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About respectthepaw

Izzy Tappan-deFrees is proprietor of BuddyBarber: In-Your-Home Pet Grooming - I offer an animal friendy service for all dog and cats, with special usefulness to older, timid, anxious or travel phobic pets, for service-dogs who need to stay near their owners and for owners who struggle with animal transport issues. Serving Metro-West Massachusetts by appointment only. Izzy is also a former IT worker, a musician, a wood carver and a student of spirit around the world.


Beneath his legs Where no one seems to see But do perhaps smell The fine spun fur is knitted tight. Egg sacks on vine They pull on tender skin In daily kitchen dance Step here, back there, eyes on bowl. … Continue reading

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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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