Archive for January, 2009

Pets Diary…


Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary……
8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary..
Day 983 of my captivity…

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am. Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now…………….
…you should have a past juicy enough to look forward to retelling it when you’re old. i’m not sure about you, but i’m planning on living forever, so i will have A LOT to tell. so far so good on that plan…

Hotel for dogs! Jan 18th 6:30pm


Sunday January 18th 6:30.
United Artists – Sonoran Villiage
Be there at 6 to register for prizes!!!!!  Only $5.50 for the ticket
If you are a Bella’s guest – you get 2 FREE tickets to come back to the theater! Just RSVP to:
See the trailer –




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Bella’s House & Pet Sitting supports McDowell Mountain Ranch Animal Hospital!

McDowell Mountain
Animal Hospital

(480) 419-6300



Written by: Carol Kaplan to be seen in the next addition of Helene’s Newsletter. Or you can go online to view it at:


The hospital, which is located behind the CVS Drugstore in the Windgate Crossing Center (on the NW corner of Thompson Peak Parkway and Bell Road), is a full service clinic providing all phases of medicine – routine care, surgery, dental, hospitalization, full diagnostic lab and in-house testing, radiology, pharmacy, ophthalmology, dermatology, bathing, medical boarding and ER services – for dogs, cats and an array of “pocket pets” (i.e. rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and ferrets).


As you might imagine, the facility is absolutely state-of-the-art and even includes a neo-natal ICU, ultra sound equipment and digital dental x-ray machinery.


The chief caregiver is Dr Caroline “Casey” Magargle. Dr. Casey (as she prefers to be called) has an extensive medical background for someone so young. Indications are that began her practice at age 4 by bandaging all her stuffed animals and establishing a recovery ward in her bedroom. By age 14, she elected to build on that experience by working in the kennels of local veterinary and that exposure pretty much “locked in” her career path.



The next step was ASU where she graduated summa cum laude with a pre-veterinary major. From there she proceeded to obtain a degree from the highly respected Veterinary Medical School at Colorado State University and followed that with an internship in ultrasound technology. Over the next five years she honed her skills at a very nice animal hospital in south Scottsdale while working toward her long term goal —establishing a practice of her own here in North Scottsdale where she lives with her husband, Todd, and three rescue animals — two cats and a dog.


Given that the hospital has just debuted, it was extremely reassuring to discover that it is already well on its way to accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. This organization evaluates hospitals based on quality of care, the diagnostic skills of the staff and the availability of cutting edge technology. The guidelines for receiving this accreditation are so strict that thus far, only 19% of the hospitals in the country have actually qualified.


Still, technical competence is only one part of the picture. Compassion and customer service are just as important and we’re please to say that  Dr. Casey and her staff offer gentle, compassionate care and the kind of personal attention we wish were available everywhere.

Not only will you be recognized and welcomed when you walk in but the doctor always makes it a point to speak with you directly regardless of the reason for your visit. She believes that getting to know pets and their parents on a personal level is a key element in providing proper care.


Appointments are generally a 1/2 hour, and every effort is taken to minimize anxiety and pain for animals — without resorting to physical restraints. Dr Casey firmly believes that pets do not heal as effectively if they are nervous or in pain.


Why not stop by and get acquainted with Dr. Casey and her very professional staff.

In fact, bring your furry friends and let them check out the facility as well. After all, families should make these kind of care decisions collectively. Incidentally, the hospital even has a behaviorist/trainer on call who will be offering both general classes and one-on-one sessions with clients.


McDowell Mountain
Animal Hospital

(480) 419-6300

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