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St. Patrick's Day – Spring – Easter – and more March and April – two months that give us so many holidays to enjoy with family and friends. There are also special months, weeks, and days set aside for pets. Some are serious and important and serve as opportunities for pet lovers to focus together on specific pet issues. Some seem to be created purely for fun. For example, one that we stumbled across is If Pets Had Thumbs Day which is celebrated on March 3. No one seems to know the origin of this special day but it offers us an opportunity to use our imagination and have some fun. Holidays and special pet-themed days provide opportunities for celebration, specialness, and lightheartedness. The following are a few of the special pet times in March and April: March 16-22 • National Animal Poison Prevention Week April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month April 2 • National Ferret Day April 20-26 • National Pet ID Week We hope you enjoy this issue of our publication. As always, our purpose is to offer articles that inform, inspire, and encourage you. We celebrate the incredible bond, mysterious and sacred, that exists between pets and people and that connects the pet community of Las Vegas.

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AGILITY

A Display of Beautiful Teamwork By Shannon Turpin

Are you looking for a fun, rewarding activity that you and your dog can enjoy together? If your dog loves to please you and enjoys a challenge, then Agility training might be an exciting new activity for you both. “Charra”

GCH.CH. POQUITO’S CHARRA DE ABILENE, JH, CD, RA, MJP, MXP, CGC Monica Klein and Charra finished 2013 the #6 Preferred Agility Vizsla in the Nation.

Agility is a relatively new kind of dog competition which requires you and your dog to maneuver through an obstacle course that includes everything from tunnels and jumps to climbing and weaving. Although YOU won’t be doing the jumping and weaving, you will need to instruct your dog on what to do and where to go by using only voice commands and hand gestures to communicate. You and your dog will need to work as a team to achieve the fastest time with the best accuracy. Your dog will be depending on you for guidance and encouragement throughout the course. At first glance, an Agility course resembles a children’s playground. Bright colors adorn the various obstacles, making them highly visible for both dog and owner. Most courses include bar jumps (a bar that can be placed at different heights) and tire jumps (not actually a tire, but a hoop that a dog jumps through). The tire jump can also be adjusted to different heights, based on the size of the dog. Other fun obstacles include two different types of tunnels: An open tunnel, (through which you can see the opening at the other end), and a closed tunnel, (which opens as the dog proceeds through it). Tunnels, in general, seem to be a dog’s favorite obstacle! Perhaps one of the most entertaining parts of the course to watch is the “weave poles”. The weave poles, consisting of 6 upright poles that a dog must weave in and out of, requires a dog to slow down a little and concentrate. After so much running, jumping and excitement, sometimes the weave poles can trip them up. Watching them try to “hurry” through these poles can be very amusing.

If this fun, fast-paced sport sounds like an activity you’d like to explore, there are a few things to know before getting started. Whether you are interested in Agility training for competition or just for fun, you should start with a basic obedience class for your dog. “Rita” According to Monica Klein with Impressive Vizslas, “dogs should know how to walk on a AM/MEX/FCI/INT.CH.POQUITO’S PICANTE MARGARITA, JH, CD, RN, MX , MXJ, CC, OC, TT, CGC Owner: Mike and Monica Klein leash and know the basic obedience skills (sit, stay, down, and come) before ever starting Agility class. Agility is not something you want to try and do on your own if you have not had previous instruction and classes. This could result in injury to the dog if not trained on how to do all the obstacles in a safe and proper manner.” Sandy Brannum, of the Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club, explains that after obedience training, your dog should also be able to walk on a loose lead and be under control. “Agility training is on leash to start, but soon graduates to off-leash work if the dog is under control and knows basic commands.” In addition to getting your dog mentally prepared for Agility training, you must also make sure that your dog is physically prepared for this activity. It is important that your dog is physically sound and a healthy weight. Since Agility is a physically demanding sport, dogs with any physical problems (such as hip/elbow dysplasia, or lameness) should not be attempting it. Dogs should also be at least 1 year old before beginning Agility training. Dogs under a year old still have soft bones and their joints are still forming. Extensive jumping and running before the age of one could cause an injury. Your dog’s temperament also plays an important role in the success of Agility training. A good sound disposition goes a long way in this sport. Aggressive dogs are generally not permitted at most Agility courses, but shy or timid dogs are encouraged to participate. Agility training can be greatly beneficial for timid dogs by boosting their confidence and exposing them to new and different situations. They will find out all the things they CAN do!

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Making a Difference One Girl Scout at a Time…. It all started

back in May of 2013 at a Girl Scout meeting where we were given a long list of possible ideas and projects to think about for our Silver Award, a project that would require a minimum of 50 hours of time to better a cause. We decided we wanted to help animals but was not sure how to exactly go about that. Then one day, while Samantha’s 17 year-old cat, Scrunchie, was getting a vaccination at her veterinarian’s office, Samantha saw the cover of Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine. The cover story was about Noah’s Animal House, and it piqued her interest. After we read the great article about Noah’s Animal House, and how it is the the animal shelter for the women and families at Shade Tree, we knew we had found our topic! Over the course of the next six months, we visited the animal shelter, and got to meet the staff and resident pets, 13 dogs and 15 cats. We saw the “cuddle rooms”, and how important it was for the women and families to be connected to their pets in a time of crises. It became clear to us that this non-profit organization, that gets its donations from the community, needed our help. We decided, with the guidance of our

Troop Leader Dawn Mack, to do an Angel Tree Donation Drive for the various items on the wish list of Noah’s House. We called it “Noah’s House Bow-Wow Meow Angel Tree Drive.” We bought our Christmas trees, made the pet ornaments with descriptions of what was needed, and was lucky enough to find kind people to house our trees at the holidays. South Shores Animal Hospital, Pet Medical Center, Summer Hills Dental, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, all put up our Angel Trees. We also made special brochures describing our project, and what was on the wish list, like pet treats, potty pads, dog sweaters, gift cards, paper towels, cat litter, etc.

On January 11, 2014, we were able to make over 1,000 dollars in monetary and gift card donations, along with many, many supplies. We were so happy to see how impressed and excited the staff at Noah’s House was to get all the goodies. It was clear we had made an impact for the pets and their loving families. The best part was the feeling of knowing that we did something to help our community and those precious pets in need. In May 2013, we knew we were going to help animals in some way. It is exciting to know that in January 2014, we were able to be a bright spot for the shelter we have come to know and love, Noah’s House. Thank you to Pet Scene Magazine for making this story available to us, and therefore, making our dream become a reality.

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HORSES4HEROES DAYS AT TULE SPRINGS TO KICK OFF WEEK OF MARCH 3 Horses4Heroes, Inc., with its local partners, Cox Charities and the Associated General Contractors of America’s Las Vegas Chapter (AGC) are presenting Horses4Heroes Days at Tule Springs, a month-long celebration honoring local heroes and the horses that serve them every day. The events, including free horseback rides for all ages, from small children to adults, will be held March 3-31 in Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. According to Guy Martin, vice president with Las Vegas-based Martin-Harris Construction and the president of the AGC of Las Vegas, a kick-off is planned the week of March 3 as part of the national association’s charitable effort, known as “Operation Opening Doors.” “Donating the construction services needed to make this project a reality gives us an opportunity to give something back to those in our community whose call of duty is to protect and serve,” said Martin. Horses4Heroes is one of the most successful equestrian service groups for the military, and the only national non-profit equestrian organization that is based in Las Vegas. The organization, at its headquarter facility and through a national network of 265 affiliates in 44 states, provides affordable recreational and instructional

programs for all ages and all riding levels. City of Las Vegas Ward 6 Councilman Steve Ross said bringing horses back to this historic park was part of the 2007 Master Plan, and is important for the community. “We hope that Horses4Heroes Days at Tule Springs is the beginning of a successful partnership between the city of Las Vegas and Horses4Heroes to offer community equestrian services, once again, at Tule Springs,” Councilman Ross said. “Tule Springs was once a working cattle ranch and, later a resort with horseback riding, tennis courts, a swimming pool and spa. Many of us remember riding horses at the park when we were kids and we are looking forward to sharing this experience with our children and grandchildren for many years to come.” During the month of March, Horses4Heroes will be relocating all of its operations to Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Activities are planned every weekend in March with weekday activities Tuesday through Friday. weatherpermitting. Daily activities include the popular HorsePlay, a “mommy and me” class for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 18 months to 6 years), beginning and intermediate lessons, and afterschool programs for middle-school and high school students.

In addition to offering low-cost, affordable instructional programs at its northwest Las Vegas headquarters, the organization partners with local non-profits, families and individuals to provide free morale-boosting health & wellness programs for those in the community who need a “hand up.” With names like Back in the Saddle, 8.9.10: Ride to Win, Ladies Unbridled, Unfinished Business, H4H Pony Express and Operation Free Ride, these programs are designed to empower, engage, inspire and even entertain foster children and teens, at-risk youth, victims of domestic abuse and violence, veterans with PTS/TBI/MST and others who can benefit from time spent with horses. The organization uses donated, leased, and aged horses, as well as Animal Control and Feed Lot rescues in its daily programs. According to president/founder Sydney Knott, the Horses4Heroes Days at Tule Springs will offer a safe, healing place where residents, visitors and guests can escape the rigors and realities of everyday life. “We are honored to have this opportunity to bring our programs to this beautiful community treasure, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs,” said Ms. Knott.

About Horses4Heroes, Inc. Horses4Heroes is one of the most successful equestrian service organization for our troops, veterans, First Responders and their families. Since 2006, Las Vegas-based Horses4Heroes has introduced more than 5,000 servicemen and women to horses and horseback riding, simply because of their sacrifice and service to our country. Our growing national network of more than 260 equestrian facilities in 44 states plus Canada provide affordable (sometimes free) recreational, instructional and health & wellness programs for all ages, all riding levels and all disciplines. These programs emphasize fun and safe activities with horses, mounted and un-mounted for all ages. Participants learn valuable leadership and teamwork skills, make new friends, and develop a lifelong love of horses. For more information, visit www.horses4heroes.org or call 888.987.4376. For updates on the equestrian center, visit www.theranchlasvegas.com. About AGC Established in 1988, the Associated General Contractors Las Vegas Chapter (AGC) is a nonprofit trade group whose 650 member firms represent Southern Nevada’s premiere general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and professional service providers. The Las Vegas branch is one of 100 AGC chapters nationwide comprised of over 32,000 member firms throughout North America. As a result, the AGC has established a robust network for lobbying, education and industry representation. AGC members have access to a broad variety of resources, services and activities that would otherwise be unaffordable on an individual basis such as labor relations, professional development, safety services, and networking, among other things. AGC is an active member of the community donating time and resources to many worthy causes throughout Southern Nevada. For more information on AGC of Las Vegas, please call its main office (702)-796-9986 or visit its website www.agclv.org

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APRIL IS Pet First Aid Awareness MONTH

Spring is coming and we’re looking forward to warmer weather and spending more time outdoors. Warmer weather, however, does bring safety concerns for our pets. A FEW IMPORTANT POINTS TO BE AWARE OF: Do not leave an animal in a car even for short periods of time in warm weather. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees even with the windows cracked open. Watch out for heat stroke – when the temperatures rise heat stroke is a problem since pets are not acclimated to the warmer weather. Animals love to play and may not stop playing even if they are becoming overheated. The signs of heat stroke are heavy panting, inability to calm down even when lying down, brick red gums, and a fast pulse rate. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke you should take their temperature rectally. If their temperature is above 105 degrees cool your pet down until the temperature drops to 103. The easiest way to do this is by using a water hose. You should take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible as heat stroke can lead to severe organ dysfunction and damage. Be careful when taking your dog for walks on streets and sidewalks. These areas get very hot and can burn your dog’s paws. Open windows and doors can be a pet hazard. Windows and doors are more likely to be open as the weather gets warmer and pets are likely to try to get out. Spring plants can also be a pet hazard – do not use plants which are poisonous to animals. For instance, many lilies are very poisonous to cats. Visit the ASPCA Poison Control web site to find out which plants and flowers are poisonous to animals.

A pet is part of the family. Just like any other family member, pets deserve to be cared for and protected. Pet First Aid Awareness Month is a great time for people to learn how to protect their pet and keep them healthy.

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Providing for your pet if you are no longer able to care for them… What if you were told you only had six months to live? What plans would you make for your pet or pets? What if you were told that your death could happen anytime within that six month time? How would you plan for their care?

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ou love your pet and are a responsible pet owner. You provide your pet with food, water, shelter, veterinary care, exercise, and lots of love. Providing for your pet in the event of your absence is a part of responsible pet ownership. You want to make sure that the love and care continues for your pet even in your absence. What if you were in a car accident or suffered a serious health problem and were unable to communicate? Would anyone know you have a pet at home? Do you have someone who would be able to care for your pet immediately? Here are a few practical planning tips you can implement immediately:

Select Temporary Caregivers - Find at least one

and preferably two responsible friends or relatives who are willing to be temporary caregivers if something unexpected happens to you.

Carry A Wallet Card - Carry a card in your wallet that lists the names and phone numbers of your temporary pet caregivers. Also include your pets by type and name and their location.

Post Stickers Visible From Outside - Post removable stickers on the inside of your doors or windows that are visible from the outside to alert firefighters, police, or emergency medical technicians that you have pets. Include the type of pet, how many you have, size, and colors. Date the stickers so emergency responders know that the information is current. Create Inside Stickers – Post removable stickers on the inside of your front and back doors listing the names and phone numbers of your temporary caregivers. Emergency responders will be able to notify your caregivers that they need to provide care for your pets..

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r pet No one knows and loves you know as much as possible about r to for your pet’s new caregive consistent rmation will help provide your pet. Sharing this info as: such tion rma info nt orta imp care for your pet. Include rinarian vete r you of rmation  Name, address, and contact info ns, ditio con ical recurring med  History of your pet’s hea,lth: dosage amounts. and ions icat med ases allergies, shots, dise

 Pet License  Spay/neuter certificate  Vaccination records es (treats), bedtime and wak  Daily schedule – favoritee food places activities, games, toys and

up times, typical daytim ; like to be petted or hugged  Personality traits – how they be can they how ike; disl they t do what are their fears or wha ed hten frig me beco calmed if they s the new caregiver a feel for  Photos of their life – this give e of bonding sens a te crea s your pet and help for your pet and their new er easi it e mak  Anything that will ther toge caregiver to adjust to life ut n about your pet. Write abo  A written letter of introdutoctio them. ut abo feel you how and you what your pet has meant with offer insight into your life Include anything that will your pet.

These tips can be started immediately to give you the assurance and security that your pet will be well taken care of in your absence. In Part 2 in our May/June issue we will focus on Planning for your Pet – Legal Considerations. The series will conclude with Part 3 in our July/August issue- Selecting the Right Persons or Organization as Permanent Caregivers. For more information contact The Humane Society of the United States www.humanesociety.org 14

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FURNITURE PRODUCTS for our Furry Family Members

By Gail Mayhugh

We all love to pamper our pets. But we also want to keep our homes neat, tidy and attractive. There are many furniture products on the market which are attractive yet also functional for our furry family members. I’m sure you’ve seen the cute pet sized sofas, end tables and night stands which double as crates and chests which hold their dry food as well as bowls. They all like to have a special hidy-hole and spot to call their own. I know mine do, it’s their safe haven. So here are a few other ideas you might not have seen.

Since most cats like to climb, instead of a standard cat tree, place shelves and even this wall mounted bed from www.akemitanaka.com, as part of a wall gallery. It gives them a special place where they can jump, lay and not knock off accessories. To properly secure the art on the wall, use Pic-Sure-Stays. On one side is double stick tape which goes on the back of the frame and the other side is a small nail, which goes into the wall. I use them all the time to keep my art pieces level and secure. You can find them online or at a craft store.

For those that have crate trained their pets, why not dress it up and transform it into an interesting piece of furniture. Add accents from doll houses or build one out of a crib. Have fun and match to your décor.

I love this idea of building a bed into a window seat. They’re tucked away so not under feet, yet in their comfy safe heaven. You can also do this in a TV entertainment center, desk, coffee table or ottoman.

What about hiding the litter box in a dresser or buffet piece? There are many stock pieces you can find at any furniture store. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interiors has been designing in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She also has a web site, www.VivaVegasPets.com where she shares Las Vegas pet happenings and resources. 18

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Ear Infections what causes it? what are the treatments? how can it be prevented? By Dr. Erich Roush, DVM

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Especially in cats, another cause of ear infections is mites. Otodectes is notoriously contagious between cats and causes intense ear discomfort.

My first step in approaching any ear infection case is to get a feel for the pet’s history: Was the pet recently bathed or taken swimming? Has it been running through fields of tall grasses? Does it have a history of itching or irritation elsewhere on the body? If it’s a cat, are other cats in the household also showing symptoms, or does it mingle with other cats?

Initial tests at your veterinarian’s disposal include otoscopic examination, cleaning of the ears – sometimes under sedation, obtaining a swab of the ear to identify yeast and/ or bacteria, and scraping the skin for mites. Additional testing may be required for more complicated conditions (e.g. allergies, middle/inner ear infections). Treatment often involves some form of topical anti-inflammatory, antifungal and/or antibacterial drugs, though oral medications may also be administered when necessary. Of course, any underlying conditions - such as foreign material or allergies - will need to be addressed as well.

s a veterinarian, one of the most common afflictions I see is external ear infections. The symptoms usually include intense scratching at the ear(s), shaking of the head, debris and sometime odor. In severe cases, pets can traumatize their ears so much that they cause them to swell with blood – something called an aural hematoma. Thankfully, many ear infections can be easily treated and - in some - even prevented.

The majority of ear infections involve the natural yeast and bacteria in your pet’s skin that have been given the opportunity to overgrow. There are three things that these microorganisms enjoy: warmth, moisture, and a plentiful food supply. Retained water, allergies, grass seeds and other foreign material can cause inflammation and accumulation of dead skin cells, making the ideal environment for microbial growth in the ear. Bacteria and yeast ear infections are not contagious, but they perpetuate the inflammation in the ears that is making your pet uncomfortable – the bacteria, yeast and underlying cause(s) must all be identified and addressed together.

TO REDUCE RISKS OF EAR INFECTIONS IN YOUR PET: • Keep cotton balls on hand and use them to dry out your pet’s ears after baths and/or swimming – never use Q-tips!

Ask your veterinarian to recommend a general-purpose ear cleaner and use it to remove dirt and debris once weekly or as needed to keep the ears clean.

Ask your groomer and/or veterinarian to remove excessive hair from the ear canal, when present.

If your pet has allergies, work with your veterinarian to keep them under control.

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National Pet Poison Prevention Week March 16-22 Spring is the time when we spend more time outside in our yards and gardens. It is also the time when our pets spend more time outside and often accidentally get into poisonous things. Be careful about garden supplies like fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides, and plants. Azaleas, oleanders, castor beans, sago palms, Easter lilies, and yews are hazardous to pets and if ingested can be fatal. A few additional summer hazards include sunscreens, and swimming pool supplies. Call your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your pet is suffering from pet poisoning.

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At Your Service Pet Supplies recently opened their new Adopt and Shop Center, an area in their shop that hosts small animals available for adoption from the Nevada SPCA. The animals will live in the center full time until they find their forever homes. Currently they have bunnies, a baby gerbil, hamsters, and Chilean degus. As soon as one critter finds their ‘happily ever- after’ home, a trip is made to the shelter to find the next lucky critter. The center is more than a holding place for the animals as they wait for their perfect match. Plenty of attention is given to all aspects of their care including their dietary, physical and social needs by the staff and volunteers.

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The Adopt and Shop center is a community volunteer effort - volunteers pick up little critters from the Nevada SPCA, local photographers take professional photos to help promote finding them their ideal new family and home, pet food manufacturers donate food, and people spend time handling and petting the small animals while they are living in the center.

At Your Service is developing an events calendar for the center that will offer workshops on pet nutrition education, grooming, estate planning for your pets, K9 Nose Work training, and other topics of interest to the pet community. They are interested in hosting seminars teaching children kindness as a humane educator. They are looking for dedicated, personable, and passionate animal advocates to teach children and adults. www.atyourservicepetsupplies.com

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ENRICHMENT By Nancy Steinke

What does that mean? We hear the word tossed around, but what does it mean to people that keep animals? We may nod our heads knowingly and say ‘Enrichment, sure, I do Enrichment. Just the other day, I fed my horse (goat, bird, lizard, etc) something different than their regular food. That’s Enrichment, right?’ Well, yes it is, but there is so much more that can be called Enrichment. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as: “...to make richer, to improve the quality of something, to make something better, to improve the usefulness or quality of something by adding something to it. Hmm, The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has this to say: “... Environmental Enrichment is the process of providing stimulating environments for zoo (confined) animals in order for them to demonstrate their species typical behavior, to allow them to exercise control or choice over their environment, and to enhance their well being.” Whew! Sounds a little daunting, doesn’t it? It’s not. Truly not if you as the person keeping the animal use a little creativity and common sense to make it happen. It doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact, it doesn’t have to add any cost to what you already do. When we speak of Enrichment, what we are saying is that it is up to us, as caretakers to provide opportunity for the animal to stimulate its mind and body in ways that it would not if just left to its own devices hanging about in its cage waiting to be fed.

Here are a few examples of, and opportunities for Enrichment that anyone can provide and can be used for many differing types of critters.

HOUSING:

Use different levels for the flooring, provide things to climb or swing on, or to dig in. Provide some opportunity for privacy, with either a wall or perhaps a partial drape of the cage for him or her to use when they are feeling frightened or just not feeling social.

environment. Everybody has to eat, so use it as an Enriching opportunity: use food puzzles so they have to solve a problem to get the food. Scatter or hide food around the enclosure, bury it in a bucket of clean dirt or place it into a cloth bag which you then tie up. Give them whole fruit- like a pomegranate or pumpkin, or whole vegetables like a wet head of leaf lettuce, corn on the cob, peas in the shell or an entire broccoli tree. Freeze fruit in water/fruit juice on a hot day. Bake whole treats into corn bread. You get the idea, make it interesting!

NOVEL OBJECTS:

Swings, toys, balls, large and smaller, toys stuffed with a good quality peanut or almond butter. A tub of water, a non-toxic plant to shred, a child’s toy that speaks or makes a sound when manipulated. Use your creativity and imagination! Just remember: safety, safety, safety. Never leave your critter unsupervised with an unfamiliar toy, and unless it is specifically food, make sure the parts are too big to swallow. Use common sense and have fun!

TRAINING:

Interact with the animal- allow them to make a choice whether or not to participate in an activity. Training gives the critter a ‘job’ and allows the caregiver to observe the animal closely to gauge its health. Also, training builds trust, making the animal easier to handle for things like routine grooming or trips to the vet, and heaven forbid, in case of an emergency.

SOUND/SMELL:

Play music, play recorded calls of like and different animals in their natural state. Provide smells of prey animals, and predator animals as well.

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FOOD:

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References: Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary / www.merriam-webster.com/; Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/; The Shape of Enrichment www.enrichment.org


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a handcrafted custom figurine based on your dog by Hounds of Hope! Between March 1 and April 30, send us a photo of your pet’s BEST SMILE. You will be entered to win a handcrafted custom figurine based on your dog by Hounds of Hope! Email your photo to info@lvpetscene.com with the following information. All entries must contain all of the information below to qualify (one photo per pet or pets/one entry per person):

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CROSSFIRE

in partnership with Fiesta Rancho/ Station Casinos and Leith Henry of Kona’s Kitchen are joining together to support local non-profit rescue groups, and their fight against animal cruelty and neglect. The first Friday of each month in 2014, proceeds from Crossfire concerts at Club Tequila will benefit one of Southern Nevada’s animal rescue organizations. First Friday Of The Month –100% of the proceeds of the show will go to a local pet rescue. In addition, food companies donate food to the rescue. There will also be raffle prizes.

Joey Hicks, Dave O’Leary, Harold “Hank” Madden, Jay Boyer, Brad Grover and Dre.

Harold “Hank” Madden, Joey Hicks and Dave O’Leary

Leith Henry with her dogs, Kona and Hana Manu

Crossfire is generally a classic rock band. However, they play hard rock, alternative, modern rock, and even throw in some funk and danceable stuff just for fun and to keep the crowd engaged. Club Tequila is a 700-seat live entertainment venue and dance club with comfy seating, lots of tables and a large dance area. The band members of Crossfire share a mutual passion for loving and protecting abused animals and are helping local rescue groups spread the message of love, understanding and support for our beloved abused and neglected animal friends.

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Fridays Proceeds from the First Friday of every month are donated to a local animal rescue.

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Here is a basket full of Easter tips from the Giant Easter Bunny Harley! Easter is a fun time but pet parents need to be careful. We depend on on you to keep us safe at holidays.

EASTER GRASS – Looks real to us but can make us very sick. EASTER EGGS – Plastic ones are

dangerous for us. Also, hardboiled eggs are very perishable – be careful we don’t find a “lost” egg that will make us sick. Count them first and then hide them.

EASTER LILLIES – They are lovely but are poisonous to us! EASTER CANDY – YUMMY Don’t share with your furry friends. Chocolate is poisonous to us.

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special hunt. You can hide colorful toys or treats in the house or yard for us. We can have fun together while we sniff and search for the prizes!

EASTER BASKET - You can fill a pet-safe basket or pail with favorite treats and toys. We love new toys to play with!


PET ETIQUETTE By C. A. RItz Tiger’s World Children’s Books TigersWorldChildrensBooks.com

WATCH OUT! I remember a time when pet etiquette was missing in my life. A small fuzzy dog stood on hind legs whining for attention. A curious five-year old quickly reached through the wooden fence to calm the pup. To the child’s surprise, the dog snapped! Jumping back, she took a deep breath and yelled, “STAY BACK!” but a second child did not listen and reached for that dog. The dog’s owner had to run to help. Having been bitten, that second child was sent to the doctor. I was the five-year old who had jumped back, seen the dog bite, and would be frightened by dogs for years. Why did some children love them and all I got was nipped at or chased? I could have used some lessons in Pet Etiquette.

ETIQUETTE Etiquette is a word we use from the French language. It is the state of being polite towards others. We are taught to use manners as a life skill (respect). When we add pets to etiquette, we get “Petiquette”. (Okay, “Petiquette” is not a real word, but maybe it ought to be!) While many owners are careful and teach pets to learn manners, it is wise for us all to act respectfully towards animals.

SAFETY TIPS

What should you do when you see a cute cuddly looking animal? At home and school you are taught not to talk to strangers. Is this safety rule the same for an adorable fluffy cat or dog? Your safety is important and so parents, teachers, community leaders, and businesses like pet stores provide great tips. Here are a few common ones to remember.

TIP #1: STOP

Look the situation over. Do not startle, tease, or chase pets. (Scared animals may attack as in the true story above.)

TIP #2: THINK

Keep your face safely away from any pet’s mouth, beak, or claws. Keep back when pets are eating, sleeping, or with their babies.

TIP #3: ASK

If your parent allows, ask permission from the owner before petting any animal. Speaking to the owners first will effect the attitude of the pet. It is the same for a child in a store with a parent. If strangers talk to you, it’s not comfortable. When they talk to your parent and you see they are friends, you feel safer. Pets act the same.

TIP #4: TAKE TIME

Take your time, moving slowly. Allow the animal to smell your hand. Be respectful to the animal and its owner. Focus on what is best for them.

TIP #5: STAY SAFE

Stay away from unknown animals as you would from strangers. Again, the rule is to ask your parents first. Then, get permission from the person in charge of the animal you wish to approach.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY

My fear of dogs was finally overcome and our dog, Tiger, has been a sweet addition to our family of felines. Although once a timid rescued pup, Tiger continues to thrive and our story encourages children. Every pet, young or old, serves a purpose. Some may become therapy dogs (or cats), or work for the police, fire department, while others bring great joy to their own families. Using Pet Etiquette, we can help our furry friends reach their potential as we also move towards our own. You can make a difference.

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Meet Monty the Therapy Ferret! Monty is the first member of the newly established Nevada Chapter of Paws for Friendship, Inc. Monty’s mom, Marie Lemay-Neeley, says, “Soon after adopting Monty, we took him along to pick our son up from school and we were amazed to see how happy the children were around him. We knew we couldn’t keep him to ourselves! Everywhere he goes, he brings smiles to people’s face.” Marie is the coordinator for the Nevada Chapter. The Nevada chapter encourages other pet owners to share the unconditional love of their pets with their neighbors. Although ferrets are energetic and relentless little creatures, Monty will need a helping paw or two. To find out how to help Monty and join the Nevada Chapter, contact Marie Lemay-Neeley at pawsforvegas@gmail.com.

FERRETS AS PETS:

Paws For Friendship Inc. is a non-profit organization of volunteers sharing the unconditional love of their personal pets with people in need throughout the world. Established over twenty years ago they now have 243 chapters in the United States and in the world. Dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits or other pets with a calm and friendly disposition can become therapy pets by joining Paws for Friendship Inc. Applicants with a clean bill of health will be evaluated for suitable temperament; no classes are necessary.

Visit www.pawsforfriendshipinc.org to learn more about the organization.

Monty and Jordain at the HUG-A-FERRET Booth at the Vegas Pet Expo.

Often described as “a kitten, a puppy and a two year old wrapped up into one”, ferrets are known for their relentless curiosity and times of playfulness in between long naps. While educating people about ferrets, Monty’s family members are careful to say that ferrets are fun, but also are demanding pets and are not for everyone.

National Ferret Day

April 2 is a day dedicated to celebrating these cute little pets. It is an opportunity to find out more about this lively and intelligent companion animal. It is also a great day to promote responsible ferret ownership.

A few interesting facts about ferrets: – Ferrets have been domesticated for over 2,000 years. – The domestic ferret craves companionship with their owner. They can even “fail to thrive” if they do not have enough social interaction with their owner. – Ferrets are the 3rd most popular pet in the United States. Education about ferrets as pets is extremely important. A great resource for learning about ferrets is the American Ferret Association - www.ferret.org 32

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Can You Find the Names of these Obstacles Found in an Agility Course? Can you find the names of these items you would need for a horse? The words may be in any direction: horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or forwards and backwards. (Answer Key on Page 42)

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A “STOMPY” UPDATE… Yeah! Stompy, my box turtle that refused to hibernate,

FINALLY decided that it was time to go to bed. Although she never did dig her own burrow, she seemed somewhat pleased with the one I made for her. Stompy appeared to be sleeping comfortably until this past weekend. She sure didn’t hibernate very long this year. We’ve had such unseasonably warm weather, poor little turtle must be terribly confused. She arose from her burrow while I was watering in the yard, probably hoping to get a drink from the hose (her favorite activity). Looking so cute with her little “sleepy-eyes” squinting in the sunshine, she was incredibly thirsty. She drank and drank as the water from the hose trickled past her feet. Although she’s still not moving around very fast, she appears to be a little more awake with each passing day. I guess Stompy is ready for spring to be here, no matter what month it actually is. As far as she’s concerned, it’s time to wake up and “stomp” around the yard once more. 34

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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. Kenzie (8 yrs) & Paco (9 yrs) are 2 gorgeous Liver and White English Springer Spaniels, waiting to be your cuddle companions. They will melt your heart looking for love and companionship. They are Velcro Springers who get scared in the first few weeks in a new home, then they are fine. Love little dogs too! Their desires? Become loved and treasured lap dogs. 

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Nayeli is very loving and enjoys being petted as much as possible. Nayeli means “I Love You” and she is happy to show you how much love she has. She gets along well with other cats when properly introduced. She hopes for a family to cherish her forever. 

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Shiloh is a 5 year old male Beagle. He is an active and playful boy. He was abandoned on the streets and was found by a good Samaritan. He is now living in foster care but needs his furever home. He gets along well with adults, children and dogs. He is chipped, neutered and up to date on shots. 

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Don’t let the color of her beautiful coat hinder you from adopting this beauty! Karma is a love, and loves to be around people. She loves to sun and sleep in a human bed. Please give this girl a home and the love she is so deserving of. Karma was found under a gazebo with her 5 kittens, all of her babies are in their new home and now it’s her turn. Tested for FELV/FIV (neg) vaccinated, spay and chipped. 

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Cricket is a mini Dachshund who is a total sweetheart. Cricket can be a bit nervous around new people and dogs, but she quickly relaxes and will grow to adore you. She is well trained and very obedient. If you are interested in giving Cricket a new home, then please go to our website. 

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Copper is a lovable 7 yr. old male yellow lab with a great personality. He likes to run, play fetch and then snuggle up on the couch and relax. He knows basic commands and gets along well with other dogs. 

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Cricket

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Linus is a six month old domestic medium hair cat who is neutered and current on all shots. He does well with cats and older children, no dogs please. Affectionate and playful. Come see him at the SRL Thrift Store located at 1431 E Charleston Ave., open daily except Monday & Thursday from 12 PM until 5:30 PM. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS MARCH

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 “PAINT YOUR PET NIGHT”

6:30pm – 9:30pm • Social Paintbrush • 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd #118 Cost is $55 per painter, includes all painting supplies and take home canvas. A portion will benefit Adopt A Rescue Pet. www.socialpaintbrush.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 CROSSFIRE CONCERT BENEFIT

Doors Open At 9pm • Fiesta Rancho / Club Tequila • 2400 N. Rancho Proceeds from show will benefit A Happy Home Animal Rescue. Please come out & support a great cause, and enjoy a rockin’ show in the process. $5 cover.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 BARK IN THE PARK

10am – 3pm • Cornerstone Park – 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, Henderson Free event for people and pooches of all ages. A day full of demonstrations, contests, events, services, pet adoptions and plenty of fun!

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 ST. PAT’S BAKE SALE

11am – 3pm • Petsmart • 531 N. Stephanie Support our homeless pets by stopping by and picking up a homemade baked goodie to celebrate St. Pat’s Day. Paws 4 Love Pet Rescue.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 YAPPY HOUR… THE DOGGY HAPPY HOUR!

6pm – 9pm • Rumor Boutique Hotel • 455 E. Harmon Ave. Featuring Cocktail specials, ‘Yapatizers’ Specials and Doggy Treats! Welcoming all dog sizes and breeds. Benefits The Animal Foundation.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 GARAGE AND BAKE SALE

7am – 1pm • 1270 E Gary Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123 Come out for a day of fun, great deals, adoptable dogs and bake sale items. Benefits Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 PUG-A-PALOOZA

9am – 1pm • A-Round of A-Paws – 3255 St. Rose Pkwy #170 Let’s rally together and celebrate our magnificent curly tailed friends. Bring the whole family for music, various events and contests! Other furry family members are also welcome. www.aroundofapawsresort.com

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 “PAINT YOUR PET NIGHT”

6:30pm – 9:30pm • Social Paintbrush • 7501 W. Lake Mead Blvd #118 Cost is $55 per painter, includes all painting supplies and take home canvas. A portion will benefit Adopt A Rescue Pet. www.socialpaintbrush.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 LAS VEGAN EATZ DINNER TO BENEFIT V ANIMAL SANCTUARY

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30 18TH ANNUAL WAG-A-TAIL WALK-A-THON

Registration 8-9 am • Centennial Hills Park • 7101 N. Buffalo Dr. A 1-mile or 2-mile fun walk for you and your dog. Proceeds support local animals. Las Vegas Valley Humane Society – www.lvvhumane.org

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 SPRING TACK & YARD SALE

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FRIDAY, APRIL 4 CROSSFIRE CONCERT BENEFIT

Doors Open At 9pm • Fiesta Rancho / Club Tequila • 2400 N. Rancho Proceeds from show will benefit C.A.T.S. Please come out & support a great cause, and enjoy a rockin’ show in the process. $5 cover.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 PET-A-PALOOZA

10am – 6pm • Sunset Park • 2601 E. Sunset Rd. Entertainment all day from your favorite Mix 94.1 artists. Vendors and rescue groups will be on-site. Bring your pet or adopt one while you are there!

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 WOOFSTOCK 2014

8am – 2pm • Sun City Anthem Community Center • 2450 Hampton A Celebration of Companion Animals. Food, music, animal groups, demonstrations, raffles - fun for all.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 LAS VEGAS AVICULTURE SOCIETY

1pm - 4pm • Henderson Convention Center • 200 Water St. Please join Las Vegas Aviculture Society as we welcome Internationally known Robin Sherwokis as our April speaker. Members: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Non-members: $30

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 YAPPY HOUR… THE DOGGY HAPPY HOUR!

6pm – 9pm • Rumor Boutique Hotel • 455 E. Harmon Ave. Featuring Cocktail specials, ‘Yapatizers’ Specials and Doggy Treats! Welcoming all dog sizes and breeds. Benefits The Animal Foundation.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 26 - 27 HUGE GARAGE SALE

Sat: 7am - 3pm / Sun: 8am - 2pm • 315 Birmingham St. - Henderson Huge garage sale, furniture, electronics, collectibles, tools plus more. 100% of donations go to veterinarian costs for cats/kittens. Paws 4 Love Pet Rescue.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27 THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION’S 11TH ANNUAL BEST IN SHOW

Doors open at noon • The Orleans Casino • 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas’ favorite family-friendly event benefiting lost, unwanted and abandoned pets in Southern Nevada. Visit: www.animalfoundation.com/best-in-show

ON-GOING EVENTS FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS GARAGE SALE

9am – 2pm • 6360 Annie Oakley (Between Sunset & Russell) Garage Sale to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Books, furniture, home decor, electronics, jewelry and MORE! To donate items or volunteer at the sale, email: garagesales@hcws.org

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Be sure to keep your information updated so you can be contacted and reunited with your pet. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2014

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Did You Know… … a group of owls is called a Parliament. … houseflies hum in the key of F. … a tarantula spider can live over 2 years without food. … a flamingo can only eat when it’s head is upside down. … a dog’s nose print is as unique as a human’s fingerprint and can be used to identify them.

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