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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 …

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, …

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…

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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