Something’s on the roof!


Skyy and I want to wish everyone a pleasant and safe holiday season! We had shared the true joy of companionship over the last year with all of our buddies at the VA in Aspinwall as well as HCR ManorCare in the North Hills.  We love you all and look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Now…what was that I heard on the roof????



Christmas Greetings


Our prayer for our friends during the Christmas season:

May you be blessed…
With the spirit of the season, which is peace,
The gladness of the season, which is hope,
And the heart of the season, which is love.

Thank you for allowing us to visit you over the past year and we anticipate joyful meetings again next year!

Dan, Kellee and Skyy (Syrah wanted to be part of it as well)


Muddy boy

So what happens when your border collie has to run and exercise but it has been snowing and raining the past 2 days?

We are going to get a bath at Larry’s Laundromutt in Sewickley before we go home!

By the way, Skyy is in his glory right now! He loves being muddy!

Skyy Drawing by Lily

Earlier this week when we visited the Bethel Park School District, one special student named Lily drew a pic of Skyy in less than 1/2 hour while we were presenting to the class! I asked if I could share it with all of our readers.

Skyy and I think this is amazing! Lily has some real talent. Skyy and I both send our very best wishes for her and what seems could be a very talented future!

Nice work Lily!


Skyy’s Visit to IMS – Bethel Park, PA

On Monday, 11/12, Kellee, Skyy and I had the honor of participating in Independence Middle School’s (Bethel Park, PA) Veterans Day program. The day started with a lovely breakfast cooked and served by the members of the student council and Bring A Smile To The Service Group. The veterans and their families were treated to a patriotic celebration that included the students singing several emotion-packed songs and an original poem written by two of the students. Many of the veterans in attendance were deeply touched by the enthusiasm, appreciation, and courtesy that was shown to them. Their service and sacrifices were not forgotten. Skyy was a hit. Greg, a Marine vet, requested that his picture be taken with Skyy. Of course, Skyy, the ham, was happy to oblige. He is not one to let a photo op go by!


I spent the afternoon providing students with the history of the border collie breed, the difference between service and therapy dogs and showing them what makes Skyy a much-loved and anticipated visitor to the Aspinwall, PA, VA hospital. Skyy was in his element. The more the students cheered for him, the more he showed off. By the end of the day, after having performed five separate presentations in order to accommodate more than 600 students, Skyy was tired but very happy to have been an honored guest.


Kudos to social studies teacher/student council and Bring A Smile To The Service Group adviser Jenn Makel (proudly raised by a Marine, as her shirt said) and principal David Muench for providing the support the students needed in order to put together a well-coordinated, enthusiastic celebration of those who have served our country. A big thank you to all of the students for making us feel so welcome. A special thank you to Matthew R., who had been our contact throughout the planning stages.


Great job by all! Perhaps we can do it again! God bless our vets.


Skyy’s Injury


Last weekend as my wife and I were cleaning up the yard for the winter, Skyy and his sister Syrah were using the nice day as a chance to run around and enjoy life.

Suddenly, Skyy came up lame and would not put weight on his left front paw. We looked over his paw and leg vigorously and found nothing. After ten minutes, Skyy was back to his old self.

Later in the week, we noticed that he was favoring his paw.especially in the mornings. We had a big weekend planned for Skyy and Syrah, so I made an appointment with the Vet.

It turns out that Skyy may have poked himself or bruised his paw and was starting to lick his paw too much, causing more damage. Luckily, the paw was not infected, but due to the injury, we needed to get the paw wrapped up and our weekend plans were dashed. We were excited about the chickens on the wrapping tape!


I am happy to report that Skyy is feeling better, but we can not unwrap the paw for another few days to allow healing. We look forward to getting back on track with our adventures in the next few weeks.


US War Dogs


Walking through the VA with Skyy on Saturday I noticed a collage of 3 photos hanging on the wall dedicated to the working dogs of the US Armed Forces. These are canines that neither Skyy nor I would want to tangle.

I recall watching the movie “Megan Leavy” a few months back, based on the true-life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. How difficult must it be for these men and women whose lives rely so much on a furry companion to give them up when they retire.  I don’t think I could do that.

A quick search on the internet and I found the following website: There are some incredible stories on this site that tells the tale of these fantastic soldiers and the training, discipline, and dedication they give to these magnificent animals.

As always:

Thank you for your service!

Dan and Skyy