November a month for regal beagles and pooch presidents

I’m the worst at remembering important dates, except maybe for one. That was the time when Rescue Case #71 was sworn into Big On Beagles (BOB). How could I forget? It happened four years ago this month. Barack Obama had just become the 44th President of the United States. The stray beagle from Scarborough pound […]

Just a big, happy lap dog

This is a tale of an emperor without an empire, an alpine rescuer without an alp. But does Cesar, this young St. Bernard mix who prefers his name misspelled, look concerned? No way! He’s got grasshoppers to rule over (when they’re not teaching him the rules of safe hopping) and beds much less difficult to […]

‘Dishtowel’ dog finds reason to wag

Dog rescuers tend to have a quirky sense of humour, especially when it comes to the dogs they rescue. Even the adorable Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle cross pictured here could not escape the whacky wrath of their wit. According to Joey’s witty rescuers, there are three main personality types – Type A, Type B and the lesser […]

Westie wins big with cross-continental trip

I’m not much of a sports fan. I wasn’t glued to the tube during the Olympics this summer, except to catch a few touching moments. When the camera panned the crowd to zoom in on an athlete’s mom and dad, I’d become positively unglued. Some parents couldn’t sit still, comically moving in sync with the […]

Beagle Jerry Maguire says: You complete us!

We’ve got a house guest at the moment. He’s from out of town. He’s having surgery here in the Beach this week so he needed somewhere to crash before and after. I obliged, even if he expects platinum premier service usually reserved for celebrities lodging at luxury hotels. He insists on breakfast-in-couch, tummy massages, complimentary […]

Wanted: Happy and Alive!

Gather round the campfire and I’ll tell you the story of Porcupine Sam – the Most Wanted Dog in the Wild, Wild East! This boy once hid a generous helpin’ of hamburger in his best gal’s handbag just for safe-keepin’! Now if that don’t make you fall to pieces, you best settle in for the […]

Puppy love knows no age limits

You only need to spend a day at an animal shelter to discover there are a million excuses for abandoning the family pet. Some are legitimate but others, not so much. They range from having a baby, moving to a no-pet-zone, sudden allergies, sudden new lifestyle, to no patience, no conscience. . .the list goes […]

No simple beast of burden

Given my fanatical devotion to the canine sector, I could hardly ignore the dog I met while preparing for this article. But as you can plainly see, this is not a story about a dog (aside from his honourary mention a few paragraphs down). Neigh – or rather, bray – this time I’m pinning the […]

Pink lady adds colour to winter grey

The month of January was even blah-ier than usual this year with all the rain. We could really use a cocktail to perk us up, but not just any cocktail. We need something with a nostalgic kick! After all, retro chic is all the rage. Have you heard of Boston’s ‘Ladies United for the Preservation […]