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Rita Caruso | Editor-in-Chief Rita, a mortgage loan consultant for Guild Mortgage, has been in the mortgage industry for over 30 years. She served two terms as President of the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce. With a deep love for journalism and an avid reader, she brings a love to her role as Editor-in-Chief. She's also an avid runner, hiker, cycler and caterer, who loves to spend time with her husband, celebrating 20 years together. Reach her at RCaruso@GuildMortgage.net.

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Charleen is a mom, comedienne, freelance writer, humor columnist, speaker, wedding planner and now graduate student at San Jose State University. She’s studying Mass Communications/Journalism and hopes to one day teach at the community college level. Known as “Charlie” to most, she’s also founder and publisher of Delta Living Magazine. Reach her at charleenbearley@gmail.com.

Conrad is a graphic and web designer, who spent much time in his youth drawing and creating, with his earliest memories of working on a computer as a kindergartner. He studied graphic and web design at Modesto Junior College and the Institute of Technology of Modesto. With over 10 years experience in graphic design and six years as a freelancer, Borba stays abreast industry standards in order to provide his clients with fresh and new ideas. Reach him at conradborba@gmail.com.

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ayor Bob Taylor and his overstuffed dog named Rufus, proudly led the dog parade at the free annual Bark in the Park event held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. It’s an event he started four years ago, and it’s been met with adorable success year after year. “We had a beautiful new park downtown and he wanted us to make people aware that it was there and available. He also suggested we have a dog parade,” said JoAnn Klement, one of the event organizers and chair of Brentwood Neighborhood Committee (BNC). With 27 vendors and sponsors, free raffle prizes, 59 dogs in the parade, country music, a K9 unit demonstration and salutes from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 10789, JoAnn sees the annual event as ongoing. “We don’t anticipate it ending any time soon. It is too much fun!” said JoAnn, of Brentwood. “We also had dog owners who had their dogs with them in the park just to check out the fun. Hopefully next year they will participate.” For the parade portion, costumes are optional. “We love having the dogs in costume, but costumes are optional, so please don’t let a lack of costume or a dog who doesn’t like to wear one, keep you from participating in the parade next year,” said JoAnn. JoAnn estimated over 350 people attended this year. Four dog adoptions took place too. “That is a record for us. In the past we www.deltalivingmagazine.com

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have had one adoption at BARK and we were thrilled with that,” she said. “We love organizing BARK and getting to meet other local dog owners and their dogs,” added JoAnn. “We are getting so many new dogs and different breeds every year. Of course the dogs in costumes are so much fun.” Costumes included pink ballerina tutus, jail black and white stripes, even spray-painted pink and lime green hair - safe pet paint, of course. The event is free each year, compliments of all involved. Most vendors donated free raffle gifts, even the San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors. “The Brentwood Neighborhood Committee, with the assistance of the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Department and our sponsors absorb all the costs for BARK,” said JoAnn. “We want it to be a free event for ev-

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eryone, vendors and participants alike.” “We do have donations too. Greg Robinson, publisher of The Brentwood Press, donates advertising space every year and a reporter is assigned to do an article for the paper,” she added. “They include pictures they get from our Facebook page.” Police Chief Mark Evensen and other members of Brentwood’s police department and their dogs assisted Mayor Taylor with leading the parade. Excitement mounted when K9 officers Shipilov and Rezendes (and his dog Marco) acquainted residents with their Shepherd after the parade. “They also did a short aggression demonstration,” said JoAnn. The VFW Post 10789 and the Marine Corps. League 1155 provided Colorguard and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. “BNC member Johnny Staton sang the Na-

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roviding protection for our pets in hot weather is critical. Pets, like people, are susceptible to the effects of extreme heat. This resource outlines the effects of hot weather on dogs, cats and rabbits. Pets in hot weather: Dogs One of the most life-threatening mistakes people can make is to leave a dog in a vehicle in hot weather. Dogs can’t perspire, as humans do, to cool themselves off via evaporation, so they have to pant to cool themselves. If the air that they are taking in is too hot (as it is in a parked car in hot weather), then panting has little cooling effect and the dog quickly overheats. Many people think their dog will be OK if they leave the windows open, but even with the windows wide open, the car can quickly become hot enough to cause heatstroke, brain damage, and even death. Your pet may pay dearly for even a few minutes spent in a sweltering car. And you should never let your dog ride in an open pickup truck, but it’s especially dangerous in hot

weather, since truck beds are often dark colors, which get very hot. Please leave your pets at home during hot weather.

Pets in hot weather A little empathy goes a long way in protecting our pets from extreme weather. If it’s too hot for us to stay comfortable in the car, in the yard or on a walk, it’s even hotter for our furry friends.

Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting that does not resolve as the pet rests, increasing distress, a tongue color that is dark red to almost purple, weakness or collapse, hyper-salivation, vomiting and labored breathing. If you suspect a dog or cat is suffering from heat stroke, move him to a cooler environment immediately and apply cool water to the abdomen, ears and foot pads. Don’t pour ice water over the whole animal, submerge him in a tub of cold water or cover him in a cold, wet blanket. Once he is stable, get him to a vet as quickly as possible, even if he seems to be cooling down and his temperature seems normal. Things may be happening on the inside that are not obvious from the outside. If you walk your dog on lead, keep in mind that asphalt can get very hot during the summer. In fact, it can get hot Cats, of course, also need plenty of cool enough to burn a dog’s pads, water during hot weather. White cats can causing him pain for days. You become sunburned if they lay in the sun too might want to do only short long. Even if they’re indoor cats, they can walks early in the morning or get sunburned through a sunny window. later in the evening, when www.deltalivingmagazine.com

the temperatures are lower. Before taking your dog for a walk, check the ground for hotness with one of your

be tipped over by dogs trying to make a cool spot to lie down. If necessary, buy a tip-proof water bowl. Also, make sure he has a shady place where he can get relief from the sun. Kiddie pools are a nice way to give dogs their own clean puddle in which to play. Grooming all dogs, even dogs with short coats, helps to keep them comfortable as the seasons change. A natural coat that has been groomed offers protection from sunburn and acts as cooling insulation.

own hands or bare feet. If you can’t keep your hand (or foot) on the ground for more than three seconds, it’s probably too hot to walk your furry friend. Dogs who are older or overweight, have a thick coat or have a pushedin nose (such as bulldogs, Rabbits can also be adversely affected by Boston terriers and pugs) extremes of temperature. To control the are especially at risk of temperature of their environment and to overheating. On walks, keep them safe from predators, rabbits bring water for both you should be kept inside. The temperature and your pet, or a collaps- inside their houses should not drop below ible bowl if there’s a water 60 or go above 75 degrees. Heat stroke can occur in a rabbit at 80 degrees. source on your route. Providing water for your dog is always important, but it’s Shaving your dog’s coat will take away especially critical during hot weather. If your that protection. If you give your dog dog is inside during the day, make sure you a close cut for summer, she may need supply fresh, cool water that remains in a protection from the sun, so consult a shaded spot throughout the day, since sun veterinarian about whether your pet coming through a window can heat a bowl needs a pet-approved sunscreen on of water. Most dogs won’t drink hot water exposed areas. Dogs with bald patches no matter how thirsty they are. or minimal coats may need sunscreen, If your dog stays outside during the day, as well as Nordic breeds of dogs, who make sure his water bowl isn’t in a place are prone to auto-immune-related sun where he will tip it over. Water bowls can diseases. September – November 2016

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I’ve had Mr. Morris for about four years now, but have no idea of his age. He appeared in the horse barn one day looking a bit out of place - obviously a domestic and not a feral even though he was not neutered at the time. The feral cats we had around the farm are skittish and slim in build. This guy would just sit there like a big booby who wanted to be fed and petted - not hand shy at all. He was my horse’s buddy. He stayed as an outside cat for about six months when one day he disappeared. About two days later I found him terribly slashed up with big gashes on his leg and underside. I later learned we had a bobcat in the area that was killing all the small outside animals, but Mr. Morris managed to escape. I took him inside and confined him while he healed. Now he is a protected house kitty and seems to be quite fine with it. He had to get used to my dogs and other house cats, but it didn’t take too long and now he hugs the food bowl working on the plumpness of his figure. - Eloine Chapman

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Koshka was a feral bottle baby cat that Judy Pence and her daughter raised.

Mr. Morris, giving his high-five owned by Eloine Chapman.

Jody Hanson rescued Silver from under a dumpster when he was a few weeks old. Here he captured a moment on the best day of her life, her wedding day, August 11, 2012.

I know our readers have some great cats out there and I figured they had some photos capturing their best moments so I posted on Facebook a “Cat Cover Contest.” Here’s what we received! It was difficult choosing a winner, because there were so many wonderful entries. Our winning shot, Minky, showcased obviously on our cover, I believe, should be our Purrfect Pets Magazine mascot, since she’s wearing her own camera! However, she already has a job title, she’s office manager at Discovery Bay Studios Wedding Photography, owned by Stacey and Kelly Chance. Stacey - please let Minky know she has a job anytime at Purrfect Pets Magazine! www.deltalivingmagazine.com

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Notorious F.I.G or Figgy is short for Figueroa Iggie Gaga, owned by Joey Delano

Buster is a brat but adorable, as described by his owner John Shea who rescued the little dude from raccoons a few years back.

The Fraga family cat, Oreo is talkative, fluffy and a good kitty, according to Karen Fraga.

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Top 10 dog breeds that don’t shed By Wendy Diamond

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re you tired of cleaning up mounds of fur off your couch, floor, pillows, clothes and basically everything? Are you allergic to dander, but still want a dog to call your own? Your seasonal allergies are starting to creep up on you and the last thing you need is a dog that will add to those watery eyes, sneezes and sniffles. All hope is not lost. There are “hypoallergenic” dog breeds available for adoption. No dog is 100% hypoallergenic, but there are breeds that shed very little fur. From all different sizes and coats, here are our top choices for the breeds with almost nondetectible fur shed.

7. Poodle

Coming in a variety of sizes and colors, this breed is a wonderful choice for people suffering from dander allergies. With a Poodle, your nostrils and eyes will be clear and free. Who wouldn’t want that?

6. Portuguese Water Dog What’s interesting about breed is that not only are lergenic, but they’re also

this beautiful they hypoalwaterproof!

4. Border Terrier

These pups are affectionate and highly trainable. Their coats are short, harsh and dense and may need raking weekly with a stripping knife. They require vigorous exercise, which is great for you or the kids (if you have them)!

These dogs do not shed as much as normal canines do, but they do actually require the dead or loose hair to be picked from their bodies twice per year. This is called stripping the coat. This isn’t much maintenance for a lifetime of unconditional love and companionship, especially since this breed is extremely affectionate.

Gentle, loving and hypoallergenic: this is the perfect combination for a potential dog owner with allergies. They’re small, but pack a punch when strangers are around! Depending how long you want to keep their silky coats, they do require daily brushing to prevent tangling their fur.

2. Shih Tzu

These lion looking pups can be the perfect companion because they easily adapt to people as well as their environment. Their coats shed very minimally, so no cleaning or sneezing! The do not require affection in excess, so if this seems like the breed for you, adopt!

9. Bichon Frise

This dog comes equipped with a curly double coat. Their active, playful disposition is perfect for any person. This pup is most definitely compatible with allergy sufferers because their shedding is almost nonexistent, so if this hound holds your heart, it is time to adopt.

1. Italian Greyhound

This slender and graceful breed only requires weekly brushing to keep the fine coat, short and glossy. Their shedding is almost non-existent, and are best suited for adults or families with older children. They are fragile, which isn’t ideal for smaller kids.

8. Dachshund

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This breed has light shedding, and also makes a great companion for travel and living. They don’t mind smaller spaces due to their size. Their talkative nature will keep you entertained for hours. Depending on how long you keep their coats, they require daily brushing to prevent mats.

3. Standard Schnauzer

10. Maltese

Also nicknamed “the wiener dog” for their long bodies and short legs, their light shedding causes for a stress-free living environment. Little to no clean up is in order for this breed. They’re small stature also allows them the comfortability to live in smaller spaces, like an apartment!

5. Yorkshire Terrier

Bath time must be rough (ruff). With regular grooming and a very active lifestyle, this pooch with thrive with his owner. Plus, President Obama is a proud pet parent to this gorgeous breed!

Hours of picking fur off your pants and blankets are over! That stuffy nose and those runny eyes are no longer! These dogs are perfect, so which one will you be adopting? September – November 2016

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