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{Letter From The Editor}

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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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Locally and Around The Globe…

Love at the Dog Park!

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.

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 AUS. 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.

Photo courtesy: Norm Mowry Photography

Congratulations to Deirdre & Rob Barker and their dogs Harry and Ike. Deirdre and Rob were married on Sunday, July 13, after meeting at the Gano St. Dog Park, in Providence, RI’s East Side. The foursome found each other last September and it’s been happy tails ever since!

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Weight Loss… In The RIVMA Walk N’ Wag Challenge The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) Walk ‘N Wag Challenge is a fitness initiative inspired by other human health/fitness initiatives in Rhode Island. The mission of the Walk ‘N Wag Challenge is to use the human-animal bond to improve the health of dogs and their owners and to create awareness of the growing canine obesity problem. The program harnesses the spirit of teamwork and competition among dog owners as a fun way to achieve healthier lifestyles for people and their dogs. The challenge runs for eight weeks, kicking off on Saturday, September 13, at the Providence Animal Rescue League’s Annual Pet Walk at Roger Williams Park. There will be two additional organized walks for participants in locations around the state to help build momentum and team spirit during the eight week Challenge. Walkers will be asked to keep a log of weight lost and/or distance walked for the duration of the program and submit totals to RIVMA at the end of the eight weeks. Winners in various categories will be announced during the award ceromony at the Newport Art Museum where terrific prizes will be awarded.

18 years and dogs over 1 year of age. For the distance category, participants can be 14 years or older and dogs 9 months or older. All dogs should be current on Rabies vaccination as required by law. You should contact your doctor prior to starting any exercise program. Likewise, if your pet has any medical conditions you should discuss your pet’s health with your veterinarian before starting the challenge.

How the Program Works

Participants register by mail (last day for mail in registration is September 2nd) or fax for a $10 fee per owner-dog pair, $15 per team. Teams consist of more than one owner-dog pair. Walk-in in registration is also available during the Providence Animal Rescue Leagues Pet Walk on September 13th. The registration fee includes a pedometer, bandana, log sheets, weekly e-mails, and eligibility to win prizes. People can participate in two ways, individually as owner-dog pairs, or in teams. Owners and dogs don’t have to be evenly matched. Teams with multiple owners will have captains whose job is to coordinate with the team members, collect results from members, and submit the teams results at the end of the competition.

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To participate in the weight loss category owners must be over

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WHINE & DINE

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

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Julians

318 Broadway, Providence, RI (401) 861-1770 www.juliansprovidence.com 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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Citron

5 Memorial Blvd., Providence, RI (401) 621-WINE www.citronri.com

Tremont 647

647 Tremont St., Boston, MA (617) 266-4600 www.tremont647.com 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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LEGALLY BLONDE KICKS OFF NATIONAL TOUR at the Providence Performing Arts Center

SEPTEMBER 21 & 23 - 28, 2008 For tickets visit www.ppacri.org or call 401.421. ARTS

The Musical

Join us at The kick off party!

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)

The search for the next broozer woods contest!

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92 pro FM with the help of Park Ave Puppy’s is looking for “The Next Broozer Woods”. From August 7th-21st, listen to 92 PRO FM on where the casting calls will be or call 401-464-8800 for more info. To qualify, your pet must be 35 pounds and under, yorkies, Chihuahua, pomeranian’s, maltese, shih-tzu, papillions, min-pins, mini dachounds, Japanese chins, toy poodles, pugs are all encouraged to apply!

Up County’s new PopArt Collection opens to rave reviews. To see all of Up Country’s distinctive pet accessories including pet futons, treats, toys and stationary, visit us at www.upcountryinc.com or call us at 1-800-541-5909

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Walk & Wag Challenge Continued from page 8

Your pet’s health and happiness is our passion!

Participants can compete in categories of distance walked, pounds lost, or both. Participants should weigh their dogs every two to four weeks and record it on their log sheet. Owner weights can be measured on a daily basis…but don’t worry, your weight does not need to be seen by anyone except yourself.

How To Weigh Your Dog

1.) Weigh-in stations will be available at the kick-off event, as well as at the October and November events. 2.) Go to a participating veterinarian to weigh your dog. 3.) If you are able to lift your dog, you can use a home scale. Weigh yourself holding your dog and then subtract your weight to get your dog’s weight. At the end of the competition, participants and team captains tally and submit their results by mail, fax, or by e-mail. Prizes will be awarded for team and dog-owner pair who lost the largest percentage of weight and walked the farthest distance.

How Will Categories Be Judged?

Because the wide range of sizes in dogs and people, weight loss will be judged based on percentage of body weight rather than actual pounds lost for the individual. Teams will be judged on average percentage of weight loss and distance walked per participant to account for differences in size of teams.

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AUGUST

August 7th - 21st The Search for “The Next Broozer Woods” 92 PRO FM with the help of Park Ave Puppy’s is looking for “The Next Broozer Woods”. From August 7th -21st, listen to 92 PRO FM on where the casting calls will be or call 401-464-8800 for more info. To qualify, your pet must be 35 pounds and under, yorkies, chihuahua, pomeranian’s, maltese, shih-tzu, papillions, min-pins, mini dachounds, Japanese chins, toy poodles, pugs are all encouraged to apply. August 16 13th Annual Homeless Animals Day and Candlelight Vigil will be held at Rose Larisa Park (across from the Crescent Park Carousel in Riverside, RI) from 6:00 P. M. to 9:00pm Defenders of Animals, Inc., will be celebrating a National Homeless Animals’ Day. The event is free and open to the public. Contact: Dennis Tabella 738-3710. Friday, August 22 The Providence Roller Derby features “Mai Tais & Thigh Highs” Bout from 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm; doors open at 7pm (Rain date: Sunday, August 24th, 5pm doors open 6pm, bout starts). This event will feature a 50/50 raffle benefiting PARL and will have a PARL donation box available. Location: Bank of America Skating Center - Downtown Providence, 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI.

SEPTEMBER September 6th Black Tie Dog Ball - Rescheduled Due to rain (we think the cats were rain dancing because they were not invited!) the Dog Ball has been rescheduled to Saturday September 6, 2008 at the “Villa Pavilion” at “Forte Getty” in Jamestown, Rhode Island Cost:Dog and Guest $65 Additional Guest - $35 The evening will provide exquisite four course dinning for you and your dog, dancing to a live band under the stars, and amid the beauty of “Villa Pavilion” at “Forte Getty” on the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. All proceeds from the event will be used to fund the efforts of the “Friends of the Jamestown Animal Shelter”; the “Bully Breed Club’s Spaying and Neutering Fund”; and the “Paws and Claws’ Pet Fund.” Black tie or formal attire required for all dogs, with evening party attire for guests. To purchase tickets, please contact Paws and Claws at 354-9200, or on-line at RIpawsclaws@aol.com September 7th Walk for Animals at Aselton Park on the Harbor in Hyannis Sunday, September 7th - Walk for Animals at Aselton Park on the Harbor in Hyannis/ contact: Susan Griffin 508-771-3452 Proceeds will benefit the MSPCA of Cape Cod 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 Provi-

dence 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 right here in Providence! 7pm -10pm at Providence Biltmore Hotel. Call for tickets: VIP 464-8800 Event to benefit the Providence Animal Rescue League September 13th 20th Annual Pet Walk Rhode Island fundraiser at Roger Williams Park’s Temple To Music. Pet Walk benefits our ongoing efforts to rescue and rehome homeless animals across New England! Pet Walk features a fun walk through Roger Williams Park. In addition, you can: shop & visit with exhibitors, see obedience demonstrations, try our raffle, play pet games, and more. This year, PARL is partnering with the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association to launch their first annual Walk and Wag pet health program. For more info visit: www.parl.org September 13- December 5 THE WALK ‘N WAG CHALLENGE Challenge Dates: September 13 – December 5 The RI Veterinary Medical Association’s, Walk ‘N Wag Challenge is a statewide fitness initiative inspired by the Shape Up RI program. Sign up to receive more info including a calendar of events by email at walknwag@ rivma.org or by phone at 401-7510944. Read more about the challenge on page 8. September 13th Pet Fashion Show at Swansea Mall


Your Neighborhood! Shoppers can enter their favorite dog or cat in our Pet Fashion Show, Preregistration will continue until the first 35 pets are registered, whichever comes first. A $5 registration fee will be charged for each pet. 10am to 4pm. Located at the Center Court in Swansea Mall. For more info visit www. visitswanseamall.com September 13th & 14th Laurie Lynn Lawton at The Pawtucket Arts Festival Where: Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket 10 to 5pm. Visit Laurie Lynn Lawton the 2007 Readers Choice Winner for “Best Pet Illustrator”. For more info visit www.pawtucketartsfestival.org September 14th The Art of Animal Photography with Traer Scott Learn the art of taking great photos of the animals that we share our lives with. Sunday, 2:00 PM - 4:00pm; 4 sessions starting September 14, and ending October 5, 2008 Non-member Cost $95, member

“One of a kind gemstones made with your pet’s cremated remains”

cost $89, materials ee $10 Instructor: Traer Scott Location: Providence - Learning Connection: www.learnconnect.com September 18th RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation 5th Annual Golf Classic The Misquamicut Club Thursday September 18, 2008 @ 11:00am. For more info visit www. companionanimalfoundation.org 1st Annual Black Tie Doggie Ball 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Villa Pavilion at Forte Getty, Jamestown, Rhode Island

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OCTOBER

October 4th Bark in the Park Bring the while family, to ARL/SRI’s Bark in the Park! Hazard Field, behind S. Kingstown High School. See training demo’s, Police K-9 performances, doggie costume parade, food, vendors and more!. For more info visit: www. arlsi.org

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Coprophagy

(pronounced ka-PROFF-ah-gee)

You Som Have In Yoe Tootsie ur Te eth.

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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 (www.americanhumane.org) Owner, Best Behavior, LLC • http://katenna.googlepages.com 401-439-6442 • katenna@gmail.com

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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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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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Libby is such sweet girl. Tiger cat with extraToes Cat (Hemingway Polydactyl). She came to us with her babies and they’ve all been placed already. Now it’s time for Libby to find a home of her own. She is very lovey and enjoys being scratched behind her ears. She’d make a great addition to any household! Libby is scheduled to be spayed on June 26th.

“Loves” is a sweet girl. She loves attention, and loves when people come to visit. “Loves” is probably about 5 to 7 years old, and seems to have some training. She listens well… she sits, stays, and goes to her bed on command. Loves’ favorite thing is a scratchin’ to her backside. Give us a call if you have any questions 401.435.7675

Marvin is such a cool cat. He is very laid back, and really handsome. Marvin doesn’t seem to be a big fan of other cats, so he’d need to be the only cat in the household. Marvin is scheduled to be neutered June 26th. If you have any questions or would like to come meet Marvin we’re here 7 days.

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Say hello to Bing! This tiny Chihuahua is a doll baby! Bing does not like being left alone. He actually cries unless he is with us or with the other dogs. He is VERY attached to my youngest daughter. He follows her everywhere, and loves to be held. He gets along great with other dogs and older respectful children. He sleeps with my youngest daughter in her bed.

My name is Cassie, and I am only 1 year old. I spent that entire 1st year living in a puppy mill. I’m now free but I’m having some trouble with my heart. You see, I have a very bad worm that’s moved into my heart. It is making it hard for me to be happy and active. I so want our hearts to be full of just the love I have to give and receive. Can you help me?

Stuart is a handsome little Maltese! Stuart is only 4 years old. He loves other dogs, love to play, and is house trained! Stuart has an old injury to his back, but that does not stop him from running and playing, and his back is getting better every day. Stuart needs a home with someone that will let him give them lots of kisses!

Happy Jack was rescued from a puppy mill. This adorable little man weighs about 6 pounds. He is black and white - what they call a “Party Pomeranian”. Happy Jack gets along great with other dogs and with cats. He is up to date on his shots and neutered. Happy Jack is estimated to be at least 7 years old.

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Boomer just wants to have fun! Boomer is a big, young, high-energy pit mix who will need an active household and plenty of exercise. Boomer loves to chase tennis balls, but only occasionally brings them back (hmmm). He’s very play and people focused and just loves to romp. This is a very fun-oriented dog.

Goofy Patch! If Patch were human and at your party, then he’d be the first guy wearing a lampshade… Everyone at PARL adores Patch. He’s got a brilliant, happy personality and is just a big goofball. He’s extremely affectionate and people-focused. When we play with him in the yard he just loves to romp around. He needs some obedience training.

Cheeky Chiquito! For a seven year-old dog, Chiquito has plenty of energy and spunk left in him. This zippy little terrier mix loves to be on the move and exploring. He loves to run around outside as much as he likes getting attention from his nearest human buddy. Chiquito loves people but lacks the patience for rough handling from small children.

Warm-hearted Mary! This adult German Shepherd loves to meet new people and she’s got a very warm, open personality. If you kneel down in front of Mary, she’ll just walk into your arms for a big hug. She’s extremely affectionate. At the same time, she can be independent and doesn’t need you to pay constant attention to her. She needs some obedience training.

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Skipper is a black lab/boxer mix. He is about 5 months old. These dogs were rescued from the disasters in Arkansas. The adoption fee for these rescued dogs is $175 per dog. If interested, please stop in for a visit!

Champ is a brown and black, medium-haired cat. He is about a year old. He was rescued from a hoarder who had 17 cats! He and 5 of his siblings are here up for adoption. All of the cats are lovable and get along very well. He would do great in a multi cat household. If interested in Champ, or any of his siblings, please come by for a visit.

Brie is an all white, blue-eyed, short-haired cat. She is about a year old. She is affectionate, but does have some “cat-a-titude”. If interested, please stop by for a visit. This pet is up to date with routine shots. This pet is already house trained. This pet has been altered.

Freckles is a Pointer/Lab mix. She is about 4 months old. These dogs were rescued from the disasters in Arkansas. The adoption fee for these rescued dogs is $175 per dog. If interested, please stop in for a visit! This pet is up to date with routine shots.

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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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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.

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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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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 www.polkadog.com 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 tailwaggers@cox.net www.tailwaggersri.com

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 www.jackssnacks.com

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 www.thedogbowl.org

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 www.dogsinharmonyri.com


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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 www.petluvbracelets.com

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 www.ajbaci.com 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. www.rocknrollk9.com

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 www.piggyspetpottery.com

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 generosity...in 2007 they helped to fund 250,000 bowls of food to animals in shelters, nationwide. To find out where to purchase, visit www.dixiespetproject.com 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 www.sweetmeadowfarm.com 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. Bowchies.com 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: www.seadogpress.com

Up Country (above)

Schnoodleware Dog Toys (above)

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 www.upcountryinc.com

High quality soft fleece dog toys that are catching the attention of both dog owners and professionals. Handmade locally in MA, every toy is doublelayered, double-stitched, machine washable and contains no stuffing. These tough, interactive tug toys are available in a number of designs to suit any breed of dog. Available at Healthy Dog Pet Company, 332 Main Street Wakefield, MA, Everything But The Dog, 2 Haven St., Reading, MA, Pawstry Gourmutt 239A Greenville Avenue, Johnston, RI or visit www. schnoodleware.com to find other locations near you.

Furry PetFriends Care Services

Insured & Bonded Pet Care

Dog Walks Pet Sitting Farm Animal Care Birthday Parties and much more… Call us: 401.996.8076 or visit us online at www.furryfriendsri.com


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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. You can read more about Nikki’s story and other happy dogs who love acupuncture in the Happy Dogs section of www.fourpawsacupuncture.com

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Jeanie Marie Kraft is an acupuncturist, herbalist, nutritionist and author living in Salem, Massachusetts with a private practice treating dogs with Traditional 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 www.fourpawsacupuncture.com or call 978-729-9593

Wet Nose Canine Massage Specializing in performance, geriatric & dogs that are loved! Carolyn MacDonald

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Graduation Ceremony.

Since May 1st when SMF first put up a donation page on their website for the benefit of four area rescues they have received over $500.00 in donations. The four rescues are Sweet Binks, House rabbit Network, 3-Bunnies and the Western Pennsylvania Animal rescue. “Each month seems to bring in about $175.00 in donations and the first 3 months have been pretty consistent”, tells owner Al Michaud. “I expected it to tail off after the first month or so, but even with the economy being so bad…people are still giving to a good cause.” Please visit www.sweetmeadowfarm.com to make a donation. photo by Al Tetreault

Sue Parker hands out dog-plomas to Bosco, Annie and their proud human Tom.

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n June 8, the paws hit the park and broke all records raising $73,000 for the animals at the Potter League in Middletown, RI. Congratulations to the top online fundraisers and teams: 1st Place Adult: Lisa Martland Neitzey $3040.00 2nd Place Adult: Carol Chabot - $1,615.00 3rd Place Adult: Laura Murray - $1,575.00 Youth First Place: Annie Marshall - $360.00 Youth Second Place: Olivia DiMauro - $300.00 Top Adult Team: Dog Scouts Troop 175 $2,455.00 Top Youth Team: Critter Crew - $520.50 Honorable Mention Newport Fed’s Paws for a Cause - $2,120.00 People’s Pooch Patrol - $2,009.00 Newport Harbor Hounds - $1,955.00

n a recent summer Sunday, a slew of dogs, owners and dogs currently housed at RI & MA shelters took part in a unique graduation ceremony. These lucky dogs graduated from co-owners of Dynamic Dog training, Sue & Harry Parkers award winning training program, “Out of the Pitz and into the Ritz Pit Bull Training Academy” - recently awarded a $5000 grant thru PetFinder.com and Maddies Fund. This one of a kind program implements a training program specifically for pit bulls and other homeless bully breeds in animal shelters. The program has been training people and dogs for the past 3 years at various regional shelters with great success and has recently gotten interests from Animal Planet to take things to a national level. Through this program and under close direction, shelter volunteers are taught how to properly train the dogs. Once the basic requirements are met, the dogs are tested with their volunteer handlers and if they pass, the dogs obtain their AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. To date, the obedience training and socialization the dogs receive in the program has increases their adoption rate to 100 percent!

Congratulations to all the dogs who graduated! For more about this program, contact Susan Parker at www.dynamicdogtraining.net or call (401) 823-8851


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Where Everyone Is Welcome! Serving the Community for 46 Years! Talk to real people on the phone, recieve personal service you deserve! Ask about our FREE Services

• Vacation & Christmas Clubs • Mortgages • Online Home banking • Online Bill payer

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Work from home using your computer and telephone, selling TRAVEL memberships and promoting Eco-friendly tourism. Earn comissions of $100-$7,500 per sale! A $49.00 start up fee is requiredwill be refunded with your first sale!Travel incentives/rewards based on your performance. SERIOUS inquiries only! Contact: Ashley 401.996.1465 AshleyG@P1DTravel.com

FOR SALE

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats for sale.

Adults and baby’s available. Cute and sweet - make great pets or milkers too. Guaranteed healthy herd. Starting at $180. For more info call: 508.252.3600 or 401.439.0040 or email: sunnfun1963@aol.com

Private & Pet Businesses Telephone Number

401-Pet-0000 is available for the right offer. Call: 401.738.0000 (4-6 PM) with message & offer.

Request for Submissions

Rhode Island Horse Rescue to Publish Anthology – Submissions Welcome Horse Play - an equine rescue and sanctuary in RI is looking for submissions for an anthology titled “The Medicine Horses - Creative Expressions of the Horse and Human Bond”. .We are accepting personal essays, true stories, poetry, photos

Delmyra Country Club for Dogs and Cats

• All forms of Obedience Training • State of the Art Facilities • Climate controlled

• Cat Boarding in our seperate Cattery www.delmyra.com

Thank you Animal Print Readers for Voting for us.

Owner living on the property.

Voted #1 Overnight Boarding Facility

in the 2005, 2007 Readers Choice Awards! Call for a Tour

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and art (please send copies) which describe the positive influence of a horse or horses in your life - Proceeds from sale of published book will go directly to supporting horses at horse rescue - Hay Fund, vet and farrier care, etc. Essays, stories and poetry maybe submitted electronically in Word Doc format and photos/art in .jpg - or snail mail to Horse Play PO Box 660 Exeter, RI 02822 attn: Deidre Sharp For more info or questions, contact Deidre Sharp email: horseplayri@msn.com, (401)294-3565

SEVICES

scoopthepooptoday.com Kanine Kleenup Pooper Scooper Service 508-496-1680 Residential and Commercial weekly service. Serving SE Mass and RI

FEEDING OUTDOOR CATS? Visit WWW.ALLEYCAT.ORG. Alley Cat Allies has everything you need to protect the cats you feed. Easy tips and videos.

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE

Modern Pet Friendly Condo for Sale - $195,000 Now taking offers on a beautiful sun filled, 2 bed condo in a quiet country setting, abutting miles of wooded trails - great for walking dogs. Also, walking distance to some beautiful lakes and parks. There is no weight restrictions on pets and you can have up to two animals. This second floor unit boasts a relaxing sun porch, brand new central a/c, cathedral ceiling, open floor plan, deeded parking with ample guest parking, well maintained lawns, basement and attic storage as well as friendly pet lovers in the community. Located in a beautiful area of Taunton, MA, Mill River Village’s location is a commuters dream as it is just 15 minutes from the Attleboro and Mansfield Commuter Rails. By car it’s just 40 minutes to Boston and 35 minutes to Providence. If you are looking to simplify your life, save gas and enjoy the outdoors with your pets then this might be the perfect place for you. Please contact the owner for a viewing 617.347.6800 Serious Inquires Only.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Calling Cat Lovers! Angelcat Haven Feline Rescue seeks volunteers to help with their mission of finding good homes for homeless cats and kittens. We need people to assist with adoptions, fostering, fundraising, event planning, marketing, administrative work, and cleaning/caring for the animals. Please email Rose@ angelcathaven.com or call our message center at 508-203-4240. Visit www.angelcathaven.com for more information.

DONATIONS NEEDED

Towels and blankets are needed for our companion animals that are boarded. We can also arrange items to be picked up. Please contact us at this email: defendersanimals@aol.com or call 401.1738.3710.Thank you for your continous help! Dennis • www. defendersofanimals.org RATES: $10 for first 20 words, .50 for each additional word. (Call for business prices.) Just mail your check with info to: The Animal Print • P.O. Box 212 Raynham, MA 02767

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EXTRAORDINARY GIFTS FOR EXTRAORDINARY PETS

FALL is Coming! Take advantage of our end of season discounts on collars, t-shirts and much more…

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jen: freelance illustrator (www.jencorace.com) mr. pants: staring jen down and farting

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Now Accepting

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Where are you from? jen: new jersey mr. pants: washington

What is your idea of perfect happiness? jen: being by the water mr. pants: never being alone ever

What is your most endearing quality? jen: my sweet ass sarcasm mr. pants: belching and snoring

If you could be any kind of animal, what would it be and why?

jen: a koala...the sleeping to eating to doing anything at all ratio works for me. mr. pants: the kind of harbor seal that doesn’t swim, just lays around in the sun.

What is your favorite treat? jen: anything on toast mr. pants: cantaloupe

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Horse Cremation Services

At Angel View Pet Cemetery & Crematory we believe that your horse or pony is just as much a loving companion to you as any other pet you care for and share your life with. Whether you choose burial or cremation we pledge each of your special friends will be treated as if they were one of our own~ with all the dignity and compassion they so richly deserve.

24 Hours a Day Emergency Service and Transportation Available to all of New England Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Closed 12 noon - 1pm • Sat 9am-4pm Closed 12 noon - 1pm 471 Wareham Street, Route 28, Middleboro, MA 02346 508-947-4103 800-287-0066 • www.angelview.com

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