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’m fairly certain I’m not alone in my readiness to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. It’s not necessarily because of the snow and cold, but when you have two foster dogs mixed in with your own animals and no yard...well, you can do that math. A lot of very cold and often slippery walks in the neighborhood. What I have come to realize is that I NEED a yard! For those of you lucky enough to have one, and are perhaps looking for a rather shy but loving dog, let me introduce you to my foster dog Bobo. Bobo has the eyes of an old soul and I already know that I will never forget this one. Sadly, his shyness is not such a good fit with my lifestyle, ie: people in and out, lots of trips, events, living in the city— but wow, is he special. You can read a bit more about him on page 30 and maybe, just maybe, he could be the right dog for you?

I also wanted to mention my niece who recently lost her beloved hampster Stevie in a tragic accident. I want her to know that I’m so sorry and that I understand how sad she is. Losing your best friend is difficult, and I would like to share with her the quote that helped me when I lost my best friend, which is “Don’t Cry Because It’s Over, Smile Because It Happened” by Dr. Seuss. You can read the touching note she wrote to Stevie in the memorial section on page 33. This was a note that she wrote privately, and quietly put into the tiny casket in which he will be buried. It’s clear that he was loved, and their special bond reminds me that no matter how large or small an animal is, when you love them they are the world to you. I hope you enjoy our new issue which includes a number of beautiful photos by Traer Scott, some of which will appear in her upcoming book Newborn Puppies. You will also find the touching story of Liam. Liam has been all over the news lately and the wonderful folks at Handsome Dan’s Rescue invited the Animal Print over to meet him and share his story. We of course fell in love with this goofy, sweet boy and wish him a very speedy recovery. Thank You, Stephanie Georgia editor

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Animal Testing Of Cosmetics Banned In European Union The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments has something to celebrate this winter: after years (23 to be exact) of effort, the group has succeeded in banning the use of animals in cosmetics testing in all member countries of the European Union. As of March 11, all personal care products, from high-end to drugstore brands, will be subject to the rules, which means that final products cannot be tested on animals and nor can any of a given products’ ingredients.

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with a cat, following a public poll. The traditional board piece is set to be relegated to the history books following an international vote to find a replacement miniature.

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Just as the sound of a can opener signals good food is on its way, your come command should also signal that good food comes to those who come. You should teach him that when called, it’s not just good food, but extra wonderful food. Experiment to see what your cat really likes — tuna, cat treats, sardines — and reserve it only for those times you’ve called.

9 Although you could just play a recording of the can opener, that would be inconvenient, so instead, decide how you will call your cat. Use something you don’t otherwise say during the day. “Here, kitty, kitty, kitty” is a favorite, or you could use a whistle. Don’t, however, simply use the cat’s name. His name is just to get his attention; it should be followed by a cue to actually come. Everyone in the house should use the same way of calling. A deaf cat can be trained to come to vibrations, such as thumping your foot on the floor, or to visual cues, such as a light flicking on and off.

How Food Can Aid in Training

If your cat already comes running to the sound of the can opener or the shaking of the treat bag, you can let that aid in training. Call your cat immediately before making the sound she already comes to. Your call must come before the sound — not at the same time or after — because in that way your call will quickly come to predict the other sound and food. Practice having your cat run to you in the kitchen, or wherever she usually eats, at first. Then go to other rooms and have her come to you there, feeding her as soon as she reaches you. Be sure to stroke and praise her as well. Once she’s coming, don’t take her training for granted. Whenever she comes, reward her. If you train her when she’s already hungry, you’ll make even faster progress. If your cat spends time outside, you can also call her to the house and reward her.

The Best Time to Train Your Kitten

The best time to teach your cat to come when called is when he’s a young kitten, but no matter how old he is, he can still learn. Always make coming to you rewarding. Even if you’ve hunted and called for the past hour, only to see your cat finally meander out yawning from under the bed, grit your teeth and reward him. If you want your cat to come so you can cut her nails or give her medicine, go find her rather than call him. True, sometimes you have to call him for things that aren’t on the top of her fun things to do list, but try to keep those to a minimum. One day your cat’s life may depend on her coming to you without hesitation — don’t give him reason to wonder if it’s worth coming or not.

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Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in products such as gum, candy, mints, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Xylitol is harmful to dogs because it causes a sudden release of insulin in the body that leads to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Xylitol can also cause liver damage in dogs. Within 30 minutes after eating, the dog may vomit, be lethargic (tired), and/or be uncoordinated. However, some signs of toxicity can also be delayed for hours or even for a few days. Xylitol toxicity in dogs can be fatal if untreated. It is unknown whether Xylitol is toxic to cats.

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10th Annual Furr-Ball The Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter (FAAS) will be holding its 10th Annual Furr-Ball Dinner on Saturday, March 2nd from 6:30 to 10:30 pm at the Attleboro Moose Lodge #463 on Thacher St.. A spaghetti and meatball dinner with salad, rolls and desserts including the famous ice cream sundae bar, followed by a night of DJ entertainment, dancing, raffles and door prizes. For more info or to buy tickets visit Tuesday, March 12th

Fundraiser For Sparkle! Sparkle was turned into the Cranston Animal Shelter with both of her front legs broken. She needs surgery so she can walk normally again. Sparkle is only 6 months

old and is friendly, affectionate and full of spark. This fundraiser will take place at the Ninety Nine Restaurant 1171 New London Ave, Cranston, RI, where 15% of your bill will be donated to Sparkle! There will also be a 50/50 raffle. You must present a flyer provided by the shelter in order to have 15% of your check donated to Sparkle. To get your flyer or donate directly to Sparkle please call 401.641.6275 or email

hold its ninth annual Breakfast & Raffle on Saturday April 6th from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Norwood Baptist Church, 48 Budlong Avenue, Warwick, RI. Enjoy a home cooked breakfast including gently scrambled eggs, french toast, crispy bacon, savory sausage, country home fries, fruit salad, coffee and juice. Tickets are $8.00 each and $3.00 each for children under 6 years old. Tickets are available now. Reserve your tickets, to donate a raffle prize or for more information, please call 401-467-2692 or 401738-6322. Follow the Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter on

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Friday, April 12th

Free Community Egg Hunt & Crafts With Horse Rides & Face Painting Paw Prints Photography & FAAS invite you to their 2’nd Easter Egg Extravaganza on Sat from 11:00am to 2:00pm for you, your children & leashed pets at the Attleboro Animal Shelter. There will be horse rides from Star Impression Riding School, photography, games & giveaways, the egg hunt, egg painting, $1 raffles. Attending this event will be free to the public, although donations will be accepted & we ask that you keep our shelter pets in mind. Family photography sittings will be $5.00 with all proceeds going directly to the Attleboro Animal Shelter. For more info visit

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Join Traer Scott for her first Newborn Puppies Providence books signing event at Books on the Square 471 Angell St Providence, RI at 4pm. Bring Your Dog!

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9th Annual Breakfast & Raffle to Help Homeless Cats and Dogs Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter will

Animal Prints 2013 Join the East Greenwich Animal Protection League for Animal Prints 2013 at 7 p.m. at Crestar Picture Framing, 51 Liberty Street, EG. The event is a gallery and silent auction of portraits featuring some of Rhode Island’s biggest names photographed alongside shelter animals. Proceeds from the event will benefit the East Greenwich Animal Protection League, a private, no-kill shelter for homeless cats and dogs. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Admission includes light hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary champagne toast. There will also be raffle items and a cash bar. Please join us for this wonderful event to benefit a fantastic cause.

Tuesday April 16 to Friday, April 19th

Happy Tails “Staycation” at the Potter League Join the adoption task force! Learn about and meet the animals in our shelter. Create projects to keep them happy and healthy, and brainstorm ways to match them up with their purr-fect new home. Each day will involve animal– themed games, activities, crafts, guest speakers, and time with animal friends. Camp run from Tuesday, April 16th to Friday, April 19th. Grades 2 & 3 meet from 9 am to 12 noon and Grades 4, 5 & 6 meet from 1 pm to 4 pm. Enrollment is $60 per session. Sign up for one week or both! Activities will be different each week! For more information or to register for camp, contact Anastacia Southland, or 401-846-0592 ext 120.

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Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter is hosting Crafting for Critters Spring Craft Fair and Bake Sale at the Buttonwoods Community Center, 3027 West Shore Road, Warwick, RI from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM. A wide variety of vendors will be gathered under one roof selling their wares including stained glass, Silpada jewelry, handmade candles, crafts for cat lovers, original art, handmade jewelry, Wildtree herbs, Pampered Chef house-wares, baked goods, all natural dog treats, clothing, books and more. Vendor space is available at $10 for each 6’ table (table included). Interested vendors should contact Brenda at 401-467-2692. Admission is free. Food and refreshments will be available. For more information, please call 401-467-2692 or follow Friends of the Warwick Animal Shelter on Facebook.

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y now you may have heard about Liam. His story is as heart wrenching as it is heartwarming, and the ending still remains to be seen. For those of you who have not yet heard, let me get you up to speed. On January 31st, it was just another Thursday for a Westport Massachusetts homeowner, until they noticed something in their garage. It was a dog. It was a pit bull. It was a big pit bull. And it was covered in blood. Such a sight might strike terror into the hearts of some who have heard the stories about “those


dogs.” How they can’t be trusted. How they will kill anyone and anything if given the chance. A blood soaked, large dog, hiding in a garage? Of course he was covered in blood – he had probably just mauled something, right? Or perhaps he had displeased an owner who subsequently disposed of him like so much worthless trash after losing a fight. I mean, what other use could a dog like that possibly have? It might even have been easy for someone to arrive on the scene and shoot this dangerous beast that posed such a threat to public safety.

Lucky for this particular pit bull, the one to arrive on the scene was Animal Control Officer Donna Lambert, who knew instantly what she was dealing with: the dog she had been tracking for several weeks around Rt 195. With the skill and experience of a trained professional, Donna quickly assessed the situation and saw a severely injured pet that posed no threat, and she immediately transported him to Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic. It was eminently apparent that, no, this dog was never used for fighting and had not mauled a thing. He had no indicative scarring around his face and front legs and – other than his obvious injuries – was actually in pretty decent shape considering


Liam with his new foster family Amber and Darian McNulty

he had been a stray for several weeks. He was thin, but not emaciated, and his coat was thick and clean. This was no fighting dog – used, abused, and abandoned. This was no dangerous stray wandering around causing mayhem and destruction. This was someone’s pet. A pet, as it would turn out, knew hand-signals for sit and stay, walked well on a leash, was housetrained, polite, and well-behaved around children and other dogs. This was a pet. And just one year old he was lying alone in a garage on a cold January day, for an unknown period of time (likely days), in incredible pain, fighting for his life. He was bleeding profusely from his chest and right front leg where, as Xrays revealed, he had sustained multiple leg fractures and multiple gunshot wounds. In fact, there were four to seven entry points. Now, this is the point in the story where the speculations begin. Was his brown coat mistaken for a deer, and shot by a hunter? Possibly. Deer hunt-

ing season is long since over, however crow, bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon, opossum, cottontail, hare, and squirrel seasons all fit the time frame. But for a hunter to land four to seven shots in such a small, moving target is very unlikely. Not to mention, the absolute disregard for safety that would be required to mistakenly pull the trigger so many times at a shorthaired tan pit bull, which is clearly not any of the aforementioned species. But it’s possible. Was the dog lost and hungry, looking for food in someone’s garbage or even raiding chicken coops? Perhaps someone felt threatened by a stray dog and Continued on page 26.

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took aim. Possibly. However, upon discussion with hand and shotgun skilled sportsmen, landing multiple shots to an otherwise healthy dog in such a small target is virtually impossible. Unless the dog was held down, or unless the dog was already injured to the point he could not run. Was he held down? Was he already injured? We may never know, and frankly speculation is nothing more than a negative waste of time. There are professionals that are highly trained in figuring things like this out, assessing where negligence, cruelty, and innocent mistakes intersect – and where they are separate. And they are on the case. Cruelty Investigators from the Animal Rescue League of Boston are tracking down the events that led up to this, and we have to trust in them to get to the bottom of this if it’s at all possible. And a reward is being offered for information. So let’s leave the speculation to the professionals, shall we? The rest of us focus our positive, healing energy on the good parts of this story. So what happened next to this boy, you may wonder? After being stabilized by the good folks at Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic, the dog was driven to an unassuming house in Cranston Rhode Island, which just

so happens to be the headquarters of Handsome Dan’s Rescue for pit bull type dogs. HDR is named after Founder and CCO (Chief Canine Officer) Dan, one of the many amazing Vicktory dogs, rescued from the notorious Michael Vick dog fighting operation. Dan is the face of an organization run by Heather Gutshall and Mark Stoutzenberger, who magically find spare time outside of their work as owners and operators of Outbound Hounds. Together, they head up a team of dedicated and tireless volunteers who rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome area pit bull type dogs. They raise thousands of dollars in donations from loving fans and dedicated supporters: 100% of which goes directly to save the lives of and care for needy dogs like Liam; as well as to find Liams great foster family, Amber and Mathew McNulty, who were willing to open their home to him for as long as he would need. When arrangements were being made for when the dog would come Amber’s home (after his state-required five-day hold had concluded), the discussion of a name came up. Amber joked: “Well, I’m not letting [daughter] Darian name him! She’ll pick something ridiculous like Liam, after the boy in the boy band One Direction!” There was a pause, as they realized St.

Patrick’s Day was close by. It fit! And it stuck. Liam. Liam’s future was uncertain during the initial days of his recovery, and only time would tell whether his leg could be saved. He showed significant wound damage, and the horrendous breaks did not make for a good prognosis. And as they waited, pain killers helped, but didn’t stop Liam from suddenly screaming out in pain from time to time. Agonizing daily wound cleanings ripped tears from his caretaker’s eyes, and more screams from Liam himself. But through it all, he never showed aggression. Not once. He would bury his giant head, and soft-ball sized check muscles in the embrace of the humans as they comforted him and cared for him. He soaked up their love, and together they waited. And then came the test that showed the unexpected: Liam’s nerves had begun to repair themselves! He began to use his front leg, and even play! It wasn’t long before it became a struggle to protect the injured leg from the goofy boy it was attached too, as he tried jump with joy and bounce on toys. Today, Liam is recovering in his foster home, but he has a long road ahead of him. Physical therapy, hydro therapy, Continued on page 30.


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Continued from page 26. massages, quality diet, and plenty of medications will be needed as Liam heals. Toys and beds and jackets to keep his lean and muscular frame warm in our New England winter will allow

his body to focus energy on gaining strength. And with lots of time, plenty of love, tons of kisses, and a little bit of luck Liam will be just fine. So, until then we wait. Liam waits. And only time will tell how his story ends. But so far, it looks like he might just have a pretty happy ending.

For more information on Handsome Dan’s Rescue, to see Liam and follow his recovery, and to see the other dogs in their care, to find a new friend to adopt, or to make a donation, look for Handsome Dan’s Rescue on Facebook. And tell them Liam sent you!

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Saving Bobo Bobo is a one year old Boxer/Shepherd mix who is the most gentle, calm and sweet soul you will ever meet. Not only is he beautiful but he loves to play with other dogs, roll in the snow, wants nothing more than to put his little head on your lap when you’re sitting on the couch and is as quiet as a church mouse! He has been with a rescue in Arkansas for his entire life with a good deal of that time spent in a kennel and sadly was not well socialized with people as a puppy. As a result he is a bit fearful of new people. His RI foster mom just could bear to see this sweet forgotten boy spend anymore time alone and took him into her home. The remarkable thing about Bobo is that while under socialized with people (until he trusts you and then he’s a big lug) - he is the perfect house guest who is not pushy, loud or destructive. His foster mom just can’t say enough about what a joy he is to be around. We have started to notice that he has more confidence when with another friendly dog who can show him the ropes, especially when he can get a good outdoor run and play session in. While he may be calm in the house, he’s young and needs his exercise to stay that way! More of what we love about Bobo is that he rides wonderfully in the car and loves car rides. He’s great in his crate and has recently learned to run into it when it’s dinner time. He is still learning to walk on the leash but is not a puller. He just needs someone to love, who will love him back and understand that he needs very slow introduction to new situations and people and in return you will have one amazing, loving and laid back dog. He is looking for a calm home that will help him blossom into a more confidant dog and one that understands that while at first he may be nervous of you, in a few days he will love you like you’ve never been loved before! If you’re looking for a dog that you can take to crowded locations and busy streets, he may not be the guy for you. But if you have time to introduce him to a new life and give him calm and consistant training and you love a dog who is a complete mush in the house but active outdoors, then he might be right for you. Because of his shyness, we are looking for a home with a fenced yard that he can safely frolic in but with a person who wants to work on his specific fear issue with training. Bobo is currently being fostered in RI with a small dog who he treats gently and another young dog that he loves to play with. Bobo is up to date on his shots, neutered and healthy. For more info about Bobo, please contact his foster mom at This page was made possible through the generosity of:


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Kristina was a stray for a long time and she was finally trapped and came to Sweet Binks. We estimate Kristina to be about 1 year old or so. She is now spayed, great hay eater, good with her litter box and a friendly, calm bun. Great first bun and maybe a good bonding candidate too.

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Greta is a wonderful, approx. 9 year old, female, black lab weighing 60 lbs. Although Greta is a senior Labbie, don’t let that grey face fool you as she still has some energy and enjoys going for her leisurely walks. Greta is looking for a new home as her owner passed away and she no longer has someone to care for her. She is very mellow and easy going.

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Brownie is either a Beagle in a Chocolate Lab costume or a Chocolate Lab trapped in a Beagle size body. We are not sure. She is stocky with short legs, only 35 pounds and is about 3 1/2 years old. Brownie is a very sweet, very gentle and very affectionate girl who loves to be with people and loves to play but settles in for a good snuggle too.

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