Posts tagged ‘Pets’

September 21, 2013

Doggie Paradise on the Main Line!

by Teréza Eliasz-Solomon (HeiressMommy™)

JavaWaterPoloYou’ve got all the arrogance of your class, haven’t you?” says the Jimmy Stewart character to Tracey Lord, played by Katherine Hepburn in the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story. That says it all about my hometown of Philadelphia famous Main Line area. REAL historical class defines the atmosphere of our spectacular suburb that was simply named that because the railroad’s main line ran through it. Wealthy folks did and still do reside there, as well as the professionals and others who seek to dwell within the quaint and pleasant atmosphere. As Miss Lord later explains REAL class is not defined  by money or property but style, decency and love. Still being elite has its place ,,, even for our sweet pets, Elite no more than a place and attitude that benefits its participants and that is where our dear canine Princess Java Argus retreats, has vacations and is REALLY well cared for – it is The Wagsworth Manor.

I know what you must be  thinking – just another expensive place to pamper pooch. You are wrong my darlings for Wagsworth Manor provides a healthy and safe home away for our beloved pets – they offer the usual bath, grooming, play and swim time but more important are their concerns for health and well being of the animals in their care. Full service to say the least is what you can expect from this amazing facility – as much a family as your own to care for your beloved companion, No medical issue left unattended nor safety situation not addressed for the pets boarding there. The day care a G-d sent for busy folks and the overnight or even long stay a REAL blessing considering the confidence such a place provides devoted pet owners.

Speaking of owners – well now, Wagsworth Manor takes REALLY good care of us too. Oh yes, they take my many calls, send hubby and I updates via emails and even include almost daily pictures of the mighty Java swimming and such. Trust me that if they tolerate a Jewish Mother like myself, they are pros at human interactions as much as animal relationships. Important that I tell you how REALLY amazing those who work there are … especially compassionate and cooperative when a family needs to leave their pets during babies being born, moves or even more upsetting times families deal with. For all these reasons myself and  my husband have found it necessary to have our Java be pampered like the Princess she REALLY is at Wagsworth Manor;  We have celebrated births, moves, trips, holidays, events and needing to have our pet in a safe place as we dealt with unseemly types in a way that would not have been easy without  a place like Wagsworth Manor being available. My family has advantages and blessings that make travel with our pets often possible and still there are those times when the knowledge that people who REALLY will care about our canine’s well being exist make our tasks possible.

No hyperbole – only REAL gratitude, appreciation and admiration from my family when asked about the place we allow to look after our beautiful Labrador, As we contemplate expanding our family even more – no matter what other States we decide to include as home, Wagsworth Manor will always be our first choice for Princess Java Argus and the other pets we plan to add to the Eliasz-Solomon realm!

Wagsworth Manor Pet Resort

27 Spring Mill Drive, Malvern, PA 19355
phone: 610-251-WAGS

P.S. In my memoir, Heiress Mommy … A Modern Super Woman Life! and following expanded biographical story Life Journey of Heiress Mommy many heartfelt details of how exactly our dear Princess Java Argus comforted and protected our family will be shared … trust me when I tell you there are REAL surprises in this story. Now go call Wagsworth Manor – take a tour and as everyone who goes there proclaims, “Can people stay here too?”, so will you. By the way, you can thank me later!

July 22, 2012

My Furry Princess …Our Doggy Daughter!

by Teréza Eliasz-Solomon (HeiressMommy™)

Both my husband and I grew up with dogs as pets – I had dogs during my first marriage [widowed at nearly 21 years] but my husband’s [what he calls] youthful huge mistake practice marriage had none. It seems only after that woman was sent packing on account of unfaithfulness and other bad deeds and later married  her illicit love affair mate, did a pet canine become acceptable in her home …in fact, I named her dog for conversational purposes the F*%k You  dog [you can fill in the letters].  Anyway back to hubby & me – we decided a dog was an absolutely MUST have for our family and so in 2009 Princess Java Argus [AKC registered name] was chosen to be a part of our life.

The timing for getting our dear Java was that we had decided to begin expensive, difficult and what we were sure would be complicated fertility treatments. Never doubting that we would have more children [lost twin pregnancy early after 2003 wedding], we also were sure a dog had to be part of our households. On the advice of many professionals [vets & trainers] the decision about timing was to have our new pet trained and acclimated to life with the Eliasz-Solomon family before babies arrived. Success on all fronts – doggy wonderful and pregnancy achieved. As we now consider adding more children [possibly via a gestational carrier for our remaining embryos], we are also considering adding another or possibly two Labradors to our pack. Just as children have united us even more than already was the case,  having a dog has  been equal in making ours a REAL family.

The history of the domestication of dogs goes back thousands of years with the reasons and conditions as varied as are the many breeds we know today. The first obvious human/dog relationship was for hunting, followed by protection and finally companionship. In some ways a dog family member has been a democratization scenario as royals and all others throughout recorded history seemed to have access and ownership of canines. Who is not interested in knowing what breed is or name of a famous or infamous person’s dog – always an insight into an individual’s lifestyle and character can be found in those choices. The other significant observation about any human is how they treat and care for a dog – I often tell folks that I find it nearly impossible to be close to someone who can not love a dog. For me, Princess Java is so important that those of my friends who are not “dog people” still fret over her on account of not wanting me or my family to be worried or sad – sweet that Java has so many humans to worry about her.

Studies have shown there are many health benefits to owning a dog. A recent analysis of children proved that those who live with a dog during their first year of  life have better immune systems – probably developed by exposure to the family pet. For adults the benefits are equally substantial  …a dog can reduce stress, make one exercise through walks and play and stave off depression with unconditional love and a relief from loneliness. Dogs have helped our brave returning service people with the horrors of post traumatic stress syndrome, as well as people suffering from epilepsy, etc..

My household is quite organized, with many rituals and tasks – Java adapted and is too a wee bit compulsive about routines – our furry Princess wants her morning vitamins, breakfast and walk in a certain fashion and will announce with a slight verbal pronunciation when each meal time should occur, as well as when she thinks it is time to retire in the evening. My husband and I laugh at our pet’s insistence that nothing be moved in our homes …this unique personality trait  became apparent when she was only one year old and our housekeeper moved a Persian area rug to another room. Indeed we are a bit concerned as we become multi residential in the next year as to how the Princess will tolerate such dramatic and grand scale change.

For us Princess Java Argus was the first child born to our glorious union. We take our doggy everywhere [yes Java has been to meetings, banks, salons, etc]  and we are planning  to have her live with us for our year in Europe before the children begin full time school  – in my very weak French I keep explaining to her that she will be allowed to dine in Parisian restaurants as that is allowed there. Our family is also excited that being NYC/NY mostly full time residents by 2013 will afford Java eating in a few Manhattan bistros. We never consider the purchase  of  nor would ever allow into a car, home or anything else without knowing that it is both appropriate and safe for our children and our dog.  My wise adventurous and very creative husband is now keen on and involved in planning a Lewis & Clark type family expedition – with Java being our Seaman of course. After each of us produce at least one or two books, my husband and I want to join with our small 2, 4 or 6 [who knows at this point] children in writing a Travels With Java tome – of course by then, it might be Travels with Princess Java & Kava [name chosen already for Lab #2]. The reason book stores are so full recently of  dog tales  is because the effect on a human life as well as the benefit is so great and so often life changing that prose feels necessary about our canine companions. So I dedicate this blog post to my beautiful, sweet, intelligent, loving Princess Java Argus – who got me/us through some very difficult days when evil doers, lie spewing cheaters and even dangerous types [oh yes, did I mention Java is an excellent watch dog – alerting us to even the smallest noise or disturbance] were needed to be dealt with. Of course, these last three years with Java was one of joy and fun – our pooch is also a  great exercise companion – trying to lift my free weights, joining me on my elliptical trainer and leaning over me on my universal board lifter. The final personal note on this precious dog is that I/we are eternally grateful that G-d directed us to have Princess Java Argus join our family – the best for us and for her is yet to come!!!

I have two P.S. for my readers: #1. The above referred to F*%k You doggy that belonged to the woman my husband has so aptly named “the devil’s daughter” apparently died [to clarify it was the male dog, not the bitch that died] and was replaced –  proving to me that even wicked type evil doers can be loved by a canine companion. And #2.  Our dog’s official AKC registered name is Princess Java Argus Solomon Eliasz – we are paying to have it changed as ours was legally this past January 2012 to Princess Java Argus Eliasz-Solomon …by the way, my genealogist  husband had our pure breed Labrador’s genealogy official completed and framed – go figure.

P.P.S. As always dear readers, I so wish that I could share with more specificity details but ongoing [actually a lot of payback fun] litigation and my book obligations [2013: “Heiress Mommy …A Modern Super Woman Life!”] forbade me from telling all on my blog posts – but trust me, my book will tell EVERYTHING [about me & everyone else]. See you at the bookstores next year my darling blog followers!!!

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