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Spoiled to the Bone: The lavish, the luxurious, and the outrageous Dealing with Canine Diabetes Exploring the NC Mountains Your Dog is the Secret to a Long, Happy Life

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Features

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In Every Issue

Doggy Social Scene p. 11 As the temperature heats up, so does the doggy social scene

Ollie’s Corner p. 7 Ollie talks about being a foster brother

Spoiled to the Bone p. 13 The economy may be down, but some are still indulging their pups

Happenings p. 8 See what pet-friendly event is coming to a location near you

Pet Toy Safety p. 15 Could toys and other common household items be a danger to your pet?

DOGhealth p. 9 Coping with Diabetes

This Vacuum is an Animal p. 19 We review the all new Dyson DC28 Animal Leo and the Carrot p. 20 The story of one pet parent’s battle of will with her dog Bad Dog! p. 21 Tips for resolving common behavioral issues Carolina DockDogs p. 22 These dogs are making a splash Exploring the North Carolina Mountains p. 23 Just a short drive from the coastal region (and an even shorter drive from the Triangle) the North Carolina mountains are teeming with doggy fun

DOGoutings p. 10 Jones Lake State Park Ask August p. 12 Love to dig Unleashed p. 16 Bobby Gorgeous Eco Dog p. 18 Reducing your dog’s carbon pawprint Hot! Dog p. 25 We’re howling about these products for you and your dog Tail Waggers p. 28 Toys, toys, toys

Baby Boomers…Get a Dog! p. 26 Your dog is the secret to a long, healthy life

DOGnews p. 30 Get the scoop

Rescue Me p. 29 Foster parents play a critical role in helping shelter animals

Dogs On Film p. 31 Our puparazzi are always on the lookout for dogs about town Doghouse Poll p. 34 How much would you be willing to spend to keep your dog alive?

On The Cover Spoiled to the Bone…..p. 13 Dealing with Canine Diabetes.....p. 9 Exploring the NC Mountains.....p. 23 Your Dog is the Secret to a Long Happy Life…..p. 26 Cover Photo: K. Gwendolyn Cover Model: Fifel Fifel is a two-year-old MaltiPom and this toddler will eat his vegetables! His mom says he loves watermelon, avocado and tomatoes. It was a hot, humid day, but Fifel was a true professional during his photoshoot and didn’t once complain about the mosquitos or the heat.

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July/August 2009

Volume 4, Issue 4

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Assistant Editors

Suzanne Jalot

Art Director

Dustin Keipper

Graphic Design

Mandy Brown Sara Webster

Contributing Writers

Elysa Cooper Jessi Dazzo K. Gwendolyn Amy Loeffler Elise Remp Laura Riddle Beryl Shereshewsky Joy Watson

Editorial Interns

Cameron Moss Elise Remp

Phodography Business Development Manager

K. Gwendolyn

Marketing & Promotion

John Leonard Wendy Jalot

Circulation Manager

John Leonard

Distribution

Wendy Jalot Ryan Young

Ollie and August

Bob Bommarito

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Ollie’s Corner

Have you ever thought of opening your heart and home to a foster dog? Like my mom always says, August and I have a good home and a mommy and daddy, but there are so many other dogs out there who live in a cold, hard kennel and don’t know which day will be their last. That’s why she brings other dogs in the house from time to time, and calls them “foster kids.” Mom tells us that for every foster kid she can take care of, that’s one more dog who has a chance of getting out of a shelter, and who has a chance to live a long, happy life. I was once a young pup at an animal control facility, so I can relate to these guys and girls who have been sprung from the pound and given a second chance at life. If you haven’t considered fostering before, maybe you should. It’s not as complicated as you might think. Writer Amy Loeffler dispels the myths about fostering in her article, “Rescue Me.” Does your dog like watersports? Ever seen those DockDog® competitions on television? Did you know

we’ve got a DockDog® chapter right here in North Carolina? What a cool sport! Now, personally, I could care less about chasing after a toy and jumping into the water, but August can’t get enough of it. We interviewed the president of Carolina DockDogs and he tells us how anyone can get involved. We’ve made bunches of new friends on Twitter and we’d like to say “hi” and “thank you” to all of them. What is Twitter, you ask? Check it out for yourself by logging on to www.twitter.com/dogliving. I guarantee you’ll be entertained. Woofs and Wags,

Ollie Assistant Editor

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DOGhappenings JULY

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July 11 46th Annual Coon Dog Day Festival 7am Main Street, Saluda Travel to the western part of North Carolina for the annual Coon Dog Day Festival that attracts over 10,000 attendees each year. A celebration for dogs and their people! There will be great food, live music, a parade, crafts, street dance, and more. For more information visit www.saluda.com.

August 29 8th Annual Golden on the Green Charity Golf Tournament 1:30pm River Ridge Golf Club, Raleigh Enjoy some golf while helping to raise money for Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue. The format will be Captain’s Choice. Lunch and dinner will be served. Contact: www.goldenonthegreen.com.

October 10 Dogtoberfest 2009 11am-3pm Harris Lake County Park Mark your calendars now for this annual celebration. Visit www.pawfectmatch.org.

July 25 Auction for the Animals 7pm-11pm Casper Park, Raleigh Ninth Annual Auction for the Animals will be this July. Bid on things like jewelry, artwork, pet portraits, gift certificates, and more! Advance tickets are available online. Visit www. secondchancenc.org for more information.

SEPTEMBER September 27 2nd Annual Whisker and Wedges Charity Golf Tournament 1:30pm Crooked Creek Golf Club, Fuquay-Varina Enjoy a golf tournament to benefit pets. All proceeds go to Best Friends Pet Adoption. For more information or to register online visit www.bfpa.org.

Got an upcoming pet-friendly event? Send your info to events@doglivingmagazine.com. Please include: Organization Name, Contact (name and phone), Brief Description of Event, Date/Time/Place.

October 11 Wag Shag Sea Trail, Brunswick County Visit www.paws-ability.org for more info. October 24 DogFest 2009 11am-4pm Dog Park at Empie, Wilmington Come enjoy this dog lover’s festival with music, food, vendors, dog contests/games and a Halloween costume contest for dogs and kids. For more info visit www.cfgoldenrescue.com. October 24 Dog’s Day Out Pet Festival Les Myers Park, Concord There will be plenty of activities to take your owner too. K-9 Police demonstration, doggie fun zones, costume contests, and more! Dogs must have a 6’ leash and vaccination proof. For more information email littlefd@ci.concord.nc.us.

For an up-to-date listing of events, visit www.doglivingmagazine.com

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DOGhealth Canine Diabetes: One Family’s Story

by Joy Watson

Chewie, a terrier mix, has been living with diabetes for two years.

“We worked closely with our vet to get the disease under control. Figuring out the correct insulin dosage was very difficult. Each dog is different. The process was very stressful for both Chewie and us,” says Pam. Glucose monitoring four times per day and urine test strips (like humans use) were necessary for several months.

A cherished nightly ritual for Chewie, a playful terrier mix, was a warm, soft pretzel - until the fall of 2007. That’s when Pam and Paul Updike noticed that 10-year-old Chewie was drinking a lot more water than usual. Concerned, they took Chewie to their veterinarian and were surprised to learn that Chewie was suffering from canine diabetes mellitus.

Like many pet parents, the Updikes were unaware of canine diabetes so they began educating themselves immediately. Diabetes mellitus is caused by an insulin deficiency due to a malfunction of the endocrine glands. In this condition the dog’s body doesn’t metabolize sugar properly. This is the most common and more dangerous type of diabetes that dogs may acquire. Diabetes mellitus is divided into two groups, Type I and Type II diabetes. These types are similar to the types of diabetes found in humans. Type I diabetes occurs during the early years of the dog’s life. Type II diabetes is normally observed in senior or overweight adult dogs and is characterized by a dependence on insulin. Symptoms of diabetes mellitus include excessive water consumption and increased urination, sluggishness, and unexpected weight loss or weight gain. Drastic changes to Chewie’s diet - and the Updikes daily routine - became necessary to ensure that Chewie’s condition is kept under control. People food is now banned from his diet. Only high fiber prescription food and treats are on the menu. Chewie has also increased his exercise and has twice-daily insulin shots to keep the disease under control.

Once Chewie’s condition was stabilized, the Updikes settled into a routine, but not without setbacks. Chewie suffered a seizure in January of 2008 and his dosage of insulin had to be reduced. A few months later Chewie began struggling again and another adjustment to his insulin had to be made. “With this disease you always have to be observant. We monitor his water consumption and are really aware of changes in his routine,” says Paul. The Updikes have several tips for those with newly diagnosed diabetic dogs. Educate yourself. This will help you better communicate with and understand your veterinarian. Be patient. It may take a while to get the insulin dosage right. It is often a very long process. Commit to keeping your pet alive and healthy. You must stick to the diet, do the exercise and give the insulin shots. Pay attention to your dog and his/her routine. Measure water consumption. Keep a journal of food and medicine given and how your pet responds. The Updikes say the process has been difficult, but it is possible for your pet to live a long, happy life with diabetes. They continue to work closely with their veterinarian to monitor Chewie’s blood glucose levels, insulin dosages and overall health. At 12, Chewie continues to enjoy playtime, treats (vet-prescribed, of course) and daily walks. For additional information on canine diabetes talk with your veterinarian. You can also visit the following web sites: www.vetinfo.com, www.diabetesindogs.net, and www.caninediabetes.org. Joy Watson is an experienced dog trainer and pet sitter. She enjoys working with, and writing about, dogs and their pet parents. She lives in Morrisville, NC with her husband, Jon, their two dogs, Gretchen and Max, and cats Pyewacket and Bella.

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DOGoutings

Jones Lake State Park Scenery: Difficulty: Easy Length: 5 miles

4117 Hwy 242 N Elizabethtown, NC 28337 www.ncparks.gov

Jones Lake is a 2,208 acre park located adjacent to Bladen Lakes State Forest just outside of Elizabethtown. Just a little over an hour’s drive from Wilmington and just under a two-hour drive from Raleigh, this park is perfect for a long, but relaxing hike. Don’t be turned off by the numerous “No dogs allowed beyond this point” signs. Although a little disheartening, they simply don’t want dogs in the picnic table area. You can still reach the five-mile Bay Trail from either side of the picnic area and your leashed dog is always welcome on the trail. The trail takes you through dense vegetation around the lake, with several opportunities for side treks to view the lake as you go. There’s also a one-mile loop trail for those who aren’t up to the full five miles. Unfortunately, because of the dense vegetation and proximity to water, you’ll be joined by an army of gnats and mosquitoes during your walk. Our advice is to take plenty of bug spray, or visit during the cooler months, when the bugs aren’t so bad.

Scenery Ratings: 1 paw – Nothing much to look at 2 paws – Pleasant enough 3 paws – Some great views 4 paws – Gorgeous scenery everywhere

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Difficulty Ratings: Easy – Anybody can do this! Moderate – You might be sweating when you finish Hard – This could make some of you wish you were in better shape Very Hard! – Only dogs and people that exercise often should attempt


Walk for the Animals Durham May 16, 2009

Paw Jam Wilmington May 2, 2009 Bark Around the Park Raleigh April 18, 2009

Doggy Social Scene

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AskAugust August loves mail from doggies and humans! If you have a question you’d like to ask, just email her at August@doglivingmagazine.com. cats are too snobby to “tweet,” so you probably don’t have to worry about running into one on Twitter. Dear August,

Dear August,

My mommy follows your magazine on Twitter. What the heck is that and can doggies play on Twitter too? All A Twitter Durham, NC Dear All A Twitter, Twitter is a social networking tool for humans, but there are a few canines on there as well. It’s a way of saying, in 140 characters or less, what’s on your mind. It’s a fun way to interact with the doggy community and you can use your network to learn lots of new things too. I suggest you try it out for yourself at www.twitter.com. And don’t worry, most

OK, I’ve about had it. My wife and I recently did some yard work and replanted a plant in our back yard. Now, every time we let our dogs out, Phoebe decides she would like to dig it up. I always give our dogs treats after going out, but when Phoebe digs, I raise my voice at her and don’t give her a treat. I feel bad giving Bella a treat, but she doesn’t dig. I watch and wait through the window to see who’s the culprit. How can I stop her from digging up my plant?! She’s driving me insane and I’m tired of trying to save my plant multiple times a day. Not digging the situation, Mount Olive, NC

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Dogs love to dig, and once they get started, it can be hard to get them to stop. Finding out why Phoebe digs could help you solve the problem. Some of these reasons include boredom, frustration and lack of exercise. Ever heard the saying, “A tired dog is a good dog”? It’s true! Providing other distractions in the yard could help the problem, as will making sure Phoebe has plenty of exercise before allowing her in the backyard. Another solution is to try to give her a “legal” digging area. Designate a small space in the yard and encourage her to dig in that spot. You could even encourage her by burying toys or treats for her to find. If that doesn’t work, you could try putting some wire mesh under the plant to prevent her from digging it up.

Disclaimer: Ask August is provided for entertainment purposes only. For health or behavioral problems with your pet, you should consult with your vet or a behavioral specialist.

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We’re told if you’re looking for luxury, then this is the top of the line and has been dubbed by Forbes magazine as the world’s most expensive dog collar. So how expensive is it? Let’s just say if you’re guessing six-figures, guess higher, much higher. The Amour Amour diamond dog collar is made of crocodile leather, platinum, white gold and over 1600 hand-set diamonds and can be yours for $3.2 million. A one-of-a-kind item for your one-of-a-kind dog plus you’ll have a collar that no one can top…at least not yet.

Your dog doesn’t like gold? Then try the Lillian Cuddle Couch. With an $1,100 price tag, this bed comes in pink or blue and can hold up to 300 pounds. Hmmm, that’s one big dog.

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Headed to the Big Apple? Only the best will do for your dog so the Presidential Suite it is. For $175 per night (a bargain for New York City hotels, right?) your pooch can live it up at The Ritzy Canine, where he is sure to receive all the attention and pampering he deserves.

When your dog starts turning up his nose at his food, maybe it’s time to get him a personal chef. Chef ZenChien costs a mere $350 per week and provides a unique service for dog owners who want the healthiest and tastiest alternative to commercial pet foods.

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Pet Toy Safety by Laura Riddle

Part of being a responsible pet owner is providing your pet with toys to play with. As responsible pet owners, we expect that these toys we purchase are safe. That is not always the case. Recently I received an email about the story of Chai that began circulating the internet last year. Chai’s tongue had to be amputated after it became stuck in a rubber ball dog toy. The Pimple Ball has since been recalled by the manufacturer, Four Paws. They notified retailers to remove the toy from shelves and issued full refunds. However, there are several online retailers that still sell the Pimple Ball. How can that be if the toy has been recalled? Unlike safety standards set for children’s toys there are no federal or regulatory oversight of the pet toy industry. It is up to the integrity of the manufacturer and ultimately the consumer to determine if a toy is safe for their pet. Consumers do have power, buying power and ultimately that is what led to the recall of the Pimple Ball. Always monitor your pet when they are playing with any toy. If you have a question regarding the safety of a toy for your pet it is always best to ask a professional, like your veterinarian. Toys aren’t the only items that pose a danger to your pet. Pets explore their surroundings by smelling, tasting and eating objects.

Trash cans are one of my dog’s favorite places to scavenge. They see it as a buffet of feasts and treats. Commonly our trash cans hold old leftover foods and although the smell might repulse you, it smells like heaven to your furry friends. Remember, if you wouldn’t eat it neither should your pet. Other common items found in trash cans are panty hose, string, rubber bands and yes the ultimate in gross, feminine hygiene products. These pose a serious threat to your pet’s health and may require surgery to remove once they’ve been ingested. Try to keep lids on trash cans or in a cabinet out of your pet’s reach. To pet proof your house, try looking at it from their level just like you would a small child. You might find dangers that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. Sometimes accidents do happen and it’s always better to be prepared. Keep a pet first aid kit handy and know the location and phone number to the nearest emergency vet. These are simple steps that could end up saving their life.

Laura Riddle is a 2004 graduate from the Creative Writing and Film Studies programs at UNC Wilmington. She is a Documentary Researcher for WRAL TV 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She lives in Cary with her two rescue dogs, Foxy and Abbey.

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Bobby Gorgeous

Unleashed Photos courtesy of www.worldfamousdogportraits.com

By Suzanne Jalot

Bobby Gorgeous burst on the scene in 2009 and if you haven’t heard of him yet, you will soon. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina and recently won Encore Magazine’s cover model contest. Bobby took time out of his busy modeling schedule to answer a few questions for Dog Living. Congrats on winning the Encore cover model contest! How long have you been modeling? My modeling career had started earlier this year. How did you get your start? My mama instilled in me all of the necessary ambition to begin my modeling career at a young age. Love and affection all mixed with a pinch of structure. Most importantly of all; smile and pose. With these unequivocal talents I made my debut as the best dressed dog in the Luxury Pet Pavilion contest and I have been modeling ever since. Have you ever met anyone famous? There is a bit of super star in every person that I come in contact with. Each person that pays me a visit or stops to greet me on the street possesses the natural ability to be the next charismatic lead role.

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While attending the event to promote the release of Beverly Hills Chihuahua I was able to greet, and sniff, the beautiful Chloe from the movie. What’s a typical day like for you? A typical day for me entails waking at noon as a model needs his beauty rest. The rest of the day is spent exercising, learning new tricks, and shopping with my mum. What’s going through your mind when the lights are on and the camera is focused on you? What goes through my mind is the greenie treat that I will receive at the end of the shoot from my mum for a job well done. Have you ever had a day where you just wanted to play in the mud and get all dirty? All past attempts to indulge in this pleasurable experience have been halted as a result of my desire to keep my coat clean and gleaming white. Are you involved in any charities? I was recently informed of the troubling situation in Sudan. They are without necessary medicine and care and are currently trying to build functional hospitals to supply the local people with whatever medicine they can to make their lives more pleasant and enjoyable. I am working with a college oriented group called Rock Your Future to raise money to help with the development of such hospitals in Sudan.


I am also a strong supporter of the rescuing of animals. To further this cause I have established a twitter account and for every person that follows my “tweets” I will donate five cents to a reputable animal rescue. Please follow me at twitter.com/bobbygorgeous. We have to ask, do you have a girlfriend? If not, what do you look for in a female? I found that I have a strong attraction for older women. I am currently engaged and the gem of my desire is three years my senior. We plan to wed soon. Her name is Bella Luna. Do you have any brothers or sisters? I was lucky enough to find my long lost half sister after 5 years of searching. When my parents first brought her home I was unsure of the new addition. However I embraced her with open paws as soon as I saw our resemblance. We have competed for the affection of our parents, and toys, ever since. Her name is Sophie.

is a bronze statue of Hachiko at the train station to remind us of the importance of loyalty and the unconditional love provided us by pets. Hatchiko is also my middle name. Is there anything else we should know about you? Currently I am competing in the contest for America’s Top Dog Model. For this competition we are required to take a picture of what we do in order to live a green life. A photo shoot was arranged with a talented photographer and we did our best to depict what my green life style is. For me, going green is driving around in a convertible mini cooper hybrid. I also wear dog clothes that are designed using materials that are recyclable, such as newspaper. I also read books such as “Going Green for Dummies” and I do my best to carry around tools to help my parent’s plant trees.

Tell me how you feel about people who say, “It’s just a dog.” One of the motivations for the work that I do is to change the perceptions that some people may have of dogs. Our behavior is directly related to the attitudes and personalities of the owners who raise us. Put simply, we are humans with fur and four legs. One of my motivations is to change people’s perceptions from “It’s just a dog” to something more meaningful and absolute, like “Wow, he is just like a human!” Do you think the world would be a better place if everyone owned a dog? When an owner looks into the eyes of their beloved canine friend they know they have found the meaning of life. With the overwhelming love that a dog can bring to a human I fully believe everyone should own a dog. Do you have a canine role model? Whose work do you admire? Hachiko is the name of a dog in Japan who waited for his owner at a train station for years after he passed away. The owner was a professor and utilized the train to commute to work everyday. When the professor would arrive back at the station to go home Hachiko was there waiting for his beloved owner to walk with him. Today there

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Ec D g by Beryl Shereshewsky

Reducing the Carbon Paw Print

A Greener Space

While your home may be undergoing some environmentally friendly changes; your dog’s house could probably use a facelift as well. If you are in the market for a new doggy home, there are a lot of eco-friendly options that utilize recycled and sustainable wood. Available from StacksAndSacks.com are eCo-flex dog houses, made from 100% post consumer recycled materials are weather, rot and insect proof as well as have a 1-year warranty. To go a little fancier, the Obamas just bought their eco-friendly dog house from Greenrrroof Designs. Check them out at SustainablePet.com.

A Quick Clean

Since summer months typically equate with playing outside, dogs can get themselves dirty. And while a full bath is sometimes necessary, a quick swipe over their coats can do a whole lot of good. Earthbath has a line of grooming wipes that are 100% biodegradable and contain no skin-irritating alcohol.

From Bowl to Mouth

Designer duds are no longer for people. Pet owners, conscious of their pets aesthetics have been rejoicing the abundance of fashionable accessories for their pets. Available at OliveGreenDog.com, the Bodhi Zen Bowl is a fair trade product made to bring out the inner Zen in your dog. Sturdy, leak-proof, and chic, the Bodhi bowl promotes fair work practices across the globe.

The Chia Pooch

Straying a bit from dog products, I found this online and almost fell off my chair. If, like many dog owners I know, your love knows no boundaries; this might be the perfect gift. Topiary in the shape of your favorite pooch. With different breeds to choose from, this goes way beyond the norm. Adorable, eccentric, that’s for you to choose, but they are almost too cute to not look at, just once at least. Available at GiDesigns.net.

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The Starter

If you have been interested in going greener with your dog, but have not been able to make that first leap of faith, Eco Pet has created a starter kit called the Eco-Me Dog Starter Kit. Including mixes to make your own flea and bug spray, shampoo, wipes, and biscuit recipes, all you need is water, vinegar, baking soda and the recipe ingredients! Including dog-bone shaped cookie cutters and biodegradable poop bags to tote, this kit covers all the basics, and then some. Available online at Shop.EcoPetLife. com.

All’s Well

Much like our supermarkets, dog food lines are being revitalized and are now containing organic and all-natural ingredients. One brand in particular, Dogswell, has been on the forefront of all-natural, healthy dog food for many years. Many of their products are wheat and corn-free and aid in fresh breath, vitality, weight and healthy hips. With the meat coming from natural, cage-free animals and extra vitamins and supplements to help your dog stay fit and healthy, it’s no surprise that Dogswell came through in flavor as well. A huge hit around the park, Dogswell treats are sure to satisfy. And Dogswell now has a line of canned dog food, available in many shops, but check them out online at Dogswell.com for a free sample.

Dressing Up

For many, dressing up their dog is not only a guilty pleasure, it is necessary. Shorter haired dogs living in colder climates need jackets in the winter and hey, some dogs just like it, right? With a new line of organic and recycled clothing, Eco Pup Dog Clothing.com is bringing eco-chic style to the dogs. Hoodies, dresses and sweaters, and not to mention some pretty adorable t-shirts, make this summer and fall the perfect runway stage for your dog. Available online at EcoPupDogClothing.com Currently residing in Denver, Colorado, Beryl Shereshewsky has been writing for the green sphere for nearly 3 years. An outdoor enthusiast, her interest in sustainable and eco-friendly products was perked during her studies in Boulder, Colorado in reaction to the changing environment. With a go-get-em’ philosophy and a voice that wants to be heard, Beryl writes for 303 Magazine in Denver and Sustainable is Good online.


Battling pet hair? Check out the new Dyson DC-28 Animal. Airmuscle Terminology Powered Cam Raises and lowers the brush bar for different floor types, rather than the entire cleaner head, which can create gaps for suction to leak. Pneumatic Acuator Pulls the cleaner head into the floor, creating just the right amount of seal. High-Torque Clutch Delivers more power to the brush bar, dislodging dirt even from deep pile carpets.

Not only can it tackle carpet, this vacuum is designed to adjust to any floor type. The literature from the company says “the advanced system combines three different technologies: a high-torque clutch, a powered cam and a pneumatic actuator, working from one surface to the next.” Those words might sound impressive, but let’s be honest, who really understands what each of those means? (We’ll explain it to you in plain terms below.) What we do know, is that we are impressed with the power and features of the newest Dyson. Here’s what we like: -It’s relatively quiet. -The floor selector is easy to use (push of a button). -It works on carpet, vinyl flooring, hardwoods and tile. -It maneuvers easily and works well around corners and furniture. -It is super easy to empty and clean the filter.

-There are several different attachments to use for different situations. What we don’t like: -The base of the vacuum is huge (for all that power, we suppose), so you can’t just slide it under short tables or hit the edge under your bed. -The functions aren’t completely user-friendly. You may have to actually read through the manual to figure out how to put it together or use the attachments. All in all, this Dyson is amazing. It comes with a steep price tag, but if you factor in the power you’re getting and the years it’s going to last, it could be called a bargain. Most of the pet hair (donated by two dogs and one cat) was picked up on the first pass along with bits of dust that had probably been embedded in the carpet for years. And again, the vacuum worked beautifully on all floor types, something we’ve seen lacking in vacuums of the past.

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Leo and the Carrot

I am a very stubborn person but I would have to say that

Every time he spit the darn thing out, I put it back in his mouth. We may have done this for perhaps ten minutes. Until finally I got up and he didn't spit it out. He followed me out of the room. I was so glad that he had finally given in and rewarded him with a enthusiastic "Good boy!" to which he replied with dropping the carrot on the floor once again. I put it back in his mouth. I went back to my desk and did some work. He laid down next to me on the floor.

At this point he announced it wasn't one of the days that he liked carrots by promptly dropping it on the floor. I was annoyed. I had offered the carrot to Leo. If he didn't want it, then he shouldn't have taken it. Since he took it, he was going to eat it, I resolved.

Whenever I left the room, he followed me. He gave me a look that I swear says "you've got to be kidding me with this" but he kept his mouth closed. It had been several hours and Leo was still stubbornly holding that carrot in his mouth. I honestly didn't know how this would turn out and who would ultimately win the battle. I just walked into the bedroom, certain I'd find a half eaten carrot in the middle of the floor. Leo was on my bed. He looked at me and stretched. I checked his mouth.

my dog, Leo is perhaps just as stubborn. At lunch I offered Leo a baby carrot. He sniffed it and decided it smelled good enough to eat and took it from me. I wasn't sure if he would want the carrot. Some days he likes them and some days he doesn't. But today I didn't just throw it on the floor for him to find out if he would eat it or if it would end up in the trash. I offered it to him. I let him choose. And he took it.

So I played the "I'm gonna get it" game with him for a few minutes. This is a very exciting game, in case you don't know. For those of you that haven't played this game with your dog, I encourage you to try it out. Saying this phrase (the more excitement the better) and "faking out" a snatch of whatever it is you are focusing on, instantly makes the object irresistible to your dog. The "I'm gonna get it" game was somewhat triumphant and resulted in exactly half the baby carrot being eaten by Leo. This is when he decided he would not be eating any more of what was left of the baby carrot. A few minutes later I discovered the half-eaten carrot in the bedroom and that’s when the stubbornness struggle began. I acknowledged the carrot with a dramatic "Oh no!" on Leo's behalf. He looked sadly at me in response. But he made no move towards the carrot. "Leo," I said, pointing at the orange bit on the floor, "get your carrot." He stared at me. "Leo. Go eat your carrot." Nothing. I had decided he was not going to win this one. My husband always says I am way too easy on him and that I should be more authoritative with him. I have to admit, he is a bit spoiled. I pushed the carrot into his mouth. He spit it out and looked at me. I picked it up and put it back into his mouth. He spit it out and looked at me. I picked it up and put it into his mouth and held his mouth closed. He waited until I released his mouth then spit it out and sighed. I sighed. I repeated the process again and again until finally he stopped spitting it out. He even flopped over on his side but as soon as I started to get up he spit it out. He would just hold the carrot in his mouth until he thought that I would go away or give up. I didn't give up.

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And there it was. I had no idea he was so stubborn. I kept checking on him and he was still keeping that stinkin' carrot in his mouth all afternoon. Finally I went in there to check again and opened his mouth and it was empty. So I said "YAY LEO!" and he just looked up at me. No tail wag or anything. I knew something was up and that he had hidden it somewhere. It was in his bed. So we went right back through the same old thing. I let him off the hook only to take him outside to go potty. Then we went right back to it when we got back in. We were still at it when my husband, Mike, came home. He fought with him for a while, tried playing, tried making him, tried tricking him. Nothing. He would not eat it. So finally, we threw the carrot out. And after a seven hour battle, Leo had won.

Jessi Dazzo grew up in Colorado and now resides in Boulder, CO with her husband, Mike, and their dog, Leo, an eight-year-old Golden Retriever/Aus tralian Sheppard mix, rescued from the Humane Society when he was young. Jessi recently began to pursue her passion for writing for children. Leo was the inspiration for the main character in her first book which she hopes to publish soon.


Bad Dog!

Nobody likes to hear the words, “Bad dog!” but your dog’s bad habits can drive you crazy if you don’t correct them. How can you curb those bad behaviors? Here are suggestions for dealing with common behavioral problems. Substitution Is your dog digging up your favorite plants in the yard? Offer an alternative. Create a designated area that your dog is allowed to dig in. Does your dog jump on visitors? Have him sit or lie down before they walk through the door. These are examples of substituting one behavior, for another. Change a Negative to a Positive Does your dog freak out at the vacuum, the doorbell or maybe emergency sirens? Try a little positive reinforcement. Bring out the vacuum, and give your dog a treat. He’ll hopefully learn to associate the vacuum, with the reward of a treat. Ignore the Behavior When your dog behaves or misbehaves, he’s being rewarded in some way for his behavior. That’s why he does what he does. Does your dog bark incessantly to get your attention? If you reward him with attention, then he is getting what he wants and you are forced do deal with a barking dog. When there is no longer a reward for a certain behavior, generally, a dog will stop that particular behavior. Does your dog beg at the table? If you are giving him treats at the table, then stop. If you’re not giving him treats, are you giving him attention? If so, start ignoring his begging.

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Making a Splash

by Elise Remp

Photo courtesy Carolina DockDogs

Looking for something exciting to get into with your four-legged friends this summer? Jay Harris, president of Carolina DockDogs, gave Dog Living Magazine the scoop on the new Carolina club and all of the great competitions and family friendly (and, of course, dog friendly) fun it has to offer. Get ready! Get wet! Go!

Why was the club started?

[In] January 2009 the decision was made to form an affiliate club of DockDogs Inc. Currently there are 26 [affiliated clubs] across the U.S. and Canada. Forming Carolina DockDogs offered a way to have events locally and be supported by local people. We can now bring this great sport to any backyard in NC.

Who can participate? Are all breeds allowed?

Anyone can participate. There is an age requirement for handlers (minimum 7 years old) and dogs (minimum 6 months old). One of the greatest things about our sport [is that] all breeds are welcome. We even have special recognition for Lap Dogs (17” or less at withers), Veteran Dogs (7 years plus), as well as Young Handlers (7-15 years old).

What is required to participate?

One handler, one dog, and one toy/object. There are rules on the toy used on the dock. [The toy] must be floatable and retrievable, and cannot be alive (or previously alive) or edible. The dog does not have to retrieve the toy nor is the handler required to throw an object. If a dog will jump into the pool without being motivated by a toy, that is perfectly acceptable. In 2001, a person in Arkansas arrived at an event with a live raccoon. He was asked to leave. Safety is very important at DockDogs events. Any dogs with a sign of injury or wounds are not allowed to participate.

What do participants need to bring to the event?

Any items for your dog’s comfort and security: food, water, kennels, etc. Kennels are not required, but are highly suggested. The dog must be on a 4’ leash or kenneled at all times, unless they are on the dock. Tents, canopies, chairs, refreshments [are recommended] for the humans.

What kind of training does my dog need in order to participate and where should I start?

No training required to participate. Many dogs’ skills are based purely on natural instinct to retrieve an object that has been thrown. However, there are several things you can work on prior to attending a DockDogs event. The [commands] “sit” and “stay” are very critical to long jumps on the dock. Try to place the dog and walk at least 40’ then give the command to come. If there is a pond, lake or pool available, work with the dog going in the water. Take it slow at first and try to work up to actually jumping from the bank into the water.

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Who are the usual participants and audience at DockDogs events?

Usually the most common factor with participants is the love of competition with their dog. I like to tell people, “When you are on the dock with your dog, it’s your time and nobody can take that away from you!” Everyone is a winner in this sport, with one goal, to get our dogs wet. DockDogs is so inclusive, and the participants reflect this as well – people who may not have otherwise spent time together build some of their strongest friendships while participating in this family friendly sport. The audience ranges from babies to older adults. The kids in the audience usually are the most excited. Everyone loves the sight of a dog flying through the air into water.

What type of events take place at a DockDogs competition?

There are three sports at DockDogs: Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve. Teams that participate in all three events can also sign up for Iron Dog, which measures which team is the best overall in all three sports. Big Air is a competition for distance. Extreme Vertical is a competition for height. Speed Retrieve is a competition against the clock for the fastest time.

Does it cost anything to join? How do you join?

Carolina DockDogs annual membership fee is $50. Members will have access to all Carolina DockDogs practices, training and updates for any special activities. The membership can be for a family. All family members will have access to all activities as long as one family adult is a member.

Can you live anywhere in North Carolina and still participate?

Living in NC is not a requirement to participate or become a member. Carolina DockDogs club members reside in South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Carolina DockDogs is trying to secure annual events from the coast to the mountains of NC. Want to get your dog involved? Contact Jay Harris at jeh99@windstream.net for an application. The club is also currently working on their website: www.carolinadockdogs.com.


Photos courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Exploring the NC Mountains What’s a dog to do in the mountains of North Carolina? The real question is, what’s a dog not to do! We decided to make Asheville our “base camp” and discovered plenty of things to do and see all within a short drive. Asheville has a little bit of everything including the mountains, a bustling downtown area, historic attractions and nightlife. With your pooch in tow, stop into Three Dog Bakery (www.threedog.com) located in the heart of downtown and pick up some tasty treats. Bone-a-Fide Bakery (118 Cherry Street) in nearby Black Mountain offers samples of they’re homemade doggy goodies and also sells art for pet lovers. Check out Blaze-N-Skyy Pet Boutique & Wellness Center (www. blazenskyy.com), also located in the downtown area. This luxury boutique specializes in designer collars and leashes, one-of-a-kind dog clothes and unusual pet gifts. And when your dog gets dirty from all that hiking, you can take the do-it-yourself route at The Soapy Dog (www.thesoapydog.com) or pamper her with a luxurious spa treatment from Appalachian Spa Ventures (www.appalachianspa.com), a mobile spa featuring dog massage, hydrobaths and dog yoga. Asheville has several dog-friendly parks including Beaver Lake and Andrew Geyser. Asheville’s off-leash dog park is located in French Broad River Park.

Where can you and your dog go for a bite to eat? Many area restaurants allow pets on outside decks and patios. Try Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, Laughing Seed Café, The Jerusalem Garden Café, Mayfel’s or Café on the Square.

Dog-Friendly Activities The Blue Ridge Parkway is arguably one of the most scenic roads in America. Pack a picnic lunch and take the parkway north or south from Asheville for leisurely driving tour. There are plenty of places along the roadway to stop at overlooks and take in the breathtaking views. Make sure your dog is on a leash anytime you let him out of the car. The Parkway Visitor Center is located in Asheville and would be a good place to stop in and plan your tour. There are so many hiking possibilities in western North Carolina, we couldn’t possibly list them all here, but we did pick out a few of our favorites. Graveyard Fields: A popular (meaning, it can get crowded!) spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this loop trail will take you about two hours. It would be a good idea to try this trail in the off-season, to avoid the crowds. You’ll discover waterfalls, boulders and forest. Most of the hike is fairly level, so there won’t be a lot of hills to climb. Fryingpan Mountain Trail: Located by the Mount Pisgah Campground, this trail is not as widely used as some of the others

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along the parkway, but still just as beautiful. Wildflowers line the trail during the spring, summer and fall and your dog will have plenty to sniff at. The trail is about four miles and should take approximately two hours. You hike through forest and also reach a summit area with excellent views. Old Mitchell Trail: If both you and your dog are ready for a workout, this trail will do the trick and is only recommended for those with trail-hardy dogs. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in the eastern United States. As the trail winds through the forest, you’ll be treated to periodic stunning views of the mountains. You’ll encounter steep, wet rocks on your journey, so make sure you have sturdy boots and that your dog is able to handle the challenge as well. Chimney Rock Park: About a half-hour southeast of Asheville, the park offers five hiking trails suitable for beginners and those looking for more of a challenge. One of the best things about this park is that they boast about being dog-friendly and encourage you to bring Fido along! Unlike most other state parks, however, there is an admission fee to get into the park. Biltmore Estate: Looking for a leisurely stroll? Then this is the place to do it. Leashed dogs are allowed on the grounds and you and your dog will enjoy the scenic formal and informal gardens throughout the estate. For information on pet-friendly lodging, bed & breakfasts and campgrounds, visit www.exploreasheville.com.

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Doggy emergency?

Whenever traveling, it’s always a good idea to know the number and location of the area’s emergency veterinarian hospital. Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital 677 Brevard Road Asheville, NC 28806 828-665-4399


Here’s what we’re howling about

PetLinens These slipcovers are not only stylish, they’re also practical. Each bed set includes two slipcovers, a waterproof cushion saver and an extra cushiony, high-grade poly-fill bed. The covers are easy to slip on and off for cleaning purposes, or, just for a change of décor.

Harborside Collection from a tail we could wag This colorful new collection of collars and leads is a tribute to summer and each pattern features the nautical symbol for “WAGS” weaved into the design. The Harborside collection is made with nylon webbing and is colorfast and machine washable. $24 and up 866-726-WAGS, www.tailwags.com

Bed Sets start at $56.95 503-616-3992, www.petlinens.net

KONG Tails It’s a KONG, so you know it’s going to be durable. This new toy is great for tugging, tossing, chasing and catching! It features an easy-to-use tug handle and even includes a squeaker. $12.99 Available at retailers nationwide

Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Grooming Essentials After a warning from the EPA on the dangers of chemical-based flea and tick products, Dr. Harvey’s has created an all-natural formula to protect dogs from fleas and ticks. The line includes Herbal Protection Shampoo and an Herbal Protection Spray. The spray can be used before and after walking your dog and can also be sprayed directly onto bedding, collars and leashes. $15.95 and up Available in fine pet shops and boutiques and at www.drharveys.com

Porters Neck Veterinary Hospital Drs. Ron & Sharon Harris Dr. Rebecca Simmons Dr. Stan Griffith We’ll Treat Your Pet Like One Of Our Own

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Baby Boomers by Suzanne Jalot

J

o Ann Vaught’s father always said, “If you can read, play an instrument and have a dog, you will never be lonely.” She agrees, although she adds, “I wasted a lot of money on those piano lessons!” Vaught and her husband moved to Wake Forest five years ago. Their two daughters are grown and out of the house, but they have three children of the four-legged variety living with them now and the way she sees it, she wouldn’t have it any other way. “No pets [equals] no quality of life,” says Vaught. And experts agree. As we age, so do our concerns about health and activity. Pets are a natural way to help aging adults lower blood pressure, increase activity levels, reduce stress and ward off depression. Dr. Diane Pomerance is a certified grief recovery specialist and author of “Pet Parenthood: Adopting the Right Animal Companion For You.” She says pet companionship is a big boost for the Baby Boom generation. “When they feel isolated because their families are far away and they’re all alone, the love and connection they feel with a dog or cat can dramatically change their outlook,” says Dr. Pomerance. “A pet provides a sense of purpose and helps ward off isolation and depression.” According to the Pets for the Elderly Foundation, senior pet-owners have 21% fewer visits to the doctor compared to non-pet owners, with shorter hospital stays than the average person. Dr. Pomerance also points out that pets can help people deal with grief and loss, which, unfortunately, are common issues for baby boomers. Vaught knows first-hand how comforting a pet can be in a time of need. “I have cried into the fur of pets. When I lost my parents, when children left for college and sometimes just for the sake of having a good cry,” she says. Dr. Pomerance says she can’t emphasize enough the importance of stress reduction to our overall well-being. “We live in a society that’s so stressed. From road rage to expectations, and again for the elderly, we’ve passed through

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s…Get a dog! so many phases of life and grief is cumulative. By that time you’ve sustained numerous losses, an empty nest, retirement and other life changes.” Scientific studies indicate having a pet improves the quality of our lives and increases our longevity. Health benefits include improved heart rate, lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system. Pets can also help alleviate stress by decreasing anger, sadness, loneliness and depression. Think of a pet as a natural therapist. For those of us who are retired or our children are grown, pets provide a sense of purpose and essentially a reason to get up in the morning. Pets fulfill our need to nurture – they may grow older, but they never grow up. Kyoko George and her husband live in Raleigh and have two dogs and one cat in their household. Both of their children have grown up and moved out but George says their dogs and cat are just like their children. “They’re very important to us,” says George. “I can talk and care for them just as we did to our children. We can exchange our love and affection and theirs is unconditional.” Researchers have found interaction with animals increases the amounts of “feel good” hormones in our body, including serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin. These hormones are critical to our psychological well-being and help us fight depression. George says when she is talking rough or yelling or angry, her dogs help her calm down. “I cannot even think about not having pets. I would be very unhappy,” she says. “They calm me down from a busy day. They give us laughter.” Pets are there for their owners in times of need. “When things are not going right, they sense that and come very close to our body just as if to say everything will be alright,” says George. Vaught adds that, “They know when to just ‘be’ there and when to be playful. Dogs are sensitive to the moods of their owners.” Pets, especially dogs, can also provide a sense of security. “The deep barks of warning are a security for us,” says Vaught. “And have kept many an unwelcome stranger from our doorstep.” Pets encourage exercise and it’s no secret that exercise is important to your health. “Although we have a large fenced in back garden, the dogs love a morning walk, which forces me to exercise,” says Vaught. “I am trying to extend the length of our walk by a block each month- which does not seem like much- but to an old lady with a bad knee –it is therapy.” Pet ownership is by no means the be all, end all to your problems. It’s not a cure to aging. But having a pet can help you live a longer, healthier and more enjoyable life. If you feel better, naturally, your body is going to function better. The benefits are undeniable. Dr. Pomerance says as we mature it’s really important to recognize the significance of each passing moment and to have gratitude for these moments. “[Animals] are real, they’re genuine, they allow us to be who we really are,” she says. “These animals assume an enormous significance because we count on them. They know us better than any human.” “When I return home from a business trip, weary and a little grumpy,” says Vaught, “The three faces gazing out the window when they hear my car, and the wonderful happy dance greeting, the licks and wags make for a joyful homecoming. And somehow, the cares of the day fade away.” www.doglivingmagazine.com

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Tail Waggers

Toys, toys, toys...

By Elysa Cooper

Monster Pulls These toys made by Doggles are tough, eco-friendly and adorable. Made from recycled materials, the 4 layers of ballistic nylon covered in a strong plush exterior are durable and the squeakers in each leg will keep your dog entertained for hours of play. Monster Pulls are available in one size and 4 styles- each in a bright color.

If your dogs are anything like mine, they can never have enough toys. They especially love when I bring home a new toy- it is an exciting challenge for them that keeps them stimulated and out of trouble! The pet industry makes it easy to keep my dogs stocked in novel toys with frequent new offerings for pet parents to choose from. Here is a selection of favorite toys for your dog to shake, squeak, chase, fetch and tug… after all, dogs just want to have fun!

Retail price: $19.99 To order or find a retailer near you: 866-DOGGLES Spring Roll www.doggles.com The Spring Roll by Wet Noz is made of long-lasting, FDA grade rubber and will “satisfy your dog’s appetite for fun”. This ergonomically shaped toy is named to describe its exciting action- whether you bounce it, toss it, or roll New to the Market it, your dog’s attention will stay focused on its erratic Flying Fish motion. The Spring Roll is available in 2 sizes. The Flying Fish is a great way to keep your dog cool and entertained. This tear and puncture resistant float and fetch toy offered by Ruff Dawg is made in the USA from durable Rufflex rubber and is easy on teeth and gums. This toy not only floats, but has a hole for you to attach a rope, making it easier for your dog (and you) to retrieve.

Retail price range: $5- $12 To order or find a retailer near you: 888-893-8669 www.wetnoz.com

Retail price: $14.99 To order or find a retailer near you: 800-772-3726 www.ruffdawg.com

New to the Market Life Ring Dog Toy The perfect toy for water loving dogs, the Life Ring Toy from Paws Aboard will “keep your pooch paddling back for more”. The Life Ring is made from top quality, heavy duty nylon and marine grade rope. This floatable fetch toy is also designed so your dog can close his mouth as he swims to avoid choking, for hours of water waggin’ fun. Retail price: $24.99 To find a retailer near you: 877-987-PAWS www.pawsaboard.com

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New to the Market Wool Sea Creatures These unique, colorful and one-of-a-kind toys made of 100% natural boiled wool are handcrafted by artisans in Nepal. Like all of their products, A Cheerful Pet supports women in Nepal by offering them a way to make a fair living and support their families. Including Sea Turtles, Sting Rays, Tropical Fish and Sharks, this new line of sea creatures are not only dog toys, but works of art. Available in 2 sizes and a wide range of styles. Retail price range: $6.50-$20.00 To order or find a retailer near you: 888-234-8777 www.acheerfulpet.com


For those of you who might be reluctant about fostering an animal through your local pet

Some foster families actually request problem fur-kids according to Croom. "I do know some people who foster regularly that ask for animals with specific behavioral issues because they've had success correcting bad habits in the past."

rescue organization this summer, consider the following: according to the nonprofit animalkind.org, 75% of animals in North Carolina shelters are euthanized simply to maintain available space. In this regard, even more important for local groups than keeping bank accounts full is the ability to house rescued companion animals through foster families. Because all the donated dog kibble in the world doesn’t make a difference if sponsored animals don’t have somewhere to go when they are pulled from shelters, as well as the opportunity to interact with human companions in a supportive and loving environment. Foster families play a crucial role in providing second chances to companion animals that would otherwise be euthanized for lack of space, as well as socializing pets that may have been neglected or need time to learn how to trust humans again. If you're a reluctant foster who might be concerned about the time commitment and expense of fostering, or are afraid of just plain getting too attached to your foster pet, Kim Croom, director of the Pet Foster Network and fair maiden of fur, gives the straight poop about the realities of taking in a four-legged foster.

Myth #1

I won’t be able to take a vacation. Some potential fosters are afraid that the time commitment to a new animal will complicate already jammed family agendas, including the ability to schedule vacation time. The truth is most organizations have a built-in plan for foster families who need to be out of town, for any reason. "You can pretty much continue your schedule, especially if you already have your own pet," says Ms. Croom. "You treat the foster pet just like your own. There are resources for foster families and a lot of local pet sitters will not charge you for keeping your pet if it's a foster. Rescue groups can also direct you to business owners who provide discounted boarding for foster animals."

Myth #2

I will get an animal with behavior issues. An organization will not knowingly hand over a Tasmanian Devil dog to you. And often rescue groups have relationships with trainers who are equipped to deal with behavior problems. If you choose to take on a challenge then typically a trainer will have one or two sessions with you to provide tips to correct problems. "It can happen," advises Croom, "but if you are a first time foster, a rescue group is going to work with you so your first foster experience will be wonderful. People who have good first experiences are more likely to foster again."

Myth #3

I won’t have a say in where my foster animal goes. Most all of the rescue groups that are represented through Pet Foster Network (PFN) not only allow fosters to have to have a say in where their foster animal gets placed, they encourage the input. "Some fosters might even have the final say in where the foster goes. The foster home knows the animal better than anyone, so rescue groups will often lean on the foster family for information. We feel real good about trusting our gut. We don't do fostering because we are out to please people, we wanna do the right thing by animals."

Myth #4

I’ll get too attached to my foster pet. Ironically known as "foster failures" in the pet rescue biz, these are animals that started out as fosters and ended up being adopted by their foster family. Adopting your foster can be a hazard of the job, and getting too attached to a foster pet is probably the most cited reason for not wanting to foster. "It's not unusual for a first time foster to keep their foster pet as their own. We [Kim and her husband Jim] did keep the first three, so we know all about that. At some point in the fostering process, you get to the point that you realize you can let go. Truly, I think they're just moving addresses," she kids. Indeed, Ms. Croom describes regular fostering as a happy addiction. "You get excited about the cycle. I have talked to people who foster who have children, and the kids are more excited about it than the adults. After a while you get to where you don't feel empty, after each adoption, you just feel full." As a veteran of fostering, Ms. Croom has learned to consider the alternative when letting go of an animal seems hard. "I've learned to put it this way to people who are afraid of getting attached to an animal: my withdrawal symptoms are not not nearly as bad as the dog dying at the shelter. Fostering and pet rescue is about placing animals. You love 'em enough to let 'em go." Ready to get your fostering addiction started? Visit petfoster.org to find out more information about fostering pets in North Carolina. Amy Loeffler is a freelance writer who currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and the only two hound dogs in the state who have developed a taste for Gruyere. Her work has appeared in The Raleigh News and Observer and Fido Friendly Magazine. www.doglivingmagazine.com

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DOGnews Coast Guard Crew Helping Animals in Barbados The crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence volunteered at a Barbados Animal Shelter that was in need of renovation and improvements. The Wilmington-based Coast Guard members were on a three day port call in Barbados and volunteered to pour concrete, trim bushes and vegetation and fix broken fences. The shelter at The Hope Sanctuary in St. George helps feed and protect abandoned and abused dogs and cats. The Pool Has Gone to the Dogs Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28, Legion Stadium swimming pool will be open from 4pm-6pm for dogs only! Also, on Saturday, August 29 the pool welcomes dogs from 10am-2pm, too. The cost is $5 per pup and all proceeds go to the Pender County Humane Society. Sorry humans! This one’s for the dogs only. For more information, email tammy. skinner@wilmingtonnc.gov or call (910) 341-4602. Go for the Gold Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue is in desperate need of fosters. Won’t you open your home up temporarily to a dog in need? It’s not as complicated as you might think. If you’re unable to foster there are other things to help out with like volunteering, fundraising, or helping with the information line. To find out more about the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue or if you would like to become involved, visit their website at www.goldenrescuenc.org. Hurricane Season Don’t forget your furry friends this hurricane season. Remember to have an emergency plan not only for yourself, but for your pets. Make a list of what you might need in case you and your pet experience a natural disaster. Make sure to have your dog’s collar, tags and a leash. You’ll also want to have a crate, towels, bowls and make sure you have enough drinking water for your dog. The site www.arkanimals.com has some great hurricane preparedness tips. You’ll find the information under the “pets” tab. A Special Note to Our Readers We have received numerous calls, emails and in-person inquiries at events as to why our magazine is no longer available at area Petco locations. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Although local store employees were very gracious and allowed us to place our racks in their Petco locations, we were recently asked to remove them by regional Petco management. Petco’s Southeast Regional Marketing Coordinator, Karen Meaber, explained that the magazines were no longer allowed in the store because they included advertisements for local competing businesses. And, “We don’t do local advertising,” said Meaber. Please note that Petco has every right to decide what goes into their stores and we respect their decision. We want our readers to know that Dog Living Magazine will continue to support businesses which are either locally-owned, or that empower their local employees to make decisions based on the wants and needs of the community in which they are located. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our readers and we encourage you to pick us up at one of our other 200 plus distribution locations. Do you have the scoop on something we should know about? Call us at 910-452-3775 or email editor@doglivingmagazine.com.

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If your dog needed a medical procedure that was guaranteed to save his/her life, how much would you be willing to spend? 0% 18% 26% 9% 0% 47%

Up to $250 Up to $1,000 Up to $5,000 Up to $10,000 More than $10,000 There is no limit to what I’d spend and I would do whatever it takes even if it meant losing my house or declaring bankruptcy

This month’s question: In relation to your dog, what do you prefer to call yourself?

• Dog Owner • Pet Parent • Guardian • Parent Answer online at www.doglivingmagazine.com -or- send your answer to editor@doglivingmagazine.com and put “Doghouse Poll” in the subject line.

Coming in September: • Camping Fun

• Dogs Behind Bars

• Homegrown Pet Products (Made in NC)

Insured & Bonded American Red Cross Pet CPR & First Aid Certified • Pet

Feeding & Watering • • Dog Walking • • Pet Play/Cuddle Time • • Pet Transportation • • Field Trips • • Overnight Stays •

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July | August 2009


Gourmutt’s Bakery treats available in Wilmington at Dog Gone Crazy and Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop! • • • •

Officially Licensed Canine Sports Gear Water Toys Adorable Collars Cooling Bandanas

Super Premium • Aunt Jeni’s • Evangers • Oma’s Pride • Ziwi Peak

Dog & Cat Foods • California Natural • Evo • Primal • Orijen

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Doggie Ice Cream All-Natural Spa Products Free Range Body Parts Bar Kitty Items And Much More

• Acana • Framm • The Honest Kitchen • Addiction

• Dr. Harvey’s • Innova • Timberwolf



July/August 2009