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t’s official, spring has finally sprung. And it’s not only the warmer weather that gives it

away, but the way my dogs seem

to want nothing more than to lie in the grass and just ‘be’. Spring

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seems to be the time of year

Paul O'Hearn Stephanie Georgia

when everyone wants to try new


things, get a little healthy and

Craig Pollak Katenna Jones Scott Dolan Sarah Silvia Mike Fink

get outdoors. So in honor of this new season, we have featured a popular trend around the country but fairly new to Rhode Island - Doga (see page 8). As part of our feature we

Photography: Daniel Gagnon

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You no longer have to gaze deep into your dog’s eyes to try to know what they’re thinking. Technology will do it for you. Have you ever wished you could read your dog’s mind? A new application for the Apple iPhone purports to do just that. Elijah Windsor has developed “Dog Thoughts,” a $.99 application for the iPhone that can be downloaded through the App. Store that says it can read your furry friend’s mind.Here’s how it works: Take a picture of your dog’s face and shake your iPhone. The program will bring up an interpretation of what your dog is thinking. There are more than 100 dog thoughts and phrases that the program draws from to see into your dog’s mind.

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E.J. Finocchio, DVM and his rescued Black Labrador, Marvin, are one of just four Pet Partners (therapy animal) teams being honored as winners in the international Delta Society Beyond Limits Award sponsored by Purina. Honorees were chosen from over ten thousand registered Pet Partners teams representing 13 countries. Delta Society Pet Partners are specially trained volunteers who with their pet (cat, dog, rabbit, llama, etc.) dedicate themselves to helping improve the lives of others in their communities. They visit hospitalized patients, seniors in assisted living centers, comfort people in hospice, help children learn to read and so much more. Dr. Finocchio and Marvin recently won the Rescue category which recognizes Pet Partners with at least two years experience who have an animal partner that was adopted from a shelter or rescue organization. Dr. Finocchio adopted Marvin (a disabled dog) from the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) shelter in 2002. Marvin had been previously adopted and then rejected due to his disability by three other families. However, after teaming up with Dr.Finocchio, Marvin now has a children’s book called ‘Marvelous Marvin’ written about him, and as a Pet Partners team, Marvin and Dr Finocchio have several accomplishments to their credit. Through his book and paintings, Marvin has raised over $95,000 for education programs including the RISPCA Marvin Fund, which benefits all creatures great and small in need of food, shelter, and medical attention. As a team, they bring happiness and warmth to patients who suffer from the tough pains of chemotherapy and other cancer related treatments at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI. Marvin also brings out kindness in some of the most emotionally disturbed students at the Providence Interim Middle School. Please join us in congratulating and thanking Dr. Finocchio and Marvin on receiving this special award and for all that they do to bring joy, compassion, motivation and inspiration to many people in your community! To learn more about Marvin visit www. and to learn more about Dr. Finocchio visit For info about the Delta Society visit


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Doga Class Liz Johnson and “Jake” doing Butterfly Pose


ven in tough economic times, there are certain pleasures that you just can’t give up. These are the things that make you feel good, things that give you mental clarity, and things that may help you take your mind off your daily stressors. One of these pleasures that you may not consider living without is your weekly yoga class. This long practiced discipline has gained enormous popularity in recent years as more and more people discover the benefits of stretching and muscle building exercise, accompanied with the relaxation and mental clarity that comes from yoga. Another gratifying aspect of people’s lives that cannot be denied is man’s best friend. Anyone who’s visited a dog park, a specialty pet boutique, or even a pet fashion show knows that devoted dog owners will do what it takes to squeeze in bonding time with Fido and make life for him a relaxing breeze... economy be damned! For people who love both yoga and their four legged friend, let us introduce you to the world of Doga. Yes, the name says it all…downward dog is literally on the up and up. The concept of Doga was created in 2002 by Suzi Teitelman, a yoga instructor in New York. It’s no secret that dogs both sense and play off the mood of their human companions, and Teitelman aimed to bring

the benefits of yoga to both you and your pup. Perhaps this sounds crazy to some, but the results are in and the popularity of Doga is growing all around the country. Jennifer DeAngelis, a veterinary office manager and certified yoga teacher found herself in the middle of this growing practice – and didn’t even see it coming. She has practiced yoga and meditation in the Kripalu tradition since 1999. She was certified at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2003 and is a registered yoga instructor at the All That Matters studio in Wakefield, RI. She is also the proud parent of her dog, aptly named Little Dog. As both a dog and yoga lover, it never really dawned on Jennifer that her passion for yoga could also be enjoyed alongside Little Dog in one serious bonding experience. That all changed when a friend approached her one day in 2008 with the concept of Doga and asked her to teach a class at a local pet event. Initially, Jennifer was a bit skeptical that it would work. However, after buying a book and learning the poses, she discovered during the event that Doga was a big hit. Both Jennifer and Little Dog became true believers in Doga! It wasn’t long after that she brought the idea to the All the Matters studio, and “Doga at the Guild” was born.

Photo’s from left to right: Joanne Foley and “Georgio” doing Great Seal , Karen D’Abrosca and “Maggie” doing triangle pose. Gina Munson and “Mercer” doing seated forward bend, Elena Wheetley and “Shamus” doing standing squat.

I love yoga and I love my dog, but is my dog right for Doga?

After witnessing the success of her Doga class, Jennifer feels that Doga would be a good fit for anyone and almost any dog. Dogs both large and small have succeeded in their Doga endeavors. The size of your dog will determine which positions are best; smaller dogs can be lifted while larger ones can be better used for bracing. You may feel that your dog is not properly socialized enough for a class, but Jennifer notes that Doga can often help those dogs become

better socialized around other animals. Think your dog may be a little too neurotic and high strung for Doga? DeAngelis sees dogs come to class on overdrive, only to go home calm and relaxed while their owners breathe one last sigh of relief. The benefits to dogs are many: its good for their muscles, its relaxing, its massaging, and it’s a great way for your dog to feed off your positive energies. For the true yoga lover and dog lover, DeAngelis believes Doga should be placed right up there with obedience class.


What should I expect when I sign up for Doga?

Now that the weather is looking up, Jennifer’s Doga classes are being held outdoors in a park next to the South County Bike Trail. The morning begins with a 30 minute walk on the bike path. During class your dog will accompany you through your own downward dog and warrior poses and can be used to brace and balance yourself. As part of the class, participants will learn dog massage techniques and incorporate them into sitting and standing poses. Class then moves into a separate set of muscle Continue on page 10

Jennifer DeAngelis demonstrates a few Doga poses with her dog. “Little Dog”. From left to right: “Flying warrior”, “Warrior 2”, and of course “Downward facing dog”.

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Elena Wheetley practicing massage techniques on her dog “Shamus”

stretching exercises designed specifically for your four legged friend. Towards the end of class, Jennifer often reads a poem or passage from “Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose, and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs”, written by June Cotner. And finally at the end of class all dogs are offered a treat and everyone goes home happy, relaxed and ready for a nice snooze at home on the sofa.

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Of The Year! We are thrilled to announce Amy Sirenski as the winner of our first annual Shelter/Rescue Volunteer of the Year. We found Amy’s nomination to be not only touching but truly representative of a deserving volunteer dedicated to helping homeless animals!


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There were so many heartbreakingly beautiful entries

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highlighting the rescue and volunteer work of some amazing people that we wish everyone could win. Of course there can only be one grand prize winner but we’ve decided to honor our

Our 6 Finalists are: 1. Nadine Killian, volunteer for the Taunton Animal Shelter 2. Kate Fantoli, volunteer for B.O.N.E.S, W. Warwick and Warwick Animal Shelter 3. Sue Parker, volunteer for W. Warwick Animal Shelter 4. Melissa Iacavone, volunteer for the Providence Animal Rescue League 5. The Levasseur Family, volunteers for the RISPCA 6. David (last name unknown) who volunteers for Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter and built his own chicken house to save chickens at the MSPCA

Our Grand Prize winner of Shelter/Rescue Volunteer of the year will recieve:

• A two night stay at the beautiful Lazy Dog Inn - New Hampshire, donated by the Animal Print • A day of pampering with a full facial donated by Alayne White Spa with locations in Providence and Bristol • A $50 Gift Certificate to the pet friendly Julian’s Restaurant in Providence, www.juliansprovidence. com donated by the Animal Print • A signed copy of “Shelter Dogs” donated by Traer Scott • A one year subscription to the Animal Print Magazine • And of course bragging rights!

6 other finalist as well, as they all deserve some recognition for their tireless work with homeless animals. Each of the finalist will receive a $20 gift certificate to Julians Restaurant and a subscription to the Animal Print. Our grand prize Volunteer of the Year will receive a number of exciting items to enjoy. Again, we are thilled to be able to give this years Shelter/Rescue Volunteer of the Year and finalists a big thank you! Amy, get ready to enjoy some wonderful prizes and pampering donated by our generous sponsors. Congratulations!

The Nomination I want to nominate Amy Sirenski, Volunteer Coordinator for Providence Volunteer Services for Animals as shelter volunteer of the year. I have been working with Amy for almost five years now at Providence Animal Control and can say without hesitation that she has saved the lives of hundreds of dogs who would not have had much of a chance otherwise. All of these dogs are picked up off the street as strays or taken from abusive situations. Many are sick or injured. Here in Providence, animal control receives thousands of dogs every year and doesn’t have the option to turn away animals. Unlike many private shelters, our kennels are always full, usually with about 80% pit bulls which despite being wonderful dogs, are very hard to place. Other local shelters are fortunate to have dozens of volunteers to help walk,

bathe, train and socialize dogs, while PAC has on average 3 volunteers. Despite being constantly overwhelmed, Amy comes in almost everyday to exercise the dogs, give out blankets, meet with adopters, photograph new arrivals and post them on Petfinder. Over the years, she has seen many, many volunteers come and go. All have been well intentioned people who simply couldn’t handle the emotional strain of working at a municipal pound where lives are sacrificed every week out of necessity to make room for more unwanted animals. It is often incredibly devastating work, and despite never becoming immune to the grief, Amy continues her work because she knows how much the dogs need someone to fight for them. She continues to inspire me to work harder, to see past the sadness and focus on saving one life at a time.




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May 7th The RESCUE The Providence Animal Rescue League will once again hold The Rescue, their 3rd Annual Cocktail Party & Auction. For more info visit or call 401-421-1399. May 16th What Would Jeff Do? Save the date for the most exciting Dog Training event ever. One night only. Jeff Gellman will teach you how to truly communicate with your dog without the use of treats, clickers, head halters, choke chains, bribery or punishment. Jeff ’s Customers pay thousands of dollars to learn these techniques. You will have the opportunity to see Jeff Live for only $49.00 a ticket. The event will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center. 5-7pm For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call 401.527.6354 May 16th 2-Legs For 4-Legs Deidre Sharp, founder and President of Horse Play Equine Rescue and Sanctuary in Saunderstown, RI, will walk across Rhode Island to raise awareness and funds for Horse Play. A portion of the funds will also be donated to the RISPCA. Horse Play provides a safe haven for horses, but our facility is full and we are also facing the economic crunch. Horse Play is including the RISPCA in this endeavour as they have a fund – the Marvin Fund – which assists owners in difficult situations and helps them to keep their beloved pets – horses included. Please consider sponsoring Deidre on this walk (approx 43 miles) on Saturday

May 16!! Any amount will be appreciated and it’s tax-deductible. Contact Horse Play for more info or a Sponsor form (401)294-3565 or email or you can just mail a check made out to Horse Play. We also use Paypal, our Paypal account is - just make a note that it’s a donation towards the Walk Across RI - 2-Legs for 4-Legs. May 16th Flea Market Extravaganza! Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will host a “Flea Market Extravaganza!” on May 16, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Warwick Animal Shelter, 250 Service Road (off Jefferson Blvd.), in Warwick RI. Stop by the Warwick Animal Shelter and check out the flea market; stop in the shelter and check out the adoptable cats and dogs! The Flea Market will help showcase and encourage adoption of the many beautiful, friendly and loving cats and dogs of all ages waiting for a forever home. Please call Brenda Nordin at 401-467-2692 to reserve a space, fordirections or for additional information. May 26 Memorial Day Parade 10am, The South Kingstown Dog Park Association will have a group walking in the South Kingstown Memorial Day Parade. We’d love to have you and your dogs join us as we celebrate the holiday and bring awareness of the Dog Park to our community.Dogs MUST be leashed for participation in this event. The parade begins at 10:00am, so participants must gather beforehand at the field behind SKHS & Haz-

ard School. The parade route travels through downtown Wakefield and ends at Wakefield Elementary School for a small ceremony at the park, about a mile walk. Please contact Susan Sancomb at susan.sancomb@ if you would like to participate. May 30th & June 14th 6th Annual Mother Dog Day Spa Alayne White Spa is hosting its sixth annual Mother Dog Spa event. This means it is time once again for dog owners to grab their pooches for a fun-filled day of pleasure for mothers and dogs alike. We have two spa days planned - the first in Providence and the second in Bristol, RI. For a reasonable price, ($55.00), pet owners and their dogs will receive a massage, makeover, professional mother/dog portrait and a wonderful goodie bag. All proceeds will be donated to three local animal shelters: The Providence Animal Rescue League, Forever Paws of Fall River, and Friends of Foley of Bristol. Who knew that pampering yourself and your pooch could be considered charity work? Providence - Sunday, May 31, 10am - 4 pm at Alayne White Spa 149 Elmgrove Ave - Providence. Bristol - Sunday, June 14, 10am - 4 pm at Alayne White Spa 29 Thames St - Bristol To reserve a spot contact (401) 254-1772 or or visit


June 7th 2nd Annual Whisker Walk. An Annual event…Whisker Walk is

Neighborhood! an educational for New England based pet related rescue groups and shelters. Come see exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs, special attractions, product giveaways, entertainment, food, fun and things for adults and kids to see, do and buy – both human and pet related! Where: Lancaster Fairgrounds, Home of the Famous Bolton Fair Route 117 – Lancaster MA NO ADMISSION FEES For more info visit

June 7th 20th Annual Heart & Sole Walk for the Animals Join the Potter League to raise funds for homeless pets! 10:30am - 1:30pm at Glen Park in Portsmouth. We are pulling out all the stops to raise as much money as we can for the animals in our care, and we definately want YOU to be a part of it! Event Day Highlights : The Infamous Pet Contests Doggie Day Spa Rally-O Jason’s Obstacle Course Feline Furr-Tography Contest Doggie Day Spa- the most popular spot! A 1 or 3 mile Walk in Glen Park For more info visit www.potterleague. org or call 401-846-8276

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June 14th 2nd Annual “Cause for Paws” Car Show Rain date Sunday, July 19, 2009 Show held at 171 Service Road, located off Jefferson Blvd., just before the Warwick Animal Shelter in Warwick, RI. Participants Choice Show is open to Antiques, Rods, Classics to 1979 and all year Corvettes. Compete in 24 Classes, a Best of Show and a People’s Choice! Music by Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer. Bring a can of wet dog or cat food for the shelter animals and receive an extra door prize ticket! Cost $15.00 per car, spectators free. Registration is from 9 AM to 12 PM. Free goody bags to the first 150 entries. Trophies awarded at 2 PM. Call Ruth at 401-480-9769 for more information. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter. June 18th South Kingstown Dog Park Association Fundraising Dinner It is Official! We will be holding a Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the Village Inn Ballroom 6:30-10:30pm. $50.00 per person. This price will include a Buffet Dinner (provided by Amalfi Fine Catering), a Silent auction and Music. Tickets will be available for purchase at The Neighborhood Guild front desk and Belmont’s Market in Wakefield. For more info visit or call 401-789-8645 June 20th Hawaiian Luau Doggie Dance 3pm till 8pm Get ready to have a good time!


At Goddard Park 1095 Ives Road, Warwick, Rhode Island Hawaiian leis & of course grass skirts will be the attire for our human and doggie party guests! We ask that everyone in attendance brings a dish. Games for our dogs (with prizes of course) raffle items, Hula Hoop Dance contest for dogs and their human handlers! Location: Goddard Park woodsy looking pavilion -picnic table area. (first Left before the beach area) Tickets $10.00 per person... Dogs $2.00 per dog. NO children under the age of 10 please, due to liability... Contact info: Susan Parker, President of The Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club Inc..E-mail: Or phone at 401-823-8851


The Pet Zone hosted by Sandy Marcel a local access television show promoting happy, healthy and safe pets. The pet zone is shown in many southeastern MA towns. For a full listing of channels and times visit Every Sunday 8am on 630wpro listen to “PET CARE” live with Dr. Dan Simpson Every Tuesday at 12pm “Pick of the Litter” Thanks to ABC Channel 6, there is another way to find a new best friend. Each week, Channel 6 hosts a program called “Pick of the Litter that features adoptable animals from the RISPCA.





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• Aidans – Bristol, RI • Nick-A-Nees – Providence, RI


• Coffee Merchant – Salem, MA • JAVA Speed – Providence, RI • White Electric – Providence, RI • Reflections Café – Providence, RI • Coffee Exchange – Providence, RI • Main St. Café – East Greenwich, RI • PerKatory – Providence, RI • Coastal Roasters – Tiverton, RI • Einsteins Bagels – Dorchester, MA • South End Buttery – Boston, MA


• Books on the Square – Providence, RI • MyOpic Books – Providence, RI • A Novel Idea – Bristol, RI • Cornerstone Books– Salem, MA • Brookline Bookstore – Brookline, MA


• Julians Restaurant – Providence, RI • Citron – Providence, RI • Nick’s On Broadway - Providence, RI • Aldo’s Restaurant – Block Island, RI • Trinity Brewhouse Restaurant – Providence, RI • Tremont 647 – Boston, MA • Tricia’s Tropi-Grille – Jamestown, RI

• Gano St. Dog Park – Providence, RI • Barrington Dog Park – Barrington, RI • Warwick Dog Park – Warwick, RI • Dexter Dog Park – Providence, RI • Newport Dog Park – Newport, RI • Boston Common Off-Leash Dog Hours: between 6-9am and 4-8pm • Sharon Dog Park - Sharon, MA • Foxboro Dog Park – Foxboro, MA


• Acme Video – Providence, RI • Holly’s – Wakefield, RI • Blockbuster – Park Ave, Cranston


• The Kayak Center of RI – Wickford RI • Mudstone Studios – Warren • Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Boston, MA • Life is Good Store – Newburyport, MA • Kinko – Eastide of Providence, RI • The Silver Willow – Seekonk, MA


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


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

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When Behavior Problems Aren’t Behavior Problems When it comes to dealing with behavior problems, things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes what appears to be a problematic behavior may actually be a symptom of underlying medical issues. When pets lose weight, limp, or vomit excessively – we tend to know something is wrong and contact a veterinarian. But some symptoms may not be quite so obvious. The following are situations in which I developed hunches based on training and experience. I want to make it clear that I am not attempting to nor am I qualified to diagnose medical conditions. Only a veterinarian can do that.

Inappropriate urination and defecation

Many pets have “accidents” in the house because of medical issues. I was contacted by a man recently whose cat was peeing outside of the box. When I mentioned ruling out a urinary tract infection, the most common culprit, he said there was no infection. Yet the behavior details he described indicated that this may not behavioral, as I had recently experienced a similar situation with my own cat. I had a feeling, so I asked him to talk to his vet about the possibility of other urinary tract conditions. Sure enough, the cat had crystals in his bladder. Intestinal parasites, inappropriate diet, and incontinence are a few of the occasional medical culprits for inappropriate elimination problems.


“My dog bit out of the blue!” is a phase I hear quite a bit. In one case, a dog had been a loving family member for years but, over the course of about a month or so, became increasingly snappy. At the consultation, I could not identify an obvious culprit. After working with them and seeing no change, I decided to question my initial assessment. I asked that the dog have its thyroid tested just to be safe, as this can be linked to aggression in rare cases. As it turned out, the dog’s thyroid was functioning abnormally and, because he was not feeling well, he was snappy. Thankfully, the dog was soon his normal self and I learned a very valuable lesson. Other conditions or injuries that cause pain may result in aggressive behavior and should be handled with caution and by a professional.

Fear or timidity

One of my favorite cases involved a dog that, over the course of about a month, seemed more and more timid and had stopped wanting to go outside, play, and was afraid of the leash. The dog was fearful, yet identification of the source remained elusive. At some point, I was told the family was sad about no longer attending agility classes because the dog had LOVED to jump high and run fast. AH HA! I asked if the dog ever hurt herself while running the course. Much to the family’s surprise,

the nine year old recalled a time the dog jumped an obstacle and cried when it landed, which no one else had noticed! I referred the dog to an animal chiropractor on a hunch and, a few adjustments later, the dog was back flying through the weave poles.

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Keep in mind, most behavior problems are simply that: behavior problems. Yet, there is the occasional case where it’s not so simple. A veterinarian is the only person who can determine if a medical condition is contributing to your pet’s behavior problems. Following are a few basic tips that may help you determine what you are dealing with.

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A Southern Belle Story

With love from her family and friends, Susan & Harry Parker

Written by Susan Paker, Edited by Lorrie Heller

Callie’s story personifies the plight of the thousands of American Pit Bull terriers who end up in the shelter system every year. What is so shocking and special about Callie are the years of abuse she withstood and the dignified manner in which she has persevered. Her story is an inspiration not only to dog lovers, but also to every human being who has had to overcome overwhelmingodds just to survive.

sitic pneumonia, round worm, ring worm, and needed to be spayed. It was apparent that she had been bred numerous times. She was extremely weak and emaciated and had a narrowing of her trachea that made her cough all the time. Callie had a large consolidation in her lungs making her medically unstable. This poor lady had been neglected and abused for so many years, that it made me cry and I thought I had seen it all.

Callie’s story begins in NC where she finds herself in a high kill by gas shelter. Sick and in heat, she is transported to RI but somehow along the line, she finds herself once again a stray on the streets.

What should I do? After much discussion, tears and prayers, Callie and I decided that she was going to fight for her life. She was given mega doses of antibiotics to cure her pneumonia and ring and hook worm but she was too weak to begin the virulent heartworm treatments that could save her life. My heart was broken, here she was with a 50/50 chance of even surviving and she still had no place to go. How much could this poor creature bear? In the next couple of weeks she was taken between Forever Paws and the West Warwick shelter. Basically wherever they had room for her she graciously and thankfully made her home.

Luckily for Callie, she was picked up in Woonsocket, RI and brought to the local shelter. An observant animal advocate, contacts me. Being a local dog trainer and authority on the pit bull breed, she requests that Callie be temperament tested before her fate is sealed.Paperwork eventually tracks Callie back to NC where she was then known as “Rita” I first met Callie in July 08. When I arrived at the Woonsocket shelter, Callie was brought to visit me by a shelter worker who told me what a great dog she was, and how they had been calling her “Baby” since she arrived at the shelter. Despite the oppressive heat, Callie was eager to greet me and had the happy tail whip going on. She actually seemed to be smiling. After putting Callie through her paces, she passed her temperament test with flying colors. An extraordinary feat given the sweltering heat and the fact that Callie was so sick. Now I was holding Callie’s fate in my hands and wasn’t exactly sure what to do. Relying upon my vast network of friends, I decided to adopt Callie and would temporarily house her at Forever Paws, in Fall River MA, a no kill shelter operated by my friend and colleague, Karen Concepcion. This would give me time to work with Callie and hopefully find her a great adoptive home. First I had to get her examined by my vet, Dr. Linda Farrington, to determine exactly how sick she really was.What came next was heart wrenching. Callie had heartworm, an enlarged heart, COPD, para-

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If you believe in love at first sight, then Callie is what makes you believe this. Everyone who has met Callie has been touched by her beauty, courage, determination and loving nature. Her recovery has been marked with many tense moments when my family and I thought we would lose her. Her heartworm was so severe that her lungs have been permanently damaged and she suffers asthmatic episodes in the cold New England weather. In spite of all of this, she remains cheerful and exuberant.

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Callie’s story shows the cruelty that can be perpetrated upon innocent animals in our society. It also demonstrates, however, how the spirit of the breed is unbreakable even by the worst of circumstances. Media reports are filled with the transgressions of bully breed dogs, yet few ever cite the greatness and true magnificent nature the breed possesses as evidenced by dogs like Callie. In January 09, Callie completed her last major health hurdle and was spayed.

Callie is now an official pet therapy dog. Her presence gives seriously ill people a reason to hope and believe in miracles. Callie also is an elementary school Pet Education dog. The kids adore Miss Callie. Callie will continue to be working as an ambassador for the bully breed and rescue dogs everywhere in the near future. I would like to thank several people who have continuously and tirelessly worked with me over the years to help dogs like Callie. Without the help of these individuals, Callie would not have made it: Harry Parker, my husband and constant source of support; Lori Rivard, Animal Control Officer, West Warwick, RI; Karen Concepcion, Manager, Forever Paws Rescue Shelter, FallRiver, MA; Dr. Linda Farrington, Owner, Compassionate Care Vet Clinic; Amanda Patterson, Animal Control Officer, West Warwick, RI; Anne Corvin; Director Warwick Animal Shelter; Dawn and Mike Kalinowski and all the members of the Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club.

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hortly after the last issue of the Animal Print magazine hit stands we received some calls letting us know that some of the ingredients (garlic and onions) found in our St. Patrick’s day dog recipe were hazardous to pets. This was quite upsetting and we immediately called poison control to get as much information as we could. We were relieved to find out that the amounts listed in the recipe were not dangerous but certainly worth making our readers aware of. While looking over a number of toxic ‘people’ foods we realized that it was time to print an updated article regarding hazardous people food. So with the ASPCA’s permission, we bring you the top 10. Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, Avocados…these foods may sound delicious to you, but are actually quite dangerous to our animal companions. The ASPCA nutrition experts have come up with a list of the top 10 people foods that you should not feed your pet. If ingestion of any of these items should occur, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.

Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

Alcohol Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

Avocado The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Birds and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning, and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart. Some ingestions may even be fatal.

Macadamia Nuts Macadamia nuts are commonly used in many cookies and candies. However, they can cause problems for your canine companion. These nuts have caused weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Grapes & Raisins Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. In pets who already have certain health problems, signs may be more dramatic.


Yeast Dough Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. Because the risk diminishes after the dough is cooked and the yeast has fully risen, pets can have small bits of bread as treats. However, these treats should not constitute more than 5 percent to 10 percent of your pet’s daily caloric intake. Continued on page 29

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Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.

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Onions, Garlic, Chives These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies. An occasional low dose, such as what might be found in pet foods or treats, likely will not cause a problem, but we recommend that you do NOT give your pets large quantities of these foods.

Milk Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other milk-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

The Animal Print also recommends that you keep a list of these toxic foods on your fridge or in the kitchen along with the number of the ASPCA’S poison control number (888) 426-4435. It just might save your pets life.

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Annabelle is looking for a home that has some dog experience. She is a very athletic girl, who loves to play. A home with no cats is probably best for Annabelle as she doesn’t get along with them too well. Annabelle has been altered and is ready for a loving home.

Lincoln is a very handsome dog, who runs like a greyhound, but is also used to being a house dog. He could probably adjust to almost any active home. Lincoln lived with kids in his last home, and was a regular at the dog park. He is being treated for Heart Worm Disease, but you can still come in to see him. He’s doing very well and would love to meet you.

Simba is the type of cat we wish we could clone. With his incredibly loving nature and looks to kill he makes all the girl’s hearts melt. He lived with another cat and would do well with children 8 and up. Simba is ready for a loving home and would love to meet you.

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Precious is a very friendly and calm 1 year old cat who loves attention! This pet is up to date with routine shots. This pet is already house trained. This pet has been altered.

Rocky is a great, happy, and very active Pit pooch who loves to play and run. He’s going to be a great dog in an active household that will give him plenty of exercise, play, and obedience training. Rocky is very affectionate, but he’s also independent and able to entertain himself when you’re busy.

Millie is a shy but friendly 2 year old cat who is looking for a loving home! This pet is up to date with routine shots. This pet is already house trained. This pet has been altered.

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Dog Bakery Decorator Needed. Decorator, dog bakery, decorating dog cakes and dog biscuits. Might also include baking of cakes at times. This is a part-time position, only serious, dependable, honest, team worker, trust worthy, self starter, and attention to detail applicants need apply. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Hourly rate $7.70. Please apply by e-mail: Website:


A great business opportunity for the right groomer. Established grooming salon located in Barrington, Rhode Island. Great clients, great pets, good parking, fully equipped. Call Mike at 401 413-0390.

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats for sale.

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


Free Photography for Dog Weddings Or Dogs Included In Traditional Weddings

Local photographer would like to photograph your pets that are either getting married or that are dressed in their wedding best and being included in your wedding. I will give you a selection of prints for your personal use in exchange for getting an invite in order to take photographs. For more info visit or email

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


Volunteer Shelter Trainers Needed The Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club Inc. is looking for volunteers to go to local shelters and work with bully breeds available for adoption by doing some basic training with them. This will help them get adopted quicker. Bully type dogs sit in shelters longer than any other dogs; often they are euthanized because of lack of space or because they deteriorate due to stress or lack of exercise. Also needed - foster homes for the urgent dogs. Not interested in working with the dogs directly? Maybe you would like to help with our fundraising and education efforts? If interested, please contact: Susan Parker at 401-823-8851 •

Foster Homes Needed

Due to the economy… Saint Bernard Rescue of CT & RI is in need of foster homes in the Connecticut and Rhode Island areas. Please contact Amanda or Brian for more information. or 860-334-3784 or 860-867-7061

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

A book review of “Wesley the Owl” by Mike Fink He’s a new-hatched barn owl. The runt of the nest with a hurt and hopeless wing. A girl who works in a lab takes him home. She tames him, and names him. Now he’s Wesley, or Wes for short. Stacey O’Brien has written a most extraordinary account of their life together. Her first book, “Wesley the Owl” will move you to laughter and tears and teach you wondrous things,

deep stuff. This small and lovely hardback was designed for me in particular: I collect such memoirs of the bond between person and wild creature, small tragedies but big love stories. It’s a familiar literary genre. The lady loves her parrot, or bob-white, or owl, or wounded puppy, more than her human romantic companion. But the tale of Wesley passes beyond belief, into new dimensions. Stacey has to supply endless living and frozen mice. It’s the entire diet of barn owls. They evolved to eat field mice. She purchases them, sacrifices them, and, occasionally, spares and frees them. She curbs her own freedom to spend precious time with Wesley throughout nearly two decades they spend as a pair.Now this quite remarkable author has no Ph.D. in ornithology. She is exceedingly knowledgable, but the wisdom is hand-learned and hard-won. She has the scratches and scars to prove her reliability, and some charming photographs as further evidence. Nothing fake about “Wes.”

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Even the afterword of acknowledgements is worth reading in detail. She tells you how she put the book together from her notes and journals, with the help of friends along the way. The Way of the Owl. Each chapter of this absolutely superb little volume could stand on its own as a separate narrative poem--or scientific report for that matter. Rather like a paragraph of the Bible. In fact, it IS a sort of Bible, since she seeks in the dark eyes of her “pet” some sort of divine guidance. Stacey has some health issues and runs out of the cash to pay her medical and hospital bills. She considers taking her own life. But how can she leave her aging life’s partner, Wes, to the care of strangers? How could she betray the trust they have built together? I recommend “Wesley the Owl” to all readers; there is something here for all. For spiritual or religious seekers. For birdwatchers, biologists and animal rights activists. For poets and other artists. For those who like to smile as they read or those who wipe their eyes. I’m a dilettante, an esthete, an English teacher at an art school. I like the way she mixes in the gross details--how Wes messes up their rooms with his droppings and his pellets, and the torn and ripped magazines and cushions he strews--with the gentle gestures of their naps and their awakenings, their mutual grooming rituals and the catastrophes they cope with. That’s the highest level of design, the juxtapositions. It’s true there are a couple of typos, a few repeated phrases that could have been trimmed, a few unanswered questions. But I totally recommend this fabulous but factual fable for our time. I cherished every single word and send, via this review, my compliments to the lady who lived it and shares it with us lucky readers.

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Paul & Caprica Six What do you do for a living?

Paul: I’m a Graphic Artist. Caprica Six: I’m the Assistant Editor to this fine magazine as well as a Cyclon agent.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

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