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TABLE OF CONTENTS

WINTER 2013 V O L U M E 6, I SSUE 4

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Cover Story

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I Love My Toys

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From Trash to Treasure

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3rd Annual Halloween

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In the Dog’s Kitchen

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Dog of the Month: Jan

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Dog of the Month: Feb

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Dog of the Month: Mar

Carol Plescia, Owner Of Acadia Antlers 4 Pages of Dogs With Their Favorite Toys! Amy’s Justice For Snoop

Costume Contest Winners

Meatballs, Rice & Veggies Hamburgers & Veggies Scrambled Eggs & Spinach Chicken & Broccoli Steak & Zucchini Penny the Pit Bull Olivia

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Safety

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Famous Dog on Facebook

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Holiday Gift Guide

Safety Tips to Protect Your Dog

With Friends A Special Dog Remembered Rufus the Cancer Pitty

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Fundraising Options to

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Dedicated Rescue

Help With Vet Bills Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada

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Compassionate Rescue

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Inspiring Rescue

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Bedtime Books

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Happily Ever After

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Happily Ever After

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Happily Ever After

The Harmony Fund

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Sunshine, Pack and Friends Dorothy the Dazzling Yorkie On Wheels

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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The American Dog Magazine wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season. Remember, this is the time of year to give thanks for what you have and please be generous to those less fortunate. Make sure to have a purpose in life, make a contribution to society, and a donation to charity. If you can make room in your heart and home, then please consider adopting your next dog from your local animal shelter or rescue group. We would like to say thank you to all our devoted subscribers, avid readers, loyal advertisers and wonderful Facebook fans!

Sincerely, Jamie M Downey Founder / Editor in Chief

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COVER STORY photo courtesy of Acadia Antlers

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COVER STORY

AC AD I A

ANTLERS AMERICA'S FAVORITE SOURCE FOR

MOOSE ANTLER DOG CHEWS AND TREATS A family-owned and family-run business that is committed to putting their customers first - your family pets! Acadia Antlers delivers the best quality Moose Antlers in the USA and truly cares about your pets having an enjoyable experience with naturally-shed, cruelty-free Moose Antler Dog Chews! by Carol Plescia, Owner of Acadia Antlers

I have to say that being a single mom and raising two boys on my own, I would have never expected to be running a family-owned business with my boys, Ryan (22 years old) and Kyle (18 years old). This venture evolved when we took a family vacation to Maine! Early on, my boys were a little leery on the idea of starting a moose antler dog chew company, but we decided to go for it, and we hit the ground running! We had one clear goal, which was to sell the highest-quality, best- tasting moose antler dog chews available across the country. Because we were vacationing in Acadia, Maine, we decided on calling our company Acadia Antlers.

Ryan started developing a wholesale campaign for selling to small mom-andpop pet boutiques up and down the east coast. Kyle focused on our social media and marketing strategies. That left me as the chief cook and bottle washer! I don't think many people realize that in addition to the daily activities of running a thriving business, I still cut every piece of antler we sell. It is a blessing to be able to share this journey with my growing boys. One of the most important things for me, as their mother, is to make sure they get a great education and have a strong work ethic. Both of my boys have implemented their ideas and have added so much dimension and creativity to our

company. We started out selling the best quality moose antlers at a roadside stand that was just minutes away from the entrance to the Acadia National Park. This way, we were able to meet our customers personally and find out more about their dog's chewing needs. We worked hard to develop our antler cuts using their feedback, and we now offer a wide variety and a great selection of pieces for all dog sizes and breeds. We also have a very strong, online website business that is driven by our loyal Facebook fan base. Acadia Antlers has almost 15,000 fans nationwide which is really wonderful and amazing. And in two short years, we are now sold at upscale, neighborhood pet

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COVER STORY photo courtesy of AcAdiA Antlers

cArol with her sons, ryAn And Kyle boutiques across the country and are regularly available in fun dog venues like Barkbox and Doggyloot. In addition, The American Kennel Club (AKC) Family Dog Magazine picked Acadia Antlers as one of their top product picks for their 2013 spring summer gear guide. Meeting our customers is our driving force. When my boys aren't in school, they are on the road with me. We sell our moose antlers at nationally recognized events like the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the National Dog Show. We also attend many local pet expos and other charity events that give back to local shelters and rescues. We sell a product that is geared for strong chewers, and I have been told that our Pitbull Pacifiers have saved many living room sofas and shoes across the nation!

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Many people don't know that moose naturally shed their antlers every year in the wintertime and grow new antlers in the spring – and we are proud to sell only naturally shed antlers. Acadia Antlers are 100% cruelty free! No animals are harmed in the making of our chews. We do not buy antlers from hunted animals. We work hard to meet many of the shed gatherers in Maine and network across the state to be able to buy only the best quality, Grade A antlers they can find. Finding these sheds is a hard job that requires many, many people. Usually they start after the first snow falls. The leaves are covered with snow, and the tynes stick up and are easier to see. They hike and travel deep into the forests on ATV’s and snowmobiles to gather them. At Acadia Antlers we are sticklers for quality. I travel back and forth to Maine

regularly to buy my antlers and quality is what makes us the premier source of dog chews across the country. I am personally on site to buy every load to insure that America's dogs are only getting the very best! It is disappointing to see that it is so prevalent for low quality antlers to be sold as dog chews. Antler companies pop up and say they sell quality chews, but have never done anything more than make a phone call to a stranger in a warehouse that ships out boxes UPS. They don't care about quality. They think an antler is an antler - and boy, can my customers tell the difference! Acadia Antlers are fresh out of the forest. We buy them from the people that find them on the forest floor and we sell them directly to our customers. They are not sitting in warehouses, and


COVER STORY definitely are not delivered to us sight unseen in cardboard boxes. Acadia Antlers are all-natural, moose antler dog chews that are a healthy alternative to other products that are high in calories and sometimes dangerous. They are loaded with calcium and minerals and a long lasting chew. They are durable, and size appropriate pieces hold up to power chewers when their “indestructible� toys do not. They are non-splintering, and there is no mess or odor. Dogs don't chew through them, they gradually grind them down, so they also serve as a great way to keep tartar and plaque off your dog's teeth. And, of course, they are made in the USA! Our family always believes it is important to give back. We decided right from the start that Acadia Antlers' charity of choice would be the US Military Working Dogs. We work with great people like Ron Aiello of the US Working War Dogs and Frank Yevchak of Support Our 4 Legged Soldiers to get Acadia Antlers out to the working war dogs overseas in Afghanistan and Kuwait. The Military Working Dogs (MWD's) work tirelessly to protect our deployed soldiers and our country, and we feel strongly that this heroism should be recognized. We received such a favorable response from the military dog handlers and

trainers, that we developed a program, where now anyone can donate an Acadia Antler to these heroes directly from our website. The response has been incredible. Our country is full of patriotism, and people that not only love their dogs, can now show love to these military canine heroes as well! We are happy to be involved in efforts to build awareness for a bill to be passed for a K9 Veteran's Day in New York and other states to honor all military and service dogs. Recently, while exhibiting at a dog show in NYC, MWD Lucca K458 and her handler, Gunnery Sergeant Chris Willingham, stopped in our booth to thank us for sending Acadia Antlers overseas. I was humbled to be thanked by an American hero, and a Marine Combat Veteran canine that lost her leg while defending our troops in Afghanistan. Each and every one of these dogs makes an amazing journey, and I feel that it is important to give them something back in return!

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We have come a long way from our stand on the side of the road, and are proud to say Acadia Antlers are a great all-natural alternative to rawhide and other messy dog treats. Acadia Antlers loves America's dogs like they are our own! Give them a try, because they're "BUCKing" great!

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I LOVE MY TOYS!

ECHO

TATOT TOT

NASH ROMEO

SAM OTTO

STELLA JEWEL MIRABELLE SUNSHINE LADY BUG

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I LOVE MY TOYS!

OTTO

SHADY

SAMMIE THE PIT BULL LOLA

LITA

SCRAPPY

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I LOVE MY TOYS!

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FROM TRASH TO TREASURE

AMY’S JUSTICE FOR SNOOP photo by KAthie di sAlVio

AMy IS A PITTIE WITH A HUGE HEART! by kathie di salvio (amy’s mom)

Here is the story of Snoop. Snoop was a 5-month-old pit bull puppy that was starved to death and then left on a cold sidewalk to suffer and die alone. Our Facebook page fought hard so that his abusers were caught and charged. We vowed to make a change and be a voice for all fur babies like Snoop.

We want to make some noise! Amy's Justice for Snoop is here to do just that!

Amy had so many issues as a young puppy; she was aggressive, she was food aggressive, she was hyper, and she was hard to housetrain. She was scared and would pee on the floor if you looked at her wrong, and she didn't like people much. If she would of gotten into the wrong hands or even with someone who didn't know how to help her work through her aggression issues, then she could have been dumped at a shelter and been put down.

I think of all the dogs like Amy who are thrown away like yesterday’s trash

Amy is now a wonderful, loving dog who loves her humans so much. She

Our page is here to fight BSL and bring awareness for all bully breeds by changing one mind at a time. We share and network all fur babies who need a home whether they are in shelters or rescues. We want to encourage more people to adopt- not shop, and to open the minds of those who think shelter dogs are damaged goods.

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because of neglectful owners. Owners who don't take the time to educate themselves on the breed before they take home a puppy or a dog. We want to educate people because Amy would have been that dog. Some of her siblings were seized in a raid and ended up at shelters (may or may not have gotten out).

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knows so many tricks and continues to learn everyday. We are amazed at how smart she is and how loyal these dogs really are. I have had many breeds and currently have four other great fur babies. Amy is a true pit bull through and through with a heart of gold. She just wants to learn how to please us more and more each day. She is no longer food aggressive or aggressive (she's not fond of other dogs, but we never stop working on that). Amy will let you take whatever food she has and share it with you. She is totally pawsome and this is why she is the mascot for Amy's Justice For Snoop Facebook page. Our page also supports canine cancer awareness as we have lost two of our pets and our little Leida has cancer now.

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AMERICAN DOG MAGAZINE PRESENTS OUR

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WINNERS! CONGRATS TO OUR 35 WINNERS!

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KITCHEN *Please consult with your dog's veterinarian before adding any new foods or changing your pet's diet.

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IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN

photo by Jamie M Downey

MEATBALLS WITH BROWN RICE, PEAS, & BELL PEPPERS Brown meatballs in a separate frying pan till cooked thoroughly Cook organic brown rice in rice cooker till done Cook peas (fresh or frozen) in small pot till tender In a separate skillet slice fresh bell peppers and sauté in olive oil over medium heat till tender When everything is cooked, then mix some brown rice, peas, bell peppers and meatballs together in a bowl for dinner and watch your dog enjoy! *Make sure to slice up the meatballs and bell peppers into small bite-size pieces for your dog. American Dog Media | Winter 2013    33  


IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN

HAMBURGERS WITH FRESH GREEN BEANS & FRESH CARROT CHIPS Cook fresh ground beef hamburger patties in a frying pan till thoroughly cooked Cook fresh green beans in separate skillet with olive oil till tender Throw fresh carrot chips onto green beans for a few minutes After hamburgers are cooked, then slice up green beans and hamburgers together into small bite-size pieces in a bowl and garnish with fresh carrot chips for dinner. You will have some really happy dogs! *Make sure to slice up the hamburger and green beans into small bite-size pieces for your dog.

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IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN

photo by Jamie M Downey

SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH FRESH SPINACH & STRAWBERRIES Scramble organic eggs in a frying pan till cooked thoroughly In a separate skillet steam the fresh spinach till lightly cooked Slice up fresh strawberries After eggs are cooked and spinach steamed, then mix together in a bowl for dinner and add a handful of fresh strawberries on top. Your dog is going to love it! *Make sure to slice up the strawberries into small bite-size pieces for your dog.. American Dog Media | Winter 2013    35  


IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN

STIR FRY CHICKEN WITH FRESH BROCCOLI & RASPBERRIES Cut fresh boneless, skinless chicken breast into small chunks and stir-fry in olive oil till thoroughly cooked and brown on the edges Cook fresh broccoli in small pan with olive oil or water till tender After chicken and broccoli are cooked, then mix together into small bitesize pieces in a dog bowl and sprinkle with fresh raspberries. Yum-yum! *Make sure to slice up the chicken and broccoli into small bite-size pieces for your dog.

photo by Jamie M Downey

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IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN

photo by Jamie M Downey

STEAK AND ZUCCHINI Broil steaks in oven till cooked medium to medium well (or to your liking) Slice zucchini into chunks and cook in skillet with olive oil till tender After steaks are broiled, then slice up zucchini and steaks together into small bite-size pieces in a dog bowl and lay on a bed of chopped kale if desired. Your dog is going to love this dinner! *Make sure to slice up the steak and zucchini into small bite-size pieces for your dog. American Dog Media | Winter 2013    37  


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EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: JANUARY

PENNY the pit bull

PHOTOS BY KRISTIN GRANADA PHOTOGRAPHY

Penny wants to become a spokesdog for her breed and for the ‘undesirable’ black dogs out there in need of loving too! By Beth Hucke (Penny’s mom)

Penny is a 4-year-old black and white female pit bull that we adopted when she was just 4-months-old. She joined our family by pure accident when we went to meet another pit bull, who by the time we reached the local rescue, was already adopted. Just as we thought we were leaving disappointed, the rescue volunteer asked us to wait. She said a transport van was due to arrive shortly with another puppy that was pulled from a high-kill shelter in a last attempt at giving her a chance at life. She came from a shelter in South Carolina with her sister, who was also

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adopted by another family. Penny and her sister were part of a mass breeding operation, and because they were not the color blue, they were dumped in a kill shelter. As we sat waiting, in came this little pudgy black and white puppy. She walked over, crawled in my lap, and went to sleep. The rest is history! Penny did not have an easy first couple of years. Due to her over breeding, Penny fell victim to poor genetics. She required both of her knees to be surgically repaired due to luxation at the young age of 1½-years-old. She

recently has also been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and endures physical therapy twice a week, amongst her other at-home regimen of medications. As Penny began to grow and prosper with us, it became apparent how truly misunderstood this breed is. Her loving demeanor and her outgoing disposition made it apparent that she should advocate on behalf of the pit bull, which is one of the statistically highest sheltered and euthanized breeds. Penny is currently a big foster sister for Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue (www.


EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: JANUARY

A Day in the Life of Penny the Pit Bull!

PHOTOS BY Valerie Bruder Photography

facebook.com/BRPBR), based in Southampton, PA. She has helped over 10 pit bulls get acclimated and ready for their forever homes by taking them under her “paw,” and has treated them as her own while they were being fostered by our family. Penny has been featured on websites and Facebook pages such as Acadia Antlers, Tasman’s Natural Pet, and has even had her portrait done by The Artwork of Brittany Farina. Penny will also be honored for her advocacy and promotion of their cause as the face

of the 4,000th fan for Paw It 4ward Foundation (www.facebook.com/PawIt4Ward), a non-profit foundation that raises funds for medical expenses of rescued animals. Penny has her own Facebook page, (www.facebook.com/PennyThePitty) and currently has over 3,900 fans. On her page, she advocates for the ‘undesirable’ black dog as a tribute to her sister, and for the most misunderstood breed, the pit bull. Her page is full of education, as well as information about dogs in need and other rescues

needing assistance. She also promotes local businesses and all things dog related. She does all this while sharing her daily adventures, A Day in the Life of Penny the Pit Bull! Penny has brought joy to our family as well as those that she has assisted in their endeavor for a chance at life that all dogs deserve, regardless of their breed. Please give this breed a chance, and you too, can find your new best friend!

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/PennyThePitty

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EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: FEBRUARY

PHOTO BY TINA AURORA

PHOTO BY KIM SKROVANEK

OLIVIA BEFORE

AFTER

From an abused shelter dog to helping kids with the Canines Helping Kids in Crisis Program! By Kim Skrovanek (Olivia’s mom)

Olivia is a very special girl who can teach us all something about forgiveness. She began her life in a backyard breeding/hoarding situation. She was very neglected, abused, and never knew what it was like to be treated nicely, much less loved. The living conditions and treatment were so bad, that she and all the other dogs were seized by animal control services. Never having experienced anything other than her backyard cage, Olivia was petrified at the shelter and growled to show her fear. She was then again let down by humans, and dragged up and down the concrete corridor until her paws bled, as a way to get back at her for growling. Finally, an angel by the name of Karen Kroll, with Aussie and Me Animal Rescue, saved Olivia from her 4 years of torture. Olivia came to me scared and emotionally shut down. She was afraid of every movement I made, as if she would be beat. She was food aggressive with

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my other dogs because that was all she knew - fight for food or go hungry. I remember the first time I walked her around our neighborhood, she was so overwhelmed. She just sat down, as if she was exhausted by all the activity around her. Simple things, like people walking or riding their bikes that we see every day and take for granted, she had never experienced from her backyard prison. I sat with her and cried, promising her that she would never be mistreated again. I knew from the look deep in her eyes, that she had it in her to go on and do great things for others, despite all the abuse she had endured. For about 6 months, I simply showed Olivia what love was as an indoor dog. I gave her a warm bed, plenty of food and water, regular walks, and continued love and cuddles. She slowly blossomed into the confident, love bug that she is today. A year since I adopted her, she is now an AKC certified CGC and works with me

at shelters through the Humane Education Connection’s “Canines Helping Kids in Crisis” program. The program teaches kindness to children that have been taken from their homes due to neglect and abuse. Olivia is not only my baby girl, she is now family to hundreds of kids who connect and relate to her each week because they know she too has experienced what they have. Olivia is so sweet to the children, as if she knows what they have in common. She gives kisses, wiggle butts, and offers up her belly for plenty of rubs. I think she purposely acts like a silly girl to get the children to smile. She’s showing them that despite the abuse, they too can be the one to forgive, just as she did, and go on to do great things for others.

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EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: MARCH

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PHOTOS BY Kristen Schlicht

NA L A

THE C A NINE

Nala is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Registered Therapy Dog. Her mission is to bring happiness and help to those in need! By Jen Watson Founder/President of Pit Sisters

Nala was very sick when she first came into our lives. She was a parvo puppy and only had a 50/50 chance at living. Miraculously, she pulled through, and we knew it was for a very special reason. Nala serves as the seeing eye dog for her brother, Tank, who is blind. She helps him navigate through the house daily, and the two of them are inseparable. Nala also has a very special bond with her little girl, so much so, that we decided Nala needed to do something special with her gift.

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Nala worked hard, and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen and a Registered Therapy Dog. She is one of the main spokesdogs for our dog rescue, Pit Sisters. Nala regularly goes to local schools to help teach about responsible pet ownership, pit bulls, and dog safety, among other topics. She also regularly does therapy work at hospitals, nursing homes and hospice, often sporting a tutu and pearls.

foster dogs into her home and teaches them the ropes to prepare them for their forever homes. Nala's trademark hugs win people over, and her many kisses do too. She loves everyone and judges no one.

She has changed many minds about pit bull type dogs, as you cannot help but love her. She has welcomed countless

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"EVERYTHING EMMA"

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FAMOUS DOGS

"DOZER THE GREAT DANE"

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"BECKET THE GREATEST DANE THERAPY DOG"

"MIGAS"

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Holiday Gift Guide

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

MOOSE DUST Dry Dog Food Topper A sprinkle of Moose Dust on dry kibble will entice the pickiest of eaters! No dog can resist dinner with a Moose! Visit: www.acadiaantlers.com

Power Paws Greyhound Edition™ socks are a unique indoor/outdoor traction and weather issues solution for Hare-Footed breeds. Cotton and elastic ensure comfort, fit and adaptability. Visit www.woodrowwear.com

Woodrow Wear’s Power Paws™ socks are a unique indoor/outdoor solution for medical needs, traction, and weather issues. Cotton and elastic ensure comfort, fit and adaptability. Visit www.woodrowwear.com

Sparky is the mascot for Smootches.Org and through the purchase of merchandise on the website they are able donate much needed funds to dog rescue organizations.

LifeVantage CANINE HEALTH is specifically formulated to reduce oxidative stress through Nrf2 activation. Supports joint function, mobility, and flexibility.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

LEGITIMUTT - any pampered pooch's ultimate fashion choice for their coat. What a fashionista your dog is! Every dog will want to be a LEGITIMUTT! Visit www.legitimutt.com.

PetDek - “A Car Space Pet Place” A foldable, rear seat shelf designed for the comfort and safety for your pet. Covers over most of the foot well. One minute installation.! Visit www.petdek.com.

Canadian based MacTurriff.com manufacture premium dog beds based on the established and hugely popular Scottish brand. These sturdy, durable and waterproof dog beds with soft inner fleeces provide outstanding doggy-comfort and they are the ultimate in practical hygiene. Distributed right through USA and Canada. Toll free 1-855-557-0862 or visit: www.macturriff.com.

PET KISS NATURAL BREATH FRESHENER Say bye-bye to bad doggie breath and try our new and improved natural breath freshener that promotes hours of fresh breath. Visit www.petkiss.com.

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Holiday Gift Guide

FROSTY BOWLZ - A one of a kind pet bowl for keeping your

pets water cold and food fresh. Perfect for pets on perishable food and raw food diets. FrostyBowlz® will keep food cold, moist and fresh through the entire day. Visit www.FrostyBowlz.com.

Pendant Necklaces from Brittany Farina Art on 18 inch silver ball chains. Custom pet portraits, apparel, prints, magnets, and pendant necklaces. Visit www.brittanyfarina.com.

DUTCH DOG AMSTERDAM LEASH AND COLLAR

BUDDY HANDS-FREE DOG LEASH CONNECTOR The Buddy is designed to be your

Nature-inspired collars and leashes showcase contemporary, distinctive designs and vivid colors. These products are super soft, durable, and made with eco-friendly webbing. Machine washable.

perfect companion for outdoor exercisingwith your dog. Free your hands with the simple, ergonomic, shockabsorbing Buddy leash connector. Enjoy hiking, biking, walking or jogging, hands-free.

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Holiday Gift Guide

The GingerLead is a soft, padded belly sling with a leash & handle to help dogs with weak hind legs walk. Visit www.gingerlead.com.

The Poopy Carrier attaches to all leashes and carries your pick-up bags before and after your doggie does his business. Snap, Clip, Poopy-Carrier so YOU don't have to! Visit www.PoopyCarrier.com.

Back to Basic Holiday Take a moment and go earth-

friendly with our Hemp Basic collars, leashes, and harnesses. Some dogs prefer comfort over glamour. All natural pet products. Spoil your pet without spoiling the planet. Visit www.thegooddogcompany.com.

PetZenDen™ - “Where instinct meets comfort.” The attached fleece blanket satisfies the instinct to den and provides a comfortable denning and burrowing experience for your pet. Visit www.petzenden.com.

OHANA PET ORGANICS Organic Hawaiian Coconut Oil has many benefits for dogs: improve's a dog's coat, helps reduce weight, and relieves sore joints. Visit www.ohanapetorganics.com.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

ISLAND DOG DESIGN - Beautifully designed eco-chic dog

and crate beds. Big and small dogs love them for their orthopedic support, made with natural materials! Visit us at www.islanddogdesign.com.

THE DOG SQUAD celebrates the season with their fashionable

Leopard Print Velvet Tutu and Diana Crown soft and warm angora sweater. Fashion for the Discriminating Dog! Contact us at www.thedogsquad.com or (949) 285-7797.

ModaPet, Inc. created high-quality pet bowls with non-skid bases. They are microwaveable, dishwasher safe, and highly durable, made with food grade, BPA free polymer. Visit is at: www.modapet.com.

ACADIA ANTLERS has Flavored Moose Taster Multipack Dog Chews for your dogs! Made from naturally shed Moose Antlers and are cruelty-free. Visit www.acadiaantlers.com

American Dog Magazine makes a great gift for

family and friends. We are published quarterly, and if you love dogs, you'll love our magazine! Visit www.americandogmagazine.com

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A SPECIAL DOG REMEMBERED PHOTOS COURTESY OF CANDISE NOLAN-FINE

RUFUS THE CANCER PITTY Rufus went to the rainbow bridge on 10/7/2013, but his legacy lives on now with his sister Sienna who says, “I iz Rufus Strong!” By Candise Nolan-Fine Owner of Fundraising With Candise

How does a little baby pit bull go from being unwanted, to being known worldwide? This is a story of inspiration, unconditional love, and a legacy. This is Rufus’ story. “He climbed into my lap and I fell in love,” says his mom, Marie Briggs. That’s how it all began. Rufus The Cancer Pitty (page on Facebook) was a pup that needed a home, and he found one filled with love. His bond with his mom started then and grew stronger with every day. They were inseparable. When Rufus was a puppy, his days were filled with play and learning. He was always a smart boy. His trainer was Tia Maria Torres, Founder of Villalobos Rescue, and the hit TV show; Pit Bulls

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and Parolees. He breezed through his lessons and when she called his name to receive his certificate of completion she referred to him as, “the cutest guy in all of my classes.” What a proud mommy moment that was!

that was inescapable and constant and she just wanted the pain to stop. She found it difficult to go on. Very simply, Rufus saved her life. He was her reason for going on, for enduring one more day, and finding a smile in the end.

When his sister, Sienna, became part of their family, he loved her from the start. He groomed her instead of his mom and let her get away with everything, except eating from his bowl. Forever the gentleman, Rufus always allowed Sienna to go outside first, and then she would race ahead of him when they went back in. They were family, and Rufus loved his sissy!

The diagnosis came in January of 2012. The “nasty cancers,” as Rufus calls it, brought all sorts of questions about how to move forward. His mom was very clear that she did not want him to be sick and throwing up. The doctor shared that it’s different for every dog, and that without treatment Rufus could live just a few weeks and most likely be in pain. That made the decision a lot easier to treat Rufus with chemotherapy, to be certain that he wasn’t in pain or uncomfortable. It was now up to her to save as much of his life as she could.

There was a period of time when Marie went through some terrible health issues with severe back pain. Pain


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As his treatment progressed, there were adjustments that needed to be made more of this drug, lessen the frequency of that drug, and IV fluids that she learned to give to him at home. The journey wasn’t an easy one, but as a family, they were committed to getting through it together. Rufus was always such a trooper, always bouncing back, and always smiling! When Marie started Rufus The Cancer Pitty page on Facebook, it was to have a photo progression of his journey through the “nasty cancers,” but what it became is something that humbles her every day. People came to Rufus’ page day after day, and they saw a boy battling a disease with a smile on his face. His positive attitude drew others to him, and he quickly made new friends. Rufus was always doing something silly that made you laugh. Rufus has some best friends. Mr. Rhett, who is Rufus’ brother, was his closest pal. He adored Coso (his cousin), Ty, Bentley, Abel, Zander, and many more. Of course, Titus, was his best friend. You may have seen that Titus wears Rufus on his heart - that’s the real sign of a true friend. Rufus’ story would not be complete without his “True Lubs,”

Ms. Lilah Bear. Theirs is a wonderful love story. During his battle, Rufus met people from all walks of life. When he wouldn’t eat he would be bombarded with goodies and treats from all over the world. Everyone wanted to send something that would interest him in taking a few bites. The deliveries grew and grew. Some of those packages contained treats named after our famous boy. Grove Naturals proudly sells a healthy snack by the name; Rufus’ Beefy Pineapple Monster Slayer Tweaties. Everyday his Facebook page would be full of posts from friends sending love and inspirational messages for him to “fight on.” Some of those messages tell of how he has helped them. Many have no family, are going through hard times, or battling illness themselves, yet they go to his Facebook page because he always has a smile and a positive attitude. Early in October things changed. He was having difficulty walking, wasn’t interested in eating, so the trips to his doctor increased. After many tests and rounds of blood work, the news wasn’t what we hoped it would be. It appeared that he might have reached the end of

his journey here. He spent his final weekend with his mommy and his sissy. They snuggled, they hugged, and they cried. And Rufus never smiled. Marie knew what he was telling her. On Monday, October 7th, it was another trip to his doctor so they could do once last exam. Marie needed to be certain that there was nothing more that could be done. After spending a day of hugs and tears, Rufus flashed his Mom one last smile, and at 5:30 pm surrounded by family, Rufus left for the Rainbow Bridge. A light went out here on earth, but there is a beautiful and bright new star in the heavens at the rainbow bridge. His legacy is not just what he left us, but more importantly, what we do with it. Rufus brought together a diverse family of people from around the world. His legacy is love and he will live on through those we reach out to help and by continuing to tell his story of strength, overcoming obstacles, never giving up, and doing it with a smile on our faces. He taught us to be strong - Rufus Strong!

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RufusTheCancerPitty

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GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE SOUT HERN NE VADA PROVIDING NEW BEGINNINGS FOR DISPLACED GOLDEN RETRIEVERS IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

by debbie Pietro, President and founder of grrsn

The rescue is my passion, that I, along with three other women, started in 2003. Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada (GRRSN) was established by a group of volunteers who had a common bond - the love of these amazing and gentle creatures, the Golden Retriever. We are devoted to helping and re-homing as many neglected, abused, and displaced dogs as possible. Since 2003, GRRSN has become a 501(c) (3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization that has rescued over 1,300 Golden Retrievers and other mixed breeds in need. We are thankful for the families that have opened their hearts and homes to these beautiful animals and given them the second chance they deserved.

GRRSN is proud of its dedicated volunteers. Over 75 people donate their time and talent in a number of ways. Many families serve as foster families and provide a safe and loving environment for dogs on their way to their forever home. Others help by transporting dogs, searching the shelters, processing applications, evaluating prospective families, answering phone messages, updating the database, maintaining our website, manning the event booths, and writing thank you notes. The list goes on and on! In addition, we are fortunate to have the support of veterinarians all over the Las Vegas valley, as well as help from professional trainers, doggie daycare facilities, and groomers.

photo courtesy of Grrsn

Everyone plays an important part of the big picture! Thankfully, GRRSN has never had to turn any dog in need away due to age or health reasons. We have achieved this through numerous fundraisers and fundraising gatherings such as our wine tastings, golf tournaments, holiday gift wrapping, BBQ’s, Pet-A-Palooza, and the GRRSN Calendar just to name a few. We have managed to have some fun as well at our Golden Days of Fall reunions and Golden swim parties. Nothing is better than a Golden gathering!

For more info or to make a donation: Golden retriever rescue 7065 w. Ann rd #130-656 las Vegas, nV 89130 (702) 598-4653

Visit our Website at: www.grrsn.org

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/Goldenretriever-rescue-of-southern-nevada

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COMPASSIONATE RESCUE

THE HARMONY FUND

Norica Prigoana

The Harmony Fund is devoted to granting wishes for “Underdog” animal rescue squads across the Planet! By Laura Simpson

It’s 5 am in Romania and Norica Prigoana wakes with a burning throat and runny nose that no amount of tea and tissue can control. She sits up in bed and tries to ignore the body aches that ripple from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. Norica shuffles around the kitchen, preparing breakfast for 18 dogs and cats who are yawning and beginning to come to life. A couple of the animals lie patiently in their beds, paralyzed, and unable to greet Norica with anything more than a tender look. Their shoulders still wiggle and you can almost sense the phantom wags of their tails. Each of them knows that food is

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coming and the sheer surprise of having regular meals has not yet worn off. Once the pack at home are fed and cared for, Norica slides a coat over her arms and glances over at her husband Cristian, who is putting on his boots. Without a word, the two head out to begin their rounds feeding stray dogs and caring for the 50 or so lucky ones who are now safe at the couple’s small rescue center. And though fever begins to swell inside her body, Norica would walk through fire to get to the dogs that need her. She and Cristian begin lifting enormous sacks of kibble onto

their shoulders and disappear down the street. Norica and Cristian are among the cluster of incredible rescuers who have been taken under the wing of the Harmony Fund international animal welfare charity. Just three years old, the Harmony Fund is starting to turn heads because of its abundantly joyful style, and its uncommon mission to help underdog rescue squads in places where poverty and a culture of violence call for extreme bravery and sacrifice. At the end of each month when the Harmony Fund sends out money to


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At the St. Francis Shelter in Romania, the Harmony Fund has been providing food and sponsoring renovations to keep the animals warmer during the winter cold.

In Zimbabwe, the Harmony Fund sponsors antipoaching operations led by Karen Paolillo at the Turgwe Hippo Trust.

In Serbia, Sasha Pejcic stands stunned in a sea of 400 dogs when news arrives that the Harmony Fund has paid all the back rent and electricity bills as well as the purchase of several months’ worth of food for the animals.

In Bulgaria, rescuer Diane Rowles comforts a dog named Elf who was dumped in the woods. Last year Diane laid awake as she, her family and 160 dogs and cats slept under a roof about to collapse from the heavy snow. This year they have a new roof and plenty to eat.

feed thousands of animals who are now counting on them, there are always tears from the caretakers who are just beside themselves with gratitude. They’ve all known the other side of this equation and are not eager to return to the days of holding hungry animals in their arms when there’s nothing to eat. “There’s a spirit to the Harmony Fund that comforts me,” explains Connecticut resident Linda Salter who has been supporting the charity for three years. “I’ve watched grown men cry simply because we brought them food for their dogs. I’ve seen these poor volunteers, some living without electricity or even running water, suddenly begin to live again when we cut the chains on those

dog houses and turn their make-shift shelters into truly peaceful sanctuaries where all the animals are well fed and warm. And I’ve been incredibly proud to be a part of the anti-poaching initiatives and wildlife rehabilitation in Africa and Indonesia.” “The Harmony Fund has never once emailed me a graphic photo or heartbreaking message,” Linda continues. “The whole culture of this organization is one of empowerment and respectfulness toward sensitive animal lovers like me.” Donations are desperately needed for the Harmony Fund’s Winter Food Drive as many more animals are brought in

from the cold and deep snow will make some roads impassible for days on end.

For more information or to make a donation: The Harmony Fund 800 Main St Suite 217 Holden, MA 01520

Email Harmony Fund at: info@animalrescuechase.com

Visit the Website at: www.HarmonyFund.org

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ GreatAnimalRescueChase

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INSPIRING RESCUE

DOWNTOWN DOG RESCUE

in South Los Angeles

photo by Marcos Saldana

DDR believes in second chances for both dogs and people! By Kristy Graham

“If we keep taking dogs away from them, that just becomes the norm. I want to see people finish it and get through to the end,” says Lori Weise. Lori is the founder of Downtown Dog Rescue in Los Angeles and winner of the 2013 Wallace Award. Lori strives every day to make the world better for both the animals and the humans by running her Shelter Intervention Program in South Los Angeles. This is a community where the majority of the people are living at or below the poverty line.

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With a strong belief that being poor should not mean the loss of a pet, her outreach group works to keep animals in their homes, often catching them literally in the last moments when tearful owners show up at the shelter ready to surrender their pet because of challenges they haven’t been able to overcome. Sometimes, what seems a small financial challenge for many is almost insurmountable for others. That is where Downtown Dog Rescue comes in. Since the South LA Interven-

tion Program started on April 6, 2013, 15 cases of mange were treated and 130 pets that were senior, sick, or terminally ill were humanely euthanized with their family present (instead of just being surrendered to the shelter to die alone). In addition, 302 families were given assistance with either medical procedures, licensing, pet deposits, or something else that was out of reach financially for the family. They also had 120 people who attended training classes, helped 295 who had housing issues, assisted 799 people who needed


INSPIRING RESCUE

PHOTO BY NICK F. CARRANZA

photo by Marcos Saldana

free spay/neuter and vaccinations for their cat or dog, and 50 pets actually had to be re-homed. That is a total of 1,711 pets that did not enter the South LA shelter in just 6 months. Downtown Dog Rescue will go to a home and help repair a fence and they rallied the community together to come and clean up an abandoned lot that is now being used for obedience training classes. On November 2, 2013, they expanded their program when volunteers opened the North Central LA Shelter Intervention Program to broaden their reach. In a world with so many homeless animals, heroes in the form of Lori Weise

photo by Marcos Saldana

photo by Marcos Saldana

and all her volunteers are preventing family pets who are loved and wanted from entering the already overcrowded shelters. They are educating people on taking care of their animals properly and preventing litters of more homeless animals by providing free spay/ neuter. They are doing the small things, something as simple as not being able to afford a registration fee or some chicken wire to fortify a fence, that can be the difference between a dog sleeping at home or ending up in a cold shelter.

exactly what the amazing volunteers at Downtown Dog Rescue are doing.

The truly amazing thing about this project is that it is something that would work anywhere. Any city, any town, and any community could do

Become a fan on Facebook at:

For more info or to make a donation: Downtown Dog Rescue PO Box 90035 Pasadena, CA 91109 (818) 407-4145

Visit the Website: www.downtowndogrescue.org

www.facebook.com/ Downtown-Dog-Rescue

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BEDTIME BOOKS All books reviewed by Nancy Allen

TINY AND HIS BIG ADVENTURES: A heart-warming story, with a “Tiny” bit of learning tucked inside! Story by Fawn Frazer and Illustrated by Nate Voss

This is a wonderful book about Chihuahuas. Not only is it a true story about Tiny the Chihuahua and his adventures, but it also gives you a lot of useful information about these tiny dogs. The book talks about how they act, what they like, how to care for them, what they eat, etc. This is a great book regarding how to treat and get along with small dogs.

BLESS THE DOGS By The Monks of New Skete

Bless the dogs is a beautiful photographic book, that in pictures and words shows us the special relationship we have with our dogs. This book tells us that we can learn a lot from dogs because “unlike people, dogs don’t deceive.” You will love to read about and see all the beautiful ways dogs and people are presented together. Great book to read and give to dog lovers.

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BEDTIME BOOKS

BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS: A Loving Tribute to our Senior Best Friends By David Tabatsky and Photographs by Garry Gross

This book “is a heartfelt, emotional, and passionate tribute to old dogs.” There are such amazing and beautiful photos of old dogs and stories from many important writers. After reading this book it should make people want to go out and help or rescue older dogs. You will cry, laugh, rejoice, and hug your dog more after reading the whole book. Anyone you know with a dog would love to receive this book as a s gift.

UNLIKELY LOVES: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom By Jennifer S. Holland

Unlikely Loves is a heartwarming book that will really make you totally believe in the power of love. It shows that not only humans are capable of love, but that animals can also be unconditionally in love with a different species. The 43 stories demonstrate the understanding, commitment, loyalty, adoration, and total unconditional love between animals. What a great, fantastic book.

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ANTHONY MATER

Raising Awareness About Handicapped Pets! By Brett Colton (Anthony’s daddy)

This is my dog, Anthony Mater. He is almost 3-years-old and he has overcome so many obstacles in his life. Anthony was born with a bone disease that caused fluid buildup in his lungs, heart, and brain. The veterinarian performed surgery trying to save his back leg when he was 4 months old, after diagnosing him with Legg Perthes Disease. He had to be woken up during surgery because his heart rate dropped very low, and he spent 3 days in intensive care.

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After bringing him home from the hospital, I realized he wasn’t using his back leg and he wasn’t getting any better. So the veterinarian performed more tests and Anthony underwent another surgery to clear the fluid out of his system. Specialists were called in from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and their prognosis wasn’t good. I was told that there was nothing else I could do for him, and they said I

should put him down. I refused. Finally, after countless specialists and many tests later, Anthony went in for his final surgery at 8 months old, and became a Tripawd due to his disease. Having only 3 legs didn’t slow him down any, as he healed up well and remained very happy. Unfortunately, 3 months later he sprained his front leg due to his disease and his bones being fragile. He is now in a wheelchair, but also does well without it. He has developed


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seizures and has brain damage due to the amount of seizures he has had. He has spent the last 2 years surviving this disease and overcoming the odds. Donations for Anthony are needed as he is a true survivor and has special needs. He needs a new bigger wheelchair and requires ongoing veterinary care. He is a very sweet little boy. My very own quote for my baby boy is, "Nothing is impossible for a champion with a selfless heart because he’s my miracle dog."

I’m 27-years-old and I don't have any kids. Anthony is my kid. There's nothing I wouldn't do for him. He truly is the apple of my eye. He has been in my heart since he was a baby in his dachshund mom's belly. He was the only boy in the litter and he began showing signs of illness at just three months old. I grew up in foster care and grew up in the system until I was emancipated at 18. I don't have any family, and I always told myself if I had kids, I'd never raise kids the way I was

raised. Anthony is my family now and I'd be devastated without him. Besides, it's pretty fantastic having him around. It's really heartwarming to give him love and receive it back.

Become a “friend” on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/anthony.mater

You can donate to the Fundraiser for Anthony’s medical treatment for his seizures and a new wheelchair that is needed at: www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/ help-anthony-mater-/108163

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SUNSHINE

“I want the world to see that shelter dogs with fear issues can be great family pets, if given the chance!” By Sunshine (in her own words) Rose Villegas is Sunshine’s mom

Downey Shelter in Downey, California picked me up as a stray. The shelter labeled me "dog and human aggressive." The shelter even said I was a former "bait dog." I'm not sure why they thought that. I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue didn't care about the "label" and they saved me on January 5, 2012. My rescue had a foster home all ready for me. After my foster family met me, they decided I was too much to handle because of my behavior/ issues. ICARE tried and tried to find me another foster, but the word was out,

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"Sunshine is a bad dog." ICARE sent me to a training/boarding facility for 30 days in the hopes that it would help me overcome my fear issues. After my 30 days, still no one wanted to take a chance on me. So I ended up "living" in a kennel facility for 17 very long months. At one point, a man took me home, but I was afraid of kids, so back to the kennel I went. Then one day a complete stranger saw my pretty picture on Facebook stating I was a former bait dog and needed a strong leader. My kennel humans told

me this stranger wanted to meet me. At the meet, I was on my best behavior where I gave lots of kisses and never growled or anything. I had forgotten all my training at this point because it wasn't reinforced daily. The stranger saw something in me that no one else did, "hope." She actually wanted to see me every weekend to prepare me for a forever home. We went to parks, stores, and training classes for 7 straight weekends. I even stayed the night at her apartment. There were three chi dogs living


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with her, but we couldn't meet because I had issues being nice with other dogs and humans.

Star. She has her own rescue story that will just break your heart.

After 7 weeks of bonding, the stranger decided she was not going to give me away, and my new mom Rose, adopted me. This meant moving out of her apartment and into a house with a nice yard.

I have a long road ahead to get over my issues and fears, but mom tells me I am making progress every day. We couldn't do this without the support we get daily from the LARPBO Team (Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners).

Now, I have my own house, 1 brother chi dog, 2 sister chi dogs, and a mom. My brother Sarge is blind, but you can't tell by the way he plays. My sister Popcorn, well, she is what I call a "rat dog," all 10-lbs of crazy. Then there is

Every weekend my mom takes me to LARPBO group classes and she says I will continue to attend these training classes for my entire life. Mom believes that had it not been for LARPBO, I would still be in a kennel.

You can follow my adventures on my Facebook page. Mom started my Facebook page for a few reasons. She says to make people smile, and to show people that with love and dedication all dogs can be rehabilitated.

Become a fan on Facebook at: Sunshine, Pack and Friends

Become a fan of LARPBO at: www.facebook.com/LARPBO

Email Sunshine at: sunshinepackandfriends@gmail.com

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DOROTHY

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THE DAZZLING YORKIE ON WHEELS A 6-lb Yorkie on wheels who's stealing hearts and lovin' life and making people smile! By Nicole Brown (Dorothy’s mom)

Dorothy the Dazzling Yorkie on wheels embodies overcoming adversity. Dorothy is a very spunky 7-year-old who had her back broken by her previous owner’s children when they threw her down the stairs using her as a football. She became paralyzed from the waist down, but Dorothy is a true fighter. This 6-lb little girl thinks she's the size of a

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Great Dane, is too smart for her own good, and she is always on the move! Dorothy recently passed her Canine Good Citizen test and she puts her hard work to use as a therapy dog at South Miami Hospital in Miami, Florida. She has been featured in the book, A Letter To My Dog by Robin Layton. She has

graced the back cover of the book, Lost Souls: Found - Inspiring Stories About Pets with Disabilities by Kayla Duffy & Lowrey Mumford. And most recently, Dorothy was featured in the Baptist Health System's Resources magazine. What's so special about Dorothy is her ability to adapt to any situation, her


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constant pursuit to be involved in the next activity, and her hilarious, largerthan-life personality. To know Dorothy, is to love Dorothy. Her zest for life is infectious and if one ever has a bad day, just being around Dorothy makes everything better. When I first met Dorothy she was living in a cage, on bed rest. The idea was that her back would heal on its own over time. I learned that due to the cost of her surgery, her original owners brought her to their vet with the intention of euthanizing her. However, everyone at the hospital fell madly in love with her and wanted to give her a chance. After a few months had passed,

they realized Dorothy wasn't getting better. Because her rehabilitation was going to be extensive, costly, and require a lot of time, United Yorkie Rescue was contacted with the hopes they could help. Through the rescue, I was asked if I could try to rehabilitate her since I own Miami Pet Concierge and am a Certified Canine Water Therapist and a Small Animal Massage Practitioner. Within 4-6 weeks of water therapy work in my bathtub, Dorothy developed her upper body strength enough to be fitted for her first set of wheels. From the second she was placed on them, she never looked back. Dorothy continues to receive twice weekly massages, and

adjustments from her chiropractor and acupuncture as needed. Dorothy is a true inspiration and she has never allowed her handicap to stop her. She will try just about anything her brother Gus, a 25-lbTerrier Mix, will do - even learning to swim in the pool! What I've learned after becoming a foster failure is that if there's a will, there's a way with a little dog named Dorothy! I officially adopted Dorothy in June of 2011.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ DorothytheDazzingYorkieonWheels

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