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SUNDAY RECORD YOUR GUIDE TO PUBLIC RECORDS AND VITAL STATISTICS IN CALHOUN COUNTY BANKRUPTCIES

DEATHS Alice Carter Allen, Anniston Emmett Almon, Lanett Margie Inez Crumley Bailey, Piedmont Clara C. Bell, Anniston Rev. Scott Bolton, Anniston Thomas R. Bradley, Oxford Linda C. Bridges, Jacksonville John W. “Jack” Bunt, Ohatchee James Alvin “Booney” Burnett, Birmingham Martha J. Cobb, Anniston Lila Jean Cole, Georgia Wendy Waldrop Cooper, Oxford Danny Dunn, Piedmont Susan Joy Dunnam, Colorado Hazel L. Gunter, Piedmont Ceylon Munroe Hale, Anniston Annie Ruth Hall, Gaylesville Laurelle Hardman Hampton, Anniston Sudie Heard, Anniston Emma Pearl Hester, Gaylesville James E. Howell, Anniston Bobbie L. Humphries, Oxford Eura Mae “Toots” Kilgore, Oxford Willie Eulene Maddox, Oxford Robert F. McCollough, Georgia Martha Chappell McMinn,

Anniston Anthony Miller, Talladega Helen Loraine Miller, Anniston Ruby Lee Browning Mitchell, Ashland Dwain Nelson, Goodwater Fredda Marie Owen, Edwardsville Carrie Elizabeth “Big Sis” Parker, Jacksonville Billy Gene Parris, Georgia Iveylee Pearson, Anniston Earl Player, Talladega Leola Watters Roper, Anniston Bertha K. Rosser, Anniston Jackie Sigafuss, Alexandria Bill Smith, Oxford Dorothy B. Smith, Georgia Edna “Arline” Tallent, Webster’s Chapel Jane Tillis, Wadley Evelyn P. Tulloch, Ohio David Lynn Wagnon Sr., Piedmont Catherine M. Watson, Anniston Eugene Wesley, Talladega Frank D. Williams, Oxford Weldon S. “Red” Williams Sr., Anniston George Willingham, Talladega Wayne Woosley, Anniston Patricia “Trick” Wynn, Anniston Ronald L. “Twin” Young, Oxford

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A Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows the debtor to retain certain exempt property, but the debtor’s remaining property is gathered and sold by a trustee from which creditors will receive payment. It may also be used by businesses which wish to terminate their business. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy enables debtors, through court supervision and protection, to propose and carry out a repayment plan under which creditors are paid, in full or in part, in installments over a three-year period. During that time, debtors are prohibited from starting or continuing collection efforts. The following bankruptcies declared by Calhoun County residents were recorded by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Alabama last week:

Chapter 7 • William David Mason Jr., Ryan Drive, Anniston • Adella C. Davis Fleming, Melody Lane, Anniston • Tomsietta Bradford, Dellwood Court, Anniston • Andre D. Boykin, Ashmaline Lane, Oxford • Charlotte C. Jones, Bynum Leatherwood Road, Anniston • Diemara M. Labant, Greenleaf Street SW, Jacksonville

• Dustin Shane Knight of Anniston to Amanda Shea Carter of Anniston • Christopher Hollis Hulsey of Anniston to Destinie Ira Turner of Piedmont • Christopher Austin Vebon George of Anniston to Heather Layne Austin of Anniston • Jerome Carter Jr. of Anniston to Christy Diane Brewer of Anniston • Tony Ray Stewart of Heflin to Serena Michelle Hiett of Heflin • Joshua Blake Justice of Boaz to Jamie Leigh Curry of Anniston • Johnathan Michael Wanamaker of Anniston to Lydia Patty Anderson of Anniston • Thomas Albert Clifton III of Alexandria to Christie Leanne Hatz of Anniston • Barry Keith Weathington of Anniston to Stephanie Michelle

Chapter 13

• Lashonda Curtis, Anniston • David A. Tate, Rocky Hollow Road, Anniston • Billy West Jr., Little John Drive, Oxford • Jeremy Joshua Nelson and Ashley Negale Nelson, N. 5th Avenue, Piedmont • O’dell Kirby, W. 12th Street, Anniston

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Here is the livestock market report for the Tuesday sale. Receipts for this week 819 compared to 1055 last week. Receipts a year ago 654.

FEEDER CLASSES: Bulls and steers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 180.00 to 270.00; 300-400 lbs. 175.00 to 228.00; 400-500 lbs. 157.00 to 205.00; 500-600 lbs. 137.00 to 187.50; 600700 lbs. 116.00 to 159.00. Heifers (Medium and Large No. 1 and No. 2): 200-300 lbs. 160.00 to 225.00; 300400 lbs. 155.00 to 195.00; 400-500 lbs. 145.00 to 167.50; 500-600 lbs. 130.00 to 162.50; 600-700 lbs. 110.00 to 128.00; 700-800 lbs. 110.00 to 134.00.

SLAUGHTER CLASSES: Cows: Breakers 75.00 to 79.00; Boners 80.00 to 84.00; Lean 71.00 to 74.00. Bulls: Normal Dressing 5458% 88.50 to 91.00; High Dressing >58% 96.00 to 102.00; Low Dressing

WILLS PROBATED • Lillie Mandy Whitley • Naomi Orr Morris • Gregory B. Smith

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CATTLE SALE

Holt of Anniston • Nicholas Jay Legon Perry of Ohatchee to Amber Nicole Alderson of Lincoln • Marcus William Collins of Anniston to Natasha Yvette Miller of Anniston • Randall Ellis Cain of Piedmont to Misty Ann Grant of Piedmont • Shaun Patrick Firestone of Alexandria to Jennifer Renee Brewster of Southside • Justin Lee Eastridge of Brompton to Heather Leeanne Gilbert of Delta • Kevin Patrick Fagan of Piedmont to Louzella Michelle Winkles of Piedmont • Timothy Herbert Jones of Fruithurst to Samanda Annette Pike of Fruithurst • Cory Ray Westbrook of Piedmont to Michaela Camille Hooven of Piedmont • Christopher Craig Saldana of Moody to Sherilyn Rachel Sparks of Moody

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ARRESTS The people listed in this arrest report, whose names and charges are obtained from public records, are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Anniston

The following felony arrests were reported by the Anniston Police Department (addresses not provided) during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Howard Danta Williamson, 31: possession of a controlled substance. • Hurtis Benjamin Woodruff, 32: third-degree burglary. • Cristal Shandreke Matthews, 38: second-degree theft. • Cory Wayne Clifton, 36: obstruct-

ing justice by using a false I.D. • Vickie Deloris Caver, 49: firstdegree theft. • Jacob Taylor Gibson, 18: possession of a controlled substance. • Brittany Nicole Gibson, 20: two counts of possession of a controlled substance. • Joseph Ron Coronado, 19: two counts possession of a controlled substance. • Charles Andre Parker, 30: firstdegree possession of marijuana. • Mason Brody McClune, 19: second-degree receiving stolen property, first-degree possession of marijuana. • Jarvis Dion Blake, 28: violation of the Community Notification Act. • Jonathan Lee Bloodworth, 31: third-degree burglary.

Calhoun County The following felony arrests were reported by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the sevenday period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday. • Adriel Devon Askew, 21, of Anniston: failure to appear in court for first-degree receiving stolen property and third-degree burglary. • Brandi Byars Shoemaker, 31, of Anniston: promoting prison contraband. • Cody Ray Smith, 25, of Jacksonville: failure to appear in court for second-degree receiving stolen property, obstructing justice and attempting to commit a controlled substance crime. • Felicia Marie Ann Warf, 30, of

Jacksonville: probation violation. • Garry Glenn Lee, 59, of Anniston: probation violation. • Jarvis Donquise Swink, 24, of Anniston: probation violation. • Daniel Horice Lackey III, 42, of Atlanta, Ga.: failure to appear in court for second-degree possession of a forged instrument. • Jessie Dillon Bishop, 19, of Anniston: theft of property. • Ryan Louis Steinkamp, 21, of Anniston: second-degree escape. • Jerel Clinton Watts, 22, of Anniston: probation violation. • Carey Lamont Richardson, 22, of Oxford: bond revocation. • Emily Jean Thomas, 33, of Anniston: promoting prison contraband. • Ellen Jill Harris, 38, of Jacksonville: three counts of possession of

a forged instrument. • Michael Anthony Stitts, 32, of Piedmont: distribution of a controlled substance. • Jackie Dewite Pigg, 55, of Anniston: failure to appear in court for theft of property. • Jonathan Lee Bloodworth, 31, of Anniston: third-degree burglary. • William McArthur Haywood, 43, of Heflin: second-degree theft of property. • Jeffrey Scott Boatwright, 47, of Wellington: unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, firstdegree possession of marijuana. • Christy Michelle Darnell, 36, of Wellington: possession of a controlled substance.

BLOTTER

Crimes are listed by location. Anonymous tips may be called • Residence, 2300 block of Paul Street: household items, • Bar, 1200 block of West 10th Street: 1995 Mercury Grand in to Crime Stoppers at 256-238-1414. A reward of up to jewelry. Marquis. (Recovered 02-04-2013) $1,000 may be given. • Parking lot, 400 block of West 10th Street: temporary • Residence, 100 block of Willingham Bridge Road: tools. grounding equipment. Anniston

Thefts

The following property crimes were reported to the Annis- • Residence, 1900 block of West 10th Street: bicycles. ton Police Department during the seven-day period ending • Street, 400 block of Foxley Road: tire and rim. • Restaurant, 300 block of East Blue Mountain Road: purse, at 7 a.m. Thursday. jewelry, personal I.D., wallet. Burglaries • Residence, 1600 block of Rocky Hollow Road: water • Residence, 200 block of McArthur Drive: household heater. items. • Residence, 300 block of Elm Street: laptop computer. • Residence, 500 block of Smith Avenue: television. • Residence, 700 block of Mountain Drive: cash. • Residence, 1500 block of Woodstock Avenue: cell phone, • Residence, 500 block of Glen Addie Avenue: cash, key. laptop computer, game console. • Residence, unspecified block of South Wilmer Street: door, • Residence, 2300 block of McKleroy Avenue: car axles, table saw, lamps, construction equipment, heater, ladder. household items. (Recovered 02-01-2013) • Convenience store, 3800 block of U.S. 431: scarp metal. • Residence, 6000 block of Glade Road: personal documents, • Residence, 3000 block of West 30th Street: furniture. acetylene tank with torches, oxygen tank, television, shelf. • Residence, 1000 block of West 34th Street: firearm. • Residence, 700 block of West 14th Street: copper wire. • Parking lot, 5500 block of McClellan Boulevard: cell phone • Residence, Knighton Place: copper wire. with cover. • Residence, 1300 block of Kilby Terrace: stove. • School, 500 block of Cooper Circle: laptop computers, Auto-related thefts cash, credit card, check. • Residence, 2000 block of Coleman Road: firearm.

Calhoun County

The following property crimes were reported to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office during the seven-day period ending at 7 a.m. Thursday.

Burglaries

• Residence, 2100 block of Barry Street, Oxford: household items. • Unspecified location, Old Piedmont-Gadsden Highway, Piedmont: air compressor, tools, lawn mower, welder. • Residence, McClain Lane, Oxford: game console, laptop computer, television. • Residence, Moana Drive, Alexandria: wheels, tires, battery. • Residence, Maxwellborn Road, Piedmont: laptop computer, television.

Thefts • Residence, U.S. 431, Wellington: jewelry.

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CALENDAR: AnnistonStar.com/calendar PROPERTY TRANSFERRED • Mina Jean Hilewitz to Dollye Edmondson, Cane Creek Homes in McClellan, lot 134, $10. • Albert S. Klyce III to Greg Wilkins, Tallasseehatchee Farms, lot 129, $1. • Marze Haynes to Sandra Haynes Mitchell, a parcel of land in section 23, township 15, range 5, $10. • Marze Haynes to Sandra Haynes Mitchell, a parcel of land in section 23, township 15, range 5, $10. • Marze Haynes to Rhonda Haynes Crosson, a parcel of land in section 23, township 15, range 5, $10. • Marze Haynes to Rhonda Haynes Crosson, a parcel of land in section 23, township 15, range 5, $10. • Brandon New and Tonya New to Ronnie Estes and Zachary Estes, Mechanicsville, block 6, lots 7-9, $1. • Thomas L. Browning and Lynn D. Browning to Donnie C. Andrews and Kayla B. Andrews, Taylor’s Bend subdivision, lot 26, $249,900. • Ronald D. Norton Sr., Martha Y. Norton and Anita N. Brewster to Robert R. Rogers Farms LLC, a parcel of land in section 32, township 12, range 10, $10. • R. Bryan Freeman and Lynn A. Freeman to Joshua Lynn Bearden, Sunset Heights, block 4, lots 1 and 2; Sunset Heights, Fairway addition, block 1, lot 1, $10. • Freddie Mac to Henry L. Gomez,

Gladeview subdivision, lot 24, $19,900. • Fannie Mae to Harbour Portfolio VII LP, a parcel of land in section 5, township 15, range 8, $17,252. • Carlos Ray Fowler and June Fowler to Jordan McGuffey, Monte Vista subdivision, lot 3, $1. • Sandra Selcke Bernardi to Andrew Carl Burk and Elizabeth A. Bernardi, a parcel of land in section 27, township 16, range 6, $10. • Stanley A. Coers and Scarlet A. Coers to Coers Family Trust, a parcel of land in section 3, township 15, range 7, $1. • Todd Hamilton to Conchetta J. Ward, Woodchase subdivision, block 8, lots 8 and 9, $10. • Veterans Affairs to Wynotta Fowler Crawford, a parcel of land in section 9, township 15, range 8, $69,900. • Roger L. Curtis II to Luci Rainey, a parcel of land in section 13, township 13, range 8, $10. • Acacia Leann DeLoach to Walter Franklin DeLoach III, Lakewood Estates, 1st addition, block 2, lot 3. • Oxford Commercial Development Authority to Oxford Commercial Development Authority, amended map of Oxford Commons, lot 5, $1. • Regions Bank to Housing & Urban Development, J.O. McCullar’s subdivision, block 10, lots 2 and 3, $1. • Richard C. Trucks Jr. and Jen-

nifer H. Trucks to Jason B. Free and Michelle L. Free, Deer Ridge subdivision, lot 8, $10. • William W. Cox Jr., Samuel E. Cox Sr. and Martha I. Cox to David S. Russell and Cynthia Russell, Lake Louise subdivision, section 1, block 5, lot 5, $10. • Mary Burt Johnson and Billy Joe Johnson to Terry Johnson and Susan Johnson, North Anniston Realty Co., Saks C addition, block 26, lot 6, $10. • Dennis H. Williams to My Ly Le, Willow Creek subdivision, lot 2, $10. • Joyce G. Spears and Rita Bradford to Joyce G. Spears and Teresa Jones, a parcel of land in section 9, township 16, range 7, $72,360. • Newton Properties LLC to Robert’s Rentals LLC, James addition to Anniston, lot A, $10. • Tammy S. Quinn to Harold Laster, Virginia Heights, block 435, lot 4M, $500. • Gaston O. Patterson to Gaston O. Patterson, Otis Lee Patterson, Lana Patterson Turner and Joe Lane Patterson, a parcel of land in section 13, township 14, range 8, $10. • Gaston O. Patterson to Gaston O. Patterson, Otis Lee Patterson, Lana Patterson Turner and Joe Lane Patterson, a parcel of land in sections 13/24, township 14, range

8, $10. • Gaston O. Patterson to Gaston O. Patterson, Otis Lee Patterson, Lana Patterson Turner and Joe Lane Patterson, a parcel of land in sections 13/24, township 14, range 8, $10. • Gaston O. Patterson to Gaston O. Patterson, Otis Lee Patterson, Lana Patterson Turner and Joe Lane Patterson, a parcel of land along Patterson Lake Road, $10. • Lyberta K. Hanks to Carolyn Copeland, Five-W Lakesite subdivision, block 13, lot 4, $10. • Gail H. Camp to Tyler G. Bowler and Genie L. Bowler, East Lynn Road subdivision, block 1, lot 8, $10. • Benjamin Justin Johnson to Benjamin Justin Johnson and Lindsey Allison Johnson, Dogwood Acres, lots 10 and 11, $1. • Rosaline M. Hochmeister-Estate to Diane E. Morales, Reaves subdivision, block 7, lots 1-8, $10. • Ellen L. Rhodes and Scott E. Rhodes to Ellen Louise Rhodes and Christopher Edward Brown, a parcel of land in section 27, township 14, range 7, $1. • Rayford Ivey and Peggy Ivey to Ronny Traffanstedt, a parcel of land in section 5, township 13, range 10, $10. • Rayford Ivey and Peggy Ivey to Ronny Traffanstedt, a parcel of

land in section 5, township 13, range 10, $10. • Rachal L. Reid and Thomas G. Reid to Thomas G. Reid, a parcel of land in section 14, township 14, range 6, $1. • Claudia L. Brown to Patricia Kay Ford, E.H. Medders subdivision, lot 11, $10. • Patricia Annette Brewer to William Lee Timber and Faye H. Kelly, Tyler Park addition to Anniston, block 13, lot 6, $3,000. • City of Weaver to Calhoun County Board of Education, a parcel of land in section 5, township 15, range 8, $1. • William F. Gates and Jo Ann P. Gates to Rogers A. Vincent and Jessica Williams Vincent, Sunset Heights, Diana Hills 5th addition, block 9, lot 3, $10. • Mandy Maletha Lackey to Mandy Maletha Lackey and Bobby Raper, Delwood Estates, 1st addition, block D, lot 32, $10. • Jacqueline Judkins to Roderick Sutton, Sagewood subdivision, lot 4, $10. • Willie B. Cox to Johnny Spears and Alice Spears, a parcel of land in section 27, township 14, range 6, $10.

FORECLOSURES • Freda D. England, Indian Oaks Estates, section 4, lot 165. • William B. Shoaf and Diana D. Shoaf, Indian Oaks Estates, section 2, lot 59. • Billy S. Newell and Sandra Newell, Golden Springs subdivision, 6th addition, lot 9. • Heather J. O’Brien, Day subdivision, lot 11.

• Becky Braddock Moore, Western Hills subdivision, lot 28. • Wilbert S. Perry, Crestline subdivision, block B, lot 9. • William D. Jones to Kristi M. Jones, a parcel of land in section 31, township 16, range 7. • Raymond H. Kennedy and Carolyn J. Kennedy, Bradley

Acres subdivision, block 3, lot 18. • Shirley M. Abel and Robert W. Abel, a parcel of land in section 22, township 14, range 6. • Roy Bellerose and Candy D. Bellerose, Noah Valley Acres subdivision, lot 1. • Elvie L. Watkins, Cross Creek, 2nd addition, lot 24.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS Here are food service establishments recently inspected by the Calhoun County Health Department, along with scores. A score of 100 indicates the inspector found no deficiencies. Potentially hazardous deficiencies (four- or five-point demerit items) are noted. These must be corrected immediately and inspectors say they are often corrected while the inspection is underway. Restaurants earning below 70 must raise their scores within seven days or face closure.

4-OR 5-POINT DEMERITS

• Bearcat Express, 101 Main St., Weaver Piedmont — 97. • Huddle House, 505 U.S. 278 By Pass, E., — 94, presence of insects. Piedmont — 97. NO MAJOR DEMERITS • Jack’s Family Restaurant, 1900 Quintard • Alexandria Elementary School — 100. Ave., Anniston — 99. • Alexandria High School — 100. • Logan’s Roadhouse, 40 Ali Way, Oxford • Artisanal Baked Goods, 1702 Quintard Ave., — 96. Anniston — 99. • Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant, 5630 • Big B Grocery, 3400 Choccolocco Road, McClellan Blvd., Anniston — 99. Anniston — 99. • Mad Hatter Cakes, 30 Coffee St., SE, Jack• China King, 4882 U.S. 78, W., Oxford — 99. sonville — 98. • Country Inn & Suites (Pantry), 100 Colonial • Panda Chinese Food, 135 Plaza Lane, Drive, Oxford — 98. Oxford — 98. • Gregerson’s, 612 U.S. 278 By Pass, E., • Piedmont Elementary School — 98.

• Piedmont High School — 100. • Pleasant Valley Elementary School — 100. • Pleasant Valley High School — 100. • Ruby Tuesday, 712 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston — 97. • Shoney’s, 1017 Quintard Drive, Oxford — 96. • Smoke N Hot BBQ, 230 Self Road, Anniston — 99. • Subway, 8076 Alabama 202, Anniston — 99. • Yume Japanese and Asian Cuisine, 301 Colonial Drive, Oxford — 98.

How to know whether you’re ready to own a dog BY SHIRLEY SALEMY MEYER Associated Press

The letter asking for a dog was written in the curvy, careful handwriting of a grammar-school girl wanting to make an impression. Crumpled drafts were on the floor of her room, explorations of different arguments to press her case. In the end, my daughter used them all. And she ended the letter with emotion, signing it “with love and hope.” Hope? How can a mother reject hope? Still, it’s been 30 years since I’ve had a dog, our yard isn’t fenced and I thought my potty-training days were over. How do you know if you are ready for dog ownership? Experts say you need to examine your lifestyle, living arrangements and finances. Then, you need to find the right match. “There is a home for every dog, but every home is not right for every dog,” said Kim Saunders, vice president of operations and communications for St. Hubert’s of Madison, N.J., which has two animal shelters and a dog training center. When deciding whether to get a dog, everyone in the household should be comfortable with the idea, experts say. Once the entire family is on board, it’s important to decide who the primary caregiver will be — the person responsible for feeding, , training, exercising and enriching the dog. Potential dog owners also should figure out whether they have enough time to care for a dog. Even if long workdays are typical, however, dog owners can arrange with a neighbor or dog walker to help out. “Lots of busy people have pets,” said Dr. Brian Collins, who supervises veterinary students’ appointments and surgeries at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s a matter of whether you are going to make the changes necessary to make it a priority.” The Schutte family of Cheyenne, Wyo., brought home Toby, a Canaan puppy, in January. Lance Schutte and his wife have demanding jobs, and after work they are active with their children’s extracurricular activities. They love to play with Toby, but they don’t have a lot of time for long walks. “All the traits of the Canaan breed seemed to fit well into our family lifestyle,” said Schutte, stewardship coordinator for the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust. Canaans are generally loyal and family-oriented, according to the American Kennel Club, require regular exercise and are easy to train. The Schuttes hope that feeding and housetraining Toby will teach their two pre-teens responsibility. As a general rule, puppies and adolescent dogs require more time than adult dogs, said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA’s Adoption Center

sciences and head of the behavioral medicine clinic at Ohio State University. Some dogs have been bred over generations for specific jobs, such as herding and retrieving. Behavioral problems such as chewing and barking at their owner can result when dog owners don’t compensate for those jobs with physical exercise or stimulate dogs’ intelligence with games. The cuteness of puppies is hard to resist. But with that charm comes a big time commitment for housetraining, socialization and playing. Herron recommends puppy classes, where these young dogs are exposed to things they will see as adults — things that move, things that make noise, obstacles and more — so they won’t be afraid of them later. “A novelty to an animal is potentially dangerous,” she said. “If we show it to them as a puppy, it’s not a novelty.” Joel Fotinos of Maplewood, N.J., plans to take his year-old dog, Martin, to obedience school. His first year with Martin, believed to be a mix of German shepherd and golden retriever, was a demanding one, but “we are beginning to see the fruits of the work,” Fotinos said. “You get cats, you bring them home and you’re done,” said Fotinos, a book publishASPCA/Associated Press er. “I did not know the amount of care and Richard Palacios and Natalya Prokenpenko pose with Hazel, a 2-year-old pit bull attention that goes into dogs.” mix, who they adopted from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Stephenson, stay-at-home father to Animals in New York on Jan. 18. To prepare for dog ownership, experts say to their 9-year-old son, said he had “puppy amnesia.” “You forget what it is like,” he examine your lifestyle, home and finances. Then find the right match. said. “It’s like having an infant.” Sigrid McMahon of Whitehouse Station, N.J., thought a puppy might be too much WHERE TO START YOUR SEARCH FOR A NEW PET for her 8-year-old Rottweiler, Sofie, who needed companionship. Plus, she and her Think you’re ready to add a new you desire, its breed, age, size and genhusband wanted to make a difference in nonhuman member to your houseder. You can also search for shelters in an older dog’s life. So in December, they hold? Adopting a rescued animal can your vicinity by clicking the Shelters & adopted Britt, a mixed breed about 10 be tremendously fulfilling for both you Rescues tab. years old who has fit into the household and your new pet. To get an idea of An average listing usually provides well. But McMahon, who works at a private animals awaiting placement, Petfinder. the animal’s photo, name, breed, sex, school, is aware of the additional responcom is a great place to start. size, approximate age, a small descripsibilities that come with an older dog and The website, which is updated daily, tion and information such as whether it hopes any medical issues are minor. currently lists more than 375,000 anihas been spayed or neutered, if its shots Should the size of your living space be mals seeking new homes from nearly are up to date and whether it has issues a concern? Buchwald of the ASPCA said 14,000 adoption groups. with children or other animals. There no. Dogs need exercise and enrichment, Though the majority of the site’s list- is also phone or email contact informanot big houses. A fenced-in yard also isn’t ings are for dogs and cats, you can also tion for the organization that has the necessary, according to Saunders of St. search for rabbits, horses, amphibians, animal. Hubert’s, who wrote “The Adopted Dog birds, pigs and barnyard animals. Petfinder also has forums, speciesBible” for Petfinder.com. Shelters from the United States, specific care information and tips on The cost of owning a dog, from food Canada and Mexico post potential volunteering with animals or fostering to medical care, can add up. The ASPCA adoptees here, but you can narrow your them. estimates the minimal cost of humane care search by ZIP code, the type of animal — Ronnie Gill, Newsday in a dog’s first year to be $1,314 for a small dog, $1,843 for a large dog. As for my daughter’s desire for a dog, in New York City. Personality and energy mold and doesn’t have much more to give I’m not quite ready. But her request has level should be considered for a successful at the end of the day, a low-energy dog may brought back wonderful childhood memodog-family match, she said. be a better fit. ries of our beloved golden retriever, who A high-energy dog won’t be an issue for Do some research before deciding on roamed the wooded area of our neighbora physically active family, experts say. But a breed or mix of breeds, said Dr. Meghan hood and returned home when we whisif your family fits into the “couch potato” Herron, assistant professor of veterinary tled. If only dog care were still that easy.


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