Thursday, September 11, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Live to Honor

The Stories of the 9.11 Dogs

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Alfred Tennyson 
from Ulysses

The AKC is running a series of stories called Meet the 9/11 Dogs. 

This is Roselle...


On that fateful Tuesday, sales director Michael Hingson, blind since birth, arrived for work at the World Trade Center’s Tower One. Hingson’s guide dog, Roselle, settled into her usual post beneath the desk. At 8:45 a.m. a hijacked jetliner crashed into the tower, 18 floors above Hingson. After calling his wife, Karen, and making sure his staff was evacuated, Hingson and his unflappable Lab began a hellish descent of 78 floors.

Spiraling down the emergency stairs, working methodically through smoke, debris, and fleeing office workers, they made it to the lobby. By the time they reached the sidewalk, Tower Two had been struck and was collapsing. “It sounded like a metal and concrete waterfall,” Hingson said. They ran for shelter down a subway entrance. They emerged from underground as Tower One fell, raining down ash and debris. Roselle led Hingson some 40 blocks to a friend’s apartment and safety.

In the weeks following, Hingson said, “I was taking calls from Larry King, from Regis and Kelly, Bryant Gumbel. They were looking for something positive that came out of the tragedy.”

Before long, the blind man and his sweet-faced dog were celebrities. “Invariably, I’ll be in an airport and someone will say, ‘I know you—9/11, the guy with the dog, right?’ ” Hingson told Family Dog in 2004. “It was a defining moment in one way or another for everyone in the world.”

After 9/11 Hingson returned to his native California to work for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the organization that trained Roselle, and he has written several books about his loyal companion.

Roselle was the recipient of the ACE Award for Canine Excellence in the Service Dog category in 2002. She died in June of 2011, at age 14, with Michael and Karen Hingson by her side.

To read more about The Dogs of 9/11...

Meet Apollo.

Meet Sage. 

Still with us at 15-years-old - Meet Bretagne.

Dog Files: Hero Dogs of 9/11: Legacy.

Portraits of 9/11 Search Dogs

Animal Planet Video: Hero Dogs of 9/11.

NorthStar Pet: Honoring 9/11's Rescue Dogs.

Thanks to Woofipedia. This article was originally published in "The ACE Files" column of AKC Family Dog. Photos from Gander on facebook and Woofipedia.

Monday, September 8, 2014

NorthStar Pet: National Service Dog Month

September is National Service Dog Month.

Our relationship with dogs goes back thousands of years. And, throughout time, from herding sheep to listening to a child try to read aloud in a library to helping a veteran with PTSD, dogs have been by our sides, through thick and thin, eased our troubles and concerns, empowered us, and saved our lives.

One of my friends has a therapy dog and it is amazing how he just knows who to go to and what to do.

I would like to offer a special message of gratitude to the US military service dogs left behind years ago in Vietnam. I am glad times have changed. Never forget.

To learn more... article The Trailblazers for a Good Cause by Joel Boyce.

Vietnam Dog Handler Associations Service Dog Memorial Directory.

Gander on facebook.

Westerville Magazine article K-9 to 5 by Stephan Reid.

The US War Dogs Association. 

Pilot Dogs.

Columbus Therapy Dogs on facebook. 

Working Like Dogs.

Canine Companions for Independence.

Genoa Township's Gandolf on facebook.

Photograph from Gander on facebook.

Friday, September 5, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Philosopher Cat Wisdom

Every cat has its own secret life separate from humans. 
And yes, we have meetings and talk about you.
(as voiced by Will Braden)

NorthStar Pet: Giant Men Meet Tiny Kittens

Thanks to Jackson Galaxy and The Animal Rescue Site: "It’s hard to believe, but not everyone in the world is a cat fan. A group of men who have expressed their distrust of cats visited a feral cat rescue and were given the opportunity to play with some cute kittens. Although most were reluctant to spend time with these furry felines at first, they quickly got over their fear when they saw how cute, cuddly, and adorable the kittens were."

NorthStar Pet: The Odd Blessings of a Service Business

NorthStar Pet is not taking new clients at this time.

After seven-and-a-half years, I am blessed to have such a nice group of clients, many of whom have been my clients from the beginning. And, I love them - pets and families. Because of the nature of the service I provide and the standards I keep, I am also blessed to have reached a point where I can now only serve current clients. To take on additional clients will affect quality of service for all clients.

If you are looking for vacation service, I recommend contacting my pet sitter, Karen Meldrum of Wizard of Dogz. 

I am currently reaching out to another pet sitting service to see if they are available for daily visits and will update this post as soon as I can verify.

With gratitude.

Good thoughts.

- Linda.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Artistic Mews

I always say that a cat is part of every meditation. 

Cat owners know that if they are involved in any activity at home, 
especially involving work, study, or concentration, 
the cat will be ever present and never dissuaded!
It's part of the deal.

This was posted on YouTube in 2009 - Vibes Cat by Tim Collins

NorthStar Pet: Enthusiasm!

A dog and a GoPro usually mean big fun! 

This wonderful video was posted to YouTube Monday. 
Walter is a lab in Siracusa, Sicily (ITALY).

Friday, August 29, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Westerville's Dog Paddle!

Bring your dog out for a dip in the pool Monday before Highlands Park Aquatic Center closes for the season. Click or tap here for complete details on Doggie Paddle.

Highlands Park Aquatic Center is located at 245 S. Spring (just south of Walnut St.).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Find Momo

Find Momo is a delightful photo journal of the relationship of two friends, Andrew Knapp and his border collie Momo.

Here's the story of Find Momo:

The photographs are wonderful, then there is the fun of finding Momo, the best hider ever!

Go Find Momo website.

Now a book!

Friday, August 8, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Honoring the Cat

Photo by João Domingues

The smallest feline is a masterpiece. Leonardo da Vinci

August 8, 2014 is International Cat Day.

Please click/tap below to enjoy this beautiful collection of black and white photos of cats beings cats in shadow and light.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

NorthStar Pet: To Run Through the Woods

Bryan and Kaia's Trek

Bryan and Kaia have been friends for years,
and they love riding through the woods!

Thanks to The Animal Rescue site for sharing this cool video.