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12 Every Horse Should Have a Dog…or two…or three

Three dogs lovingly welcome a new foal to their pack.

By Kathleen Maci Schmidt


Man’s Best Friends

By April Ray-Peterson

Why so many of us are passionate about both dogs and horses and the rich history shared by these two animals.

18 Zoe The Therapy Dog


You think your dance card is full? Check out this little gal’s schedule. She’s truly the gift that keeps on giving.


By Diane Bykowski


20 Avoiding Holiday Hazards

Tips to sidestep potential

By Penny Lex

“ruh rohs” during the festive days ahead.

22 Howliday Gift Ideas  Presents for dogs and dog lovers.




Good Shepherd Healing Book Reviews Ministries Horse Rescue A Horse Named Jack By Cherese Cobb


10 Ask Your Veterinary 

Pharmacist About… Cushing’s Disease

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Ruff Justice

By Terri Schlichenmeyer


WAG’s Canine Idioms


By Bruce Dell, RPh, MS, DPh



The Story That Will  Never Be Forgotten  Once you read about this ailing, heroic dog, you won’t forget the story either.

By Penny Lex


13 Paw Preference

By Matt Gawlik

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t was inspiring to me how much dogs and horses have in common when listening to my friends, with whom we share a passion for dogs, talk about their love for horses. I was amazed listening to Yvonne Wyman talk about the relationship between her three dogs, horse, and new foal. And even more so when witnessing Penny Lex the love, respect, and special bond shared by these beautiful creatures. I think you’ll enjoy our attention to man’s best friends as you read about their rich history and Yvonne’s extended pack. Read on to learn about Zoe, the very busy little therapy dog and how she’s managed to touch so many lives; Cushing’s disease; a rescue for horses; holiday gift ideas; Wag’s challenging canine idiom puzzle; and much more. Please remember to share your thoughts, ideas and stories with us (penny@ We love hearing from you! And thank you. Thanks to all our WAG readers and advertisers for your ongoing friendship and support throughout the year. From all of us at THE WAG magazine, we wish you, and your beloved four-legged friends, happy holidays and a season filled with thanks, good health, peace and love. Cheers!



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FALL 2018 | Volume 2 Issue 4 PUBLISHERS Gary Lex Penny Lex EDITOR Penny Lex DESIGNER Amy Civer PHOTOGRAPHER Vicky Cummings PROOFREADER Sue Maves SALES & MARKETING Gary Lex WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Diane Bykowski Cherese Cobb Bruce Dell, RPh, MS, DPh Matt Gawlik Penny Lex April Ray-Peterson Terri Schlichenmeyer Kathleen Maci Schmidt DISTRIBUTION Times Media Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry/ magazine an informative, entertaining read about dogs Animals in Disaster their companions




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really skinny. “He’s been here fourto-five months, and he’s put on a lot of weight,” she says. “If you go up behind him, though, he’ll think that you’re going to beat him. We put a saddle on him for the first time the other day.” Other horses are Mary and Mike care for an underweight mare named Gracie boarders. When people find a mount that they really like, they can or the past 30 years, Maria Jones has saved abused and abandoned pay a monthly fee to feed it and ride it out on the trail. “It’s really horses from slaughter. “As a child, nice because people form a bond my mother was really ill and in the hospital quite a bit. My dad couldn’t with the horses while we’re healing them,” Jones says. take care of me during the week, so Because most horses are passed I spent weekdays and summers with around 12 to 16 times in their lives, my uncle, who was an avid horse adoptees are asked to leave their person,” Jones says. “His ranch was horses at Smoke Tree Farms for a in upstate New York in a big area in couple of weeks and come there to the Adirondack Mountains, where it was all dude ranches and trail riding.” work with them. The adoption fee is always over the kill buyer price, which In 2011, Jones started Good is 30¢ to 59¢ per pound, according Shepherd Healing Ministries Horse to the USDA. “I always look at the Rescue (GSHMHR) at Smoke Tree places our horses are going to, and Farms in Apache Junction, Arizona. I’m allowed to inspect them at any There are 31 horses on the ranch. time. If I see it’s not a good situation, Some of them are rescues like Jack. “He used to live across the street. I’d I’m able to take that horse back to see him on my daily walks and would the rescue,” she says. Jones also takes “the worst of the worst and bring him carrots and celery for a sometimes they don’t survive.” treat,” says volunteer Nancy Spei. She had one stallion for only eight After his owners left him to fend for days. He should have tipped the himself, he was covered in mange scales at 1,350 pounds, but he was with flies eating at his sores and his underweight by half a ton. ribs showing.   GSHMHR is a nonprofit and Some are special needs horses like Whiskey. The three-year-old colt was survives solely on donations and packing drugs across the U.S.-Mexico the little money Jones pulls in from border. His tongue was tied down to riding lessons, sponsored by the AJ Mounted Rangers. Children with the bottom of his jaw. He was also

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Cushing’s Disease By Bruce Dell, RPh, MS, DPh

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ushing’s disease (CD), named after Dr. Harvey Cushing who studied the disease in the early 1900s, is essentially a disease of too much cortisone. While CD occurs (rarely) in other species, almost 100,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in dogs. With better care and lifestyle, our dogs are living longer so this geriatric-focused disease now seems more prevalent. Additionally, the veterinary community is more attuned to the presence of this disease and has better diagnostic tools available. Tumors can develop either in the adrenal glands or in the pituitary gland, causing the increase of cortisone. While this is a naturallyoccurring hormone, high levels can wreak havoc with our fur buddies and can often lead to very serious problems. The signs and symptoms of CD tend to creep up on the pet and pet owner and many symptoms look a lot like those of normal aging.


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Muscle weakness leads to lethargy surgery. If the surgery is successful and a reduced tolerance for and the tumor is not malignant, exercise, both of which are typical in there is a good chance that the aging dogs and may seem normal dog will regain normal health. If to owners. The typical Cushing’s surgery is not an option, some of dog has a bulging, sagging belly these patients can be managed with caused by a decrease in muscle medication. strength and redistribution of If your dog is being treated with fat from body storage areas to trilostane or mitotane for Cushing’s the abdomen. As the disease disease, you need to be prepared progresses, hair loss may also to continue treatment for the life become a major concern and the of your pet. You will need to be skin thins and may observant for any lose its resistance ...almost 100,000 adverse reactions to infection. Many to these powerful new cases are owners do not seek medications. Typical veterinary advice until signs of an adverse diagnosed each the signs become reaction are lack of year in dogs. unmistakable or energy, weakness, lack intolerable—excessive of appetite, vomiting, thirst and hunger, panting, or when diarrhea, and sometimes difficulty the dog breaks his housetraining walking. If any of these side effects or begs to go outside during the do occur, you should discontinue night, for example. the medication and contact your Once suspected, CD can be veterinarian immediately. diagnosed by the dog’s history and Your veterinarian will schedule blood tests. Once it’s diagnosed, regular follow-up visits to monitor tests can also differentiate between for the adverse effects of mitotane disease caused by pituitary gland or trilostane and make sure that tumor and disease caused by your dog continues to receive an adrenal gland tumor. appropriate dose. Schedules vary Treatment of the pituitary form depending on the severity, but you of CD (about 80 percent of the should be prepared to see your cases) is the most complicated. veterinarian several times a year Two drugs, trilostane (Vetoryl) and once the maintenance phase of mitotane (Lysodren), are commonly therapy has been reached for tests used. In some cases, selegiline to ensure the drug dosing is correct. hydrochloride (Anipryl) is also used Living with Cushing’s disease to treat CD, although it isn’t as is often a balancing act; but effective as trilostane or mitotane. with proper care and careful Treatment of an adrenal tumor coordination with your vet, the (about 20 percent of the cases) quality of life for your buddy can be often requires major abdominal very good.


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The relationship between horses and Australian Shepherds, often called Aussies, is well-documented. The Aussie’s are a working breed with strong herding and guardian instincts. Most commonly, these dogs are found on ranches herding cattle. The breed does work

...the female Aussie (Mazie) would lick Sadee’s belly button, her presence calming to the filly.

Mazie and Blazer

Every Horse Should Have A Dog… or two…or three By Kathleen Maci Schmidt


aised on a farm in southern Illinois, it only seemed natural for Yvonne Wyman to nurture her relationship with animals, especially dogs and horses. Today she lives just outside Fountain Hills, Arizona, sharing her life with her significant other, Brook; three seven-year-old Australian Shepherds: Mazie, Blazer and Man; along with Caleigh, a 13-year-old half Belgian, half Mustang mare; and her three-and-a-half-month-old filly named Sadee who is half Andalusian, one quarter Belgian, and one quarter Mustang.


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with horses, but there is a more inherent danger with the dogs around horses because of the possibility of getting kicked. This scenario is one that Wyman can attest to. “There was a time when Man wasn’t paying attention and got kicked in the face. But it only happened that one time. And that didn’t keep him away from the horses,” Wyman tells me. “That’s why Caleigh and Sadee there needs to be discipline and training for the dogs and the horses, the need to be patient but firm and follow through with your commands.” It’s also important to realize that it’s part of an Australian Shepherd’s innate temperament to want to head off cattle and that technique doesn’t always work with horses nor is it needed. In the early 2000s there was an experiment in Wickenburg, Arizona, where a Belgian stallion was turned out into the wild to join the wild Mustang mares in the area. According to National Geographic, more than 70,000 wild horses live on Western rangelands. In 2005, Caleigh (pronounced Cali) was born in the wild, then roped and brought in as a late yearling. Wyman enthusiastically shares that she got Caleigh as a two-year-old. The bond between Wyman’s dogs and the horses is remarkable. “Each one of the dogs watches over the horses, running, jumping, and playing out in the arena. There’s no jealousy,” she says. “They work together as a team and always go along when people ride the horses.” In fact, she adds, her dogs enjoy being with the horses so much they rarely miss a trail ride, including overnight trail rides, following behind the horses. At night it’s not unusual for one of the dogs to snuggle inside Wyman’s sleeping bag. When Sadee was born this past May, the female Aussie (Mazie) would lick Sadee’s belly button, her presence calming to the filly. “I really think Mazie thought she was the filly’s mother at times,” Wyman adds.

THIS ‘N THAT Paw Preference

Yvonne, Man, Mazie and Blazer

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Best Friends

By April Ray-Peterson

If a dog is man’s best friend, then the horse is his most loyal servant. – Joseph V. DiBianca, Loudly They Speak: The Memoirs of a Horse Listener

What is it that makes the vast majority of horse people love dogs? Dogs indeed possess some of the same admirable traits as horses and complement the lifestyle of a horse person very well.


ooking back in history, both species have a long history of service to mankind in times of peace and war. As true unsung heroes, more than a million dogs and eight million horses died on both sides of World War I alone. Today, both horses and dogs are still employed in military service in countries around the world. They are also working partners on farms, in police units, and as therapy animals, and can be found in homes and hearts everywhere. There is no end to the partnerships we can form with these brave, loyal animals. And with a little effort and patience on our part, we can ensure that our four-legged friends get along with each other, too. There are many dog breeds commonly associated with the equine world, such as the Welsh Corgi and Jack Russell Terrier, but just about any dog can be trained to be safe around horses. Regardless of the breed, it takes time and effort to create a good barn dog, and it’s important to do your research before selecting a breed. If you already have a dog, knowing about its breed history and characteristics can help you to better understand him and his behaviour. The following is a selection of dog breed types and specific breeds that typically do well with horses. Herding Breeds The herding breeds are made up of sheep and cattle dogs, traditionally used to round up flocks and herds. These dogs are extremely intelligent with high energy levels and are widely popular among horse owners. While many companion herding dogs have never seen an actual sheep or cow, their herding instinct can be very strong and therefore will need to be monitored and they’ll need training to ensure


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that they don’t herd children, small animals, or horses. With the right kind of training and care, any dog from a herding breed can be an excellent addition to active homes and barns. The Australian Cattle Dog is a hardy dog weighing in around 30 to 50 pounds, and can make a great trail companion. Meant to be a drover moving livestock over long distances, they are extremely intelligent and energetic. These dogs thrive on having a job to do and being part of an active family. In addition to their herding instinct, they can have a high prey drive. Interested in squirrels, cats, and any other small animals, it is possible to cohabitate with them if raised together from puppyhood, but anything outside of the household may be fair game. They can be good with kids, but it’s best to raise them together from a young age to avoid any issues. The Australian Shepherd has endless energy and vitality. This breed originated in the United States and not Australia as the name implies. Bred to herd livestock, they are a working dog at heart, obedient, intelligent, and very easily trained. This breed does best in a home where their mind and energy are put to good use, and needs to be kept busy with plenty of exercise. Australian Cattle Dog Due to their stamina, they

Hound Breeds These are an extremely diverse group of dogs ranging from the Pharaoh Hound to the Beagle, Elkhound, Bloodhound, and more. The English Foxhound has long been associated with horses, having been traditionally used on fox hunts. They make excellent trail partners and are bred to cover long distances; however, they will often follow their nose rather than listen to you. Laidback, independent, and full of stamina, with consistent training and a bit of supervision they can make a great addition to the family. Sporting Breeds Sporting Dogs, such as Retrievers and Pointers, are still some of the most popular types of dogs today. Historically found around horses, they are known for their loyalty,

Dogs and horses have a long history of service to mankind in times of war. Pictured are a US military working dog, Louvre, (above) searching for weapons caches and insurgents in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, in February 2009. Sgt Reckless, the “Pride of the Marines,” (below) was a highly decorated US Marine Corps artillery horse in the Korean War. She is pictured in 1955 with her primary trainer, Platoon Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Latham.


are great dogs to ride out with and can easily keep up with the horses. Their size can vary, but on average they are between 40 and 65 pounds. In addition to being a great barn dog, they can also be successful in other careers as a guide dog, assistance dog, police dog, and in search-and-rescue work. The Border Collie, often described as the workaholic of the dog world, and was originally developed to herd sheep. Incredibly smart with an extraordinary instinct and work ethic, these dogs flourish when they have a job to do and lots of space to run, making them a perfect barn dog. They are a medium-sized dog ranging from 30 to 45 pounds. With a seemingly supernatural amount of energy, they can’t be expected to be a couch potato. If you’re looking for a laidback pet, this is not the one for you, but if you’re looking to be challenged both mentally and physically, you’ve found the right breed. These dogs can adapt to pretty much any living situation if their needs are met, and training and socialization is provided in the early years. The endearing and easygoing Welsh Corgi breed originated in Wales, and is much loved by the Royal Family and horse people alike. The name originated from the Welshman who developed the breed and called them “dwarf dog” due to their stature, “cor” meaning dwarf and “gi” meaning dog in Welsh. Bred to work with cattle, there are two types of Corgi breeds – the Pembroke and the Cardigan, considered two entirely different breeds having come from different ancestors. The most significant difference between the two breeds is that the Pembroke tends to be slightly smaller and has a bobbed tail and pointy ears, while Cardigan Welsh Corgis have long tails and rounded ears. Regardless of their physical differences, both breeds of Corgi are great with horses and easily trained. While they are the smallest of the herding breeds, ranging from 25 to 38 pounds, don’t let their stocky build fool you; they are incredibly athletic and can be shockingly fast runners.

obedience, and eagerness to please. The friendly Golden Retriever, a medium-sized breed, is one of the most popular of dog breeds. Intelligent, willing to please, and typically gentle, this breed is good with kids and cats, so the barn cat should approve. Often used as guide and rescue dogs, and for tracking and retrieving game, the Golden Retriever is a natural athlete and usually an excellent companion on trail rides. With a longer hair-coat, the Golden Retriever may need a bath more often during the muddy season, and an extra check for burrs and ticks after each trail ride. Non-Sporting Breeds This is a group of different breeds that don’t have similar characteristics, but there a few that fit on the list of dogs that do well with horses. BEST FRIENDS continues on page 16 | Fall 2018


We can all learn from the love, devotion, and commitment shown by the dog and the horse. – Anthony Douglas Williams

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The Jack Russell Terrier was born in the fox-hunting country in England. The breed has an affinity for horses and can be great at keeping mice and rats at bay. These terriers are incredibly popular with horse people and have been widely popularized in television and on the big screen. They are first and foremost a working dog who is fearless, confident, intelligent, and energetic. If not properly trained and exercised they can be destructive and unpleasant to be around, but if given the right balance of physical and mental stimulation, they can be wonderful pets and fantastic dogs to have at the barn. A small dog with a big attitude, they range in size from 13 to 18 pounds. The Dalmatian is the original coaching dog, responsible for the safety of horse-drawn vehicles and their contents as they ran for miles alongside carriages. They are commonly known as the firemen’s mascot, and could be seen running alongside the horsedrawn fire engines in times gone by. Thanks to the popular movie 101 Dalmatians, the breed is thought to be active and playful when in fact, if left untrained, the Dalmatian can be an aggressive dog. It’s their ability Dalmatian to run for miles on end that makes them great to have around horses. They have a lifespan of 13 to 16 years, surprisingly long for a dog of this size, and weigh up to 55 pounds. They have an attraction to horses to this day, and are energetic and intelligent. This is not an exhaustive list of dog breeds suitable for the barn, and dogs of these breeds are not guaranteed to get along with horses. On the other hand, dogs of mixed or unknown breeds can also make excellent barn dogs. It comes down to the individual dog and, of course, the work you’re willing to put in. Safety First Since dogs explore with their noses, and what they find often ends up in their stomachs, you need to be careful when bringing dogs to the barn. While it might seem harmless, albeit gross, for a dog to eat horse manure, you need to 16

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consider what could be present in that manure, including traces of supplements or drugs given to the horse. Both moxidectin and ivermectin, active ingredients in many equine dewormers, can be very toxic to dogs. Signs of exposure include drooling, dilated pupils, incoordination, and trembling which progresses to seizures Border Collie and coma, and can be fatal if left untreated. Ensure that syringes are disposed of safely and securely after deworming. Keep the dog out of paddocks for a few days after horses are dewormed, as although rare, it is possible for the dog to ingest Australian Shepherd toxic amounts in horse manure. Certain breeds of dogs that can be extremely sensitive to those drugs include Collies, Border collies, Australian Shepherds, and Old English Sheepdogs. Some of the products we use topically on our horses can also be toxic to dogs, and any poison left out for pest control must be inaccessible to the barn dog or cat. Dogs who like to eat hoof trimmings can be in for tummy upset or much worse. Any residue of treatments applied to the hoof can be present in those trimmings left by the farrier, as well as bits of nails, and eating too many trimmings can make your dog sick. Make sure to always clean up after the farrier so your dog can’t access the trimmings. In addition to ensuring that the barn is a safe place for your dog, you need to take steps to ensure your dog is safe for the barn. In a perfect world, all dogs and horses would get along, but that’s not always the case. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure a safe and positive environment if bringing a dog to the barn. An unpleasant interaction between the two could be dangerous, or at worst, fatal. Being aware of the barn’s rules and the relevant bylaws in your area is essential for every responsible dog owner. Most horse people can recount a story of a negative interaction with an aggressive dog at the barn or on the trail. While we tend to think of our pets as pets, dogs are

predatory animals by nature, and horses are prey. If instincts take over, dire consequences can result, ranging from being ordered to pay a fine, to dealing with an injured horse and rider, to having to destroy the dog. A dog that isn’t familiar with horses can see them as a threat and react by chasing, causing issues for the dog, the horse, and anyone else involved, especially if there is a rider on board. When dog meets horse, the mix of fear and uncertainty can result in the dog being aggressive or trying to play with a horse. Proper training and socialization will help to avoid altercations. It’s just as important to make sure your horse is comfortable in the presence of dogs. For a horse, it always comes back to their fight-or-flight instinct. If a horse feels threatened by a dog either of those instincts may come out, and the risk of injury is high, whether they choose to fight by kicking or striking, or decide to run away. Following these simple guidelines to introduce your dog to life at the barn is a great way to minimize issues that could arise. Introductions It is essential that the dog have basic obedience before he is brought to the barn or anywhere horses might be present, including public trails or parks used by horseback riders or drivers. When introduced to the barn, the dog should be on a leash to see how he reacts to the horses and the new surroundings. Allow the dog to get comfortable by walking him around the barn and adjacent facilities. Encourage good behaviour and correct bad behavior, just as you would in any other environment. Repeat these visits until your dog remains quiet and calm and is comfortable around the horses. This will likely take several trips to the barn or park. Now you can introduce him to a horse directly. It’s best to have two people, one to hold the dog, and one to hold the horse from outside a stall, paddock, or round pen. It’s ideal if you have a horse available that is already accustomed to dogs. With the dog on leash, slowly approach the horse. It will be natural for them to want to sniff each other; encourage it but don’t push it. If there is any aggression, correct the behaviour and try again, verbally praising your dog if he remains calm

and quiet. If all goes well, walk the dog around the horse several times at a safe distance. It may take several days, weeks, or even longer to master, but the goal is a dog who can be around horses without any signs of aggression or fear. R-E-S-P-E-C-T It’s vital that the dog respects horses and understands how to be in their space. Since horses have binocular vision, they have a blind spot behind them and could easily kick or step on a dog that follows too closely. The dog needs to learn to respect the horse for its own safety and that of the horse – this is especially important for aggressive or overly playful dogs. If you plan on riding out with your dog, it’s vital that the dog learns to follow at a safe distance. A kick from a horse could lead to injuries or even death for the dog and should be avoided at all costs. Play by the Rules Create some ground rules. For example, my dogs are not allowed in stalls, paddocks, cross-ties, or rings unless invited – there are plenty of other safe spaces for the dogs at the barn. This rule allows the horses to feel comfortable in the dog’s presence and avoids injuries to both animals. Always reinforce the rules. Even with the best care and attention, not all dogs can be barn dogs, so use your judgment to figure out what is best for you and your animals. Whether it’s working livestock, guarding the door or gate, or simply providing companionship on long days in the barn, a good dog is an asset to any equestrian. By taking steps to make sure every experience your dog and horse share is a positive one, you can truly enhance your life and theirs. And while there might not be a clear-cut answer to the question of why so many people share their lives with both horses and dogs, one thing we know for sure is that our four-legged pals will always be there to warm our hearts and enhance our lives at home and in the barn. This article was originally published in Canadian Horse Journal November/December 2017 issue, and is reprinted with the permission of the publisher. ©Horse Community Journals Inc.

April Ray-Peterson, The Relatable Rider April Ray-Peterson is a trainer and certified coach through Equestrian Canada and the British Horse Society. After completing high school she spent time training in England before returning to Canada to work at the world-class show jumping facility at Spruce Meadows, AB, where she eventually became an apprentice trainer. Afterward, back in her hometown of Victoria, BC, April managed a successful hunter/jumper training facility and small sales program of imported German Warmbloods. Currently she continues to train, teach, and ride on the hunter/jumper circuit on Vancouver Island, as well as work full-time for Horse Community Journals Inc. in customer service and ad sales. April and her husband share their home with their two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier named Kudos, and an Australian Kelpie-cross named Tink. She is also bringing along her young mare, Fire Foot MR5, a Canadian Warmblood with whom she competes in the hunter/jumper ring. | Fall 2018


Unadoptable to…unforgettable By Diane Bykowski


Diane Bykowski and Zoe

oe was a matted, flea-infested stray, two pounds Life Care Center of Scottsdale (where she was named Volunteer underweight with ear mites when she was picked up by the of the Year for 2013), Santé North Rehab Center, Barton House, county animal control on the streets of South Phoenix in late and the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale. Through October, 2010. Since her owners never came looking for her, Hospice of the Valley, she rotates weekly visitations between she was put on the euthanasia list as unadoptable because she two memory facilities and has done weekly visits to a group was fearful and lacked socialization. Fortunately, the county home and a private home, as well as Sherman House on the does try to get homes for these Mayo Hospital Campus. “E” listed pups by notifying no-kill Zoe is new this year to the ABC rescues. Zoe was taken in by Ruby Read program with Gabriel’s Ranch Pet Rescue and Sanctuary Angels where she meets weekly and we adopted her on November with three elementary students 13, 2010. When she was spayed, the who are reading well below grade vet thought she was about one, so level. They read to her orally and we think she is now a happy, wellare building confidence and adjusted 8 1/2-year-old. self-esteem while improving I knew the first week after their comprehension and oral welcoming this dog into our home reading skills. Most recently, Zoe that she was special. Her mild became part of the Navigator manner, inquisitive demeanor, and Buddies program at Sky Harbor desire to please was so different International Airport where she from any other dog that I had ever helps de-stress passengers and had. I wanted the best for Zoe so brings smiles and comfort to those I started her on basic obedience passing through. In addition, Zoe training, and when I heard about is often called upon to do special the AKC Canine Good Citizenship, events such as the Fix.Adopt. I knew that would be our goal. She Save campaign for the City of passed with flying colors. Phoenix, Blessing of Animals at Soon thereafter, I was at an event the Franciscan Renewal Center, and saw a therapy dog getting an local organizations’ fund-raising award. I thought Zoe would be events (e.g., Prescott Hotshots), a perfect candidate for this type welcoming a new airline to our of “work.” I wanted her to be the airport, de-stressing students and “This little “angel in fur” . . . has best qualified therapy dog in the staff at Scottsdale Community Valley. In the next few years, Zoe College and Arizona Christian touched a plethora of lives” Zoe earned her AKC Community and University, and helping her Urban Canine certification. Attending and passing a trick class rescue—Ruby Ranch Pet Rescue and Sanctuary. She even was our next goal; as a result, she now also has her Beginner, manages to find time to do some modeling for Arizona Intermediate and Advanced AKC Trick Certification. Animal Actors. Zoe is a registered therapy dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Through her Facebook page ( a six-year volunteer with Pets on Wheels of Scottsdale, Inc. zoethetherapydog) and 48,800 followers, Zoe has made (POW), a five-year volunteer for Hospice of the Valley, and just “friends” throughout the world. She even threw a surprise this year is also a volunteer for Gabriel’s Angels and Sky Harbor online birthday party for a 90-year-old gentleman, Mr. Al, International Airport. She does therapy visits a minimum of whom she visited weekly from June 14, 2015, until his passing in four times a week at various facilities. Through POW she visits January, 2016. On his birthday, Zoe arrived at Mr. Al’s with gifts,


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cupcakes, iced tea and 186 birthday cards from 38 states and 6 foreign countries. After Mr. Al’s passing, Zoe was assigned a new, homebound friend, Mr. George. Together they watched and shared baseball stories about their favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. Fortunately, the Cubs won the World Series during the sojourn of their visits. When Mr. George passed the following Spring, Zoe was asked to be part of his memorial service. Last year Zoe was awarded the 2017 Hero Award for Community Service from the Arizona Pet Project. This little hero has touched and changed many lives—especially veterans whom she meets often on her various visits, particularly on her weekly visits at Sky Harbor’s USO. When asked which branch they served or are serving, she sits at attention and raises her right paw in a dignified salute, one of her favorite tricks. This little “angel in fur,” as many call her, has touched a plethora of lives from fearful, crying toddlers at the airport to 103-year-old Grace—an entrepreneur business woman of the 1950s, to Miss Carol—an Alzheimer’s resident who had not spoken in over eight months but spoke to Zoe as her fingers stroked Zoe’s fur, to Colonel Thomas Schaefer— one of the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days in the 1970s, and of course Mr. Al and Mr. George. The tiny miracles this once unadoptable little dog brings about because of her unconditional love for people have truly made her unforgettable.

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Holiday Hazards By Penny Lex


any people delight in sharing festivities with their pets, but the elements of some holiday activities can pose dangers to their companions. Over the Summer, it’s Fourth of July and fireworks. Then Halloween and Christmas arrive with their own scary lot of potential hazards. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe and stress free during the holiday hoopla. Remind everyone in your home to keep candy and treats out of the reach of pets. Some goodies may be toxic to animals, including chocolate and some artificial sweeteners. Watch out for wrappers. Discarded candy wrappers and sticks from lollies can cause choking, obstructed airways, and internal blockages. Make sure they’re not accessible even after they’ve been thrown away (in an open-top wastebasket, for example). Take precaution so your pet doesn’t dash out the door when opening frequently for trick-or-treaters or when guests arrive. Use a baby gate or confine your pet to another room. Even a pet that is used to an occasionally ringing doorbell might react differently or become stressed when there’s someone at the door every few minutes. Beware of glow sticks and glow jewelry. They are foul tasting and may cause GI upset. Even if they know the person, pets can be frightened by people in costumes and may not react normally. For example, while Barney the Boxer might be best friends with little Suzy from down the street, he might growl or be frightened when Suzy comes to the door dressed as a zombie.


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Animals in garments can be cute, but be aware of safety issues. Don’t leave your dressed-up pet unattended. Accidents can easily happen by tripping, choking, or getting clothing caught on something. Try on costumes or clothing ahead of time so your pet can get used to the feel and fit. Make sure he can easily move, see, and hear. Watch for possible allergic reactions to fabrics and accessories as well. If your pet is obviously uncomfortable or afraid, don’t force him to wear the garment. Watch out for jack-o-lanterns, candle flames, swishing tails, and the potential for fire and burns. If trick-or-treating with the family, be sure your pet dons reflective gear and always wears an i.d. Keep holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants out of pets’ reach. They are poisonous. Christmas tree water can be dangerous due to preservatives, pesticides, and fertilizers. Use a covered tree water dish. Holiday trash offers an added allure with a larger volume of candy wrappers, remnants of desserts, bones from turkey, and other fare—all of which can cause serious health problems. Assess for stress. Keep your pets where they are most comfortable. If they’re not used to being around children or guests, don’t force them to engage. If Scruffy appears to be scared, uncomfortable, or anxious, put him in a safe, tranquil environment until the activities subside. Make sure to educate children so they’re aware of your pet’s safety needs, too.

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FitBark is a research-grade dog activity and sleep monitor. It collects physical activity and rest levels 24/7, providing you and your family with unprecedented insights into health and behavior. Made in the shape of a tiny, stylish dog-bone, FitBark fits dogs of any size. If you and your family are serious about keeping your pet healthy, monitoring changes in behavior and sharing useful information with your veterinarian, look no fur-ther. $69.95. Give your dog comfort while adding functionality and style to your décor with high quality sofas from Enchanted Home Pet. Available at various online retailers.

The Snuggle–perfect for dogs up to 10 lbs. who like to curl up while they sleep. Featuring storage for favorite toys and removable/washable cushion cover. Raised feet keeps your pet draft free. 22

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The Quicksilver–an UltraPlush pet sofa for superior comfort, this features storage for toys, removable/washable cushion cover and raised feet to keep your pet draft free. Fully upholstered, durable, furniture-grade construction. Perfect for dogs up to 30 lbs.

Talks To Dogs Band Ring Unique, unisex, handmade, sterling silver and enamel band with three words dog lovers can proudly declare - Talks to Dogs. $90. Oval Sterling Silver Horse Necklace A charming, whimsical gift for horse lovers! Hand-crafted, two-sided, sterling silver charm/ pendant measuring one inch tall. $36. Keep your pup warm during the holidays with Zippy Paws’ new, festive Hot Cocoa Burrow! Each Burrow comes with three marshmallows in a hot cocoa cup - the perfect interactive toy! $13.99.

What’s more fun - getting a gift box or sending one? Hmmmm. You might want to do both! Put one under the tree for your pooch and send one to his BFF. The Fun and Delightful Gourmet Treat and Toy Gift Box by Bark About It Store includes: 3 oz. bag of gourmet, human-grade treats; 4 decadent, handcrafted cookies; and 1 soft, plush toy. $31.99 (free shipping).

Talk about sneakin’ around in style! Keep those paws protected with boots, sandals, or sneakers from Zoomies, by Barko Booties, available in blue, pink, or black. $35.99.

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BOOK REVIEW Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer

Ruff Justice by Laurien Berenson The buckle on the collar is fastened tightly. It’s not foolproof, but it’s the best way you know to protect your dog. Add to that collar a leash with you at the other end, and Doggo isn’t going anywhere without you. But in Ruff Justice, the new whodunit by Laurien Berenson, author of twenty-two novels in the Melanie Travis Canine Mystery Series, a collar and a lead won’t protect anyone from murder. Thirteen-year-old Davey had high hopes. His dog, Augie, was just a few points away from

Champion and it had to happen that weekend. It had to. After all, as Davey’s mom, Melanie Travis knew, showing Standard Poodles was practically a family tradition and Davey was a natural in the ring. But adding points toward Augie’s Champion status wasn’t the only remarkable thing that happened that weekend. Though dog shows were usually social events, mostly among friends, someone else thought differently and strangled Jasmine Crane, local artist and regular exhibitor. But there was more—Abby Burke, sister of well-regarded dogsitter, Amanda, came to Melanie’s 24

Aunt Peg’s house, looking for Amanda, who was missing. Melanie agreed to help; she was good at that sort of thing, and when she learned that Amanda had rented an apartment from Jasmine, well, there were just too many coincidences. Amanda, as it turned out, had a boyfriend, Rick, and he was one truly awful human being. Then again, Jasmine was no sweetheart. Having pilfered husbands, as well as jewelry and expensive artwork, she was a thief of the highest magnitude. Was Jasmine having an affair with Rick—or was there something else? And then there was Jasmine’s supposed friend, Sadie, who liked dogs much more than she liked people and who almost refused to speak to Melanie unless Melanie brought her Poodle, Faith, along. Sadie was eccentric, to say the least. As Melanie poked around and asked questions, nobody within dog show circles was willing to point any fingers, but it was obvious that Jasmine was nobody’s favorite person. She was demanding, conniving, and few were sorry to learn that she was gone—but who would have reason enough to kill her? This mystery doesn’t have car chases or sniper’s bullets. No international spy stuff, no violence, and only a small handful of the most minor of swear words. Yes, author Laurien Berenson packs a lot of characters into her stories but overall, this is an easy book that doesn’t take a thousand watts of brain power to read and enjoy.

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A Horse Named Jack by Linda Vander Heyden and Illustrated by Petra Brown

How high can you count? A hundred? A million? Maybe even higher? Did you have trouble learning to count that high—or, as in the new book A Horse Named Jack written by Linda Vander Heyden, illustrated by Petra Brown, does counting help you keep track of the trouble you’re in? More than anything, Jack loves children. When kids show up on the farm, he romps and plays and smiles. But when nobody comes to visit, Jack gets really sad. And when he’s sad, he stays inside his stable and he’s bored. And when Jack gets bored, he looks for something to do. So he performs his favorite trick and lets himself out of the barn. The first things he sees are three roosters sitting on a fence, and he goes to say hello to them. Then he rips up a few grain sacks; he bothers a litter of kittens and scares them away; and he munches on six hay bales that he’s really not supposed to have. Once outside, Jack tries to play with a pen of piglets, but he’s too big for that and frightens them, so he tiptoes over and reaches through a window of a farm

house and steals some apples from a shelf. Over yonder is a pond with ducks; maybe he can play with them. But wait. What’s that delicious smell? It’s carrots! They’re in a garden, and Jack decides that he wants some—although, his neighbor has a totally different opinion on that idea. She throws ten tomatoes at him as he runs away followed by a whole bunch of animals who heard the commotion. But though he can see the barn and he’s almost home, there are a lot of other things between the barn door, a great big happy surprise, and one tired, naughty, dirty horse. A Horse Named Jack does double-duty for your child. As an adorably-rhyming picture book, it will appeal to kids who love animals, farms, tales of mischief, or all of the above. Author Linda Vander Heyden makes Jack a not-so-dull boy, and kids will laugh—especially because his tale is paired with vivid illustrations. But there’s more to this book than just a story and pictures: in a subtle and charming way that doesn’t sound like learning, A Horse Named Jack is also a counting book from one to ten and back again. For very little readers, kids up to age four, that’s going to be a combination they won’t be able to resist, and one story that you should just get used to re-reading.


WAG’S CANINE IDIOMS Match the dog-related idiom to the appropriate corresponding phrase.



_____ 1. A dying breed

A. Unorthodox boxer

_____ 2. Hot diggity dog

B. Blowing smoke

_____ 3. Bite your lip

C. Oh so fortunate

_____ 4. Hair of the dog

D. A classic pattern

_____ 5. Dog eat dog

E. Staying warm when asleep

_____ 6. Dog Days of Summer

F. Leave things as they are

_____ 7. Let sleeping dogs lie

G. Your turn will come

_____ 8. Sick as a dog

H. Leader of the pack

_____ 9. Off the leash

I. Something minor taking control

____ 10. Top dog

J. Wow, yippee!

____ 11. Three dog night

K. Morning after libation

____ 12. Puppy love

L. Relatively rare

____ 13. The tail wagging the dog

M. Under the weather, extremely so

____ 14. Barking up the wrong tree

N. Out of control

____ 15. Dog tired

O. July-September

____ 16. Lucky dog

P. Look elsewhere

____ 17. Every dog has his day

Q. Survival of the fittest

____ 18. A bite to eat

R. Remember your first one?

____ 19. Bark is worse than his bite

S. Totally spent

____ 20. Hound’s tooth

T. A small nosh

____ 21. Southpaw

U. Keep quiet

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y friend’s parents had been married for about a year when they decided to bring an eight-weekold Golden Retriever into their lives. The spirited, rambunctious, and mischievous pup soon made it obvious that the apartment they had been living in was no longer going to cut it. It was love at first sight when they laid eyes on the old, Victorian mansion. Even though it needed a lot of work, they bought it, moved in, and began the rehab. The puppy turned out to be very smart and resourceful, making them laugh every day and driving


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them crazy with his antics. One of his favorite tricks was escaping from the house by jumping on the screen door at the back of the house and, with his paw, pushing down on the door handle to get out. They installed a little eye hook high enough up on the door where he couldn’t reach it and that spoiled all his fun. As the dog got older and bigger, escaping lost its appeal; but out of habit, they still used the eye hook to lock the door. Life moved on and before long, the children started arriving. Right from the start, the dog seemed to welcome and love the kids. At the time of this event, there was a son who was ten, a daughter seven, and an infant daughter not yet one. The dog was 12 years old with a gray face and a body ravaged with arthritis. In the middle of a hot summer night while the family was sleeping, there was a fire in the home caused by some shorted, smoldering, old wiring in the attic. When the fire broke out, it was like a bomb went off. With no warning, the ceiling exploded and collapsed. The entire second story was immediately engulfed in smoke. In the unseeing panic and chaos, the mother grabbed the baby, the dad got the ten-year-old out of his room, and they all escaped out the front door. The fire department was there in minutes, but the house was fully ablaze. Suddenly the couple realized, amid all the craziness, that their seven-year-old daughter was not with them. The mother started screaming and the father needed to be restrained from re-entering the blazing inferno. Suddenly, one of the firemen came running around the corner from the back of the house and told the family to follow him. There it was. The scene that no one who saw it will ever forget. Standing in the middle of the backyard, in her night dress with tears streaming down her face, was the seven-year-old little girl with her arms wrapped tightly around the neck of the old Golden Retriever—his lip split open with blood running down his chest. The child told her story. When the backdraft exploded, she opened her eyes and the room was full of thick smoke and flames. She lay there, panicked and disoriented when suddenly the old, crippled Retriever was on the bed. Somehow he managed to lurch himself up, grab the girl by her night dress, and began dragging her down the stairs to the back door. Remembering from his youth, he managed to throw himself up on the door and, with his teeth, rip the eye hook out of the door and get them both outside as the fire rampaged through the home. And that’s where the story ends. Decades later, the family still grieves the energetic, little ball of fur that grew up to save a life while his own was ebbing away.

RESCUE DIRECTORY 2nd Chance Dog Rescue Non-profit organization dedicated to saving abandoned/ abused dogs, and provide them with shelter and a safe environment so they can regain their trust in humanity.

AARTA - Akita Advocates Relocation Team Arizona


Non-profit organization that finds homes for displaced Akitas through fostering.


ADOPT ME GSD Facebook page


Saving German Shepherds from euthanasia, providing them with medical treatment and finding loving homes.

Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Arizona Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Arizona Facebook Page Rehabilitate and rehome rescued Alaskan Malamutes, assist Malamute owners, and provide education services to the public.

All About Animals Rescue

No-kill, foster home based, rescue.

All About Bullies Rescue

All About Bullies Rescue Facebook Page


Non-profit organization that saves, rehabilitates, and rehomes bully breeds. Specializing in Pit Bulls.

Almost Home Bulldog Rescue,Inc.


Non-profit organization based in the Maricopa County area of central Arizona. We are dedicated to the rescue of un-wanted, neglected, and abandoned companion animals. Our focus is French and English Bulldogs from local euthanasia lists.

Amazing Aussies Lethal White Rescue of Arizona


Non-profit organization that rescues dogs bred Merle to Merle and born blind and/or deaf by a cruel and inhumane breeding practice, so the breeders can make a few extra bucks. About 25% of every litter will come out “wrong” and are killed at birth or thrown away since they can’t be sold. It’s just a “cost of business” to the breeders, but it’s an everyday fight for us. I hope you will join us to help end this planned cruelty.

Anthem Pets


Non-profit 100% volunteer, No Kill rescue to implement a fully rounded animal welfare program that provides education and resources to the community at large and promotes responsible pet ownership. Volunteers answer calls at the 24 Hour Pet Hotline; provide medical care for abandoned and abused animals and find them qualified, loving homes; and work to reunite lost pets with their owners through use of the Pet Hotline, a Pet Search & Rescue team and a very active Facebook page.

Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA


Largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona rehabilitates and rehomes more than 5,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners. We do this primarily by rescuing them from other shelters in Maricopa County where they are likely to be euthanized due to the lack of time and resources to care for them. At any one time our shelter will hold 140 cats and 190 dogs. We also have a foster parent network of approximately 90 families who provide care and shelter in their homes for puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted, and those animals that are recovering from medical procedures or that need socialization before adoption.

Arizona Basset Hound Rescue Inc.

602-225-7800 (voice mail)

Non-profit organization that provides veterinary care, food, support, and shelter to Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds and Basset Hound mixes needing assistance in Arizona.

Arizona Beagle Rescue



Pet adoptions, veterinary and spay/neuter services, retail and thrift shopping.

Arizona Labrador and Giant Breed Rescue

602-307-5227 Volunteer non-profit organization that is dedicated

to rehoming Labradors, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Elkhounds, Newfoundlands, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Saint Bernards, Irish Wolfhounds and Deer Hounds.

Arizona Pug Adoption & Rescue Network


Non-profit to rescue Pugs in need, provide medical care and emotional support, and place them into loving, permanent adoptive homes in Arizona.

Arizona Sheltie Rescue, Inc. Bill Ferrell:

(480) 507-7996

Cindy Reel: (602) 843-8073 Non-profit volunteer organization that serves the entire state of Arizona with respect to the rescue of Shetland Sheepdogs.

Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue & Adoption, Inc.


Non-profit, volunteer-run organization that rescues Siberian Huskies and places them into qualified homes, as well as educates the public on the special needs of the Siberian Husky.

Arizona Small Dog Rescue

Arizona Border Collie Rescue

A non-profit registered 501(c)3 no kill rescue shelter. A group of volunteers that are dedicated to rescuing and saving homeless, unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs.

480-422-5366 (voice message)

Promotes humane treatment through rescue, rehabilitation, education and the rehoming of neglected, abandoned and unwanted Border Collies.

Arizona Boston Terrier Rescue Non-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of unwanted Boston Terriers, education of owners on responsible dog ownership, and education of the public on the Boston Terrier breed.

Arizona Golden Rescue



Non-profit foster-based rescue that provides love and care for the rescued animals in a home environment. Utilizing fosters allows us to provide attention to each animals’ unique needs while also training them on how to be inside a home.

Two locations: Sunnyslope Campus and Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion

A statewide 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization comprised of volunteers dedicated to Beagle rescue and community education.

Animal Rescue Friends Ltd

Arizona Humane Society Provides emotional and medical rehabilitation and will pay for all medications and for necessary surgeries prior to adoptions being finalized for Golden Retrievers and mostlyGolden mixes.


AZK9 Rescue


AZK9 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2010 by a group of people who wanted to make a difference in the lives of companion animals in Maricopa County. The members of AZK9 are willing to give their time, passion and knowledge to offer proactive solutions to address the pet overpopulation. The founders realized there are many contributing factors and as a group focus on three main areas; Sterilization, Education and Rescue of the companion animals in need.

AZ Cavalier Rescue

AZ Cavalier Rescue Facebook Page


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AZ Cocker Rescue


Non-profit that focuses on rescuing all breeds of dogs from the county shelters that are going to be euthanized.

AZ Furry Friends Rescue Foundation


Non-profit foster-based, all breed, dog and cat rescue that are at risk of euthanasia at our local kill shelters.

AZ Happy Tails Animal Rescue A non-profit registered 501(c)(3) rescue group that does not have an actual shelter. All dogs are fostered in homes. Strive to educate and raise awareness of the importance of animal respect and appreciation and facilitate a low cost spay/neuter program.

AZ Mastiff Rescue (Canine Rescue Coalition, Inc.) Non-profit dedicated to rescuing English and Neapolitan Mastiffs and other Mastiff and Giant Breeds.

AZ Paws & Claws Non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable, all volunteer dog and cat rescue serving Arizona. Our mission is to match rescued dogs and cats with a home that will provide them with a lifetime of love and care.

Dachshunds Only Rescue


Not-for-profit, volunteer, foster-based, never-kill organization for Dachshunds. No animal is euthanized if they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be suitable for adoption–believe that behavioral modification techniques and positive reinforcement help to eliminate aggressive or unwanted behavior.

Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue


Non-profit, all volunteer, foster-based organization that provides Labrador Retriever breed and training information on request, public education on spaying and neutering, and finding homes for the Labrador Retriever.

Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue


Arizona’s first and only 501©(3) IRS-certified charity Doberman rescue. Incorporated in Arizona, a no-kill rescue committed to forever placements, and do best to make sure the dog taken home is suited to owner lifestyle.

Desert Paws Rescue A non-profit, no-kill, animal rescue group to rescue, rehabilitate (when necessary) and place domestic animals into stable homes; to educate the public about the responsibilities of pet ownership; and to build public awareness about the human-animal bond and its benefits to society.

The Fetch Foundation

AZ Shepherd Rescue


Non-profit dedicated to saving lives in the animal and human communities through innovative strategies and unique programs that supports, equips, and trains first responders by providing the life saving tools in“The FIDO BAG®” that is used by first responders to provide life saving intervention to family pets that are caught in a fire or other emergency situations; to provide a safe place for homeless dogs that were neglected or abused; and by connecting the right dog with a veteran in need of companionship, these K9(s) would serve a purpose beyond what anyone imagined. Non-profit foster-based rescue saving German Shepherds, Australian Shepherds and mixes of both from the county euthanasia list.

AZPyrs: Arizona Great Pyrenees Association & Rescue Network


Non-profit fosters and rehomes purebred Great Pyrenees throughout the entire state of Arizona.

Boxer Luv Rescue


A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to give new life to homeless Boxers in need and is 100% managed and run by volunteers and relies entirely on private donations, grants and revenue from Boxer Luv’s “Luv-To-Save” Thrift Shop.

Briard Rescue and Haven


Established to provide a safe place for Briard dogs. The Haven is a privately run facility, funded by private donations, ebay auctions, adoption fees and bequests.

Central Arizona Animal Rescue (CAAR) Non-profit organization dedicated to the general welfare, sheltering and placement of animals; prevention of cruelty to animals and overpopulation; education concerning humane treatment of animals; and involvement in other animal welfare issues. 28

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Finding Fido Animal Rescue

Finding Fido Animal Rescue Facebook page A humane rescue organization dedicated to reducing euthanasia by finding loving and permanent homes for the wonderful dogs and cats, especially the senior or special needs pets.

Foothills Animal Rescue


A non-profit organization to save lives through the rescue, care and adoption of homeless animals; a thrift store remains the primary source of income and community interaction.

Four Peaks Animal Rescue


A non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, training and placement of all species of domestic animals in need of medical care and sanctuary.

Freedom Tails Rescue Non-profit dedicated to rescuing animals in need.

Friends for Life Animal Rescue


Dedicated to helping the homeless and stray animals living on the streets and in the deserts. We also pursue an aggressive spay/neuter program for our animals and education for the public.

Friends of Animal Care & Control


Reduces euthanasia in Maricopa County by supporting pets & people by providing free and accessible spay & neuter services in our community.

Great Dane Rescue of AZ Alliance


Official Great Dane Rescue group for the state of AZ and have been caring for beloved Danes throughout AZ and the valley for over 20 years. Dedicated to providing the proper care and placement of Danes in need, whether they are a pound puppy or an owner turn-in.

Halo Animal Rescue (Helping Animals Live On)


No-kill facility that provides a refuge for dogs and cats who might otherwise be destroyed for reasons such as a treatable injury, illness, or those that are too scared or too young to go up for adoption at the time of arrival. The thrift store helps to bring in necessary income.

Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue, Inc.


Non-profit foster-based to save as many Dachshunds from suffering and premature death.

Helping Orphaned Hounds (H.O.H.)


Small all volunteer, no-kill, non-profit organization with two main goals: find loving homes for homeless dogs & puppies and promote spay/neuter thereby reducing the tragic consequences of pet overpopulation.

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue


Ensure that all pets have loving homes when families face major life challenges and provide compassionate options when Realtors and the community find an abandoned pet.

Lucky Dog Rescue


Non-profit all volunteer foster-based organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals from euthanasia, educating the community on responsible pet ownership and dedicated to training and what happens after the dog is in his new home.

Luv of Dogz Fund, Inc. Non-profit that provides advocacy and resources for rescued, abandoned, homeless dogs and to the people who rescue and care for them.

M.A.I.N. (Medical Animals In Need) Volunteer-based, donor-driven organization dedicated to rescuing animals off Maricopa County euthanasia lists with a medical needs.

Mayday Pit Bull Rescue & Advocacy

Rotten Rottie Rescue

Westie & Friends AZ Rescue, Inc.



Non-profit, no-kill, foster-based animal rescue to help, rescue, and rehome Rottweilers in safe adoptive and foster homes.

Sahuaro Dachshund Rescue

Non-profit that rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for abandoned and surrendered West Highland Terriers and their friends, educates about spaying and neutering, and stresses the need for high quality food and the importance of dental hygiene to extend their pet’s life.


White Gsd Rescue

Non-profit rescue that helps homeless Dachshunds find new homes.

White Gsd Rescue Facebook Page Works with Southwest German Shepherd Rescue.

Saguaro State Bull Terrier Rescue

Woof Wiggles n Wags

Non-profit volunteer and foster-based organization that focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating and securing placement for Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes, especially with extreme medical/behavioral and special needs, and to assist dogs from dog fighting, hoarding and other crisis/emergency situations.

Mini Mighty Mutts Rescue 480-304-5654


Ohana Animal Rescue

Established in 2005, small group of Bull Terrier owners dedicated to this wonderfully crazy breed. Happy to help others find a Bull Terrier, place in new home, give advice, support or encouragement when living with, showing and breeding Bull Terriers.


Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation, Inc.

Non-profit, all volunteer, foster-based small dog rescue not limited to any breed. Non-profit, foster home based organization saving euthanasia listed animals from the county shelters.

One Dog (Arizona)

Non-profit for rescue of Saint Bernards.

One Dog (Arizona) Facebook Page Non-profit rescue site to help network e-list (euthanasia list) and rescue dogs who need forever homes or dedicated foster homes.

Racing Home Greyhound Adoption


Non-profit foster- and volunteer-based rescue to find homes for retired racing Greyhounds and other homeless Greyhounds.

R.E.S.C.U.E. (Reducing Euthanasia at Shelters through Commitment and Underlying Education)


Non-profit, volunteer-driven animal rescue with no central facility and the focus is euthanasia-list rescues of cats and dogs from the county shelters.

Rescue A Golden of Arizona (RAG of AZ)


Non-profit, shelterless, all volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, evaluation and placement of Golden Retrievers who lost their homes through no fault of their own.

Rescue Pals A non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming dogs mostly found in Fountain Hills.

Rockstar Rescue

480-951-8495 602-920-1826

Saving Paws Rescue


Non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing veterinary care, evaluation and adoptive homes for German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Malinois and others who are left in pounds to await uncertain fate.

Southwest Collie Rescue


Non-profit, volunteer, foster-based organization to rescue every purebred Collie in the area needing help, no matter how old or how sick.

Southwest German Shepherd Rescue


10am-8pm preferably weekdays Non-profit volunteer based organization committed to the rescue, rehab and rehoming of German Shepherds.

Underdog Rescue of Arizona


Non-profit, foster-based dog rescue that is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming shelter dogs rescued from the euthanasia list and abandoned dogs in need.

Urban Rescues Urban Rescues Facebook Page Rescuing dogs scheduled for euthanasia in Maricopa County animal shelters.

Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue

Our mission is to help the hard-to-adopt cases, dogs that have suffered psychological traumas either from hoarding, fighting or abandonment situations and prepare them to become loving, household pets despite what they’ve endured.



Non-profit, no-kill, family run animal shelter with help from volunteers and fosters that specializes in American Pit Bulls and American Staffordshire Terriers, but accepts all breeds into the rescue. We strive to increase public awareness about the gentler, humane side of a “Bully” breed. Facebook: WoofsWigglesnWags


A 501(c)(3) all-volunteer foster-based all breed dog and cat rescue. We spay/neuter, vaccinate and microchip our animals and place them in loving “furever” homes. Check our Facebook page for adoption events and special fund raiser events.

Yorkie Luv Rescue Non-profit volunteer and foster-based rescue to rescue, rehab and rehome any Yorkie cross with Yorkshire Terrier that finds itself homeless and work with communities in order to stress the importance of adopting a Yorkie in the hope of one day eliminating all puppy mills.



A pet food pantry and disaster services organization distributing free pet food through partner agencies and giving pet items to Veterans, homeless, disaster victims and others.

Friends of Arizona’s Shelter Animals

Friends of Arizona’s Shelter Animals Facebook Page Volunteers who take photos of and get information about animals on the euthanasia list in local shelters, volunteer time to network the animals scheduled to be euthanized and make their photos/information available to the public and rescue groups in order to find alternative outlets for them.

Pet Social Worker/Tails of Hope


Free online database of stray, rescued, lost and found pets in the Maricopa area. In addition, the site offers tips, instructions and links to the local Pinal County Animal Care and Control forms needed to report a lost or found pet.

Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911)


Non-profit organization that works to bring together the Maricopa County animal welfare community in an interactive manner by providing opportunities for all to work together for the greater benefit of animals. Rescued Treasure’s Charity Boutique, and Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry are divisions of PACC911. | Fall 2018


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A dying breed Hot diggity dog Bite your lip Hair of the dog Dog eat dog Dog Days of Summer Let sleeping dogs lie Sick as a dog Off the leash Top dog Three dog night Puppy love The tail wagging the dog Barking up the wrong tree Dog tired Lucky dog Every dog has his day A bite to eat Bark is worse than his bite Hound’s tooth Southpaw

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The Wag Magazine Fall 2018 issue  

It is the appreciation for the blessed bond between canines and their companions that prompted the creation of THE WAG magazine. Read on abo...

The Wag Magazine Fall 2018 issue  

It is the appreciation for the blessed bond between canines and their companions that prompted the creation of THE WAG magazine. Read on abo...