Texas Dogs & Cats – September 2019

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Brain on Fire: Overview of MUO in Dogs Dandelion’s Special Case San Antonio Trainer's Guide Why is Training Important in Dogs

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contributors LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER It's time to FETCH our September magazine. SIT down, ROLLOVER, and relax while reading our annual dog training issue. After a fun summer of play, it is time for back to school for everyone. Marlene Ring, of Pawsitive Solutions, provides us with tips on how this transition affects our pets. We also have our annual San Antonio dog training directory, where you can choose from various providers and methods. Our loyal readers, have sent in photos of their four legged and two legged kids heading back to school in our "Bark to School" pictorial. Frank Haegeland, of Pet Galaxy, provides an article on why training is so important for our beloved dogs. Finally, we focus a spotlight on Paws 4 Hearts Working Thearpy Dogs, and what they do and who they help. Happy Fall in Texas!

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.


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. DAN GREENHOUSE , Sales Director, graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has been in magazine advertising sales his entire career. He currently is the “daddy” of two Bearded Collies and “grandpa” to an Italian Greyhound.

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DR. LESLIE HOPES joined the San Antonio Humane Society in October of 2017. She is proud to call Baton Rouge, Louisiana her home. She attended LSU for her undergraduate and veterinary school where she received her DVM in May 2015. Dr. Hopes completed her internship in shelter medicine in Madison, WI. VERONICA PEREZ is the PR Associate for the San Antonio Humane Society and has been with the organization since 2016. She is UTSA alumni and a native to San Antonio. She currently lives under a full roof with her husband, son, two dogs, and cat, Chewie.

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Starting in the Spring of 2019, he went through twelve weeks of training with Paws 4 Hearts Working Therapy Dogs (P4H). Axl completed additional obedience training, earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate, and completed four weeks of hands-on therapy training where he learned how to interact, comfort and socialize with a variety of patrons. To finalize Axl’s certification, he visited a couple of facilities and was tested and mentored by a senior dog team. As a member of P4H, he is also required to continue monthly visits to various facilities and recertify yearly. The mission of P4H is to provide physical and emotional support, rehabilitation through pet assisted therapy. Since completing his P4H training, Axl has visited

assisted living facilities and helped ease patients with dental anxiety at BHD. Our patients can reserve Axl in advance for their dental appointments. He will sit in a wagon next to the dental chair during treatment to help patients relax. Axl is often described as the “most chill” one-yearold puppy that many have ever met. In his spare time, he loves going on walks, floating the river, and playing with his sister, brother and two miniature horses. He has been a blessing to the Sykes Family, the BHD team, BHD patients, and many residents in local assisted living facilities. Axl’s training and calm demeanor will provide years of support for all with whom he comes in contact. Give BHD a call if you would like to spend some time with Axl and get excellent dental care!



xl is an F1 Miniature Goldendoodle bred by Almost Famous Dogs in Spring Branch, Texas. He was born May 18, 2018, and joined the Sykes Family in July 2018 with plans for him to be a therapy dog for the patients of Bulverde Hills Dental (BHD). He initially attended obedience training at Lara’s Canine Solutions in New Braunfels in the Fall of 2018.



ith the struggles and challenges in today’s world, there is an imminent need for compassion and care. So how does one tackle this crisis and still maintain her lifelong love & commitment to her 4 legged friends? In September of 2010, President Karen Minson and her fellow board of directors would embark on a journey to bring physical and emotional support to our community through the love of dogs.

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are then registered as a Working Therapy Dog Team through the American Kennel Club (AKC) and insured to work in one of our approved locations. After years of commitment and dedication to the establishment and growth of Paws 4 Hearts, we now have almost 50 AKC registered working therapy dog team volunteers. Within this group of volunteers we also have 10 teams that have earned the AKC Therapy Dog Title for their continued service to P4H and the community. Our partnership with Intermountain Therapy Animals has allowed us to train and certify 12 teams with the Reading Education Assistance Dog Program (R.E.A.D.). Due to the unprecedented approach to training, safety, behavior & service, P4H has partnered with some of the best organizations within our community. We have spent years developing these relationships with The ARC of San Antonio, San Antonio State Hospital, USAA, Touchstone Communities, San Antonio Christian School, SAMMC, Patrick Heath Public Library and Northeast Independent School District to mention a few. As a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization we take pride in knowing that our hearts and paws now reach more than 100 facilities and organizations throughout Greater San Antonio and surrounding areas.


With years of expertise in dog training and handling, Ms. Minson knew the profound impact that working therapy dogs could have on the lives of people in need. Research had proven the results of canine and human interaction time and time again. There was also a clear and concise vision in regards to the quality of dog teams and handlers that would be carefully trained and selected for this program. It was this vision that created Paws 4 Hearts Working Therapy Dogs and the journey to develop an elite therapy dog program began. The process of becoming a therapy dog team begins with observation and assessment of potential dogs and their handlers in one of our training locations. We evaluate canine temperament, personality and nature of the handler, the bond between the dog and owner and trainability of them both as a working team. Once the pair has passed the initial assessment, they then enroll in a 12 week training program where they are provided with expert dog handling skills and knowledge, as well as hands on interactive training that is utilized in clinical, educational and community outreach settings. Each of our teams is also Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certified. There is testing phases throughout the process which leads up to a final evaluation and exam in a clinical mock setting. Those that complete the program



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Brain on Fire:

An Overview of MUO in Dogs


earing a diagnosis for your pet that you can barely pronounce is a scary situation for anyone. The more you know, the more you can be comfortable with such a diagnosis.


Meningitis (men-in-jahy-tis) spinal fluid sample and ruling out means inflammation AND/ infectious causes. Abnormalities on the MRI and spinal fluid are OR infection of the meninges. often suggestive of MUO, though The meninges are the lining or in some cases the results of testing protective covering of the brain can be normal, and the dogs still and spinal cord. Meninges can have MUO. A conclusive diagnosis become inflamed for many reasons of MUO requires post-mortem including infection, cancer or exam. In cases of non-diagnostic autoimmune disease. Encephalitis MRI and spinal fluid, a presumptive (en-sef-uh-lahy-tis) is like diagnosis is made based on meningitis regarding underlying clinical signs, breed and lack of cause, but specifically refers to other findings. inflammation or infection of the PUGS ARE A COMMON BREED AFFECTED BY MUO, brain tissue itself. Meningitis and ALONG WITH YORKSHIRE TERRIERS, MALTESE, Is MUO treatable? encephalitis often occur together, CHIHUAHUAS, AND TOY POODLES. MUO is treatable. Treatment which makes sense because the brain, includes immunosuppressive doses of prednisone (steroid), spinal cord and meninges are all connected. Together, they as well as other immunosuppressive medications. are called meningoencephalitis (mĕ-ning"go-en-sef"ahli´tis), which is like their “brain is on fire”. Can MUO in dogs be cured? Prognosis is guarded. Some dogs respond very well to How do dogs get MUO? One of the more common causes of meningoencephalitis, treatment and have a good quality of life, while others have a non-ideal response and poor long-term outcome. or generic inflammation of the brain, is called It is always worth trying treatment in the early phases of meningoencephalitis of unknown origin or MUO. This diagnosis because many cases can do well. MUO can go in refers to an autoimmune cause for the inflammation, to remission and be managed long term, but rarely is MUO which means that the immune system is being overactive cured to the point that medications can be stopped. and attacking the brain (and/or spinal cord), which causes significant inflammation and damage. MUO is not thought to be caused by infection, but more likely by a Dr. Powers is a boardgenetic abnormality. certified small animal Dogs are typically affected in young adult to middle neurologist at MissionVet ages, however any age can be affected. The most common Specialty & Emergency. breeds affected include Yorkshire Terriers, Pugs, Maltese, She joined MissionVet after Chihuahuas and Toy Poodles, however any breed can be serving as an associate affected. Cats are extremely rarely reported to be affected neurologist at Seattle by MUO. Veterinary Specialists. She graduated from WSU What are signs of MUO? College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, completed a Clinical signs are dependent on where the inflammation rotating internship in 2012, and a neurology residency in is occurring, i.e. where the immune system is attacking. 2015 both at Seattle Veterinary Specialists. She has interest Clinical signs may include seizures, ataxia (wobbly walking), in managing neurosurgical spinal emergencies as well as blindness, head tilt, behavior changes, pain, etc. Progression chronic spinal disease. In addition, she enjoys treating all of the disease may be very quick and rapid; however, some aspects of brain disease including epilepsy management, cases may also be more prolonged with slower development brain tumors, degenerative, inflammatory and congenital of signs. brain conditions. A presumptive diagnosis requires an MRI of the brain,


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ets entering the shelter environment are faced with many stressful situations that can lead to lowered immunity and the development of disease. Upon entrance into the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS), pets are evaluated, vaccinated, microchipped, treated with flea prevention, receive a nail trim, have their identifying photograph taken, and are then finally moved into their kennel space. This necessary process, although beneficial, can be quite trying on some pet’s dispositions. This goes even more so for cats.

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nutritional support, heat support, and breathing treatments for those suffering from congestion. In severe cases of congestion, cats may lose their sense of smell and with it, their appetite. This can become a serious problem. Dandelion was one cat in our care who developed a severe URI. He became very congested, refused to eat any food offered to him, and was at risk of developing anorexia and disease. In order to provide appropriate nutrition to Dandelion, a feeding tube was necessary and placed through a small incision in his neck during treatment. Through this tube, a very thin mixture of recovery canned food was administered several times a day and bypassed the oral cavity completely. After 24 hours of recovery and tube feedings, Dandelion began to show interest in food again and even ate on his own. These were great signs! While he was still recovering from his URI, our dedicated staff continued to supplement his meals via tube feedings until he was able to eat an entire meal on his own. Once Dandelion was eating regularly without our assistance, his feeding tube was removed. Shortly after returning to the kitty cottage, he met his new family. Once adopted, he left the SAHS on his way to becoming the happiest cat. Most URI cats do not require supplemental feedings or feeding tubes but Dandelion was a special case. Although not every pet will need the extra bit of special care, every pet is definitely deserving of that care if it means improving or saving their lives. The SAHS staff work tirelessly to provide love and care for each pet that comes through our doors, and with the support of our community, we can ensure we continue saving the lives of dogs and cats every day. If you are looking for ways to help, please visit SAhumane.org/donate.


The stress of a new environment, initial evaluations and tests, and meeting lots of new people would be enough to make any cat’s immune system go a little haywire. While every effort is made to decrease stress and prevent disease transmission throughout the shelter, upper respiratory infection (URI) in our feline friends is a foe that all shelters must face on a daily basis. One of the most important factors that contributes to the transmission and spread of URI is the number of cats that are housed in a shelter. When a shelter is over-crowded and inadequate kennel space is all that is available for each cat, the stress level per cat rises. Increased levels of stress cause immunity levels to drop and can potentially lead to a cat’s inability to mount the appropriate immune response despite vaccination. One way the SAHS staff works to keep the spread of URI down is by keeping our kitty portals open in the kitty cottage. This grants more space for each cat and reserves one side of the kennel for sleeping and eating and one side for the litter box. Another step that is taken to ensure that disease transmission is kept minimal is to clean and sanitize thoroughly after handling each pet. While these steps are put in place to decrease and prevent the spread of URI, there are times when it does develop in our kitty friends. The average treatment for URI cats is approximately 7-10 days. The first signs of URI in a cat are often watery eyes and sneezing. We check each cat’s kennel walls for sneeze marks daily and take note of any nasal or ocular discharge. To prevent further URI exposure, pets that are displaying URI symptoms are moved into our infirmary kennels. Treatment for URI mainly consists of providing supportive care such as subcutaneous fluid therapy,


sanantoniotrainers Arfordable Dog Training

210-264-7064 www.arfordabledogtraining.com Mobile certified dog trainers serving San Antonio and New Braunfels using positive reinforcement and science-based training techniques. We are focused on simplified knowledge, practical training, affordable pricing, and exceptional customer service for families and their beloved pets. We offer public and private classes, in home training and behavior modification, AKC's Canine good citizen program and service dog training. Military, first reposnder, and recent rescue discounts available. Our cause has four paws.

Bluebonnet Bunk ‘n Biscuit

16302 North IH 35, Selma, TX 210-655-2865 www.mybunknbiscuit.com Bluebonnet offers agility, obedience, canine good citizen, rally, and conformation/ring manners classes. Classes fill up fast, so pre-register early. In addition, phone consultation with trainer is recommended, prior to starting, to insure your placement in a suitable class and your training success. When you register, please ask for the phone number for your trainer. **Offers Boarding as well.

Hill Country Pet Ranch 518 State Hwy 46E, Boerne, TX,


830-229-5425 hillcountrypetranch.com Offer Onsite Group and Private Lessons which include Puppy Training, Basic Manners, & Advanced Dog Training. See their website for more information. **Offers Boarding as well.

K9 Country Club & Training Academy

Bulverde, TX 830-980-8476 www.k9countryclub.net Top Trainers available for a variety of sports and behaviors. Classes and Certifications available year-round for AKC Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R. Puppy, and Trick Titles. Reactive dog training and behavior modification classes. Dock Diving instruction available. The next Open Dock Day is September 14th. Our monthly Scent Work Club (K9 SWAT, Sniffin' With A Twist) meets September 22nd. World Class agility instruction weekly from foundations to master level. K9 County Club is your one- stopshop for all your training needs.

Lara's Canine Solutions

New Braunfels, TX 830-904-4863 www.larascaninesolutions.com We specialize in breeding world class German Shepherd Dogs from German and Czech bloodlines, bred from Schutzhund stock. Also, we rehabilitate abused and abandoned

animals and then arrange them to find loving families after they are welltrained, healthy and ready for a new home.

Pawderosa Ranch

Schertz & Airport location 210-404-9941 www.weloveyourdog.net Our specialized training program includes: • A personalized introductory consultation with an experienced trainer. • A 21-day intensive Lodge and Learn experience. • Periodic check-ins and e-photos. • Everything you love about the Ranch, including quality care, meals and social activities, along with additional time devoted to daily customized training sessions. • Peace of mind that your pup is being challenged intellectually by Specialists who make your pup their top priority. • A Graduation Day that includes a complimentary bath and nail trim, certificate of completion, a “Reunited at the Ranch” trainer-to-parent knowledge transfer session, additional education sessions, and a take home training manual.

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Puppy Classes, Manners Classes & Introduction to Therapy Dog Training Classes) **Offers Boarding as well.

Pet Galaxy

13060 US Highway 281 N, Spring Branch, TX, | 830-885-5335 www.PetGalaxyUSA.com Lodge and Learn training. **Offers Boarding as well.

San Antonio Dog Training Club

210-738-1030 | www.sadtc.org All volunteer organization that offers dog training classes from beginners to advanced.

San Antonio Dog Training Co.

210-520-0780 www.sanantoniodogtrainingco.com SA Dog Training offers a free initial evaluation. Their highlighted programs are a board and train for 2 weeks, or a three week off leash residency program. **Offers Boarding as well.

San Antonio Humane Society

4804 Fredericksburg Rd., 78229 Every pet is as unique as their personality! We understand that not all dogs are naturally social or obedient, and sometimes our pets need a little extra attention, patience, and education to earn their “good dog” stamp of approval. We offer a variety of social and obedience classes for you and your pet to join, so be sure to take advantage before classes fill up! Training includes an introduction to all basic obedience commands such as "sit", "stay", "down" and "come". For more information and registration, please visit SAhumane. org/dogtraining. SAHS alumni are eligible for discounted pricing. All proceeds go towards benefiting the dogs and cats at the SAHS.

Sit Means Sit

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The Palms Pet Resort & Spa

12410 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 210-695-1166 www.thepalmspetresort.com Shaping your Puppy-October 1st, Pet Manners-October 1st, RallyOctober 2nd, Canine Good CitizenOctober 3rd, Treibball-October 3rd, Scent Class-October 7th. **Offers boarding as well.

Ryckman Kennels

Boerne, TX 830-981-8883 www.ryckmankennelsinc.com Obedience training, pointing training, retreiver training, and snake avoidance training.

whytrainingissoimportant O bedience training is an important and critical part of responsible dog ownership and the early development of your family pet. Obedience training techniques lay the foundation for a well behaved and well adjusted dog, which has no trouble participating in family life at home, and is equally at ease in the presence of others.

The lack of proper obedience training can put your family pet at risk. A dog that hasn't been trained to obey commands can end up as a nuisance to neighbors, a threat to people in the street, and a danger to other dogs that he runs into at the dog park. A dog that has been trained to obey through obedience training techniques is more confident and self assured. You will be more confident having him in the house, and out in the company of others. Obedience training has been found to be very stimulating to a dog mentally, and leads to a happier and well adjusted dog all round. – Only positive reinforcement methods. – Never pinch collars or shock collars. – Never abusive methods.


Here are some suggestions to increase your dog's obedience: • Use positive reinforcement for desirable behaviors. • When the behavior is undesirable, make use of proper corrective methods. • Make sure you don't ignore any kind of behavior, whether desirable or undesirable. • It causes confusion if you don't follow a sign of progress with a reward or words of praise, or if you ignore undesirable behaviors. • Timing is of the utmost importance in dog training. Don't wait to correct him; ensure he makes the connection between


his bad behavior and your correction immediately.

Having a pet dog is not only about feeding him a healthy diet, exercising him and taking care of his other basic needs. A dog needs to be mentally challenged, and trained to be an enjoyable, well adjusted member of your family. Summary of Reasons Why Training is So Important: 1. Obedience and Control over your dog. 2. Strengthens the bond between the dog and the owner. 3. Relieves boredom in your dog. 4. Deals with behavior issues. 5. Helps build your dog’s selfconfidence and mold it into a wonderful companion. 6. Helps develop the socialization skills that are so important in wellbehaved dogs. 7. Helps provide the proper amount of exercise required to maintain proper mental and physical health in your dog. Call us today to customize your dog’s personalized training program!

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backtoschool&ourpets B ack to school is upon us as summer comes to a close. We spend much time preparing our children (and ourselves), yet this transition also affects our pets. The freedom and attention received during summer vacation abruptly ends at the first day of school.

Without warning, schedules shift and playmates of summer suddenly have new interests and friends. All of this can create a great amount of stress and fear in our pets which can affect them in many ways causing behavioral problems such as chewing, soiling in the house and excessive barking. More serious health problems can also occur with your pet such as vomiting, diarrhea, skin problems or eating problems ranging from not eating at all to eating strange objects such as gravel, dirt, plants, toys, etc. Here is what you can do to help these important members of your family? Take It Slow Where possible, make changes and adjustments slowly, over a period of time. If Fido will be in the crate when the kids go back to school, start putting him in the crate slowly for shorter periods of time before the big day.

Keep Their Routine Avoid abrupt changes

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Why not Take a Dog Class? This is a great time to brush up on obedience. This time together will also offer mental stimulation and provide some bonding time while adjusting to the new routine. Put Them on the Schedule Soccer practice, cook dinner, do homework…. ……..do a stimulating activity with your dog. Let Them Join In Let your dog spend time with your kids while they do homework, practice the piano or read a book for school. Not only will it help your dog, but your kids may enjoy homework time more since they have a friend to share it with. Give Them Lots of Love Finally, give your pet the most love and attention you can. Reassurance through regular walks, exercise, playtime and grooming will help your companion make a much smoother “back to school” transition.


Keep Them Busy Make sure to provide toys or chew sticks to help occupy his time alone.

especially in eating and diet habits. The first week of school is not the time to change either the time of feeding or type of food.







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Pet Galaxy......................... 25, BC

Bluebonnet Pet Crematory...... 23



Dr. Patricia Dinger...................... 2

Renee Spade Photography..... 27

North Star Animal Hospital....... 3


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San Antonio Humane Society.. 16

REALTORS Al Cannistra............................. 11



Arfordable Dog Training........... 3

Walgreens............................... 27

Bluebonnet Bunk n Biscuit......... 7 Grooming by Gloria.................. 3 Hill Country Pet Ranch............... 2 K9 Country Club & Training Academy.................... 2

Pawsitive Solutions.................... 3 Pet Galaxy......................... 25, BC Ryckman Kennels.................... 13



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Q: Has there been Lyme disease diagnosed in dogs in San Antonio? A: Yes, Actually Lyme disease in dogs has been diagnosed in all states. Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete (bacteria like organism) and spread by deer ticks. A dog or person can be infected by the bite of the nymph or mature tick, especially if attached for 48 hours. Symptoms in dogs include fever, increased lymph node size, lameness or joint swelling, and sometimes a decrease in appetite. Your veterinarian can test for tick diseases with appropriate bloodwork, and then he/she will discuss treatment with doxycycline for 30 or more days. Most resolve without issue while there can be a few that become chronic in nature. In some cases of Lyme disease there has been no history

of exposure to ticks. Prevention involves vaccination and tick control. Some of the tick control products include K9 Advantix®, Frontline Tritak®, and NexGard®. Q. Do you recommend giving pigs ears to your dogs? A: I’m not fond of pig ears though they can be given in moderation. There is a concern about salmonella contamination with them. Also, make sure the pig ears are processed in the USA. They are not good for overweight dogs and dogs with history of pancreatitis. Remember to always supervise so your dog does not swallow too much or choke. Dr. Kirby 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. His veterinary interests are surgery, internal medicine, ultrasonography, and rehabilitation therapy. He uses both a conventional and a holistic approach to medicine. Dr. Kirby treats dogs, cats, birds and exotics. Alamo Heights Pet Clinic: (210) 821-5544. Please email all questions for Dr. Kirby to Dana.texasdogsandcats@gmail.com.



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calendarofevents Penny Paws Clinic and Times Penny Paws offers affordable cat and dog vaccinations, microchipping services, heartworm testing and prevention, flea and tick prevention and toenail trimming. They have a licensed veterinarian on site at each location. For more information, and additional locations, visit their website at https://pennypaws.com/sanantonio/

Saturday, August 3rd 9-11AM Advance Auto 8650 Marbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78227 Saturday, September 7th 9-11AM Advance Auto 8650 Marbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78227 9-4PM 99 Cent Store 2942 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78247 12-2PM Advance Auto 919 Bandera Rd Ste 104, San Antonio, TX 78228 3-5PM Helotes Humane Society 10671 Shaenfield Rd. San Antonio, TX 78254 Sunday, September 8th 9-11AM 0’ Reilly Auto Parts 13602 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, TX 78217 10-4PM Cricket Wireless 3021 West Ave San Antonio 78201 12-2PM Cricket Wireless 1848 S WW White road San Antonio 78220 3-5PM Dollar General 2141 Pue Rd, San Antonio, TX 78245 Saturday, September 14th 9-11AM Karma’s Cozy Kennel 6630 Fm Rd 78 Ste 101, San Antonio TX 78244 9-11AM Canine Couture 13227 Nacogdoches Rd #1, San Antonio, Tx 78217 9-4PM 99 Cent Store 2942 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78247 12-2PM Advance Auto 8603 Culebra Rd, San Antonio, TX 78251

12-2PM Kirby Animal Facility 5503 Duffek Dr. Kirby Tx 78219

3-5PM Dollar General 3708 New Mathis Rd Elmendorf, TX 782112

3-5PM Family Dollar 9803 Potranco road San Antonio TX 79251

Sunday, September 22nd 9-11AM 0’ Reilly Auto Parts 13602 Nacogdoches San Antonio, 78217

3-5PM Family Dollar 5202 Eisenhauer Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218 Sunday, September 15th 9-11AM Esplanade Gardens 10790 Toepperwein Rd, Converse, TX 78109

12-2PM Cricket Wireless 1848 S WW White road San Antonio 78220

10-4PM 99 Cent Store 4350 Callaghan Rd, San Antonio, TX 78228

3-5PM Dollar General 2141 Pue Rd 78245

12-2PM Family Dollar 5120 N Foster Rd, San Antonio, TX 78244

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3-5PM Advance Auto 11411 Perrin Beitel, San Antonio, TX 78217 Saturday, September 21st 9-11AM Shaggy Dog 3531 Oakgate Dr, San Antonio, TX 78230 9-11AM Advance Auto 8650 Marbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78227 9-4PM 99 Cent Store 2942 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78247 12-2PM Family Dollar 5523 Babcock Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240 12-2PM Advance Auto 919 Bandera Rd Ste 104, San Antonio, TX 78228 3-5PM Puppy Love 8021 FM 78, Converse, San Antonio, TX 78109

Saturday, September 7th & 14th-Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic at the Brooks Spay/Neuter Clinic (8034 City Base Landing) from 10AM-2PM. Help your pet stay healthy with preventative low-cost wellness clinics provided by the San Antonio Humane Society! Services are offered on a first-come, first served basis as time allows and include vaccinations, microchipping, nail trim, dewormer, heartworm test and prevention (dogs), and flea prevention. Find pricing and more at SAhumane.org/wellness-clinic. Paws & Pastries Donations Drive at Barbell Sweets LLC (12682 fm1560 n suite 206, Helotes) to benefit the Helotes Humane Society from 10AM3PM. Stop by your favorite macro-friendly bakery, located next to Helotes


10-4PM Cricket Wireless 3021 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201

9-11AM Karma’s Cozy Kennal & Spaw 6630 Fm Rd 78 Ste 101, San Antonio TX 78244 9-4PM 99 Cent Store 2942 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78247 12-2PM Advance Auto 8603 Culebra Rd, San Antonio, TX 78251 3-5PM Family Dollar 5202 Eisenhauer Rd, San Antonio, TX 78218 Sunday, September 29th 9-11AM Esplanade Gardens 10790 Toepperwein Rd, Converse, TX 78109 10-4PM 99 Cent Store 4350 Callaghan Rd, San Antonio, TX 78228 12-2PM Family Dollar 5120 N Foster Rd, San Antonio, TX 78244 3-5PM Advance Auto 11411 Perrin Beitel, San Antonio, TX 78217

City Hall, to pick up a guilt free tree and drop off a donation (monetary or pet food/supplies) to support abandoned animals in your local community. Paint your Pet Fundraiser at Bluebonnet Bunk N Biscuit (16302 I-35, Schertz) from 2-5PM, to benefit The Corgi Rescue. This will be a group art class where everyone will learn how to paint a portrait of their own pet. Please contact info@theartyard.net to register. Paws in the Pool at Pickrell Pool Schertz from 12-4PM. Admission is $3 per person and 2 dogs per person is allowed. The small dog area is in the wading pool and the large dog area is in the main pool. Lawn chairs and dog toys are allowed.

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Sewing for your dog at Abby’s Attic Sewing & Craft Studio (9815 Culebra Rd., Ste 112) from 6-9PM. In this beginner sewing boot camp, you will have 6 wonderful weeks of learning to sew for your fur baby! Tickets available at www.schedulicity.com. Sunday, September 8th-Work out with your dog at Phil Hardberger Park East Entrance from 6:30AM-2:30PM (13203 Blanco Road). Get a total body workout with your dog. Saturday, September 14th-Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic at the San Antonio Humane Society (4804 Fredericksburg Rd.) from 8AM-12PM. Help your pet stay healthy with preventative low-cost wellness clinics provided by the San Antonio Humane Society! Services are offered on a first-come, first served basis as time allows and include vaccinations, microchipping, nail trim, dewormer, heartworm test and prevention (dogs), and flea prevention. Find pricing and more at SAhumane.org/wellness-clinic. Tuesday, September 17th-Eat & Play in Travis Park during lunch time to enjoy delicious food from local food trucks that are part of the Downtown San Antonio Food Trucks program! This dog friendly event will be held from 11AM-2PM at 301 E. Travis St. and admission is free. Wednesday, September 18th-Sock Hop Pawty at the Rach-Schertz location (7 Commercial Pl., Schertz). Bark, rattle and roll all the way to the Ranch. The celebration includes games, fun, and their very own goodie bag. Drop off is by 11AM and $15 per pup. For more information, please call (210) 404-9941. Friday, September 20th-Saturday, September 21st-2019 Pet Partners Conference at San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter (101 Bowie Street) from 7:30AM-8:30PM Friday and 7:30AM-4:20PM on Saturday.

Find a full list of speakers at http://bit.ly/2KiGDiz and view the schedule of events at http://bit.ly/2Kkh97f. Puppy Palooza Party at the Quarry from 5-9PM to benefit the Texas Chihuahua Rescue, Inc. Tickets which include dinner, need to be purchased ahead of time. https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/raise-a-tee-for-the-chi-s/ store/wrap-party-f989e779-f9be-483c-814d-f9b5aba3812c Wednesday, September 25th- Sock Hop Pawty at the Rach-Airport location (923 Clydeville Rd.). Bark, rattle and roll all the way to the Ranch. The celebration includes games, fun, and their very own goodie bag. Drop off is by 11AM and $15 per pup. For more information, please call (210) 404-9941. Saturday, September 28th-12th Annual SNIPSA Race for the Rescues 5K Race at Heights Pool (250 Viesca St.) For more information, visit Snipsa.org. Sunday, September 29th-Parktoberfest at Brackenridge Park Conservancy (3700 N St. Marys St) from 10AM-1PM. This is a free event, pet friendly, with free beer tastings (21+) from Alamo Beer, St. Arnold, Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling and more! There will also be live music performed by Beethoven Maennerchor, artists painting the park, and food will be available from Schilo’s. Upcoming October Events.... Saturday, October 5th-Humane Society Live Oak Pet Pawlooza 2019 (7901 Shin Oak Dr, Live Oak) from 9AM-2PM. Saturday, October 26th-4 Paws Howl-O-Ween Bash & Pet Costume Contest (3630 SE Military Dr.) from 11AM-3PM.

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Your dog needs exercise! •

All dogs need plenty of exercise. If they don’t get it, they will develop bad habits such as chewing on furniture, socks and shoes, or dig up flowerbeds. They may even get depressed, and become really mischievous and unreliable.

Spending 30 minutes to an hour walking to the park with a dog walker, although better than nothing, doesn’t provide much exercise for a pooch, and receiving a picture of where your baby pooped may make you feel better, but it doesn’t do much for your dog.

Introducing Pet Galaxy’s Doggieland® Daycare and Door to Door Service •

For roughly the same money you would spend on 30 minutes for a dog walker’s time, we will pick up your fur-babies from your home in the morning, transport them to Pet Galaxy’s large Doggieland® play park for the entire day, where they can enjoy the park and play with compatible, like-minded dogs. Once they have experienced enough play, they will come inside for an all-important nap before they go back out for more fun again. At the end of the day, we will bring your happy and satisfied babies back home.

Prices start at $24.75 for all day daycare plus $5.00 each way for the bus ticket — flat rate. Our initial target areas are primarily neighborhoods north of Loop 1604 along the Hwy 281 corridor, including Stone Oak, Encino, Canyon Springs, Timberwood Park, Johnson Ranch and Bulverde/Spring Branch.

On request — for an extra charge, we can even serve lunch and/or dinner, administer medications, provide Bath, Brush and Nails service and/or a full groom.

And, of course, if needed — your pet is always welcome to spend the night (or longer stays) with us.

Call us today about Doggieland® Daycare and Door to Door Service! 13060 US Highway 281 N, Spring Branch, TX 78070


830-885-5335 or 210-526-9680 www.PetGalaxyUSA.com www.facebook.com/PetGalaxyUSA

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