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Paul O'Hearn Stephanie Georgia

It seems like only yesterday

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Maureen Harmonay Amanda DiSanto Katenna Jones Mike Fink Scott Dolan Sarah Silvia Dennis Tabella

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DOG SHOW Moves To Providence Written by Amanda DiSanto

The nationally recognized and prestigious Bay Colony Dog Show is moving to Providence! In its 98th year, the American Kennel Club show, as a result of the closing of the Bayside Exposition Center, has chosen the Rhode Island Convention Center as its new venue. “We are very excited about moving the Bay Colony Dog Show to Providence... to this worldclass facility in the center of this very vital city, surrounded by restaurants, shopping, and entertainment,” stated Theodore Hollander, Show Chair and member of the Eastern Dog Club. The Bay Colony Dog Show, one of the largest in the country, presents about “2,500 dogs coming from all over the country to compete” including “many of the top dogs competing at Westminster,” said Hollander. Volunteers from AKC dog clubs the Eastern Dog Club, the Ladies’ Dog Club, the Middlesex County Kennel Club, and the Yankee Golden Retriever Club organize and present four spectacular days of agility trials and conformation trials as well as obedience competitions and competitions for “Best of Breed” and “Best in Group.” The show is very family oriented, especially in its most recent event this past December 4-7 at the Bayside Exposition Center, during which adults and children took part in interactive demonstrations including a “Meet the Breeds” event, and were delighted by police and working dog demonstrations, and a rescue parade. There were also educational exhibits for anyone interested in taking part in dog shows, or other such volunteer and career opportunities, as well as rescue and adoption programs. More than 100 vendors exhibited dog-related holiday and specialty items for purchase including hand-knitted

sweaters, pet exercise equipment, gourmet treats, and handmade toys. Next year’s show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence is scheduled to be held December 3-6 and will feature the professional and majestic presentation of 155 breeds and, as always, a diverse array of activities including festive holiday shopping, hands-on demonstrations, and a variety of educational and entertainment exhibits. The show is intended for dog lovers young and old and Providence is delighted to expect more than 8,000 competitors and over 20,000 dog enthusiasts, vendors and attendees. For more information about the history of the Bay Colony Dog Show or for information about next year’s show in Providence, please visit www.baycolonydogshow.com.


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Locally and Around The Globe…

Guess who got a puppy!

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Sorry, no. Not the Obamas. It was Vice President-elect Joe Biden, who picked out a German Shepherd puppy from a breeder in Chester County, Pa., last weekend. The story was first reported by the Local Daily News in West Chester. Biden’s wife Jill had promised her husband he could have a new puppy if he and Barack Obama won the election. She even taped photos of various dog breeds on Biden’s campaign plane. The Bidens won’t take delivery of the new dog until after the inauguration next month -- and after he’s undergone some training by the breeder. Biden’s granddaughters will pick a name. OK, now it’s the President-elect’s turn.

Dog Trainers Seminar Comes to RI In the spring of 2009 the Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club Inc. will host its first “The Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club Inc. Presents: The Dog Trainers Depot” quarterly seminar in an effort to provide educational workshops for anyone interested in learning about dogs. Trainers, behaviorists, vet technicians, groomers, dog sports enthusiasts and the general public are invited to join us at the Cranston Country Club in Cranston, RI for a sit-down luncheon buffet and a fun, informational session on all things dogs. Session topics include training and handling techniques, holistic care, shelter management, pet photography, information on dog-related enterprise, and much more! All proceeds go to helping homeless bully breeds in need. For information on speaking at a seminar, or sponsoring our event, please contact Susan Parker at mypetherapydogs@yahoo.com

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Why Do They Do That? Why do dogs walk in a circle before they lie down?

This is probably an evolutionary behavior left over from wolf ancestors. Wolves instinctively circle to create a nest in brush, snow, grass, or other bedding. Some believe the circling also allows them to scan for danger, but since wolves will not curl up and sleep soundly if they sense danger, this theory is not likely. Your dog is essentially flattening an evolutionary nest in brush that isn’t really there.

Why do cats breathe with their mouth slightly open after smelling certain smells?

This is called a Flehmen response (I call it smell tasting!). Many animals do it, including horses and elephants. The animal is curling back their upper lip to transfer molecules from the chemical signal they have detected, like urine, to their vomeronasal organ (VNO) or Jacobson’s organ. The VNO is a chemical receptor that provides certain information about the animal who left behind the chemical signal, such as estrus, physiological state of an animal, how long ago the animal passed by, etc. You can try this yourself, but you’ll just look really odd because humans do not have a VNO.

You may be sitting around this holiday season…with a few days off…avoiding holiday shopping. In your procrastination, you may notice your pet doing weird things. Or maybe you’ve always seen these things and have just wondered “why do they do that?” Well, this article is intended to provide you some quick answers so you can get out there and buy your pet some new toys for under the tree.

Why do dogs kick out behind them after they urinate or defecate?

There are a few thoughts behind this one. One is that the dog is trying to spread around the chemical message they just deposited, for maximum communication possibility to anyone who may come upon the location. Whether it’s feces or urine, excrement contains a lot of information. Another thought is that the animal is leaving a visual marker on the ground with all that disrupted earth that will signal others to come over and check out this spot. A third thought is that the kicking is a visual signal to anyone who might be looking. Many dogs will kick out and hold their legs out and head high and look around as if to say: “Everybody see that? I just crapped on the grass! Yeah, that’s right, it’s my grass now! You see that?” Personally, I believe it’s all of the above.

Why do pets lick themselves? Pets don’t typically use toilet tissue after they relieve themselves, so they may just be cleaning up. The other answer? Because they can! Yes, animals masturbate – they just aren’t very private about it. I had a client whose female dog would get excited whenever guests came over and she would sit in the dining room and lick herself (the dog would, not the owner). They called it dinner and a show!


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Why do dogs howl at sirens or music?

and all. Powder smells great to us; rotten squirrel smells great to a dog.

Dogs and wolves howl as a form of long-distance communication to gather as a group, identify the group, or indicate loneliness. When one howls, the others often instinctively join in. When dogs hear sirens or music (particularly from reed instruments), the sounds may contain certain characteristics similar to a howl that triggers the dog to howl along. Some dogs are more prone to this, while others will never do it. It is interesting to note, that you can always hear a dog when it howls along with a siren or singing or music. Why? Dogs purposefully change the pitch or tone of their howl to be different from that which they are howling along with. This is probably to allow others to identify multiple participants within the group howl.

Why do dogs roll in dead things?

Dogs are predators, and predators instinctively do not want to be detected. What prey animal would be afraid of a dead bird? Or a pile of horse manure? Dogs love to roll in stinky things to cover up their own scent. This is especially true of hunting dogs, and even more so after they have just returned from the groomer. There’s nothing worse than seeing your dog an hour after getting back from the groomer, covered in poo, bows

Why do cats knead soft things?

Kittens instinctively knead their mommy’s belly to stimulate milk production during nursing. This behavior is often retained into adulthood, and when a cat steps on something soft they may automatically start kneading. No, they aren’t waiting for milk to come out of the couch – it’s more like a comforting feeling. “Ahhhh, yeeeeessss, that’s nice….” I especially enjoy it when my cat kneads on my stomach…makes me think about joining a gym… Our pets display many odd behaviors that captivate and intrigue humans. Pay special attention to your pet this holiday season and watch out of interesting behaviors. You may just be seeing evolutionary behaviors in action. Or your pet may just be really odd…Either way, happy holidays to all, and to all (circle, circle, circle) a good night.

Katenna Jones, ScM, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT Humane Educator, AHA (www.americanhumane.org) Owner, Best Behavior, LLC http://katenna.googlepages.com 401-439-6442 • katenna@gmail.com

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Helping Feral Cats This Winter by Becky Robinson

Feral cats spend their whole lives outside. They can be found all over the country, from cities to farmland and New England is no exception. They are members of the domestic cat species, but are not socialized to humans, and so they live amongst their own in “colonies.”

With the cold weather upon us, there are a few simple steps you can take for the outdoor cats in your neighborhood to ensure a safer and warmer winter this year.

While these hardy felines are accustomed to the outdoors, Americans still care about them. My organization, Alley Cat Allies, estimates that millions of people help these cats, by setting out food or water or organizing Trap-Neuter-Return programs to improve their lives and stop the breeding cycle.

Shelters built specifically for feral cats guarantee a warm spot to escape the harsh winter weather and help deter the cats from places they are not wanted. Shelters are easy and inexpensive to build. You can use the plans available at www.alleycat.org, or modify a pre-built dog-house.

If you don’t believe in killing cats, you’re already an advocate.

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Step two: Insulate the shelter against moisture as well as cold.

Straw resists the wet and keeps a shelter warm, and is the best choice for insulation and bedding. Don’t use blankets--they absorb moisture like a sponge.

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JANUARY January 5th Last Chance to vote for who you think is TOP DOG! This is a great chance let your voice be heard and also help support your favorite business. This is a Readers Choice so your vote will count! When your favorite businesses win you’re helping find a great new place...and you win prizes too! You can vote online at www.theanimalprint.com or fill out a paper ballot on page 31. January Adopt-a-Rescued-Bird Month January 11th PAWS FOR CHANGE, INC. SWEET SUNDAE FUNDRAISER Sunday, January 11th, 2009 1:00-4:00 pm The Bridge at Cherry Hill, 1 Cherry Hill Rd., Johnston, RI Please join us for an all you can sweets event to benefit PAWS For Change, Inc. While enjoying a variety of unlimited deserts, you will be able to shop with a wide variety of vendors and participate in our silent auction. Raffles will be sponsored by PAWS For Change and The Bridge at Cherry Hill. Admission: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under 12, and $5.00 for the staff and residents of The Bridge at Cherry Hill. Tickets are available at the door or online. For more info please visit: www.pawsforchange.org/sweetsundaefundraiser

January 15th Deadline to Nominate Volunteers! January 15th is the deadline to nominate who you think deserves to win Shelter/Rescue Volunteer of the Year - See page 20 for more info.

FEBRUARY February 6th Pasta Dinner to benefit the RISPCA The location is tba - for more info visit www.rispca.com or call 401-438-8150 February 10th Pet First Aid Class VESCONE 180 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 7pm The Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England (VESCONE), a 24-hour emergency center, is offering a First Aid class for pet owners, pet sitters and anyone interested in learning how to care for an animal in an emergency. These classes are designed to teach you the basics regarding the most common pet emergencies and how to recognize if something is wrong with your pet. The classes are interactive, involving a workshop with you and your pet so we can teach you how to get a pulse, heart beat, check the gums, and get a temperature, set up a first aid kit, safe transport and even bandage application.

Classes are about 1-2 hrs in duration and are a lot of fun. There is a $20 fee associated with the class that is donated to charity Please call VESCONE at 781-6848387 or email kparkinson@vescone.com to register. February 15th Opening Reception for: “All Creatures Great and Small” 1pm -4pm at the Boat House, Slater Park, Pawtucket, RI. For more info visit www.rispca.com February 15th - March 5th “All Creatures Great and Small” Watercolor Exhibit 1pm -5pm daily Where Boat House, Slater Park, Pawtucket, RI. Marvin the RISPCA mascot and resident artist will be exhibiting 7 paintings at the show.

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During the last General Assembly session, the Senator’s bill passed unanimously in a Senate committee and on the Senate floor; however, the bill, along with many other bills, was stalled in the House of Representatives.

For example, Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Smithfield), a longtime champion of animal rights in the Senate, has re-introduced a bill relating to the matter of tethering dogs outside, penned, or caged for extended periods of time in temperatures that are beyond the standard as defined by the Tufts Animal Care and Condition Scale. Senator Tassoni recently stated, “It amounts to nothing short of cruelty when someone tethers a dog outside for long periods of time, unsheltered, in extreme temperatures.”

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Now, we have a tethering bill also called the 24/7 bill that will be re-introduced this year. Senator Tassoni’s bill will have a significant impact on how dogs are treated in bad weather in particular. Defenders of Animals’ efforts, I believe, follow the sentiments of what Samuel Adams said years ago: “...it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people’s minds.” We can continue to save one animal at a time and that’s admirable, but we must utilize our resources for actions that will have the most significant positive impact on animals in our state; namely, changing the laws regarding the welfare of animals, and the best way to accomplish this is to have people testify at the committee hearings on legislation; having large turnouts at hearings has been, without a doubt, the most effective way to convince legislators to vote favorably on animal bills. Furthermore, legislators know that the number one complaint via phone calls and emails has been dogs left outside 24/7 without adequate shelter, food, and water. Animal control and law enforcement officers have been hampered by a lack of strong laws that focus on this issue. Please join Defenders of Animals and other organizations in this effort. Call us at 401-461-1922 or email us at legislation@defendersofanimals.org. Get directly involved!!!


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IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE

Happy New Year WITH A CAKE FROM TAIL WAGGERS!!

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HAVE ts for 2009

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Local Writer Featured in Dog Anthology

Avenue (Rte.44) Seekonk, MA. Doris Day, actress and founder of the Doris Day Animal Foundation, endorsed the book, saying, “My dogs are Proceeds to benefit my life. Let this book be a great part of yours.” She Seekonk Animal Shelter continued, “Dog Blessings is a moving and tender A dog story by local author book of poems, prose, and prayers that gracefully Nancy Messinger appears in honors our dog companions. Page after page, I found Dog Blessings: Po-ems, Prose, my heart opening even more to the deep love I share and Prayers Celebrating Our Rewith dogs and how much they mean to me. You’ll lationship with Dogs, compiled laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll call your dog over for a by June Cotner. The anthology, published by New full-body hug. I heartily recommend this book to dog World Library, is an inspiring collection that honors lovers everywhere!” the special bond that exists between humans and Nancy Messinger, who has lived in Seekonk for their canine friends. most of her life, is president emeritus of the Seekonk All proceeds from the local sale of the book will go Land Conservation Trust. She also volunteers for the to the Seekonk Save A Pet Society, a non-profit Seekonk Save A Pet Society, is a freelance writer and organization established to benefit the animals at editor, and her articles have appeared in The Western the Seekonk Animal Shelter. You can purchase the Horse, New Mobility, The Providence Sunday Journal books from Jan Parker in the Town Clerk’s office in and Yankee. the Seekonk Town Hall or at Canine Corner, the dog For more information about purchasing books call grooming establishment at Mills Plaza at 301 Taunton Nancy Messinger at 508-336-8885.

the search is on for the

Shelter/Rescue

Volunteer

Deadline For Submissions: January 15th, 2009

of the Year

We all know someone who has given of themselves, their time (and of their wallets) to help a dog, cat or other animals in need by volunteering at a shelter or rescue. We think it’s time we all let them know just how appreciated they are! So get out those pens and nominate the person you feel deserves to be VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!

Here’s how to win! Write a short and to the point endorsement (500 words or less) about the man or woman you would like to nominate as The Animal Print’s Volunteer of the Year! Make sure you tell us exactly why you believe this person is so extraordinary and wonderful! The entries will be judged by a panel of professionals in the pet care field.

Please mail your nominations to: The Animal Print Magazine • P.O. Box 212 Raynham, MA 02767 Or email them to: submissions@theanimalprint.com


T U O F SNIF k

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COFFEE SHOPS (outoor seating)

BEACHES

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

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

BOOK STORES

OFF-LEASH DOG PARKS

• Commercial Street Beach – Provincetown, MA • RISD Beach – Barrington, RI • Goosewing (after hours) – RI • Sandy Point Beach – Portsmouth, RI • Block Island Beaches – Bock Island, RI

BARS

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

OUTDOOR DINING

• Citron – Providence, RI • Nick’s On Broadway - Providence, RI • Aldo’s Restaurant – Block Island, RI • Trinity Brewhouse Restaurant – Providence, RI • Tremont 647 – Boston, MA • The Beehive - Boston, MA • Julians Restaurant – Providence, RI

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

VIDEO STORES

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

SHOPPING

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

ACCOMMODATIONS: Rhode Island & MA

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

Vermont

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

New Hampshire

• Lazy Dog Inn • The Village House at Yellow Snow

Maine

• Eastland Park Hotel – Portland • The Green Heron Inn – Kennebunkport • Sheepscot River Inn & Restaurant – Edgecomb

Know any great new places to take your dog? Let us know at: info@theanimalprint.com

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ADOPT ME!

Jenny’s Hope Rescue - 401.349.5591 • www.jennyshoperescue.com

Trey is a 2 year old border collie mix .You can see the joy in his face and you can tell that despite his handicap, his spirit has not been broken. He minds very well and gets along with cats, other dogs and children. Please fill out our adoption application on www.jennyshoperescue.com to be considered for this darling.

Emma is a beautiful border collie cross. Emma is very much a lady, good in the house, with other dogs, cats, children, in her crate and in the car. Once she gets to know her people, you can expect an exuberant, happy, lively lady! Please fill out our adoption application on www.jennyshoperescue.com to be considered for this darling.

Emily is an angel with fur. She just wants to be around you and cuddle. She has many years of love left to offer. Please come by and meet this sweetie. I dare you not to fall in love. Emily is fully housetrained. This girl will put a smile on your face every day! Please fill out our adoption application on www.jennyshoperescue.com

Benny is a darling little lab/hound mix. He is playful and funny to watch, and he is a pure puppy. We believe that Benny would be absolutely fabulous for some energetic kids. Please fill out our adoption application on www.jennyshoperescue.com to be considered for this darling boy.

Pittie Rescue - Rhode Island • www.pittierescue.org

Winnie is an 8-week old purebred pit bull puppy. She even tries to play with the big dogs and occasionally lets out her little barks at them. Winnie LOVES attention. At only 8 weeks old, this girl is full of kisses and love.

Tyson is a big SWEETHEART! If you ask anyone, they will tell you that. He loves cuddling and adores getting attention from his foster mom. Luckily for him, his adorable face makes everybody want to snuggle with him forever! Trust us, this little boy will steal your heart in no time!

Sasha is absolutely gorgeous! At only 10 weeks of age, Sasha is an absolute love! Her favorite pastimes include cuddling in warm laps, licking faces, playing with her new foster brothers and, oh yes, eating.

Sheshi is a 9 month old Brindle. We have yet to introduce Sheshi to anything that she does not absolutely adore - She is great with children, cats, and dogs. This girl is FULL of love! Sheshi is also very gentle and would do well with children of all ages.

Brockton Blue Dog Shelter - Brockton, MA • www.bluedogshelter.com • 508-436-6446

Pilot is a 6 month old Pointer mix. Pilot is an active dog, with a lot of energy for long walks or runs on a leash. He gets along great with other dogs, and as been around children as young as 7 years old. He is still learning crate training and housebreaking. Pilot would make a great addition to any family.

Sophie is a sweet, energetic yellow lab puppy, about 8 months old. She loves children and playing with people and other dogs. Sophie has had some obedience training and would love to have a new family that can continue her training and give her lots of love and exercise.

Lizzie is a sweet kitty was abandoned as a baby outside our dog shelter and now wants a real forever home of her own. Now a happy, playful 4 months old, Lizzie is ready for adoption.

Smokey is a happy, playful boy about 4 months old who needs a good home. He is ready for adoption. Please come to meet Smokey or any of the other kittens during any regular shelter hours.

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Help Save Lives... Adopt A Pet Today! Mansfield Animal Shelter - Mansfield, MA • 508.261.7339 • adoptions@mansfieldshelter.org

Tank is a one year old, male, lab mix. He’s a friendly boy, but he will need some training. Tank still has lots of puppy energy. Tank gets along with children, and with most dogs.

Hollister is approximately two years old. He is very friendly. He is waiting for the perfect family to save him this holiday season. This pet is up to date with routine shots. This pet has been altered.

Panda is a year and a half old, black and white, Border collie mix. She knows basic commands like “down” and “up.” Panda gets along with children and with some dogs, but not as well with cats.

Pocus is a sweet, two year old female Domestic Short Hair. This pet is up to date with routine shots. This pet is already house trained. This pet has been altered.

Charlestown Animal Shelter - Charlestown, RI • 401.364.1211

Joey is a handsome 5-year-old orange and white male cat. He is a very sweet guy. He is ready for to move on to a forever home where he will have special people of his own.

Hi, my name is Coda and I’m a 4-year-old male Australian Shepherd. My only goal in life is to please my owner. I love long walks and to be brushed. I am already crate trained and know how to sit and give paw! Coda is good with kids and cats and up to date on all routine vaccinations.

Sunshine is a handsome orange tabby about 2-3 years old. He is very playful and friendly. Already neutered and up to date on routine vaccinations.

Henry is a 5 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound. He likes people, enjoying long walks and would be a wonderful addition to your home.

Scituate Dog Pound - Clayville, RI • 401.647.7200 • scituatepound1@juno.com

Shane is a very sweet boy, all white with beautiful blue eyes. He is however very timid in his foster home and needs a quiet loving patient soul to help him feel secure safe and loved again. He has live with many cats and dogs in the past.

Margo is about a year old. She is a very friendly kitty. She is looking for her forever home. Could you be her forever home?

Betty Boop will sit on command if you offer me some yummy treats and I take them from you very politely. I am a sweet girl. I even let one of the volunteers here slip my head and paws into one of those doggie sweaters so we could go out in the cold, but it was too small for me to wear.

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Blossom is quiet senior lap cat that purrs very loudly with contentment and enjoys human companionship. She is a very lovable and affectionate kitty. Blossom still has spunk left in her. She will follow you around when she’s not sleeping and loves attention, petting and giving head butts.

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Protect your Pet from

Winter

woes

The Animal Print along with the Humane Society of the United States urges pet owners to take extra precautions this winter to ensure the safety of their companion animals. Here are a few tips to help you do just that!  

Don’t Leave Pets Outdoors When The Temperature Drops.

Dogs and cats are safer indoors, except when taken out for supervised exercise.

1. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young, or old dogs and all cats should never be left outside without supervision.

2. Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy.

3. You might also want to put a sweater on your older or short haired pup - and it’s not just a fashion statement...they can get cold too 4. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen.

5. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the

temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

Check Your Car.

Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

Wipe Those Paws.

The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet and may be harmful if ingested. Wipe the feet with a damp towel before your pet licks them to remove snow packed between your pet’s paws. Pet-friendly ice melts are available at many pet supply stores across the nation or online.

Keep Away From Antifreeze

Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that can attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Better yet, use antifreezecoolant made with propylene glycol, which is less toxic in small amounts than traditional ethylene glycol antifreeze.

Provide A Dry Dog House.

No matter what the temperature, wind chill can threaten a pet’s life. A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If your dog spends significant time outdoors, however, he/she must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. The best prescription for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time. Dogs and cats are social animals who crave human companionship. Your animal companions deserve to live indoors with you and your family.

A portion of this article was reprinted with permission from the US Humane Socity. For more info visit www.hsus.org


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pet pony. She inscribed it on her y phantom album includes tea-cup, as her canaries and rabbits, doves personal logo. She identified with and dogs, parakeets and its will to work, no matter the goldfish, mice and things rescued weather, with blinders on, within from the biology lab. But this a routine of service. She crafted a story is about a pet horse that I large mosaic table to stand by the met only in ghostly form. As a hearth, the way her childhood horse family memory. As a story told by had stood by the open fire at the the fireside, and written and illusstove on long, bitter nights. Her trated in an article due to appear in character, like her younger brother, a magazine dedicated to gentle care was deeply influenced by that mild for horses of all kinds. My tale but mammoth ally from the northbegins in wintry Montreal. land. Betty never, ever, complained My grandfather had moved to about the winter, she strode through Quebec from a village in Rumania, the snow with zest and zing, like near the border of Russia. He that beloved being from her depended upon his pet horse for girlhood. his work as a coal merchant. But Do I exaggerate? Or am I exploring the faithful beast added warmth the spirit of the proud but patient and character to the house as well. steed? Ah, what have we lost in surThrough the long Canadian winrending what is natural to all things ters, a horse can pull a wagon over mechanical, technical, convenient the snow, and its friendship can without responsibility, disposable add spiritual companionship and without regret? In the bible, and physical heat to the dwelling shared in folklore, the horse can speak by man and animal. and give good counsel. And so, that illustration by herbert l. fink This grandfather had daughters and breathing hot-blooded but kindly creature from a frigid one son, his lastborn, charged with the job of feeding the space says out of its time to me, “Remember how close oats and hay to the large creature by the stove. “Now, we were, once upon a time, thou and I, and be proper and don’t just throw the grasses at him. Hand them politely, thoughtful to all who share your places upon this planet.” courteously. He helps us and we must respect him and I welcome the pets I have shared with my children and treat him with affection.” My only maternal uncle often cared for as best I could. I learned how to save the life of reminded me of that boyhood theme of his recall. And a goldfish or a squirrel. How to grieve for the victims of he was a fine narrator of such yarns, patient and quiet in cruelty or neglect, or just the speed of passing cars the delivery. He learned his personality from the horse. on a busy road. I have rescued cats abandoned on a In a way. major highway. Now, my mother (her name was Betty, in its American But my grandfather’s horse haunts me privately, with regal version) moved to Rhode Island when she married. Like dignity above them all and with nostalgia, and I pen these so many in our state who spoke some French from the phrases to bring back its soul, to inspire me through the provinces, mixed with the proverbs and old sayings. And cold months and in the dark moments before us. she missed the horse. And so, she drew and painted the

DOG WEDDING? Fetching Photography is looking for those who are planning a dog wedding or planning to include their pet at their “human” wedding. We would love to photograph pets (free) that are either getting married or that are dressed in their wedding best during a ceremony. We’re also interested in those who own an elaborate wedding gown to re-shoot your dog wearing it. We are not charging a fee and will give you a selection of prints for your personal use in exchange for getting an invite in order to take photographs. For more info visit www.fetchingphoto.com or call 401.465.2653

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Funky Dog Beds

Bessie & Barnie beds offer the ultimate in dog comfort! Bagel beds, square beds, and sofas are covered in washable upholstery-grade fabrics in beautiful patterns including chenille, washable suede, dots, furs, and more! All dog beds are not created equal - try a Bessie & Barnie bed to see the difference! Bessie & Barnie beds are made in the USA and available at Gone to the Dogs, 55 Albion Street, Wakefield, MA 781-245-6787.

WILD Horses

Rhode Islands own Traer Scott has just released her third book, WILD Horses: Endangered Beauty. If you love horses, this is a must have for your library. Available at Books on the Square Providence, RI and Amazon.com

Grey Suited Newsboy Hat

These stylish newsboy hats are wool blend and come with a removable puppy pin. Also comes in a drawstring cloth bag. Availabe at www.fuzzynation.com

Hydrosurge Rapidbath Pet Bathing System

This handheld unit, which attaches to a tub faucet and combines water, soap and air in streams, made “the normal process of first getting the dog wet, then lathering them up” one step, our tester, added that it was “less messy” than conventional baths. The dogs “definitely seemed to enjoy” the pressure of RapidBath’s jet, she said. Her only objection was to the price, but she praised its value compared with a visit to a groomer. $69.99, www. rapidbathing.com.

The Geisha Pug Handbag

Be seen around town with this adorable and hip purse! Made from silk and polyester and is approximately 12” long bag with an adjustable leather strap. It comes in a white gift box with paw print breathing hole. Availabe at www.fuzzynation.com

Snif Tag

This may be our favorite new pet product to hit the streets in a long time. A New high-tech dog tag created by a Boston based company, tracks Fido’s movements, and even his friends. SNIF Tag wirelessly uploads any data it records to the Internet. It’s a great way to meet new people, because the tag is recording encounters with other SNIF dogs, your SNIF Tag becomes more than a pet monitoring device-- it’s a tool for social networking that expands your circle of friends every time you take your pup for a walk. The SNIF Tag makes building new friendships safe and easy, whether in the park, at the dog run, or just out and about.” To learn more about the snif tag and how it works visit sniftag.com


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Bone-Shaped Aluminum Tray

This great tray is 9 inches and serves as a lovely multi-purpose accessory for any pet lover. Attractive, pet-themed home accent is ideal for storing odds-and-ends, holding desk supplies, sunglasses, keys, potpourri, or candy. Available at www.callingalldogs.com

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The Magic of Animal

Telepathy

Whether you know it or not, your animals are communicating with you all the time. You may not be “hearing” them, because their language is a silent one. It’s the language of telepathy, and though it doesn’t necessarily express itself in familiar words, it’s our animals’ native tongue. As a professional animal communicator, my role is to translate animals’ telepathic messages into everyday language, and to open a window into their minds and hearts so their human companions can better understand how profoundly their pets understand them. By listening to the silence of the animals, I am almost like their therapist: someone who can really hear their thoughts and sometimes, literally feel their pain. The stories they tell me can be funny or amazing, but they always demonstrate that animals have a sensitivity and sensibility that exceeds anything we might have imagined. A few months ago, during a session with a black cat named Manny, who has cancer, I perceived that he was showing me an image of a bridge. I assumed that perhaps he might be able to see a bridge from the window of his urban apartment, and mentioned that to his person, Lisa. “No,” Lisa said, “we can’t see a bridge from our window, but I have been reading the poem, ‘The Rainbow Bridge,’ to him, to let him know that it’s okay with me if he needs to go there.” Even though Manny had never actually observed an actual bridge, he “saw” the bridge that Lisa had described in this poignant poem, and let me know that he understood her message. All I knew about another cat, Marcie, was that she had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Her person, Sandy, had not shared with me the nature of her cat’s physical ailment, but as soon as I connected with Marcie, she showed me that she was receiving subcutaneous fluids. I was astonished when Sandy confirmed that in fact, Marcie was suffering from Chronic Renal Failure, and that she received the sub-q fluids every other day!

But Marcie wasn’t feeling sorry for herself, not one bit. She had a lot of other things to say, including the fact that she liked pizza! I honestly thought that I must have misinterpreted this part of Marcie’s message, and was hesitant to share it with Sandy. But I always try to accurately convey the information I receive from an animal, even if it doesn’t always seem to make sense, so I told Sandy about Marcie’s pizza vision. She laughed, and said that at her house, Friday is “pizza night,” and as soon as the steaming pie is served, Marcie jumps into the warm pizza box and luxuriates there, while everyone else is eating! My conversations with animals have taught me that it’s virtually impossible to keep a secret from them, and conversely, that they will confide your secrets if given the opportunity! A few years ago, a young couple, John and Carol, asked me to communicate with their two cats, Joe and Vito. Joe was very sick, and the couple wanted to get his, and Vito’s, perspective on what was happening in the household. During my session with Vito, he told me that he was worried, because he knew that John and Carol were thinking about getting another cat. When I told them about it, John and Carol were in disbelief. They acknowledged that they wanted to introduce another cat into the family, but told me that they had been extremely careful never to talk about their intention in front of Joe or Vito! In fact, they had only discussed it on the phone, from their respective offices, or when they were outside the house. I explained to them that it didn’t matter one iota that they had never actually talked about the new cat out loud, because Vito had done what cats are so good at: he had read their minds. He was completely aware of their plans, in spite of their efforts at secrecy! When it comes to keeping your own secrets safe, I’ve learned that animals won’t necessary cooperate. We all know that animals have incredible memories, but what most people may not


29 realize is that animals can describe, in very vivid terms, situations in which they were abused or badly treated, even when the mistreatment happened months or years in the past. The perpetrator who hits a dog in the privacy of his own home or yard may assume that no one will ever know anything about it, but given a chance, the dog will tell all. One of my canine clients, a feisty Scottie named “Freddy,” told me that he wanted desperately to play with his human “brother,” Chad, and his friends, but he showed me that when he tried to join their games, the boys smacked him on the nose or on the side of his head, in the hopes that it would make Freddy so away. I realized that this was a potentially dangerous situation for all concerned, and I knew that I had to share Teddy’s story with Chad’s mother. When she received the transcript of my session with Teddy, she printed it out and showed it to Chad, who seemed very surprised at being “caught in the act,” and exclaimed, “I’m busted!” Chad had never stopped to think that he might really be hurting his dog, but when he read Teddy’s uncannily accurate description what had been happening, it touched his heart. By revealing their “secret,” Teddy had helped Chad realize that he deserved to be treated with respect and kindness, just like any other member of the family. Maureen Harmonay is an animal communicator whose practice is called, “Animal Translations.” You can visit her website at AnimalTranslations.com. If you’d like to receive a copy of her “10 Tips on How to Communicate with Your Own Animals,” just send a note to MHarmonay@animaltranslations.com.

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