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February/March 2014


Ride to Recovery



Clean as a Hound’s Tooth

All Play, No Work

Souvenir from Sosúa


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February/March 2014 ABOUT THE COVER: Our cover photo is two Gypsy Vanner horses named Moonlight Latte and Moonlight’s Talisman. Moonlight Latte is the 13-year-old mother of 9-year-old Moonlight’s Talisman. These two gentle giants known as Latte and Tali were donated to Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center by Lisa and Hamp Ford of Columbia.

Table of Contents

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5 Ask the Vet: Three Legs and a Spare 8 Souvenir From Sosúa 11 Animal Poison Control Center 12 Puzzle: Dog Breed Word Search 14 All Play, No Work 16 Cover Story: The Ride to Recovery 20 Rescue Groups and Shelters 21 Calendar: February and March Events 22 Pets Around Town: CFA Cat Show and more 24 The Dish: Clean as a Hound’s Tooth 26 Animal Law 101: Anti-Chaining Ordinance 28 Oily Pets: Diffusing…What, Why, How & Where! 30 Business Directory / Pet Recipe


from the Publisher


hile putting together this issue of Pet Project Magazine, it became obvious the title of this issue should be “Have a Heart.” With so many supportive members of our community, we are changing lives of people Melody and pets, not only in our own commuWhitworth & nity, but also worldwide. Honeybunny We have devoted the center spread to an amazing facility located right here in Columbia called Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Academy, where animals are helping the lives of physically and mentally challenged children and adults. The heart that goes into this organization oozes through the community from care and love of the horses to volunteer and monetary support. The lives these special horses touch on a regular basis are proof that miracles do happen. One look at the faces of the riders when they are at Cedar Creek, it becomes evident why the organization is so very successful at what it does. Please enjoy the article and the photo spread, and get involved in this fantastic nonprofit organization. Our own Andrea Gayer traveled to a foreign land with love in her heart and a helping hand. World Vets is a global organization traveling across oceans to help people and pets. “A Souvenir from Sosúa” is an inspirational and heartwarming article proving that change is welcome and possible in other lands. Dr. Beth Hussey, a prominent veterinarian in our area and a regular contributor of Pet Project Magazine, extended her experience and services to help a local rescue dog live a better life by performing an amputation surgery at no cost. “Three Legs and a Spare” answers some difficult questions regarding amputation and shows yet another act of compassion and kindness by a business owner and member of our community. I hope this issue of Pet Project Magazine will open your heart and encourage you to get involved in so many wonderful opportunities that we have in Columbia and the surrounding area, to make a difference in the lives of people and pets. Let love and compassion fill your heart and make you whole. Kisses, hugs and belly rubs to all of the wonderful animal companions of Columbia and the mid-Missouri area.

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Publisher Melody Whitworth Editor-in-Chief Celia Darrough Contributing Writers Andrea Gayer Pamela Heyen Dr. Beth Hussey Jessica Schlosser Elise Schmelzer Michael Whitworth Photographers Leslie Johnson, DVM LG Patterson Alicia Troesser Melody Whitworth Magazine Layout Lin Teasley Cottonwood Graphics Printing Modern Litho-Print Webmaster Ronnye Randall Contact Us P.O. Box 7018 Columbia, MO 65205 573-397-2100

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Ask the Vet

THREE LEGS AND A SPARE Amputation of a pet’s limb is a difficult choice, but sometimes it is the right one. by Beth Hussey, DVM


grew up in rural Fayette, Mo., just about a halfhour north of Columbia, Mo. Prior to that, I lived in Mount Vernon, NY, a suburb of the Bronx. To say there was a big difference in the two places is an understatement; honestly, we should have had an airlock to go from one to the other. Fayette was more open, friendlier, slower, more laid-back … and it had a preponderance of three-legged dogs. I can’t really explain why the people were different, other than the inherent friendliness of Midwesterners. But I do know why there were a lot of three-legged dogs. The local veterinarians, a pair of kind-hearted gentlemen, took pity on the strays they found hit by cars on the side of the road. When a large vehicle impacts a small dog, the outcome is never good. It was lucky if the dog only ended up with a broken leg, which they often did. But because no one actually owned these dogs — at least no one admitted to it when they turned up in the vet clinic — expensive, time-consuming surgery to repair a fracture was not in the cards for these guys. No one would take on the considerable burden of keeping a dog quiet and clean for the length of time it takes for a fracture to heal, which can be several months. So, I have been around three-legged dogs for most of my life. My mom also is an amputee, with an abovethe-knee procedure done in 2006 after a truck accident. Amputation is something I am familiar with and as comfortable as one can be with such a dramatic and life-changing procedure.

“Your dog won’t blame you. He doesn’t know what you have decided or why.” In the hospital setting, we consider amputation for several reasons. Sometimes a fractured leg is just too damaged to repair. An amputation in this case is considered a salvage procedure. We just want to allow the pet to survive and minimize its pain. In some situations, amputation is chosen because it is a cheaper alternative to surgery, but beware: Cheaper does not mean cheap. It is still a major procedure, which, when done correctly, often involves inhalant anesthesia, blood transfusions, intravenous antibiotics, pain medication and careful post-op monitoring, often for a week or more. Another common reason for considering amputation is for pets with bone cancers or certain other types of neoplasia. Osteosarcoma is a very malignant cancer, usually seen in older large- or giant-breed dogs, and it often is in their limbs. If the mass is confined to one leg, then it is prudent to at least consider removing the limb. February/March 2014 | Pet Project Magazine


It doesn’t cure or slow down the disease process, but it is used strictly as a pain control solution. Studies so far have shown no difference in survival times between osteosarcoma patients undergoing amputation or those treated with chemotherapy, but the amputees have a far better quality of life and much less pain than those pets who do not undergo the procedure. Because this disease progresses rapidly, I think amputation is a very humane choice, because the pet’s life will be short in any case, and there is really no sense in trying to control the pain medically when a surgery can eliminate it entirely. In other cases of neoplasia, amputation can actually be curative. Fibrosarcomas in cats that are due to injection-site reactions can be treated with amputation. If the original lesion is caught early and it is far enough down on the leg, the cancer might be halted in its tracks. Injection-site reactions that cause fibrosarcomas are the reason veterinarians no longer give cats vaccinations between the shoulder blades. Perhaps the situation that causes the most soul-searching among pet owners is the dog or cat that has suffered an injury to the nerves of one of the limbs. These pets are often strays or rescues that have sustained damage to a leg earlier in their lives, and though the limb itself is intact, the nerve supply has been compromised, resulting in muscular (neurogenic) atrophy and a leg that no longer functions as it should. Sometimes the leg is dragged along the ground, creating problems with abrasions and infection as the skin is worn off. Pressure sores also can be a problem for a dog that can’t move its leg away from its body.

“In some cases, amputation is the best option, but it can be a hard decision for owners.” In these cases, amputation is sometimes the best option, but it can be a hard decision for owners. It seems so drastic. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you are considering this procedure. 1. Your dog won’t blame you. He doesn’t know what you have decided or why. 2. Your dog won’t be emotionally disturbed or depressed. 3. Your dog will be pain-free, although some postoperative pain is to be expected. 4. Your dog will be able to go on walks, play, run, swim (within limits), use stairs and be with you. There are a few contraindications to the surgery. Severe concurrent neurological or orthopedic problems that might be causing significant pain or difficulty moving


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Marley, before

Marley, after

“Amputation is not anyone’s first choice, and it is not a decision to take lightly. We can always take the leg off later, but we can’t put it back on again.” will not be helped by an amputation. We are talking about taking one of the four legs; the other three should be in pretty good shape before we consider it! Very old patients or those that might have difficulty healing also are not good candidates. There are a few breeds that just don’t do well after surgical amputation for neoplasia. If you have a Newfoundland, St. Bernard or Great Pyrenees, discuss the potential for breed-related post-operative issues with your veterinarian. Amputation is not anyone’s first choice, and it is not a decision to take lightly. We can always take the leg off later, but we can’t put it back on again. Consider all of your options before you decide. A very good friend of mine, Billy Murray, had a dog that had been injured as a pup and had a front leg that no longer worked properly. As many of these dogs do, “Jake” had learned to use the affected limb as best he could, and though his gait would never be normal, he didn’t have any problems with sores or calluses. Billy and I discussed possible amputation many times, but Jake seemed to have found his rhythm, and we eventually decided he would be happy and functional the way he was. Billy later died of heart disease, but Jake is still doing well and living with Billy’s sister. If you do decide to proceed with the surgery, there are a few things to be aware of. First, this is a painful procedure. You can’t cut off a leg without pain. Vigilant attention to pain control is a necessity. “Phantom pain” is a well-recognized syndrome in people but appears to be rare in animals. But it also is difficult to tell if a pet is suffering from this problem. Chewing and licking at the incision can indicate pain or discomfort, and most pets wear a very secure pressure bandage or even a body

stocking for days to weeks after the procedure. Not only does this help prevent licking, but it also helps prevent the inevitable swelling that will occur due to gravity’s pull on the remaining tissues. The incision itself is long and often ugly because we need to make sure we have enough skin to cover everything without any tension. Antibiotics are not routinely used, but we are ready to dispense them if signs of infection (odor, discharge, fever) begin to develop. Most dogs are up and around surprisingly quickly because, in many cases, having the leg gone means the problem is over. In the case of a dog that hasn’t been using the leg for a while, there is not much adjustment time at all. Still, it is best to introduce activity slowly, making sure your pet has time to get used to his three-legged state. My latest amputee is a rescue pit bull from Dogs Deserve Better. “Marley” is a fun-loving, happy dog whose early life was not so happy and included some form of trauma that affected his left front leg. After a lot of discussion and evaluation, we decided removing the leg would be his best option. I donated the surgery and all of the aftercare in memory of Billy and his love for his best buddy, Jake. I wanted to do something in his memory that Billy would approve of and appreciate, and I am happy to say Marley did very well and is now living


in his forever home with someone who knows that a dog really only needs three legs … and a very big heart.

Dr. Beth Hussey is a longtime resident of Columbia and has been practicing at Horton Animal Hospital–Central since her graduation from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. She has recently become sole owner of the practice, after the retirement of Dr. Jack Horton and Dr. John IN LOVING MEMORY OF Williams. Dr. Hussey is the voice of “The Pet Place” on 1400 AM KFRU on Saturday mornings at 8:10 a.m. She serves on the Columbia Board of Health, the Vicious Dog Advisory Board and the Missouri Review board. She is active in the Columbia Dressage and Combined Training Association and was recently awarded the Region Four Volunteer of the Year for the United States Dressage Federation. She shares her Rocheport home with two cats, Vinnie and Leo, and four horses, including her active competition horse, Wolfsfalle. Contact her at or visit her

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ur open-air bus jostled us back and forth as we rode the dusty dirt road through the sugar cane fields. The stalks of sugarcane grew upward of 15 feet, and for miles it was all I could see. We had just spent an afternoon at a remote beach, the kind of which postcards are made. Our happy, tired group of 13 veterinarians, veterinary technicians and assistants attempted to take it all in. I heard some mumbling, and I turned to see my group all looking at a tiny puppy running as fast as he could behind our bus. He sprinted across the rough terrain, not stopping any time soon. In this desolate field, we were perhaps the only sign of life he had seen in a while. When I realized he wasn’t giving up, I yelled, “Stop the bus ... We have to save him!” Our guide yelled a Spanish command to the bus driver, and we came to a halt. I desperately raced off the bus and clumsily hopped onto the chalky rubble beneath my feet. The puppy leapt into my arms as I knelt to scoop him up. He immediately began licking my mouth and face, assaulting me with kisses — it turns out puppy breath is an international phenomenon.

“In total, our World Vets team spayed and neutered 138 dogs and cats and provided 55 consults, all in a matter of three days.” Back on the bus, I wrapped him in a towel. He took one ragged breath and snuggled deep into my neck. I could see the parasites enveloping his body. Ticks and fleas swarmed through his hair follicles,


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A young girl and her dog.

around his eyes, beneath his earflaps. Scabs were formed where the fleas had feasted. He began to fall asleep, and I nestled him closer. “What are you going to do with him?” a group member asked. “I don’t know yet,” I said, “but I know he’s coming home to the U.S.” When I think back on my trip to the Dominican Republic with World Vets, the vision of a tiny puppy no bigger than a squirrel bolting toward our bus is what I remember most. A pitiful dog with no other hope in sight, running after his only chance to be saved. I often wonder if he could sense we were a bus full of animal lovers. I like to think he somehow knew.

“When I think back on my trip to the Dominican Republic with World Vets, the vision of a tiny puppy no bigger than a squirrel bolting toward our bus is what I remember most.” otherwise go without veterinary care. We wanted to rediscover the passion that once drove us into the field of veterinary medicine. We booked our trip, and our lives were changed forever.

The trip

In November of 2013, we stepped out onto the curb at the Puerto del Plata airport in the Dominican Republic. We located Nico the bus that would take us to the hotel Deciding in Sosúa and met our to travel other group members. I have been a veteriOur team comprised nary technician now for five veterinarians almost 10 years. In college ranging from just I stumbled upon working Dr. Frazier, Dr. Zulty and World Vet volunteer graduating veterinary at a veterinary hospital school to a vet with as a part-time job, and after graduation it turned into a more than 25 years of experience. They were from all career. I have loved being able to care for dogs and cats over: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Georgia, the Cayman and enjoyed learning about veterinary medicine. But Islands and Dr. Stormer from Columbia, Mo. Three recently I have felt as though I wanted to do something technicians, myself included, one veterinary student more. I came across a Facebook page for a group called from Finland and a pre-vet student from Utah World Vets, a group whose mission is to improve the were all aboard, and a young married couple from health and well-being of animals by providing veterinary Boston with no veterinary experience came along as aid and training in developing countries. They travel to assistants. countries such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, Dominican Dr. Stormer and I couldn’t believe how much we Republic, Grenada, Peru and Bolivia. Large-scale spay/ had in common with our colleagues from not only neuter projects and other consults are conducted. After across the country, but the world. We had all come the tsunami in Japan in 2011, World Vets responded for the same reason — to do work in a place that with teams for disaster relief and aid for the misplaced needed our help and to ultimately make a difference. and injured animals. They also recently deployed a team We all had different backgrounds, educations and to the Philippines following the devastating typhoon. experiences, but we were fundamentally the same. Candace Stormer, DVM, a veterinarian at Rolling The bond forged after a week of working together Hills Veterinary Hospital, and I decided to travel to a doing this sort of fulfilling work is undeniable. We place where veterinary medicine is just a privilege — not met as strangers, and when we left seven days later a right. We wanted to care for the dogs and cats of a pov- Dr. Stormer and I cried when we felt like we were erty-stricken, developing country — animals that might saying goodbye to our family.

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Our World Vets group teamed up with a nonprofit, Asociación De Amigos Por Los Animales De Sosúa, Inc. (Association of Friends for the Sosúa Animals.) The volunteers of this group perform animal rescue, dog adoptions, trap neuter release programs (TNR) and spay/ neuter for dogs and cats in the Dominican Republic. It, along with World Vets, provided the supplies, instruments and drugs needed.

“What I discovered on the trip is that across lines of language, color of skin, socio-economic status, education and age, an animal lover is an animal lover.” The word-of-mouth phenomenon is powerful in Sosúa. On the first day of our mission, we performed surgery on 33 animals. But when Dominican neighbors, friends and family heard of the spay/neuter clinic, they also brought their dogs and cats to be cared for. On our third day, we performed close to 70 surgeries. In total, our World Vets team spayed and neutered 138 dogs and cats and provided 55 consults, all in a matter of three days. Interestingly, 90 percent of the surgeries we did were on dogs. Cats are not regarded as pets like their canine counterparts in most parts of the Dominican Republic. In the hierarchy of usefulness and value, cats seemed to rank near the bottom. The pet cats we did see, though, were well fed and cared for.

Finding meaning

What I discovered on the trip is that across lines of language, color of skin, socio-economic status, education and age, an animal lover is an animal lover. The residents of Sosúa do the best they can for their pets. They paid what donation they could to the Asociación de Amigos Por Los Animales de Sosúa and listened intently to the discharge instructions for their pets. They asked questions about their animals, just as pet owners would in the United States, and I watched as they gave their dogs and cats affection as they recovered from anesthesia. Dr. Stormer and I were blessed to travel to Sosúa and meet the people and animals we met. The trip fulfilled me even more than I thought it could, and in ways I’m not sure of yet. It changed me. I feel a new affection 10

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World Vets Group in Sosúa

for what I do now, day in, day out. I know that veterinary medicine is more than within the walls of Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital and within the borders of this country. I have seen needy animals that needed help, and I gave them a piece of my heart. I think continued exposure to alternate cultures and lifestyles in a veterinary setting makes me a better technician and gives me tools I couldn’t learn in school or in my everyday normal life in our little Midwest clinic. And what happened to that puppy that chased us down in our bus? Now known as Nico, he went home with a group member, a pre-vet student named Jenny. He lives a spoiled life in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he wears winter sweaters and is loved beyond measure. He is the ultimate Sosúa souvenir. For more information on World Vets, visit For more information on Asociación De Amigos Por Los Animales De Sosúa, visit


Andrea Gayer is the head veterinary technician at Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital in Columbia. She has been a veterinary technician for nine years. You can reach her at

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OK, maybe a little work! Dog Daze Playcare provides day care fun, obedience training. By Pet Project Magazine Staff


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here is a new business in town, and it is all about playing with and caring for our four-legged canine companions. Dog Daze Playcare was the dream of owner Rebecca Henson, who has been training dogs and horses for competitions since she was a young girl. Henson grew up training horses in hunter/ jumper shows and was the expert with the “problem horses.” While majoring in equine science at Colorado State University, she became involved in dog sports and was soon enthralled. Although all of the events and shows were interesting and exciting, Henson specifically was intrigued with herding dogs. The intricate relationship between human, dog and stock captured her attention, and she became hooked. Henson campaigned dogs to the highest level in conformation, (to include the No. 1 smooth collie in 1997), agility, obedience and herding. Henson’s love of dogs and dog sports led her to start one of the first dog day care facilities in Fort Collins, Colo., where she managed the business for nearly 10 years. After moving to the Midwest in 2007, Henson started Montara Collies and Stockdog Training, where she teaches owners and dogs to compete in herding all breeds of dogs. She also is an AKC and AHBA judge for the competitions. Her love of dogs and her experience as a trainer and dog day care manager led her to open Dog Daze Playcare. The business started out in a tiny corner at the Columbia Canine Sports Center and soon grew out of its space with the goal of offering more services than just day care. Dog Daze Playcare has opened its newly renovated facility, located at 815B Blue Ridge Road in Columbia. This spacious, 600-square foot indoor facility has room to run, play, jump, teach, train, relax and pamper. There are outdoor play yards for small and large dogs to ensure safety while playing.

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Winston, a Goldendoodle

“Dog Daze Playcare is where your dog becomes part of an extended family, socializing, exercising and even resting in a comfortable, well-managed and spotless environment.” Birthday parties, holiday parties and special occasions of all kinds are celebrated at Dog Daze Playcare. During the 2013-14 holiday season, each day care dog made a paw ornament of their own for the in-house Christmas tree, and treats from the local dog bakery were provided. There always is something fun happening at the center! Henson’s favorite part about owning Dog Daze Playcare is “getting to meet all of the dogs and getting to know their families,” she says. Dog Daze Playcare is where your dog becomes part of an extended family, socializing, exercising and even resting in a comfortable, well-managed and spotless environment. Play care means that dogs have free play while being supervised by trained attendants. Dog Daze Playcare not only offers daycare for your dog while at work but also offers overnight boarding while on vacation or extended business trips. A grooming salon is available for those that need a bath, nail trim or a complete makeover. A pet taxi is available for you and your dog’s convenience. Training is available for all levels of obedience from simple pet manners to competitive obedience. Dog Daze Playcare prides itself on providing exceptional daily care of your dog, creating lasting relationships and making your dog simply “one of the pack.”

Karma, a Cattledog

Rebecca Henson with Raffle, a tri rough collie, and Cookie, a sable smooth collie. Dog Daze Playcare is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Visit Dog Daze Playcare at www. or call 573-999-5077.

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The Ride to Recovery


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or the past 25 years, Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center has taught clients of all ages and abilities how to ride horses, make friends and, in some cases, walk and talk for the first time. Cedar Creek, located in Columbia, Mo., is a nonprofit that provides physical and emotional therapy through horseback riding. There are more than 200 riders at Cedar Creek that are impossible to generalize, says Karen Grindler, founder and executive director of the organization. Riders range from ages 2 to 98 and have a wide variety of needs. Some have autism and struggle in social situations, while others have developmental issues that make it difficult or impossible to walk. Therapeutic riding works to combat all those problems. The walking movement of the horse mimics the human walking movement in a way machines can’t match. By following the horse’s movement with his or her hips, the rider’s muscles are stretched and toned even when the rider has no control over them. The repetitive motion improves balance, coordination and strength. In some cases, the horse teaches its rider how to walk. One 4-year-old rider was incapable of walking because his brain would not send the appropriate signals

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center benefits people and horses alike. By Elise Schmelzer to his legs. After seven weeks of riding at Cedar Creek, however, the boy’s muscles had memorized the movements and he began to walk, Grindler says. Horseback riding at Cedar Creek offers riders a chance to participate in a challenging sport when they might not be capable otherwise. For one rider unable to play any sport, horseback riding gave her a skill that few people have and confidence in herself. “For her, it was the great equalizer,” Grindler says. “It was her sport, her exercise.”

“Therapeutic horseback riding is not only beneficial for physical improvement — it also encourages social interaction and personal relationships.” Therapeutic horseback riding is not only beneficial for physical improvement — it also encourages social interaction and personal relationships. At Cedar Creek, most riders interact with at least four people during their lessons. The riders work with

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Volunteering with Cedar Creek “Riders often form a strong bond with their horse” two sidewalkers who walk alongside to help the rider stay on the horse and to stay safe if they were to fall. Another person helps lead the horse around the arena, though the riders are in charge of giving the horse instruction as best they can. In the center of the arena, an instructor leads the riding class in exercises and games. Riders are encouraged to talk to the people around them. The horses at Cedar Creek also benefit from the communal atmosphere. Instead of getting carrots and pats from only one rider, the center’s horses are like celebrities that receive attention and treats from riders, riders’ families, volunteers and staff members. Almost all of the 15 horses at the center were donated, including two fancy new additions from Hamp and Lisa Ford: a pair of Gypsy Vanners, a rare breed known for their beauty and feathered hooves. A good therapeutic riding horse is calm, without vices, well trained and has seen a lot of things in its life, Grindler says. But most importantly, the horse must enjoy its job. 18

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Along with horses, the center is always looking for donations of tack, other horse supplies and donations of time. Cedar Creek only has seven staff members; the rest of the work is done by a host of volunteers. Most of the volunteers during the fall and spring are college students, but the center needs extra help during the summer when students leave for vacation, Karen Grindler says. Volunteers are required to attend a two- to three-hour training session that covers safety procedures and the basics of working with horses. No previous horse experience is needed, though a great attitude is key, Grindler says. The next training session will be March 11, before the next session begins March 12. After completing training, volunteers are committed to two hours a week for an eightweek session. Volunteers work as sidewalkers and leaders, help prepare the horses for each lesson and play with the riders. “It’s a lot of fun,” Grindler says. “The atmosphere out there is of a lot of joy and fun. We have a blast. It’s part of the therapy.

“For one rider unable to play any sport, horseback riding gave her a skill that few people have and confidence in herself.”

Gypsy Vanner horses, a rare breed, are known for their beauty and feathered hooves. Left: Emily Bruhn, Cedar Creek Employee; above top: Talie & Latte; and above: Hamp Ford with Latte.

“They know what they’re doing when they do this job,” Grindler says. “You can see the extreme joy and release of energy on the riders’ face, and the horses can feel that energy, that joy. They thank the rider for the opportunity to carry them.” Riders often form a strong bond with their horse. One little girl started riding at Cedar Creek when she was 2 years old. Although the doctors said Hannah wouldn’t live past age 4, she lived to attend her high school prom before passing away in May of 2013. Before she died, she asked to be buried on top of her Cedar Creek horse, Angel, who had died earlier. Now a pink butterfly urn sits on top of Angel’s burial spot on the hill at the center.

Even though events like Hannah’s death are painful, Grindler says the job is still rewarding. She says she runs into people in town who say their experience as both riders and volunteers has changed their lives. One of Grindler’s favorite moments was watching a previously mute boy say “Hi, Mom,” to his tear-streaked mother. “It’s a cool thing to know we created a place that can change peoples’ lives,” Grindler says.


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• ARFF MO (Animal Responsibility for Fayette, Mo.) • Boone County Animal Care • Boonville Humane Society • Callaway County Humane Society • Central Missouri Humane Society • Dogs Deserve Better Missouri • Love a Golden Rescue • Moberly Animal Shelter • Mo-Kan Border Collie Rescue • Paws (Pet Adoption and Welfare Services) • People Helping Paws • Project Precious Paws • Rescued Racers • Second Chance


2 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon Lizzi & Rocco’s. Adoption and nail trim event to benefit Boone County Animal Care. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Treats Unleashed. Valentine’s Day photos, Paw Print Coaster and nail trim event to benefit Central Missouri Humane Society (CMHS). 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 5 Dining out for Animals to benefit CMHS. Visit for details. 7 Columbia Mall. TGIFF adoption event to benefit Second Chance. Noon – 4 p.m. 8 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon Tractor Supply Company. Adoption event to benefit Boone County Animal Care. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Treats Unleashed. Adoption event to benefit Rescued Racers. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PetSmart. Adoption event to benefit CMHS. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lizzi & Rocco’s. Valentine’s Day pet photos to benefit Dogs Deserve Better. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 15 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon Award Pet Supply. Adoption event to benefit ARRF MO. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. PetSmart. Adoption event to benefit Dogs Deserve Better. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lizzi & Rocco’s. Adoption and nail trim event to benefit CMHS. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. CMHS. “Furball” adoption event to benefit CMHS. Noon – 5 p.m. 16 PetSmart. Adoption event to benefit Dogs Deserve Better. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 21 PetSmart. TGIFF adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 22 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon PetSmart. Adoption event to benefit CMHS. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Award Pet Supply. Clip and trim nail event to benefit CMHS. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 25 Kimball B’lrm, Stephens College. Spaygetti Dinner to benefit The Spay/Neuter Project. 5:30 p.m. – 8:30p.m.


1 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon Lizzi & Rocco’s. Adoption and nail trim event to benefit Boone County Animal Care. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Treats Unleashed. Nail trim event to benefit CMHS. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon Lizzi & Rocco’s. Adoption and nail trim event to benefit Dogs Deserve Better. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. PetSmart. Adoption event to benefit CMHS. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 14 Knights of Columbus. Trivia night to benefit Second Chance. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 15 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon Tractor Supply Company. Adoption event to benefit Boone County Animal Care. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Award Pet Supply. “Luck of the Irish” adoption event to benefit Dogs Deserve Better. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lizzi & Rocco’s. Adoption and nail trim event to benefit CMHS. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central Missouri Humane Society. St. Patrick’s Day adoption event. Noon – 5 p.m. 22 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon Award Pet Supply. Clip and trim nail event to benefit CMHS. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 28 Treats Unleashed. TGIFF adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. 29 Petco. Adoption event to benefit Second Chance. 9 a.m. – noon Award Pet Supply 610 I-70 Dr. S.W. CMHS 616 Big Bear Blvd.

Second Chance 24687 Hwy. 179, Boonville Knights of Columbus 2525 N. Stadium Blvd.

Lizzi & Rocco’s 503 E. Nifong Blvd. Petco 2101 West Broadway

PetSmart 229 N. Stadium Blvd. Stephens College 1200 E. Broadway

Tractor Supply Co. 4151 Paris Road Treats Unleashed 1400 Forum Blvd.

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Tigers Lair Feline Fanciers “Catch the Spirit� CFA Cat Show The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) held its prestigious cat show competition at the Plaza Event Center on Dec. 14, 2013. Competitors traveled from all over the country to compete in the Cat Fanciers show hoping to take home champion ribbons. CFA is a nonprofit organization, promoting the welfare of all cats through progressive actions that range from legislative advocacy to the support of feline research and breed assistance. CFA shows are judged by individuals who have met high qualification criteria and have completed a rigorous training program that qualifies the judges to evaluate the show cats using a CFA Breed Standard for each one of its 42 breeds. To date, CFA has registered over 2 million pedigreed cats. You can learn more about the CFA at


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Whiskers & Wine Proceeds benefited Central Missouri Humane Society

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CLEAN AS A HOUND’S TOOTH Don’t brush off the importance of your pet’s dental health. by Jessica Schlosser


e all know how important proper dental health is for ourselves, right? Well, have you ever stopped to think about the important role dental care plays in your pet’s health, too? If you haven’t, now is the time! Periodontal (a fancy word for gum) disease is the ailment most often diagnosed for domestic pets. The American Veterinary Dental Society reports approximately 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Not only is this bad news for their teeth, but poor dental care also can lead to much more serious health problems. When gum disease causes inflammation, it creates little pockets between the gums that are breeding grounds for bacteria. Those areas easily can become infected and seep into the bloodstream, causing major problems for the heart, lungs and kidneys. If you aren’t doing anything for your pet’s teeth yet, you’re not alone – the American Animal Hospital Association discovered approximately two-thirds of pet owners don’t provide the dental care recommended by veterinarians. So, break the trend, and let’s start changing your pet’s overall health for the positive by focusing a little more on their teeth! A lot of people think they’re doing their pets a favor by feeding a dry kibble to help keep their teeth clean, but unfortunately, that isn’t really the case. Personally, my pets — the dogs especially — swallow the kibble whole without stopping to chew. Even if your pets do chew well, look at it 24

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“Yes, you can — and should — brush your pet’s teeth.” like this: Would you substitute brushing your teeth every morning with popping in a handful of pretzels to scrape away the plaque built up overnight? Probably not. Kibble is about that effective at removing build up from your pet’s teeth. Plus, many dry foods are high in sugar, which actually can make the problem even worse. You could get regular professional dental cleanings from your veterinarian, but they are expensive, and as pets get older, the potential for complications from anesthesia required for professional dental cleanings becomes more of a risk. For many pets, professional dental cleanings are necessary, but it’s preferred to hold off on those as long as possible to avoid the anesthesia. So, what do you do? Keep their teeth clean at home! Here are some tips and products.

Brusha brusha brusha

Yes, you can — and should — brush your pet’s teeth. It’s advised to brush daily, just like you would yourself. If you can, introduce your pet to regular toothbrushing when they’re young. If that’s not a possibility, then just start out nice and slow. Start by gently rubbing their teeth with your finger for a couple of seconds and then rewarding them with a treat. You can gradually introduce a toothbrush and

“You can gradually introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste for short periods of time until you can build up to longer toothbrushings.” toothpaste for short periods of time until you can build up to longer toothbrushings. A minute to a minute and a half would be a great goal, but spread that out over the course of the day if you need. Just remember — take your time getting them comfortable with it, and stop if they’re resisting too much. And make sure you use the toothpaste specifically meant for pets! The human stuff isn’t safe for them. If your pet has tartar buildup already, you might need to go for a higher power than regular pet toothpaste. In my house, we can’t say enough positive things about PetzLife dental gel. Its super-powered formula does an awesome job at melting away built-up tartar on the teeth in just a few weeks. Another easy alternative to toothbrushing, though not quite as effective, are water additives. They can help promote healthy gums and freshen breath just by pouring a little into their water bowl. There are a lot of great brands out there, but I recommend TropiClean’s fresh breath oral care water additive made in Wentzville, Mo. It does wonders for doggie dragon breath!

DuraChews, Antler Dog Chews, Zuke’s Z-Bones and Himalayan Dog Chews are wonderful ways to encourage good dental health while keeping your dogs happy — and out of your hair for a little while. Sometimes, try as you might to avoid it, you still have to get your pet a professional dental cleaning by your veterinarian to keep his or her teeth and gums healthy. So, if after consulting with them it’s determined your pet needs one, get it done, but then look at their teeth as a beautiful blank canvas to keep nice and clean. Your vet did the hard work for you! Now you just have to keep it that way. Go, pick a method, and be one of the one-third of the population who takes the right steps at improving their pet’s overall health by addressing their dental needs!


Jessica Schlosser is the owner of Lizzi and Rocco’s Natural Pet Market, 503 E. Nifong Blvd., Suite J, in Columbia. You also can reach her at 573-875-2288 or at the store’s website,

Join the raw-volution

This actually is my pet’s favorite method, and, in my opinion, the most effective way to keep pets’ teeth clean. Dogs and cats’ teeth are shaped to eat meat right off the bone, so let them do it — it’s like nature’s toothbrush! Raw meaty bones, such as chicken necks (for small dogs and cats) or turkey necks (for larger dogs), are awesome for keeping teeth clean. The muscle meat left on the bone serves almost like a floss to get in between teeth, and as pets crunch through the bone itself, plaque will be scraped off. In addition to chicken and turkey necks, I also like raw knucklebones to keep those teeth pearly white. You might have heard bones aren’t safe to give your pets. Raw bones are actually totally safe, soft and pliable enough for pets to chew without the bones splintering. However, because it is raw meat, keep it outside, in a crate or on a washable towel on the floor.

Chew their way to clean teeth

The action of chewing is an important way pets, especially dogs, keep their teeth clean. In addition to the raw bones mentioned above, hard chews like Nylabone

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1 Chaining or tethering dogs outside is restricted in many communities. by Michael Whitworth, Attorney at Law


nti-chaining or anti-tethering laws are being enacted in states and municipalities across the country as legislators learn of the harm caused to dogs that are chained or tethered for long periods of time and also learn of the potential danger to humans who invade the dog’s small “circle of life” space. Dogs that are left unattended while chained or tethered can become tangled in their chain or tether and can get wrapped around debris to the point of not being able to move or access food, water or shelter. Dogs are unable to defend themselves. Tethering dogs by any means for long periods of time can cause anxiousness, depression and aggression. Studies and statistics have proven that a chained dog is one of the largest reasons for bite cases in the country. Many communities ban the chaining or tethering of dogs and other animals entirely. The City of Columbia passed an ordinance in 2011. It states as follows: Section 5-6 Animal abuse; unlawful impoundment; unlawful confinement (a) Unlawful acts. It shall be unlawful for any person to: (6) Tether an animal as the primary method of restraining an animal to any property; (7) Tether an animal using a choke collar; (8) Tether an animal without using a properly fitted collar or harness made of nylon or leather; or (9) Tether an animal without using a tether of appropriate length and weight for free animal movement that includes swivels at both ends. The law is very specific about what constitutes animal abuse by unlawful confinement. Section (6) makes it unlawful to tether or chain your dog as the primary method of keeping your dog confined on your property. It does not mean you can’t tether a dog for short periods of time, but rather you can’t keep the dog on a chain or tether for long portions of the day or night. 26

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“Many communities ban the chaining or tethering of dogs and other animals entirely.” Section (7) makes it unlawful to EVER tether your dog while using a choke collar. This section is very specific and easily enforced. Section (8) makes it unlawful to ever tether your dog using any material other than leather or nylon as a collar. The collar cannot be metal or a chain. The collar must also fit properly. It must not be too tight. Section (9) requires that any time a dog is tethered, the tether must be an appropriate length (not too short), an appropriate weight (no chains and not too heavy) and must be attached at both ends with a swivel. This ordinance plainly states the requirements for legality if you tether your dog or any animal for any period of time. The easiest and best way to avoid violating this law, though, is to never chain or tether your dog. Take your dog inside your home and make him or her a true member of your family.


Michael Whitworth is a practicing attorney and of counsel in the Columbia law firm Ford, Parshall and Baker, LLC, 573-441-5555. He has been a licensed attorney in Missouri since 1985.


Oily Pets

DIFFUSING…What, Why, How & Where! by Pamela A. Heyen, Holistic Health Practitioner


y past articles have all suggested diffusing therapeutic essential oils. So … what exactly does that mean? What? Diffusing is a microfine mist of essential oils that remains suspended in the air, offering therapeutic benefits for several hours. The therapeutic benefits are a result of planting organic seeds in organic soil, and the plants then undergo a plant-specific distillation process where the oils are bottled in their purest form. Once bottled, therapeutic grade essential oils never have an expiration date and remain potent, safe and effective indefinitely. Why? There are a number of healthy reasons to diffuse essential oils. Every essential oil is diverse in their therapeutic value, and no two oils are alike. The chemistry of an essential oil is extremely complex, containing an elaborate mixture of natural chemical components that are supportive to the body physically and emotionally. Some oils contain certain natural chemical constituents that make them ideal for killing and preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. This is especially important as we are seeing more and more life-threatening, drug-resistant strains in our world every day. Diffusing specific therapeutic essential oils can reduce bacteria, fungus and mold as well as kill bacteria that cause unpleasant odors. This is an excellent choice to prevent or control an outbreak or spreading of kennel cough, ringworm and other highly contagious diseases in our animal communities. There are oils that boost the immune system and improve concentration, alertness


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and mental clarity. Other oils help relax the body, relieve tension, clear the mind, improve digestive function and relieve pain. Inhaling these diffused oils also can have a positive effect on emotions, alleviating stress and anxiety as well as dispelling fear and anger. This is a natural and beneficial way to support people and animals that have experienced trauma and/or abuse.

“The smaller the area essential oils are used in, the more intense the oil therapy will be, so always consult with a professional, and monitor your pet’s reactions.” How & where? First, choose a pure and safe essential oil to use for you, your family and your pet. You should determine if it is ingestible or graded GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe). If the label warns not take the oil internally, this is a sure bet the oil has been adulterated with some kind of chemical. If you use adulterated oils for diffusion, pets and people are breathing that toxic chemical into their bodies, and our furry friends also absorb it through their hair follicles. This can cause an inflammatory response, compromise the immune system and create a toxic buildup within the body of a child or small animal. If you are unsure of the oil’s purity, ask an expert, not a sales clerk. I only use and recommend

Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils, which have been researched and tested by professional veterinarians who present published substantiated results. When diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils, it is always recommended that a cold, forced air diffuser or a cold humidifier atomizer be used to disperse them. The diffuser/humidifier unit should be approved for therapeutic essential oil use. These specific oils have the ability to digest petro chemicals, and some plastics made with petro chemicals can be damaged. Heat of any kind is never used when diffusing therapeutic essential oils. Applying heat such as a tea light or light bulb ring will change the chemical makeup and render them therapeutically less beneficial and can even create toxic compounds, which may be carcinogenic. Here are a few details to determine which diffuser would be the best choice for your needs. A forced air diffuser allows the essential oil bottle to be directly attached. The pure oil is drawn from the bottle and forced through the atomizer into a microfine vapor that will stay suspended in the air for up to six hours. This diffuser need only be turned on for a total of 20 minutes twice a day to kill bacteria and/or viruses that might be lurking in the environment. The output for this diffuser covers a 600- to 800-square-foot area and is the optimal choice for dog day cares, kennels, dog grooming facilities, veterinarian offices, training facilities, chicken coops, stalls and any other large location where animals are in close proximity to each other. The humidifying diffuser covers approximately a 10-by-10 room. Water is placed in the diffuser with approximately four to five drops of oil, and, once turned on, it offers four hours of a humidifying-oil-infused mist into the air. A diffuser is a good choice for individualized care for people and animals. Diffusing oils for specific needs, such as respiratory illness, insomnia, physical/ emotional trauma, separation anxiety, convalescing or pain, are a beneficial support that can be used with other recommended therapies. The smaller the area essential oils are used in, the more intense the oil therapy will be, so always consult with a professional, and monitor your pet’s reactions. As with any diffusion method, our furry friends have the ability to detect the aroma of the vapors with their keen sense of smell so, what might not seem intense to you might be overwhelming to them. Common sense is the key! I personally diffuse in my home every day. My oily pets, a cat and two dogs, have been exposed to a variety of diffused oils over the years with positive results. I believe — and scientific research shows — that

diffusing is an excellent non-toxic way to support a healthier environment for you and your pets!


Pamela A. Heyen is the owner of Columbia-based Heyen Wellness Therapies and an advocate for the loving and humane treatment of all animals. Disclaimer: The statements enclosed herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any statements made are for education purposes and not intended to replace the advice of your physician/veterinarian. Heyen Wellness Therapies does not dispense medical advice, diagnose or prescribe for illness. We design and recommend individual nutrition and supplements that allow the body to rebuild and heal itself. The views and nutritional recommendations by Heyen Wellness Therapies are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical services. If you or your pet have a medical condition, seek a physician/ veterinarian of your choice. You should always consult a medical healthcare professional before starting an exercise, diet or supplementation program, especially if you or your animal are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.

References: Essential Oils Desk Reference; The Animal Desk Reference by Melissa Shelton, DVM; Oils & Pets by Mary Hess, DVM; The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by Dr. David Stewart; and Clove vs Pathogens, Sue Chao, Weber State University, 1996.

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RECIPE: Wild Bird Food (Suet) 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (unsalted) 1/2 cup cracked corn 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Press the mixture into a metal suet feeder which can be purchased at any store that carries bird supplies. Hang the feeder from a branch on a tree in plain view and enjoy the scenery! * Do not use mesh bags as birds can get caught in them.


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