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o much for the Winter blahs. There’s too much going on this season to get bored—the Winter Olympics, the “Critter Doc” event (more below), Valentine’s Day, Westminster, and cooler weather to enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend(s). We’re excited to share something about each of those events, and much, much more with you in this issue. Our cover story illustrates, once again, the positive impact of dogs in our world. It’s about Penny Lex Adele, a dog that has blessed her owner with the ability to literally live her life. Many readers were surprised to learn from an article we featured a while back that many dogs donate blood for their kind. Similarly, did you know that stem cell therapy, commonly heard about in humans, is now improving the lives of many dogs? Read about it on Page 8. In addition to the story of two very opinionated Valley canines, authors Rose and Kate told on Page 24, you’ll find articles about U.S. Winter Olympians and their dogs; a mobile surgical unit that provides affordable care; human meds and pets; a rescue group with a new initiative for veterans and seniors; and a reminder of dog park etiquette (yes, we could all use a little reminder now and then);—plus more! Search pages 1–32 to find the hidden object (Page 5) for a chance to win the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your dog—a high-quality, custom-made collar! If you’re like most dog owners, it’s not uncommon to gaze at your four-legged friend and ponder…“I sure would like to know what you’re thinking.” Ever think your dog might know what you’re thinking? Join THE WAG magazine on Saturday, February 10, 10–3 at Sapori d’Italia in Fountain Hills for a presentation by Andrea Sobotka, aka “Critter Doc.” Learn the foundation of animal communication, gain a better understanding of communication between you and your pet, and realize the principles of earth/holistic medicine, nutrition & wellness. Andrea’s gifted work and experience with animals around the country (domestic, wild and exotic) provide a state of emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness for pets and their people. Bring a friend, enjoy a delicious lunch and support two local rescues. Reservations required so make yours now. (Page 31 for more details). Everyone has a story and we’d love to hear yours. Is there a dog that touched your life in a moving, amusing, or heartwarming way? Contact us (507-202-3929) or send your tale to share to A Warm & Hearty “WOOF,”


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12 Winter Olympians and

the Dogs That They Love

By Cherese Cobb


14 Dog Park Etiquette

Some Ps and Qs for Dog Park Play

By Joyce Becker Lee




24 16 Dr. Kelly’s Mobile


Surgical Unit

Surgical Procedures at an Affordable Price

By Penny Lex

20 Adele, The Dog

That Literally Healed a Broken Heart

By Cherese Cobb


23 Arizona Animal Welfare


Book Review

By Kathleen Maci Schmidt

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10 Ask Your Veterinary

League & SPCA

Rose & Kate Unleashed



D achshund vs Toad By Andrea Sobotka


8 Stem Cell Therapy for Dogs

By Teresa Bitler

Pharmacist About… Human Over-the-Counter Medications in Pets By Bruce Dell, RPh, MS, DPh


18 D ate Ideas for You and Your Furry Valentine


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Stem Cell Therapy for Dogs By Teresa Bitler


tem cell therapy dramatically Tom Newland, D.V.M, with Adobe issues that would cause anesthesia changed Holly’s life. The 4-yearAnimal Hospital in Scottsdale. concerns, such as a heart condition. old Doberman struggled to get “Stem cells are not a cure-all by The in-house procedure takes up, sit, and lay down after three any means, but it is another tool we roughly 30 minutes, most of which surgeries for a torn ACL in her left can use to treat patients with,” says is spent separating the stem cells rear leg and a partially torn ACL in Newland, the first veterinarian to from a small amount of belly fat her right rear leg. Within weeks of offer in-house stem cell therapy in removed from the abdomen. Once stem cell treatment, not only was Arizona. the stem cells have been separated she running and playing again, but It’s a very effective tool, too. into their purest form and activated she no longer needed medication According to a recent study by mixing them with plasma rich for incontinence. conducted by four independent platelets from the dog’s blood cells, For Emma, the problem was veterinarians of 155 dogs they are injected back into the area allergies so severe her owner where they will do the most had to spend nearly $500 a good. month on medications just Since the procedure only to ease the symptoms. After requires a small incision, the stem cell therapy, Emma was recovery is on par with what able to ditch the medications a dog would experience after and stay off them even during being spayed or neutered. the worst allergy seasons. Newland says most owners While results can vary, report a change in their stem cell therapy can greatly arthritic dog within the first improve the quality of life for seven days as a result of the many dogs. The treatment platelet rich plasmas’ antiworks because stem cells can inflammatory properties, but become other types of cells it takes 30 to 60 days for the in the body. For example, in actual repair process to begin. Even better news for owners—stem an arthritic dog, stem cells To maintain achieved cell therapy can be used on most dogs, injected into an affected joint improvements, dogs should regardless of age, as long as they do not can become new cartilage be injected every year or two, have cancer or valley fever... cells. They can also promote depending on the patient and healing in conjunction with what is being treated, using orthopedic surgeries, helping to suffering from moderate to severe stems cells banked in the initial decrease scarring and recovery osteoarthritis, 95 percent showed procedure. time. improvement after undergoing the Cost of the initial procedure Although it has been used to same Medi-Vet in-house procedure varies based on whether a small address a variety of canine health used by Newland. Research or large amount of fat is harvested concerns, stem cell therapy is continues to uncover other and whether the stem cells are most commonly used to treat applications, such as allergies. administered through an IV directly osteoarthritis, ligament and Even better news for owners— into the joint or, in the case of a cartilage injuries, and fractures. stem cell therapy can be used on spinal injury, using an intrathecal To an extent, it has also showed most dogs, regardless of age, as method. Expect the initial promise with disc disease, irritable long as they do not have cancer procedure to cost at least $2,000. bowel disease, hepatitis, and or valley fever (since this can Subsequent injections of banked other conditions, according to rapidly progress those diseases) or stem cells will cost much less. In


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many cases, pet insurance does cover stem cell therapy. Newland believes there are exciting applications on the horizon for stem cell therapy, including treating some of the worst canine cancers out there, like osteosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma. “I believe stem cells want to go to these cancers,” he says. “If we can tether nanochemotherapy to these stem cells, we can get

target specific, like a smart bomb delivering a large amount of chemotherapy to the cancer site and sparing the rest of the body.” Until that day, stem cell therapy continues to serve as a valuable tool helping arthritic dogs lead more comfortable and productive lives, dogs with joint injuries heal faster, and dogs who suffer hopelessly from other ailments get relief.

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Human Over-the-Counter Medications in Pets By Bruce Dell, RPh, MS, DPh

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ver-the-counter (OTC) items have changed the way humans self-medicate; wonderful therapeutics that were once prescription-only are available to all. OTC manufacturers have done an amazing job at labeling for adults and children and packaging in suitable containers, but none of that means anything to the curious pup. We have a responsibility to care for our pals and this includes taking proactive steps to prevent accidental poisoning and using common sense when dealing with what seems like simple ailments. Our pets get a lot of the same problems we do—diarrhea, aches, pains, motion sickness, and stomach discomfort are just some of the concerns we get calls about from well-meaning pet owners who want to treat with OTC medications. I can easily sum this up: pets are different


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than you and me. For one thing, animals digest and tear apart medications differently, sometimes resulting in higher blood levels of a drug. Also, chemicals—even inert ones—that are safe for us pet parents can be toxic to our fur kids. For example, xylitol is a sweetener commonly used in many OTC items (and additionally found in chewing gum, candies, baked goods, and toothpaste, as well) that is dangerous in dogs. Some liquid forms of drugs contain alcohol to enhance solubility—potentially toxic to both dogs and cats. The pH and transit time in the intestinal track of our fur buddies is dramatically different than in humans. OTC products are, after all, designed for humans, not animals. Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, can cause death in cats and toxicity in dogs at inappropriate doses. Loperamide, the active ingredient in Imodium, is not recommended in cats and only with caution in dogs. Household aspirin is used in dogs under a vet’s supervision but can pose serious problems in cats. The ibuprofenlike drugs that we take for pain and inflammation are not recommended in dogs and cats. Local anesthetics, great when left in place on human skin, can be

licked off in the pet world and could pose serious issues. Just when you thought “natural” products were safe, guess again. In addition to fundamental questions about purity of these items, some of these ingredients may alter test results, absorption of other drugs, and may even cause serious damage to our “kids.” While it’s true that select antihistamines, motion sickness drugs, and stomach medications have some use in our pets, your veterinarian is the best resource for recommendations and dosing. And, as in our human kids, our pets can be very resourceful. Protective kiddy-caps are no match for a dog who will simply eat the whole container. Our dogs see us “eating” these and they envision good stuff. Be sure all medications are properly stored with your pet’s capabilities in mind. If the worst happens and your pal gets into something, call your vet immediately. And, if you haven’t yet had ”the talk,” discuss with your vet what to do about issues like this that happen after hours. Bad stuff generally happens at the most inconvenient times. Be prepared! Bruce is a senior pharmacist and the general manager at Roadrunner Pharmacy, a veterinary-exclusive compounding pharmacy in Phoenix.

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Alex and Maia Shibutani win a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.

Winter Olympians and the Dogs That They Love By Cherese Cobb


hree forces of nature are blowing into PyeongChang Republic of Korea this winter: Mirai Nagasu, Alex Shibutani, and Maia Shibutani. Fighting against Mother Nature and human nature—the crushing fear that their Olympic dreams will fizzle out in front of the world—these figure skaters rely on encouragement from their family, friends, fans, and more often than not, their dogs. Win or lose, these members of Team USA know that their canine “pack” will be waiting for them at the door with sloppy kisses.


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Mirai Nagasu Lincoln, her oldest, usually sticks to her like glue, but occasionally, he’ll slip off into a sunny spot and lie there for hours. Liberty, “the protector of the pack,” carefully carries

“’s like she’s giving me sass when she barks back at me.” around her toys—ironically, her favorite is a squishy dumpling. Lexi, the youngest, is a complete rebel. “When I’m scolding her, it’s like she’s giving me sass when she barks back at me. It’s absolutely adorable, so it’s hard to stay mad at her for any length of time,” she said.

Photo courtesy of Mirai Nagasu.

If you’ve ever watched I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, you’ll relate to Olympian Mirai Nagasu’s childhood. “As an only child, I always wanted a dog,” she said, “but couldn’t persuade my mom until I turned 14”— that’s the same year that she clinched the U.S. ladies’ title, making her the secondyoungest female singles champion in history after Tara Lipinski. A sophomore at the University of Colorado, Nagasu has three dogs. She rescued Lincoln and Liberty from her local humane society. Then she bought Lexi from a little girl at the mall who, she said, “wasn’t ready for the hard work and constant attention that Alaskan Huskies require.”

Winter Olympian Mirai Nagasu feeds her pack.

Mac and Cheese. That was Alex, 25, and Maia, 22, Shibutani’s first nickname, mainly because the brothersister ice dancing team complement each other—just like America’s favorite comfort food. “Our relationship gives us an edge on our competition, because we know that we can depend on each other,” they told The Wag. Even so, the Shib sibs haven’t always been on the same page—or skate, in this case. “I always wanted a dog,” Maia said. “There were a couple of years at Christmas when I received stuffed animals that were dogs…[which only] worked as a consolation until I was 7.” On the other hand, after Alex came “face to face with a St. Bernard,” dogs terrified him.

However, when the siblings’ grandmother moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, Alex conquered his fear, and the family purchased a Maltese named Po from a breeder in Ohio. A year later, they decided that they wanted a companion for “the sweet but occasionally grumpy dog” and bought Lily from the same breeder. “When we first brought Lily home and introduced her to Po, she was so happy and instantly transformed from the quiet puppy we thought she would be into a playing machine that keeps Po young and on his toes,” Maia said. Po is technically Lily’s uncle, but they behave like siblings—it just goes to show that dogs do act like their owners.

Photo courtesy of Maia and Alex Shibutani.

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o your dog, a trip to the offleash dog park means one thing: freedom! However, it’s far from freedom for you. The dog park is a social setting where you must follow the prescribed rules and make sure that your dog follows them as well. To that end, we’ve come up with a little guide to help you understand your responsibilities in allowing your dog (and you) a positive, fun, social outing. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: Train your dog. An off-leash park can be a free-for-all. Be sure your pet will come when called and leave a situation on command— even when he’s intent on rushing to the furthest end of the park to meet a new friend. Try a dog whistle or have a special call. Always have him wear his collar and tags. It’s for his safety. A microchip is also a great idea. While most dog parks are fenced, some dogs have been known to jump


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over and take off, and sometimes a collar can be lost. Pick up after your dog. This is non-negotiable. Everywhere. If you are new to a park, be sure to bring your own bags, just in case there are none there. Use them. Watch your dog to make sure you don’t miss his deposits. Take the first visit slow. Your dog might be overwhelmed his first time at an off-leash park: all those butts to sniff, all that space to explore! Walk him around on leash to get him acclimated, and then let him go. Keep track of him—while it’s nice to socialize with other pet owners, be sure to have one eye on your pet, not your cell phone or favorite novel, and a sense of every situation. This is your dog’s time. Understand the nature of a dog. Know the difference between play and aggression. If you see aggressive dogs or those playing too rough, steer yours in another direction. Conversely, if your dog is aggressive with other dogs, either use a muzzle and leash or find another exercise option. Let him sniff others, but at the first signs of aggression, move him away. Understand your dog’s tolerance for people. This is especially important if there are children in the park who will naturally want to pet your dog, and NEVER allow

a child to put her face near your dog’s face. Speaking of children, if you must bring small children with you to the park, be sure to keep an eye on them and be ready to keep them away from over-enthusiastic dogs. One more thing: if your female is in heat, don’t bring her to the park. Be proactive. Make sure your pet has protection against ticks and fleas, and keep up with immunizations, including Bordetella (kennel cough) and canine flu. Don’t bring food or treats. Most dog parks frown on that for a reason: to avoid fights and chaos. Trust me, you will regret it when you have a dozen dogs trying to climb you for a goodie. Do bring water. Some parks have drinking stations, but some don’t. There are lots of fancy choices for toting water, but a simple reusable bottle is a practical, earth-friendly choice. If you dog hasn’t learned to drink from a bottle, carry a lightweight collapsible bowl. Offer the beverage often. Know your dog’s physical limits. Be aware of signs of exhaustion on hot days. If your dog appears to be suffering, leave or find a shady spot to rest and have some water. On cooler days, make sure your dog is adequately warm and limit your outdoor time. Short-haired dogs in particular, can benefit from a sweater or a coat. Watch for shivering and lethargy, or check by feeling his ears and body—if they’re cold, that’s enough outside. YOUR DOG’S RESPONSIBILITIES: To have a wonderful time socializing, exercising, and burning off all excess energy, so he can go home and have a great nap with happy dreams about running free as his ancestors did.

Death of a Dog By Ted Kooser

The next morning I felt that our house had been lifted away from its foundation during the night, and was now adrift, though so heavy it drew a foot or more of whatever was buoying it up, not water but something cold and thin and clear, silence riffling its surface as the house began to turn on a strengthening current, leaving, taking my wife and me with it, and though it had never occurred to me until that moment, for fifteen years our dog had held down what we had by pressing his belly to the floors, his front paws, too, and with him gone the house had begun to float out onto emptiness, no solid ground in sight.

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Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Surgical Unit Surgical Procedures at an Affordable Price By Penny Lex


f you have a dog or cat who’s undergone surgery, you know how expensive it can be. And if you have multiple pets— yikes! Office visits, anesthesia, medications…all add up to what can be a considerable sum

surgical options to pet owners via a mobile surgical facility—Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Surgical Unit. “Our business is to provide needed surgical care for pets that clients cannot afford otherwise,” Dr. Kelly explains. “When people

“When people have to choose between a house payment and their pet’s health, that can be a very stressful decision. We pride ourselves on helping make that choice a little easier.”

of money. Actually, it was just that—the escalating prices of veterinary surgery that prompted Dr. Kelly Patriquin’s shift from her established career of owning and operating a successful veterinary hospital, to delivering low-cost


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have to choose between a house payment and their pet’s health, that can be a very stressful decision. We pride ourselves on helping make that choice a little easier.” Dr. Kelly’s practice includes

two, easily identifiable, mobile surgical vehicles—one 34’ that holds 25 animals and the other 28’ that houses 20. Each rig offers the experience and expertise of one doctor and four technicians, a clerical area, kennels, surgical suite with anesthesia, and space for post-operative care. Approximately 25 surgeries are performed daily in each site. Working with several groups in the Valley, each week Dr. Kelly and her staff also provide care for 50–60 rescue animals. The most common procedures performed by Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Surgical Unit are full dental cleaning ($220) and low-cost extractions ($10–50 each), mass removals (starting at $200), spaying, and neutering. The

menu of surgical services provided also includes dew claw removal, hernia repair, and other procedures. All surgeries, fully anesthetized and digitally monitored, include a physical exam, anesthesia, an injection for pain relief, and pre-, intra-, and post-op monitoring. While Dr. Kelly does not perform clinical diagnostic or preventative care services, as an ancillary part of her business and as a benefit to clients, she offers vaccines, nail trims, microchips, and euthanasia. A straight-forward account of Dr. Kelly’s reduced prices can be seen at; see Price Sheet. The entire appointment and procedure process at Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Surgical Unit is very undemanding. An appointment is needed, a referral is not, and there’s never a charge for an office visit. If you know

With 20 years of experience, Dr. Kelly prides her practice in delivering the highest quality of care at an affordable price. that your pet needs dental or other surgery, you can contact Dr. Kelly via call, text, or email for an estimate (no charge). Then go to DrKellysMobileVet/events/ to check out where the Mobile Units are parked (each rig is parked in a different, easily-accessed

Valley location Monday–Thursday, 7am–2pm—additional day/hours may be added). Determine what location and day you prefer. Then contact Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Surgical Unit to make an appointment. When the time comes, drop your pet off and then pick him up when advised. Dismissal of your pet includes an overview of the surgical procedure, detailed follow-up care instructions, and medications if needed. With 20 years of experience, Dr. Kelly takes pride that her practice is delivering the highest quality of care at an affordable price. Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Surgical Unit 602-909-5383 | Winter 2018



Great Date Ideas for You and Your Furry Valentine Play games—ball, fetch, or…surprise your dog with a new interactive toy. Read to your dog. Go shopping. Don’t be rushed. Let your dog saunter through the pet store and pick out a new toy or treat. Visit a winery that welcomes dogs. Do lunch or dinner—alfresco. Choose a pet-friendly venue and bring along a new bone or chew for your dog to enjoy while you dine. Or… Double date. Dine out, or in, with a friend and their pooch. Give your dog a massage. Walk a new path. Venture to an area where you’ve not been and enjoy the unfamiliar sights and sounds. Go on a picnic. Cop a squat and enjoy a nice snack and…maybe some homemade dog treats. However you choose to celebrate the day of love with your pet, take your time. Don’t be rushed. Relax. Your dog senses when you’re in a hurry, stressed, and out of the moment. Make this an occasion for you both to enjoy your activity and special while together.






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“...a dog came into my life and completely changed it for the better...�

The Dog That Literally Healed a Broken Heart By Cherese Cobb 20

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s Marty Harris, 47, walked into the South End building where she keeps her car, her dog, Adele, began sniffing, nuzzling, and licking her knees. “She rubs her nose on my legs in different places,” Marty says. “The front means to stand still. The side means to sit down. The back...means to lie down.” During the walk to the security desk—which would take most people 30 seconds—Adele did her sniffing thing several times. At one point, she began pawing at Marty’s chest, a dire warning that means “lie down immediately” and then threw herself across Marty’s body. “I was there for two hours before she’d let me up,” Marty says. “It’s really embarrassing, but it’s better than fainting in front of everyone and being rolled out in an ambulance.”

At Last, a Diagnosis

Marty’s heart beats irregularly, causing her to faint nearly every day. Born with a heart murmur, she started passing out the day she was born, resulting in concussions, breaks, and bruises. “My fainting had no limits,” she says. As she walked down the aisle at her own wedding, she had to stop midway, eliciting gasps from her family and friends. “Half thought I was going to faint, and the other half thought I was going to run,” laughs Marty, a Boston-based artist who paints abstracts with acrylics. Her worst moment was the day she fainted in front of her four-yearold son’s preschool. “I woke to 30 toddlers’ I was yet again being loaded into an ambulance,” she remembers. At 31, Marty was referred to Dr. James Januzzi, the director of the cardiac intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, who finally diagnosed

her with acute malignant vasovagal neurocardiogenic syncope— literally…“a broken heart.” “I had a name for my trouble, even if I did have trouble pronouncing it from time to time,” she says. Marty’s condition kept getting worse. Blood pressure medications, plasma expanders, beta-blockers—her doctor had exhausted every medical option. “I was in a really dark place. I was scared to leave my house. I was scared to live.”

Healing a Broken Heart

Marty saw a TV show about dogs that could detect cancer in people. “This made me remember a Dalmatian I used to have who would bring my asthma inhaler to me before I would have an attack,” she says. After research and lots of failure, every service dog organization rejected Marty; but she did get another number to call—Canine Partners for Life (CPL). “They said, “We don’t know [if dogs can detect heart rhythms]. That’s an interesting idea. Are you willing to be a guinea pig?” Marty and her husband, Jeff, flew from their home in Boston, Massachusetts, to Cochranville, Pennsylvania. We sat in a large warehouse that was CPL’s service dog training facility and watched as the trainers brought in four, beautiful Labradors,” she says. “They made it perfectly clear that while all of the dogs were ‘certified seizure alert dogs,’ this did not mean that they would be able to help me.” After

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“she could also alert me before I would faint.”

walking around the warehouse with each dog separately, she climbed a short hill, allowing each dog to pull her. “One dog, once we reached the top, threw itself on my feet and refused to budge,” Marty tells The Wag. “I yelled down to the trainers that I thought this dog was broken.” After several months on a waiting list, Darlene Sullivan, the executive director and founder of CPL, called and said, “We’d like to offer you Adele as a service dog.” Adele turned out to be the same dog that refused to follow her commands. “I thought, Great! What have I asked for?” she says. After donating $900, Marty attended a three-week, eight-hour-per-day “doggie boot camp.” “Every day, I was reminded that this dog was smarter than I was. Not only did she understand how to turn a light on and off, open then close doors and drawers, pay a cashier, carry things, retrieve items, bring me the phone, understand sign language, do laundry, and countless other service skills,” Marty says, “she could also alert me before I would faint.”

Adele and Everything After

Extremely smart, serious, and stubborn, Adele—the first cardiac service dog in the world—has kept Marty from fainting for nine years. Unfortunately, nothing can last forever. At age 11, Adele had to be eased into retirement. The separation was incredibly painful. Marty would sit in a safe space, usually her neighbor’s living room or on her couch, while her husband took Adele on longer and longer walks. There were times where she would get in her car and Jeff would take her for hour-long drives. “I wouldn’t get out of the car because I was afraid. I didn’t have anyone alerting me,” she says. As for Adele’s golden




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years, “she is spoiled by everybody. Once she retired and people started petting her, she’d always look at me like, ‘Is this okay now?’ She just eats it up. She rolls over like, ‘Pet this part and rub my belly.’” Because each service dog costs roughly $30,000, Marty knew this second time around she wanted to fundraise; so she had two big fundraising parties. She also went to talk to Melissa Dowler, the co-founder of Long Haul Films, about doing a three-minute video. “Marty and I were neighbors... my badly trained dog almost kept us from ever talking, as he would bark at Adele every time he saw her coming,” Dowler says. She talked Marty into doing a two-hour documentary: Adele and Everything After. “One of the biggest challenges associated with telling Marty’s story was convincing her to open up about her life and experiences.” Adele and Everything After has raised over $3,000, covering the expenses for Marty’s legacy service dog, Hector. “Adele 2.0,” the Golden Labrador is stronger and pushes her farther than Adele ever did. “He’s just like a happy-golucky guy and loves everybody. He has this aura that brings people in,” Marty says. In Hector’s class and at the Q&As after each film festival, Marty meets people with similar conditions. “The health they’re in was the same as mine nine years ago with Adele,” she says. “It’s a full-circle moment for me.” Incredibly shy, Marty is emboldened by “the love pouring off of the audience. I can see how emotional they’ve become watching the movie,” she says. “The fact that a dog came into my life and completely changed it for the better... that was really the reason to do this documentary. I want people to find their own be brave, to try.”


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Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA


(Arizona Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) By Penny Lex


ounded over 45 years ago (in 1971) by Amanda Blake (Miss Kitty from the television show Gunsmoke), Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) is the oldest, and largest, nokill shelter in Arizona. Now managed by President and CEO Judith Gardner, the organization takes in over 4,000 animals a year. The registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization is funded by donations from the community and some grants from foundations that support animal welfare (no tax dollars or government contracts). In addition to about 600 active volunteers, AAWL has about 100 paid staff that support the public veterinary clinic, MDPetCare, that provides services to dog and cat owners; the Education Department that provides dog training classes and youth programs; about 12 staff at the Chandler Fashion Center Mall Adoption Center (a satellite adoption center); plus all shelter staff. Designed to educate the next generation of animal advocates, AAWL is very proud of their programs that speak to animal welfare. Some even provide a “junior vet” experience for older children and teens. AAWL has a new program called AAWL CARES, an outreach program to the community. “Our goal is to provide support to pet-owning veterans, seniors, the homeless, people and families in crisis that will help them keep their pets in their homes,” says Christina Flanagan, Director of Shelter Operations. “AAWL works with local pet food banks, Chuck Waggin’ and Empty Bowl to provide food; and a new program offers limited subsidies for veterinary care and a limited number of free vaccines. Currently, veterans,

seniors, and people in financial crisis need to be referred through a social services agency for veterinary services. From pre-adoption and foster care to medical and behavioral care to enrichments,“we set the bar,” says Christina. “We have led the community in creating new programs for our dogs and cats. For instance, a robust ‘Gimme A Break’ program encourages volunteers to take an animal home for an overnight or two to provide an in-home break from the shelter.” AAWL also pioneered a Slumber

“We hope that our new community outreach program (AAWL CARES) will positively impact the lives of more veterans and seniors and help them keep their pets healthy and in their loving homes.” Christina Flanagan, Director of Shelter Operations

Party program that allows potential adopters the opportunity to bring certain dogs and/or cats home for an overnight visit before committing to an adoption. AAWL works closely with a network of local and rural/remote shelters and rescues throughout the state to save animals that might not have other opportunities to become part of a family. They support those groups by relieving overcrowding, by providing them with food and other supplies and, when asked, best practices for care and cleaning so they can help improve the lives of animals both at the shelter and others in the state.

What can you do to help? • Volunteer (volunteer orientations are held twice a month); • Make a donation of food. Canned adult cat food and Purina Kitten Chow dry kibble are needed; • Make a cash donation; • Support AAWL CARES with a $20 donation that provides a care bag of food, bowl, water dispenser, collar and leash for a needy pet; • Adopt a pet. 25 North 40th Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 602-273-6852 | Winter 2018



BOOK REVIEW Reviewed by Kathleen Maci Schmidt

Rose and Kate Unleashed: Observations, Advice and Humor from Two Very Opinionated Dogs by Rose Hill and Kate Power, Edited by Brian Hill and Dee Power Just like their human counterparts, dogs seek out alternative lifestyles as they age. A case in point is Rose and Kate, two aging dogs that found they had a talent for blogging. Rose Hill is an Irish Setter and Kate Power is an English Springer Spaniel. Both girls reside in Fountain Hills, Arizona, with their owners/ writers/editors Brian Hill and Dee Power. Brian and Dee raised Rose and Kate from puppies. Rose came from Bakersfield, California, and Kate, from Tombstone, Arizona. The dogs’ perspectives on life with humans draw upon 13 years of lived experiences. Hill and Power discovered the two canines’ talents of blogging in 2010. And blog they did—about all facets of dog and human experiences. In 2015, Hill and Power agreed to edit Rose and Kate’s book, Rose and Kate Unleashed, a collection of short topical blog entries, each with a picture. The entries go back and forth between the two girls on topics such as food, grooming, adventures, moving to a new house, sports, and going to Hollywood. Editor and business writer Brian Hill got the idea for the dog blog one day when he was writing in his home office. He refers to Rose as his collaborator/muse as she sits in his office every day until he is finished writing around 3:30 p.m. at which time she signals to Brian that it’s time to stop and go outside. “Dogs love routine,” Brian tells me adding, “there is a lot of validity in what dogs think. Using a blog format allows the dogs to express their views on a variety of topics that humans so often interpret.” Rose and Kate fill in the rest of the story. The book is sprinkled with bits of doggy humor and wisdom from the dogs’ points of view. For example, Rose and Kate give this advice on how to train your two-legged companion: 24

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Start early; break bad habits of feeding once a day as soon as possible; let them think they are training you. Two-legged companions are very food oriented—use treats to get them to do what you want. If you are in a two-dog home—team-up to achieve your objective. Take advantage of guilt whenever possible. Show them priorities. The top priority is not making coffee, it’s feeding you!

Since the book originated from the dogs’ blog entries, the voice and grammar remain true to its canine authors. Don’t be alarmed by misspellings or slang—it is a dog’s world after all. The book includes a glossary just in case the reader needs a little help in deciphering meaning…or what Brian likes to refer to as “dog-to-human language translation.” For instance, the “buzzy thing” in the grooming section refers to a nail trimmer and the “tappity thing” is a computer keyboard. They refer to the javelinas in Arizona as “half-a-leenas.”

Though both girls are getting up in years, Brian is quick to add that Kate hasn’t slowed down a bit and Rose only has a little arthritis in her back right leg. They still love to be out in the community. Recently their book was used at one of the grade schools in the Southeast Valley. The book’s short entries make it accessible to kids. Now that Rose and Kate have one book under their belt they are thinking of doing another on the topic of travel; whereas Brian is focusing his attention on screenplay writing on the topic of dogs, of course. They have all traveled to Hollywood where Brian entered his screenplay “Dog Magic” in a competition. To hear Rose and Kate tell it, it was one of the highlights of their year. The biggest challenge when writing though, according to Kate, is keeping her nails trimmed so she can hit the right keys on the keyboard. Whereas Rose’s biggest challenge is deciding what to include in a book and what to leave out. Then there is the voice of Brian who adds that the trick is to choose what is fascinating to the reader, who in most cases is a human because dogs don’t have credit cards to order a book. Though Rose thinks a debit card is in order. For any dog readers out there, Rose and Kate did offer a tip to those dogs who may be interested in expressing their point of view. Kate’s advice is “resist the urge to bite a book reviewer who posts something negative about your book.” Rose says “just be yourself. Every dog is a unique and beautiful soul. Express that beautiful essence that is you.” Rose and Kate Unleashed is a quick and enjoyable read giving the more mature reader some food for thought regarding animal and human communication. Kids will like its easy reading style. Rose and Kate are available to do book signings anywhere in the Valley. Contact for more information.



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Dachshund vs Toad By Andrea Sobotka, “Critter Doc” Two years ago, I was contacted by Patricia Harris who had just attended one of my presentations on energy healing for pets, in hopes that I could help her. On a recent rainy evening following dinner, Kerby, one of her three beloved dachshunds, had been busy doing his job clearing their yard of “intruders.” But this time the intruder was the dreaded Colorado River toad, and Kerby

Kerby was very lucky and survived the night. didn’t know the dangers of putting that huge amphibian in his mouth. Although the toad doesn’t sting or bite, it does excrete a substance through its skin that is toxic and deadly if ingested or licked. Fortunately, Dad (Carl), had just let him outside and saw what Kirby was harassing. Carl sprang into action and hollered for Kerby to drop the toad. Almost immediately poor little Kerby began reacting to the toxic slime he had gotten in his mouth and was rushed to the vet. Patricia and Carl knew this was a life and death situation and that time was of the essence. There is no antidote for toad poisoning. If caught early enough (in minutes), steps can be taken to possibly avoid certain death by flushing the mouth, regulating the heartrate, managing seizures and managing the body temperature. Kerby was very lucky and survived the night. 26

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But because there is no way to “get the poison out of the body,” he was not out of the woods. Kerby was released and sent home, but he was on close watch. Prognosis was not good and he was not only still very sick, but some emotional issues had taken hold, too. Kerby was listless, very down, and had associated being fed by Dad and going out in the rain with the extreme pain and trauma he suffered from the toad poisoning. He was not showing good signs of prana—the will to live. Patricia brought me in to see what I could do for Kerby not only to survive physically, but to help him overcome the emotional trauma and regain his will to live. Sweet, messy-haired Kerby was indeed a sad sight to behold. The light in his eyes was low, and he just didn’t seem to care about anything that was going on. He didn’t want to eat, didn’t want to play, didn’t want to go outside (especially if it was raining), and although he didn’t mind my presence, he was just—blah. On assessing his chakras, I found his root, sacral, and solar plexus closed. Not a surprise since all three govern life force, internal health, and sense of self. Kerby allowed me to do a full balancing of his chakra system, and I followed that with some crystal therapy, as well as some essential oil therapy. We had a little chat, too, about how much he was loved and how his dad, Carl, saved his life by yelling and going into fast action. By the end of that first session, not only was his whole chakra system open and humming again, but we also got a little smile out of him and bit of light returned to his eyes! Patricia and I were overjoyed! I made some recommendations for holistic homecare that included diet and some natural home remedies for calming and detoxing his wee body. I came back each week for further energy healing and “chats” with Kerby, and by the third week, Kerby was not only out of the woods, he was back to his old self and had released his emotional issues regarding his dad, dinner time, and going out in the rain. Kerby continues to guard the house and property from intruders, but is now much wiser about what and who not to touch.

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


Arizona Humane Society

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


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.

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

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


AZ Cavalier Rescue

AZ Cavalier Rescue Facebook Page

602-397-4744 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.

Foster run rescue for Cavaliers, English Toy Spaniels and mixes.

Animal Rescue Friends Ltd

Arizona Golden 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 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. 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.

AZ Cocker Rescue



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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.)

Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue

Friends of Animal Care & Control



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

602-492-8139 Non-profit dedicated to rescuing English and Neapolitan Mastiffs and other Mastiff and Giant Breeds.

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.

AZ Paws & Claws

Desert Paws Rescue 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.

AZ Shepherd 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

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 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.

Finding Fido Animal 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.

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.

Briard Rescue and Haven

Foothills Animal Rescue




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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.

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.

Lost Paws Sterilization, Education, & Rescue


Non-profit organization that focuses on sterilization, education and rescue.

Lucky Dog Rescue


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

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.

Friends for Life Animal Rescue

Luv of Dogz Fund, Inc.


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. 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. | Winter 2018



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Grant Maves 928-227-3004 • Prescott, AZ Handcrafted leather holsters, belts, fringe bags, guitar straps, flute pouches, dog collars and more. Call for more information.

FIREFLY GLASS DESIGN Handmade Fused Dichroic Glass Treasures Personal Photos Fused on Glass Phone: 480-483- 2012


Do you have a product or service that other pet owner’s need? This is your ad space.

Get your Wagified in the Spring ‘18 issue

We offer daily visits, overnight stays, dog walking and house sitting services in 85268 and 85259. Bonded and insured. Call us at: 480-717-7778.

Shannon Shutack Berkshire Hathaway Home Services 602-696-4821 Refer your friends and family! Its an easy way to help earn donations for your favorite animal charity or shelter! Call for additional details.


• Day care • Party animals • Desert dwelling dangers • Canine cuisine. Raw? Kibble? …and a whole lot more!

Deadline March 15, 2018


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THE WAG magazine | Winter 2018


B E 9 10 S P O R T I N G T E A I O N R I N R T S I H E 15 O H E R D I N G W


Aguamenti ..............................................................11 Animal Clinic Del Rancho ..........................................5 Coldwell Banker, Karen DeGeorge ............................2 Coldwell Banker, Diana Rickenbaugh .....................32 Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Surgical Unit ...............................19 Fountain Fashions .....................................................5 FUEL4LIFE/PetHealth .................................................9 Larry Moyse Photography .......................................18 Midwestern University Companion Animal Clinic .....9 Raptor Shield ..........................................................11 RE/MAX Sun Properties, Tina Nabers .........................7 Sapori D’Italia ...........................................................7 Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante............................15 Zusia’s Doggie Salon & Su “Paw” Market .................15

I sure would like to know what you’re thinking…

I KNOW what you’re thinking!

THE WAG magazine & Sapori d’Italia invite you to an enlightening presentation by

Andrea Sobotka, aka “Critter Doc” • Discover key secrets of animal communication • Gain a better understanding of communication between you and your pet • Learn energy medicine & holistic homecare tips to improve your pet’s health




Saturday, February 10, 2018 • 10 am – 3 pm Sapori d’Italia • 11865 N. Saguaro Blvd. • Fountain Hills, AZ

A $99.00 fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, and gift bag.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to Rescue Pals & Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry. Both are 501(c)(3) organizations.

Reservations required by February 1. Limited seating. Call 507-202-3929 or email | Winter 2018


Ready to take the leap?

When buying or selling your home…. Use my expertise to make the ideal decision for you and your best friend!

Diana Rickenbaugh REALTOR Accredited Buyer’s Rep Graduate Realtor’s Institute

Call Me Today! 480 263 3649