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On the Road

We’re planning a road trip from Connecticut to North Carolina in the next month or so, and we’re taking our two dogs, Lola and Charlie (yes we know about the kid’s show, Charlie and Lola, which is why I reversed their names here). Lola is a 12 1/2 year old Gordon Setter and Charlie (4 [...]

What Pets write in their dairies…

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Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary…… 8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing! 9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing! 9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing! 10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing! 12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing! 1:00 pm – Played in [...]

A Hidden Gem in Vermont

Many years ago, when New York Magazine was still in its infancy, I had a business luncheon with one of their editors. We went to a wonderful little restaurant, located upstairs on Second Avenue above a bank of stores. As we ordered, the restaurant slowly filled up, but was never crowded. And the food was [...]

On Wisconsin!

It all started at a terrific little restaurant on East 34th Street in New York City called The Barking Dog. Although pets aren’t allowed inside the restaurant, there’s a large outdoor dining patio where pets are permitted. And just inside the door I spotted a large bowl filled with dog biscuits. The walls are adorned [...]

Who’s Your Daddy?

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Don’t get me wrong—I love my dogs. Lola is 12 years old and has decided that I need a continual shadow. Charlie, on the other hand, since he was adopted from the shelter, has chosen to sleep in the guest room. We’ve assured him he’s part of the family, and he does join us under [...]

Same sex marriage for dogs and cats

Right off the bat (with apologies to bats), let me say that we don’t mean same sex dogs marrying cats. However, our petswelcome.com management team (Smudge & Lola) has expressed some reservations about these new laws. They have definite ideas about who they want to snuggle up to, and they’re very leery about this trend [...]

Pet Insurance—Better Safe than Sorry!

Let me start by saying that when our Gordon Setter MacDuff developed cancer about 6 years ago, it cost us almost $8,000 to keep him alive for an additional nine months. This was all out-of-pocket since we did not have pet insurance. Suffice to say, it would be a smart thing to consider getting insurance. [...]

Who Let The Dogs Out?

The answer is the judges, the breeders, and all of the handlers at the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden. They were all out in force from the smallest Chihuahua (at 4 inches) to the tallest Great Dane (at 43 inches), and all of the dogs in between. The ultimate winner was [...]

Pure Water for You and Your Pets!

We came across this interesting product the other day that’s great for people and pets. I always worry about our dogs drinking from dirty water. I look in their water bowls and see specs of stuff in the water that was either their left-over breakfast or the remains of something from outside that I really [...]

Letter to my Pets!

I got the following in one of my endless “joke of the day” emails. To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door – nose  height. Dear Dogs and Cats, The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a [...]

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