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May 24, 1987 | By Gail Krueger-Nicholson, Special to The Inquirer
Dog trainer Thomas R. Fink will be allowed to house up to 60 animals in a commercial kennel at his West Brandywine Township home. Fink, who lives at 1370 Manor Road, was granted a special exception to build a kennel on his five-acre residential property by the Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday. The board, however, attached restrictions to the approval. Fink, who owns and shows 26 sled dogs, will not be allowed to house more than 60 dogs at any one time. He will have to install an on-site sewage disposal system approved by the Chester County Health Department to handle wastes from the 34-pen building he plans to construct.
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March 8, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robin Michelle Yoder, 49, of Abington, a mother, animal lover, and dog trainer, died Monday, Feb. 23, of complications from cancer in Abington Hospice at Warminster. She had become ill in January. Mrs. Yoder's dream was to become an animal behavioral specialist. At the time of her death, she had just completed the courses in an online animal training program, was certified, and had her business registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. She had three clients for dog training, either at her home or the client's, said her husband, John E. Jr., an electrician with Sunoco.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
By Cesar Millan When I was 21, I entered the United States illegally. In doing so, I broke the law and disrespected the country I now call home. But I don't regret coming to America. I've worked hard since then to make it a better place and share the values my parents instilled in me: honesty, integrity, and loyalty. And I've learned firsthand that sometimes it's necessary to break the rules to achieve the American dream. Politicians tend to cast the debate over illegal immigration in black and white, with amnesty on one side and deportation and border fences on the other.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERESA TAFFE would give you her last penny. Her generosity and loving concern for others charmed family and friends. As a registered nurse, Theresa was able to express that love and concern to the patients of Lankenau Hospital, where she worked for many years. She died March 27 at age 85. She was living in the Bala Nursing Home and had previously lived in Wynnefield, West Philadelphia and South Philadelphia. Her husband, Anthony Taffe, was a prominent dog trainer who was a consultant and trainer for police K-9 units in Philadelphia, Camden and other cities.
NEWS
January 30, 1992 | By Mary Anne Janco, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
After hearing some opposition from nearby residents, the Middletown Township Council has tabled a decision on Judy Murray's request for permission to give dog-obedience lessons in her garage on South Pennell Road. Murray has applied to the township to teach dog obedience as a home occupation. She is certified by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, she said. At a meeting Monday night, Murray said she wanted to give private lessons three nights a week. The two nightly sessions would be scheduled a half hour apart to avoid any parking problems.
NEWS
August 24, 2009 | By DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
Three men were arrested and have been charged after officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA cracked down on a dogfighting ring in East Germantown yesterday. Responding to a call on the animal cruelty hotline, a humane officer found two dead dogs in the yard of the home on Bringhurst Street near Wakefield, said a PSPCA official. Five more injured dogs were found tied up nearby. One man carrying a dog was arrested after trying to flee from the home, police said. Two other men - one suspected to be the homeowner, the other a dog trainer - were also arrested.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Jason Nark, Daily News Staff Writer
It was a combination of things that made me stop pretending, to accept that she was a loveable yet complicated bitch who wasn't interested in playing nice, who couldn't care less that her big butt took up my side of the bed. "She's never going to be a poodle," my dog trainer said one day in frustration, shortly before I stopped paying him. My dog, Bindi, was a South African boerboel, a big mastiff-like beast you've probably never heard...
NEWS
August 11, 2015
L ARRY FINE, 43, of Bala Cynwyd, is founder and owner of Doggyality, which offers cognitive training for dogs and their owners. Fine started the business in 2010 as a part-time endeavor while managing a Center City valet-parking service. He has since expanded it to include video tutorials and a recently published book. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I was visiting my cousin in Israel who was a dog trainer, and when I interacted with his group of dogs I was told I had a certain energy that dogs could relate to. I left the valet job and switched to a part-time dog-walking job in November 2010, and after a few years my training business took off and became full-time.
NEWS
August 15, 2009 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
They may have similar talents on the gridiron, but when it comes to being dog owners, Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick have been using a different playbook. "Donovan's a spoiler," said Perry Parks, a Southampton, Burlington County, dog trainer who's been working with McNabb's dogs for almost three years now. "He absolutely pampers them. " McNabb, who owns two American bulldogs named Deuce and Diamond along with a recently acquired Belgian Malinois named Rocky, actually pampers his pooches a little too much at his Moorestown spread, said Parks.
SPORTS
November 8, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Jonathan Babineaux expressed relief yesterday after he was cleared of a felony animal cruelty charge that could have sent the Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle to prison. "I'm just happy the whole situation is over with," Babineaux said. "It's been a long process. I've been waiting it out and it's finally over. " Gwinnett County (Ga.) District Attorney Danny Porter said yesterday he dismissed the charges following an investigation of the death of a pit bull in February. Pat McDonough, Babineaux's attorney, said it proved Babineaux acted only in self-defense against the aggressive dog that belonged to the player's girlfriend.
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NEWS
August 11, 2015
L ARRY FINE, 43, of Bala Cynwyd, is founder and owner of Doggyality, which offers cognitive training for dogs and their owners. Fine started the business in 2010 as a part-time endeavor while managing a Center City valet-parking service. He has since expanded it to include video tutorials and a recently published book. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I was visiting my cousin in Israel who was a dog trainer, and when I interacted with his group of dogs I was told I had a certain energy that dogs could relate to. I left the valet job and switched to a part-time dog-walking job in November 2010, and after a few years my training business took off and became full-time.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: Three generations of family, 18 people, have rented a large house for vacation. Two of the couples want to bring dogs, but one person does not want any dogs because the person's child is afraid of them. One dog has had incidents with some of the kids, the other dog is friendly. The house has more than enough space. If precautions are taken by the dog owners to keep the kids safe, is it still appropriate that one person can dictate the dog policy? Should only the dangerous dog be banned, or both?
NEWS
March 8, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robin Michelle Yoder, 49, of Abington, a mother, animal lover, and dog trainer, died Monday, Feb. 23, of complications from cancer in Abington Hospice at Warminster. She had become ill in January. Mrs. Yoder's dream was to become an animal behavioral specialist. At the time of her death, she had just completed the courses in an online animal training program, was certified, and had her business registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. She had three clients for dog training, either at her home or the client's, said her husband, John E. Jr., an electrician with Sunoco.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I am the old woman who lived in a shoe, who had so many dogs she didn't know what to do. OK, not exactly, but I'm having dog issues. In that the dogs are all wonderful individually, but together, it's a zoo. And I know it's politically incorrect, but I think it might be gender-related. Let me give you some context. A few years ago I had three wonderful golden retrievers, all of whom were female. They were always happy and they never fought with each other. Goldens think life is a party and they're the guest of honor, and you're always welcome if you bring a keg. Sadly, the goldens passed away, and I found myself in collect-them-all mode with four Cavalier King Charles spaniels, which are adorable little dogs, but somehow I ended up with three boys - Tony, Boone, and Kit - and one female, Peach.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A legal fight between a Moorestown woman and Burlington County animal welfare workers ended in Municipal Court on Wednesday when 66 charges were dismissed. The charges - 33 criminal and 33 civil - against Kate Decker alleged that she neglected her dogs, because some did not have water. Investigators also said some stacked crates did not have a barrier between the top and bottom, as required by law. Decker, 69, a widow,  cares for rescued animals, mostly dogs, in her home and garage.
NEWS
November 30, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOORESTOWN Kate Decker worries about her pets as she fights allegations of animal neglect by Burlington County animal welfare workers who raided her home nearly a year ago. The 68-year-old widow faces a municipal trial next month in Moorestown, where her two houses have become orphanages filled with 24 dogs, a cat, and at least two cages of small birds. "What they are doing is trying to extort money from me," said Decker, who is fighting 66 charges filed against her last year by the Burlington County SPCA.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The series so far: New Leash on Life has been working with 12 inmates since late October, teaching them to train six dogs, rescued from shelters. The men have almost completed their life-skills courses, preparing for employment after their release. Nearly all the inmates and their dogs have developed strong emotional bonds, but some of the men have failed to change their way of thinking. On Christmas Eve, Ike and Mike got into a serious fight. After weeks of preparation, the dogs are about to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The series so far: The 12 inmates of Mod 3 and their six dogs, who were rescued from area shelters, have been living together since late October. The first few weeks were difficult. One of the dogs, Heath, quickly grew aggressive and had to leave. He was replaced by Peanut Chew, a white pit bull who had been confined to a basement for a year. And Mike and Ike got into a fight when their inmates disobeyed the rules to keep them apart. Third of six parts. Plastic chairs clattered into place around the long table in the small prison library.
NEWS
May 7, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The series so far: Twelve inmates in Philadelphia detention unit Mod 3 met the six dogs they will live with and train for three months. The dogs, most of them pit bulls, were rescued from area shelters. The men, ranging from a 19-year-old former football star to two 54-year-old career criminals, were chosen for the program because they seemed ready to turn their lives around. Second of six parts. Ike's face was scratched. A three-inch bloody gash cut across Mike's neck. And Heath was gone.
NEWS
April 9, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERESA TAFFE would give you her last penny. Her generosity and loving concern for others charmed family and friends. As a registered nurse, Theresa was able to express that love and concern to the patients of Lankenau Hospital, where she worked for many years. She died March 27 at age 85. She was living in the Bala Nursing Home and had previously lived in Wynnefield, West Philadelphia and South Philadelphia. Her husband, Anthony Taffe, was a prominent dog trainer who was a consultant and trainer for police K-9 units in Philadelphia, Camden and other cities.
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