“Seattle’s Second Chance Shelter smelled of damp fur and dog breath. Frantic barks and whines pierced the air and assaulted Anna’s ears. She shrank back from the desperation that hung in the air like mist. All the sad eyes begging for a home. The furry foreheads rumpled with anxiety. Anna’s tender heart slid to her feet.
‘We shouldn’t have come here,’ she shouted to her boyfriend, Jeff.
‘You wanted to check out the dogs,’ he said.
Anna was clutching the Second Chance flyer she’d found that morning on Jeff’s windshield. Coming here had seemed the best way to goad themselves into action after weeks of talk about adopting a dog. But now, engulfed by the dogs’ distress, Anna wasn’t so sure.
‘We could have looked for a dog on Petfinder,’ she said. In their rented condo, they could have studied photos on the computer screen.
‘You can tell a lot more of you see a dog in person,’ Jeff said.
‘Yes, but I want to take all these dogs home.’
‘We can only afford to care for one.’”
“Our dog has special needs, the greatest being the need for a lobotomy. After that, he could use a good dose of Prozac. Add some Ritalin and he’d approach the vague semblance of a well-adjusted canine. Feels almost doable.
Except for his tail of freakish accidents and half-baked suicide attempts.
Sometimes I think Henry—that’s the dog—had ended up in a different family, we’d all be better off. Some combinations just don’t mix. Take Mentos candy and diet cola. Put them together, and you get a carbonated geyser blowing your bottle cap.
Pets are supposed to be fun. A pleasant enrichment of your life. Dogs especially. Loving, loyal, sleeping by your feet.
I don’t believe in divine misprints. But life with Henry makes me wonder.”
Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe by Erin Taylor Young is a story that will have you laughing constantly. This amazingly touching story about all the mishaps, accidents, and disasters that come from one boxer named Henry. Through the ups and downs, Henry helps his family see what is truly important in life, thus bringing the ultimate happiness of having a canine companion in a family.
We have included a video by the author because we know you’ll want to see the legendary Henry that inspired the book.
The Happy Cat Hotel is notorious for offering new guests and veterans their choice of vastly unique rooms, such as Uncity Kitty and Cleocatra. Each feline family stays together in their room, is given endless love and care, and gets to enjoy lobby time to explore and play. It is with great pleasure to announce that The Happy Cat Hotel has opened up its very own luxurious spa! Whether your cat simply needs a nail trim, or would like to be given a bath and a brush, we have it all!
With the addition of the Spa, two rooms are temporarily being taken out of commission to be used in phase 2 of The Happy Cat Hotel; Catimus and Paris
“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!” (pronounced as lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch), which means “Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!” in Gaelic. We hope you all will have a wonderful day today, and we understand that you want to share this special & fun holiday with your beloved pets. Here are some tips on how to maximize your fun with your canine or feline during this holiday, while also keeping them safe:
- If you want to dress up your pet:
- put on the costume
- take your picture(s)
- take the costume off
- This way you get the picture you want, and your pet doesn’t have to stay in an uncomfortable costume all day
- If you want to “paint” your pet:
- ASK YOUR VET FIRST!
- your pet may have allergies that may not allow them to put something on their hair/fur/skin
- There is spray paint for dogs called, PetPaint
- There are also homemade recipes that your vet may suggest
- If you plan to attend a parade or party:
- KEEP YOUR PET AT HOME!
- the noise and crowds of parades and parties give unneeded anxiety to your pets
- your pets will happily welcome you home as you tell them all about the fun you had
- If you want to share a pint with your pup: