Phoenix Dog Magazine September/October 2019

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Dogs Helping Veterans




Tough Dog 2019

Ponies of the Americas

K9 Pulling Sports

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The Leader of the Pack Howls K9 Beat: Officer Dan Bill and K9 Lumpi Dog Adoptions Business Spotlight: Realtor to the Rescue Celebrities and Pets: Megan Thompson Trainer Tips: The Shelf Life of Training Take a Hike!: Aspen Loop-Arizona Trail, Flagstaff Adoptable Hiking Dogs Kitty Korner: Cats and Superstitions Horsin’ Around: Arizona Pony of the Americas Rescue News: Saving Paws Rescue Rescue News: Healing Heelers Hearts Sports: Bikejoring and Canicross in Arizona Health: Dogs Can Get Valley Fever Too! Celebration of Life: Beauregard

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Fabian’s Law Celebrating Veterinary Technicians Sonia Hernandez Wins National AVMA Animal Welfare Award

Important Information 6

Calendar of Events


Market Place


Animal Rescue & Adoption Groups


Pet Directory: Pet Related Services


Pet Emergency Resource Information


Advertisers Index

On our cover: Labrador Retrievers are often trained as service dogs. Zeus is a former rescue dog from Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue and a handsome example of the breed. 4

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K9 Beat: Officer Dan Bill and K9 Lumpi The Toughest Dog in Arizona

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20 Service Dogs Are a Lifeline for Veterans

Horsin’ Around: Arizona Pony of the Americas Club: For the Kids—Adults too!


The Leader of the Pack howls! Fall is here, and the cooler weather is within reach. Cars still get hot fast, and transitional weather can be deceiving when it comes to taking your dog out. Please continue to use caution about walking and hiking in the heat, and don’t leave dogs in the car. Veterans’ Day is early November, so this issue our cover story focuses on the ability of dogs to help in ways medicine cannot. Studies have been in the works to measure the positive effects of services dogs on veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, this data is essential to change policy and funding so Veterans in need can have access to service dogs. The dogs are lifesaving in many instances. A special bonus was to meet GI Joe, a 90-year-old World War II Veteran who loves dogs and animals. The rescues have been working hard all Summer, their shelters and foster homes filled with dogs and cats. They still need help finding homes and caring for the homeless pets. Two outstanding breed rescues are featured this issue, they both make a significant impact on the lives of the dogs and the adopters. The heat will be here for a bit more, so this season is great for cool Fall color hikes! If you head to Flagstaff to do the Fall Color hike in this issue, check out the Bow Wow Film Festival Sept. 14 and make a weekend of it! If you like to run or bike, and have an athletic dog who pulls, the Sports story may offer some fun ways to combine both! Pulling sport dogs, a version of sled dogs, are part of the growing, dryland mushing sports scene that looks like a blast! Whether running, biking, scootering or carting, dryland mushing is growing in Arizona!

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Roxie is ready to get out and play in the cooler weather. She has adjusted to losing two of her packmates recently, you’ll read about Beau in the Celebration of Life in this issue. Max the Beagle lived his long 17-year life and made lots of friends along the way. Roxie wants to remind us to live each day, and play lots with your friends and family.

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CALENDAR The PDM Facebook Events Page has the expanded social calendar! Ongoing Adoptions AZ Small Dog Rescue Every Sat, 10:30-3:30 pm PetCo at Tatum & Bell Phoenix 602-944-2440 AZ Small Dog Rescue Every Sat, 11-3 pm PetSmart at Tatum & Shea Phoenix 602-944-2440 AZ Small Dog Rescue Every Sun, 11-3 pm PetSmart at Bell & Grand Surprise 602-944-2440 Aussie Lethal White Rescue Every 2nd & 3rd Sat, 9-2 pm Momma’s Organic Market 9744 W Northern Peoria 602-703-7154 AZK9 Adoptions Every Sun, 12-3 pm Choice Pet Market 20028 N 67th Ave Glendale 623-937-4444 Greyhound Pets of AZ Every 2nd Sat, 10-12 pm Pet Food Depot 17645 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix 602-493-7639 One Dog Arizona Rescue Every other Sun, 11-4 pm Choice Pet Market 2915 W Ray Rd Chandler 480-430-7076


Paw Town Angels Every Sun, 10-3 pm Choice Pet Market Biltmore 4719 N 20th St Phoenix 623-937-4444 America’s Freedom Paws Every Sat, 10-1 pm PetSmart 9960 N 91st Ave Peoria 623-486-8700

Adoption Events Arizona Animal Welfare League Diamondbacks Dog Days of Summer Chase Field Sun, Sept 1 @ 1:10 pm Sun, Sept 29 @ 12:10 pm 401 E Jefferson St Phoenix

Social/Fun Events/Raffles Luv of Dogz Fund Bark-Tember at OHSO Brewery Sat, Sept 14, 9 am 10810 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 126 Phoenix Bow Wow Film Festival Sat, Sept 14, 4-8 pm The Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff Tickets Dog Days of Summer Golf Classic Canine Companions Fri, Sept 20, 8-3 pm McCormick Ranch Golf Club Tickets Lost Paws Sterilization, Education and Rescue Organization & AZK9 7th Annual Running for the Bulls Sun, Oct 6, 7:30-10:30 am Rio Vista Park 8866 W Thunderbird Rd Peoria

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Strut Your Mutt Oct 19, 8-12 pm Cesar Chavez Park Phoenix Day of the Dead Painting Class Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary Sat, Oct 26, 6-9 pm Carrie Curran Art Studios 8300 N. Hayden Rd Suite A100 Scottsdale Dogtoberfest & Adopt-a-thon Tucson Dog Magazine Sunday, Oct 27, 10–4 pm The Gregory School 3231 N. Craycroft Rd., Tucson 520-345-2801 or ann@

Howl-o-ween Downtown Phoenix Inc.’s and AHS Sun, Oct 27, 12–4 pm Margaret T. Hance Park Event Free, $25 per dog to enter the parade howloween Paws on Parade Event Village Green, Verrado Sat, Oct 26, 9-12:30 pm 4239 N Village St, Buckeye Tickets and registration

Health/Medical/ Workshops Arizona Humane Society Dog & Cat Vaccinations AHS Public Vet Clinics Arizona Humane Society Bottle Baby Training Workshop Sunnyslope Campus 1311 W Hatcher Rd Phoenix Low Cost Vet Clinic Every Thurs, 1-5 pm Pet Food Depot 6989 N Hayden A-1 Scottsdale 480-607-5228

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Low Cost Vet Clinic Every Sat, 2-5 pm Pet Food Depot 17645 N Cave Creek Rd Phoenix 602-493-7639 AAWL & SPCA Vaccine Clinics 3rd Sat of each month 25 N 40th St Phoenix 602-273-6852

Save the Date Walk to Save the Animals AAWL Sat, Nov 2, 8 am Tolleson Community Health and Pet Health Expo Sat, Nov 2, 10-1 pm Tolleson Veterans Park 8601 W Van Buren St Tolleson Arizona Fall Festival Sat, Nov 2, 10-4 pm Hance Park Phoenix PACC911 & All Saints’ Episcopal Church Sat, Nov 2, 10-3 pm 6300 N Central Ave Phoenix Saving Paws Rescue Arizona Sparky’s 3rd Annual Rally for the Rescue Sat, Nov 9, 2-6 pm Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse Pizza for the Pets PACC911 Thurs Nov 14, 5 pm Grimaldi’s Pizzeria 4000 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale SNIFF AZ Pet Project Thurs, Nov 7, 6-8 pm Tickets: SNIFF Wag & Tag Pet Expo Sat, Nov 16, 10-1 pm Goodyear Community Park 3075 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear

Dogs’ Day in the Garden Desert Botanical Garden Sat, Nov 16, 8-2 pm Tickets: Woofstock Chandler Sat, Nov 16, 9-1:30 pm Chandler Day of the Dog Sat & Sun, Nov 23-24 Scottsdale on 2nd St PACC911 Adoptathon Sat, Nov 23, 10-3 pm PetSmart at 90th St/Shea Scottsdale PACC911 Adoptathon Sat, Dec 7th, 10-3 pm Aviano Community Center Phoenix Duffeeland Doggie Days Sat, Dec 14, 10-2 pm 14610 N Del Webb Blvd Sun City 928-221-6052 Pet Adoption Event Phoenix Metro Chamber of Commerce Sat, Dec 14, 10-4 pm Floor & Decor West Side Parking Lot 5880 W Bell Rd Glendale PACC911 Adoptathon Sat, Jan 25, 2020 60 rescues, Lure Course Anthem Community Park Doggie Street Festival Adopt-A-Thon and Pet Celebration Sat, Jan 25, 10-4 pm Steele Indian School Park Phoenix Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) 6th Annual DogFest Celebration Sat, Feb 29, 2020 Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater Plaza


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K9 BEAT Officer Dan Bill and K9 Lumpi - The Toughest Dog in Arizona By Serena O’Sullivan

Photos Pappy Perspectives Action Photography

Lumpi, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, is a ball of energy. Although he’s young, he serves on the Phoenix police force alongside Officer Dan Bill. Normally, Bill keeps Lumpi on a tight leash, but one day under the Arizona sun, Lumpi dashed free at a breakneck pace and attacked a man with so much vigor that the crowd went wild.

the door to the building search, I saw this big, giant stuffed animal, and I went, ‘Oh no.’ Lumpi loves to bite stuff he’s not supposed to, and stuffed animals are the top of his list.” Although Lumpi was supposed to track down a bad guy, he got distracted and took a few detours along the way. “He went and he bit the stuffed animal right in the head, and he ate some dog food even though he wasn’t supposed to, and then he went and bit some other things before finally finding the bad guy,” Bill recalled, laughing. “I knew I scored really low, but it was fun. I was laughing. You know your dog’s strengths, and you know your dog’s weaknesses, but it was a blast.”

The man was OK — in fact, he was armored up in preparation. Afterward, Lumpi was rewarded for his impressive efforts: Judges gave him the Tough Dog Award in the 17th Annual Desert Dog K9 Trials in April.

Trust between partners is key to any K9 team

Most of the officers at the yearly competition are from Arizona, but there are a few from New Mexico and California. One officer even comes from Mexico to compete. This year, there were about 60 officer-and-dog teams that competed in the event, which is an opportunity for K9 police forces to come together and show off their dogs’ stuff. “It’s just a fun event,” Bill said. “You’re not trying to beat anybody. You’re just having fun watching these dogs using their best abilities and that’s just a blast.”

Bill especially likes the sense of camaraderie at the event. “The thing that makes it fun is you get to work with and see other guys’ dogs from other agencies,” he said. “It brings a lot of guys together. We all get so busy with our own departments and our own dogs and our own teams, so it’s good to work with our buddies from Glendale and Goodyear — it’s nice to just get together and see how good everyone does on a regional basis.” This was the first year Bill and Lumpi competed in the trials, but Bill was humble about winning an award. In his opinion, the Tough Dog event is the easiest of the contests. “There isn’t a lot to it,” he said. “They had a decoy in a bite suit at home plate.” He added that the Tough Dog award leaves a lot to nature. “You go to the pitcher’s mound, and get the dog very wound up and you let go of the dog. It’s all natural from there. He just runs as fast as he can and the judges decide which one got the best crowd reaction and which one hit it the hardest,” he explained. Some of the other events, like tactical competitions, are tougher. Although Lumpi succeeded in the Tough Dog event, he bombed hilariously in the search event, Bill said. “Minutes after they opened 10

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Despite the minor setback, Bill said it felt great to win the Tough Lumpi waits for Dog award. “I was happy. I was the next command happy for the dog, though more than that I was happy just watching him run. I’m usually not able to. I know how he gets a little wound up without me winding him up and on that specific event, it’s all about winding the dog up till he’s ready to explode.” It was a little scary for Officer Bill to see Lumpi completely riled up without restraint, running off like a bullet to attack the man in the competition, but at the same time, he was proud. “Lumpi did very well for his first time,” he said. “After continual training throughout the years, you get better with your dog.” Bill looks forward to competing in next year’s trials and seeing if Lumpi will do any better with some of the other competitions. Until then, he and his Tough Dog are helping to keep the streets of Phoenix safe.

This is why they call him Tough Dog

DOGHOUSE ADOPTIONS All dogs are available from the Arizona Humane Society and come with current vaccinations, microchip and have had spay/neuter surgery. Visit to see location and verify the pet is still available

Blaze A608186 I’m a friendly, energetic boy looking for someone to love and hang out with me. I’m a puppy who has a lot of energy. Come play with me today!

Big Boy A612693

My name is Big Boy even though at 16 lbs., I’m anything but that! I’m a sweet boy who loves treats. I just need a patient family who will give me time to shine.

Onyx A606883

Precious A611542

If you’re looking for a loving, polite companion who will go on adventures with you, then I am just the one. I’m active, always want to play fetch and can’t wait for a yummy treat.

If you have an active family, I have the energy to keep up and have fun with you! I know “Sit!” I’m super smart and eager to learn more tricks! BTW … Peanut butter is the way to my heart!

Clifford A575686 I might not be a big, red dog, but I will be your best fur-iend for life! I’m a little shy at first, but with a little patience, you and your family will just love me.

Lana A615495

I’m a young girl looking for my forever home. Being only 10 lbs., I fit in everywhere. Come in and meet me. You won’t regret it!

Brian A614650 Lucy A615363 I’m a Dachshund who is looking for someone to love me. I’m about 6 years old and ready to make you smile. Come meet me today!

I’m a super handsome Golden Retriever mix who can’t wait to find my new home. I’m only 2 years old, and 30 lbs., let’s go out and play!

Tank A614590

I am a big hunk of love whose spirit animal is a pig. I sound just like one! If you are looking for the perfect cuddle buddy to follow you everywhere, I’m the guy for you!

Cooper A615676

I’m a sweet Boxer Mix, about 10 months old and can’t wait to meet you to go on long walks and hang out with my new family.

Oso A613986

Want a big teddy bear who is potty-trained and loves to play fetch and tug? I’m a bit big, but I’d sure love a spot on your bed. Remember to ask for Oso!

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I’m pretty adorable and love to play with stuffed squeaky toys if you toss them for me. Let’s do some training classes together and we can wow everyone with our awesomeness!


BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Realtor to the Rescue: A Business Worth Barking About By Brittany Pomales Photos Barb Forsyth

What do real estate and dogs have in common? The answer is Barb Forsyth.

Ms. Forsyth is the face and drive behind Realtor to the Rescue, serving the Valley in all its real estate needs. Realtor to the Rescue donates a portion of each sale to various local animal rescues and organizations. They are a business that gives back to the Valley’s dog community. Buying and selling with Forsyth is a good deed guaranteed. Barb’s four loyal dogs love their mom With over 23 years in the real estate industry, Forsyth knows houses inside and out, but one thing sets her apart. “My approach is much different than the average realtor because most of my clients are people with pets!” Forsyth said. In 2018, the American Pet Products Association estimates that 67% of U.S. households had pets. With four dogs of her own, Forsyth knows exactly what a home with a four-legged member needs. Pool time

Each family has its own set of requirements, but what about the pet’s requirements? How much carpet does the house have? Carpets collect lots of hair and dander. Families with senior dogs may want to avoid stairs and look at a single-level home. Does the yard size work? Does it have trees to provide shade or a place to plant some trees? Is your dog a swimmer? Most importantly, is there a spot for the doggie door? These are questions that an agent without dogs in mind may neglect when matching you with the perfect home. To get the full experience, when possible, Forsyth welcomes dogs to tag along when viewing a potential new home. After all, it will be their home too. Those gestures make Realtor to the Rescue stand out among Forsyth’s competitors It’s always fun at the Realtor to the Rescue booth! with many of her clients coming to 12

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her from referrals from other members of the dog community. Forsyth’s advice to those in the market to buy or sell is to be patient. “Make this an enjoyable experience even though it can be stressful.” The blog on Realtor to the Rescue’s website has more tips for homebuyers on getting ready to buy, mortgage preapproval and the closing process. Forsyth’s philanthropy does not stop at the donations from Realtor to the Rescue sales. She is known to help struggling members of Barb presents a donation to the dog community, Bari Mears (left) and Stefanie Stead often providing a bag (center) of PACC911 of dog food, assisting with a medical bill, or aiding in finding a new home for an abandoned pet. She explains, “It is very important to me that Realtor to the Rescue will always be able to help someone. Being passionate about what you do makes all the difference in what you do in life.” The future holds big goals for Realtor to the Rescue. “We are just getting started!” Forsyth said. “I would like to build Realtor to the Rescue Foundation. Buy some land and build an amazing rescue for any animal out there that needs a forever home.” Until then, Forsyth is hard at work saving dogs one house at a time. Always with the best motivation at heart, Realtor to the Rescue is a business worth barking about. Realtor to the Rescue can be found at many local dog events or contact them online at

Patrick Miner and Lynn Polakoski are happy that their home purchase helped their favorite rescue

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CELEBRITIES AND PETS Megan Thompson By Steve Pawlowski Photos Megan Thompson

ABC15 reporter Megan Thompson grew up not really understanding that journalism could be a career option. The Arizona native couldn’t comprehend that the people on TV actually lived in the same community as she did.

Megan Thompson and Henry

Luckily for her, and countless viewers and fans throughout the Valley, her video production teacher at Highland High School, Mr. Holck, suggested she look into the journalism program at Arizona State University.

Thompson is now a proud ASU graduate, where she received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice, also as a Sun Devil. During her time on campus, she anchored and reported for the award-winning Cronkite News airing on PBS Arizona. She spent more than two years in the program and was recognized as a first-place national titleholder in what’s called the “Pulitzer Prize of Collegiate Journalism,” the Hearst Journalism Awards.

through elementary school, junior high, high school and even college. Honey passed away my sophomore year at ASU and I still miss her every single day.” And Along Came Henry Thompson had been poking around shelters, but not seriously looking for a pet, when she noticed Henry. She rushed over to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control where she found him very thin and incredibly scared to be in the shelter. She could tell he desperately needed some tender loving care. From his matted coat, to his small frame, to his timid demeanor, this boy was clearly ready for a forever home. They stepped into a meet-and-greet room to get to know each other better and his personality immediately shined. Once he was comfortable, he began wagging his tail, romping, playing and jumping up to give her a hug. It was obvious to both of them that they were a match. She took him home the next day and was not at all prepared for the experience. She was grateful that her family stepped up with a dog bed, bowls, food, toys and everything else Henry needed to feel comfortable in his new home. “Henry was someone I never thought I needed,” Thompson tells PDM. “And now I truly cannot imagine a day without him!”

Following graduation, Thompson spent a year in As you might expect, Henry is spoiled rotten. southern Arizona, reporting for KGUN9 in Tucson. Thompson has purchased three different dog She’s excited to be back in the Valley, reporting Henry stole Megan’s heart beds, trying to find the one that’s just right for him. on issues that impact her family and friends. Her She says she gets “weirdly excited” to give him a current role is lead reporter for Channel 15’s Operation Safe Roads program. She tells Phoenix Dog Magazine, new toy. “I love seeing his reaction,” Thompson said. “He’s like a version “It is surreal to know that I get to make a difference in the lives of people of a child for me that I feel honored to take care of.” I grew up around!” When asked if she had any She was raised in the East Valley with her big brother, Justin. Her parents parting words of wisdom for built their family home long before Gilbert became the fastest growing PDM readers, Thompson town in America, and still live there today. shared, “Definitely check out our local shelters! If Pets were a staple in the Thompson household. They had a desert tortoise you can’t adopt, there are named Spunky, then two rabbits named Betsy and Junior. But, after plenty of other great ways begging for a dog when she was 8 years old, her parents finally gave in to volunteer and make these and bought her a Golden Retriever puppy for Christmas that year. animals feel loved.” “I knew we were meant to be together when the breeder introduced me to a dog named … Megan!” Thompson said. “I changed it to Honey when I got her home. She watched me every step of the way as I progressed 14

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Catch Thompson weekdays in the 6 pm newscast on ABC15,

Thompson and Henry adoption day photo


SPECIAL FEATURE Fabian’s Law By Callie Monte

Photo Sally Andrade

Owning a dog comes with a lot of responsibility, which includes walking, feeding, taking them to the veterinarian for vaccinations and the oh-so-fun chore of picking up after they do their “business.” While these are basic things pet owners do, there is an even bigger responsibility if your dog has a history of aggression. Since 2011, owners of vicious dogs that attack other dogs in Arizona face harsh penalties under an Aggressive Dog Owner Responsibility Law or what is known as Fabian’s Law. Fabian’s Law came about due to a tragic dog-on-dog attack in Glendale back in September 2009. Fabian, a beloved Poodle of Sally and Richard Andrade, was attacked by a neighbor’s Pit Bull Terrier that had escaped from a nearby fenced backyard. Fabian was on a leash in his owners’ driveway when he was viciously mauled. The couple rushed Fabian to the vet, but the attack was fatal. “We were devastated and traumatized by the attack and the loss of our family pet,” Sally Andrade said. “While still grieving, we were stunned to find out that the attacking dog’s owner would not be fined, ticketed or held legally responsible for what happened.”

persistent in their pursuit of justice for Fabian and other victims, dog or human, and it paid off. Their push helped get House Bill 2137 passed and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer in 2011. Now under Fabian’s Law, owners of aggressive dogs that attack humans, other dogs, or cats would be held liable. The law increased the penalties in cases where aggressive dogs attack humans, included provisions for attacks on pets and also paved the way for financial compensation in civil suits. After successfully lobbying for the passage of Fabian’s Law, the Andrades weren’t ready to stop their efforts. In 2013 they founded a nonprofit to support the victims of aggressive dog attacks and speak for the victims of animal cruelty. The couple dedicate their time and energy in assisting families that have been affected by aggressive dog attacks, whether it’s a dog-on-dog or dog-on-person attack, to help them understand the law and what to do through the legal process.

“The most important thing to do when a dog attacks is to contact animal control and file a police report,” Andrade said. “This is very Fabian’s legacy has made a community impact crucial because the law specifies the dog Under the laws at the time, the neighbor’s dog would be must be known to be aggressive and if the attacking dog has been quarantined and possibly euthanized, but the owner would face reported to the police previously, the owners can be held liable.” zero consequences criminally or civilly. The Andrades are holding a Fabian’s Law fundraiser at La Santisima The Andrades didn’t want to see this happen to another family Restaurant, 5932 W. Glendale Ave, in Glendale, on Oct. 9, 6-8 pm. and for the next two years they lobbied Arizona lawmakers to pass Admission will be $25 and food is included. For more information legislation to protect the rights of responsible dog owners. They were call 602-690-8909.

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SPECIAL FEATURE Celebrating Veterinary Technicians: Animal Nurses By Brandy Aguilar

Photos MCC & PMI

National Veterinary Technician Week is Oct. 13-19. It’s a chance to say thank you to the veterinary technician at your vet’s office for their care and commitment to your furry loved one’s health. Phoenix Dog Magazine says thanks by featuring the veterinary technician programs at the East Valley Pima Medical Institute (PMI) and Mesa Community College (MCC). “I worked in a clinic back in Idaho and that’s where I fell in love with the work,” said Natalie Kilgore. Kilgore is a veterinary technician student at the East Valley PMI campus. “I was only a kennel assistant, but I got to assist in technician work and it was just something that just called to me and I have to do this.” “When I was a little girl, I used to make my own surgical exam report cards, so I always knew I would end up somewhere in the veterinary field,” Diana Lehigh said. Lehigh is the veterinary technology residential faculty instructor and clinical coordinator at MCC, and she’s a graduate of the program. A passion for helping animals led these women down a path to the veterinary technology field. “The hands-on was definitely a big reason for coming to PMI,” Kilgore said. “It teaches you a lot, but going on externship was a huge part of the learning experience.”

Diana Lehigh & Kimberly Focht, DVM, with Jasper at MCC

“Having a smaller cohort, 24 students in the MCC program, it’s really more personal between instructors and the students and we definitely get a closer bond,” Lehigh said.

PMI and MCC are two of Arizona’s five veterinary technician programs accredited through the American Veterinary Medical Association. Both schools offer hands-on learning for students, including fieldwork with small animals, large animals, emergency and specialty medicine along with community partnerships. “We really put them in a real-world scenario with our program so that they’re ready on that first day to go out and succeed in the profession,” said Dr. Kimberly Focht, MCC veterinary technology program director. MCC students have the opportunity to take care of animals that live 18

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on campus full time, including rabbits, rats and Nigerian dwarf goats. They also treat dogs and cats the school receives from the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. “You can lecture and lecture all day long, but until you’re actually doing the hands-on technical skills, that’s what helps the students to succeed when they’re actually out in practice,” Lehigh said. “We work through rescues,” said Dr. Julie Lucas, East Valley PMI veterinary technician program director. “They supply all of the dogs and cats for our students to learn their skills.” Julie Lucas, DVM, instructs students

PMI’s East Valley in the East Valley PMI lab classroom campus works with the Central Arizona Animal Rescue and Wistful Whiskers Cat Rescue. “Every student that I interview for the veterinary technician program, I ask them, ‘What is it about Pima Medical that made you want to come here?’ I would say 99 percent of them say for hands-on learning,” Lucas said. The real-life experience is important as students learn how to work with all animals and ultimately decide what area they want to specialize in after earning their associate degree. “I think people go into this thinking, ‘Oh, I don’t like people and I want to work with animals,’ but owners are right there along with it,” Kilgore said. “You have to be a people person and showing that bit of your compassionate side and understanding side to the owners can really change the experience for them.” “Vet techs are the backbone of the clinic, really veterinarians couldn’t do what they do without the veterinary technician,” Focht said. “The veterinarian is there for diagnosing and prescribing and figuring out the medical plan and the vet tech is there to be able to execute that plan. They do a lot of soft skills because they work with the client directly, routinely, and sometimes clients will tell vet techs more than they tell us because they feel more comfortable with them.” If you’re interested in learning more about these two veterinary technician programs, visit:


MAIN STORY Service Dogs Are a Lifeline for Veterans Jennifer Marshall and Cathy Davila Many members of the United States military give their all to ensure our freedoms and we commemorate their selfless patriotism every year on Veterans Day. The sacrifice of these men and women sometimes affects their mental and physical well-being.

Congress, then the Senate, and be signed by the president.

Despite receiving some of the finest care in the world, many veterans lack access to one piece of medical equipment that has been proven to improve their quality of life — service dogs.

Veteran Mitch Garcia and Abby

Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) reports that, “According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] affects more than 250,000 (30 percent) of post 9/11 war veterans, with an alarming 22 suicides per day.”

Nothing serves as greater testament to the importance of service dogs than the veterans who depend on them on a daily basis.

“Before Abby, I was a wreck,” Army veteran Mitch Garcia said. “She gives me confidence and she helps me control situations, allowing me to venture out in public. Abby also picks items up for me, wakes me when I’m having bad dreams and when my heart rate goes too high, she paws at me.” Abby is Garcia’s service dog. He depends on the Belgian Malinois to help him get through each day. Garcia is partially deaf, struggles with a bad back and battles PTSD.

HABRI funds studies that measure the effects of the human and animal interaction, including ones that involve dogs and veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He’s so thankful for Abby and how she’s expanded his HABRI states that, “A soon-to-be-published, HABRI-funded Malinois are known for world that he and his dog trainer friends established U.S. their confidance study on the effects of service dogs on mental health and Service Animals with the mission of helping other veterans Photo Mitch Garcia wellness in military veterans with PTSD indicates that those and civilians obtain service dogs. with a service dog exhibit significantly lower overall PTSD symptom severity, including increased overall psychological well-being.” This U.S. Service Animals both rescues dogs and receives them as donations. includes a better ability to cope with flashbacks and anxiety attacks After a dog passes a temperament test, they enter into a long training and lower frequency of nightmares and less overall sleep disturbance. and matching period where they’re trained, matched and bonded to a The benefits also include lower overall anxiety, depression and anger, specific individual with their disabilities. and higher levels of companionship and social reintegration. “Our goal is to keep the cost down as much as possible,” Garcia said, Currently, federal regulations only allow the VA to recommend service “But if I gave you a dog for free, and I told you to come to my training dogs to veterans with hearing or sight loss, or those who have mobility for a year, how likely are you to attend? You might come a couple times issues. The dogs and training are provided by outside organizations, because you’re excited. often a nonprofit. There is no provision for the VA to recommend service dogs for veterans with PTSD. The HABRI-funded research results are “A service dog is never fully trained; being used to provide proof to lawmakers that dogs can improve the training happens every day with lives of veterans with PTSD and help reduce the suicide rate. new situations and by continually practicing the basic skills,” Garcia The most recent bill, H.R.3103 - continued. “Therefore, I want you PAWS Act of 2019, was introduced to have some skin in the game by in June 2019 to the U.S. Congress. It investing yourself into the process was referred to the House Committee of training and bonding with your on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee service dog.” on Health. If passed, it will provide grants for veteran’s with PTSD to The dog’s needs must be a obtain a dog through a recognized consideration for the veteran. Abby service dog training group, and is a very active dog, so to keep her includes acquisition, training, vet- mind and body engaged Garcia erinary health insurance and on- does dog sports with her, such as going training. scent work and dock diving. Abby makes a difference in Veterans’ lives Photo Mitch Garcia 20

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Garcia’s organization, which is in Mitch and Abby take a break from training practice the process of securing its nonprofit

status, also conducts seminars in schools and with business owners and organizations to educate the public on the importance of service dogs and ADA laws. “When people talk to our dogs, they distract them and break their concentration,” Garcia said. “Our dogs are like medical equipment who can save our lives.” One of Garcia’s greatest frustrations is the number of people who attempt to pose their pets as emotional support animals. “It’s not cool to slap a vest on the family pet and call it a service dog or an emotional support dog,” Garcia said. “True service dogs and true therapy dogs are professionally trained.” Veteran David Fernandez and Ruger “During the mid-1980s, I was a combat engineer in the Air Force’s Red Horse Unit stationed in Central America,” David Fernandez said.

David Fernandez and Ruger Photo Martha Fernandez

While deployed, Fernandez was involved in a helicopter mishap. “In addition to losing my leg, I broke my neck and back and I sustained a head injury,” Fernandez said. “I was hurt pretty bad; in fact, my good leg has undergone 10 surgeries.”

As if he hadn’t already endured enough, Fernandez’s esophagus is paralyzed as a side effect due to carbon tetrachloride exposure. “Back then they didn’t know the dangers,” he said. “We poured the stuff onto rags and used it as a solvent to clean machine parts. We never wore gloves.” Today, he depends on a feeding tube for nourishment since he’s been unable to eat food since 2000. Helping Fernandez get through the tough times is his Czech German Shepherd service dog, Ruger. The two share a special bond and train together at Dog4Vets in Gilbert. In addition to bracing Fernandez when he walks, Ruger also plays an important role in maintaining the health of his feeding tube and his prosthetic leg by jabbing him if he smells infection in either the tube or in the liner of the prosthetic. In talking about the cost associated with acquiring, training and keeping a service dog, Fernandez agrees with Garcia’s comment that people need to have some skin in the game. “I’d like to see a public-private partnership where people are required

to have some type of national license to prove their service dog is trained,” Fernandez said. “When I first got out of the military, I wasn’t able to walk. I was still in a wheelchair. At that point, I went through what was called Chapter 31 Education and Benefits. I had to maintain certain grades, or I was out. “Let’s apply that principle to dogs. They’ll send you and your dog through training, but you have to do the work and prove you’re doing an excellent job,” he continued. “I feel comfortable going anywhere with Ruger,” Fernandez said. “It’s like a military thing — we have each other’s back.” Veteran Joe Nemnich One of the few remaining survivors of the “Greatest Generation,” Joe Nemnich served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and specialized in reconnaissance work to help ensure the safety of our troops in the Pacific Theater. Ninety-year-old Nemnich is not only a military veteran, but he’s also a veteran of the service dog process as he’s owned three service dogs in his life to assist with servicerelated hearing and sight issues, and recent balance challenges. A Patti & Joe Nemnich with new pup self-described “animal whisperer,” he has trained animals all his life, including all three of the dogs he’s owned so far. Nemnich’s last service dog, Star, was an exceptional Labrador Retriever who is greatly missed by him and his family. Nemnich is actively searching for a new dog, and he’s enlisted Garcia to help with the process. Meanwhile, Nemnich is currently enjoying life with his and his wife’s new Maltipoo puppy, who he describes as being a “very smart girl.” We at Phoenix Dog Magazine commend all our military women and men for everything they do and give to our country. We remember those who gave all, and we do what we can to make life easier and happier for those who have given so much of themselves. With that, we encourage our readers to support the call for service dogs for all our veterans who need them. Supporting organizations like HABRI that are on the frontlines of helping veterans secure service dogs is a huge way to be a positive part of the process. Contacting members of Congress is another way to grow the cause for veterans. Consider donating money and time to organizations like Dog4Vets and Garcia’s U.S. Service Animals. Just as our veterans have done so much for us, let’s do everything in our power to make their lives the best they can be every day.

Ruger provides a critical role in Fernandez’s world Photo Martha Fernandez

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TRAINER TIPS The Shelf Life of Training By Donald Gabrick Illustrations Sean Hoy

without practicing and then pick it up again, do you think you will immediately be as good as you were months ago? I would argue that you won’t be and guess what, your instrument will probably need to be tuned up a little as well. It’s time to add a new or another dog to your family. Hopefully, you take the time to evaluate your lifestyle and select a dog that is appropriate for your home. You find that perfect dog to bring home and for the first week or so all is good (we call this the “honeymoon” phase). During this phase you are getting used to your dog’s little quirks and enjoying them. Your new dog is also getting used to the family, other pets and the routine in the house. Then it happens! Suddenly that perfect dog chewed up your pool furniture and dug three holes in your yard and you only left him/her alone in the backyard for 10 minutes. I know this happens because I get similar phone calls all the time from people in need of help. You make the decision to get some training for your dog. You take the time to look for and contact several different trainers to discuss what training you want or need. You invest the time, energy and money in training for you and your dog. Several weeks later (hopefully) you’re done with the training and both you and your dog are happy with the relationship you have developed, and you and your trainer part ways. . Then life happens. Work gets crazy busy, kids have afterschool activities, your significant other thinks you love your dog more than them (which you secretly do), and training slowly gets put off more and more. Guess what happens next … yep, there goes the pool furniture, again. Yes, your dog training has a shelf life for both you and your dog. So, what does that mean? Think of it this way. Let’s say you decide that you want to learn how to play a musical instrument, but you have never played one before. So, you decide what instrument you want to play, find and instructor and take some lessons. You really enjoy it and over time become quite proficient and no longer need to take lessons. In the beginning you needed to practice several times a week, if not daily, to develop the skills necessary to continue on your own. Now that you’re proficient you don’t need to practice daily to maintain your skill level. However, if you put your instrument away for several weeks or months 22

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My point is that dog training is a perishable skill. Once you and your dog have obtained a proficient level of skill and no longer need formal instruction it is up to you to maintain those skills. You no longer have to practice daily if you don’t want to. However, if you stop altogether for a long period of time, you and your dog’s proficiency will slowly deteriorate. You can add bits of training to your daily schedule and make it fun. Add a simple Sit, Stay, Come routine at regular treat time, or a simple Heel drill as you walk between rooms, then reward afterward. If your dog is exercised, but still excited and beginning to bounce off the walls, do a 3- to 5-minute training routine. This engages the dog’s mind and helps him to burn mental energy. You’ll be glad you did. Your dog will be glad you did. So, do yourself and your dog a favor. After you have left formal training, incorporate a little practice into your routine! Happy training, everyone! Don Gabrick can be reached at or 602-206-3067

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TAKE A HIKE! Aspen Loop-Arizona Trail, Flagstaff Story and photos Mare Czinar

For Arizona hikers, the transition from summer sizzle to autumn cool seems to drag on forever. September is an especially trying time for Valley dogs and their people who are weary of hiking at 4 a.m. to avoid blistering pavement and dangerous heat. But, hang in there, fall hiking season is nearly here. Aspen Loop was the first “big hike” for In the meantime, there’s Maddie, a 4-month-old English Labrador a high-country trail that Retriever visiting from Phoenix spans the languid inbetween weeks with finesse. Located below the western slopes of Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks near the Arizona Snowbowl ski area, the Aspen Loop Trail appeals to canines and humans of all ages and skill levels. Its easy access, groomed tread, scenic beauty and customizable length make it a popular late-summer and autumn hiking destination. The short, easy trek winds among thick glens of white-bark aspens, alpine meadows and coniferous woodlands that frame see-forever mountain vistas. Flush with ferns and wildflowers that gradually fade as crispy fall weather and shorter days paint the aspen canopies in vivid hues of lemon and gold, this diverse slice of mountain climes wears its seasons well. Although the Loop is just under 2 miles long, the hike can be extended by continuing on the Arizona Trail Passage 34. For a longer, moderaterated extension, go right (north) at the AZT junction and hike 3 miles to Bismarck Lake, The Aspen Loop Trail connects with a marshy puddle in what state-traversing Arizona Trail was once a volcanic crater. Or, for a shorter, easy traipse, go left (south) and hike 0.8-mile to Aspen Corner, a crowd-favorite, leafy pullout along Snowbowl Road. There are no bad choices here. All options provide paw-friendly paths, scampering wildlife and continually changing environs. We dog-tested this trail with a group of Valley-area canines that included a 4-month-old puppy, several seniors and one with a


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managed medical condition. Without the Valley-standard thorny vegetation, lurking rattlesnakes, heat and rough stuff underfoot, the canine motley crew came through with unscathed wagging tails. This must-do, season-spanning gem is just the ticket for savoring the last blast of summer and the few precious weeks of fall foliage fanfare with your four-footed friends.

(L-R) Louie, Lobo and Kona loved the alpine meadows on Aspen Loop Trail

LENGTH: 2 miles roundtrip for the Loop 7.6 miles roundtrip to Bismarck Lake 3.4 miles roundtrip with Aspen Corner RATING: Easy to moderate ELEVATION: 8,990-9,270 feet 8,800-9,270 feet with Bismarck Lake 8,940-9,270 feet with Aspen Corner GETTING THERE: From Flagstaff, go 7.5 miles north on U.S. 180 to milepost 223, turn right onto Snowbowl Road and continue 7.4 miles to the Humphreys Peak trailhead parking lot on the left. Hike begins on the northwest side of the parking lot. Roads are paved up to the parking lot. There are porta-potties at the trailhead but no water. INFO: Coconino National Forest recarea/?recid=55064


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Five-year-old German Shepherd mix is a gorgeous girl who loves adventures. Walking is her favorite and she’s always eager to learn!


Pinch, poke, you owe this sweet 3-yearold Boxer a Coke! Or just a little chicken snack after a hike around the block will do.


Surrendered back to the AHS for being “too energetic,” 8-month-old Sadie hopes to find a family that is as active and outgoing as she is.

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Dignity and Compassion for Your Trusted Companion It goes without saying that pets can be some of our best friends. They are an integral part of our lives, and it can be difficult to imagine your life without them. Having to cope with end of life decisions for your animal companion can be emotionally trying and often causes uncertainty navigating how to best handle your pet’s end-of-life experience. At All About Restful Pets, we specialize in providing in-home comfort, hospice, and euthanasia services for your pet, allowing you to make the best decisions possible for your pet.

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KITTY KORNER Cats and Superstitions By Barbara Wood

Since October is the time of witches, goblins and of course, black cats. Let’s take a moment to talk a little bit about how black cats around the world became associated with witches and spooky tales.

Japan, having a black cat cross your path is considered good luck but, if you live in the United States or one of several European countries it’s just the opposite.

A story from Scotland tells of a powerful landowner who found his supplies of wine disappearing mysteriously. Determined to catch the thief, he hid himself in his wine cellar. Soon he was inexplicably surrounded by black cats. He lashed out with his sword two or three times, and the cats quickly vanished. Raising his lantern, he found a severed feline leg. In the morning, an elderly woman, known to have kept a black kitty, was discovered bleeding to death, one of her legs hacked off!

CSI breaks down the good news and the bad news about black cats for us. Good luck comes from black cats if: • you have a black cat • a black cat greets you at the door • a black cat enters your home • you meet three black cats in succession • you touch a black cat

In the 15th century, witch hunts were taking place across Europe. Folklore held that witches used the power of their familiars to cast evil spells. Many elderly people led solitary, isolated lives, with only a pet cat for company. If that cat happened to be black, was that not proof that the unfortunate person was a witch or warlock? If some disaster befell a village, and an elderly woman and her cat lived nearby, it was easy to denounce the poor wretch as a witch, and blame the disaster on her. Absurd and biased trials were held, and the accused was inevitably found guilty. Cruel executions were performed, often burning at the stake of both the witches and their feline companions. According to The Skeptical Inquirer journal, published by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), black cats were not always associated with evil. In fact, in Egypt, the cat was worshipped, and to kill one was considered a capital crime. When an Egyptian family’s cat died, the cat was mummified and the family went into mourning. Romans also considered the cat sacred and introduced it into Europe. It wasn’t until the 17th century that black cats began to be considered the stuff of evil. What a black cat means depends on where you live and which myth you believe. Superstitions centering around the black cat are some of the most well-known and popular superstitions today. In

Bad luck comes from black cats if: • you meet a black cat early in the morning • a black cat turns its back on you • you scare or drive away a black cat from • your property • you walk under a ladder after a black cat has • walked under it In a blog by Aimee Beltran, published in Coastal Virginia Magazine, here are some reasons you definitely should adopt a black cat! • • • • • • •

Their fur won’t show on your little black dress. Carrying a black cat around will make you look slimmer. You can tell your friends and family that you adopted a mini-panther. Black cats are stylish because they go with everything.

The fact is that black cats are just like any other cats, but, they are still the last to be adopted because of the associations and myths surrounding them. For that matter, black dogs are the last to be adopted too, even though they aren’t the stuff of scary myth. Today, black cats -- and all cats -- have become indispensable guardians and valuable members of the family. They need loving homes, and as many warm sunbeams and pettings as you can provide. Our local rescues have a good selection of cats, black and other colors too!

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we cat-er to feline friends, and help those with a penchant for purrfect bliss find new loved ones. Together with our partner rescue Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, we showcase cats in a cat-friendly café-like space, where you can come hang out with the cats and maybe you’ll find a love connection. Visit La Gattara Cat Lounge & Boutique in Tempe, 1301 E. University Suite 136. (602) 510-8121 or 28

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2.5 Yr. Female I’m no teenage witch, but will cast a spell on your heart. I’m a sweet girl looking for a loving family to call my purr-ever home.

SATIVA 6 Yr. Female My friends call me Savvy. With huge eyes and soft fur, I’m sweet and love to be pet on my little chin.

MARK 2 Yr. Male A nice quiet family will help me come out of my shell. If you just give me a chance, I can be the best cat ever.

LEMONADE 1.5 Yr. Female

Hi folks, I like being the only pet, but don’t mind sharing my back rubs with another mellow cat in the household.

CHUCKY1 Yr. Male

I’m a smart, handsome little guy, with a lot of spunk. I’m well behaved and litter box trained. Let’s be friends.


3 Yr. Female My heart is made of gold. I love people, other cats and a good treat. I look forward to meeting my new family.



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HORSIN’ AROUND Arizona Pony of the Americas Club: For the Kids—Adults too! By Bridget Grobosky Photos AZ POA Club

For a family-friendly introduction to the horse show world, consider the Pony of the Americas (POA) a versatile pony breed that has been bred with children in mind for its smaller stature and calm demeanor. The POA is a relatively young breed, started in 1954 by Les Boomhower, a Shetland pony breeder from Iowa. The first POA was bred from an ArabianAppaloosa cross and a Shetland pony. Today, the breed has over 50,000 registries and holds horse shows all over the country. “Our biggest thing is they’re ponies, but a lot of them are half horses - half Appaloosa, Youth rider Grace aged out of the club last year. Shown half Quarter Horse - so they’re short and here with a leased pony, safe, but they move like a big horse,” said Chip! Everyone loves Chip Samantha Walker, vice president of the Arizona Pony of the Americas Club and owner of Samantha Walker Performance Horses. Originally, the POA had to be within 44 to 52 inches tall. Today that measure has increased to 56 inches. The POA has Appaloosa color characteristics, which include blanket patterns, leopard spots and mottled skin. With a smaller overall size, the POA is a great breed for younger a child or a beginner rider. “We’re all about starting them young and starting them safe,” Walker said. “So, I’ll start kids off at 2 or 3 years old, putzing them around on a little pony. We also have our adult program with non-pro classes at the shows.”

POA Club kids watching a class at P & M Arena in Apache Junction

have a little bit of experience in everything.” POA horse shows are meant to be a fun experience all the way around with the addition of ice cream socials, stall decorating contests and family get-togethers. As Walker explained, “We’re trying to keep things friendly with everybody and that moves over to the horses, too.” This friendly atmosphere originated with Arizona’s association founder, Diana Peaton. “She started our little offshoot out here, and she’s been very successful at keeping everything going because she’s very laidback. She keeps everything friendly,” Walker said. To get involved with the POA breed in Arizona, Walker recommends checking out the Arizona club’s website, or coming to one of the shows throughout the year to get connected with a POA trainer. “I don’t know if parents realize how doable it is,” Walker said. “You’ve got to be able to drive the kids to the horses, then we take it from there. Kids can start early in a safe environment.” Local Arizona POA shows are open shows where any breed can enter. Walker said the entry fees are affordable, around $5 per class. The National POA organization also permits leasing, so owning a pony is not a requirement to show. Competitors have an opportunity to compete on a larger stage with the annual National POA Congress in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well.

POA shows offer classes ranging from English to western to the gymkhana events. Riders will show their horses in a full slate of classes all day, changing tack and show clothes from class to class. There’s even a Lined up for the judge at a lead line class at Chaparosa Ranch versatility class where riders compete in ranch riding, barrel racing, English pleasure and western pleasure all As Walker explained, children are able to do multiple classes all on the in the same class. Friends and family members wheelbarrow in saddles same horse. “Sometimes with the bigger breeds it’s hard to do multiple and clothes and the kids switch everything without leaving the arena. classes, and if you do show in multiple, the price itself can just be crazy,” she said. “POA’s are all around friendly in all different areas.” “We try to push the kids to try everything and then that way when they get older, after 18, then they can go do Paints or Quarter Horses, or For more information about the Arizona POA Club, show dates and how something else, where things are a little more expensive,” Walker said. to get involved, visit: “That way they already kind of know what they want to do and they


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RESCUE NEWS Saving Paws Rescue By Callie Monte

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German Shepherds are the second most popular breed of dog, right behind Labrador Retrievers, according to the American Kennel Club. Their intelligence and loyalty put them in high demand with law enforcement and they make a great family pet. Despite their popularity, a lot of German Shepherds are abandoned or surrendered to shelters in part because many people are not prepared for living with an active and smart working dog.

of the German Shepherds SPR rescues, Sparky had medical problems that had been ignored. Before the founding of SPR, a dog like Sparky might have been left to suffer in pain or be euthanized.

Trisha Houlihan, a volunteer with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC), noticed an abundance of German Shepherds left to languish at the shelter or be put on the list for euthanasia.

Sparky’s foster mom, Bonnie, and many SPR volunteers hosted a fundraiser to raise money for Sparky at the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek. It was a BBQ dinner SPR cares for many medical cases where raffle tickets were sold and it was a resounding success, raising more than $7,000 to get Sparky back on the road to recovery, and it has become a yearly event.

“I wanted to save these animals so I started looking at rescues that might be able to save them, but found there were very few rescues in Maricopa County dedicated to German Shepherds,” Houlihan said. “Once I realized the need for a breed-specific rescue, I started Saving Paws Rescue (SPR) in 2012.”

Besides raising money to care for the German Shepherds, more space is always needed to house them. “We would be thrilled if every dog had a home and our facility was no longer necessary, but every year there seems to be more and more German Shepherds and Malinois that are abandoned, neglected or abused that need the safety of SPR,” Houlihan stated.

Since founding the nonprofit, SPR has grown exponentially, rescuing more than 200 dogs per year. While finding space and money for that many dogs has been challenging, SPR doesn’t like to turn any German Shepherd away. In one instance, the group rescued 26 dogs from a “backyard breeding” situation and managed to get all of them the care they deserved.

The dream of Houlihan and all the SPR volunteers is to have a rescue ranch that would enable them to house a large number of dogs, mother dogs and their litters of puppies, seniors, supplies, rehabilitation equipment and even a space for a memorial dog park.

Henry was in SPR’s Love for Life program. Shown with foster mom Amanda Photo Crystal Maldonado

“SPR operates at or over capacity nearly every day and the demand will always exceed our ability to help,” Houlihan said. “Backyard breeders and irresponsible owners have created an environment of so many unhealthy puppies being born and sold in our community. “The surgeries can run into the thousands of dollars, but more importantly it is the quality of the life of the dog that simply wants to run and be healthy, happy and pain free,” Houlihan continued.

2019 has brought multiple litters to SPR

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It was just wishful thinking until Monroe and Peggy Wingate, who had adopted their German Shepherd Lexi from SPR, approached Houlihan about finding a way to give back to the rescue. “Their generous donation given to SPR was enough money to buy land in Desert Hills and start on a new facility to make our dream come true,” Houlihan said.

Jerri showing her perfect head tilt Photo Michelle Forester

Now with the land secured and permits pending, SPR is close to making the ranch for the German Shepherds a reality. A portion of the money raised at this year’s Sparky’s Rally for the Rescue, Nov. 9, at the Buffalo Chip Saloon, will be put toward breaking ground on the ranch. You can find out all the event details and purchase tickets by visiting

RESCUE NEWS Helping Heelers: Local Rescue Saves Cattle Dogs By Brandy Aguilar Photos Heeling Heelers Hearts “I moved to Utah and lived with my step grandparents and they lived on a ranch and had horses, cattle, chickens, goats, sheep,” Tonya Hance said. “You name it, they had it and that’s how I learned to ride horses.”

surrender and she is about 10 months old and she bounces off the wall,” Hance said.

Riding horses was one of Hance’s favorite things to do growing up, but she also came to adore another animal in her life, a Heeler or what is officially known as an Australian Cattle Dog. “Their names were Trailer and Truck, and Truck was my buddy,” Hance said. “No one could get near me.”

“I have the potential adopters come to my house or go to the foster, and sometimes I will go to the foster also if they’re not familiar with how I do adoptions,” Hance said. “I will go there and show them a couple of times and then just let them do it themselves.”

Hance said that cattle dogs are known to be very protective, loyal and energetic. “They need some kind of consistency, just like a child,” Hance said. “You give a child consistency, rules and boundaries, well, cattle dogs are exactly the same.” Hance had been fostering cattle dogs in the Valley for years until starting her own nonprofit rescue -- Heeling Heelers Hearts. She not only rescues cattle dogs, but cattle dog mixes and Catahoulas. “I have taken some from rescues and some owner surrenders,” Hance said. “I take a lot of dogs from New Mexico.” Hance takes in the cattle dogs, along with her foster families. They do everything from helping with their medical needs, to taking the dogs to training classes and, most importantly, loving them until they find their forever home. “I have some that are couch potatoes that could care less if they kick the ball or Frisbee or go swimming or whatever and they just want to be next to you, versus I have one that was an owner

While every cattle dog may have different characteristics, it’s important for Hance to place them in the right home when getting the dogs adopted.

Hance makes it a point to involve her foster families in this process. “I tell my fosters if you feel a red flag or if you don’t think it’s going to be a good fit, you can tell me and I will tell them.” Since starting the Heeling Heelers Hearts Dog Rescue in 2015, Hance has adopted out close to 500 cattle dogs. While she and her volunteers work hard to find the dogs the right home, that time spent can also mean a pile of medical bills. “We have got some donations, but not enough to even cover half of what these vet bills have been,” Hance said. Hance and her volunteers have covered thousands of dollars in the past to give the cattle dogs a second chance at life, but sometimes, help is needed from the community. “Just to be more alert on rescues,” Hance said. “Stop in and help if able to, volunteer, foster, monetary, anything because sharing is caring.” Heeling Heelers Hearts Dog Rescue has an adoption event coming up on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Fry’s Food Store located at 1311 E. Bell Road. Stop by and check out the Heelers or visit the rescue’s website at www.


SPORTS Bikejoring and Canicross in Arizona: Mushing Is Back in the Copper State, but Who Says You Need a Sled? Story and photos by Brad Kassing It’s difficult to believe now, but Arizona once attracted dog sled racers from across North America to compete against our state’s many reputed teams. Sunrise Ski Resort still supports a sled race each year, but nobody expects to see huge sled teams with 16 dogs careening through the ponderosa by day and a forest filled by the howl of hundreds of dogs from mushers’ camps by night. Anyone with nostalgia for endurance runs worthy of Balto or large Siberian Husky teams will have to go to a colder climate.

Sarah Kassing and her race partner are ready for their Canicross race

This reduction in snowfall is not unique to the Southwest; sled racers have been adapting for a long time worldwide. The most prevalent comments to be overheard

extremely well and this ability only gets stronger as a team train together. Accidents involving injury are not impossible, but they are rare and no more of a risk than mushing or mountain biking may otherwise be. Bikejoring is surprisingly easy to try for anyone with an athletic dog. For the bicycle, there are many DIY videos showing how to assemble a bike mount with items found around the house to keep the line clear of the front tire, and some full-size walking harnesses or backpacks may fit well enough as an experiment. The critical item to purchase is a bungee line, but any sporting goods store that sells rock climbing equipment would usually sell 8 feet of elastic line for less than $10. Canicross is the same concept, but with a human runner and dog. Again, the connection between runner and dog gets better with practice and uses much of the same equipment.

Curious owners should take things very slowly. While some dogs gladly jump in front of the runner or bike and charge ahead on day one, most will be nervous at a sled race are often, “These and may need some slow aren’t sled dogs, they aren’t even introductions to the equipment Huskies!” But when a team flies and concept. Some dogs will past, topping out at more than simply never have an interest 30 mph, it suddenly dawns that in pulling and should never be sled racing isn’t dying; it’s getting forced. Be aware that snubfaster and more exciting as a nosed or bully-type breeds such warmer weather sprint race. as Pit Bulls, Pugs, and Chows should probably avoid intense While most modern sled dogs can aerobic activity. These dogs are trace their lineage back to Inuit Brad Kassing with a modern sled pack more prone to heat-related illness or Nordic breeds, they are more likely to be mistaken for a Greyhound or Pointer than a Malamute. and injury even at moderate temperatures. However, a surprising Unexpected breeds are now competing and excelling in these sports number of dogs from a variety of breeds can excel in these sports. since endurance is no longer the only focus. These dogs still need far more time to train than the ever-shortening winter allows. Fortunately, mountain bikes have evolved just as much as sled dogs have in recent decades. Modern bikes have sturdy carbon fiber frames, plush and stable suspension, and the hydraulic brakes needed to reign in an enthusiastic dog. In fact, this training strategy has now evolved into its own sport known as bikejoring, with over a hundred races held internationally each year, several dozen in the United States.

Brad Kassing is an active Canicross participant. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Prescott and both compete with team USA Canicrossers! Both have qualified for the 2019 Dryland World Championships put on by the United States Federation of Sleddog Sports – USFSS.

Initially the notion sounds absurd. Attaching a sled dog to a bicycle by elastic bungee might invoke visions of horrific crashes or injuries. But dogs and humans can read and anticipate each other’s actions

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HEALTH Dogs Can Get Valley Fever Too! By Dr. Julie Mayer, DVM

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While Valley Fever can affect humans, did you know it’s something that can be present in our furry friends? Dr. Julie Mayer, DVM, gives Phoenix Dog Magazine viewers an indepth look into this disease and how to recognize the symptoms and get your dogs back on a healthy track.

Valley Fever is caused by Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasi. The spores are especially fond of warm soils. That is why it is so prevalent in Arizona, California, and Mexico. A heavy rain will bring the spores to the surface and a good wind (i.e., a dust storm) will disperse it everywhere. These fungi are thermally dimorphic. This means that in the soil they grow as a mycelium (mushroom), and then produce spores. The spores get inhaled or ingested by animals including humans; then at the host’s body temperatures, morphs into a yeast. Now the organism is ready to spread to all parts of the body. Valley Fever symptoms depend on which organ system(s) become infected. The major areas in which it accumulates are the lungs, bones, brain, eyes, and the skin. Lung infections may or may not cause any symptoms and may never be diagnosed at all. Here is a list of the more common symptoms in dogs no matter what the species of fungus is:

• Lameness • Cough • Difficulty breathing • Exercise intolerance • Fatigue/lethargy • General discomfort, uneasiness, or malaise • Fever • Joint pain • Muscle pain

If you see any of these symptoms in your dog or outdoor cat, then get to the vet right away. Your veterinarian can run some diagnostic tests such as blood work and fungal titers, urinalysis (to evaluate the kidneys and metabolism), X-rays (chest +/or abdomen), ultrasound (abdomen +/or chest), and skin wound biopsy. Titers are a measurement of the antibody (fighting cells in the immune system) levels for a particular organism. The infection is usually confirmed with high titers, abnormalities on X-rays, and clinical signs consistent with fungal infection. Occasionally a false negative titer may confuse the diagnosis. Treatment goals are: 1. Boost the immune system 2. Antifungal medications/nutraceuticals 3. Anti-inflammatory medications/nutraceuticals When the diagnosis is confirmed or highly suspected, antifungals will be prescribed. The three medications primarily prescribed are Fluconazole, Ketoconazole, and Itraconazole. Rechecking the titer levels after taking the medication for several weeks will help the veterinarian monitor the infection. They will also examine the blood work to check the liver and kidneys to make sure they are not affected by the meds. It may take a few months to get the infection under control and sometimes the pets have to stay on medicines for the rest of their lives. These medications are fungistatic (vs. fungicidal which kills the organism directly) and do not actually kill the organism. They decrease the rate of growth of the organism to allow the body’s immune system to attack and kill the invaders. The antifungals available can have harmful side effects like decreased appetite, nausea, liver and/or kidney toxicity and damage so pet owners must be aware of these other complications.

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Since the antifungals do not kill the yeast cells directly, a strong immune system is key. Your holistic veterinarian can prescribe herbal and homeopathic immune stimulants and supplement the diet with foods and nutrients that support the immune cells. They will also be able to prescribe natural anti- inflammatories to help decrease the inflammation (and thus pain) associated with the infection.

This would help eradicate the organism. The University of Arizona has research underway on a new medication that inhibits chitin formation. They are formulating and testing the vaccine for efficacy, but it still may take take five to ten years before it is readily available to people and pets. So, hopefully in the future there will be something more effective and with fewer side effects.

Because of the harmful side effects of the antifungal medication and not to mention the expense, supplementing (or in some cases replacing) the medication with natural antifungals should be prescribed as well. When used synergistically there may be a greater chance to lower the prescription antifungal medication dose. The most popular natural antifungal ingredients are: Coconut Oil (Caprylic acid), Olive Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Pau D’arco, Oil of Oregano, Garlic, and Colloidal Silver (denatures enzymes involved in getting oxygen into the yeast cells). Your holistic veterinarian can help you with dosing.

So, we can theorize that if the infected victim eats more of these foods then the chitinase may attack the fungal cell wall and destroy the cell.

Another antifungal approach is to kill the organism by destroying its cell wall. The fungus has a cell wall that is made of chitin similar to insects and some worms. There are certain common foods and nutraceuticals that have chitinase, an enzyme that “chews� up the chitin, in them that may help break up the cell wall of the fungus and actually kill the cell.

Dr. Julie Mayer, DVM, specializes in canine physical rehabilitation, located in central Phoenix. 480-826-7867

Below are foods that contain chitinase: Bananas, plantain, kiwi, papaya, peach, apricot, pineapples, passion fruit, potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, soybean seeds, watermelon, celery, spinach, broccoli, apples, squash family, pumpkin, legumes, beans, mint, cinnamon, mango.

Other complementary treatments that I may prescribe in addition to the above are acupuncture for pain and to boost the immune system, low level laser, and a grain free diet. If your pet is infected with one of these species, seek out a holistic veterinarian who is familiar with these fungal infections so they can help you with natural remedies in addition to (or sometimes instead of) modern medications.

This article originally ran in the 2016 Phoenix Dog Magazine July/ August edition.


but in other cases a lengthy and costly treatment plan is necessary. When presenting these plans, discussion can be emotional if it is not affordable, especially because this new pet was “free.” We often have appointments for new pet wellness exams, and learn the pet was a “free” addition to the family. Whether acquired from free adoption at the county, through a friend or family member, or even found as a stray, these animals can have hidden medical problems that need treatment. Some of the most common ailments we see in these cases include gastrointestinal parasites, skin infections, allergies, and respiratory diseases. In some occasions, treatment of these problems can be fast and inexpensive,

In the best-case scenario, the new addition is a perfectly healthy animal - that still needs adequate preventative care. This entails vaccines, parasite testing, wellness appointments, and sterilization. Over their lifetime, they will likely become sick and require medical intervention. Adding a new furry, scaly, or feathered member to the family is an exciting and joyful experience. However, bring prepared for the medical costs these pets come with is of utmost importance. Our goal is to keep you and all your pets healthy and happy!

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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

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE Beauregard Story and photos Cathy Davila

Big, red Beau came right over, sat on my feet, and looked up at me licking the air, he was home. His rescuers and I chatted about shots and what they knew of his history, including that he loved children. After our goodbyes, when I opened the truck door he sailed onto the back seat. He and my Boxer-Rottie, Roxie, accepted each other at first sniff, they looked like a matched pair. Chance, my 40-pound foster, was known for rude dog-to-dog behavior, yet he sniffed Beau a bit and moved on. Jackie the horse and Norman the burro came to meet Beau, and developed a relationship I’d never seen before. They napped together, shared their food (most of the time), and the equine accepted Beau in ways they do not accept other dogs. Beau loved the truck

This 90-pound red pup knew how to use his weight, which must have served him well in his prior life, living outside and guarding a condemned home. His confidence showed and he was comfortable in most places and on any surface. He loved to jump onto and into Toy tester Beau with a Denta Pup anything! He could chew through a rope or strap in seconds, break through chain-link fencing and strongly believed that if there was food available anywhere within reach, he should eat it. He quickly accepted living with our pack. The only bad habit he never fully gave up was counter surfing, though he did learn to do it only when the humans were well away from the kitchen. One of the most striking things about Beau was his “huggability.” He was very Eating with the horses affectionate and shared hugs every chance he could. Beau sensed distress in people, to a striking degree. One spring afternoon, we took a quick walk around the parking lot after a post office stop. Two cars pulled up next to ours and the parents did the after-school shuffle with their toddler and school-age child. Beau had just loaded in my car when the toddler, now in the car next to us, began to cry and scream quite loudly. 42

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Beau became anxious and had to get out of the car so I let him out, leashed of course, and he made a beeline for the toddler’s open door, then sat down. Her father looked at us and said, “My daughter loves dogs.” I replied, “My dog loves kids.” Dad got his girl out, and she and Beau shared a wonderful hug for a minute or so. The crying stopped, then she willingly got back in their car and waved goodbye to Beau. Beau seemed content and hopped back in our car. He was a natural fit for this dog family. He loved to go anywhere and made people smile. He served as a back-up cover dog shortly after he joined us and ended up with the job! He tested dog toys, got to do two TV appearances Beau and Roxie playing and even got to help training games in the trailer. the Don’t Leave project as its 2019 Summer Campaign dog, which included the Harkins Theatres public service campaign! His large head was easily visible sitting in a car and showed well on the big screen. A year had gone by, Beau was now 2 1/2. He fit right in to the hiking and camping routine, and he was ready to begin therapy dog training. The plan was for him to work with children. Then, he got sick. Tests showed the large mass in his chest was T-cell lymphoma. He was so young and strong, surely, he could beat the odds and make it through this. Luckily dogs are typically spared the chemotherapy side effects humans often experience. Beau stayed strong and energetic throughout most of it. Three months was the midpoint of the treatment regimen. Suddenly, Beau’s body took a bad turn. He passed in four days, on his own terms, at Cathy and Beauregard Photo Mare Czinar home, still strong and proud. With my arms wrapped around his large chest and shoulders, and face pressed against his, he slipped away peacefully. Beau touched my heart as the most special dogs do to us humans, and cemented his place there by passing 10 years to the day that my husband had passed away. I do believe in angels.

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Fall Festival-Local First

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All About Restful Pets

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Farm Bureau Financial Services

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AllState Insurance

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Fusion K9 Solutions

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American Service Animal Society pg 25

Happy Pets Palace and Playground

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Healthy Paw Market

Medmetrics Compounding Pharmacy

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Midwestern University

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Mutts on a Mission

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Natural Paws

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HeartStrings Pet Resort

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Natures Way Botanicals

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Heavenly Gates

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Hoylarious Studios

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Paw Tree-Bret Hjerpe

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Ingelside Animal Hospital

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Pottio Box

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Integrative Medicine

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Realtor for the Rescue-Barb

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Spirit Pools AZ

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Sun Devil Auto

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Tito’s Handmade Vodka

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Zona’s Essential Oils

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Ann Hoff Animal Communicator

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Arizona Animal Welfare League

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Arizona Humane Society

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Barrett Financial Group

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Chandler Woofstock

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Cave Creek Olive Oil

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Canine Colostrum

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Chucks Auto

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Ironspoon Ranch Training Center


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La Gattara Cat Café

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Day of the Dog

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Life Boat Coffee

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Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue

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Eyeshine Veterinary

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Maricopa County Animal Care and Control

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