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table of contents

Humane Society Adoptables 8 Wisconsin Humane Society 9 Good Eats! Raw Diet Benefits 10 Dogs in the 'hood 11 Mastiffs 12 Around the Waterbowl 14 10 Your Vet Wishes You Knew 15

Sporting Dogs: Questions Answered 16 Canine Marketplace 18-23 Moving on Without Molly May 24

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Dogs Around Town 25 Must Love Dogs 26 I Love You ... Achoo! 27 Kids' Page 28 Crazy House! 29 WAAGR Celebrates 5 Years 30 Events 32 Poet's Corner 33 Yellow Bandana Dogs 34 Breed Rescue Directory 35 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays 36•

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Looking for an all around good dog with a terrific personality and a love of life? Then Spike is the one for you! He’s a fun loving and playful 1 year old neutered male Border Collie/Husky Mix who just so happens to be good with kids and other dogs. Spike has plenty of energy, he’s very smart and he will need a family who will keep him busy. Give Spike the best gift ever this Christmas; the gift of a home and family…yours!

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Louis once had a family, but now he finds himself without a home for the holidays. This nice boy is 3.5 years old, about 70 pounds, and is a true "mixed breed" with features of lab, mastiff, ridgeback, terrier, and boxer.

Meet Kilo, he is a fun loving fella. Kilo is a four year old, German Shepherd/Beagle mix. There is nothing better in life than playing for this guy. Kilo would love a family who is active. Kilo is a wonderful, active boy who could use some direction in life. Stop into the shelter today to say hello to this loveable boy, he would love to meet you! For more information on Kilo, please visit our website at or call 262782-9261.

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This puppy's name is Cornelia. Cornelia is a puppy that would do very good for someone that wants to put some obedience training into her. She gets really happy when she plays and so we recommend a family with children 13 years and up. She is now 6 months old. Cornelia really needs her own family to love her enough to teach her how wonderful it can be to be a family member that is lovingly cared for.

Looking for a genuine conversation? Meet Angel, a sweetheart who likes to “chirp” to everyone she meets! This 7-month-old domestic shorthair cat was brought in to OHS after being abandoned by her owner. Angel is a very active, playful girl who loves to chase her cat charmer. Should you decide to adopt this wonderful girl, be prepared for plenty of purring!

Humane Animal Welfare Society 262-542-8851 Ally is a wonderful girl! This 10-month-old walked into HAWS as a stray and has taken up residence in our hearts. She is 45 pounds of tail-wagging happiness who is looking for a family to call her own. Ally loves toys, treats, attention and everyone she meets. All she wants for Christmas is your love!

Wisconsin Humane Society A Leader in Animal Sheltering While the Wisconsin Humane Society is a pioneer that leads the way for other shelters in how animal rescue work can be done better, it also has a rich, 130-year-old legacy of building a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. This is the Wisconsin Humane Society's mission with the goal of saving lives. “The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has enormous pride in what's been achieved so far,” said Anne Reed, Executive Director of WHS. “We have a strong sense of stewardship, but our 'status quo' is taking the next risk.” WHS has taken the lead on a number of sheltering issues, including pediatric neutering, no-fee adult cat adoption, and being a no-kill shelter. “Many shelters have been able to follow our lead. We have the ability to take a risk which increases the ability of others in other communities to also take a risk,” Reed continued. This in turn helps save animals' lives.

Over 20,000 animals were helped through veterinary services, wildlife services, fostering, and other services this year. In 2009, 10,310 animals were adopted from WHS and the Ozaukee Humane Society. The Ozaukee Humane Society merged with WHS in 2004. The next step that WHS will take is the opening of the Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus: Victoria Wellens Center, scheduled for March 2011. The Ozaukee Campus shelter will be the first “green” LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) animal shelter in the Midwest and one of only a handful in the country. When a building aims for LEED certification, it uses strategies to improve energy use and water efficiency, plus other environmental savings. The new facility will be located at the corner of Highway 33 and West Dekora Woods Boulevard in Saukville. It will consist of an adoption center, veterinary clinic, and classroom space. The increased access and visibility will lead to a higher adoption rate, expanded educational offerings, more volunteers, and greater community involvement.

“Ozaukee County has grown into a major population center. There is a need for welfare at a level that the new building can support. We are really excited about the veterinary clinic.” said Reed. All animals surrendered at the Ozaukee Campus will be spared a ride to the WHS veterinary facility in downtown Milwaukee for medical care and then back to Ozaukee. The onsite Ozaukee veterinary clinic reduces stress for the animals and decreases the time to get animals ready for adoption. The Ozaukee Campus facility will be able to offer in-shelter education, in continuation of WHS's extensive educational services for children and adults. Education for adults is aimed at providing the tools to build a rewarding relationship with animals. “It's not just that people help animals,” Reed said, “Animals help people. It's part of the circle of healing.” See the WHS web site for adoptable animals, volunteer opportunities, and a calendar of educational events at

Kris Majdacic Kris Majdacic is a writer and an online writing instructor at Axia College of the University of Phoenix. She lives in Glendale, Wisconsin.

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“You speak with a building, before you speak with the people or see the animals,” said Reed. “Our message

is that an animal shelter is not what you thought it was. The architects of the new facility understood our message and could help us explain that by making the facility so beautiful and so different from what people expect an animal shelter to be.”

WHS gets animals from three sources: surrenders, Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), and transfers from other shelters. WHS is an open admissions shelter, so people can come in without an appointment to surrender an animal. “They can walk away with the burden removed, knowing they did the right thing,” said Reed. “There is a significant surrender population,” she continued. “Thousands of animals a year are surrendered for economic reasons. Others are surrendered because the owners don't have the time to work with an unwanted behavior. Rarely, though, are animals surrendered because there is something wrong with the animal.”

WHS is able to accept strays and seizures more from MADACC than other shelters. It also gets transfers from shelters in the state and throughout the Midwest through the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin' Program for dogs. “We are privileged to offer dogs from areas where it's more difficult for animals to be adopted,” said Reed.

Good Eats! Move over Alpo®. After reading this, it just might be replaced by a big juicy bone, fresh from your local meat department. If you thought dry kibble was the only way to provide your dog with a sound nutritional diet, you’ll be interested to learn the benefits of providing your pooch with a raw food diet.

When we speak of raw dog food, we are referring to uncooked meat, meaty bones, muscle meat and organs. Also to be considered is raw milk (unpasteurized), raw butter, and, of course, fruits and vegetables. There are companies that prepare the food by freezing it with about 10% vegetable matter so that your pup can enjoy it fresh from the refrigerator or warmed to room temperature. Simply place the meat in a plastic “baggie”, and let hot water warm your dog’s dinner up.

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The Benefits of a Raw Food Diet for Your Dog

heal illnesses and prevent new ones from developing, due to the flood of nutrients which are easily digested in raw meat. Show me that smile again. From the outside, raw food could win a blue ribbon purely for its cosmetic appeal. No need to visit the doggy dentist or sweet talk your pup into letting you brush his teeth, as you’ll find that a raw soup bone with marrow naturally cleans their pearly whites, as well as combating arthritis in older canines. A word about bones: dogs are able to digest raw bones, but not cooked, according to Dr. Pasternak. Visit your local meat market to find some soup bones that will satisfy even your most finicky eater. Macho, macho, dog!

At first glance, this may seem like a recipe for disaster from a bacterial perspective. Not so, says Henry Pasternak, a veterinarian from Los Angeles, California. He claims that starting a puppy on a raw diet could result in increasing her life span. “Dogs are more resistant to salmonella than humans. They get sick more from plants than meat.” While he admits that there is always a potential for dogs to ingest bacteria after ingesting warmed meat, he has not seen it happen personally. “The freezing destroys most parasites (if the product is sold within the United States). It’s very rare to see an issue develop.”

The dog’s neck and shoulder muscles are given a hearty workout from the effort used in ripping and chewing the raw, meaty bones. Some say your dog’s coat will cast a healthier sheen, and that “doggy smell” will disappear forever. Responsible breeders suggest that a raw diet will prevent quick growth spurts, which allows for a more natural development for a pup. You might find that your four-legged friend shows a greater level of energy, and your once sluggish pup may show new signs of buoyancy after starting her on a raw food diet.

What he does see is an opportunity for owners to provide their dogs with preventative medicine. “Raw food is basically medicine. Any time you process or cook the meat all the enzymes are destroyed. The living nutrients of a raw food diet are much healthier for your dog than the ‘destroyed nutrients’ that have been put in dry kibble.” At the microscopic level, raw food is what the body desires, according to Pasternak.

Believers in the raw food diet swear that visits to the vet are a thing of the past, and that benefit simply allows them more room in their budget to spend on quality prepared raw food for their dog. In addition, it has been noted that many meat departments and butchers are more than happy to supply customers with freebies that they might otherwise throw away. A suggested feeding guideline is to give your dog 2-3% of your pet’s body weight daily. For example, a 20 pound Terrier will need to consume a half a pound of food per day, in order to maintain a healthy weight. Keep in mind your dog’s metabolism, age, general appetite, etc – there are no hard and fast rules here. If you choose to purchase a formula, be prepared to spend a little more than you might on your typi-

It is believed that using a raw food diet helps boost the natural resistances that dogs already have to issues such as shedding, allergies, hot spots, fleas, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal prob lems, degenerative diseases, immunity disorders and cancer. The food can help

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cal dry, processed dog food. For our friend the Terrier, you’ll need to budget for 3.5 pounds per week, or 14 lbs a month. Beef formula from Primal Pet Foods can cost an average of about $22.00 for a 4 lb. bag of nuggets. At the end of the week, you’re spending over $20.00 to keep your pooch on this holistic health plan. Got milk? Unpasteurized milk, that is. Although very difficult to purchase in most U.S. states, Dr. Pasternak considers raw milk (sheep, goat, cow) one of nature’s “miracles”, along with raw butter, which he states is a “medicine” for dogs with cancer. “All the nutrients are concentrated, and so they are very, very beneficial to their wellbeing”. Find Pasternak’s book Healing Pets with Nature’s Miracles on Amazon. com for more ideas on how to treat your dog’s ailments with a raw food diet. Ideally, the raw food should be consisting of organic and hormone-free internal organ meats, and you will want to slowly integrate the new diet into your dog’s current meal plan. Dr. Tamara Hebbler suggests that if your dog is a “gulper”, that you’ll want to start with something like ground beef and ground up bones, to avoid the risk of your pooch “inhaling” a raw bone. Many believe that the domestication of our furry friends has indeed changed their behavior, temperament and physical presence, but that our dogs’ digestion has remained very much the same as it was thousands of years ago when they roamed the earth freely. It could be argued that, while you can take the dog out of the wild, you can’t take the wild out of the dog. Bon Appetit!

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in my baseball cap!” They named her Darby, and soon their exercise program began. You’ll see them today along river trails, through city parks, and on Riverwest sidewalks - an hour and a half in the morning and again at night.

They found a good breeder whose champion Chico and his mate Pepper had a litter of puppies ready to go. Marianne and Wendy chose a blue merle female (speckles and streaks of blue/grey and white) and named her Alex. She was a dream to train, and they liked her so much they thought it might be nice to get her a pal. “We called the breeder and were told Chico and Pepper were having their last litter.”

Like many sisters, Alex and Darby have different personalities and a sweet, close relationship. A woman Marianne works with remarked that Darby and Alex are actually half-sisters because they weren’t from the same litter. “Really?” Marianne asked. “Are you and your sister from the same litter?”

Alex came along to help choose her sister. All the puppies liked Alex, she had their mother’s exact coloring. But a little red merle chose Wendy. “She was so cute. She fit

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“We were on a health kick, wanting to get more exercise,” Wendy

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Marianne Herrmann didn’t want another dog when her Schnauzer, Trunzer, died. “But I’d look out the window and feel sad when people walked past with their dogs. I tried going for walks alone, and I only felt sadder.” That’s when she and her partner Wendy Basel decided to check out different breeds at the dog show.

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“What the Lion is to the Cat the Mastiff is to the Dog, the noblest of the family; he stands alone, and all others sinking before him. His courage does not exceed his temper and generosity and in attachment he equals the kindest of his race.” –Sydenham Edwards (1800). These words are at the top of the home page of the Mastiff Club of America website, and they truly exemplify this magnificent breed, which has been prized by humans for its impressive qualities for thousands of years. Although the origins of the Mastiff are somewhat mysterious, it is believed that the ancestral Mastiff or Molosser originally came from Asia (where images of Mastiff-like dogs can be found as far back as 2500 BC) via the Middle East (where they can be seen chasing lions in bas reliefs from the Babylonian palace of Ashurbanipal). It is thought that either Phoenician traders brought these great dogs directly to England around 500 BC, or that the Mastiffs somehow made their way north to Great Britain across the European continent.

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In any event, what is certain is that early on the English wholeheartedly embraced this breed (it is the oldest English breed), and kept it in its purest form. Many types of Mastiffs exist 12 in the world today such as the Neapolitan Mastiff, the Tibetan Mastiff and the Dogue de Bordeaux. But it is the English or

the Old English Mastiff that is simply referred to as the Mastiff in English-speaking countries. When Julius Caesar invaded Britain in 55 BC, he was so taken with the Mastiffs’ bravery in battle that he brought many of them back to Rome with him. There, the “Pugnaces Britanniae” as they were called, fought in the Colosseum against both wild animals and humans. Some Roman soldiers trained them for war and protection. It is said that Hannibal crossed the Alps with battalions of Mastiffs.

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In England, Mastiffs guarded estates and castles and were also used in bear baiting. Chaucer referred to them as “Alaunts”, and wrote that a Mastiff was “as large as a steer”. Some believe that a Mastiff and a Spaniel made the trip to the New World on the Mayflower. By the 19th Century, the Mastiff’s popularity in England was for the most part on the decline. They were used to pull munitions wagons during the

World Wars but during the same time the Mastiff nearly became extinct. The circumstances of war in Europe made it difficult for people to feed themselves let alone feed such large dogs. With the help of American breeding stock, the Mastiff was saved. In 2009, according to AKC statistics, it was ranked 27th out of 164 registered breeds. The Irish Wolfhound and the Great Dane may be taller, but the Mastiff is the largest of the dog breeds in terms of mass. According to the AKC breed standard, males should be a minimum of 30 inches at the shoulder and females should be 27.5 inches at the shoulder. A Mastiff should be rectangular, with its height coming from the depth of the body rather than the length of the legs. As it moves, a Mastiff should appear strong and powerful. They should be heavy-boned and muscular, with males weighing between 150-250 pounds, and females weighing between 120-200 pounds. In March 1989, the Guinness Book of World Records listed the Mastiff Zorba as the world’s largest dog at 343 pounds. He was over eight feet long from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail, and measured 35 inches at the shoulder! Mastiffs do not fully mature until they are about three years old. For the sake of healthy bone and muscle development, they must eat a high calcium puppy food for the first two years of their lives, and not exercise too strenuously.

The Mastiff’s coat is short with a dense undercoat, and it can be fawn, apricot or brindle. Our cover boy Titan is a reverse fawn and black brindle. The muzzle, nose, eyes, and ears should be dark - the darker the better. Grooming is not demanding, although bathing a Mastiff must be challenging! Mastiffs have large litters (6-14 pups), and for a giant breed, are long-lived (10-12 years). Health issues include hip dysplasia, bloat, and eye problems. All Mastiffs snore due to their long soft palettes, but not all Mastiffs drool! Despite its formidable physical presence and strength, the Mastiff really is a “gentle giant”. They are protective only when they need to be. Mastiffs thrive on human companionship, and in fact, without that closeness can’t fully develop emotionally. They absolutely need and want their human families near them. Even though they take up a lot of space, they are very much an inside dog; they’re couch potatoes, and very sensitive to the moods of their “people”. They love to play, and seem to sense

what is physically appropriate for each family member. They are considerate of both children’s and other dogs’ personal spaces. With patience, Mastiffs can be easily trained. When the rules have been established, Mastiffs don’t pull, jump or bark excessively. They aren’t too fond of summer heat however, and like Titan, might change positions all afternoon in order to stay in the shade of a large backyard tree. And like Titan, a Mastiff might enjoy a dip in a sprinkler

or a wading pool, and perhaps a romp in the snow. Finally, if you want to imagine a grand and ancient breed crossing the Alps, chasing a lion, or guarding a castle, look to the Mastiff. And, if you want a fantastic companion who will bond with you, love you, play with you, protect you, and keep your toes warm at night, the Mastiff just might be the dog for you! For more information: Mastiff National Breed Club Mastiff Club of America Rescue Mary Lynn Speer 2346 140th Avenue Glenwood City, WI 53403

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Pamela Stace is mom to four Afghan Hounds, one cat and an Arabian horse. She is a Milwaukee-based actor and voice talent. Also, she and her husband Bill run The Miramar Theatre on Milwaukee's East Side.

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Disabled Animal Classification My name is Celine and I'm a third year student at UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine. I found that there needs to be a better system to connect disabled animals online because I had the hardest time looking for a precious wheelchair dog. Therefore, I am in the process of making This is a classification system to where people can list their animals for free and it is completely dedicated to disabilities. Please take the time to list your wonderful disabled animals on the automated site. I was so frustrated at petfinder because you can't classify all of them as "special needs" and expect people to sort through 1,000 + hits. My website is bare bones right now but I'm going to do my best to make it well-established. You have full control over the listings. Please help me to spread the word! Celine Higgins University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine DVM Class of 2012

their horse rescue 24/7 to save horses, retrain them and then find good homes for them. I visited Cindy and Jim and had previously met many of the horses who perished in Wednesday’s barn fire. Cindy could hardly speak when we chatted but I could understand clearly when she said, “I rescued them and worked hard to save them and to give them a better life, and I lost them.” I can only imagine the pain that Cindy and Jim are enduring as they grieve for their horses at this very moment… that said, my thoughts and prayers will be with them for quite awhile. Animal Fairy Charities pays tribute to Jim and Cindy for all of their tireless efforts to help horses in need. We can only hope that they will find the strength to rebuild and to recommit their lives to the passion that gave them so much love in return. Winter '10


How do you define fun? Perhaps it's sitting home on a warm summer day enjoying the breeze and sipping a cool beverage? Area pet lovers define fun using just four words: Great Lakes Pet Exposition! Held annually on SUPER BOWL SATURDAY, the Great Lakes Pet Exposition attracts people from throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. Thousands of pet lovers flock to the exposition hall for an entire day of fun for the entire family. Bring a can of food with you to receive $1.00 off of your admission price!! Proceeds to benefit the Hunger Task Force. When: February 5th 10am - 6pm. Where: State Fair Park, Wisconsin Exposition Center Admission: Adults $6.00 Kids under 10 $3.00

Horses Perish in Barn Fire When I received the call from Cindy Bondowski that she had lost 24 horses in a barn fire on November 24, I couldn’t stop thinking “why?” I realize there are heartbreaking tragedies everyday that affect people all over the world but I just couldn’t stop thinking about Cindy’s loss. You see? Cindy and Jim are some of the most caring people I have ever met. They both have a profound love for animals, work

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Animal Fairy Charities would like to help raise support for Jim and Cindy to help them rebuild their barn and their lives. If you would like to donate to help Jim and Cindy, please log on to NOW_.html and click “Support Jim and Cindy” in the comments field. Submitted by: Debra A. Lopez at Animal Fairy Charities

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10 THINGS YOUR VETERINARIAN WISHES YOU KNEW Euthanizing sick or injured pets is not the hardest part of my job. The hardest part of my job is seeing pets whose owners don’t take good care of them, so they suffer unnecessarily from preventable or fixable problems.


Please don’t give your pets medication that wasn’t prescribed for them by a veterinarian. Medications that are safe for humans may not be safe for pets. That includes herbs and vitamin supplements. Call your vet and ask!


When I make a recommendation for your pet, I am more than happy to explain why. It doesn’t bother me a bit when you ask “What is the benefit of this procedure? Are there alternatives?” Educating you is part of my job, but I can’t answer your questions if you don’t ask them.


Unless your breeder, your chiropractor, or the cashier at the pet supply store has a veterinary license, he or she should not be giving medical advice for your pet. And, shockingly, a lot of the medical advice you can find on the Internet is untrue. It takes years of full-time education to qualify as a veterinarian. Owning a lot of dogs, or letting them make babies in the backyard isn’t enough.


Breeding dogs is a complicated and messy business. It requires a lot of knowledge to do correctly, and you probably will not make much money at it. If you are really unlucky, it will cost a lot of money and heartache. If you want to try it anyway, learn about the process first so that you are prepared for every possibility. We hate taking phone calls in the middle of the night from someone whose Chihuahua is in labor, who thinks she may be having a problem, and who can’t afford to let us help.


Compared to human medicine, veterinary medicine is a bargain. That’s partly because we don’t pay legions of insurance processors and malpractice lawyers like our counterparts in human medicine, and because we and our staff don’t earn as much as MDs and RNs. But it’s also because we are always looking for ways to make care more efficient and less expensive. We have to, or nobody could afford to take care of their pets. People who have health insurance usually don’t realize how much their own medical care costs.


We wish we could take care of animals for free. Unfortunately, veterinary school wasn’t free, our staff needs to make a living, and you’d be amazed what it costs to equip and supply a veterinary clinic. That means that we have to charge you, or we’ll go out of business. The reason we don’t offer payment plans is that people who have promised to make payments in the past never made them.


It drives me crazy to see morbidly obese dogs whose owners insist, “Yes, but he’s happy.” Really, he’d be happier if he were in good body condition so he could run and play without gasping for breath, without his joints hurting. He just doesn’t understand the connection between overeating and his physical misery. Try giving just half a treat instead of a whole one; I bet he still loves it.


If your dog is yelping at my office, odds are good that he is frightened, not in pain. I go slowly and gently, but that doesn’t help a dog that’s panicking before I even enter the room. A well-socialized dog that is accustomed to being handled won’t be bothered by a trip to the vet. However, if your dog is terrified of strangers, bites you whenever you try to touch his feet, and has never been required to do anything he doesn’t want to do, he won’t like coming to see me.


I really did become a veterinarian because I love animals. A friendly dog can always put a smile on my face, and I think cats are nature’s masterpieces. I like people, too, but for some reason I don’t feel the same need to scratch their ears and give them smooches.

Megan Tremelling, DVM


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Dr. Tremelling practices emergency and critical care medicine at Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Hospital in Port Washington. Her family is owned by a Rough Collie, two cats and a cockatiel.

Sporting Dogs Common Questions Answered

You broke down and finally did it. You bought a hunting puppy with a solid hunting pedigree. Now what? Where do you keep it? How do you train it? What restrictions should you have for the pup, for you and your family? These and many more questions should be answered before you even bring your puppy home. But if you are like most people, you’ll likely just learn as you go. That’s OK. That’s how I trained my two hunting dogs and they do a solid job of finding and retrieving pheasants, ducks, and geese. But here are some tips I’ve learned from training my two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and from helping some friends and family members train their hunting dogs. Follow them and you’ll save time and reduce your frustration in getting a solid hunting companion and new best friend.

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Where should you keep your dog – inside or outside? I kept my first Chessie outside, while my current Chessie stays inside. So, I have no strong preference either way. There are benefits and drawbacks to each. Many “old-timers” believed that a hunting dog has to be kept outside. They think that being outside “toughens” the dog. From a pure hunting perspective, a dog kept outside will be more used to the outside temperature. This can be helpful while hunting in extreme heat or cold, but I rarely hunt a lot when it is really hot or cold. One benefit of an outside dog is that the dog never messes up the inside of the house.

There are no accidents, no drool, and no hair on the couch, bed, or floors. Nor do you have to worry about your puppy chewing your favorite pair of shoes. A dog kept inside offers you the comfort of their presence and the protection of their keen senses. Just having my dog near me is good for my mental health. From a hunting perspective, a big benefit of an inside dog is that you have additional training opportunities simply because the dog is with you more. You can practice and reinforce many training hunting related commands inside. Sit, stay, find, drop, down, and even hand signals can all be done inside. Often, these can be done while watching TV, working on the computer, or doing other household jobs. My favorite training sessions occur each night in my house. My Chessie and I play “hide and seek.” I use her training dummy and hide it somewhere in the house. She has to find it. But first she has to sit, lie down and stay while I hide it. Then she has to find it. This requires use of her sense of smell as I often “bury” it under objects. Once she finds it, then she gets to practice sit, stay, hold, and drop. She loves this game and often requests it by begging for her dummy so we can play! How do you train your hunting puppy? It starts with the same basic commands that any dog

training does. Sit, come, no, down and stay are the basic commands that must be mastered. For a hunting dog these commands are not just “nice to have”. They are essential. They may even save the dog’s life! A hunting friend lost his golden retriever when the dog chased a pheasant across the road and got struck by a car. The Golden ignored my friend’s “stay” and “here” commands and paid the ultimate price. Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure your dog obeys these basic commands before taking them out hunting.

Once your puppy masters these commands they can move to more hunt-specific commands like fetch, hold, drop, and heel. Advanced hunt commands may also include hand and whistle signals. There are many books, videos, DVDs,

and Internet sites that can assist you with breed and game specific commands. Use them. I can’t begin to provide you all these details in this article. If money is not an issue for you, you can hire a professional trainer to train your dog. It can cost several thousands of dollars to completely train your dog. But, you can often hire a professional trainer by the hour. Some breeders/trainers even include some training in the purchase price of the puppy. For a couple hundred dollars you can often get valuable training tips. Remember, the most important training is really your own training! The most important training attribute you can have is patience. You’ve heard the saying “practice makes perfect”. Well, this certainly applies to dog training. I recommend spending at least 30 minutes per day training your hunting puppy. Spend more time if you can. But don’t try training after you get mad or frustrated with your dog. Your attitude is important; I think my dogs sense my emotions.

1. Take your dog to a hunting club and buy however many birds you can afford and have your dog hunt them. 2. Get a dog training permit from the Department of Natural Resources. This permit costs about $25 and is good for three years. Then buy the birds and release them on the property that you designated on the training permit. You need access to private land for this. Birds bought this way are

My final tip for your hunting dog is to care for your dog after the hunt before you care for yourself. Remember the old cowboy movies? The cowboys always took care of their horse before they cared for themselves. They knew without their horse, they wouldn’t survive. Well, its kind of similar for hunters. Without our dog, the day would not be nearly as enjoyable. So, feed and water your dog. Then groom them and check their coat, paws, and body for injuries. Once complete, you can then feed yourself knowing that your hunting buddy will be willing and able to go out with you again.

John Theisen

John Theisen grew up on a dairy farm near Allenton, WI and had several mixed dog breeds on the family farm. He now lives in West Bend with Ginny, his wife, and they can often be seen out and about with their Chesapeake Bay Retriever named True.

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Should you use treats while training? I was stubborn on this one. I

My most important training tip is to get your dog on birds – lots of birds. The best ways to do this are:

often 25-75% less expensive then birds at a hunting club.

I also have several “house rules” that I use with my Chessie to remind her that I am the “pack leader.” Being the pack leader is critical to ensure that she listens to me. I always feed her and don’t let her eat until I say “OK.” I always go through the front door first. I have two spots with dog beds for her. These are her spots and I rarely intrude on her when she is in them. She doesn’t sit on our bed or furniture. She never gets table scraps while we are eating so she never begs. Although, she does check the floor after we have eaten and she sometimes finds “treats” there.

thought that I could train just as well by using praise as I could by using treats. I was wrong. My second Chessie learned her commands twice as fast when she was given a treat versus simply given praise. I only needed to use the treats for the first several training sessions. Once she learned the commands and had success rewarded with food, she didn’t seem too upset once I traded treats for praise.

Canine Marketplace AN I M A L C OM MU N I CAT I O N ----------------------- Racine/Kenosha --------------------Sacred Animal Spirit


B L A D E  S H A R P E N I N G ------------------------- Milwaukee ------------------------Neu N Sharp Factory edge sharpening for pet groomers


Just Like Home Doggie Motel 414-640-0885 Columbus/Watertown

Cudahy Kennel Club

Ruffin' It Resort 635 Struck St.

608-310-4299 Madison

Only $85 for new training class or only $70 for continuing classes. Obedience, Agility, Conformation, Puppy Kindergarten, and Manners Training

Sullivan Veterinary Service 103 Main St.

262-593-8021 Sullivan

Verona Boarding Service 65 Half Mile Rd

608-848-3647 Verona

414-476-5511 West Allis

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For Pet's Sake 828 Perkins Dr. #200

888-581-9070 Mukwonago

Orphaned Kanines 1922 Kremer Avenue

262-681-1415 Racine

Camp Bow Wow

1707 Paramount Court 262-547-9663


Animal Dental Center Glendale/Oshkosh


262-894-0235 West Bend/Kewaskum

Milwaukee Dog Training Club 4275 North Humboldt

Rock's Positive K-9 Training Specializing in Behavior Problems Take the Lead 528 S. 108th St.

414-961-6163 Milwaukee

262-488-1982 Oak Creek

262-662-4160 414-916-2851 West Allis

The Teacher's Pet Dog Training 414-282-7534



Premier Doggy Day & Overnight Camp

Hound Handlers, LLC

Paws-itivly Behaved K9s 9823 S. 13th St.

7 Mile Pet Boarding and Grooming 8181 W. 7 Mile Road Franksville 262-835-4005

262-781-5200 Butler

262-268-8000 Saukville

Dog’s Best Friend Premier Dog Training 5932 W. Mitchell St.

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Animal Motel 13175 W. Silver Spring Rd.

Dawgs in Motion 580 N. Dekora Woods Blvd.


7 Mile Pet Boarding and Grooming 262-835-4005 8181 W. 7 Mile Rd. Franksville

B OA R D I N G & K E N N E L S

414-769-0758 Saint Francis

3820 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

Camp Dogwood


Think Pawsitive Dog Training


Winter Camp - January 14-16 Wisconsin Humane Society 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave.

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Just Like Home Doggie Motel Sullivan Veterinary Service 103 Main Street

414-640-0885 262-593-8021 Sullivan

--------------------------- Madison ---------------------------Camp K-9 Pet Care Center 4934 Felland Rd

608-249-3939 Madison

414-ANIMALS Milwaukee

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Rock's Positive K-9 Training Specializing in Behavior Problems


4 My Dogz- Professional Pet Training N60 W22849 Silver Spring Drive

Teacher's Pet Dog Training


Animal Motel 13175 W. Silver Spring Rd. Best Paw Forward Dog Training Hartland & Pewaukee Locations

262-820-0763 Sussex

262-781-5200 Butler 262-369-3935

----------------------- Racine/Kenosha --------------------Brittany's Canine Academy 5717 41st Ave Dogdom International 10105 32nd Avenue

262-818-2957 Kenosha 262-942-1860 Pleasant Prairie


Rock's Positive K-9 Training Specializing in Behavior Problems


The Teacher's Pet Dog Training 414-282-7534

Mequon 11035 N. Industrial Dr.

262-512-WOOF (9663) Mequon

Milwaukee Downtown 420 S. 1st St.

414-347-9612 Milwaukee

Milwaukee Northside 100 E. Abert Place

414-353-9991 Milwaukee

Menomonee Valley 333 North 25th St.

414-933-4787 Milwaukee

New Berlin 2105 S. 170th St.

262-785-0444 New Berlin

Oak Creek 1075 W. Northbranch Dr.

414-571-1500 Oak Creek

Sussex W227 N6193 Sussex Rd.

262-246-8100 Sussex

Waukesha Harmony 1208 Dolphin Ct.

262-446-CARE (2273) Waukesha

Wauwatosa 6442 W. River Parkway

Happy Dogz 6060 Mckee Rd

608-278-8563 Madison

Ruffin' It Resort 635 Struck St.

608-310-4299 Madison

----------------------- Racine/Kenosha --------------------Fido Fitness 9823 South 13th Street

262-880-9046 Oak Creek

414-771-7200 Wauwatosa



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------------------------- Milwaukee -------------------------

Pile Patrol 414-6K9-POOP Serving Most of Southeastern Wisconsin

Hidden Fence of Wisconsin Year-round installation and service 262-376-1210 Come Sit Stay Play Dog-U-cation Center 414-234-0799 4224 W. Lincoln Ave West Milwaukee Cozy Lodge Doggie Day Care, LLC 262-334-8793 1410 Lang St.

D O G GY DAY CA R E ------------------------- Milwaukee -------------------------

Camp Bow Wow

1707 Paramount Court 262-547-9663


Premier Doggy Day & Overnight Camp

Dog Tired Day Care 727 W. Glendale Ave.

414-967-5857 Milwaukee

Doggy Office Doggy Daycare 3515 N 127th St.

262-783-PAWS Brookfield

Fido Fitness 9823 South 13th Street

262-880-9046 Oak Creek

Logans Pet Grooming & Daycare 262-673-3330 2962 State Road 83.


North Shore Doggy Daycare LLC 1980 W. Florist Ave.

414-352-2273 Milwaukee

Pooch Playhouse 24 Enterprise Road

Central Bark Doggy Day Care

Locations throughout south & southeast Wisconsin. Brookfield 3675 N. 124th Street

262-781-5554 Brookfield

Jackson 3767 Scenic Rd., Suite. F

262-677-4100 Slinger

Lake Country N77W31144 Hartman Ct., Unit K-9

262-966-7637 Hartland

Manitowoc 1910 Mirro Drive

920-652-9663 Manitowoc

West Bend

Puppy Playground 8411 South Liberty Lane

262-646-PLAY Delafield

414-764-7877 Oak Creek

--------------------------- Madison ---------------------------Dawg Dayz Grooming & Care, LLC 5305 W. River Rd.

608-850-4911 Waunakee

Happy Dogz 3148 Deming Way

608-831-1283 Middleton

FOOD, TREATS & CONSULTS Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex 414-422-1300 S73 W16790 Janesville Rd. Muskego Bark N' Scratch Outpost 5835 W. Bluemound Rd Milwaukee


Chewed for Thoughts


The Doggy Bag 150 E. Wisconsin Ave. Oconomowoc


K-Nine Barber Shop 15970 W. National Ave.

262-786-7550 New Berlin

The Natural Pet

414-482-PETS Bay View

2532 E. Oklahoma Ave.

Specializing in natural and non-toxic foods and treats, toys, leashes, collars, oils, vitamins, and more.

Proper Paws University 2625 Eaton Ln 262-634-PAWS

262-488-1982 Oak Creek

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Paws-itivly Behaved K9s 9823 S. 13th St.

Purity Pet Food 262-895-4725 Holistic, human grade food, treats and supplements for dogs and cats; delivered to your home. (available nationwide)

Doggie Doo’s Spa 4180 S. Howell Ave. The Elegant Pet

414-704-6111 Milwaukee 414-750-4700

Fancy Paws 4733 S. Packard Ave.

414-481-7297 Cudahy

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Grooming by Katrina 2410 Milwaukee St.

262-646-9884 Delafield

Sullivan Veterinary Service 103 Main St.

KerMor Pet Grooming 10000 N. Port Washington Rd.

262-241-8575 Mequon

K-Nine Barber Shop 15970 W. National Ave.

262-786-7550 New Berlin

L.A. Grooming & Pet Services 303 Cottonwood Ave.

262-369-0704 Hartland

Logans Pet Grooming & Daycare 2962 State Road 83.

262-673-3330 Hartford

Pampered Paws 1826 N. Mayfair Rd.

414-476-4323 Wauwatosa

Sullivan Veterinary Service 103 Main Street

262-593-8021 Sullivan

262-593-8021 Sullivan

----------------------- Racine/Kenosha --------------------3 Goldens And A Gator 5200 Douglas Avenue, Suite C

262-752-9010 Racine

-GIFTS/A P PA R E L M E MO R A B L E S ------------------------- Milwaukee -------------------------

Animal Fairy Charities, Fostering national & international prevention of cruelty to all animals and aiding in their safety & welfare. Doggie Dreams


Portable Pet Groomers


Serving Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine Counties The Purrfect Pooch 162 E. Washington St.

262-338-7941 West Bend

Snipz N' Tailz 414-727-2980 5121 W. Howard Ave. Dog & Cat Grooming


Portable Pet Groomers


Serving Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine Counties

GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATIONS OccuPaws Guide Dog Association 6610 Fieldwood Road

608-444-9555 Madison

HOLISTIC TREATMENTS ------------------------- Milwaukee ------------------------Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex 414-422-1300 S73 W16790 Janesville Rd. Muskego Purity Pet Food 262-895-4725 Holistic, human grade food, treats and supplements for dogs and cats; delivered to your home. (available nationwide)


------------------------- Milwaukee ------------------------Animal Motel 13175 W. Silver Spring Rd. Butler


Community Bark 326 W. Brown Deer Rd

414-364-9274 Bayside

Country Clip-Pets 13841 W. Capitol Dr.

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Cozy Lodge Doggie Day Care, LLC 262-334-8793 1410 Lang St. A Doggy Day Spa LLC 1980 W. Florist Ave.

Dawgs in Motion 580 N. Dekora Woods Blvd.

------------------------- Milwaukee ------------------------Styl'n Companions Pet Spa 13844 W. Greenfield Ave.

262-783-5740 Brookfield

West Bend 414-352-3772 Glendale

262-268-8000 Saukville

262-641-6087 Brookfield

--------------------------- Madison ---------------------------Finer Details Pet Spa 5502 Mahocker Road

Pet Styles Grooming 639 Struck Street Spring Harbor Animal Hospital 5129 University Avenue

608-795-9837 Madison


Portable Pet Groomers


Serving Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine Counties

----------------------- Racine/Kenosha --------------------608-271-8583 Madison

608-238-3461 Madison

----------------------- Racine/Kenosha --------------------A 1 Grooming by Barbie 2625 Eaton Ln

The Elegant Pet

262-554-1237 Racine

Brittany's Canine Academy 5717 41st Ave

262-818-2957 Kenosha


Sit and Scoop

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Canine Massage Therapy 414-704-8112

Dependable Pet Care 121505 Barbary Court

414-425-7577 New Berlin alt. # 414-737-1766

Professional Pet Sitting, Walking, Daycare & Overnight Stays - New Berlin, Brookfield, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Franklin, Greendale, Elm Grove, Waukesha & Milwaukee County.

Douglas J Arthur, Certified Canine Massage Therapist


Certified in Canine Massage by the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Boulder, CO

Mequon Pet Care 262-305-1275 Covering Mequon, Thiensville, Cedarburg, Grafton, Fox Point, River Hills, and Bayside area. 414-352-8464

Paw Driven 414-550-2423 or 404-414-7469 Downtown, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Metro Milwaukee

2532 E. Oklahoma Ave.

414-482-PETS Bay View

Specializing in natural and non-toxic foods and treats, toys, leashes, collars, oils, vitamins, and more. (See coupon on page 19)

Silver Spring Animal Wellness Center 414-228-7655 1405 West Silver Spring Drive


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Sharp's Superior Pet Sitting 414-412-9253 Serving the following zip codes: 53209, 53211, 53212, 53217

CT Scoops LLC 262-366-7949 Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington Counties

Pile Patrol 414-6K9-POOP Serving Most of Southeastern Wisconsin ----------------------- Racine/Kenosha ---------------------

Sit and Scoop

262-620-1386 Bonded and Insured Professionals servicing Racine, Kenosha, and Southeast Milwaukee Counties.

"The Pet Sitter" Rick Corbett 414-481-7838 or 414-331-7183


Dogs, cats, birds, exotics, fish, reptiles. walks. In Home Pet Sitting. Insured.


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All Ears Pet Photography

AnShen Veterinary Acupuncture 608-333-7811

262-320-7387 . The time we have with our pets seems to go by so quickly which is why it’s so important to have something timeless to remember them by. Unlike most photo studios All Ears Pet Photography specializes in photographing pets and their people. Call today.

P E T R E LO CAT I O N ------------------------- Milwaukee -------------------------

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Animal Motel 13175 W. Silver Spring Rd. Butler

Skye's the Limit Pet Care, LLC 608-434-2646


P E T WAST E R E MOVA L ------------------------- Milwaukee -------------------------

Hannah Banana Pet Care 262-271-2974 Serving Lake Country area and west side of Waukesha.

North Shore Pet Connection LLC Serving the North Shore area.

The Natural Pet

Bonded and Insured Professionals servicing Racine, Kenosha, and Southeast Milwaukee Counties.


In-Focus Photography


Paw Proof Portraits


----------------------- Racine/Kenosha --------------------Happy Trails Dog Walking Paula 262-833-0124 Servicing Racine & Kenosha Counties Hot! Dog! Sitters! 262-287-6075 Serving the Kenosha, Wis are for over a decade

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Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex 414-422-1300 S73 W16790 Janesville Rd. Muskego


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Peggy Morsch Life Photography 414-550-5340 2738 N. Summnit Avenue

FurBulous Dog Organic Dog Shampoo For more information, call Dave at 414-418-7760


For real images of the life you share with your dog, call Peggy today.

Check our website for convenient Retail locations and testimonials from satisfied pet owners. The first dog shampoo to achieve USDA organic certification. Great for dogs with itchy skin. Made for animals, envied by humans.

Power Paws - K9 Sport Photography N60 W22849 Silver Spring Dr. 262-820-0763


Stephanie Bartz Photography

Pet Supplies 'N' More 6776 S83 W20411 Janesville Rd.



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Experience shooting in moving vehicles, on a motorcycle, from water raft, in a kayak, and also on land. Patience with shy, sassy kids, K-9s, and grown-ups. Keeping surprise photo shoots under wraps.

3 Goldens And A Gator  5200 Douglas Avenue, Suite C

------------------------- Madison ----------------------------Paw Proof Portraits

2050 North Cambridge Ave. Milwaukee


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Paw Proof Portraits 2050 North Cambridge Ave.

414-276-6727 Milwaukee

The Natural Pet

2532 E. Oklahoma Ave.

262-752-9010 Racine

414-482-PETS Bay View

Specializing in natural and non-toxic foods and treats, toys, leashes, collars, oils, vitamins, and more. (see coupon on page 19)

T RAVEL/LODGING --------------------------- All Areas -------------------------Wisconsin Innkeepers Association

RETAIL/ONLINE STO R E S Animal Fairy Charities Fostering national & international prevention of cruelty to all animals and aiding in their safety & welfare.

Bark N' Scratch Outpost 5835 W. Bluemound Rd Milwaukee

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Metropawlis 317 N. Broadway

414-273-PETS Milwaukee

The Natural Pet

414-482-PETS Bay View

2532 E. Oklahoma Ave.

Specializing in natural and non-toxic foods and treats, toys, leashes, collars, oils, vitamins, and more. (See coupon on page 19) Caesar’s Pet 5686 Broad Street

414-423-5800 Greendale

Convenient Motels along the interstate. Quiet Cabins in the woods. Elegant Hotels in the city. Relaxing Resorts on the lake. Cozy Bed & Breakfasts in a quaint town. With these unique accommodations, there is something for everyone...even your four-legged friend.

Wisconsin Innkeepers Association

Dillman's Bay Resort 13277 Dillman's Way

715-588-3143 Lac du Flambeau

The Edgewater 666 Wisconsin Avenue

800-922-5512 Madison

Holiday Inn Express 7184 Morrisonville Road

800-465-4329 Deforest

Motel 6 3907 Milton Ave

800-466-8356 Janesville

Olympia Resort & Conference Center 800-558-9573 1350 Royale Mile Rd. Oconomowoc Plaza Hotel & Suites Conference Center 715-834-3181 1202 W. Clairemont Avenue

Eau Claire

Residence Inn by Marriott 950 S. Pinehurst Court

800-331-3131 Brookfield

Red Pines Resort & Suites 850 Elk Lake Drive

800-651-4333 Phillips

Rustic Manor Lodge 6343 Hwy. 70E

800-272-9776 St. Germain

The Shallows Resort 7353 Horseshoe Bay Road

800-257-1560 Egg Harbor

Sleep Inn & Suites 4802 Tradewinds Parkway

608-221-8100 Madison

Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center 800-626-4275 W4015 State Road 82 Mauston

V E T E R I N A RY/ E M E RG E N C Y ------------------------- Milwaukee -------------------------

America's Best Value Inn 3410 8th Street Baker's Sunset Bay Resort 921 Canyon Road

888-315-2378 Wisconsin Rapids 608-254-8406 Wisconsin Dells

Best Western Grand Seasons Hotel 110 Grand Seasons Dr.

877-880-1054 Waupaca

Country House Resort 2468 Sunnyside Road

888-424-7604 Sister Bay

Days Inn & Suites - Hotel of the Arts 1840 N. 6th Street

414-265-5629 Milwaukee

Delton Oaks Resort on Lake Delton 730 E. Hiawatha Drive

608-253-4092 Wisconsin Dells

Advanced Animal Hospital 3374 West Loomis Road



Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex 414-422-1300 S73 W16790 Janesville Rd. Muskego Brentwood Animal Hospital 318 W. Ryan Rd.

414-762-7173 Oak Creek

Crawford Animal Hospital 4607 S. 108th St.

414-529-3577 Milwaukee

East Towne Veterinary Clinic 11622 N. Port Washington Rd.

262-241-4884 Mequon

Family Pet Clinic N73 W13583 Appleton Avenue

262-253-2255 Menomonee Falls

Harmony Pet Care 1208 Dolphin Ct

262-446-2273 Waukesha

Hartland Animal Hospital 140 North Ave.

262-367-3322 Hartland

Lake Country Veterinary Care 600 Hartbrook Dr.

262-369-1609 Hartland

Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center Waukesha 360 Bluemound Road

Grafton 1381 Port Washington Rd.



WVRC is the Midwest's Leader in Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care. w w w . w v r c . c o m

Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists (262) 268-7800 207 W. Seven Hills Rd. Port Washington With a commitment to excellence, dedication to service, and respect for each life we touch, we will provide skilled and compassionate care to our colleagues, clients and their pets. Woodview Veterinary Clinic 3284 Lighthouse Ln.

262-338-1838 West Bend

Brentwood Animal Hospital 318 W. Ryan Rd.

414-762-7173 Oak Creek

Burlington Longview Animal Hospital 688 McHenry St.

262-763-6055 Burlington

Creature Comforts 6023 South Pine Street

262-767-9392 Burlington

Deer-Grove Veterinary Clinic 535 Southing Grange Ste 200

608-839-5323 Cottage Grove

Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists (262) 554-5344 4333

S. Green Bay Rd.


With a commitment to excellence, dedication to service, and respect for each life we touch, we will provide skilled and compassionate care to our colleagues, clients and their pets.

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The Little Animal Hospital, S.C. 2590 Highway 32

262-377-7300 Port Washington

Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA) 3670 S. 108th Street

414-543-PETS(7387) Greenfield

Mukwonago Animal Hospital 1065 N. Rochester St.

262-363-4557 Mukwonago

My Pet's Vet 11422 N. Port Washington Ave.

262-240-2215 Mequon

New Berlin Animal Hospital 3840 S. Moorland Ave.

262-782-6910 New Berlin

Park Pet Hospital 7378 N. Teutonia Ave.

414-352-1470 Milwaukee

Prairie Animal Hospital 137 Oakridge Drive

262-392-9199 North Prairie

Saukville Veterinary Clinic LLC 303 W. DeKora St.

262-284-7000 Saukville

Sullivan Veterinary Service 103 Main St.

262-593-8021 Sullivan

Tender Touch Veterinary Care 1471 E. Sumner St.

262-673-2990 Hartford

Veterinary Village N11591 Columbia Drive

920-269-4072 Lomira

West Allis Animal Hospital Inc. 1736 S. 82nd

414-476-3544 West Allis

Animal Hospital at Hillshore 2837 University Ave

608-238-3139 Madison

Animal Hospital of Sun Prairie 2125 McCoy Rd

608-837-5383 Sun Prairie

Companion Animal Hospital 660 S. Gammon Rd.

608-277-8888 Madison

Deer-Grove Veterinary Clinic 535 Southing Grange Ste 200

608-839-5323 Cottage Grove

Eastside Veterinary Clinic 4421 Cottage Grove Rd.

608-221-3509 Madison

Healthy Pet Veterinary Clinic 1440 E. Wash Ave.

608-294-9494 Madison

Petinary 1014 Williamson Street

608-255-1239 Madison

Spring Harbor Animal Hospital 5129 University Avenue

608-238-3461 Madison

Sullivan Veterinary Service 103 Main St.

262-593-8021 Sullivan

UW School of Veterinary Medicine 2015 Linden Drive

608-263-7600 Madison

Westside Family Pet Clinic 643 Struck St.

608-271-5277 Madison

--------------------- Racine/Kenosha ----------------------Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex 414-422-1300 S73 W16790 Janesville Rd. Muskego

Racine Veterinary Hospital 5748 Taylor Avenue

262-554-8666 Racine

Wolf Merrick Animal Hospital 4415 52nd Street

262-652-4266 Kenosha

Fetch is looking for a few cute mugs! Dogs Around Town is one of our favorite pages in the magazine. Who can blame us? We get to look at the cutest mugs in town. We know there's one in your house! Load up a photo of your pooch at Humane Society Adoptables Check Fetch online for links to adoptable pets at area Humane Societies and Shelters.

414-962-8040 Glendale

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Lakeside Animal Hospital, LTD 211 West Bender Rd.

Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex 414-422-1300 S73 W16790 Janesville Rd. Muskego

Moving on Without Molly Mae 911bc keeps going after losing a key team member

Though 911BC Search and Recovery founder A.J. Marhofke has dealt with many deaths over the years, losing one of his own team members was especially difficult. In October of 2009, his trusted search and recovery dog, Molly Mae, passed away. “She was an incredible dog and I would have done anything for her,” Marhofke explains, “but I knew the end was coming and I didn’t want her to suffer.” Molly Mae was special not only to those who knew and loved her, but also to the countless lives she touched and saved during her 13-year-career as a forensic evidence specialist with 911BC, a non-profit, volunteer forensic evidence team from Waukesha County. Prior to her death, Molly Mae received a commendation from Gov. Jim Doyle for her stellar search and recovery efforts. Marhofke believes she is the only dog that has ever received this recognition in the state of Wisconsin.

“I was very happy that I was able to get her recognized for her work before she died,” he says. “After everything she had done and been through, it was the least I could do for that dog.” Marhofke is now trying to receive the same honor for Zip, his 12-year old border collie that is still active with 911BC. The team’s newest member is two-year-old Cody, also a border collie. However, Cody has big shoes to fill.

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“Cody is definitely smart, but he’s much more challenging than Molly 24 Mae or Zip were when I first got them,” he says. “With Zip I was able to get him trained-in and ready to go within three months, but Cody is

a lot more challenging. I give him about a six out of 10 in obedience, but that’s good too, he’s smart. He knows what to do, it’s just a matter of getting him to do it.” Though many breeds of dogs are intelligent and suited for work in K-9 search and recovery, Marhofke feels border collies make perfect forensic specialists due to their intensity and overall eagerness to please. “I love the intense drive of a border collie, they’ll search till they drop and I love their intelligence.” Over the years Marhofke and his dogs have traveled all over the country at the request of law enforcement agencies to participate in both “hot” and “cold” cases. Some of the team’s most notable cases were a triple homicide case in Jefferson County, and a three-day search for Tom Reinders, a mentally disabled man who wandered away from his foster home in 1998. The team also caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice in 2001 following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. Currently the team remains active on the Amber Wilde case, a UW-Green Bay student who has been missing for 12 years. While working with a Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) recovery team at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building following the Oklahoma City bombing in April of 1995, Marhofke realized the value of search and recovery dogs and soon founded 911BC. Having served in the Waukesha County Medical Examiners office as a death scene investigator, becoming certified in K-9 forensics was second nature to Marhofke,

who adopted both Molly Mae and Zip from Wisconsin Border Collie Rescue. “The bombing happened before there was a boom in K-9 search and rescue and when I saw what they could do, I realized this would be a great job to have and a great way to help the community,” he explains. Since Molly Mae’s death, Marhofke and his dogs have kept a lower profile and engage in more educational efforts and demonstrations. But, he and Zip will still assist in search cases when needed, and he hopes to have Cody up to par soon. One of the team’s latest cases involved a missing child case in Iowa. Marhofke is also trying to receive a fellowship for the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the Body Farm. The program specializes in training for human identification services. Though times are tough for the 911BC, Marhofke says he’s learned to keep going and the love and companionship with is dogs is always a driving force. “It was really hard for me to go on after I lost Molly Mae,” he says. “But I’ve dedicated myself to this for so long that I couldn’t stop. People kept telling us we had to keep going, so I did and we’re still trucking away.” For more information visit:

Jamie Klinger-Krebs Jamie Klinger-Krebs is a free-lance writer living in Jefferson County. She shares her home with a husband, daughter, two cats and one crazy border collie. Jamie can be reached at



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Must Love Dogs A Day in the Life of a Dog Handler

If you thought that all it takes to be a dog handler was a long, proud stride and a pocket full of bite-size treats, you couldn’t be more mistaken. True, to be successful in showing dogs for conformation (the beauty pageant of the dog world), your dogs must be meticulously groomed, well-trained, with the expected temperament of the breed. But if you are not 100% dedicated to the care and maintenance of the dog, being a dog handler may not be the career for you. Consider the farmer. Farmers get up at the crack of dawn to ensure that the animals are fed, moved around and “corralled”. It’s a bit like that for the dog handler. Tina Harbert, a handler from Jackson, Michigan explained a typical day as this: • • • • • • •

Wake up at 6:00am. Feed the dogs. Take them out for “relief”. Clean and brush the dogs. Take them on the treadmill. Training time. Break time, and so on.

“You have to absolutely love dogs to be in this business. Otherwise you wouldn’t want to do all these things day after day. The health and wellbeing of the dog has to be your number one concern, 24/7.

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Think she’s kidding? Tina travels literally every weekend, sometimes over 8 hours away by car, to show her dogs at various events. Unlike sporting events like racing or other sports, her goal is not focused on the dollar amount of the prize, but simply to championships or “points”. She 26 win says “My clients (the breeders) care about the titles or points, because these are the things that allow them to command more money for their lit-

ters. The more wins, the more social Step 3 Move on to yet another dog status you carry as both a breeder and handler to refine your skills for about a handler.” one more year, and begin building a reputation as a solid professional. Social status also can be increased Slowly move toward branching out on (or diminished) by the demeanor and your own. Your mentor may decide it lifestyle of the handler herself. Tina is time for them to retire, or perhaps compares her career to that of a politi- he or she will point you in the right cian. “If I’m out drinking or partying direction (with full endorsement) to every night, I’m going to be consid- jump in and try the waters on your ered a poor risk for someone thinking own. of hiring me as a handler. Word gets around in these circles, and the last “Graduation” Congratulations! You thing you want to do is risk your repu- are now a professional dog handler, tation by engaging in behaviors that and you can officially say that you’ve are less than flattering.” earned this prestigious title. You’ve got anywhere from 5-20 dogs in your Getting started. No need to apply care, and you are an independent confor student loans or specialty classes. tractor earning anywhere from 30You don’t need to acquire any letters 50K after all expenses are paid. after your name in order to be a handler. The first thing you’ll need to Tina reminds Fetch readers that not invest in is good old-fashioned experi- everyone has the personality to be a ence at the side of a seasoned profes- dog handler. "You must be motivatsional. Dog handling is a trade that ed, competitive, assertive but not agrequires both hands-on and observa- gressive.” And don’t forget about the tional learning. You’ll immediately weekends. want to find a job as an assistant dog handler, where you will go every- She also recommends that if you have where your dog handler goes. An ap- a child that dreams of being a dog prentice, if you will. Plan to spend 1-2 handler, they should enroll in Junior years with this handler as you learn Handling classes, which allow kids the ropes. All expenses are paid and 9-18 years of age to compete. Here the you will literally be living with the young dog handler is gently judged for handler and the dogs on the property. their handling abilities, rather than Still interested? the way the dogs can strut their stuff. Step 2 Find another dog handler to spend 2-3 more years with. Did I mention that working weekends are a must? All events fall mainly on weekends, so forget about asking off for your best friend’s wedding or that family reunion. Remember? Dogs come first. You’re still getting all expenses paid, and you should be making anywhere from $100-200 per week.

Colleen Terry Colleen Terry is the owner and writer of Douglass Avenue Dog Tales, a service that provides customers with “The Framed Fairy Tale of You and Your Pet”. Visit her at She lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin with her husband Paul, and she is proud “mama” to Cocker Spaniels Oliver J. and Carmen Rose.

I Love Dogs Does your heart say, "I'm totally a dog person" while the rest of your body says, "I need allergy pills and some Kleenex"? It feels like a total betrayal when your immune system behaves badly in the presence of something that brings your spirit so much joy. Why should cuddling a harmless, fuzzy puppy make for a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and love spots (an alternate term for the condition described by the medical community as "contact rash," "hives," or the really unpleasant-sounding "urticaria") on your face and arms? Blame your overly sensitive system for calling too many antibodies into action; blame your cells for responding with an arsenal of histamine. Then keep reading, because even though you can’t hug dogs, there are several ways you can support dogs. Some of these dander- and fluff-free ideas are also great for kids.

says Jan, “ and we never want to say, ‘No, we can’t help a dog’.” If you’re great at event planning, you can definitely apply your skills toward helping dogs. You could organize a dog wash with your local shelter and earmark the earnings for the shelter’s foster program or spay/neuter clinic. Planning skills also come in handy when rescue groups need to coordinate timely transport for animals in need of fostering. Says Jan, “If a family surrenders a dog, we need a person to coordinate transport for the dog from point A to point B, and sometimes from B to C.” The coordinator doesn’t need to physically pick-up or play chauffeur to the dog, but would need a phone line and internet service with email.

If you have a knack for numbers or want to encourage your child’s developing math skills, consider planning a penny drive at school and donating the proceeds to the dog group you’ve chosen. Or collaborate with neighborhood retailers to set-up “canine canisters” as a way for customers to support your cause for paws with mini-donations of spare change. Plan to make regular collections and then, start counting! Have you ever coordinated sunshine? It might sound hard to do in a literal way, but if you are a natural at wishing good cheer, being a “sunshine coordinator” for a rescue organization could be the perfect role for you. When volunteers celebrate a birthday or mourn the loss of a beloved friend, the sunshine coordinator sends a card on behalf of the organization. Here’s another idea for pet-allergic kids. Get the mixing bowls and cookie cutters ready for some fun in the kitchen. Bake a batch of canine-safe cookies, decorate or wrap them to be cute and festive, and donate them to a rescue group on the day of a pet expo

or dog event. A handmade treat is a special way for a group to welcome potential members at a meet-n-greet, or to thank volunteers for working at an expo booth for the day. (Need a recipe? Go to and look for Sit Stay Bake! under the Spring 2010 tab.) Beyond raising funds, raising awareness, and raising spirits, sometimes you might just really want to be around some pups and pooches, if only for a short time. If you want to attend or volunteer at an event where dogs will be present, first talk with your physician to determine if any amount of allergen exposure is safe for you. Pam Richardson, a Nurse Clinician and Certified Asthma Educator at the University of Wisconsin Allergy and Immunology Clinic, emphasizes, “There really is no such thing as a breed of dog or cat that is non-allergenic.” Pam - who also breeds, shows, and trains dogs - says that even hairless breeds can provoke an allergic response because of their saliva and dander. So think twice about jumping at the chance to spend time with breeds claimed to be “hypo-allergenic.” Of course there is no complete replacement for the joy and warmth of spending a winter evening curled up with a fluffy Fido. But with these ideas and a few more of your own, your support is sure to warm hearts. If a tail wags and you’re not there to see it, it does make a difference.

Amy Free Amy A. Free loves dogs and her immunotherapy nurse. When her allergic asthma prohibits her from snuggling fuzzy animals, she happily writes about them instead. Amy lives in Madison and is Editor for the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society.

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If you share your soft spot for animals with colleagues or friends, consider organizing a wish-list drive for the shelter or rescue group of your choice. Many groups list needed donation items on their websites. “Our biggest needs (on the wish list) are those for our special needs dogs - those with severe allergies or in need of surgery,”


Start by searching for a canine rescue organization or animal shelter in your area. Rescue groups depend heavily on their volunteers to provide labor for a variety of ongoing tasks. When you find an organization that interests you, contact them to ask specifically what help they could use that doesn’t involve direct animal interaction. For example, Jan Sabella, Vice President of Administration for Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin, says GRRoW has several important volunteer opportunities “where you never have to touch a dog.”


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Four-legged Family =

Crazy House! What do you get when you have four adults, one child, three dogs and two cats in one house? Give up? Here’s the answer: chaos. I’m the type of person that needs a little solitude now and then. I like to take long walks with my dog and I sometimes like to do a little work around the house in complete silence. My husband has never really understood how I can function with no TV or radio on while I’m working. But, truthfully, sometimes I just like the sound of nothing. A few months ago, however, my parents came to stay with us. The situation worked out pretty well seeing as our spare bedroom is in the basement and we all had adequate privacy. Plus, coming home from work to a clean house, dinner made and a couple of live-in babysitters wasn’t all too bad. But, my parents also came with two dogs, Shee-Nee, a shi-tzu, and Gizmo, a Pekinese. So combine those two with an old, diabetic border collie who is used to ruling the roost, and two even older Himalayan cats and there’s bound to be some territorial issues.

our house. Shee-Nee barks at everything. She would bark if someone walked by. She would bark at the sound of the mailman. She would even bark at the wind. And, if someone dared to ring the doorbell, an entire choir of barking dogs ensued. We had pizza delivered one weekend and to not scare away the deliveryman by the sound of house full of barking dogs, I met him on the sidewalk. He looked surprised at first, but when he heard the dog chorus and noticed little black noses pressed against the front window, he smiled and got the point.

Shee-Nee was not only the yapper; but also the cat-chaser. If one of our two cats was brave enough to come down from upstairs, they were sure to be chased at one point. This severely annoyed our female cat for awhile who retaliated, as cats do, by urinating around her litter box rather than in it. SheeNee soon learned that chasing the cats meant immediate punishment by being banned from the upstairs. Our male cat, who is a bit more brave than the female, decided to stand his ground, but even he disappeared at the pitter-patter of Problem number one was barking. She-Nee’s paws coming up from the If you have three dogs, you can bet basement. there’s going to be a yapper in the bunch. Shee-Nee was the culprit in

Dinnertime was also a treat in our house. It used to just be our dog, Dale, begging at our feet, and us. But then it became Dale and his two sidekicks. Gizmo, the Pekinese, has a comical way of begging by balancing on his back legs, front paws off the ground and a deep, tantalizing stare. I’m fairly certain he was attempting to hypnotize the rest of us into feeding him. Most of the time he was successful. Though our house was a neverending clamor of fur and flare for a while, it wasn’t all bad. If there’s one thing I learned through the entire ordeal it’s that silence is golden, when you can catch a few moments of it. But family is forever, even when it comes with fur and four legs.

Jamie Klinger-Krebs

Jamie Klinger-Krebs is a free-lance writer living in Jefferson County. She shares her home with a husband, daughter, two cats and one crazy border collie. Jamie can be reached at


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Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever celebrates 5 years since helping first Golden Barkley is thankful for Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever (WAAGR). He was one of the first two Goldens rescued by the organization after he was turned down by another rescue. Turns out he was quite the catch and found his forever home with one of WAAGR’s members. Honey is one of the first seven puppy mill rescues WAAGR helped. Life in a barn turned into life full of love once WAAGR found her. She had to be taught about the pleasures of a Golden life starting at age 7. Eating out of a bowl, walking on a leash and sleeping indoors were just some of the lessons she had to learn.

Since first rescuing Barkley in 2005, WAAGR has helped approximately 650 dogs. Each year, the organization spends $600 on average per Golden that comes through. Who comprises WAAGR’s membership? WAAGR has approximately 350 supporting members and 40 to 45 active members. While the organization is based in southeastern Wisconsin, there are volunteers in the Madison and Fox Cities/Green Bay areas of the state. Volunteers can help in many areas including special events, fundraising, transporting Goldens and foster care. Volunteers also can serve on the Board of Directors, which oversees the organization. “Fostering is one of the areas that we are always looking for volunteers in,” WAAGR President Craig Cwiklowski said. His home in Franksville, Wisconsin is one of 40 trained foster homes. “We look for dog savvy people who have a passion for Goldens. …But who doesn’t love a Golden?”


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These are just two of the hundreds of Goldens and Golden mixes WAAGR has helped since taking in Barkley in May 2005. Celebrating its 5th anniversary since that time, WAAGR shows no signs of slowing 30 down. The nonprofit rescue group based in southeastern Wisconsin has the simple motto: “Providing Bright New Beginnings To Displaced Golden Retrievers.”

WAAGR Rescue Director Mary Schmittinger, Colgate, Wisconsin, is a charter member of the organization who has been involved in rescue for 10 years. She is active in many areas of the group and has appeared on TV for the organization with her Golden, Trapper John. “While our volunteers are all over the state, we stay well connected through email and our member

message board,” Schmittinger said. “Everyone provides a different piece to the rescue puzzle and shares one common bond: A love for Golden Retrievers. We wouldn’t have been able to do what we have done without a strong volunteer base.”

Honey The organization does its best to stay well connected to the world outside the membership. WAAGR has a hotline that is monitored by one of WAAGR’s members. Calls are answered and returned as soon as possible. Fundraising is key In order to help all the Goldens it can, fundraising is a very important aspect for the group. The organization holds four major fundraisers each year. The Perennial Sale, Really Big Rummage Sale, and Annual Golf Outing are held in the spring and summer months, while the Goldens Holiday house is held the first Saturday in December. “Fundraisers are important because most of our operating

funds come from fundraising,” Schmittinger said. “Adoption fees rarely cover the vet bills most dogs incur while in our care, so without our fundraising events, we wouldn't be able to help the Goldens we do.” WAAGR also relies on the Golden Retriever Foundation (GRF), which provides monies from the April Fund to help Goldens in the group’s care. Established in February 1997, GRF is a taxexempt, nonprofit organization created to fund projects that further the welfare of the breed. Visit Where do Goldens come from? Owner surrenders, strays, and working with other rescues and shelters are just some of the ways that WAAGR finds out about Goldens in need. The rescue network is a close-knit one in many ways, as all groups are in it for the same reason: helping animals. In fiscal year 2009 alone, WAAGR helped 165 dogs (the organization’s fiscal year runs from July – June).

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Who will be adopted next? Will the next phone call be our next rescue? WAAGR volunteers look forward to answering these kinds of questions each and every day, and look forward to what the next five years hold.

Gracie days later, Sampson was on the car ferry from lower Michigan to Wisconsin, where two WAAGR volunteers met him. Multiple crew members on the ferry watched over Sampson and offered to adopt him if his home didn’t work out!


Amy Behrendt is WAAGR's Marketing/ PR Coordinator..

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Looking ahead Each day brings many questions when it comes to rescue: What kind of donations will come in?

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A perfect example of lending a hand came in fall of 2008. WAAGR received an email from another rescue about a 7-year-old Golden named Sampson in Michigan whose time was up in the shelter he was in. One of WAAGR’s volunteers contacted the shelter to see what WAAGR could do. Three

“Rescue groups are important to me because I feel they fill a huge gap between the overcrowded animal shelters that can't keep dogs for any length of time and the wonderful families out there looking for a family companion,” Schmittinger said.

Want to help? Visit WAAGR on the Web at or call the WAAGR hotline at (414) 517-7725 to find out how to get involved.

Calendar of EVENTS



Dog Behavior Seminar 6:30 – 8:30 pm December 9 January 5 February 4 Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee 414-264-6257

Golden’s Holiday House December 4 N61 W12851 Hemlock Court, Menomonee Falls Wisconsin Adopt a Golden Retriever

Coffee Hound Hour 9:30 – 10:30 am December 4 January 8 Bad Dog Frida, 2094 Atwood Avenue, Madison, Wi Coffee and treats (for humans & canines)

Festival of Trees December 4 – 5 Slinger, WI Washington County Humane Society

Brew City Bullies Pit Bull Socialization 6:30 – 8:00 pm every other Wednesday starting Dec 1 Doggy Office, 3515 N. 127th St., Brookfield Solving Common Canine Behavior Problems December 6 Humane Animal Welfare Society, Waukesha

Training Help Every Thursday evening 6:30 – 7:30 pm Every Sunday 11:00 am – 12 noon Frank Allison III, APDT Pet Supplies 'N' More, Muskego 262-679-6776 Camp Dogwood January 14-16 May 27-30 Camp Henry Homer in Ingleside, Illinois 312-458-9549 Pet First Aid Class

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December 11 HAWS, Waukesha 262-879-0165

Elmbrook Humane Society Gift Wrapping December 5 Barnes & Noble, Brookfield Square 10 am – 2 pm Elmbrook Humane Society Feast for the Beasts December 6 Noodles & Co., 17000 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield 4 pm – 10 pm Hope’s Lights Celebration Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus: Victoria Wellens Center in Saukville December 4 630 West Dekora Blvd., Saukville

Brew City Bullies Fundraiser December 18 Magellan’s 370 West Main St., Waukesha GRRoW Gift Wrapping Multiple days in December Golden Retriever Rescue of WI

Pet Parties/Play Groups Playtime at the Playground Saturdays, 9:00 am – Noon Puppy Playground, Oak Creek, 414-764-PUPS Playgroups Saturday mornings Ruffin’ It Resort, Madison 608-310-4299 Puppy Party Sundays 11:30 am – 1:45 pm For Pet’s Sake, Mukwonago 800-581-9070 Pup Social Sundays, 5:15 – 5:45 pm Best Paw Forward, Hartland 262-369-3935

Sporting Activities

MADACC Adoptables Meet & Greet December 11 Central Bark - Menomonee Valley 333 N. 25th Street, Milwaukee

Obedience & Rally Run Thrus 2nd Friday of the Month 6:30 pm Cudahy Kennel Club, St. Francis

Brew City Bullies Pictures with Santa December 11 2 -5 pm The Doggy Office, 3515 N. 127th, Brookfield

Agility Run Thrus 3rd Friday of the Month 6:30 pm Cudahy Kennel Club, St. Francis

Poet’s Corner Yorky's Note to Dandy The Resident Chipmunk

I see you there Dandy,

down under that yew, where we left some bird food that finches like, too. You love the black sunflowers you leave just a few, and stand on your haunches, whenever you chew. Put some in cheek-pouches to save for the day the ground is snow-covered, then store them away. We stand here and watch you, li'l Dumpling and me, and get so excited we bark, then you flee. Now, winter's upon us, you're warm in your den. Come spring we will see you with babies again.

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James F. Borusky is a West Bend poet who has also had careers as a lumberjack, railroad hand, conservation warden, Marine and guidance counselor. "Yorky's Note to Dandy" is from his book of poetry, "Poems of Terriers and Other Perfect Dogs".

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Ever have one of those, “There’s got to be a better way,” moments after seeing something happen for the umpteenth time? Betty: “Why is your dog wearing that yellow bandana?” Mary: “I’m not really sure. The instructor said Fluffy ‘needs her space’ so she needs to wear this bandana to class every week to remind the other owners not to let their dogs get too close. But when I signed up for this class, the lady who took my registration assured me Fluffy would get lots of practice meeting other dogs.” As Mary said, she signed up for the class hoping to get her dog Fluffy feeling more comfortable around other dogs. She didn’t see much chance of that happening now!

The typical pet dog training class is geared to the average family dog; usually a friendly bunch consisting of pullers, jumpers, and a few sock snatchers. Not exactly budding obedience champions, but they eventually get the job done. Mixed in with these social butterflies is always one poor dog desperately trying to make it clear he’d rather be anywhere but dog training class. These are the lucky ones who get to wear the yellow bandanas; the Fearful Fidos and the Reactive Rovers. Like the red ribbon tied in the tail of a horse that kicks, the yellow bandana tied around the neck of a dog serves as a signal to others that the wearer needs his/her space.

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Lucky is the class with an instructor knowledgeable in canine learning theory and body language. This instructor will be able to sprinkle in additional pointers as needed to help the shy/reactive dog team. If there is an assistant, the instructor may even spend some one-on-one time with the shy/reactive dog team to guide them through the sticky spots. If those criteria can be met, these dogs very often do just fine in a regular class. Other owners are not so lucky. They come faithfully to class each week, assured by the instructor it’s the only way to help their dog face his fears and

“get over it.” Some owners become too embarrassed or frustrated and just give up, convinced their dog is unable to learn because he is lazy, stubborn, or “dominant.” If you are the owner of an extremely shy or reactive dog, don’t give up! Find a shy/reactive dog class in your area. Ask to observe a session (without your dog) to get a feel for the instructor and the curriculum. Because of the nature of the sessions, class sizes will be smaller, and the instructor will probably want to meet your dog beforehand. Don’t be surprised to see the training area partitioned off into individual training areas. This allows the dogs to hear but not see each other for the first few weeks. Owners feel no pressure to accomplish anything in a set number of weeks, and each dog is allowed to learn at his or her own pace. If no special classes exist in your area, don’t hesitate to contact a private trainer. Ideally, the trainer should be certified as having an understanding of canine learning theory and behavior modification. You may even find someone who specializes in reactive and shy or fearful dogs. When you begin a program to help your shy or reactive dog, you may be asked to make a list of the things that upset him; i.e., his “triggers.” These “triggers” are what elicit a “yucky” response from your dog. The trainer will show you how to change your dog’s emotional response from “yucky” to “yippee.” This is usually done by exposing the dog to one of his triggers at a very low intensity and immediately pairing it with something wonderful – usually yummy food. Over time, the intensity of the trigger is increased, and when done correctly, the dog will begin to offer a more desirable behavior instead of the previous one. Obviously, there is a bit more to it than that, but you get the general idea.

Some dogs, in order to get beyond their shyness or reactivity, may require pharmacological intervention before they are able to benefit from any behavior modification exercises. Consult your veterinarian or better yet, a board certified veterinary behaviorist. If you are lucky enough to have one in your area they can prescribe the appropriate medications along with a behavior modification protocol. Owners often find it difficult to transfer lessons learned in the classroom to real life. Many private trainers offer “field trips,”; public outings where they accompany you and offer support when things get a bit hairy. Chances are they’ve been in your shoes and know exactly what you are going through. Talk to any private trainer and they will be happy to tell you about their former timid or reactive dog. That’s how they got where they are! If one day your dog or a dog you know ends up wearing a yellow bandana, don’t settle for being told he or she just needs some space. Ask the instructor for additional help or visit for some tips on what you can do to help your Fearful Fido or Reactive Rover. To find a certified trainer in your area, visit the Association of Pet Dog Trainers or Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers online listings to find the help you and your dog need to become “bandana free!”

Debbie Jelich is a certified professional pet dog trainer (CPDT-KA) and has been teaching pet dog classes for over 10 years. She lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, their two college-age children; Adam, a retired greyhound; and a Swedish Vallhund puppy named Clark. You can reach Debbie through her website at

ATRA-Airedale Terrier Rescue & Adoption 715-526-5961,

All Breed

American Black and Tan Coonhound 920-779-6307,,

Italian Greyhounds


Japanese Chin

MidWest Dachshund Rescue, Inc.,


Badger Dachshund Club, 847-546-7186


Operation Bring Animals Home S&R Team 262-224-1964,

Dal-Savers Dalmatian Rescue Inc. 414-297-9210,

Brew City Small Dog Rescue 414-313-2040,

Save Our Spots Dalmatian Rescue, Inc 414-365-2679,

One Life @ A Time Small Breed Rescue 414-517-7469,

Doberman Pinscher

JR's Pups-N-Stuff, 414-640-8473,

American Water Spaniel


Wisconsin Doberman Rescue, Inc. 414-536-4477, Shadow's Doberman Rescue 262-662-4838,

English Springer, 414-559-0445 Luv-A-Chin Rescue, 605-940-7811, Labrador Education and Rescue Network 847-289-PETS (7387), The Labrador Connection 414-299-9038, Labs N More 414-571-0777


Northcentral Maltese Rescue Inc. 262-633-9371,

Mixed Breed

Fluffy Dog Rescue,

Australian Shepherd

English Springer Rescue America, Inc. 715-845-8716,

Basset Hound

French Bulldog



German Shepherd


BPB Rescue

Good Shepherd K-9 Rescue 608-868-2050,

Pug Hugs, Inc., 608-883-6991

Border Collie

Badgerland German Shepherd Rescue 24hr. Message service 414-921-0310,

Wisconsin Rat Terrier Rescue INC. 608-697-7274,

262-424-2820, Basset Buddies Rescue, Inc, 262-347-8823, BrewBeagle Rescue,

Bichon Frise

Little Buddies Rescue, 1-888-581-9070 (Bordeaux, Pug,& Boston Terrier) 262-573-7837, MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue 414-449-0888,

Boston Terrier

WI Boston Terrier Rescue 414-534-2996,


French Bulldog Rescue Network 414-744-5717, German Shepherd Rescue Alliance of WI 414-461-9720, or

ARF's German Shepherd Rescue Inc., WhitePaws German Shepherd Rescue, 920-606-2597 Wisconsin German Shepherd Rescue 920-731-1690,

Neapolitan Mastiff, 920-625-3709, NIPRA (Northern IL Pug Rescue & Adopt.)

Rat Terrier Rottweiler

True Hearts of Rottweiler Rescue (THORR), Wisconsin Rottweiler Rescue 608-224-0272, MidAmerica Rottweiler Rescue

German Shorthaired Pointer

Saint Bernard

Glen of Imaal Terrier

WI St Bernard Rescue 414-764-0262,

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Golden Retriever

Shar Pei

Chesapeake Bay Retriever, 920-954-0796

WAAGR 414-517-7725,



Chihuahua Rescue U.S.A.

Greyhound Pets of America - WI 414-299-9473,

Cocker Spaniel

Southeastern Wisconsin Herding Dog Rescue 262-554-2048,

Green Acres Boxer Rescue of WI


American Brittany Rescue, 1-866-brit911 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue Trust 262-253-4829,

Wisconsin Chihuahua Rescue, Inc. 608-219-4044,

Wisconsin Cocker Rescue 262-255-0246, Shorewood Cocker Rescue 262-877-3294, elaine@cockerrescue


Minnesota-Wisconsin Collie Rescue 612-869-0480,,

Wisconsin German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Inc. 414-614-5102,

GRRoW 888-655-4753,

Greyhounds Only Inc., Adoption & Rescue 414-559-0445 or 773-297-GREY (4739),


Irish Setter

Irish Setter Club of Milwaukee 920-734-6734,

Irish Wolfhound

262-968-3421, 262-547-3705,

AllSaints Rescue 414-761-6305,

Shar Pei Savers,

Shih Tzu

New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue 414-801-3763,

Standard Schnauzer

Airedale Terrier


Standard Schnauzer Club of America Rescue,


Central Wisconsin Vizsla Club (CWVC), 414-759-4161,


Wisconsin Westie Rescue, Inc. 920-882-0382,

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier Rescue of Wisconsin 414-747-0879,

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Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays While you are busy making your holiday plans for Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year, don’t forget to include your pets! The holidays are a time for giving and sharing, but there are some things that should not be shared with our furry friends. A little precaution and prevention can make the holidays a happy time for everyone. Some of the more common holiday hazards and tips are listed below. Leave the leftovers: Be careful with bones from chicken, turkey, and steak. Small bones can lodge in the throat, stomach, or intestines. Don’t feast with the beasts: Keep in mind that fatty treats or sudden changes in diet often cause vomiting and diarrhea. Make sure to keep your pets away from unattended plates, and be sure to secure the lids on any kitchen garbage cans.

Visions of sugarplums: Remember that chocolate is toxic to pets. Dark chocolate is the most toxic, followed by baking chocolate, milk chocolate, and then by chocolate flavored cakes or cookies. Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include restlessness/hyper-excitability, muscle tremors, seizures, changes in the heart rhythm, and even death.

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Deck the halls: If ingested, holly can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause both gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. Poinsettias, while not truly poisonous, can also cause stomach upset. Be sure to keep holiday foliage out of reach of pets. The holiday glow: Electric cords from holiday lights can cause oral ulcerations or even death if they are chewed on. Be careful with lighted candles, as pets may cause a fire if they knock them over.

Oh Christmas tree: Make sure your tree is well-secured and sturdy. If you have a live tree, do not allow pets to have access to the tree water, as this can cause stomach upset. The joy of toys: Make sure to choose safe toys to stuff your pet’s stocking. Dogs can tear stuffed toys apart and swallow the pieces, which can then become lodged in the stomach or intestines. Choose toys that are difficult to damage, such as a Kong stuffed with edible treats. The most risky toys for cats include ribbon and yarn – these strings can also lodge in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Glitz and glitter: Glass ornaments and tinsel can be dangerous to pets. Keep these items well out of reach. Holiday guests: Pets can become stressed with all of the visitors and activity this time of year. Make sure your pet has a quiet place to retreat to when guests are over. With everyone coming and going in and out of the house, make sure all pets are wearing ID tags. Remember that taking a few simple precautions can ensure happy holidays for all!

By Katie Williams, DVM

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Good Dog Treats Ingredients 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 cubes beef bouillon cube 3/4 cup boiling water 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease one cookie sheet. Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and allow to cool.

Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool. Be prepared for lots of kisses!

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On a floured surface roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out bones and place on cookie sheet.

Combine the flour, dry milk, egg, oil, beef broth and brown sugar. Mix well and knead dough for 1 minute.

First Aid For Pets

A 3-Hour Class

Hosted by the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS)



126-page complete program manual is available

Monthly Classes Fill up Fast! Call 262-879-0165 for information or to register

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