12 year old,
10 year old,
7 month old Poodle
6.5 year old,
3 year old,
remember . . .
Bugz is a cute, high-strung little dog that we fostered for a couple of years
pending resolution of litigation pertaining to her previous
circumstance. She stands as the sole exception among our pets in that it
was Dr. Clary, and not Mrs. Clary, who brought her home.
Bugz has two great pleasures in life: 1) to ride in the car with Mrs.
Clary; and 2) to bark at me (Dr. Clary). Regarding the latter, she
serves as a constant reminder of the need for gratitude in this life,
particularly towards God who loved human beings enough to die for them
even those who bark at Him (i.e., all of us).
was found on the side of the road by Mrs. Clary,
who seems to have a knack for finding strays. Polly's
breeding is a matter of intense discussion. She loves to fetch the tennis
ball. Her lightening speed and tendency to "stop on a dime,"
however, caught up with her as she ruptured the cranial cruciate ligament
in her left knee, prompting TPLO surgery. Here is a picture of Polly
recovering in her crate (I empathize greatly with owners when I
recommend for their pet strict crate confinement: it is much work, but
critical to minimizing complications following orthopedic surgery).
recovered very well from her TPLO surgery and went back to chasing
imaginary squirrels (we let Bugz out first to chase the real ones
As is all too common, Polly subsequently
ruptured the same ligament in her other knee 3 months after being
released from crate confinement. After TPLO on the second side, Polly is
again back to normal.
(aka "Itty Bitty") is a rescue from a rescue. . . Her mother, "Tippy", a small
poodle, was received at a local shelter with a chronic fracture in one
of her limbs that was causing severe deformity and dysfunction; rescued
by a veterinary clinic that we frequently serve, she became our patient
for the hindlimb issue. Several weeks after surgery, it was noted that
Tippy's abdomen was increasing in girth - x-rays revealed three
Mrs. Clary is quite fond of poodles, so, I figured at bare minimum a 50%
poodle would fit the bill. At this stage, Tasha appears purebred; Mrs.
Clary is elated. Tasha is very energetic and loves to run laps in the
is a beautiful tortoise-shell cat that we adopted from a local
veterinary clinic who saw us as an easy target! Muffin was a lively kitten and
has matured into a very pleasant creature - quiet, reserved, and wary of
the other cat (see the next column).
another clinic we visited saw us coming in promoting a kitten in need of
adoption. I was in no position to say "No" as both Mrs. Clary
and our daughter whose birthday it was were touting the wonderful
qualities of this kitten. And they were correct. "Percy" is a
handful at times - in a playful way and also in the need to keep
the bread locked up in the pantry - he loves to chew/tear holes in the
bread bag! In the picture above, he is lounging in the cat
tower (contrasting with Muffin's very dignified pose).
Hunter and Josie, along with a beat-up Honda sedan comprised the dowry when I married my wife. While we have little
positive to say about the car, we could go on and on about all the
wonderful qualities possessed by Hunter and Josie...we miss
Sally was rescued as a puppy by Mrs. Clary after being
abandoned at a local emergency clinic with parvoviral enteritis. A pampered pet, she lived to be 14
years of age. Among our fondest memories of Sally are the
"pony" rides she gave our infant daughter, who called her
Bear was our daughter's first
pet, acquired after she read a book about hamsters and their management
and then promised to care accordingly. Bear was a gentle, curious creature who loved all of the attention
she gave him. He lived to be 3 years of age - longer than
most and courtesy, I believe, of all of the great care she gave him.
Grover was hamster #2 and lived to be 2.5 years old. My
daughter worked no less hard to care for, and train Grover than Bear, and it showed -
a gentle and social creature that never bit a soul.