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{Letter From The Editor}


ver the years, there have been a few questions that I’m often asked during the late summer. Recently, I was again asked the top three: 1. Where can I find a pet-friendly restaurant? 2. I’m looking for a pet-friendly apartment, any ideas? and 3. Just exactly when are the “dog days” of summer? In honor of my top three, I’ve decided to dedicate this issue to answering them all.

To find pet-friendly restaurants, we needed to hit the streets to help answer these questions and I’m happy to report that there are far more pet-friendly eateries than you might think. In fact, many of restaurants that we contacted, (with outdoor seating) allow your dog to sit along side. Of course what we also found is that some places are a bit more “friendly” than others and go the extra mile to even include a doggie menu! (Read our guide on page 10). Pet-friendly apartment hunting is a but more complicated, but we have been digging up some wonderful tips and resources that could very well make the difference between landing that dream apartment or settling for something less. (Learn some great tips on page 18). To simply answer question number three…we have officially hit the (new) dog days of summer. The days that were traditionally referred to as the dog days of summer were from July 3 to August 11, but according to my research the 40 days following August 4th would be the “new” dog days of summer. (Read more about it on page 6). We hope you enjoy reading, Stephanie Georgia Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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The (New) Dog Days Of Summer

The specific days that were traditionally referred to as the dog days of summer were from July 3 to August 11. It was on these days that the Romans saw the Dog Star, Sirius, join the sun at sunrise and disappear from the sky all night. While the dog days of summer are still often considered to be July 3 to August 11, these are no longer the exact dates when Sirius joins the sun in the daytime sky. Because the Earth slowly wobbles on its axis, which is called precession, Sirius does not start rising with the sun in North America until more than a month later, on August 4. So the 40 days following August 4 would be the “new” Dog Days of Summer, ending on September 12.

Waltham Pets Can Now Breathe A Little Easier... Thanks to the Animal Emergency Hospital, Vetcision, who donated 10 Surgi Vet animal oxygen masks to the Waltham Fire Department. The Waltham Fire Department has been equipped this new life saving equipment to treat pets suffering from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning jut like humans when high levels of oxygen are the treament of choice. Dr. Brian Huss, CEO and chief of staff at Vetcision, said the specially designed masks for pets are still considered “fairly new” emergency equipment and aren’t yet commonplace among fire departments.

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Swallowed Toad Too Tough To Die

Australia: A cane toad has confirmed its species’ extraordinary talent for survival by emerging unscathed after being swallowed by a dog and spending 40 minutes in the animal’s stomach. The toad was vomited up by the dog and has since been christened Spew by staff at an Australian animal clinic. Bella wolfed down the unfortunate amphibian which hopped onto the grass after the dog’s owner tossed some leftover meat pies on to his backyard lawn in Palmerston, Darwin. Cane toads have toxic glands in their skin which can kill pets and wild animals which try to eat them. Bella’s owner said it was probably Bella’s greed that saved her life because she had swallowed the toad whole rather than chewing it.

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For the past 2+ years Fred Levy has been working towards a book about dog parks and the interactions that happen there. The idea came soon after adopting his dog Toby. “Finding a local open space that was dog friendly became a challenge, but after talking with a few other dog owners, I found Waverley Oaks in Waltham.” “Many of the stories that I heard while at the park inspired me to take my love for photography to the park and begin the process of creating a book.” After moving to Maynard, MA, Levy found a great community in Acton where he began his photo documentation. On Sunday’s at 10am, everyone who has a sociallyminded dog arrives to start their day. Rain, snow, sun or clouds, there is always a group of people who show up to bring their dogs out. Levy has been documenting all his encounters with both photos and his daily blog. “I’m hoping to get publishers interested so I can get the funding needed to finish the book and get it published,” tells Levy. If you’re interested in sharing stories or helping get this great book published, just visit the blog at:

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Although pets are not normally permitted inside dining establishments, many restaurants with outdoor seating will allow pets to dine outside with their people. The Animal Print thought we would make things a little easier for you, so we’ve put together a very special dining guide… a Pet Friendly Dining Guide! So grab the dog and your honey, and treat the whole family to a night out on the town!

The Dish

253 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA (617) 426-7866


318 Broadway, Providence, RI (401) 861-1770 MA As one of the first Providence restaurants to welcome your dog and a three time recipient of “Best Pet Friendly Outdoor Restaurant” in the Animal Print Magazine’s Readers Choice, Julians has become a mainstay for dog lovers in the Providence area and beyond. Located in the hip west side of Providence, this little gem not only welcomes your dog, but also has one of the most unique and eclectic menus in the area. With a menu that changes monthly, a weekend brunch to make your mouth water and lots of interesting art to look at on both the walls and the people, this is a must visit locations for your next visit to the west side of Providence with your dog!

At The Dish, diners are enthusiastically encouraged to bring their pets along to share in the experience. The atmosphere is extremely animal friendly, as dogs are offered water bowls and free treats from the Polka Dog bakery. Located in the ultra pet friendly South End of Boston, across from the Joe Wax pet recreation site, The Dish an especially convenient location for those wishing to relax with their pets after a day in the park. The restaurant’s 29-seat patio is commonly filled with locals indulging in favorites such as corn meal crusted cod in the company of their pets. Rated a “10” on the pet-friendly scale, The Dish is certainly an enjoyable destination for pets and their owners.

More Pet-Friendly Eateries Frappos 66 214 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA H2O 359 Thames St., Newport, RI Trinity Brewhouse 186 Fountain St., Providence, RI Baja Fresh 1 Faneuil Hall Market Place, MA



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Tremont 647

647 Tremont St., Boston, MA (617) 266-4600 While at Tremont 647 pets are allowed on the ninetable outdoor patio each day, they are especially welcome on Saturdays for “Doggy Days on the Patio” from 2-5 in the afternoon. The restaurant offers a special menu for dogs, featuring items such as “doggie slim jims” “jumbo snausages,” “turkey jerky,” and “chicken poppers.” The treats on the unique pet menu are baked locally at the Polka Dot bakery and are reasonably priced at $1.50 each. Also pleasing is the regular “Adventurous American” menu of globally influenced cuisine featuring specialties such as the wood grilled rare tuna Steak with lemongrass steamed rice and sesame-shitake spinach. Prices range from $16-$24 for entrees. As a “10” on the pet-friendly scale, pets and their owners alike are sure to have a pleasant experience at Tremont 647.

As the inspiration for this article, Citron is an ideal eatery for pets and their owners. Citron boasts a full doggy menu with various all-natural options and features animal favorites such as bistro steak and pup-cicles. The pet food, provided by Dogs in Harmony Bakery, is free from antibiotics, growth hormones, and preservatives. The menu for pet owners also features all natural foods…and while our Cover Dog Winner “George,” was lucky enough to sit inside and get a few licks of Citrons signature dish, “Everything Tuna” (pictured below) - it should be noted that pets are not normally allowed inside. Situated in Union Station Plaza, the location is the perfect destination after a long walk in Waterplace Park. The secluded patio provides a pleasant atmosphere for pets and their owners to dine and relax. Citron ranks as a definite ten on the pet friendly scale, for the owner’s personal love for animals inspired the doggy menu. As the location of this issue’s cover shoot, Citron earned this month’s cover dog model George’s approval and is sure to receive yours too!

South End Buttery 314 Shawmut Avenue Boston, MA White Electric 711 Westminster St., Providence, RI Reflections Café 468 Wickenden St., Providence, RI Coffee Merchant 196 Essex St., Salem, MA

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To help celebrate the tour, Park Ave. Puppy’s along with 92 PRO FM will host a Red Carpet Premeire party at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, RI on September 12th 2008 7pm -10pm. For more info or to purchase tickets call Park Ave. Puppy’s at 401-464-8800. (to benefit the Providence Animal Rescue League)

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13 At the Red Rock Bistro & Bar of Swampscott, diners are encouraged to bring their dogs to dine and relax on one of the large outdoor waterfront patios overlooking the Boston skyline. The picturesque outdoor seating area is open to enjoy year round, and dogs are always welcome. The staff caters to pets and their owners, offering water and opening the menu to dogs so they too can enjoy a burger or cool down with an ice cream. The lobster wood grilled pizza is a favorite of frequent diners, but with such an extensive menu there is a wide variety of dishes to choose from ranging in price from $12-$28. The extremely pet-friendly atmosphere, the beautiful location, and the delicious food at the Red Rock Bistro make this location a perfect ten on the pet friendly scale for both dogs and their owners.

Red Rock Bistro & Bar 141 Humphrey Street Swampscott, MA 01907 781-595-1414


Pet Friendly

Places Grea


• Commercial Street Beach – Provincetown, MA • Carson Beach – Boston, MA • RISD Beach – Barrington, RI • Goosewing (after hours) – RI • Sandy Point Beach – Portsmouth, RI • Block Island Beaches – Bock Island, RI


• Cornerstone Books– Salem, MA • Brookline Bookstore – Brookline, MA


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• Tremont 647 – Boston, MA • The Dish – South End, Boston, MA • 224 Boston St. – Boston, MA • The Beehive - Boston, MA • Victoria Station – Salem, MA • Red Rock Bistro – Swamscott, MA • Frappo 66 – Provincetown, MA • Citron Wine Bar & Bistro - Providence, RI • Julians Restaurant – Providence, RI • Nick's On Broadway - Providence, RI • Aldo's Restaurant – Block Island, RI

ACCOMMODATIONS: Rhode Island & MA • Trinity Brewhouse Restaurant – Providence, RI • Cambridge Brewing Company – Cambridge, MA

COFFEE SHOPS • Coffee Merchant – Salem, MA • Einsteins Bagels – Dorchester, MA • South End Buttery – Boston, MA


• Boston Common Off-Leash Dog Hours: between 6-9am and 4-8pm • Cambridge Dog Run – Cambridge, MA • Danehy Park – Cambridge, MA • Peters Park Dog Run, South End – Boston, MA • Charlesgate Dog Run, Back Bay – Boston, MA • Nunziato Field - Sommerville, MA


• Beverly Cooperative Bank – Salem, MA • Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Boston, MA • Charles River Canoe Company – Newton, MA • Harvard Square Shopping Center – Cambridge • Life is Good Store – Newburyport, MA

• Nine Zero Hotel – Boston, MA • Woof Cottages – Nantucket, MA • Hotel Marlowe – Cambridge, MA • Jared Coffin House – Nantucket, MA • Sanford-Covell Mansion – Newport, RI • Gothic Inn – Block Island, RI • The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, MA


• The Paw House Inn – West Rutland • Inn at Maplemont Farm – South Barrett

New Hampshire

• Lazy Dog Inn • The Village House at Yellow Snow


• Eastland Park Hotel – Portland • The Green Heron Inn – Kennebunkport • Sheepscot River Inn & Restaurant – Edgecomb

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Every Saturday in August DOGGIE DAYS at Tremont 647 Stop by this wonderful Boston restaurant every Saturday while the patio is open to enjoy a special dog menu provided by Polka Dog Bakery and of course socializing with your 4 legged friends. Saturdays from 2-5pm. Tremont 247 is located at: 647 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02118 (617)266-4600 August 19th Eat at Uno’s and raise some Dough! Eat a meal and raise some dough for the animals at the Marblehead Animal Shelter!! On Tuesday, August 19th, bring a voucher (print this page or get one at the animal shelter) when you dine-in or take out from UNO’s, located at 970 Paradise Road, Swampscott, and a percentage of your purchases will be donated to the shelter! Easy as (pizza) pie! This is an all-day event, so you can stop in at lunch or dinner time. Hope to see you there! Sunday, August 24th The Puppy Plunge The Greater Lowell YMCA will be hosting the Puppy Plunge on Sunday August 24th from 12-3pm. This event is sponsored by local vets and the animal welfare society. Dogs are placed into divisions based on weight and then swim the length of our 25 yard pool. Prizes are given to each category winner. This event is $20 per dog, and all proceeds will go to benefit the

aquatics department to invest in new lifesaving equipment. To download a registration form, visit us online at www.greaterlowellymca. org. Participation is limited to the first 100 registrants.


September 7th The statewide 2008 MSPCA Walk for Animals will be held on Sunday, September 7th! Animal lovers (and some of their favorite canines) in Boston, Brockton, Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard and Springfield will be walking on the same day, at the same time, for the same reason: to promote kindness and care for animals.Our statewide goal is to raise $300,000 to help the MSPCA-Angell care for over 250,000 homeless, injured and abused animals each year. For more info, visit September 7th 6TH ANNUAL DOG DAY Stage Fort Park, Gloucester 11am - 3pm (Rain Date: 9/14) Dog Day is a popular dog festival that celebrates the human-canine relationship and allows canines and their human companions to enjoy an afternoon of fun, games, and informative demonstrations. There will be plenty of fun activities for all including a canine agility course, training demonstrations, children’s activities, snacks and beverages, and raffle prizes. If you’d like to have a vendor booth at Dog Day 2008 please email us for more information!

September 12th Legally Blonde - the musical Kick Off Party Don’t miss the Premiere Hollywood Red Carpet Event with Park Ave. Puppy’s and 92 PRO FM at the Providence Biltmore! Arrive on the Red Carpet like Elle Woods, meet celebrities, see the Elle & Broozer Woods fashion show! Help kick off the national world tour of Legally Blonde the musical in Providence, Rhode Island! 7pm -10pm Providence Biltmore Hotel Call for tickets: VIP 464-8800 Event to benefit the Providence Animal Rescue Leauge September 14, 2008 Pet Rock Fest Noon - 5 PM Location: Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston St., Worcester Pet Rock is the largest animal expo on the East Coast. A daylong festival of fundraising fun for the entire family, including your dog, Pet Rock’s primary purpose is to promote responsible pet ownership, bring attention to animal cruelty and educate humans on a variety of animal related issues. Proceeds benefit New England based animal welfare organizations. For more info visit: September 20 PUG SOCIAL IN STOWE VERMONT!! When: September 20, 2008 Where: Top Notch Field In Stowe, VT. Time: 10:00-4:00 Registration At 9:00


Greater Boston, the North Shore & Surrounding Communities Admission Is $10.00 Adults And $5.00 For Kids Under 12. Rescued Alumni Parade The Great Pug Races Best Wrinkles & Curliest Tail Contests Pug Costume Contest Pug Kissing Contest Best Pug Trick Contest Oldest Pug At Social Pug Who Travelled The Furthest To The Social Crap Raffle & Silent Auction 50 /50 Drawing Pug Health Information Pug Nail Trimmer 50% Of Price Goes To Gmpr Agility DemonstratIon • Food / Drink &Vendors & Pet Photography Fun For All Rain Or Shine Bring Chairs And Shade All Proceeds Go To Help Medically Needy Pugs! For more info, go or call 802 626 8280 Saturday, September 20th “Macy’s Shop for a Cause” to benefit the Quincy Animal Shetler Tickets allow shoppers to receive an all day shopping pass for 20% off most purchases and to be entered into a gift card drawing. Tickets are $5.00 each Please contact SANDRA at QAS: 617-376-1349. September 21 WAG-a-PAWlooza 2008 11am-3pm (RAIN DATE: Sept. 28) JFK Civic Center 375 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01853 Join us for a fun filled day of doggie events! Contests, raffles, doggie related businesses, agility demonstrations and

more! Please check our website for more information! $10 first dog, $5 each additional dog. HUMANS FREE! Visit our website for more information Friday, September 26th 3rd Annual Fall Wine Tasting/ Fundraising Event Who: The Quincy Animal Shelter Fri, Sept 26, 6-9pm Location: Quincy Mason Temple, Hancock St, Quincy Cost: $25 Info: September 27th 5th Annual Beagle Bash To benefit Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S.) Saturday, September 27th, 11:00am-3:00pm at Collingswood K-9 Services, 81 West Street, Auburn, MA. The BASH will feature Silly Dog Games, Raffles, Silent Auction, a Parade of Adoptable Beagles and more! Cost is $5.00 per person, children under 12 and canines free. For more information, please visit our website


Sunday, October 12th 2008 Pug Social Pug Rescue of New England’s annual fundraiser will be held at the Spencer Fairgrounds in Spencer, MA Registration 9:30 am to 11:30 am Admission: $5.00 for each pug (only registered pugs can participate in games & contests) $3.00 for Adults (human)

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$2.00 for Kids under 12 and Seniors (human) All pugs over 5 months of age only* (and having had the second distemper shot) are eligible for entry in games & contests: All pugs must be up-to-date on shots and on a leash. *Younger puppies will need to wait until next year to come to the party. Sorry, this is for your pug’s health and safety. Please go to for more info. Thursday, October 16 21st annual MSPCA-Angell Animal Hall of Fame JFK Library and Museum Last year’s event was a near sell-out, so make your plans early. For more information, visit . October 19 Dogtoberfest 2008 11 am – 3pm Dogtoberfest is a fabulous day of doggie fun for you and your friends & family. All proceeds are donated to Zoo New England. Events include best costume, tennis ball/Frisbee chase (depending upon your dog’s personal preferences), physical therapy massages (for the dogs of course), bobbing for hot dogs, face painting, burgers and hot dogs (& vegetarian options too) for lunch and opportunities to win prizes all day long. For more information as it becomes available, go to http://www.intownvet. com/dogtoberfest.html or email Where: Muddy Creek Animal Care Center, 993 Haverhill Street, Rowley, MA 01969




Written by Katenna Jones, ScM, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT


(pronounced ka-PROFF-ah-gee)

You Som Have In Yoe Tootsie ur Te eth.

means the act of eating feces and it is quite normal, sometimes necessary, for many animals. Poop eating is a topic that comes up regularly from clients desperate to put an end to it. I understand how they feel. When my dog saunters into the room with litter stuck to her nose, smacking her teeth like she just raided a box of Block Island taffee, it makes me gag. And doesn’t she always come straight over and try to give me a big kiss? So how do you get your pooch to stop treating poo like Tootsie Rolls after a Bristol parade? Well, that depends on what the root cause of the poop eating is. So put down your sandwich it’s time to talk about eating poop. Some animals eat feces to obtain additional vitamins or minerals. For example, rabbits and Guinea pigs produce a special type of poo (called cecotropes) which they consume directly from their bodies in a sort of “second time around� process. Think of a cow chewing its cud, except the order of events is a little different. Baby elephants consume their mother’s

feces and some monkeys consume the feces of other animals for the purpose of obtaining additional nutrients. Alternatively, intestinal parasites like tapeworms may be stealing a percentage of nutrients, causing your pet to eat poo as an attempt to meet their body’s needs or to satisfy hunger. Similarly, a poor quality diet may not contain the proper nutrients or may not be right for your particular pet, forcing him to compensate. Further, some medical conditions prevent the body from properly processing and absorbing nutrients, resulting in deficiencies. The best solution? Schedule an exam with your vet as soon as possible. Once you rule out medical causes of your fecal-consumption woes, chances are it is behavioral. And there are lots of behavioral culprits. First, your pet may be imitating what they saw their mothers do. It is quite normal for mothers to eat their babies’ poops. For example, kittens initially do not have the ability






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to urinate or defecate on their own so their mothers have to stimulate them by licking. Additionally, many animals eat their offspring’s feces to keep the nest or den clean or to prevent attracting predators. Second, there is a chance you may have inadvertently taught your pet to do this. I have seen dogs consume urine and feces to “remove” the mess before their parents find it. Now, keep in mind the idea that a pet should “know better” presumes pets believe poop or pee to be a vile or disgusting thing. In fact, as you should know by the end of this article, animals do not have a problem with poo and wee. Humans have a problem with poo and wee. So why does your pet have that guilty look on their low hanging head? Maybe, your pet knows: “I get in trouble when my person enters the room and there is a mess on the floor.” Don’t believe me? Try taking your pet out of the room, put the mess on the floor yourself, leave the room, and let your pet investigate the mess on their own. Wait a little while, come in, and act just like you would if your pet had created the mess themselves. They may simply be afraid and not properly trained. Additionally, some pets learn to consume urine or feces as a form of negative attention seeking. In cases like this, your pet may have actually trained YOU! If you suspect something like this may be going on with your pet, contact a qualified trainer or behaviorist for help. Then, there are the pets who eat poop because, brace yourself, it tastes…good? Yes, that’s right. If this is the case with your pet, one solution may simply be regular scooping of yards and litter boxes, leashing, training, and supervision. Also, you can try feeding the poop “producer” something to make the poop taste bad. For example, feeding pineapple to your dog can deter them from eating their own poo. Products like “Distase” or “FOR-BID” are other things you can add to a cat or dog’s food to make the resulting feces less, ah, palatable. I can’t possibly imagine what tastes worst than poop, but apparently these things do just that. Just be sure to check the indications to determine what species the products are safe for. If you know your pet is properly trained and the cause of your pet’s poop munching isn’t medical, you may just need to accept that dogs eat poop. They eat poop from cats, rabbits, deer, birds, horses, and many other animals. Warm or frozen, fresh or stale, poop appears to be a good time. Your dog is not alone. Deer, gorillas, cats, pigs, rodents, pandas, koalas, hippos, insects, and many other animals all enjoy snacking on excrement. So the next time your dog walks into the room licking her chops with little brown bits in her teeth, just take a deep breath (through your mouth, of course), and think to yourself “This is normal. All dogs eat poop.” And look at the bright side – at least you can skip scooping the litter box a bit longer! Katenna Jones, ScM, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT Humane Educator, AHA ( Owner, Best Behavior, LLC • 401-439-6442 •


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WITH PETS: Keys for Success

With the difficult economy and the continuing rise in the number of home foreclosures, more and more pet owners are facing a new reality: They must find a pet-friendly rental or find a new home for their furry or feathered family member. It’s a difficult situation that’s resulting in a sharp jump in the number of animals coming through the doors of animal shelters across the nation, and New England is no different.



he Animal Print recently spoke with several realtors, landlords, and pet owners who happen to live in rentals – all of whom shared their knowledge and experiences to help those animal lovers who are seeking a new pet-friendly home. “I think there are a couple of keys to finding a pet-friendly rental,” explained Geno Storey, a Boston area realtor. “I think the most important factor is the pet’s behavior and training, combined with responsible pet ownership. Many landlords who generally do not allow pets will make an exception if the pet is well behaved and the owner is responsible. “You, as a potential renter, need to demonstrate that you’re someone who they want living on their property. Bring your pet along to a meeting to show that he is well behaved and of even temperament. Provide references from trainers, your veterinarian and anyone else who can attest to your skills as an owner and your pet’s good behavior. You should also be willing to provide training certificates, veterinary health certificates – things most responsible owners should have anyways.” Storey added, “Be honest about your pet’s behavior, temperament and training, and be honest with yourself. If you’re thinking about living in a multi-unit home or apartment, and your dog is a chronic barker, then this is not an accommodation that’s likely to work long-term. So you should either work on your pet’s problem areas with a trainer or with your veterinarian, or you should consider seeking an alternate arrangement where there’s less chance that your pet will be disruptive to others.” Tony Cummings owns several rental properties in and around the Boston area and is among the contingent of property owners who is willing to make exception for responsible pet owners. “From the perspective of a property owner, I can tell you that I’ve had some very irresponsible pet owners with some really disruptive and destructive animals. Many landlords will have one bad experience and close their door to animals from that point forward. I like to think I’m a bit different. I consider each case on its own merits. If you can

demonstrate that you are a responsible pet owner – and I can usually tell by the way you interact with your pet and by the animal’s behavior – then I am willing to give you a chance,” Cummings explained. Cummings, like many other property owners who allow pets, does require a slightly higher damages deposit for pet owners, who are also required to sign a special contract stating that they will keep their pet up-to-date on vaccinations, clean up after their pet’s bathroom activities and that they will utilize flea/tick control methods regularly. He also requires that all dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, but Cummings added, “Usually, only the very responsible pet owners get to the point of signing a contract and in my experience, the vast majority of responsible pet owners already have their pet fixed.” “I am also more apt to rent to pet owners who have performed training classes with their pet. I feel that proper training is a big part of responsible pet ownership, and if a person already has a relationship with a trainer, I feel they’re going to be more likely to address and solve any problems early on, which is really an important part of living with a pet in a rental situation.” Most property owners who do rent to pet owners charge a higher monthly fee, but it’s not solely for the sake of making money, as Cummings explained: “As the owner of the property, I keep insurance and the rates are higher if pets are present, so I do have to pass that on in the form of a slightly higher monthly fee… But I think many pet owners are understanding of that. Unfortunately, I think it’s just one of the many costs associated with owning a pet. Longtime realtor Judith McCory also offered some hints on locating and securing a pet-friendly rental. “There’s two basic types of situations we see: apartment situations with a large number of units and smaller multi-family dwellings, which usually have just a few units. Many apartments will not allow pets just based on sheer numbers and the close proximity of the quarters. If you have thirty dogs on a floor, you’re going to end up with barking problems where the dogs start feeding

into each other’s barking. You’re also more apt to see situations with animals fighting on the property, and noise is also more of a consideration in an apartment building with a large number of units.” McCory added, “In most cases, you are more apt to have success finding a pet-friendly rental in one of the smaller multi-family dwellings. There’s much less potential for a problem when there’s only two or three dogs present in the building. And often, a well-behaved cat is a non-issue and landlords are happy to accommodate the renter. With a smaller dwelling, you’re also more likely to deal directly with the property owner, which is vital if negotiating is required.” Pawtucket, RI realtor Elise Pansey, of Butterman and Kryston Century 21, was able to offer perspective from both the position of a realtor and as a landlord, since she also owns pet-friendly rental property. “When I’m working with a landlord, I do my best to convince them to rent to pet owners. In my experience, pet owners make great tenants. They tend to be more responsible and they’re always so grateful that you’re allowing their pet. These are the best type of tenants since they usually stay long term and they’re very receptive when a problem arises. If there’s a situation where a tenant isn’t picking up after their pet or something like that, I’ve found that you speak to them once and the problem is resolved,” Pansey explained. Hiring a realtor to represent you as a buyer can also be beneficial, as a realtor is going to be familiar with the area and with the landlords and that pre-established relationship can help open doors that may otherwise be closed to a pet owner in need of a new home. “I always ask my clients (sellers) if they would be willing to accept a well-behaved pet. And while many don’t wish to advertise it, most don’t have a problem allowing a pet on the property, providing the pet owner signs a contract, provides documentation that they’ve completed a training course and appears to be a responsible owner. “Your realtor will also usually know about who’s open to negotiation and who is not in terms of property owners, so they can offer guidance and act on your behalf when it comes time to convince a landlord that you and your pet will make good tenants,” McCory added.



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For renters who decide to go it alone, the following tips will prove helpful: 1. Check community-based advertisements for rental information. Craigslist and local newspaper classified ads can be very helpful when it comes to locating a pet-friendly property owner. 2. Take your pet to basic obedience training classes and work with a trainer to resolve any behavioral problems, if possible, before you start looking around for a new home. This way, when your pet meets a potential landlord, he will be on his best behavior.

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3. Take your pet along on the interview and use this as an opportunity to showcase your responsible pet ownership skills.

4. Be sure that the pet is clean and healthy in appearance when you introduce him or her to property owners, as this can help convey that you are a responsible pet owner. 5. Be honest about any medical or behavioral problems that your pet may have. 6. Provide recommendations as a testament to your pet’s good temperament and good training skills. A veterinarian, behaviorist, trainer, dog walker or doggy day care provider are good places to start. 7. If you have successfully rented with your pet in the past, consider providing your former landlord as a reference. 8. Offer to pay a separate deposit to cover the costs of pet-related damages to the property. 9. Bring along your own contract, as this suggests that you are willing to take responsibility for your pet, his behavior and any damages that your pet may cause.

A pet owner’s rental contract should include the following clauses: • I agree to spay/neuter my pet • I agree to complete obedience training classes with my pet or provide a certificate of my pet’s successful completion of a training course. • I agree to keep my pet up-to-date on vaccinations • I agree to license by dog with the city/town on an annual basis • I agree to keep my pet on a flea and tick preventative • I agree to keep my pet well-groomed and in good health • I agree to repair any damages caused by my pet • I agree to clean-up after my pet on outdoor bathroom trips • I agree to keep my pet supervised, properly restrained and on a leash at all times when on the property. • I agree to address any problems that may arise concerning my pet, and take necessary measures to promptly resolve the issue. Pansey also recommends that pet owners offer to pay a pet deposit up front. She explained, “Offering to pay a pet deposit is going to show that you’re willing to take responsibility for your pet and it also tells the landlord that you’re willing to work with them.” “I think the key is to be honest and patient. Even without a pet, it can take some time to find the right home. And when you do find a pet-friendly rental that’s right for you, don’t be without a back-up plan because it’s not just about finding a petfriendly home – it’s about keeping it too,” Storey explained. “Pets, like humans, can develop behavioral problems, even if they’ve never had them before, so be receptive to your neighbors – they’re often the first to know if your dog is developing a problem. Acting quickly and addressing the situation immediately will make the living conditions better for everyone. And don’t be afraid to get creative – if you need to come home on your lunch break to get your dog out for more exercise, then give it a shot. Or consider enrolling your pet in a day care program that also offers behavioral training; this way, he won’t be at home barking all day and you’ll be actively working to fix the problem. The key is to be aware of your living situation and act quickly if changes need to be made.”

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Bark & Bath Charity Dog Wash

There were a lot of wet dogs on hand at this years Bark & Bath in Boston’s South End. The sudsy pup fest was hosted by Hotel Marlowe, where four-legged friends were treated to a full service wash and dry by Laundromutt,, followed by oodles of delicious treats compliments of polkadogbakery. Proceeds benefited the Trust for Public Land,

The Canine Cancer Walk Wakefield, MA MCPCA - Spirit of Kindness event at the Prudential Center. Guests peruse the wonderful auction items.

On July 19, 2008, Paws 4 A Cure had its first annual Canine Cancer Walk to benefit the Magic Bullet Fund and to enable MBF to help more dogs. The walk was a great success, even in the extreme heat, they raised $3,000. 100% of the proceeds will help MBF finance cancer treatment for the dogs currently in the fund, or to accept more dogs into the assistance program. To learn more about Paws 4 A Cure or The Magic Bullet Fund, please visit



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Nina was rescued from a car dealer in Puerto Rico. She is very friendly and LOVES riding in the car! Wagging tales, floppy ears, wet noses… all our dogs have one thing in common. They are looking for unconditional love. If you see an animal that you want to adopt, please call for availability (978) 745-9888.

Baby - My owners grand daughter had to move in with us and she is allergic to me, so being the sweet loving girl that I am, I didn’t make a fuss. Hopefully I will find love again! Wagging tales, floppy ears, wet noses… all our dogs have one thing in common. They are looking for unconditional love. If you see an animal that you want to adopt, please call us.

Emma - I am a friendly lap cat who loves to have a scratch post. I will even sleep in bed with you if you let me. Purring, playful, precious… all our cats have one thing in common, they are looking for unconditional love. If you see an animal that you want to adopt, please call for availability (978) 745-9888.

Tiger - I love to give kisses, (after I get to know you of course.) Purring, playful, precious… all our cats have one thing in common, they are looking for unconditional love. If you see an animal that you want to adopt, please call for availability (978) 745-9888.

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Blue is a young small parakeet - A woman shopping in downtown Marblehead somehow amazingly captured a parakeet. The little guy is friendly, blue, and we really do not know its gender. He is healthy, a lot happier, and safe with the foster care person giving him three square meals a day. He is one lucky little bird.

Blade is a lovable, thirteen month old pedigree Husky who comes with papers. He is mostly all white with the color tan running along the back of his head down his back. He also has the most beautiful blue eyes. Blade was rescued from an irresponsible home where he did not get the care he needed. By the way, Blade thinks he is a lap dog.

Tasha is a calico cat with expressive eyes who is about 3 years old. She was rescued from a home where she did not receive the proper amount of care or enough attention. Tasha gave birth to 2 litters of kittens in the city before being surrendered by her original owners. She has had a rough start in her young life and needs to be spoiled and treated with kindness.

Joy is a beautiful, four year old “Rag doll” type cat. She does not have papers, but has all of the markings of the breed. She is sweet natured and slightly timid. Chaos makes her nervous. She needs a home where she can have a kennel or room where she can go when her new family is unable to pay attention to her.

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Daisy is a cute little rabbit looking for someone to love me and spend time with me. I enjoy time out of my cage so I can explore. I like spending time with my humans, playing with toys, and chewing! Rabbits love to chew things because it helps us stay healthy and keep our teeth clean and strong. As long as I have my chew toys.

Hello, my name is MJ, though you might want to change it to something more interesting to match my personality! I’m a playful, feisty little guy who is friendly with men, women and children. I am absolutely perfect with my litter box (regularly kept clean by you, of course) and am accustomed to brushing and nail trimming, I like to be petted and sometimes too.

Hi, Nalita here. I’ve been here at the ARL since the beginning of April and I’m still waiting for my forever home. My owner brought me in because unfortunately she was allergic to me and I have long fur which made her allergies worse. Because I have long fur I do need to be brushed more frequently, but I enjoy getting groomed. I’m also sweet and affectionate.

Hi I’m Spartacus, I’m a very shy 4 month old American Bulldog mix. I came to the Animal Rescue League with my sibling because my owners could not afford the cost of owning two puppies anymore. Yep, I’m as adorable as can be and very loving. I do have a lot of fear issues. I am very shy around men and show fear and stress in new situations.

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Quinn is still very much a puppy. He craves leadership and direction and really needs an experienced German Shepherd person who knows how to provide him with both. Quinn was turned in to a shelter when he was only 7 months old; his mouthy behavior and excitement barking were too much for his owner and the neighbors.

Kira was described as friendly, excited, wagging her tail and leaning into the evaluator for more contact. During her time in foster care, she has shown us how much she loves being with people of all ages.  Kira shares her foster home with a family, including children, a male GSD and two cats.

Neka is a sweet, shy girl seeking a calm, confident and kind leader who will help build her self-confidence. At 8 months old, Neka is still recovering from a difficult start in life. Neka was born into a breeding facility where the dogs never got out of cages and never felt grass, even though they were surrounded by fields and forest.

Jude came to us when his owner died, and he was alone in the house for days before anyone found out. He was depressed from the experience and after being taken out and put into a shelter, his depression deepened. Jude is a sweet gentleman. He asks only for a gentle person to love and give him company. He likes nothing more than to go exploring or for a ride.

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Hi, I’m Larry and I’m definitely a macho cat. I’m hanging in there after finding myself homeless at 11. Can you believe that I have remained sweet, gentle and receptive to new people and new environments despite all of this? If you met me, you would see my soul shining through my handsome green eyes and hopefully fall in love with me.

Hi, I’m Jessie, I’m a cool and content cat that gets along well with other cats and dogs. My favorite past times are getting groomed, indulging on my kibble, and receiving affection. I might sound like a princess but I am really down to earth and sweet with no attitude whatsoever. But I will be your forever friend and would make a lovely family member.

Hello, my name is Timmy. I’m a smallish (about 7 pounds) black and white young male, and I’m looking for a home. I’m shy at first, but after a few days, when I get to know you, I will sit on your lap and let you rub my tummy. I have a small pink mouse that is my favorite toy and a blue cat house that I would like to bring with me.

Hello there! My name is Phebe, and I am about 7 years old. As you can see by some of my pictures I am super frightened. But aren’t I a cutie!? I am already spayed and recently I was updated on my vaccines. Because of me being such a ‘scaredy-cat’, I would prefer a home with adults, and no small children or dogs. But I do get along well with cats.

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Sunny is Sailor’s brother, but they are nothing alike! He’s a smaller, shy fawn boy with very expressive eyes. He’s unsure of new surroundings and shy’s away from loud noises. He would do best in a quiet household with a fenced yard. With lots of patient loving, he will blossom.

Dougie is a sweet boy who is a tad shy in new situations. He had fun at a “meet and greet” at PetCo, but was a little overwhelmed by all that was going on (it was his first trip there!). He’s happy and friendly at the kennel and he loves going out with the Girls! He’d do best in a quiet household, and he may be cat-friendly.

Muttley was in a home for a brief time where he truly enjoyed the good-life. He lived with a cat and a Dachund and loved it. He especially loved following his Mom around to be her special guy (he was a little overwhelmed by the toddler, so probably no children). If you’re looking for a special love-bug, Mutt’s the guy for you.

Kelly is a spunky young little GH who loves life. She’s very inquisitive and loves attention, or investigating what’s around. She’d do best in a household where someone is around a lot.


One Cat’s Rescue from Boston’s Tobin Bridge

Photo by Geno Storey


obin’s story starts out like many others: This little cat found herself wandering alone on a Boston landmark, dumped by her former owner who, for some reason, could or would no longer keep her. But unlike many other stories of abandoned pets, Tobin’s story has a happy ending thanks to a determined, die-hard animal lover, a daring animal control officer and an organization that’s dedicated to helping pets in need. This is a story about rescuing Tobin. Our “tail” starts on a rainy mid-summer evening. Mia Carter, a writer and editor at a Boston news radio station, was on her way home from work on a Friday evening when she saw something unusual amid the chaos of the rush hour traffic: “I pass through a tunnel and I’m on the entrance to the Tobin Bridge when something catches my eye - a small black cat basking in the sun. She’s curled up on a shelf of sorts, formed by a rectangle of recessed concrete that’s part of a wall that extends from the tunnel up onto the Tobin Bridge. “This little cat is curled up and she’s got that relaxed, half-asleep expression that all cats seem to get when they’re sitting in the sunlight. “Now, while this cat - relaxing amidst the chaos of rush hour traffic - is a bit of an odd sight, it wasn’t least not at first. It had rained just a few hours earlier and with a residential neighborhood nearby, I figured that this cat had made her way into the tunnel to escape the rain. I assumed she probably had a nice home nearby and maybe frequented this roadside perch in her daily travels. “The next day, I was driving home from work again and out of curiosity, I slowed as I approached the area where I had seen the

little black cat less than 24 hours before. I was a bit surprised to see that she was still there. And it was at this point that I realized that this cat wasn’t hanging out on the Tobin Bridge because she wanted to be there - she was there because she had nowhere else to go. “At the next exit, I got off the bridge and looped back around and what I saw made my heart drop. I realized there was no way this cat found her way onto the bridge on her own. If she backtracked through the tunnel, she’d have to walk nearly one-half mile on a narrow shoulder made of grating that would almost certainly swallow up her small paws, all the while with traffic speeding within inches of her small sleek body. If she walked forward from her location, she would have to walk a little over a half-mile to reach the end of the nearest exit ramp. The latter journey would have certainly killed her since there’s no shoulder on the bridge. “Tobin was almost certainly dumped on that bridge, and terrified and alone, she scampered into the first hidey-hole she could find. And she waited - for rescue or for death - whichever came first. “Now, being an animal lover and a fierce do-it-yourselfer, in most cases, I would have plucked this cat from her perch myself. But I was faced with a few problems. “Firstly, I had no idea whether this cat was feral. A feral cat may look like your loving, friendly kitty at home, but make no mistake - they are wild animals who do not appreciate direct human contact anymore than your average squirrel or pigeon. I realized that if she was feral, she would try to flee if approached. And with traffic whizzing past at dizzying speeds at all hours of the day, this would spell certain death. I also realized that this cat could very well be injured. And an Continued on Page 31

{Whole Pet Health}


by Jeanie Marie Kraft L.Ac.

Treating An

Injured Cruciate Ligament

with Traditional Chinese Medicine


ikki is an 8 year old schnauzer who just recently celebrated her eight birthday. During the summer of 2005, Nikki somehow managed to injure her rear cruciate ligament and began limping. Her owner, Maria, took her to see her regular vet as well as a specialist who recommended surgery and anti-inflammatory medication, such as Metcam, asprin and Rimydal. Nikki had an strong adverse reaction to all the medication with symptoms of diarrhea and hematemesis (vomiting blood). Nikki was then seen by a veterinarian who practices holistic medicine. This doctor recommended putting her on a natural diet and a product known as Osteo-Biflex. Maria began feeding Nikki a diet of organic turkey, oats with fresh vegetables. She no longer ate any canned or packaged dog food or grocery store pet treats.Though eating better was good for Nikki, it did not improve her symptoms.

With Nikki’s symptoms worsening, her owner was running out of hope. Nikki’s muscles had begun to shrink, and she was no longer able to take walks around the block. She was lame and in pain, and Maria reached a point that she was seriously considering euthanization. She contacted me in the spring of 2006, with hopes that acupuncture would help and delay that final decision. The first acupuncture treatment with Nikki was intense! She is a feisty little dog with a big personality. She was curious and wanted to watch every move I made. She would not allow me to needle many of the points I had selected, however we did manage to get a few needles in the most important spots. Maria, still very skeptical, did not see much change in Nikki’s walking on the next day, however she did notice that she had more energy Continued on page 29

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Polka Dog Bakery Boston based

With all the great pet product options out there, it can be hard to know what products are produced locally. Since the Animal Print is produced locally we know how important it is to support local business, so with that in mind we have found some fantastic pet products that are made right here in Southern New England! And don’t forget - when you buy local, you not only help the local economy but you are also reducing your carbon footprint! Polka Dog Bakery ( top left ) The South End of Boston’s Polka Dog has everything you could ever want to pamper your pooch...most notably their gourmet dog treats. Started as a tribute to Pearl, their late one-eyed Puerto Rican Boxer, Polka Dog treats have become a must have in the world of dog pooch pampering! 256 Shawmut Ave. South End, Boston Tailwaggers (left)

Delicious treats and great cakes handmade by a wonderful local bakery based out of Smithfield, RI. Tailwaggers can be found at at • Shaggy Chic in Wickford, RI • Bone Appetit in East Greenwich, RI or by calling 1-888-231-1634

Jacks Snacks (bottom right)

Jack’s Snacks, a dog bakery based in Rhode Island was started in June, 2004. Named after the owners dearly departed black lab mix. JS specializes in gourmet dog biscuits and treats. Everything is made using only the finest, all natural ingredients (a lot of which are organic) with no additives or preservatives

The Dog Bowl (left) The Dog Bowls main goal is to provide an all natural food source that not only taste great but gives your loved pets all of the nutrients and vitamins that they deserve. Homemade right in the N. Shore and vacuum sealed for freshness - these complete meals are a great dish to serve to any pooch!194 Washington St. Peabody, MA

Dogs in Harmony (above)

Healthy Howlers are a wonderful Locally Made Organic Sugar Sensitive & Low Fat Dog Snack for diabetic dogs. Dogs in Harmony sells a host of organic and natural pet treats, cakes and lots of other goodies, all made right in there store! Located at: 1417 Atwood Avenue, Johnston, RI


PetLuv Bracelets (right)

PetLuv Memorial/Living Tribute cuff bracelets in beautiful .925 Sterling Silver with pawprints or horseshoes embedded in the ends of the cuff. Custom engraving in either block or script style is available. PetLuv Bracelets are made by a Rhode Island based company who supports various animal rescues by donating 10% of each sale to a rescue organization of the customer’s choice. Order at

Salon Euphoria/Aj Baci (above)

Boston’s own Salon Euphoria has created a ling of spa products to pamper your pet - and you can use it too! Aj Baci is a uniquely developed for pets and people alike. “If we deserve the best for our hair, our pet deserves it too.” Aj Baci fur-care products are retailed at Salon Euphoria and can be found on line at 44 School Street, Boston, Ma

ROCKnROLL K9 (right)

RocknRollK9 based in MA, is dedicated to creating unique and stylish Rock n’ Roll inspired designs for dogs, using 100% organic and recycled materials. The line, inspired by the owners black toy poodle, was looking for a style that was in sync with his owners.

Piggy’s Pet Pottery (below)

Piggy’s Pet Pottery founder, Mia Carter, is a longtime artist and potter from the N. shore, who developed a line of pet bowls and dishes that are perfect for pets of all shapes and sizes. Handmade pet bowls and treat jars can feature virtually any color, design and they can also include a pet’s name. Piggy’s Pet Pottery will also work with pet owners to turn a concept or idea into your very own personalized pet bowl. We love the whimsical nature of these dishes and if you’re looking for a gift to make anyone smile, look no further. To place your order visit

Dixie’s Pet Project (left) Dixie’s Pet Project, a line of gifts for pets and people is based in Rhode Island and grew from the hearts and minds of three people drawn together by Dixie, a wonderful dog who’s health concerns connected them all. What we love about Dixie’s is not just their beautiful product line of bracelets, pet tags, key tags and much more but also their 2007 they helped to fund 250,000 bowls of food to animals in shelters, nationwide. To find out where to purchase, visit Sweet Meadow Farm (left) Family owned and operated and based out of Sherborn, MA. SMF produces high-quality foods for your pet rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, or gerbil. The family oversees all aspects of production, from raw materials to product packaging. “We’re picky: If any batch of hay or food is not up to our standards, we won’t sell it”. Visit to find reatail locations near you. Bowchies

Bowchies is based out of Cambridge MA, has some of the nicest designs we’ve seen, with all products handmade in New England by Jenn and her helpful assistants. Bowchies can be purchased online at www. or at BYOD in S. Boston, Laundromutt in Cambridge, MA or LuLu and Dot in Andover, MA

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Sea Dog Press (below)

Artist Leslie Evans of Sea Dog Press,based out of Watertown, MA has some of the most unique prints we’ve ever seen. Evans is incredibly skilled at linocut and wood engraving and has a wonderufl line of products that orginate from her designs. Many of her original designs can be purchased on such items as cards, t-shirts, posters and of course prints. Her original inspiration came from Morgan, Evans’ faithful black Lab companion and muse for 16 years: Morgi is Welsh for “sea dog.” To see more of these great works or for purchasing info, please visit:

Up Country (above)

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Up Country was founded in 1984 by, Alice Nichols, a former school-teacher. From six original collar designs, Up Country has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality dog and cat accessories in the country. All of their products are made in their studio/factory location in East Providence, RI. (shown above) Outdoor pet futons are made from durable weatherproof fabric and a mildew resistant pad. These beautiful designs will complement your porch, patio or any outdoor space. Machine washable fabric zips off for easy cleaning.This is one of our top pics for a local company making high quality products and truly supporting the community. Up Country products can be found in retail stores nationwide. Also available for purchase online at

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and slept without changing positions. Treating dogs with acupuncture is like a dance. Unlike humans, for whom I can explain why certain points benefit the body, dogs need a bit more pampering. Not every human acupuncture point can be needled on a dog, nor should it. Needling a point that may cause pain is never forgotten by a dog and they usually will not allow you near that spot ever again. Gaining the dog’s trust is very important. I also incorporate the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy in all my treatments to help my patients relax. Since Nikki was still a bit leery of acupuncture, I also incorporated magnet therapy and laser acupuncture during her follow-up acupuncture treatments. By using these therapies, I could stimulate points that she would not allow me to needle. A Chinese liniment was also used externally over the site of the torn cruciate ligament with massage to help ease the pain and promote blood circulation. After the fourth acupuncture treatment, Nikki was sleeping much more

soundly, her walking had improved and she seemed less stressed. By the eight treatment Nikki had improved and she was able to take short walks with Maria. A year later Nikki’s muscles have filled out again, she is walking and playing and doing well. I continue to treat Nikki on an on-call basis. Every so often, she gets into a bit of trouble jumping on furniture and needs a tune-up. I believe that acupuncture was only part of the solution for Nikki.The fact she is fed a home-cooked meal every day maintains her health and speeds healing, and she has the unconditional love of her owner, Maria.

29 Chinese Medicine. She has special interest in pain and dysfunction syndromes including hip dysplasia. She is a former faculty member of the Canadian College of Oriental Medicine (Toronto, Canada) and has published two books on traditional Chinese herbal medicine and theory, as well as authoritative articles on oriental medicine. She has been treating dogs (and humans) with acupuncture for more than 10 years.To contact Four Paws Acupuncture, visit or call 978-729-9593

You can read more about Nikki’s story and other happy dogs who love acupuncture in the Happy Dogs section of Jeanie Marie Kraft is an acupuncturist, herbalist, nutritionist and author living in Salem, Massachusetts, with a private practice treating dogs with Traditional


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The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s “Spay Waggin” offers subsidized spay/neuter services to pet owners in financial need. Independent veterinarians can charge between $200 and $350 for cats and up to $350 for dogs. The Spay Waggin’s average cost to you is under $100. The price includes a physical exam, spay (females) or neuter (males), rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, heartworm test (dogs) and a microchip. Staffed by an Animal Rescue League of Boston veterinarian and two trained veterinary technicians, the Spay Waggin’ is the first mobile animal spay/neuter vehicle to operate in Massachusetts. The Spay Waggin’ makes monthly scheduled stops throughout the greater Boston area to perform surgeries on an appointmentonly basis. For more information, visit www. or call 1-877-590-SPAY.

In 2008, the Quincy Animal Shelter will produce a unique book of recipes for humans and our companion animals. “Recipes for Caring” a collection of recipes and Shelter Success Stories will express ways we care for one another and for our beloved pets, and is the culmination of the efforts of many in the past. This will not be an ordinary fundraiser cookbook! We hope this will be a treasured collection of recipes that you will turn to often. We need your help to make this a high-quality, successful book. Please look over your recipe collection for one or two special recipe “donations.” A special dish your family looks forward to at Thanksgiving, a prized recipe handed down to from your Great Aunt Sue or a great recipe for “comfort food.” We need all variety of recipes: appetizers, entrees (both meat and vegetarian), side dishes, salads and desserts. In addition, we need recipes for special treats or meals you prepare for your pet. We need unique, home-made recipes, so please do not submit any copyrighted or manufacturer’s recipes. Please email your recipes, photos and stories to Ellen Grund or mail them to me at the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 88, Quincy, MA 02269.

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injured cat, no matter how tame, can be aggressive - it’s an instinctual protection device intended to maximize chances of survival in the wild. I realized, this was not a rescue that I should attempt myself, so I called in reinforcements. “I ultimately decided that someone else would be better suited to help me catch Tobin. So I called the Animal Rescue League. To make a long story short, they did go out to attempt to catch her. But they were unable to find her roadside perch - it’s not somewhere you would easily find unless you already knew where it was. So she remained on the Tobin Bridge. Sunday passed. Most of Monday passed. I [incorrectly] assumed they had picked her up shortly after I first called, but I soon learned otherwise. “I was driving home Monday and to my horror, there she was...sitting on her shelf, three days after I first spotted her. So I got on the phone and started calling and just as I decided I would have to go catch her on my own, I got a phone call from a Boston Animal Control Officer named Matt Scanlon. Thankfully, Matt was able to find poor Tobin, saving her from a slow and certain death. ‘I had no problem finding her,’ he explained, adding, ‘She let me walk right up to her and I popped her right in the van.’ “And while she probably used up at least a couple of her nine lives on that bridge, she was pretty much unharmed and healthy. A bit dehydrated and hungry - yes, but healthy; young too - only about six months old. And very sweet.” Immediately following Tobin’s rescue, she was transported to the Animal Rescue League where she was provided with immediate veterinary attention and placed on a three-day stray hold, in the event that she was someone’s lost pet. Three days came and went and no one called to claim the cat who had been dubbed “Tobin.” During her second day at the ARL, Carter paid the little cat a visit. “I needed to know that she was okay. I had to see it with my own eyes – I had spent so much time thinking and worrying about that little cat. When I arrived, I was so relieved to see how well she looked and even more surprising was her attitude - she was so friendly and affectionate and curious. And it struck me how incredible this is. Animals are so forgiving. It’s incredible how they can live in the moment; how she can be affectionate to humans so soon after she was dumped and left for dead by some uncaring individual. “I wasn’t going to stop until this cat was rescued. Sometimes, through no fault of their own, animals end up in precarious and potentially deadly situations and it’s up to us humans to help them. Fortunately for Tobin, she was spotted by the right person that humid summer evening. After she recovered from her spaying operation at the ARL, Carter took Tobin home to start her new life. And Tobin won’t ever be lonely; she now lives with 21 other animals, including six dogs and five other cats – two of whom have a story that’s similar to Tobin’s. Coincidentally, Baxter and Henri (Tobins new housemates) were thrown out of a moving car on a section of Route One and again, Carter came to the rescue when she and her husband stopped traffic to capture the two frightened felines. Carter concluded, “I hope that Tobin’s story will help others realize the importance of taking action when they see an animal in need. Don’t assume that someone else has called for help and don’t assume someone else will come to the rescue. In Tobin’s case, she was on the Tobin Bridge - a major Boston artery - or at least four days. How many tens of thousands of cars must have passed her! And not one other person called the Animal Rescue League or Animal Control. Not one.”

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