Canine Lymphoma: The Story of Willow

Canine Lymphoma: The Story of Willow

Willow at home. Photo by Jeanne Taylor Photography.
“I’m so sorry to have to tell you this, but it’s lymphoma.”

It was May 17, 2018, when we received the phone call from Dr. B of Veterinary Specialty Care with news that would change the course of our lives. Our handsome, beloved Lab/bull terrier pup, Willow, was diagnosed with the worst possible cancer for a dog — stage V, T-cell gastrointestinal canine lymphoma. With treatment, the prognosis was approximately six months. … And without it, two to four weeks. We adopted Willow from Wild Heir Lab Rescue when he was just 3 months old. With no two-legged kids, Willow was our child, our everything. He had the shiniest black coat, was the smartest dog you ever met and was always healthy — until lymphoma. Canine lymphoma is one of the most common forms of cancer in dogs. It’s an aggressive, incurable cancer, but it can be treated to extend quantity and quality of life.

There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment.

The amount of information available on what works, what doesn’t, diets, etc., for lymphoma is overwhelming. Each dog is different, and each dog will respond differently to varied treatment plans. It’s best to trust the experts and build out your “expert team” to help you determine what is best for your dog.

Willow the lab/bull terrier at home. Photo by Jeanne Taylor Photography.Our team consisted of our vets Drs. Bret and Erin Burton from Long Point Animal Hospital; Veterinary Specialty Care oncologists Dr. Michelle Wall, Dr. Kathryn Taylor and Dr. Gabrielle Angelo (and their vet techs); and our holistic vet, Dr. Kristi Oldham. This team guided us, supported us and helped with a combination of chemotherapy, diet and natural supplements.

I was initially skeptical of having three oncologists in rotation for our appointments at Veterinary Specialty Care. However, I soon realized how lucky we were with three times the amount of expertise. They took as much time as needed to answer my endless questions; helped us stay positive even when receiving bad news; and were always honest and straightforward about what was happening to Willow, along with explaining any recommended next steps.

I knew Dr. Oldham through Lowcountry Lab Rescue, a group for which we have fostered and volunteered for years. When we first received Willow’s diagnosis, she was one of the first people I contacted. She came to our house within two days, assessed

Willow at Veterinary Specialty Care for chemo. Photo courtesy of Christy and Bradley Punch.
Willow receiving chemo at Veterinary Specialty Care.

Willow and customized an all-natural diet plan based on his symptoms and type of lymphoma. She spent hours walking me through everything, providing me resources, and even explained details on how to cook some of the food. She was also available by text at any time for questions, advice or just my need for reassurance.

There is no perfect treatment plan, and the plan will change as the lymphoma fights back, but having your expert team will give you the confidence to keep fighting. Keep in mind that you know your dog better than anyone, and any treatment decisions you make are the right decisions because, ultimately, you are the best expert for your dog.

Time is precious. Make memories.

Willow at the beach. Photo courtesy of Christy and Bradley Punch.Canine lymphoma is described as a roller-coaster ride. You have highs — and a lot of lows. One day you’re beating the cancer, and the next day you’re losing the battle. You learn that time becomes precious. Work was suddenly not as big of a priority. We canceled vacations and sat out from fun boat days with our friends. We knew this disease would take our baby, and we wanted to spend the unknown time we had left making memories with him.

We created a bucket list and tried to do as much as we could. We took him swimming in a friend’s parents’ pool. We went for walks on the beach, golf-cart rides around the neighborhood and “yappy hours” with the neighbors. We captured his paw-print imprints with paint on canvas. And sometimes, we just had lazy days curled up together on the couch.

About a month into Willow’s illness, I realized that we had hundreds and hundreds of pictures of Willow, but we had very few pictures with both me and Bradley in the photo with Willow. We decided to hire a photographer to take professional photos of Willow at home. Photo by Jeanne Taylor Photography. Willow, including photos of us with him. I searched online for local pet photographers and sent an email with our story to a couple of them. Jeanne Taylor responded quickly to our story and offered us a free photo shoot as part of a program she has for terminal pets. This offer meant so much to us given the amount of money we were already spending on Willow’s treatment.

Jeanne came over to our house one hot and humid Saturday morning. She offered Willow a treat, and he immediately gobbled it down and wanted more. This was during a period of time when Willow wasn’t eating, so my husband and I were amazed. Jeanne took Willow into our backyard, just the two of them, to take — what we would find out later — the most amazing shots of Willow that truly captured his personality and spirit.

She then took more photos of us with Willow — being so patient to take breaks inside to let Willow rest and cool off. She humored us with golf-cart ride photos and the different collars and scarfs we wanted him to wear. My favorite memory of the day was when Jeanne suggested we take a photo with Willow sitting on our porch swing. “He will never get on this swing,” I told her, “We’ve tried in the past, but he has no interest. We can try though.” Bradley and I sat down, and, within a second, Willow jumped up on the swing, curled up in between us, and looked right at Jeanne like he was saying, “OK, I’m ready for my close up.” We all had such a good laugh.

Now we have the most amazing photos of Willow and photos of us with Willow. What is even more special, however, is that we had the most fun that day (Willow included), and the memory of that day will always be one of my favorites.

Celebrate their life — and look for the signs.

Willow’s tree memorial. Photo courtesy of Christy and Bradley Punch.
Willow’s tree memorial.

On August 19, 2018, Willow lost his three-and half-month battle with GI lymphoma. He went to sleep peacefully in our arms while we held his paws, kissed his head, and told him how much we loved him.

Our grief of losing Willow just months from his eighth birthday was immense, but we wanted to channel our grief into celebrating his memory, and we did so by thanking the people who were there for us during the last months of his life. We wrote thank-you notes to all of the vets and oncologists, friends, family, and neighbors who supported us. We delivered pizzas to Veterinary Specialty Care as a thank-you to everyone there, and we wore “Willow the Warrior” T-shirts we made with Willow’s paw prints on them.

Soon after Willow passed, Jeanne Taylor stopped by our house to personally deliver the amazing album and photos we ordered from her photo shoot with us. Jeanne told us to be open to looking for signs — that Willow’s spirit would visit us, and we would notice it through signs. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I kept an open mind about it.

Two days after Willow’s passing, Bradley and I drove to a local plant nursery and picked out a tree to plant in our backyard in honor of Willow’s memory. While we were looking at the trees and trying to decide which one to choose, a single butterfly appeared and began flying around a holly tree. We then knew that was the tree to get — it was Willow’s tree. That following weekend we were on a boat ride with friends in the middle of the harbor. Two butterflies appeared out of nowhere and fluttered all around us. We began to see butterflies everywhere — and still see them often — especially in moments when we may be feeling sad. I know it’s the signs Jeanne talked about, and Willow is letting us know that his spirit will always be with us.

Your heart is bigger than you think.

We have been involved as fosters and volunteers with Lowcountry Lab Rescue, a local dog rescue that is near and dear to our hearts. Willow was a foster brother to 10 dogs rescued from local high-kill shelters. He was patient with these dogs, shared his toys and shared his humans with them. Willow played an important role in helping us rehabilitate the dogs and helping them find loving, forever homes.

Willow at home. Photo by Jeanne Taylor Photography.After losing Willow, another way we coped with our grief was to throw ourselves into our rescue work and start fostering to help save lives in honor of Willow’s life. We call our fosters “Willow’s Warriors.” We agreed that we would foster, and, then, when we were ready, we would adopt again.

We have fostered three dogs since last August, and the third dog we fostered never left. We fell in love with a block-headed, spunky, approximately 3-year-old dog from Lowcountry Lab Rescue via Berkeley Animal Center. Bradley and I never thought we would ever be ready to open our hearts to adopting so soon after losing Willow. However, this sweet girl made it quite clear that she chose us, and we remain convinced Willow sent her our way knowing we were the ones needing rescuing.

We named her August; we didn’t want the month of August to forever be sad. We want to remember that month for when we had the last few weeks of time with Willow — time we will always treasure. We tell August often about her spirit brother, Willow. Through her, we’ve learned that you don’t move on from the grief or memories of your last dog but rather move forward and learn that your heart is big enough to love again.

If you should receive a cancer diagnosis for your pet, Dr. Angelo stated, “The No. 1 thing to remember after hearing that your pet has cancer is that we (your expert team) are here for the happiness and quality of life of the patient. The most important thing is them (the patient).”

There are so very many resources available to pet parents. To learn more about canine lymphoma or other canine cancers, visit, the official site for the National Canine Cancer Foundation.

By Christy Punch

Hairy Winston – Who Let the Dogs In?

Hairy Winston – Who Let the Dogs In?

Hairy WinstonIf dogs are man’s best friend, then Hairy Winston must be dog’s best friend. This boutique pet store, voted Best Pet Store by the readers of Mount Pleasant Magazine, is more than pet friendly.

One recent customer said, “This is absolutely the best pet store ever! Hairy Winston has healthy foods, treats, toys, leashes, harnesses, collars, candles and nontoxic products to repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. The employees have a lot of knowledge about their products. … My dog and I highly recommend shopping here.” Jennie Dudley, a Mount Pleasant resident, opened Hairy Winston in 2008. She named the store after her hairy dog Winston, whom she always brought to work along with his sister, Sophie, until his passing from cancer in 2015.

“I love the small-town feel of Mount Pleasant,” Dudley said. “People with pets are happy people. Our customers are our friends, and we truly want to help them have healthier pets.”

Hairy Winston offers safe, healthy products for dogs and cats. The store also includes a self-serve dog wash room with shampoo, conditioner, towels, brushes, combs and stainless-steel grooming tubs for any size dog.

“People love the self-serve dog wash,” Dudley said. “It’s especially great when you are leaving the beach or a dog park and don’t want to bring the sand and dirt home.”

Located in Towne Centre, Hairy Winston welcomes dogs, cats and their humans seven days a week.

To learn more, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram at Hairy Winston Pet Boutique.


By Tonya McGue

I Own Simon – and You’re Next

I Own Simon – and You’re Next
Sophie, Mount Pleasant Pet's Feline Overlord for Content Management
A photo of me planning out a set of posts for the website.

Hello. My name is Sophie, and I’m sure you’re glad to meet me.

I am, after all, a feline, and, since I own everything around me, and I’m very graceful and all that stuff that comes along with being a cat, you are certainly properly impressed. Oh, and you’ll be glad to know that unlike your other cat masters, I won’t be condescending toward you because I’ve found that your species has some good uses – like creating cat treats! Love ‘em. Good job.

Anyway, when I started working here at Mount Pleasant Pets, at first, no one really knew I was around. I work for Simon, the webmaster in the Internet Department, but, for the first four days, I spent time on the low-down, skulking around in the background just watching what was going on. At first, some of the other staffers here thought I’d quit right away or run away scared, but I was simply gathering data. Mainly, I was watching the humans and seeing how the other animals in the office dealt with them so I could figure out which humans needed more assurance and all those other things that cat overlords normally do when they move into a new environment where animals and humans mix.

Simon, our webmaster, naps while I continue to work.
Simon, our webmaster, naps while I continue to work.

My official title in the Internet Department is Feline Overlord for Content Management, and, yes, that feeling of great awe and wonder at my title is normal. It should be very impressive to you. Don’t faint; the dizziness will fade and simply be replaced by normal adoration. This job means that in between my naps and sitting around looking just wonderful, I also add articles to the website and choose images for those articles. Sometimes I coordinate between the Art and Editorial Departments to get the content I need to publish online. All of this frees Simon up for more important duties like extra naps and sitting around looking very distinguished and incredibly intelligent.

Later, I moved in with Simon’s humans so I could dedicate most of my time to napping, looking great and being available for work. I chose respectfully to spend a lot of time in Simon’s home under the bed of one of his humans. I wanted to show Simon the respect he deserved for marking their house up with his scent until I could figure out which areas could be conquered for me. … Oh, I mean redesignated for me. It was very important to progress properly through the different stages of taking over Simon’s territory, including his humans.

You probably don’t know that cats meow almost exclusively for humans. We need to let you know when it’s time to pet us, when we want a door opened, when we’re excited to see you – almost never – when we’re just saying “hello” or whatever it is we want to tell you. When we want to communicate with other cats, simple scents and body language do just fine. I tell you all this so you can understand how I chose to reclaim some of Simon’s areas for myself. First I got to know his humans. I meowed at them until they learned what my different meows meant so they could properly respond to my commands and needs. After they understood me, they started wanting to spend more time with me around the house. … and voila! I was introduced to new sections of the house that belonged to Simon – although at first I still chose to stay under his human’s bed.

Later, I let them open their bedroom door for me, so I could venture out and conquer – I mean explore – more of their house. Months have passed, and now much of Simon’s territory has become mine – or we “share” it. I do have this nagging feeling though that he’s somehow given me more work on the website so he can have even more time to nap and look appropriately magnificent. I will have to look into that!

Keep up the good work making those yummy cat treats, and we’ll talk again later. Goodbye, for meow.

By Sophie, Feline Overlord for Content Management

Man’s Best Friend: The Unbreakable Bond of Humans and Their Dogs

Man’s Best Friend: The Unbreakable Bond of Humans and Their Dogs

I do not consider my dog a pet – my dog is family.”

While the author remains unknown, this quote continues to gain momentum and popularity through social media threads, Pinterest pins and one-of a-kind Etsy creations.

The truth of the matter is, families all across the country relate to this sentence.

Household pets now have a seat at the table. Literally!

Pet ownership in the United States has increased over the past 30 years. According to the National Pet Owners Survey, 68 percent of U.S. households (or the equivalent of approximately 85 million families) own a pet, based on the organization’s 2017–2018 survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association.


Pets are part of the family. They are woven into our lives and treated with practically the same respect and care one would give other humans in that same family.

Presently, more than 60 million families have a dog in their home. Many of these families believe in their hearts that their dog or dogs are more than just pets. If you ask them, they will tell you their dog is like a member of the family.

Meet three Mount Pleasant families – who for various reasons – not only believe their dog is family but live every word.


Will, Rusty and Suzette Haynie.
Will, Rusty and Suzette Haynie.
The Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Will Haynie, and his wife, Suzette, a teacher at Jennie Moore Elementary School, adore their 5-year-old mixed-breed dog named Rusty. He was a scared, tiny, little puppy, not quite 3 months old when they brought him home. Lady, their 100-pound German shepherd, was huge in comparison and could be quite intimidating. Rusty might have been small, but he was not afraid, and, shortly after his arrival, they took to one another and became the best of friends.

Dogs are masters at coercing the human elements in their lives to conform to their rituals. Rusty, for instance, has replaced the need for an alarm clock in the Haynie home. Every morning he jumps on the bed, smothering both Will and Suzette with affection whether they’re ready to wake up or not.

Many families make the decision to bring a dog into the home because of a significant lifestyle change. Will and Suzette chose marriage and relocation. They associate Rusty as a symbol of the happiness they found in each other and in their new life together.

“He’s the happiest and most enthusiastic dog we have ever had,” said Will, adding that he shows them how to be happy and carefree.

They believed they were raising a docile, easy-going rescue, but Rusty surprised them. He has border-collie like drive and intelligence. Energetic, highly intelligent and cunning at times, Rusty requires regular activities and exercise. Will and Suzette are grateful that he enjoys the beach.

Lady crossed the rainbow bridge in July, and, as the family continues to grieve the loss of her presence after 11 years, Rusty makes sure he reminds them that they are his entire world. Sometimes he just sits in front of them and holds conversation through sounds, looks and paw moves. He shakes and wags his whole body whenever he sees them. Coming home to Rusty makes them feel like the most important people in the world. He completes their family. He is family.


Jim and Melissa Kubu with Hank the goldendoodle and their two human children, Jamison and Olivia.
Jim and Melissa Kubu with Hank the goldendoodle and their two human children, Jamison and Olivia.
Jim is a field examiner for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves our veterans by ensuring they receive the benefits they have so greatly earned and richly deserve. Melissa is a program coordinator in the Volunteer Services Department for the Medical University of South Carolina. She coordinates volunteers for the Children’s and Women’s Hospital. No stranger to volunteering, Melissa has spent a great deal of her life serving others and giving back to her community by working with nonprofits and service clubs.

When you ask either of them about their family, they both smile and are happy to whip out their smart phones, flip through their photo gallery and show you pictures of Jamison, 9, Olivia, 6, and Hank, their 9-year-old goldendoodle rescue.

Hank has been with Jim and Melissa since he was a puppy. Extended family members and close acquaintances know him as “Hanky Doodle Dandy.”

Hank entered the Kubu home with impeccable timing. Struggling with the recent loss of Porter, their 9-year-old yellow Lab, days were difficult to navigate without that special dog in their lives. Close friends rescued Hank and were desperately trying to find a forever home for the adorable puppy. The pain of losing Porter played over and over in both their minds, and they were reluctant about opening up their hearts again.

After many days and much deliberation, they concluded this puppy deserved to be loved, and they had oodles of doodle love for him. Hank had found his forever home.

Jamison was a year old, Olivia came several years later and Hank fell right in line as one of the kids. Whenever Jim decides to wrestle with the kids, Hank is quick to jump in on some of the action. The same applies to food. A snack staple in their home is peanut-butter-filled pretzel nuggets. Hank has a fetish for them, as do Jamison and Olivia. When he hears the container, he comes running right along with them. They dole out PBP treats to all three!

Given Hank’s original upbringing, Jim and Melissa have had to make adjustments to accommodate him. Before his arrival, Hank spent most of his first year of life chained to a tree outside, even when it was freezing cold. It required a great deal of love, patience and time for him to learn that he was part of the family. Hank still is a bit of a flight risk, so a set of eyes are on him at all times. He loves the beach, and racing up and down the coastline seems to bring him his greatest joy.

According to Melissa, “Hank has brought a lot of happiness into our lives. He’s an incredible addition to our family.”

Both children look at Hank as their brother; he is mentioned in their nightly prayers. Having him in the family has helped teach the children about responsibilities, especially those connected with caring for a pet.

They are grateful for his unconditional love. He is family.


The entire DeLongchamps family – Dean, Caroline, Jack, Charlie and Sam – surround Bella with love.
The entire DeLongchamps family – Dean, Caroline, Jack, Charlie and Sam – surround Bella with love.
Dean, whom many of you know as Dean Stephens, anchorman of our local ABC Channel 4 station – is also a husband, father of three and best friend to Bella, a 7-year-old rescue.

Bella’s mother was rescued while she was pregnant. Still grieving from the loss of a dog, the family had no plans for another. All of that changed when they met little Bella in front of a local Petco one Saturday. There was an immediate love connection, and Bella now had a family to call her own.

Dogs have a tendency to not only take up residence in our heart but also to fill our mind with memories as vivid as the day they occurred. One favorite memory shared by the entire DeLongchamps family involves a summer road trip. The car was packed, and they were ready to go, yet no one could find Bella. As the entire family searched through the house, Bella was sitting in the back of the van looking out of the window at them!

Dogs give us great joy, but they also bring tremendous comfort to our lives. Caroline, who works as the manager of patient- and family-centered care at the Medical University of South Carolina, knows this all too well.

Following her father’s unexpected death, Bella became her shadow. As if she knew something was wrong, Bella never left Caroline’s side.

“She’d curl up next to me in his big leather chair and for months she helped me absorb the pain of my overwhelming grief,” said Caroline.

Dean and Caroline have opposite schedules. Bella knows this and has created her own timeline to accommodate them both. She will start her evenings off in bed with Caroline, but, as soon as Dean gets home at midnight, she jumps off their bed and curls up in her own. When Caroline leaves in the morning, Bella promptly returns to their bed and resumes her rightful place next to a sleeping Dean.

With three sons – Jack, 21, Charlie, 16 and Sam, 14, Bella has become the center of everyone’s universe. She arrived in their lives while they were experiencing multiple life changes.

“We rescued her, but she rescued us right back,” said Dean.

Bella showers her family with puppy love 24/7 – and it is reciprocated. She has a bed in every room, is never home alone more than a few hours and has her family happily adjusted to the enormous amount of dog hair in their home, cars and wardrobes.

Bella is the first thing the children look for in the morning, and she is the last kiss goodnight. She makes them whole; she is family.


Studies show owning a dog can lower stress, blood pressure and depression and help cure loneliness. Research has proven people actually feel better when they are around a dog. Maybe that’s why people recover from a stressful situation faster when there’s a dog around.

Dogs make us happy, and they help us feel connected to others.

And Roger Caras just may have said it best: “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

Cathy C. Bennett is a micro-pet influencer and the creator of Groovy Goldendoodles™ a pet blog and website centered around her two goldendoodles – Harley and Jaxson. Cathy writes about everyday life with two very active doodles. Learn more about this incredible hybrid breed, dog health and nutrition, training and grooming tips, pet therapy, homemade treats and so much more at

Pet Day On Lowcountry Live

Pet Day On Lowcountry Live

“Yo Yo Cathy …”

That’s how all my emails from Bill Macchio, publisher of Mount Pleasant Magazine, begin. This particular one, titled “Lowcountry Live Pet Segment” with WCIV ABC News 4, was no different.

Literally minutes after he sent the email, my telephone rang, and Bill’s enthusiasm soared sky-high before I could utter hello.

He was ecstatic! I tried to keep up with his momentum as he speed-spoke about a concept for Mount Pleasant Pets magazine hosting a Lowcountry Live TV Show. He wanted to own an entire segment and center it around pets in the Lowcountry. He also wanted me to be a part of it.

As a micro pet influencer, a contributor to several magazines, as well as my own website – I was flattered, but I didn’t think it was great content for the show. I did, however, offer up a program I believe all animal lovers would have interest in: pet therapy. Bill agreed with me, and so I agreed to participate.

The Calm After the Storm

The day the show aired, Charleston was coming out from under its worst summer storm, which, the night before, brought uprooted trees, downed power lines, severe flooding and a high tide that wouldn’t subside. As a result, it was a challenge getting to the WCIV studio in Mount Pleasant.

This was a blessing in disguise for me because my focus was on alternate routes, not what I would say or if the camera would capture my heart beating out of my chest.

I arrived literally minutes before the show started, but I was there in enough time to see some familiar faces. Many of the other participants were friends, which made the hugs and greetings sweeter.

Sitting in the Lowcountry Live green room (news alert: The room isn’t green) was probably the best part. When you surround yourself with positive energy and like-minded people, the world becomes the best it can be. The time together was not long enough, but we were able to score a paw-some group photo.

Lights, Camera, Pet Action!

Erin Kienzle welcomed Bill and his “real” publisher, Charlie the goldendoodle. Helen Harris and Beezus the golden retriever – the “real” managing editor – accompanied them.

Charlie and Beezus sure got the show off to a great start, and, back in the green room, the lineup for this pet-themed episode was quite impressive. It was bound to be a great segment.


Ziggy’s Dog Parlor strives to deliver excellent grooming services.

They stagger appointments to avoid having your pet wait to be groomed. They go the extra mile to provide a soft, special touch.

Kristin Villa, accompanied by a helper, brought Ziggy, the mascot, and Axle, a rescue, on set to talk about how Ziggy’s loves to give their clients the royal treatment.

Pet Helpers

Executive Director Alan Berger talked about the four decades Pet Helpers has worked diligently to end euthanasia for all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping the animals until they are adopted. They provide lowcost surgeries, offer humane education programs and pursue animal-cruelty prosecution. For those who do not know: The 14th Annual Fur Ball Silent Auction will be held Nov. 10 at the Francis Marion Hotel.

Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming

Addie the Boykin spaniel, Cameron Reid and Leigh Reid Hope are no strangers to me. Both of my goldendoodles are regular clients at their establishment in Mount Pleasant – a franchise that feels more like a neighborhood specialty shop providing extraordinary customer service. Their retail and upscale homemade-treat section rivals any boutique in and out of the state. Talented groomers with unlimited patience and canine-connection powers make taking your dog there for a spa day worry-free.

MUSC Pet Therapy

For two years I volunteered at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Pet Therapy Program. Now as the program’s coordinator, I have to pinch myself every morning before walking into the main hospital with one of my two therapy goldendoodles by my side. I manage 42 incredibly caring and committed pet-therapy teams as they alter (if just for a few minutes) the days and lives of patients, families and our wonderful medical staff. Every day, we’re entering new territory in clinics, such as occupational therapy and special needs surgical-dental. We’re ushered with open arms into the ICU, labor and delivery, and many post-op procedure areas in both the main and Children’s Hospital.

The Experience

My segment was next to last, giving me the opportunity to watch the others. What seemed like a lengthy time to talk about your passion is not enough time when you’re the person talking. As soon as I sat on the couch, it was time to leave. But I wasn’t finished! I wanted more!

Having Bill and Charlie sitting with me felt as comfortable as the many conversations we’d had in the past, before I started writing for Mount Pleasant Magazine and Mount Pleasant Pets.

I applaud Bill for listening to Charlie and making this possible. The Lowcountry is one of the top-10 pet-friendly cities in the country, so it only makes sense to tell her residents and guests about these pet-friendly treasures and causes that exist within everyone’s reach.

What a wonderful concept: to dedicate an hour-long segment to pets at least once a year. The guest list will continue to be extensive, I have no doubt.