Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine, January - February 2012

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Contributing Writers Donna Streeter Kathy Schreur Shelly Volsche Madeleine Franco Linda Fredericks Darcy Grizzle


Jayne Brass Geri Rombach

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new year lies before us. It is a time to reflect on the past year and to review what we accomplished and what we perhaps failed to accomplish. It is a time to make resolutions and a time to Dream. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine is a result of our 2011 dreaming. Our goal for the publication is to provide the Las Vegas pet community with an interesting and educational resource in as easy-to-read, fun format. Judging from the encouraging and positive comments we received from readers, we’re accomplishing that goal. We have plans and dreams for 2012. We continually review, reflect, and plan to make this a useful and informative publication. These are challenging times and it is easy to feel overwhelmed and adopt a “why-bother” attitude. There are many challenges, yet there are many solutions. We can all play a role in making a difference in the lives of our pets and animals. Dare to Dream! Resolve to Act! There are so many ways you can help: donate money, volunteer your time, adopt a pet, become involved. We encourage you to support our advertisers – they are our partners in providing this resource to the Las Vegas pet community. We looking forward to hearing from you – email us at Like us on facebook

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Your Pet Can Give The Gift Of Life… And Benefit Too!

Blood is greatly needed for animal blood banks. Blood is so direly needed that there is often a 4 week waiting period to receive blood products from commercial veterinary blood banks. Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care (VE+CC) has established a volunteer community blood bank to help local animals that need blood. Your pet could give the gift of life and save the life of another animal by donating a little blood to our blood bank. The benefits of registering as an official canine or feline blood donor are: 1.

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Donors will also receive credit for a free blood product for every donation made.

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WE LACK By Donna Streeter


pirit can be defined as life or living substance apart from the physical; a powerful moving force; an energy reflecting ardor, enthusiasm and courage. It is the fundamental tenacious emotion that defines one’s character. Therapy can be defined as treatment for mental, emotional and physical maladies or as the healing power or quality to aid in breathing new life into bodies and minds that have been challenged by physical and emotional issues. Spirit Therapies combines these two definitions into one within their instructors, riders and the vessels of healing the horses themselves. Together they work miracles in the lives of the children and adults they serve. Spirit Therapies was established in 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada by Laurie Willmott. It is a 501(c)3 public charity, nonprofit organization that specializes in physical and mental therapy on horseback for individuals with special needs including our Veterans/Military heroes. The program is entirely volunteer-driven with a Board of Directors. All donations and riders fees are used exclusively for program operations. Rider scholarships, horse adoption programs and fundraisers are the primary sources of funding. Spirit Therapies is the only Premiere Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center certified by the Professional Association of

Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) in Southern Nevada, an area where special needs children and adults are increasing each year. In addition to the children and adults benefiting from the services Spirit Therapies has to offer, horses with special needs have been rescued and enjoy a second chance as part of the Spirit team when age, injury or other circumstances suggested a change. It was recognized that these horses still have a lot of life left and can contribute in a unique and valuable way in helping children and adults become rejuvenated or in the cases of some, have a breath of new life and a sense of accomplishment for the very first time. Director and CEO Laurie Willmott possesses a natural sense of nurturing which is just one of the valuable attributes she brings to the organization. Laurie is entirely emotionally and physically invested in each one of the individuals’ lives she serves. And her interactions with them and their families leave no doubt of her compassionate commitment to their progress. Laurie is certified by PATH as an instructor. All non-therapist volunteers must participate in an extensive training course prior to working with the individuals; every volunteer must participate in ongoing training twice a year.

Our horses are really four-legged therapists, who help our riders improve their lives through physical contact, exercise, and interaction with others which increases communication and social skills.


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Spirit Therapies mission statement says it well: “Spirit Therapies is a nonprofit therapeutic riding center that positively impacts the lives of the physically and mentally challenged through connecting with trained therapy horses, certified instructors and compassionate volunteers. We will educate and bring awareness of this valuable therapy to the public, and one day be able to offer therapeutic riding free of charge.”


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January is National Train Your Dog Month! By Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA

Did you get a puppy for the holidays or adopt a new friend from the shelter? Are you looking at your favorite fido and thinking he could use a little social polish? Do you simply want to get started doing something fun with your dog like trick training or nose work?

January is the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions and training your dog. About Train Your Dog Month

In 2010, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) announced January as National Train Your Dog Month. The event began with a website launch and some simple handouts. However, over the past couple years it has grown into a full scale campaign for better training, socialization and relationship building between canines and their families. The site now hosts handouts, webinars, and facebook chats on training and behavior issues. Visit to check it out.

Finding A Trainer

Finding a qualified, humane trainer has never been easier. Visit the APDT’s website ( to complete a search for a local training professional or visit the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainer’s website ( to find an independently certified trainer. Be sure to visit the Pet Owners section of the APDT’s website for information on finding a trainer, socialization, and disaster preparedness. When you contact a trainer, ask if you can visit a class or spend a few moments speaking with them about their methods. Are they current on the most recent techniques and research on canine learning? Do they use humane methods that focus on building your relationship with your dog? What is their background and what are their qualifications? A qualified trainer will be happy to take the time, recognizing that you place value on your bond with your canine companion.

What To Learn, What To Learn

Whether you just got a puppy or adopted an adult dog, start with the basics. For puppies, find classes with a trainer that understands the developmental stages of young canines. Socialization should be at the heart of these classes, and it includes more than puppy play and basic commands. Will the class help your puppy gain confidence in her world? Is prevention of common problems like barking at skateboards, eating the vacuum cleaner, and potty training addressed? It is important to start young, preparing yourself and your puppy to handle real life with ease. For adopted adults, find a good basic manners class that understands not all dogs are the same. Depending on your rescued dog’s background, a group class may be a bit stressful at first. How does the trainer handle this? Is the dog excused? Are visual barriers used to help your dog feel more secure until they become more comfortable? Be sure to ask these questions before registering for a class so you can be sure it is a good fit for you and your dog.

Having Fun

If you and your dog are already on the road to proper social skills, keep up the fun with trick training or any one of the various canine sports. Classes are available that teach agility for fun, tricks and dancing, or even nose work and scent detection. Ask around. Check with trainers and retailers to see what classes are on the calendar.

Keeping It Personal

When schedules and canine personalities require, it is always possible to seek private training. Not all dogs do well with other dogs, and that’s ok. Private training can help address behavior issues, but it can also give you quality one on one time with a trainer to learn a new sport, skill, or just have fun.

In the end, the important thing is that you get started. Training your dog not only teaches them proper manners, it can curb behavior problems and build a bond to last a lifetime. Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA is the owner of Good Paws, llc. She has over 5 years of professional training experience and is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Truly Dog Friendly, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and holds a Certificate in Canine Nutrition. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her long term goal is to obtain a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling so she can help bridge the gap existing in so many human-canine relationships. Shelly can be reached at 702.469.1437 or via email at Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • Jan/Feb 2012



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Does Your Pet Need A


Many pet owners are unaware that veterinary specialists and specialty hospitals even exist. Veterinary specialists are similar to human specialists in many ways. They are doctors of veterinary medicine who choose to specialize in one type of medicine, surgery or species. They must complete 3-4 years of additional training, usually in the form of an internship and residency program after graduating from veterinary school. Following their advance training, they must submit credentials to the specific group in question, i.e. American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS), etc. Once they meet the preliminary criteria, they must pass a multi- day examination. Once the individual passes the examination, they become a member or diplomate of that group and are considered to be board certified in their specialty. There are currently 20 veterinary specialties recognized by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). Specialties range from anesthesiology to zoo medicine. In general, specialists see cases requiring advanced training, expertise, skill or equipment for diagnosis and to perform the most up to date surgical or medical treatments. Orthopedic surgery, complicated abdominal or cancer surgery, ultrasound, MRI/CT scans, chemotherapy, and endoscopy are just a few examples of these. Seeing a specialist is usually on referral by your primary veterinarian. In many cases, your veterinarian seeks a second opinion or knows your pet needs advanced diagnostics or a complicated procedure that they are not equipped to handle in their hospital. The Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center (LVVSC) is Southern Nevada’s only multi-specialty veterinary hospital with full-time specialists available 7 days a week. LVVSC has been working with local veterinarians since 2005 to provide the most comprehensive veterinary medicine available.

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shadow slipping between houses, a glimpse jumping off a wall, a darting shape dashing across the road. Quiet, starving, struggling to survive - they are our cast offs. They are the result of abandonment or in a moment of carelessness, they were lost. They, like a lot of us in these troubling times, are searching for a place to call home. They are called free-roaming or feral cats. The “lucky” ones find relatively safe places to live with others, known as colonies. They find an abandoned piece of property; a gated community; a drain pipe; a garage which has an opening somewhere; a crumbling building. These colonies can exist for generations of offspring, until nature or mankind force them out. Fortunately for the wild ones, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of incredibly caring and kind people who also live among us. They are the people who want the euthanasia of thousands of animals in Clark County to cease and they continually seek avenues to that end. They are the people who acknowledge the cats are here and care for them. They are the people who seek legal ways to help diminish the overpopulation of our animal kingdom. One such hero is Keith Williams. Mr. Williams is a man of many hats and a true inspiration. He was appointed by the Clark County Commission to the role of Central Sponsor and founded the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County, also known as C5. It is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, working with Animal Control, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, Las Vegas Valley Humane Society, and Lied Animal Shelter to create an environment where there are no more unwanted cats.


To achieve that goal, a core action is the Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) program. This program has proven successful in slowly and naturally diminishing colonies. The cats are trapped in special cages, taken to a veterinarian to be neutered or spayed (the cat is also given medical attention, vaccinated, and its ear is tipped to show he/she has been neutered/spayed), and then returned to their colonies. The colonies basically become retirement communities (no kittens allowed), where they live out their natural life span which averages 4 to 5 years. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • Jan/Feb 2012

The TNR program was once done in the dark of night, because cat colonies were unprotected and, if discovered, often times were cruelly destroyed. Through the efforts of many caring and dedicated individuals, including Mr. Williams, Clark County Ordinance 10.06 came about, providing legal protection for feral cat colonies. A cat colony can be registered with Central Sponsor and therefore protected. In the three years since the inception of Ordinance 10.06, Central Sponsor has, to date, 439 registered colonies, with an average size of 10 cats. In the first two years, C5 helped to facilitate the spaying and neutering of over 7,000 cats. Through their efforts, they are bringing down the number of cats whose end of life is reached at Lied Animal Shelter or through cruelty. Not only does that benefit the cats, it also benefits the taxpayer. It costs $100 every time Animal Control is called and $40 for disposal. What saves the taxpayers money is that C5 and Heaven Can Wait host a feral cat clinic once a month, which is free to the caretakers of the colonies and prevents population growth and expense. Again, the benefits and cost savings are for all concerned. Heaven Can Wait Animal Society is a huge component in the fight to end homeless animals. It is a non-profit, low cost, spay and neuter facility, that works ceaselessly to bring down the overpopulation of our pets. Every month, under the brilliant direction of its President, Harold Vosko, Heaven Can Wait hosts a feral cat clinic. For example, working with C5, on just one day, December 11th, Heaven Can Wait sterilized 285 free-roaming cats. In November, over 400 free-roaming cats were sterilized. The clinic is extremely organized and just plain amazing. A small army of the kindest, most giving volunteers tend to the cats and kittens.

“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” John F. Kennedy

Once again, Nevada proves how many wonderful, thoughtful, caring folks it has living within its borders. Hopefully, one day, every cat will know what it is like to curl up on someone’s lap, safe, fed, warm, and most of all, loved.




There are many great organizations, veterinarians, volunteers, and caretakers devoted to our wild ones. This article just touches on a few. As you read this, hopefully you will find yourself wondering what you can do to help our homeless little ones. Please volunteer your time. The ways you can help are endless. If you do not have the time, donations are always appreciated. If you are currently taking care of a colony of wild ones, and would like guidance on how to manage your colony, you can contact Keith Williams through C5’s website, which is Heaven Can Wait would welcome your call at 277-5555 or you can learn more about them at

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Heaven Can Wait is the only facility that has a youth volunteer program and welcomes young people ages 10 to 18. They believe it is very important to learn responsible pet ownership at a young age and to witness how important it is to spay and neuter your pet. It is just one more step to bring about the end of homeless animals.

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Once the cats arrive, they are numbered and identified as male or female. Under the trained supervision of a veterinary technician, they are sedated. In a sterile operating room, eight volunteer surgeons operate under the direction of Medical Director, Dr. Henderson. The cats then are given to a team of young volunteers who groom the cats. For most of the cats, this will be the only kind human touch they will ever receive and you can see how much it means to the young people gently brushing the sleeping cats.

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Daily Deal Site Launches to Benefit Las Vegas Pets PETching is America’s first and only daily deal site to donate proceeds to local non-profits. Las Vegas – January 1, 2012 – PETching is a premier daily deal website that offers pet products and services at discounted prices. The company is dedicated to fostering a loyal community of pet lovers through daily deals and an emphasis on locally owned establishments. PETching’s carefully curated pet deals include goods and services such as: pet sitters and walkers, animal boarding services, veterinary clinics, animal bakeries, and much more. PETching currently services the Las Vegas area and offers National Online Deals.

revenue for businesses both local and national, and ultimately aiding in creating more jobs for Americans by focusing on one of the world’s biggest communities: pets. The PETching website is an online space where pet owners feel comfortable sharing tips about their favorite local establishments, and it provides helpful tips on how to keep pets healthy and happy. PETching also makes a concerted effort to give back to the community, and portions of the company’s proceeds are donated to non-profit pet organizations.

Deals that have been offered in just the first month of launch include pet sitting and walking services. PETching partnered with local business, Gals on the Go, to offer doggy daycare, 30-minute pet visits, dog walking services, pet taxis, and bird/reptile care. Another deal featured was J&L Pet Services, a Las Vegas company that provides daytime/overnight pet sitting, dog walking, waste removal services, pet taxis, deodorizers, and medication administration. Since then, businesses such as pet products, pet food & treat companies have signed on for deals to offer to consumers nationwide.

PETching is currently building a deal calendar for the new year, and businesses interested in specific dates are encouraged to contact PETching. PETching is also interested in sponsoring upcoming pet-related events and is seeking charities interested in affiliate opportunities.

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Book Review By Geri Rombach

Inside of a Dog – What Dogs See, Smell, and Know By Alexandra Horowitz

I have a new hobby - dog watching or dog observing! This book sparked my curiosity about dogs. How do dogs experience the world? How do dogs see the world? According to the author, “Dogs don’t see the world like we do: they ‘see’ mostly through smell. “ She asks us to imagine relying on smell rather than sight as our primary sense. She also asks us to imagine each detail of our visual world matched by a corresponding smell. Imagine smelling every visual detail – what would that experience be like? When we notice a smell it is because it is either a good smell or a bad one. We rarely use it as a source of information. The author states that a dog’s universe is a stratum of complex odors and that their world of scent is as rich as our world of sight. The book offers many examples of common dog/human bonding experiences between the author and her own dog, Pumpernickel. However, the book is not one to be read for pleasure alone or for winding-down bedtime reading. It is, though, a source of scientific research and data on animal behavior and a helpful resource for understanding your own dog. The author describes herself as a dog person, a lover of dogs and also a scientist. She studies animal behavior professionally. The book is about imagining the dog’s point of view; how the dog experiences the world; what they want and need, and what they understand. Much of what is presented is difficult for a person unfamiliar with animal psychology or cognition to understand. Personally I understood about ten percent of the scientific data presented yet that percentage allowed me to imagine and explore in a new way the world of dogs. The book will help you understand what your dog’s behaviors mean to them rather than just what they mean to you. You will see your dog through new eyes of imagination. Definitely well worth reading! 16

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Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • Jan/Feb 2012

Wheeler Pass Herd

e e r F N d l i W By Darcy Grizzle

Director of America’s Wild Horse Advocates As one of the Directors of America’s Wild Horse Advocates (AWHA), I am directly involved in documenting one of the herds near Las Vegas, Nevada. It is called the Wheeler Pass Herd, and it’s in a small remote A Photographic Journey of the Wild Horse Herds mountain area called Cold Creek. AWHA strives for education and awareness of our Near Las Vegas, Nevada Wild Mustangs and Burros across our state, and the 9 other westernstates where the Wild Horses & Burros roam in their Herd Management Areas. We are also dedicated to on the range management, in lieu of roundups, we promote Eco-Tourism and adoptions. I am up at least once a month. Part of my documentation includes photographing the different bands & keeping track of what mare had what foal, what stallion they are with, and their approximate age. In my “Photography Website”,, I showcase some of the Wild Horses. Any profit I make from sales goes to non-profits that help rescue the Wild Horses & Burros. For More Info on the Wild Horses & Burros, please visit: Wild Horse Freedom Federation: The Cloud Foundation: America’s Wild Horse Advocates:


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Cockatoos 101

By Madeleine Franco, Founding President of the Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society.

If you are considering a cockatoo as a pet, please consider fostering or adopting one. With the economy such as it is, there are wonderful cockatoos looking for new homes because through no fault of their own, many of these beautiful and highly emotional and loving pets have become victims of foreclosure. So many people are downsizing, and life has a way of changing considerably when you start sharing a wall. Ah, but, be warned! Cockatoos are not for everyone! There are many web sites you can visit, including, where you can listen to a soundtrack that will eliminate the excuse, “But, I had no idea they were so loud.” You’ll also get a no-holds-barred presentation on cockatoo ownership, undoubtedly designed to discourage all but the staunchest of “cockatoo people,” most of whom seem to be born rather than made. If that website doesn’t dissuade you—and it didn’t me—then, here are some things you’ll also want to know and remember. As the large cockatoos are by far the most mismanaged and, therefore, the most common birds in rescue and rehoming programs, it is important that potential owners know what they are getting into when they decide they want to foster or adopt a cockatoo. To that end, here is a crash course, suitable for posting on your fridge.

Cockatoos 101:

(1) They are loud (2) they are willful; (3) they are dusty; (4) they are destructive; (5) they are demanding; (6) they can be moody; (7) they can be spiteful; (8) they toss their food; (9) they will bite if provoked; (10) they’re sometimes too smart for their own good; (11) they can be bullies; (12) they can sometimes develop bad habits, such as feather plucking and screaming; BUT, perhaps worst of all, (13)

they steal! (your heart).

Don’t say we didn’t warn you! But, we cockatoo people love them just the way they are.

If you are interested in adopting a cockatoo – or any other parrot for that matter – the Internet makes it very easy to research various species, including the twenty-something subspecies of cockatoo most commonly found in aviculture. If you think you might be one of “us,” then please visit the web site of the Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society at We may just have something to fit the bill, so to speak. And, for a little about me, if needed . . . Copyright © 2011 Madeleine Franco, all rights reserved. Madeleine, who has had her heart stolen at least a dozen times by cockatoos who continue to make it almost easy to overlook items 1 through 12, is an award-winning business writer/presenter and founding president of the Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society (SNPERRS). As an avicultural hobbyist, she tends a flock of approximately 30 non-breeding, highly platonic and interactive pet parrots. She is the owner of Premium Pine Cones, LLC (, specializing in remedies, toys and diversions for parrots that pluck but would like to kick the habit. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • Jan/Feb 2012




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She wears a special collar that gives a little zap to let her know where I am and remind her to check back.


I marvel at how fast she runs, how high she jumps, to her it’s no big deal she is one happy dog, her love of life so real.

She has a basket full of doggie toys her fav is “Big Mean Kitty” she can’t hear him make his noise “squeek, squeek,” and that is such a pity. She’s been to San Diego, to Phoenix and L.A. and when we took her camping she almost swam away. Jazmine has some special needs but I don’t mind a bit she’s even learning sign language she knows; come, stay and sit.

Our Jazmine died some years ago, in May two thousand seven, she’s burried in our yard a spot called “Jazmine’s Heaven.”

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