What a Great Dog

This irony escaped most of the mainstream media: while a street woman was mauled by a pack of wild dogs in the bowels of South Dallas in early May, a SECOND store dedicated to teaching dogs manners opened in a Richardson strip mall.

WHAT A GREAT DOG! opened a second location at 655 Glenville Drive, just east of Highway 75 and south of Arapaho Road. That’s more than 15,000 square feet of private lessons and group classes in pet manners, puppy school, dog agility, obedience, AKC Rally, nose work, and tricks.

Yes, dog tricks.

This will be the company’s second location in the metroplex, the first being in Frisco. Dan Spika and Scott Axelrod of Henry S. Miller Brokerage’s Industrial Division closed on the lease. Henry S. Miller Companies is one of Texas’ largest family owned full service commercial real estate firms. Obviously, there are thousands of people who care enough for their dogs to take them to classes at What a Great Dog! Though I love the training guidelines of The Monks of New Skete, you can count on me to bring in our new puppy when he or she arrives.

See, Dallas doesn’t have a dog problem, it has a stupid people problem.

So I found the Dallas Morning News’s call for the resignation of DAS’ Animal Services Director Jody Jones this week way off base. Cluelessness and headline sucking at its worst. It reminded me of the dark days of “health care reform” when “experts” would be telling physicians in the trenches what they should be doing for chronically ill patients: tell them that they need to stop smoking and watch their diet. Oh yes and exercise. Yep, just tell them and, like fairy dust, they will listen and be transformed into compliant little patients. (more…)

Military Working Dogs

On February 9th, the Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life Committee met to discuss loose dogs and barking dogs in Dallas.

Dogs vocalize by barking, but what happens when they bark, and bark, and bark … for long periods of time. As an animal lover, foster mom, Board Member of the SPCA of Texas, Dallas Animal Services supporter, and real estate nut, I wanted to dig deeper into this topic because it is important and affects real estate in our community. Who wants to live next door to a dog barking all day or night? Or my question: why are dogs not inside on dog beds or the owner’s bed at night?!




While everyone is out enjoying this glorious fall day, complete with cool weather and crisp air, Nina Pham, America’s favorite Ebola-free nurse, was reunited with her darling blenheim Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Bentley.

Bentley stole most of the nation’s hearts when he became the first dog quarantined in case he had contracted Ebola from his owner, who tested positive but survived. [I will refrain, though hard, from lambasting those who called for Bentley’s immediate execution.] Nina was frantic when she was admitted to the hospital and confirmed positive for Ebola – Bentley is her baby and she wanted him safe. Can you imagine the fear when you are in a bubble in ICU, Ebola-positive, powerless over your pet’s fate, and Spain had just peremptorily killed the Spanish nurse’s mutt when she was diagnosed with Ebola, without ever testing him or monitoring him? No doubt Nina was terrified, feeling ill (she did have Ebola!), and helpless to care for or protect her sweet dog.


Puppy Rescue


(Photo: Dallasnews.com)

Stories like this give my gag reflex a workout. We at CandysDirt.com are big fans of animals, so when we hear about this kind of thing our hearts just break.

Word comes from crackerjack reporter Eric Nicholson that Dallas Animal Services have seized 46 dogs and cats from a feces-filled North Dallas home. The animals were in various states of distress. Sounds like a classic case of animal hoarding to me.

Such large-scale animal hoarding cases don’t happen every day in Dallas, but they’re not exactly rare either. In general, [Dallas Animal Services manager Jody] Jones says, the owners’ intent isn’t typically criminal, even if their actions are. “There’s no doubt that these people loved their pets and thought they were doing the right thing by them, but sometimes people’s heart can overwhelm their ability to provide for the care and maintenance, not only for the animals but the home and the facility around them.”

When we were renting in Junius Heights, we reported a neighbor for hoarding cats. Really, if you came within 10 yards of her home you couldn’t help but smell the situation. When we saw crate after crate leaving the house, and our neighbor on the front drive in her caftan, absolutely beside herself, we still knew that we did the right thing.

So here’s what I’m wondering: Why did it take so long for neighbors to do the right thing and help those poor animals living in squalor? Did they not know? Could they not smell the layers of feces? Also, what do hoarders do to property values? And how do you sell a home that’s been damaged by hoarding (some smells never come out, folks!)?