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May 27, 2009

Eagle Newspapers’ new contest

Send in video clips of your pet Share your funny, cute pet videos and enter to win Does your pet have a funny habit? A quirky trait? Do you have a funny or cute video of your favorite animal? We want to see it! Eagle Newspapers is asking for entries in our “Best Pet Clip” contest, with the winner receiving a prize worth $50.

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Simply upload your video file to a free site such as Youtube, then email the link to pets@cnylink.com. It’s easy to upload your clips – feel free to enter as many times as you’d like. We will post your video on cnylink.com so readers can marvel at your pet’s funny, cute antics!

Simple instructions

To upload on Youtube: 1) Sign up for a youtube.com account. It’s free and easy. The link is located in the upper right hand corner of youtube. com. Follow the steps. If you are already a member, sign in. 2) Click on the yellow “Up-

load” button in the top right corner of the page. 3) Follow the steps to find and upload your video. 4) Send the link to your video’s URL or embed code to pets@cnylink.com. Make sure to include your name, address and phone number in case you are the winner! For more information, call Jennifer Wing at 434-8889 ext. 340 or email jwing@cnylink. com.

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the pages of Our Pets can be found numerous entries in Eagle Newspapers’ Cutest Critters Contest. Which one gets your vote? Simply fill out the entry form below and send it, along with a check for $1 per vote, to: Eagle Newspapers Cutest Critters Contest, Attn: Jennifer Wing, 5910 Firestone Drive, Syracuse, NY 13206

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Visit cnylink.com and click on “Cutest Critters Contest” to cast your vote. The $1 fee per vote can be charged to your credit card. Vote once, twice or 100 times for your favorite contestant! The winner will receive a pet gift basket courtesy of our advertisers. Results will be posted in the next issue of Our Pets in September.

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Bridget

Age: 5 months Breed:Tea Cup Yorkie Quirkiest trait: She plays hide and seek with the cat What makes my pet the cutest: She is tiny, only weighs 2.5 pounds and she is just flat out adorable. Owner: Kristie Maxfield of Jamesville

Age: 12 Breed: Pug Quirkiest trait: Snoring. What makes my pet the cutest: She’s pudgy! Owner: Stewy Falso of Fayetteville

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Age: 17 Breed:Tabby Cat Quirkiest Trait: Licking Ears What Makes My Pet the Cutest: His Face Owners:The Gustin family, Canastota






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May 27, 2009

Cutest Critter Contest Dora and Pookie

Age: Between three and four years. Breed: Both dogs are chihauha mixes to the best of our knowledge. Quirkiest Traits: We adopted both at the ASPCA because they were found abandoned on the side of the road, sitting alongside one another. They both have epilepsy with each having a monthly or bi-monthly seizure. During seizures the sister who is feeling ok gets very concerned about her sister’s problem and stays close by and comforts her through the episode. Why these two are the cutest? Both are beautiful dogs with cute little faces. Dora has a forehead marking

Duke

Age: 3 Breed: Pitt Bull/Bloodhound Quirkiest trait: Watching squirrels all day. What makes my pet the cutest: Everything about him. He loves everybody. Owner: Jason Hodge of Canastota

that resembles the “Pontiac” car symbol and Pookie is cute with fur as soft as silk. Together they resemble “Ren and Stimpy” as one is short and squat and the other lean with long thin legs.They work together at mealtime conspiring to get extra scraps and love to play at the Onondaga good dog park barking greetings to each dog who comes to the park with Pookie dashing madly along the fence that separates the small dog section from the big dog section with any dog who cares to run along with her. Owners: The Arendts of Baldwinsville....Judy, Anne Marie, Tommy and Mike

Hercules Age: Adult male Breed: Greek tortoise Quirkiest trait:You can set your watch to his daily schedule of eating, napping, basking, grazing and burrowing. What makes my pet the cutest: Hercules is a gentle, patient, smart pet. Perhaps he’s patient because torts usually live longer than us and time is on his side. He always knows

Eliza Lightning ‘Eli’ Adler

Age: 3 months Breed: St. Bernard Quirkiest Trait: She can be biting your pants one second and be asleep the next. What Makes My Pet The Cutest: She has the sweetest eyes and lots of extra skin around her lips (but she doesn’t drool, yet) Owners:The Adlers, of Fayetteville: Rich, Beth, Ian, David, Nathan and Abigail

where to wait for his meals. Hercules eats a wide variety of leafy veggies, but his favorite snack/treat are sweet red peppers and tomatoes. Hercules will actually “run” to his food dish when he spots them. Any other meal he just moseys over and picks! Owner: Rhys A. Brigida of Syracuse

Rupi

Age: 9 months Breed: American shorthair Quirkiest trait: She plays “fetch” like a dog! What makes my pet the cutest:After a long day of play, Rupi loves to snooze on a knitted throw that makes her even cuter. Owner: Glenn Hall of Baldwinsville


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Cutest Critter Contest Oliver

Age: 1 ½ years old Breed: Basset Hound Quirkiest trait: He walks around with the pink and purple squeaky ball all day just squeaking it. He also loves ripping up paper. What makes my pet the cutest: His long floppy ears and cute face and the way he prances when he has something he knows he is not supposed to have. Owner: Jen Richards of Camillus.

Bailey

Breed: Pug Owner: Bill Kawryga of Oneida Castle

Harley

Age: 4 ½ years old Breed: Umbrella Cockatoo Quirkiest trait: Her favorite food, by far, is Ramin Noodles. Why she is the cutest pet: She greets everyone with “I love you,” “How ya doin,’” “Harley’s a good girl” and many more words. She loves to do “Scary Face” and it makes all of her feathers puff out and yell “Rahhh!.” Her favorite thing to do it to hop and jump around saying “Rahhhh!” Owner: Candie Sullivan of Bridgeport

Chrissy

Chrissy came into my life and gave me a reason to get up. She was a scared little seven-year-old Shih Tzu with matted hair and infected ears and eyes. After six weeks I could not give her back. She was mine! It surprised me to have a paper trained dog who barked to let me know if the phone or doorbell rang. She had an eye problem but even on Social Security I managed to take care of it. Now my “one-eyed baby” loves to sit on my lap and is a wonderful companion – sometimes better than a husband. P.S. – Thanks to the Rome Humane Society and their foster program

-Mary Pease, Munnsville

Shiloh

Age: 2 years old this June Breed: Miniature Australian Sheppard and Chinese Crested Powder Puff mix His Quirkiest Trait: How he looks at you and turns his head trying to understand what you are saying or asking him. He looks like he is really interested in what you have to say (glad someone is.) When he lies down he flattens out on his tummy and he looks like a bear rug (or when his hair is cut he looks like a frog). He is just so cute in his ways; he is as cute on the inside as he is on the outside. We walk daily through Chittenango and we are often stopped and asked what kind of dog he is and their first words are “he’s so cute!” For the longest time Shiloh thought his name was “He’s So Cute.” Owners: The Haynes Family:Corky, Karen, Kayla and Alanna, of Chittenango

Boo

Age: 7 years Breed: Silky Terrier Quirkiest Trait: Bounces like Tigger when he’s waiting for his dinner What Make My Pet the Cutest: Look at

those eyes! Boo is a true snuggle- bunny. He loves surfing the web and watching TV with his dad. Owners: Mary and Fred Collis of Whitesboro

...and after. Shiloh before his haircut...




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Cutest Critter Contest

Emmett

Danica Rose and Lindsay Loo Age: 3, 1 Breed: Domestic cats Quirkiest trait: Lindsay fetches. What makes my pet the cutest:Danica is named after an Indy driver and is a full-time“cat” watch-

Age: 5 months in picture Breed: Pug Quirkiest Trait: Tilting his head when you whistle. What makes my pet the cutest: He is handsome, he knows it, and he uses it to get what he wants. Owner: Craig M. Daniels of Manlius

man, aka security guard. Loo thinks she is a dog, from fetching to sitting at my feet. Her newest trick is hide-n-seek. Owner: Barbara Carr of Skaneateles

Stella Blue/China Cat Sunflower

Age: 15 months/7years Breed: Siamese Quirkiest trait: Wait for me at the front door. What makes my pet the cutest: Blue eyes. Owner: George Sturiale of Skaneateles

Canoli

Age: 4 Breed: Dachshund. Quirkiest Trait: you put a collar on him and he wont move AT ALL, like a statue. What makes him cutest: He thinks hes human in the way he does things like the way he lays and tries to sit at the table and if you yell at him when hes begging he ignores you and walks away like an old man. Owner: Georgia Korman of Morrisville

Rynkly Robert Redfyrd

Age: 2 Breed: Bulldog Quirkiest Trait: Robert does “high fives” when he wants to be petted. We think he’s the cutest because of his adorable wrinkly face. Owners: Fritz and Janet Koennecke of Cazenovia

Kasey Breed: Standard Poodle Info:This picture was taken during the summer of 2007 at Onondaga Lake Park, his favorite place. Quirkiest trait: Kasey listens to every-

thing we say. We have to spell words like L-A-K-E or he goes nuts. Owners: Spence and Debbie Baker of Liverpool


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Jesse James

Age: 2 Breed: Pug Quirkiest trait: She has to have toast with me. What makes my pet the cutest: Because, with a face like hers, how could you not love her? Owners: Diane and Nicole Head of Hubbardsville

Age: 4 Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Quirkiest Trait: He is the biggest Yankee fan as well and actually watches the games on TV. Here is a pic of him in his Yankee hat as well. What makes my pet the cutest: He has so much personality! He thinks he is a human and would much rather hang out with people than with dogs.Although he doesn’t really pay attention to dogs when he sees them in person, he will bark and growl at every dog he sees on TV! He is the sweetest cuddliest little dog and loves to gives kisses. In fact I can repeatedly ask him for a kiss over and over and he will do it EVERY time! He’s got these big brown eyes that melt your heart.

Cowboy

Age: 71/2 Breed: Siamese snowshoe Quirkiest trait: likes to ride on people’s shoulders, and groom their hair!

Buddy

Age: 11, 100 pounds Breed: Norwegian Elk Hound Quirkiest trait: Goes in the bathroom when it thunders and doesn’t know how to put it

What makes my pet the cutest:Plays hide and seek, and usually wins! Owner: Victoria Underwood, Fayetteville

in reverse to get out. What makes my pet the cutest: He has the sweetest disposition and thinks I should pet him 24-7. Owner: Peg Morgan of Verona Beach.

Bear

Reggie Age: 9 Breed: Dachshund Quirkiest Trait: Reggie uses a doggie wheelchair - he does not have the use of his back legs. What makes

my pet the cutest:The picture tells the story!! Owners: Donna & Mike Goyette of Manlius

Age: 10 Breed: Rottweiler/Lab mix Quirkiest traits: Bear’s physical quirk would be his obsession with a 16-pound bowling ball, boulders and an old tire. We live on Oneida Lake and Bear loves the water. He goes in the lake and hikes these things between his hind legs for hours.We have had to put a time limit on his habit due to age issues. He wouldn’t stop until he was completely exhausted unless we intervene. His other trait would be his extensive vocabulary. Bear gets very excited when the conversation mentions certain words. I can be on the phone or talking with someone within his earshot and he will come to full attention when certain words are mentioned. Bear’s favorite words are hamburger, ice cream, pizza, Grandma’s, cookie, park and bye-bye. It should be noted that when we approach Grandma’s road or the entrance to the park, Bear is looking at my hand to see if I am turning on the directional. If I do, he starts whining and dancing. If I don’t, he sighs and lays back down. It is really quite comical. He gets really excited at the bank and McDonald’ too. The folks at the bank have him spoiled with treats and of course McDonald’s is the “source” of hamburgers and ice cream! He has figured out that he loves these windows that open and food comes out!! What makes my pet the cutest: Everything!!! Of course, I am somewhat prejudiced. If I had to say one thing....it would have to be the intelligent expressions that cross his face when he is spoken to directly. Owners: Diane and Sam Graham of Canastota


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Our Pets Sir Brutus

Age: 8 Breed: Pug (fawn) Quirkiest trait: Sighs when he can’t have his way. What makes my pet the cutest: His big, brown eyes and very long tongue. Owner: Nick Rinaldo of Camillus

Lord Oscar

Cutest Critter Contest Zaza

Age: 4 Breed: Exotic shorthair QuirkiestTrait: Zaza snorts like a pig when she walks around. What Makes My Pet The Cutest: Zaza is like a big bowl of jello love. Owner: Jeannette Evans of Manlius

Age: 2 Breed: Pug (black) Quirkiest trait: Loves to sleep buried under a lot of blankets (like a cave.) What makes my pet the cutest: His tiny little sleek body and big brown eyes. Owners: Marty and Mary Rinaldo of Camillus

Penelope Rose

Age: 5 Breed: Chugger (Pug/Chihuaha) Quirkiest trait: Does laps around the house and plays with her brother, Oliver, a cat that is bigger than her. Loves car rides, wearing different outfits and walks. What makes my pet the cutest: She is one-of-a-kind and has a beautiful face. Owner: Hope Croniser of Oneida

Allie

Age: About 9 (was a stray) Breed: Husky Quirkiest trait: She hates having her picture taken, so if she sees you with a camera, she immediately turns her face away.

What makes my pet the cutest: She has a beautiful face and such a loving personality that everyone falls in love with her and several have said after meeting Allie that they want to go out and buy a Husky. Owner: Jane Desmond of Blossvale

Weiner

Age: 8 (adopted from Wanderer’s rest at 4) Breed: Dachshund Quirkiest trait: Sitting up to beg. We know what he needs by his “sit-up” position: 1.He needs to go out. 2.His water dish is empty or he’s hungry. 3.He knows we plan to go somewhere in the car. When we say “bed time” he runs to his spot at the foot of our bed. He loves parades and outdoor concerts. What makes my pet the cutest: On Christmas Eve he went to church and sat in my lap. He didn’t make a sound. We are now 85 and 88 and this dog keeps us going. Owners: Lorraine and Erwin Dimon of Fayetteville


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Cutest Critter Contest Ju-Ju-Bee “Eye Candy” Age: 10 Breed: Himalayan Quirkiest trait: Lays on his back with his feet it in the air. What makes my pet the cutest: He plays hide-and-seek. He will hide behind the couch (tail and back end can be seen but we pretend we can’t see him) and he jumps out at us and runs as we chase him. Then he looks for us when we hide on him. Owners:The Vernon family of Camillus

Colby

Age: 13 weeks Breed: Jug (Half jack russell, half pug). Quirkiest Trait: Sits and stares at you when he wants something, or put his nose in the air when something good is cooking. What makes my pet the cutest: His adorable face and lively personality. Owner: Marcia Ranieri of Baldwinsville

Chippurr

Age: 11 Breed: Maine Coon Cat Owner: Robert K. LaPorte of Verona.

PJ Sebastian

Age: 4 1/2 Breed:Toy Poodle Quirkiest Trait: Putting his rear in the air and staring at you as if he’s reading your mind. It’s all in the eyes. What makes my pet the cutest: His sweet personality - he is a Pet Therapy dog at several Nursing Homes and at Upstate Hospital. He loves visiting the children in the hospital oncology unit, laying down on their beds and he is being petted he is looking up at them as if he is looking at their souls. As I said before IT IS ALL IN THE EYES. Owners: Everett and Cindy Griffith of Baldwinsville

Age: 5 Breed: Pug Quirkiest trait: Sits on furniture like a person. What makes my pet the cutest: We almost lost him when he was born. He was “dog”napped and it took posters and searching by police to get him back. Owners: Joe and Ginny Doyle of Skaneateles


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Three Mollys

Cutest Critter Contest

It seems “Molly” is a popular name for pooches, at least among Eagle Newspapers’ readers. Here are three adorable examples:

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Molly Marra

Age: 10 Breed: Westie Quirkiest Trait: She skips when she goes for walks What makes my pet the cutest: Her white furry face and black beady eyes! Owner: Jessica Marra of Baldwinsville

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Molly Miles

Age: Almost 2 Breed: Shitzu/Maltese Quirkiest trait: Turns her head to the side when you are talking to her like she understands. What makes my pet the cutest: She has an adorable face and she’s very friendly with people and other dogs. Owners: Maureen and Kevin Miles of Baldwinsville

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Molly Murray

Age: 4 Breed: Longhaired Dachshund Quirkiest trait: Chases leaves in the wind. What makes my pet the cutest: When sitting on the couch she places her back against it. Owners: Mark and Sandy Murray of Skaneateles

Chloe

Age: 2 Breed: Lhasa Apso Quirkiest trait: Sneaking up on squirrels. What makes my pet the cutest: One look into her eyes and you just can’t resist her. She has so much love to give to everyone. Owners: Jeff, Janice, Jessica, Jeffrey and Jamie Beardsley of Brewerton

Nutmeg & Brewster

Nutmeg’s age: 7 Breed: Beagle Quirkiest trait: Listens at the door to see if you are coming to take him for a walk or drive. Brewster’s age: 3 Breed: Shitszu Quirkiest trait: Barks if he hears a car drive by the house. What makes my pets the cutest: Nutmeg doesn’t howl and loves to watch the cars drive by and the birds fly. Brewster chases dogs,squirrels and birds and has one heck of a leap – we should have named him “Boing.” They would be lost without each other and our family would be lost without them. Owners: The Stenuf family of Fayetteville – Ted, Nick, Sarah and Zach


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Cutest Critter Contest

Gracie Elizabeth

Breed: Puggles (half Pug and half Beagle) Quirkiest trait: She loves to have a stuffed animal in her mouth at all times and is happiest when I play with her. What makes my pet the cutest Gracie Elizabeth has the best nature and is always happy to see me and play, play, play! Owner: Dianne M. Peters of Fayetteville

Sully

Age: 8 Breed: West Highland Terrior (and proud of it!) His quirkiest trait: He greets everyone that comes into Amanda Bury Antiques with a tail wag and

a rollover for a belly rub. What makes him cute?!? Just look at him!! He can always be found on duty at Amanda Bury Antiques. Owner: Amanda Bury of Cazenovia

Baby Chewy

Age: 11 months Breed: Domestic shorthair Quirkiest trait: Whenever working at the kitchen table on bills, paperwork, etc., Baby Chewy will chew off the ends of papers, chew on the ends of our pens or sit on our paperwork. What makes my pet the cutest: Our granddaughter, Gia, can pick up Baby Chewy anytime and hug him, kiss him, play and lay down with him. Baby Chewy loves it and doesn’t run away.They are inseparable. My husband and I can do everything with Baby Chewy that our granddaughter does, but we actually hold him like a baby and rock him. When I rock him, I sing “Hush Little Baby” to him. We love him so much! He really is our little baby in our home.

Winston

Age: 2 years Breed - Shih Tsu Quirkiest trait: Drags his bed wherever his people are; other quirks are a little too gross to mention. What Makes My Pet the Cutest: He was born with a defective heart and had a very low chance to live past one year old. He fell in love with the dog next door and her owners (us) adopted him. He had open-heart surgery, and survived to become the cutest dog in the world, as you can see. Owners: James and Mary Skvarch of Syracuse

Willie

Age: 4 Breed: Maine Coon mix Quirkiest trait: Loves to hide in grocery bags. What makes my pet the cutest: He was adopted last year From Wanderers’ Rest and has been the best cat for my elderly mom. He loves to play and watch animal planet. He actually loves to sit in the chair or couch with her and watch TV. Owners:Tamara and Theresa Ginney


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Cutest Critter Contest

Best friends: The story of a cat, a dog and two birds Submitted by Rachel Stanton, daughter of owner Nancy Rowland

Dusty

Cinnamon

Age: 14 B re e d : G e r m a n Shepherd mix Quirkiest trait: He loves to open presents and has to get every bit of wrapping paper off. It’s too funny!

Age: 8 Breed: Cockatiel Quirkiest trait: Gives birdie kisses – but only to David (Nancy’s husband, who passed away Feb. 25, 2009). She also eats cat food from Squirt’s dish!

Spirit

Squirt

Age: 4 Breed: Tiffany Cat Quirkiest trait: She shares her food with a bird. She also tries to climb up your leg like it’s a tree – ouch!

The family that plays together are, from left, are Dusty, Squirt, Cinnamon and Spirit.

Age: Less than 1 Breed: Cockatiel Quirkiest trait: Has an infatuation with jewelry! A rescued bird,she was born with a deformed leg, doesn’t fly and the other birds were beating up on her, so Nancy brought her home and with tender loving care she’s happy as can be!

Ava

Poe

Age: 2 ½ months old Breed: Sharpie/Shepherd mix. What makes my pet the cutest:This is taken after his bath. He is just the cutest looking puppy I have ever seen. His breed mix makes him have wrinkles on his back and nose and little ears flattened to his head. Owner: Amy Barringer. Morrisville.

Age: 6 Breed:Bernese Mountain Dog Ava’s story: We recently adopted her and are at least her third home, so she is rather timid and nervous. We will be her permanent home, so I know she is going to become more confident and shine (we have had a number of other rescued dogs.) What makes my pet the cutest: When taking a walk in the woods, she bursts into a happy little dance – really a joy to see, because I know that means she is happy with us. Owner: Moyra Bunger of Manlius

Potter Brook Barefoot Contessa (Tessie)

Breed: Miniature Beagle Quirkiest trait: Prefers women over men. What makes my pet the cutest: She smiles when a person makes a fuss over her (uses her Tessie name over and over.) Owner: Shirley Taylor of Marcellus

Itsa

Age: 8 Breed: Shih-Tzu Quirkiest trait: He’s very, very vocal. He will ask for treats, food,water,to go out,you name it, he will ask. What makes my pet the cutest: He has a flair for fashion, He doesn’t follow the trends. We own a bed and breakfast ( Alices Dowry ) and one of his favorite things is to greet our guests when they arrive and, of course, to wish them well when they leave. Owner: Mary E. Adrian of Cincinnatus


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Cutest Critter Contest Klancy

Age: 4 Breed:Toy Poodle Quirkiest trait: When we leave the house he barks from the porch to scare everyone away from us. What makes my pet the cutest: Klancy really thinks he is human.

He loves anybody that comes around – especially kids. He gets his ball and begs you to play. He is a warm, loving friend. Owners: Ken and Patti Hedrick of Cicero.

Coco

Age: One year Breed: Cockapoo Quirkiest trait: Backs in with her butt first to get between us. What makes my pet the cutest: Her size Owners: Steve and Cheryl Loetterle of Marietta

Marvel

Age: 13 Breed: Jug Quirkiest trait: Sleeps on back.

Yoshy

Annie

Age: 7 Breed: Chow/ Labrador mix Quirkiest trait: Chasing her tail in circles. What makes my pet the cutest: Curled tail, purple and pink tongue, rust color but black on the muzzle and her soulful eyes. Owners: Hal and Ruth Brown of Camillus

Rily

Age: 3 1/2 Breed: Beagle mix Quirkiest trait: He ate $400.

What makes my pet the cutest: He thinks he is as big as our 96-pound German Shepherd Kashi. Owners: Noreen Margrey and Mark Donahue of Mattydale

What makes my pet the cutest: He still romps around the bedroom like he is a puppy. Owners:Alice, Meg and James McPhee of Fayetteville

Age: 11 Breed:Teruvien/German Shepherd Quirkiest trait: Chases squirrels. What makes my pet the cutest: One ear stands up and he has white toes. Owner: Pia Russo of Syracuse.

Bubbles

Age: 3 months Breed: Maltipom (Maltese and Pomeranian) Quirkiest trait: Pulls her father by the tail around the room. What makes my pet the cutest: She is lovable, very tiny and has all sorts of different colors. Owner: Heidi Wood of Baldwinsville

Mike

Age: 13 Breed: Maine Coon mix Quirkiest trait: He dresses up like

a princess. What makes my pet the cutest: He still looks like a kitten. Owners: Meg,Alice and Jim McPhee of Fayetteville


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Cutest Critter Contest Geisha

Age: 2 1/2 Breed:Yorkie Quirkiest Trait: Her dance before each meal. What Makes My Pet The Cutest: Her personality, attitude, her walk and she makes funny noises when she is sleeping. Owner: Hyesun Park of Camillus.

Scarlet

Age: 6 Breed: Bombay Quirkiest Trait: Licks my ear early in the morning. What makes my pet the cutest: She has gold eyes and seven toes and is the boss of my two older males. Owner: Ashley Bivone of Syracuse

Tigey

Age: 11 Breed:Tiger cat Quirkiest Trait: Will sit in any container no matter how small.

What makes my pet the cutest: He has a loud purr and he follows me everywhere. Owner: Rebecca Bivone of Syracuse.

Toby

Age: 2 Breed: Black and white cat Quirkiest Trait: He throws his toy mouse off the stairs then runs down and gets it. What makes my pet the cutest: He has an adorable face and a sweet personality. Owner: Julie Huntley of Syracuse

Oreo

Age: 9 Breed: Black and white tuxedo Quirkiest Trait: He runs to the computer and jumps in the chair when someone wants to get on it. What makes my pet the cutest: He lays on my arm and goes to sleep with me at night. Owner: Michael Bivone of Syracuse

Sadie

Age: 6 months Breed: Golden Retriever

What makes my pet the cutest: Her eyes! Owners: Robert Shoemaker, Kirstin, Morgan and Ally of Canastota


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A second chance

Pregnant setter, slated to be euthanized, rescued by local group By Jennifer Wing A litter of 13 English Setter puppies was born on Dec. 2, 2008 at Mary K. Cooper’s home in Verona. Big news in that household, certainly. But what makes this happy event even more special is that, if not for caring Central New York volunteers, these puppies, and their mother, would not be alive today. Cooper, director of Rescue Me-Purebred K9 Rescue, received a plea for assistance from a rescue group in North Carolina in saving a young English setter, pregnant and ready to deliver puppies any day. In North Carolina there are “drop boxes” where you can dispose of an unwanted dog by depositing the dog in the box – similar to charity clothing boxes. Named Molly by Rescue Me-Purebred K9 Rescue, she was scheduled to be euthanized the next day with her puppies still inside her, when the organization said it would take her. Two rescue groups and one of the organization’s volunteers transported Molly from North Carolina to Verona in one day. Within the week she gave birth to 13 puppies – five females and eight males. All the puppies were adopted by the age of nine weeks, and mother Molly was adopted by the group’s accountant, Marilyn Grab of Clinton, and renamed GiGi. “GiGi and her pups have been one of our more notable saves,” Cooper said. She has since been spayed, as all dogs are spayed and neutered before going to their new homes. Rescue Me-Purebred K9 Rescue Inc. began two and a half years ago under the direction of Cooper and Denise Carr of North Brookfield. Its board of directors has six members and the group has several volunteers. All of the group’s staff gives their time doing intakes on dogs as well as fostering, transporting and working diligently to get the dogs adopted into forever homes.

“We are looking for people to foster on an ongoing basis,” Cooper said. “Recently, we expanded our foster program to Syracuse and [its] surrounding areas. Stephanie Walczak of Cicero is the Foster Care Coordinator for that area, which allows us to serve most of the Central New York region.” The group, a non-profit public charity, exists on adoption fees and donations. Cooper said there is an application process for both adopting and fostering.For more information visit petfinder.com or rescueme.vpweb.com. Applications are available for downloading and can be emailed back to the organization’s adoption coordinator Sue Sitts of Hamilton. “There are many sad stories but many happy endings,” Cooper said. “It is a very demanding, but rewarding, job for which we receive no monetary rewards, just the reward of knowing we helped a dog that deserved a second chance.”

Bobby, sitting above in the feeding dish, is one in a litter of 13 English Setter puppies born on Dec. 2, 2008 at Mary K. Cooper’s home in Verona. Cooper, director of Rescue Me-Purebred K9 Rescue received a plea from a rescue group in North Carolina for assistance in saving a young English setter, pregnant and ready to deliver puppies any day. At left is mother Molly, later renamed Gigi, proudly showing off her offspring soon after birth. All 13 puppies and mother Gigi were later adopted.

Cutest Critter Contest Toby

Age: 3 1/2 years old Breed: Mixed Quirkiest trait: Toby’s quirkiest trait is he plays with his plush toys by shooting them up in the air and catching them. He will do this all by himself outside and entertains all the neighbors. What makes my pet the cutest: Toby is so cute with his purple spotted tongue and big fluffy tail! Owners: Emma and Jackie Koslowsky of Nedrow.

Kalin

Age: 3 Breed: Chocolate lab Quirkiest trait: She gives high-fives. What makes my pet the cutest:When

I’m eating dinner, Kalin will lay her head on my lap or my husband’s lap and give us “the look.” Those puppy dog eyes! Of course she gets a treat, depending upon what we’re eating. Owner: Sara Harrison of Bridgeport


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Summer brings increased activity, hazards for dogs By Dr. Jennifer Goetz As the days grow longer and the weather (finally!) gets warmer, everyone wants to get outside and get moving, and no one is more enthusiastic about getting out and about than the dog! Unfortunately, this increase in activity can also lead to an increase in injuries that may sideline both you and Rover unless spotted quickly and managed correctly.

As spring snows clear, lots of common hazards present themselves. Winter debris with sharp edges, broken glass, garbage, even carcasses can spell problems for curious and active dogs. To prevent accidental ingestion of inappropriate items, it is important to keep your dog on a non-retractable leash when exercising outside. While popular, retractable leashes allow dogs to get far ahead of their owner. By the time you notice your dog

Quick first aid

My pet is having a seizure!

Stay calm! Make sure they are in a safe location. Using thick blanket, move them away from stairs if necessary. It is not necessary to ever stick anything in the mouth as it is impossible for your dog to swallow his tongue. The most important thing to remember is to time the seizure on the clock. While it may seem like forever, most seizures only last a minute or two. If the seizure lasts longer than five minutes on the clock (you’re timing them, remember?) or another one occurs very shortly thereafter, call your veterinarian immediately and be prepared to bring your dog in.

My pet is choking!

Stay calm! Are they really choking? If your animal is vocalizing or panting, they are not choking. Take a look at the color of their tongue. Is it pink? Blue? Grey? Can you see an object stuck in their mouth or the back of the throat? If so, try sweeping your finger towards the object to dislodge it. Do not get bitten. If you can’t see anything, but your animal is in distress, go directly to your veterinarian.

My pet has an open wound! Stay calm! (Are you getting the

picture yet? Panicking increases the anxiety level of your pet and can make assessing the situation difficult to impossible. Panic later, after the emergency is over.) Find where to bleeding is coming from, and apply direct pressure with a clean cloth or towel. Call your veterinarian. Some wounds bleed a lot depending on location. Cuts on the head or feet, as well as torn toenails often look worse than they are. Cuts on tails or ear tips often result in blood spray and look downright horrifying, but often aren’t life-threatening.

My pet just ate poison!

Repeat after me: I will bring the package it came in to the veterinarian. This is the best way you can help your animal. If it occurred less than one hour ago, call your veterinarian and induce vomiting by giving hydrogen peroxide by mouth and checking to see how much of the offending substance came up. Your vet may want to see the animal in order to give another substance to soak up any poison left behind. If the poisoning occurred over an hour ago or it was a caustic substance (drain cleaner, bleach) do not induce vomiting and see your veterinarian immediately.

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is eating something, it may be gone by the time you catch up to the dog to find out what it is! Common signs that your dog may have eaten something inappropriate include a foul smell to their breath, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy. If these occur, call your veterinarian. When calling, be prepared to tell him or her how long it has been since your dog ate the offending item as well as how quickly signs came on. Multiple episodes of vomiting with or without blood and collapsing are an immediate emergency and cannot wait to be seen. Tender foot pads from a winter spent indoors can also be a problem when dogs hit the pavement for some exercise. Cuts, abrasions, and tenderness are all common complaints. If blood is present, apply direct pressure with a clean cloth or towel to stop bleeding then look at the area. If the cut should appear to need stitches, often this can be accomplished with minimal problems if brought to your veterinarian’s attention within the first twelve hours. Remember though: as much as we love them dogs aren’t people! Many will not tolerate a lidocaine local anesthetic block around the cut and may require sedation for suturing depending on the location and severity of the cut. Just like people, dogs can get out of shape fast! If you’re a runner or walker and you’d like to take your dog, don’t overdo it! Limping and lameness, reluc-

tance to rise and stiffness are all signs that you’ve asked too much of your family pooch. Let him lay low for a few days, then start back at a slower pace. If problems persist, see your veterinarian. Lyme disease, arthritis, neurologic issues, and serious tendon and ligament damage can all look very much alike. Never give your dog any painkillers by mouth before getting approval from your veterinarian. Human drugs are meant for people, not dogs. Tylenol, Aleve, and Motrin can do serious harm to your dog’s liver and kidneys. If your dog refuses to put any weight on one leg, see your veterinarian promptly. This can be a sign of a serious injury. Of all the possible disasters dog owners may think they’re prepared for, nothing compares with having your beloved companion hit by a car or other motorized vehicle. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon occurrence. The number one rule to obey if this happens to is to stay calm. Staying in emotional control will allow you to assess your dog for bleeding and other injuries immediately. If bleeding is present, apply direct pressure. Remove the dog to a safe area and call to others for help. Most people are moved by the sight of an obviously injured animal and will be willing to help you. When moving the dog, realize that they may be frightened and in pain. Do not get bitten! Whether or not they love you, your dog is an animal and will be reacting

Dr. Jennifer Goetz of Manlius Veterinary Hospital tends to one of her patients. on instinct when frightened and confused. If possible, have someone help you slide the dog on to a blanket or towel and, grabbing the corners, gently lift the blanket and injured dog into the back of a car. Leave the dog on the blanket. This will allow the veterinary staff to gently slide the blanket, dog and all, onto a stretcher and will result in less jostling of the injured dog. Being outside is as good for your dog as it is for you! Regular exercise helps them sleep better, decreases anxiety and other behavior issues, aids in controlling weight and helps ward off signs of arthritis and other degenerative conditions. Get moving!

Dr. Jennifer Goetz is a veterinarian at Manlius Veterinary Hospital, 8160 Cazenovia Road, Manlius. The hospital can be reached at 682-2200.

Letters Jewelry made in memory of a pet can be therapeutic To the editor: In November of 2008, I lost my beloved dog Gonzo. Gonzo was not my first or only dog, but he was my constant companion and best friend during a difficult transition. The bond that grew between us was quick and profound. I am affected and saddened by his absence every day. As a jewelry artist, I knew I wanted to make a special piece of jewelry to commemorate him...a physical momento to keep his spirit alive and close. When the reliquary was finally done and I hung it around my neck for the first time, I felt an emotional release. The pain subsided a little bit and the healing process truly began. This memorial piece has received a lot of positive feedback. I’ve heard so many stories from others who have loved and lost. It is an honor to be asked to create memorial pieces for their pets. If there

Gonzo and the the jewelry designed in his memory. is a silver lining to losing my young dog, it is being able to help others through the grieving process. These unique keepsakes are a way to carry a loved one close to your heart, providing a tangible reminder of love shared. Gonzo was a rescue dog,

and in his memory I donate a percentage of sales to the charity of the recipient’s choice. Please contact me at elmeharg@gmail.com or 415-1152 erin Meharg DragonFly Beads 103 Wesley St., Manlius dragonflybead.com


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Don’t you want somebody to love? Pets at the Humane Association await new homes The Humane Association of Central New York could have your next pet, just waiting to become a member of your family. The association is located at 4915 1/2 W. Taft Road in Liverpool. For more information call 457-8762, e-mail machasnewwings@ animai.net or visit humaneassociationcny.1 hwy.com. These are some of the animals that are available for adoption.

Auntie is a 3-year-old grey tabby with a beautiful thick coat of hair. She’s currently on a special diet while recovering from a hernia. While she prefers to be an only cat, she is very people friendly.

Rocky is a neutered,American Bulldog who was recently turned into the shelter by a family who was moving. Rocky is an extra-large 4-year-old who loves to be petted and to run a little bit. He’s a playful, sweet dog who’d love a home with a very large couch!

Two-year-old Murdock is a regal cat with the coat of a Russion Blue and a heart of gold. He loves to look out the window at all the birds and squirrels that pass by.

Bolt was a stray rescued in West Monroe. She’s a beautiful 3-year-old calico girl who can open any cabinet door. She is extremely smart, shy at first, and then a real lover of a cat.

Conan is a classic black and white kitty with a unique feature. He has one folded ear resulting from an infection successfully treated by the Humane Association when he arrived there. Three-year-old Conan is very friendly and likes to visit with his animal and human friends.

Curtis is a handsome grey tiger with a white bib and toes. He came to the shelter with an abcess in his leg, which has since healed. Alhtough he’s only 2 years old, he’s quite laid back and prefers the company of the older kitties in the “Florida” Senior Cat Room.

Lucky has lived at the Humane Association since he was 2 weeks old, some seven years ago. Some may think that isn’t so Lucky,but if you have ever visited the HA, you would find Lucky is just that and truly happy. He’s very friendly, loves his food and his treats and has a very important job to do! He is known as the “watch cat” because he knows exactly when the wet food is coming and alerts all the other cats. Lucky is a very beautiful cat with a sleek grey and white coat, and he gets along just fine with all the cats that have come and gone – while he remains. He’s the resident mascot that helps all the other cats in their transition. Lucky loves the staff and purrs when visitors pet him. So you must be thinking, why then has he not been adopted?That’s hard to say because he would make a wonderful pet. Generally, you’ll find him sitting on the window ledge facing the lobby,watching and waiting for a sign that the wet food is on its way. With the staff as his peeps, the HA is currently where his heart is, but everyone still hopes that luck will grant Lucky a loving famiy someday.

Luke is a beautiful orange tabby who prefers to be called “solid,” not “chubby!” He’s the senior cat room’s “alpha” cat who keeps all the newcomers in line, which makes for a happy home! He likes to be in charge, and why shouldn’t he be? He’s put in his years at the Humane Association. Luke is 9 years old and has been at the HA since he was 3! Luke loves to be petted and is very gentle, but if petted too long or not long enough, he may swat. So pay attention when you visit this smarty pants. Living with so many cats has given Luke a bit of a chronic sniffle, but he does just fine and is looking forward to finding his forever home with someone who appreciates his “King Pin” attitude.

Tye is a spunky, male tabby who came to the shelter when he was only 8 weeks old. He’s now 8 years old and is very grateful that the Humane Association is a no-kill shelter while he waits hopefully for his forever home.

Lola is a glamorous 3-year-old longhaired tortoiseshell who was recently turned into the shelter due to family allergies. She’s one of those cats who will affectionately roll over and allow you to stroke her belly. Lola has lots of love to share.

Todd is an 8-month-old StaffordshireTerrier and Akita mix. He’s a very energetic puppy who needs a home with rules and boundaries. Todd may be shy to new people, but he’s a cuddly bear who will become a loyal companion to the special person or family who adopts him.

Tangerine was born in the Humane Association’s foster care two years ago. He’s a lively orange tiger who may be shy at first, but warms up quickly.

Eric is energetic and friendly. He’s a 1-year-old tiger kitty who loves any adventure that comes his way.

Norma is a 4-year-old tortoiseshell short-hair who pads around the Junior Cat Room with eight toes on each front foot. She’s quiet and has a sweet personality which she’d love to share with a new adopted family.

Larry is a 2-year-old handsome grey and white male who loves to lounge on a couch in the Junior Cat Room. Larry would love to find a home with a fellow coach potato!

Sandra D is a 2-year-old brown tiger mom of four kittens she delivered at the HA. All of her kittens have been adopted, and now Sandra hopes to find a family of her own. She is beautifully marked, and with her sweet personality, Sandra D would certainly make a great family pet.


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Acupuncture can help heal many of your pet’s ailments By Dr. Jennifer Goetz

For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine to heal multiple ailments. While most people think of veterinary acupuncture as an adjunct treatment for pain relief, in reality the applications are much more varied. Kidney disease, anxiety, epilepsy, skin disease, stomach and intestinal ailments, and asthma have all been treated with acupuncture. The first thing most people wonder is how any animal is

going to sit for acupuncture. In reality, most dogs and cats are very cooperative. The second question is whether or not acupuncture is painful. The answer is not usually, but specific points can be a little tender initially. So now that acupuncture on our companion animals is both possible and usually painless, how does it work? From a Western perspective, we know that stimulating these points causes the release of endorphins, the same hormones that give runners their “high.” Endorphins are many times more powerful than morphine. In addi-

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tion, it has been demonstrated that it inhibits the body’s breakdown of serotonin, another feel good chemical, allowing it to function in the body longer. Commonly prescribed anti-depressants called SSRIs do this same thing. From an Eastern perspective, acupuncture helps restore the body’s balance. It is when the body is out of balance that a disease state occurs. On average, an animal starting

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The adoption option By Cathleen Duckett of Lake Country Veterinary Clinic, Marcellus

Pavarotti is 2 yearss old, neutered and up-to-date on vaccines.A chronic eye condition required surgical correction but he is doing much better now. Anyone interested in adopting Pavarotti can contact Clear Lakes Animal Wellness at the 685-2188 or Wayward Paws at 461-4CAT.

Responsible breeders should support puppy mill legislation Submitted by the Humane Society of the United States Puppy mill legislation pending in various states has faced resistance from some rank-and-file dog breeders, apparently out of unfounded fears about the potential impact if these bills become law. In truth, though, abusive, mass-scale dog producing facilities, known as puppy mills, not only adversely affect dogs and consumers, but small-scale breeders as well. The Humane Society of the United States urges these breeders to join in supporting reasonable standards to improve the welfare of dogs at puppy mills and restore consumer confidence. “Upstanding members of the purebred dog fancy have a chance to support legislation that will protect the dogs they love, clear their name and regain the public’s trust,” said Stephanie Shain, senior director of The HSUS’s puppy mills campaign. “These dog lovers shouldn’t defend an industry that is so abusive, and I hope all responsible breeders will join us in protecting man’s best friend.” Public awareness and outrage about puppy mills has increased significantly in the past year, thanks in part to high-profile cruelty cases that drew widespread media coverage. Law enforcement officials and HSUS experts have revealed a sickening and indefensible pattern of animal mistreatment at these large mills. Reputable breeders now find themselves in the awkward position of defending their love of dogs while being misled by an industry bent on the status quo. “Reputable hobby breeders

raise dogs in humane conditions and provide proper care, nutrition and socialization. These breeders consider their dogs as part of their family and personally approve the families that purchase their dogs,” said Ted Paul, long-time collie breeder and AKC judge. The modest protection standards introduced in various state bills include capping the number of unsterilized dogs that a facility can keep at one time

and providing very basic care standards, such as access to food, water and medical attention. Reputable hobby breeders do not breed anywhere near the mass quantities of dogs found at puppy mills and already provide proper standards of care for their animals. Some of these breeders are fighting legislation that would ensure humane treatment for dogs and burnish the reputation of the dog breeding industry.

Facts about puppy mills

✓Puppy mills are factory-style breeding facilities that keep animals in cages or kennels, often in squalid conditions without exercise, socialization or meaningful human interaction.After the breeding dogs’ fertility wanes, they are destroyed or discarded.These facilities are generally legal, but the conditions are all too often inhumane and horrify dog owners across the country when exposed. ✓Dogs from puppy mills are sold in pet stores, online and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog’s health, genetic history or future welfare. ✓Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Virginia passed laws in 2008 to crack down on puppy mills. ✓More than two dozen states have considered puppy mill legislation in 2009. Bills in Washington and Indiana have passed their state legislatures and await their governor’s signature, and other state bills are under consideration. To learn more about puppy mills, visit humanesociety.org/puppymills.

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If you are considering adding a pet to your family, why not choose to adopt? The number one reason to adopt is saving the lives of animals. It is estimated that four to six million dogs and cats are euthanized in America’s animal shelters every year due to lack of financial support. In fact, you will be saving two lives. The pet that you choose will be getting a home, so that will free up space at the shelter for another animal be rescued. Here are a few other good reasons to choose the adoption option: Pablo, a 7-to-12-month-old ✓ You will be aiding in the mixed breed, is available control of dog/cat overpopula- for adoption. He has a very tion. Most, if not all shelters sweet personality, loves and rescue groups require attention and is currently that adoptive animals to be learning basic training. For neutered. more information on Pablo ✓ The animal will have and other adoptable anibeen evaluated by the shelter. mals, call or stop by Lake Shelter workers will be able Country Veterinary Clinic to help you adopt a pet that located at 2527 CherryValis suitable for your lifestyle. ley Turnpike in Marcellus, An older dog may already be 673-4858. housebroken and know basic commands! ✓ Buying a dog from a breeder is expensive. It can cost $500-$1,000 for a purebred dog depending on the breed. ✓ All AKC recognized breeds are required to have a rescue group. So you can adopt a purebred dog. Check out the internet for groups in your area. ✓Most of the time the animal that you choose to adopt has been seen by a veterinarian and has a clean bill of health. ✓ Buying from “puppy mill” breeders increases the likelihood of bringing home a dog with health issues like parvo which can be fatal and requires intense supportive care. Puppy mills are not regulated and are often in deplorable condition. Lake Country Veterinary Clinic, from 2003 to date, has adopted out 200 stray animals and reunited 165 lost pets to their owners. We encourage people to neuter and microchip their animals. You can check out our adoptive pets on PetFinder.com Lake Country Veterinary Clinic is located at 2527 Cherry Valley Turnpike in Marcellus, 673-4858.

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