By Staci Dennis Correspondent
Andrew Miller spent hours working out the smallest details of his Eagle Scout project, only to see it go to the dogs. But that was the goal for the Princess Anne Middle School eighth-grader. "I love dogs, and I wanted to do something for them," said Andrew, 14. "Building this dog course was the perfect thing to do."
By Greg Goldfarb Correspondent Charlotte is beside herself. Jumping up and down, her little tail wagging in time, she's licking her chops over doggie treats lined up in the bakery case at Just Dogs! Gourmet. "My dog drags me here every time I take her on walks," said Andy Tressel, a Navy career counselor and Ghent resident. "She loves to come here and get a snack."
Oceanfront Four-legged models will prowl the catwalk during Saturday's Celebrity and Pet Fashion Show and Auction.
Lia Russell The Virginian-Pilot Marva Serrano buys so many holiday-themed items at her local Target, a merchandiser often gives her discarded display items. She turned over a large cardboard Valentine's poster in the corner of her home office to reveal a slew of handwritten notes.
By Staci Dennis Correspondent Jocey Pritchard isn't blind, but she keeps a guide dog by her side almost all day. The Croatan resident raises puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. "This is the best thing I have ever done with my life," said Pritchard, 53. "I know I am doing this work to help someone else have freedom."
By James Thomas Jr. Correspondent The sensitive barrier between humans and rabies exposure in Southside Hampton Roads is being threatened, according to local health officials and veterinarians. Pets are the barrier to wildlife but due to increased development in recent years that protective barrier may be weakening.
The Chesapeake Humane Society officially opens a CARE Clinic Sunday aimed at reducing the city's stray dog and cat population by offering low-cost surgeries to spay and neuter pets. Opening the CARE (Companion Animal Resource & Education) Clinic represents the latest effort by the organization founded in 1972 "to promote the welfare of companion animals in the community."
Norm and Judi Schaeffler have helped hundreds of families train their dogs right in the comfort of their homes. The Virginia Beach couple are dog behavioral therapists and certified master trainers who bought a Bark Busters franchise, covering Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, five years ago. The in-home dog training business, developed in Australia in 1989, now operates in 10 countries.
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