your family at Christmas you now understand that he is much like a human toddler. The times when he sleeps are golden because when he is awake he is in constant pursuit of adventure. This may be in the form of a sock to be chewed or a door jamb to be gnawed. Cats are fun to chase, as long as they run. Harassment of ... Read more