It's not so much that she has done an excellent job of training a particular canine, it's that Patricia Mercer has been instrumental in ensuring hundreds of dogs a happy relationship with their new owners. As executive director of the SPCA, Mercer oversees a training program that gives larger dogs a better chance of being adopted. In addition to nudging people toward continued training for pups of any size, the SPCA provides adoption follow-up to guarantee that new owners provide the right care and make their new pet a welcome addition to the household.
Little Watch Shop
If these guys can fix a glockenspiel music-box clock built in 1800 with all-wood mechanisms (which they can), just imagine what wonders they can work with that collection of old watches that's sitting in your bathroom drawer. Serving time since 1947, the shop has six folks on staff with degrees from watchmaking school, and they can often do the work while you stand there and gawk. The labor ain't cheap (it can run $14 to fix a clasp), but you want to wear that Swatch again, don't you?

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