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As flood victims headed back to their homes and businesses, I began to hear some amazing tales of both heroics and suffering of many folks and their pets because of the flooding, evacuations and damage left behind from the flood. I thought it was important to share just a few of these stories in order to start the spring off with a sense of pride at how our community has come together in the face of such devastation. I hope you enjoy reading “Flooded Memories” (page 12) as well as our Green Products Guide (page 26) and an especially inspiring story about Luke Robinson and his 2 dogs (page 22) trek over a span of 2 years in the name of canine cancer research. Lastly, I would like to wish a very special lady, and this issue’s cover model, Cricket a Happy Birthday! Cricket is turning 15 and in honor of this momentous occasion her dog parents Traer Scott and Jesse Blair are throwing her a Quinceañera Party (aka Sweet 15). You can read more about that on page 10. I hope that you and your families enjoy both our new spring issue and of course spring! Sincerely, Stephanie Georgia Editor

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Quinceañera

ƒor Cricket

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Cricket in the Pinata Center 300 Broadway, Providence. A colorful Guatemalan tienda featuring handmade folk art, traditional Guatemalan textiles, coffee and of course, hand crafted piñatas. Photo by Traer Scott

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My dog Cricket is turning 15. Like most creatures, complex little Cricket is many things: a loyal and dedicated friend, a rescue dog with a harrowing past, a non-discriminating connoisseur of cheese and perhaps most importantly, a survivor. A year and a half ago, she was diagnosed with liver cancer. Again and again, she defied


all odds and survived. Now, on the eve of her 15th birthday, she is completely deaf but otherwise, quite active and normal. She still loves to run in the woods, still climbs the treacherous stairs leading up to our bedroom every night and still takes great joy in barking at old ladies in the park. To me, it is a true miracle that she is here. Although the life of one dog may seem insignificant in the shadow of our complex and careworn world, in my world, she is all important. We decided that a Quinceañera was the perfect theme for her party which would allow us to mix a little bit of humor with a lot of love. In many Hispanic cultures, when a girl turns 15 she is thrown a Quinceañera or “Sweet 15” which marks her official passage into womanhood. A Quinceañera is a serious event usually celebrated with a special Mass held for the young woman followed by a big, vibrant party for friends and family. Her “Court of Honor” is a selection of close friends who escort her. Of course Cricket’s hallmark 15th year is in fact, her entrance into true old age in doggie world- but that makes the theme all the more fun.

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Some of our closest canine friends were invited to be the old girl’s Court of Honor and human invitees were limited to dog-loving friends who have been part of Cricket’s life in some way. I wanted the décor to be both vibrant and quirky so in addition to a large portrait of the birthday girl, colorful Mexican paper flowers were made to hang in garlands, mingling with fresh flowers in vases on the tables. Catering from a fantastic local Mexican restaurant provided lunch for our guests followed by a sweet offering in the form of a cake topped with a fondant rendering of Cricket. A bone shaped dog-friendly cake (made from Crick’s prescription food) and a feline shaped piñata filled with dog nibbles rounded off the treats for canine company. So in the end, the recipe was simple: take a local dog friendly venue, combine with great food, friends, fun decorations, a few rituals borrowed from the Quinceañera tradition, and voila …. a fun and colorful celebration to mark the 15th birthday of a most extraordinary friend.

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Notes on a Flood

Flooded MEMORIES Photo of the Warwick Animals Shelter by John Boiardi

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or many of us, the morning of Tuesday, March 31st 2010 began like any other day: driving to work, running errands, walking our dogs, making breakfast for our children. While the rain poured down in sheets outside of our windows, we felt safe inside our homes where it is warm and dry, and we are surrounded with the familiar mementos and keepsakes of our lives. We have all seen the old black and white photographs, holding within their tattered and bent edges dramatic images of the flood waters sent surging throughout our state from The Great Hurricane of 1938. However to most of us those photographs are but relics of a bygone era, an era in which its passing took with it the possibility of such a thing occurring again. Each year that comes to pass, further separating ourselves from history’s tragedies, brings

written by Joelle Spinelli

Aerial photo of the 4 Paws Pet Resort and RI Animal Medical Center provided by Chad Callanan

with it a greater sense of confidence and insulation from harm. Yet as we learned on that now historical Tuesday in March, history can repeat itself with a terrifying vengeance that can shatter our illusions of invulnerability. The morning of March 31st began normally enough for Chad Callanan, owner of 4 Paws Pet Resort and RI Animal Medical Center. He began his day as he would any other, coming into the hospital and checking the day’s schedule, looking in on the boarders to make sure they were all happy, safe and sound, and placing calls to vendors to order medical supplies. He had never experienced any flooding, or indeed any amount of water in his building ever before, and so to the best of his knowledge he had nothing to worry about. But as the rain continued, the river rose and the news anchors began delivering

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warnings, he said he “got a funny feeling and decided to hang around.” His “funny feeling” proved to be life saving. Around 10:30pm he heard the dogs in the kennel, of which there were nine, begin to bark and fuss. When he went to check on them, the kennel’s floors were bone dry, but he decided to start moving the dogs upstairs anyway… just in case. He began with the smaller dogs and after moving two of them up to the hospital he noticed water seeping up into the kennels through the drains on the floors. By the time he moved the fifth dog upstairs, the remaining dogs were standing in water up to their ankles. At this point he also noticed that the river which runs alongside the building had risen to completely flood the yard and cover the kennel exit’s steel doors. He

Photo of the Warwick Animals Shelter by John Boiardi

quickly moved the remaining dogs and two cats upstairs to the hospital and, for the time being, to safety. Then he and Bittles, a schnauzer who had become particularly agitated, went upstairs to rest and check the weather and news. At 1:30 am the building’s fire alarm went off, Chad knew this would bring the Warwick Fire Department to the scene and he went outside to survey the surroundings. The scene that met him was shocking; the entire building was surrounded with quickly moving water, boasting a current so powerful that he saw a hot tub and a car being swept away down the street. The Warwick Fire Department arrived moments later, but were unable to reach the building. He called a 911 dispatcher to patch him thru to rescue workers and at this point was told to evacuate the premises, but unwilling to leave the animals Continued on page 14


Flooded Memories “Theo” - who was rescued by boat from 4 Paws Pet Resort /RI Animal Medical. Photo provided by Shane McCann

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in his care behind, he chose to stay. He told the 911 dispatcher that he would need to be provided with a boat to carry the animals across the rising waters, and an animal control vehicle to be waiting for them on the other side to ensure that in this stressful situation the dogs could be transported together without risk of altercations. Being unable to safely transport the animals from this side of the building, they decided to call in the Cranston Fire Department, and at 4:30 am, with the water steadfastly rising, two men in full survival suits appeared at the door. Chad, assisted by staff members, Warwick Animal Control, and the Cranston Fire Department carried the animals two by two in an RHIB inflatable boat to the animal control vehicle. Their efforts continued throughout the night and well into the morning hours. Chad had called all of the owners of the animals in his care pervious to the rescue and was able to reunite some of them with their pets by noon. Those animals whose owners could not make it to the scene were taken home by caring staff members until they as well could be reunited. Chad Callanan went to extraordinary efforts to save the lives of the animals entrusted in his care, but he could not have done it alone. He wishes to express his thanks to Officer York of Warwick Animal Control, both the Cranston and Warwick Fire Departments, and to staff members Dr. McStay, Kristina Springle, Luke McDonald, and Julio Augusto. One very thankful owner is Shane McCann, whose beautiful adopted Beagle mix Theo was

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one of the dogs safely evacuated that night. Shane was away on business in Manhattan when he received word of the evacuation, and he is extremely grateful that Theo’s other Dad, Kevin Lagor, could be there in his stead to bring Theo home safely and assist in the rescue efforts of the other animals as well. Shane was watching the news, live from Cranston, while in Manhattan and at one point turned to his friend and said “If I turn on The Today Show and see Theo in a little life boat I’m going to freak out.” He had no idea how foreshadowing that statement would be, and thankfully Theo quite enjoyed his boat ride. Crystal Sylvia, of Taunton, Massachusetts, was also going about business as usual on the morning of March 31st. The rain was pouring down, but she took her three rescued Pit Bulls, Rubin, Mia, and Karma for a long walk and settled them into their crates downstairs before running off to work. However when she returned home she heard the dogs barking and sounding distressed. When she looked downstairs, there was well over a foot of water in the house. Parts of their hardwood flooring had come loose and were floating past her disbelieving eyes. Fortunately, the dogs were all unharmed. She and her husband had never expected to be effected by the flooding and their sump pumps failed to assist in helping eliminate the rising waters in their home. The couple was forced to evacuate their home for the next 48 hours due to the severe flooding on their street. They were unable to bring their dogs with them. Terrified and overwrought, they secured the dogs into crates, high above the water line, with blankets, chew toys, food and water and prayed that they would be unharmed both physically and emotionally. When they were able to return home, they saw that their prayers for the dogs had been answered; all three were unharmed, albeit scared and shaken up. However their home was destroyed. They tried in vain to clean and remove the water, but the house’s foundation was so severely damaged that the structure is now unlivable. The couple’s options for housing are very limited, and their

Mia and Rubin snuggling on the couch.

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dog in the home. However, Mia and Karma’s futures 15are still fearfully uncertain. Sadly, many animals have been displaced due to the flooding, including those who were already homeless and in desperate need of love and permanent sanctuary. The Warwick Animal Shelter suffered severe devastation. Thirty-four cats and sixteen dogs were evacuated from the premises. As soon as the warnings were issued on the news, phone calls and emails went out to volunteers and support staff. Within thirty minutes people began arriving, cat carriers and dog crates in hand, to bring the frightened animals to temporary foster homes. The safe evacuation and relocation of every animal housed in the shelter was a massive undertaking and huge group effort. Animal Control officers, city maintenance workers, Transwick bus drivers, volunteers and staff from other shelters were all on scene to assist in everything from putting together crates, to physically removing animals from their kennels, helping them onto busses, and transporting animals to other shelters. Ann Corvin, director of the Warwick Animal Shelter described the scene as such, “It was a scene I will never forget, the office filled with cat carriers, people scrambling to move the dogs, staff moving cats out as quickly as possible to their new foster homes, the receptionist throwing whatever documents were on Continued on page 33


{16Behavior} By Katenna Jones, Sc.M, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT

DACHSIE & NEWFIES & BULLIES, OH MY!

Long ones, short ones. Smooth ones, wrinkly ones. Floppy ears, perky ears. Curly tails, straight tails. There are more varieties of dog varieties than there are flavors of ice cream; but why so many shapes and sizes? What could those goofy hound ears possible be for? Why are some faces so darn pointy? Well, different dog features were historically bred to serve very specific functions – few are random. Dog breeding is like evolution in fast forward. Specific personality traits and physical characteristics have been selectively bred for throughout the centuries resulting in hundreds of breeds adapted to very specific niches and jobs.

Let’s look at some of the more unusual looking dogs. Novelist Sidonie Gabrielle said it best: “Bulldogs are adorable, with faces like toads that have been sat on.” The original features of the bull dog breed have been exaggerated to produce the current little meatballs we all know and love, but at one time served very specific purposes. Low, stocky, muscular bodies provided power and stability, which were essential during bull baiting. While flat faces and deep-set noses and extended under bites allowed the dogs to keep breathing while they hung on like vices. When this horrible sport was finally outlawed, the bull dog no longer had a job and so breed enthusiasts bred their beloved bullies for looks and companionship. Other bully breeds, such as boxers and pit bull type dogs, are also stocky, muscular,

with wide stances, and wide, powerful jaws for the purposes of stability and power. Bloodhounds are believed to have 40 times as many scent receptors than humans. Enlarged noses, overly wrinkled faces, and droopy moist lips are ideal for trapping scent molecules and making these hounds the super sniffer of the dog world. The ears of all scent hounds, including bloodhounds’, are believed to be long and floppy so they can hang close to the ground and swing back and forth to waft the scent. Solid and strongly built, these dogs are bred for endurance rather than speed. This allows bloodhounds, and other scent hounds, to really focus on the scent and track down their quarry.

The Rastafarians of the dog world, Pulis and Komondores, have tight curls that form chords similar to dreadlocks. Believed to be several thousand years old, these hard working sheepdogs were bred to herd and guard livestock. Their hair may look like a pile of spaghetti, but it is perfectly suited to protect these hairy herders from extreme hot and cold dry climates, from tough vegetation, and from wild animals by acting like a suit of armor. Yah mon! What purpose could the wiener dog body possibly serve, other than to provide fodder for cartoons and amusing Halloween photos? Actually, the little dachsie is long and low for a reason. Short, powerful legs are ideal for fast digging while long, narrow bodies are perfectly suited to tunnel into burrows. The name Dachshund is literally German


17 for “Badger dog” and, as any dachshund lover will tell you, these powerful little buggers are tough and tenacious. Dachsies were designed to track down badger, rabbit, fox, boar, and even wolverine. Their floppy ears keep dirt and grass out of the ears while the straight curved tails are easy to spot in the grass - or grab a hold of to pull the dog out of a burrow. And then there’s greyhounds – the supermodels of the dog world. Graceful and breathtaking on the runway, yet other times gangly as a fourteen year old boy at a junior high dance. Long, powerful legs are obviously well suited for speed, while incredibly deep chest cavities hold oversized hearts and lungs to fuel their speed. The long, thin tails serve as rudders for narrow, flexible bodies that are as aerodynamic as their long and skinny beaks. If you’ve ever

met a greyhound, you’ve probably had the pleasure of being jammed right in the rear end by a huge, bulb-like nose with enlarged nostrils, perfectly designed to intake more oxygen. Giant, fluffy, and jammed packed with slobbery kisses, the lovable Newfoundland might seem like just an oversized goof ball, but they are actually well designed machines. Webbed toes, powerful limbs, strong bones, and oversized muscles are perfectly designed for endurance when swimming through waves and tides while waterproof, ultra thick coats protect them from icy water when rescuing wayward swimmers. Those floppy jowls might fling spit like a semi-automatic, but the wrinkles and folds allow air to pass through a mouthful of nasty seawater, keeping it out of their bellies and lungs.

The list could go on and on, with each breed having specific features – and personality traits – for very intentional reasons. So the next time you see a poodle prancing through the show ring with that REDICULOUS haircut, don’t make fun. That haircut has a reason, and that reason is based on what the dog was originally intended to do. Do a little research; you might just learn something really cool!

By Katenna Jones, ScM, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT Humane Educator / Animal Behaviorist katennaj@americanhumane.org American Humane Association www.americanhumane.org

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{Wandering Tails} by Mike Fink

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y next new elective here at R.I.S.D. has a sort of green hue: it’s titled “Birds in Books” and roams a terrain from evolution to ecology and environmentalism to the library and the pet store. I’m making up a list of recommended and required texts, including Audubon’s prints, Peterson’s photographs, and a few flicks like “Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.” Beyond the visual materials, I trace literary ornithology and mythology from “Green Mansions,” about a bird-girl, to “Wesley the Barn Owl” and “Birds as Individuals.” Oh, the bibliog-

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21 of a book about birds as omens...like all our pets. I’ve actually been preparing to offer such a class since earliest boyhood. I wrote a book in grammar school about the evolution of our feathered friends. My older brother did the illustrations, complete with sketches of the archeopteryx, a sort of winged dinosaur, and the pterodactyl, and the maps of migratory routes for hummingbirds and terns. I displayed my typed and stapled pamphlet in the glass case at my local branch library, but I believe I must have destroyed it during one of my sessions before the brick hearth, where I burned love letters, embarrassing confessions, and odds and ends of paper, to clear some space for new thoughts and adventures, new chapters. I want to drag this proposed syllabus to the consideration of pets and the businesses connected with the cares and concerns for the blessed creatures we protect and which in turn protect us. I think I’ll provide some propaganda for PETA and other animal rights organizations. There are some excellent scholarly and legalistic works, and I already have shelves of them among my libraries, in loft, cellar, attic, office. Somehow, all these pages should nourish the mind and guide the hand to be kinder and gentler toward the species and the habitat beyond the sidewalks, roads, and floorboards of our own “civilization.”

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1.The entry must be pet-centric, written from the human point of view (i.e., not in the voice of/as told by the pet), can not contain any instances of cruelty or abuse, and must position the pet as an integral part of the story, not simply as a peripheral plot device. Entries may not exceed 2,000 words; those over this word count will be disqualified. 2. By participating in the contest, entrant certifies that his/her entry is original, has not been previously published or won any award, and does not contain any material that would violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyrights, trademarks or rights of privacy or publicity. 3. One (1) will have his/her entry published in a future issue of The Animal Print Magazine and will win prizes (tba). 4. The Animal Print will accept only electronically submitted entries sent to submissions@theanimalprint.com. The document must be created in Microsoft Word or another widely distributed word processing program and must include your name, mailing address, telephone number and email address on each page. Entries will not be acknowledged, and those sent as hard copies will not be considered or returned. 5. There is a $5 entry fee. Once you submit your entry you will be directed to a paypal link to pay your entry fee. 6. The contest deadline is September 1, 2010.

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There probably aren’t many people out there who haven’t been affected by the battle against cancer. We have all been touched by someone in our lives who has taken on the fight against the disease. It affects our mothers, fathers, friends, and neighbors. What many of us may not be aware of is that it also hits another important part of our lives…our pets. In fact, cancer is the number one cause of death in dogs. One in four dogs will fight the battle and the disease does not discriminate…it affects all breeds and all ages. Research has actually shown that dogs and humans can get the same types of cancers. Luke, Hudson and Murphy on the road.

Watching our beloved four-legged friend fight the disease can be very painful. Luke Robinson is one such man who has been through this experience, and it affected him in a profound way. After watching his first beloved Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, lose a hard fought battle with Osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer), he decided he was going to do something extraordinary. Luke says, “Before he was given rest, I promised him I would devote the rest of my life to ridding the world of this devastating disease.” Luke spent a full six months training with his two other Great Pyrenees, Hudson (Age 8) and Murphy (Age 3), in order to develop a system of communication so they could safely travel in a pack. He then put his belongings into storage, packed up his tent, backpacks and a couple of leashes and hit the road. They headed out for the ultimate dog walk: one that has stretched 2000 miles and has lasted over 2 years. It all began in March of 2008 in Austin, Texas and will finish when they finally reach the end of their two-year journey this June in Boston, Mass. The trek, appropriately named 2 Dogs 2000 miles, has two primary goals: to raise awareness of the issue and to raise research money for the first nationwide epidemiological canine cancer study. The study has many benefits such as

giving dogs already stricken with cancers, a chance to enter trial research and drug programs. Another plus is that this technique reduces the dependence of inducing diseases on otherwise healthy animals for research purposes. The journey has been a long and colorful one. Along the way, they have encountered all types of weather conditions, from wind and torrential rains, to blizzards and heat waves. Everything needed for the journey has been strapped to their backs and when its time to crash for the night they often pitch their pup tent along the side of the road. They have met thousands of people and their pets along the way, many of them opening up their homes and telling their stories about how cancer has personally affected their lives. They’ve stopped at local events and helped out local animal shelters. Each time they leave the route to sleep or volunteer for an event, they are brought back to the last point on the route where they left off. Their cause has become so popular that people literally come to greet them and cheer them on. The progress of their journey covers approximately 8 to 10 miles in a day, with the boys currently making their way through Connecticut. Soon it will be Rhode Island’s turn to come out and show our support for Luke, Murphy and Hudson. At the time of printing, their tentative plan is to


23 enter Rhode Island across the Westerly/Pawcatuck bridge on May 1st, with their first stop being the Westerly Animal Shelter. On May 2, a meet and greet is planned in conjunction with the grand opening of the new South Kingstown Dog Park in Wakefield. Beyond that, plans are still being made for events and stops as they head further north towards Warwick and Providence, but the intended route is to head up Route 1 through the state. Due to the nature of their journey and the unforeseen recent flooding events in the local area, official schedules may vary. The best way to keep up to date on the day-by-day whereabouts of Luke and the boys is to connect with them online. Their website contains the latest updates on events in the area: www.2dogs2000miles.org. You are also encouraged to friend them on Facebook:www.facebook.com/2dogs2000miles. And follow their updates on twitter: www.twitter.com/2dogs2000miles. In celebration of the big finish of this historic journey, a series of fundraising events are scheduled to take place the weekend of June 18th through the 20th when Luke, Hudson, and Murphy walk their final mile into Boston. If you can’t attend any of the fundraising events and would like to make a donation to the cause, you can do so through the website at www.2dogs2000miles.org or by mailing a check to: 2 Million Dogs/2 Dogs 2000 Miles C/O. Barbara Cleary 28 Mullins Ave. Duxbury, MA 02332

Pet Refuge 4th Annual Dog Walk

“Walk For No Kill” Sunday, June 13, 2010

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Rain or Shine

Walkers without dogs welcome! Pre-Registration Fee: $15.00 Fee Day of Walk: $20.00 Register on-line at www.petrefuge.net or visit the Pet Refuge 500 Stony Lane North Kingstown, RI Luke, Hudson and Murphy taking a break in their “pup” tent.

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Sunday, May 2nd The Providence Animal Rescue League’s PET WALK 2010 This year the Pet Walk is Spring-Bound! After 21 successful years of hosting our signature event, Pet Walk, in September, we are moving it to the spring! On Sunday, May 2nd from 10am-3pm at Goddard State Park, Pet Walk 2010 will offer community fun and games with family, friends and dogs (with a few new surprises in store for you)! For more info visit www.parl.org or call (401) 421-1399. Sunday, May 2nd Grand Opening for The South Kingstown Dog Park. They’ve come a long way and the SKDP is having their Grand Opening on Sunday, May 2! The event will last 1pm -4, with a “leash cutting” ceremony. For more info visit: www.skdogpark.org. Saturday, May 8th Spring For Cats! PawsWatch Auction & Raffle PawsWatch will hold a Silent Auction and Raffle at the Newport Elks Lodge, Corner of Bellevue Ave & Pelham St, Newport on Saturday, May 8th from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Join friends for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and music. Doors open at 4:30 pm and bidding starts at 5pm. Tickets are $25. All proceeds go directly to providing veterinary care, shelter and food for feral cats. For more information and tickets, contact PawsWatch at cats@pawswatch.org or visit pawswatch.org

Saturday, May 8th New England Equine Rescues First Annual Silent Auction and Equine Art Exhibit! 6-8pm, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Artists Susan Monty, Barbara Frake, Shannon Paltinovich, and Dale Begley will be there exhibiting and selling their art. Rockingham Park, 79 Rockingham Park Blvd, Salem NH. Tickets are only $15.00! Please see our web site for more deets and to buy tickets: WWW.newenglandequinerescues. Com/silentauctionmay8.htm  Questions: fundraising_neer@yahoo. com (or if you would like to donate something.) Sunday May 9th Happy Mothers Day! Sunday May 9th Doggie Bootcamp The outdoor fitness class for dogs and their humans! Reserve your spot in the Doggie Boot Camp before April 30 and get a 10-class card pass for $99 (regularly $15/class). Class starts Sunday, May 9th, 10am in Lippit Park (Hope St., East Side of Providence, RI). For more info contact Method Fitness at 401.274.6384 or info@methodfit.com Saturday, May 15th May Day Breakfast 10am-1pm The little Rhodie Bully Breed Club is hosting it’s first May breakfast on Saturday, May 15th (in honor of Armed Forces Day) at 10am... Tickets are $5.00 per person. All proceeds go towards helping the homeless bully breed dogs. Location: Our new building 859 West Shore Road,

Warwick, RI (everyone please bring a dish) And your May pole dancing shoes!!! For more info visit www.dynamicdogtraining.net or call (401) 823-8851 Saturday, May 15th Strut Your Mutt - Walk-A-Thon The North Attleboro Animal Shelter will be holding its 10th Annual Strut Your Mutt fundraising event on Saturday, May 15, 2010 on the grounds of the North Attleboro High School from 10am to 3pm, rain or shine. Sponsor forms are available at the shelter and can also be downloaded from our website for your convenience at www.nashelter. org. For additional information, call us at 508-699-0128. Hope to see you there! Sunday, May 16th What Would Jeff Do? Real World Dog Training Seminar 5 - 7 pm, at The Westin Providence! Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training, is enlivening Providence with another exciting and informative dog training seminar. There will be major focus and instruction on Intense Heeling, Intense Recall, and Problem-Solving for the Top Five Behavioral Issues. This life-changing event will show you the way to a happier, more peaceful existence with your dog! For more info visit www.whatwouldjeffdo. com or call 401.527.6354

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Sunday, June 6th Heart & Sole Walk For Animals Join the Potter League For Animals on Sunday, June 6, for a morning full of fun and wagging tails! There will


Neighborhood! be tons of activities for people of all ages and dogs of all stages of life! As a walker, you can help raise money for our furry friends at the Potter League by asking your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else you may know to sponsor you in the walk. And remember, the more you raise, the more prizes you can win!! Join a team and raise Top Dog dollars! For more info visit www.potterleague.org Sunday, June 13th The 3rd Annual Cause for Paws CLASSIC CAR SHOW (raindate July 18) Registration: 9 am to 12 pm Trophies awarded at 2:00 pm. $15.00 Registration fee and spectators are free. 171 Service Rd, Warwick, RI For more info: shelterhelp@friendsri.org

Check our website for daily event updates www.theanimalprint.com!

Sunday, June 13th Pet Refuge 4th Annual Dog Walk “Walk For No Kill” Goddard State Park Carousel Warwick, RI Registration: 12:00 pm 2-mile Hike: 1:00 pm Rain or Shine Walkers without dogs welcome! Pre-Registration Fee: $15.00 Fee Day of Walk: $20.00 Registration forms are available online at www.petrefuge.net or at the Pet Refuge 500 Stony Lane North Kingstown, RI. 401-294-1115 Sunday, June 13th 2ND ANNUAL “PAWS”-ITIVELY “PURR”-FECT DAY AT BOYDEN WILDLIFE REFUGE Please e-mail paws4blue@aol.com or call 508-823-7243 for more info or if interested in applying for a space at this fundraising event! All profits to go to the Friends of the Taunton

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Every Saturday What Would Jeff Do? Real World Dog Training Talk Radio on AM 790 When: Saturdays 7 - 8 a.m. www.WhatWouldJeffDo.com. Station Hotline: 401-437-5000 Tune in, call in, and get saved. Every Tuesday “Pick of the Litter” at 12pm 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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This comfy bed is made with a removable organic cotton cover and the cushion inside the bed is made from plastic soda bottles, but you’d never know because it’s so soft! Available in 10 different fabric choices (just ask for a swatchbook) $68-$194 Available at : Plaid & Stripe 182 Wayland Ave, Providence, RI

Bug Off - Organic Dog Flea Shampoo by Spot Organics

A detergent-free, natural, dog shampoo that includes pure essential oils of lemon, grapefruit, lemongrass, and peppermint blended together with organic olive and jojoba oils. It will leave your dog smelling sweet and bug free! $16.95 for 8oz and $12.95 for 4oz Available at: Dogs in Harmony 1417 Atwood Ave, Johnston, RI

Your dog will be eating “Green” with this Natural Acacia Wood dog bowl. Plantation grown and renewable, no two pieces are alike and includes a stainless steel bowl. $35.00 for 8 dia x 3 H, $60.00 for 10 dia x 5 H, $95.00 for 8 dia x 6.5 H Available at www.unleashedlife.com

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Green Market Collars by Up Country

These collars and leads are made here in Rhode Island with 100% recycled polyester webbing and polyester ribbon. Inspired by the color and imagery of Indai, Africa, and Asia they will add a sense of cultural beauty to your pet’s attire. $18.00-$19.00 Available at Jack’s Snacks 1860 Broad St, Cranston, RI Shaggy Chic 3 Main St, Wickford, RI

Saving the Earth Collars by Wagging Green

Each collar is made in the USA and features an eco-friendly topic such as saving the honey bees with Honey Dog and supporting earthfriendly fibers with Bamboo Pooch. A beautiful way to show your support. $20.00 Available at A Leg Up Bowtique & Barkery 54 State St, Bristol, RI

Plush and Petite Dog Toys by Simply Fido

These perfect playthings are sure to please your pup. Each classic character is made from organic cotton. The large plush comes with four squeakers for you big dogs while the petite is perfect for your smaller pups. $14.50 for the Petite. $19.99 for the Large Available at Whole Foods in Cranston, and University Heights, Providence.


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“Reduce your carbon Pawprint!” This is Plaid: “One of the responsibilities of having a dog is picking up it’s poop and one of the secret pleasures of being a dog is watching you do it! Stripe and I think it’s pretty darn funny!” “Speak for yourself Plaid”, Stripe here: “Now you can pick up our poop and help the environment at the same time with our 100% Biodegradable Poop Bags made from wheat, tapioca, potatoes and corn. They’re almost good enought to eat.” This is Plaid again; “In fact you ate a box of them off the shelf this morning!”

Hurley by West Paw Design

Floatable, durable, and made in the USA. This mutifunctional and recyclabe dog toy creates virtually no waste during the manufacturing process. Toss it, float it, chew it, love it! $13.00 for the Large. Available at REI 22 Chapel View Blvd, Cranston, RI Wag Nation 92 William St, Newport, RI

RoyalFlush Hanging Bird Toy by Greenfeather Bird Supply

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Scoopies

These mitt-shaped bags make pick-up a breeze. And since the biodegradable plastic completely disappears from the environment, you no longer have to feel guilty about contribuiting to poo-llution! $4.50 for a box of 30 Available at Shaggy Chic 3 Main St, Wickford, RI Plaid and Stripe 182 Wayland Ave, Providence, RI A Leg Up Bowtique & Barkery 54 State Street, Bristol, RI

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Disposable Cat Litter Box by Kitty’s WonderBox This disposable and biodegradable multi-use litter box is made of dense recycled paper fibers to help keep litter drier and odor-free. Make cleanup easier on you and the planet! $9.99 Available at Petco in Cranston and other RI Petcos.

Antlerz by QT Dog Cut from 100% naturally shed deer antler. This all natural product is found in nature and no animals are hurt in the process. Excellent and long lasting for heavy chewers and teething puppies. The price ranges depending on size. Available at Plaid & Stripe 182 Wayland Ave, Providence, RI

Recycled Pine Pellets Cat Litter by 365 You’ll never go back after you use this 100% recycled and recyclable cat litter. Unlike clay litters, this litter produces no harmful dust. Healthier for you, your family, and your cats. $7.49 for a 10lb bag Available at Whole Foods in Cranston, University Heights Providence, and East Side Providence.

Organic Loofah Dental Dog Toy by Hip Doggie USDA Certified Organic, 100% vegetable loofah toy. This meat flavored natural teeth cleaner will keep your dog entertained and smiling brightly. $4.75 for Small to $8.00 for Large Available at Park Ave Puppies 843 Reservoir Ave, Cranston, RI Grrreen Greeting Cards by Paper Russells These artsy and fun greeting cards are printed with soy-based ink on recycled paper, saving trees and water and reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Price ranges from $2.50-$3.50 Available at Shaggy Chic 3 Main St, Wickford, RI

K9 Kleen by Buttonwoods Bathworks A doggy wash bar made using goats milk sourced from RI goats. Enriched with a special essentail oil blend gently cleanses, freshens and discourages insects. Made locally by an environmentally friendly company. $6.50 Available at Jack’s Snacks 1860 Broad St, Cranston, RI


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North Attleboro Animal Shelter - MA • 508.699.0128 • www.nashelter.org

Paws is a Neutered Male - Shorthaired Beige and White an is approx. 2 yrs old. He has a brother named Ollie and they’re both new at the shelter. They both get a lot of attention, even though it isn’t a real home. They are looking to be adopted together, since they both feel safe and secure when we are side by side.

Ollie is a Neutered Male - Shorthaired all Beige and is approx. 2 yrs old. He has a brother named Paws and they’re both new at the shelter. They both get a lot of attention, even though it isn’t a real home. They are looking to be adopted together, since they both feel safe and secure when we are side by side.

Emery is a Neutered Male - Shorthaired White with Tiger patches and is approx. 5 yrs old. He was a stray for a while and spent most of the days wandering and wondering what would happen next. Emery just wants a comfy couch, nice clean water (in a bowl), fresh food, and some human company who isn’t demanding for attention.

Ruby is a Female - Shorthaired Tiger Tuxedo with Tortie and is approx. 2 yrs old. She was a stray for the past year and lived in the woods. There are a lot of dangerous things out there and if you weren’t smart enough, you were not going to be around for long. It was tough for her being a stray, so she’s a little shy but is working on her people skills.

Providence Animal Rescue League - RI • 401.421.1399 • customer@parl.org

Brooklyn is a 10 month old Pitbull with beautiful blue eyes. Like most young pit bulls, Brooklyn has a lot of energy and will need help learning not to jump up and use his mouth when playing. Because of his exuberance, Brooklyn should not go home with kids under 12 as he could accidentally knock them over.

Benny is a sweet 9 month old Beagle that came to us because his former family had asthma. He is very friendly and loves to play. Benny is not housebroken and will need to be trained. Benny will do fine with other dogs and children, but he will not do well with cats.

Bella is a 1 ½ year old cat who was brought in because her owners could not afford her care. She has had some trouble acclimating here at the shelter, so she will need a patient owner and a slow transition to her new home. Bella has lived with older children, dogs (small and large), and another cat.

Lila is a 3 year old kitty who was surrendered because her owners moved to an apartment that does not allow cats. She is sweet but has been shy here so far. She does fine with cats and children.

Potter League - RI • 401.846.8276 • info@potterleague.org • www.PotterLeague.org

John Quincy Adams, one the countries earliest presidents is looking for a new home. He and his cousin Sam are looking for someone with the patience to work to hand tame these busy birds.

Sam is a handsome, confident cat. He needs to live in a quiet, cat savvy, ADULT only home. Sam should also be your “One and Only”.

Harley is revving and ready to go! Harley needs some work on manners. He loves to go for walks and is a busy guy. He would do best in a home with teens and adults. He may be able to live with another dog.

Widget is a sassy gal with an attitude as cool as her hair. She has lived with other rabbits and is very playful. She would love a family that is willing to spend the time socializing her, getting her comfortable with handling.

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Help Save Lives... Adopt A Pet Today! Warwick Animal Shelter - Warwick, RI • 401.468.4377

Pebbles is a 10 year old that was turned into the shelter. She likes company and would love to be close to a family. Please call 401-468-4377 to learn more about me, or send an email to Maggie at: mbaker65@ cox.net.

Tinsel is 5 years old and was turned into the shelter because she wasn’t getting along with the family dog. Tinsel is a very nice kitty that would be better in a cat only household. Please call Debbie at 401-468-4377 or send an email to Maggie at: mbaker65@cox.net.

Lillian is a sweet companion dog with more energy than you’d expect. Lillian is about 8 years old and is affectionate; she tends to be shy at first meeting, but warms up quickly with gentle patience. Lillian was discarded in the streets after years of loyal devotion. Please call Debbie at 401-468-4377 or send an email to Maggie at: mbaker65@cox.net.

Quincy is a very laid back friendly male. She just wants to snuggle up and be your lap buddy. Please call Debbie at 401-468-4377 or send an email to Maggie at: mbaker65@ cox.net.

Pet Refuge - North Kingstown/Exeter, RI • 401.294.1115 • ddoehrmann@yahoo.com

Linus is about 1 ½ years old (as of March 31, 2010). He’s very friendly and playful, and loves attention! NOTE: Linus has tested positive for feline AIDS. He must be the only cat in the home, or only in a home with other AIDS-positive cats. For more information about Linus, please call the Pet Refuge at 401-294-1115.

Shiloh is a very friendly, beautiful Classic Tabby. He’s about 8 months old (as of February 2010). For more information about Shiloh, please call the Pet Refuge at 401-294-1115. Shiloh is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Sammy is a brown tiger. He’s about 10 months old (as of March 2009). If you’re interested in adopting Sammy, please call the Pet Refuge at 401-294-1115 for more information about him! Sammy is up-todate with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Peter likes to be petted but prefers to keep all four feet on the ground! He would probably do best in a household with adults. Peter is about 12 months old (as of March 2009). For more information, please call the Pet Refuge at 401-294-1115. Peter is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

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

Nina is Approx 1 ½ yrs, and is a friendly gal who likes everyone. She may be happiest as the only pet in the home - although she seems to like some of the male dogs at the shelter! :) We recommend no toddlers. She loves to run and play in the play yard.

Dexter - You will know me not only by my name, but also by the drop of orange paint on my white foot! I know that they were trying to get that feature of mine in my picture, all I wanted thou was to head roll into the hand holding the camera.

Willow’s mom passed away and along with Simon, Alisa May & Darla. She was brought to the shelter and now shares a cage with Alisa May, but her company has not helped Willow to not feel sad. She knows she will have a new family, but waiting is hard to do.

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Riley was left behind in an apartment, all by myself. The ACO came and got me and brought me to the shelter. I am hoping that my next family will love me forever. I am a gentle guy, about 2 years old, just wanting a place and family to call my own.

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the desk into a laundry basket to take with us. The water had not breached the levy before we left but we had little time to get everyone out before officials were telling us we had to leave the premises.” By day’s end the shelter was flooded ceiling high, the spaces in which the animals once dwelled completely underwater. Ann asks that due to the now overburdened and overcrowded status of other local shelters, owners take even greater precaution to ensure that their pets are properly ID’ed in the event that they become lost or separated. She also stated that what the shelter, which has been completely gutted to the studs, needs more than anything else right now is monetary donations. Anyone who would like to donate can make checks payable to: Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter p.o. box 9285 Warwick, RI 02886. Fortunately, owners and caregivers of animals, shelter workers and volunteers, are not alone in their efforts to protect pets, shelter animals, and wildlife from natural disasters, thanks to organizations such as RIDART. RIDART is a public/private/volunteer partnership dedicated to preparing for and responding to disasters ranging from storms, fires and flooding to oil spills and other environmental dangers posed to both domestic animals and wildlife. Their volunteer response team works under the supervision and guidance of Scott Marshall, DVM., state veterinarian of the DEM. RIDART assisted with evacuation efforts in both Warwick and Coventry, and in fact two volunteers drove to the homes of pet owners in Coventry to personally evacuate their pets and transport them to local shelters. They are equipped with two fully stocked trailers which can travel to stricken areas to help set up emergency shelters. One of these trailers was deployed to Thayer Arena, where many of the dogs from the Warwick Animal Shelter were temporarily taken. For more info about RIDART, or to explore an interest in volunteering please visit their website at www. RIDART.org, and for information on how to best protect your pets and livestock before, during, and after a natural disaster please visit http://www.dem.ri.gov/animals/. Sixty years from now images of churning deluges of water engulfing cars and swamping homes may hang in picture frames, yellowed and tattered with time, to serve as a fading remembrance of the Flood of 2010. But for those still here, whose lives were touched on Tuesday, March 31st by events either heroic or devastating, the memory will hang vivid in our minds, unable to be diluted or dimmed with the passing of time. Our hearts will continue to break for those who lost homes and loved ones, and our gratitude will still shine brightly for those whose selfless acts and courage prevented even greater loss.

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