Page 1

&

d gs cats Texas

Houston February 2013


LOW PAGES ADVERTISEMENT

opy of your Yellow Page Ad does not reflect the quality as it will appear in the directory)

FRFiErstE

geographical location for accuracy.

no corrections. um Account Team

We Love to Pamper Your Pets

5. DEADLINE - artwork needs to be returned no later than the due date listed. There is no guarantee that publisher will accept revisions past the due date.

Exam*

Complete Wellness Care

n

Diagnostic & Medical Care

n

Dentistry & Surgery

n

Highly Skilled & Caring Professionals

n

Evening & Weekend Hours

Your Pet’s Health – Our Priority

* For new clients only. Not to be combined with any other offer. Not good for emergency examinations. Up to 2 pets per household. Expires 09-30-2013.

pports Shelters nwide

Count on us to care for your pet. We provide a people friendly environment with dedicated, caring professionals.

Call us to schedule your FREE first exam*

Wellness and early disease Houston Cypress detection & prevention VCA spRing VCA Telge RoAd State of the art medical,BRAnCH dentistry AnimAl HospiTAl First AnimAl HospiTAl and surgical equipment 10109 Long Point Road Exam! * 11430 Telge Road Extended evening andTXweekend Houston, 77043 hours Cypress, TX 77429

FREE

ritos

n

281-671-0776

713-428-2200

Walk-ins welcome Vaccinations & Radiology Spring Lake Ultrasound Jackson VCA lAKe JACKson hours VCA spRing Convenient AnimAl HospiTAl AnimAl HospiTAl Boarding & Grooming 210 That Way 1811 Spring Cypress Doggie day care & Training La Mirada) Lake Jackson, TX 77566 Spring, TX(VCA 77388 979-316-2796

832-510-6196

All backed by theVCAspringbranch.com nation’s largest and mostVCAlakejackson.com trusted animal healthcare VCAspring.com network, VCAtelgeroad.com giving you access to over 275 board certified specialists for complex cases.

Houston Katy Pasadena * For new clients only. Offer good only for general veterinary services. Excludes emergency and specialized services. VCA AsHfoRd VCA Kelliwood VCA AnimAl mediCAl AnimAl HospiTAl AnimAl HospiTAl CenTeR of pAsAdenA 12633 Whittington 960 S. Fry Road 5018A Fairmont Parkway Houston, TX 77077 Katy, TX 77450 Pasadena, TX 77505

281-749-1174

281-944-7901

VCAashford.com

VCAkelliwood.com

Houston

Kingwood VCA Kingwood AnimAl HospiTAl 2526 Green Oak Drive Kingwood, TX 77339

VCA CounTRyside A LAKEWOOD

01 South AnimAl St. HospiTAl

1960 EastAve.) ner of South2211 St. &FMPalo Verde Houston, TX 77073

2-239-4433 281-301-0619

.vcalakewoodca.com VCAcountryside.com our Emergency (Open 7 Days a Week) ctor on Premises

281-973-2852

VCAkingwood.com

281-560-3268

VCApasadena.com Sugar Land VCA souTHwesT fReewAy AnimAl HospiTAl 15575 SW Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.VCAhospitals.com

832-500-8443

Texas City, VCA mAinlAnd AnimAl HospiTAl 3015 Palmer Highway Texas City, TX 77590

409-359-4784

VCAmainland.com

Spring/Woodlands VCA woodlAnds AnimAl HospiTAl 428 Rayford Road Spring, TX 77386

Tomball VCA TomBAll VeTeRinARy HospiTAl 28800 Tomball Pkwy Tomball, TX 77375

832-510-6197

281-305-9518

VCAwoodlands.com

VCAtomball.com

www.Facebook.com/VCAAnimalHospitals www.twitter.com/vcapethealth

VCAswfreeway.com

AAHA ACCREDITATION

Management Services Provided by VCA Animal Hospitals. • Animal Healthcare of Texas, PC. - Rocky McKelvey, DVM - owner.

RCF


{contents}

18

cover photo: shannan parker

6 4

12

6 Valentine Pet Safety Tips

Price of Spaying 8 The & Neutering Murmurs... 12 Heart Not Always Heartbreak!

14 Tricks for Treats 16 Dental Health Month

&

d gs cats Texas


publisheR Shannan Parker Tel: 281.781.4727 info@texascatsanddogs.com

editor Tiffany Robinson tiffanyrobinson99@gmail.com

DESIGNER Fran Sherman 314.275.2208 fran@shermanstudios.com

Contributing Writers

1622

18 Centerstage Up to 20 Teaming Donate for Pets

Deogi, 22 Dougie Rescue Reporter

24 Pet Puzzlers Your 26 Find Furever Friend 28 Marketplace {February 2013}

Tricia Fagan Nadine Joli-coeur Monica Schmidt Dougie Deogie Charlotte Wier Dr. Christie Cornelius Texas A & M Veterinary College

photographer Shannan Parker

28

ADVERTISE WITH US!

281.781.4727 • Houston@TexasDogsAndCats.com Next Issue: March 2013 Advertiser’s Deadline: February 15th 2013

5


valentine petsafetytips by Monica Schmidt – Houston Humane Society

6

&

d gs cats Texas


F

lowers are one of the most common gifts at Valentine’s Day, but did you know many different blooms can be toxic to your pet. Some of the most popular toxic flowers include all types of lilies, tulips, carnations, and the big one BABY’S BREATH. It’s hard to imagine a floral arrangement without baby’s breath! But it’s not just the blooms you need to worry about. The silica packet you receive with your floral bouquet can also be toxic! Receive roses this year? Be sure to get rid of the thorns! Biting, stepping on or swallowing their sharp, woody spines can cause serious infection if a puncture occurs. Be sure to keep candy, chocolate, and candy wrappers away from your pet’s reach, and watch your liquor. Even in small amounts liquor can cause your pet discomfort, and it poses several health risks. Be sure to put away any unfinished drinks, and be careful of spills. Lit candles are popular this time of year, be careful your

pet doesn’t accidentally burn a paw or tip over a candle and start a fire. And remember to pick up the paper and ribbon after opening up all of your Valentine presents! If you are thinking about a pet this Valentines, pick the pet out together. Remember, this is a lifetime commitment. Ditch the surprise element, and plan to spend

the day together with your special someone or the whole family picking out your new pet. And remember, adoption is the best option! Houston Humane Society is open all weekend as well as Thursday the 14th. Visit houstonhumane.org to see photos of hundreds of dogs and cats looking to find love this Valentine’s Day.

Moving here is just the beginn Moving here is just the beginning. cres oat on 300 a fl or il sa , le Padd rways. es and wate of scenic lak ay, fun ore on the w With 600 m just re are always d. tu n ve d a d n a lan end in Bridge around the b

FIND BALANCE 2012 GHBA Developer Grand Award Winner

11,400-acre master planned community Homes from the $170s to over $1 million 281-304-5588 or toll free 1-866-232-0270 www.bridgeland.com


the price of

spaying& neutering C

onsider this: One pair of unsterilized cats, together with their offspring, can result in 420,000 kittens in 7 years. One pair of un-sterilized dogs, with their offspring, can result in 4,372 puppies in 7 years. Statistics also show that only one out of nine of these animals find a good home, leaving the rest to suffer abandonment and/or euthanasia.

8

&

d gs cats Texas


For years, pet owners have questioned whether or not spay or neuter their pets. However, history and research show that there are many pros to having your pets spayed or neutered. Whether your pets are kept indoors or out, there are many health and behavioral benefits associated with spaying and neutering, says Dr. Lynn Ruoff, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). “Spaying and neutering pets results in fewer reproductive health problems and makes the treatment of epilepsy,

“Spaying and neutering pets results in fewer reproductive health problems and makes the treatment of epilepsy, diabetes, and other diseases much easier.” diabetes, and other diseases much easier,” notes Ruoff. Ruoff adds, “Spayed pets will not develop pyometra, or pus in the uterus, and they have a greatly decreased risk of developing mammary gland tumors. Neutered pets are less likely to develop testicular tumors or an enlarged prostate.” Another big benefit can be peace of mind - a spayed or neutered pet is far less likely to leave the yard in search of other animals.

“In both male and female pets, sterilization makes them far less likely to roam, which tends to safeguard against injuries due to fights and accidents,” adds Ruoff. “Neutered males are less likely to mark their territory by urinating in the house and will not be inclined to wander off in search of a mate. Spayed females are also less likely to wander and will not attract males who will fight over a female in heat.” In addition, hunting, guarding, and other skills are

dog daycare & bakery • Cage-Free Boarding • Open 7 Days Per Week

www.houstondogdaycare.com • Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jacksons.place


“Neutered males are less likely to mark their territory by urinating in the house and will not be inclined to wander off in search of a mate. Spayed females are also less likely to wander and will not attract males who will fight over a female in heat.” actually improved in spayed and neutered dogs because they are not distracted by hormonal urges, Ruoff believes. Pet owners concerned with the pain and cost of the actual procedure can be put at ease by talking with their veterinarian. Ruoff explains that spaying and neutering, while considered major surgery and performed under general anesthesia, involve little risk in young, healthy pets. In the past, it was believed that puppies and kittens should not be spayed or neutered until they were at least six months of age. However, recent studies conclude that sterilization of pets as young as three months of age does not increase the risks associated with surgery or the number of 10

long-term complications. Animals also recover from these procedures much faster than one might expect. Stitches are usually removed 10 days after the surgery, until which time pet owners are advised to keep the surgical area clean and to keep the animal calm. Most pets recover within a week or less, often not requiring additional pain medication. If cost has been keeping you from having a pet spayed or neutered, it is wise to consider the expenses associated with the alternative. Without

sterilization, you may find yourself paying to treat pyometra, mammary gland tumors, prostatic enlargement, or injuries caused by automobiles. “You can’t put a price tag on a family pet that becomes lost or killed,” adds Ruoff.

Article reprinted with permission from Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

&

d gs cats Texas


Heart Murmurs... Not Always Heartbreak! by dr. christie cornelius

H

eart murmurs are common in domestic animals. Many murmurs are detected during routine examinations - at a time when the pet is not showing any clinical signs associated with heart disease. This news can be scary and confusing for pet owners. It is important to educate yourself on your pet’s condition, so you and your veterinarian can make sound decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment, should your pet require it.

12

&

d gs cats Texas


Heart murmurs are common in domestic animals. Many murmurs are detected during routine examinations - at a time when the pet is not showing any clinical signs associated with heart disease. This news can be scary and confusing for pet owners. It is important to educate yourself on your pet’s condition, so you and your veterinarian can make sound decisions regarding diagnosis and treatment, should your pet require it. What is a heart murmur? A heart murmur is an abnormal extra sound your vet hears when she/he listens to your pet’s heart with a stethoscope. A normal heart produces the sounds “Lub-dub...lubdub..lub-dub”, while a heart murmur produces a “whooshing” noise, often between the “lub” and the “dub”. Systolic murmurs, for example, occur when the heart muscle contracts. Diastolic murmurs occur when the heart muscle relaxes between beats. Continuous murmurs occur throughout all or most of the cardiac cycle. Although a heart murmur may indicate heart disease, there are lots of cats and dogs that live normal lives without needing treatment. Because of this, hearing a heart murmur is not a reason to panic. What causes a heart murmur? Heart murmurs are caused by turbulent blood flow within the heart. The turbulence is caused by a variety of diseases. Heart valve disfunction occurs when it cannot open or close properly. This causes a disturbance in blood flow through the valve itself. The turbulence that results causes the sound that your vet hears when listening to your pet’s heart. The most common heart murmurs in dogs are associated with a leaky mitral valve. In other instances, turbulence is caused by a defect (hole) between two chambers or two arteries that are

{February 2013}

not normally connected. Another cause is narrowing (stenosis) within a chamber or vessel. Anemia (low red blood cell count) causes thinning of the blood and resultant turbulence. When pets are excited, the heart pumps harder and faster, which can cause turbulence and an audible murmur. Grading heart murmurs Murmur grading is your veterinarian’s way to describe the loudness or intensity of the murmur. Grade I: barely audible Grade II: soft, but easily heard with a stethoscope Grade III: intermediate loudness Grade IV: loud murmur that radiates widely, often including opposite side of chest Grade V and VI: very loud, audible with stethoscope barely touching the chest; the vibration is also strong enough to be felt through the animal’s chest wall Remember, the grade or loudness of the murmur is only sometimes related to the severity of heart disease present. Diagnostics to determine the cause of a heart murmur Blood tests help rule out metabolic diseases that cause heart murmurs, such as anemia and hyperthyroidism. Heartworm tests detect the presence of heartworms, which cause damage to the heart. X-rays will show the size and shape of the heart and where it’s positioned within the chest cavity. Pulmonary vessels can also be assessed, as well as the condition of the lungs. Fluid in and around the lungs and within the abdomen can also be detected with x-rays. A doppler machine will determine the pet’s systemic blood pressure. High blood pressure is not uncommon in pets with hyperthyroidism,

kidney disease, diabetes and Cushing’s disease. High blood pressure can lead to neurological symptoms, such as seizures, disorientation, and circling. Blindness, dilated pupils, hemorrhage, and retinal detachment can occur, as well as blood in the urine, protein in the urine, nosebleeds, problems with the kidneys, heart murmurs and weakness. Measuring your pet’s blood pressure during a senior wellness exam can help detect high blood pressure before any clinical syndromes associated with hypertension are apparent. An electrocardiogram (ECG) measures the electrical activity of the heart, and is useful as an adjunct diagnostic because it helps to detect various heart diseases that can be confirmed with an echocardiogram. An Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) can help veterinarians assess the size and shape of the heart as well as it’s pumping capacity. In addition, echocardiography helps veterinarians estimate cardiac output, ejection fraction, and diastolic function. It can help detect cardiomyopathies, pulmonary hypertension, and blood flow abnormalities. Contact your veterinarian if you’d like more information about heart murmurs or heart disease in general. Early detection and intervention can make a big difference in your pet’s lives!

Christie Cornelius, DVM Owner of Last Wishes In-Home Pet Hospice and Euthanasia Houston, TX www.petslastwishes.com

13


{puppy101} by Tricia Fagan

tricks treats

for

W 14

atching your dog do tricks is one of the best things about owning a dog. As a dog owner, the stress of “must do obedience� is absent when tricks are taught, leaving the dog and owner anxiety free when learning and performing tricks.

&

d gs cats Texas


Many tricks can be easily taught using “luring”. Luring is encouraging your dog to follow a piece of food in order to learn a behavior. The fun part of a trick is often in the cue. You reach out your hand and say, “shake”. The dog shakes all over like a wet, um, er, dog. You ask your dog, “Who’s a smart dog?” and your dog raises a paw. There is a walrus in a Washington state zoo that answers yes (nodding his head) to all questions. His cue is a raised pitch of the trainer’s voice at the end of a sentence. Before choosing a trick, chose your cue for its entertainment value. You must also consider the cue from the dog’s point of view. A popular trick is to teach the dog to do a play bow, however “bow” and “down” sound alike. You dog might confuse these sounds. Adding to the confusion in this particular example is the similarity of behavior. When lying down, the dog puts his front end and back end on the ground. In a play bow, the dog puts his front end on the ground and his rear end remains up in the air. I often use “take a bow” as the cue for this behavior. Yes, kinda boring. A cute cue for a woman might be, “Who’s your queen?” (and the dog takes a bow.) A play bow is an easy behavior to teach. The dog lowers his front end to the ground, elbows touching the floor. The dog’s rear end remains as if in a stand, up in the air. Many tricks can be easily taught using “luring”. Luring is encouraging your dog to follow a piece of food in order to learn a behavior. When using a piece {February 2013}

of food to lure your dog, you must place the piece of food on (touching) or nearly touching his nose or mouth. You can even allow the dog to nibble on the food while he follows the food. Move the food slowly – SLOWLY! Be patient. Do not expect the dog to perform the behavior right away. Using food, lure your dog’s nose straight down toward the ground. You might even move the lure ever so slightly toward your dog as you move it downward. When your dog bends his elbows even a little bit, reward with the treat. Then you will be ready to try again. Lure your dog again, continuing to reward a slight bend of the elbow. As your dog gets better at bending his elbows, lure a little be more of a bend before rewarding. Soon your dog will be doing a full play bow. When your dog is successfully performing the play bow, try to increase the amount of time your dog stays in the position. Voila! Your dog knows a new trick. Happy Training!

Tricia Fagan Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed DogS Gone Good www.dogSgonegood.com trainer@dogSgonegood.com (713) 557-1949 
 15


{pawz-itivelynatural} By Nadine Joli-Coeur

dental health month F

ebruary is Pet Dental Month. Is this just a way for vets to convince pet parents to have their pet’s teeth cleaned or is there another reason? Many pets will show signs of gum disease before they hit the age of 5. Pets often will hide the fact that they have pain in their mouth so it is important to look for warning signs.

16

&

d gs cats Texas


Your pet’s gums and mouth are key health indicators for your pet. Poor dental habits can result in chronic pain, tooth loss and eroded gums. More serious medical issues include heart, kidney and liver disease. It is very important to make sure you have a yearly vet visit. For example, my Lab Callie has always had good teeth but during a vet visit we realized she had a cracked tooth that needed to be removed. If I had not noticed it, it could have easily formed a serious infection in her mouth. First signs that your pet’s teeth need attention: Bad breath and brownish tartar around gums lines More severe signs include: Problems picking up food, bleeding and/or red gums, tooth loss, very bad breath, bumps/lumps in the mouth and ropey, bloody saliva. Bacteria and plaque forming foods can cause build up on your pet’s teeth. It hardens into tartar and causes gingivitis and possible tooth loss. In addition to considering teeth cleanings, you can greatly reduce the frequency by following a few easy steps. First, and most importantly, feed your pet a healthy diet (stop feeding highly processed treats and kibble). Have you ever seen a wild {February 2013}

animal with tartar? (of course not). Why is that? If you eat a diet comprised of fresh vegetables and fruit and meat your mouth does not have to break down the processed ingredients (carbs, fillers, sugars). Secondly, you should brush their teeth at least weekly AND give them a chew toy or natural chew (Elk Antlerz, bully stick, Himalayan chew). Read the ingredients - if it has processed ingredients STAY AWAY. Also never give cooked bones or rawhide. Rawhide, as it is often treated (processed), and can cause choking. WHAT PRODUCTS DO I SUGGEST Brushing your pet’s teeth use a product that has natural ingredients. We carry a U.S. made toothpaste (yes most are not made in the U.S.) that is non-foaming, sugar free and contains tea tree for gums (this is for dogs only). For cats and dogs that may have gingivitis we carry Blutos dental (dog) or Peppermint Catty Purly Whites. In addition we have chews that are made with a Natural Toothpaste and we have several products that can be added to water for everyday maintenance. Ultimately proper nutrition is the most important base to keeping those pearly whites healthy.

17


{centerstage}

by janet arter

18

&

d gs cats Texas


Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue by Teresa Osborn, Executive Director

L

one Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue is an allvolunteer dog rescue organization headquartered in Houston. Established in 1999, LSSTLAR is wellknown throughout the rescue community for taking in severely broken and battered dogs.

Their philosophy is that every dog deserves a chance and if an unlucky shih tzu or lhasa apso is in need, LSSTLAR will pull out all stops to save his or her life. Take for example, little Zenn. This sweet little shih tzu mix was left at the Harris County shelter with three broken legs. Yes, three broken legs. He was in desperate need. Not adoptable in that state, the county released Zenn to LSSTLAR on an early medical release. After spending several days hospitalized at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Zenn’s three broken legs were pinned and plated and, thankfully, repaired. Another example, is gorgeous lhasa Mandy. After the Houston SPCA took in almost 200 breeding dogs from a breeder in Waller County, Mandy was found to have badly malformed back legs and deemed unadoptable and LSSTLAR was called in. Mandy became a wonderful special little girl when it was found that not only was she

{February 2013}

unable to walk, she was pregnant. Just a few short weeks later, little Mandy gave birth to six absolutely stunning little puppies. Shortly after the puppies were weaned, Mandy started a long road of multiple repairs to her legs. Today, Mandy’s legs work almost as well as any normal dog – thanks to Dr. Brian Beale at GCVS. Adopted to one of LSSTLAR’s volunteers, she’s living a very spoiled life in Dallas with one of her little babies. The third example is tiny, stunning Angie. Completely eaten up with demodex mange, Angie was surrendered to LSSTLAR by her owner. Infected, oozing sores covered her body. With the help of Dr. Michael Moore at Foster Creek Veterinary Hospital, Angie has made a fantastic recovery and will soon be healthy enough for adoption. This is what the rescue is all about – being the hero – the advocate – the guardian – of those who need the help the most.

19


{animalcauses}

Natural Pawz and Merrick Pet Care team up to donate food for rescue and shelter pets in Houston

In January, Natural Pawz working with Merrick Pet Care secured a donation of 42,000 lbs. of dog food from Amarillo based company, which is a leader in the super-premium pet food category. Their mission is to create the most nutritious and wholesome food it can to help families take better care of their pets. “We are committed to ensuring that ALL dogs get the benefits of wholesome food, including those dogs that currently live in shelters,” said Donald Young, vice president of sales for Merrick Pet Food. “We are pleased to partner with Natural Pawz in making this a reality for dogs in the Houston area.” “We are grateful to Merrick for this donation and one of our core values is to give back to the local community”’ said Biff Picone co-owner of Natural Pawz. We have tried to donate food where it would do the 20

most good. Around 10,000lbs was given to the Houston Humane Society. Another overlooked and needed areas are senior meals on wheels. Another 10,000lbs was donated to two local groups who administer the program. “All too often seniors that receive meals from religious groups and give part of their food to their pets...we wanted to do what we can to relieve the pressure on seniors and ensure the pets get a good diet of pet food”, Natural Pawz co-owner Nadine Joli-Coeur. The balance was given to various non-profit local rescue groups who operate on little or no funds. They donated to at least 15 to 20 small groups making a difference in their food pantries. Way to go!!!

&

d gs cats Texas


{dougiedeogi}

H

appy Valentine’s month!! So peeps, you know I run this rescue program, right? It’s for little fluffy dogs like me. It’s called Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue (www.facebook.com/lsstlar).

Dougie Deogi Rescue Reporter

22

&

d gs cats Texas


Well, I’m kinda in the dog house with Ms. Shannan of the magazine, cuz I’m really late getting the article done. I kinda got behind when three pregnant mommy dogs came into the rescue and I had to help them have babies. Yep, rescues do get puppies. Two of the mommies came from the Houston city shelter and one came from the Harris county shelter. They were HUGE and I was pretty worried about them – I thought their bellies were going to split open - having babies is hard and they were all skinny and stuff. I mean really, folks, dumping your pregnant dogs at the pound? So what, you missed the Christmas and Valentine sale timeline? GOOD GRIEF. So, I got them and after many, many nights of being up all night worrying about the mommies and when the puppies were coming, the puppies finally came! And, thankfully they were all ok. Now, there is some contro{February 2013}

versy about why in the world would my rescue allow puppies to be born when there are already so many homeless dogs. Yes, there are some that think pregnant mommies should be aborted, but we don’t think like that. If we used that thought process for all rescues, why don’t we just kill all the shelter dogs – huh – there are more out on the street! See how stupid that is? We think that when any dog comes into my rescue, we have to do whatever is best for that dog. If that dog includes little unborn puppies, we’ll do everything possible for them too. No killing baby puppies here! If we are in for one, we’re in for all. These baby puppies will be available to be adopted around the end of April, so if you are interested email me at my rescue address: Dougie@ shihtzu-rescue.com. Signing off and heading to bed! Dougie Deogi, rescue reporter

Dougie is the official mascot of Lone Star Shih Tzu & Lhasa Apso Rescue. His antics can be seen on his own facebook page, www. facebook.com/accordingtodougie and on the Lone Star page, www. facebook.com/lsstlar.

Doggie Daycare, Boarding, Grooming and Obedience Training 6434 Washington Avenue Houston, TX 77007 713-868-7555 deogi@deogidogspa.com

23


petpuzzlers Pet Word Search V S D R A C B E C S K P T W S D A R V A O L R H E I F K C B E I L H W F E L O C S B X U S J M P E P N W O C N S R S J A X H E U N I T F O A E B T Z J W O E I C T E J L D S Z F Z N S P D A Y B I E A F A M I L Y Y E R Y R T V N T H L N G Y B H A I U B T S R E W O L F M F U U A D A N S R O S E S F D A H R G R D F R I E N D S H I P Y V R S N E D J P P G L Z O Y T O E I U B T X L N U O N U F W M V H T E F F I V S V P E E I E O P K C M R Z D L E Z D X

ARROW BOW CARDS CHOCOLATE CUPID DANCES DINNER

FAMILY FEBRUARY FLOWERS FRIENDSHIP FUN GIFTS HEARTS

HUGS KISSES LOVE RINGS ROSES TEDDIES VALENTINES

Fun Pet Facts • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.” • Many believe the ‘X’ symbol became synonymous with the kiss in medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an ‘X.’ The ‘X’ was then kissed to show their sincerity. • Physicians of the 1800’s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love. • Approximately 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold and delivered within the three-day Valentine’s Day time period. • The most fantastic gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife. • 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women. • In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared February 14th the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Puzzle

Across

1. ________ and kisses. 3. They smell pretty. 6. On Valentine’s Day you should hug and ______ with your loved ones. 8. Special treat loved by all. 10. Wrap it up and tie it with a bow

down

2. Another word for kiss. 3. My best ________. 4. Delicate, red flowers (with thorns). 5. Valentine’s Day shape 7. I ______ you. 8. Sugary treat. 9. Sign it and give it to a friend. 24

&

d gs cats Texas


advertisehere

281.781.4727 • sales@TexasCatsAndDogs.com

Certified Professional Training “The Best Your Dog Can Be”

dogS gone good

Private In-Home Training Dog Boarding School Dog Obedience Classes Puppy Training Classes

713.557.1949 dogSgonegood.com


find your

furever friend

A

re you a breed specific aficionado? Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Just about any animal that pulls at your heart strings can be adopted through a local rescue group or shelter! Always dreamed of a handsome snoring pile of English Bulldog love but didn’t want to spend $2000.00 plus from a breeder? YOUR IN LUCK! Have your heart set on a Yorkie but can’t get past the horror stories of sick puppies purchased from back yard breeders? YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE! Always wanted a Parrot but but don’t know much about them and don’t want to be thrown to the wolves? PREPARE TO BE AMAZED! Yes, Any pet you could and would ever dream of can be adopted through a rescue from a rescue group! From Parrots and Ferrets to Malamutes and Mixes! If your looking for your new FURever friend visit your local Shelter or one of these great Houston animal rescues!

26

&

d gs cats Texas


All Texas Dachshund Rescue - www.atdr.org American Brittany Rescue - www.americanbrittany rescue.org Austin German Shepherd Dog Rescue-www.austingerman shepherdrescue.org Best Friends FurEver - www.furever.org Boston Terrier Rescue of Greater Houston- www. houstonbostonrescue.org Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Greater Houston, Inc.www.cavalierrescuetrust.org Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue- www.cbrrescue.org Chihuahua Rescue and Transport www.chihuahua-rescue.com Corridor Rescue, Incwww.corridorrescue.org Dakota Rescue - www.dakotarescue.org Dachshund Rescue of Houston - www.dachshundrescue ofhouston.org Doberman Rescue Group - www.dobermanrescue group.org East Texas Cocker Spaniel Rescue- www.cockerkids.org English Bulldog Rescue Network- www.bulldog rescuenetworktexas.blogspot. com English Springer Rescue America - www.springer rescue.org Friends of Rescued Mastiffswww.mastiffrescue.org

{February 2013}

Greyhound Pets of America Houston - www.gpahouston. org Great Dane Rescue of Southeast Texas - saveadane.org Great Pyrenees Rescue Society - www.greatpyreneesrescue society.org Gulf Coast Cocker Rescue - www.gulfcoastcocker spanielrescue.com Houston Beagle Rescue www.houstonbeaglerescue.org Houston Cocker Spaniel Rescue - houstoncockerspanielrescue. com Houston Collie Rescue - www.houstoncollierescue.org Houston Lab Rescue - www.houstonlabrescue.com Houston Sheltie Sanctuary www.houstonsheltiesanctuary. com Husky Haven Inc www.huskyhaven.org

Second Chance Poms www.secondchancepoms.org

Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue Group, Inc. - www.txpyrs.org

South Texas Aussie Rescue - www.southtexasaussierescue. org

Weimeranier Rescue of North Texas - www.weimrescuetexas. org

Southeast Texas Labrador Retriever Rescue - www.txlabrescue.org

Yorkie and Small Dog Rescue - www.yasdr.org Yorkshire Terrier Club of Houston - www.ytcgh.com

Lonestar Boxer Rescue www.lsbr.org

Texas Alaskan Malamute Rescue - www.texalmal.org

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston - www.msrh.org

Texas Collie Rescue - www.texascollierescue.org

Zeke Fund Animal Rescue - www.zfar.org

Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso Rescue- www.shihtzu rescue.com Noah’s Ark - www.noahsarksanctuary.org PugHearts, the Houston Pug Rescue - www.pughearts.com S.A.F.E. House Rescue & Adoption www.safehouserescue.org Save Our Strays - www.saveourstraysfortbend. org

27


{marketplace}

februa Show her how much she means to you with this amazing diamond and ruby necklace and earrings! These should keep you out of the dog house for awhile! Shaftel Diamonds on Richmond Ave is the place to go when you want the very best!

Let Fido sink his teeth into this healthy bone shaped Bite Me cookie for Valentines Day! Pick up a dozen or two at Jackson’s Place Dog Daycare & Bakery!

Your dog will enjoy having his teeth cleaned with this EZdog toothbrush! Available at Natural Pawz!

Valentine’s Loofa Heart Dog Toy is the perfect gift for your pooch this Valentine’sDay! Available at Natural Pawz!

28

Mr. Bubbles is not just for kids anymore, he’s been taken out of the tub and is ready to go into the paws of your 4 legged friend! Available at Natural Pawz!

&

d gs cats Texas


aryfinds Your dog will drool over this stunning velvet collar covered in crystals! Go check out the huge selection at WOOF Pet Bakery & Boutique in Spring!

Don’t have time to brush your pets teeth - why not try a natural chew that have toothpaste in them. Safe for dogs AND cats! Available at Natural Pawz!

This is one seriously cool dog feeder. Designed to slow your dog down when eating, it also doubles as an interactive, rewardbased game! Available at Natural Pawz!

For your holiday pleasure this dress turns any pup into a princess. Available at the Pawty Palace in Katy!

{February 2013}

29


Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine  

Animal lovers magazine in Houston, Texas

Advertisement
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you