Press-Republican

Columns

December 8, 2012

Concerned about elderly neighbor's puppy

Dear Dog Lady,

I worry about the puppy, Blarney, that lives next door. He belongs to an elderly woman who would otherwise live alone. This dog never gets out for a walk. His leash is hooked on at the top of the stairs, and there is barely enough rope for him to get all the way down the stairs. The dog is approximately 1 year old and has never been bathed, groomed or on a vet visit. I want to help this puppy, but I’m not sure of the best way to approach the situation. Please help. —Concerned Neighbor

A: Gather your courage and have a little chat with the elderly woman about Blarney’s care. Express your worry in a comforting tone. Offer to take the dog out for a walk. See how the woman reacts to your kindness. She needs a helping hand. She might also be grateful. Having this puppy is probably too much for her.

Dog Lady feels hopeful for Blarney because the dog has you, a concerned guardian angel neighbor. You might offer to put the woman in touch with a humane society or shelter. Maybe you could engineer a switch and rescue the puppy while finding an older, calmer shelter dog for your neighbor. All this sounds like a lot of volunteer work on your part, but, if your efforts are successful, the rewards will be great for all concerned — especially Blarney.

Dear Dog Lady,

Because of my neighbor and his dog Cassius, I was eager to close up our summer home and move back to our regular place. Cassius is a Portuguese water dog and unfixed. My neighbor keeps the dog expertly groomed and shaved. I once asked about the haircut, and he explained the breed has a modified poodle cut. The backside is bald and so are the hind legs and nearly the whole tail. Having to look at Cassius’s shaved testicles is not pretty. I feel the neighbor parades his dog to show off the manhood. I wonder if this is why he has not gotten his dog neutered. I talked with my wife about this, and she suggested I write you. What do you think? —David

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • ouellette.jpg Web doctor always gets it right

    I have access to the collected medical knowledge of all recorded history at my fingertips, columnist Steve Ouellette writes.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black_Peter_2014_cropped.jpg Canadiens are Canada's team

    The National Hockey League playoffs are underway, and for Canadiens fans, many of whom likely reside in the Montreal "suburb" of Plattsburgh, it is a time of hope and joy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • little_mug.jpg There's no saw like an old saw Kaye and I laughed ourselves silly the other day as we tried to top each other with our own sayings from childhood, columnist Gordie Little writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Denenberg_Stu1.jpg Privacy concerns make a comeback

    There's a growing concern amongst the millennials, columnist Stu Denenberg writes.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • paul_grasso.jpg Several options exist for downtown

    Pedestrian mall just one idea that could be good for city's economic future, according to columnist Paul Grasso.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Government can't create success on its own

    It takes a grass-roots community effort of people working together to assure future accomplishment, according to columnist Colin Read.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hagar_mug1.jpg Farmers strive for sustainability

    Conserving the land and assuring long-term profitability are two of the key goals for farmers these days, according to columnist Peter Hagar.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Black_Peter_2014_cropped.jpg Big shift in Quebec vote

    Being a man of science, Philippe Couillard, premier-designate of Quebec, chose to use a geological term (though his field is actually medicine) to describe what happened in Monday's election, writes Canadian columnist Peter Black.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg A monastery in the Hebrides, after 1,000 years

    Before Father Seraphim Aldea can build a monastery on Scotland's Mull Island, he needs to have a working septic system, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tobias_Sue_012914.jpg Old movies offer more than entertaining TV

    Columnist Susan Tobias and her husband, Toby, are reminded of simple childhood memories while watching an old black-and-white movie.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

Peter Black: Canadian Dispatch

Lois Clermont, Editor

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Richard Gast: Cornell Ag Extension

Bob Grady

Guest Columns
Peter Hagar: Cornell Ag Connection

Health Advice

Ray Johnson: Climate Science
Gordie Little: Small Talk

Terry Mattingly: On Religion

Steve Ouellette: You Had To Ask

Colin Read: Everybody's Business

Pinch of Time