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close and personal. Elliott and his contingent arrived in New York just in time for winter storm Nemo. Sherri knew the storm was coming, so there was no sightseeing or side trips along the way. Flights were being canceled, so it was important to get to New York before roads were closed. They ran into snow in New Jersey when they dropped off Luke, and once they came out of the tunnel into New York, they were met with rain. The snow was right behind them, so they found their hotel and the bellhop was, in Sherri’s word, “wonderful.” He supervised the unloading, and gave her directions to a nearby “stacking” garage — her truck with its shell was too tall to go down to the hotel’s garage. While Bob stayed behind with all the stuff, Sherri put Elliott in the J<<<CC@FKKE<JJ›G8><(-

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the dog, who then might go on the defensive. • Teach kids to recognize signs of aggression. Sometimes dogs will use body language to let people know they do not wish to be approached. Adults and kids alike should familiarize themselves with these mannerisms as a safety precaution. If these signals are ignored, then the dog might bite to protect itself. Signs of defensive aggression include: • ears back, pupils dilated • tail down and tensed • posture mildly crouched, weight over

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loss and damage that may force families and their pets into new living situations. Oftentimes, pets are not able to make the move and are surrendered to area shelters. A struggling economy has also taken its toll on pets. According to Hope Brustein, the executive director at the Geauga Humane Society in Ohio, many animals are brought to shelters because owners have lost their jobs or homes and tight budgets can no longer support them. Those who have lost their homes and need to relocate may not be able to bring their pets along. The ASPCA estimates 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Shelter intakes are generally evenly divided between animals that are relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. There are no firm statistics on how many animals are surrendered to shelters in Canada, but the Winnipeg Humane Society alone takes in 8,000 to 9,000 animals each year. Although the number of animals entering shelters continues to rise, so do the number of adoptions. This is in part to the publicity campaigns of many area shelters

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healthy pet is a happy pet, and responsible pet owners know that their beloved pets’ health rests largely on the owners’ shoulders. Ensuring a pet is healthy over the long haul can be quite simple. While some pets may develop medical conditions that require more attention, the following are a few simply ways pet owners can keep their pets healthy. • Don’t skip visits to the veterinarian. Unlike humans, pets can’t speak for themselves, so it’s quite possible that a pet could be hurting or dealing with a medical condition while its owner has no idea. Annual veterinary checkups can help avoid such situations, and the vet might notice a developing condition before it becomes anything serious. If a pet’s behavior suddenly changes, then schedule a veterinarian visit as soon as possible, as this behaviorial change could be indicative of a medical issue. • Prioritize vaccinations. Vaccinations can protect a pet from a host of ailments, including rabies, distemper and Lyme disease. New pet owners who adopted a pet from a rescue organization should get documentation about the animal’s past vaccinations (certified kennels typically provide such documentation at the time of adoption). If there is no such documentation or if there are documents showing the pet received certain vaccinations but not necessarily all of its vaccinations, take the pet to the veterinarian and have the animal receive those vaccinations that aren’t documented. • Spay or neuter the pet. The ASPCA notes that spaying or neutering a pet is a preventive measure that can help a pet in the long haul. Spaying, or removing the ovaries and uterus of a female dog or cat, can prevent diseases, such as breast cancer and pyometra, as well as infection and keep the animal from going into heat. Neutering a male a dog or cat before it reaches six

months can reduce the likelihood that the animal will behave aggressively while helping to prevent testicular cancer, diseases of the prostate and hernias. • Help the pet fight heartworm. Heartworm isn’t easy to treat, but it is easily prevented. Cat owners should speak to their veterinarian about heartworm and the best course of action, as cats are less likely to develop heartworm than dogs, who are natural hosts for the infection. Dogs should be tested for heartworm annually in the early spring, and the veterinarian might prescribe a preventive medication the dog will take once per month. How long the dog must take the medication depends on the dog and the veterinarian, but dog owners should heed the vet’s advice. • Get your pet off the couch. Humans should not be couch potatoes, and neither should their pets. Regular exercise burns calories while increasing muscle mass and improving cardiovascular strength. Dog owners should know that how much exercise their dog needs depends on its breed, age, sex and physical condition, so discuss a proper exercise regimen with your veterinarian. Cats need exercise, too, and cat owners should also discuss the specifics with their vet. — Metro

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Shelter on Zuni Road) 21779 Zuni Road, Apple Valley Ph: 760-247-2102 View adoptable animals at Website: www.vvapl.com • San Bernardino County Devore Shelter 19777 Shelter Way, Devore Ph: 909-887-8055 or 800-472-5609 • San Bernardino County Shelter — High Desert 19575 Bear Valley Road, Apple Valley (next to Dog’s Day Inn boarding and grooming facility) Ph: 760-961-7535 Website: www.sbcounty.gov/acc

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