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Thank you to all the Animal Print readers that voted Ocean State Veterinary Specialists as Best 24-hour Emergency Veterinary Hospital in the Rhode Island/Southeastern MA area for the 8th year. We truly appreciate your confidence! OCEAN STATE VETERINARY SPECIALISTS (OSVS) provides specialized and emergency care for your pets. OSVS is available 24 hours-a-day, including weekends and holidays for emergency and critical care cases. The hospital treats dogs, cats, pocket pets, exotics and birds. Our referral services include internal medicine, surgery, avian/exotics, ophthalmology, radiology, oncology, neurology, and emergency/critical care. OSVS is fully equipped with the latest advances in veterinary technology including endoscopy, ultrasound, transfusion medicine, CT scans, and MRI.

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s I sit here, writing from the warmth of my bed in the wee hours of the morning, the only sound I can hear is the furnace running and the quiet breath of the two little beasts beside me. The two who have trapped me inside the blankets like a cocoon with two arms just barely able to extend out far enough to type. This is my typical morning. This is also one of my favorite parts of the day. I may spend a fair amount of time being woken up by a dog on my head, a paw in

my face or used as some kind of human pillow wedge (and no, these are not the best parts of my day) but it’s mornings like these that make me love sharing my life with dogs. What I’m also reminded of is how lucky I am to wake up at 4 a.m. to write a letter about it as part of my job as the editor of this magazine. While I’m cuddling in bed (aka cocooning) with the pups, I’m also putting the finishing touches on one of my other favorites things and that is the holiday/new year issue. This particular issue includes the yearly gift guide which I hope you find useful. Each item I’ve included can be purchased in the area and I hope you find time to visit some of these amazing shop owners, who have dedicated themselves to pets in RI and who have also helped support this magazine. So please shop at these small local businesses as much as you can this year and tell them who sent you! Also inside this new issue, you will find some interesting articles such as “On The Run,” where you’ll learn how to get yourself out the door this winter with your dog in tow. Another story I encourage you to read is “The Bargain” on page 33. This one arrived in my mailbox a few months ago and when I finally opened it up to read, I was so incredibly moved by the beautiful connection between Sweetie and her dog dad David Gillespie, that I knew this had to be shared. You might want a tissue for this one :-) Please enjoy the newest issue of the Animal Print and have a safe and wonderful holiday & new year! Stephanie Georgia editor/publisher

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It’s always a struggle to adopt out any animal, but pit bull terriers and dogs that “look” like pit bulls have an especially difficult time. They’re often misunderstood because for far too long they have been labeled as “dangerous dogs,” which is simply dead wrong. Thankfully, there are movements now aimed at ending BSL and spreading greater awareness about the wonderful companions pit bulls can be. The newest addition to this movement is One Million Pibble March, headed by comedian Rebecca Corry and sponsored by her foundation, Stand Up for Pits. It will be the first ever national march for pit bulls and will feature a rally of supporters from across the country along with special guests and keynote speakers. One of the march’s recently announced special guests will be pit bull Elle, who won this year’s American Humane Hero Dog award. Corry tells OGP that the goal of the march is to serve as “the voice for millions of voiceless victims and by doing so inspire legislators to end BSL once and for all. We want to offer solutions to ending the dog fighting epidemic and by doing both of these things, create safe and humane communities for humans and pets.” The march is set to take place next year on May 3, 2014 on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., and all are welcome to attend (but please note: four-legged friends will need to stay home with a dog-sitter). If you are interested in getting involved with the march directly through volunteer work, you can email Corry through the Stand Up for Pits foundation site at or follow her on Twitter at @TheRebeccaCorry for updates.




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On The Run! How to turn your best friend into your perfect winter running partner. By Clayton Roth

As Winter approaches, do you find it hard to justify getting out of a

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the weather is like outside? Turns out, you’re in luck. There’s one under your roof just waiting to go out on a jog with you. Who, you might

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y Black Lab, Lucy, was impossible to tire out. As an avid runner who was running out of ways to expel Lucy’s energy, I decided to take her out for a little jaunt. Wouldn’t you know that when we got home, she was nice and relaxed. Slowly, she worked up to being able to do four to five miles with me. Even when chilly temperatures would have otherwise kept me comfy and cozy inside, Lucy got me outside, and I was always glad she did. I was so excited by this concept, that I went on to help other people by starting a dog running service called Canine Cardio Company of Rhode Island with Lucy as my mascot! While you may not want to start your own dog running business, I hope the story above will inspire you to think about getting out for a run with

your dog. However, before putting those paws to the pavement, there are some tips you should know to make running with your dog the safe and enjoyable bonding experience it can be. The Warm-Up Just like any human considering a new exercise program, it’s a good idea to consult a healthcare professional before you begin. Your dog’s vet can answer any questions you may have about your particular dog. Age, breed and temperament should be taken into consideration. Short-nosed breeds such as Pugs and Boston Terriers are not suitable for prolonged exercise, especially in extreme heat or cold. However, I have two Boston Terriers that I walk and we mix in a few slow 20 foot jogs on our walks.

Larger breeds, such as Great Danes, are also not best suited for endurance running. That being said, most dogs can and will run. If your dog is still a pup, jumping into vigorous running right away may result in injury as it can take anywhere from nine to 16 months for your dog’s bones to fully develop. However, it is never too early to start laying the foundation for when your dog is ready to run longer distances. The Weather Outside is…? With cold weather and snow coming you’ll want to make sure that your dog is protected from the elements and highly visible at all times. If you have a short-haired breed, a dog sweater or jacket will help your pup stay warm on a cold weather run. Companies like “Stunt Puppy” and

15 “Ruff Wear” are my go to brands for cold weather and high visibility gear. Once the snow flies, paw pad protection is vital. Paws are not as indestructible as we sometimes think. Snow, ice and ice melt chemicals can all be irritants to paw pads. If you are lucky enough to have a dog that actually enjoys wearing booties, that is great. In my experience, most dogs hate them and do whatever they can to get them off. As an alternative, I turn to a natural musher’s wax developed in Canada for sledding dogs called Musher’s Secret. It applies a protective barrier to the paw pad while also moisturizing. It is non-toxic and won’t stain floors or carpeting. Now I See You Along with the cold, limited daylight hours are also a concern. Sunrise is at 7am now that daylight savings is over, while it is fully dark by 5pm. Most people are out with their dogs at these times so it’s important for both runners to be safe and highly visible on busy roadways. Companies such as Saucony and Brooks produce excellent reflective night-time running gear. Stunt Puppy has reflective leashes and gear, such as its Go Dog Glo high visibility vest, which uses millions of glass beads to reflect light. Ruff Wear also sells LED lights that attach easily to many of their leashes, collars and jackets. I carry a small flashlight or wear a headlamp for evening runs. Who’s Walking Whom? Creating a new canine running buddy starts even before you leave the house and well before you start running. Whether you’re the proud owner of a puppy or a newly adopted adult dog it’s imperative that you establish yourself as the pack leader. I do this by making a dog heel and stay until I exit the house. Your dog should be able to patiently wait for an “OK” command before exiting. As with all corrections, repetition is key so keep at it. Reward each desired behavior. This is very important as it shows your dog from the very start that you are in charge and not the other way around. We’ve all seen those poor souls being pulled here, there and everywhere by their dog, prompting the who’s walking whom look from passersby. You don’t want this to Continued on page 16.

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be you, especially on a run so proper leash etiquette during walks will make the eventual transition to running that much easier. I prefer to have a dog on my left side. That works for me. Once you pick a side, stick with it. Your dog will naturally tend to pull especially if they are still young. Zero tolerance for these behaviors and repetition are your best tactics here. When a dog tries to pull, I flat out stop. Eventually, your dog will put two and two together that pulling equals stopping. Ideally, you want your dog to be at your side or slightly behind you during a walk or run with about three feet of leash between you hanging in a U-shape. By staying out in front, you are again showing that you are the pack leader. You may also encounter a leash tug of war. I currently walk a five month old Australian Shepherd. While she is too young for prolonged jogging, we are learning how to run properly in baby steps, ten feet at a time. She has the tendency to grab the leash in her mouth and tug on it every time we get going. I stop immediately when she does this. She is already realizing that this behavior stops us in our tracks. I give praise when she lets go and then we walk some more before trying running again later in the walk. Couch to 5K-K9: The Gradual Build Up from Walk to Run When your dog is properly leash trained it’s time to start running. Just like humans though we can’t just go out and run five miles without first building up to that distance. The same rule applies to dogs. Your dog’s age, breed and physical health factor into what distance you should start with. For example, let’s say you feel your adult dog can start with a mile run.

Begin with a slow walk to get all sniffing and other business out of the way. Then mix in running and walking. Try this three times per week. Most experts say that you should increase distance by no more than ten percent each week. If you are training for a 5K, bring your dog along as motivation. “Gearing” Up For Your Run Because dogs can stop on a dime, it is important that your pup wears a non-slip collar such as a martingale collar, or at the very least have a collar tight enough that your dog won’t be able to slip during a run. Dog running can be hard on you too, as someone who runs up to ten dogs per day, I recommend a hands free leash, such as the Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner or Cardio Canine’s hand’s free leash. You’ll avoid any arm or shoulder soreness by keeping your arms free to support proper form and


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Winner of the Providence Animal Rescue League’s Live Auction at “The Rescue”

For the last few years, The Animal Print, along with internationally recognized photographer Traer Scott have joined forces to offer a very unique donation to The Providence Animal Rescue League. The winning bidder of their live auction at “The Rescue” wins the opportunity to be on our cover with the photo taken by Traer Scott; we are thrilled to be able to support PARL in this way! The Animal Print, Traer Scott and PARL would like to give a big thank you to Trisha Torres for her generous donation and to Juno for being such a big, sweet and amazing model! Photo by Traer Scott

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Juno is a rescued pit bull and that in and of itself makes her special in my eyes. She is a shining example of the many pit bull type dogs who are sitting in shelters everywhere, just waiting for someone to give them a chance. I met Juno when I began volunteering at Providence Animal Control. She had been at the shelter for many months and had developed crippling anxiety as a result of the confinement, a state that is often referred to as being “kennel crazy”. Her panic was so severe that she would just run in circles constantly jumping and pawing at the kennel to get out. No matter how much she ate, she was losing weight at an alarming pace and had become emaciated. The shelter had run out of options for her and asked if I would consider fostering her. I did, fell madly in love with her, and the rest is history.

I decided there would be no better use of a donation then to have a dog deemed “unadoptable” by many to grace the cover of Animal Print and show how much joy Juno has bought into my life just by being a part of it. I am hoping Juno’s story might inspire folks to check out the rescue group I volunteer with Handsome Dan’s Rescue for Pit Bull Type Dogs and find their own perfect match.

What Was The Photoshoot Like? The photo shoot was wonderful. Traer Scott is an amazing photographer and is an old friend of Juno’s from her days at the shelter so she was very happy to see her. Juno enjoyed all the attention and treats she was given for simply sitting and looking beautiful



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Now Through December 31st A Home for the Holidays Cat Adoption Event Can you give a loving cat A Home for the Holidays? The Potter League is filled to the brim with cats looking for someone to love, especially this time of year. The Potter League for Animals is holding a special cat adoption event, A Home for the Holidays through December 31st at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown. All cats 7 months and older will be available for a special adoption fee of $62.50 which is 50% off the regular adoption fee. All felines available for adoption have been spayed/neutered, are up to date on ageappropriate vaccinations and have been examined by a veterinarian. Cat adoptions include a free carrier, safety collar and identification tag. In addition, the first 50 adopters will receive a Mystery Prize Bag.

Saturday, December 7th and 14th Pet Photos with Santa and Adoption Event

Join Friends of Homeless Animals at the Warwick and Johnston Petsmart stores from 11am to 4pm for Pet Photos with Santa Claws! Bring your own camera and get a great picture of your favorite pal(s) with Kris Kringle. The cost of the photo opportunity is $5 and 100% will be donated to Friends of Homeless Animals. For more information on these events, please visit or call Friends of Homeless Animals at 401-234-4499.

Now through December 15th Potter League Hosts Annual Holiday Critter Glitter Sale -

Sequin Jewelry Sale raises important funds for the animals. The Potter League for Animals is holding its Annual Holiday Critter Glitter Fashion Jewelry Sale. showroom hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from December 7th – 15th and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 11th. The sale is open to the public and will be held at the Potter League for Animals in the Education Center located at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Saturday, December 7 Share the Love – Stuff A Subaru event!

PARL is proud to be a recipient of the ASPCA’s “Share the Love” grant in partnership with Subaru. On December 7th help us to Stuff that

Subaru! At Subaru of Somerset in Somerset, MA. We’ll be setting up shop in the main show room from 10‐4 collecting donations off of our Holiday Wish‐list with the goal of filling at least TWO whole Subarus! Join us for refreshments, PARL swag and much more! Somerset Subaru is located at 1451 Brayton Point Road in Somerset, MA 02725. Download a copy of our Holiday Wish List Here!

Saturday, December 7th Crafters Support Warwick’s Homeless Animals Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter is hosting their annual Crafting for Critters Christmas Craft Fair at the Buttonwoods Community Center, 3027 West Shore Road, Warwick, RI 02886-7546 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Over 40 vendors will be gathered under one roof selling their wares just in time for Christmas. Products for sale include stained glass, Silpada jewelry, tutu’s for children, handmade chocolates, photography, handmade candles, crafts for animal lovers, handcrafted jewelry, Wildtree herbs, Pampered Chef house wares, baked goods, all natural dog treats, glass block art, clothing, books and more. Admission is free. For more information, please call 401-467-2692. Pets are not allowed. Vendor space is sold out.

Saturday - Sunday, December 7-8 Two fun filled day of Santa Paws and the Grinch

Have your pet/s photos and yours (if you like) take with Santa Paws and/or the Grinch and help support Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. at the Lakeville Eagles Club 217 County Street) Lakeville, MA! from 10am-4pm. We will provide you with a CD of your photo for sharing and an abundantly stuffed goodie bag for a $20 donation. Leashed, well behaved pets welcome.We have photographed iguanas, turtles, rabbits, llamas, a polish chicken and a donkey. Please direct questions to or 508-824-6978

Wednesday, December 11th Style Unleashed’s 3rd Annual Howliday Open House and Yappy Hour

Join Style Unleashed from 6-9pm for 25% off holiday toys and treats, 15% off store wide and a chance to win $100 gift basket. 232 Waseca Ave, Barrington, RI

Saturday, December 14th PARLs Holiday Open House!

Join us on Saturday, December 14th for PARL’s Holiday Open House from 11-4pm at 34 Elbow Street! Bring your pets to have a photo taken with Santa! For a $5 donation, you will receive a color photo in a festive frame. All proceeds will benefit the animals. Help us decorate our Wish Tree, Holiday Toy Drive for the animals, get something yummy at the bake sale and more!

Saturday, December 14th Paint for Pets’ at Paint Drops!

Join us on Dec 14th at 6:00pm for ‘Paint for Pets’ night at Paint Drops Art Studio! Sign up for this painting session and $5 for each seat will be donated to P.A.R.L.! A great way to spend an evening - sip, paint, create and support a great organization! Class starts promptly at 6pm. Walk-ins are welcome, however we encourage you to register on-line to ensure you have a reserved seat! http://www.

Sat. & Sun. December 14th & 15th Potter League Hosts Annual Holiday Craft Fair

The Potter League will be holding their Annual Holiday Craft Fair from 10 am to 4 pm in the Potter League’s Behavior and Training Center located at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown, RI. Local artisans showcase a unique array of merchandise for holiday gift giving including pottery, homemade soaps, doll clothes, blankets, sea glass and more.

Saturday, December 14th 5th Annual Night of Hot Chocolate, Cider and Cookies

The Rowland Family Christmas Display runs until January but on December 14th, the lights are lit for homeless animals. Join the Rowland Family at 3073 West Shore Road, Warwick, RI after dark for hot chocolate, cider and cookies while enjoying a 35,000 Christmas light display expertly sequenced to Christmas music. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter which assists the homeless animals at the shelter. For more info, visit

Sunday, December 15th Pet Photos With Santa

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the St. Matthew’s choir and the Ocean State Songbirds will be singing on the street, and Santa will be at the Odeum, posing for pictures.

Friday, December 20th Zumbathon Fitness-Party Event to Benefit Warwick’s Homeless Animals

3rd Annual Pit Bull Plunge!

The Zumbathon will be held at Pilgrim Enrichment Center, 27 Pilgrim Parkway, Warwick. The 90 minute class starts promptly at 6:15 PM. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to attend. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the Warwick Animal Shelter or at Pilgrim Enrichment Center on Mondays between 5:45-7:10 PM or on Tuesdays between 8:40-10 AM. Contact Roberta at to make other arrangements to purchase tickets or for more information. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter.

Sunday, December 22nd East Greenwich Main St. Family Hat Parade Stroll

Decorate hats, heads, even dogs, with crazy holiday attire. The parade will start at 1 p.m. at 500 Main Street (i.e Back to Basics) and proceed down to Town Hall. Richard Johnson and his NK Community Choristers,

JANUARY Wednesday, January 1st 10am at Warwick City Park beach area. See page 28 for details

FEBRUARY Friday, February 21st Diamond in the Ruff

Enjoy food and beverage samples from Belmont Market, The Breachway Grill, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Cool Beans Cafe, and Phil’s Main Street Grille. The Towers in Narragansett 6:00-9:00 pm. Take a chance on our huge raffle and silent auction. Enjoy yourself with friends and family while supporting the Animal Rescue League Of Southern, RI. For more info visit

MARCH Saturday, March 1st 7th Annual Mardi Gras Ball

Enjoy the sounds of “The Rockin’ Soul Horns Band, fully catered and cash bar as well as live and silent aucitons. This wonderful event is organzied by friends of the Bristol

Animal Shelter. The event will take place at Liden Place Ballroom 500 Hope St., Bristol, RI. Tickets can be purchases at the Bristol Animal. For more info visit www.


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Is Your Pet Overindulging This Season? Watch Out for Pancreatitis in Dogs By Dr. Nancy Kay •

’Tis the season for family gatherings, gift giving and food galore. Veterinarians know this is also the season for canine pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), a painful, potentially life-threatening condition most commonly caused by overindulgence in foods that are particularly rich or fatty. And what kitchen isn’t overflowing with such foods this time of year?

What Is the Pancreas?

The pancreas is a thin, boomerang-shaped, delicate-appearing organ that resides in the abdominal cavity, tucked up against the stomach and small intestine. Though the pancreas may be diminutive in appearance, its actions are mighty! It is the body’s source of insulin (necessary for controlling blood sugar levels) as well as digestive enzymes, which are necessary for proper absorption of nutrients. When pancreatitis is chronic or particularly severe, this little factory sometimes permanently closes down, resulting in diabetes mellitus and/or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, requiring insulin injections and digestive enzyme replacement therapy, respectively. When a dog eats, enzymes are released from the pancreas into the small intestine where they are activated for food digestion. Sometimes, for reasons we do not fully understand, these enzymes are activated within the pancreas itself, resulting in the inflammation of pancreatitis. In addition to eating rich or fatty foods, other known causes of pancreatitis include hormonal imbalances, inherited defects in fat metabolism and some medications. For some affected dogs, an underlying cause is never found. Symptoms associated with pancreatitis are variable but may include vomiting, abdominal discomfort, and decreased activity and appetite.

How a Vet Diagnoses Pancreatitis

Short of performing a pancreatic biopsy (a surgical procedure), diagnosing pancreatitis can be challenging, because noninvasive tests are fraught with false-negative and false-positive results. Veterinarians must rely on a combination of the following: • A history of dietary indiscretion, vomiting and lethargy. • Physical examination findings (particularly abdominal pain). • Characteristic complete blood cell count (CBC) and blood chemistry abnormalities. • A positive or elevated Spec cPL (canine pancreas-specific lipase) blood test. • Characteristic abnormalities found on an abdominal ultrasound.

Treatment of Pancreatitis

There is no cure for pancreatitis — much like a bruise, the inflammation must resolve on its own. Treatment consists of hospitalization for the administration of intravenous fluids, antibiotics to prevent secondary infection or abscess formation, and injectable medications to control vomiting, pain and stomach acid secretion. Affected dogs should ideally be monitored around the clock for the life-threatening complications that sometimes accompany pancreatitis, such as kidney failure, heart rhythm abnormalities, respiratory distress and bleeding disorders. If your dog has pancreatitis, count on a minimum of two to three days of hospitalization and be sure to ask who will be caring for your dog during the night. At-home treatment for pancreatitis typically involves feeding a low-fat or fat-free diet. This may be a life-long recommendation,

27 particularly if your dog has been a repeat offender. Most dogs fully recover with appropriate therapy; however, some succumb to complications associated with pancreatitis.

Preventing Pancreatitis

When in doubt, check with your veterinarian before offering human food to your pet. This is especially true if your pet is on a special diet or has an existing medical condition. If you feel you must give holiday foods, do so sparingly and only if well-tolerated by your dog’s gastrointestinal tract and waistline. Keep in mind that whether offered a teaspoon or a tablespoon of something delicious, most dogs will gulp it down in the same amount of time and reap the same psychological benefit. Don’t offer tidbits from the table while you are eating. This is a setup for bad behavior. Offer the treat only after you’ve left the table. Most importantly, if you shouldn’t be eating the food yourself (emphasis on shouldn’t), please don’t feed it to your dog! By all means, give your precious pup a bit of turkey breast but without the skin attached and unaccompanied by fatladen sour cream mashed potatoes and gravy. Remember, most dogs are so darned excited about getting a treat, they don’t care what it is, only that they’re getting it!

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Plunge Participants are asked to get sponsorships of $5.00 or more per person. Susan Parker, President of LRBBC and owner of Dynamic Dog Training Services located in Warwick, RI will be taking a dip for the dogs. Proceeds from the third annual “Pit Bull Plunge” will help the group work with RI Based animal shelters to get the dogs adopted as well as run copy written enrichment programs like their award winning “Out of the Pits and into the Ritz pit bull school and “Calming Scents Nose Works program and “Pit bull Olympics impulse control program while they are awaiting for their forever homes.

enguins and polar bears are often the animals ascribed to bracing New For more info visit Dynamic Dog Training Year’s Day fun that many hearty folks take part in for charities. at Well, Don’t forget the pit bulls! Members of the Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club will be at Warwick City Park at 10 a.m. New Years Day to get wet in our annual “pit bull plungs” and to

T U O SNIFF Congratulations to the staff of the Rhode Island Community Spay/Neuter Clinic (RICSNC) in Warwick who recently sterilized its 10,000th patient on January 31st. This milestone was reached just over 18 months after the clinic’s opening.



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Beautiful, gentle “Circe” (and her sister “Greya”) were abandoned when their owners moved. Despite such heartless treatment, she is very friendly, and really enjoys having her neck scratched. Circe has an unusual face: a white stripe down her nose, her right side is orange, her left side is black.

Hank is an OLD English Bulldog, which is an attempt to re-breed the Bulldog into the sort of dog it was in olden days. Longer legs, a slightly longer head, a wider pelvis and the tail left un-docked are the primary differences. Hank is an exceptionally fine example of this idea! He is a FRIENDLY, CALM dog who needs moderate exercise...

Monty is a rare breed dog – an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, rather than a Red or Blue (Long Tailed) Heeler. Like all Cattle Dogs, he has a big personality, and a strong work ethic. He is 4 years old, and so beginning to mellow, but he still needs a family who will give him both physical and mental exercise, to keep him from getting bored.

Beautiful, young, Willow (and her sister, Summer, who is still here, too) were abandoned by their owner, and taken in by Animal School. About 3 years old, she is VERY friendly and sweet, and ready to move straight into any home. With her unusual long black stripe down her nose, she is a very striking cat.

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Abby is a little cutie, with huge eyes! Abby is about 5 1/2 months old (as of mid-October 2013). For more information about please call the Pet Refuge at 401.294.1115. You can also submit an Application for her from the shelter’s web site at adoptions.html. Be sure to watch her video!

Bairou is about 1 year old (as of October 2013). For more info please call the Pet Refuge at 401.294.1115. You can also submit an Application for her from the shelter’s web site at

Echo is an adorable tuxedo kitty. She’s about 3 1/2 months old (as of mid-October 2013). You can see her in the video with her sister Arianna and brother Tommy. For more information please call the Pet Refuge at 401.294.1115. You can also submit an Application for her from the shelter’s web site at

Meg is a dark-gray tiger kitty with white fur, huge eyes, and a cute pink nose. For more information please call the Pet Refuge at 401.294.1115. You can also submit an Application for her from the shelter’s web site at Be sure to watch her video!

East Providence Animal Control – RI • 401.435.7675 •

Brooklyn is a female tan and black pitbull shepherd mix. She is young and super energetic. She is spayed and vaccinated. She will need a home that will give her plenty of play time and training. If you are interested please come by to visit Brooklyn.

Daisy is a beautiful female pitbull available for adoption. Daisy was spayed and vaccinated by our friends at the RI Community S/N Clinic. She is very friendly with staff and most animals, but does not seem to like some male dogs. If you are interested please come by to visit Daisy.

Heath is a beautiful brown male pitbull available for adoption. He is super friendly and loves attention. Heath is a gentle giant. If you are interested please come by to visit Heath.

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Comet is a handsome and is believed to have been another Craig’s list catastrophe. Found on Wood Street in Bristol, it was reported that he “just appeared” is strikingly good looking chap did not fit into her household, and was reported as a “stray”.

Pretty Girl is a long-haired white and black, 2 year old cat. She was abandoned by her owners and left to fend for herself in the woods. Luckily she was found and brought to the shelter. She likes to lay in peoples laps to be pet, and talks a lot!

Rose is a 9 month old spayed beautiful brown long haired tabby. Rose’s life wasn’t a very happy one, she lived with a hoarder who didn’t care that she was a young new mother. She lived among 12 other cats and just was craving for attention.

Scuttle’s owners moved away and forgot him, or at least that is what he thought. Never being outside before he sat quietly by the front door for days hoping that they would come back, he saw the moving truck left and his owners drive away, but he knew this must be a mistake.

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My name is Cinnamon! I am about 2 years young, with a lifetime of affection to give! I love running around outside, and playing with squeak toys. I have the cutest face and enjoy playing dress up.

Hi, I’m Isis, and I am a one year old beauty queen with the biggest heart you’ve ever seen! I have a goofy and charming personality, and I LOVE learning new things. I am a friend to just about everyone, but can be too much to handle for some dogs. I dream of spending my days with a family of my own.

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Hi, I’m Thumbalina! I’m a 4 year old female and my feline-ality is Side Kick. Like all sidekicks, I’m just plain good company. I like attention, and I also like my solitude. I don’t go looking for trouble, but I’m no scaredy-cat, either. If you are looking for a steady companion to travel with you on the road of life, look no further.

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Conrad is a sweet long-haired light grey tabby. He loves being pet and warms up as soon as you touch him. He has tested negative for Feline Leukemia and Aids, and has been neutered and vaccinated. Conrad accepts kittens.

Luna is a 6 to 8 year old spayed female. She is very social. She has the cutest little meow. She is up to date on all vaccinations and she has tested negative for Feline Aids and Leukemia.

This is Miranda and she is a hoot!. Take a look at those paws!! Miranda was found as a stray. She is a spayed black female cat with white markings. She tested negative for Leukemia and Aids, has been wormed, treated with Advantage, and has been vaccinated against distemper and rabies.

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24 Hour Emergency Vet Bay State Vet Emerg. 25 Bar/Restaurant Julians RI 15 Bar/Restaurant Nick-A-Nees 31 Birds/Pet Supply Jungle Junction 29 Coffee Shop White Electric 30 Credit Union Goldmark Federal Credit Union 13 Dog Bakery Jack’s Snacks 11 Dog Bakery/Pet Boutique Johnny’s Bakin’ Bakery 11 Dog Daycare MetroPet Dog Daycare Off the Leash Daycare, Inc. 2 Dog Running Canine Cardio Co. RI 25 Dog Training Golden Dog Training RI 13 Dog Training Joyce Gauthier 16 Dog Training/Daycare Alexandra Morgan’ Animal School 16 Dog Training/Daycare Canine Mastery 7 Dog Treats Three Paws Up 6 Dog Walker/Adventures Ruffin’ Wranglers 12 Fencing-electronic Moriarty’s Invisible Fence 36 Kennel Delmyra Kennels 24 Kennel/Boarding/Grooming East Bay Kennels 6 Mobile Vet Salmon River Mobile Vet 11 Organic Grocery Store Whole Foods 15 Pet Boutique Woof! Woof! 27 Pet Boutique/Grooming Style Unleashed 25 Pet Crematorium Final Gift 33 Pet Crematorium/ Cemetery Angel View Pet Cemetery 35 Pet Sitter Dakota’s Pet Services 23 Pet Sitter Furry Fellas Pet Sitting 6 Pet Sitter/Dog Walker Furry Friends Pet Care 12 Pet Supply Allie’s Tack & Feed 17 Pet Supply Island Animal General Store 23 Photographer Traer Scott Photography 34 Rescue Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue 15 Shelter Events Friends Of Bristol Animal Shelter 27 Training/Board & Train Solid K9 Training RI 21 Vet/24 Hour Emerg. Ocean State Vet Specl. 4 Veterinarian Compassionate Care Vet. Clinic 16 Veterinarian Oaklawn Animal Hospital RI 24 Veterinarian Providence River Animal Hospital 8 Veterinarian (Holistic) Wolf Rock clinic RI 29 Veterinarian/ Grooming/Boarding RI Animal Medical Center 2 Veterinarians Atlantic Animial Hospital 7 Veterinarians NorthPaws Veterinary Center 28

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Kennel Care Assistant Needed Now Hiring!

RI Community Spay/Neuter Clinic in Warwick RI is looking for an Assistant Manager to work with the Clinic Director with the implementation of the clinics’ mission, strategy, goals and objectives. Must be able to work in a high energy, dedicated, team environment. Job Requirements: Education: Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) required, 5+ yrs experience in veterinary facility / medical depart of an Animal Welfare Organization. Contact or submit resumes to: RISNC 235 Elm Street, Warwick, RI 02888. 401.369.7297 tel / 401.369.7295 fax.

Magazine Intern Wanted

The Animal Print is looking for a motivated intern to assist the editor in a variety of duties which include internet research, phone calls, marketing, data entry, errands/deliveries, proofing, event help and general office help with the magazine. We are looking for an easy going person who is comfortable speaking on the phone and in person to clients, self motivated and hard working, and is available at least 2 days a week. If you are looking for an internship were you can learn a large variety of skills in the publishing business this might be a great fit for you. Please send your resume or a short letter about yourself and we will be in touch if we feel you could be a good fit for the position.Email to

Advertising Sales Needed

The Animal Print is looking for an experienced ad sales rep. The ideal candidate should be: • Experienced & skilled in advertising sales. • Great with people and easy to get along with. • Enjoy selling to customers both on the phone and face to face. • Computer literate. • The ability to work as an Independent Contractor. • Commit to at least 3 days a week. We pay a competitive commission plus bonuses based on monthly sales goals. We also offer some other fun perks. Please send your resume and cover letter to


Looking For Skilled Pet Photography Volunteers

A new group is forming to offer free pet photography to terminally ill animals. Many people going through the illness and death of their pet often regret not having many photos with their best friends and we are forming a non-profit to help folks in this position to have something beautiful to look back on and help them grieve. Again, we are at the very beginning stages of planning and are looking to see if there is any interest from local photographers. Please contact Fetching Photography to join our mailing list for more info, as the organization begins to form.

Foster Homes Needed

Jenny’s Hope Rescue is always in need of foster homes. Opening your heart and your home to a homeless dog, while being in transition from being rescued from a kill shelter to being adopted to their new forever home, is beneficial in their development and well being for a future life. For more info on how to become a foster parent please contact or call 914-242-1812

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 16002, Rumford, RI 02916

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The Bargain By David Gillespie

in her mouth and make it honk. Only “Sweetie” fit, though, augmented through the years by added letters (Sweetness) or words (Sweet Girl), but remaining in the end just a simple description.


hen you visit the Providence Animal Shelter, you get a variety of responses from the dogs. Most will get as close to you as possible, some rubbing right into their bars, some standing and reaching with their front legs, most barking with enthusiasm. Some woof in fear, a few even slip through their holes into the outside part of their cages, but few act the way my dog of fifteen years did. When I first saw the being who would become one of my best friends and companions, she just lay curled up in the corner of her cell. Sometimes dogs seem to come with names, but no moniker would stick to this corgi-shepherd mix. We called her Sweetie because she was so enthusiastic (out of the pound) and loving toward us, but that title seemed more like a nickname. We tried many others: Otter because she flowed off couches and benches so gracefully; Simba because her fur was tawny, her paws big, and because she grunted like a lion when we looked into her face and spoke to her; Happy because her floppy ears would bounce up and down when she ran, her mouth breaking open into a wide grin; Harpo because she liked to carry a squeaky toy

With Sweetie, I needed a leash only as protection against cars because she would not stray far from my side. When a little distance crept between us, she would look up and run to my area. I never had to train her. She would just come when I called, and whenever I said her name, she would look at me with great intensity, even though most of the time I was just saying hello. My wife joked that Sweetie would never allow death to take her from my side. But death approached in Sweetie’s thirteenth year in the form of dementia, signaled at first by her drifting further away during walks, by her not answering my call. We thought she was just losing her hearing, maybe her eyesight, but as the years passed she began walking in circles, especially in the house, and hooting in anxiety. She began to limp, and despite vitamins and glucosamine shots and pain pills and anxiety medication, Sweetie seemed to drift away with time, leaving a broken old dog that needed to be held up when she peed. Dementia stole our connection, that elusive bond best described by the word “love,” but more complex than any generality—a deep, moving dream river of both darkness and light. Three days before her passing, Sweetie shifted into a worse state—pacing all night long, losing more strength in her back legs, even showing less interest in food (that terrible warning). It was time to ease her passing. So I called our Veterinarian and set up an appointment for a home visit since Sweetie was

terrified of riding in the car, especially on a trip to the Vet’s. That last day, I watched the clock and ticked off Sweetie’s remaining time, but a funny thing happened: Sweetie slept peacefully most of the afternoon. She didn’t walk in a single circle, didn’t hoot once. For the last two hours, I took Sweetie to the backyard (with my other two dogs, Belle and Holly) and stayed with her. As the sun shown and the breezes played, she licked my hand repeatedly, and I stroked her thick fur, pulling out the pieces and little clumps because I wanted her to look her best and because I had been grooming her that way for over fifteen years. When the Vet and her assistant came and did their task, I put my face right into Sweetie’s, so close that I could see my head shape in her eyes, and I stayed that way for the whole procedure, as the sedative slowed her even more and as the darker drug eased her away. Sweetie was beautiful, and I told her that over and over. A character from a PBS show (Lark Rise to Candleford) responds to the death of a neighbor’s child by telling her husband, “To love is to lay oneself open to loss, and that is the bargain we make with ourselves because it is worth it.” Early the next morning when I took my two remaining dogs to the backyard, I found tufts of Sweetie’s hair still strewn about. Most of the bird nests in the vicinity were softened by the double coating of her brown and white hair. I settled into one of our benches and sipped my coffee. Robins were hopping and bobbing in one corner of the lawn, sparrows landed continuously to inspect and select Sweetie’s fur, automobiles rumbled in the distance, changing gears. Life flexing its limbs. On the bench I sat still, peaceful, enjoying Belle’s and Holly’s ambling about as the sparrows carried Sweetie to the sky.

This memorial was made possible through the generosity of:

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Mazie & Cappy What do you do for a living? Mazie: I do well in school, listen to my teachers and speak French. Cappy: Perfecting my English. What is your favorite treat? Mazie: Buttered popcorn. Cappy: Butter flavored fingers. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Mazie: Four hour recess. Cappy: Someone to talk to. If you could be any kind of animal what would it be? Mazie: I’d be a bird. Cappy: A Chameleon. Do you have a favorite TV-show? Mazie: Spongebob Squarepants Cappy: Anything on The Animal Planet. If you had a superpower what would it be? Mazie: Invisibility Cappy: Flight (oh, wait!)

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The Animal Print is looking for an experienced ad sales rep. The ideal candidate should be: • Experienced & skilled in advertising sales. • Great with people and easy to get along with. • Enjoy selling customers both on the phone and face to face . • Computer literate. • The ability to work as an Independent Contractor. • Commit to at least 3 days a week.

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