Monthly Archives: April 2016

LOCAL TALENT:  James Quarterman —  Raising a Paw for Good Training

LOCAL TALENT: James Quarterman — Raising a Paw for Good Training

It’s not a dog’s life, but dogs are James Quarterman’s life. The busy dog handler is finding ways every day to make the world better for dogs and their humans. Many of his graduates are working dogs that help humans in need, such as those with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and children with special needs through Marion County Helping Hands for Autistic Children,…
REESE: A Pup with a Purpose

REESE: A Pup with a Purpose

PHOTO: Fred Lopez As a therapy dog and constant companion, Reese brings joy into the lives of every person she meets. Much like the peanut butter cups she’s named after, 3-year-old Reese is sweet to the core. People can’t help but fall in love with the adorable Great Pyrenees/German shepherd mix. “She’s such a caring, loving dog,” says her owner Nina Calabrese. “Even people who…
My Westie Obsession

My Westie Obsession

It’s a common belief among my family that my dog Myles is the most beloved member of our household. In fact, my daughter once told me she believed if a scenario ever occurred where I had to choose between saving her life and saving Myles’ life, I would probably elect to save Myles. My husband told me he has accepted the fact that Myles is…
SYDNEY: Literacy ‘Unleashed’

SYDNEY: Literacy ‘Unleashed’

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Five years ago when Thom Battisto was looking for a new four-legged friend, he wasn’t having much luck. He didn’t make a connection until a 4-year-old Australian shepherd/chow mix named Sydney rested her chin on his knee. Sydney’s calm and attentive nature made her a good companion, qualities Thom thought would also make Sydney a great therapy dog. Not long after her…
OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Jaeger

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Jaeger

Police Dog Of The Year / Age: 4½ / Lake County Sheriff K-9 Training is never truly completed for police dogs. For K-9s like Jaeger, schooling continues in the field with 480 hours of patrol school. Corporal Yancy Isaacs is Jaeger’s handler, and he discusses the process of training a police dog and Jaeger’s successes. What are some of the things Jaeger must master before…
FORK ON THE ROAD: Palm Gardens Restaurant & Marina

FORK ON THE ROAD: Palm Gardens Restaurant & Marina

A great little hangout off the beaten path PHOTO: Fred Lopez I’ve been dining out long enough to know first impressions shouldn’t be everything. And while Palm Gardens may not furnish the pomp and circumstance of most waterfront restaurants, it delivers on what matters most: service and food. On the evening I visited, I realized pretty quickly I was overdressed. Flip flops and shorts would…
KASH: The Beauty of a Bully

KASH: The Beauty of a Bully

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Keltce Harrell is leader of the pack, and that’s no easy task. Keltce trains a pack of American bully dogs for shows. According to the United Kennel Club (UKC), it’s imperative that Keltce establish herself as the authority in the relationship because American bullies are pack animals and need a true leader. These dogs are considered working dogs, and the show performances…
IN THE KITCHEN: Woofing Down A Doggie Delight

IN THE KITCHEN: Woofing Down A Doggie Delight

PHOTOS: Fred Lopez Edson Pereira believes cooking for dogs is just like cooking for people; you use the best ingredients and prepare the food in the healthiest manner possible. The intrepid cook is in the kitchen every morning at 4 a.m. baking the various Muddy Paws treats offered at Piglet’s Pantry, the store he and his wife, Carla, own in downtown Mount Dora. “We’ve been…
Rolling with DICE

Rolling with DICE

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Dice and her human, Howard Horwitz, are pretty familiar faces in and around The Villages. As a therapy dog team, the dynamic duo visits as many assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers as they can between County Road 44 and County Road 42. “We’re on the road four days a week, and average about eight visits a week,” says Howard.…
ROYAL: From Pauper to Prince

ROYAL: From Pauper to Prince

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Rags arrived at the pound with his girlfriend and six puppies. Still, the good folks at the Humane Society of Sumter County took them in. He was scruffy with matted fur, very dirty, and came from a bad situation. However, once he was clean and fed, his personality was evident, and his destiny changed when he was adopted by the Dodsworth family…
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