Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine - May/June Issue

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May/June 2012

Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them

Training Tips

Catch Them Getting It Right

“Donkey Fever” Nobody Says It Better Than



Giving An Animal A Second Chance

Socializing Your Pet

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Dogs ◆ Cats ◆ Birds ◆ Reptiles ◆ Horses ◆ Exotics

Socializing Your Pet

Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them


Tips for Dogs & Cats


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PAGE 6 & 7 Canine Therapists A Breed Apart

Rose Connolly Linda Fredericks Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA Madeleine Franco Kathy Schreur

PAGE 9 Training Tips Catch Them Getting It Right

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The Story of the Starfish Many of you may have heard or read some version of the Story of the Starfish. The story goes something like this. A person was walking on a beach one morning and saw someone in the distance picking up something and throwing it into the ocean. Getting closer, the person saw thousands of starfish that had been washed up on the beach following a storm. The starfish were facing certain death since they were not able to return to the ocean on their own. The person then noticed a child picking up a starfish and throwing it into the ocean. One by one the child continued throwing starfish into the ocean. After watching this for quite a while, the person finally said to the child, “There are thousands of starfish on this beach. It is impossible to save them all. There are simply too many. You can’t possibly make a difference!” The small child smiled, picked up another starfish, threw it back into the ocean and said, “I made a difference to that one.” Our message to the pet community of Las Vegas – You are making a difference! Thank you. Yes, the needs are great and sometimes they seem overwhelming. However, the compassion, the commitment, and the determination of the Las Vegas pet community are stronger. Every animal rescued, neutered/spayed, adopted is a life saved. You made a difference to that one! We can all make a difference! There are so many ways we can impact the lives of our pets and animals. It is important to take action: adopt, foster, sponsor, volunteer, and donate. We can help inform and educate the public, support causes, and attend fundraising events.

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Socializing your


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Why socialize your pet? Socialization is important because you are exposing your pet to different environments so they are able to handle different situations daily. The benefits of socialization include: your pet is easier to handle, less liability around humans, the pet develops a healthy personality and is fun to be around!

In young puppies, socialization can start as early as three weeks and offers an excellent opportunity for your puppy to learn how to act around other puppies and to learn some of the dog habits from the mother dog. An unsocialized dog can be fearful, mistrusting and aggressive.

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where they learn how to get along with others, while making new friends. In this way, your pet is exposed to many other dogs and situations and learns how to share and interact positively. Running, playing and just being a dog is all part of the fun of being at the dog park.

Outdoor Events –Want to bring your dog to the barbeque? This is the perfect opportunity for your dog to meet all kinds of people and exposure to different sights, sounds and situations. Your pet will learn to cope with all things that could happen in the course of a day: meeting and greeting adults/children, loud noises, cars, and encounters with other animals.

Socialization For Felines Our wonderful feline friends are the creatures that are sometimes overlooked in the socialization process. People think “Why socialize a cat? They are so independent”. Your cat or kitten needs to learn to be “social” too. Kittens can learn socialization as young as 12 weeks of age and if you have an older cat, the sooner you expose them to different situations, noises and other pets the better.

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A Breed Apart

“Fluffy” at Nathan Adelson Hospice

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By Linda Fredericks Anyone who has ever had a dog as a member of the family has experienced the unconditional love, acceptance, and affection as well as the calming effect that a dog is capable of providing. Is it any wonder then… that dogs make great therapists? There is considerable evidence to support the claim that the relationship between people and animals can have a profound impact on our mental, physical and emotional health. Animal assisted therapy, when utilized for people who are experiencing pain or who may be grieving and need emotional relief can get that relief from the very special dogs who become Canine Therapists. The concept of using dogs for therapy originated in the 1950’s, when health care professionals noticed the therapeutic effect of animal companionship, such as relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, and raising a patients spirits. Therapy dogs are also enlisted to assist children in overcoming speech and emotional disorders as well as lessening the effects of disease. The K-9 Therapy Dogs of Las Vegas began in 1988 when, Frances Arager, a rehabilitation nurse at the University Medical Center convinced hospital administrators to contact the Humane Society and arrange for dogs to be

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brought into the rehab ward. Soon dogs were being used on six wards. In 1992 when the Humane Society reorganized, the K-9 Therapists of Las Vegas was formed as a non-profit organization that would continue to serve the Las Vegas community. Today the K-9 Therapists Dogs of Las Vegas operates as a non-profit club whose primary purpose is to develop qualified teams of handlers and their dogs to visit local care facilities and hospitals. They bring their special kind of therapy to a diverse population of patients. The handler-dog teams through the K-9 Therapists of Las Vegas manage to cover most of the valley hospitals, rehab centers, senior care facilities, hospice, convalescent homes, reading programs and special events, a youth care facility and several mental health facilities. Carol Bell, President of The K-9 Therapists of Las Vegas, said that they are always looking for new handler-dog teams to accomodate the growing requests from the community. There are two types of therapy dogs. The most common type is dogs used for visiting hospitals, long term care facilities and schools. These dogs are called “therapeutic visitation dogs.” The second type is known as “animal assisted therapy dogs,” these dogs are used with people who may have serious mental or physical illnesses.

As of 2010 there are an astonishing 24,000 therapy dogs registered with Therapy Dogs International, a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registering therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of therapeutic visitation.

Any breed can become a therapy dog. A dog’s personality is the most important factor. Therapy dogs must, of course, love people, be gentle, outgoing, calm, friendly and in good health. Therapy dogs must also be well trained.

“Trixi” “Barbie”

“Harley & Ryder” “Jeni”

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“Pooh” “Peachez Oathout”

To tell the truth there isn’t just one experience I can pick that stands out over the others because each visit has it’s own rewards. Each time I take one of my four therapy dogs, Jon Luc’, Lottie, Izzie and Meadow, to visit, I receive a reward money can’t buy. I can truly say over all the years I have had therapy dogs, the joy and moments of happiness that they bring to humans is a true blessing. Unconditional love is deep and strong and healing to the soul. ~ Dawn Barr, K9 Therapists of LV Pooh Dog & I were at an elementary school for Nevada Reading week and going from classroom to classroom. A teacher came up to me and asked if we would come into her Special Needs Class. We went in and I put Pooh on the floor so he could go from child to child. One little boy just got so excited and wanted to get closer and closer to the dog. The teacher told me that the little boy was Autistic and had never responded to anything in the class. She was going to tell the parents to get the boy a dog. We were very happy to make such difference. ~ Kay Furniss, K9 Therapists of LV Many people are unaware of the differences between a therapy dog and a service dog. Therapy dogs and service dogs perform different functions and meet different needs. The goal of the service dog is to facilitate the independenceof its handler. The purpose of the therapy dog is to provide benefits to others. Therapy dogs are not service dogs. ~ Dana Provost, K9 Therapists of LV

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Catch Them Getting it


By Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA

I’m often called to help families correct problem behaviors in their dog. This can range from inappropriate house soiling, general manners, or full blown aggression. So, what is the one piece of advice I share with all my clients?


It’s so easy to focus on what your dog is doing wrong. When it happens, it smacks you in the face. However, we can’t change bad habits (not even in ourselves) by focusing on what’s wrong. Instead, we need to build a history of practicing the right thing. We all love a gold star or a pat on the back and your dog is no different. Help your dog break bad habits by asking yourself “what do I want my dog to DO instead?” Once you have this answer, start watching for that behavior. If your dog is a barker, quietly wait for them to stop barking, say “Yes!” and immediately offer a treat or playtime. As the barking decreases, wait slightly longer before rewarding. With consistent practice, your dog will be looking to you instead of barking at the garbage truck.

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Set yourself and your dog up for success! Figure out what your dog

absolutely loves. Is it a special treat? A favorite place to be scratched? The opportunity to play with you? Once you know what your dog will work for, you have the perfect reward to offer when they do the right thing. Be sure you always have this handy so you can reward the right choice.

Practice makes perfect. Well, at least better. If your dog has a particular nemesis (doorbells and dogs on TV are common) set up short practice sessions. The more they get to practice the right choice and reap the rewards, the less likely they are to revert to bad habits. Keep it easy in the beginning, gradually working towards more difficult and exciting things.

Help them succeed – control the environment. If you don’t have the time to work with your dog in the moment (the UPS guy never has time to wait), prevent the chance to make a mistake. For example, if you have a door dasher, utilize baby gates to deny access to the door when you can’t train.

Don’t just let sleeping dogs lie. Give them a treat, too! If your hyper

adolescent is finally lying calmly in the corner of the room, nonchalantly drop a treat in his bed to reward this choice to relax. These recommendations are meant as general advice. If you have a severe behavior problem, like aggression, please seek the help of a professional trainer experienced in behavior modification. Visit to find a Certified Professional Dog Trainer or for a listing of trainers in your area. 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 goal is to help bridge the gap existing in so many human-canine relationships. Shelly can be reached at 702.469.1437 or via email at

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Once you get one, you may find yourself a victim of

Donkey Fever;

you may not be able to stop with just one ! According to Joan Dunkle of the Donkey Rescue Adoption Center, “They’re like big dogs. If you’d invite them inside they’d probably sit down on the couch right next to you,” she laughs. “They are very sweet, very forgiving and very loving.” Donkeys have personality plus. They truly adore people and are wonderful to own. They are clever and curious. They appreciate and even seek attention. They love getting their ears and nose rubbed. Donkeys are extremely social animals; typically friendly and loyal, they make great companions for other donkeys, horses, goats and people. They form close attachments to their owners and need daily contact to remain tame and friendly. Easy animals to keep, they are not prone to disease or digestive issues. If given enough space and the proper terrain, they can keep their hooves in remarkable shape without being trimmed. They are smaller in body weight than a horse and therefore eat far less. De-worming, vaccinations, hoof trimming, and dental care, however, are major preventative measures that cannot be ignored. The Donkey Rescue Adoption Center is owned and operated by husband and wife team Fred Clark and Joan Dunkle. Currently eight acres of their 22 acre property are being used for the donkeys. They plan to eventually utilize their entire property for donkey rescue work. The rescue center in Scenic, AZ is one of 19 Satellite adoption centers used by Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue that prepare donkeys for adoption. Scenic is now home to 7 rescued donkeys awaiting adoption, Maryanne, Soledad, Squiggy, Kelley, Bo, Koa and Mokie. They anticipate 10 more coming in early May.

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HISTORY In the United States we use the term donkey to differentiate it from the wild free-ranging burros. Donkeys arrived in large numbers in the Western United States during the 19th century gold rushes and were used as pack animals and for use in the mines and the ore-grinding mills. With the end of the mining boom and the introduction of railroads in the west they were no longer of value and most were turned loose to become free-roaming burros. The American Donkey is now viewed as a feral animal. Scenic AZ, located on the eastern side of the Nevada-Arizona state line from Mesquite Nevada, is approx. 80 miles from Las Vegas.

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‘Birdbrain’ . . . ‘Scarce as hen’s teeth’ . . . ‘Like water off a duck’s back’ . . .

Nobody Says It Better Than

Birds by Madeleine Franco

Below are a number of time-honored linguistic expressions that have become similes and metaphors for larger and/or more complicated concepts. We often use these expressions without giving a second thought to what they mean. We just know what they mean, but let’s review . . . “As the crow flies” – directly or in a straight line. We now know that birds likely use landmarks and may not fly in an entirely straight line. “Birdbrain” – Not too bright. Really? Birds may have smaller brains, but evidence suggests that they may use more of their brains than we do. Why do we have no trouble believing that???

brave chicken under those circumstances might be dead. “Chicken out” – Give it up. Sometimes, of course, this is good advice. See again “Chicken,” above. “Cock o’ the walk” – Proud, even arrogant, person, typically male.

“Crow’s feet” – Uh, oh, ladies! This, of course, needn’t be explained to anyone over 40. But, look at it this way . . . they’re a small enough price to pay for all that smiling over the years..

“Cock-sure” – Absolutely sure, unquestionable, and typically not comfortable with being questioned. Apparently roosters rarely doubt themselves. Why would they?

“Scarce as hen’s teeth” – Impossible to find, rare.

“Spring Chicken” – A youthful person, often referred to in the negative; i.e., NOT a spring chicken. Those chickens (and roosters) surely do get a lot of press, though . . . must have a good agent.

“Eats like a bird!” – Eats lightly, though some birds eat a large percentage – even double – their body weight every day. My canaries can certainly vouch for that! “He will cover you with His feathers. He will cover you with His wings.” (Psalm 91:4) – God will protect and shelter you from adversity.

“Turkey” – Dullard. This is ironic, of course, since the wild turkey is a rather cunning fellow, and can be a huge challenge to a hunter. The domestic turkey was “dumbed down,” but then how ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm otherwise?

“Kill two birds with one stone” – I never use this one; the flock would be so insulted. However, it if often used by non-bird people to indicate dexterity and efficiency toward simultaneous accomplishment. Please, can somebody think of something else to express that?

“Watches like a hawk” – Watching intently. Hawks hunt for a living, often in areas of topographical sameness, so they’d better be watching. Often, what alerts them to the presence of prey is even a small amount of movement or irregularity of surface.

“You can catch a bird by putting salt on his tail” – My parents used to tell me that when I was a very small child and then laugh heartily as I would run around the yard with a salt shaker. Truth known, of course, if you can get that close, who needs salt?

“Eagle-eye” – Someone who is highly observant.

“Like water off a duck’s back” – Easy. What makes water roll off, of course, is secretion from the uropygial gland or preen gland, which the bird collects on his bill or beak and distributes through his feathers in the preening process. So, while it may look easy, all that waterproofing is the result of some conscientious work.

“Dovetail” – Sway from side to side. Watch a dove fly someday. The expression is also used to indicate things that mesh together nicely; for example, in woodworking, dovetailing is an actual structural process to interlock two pieces of wood using a shape similar to a dove’s tail, or with regard to ideas. Do check out that dove’s tail . . . and don’t forget to bring the salt!

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” – The sure thing that one has is usually better than things wished for. Greener grass on the other side of the fence also comes to mind.

“Sang like a canary” – Now, this one gets a little dicey. It could mean that one’s sweet voice was duly noted. However, in the case of organized crime, it often meant that one forgot one’s loyalties, told the authorities way too much, and that one’s days were, as a result and understandably, numbered.

“Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly.” – What will be (behaviorally) will be, and you can’t force the nature of things or people. Of course, this one is often used to justify or give up on plain, old-fashioned bad behavior.

“Pigeonhole” – Categorize or characterize, often negatively. Pigeons do evidence a certain amount of organization and habituation in their nesting behaviors.

“Ducky” – Nifty or happily almost perfect; sometimes used sarcastically, as in when one locks one’s keys in the car and might say (among other things), “Oh, that’s just ducky!”

“Cardinal Rule” [from Cardinal Rule of Functions] – Primary or first rule; this really has little to do with birds; rather, it’s a mathematical concept. However, I do note that the male Cardinal is red and rather striking, so perhaps that’s a reminder that we should take note of cardinal rules.

“Chicken scratch” – Something of little value or trivial. C’mon, chickens love chicken scratch! And, even that described by a word often substituted for scratch has value as fertilizer.

The cardinal rule here is that once one is down to the Cardinal Rule, one has probably spent an inordinate amount of time trying to come up with additional bird expressions.

“Chicken” – Timid, as in chickens that scatter when a truck comes up the lane toward the farmhouse. I call them smart; another word to describe a

Can you think of others?


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Extraordinary True Stories of Hope, Healing, and Compassion ~ By Allen & Linda Anderson Combine a variety of animals with children who deal with conditions such as immunodeficiency, autism, congenital heart disease, blindness, abuse, depression, anxiety and what do you get? An inspirational book with short, real-life stories illustrating the incredible bond between animals and children. It is about their amazing ability to connect and communicate on deep interpersonal levels. The foreword, introduction, and afterword offer brief explanations and resources about the child animal bond but primarily the authors use real life experiences to illustrate the bond: “There are many theories about why animals are so incredibly good at bringing out the best in children and adults… Rather than outline the theories textbook style, we have chosen to present you with true-life, heartwarming, instructive stories that demonstrate the beauty and practicality of fostering child-animal connections.” The animals in this collection of stories come in all shapes and sizes: some with fur, some with hooves, some with feathers, and some with shells. Dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, turkey, guinea pig, chicken and even a turtle all contribute to the hope, healing, and compassion shared in the stories. An excellent resource, What to Consider When Deciding to Bring a Pet into the Family, is included in the Appendix. If you love animals and children, you’ll appreciate this book.

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Giving An Animal A Second Chance At Life ~ By Kathy Schreur

Are you experiencing one or more of the following symptoms? 1. You are feeling listless and tired. You need more exercise, but just do not have the motivation.

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2. You have worked hard to stabilize your life. You have a steady job, house, and relationship. But something is still missing. 3. You have raised your family and now have an empty nest. 4. You have not found the right person for you, and are tired of lonely days and nights. 5. You would like to have a new direction or meaning to your life. There is a way to cure any of the above symptoms and you can save an animal’s life. How? By becoming a foster parent to a dog, cat or other in-need pet of a forever home. Now, before you stop reading because you think you just could not become a foster because you (a) would end up keeping the critter, (b) could not afford to become a foster, or (c) could not make such a commitment, please read this entire article before you make up your mind. The hardest obstacle to overcome is the feeling that fostering would be too hard because you would become attached and then not be able to let foster pet go to its new forever home. Every foster will tell you that it is true. The first animal you foster is the hardest “Coco’” and Coley one to let go. At a recent adoption event held by A Home 4 Spot Animal Rescue, foster parent, Erica Abram, shared that her continued motivation is: “for every dog adopted, I can save another life.” Erica’s kindness continues after her fostering responsibilities end. She stays in touch with the adoptive parents and continues to provide support, training and care. In fact, she has even been asked to babysit her former charges on occasion. Erica’s enthusiasm for the program is catching. At one time when her family had two dogs, they considered getting a third one. They were not sure if another pet would be too much. That is the beauty of fostering. There is no long term commitment. For Erica, the experience was so good that she turned to fostering more furry kids. Erica’s whole family participates in fostering; the children are always excited to be able to name the new “kid.”

Diana England founded A Home 4 Spot Animal Rescue and her commitment to no more homeless pets is truly inspiring. She takes as many “unadoptable” animals as she can. An animal is considered unadoptable if they are shy, nervous, or sick. Veterinarian care is provided for sick animals. If a cure is not possible, care is provided to offer a quality of life for as long as they live. Spencer Springs Animal Hospital and Island Pet Hospital donate time and services for her saved lives. Diana started with a small budget and great determination; she has been saving lives through A Home 4 Spot for over two years. If you foster through Diana, your foster pet will be spayed/ neutered, microchipped, and up “Frankie’” and Diane to date on shots. If once home with you, “Spot” just does not work with you or your other family members, Diana will take “Spot” and find you another “Spot”. Set up equipment, such as a crate or bed, is available. They will do everything possible to make your fostering experience a positive one for you and the animal. A Home 4 Spot is just one of the many wonderful organizations we have in Las Vegas who are saving the lives of unwanted pets.

Fostering is the backbone of many adoption groups and the need is incredible. From dogs, cats to rabbits, ferrets & more. “Nina’” and Stephanie

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Until they are all adopted ~

Minimal Commitment, Maximum Reward Okay, hopefully, most of the obstacles you have are now overcome. Still hesitant? “Hally’” and Tricia Let’s say you do want a pet; you’re just not sure what kind. Again, foster! A large dog may not be it, but a small dog might. Your children want a dog but you’re not sure if they are truly up for the commitment: fostering will give you an idea if they are ready for that commitment. You really want a dog, but are not sure that the cat will get along with a dog. Foster! Need more exercise: Foster! Fostering a dog is cheaper than paying gym fees plus exercising is more fun with a work-out friend! So we have exercise; filling your empty nest; having someone excited to see you when come home; adding new meaning to your life, and saving lives. All these benefits can be yours without a long-term commitment. You can “Snowy’” and Marion stop fostering at any time if it doesn’t work for you. But by even fostering one pet, you’ll make a positive change (in a small pocket of our world) for the adoptive family and the animal whose life you saved. There are many rescue organizations in Las Vegas, and each one has a need for fosters. Please refer to PAGE 20 for a list or visit



xploring the world of fostering reveals Las Vegas simply shines with an unbelievable number of stars willing to sacrifice and give of their time, money and heart to save the abandoned, sick, and unwanted pets in our city. Annie Lamb, who worked for years with animal organizations, and decided what Las Vegas needed more than another animal organization was rather a network of people, whose theme is paying it forward. She teamed up with Alison Welch and have become what is known as the Animal Network.

By offering your time, love and attention, you prepare your foster pet for adoption into a permanent, loving home.

It is comprised of independent people who want to make a difference. They work with many of the organizations to rescue animals and provide fosters, adoptions, and even help people in trouble keep their beloved pets so they do not end up in the shelters. Through networking and word of mouth, they have saved countless lives. The network always needs fosters and kind folks who can volunteer time to show off adoptable pets at events all over town. Annie and Alison can be reached through Facebook or email Annie at or Alison at for more information. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • May/June 2012


Importance of Microchipping Your Pet Microchipping your pet is one of the most important and responsible actions that you can take as a pet owner. Hundreds of pets end up at pounds and shelters each year because they do not have appropriate and up to date identification. Microchipping is an effective way to make sure your pet can be returned to you should their tags be lost. It is important to keep your contact information up-to-date with your microchip manufacturer as well as your veterinarian. Be sure to keep the microchip manufacturer’s information handy so that you can promptly let them know when your contact information changes. You can usually contact them by phone, email or even on their website to change the information associated with your pet.

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You can’t go wrong with a Leopard Gecko for a pet! Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • May/June 2012


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