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Spin-a-Bones Spin-a-Bones are a durable and long-lasting chew toy that spin like a top. This nylon chew toy is designed to keep your dog actively engaged. The bristle like pieces are raised up to help clean teeth. Spin-a-Bones are bacon flavored. 

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Hartford County Events November Meet & Greet Saturday, November 4, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Our Companions Valerie Friedman Program Center, Manchester, CT www.ourcompanions.org Feeding Tops’ys Friends Friday, November 17, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. J.Timothy’s Taverne: 143 New Britain Ave, Plainville www.dogstarrescue.org

Connecticut Pet Expo Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. XL Center: 225 Trumbull Street, Hartford www.familypetshows.com

Kibbles & Bits: A Visit with Gordon Willard Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Connecticut Humane Society: 455 Post Road East, Westport www.cthumane.org

Winter Harnessed by Fidelco Thursday, November 30, 2017 – Saturday, December 2, 2017 Donate a decorated tree, wreath, or gift basket for auction. Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation: 103 Vision Way, Bloomfield www.fidelco.org

Ugly Sweater Run Saturday, December 9, 2017 11:00 a.m. Bushnell Park: 99 Trinity Street, Hartford www.uglysweaterrun.com 8 • November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog

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onnecticut Dog magazine is sponsoring the 2017 Connecticut Pet Expo. The Connecticut Pet Expo will be having some big changes this year. Family Pet Shows owned by Garri Promotions has acquired the event from Jenks Productions and will be holding it this year at the XL Center located in Hartford, Connecticut on November 1112, 2017.

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Family Pet Shows are designed to educate and entertain the public about the wonderful world of pets. Featuring many pet vendors, educational and entertaining performances, special attractions, information on pet adoptions and outstanding shopping for pet lovers and their pets. The Connecticut Pet Expo is expected to draw thousands of attendees over the 2-day event and pet owners can even bring their well-behaved leashed pets to the expo. Some of this year’s highlights are: Gail Mirabella and The Dynamo Dogs Variety Act! You can teach your old do new tricks – these veteran-performing dogs will knock the spectators socks off with their Trick Dog Show Routine, Frisbee Dog Acrobatics and dynamite performances! Gail and her canine friends will wow the crowd as they do all over the country. Gail has performed at the National Dog Show and also the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 2017! K-9 Musical Freestyle and Frisbee Introduction- dance with dogs to music. It is a fun sport for the dogs, their owners and the audience. East Hartford K9 Police- these K9 Demonstrations are designed to portray the skill involved and the work performed by the K9 team plus give children and adults an opportunity to gain knowledge about the K9 Unit

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Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Team – will be doing a first aid demonstration showing ways owners can help their pets when an emergency happens. Parade of Breeds- Participate with your dog in the Parade of Breeds held on Saturday November 11, 2017. Open to dogs 6-months and older. There are other great programs to see for animal lovers: • Rainforest Reptile Show • Horizon Wings Birds of Prey Educational Presentation • TICA Championship Cat Show “We are looking forward to continuing the Connecticut Pet show, with some improvements and additional shows within our show! First and foremost we have moved the show to a pet friendly facility so now pet parents can bring their well behaved leashed pets with them said Dennis Garetano of Family Pet Shows “And we always highly endorse responsible pet ownership at our family and pet friendly pet expos.” The Connecticut Pet Expo will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the XL Center from 10am-8pm and on Sunday, November 12 from 10 am-5pm. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

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Diamonds in the Ruff Connecticut Humane Society’s Diamonds in the Ruff fundraising event was held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at The North House in Avon. The proceeds from the event will go towards the ongoing care that the Connecticut Humane Society provides to all of the pets at their facilities. Upon entering the event, a couple of their puppies greeted guests and warmed hearts. There were delicious appetizers, a cash bar and cocktails, a well-prepared multi-course meal, silent auctions, and much more. This event is the biggest fundraising event for the Connecticut Humane Society and a successful one at that!

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cott’s Tree Farm is a dog-friendly holiday seasonal destination located in Andover, a rural town of Tolland county. Well-behaved leashed dogs can enjoy the festivities with you as you make your way to get your Christmas tree. Scott’s Tree Farm has a wide variety of trees available including a wide selection of sizes to fit any size home. For the freshest tree, you may want to consider selecting and cutting your own tree at the Christmas tree farm. Many families enjoy carrying out the long passed down traditions of tree cutting while other families would like to start making it a new family tradition. For some families, the convenience of purchasing a pre-cut tree is more appealing and much easier. Aside from trees, Scott’s Tree Farm also has wreaths and swags to choose from. So when making your way to pick out this year’s Christmas tree, head out to Scott’s Tree Farm!



an has over 20 years of experience rehabilitating and training various mixed and pure bred dogs and makes a commitment to remain on the cutting edge of dog training by consistently advancing her skills as a Canine Sports Massage Therapist, National AKC Evaluator. and a professional member of International Association Of Canine Professionals. She has a strong relationship in the community and volunteers her services to several rescue organizations. Jan has come to have a unique understanding and bond with dogs of all sizes and temperaments. Her specialty is personalized training sessions to fit your lifestyle in the privacy of your own home and neighborhood. Her methods involve blending the Physical Sciences as well as Behavioral Temperament while using only positive reinforcement techniques. Her courses are custom tailored to you and the specific needs of your dog. Jan’s specialty is personalized training sessions to fit your lifestyle in the privacy of your own home and neighborhood. The courses are custom tailored to you and the specific needs of your dog, using only positive reinforcement training techniques. I am not just the dog trainer but your personal trainer as well. She will coach and support you every step of the way, so that in the end, you and your dog will have a bond and understanding for one another that will be far greater than ever before. November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog


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Middlesex County Events Annual Paws & Claus Holiday Fair

3rd Annual Chester Dog Fair


he 3rd Annual Chester Dog Fair took place on September 16th and 17th at the Chester Fairgrounds in Chester. There were local rescues, adoptable dogs, vendors, food trucks, live music, fun kid activities and even activities you can do with your pet!

Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Clinton Town Hall: 54 E. Main St., Clinton www.valleyshoreanimalwelfareleague.org

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urtle Creek Preserve has 93 acres, which run along the cove on the Connecticut River along the Essex and Old Saybrook town line. There is a beautiful hiking trail that many local residents enjoy. Until recently, dog owners would be able to walk their dogs on the onemile trail in the Turtle Creek Preserve. There are mixed feelings amongst the town residents about dogs being prohibited from the Nature Conservancy. Those who regularly walk their dogs at Turtle Creek are not happy and feel they are at a disadvantage with dogs being prohibited from the preserve. Others recognize that there are too many people walking dogs, both on and off-leash at Turtle Creek. However, it is agreed by most locals that Turtle Creek remain a place for wildlife to flourish for both plants and the wild animals. Hopefully a creative solution can be made that will provide the necessary needs for the environment along with a consideration to the needs of the local residents and their canines.

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Yappy Hour at Chamard Vineyeard


he Connecticut Humane Society and Chamard Vineyard teamed up for Yappy Hour at Chamard Vineyard in Clinton on September 21, 2017. There was a wonderful group of people who got together to enjoy food and drinks with their dog in a beautiful rustic surrounding at the vineyard.

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place at the Guilford Fairgrounds on October 8, 2017. The Puppy Up Foundation helps fund oncology research to help win the war against cancer for all species. Photographs by Kathryn Schauer Photography

dlebrook Bark-ery is a transitional academy for young adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders between the ages 18 – 21 years old. Students make and sell dog treats at the retail store located at Riverview Center, Suite 125, in Middletown. The goal is to assist students with the necessary skills to transition into the work force and adulthood. While working at the barkery, students learn vocational skills, how to live independently, and gain social skills. The students work in shifts, some work fulltime. It is through education and experience that they learn skills from banking to baking. Students work hands-on at the barkery with tasks such as grocery shopping, customer service, cleaning, using the ipad, packaging, labeling, stocking shelves, making deposits, along with opening and/or closing the store. During the warmer season students may even go shopping at the farmer’s market in Cromwell. All the profits that the barkery makes goes right back to the barkery helping students get paid through tuition to Adelbrook. With five schools throughout the state, Adelbrook helps children from 5 -21 years of age. There are residential units available at the Cromwell campus and various homes throughout the state. Adelbrook Bark-ery not only provides their students a wonderful opportunity but they produce some of the best dog buscuits around! The barkery has five biscuit flavors available to purchase: Peanutty Puppers, Apple Cinnamon Crisp Bites, Sugary Milkbone, Cheesy Parsley Bites, and Awesome Peanutty Applesauce Bones. When in Middletown, stop by the Adelbrook Bark-ery with your pup for a special treat! www.adelbrook.org

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New Haven County Events

23rd Annual Walk-a-Dog-a-Thon

Mutts Gone Nuts! Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nelson Hall Theater: 150 Cook Hill Rd., Cheshire www.nelsonhallelimpark.org

Karen 4 Your Petz Paint & Sip Fundraiser Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Splat Art Studio: 106 S Colony St, Wallingford www.meridenhs.wixsite.com

Beers and Dogs Sunday, November 19, 2017 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Counter Weight Brewing Co.: 23 Raccio Park Rd, Hamden www.halfwayhomerescue.org

Free Pet Photos with Santa Saturday, December 2, 2017 Sunday, December 3, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Agway: 11 Whitewood Lane, North Branford Agway: 66 State St., North Haven www.myagway.com

Volunteer for the Holidays! Meriden Humane Society is always looking for volunteers! To apply to be a volunteer simply download an application, fill out the application, submit the application to volunteer@meridenhumanesocietyrescue.com. Then the Meriden Humane Society will follow up with you! Four simple steps to help animals in need. 12 • November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog

The 23rd Annual Walk-a-Dog-a-Thon, hosted by Animal Haven, took place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the North Haven Town Green. It was a fun family event that included a 1-mile dog walk, vendor booths, pet parade, costume contest, and raffle. The goal of the event was to help raise funds for the shelter’s operating and veterinary expense. Animal Haven has already saved the lives of over 300 homeless pets this year. Photographs by: Donna Cifaldi

Raising Funds for the Guilford Dog Park The Guilford Dog Park is located in the Nuts Plains Park in the right side before the lacrosse fields. The park accommodates an area for small dogs and an area for large dogs. Volunteers and the Park and Recreation Department pitched in together to make the dog park possible. The town donated the land and the community is building onto it. The dog park is in need of a few additional things in order to make the park complete. Some of the items on the wish list are an agility course, water pump, paved walkway around the large dog park area, and a waste containment system. If you are looking to make a dontation to help contribute to the needs of the Guilford Dog Park, please visit www.guilforddogpark.com.

Animal Companions Available at Yale New Haven Health Did you know that animal compaions are available for those seeking a calming effect during medical care at Yale New Haven Hospital? A trained volunteer can bring a huggable and loving canine friend to a patient’s room for a visit. Many of the dogs, who were trained to behave well in a hospital setting, are certified by the Delta Society Pet Partners.

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ear’s Pet Food Pantry was started with the idea that no one should have to choose between feeding their pets and feeding themselves. By providing pet food assistance to people who are experiencing financial hardship, we will be able to find alternatives to abandoning or surrendering pets to local shelters due to lack of food and be able to keep pets and their families who love them, together.

Want to get involved? Our success depends on people like you who have compassion for animals and want to help families in need: • Donate pet food or funds • Volunteer! • Host of food drive • Like us on Facebook & share with your friends and family Pet food pantry wish list. We are always looking for the following: • Any size bags or dry dog and cat food • Canned dog and cat food • Dog and cat treats • Cat litter

• Large storage totes with lids • One gallon and two gallon size zip-lock bags • Cash and gift card donations

We are also looking for organizations to partner with for the following: • Locations to set up donation boxes • Locations to hold monthly pet food distributions for the community Current drop off locations for your donations: • Niantic River Transmission and Uhaul 113 E Main Street, Niantic • East Lyme Public Library 39 Society Road, Niantic • Snap Fitness 88 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic

New London County Events Pet Photos with Santa

Pet Photos with Santa

Thursday, December 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Agway: 217 Otrobando Ave., Norwich Call 860-889-2344 for more information

Saturday, December 2, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Raining Cats & Dogs: Olde Mistick Village, Mystic 860-287-9031


oft Landings Road to Rescue is a small volunteer-based organization located in Lebanon that serves all of New England, lower New York state, and northern New Jersey. Soft Landings Road to Rescue is looking for people to foster a dog in need by providing a temporary home while the organization looks for a new forever family. If you’ve ever thought about being a foster parent to a cute pup, contact their Connecticut office at 860-228-4561 or through email at softlandingsrescue@gmail.com. Visit www.softlandingsrescue.com to learn more.

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Bear’s Pet Food Pantry is located in Niantic and will service the Southeastern Connecticut area. We are a community resource that will provide emergency pet food assistance through donations to pet owners in need. If you find yourself experiencing financial difficulty and unable to provide for your pet, we want to help! You can contact us the following ways: Email: info@bearspetfoodpantry.org Website: www.bearspetfoodpantry.org Facebook: www.facebook/BearsPetFoodPantry/ Mail: Bear’s Pet Food Pantry, P.O. Box 175, Niantic, CT. 06357 Phone: 860-227-7784

“He who feeds a hungry animal, feeds his own soul”. Charlie Chaplin

The Pour for a Pup fundraising event for the Connecticut Animal House was sponsored by Reynolds Subaru and held at their dealership in Lyme on October 14, 2017. This fun-filled event had wine and beer tasting, catered food, a raffle, and music. The event was fantastic and it had many people who came to support the event and the cause. The Connecticut Animal House is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending euthanasia. They provide medical expenses, special needs, behavioral training, and so much more. November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog


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arking is a natural way for dogs to communicate. As a dog owner, you can expect some level of barking from your dog. Expecting a dog to stop barking completely is unrealistic. However, if you suspect that your dog is a persistent barker, there are things that you can do to help control it in a positive way. Before you can address the problem, though, you need to find out why your dog barks excessively.

If you think that there’s something serious going on with your dog’s health, you should consult with your veterinarian immediately. Excessive barking can be a medical issue. If the barking is unbearable, you may want to make sure it’s not a health problem requiring attention. Once you’ve ruled out any possible medical condition, then it’s time to consider what other circumstances could be at the center of the problem. Knowing your breed of dog is important. Some dog breeds are known to be more verbal than others. For example, shelties have a history for herding sheep and need a job. Without a job, they become bored. Since shelties also have an ear for sound, they may think that their job is to bark when they hear something, just to inform you. This barking can seem quite excessive. By providing your dog with mental stimulation, you can help overcome excessive barking. There are many games or exercises that you can do with dogs that need mental or physical exercise. Dogs or puppies that spend lots of time confined or alone also need to be stimulated mentally or physically in order to prevent barking simply out of boredom or loneliness. Over time, the excessive barking may become a habit. Many dogs that start barking may continue simply because they like to bark; and then it’s a habit that takes time to break. Basically, all dogs need to burn energy; if a dog is confined, she will find some way to release it. For some dogs, it’s by barking. You can prevent this by taking your pet for a daily walk or run. By doing this, your dog becomes social through sniffing and checking out what is going on outside of the backyard or from the house. When you have time, take your dog to a local dog park or to visit a friend who has a dog so that your dog can play. It’s necessary for dogs to learn how to socialize with other dogs. Make sure that your dog has something special to look forward to each day. Once your pet 16 • November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog

can release some of that energy, she will end up finding a place to rest and she will be much calmer during the day when you are out. Spending time with your dog each day lets her know she’s part of the family and a bigger part of your life. Backyards are great for dogs to have; but it may not be enough. Consider also, that dogs who bark out of loneliness may just need another dog to play with. Consider getting a compatible playmate for your dog. If adoption is something you are serious about then taking a visit to a local rescue or shelter would be a first step. Ask questions and find out the best way to introduce the dogs to see if they would be good together. Your dog will be comforted that she is not alone at home or in the yard. In a natural environment, dogs lived in packs, not alone. A companion would keep your dog from feeling lonely and promote a more active lifestyle through fun and play with another dog. This will give both dogs plenty of exercise but doesn’t take the place of a daily walk for stimulation outside the yard or from being indoors. Then some dogs may just need some toys to play with to keep them busy and quiet. Playing ball or chewing a chew treat can keep dogs stimulated for a long time. Try different objects until you find the right one. Be careful with the toys you select. Some dogs can chew toys into pieces. If your dog swallows these pieces, it can be harmful. Be sure to select toys your pet can have while unsupervised for a few hours. It’s a natural tendency to tend to the needs of your dog when they ask you for something. However, responding to a bark, gives attention and positive reinforcement for something you don’t want--more barking. Yelling at a barking dog also gives attention in a negative way. Over time, this can lead to barking more frequently for any sort of attention. An easy fix is to ignore the barking. When the barking stops, give your dog praise and reward her with attention. This teaches your dog that she won’t get any attention from you unless she remains quiet. Consistency and follow through is necessary with this approach. A “stop barking” command is another method to control unwanted barking. Tell your dog firmly “stop barking.” Do not reward her until she stops barking and is calm. Your dog will learn that when she is told to “stop barking” and she does so, she gets a reward. Draw out the length of time after she stops barking before giving her the treat.

tra in in g It’s a gradual way to reinforce the command that you gave so she will learn to stop barking for longer amounts of time. Verbally praise your dog with a calm, neutral tone as you give her the treat. Telling your dog “you’re a good little girl” in a high-pitched or excited voice may get her overly excited, which could lead to more barking. Dogs that have been barking out of habit for a while need more time before they learn the command not to bark. Your time, patience and consistency will teach your dog to stop barking on command. By keeping your dog social, exercised and practicing the commands, your pet will start behaving much differently. Once you notice the progress, you’ll be happy that you took the time. If your dog barks from excitement, it can be more difficult to control. Frequently, this type of excitement happens before leaving the house for a walk or car ride. When this happens, delay the reward until the barking stops. In this case, the reward may be putting on the collar

or leash that initiates a trip out of the house. This type of training can seem like an ongoing battle because each time you grab the collar or leash and the barking starts, you will have to put the collar and leash down until the barking stops. This may take several attempts before you can get the collar and leash on your dog. If your dog starts to bark as you walk out the door, turn around, sit down and wait until the barking comes to a stop. Then wait and try again. If you get out of the door and your dog starts to bark, turn around, go back into the house, sit and wait for a calm dog. If you are still having trouble with barking, consult with your veterinarian or trainer. Remember that your dog barks as a form of communication. It’s your job to teach your pet when it’s a good time to bark and when it’s not. Having a happy dog that doesn’t excessively bark will be your reward. Enjoy dog ownership and embrace the relationship you have with your dog.

Types of Barks Attention—Begging to be noticed. It’s similar to a child whining and tugging on a pant leg. Anxiety--Often followed by a whine or whimper. A dog with separation anxiety uses this bark. Boredom and Loneliness—It’s clear that they really aren’t barking at anything but themselves. Communicating with Other Dogs--Repeated again and again. Usually a Woof. Woof. Woof. Pause. Repeat. Excitement--Excited to play with you or other dogs or before or during a trip. Warning--Can sound deep and scary. It warns to watch out. This can come with a growl at the end. It’s a bark of authority.

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Connecticut Dog: Have you ever brought Ellie to work with you? If so, what kind of day did you both have? Mark Zinni: Ellie hasn’t been to Channel 3. I work from 3:30 - 11:30 each night so it’s too late in the day for her. She needs her beauty rest! Connecticut Dog: When you’re not busy at work, what are some of the things you like to do for fun? Mark Zinni: We actually have a very quiet life. During the week, I typically go to the gym in the morning and I enjoy cooking lunch or dinner before heading to work. On the weekends, we usually stay close to home in Old Saybrook, where you’ll almost always spot us walking up and down Main Street. Connecticut Dog: What are your favorite things to do with Ellie? What are Ellie’s favorite things to do with you? Mark Zinni: Ellie enjoys going out for a walk when the weather cooperates but we can’t go too far, she gets tired and she’ll stop and let us know when it’s time to turnaround and go home!


onnecticut Dog had the opportunity to chat-it-up with Mark Zinni, anchor of Eyewitness News on Channel 3, about his life, work and his dog Ellie. Here’s how it went...

Connecticut Dog: Mark since you are an anchor of Eyewitness News at 5:30 and 11:00 p.m. on Channel 3, we’d like for our readers to know more about you and your dog, Ellie. First, tell us about Ellie. What is her breed and how old is she? What is her personality like? Mark Zinni: Ellie is a Cavachon, she’s half Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and half Bichon and she’ll be seven-years-old in January! Ellie has always been incredibly reserved and shy and she gets a little nervous around other dogs, so we have to be careful with her in unfamiliar environments. At home, she’s incredibly caring and only wants to sit on our laps and be loved.

Connecticut Dog: How did Ellie become part of your life? Mark Zinni: My husband likes to say that Ellie adopted us because we rescued her from a very bad living situation outside of Cleveland, Ohio shortly after she was born. She actually jumped right in my lap, almost begging us to take her home, so we did! Connecticut Dog: Did you grow up with dogs? Is Ellie your first dog? Mark Zinni: I grew up with a Lhasa Apso mix named Snoopy and before I got married, we had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Zoe. Sadly, she had a heart problem

Connecticut Dog: If you had to pick a New England weekend getaway for you and Ellie, where would you go? Why? Mark Zinni: We vacation on Cape Cod a few times a year and Ellie has grown to love Provincetown! It’s incredibly dog-friendly, the beaches are beautiful and most of the local inns and restaurants welcome your furry friends. Connecticut Dog: Finally, it’s said that people, without even realizing it, chose a dog that is most like them. In what way is Ellie similar to you? Mark Zinni: Ellie is laid-back and almost always relaxed, which is how I try to be when I’m at home, however, she’s probably more rested since she’s an expert and lounging around the house! Ha!

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1 large mashed banana 1 cup of natural peanut butter 3 cups of rolled oats 2 cups of unsweetened carob chips 2 tablespoon coconut oil

These super cute Christmas cookies are packed with peanut butter, bananas and love.

2 ½ cups of whole-wheat flour* 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 cup of natural peanut butter 1 cup of water 2 tablespoons of honey 1 ripe banana Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl combine the flour and baking powder. In a separate bowl mash the banana. Once mashed, add the peanut butter, water and honey to the bananas and mix well. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir until dough until it becomes firm. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough so that it’s about 1/2 inch thick. Use your favorite cookie cutter. Bake on ungreased baking tray for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Store cookies in an airtight container. * If your dog suffers from wheat allergies, use Bob’s Red Mill glutenfree all-purpose baking flour.

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1. Mix the mashed banana and peanut butter until it’s smooth. 2. Add the oats a little at a time until all of the oats are fully coated by the banana and peanut butter mixture. Set aside. 3. Next, take the carob chips and coconut oil and melt together in a pan or preferably a double boiler on the stovetop. To avoid burning, cook at low heat and stir often so that the carob chips are melted and smooth. If you are using a microwave, to avoid burning check on it every couple of seconds. Set aside the carob mixture once its melted. 4. Scoop out and gently roll enough mixture to form a bite sized ball. The size of the rolled ball depends on the size of your dog.  5. Using a toothpick or your hands, dip or dunk the ball into the melted carob.  6. Place the carob covered treat on a parchment paper lined tray, making sure that the treats don’t touch one another. 7. Allow the carob to harden by placing the tray into the refrigerator for 20-minutes or as long as an hour before serving.  Cutie Candies are a great snack or a special treat for good behavior. Depending on the size of your treat, this recipe makes an average of 20 - 30 treats. Cutie Candies can be stored in the refrigerator for  up to 7 days.



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12 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make for Your Dog By Amelia Mae Roberts

Resolution #12: Foster or adopt a playmate for your dog. One of the best things you can do for your pet is to provide him with a playmate or companion. It’s nice for your pet to spend his days with another furry being. You will need to make sure the new pet is a good companion for your current pet and vice versa. Talk to a local rescue organization or shelter to help you with becoming a foster or pet parent for an adoptable dog or cat.

Resolution #11: Vacation with your dog more often.

When you make plans for a vacation or a mini trip, be sure to include your dog. How amazing would it be for your dog to visit these incredible places with you. You don’t have to put your dog on a plane and travel to exotic far away places. Instead, stay in the United States and take a road trip to a state you always wanted to go see. This would be much easier and safer for you and your dog. Although taking your pet on a road trip can have its challenging moments, the trade off is great. It allows you and your dog to bond together with new people and places. It also makes for some amazing photographs.

Resolution #10: Exercise regularly. There’s no doubt that

the cold weather can prevent you from walking your dog. The days are shorter and the nights are longer. These things shouldn’t be your excuse from taking long walks with your dog this winter. If your dog doesn’t have a coat or sweater then now is the time to get him one. You both can get all bundled up for a long invigorating walk in your neighborhood or visit a local hiking trail. Regular exercise is good for both you and your dog.

Resolution #9: Don’t overfeed your dog. There are many people who make a resolution to loose weight for the New Year. People aren’t the only ones who need to loose weight. Dogs that are overweight need a motivated owner to regulate their eating habits. This can certainly be a great resolution for you to help your overweight dog with. Read labels on your dog’s food bag and feed your dog the appropriate amount necessary according to your dog’s size or weight. No more overloading your dog with table scraps. If you want to give snacks and treats to your dog, be sure they are the healthy kind. Resolution #8: Schedule time with the vet. Much like

children, dogs should have annual check ups. Make sure your dog gets an annual check up each year. By doing so, you are making sure your dog is healthy and stays healthy. This is a good time to talk to your veterinarian about any concerns or questions you have about your dog.

Resolution #7: Be more active with your dog. Go and do fun things with your dog more often. There are many pet-friendly establishments and outdoor activities that your dog can go to and be a part of. By becoming more actively involved with your dog you are able to form a stronger and closer bond. It’s also a great way to enjoy life in a different way and create some incredible memories. Resolution #6: Set up regular play times with your dog each day. Sure, life keeps you busy with work, family, and friends

but you can still make time each day to play with your dog. Your dog waits all day for your attention. Make your dog’s day special by set-

ting some time to play with your dog and his favorite toy or game every day and a few times each day. This will also create special bonding time for you both. Not only will it be fun for your dog, you’re guaranteed to have a blast, too.

Resolution #5: Create an Instagram for your dog. Why not? This will allow you to spend more time with your dog because you have to take pictures to post. Your dog will love the treats you give to him for posing nicely for the picture. Then, when you have some time, print your Instagram photos and create a special memory book of your dog. It’s highly recommended that you #connecticutdog each time you post a picture of your dog for a chance to have your dog’s picture printed in the magazine or shared on Connecticut Dog magazine’s social media. Resolution #4: Groom your dog regularly. Much like when you go to the hair salon or barber, a dog needs to get their fur and nails taken care of, too. Grooming your dog on a regular basis is important for your dog’s health. Also, basic and regular grooming provides your dog with a chance to look and smell his very best. Dogs feel better about themselves when they are groomed, even when they are scared at first. Grooming can be done at home or at a local grooming salon. Basic grooming would include a shampoo, cut, dry, and nail trimming. It’s easy to bath your dog but it’s a better idea to seek a professional to spiff up your dog with a haircut or nail trimming. Resolution #3: Brush your dog’s teeth and provide good oral hygiene. People go to the dentist and dogs get dental

cleanings and work done on their teeth through their veterinarian. Healthy teeth and gums can extend your dogs life by years. You can make a difference by brushing your dog’s teeth at least once a week. If you do this, you can probably eliminate a professional dental cleaning at the veterinarian’s office, saving you a lot of money. Sometimes dogs get injured or, as they get older, they may need surgical work done. Inquire about cleanings and overall dental care for your dog with your veterinarian.

Resolution #2: Teach an old dog a new trick. Okay, so

your dog doesn’t need to be old to learn a new trick. Teach your dog to roll over, give paw, or to move a little to the left. Make it fun no matter what trick you teach your dog to do. Be creative, do your research, choose safety first and always use positive training methods. Later, you can impress your friends and family by putting on a show featuring your dog and his new trick.

Resolution #1: Update or make ID tags for your dog.

More than often, owners leave their dogs without proper identification. Your dog should always wear a nametag that has your dog’s name and your current phone number. You can also include your current address. This will help get your dog home safely should your dog escape from the yard or if your dog becomes lost one day. November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog






oo often we stress about holiday gift shopping that in the process we loose sight of another factor that makes gift giving so special, the presentation. How you wrap a gift is a fantastic way to show someone that you not only made the effort to find the perfect gift but that you also took the time to present it to them in a special and thoughtful way. When you put some work into making the package look beautiful with a personal touch, the person receiving the gift will acknowledge and admire the time and effort that was put into it.

There’s a basic method and a Japanese method of gift-wrapping. Both are relatively easy to do but if you’re all thumbs then you’ll want to practice several times before wrapping the actual gift. Before you start, remove all price tags or stickers from the gift that you plan to wrap. If you gift isn’t already in a box then put the gift into a decorative box and then tape down the lid of the box. Make sure you have plenty of room on a table to wrap. If you decide to wrap your gift on the floor, make sure that all dog hair is vacuumed or swept out of the area where you will be wrapping.

Basic Method: Make sure you have plenty of wrapping paper to go around the gift. Allow a few extra inches on all sides. With a pencil draw a fine line to measure the paper for cutting. Once the paper is cut to the correct size, lay the gift face down in the middle of the wrapping paper. Be sure that the decorative side of the paper is on the opposite side of where you place the gift down. Bring the paper from the long, horizontal, side on over so that the paper meets the middle of the gift. Pull the other side over so that the paper hugs the gift smoothly and evenly. Use transparent tape to hold the paper in place. To close the ends, place the gift in front of you so that the one of the sides face you. Push the sides of the paper in towards the gift. Take the top and fold down using a piece of tape to hold its place. Then do the same for the bottom. The paper should hug the box that you are wrapping. Once you do one side, turn the box around and close up the other side. Lastly, run your finger and thumb along the edges to make a nice crease along all of the edges. 24 • November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog

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Cut out a rectangle size paper that is a few inches larger than the gift. The wrapping paper should be wider than longer so be sure to measure accordingly. Place the wrapping paper so that the decorative side is face down. Then put the wrapping paper diagonally so the paper looks more like a diamond rather than a rectangle.


ow that you can wrap a gift using one of the two mentioned, it’s time to consider the type of paper or fabric that you will be wrapping with. Instead of going with commercial made paper, try using something more unique. You can purchase special types of paper at a craft store, art supply store, or use a simple brown paper bag for a more earthy or natural effect. Fabric can be used to wrap presents, too. Visit your local fabric store to find just the right fit. Of course, no gift wrapping is complete without a decorative bow. Try using ribbon from the fabric store rather than the commercial kind that’s usually sold in most retail stores. Although there are many ways to tie a bow, using the basic method is as easy as tying a shoelace.


side from ribbon, there are other materials that can be used to create the same effect such as cut fabric, burlap, yarn, or twine. To create a more personalized gift, try using natural objects like shells, twigs, or flowers to adhere to the wrapped gift. If wrapping a box with paper or fabric is not your thing, you can use gift bags and tissue paper. You can still be creative when using gift bags. For instance, by using plain colored paper bags you are able to tastefully decorate the outside of the bag.Use stamps and inkpads, markers, crayons, glitter, natural objects, or fabric to create a personalized look. Match the gift bag up with colorful tissue. Finally, no gift is complete without a holiday gift tag. Gift tags can be made using a variety of materials such as construction paper, wood, recycled materials, or photographs. There are many ways to personalize your gift to not only match your personality or the personality of the one receiving the gift but, perhaps, your gift wrapping can match the ultimate theme of the gift. The idea is to be creative while making your gift look like it’s too pretty to open. However, don’t stress over wrapping presents, rather, see it, as an opportunity to have more fun this holiday season.

Flip your box so that the top is faced down. Be sure to have the decorative side of the paper is opposite the side where you put your gift down. When placing your gift down onto the paper, have it so that it is closed to the corner leaving a little triangle and so the gift lays only partially on top of the wrapping paper. Now bring the bottom half of the wrapping paper over the box and fold it over the top creating a triangle shape on the left side of the box. Fold the paper on the left side of the box, forming yet another triangle on the bottom left corner of the box. Crease the paper together. Take the large flap of the paper on the left side and bring it over to the top crease. Pull tightly so it looks nice and use tape to hold this fold in place. Fold the paper onto the top of the box and push the excess paper up into another triangle. Take the flap of the creased triangle, lift it up and then flip the box so that the side that held the tape is now at the bottom of the box. At this point, the gift box is now upside down from where you started it. Leave the box upside down and fold the excess paper to form another triangle. Pull the flap to the right and place it up and over the top of the box. Tape to hold this in place. Fold the excess paper on the top thus creating another triangle crease then lift the flap above the crease and fold it so the corner is back on the box. Fold in the excess paper on the left and right side of the flap to make another triangle shape. Fold the paper on the tip part of the triangle, press down and tape.

Basic Method to Tie a Bow Place your wrapped gift in front of you and lay the ribbon lengthwise so it’s placed in the middle of the box. Give yourself plenty of ribbon to work with. Flip your gift over and wrap the ribbon around so it folds over horizontally. Pull the ribbon up over the sides so it meets in the middle and then tie a knot and then tie a bow as you would a shoelace.

Dogs love to unwrap their own gifts. You just need to help them get started by making a small tear and encourage them to

pull it apart. It’s important to watch your dog carefully to make sure that he doesn’t ingest any paper or ribbons. Cats love the crinkle of the paper and the ribbons to play with. Be sure to

Once you get the hang of it you will start to look forward to wrapping the gifts almost as much as you had fun while gift shopping. Enjoy the holidays! Katey

keep an eye so that your kitty doesn’t get tangled up or hurt in the process. Make the holiday season fun and safe for your pets. November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog


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Louis Doberman was a local Magistrate and pedestrian tax collector in 1840s Germany. He wanted to breed a dog to accompany him on his tax collecting forays. He worked to create a dog that would stick to its owner like glue but that loved meeting and socializing with people while having a sharp sense of judgment. By the 1890s Dobermans were popular in Germany though at one point the government put out an edict to breeders to “Tone it down, the Dobermans are becoming too large and too sharp.” The Doberman can adapt to many lifestyles if given daily physical and mental exercise in addition to lots of love and attention. They are not for easily dominated owners, or for those who don’t want a dog that needs a lot of attention. Early socialization is important as Dobermans can become somewhat shy or overly sharp. Puppies should meet and greet approximately 100 new people and dogs in their first year. Dobermans normally weigh between 60 and 85 pounds and are 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder, females on the smaller side. They have a short, dense coat that cleans up easily and sheds little. They have no undercoat so do not do well in cold temperatures for extended periods. In most of Europe, Dobermans are no longer docked or cropped. Here in the U.S., docking should only be done by a veterinarian by 4 days of age. Cropping ears is strictly for aesthetic reasons and must also be done by an experienced veterinarian before 3 months of age. Contrary to myth, Dobermans with tails do NOT clear coffee tables and cropped ears do NOT improve their hearing. Dobermans are well suited to Tracking, Obedience, Agility, Service fields, Search and Rescue and Schutzhund. Dobermans come in four colors. The most common are black and tan, then red, blue, and fawn and tan. Blues and fawns are more rare and sometimes prone to thyroid conditions as well as dry skin and hair loss. Dobermans have a beautiful, energetic nature and wonderful intelligence though the uneducated public still harbors a pronounced fear of the Doberman Pinscher, which has been both a blessing and a curse for the breed.


Popeye is a black and tan, cropped and docked male, who came to Doberman Rescue Unlimited in January of 2017 as a stray from New York City . He is approximately 5-1/2 years old and is described by our staff as a “loveable goofball” and a real “cuddlebug.” Popeye’s most prized possession is his big, red, rubber ball which he carries around everywhere with him.


Petra is a black and rust, cropped and docked female who is about 2-1/2 years old. She was a stray out of Union, New Jersey and has a big personality with lots of character. November / December 2017 | Connecticut Dog


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Ct Animal House Inc. is a 501(c3) Non-Profit Organization which was founded in 2010 by Chris Lamb. After volunteering at her local Animal Control Facility, Chris learned that many of the animals that came into the facility with extreme medical issues were facing euthanasia because of the lack of funding by the Town. These were adoptable animals that just needed to receive the extra love and care to become wonderful family pets. The mission of CT Animal House is to end the euthanasia of adoptable dogs in our CT pounds by providing whatever the animal needs to give it the best chance at adoption. This includes, Emergency medical funding, behavioral evaluation, training, and promotion of harder to place animals, such as seniors and special needs animals. They also provide transportation for animals awaiting adoption in Animal Control Facilities to spay/ neuter appointments at the CT Humane Society in Newington, and partner with several organizations such as Homeward Bound and the Spay it Forward Campaign, Running for Rescues, The Community Foundation of New London and Middlesex Counties. Any CT Pound can call them for help with an animal and Ct Animal House will always do what they can to get that animal the help that it needs. They take on the tough cases that others won’t, as they believe that every animal deserves a second chance to live a happy life with a loving family. They primarily work with dogs and also the occasionally kitty. CT Animal House does not have a facility presently, and they rely on foster homes to care for their dogs. Many of their cases are cruelty and neglect cases that may require months of medical care before the animal is ready for a home. They are a committed group of individuals that strive to find happy endings for the dogs that they help care for. Judith Levin, one of Haddam’s natives met Chris when she adopted two Jack Russell Terriers from her after they were removed from a very bad situation. Judith fell completely in love with her Rescue dogs, and knew that she wanted to help others like Daisey and Willow. For more info on how you can help please She has since joined the Organization call CT Animal House at 860-400-0165 and is Vice President who is a tireAreas most needed are: less advocate for CT pound dogs. CT Fostering Animal House has many animals in People with great IT skills need of adoptive families, as well as Adoption Event Coordinators animals awaiting foster homes. They Fundraising Coordinators are always looking for dedicated volOrganizational Skills unteers to help them help animals in Secretarial Skills need. Their volunteers are primarily Marketing Coordinator located all over Middlesex and New London Counties. They are a small organization and need many more volunteers in these counties. This organization relies on donations from private individuals and grants. If you wish to donate you can do so by going to their website at: www.CtAnimalHouse.Org OR mail a donation to: CT Animal House PO Box 343 Waterford, CT 06385 All donations are tax deductible

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Meet Blanche!


oor Blanche was found recently standing in the middle of Saybrook Road in Haddam. It is suspected that she had been dumped there by her owners because she was suffering from a life threatening uterine infection after being used as a breeding machine. Thankfully, Haddam Animal Control reached out to Connecticut Animal House for help, and thanks to our friends at Running for Rescues, Blanche received her emergency surgery. She is a super loving senior Bulldog mix that enjoys the sun, belly rubs, and car rides. Blanche is now available for adoption and would be happy to hold down your couch for you.

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Meet King!


his his is is the the sad sad face face of of cruelty cruelty and and neglect. neglect. Poor Poor King King was was seized seized by by aa local local animal animal control control facility facility after after itit was was reported reported that that he he had had been been beaten beaten regularly regularly and and was was suffering from a chronic medical issue which left him weak and dangerously malsuffering from a chronic medical issue which left him weak and dangerously malnourished. nourished. After After many many months months in in animal animal control, control, Connecticut Connecticut Animal Animal House House took took King King in in to to help help him him get get well. well. After After much much diagnostic diagnostic testing, testing, and and lots lots of of TLC TLC from from all all of of his his friends, friends, King King seems seems to to be be turning turning the the corner corner and and putting putting on on some some weight. weight. Poor King has endured so much in his life, but continues to wag his tail and Poor King has endured so much in his life, but continues to wag his tail and give give gentle gentle kisses. kisses. He He loves loves car car rides rides and and walks. walks. He He will will need need aa patient patient and and knowledgeknowledgeable able adopter adopter to to teach teach him him to to fully fully trust trust again. again. Who Who can can blame blame him? him? He He does does not not seem seem reactive reactive with with other other dogs, dogs, but but aa meet meet and and greet greet will will be be required. required. If If you you have have the the love love and patience to give to this deserving dog a home, you will not be sorry. King is and patience to give to this deserving dog a home, you will not be sorry. King is still still considered considered aa medical medical case case and and is is on on aa special special diet diet and and will will require require supplements supplements daily daily as as he he continues continues to to put put on on weight. weight. Connecticut Connecticut Animal Animal House House believes believes that that settling settling in in to to aa home home will will do do him him aa world world of of good. good. Could Could itit be be yours? yours?

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oor oor Luna Luna was was surrendered surrendered to to an an animal animal control control facility facility many many months months ago ago with with aa spinal spinal injury injury to to her her tail tail region. region. They They were were asked asked ifif they they could could help help poor poor Luna Luna with with medical medical expenses expenses for for her her treatment treatment and and thankfully thankfully they they stepped stepped up. up. She She has has recievied recievied cold cold laser laser treatments, treatments, aa neurology neurology consult consult and and medications. medications. Luna Luna has has come come aa long long way way since since she she arrived arrived at at the the pound pound and and has has made made tremndous tremndous progress. progress. Her Her injury injury causes causes problems problems with with incontiincontinence and she occasionally has some “accidents”. She is such a loveable nence and she occasionally has some “accidents”. She is such a loveable little little girl girl and and deserves deserves aa chance. chance. Luna Luna just just had had her her MRI MRI and and now now looking looking at at the the next next steps steps for for her her treatment treatment and and recovery. recovery.


Meet Val!

al al is is approximately approximately 33 years-old years-old and and medium medium sized sized American American Staffordshire Staffordshire Terrier Terrier mix mix who who will will be be around around 55 55 lbs. lbs. Val Val loves loves to to give give kisses, kisses, snuggle, snuggle, play, play, is is really really low low key, key, and and thinks thinks she she is is aa lap lap dog. dog. She She wants wants all all the the love love she she can can get. get. Val Val is is fully fully vetted, vetted, aa meet meet and and greet greet would would be be necessary necessary with with any any resident dogs, and spayed. A home with older children would be best. Val was found in a park resident dogs, and spayed. A home with older children would be best. Val was found in a park by by anianimal mal control control tied tied up up to to aa fence. fence. She She was was extremely extremely thin thin and and had had severe severe ear ear infections. infections. After After many many weeks weeks of of treatment treatment in in animal animal control control she she went went to to be be spayed spayed and and developed developed aa severe severe infection. infection. Her Her prognosis prognosis was grave, but the day before she was to be euthanized she made a remarkable recover and is was grave, but the day before she was to be euthanized she made a remarkable recover and is now now ready ready for for aa home home of of her her own. own.

Meet Lily!


i, my name is Lily. I am a 3-4 year old Terrier mix and I am looking for a home. Any family that adopts me will be the envy of their friends and family. My favorite thing to do is to wrap myself up in my blankets like a burrito and peek my head out. I do well with older kids and dogs that are good communicators and will not get in my face. No kitties for me so they say. I am spayed and vaccinated and microchipped. I would do best in a fenced yard where I can run around and play. If you would like to meet me, please go to ctanimalhouse.org and fill out an application. I will be waiting. Thanks! Lily

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