Walker Awarded St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog of the Year

Walker receiving the St. John Ambulance 2017 Therapy Dog of the Year Award.

At eight years Walker is a wonderful companion whose right to socializing and exercising gets me out, even in poor weather. He still thoroughly enjoys visiting Yarmouth Hospital and anywhere else he thinks he might meet someone who would pat him. Most importantly, his sense of humour closely matches mine and so life is good.
Martha Cassidy

Finney Shapiro: An Esteemed Poodle’s Life Remembered

Finney arrives in Princeton, New Jersey in 2005 and embarks on his puppy education

Big Smiles

Learning to sit is harder than it seems

Heeling is not so easily mastered

Finney undertakes an education in literature, music and the fine art of photography

Studying from books takes proper attire

Music has no half measures on the page or on the poodle

2009: Learning photography

After his lessons Finney finds time for partaking of life’s many pleasures

Waiting for dinner to be served – passing up the bread-stick!

Finney enjoys the garden

Playing with cousin Riley Stanton

The Well-Traveled Poodle

McAfee’s Knob on the Appalachian Trail, VA

New Jersey Shore

Being photographed on the shore of Lake Champlain

A Dog for All Seasons

Cross country skiing

Trekking the Princeton towpath

Playing with cousin Augie Stanton on vacation in Maine


It is with great sorrow that I report that our beloved Finney, born on May 30, 2005, died recently, at nearly twelve years old. He had been a healthy and happy dog until the end. Finney was the best of dogs: a loyal companion for us and our whole family, including our grandchildren as well as friends and neighbors. We miss him very much and are grateful for the years we had him.
With sincere gratitude,
Sandy Shapiro

Fraser’s long voyage to his new home

It was a long day for Fraser, but he is an exceptional traveler. After a full day of airline travel to Winnipeg he was so happy to have a pee pee break and to be touched and played with by a couple of adoring strangers! On our long drive home to Minnesota he was quiet in the car and we arrived home about two AM. Unfortunately, we didn’t exactly sail through customs but all is well.

Lamb Chop is a huge hit and his loot pile will become substantial over time.

Fraser & new toy lamb chop


Read more about regulations concerning crossing from Canada into USA with your dog.

Ziggy’s Fourth Month Update

Ziggy’s had another eventful week: walking downtown in the rain yesterday under an umbrella (partly), greeting all manner of strangers on the street, being invited into the “Sue Lawrence Hair & Gallery” to look around and eat milk bones and go up AND DOWN a new flight of stairs, crossing the street at the lights in front of big trucks with headlights on, and of course barking at the strange dog who keeps following her and shows up in all the windows around town.

During puppy class, she participated in “pass the puppy” and was circulated around the room to meet all the other puppy handlers. She seems to like Froto the best (a Great Pyrenees puppy) and is suspicious of both Marcie the miniature poodle and Maurice the miniature dachshund – both are a bit yappy and bossy and slightly aggressive; Napoleon syndrome no doubt. ​

Today she learned how to play soccer, as you can see from the photos. She stood on the ball with both front paws, rolled it with her nose, swatted it back and forth with her front paws, and carried it off with her wee baby teeth clenching a bit of jagged vinyl covering. I’m sure the scouts were hiding in the hedges checking out Ziggy Messi.

There is just one more day left of her “early socialization” period. And one day left on the “4-month” refund period but she’s here for life! And fun!

Patti, Mark & Ziggy