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HE CALL OF SPRING – This time of year is an invitation to love, which ushers in a season of surprises. In this issue you might find some help planning a wedding from a surprising source: your pet! Sure, including your pet in the ceremony or reception may take a little extra work, but seeing the beaming smiles on the faces of your guests will definitely make for delightful snapshots! If you are looking for a unique wedding spot to tie the knot, look no further then these two fabulous pooch-friendly wedding venues: Avon Old Farms Hotel with its country charm and idyllic gardens or the sea, the moon, and the fun at the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa.


RING ON SPRING – March 20th is the first day of Spring! Ah, the sunshine and longer days makes us all a little contagious with Spring Fever. It’s when our senses and hormone levels reach a high giving us a boost of energy and giddiness. Spring also coincides with Easter and Passover. These seasonal celebrations are among humanity’s most ancient and enduring traditions. It is the time to celebrate unconditional love, family, friends, and it should inspire us to look at God’s creatures in a new way…because love is in the air! CONNECTICUT DOG AND SUPPORTS ADOPTION – Instead of an Easter Basket this year, consider bringing home a homeless dog. It will do wonders for your health and your social life. I believe strong relationships rely on common interest, like owning a dog. Studies prove that dogs bring more harmony and less conflict to any relationship. So, forget about Cupid, check out our Adoption Pages…adopt a dog, and find your soulmate! APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS – Behind this rhyme there’s a meaning, as well. It’s a reminder, that even the most unpleasant of things…in this case, the heavy rain in April, can bring about very enjoyable things - a loving home for a lonely dog, the abundance of love at a spring wedding, and of course, flowers in May!

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n Monday, November 28th, Sunny Craig came into Roaring Brook Veterinary Hospital as an emergency because he had been vomiting and had labored breathing. Sunny, a 19-week-old Goldendoodle puppy, was new to his family, “He was incredibly depressed when he got here,” said head technician Alison Smith. “We immediately did chest x-rays to assess his congestion and started IV antibiotics and fluids. We also used nebulization techniques and performed coupage (a technique used to dislodge mucus) as the doctor suspected that he had come down with pneumonia.” The next seven days and nights were the toughest this puppy will hope� fully ever have to endure. He was transferred to the local emergency hospital every night and back to Roaring Brook every morning. “It was touch and go for a while,” said Smith. “His progress just wasn’t what we all had hoped it would be but both his owner and Dr. Joshua Malouin did not want to give up on him. Finally after about four days into the process we started to see some improvement.” On the eighth day the pup finally started eating on his own and it was decided that a night at home might be just what Sunny needed. So for the next few nights instead of going to the emergency hospital, the Craigs would bring him home and then bring him back to the hospital during the day for supportive care, until he was finally ready to stay home on oral antibiotics. While everyone was ecstatic that this puppy could finally be home where he belonged, the Craig family now had to face the bill that constant around the clock care entails. Luckily, our hospital works closely with the Ameri� can Veterinary Charitable Fund, an organization which allows us to set up local support for pets in need in the community. Roaring Brook often does fund raising events to be able to contribute to this fund, and we were happy to share these funds to assist the Craigs in paying Sunny’s hospital bills. Often the funds are used for good samaritan or unexpected emer� gency cases, disaster relief, service dogs, and rescued pets. Roaring Brook felt that Sunny and his family fit the criteria to receive assistance from our fund. The Craig family was grateful for the help and were over the moon to have a happy and (on his way to) healthy puppy!

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Veterinarians Caution Pet Owners: Dangers at Easter Time T

he veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline, a national 24/7 animal poison control center, receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies. “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.” In most situations, symptoms of poisoning will develop within six to 12 hours of exposure. Early signs include vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy and dehydration. Symptoms worsen as kidney failure develops. Some cats will experience disorientation, staggering and seizures. “There is no effective antidote to counteract lily poisoning, so the sooner you can get your cat to the veterinarian, the better his chances of survival will be,” said Brutlag. “If you see your cat licking or eating any part of an Easter lily, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. If left untreated, his chances of survival are low.” Treatment includes inducing vomiting, administering drugs like activated charcoal (to bind the poison in the stomach and intestines), intravenous fluid therapy to flush out the kidneys, and monitoring of kidney function through blood testing. The prognosis and the cost – both financially and physically – to the pet owner and cat, are best when treated immediately. There are several other types of lilies that are toxic to cats as well. They are of the Lilium and Hemerocallis species and commonly referred to as Tiger lilies, Day lilies and Asiatic lilies. Popular in many gardens and yards, they can also result in severe acute kidney failure. These lilies are commonly found in florist bouquets, so it is imperative to check for poisonous flowers before bringing bouquets into the household. Other types of lilies – such as the Peace, Peruvian and Calla lilies – are usually not a problem for cats and may cause only minor drooling.

it can become anchored around the base of the tongue or stomach, rendering it unable to pass through the intestines. It can result in a linear foreign body and cause severe damage to the intestinal tract, often requiring expensive abdominal surgery. Lastly, during the week of Easter, calls to Pet Poison Helpline concerning dogs that have been poisoned by chocolate increase by nearly 200 percent. While the occasional chocolate chip in one cookie may not be an issue, certain types of chocolate are very toxic to dogs. In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the greater the danger. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate pose the biggest problem. The chemical toxicity is due to methylxanthines (a relative of caffeine) and results in vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, an abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and possibly death. Other sources include chewable chocolate flavored multi-vitamins, baked goods, or chocolate-covered espresso beans. If you suspect that your dog ate chocolate, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. Spring is in the air and Easter is a wonderful holiday. Remember that your pets will be curious about new items you bring into your household like Easter lilies, Easter grass and chocolate. Keep them a safe distance away from your pets’ reach and enjoy the holiday and the season.

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Thankfully, lily poisoning does not occur in dogs or people. However, if a large amount is ingested, it can result in mild gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Other Dangers to Pets at Easter Time Pet Poison Helpline also receives calls concerning pets that have ingested Easter grass and chocolate. Usually green or yellow in color, Easter grass is the fake grass that often accompanies Easter baskets. When your cat or dog ingests something “stringy” like Easter grass,

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Provide Privacy and Safety for Deserving Veteran National military nonprofit and South Windsor fence company team up to provide peace of mind for veteran and his family


hanks to the national nonprofit Hope For The Warriors and South Windsor-based Fence One, Army veteran Sgt. James Amaro recently  received a donation of a privacy fence that will provide a private and safe  environment for his family and service dog.       Living with PTSD, Amaro is transitioning back to civilian life with the assistance of Hope For The Warriors and his service dog Lucky. Living in a high-traffic area heightens his PTSD and therefore he desired a privacy fence to make his family’s  backyard a secluded sanctuary for him, his wife, children and Lucky but did not  have the means to pay for it. (Left to right) Fence One Co-owner Al Kupchunos, Fence One staff, Fence One Co-owner Patrick Kupchunos, Sgt. James Amaro and service dog, Lucky in front of Amaro’s newly donated fence.  

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extremely dangerous job in the military and we’re grateful to Fence One for making him feel more comfortable in his backyard thanks to the donated fence and labor.”     “When we heard about Sgt. Amaro and his service dog, Lucky, and their need for a backyard fence we decided it was an ideal fit for our company,” said Patrick Kupchunos, owner of Fence One LLC. “Our company is small but we like to think we  have a big heart when it comes to helping people. We just felt this was a project where we could help a deserving veteran and make his life a little easier.”      “Sgt. Amaro’s black lab, Lucky, will now be able to enjoy a fully enclosed backyard with black chain link. This will allow Lucky to safely exit the back of the house and have his own personal dog park,” added Kupchunos.     Fence One is a South Windsor residential and commercial fence company in its 12th year in business owned by lifelong South Windsor residents Patrick Kupchunos and his father, Al Kupchunos.     Celebrating 10 years of service, Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military  families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness,  sports and recreation, community and military relations and transition  services.  For ����������������������������������������������������������� more information on Hope For ���������������������������������� The Warriors, visit hopeforth�, Facebook or Twitter.      For more information on Fence One, visit or call (860) 644-5757.   



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anson Youth Institution (MYI) in Cheshire is home to a very special breed of dog/dog handler team. Just ask the volunteers who enter the prison on a daily basis to visit resident greyhounds who are being housed, cared for, and trained by inmate handlers. These caring volunteers are mem� bers of Connecticut Prison Greyhounds, Inc. (CPG) a nonprofit organization created to continue the canine training program at the prison. Its goal is to train greyhounds who are recently retired from racing (and who continuously arrive from other states) in order to ease their transition from track to home life. CPG works in partnership with Connecticut Department of Corrections, Connecticut Greyhound Adoption-GPA, Greyhound Rescue and Rehab, and Grateful Greyhounds, Inc. During each 6 week training period, a volunteer trainer instructs inmate handlers in proper greyhound care as well as training procedures to teach basic obedience commands such as sit, lie down, wait, and to go into their crates. The inmates and volunteers also assess the needs and personalities of each hound, sometimes using these unique personality traits to teach other “tricks” such as shaking paws/hands and even taking a bow! CPG positively impacts everyone that it touches – from the hounds all the way to the inmates and volunteers – as they work together to achieve the common goal of introducing these wonderful dogs to a world in which they will bond with their humans and lead happy lives. In the words of one of the inmate handlers, “CT Prison Greyhounds is a life changing program, not only for the dogs but for the in� mates who train them. Our goal for these dogs is to help them live a normal life in their forever homes.” For more information on CPG go to

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Going into the search process, the athletic department was aware of current breeding concerns of English Bulldogs. Christ Getman ‘64, the caretaker of four yale mascots, recommended looking for an Olde English Bulldogge- a larger, stronger and healthier version of the breed that got its name herding bulls. Handsome Dan XVIII will now attend a training school befitting an Ivy League icon before assuming the role of big dog on the Yale campus. Yale fans will be able to follow him on Instagram @handsomeDanXVIII and Twitter @HandsomeDan18. The new keeper of the mascot is Kevin Discepolo 09, a former lacrosse player who is now Yale’s assistance athletic director of facilities, operations and events. Handsome Dan XVIII will come to work at Ray Tompkins House, and Discepolo will take Dan on daily walks around campus, as well as to the many contests hosted by Yale. “It’s an honor to be involved with such a long-standing Yale tradition,” said Discepolo. “For over a century, Handsome Dans have provided excitement for Yale students, faculty and our fans. While this puppy might be the cutest mascot in college athletics, or rather the most hand� some, I’m confident he will grow into a strong and courageous bulldog who will inspire our student-athletes for many years.” The history of Handsome Dan dates to 1889, when Andrew Graves ‘925, a football player and rower during the days of Walter Camp, first named Yale’s mascot. The Bulldog tradition began a few years earlier, in 1890, when Harper, a champion English bulldog, was brought to football games to inspire the athletes. Getman, a former Eli baseball player, took care of most of yale’s mascots over the last 33 years, including Sherman, Maurice, Whizzer, and Louis. The exception was Mugsy.

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Guests of Avon Old Farms Hotel can enjoy dining in our award-winning Seasons Restaurant and Tap Room. Seasons serves inspired innovative American cuisine and our Chef creates seasonal menus ing is on your to do list, the hotel also offers room service for breakfast, and dinner casual poolside dining. While the essence of each season. Guests have the option of utilizinglunch fresh, local oringredients that capture planning weekend getaway be sure check out sitting the in perfect the main dining room, tapto room or dining al our fabulous Sunday Brunch. Let your pup sleep in while you fresco on our seasonal patio. If lounging is on your to do enjoy delicious Brunch offerings that change weekly. Staples list, the hotel also offers room service for breakfast, lunch include breakfast breads & bagels, a smoked seafood display, and dinner or casual poolside dining. While planning the an extended salad bar with toppings, eggs benedict, custom perfect weekend getaway be sure to check out our omelets, sausage and bacon, a meat carving station featuring fabulous Sunday Brunch. Let your pupIndulge sleep in while you prime rib, as well as made to order Belgium waffles. enjoy delicious offerings thatmade change your sweet tooth with aBrunch selection of fruit or freshly pas� weekly. Staples include breakfast breads & bagels, a smoked tries and decadent desserts. seafood display, an extended salad bar with toppings, eggs benedict, custom omelets, sausage and bacon, a meat carving station featuring prime rib, as well as made to order Belgium waffles. Indulge your sweet tooth with a selection of fruit or freshly made pastries and decadent desserts. The hotel also specializes in wonderful wed� The hotel also specializes inreason why ding weekends… and we see no your wedding best friend can’t be a part of and one ofwe the wonderful weekends… most important day of your lives! With pictur� see no reason why your best friend can’t esque locations, a beautiful be a part of outdoor one ofceremony the most important glass terrace that showcases our serene setting day of your lives! With picturesque an intimate ballroom that can accommo� outdoorandceremony locations, a beautiful date up to 160 guests. The Avon Old Farms glass terrace that showcases our serene Hotel has so much to offer all of our guests and setting their andpets! an intimate ballroom that can accommodate up to 160 guests. The Avon Old Farms Hotel has so much to For more information or to make offer all of our guests and their pets! a reservation please call: For more information or to make a (860) 677-1651 or visit: reservation please call: (860) 677-1651 or visit: March - April 2017 | Connecticut Dog


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Weddings are truly timeless. If you find yourself daydreaming about getting married, renewing your vows, or perhaps secretly planning to elope – it doesn’t really matter, because the results are all the same…excitement, romance and love! In the affairs of the heart, the word “wedding” can conjure up so many different images for couples from all walks of life. But there is one ele� ment that most couples do agree on…a wedding should be surrounded by love. Today, it seems more and more dog owners are tending to include their pets in shopping, dining, and just about every aspect of their everyday life. Some may feel this is beyond all reason… but for Stephanie Cone and Brenton Liba, it is very reasonable. As a matter of fact, it was so reasonable to them, that they decided to have their two TAILS OF LOVE join in their dream wedding celebration. Yes, love can be full of surprises, and it can also mean…four legged and furry!

Connecticut Dog asked Stephanie and Brenton, “Please share with our readers, why was it so important to you both to have your dogs at the wedding?” This is what they had to say, “We simply could not imagine not having Cooper (white male, mini Aussie-doodle) and Riley (beige/ golden female, mini Golden-doodle) there. We wanted all of our family and friends to share in our special day, especially our “kids” which bring us constant joy, and fill our hearts with so much love. We feel fortunate to have them in our lives.” Before you consider, something old, something new, something bor� rowed, something blue – and something chewed…there are a few precautions you should take. Consider Your Pets Personality – Even the most outgoing, and friendly dog can be overwhelmed by loud noise and large crowds. March - April 2017 | Connecticut Dog


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Not every pooch likes to be dressed-up, maybe a bowtie or a simple nontonic flower attached to the collar is all you need. Also, keeping your dog on a short leash would be best.

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – and something chewed.”

Notify Your Guests – That your pet will be attending the wedding and the reception. Some of your guests might be very frightened of animals, or even have allergies. Make arrangements For a Pet Sitter – Having a responsible pet sitter will give you the best of both worlds without worries, and still get to enjoy all the wet kisses. They will assist in all the small duties: meal time, potty breaks, and of course, play time throughout the day. Don’t forget to remind your sitter of the dangers of chocolate and toxic flowers! Hiring A Photographer – Your photographer will need a heads up before the Big Day. Have him/her ready to capture that, “one in a

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Most Important Detail – Confirm that your furry pooch will be wel� comed in the church, or in the reception facility you wish to celebrate your nuptials. History does repeat itself. The favorite pet of Ancient Egypt was the dog (the Egyptian word for dog was “iwiw”) they were even given hu� man names. Painting and mosaics over 3,000 years old were discovered having illustrations of Pharaohs and Queens with their royal pets. Can’t you just picture Cleopatra being escorted throughout the royal place by her Greyhound, guarding her every move. Time may have passed, but the love humans have for dogs, has not. Name dropping was just as impressive back then as it is today. Below are a few names of royalty in which the Greyhound has been linked to, and a list of some celebrities of today who also have included their pets in their nuptials.

Weddings Of the Past King Tutankhamen Queen Hatsheput Amenhotep II Cleopatra VII

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Pet Dental HEALTH

By Dr. Monica Dijanic


very year certain organization such as the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society work in conjunction with other groups to promote pet dental awareness. Did you know that oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem of dogs and cats? According to the American Veterinary Dental Society 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease by the age of 3. Dental disease begins with bacterial build up in the mouth. The bacteria in conjunction with food debris form plaque accumulations on the tooth. These plaque accumulations can then mix with calcium deposits and form tartar. This starts a cascade of events which leads to inflammation and infection resulting in periodontal disease which can then lead to tooth loss. Some signs of oral health issues are bad breath, painful mouth, difficulty eating, drooling, and/or discoloration of the teeth just to name a few. Even if your pet is not showing signs of problems it is worth asking your veterinarian for a dental checkup. But be warned, oral disease does not stay in the mouth, the inflammation and infection can spread to other organs in the body such as the heart, kidneys, and liver. The good news is that oral disease is usually preventable. Prevention includes annual veterinary exams to assess the overall health of your pet including his or hers teeth. It also includes a good at home dental care program including tooth brushing with approved pet toothpaste. If your pet is diagnosed with periodontal disease your veterinarian should discuss with you what stage of disease he or she is at and an appropriate treatment plan. Most treatment plans include a thorough ultrasonic cleaning under anesthesia. Dental radiographs (X rays) may also be indicated depending on your veterinarian’s exam findings. If tooth extraction is necessary during the procedure be sure that your pet has good pain medication and appropriate antibiotics if indicated. There are many dental tools at our hand that may be recommended for your pet post procedure – dental diets, dental chews, oral rinses, sealants and don’t forget tooth brushing to just name a few. Make this year the start of your pet’s new dental care plan. Schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Discuss your pet’s dental health. Schedule a dental cleaning if needed. And most importantly follow up with a home care plan suggested by your veterinarian. Remember, pets need dental care too.

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pring Cleaning has been a long time tradition in most households. Although it’s common in areas where the winter season is colder, spring cleaning refers to a yearly act of cleaning your house inside and out and from top to bottom. In early 19th century North America and northern Europe, the annual spring cleaning often happened during the month of March. Before vacuum cleaners were around, March was a great time to dust the house. The reason for this was because it was warm enough to open the windows and doors so that the high winds could carry the dust right out of the house. There wasn’t a worry for insects and bugs because it wasn’t warm enough for them to come out yet. Today, many people clean their homes in March because it is the perfect weather to get the cleaning fumes out of the house. A family with dogs will have to take on a few extra tasks to ensure the safety of their pets. When cleaning a room or area of the house with cleaners, keep all pets out of that area until the room is well ventilated and the cleaning products have dried. When doing house improvements be sure to keep toxic chemicals out of reach. Read the labels carefully to see if the product you are using is safe around your pets. Don’t overlook other objects that you might have lying around the house like nails, staples, razor blades, and other sharp objects. It would be a good idea to keep your canine companion in another part of the house if you have plans to renovate an area of your home.

Chemicals that you may use in the garden may also be hazardous to your dog. Many of the things that you use for your plants and grass are poisonous to your dog. Items such as fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides should be put away so that your dog cannot get into them. Various types of mulch and pre-treated wood chips are not safe for dogs to eat. For example, cocoa mulch is highly toxic. There are many beautiful plants such as flowers, shrubs, and trees that can be poisonous to your dog. Do your research before you plant anything. Visit for a complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants for your home and garden. Now that you are opening your windows, check to make sure the screens do not have holes in them. You wouldn’t want insects to get in or your dog chewing on the screen to make the hole larger. Also, make sure screens are secure and fit properly in the window. Check around your fenced property to make sure that there are no areas where your dog can escape. If you notice some gaps or openings, find ways to fix it before it’s too late. This is the time of the year to build the walls around your house higher so that your growing dog cannot jump over and escape. 26 • March - April 2017 | Connecticut Dog

If you are going through storage bins and containers, make sure that you do not leave anything out for your dog to get into. It’s easy to forget what was packed away so if you step away even for a few minutes, your dog can get into things that they shouldn’t have. Have your dog tested for heartworm. Your dog should be put on heartworm medicine. Make sure that your dog gets their flea and tick control medication, too. Spring cleaning is a good time to check on your dog’s identification tags. Too many dogs get lost or wander off this time of year. To avoid a lost dog, be sure that your dog has proper up-to-date identification on their tags including their name, address, and phone number. Also, if you have a microchip in your dog, you will need to make sure that the chip information is current. Many dogs shed this time of year. Keep your home clean by regularly brushing your dog. Your dog will be happy to lose that winter coat now that the weather is warming up. This will make for a happy and healthy pet.

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order Collies are widely known for their intelligence, loyalty, and obedience. This breed was devel� oped in the Anglo-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep. One trait that sets Border Collies apart from other breeds is the use of the ‘eye’. When they are working, they crouch

down, and have an intense stare that seems to hypnotize the livestock. Border Collies are workaholics and it’s unfortunate that this breed has moved from the farmyards to suburbia.

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4. Will the dog be left alone in the house more than 4 hours, causing the dog to entertain itself, or can the dog accompany me everywhere? 5. Will you commit to obedience training to increase the levels of learning in order to keep the dog stimulated?

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sabelle came from N.Carolina with her litter of 10 puppies. She is a tricolored hound mix. Isabelle will do best with an active family that is kind, loving and looking forward to sharing their life with this beautiful and deserving dog


apone is a big boy with a big heart. Originally from Kentucky, he traveled to Simon in hopes of find� ing a better life with a loving family. Capone is a strong dog that will need an experience handler to show him some basic obedience.








arley is a goofy Coonhound/Shar Pei mix that is finally ready to find a forever home. Harley is a friendly guy that would be good with older chil� dren, great with other dogs, but is terri� fied of cats. He crates easily and know his basic commands.


insey is from a local animal con� trol. Kinsey is a beautiful girl with a sweet disposition. She will benefit from a patient experienced handler and a laid back lifestyle.


inus is one of the sweetest old guys to come our way. His gray muzzle shows his age, but his twinkling eyes show his amazing spirit. This dog de� serves to spend his golden years being spoiled in a loving home.

Molaki is a handsome guy with a strong personality and plenty of energy. He will be a wonderful dog for the right person. An adult only household with previous breed experience is necessary. Molaki will enjoy frequent daily walks.









ubin is a loveable big lug that came from a CT animal control. His time was up and we wanted to give him a chance at a new life. Rubin is a mastiff mix and will need a strong han� dler with breed experience. 30 • March - April 2017 | Connecticut Dog

tta is a beauty that came from N.Carolina. She was left in a high kill shelter, emaciated, infested with parasites and ringworm. She has made an amazing recovery and now has a chance at a wonderful life.

iles came from a local animal con� trol. He is playful, energetic and sweet as can be. He has been through multiple basic obedience classes with our dedicated volunteers here and loves to play in our doggie play groups.

sa is an amazing senior pitbull mix that we pulled on his last day at a local animal control. He is friendly, loves to play with toys and is okay with other dogs. Please give this wonderful dog a new loving home.

ill was owner surrendered when his mom lost her apartment and she was unable to care for him any lon� ger. Will was lucky to have a person that cared enough about him to find a place like The Simon Foundation.

igby was 7 months old when she came to our foundation from a neglectful home. She was very shy around strangers and had no manners, or social skills. Rigby was adopted into a loving home and did very well.


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ce needs that special someone to call her own who will take their time to under� stand that she has worked in hard conditions her entire life. She is slowly learning to trust humans again. She will not be adopted into a home with young children or with other ani� mals in the home.


stor was an Explosive Detection K9 in Af� ghanistan. He is a loving boy who is great with people however he does not like other dogs. He must be the only dog in the home. He is also a very strong boy and he needs someone who can handle a strong dog.


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ibo is a retired Contract Working Dog (or CWD) and he worked his entire life overseas in Afghanistan as a Bomb Detection K9. We recommend no small children or other animals. Cibo was trained in Dutch commands which we will help the adopter become familiar with.

tzel is a very active dog so she will need to be placed in a home where she will be kept busy and emotionally stimulated. Etzel is not potty trained or obedience trained so any new home must be willing to work with her. She is an amazing dog who loves all people and just needs a home to call her own.

ony was an explosive Detection dog in Af� ghanistan. She is a loveable girl  but does not do well with other dogs so she will only be adopted to a single dog household. She is great with people and loves to play ball. She is very strong and will pull on the leash, so her leash manners need to be worked on.

ilo is a young boy who was born in Kuwait. Un� fortunately his litter developed Distemper so he never went on to start training for explosives detec� tion.  Kilo is completely healthy now, however his teeth have enamel damage caused by the distemper virus.  Kilo loves people and does well with most dogs non alpha dogs.  He has not been tested with cats.

CWD Hanien

CWD Mira

CWD Radja




anien is an amazing smart girl who is happy,  active and loves to be around the people. Hanien prefers a very quiet home and needs to be an only dog as she does not ap� preciate other dogs in her space. She will not be placed in a home with cats or other dogs as she prefers to be the only animal.  

ira is a wonderful girl who worked as a Narcotics Detection dog in Afghanistan and is trained in Dutch commands. Her favorite thing to do is to play ball. We recommend slow introductions with other dogs and it is best for her not to be placed with an Alpha dog. She is amazing with people and loves to be loved.

adja spent his entire life over in Aghani� stan as an Explosive Detection Dog. He prefers to be an only dog as he does not like other dogs. He is good with people but small children is not recommended. He needs an owner that is familiar with working dogs and preferbly a prior handler. March - April 2017 | Connecticut Dog


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