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The holiday season can be a hectic time. Between shopping for gifts, attending holiday get-togethers and trying to manage our regular routines, it might seem difficult to make time for anything else. Don’t fret—we have good news! It doesn’t take much time to make a difference for animals. We’d like to share a few simple ways to help animals in need this holiday season.

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Dog Walking Could Be Key To Ensuring Activity In Later Life A new study has shown that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter. Published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the study used data from the EPIC Norfolk cohort study, which is tracking the health and wellbeing of thousands of residents of the English county of Norfolk. More than 3000 older adults participating in the study were asked if they owned a dog and if they walked one. They also wore an accelerometer, a small electronic device that constantly measured their physical activity level over a seven-day period. As bad weather and short days are known to be one of the biggest barriers to staying active outdoors, the researchers linked this data to the weather conditions experienced and sunrise and sunset times on each day of the study. Researchers found that owning or walking a dog was one of the most effective ways to beat the usual decline in later-life activity, even combatting the effects of bad weather. Dog owners were sedentary for 30 minutes less per day, on average.

Craig Sauvé, a member of Mayor Valérie Plante’s newly appointed executive committee, spoke about Montreal’s pit bull ban, saying the new administration plans to repeal-and-replace the bylaw. The current bylaw, passed by the Coderre administration last September, makes it illegal to adopt a pit bull type dog. Montrealers who already own a pit bull are currently required to get a permit for their pet, and keep their canine in a muzzle when in public. Pitbull-owners caught outside without a permit can face a $750 fine and have their pet taken away. Denigrated by Sauvé, a new bill will be introduced that will be created in consultation with dog owners and groups like the Montreal SPCA. Sauvé stated, “Essentially, Montreal is going to mirror what Calgary has done when it comes to regulating animals.” In Calgary, dogs of all breeds need to have a City of Calgary licence once they’re over three months old. Dogs are expected to be leashed at all times (save for designated off-leash areas) and canines are barred from entering certain areas, like playgrounds.

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Now, to start with, the little female kitten adopts the "old man," who proceeds to move cautiously toward inviting it indoors and getting his entire family involved in the taming and domestication of this wild thing. They are a travelling clan and have to share in the responsibilities of care when they are away. So, you get to know his daughter, his son-in-law, his grandson, and his research among his books to discover the evolutionary aspects of his romantic friendship with this independent, but also dependent, fellow creature. This is not only a private journal, but a philosophical extended essay in the avowed style of the master journal-keeper, Michel de Montaigne. It will make you respect feral mouse-hunters and vole-killers, but also admire the inspiration that an animal can provide in return for your dedication. What makes a Swedish cat saga different from any other sentimental eulogy to your sweet pet? Well, I think the northern Europeans have a more earthy, direct, approach plus a perhaps detached viewpoint at the same time. I compared this "love story" to Garbo's "Queen Christina" in accepting the facts of life with joy and with a recognition of same mix of doubt and devotion that we share with the weather: cold and dark in winter, warm and almost tropical in summer. I'll close this account with a few sentences from the book. "By seducing us, Kitty has been incorporated into Swedish society. It's a long-term commitment. Cats can live to more than 15 years. I may I could be 90 by then. I may never reach that age. There is something appealing about that. I wouldn't mind dying in my bed with Kitty somewhere close by." That pretty much sums it up and says it all.



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…but it’s not here yet! The weather is cooling and the days are shorter but we have a few good days left gosh darn it – so get out and take advantage before they are gone! Between the heat of summer and the cold of winter, you’re looking at a great time to get out with your dog and spend some quality time together. Let’s explore some ideas you may not have thought of so you can get out and about on nice days.

Walks and Hikes

Hiking in New England is the obvious tried and true ways to get out with your dog, but why not spice things up a bit?

Join a Doggie Walking Group

Rhode Island Dog Playgroups & Walks is a fun Facebook group for responsible dog owners in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts who would like meet up for walks, hikes or play dates! Kelly Payton started the group last winter so her dog Sadie could meet some like-minded dog owners and have some fun. Dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes are welcome to join as long as they are good with dogs and people and up-to-date on vaccines. “We’ve gone on some group walks in Lincoln Woods and it’s low-key and a lot of fun. People actually stop to watch us go by! I’ll be adding more meet ups throughout the state so I’d love to have more people join in!” Members are also encouraged to post on the group themselves when looking for walks and play dates. If you’re interested in joining, look up Rhode Island Dog Playgroups & Walks on Facebook. Sadie and I can’t wait to meet you!

Holiday Shopping

Speaking of shopping locally, now is the time to take Fido along for some last minute holiday shopping. Check out the many amazing local pet boutiques to pick up something special for the animal lover in your life. You can also check out the Animal Print Magazine’s special edition ‘Last Minute Stocking Stuffer Ideas’ filled with great ideas and where you can find items locally…yes, you can head out with your pooch to shop!

Obstacle Course

Instead of just walking, try turning it into an obstacle course! Encourage your dog to go around, under, over, and through obstacles you encounter like logs, benches, and more. You can also practice those training skills by asking your pet to perform skills they know well at various intervals. For example, you might ask for a down-stay at every oak tree you pass, or perhaps a high five at every other mail box, or maybe just a simple sit every 5 minutes. Asking your dog to use his brain WHILE using his body is a really good way to burn off more steam in a much shorter amount of time. It’s also a really great way to keep those manners sharp.

Outdoor Group Classes

Group classes are a great way to work your dog’s mind AND body – so why not take a class that is outside? Outbound Hounds and Spring Forth Dog Academy are local dog training businesses that offer humane, reward-based training via outdoor classes in Providence. For a more laid back activity that is appropriate for ANY dog (depending on your instructor),

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Alternatively, turn a walk or hike into a geocaching adventure. This is a fun outdoor activity for dogs who love going for rides, with activity levels that range from quick “park and grabs” for cold days or elderly dogs to more challenging caches that require more physical exertion. Short trips might result in one cache, while a full day of rides and walks can result in dozens of them!

Scavenger Hunts

This can is another fun way for human friends as well as canine friends to spend some QT together. Go high tech with fun apps like Klikalu or Goose Chase, or keep it low tech with a list on your cell phone or old fashioned paper lists of creative, challenging, or silly items to find. Ideas can be found online, including things like a yellow leaf, a pine cone, a red door, something funny, a pretty rock – the ideas are endless, so get creative! Please, just remember to respect others by taking only pictures and leaving only footprints. Also, respect other dogs when you’re out and about by keeping YOUR dog on leash at all times. It is simply inappropriate to allow your dog – no matter how friendly – to go bounding up to other, leashed dogs without permission. While your dog may be friendly, the other dog may not be and there’s no reason to set both up to fail. To allow your dog more freedom, stop by a locally owned pet supply store to pick up a long training leash.

Mushroom Hunting

This is a walking activity I’ve recently taken up, as I love the challenge of finding and identifying new things. If you’re into the idea, please only take photos for identification and leave the picking and eating to the experts!

Hide and Seek

If your dog isn’t one who can or who enjoys going out into public, these activities can also be modified for your or a friend’s fenced yard. Hide and seek is another fame ideally suited to fenced yards and can be really fun game for any dog. Hide the dog’s favorite people, toys, treats, or anything they might want to hunt. Start with easy stashes

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and lots of help, and gradually build to harder stashes with less help as your dog figures out the game. These are just some of the many, many ideas for having out door fun with your pet before the snow hits. Get creative, adapt to you and your pet’s needs and likes, and get outside! Be sure to share your adventures and ideas on social media and tag Jones Animal Behavior and Animal Print, so you can help inspire others - who knows, your idea might just make the day of a bored dog just waiting for fun!

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5 WAYS To Tell Your Dogs You

LOVE Them in Their Own Language

Pup parents know that our dogs love us deeply, even though they do not express it in the same manner as humans do. Recently, behavioral research saddened dog lovers when it showed that most dogs don’t like to be hugged. That’s not to say that our pups don’t enjoy receiving affection; they live for our love and approval! Try showing them your devotion in a language they can understand.

1. G aze Deeply Into Their Eyes

Speak softly, stroke him gently and maintain eye contact.

Dr. Brian Hare, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke

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dog stares at you he is “hugging you with his eyes.”

2. Raise Your Eyebrows

dog that guards your local junk yard! Direct eye contact is still

Behavioral Processes found that dogs raise their eyebrows –

your own, trusted pet, try gazing into his eyes when the two of

a high speed camera, they scrutinized the facial movements of

University topped the NY Times best seller list with his book, past Spring he told the dog-loving newsman that when your

of Oxytocin in the canine brain – the same hormone that

This doesn’t mean you should stare deeply into the eyes of the

A Japanese study published in the September 2013 volume of

considered a challenge or threat in many situations. But with

especially the left one – when greeted by their owners. Using

you are calmly relaxing.

the dogs when seeing their owners vs. seeing strangers.


When the strangers came along to greet them, the test

dogs displayed far less facial activity and most of it was

right sided. The significance is that the right brain controls the left side of the face and is tied to emotion, while the

left brain controls the right side of the face and is tied into analytical behaviors.

Basically, the more facial activity you display when greeting your dog, the more they know they are loved. If you are able to raise one eyebrow (sadly, I cannot) then make it the left one. Your pup will really feel special!

3. Lean on Them Not just figuratively, actually press your weight against your dog physically. Not to the point where he feels cornered

(or crushed!) just a little to show that you trust him. This is

something our pups do to display their affection for us that is often overlooked.

Have you ever had your pooch press up against the backs of

your legs while you’re busy in the kitchen? That’s a type of dog hug! Try giving him one right back.

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4. Let Them Sleep With You

5. Just Be Yourself

Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns is the author

Throughout his extensive research Dr. Berns has found that

of How Dogs Love Us and he has spent decades studying the canine brain using MRI. According to his research, sleeping

with a human is the ultimate display of love and trust our dogs

can give because that is when they are at their most vulnerable. It also shows that they consider us a member of their pack. If

you have a No Dogs in Bed policy, try snuggling up on the sofa or the floor for a few minutes each day to show your affection.

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Play and activity in pets may stave off cognitive decline and improve cognition in those already starting to slope downward. By Julia Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB

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s medical science extends the lifespan of pets, age-related cognitive decline in cats and dogs is on the rise. Clinical signs associated with cognitive dysfunction—often characterized by the acronym DISHAA: disorientation, social interactions, sleep-wake cycle disturbances, house soiling, activity changes (apathy or aimless wandering) and increased anxiety—are reported in almost half of dogs over the age of 10 and 30% of cats over the age of 11. Fortunately, more veterinarians and pet owners are not accepting these as inevitable aging changes. Pharmaceuticals and nutraceutical

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21 the group given the dietary treatment without enrichment. Physical activity has been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in people. Increased perfusion to brain tissue, decreased body weight, up regulation of growth factors and improved synaptic plasticity may all be molecular mechanisms underlying the benefits of enrichment and activity therapies. Enrichment can be described as providing enhanced environmental stimuli. For our companion animals this means not just meeting their basic needs for health, nutrition and safety, but also providing low-stress and predictable social interactions, play, outlets for other natural behaviors, and sensory-stimulating opportunities. Of course, medical issues such as metabolic disease, dental disease and orthopedic pain should be addressed before starting enrichment activities in senior pets.

Some practical enrichment ideas you can try are: • Providing food toys or puzzles that encourage manipulating the device to receive food. Many commercial products are available and DIY ideas can be found on various websites. • Hiding food pieces around the house to simulate searching behavior. • Taking dogs on outdoor walks to provide some aerobic exercise and sensory exposure; in physically debilitated animals, a pet stroller or car rides can provide the sensory experience. (Note that many dog owners think placing the dog in the backyard can substitute

for walks. However, outdoor time in the typical backyard does not provide the same benefits because of the lack of novelty and activity.) • Providing safe outdoor time for cats with bungee harnesses or cat-specific fencing. Screened porches or outdoor enclosures do not encourage as much activity as walks or large fenced areas, but placement in sight of butterfly gardens or bird feeders increases the sensory stimulation. • Ensuring there is vertical space for cats both indoors and outdoors to help foster activity and provide safe places in a multi-cat household. • Spending a few minutes each day on reward-based basic obedience or simple trick training—a great method for mental stimulation and appropriate social interaction, especially in less mobile animals. • Encouraging play even in older animals. A play partner should support the appropriate level activity and not pester or distress the older animal. Toys can also be a good outlet for older animals but daily rotation, food and owner facilitation may be necessary. Evidence suggests that attention to environmental enrichment may make the most impact if started in median-aged animals.


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Take a break from the mall and join Jack’s Snacks dog bakery for some merriment and some shopping small. Thursdays in December (14th and 21st) from 6pm-8pm. Light refreshments will be served. Jack’s Snacks is located at 158 Greenwich Ave., Warwick, RI.

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In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. For example, a Wood Dog comes once in a 60-year cycle. It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are decided by their birth year’s zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Dogs, each with different characteristics: 2018 is “earth dog” - communicative, serious, and responsible in work. Happy Chinese New Year!


Hearts and Paws Pasta Dinner Join the RISPCA on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 6:00pm at North Philips Street Hall in East Providence, RI. Tickets are $18 and must be purchased in advance. They sell out every year! If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please let us know at or 401-438-8150, x3. Thank you! Tickets will go on sale January 1, 2018. The RISPCA’s biggest event will include a pasta dinner complete with silent auction, live auction, raffle, and delicious food prepared and served by Johnson and Wales hospitality students. Held at a large banquet hall, the event draws about 320 people for a lively and fun event. They are always looking for donations of items to include in thee silent auction and raffle! Restaurant gift certificates, artwork, sporting and event tickets, hotel stays, entertainment packages, jewelry and more are all great additions. If you would like to make a donation contact: or (401) 438-8150, x3. For tickets visit


Friday, March 23rd

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LoveBash for Animals

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Save the Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 for the Potter League’s spring event! It’s the pawty of the year to benefit hopeful and homeless animals. The LoveBash for Animals is a dog-gone fun party you don’t want to miss. Snack on tasty treats, drink and have a howling good time at the beautiful Atlantic Resort Newport in Middletown, RI. Try your paw at the live and silent auction or one of our exciting raffles! There’s plenty to do an all for a good cause, too! For more informations visit

Real World Dog Training Talk Radio on AM 790. When: Saturdays 8am -1pm. Station Hotline: 401.437.5000. Tune in, call in, and get saved

Every Saturday

Pet Care Live

6:30am on 630WPRO listen to “PET CARE” live with Dr. Paradise

“Pick of the Litter”

Every Tuesday


Each week, Channel 6 hosts a program called “Pick of the Litter” that features adoptable animals from the RISPCA. Tuesdays at 12pm.

Every Monday Night

Every Saturday

4-6pm. Come meet the adoptable dogs from Save One Soul Animal Rescue League! Visit and their facebook page each week to see the dogs attending the Meet & Greet. No application or pre-approval required!

A volunteer with the Providence chapter of Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) appears Saturday mornings on WJAR Channel 10 at approximately 9:15am with a cat or dog available for adoption and is currently residing at the Providence Animal Care and Control. facility. Through this segment, the Providence Chapter has had great success with finding many, many animals a forever home.

Meet & Greet Mondays

Meets will take place at Bow-Chika-Wow Town 27 Meadow St., Warwick, RI

VSA on WJAR Channel 10

Dog Walking Group Rhode Island Dog Playgroups & Walks is a fun Facebook group for responsible dog owners in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts who would like meet up for walks, hikes or play dates! If you’re interested in joining, look up Rhode Island Dog Playgroups & Walks on Facebook.

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• 21-24 standard lip balm tubes • OR 6 1-oz. tins • A small digital kitchen scale; optional, small pot or double boiler


-2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive, sunflower, or sweet almond oil - 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) coconut oil - 1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp.) shea butter - 4 tsp. beeswax In a small pot or double boiler over low heat, melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.

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Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins. Let them cool on the counter until hard. Cap and label. Keep away from extreme heat. Apply the balm as a preventive treatment or to help soften dry paw pads or noses. Use within 1 to 2 years. These also make a great gift!

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Handmade Holiday Treats Made by and available at Jack’s Snacks. $2.75 each or 2 for $5.00. They also take custom orders. Jack’s Snacks, a Dog Bakery 158 Greenwich Ave., Warwick RI.

Holiday Collars by Creative Works Available at Jack’s Snacks, a dog bakery 158 Greenwich Ave., Warwick RI. www.jackssnacks. com $20.00

Himalayan Dog Chew Ideal for tough chewers of all sizes, Himalayan dog chews are an amazing, long lasting chew that’s made from Yak milk, lime juice, and salt. Easily digested, these dog chews are based on a snack that Nepalese people enjoy throughout the world. Priced from $8.49 - $10.49 Available at Bow chika Wow Town 27 Meadow St., Warwick, RI.

. Catnip Toys by Up Country Available at Jack’s Snacks, a dog bakery 158 Greenwich Ave., Warwick RI. $8.00

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Bite ME! Cheeky squeaker toy stands up to rough play with reinforced seams and fused, durable mesh liner. 18.99 large and 14.99 Small Available at The Cheeky Hound 727 Hope St, Providence, RI Peanut Butter & Banana Treats From $4 to $12; Apple & carrot treats from $6 to $12, and Chicken, Beef, and Pork Jerky from $8 to $46. Available at Bona-Fido 1220 Chopmist Hill Rd, North Scituate, RI. Silver Cat “Meow” Holiday Frame- $8.99 Available at WOOF! WOOF! Pet Boutique & Biscuit Bar 31 Bradford St., Bristol, RI.

Dog Lover T-shirts We are so in love with these t-shirts and sweatshirts for every dog lover in your life. $18.99. Available at The Cheeky Hound 727 Hope St, Providence, RI


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Orbee “Tuff” Diamond Plated Ball $14.95 Available at Fetch RI 91 Kingstown Rd, Richmond, Rhode Island

Bocce’s Bakery Lumps of Coal Dog Treats-$8.99 Available at WOOF! WOOF! Pet Boutique & Biscuit Bar 31 Bradford St., Bristol, RI.

Bailey & Bella Plaid Scarf Perfect for the pet who doesn’t like to wear a full sweater! Available in sizes Small and Large Only $6.99! Exclusively available at Pet Valu

BFF Let it Snow Spike Ball Character Rings Available in a Reindeer, Fox or Penguin. Great for dogs that like to tug, PLUS, the spikes on the ball clean teeth! Retail for $5.99 (Small) or $8.99 (Large) Exclusively available at Pet Valu!

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29 Catch Dog Fever!! Dog Fever is an exciting new collection of sterling silver jewelry dedicated to man’s (and women’s) best friend. This well-made, adorable and affordable line retails starting at $220 and currently features 38 different breeds with more being added soon. What better way to represent a symbol of eternal friendship! Sterling rings can also be enameled, and gold-plated and gold finishes will be offered soon. Now available exclusively in Rhode Island at Reliable Gold Ltd. in Wayland Square, Providence.

Scruffles Lamb We all have that one friend who is always there for us. Maybe a little funny to look at, a little rough around the edges perhaps, but loved like family. Meet the adorable Scruffles Collection. A tad unkempt for sure, but with their K9 Tuff Guard Lining, you know they’ll be there til the bitter end. $6.99 (9 inch) and $11.99 (14 inch) Available at Pet Valu

Tall Tails Dog Leather + Wool Antler or Stick Toy Under $12.00. Available at WOOF! WOOF! Pet Boutique & Biscuit Bar 31 Bradford St., Bristol, RI.

Kurgo Shed Sweeper Dog Hair Remover A versatile tool for removing hair, lint and dust from pets, clothing, upholstery, carpets and more. It’s simple, lightweight and can be cleaned by rinsing with soap and water. $10.00. Available at WOOF! WOOF! Pet Boutique & Biscuit Bar 31 Bradford St., Bristol, RI.

Mustache Collar Up Country’s ribbon collars, leads and harnesses come in a wide variety of lengths, and in three widths. Ribbon collars are made from high-tensile strength nylon webbing with sewn on polyester/nylon ribbons. Our ribbons are stain and fray resistant; designed to last a lifetime. All collar and lead hardware is cast, not welded brass for extra strength. Our buckles are Coast Guard approved for high weight hold. Machine wash cold, air dry. $23.00 Available at


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Doggie Bowtie I admit it...I have a weakness for dogs in ties. Love this one available at The Cheeky Hound 727 Hope St, Providence, RI

Musher’s Secret Paw protection from the snow, the ice, the salt, and even hot pavement (vacation anyone?) $16 & $24. Available at Island Animal Pet Store 24 Southwest Ave., Jamestown, RI

Corky’s Reflective Overcollar Corky’s patent pending Overcollar is the safest, highest visibility protection for dogs and their owners on their walks. Unlike regular collars that are often hidden by hair or fur, the Overcollar uses 3M Scotchlite 360° enhanced visibility which can be seen up to1,000 feet! Corky’s Overcollars are weatherproof and are made from MiraFab, a Fleece-like material that is fast drying, repels water and is machine washable.$17.99. Made in Cranston, RI and available at WOOF! WOOF! Pet Boutique & Biscuit Bar 31 Bradford St., Bristol, RI.


The Lab (box/bottle) Wine For the dog lover who also love wine! Available at Nikkis Liquors 33 Smithfield Rd, North Providence, RI

Skoubee USA Smart Pet ID Tag A social media profile linked to a collar ID Tag than can reunite lost dogs with their owners. Scan with any smart phone. Available at Jungle Junction, Cumberland, RI; Wag Nation, Newport, RI; Benny and Jack Wakefield, RI and

MudPie This one probably shouldn’t go inside a stocking but we LOVE this pies for your pooch and think you should order one from Jack’s Snacks, a dog bakery ASAP for pick up this Friday or Saturday. “This holiday season we are offering our yummy, dog friendly MudPie! This pie is made with fresh yogurt from Narragansett Creamery, Carob powder and chunks of our Carob Cake plus it is topped off with a peanut butter flavored gingerbread man! This pie can even be served frozen as a FroYo treat (plus it will last a little bit longer.) Each pie costs $6 and are available for pick up on Friday, December 22nd or Saturday, December 23rd. Pies must be ordered ahead of time. If you order a pie, please be respectful and pick them up or call to arrange a new time to pick up. To order you may comment below, call 401-633-5522 or email with quantity want!” Stuff the Stocking of a Shelter Dog!! Purchase items at Fetch RI for Handsome Dan Rescue’s wish list. We suggest you buy one for your pup and one for the wish list! Also, we hear that Handsome Dan gives ‘Bully Sticks & Salmon Skin Rolls” two VERY big paws up! AND Fetch RI is a local Rhode Island based business which means your purchase donation will be hand delivered and no shipping costs will be incurred. Call ahead to make sure they can handle your request before Christmas but trust me - homeless dogs will love your gift any time of the year! 91 Kingstown Rd, Richmond, RI




Molly is a full-bodied brindle girl with such enthusiasm for life you can’t help but smile when you are around her. Molly was found abandoned and tied to a tree – no one knows who left her there, but thankfully some good Samaritans found her and contacted Providence Animal Control. It is always amazing to see dogs like Molly, who obviously weren’t treated as they should be from people in their past to be so forgiving and willing to be the best friends with every person they meet. Molly has a lot to teach us in the forgiveness category. She has been at the shelter for several months waiting to be adopted. Since Molly tends to get super excited and sometimes can be jumpy we think she will do best in a home without small children that she could knock down with her exuberance. We think Molly would do fine with other dogs in a home but would suggest a meet and greet to be sure. All of the folks who know Molly are hoping she will find her special home in time for the holidays. She deserves it! You can meet Molly at Providence Animal Control located or email volunteer Trish at for more information.

Lola Lola is just over two years old and has spent more than half her life in a shelter. Originally she was surrendered in Cranston because her people had children and decided she was no longer a good fit for their home. She waited close to a year there with no one wanting to adopt her so she was transferred to the RISPCA hoping she would be seen by different potential adopters… worked and Lola happily spent several months in a new home. Sadly, the adopter had some life style changes and decided Lola was no longer a good fit for his home and returned her to the RISPCA. Lola now once again sits in a kennel and waits and waits for that right person to come along and see all that she has to offer. Lola is a super smart girl – who is very eager to please and always up for any type of adventure. She loves car rides, running, swimming, playing fetch – you name it - she is in! What we did learn from her last adopter that perhaps Lola’s most favorite thing to do is cuddle…..she just loves sleeping in bed with her person and stealing the blankets whenever she is able. Lola is searching for an adult-only home where she can be the only pet. She believes after all this time waiting she certainly should not have to share the affection with any other dogs or cats in a home – we can’t blame her. Are you the person Lola has been waiting for? You can meet Lola at the RISPCA located in Riverside or for more information contact Jen at the RISPCA if you would like to learn more about Lola This page was made possible through the generosity of:


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Help Save Lives... Adopt A Pet Today! Buffy Buffy has had a very tough time of it. She was abandoned by her people and left to fend for herself. She found safety at Providence Animal Control but is still having a very difficult time trusting people. She is looking for an adopter that will give her time and patience to realize she is safe. We aren’t sure if Buffy will ever be a lap cat.....but we do know she deserves a safe and loving home to call her own. Come meet Buffy at Providence Animal Control. Located at 200 Terminal Road. Open Tuesday thru Saturday. 11 am to 3 pm

Otis Look at that grin! Otis is a young border collie and pit mix who is a current resident of the Cranston Shelter. Otis is oh-so-smart, in fact, one of his favorite things to do is learn. He enjoys brain games and learning new commands, and every time you walk by his kennel he greets with you a wagging tail - always hoping – maybe this is my person? Otis is reactive to other dogs so living in a kennel surrounded by barking dogs is very stressful for him. It was also discovered that Otis has a heart murmur so being in such a highly stressful environment is very detrimental to Otis. The shelter staff and volunteers have all fallen in love with Otis and his Can-Do Attitude. We are so hoping he can get adopter quickly to give him the best chance at a long and happy life. Otis is also a participant in Handsome Dan’s Rescue Shelter Enrichment Program so you can contact volunteer Pam at pwilmarth84@gmail. com if you would like to learn more about him. Please visit Otis at the Cranston Animal Shelter.

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Yield: About 2 dozen small treats. Total Time: 35-40 minutes Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30-40 minutes Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin puree 2 eggs 1/2 cup oats (optional if your dog is on a grain free diet, sub an extra 1/4 cup grain free flour) 3 cups whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, or gluten free flour 3 tablespoons of all natural peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) Directions: • Preheat oven to 350°F. • In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon. • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry. • Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/2 thick. Cut out using cookie cutter. • The dough will be a little sticky, a dusting of flour for your hands and the rolling pin will help! Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown. • Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool. Note: 1/2 teaspoon of salt can be added to these treats to help extend the shelf life but, it is optional. Cinnamon is fine to use in recipes for dogs, however do not use a pumpkin spice blend or anything that could contain nutmeg. It is toxic to dogs and even in small amounts can make them sick.

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