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About Respect The Paw

Izzy Tappan-deFrees is a compassionate animal groomer, a musician and songster, a teardrop camper lovin' traveler, a daughter, a wife & mom, a trail hiker, a campfire devotee, a wood carver, a student of spirit around the world, a good listener, a part-time poet and a former data analyst and programmer.

New Year Notes

Jan 1, 2013 – I am entering my second year running my BuddyBarber: In-Your-Home Grooming service. Now is a time for reflection and posting snapshots of some of my most transformed dogs and cats. I have so much to be grateful for this … Continue reading

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Dog (and Cat) Lands

Just back from most amazing travels in Belgium and France (Paris, Normandy & Brittany), the BuddyBarber could not help admire the many gorgeous dogs and cats along the way… welcomed in restaurants, lounging on sunny cobbled paths, displayed in museums, … Continue reading

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Finding Remembrances

From an email note received the day before we left to travel to Belgium – by 93 year old Retired Lt. Col. Glenn Doman: “Your father Donald was one of my boys in K (King) company, 346th INF Regiment, 87 … Continue reading

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Time Travel

This post is not really about my life with animals… This post is about my Dad. He died suddenly in 1989, at 63, much too young, but not before living a magnificent life. He was a brilliant bio-chemist who worked … Continue reading

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A Sunday Service – Blessings of the Animals

(This is an exerpt of a Sunday morning summer service that I led at First Parish Watertown Unitarian Universalist church – on July 1, 2012) Good Morning – Today’s opening music was ‘A Beautiful Spring Day’ from the Disney film … Continue reading

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Prideful Dogs

Yesterday my family enjoyed a beautiful, sunny and energy-filled day watching Boston’s parade to celebrate Gay Pride. It is rather amazing how may proud pooches showed up to walk the route.. HAZZAH(!) to their spirit and dedication to social equality!

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Sheep Grooming Anyone?

On a beautiful Memorial Day weekend I got a lesson in sheep shearing at our neighbor’s farm in Maine… Ok,  so the BuddyBarber is not really contemplating sheep grooming… but it is fun to watch, none the less… and you can … Continue reading

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Meeting the Needs

I am loving many things about the progress of my BuddyBarber grooming business. One is that, on an intellectual level, it is satisfying to know that the vision I had for the need for my service, was a clear one. In planning … Continue reading

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One Life Passage and Business is Boom(er)ing

Nearing the end of my first month of full-time grooming… I have had work almost every day and made double the (modest) goal that the house bookkeeper set for me! This month my new clients include a goldendoodle, and labradoodle, … Continue reading

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And now it’s official!

Despite warmer than usual temperatures, March has been a whirlwind for me. Last week was Graduation Day(!) and now I step out on my own – marketing, marketing my BuddyBarber: In-Your-Home Grooming Service. I truely loved my time at MACC. … Continue reading

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