Archive for the ‘Stories’ Category

A Fitting Halloween

November 3, 2014

How many people can fit into the same outfit at age 14 and then again at 35? Not me. But Parker donned his old Halloween costume, sported four years ago. He helped greet all of the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood as well as many dressed up dogs. He was a big Halloween hit with kids, adults and our four-legged visitors.

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Pet Teachers on Oprah’s SoulPancake

October 1, 2013

Who doesn’t take delight in a wagging tail greeting you at the end of a busy workday? Or, the purr of it kitten resting contently on your lap. For all of the people who understand the unique bond between animals and humans, this SoulPancake is for you.

Parker + Santa = Amusement

December 19, 2012

Parker with Santa

Before you snap to judgment – no, I did not take my dog to see Santa Claus. He was staying at Camp Bow Wow, where the kind staff arranged a photo day for all of the dogs. But, isn’t this the funniest photo of Parker? It’s like he’s saying to himself, “Don’t be afraid. Look dignified. Look dignified.”

Parker Catching … Well, Avoiding … a Wave

November 24, 2012

On a recent trip to San Diego’s Coronado Dog Beach, Parker was introduced to ocean sand and water – both of which were foreign to our land-locked Dallas dog. Coronado’s leash-free, year-round dog beach runs along Ocean Boulevard. On the south side is the beautiful Hotel del Coronado and to the north is the scenic Point Loma skyline. It truly doesn’t get much better than this.

Not Ready for Primetime

November 24, 2012

The best laid plans of mice, men and dogs. I tried to pose Parker in front of the Hilton Bayfront sign. I wanted to post the photo on the Hilton Facebook page as a way to say thanks to the pet-friendly, guest-welcoming hotel management and staff. But, it didn’t turn out as I would have liked. While it’s not ready for prime-time, it had to find its way onto his blog. Take one: “Parker sit,” my husband says pointing his finger. Take two: “Stay Parker,” my husband says as Parker looks at us with inquiry as well as a little trepidation. Take three: Parker dashes away, as if to say, “I’m so out of here.” If you are planning a trip to San Diego and want to stay at an amazing, pet-friendly destination, check out this hotel. We will be back!

At Home

June 26, 2012


This is Parker’s “I’m happy to be at Home Depot” face. What you can’t see is his tail wagging feverishly. He struts around like he owns the place, as kids scream “puppy” and adult dog-people stop by the give him a pat on the head and a kind compliment. Given the fact summer began in March this year, the store continues to be an air-conditioned, welcome relief.

Dog-Friendly Denver

May 29, 2012

We packed our bags, as well as our Cavalier, and headed west to Denver. After checking into the dog-friendly Curtis Hotel, we began our Rocky Mountain adventure. Parker posed for a snapshot, which they posted on their K-9 Club welcome board. Meeting up with family and friends, with Parker in tow, we toured the vibrant downtown Denver scape, the red rocks of the Garden of the Gods, the cobble-stone streets of Vail and the scenic town of Boulder. On a scale from one to 10, we give Denver and the surrounding area a rating of 10. We loved the health-conscious, outdoor-focused, dog-inviting city/state. If you want to travel with your pet, I wholeheartedly recommend The Centennial State.

Perfectly Parker Featured on Pet Blogs United

May 13, 2012

Perfectly Parker was honored to be featured on Pet Blogs United. Pet Blogs United’s goal is to support fellow pet bloggers by encouraging members to visit other members and leave comments. If you write a pet-related blog, please click on the Pet Blogs United link listed on my blog roll. I look forward to seeing your blog featured next. To read more: http://petblogsunited.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

Parker Therapy

May 8, 2012

On Easter Sunday, my husband’s mom suffered a stroke. After a week at the hospital she moved to a rehabilitation center, where she is receiving physical, speech and occupational therapy. Since we are frequent visitors, I asked if we could bring Parker. Now, he spends his weekends getting attention from staff and resident dog- and cat-people. But, he’s always willing to give Bob’s mom his brand of Cavalier nap therapy. In just a few weeks, she has already made progress. Is it due, in part, to Parker’s therapy? I bet he’d like to think so.

What do Treats, Food, Cheese and Bye-Bye have in Common?

April 15, 2012

My husband posed the question “Why do dogs tilt their heads from side-to-side when you ask them a question?” Given the dismal economy, roller coaster-riding stock market and less than encouraging news all around, I was happy to delve into the deep-seated meaning of the doggy head cock. I thought it would be a Wiki-quick answer. Over 20 websites and blogs later, here’s what I found. Some dogs, such as Spaniel Parker, have pendulous (meaning hanging down loosely) ears that obstruct sounds. Short story: Sound waves get muffled by their thick ears. The dog has to cock his/her head so that sound waves can pass through their big, heavy ear flap before reaching their eardrums. I also learned that high-pitched sounds get their attention because they resemble the noises made by traditional prey such as rabbits or chipmunks. I believe all of this. But, I also believe that dogs quickly learn to interpret words that have meaning to them. Parker’s favorites are food, treats, cheese and bye-bye. Just say any one of these words and he is yours. Anyone have any other words that drive your dog or dogs to frenzied happiness?