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08 Fiesta in Style? 10 Dogs for PTSD 12 Urban Pet Market 14 Ask the Vet 16 Bunny Care 18 Pet Friendly Directory 19 Tips from the Trainer 4

20 Flea Season or Broken 22 Discolored Teeth in the Pet

the Right 24 Choosing Boarding Facility 28 Doggie Playcare 31 Rescue Organizations 32 Pets Celebrating Fiesta!

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2 32 34 33 Pets Celebrating Easter! 34 Leptospirosis 36 Easter Gift Guide 38 Doggie Makeover 40 Pet Puzzlers 42 Calendar of Events 43 Advertiser Directory

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Seamus Nelson Shannan Parker Mikael Persson Andrea Yanase

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Irma Bice Dr. Courtney Bridgeman Esther Foster Dr. Bill Gengler Randall Housley Dr. Olga Jaimez Dr. Dan Kirby Felicia Ni単o Troy Pfeifer Michelle Popilek Lena Scalercio Kim Smith

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER Springtime in San Antonio means two significant events, Fiesta and Easter. Our furry friends join with us in these celebrations. For the first time “El Rey Fido”, is an official Fiesta event. The King is to be crowned on April 5th. Details about El Rey Fido can be found in our article by Felicia Niño titled “The San Antonio Humane Society Kicks off Fiesta in Style”. Those who love bunnies and chicks, have their day on April 20th. Care and maintenance of bunnies are also covered by Randy Housley of Polly’s Pet Shop. For those looking to fill their Easter baskets for their fur kids, we have good ideas in our Easter Gift Giving section which highlights local pet retailers. If you are looking for places to take your furry friend during this joyous holiday season, please check our calendar of events in this issue. Look for our first anniversary celebration magazine arriving on the newsstands in early May. Sincerely,

Dana Raimondi

Tell our advertisers you heard about them in Texas Dogs & Cats-San Antonio! The opinions of authors of articles in this Magazine are those of the writer or contributor and are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher, and the publisher has not confirmed the accuracy of information contained in articles.

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contributors DANA RAIMONDI is the publisher of Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine. She is a recent transplant to San Antonio from “the Windy City” but has become an admirer of the San Antonio cultural scene. Although a CPA, her true passion in life is the caring and welfare of animals. FRAN SHERMAN has been a freelance creative director/graphic designer since 1985. Throughout these years, she has designed a myriad of materials for a staggering number of companies, and she has won numerous graphic design awards for her work, many of them for magazine/publication design. RENEE SPADE is the owner of Renee Spade Photography. She has been spreading furry joy to pet parents with her photography/graphic design services and super-fun pet product line, The Jack & Spade Collection since 2005. DR. DAN KIRBY, DVM, graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M with a degree in Biomedical Science in 1979 and earned his DVM in 1984. Dr. Kirby has been the owner and director of Alamo Heights Pet Clinic since 1997. He uses both a conventional and a holistic approach to medicine.

contributing partners SEAMUS NELSON is the Director of Communication for the San Antonio Humane Society. In addition to working with the great pets at the shelter, he serves as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Mary. DR. COURTNEY BRIDGEMAN joined the San Antonio Humane Society as their first fulltime veterinarian 5 years ago and has worked to create a healthy and happy environment for all the animals there. FELICIA NIÑO is the Communication Associate for the San Antonio Humane Society. She has been with the SAHS for over 5 years and absolutely loves spending time with her 2 Dachshund Chihuahua mixes, Browny and Duke, and 2 Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Sherlock and Brutus Beefcake “Beefy”, all SAHS Alumni.

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the san antonio humane society kicks off

fiestainstyle! The San Antonio Humane Society has an annual El Rey Fido fundraising competition where individuals and their canine companions gather donations for the animals at the SAHS. Contestants are able to make an exclusive profile with a photo and story about their pet for all to see and the five who raise the most funds will become ambassadors for the SAHS. Throughout their reigning year, the Court will make various media and event appearances during their “El Rey Fido In The City” tour. This year we had more than 15 contestants participate and altogether, they raised $16,225.02!

BY FELICIA NIÑO, PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREA YANASE

2014 El Rey Fido XII and Royal Court: El Rey Fido XII Macy, 2 year old Papillon Mix Prince of the Perpetual Food Bowl Voodoo, 2 year old Boston Terrier Duchess of the In-Destructible Chew Toy Chanel, 12 year old Border Collie Mix Duke of the Ever-Present Fire Hydrant Duncan, 8 year old Great Dane Knight of the Royal Court Taz, 2 year old Jack Russell Terrier Mix Days before Fiesta officially begins, the 2014 El Rey Fido XII and Royal Court will be making their first public appearance and will be honored at the ERF Coronation on Saturday, April 5th from 10am-11am. The festivities will take place at the pet-friendly Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Free parking and complimentary food and refreshments will be available, as well as entertainment from the Danzavida De San Antonio Dance Company. Join us at this regal celebration! Make sure to stay connected to SAhumane.org and our Facebook and Twitter profiles, as we follow

El Rey Fido XII and her Royal Court on their “El Rey Fido In The City” tour! If you think your canine companion is royalty, join the 2015 El Rey Fido fundraising competition on Monday, October 27th! In order to participate in ERF there are some standard rules and procedures contestants must follow, some of which include: • All donations must be brought to the SAHS or made through the official El Rey Fido FirstGiving website. No third party fundraising websites are allowed. • All donations are non-refundable. • All canine contestants are required to be spayed or neutered in order to participate in the El Rey Fido fundraiser; all owners and/or representatives must be willing and able to discuss the benefits of spaying/neutering as it pertains to the SAHS mission. • As per San Antonio law, contestants are required to be licensed with the City of San Antonio. Visit SAhumane.org/ERF for more info! Viva El Rey Fido!!! A special thank you to the Mistress of the Grr-robes, Cheryl Trevor, for the lovely Grr-robes worn by the royal canines and to the official El Rey Fido and Royal Court photographer, Renee Spade! Felicia Niño is the Communication Associate for the San Antonio Humane Society. She has been with the SAHS for over 5 years and absolutely loves spending time with her 2 Dachshund Chihuahua mixes, Browny and Duke, and 2 Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Sherlock and Brutus Beefcake “Beefy”, all SAHS Alumni.

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BY DR. COURTNEY H. BRIDGEMAN, CHIEF VETERINARIAN, SAN ANTONIO HUMANE SOCIETY

his month we have the privilege of discussing a collaborative research study that the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and the San Antonio Humane Society are conducting to explore whether adopting a dog from the SAHS might benefit Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This project is funded by the Rehabilitation Research and Development Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The adopted animals are companion dogs rather than service dogs. How does it work? Interested Veterans with PTSD contact the VA study team. To be eligible, they need to have had a dog previously, but not to have had a pet in the last 12 months. There are also other requirements, which the study team is glad to discuss with potential participants. If Veterans meet all the qualifications for this 6-month study, they are randomly assigned (like the flipping of a coin) either to adopt a dog from the SAHS right away or to receive their pet after 3 months. When it is time to select their dog, Veterans have the opportunity to meet with the SAHS staff and myself to discuss their hopes and desires in finding a dog. There are many different dogs and many different personalities. Everyone has an expectation of what they are hoping to achieve and the type of companion they are hoping to take home. They then come

to the SAHS with a member of the VA study team on selection day, where they meet with an adoption counselor to discuss the profiles of 5 dogs that I have chosen as potentially a good match for them. Then it’s off to the kennels! A Veteran may meet with all 5 dogs OR perhaps fall in love with the first one. At that point, it is all about the connection. If after meeting with all 5 dogs, the Veteran still does not find the one he or she clicks with, a second group of dogs will be selected and tested. The SAHS has a large volume of intakes and adoptions. New dogs come through the facility every week and it is only a matter of time before the right one is found. The adoption fee for the selected dog is waived. The week after adoption Veterans return to the SAHS with their pet for the first of 8 weekly obedience training classes, which are designed to help the

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pair form a close-knit team. The classes are provided free of charge. The VA team and SAHS staff continue to support the Veteran and their new partner as they get to know each other. Veterans are followed closely by the VA study team throughout the study to evaluate how they are affected by the presence of a dog in their life, while also continuing with regular care for their PTSD. Veterans are responsible for the costs of caring for their pet, except for veterinary care, which is provided free of charge during the study. They will receive compensation for their time.

the pros and cons of the breeds or breed-mixes they are thinking of adopting. Next, I will go through the kennels with a fine-toothed comb, looking for 5 individual dogs that meet the study criteria of weighing at least 30 pounds and being at least one year old. The dogs can be male or female and of any temperament as long as they show NO signs of aggression. I then give each dog a full temperament test to assess their personality and trainability as well as ball-drive. We also look for any hidden idiosyncrasies that could prove to be an issue later. During the obedience sessions, which I conduct, we work on the communication and behaviors that establish a good bond between the Veteran and the dog, as well as discussing any questions that Veterans may have. Are you interested or do you know someone who might be interested in participating in this study? Contact Dr. Ana Allegretti at (210) 617-5300 ext. 16079 or visit SAhumane.org/PTSD.

What is my role in the study? As Chief Veterinarian at the San Antonio Humane Society, I take a very active part in this study. I developed questions for the Veterans to answer with the goal of determining what they are looking for in a pet. Do they want an activity companion or a couch buddy? Do they need a dog who will be attentive and calm or one who is playful and exuberant? I like to follow up on these questions with a 15-minute meet and greet before selection day. This allows me to hone in on any needs Veterans might have that were not included in their answer to the questions, as well as any expectations for behaviors, size, etc. that might not have been previously communicated. It happens frequently that the picture people have in their mind is not in line with the reality of the breed or the size. People may want a lab because they visualize the older, calmer, placid dog and not the 3-year-old bounce-offthe-wall, ball-obsessed dog that DR. COURTNEY H. BRIDGEMAN, CHIEF most labs are at that age. It’s very VETERINARIAN FOR SAN ANTONIO HUMANE SOCIETY, AND FRIEND important for everyone to research {April 2014}

Dr. Courtney Bridgeman attended Texas A&M school of Veterinary Medicine (‘07) as well as College of Animal Sciences (‘02). She joined the San Antonio Humane Society as their first full-time veterinarian 5 years ago and has worked to create a healthy and happy environment for all the animals there. Dr. Bridgeman enjoys her small ranch of race bred Quarter Horses and raising her 2yr old twin daughters, Evellyn and Jaedyn. 11


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an Antonio Pets Alive!(SAPA!) and PAWsitively Sweet Bakery teamed up to launch the first monthly pet market in city history. PAWsitively Sweet Bakery created the SA Urban Pet Market to offer pet owners a unique shopping experience and raise funds to support the No Kill movement in San Antonio.

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY: LENA SCALERCIO & ESTHER FOSTER

The San Antonio Urban Pet Market occurs every second Saturday and is located at the Paul Jolly Adoption Center Petco Pavilion at 210 Tuleta Dr. across from the SA Zoo. All vendors offer pet friendly products and services including gourmet treats, grooming, doggy daycare, dog attire, and photographers along with food fare. Each vendor donates a portion of their proceeds to benefit San Antonio Pets Alive! Located in San Antonio, PAWsitively Sweet Bakery offers all-natural, nutrient-rich dog treats using herbal ingredients like flaxseed, peppermint, and chamomile that provide nutritional benefits for their canine consumers. Other flavors include beer treats made with Ranger Creek Brewery grains and Extra Cheesy Turkey made with Arugula Catering pesto sauce and Salud de Paloma extra virgin olive oil. Alexis Quiroga, founder of PAWsitively Sweet Bakery says, “The objective of the market is to partner with a non-profit in San Antonio that supports the No Kill city effort. We chose San Antonio Pets Alive! because they help save thousands of pets every year and have the same goal in mind. The event also allows us to support small, local businesses.” The market offers a different take on the traditional market days and provides an opportunity for pet owners to come together to support SAPA! and shop the exclusive vendor lineup. Each market day also includes adopt-

able dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from the SAPA! foster program with half price adoption fees. SAPA! is a non-profit animal rescue focused on saving companion animals in immediate danger of euthanasia at the city shelter. “Having saved over 13,000 lives in just two years, the funds raised from the monthly market will help us continue our mission of making San Antonio the largest No Kill city in the nation,” says Natalie Reyes, Fundraising Events Coordinator for SAPA! The Paul Jolly Adoption Center opened in October 2013 as the third adoption center for SAPA! The Petco Pavilion is used to host a variety of public and private events throughout the month in addition to the SA Urban Pet Market. The first market day launched on March 8th with over 15 vendors. “The Urban Pet Market is a great opportunity where local businesses can display a wide variety of wonderful products. The sense of community and helping pets in need makes this event very special,” says Nikki Scott of Collar Expressions, one of the market vendors. While the vendor list will vary each month, shoppers can plan to find exclusive petfriendly products and services as well as a good time for humans and animals alike. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, please visit www.sa-urbanpetmarket.com.

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Q: We just brought home a brand new puppy and we also have another dog who is seven years old. Our older dog seems very jealous and, therefore, is acting very aggressive and territorial to our new puppy. What training techniques do you recommend for us to use with our seven year old dog in order to check and put a stop to his unacceptable behavior towards our new dog? In addition, is there anything else that you would recommend we do? Thank You. —Louella. A: Unfortunately, this is a complicated question for the limited space we have here. First things first, you must keep your

dogs safe! They should not be left alone together and may need to be kenneled. When you are home, if there are two of you, then each dog should be leashed and each person is responsible for “their” dog. This way they can learn to be near each other without actually being able to get to each other. They don’t need to interact for now. Also, both dogs should be spayed or neutered if not already. Finally, I would work on a strong “place”/”bed” command and basic obedience with both dogs but especially your older dog. He needs to understand you are in charge - strong obedience, consistent structure, rules and boundaries are a great way to show him you are in charge in a productive way. Finally, I always say if things are not getting better, they are probably getting worse. So contact a trainer in your area that has experience working with aggression. They should offer a free consultation and show you how they plan to work with you and your dog to help you. Troy Pfeifer is the owner and head trainer of Sit Means Sit Austin and San Antonio. He has had a hand in training over 2000 dogs and loves the one on one personal interaction with clients to get their dogs well trained!

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Q: Please give me advice on my dog who chews up everything. It is a one year old mini schnauzer. Thank You. —Valerie A: Don’t fret, this is a common problem usually caused by boredom for dogs over 1 year. Usually a robust daily obedience program, tricks, and consistent exercise will remove such behaviors. Also, giving the dog a mentally challenging task during the day while you are at work can help. A common suggestion is to freeze a Kong with some food and natural peanut butter or cottage cheese or buy a mind toy from your local pet store. If it is a significant problem, I would suggest teaching the dog to be comfortable in a crate and crating him during the day. If it happens while you are supervising him, you should replace what he is chewing with what you want him to chew.


fleaseason Spring is in the air! The breeze is blowing, the birds are chirping and the fleas are stirring… Know Your Enemy A flea is a small wingless insect. Their main diet is blood and they thrive in warm moist conditions. Reproduction is fast, a female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day! Flea eggs are generally laid on your pet, but fall off onto your furniture, carpets and yards. Depending on the environment eggs can wait here for weeks to hatch. Once hatched, adult fleas will seek out the nearest warm blooded animal for their first meal. Fleas can jump great distances and will launch themselves onto anyone that passes by. Know the Risks Fleas can be uncomfortable and cause skin irritations, but they don’t stop there. A severe infestation can cause anemia. This can be especially harmful to small puppies and kittens. Fleas can also carry tapeworms which are not only harmful to your pet but can also be contracted by you and your family members! In addition because fleas can travel from rodent to rodent and pet to pet they are capable of carrying and spreading numerous diseases. Yuck!

BY MICHELLE POPILEK

The Best Offense is a Good Defense A flea infestation is easier to prevent than it is to treat. One of the most important things you can do is provide your pet with a monthly preventative. These come in oral and topical form. There are many different options that you can discuss with your veterinarian. Some monthly preventative medications also protect your pet from heartworms, hookworms and roundworms! Many of these parasites are a risk to people as well. It is important to keep all of your pets on a strict prevention schedule. Even if you cat 20

stays indoors, fleas can hitch on ride into your home on your dog or even yourself ! Have a Plan B If you find that regardless of regular monthly prevention your pet is still scratching, it may be time to treat the yard. There are local companies that offer this service and there are even organic options! In addition, avoid over watering your grass and plants. Fleas love moisture! Keeping your grass short and your plants well-trimmed will give the uninvited guests less places to hide. If you are noticing that you or your family members are getting bites at home, it may be time to treat the house. Fleas and their eggs can be hiding anywhere. Vacuum all carpets and furniture; wash all linens and do a thorough sweep and mop of the entire home. You may consider purchasing products to assist you in their removal, ranging from powders to sprays and foggers to bombs. Don’t Give Up Fleas can seem relentless. It can sometimes take multiple cycles of these treatments to rid them from your home and yard. The most important thing you can do is keep up on monthly preventatives for all of your pets. It saves money in the long run to keep these pests at bay instead of treating a full blown infestation. Michelle Popilek, Client Relations for City Veterinary Hospital, Friendship Pet Hospital and Wellness Center, and Genesis Breed-Specif ic Health Care.

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We know that trauma to our teeth causes intense pain. The nerve fibers in the dog’s mouth and teeth are the same anatomically as in a person’s mouth. The dog being a pack animal is less likely to show pain since they don’t want to be perceived as weak. However, you may see subtle signs of hiding or less interest in food or a favorite chew toy, or food falling from the mouth when trying to chew. What needs to be done when you recognize a discolored tooth or a fractured tooth? Contact a veterinary dentist. An oral exam can be conducted to see if the fracture is simply a superficial chip of the enamel or if the break is deeper and the pulp canal is exposed. Sometimes the tooth will not break but blood can be seen inside the tooth discoloring it to a pink hue which later changes to purple then gray. Studies have shown that 94% of the time discolored teeth are undergoing irreversible pulpitis, a very painful condition. The options for treatment of a broken (with pulp exposed) or discolored tooth is root canal therapy to save the tooth or if the fracture is so involved that little of the original tooth structure remains, surgical removal must be done. If the fracture is superficial and the pulp canal is not visible, the exposed dentin should be sealed with a filling material to prevent pulp contamination as soon as possible. Once the pulp is 22

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contaminated, changes in the bone at the tip of the root can be visualized on a dental x-ray and root canal therapy or surgical extraction must be considered. Dr. Bill Gengler is a Diplomate in the American Veterinary Dental College. He has 25 years of general small animal practice and 16 years of specialty practice experience. From 1990 through 2010 he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – School of Veterinary Medicine. He held a dual appointment at UW from 2003 to 2010 as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs/Director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and as the Section Head of Dentistry and Oral Surgery in the Department of Surgical Sciences. Bill is a past president of the American Veterinary Dental College, the 2003 recipient of the Wisconsin VMA Veterinarian of the Year award and the 2009 recipient of the Hill’s Excellence in Dental Research and Education award. He currently practices Dentistry and Oral Surgery at Mission Veterinary Specialists in San Antonio..

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Determine whether you would like a traditional facility where your dog has his own run, or if you would prefer a social environment where your dog can play with others during the day. The traditional facility is a great option for unneutered/unspayed dogs or dogs that are sweet with people but not with other pets. These facilities can consist of indoor/outdoor runs or indoor only runs. Exercise time may not be included in the nightly rate, so be sure to ask when you call for more information. Traditional facilities may offer upgrades such as large suites with televisions, comfy beds, and personal webcams so you can watch your pup eat his dinner or catch that dream squirrel that he’s been chasing. Individual exercise or walk sessions are also widely available. Your vet may also offer boarding in a more traditional setting. So if your pup requires medical supervision or just happens to love your vet’s office, this is an option as well. The other alternative is a “daycare” environment where dogs interact in social playgroups during the day and then have their own kennel for feeding and sleeping. This option is for those dogs that get along well with others and are neutered/spayed after a certain age (typically 8

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months). Dogs of any age can benefit from this type of socialization, but keep in mind there is usually a minimum age requirement of 4 months (or when your puppy has received all adult vaccinations). These “doggie daycares” typically have smaller runs than traditional kennels and may be indoor only due to the fact that the dogs are out of the runs for the majority of the day. Some daycares have play areas that are large outdoor spaces, indoor only play areas, or a mixture of both. Daycares also offer webcams, suites, and (usually) playtime inclusive rates. After you’ve determined which type of environment would work best for your pup, the fun begins! Call around and see what each facility has to offer and schedule a tour to see the place. Keep in mind that mornings are typically busy with cleaning and feeding so schedule your window shopping for the afternoon. Keep reading to see what you should look for… Cleanliness. The facility should look and, more importantly, smell clean. Even if the building is older, it should still smell fresh. It should be free of waste, odors, fleas and ticks. Ask how the facility is cleaned and disinfected.

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Wellness. Ask the employees what procedures are in place to ensure the health and well being of your pet. Checklists should be completed daily and any concerns noted. Find out what steps the facility would take if any issues were to arise. Water. Make sure that clean water is available at all times for the pets. Each and every dog in a run should have a full water container, and every play area should have plentiful water available. Food. Ask each facility about their feeding procedure. Some require you use their preferred food, others ask that you bring your dog’s own food so as not to upset their stomach during their stay. Don’t forget to ask if there are additional fees for special feeding requirements. Exercise. An active dog is a less anxious dog, and a tired dog is a happy dog. Be sure your pet will have enough activity to keep him from manifesting stress behavior such as constant licking, weight loss and other destructive activities. Medication. Discuss your pet’s medication requirements with the boarding facility to ensure that staff is able to provide the required medication on the prescribed schedule. Ask if there is an additional charge for medicating.

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Vaccinations/Parasite Control. All dogs allowed into the facility should have proof of (at minimum) rabies, distemper, parvovirus, and bordetella. Some places require parainfluenza, leptospirosis and hepatitis. Most facilities also require your dog to be on heartworm and flea/tick preventative. Be sure to find out the exact requirements of your chosen facility because your dog may be denied entrance at the last minute! Evaluation Process. This is a step primarily reserved for social “daycare” facilities and is basically an interview for your dog. In this interview it will be determined if your dog is comfortable in a social setting, needs some time to get over a bit of social anxiety, or is not suitable for a daycare environment due to aggressive tendencies. The evaluation process can range from a few minutes to a few hours depending on the facility. Also, some charge for the process while others do not. Staff. Talk with the staff. Do they love their job and take pride in their work? Do they treat the dogs as if they were their own? These are your pet’s surrogate parents while you are away: Are they suitable? Dogs. Look around at the dogs being housed. They will be barking because you’re someone new, but do they otherwise look happy? Stressed? Hungry? Content? Clients: Talk to the facility’s existing clients for unbiased opinions on why they prefer their boarding facility over the others. The Extras. Are there webcams so you can keep an eye on your pup while you’re away? Are photos or videos emailed or posted online? Are calls to check on your pup welcomed? What interactive toys are available? Are there water features for your dog to splash around in? How much playtime do the dogs get each day? Choosing a boarding facility for your beloved pet can seem like a daunting task but don’t become homebound because of it! Peace of mind is the goal, so do your research, ask the right questions, and choose the place that makes you the most comfortable. Kimberly Smith started Pawderosa Ranch Doggie Play and Stay near the San Antonio Airport with her husband Mike Mitchell in 2006. Their second location opened in Schertz in 2008. When not taking care of your pup, Kim is entertaining her own 3 dogs, 2 horses, 1 donkey, 6 Belted Galloway cattle, and numerous chickens. Feel free to email her at kim@weloveyourdog.net for answers to your dog boarding questions!

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As owners, we have complete control over what we expose our pets to. How can we expect them to know how to interact in situations they are unfamiliar with? Dogs are very capable of adapting their behaviors when given the right guidance in the right environment – which is just what doggie playcare offers. It’s not uncommon to hear, “My dog doesn’t know how to play with other dogs.” Social behaviors are learned behaviors. When puppies play together they let each other know when a playful bite turns into: “Hey, that doesn’t feel good!” In that social situation, something useful has been learned – Bite inhibition. Supervised group play is also useful in teaching things like impulse control and how to regulate emotions (much like children acquire these skills in daycare or play groups). For wary dogs, a controlled environment is a great place for confidence building. It provides the opportunity to feel secure in their surroundings and encourages them to step out of their comfort zone. Playcare is practical too. It’s a great place for a dog to get exercise and burn off excess energy! We realize that every dog has a different personality. Some dogs are highly social and active. Others, would rather spend their day lounging with a human pal (which is perfectly acceptable). To create the most constructive playcare environment, dogs should be separated by both size and play style. Playcare personnel should be able to read body language and know 28

how to interrupt and redirect undesirable behaviors. To promote a safe setting, they should provide an appropriate dog to person ratio – this also encourages more one-on-one human interaction. The staff should work on basic obedience commands and reinforce good behaviors in a variety of circumstances. Personally, the most gratifying part of the doggie playcare experience is ending up with dogs that are calm and tired and owners who are happy to go home with their dogs. Irma Bice is the Training and Playcare Director for the Palms Pet Resort & Spa. She has over 20 years of experience working with dogs as: a breeder, an obedience competitor, conformation exhibitor and trainer. Throughout her eight years of teaching obedience and behavioral classes she has worked with all breeds and temperaments including aggression. Irma is a CPDT-KA, an AKC CGC evaluator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a member of the American Treibball Association and a founding member of San Antonio Pet Trainers Alliance.

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RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS OF SAN ANTONIO ALAMO AREA PARTNERS FOR ANIMAL WELFARE (AAPAW) aapaw.org

ALAMO RESCUE FRIENDS alamorescuefriends.org ANIMAL DEFENSE LEAGUE 210-655-1481 adltexas.org ANIMAL FRIENDS HUMANE SOCIETY 830-981-2300 animalfriends4ever.org ANIMAL RESCUE CONNECTIONS 830-438-0398 animalrescueconnections.org

HOTK9RESCUE 830-981-2300 animalfriends4ever.org HUMANE SOCIETY OF KERRVILLE 830-367-7722 humanesocietyofkerrville.com HUMANE SOCIETY OF NEW BRAUNFELS 830-629-5287 hsnba.com JUST ADD LOVE DOG RESCUE justaddlovedogrescue.com KATIE’S ROADSIDE RESCUE www.krrtx.org

BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY 210-306-6126

LAS LOMOS K9 RESCUE & ADOPTION FOUNDATION dogsrus.org

BULVERDE AREA HUMANE SOCIETY 830-980-2247 bulverdeareahumanesociety.com

LOST PAW PATROL 865-742-1151 lostpawpatrol.com

CITY OF SAN ANTONIO ANIMAL CARE SERVICES 210-207-4738 saacs.net

LOVE FOR PAWS RESCUE 210-639-4039 loveforpawsrescue.com

CONVERSE ANIMAL SHELTER 210-658-4821 casi.petfinder.com CRESSIE ANIMAL REFUGE AND ENRICHMENT (C.A.R.E.) 210-313-3600 caretx.org CUTE AND CUDDLIE ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY 210-647-3529 FRIENDS OF ANIMAL CARE SERVICES (FACS) 210-826-4831 friendsofanimalcare.org

MISSY’S HAVEN CANINE RESCUE 210-788-7420 missyshaven.org

SAN ANTONIO R.O.C.K.S. (REAL OPTION FOR CHANGING KILL SHELTERS) sarocks.org SCHERTZ ANIMAL SERVICES 210-658-5321 SOUTH TEXAS ANGEL PAWS RESCUE 210-632-9111 SouthTexasAngelPawsRescue.com SOUTHERN ANIMAL RESCUE ASSOCIATION 830-401-0280 SPAY-NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) 713-862-3863 snapus.org SpaySA 210-351-7729 spaysa.org SPAY-NEUTER-INJECT-PROJECT OF SAN ANTONIO (SNIPSA) 210-576-3497 snipsa.org

ORDINARY MIRACLES CANINE RESCUE www.omcr.org

TALK ABOUT IT! SA 210-242-4720 talkaboutitsa.org

PAUSE FOR PAWS, INC. 210-494-1455 pfpsd.org

TEJAS RESCUED PET ADOPTIONS 210-416-3947 tejasrescues.org

PAWS N CLAWS RESCUE 210-360-9933 PawsNClawsRescueSATX.com

TEXAS GSP RESCUE texasgsp.org

RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS ALLIANCE 210-822-6763 responsiblepetowners.org

HANDS4PAWS hands4pawsrescue.org

SA K9’S SERVICE DOG CLUB 210-214-0182

HELOTES HUMANE SOCIETY 210-422-6242 hhsanimals.org

SAN ANTONIO FERAL CAT COALITION 210-877-9067 www.sanantonioferalcats.org

HILL COUNTRY ANIMAL LEAGUE 830-249-2341 hcaltx.com

SAN ANTONIO GUARDIAN ANGELS 210-379-9034 sanantonioguardianangels.com

HOMES FOR PETS/SCHERTZ HUMANE SOCIETY homesforpets.org

SAN ANTONIO HUMANE SOCIETY 210-226-7461 SAhumane.org

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THERAPY ANIMALS OF SAN ANTONIO 210-614-6734 therapyanimalssa.org WAGS Across Texas Therapy Dogs wagsacrosstexas.com/ Please email dana. texasdogsandcats@gmail.com if you are a rescue organization or a Non Profit Pet Organization of San Antonio that would like to be added to this list or would like anything modified on this list. All breed specific rescue groups are listed on our website.

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How do people and animals get Leptospirosis? Dogs may get this bacteria by coming in contact with infected urine contaminated water, soil or grass. Ingestion is the most common route of infection, but the bacteria can also enter the body through the skin, especially if there is a cut or scratch. Animals that can spread this disease include rats, squirrels, raccoons, deer, livestock, skunks, and opossums. These animals release the bacteria in their urine. Humans may become infected through contact of the dog’s infected urine or by exposure to urine contaminated water, for example, swimming in rivers/streams. Most cases of Leptospirosis occur during the spring and autumn months because the bacteria tends to thrive in moist soil conditions and moderate temperatures. Symptoms: Symptoms vary, but Common symptoms include: • Fever • Vomiting and/or diarrhea • Dehydration • Decreased appetite • Weakness and Depression • Stiffness, joint pain or muscle pain • Changes in urine color: (dark yellow color, to orange color, to very colorless urine) • Changes in urination amount The time between exposure and the signs of disease can range from 3-30 days. Can this disease be fatal to my dog? Yes, this disease is potentially fatal to both dogs and people. It can cause infections in the kidney, liver, brain, and other organs. These infections can progress to kidney and/ or liver failure if not diagnosed and treated early. How is the disease diagnosed? If exposure is suspected, your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam and perform diagnostic tests on the urine and blood from your dog. How is Leptospirosis treated? If diagnosed early, Leptospirosis is a treatable disease. Doxycycline is the antibiotic of choice. Some patients can be treated at home while others may require intense treatment in the hospital with intravenous fluids and medication. Vaccination and your dog: There are different types of Leptospirosis vaccines available. Some vaccines contain only 2 serovars or

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“strains” of Leptospirosis and some contain 4 serovars or “strains.” Using vaccines that contain 4 serovars is recommended because you will protect against more of the common serovars. Your dog will need 2 boosters of this vaccine at 3-4 weeks apart. After the initial vaccination, your pet will need to be vaccinated yearly. Some dogs may be sensitive to this vaccine and an allergic or adverse reaction may occur. Talk to your vet prior to administration of the vaccine about possible reactions. Is your dog at risk? (Your pet may be at risk if you answer yes to any of the questions below) • Do you see opossums, raccoons, skunks, or rats in your yards, neighborhoods, or parks? • Do you take your pet hunting, or take your pet swimming in lakes, ponds, or rivers? • Do you take your pet to dog parks or other walks where an infected dog or wildlife may have been? • Do you live in rural areas where wildlife are common? Leptospirosis used to be a “country” dog’s problem, but because urbanization is occurring at a fast rate in our city, increased wildlife are moving into our neighborhoods. Exposure to possible urine contaminated grass, puddles, or soil has become a greater risk than in the past. Talk to your veterinarian about vaccination and any other concerns you may have regarding Leptospirosis. Dr. Olga Jaimez graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She has over 20 years of experience in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Jaimez opened 4 Paws Animal Hospital in 2005. In addition, to her clinical practice, Dr. Jaimez is a full time instructor @ Palo Alto College, Veterinary Technology Program. She enjoys giving back to the community by sponsoring family fun events like the 4 Paws Howl-o-ween Costume Contest and the Fiesta 4 Paws Pet Pageant.

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GIVING GUIDE OUR BAKED TREATS ARE MADE IN THE USA WITH ALLNATURAL, HUMAN-GRADE INGREDIENTS AND LOVINGLY HAND DECORATED IN OUR BAKERY. WE ALSO CARRY THE MERRICK GRAIN FREE LIMITED EDITION SEASONALS (BPAFREE CANS, MADE IN TEXAS). THEY ARE THE “PAW”FECT COMBINATION FOR SPRING & EASTER CELEBRATIONS, THANK YOU GIFTS, OR JUST BECAUSE YOUR FURRY FRIENDS WILL LOVE THEM! SOLD AT WOOF GANG BAKERY & GROOMING, 10003 NW MILITARY HWY #1109, 210-492-BARK (2275).

RUFF LIFE DOG BEDS AND RAISED FEEDERSMAXIMUM COMFORT & WARMTH! HANDMADE IN TEXAS AND COMES IN SIZES SMALL TO LARGE OR CUSTOM DESIGN. MDF OR HARDWOOD. SOLD AT PETLAND BOERNE, 1375 SOUTH MAIN STREET, BOERNE, TX (830) 816-5015.

BUNNY-SHAPED (GLUTENFREE) BANANA, OATS & PEANUT BUTTER AND CARROT-SHAPED ROAST BEEF & CARROTS DOG TREATS, ALL-NATURAL, NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS; AVAILABLE IN 4.5 OZ ($8.00) AND 6.8 OZ ($12.00) BAGS. SPRING COLLAR BANDANAS & FLOWERS. AVAILABLE IN DIFFERENT SIZES TO FIT ALL YOUR CANINE COMPANIONS FROM PAWSITIVELY SWEET BAKERY. WWW.PAWSITIVELYSWEETBAKERY.COM GO! SPURS! GO! YOU AND YOUR POOCH CAN CHEER FOR YOUR FAVORITE TEAM WITH THIS ADORABLE LOGO TUTU. MADE WITH A CUTE PINK AND SILVER DOT PATTERN AND SUPER SOFT LINING, YOUR LITTLER CHEER LEADER WILL BE AS COMFORTABLE AS THEY ARE CUTE! XS S $16, M $18. AVAILABLE AT THE POOCH HOUSE-WWW.THEPOOCHHOUSE.COM, (210) 310-4180.

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THE WORLD’S BEST CAT SCRATCHER! ON SALE FOR ONLY $19.99. AVAILABLE AT POLLY’S PET SHOP, 940 PAT BOOKER ROAD, UNIVERSAL CITY, TX (210) 658-0420.

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Meet Ralphie. He was picked up a year ago by Animal Control Services who found him wandering in a field, dirty and hungry. SNIPSA heard that Ralphie had only 72 hours until he would be euthanized and went and rescued him. They neutered and vaccinated Ralphie and also treated him for heartworms. He was cared for at The Barking Lot until a foster became available. At last he was adopted by a wonderful family who thinks he is the PERFECT pet. He is much loved and a very LUCKY dog! This is Ralphie in his winter coat and one in his new summer do. The groomers, Trish and Aaron, at Designing Dogs helped to give him his new sporting look. He is now one cool dog. Trish and Aaron, (mother and son team) have been in the grooming business combined 55 years. They love their job, they feel it is the best! Designing Dogs-16302 San Pedro (210) 865-6750


CONVERSE ANIMAL SHELTER, INC. Over 30 years providing a no-kill safe haven and care for abused & unwanted dogs and cats and finding them suitable homes

Located at 9634 Schaefer Rd. in Converse, CASI offers a home-like atmosphere where pets are treated like our own with love and respect Celebrate our 2nd annual Furriesta Fiesta at CASI Sat. Apr 12th 11:00am – 2:00pm Pinata, free popcorn, drinks, games, prizes, surprises and contests – vote for the Queen and King of 2014 Furriesta CASI: www.MyNewBestFriend.org www.facebook.com/CASIpets

(210) 658-4821

Two Locations To Serve You and Your Pets!

Open Tues – Fri 10am – 4:30pm and Sat 10am – 3pm 24200 IH-10 West

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Wherever in the world you like to spend your own dream vacation ...

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calendarofevents FRIDAY, APRIL 4TH Wine for Wiener Dogs, sponsored by Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas at Boerne Civic Center, 820 Adler Rd, Boerne, TX from 6:30-9:30PM. Wine tasting, live music, silent auction, door prizes, hors d’oevres. Tickets are $30 and please visit www.wineforwienerdogs.org. SATURDAY, APRIL 5TH: 2014 El Rey Fido XII Coronation-Hosted by San Antonio Humane Society at the San Antonio Grand Hyatt -600 E. Market Street. Come meet El Rey Fido XII and 2014 Royal Court. Free self parking and complimentary food and drinks will be available for owners and pets Schertz Pet Fiesta-Hosted by Friendship Pet Hospital at 17244 IH 35 North, Schertz, TX from 10AM-3 PM. There will be pet adoptions, games, food and a pooch parade. Corgi Fest-Court of Fools-Hosted by Bluebonnet Bunk n’ Biscuit at 16302 IH35 North, Selma, TX from 10AM-3PM. All breeds are welcome and there will be costume contests, a silent auction, pet first aid Q&A and a Corgi Kissing Booth!!! SATURDAY, APRIL 12TH: SA Urban Pet Market-Hosted by SAPA! and created by Pawsitively Sweet Bakery at the Paul Jolly Adoption Center Petco Pavilion at 210 Tuleta Drive across from the SA Zoo. All vendors offer pet friendly products and services including gourmet treats, grooming, doggy daycare, dog attire, and photographers along with food fare. Each vendor donates a portion of their proceeds to benefit San Antonio Pets Alive! It will be every 2nd Saturday of the month. Furriesta Fiesta-Hosted by Converse Animal Shelter, Inc (CASI) at 9634 Schaefer Rd, Converse, TX from 11 AM-2 PM. Pinata, free popcorn, drinks, games, prizes, surprises and contests-vote for the Queen and King of 2014 Furriesta. My Heart is Yours Adoption Special-Hosted by the San Antonio Humane Society at 4804 Fredericksburg Rd from 12-7PM. All heartworm positive dogs are available for a $25 special adoption fee. Cat Show-Hosted by the Mission City Cat Club at the Garden Ridge Community Center in Garden Ridge, TX.

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Contact Dawn, the entry clerk at (210) 843-1336 for more details. Fetch & Friskers-Boerne Location (701 South Main) 11-3 Adoptions with Masons Haven and 1-5 PM Yappy Hour. Adoption event at Woof Gang Bakery, 10003 NW Military Hwy, #1009 with AAPAW and San Antonio-Austin Cocker Spaniel Rescue Group. SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH: Cat Show-Hosted by the Mission City Cat Club at the Garden Ridge Community Center in Garden Ridge, TX. Contact Dawn, the entry clerk at (210) 843-1336 for more details. My Heart is Yours Adoption Special-Hosted by the San Antonio Humane Society at 4804 Fredericksburg Rd from 12-7PM. All heartworm positive dogs are available for a $25 special adoption fee. SATURDAY, APRIL 19TH: Fetch & Friskers-Leon Springs Location (24200 IH-10 West) 11-3 PM Adoptions with San Antonio R.O.C.K.S. Adoption event at Woof Gang Bakery, 10003 NW Military Hwy, #1009 with AAPAW and San Antonio-Austin Cocker Spaniel Rescue Group. Fiesta 4 Paws Pageant, sponsored by 4Paws Animal Hospital at 3630 SE Military Dr., #100 from 12-2PM. Get out your beads and confetti and there will be prizes for the best pet Fiesta costume. TUESDAY, APRIL 22ND: Pet Loss & Grief Support Group-Hosted by S.A.P.P.Y at The English Tea Shoppe at 6877 Bandera Road. The gatherings are free to the public and meant for support. They are held every 4th Tuesday of the month. SATURDAY, APRIL 26TH 16th Annual Fiesta Pooch Parade, sponsored by Therapy Animals of San Antonio. Registration starts at 8 AM at Alamo Heights Swimming Pool, 250 Viesca. Costume contest and walk along with many other activities.

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VETERINARY SERVICES 4 Paws Animal Hospital........... 33 Amigo Animal Hospital............ 15 Bracken Equine Clinic................ 3 City Veterinary Hospital.......... IBC Friendship Pet Hospital and Wellness Center.................. IBC Penny Paws Animal Clinic......... 15 The Ark Pet Hospital................ 15 Towne North Animal Hospital.. 44 EMERGENCY Mission Pet Emergency............ 29 SPECIALTY Mission Veterinary Specialists... 23 BOARDING KENNELS & DAYCARE FACILITIES Alamo Heights Kennel Club & Salon......................... 2 Bluebonnet Bunk n Biscuit....... 27 City Veterinary Hospital.......... IBC Cowboy Kennels...................... 33 Four Paws Inn of Converse......... 2 Friendship Pet Hospital and Wellness Center........... IBC Grooming By Gloria................. 44 Hill Country Pet Ranch............. 17 K9 Country Club & Training Academy................ 15 Lucky Dog Pet Grooming......... 17 Mrs. Goodiecookie’s Pet Resort............................. 2 Pawderosa Ranch (2 Locations)......................... 1 Pawsitive Solutions.................. 17 Pet Galaxy......................... 41, BC Ryckman Kennels..................... 17 Sharon Griswald...................... 26 The Palms Pet Resort & Spa.... 29 CAR DEALERSHIPS Jennings Ford............................ 3 North Park Subaru...................IFC CLEANING SERVICES Maid Affordable...................... 27 {April 2014}

GROOMING SERVICES Alamo Heights Kennel Club & Salon......................... 2 Barbara’s Canine Clip “n Bows........................ 44 Bluebonnet Bunk n Biscuit....... 27 City Veterinary Hospital.......... IBC Designing Dogs....................... 38 Grooming By Gloria................. 44 Happy Tails Pet Salon................ 2 Hill Country Pet Ranch............. 17 K9 Country Club & Training Academy................ 15 K9 Klub Dog Grooming.............. 2 Linda’s Pet Grooming.............. 39 Lucky Dog Pet Grooming......... 17 Pet Bath & Beyond.................. 17 Pet Galaxy......................... 41, BC The Palms Pet Resort & Spa.... 29 Towne North Animal Hospital.. 44 Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming........................ 39

Paw Basics................................. 2 Pawsitively Sweet Bakery......... 13 Rez Q Pets............................... 13 The Pooch House.................... 13 Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming........................ 39

OBEDIENCE TRAINERS Bluebonnet Bunk n Biscuit....... 27 Hill Country Pet Ranch............. 17 K9 Country Club & Training Academy............ 15 Paws for Success..................... 15 Pawsitive Solutions.................. 17 Pet Galaxy......................... 41, BC Sharon Griswald...................... 26 Sit Means Sit............................ 19 The Palms Pet Resort & Spa.... 29

PET WASTE REMOVAL SERVICES Bark-Yard Bomb Squad Pooper Scooper.................... 2

PET MORTUARY AND CREMATION SERVICES/HOSPICE Bluebonnet Pet Crematory...... 13 Paws in Heaven........................ 14 Pawsitive Memories Hospice... 44 PET PHOTOGRAPHERS/ART Renee Spade Photography...... 30 PET SITTING AND WALKING SERVICES Bed & Biscuit Pet Care............. 13 Happy at Home Pet Sitting...... 21 Spoiled Rotten Pet Care.......... 15 There Fur You Pet Sitting.......... 26

RETAIL STORES Petland Boerne........................ 16 Polly’s..................................... 16 Walgreens................................ 27

NOT FOR PROFIT/RESCUE GROUPS Converse Animal Shelter, Inc......39 San Antonio Humane Society.... 9 SpaySA.................................... 21 PET BOUTIQUES/PRODUCTS/ SPECIALTY/STORES/SUPPLIES Alamo Dog Doors.................... 21 Bunny Haven Rabbitry & Poultry Farm.................... 16 Fetch & Friskers (2 Locations)....................... 39 Fifi & Fidos Pet Boutique......... 17 Morales Feed & Supply........... 21 43


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210-651-0100

17244 IH 35 North Schertz, Texas 78154 3009 and I-35, in front of Lowes www.friendshippethospital.com

SERVING URBAN PETS SINCE 1945

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818 Austin Street San Antonio, Tx 78208 4 mins. from the Pearl Brewery

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HAPPY FIESTA FROM PET GALAXY!

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Wherever in the world you like to spend your own dream vacation ...

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• Are you worried about coming home to torn up furniture? • Are you unable to walk your dog without a pinch collar? • Is your dog dragging you around the neighborhood instead of you walking your dog? • Is your dog jumping up to greet people, including jumping up on your small children? • Does your dog suffer from phobias or depression? • Is your dog aggressive towards other dogs or people? • Is your best friend simply too much dog for you or your family to handle?

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Large Grooming Department With Experienced Pet Stylists! (Available Mon-Sat) Call us today for a free consultation with an expert dog trainer, or to customize your pet’s daycare schedule or perfect dream vacation! 13060 US Highway 281 N, Spring Branch TX 78070, Phone: 830-885-5335


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