March 8, 2015 |
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.
August 25, 2014 |
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.
May 16, 2014 |
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.
November 30, 2013 |
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.
May 10, 2013 |
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.
May 8, 2013 |
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.
May 7, 2013 |
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.
April 9, 2013 |
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.
March 28, 2013 |
Hello there Glen Mills native Megan had just hoisted the last box of her belongings into her new Boston apartment. She and her roommate needed a celebratory drink. Chris, who has lived near Boston all his life, was out with his friend, the friend's fiance, and the rest of the wedding party. And so that night in May 2009, Megan and Chris wound up next to each other in the same long, slow line at The Harp's bar. Megan, who had moved from the Boston burbs to the city to be closer to her law school at Suffolk University, and Chris, then a counselor for the state's department of social services, discovered they had both recently traveled in Europe.
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.