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News, The Snitch Skippy the Service Iguana Makes the Wall Street Journal

Skippy the Service Iguana Makes the Wall Street Journal

Frequent SF Weekly readers -- and riders of the 14-Mission bus -- may be familiar with Cosmie Silfa. Actually, while Silfa is a fine fellow, he's not nearly as memorable as his constant companion, Skippy. Skippy the service iguana. Silfa…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Iguana Man Gets to Keep His 'Service Lizards'

S.F. Iguana Man Gets to Keep His 'Service Lizards'

Some of you may remember a few stories we wrote last year about San Francisco resident Cosmie Silfa, who had the unique distinction of owning a "service lizard." Well, SF Weekly caught up with Silfa this week, and it turns…
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News, The Snitch Iguana Man's Saga Continues: SRO Tenant Still Hopes to Keep His 'Service Lizards'

Iguana Man's Saga Continues: SRO Tenant Still Hopes to Keep His 'Service Lizards'

Late last month, we reported on how San Francisco SRO resident Cosmie Silfa was in the midst of filling out a bevy of forms in order to keep his "service iguana" Skippy. Silfa, readers may recall, was profiled in a…
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News, The Snitch Iguana Man Optimistic He Won't Have to Give Up His 'Service Lizard'

Iguana Man Optimistic He Won't Have to Give Up His 'Service Lizard'

Yesterday we reported that Cosmie Silfa was at risk of having to give up his doctor-prescribed "service iguana" Skippy. Today, however, Silfa is optimistic he won't have to surrender the arm-sized, green lizard his psychiatrist describes as "an essential component…
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News, The Snitch Whither Skippy? Will Man Profiled in SF Weekly Cover Story Have to Give Up His Service Iguana?

Whither Skippy? Will Man Profiled in SF Weekly Cover Story Have to Give Up His Service Iguana?

Our more fervent readers may recall a June SF Weekly cover story titled "Service with a Snarl" exploring the city's intriguing rules and regulations regarding service animals. Yes, it was the one with the maniacal Chihuahua on the cover. One…
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News, Feature Service with a Snarl

Service with a Snarl

Not long ago, Charles Esler's Chihuahua, Tita, chased a woman clear across Dolores Park. The dog "just gets fixated," he says nonchalantly. "It's only with females that she'll chase." Evidently, this has happened plenty of times. Not long after that,…
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