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Can You Give Our Cover Boy A Home?

Spring/Top Dog 2013

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To the animal print readers and doggie parents thank you for voting for us! 1s t P lace : Be s t Doggie Dayc are

1st Place: Best Doggie Daycare

2nd P lace : Be s t O ve r nigh t Bo arding Ke nne l

1st Place: Best Overnight Boarding Kennel 2nd P lace : Be s t Dog Traine r

3rd Place: Best Dog Trainer Runne r Up: Be s t Gro ome r





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ituated by the sea in the heart of the historic district, the Gothic Inn combines the convenience of location with the warm hospitality of a family run country inn. We are only a short walk to the beach or the ferry landing in Old Harbor and a few minutes by taxi from the airport and the New Harbor Ferry landing. Please call, write or visit our website for information or reservations.

Located on Block Island!

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Take advantage of our reduced early season & weekday rates!

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Pick of the Litter Summer Events

You Don’t


4th Annual Pints For Pets


Dog Days of Summer at The Hope Street Farmers’ Market


Speed Dating: Doggie Style

On Saturday, June 29th head down to Nick-A-Nees in Providence to help The Providence Animal Rescue League “save animals one JUNE pint at a time!” Tickets are available online at and at PARL (34 Elbow Street in Providence) or Nick-A-Nees (25 South Street in Providence). You need to be 21+ to attend the VIP Beer Tasting and Main Event. Paws Opening! - 3pm-5pm - FREE! Visit with PARL staff, volunteers and meet adoptable dogs! There will also be pet goodie bags and microchipping for your pets. Well-behaved dogs are welcome! Craft Beer Tasting! 5pm-7pm. From 5-7pm they will be offering a VIP Craft Beer tasting! This VIP tasting is only open to 100 people and includes TWO hours of sampling local and national craft beers and entry/ re-entry for the entire evening of music and fun! All this for just $30.


Join us for The Dog Days of Summer at the Hope Street Farmers’ Market - Wednesday Edition. On June 10th, The Hope Street Market, Jack’s Snacks, a dog bakery, and The Animal Print magazine will be hosting a fun afternoon in the park with contests, prizes, vendor demos, and treats for all of our doggie friends. You can also shop the many local vendors for the greatest in local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, meats, fish and so much more! Join us Wednesday, July 10th from 3-6 in Lippitt Park in Providence. For more information fan Hope Street FM at or email Marni at

Call All Single Pet Lovers! If you’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places, The Animal Print and Jack’s Snack Dog Bakery JULY would like to help you find that perfect buddy! Speed Dating: Doggie Style will take place at India Restaurant on Hope St. in Providence on Sunday July 14th. Participants and pooches will meet in their beautiful outdoor seating area for a complimentary cocktail and treats for both you and your pup. Sit down to socialize in six-minute intervals with other singles and their dogs in hopes of finding a romantic connection, make new friends, or maybe find dog-walking partners. This will be the first speed dating event of its kind in Li’l Rhody and we hope you’ll join us to take a chance on love! A portion of the registration fee will be donated to canine cancer research in memory of our Harvey (RIP). Space is limited and you must register in order to participate. To sign up please visit and register early!

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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.

OSVS considers its staff to be an extension of your family veterinary practice and part of your pet’s health care team. Emergency services are provided by experienced clinicians when referring veterinarians are not available. Referring veterinarians send patients with involved medical or surgical diseases to OSVS for consultation, advanced diagnostics and treatment by boardcertified specialists. The combination of specialists, highly-trained staff doctors and technicians, and a state-of-the-art facility provide the finest medical care available. OSVS also has a sister hospital in Swansea, Mass.


VETERINARY EMERGENCY SERVICES is a 24-hour emergency hospital with limited specialty services and is located at the intersection of Routes 6 and 136.

{Letter From The Editor}


t’s once again time to reveal this years TOP DOG winners as decided by you. I am incredibly excited to see so many readers take the time to vote for and support their favorite businesses. This year was a particularly tight race in a number of categories and I’m thrilled to see many of my personal

favorites come in the top three and as runners-up. You may see a few new small businesses that made our list this year and I encourage you to check them out and let them know that you found them in the Animal Print. This issue also coincides with two major milestones in my life. The first is hard for me to believe, however June of this year marks the Animal Print’s 10 year anniversary! I don’t know how this crept up so quickly. It has literally caught me off guard but I have some unique plans underway to not only celebrate the magazine’s birthday but to also thank readers and advertisers for their continued support. The Animal Print would not be possible without you. The other event that makes this month rather bitter sweet is the one year anniversary of Harvey’s death. Harvey was the inspiration for creating this magazine and was truly my doggie soul mate. Harvey died one year ago today and it still feels like yesterday that he was sitting at my feet while I typed my letter from the editor. I loved him beyond words and will never forget that sweet boy. Please enjoy the new issue and have a wonderful and safe spring and summer. Stephanie Georgia editor/publisher

Cover Photo “Bodhi” is a beautiful but shy 1yr old Lab/Vizula/Shepherd mix who is looking for his forever hom. He is curretly being fostered in RI. For more info email Photo by Fetching Photography


Editor: Stephanie Georgia

Assistant Editors: Harvey R.I.P. Simon the Sinister Caprica 6 Sophie (newly adopted asst. editor)

Graphic Design O'Hearn Graphics Stephanie Georgia

Contributors: Katenna Jones Traer Scott Keri Marion Joelle Spinelli

Photography: John Jacobson

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Locally and Around The Globe…

Colorado Names ‘Shelter Dogs’ As Official State Pet “If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” - Roger A. Caras

Want a Better Night’s Sleep? Share the Bed With Your Dog! A study by Australian researchers at Central Queensland University shows that more and more people are finding it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. The data, collected from 13,000 participants, shows that nearly 70% of people are regularly woken up at night, usually by their partner. The good news? People are a lot less likely to be awakened by their dog, says Professor Drew Dawson. While having neither a partner nor a pet in the bed generally offers the best possibility of an uninterrupted night’s sleep, when given the option of sharing the bed with your partner or with your dog – your best bet is to snuggle up next to your four-legged friend.

Colorado has now become the 12th state in the country to designate an official state pet. While other states have chosen specific breeds, North Carolina’s state dog is the Plott Hound, Maryland has the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Massachusetts the Boston Terrier, and Alaska with the Malamute, Colorado went in a different direction, honoring all shelter dogs (and cats, too!) as their official state pet. So, no matter what breed a dog is in Colorado, if he was adopted from a shelter, he’s an official state pet. The bill was originally proposed by a group of Colorado school children in an effort to teach them about the state legislative system. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law alongside his own rescue dog, Sky. The law wasn’t passed without opposition, though. Not surprisingly, lobbyists for purebred dogs and pet store puppies fought the bill. One opponent even suggested that the bill discriminated against reptiles and birds that can also be pets. Governor Hickenlooper also signed another important bill supporting dogs into law – one that requires all police officers to undergo training in dog behavior and handling to avoid unnecessary dog deaths. Many high-profile cases of dogs being shot by police under questionable circumstances spurred the new law. Big kudos to the state of Colorado for both honoring rescued dogs and for protecting our family pets!




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s a result of our country’s current economic crisis, countless American families are struggling to make ends meet, pay bills, and put food on the table. Unfortunately, today’s uncertain economic landscape does not just affect humans; it also has a serious negative impact on our nation’s pets. Shelters across the country have been reporting a sharp increase in the number of owner surrenders— simply because people can no longer afford to care for their beloved pets. The USDA approximates that nearly 50 million Americans qualify for and use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); that is almost 15 percent of U.S. residents. However, food stamps do not cover pet food and do not defray the cost of pet ownership. With unemployment remaining high, inflation rising, and so many people facing the loss of their homes, it has become increasingly difficult for people to provide and care for their furry family members as well. When a family is attempting to cope with the psychological ramifications of so much loss, the additional grief over losing a pet— which many people consider to be family members— can be unbearable. Sociologists have confirmed that losing a pet due to financial reasons can cause depression, loneliness and feelings of isolation. The good news is that there is a growing number of organizations which recognize the need for and importance of providing financial assistance to struggling pet owners! One of these wonderful organizations is the Pet Food Stamps program, a registered New York state non-profit corporation which was created to help low income families provide nutritious meals for their pets. Their primary goal is threefold; reduce the burden on local shelters, prevent the needless death of loving pets and help keep families together. The Pet Food Stamps are just like regular food stamps, only unlike regular food stamps, they may be used to purchase pet food! If you qualify for food stamps, you already qualify for Pet Food Stamps! The Pet Food Stamps program works exclusively with, an online retailer. Once you qualify and become a member of the program, you will receive free

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We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 8th annual Top Dog Readers’ Choice Survey! This year proved to be our most popular yet, with thousands of votes. It’s wonderful to see deserving local businesses get the recognition they deserve.Thank you to all our wonderful readers who took the time to vote and to the amazing local pet businesses and organizations who placed as Top Dogs!

“Official” Dog Park


Pet Friendly Coffee Shop


Pet Friendly Bar

1st: S  even Stars Bakery - Providence and Rumford, RI 2nd: Coffee Exchange - Providence, RI 3rd: Starbucks - Wayland Square Providence, RI

“Unofficial” Dog Park


1st: Warwick Dog Park 2nd South Kingstown Dog Park 3rd: Barrington Dog Park

• Gano St. Dog Park - Providence • Newport Dog Park

• Lincoln Woods - Lincoln, RI • Block Island Beaches - Block Island, RI

1st: Nick-A-Nees - Providence, RI 2nd: O’Brien’s Pub- Newport, RI 3rd: Aidan’s Pub - Bristol, RI

1st: G  oddard Memorial State Park East Greenwich, RI 2nd: Colt State Park - Bristol, RI 3rd: Lincoln Woods - Lincoln, RI

• Scotty’s Big Dawgs Resaurant and Pub - Middletown, RI • The Canfield House (porch) - Newport, RI


(outdoor seating)

• Chase Farm - Lincoln, RI • Roger Williams Park - Providence, RI

Take Your Dog For A Swim

1st: Narragansett Beach (off season) 2nd: Goddard Memorial State Park East Greenwich, RI 3rd: Colt State Park - Bristol, RI

Pet Friendly Restaurant 1st: Trinity Brew House - Providence, RI 2nd: Garden Grille Cafe - Providence, RI 3rd Tie: India Restaurant - Providence, RI 3rd Tie: Julian’s Restaurant - Providence, RI


• Nick’s On Broadway - Providence, RI • Leo’s Ristorante - Bristol, RI

(outdoor seating)


• White Electric - West End - Providence, RI • The Coffee Depot - Warren, RI

Meet Single Pet Lovers 1st: Any City Dog Park 2nd: Whole Foods pet aisle 3rd: Blackstone Blvd. - Providence, RI


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Weekend Getaway With Your Pet

3rd: Clean Pets Express • The Green Groomer Paw Spa • Door 2 Door Pet Grooming

1st: Solid K9 Training - Providence, RI 2nd: A  lexandra Morgan’s Animal School - Warren, RI 3rd: K9 Instincts Inc. - Portsmouth, RI


Pet Boutique


1st: Block Island, RI 2nd: Provincetown, MA 3rd: Portland, ME • Nantucket, MA • Newport, RI

Pet Friendly Hotel/Inn (any location)

1st: T he Gothic Inn - Block Island, RI 2nd: Lands End Inn - Provincetown, RI 3rd: Woof Cottages - Nantucket, MA


• Lazy Dog Inn - Chocorua, NH • The Paw House Inn - West Rutland, VT


1st: R  I Animal Medical Center/Four Paws Pet Resort -Warwick, RI 2nd: Four Paws Grooming North Providence, RI 3rd: ZPUP Dog Spa & Boutique Lincoln, RI


• Muttley Crew - Smithfield, RI • Style Unleashed - Barrington, RI

Self-serve Dog Wash 1st: Z  PUP Dog Spa & Boutique Lincoln, RI 2nd: Puppy La Pew - Pawtucket, RI 3rd: Scrub-A-Pup - Pawtucket, RI


• My bathtub - everywhere • Roam Dog Club - Providence, RI

Mobile Dog Grooming 1st: Fur Kidz Mobil Pet Grooming 2nd: Top Dog Mobile Grooming


• Outbound Hounds • Off The Leash

1st: Johnny’s Barkin’ Bakery South Kingstown, RI 2nd: Dogs in Harmony - Johnston, RI 3rd: WoofWoof! - Warren, RI

Dog Walking/ Pet Sitting Service

3rd: Runners-Up: • Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique Wickford, RI • Plaid & Stripe - Providence, RI

1st: Ruffin’ Wranglers’ Dog Excursions 2nd: I’ll Do It 3rd Tie: Furry Fellas Pet Service 3rd Tie: The Pet Sitter

Dog Bakery


1st: Jack’s Snacks - Cranston, RI 2nd: Bone Appetit Dog Bakery East Greenwich, RI 3rd: Dogs In Harmony - Johnston, RI


• Furry Friends Pet Care Service • Four Paws & A Tail

• WoofWoof! - Warren, RI • Johnny’s Barkin’ Bakery - S. Kingstown, RI

Dog Trainer

1st: Canine Mastery - Seekonk, MA 2nd Solid K9 Training - Providence, RI 3rd: Off The Leash - Attleboro, MA


• Dynamic Dog Training Services • Heather Gutshall

1st: O  ff The Leash Doggie Daycare Attleboro, MA 2nd: RI Animal Medical & 4 Paws Pet Resort Warwick, RI 3rd:Delmyra Kennels - Exeter, RI


• Hidden Acres Kennel - Rehoboth, MA • Alexandra Morgan Animal School & Daycare - Warren, RI

“In-Home” Overnight Pet Care

Place for Agility Training

1st: K9 Connection - Warwick, RI 2nd: Canine Mastery - Seekonk, MA 3rd: Delmyra Kennels - Exeter, RI


Overnight Boarding Kennel

• Dynamic Dog Training Services • Performance Plus - Taunton, MA

1st: Furry Friends Pet Care 2nd: Furry Fellas Pet Sitting 3rd: Four Paws and A Tail Pet Sitting

Runner Up:

• Yolanda’s Pet Sitting & Errand Service • Muttley Crew

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• Wolf Rock Animal Health Center Exeter, RI • NorthPaws Veterinary Center Greenville, RI

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Doggie Daycare

1st: Off The Leash Doggie Daycare Attleboro, MA 2nd: MetroPet Dog Center - Warwick, RI 3rd: The Barking Lot - Providence, RI


• RI Animal Medcial & 4 Paws Pet Resort • Canine Mastery

Electronic Pet Containment

1st: Moriarty’s Fence Co.Warwick/ Portmouth/N. Stonington 2nd: K-9 Contain & Train - Warwick, RI 3rd: East Bay Pet Fence - Warren, RI

Best Veterinary PractiCe/Hospital/Clinic 1st: O  aklawn Animal Hospital Cranston, RI 2nd: Providence River Animal Hospital Providence, RI 3rd Tie: Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic - Cumberland, RI 3rd Tie: R  hode Island Animal Medical Center & 4 Paws Pet Resort Warwick, RI

Holistic Vet/Veterinary Practice

1st: Wolf Rock Animal Health Center Exeter, RI 2nd: Sharon R. Doolittle DMV, Inc. Smithfield, RI 3rd: Atlantic Animal Hospital & Wellness Center


Mobile Vet

1st: All Pets Mobile Vet 2nd: Salmon River Vet (RI’s Mobile Vet) 3rd: Seaside Veterinary Services


• Creature Comforts Mobile Vet - RI • Bayside Mobile Veterinary Care, Inc - RI

Veterinary Rehabilitation Center 1st: H  ealing Paws - Providence, RI 2nd: The Canine Joint - Seekonk, MA 3rd: Tufts - MA


• RI K-9 Rehab - Newport, RI • NorthPaws Veterinary Center • Rhode Island Pet Rehab - Charlestown, RI Greenville, RI • Crowing Hen Veterinary Homeopathy, LLCAnimal Massage -Chepachet, RI


24 Hour Emergency Vet Hospital

1st: Jeff Corey at Healing Paws - RI 2nd: Carolyn MacDonald at Wet Nose Canine Massage - MA 3rd: Heather Watson Natural Paws Pet Resort - RI

1st: O  cean State Veterinary Specialists East Greenwich, RI 2nd: Mass - RI Vet. E.R. Inc - Swansea, MA Runners-Up: 3rd: Bay State Veterinary Emergency • Teri Derosiers at Zen Dog Canine Massage in Swansea, MA K9 Connection - RI Runners-Up: • Jessica Gonsalves at Peace Dogs Canine Care • North Paws Veterinary Service (taking Services - RI over for Emergencey Veterinary Services of RI) Continued on Page 15. • Tufts - MA

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monthly shipments of pet food, right to your front door, no matter what state you live in! The list of pet foods available includes certain prescription diets and many premium brands such as Wellness, Solid Gold, Castor and Pollux, Blue Buffalo, etc. They also carry food for a variety of small mammals and reptiles. This amazing program is not federally funded and is able to offer this life saving assistance solely through the generosity of contributors and patrons. In the short while that this program has been in existence, they have already received hundreds of thousands of applications. Due to the great demand and their small staff, they ask that any applicants allow six weeks for processing. For more information, to apply, or to make a donation please visit Another organization dedicated to providing pet food for owners in need is the locally operated Maggie’s Pet Pantry. The pantry was founded by Carol Terranova, a previous volunteer at the Hopkinton Animal Shelter, and named after her beloved rescued Yellow Lab, Maggie. The pantry is located at the Richmond Animal Control Headquarters in Richmond, Rhode Island. While originally intended to help residents of South County, Terranova wants to spread the word. In an interview printed in The Chariho Times she is quoted as saying, “There are a lot of people in the community that haven’t heard of us, but we can help. We have already had people come from Providence, from Cranston and even Connecticut.” The pantry, which is stocked with food, toys, treats and even leashes and collars, operates from 10:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays and from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on Wednesdays. For more information, please email The Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island also runs a pet food pantry in collaboration with The Johnnycake Center of Peace Dale. Their pantry serves approximately 50 families each month and last year they distributed more than 600 vouchers for pet food. For more information you may telephone the administrative office at 401-792-2293 or email Hands That Heal RI offers a wide array of services to low income, elderly, and homeless animal owners at discounted

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prices or free of charge, including: emergency veterinary care, preventative veterinary care, emergency foster homes, free pet food, and adoption assistance. For information and applications you may visit, call 401-6472702 or 401-491-1473, or email The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) offers assistance in defraying the cost of medical care for animals belonging to the sick, disabled, elderly or otherwise unable to afford services through The Marvin Fund. The Marvin Fund was named after a down on his luck Black Lab, twice relinquished to the shelter, who finally found his forever home when he was adopted by Dr. E. J. Finocchio. Dr. Finnocchio founded the Marvin Fund in an effort to give others in need of food, medical care, or shelter the same second (or third!) chance that his beloved Marvin received. For information regarding The Marvin Fund, please visit The Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association also founded the Companion Animal Foundation (CAF) to address the need for funds with which to care for sick and injured pets of low income pet owners. To learn whether you qualify for assistance or to make a donation, you may visit It is very inspiring, encouraging and heartwarming to know that in a time when so many families are struggling with heart wrenching decisions regarding their financial situations and their pets, there are also many people working selflessly to provide help and assistance!


Crematorium/Aftercare Facility


• Pet Memorial Park - Foxboro, MA • RISPCA - Riverside, RI

1st: DoodyCalls 2nd: Pet Butler 3rd: Muttley Crew

Runner-Up: • Kanine Kleenup

Pet Photographer

1st: T raer Scott Photography 2nd: Zendog Pet Portraits at K9 Connection 3rd: Fetching Photography


• Catherine Hellmen (Whiskers Pet Portraits) • Maria Giannini Photography

Pet Illustrator/Painter 1st: Laurie Lynn Lawton 2nd: Lana Linscott Studios 3rd: William Schaff

Aquarium Store

1st: Rumford Pet Center - East Providence 2nd: Something Fishy - Warwick, RI 3rd: Aqua-Life Aquarium - Providence, RI


• Critter Hut - N. Kingstown and Narragansett • Fish Bown - W. Warwick, RI

Locally Owned Pet Supply Store

1st: Allies Tack & Feed - N. Kingstown, RI 2nd: Rumford Pet Center - East Providence 3rd: Critter Hut - Narragansett & N. Kingstown


• Island Animal General Store Jamestown, RI • WoofWoof! - Warren, RI

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Dog Food

1st: Blue Buffalo 2nd: Wellness 3rd: Taste Of The Wild

Runners-Up: • FROMM • Merrick

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Thank you Animal Print Readers


Pooper Scooper Service

• Oceans of Pets - Woonsocket, RI • Pet Supplies Plus - RI

Best Volunteer Group/ Shelter/Rescue


1st: F inal Gift Pet Cremation Services - Cranston, RI 2nd: Angel View Pet Cemetery East Providence, RI 3rd: Potter League for Animals Middletown, RI




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1st: Jungle Junction - Cumberland, RI 2nd: Rumford Pet Center - East Providence 3rd: Critter Hut - N. Kingstown and Narragansett


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Cat Food

1st: Blue Buffalo 2nd: Wellness 3rd: Taste of The Wild


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Dog Toy

1st: Kong 2nd: Tennis ball and Chuck-It 3rd: Nylabone


• Orbee-Tuff Ball by Planet Dog • Hurley Toy by West Paw Design

Volunteer Group/ Shelter/Rescue 1st: H  andsome Dan’s Rescue For Pit Bull Type Dogs 2nd: P  rovidence Animal Rescue League 3rd: RISPCA


• Potter League For Animals • Friends Of Attleboro Animal Shelter

Pet Event

1st: PARL Pet Walk 2nd: Rhode Island Pet Show 3rd: RISPCA Howling Hounds Walk


• PARL’s “The Rescue” • Rescue Ride - Warwick Animal Shelter

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hen we look back upon our lives, out of the vast web of interconnected moments which lurk in the back of our memories, one usually rises to the surface— the one otherwise unremarkable moment, which only in retrospect do we realize, shifted the course of our lives and changed us forever. For LuAnn Botelho, a school bus driver from Jamestown, Rhode Island, her life was forever changed by two seemingly unrelated moments: a story she heard about a stranger, and a visit to a local farm. Botelho recalls hearing the story on the news; an elderly man had gone missing, possibly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and wandering off. A few days later his body was found only a few thousand feet away from his home. She remembers thinking to herself, “What a terrible waste. There must be some way to help.” Unbeknownst to Botelho at the time, she would soon discover the perfect marriage between her desire to help and her lifelong love for dogs on a local horse farm in Exeter, Rhode Island. She and her husband visited this farm to see a horse she was considering purchasing, and they were greeted in the driveway by a gorgeous, large, black and tan

bloodhound, baying loudly at their arrival. One look at this dog and Botelho says, “I was in love!” A few months later, when they learned that a brand new, wriggling, adorable litter of black and tan puppies had been born on the farm, they immediately knew they were getting a bloodhound! Bothelo was drawn to one very special female pup, who would not leave her side, and who followed her every movement with her soulful little eyes. She picked her up and said, “This is the one!” While she initially adopted Abby to be purely a companion pet and beloved family member, the tragic story of the missing man lingered with her. She had already done extensive research into Search and Rescue, and said, “I was particularly drawn to the idea of using canines and their amazing sense of smell to help locate lost or missing people.” She had learned that bloodhounds were the leading breed for tracking and trailing missing persons, and the idea of training Abby as a search and rescue dog came naturally. However, she never could have predicted just how special Abby would prove to be! Abby was trained by American Mantrailing Police and Work Dog Association (AMPWDA) in Greencastle Indiana. AMPWDA boasts some of the finest and most critically

acclaimed Master Trainers in the world, and is the nation’s premiere provider of K9 Training and Search and Rescue Certification. AMPWDA’s expert staff have participated in hundreds of manhunts and lost or missing person searches, and have worked professionally with every level of law enforcement: local police, state police, FBI and the US Marshall Service. Abby was primarily trained in what the AMPWDA calls “Mantrailing.” Mantrailing is the scent specific pursuit of an individual person’s trail, which typically consists of “skin rafts,” or shed skin cells on the ground and within low brush. Abby requires a Place Last Seen (PLS) and an uncontaminated scent article containing the odor of the subject for whom she is searching. From the PLS, Abby will determine the direction of travel by smelling the scent article and then locating the trail of microscopic skin particles containing the same scent on the ground. After she is given her search command, Bothelo says, “Usually she will make a few circles, attempting to locate the trail. Once she has found it, she is off!” Abby’s incredibly keen nose lifts from the ground and begins to sniff the air when they approach Continued on Page 25.



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what is called the “hot zone” or “scent cone.” This is the area where the subject is located, and therefore it contains a large quantity of scent particles both on the ground and in the air. The change in Abby’s body language is referred to as a “proximity alert.” Bothelo exclaims, “It tells me to be on my guard because we are approaching the subject.” Abby is so adept at Mantrailing, that she was the first dog to obtain the coveted Distinguished Expert AWPWDA Level 3 Mantrailing Certification. To obtain this certificate, Abby had to successfully complete a grueling and highly difficult Search and Rescue test course. The scent trail she had to follow was a

minimum of four hours old, and the trail on which it was set covered four different surfaces, including a road crossing, a creek crossing, and multiple sharp turns. Additionally, the trail was intentionally contaminated with another scent. In the many years since Abby was awarded this certificate, only three other dogs have successfully completed this course! The most recent missing person whom Abby was called upon to help locate was just a few months ago. Apparently, a person had just walked away from their house and vanished without a trace. Abby and Bothelo arrived on the scene and Bothelo gave Abby a scent article from the missing person. Both-

elo says Abby did her customary few circles, and then took off down the street. However, after following the trail for quite a distance, Abby abruptly stopped and looked at Bothelo. “This was very strange behavior for Abby,” she says. “The only thing I could think of was that maybe the person had been picked up in a vehicle.” A few phone calls confirmed that she was correct; the person had been picked up by a friend, and was safe and sound at that friend’s home. Abby and her amazing olfactory senses had pinpointed the precise spot along the very long road where the person’s scent stopped. Continued on Page 26.



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Team ABBY! Continued from page 19. While this ending may not be as dramatic as some, for the family of that person, knowing sooner rather than later that their loved one was safe and accounted for meant the world. As the above story illustrates, when people are missing they are not always lost or in danger. However, when a pet goes missing they are always lost, and always in danger. Every pet owner whose dog has ever wandered out of an open yard gate, or cat has escaped through an open window, knows the countless hours of panic stricken worry and fear, during which the mind races to every possible worst case scenario: Have they been attacked by another animal? Were they stolen by a person with malicious intent? Are they injured, cold, hungry, and afraid? Have they been hit by a car? Veterinarian offices, coffee shops and supermarkets are wallpapered with the pleas of desperate pet owners, searching for their missing companions— “Beloved Dog Missing: Heartbroken Child,” or “Older Cat Missing: Needs Medication, Please Help.” Something which makes LuAnn Bothelo and Abby incredibly special is Bothelo’s generosity in volunteering Abby’s significant skills to help locate missing pets. Abby first searched for a missing pet, and consequently saved a life, on a bitter cold night in January, 2007. Bothelo received a highly distressed phone call from her friend, Karen, asking if Abby could possibly help search for her missing dog, Lola. It was raining violently, with strong gale winds whipping through the night air. Bothelo agreed to help, and they arranged to meet the next morning at Lola’s Place Last Seen. Time was of the essence. “I knew there was a strong possibility that Lola could be hurt, and this thought kept surfacing in my mind,” says Bothelo. The search began on a difficult note, as the scent article Karen provided LuAnn with had been contaminated with many different scents, making it virtually impossible for Abby to discern which scent she was to trail. They decided to begin again, this time at the house from which Lola had escaped. Abby was presented with the same scent article, but as there was a greater concentration of Lola’s scent in this area, she was able to identify Lola’s scent among the others present and the search was on. Abby lead them to a wall toward the highway, and along the way they spotted paw prints which told them they we on the right track. Bothelo says that Abby was very interested in this wall, but was unable to pass; she repeatedly went back and forth from the wall to the trail. Eventually, she led them to an opening in a fence where they could squeeze through; the trail she was on led directly to the busy highway. They walked along the top edge of highway, with their hearts in their throats, braced for the worst. As they passed a large bluff of pine trees, Bothelo spotted Lola— terrified, cold, wet and holding up her back leg with a terrible limp. After unsuccessful attempts to slow the racing highway traffic in order to safely reach Lola, the police were called in for assistance. Lola was finally rescued and rushed to the emergency veterinary hospital, while the police officer loaded Abby into his cruiser and took her for a victory ride! Due to the freezing cold temperatures, her injury, and her proximity to the highway, if Abby had not found Lola when she did, it is near certain that Lola would not have survived her ordeal. Bothelo says that finding Lola alive stands out in her mind as one of her most rewarding experiences in her many years of Search and Rescue. Since that cold and fateful day, Abby has successfully located nine dogs, five cats, a pet duck, and even a tortoise that had been missing from a veterinarian’s office for two weeks. Bothelo explains that searching for the tortoise proved difficult, as it

was not easy to acquire a scent article. They ended up using another tortoise to provide Abby with the correct scent! Abby and Bothelo have even been called upon to travel to a private island to track coyotes, and she described the island and the experience as beautiful and exhilarating. When local shelters receive phone calls from people looking for their missing pets, they frequently Abby with Lola, her first find! turn to Abby and Bothelo. Such assistance is extremely valuable to shelter staff and animal control officers, as it frees up their time and resources and allows them to focus on the vast and unending task of caring for homeless and un-owned animals. The demand for Abby’s help in locating lost pets has been so great, that Bothelo co-created a web site called Furbaby Alert along with former animal control officer Cathy Gregory, for the express purpose of providing the owners of missing pets a network of support and a place to request assistance. It was through this website that Abby was recently able to reunite a lost cat named Scooby Doo with her extremely thankful and relieved family. Bothelo also cofounded a national organization called American Pet Search and Rescue, with members spanning the country and all sharing the primary goal of reuniting lost pets with their families. Bothelo never charges for her and Abby’s services. In fact, she said that if people whom they have helped feel compelled to make a monetary contribution, she kindly requests that they do so in the form of a donation to the shelter of Bothelo’s choice in Abby’s name! Anyone seeking their help may contact Bothelo via email at or directly via telephone at 401-423-1569. As all of the expenses associated with travel, training, and equipment come directly out of Bothelo’s personal funds, donations are warmly appreciated and may be sent to AMPWDA (Pet Search Team) 706 Vale Street, Greencastle, Indiana 46135, or by visiting Abby, a true American hero, has been nominated for the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award in the search and rescue category! You may vote for Abby (we already did!) by visiting and then clicking on Abby’s charity partner, The Sage Foundation For Dogs That Served. If Abby wins, The Sage Foundation will receive $1,500 and Abby will be awarded a plaque recognizing her for all of her tireless hard work and dedication and she will be flown to Los Angeles to meet Betty White! The definition of the word hero is: 1) a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. 2) a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal. Replace with the word person with the word dog, and you have Abby to a tee! Abby currently resides in Jamestown, Rhode Island with Botehlo and her husband and their two other dogs, four cats, and horse named “Rowdy!”



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Summer Days Can Quickly Turn Deadly for Overheated Dogs. In the summer, a hot dog is both a ballpark staple and a veterinarian’s nightmare. Dogs — the four-legged kind — get “cooked” far more easily than people do. And that means dog lovers need to be careful to be sure their pets don’t end up in the ER with heat stroke. (Cats, by the way, don’t tend to have heat problems generally, because they have too much sense to run around when it’s too hot.) Since most dogs will risk their lives to go with the people they love, it’s up to pet lovers to make sure the summer heat doesn’t put their pets in deadly danger. That means knowing the signs of heat stress and reacting to a pet in danger as if it’s a life-threatening emergency — which it can be. Don’t Take Chances Though humans cope with hot weather by sweating, dogs shed heat by panting, which is a very poor cooling system. In the wild, dogs seek shade during the hottest part of the day; left to their own devices, most pet dogs will, too — unless they are lured into activity by ball tossed across the yard or the rattle of a leash offering an exciting outing. Leave your pet at home when it’s warm, never leave your dog in the car even on a mild day (heat builds up quickly), and exercise your pet in the cooler mornings or evenings. If you wonder if a street or sidewalk is too hot for your pet to walk on, place the palm of your hand on the pavement: if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.

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Do You Remember Bobo (now Bodhi)? This stunning and sweet 1 yr old boy is STILL looking for his home! When we included Bodhi’s story in the last issue, the guess was that he was a 59lb Box/shep mix…well, we did a DNA test and found out that he’s pure MUTT! The most prominent breeds in his DNA are Lab, Vizsla, Border Collie and Shepherd…there are a few other bits thrown in but we can certainly see how this is his mix. Bodhi is a very gentle, calm and sweet boy indoors which is remarkable for only being a 1 year old pup. Not only is he beautiful but he loves to play with other dogs. Why he’s been a little harder to place is that he’s a bit on the shy/ unsure side when meeting new people but he’s a love once he warms up. His foster mom is very much in love with him and sad she cannot keep him but has offered to pay for transitional training into a new home so that his new family understands how to work on consistency in intros and help him blossom into a more confidant dog. Bodhi is looking for a calm home with a fenced yard. Ideally another playful dog would be waiting for him as he seems to truly blossom when he can run off leash with another pup…so we feel at least a fencesd yard is a pretty important element for his happiness. He rides wonderfully in the car, loves going for walks, visiting the dog park and has become pretty good at running with his foster mom a few times a week. He is also house trained and just super laid back in the house. Bodhi is currently being fostering in RI and his petfinder profile can be seen here: For more info or questions email

Heatstroke! Continued. and you must act immediately. But since most people don’t carry a thermometer around, they have to rely on the signs of an overheated dog. These include: • Heavy, rapid panting • Salivating • Glassy-eyed expression • Anxiety and restlessness • Confusion • Exhaustion or fatigue • Bright red or blue/purple gums • Vomiting or diarrhea • Collapse Don’t wait until the problem becomes dangerously obvious. Keep an eye on your pet and take action at the first sign of trouble. Offer lots of water, and if your dog likes to swim, provide access to a baby pool or larger body of water. In Case of an Emergency If you’ve missed the warnings and your dog is overheated, move your pet immediately to the shade or an air-cooled area. Use cool water — not ice-cold water or ice, which constricts blood vessels and traps heat — on your dog’s belly, concentrating on the groin. If you do have a thermometer, lubricate the tip and insert it gently into the rectum to get an accurate temperature to share with your veterinarian. Offer your pet cool water to drink but don’t force water into your dog’s mouth. And then call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic to let someone know you are on your way.


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Bristol Animal Shelter – RI • 401.457.8581 •

Angel was found in a church parking lot, and came into the shelter with a Guardian Angel watching over her. Angel came to the Shelter emaciated, her liver and kidneys were shutting down, and her blood count life threatening. Her recovery was slower than hoped for, and her prognosis appeared hopeless but she has made a full recovery.

Charlie had to live his young life on the streets, looking for handouts from people that would rather shoo him away as extend a kind hand. He was rescued off the streets, but not before falling ill to intestinal illnesses. Now, after receiving much needed veterinary care, Charlie is been declared healthy and adoptable.

Parker is a handsome boy with lots of energy. He has passed his Good Citizen Training from Outbound Hound; he truly enjoyed his training sessions. Always willing to please. He loves his toys, especially his Red Ball. Parker enjoyed his training sessions. After being fully vetted this “Rock Star is eager to please, and eager for you to come and visit him.”

Mack has been at the Bristol Animal Shelter for five long months. He is a 3 year old Old English Bulldog. Macky has been fully vaccinated, neutered and has tested negative for heartworm/lime disease. Mack has been temperament evaluated by Outbound Hounds/Handsome Dan’s Pit Bull Rescue, and by K-9 Instincts.

Animal Rescue League of S. RI –S. Kingstown, RI • 401.783.7606 •

Desiree will certainly melt your heart. She is a total love bug with people and she just LOVES attention. She purrs often and reaches up for those head and neck scratches! This beauty is quite the charmer. She is about 3 yrs old.

Maddie is a special girl with a beautiful personality and adores everyone. While nursing her kittens, Maddie lived in a foster home with a dog, as well as other adult cats and did fine. She is 4 yrs old.

Juno is a very happy girl, she wags her body and is always excited to see you. She knows her basic obedience and would love to find someone who will be willing to run or bike ride with her. She doesn’t mind other dogs or cats but she will need to be placed in a home without children.

Zion is a rottie mix who is around 1 1/2 yrs old. He is a sweet boy with lots of personality and energy. He is also affectionate and will follow you around for attention. Due to his high prey drive and noted food aggression with other dogs, he should go to a home free of all other animals and small children.

Potter League for Animals – Middletown, RI • 401.846.8276 •

Beezer loves to exercise his legs (he loves to roam the house) but can also have a sweet side as well. He’s looking for an adult only home where he can be the only cat to get your attention.

Sasha may come off a little shy, but once she’s comfortable she’s very friendly. She’s a shy but sweet cat that loves to relax. This laid back kitty would do well in a home with adults and no other pets.

Lady is sassy and very particular about which home she dreams of next. She is a pint sized pooch who would love to be the one and only pet of your household. She is charismatic and a little full of herself. She would love to live with older teens and adults who can fawn over her lovely ways.

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Rocky is a lover not a fighter. He absolutely loves to play ball and get goofy with the staff. He is still an adolescent who longs to find an owner who would take him to obedience class and form a close bond with. He’s your man!


Help Save Lives... Adopt A Pet Today! West Warwick Animal Shelter – W. Warwick, RI • 401.615.3388 •

Norene is such a nice kitty. She had baby’s and now her baby’s are grown she can finally go up for adoption to get a home of her own. She does well with other cats but is a bit afraid of dogs. We’re sure she would get used to a calm dog if she had to. She was in a foster home but now at the shelter. Come meet her.

Kolby is 4 years old. He’s a big guy with huge paws and a big head. Kolby does well with other cats but not dominate male cats. He’s a calm kitty that loves to hang out but cannot live with dogs. Kolby doesn’t like dogs. He was hurt by a dog once causing hide. Kolby loves it when you scratch his head, ears, chin and belly.

Kodi is only 3 years old. He lived with an older woman but sadly his former owner passed away. Kodi is very sweet just a real love. He made a friend here at the shelter and if possible we’d like to see if they could be adopted together. He was sad when he first came in but now he’s a happy boy that loves to cuddle.

Ziggy is 8 years old. He was turned over by someone that had gotten him off of craigslist. Shortly after they got him they were moving and only wanted to take one dog with them. Ziggy loves to go for walks and enjoys sitting by his human. He does have cataracts so he doesn’t have full vision otherwise he’s a very healthy boy.

Cranston Animal Shelter – Cranston, RI • 401.464.8700 •

Travis is about 2 years old He came in as a stray, and has not been claimed by his owner. He is currently available for adoption.

Alice is 8 years old. Her owner died and family members could not take her. Alice is very friendly and lovable she just wants to go home.

Naia was once loved by someone, she came in wearing a beautiful collar with the leash still attached. She was found as a stray on Reservoir ave wearing a collar with a leash attached. Naia is very friendly with the staff and seems unaffected by the other dogs around her. Naia is just a little over a year old.

Zoey is just a year old. She is very playful and needs to find a forever home family that has a lot of energy and time. Zoey is not 100% housebroken and is still in a puppy chewing stage. Zoey is very affectionate and loves to play. She is very treat driven and can be trained easily.

Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter – Attleboro, MA •

Dream is big, beautiful, loving orange tiger looking for a furever home to give his love to. He doesn’t seem to mind the other cats and loves to lay in the window. Does your home need a Dream? We have one for you.

Merlot is looking for a quiet home that will love her furever. She was left in an apartment for days by herself when her the family moved out. She knows she is not disposable and is looking for a furever home. She is very unsure of what is going on and need a quiet home to blossom in.

Meeko is going to be 2 years old in May, so it’s almost time to put those “paw-ty” hats on and celebrate. Meeko has bounced around a lot in my short life and really would like to celebrate his Birthday in his forever home.

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Dingo is about 2 years old and has a beautiful Brindle paint job and a set of ears that give him wings. At first he may seem a little unsure of the world around him, but has settled in nicely. He walks great on an easy walk harness and loves to explore. He knows sit, down, paw and has the “cute command“ mastered to a science.

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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.

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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 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

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ELVIS (Quick-Tranchida) EARLY 1990s–2013 Bad ass, asparagus-lovin’ cat who will be greatly missed by his dad(s) and Providence party-goers alike.


It would be too easy to describe the enormous amount of sadness I’m feeling over this past friday’s tragic loss of Merle, aka Merlin the Magician, aka my dog Arrow’s best buddy in the world. Instead I’d like to celebrate the amazing dog he was, how he was the very definition of a Catahoula Leopard dog, in both amazing intellect and engaging personality. Adopted six years ago by my best friend Jenn and her boyfriend (now husband) Mike, Merle quickly became a central, loving part of all our lives. Anybody who’s had the luck of meeting Merle will agree: there was never a human he didn’t immediately love and win over with his charm and affection. Before my husband and I moved to LA last summer, our catahoula Arrow and Merle spent endless woodland romps, park trips, and hangouts together over the years. The two were inseparable. We’re beyond lucky to have spent so much time with him, and our visits home won’t fully be the (above) Merle. (right) Merle and his best friend Arrow.

same without seeing Merle bound out the door in greeting at the Viele-Valentine home. Love you Merle. Even though you’re apart from us physically, I know you’re watching over everyone you love, and that you’ll keep Arrow in line :) Love, Auntie Becky

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