January 6, 2017

One For the Money, Two For the Show, Three to Get Ready…. or, Some Thoughts on Adding a Pair of Kittens to Our Sedate Household!

According to no specific plan, I have been Mom to a series of adult-only cats. Since the deaths of my beloved Simon and Buddy in 1987 (both o...

December 1, 2016

To begin…two sweet endings to illustrate my thoughts about adopting a fur baby from a shelter or rescue organization. Coincidentally, both concern dogs; both pits or pit mixes.

As most of you who follow the doings at the Center know, Vinny was recently adopted by a kind...

July 26, 2016

I love to go to art museums! Some of my favorite memories are of rainy days spent indoors in the company of Monet and Chagall. Then, naturally, there is the obligatory cup of tea and slice of cake in the peaceful museum café and the final exit through the gift shop. Ev...

June 3, 2016

My son-in-law self identified as a dog person. Since I have known him, Bill and my daughter have been dog parents to five large and exuberant canines. Don’t get me wrong, he always liked cats and my cat-loving daughter brought two of her own to the marriage, but he “sa...

May 11, 2016

Over the weekend the Center held its [now to be] annual Clean-Up-The-Center-Saturday, and what a rousing success it was. So many people working harmoniously to make the Center as clean and shiny as it is loving and caring! Throughout the morning people arrived in twos...

April 27, 2016

What is your dog’s favorite book? I am pretty sure my old spaniel’s was “Where the Wild Things Are”. Being something of a wild thing himself, he seemed to enjoy hearing the adventures of Max in his dream-state world where anything was possible, even redemption. William...

April 13, 2016

Teaching an old dog new tricks 

The “Old Dog” I refer to is ME!  Being the loving companion of an almost fourteen-year-old Maine Coon, I consider myself to be somewhat practiced in the ways of this particularly quirky breed of cat. However, over the last week, I had the...

March 15, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy…and we wouldn’t have it any other way. An early spring makes for some exciting times at With a Little Help From My Friends. The entire family, animals and those of us who care for them, can feel it. Just walk into the foyer and watch as the dogs, Vinne...

March 3, 2016


Today whilst fondling Buddy The Beagle #3’s silky ears, I wondered why so many beagles are given the name Buddy. Actually, it made me think of my colleague and friend who, with his wife, were so flummoxed by the responsibility of naming their first and only child that...

February 3, 2016


There is something quite magical about the drive to With A Little Help From My Friends no matter the time of year. Always as I turn from Ritt Road onto the path that leads to the Center, I anticipate the greeting I will receive: hugs (literally) from our beloved Vinne...

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