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The Dog Charmer: Making Peace With Bubba
The Dog Charmer

Making Peace With Bubba

Tom Shelby,
The Dog Charmer
Cooperstown author answers pet owners questions on training their dogs. E-mail your questions to

Dear Dog Charmer

We got Bubba two years ago. From day one he did not like my adult son. He is fine with children and women but iffy with some men. My son lives with us and every time he walks in the room the dog goes nuts. My son has been nipped a few times. Now we try to keep them apart. How can we get Bubba and my son to live peacefully together. By the way Bubba is a French bulldog/pitty mix.

Dear Kathleen,

The way to get Bubba and your son to harmonize peacefully requires their getting together as opposed to being kept apart, and it’s going to require some effort on your  son’s part.

I suggest that Bubba starts earning tiny people food treats (chicken, baloney, apple, whatever) from your son. The ONLY person who gives him people food treats is your son.

I’d also suggest that your son is the one to feed Bubba. If food is just left down and Bubba free feeds whenever he wants to, it’s Son who fills the food bowl. (Bubba’s nose will tell him who’s feeding him).

Max, SQSPCA Director To Swap Places For Day

He’s Been Confined For 444 Days

Max, SQSPCA Director

To Swap Places For Day

Max has spent one year, 78 days at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, waiting to be adopted.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Max, a long-time shelter resident, will move into SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes office this coming Wednesday, and Hayne will move into his cage for a day.

Will Stacie by smiling at the end of Wednesday?

The idea is to drive home to the public – and Stacie – what an extended stay means for shelter dogs, and the importance of adopting shelter dogs as quickly as possible.

“March 3 marks Max’s 444th day here at our shelter,” explained Haynes. “Max has been living in a kennel for over a year, with no comfy couch, no home or human to call his own, and an ever-changing parade of complete strangers judging both him and his behavior. Before that, he was in a different shelter for about four months.”

Second Morris Home Burns; Dog Rescued

Second Morris

Home Burns;

Dog Rescued

Pit Bull ‘Stressed Out,’ But Safe

The interior of the home at 78 Broad St., Morris, was gutted in last evening’s fire.  (James Cummings/

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special to

MORRIS – Three days before the new decade begins, a second home in Morris was destroyed by fire in less than a week.

A possible electrical fire at 78 Broad St. in the village at 8:20 p.m. last night wreaked havoc on the home of Kelly Worman.

The first recent Morris fire was Dec. 23 at 287 West Hill Road. The downstairs was gutted and the house was pretty well destroyed, Mayor Michael Newell said a few minutes ago.

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