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Forgotten Manners

  Posted by Holly Jarrett on 09/29/15 Anyone who has raised children understands the potential for forgotten manners and the resultant embarrassment parents must endure. Apparently, this hazard is inherent in the personas of our fur-covered darlings as well. To offer a little in the way of background, when we decided to sell our investment property we enlisted the services of a top notch realtor. We purposefully chose this person, whom for privacy sake I shall call Phlegm, based on his large number of ... Read more

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

I Love Being a Pet Sitter

  Posted by Holly Jarrett 05/18/15 "Where's my UNC t-shirt?" "Why are my clothes always disappearing? Of course, this interrogation is initiated at the most opportune moment; for instance, as I am walking out the door or he should be walking out the door. And, why should I know where his UNC t-shirt is anyway? I doubt I would wear it. He is 6'1", 185 pounds. I am 110 pounds and let's say a bit shorter. Ah, living with two teenagers. Fortunately, their attributes far ... Read more

The Easiest Prey

Posted by Holly Jarrett 05/13/15 School mornings find me making breakfast smoothies. School mornings usually find Tilly at my feet as I make breakfast smoothies. One never knows what treasures might fall from the sky. Yesterday, Tilly died and went to heaven, metaphorically speaking of course. Frozen bananas are key to the texture, and most importantly the temperature of a smoothie. Frozen bananas are also considered by Tilly to be a delectable treat, secondary only to ice cream. Thus, when a wayward banana sailed off the ... Read more

Are You Smarter Than A Tilly?

Posted by Holly Jarrett 05/09/15 Such an innocent face. Who would ever believe that this precious little doggie could be any trouble? Right? Hogwash! The dog is a hellion. For those of you who don’t already know, this term is used to describe a “rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, especially a child.” Well, this is perfect, because this is Tilly in a nutshell. What exactly possesses an 8-year-old dog to chew up a worn straw hat whose only value is sentimental? It survived several mission ... 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

There’s Something About a Dog

There's Something about a Dog. Posted by Holly Jarrett 03/31/15 There is something to be said for simple acceptance of who we genuinely are. A dog doesn't care if you are having a bad hair day. And, they could care less if you have yet to respond to that email. Their checklist is fairly straightforward: Treat me with kindness. Take care of my basic needs; food, water, exercise. Spend time with me. The gift of a dog. Smart and intuitive enough to provide empathy. Uncomplicated in that ... Read more

The Dog can’t run her house from England

The Dog can't run her house from England Posted by Holly Jarrett 02/25/15 I don’t believe that Tilly wants to go to England. Her concern is that one of her boys is going to England. Why has the boy pulled out the suitcase? Nothing good happens when the humans pull out these things. Some dogs are clearly more endowed in the brains department than others. Some give the impression that they are actually a human trapped in a dog’s body. Tilly is one ... Read more

Tip the Scales on Those Pet Allergies

Tip the Scales on Those Nasty Pet Allergies Posted by Matt Jarrett 01/30/15 Animals. You can't seem to get enough of them. Whether it be dogs, cats, gerbils, or birds, something about animals clicks for you. Be it their calm, their peace, their energetic naiveté, or their calm understanding, you crave the same companionship they do. Nothing could ruin your love for these wonderful animals who have become your non-human soulmates. Nothing except for the bane of all animal lovers’ existence, allergies. The sad ... Read more
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