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Contents 8 IT’S KITTEN SEASON!

There is a great need for fosters willing to open their hearts and homes to these little fur balls who need love & TLC.

10 WHEN IS IT

AN EMERGENCY?

20 PET GRIEF

While the loss of a pet is difficult for us humans, other pets experience their version of loss here are tips to help them cope.

24-25 MEET

ADAM PARASCANDOLA

Director of Animal Protection and Crisis Response for Humane Society International AND your neighbor!

Being prepared and remaining calm is key to handling any emergency.

12 CHOOSING

THE RIGHT PAINT

Learn about the different types of paint & which ones work best for homes with pets.

14 HISTORY OF MILITARY DOGS

28 VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

34 SERGEANT STUBBY

The most decorated war dog in history.

Saluting those that have passed and those that continue to fight, defending our freedom.

38-39 ADOPT

16 FASCINATING

Directory of animal shelters and rescues plus meet nine amazing pets looking for a loving home!

Cats way of seeing the world is very different than ours.

40 PET EVENTS

FELINES

Save the date!

18 CREAKY JOINTS

A HOMELESS PET

Osteoarthritis is a progressively degenerative condition in the joints of dogs and cats. It can occur in any age, breed and gender of an animal. Learn the clinical signs, diagnosis and treatments options to help control it.

“Be kind to everything that lives” Native American Proverb

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he months of May and June are ones filled with times of celebration and moments to remember and reflect - Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Father’s Day. Of course, there are the joyous occasions of school graduations starting in preschool and continuing through the post graduate years. These special occasions are experienced with mixed emotions – joy is mixed with sadness as we reflect on the changes that are happening in our lives. Sometimes our memories of the past slip into the present moment – a child graduating from high school stirs up the earlier memory of their graduation from preschool to kindergarten. As pet parents we also deal with a mixture of joy and sadness. Some are enjoying the pet baby stages, the cuteness of kittens, and playfulness of puppies. Others are struggling with aging pets, or the difficult decision of when is the right time to say “good bye”. And, sadly, some are dealing with the loss of a pet. Whatever you are experiencing please know that you are not alone. We share your joy and sadness.

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SHARING THE SUMMER BOUNTY

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CANTALOUPE is rich in vitamins including A, B6, and C and is a good source fiber, folate, niacin, potassium and magnesium. It also contains beta-carotene which helps eyesight and reduces the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. A small slice of cantaloupe cut into segments is enough for your dog. APPLES are a powerful antioxidant rich in potassium and vitamin C. Peanut butter spread on an apple slice creates an irresistible healthy treat for your dog. Apples should be ripe and soft rather than hard and green. Dogs should not eat the seeds or core of the apple. BLUEBERRIES are loaded with healthy antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins. They also contain tannins which help prevent urinary tract infections. You can add blueberries when making their cookies or biscuits. Frozen blueberries added to your dog’s water bowl make a cool summer treat.

PEAS are becoming a very popular treat for dogs. They can be added frozen or thawed right into your dog’s food dish. They are a good source of vitamin B, Thiamin, phosphorous, and potassium.

GREEN BEANS are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. An excellent veggie for us too! CARROTS are good for bunnies and dogs too! They’re an excellent source of beta carotene, vitamins A, C, K, potassium and fiber. Carrots are good for their skin, and eyesight. They are a healthy crunchy treat that can help keep their teeth clean. A quick way to add carrots to your dog’s diet is by topping their dog food with some grated or steamed carrots.

NOTE: Treats are a supplement to a balanced diet and shouldn’t make up more than 25 percent of a dog’s diet. The foods should be cut into small pieces and given in small amounts. Introduce one new food slowly to your dog over a period of time. If your dog shows any digestive or behavioral changes, stop the new food. Consult with your vet if your pet doesn’t improve. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • May/June 2017

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IT’S KITTEN SEASON

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he arrival of spring and warmer weather ushers in “kitten season” which usually peaks in late spring or early summer. Local rescues and shelters have or will have lots of cute, cuddly newborn kittens to care for. There is a tremendous need for fosters willing to open their hearts and homes to these little fur balls who needs lots of love & TLC. Kitten season is really three seasons in one. In our area it peaks in March, with another peak in June and July, and then again in October and November. Weather regulates the heat cycle in cats; an unspayed cat can experience heat cycles from early spring until late fall. They can come into heat every two to three weeks, for seven to 10 days and if she does not mate, she will continue repeating the heat cycle until she does mate, or is spayed, or the cycle becomes dormant due to the short, darker days of late fall and winter. Why does kitten season occur? Of course, we can blame the warm weather but the real cause is that there are too many cats that are not spayed or neutered. The best way reduce the overwhelming numbers of unwanted cats is to have your cat spayed or neutered and encourage other cat owners to do the same!

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Each spring during “kitten season,” lots of newborn kittens join the ranks of available cats for adoption. Any month is a good month to adopt a cat but June, American Humane’s Adopt-a-Cat Month®, is a great time because you will have a marvelous selection. There will be cats and kittens in all colors, sizes, and breeds ranging from cuddly newborns to more mature older ones and everything in between. If you are thinking about getting a cat now is a good time. In addition to the great selection you’ll create space for another cat or kitten. The Adopt-A-Cat Month® annual campaign is part of a larger effort by American Humane to help focus on and solve the unique challenges cats face today. Cats are more likely to be euthanized than dogs. www.americanhumane.org/initiative/adopt-a-cat-month/ VISIT THESE ORGANIZATIONS TO ADOPT All Fur Love Animal Society • www.allfurloveanimalsociety.org Animal Network • http://animalnetwork-lv.com CARES Coaltion • http://carescoalition.info Desert Haven Animal Society • www.deserthavenanimalsociety.org Foreclosed Upon Pets • www.forecloseduponpets.org Happy Home Animal Sanctuary • www.HappyHomeAnimalSanctuary.org Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas • www.havlv.com 8

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Adopting a cat might not be an option for you now, however, consider doing one or more of the following things to help out during kitten season: 1. Foster 2. Donate money to a shelter or rescue or find out what is on their Wish List 3. Volunteer 4. Share available cats on your personal social media sites. 5. Share cat adoption articles on your personal social media sites.

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When is it an

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It has happened to all of us who have pets at home, an after-hours emergency that has left us in a panic. As pet parents we may not always be able to predict when or where an emergency will arise, but we can be prepared and informed about who to contact when it does. It all starts with the first visit to your primary care vet with your new fur baby. During your visit while you are discussing preventative care plans, ask what emergency care they have in place. Some primary care veterinarians will have after hours on call numbers or they will have voice mails with emergency contact information. Write these numbers down and have them in an easy to see area, right under the numbers for the fire department and the police department. If you’ve recently moved and haven’t yet established your pet with a veterinarian in town, knowing the number to the emergency care facility closest to you is essential. These numbers can be easily found by a quick internet search, but having them already written down, in an easy to view area, will make emergency care and transport much quicker. Additionally, if you have exotic pets, make sure you know who is available for emergency care by asking your vet or calling around to the emergency facilities. Not all 10

emergency veterinary facilities are equipped to handle exotic animals. In addition to phone numbers for emergency veterinary care, another essential number to have available is for a pet poison control center which may help determine whether your pet needs to be seen on an emergency basis after exposure to toxic household substances, plants, medications, or foods. Having emergency numbers is important, but knowing when to use them is equally as important. The answer is simple, if you have ANY concerns about your pet’s health do not hesitate to make a phone call. There is no silly question when it comes to your pet’s wellbeing, and waiting to call because you may be embarrassed about the question could mean the difference between life and death. Also, just looking on the internet or calling friends for recommendations often results in misinformation which sometimes makes the situation worse. For example, many people

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who perceive their pets being in pain will administer human pain medications which are toxic at certain doses and may lead to stomach/intestinal ulcers, kidney, or liver failure, complicating what may have been a simple treatment by a vet. Some emergencies should be transported to a vet immediately including changes to or trouble breathing, seizures, bleeding, altered/loss of consciousness, or if your pet has sustained any sort of trauma. If your pet has a history of health problems or is on numerous medications or special diets, having their records in a folder and bringing their medications and food with you to the emergency visit is extremely helpful to the emergency care team. Prior to transport during an emergency there are some measures that can be taken to help stabilize your pet at home. One great resource is the American Veterinarian Medical Association’s link for first aid for pet owners, which covers a variety of topics including seizures, burns, fractures, bleeding, and CPR. https://www.avma.org/public/ EmergencyCare/Pages/First-AidTips-for-Pet-Owners.aspx. The most important thing to remember when trying to help your pet at home is to not get bitten. Animals who are not normally aggressive, may become so if they are scared, painful, or seizing.

Being prepared and remaining calm is key to handling any emergency that may arise with your pet. Remember, if you have questions about whether a situation is an emergency NEVER hesitate to call, it just might save your pet’s life!!!


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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAINT

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for Homes with Pets By Gail Mayhugh

f you have pets you know that your walls can take a beating. Down the halls, around the corners, their rooms and those play areas that really need some extra special attention. In those high traffic areas an expensive decorative wall treatment may not be the best choice. Paint on the other hand is an easy, less expensive and impactful way to make a statement. But it can’t be any paint. We all know that our pets have a remarkable way of getting things on the walls. Food flung from their cages; oil marks from their coats on every corner they run around; flying drool; and let’s not forget those marks left behind from throwing their ball.

SO WHAT TYPE OF PAINT SHOULD YOU GET?

This is where sheen plays an important role in selecting paint. Sheen refers to how much light is reflected off the painted surface as well as durability. Paint manufacturers may refer to their paint sheens by different names, but basically there are five different sheen levels: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high gloss. In my opinion, flat paint has no place in an animal house unless you like to paint a whole lot. It’s true that flat paint has advantages. Its non-reflective nature masks any surface imperfection. It’s easier to touch-up than the others, but unless you invest in the more expensive washables, you just can’t wipe it down without at some point getting to the plasterboard. An eggshell sheen gets its name from the texture and sheen from an actual eggshell. It has a slight sheen and is more washable than a flat finish. 12

A satin is sometimes also called pearl, it has a slight gloss and does offer more cleanability than flat. Typically a semi-gloss is used in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms because they make surfaces easier to clean and are moisture resistant. The higher the gloss the tougher and more stain resistant the paint. So if you have a real high pet traffic area you might want to consider a semi-gloss. High gloss is extremely hard, has a very shiny rich finish and is highly moisture resistant. It’s normally used on trims, cabinets and doors. It’s the toughest and most stain resistant finish. Being that it has more of a mirror-like finish it will also make colors more intense. Personally I only use a satin or eggshell as I don’t like the reflection and glow from semi-gloss paint on the walls. I even use it in kitchens and baths. Really how dirty do these areas get? If you wipe down any splatters in the kitchen after cooking you shouldn’t have problems. I have it behind Ki Ki’s cage, my Blue and Gold McCaw, and use a scrub brush to clean it. But I did purchase the best quality they offered, it really does make a difference.

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PROTECT YOUR PET The paint sheen protects your walls, but now you need to protect your pet. Not all paints are created equal. With pets it’s important to use a low or even better, a no VOC (volatile organic compound) paint. This is extremely important if you have pets with a sensitive respiratory system, especially birds. It’s best if you can board your pet when painting, especially if it is a large project. If you can’t, make sure to keep a close eye on them and that your home is well ventilated. Other things to be aware of is that paints are not the only dangerous products - varnishes, paint removers and white spirits can be just as dangerous. Also remember to watch that they don’t eat or get into the paints or your supplies. You’re doing something different and they will get curious, so make sure to keep your paint and supplies out of reach. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the safety of any product, don’t hesitate to contact the manufacturer directly. 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, www.SeniorsToTheRescue.org.


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Memorial Day is a day we set aside to pay tribute to all of those who have served and sacrificed to protect our nation. Our brave men and women put their lives on the line for us to preserve our freedom and ensure our safety. Thankfully, they are not alone in this fight. Our military dogs stand alongside our troops, displaying the same loyalty and commitment we value in them at home. Trained to maximize their natural canine senses and skills, these dogs contribute a unique skill set that humans cannot match. Their ability to sniff out poisonous gas, bombs and weapons, has made them a military partner like no other. These skills, combined with their loyalty and dedication, have made our military dogs an invaluable asset to our troops. Today we have approximately 2500 military service dogs, with the majority of them comprised of the larger breeds –German Shepherds, Labradors, and the somewhat smaller Belgian Malinois. They are selected based on their gift of focus, level of aggression and excitability. The most important requirement is that they must be loyal enough to do what they are asked to do, even when that request knowingly puts them in harm’s way. One such touching story of loyalty and bravery involves Layka, a German Shepherd who risked her own life for that of her handler and her fellow soldiers. In Afghanistan, 2013, Layka was sent into a dangerous building ahead of her platoon to confront the enemy and attack those that she could. Even though she was shot 4 times at point blank range, Layka was still able to subdue her shooter and save the lives of her handler and the rest of the accompanying soldiers. After seven hours of surgery and an amputated front leg, Layka survived and was adopted by her loving handler, Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald. Layka is now retired and enjoying the rest of her days at his home with his family. Photo Courtesy: facebook.com/MPCLayka

For the majority of military missions, a large-breed dog is a necessity. But in certain situations, a small dog is exactly what is needed. Proving to be just as loyal and brave, these small dogs bring an entirely different set of skills to the table. In WWII, a small dog named Smoky (a female Yorkshire Terrier), was instrumental in stringing communication lines under an airfield in the Philippines. The only access from an American airfield to 3 other squadron areas was inside a small culvert running under a runway that was being bombed on a daily basis. The culvert was only 8 inches in diameter with a length of over 70 feet. Smoky was the perfect fit. With the lines secured to her tiny body, her handler, Cpl. Bill Wynne called to her from the far end of the culvert and coaxed her through it. Even though many parts of the culvert were filled with mounds of sand, Smoky was persistent at the task that was asked of her. In a matter of minutes, Smoky emerged from the other end of the tunnel with the communication lines trailing behind her. After serving Photo Courtesy Smoky War Dog LLC 18 months of combat and continued service as a therapy dog for other Further Reading: Yorkie Doodle Dandy: A Memoir soldiers, Smoky safely returned to the States and died peacefully in 1957. by William Wynne On this Memorial Day, let us all give a heartfelt thank you to those who have given their lives and have sacrificed so much for our nation. Among those individuals and families we have to thank, let us not forget those amazing, brave dogs that have made that same unselfish sacrifice.

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Fascinating Felines

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ave you ever gotten down on your hands and knees to see what your world looks like to your cat? This technique is great for “baby or cat-proofing” your home and does provide some clues as to your cat’s view of their world. Felines, however, are not “mini humans” and their way of seeing the world is very different from ours.

The visual acuity difference between cats and humans also offers another way of comparing cat versus human vision. Average human visual acuity is 20/20. Visual acuity for cats is 20/100 to 20/200 which means a cat has to be at 20 feet to see what an average human can see at 100 or 200 feet.

One reason has to do with retinal cells - cones and rods. Cones deal with color vision and fine detail while rods deal with low light conditions and for fast motion detection. The human eye has lots of cones and fewer rods. The feline eye has six to eight times more rods than the human eye. They use approximately one-sixth the amount of light that we need. The colors they see though are less vibrant and with lower resolution.

Felines are fascinating and learning more about them is fun. My cats love it when I get down on the floor and look around to get an idea of what our home looks like to them – they’re not sure what we’re looking at but it is a great bonding experience. There is a better way though. Artist, Nickolay Lamm, in consultation with experts created images that illustrate how cats see our world. It really is awesome! Easier on the knees too!

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Creaky JOINTS?

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a progressively degenerative condition in the joints of dogs and cats. It can occur in any age, breed and gender of animal. BY DR. KYLE, DVM – TOWN CENTER ANIMAL HOSPITAL

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rthritis is classified as primary or secondary. Primary arthritis is usually a disease of older animals, and involves underlying problems with the joint cartilage. Secondary arthritis is the result of an external event, such as trauma, or joint misalignment. The most commonly diagnosed type of arthritis in pets is secondary arthritis. Some common causes of secondary arthritis are obesity, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and cruciate ligament rupture.

CLINICAL SIGNS

Owners may notice their pet limping occasionally, or being stiff when first waking up in the morning. Stiffness and limping may lessen after the pet gets up and starts moving around for the day. Sometimes the effected joints can appear swollen or warm, and they may be painful when touched, causing your pet to cry out or nip. Some pets may excessively lick the effected joints. With cats the signs of osteoarthritis can be subtle, and may include less playfulness, less running, and reluctance to jump onto higher surfaces.

DIAGNOSIS

A diagnosis of osteoarthritis is made by your veterinarian after a complete physical examination and x-rays of the affected joints. Additional testing, such as x-rays of the chest and abdomen, bloodwork and urine testing may be done to help rule out other medical problems that may be making your pet uncomfortable.

TREATMENT

There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are multiple ways to help control it.

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osteoarthritis. Low impact activities such as walking and swimming help with weight loss, as well and improving joint mobility.

Chondroprotective Agents – Glucosamine-chondroitin sulfate and polysulfated glycosaminoglycan help prevent cartilage breakdown and stimulate synovial fluid production, and healing of joint cartilage. Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Diets with DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) can help to reduce inflammation. Supplementation with fish oil omega 3 fatty acids can help to improve clinical signs of osteoarthritis in both dogs and cats. NSAIDS – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can be used in

dogs and cats to help reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Due to the potential GI, liver and kidney effects, the use of NSAIDS should be limited and regular bloodwork should be done to ensure they are safe to use.

Other Pain Medications – Your veterinarian may use a variety of other medications to help keep your pet comfortable. Alternative Therapies - Acupuncture and physical therapy

may be used in dogs and cats to help control osteoarthritis pain and inflammation. Surgical Treatment – Some surgical procedures can be done to help make your pet more comfortable. These are usually done if there is an underlying congenital problem, such as hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia, or to stabilize a cruciate ligament tear. If you think your pet has any signs of osteoarthritis, please see your veterinarian to learn about all the options!


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HELPING YOUR pet

COPE WITH GRIEF

Pets. There are many reasons why we love them. They are our companions, sons, daughters, friends, siblings, confidants, counselors, comedians, psychiatrists, nurses, and much more. Essentially, there is only one day when our hearts get broken—the day they must make their journey to the rainbow bridge. By Elizabeth Parker

While the loss is difficult for us humans to accept, other pets in the home do experience their version of loss. Pets depend on each other in both obvious and subtle ways. They have a language all of their own and share a unique relationship that bonds them as family. Animals have an amazing ability to sense when things are amiss. However, they still might not fully understand where their best friend has gone after their death. Of course, they notice their absence, but as the days go by and their scent slowly disappears, the remaining pet might undergo a depression, still looking for their partner.

It’s a difficult transition for everyone, and as humans, we openly grieve, but it’s important not to ignore the signs of grieving in our pets as well. You may notice they sleep a little more or pace the house in search of their departed buddy. They may stop playing with their toys or lack enthusiasm in activities they once anticipated with excitement. Some may even stop eating, especially if they were used to sharing mealtime with their pal. So what can we do to alleviate their sorrow? I’ve found that positive reinforcement works for not only training purposes but for also helping pets cope with these types of situations. Dogs sense our moods, so if we are sad, they can very well pick up on that and demonstrate sadness. If we approach them with positive activities, we can help them overcome their loss, and ultimately our loss as well.

If your dog once loved walks, try taking them for a walk and rewarding them with things they love such as treats and/or toys. Keep in mind, while you might be spoiling them with treats during this transition, you may want to split them in half, so your pet doesn’t put on any unnecessary weight! In addition, keep them busy. If they love company, have people over. If they love car rides, spoil them with car rides. As difficult as it may be to put on a happy face, realize that they need you now more than ever and showing them that they can still enjoy life without their friend by their side will help them through it. Now is the time when it’s okay to spoil them just a little bit more than usual! Lastly, don’t get discouraged. Some animals may not show signs of grieving at all, but some may take a few weeks or months before they are back to their happy selves. Be patient, and with time, you and your pet will begin healing. And if the day comes when you want to expand your heart and your home to another animal, there is nothing wrong with that! No pet ever replaces another, but if the timing is right and there is love to give, then it is an option. Remember, people grieve in different ways, as do our pets. Showing them love, attention, and a little extra TLC will go a long way in helping them say goodbye to their departed friend. 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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Director of Animal Protection and Crisis Response for Humane Society International AND your neighbor! We recently had the opportunity to meet Adam and asked him some questions about him and his work. LVPSM: Tell us a little about yourself: What brought you to Las Vegas and how long have you lived here? Parascandola: My wife, Stephanie, and I were married in Las Vegas in 2000. We really liked Vegas and visited here almost every year. Three years ago my wife and I with our three dogs relocated to Vegas. My wife and I are both vegans and when we first started coming, there wasn’t a great supply of vegan food but that has changed; it has grown quite a lot. We enjoy 1st Fridays and the art scene. And the desert landscape – there are so few places where you can you live in an urban environment and in 30 minutes be somewhere and not see a single soul all day. The people are so friendly. We love the weather - my wife was “done with winter”. Fifty percent of the time I am traveling to Asia (mostly South Korea) and Central America so being close to an airport is fantastic.

ADAM PARASCANDOLA Humane Society International - An affiliate of HSUS January 2015 to current HSUS - Director of Animal Cruelty Response – 6 years Oakland Animal Services - Director of Animal Control – 2 years Washington Humane Society Washington DC – 13 years; initially as Humane Law Enforcement Officer, then Director of the Humane Law Enforcement Department, finally as Chief Programs Officer overseeing Humane Law Enforcement

LVPSM: You’ve been doing this work for a number of years - what is your greatest challenge? Parascandola: I’ve been in this field over twenty years so I’ve developed some coping mechanisms. Of course, there are things that are very difficult to deal with. For me, the most stressful is dealing with a farm closure. From the time the contract is signed with the farmer I feel those dogs are my responsibility. There is a lot of work to do, things like keeping the dogs healthy for 30 days, getting the farms winterized, and arranging flights. Some dogs give birth before their flight date so I have to arrange boarding for them until the puppies are old enough to travel. It is stressful for the dogs too! When we start removing the dogs, the other dogs don’t know what is happening. They are anxious – they don’t know if they’re going to be removed or left behind. It is very difficult until that last dog is off the farm!

LVPSM: Will you share one of your most rewarding rescues? Parascandola: Definitely the one where I got our dog, Ruby! It was our 2nd farm closure with fifty seven dogs. To date, it still remains the one with the most horrific conditions we have seen, absolutely horrendous. The dogs were all severely traumatized psychologically. One small cage housed a little Jindo puppy and two Chihuahua-mixed puppies. One was very small, covered with dirt, underweight and sickly. I knew there was no way she would survive so I asked the farmer if I could pull her and board her at a vet clinic. When I picked her up from the vet she was clean but was completely shut down emotionally. Though she allowed handling she didn’t react to it at all. Because she weighed only about four pounds, I worried about how she would do on the flight to the United States with the other dogs. I decided it would be safest to fly her back with me. I contacted a rescue on the east coast of the U.S. and they agreed to take her. However, when I arrived back in the States the rescue wasn’t able to take her for a few days so I took her to the hotel with me. We were both tired so I put her on the bed with me; she cuddled with me and it seemed like something “clicked” in her mind. She overcame any fears she had to be near Ruby me. My wife is the “gatekeeper” and usually says “no” when I send her a photo of a cute dog. Interestingly, for some reason when I told her about Ruby, sight unseen, she said, “I don’t know, maybe we should keep her”. Ruby joined our family and stole our hearts! LVPSM: How long have you been in your current position as Director of Animal Protection and Crisis Response for Humane Society International? Parascandola: Since January 2015 - Humane Society International is an affiliate of HSUS and my role is to help expand our cruelty and rescue work internationally. One area of focus has been the dog meat trade in Asia. 24

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LVPSM: Will you tell us more about the dog meat trade in Asia? How large is the problem? Parascandola: The problem is massive. It is estimated that there are 17,000 dog farms in South Korea and the dogs are kept in horrific conditions. They live in small “battery” cages with just enough room to turn around, they have little food (usually food scraps) or water, and survive without human attention or veterinary care. South Korean winters are harsh and the dogs are not given any protection from the cold. In the countries where the dog meat trade is legal it exists in a legal gray area. Dogs are generally not accepted as livestock. The dog meat industry is unregulated and dogs are not afforded the same basic protections that farm animals have. If not rescued, these dogs face a horrible end; they are treated with extreme cruelty in handling, transportation and slaughter. There is a growing movement of pet ownership in these countries. Conflict is also growing between those who view dogs as companions and those who consume them. Consumption of dog meat generally is not accepted by the younger generation. LVPSM: What does your work involve? Parascandola: My work involves assisting the dog meat farmers in South Korea in closing their farms and helping them transition to another line of work and rehoming the dogs. Farm closures are part of our larger campaign to end dog meat in Korea; they help draw attention to the issue and demonstrate to the government that there is a willingness among farmers to transition to another occupation. Another important goal is to help the Korean public to see that “dog meat” dogs are no different than companion dogs. In fact on these farms we find all breeds of dogs including purebreds. To date we have closed eight farms and brought more than 800 dogs to the US, UK and Canada for rehoming. Each rehomed dog has a story that will help reshape public perception about “dog meat” dogs and highlight that they make wonderful loving canine companions.

Thank you for Adam for sharing your experiences and giving us a brief overview of the dog meat trade in South Korea. For additional information on the dog meat trade:

www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/2016/07-08/South-Korea-dog-meat-rescue.html

www.hsi.org/issues/dog_meat

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The beauty of DARLA MARTIN is her willingness to volunteer with ANYONE who is rescuing or making the lives of animals better. On any given day she will find items on her front doorstep ranging from newspapers to plastic bags; dog food to bunny straw, used clothing to garage sale items as she is always relentlessly collecting needed items for all local rescues. Her van is full of donations and she delivers these items daily to whoever needs them. She attends as many fundraising events as possible and contributes by purchasing items that fund those rescues. Darla is active in many online groups which try to reunite lost pets as well as find homes for the many animals she has found. She has also played a major role in finding homes for and transporting pets from some of the rescues that have closed down. I am forever grateful that Darla, with all of her energy and organizational skills, chose Street Dogz. Some of the other groups she works with are: One Family Sanctuary, Bunnies Matter, ARP, Anchors Up, and Safe and Sound Volunteers Group. Darla is a CCSD Junior High School teacher and always has a pet club which collects donations throughout the year for local rescues. This summer she is taking a month to volunteer with the Elephant Sanctuary and The Man who Saves the Street Dogs of Thailand. ~ Thank you! Cheryl Noori

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SERGEANT STUBBY The Most Decorated War Dog in History By Isaac C. Collins

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orld War 1 made unprecedented demands on those who fought in its battles. The day to day fighting depended on the physical and emotional strength of men. These men, in countless ways, depended on animals. This is the story of Stubby, of the 102nd Regiment of the American Expeditionary Force.

dog’s lungs. However, this was no ordinary pit-bull. Stubby recovered in a few days, returning to the battlefield with an ability that saved hundreds. The ability to detect the gas before it became lethal. From that moment forward when gas was launched, Stubby would sprint up and down the trench, harassing the men until they would equip their gas masks. Not having a mask to equip himself, Stubby would retreat once the gas was too much for him to handle. A stray pit bull terrier roaming the streets in New Haven, Connecticut found his way onto the parade grounds of Stubby’s battlefield senses didn’t end there. The whistling of Yale University. One morning, a young soldier, John Robert artillery as it soars through the air was recognizable to him long before it would have been to the men, and upon hearing Conroy spotted the young pup and took him in as a pet. Upon examining the dog, Conroy took notice of his stub of a it, Stubby would bark and point his paw to the sky. tail. “Stubby”, Conroy decided, would be the dog’s name. After surviving a hand grenade in Germany, Stubby It didn’t take very long arrived in the Argonne for Conroy and his fellow Forest in September of 1918. soldiers to recognize the dog’s Sometime in the evening, exceptional intelligence. Stubby Stubby picked up the scent of watched the men for weeks, someone he didn’t recognize. observing their behavior, and A German spy nestled inside learning to recognize the orders a shrub near the American they were given. Not long after, trenches. Stubby yowled and Stubby joined the men on their barked for half an hour, but marches, keeping a perfect beat his cries were not heard. This did not sit well with the small with his master. The dog wasn’t done training himself, not at pit-bull, nor the spy. The spy all. gave up and started the walk back to his side of the battle. A Unfortunately, the training at poor idea on his part, though, Yale would have to end. When as that is the opportunity it came time to deploy, Conroy Stubby was perhaps waiting Courtesy of Harris & Ewing Collection/Library of Congress Prints and knew he couldn’t simply leave for all along. Stubby launched Photographs Division Washington the beloved dog behind. Conroy himself through the air, smuggled the dog aboard the ship to France. It worked well, tearing uniform and flesh off the man’s calf. This, quite albeit only for a few hours. When it was time for roll call, quickly, brought the man to the ground. Stubby prevented Stubby watched as his friends drew their hands to salute. He the man from crawling away or standing back up by sealing wanted to salute as well, and went to line up with the men. his jaw on the man’s buttock, where he remained until the Stubby darted from his concealed carrier and drew his paw Americans spotted them. The spy was arrested, and Stubby to his brow. The commanding officer was astonished. It was awarded with a custom made “Dog Hero Gold Medal”. decided not long after that the dog would be allowed to serve Once the war was over, Stubby would go on to meet three on the battlefield. presidents, attend university with his handler, and be an Stubby’s official role was the mascot, but that would soon attraction during half time shows. Stubby passed on in 1926, change. Stubby was critically injured in 1918 during the at roughly ten years of age. His body is preserved, along fighting in France. Mustard gas, the infamous chemical with his uniform and medals, in the Museum of American weapon which caused so much suffering, filled the little History in Washington D.C. 34

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SAVE A LIFE ADOPT A PET Adopt

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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. Krystal & Katie

were adopted out as kittens eight years ago. They were returned to LVVHS when their owner passed away last December. She took excellent care of them and kept in touch with us over the years. They are sweet girls. If you are interested in one or both, please call us! Y

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society (702) 434-2009 www.LVVHumane.org

Layla is approx. 4-1/2 years old. She is as sweet as honey. She loves walking, hiking, chasing toys and most of all cuddling with her humans. She would round out a family perfectly! Y

Layla

The Samadhi Legacy Foundation Contact Erica 702-808-3763 to meet Layla www.samadhilegacy.org

Antron (A930692) is a 5 year old, neutered male who came in on 12-02-16 as a stray. He is treat motivated and extremely smart. He needs a good teacher to show him manners and good structure. High energy, great running/ hiking buddy. He does good with social male and female dogs. Y

Emmett is a noble gentleman who needs someone to love. He is a handsome Boxer, 8 years of age and neutered, and awaiting adoption at Nevada SPCA. Emmett wiggles and kisses when you praise him! Y

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Nevada SPCA

4800 W. Dewey Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89118

www.nevadaspca.org

CASPER is a female bare-eyed cockatoo, who loves to whistle. She likes to be paid her fair share of attention, particularly by male humans. She loves time out of her cage, shoulder rides, and sharing a meal with “her people.” If you are interested in adopting Casper or another bird in our program, please visit www.snperrs.org. Y

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Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society

Young Boone

Antron

The Animal Foundation 655 N. Mojave Rd. • 702-384-3333 x131 www.animalfoundation.com

is UTD on teeth/ feet/vax and has been started under saddle. 15.1hh and approx. 4 years old, Boone is ready for love! $600 to qualified home. Y

Local Equine Assistance Network Inquire at info@LEANhorses.org www.LEANhorses.org

“Manny” A933111 is a 5 year old, neutered male, white & black, Pitbull mix surrendered by his owner in Dec. 2016. He is a sweet and energetic goof-ball and a volunteer favorite. He knows basic commands and likes to play with balls while out for exercise. He gets along well with female dogs. Y

Manny

Henderson Animal Shelter (702) 267-4970 • 300 E. Galleria Dr. Henderson Open Monday-Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm

Kara, is a 7 year old shepherd mix. She is a loving & gentle companion dog. Kara is good with other laid back dogs of all sizes, cats & respectable children. Please consider her for your loving home. Y

Kara

Adopt A Rescue Pet 702-798-8663 • doggovarp@aol.com www.adoptarescuepet.vegas

These four precious pups were born on March 4th after their scruffy terrier mix Momma came into rescue pregnant. There are 3 boys and 1 girl who will be looking for forever homes after May 1st. The pups are expected to be in the 15 lb range when fully grown. Y

Hope’s Pups

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upcoming TUESDAY, MAY 2

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting 7pm – 8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers & topics to be announced. For more information visit, www.VVDOC.org. Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

SATURDAY, MAY 6

Cinco De Meow! 3pm – 7pm. Please join The Poppy Foundation for food, music, vendors, raffle prizes and of course, CATS! Tickets may be purchased by visiting us at 6620 Sky Point Drive or by calling 702-438-7000.

SATURDAY, MAY 13

Reading with Rascal - Graduation & Summertime 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.

Events PET

Vegas Avicultural Society celebrating their 40th Anniversary! Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.

SUNDAY, MAY 21

Dance Meets Fashion V 11am – 3pm. Produced by Extreme Beauty Marketing. Fun afternoon to benefit Nevada SPCA. The garden will be filled with human & pet vendors. The spectacular main venue area is set for music, dance, fashion, tasty treats and raffle & silent auction items of desire. Emerald at Queensridge - 891 S. Rampart Blvd.

SATURDAY, MAY 27

LVMPD MPU Obstacle Competition 8am – 2pm. Start training with your horses and come join us for our annual obstacle competition. There will be beginner and advanced categories, raffle prizes, t-shirt booth, and lots of fun! Thank you for the support! Henderson Saddle Club - 6490 Wiesner Way, Henderson.

TUESDAY, MAY 30

Paws On The Patio 6pm - 9pm. “Pets On Set” where Fashion

SATURDAY, MAY 13

Paws For The Cause Pet Adoption 11am - 3pm. Obedience demonstrations, free microchipping. Adoptable pets from The Animal Foundation looking for their forever home! Drop off your old winter blankets and receive a free drink and appetizer coupon from PT’s Taverns. Pets welcome! Friendly Ford - 660 N. Decatur Blvd.

Enthusiast & TV Host Li Jxsn with Tradeshowlife will be interviewing vendors, pets and people. Free entry, coffee, pet-friendly. live performance by Noelle Chiodo. www.pawsonthepatiolv.com The Cuppa - 2120 Festival Plaza Dr., Suite 140.

TUESDAY, JUNE 6

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting

SUNDAY, MAY 14

Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm – 3pm. Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. www.lasvegasbirdclub.com Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 10

7th Annual PAWS Charity Golf Invitational 11am. Join us at

TUESDAY, MAY 16

Paws On The Patio 6pm - 9pm. Join us for cocktails, food, and an overall good time with pals. Free entry, vendors, pet-friendly, swag bags, live performance by Max Fischer. Pet food drive benefitting CATS, Inc. www.pawsonthepatiolv.com Paradise Pub - 955 Grier Dr.

SATURDAY, MAY 20

Murder In Margaritaland 5:30pm – 9pm. Come join Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation for a night of murder & mayhem that will have you searching for more than your long last shaker of salt!! PLEASE RSVP: Fundraising@snbrf.com or call: 702-932-1560

SUNDAY, MAY 21

TPC Summerlin. Enjoy unlimited wine & spirits, and hand-tossed pizza, all included in your entry fee. Silent auction items, too! For registration, contact: info@pawslv.org www.pawslv.org

SUNDAY, JUNE 11

Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm – 3pm. Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. www.lasvegasbirdclub.com Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.

EVERY MONDAY

Pet Loss Support Group 6:30pm – 8pm. This caring support

Spring Bird Mart & Craft Fair 9:30am – 4pm. For Birds: Food, toys, seeds, stands, nuts, cages, treats, etc. For You: Crafts, jewelry, décor and many types of handmade items. A benefit for The Las

group is there for those dealing with the death of beloved pet. For more information, call 702-735-5544 or visit www.info4nv.org. Community Lutheran Church – 3720 E. Tropicana Ave.

Visit our website for event flyers, more events, updates and information:

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