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Pet Diary

Stories from the PETTALK newsletter written by Maureen C.

White cat with pink nose and a patch of grey fur between pink-tinged grey ears blending to white above  amber eyes.

Aug 6, 2023

About a Cat and an Umbrella

When I met Rosie in 1995, my head was still in the clouds as the first pet sitter to be named “Best of Philly.” This is the cat I credit with keeping me …

Future national champion field trial black Lab retriever named Babe sitting in a winter field.

Oct 31, 2023

Harley's Big Splash

The publicity photo of Babe is from an earlier victory, before she swept the field to win her first national field trial championship in June of 1996, days …

Exterior photo of Philly brownstone with photo inset of puppy and an x to mark the front step where he sat.

May 6, 2023

Housetraining @*#?!!

This story is from Philly in the 90s, back when it took days to process the film used to capture a puppy moment. The original image is so small and fuzzy, …

Image shows back of cat sitting on a floor and leaning slightly against the caretaker's extended leg.

Apr 3, 2024

On Moving a Cat

This story is a do-over. The Sam I know is a pleasure to care for and I believe the behavior previously described should be viewed in a wider context.

Long-haired, brown blending to cream-colored cat with blue eyes, dark brown mask, stockings and tail lying on his back on a neutral carpet.

Jun 5, 2023

Patience With a Side of Treats

The first time I saw Sam he was hiding under a bed. Described by his loving owner as very shy with strangers, Sam’s decision to be a no-show during …

Headshot of a black Labrador Retriever gripping a tennis ball on a snowy day. Dog's muzzle and ball are crusted with snow.

Sep 4, 2023

Snow Is Better With a Dog

Mister was eager, friendly, outgoing, and a world-class trash can raider. The latter was an addictive practice that occasionally broke my schedule …

Plastic container and lid laying on hardwood floor with kibble contents scattered for several feet.

Apr 1, 2023

The Kibble Caper

This photo captures the opening scene of a ten-day booking caring for three cats: two adult females rarely seen by outsiders and one very active…

Headshot of steel gray cat with hazel eyes gazing out window.

Dec 6, 2023

The Litter Box Withholder

The first time I cared for Harry, he didn’t use his litter box until the third day. A big relief for both of us. Until then I was patting down patterned rugs, …

Head shot of mixed terrier with a happy face.

Mar 1, 2024

The Mischief-Maker

Homer was 7 years old when we met, a short-legged roly-poly terrier mix with coarse grizzled fur, a black nose, and bright dark eyes under bushy brows.

Gray short-haired cat with hazel eyes sitting on tile floor gazing up at camera.

Feb 3, 2024

Thou Shalt Not …

Standing between the kitchen sink and Sapphire’s feeding station is an island regularly used by a pet owner who loves to cook and a cat that …

Headshot of black dog with tan markings and lop ears.

Jan 1, 2024

Turnabout Is Fair Play

Confident, athletic, and clever, Pepper’s adolescence had been particularly vexing for his owner, a busy corporate executive who desired the …

Four-month-old Jack Russell terrier sitting in her front doorway.

Jul 4, 2023

When I'm Calling Yoouuu!

Scout’s owners wanted their little dog to “talk” to them. Welcomed into their hearts and home at 9 weeks of age, Scout had reached the 16 week …

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