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A number of years ago, before I began the Animal Print or lived with a herd of dogs, Bleu was a typical ball obsessed Springer Spaniel, who would rather run with his dog dad Todd than play with other dogs. That was until an ill mannered 7 month old stray Shepherd mix landed on my doorstep. Bleu and the dog who would later become the love of my life, were instant friends. Bleu seemed to take to him like a long lost brother and this began their decade long friendship.

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efore I can tell you about my nomination for “dog” mother of the year I want to tell you about her “child”. Haines was found by Animal Control four years ago roaming the streets; so neglected that his harness had imbedded into his arm pits. They suspect Haines had been dumped from a car as he hung around the same intersection for two weeks, running up to stopped cars searching for his owner and then running in fear when it wasn’t. Haines befriended a puggle in the area, and chewed the rope he was tethered on; they ran loose together until a concerned neighbor confined them in his garage. When the dog officer attempted to catch him, Haines was terrified to the point of aggression; his life as a shelter dog had begun. When Haines was recuperated and his behavior more stable, he was put up for adoption. His “forever” home lasted a month before he was returned for alpha male dominance issues. The next interested couple spent hours visiting Haines prior to adopting him, he was back at the shelter within thirty minutes for getting too excitable and frightening the wife. After two strikes it was determined that Haines would not be adopted out again unless it was under very special circumstances, this is

where my daughter comes in. For ten years Brittany had been volunteering at the animal shelter walking dogs, fostering animals, and assisting with fundraising. Through volunteering at the shelter, and owning rescue dogs of our own, she had become skilled in handling dogs with issues and boy did this dog have them. From the beginning there was a click between Brittany and Haines; she adored him and the feeling was mutual. When others saw a crazy, overexcited lab/pit mix, Brittany saw a “banana head” that just needed consistency and exercise. Walking Haines was a challenge, the first ten minutes being likened to a race horse charging out of the gate. With time the walks got a bit better, but there was little that could be done to counteract the days, that turned into months, that turned into years for a young dog confined to a kennel. At an age when most twenty year olds were thinking about what time the bars closed, training Haines was Brittany’s first priority. Whenever time allowed from her demanding fulltime studies as a nursing student, and forty plus hours a week of working part time jobs, Brittany would head to the shelter. My daughter was realistic enough to know the Continued on page 21.


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Get Fit with Fido 10

Work out ideas for you, your dog, and your relationship with each other.

by Katenna Jones

ScM, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT

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all is officially here, and winter is just around the corner. We all know what that means – bundled up New Englanders, winter blahs, holiday weight gain, and a general yucky feeling from lack of fresh air and sunshine. We’re not alone; dogs experience this too. In fact, they are the ones who suffer most during the winter season. As colder weather rolls in, outdoor time dramatically decreases for dogs, which means a significant drop in exercise, social interactions, and quality time with mom and dad. As a result, dog professionals see an increase in destructive behavior, barking, separation issues, and bad manners, while spring tends to bring bad leash manners, and reactivity toward strangers, other dogs or squirrels. The good news is, like with many things, a little prevention goes a long way. By engaging in a fun and rewarding activity with your pet this winter, not only will you be healthier and feel happier, but so will your dog! But what can you do if it’s so darn cold out? Never fear! South Eastern New England has plenty of canine-human interactive exercise opportunities and there truly is something for everyone – and every dog. This is where the disclaimer comes in: as with any addition of or changes to exercise, both you and your dog

should receive a physical exam to ensure you are both healthy for exercise. Also, talk to your vet about vaccinations and parasite prevention, especially if they will be around other dogs.

Bikepaths aren’t just for bikes! Do you or your pet prefer a slower pace, have physical limitations, or perhaps one or both of you are a tad out of shape, or slowly getting back into exercise? There is sure to be a gorgeous bike path close by wherever you are and there’s no better way to enjoy the cool, crisp air. From short, slow strolls with multiple breaks, to multi-mile power walks, bikepath walking is an excellent exercise option for humans and dogs alike to build up endurance, cardio vascular strength, tone, and lose weight. Walks, hikes, and jogs are great for warm, sunny, winter days so bundle up in layers and soak up that sunshine. You will often see Maison and I frequenting the Blackstone River Bikeway or Cumberland Monastery, but there is also the Woonasquatucket River Greenway, Ten Mile River Greenway through Slater Park, south county bikepath by URI, Quonset bikepath, and Washington Secondary bikepath between Cranston and Coventry are also great options.


11 Don’t forget about city parks, Lincoln Woods, Blackstone Blvd., the Cliff Walk, and several other Rhode Island woods, refuges, and management areas. They are all surrounded by nice scenery that you and your dog will enjoy. For tips, maps, and locations visit www.dot.state.ri.us/bikeri or Google ‘Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island’ or type in this long link full of great resources: www.visitri.com/current_ category.1595/companies_list.html. As always, make sure dogs are allowed at the site before you drive all the way there. Obviously, good leash manners, especially around people and other dogs, are a must. If your dog needs a little brush-up, there are plenty of qualified trainers in this area who can help you.

Dance the night away! Dancing isn’t just for teen pop idols and B list celebrities. And it doesn’t matter if you’re one of Gaga’s Little Monsters, or a Parrot Head, you could just be living with a furry Fred or Ginger. Freestyle dance is an exciting, fun, and unique opportunity for you and your dog to shake your groove thing – together! One place to try your hand – or foot (or paw?) at freestyle dance is at the Potter League for Animals in Jamestown, RI. They have been offering beginner freestyle dance for five years and class size ranges anywhere from 2 to 55 dogs! Classes can last one to six hours, and all ages, breeds, and abilities are welcome. Owner involvement is required of course, but you only dance as hard as you can – and it’s just fun for everyone! You can practice at home and the physical demands are determined by the physical capabilities of the dog and the owner. Potter League says the best three things about freestyle dance are: 1) having fun while training. 2) learning to work as a team. 3) learning to use body language. Continued on page 12

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Become a swim fan! Just as it is for humans, swimming is an amazing exercise opportunity that provides no-impact, resistance training that is ideal for older dogs, or those with injuries or limited mobility. On the other end of the spectrum there are water loving, dock diving, stick chasers who just need an opportunity to burn off some steam in the winter time. The Canine Joint in Seekonk, MA will soon be opening their brand new, 88 degree pool designed especially for dogs. Their certified hydro therapist will supervise twentyfive minute swim sessions, including massage, for as many or as few visits as you’d like. From fully assisted swims for paralyzed dogs, to free wheelin’ ball chasing, this doggie pool is an excellent option for any activity level, breed or age – with a veterinary referral of course. Little to no owner direct owner involvement is required, and dogs with little to no swimming experience are welcome. The Canine Joint’s main goal in offering this service is to generate funds, to allow them to continue providing affordable physical therapy services to their many canine clients who truly need them. So sign up for a class! Your dog gets exercise, Canine Joint gets to keep their PT prices down, and dogs in need can enjoy a higher quality of life.

Atta sport! Maybe it’s time to consider taking up a new

sport that both you and your dog can enjoy together. You will be amazed at the mental and physical workout these activities provide for you both, and the training will benefit and enhance your relationship. Also, you and your dog will have the chance to meet all kinds of new people, and dogs.


Agility Agility enjoyed its first entertainment debut in England in 1978 and consists of a human handler verbally and visually guiding their off-leash dog through an obstacle course full of jumps, shoots, poles, A-frames, planks, and more, with the goal being speed. Dogs should be at least one year old to ensure they are fully developed and their bodies can handle the impact, but puppy classes on flat courses are available to introduce concepts. Delmyra Country Club for Dogs and Cats in Exeter, RI has been offering agility classes for ten years and has three instructors. Classes are available for Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced students. The classes are one hour per week, for eight weeks, with six to twelve dogs per class. Some breeds tend to be more natural at agility but any dog can join the fun if they are interested, and are at least nine months or older (younger, still growing dogs run smaller or flat courses). Of course, the dog will be off leash when running the course, so basic obedience is a must. The level of commitment from the owner varies, depending on how far you want to take the training. It can range from fun to serious competition. Agility is a great way to challenge your dog’s physical ability and mental abilities, as well as your own! Canine Mastery – who has offered agility classes for fourteen years – says

it is important to remember this is a sport you do with your dog; the dogs13 don’t just run around by themselves. The physical demands on both humans and dogs also vary, depending on commitment. K9 Connection, Potter League for Animals, and several other training schools in the area also offer agility classes. But agility doesn’t have to only take place at a school! Backyard agility classes have been offered by Courteous Canine in South Kingstown and Warren since 2008. These hour long classes are geared more toward fun than competition and last for six weeks, typically scheduled seasonally. Equipment is custom built and is lower and wider than usual to minimize the risk of injury to inexperienced dogs while increasing speed. Owners can build their own equipment. Weekly class attendance is a must, but practice at home can be as often or as infrequent as you want. Activity levels can be tailored to fit almost any dog or handler’s needs. Delmyra, Canine Mastery, K9 Connection and Courteous Canine all agree: the best things about agility are the relationship building between handler and dog, and the FUN! Continued on page 14

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Flyball Flyball is another sport, but it is not as widely known as agility. Flyball began in the 70s and it looks like this: dogs line up at a start line, race against each other over a series of hurdles to a box where they press a pad which releases a tennis ball, then

they carry the ball back over the hurdles to their handler at the start line. Flyball is very addicting. The dogs love it, and it is fast, furious and LOUD. You will need to be able to handle the barking, and if you want to go on to compete it is a team sport, so you and your dog must get along with other dogs and people. Like agility, any breed can do this sport – though some thrive more than others and handler interaction is required. Canine Mastery has also been teaching flyball for 14 years, so they know a thing or two about this high velocity activity. Group classes and team practices are available and each session is customized for the dogs and up to 5 attend at a time. Classes run for four weeks and a good basic training class is helpful. Dogs should also be in good physical health and a vet approval is a must as flyball can be very strenuous.

Rally O Rally, also called Rally O, or Rally Obedience is a fast paced and challenging sport for your dog in which the dog performs a variety of obedience commands, such as heel, stay, focus, recall, back up, stand and stay, recall and down, and many more, at a series of stations. It can be just for fun, or it can advance up to a very high level competition.

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Potter League forAnimals has been offering their version of this sport, Doggie-O, for six years. There are two to six dogs per class and the classes range from 1 to 5 hours. There is no series of classes which you must commit to and no physical, age, or breed limitations. However, the dog must be able to perform basic commands. The level of commitment is determined by the handler’s goals – they can practice as much or as little as they want. According to the Potter League, the best 3 things about Rally are: 1) working in a different setting, 2) practicing a variety of commands and tricks, and 3) working in close contact with other dogs and people. For more information on Rally, please visit the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Rally site or keep an eye out for a free, public informational Rally Webinar by APDT in January, which is Train Your Pet Month. Delmyra Country Club and Courteous Canine also offer Rally courses, as do several training schools in this area.

Treibball Treibball is yet another awesome option for you and your dog to enjoy together. This new competitive sport originated in Germany and promotes teamwork and communication between handler and dog. Think of a giant game of billiards where dogs push giant rubber balls around and into

goals! Canine Mastery offers workshops on Treibball15 if you’d like to learn more, as well as scent workshops, competition obedience, and puppy play which are all excellent options for you and your pooch to get pooped. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers will be offering a webinar on Treiball in 2012, so be sure to keep an eye out if you want to learn more. Resources: •D  elmyra Country Club For Dogs & Cats, 191 Ten Rod Rd., Exeter, RI: www.delmyra.com 401.294.3247 • Th  e Canine Joint, 455 Central Avenue, Seekonk, MA www.thecaninejoint.com, 401.323.7367 •C  anine Mastery, 102 Pond St. Seekonk, MA: www.caninemastery.com, 508.399.5867 •K  -9 Connection, 60 Minnesota Ave., Warwick, RI: www.k-9connection.net, 401.737.2870 •C  ourtesy Canine, South Kingstown and Warren, RI: www.yourcourteouscanine.com/classes/dog-sports-classes. html, 401.954.2699 •A  ssociation of Pet Dog Trainers Rally: www.apdt.com/rally • Train Your Dog Month: www.trainyourdogmonth.com •A  merican Treibball Association: www.americantreibballassociation.org • North American Flyball Association: www.flyball.org

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Have Cat, Will Travel

For many cat lovers, kitty is as much a part of the family as everyone else. When it comes to travel, bringing dogs along is a common thing, but our feline friends are often overlooked. Ever wish your cat could be your carry-on? Below are a few, simple tips for teaching your cat that a carrier is a safe, enjoyable place.

• Right before the trip is not the time to begin. Allow plenty of time to practice far in advance. If you grab a carrier and your cat is already long gone, then this step is especially critical.

• Place the carrier in a comfortable spot, where your kitty will want to explore without the risk of being ‘jumped’ by other pets, and will be relaxed enough to nap. Try placing anti-slip pads underneath.

• Ensure the carrier is appropriate and clean – no one likes being dirty or cramped on a trip! Kitty should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. The bottom should be stable with no sharp edges inside or out. Avoid cleaning with any scented or harsh chemicals that can be toxic. Use hot water only and if it’s really gunky, let it soak. If you must use a cleanser, use unscented, non-toxic soap and rinse thoroughly. If you have a brand new carrier, rinse or soak to remove that “new” smell.

• Remove the doors and top or secure the carrier to stay open so there is no risk of accidentally becoming or feeling trapped. Place a towel or blanket in your cat’s favorite napping spot for a few days, then put it in the carrier to make it smell more familiar. • Place a dish with canned food, a bit of tuna or sardines (low sodium!) about a foot outside the carrier. Repeat this, and over the course of several days move the dish closer to the carrier, then to the entryway,

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• Gradually, pick the carrier up a few inches and place it back down. Slowly over time, pick the carrier up higher, eventually walk a few steps, and eventually take her to another room and bring her back. Always release the door with the carrier in the same spot. How quickly you advance is individual. If kitty ever shows fear, panic, or stress you are pushing her too fast. Starting kittens out young is a great idea and leaving the carrier out so it smells familiar and is a part of the home is always a plus. With a bit of training and patience, cats can enjoy traveling as much as you. So pull dust off that carrier and get training!


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October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month October 22nd 3rd Annual Halloween Bash To Benefit Smith & Agli’s Potbelly Manor $35 per person - all proceeds go to Smith & Agli’s Potbelly Manor! For ticket purchases contact Liz Smith & Audrey Agli at 401295-4241.Costume prizes for most original, best couple, scariest. Tarot card readings will be available on site no children under 18 please. Located at Kelley Gazzerro Post 1418 Plainfield Pike Cranston, RI Saturday, October 22nd St. Agnes Blessing Of The Animals 12 noon.We are very excited about hosting what is sure to be a memorable event! Father Normand will be blessing our pets and service animals on the church grounds. Refreshments for people AND pets! Please bring your leashed or crated pet for a special blessing in honor of St. Francis! Every animal will receive a keepsake St. Francis medal! Please email Maria at msvingi@verizon.net for questions 100 Chatham Street, Providence, RI Saturday, October 22nd Massachusetts Ferret Friends present: Tinker’s Tiki Luau An island-themed ferret event from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. General admission is $5, with discounts for children and MaFF members. Proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations is required for all ferrets. All proceeds benefit MaFF’s education, outreach, shelter and fostering programs. Knights of Columbus Hall, 375 Foundry Street, N Easton, MA. www.maferrets.org, 781-224-1098 Saturday, October 22nd BARK at The MOON In honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Month, The Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club, Inc. and Dynamic Dog Training Services will host “Bark at the Moon.” The event will be held at Warwick Animal Shelter.

Registration begins at 11:00 AM and events will run until 3:00 PM. There will be a dog costume contest, food, games, prizes, a parade, and more! People will get to see what wonderful pets pit bulls make and what they are truly like. Local RI dogs in need of adoption will also be at the event so if people are looking to adopt a great dog, they should definitely stop by. Susan is even offering FREE training for LIFE for any pit bull that is adopted in RI during National Pit Bull Awareness Month. There is no charge to attend this event but donations are appreciated For more info contact: (401) 864-7898 or via email, bethanycarlow@yahoo.com. Sunday, October 23rd BULLDOG CLUB OF NEW ENGLAND, INC. SANCTIONED MATCH SHOW (pending AKC approval) Judge: Mr. Rod Swenson Judging begins at 12:30 pm Entries taken from 9:15 am to 12:30 pm Join us for the HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE. Prizes will be given for the best Adult/Bulldog costume, the best Child/Bulldog costume and the best Bulldog costume at 11:00 am. Lunch at 11:30 pm. Price of admission includes lunch and entry. For more info call 401723-9306.Canine Mastery 102-A Pond Street, Seekonk, MA Saturday, October 29th Halloween Parade Jamestown Fitness is having a Halloween Parade on Saturday, 29 October. It begins at 10.00 for dogs and 10.15 for children 10 and under at the Jamestown fire station and ends at East Ferry. There is no registration fee. Island Animal will be rewarding a prize for the best dog costume as well as doggie treat bags to all canine participants. (Poop bags will be offered at a discount at Island Animal for the parade). Contact:Jamestown Fitness Center 36 Southwest Avenue, Jamestown, RI Phone: (401) 560-0300 info@jamestownfitness.com

Saturday October 29th Warwick Animal Shelter Howl-ween Bash 7pm - 11pm at Knights of Columbus 475 Sandy ln Warwick. There will be dinner, DJ, dancing, raffles, costume contest, cash bar, costumes optional, adults only and no pets please. Tickets $15 per person; all proceeds benefit shelter pets for info and tickets call the shelter 468-4377 Saturday, October 29th PUPS ON PARADE & CANINE COSTUME CONTEST The Pawtucket Dog Park Committee is hosting Pups on Parade this Halloween season. There will be 50/50 Raffle, Pet Photo Booth and more. Events will take place on at Daggett Farm and at the Park Office Stage. Registration for the costume contest is $5 and will be from 12:00 till 2:00. The pet walk is FREE and will begin at 2:00 and end at the Stage where the Costume Contest will commence. Awards given in several categories and a prize will be awarded to the best overall costume. Pre-Register for the contest at pawtdogpark@verizon.net and request a form to be mailed out. Proceeds from this fund raising event will help to pay for the Maintenance and Improvements of Pawtuckets first official Dog Park.

November

Friday, November 4th The Rescue - proudly sposored by the Animal Print Magazine! It’s time to “eat, drink and bid your tails off ” at the Providence Animal Rescue League’s signature fundraising event, “The Rescue!” It will be held on Friday, November 4th at the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence! Eat, Drink & Bid Your Tails Off! In its 5th year, The Rescue boasts an evening of swanky spirits, fabulous food and spectacular auctions. There will be a private VIP reception hosted by Millonzi’s Fine Catering starting at 6:30 PM with the main event beginning at 7:00


Neighborhood! PM until 9:30 PM. Guests will enjoy the exceptional ambience of the Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, Rhode Island. Located at the Harborside Campus of Johnson & Wales University, the Culinary Arts Museum adds an eclectic backdrop of culinary memorabilia and colorful history to this special evening. For more info visit: http://www.parl.org/newsevents/rescue Saturday, November 5th 7th Annual Pasta Dinner & Raffle to Help Homeless Cats and Dogs Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will hold its seventh annual Pasta Dinner & Raffle on from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Norwood Baptist Church, 48 Budlong Avenue, Warwick, RI. Mangia! Enjoy home cooked pasta, salad, meatballs, Italian bread, dessert and more! Take a chance of a large assortment of great raffle prizes. Tickets are $7.00 each and $3.00 each for children under 6 years old and are available now. For more info call 401-467-2692 or 401-738-6322. Reserve your tickets by November 1st. Friday, November 11 HERO DOG AWARDS Hallmark Channel Original Special World Premiere (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C) We all know of course that every dog has his day -- and this is it. Presented exclusively on Hallmark Channel Friday, November 11 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C), the inaugural American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, presented by Cesar® Canine Cuisine for the first time celebrates the special relationship between canine and human and to recognize extraordinary acts of heroism performed by ordinary dogs.  Hosted by Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”), the 90-minute Hallmark Channel Original Special World Premiere will also feature presenters Betty White, Paula Abdul, Faith Ford, Julianne Hough, Michael Vartan, Peter Fonda, and many others.  The Hero Dog Awards illustrate something we have known for thousands of years: What dogs regularly do for us far exceeds anything we could ever give them.  Paying them homage for their boundless courage and loyal support is not only richly deserved; it’s also

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Saturday, December 3rd The Dog Whisperer: Cesar Millan at PPAC Internationally acclaimed pop culture icon. Millan will touch upon his life experiences and teach the attendees at his live show how to apply his techniques in the training and rehabilitation of their own dogs.Tickets are available for purchase online, by phone at (401) 4212787, or at the PPAC Box Office located at 220 Weybosset St., Providence, RI. Thursday, December 8th Photos with Santa & Mrs. Clause From 6 to 8 pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Jack’s Snacks, a dog bakery located at 1860 Broad St Cranston, RI. Portion of the proceeds goes to Community Canines for Companionship.More info call 401-467-2601

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ecades ago, I attended a student’s wedding at the fancy Unitarian Church on Benefit Street. The bride carried not flowers, but her beloved pet mouse! Once upon a time, when I studied biology at Yale, I brought home the white mouse we were supposed to use in an experiment. Home to the dorm, and later home at Thanksgiving to my boyhood nest in Providence. Yes, I have known mice, mostly the albino type, as guests of human households. I have also, like most, if not all of us, known them not as guests but as pests. I stored my letters, papers, sentimental photographs, in a garage I converted into a memorial cottage or studio, with a wood stove, shelves for books and souvenirs, and trunks for all the reminders of auld lang syne. Well, of course, in time the mice got to all that clutter. They munched

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the edges of pages or cartons. They built nests in desk drawers. They left unpleasant signs of their sojourns. I really had no choice but to resort to the traps and unkind gadgets you can get in hardware stores. Ah, except for one splendid episode, perhaps worth this report. There was a little clear plastic box designed to capture mice without harming them or even alarming them. These little oblongs were called “mice cubes.” Mickey would enter by a swinging doorway to get the dab of peanut butter or the sliver of cheese. The entrance only opened up for entry, not exit. No snap, no glue, no panic. Just a fine grey or beige mousie in a glass housie. All you had to do, all I did, was take the wee prisoner out of there, carry it to a stone wall, turn the rectangle upside down, and out would step the liberated soul and form, fine and dandy. Sadly, I lost the blessed box and never could find anything similar. I had made a pet from a pest, and our friendship lasted but an hour. I have many acquainceships, forged in cafes, that don’t endure much longer than that! I had a graduating student from RISD last year, who invited me to his studio for a final perusal. I offered to purchase whatever portrait was left after his packing up was done and over with. There, upon the wall, in the good light, was a painting of...a mouse! A sort of mythic, artistic, fabled mouse, the spiritual descendant of Mickey, and Aesop’s little creature that rescues a lion and an elephant from their troubles. The pet mouse we all hope will forgive us in the name of all the other mice we have destroyed in an endless battle against the destructive forces of nature that interfere with human domination...or seek to share its advantages at our expense. Plenty of mice have entered folklore, literature, the cartoon funnypapers, the realms of fantasy. I offer but a few examples of the borderline between the zone of what we call vermin or critters and the zone of protected species and beloved animal companions. More and more, we will be called upon to deal with the encroachment of beasts we once romanticized that now graze upon our suburban lawns. They have no space left to them! Remember at least that “Of Mice and Men” shows how the poet in us recognizes that all life shares the same fate!


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Leather Collar With Swarovski Crystal and Nailheads

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The world’s first dog collar and bottle opener in one. The perfect gift for the dog owning beer lover! $19.95 plus shipping and handling www.bark4beer.com

Sterling Silver Breed Beads

Show off your love for your dog or cat with this adorable breed specific or general dog and cat sterling silver beads for her beaded charm bracelet. $27. Available at: Island Animal 24 Southwest Ave., Jamestown, RI

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Thundershirt

A proven solution for dog anxiety, fearfulness, over-excitement and training. Here in RI we’ve heard rave reviews about how it has helped our readers’ dogs with fear of thunder. $40 (all sizes) with a 45 day money back guarantee through thundershirt themselves. Available at: Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique 3 Main Street Wickford RI

DACHSHUND BALLOON ANIMAL PILLOW We are in love with this funky and modern ballon animal pillow. It just doesn’t get any better than this! Please note that each pillow has head and tail printed on each side. Color: Brown & Orange, Size: 18”x18” Material: 100% cotton canvas with poly fill insert, and z ipper closure. Price $ 49.95 each Available at www.nakeddecor.com

Hop to It Wedge

Get your paws on these adorable wedges before it’s too late! The modest white wedge of these shoes is topped by a friendly fleece grey bunny who is eager to add just a ‘hare’ of cuteness to your shoe collection. $34.99 Available at www.modcloth.com/store/ Modcloth/Womens/Shoes/Hop-to-ItWedge


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Dog Days 2012 Calendar

Man’s best friend is center stage in Art for Everyday’s 2012 Dog Days. Each month, playful pups will bring a smile to your face. Makes a great gift for the canine lover. The poster calendar measures 11 x 14 and is designed to be framed for hanging on a wall. Available at Jack’s Snacks 1860 Broad St., Cranston, RI

Orbee-Tuff® Snowball 5 out of 5 Chompers

The world’s first doggie-durable, buoyant, bouncy, minty and nonmelting snowball is also 100% guaranteed. Cool. P.S. No yellow snow was used in the making of this product! Nontoxic, recyclable and rinses clean. Made in the U.S.A. 3” diameter. $10.95 Available at www.planetdog.com and local retailers.

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Gift Guide Continued Santa Dogs Circle Stickers

The Throver,

Cryptons Throver is a durable, elegant product that’s soft, comfortable and stylish like a blanket, but protects your sofa or car seat like a tarp. Taking your pets for a car ride? Place the Throver over the backseat to keep your upholstery dry, in case your pet has an accident. For easy cleanup, toss the Throver in a washing machine or spot-clean. With a suggested retail price of $99, the Throver is available in 10 stylish designs, including exclusive patterns from dog photographer William Wegman. The Throver is available online at: cryptonathome.com or Bone Appetit Eco-Friendly Dog Store, 102 Main Street East Greenwich, RI

Custom Modern Pet Portrait: Smart Phone Case

Take your beloved pet’s portrait with you, as a scratch resistant custom case for your BlackBerry, iPhone and other Smart Phones! Just let Modern Pet Portraits know your pet’s name -- if you’d like it to appear in the design, type of phone that you have, requested background: solid or pattern and requested color scheme. Note: You can also send photo examples of your desired color scheme. You can then send a photo of your pet and soon you will have one of these beautiful cases. $70. Available at www.etsy.com/people/ModernPetPortraits

Holiday stickers are the easiest way to decorate cards, favors, place cards and more! Our adorable Santa Dogs will add a festive flair to all your holiday crafts! Recycled and recyclable. Pack of 12 stickers (1 1/4” diameter). $2.50 Available online at www.paper-source.com


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One Of A Kind Sterling Silver Dog Nose Necklace

Bet you have never seen this before!!! Artist Jackie Kaufman takes a mold of your dogs nose print (she will mail you the mold) and casts it in solid sterling silver. After casting, she will engrave the dogs name on the back. Within 3 weeks your nose print is shipped to you on a 17 inch sterling chain. $199 - $239 www.etsy.com/people/ rockmyworldinc

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We love the glass hook and magnets made by local artisan Susan Tanner. They are quirky, beautiful and make the perfect gift! Shown is a black silhouette of a paw print, on pale blue cardstock that is adhered to the bottom of a handmade glass cabochon. The glass is securely attached to a painted wood block (4” long, 2” wide, and .5” thick). Mounting (easy and secure): 2 screws or double sided adhesive (both are included) $18 Available at Craftland 235 Westminster St., Providence, RI or www.suzannetanner.com

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Providence Animal Control - RI • 401.243.6040 • www.providenceri.com/animal

Atticus is a special pup looking for a loving home. He is an older boy- probably about 7 years old but he has a young soul. Atticus is super friendly, even spunky and playful at times. He has some arthritis and appears to be deaf. However, he is not easily startled, seems friendly with and eager to meet other dogs and really loves people.

Jake is a very energetic, wiggly and gregarious senior dog. He is super affectionate and appears to be friendly to other dogs. He has a flea reaction that is being treated but otherwise seems healthy and is very eager for a new family to call his own. If you’re looking for a charming, mellow best friend… then Jake may be your man!

Benny (Gentle Ben) is as sweet as he is handsome. He takes treats ever so gently and knows “sit” which he does with a smile and tilt of the head. Benny is about 2-3 years old with a shiny black coat, amber brown eyes and wonderful perky yet floppy ears. Benny seems friendly with other dogs and weighs about 60 pounds.

Jeb is a young, stunning male Shepherd mix (possibly Rottie?). He is about 3 years old, very intelligent and once he gets over his initial shyness, very warm and playful. He has a moderate energy level and seems to get along well with other dogs.

PARL – 34 Elbow St • Providence, RI • 401.421.1399 • reception-r@parl.org

Phantom is an 8 year old declawed cat who was surrendered due to his owners allergies. Phantom would do well with children of any age and has lived with dogs and cats in his previous home. Phantom has been shy here so far but very gentle. Once he settles in, he’s a very loving cat who likes to sit on laps.

Diamond is a 4 year old cat who was brought in because she started making litter box mistakes after her family got a new dog. Cats react to stress in all sorts of different ways, and unfortunately, sometimes they send out a cry for help by not using their litter box. Diamond has not made any litter box mistakes since coming here.

Thunder is a super cute 10 month old Pit Bull Mix who was surrendered because he was too much for his family. He is an energetic pup who will require a lot of exercise! He is very athletic and loves to play with his toys, especially tennis balls! He would do well in a home with children ages 10 and older, he has not been exposed to cats.

Ralphie is a very handsome Old English Bulldog. He is 3 years old and neutered. He is a very relaxed and a laid back kind of guy. He can be nervous in new situations at first, but loves being the center of attention. He lived with other dogs but has never been exposed to cats. His ideal household would be a quiet one where he can relax and be loved.

Bristol Animal Shelter – RI • 401.253.4834 • www.friendsofthebristolanimalshelter.org

May is a beautiful adult calico cat that was found dumped outside of the shelter trying to survive with the feral cats. She is definitely a house cat and needs to be shown some love! She is an independent cat and is a little nervous at the shelter but she likes to be pet and gets along wonderfully with the other cats.

Big Red is a big orange and white shorthaired cat. He is about 3-5 years old. He was abandoned outside when his owners moved. Big Red watched as they loaded up the moving truck and drove away. He sat outside for weeks waiting for them to come back. He was brought into the shelter soon after.

Nacho is a 3-year old, male, wire-haired Chihuahua, his brother is Salsa. He is very sweet and loves to sit in laps. He also does very well with other dogs, but absolutely NO cats! Please call the shelter for more info on adopting him! We would love it if they could get a home together.

Salsa is a 3-year old, male Chihuahua. He is Nacho’s brother. He is very sweet and gentle. He loves to play with the other dogs and he loves to sit in your lap! Please call the shelter for more info on adopting him! We would love it if they could get a home together.

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Help Save Lives... Adopt A Pet Today! Furever Dachshund Rescue – North Smithfield, RI • FDR@fureverdachshundrescue.org

Coco is a beautiful chocolate and tan long hair dachshund girl. She is a mellow young lady who would love to be treated like a princess. She does not like loud voices, so corrections have to be made in a soft voice. She is a great watchdog, & loves to look out the window! Coco is unsure of new surroundings or people at first, but warms up quickly.

Madison is a sweet little dachshund mix girl who was surrendered by her owner. She is still a puppy and has a blast with tossing her rawhide chew up in the air and trying to catch it. She loves to get lots of loving and wants to sleep in the big bed with you. Madison is working on her house training.

Mandy is happy to be starting her new life! Let me tell you her story. Mandy is a tiny long-coated Dachshund that was saved from a puppy mill. She was not producing enough puppies in her litters so after several years of constant breeding and nursing she was dumped at an animal shelter by her breeder. Mandy is up to date on all vaccines.

Maya was rescued from a Craigslist ad with her companion. She is very happy and gets along well with all people and animals. She loves to go on walks and is very polite while on the leash. Maya loves to cuddle and she is very affectionate. Maya’s previous owners over fed her so she is currently at an unhealthy weight.

Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter – MA • 508.761.5617 • AttleboroPets@hotmail.com

Buddy is a 3 1/2 year old lab chow mix. The Chow in him brings affection and devotion to family, while being reserved and discerning with strangers. Buddy is being fostered. At his foster home he has the free run of the house. He does not chew on the furniture or jump on sofas and only does his business outdoors. Buddy will be your best jogging pal.

Babie was brought to the shelter when her owners could no longer care for her. She is a very large gray tabby with a white bib and boots. We have started her on a lower calorie food to help her lose some extra pounds. What she really needs is a nice home to run around and play in. She loves chasing around the laser light.

Milo is a large, declawed 10 year old male cat who came to the shelter because he could not accompany his owners when they moved. He really does not like being at the shelter and is hoping someone will adopt him very soon. He used to live with a cat, but likes to keep to himself at the shelter.

Oreo is about 2 years old and simply a stunning and masculine boy! Oreo would be happy with a day filled with ear rubs and a job! He is tons of fun, and is working on his leash manners. Oreo is smart and willing to work and with dedication and commitment he will blossom into an outstanding companion.

Colleen’s Fund for Animals, Rehoboth, MA • 508.336.4854 • MorgansDogs@aol.com

Jeremiah was rescued from a high kill shelter in Kentucky. He has magnificent bulls eye markings in black and smoke gray. He is a beautiful , friendly and easy going. Not a hyper kitty. He’s about 6 months old, fully vaccinated, neutered, no worms or fleas, FeLeuk/Aids negative.

Tamsin is a one in a million cat - honestly! You see, in cats the color orange is sex linked to male, and there are NO orange females. Well, almost none. In all my 40+ years of animal rescue this is only the second solid orange tiger female I have ever seen. She is about 2 years old, very friendly, healthy.

Mindy is a delightful, silly, affectionate, play- Titus is a LOT of dog in a SMALL package ! ful puppy-dog. She came from a hoarding Titus is very tiny - about 6 lbs - but thinks he situation in GA, and is still a little shy and is a big tough guy! He loves to snuggle under barky with strangers. But she is improving blankets, and be held in your arms. He is very daily. She is more afraid of children and men funny when he plays, leaping around like a than of women, and would really like a calm little gazelle. He’s a bit shy with strangers, home, perhaps with a middle-aged woman. and with new dogs, especially big ones.

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Fostering a rescue dog is an extremely rewarding experience. Friends of Homeless Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit is made up of all volunteers, located mostly in the Northeast. All our dogs are housed in foster homes which are 100% volunteer. We are one of the largest ‘all volunteer’ rescues. We check references and conduct a home visit. If you rent we must have your landlord’s name and phone number to verify you are allowed to have a dog. Most dogs are evaluated, and vetted prior to entering into foster care. You supply the food and a safe and loving environment. Some dogs need help with house training, socialization and obedience. For more information to to fill out a foster application please email friendsoha@yahoo.com or call 401.234.4499 We look forward to hearing from you!

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any years ago, twelve to be more accurate, I was hanging out park-side, waiting for the Providence marathon and an exhausted friend to pass by. I was among other supporters waiting to offer encouragement from the idle comfort of sidewalk and soft grass. I had brought my three-yearold dog with me for company. We were playing fetch with a maple stick... short throws with quick returns. Bleu was a Springer Spaniel, but not the gracefull gliding-leaping-arching flavor the name suggests. But a brawner version, barrel chested with bear paws and big features. He ran like a fat man in slippers and looked like a dog wearing a dog costume. And on occasion would leave a scale model of his lower intestine for you to clean up. As we played together, I noticed a man in his midforties turning around and watching us. He smiled and turned back to the street only to glance back again and grin. Finally, this gentlemen approched Bleu, tussled his hair behind his ears at first, and then took a knee, meeting him smile to smile. “I had a Springer myself,” he said. I had never had a full breed dog before Bleu. I traded a watercolor painting I had done for the breeders, and knew I had gotten the better end of the deal the day I drove Bleu home on my lap. I’ve had dogs all my life, but never a dog that might look so similar to another dog before. “He would have been 14 in July. It’s nly been a few weeks,” the man told me. I sat, a little surprised by his openness, and told him I was sorry to hear that. He got back up and returned to the walk. I resumed my game with Bleu, this time a bit more subdued, weak tosses with quiet commands.

The man returned again, this time playfully tugging the stick that Bleu refused to give up, a game he loved. “I’ve got tell you,” he said, “I can’t believe how much your dog looks like mine did, his face, the way he runs.” He was staring into Bleu’s eyes and seemed to be looking for something, maybe recognition, I thought later. I could see this man was amazed and stunned and getting emotional. We talked for a while. He was volunteering at a shelter, walking dogs a few times a week, just to be around animals. I let him play with Bleu as long as he wanted, until finally, slowly he got up off the grass, told me how lucky I was, and walked away. I would tell this story later to people as a cautionary tale of what losing a dog and life-long companion could do to you. Knowing all the while someday I could be the one playing the middle-aged role myself. What I could not have understood, but what the man in the park seemed to, was that even though we like to think of our pets as unique creatures and perfect companions only to us, the snowflake idea...this man was perhaps taking comfort in the notion that another dog, so very similar to his own was out there somewhere, if not his companion, someone’s. And that the clarity of his grief had allowed him to recognize these familiar qualities. Now after almost fifteen years together, like the man at the park, I am without my companion. Bleu was all of my favorite things everyday. Soulful, playful, hilarious, boisterous, and lazy, with fur, the scent of pond water, or even a compost bin at times. But, I am encouraged to think that if I return a greeting to most dogs, I will laugh at the things that make them unique, and I also see the familiar traces of my lost friend.


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