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he light dusting of snow that recently covered the

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transforming Rhode Island and

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ful reminder that December

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and January are months full of

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magical holiday spirit, friends, family and love! One finds oneself in these cold blustery

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of grief and mourning for those who are no longer with us, and whose absences we will

months drawn to home and hearth, sitting by the fire and enjoying the presence of our beloved companion animals’ warm furry bodies curled against us. We at the Animal Print would like to wish you all a beautiful and peaceful holiday season! We would also like to

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acknowledge, with sadness in our hearts, that for some the holidays are laced with a sense carry in our hearts forever. I would like to personally extend my deepest condolences to Celia Cackowski whose loving dog Maya succumbed to cancer this year. Celia, our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you, as they are with anyone who is suffering a loss this holiday season. We hope that the heartache felt by some may be tempered in some way by the joy and happiness that brushes past us all on the winds of holiday spirit. Some of that joy is brought about by the spirit of giving, and as we do every year, we have stocked the pages with wonderful gift ideas for the pet lover in your life! One great gift that is also for a good cause is the Pin Ups For Pitbulls 2010 calendar! We have also included some tips on how to keep your pets happy and safe this winter. One to remember and be wary of is the very serious danger of pets and anti-freeze. The sweet flavor makes it appealing, but it is deadly to our four legged friends. Again, we wish you all, and your pets, a safe and wonderful Holiday season filled with love and magic. We hope that you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoy sharing it with you. Sincerely, Stephanie Georgia Editor

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Locally and Around The Globe…

Lord & Taylor Bans Raccoon Dog Fur

The Humane Society of the United States and retailer Lord & Taylor have reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed last year alleging that several of the nation’s largest department stores and fashion designers have repeatedly engaged in false advertising and mislabeling of fur garments. Pursuant to the agreement, Lord & Taylor will end all use of raccoon dog fur (a canine species often skinned alive in China), and will reform its advertising and garment labeling practices so that shoppers are better informed about what kind of animal fur is present in fur-trimmed garments.

Swine Flu Infects Housecat Are Your Pets Safe?

“On November 2nd, test results confirmed that a pet cat in Iowa was infected by the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, which was most likely transmitted by human family members,” reports Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA. “All family members, including the cat, have now recovered. In unrelated incidents in other states, a few pet ferrets also recently tested positive for H1N1, and one of them has died.” Although we already knew that infected humans could transmit H1N1 to both pigs and turkeys, these are the first reported cases of the virus affecting cats and ferrets.

Canine Lifeguards Protect Swimmers in Italy

If you think of a lifeguard, someone big and brawny with a hairy chest might come to mind. But on the beaches of Italy, you wouldn’t have seen Baywatch’s David Hasselhoff saving any lives this summer—instead, if you find yourself in danger, you just might be rescued by a Newfoundland, Labrador, or Golden Retriever. Italy’s canine rescue crew comes courtesy of the government’s National Civil Protection Agency, which has sent about 70 dogs to patrol beaches throughout the country. The dogs scan the waters for signs of stress, and, if they see someone who needs help, will swim out to bring them to shore. The dogs wear life vests, so swimmers are able to simply hold onto them to be guided back to shore. If the swimmers in need of rescue aren’t able to hold on, the dogs have been trained to gently pull them back to shore with their teeth. “Canine Life gaurds are not meant to replace human lifeguards, but to complement them.” We’re sure all the Hasselhoffs of the world will be very relieved to hear that.

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Cutting Pet Care

COSTS We checked in with Dr. Z. for his take on easy ways to cut pet care costs. “The basics are still the same,” he says. “Quality food, litter for cats and good medical care.” Bottom line? Stick with the basics, and remember—preventative measures are excellent money savers!

1. Go To The Vet!

“The number-one money-saver is preventative veterinary care,” says Dr. Z. Annual veterinary exams can catch health crises early on and will save you a lot of time and money. This includes heartworm preventative treatment, flea and tick control, and a thorough check-up of your pet’s gums, teeth, heart, lungs and internal organs. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen a vet, make that appointment today!

2. Give Your Pet Regular Check-Ups

Weekly home checkups are a great way to nip potential health problems in the bud. Check under your pet’s fur for lumps, bumps, flakes or scabs. Check your pet’s ears and eyes for signs of redness or discharge. Note of any changes in your pet’s eating or drinking habits. If something seems off, call your vet right away. Learn how to clean your pet’s ears. Brush your pet’s teeth regularly with a toothpaste formulated for pets, and check their gums. Check your pet’s breath. Bad breath can indicate a digestive problem that’s better dealt with sooner rather than later.

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“ Although certain vaccines are required by law, there is no longer automatically one policy for all animals,” says Dr. Lila Miller, Vice President, ASPCA Veterinary Outreach. “Veterinarians are now advised to assess each individual animal’s risk of exposure when designing a vaccination program.” So before subjecting your pet― and your wallet—to general vaccinations, ask your pet’s vet which vaccines he or she recommends.

4. Spay/Neuter Your Pets

“ Spaying and neutering your pet will have a dramatic impact on their health,” says Dr. Z. “For females, it dramatically reduces the potentiality for breast cancer, and risk of ovarian and uterine cancer disappears.” Neutering also reduces chances of testicular cancer in males. Not only will spaying or neutering save you on future health care, but it will significantly diminish your pet’s desire to wander and will save you the surprise of an unplanned litter.

5. Invest In Training

“ A lot of people don’t think about dog and cat training as a way to save money,” observes Dr. Z, “but a well-trained dog will be easier to walk, will be calmer in most situations and will be less likely to get into things he shouldn’t.” Teaching your dog to stay by your side and to come when he’s called proves far cheaper than paying for expensive emergency care caused by his running off into the street.

6. Save Up For The Future

 et Emergencies: Create a fund for possible emergencies, and P deposit a fixed amount into it every two weeks. If no emergencies arise, you’ll be all the richer, but if something does come up, money will not stand in the way of getting your pet the care it needs.

7. Serve Healthy Food In Moderate Portions

Buy premium-quality food: “Buy a good, premium-quality dog or cat food,” advises Dr. Z. “Don’t go crazy,” he says, but remember that cheaper foods will set you back in the end. They are full of less digestible filler material and artificial colors that offer no nutrients and can contribute to allergies and digestive problems. A highquality, age-appropriate food results in a healthy coat, more energy and fewer costly trips to the vet. Don’t overfeed: This includes resisting the urge to spoil your pets with too many treats! “You don’t need to feed your pets as much as people do,” Dr. Z. reminds us. “One of the things we’re confronting is a huge obesity problem. Serving moderate portions not only saves you money on food it also reduces the likelihood of obesity.”

8. Shop Around

 edications: Call the local pharmacy or look online for lower M prices. Just be sure to compare quantities and dosages when you’re looking at prices. Veterinarians and Hospitals: When looking for a reliable, costeffective veterinarian’s office, check out a few before you settle on one. Ask for recommendations from pet owners you know. Most vets’ offices also offer multi-pet or senior pet discounts. Compare fees and be sure to find out what is covered during a routine visit in each office.

9. Groom Your Pets In Between Groomer Visits

Extend the time between visits to your groomer with regular brushings and baths. While you’re at it, you’ll reduce the hair around your home and your cats will have fewer hairballs. You can also trim your pet’s nails on a regular basis. It’s not hard to do, and you’ll likely save yourself the cost of new furniture and curtains.

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Illustration by Mark Zajac

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Positively Dominating

Dog Training Terminology!

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hether you are an animal shelter staff member or volunteer, a professional dog trainer, a dog owner, or just a general canine lover, you have probably at least thought about training dogs at one time or another. From the new shelter arrival who pulls on the leash like an out of control freight train, to that adorable puppy who chews everything that isn’t nailed down (and occasionally even things that are nailed down!) and everything in between, let’s face it – most dogs need training at one point or another.

other dog if the second dog consistently, and voluntarily gives in to, or appeases, the first dog.* Dominance describes interactions in specific scenarios and can change if the scenario changes – it does not describe a dog standing alone in a room.

You may have dabbled here or there at teaching a dog something, perhaps you’ve read a few books, or possibly you have even Googled a behavior problem or two. You have no doubt discovered that there is a bottomless supply of books, DVDs, downloads, blogs, and other information available, with many different perspectives, opinions, and schools of thought. In your quest for dog training enlightenment, you have probably come across terms such as pack leader, dominance, positive reinforcement, reward, and others. Many times, there is confusion or conflict surrounding such terminology – typically stemming from misunderstandings of what the terms actually mean. So before you end up barking mad, let’s look at a few terms a little closer so you can make truly informed decisions about which methods work best for you and your goals.

Let’s begin by looking at the terms “pack leader” and “hierarchy.” Historic studies of wolf packs showed frequent fights among wolves aggressively vying for leadership or control.* Unfortunately, these studies examined human-made, captive groups of wolves that were forced to coexist, thus resulting in pack dynamics that were not natural.1 In the past 30 years, such beliefs have been refuted by observations of natural, wild wolf packs in which dominance challenges to the leader are rare and pack dynamics appear quite consistent and stable.* Researchers found that wolf-pack leaders typically maintain their positions without ever having to resort to aggression.* Further, there is little data that suggests wolf-type dominance hierarchies even exist among domestic dogs. In fact, it appears that some dog groups have no hierarchies at all!*

Let’s begin with the term “dominance.” This term is often used to describe a dog’s general personality, such as in the example: “This is a dominant dog and should not be placed with other dogs.” This is especially true when we make our very best effort to describe a pet’s personality in an attempt to match it to the most appropriate new home possible. However, the term should be used only when describing a specific relationship that has developed between two or more animals.* For example, a dog could be described as “dominant” over an-

Okay then, since it’s unnatural for dogs to be forcefully dominated, this means it’s best to use exclusively positive reinforcement training, right? After all it sounds so pleasant and humane! Well, this is not quite accurate either.

But what about the concept of putting dominant dogs in their place? Don’t humans have to be pack leaders and maintain control of the hierarchy? Ah ha! There are more of those pesky terms!

“Positive reinforcement” simply means that something pleasant (like a treat) is given after a dog has done something good (like sit) in an attempt to get the dog to repeat that


behavior again. However, no trainer uses exclusively positive reinforcement training, despite what you may have heard. If someone ever turns their back on a dog that jumps or uses a citronella no-bark collar – they are using punishment, or aversive training. But these things don’t sound inhumane, right? Well, that’s because they aren’t! “Punishment” involves presenting something (usually unpleasant or aversive) in order to prevent a behavior from reoccurring. However, the degree of unpleasantness can range from mild (such as a no-pull harness) to severe (such as striking a dog). This is where judgment must be used in determining how much punishment is too much, yet how and when to apply it in order to be effective while still being humane. A good rule to follow is that a dog should never be afraid or in pain as a result of anything you have intentionally done as a means of training. Then, as soon as the dog ceases the undesirable behavior, they should immediately be rewarded so they not only understand what you don’t want, they will also understand what you do want. So, in the end, what does all this mumbo jumbo mean? Let’s review. 1. Be a strong leader, but there’s no need to do it through force, aggression, or bullying. Predictable routines, consistent rules and limitations, and clear expectations are the best way to effectively and humanely achieve your training goals. 2. Reward dogs with pleasant things whenever they do something you like, to encourage them to keep doing those things in

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Friday, December 11th Stand Up For Animals presented by Furry Friends Pet Care to Benefit the Providence Animal Rescue League. Where: Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Ave East Providence, RI $20.00 per ticket, $1.00 off with canned dog or cat food donation. Featuring :Live Comedy, Yappy Hour,Park Ave Puppy’s Fashion Show and more! Prizes including a $500.00 Swarovski Gift Basket. For more info contact Alysha at 401-996-8076 or alyshafurryfriends@hotmail.com. Saturdays & Sundays in December! Photos with Santa! Benefiting the RISPCA Its almost that time again! The annual PetSmart “Photos with Santa” is fast approaching! Photos are $9.95 each (1-4x6 photo with holiday theme frame) $5.00 from every photo goes to the RISPCA! PetSmart 1386 Atwood Ave Johnston, RI . For more info visit www.rispca.com

JANUARY

Friday, January 15th Last Day to Vote for RI’s TOP DOG Don’t forget to cast your vote for a chance to win some great prizes. Just visit www.theanimalprint.com to vote. See page 15 for more details. Friday, January 15th Last Day to Enter the COVER DOG Contest! Doesn’t your dog, cat or any furry family member deserve a chance to be on the cover of the next Animal Print? Find out all the details on page 5.

Saturday, January 23rd All Breed B Match The Mayflower Portuguese Water Dog Club is hosting an AKC sanctioned all-breed B Match on Saturday, January 23, 2010 (snow date of January 24)! A “B match” gives dogs and handlers a chance to practice skills and have a good time.  We will have obedience, rally, conformation and junior & adult showmanship.  We will also be offering AKC Canine Good Citizen tests. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, Inc. The match is being held at the Canine Training Center in Rehoboth, MA.  For more info contact Paula Markiewicz, 508.375.0053 or email Paulamc211@yahoo.com. www.mayflowerpwd.com Saturday, January 30th Live Seminar on Real World Dog Training Award-Winning, nationally known trainer Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training, New England’s own Dog Whisperer, will hold a live dog training seminar at the Providence Westin on Saturday January 30, 2010, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The exciting event entitled “What Would Jeff Do?” Real World Dog Training, one in an ongoing seminar series designed to give people solutions to their everyday problems with dog training. This human only event will help people develop the skills and confidence needed to effectively handle and comfortably live with their canine companions. Immediately following the educational portion of the event, there will be a catered reception with cash bar, along with the opportunity to meet with Jeff

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Saturday and Sunday, March 6th - 7th, 2010 The 17th Annual Rhode Island Pet Show & TICA Cat Show WHERE: Rhode Island Convention Center1 Sabin Street Providence, RI SHOW HOURS: Saturday, 11am to 6pm Sunday, 11am to 6pm TICKETS: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, 12 & under $4 The Pet Show is an incredibly popular and worthwhile event. Rhode Island’s love of animals certainly shows judging by the numbers of people who come

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Continued from page 26 All-American pinup image) will help to counterbalance the stigma that the media and animal abusers have placed on pit bulls and bully-breeds. This year, organizers gave teams of photographers and models around the world the opportunity to submit images for the calendar and other merchandise. They had over 100 submissions, and were overwhelmed by the response. “People are very passionate about restoring the image of this breed and helping individual dogs. We heard some great rescue stories.” It was great working with so many people rallying to help raise funds and awareness for bully-breeds. If we continue to sell calendars and hold our events, we can hopefully encourage the public to become more educated about the breed.” Calendars are $20 each plus shipping and are available for purchase on www.pinupsforpitbulls.com tice (for adoption Sally-Rouge and Jus hot Photography V-s se, Vau y Am by

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Dogs, cats, cockatoos, bearded dragons, pigs, ferrets – think of any type of pet, and we’ll show you one that needs a loving home. According to recent statistics, there are 7 million homeless pets in the United States right now – any idea how many critters that is? Add up the two-legged populations of Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, and you’re pretty much there. Even if you don’t have room in your home for one of these neglected pets, we’re sure you’ve got room in your heart – here are a few ways you can help out. 1. Adopt from a shelter. It’s an obvious one, but it’s the single greatest thing you can do to help reduce the problem. Before you visit a breeder or pet store, stop by your local shelter for a visit with the animals there. Any of them would be grateful for a second chance at the good life. 2. Foster. Already have your own menagerie? Travel a lot? There’s any number of good excuses for not taking in a new permanent family member – but that doesn’t mean you can’t give an animal a nice vacation until she finds a forever home. 3. Volunteer at a shelter. Does your apartment have a strict no pets policy? No problem – there are plenty of other ways to help. From walking dogs to cuddling with cats, animal shelters can always use a few extra hands. Stop in at your local shelter and see what you can do. 4. Spay and neuter your pets. Animal overpopulation is a major problem throughout the world – don’t add your own litter to the mix. 5. Donate to an animal welfare organization. Even if you don’t have the time or space to help an animal firsthand, you can still support one with your checkbook. Donate $20 to your local shelter to help purchase food and bedding, or to a national organization like the ASPCA or the Humane Society, where your dollars will aid the fight to give every homeless animal the great life it deserves.

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For Animals At The Closed MSPCA Shelters! As we reported in our Spring 2009 issue, the 141-year-old Massachusetts SPCA lost 25 percent of its endowment in 2008 and announced in February that the only way to stay afloat financially was to shut its shelters in Springfield, Martha’s Vineyard, and Brockton. Fortunately, other rescue groups have stepped in to make sure that sheltering services continue. The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society bought the nearly new Springfield building, while the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard has leased the island’s shelter from the MSPCA at no charge and has already begun serving the community. “The process with Martha’s Vineyard was seamless. We shut out the lights one day, and they turned them on the next morning,”says Brian Adams, public relations manager for the MSPCA. A newly formed organization, Animal Protection Center of Southeast Massachusetts, is finalizing plans to assume the operation at Brockton. “We couldn’t ask for a better beginning for these shelters,” says Adams. “The energy, knowledge, and experience of these groups make them fantastic matches for the communities.” The MSPCA will continue to run its shelters in Nantucket, Centreville, Methuen, and Boston, the Angell Animal Medical Centers in Nantucket and Boston, and the Nevins Farm horse and farm animal sanctuary in Methuen.


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Bailey is a 3 year old, short-haired calico type. She is very sweet. She is a bit shy when you first meet her, but once she warms up to you… she is very sweet and loyal. She loves to sit in the cat walk and look out the windows. Bailey is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Sweetums is an 8 month old, female, shorthaired orange tiger. She is very friendly and loves to sit and snuggle in your lap. She was abandoned in the woods, but our volunteers came to their rescue. If interested please stop by for a visit. Sweetums is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Poppy has a lot of love to give and is very excited about you adopting him. He is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered.

Jetta has a lot of love to give and is very excited about you adopting him. He is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered.

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Socks is about 5 months old and loves to be held. He is full of energy and loves to play. Socks is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered. The Shelter Is In Desperate Need Of Iams Dry Cat Food. Adopting an animal is a life changing experience.

Bubbles is a beautiful young cat. Her coat has grown tremendously and so soft. Bubbles has become a very stunning looking girl. She is affectionate but independent. The Shelter Is In Desperate Need Of Iams Dry Cat Food. Adopting an animal is a life changing experience.

Brady is just about 4 weeks old and will be available for adoption mid December. Brady is mostly white with a little bit of black spotting. Brady is house trained. The Shelter Is In Desperate Need Of Iams Dry Cat Food. Adopting an animal is a life changing experience.

Tucker is about 1 year old. He is a very handsome young guy. His eyes say it all. He loves people but is full of himself, well, he is a youngster. The Shelter Is In Desperate Need Of Iams Dry Cat Food. Adopting an animal is a life changing experience.

Potter League for Animals • Middletown, RI • 401.846.8276 • info@potterleague.org

Abu, found by a soldier in Iraq, is working with shelter staff on a training program, to ready himself for a new home. He would do best in a home as the only pet, and in an adult only home. Abu is spayed/neutered.

Luther is a big guy looking for a new home. He has lived with children before, but he will be working with our head start trainers to ready him for a new home. He is house trained, but may do best as the only dog. Luther is spayed/neutered.

“Me and Julio down by the school yard “Paul Simon song)- That’s Julio. He is a special guy who does just fine down by the school yard… but he deserves better than that. He is great with other cats and will make a wonderful companion. Julio is spayed/neutered.

Seymour is a great guy. He’s very happy and loves people. Won’t you please give him a loving home. Floyd is spayed/neutered. Seymour is spayed/neutered.

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Help Save Lives... Adopt A Pet Today! VCA - Providence • Providence, RI • 401.941.6830 • pvdvsa@yahoo.com

Ticket is currently in a wonderful foster home. He’s making great strides and adapting nicely to his new situation. While he’s much happier not being in the shelter, he’s still searching for a family to love him - as soon as possible. This guy has been through a lot, and really can’t wait to settle down into a forever home.

Betty is a small to medium sized Shepherd mix female. We think she is deaf. She is very sweet, gentle and loving and needs a home with someone who is patient with her lack of hearing. Come and meet Betty in person, the photos do not do her justice.

Almondine is the sweetest dog in the world. She is gentle, kind, knows sit and takes her treats really well. Please Refer To Log # 727 When Inquiring About This Dog. If you would like to meet a dog, please visit the shelter during regular business hours or email: aimless123@gmail.com.

Tango is in need of a lifelong dance partner. Tango is a beautiful 9 month old male Pit Bull mix that came into Providence Animal Control as a stray on 9/21. He is incredibly sweet, playful, intelligent and attentive. He knows “sit” and learns quickly. Tango is less than one year old and loves to cuddle with people as well as play fetch.

Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary • Woonsocket, RI • 401.765.4174 • gail@repm.com

Tawney is a young gal. She is a light gray tiger, no white. Tawney was rescued from a busy street. She was tested received all shots and spayed. Tawney is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Billy the Kid is a handsome guy that gets along with other cats and loves to play. He has been tested received all shots and neutered. Billy the Kid is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Melonie is a kitty that enjoys a nice nap. She was abandoned by her previous owners and looking for a forever home. She was tested received all shots and been spayed. Melonie is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Danny & Dolly are two litter mates with one wish... to remain together. They are 5 months old and have received shots are spayed and neutered. Danny & Dolly are up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Taunton Animal Shelter • Taunton, MA • 508.822.1463 • paws4blue@aol.com

Hayley is full of energy and fun! She could benefit from obedience training and needs an active person/family who will include her in lots of activities. She seems fine with most other dogs. We recommend breed knowledge and a fenced yard would be ideal.

Hooch is a big friendly guy! He always has a “smile” for everyone and “wags” from head to toe. He thinks he is a little lap dog who likes to sit in your lap! :) We recommend no toddlers and that Hooch be the only pet in the home.

Max is a male Lab/ Boxer mix, about 7 years old. He is mostly brindle with some gray on his face and white “socks” on all 4 feet! Max is a love and favorite among many of the volunteers.

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS! PLEASE CONTACT LARNA AT FURBALL418@AOL.COM Volunteers are very important to keeping the animals happy and well while in the shelter’s care. We LOVE our volunteers! You must be at least 21 years old. Participate at least once a week, complete a 4 hour training period and complete waiver forms and BCI check. There is no cleaning or feeding, just walks and cuddles and pets to all the animals in need of love and attention while they are in our care waiting for a new home. Saturday and Sunday (8am-2pm) are PERFECT for volunteering or any night after work perhaps, we are open until 10pm weeknights (except Monday). You can volunteer for 20 minutes or stay 2 hours, it’s your choice! If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering, you can contact Larna at FURBALL418@aol.com Thanks!

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{In Memory} Saying goodbye to an old friend.

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“Maya” “I’ll go with you.” These words, spoken softly by my friend Kelley, immediately caused my throat to tighten. It was the Friday before Thanksgiving and we were sitting in our favorite bar on the West Side rehashing the trials of the week when I finally admitted aloud what had been distracting me from meeting an important deadline: “I’m putting her down next Friday. At 1:45.” I first encountered Maya on a remote road in Accomack County, Virginia. Of course, at that time she must have had another name. There was no trash pickup in the small town where I lived so we utilized large green dumpsters provided by the county. It wasn’t uncommon to see feral cats living in and around the “green boxes” but that evening I encountered a very thin dog hiding underneath one of the cold metal structures. The rest, as they say, is history. Maya had an exceptionally sweet disposition. She would lean into your legs so hard that she could knock an unsuspecting person off balance. She loved to swim in the Narrow River, run through snowdrifts in Colt State Park, and shred paper from my wastebasket. Her favorite foods were peanut butter and scrambled eggs. She was a scrapper, picking fights with almost every female dog she encountered and when she got a way from me I always feared for the safety of the neighborhood lap dogs. She crossed her ankles like a lady and, when she got her hands on them, would chew the smallest of candies with great care. Unfortunately, as she got on in years, she also snored like a chainsaw and was as gaseous as the Sun. Still, every

night as I feel asleep she would climb up and wedge her 90-pound body between the top of my head and the wall. She slowed down dramatically in the Spring of 2009 and developed a limp around Halloween. A few weeks later, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. The doctor said it was aggressive and had probably already spread to her lungs. On the day of her last appointment, Kelley picked us up and we drove to the East Bay with Maya draped across our laps. We stopped through a drive thru to pick up a kid’s meal - the dogs’ customary road trip treat and something she had not had in recent memory. She wagged her tail as I handed her the French fries one by one and we laughed at her howling when I didn’t give her the burger fast enough. I zipped the prize, a small spaceman, into my jacket pocket. Less than an hour later she was gone. A week after we let Maya go, 27 friends and 4 dogs gathered around a fire pit in our backyard for an Irish Wake. People talked and laughed and a few even sang. Throughout the night several friends shared stories of their dogs past and present. It was a great comfort to me. I tried to bring my other dog, Win, downstairs to join the festivities but he wanted to stay on the couch. He had barely eaten over the last several days and on our walk earlier that evening he briefly mistook another brindle lab mix for Maya. He really misses her. We both do.


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