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On the drive west on Hwy 1, just before Brandon is a "Star Attraction" sign.  WestmanReptileGardens is tucked out of the way, just a few minute drive off the highway.  Just getting that sign was one of the many struggles faced in Dave Shelvey's dream of having a place to share the animals he is so passionate about with everyone.  

Volunteering

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Every now and then I use this column to point out the heroes of the companion animal world.  There are so many hard working people out there; rescue organizations, shelters, dog park committees, service dog trainers, spay/neuter initiatives, organizations working with feral populations, the list goes on and on.   Watching my facebook
The pet industry is huge, and growing.  To a lot of people, our companion animals are becoming more like family members than pets.  Sometimes, they are spoiled even more than our kids.  The Global Pet Expo has every product out there for facilitating us. I recently had the pleasure of attending the show in Orlando.  Three
Streaky Bell seems to get mentioned in a large percentage of my columns.  As our only furry cohabitator at the moment, he does make an easy subject to write about.  That, and he's a pretty cool cat, too.   Streaky Bell (named by my daughter after Supergirl's cat, Streaky, and Alexander Graham Bell) is a Bengal Cat, and is almost

Stitch Show

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Well, dog shows number one and two are in the books, and Stitch came out a winner!  Check out the Blue Ribbon puppy!   Many people have commented on how beautiful Stitch is, and when we  picked her up, the breeder (who is a respected show judge as well) showed us the many very good features Stitch displays as a French
We live in a society that is changing, with seniors making up a larger part of the population every day, and the same is true for our pet community.  Better foods and supplements, better health care, and more emphasis on exercise has led to longer healthier lives for our animals.  Add to that the extraordinary measures we now employ to
I have written many columns about how pets enrich our lives.  Study after study has shown that a companion animal help us live longer, happier and healthier lives.  Getting official recognition of these facts and creating programmes that make them part of our society would be a wonderful goal to strive for.  I am very interested
While talking after the passing of their 10 year old Irish Wolfhound, the vet and family were wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.  6 year old Shane piped up.  “I know why....  People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life – like loving everyone and being
Pictures in the Park.   Fall is a wonderful time, the leaves changing colour, the air so clean and crisp in the morning, just a perfect time to get out and walk the dog.   It is also a great time for photography!  These amazing colours, the way the light breaks through the canopy, filtered through the changing leaves, it can be