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.
With soulful eyes, wagging tails and furry bodies quivering with excitement, dozens of dogs and cats poke their noses to the kennel wires, hoping for a kind word, a hug - and, maybe - even a home. If the scene tugs at your heart, you need to know about the Suffolk Humane Society that's celebrating its first birthday this month.
By Barbara J. Woerner Six-year-old Savannah Taylor hung onto the carrier that contained her cat, Cocktail, before handing the feline to veterinary technician Shannon Wilson. "I think she'll be OK later," the youngster said as Wilson registered Cocktail for spaying.
By Staci Dennis Correspondent Bobby Jenkins didn't feel he had enough animals in his life even though four dogs, one cat, three snakes and two lizards share his home.
PORTSMOUTH Owners and breeders of Afghan hounds from all over the United States have gathered at the Holiday Inn Portsmouth for the Tidewater Afghan Hound Club Specialty Show.
By Staci Dennis Correspondent What started as a pet-sitting business turned into a rescue mission for hundreds of animals across Virginia Beach. In 2006, Annette Still formed the nonprofit Pet Guardian Pet Service, which helps abandoned and special-needs animals by providing food, medical care and, ultimately, a home.
VIRGINIA BEACH Three very ill dolphins had to be euthanized Sunday, shortly after they were discovered at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Joan M. Barns, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, said park rangers from False Cape State Park found the dolphins stranded on the beach in the refuge.
By Christy Barritt Correspondent Sound it out," Barbara Glover says, pointing to the page of the storybook. "D-O-G. What does that spell?" She waves the paw of her 6-year-old golden retriever, Darby, and says in a cartoonish voice, "I know, I know!" The student reading beside her on the rug smiles and exclaims, "dog!"
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