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March | April 2010 Volume 5 | Issue 2

Plant a Tree for Your Dog CSI: Canine Exploring the Outer Banks Dog Friendly Landscaping Tips

It’s a good doggy day



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In Every Issue

8 Trees for Pets Plant a tree in honor of your dog

7 Ollie’s Corner Ollie goes to grandma’s house

11 Doggy CSI Crime scene investigation canine style

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

13 Exploring the Outer Banks Your dog is going to love this place

9 DOGhealth Pet First Aid

16 Two Cats for a Dog Person A self-professed “dog” person is surprised to learn felines are a lot like us

10 DOGoutings Osgood Canal Trail

19 Dogs According to Jim Learn how the non-dog-owning population views dog owners

12 Ask August Guests and dogs

23 Search & Rescue Bringing home the lost and missing

20 Unleashed Sheila Boneham

26 Dogs Making a Difference Therapy dogs can lift your spirits

25 Hot! Dog We’ve sniffed out the coolest products

28 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Yard Tips for creating a yard you and your pooch can enjoy

29 Tail Waggers Rescue Gear

30 A Morning in the Life of a Stay at Home Dog Owner There’s never a dull moment when you live with a dog

31 Dogs On Film Our puparazzi are always on the lookout for dogs about town 32 Dog Living Directory Your resource for all things dog 34 Doghouse Poll Beach Bum or Mountain Hound? 34 DOGnews Get the scoop

On The Cover Plant a Tree for Your Dog…..p 8 CSI: Canine…..p 11 Exploring the Outer Banks…..p 13 Dog Friendly Landscaping Tips…..p 28 Cover Photo: Diane Lewis Cover Model: Amy This gorgeous black Newfoundland doesn’t let fame go to her head. She was perfectly sweet during the cover shoot and gave us no “diva” attitude. No matter what angle Diane shot from, this lady looked beautiful and we are lucky to have her grace our cover!


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March/April 2010

Volume 5, Issue 2

Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Assistant Editors

Suzanne Jalot

Art Director

Dustin Keipper

Contributing Writers

Julia G. Barzyk Ann Brennan Megan Cassidy Jim Clark Elysa Cooper K. Gwendolyn Pik Watson

Editorial Intern

McKenzie Wise


K. Gwendolyn

Sales Marketing & Promotion

Christy Cregger Pam Gosdin

Circulation Manager

John Leonard


Ryan Young

Ollie and August

John Leonard Wendy Jalot

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Ollie’s Corner

Seems this house has become a revolving door of foster dogs. Our last foster, Harley, was adopted by the same lady who adopted his brother. She just couldn’t resist! Now Harley and Lionel Ritchie (formerly Charlie) are together in a very happy home. Now we’ve taken in Ming Ming, a boxer mix. Mom says Ming Ming is the softest dog she’s ever petted. I say Ming Ming is taking up too much room on my chair! We are gearing up for a bunch of events this spring, including an event that we created. It happens in May and it’s going to be so much fun! We’re calling it “Dog Days Downtown” but humans are still welcome. You’ll be given clues and sent on a scavenger hunt in downtown Wilmington with the chance to win some great prizes and the money raised will go to charity. You can get updates on the event and more information at We’re still looking for sponsors and prize donations, so if you own a business and want to help out, call my mom! I had a very important job a few weeks ago. I was supposed to stay with my grandma to keep her company while grandpa was away for the night. When grandpa

picked me up, I was very excited because I always love going to grandma’s. She always has a fresh bowl of “special” water that she sets out especially for me. We had a really good time together, but I have to say, I couldn’t wait to get back to my house. Was I excited to see my mom? Well, yeah, but that really wasn’t the reason I wanted to get back to my house so badly. You see, grandma is great and she feeds me yummy stuff, but you’re not allowed to get on the couch at her house. I had to sit on the floor! Can you imagine? Well, if grandma needs me again, I’ll be over in a flash. But until then, I’m just gonna curl up in my oversized chair and watch TV. Woofs and Wags,

Ollie Assistant Editor


DOGhappenings MARCH

For an up-to-date listing of events, visit wash your dog for you after they’re done swimming. For more information, visit

March 14, 21, 27 Photos with the Easter Bunny 2pm-4:30pm Coastal K9 Bakery, Wilmington Come get your dog’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny. All proceeds will benefit local no-kill rescue groups. March 20 Tails at Twilight 6pm The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, Durham Join us for an evening of spirited fun and generous giving. Enjoy delicious food, great drinks and a silent and live auction while supporting the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Proceeds from this event help APS provide care and forever homes to animals in need. For more information, call (919) 3827249 or visit

April 17 SPCA K9 3K Registration: 9am, Festivities begin at 10am Moore Square, Downtown Raleigh Join the largest parade of dogs in the state for a 1.8 mile fun walk to benefit the SPCA of Wake County. Stick around after the walk for contests and after parties well into the evening! Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit for more details. April 17 Bark Around the Park Noon-4pm Millbrook Exchange Park, Raleigh Fun for dogs and their humans! For details visit

April 17 Bark For Life March 27 Registration: 8:30am, Activities begin at 10am Walk for Those Who Can’t Veteran’s Park, Wilmington Hugh MacRae Park, Wilmington This is the canine version of the American Cancer It’s the 3rd Annual Walk for Those Who Can’t to benefit Society’s Relay for Life. Sign up now at Carolina Canines for Service. Sign up as an individual, email walker or start putting your team together today! or call 910-392-0333. APRIL


April 5 Golden Swim and Picnic 10am-3pm Montague’s Pond, Cary This fundraiser event for the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue is fun for you and your dog. They can play while you enjoy lunch. The Girl Scouts will even

May 1 Paw Jam Battleship Park, Wilmington Paw Jam is now in it’s 9th year! Enjoy a day of live music, unique vendors and lots of fun with your dog! Visit for more information.

May 8 Puppy Mill Awareness Day 11am-5pm Moore’s Square, Raleigh The Humane Society of the US is hosting this event. Special guests include Rescue Ink and Victoria Stilwell (of the TV Show “Its Me or the Dog”). May TBA Dog Days Downtown Downtown Wilmington Celebrate Dog Days Downtown with Dog Living Magazine. You and your dog will have fun on a downtown scavenger hunt for clues to win fabulous prizes! This is an exclusive Dog Living Magazine event with proceeds benefiting the non-profit group, Two Feet For Paws. For updates visit May 22 APS of Durham Walk for the Animals 9am Duke University East Campus, Durham Come out to support the Animal Protection Society of Durham for this two-mile walk around Duke’s beautiful East Campus. For info visit *Dog Living Magazine will be at this event!*

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

Trees for Pets Honor your dog and help the earth at the same time. Trees for Pets honors your special four-legged family member with the gift of trees. For every dollar given through Trees for Pets, one tree will be planted in our nation’s forests. There are two ways to honor your pet: Trees in Celebration and Trees in Memory. You can plant Trees in Celebration to commemorate your dog or to celebrate the adoption of a new dog. You can also give Trees in Celebration as a gift. If you want to honor a beloved companion you have lost, you can plant Trees in Memory. Arbor Day is April 30, 2010. To find out more information about these Arbor Day Foundation programs, visit


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Pet First Aid by Megan Cassidy

Chances are, your family knows exactly which cabinet to turn to at the sight of a runny nose, a splinter, blood, or tummy ache. But when your dog is in need of more than a scratch behind the ears, are you ready? Proper preparation is the best tool to arm yourself with in case of a pet emergency. A pet first aid kit is a smart, personalized, easily created resource that will prepare you to think quickly and logically. Here, The Animal Medical Center in New York shows what should be readily available now to aid in quick thinking for the future. It’s all in the bag It’s a good idea to put everything related to your pet’s health issues in one, easily accessible bag. A clear, plastic tote is a smart option; you can place emergency numbers on the inside facing out for quick retrieval, and the flexible bag makes storage easier than a rigid box. Reaching out The most vital emergencies are the ones where you’ll need outside assistance. Make sure that essential emergency numbers are the easiest to find. If you don’t already have an emergency card number, write the following on an index card: > Animal Poison Control Contact Info > Your pet’s regular veterinarian > Local Veterinary Emergency Animal Hospital Info  > Emergency Pet Taxis (for urban areas… many taxis don’t allow animals) > Pet’s health records in case your vet is not available

Dr. Mom Many minor injuries can be self-treated with proper knowledge and equipment. > Tweezers: For splinter or foreign object removal. > Nail trimmer: Ask your local pet supply store for the style of trimmer right for your pet. > Scissors: Handy for hair clumps and foreign object tangles. > Betadine Sponges: For cleaning of cuts and wounds, to be used with an antibacterial cleanser. > Sterile Vaseline for eyes: If you’re bathing your pet, this will prevent soap and water from getting in their eyes. > Saline Solution: Regular human contact lens saline solution can be used to flush out dirt, sand, or other irritant - just squeeze the contents directly into the eye. > Peroxide: To only be used to induce vomiting when Animal Poison Control says to do so. You should call Animal Poison Control when your dog or cat has consumed something from the “no” list. Not to be used for cleaning wounds. > Triple antibiotic ointment: To place directly on a cut. > Sterile telpha pads (no stick): Sticky bandages and fur don’t mix. Wrap the wound with the pads before placing on the bandage. > Bandages. Remember, proper, immediate first-aid is only the first step in the treatment of a pet injury or emergency. While your intervention may prevent serious harm, you must always seek veterinary care as soon as possible to assure the best outcome for your companion.

The Prep Work You may be able to lessen the impact of an emergency by simply being well prepared. Start by buying a book on pets. The knowledge you’ll gain from this information may help when you really need it. Pay special attention to the list of substances commonly found in your home which are toxic to your pet. Keeping a “thumbs down” list handy will allow swift action in case of accidental ingestion. Secondly, travelers should make a copy of their pet’s medical records that stay with the animal at all times, in case the vet or sitter isn’t as familiar with your pet as your family. Additionally, a blanket or large towel can be a lifesaver for a cold pet, a transporter for a large dog, or a bandage for an injured or bleeding leg.


DOGoutings Scenery: Difficulty: Easy Length: 1 mile

Osgood Canal Greenway and Urban Trail Burgaw

The trail is located in the heart of Burgaw and you can access the beginning of the trail from Fremont Street or Wallace Street. We found it was easiest to park on Fremont Street and start the trail from that point. If you’ve visited the town of Burgaw, you know the charming historic district anchored by the county courthouse. But residents of this town are also lucky to have a beautiful greenway trail, which opened late last year. The greenway path is just under a mile in length, but it will eventually become a longer network consisting of both greenway paths and existing sidewalks. The trail starts at Wallace Street and runs by the Osgood Canal, then connects with the sidewalk on Fremont Street. Once you leave the paved path through the woods and hit Fremont Street, the trail is well marked with pedestrian crosswalks. This is one of those rare trails where you can enjoy both the beauty of nature and the sights and sounds of a quiet and quaint downtown area.

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

Doggy CSI It’s not CSI New York and it’s not CSI Miami, it’s CSI Canine. Dr. Melinda Merck is the Senior Director of Veterinary Forensics for the Anti-Cruelty division of the ASPCA. She testifies in animal cruelty cases all over the country as a forensic veterinary expert. Dr. Merck explains that the term “veterinary forensics” simply means using veterinary science combined with human forensic science to help investigate animal-related legal cases. “These are cases where the victim cannot testify,” says Dr. Merck. “Forensic science provides that voice.” Forensic experts use a variety of tools and tests to provide information vital to solving and proving animal cruelty cases. Some of those same techniques used by investigators you see on the crime shows involving human cases are used in veterinary forensics such as blood detection, blood stain pattern analysis, testing maggots for the time of death and thermal imaging to detect hidden sites of trauma on animals. “Animal cruelty is often committed without witnesses or [with] reluctant witnesses,” says Dr. Merck. “Forensic science is needed to recreate the event, to link a suspect to the crime or scene of the crime. We do everything they do on human cases.” Dr. Merck has been involved in investigating many types of cases including hoarding, dog fighting, puppy mills, torture and starvation. If someone suspects animal cruelty, what should he or she do? Dr. Merck says it’s important to find out who is responsible for investigating animal cruelty in your area. It could be animal control, the police department or the sheriff’s department. Once you have that knowledge, you should immediately report what you know, when it happened and where it happened as soon as possible.


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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 Dear Petiquette Challenged,

Dear August, Some friends and I were having a debate, so I was hoping to get your opinion on the subject. When you have guests over and they are uncomfortable or scared of dogs, should the dogs be locked in a room somewhere or banished to the backyard? Or, since it’s their home too, should the guests just have to deal? Petiquette Challenged Raleigh, NC

The number one job as a host or hostess is to make your guests feel welcome. If that means putting your dog in a separate, confined area, then that is what traditional etiquette rules say you should do. However, let’s look at this another way. Suppose you have children. Let’s say your guest is very uncomfortable around children to begin with and your toddler is screaming and your six-year-old keeps hitting your guest over the head. Do you lock your toddler and sixyear-old in another room until your guest leaves? That being said, my official opinion is that if your dog is bothering your guest in any way, such as jumping, barking or any other unbecoming canine behavior, your dog needs to be separated from your guest. But if your guest simply doesn’t like dogs

or is afraid of dogs, I say too bad. A wellbehaved dog (just like a well-behaved child) should be able to enjoy his or her home regardless of what your guest thinks. I’d love to hear what our readers think about this subject. Send your comments to or answer our Doghouse Poll online at Dear August, I am a big, happy lab mix and I weigh around 85 pounds. My problem is that my mom puts clothing on me like I’m one of those little ankle-biters. Is there anything I can do? Really Big Dog Burgaw, NC Dear Really Big Dog,

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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Yes, there is something you can do. Send me a picture because I haven’t had a really good laugh in awhile.

Exploring the OUTER BANKS The weather is perfect and unspoiled beaches stretch out for miles – what’s a dog to do? Plenty, that’s what! There’s more than just beach for humans and canines to explore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You and your dog are welcome at parks, nature trails, historic sites and even a brewery. If you’ve got a retail hound, there’s no lack of places to shop with your pooch, either. We’ve put together some ideas for your next visit to the Outer Banks. you’ll see marine and wildlife, including wild horses. Dogs are allowed in most of the rented jeeps, but call ahead to make sure the company you choose is dog-friendly. Corolla Wild Horses, Corolla This 12,000 acre wild horse sanctuary features an interactive museum. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed inside and outside of the museum. Charles Kuralt Trail, Mackay Island Mackay Island is just one of many stops in the area on the Charles Kuralt Trail. Explore sandy beaches, grassy dunes, freshwater and brackish marsh and a hardwood forest at this refuge. You might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or an osprey along the way. Weeping Radish Farm Brewery, Jarvisburg

Currituck County Beaches Currituck County is the northernmost point on the Outer Banks. There are houses in this area you can only access via the beach with four wheel drive. Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla Dogs are allowed on the grounds as long as they are leashed and cleaned up after. They are not allowed in the buildings. Jeep Rentals and Tours, Corolla Several different companies offer jeep tours of the northern beaches of the outer banks. On these tours

This farm-brewery-butchery complex hosts events and festivals throughout the year. They are known for their sustainable farming practices. Dogs are allowed at the farm and picnic tables, but not in the buildings and must be leashed at all times. Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla The original owners of this 39 acre historic property were huge animal lovers and leashed pets are welcomed at this park along the Currituck Sound. Humans are invited to tour the 21,000 square foot residence built in the 1920’s. The Town of Duck, Duck The whole town of Duck is a welcome place for canines. There is a walking and cycling trail through the town and best of all, your dog can run leash-free on the beach! Stop by Duck’s public safety building and pick up a free safe pet vacation kit.


DID YOU KNOW? The Outer Banks are comprised of a very long stretch of barrier islands and it would take you approximately three hours to get from the farthest point north to the farthest point south.

Manteo/Nags Head Area If you’re driving to the Outer Banks from the south or the west, the Manteo/Nags Head area is the gateway to the Outer Banks. This area, along with Currituck County, is the most commercialized area on the Outer Banks. Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head Dogs are not allowed in any of the buildings, but they can still enjoy the park’s two hiking trails. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo Leashed dogs can explore the site of the first English settlement in America. The Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills Dogs are welcome on the grounds, but not in the buildings. Leashes may not exceed 6 feet. Roanoke Island Festival Park, Roanoke This park has a life-size replica of a 16th Century ship, history exhibits, and plenty of events. Dogs must be leashed and are only allowed on the boardwalks.


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Hattaras Island Hatteras Island is a laid back area with few shopping centers or other commercial properties. The island consists of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village. Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve, Buxton There are a number of walking trails throughout this 1,000 acre reserve. For more information on accessing the trails, you can call the reserve office at 252-261-8891. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton Your dog won’t be able to climb the lighthouse, but you can certainly explore the grounds and admire the famous landmark from the outside.

Ocracoke Island Ocracoke is the southernmost island on the Outer Banks and can be reached only by plane, private boat or ferry. British Cemetery The bodies of four British soldiers are buried here. They’re bodies washed ashore in 1942 after their boat was torpedoed. The plot of land has been forever ceded to England and is maintained by the Ocracoke Coast Guard. Howard Street Stroll down this tree-lined, sandy lane to get an idea of what Ocracoke Village might have looked like years ago. Older homes and family cemeteries dot this famous street.


by Julia G. Barzyk

We know the stereotype: Aloof, independent, indifferent, super clean.

Contrast that with the happy, loyal, and slobbering dogs we love so much. Yes, you may have guessed I am talking about cats. Until recently, cats were a mystery to me. The image of a cat in a window held a certain allure, but that was a silhouette on a greeting card, not a real live, furry feline with fangs and piercing green eyes. And not all cats live in Provence, surveying fields of lavender par la fenêtre. Just like the many canines in our state who wind up homeless in animal shelters, cats fall victim to those same kinds of circumstances. When I learned of two such cats who were scheduled to be euthanized, I decided to take them in, foster them and, through a rescue organization, find them a forever home.

Both my father and my husband are allergic to cats, so we never had a cat for a pet. Because of this, Jerome, a strapping grey tabby, and Mabel, a pretty torbie and white, were confined to what had previously been referred to as the “laundry room” in our house. They had a large sunny window sill on which to sprawl. This is where they would stay. Several times a day I entered this “cat room” to commune with my wards. Through these interactions I received my education in all things feline. Is it fair to compare cats to dogs? I don’t know, but as a card-carrying dog fancier, I couldn’t help but do it. This is what I found. Disappearing cats. When you enter your house, does your dog rush to greet you? Probably. Even if he doesn’t come-a-running, you know where he is. Sometimes, if he doesn’t feel the need to get up from a pillow, raising his eyebrows will suffice. In contrast, cats hide. They seek out small dark spaces. And don’t we understand the appeal of a dark, quiet space where no can bother us? On a quiet day at work, closing the office door, dimming the lights and “resting one’s eyes” – there’s nothing wrong with that! One day I received a call from home that Mabel had disappeared. My family had been looking all over the house for her. Eventually, they thought to open the cabinets in the cat room


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where they found her peacefully resting. Phew! After that, the two of them still did “disappear” occasionally – but we now knew where to look. If they had the run of the rest of the house, I can only imagine the other hiding spots they would have found. Mess-making cats. We expect dogs to be messy. All kinds of products are marketed to protect our possessions from this: Covers for the car upholstery and the living room sofa. Special wipes for their muddy paws. But cats are so clean, we are told. Whoever said that cats are clean must have meant that the cats themselves are clean – but not necessarily their surroundings. I can’t argue that their bodies always seemed clean. Our cat room, however, was a mess. Jerome and Mabel had commendable potty habits and always used the litter box. But they got that grey clay “litter” all over the room. Even on their favored window sill. They must have been dipping their paws in their water dish (precautions against H1N1?) because most times there was clay in the water. And their kibble was usually spread out in a 12-inch radius from their bowls, all wet and soggy. Our dogs would have cleaned that up, but no such luck with these kitties.


But we humans can relate to cats here, as well. When I leave the house, my body and clothes are clean. But I’ve been known to leave a dirty dish or two in the kitchen sink or, perhaps, a piece of laundry on the floor. I’m starting to think I have some things in common with the cats. Affectionate cats. If we know anything about dogs, we know that they love us. They yearn to be in our presence. What about cats? Jerome and Mabel did grow to like me, I believe. Jerome, the more affectionate one, was actually a fairly needy fellow. Towards the end of their stay, when I entered the cat room he would lie prostrate on the floor for me to rub his belly, purring. It took several weeks to build up this trust. Mabel was also friendly but more guarded. I had to build my trust in them, too. I didn’t know how much petting they wanted or how they would let me know if they had had enough. Here, too, I think humans are similar to cats. I don’t want a stranger touching my belly! When it comes to affection, I concluded cats are not that different from dogs. We all have our own personalities and some of us are more touchy-feely. This seems to be true whether we are human, canine, or feline. I’m happy to report that Mabel and Jerome were adopted into a wonderful home. It tugged at the heartstrings to see them go, but I was happy that they would settle in and be a center of affection in their new family. And I can now give some of the time and attention I spent with them back to our two canine companions. How can I summarize what I have learned about these species? It’s safe to say cats are a lot like humans. And dogs are different. We are taught that opposites attract, so that’s why I think dogs and humans are meant to be together. But there just may be room in that mix for cats, too.

Julia G. Barzyk, a scientist by day, enjoys obedience training, fostering the occasional pet, and working to find homes for homeless pets in the area. Her family includes a Devon, a Pomeranian, and Tinky, a Poodle-mix. They live in Cary, North Carolina.


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Dogs…According to Jim

by Jim Clark

Jim doesn’t own a dog, but he has plenty to say about them!

I see people who treat their dogs like children or grandchildren and while I may chuckle at them sometimes - I understand. The unconditional love you get is worth all the pampering you give and silliness you put the dog through. I don’t know how dogs truly feel about dressing up as reindeer, or for the Kentucky Derby. But since dogs do it and still hold their heads high in public, I guess the species has just come to accept it as part of the “room and board” payment.

Episode 2: The Search for Spock As some of you already know, at this point in my life, I do not currently own a dog. I know, I know. I don’t know if it is a physical or mental malady, but Dr. House is looking into it and I should have a complete diagnosis, cure and discharge in about 52 minutes.

One thing I don’t understand about some dog owners is why they insist on putting the dogs in the owner’s lap while the owner is driving. Especially the little hand-held dogs. Or why they let the dog walk around in the bed of the pick-up truck while driving down the road. Think about it.

My two sons have been bugging me for a while now about getting a dog (or two) and I really want to do it, but I have always held off because I had a screwy work schedule. I didn’t want to have the dog(s) alone in the house for extended periods of time without some attention.

If I did that with either of my kids, there would be a hundred phone calls to Social Services by the time I got to the next stop light.

Now that I don’t work with a corporate restaurant chain anymore, I am just waiting to get my own place with a yard.

The laws of physics apply to canines as well. If a car has to stop suddenly, the dog in the lap or the dog in the back will continue to move forward. And that dog is not capable of bracing himself for impact with the dashboard or the back of the cab of the truck.

I do appreciate all the dog owners over the years who have accommodated my boys. They love to pet dogs and very little excites the boys more than getting dog slobber on them (it’s a boy thing, I guess). The boys want a dog so bad that just about every time they see someone walking a dog they remind me that I told them that we will get one soon. Unfortunately, their definition of “soon” and my definition of “soon” vary slightly. The breed of dog probably won’t matter to them as much as temperament will. I know I want a “chill” dog. A Lab would be fine, but we will probably just go to the pound and find a mutt who will fit right into our lifestyle.

If infant car seats are not supposed to be in the front seat because of the explosive power of the airbag, imagine what that airbags could do to a small dog. I buckle my kids in and wonder how I will handle having a dog in the car. If there are products out there for dog/car safety, I wonder why more people aren’t using them. Aren’t the dogs worth it? Jim Clark is writer and former North Carolinian who currently resides in Florida with his two boys and two cats.


Sheila pet, people find a stray or acquire an animal when a relative dies. Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina leave untold numbers of animals homeless while in the current state of our economy, some of the most loving pet owners struggle to find the means to take care of their animals. Still, rescue shelters have always been at their limits, filled to capacity. Could there be another reason for all these ‘unwanted’ pets? According to Dr. Boneham (a college professor, she earned a PhD in folklore studies), the majority of pets ending up in shelters is a result of the well-meaning owner. Choosing the wrong type of pet for the wrong kinds of reasons and then not providing proper training and exercise for the pet. In her years of rescue work, she’s discovered that common excuses like “we’re moving” usually mean “we didn’t bother learning about the pet before we got him and we didn’t bother to provide for his particular needs after we brought him home.” Educating on the responsibility of pet ownership through speeches, seminars and clinics on dog care, training and obedience, she hopes to help alleviate the problems of rescue before they begin.

Sheila Boneham


Sheila Boneham has been involved with rescue for most of her life. Growing up in rural Indiana, she was surrounded by horses, dogs and cats. Most were strays arriving on the family’s doorstep to be cared for until homes could be found, even the injured bobcat. Sheila Boneham is one of those people who recognize that the sorrow of any animal is a sorrow for all of humanity.

Unleas by Pik Watson

Perhaps it was the miniature Schnauzer she found abandoned in a lonely parking lot on a bitterly cold January night, shivering, covered in ice, that started Sheila Boneham on a path that would eventually lead her to becoming one of the foremost authorities on animal rescue.

The world of organized pet rescue has increased tremendously in the past two decades. Thousands of people are working to make life better for all kinds of companion animals who’ve been abandoned, need care and a second chance. Owners become too ill to care for a


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After countless hours volunteering, starting rescue programs and years of field experience, she has become one of the leading authorities on animal rescue organizations. Her latest book is a treasure for those involved in rescue. Rescue Matters! How to Find, Foster and Rehome Companion Animals, A Guide for Volunteers and Organizations is the definitive work for rescue groups, shelters, organizations and volunteers with comprehensive information on starting, funding and running programs as well as taking care of the animals. Spare time doesn’t happen often for this author of sixteen books on dog training,

Boneham dog breeds and cats. In between her recent book launch tour, we had a few moments to discuss her findings on the animals that end up in rescue and what can be done as well as some suggestions to combat that all too common volunteer burnout. Asking her if she thought potential adopters can expect a lot of problems from rescue animals, she answered with an emphatic no! “Many of the problems that rescued pets have are the direct result of their previous owners’ failure to train and exercise them properly, and to provide proper nutrition and health care ….. people who train, exercise and care properly for their pets bond more closely with them and rarely give them up. Good rescue groups carefully evaluate the animals in foster care, and start them on the road to better behavior and health. Good rescue groups are as fussy as responsible breeders are about matching the right adopter to the right individual animal, and they provide information and support to help make the adoption successful. Yes, some rescue pets do require time to adjust and learn what’s expected, many just need someone who will take time to give them care, training and love.” Having heard her remark that, when it comes to pets, “love is not enough”, I asked her what she meant. “Love is not enough! Animals are living, breathing, thinking beings with their own needs. They are not short, furry people, and thinking of them as ‘children’ does them and the people they touch a great disservice – they are much more interesting if we see them for what they are, and provide for their needs as animals.”

problems and reinforces the bond that most animals build and maintain through physical contact. • Proper nutrition promotes growth and lifelong health while preventing physical and behavioral problems linked to bad food.”

Dr. Boneham reiterates that the specific needs of a pet depend, of course, on the type or breed of animal, her behavior needs, and her age and condition. That’s why it’s so important for people to choose their pets “with their brains rather than just their hearts.” On the subject of volunteer burn-out, Dr. Boneham is quite clear, offering valuable suggestions in her book, including learning to just say no! Ms. Boneham believes all good volunteers need to: • “Set limits . . . in terms of time, money, space and material goods. • Don’t make rescue your whole life. • Balance the work of rescue with other activities. Take a week off now and then. • Enjoy your own pets. Play with them, groom them, train them. Make your relationship with them as rich as you can and share what you learn with other pet owners. • The example you set may help reduce the rescue burden and will certainly makes yours lighter.”

shed A pets’ needs, Dr. Boneham pointed out, are quite specific. • “Training . . . . they need to understand us and what we want from them. • Physical exercise . . . expends energy, promotes physical and mental health. • Mental exercise . . . channels their intelligence into acceptable activities that replace the challenges of survival without people. • Grooming . . . promotes cleanliness while providing the owner a way to identify physical changes before they become

You’ll find this stalwart of rescue walking the shores near her home in Wilmington, North Carolina, on a book tour, or a speaking engagement teaching responsible animal care, most likely in the company of Lily, her Labrador Retriever or Jay, her Australian Shepherd. It’s a safe bet she’ll be on the outlook for the stray in need, always ready to lend a helping hand. As Dr. Boneham aptly puts it for all of us animal lovers, “my love, respect and gratitude to the fauna of the world, especially those who have agreed to live with us humans despite our many faults and to enrich our lives and souls.”



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hey’ve trained for hundreds of hours and their dedication has helped save lives. They also have skills that humans just can’t match. “They” are search and rescue dogs and they help bring home lost or missing persons. The tragedy in Haiti earlier this year is a reminder of how these dogs save lives. The search and rescue mission that commenced after the earthquake was quoted as being “unprecedented in scale” by reports. Search and rescue teams from all over the United States flew to Haiti to help in the efforts. Search and rescue dogs saved lives in Haiti by locating victims who were trapped beneath the rubble. In some cases, those victims had been trapped for days. Unfortunately, after many days of searching, those live-scent dogs had to be replaced with cadaver dogs, trained to search for dead bodies as the rescue effort became a recovery effort. You may not realize that most search and rescue dogs do not belong to law enforcement or other emergency personnel, but are actually owned by handlers who belong to volunteer organizations. Brunswick Search and Rescue is one such organization and we were able to speak with one of those volunteers, Christy Judah, to learn more about these amazing dogs and their handlers.

What characteristics do you look for in potential search and rescue dogs? Potential search and rescue (SAR) dogs need to have drive. They need to be responsive to a reward system and physically fit to work for 8-12 hours at a time. They need to be of reasonable intelligence - the smarter the better - and “willing” to work. There are some dogs who are very happy being lap dogs, or excel in other areas. A SAR dog must have the energy, desire, and ability to learn new skills for rewards. Are there certain breeds that you feel are more adept to this kind of work than others? Although there is not a certain breed better than others, the sporting, hounds, and herding dogs are most commonly found in SAR. The smaller breeds, like toy breeds, and very short-nosed dogs do not work well in SAR. Neither would a hairless or extremely coated breed. Briars and streams and other working scenarios would prohibit those types of coats. It is not the breed, even mixed breeds can excel in SAR. What matters most is the inner, innate drive of the dog which can be channeled to get the job done. At what age do you generally begin search and rescue training for the dogs? Ideally, SAR training begins at four weeks old. The puppy is exposed to a variety of surfaces (seven surfaces by seven weeks), and begins to learn basic obedience. Actual SAR training usually begins soon after the first rabies shot (three months) and proceeds until retirement. About how long do the dogs train before being used in an actual search and rescue? SAR dogs must pass extensive certification tests which often combine obedience, agility, social, and SAR skills. Many dogs train for up to a year (sometimes more) before testing for the first time. And typically, SAR dogs are re-tested every two years to demonstrate their competence and abilities in real-life scenarios. How many dogs do you generally have on your team at any given time? At any given time, BSAR may have up to six certified dogs (some in Wilderness Air Scent, Some in the area of Trailing, and some Human Remains Detection. In addition, some dogs are crosstrained for multiple disciplines.) In addition, there may be two to four dogs in training. How many dogs are used for each search and rescue mission? Most often, all of the dogs are used on each search and rescue mission, if it is a missing person who is presumed to be alive. When


the search involves a drowning or human remains (whether it is a recent case or a cold case), only the Human Remains Detection Dogs (HRD) are dispatched. BSAR has the largest contingent of HRD dogs on the eastern part of the state and are often called to other counties across North and South Carolina. About how much time on a weekly/monthly basis do dogs and handlers spend training? Dog handlers meet the industry standard of 16 hours per month training. This is often broken down into four trainings per month with some months involving additional hours through seminars and weekend workouts. Handlers also keep detailed logs documenting their training. How would someone go about getting their dog into a program like this one? Individuals who would like to become a member of the elite dog handlers of Brunswick Search and Rescue must first apply to the team for membership. The application process includes providing a nationwide criminal records check and driving records check. Have a criminal record? You won’t qualify. In addition, handlers are expected to complete a national search and rescue course, CPR, first aide, and additional Incident Command classes. We are searchers first and dog handlers second. Then, applicants can attend canine trainings to obtain help with selecting an appropriate dog for the job. It does take time, effort,and the desire to help find missing persons, sometimes getting up in the middle of the night, in the middle of a dinner celebration, or a Saturday night out at the movies. We are on call 24 hours per day, seven days a week and ready to respond immediately to any official request from a law enforcement agency or an emergency management department. Some members are retired but others maintain regular jobs and respond as they can during each mission. It also takes a supportive spouse or family who understands the urgency and importance of response to a callout. Each missing person is an emergency. Are the handlers always the dog’s owner? Yes, the dog handlers own the dog and the dog resides with the handler who provides complete care for the SAR dog. However, BSAR helps to provide some of the needed equipment and training supplies which might be needed.

Want to get involved? Brunswick Search and Rescue holds regular meetings the first Thursday of each month. Visit or call 910-842-7942 for more information.


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Lula Bowl This stainless steel and resin bowl was designed with smaller dogs in mind. The lid protects the food as well as prevents your baby from eating all day long. The bowls are available in red, black and green. $80,

Clear the Air Odor Eliminator This is one of those musthaves for all pet owners. Clear the Air Carpet & Furniture Odor Eliminator gets rid of even the toughest smells. We’ve tested it on the nastiest of the nasty – cat urine – and it worked like a charm. It actually eliminates the odor and doesn’t just cover it up. And it’s a natural, non-toxic product.

X-Gear Beds These beds can take the abuse of camping life, but they’re still comfortable and stylish for use in the home. The waterproof material helps prevent dirt, mud and water from getting into the beds and makes cleaning a snap. $varies, A list of retailers in your area is available at

Red Collar Prints Vibrant and fun, these personalized prints make great gifts too! Just submit a photograph of your pet and a one-ofa-kind hand-drawn digital illustration is created by the artist. $200 and up,



Dogs Making a Difference

Interested in making a difference? Contact Carolina Canines for Service at 866-910-3647 or visit them online at

Shirley Hawkins loves dogs.

And she doesn’t trust anyone who doesn’t. “Who could not love a dog,” she asks. Then she leans in and whispers, “Gotta watch a person who doesn’t like dogs.” Hawkins is one of the many patients living at Liberty Commons, a longterm care facility in Wilmington. While the rules prohibit residents from owning dogs, that doesn’t mean four-legged friends can’t visit. In fact, studies have shown that dogs can help the elderly recover faster emotionally after a debilitating injury. That is exactly why the administration at Liberty Commons welcomes therapy dogs to the facility.

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instruction and hands-on exercises. “The classroom focuses on preparing the person to volunteer in different settings,” says Hairston. “The handson introduces various adaptive equipment that one may encounter on a visit and various scenarios to prepare the team for what might happen when volunteering in the community.” Once a team is licensed, Carolina Canines helps them find volunteer opportunities to utilize their new skills. Hairston says therapy dogs don’t need a pedigree. “A therapy dog is one that is well-mannered with good basic obedience, loves new settings and loves people,” Hairston says. “It does not matter breed or size. It is all about the personality of the dog and the bond between the dog and the person.”

“The dogs are used to work with therapy patients and will also visit residents in their rooms,” says Donna Bryan. As an occupational therapist, she works with patients who need physical therapy after recovering from a stroke or injury. Bryan says the dogs make a big difference for the residents. “You can definitely tell a change in mood and the effect of the dogs on the residents,” she says.

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What exactly does a therapy dog do?

Hairston says the residents aren’t the only ones who benefit. “The dogs do benefit from the volunteering,” she says. “They enjoy the interactions and look forward to their visits. For dogs that are very social with people, it is the perfect opportunity to give the dogs what they need with the people interactions.”

“Therapy dogs are pets that are trained to volunteer in the community visiting people in either an activity or therapeutic settings,” says Pat Hairston, a representative from Carolina Canines for Service. Carolina Canines for Service is a North Carolina based organization that provides training and hands-on opportunities for therapy teams through it’s Carolina Canines for Therapy program. “Mostly they visit to make people feel better and put a smile on their face,” Hairston explains. “Therapy teams, the person and their dog, can also be used in a therapeutic setting working with an occupational or physical therapist to help motivate a person to reach their therapy goals by using a different tool – a dog.” In the Carolina Canines for Therapy program, each dog and his or her handler participates in a six-week training course that includes classroom

Bryan says the majority of the residents at Liberty Commons who have had dogs in the past are miserable because they miss them so much. This makes these four-legged visitors so important. “It makes a big difference for residents,” she says. “It gives residents something to look forward to.”

Hairston believes therapy dogs are important in the health care community because “they provide unconditional love and acceptance to people that may not otherwise have the chance to interact or want human contact.” The dogs are definitely a bright spot for Hawkins. She says the dogs make her feel happy and bring back memories of when she was able to have her own dogs. “They [dogs] won’t turn on you,” she says. “They keep your secrets. A dog don’t do nothing but love you. When you’ve got a dog for a friend, you’ve got something good.”

From left: Patient David Larson gets a helping hand, Therapy dogs Camden and Marley get briefed by Liberty Commons staff and their handlers, Shirley Hawkins gets some love from Delta Mae


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1| Create a path for your dog to follow using cedar chips, stepping stones or another paw-friendly material. Remember that dogs are naturally going to want to follow a path right along your fence, so that’s a perfect spot for one. 2| Does your dog like to dig? It’s a natural instinct, so let him! To save your yard, create a designated “digging” spot filled with sand or soft soil and cover it with mulch. 3| Make sure there are some shaded areas for your dog to hang out in on hot days. 4| Use plastic or rubber edging for plant beds instead of metal. 5| Always avoid bare soil! 6| Bermuda grass is your best bet for heavy paw traffic. A good second choice would be St. Augustine. 7| If you can part with a grassy yard (or get rid of most of the grass), switch to a hardscape. Use crushed-stone mulch in as many areas as possible and build a large patio made of concrete or pavers. This will reduce wear and tear on the yard, and help prevent paws from getting dirty and muddy. 8| Mulch and rocks are your best choices for bedding materials. Rocks will discourage use of an area more than any other material, so they’re especially good if you have young plants you don’t want disturbed. 9| Yes, there are many plants that are toxic to dogs, but in general, dogs are good at avoiding plants that will harm them. If you have a “plant eater” however, you might want to brush up on known poisonous plants. 10| Remember it’s really how you train your dog and how you allow him to behave in the yard that matters more than what kind of landscaping you have. A well-trained dog will coexist peacefully in any landscape! *Thanks to Scott Hardee of Hardee’s Grassworks for helping with these tips!


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Tail Waggers

by Elysa Cooper

Twenty years ago my life changed forever. It was the day I found my first rescue dog, Buster. He was hiding under my car and in very bad shape. The Vet told me not to get attached because he would probably not make it. We had 13 wonderful years together. Since that time, many other rescues have come into my life - but they all have had one thing in common - how grateful they are to be loved and how unconditionally they love back. It is funny over the years how many people have told me how “lucky” my dogs are that I rescued them. But I know the truth - I am the lucky one. There are many generous companies that advocate for and give back to the dog community by supporting rescue through donation, fund raising and promoting awareness. Here are some cool products all about rescue.

Bella &Company Art T-shirts Kansas City artist and dog lover Marie Mason creates beautiful, full color art t-shirts from her original paintings. This line of rescue tees include: Adopt,” Lucky Dogs,” “Rescued Dog” and “Take Me Home.” The designs are printed on 100% heavy weight cotton tees and are available in unisex and women’s cut in sizes small-XXL. Some designs also come embroidered on baseball hats. Besides having their own pack of rescues, Bella & Company supports many animal causes and donates original art for auctions to raise funds for dogs and cats in need. Retail price: $24.50 and up To order or find a retailer near you: 816-386-4044 or

Toru Dog Rescue Wear These hip doggie fashions from Toru’s Rescue Wear line are designed to help raise awareness for rescue groups and spay/neuter programs. According to the owners, this apparel serves as a walking advertisement for these important issues. Available with messages that include “Adopt,” “Rescue,” “Spay” and “Love.” The tees, tanks and hoodies come in sizes XXS-XXL. Matching designs for people are also offered. Toru donates 15% of the proceeds from Rescue Wear to Miami based rescue, Paws 4 You. Retail price range: $26-$32 To order or find a retailer near you:

100% Rescue Collars and Leashes Another great way to spread the word about rescue and show your support for pet adoption is to have your dog sport an eco-friendly hemp collar and leash from Help Spot Gear. The exclusive rescue themed designs include: “Pure Rescue,” “Did Time,” “Rescues Rock” and “Pound Puppy.” Everyone at Help Spot Gear is an active animal rescuer and state their mission is to “design eye catching products that distinguish rescued pets for all the world to see,” so that everyone can learn that rescues make wonderful pets. This line of collars and leashes are available in a variety of sizes and widths to accommodate any size dog. Retail price range: $13.70 and up To order or find a retailer near you: 818-371-4134 or

Earthdog’s “Who Rescued Who?” Greeting Cards These colorful, funky boxed greeting cards feature dogs that have been rescued and are now in happy homes. Each set includes four different dogs and the back of each card tells the story of the dog and a spay/ neuter message. The cards are printed on recycled paper. With 16 of their own rescue dogs, the owners of Earthdog have been long-standing supporters of responsible dog ownership. Products by Earthdog also feature eco-friendly hemp collars and beds and this company donates 10% of their profits to support spay and neuter programs. Retail price: $15.00 To order or find a retailer near you: 877-654-5528 or

A Mutt’s Life Rescue Dog Toy Line “Buy a Toy, Save a Life” is the goal of the makers of these fun dog toys. This line of toys was developed from their own rescues. Each toy portrays the likeness of one of their three rescued dogs and tells the heart tugging story of their rescue on the tag. The whimsical portraits of the dogs were created by California artist Kathryn Wronski. Each toy is made from durable canvas with two squeakers and a tail, for hours of exciting play. Twenty percent of the proceeds from this line of toys benefits pet rescue groups. Retail price: $15.00 To order or find a retailer near you: 877-464-3364 or


A Morning in the Life of a Stay at Home Dog Owner

by Ann Brennan

I stood at the back door, coffee in hand, looking the perfect picture of the composed stay-at-home mom, relaxing and watching my preschooler playing. This picture lasted for about a minute as serenity is not really the picture of a stay at home mom. As I had been quietly admiring my son’s ability to entertain himself, my dogs had been entertaining themselves. They had cornered a squirrel and just as I realized what they were about to do, Jackson took the squirrel in his mouth and started shaking it around like a rag doll. Simultaneously, I realized my preschooler had taken notice of the situation. Zane began screaming, “Mommy, Jack-Jack is breaking the squirrel!” I took a moment to carefully sit my coffee down before I began to frantically search for something to throw at the dog and jumped off of the deck screaming at the dog to “drop it.” To my utter amazement, he did. Unfortunately, this surprised both Jackson and the squirrel. The squirrel laid there in the mulch not sure what to do. But Jackson quickly recovered from his obvious stupidity and grabbed the squirrel back in his jaws and began his awful game of shaking the life out of the squirrel. I should interrupt this narrative to explain that as much as I would never go out and kill a squirrel for the fun of it, I am not the world’s biggest animal advocate. My real motive in trying to save this squirrel’s life was to avoid cleaning up a dead animal afterwards. As a mom, there are a lot of messes I understand I will have to clean up, but dead squirrel is where I draw the line. So I continued to chase and scream and wave the yellow bin I had picked up to throw at the dog. I became Super Ann as I bounded through the woods and around the playset, swinging the bin and screaming at my dog. To Jackson I must have looked like I was ready to kill him. He dropped the squirrel again and once again followed a command, returning to the deck to be let inside. Leaving the squirrel lying in the mulch trying to catch his breath, I headed up onto the deck to let Jackson in the house. But alas, it was a trick. Jackson leapt over the railing and headed back to the squirrel. This little dance lasted another ten minutes. Me chasing and screaming, Jackson grabbing the squirrel and dropping him, the squirrel scrambling for safety only to be grabbed again and Zane screaming at the top of his lungs for me to fix the broken squirrel. A more together mom may have grabbed the child, taken him inside and enticed the dog into the house with a treat, but I have never claimed to be a together mom. Being a together mom would certainly give me less material for writing. I would like to say I came up with a wonderful solution, but I didn’t. In the end I just got lucky. During one of the times I was able to chase the dog onto the deck the squirrel was able to climb up the tree and with very little grace, fall over into my neighbor’s yard. I will once again confess here, my first thought was not, “Thank God the squirrel is safe.” No, my first thought was, “Thank God, someone else will have to clean up that mess.” Fortunately, there is a happy ending. After putting the dogs in the house and consoling Zane and setting him up with Blue’s Clues I went back into the backyard and looked over the fence. I knew there was a chance I would still be obligated to clean up the mess or worse case scenario, put the poor squirrel out of his misery, but I did it anyway. Expecting to see the remains of this poor little squirrel, I was very happy to see not a trace. No animal, no fur and no blood. So, the squirrel had been saved, the dog had been exercised and the life of this stay at home mom calmed down again. At least for a minute. Ann Brennan spends her days writing, running and dreaming of coastal living in Annapolis, Maryland. Read more of her work at Drop her a line at


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This month’s question: When you have guests over who either don’t like or are uncomfortable around dogs, should you confine them to another area? Or, since it’s your dog’s house too, should your guests just have to live with it when they visit? Answer online at or send your answer to and put “Doghouse Poll” in the subject line.

DOGnews Dog Days Downtown Dog Living Magazine is proud to announce the first ever Dog Days Downtown! You and your dog are invited to join in a scavenger hunt around the downtown area to raise money for Two Feet for Paws, a local non-profit. The event will take place on May 15, 2010. More details are available at Puppy Mill Awareness…It’s About Time On May 8th, the Humane Society of the United States will sponsor a Puppy Mill Awareness Day in Raleigh. The event will take place at Moore Square Park from 11am until 5pm and will include special guest and animal advocate Victoria Stilwell of “It’s Me or the Dog.” Because of a lack of state regulations, North Carolina is becoming known as a “puppy mill state.” The Puppy Mill Awareness Day organization (PMAD) wants to change that and the first step is education. PMAD wants the public to be aware of the cruelty inside puppy mills and commercial breeding facilities. For more information visit


March | April 2010 says pets are “Fur Keeps” Since 1995, approximately 15 million pets have found new homes thanks to the website Unfortunately, some of those adopted pets wind right back up in the shelter. is launching an initiative called “Fur Keeps” aimed at arming potential pet parents with the resources they need to ensure the adoption lasts a lifetime. “Adoption is just the first step in becoming a pet parent,” said Betsy Saul, the co-founder of “Working on a relationship with your pet is just as important as those you build with your family and friends -- it takes time, love and commitment. The Fur Keeps program will ensure that pet parents get it right from the start.” Do you have the scoop on something we should know about? Call us at 910-452-3775 or email

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