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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

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 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

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

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

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

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