Four Paws Magazine - December 2011

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FourP ws December 2011

south florida’s animal rescue magazine

FourP ws Diane Rescue Heroes: south florida’s animal rescue magazine


Black Pet Syndrome:

Why are black dogs and cats overlooked?

Dog’s Guide to Broward County: Sports & Swimming at Tigertail Lake

Understanding Dog ”Aggression”

Saving a Senior By Cheryl Simone-Miller

FINDING HOMES FOR CUTE LITTLE PUPPIES or handsome adult dogs is hard enough. Trying to find a home for a senior dog is even harder. On one side, senior dogs are usually trained, understand the word “no” and have lived in a home for much of their lives. On the other side, they often come with health issues that need special care and consideration. Such was the case with a 12-year-old poodle I saw on facebook. Found as a stray, she was filthy and covered in ticks. She tugged at my heartstrings enough for me to talk my Mother into giving her a home. We picked her up from Miami Dade Animal Services and stopped at our house to give her a bath and pull off those ticks. Once she was fluffy and clean, we brought her to my Mom’s house, where she was named Birdie. It didn’t take long to realize this was a lesson in perfect matchmaking. Birdie has arthritis, which slows her down sometimes. Just like my Mom. She has good days when she’s able to jump around a bit and bad days when you can see her legs are a little stiff. Just like my Mom. Birdie’s eyesight and hearing aren’t what they used to be. Just like my Mom. My Dad passed away more than nine years ago and my Mom has been living alone since then. Birdie came at the perfect time. Birdie was in need of companionship and so was my Mother. They take care of each other, exercise together on walks and provide comfort for each other. It makes me wonder why more senior citizens aren’t paired with senior dogs from shelters on a regular basis. A dog is usually considered a senior once it is sevenyears-old. Smaller breeds reach old age a little slower. The Senior Dogs Project website http://www.srdogs. com/ says, “By adopting an older dog, we can make a statement about compassion and the value of all life at all ages, as well as register a protest against the indiscriminate and inhumane breeding of dogs, whether it is for profit or to “teach the children about birth.” And, of course, just as a puppy has his whole life ahead of him, so does an older dog have the rest of his life in front of him. You can give that older dog the best years of his life while at the same time bringing a wonderful addition into your family.”



Consider suggesting a senior dog or cat for an older member of your family. Consider a senior pet for your family, because they all deserve love and a soft place to sleep. Enjoy our second edition of Four Paws Magazine. Once again, there’s lots of great information and entertaining stories within these pages. Warm your heart with a tale of a boy and his sick dog…and how the rescue community stepped up to help him…on page 14. Check out our article on Black Dog Syndrome on page 18. We profile rescue hero Diane Taylor on page 34. Thanks for joining us on our mission! Cheryl



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Saving a Senior

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Rescue Heroes: Diane Taylor


Olivia’s Art for the Animals Happy Paws Pet Expo Four Paws Asks… A Boy and His Very Sick Dog Named Bethany The Face That Grabs Your Heart


Black Dog Syndrome Traveling With Pets Did I Go Home Today? Shelter Stories Miami Dogs: On The Move Performance Pups Makes a Splash


anine Agression: The Most MIsunderstood C Behavior of Them All

Furry Facts Transporters of Love Rescue Partners Cover Photo Credit: Lian Golla



WRITERS Lois Crockett Bonnie Mandel Plafke Shari Forst ...and our facebook family.


PO Box 8200 Coral Springs, FL 33075 954.882.5456 Four Paws Magazine will not be held responsible for any errors found in the magazine. The publisher accepts no liability for the accuracy of statements made by the advertisers. And in this magazine are not intended as an offer where prohibited by state laws.

Don’t Breed, Don’t Buy, ADOPT! Like dogs and cats, birds are now facing an epidemic of overpopulation and homelessness. There are not enough homes – especially good homes – for every bird bred! Because of their demanding needs, parrots, like the Blue and Gold Macaw to the right, are often victims.

THE FACTS ABOUT KEEPING PARROTS AS “PETS” Whether captured in the wild or born in

Thousands of birds are displaced each year simply because their caretakers can no longer provide the time and attention they require –

captivity, parrots are not domesticated

either because they were not educated about

animals like cats and dogs. They are still

bird care or because their lives and interests

wild animals. Their natural curiosity,

change. The least fortunate unwanted birds are

sensitivity, intellect, playfulness, and ability

passed from home to home before dying from

to form bonds with humans can tempt people to keep them in captivity. Unfortunately, the traits that make parrots so intriguing are the same ones that make them extremely difficult to live with as companion animals.

neglect or abuse, or they are euthanized. The lucky ones end up in rescues to await adoption or in sanctuaries to live out their lives on their own terms. These types of institutions fill up quickly!

TAKE THE FIRST STEP IN STOPPING THIS CRUELTY AND ADOPT! Florida Parrot Rescue adopts to homes all over the state of Florida and under certain requirements and circumstances, out of state. Please visit our website at to learn more today!!

By Cheryl Simone-Miller

She is a 9-year-old fourth grader with a 4-year-old sister named Isabel who drives her crazy. She likes to ski, listen to music, swim, do arts and crafts and make people laugh. She has five cats, two kittens, a foster cat and a foster dog named Katherine. When she grows up, she wants to be a Marine Biologist and an Artist…and Olivia Jean Pedrick has found a way to blend her love of animals and her love of art to help some rescue groups. Olivia paints and sells original, one-of-a-kind portraits of animals by request. All of the money she collects goes to help rescues like FFF Wildlife Center in Hunter, New York; Rosemary Farm Horse Rescue in South Kortright, New York; AmsterDog Rescue in Brooklyn, New York and Aslan’s Cats, a sanctuary for feline leukemia positive cats in Catskill, New York.



Olivia’s Mom, Anabel, came up with the idea to paint pet portraits to raise money. “I think the first painting I did was a painting of a duck. I think I've done almost 50 paintings,” says Olivia, “My paintings have been sent all over the US…” Anabel and her husband Rich couldn’t be any prouder of Olivia. “This journey has been a labor of love. We never thought this would take off like it did,” she says, “We get requests all the time, and we have people on a waiting list, so Olivia is pretty busy. Since she is in school now, and taking Karate, and Art classes, and a math tutor and in science club, I have to really make sure she doesn't get overwhelmed. We try to stick to one or two paintings on the weekends.” Recently, Olivia auctioned off four pit bull paintings to raise money for towns hit hard by Hurricane Irene in Upstate New York. She raised over $500. “That was a lot of fun because I got to talk about it on our local radio station,” she says. Art definitely runs in the family. Olivia’s Father, Grandfather and Aunt are all talented artists. Mom Anabel paints rock houses to raise money for rescue as well. Olivia has painted all kinds of animals, but her favorites are of a family of penguins and all of her pit bull paintings.

When asked if she had a message she would like to get out to people about animal rescue, she says, “…everyone can make a difference and…I think we should all try our best to help animals that need us.” People can have paintings done of whatever animal they would likeor of their pet. They can request a painting by going to Olivia’s Artfor Animals on Facebook https://www.facebook.compages/Olivias-Art-for-Animals/ 256533931037896?sk=wall and post their request on her wall or email Mom at: You should attach a picture of your pet on the wall or on the email as well. Minimum donations for paintings are $10. That includes shipping, so most people donate more. Minimum donations for painted rock houses vary.



Happy Paws Pet Expo • November 12-13, 2011


Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, Davie, FL



Four Paws Asks… Every month, we pose a question to our friends and rescue partners via social media. This month, we asked… “Someone in our neighborhood has three dogs that spend A LOT of time outside. They’re often out from morning until night while everyone is at work, regardless of the weather. So, we ask... is an outside dog ever OK? What are your thoughts and guidelines about keeping pets in the yard?” 12 FOUR PAWS MAGAZINE •

Kelly Ross Never, never would I leave mine outside! What’s the point of having a dog? Doggy doors are great so they have the flexibility to come in and out.

Little Eatz: Pet and People Treats Pups are part of the family. Would you keep your kids outside all day and night?! We at Little Eatz feel dogs are members of the family, and should ALWAYS be treated as such!

Diane Taylor They should only be out for small periods of time with proper hydration. People....ugh!

Maria Elena Padron Absolutely not!

Lorraine Zaiden Do they have shade? The police came to my neighbors because the dogs were on the porch in a cage

Shari Forst No. Anything can happen. They can get hurt or cut out there, run out of water, not have appropriate shelter from the elements. How many times have you left for work on a gorgeous summer day and out of nowhere a thunder storm hits? Many people put poison down for mice-what if a poisoned mouse comes across the property and the dog gets it? I have a fenced in area for my three German Shepherds but they never spend time out there without me or my husband. The only time they are in our dog pen alone is for their first bathroom outing at 6 am and their last one at 11 pm or midnight. If they are not back on the deck within 5 minutes we go out to see why.

Rochelle Fligman Dogs and cats should be INDOORS only. We have a cat at my house who comes in and out... he chooses that, we can’t keep him inside, so we just take precautions for him to be safe. Leaving a dog outside, when they have no choice I disagree with. Especially in this Florida weather.

Sarah Seckman I think as long as the dogs are given all the proper necessities- like a dog house, shade, water, toys - they’ll be OK. When weather turns extreme, the dog should be able to come inside. Florida summers can be extremely hot, and hurricane season brings rough winds and flooding. When you have an outside dog, you need to make sure they’re protected from the elements.



A Boy

and His Very Sick Dog Named

Bethany By Bonnie Mandel Plafke

RECENTLY, AFTER LEAVING MIAMI DADE ANIMAL SERVICES (MDAS) after our first committee meeting for the transport program (Miami Dogs on the Move), we encountered a very, very sad situation. There was a woman, her son and a very sick dog asking for help. They had adopted this sweet dog named Bethany from MDAS about 2 months ago and all was well. The dog was happy and had a great family. Times had been tough for this lovely family but they gave the dog what they could - a new bed, toys and lots of love. The dog greeted the boy daily when he arrived home from school, excitedly jumping up and scratching the door until the boy came into the house. But then suddenly, the excitement stopped... Two weeks before we met them, they brought the dog back to MDAS to be spayed and things quickly went downhill. Bethany became very ill. She was lethargic, didn't eat much and worms were discovered. She could hardly walk to the door to greet the young boy. They went right back to MDAS and worm meds were given. Bethany didn’t get any better, so they returned. MDAS could not help her, but Jessica Garcell stepped in.


She came outside and gave Bethany a Parvovirus test, right there in the street. Parvo is a serious illness that kills many dogs. Bethany tested lightpositive. Right before that, she had pooped and everyone noticed blood. She was dehydrated and still would not drink. She vomited up foam and her abdomen was swollen as well. We couldn't just walk away from this family who wanted so desperately to save this dog. We knew fellow rescuer Maggie Rodriguez was there for a class and asked her to call some of the local vets to see if this dog could be seen. The woman was worried, as she did not have the money because her husband just lost his job. The boy was visibly upset. There we were…a cross section of rescuers. Mirtha Sierra Garcia, Christina Mignon Pino, Amy Jones, Maggie Rodriguez and I did what we knew we had to do...we had a vet immediately see this dog. Bethany's test came back and confirmed the test done in the street. She was very ill and indeed did have Parvo. IVs and antibioics were started immediately and, of course, Bethany had to be hospitalized. Her blood count was extremely low and we all hoped that she would make it. It was definitely touch and go. We knew the bill

would be substantial, so we put out a plea on Facebook and were so thrilled by the response. The funds were collected quickly from all part of the United States and we are so very grateful to those who contributed and to those who shared our plea with their friends and family. As of this writing, Bethany is doing great and is being released from the hospital. The vet is astonished at what a fighter this puppy is, as her survival chances were not good. Thanks to so many of you, her bill is paid and we are providing this puppy with her next set of shots, HW preventatives and vitamins. In the spirit of the holiday season, we all came together to help this very grateful and humble family. Bethany’s little boy says, "Mom, God took us

there for a reason, these women saved my dog." I have to correct him. These women, of whom I am one, did not save this dog. This wonderful family saved this dog by not giving up, by not dumping Bethany back in the kill shelter when she got sick, by loving an animal so much they would allow perfect strangers to step in and help them for the sake of their beloved pet. That speaks volumes to many of us who have witnessed the opposite far too many times. May your holidays be as happy as the ones being enjoyed by Bethany and her loving family this year.



The Face That Grabs Your Heart By Cheryl Simone-Miller

Maybe, they look like a dog or cat you own or have loved in the past. Sometimes, the pet is far away – but you share their story anyway with hopes that information will get to the right person - the one that will step up and adopt that face and give them a new life. ANYONE WHO HAS SPENT ANY TIME around pet rescue; be it volunteering at a facility or sharing photos of pets in need on facebook; knows there are always dogs or cats that catch your eye and steal your heart. Sometimes the reason isn’t clear. Maybe, there is something in their eyes or their story that resonates with you deeply. Maybe, they look like a dog or cat you own or have loved in the past. Sometimes, the pet is far away – but you share their story anyway with hopes that information will get to the right person - the one that will step up and adopt that face and give them a new life. Sometimes, you throw a little money into the pot… to get that face to the vet, to help with the cost of getting that face out of the pound or to help support the rescue that steps up to claim that face. If there’s no extra money, sometimes you just watch and wait and hope. Some times, it works out brilliantly. A rescue moves in. A foster home comes forward. An adopter stakes their claim to that little life. Sometimes, it’s all soft beds, good food, play time and lots of treats for all the rest of their days. Sometimes, it does not work out at all. You watch the pleas get more and more frantic…with CAPITAL LETTERS and lots of exclamation points. That was the case with Briget. Briget was at Manhattan Animal Control in New York City. I don’t know her whole story and probably never will. Briget ended up at the shelter, but she was adopted. Turns out Briget didn’t like cats…and the person who adopted her had a cat. Six days later, she was returned. She knew this place. When she was brought through the door, she lost control of her bladder in fear. 16 FOUR PAWS MAGAZINE •

Fear is what you see in Briget’s beautiful soulful eyes. Do dogs hope? Because there seems to be some hope in there too. The paperwork from Manhattan Animal Control says Briget was house trained, friendly with other dogs and children, and walked nicely on a leash. She knew how to sit on command. She was just three-years-old. Handlers at the pound said she had “soft body language,” which means she was gentle with them and showed no food aggression. There was $200.00 pledged to save her. It wasn’t enough. Briget was killed at Manhattan Animal Control on November 30th. There is no light left in those eyes today. I will think about Briget for a long, long time. What is the lesson here? Stories like this always illustrate the need for adopters and foster homes. They highlight the reasons you should tell your friends and family considering a new addition to their family to head to the local shelters and rescues to find the perfect pet. They tell the story of commitment. When you’re bringing a new pet into the home, you have to prepare and commit. Make sure the breed works for you. Make sure you have a plan in case the new pet doesn’t like the pets you have. Be prepared to train and reinforce good behavior. Be prepared to call in a behaviorist or trainer to help you. Dogs and cats have personalities just like we do. They need time to adjust. They are not a piece of furniture. They need your attention and help integrating into your home. RIP, Briget. I will never forget you.


BLACK DOG SYNDROME CAN BE DEFINED IN ONE WORD: PREJUDICE. Many of us who pride ourselves on how open-minded and tolerant we are when it comes to human beings of all shapes, sizes and colors, still harbor biases against dark colored animals like dogs and cats. Perhaps this is because of superstition, old wives’ tales, or misconceptions associated with the color black, in general. It is also unfortunate to see, the bigger the black dog, the worse the bias. Bully breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers, Dobies and Danes, even labs share this misfortune if they happen to be black in color. According to the Martin County Animal Shelter of Fairmont, MN Shelter on a Black Dog website, www., “We are guessing that the general public is not aware of how doomed black dogs are when they are brought to a pound because black dogs, particularly black labs or lab mixes, are euthanized at a horrifying rate at many pounds and shelters because people pass them up for lighter colored dogs. If you are thinking about adopting a dog please don't overlook black dogs because they are just as loving and wonderful as lighter colored dogs!” Black dogs are last to be adopted or rescued and first to be euthanized in shelters. Kennels are dark, shadowy places. Put a scared dog of any color in one of those cages and it’s likely to curl up in a back corner. A black pet, cat or dog, is less likely to be noticed in a dingy kennel.



Black dogs are a harbinger of death. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s hound of the Baskervilles was black. There are old wives’ tales going back hundreds of years, which disparage black dogs as a purveyor of evil. Black dogs can no sooner predict the future than white dogs or calico cats. No animal is a purveyor of evil.


Black dogs don’t photograph as well as their lighter-colored counterparts. This accounts for all the adorable pictures of snow-white puppies at the pet store. They are paying professional photographers to attract your business so they will go for the most attractive photo they can acquire. Think of the beautiful celebrities and models on the covers of magazines: although you might pick up a magazine with an ugly person on the cover one time out of curiosity (unless, of course, we’re talking about Kissinger’s cover of TIME), the fact of the matter is pictures of beautiful models and celebrities sell more magazines.


Black dogs are more aggressive than dogs of lighter color. Dogs, cats, and other animals are products of their environment. If an animal of any color is abused, neglected, or abandoned, it may develop unacceptable behavioral tendencies to protect itself. Just take a look at the illegal practice of dogfighting: most of the dogs are brindle or lighter in color, trained to be extremely aggressive and dangerous. Cocker spaniels have a higher bite rate than many other breeds and a poodle has just as many teeth as a Chow and puts the same amount of pressure on the bite. Yet, we seem to blithely accept the Cocker Spaniel or Poodle as non-threatening breeds – unless, of course, they’re black.


Black dogs are just as playful, loveable and joyful as their lighter-coated cousins. Consider coat color equivalent to hair color: there are knockout blondes, brunettes and redheads, and glamorous celebrities with every color in between. Would Captain Jack Sparrow or Aragorn been as intriguing if they had lighter coloring? However, the prejudice against black dogs prevails and homeowners associations and even insurance companies may be less likely to “approve of” a black dog than a lighter-colored pet.


“Transcending (or walking with) the Black Dog” a.k.a. means living with depression. Off the bat, it’s a negative label and has nothing to do with being black or being a dog (or a cat, for that matter). Depression is a treatable mental illness and while the person may be in a “black” mood, it has nothing to do with pets or the color of their fur.

These prejudicial attitudes are propagated through ignorance. Therefore, if you are in the rescue, foster, or adoptive pet community bring forth your black pearls! Bring the black dog or cat to the forefront of your showcase. Superstitions can be dispelled, ignorance banished by proper education, and black animals can enjoy loving “forever” homes, bringing joy to their owners.



Traveling With Pets

by Lois Crockett


who miraculously survived over two months in the American Airlines baggage handling process, was euthanized on November 7, 2011, just 12 days after being found. Jack, a Norwegian Forest Cat with long, pastel orange, tabby striped coloring and coppery eyes had gone missing this summer as his owner, Karen Pascoe, was moving to California with her beloved pet. You might recall that day, August 25th, 2011, when tropical storm Irene was set to lay siege to New York City clogging up airports and city facilities for days, something we’re used to dealing with here in South Florida automatically, June to November. Jack the Cat was lost. A Facebook page was started, the media caught the story and, within just a few days of his disappearance, Jack was big news. The story languished a bit after he was missed for several weeks but he was a media sensation again when he fell through the ceiling of the customs office at JFK Airport and was “found.” What if Jack the Cat were a human child who survived such a trial? The outrage and call to action would be much more serious than frequent-flyer mile jokes and other cutesy LOL-type quips, which now ring hollow in the wake of Jack’s death. This story highlights a very serious threat to the lives and well-being of our animals when we move or travel with them. Traveling with a pet is not something to be taken lightly. Here are some travel hints for taking your furbabies with you to ensure a happy trip and a safe and healthy pet at the end of your journey:


✺ If at all possible, don’t fly. Although many, many animals safely pass through baggage handling processes, some don’t survive the trial and may be traumatized, made ill or even die in the course of the trip. Jack was not the first animal to be “lost” in the baggage process (this is how animals travel in planes), nor will he, unfortunately, be the last.

✺ If you MUST fly, get permission to bring your pet onboard with you or invest in an inescapable, solid pet carrier with a strong lock. Make sure you follow airline and airport protocols to the letter and keep a weather eye on your pet as much as humanly possible.

✺ Carefully research your pet’s travel plan as carefully as your own accommodations. “No Reservations” is a very entertaining show but winging it with your pet in such a fashion will not be ideal for you or them. The AAA Petbook is a wonderful resource for pointing you in the right direction and is free online at com/petbook/travel_tips.html.

✺ Ensure your pet is well enough to travel. The pet should be no less than eight weeks old and a quick trip to the vet will give you all the information you need to ensure your furbaby is hale and hearty enough to survive the trip. Some vets recommend tranquilization for long trips and familiarizing yourself with the after-effects of such a treatment will make you more sensitive and aware of your pets’ feelings and any special needs during this time.

✺ Just like you don’t go out with a baby without a proper supply of diapers, ointment, wipes, formula/ milk, a toy, an extra blanket etc. on hand, you don’t travel with your pet without proper supplies, either. Consider all the creature comforts in your pets’ life: kitty litter and pan, a good, strong, short leash (and a spare, in case leash #1 breaks), regular food, water, meds, a toy, and an extra blanket will go a long way in ensuring your pets’ safety, happiness and comfort on your trip. If your pet eats a specific brand or flavor, now is not the time to incorporate a change to new feed.

✺ Water: bottled only and plenty of it.s Start giving your pet bottled water a few days before the trip. What affects your body with foreign water impurities (such as dysentery) may certainly affect them.

✺ If Fido howls nonstop or Hello Kitty won’t stop screaming in the car, travel may not be for them. Invest in a good pet sitter (many are now licensed, bonded and insured as well) or a nice pet hotel and enjoy your trip with a free heart.

✺ Check, double-check and triple-check again if your pre-arranged accommodations are pet friendly. In today’s world of fast acquisitions and mergers, it’s not unusual to have policy changes quickly implemented.

✺ Provide plenty of reassurance and TLC. Pets are a lot like babies. Any disruption to their routine can be quite upsetting to them and may result in bowel and bladder changes (expect and anticipate an occasional “accident”).

✺ On your return, pop into the vet to ensure your pet hasn’t picked up any foreign parasites or hidden injuries. Watch your pet for signs of decline, such as heatstroke in hot climates, overexertion, exhaustion and the like during your trip. Ask your vet for recommendations for a vet at your destination. Relax and have fun! Once you get there, traveling with your pet can be one of the most enjoyable and relaxing experiences for you both. Bon Voyage! DECEMBER 2011


DO I GO HOME TODAY? by Sally Thompson My family brought me home cradled in their arms. They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm. They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys. I sure do love my family, especially the girls and boys. The children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats. They even let me sleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets. I used to go for walks, often several times a day. They even fought to hold the leash, I’m very proud to say. These are the things I’ll not forget - cherished memory, because I now live in the shelter - without my family. They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe. But I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new. The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug. So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug. They said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside. This I did not understand, although I tried and tried. The walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn’t time. I wish that I could change things, I wish I knew my crime. My life became so lonely, in the back yard, on a chain. I barked and barked, all day long, just to keep from going insane. So they brought me to the shelter, but were embarrassed to say why. They said I caused an allergy, then they each kissed me goodbye. If I’d only had some classes, when I was just a little pup, then I would have been a better dog when I was all grown up. “You only have one day left.” I heard the worker say. Does that mean I have a second chance? DO I GO HOME TODAY?


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Shelter Stories… By Maria Elena Padron

My Name Was

A13781821 ”I Had a Wonderful Life!!!“ MY NAME IS JUNIOR, or at least that is what I was


called for the few months I was a loving member of the home I shared with John, Kevin and Simon. I was found walking the streets in the middle of the night. Three young men put me in their car and we drove away. From then on my life became a blast. The guys often had company and everyone liked me. They went to school full time but there was always someone home. On the weekends, there were parties. I even got to drink beer one night with the boys. I felt I was part of the family. A very large family!!! The girls loved me. They held me and gave me kisses. Although I was what some people would call a mutt, everyone seemed to think I was very special. I went on endless car rides and watched a lot of football. I was so happy. I do not remember eating too much dog food, but instead had lots of pizza!!! I seemed to always be a very happy dog. I had a wonderful life!!! I remember it getting a little hot outside. I would want to be inside most of the time. I loved water and spent a lot time in the pool with my new family whenever I had the chance. The boys were always staying up to study and sometimes I slept in very late. In mid-June, I saw the boys starting to bring in boxes and filling them up with

their stuff. Little by little, the home was bare of furniture and personal belongings. I heard them talk about me. One said he could not take me back home because they already had a dog. The other was moving in his girlfriend and she was allergic. Finally, Simon said he would talk to his family and ask if I could go back him with him. John and Kevin left and Simon was the last to leave the home. He came to me and said “Buddy, I am so sorry, but you cannot come.” We drove to the shelter we he left me. I knew he was sad, but he did not even say goodbye. I was so scared and angry I did not want anyone to touch me. I made an effort to escape, but was quickly caught. I had never been to a place like this. If anything, I walked the streets alone and hungry but was never locked up. I had no idea what was going to happen. For days I sat in a cage where I made the best of it. I would come up to people when they passed by and wagged my tail. I must have done this 200 times. Perhaps someone would take me home with them. I soon realized that this would not happen. I gave up!!! For the next five days, I just laid in the cold cage at the mercy of those who had me. One afternoon, they came for me. I went knowing what I already knew. It was my time to go. I thought of what had been my family John, Kevin and Simon and took my last breath. My name was Junior and I was 3 years old.






Miami Dogs:

On The Move by Bonnie Mandel Plafke

Many of you are aware; the kill rate at MDAS (Miami Dade Animal Services) is extremely high. This is especially true for the bigger dogs (70 to 80% of the large breeds at MDAD are put down) as well for the small mixed breed dogs (between 30 and 40% are put to sleep). Due to the large influx of dogs each day, it is impossible for local rescues to get a good percentage of them out safely. We needed a viable solution for this problem. Therefore, we decided to investigate other avenues that would guarantee the safety of the

precious dogs of MDAS and reduce the euthanasia rate considerably. Melissa Sorokin, Volunteer Coordinator at MDAS, as well as myself and Amy Jones of Pawsitive 4 LIFE, Inc. started to brainstorm ideas during the late summer and felt that we had to think outside of the box, which in turn had us thinking outside of South Florida. Once we hit on a feasible plan of action, Melissa brought a blueprint of this program to Alex Munoz, Director of MDAS. It was agreed by all to move forward and find a way to make this happen.

Our focus is on urgent dogs – big dogs, puppies, and Bully breeds, as well as dogs in the west wing at MDAS, which is open to potential adopters but not nearly as accessible as the main adoption floor

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We are pleased to say that we have found a way. We have identified shelters and rescues throughout the U.S. that will take our dogs and guarantee their safety. All rescues and no-kill shelters are being checked by MDAS enforcement as well as by Melissa, Pawsitive 4 LIFE, and other volunteers through our newly formed committee. Melissa is spearheading this operation and Pawsitive 4 LIFE will provide much of the funding with the assistance of our very generous supporters and contributors.

Our focus is on urgent dogs - big dogs, puppies, and Bully breeds, as well as dogs in the west wing at MDAS, which is open to potential adopters, but not nearly as accessible as the main adoption floor. We are concentrating on mixed breeds and, of course, will consider purebred dogs as long as they are urgent and no one is stepping up for them. Seniors and Tina injured dogs will be transported as well, but we will make certain that they are well enough to travel and will attempt to transport them to the closest rescues. Although our focus will remain on the bigger dogs, we will make an effort to take out as many urgent small dogs as possible. We will never move a dog that has interest from local adopters or rescues.


As of this writing, five Miami Dogs on the Move transports have left Miami during the first week of the program. Four of those transports went to other parts of Florida and one went to New Jersey. In all, 65 urgent dogs have been transferred…and we are just getting started. Some were big, some were small, and many were puppies. Two of the puppies were gorgeous Pit Bull siblings named Lila and Tina, who will now have a chance to live their lives in a county where there is no Breed Specific Legislation. We

Lila hope to move many more Pitties to safe harbor. Currently we are in the process of preparing for our sixth transport. Eighteen or more dogs will leave Miami and go to Illinois on this transport in the coming days. We would like to extend big thanks to Alex Munoz, Director of MDAS, for backing this program and giving us his full support.

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DECember 2011



Story and photos by Sarah Seckman

WHEN IT COMES TO DOG ACTIVITIES IN SOUTH FLORIDA, there’s one question on every owners mind: where can we swim? Sure we’ve heard about the beaches, but when it comes to enclosed spaces for our dogs to run free near water, we’re pretty limited. That’s what inspired Sally Saxton and Neil Hennessey to start Performance Pups Inc. They realized the need for dog sports in South Florida - lure coursing, flyball, Frisbee, and of course, dock jumping and swimming. When Sally and Neil first met, they had just adopted Miniature Australian Shepherd siblings Scrammy and Digger into their respective families. If you don’t know the Mini Aussie breed too well, trust me when I say they’re full of energy and ready to work it off. Unfortunately, the mini version of the popular herding dog is not recognized by the AKC, making it difficult for Sally and Neil to get their dogs involved in sports. Believe it or not, most organized canine sports are restricted to registered purebreds. Sally and Neil have changed that. Performance Pups incorporated themselves in 2007 and just opened their beach and dock at Tigertail Lake a year 28 FOUR PAWS MAGAZINE •

ago. They call themselves a “dog sports organization that hosts and attends events.” Most weekends you can find the pair in shorts and blue Performance Pups t-shirts, hanging out by the lake. Their minivan is crammed full of dogs, usually yapping at fellow park goers as they sign in and run to the dock. In all of my days of going to dog parks, I’ve heard countless conversations about dog swimming in South Florida. Whenever anyone mentions Performance Pups, or Tigertail Lake, most owners’ eyes light up as they immediately ask “Where?” I’m always surprised to see how many people don’t know about the company or the area where they operate, but that exclusivity is one of the biggest appeals to some regulars. Allan Crawley has been going to Tigertail and using Neil Hennessey & Sally Saxton

the dock for almost 9 months with his Labrador, Tucker and his Boxer, Coda. He says the park has maintained its appeal “by remaining a secret among the community.” Not exactly what Sally and Neil had in mind when they spent nearly a thousand dollars in advertising last Summer that showed minimal results. Since then, they’ve relied on word-of-mouth and the loyalty of their current customers to gain popularity. They even have a loyalty card which guarantees your tenth session free after you buy the first nine. Just make sure you remember to bring your card with you to each visit. When asked if there was anything owners should know before attending an event or visiting the lake, Sally had some advice. “Know your dog. Make sure they’re people and pet friendly before you attempt bringing them anywhere with you.” Although they’ve never had to ask anyone to leave the park, Sally says she wouldn’t hesitate if she thought anyone was in danger of being hurt. “Maybe once or twice I’ve asked people to leash their dogs, but usually when there’s any kind of problem they leave on their own.” They also don’t discriminate against breeds. “Some people don’t like that we allow pit bulls, but I personally believe each dog should have a chance to prove themselves. I’d be equally restrictive of an aggressive

Chihuahua as an aggressive pit bull.” She went on to tell how some customers have left the park when they saw a pit bull enter, but adds they won’t be restricting by breed anytime in the future, either. South Florida’s dog lover community is growing and more people are looking to socialize their dogs. “You know, the people we thought would be our regulars, aren’t. It’s the general public, the regular people with their dogs who are here the most,” Neil says, “I don’t want to discount our sporting community, they’re great, but we’ve got so many more regular people than we expected. It’s surprising!” Neil and Sally both say, since they’ve started Performance Pups, they see more and more owner participation. They like that the regulars at Tigertail are responsible dog owners who stay on top of their pets, whether it be cleaning up or interacting with them. “The people who come here really care about their dogs. They play with them!” Neil says, “It’s a really nice and friendly atmosphere.” Up until now, people have enjoyed Tigertail and Performance Pups and quietly kept it a secret. Unfortunately for people like Allan Crawley and his family, I can’t do that any longer. I’ve got to share my find! After all, we wouldn’t be the Dog’s Guide to Broward County if we didn’t. Performance Pups continued on page 30



Performance Pups continued from page 29 Q U I C K FA C T S : Cost: $2 weekdays, $3 weekends Location: Open beach and dock jumping located on Anglers Ave. Just past the Bass Pro entrance south of Griffin Rd. Lure Course events located at Markham Park in Weston and Heritage Park in Plantation. “” Click Calendar for hours and availability Private Party Rental Cost: $35/hour, email Sally or Neil to reserve Loyalty Programs: Buy 9 Get One Free w/ Card Water: Treated with Aquashade - no chemical dye that restricts UV exposure Bathrooms Available? Yes Contact: Neil “” Sally “” Special Thanks to Performance Pups for donating 10% of all profits to the Miniature Australian Shepherd Rescue, and for supporting Compassionate Pug Rescue, and the Dalmatian Rescue.

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Canine Aggression The Most Misunderstood Behavior of Them All By Shari Forst, BCCBC WHEN I STARTED OUT IN THE FIELD OF CANINE BEHAVIOR almost 10 years ago, I never dreamed that I would specialize in canine aggression. When I opened my business Canine Case Squad, Inc. in Florida, NY in 2007 I started to get more and more calls for aggressive dogs, because the owners were at their wit’s end; probably because initially I was one of the few people inOrangeCounty,NY that could handle a dog trying to bite them. One of the biggest misconceptions about owner directed aggression, is that it is not personal. Many people that rescue dogs from shelters feel there should be a degree of gratitude, or that their dog does not love them. The canine mind does not work this way. Where a human feels the dog should be grateful that you have provided a wonderful home for them, give them love, affection and food; in the dog’s mind he is in a new environment and wants to know where he stands in the pack structure. So they may growl, to see how the owner will respond to it. If the owner is experienced, and is educated on canine behavior this scenario is quickly diffused. However if the owner handles this by either backing away, getting physical in the form of hitting, or simply yelling; now you have the start of a real problem. Aggression is meant to send a message primarily to another dog. Dogs treat humans like other dogs, we treat our dogs like human children. Humans are not built

When I work with these types of dogs and their owners I teach them how to influence their dog’s behavior in a manner in which the dog can easily understand, and put them on a behavior modification program to help lessen the aggression in a safe and manageable way.


physiologically to absorb a bite from a canine. When a dog growls at his or her owner it is meant to back them away. If the owner was another dog, they may back away from food or possessions if they are lower in the pack structure. A more dominant dog would calmly and quietly “claim” the food or possession. Where the gratitude comes in, is when a dog trusts that you are in control of every situation and that they can feel calm and relaxed. They no longer feel the need to guard possessions and food because the food belongs to you; and you as the owner control it. When I work with these types of dogs and their owners I teach them how to influence their dog’s behavior in a manner in which the dog can easily understand, and put them on a behavior modification program to help lessen the aggression in a safe and manageable way. Sometimes the aggression is severe enough that I may need to recommend the use of psychopharmacology. Psychopharmacology is a very helpful tool when dealing with aggression. It will dull certain nuerotransmitters and receptors in the central nervous system that fire and tell the dog to act in aggressive manner. A knowledgeable behaviorist will be able to recommend the right medication for the particular form of aggression. Once the neurotranmitters and receptors are dulled it makes it easier to teach the dog a new behavior but the right medicine varies depending upon each case.

There are many more types of aggressions and each type must be approached differently. Each dog is a different case and cannot be treated as a prefab mold, but have a program designed for them after identifying the underlying cause of the behavior. Too often a dog is broadly classified as having a type of aggression i.e. fear aggression, but the specific type of fear aggression is never discussed, identified or resolved. We often hear people say, I’ve had dogs all my life but never had… if you find yourself saying this, seek out a behaviorist that is formally educated in applied canine behavior and understands what you have occurring so they can help you and your dog resolve the problems and live a happy life together. Shari Forst, BCCBC, Canine Case Squad, inc. 845-651-3647

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Rescue Heroes…

Diane Taylor of Warm Hearts Pet Rescue By Cheryl Simone-Miller

WHEN YOU MEET DIANE TAYLOR, you get a sense of a person who has truly found her calling and is pursuing it with great energy and focus. Even in the face of challenge, Diane presents an underlying sense of calm and faith. Four Paws got a chance to talk to her about her rescue life.


FOUR PAWS: Tell me a little bit about yourself. DIANE TAYLOR: I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. I moved to Miami nine years ago. Now, I live in Pompano Beach. I spent about 15 years as a pharmaceutical representative until I was laid off last October. That's when my formal rescue career began. FP: Did you have pets as a child? DT: I have always had dogs since I was a child, ranging from beagles to labs to Bahamian Potcakes. Today, I have a Golden retriever mix named Charley, a Potcake named Marley, a Potcake named Gilligan, and my little three-legged girl named Gia, who is a rat terrier - my first small dog! FP: How did you get started in rescue? DT: I have always rescued animals since I was a kid. I started rescuing more when I moved to South Florida, first by transporting for other rescues from Miami-Dade and other kill shelters to forever homes. Then I started fostering…and foster-failing…dogs for other rescues. In 2010, I co-founded South Paw Rescue, which turned into South Florida Recycled Dog Rescue, and is now Warm Hearts and Good Karma Pet Rescue, located in Boynton Beach.

FP: Since I've gotten to meet you...I know getting this rescue going has meant a lot of personal sacrifice for you. Tell me a little about that. DT: As all rescuers know, when you get involved in animal rescue you give up a lot of time and money, and put in lots of hard work. It is something you do out of love for the animals, not to get rich. I've had to say goodbye to nice furniture and a clean car, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! My rescue facility and all the animals in it are now my family and life. FP: What do you consider the biggest challenge in rescue today? DT: This economy has caused a lot of people to surrender their pets, which is heartbreaking to witness. Animal lovers come in all sorts of personalities, so another challenge has been learning how to see past our differences to put the animal first. And of course, running a large facility like ours, obtaining funds to keep our rescue pets well-fed, healthy and happy is a constant, ongoing challenge. FP: Tell me about a typical day at Warm Hearts. DT: Before we were able to widen our volunteer base, my day revolved around opening and closing the facility seven days a week. A day Rescue Heroes continued on page 36 DECEMBER 2011


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at the rescue involves cleaning a 5,000 square foot facility; walking and feeding 30+ dogs and the cats in our cat room; meeting and greeting potential adopters and members of the public who come to us for help and keeping our volunteers educated and happy. In the last few months, thankfully, we have added many new volunteers to help share the workload. Now I wake up early to address emails and phone calls and then head to the rescue to pitch in with the other volunteers to keep our facility running smoothly. FP: What are Warm Hearts' greatest needs right now? DT: Although we save a life when we take them out of a high-kill shelter, our responsibility does not end there. Every step of the way, we encounter costs, so I'd say right now our greatest need is for funding. Funding is what allows us to give our dogs and cats a safe haven, provide proper nutrition & vet care, keep the lights on and the phone ringing. Funding is not just a greatest need right now, but a critical one. We are currently seeking benefactors to sponsor our shelter's ongoing monthly expenses to keep our adoption facility's doors open. And of course, we are always looking for dedicated volunteers to give our dogs and cats more love and attention. FP: If you could get one message out to the public about pet rescue and pet ownership...what would it be? DT: Pet ownership must be taken seriously. When you adopt a dog or cat, you are put in charge of a living being's health and well-being. It is everyone's responsibility to provide a forever home for animals that they invite into their family, give them proper care, love and socialization, and to make sure they are spayed or neutered so they do not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem. If every pet owner took their commitment seriously, there would be no need for animal rescue, and what a wonderful world that would be! Check out the adoptable pets at Warm Hearts by visiting their website at or visiting their facility at 550 Industrial Way, Suite D, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.




HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS We are pleased to announce a reduced cost of half price for adoption fees at Miami-Dade Animal Services during this holiday season through December 30, 2011. During these difficult economic times, the Department is pleased to offer a reduction in adoption fees in an effort to give our pets a second chance and bring some joy into homes this season. Besides being a very special, unique and affordable gift, it’s the gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays are over. To view available pets, visit


KITTY IN THE CHRISTMAS TREE? Does kitty have a little too much holiday spirit? If your cat is batting off your tree ornaments or drinking the tree water, there’s an easy way to put an end to that. Put orange peels in the tree stand…right in the tree’s water. Cats don’t like the smell of citrus, so the scent will keep her away. Replace it every week as long as your Christmas tree is up.

CAT SCENTS Looking for a totally green way to cut odor from your cat’s litter box? Try using green tea! Save the teabags or leaves from your morning cup. Let them dry and sprinkle them on the litter you use. Green tea contains catechin, a powerful antimicrobial that kills bacteria responsible for stubborn smells. The tea’s scent will also repel fleas.

Snoopy may be the world’s most famous beagle, but the breed has been around a lot longer than the cartoon. Beagle-type dogs are found described in documents dating back to 400 BC Greece and AD 200 in Britain. Exact origin for Beagles, as a result, is kind of fuzzy. The Romans are believed to have brought small hounds with them to England, where they mated with larger local hounds. Talbot Hounds were brought to England from France during the Norman Conquest in 1066. Beagles have been very popular with British royalty and are documented as pets and working dogs for Edward II, Henry VII and Elizabeth I. The name “beagle” has two possible origins…either from the Celtic word “beag” which means small or from the French word “begle” meaning useless or of little value. By the 1700s the North Country Beagle was a popular fox hunting dog. In the mid-1800s, a pack of beagles from Essex, England is believe to be the start of the modern Beagle. Beagles were imported to the United States in 1876 and accepted as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1884. DECEMBER 2011


Transporters OF LOVE By Cheryl Simone-Miller

YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND MUCH TIME AROUND THE RESCUE COMMUNITY to know without doubt there are too many dogs Jack and one of the transports we did for Annette Gongora (rescuer in photo) and too few adopters. Rescues are always packed to capacity and never have enough foster homes to help as many animals as they amazing ability to bond with the rescued pet even though would like to. you only may get to spend an hour or so with it. Somehow Sometimes, a pet’s savior comes from miles away. Very the animal knows that you are there to help…that you are often, they need help getting the pet they can rescue to taking him/her to a safe place where they will no longer be them. That’s where transporters come in. abused. You can literally see the difference in the pet’s beTransporting is the easiest way to help rescues if you havior as the journey begins. Some have bonded so quickcan’t foster or adopt. All you need is a vehicle, some time ly, they don't even want to leave my car when it’s time to and a basic understanding of dogs and cats. meet their new family. This to me is the most gratifying I have transported a number of dogs. Most of the time, experience of all…to know I have made a difference in that I went halfway across Alligator Alley to meet someone pet’s life. That is why I got involved in rescue, to make a who would transport the pups the rest of the way. I often difference and to help save lives. It is my passion.” brought my 12-year-old son, Jack along with me…for help I met Cindy Klunder while helping with the transport and to help him understand how important it is to reach of an amazing little bulldog named Minx. You hear peoout to help our fellow man and beast. ple in rescue talking about a “foster fail”…when someone who agrees to keep a pet for a short time ends up keeping them forever. Well, Cindy is a transport fail…she adopted Sammy being transported by Jerry Edelman Minx not long after that trip was made. She tells us it was the loss of a beloved pet that inspired her to help. “The reason we went into volunteering for transport....we were missing our Louie so much and wanted to maybe start volunteering and or helping out with Buddies thru Bullies. I spoke with Carol and explained that we had just lost our bulldog, who was only 4 1/2 years old, due to a sixmonth battle with cancer. We didn't know if we were ready for fostering or adoption and explained we would like to help in any way we could for these little guys and then go from there. Carol called me about two weeks later and asked if I Jerry Edelman is a long-time transporter who is well would be interested in helping with a transport from Colknown in the rescue community as a “go to guy.” Jerry lier County half way across Alligator Alley....I was thrilled shared his thoughts on transport with us. to help out. About a week later, Tom went and picked up “Quite simply I started doing transport because I knew another bully from Collier County and brought her up to little about the organized rescue movement workings and Ft. Myers, then did another drop off and she went over it was the fastest way to get involved and maybe have an to West Palm. We both feel as though we are helping out impact. I have come to learn that it is one of THE most Louie's "Kin Folk" and know he is helping us save someimportant aspects of rescue. Without a way of moving one’s forever friend. As you know I fell in love with little the animals, sometimes long distances, lives could not be Minx and was back to get her a week later...this was my saved. But I have also come to understand that there is an first transport, so Carole called me a failed transporter! 38 FOUR PAWS MAGAZINE •

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Minx has brought so much joy and love to Tom and I and we couldn't be happier. We had left Louie's bed and toys still out in the house because we couldn't bring ourselves to pack them away. When Minx arrived here to her forever home, we told her all about Louie and that he would want us to help and that is why she came into our lives.� Contact any of our partner rescues if you’re interested in helping to transport shelter and stray dogs to their foster or forever homes. You can also check out the Animal Transport Resources facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/pages/Animal-Transport-Resources/346170213108?re f=ts&sk=wall

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rescue partners Our goal at Pawsitive4Life is to help promote and support efforts to secure the safe haven and well-being of dogs and cats needing homes in Florida. We aim to help save as many lives as possible from high kill shelters, as well as other animals that are in jeopardy. The focus is to raise the funds needed to achieve this goal by working with other organizations, independent rescuers and the community at large.

Warm Hearts Pet Rescue, Inc. is a Florida Not-for-Profit corporation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of South Florida's highkill shelter dogs. We are a non-kill facility. We are located in Boynton Beach at our brand new facility. If you would like to volunteer at the rescue or any upcoming events, or foster/adopt a dog or cat, please contact the rescue at 561-588-0083.

Our reward is that we have helped save more than 275 dogs just this year alone by working with numerous rescues and independent rescuers.

We are located at 550 Industrial Way, Suite D, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. Please call in advance to schedule an appointment to see our adoptable pets. Volunteers are needed throughout the day.

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Big Hearts for Big Dogs started as a small group of individuals who saw a desperate need for advocates of larger breed dogs. Smaller dogs are adopted faster and rescued more often. And just like that a new hope is born. A new hope and beginning for big dogs all over South Florida. Our hope is that this rescue brings big hearts together to save more animals.

Animal Aid Inc. is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue shelter and adoption center. Our shelter takes in emergency, abuse and neglect cases as well as dogs and cats from various animal control agencies in Palm Beach, Dade and Broward Counties in South Florida. We offer cats and dogs for adoption 7 days a week. We rely solely on donations. One of our goals is to address the overpopulation problem of stray and feral cats by offering the public a humane trap/spay/ return service. Our program includes vaccinations, AIDS and leukemia testing, recovery & release, foster homes, medical care and an adoption program


Warm Hearts and Good Karma Pet Rescue proudly present the 1st annual Home for the Holidays adoption event and birthday bash, Sunday, December 18th from 11-5. We’ll have a variety of vendors, food trucks, dog wash, doggie kissing booth, tours of the shelter, birthday cake, pup pictures with Santa, and more! Come celebrate our first year of saving lives. Well behaved and leashed dogs welcome! Suggested entrance donation of $5 per person or $15 per family. We will also be accepting donations of Pedigree dogfood, canned dog and cat food, bleach, pine cleaner, durable toys, and other items we can use. This event will be hosted at our shelter located at 550 Industrial Way, Boynton Beach FL 33426. Call 561-316-7377 or email

APR’s primary goal is to assemble a no-kill community. This is quite a daunting task; nonetheless, APR is making a valuable contribution to the animal community and will continue to do so as long as support is provided from generous donors. APR is dedicated to matching the right pet with the right home for the enduring happiness of both pet and owner. Our pets are with us as long as they need to be & to be healthy and well adjusted. Often they need medical care, love and time to feel secure before they can be placed up for adoption. Our lives are dedicated to finding forever homes for each of our pets. It is our passion, it is our responsibility.

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