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Are we listening? TIPS TO EASE

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July/August 2020 FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Rick Vierkandt - Bark Gallery

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Recently I read a letter from a editor that opened with the two questions: How are you? No, really, how are you? It resonated within me. Normally it is polite to open a text or letter with a simple How are you? Or Hope you’re doing okay. During this pandemic it is more than a polite gesture. The initial question is the polite and customary inquiry into our well being. The second time is an invitation to go deeper into our well being; it implies that there are many reasons why we might not being okay. Creates a sense of real caring. So, how are you? No, really, how are you? Let’s imagine that we’re sitting together at an outdoor café enjoying ice tea or coffee and we asked those questions of each other. How would we respond? Our struggles and challenges might be different yet I’m sure we have many of the same concerns. For us as an organization we’ve had quite a few challenges and struggles during the pandemic. It is during these difficult times, however, that our passion, our purpose and our work have sustained us. We are dedicated to pets of Las Vegas AND the people who love them. We really missed meeting all the pet lovers at the many pet events normally held in the spring. The pandemic created unusual challenges and struggles for our local animal rescues and shelters. The spring events are some of their largest fundraisers and cancellations created financial challenges. Any financial support you are able to give at this time will be deeply appreciated.

We hope you are really doing okay and we wish you a wonderful summer!

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONADE!

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Frozen Treats

To Keep Your Dog Cool & Hydrated

Watermelon Treats

Easy to make!

Ice Cream Treats

Ingredients: 2 Cups Seedless Watermelon 1 Cup Coconut Water* Optional: you can add 1/4 cup honey or blackstrap molasses

Ingredients: 1 Cup Ripe Bananas 8 Ounces Yogurt 1/3 Cup Peanut Butter**

Blend the ingredients together to make a liquid. Pour the liquid into some ice cube trays and freeze. Note: if you use the silicone bone or paw print molds you must use a cookie tray or something solid to be able to pour the liquid into the molds and then to place in the freezer. Otherwise, you’ll have a sticky mess on your counter, floor or freezer. *Coconut water is naturally refreshing and contains easily digested carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Blend ingredients together. Pour mixture into ice cube trays, plastic or paper cups, or freezer molds and place into freezer. **Peanut butter – it is best to use unsalted and unsweetened AND check the label to make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol. Xylitol is toxic to dogs.

The ingredients in these recipes are considered safe for dogs. Remember though that these are treats and need to be offered carefully. It is always best to add just one or two new items at a time in case your dog has an adverse reaction to them. If your dog has any medical condition please check with your veterinarian about offering these frozen treats to them.

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HEARTS ALIVE VILLAGE ANIMAL RESCUE BECOMES DISASTER DISTRIBUTION CENTER Hearts Alive Village Animal Rescue has expanded their Kendall’s Kupboard food pantry to become the Pet Food Disaster Distribution Center for the State of Nevada. This is made possible thanks to food donations from GreaterGood.org and a grant for space and equipment from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation. This local distribution of pet food is part of a multi-million dollar nationwide donation effort that GreaterGood.org is executing to help the pet communities across the U.S. impacted most by the coronavirus outbreak. On April 8th the first delivery arrived with 19 pallets (approximately 37,000 lbs.) of mostly dog food. Local nonprofit rescue and support agencies including Street Dogz, Homeward Bound, Animal Network, and Animal Help Alliance have received approximately 7,000 lbs. of food and more organizations are scheduled for pickup. Hearts Alive Village has seen the local need for pet food increase ten times due to COVID 19. In the last two months they’ve served over 670 families - 1415 dogs and 743 cats. Times are tough and there is no shame in getting help for your pet. Drive-through appointments are available with no physical contact required. You can enroll to receive pet food through the program at www.HeartsAliveVillage.org. About The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is a private charitable foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada. The Duffields are the founders of Maddie’s Fund, a leading animal welfare foundation dedicated to revolutionizing the status and wellbeing of companion animals. https://maddiespetprojectnevada.org/about/funders.php About GreaterGood.org GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Over the last 12 years, GreaterGood.org has given over $250 million in cash and in-kind grants to over 3,000 charitable partners worldwide. .

ZOONOTIC DISEASES AND CORONAVIRUSES (COVID 19) Zoonotic diseases are caused by germs that spread between animals and people. Scientists urge more research on coronavirus in animals. They’re trying to identify any animal species that are vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection and determine whether those species can transmit the virus to people or other animals. www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01574-4

DUTCH FUR FARMS HAVE KILLED 575,000 MINK FOLLOWING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK 6/12/20 – Dutch authorities confirmed they have killed 575,000 mink, including 480,000 pups, during the cull on 13 fur factory farms following an outbreak of coronavirus. The problem came to light in April, when two fur farm workers in the Netherlands were found to have contracted the coronavirus from mink; this is the only known animal-to-human transmission following the initial outbreak. The government ordered all mink on infected Dutch fur farms be killed to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus to humans. The Netherlands, once the third largest fur farming country in the world, banned fur production in 2013 with an 11-year phaseout. This tragedy might be an opportunity for the government there, and for governments in all fur-producing nations, to take note of the serious public health and animal welfare problems associated with fur farms and close them down without delay. https://blog.humanesociety.org/2020/06/dutch-fur-farmsare-gassing-350000-mink-mostly-pups-following-coronavirusoutbreak.html

RESEARCHERS ARE DEVELOPING A SARS-COV-2 TEST for whales and dolphins and plan to test seals and sea turtles, too. Testing marine mammals and turtles could reveal whether something unique in their immune system enables them to resist pathogens, and the findings could contribute to human medicine. The project will expand existing knowledge of zoonotic viruse and provide critical data about zoonotic disease transmission. A variety of methods to test the animals include oral, blowhole and rectal swabs which do not harm them. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063266207

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Returning to work?

TIPS TO EASE SEPARATION ANXIETY By Elizabeth Parker

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hile this pandemic has been a stressful time for us all, there are some little critters who have been enjoying the company of their family. Our pets! If you have dogs, they may have been spoiled with a few more walks, some new toys and additional snuggle time on the couch while you caught up on the latest Netflix television show binges or old movies that you’ve missed. If you have cats, well, they may have acted as if they didn’t enjoy the crowd too much, but deep down, they were happy to have the company! Who else can they sneak up on if you weren’t home? Either way, schedules might have shifted, feeding times might have changed a little and overall, new habits and routines were formed. Now that many people are going back to work, this means a whole new world for your pets. They understand a lot, but they might not understand the sudden shift in schedules again and wonder where their playmates are, especially when they had such a good time during all of this! They most likely enjoyed the new 8

family dynamics and in their little furry minds, figured this would be their way of life forever.

Begin NEW Routines

Thus, they may not appreciate the fact that “normal” life is going to start again and their companions won’t be home quite as often. Let’s face it; for those of us who are going to start leaving the house more often, we will miss our pets just as much! For our pets, however, this change could mean a bit of separation anxiety, even in pets that have never exhibited that kind of behavior in the past. So, what can we do to alleviate that stress for them? There are a few things you can do to ease them into the process. If you were walking them more frequently during the day, perhaps start lessening those walks now, or change the times that you are taking those walks so they get used to a new routine. One that is just as favorable, perhaps just a little different. If you can, leave the house for short periods of time without them. They will soon realize that you are indeed coming back. Extend the duration of

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your absences little by little. This will assure them that even if you are gone longer than normal, they can expect you to

Begin new routines. Perhaps give them a new toy every few days. Get their feeding schedule back to normal. If possible, have someone check on them during the day so that they know they aren’t alone for long. This doesn’t have to be done forever, but during the first few weeks, it can be very helpful. Baby steps go a long way into easing your pets into the old way of life; one where their family won’t be home with them quite as often!

Be sure to give them plenty of attention when you are home. If you can set new routines that are just as favorable, their anxiety might not be quite as bad!

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CATS SPEAK… are we listening?

PURR, MEOW, TRILL, CHATTER, HISS, AND HOWL

are a few of the sounds cats make! That adorable bundle of fur that seems so content to spend most of its time sleeping, napping and grooming has an amazing vocabulary. Cats can make more sounds than any domestic pet except for birds. By comparison, dogs can make about 10 sounds whereas cats can make more than 100 sounds.

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ats communicate by using a combination of sounds and body postures. They also use scent signals and clues that we humans totally do not understand. Their sounds are subtle and are sometimes difficult to interpret. As cat parents we often don’t pay enough attention to their attempts to chat with us. The cat sound that probably most of us know and recognize is the irresistible meow. It is very interesting that domestic adult cats only meow to people and not to each other. It is thought that kittens meow when they need mom and, of course, she responds by meeting their needs. The usage slowly fades as wild cats mature possibly because it no longer gets a response. However, human pet moms respond lovingly to the meows of their furbabies. It is a “fits all situations” cry: I’m hungry, I’m lonely, I want to sit on your lap, or we need to have the litter box chat! Other sounds that we might recognize are the chirp and trill. Chirps and trills are birdlike sounds that mommy cats use to get their kittens to pay attention and to follow her. Our cats use them when they want us to pay attention or perhaps to follow them to an empty food dish. Subtle hint – feed me! They use these sounds to talk with each other. They use them also when they’re excited or annoyed. The sounds mimic birds or the chirp of a rodent. By noticing when they chirp and trill we’ll recognize the subtle changes that indicate they want our attention or perhaps are excited or annoyed.

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Some cats are more vocal than others; some cat breeds are known for their vocalizations. It is important to notice any changes in the way your cat normally sends you vocal signals. Cat vocalizations are excellent indicators of a cat’s physical, mental or emotional health. There may be underlying health issues or causes for the changes. As cats age there are conditions that could cause your cat to be more vocal. Also, it could be cognitive dysfunction or a form of dementia which causes confusion, disorientation and stress. A cat’s way of letting us know that all is not okay is by increasingly becoming more vocal. It is important to take your cat to their veterinarian to determine if there are underlying health issues. Cats are not as openly affectionate as dogs; however, they do have strong emotions and feelings. Their style of communication is different; more subtle and complex. Taking the time to learn more about cat communications is an essential step to bridging that communication barrier. Listening to our cats and learning their unique style of communication helps them feel loved and appreciated resulting in deeper emotional bonding and connection.

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ADOPTING A RESCUE PET

»»» Help Your Pet Adjust to a New Home After Adoption

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ringing a new pet into your home is always such an exciting time. Whether you are considering a dog, cat, or even a pocket-pet, visiting a local animal shelter or contacting a local animal rescue are great ways to begin your search. By rescuing a pet, you are giving an abandoned or forgotten pet a well-deserved chance at finally finding their forever home. When meeting with animals for the first time, it is not uncommon for them to appear overly timid or anxious. They have already been through a lot of known and unknown stressors in their lives. They may have lived for days, weeks, or even months in the shelter, basically alone amongst all kinds of scary noises and unfamiliar people. Their underlying personalities may be difficult to judge given their current situation. But when given a little understanding and loving care, these animals can turn out to be that special, heartwarming pet you’ve been searching for. With a little bit of patience and planning, you can help your new family member adjust and thrive in their new, forever home. Planning ahead for the arrival of your new pet will ease a lot of the stress associated with so much change in their life. Your new pet will need your help to make the transition and will need reassurance and structure in their lives. Prepare for their arrival by getting all the supplies they will need before you bring them home: Food, toys, collar, leash, litter box, treats, and other miscellaneous items. Determine ahead of time where your dog or cat can go in the house to retreat and relax comfortably. For dogs, it may be a crate or soft bed in a quiet room of the house. For cats, it may be cuddly cat bed placed in a quiet corner or atop a chair where they can still keep their eyes on you. (Cats will definitely let you know if they object to the placement of their bed.) Other things to decide on are feeding locations and which rooms, if any, you would like to keep off limits to your new pet. Doggie gates are a good solution in some cases and can always be removed once your dog adjusts to their new home. Cats can easily be excluded from certain areas by simply closing a few doors in the house. 12

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As you would with any other new pet, securing and removing dangerous items is an important duty. Potentially dangerous items like electrical cords, open trash cans, cleaning products, house plants, medications and bath products should all be secured in unreachable areas like upper cabinets or in rooms that your pet will not have access to. Additionally, do your best to keep small items like children’s toys or anything that could be accidently swallowed off of the floor. Some dogs (puppies especially) will literally chew on anything they can get their paws on. While cats would probably like to blame the dogs for all such destructive chewing, they are not immune to such behavior. Items like cable lines, telephone cords, and electrical cords have all fallen prey to a curious kitty that enjoys chewing on things out of sheer boredom or just for fun. Relocating cords or placing them in areas that are difficult to access will be helpful. With rescue animals, there is always an understandable period of time necessary for them to decompress and get back to a calm state of mind. It may be a week or several weeks depending on the individual. During this time, it is important for them to have a quiet, comfortable area to retreat to. Soft voices and gentle reassurance will help ease their transition. Equally important, is to begin a daily routine of feeding, walking, cuddling, and playing. This will help them adjust by giving them a constant and predictable routine that will relieve a lot of the “unknown” in their lives. You will soon become vital constant in their new life as you begin to form a special bond with each other.

This unique bond will only become stronger over the years of a long, loving relationship you share together.


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FOR THE

Love OF BIRDS BY NOËL BENOIT

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have loved birds my entire life. Growing up in a rural town in Vermont provided me with many opportunities to interact with birds, both wild and domestic. We had ducks and chickens and other animals at various times, but I was always fascinated by the local birds throughout the seasons. They are so in tune with nature that you can rely on their appearance or disappearance at different times of the year, almost like clockwork. My passion for birds increased when I was in Junior High School. My science teacher, Mr. McPherson provided me some formal learning about local and migratory birds. We went on bird-watching walks during our science class and learned to identify birds by their plumage, flight pattern, song or sound and habitat. At one point during this study, I was able to identify over 100 bird species by sight and sound. Being from northern New England didn’t provide me with many opportunities to see and meet parrots until one of my sisters got a male cockatiel as a pet. I enjoyed seeing “Scotty” when I would visit her and was fascinated with his personality and antics. I wanted a parrot, but realized how much responsibility they were and that they lived such a long time. At that point in my life, I felt that it would not be fair to a parrot with my busy, single lifestyle. Fast forward to 2002, when I met my future husband, Ken, who had birds for many years. Finally I had birds in 20

my home that I could enjoy. There were parakeets, a.k.a. budgerigars or budgies, which are great little birds, also known as one of the “gateway birds,” which means that they are a great bird from the parrot family for a first bird. Other excellent starter bird species in the parrot family are: cockatiels, conures, senegals, caiques, quakers, parrotlets, and indian ringnecks. You might also consider non-parrots like canaries and finches. The most important aspects of introducing a bird into the home are: nutrition, environment, clean habitat, socialization, interaction, quality food and supplies from a knowledgeable source and veterinary care. Nutrition should primarily be fresh veggies, safe herbs, berries, fruits along with a fortified pellet diet and fatty foods like seeds and nuts as treats. They must have clean, fresh water and food daily. There are some foods that can be harmful to birds: avocado, onion, garlic, chocolate, comfrey, fruit pits, apple seeds, artificial sweeteners, high fat, high sodium and high sugar. Environment should be free of smoke, air fresheners, non-stick cookware and drafts near the habitat. Try to match the size of the habitat/cage to the size of the bird ensuring that bar-spacing is small enough to prevent heads from getting stuck between them. The habitat should also have plenty of perches and toys and ample space for movement in flight and climbing/walking. Socialization is ensuring that all family members are involved, and participate in the care of

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the bird(s). This helps with adapting the bird to human interaction and minimizes their favoritism towards one person. Bear in mind that getting bitten is inevitable, so you must be determined to work through it. Finally, one of the most important aspects of having a bird is making sure they see a veterinarian at least once every year or two, to help avoid any health concerns that may arise. An initial visit should occur prior to rehoming or soon after. Getting a general health check with blood work helps establish a baseline for future vet visits should any declines in health occur. Being a prey species, birds will mask their health issues to avoid appearing weak. If they start showing signs of illness, they must get help immediately. There are so many more aspects of bird care. I encourage you to do some research by reading more articles, watching videos, getting some opinions from other bird lovers and enjoy the process. Having a bird in your life is an incredible and enriching experience and worth the effort of all the tips and tricks I have mentioned above.

Happy Bird Loving!

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Music

Healing Benefits for our Pets

The healing quality of music for people is well known and documented. Music for animals is an exciting and relatively new field of study. One interesting area is research about the type of music animals prefer. What type of music do pets really like? Charles Snowdon, an animal psychologist, discovered that animals enjoy “species-specific music” or tunes designed using the pitches, tones and tempos that are familiar to their particular species. We sometimes assume that our pets enjoy our musical preferences. Our favorite music could be having an opposite effect on our pets.

Animals enjoy some the same benefits of music that we do:

Relieves Stress – play soothing music before stressful situations such as vet visits or grooming visits.

Eases the Stress of Separation Anxiety – it has a calming influence when you’re not able to be with them.

Provides Physical Benefits – the right music slows their heart rate, increases endorphin levels which creates relaxation and good feelings.

Strengthens Immunity – music boosts the immune system which promotes health and wellness and helps fight disease.

Music is being used in many shelters to create a positive “soundscape” to soothe the animals. Dr. Patricia McConnell, canine behavior expert, shared a few tips in a webinar,

“Canine Behavior and Acoustics. 1 These might be helpful to us as we consider adding music to our pet’s life. It is best to alternate periods of quiet with music. The choice of music is important. Classical music seems to work best with dogs. Be careful about using music to mask other sounds. The result can be extremely jarring and stressful. Your dog could associate the music with the jarring sounds and create more stress.

Sharing your love of music with your pet is beneficial for both of you. Letting your pet share their musical preferences with you might also be a fascinating and enjoyable experience!

Okay – now you might be asking yourself “how much stress is my pet experiencing”? An interesting theory is that we possibly could be the primary cause of their stress. We are aware of the role pets play in stress relief for people. We could be transferring our tension to our pets. The human-animal bond is so strong and our pets are so attuned to our feelings that they become stressed out because of us. 2 Be aware of the effect of certain types of music on your pet. See if you can determine the type of music your pet prefers. Who knows – they may even have a preference for a certain singer and perhaps even a certain song. I know Pat & Elvis certainly had very specific likes! Be aware of your own stress levels and the effect you might be having on your pet. You might need the benefits of music to promote an environment of peace and serenity for you and your pet.

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A personal childhood experience I had with pets and music involved my two parakeets named Elvis and Pat Boone. Yes, it was in the late 50’s. Pat swayed to the soft music of Pat Boone. His favorite was Love Letters in the Sand. Elvis rocked to all music by Elvis. My friends were amazed at their performances.

Some dogs enjoy “singing” too! 1 2

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Decorate with Style

By Gail Mayhugh

We all love our furry four-legged, two-legged, winged, and reptile kids and have spent quite a bit of time with them the last couple of months. I’ve shared with you how to decorate with them in mind, but what about decorating with them for a change. So here are a few ways to decorate with style…

Do a WALL GALLERY in your office with pet

prints. They can be photos of yours, different art styles of your pet’s breed, or just fun images. I help a friend work her booth at art shows. This gal came in and bought cat and dog prints. We asked what type of fur baby she had and said, “Oh, I don’t have any pets, I just like to decorate with them and have a wall gallery down my hall.”

Spending more time with them, you may have found you need more ways to keep them occupied. If you have the room or corner, this would be an awesome and ATTRACTIVE busy while you work.

Not all fur babies are the size of a kitten; some are as big as a horse. Or maybe you’ve always wanted a horse. There are so many art websites where you can purchase the print and then frame it yourself. Of course, wait for a sale and use a readymade frame or have it framed from where you purchase the

print. I do like CANVAS WRAPPED PIECES, which most times are less expensive. Custom framing is great, but an investment you may not be able to make right now.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR DOG WITH

s a i b o h P e Nois By Laura Butler, KPA-CTP

Fireworks, Thunder, and Other Noise Phobias The 4th of July is one of the scariest nights of the year for even the most confident of dogs. Nearby fireworks may actually cause pain and discomfort to sensitive dog ears, not to mention the ground shaking with each explosion. In fact, the 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for animal control, picking up pets that panicked and bolted during the night. Whether you go out or stay at home, please make sure your dog cannot get out of the house! Make sure your dog is wearing his tags, and this is a good time to update your microchip information if chipped. It’s also important to note that there are often fireworks and firecrackers set off in the days leading up to the 4th. Be careful taking your dog outdoors – a sudden firecracker can scare him and he may bolt.

Desensitizing Before beginning any training, get a checkup from your vet. Noise sensitivities can be caused by pain-related or other medical issues, so rule these out before you start training. Assuming your dog is healthy, desensitizing your dog to the sound he’s afraid of can help your dog considerably. If you Youtube “Fireworks” (or “Thunder”, “Children screaming”, “Garbage truck”, or just about anything), you can play the sounds at a low volume while giving your dog something fun to do or yummy to eat, like a stuffed Kong. If your dog shows any sign of fear or nervousness, turn the volume down even more. The point of this process is to find a volume that your dog can hear the noise but isn’t afraid of it. When we pair the noise with good things, we can gradually increase the volume. Try playing the sounds during every meal – your dog will soon get excited to hear that loud thunder! 28

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Management Tips

WEAR HIM OUT: Take your dog for a long walk before ºthe festivities start. He’ll sleep right through it. SIT WITH HIM THROUGH THE NOISE: Hang out ºwith your dog in his favorite hiding place or in a small quiet

room. Pet your dog slowly and firmly, giving long soothing strokes down the chest and back while talking to him in soothing tones. Remember to stay calm – if your dog senses you’re worried, he’ll get worried too! Do not get frustrated or punish your dog for being afraid – this will only make his fear worse.

MUFFLE THE SOUNDS: Play white noise, such as running ºthe washing machine; play classical music or calming music

designed for dogs; or turn on the TV. Music with lower frequencies like percussion and drums can help cover the booming more so than high frequencies. You can further muffle the sound by padding your dog’s hideout with pillows and stuffing clothes under the door.

HIM: Play a game with your dog, give him ºaDISTRACT stuffed Kong or another toy to keep him entertained, or

go through his repertoire of tricks. Puzzle toys and other problem-solving activities in particular have been found to reduce fear. It’s thought that this is because the dog learns to control some aspect of his environment.

MAKE USE OF NATURAL ANTI-ANXIETY REMEDIES: ºGive your dog turkey for dinner; put a drop of lavender oil on his ear tips; get calming treats for dogs; use a pheromone diffuser; or do all of the above. You can also use Benadryl, melatonin, CBD treats, or prescription anti-anxieties, but talk to your vet for the correct dosage first.

If your dog has severe fear or anxiety, or if your dog fear-bites or lashes out, make sure to consult with your vet and/or a professional trainer. Laura Butler, KPA-CTP, has the pleasure of being the only Fear Free Certified dog trainer in the Vegas Valley. A dog trainer and pet sitter, she specializes in dogs with fear and anxiety-based behavioral issues. Scaredy Dog! Dog Training and Pet Sitting, www.ScaredyDogLV.com, 775-553-6325.


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They contain vitamin K which helps build strong bones and a mineral, silica, often helpful in reducing swelling and minimizing joint pain.

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The expression Cool as a Cucumber describes the hydrating benefit of cucumbers. They contain 96 percent water; an averagesized cucumber contains the equivalent of a 10-ounce glass of water. Cucumbers are a great, low calorie snack for dogs that will help keep them hydrated. Fruits and vegetables are considered snacks and should never make up more than 10 percent of their diet. Also, it is important to start with only a few pieces at a time to make sure there are no digestive issues. They should be peeled and cut into small pieces or sliced to avoid a choking hazard. No pickles! Yes, they are cucumbers but the added spices, vinegar, salt or sugar can be dangerous for your dog.

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The Kids Scene

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SHARING IN PET CARE ( Whose Turn Is It?)

By C. A. Ritz

HOW IT BEGINS

Please, Please, PLEEEEEASE can I keep it? These are familiar words of children wanting to bring an animal home, even if the understanding going to the pet store or shelter was ONLY to volunteer. After debate, tears, and assessment, Fluffy has a new home; yours.

AGE-APPROPRIATE TASKS

Did you know many experts suggest before owning pets, a child should exhibit responsible behavior toward toys and siblings? Elementary skills like feeding, bathing, dressing, putting toys away; the same as those required for entering preschool should be in place. Even if Garfield, Fido, or Snowflake were there first, a child must be taught to share and respect space. Boundaries will ensure safety for children and pets. This in turn allows your furry friend to feel safe and bond easier. Most pets respond well to those who provide kind-hearted care. So, who is responsible for the care of that precious creature now entrusted to your family?

ESTABLISH A PET PLAN

Children learn by watching you. As you care for your family and pets, a child observes procedures and learns daily routines. Routines establish an ability to act consistently. Consistent chores with a dose of parental encouragement and gratitude contribute to a youngster’s confidence. Confident children typically do better in school settings.

• Young Children:

– TALKING TO PET (Verbal and social skills are reinforced.) – GIVING SUPERVISED HUGS (Teaches gentleness) – WATCHING PET BEHAVIOR (To develop awareness beyond self)

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– FOOD & WATER – LITTER OR POOP PATROL (Remember to wash hands!) – CHOOSE & TOSS TOYS LIKE FRISBEES

• Older Children: – WALKING

– BATHING & BRUSHING – CLEAN-UP & SAFETY CHECKS (Area check for items that could be swallowed or harmful to pet)

Consider forming a plan. Post charts like those used in school to bring order, aid memory, and keep harmony. If siblings are near the same age, duties can be shared or turns taken. Here’s a few pet care jobs which can be delegated and charted.

CONTINUING LEGACY

While there may be mishaps, there will also be growth, antics, and memories. It’s really rewarding years later to watch as children reach an age of independence and volunteer, foster animals, or own a pet. Before long, your children’s children love animals, too. With each lesson, each poopy scoop, and each holiday pet photo, your child takes a step toward adulthood. So, get those charts, routines, and relationships flowing.

Tomorrow’s legacy begins today.

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This handsome little boy is about 10 years old and is friendly with other dogs but not so sure about cats. He loves to cuddle at night in bed and also on the couch. Cheese weighs about 15 pounds and he’s neutered, up to date on shots, and micro-chipped. He’d love to meet you and see if he’s a good fit for your family. Y

Sebastian is an older guy at 15 yrs. He was picked up as a stray, brought to the shelter and we pulled him out. His oral health was terrible and had to have 27 teeth removed. He is doing well now. He gets around fine but appears to have hearing loss. His bloodwork looked great and he is a happy, friendly guy! Y

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WHAT MAKES MY TWO DOGS SPECIAL

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he truth is, nothing. I mean, they’re big and pretty and photogenic, but to you, they’re just dogs. If you’re a dog person, you might spend five minutes in Lowe’s or Ace Hardware and love on them. I welcome it and so do they. But if you’re a cat person, you might just say, “Hi honey” and go about your day. That’s okay too. Of course, to me, they’re the reason life is worth living. I routinely decline to hang out with actual people, because I’d rather spend my time with two creatures that are kind and loving and silly and remind me what it’s like to be all of those things that you can’t be in adulthood. I’ll give you an example. I live in Desert Shores and we have these great man made lakes around the house. The HOA rules specifically say ‘No Pets Allowed to Swim.’ But what’s more fun and more mischievous than breaking the rules 38

a little. I won’t let them chase the baby chicks…but seeing Schaefer get pecked on the nose by a giant duck is one of those great gifts in life. In these strange times, when you’ve just had it with the news, or with Facebook, or with whatever – their undying devotion is all the more welcome. Even when I am frustrated with them, I can’t stay mad for very long. If Schaefer eats something I left out, whose fault is that? If Cooper barks right in my ear, well, whose fault is that for getting him all riled up in the first place? Definitely mine. I’ve never wanted children. But now I get it. I get that feeling when you’re really proud of your little one. I get that feeling of pride when they show others love, compassion and warmth. They teach me everyday how to be a better owner, a better fighter for animals and their rights, and a

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better human. For that, I wish I could pay them back. I wish I could make them understand the kind of love I have for them. If I had one wish, it would be that they could totally understand me for five minutes. That’s all I would need for them to understand what they do for me and for complete strangers. Twentieth century writer Agnes Sligh Turnbull said it most concisely when she wrote…

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