June 26, 2015
I'M NOT A dog person. They're dirty. They smell. I hate when they jump on me. If I smile, I'm faking it. I cringe inside when dogs use my yard as a toilet - even if their owners clean up after them. I'd rather not eat in the same room as a furry friend, especially if they are under the table begging for scraps. They ruin my appetite. So, believe me, the last thing I want to write about is someone's dog. But I met Jessica Rennard backstage earlier this month at a fashion-show fundraiser for the Career Wardrobe and was struck by the randomness of what had happened to her puppy.
February 4, 2015
HAVE YOU EVER bought anything just because of a Super Bowl commercial? (Me neither.) Someone must. Advertisers pay more than $4 million for a 30-second spot and feel they're getting their money's worth if it gets people talking - even if they're bad-mouthing it. "If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody," said Alice Roosevelt Longworth, "come sit next to me. " No one sits to bad mouth any more. They tweet and Facebook. In Sunday's Downer Bowl - with commercials about domestic abuse, bullying and death - viewers were not on the side of Nationwide.
February 2, 2015 |
Meet Jamison. He was found in Philadelphia in August at 3 weeks of age, weighing less than four pounds, and suffering from parasites, cigarette burns, and seizures. He was rescued to Marlton by a compassionate Christian lady and later adopted by a nice Downingtown couple. Despite a hellish start, he has grown into a happy, friendly fellow with an athletic bent, an open heart, and, oh, what a nose. On Sunday, he goes national. Jamison, a pit bull-boxer mix, is in the starting lineup for Puppy Bowl XI, airing on Animal Planet.
December 23, 2014 |
If 9-year-old James had three wishes, he would ask for a million dollars, a mansion, and 15 puppies. Christmas, he declares, is his favorite holiday because "everybody gathers around and opens presents. " Although he is sometimes reserved when meeting new people, James warms up quickly to those who share his interests, particularly sports. He loves to play basketball and football; the latter is his favorite, and he dreams of playing professionally some day. He also enjoys video games, watching TV, and playing with his prized possession, his Nerf gun. James is doing well in fourth grade, and is proud of the A he recently received on an assignment.
August 16, 2014 |
Authorities accused the owner of a South Jersey pet dealer of selling sick animals to families, including a "yorkie poo" that was bought as a Christmas gift and became so sick that the new owners euthanized it. On Thursday, state consumer officials announced that they have filed a civil lawsuit against the owner of Prada Puppies, Jessica Durkin of Salem, to recoup losses on behalf of consumers. A woman who answered the telephone listed for Prada Puppies referred questions to Pennsville lawyer Paul Scull, who said he could not comment on pending litigation.
February 6, 2014 |
SUPER BOWL? We don't care about no stinkin' Super Bowl. Animal Planet's 10th annual "Puppy Bowl," a 12-hour marathon consisting of a two-hour broadcast played six times in a row, dug up its best viewership numbers yet on Sunday. The canine competition (hey, the Super Bowl was a dog also) got a total of 13.5 million viewers to tune in over the 12 hours. During the first airing, from 3 to 5 p.m., the show drew an audience of 3.3 million, 24 percent better than last year's comparable "Puppy Bowl" airing.
February 4, 2014 |
IT'S PROBABLY just as well most people's yards aren't zoned for Clydesdales. Because golden retriever puppies - already too popular for their own good - are likely to be in even more demand after Budweiser unveiled its latest cross-species love story before millions at last night's Super Bowl. Let's pause while everyone goes, "Awwwww. "; And to remember that the ad, "Best Buds," was posted to YouTube by Budweiser last Wednesday and had already had more than 33 million views a few hours before kickoff.
November 19, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Jermaine was not trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired. But the pit bull has answered the call to service for a four-legged fellow in need - his blind brother, Jeffrey - and in the process has captured the hearts of millions. This canine brotherly love story, with paws in Philadelphia and Chester County, became a Facebook sensation over the weekend. Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with the Chester County SPCA, had posted pictures on Facebook late last week of the inseparable 8-month-old puppies.
July 25, 2013
TO THIS CITY'S funeral homes and cemeteries: You should all be ashamed of yourselves! It is a disgrace that not one funeral home or cemetery has come forward and offered to help bury the young mother and her three children who were run down and killed on Roosevelt Boulevard last week. And this goes for the big businesses in this city, too. Would it have hurt any of you individually or as a group to come together and donate caskets, funeral services and a cemetery plot to help this family in such a tragedy?
July 15, 2013 |
People say it's a dog's life, but it's not. I learned as much last week. From my dogs. We begin with some background. As you know, I'm a writer. I've been writing these columns for almost six years, and for 20-some years I've been writing novels, one a year. I love my job. And I love working at home, which has lots of advantages, like proximity to the refrigerator and the ability to wear elastic waistbands. Yes, not unrelated. But writing requires a lot of solitude.