P.K. Lichtenberger, co-owner of Betts Fishing Center, has authored a book about a yellow Lab's journey to becoming a therapy dog. All proceeds from the $15 books go to PARC. Hold My Paw, about her dog, Snapper, includes illustrations by PARC artists.
After going through extensive tests and a surgery, Snapper didn't like people holding her left paw. It had often been poked and prodded for blood samples and intravenous needles. But to become a therapy dog, she had to allow others to hold her paw. Customers at the fishing center were encouraged to reach for her paw so she would get more used to people holding it. In time she passed the requirements to be a therapy dog.
Hold My Paw is sold at Betts Fishing Center at 8926 126th Ave. in Largo and in St. Petersburg at the PARC offices at 3190 Tyrone Blvd. N and the PARC thrift store at 5825 66th St. N.
New diner features old Florida
It took longer than expected, but a new restaurant has opened where Dave's Restaurant closed more than a year ago at 2339 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Trip's Diner is named after owner Gordon Stevenson's 14-year-old triplets. "I didn't feel like putting my name on it so I thought I'd give them a little ownership," Stevenson said. His daughter and two sons help on weekends.
Tabletop are decorated with old Florida postcards, maps or brochures. A 1940s map of St. Petersburg includes activities to take in on a side trip to Cuba. The walls are covered in vintage photos and posters promoting Florida travel. The menu features usual diner fare of eggs, pancakes, breakfast meats, burgers, meatloaf and pasta. There are a few surprises including a crab meat and spinach omelet, strata with basil pesto, fried green tomatoes and mahi mahi with mango salsa.
Dave's Family Restaurant, meanwhile, has closed in the 62nd Avenue N location it opened after vacating the King Street space.
Katherine Snow Smith, Times Staff Writer