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Volume III Issue 2


July/August 2018 Readers’Choice

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New Service Dog Law Phoenix Herpetological Society K9 Trials Results

Main Story: Loving Outdoor Cats


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July/August 2018

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The Leader of the Pack howls! Congratulations to Terra, winner of the first Phoenix Dog magazine Cover Dog Contest! There were many fabulous dogs who entered, three adorable finalists, and Terra won with the judges and the popular vote! Many of us work to help animals in Arizona. Since 1987, the Animal Defense League of Arizona has worked to help all Arizona animals have a voice at the State Legislature. ADLA works at many different levels in the community to address the needs of domestic and wild animals. They are a major player in the fabric of animal welfare in our state and our Main Story tells their story. A new pet-related law takes effect August 1. A person caught representing an animal as a service animal when it is not, will be breaking the law and subject to a civil fine. Whether your business is affected, or you are a disabled person or an imposter, check out the story! PDM will soon announce a challenge to dog owners to raise the level of their pets’ public behavior, and for those who need their dogs to be service dogs, a path to get that done and have fun at the same time! Dog Trainer Will Bruner explains how to teach good leash manners to you dog in the Trainer Tips story. Will’s information is easy to understand and reasonable to follow. This is the second in the PDM series of teaching your dog to be a good dog when out in social settings, traveling or just enjoying the daily routine with you dog. Roxie has been working hard on summer safety. She reminds us to be aware and keep dogs out of the dangerous summer heat, know the signs of heat exhaustion and stroke in dogs. It may be someone else’s dog you help! The summer critters are out too, so watch for toads, snakes and other toxic animals. It’s good to have an action plan ahead of time!

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The Leader of the Pack Howls Pets and Their Celebrity Owners: The McMahon’s and their Pampered Pooches Dogs Helping People: The Eye Dog Foundation Dog Adoptions Canine News: New Service Dog Bill Health: Summertime Safety Tips for Pets Trainer Tips: Life on the Line Business Spotlight: Caldera Pet Therapy Kids & Dogs: Animal Loving Girl Scout Earns Gold Award Take a Hike!: Nate Avery Trail-Flagstaff Adoptable Hiking Dogs Kitty Korner: Cat Hideaways Cat Adoptions Horsin’ Around: Getting a WHIP Hand K9-Desert Dog K9 Trials 2018 Critter Corner: Phoenix Herpetological Society

Special Features: Luke Airforce Base K9s: Dogs of Valor


Regular Features:


20 Animal Defense League of Arizona


Animal Defense League of Arizona

Canine News: New Service Dog Bill

15 2018 Desert Dog K9 Trial Results

6 Calendar of Events 10 Cool Products 25 Dog Park Listings 26 Market Place 35 Pet Emergency Resource Information 36 Animal Rescue & Adoption Groups 37 Pet Directory: Pet Related Services 39 Advertisers Index

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Important Information

34 Critter Corner: Phoenix Herpetological Society

Terra: 2018 Cover Dog Winner Photo: Tiffany’s Diamond Dogs



Calendar The PDM Facebook Events Page has the expanded social calendar!

Ongoing Adoptions Arizona Small Dog Rescue Every Sat, 10:30-3:30PM PetCo at Tatum & Bell Rd 602-944-2440 AZ Dog Adoptions Every Sat, 12–4PM Choice Pet Market Paradise Valley 10810 N Tatum Blvd Scottsdale 85028 602-652-9000 Aussie Lethal White Rescue Every 2nd & 3rd Sat, 9-2PM Momma’s Organic market 9744 W Northern Peoria 602-703-7154 Aussie Lethal White Rescue Every 1st Sat, 10-2PM Pet Club Gilbert 2530 S Val Vista Dr Gilbert 82595 480-507-9000 Aussie Lethal White Rescue Every Sat (Dogs), 1-5PM Every Sun (Cats), 11-3PM Pet Club W Gilbert 835 W Warner Rd Ste 111 Gilbert 85233 480-507-9000 Aussie Lethal White Rescue Every 4th Sat, 10-2PM Pet Club Glendale 17204 N 67 Ave 623-979-8100 Aussie Lethal White Rescue Every 2nd & 3rd Sat Pet Club Phoenix 4001 E Thomas Rd Phoenix 85018 602-957-2906


AZ Happy Trails Every Sat, 10-2PM Pet Club Dobson 2000 W Ray Rd Chandler 885224 480-426-7590

America’s Freedom Paws Every Sat 10-1PM PetSmart 9960 N 91st Ave Peoria 85345 623-486-8700

AZ Happy Tails Every Sat, 10-2PM Pet Club Tempe 6350 S McClintock Dr Ste 101 Tempe 85283 480-775-2868

Pathways Home Rescue Every Sun, 11-2PM Pet Club Scottsdale 93rd St & Shea Blvd Scottsdale 85255 480-473-0207

AZK9 Adoptions Every Sun, 12–3PM Choice Pet Market Glendale 20028 N 67th Ave Glendale 85308 623-937-4444 Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary Every 3rd Thurs Pet Club Cave Creek 4725 E Carefree Hwy Cave Creek 85331 480-437-9144 Greyhound Pets of AZ Every 2nd Sat, 10-12PM Pet Food Depot 17645 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix 602-493-7639 Maynm Animal Rescue Every other Sun Pet Club Ahwatukee 4206 E Chandler Blvd Phoenix 85048 480-706-0100 One Dog Arizona Rescue Every other Sun, 11-4PM Choice Pet Market Chandler 2915 W Ray Rd Chandler 85224 480-821-450 Paw Town Angels Every Sun, 10-3PM Choice Pet Market Biltmore 4719 N 20th St Phoenix 85016 623-937-4444

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The Pet Knot Every Sat, 10-3PM Pet Club Paradise Valley 13637 N Tatum Blvd 26 Phoenix 85032

Adoption Events Arizona Animal Welfare League Diamondbacks Dog Days Of Summer at Chase Field Mon Jul 2, 6:30PM 401 E Jefferson St Phoenix 85004 Arizona Small Dog Rescue Sat Jul 21, 9-11AM Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale 15656 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale 85260

Arizona Animal Welfare League Diamondbacks Dog Days Of Summer at Chase Field Mon Aug 6, 6:30PM 401 E Jefferson St Phoenix 85004

Social/Fun Events/Raffles Arizona Humane Society Toyota Car Raffle Purchase Tickets May 1 – July 31 Drawing Aug 3 via Facebook Arizona Small Dog Rescue SpayGhetti and No Balls Dinner Gala Sat Jul 28, 6-10PM Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa 7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd Scottsdale 85258

Health/Medical/ Workshops Arizona Humane Society‎ Puppy Party - Sunnyslope Campus Every Sun until Jul 1 11-11:45 PM Sunnyslope Campus 1311 W Hatcher Rd Phoenix 85021 Arizona Humane Society Bottle Baby Training Workshop Dates until Jul 19 Sat 10:30-12PM Thu 6:30-8PM Sunnyslope Campus 1311 W Hatcher Rd Phoenix 85021

Low Cost Vet Clinic Scottsdale Pet Food Depot Every Thu, 1-5PM 6989 North Hayden A-1 Scottsdale 85250 480-607-5228 Low Cost Vet Clinic Phoenix Pet Food Depot Every Sat, 2-5PM 17645 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix 85032 602-493-7639 AAWL & SPCA Vaccine Clinics Third Sat of each month 25 N 40th St Phoenix 85034 602-273-6852

Save the Date Arizona Animal Welfare League Diamondbacks Dog Days Of Summer at Chase Field Sun Sept 9, 6:30PM 401 E Jefferson St Phoenix 85004 Arizona Animal Rescue Mission Mutt Masquerade Sat Sep 22, 5 PM Mesa Country Club 660 W Fairway Dr Mesa 85201 Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary Brunch, Brews + Bow-wows Sat Sep 29, 9-1PM OHSO Brewery 10810 N Tatum Blvd Ste 126 Phoenix 85028 Lost Paws Sterilization, Education, and Rescue Organization and AZK9 6th Annual Running for the Bulls Sun Oct 7, 8-11AM Rio Vista Park 8866 W Thunderbird Rd Peoria 85381


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PETS AND THEIR CELEBRITY OWNERS The McMahon’s and their Pampered Pooches By Steve Pawlowski Photos Flash and Hound Pet Photography

An Arizona broadcasting icon, Pat McMahon has done it all, in a career which now spans more than five decades. His work as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary television comedy team that made up “The Wallace and Ladmo Show,” has earned him an impressive list of well-deserved accolades. Pat is a seven-time Emmy Award winner who holds countless national and international radio, civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University; received the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime Achievement Award; is a member of The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame; and was honored by the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to the arts. His life in entertainment began with his parents, vaudeville performers, McMahon and Adelaide. At only five weeks old, they took him on the road as they played the vaudeville circuits around the country and the world. When he was 10, “that was almost before dogs were even invented,” says Pat, he got his first pet. Mike the Beagle was rescued from a shelter, but the traveling triumvirate soon realized their gypsy lifestyle wasn’t conducive to having a pet. Mike was then adopted by a loving family with a backyard, but not before leaving a lasting impression on young Pat.

Duffy in her practice as a certified hypnotherapist, specializing in relationships. Pat says Bijou is one of those dogs who doesn’t know she’s a dog. Raised almost exclusively around humans, she paid little or no attention to anything with four legs…until recently. As long-time supporters of the Valley’s animal welfare community, one of the McMahons’ favorite local events is the Arizona Humane Society’s Compassion with Fashion. This year’s event proved to be unforgetable because Pat and Duffy were the lucky raffle winners of Rocky, an adorable, 15-month-old Bichon/Poodle mix. With more than 1,200 people in attendance, they never thought Rocky would be coming home with them! Rocky was lovingly nursed back to health by the good folks at AHS after being hit by a car. The McMahons now affectionately refer to him as “the amphetamine dog,” because of his boundless energy and spunk. After Bijou’s initial reaction of “what the heck is THAT thing,” she totally bonded with the pup and quickly became protective of her new little brother. She even insists that they share a kennel during their regular trips to the groomer.

Pat says he’s not a preacher but suggests that PDM readers look Pat, Duffy, Rocky and Bijou around to see if there might be room for another being in their lives. The McMahons had no intention of being a multi-pet family, but Rocky is now an integral member of their pack. After majoring in drama and broadcasting at St. Ambrose University, he landed his first broadcast job as a disc jockey at KSTT radio in Davenport, “Just be prepared if you attend Compassion with Fashion,” says Pat. “You Iowa. Even a tour in the Army couldn’t dampen Pat’s desire to entertain. He never know what (or who) you’ll end up going home with!” was assigned to a touring theatrical group and for the next two years, traveled the world with a group of performers, spreading goodwill through music and comedy for military personnel and civilians alike. He cites Mother Teresa as his favorite and most fascinating interview, 20 years ago. “She didn’t need a canonization ceremony to make her a saint,” Pat recounts to PDM. “She performed a miracle right here in Phoenix by making this Irishman mute!” After 33 years at KTAR, Pat is now a fixture on AZTV and the Star Worldwide Networks continuing to provide his signature, thought-provoking, opinionated, and entertaining interviews. When he isn’t hard at work in a radio or TV studio, you’ll find him and his wife, Dr. Duffy McMahon, pampering their 11-year-old Goldendoodle, Bijou. Pat and Duffy knew they were blessed when Bijou housetrained herself the day they brought her home. Today, she’s a credentialed therapy dog, assisting

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July/August 2018

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July/August 2018

DOGS HELPING PEOPLE Dog’s Eye View - Eye Dog Foundation By Serena O’Sullivan

Photos EDF

Dogs have a nose for guiding us through life’s troubles. For people with visual impairments, dogs can make incredible companions whose guidance significantly improves people’s lives. Since 1952, the Eye Dog Foundation has raised German Shepherds as guide dogs to help blind and visually impaired people all over the world. Carrie Hobbs is the EDF’s kennel manager and puppy coordinator. She tells PDM that there are many factors in picking applicants. They vary from cane travel trouble, home environment or degree of active lifestyle. “Once we have matched a person with a dog, regardless of where it is in the US or Canada, we fly that person out to our facility.” Robert Torrance is the Director of Training. He puts the service guide dog groundwork training on each young dog, then works with each new team on dog handling skills, and becoming a cohesive team. Jake while in training at 9 months

One 17-year-old Arizonian, Ezequiel Garcia, is hoping to puppy raise a guide dog. “I want to raise a guide dog because I really love animals, and I think they’re better than using the cane,” Garcia said. “I feel like the dogs are able to help you out with more. They’re very helpful because with a cane you can miss things, and your guide dog is trained. So, say, you’re crossing an intersection and it has a button: your dog will take you to the pole where you can hit the button and be safe.” Garcia inherited retinitis pigmentosa, from which peripheral vision and night blindness is commonly experienced. His vision has been deteriorating since he was a young teen. Back in seventh grade, when he was officially diagnosed, as Garcia was leaving his doctor’s office he noticed pamphlets for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. “I said, ‘Hey Mom, Mom, Mom! Can I join that,’” he recalled with a laugh. While his mom was hesitant at first, Ezequiel was excited at the prospect. Later that year, he joined the FFB’s youth group and went on his first Vision Walk fundraiser. “Then I went on attending meetings, and once I went into high school freshman year, they approached and asked if I wanted to become a youth chair.”

Pups say hello as Robert, Carrie and Ezequiel Garcia supervise

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Garcia’s work as youth chair was how he first came across the idea of puppy raising through the EDF. “They actually sent me an email,” he said. “They asked me if I wanted to raise a puppy, and I thought, ‘Ooh, wow! Actually, that sounds really cool!’” Ezequiel is going through the application process. “I’m still doing the paperwork and studying,” he said. Once everything’s settled, “I’ll be able to meet the puppy I’ll be raising.” EDF dog recipients must be 18 or older. Ezequiel’s vision is expected to worsen, necessitating a guide dog or cane. Garcia wants to, “set up a support group for kids my age and lower, from high school and college, since that’s where I’m gonna be heading soon,” he told PDM. The FFB Youth Group is kicking off in 2018, and they’re always looking for new members. “Our goal is to spread awareness and help each other out, and to attend events and discuss issues that we have as a group.” The EDF can always use help, especially in the form of donations. “I’m always wanting new toys for our puppies,” Hobbs said. There is an account on Amazon Smile: a portion of each purchase goes towards helping the foundation raise funds. A great way to help the foundation is by raising puppies, who have to be socialized in a loving home before they can help people like Garcia - just what Garcia is doing. Youth Chair Garcia hopes that having a guide dog will help him with one of his biggest struggles - walking at night. “Whenever I use the cane at night, it’s a little harder. But with a dog, since it’s walking with you, it knows what pace you’re going and senses all the other areas, so you have a little more confidence. And you’re not alone, since you’ve got your little companion with you.” Information can be found online or by calling: Eye Dog Corporate 909-579-0571, 1-800-393-3641 Email: Eye Dog Foundation website: (602) 276-0051

Robert Torrance, Director of Training working Dallas, a 17-month-old GSD

Foundation for Fighting Blindness website: (800) 683-5555



All the Dogs on this page are available for adoption now. If you are interested in meeting any of these adorable friends, please call the rescue group listed with the picture.

Yorkie Luv Rescue

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Gorgeous Shepherd mix looking for his forever home. He loves all Animals and people. (photo courtesy of A Dog’s Life Photography)

A super sweet little guy, 10 years old and loves to give kisses.



This handsome 10-year-old little guy loves to be right by his person and to snuggle.

This is fun Bennett, a Lab mix. He is 10 months old, good with dogs and people and kids and cats, and he is looking for his forever home


Adorable 13-year-old little princess, loves to give kisses and to snuggle. About 6lbs, current on shots, spayed, and microchipped. Due to her tiny size and age, no small kids.


Rescued from the streets of Mexico, loves people! And loves to play too! A happy guy that loves other dogs and all people.


A sweet, 3lbs, 13-year-old; had all of his teeth removed, but that doesn’t stop him from eating! loves to give slobber kisses and to be with his person.


Sunny, a Pitbull, was rescued in March 2018. Though still being treated for his skin infections, Sunny is a fun dog and is waiting for his forever home.

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Chance -This Beagle/American Bulldog has mostly Beagle traits, with Bulldog determination! Loves to play with other dogs – but no young kids, cats, or small critters.

Chyna & Peatrie

This female, senior pair of Beagle / Mixes were taken to the shelter when their owners could no longer care for them. Should be adopted together! Chyna has some health issues, both like to chill out and snooze during the day. They also like to take short walks and can use the doggie door.


This 10 year, 11-month-old happy Beagle mix boy was rescued from a large shelter and is now relaxing with his fosters and new Beagle companions.

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8-year-old mix...good with people and cats, best as only dog. Crate trained and house broken, spayed and current on all vaccines. Loves the treadmill, or prefers to be with her handler.


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July/August 2018

CANINE NEWS New Service Dog Bill HB 2588 By Cathy Davila

Photos Dogs 4 Vets It’s a great feeling to have your faithful pup with you on all your excursions. It’s a life changer when your medically needed service dog makes your excursions possible. Effective early August, HB 2588 makes it illegal in Arizona to misrepresent an untrained dog as a service dog and tacks a fine on those found guilty.

The so-called ‘service animal’ news is all around, a ‘service’ dog biting a child passenger on an airplane, or video of a ‘service’ peacock as Light Switch Training the owner tries to get to the airline gate. There’s another side the public does not hear about. A trained service dog being attacked by an untrained dog inside a hospital; the disabled, Autistic young woman being denied a needed cab ride due to having her well-behaved, trained service dog; the owner with Agoraphobia (fear of the outdoors) making her first venture out to a cafe in years, enabled by her service dog, and being asked to leave the restaurant because of her well-behaved dog. HB2588, was sponsored by Senator John Kavanagh with the goal of ridding public places of disruptive and annoying pets being masqueraded as service animals. Kavanaugh told PDM that, “HB2588 does not change the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). House Bill 2588 does make it illegal in Arizona to pass off your pet as a service animal, and the civil violation carries a fine of up to $250.” His hope is that “honest people will not break the law.” Opponents of the bill voiced concerns that the bill would cause disabled people with service animals to be more aggressively questioned by business owners. Existing Federal ADA law mandates the questions, and they have not changed. The two questions businesses are allowed, per the ADA, are: 1-Is the animal a service animal being used because of a disability? or 2-What work or task the service animal has been trained to perform?

Tumi House helped craft the bill. Tumi and her husband, Todd, founded Paws 4 Life, a 501(c)(3), 100% volunteer organization that brings affordable service dog training to the East Valley. “Too many graduate teams have been denied services, transportation, and access to public places, because of bad behavior by other dogs,” she told PDM. Tumi sees the negative impact some fake service dogs have on businesses, which causes the business to deny access to all, even trained service dogs. The Paws 4 Life program trains any dog with the aptitude to become a service animal. So, while they act as the highly trained dogs they are, not all have the traditional service dog appearance, which can cause questions. Not all disabilities are visible, such as deafness, PTSD, epilepsy or diabetes. This can cause questions also, and creates a challenge for businesses, as it opens the door for owners to pass off their pets as service dogs. Effective August 1, owners presenting fake service dogs will be breaking the law. So, how can a business know if a dog is a fake? The dog’s behavior is the best indicator. Service animals are trained to do their work and stay out of the way. Even service dogs will occasionally misbehave and, though not breaking the new law, per the ADA, any animal, trained service dog or imposter, can legally be asked to leave an establishment if: the dog growls at other people or other animals, relieves itself in the facility, barks outside of its trained duties, eats off floor or tables, approaches other people or animals, or displays other disruptive behavior. How can an imposter become service dog trained? There are multiple service dog training programs across the valley, and sometimes owners train the dogs themselves. Most trainers and programs ask for a physician’s prescription for a service dog in order to be accepted into the program. Most use the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Urban CGC standard as basic training. Specific service dog training comes after that, as the ADA requires that a service dog perform work or tasks that are directly related to the individual’s disability. Over 19 states have fake service dog laws. The time is here to improve our community and protect the rights of people who rely on service dogs to help them live their daily lives. Service Dog



The Phoenix Dog

July/August 2018

VETERANS AND DOGS Dogs of Valor By Russell Tennyson

Photos Soloman

Military working dogs, like their human handlers, are assigned to bases. When an Airman is transferred, the dog stays and another dog is assigned at the new placement. It’s a very emotional experience saying good-bye to a dog who has been your faithful companion and protector for years. Sometimes it means saying good-bye to a dog who has saved your life. There is an initial bonding period between a handler and his dog that can last up to six months. Trust can take a long time to build. The new handler spends time with the dog, walks the dog, does obedience with the dog, and often bathes the dog to help build that trust. The dogs are housed in a kennel. The only time they leave the kennel is to go on a mission, secret service, or when they deploy. If a dog handler is deployed, the dog goes along. As Technical Sergeant Dominick Peterson explained to PDM, “It goes back to that trust bond and the time it takes to achieve it. If a handler is deployed, they could lose up to six months in achieving that bond with a new dog. So, dog and handler leave together to the deployment and they return together.” When PDM met with TSgt Peterson of Luke Air Force Base, he shared an SrA Clifton Tunnel training with DC experience he had in Iraq. “I don’t care what job you are doing, in time complacency sets in. We had been sweeping this road for four months. Three or four times a day we’re searching this same roadway. When we do this kind of operation our dog is about 20 feet in front of us. The dogs were searching, and I was talking to the spotter about calling home and stuff like that, when my dog, Dak, responded. I thought, oh my goodness! this is for real! You tell the spotter and everyone to halt and get back. They went in with robots and searched and there it was, a big ol’ improvised explosive device (IED) sitting there! I thought, oh my goodness, I’m glad Dak wasn’t complacent!“

The working dogs at Luke AFB are just two breeds, German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois. Senior Airman Lauren Clifton prefers the Malinois because of their drive, agility, and adaptability. “Luke has five dogs and five handlers. The dogs come to us from Lackland AFB, trained in basic obedience and knowing their names. It’s up to us to get up on the rest of what they need.” Dogs are trained in either narcotics detection, or in explosive detection, and patrol. Some dogs get dual certification in patrol and detection. SrA Clifton, explained how one is trained to be a dog handler. “All handlers go through training at Lackland. You learn basic dog care, veterinary care and how to handle a dog. When the handler reaches his/her base he trains every day with the dog. Whatever the dog is differentiated for will be practiced. Dogs trained for narcotics detection will train for that every day in a realistic setting. They practice scouting, detection, patrol, and controlled aggression. Most of the training is done on base.”

Bite practice: TSgt. Peterson and DC

“You go through a selection process to become a dog handler. You work down at Lackland AFB to get your certification. You then return to your home base and pick up your dog and that’s when you start working alongside military police K9 handlers. You need to come into the kennel and observe and help. It took three tries for me to get accepted!” SrA Clifton told PDM about a time when she was called off base to a community in the West Valley for a bomb threat. “It was surreal, all your training comes into play. The pressure is intense because you’re the one tasked to do this job and many people are depending on you.” This time, the dogs swept the entire area and it was determined to be safe as no devices were found. SrA Clifton has received orders for Korea. She will soon say good-bye to her dog DC, who she believes is the finest dog at Luke. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to SrA Clifton, TSgt Peterson and their K9 comrades for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and free.

TSgt. Peterson and SrA Clifton with DC



The Phoenix Dog

July/August 2018

HEALTH Summertime Safety Tips for Pets By Cathy Davila

Illustration Sean Hoy

The weather has transitioned to HOT, so it’s time to be extra cautious about taking dogs out. Dogs can heat up fast, and even more so when the monsoonal humidity sets in. The car feels cool when you park, but in minutes will heat to dangerous temperatures, even when it’s 80˚ in the evenings. Leaving pets in cars, walking/running or hiking with them in the heat of the day or leaving them outside can severely hurt and even kill our pet friends in the Summer heat.

Some dog types need special precautions. Dogs with short snouts are extra sensitive to the desert heat. So certainly limit their time in the heat. If you shave your pet, protect the newly exposed skin from the sun. Pets rely on their owners to keep them comfortable and cool during the hotter months. We can do that by developing a summer pet routine that keeps everyone cool.

Don’t Leave reminds us that the average summer temperature of 105˚ outside can cause the inside of a car to reach temperatures up to and over 152˚ in 60 minutes or less. Even in the evening, when the outside temperatures are in the low 80s, the inside of a car can reach temperatures over 125˚, this is hot enough to harm or even kill your pet. Know the signs of a heatstroke and how to treat the symptoms: Be sure to watch for signs of a heatstroke, which can include a dazed look, excessive thirst, heavy panting, excessive whining/agitation, labored breathing, lethargy, profuse salivation, and/or vomiting. If you see these signs in your dog, stop what you are doing and take action to save your dog. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is manifested by failure of the body, which can result in disorientation, seizure, coma and sadly, death. If your pets exhibit any signs of heat exhaustion, immediately call your veterinarian while attempting to cool them down. You can do so by: • placing them in a shaded area; • applying small amounts of cool water to the body; especially to the head, feet, and groin; • giving them very small amounts of water to drink. • Never submerge an animal in cold water, as its body will likely go into shock.

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MAIN STORY Loving Outdoor Cats - Animal League of Arizona By Rocio Hernandez

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‘It takes a village to raise a cat’ - a statement outdoor cat caregivers would agree with as they arrived at the Midwestern University Companion Animal Clinic in Glendale, to get their cats spayed and neutered. The caregivers had spent the prior night putting out traps in hopes that food would be enough to lure their neighborhood cats. The next morning, instead of sleeping in they transported the cats, now secured inside the cages, to the clinic. One by one, they waited in line to Checking cats in a MWU Companion Animal Clinic check in the cats who meowed underneath their blanket-covered crates, unaware of what awaited them. ADLA volunteers and vet staff worked through the warm May morning and afternoon as the temperature continued to climb. More than 140 cats were spayed and neutered that day! Knowing that made it all worth it for Phoebe Taff, a longtime volunteer, now Lead Scheduler for the Animal Defense League of Arizona. “I love helping the cats and I love helping the people. It’s all about the cats,” she said. The event is one of the largest special clinics Checking cats in at MWU that ADLA puts on each year, said Stephanie Nichols-Young, the nonprofit’s president. The organization has helped get more than 100,000 cats spayed and neutered since 2009, she said. They believe that the Trap-Neuter-Return system is the best way to reduce the outdoor cat populations because it’s a humane method that most people — whether they are cat lovers or not — can get behind. “One thing that we are seeing is so much more acceptance in the community,” Nichols-Young told PDM. “The acceptance is so high that one of our challenges is keeping up with demand, which is a great problem to have!” 20

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While it’s unknown just how many outdoor cats there are in the metro Phoenix area, Nichols-Young said the decrease in the number of cats entering the shelter system is proof that their efforts have been successful. “Cats are one of the groups of animals at the greatest risk in the shelter system. The reality is, they have a lower chance of surviving in the shelter system than they do on the street, even though that may be counterintuitive to people,” Nichols-Young explained to PDM. ADLA was founded in 1987, as a grassroots animal advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect and defend Arizona’s animals, and it does that through various campaigns and legislative work at the Arizona State Capitol. The Spay Neuter Hotline is one of ADLA’s largest programs. It focuses on spaying and neutering companion animals and outdoor cats. That program’s largest component —Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) — makes statewide referrals to low cost or no cost spay/neuter services, according to ADLA’s website. It covers all of Maricopa County, but Nichols-Young said they also work in adjacent counties from time to time. The effort is especially important in the Phoenix Valley since most shelters don’t take in outdoor cats because they are considered free-roaming creatures. The Hotline asks for a $25 donation per cat, which pays for just a fraction of the costs, but it doesn’t turn away anyone who meets the program’s guidelines. Aside from controlling outdoor cat populations and health benefits associated with spay/neuter procedures, Nichols-Young shared with PDM that outdoor cats tend to behave better after they are fixed, which can provide relief to the residents of their neighborhoods. Phoebe Taff began volunteering for ADLA after she went through the organization to get spay and neutering services for the outdoor cats she cared for. She now helps others by scheduling appointments for the cats at animal clinics, offers people tips for successful catches, and runs a trap depot where traps and other supplies they may need can be picked up. “We bend over backwards just to help people out whether it’s financially, Neighbors helping neighbors physically, whatever; we just want to help because we love cats,” Taff explained to PDM.

Celia Garcia, Outreach Coordinator for ADLA, said volunteers are often willing to help caregivers who are elderly, who don’t have a car or don’t have a large enough car to transport all the cats they feed. Some volunteers offer to take care of cats for at least 24 hours after their surgeries. “I like helping the residents that are elderly because they really enjoy seeing the cats in their backyards and feeding them. A lot of them say it’s very therapeutic for them. They enjoy seeing the cats in the morning playing in their yards,” she said.

Society of Southern Arizona, and the Humane Voters of Arizona, and founded the Humane Legislative Coalition of Arizona. NicholsYoung says that one thing the coalition tries to do is point out to lawmakers that animal protection is not a fringe issue; it’s one that community members from all demographics and political views care about.

By helping those cats get fixed, Garcia said, the residents can continue to enjoy and care for the cats, while also keeping them from multiplying. “There are so many residents who care about their cats and they are always concerned about their wellbeing and their health,” she said. “A lot of them say the cats are like their family.” ADLA has partnered with the Arizona Humane Society on another cat-related effort: the Don’t KitNap Kittens campaign. When people find a litter of kittens outdoors, many are quick to assume that they are orphans, said Kelsea Patton, Vice President of Strategy, External Affairs and Service Operation for AHS. ADLA and AHS are asking people to fight the urge to immediately scoop up the kittens and, instead, wait to see if the mother cat returns since she offers them their best chance Kittens in a trap for survival. If she doesn’t come back, they offer tips and resources on how people can help. “This time of year, we rely heavily on the community’s help in caring for underage kittens. AHS is able to provide care-in-place resources for those Good Samaritans,” Patton said. Although ADLA has been around for 31 years, Nichols-Young said they are still a small organization and only take on other issues occasionally. In its early days, ADLA spoke out against a company that quietly brought its animal testing facility to the Valley. It has also worked on ballot initiatives that changed cockfighting and hunting laws in Arizona. Sometimes, ADLA works alongside other animal advocacy organizations on wildlife issues. They concentrate their efforts on protecting native wildlife such as black-tailed prairie dogs and mountain lions, considered keystone species which play an important role in the state’s ecosystem. In 2017, ADLA joined the Arizona Humane Society, the Humane

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“It’s funny to me that most legislators in Arizona don’t get that and it’s a bridge-building issue, it’s a common ground issue, it’s an ice breaker, and it’s funny that they don’t understand that,” NicholsYoung wondered aloud to PDM. Last year, the coalition pushed for two bills that successfully passed through the state Legislature and became law. One law created a tax check-off program that allows Arizona residents to make voluntary contributions to fund affordable spay/ neuter services throughout the state. The second law allows people to rescue a child or pet from a hot car without risk of liability. The coalition also watches bills that are introduced in the state Legislature to ensure that things don’t get worse for animals, and it supports bills that advance the protection of animals in the state.

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People can support ADLA‘s work by getting involved as volunteers, making donations, or simply by calling their elected officials to let them know how much they care about animal issues. More information can be found at Spay/Neuter Hotline Phoenix: 602.265.SPAY (7729), Tucson: 520.624.SPAY (7729), Statewide: 1.866.952.SPAY (7729)


TRAINER TIPS Life on the Line – Leash Manners and Leash Etiquette By Will Bruner Illustrations Sean Hoy

Someone once said, “A well behaved dog is welcomed anywhere.” It’s our responsibility to help our dogs learn how to live safely in a human world. This includes socializing them as well as teaching them what behavior is expected when out in society. As most cities have leash laws, the goal should be that your dog walks nicely on its leash. As a dog trainer, one of the most common complaints I hear from dog owners is that their dog pulls. The truth is that no dog comes into this world knowing how leashes work. It’s our job to teach our dogs how to function. Here are tips to get you started teaching “leash manners:”

If your dog has spent months or years learning to pull, it won’t change overnight. By applying these simple techniques, your dog can learn to experience the world, but with you at its side.

1. A walk starts before you leave the house. An overly excited dog is more likely to pull, especially at the beginning. Teach your dog that being calm will get the same result. We’ll let you in on a secret - you don’t have to ask if your dog wants to go on a walk, the answer is always “yes.” If your dog goes nuts when you grab the leash, wait until he calms down, then praise and put the leash on. When you walk to the door, wait for him to calm down then open the door. Reward with a treat. Then calmly start your walk. You’ll be amazed at the difference. 2. Teach your dog the “Follow Me” game. Practice this in your yard or driveway. Grab some treats, and a 6-foot leash. Hold your leash in one hand and begin to walk around. If your dog goes in one direction, call his name and go in a different direction. When the dog changes it’s direction to follow you, praise and reward with a treat. Repeat until your dog is following any way you go. This teaches your dog to watch you and where you’re going. 3. Adopt a “zero-tolerance” policy for pulling. Every time your dog pulls, stop walking. Wait for your dog to look at you or sit down, then reward with a treat and start walking. If he pulls, stop again. This can be time consuming and tedious, but it’s re-teaching your dog what the leash is about. Don’t let your dog pull you toward things. This includes smells, other dogs, or people. Dogs who learn to drag you to anything will often drag you to everything.


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It’s important to talk about “leash etiquette.” This means being aware of your dog and considerate of other dogs and people. I recommend using a 6 ft or shorter leash when in public. You should be communicating to your dog regularly and that gets harder if he is too far away. Most importantly, don’t let your dog rush up to people and other dogs. This is rude behavior in the dog world and can often cause a negative response. You wouldn’t like a stranger in your face and neither do most dogs. Always allow space between you and the other dog as a gesture of respect. It’s wonderful that many businesses are becoming more pet friendly, but it’s our job to make sure our dogs are good guests. With consistency and some simple training, you can make your dog into a model citizen. Will Bruner- Positive Pets Training and Behavioral Consulting - is an animal trainer and behavior specialist with 20 years of experience working with animals of all types birds, marine mammals, big cats, bears, hoofstock and reptiles. At the same time, he began specializing in canine behavior problems and what he calls, “dog training for the real world.” He also does behavior consultations for cats, birds and exotic pets. He is a professional member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance and has received awards for his work in bettering the lives of animals. He can be reached at (720) 984 - 4172

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Revolutionary Pet Injury Prevention and Recovery By Brittany Pomales

Caldera International, Inc specializes in pet therapy wraps, a nonpharmaceutical form of pain relief. When you sprain your ankle, you reach into the freezer for some ice or maybe you head to your nearest pharmacy to pick up a cold pack. But what happens when your pet has a painful joint? The medical technology available to man’s best friend now parallels that of human medicine, and although you may not be able to find them at your local pharmacy yet, pet therapy packs do exist. Daniel Godfrey, President of Caldera International, Inc, founded the Portland, Oregon, based company in 1999. He started out by visiting every small-town pharmacy and general store across Oregon and convincing them to stock the Caldera human therapy wraps. With Daniels’ commitment and core value of improving lives through Caldera products, the use of human therapy wraps spread across the country. The task of icing a pet’s limb often turns into a wrestling match: trying to get your pet into a lying position, keeping the animal still, and applying the pack for the directed 20 minutes – it’s an experience that often leaves both pet and owner pretty stressed. In 2015, a large veterinary specialty center approached Daniel to make a functional line Small Hip Wrap of hot and cold therapy wraps for dogs. In just over two years, and with the aid of their rehabilitation department, several animal surgeons, and technicians, Caldera brought to bear many years of experience to create a line of Hot & Cold Pet Therapy Wraps. The wraps went through an extensive design and development process including a wear test program using a variety of dogs. The result was 16 veterinarian-endorsed products that are revolutionizing injury prevention and recovery for pets. The easy-to-use system of Velcro™ secured wraps and quick release buckles creates a reliable and custom fit. Designed with a dog’s anatomy in mind, they provide

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comfort and pet mobility. In the case of slobber and doggy drool, the wraps are made with antibacterial fabric and are machine washable. Designed for every size and breed, they are tailored to target the carpal, shoulder, elbow, hip, stifle, and tarsal Gel Pack areas. Easy to handle gel pack fit into the wraps. The gel packs are freezer and microwave safe and made in the USA. When cold, the wraps help with the care of soft tissue injuries by minimizing swelling, inflammation, and pain. When hot, they help open blood vessels and increase blood flow, which can reduce recovery time after surgery. There is an easy to use guide on the Caldera website, with illustrations on how to apply the wraps.

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In 2017, Caldera introduced a whole-body solution to provide both cooling relief to an over-heated pet, or soothing warmth to a chilled, or arthritic pet, the Hot and Cold Pet Bed. The bed comes in three sizes. The same, non-toxic gel packs, made with food grade materials, slide into reinforced, chew resistant, and scratch resistant pockets. This is an important feature for those pet owners whose pets are chewers. In addition to helping pets in pain, the bed comes in handy during Arizona’s hotter months. It’s a great way to soothe footpads after a walk or to provide overall cooling relief to an over-heated pet. For pets located up north or in colder weather, the warmth of heated gel packs will help keep the chill at bay. Made in the USA, the gel packs are freezer and microwave safe. Always supervise your pet while using the wraps. As with any medical product, they should be used as part of your pet’s treatment plan as directed by a veterinary professional, who would advise which temperature would be best for your pet’s specific needs. Caldera’s products are sold in retail stores across the United States as well as online. To see their line of products or learn more about Caldera International, Inc visit


KIDS AND DOGS Animal Loving Girl Scout Earns Gold Award By Breanne Krager


Animal-lover Caitlyn Lopez recently earned her Gold Award from the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC). It is the highest and most prestigious award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. While often compared to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout merit, the Gold Award requires sustainable change. Girls who pursue their Gold Award aspire to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching results. To earn the Gold Award, a Girl Scout must spend over 80 hours working on a project that addresses a community problem, one that is important to the individual girl. Overall, the process usually takes 18 to 24 months and often involves seeking in-kind donations and recruiting volunteers. For most of these girls, this award is the culmination of more than 10 years in the Girl Scouts. Gold Awardees distinguish themselves in the college admission process, earn college scholarships, and enter the military one rank higher. Nationally, only about one million Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916. For Lopez’s Gold Award project, she made it a goal to educate the community on the importance and benefits of spaying/neutering their pets. She also wanted to help those in financial need to spay/neuter their pets.


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To do this, Lopez distributed fliers throughout the community and hosted informational sessions on the health benefits of spaying and neutering, as well as how to obtain financial assistance for spaying and neutering. In addition, Lopez held a blanket drive for adopted cats. Caitlyn Lopez was one of 22 Gold Award recipients from central and northern Arizona that were honored at the Girl Scout High Award Ceremony, Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Arizona State University. “Each and every year, our Gold Award Girl Scouts continue to amaze me,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “By earning the Gold Award, these young women are demonstrating incredible courage, confidence and character, and that they are ready to become tomorrow’s leaders – in our communities, our country, and the world.” Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) In partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves 21,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. Girl Scouts helps young women grow courageous and strong through girldriven programs, ranging from summer camp, to troop activities and product sales. For more information, visit, like them on Facebook or follow them on Instagram.

Area Dog Park LISTINGS

Valley-wide dog park listings are available at Be sure to follow the individual dog park rules posted at each park!

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Rose Mofford Sports Complex

Located at 9833 N 25th Ave (north of Dunlap) Phone: 602-261-8011

Echo Mountain Off-Leash Arena (at Grovers Basin)

17447 N 20th St Located in Grover’s Basin on 20th St at Cave Creek Rd and Grover’s Ave Phone: 602-262-6696 - for wet condition closure updates

Steele Indian School Park

On the west side of 7th St, just north of Indian School Rd, north of the parking lot Hours: 6am – 10pm daily Phone: 602-495-0739 (for dog park notices and closure information)

(Margaret T) Hance Park Dog Park

Northwest section of Hance Park at 323 W Culver St (between 3rd and 5th Aves) Hours: Daily from 6:30am – 9pm

Esteban Park

Paradise Valley Park Dog Park

17642 N 40th St Located in the west end of the park, north of the softball fields PETsMART Dog Park at Washington Park

21st Ave, north of Maryland (between Bethany Home and Glendale Rds) Phone: 602-262-6971. Hours: approximately 6:30am - 10pm daily RJ Dog Park at Pecos Park

48th St and Pecos Pkwy (enter from 48th St via Chandler Blvd) Phone: 602-534-5252

3345 E. Roeser Rd 32nd St and Broadway Rd Phone: 602-495-5457, 602-262-6111 (South Division) Lighted baseball, basketball, softball, tennis courts, and sand volleyball; playground, soccer, rugby field, ramada and picnic area, grill, restrooms Hours: from 5:30am – 11pm (approximately)

ScottsdaleParks Chaparral Dog park

SE corner of Hayden Rd & McDonald Dr Scottsdale, 85250 Hotline: 480-312-WOOF Hours: Nov. 1 - April 30 | 6am – 10pm May 1 - Oct. 31 | 5:30am – 10pm Horizon Dog Park

15444 N 100th St Scottsdale 85260 Phone: 480-312-2650 Vista del Camino Dog Park

7700 E Roosevelt St The dog park is just north of the parking area off Pierce St, just north of McKellips Scottsdale 85257 Phone: 480-312-2323 Hours: 5:30am – 10pm

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NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A PARKED CAR Parked cars quickly trap the sun’s heat. Even on a day when It’s 70 degrees outside; the inside of a car can reach temperatures near 90 degrees in ten minutes, putting a dog at risk for heatstroke or even death.

IF YOU SEE A DOG IN A HOT CAR – YOU SHOULD: • Make sure someone stays with the pup • Alert the management of the business • Record information about the vehicle (make, model. Color and License plate number) • Call 911

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You can use reasonable force to enter and remove a domestic animal from a locked and unattended Car. To avoid being responsible for damages in a civil lawsuit, you must comply with the following conditions: ARS §12-558.02

• Have a good faith belief the confined domestic animal is in imminent danger of suffering physical injury or death unless the domestic animal is removed from the car. • Before you enter the car, you must notify the proper authorities which are but not limited to - calling 911, animal control or your local Sheriff’s department. • Before you act, determine if the car is locked and there is no reasonable manner in which the pet can be removed without using reasonable force. • You may not use more force than is necessary to enter the car. • Once removed, you must remain with the pet until the authorities arrive at the car.


TAKE A HIKE! Nate Avery Trail Story and photos Mare Czinar Nobody likes seeing doggie droppings on hiking trails. Finding a steaming pile left behind by careless dog walkers is one of the most common complaints expressed by users of easyaccess, popular trails. It’s not a dog problem, it’s a people problem. Let’s face it—even responsible dog owners who The Arizona Trail runs observe leash and wastethrough Buffalo Park removal rules can find hauling a bag of stinky stuff back to the trailhead an unpleasant chore. There is a place in the ultra-dog-friendly northern Arizona town of Flagstaff where you can escape the summer heat and find doodiebag relief for responsible hikers. Topping the list of all the wonderful canine-centric qualities of Nate Avery Trail, are the many trash cans placed along its 2-mile course. These convenient receptacles on the busy Buffalo Park trail may go unnoticed by the casual trail user, but for those hiking with canine companions, they are a cause for celebration.

Angus, a Mastiff mix and Micki, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi hike with Amy Bacon and Diane Clark of Flagstaff

trail in the FUTS repertoire. The trail’s terrific mountain vistas, smooth wide tread, picnic tables, and water, make for an effortless trek in the outdoors with plenty of company, wildlife sightings, and cool highcountry breezes. The trail makes a cloverleaf loop around the park through sunny meadows, pine woodlands and patches of oaks. If a two-mile hike isn’t enough to satisfy your pup, just step onto the Arizona Trail which cuts through the park and heads into the hills on its way to Utah. Trailhead maps show options for using additional connecting Coconino National Forest and FUTS paths to build a day hike to suit your dog’s skill set and activity level. Post hike, head into historic downtown for lunch at a dog-friendly restaurant like Macy’s European Coffeehouse and Bakery or Mother Road Brewing Company.

Micki, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi with Diane Clark of Flagstaff on the Nate Avery Trail

LENGTH: 2-mile loop (with longer options) RATING: easy ELEVATION: 7066-7150 Rescued young pups Mayah, a Border Collie mix and Hoss, an Aussie-Catahoula mix are regulars on the Nate Avery Trail

The super-easy Nate Avery Trail is part of The Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS)-- a network of non-motorized routes made up of paved pathways, sidewalks and traditional dirt trails that serve as a way for walkers and bikers to move seamlessly from work, school, shopping and recreation hubs. The Nate Avery Trail is by far the most popular 28

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GETTING THERE: From Flagstaff, travel north on Fort Valley Road (US180) to Forest Ave. Turn left and continue to the stop light at Gemini Drive. Turn left and follow the signs to the park. DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS:

ADOPT US! We Are Ready to Hike with You OUTLAW 582794 A two-year-old male Siberian Husky mix who only breaks hearts, not rules.

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BISCUIT 582797 As sweet as her name, Biscuit is a young Redbone Coonhound mix who loves running after toys and getting attention.

[Veterinary Care.] We are Your Pet Care Team. The Midwestern University Companion Animal Clinic is your source for comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable veterinary care for all your family pets. Working as a team, Midwestern faculty and students use the latest technology to provide a wide range of primary, specialty, and urgent care services for small animals.

GRETTA 579732 At just five years old, Gretta is a strong, active and lovable German Shepherd whose ears are almost as cute as her personality.

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Companion Animal Clinic Your Family’s Home for Pet Care BEANS 571199 Even though Beans is very young, at just a year, he is always up for a new adventure with his favorite human.

FANCY 564601 Named correctly, Fancy is just as awesome as she is cute. The seven-year-old Boxer mix never knows how to have the best time with her friends.

CHAMP 580051 Always the top of everyone’s list, playful Champ is always at the top of his game, especially while playing games.

For more information about these pets, please call the Arizona Humane Society at 602-997-7585. All of the pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. If these pets have been adopted prior to your visit, please visit to see all of the adoptable pets awaiting new homes.


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KITTY KORNER Cat Hideaways

Story and Photos by Kate Benjamin

Have you ever noticed your cat curled up under a chair or sleeping in the back of your closet? Cats like to find small spaces where they can hang out because it makes them feel safe, but you have to be careful about letting your cat hide in fear.

kinds of fun shapes and styles, like the Octacat geometric cat hideaway.

Hideaways can also be raised off the ground like the Hepper Pod Bed, another favorite. This unique bed has sleek metal legs and a spacious lounge pod. The top comes off for easy cleaning.

We want our cats to be comfortable being out and about, spending time with us and being part of the family. It’s important for cats to feel comfortable in order for them to live their best lives, we don’t want them to be constantly on edge and living in a state of distress. This is where cat hideaways come in. These enclosed or semi-enclosed cat beds can provide a safe haven for cats that’s not hidden away, like in the back of a closet or under the bed. You can choose where to place the hideaway so kitty is part of the action but still has a place to go to feel safe. There is a variety of different styles of cat hideaways available, something to satisfy every cat and coordinate with any interior. It’s a good idea to try placing hideaways in different areas to see which your cat prefers. Experiment a little to find just the right style and location, but I guarantee your cat will appreciate the extra effort. Some different types of cat hideaways: The Cat Ball is a favorite cat hideaway. This soft six-sided CatBall

cat bed has two openings, one large for entering and exiting and one small for looking out. It comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors and patterns and is machine washable.

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Cardboard hideaways are popular with cats and they come in all

Igloo and Cats Cubby

Some cat hideaways are integrated into furniture, like the Igloo cat bed from The Refined Feline, that also doubles as a side table. The CatsCubby from HepperPod Catswall Design is a rolling wooden cube with two side openings that also works perfectly as a stool or footrest. And why not have fun with the design of your cat hideaway? The Teepee from Pet PLAY is made from top quality fabric and has a soft cushion. It folds for easy storage and you’ll love the photo ops you can have when your cat is inside! Cat hideaways can be purchased at Kate Benjamin has been writing about feline design since 2007 and is co-author with Jackson Galaxy of two New York Times bestselling books, Catification and Catify to Satisfy. Get more of Kate’s feline design tips at

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577656 Sweet, sassy and sophisticated – knows that her adorable self will be the talk of the household at her forever home.


578980 A beautiful domestic longhair with markings as unique as her personality. For adorable kitten mischief, this is the girl.


580712 A sweet and cuddly three-year-old boy who loves laying on people and rubbing his head against them.

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Independent, sweet and quiet, a mellow and easy going 3-year-old guy who loves being brushed but will take chin scratches any day of the week.


576769 At 13 years young, this charming girl would love to show you her sweet personality while melting in your lap.


574927 Just a year old, he loves to explore independently but loves affection. A big fan of the wand toy, he loves to show off his hops.

For more information, please call the Arizona Humane Society at 602-997-7585. All pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. If these pets have been adopted prior to your visit, please visit to see all of the adoptable pets awaiting new homes.


HORSIN’ AROUND Getting a WHIP Hand By Bridget Grobowski

Photos WHIP

At the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence, inmates are partnering with wild horses to rehabilitate both themselves and the horses for a chance at a renewed life thanks to the Arizona Correctional Industries’ Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP).

Moving a rolling cart helps train the horse to push people for law enforcement work

WHIP, operated in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, provides opportunities for inmates to work hands-on with wild horses and burros obtained from BLM property in the western United States. These horses are domesticated and trained by the approximately 30 inmates in the program, and then adopted out to the public or to law enforcement agencies like Border Patrol.

When the program first started, program manager Randy Helm said he looked for inmates with some horse experience. Currently it is open to all interested inmates. Helm and his staff then train each of the selected inmates to work with these horses that have never been handled by people before. Many work with the horses on the training side and others work in the holding facility, providing ongoing care to those horses that need it. “I am very clear with the inmates that this is all progressive, leastresistance training,” Helm explained to PDM. “Which means we aren’t going to rope them and choke them down and buck them out.” Helm’s background in law enforcement and his experience with horse training led him to the position, where he works daily with the inmates in the program.

Cooling off at the river One of the key reasons WHIP and other programs like it work so well is because the inmates can recognize themselves in these now-captive horses. “The inmates will come from an area where they had freedom and now they’re locked up and have to learn how to live differently, so they can identify a lot with these horses,” Helm said. “The horse, when it leaves here, actually has a better life than it had, but it had to rethink everything. The things that worked for it in the wild, work against it in a domestic situation.” It’s these analogies that Helm believes really make the program work, along with the necessary commitment for an inmate to work consistently at a project for an extended period of time. In addition to providing profit for the Department of Corrections, WHIP is life-changing for many inmates, teaching them a trade they can use once released. “We’ve had a number of them that have said, ‘I’ve really learned patience; I’ve learned process; and I’ve learned a work ethic,’ among other things,” Helm said. An inmate must have five or fewer years left on his sentence to apply to the program, regardless of how many years he’s been in prison. Helm pointed out to PDM that some have been in the program for two or three years and can choose to stay until they get released from prison. While it’s hard to measure how many inmates from the program reoffend, according to Helm the number is low. It’s clear the program has an impact on the inmates’ lives. “One of them had been in and out of jail since he was, I think, 9 years old,” Helm related. “He said to me, ‘I never knew how to love until I started working with horses. Horses are safe to love. They don’t expect anything back. They don’t judge you. When I started working with horses, I learned how to love.’”

Randy and his horse Starbuck teaching the teeter totter obstacle

For more information on WHIP, visit

“I want inmates that want to be there, and they want to learn and they’re teachable,” he said. “If they have anger issues—and a lot of the guys in prison do— we’re very upfront that they’re going to need to learn how to handle their anger. If they lose their temper on a horse or a donkey, and start abusing it, there’s not a second chance.” The 2018 WHIP Team 32

The Phoenix Dog

July/August 2018


SPECIAL FEATURE Desert Dog Police K9 Trials Results 2018 By Cathy Davila

Photos Pappy’s Perspectives Action Photography

K9 Officer teams protect our communities every day. For the last 16 years, the best teams in the Southwest have gathered in Arizona to compete for Top Dog Honors. The event is an opportunity for the public to see these K9 teams in action. The 2018 trials were held May 5 & 6 at Sloan Park in Mesa. The trials were fantastic and the show of support for our K9 teams was tremendous! Six events were judged, three were conducted at the stadium: Agility Obstacle Course, Handler Protection, and Tough Dog Hardest Hit. The Building, Narcotics and Explosives Searches took place in a controlled environment, conducted in the days prior to the stadium trial. We are thrilled to bring you the winners of the 2018 K9 Trials! Explosives Search First Place: West Liguori and K9 Bobo, Phoenix Police Department Judges place an unknown number of explosive substances in a building and among several vehicles, and distractions were placed in the area. The teams were judged on their proficiency in finding the substances and the handler’s ability to read the dog. Narcotics Search First Place: Josh White and K9 Rudy, Goodyear PD Judges place an unknown number of narcotic substances in a building and among several vehicles, and distractions are placed in the area. The teams were judged on their proficiency in finding the substances and the handler’s ability to read the dog.

The team was judged on handler tactics, the dog’s ability to search and alert on a suspect, and how well the team took the suspect into custody. Area Search First Place: Joseph Klein and K9 Jango, Pima Co, Sherriff’s Office This scenario presented the search for an armed suspect in an area. The teams moved from various positions of cover while trying to approach the suspect, undetected. Teams were judged on handler’s tactics, how quietly the team advanced, and the dog’s ability to take the suspect into custody. Handler Protection First Place: Ryan Shifflett and K9 Clyde, Santa Ana PD, CA One of the primary duties of a police dog is to locate people who are often extremely dangerous, who pose a threat to the public and police officers. Dogs are trained to protect their handlers and apprehend fleeing suspects. In the scenario, teams confronted a dangerous suspect, who could give up, run away, or attack the handler. Teams were judged on hander tactics, ability to control and redirect he dog, the ability to call off the dog, and the dog’s ability and courage to engage the suspect(s). Top Dog Fernando Paniagua and K9 Beto, Baja State Police MX This team achieved the highest average score of the six events.

Obedience and Agility First Place: Luis Galeana and K9 Puskas, Santa Ana PD- CA Obedience to the dog’s handler is the foundation of the K9 team. The handler must maintain control over the K9 while performing different jobs. K9s must have the ability to get through, over, or around obstacles to locate a suspect or contraband. The teams were judged on control of their K9s and their ability to negotiate the obstacle course. Tactical Challenge First Place: Mark Mask and K9 Cash, Mesa PD Police dogs must be able to jump over walls, go through tunnels, walk on unsteady platforms, and be lifted or lowered to where they are needed. The handler must be able to follow anywhere the dog goes. In this event, the teams negotiated obstacles while a suspect (in a Bite Suit) was visible to the dog. At specific times, the dog was sent to apprehend the suspect. The teams were judged on how well the dog negotiated the obstacles, the handler’s tactics, and the handler’s ability to keep the dog under control during very stressful situations. Building Search First Place: Barrie Pederson and K9 Bolt, Tucson PD This is one of the most dangerous tasks a K9 team performs, yet they do it nearly every shift. The dog is sent into a dark building and disappears. When the dog alerts that Officer Peterson he has found someone, the handler enters and Bolt the building where there could be suspects. 34 The Phoenix Dog July/August 2018

Top Dog Team Officer Paniagua and Beto

Tough Dog First place: Charles Guilkers and K9 Tarzan, MCSO This is a contest to find the dog that has the most impact when chasing and apprehending a suspect. The dogs were scored on the hardest hit, or impact. Tough Dog 2018 Charles Guilkers with wife and Tarzan

Team Standings Detection 1 Phoenix PD 2 Tucson PD 3 Goodyear PD

Patrol 1 Baja State Police MX 2 Goodyear PD 3 Santa Ana PD, CA

Thanks to the Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association (A.L.E.C.A.) in partnership with Mesa P.D., Scottsdale P.D. & Phoenix P.D. for conducting the Trials! The annual Desert Dog Police K9 Trials are not funded by any public funds. All costs associated with this event must be raised through donations, sales of program ad space, or vendor booth fees. If you or your business would like to become involved in supporting or sponsoring the 2019 trials, setting up a vendor booth, advertising in the program, K9 Team entry, or sponsoring a K9 team, contact Rod Mamero at


KNOW YOUR LOCAL RESCUES in case you need them. If you lose a pet:

• Search your home and property - your pet could be injured or stuck somewhere. • Check with your neighbors - speak with as many people as you can. Search the neighborhood • Get online. Post on websites. Some sites let you create your Lost Pet flyer, so have a picture of your pet and phone number ready. Other sites to post on are : Craigslist, Lost Dogs Arizona Facebook page, and/or Straydar Facebook page. Post your flyer on the County mapping website, other sites can then see it and help find your dog. www. Post your flyer online and around the neighborhood. • Contact your local rescues and report your missing dog. • Visit the two County locations quickly and every 24-48 hours. By law, the shelters are only required to hold a lost or stray animal for 72 hours. After that, the animal becomes the county’s property. You can also call Maricopa County at 602.506.PETS or visit their website and utilize their interactive mapping tool to see if animals were picked up in your area and to post your flyer. • Visit the Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope campus. Take a picture of your pet and his medical records. Ask to check the lost pets in the Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital and check their adoption floor. The 72-hour hold for strays applies here too.

If you find a stray with no tags:

• Ask around the neighborhood in case the dog lives nearby. • Contact your local rescue. They will try to help and can often scan the pet for a microchip and may be able to find a foster to take the dog if you cannot host it. A veterinarian can also scan the dog for a microchip and check for a tattoo. • Stray dogs that are sick, injured, or abused, and healthy puppies under three months old, can go to the Arizona Humane Society. You can bring them to the Sunnyslope campus or call their EAMT Dispatch Center at 602-997-7585 Ext. 2073 from 8 to 6 PM daily. • Try to list the dog online, there are many sites who will do this. • You may also surrender a healthy stray dog to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Both shelters for lost/stray animals, adoption services, pet surrender, dog licensing, rabies vaccinations, and microchips. West Valley Animal Care Center 2500 S 27th Ave (27th Ave, South of Durango) Phoenix 85009 602-506-7387 East Valley Animal Care Center 2630 W Rio Salado Pkwy (Loop 101/Rio Salado Pkwy) Mesa 85201 602-506‑7387

Important Information

Pet Emergency Arizona Humane Society Emergency Ambulance Service 602-997-7585 Ext. 2073 8 – 6pm daily To report animal abuse: 602-997-7585 Ext. 2073 (“0” after hours) or fill out our online form. Services are free and available daily from 8 – 6pm Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope Lost/stray puppies, cats, injured strays, spay and neuter services, Microchipping 9226 N 13th Ave Phoenix 85021 Phone: 602-997-7585

24-HOUR EMERGENCY VETERINARIANS PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE/ CAVE CREEK 1st Pet Veterinary Centers 520 W Union Hills Dr Ste 105 Phoenix 85027 623-849-0700 Animal Medical & Surgical Center 17477 N 82nd St Scottsdale 85255 480-502-4400 BluePearl Veterinary Partners 2260 W Glendale Ave Phoenix 85021 602-995-3757 Phoenix Veterinary Referral & Emergency 4015 E Cactus Rd Phoenix 85032 602-765-3700

Vet Med 20610 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix 85024 602-697-4694 BluePearl Veterinary Partners 22595 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 110 Scottsdale 85255 480-949-8001 The Scottsdale Veterinary Clinic 7311 E Thomas Rd Scottsdale 85251 480-945-8484 VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital paradise-valley-emergency 6969 E Shea Blvd Ste 150 Scottsdale 85254 480-991-1845

EAST VALLEY 1st Pet Veterinary Centers 1233 W Warner Rd Chandler 85224 480-732-0018

Ironwood Animal Hospital 85 W Combs Rd #116 Queen Creek 85142 480-888-2299 WEST VALLEY

BluePearl Veterinary Partners 86 W Juniper Ave Gilbert 85233 480-497-0222

BluePearl Veterinary Partners 13034 W Rancho Santa Fe Blvd Avondale, 85392 623-385-4555

1st Pet Veterinary Centers 1423 S Higley Rd #102 Mesa 85206 480-924-1123

BluePearl Veterinary Partners 9875 W Peoria Ave Peoria 85345 623-974-1520

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona 1648 N Country Club Dr Mesa 85201 480-898-0001

POISON HELP Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661


Breed Specific Rescues & Shelters

DOGS Airedale Terrier Airedale Terrier Rescue Akita Akita Advocates Relocation Team Alaskan Malamute Alaskan Malamute Rescue American Brittany American Brittany Rescue Australian Cattle Dogs/ Blue Heelers/Red Heelers/ Queensland Heelers Desert Hills Heelers K9 Rescue Heeling Heelers Hearts

Australian Shepherds Amazing Aussies Lethal White Rescue of Arizona

Listing rotates Breed-specific and Non-Breed-Specific each issue. See the website for both lists!

Aussie & Friends Basset Hound AZ Basset Hound Rescue Beagle AZ Beagle Rescue Beagles of AZ Rescue Club Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue Bernese Mountain Dogs AZ Bernese Mtn Dog Rescue arizonabernesemountain Border Collie Arizona Border Collie Rescue Boston Terrier Boston Terrier Rescue Boxer Almost Home Boxer Rescue Boxer Luv Rescue Bull Terriers Saguaro State Bull Terrier Rescue

Chihuahua AZ Chihuahua Rescue Cocker Spaniel Cast Off Cockers Collie Southwest Collie Rescue Dachshunds Dachshunds Only Rescue Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue Dalmatian Lucky Dog Rescue (Dalmations & other dogs) Southwest Dalmatian Rescue Doberman Pinscher Desert Harbor Doberman Rescue of AZ English Bulldog Love-A-Bull Bulldog Rescue Love-A-Bull/ English Springer Spaniel English Springer Spaniel Rescue German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois Saving Paws Rescue AZ German Shorthair Pointer Cooper’s Chance (GSP & other dogs) Giant Schnauzer Valley of the Sun Giant Schnauzer Rescue Golden Retriever AZ Golden Rescue AZ Golden Retriever Connection Rescue a Golden of Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue

Dave Haven, Inc. Great Pyrenees AZ Great Pyrenees Association Greyhound AZ Greyhound Rescue AZ Adopt A Greyhound

Saint Bernard Greater SW St Bernard Rescue greaterswsaintbernardrescom

REPTILES AZ Herpetological (480) 894-1625 Can’t take Desert Tortoises or Sulcatas (large tortoise)

Schnauzer Miniature Schnauzer Rescue

FastDogs Fast Friends Greyhound Pets of America - AZ

AZ Sheltie Rescue

Racing Home Greyhound Adoption

Siberian Husky AZ Siberian Husky Rescue and Adoption

Jack Russell Terrier AZ Jack Russell Rescue, Inc. azrussellrescue.html Jack Russell Rescue of Scottsdale Labrador Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue Newfoundland Mesquite Newfoundland Club Rescue Pitbull & Bully Breeds Big Bully Rescue

Springer Spaniel Springerpaw Ranch Weimaraner AZ Weimaraner Rescue Yorkshire Terrier Yorkshire Terrier Rescue


Pug AZ Pug Adoption and Rescue Network

July/August 2018

WILDLIFE AND LIVESTOCK RESCUES BIRDS East Valley Wildlife Pigeons, doves, song birds, water fowl, rabbits, squirrels drop off only (480) 814-9339 Herons-Liberty Wildlife Based in Scottsdale (480) 998-5550 Adobe Mountain Hawks, owls, eagles, raccoons, skunk, javelina (623) 582-9806


Blistered Whiskers

Poodle AZ Poodle Rescue

DOMESTIC RABBITS Tranquility Trail Rescue and Sanctuary

PIGS Pot Belly Pigs Ironwood Pig Sanctuary

One Love Pit Bull Foundation

Pittie Me Rescue


LIVESTOCK AZ Dept of Agriculture (602) 542-0872

Animal Loving Friends

Pit Bull Rescue

Phoenix Herpetological Society (480) 513-4377 Desert Tortoises or Sulcatas ONLY

Puggle Arizona Puggle Rescue

May Day Pit Bull Rescue

Great Dane Great Dane Rescue of AZ

The Phoenix Dog


Shetland Sheepdog Mid-AZ Shetland Sheepdog Rescue


Rottweiler Phoenix Area Rottweiler Rescue

AJ’s Best Friends Purebred Cat Rescue AZ Maine Coon Cat Rescue Safe Haven for Animals Saving One Life-East Valley

Small Pets RATS-DOMESTIC Any Rat Rescue-Scottsdale GUINEA PIGS Piggie Poo Rescue

REPTILES AZ Herpetological (480) 894-1625 Can’t take Desert Tortoises or Sulcatas (large tortoise) Phoenix Herpetological Society (480) 513-4377 Desert Tortoises or Sulcatas ONLY

WILD ANIMALS/ NATIVE/ PROTECTED AZ Game & Fish - Coyotes (623) 236-7201 Liberty Wildlife (480) 998-5550 Adobe Mountain (623) 582-9806

Pet Supplies/ Food/ Accessories

D&D Pet Supplies PO Box 1055, Wittman 85361 Hit the Trail Saddles 602-418-8939 The Pet Club All Valley Locations

Medmetrics Compounding Pharmacy 4995 S Alma School Rd Ste 4 Chandler, AZ 85248 480-883-3800 Natural Paws PO Box 76765 Scottsdale, Az 85255 Zona’s Essential Oils 4705 E Carefree Hwy 112 Cave Creek 85331 480-575-9662

Veterinarians Boarding/ Kennel/ Arizona Humane Society Campus for Compassion DayCare 1521 W Dobbins Road Phoenix 85041 602- 997-7585

Integrative MedicineDr Julie Mayer, DVM 312-405-6444 MWU Clinics 5715 W. Utopia Rd, Glendale 623-806-7387

Pet Health/ Medical

Circle Mountain Pet Sitting New River, Circle Mountain area 623-810-7630 Happy Pets Palace and Playground 1918 East McKellips Road 480-207-1852 HeartStrings 480-895-4683 930 E Riggs Rd Chandler 85249 HeartStringsPet

Thia’s Family Pack Basso Botanicals 602-303-7738 Basso Caldera Pet Therapy 888-581-1200 Canine Colostrum 800-834-7656

Pet Grooming Lugari Pet Salon, LLC 7901 E Thomas Rd, Suite 105 Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 (480) 636-7087

Molly & Friends Pet Grooming 16551 n Dysart Rd ste 100 Surprise, AZ 85378 mollyandfriendspet (623) 388-6921

Pet Trainer Bark Busters 877-500-BARK Ironspoon Ranch Training Center 7040 W Baseline Rd, Laveen 85339 602-373-9054 or 602-237-4607 Purrfect Behavior Solutions purrfectbehaviorsolutions. com 480-216-7223 Thia’s Family Pack 602-303-7738

Non-Profits Freedom Brothers Dog Rescue freedombrothersdog freedombrothermc Gabriel’s Angels

Mesa Thrift Store The Arizona Humane Society 1110 W. Southern Avenue 602-997-7585 Ext. 4300 BH Rabbit Rescue Thrift Store 3851 E. Thunderbird Rd, #111, Phoenix 602 482-3990 Cave Creek Thrift Store Arizona Humane Society 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd 602-761-2971 Luv-to-Save Gift Shop 1221 E Northern Ave, Phoenix 85020 (602) 997-1263 Petique Norterra The Arizona Humane Society 2460 W Happy Valley Rd Ste 1149 602-761-2973 Rescued Treasures PACC911 Store 3841 E. Thunderbird Rd #c-103 602-923-1820

Pet Lifestyle/ Events Ann Hoff Animal Communicator and Artist 520-349-3909

Service Animals

Flash and Hound Pet Photography 602-903-8903

American Service Animal Society 480-802-9339

Hoylarious Studios 480-227-4662

Canine Companions for Independence

Twisted Events 602-292-3200 smashn

Thia’s Family Pack 602-303-7738

Shop for Rescues Animals in Disaster Thrift Store 5036 E. Van Buren Phoenix 602-918-7373

Pet Friendly Lodging Quality Inn N. Phoenix 8101 North Black Canyon Hwy Phoenix 85021 reservations 602-864-6233 group quotes 608-800-4872

Friendly Advertisers 1100KFNX 602-277-1100 Southwest Fireworks 480-488-0552

Insurance Farm Bureau Financial Services 6554 E. Cave Creek Rd, Ste 4 480-575-0710

Food and Drink Cave Creek Olive Oil 6201 E. Cave Creek Rd, Ste A Cave Creek 480- 595-3157 Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Real Estate Barret Financial Group-Mark Field 2168 E Williams Field Rd #245 Gilbert, AZ 85295 602-241-2500

Realtors Marcie and Rob Reichstein Realtors Berkshire Hathaway Home Services 602-551-6314

Vehicle Service and Sales Sun Devil Auto 19 Valley Locations


Pet Directory & Pet Friendly Businesses

Bone A Fide Bistro

LatchKey Petz LatchKey

CRITTER CORNER Snakes, Lizards and Tortoises, Oh My! By Barbara Wood

Photos PHS

• Basic care needs of pet reptiles • What to do and whom to call if illegal animals are encountered or suspected

Phoenix Dog Magazine has had us writing about all sorts of animals including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and rats. This assignment took us to new territory: The Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) in Scottsdale. They house snakes, lizards, alligators, tortoises, turtles, and all sorts of interesting critters. PHS has a very ambitious mission statement: “Promote conservation and preservation of native and nonnative reptiles through education, rehabilitation, rescue, and relocation.”

Dwarf Caiman. The smallest New World Crocodile

Founded in 2001, the PHS facility is a fully operational, 2½ acre rescue and rehabilitation center with an onsite reptile clinic and research center located in northern Scottsdale. They offer tours to the public as well as educational programs that extend beyond their campus. It is a very busy place! We spent a few minutes with a group of kids attending Snake Camp. When I asked two of the campers to tell me what they learned about snakes, they told me all the names of the categories of snakes. These kids really knew their stuff. And all agreed that camp was great fun. They had just come in from a demonstration of how cobras spit. Squirt guns Snake Camp kids with a very large friend and appropriate safety glasses were involved! The Society offers camps year-round for kids starting as young as 6. There are summer sessions as well as vacation sessions, and there is a progression of camps all the way into high school. PHS offers a variety of adult courses, including: • What makes a reptile a reptile and how to identify common species • Differences between turtles & tortoises • How to pick up, relocate, or transport multiple types of reptiles • Native protected animals and the regulations that affect them • Common pet trade snakes • Identifying and handling non-venomous snakes • How to identify a Gila Monster and what to do if one is encountered 38

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PHS also has an outreach program. They will go to homeowners’ meetings or other large groups to teach: • Desert Wildlife and Identification - including native venomous reptiles (i.e., Rattlesnakes, Gila Monsters), other venomous creatures (i.e., scorpions, spiders), & nonvenomous wildlife • Conservation and the Diamondback Rattle Snakes are importance of coexistence with very common in Arizona the natural world • Tips for keeping wildlife out of your house: • Securing your yard & fence from unwanted guests & pests • Helpful Hints about property maintenance, including inexpensive, but effective, material suggestions • Resources for continual safety (i.e., Rattlesnake removal) • This course includes demonstrations with live animals which PHS people bring along with them to the site. With so many people new to the Valley of the Sun, and with homes encroaching more and more into the desert, it is an inspired education program.

First responder training on snake handling with a Gopher Snake

A dedicated team of over 20 individuals volunteer regularly to maintain the sanctuary and care for hundreds of reptiles housed at the facility. PHS works with state and federal wildlife officials and law enforcement to care for and house unwanted or seized reptiles from across the U.S.

We spent a few minutes with Connie, a volunteer who immediately taught me a few things about tortoises. As she was filling the water pans in one enclosure, she explained that tortoises need water to cool off, and she told me that they can store up water which explains how they have adapted to life in the desert. Connie has two snakes of her own at home and proudly showed me the recently shed skins from her snakes. Big snakes! She is typical of everyone we met on our visit. Connie is passionate about volunteering and about educating everyone about what she does. It’s important to remember that all visits must be arranged in advance. Details for Phoenix Herpetological Society are on their website:, telephone: 480-513-4377.

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Farm Bureau Financial Services

pg 10

Arizona Animal Welfare League

pg 8

Flash and Hound Pet Photography

pg 33

Freedom Brothers Dog Rescue

pg 29

American Service Animal Society pg 4 Ann Hoff Animal Communicator

pg 7

Arizona Humane Society

pg 31

Bark Busters

pg 27

Barrett Financial Group

pg 12

Happy Pets Palace and Playground HeartStrings Pet Resort Hit the Trail Saddles

pg 26

Hoylarious Studios

pg 26

Bone A Fide Bistro

pg 11

Integrative Medicine

pg 23

Caldera Pet Therapy

Midwestern University Companion Animal Clinic

pg 29

Molly & Friends Pet Grooming

pg 27

Natural Paws

pg 11

Purrfect Behavior Solutions

pg 30

Quality Inn N. Phoenix

pg 27

Southwest Fireworks

pg 39

Sun Devil Auto

pg 10

The Pet Club

pg 2

Thia’s Family Pack

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pg 11

pg 18

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pg 26

Basso Botanicals

Boxer Luv Rescue

Medmetrics Compounding Pharmacy

Ironspoon Ranch Training Center

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LatchKey Petz


Lugari Pet Salon, LLC

pg 26

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

pg 3

Marcie and Rob Reichstein Realtors

pg 7

Zona’s Essential Oils

pg 26

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

pg 3

Index of Advertisers

1100 KFNX

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Canine Colostrum

pg 11

Cave Creek Olive Oil

pg 26

Circle Mountain Pet Sitting

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D&D Pet Supplies

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Fireworks & Pets DO






1. Do not bring pets to fireworks events. 2. Keep pets at safe at home in a place they cannot dig or jump out of. 3. Drown out loud noises with a TV, Radio. 4. Make sure your pet is wearing a current tag. 5. Make sure your pet is microchipped and the registration is up to date with the microchip company.





visit for an action plan and person-

Bus: 480-488-0552 Dan Nelson Cell: 480-516-7998

ally visit your area shelters for additional information and assistance. Maricopa County Animal Care’s website is: https://www.maricopa. gov/3560/Animal-Care-and-Control. Thanks to Lost Dogs Arizona and Maricopa County Animal Care for this important information.


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