Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine - September/October 2013

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September/October 2013

Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them

A SAFE HAVEN pet-friendly


For Pets

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Noah’s Animal House

September/October 2013

Keeping Families and Pets United in Crisis


SHASTA Media Connection, LLC

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Gwen Abbott Audrey Carli Linda Fredericks Gail Mayhugh Dr. Erich Roush, DVM Anastasia Smith Dr. Sue Wheeler



Arbor ~ the Painting Dog

PAGE 13 Pet-Friendly Hotels

PAGE 17 Overcoming Fear

PAGE 18 Giardia

PAGE 21 Choosing A Pet Bird

PAGE 24 The Loss Of A Pet

PAGE 26 Animal Massage

PAGE 32 Staging Your Home To Sell

PAGE 39 A Short History of “Pit Bulls”

Enjoy A Vegascation

Understanding The Preciousness Of Pets

Stacy Rombach • Jayne Brass • Geri Rombach LAS VEGAS PET SCENE MAGAZINE is published bi-monthly by Shasta Media Connection, LLC. All rights reserved. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine assumes no responsibility or endorsement of the products or services advertised or featured. No portion of the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the Publisher. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine is distributed throughout the Las Vegas area at grocery stores, local pet stores, animal shelters and rescues, pet hotels, grooming salons, veterinarian hospitals, libraries and pet events with no cover price. We welcome reader correspondence. Please send all letters, inquiries, photos, pet stories and correspondence:

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Harvest, Autumn, & Fall

Autumn officially starts on September 22. Originally the season was called “harvest” but sometime in the 14th century the term autumn became popular. Around the 16th century the word fall became more common. The origin of the name is unknown but some think it is because of falling leaves. Regardless of the origin or date, Labor Day, however, seems to be the “unofficial end of summer” and kicks off the beginning of school activities and sports events. Ready or not, fall is coming with its whirlwind of activities and events. Cooler weather means more outside pet events. It is a great time for pet lovers to be in Las Vegas. Our Calendar of Events will help you stay connected to the local “pet scene” and happenings. We also update the Events Page of our website regularly as well as facebook posts. ‘Like Us’ at to receive posts and reminders of pet events and happenings in the Las Vegas area. Looking forward to seeing you at the events! Your friends at the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Fall Paw Festival & Carnival


6pm – 9pm • Bogey’s Bar & Grill • 7770 W. Ann Road A fundraiser for Adopt A Rescue Pet! Families and leashed pets welcome!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 – 6 International Cat Show Presented By Jazzy Cats & Tica

Fri 4pm - 10pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm • Riviera • 2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd Over 200 cats on exhibition and competition. Vendors with cat trees, toys and other cat related items. Adoptable cats from rescues available.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club’s Fall Classes

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Doggie Date Night

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 – 8 Red, White & Blue Jeans Walk-Trot Spectacular

Las Vegas Horseman’s Park • 5800 E. Flamingo Road Plan to attend and stay up on all the news about judging, patterns, extra point incentives & more! Visit for more info.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Whiskers & Tails Twilight Motorcycle Raffle Run

Registration at Barking Dogs 4:30pm • 9325 S. Cimarron Rd, Ste 145 End party at Whiskey Dicks – Join us for dinner @ 6pm if you won’t be biking! Raffles!! Purchase tickets now at

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Yappy Hour… the doggie happy hour!

6pm – 9pm • Rumor Boutique Hotel • 455 E. Harmon Avenue Featuring Cocktail specials, ‘Yapatizers’ Specials and Doggy Treats.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – 22 Nevada Wild Fest

Rio Hotel & Casino • 3700 W. Flamingo Road Daily DockDogs competitions, 30+ carnival rides & midway, live music all day, food & drinks, gifts & vendors.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – 22 Blues For The Birds Arts & Crafts Festival

11am – 5pm • Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary • 8103 Racel Street Old Fashioned Fun For the Entire Family! Games, arts & crafts, good food, music. FREE Admission!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 2nd Annual Bordello Run

Registration 8:30 – 10am • Red Rock Harley Davidson • 2260 S. Rainbow Ride to The Chicken Ranch, Sheri’s Ranch, Alien Cathouse & Short Branch. Ride Patches, BBQ, Live Music! Benefits Local Equine Assistance Network.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 PAWCASSOLV.COM – 2nd Annual Vegas Art Auction

6pm –9pm • Pet’ographique • 2525 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway #150 A wonderful evening of Silent & Live Auction, entertainment, food and spirits all to help Animal Rescue Groups.

FOR MORE EVENTS & UPDATES: Coming In NOVEMBER! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Forever Home Family Picnic & 4K-9 Run

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6pm – 10pm • At Your Service Pet Supplies • 55 S. Valle Verde #55 AYS will be celebrating their 6th year anniversary; hosting a fun packed “Doggie Date Night”. Food, music, vendors! Bring your pets!!

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7pm • Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School • 4145 Jimmy Durante Register today for VVDOC’s fall classes that will start on September 12 at Dog’s Fancier’s Park. Visit for more information.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 10th Annual Hallo-Wiener

10:30am – 3pm • Kellog-Zaher Sports Park • 7901 W. Washington The LV Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue’s largest event of the year! Tons of fabulous prizes, silent auction, costume contest, music, games, food, vendor & races.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Family, Fur & Fun Festival

10am – 3pm • Exploration Park at Mtn’s Edge • 9600 S. Buffalo Drive Celebrating the lives of rescued pets! Costume contest, games, food, pet photography & pet adoptions.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Paws For The Cause

11am – 2pm • Friendly Ford • 660 N. Decatur Blvd Pet adoptions, free microchips, live entertainment! Visit for more information.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Bully Appreciation Day

Dog Fancier’s Park • 5800 E. Flamingo Road Celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day. It’s a Bully Extravaganza! Welcoming “Bully Breeds” of all sizes!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 “Guilty ‘Til Proven Innocent” Las Vegas Screening

Brendan Theatre at The Palms • 4321 W. Flamingo Road A documentary film about putting an end to breed discrimination. Seating is limited – purchase tickets online at WWW.SNBBR.ORG/GTPI

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 Happy Haunting Pawty For Hounds & Humans

6pm - 8pm • Cantino Laredo • Tivoli Village - 430 S. Rampart #110 Benefits Adopt A Rescue Pet. $5 Entry fee for chance to win door prizes, costume contest, gift bags – families & leashed pets welcome!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 – 27 19th Annual Jumps & Jackpots Flyball Tournament

Washington County Fairgrounds • Hurricane, UT The Touch N Go Flyball Team will be hosting this event. Flyball is a relay sport for dogs and their owners. Email:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 Lose A Pound With Your Hound Memory Walk

9am (Walk at 10am) • Bunker Family Park at Tenaya & Alexander Vendor bazaar, food, music, contests, games, prizes, pet psychic, paw readings & more! Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 The Great Western Celebration

Horseman’s Park • 5800 E. Flamingo Road 2013 Senior Pro National Finals Rodeo – Food, music, raffles, shopping, pony rides. Children 12 & under FREE.

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I don’t want to be taken from you.

Here are some things you can do to protect your pet:

1. Never leave your dog unattended in a car.

2. Do not leave your dog tied up alone in front of a business.

3. Keep your eyes on your dog at all times especially at dog parks and

other dog-friendly places. These are popular places for dog thieves. 4. Have your dog micro-chipped and use ID tags. Keep your identification information updated. 5. Maintain up-to-date licenses on your pets. 6. Do not leave your dog unattended in your yard. Many dogs are stolen from their own backyard. 7. Keep recent photos and written descriptions of your dog on hand at all times. 8. Keep a lost dog flyer on hand so you can print it out and post it as soon as you realize your pet is missing.

Dog theft does happen … keep your dog safe! Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • September/October 2013


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he sounds of violence… most often associated with the blast of a gunshot or the thud of a fist. Yet perhaps the least-known – and cruelest of all weapons wielded by perpetrators of domestic violence emit not a bang or a thump – but a meow, a whimper, or a whinny… Killing, harming, or threatening to harm pets are prime weapons for abusers. Leveraged to manipulate their victims into silent submission, in most cases, women won’t leave abusive situations fearing for the animal’s life. More prevalent than one might think, animal cruelty is reported in roughly 85 percent of the homes of women who arrive at shelters according to a national survey. A 2012 report by the Violence Policy Center shows Nevada leading the nation in numbers of domestic violence killings. Pioneering the way to solve the problem has been the role of Staci Columbo Alonso. Seeing the crisis first-hand while serving on the board at the Shade Tree, she constructed the very first safe haven for pets, Noah’s Animal House (named after her son, Noah). From the corporate offices of Station Casinos where she serves as chief marketing officer, Alonso talks about recent strides, “Since its opening in 2007, we’ve fostered some 600 pets and are almost always filled to capacity. It’s sort of the philosophy of the Shade Tree and Noah’s that you want to be at zero occupancy because there is no need… or you want to be at 100 percent because you’re accommodating as many as humanly possible.” With almost 50 shelters in the country providing some form of pet services, Noah’s is the only one with a 1500 square foot building. “When you look at adding pets to a facility, you might think it adds more expense. On the contrary, by having it, you reduce your return rates with a longer sustaining program. Plus,” she smiles, “It’s just the right thing to do.” Alonso points to statistics. “We studied the number of women who came into the Shade Tree with pets and compared them to those without. Women with pets have a recidivism (return) rate of less than two percent while those without have a return rate of over eight percent.” The numbers took her by surprise she admits, “This group of women seems more determined to get their lives rebuilt.” The fear of their pets being harmed and used as sadistic tools is supplanted by Noah’s safe environment, fostering



compassion, support and unconditional love. “The children are in a better place because they can go cuddle with their pets and aren’t begging Mom to go back to the abuser. It has become that magic formula to overcome the final barrier. We didn’t even think to track stats in the beginning... yet there it was.” The face of domestic violence may conjure up images of poverty-stricken, uneducated women with pit bulls. “Not so,” says Alonso, “Although a bad economy brings out the worst in people, it could just as likely be me at the Shade Tree. When confidence is removed through physical or mental abuse, it can happen at every household medium and career. We’ve seen this with elders and women with powerful husbands.” Resident pets at Noah’s have run the gamut from Maltese to mutts. “It’s a diverse population. Pet abuse is not about poverty.” No one’s ever turned away, Alonso assures, “When Noah’s is full, existing clients are often willing to let their cat or dog go to a foster home to make room for the new intake. We call it, ‘going to doggie dude ranch.’ If someone has been in the facility for any length of time, that pet may need some freedom to run around.“ In fact, dozens of Station Casinos’ team members offered foster homes, particularly during Noah’s building phase. She laughs, “Our corporate office included. It brought us all together and became part of the mission so it was good for all of us.” Coming together is what it takes. Despite taking its own economic blows, the community of Las Vegas continues to heed the call to action. “We’re so grateful for that,” she acknowledges. However, more help is needed. “Women are staying at the Shade Tree longer. It’s harder for them to find jobs and move forward. The average stay in the beginning was less than 30 days; it’s now 45 to 60. Some have been at the shelter for almost a year. We weren’t built for that.” With a sound solution established as evidenced by the results, the rebuilding of lives can only continue with community support and donations. “Every dollar makes a difference,” Alonso says. “Cash is especially meaningful right now and goes right into the operation.” Pet carriers; food; towels; blankets; treats; toys and even dog costumes (which always summon smiles and laughter) are in demand.

To provide on-site shelter and care for the pets of the victims of domestic violence. Our Five Year Results – 48,000 boarding nights for over 600 pets.

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October 9 – National Pet Obesity Awareness Day “Hi, I’m Chico. Thanks to the Shade Tree and Noah’s, we’re alive to tell our story. One day, a very bad man started beating Mom with a golf club. When I jumped in to save her, the man began striking me. Mom covered my little body, taking the blows so I would not be killed. We arrived here bloody, needing medical attention. Over time, as we healed, Mom got stronger and pressed charges against that dreadful man. Thanks to some dedicated humans, we have a happy new life. One we couldn’t have achieved alone.” ~ Chico

This is a great day to start a new healthy routine for you and your pet. Take your dog for a walk; get your cat moving by chasing a laser light.

Your pets will be healthier and happier!



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~ their movements are graceful and supple. I love watching my cat as she stretches and moves. I’ve often wondered how cats can twist and stretch their bodies into so many unusual positions. Have you ever wondered how they could sleep in such uncomfortable spots? One reason for this feline flexibility is the thick cartilage discs between their vertebrae. It is the elasticity of these discs that gives cats their unique flexibility. They are capable of rotating their backs up to 180 degrees. This is why they can adjust their bodies in midair and land on their feet. Also, have you ever wondered how they can fit into impossibly small spaces? Interestingly, cats do not have collarbones – the have a “free-floating” set of bones in their shoulders which allows them to squeeze into any space that is large enough for their head. It also gives them the ability to move in almost every direction.

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pet friendly hotels I know some of you would rather not go on vacation at all if it meant leaving your four-legged family member behind. So, when Caesar’s announced its PetStay program in 2010 it was a turning point for doggie acceptance in this major vacation destination. Now all eight of their properties, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Harrah’s, Rio, The Quad, Caesars Palace, Flamingo and Bally’s, are set up to accommodate dogs with potty areas, complimentary food bowls, dog treats and kennels available for rent. Since then, other Strip hotels have followed suit including Riviera, The Cosmopolitan, Trump, and just last month Vdara. With so many choices, you need the advice of a rover reporter who can give you the inside scoop on the hot hotels to check into. One of my favorites is The Flamingo, not so much for the rooms, but I love the open grounds. The Gardens is a large park area in the middle of the property that has lots of grass, walkways, waterfalls and pink ducks, errr flamingos. They have also built a large doggie relief area. Feeling hungry? No need to leave the hotel! The Flamingo has a pet-friendly restaurant, Carlos’n Charlie’s with a large patio for dining with your pup. I also love to go to The Riviera as they really understand your dog is part of the family. When you check-in they provide you with dog treats and dishes along with a list of local pet related business and activities you may find useful while on your vacation. It is not too unusual to see dogs walking the common areas with their humans. I’ve heard resident magician, Jan Rouven, can often be seen walking his Standard Poodle around the hotel.

If you don’t want to sacrifice your five-star standards while traveling with your pup, then one of Vegas’ newer hotels, Vdara, would be the place for you. Eco-friendly dog bowls, an in-room doggie dining menu, access to crates and an outdoor walking path and park are some of the extra perks you will find here. As part of the building is occupied by full-time residents, some of whom are dog owners, they are prepared for all of your pooch’s needs. If you are off The Strip check out Rumor Boutique Hotel, across from The Hard Rock Hotel. They love us pups and even host a monthly doggieowner social event called Yappy Hour. In total there are over 50 hotels on and off the Strip that accept pets in Las Vegas, so you have no excuse to leave your best friend behind. Always make sure the hotel knows your pup will be staying with you beforehand as only certain rooms are designated pet friendly and most hotels charge extra fees that can range from higher room rates, pet fees and non-refundable deposits.


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It is the single best way to reunite lost pets and families Update microchip registration when you move, change phone numbers or get a new emergency contact Secure a sturdy, legible ID tag on your pets’ collars, too


Exchange keys with someone who can evacuate your animals if you are not home when disaster strikes Give your buddy your pets’ information and your emergency contact information Make sure your buddy is comfortable handling your pets



Photos can prove ownership if you are separated from your pets Keep copies in your wallet and your disaster kit Give copies to a loved one who lives outside of your area Storing photos on your cell phone can also be useful

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Overcoming Fear


Audrey Carli is a freelance writer from Michigan.

“Don’t fear my dog. He won’t bite you!” my friend said about her small, friendly dog. She was right. Curly eagerly pawed at my legs, wanting me to pick her up. But I had never picked up a dog in my life – and I was over age fifty. After hoping and praying from childhood to overcome various kinds of fear, I wished to enjoy pets with delight. I longed to relax when near my family and friends’ cordial animal companions. I had been traumatized with fear of dogs because my playmate’s dog, Blackie, often growled at me. He was so protective of my friend. Amy, and growled at me daily. Why? I had stepped onto the family’s sidewalk to wait for Amy to finish eating lunch. My quivering voice called for my friend. She hurried onto the porch and told Blackie to lie down – and he obeyed. However, I avoided approaching Blackie by inviting Amy to ask for permission to play at my home. And she did. Her dog stayed at home. The years passed and I continued to fear dogs. Blackie’s bared-teeth growl stayed in my memory. And I avoided dogs whenever possible. Years melted and I was over age fifty. I still trembled when a dog approached me and I was aware that dogs could sense one’s fear. So I concentrated on the fact that many dogs are friendly as well as protective of their owner. In my life journey to overcome fear, I was enjoying a summer walk when a dog raced toward me, barking fiercely. I was across from the dog’s family home. The fluffy mop appearing dog leaped at me and its shrill bark pierced my emotions. I could only back away and whimper for it to go away.

Suddenly, a man halted his car. He called in a commanding tone: “Dog, go home!” The dog obeyed. Later that year, I was pursued by two dogs during a neighborhood walk. I had not known they were there so I had not felt fear. I recalled my prior experience when the driver stopped his car and commanded the dog to go home. So in a stern voice, I ordered the dogs to go home! They ran away. A month later, I visited my sister, Mary Beth, who has a Norwegian Elk Hound named Lucky. He barked when I entered the house and I cringed. Mary Beth said “Stop barking, Lucky. She’s our friend.” Lucky obeyed and sat down. Later I was sitting at the dining table reading the newspaper. I felt Lucky’s front paws on my lap. Smiling at the dog, I sensed peace in his gentle brown eyes. Before the visit ended, Lucky sat near me – and for the first time in my life, I petted a dog’s head. And my gladness welled. Several months afterward, I visited my daughter, Lori and her small Papillon dog, Sierra. The pet sat nearby as Lori and I chatted on the sofa. While I shared a loving memory of my deceased mother, my voice faltered as sentimental tears welled. Sierra whimpered and put her paws on my lap. “Sierra wants to comfort you, Mom.” I touched the pet’s furry softness. “Thanks for caring.” Several weeks later, I visited my daughter Debbie and saw another pet’s caring action. The family’s Golden Retriever, Elise, made soft sounds as she pressed closer to Debbie’s side as she and the dog shared a patio bench. “Elise is so affectionate, she can’t sit close enough.”

Taking things slow with a new dog – especially if you’ve had bad experiences in the past – is a path to learning to overcome other fears as well. “Remember my fear of dogs Debbie?” “Yes I recall, Mom.” “Now I finally realize from encountering friendly as well as compassionate dogs, that they are indeed man’s best friend – God’s gift.” Debbie said, “Mom, maybe you’ll get a dog someday. A pet would be such a good companion.” I agreed and am thankful that I now understood the preciousness of pets.

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GIARDIA Small organism can be big trouble By Dr. Erich Roush, DVM

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Giardia is a family of protozoan parasites that infest the digestive tract of a variety of species, from mice to amphibians - even you and your pets! Each Giardia species tends to be specific to the animal it infects, with Giardia duodenalis (syn. G. intestinalis, G. lamblia) being attributed to humans and our domesticated animals. Like many intestinal pathogens, Giardia is passed from “fecaloral transmission,” where something contaminated with infected feces finds its way into you or your pet’s mouth. This is most often water, but can include grass, rocks, sticks, toys, and even your hands. Giardia is very contagious, with as few as 10-100 organisms being able to infect a new host. To put that in perspective, an infected host can shed as many as 10 billion organisms with each bowel movement! Once in the digestive tract, Giardia feeds and replicates in the small intestine, damaging the intestinal lining and interfering with digestion. Many infected hosts may show no symptoms at all, but symptoms can range from mild flatulence to severe diarrhea. Depending on the severity of damage to the small intestine, some cases may continue to have foul-smelling, diarrhea for several months while the intestinal lining recovers. Your veterinarian may detect Giardia with a “fecal test,” which looks for Giardia with a microscope. They may also recommend an “antigen” test, which detects specific proteins on the organism surface. Giardia is a very treatable disease, but may require one or more

treatments to clear completely. Giardia can persist in the environment for weeks, so the best thing you can do to reduce risk to you or your pet is to follow good hygiene practices – wash those hands and toys! – and drink clean water. Veterinarians pay close attention to the potential for diseases to be spread from animals to humans – a process called zoonosis. With DNA testing, scientists further differentiate Giardia duodenalis into smaller, more specific sub-species groups. Since 1998, studies of Giardia in cats, dogs and humans found that different sub-species of Giardia were specific to the species they infected – some infected humans, some infected cats and others infected dogs. It wasn’t until 2005 that studies in Mexico, Brazil and India began to show evidence of dogs carrying strains previously attributed to humans – in essence, a “reverse zoonosis!” While there has not yet been any evidence of dog or cat strains of Giardia in humans, the potential for dogs to carry the human strains of Giardia has veterinarians on alert. Until we know more, the philosophy “better safe than sorry” seems the wisest approach, especially when one of the highest risk human groups for contracting Giardia is children from the ages of 1-9 years old. If you’re out hiking, think twice before drinking from that mountain stream – it could contain many infectious pathogens, including Giardia. The best way to protect yourself is to bring bottled water or use a specialized filter.

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here are many reasons why people choose birds for pets. Birds are extremely intelligent, affectionate and social little creatures that can provide us with many years of enjoyment and love. They can be just as affectionate as cats or dogs, and may be a good choice for someone living in an apartment or condominium with limited space. When deciding to bring a bird into your family, it is important to choose a breed that best fits your personality and lifestyle. Some birds require more human interaction than others, so it is best to choose a breed that you will have adequate time for. So how do you choose which bird is right for you? Let’s look at a few of the most popular breeds and learn a little bit about each one. The most popular bird in the world today is the Parakeet/ Budgerigar or “Budgie”. Budgies are a wonderful choice for someone that may be new to having a bird. They come in a variety of beautiful colors and are typically very sweet natured and curious. Your Budgie will need your attention at least an hour or so each day. As you bond with your bird, he will be eager to learn new things. Budgies have the ability to talk and perform fun bird tricks. Their life expectancy is 12 – 14 years when well cared for. Finches and Canaries, two of the smaller bird breeds, are both about 5” in height and are perhaps the easiest to care for. Although these birds do not enjoy being handled, they are perfect for someone who enjoys watching them and listening to their songs. While Finches do not need much human interaction, they do need the company of another Finch or two for companionship. Canaries, on the other hand, are solitary birds that will need human attention to some degree. Canaries love to sit and sing and will be happy to know you are close by, enjoying their song. Both Finches and Canaries are playful and energetic and can live over 10 years. Serving Northwest Las Vegas with pet care and animal taxi since 2004.

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If you think you would enjoy a larger bird with more interaction, then you might consider a Cockatiel. The Cockatiel, one of the smallest in the parrot family, is known for its intelligence and extreme curiosity. While they are capable of mimicking speech, they typically mimic everyday sounds like the telephone, doorbell, or microwave. When raised in a loving environment with adequate attention, they typically are very friendly, entertaining, and affectionate birds. They do require more attention and time than most of the smaller birds and have a longer lifespan (15 – 20 years).

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Overbreeding Leads to Desert Tortoise Crisis CONTRIBUTED BY THE TORTOISE GROUP

More than 70 desert tortoise enthusiasts overflowed the Boulder City Library on the evening of July 16 to learn about creating backyard tortoise habitats. Tortoise Group Chair, Kathy Utiger, showed examples of habitats and described the easy care of these magnificent and adorable creatures. Families interested in adopting can submit an Adoption Application on Tortoise Group’s website at Thousands of unwanted tortoises are born each year in the Las Vegas area. The lack of predators and ease of breeding in captivity have led to an over-abundance of pet tortoises (not to be confused with the “threatened” wild tortoises). The solution is to separate a breeding pair. For years, now-broke government services picked up and cared for these tortoises. Tortoise Group invites families with a yard to consider adopting. Under a recent law, new tortoise custodians are limited to one tortoise.


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Coping with the loss a pet is a very difficult – the grieving process takes time and it is often a very lonely journey. Dr. Susan Wheeler, facilitator for the Pet Loss Group in Las Vegas shared some of the questions that seem to be unanswered for people who lose a pet: Why did my pet leave? How can I face the day and move forward? How can I handle life without my beloved friend? Where can I find solace and help? Here are some suggestions from Dr. Wheeler to help you through the grieving process:


Many people have found solace from writing in a daily journal. For example, you can say your good-byes or share whatever else is in your heart.


Only put away your pet’s belongings when you feel it is the right time. It is your choice and you may never want to put the articles away.


Please allow the sad moments and tears to come. Tears are cleansing and will help you heal. The emptiness and hole in your heart will always be there but you will be able to move forward with your other life commitments.


It is important to remember your pet on special days such as your pet’s birthday or adoption, holidays, or other family events. These events are called triggers and are reminders that your pet is no longer there on special events. In spite of the sadness, it is important to find ways to honor your pet on these special occasions.


Make a display of your pet’s photos or other items. Creating a photo album or slide presentation of your pet’s life is helpful. Some people have created shadow boxes or scrapbooks.


Consider walking or caring for a friend’s pet, volunteering at an animal shelter, or becoming a foster pet parent.


Begin to accept invitations from others for coffee or lunch. Remember, however, your friends and relatives mean well but may give unwarranted advice such as: it was only a cat; you have another pet so you should be all right; I bought you a replacement pet.


As you move through the grieving process please know that you are not alone in your grief and sadness. There is help and support for you.

Hopefully you will gain some solace from the above suggestions. Your pet will remain in your heart forever.

The Pet Loss Support Group meets every Monday night at 6:30 PM at the Community Lutheran Church located at 3720 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89121. The meetings are free and everyone is welcome. The 24 hour phone number is 702-735-5544. Visit the websites at and

The Las Vegas Pet Loss Support Group is for men and women who are dealing with the grief loss process brought about by the loss of a beloved pet. This small and caring weekly support group is provided by Divorced & Widowed Adjustment, Inc., a Las Vegas non-profit organization providing free community service programs for over 35 years. Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere of emotional support and growth for men and women experiencing difficult times in their lives brought about by separation, divorce, or death of a loved one. The Pet Loss Support Group is facilitated by Dr. Sue Wheeler, a lifelong pet lover, educator, and researcher. Her desire is to help people find the steps to move forward in their lives with continued memory of their loving family member. 24

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Today we will be performing massage on horses – and dogs too! By Anastasia Smith

I can hear your amazement. Horses get massages? How absurd. If you are thinking of massage only as a relaxing indulgence it IS absurd. But animal massage is so much more than relaxation. It is a way to help the body heal itself, a way to increase communication, bonding and trust between species, and a way of preventing injuries. Massage is used by both human and animal athletes and is growing in popularity for pets as well. One of the most grueling events for athletes of any species is Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race. Teams of dogs will complete the thousand mile race in as little as 9 days. Every rest is calculated to give the dog team and their musher the food and rest they need without putting them behind in the race. Even with this incredible schedule Aliy Zirkle, Iditarod musher and fan favorite, took time to massage her dogs during the race this year. She and other mushers know that a massage during the rest period will help the dogs recover more quickly so they can get back on the trail. The US Olympic equestrian team has been using massage on their horses since the 1970’s. They find the horses can work harder without getting injured if they get regular massage. These animal athletes and their people have learned the same thing that human athletes know – massage keeps you in the game. The American Mustang is a treasured animal. Mustangs live free on the range which allows them the most natural life a horse can have. When overcrowding threatens these free-ranging bands, the mustangs are rounded up. The younger horses, those most able to adapt to a life with humans, are offered for adoption to the public. These horses have never been handled before. When they have been around humans enough to accept a halter, some trainers use massage to get them accustomed to being touched all over. The wild horse learns from massage that human hands bring comfort and understanding. Owners of riding horses and pet dogs are also using massage for their animals. The power of massage is the power of kinship, of understanding, of support from a sympathetic being. The most effective animal massage uses the same techniques as a licensed massage therapist. Massage therapists draw on knowledge of anatomy and on many different techniques and styles of massage. They know how to exert the right pressure in the right place. This sort of animal massage is done by specially trained practitioners with experience in detecting and interpreting the animal’s reactions and the feel of the body beneath their hands. While massage practitioners can spend years learning and refining their skills, any person who cares for an animal can use simple massage. It requires only that you focus on making the animal feel good as you touch them. Thinking about touch as something that can take away discomfort is the important concept. When you massage your pet use your hands to listen and communicate. In this conversation reactions in the form of movement, resistance, relaxation, and cooperation are the words you listen for. When done with care simple massage allows you to learn more and develop better communication with their animals.

Whatever animal you share your life with, massage will have benefits. Take the time to explore massage and you will find a whole new level of communication, relaxation, and joy. Anastasia Smith is the owner of Sun Horse Massage and Saddle Fit services where they offer massage and bodywork for horses and dogs. She can be reached at (702)480-8918 or by email at You can also find sun horse on facebook. 26

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Don’t take us with you when you go trick or treating, we would rather stay home where it is safe. It’s really scary with all the costumes and people we don’t know. Keep us safe – especially black cats. There are Halloween Pranksters that can bring harm to us. At home, please put us in a room away from the front door. The constant ringing of the doorbell frightens us. Costumes can be really scary for us. We might run away or become aggressive as we don’t know who it is. Jack-o’-lanterns and candles are dangerous. We could knock them over and get burned or set the house on fire. We love sweets but keep us away from treats, as they can be toxic to us, especially chocolate and artificial sweetener Zylitol. Lollipop sticks and plastic can be harmful as they can get stuck in our intestines. Costumes are cute but don’t leave us alone in them. We might try to eat them and the elastic can be dangerous if it’s too tight. If you do take us along, please make sure we are micro-chipped and have reflective tape on our collars. All the noise scares us and we can run away. Lots of pets are lost on Halloween.

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ell, it looks like we’re having a little upturn in the real estate market and it’s about time, but there’s still a lot of competition out there. It’s very true that you never get a second chance to make a good impression, so staging your home is a must. With all the work that is takes to stage a home, one crucial step is often overlooked: our family pet. Pets are wonderful, and an integral part of the family, but we have to face that not all people are pet lovers. So when it comes to staging, additional steps have to be taken to make the home as neutral and marketable as possible to all potential buyers. In a perfect world it would be best if our pets were not in the house when selling, but for most of us that’s just not going to happen. Because we love our pets and live with them everyday, we may overlook the following five things that potential buyers will not.


If you’re not able or willing to temporarily relocate your pet while your house is on the market, you need to at least minimize their presence by keeping as many things as possible out of view. This includes cat litter boxes, dog potty pads, food or water bowls, pet toys, and beds. Even if your pets are somewhere else during a showing, some people will immediately be turned off by the mere sight of pet-related items. Some people are allergic and feel they can not live in a pet house. Also, the pet photos need to be packed away no different than all your family photos. I know putting things away each morning when you leave the house is tough, but it must be done. Clutter control goes for everyone in the family, including our pets.


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It’s time to walk your house with a “Buyer’s Eye.” What things have been on your to-do list to fix? Like the corners of the walls that have chew marks? What about those scratches on the wood floor, doors, baseboards and trim? Then there’s the kitchen cabinet drawer Fido chewed on when he was a pup. When you’ve been living in your home for a while, there’s a good chance you’ve gotten accustomed to seeing them, but buyers are not. And let’s not forget those chair legs that have been enjoyed as a chew stick. Buyers will wonder that if you’ve allowed your pet to chew on your furniture, what else has been damaged that they can’t see.


They’ve all had accidents but it’s time to make sure there is absolutely no evidence of it. Stains must be removed from carpets, area rugs and upholstery. Pay close attention to all the corners of your walls and cabinets. I’m sure you’ll find them stained from the oil of their coat. It’s cute when we see them looking out of the window or staring at us to come in, but nose marks on the windows and doors make for an untidy home to a buyer.

No matter what kind of pet you have there’s fur and dander and it gets everywhere. We all laugh at those fun pet hair sayings like, “Everything tastes better with fur.” but it’s not a laughing matter when your home is for sale. Be sure to give your upholstery, pillows, bedding and window treatments proper attention. If there’s fur flying around it looks like you don’t take care of your home. Also people with allergies will almost rule your house out on first sight. All animals have a distinct odor. We become accustomed to them but others may pick them up the minute they walk through the front door. They’re almost impossible to eliminate from a home, so make sure you ask a friend to be your official sniffer. Odors are one of the reasons people do not purchase a home. Just like a furry home, odors give the impression that the home has been poorly maintained. It will make them think of everything they’d need to do to eliminate the smell: replace the carpet, paint, remove the window coverings, clean the air ducts. 32

And it should go without saying that litter boxes and pet cages should be cleaned daily. As well as picking up food bowls each day before leaving the house.

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While many buyers have pets of their own, minimizing “the pet effect” in a home for sale is key in a competitive market. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interiors has been designing in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She also has a web site, where she shares Las Vegas pet happenings and resources.


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Book Review


The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls – One Flying Disc at a Time by Jim Gorant


he book opens with the details of how Wallace was placed in a shelter. It also describes the developing relationship between Roo and Clara. These stories are interwoven to create the story of Wallace. The beginning of the developing commitment to Wallace is hinted at when Clara meets Wallace in the shelter’s quarantine room: Their eyes met, and Clara swore she caught something in the way he looked at her.

Perhaps it was the gleam in his eyes …………… “Oooh,” she said, “you’re naughty.” Then she smiled and added, “I’m gonna love you.” The story is an amazing story of love and commitment. Together Roo and Clara championed an underdog who became a world champion. Wallace truly was an underdog; he was a pit bull and a shelter dog with behavioral issues. They struggled to stay committed to Wallace and their other dogs as they

faced financial problems, relational issues, and family health concerns. The bond between Roo, Clara, and Wallace was strengthened by their participation in disc or Frisbee throwing events and competitions. They had a desire to win and a desire to make a difference – to offer a positive image of pit bulls and to show the world what pit bulls could do. Wallace was a champion – he made a difference!

Update: RIP Wallace 8/23/2013. His legacy lives on. (Wallace was diagnosed with hermangiosarcoma, a terminal cancer, in August 2012) Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • September/October 2013



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From Revered to Reviled:


“Pit Bull” Breeds

a c i r e m A n i by: Linda Fredericks


hen I was asked to write a piece about the plight of a once beloved breed, I was on it so to speak, “like a dog on a bone”. I am, I must admit a bit biased because I had a pit bull as a pet and therefore have first-hand knowledge and understanding of this misunderstood breed. The term pit bull is a generic term used to describe dogs with similar characteristics. A “pit bull” is considered one of several breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any mix with dogs considered from one of the “bully breeds”.

during World War I to serve with a platoon in Germany. Stubby was the first U.S. Army dog to be promoted to sergeant. In addition, during World War II pit bulls appeared on war posters and cartoons helping to raise awareness and money for war bonds. They fought in the trenches with our soldiers and died on the battlefields beside them. These heroic canines served with great valor. At one point in our history they even earned the nickname “America’s Nanny Dog” because of their love, dedication and reliable behavior with children. The Little Rascal’s dog ‘Petey’ was a pit bull.

“Bully breeds” are those descended from the English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier or Cane Corso. The “pit bull” is not a distinct breed which makes it difficult for even experts to identify and that may be the basis for the discrimination that this beloved breed has endured in the last two decades. They have become the victims of canine profiling. “Even though many dogs are assigned the label Pit Bull, it doesn’t mean they’re genetically or behaviorally similar or that you can predict a dog’s behavior based on that label,” says Bernice Clifford of the Animal Farm Foundation. “All dogs, no matter what their breed or breed mix, are individuals.” In fact, many people are surprised to learn that some of America’s most loved dogs are considered a bully breed. From the large and in-charge boxers to the small, stout Boston Terriers there are a variety of dogs that fall under the category known as bully breeds. For most of our history we have had a National Dog… the pit bull. We chose this mixed breed because it seemed to accurately represent us as Americans; faithful, reliable and trustworthy and although powerful, extremely tolerant. Pit bulls served this country’s children and it’s military with trust and bravery for 150 years. During the Civil War, a pit bull accompanied the 11th Infantry of Pennsylvania at the Battle of Gettysburg. A pit bull named Stubby became the first American dog

Over time, due to their popularity with a “criminal element” and those looking for a macho-status symbol, their image and public perception became negative. According to the ASPCA, another probable cause is the misidentification of dogs involved in attacks. These have contributed to the “pit bull” being the least adopted and most euthanized of any other breed. They are also banned in over 300 municipalities across our nation. Historically there have been other breeds that have been subject to this type of discrimination such as Rottweilers, Dobermans, and German Shepherds. Dogs are a product of their environment. Proper training, healthcare, and other factors affect temperament and behavior. In tests conducted by the American Temperament Society, pit bulls were deemed less aggressive when faced with confrontational situations that produced negative reactions out of many other stereotypically “friendly” dog breeds. The most tolerant breed was the Golden Retriever and the pit bull came in second. One

of the most amazing things about this breed is their ability to adapt to almost any situation. They serve in a wide variety of professional fields as well as making outstanding companions. Their positive attitude, even in the face of adversity, their courage, agility and athleticism and their desire to please humans makes them exceptional dogs for such fields as search and rescue, therapy and guide dogs as well as police and military drug and bomb sniffers. A well-bred, well-socialized and well-trained pit bull is one of the most delightful, intelligent and gentle dogs imaginable. They make great family pets. Yet, routinely pit bulls are the most common breed in shelters nationwide. There are a number of organizations that have been established to help change the ‘bad rap’ publicity that has been perpetuated in the past 30 years and are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of the breed that was once known as America’s Family Dog.

If you are considering the adoption of a pit bull or bully breed, the best way to determine the proper fit for your particular household is to visit a local rescue or shelter and talk to the people who work with them. With proper socialization and training, you will have a loyal and loving companion for life. Photos courtesy of Animal Farm Foundation RECOMMENDED READING: The Pit Bull Placebo by Karen Delise – Anubis Publishing Available on as a pdf download Tullis, Paul, “The Softer Side of Pit Bulls” Time -22 July 2013, Print RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:

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