Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine – September/October 2017

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September/October 2017 FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Rick Vierkandt - Bark Gallery

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Dr. Lyndi Ashley, DVM Michelle Barbosa Isaac C. Collins Wynda Knight Gail Mayhugh Ellen Meade Elizabeth Parker C.A. Ritz Geri Rombach Shannon Turpin


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September – Labor Day The unofficial end of “summer” and more pet events…. It is still August though as we’re writing this; we’re finalizing this issue and prepping it for the printer. For us, this section is an opportunity to share our thoughts and feelings. Some of the thoughts centered on words: community, connection, communication, and common concerns. In the light of what is happening in Texas our thoughts changed. The arrival of Hurricane Harvey disrupted personal plans for people in those areas. Disaster preparedness plans became top priority. It is difficult to imagine the loss and destruction to people, pets and property. It is difficult to know how to feel, how to respond. We’re thankful for the government agencies, charities, religious organizations and animal rescue groups that are being mobilized to provide disaster relief, collect funds, and send volunteers. By the time you read this the disaster relief and cleanup work will be underway. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and pets of Texas. On a local level, we are so thankful for the sense of connection we feel with the pet community of Las Vegas. Our shared commitment to making a difference for pets in our community helps sustains our passion and purpose. It expands our personal efforts in ways that alone we could not accomplish.

We hope that you feel this connection. We look forward to hearing from you – we love your pet photos and stories. We love you!

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The of Other Abilities By Ellen Meade


oppy will never win a dog show. She will probably never hear me calling her to come in the house. She will never be able to jump up on the couch or walk on a leash. She is handicapped due to birth defects or neglect or possibly both. But she has given me so much. Poppy came into my life a little over eight months ago. At the time, I wasn’t sure if she was deaf or brain-damaged or just wasn’t used to being in a home with people. She had been picked up as a stray and rescued by Forget Me Not Animal Sanctuary of Las Vegas. Her ear canals were plugged with dirt and infection. She had been in a foster home for about two months, but her life before that is unknown. Since then I’ve come to realize she probably does have some deafness. She doesn’t respond to everyday noises, but does appear to respond to very loud noises. This makes it a challenge to train her as well as keeping her safe; she will never be able to hear me if she were to escape our yard and be in imminent danger. Her safety is completely in my hands. She also appears to be brain damaged. She will sometimes sit in one spot and stare off into space without recognizing the other dogs or me. And sometimes she will look at you with one eye but the other eye points in the opposite direction. These deficits do not matter because she has so much to give. 8

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Senior pets are the most overlooked pets in shelters across America, but the plight of disabled pets is far worse. People involved in animal welfare do a great job of advocating the joy in adopting “other abled” pets. However, these pets are passed up by adopters preferring a young pet or one without special needs. Many of these potential adopters, without blame, are not able to afford veterinary care above the average cost of regular checkups and vaccinations. But what about those pets who only require a little extra care or attention? Many people want the cute little puppy or kitten, but what about the ones that have been there before? Some pets have behavioral issues, but a majority of those behavioral issues can be worked on. These pets have so much to give. Many times their behavioral issues are because the people who owned them before, didn’t take enough time to teach them or take them out for walks or just show them love and keep them comfortable. They deserve to be happy, to be loved and to be given the chance to show people how much joy they can give if only they have the opportunity to do so. Poppy continues to blossom revealing her true self. She loves her toys and plays with Nicki, her new best friend. She also runs even though her back kneecaps are fused incorrectly, so her running is more like hopping. Some people have told me she is lucky to have me. I quickly point out that I am the lucky one to have her in my life.


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By Elizabeth Parker

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any of us are fortunate enough to share our homes with our dogs, providing food, water, shelter and love in exchange for unconditional love in return, steady companionship and comfort from them. While it is a wonderful and everlasting relationship and dogs would never complain, or tell us otherwise, there is one thing that they could be missing, and that one thing is socialization. Some dogs are socialized from the day they are able to stand on their own four paws. They have the advantage of being brought up in an environment with other dogs, cats, or other animals and many visitors of the human variety. However, other dogs might not share that same luxury. For a potpourri of reasons, they might not be as comfortable with other animals or confident around other humans. For those, they adhere to a very different lifestyle.


Some require the emotional reassurance of having another pet to share their lives with. If at one time they were living in harmony with another pet and are now the only pet, it is quite conceivable that they miss having a companion of the same species. They may play less or are now somewhat withdrawn. Sometimes they appear irritable. If there are no obvious medical reasons for their melancholy behavior, they may simply miss having a friend around. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they need a new dog in the house, but, they may benefit from frequent trips to the dog park or a scheduled walk with a friend and their dog. 12

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As people, we have many opportunities for social outlets both in person and on social media. Even television provides us with entertainment and a sense of escape. For dogs, however, we are their only source of companionship. They rely on us to monitor when they are social and with whom. For those dogs who have never been friendly with other animals, it’s possible that they don’t “miss” having another friend around, however, and not to burst our own bubbles—but they may want to see other people besides their owners! If they are friendly toward people when they do encounter them, chances are, they’d like to socialize a bit more with human friends outside of their household, if only for a while. Realizing that many people adopt older dogs, it can be difficult to determine how social your pup once was, but it is something to consider trying in a safe environment. For those who are able to adopt puppies, it’s important to get them acclimated with everyone (including humans and other animals) from the start. Here is where we, as humans, have the advantage to make sure that the pup is social. This will build confidence in the pup and get them accustomed to meeting others. In turn, it will make their lives and yours easier (and happier) when it comes time to have people in your home, or when your pup meets another animal on a dog walk. Elizabeth Parker – Author of Finally Home, Final Journey, My Dog Does That!, Bark Out Loud!, Paw Prints in the Sand,Paw Prints in the Sand: Mission Accomplished, Unwanted Dreams, Phobia, Evil’s Door and Faces of Deception.

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We receive so many benefits from having fish in our lives. But what do the fish get in return? First, their basic physical needs have to be satisfied. Their habitat must be sized correctly for the type and number of fish that will be placed in it. They also need areas to explore and to hide in to feel safe. Setting up and maintaining an aquarium requires research and work. Second, their social nature and needs must be considered. You also have to learn about their ideal companions. You want to create a compatible community of happy fish. Though not cuddly like dogs and cats, fish do experience pain and suffer from depression and boredom. It is important to provide them with an enriched environment that replicates their natural habitat as much as possible. Fish are intelligent and are capable of fun and playfulness.

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on adding a new fur baby to your family! BUT NOW WHAT? By Gail Mayhugh Besides the awesome hugs, licks and baby breath, getting a new puppy can be an exciting, uncertain and sometimes frustrating time. You have this new living, breathing and chewing addition to your home. I know that we shouldn’t have to rearrange our lives and home for our new additions, but we do it in order to make this transition safe while still creating an enjoyable and relaxing place for everyone in our home.


ow we all know accidents are going to happen so we need to take precautions to limit them as much as we can. Remember everything is a new adventure for them. They’re on an all-day treasure hunt. They don’t know what they can and cannot touch. What can be fun and what can hurt them. Where they’re allowed to go and where they need to stay out of. We have to teach them these things. If you’ve not had a little one in a long time it may be a big adjustment until they are house trained to your rules, just like kids. My girlfriend just got a puppy. It’s her first in over 15 years so it’s been an eye opening adjustment for her. Lots of “Emma No’s” “Emma Ack’s” but they’re working it through together.

I think for all new puppy parents, potty training is one of the biggest challenges. So for their bed the best thing you can do is purchase one with a Crypton cover, liquids run right off of it. Actually, no matter the age of your pet, they are the best. Now you’ll still want to wash it but at least you’re not having to also wash the pillow each time. You can also put a waterproof fitted crib sheet on their bed. Then cover it with a regular fitted sheet. Again easier clean-up for those accidents that are going to happen. 16

Take inventory of your decorative pillows and bedding. Now might not be the time to have your best ones out. Watch any that have tassels, trims, buttons or beading on them. When I had my Millie, one night I noticed she wasn’t in the room with me. I went a hunting and there she was up on the bed enjoying the tassels on my pillows. I knew I had to teach her not to touch, but until I had that down, off they went as I didn’t need her choking on an insignificant tassel. All dogs, but especially puppies like to run and play, going from zero to Mach speed in seconds. So think of those delicate, best and treasured things you have out and put them in a less dangerous place from getting broken. Think of baby proofing your house, but for your puppy. By putting those items up and out-of-the-way for a couple months, it will make it less stressful for you and your playful little one. We all have way too many cords in our homes, goodness I have six chargers just in one place. Cords need to be arranged or tied so they’re not so interesting for them to nibble on. There are some great cord control products out on the market to keep them organized and detangled. Start creating boundaries by using different textiles on the floor. With my first puppy I didn’t want her in the kitchen around the cooking area. I put a floor runner where I wanted her to stop. The texture was different from the tile and she learned her boundary.

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After a couple months I was able to take it up because she knew the distance she wasn’t allowed to cross. Then when we got her a sister, she simply followed her lead. Some places need to be off-limits when potty training, when you’re away from home and for their safety. Pet gates are a time-tested way to make that happen. Available in wrought-iron and beautiful wood tones, they can complement your interior without compromising your home or your dog’s security. You don’t want them bolting out the door or you tripping on them when coming home. I love boxes and interesting containers which are perfect for storing those little things they’re going to find and put in their mouths, such as, earrings, paperclips, rubber bands, hair clips, loose change and the list goes on. My pup always seemed to have something new in her mouth that I had no idea where she found it. But I always had a pocket of kibble so I could exchange her find for a treat. Much easier than chasing after her.

Remember that puppies and those new to your home, are just learning the rules, boundaries, and limitations, and it can take them a little bit to get it right. Be patient and remember to start each day with a clean slate. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interior Design has been designing in Las Vegas for over 25 years. She also supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit,

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Little Ray was diagnosed as being completely blind; he was not cross eyed as I was told. At five months old he was diagnosed with a microscopic liver shunt, and has been on a special diet and medication ever since. If I had not caught his inoperable liver shunt early he may not have lived as long as he has. At the age of seven he began to have seizures. Despite his health conditions, now age of nine he is a happy and as healthy as he can be. He has set the standards for what I will look for in any future pets, my heart will now always be open to a blind or special needs dog. Despite his health issues he is absolutely perfect and acts like a puppy still to this day. The best part of coming home is to see this tiny six pound bundle of joy come running to me as fast as he can and wagging his tiny tail ready to be picked up.

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in our community

ALEXA FAHD is a 15 year old who has a huge heart with a special

place for all her furry friends! Her first experience with pet adoption was when we adopted a pet poodle when she was 8 years old. Fransis was scared, matted, abandoned, and probably beaten but with lots of love she flourished and is now a very happy 15 year old dog. Alexa is currently Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen for the Miss America pageant system. Her platform is “Adopt don’t Shop” . Alexa’s volunteer activities include collecting blankets for Paws For The Cause. She placed a decorated dog-themed box in the lobby of her dance studio for blanket donations. She also shared her blanket drive on social media. It was a big success and she collected over 100 blankets for Paws for the Cause! In addition, she volunteered at The Animal Foundation’s Halloween Pet Costume Contest and Best in Show, as well as Meals on Wheels and Heaven Can Wait Animal Sanctuary.

Submitted by Jennifer Fahd ~ Proud mother of Alexa

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What You Need To Know About…

Canine Distemper By Dr. Lyndi Ashley ~ Town Center Animal Hospital

WHAT IS IT? A contagious virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of puppies and dogs. WHAT ARE THE CLINICAL SIGNS? When dogs

initially become infected with canine distemper virus, they display signs consistent with a common cold, such as a fever, coughing, nasal discharge, lethargy, lack of appetite, and even vomiting. As the disease progresses, the virus attacks the nervous system, causing twitching, seizures, and even paralysis. Distemper can be fatal. Sometimes, distemper is referred to as “hard pad disease” because the virus may cause the foot pads to harden.


Any dog can get canine distemper virus, but young, unvaccinated puppies are more at risk. Dogs usually contract the virus through airborne exposure to contaminated respiratory secretions. Dogs and/or puppies that are kept in crowded conditions, such as animal shelters, are more likely to contract the virus. Canine distemper is not zoonotic, meaning people cannot get the virus from infected dogs and/or wildlife.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED? More commonly, canine distemper is diagnosed based on the dog’s age, vaccination status, and clinical signs. However, there are specific and advanced lab tests that can confirm the presence of the virus.

HOW CAN IT BE TREATED? Unfortunately, there is no cure for canine distemper virus. A single drug does not exist that kills the virus. Instead, affected dogs are treated with supportive care, to ensure the pet stays hydrated and warm. Veterinarians may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infections. Dogs suspected of being infected with canine distemper virus are separated from others to minimize the risk of further infection. 22

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CAN IT BE PREVENTED? Yes! Since there is no

cure for canine distemper, prevention is key. The most important aspect of prevention is vaccination. Both puppies and adult dogs should be vaccinated against canine distemper virus. Since puppies have an immature immune system, vaccination is essential in providing disease protection. When born, a puppy is protected by antibodies in colostrum (mother’s milk). As the puppy ages, protection from mother’s milk wears off and the puppy becomes susceptible to infection and disease. To provide adequate protection during these times of susceptibility, veterinarians will vaccinate a puppy for distemper every 3-4 weeks (booster shots). Veterinarians may start vaccinating puppies as early as 6 weeks of age. The vaccine commonly used is a combination vaccine, which protects against canine distemper virus, along with parvovirus, adenovirus, and parainfluenza. Until a puppy has been fully vaccinated, owners should refrain from taking their pet to dog parks, grooming salons, doggy daycare and even obedience classes. Veterinarians recommend adult dogs receive a yearly vaccination to remain protected. Isolation of infected animals is also important in the prevention and spread of the virus. If you suspect canine distemper virus or if your dog has been around other sick animals, please seek veterinary care immediately. When handling a sick animal, always wear gloves and thoroughly wash your hands.

DID YOU KNOW? Canine distemper virus also

infects wild canids (foxes, wolves, coyotes), and even raccoons and skunks.

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Pet Safety Tips



NO SWEETS - Your dog or cat may beg for some Halloween candy but remember that chocolate is harmful in any amount. Be careful about diet candies - the ingredient Xylitol is in many sugar-free treats and is a serious danger for pets. Another popular Halloween treat to avoid for pets is raisins. CANDY WRAPPERS, such as tin foil and plastic, can get stuck in your pet’s digestive track and make them ill. BE CAREFUL ABOUT CANDLES AND LIGHTED JACK-O LANTERNS. They can easily be knocked over by a

swinging dog’s tail or by a curious cat.

KEEP YOUR PETS INDOORS ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT. Animals are at risk for cruel treatment

by Halloween pranksters. Spooked pets can get lost. Microchip and tag them in case they get out.

COSTUMES ARE OPTIONAL - If your dog or cat doesn’t want to wear a costume, don’t force the issue. A costume should never confine, constrain or aggravate your pet. Watch for loose parts and chewing hazards. 24

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ELEPHANTS By Isaac C. Collins


lephants are among the most harmonious and fascinating animals on Earth. With nature’s best memory, and a brain similar to a human’s, they’re certainly something to marvel at. Science aside, elephants display a broad range of emotions, from love, to hate, with complex physical and social needs.

captive elephant, at an astonishing 86 years old. Thousands of people from across the world attended his funeral. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has brought us one of the most touching elephant stories of all time: the companionship between Tarra, an Asian elephant, and Bella, a stray dog. Tarra and Humans and elephants Bella spent eight years roaming have lived together for the sanctuary together, having approximately 4500 years. sleepovers in the barn, playing Due to their unrivaled with each other, and enjoying size and strength, they snacks. When Bella suffered a were a natural choice for spinal cord injury, Tarra would construction and military wait next to the gate, awaiting work. While some ancients her companion’s return. Upon saw them as a physical force Bella’s recovery, the sanctuary only, many saw them as workers reintroduced the two, something more. Elephants leading to much happiness became and remain an between them. Tragically, important figure in both the Bella was attacked by coyotes Hindu and Buddhist religions. and died in 2011. After Bella’s One of history’s most famous passing, Tarra isolated herself elephants was Lin Wang. from her herd, displaying a Wang’s relationship with Photo courtesy of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. lack of energy. But elephants humans began in 1937, care for their own, and the where he carried supplies, herd recognized her struggles and helped her. They constructed memorials, and helped raise funds to began to follow her, share food with her, and groom provide food. Serving both China and Japan, he her. Eventually Tarra began to spend more time with was retired in 1952. Taiwanese children loved the elephant, calling him “Grandpa Lin”. When he passed the other elephants and currently she is doing well. away in the zoo, he was the world’s longest living

Tarra & Bella

September 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day, we should take a moment to improve our understanding and knowledge of elephants. It is worth noting that although elephants are held in such high esteem across the world, the conditions they live in have historically been unfavorable. Fortunately, more focus than ever before is going to preserving elephant habitats. Elephants across the planet are experiencing an improved quality of life; thanks to the efforts of hard working scientists and caring volunteers. Although they are wild animals, many people love them as they’d love their pet; and if you’re an elephant, that ought to make you feel pretty good. 28

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“Why Do They Do That?”

Our pets are a constant source of entertainment. Their comical behaviors make us laugh and often make us wonder, “Why do they DO that”? While some behaviors are unique quirks of an individual pet, many “somewhat strange” things they do serve an actual purpose. Here are a few explanations of pet behaviors that many people find puzzling:



will often spin around in their bed several times before ultimately lying down. Why? This behavior has been passed down from their wolf ancestors that would make a bed in the grass or dirt. Spinning around several times would ensure that there were no snakes or bugs in their spot and would also smash down the grass and soften up the dirt. In warm temperatures, it would also help them get down into the cooler soil.

THE HEAD TILT – In addition to

looking absolutely ADORABLE, the head tilt also serves a purpose. By tilting their head in different positions, it allows a dog to pick up sounds coming from different directions and helps them locate audio cues that may help them identify a sound. Some experts also suggest that tilting their head helps get their muzzle out of the way for a better view of our facial expressions and body language.

KICKING UP GRASS AND DIRT AFTER POOPING – Does your dog exuberantly kick up grass

and dirt around his freshly made poop? This is perfectly normal behavior for both male and female dogs that also stems from their wolf ancestry. Dogs have scent glands under their paws and between their toes. When they scrape their paws on the ground, it stimulates these glands, leaving even more of their scent around their favorite pooping spot. The scent secreted from these glands actually lasts much longer than the scent of the feces itself. It is another way for your dog to mark their territory and claim it as their own.



you noticed that your cat seems to rub its face against virtually everything in the house, including you? This behavior is called “bunting”. Cats have pheromone (scent) glands on either side of their face, primarily around their whiskers. By rubbing against the objects and people in their home, they are staking a claim on their space. Leaving their scent on these items lets other cats know that this territory has been claimed and it’s MINE.

THE SLOW BLINK – Does your cat ever

look at you and give you a long, slow blink? If so, that’s a great sign! Cats use this blink as a way to communicate to other cats that they feel comfortable and at ease with their presence. In cat language, it means everything is GOOD! When your cat gives you the slow blink, he’s telling you essentially the same thing. Some believe that slow blinking at humans is a sign of affection and love. It is often referred to as a “Kitty Kiss”.

TOYS IN THE WATER BOWL – Do you ever find your Kitty’s toys sitting in the bottom of their water bowl? Believe it or not, your cat is hiding their precious toys in a place they consider to be safe. Although they may not be hidden very well, your cat is leaving them there because they see their water bowl as being a secure part of their territory; the toys are safe there until they are ready to play with them again. As an added bonus, their toys will undoubtedly come out a little cleaner!

Although we know the reasons behind some pet behaviors, there are still many that we don’t. In the end, only our furry friends truly know why they do what they do. 30

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In addition to providing access to basic resources such as food and water, it’s important to provide an enriching environment at home to improve your dog’s quality of life and meet their mental and physical needs. For those dog owners who leave their home to work all day, it’s especially important to have a routine in place that helps calm your dog and maintain his or her well-being throughout the day. Incorporating animal enrichment techniques, like some of those used daily at The Animal Foundation, can help to prevent boredom and curb unwanted behaviors. You’ll have fun doing it and, more importantly, your dog can avoid becoming a daytime couch potato. Before you walk out the door in the morning, consider taking these easy steps to creating a calming and relaxing environment for your furry friend: To discourage destructive chewing habits, give your dog a sizeappropriate KONG toy filled with dog-approved foods such as peanut butter, bananas or plain low-fat yogurt. KONGs are petsafe and feature durable, built-to-chew rubber. Most dogs love them. We recommend stuffing the KONG and then freezing it to make it last longer. Timed puzzle feeders, such as the Foobler, can also help keep your dog busy and entertained during the day. The Foobler has six timer-activated pods with a mechanical ball that can be set to go off up to 90 minutes apart, keeping your dog engaged. Pet pheromone products are said to mimic soothing natural dog pheromones and come in various forms, including sprays, plug-in diffusers, wipes, and collars. Playing calming music can also help to ease any stress your dog may be experiencing in your absence during the day. Recent studies, in fact, have shown that classical music can lower the heart rate and effectively calm an anxious dog.

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By C.A. Ritz


We’ve all read stories of fairies or mermen, superheroes, or talking animals. As you’ve grown, differences between fact and fiction become clear. If you speak to your pet in the real world, they’re not going to chat in human language. Of course, if you were writing fantasy, anything would be possible. But, let’s consider the real world; your world.


It’s time and you’re back in class! Hopefully, you’re happy to be there, yet it’s not like a vacation day. Dealing daily with situations, you may go through ups and downs with learning, school activities, and friends. You may experience stress. Do you know some people relax when they get home by talking to their pets?


Survey of Children in the Greater Las Vegas Area Good Golden Goose! After a recent opinion poll, here’s what you told us: • 75% of kids surveyed said, “Yes,” when asked if they talked to their pets. • 28% said they do talk about feelings, how their day went, and problems. (Animals don’t pry or ask, “why”. They just seem to understand.) • 14% interviewed practice speaking in front of a pet for assignments or family matters. • Nearly 20% read to their pets! This can be great practice and fun! • There were a few who added they think, meditate or pray while holding their furry friend.

C.A. Ritz ~ Author and Illustrator

There are ongoing studies to find out if animals really do comfort young, old, or learning-impaired persons. Some observers suggest the findings are inconclusive (That means nothing can be proven at this time). Beyond the softness, warmth, and compassionate eyes, would you say animals are good listeners? Maybe, like humans, it depends on the individual. Do you think animals have the ability to understand and encourage you? Do you talk to your pet?


Some children (and adults) write letters, then read them out loud to their pets. Truthfully, no one in our survey claimed doing this, but once I remember missing my cat at school. I scribbled a note during free time and read it to her when I got home. (If I’d done this more often, I may have developed better writing and speaking skills!) Do you think my kitty understood? Maybe not, but animals do seem to pick up on the joy in our voices or tears in our eyes. Their reactions can be rewarding, heartwarming, or amusing. You may even gush with giggles. This kind of laughter is great medicine for our minds and hearts. There could also be an incredible story brewing. Suppose you keep your ideas in a diary or journal. Who knows? You may have the next best-seller steeping! So, get your computer or pencil. Ready? Write! Oh, and say hello to your pets for us! Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • September/October 2017


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BELLA is a 5 year old Bully mix who recently had several growths removed that were non-cancerous. She needs a quiet home to fully heal and recuperate. She is shy until she gets to know you, then she will steal your heart. She’s great on the leash and very good during car rides. With the assistance of her trainer after a meet & greet, she may be able to be with another dog. Be her hero & help us get her into a loving foster or forever home. Y




KENO loves all people and can be selective with dogs! He’s such a happy boy, but wants what he wants. He would love a family that stays busy (but with him of course) and that’s always on the go. He needs a family that will set boundaries for him right away. Keno will be a great addition to an active family who is willing to put the time and effort in keeping up with his training. Keno is a 1.5 year old Malamute mix with lots of energy. Y


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My two cats, Solomon and Rowdy, very different in size, color and personality share one characteristic – a flabby belly that swings from side to side. It is especially noticeable when they’re chasing each other in the hallway.

Though some people think the flabby belly is a characteristic of indoor cats, actually it is one shared with even large cats in the wild. The anatomical name for the flabby, sagging belly is primordial pouch. It serves a number of functions.

PROVIDES PROTECTION – Even when fighting playfully cats tend to kick at their

opponent’s abdomen with their hind legs. It’s called “bunny kicking”. Having that extra skin provides protection for their internal organs.

HELPS WITH STRETCHING - Cats are extremely flexible. The extra skin helps them to

fully stretch their limbs and allows a wider range of motion when jumping.

STORAGE POUCH - The primordial pouch was critical to our cat’s ancestors. It enabled them to consume their prey at one time after a hunt. Even today, for example, wild lions eat an average of 10 to 15 pounds a day but they may eat up to 60 pounds in one feeding but not again for a few days. The pouch doesn’t actually store food but allows their belly to expand during eating and overeating. Though the primordial pouch is a natural part of your cat’s body, today’s companion cats do not need to “store” their food as their ancestors did. Be careful about overfeeding because cats can store extra fat in their belly flab.

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7pm – 8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers & topics to be announced. For more information visit, Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of Michael’s Angel Paws, join us for HOPE CELEBRATION 2017, as we celebrate our Service Dog Veteran’s and civilian recipients, with an afternoon of great Entertainment, raffle prizes, Silent Auction and delicious appetizers. Bootlegger Bistro’s COPA LOUNGE - 7700 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

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Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club’s Fall Classes 7pm.

Register today for VVDOC’s fall classes that will start on Sept. 14th at Dog Fancier’s Park. Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School – 4145 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Visit for more info.


Liquidation Sale – PAL Humane Society 8am - 2pm. Items such as bowls, toys, collars, artwork, t-shirts, shampoo and decorator items will be on sale. All sale profits will go to help feed the animals. PAL Humane Society - 4155 N. Rancho Dr. #150.


PAWcasso Un-Bake Sale 10am – 6pm. Savory homemade goodies such as salsa, pickled veggies plus some baked goods as well. Proceeds go to PAWcasso Las Vegas. At Your Service Pet Supplies - 55 S. Valle Verde Dr. #300 - Henderson.


HOPE CELEBRATION 2017 1pm – 4pm. In honor of the


Doggie Paddle & Play Day 8am – 1pm. Bring your favorite furry friend to the pool for a swim in the pool, which has a graduated entry so dogs can walk in and out as they please. special-events/community/doggie-paddle-play-day Black Mountain Aquatic Complex - 599 Greenway Rd., Henderson.


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For our second event, we are EXPANDING both in size and in hours open! Be amazed at all of the veggie goodness we have here in the desert. Our event is FREE and open to ALL! Clark County Amphitheater - 500 S. Grand Central Pkwy


Everyone is welcome - all ages! No reservations needed. Treats, handouts, decorations - the works! It’s FREE!! Desert Spring United Methodist Church - 120 North Pavillion Center Dr.

Canine Bodywork & Aquatics OPEN HOUSE 1:30pm – 3pm. Tour the facility and find out what warm water therapy, massage, and swimming are all about and how it can benefit your dog. Canine Bodywork & Aquatics - 2563 Wigwam Pkwy, Henderson.



meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.

7pm – 8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers & topics to be announced. For more information visit, Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

Reading with Rascal - Back To School Party 10am – 12pm.

Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm – 3pm. Join us for our monthly

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting



Support Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue and enjoy breakfast served by SNBRF volunteers! Car wash, raffle drawings and merchandise! Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill - 820 E. Warm Springs Rd.

11am – 4pm. Meow or Never Cafe & Rescue and the Poppy Foundation are teaming up to host Las Vegas’s First Pop-up Cat Cafe! There will be CATS UP FOR ADOPTION, pastries, meowmosas and coffee! The Poppy Foundation - 6620 Sky Pointe Dr.

Pancake Breakfast, Raffle & Adoption Event! 8am – 10am.

Pop-up Cat Cafe - Meow or Never in Centennial Hills



best friend featuring raffles and pet contests: Tallest Dog, Shortest Dog, Funniest Pet Trick. Dogs only in the pool - no dog owners. Desert Breeze Aquatics Facility - 8275 Spring Mountain Rd.

6:30pm – 9:30pm. Food, fun, wine, music and silent auction benefitting 12 local rescues. $25 online / $35 at the door. • Use code PETSCENE for $5 off! Jana’s Red Room in the Arts Factory - 107 E. Charleston Blvd. #135.

Dog Daze of Summer 8am – 11am. A swimming event for man’s

6th Annual PAWcasso Art & Silent Auction Fundraiser

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Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm – 3pm. Join us for our

monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.

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LVAS Bird Mart & Craft Fair 9:30am – 4pm. For You: Arts, Crafts, Jewelry, Fashion, Décor and more. For Birds: Food, Toys, Seeds, Treats, Stands, Cages, etc. Facebook: Las Vegas Bird Club Henderson Convention Center - 200 Water Street, Henderson.



for our Open House! We will be serving finger food, wine, beer, soda and water along with a 50/50 raffle and other raffle items. PAL Humane Society - 4155 N. Rancho Dr. #150.

9pm. Join us for our 2nd Annual Rockin The Ruff Golf Tournament and Social Event for animal rescue. It’s a fun day for golfers and non golfers. Raffle, auction, food, and entertainment. Visit to sign up and for more info! Siena Golf Club - 10575 Siena Monte Avenue.

PAL Humane Society Open House 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Join us


Family, Fur and Fun Festival 10am – 3pm. Celebrate the lives

of rescued animals! Costume contest, photo booth, raffles, vendors and so much more. Admission is FREE! Exploration Park at Mountain’s Edge - 9600 S. Buffalo Drive.


Pamper Your Pet Day 10am – 2pm. Chapman Chrysler Jeep will hold its fourth annual “Pamper Your Pet Day” event with a selection of services to show love for furry and loyal friends of all shapes and sizes. Local vendors plus amazing raffle prizes and giveaways! Chapman Chrysler Jeep - 930 Auto Show Dr., Henderson.


Reading with Rascal - Costume Party 10am – 12pm. Everyone is welcome - all ages! No reservations needed. Treats, handouts, decorations - the works! It’s FREE!! Desert Spring United Methodist Church - 120 North Pavillion Center Dr.


FALL FESTIVAL Noon – 5pm. Live entertainment, pet adoptions, food trucks, kids zone, vendors! FREE Admission and Parking! Fun for the whole Family! For more info: Hosted by Farmanity Project, Big Paw Rescue, Double Y Ranch 8025 Bermuda Rd.

Open House

Rockin The Ruff Golf Tournament & Social Event 1pm –


Doggy Date Night – Trick or Treat 6pm – 9pm. Family members, four-legged family members put on your costumes and come have a howling good time! Costume contest, gift bags, vendors & samples, food, raffles prizes, photo booth and more! At Your Service Pet Supplies - 55 S. Valle Verde Dr. # 300 - Henderson.


Further Our Furry Friends 6pm – 9pm. Annual Group Art Show & Benefit Event Supporting the Nevada SPCA. Free entry, raffle prizes! Joseph Watson Collection - 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 115 (Inside of The Arts Factory).


Pet Loss Support Group 6:30pm – 8pm. This caring support group is there for those dealing with the death of beloved pet. Call 702-735-5544 or visit Community Lutheran Church – 3720 E. Tropicana Ave.

SAVE THE DATE... Coming in November

• Friday, November 3 The Great Catsby RSVP • Saturday, November 4 St. Rose’s 12th Annual Pet Blessing & Animal Fair • Sunday, November 5 Pet Memorial and Celebration of Life • Friday, November 17 Noah’s Animal House Event featuring Otis Day & The Knights • Saturday, November 18 The Animal Foundation’s Fast & Furriest 5K + Festival


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