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Issue 8: Volume 8

The Definitive Source for Houston Pet Lovers

A Non Toxic Solution Pest Control Goes Green

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The Dog Whisperer Creating Great Dogs With Cesar Millan

September 2009

September, 2009



The Scoop






eople often say to me, “pub-

thousands of dogs by rehabilitating

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erinary medicine costs what it does?

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September 2009 Events September 9

Soirée at Hotel ZaZa. DJ dancing,

PawsHouston at Rover Oaks Pet

Gwendolyn Joekel & Darryl Murchi-

silent auction, fab food and tall, stiff

Resort. Fore more info, visit

son invite you to attend “Home for

drinks! Visit for

the Holidays” 2009 Citizens For

details. Tickets are $125.

October 3 Gleannloch Farms Paws ‘N Claws

Animal Protection’s Celebrity Paws

September 25

Gala Kick-off Party honoring the

Pawty Palace in Katy is having

“Top Ten Elite”, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the boutique More Than You Can Imagine, located at 2817 Westheimer at Ferndale.

September 11 Houston PetSet will celebrate the dogs and cats of Houston with their Fierce & Fabulous Seventh Annual

September 12 Petapalooza, sponsored by Houston


Pet Festival, 2-5pm. Visit www. for details.

an Open House to show off their new grooming facility, 5pm til

Bark For The Cure at A Dog’s Life

8pm.  H’orderves, wine & tour. Dogs

Luxury Boutique in Sugar Land

September 17

welcome. See page 10 for details.

Town Square. For details, visit

Ribbon cutting for CAP’s new

September 26

Humane Society at Discovery Green, 1500 Mckinney St. See page 5.

facility. See page 30 for details.

September 17 Wine tasting 6:30-8:30pm to benefit

Pet adoption from 12 - 4pm at Carter’s Pet Depot. See Happenings

For more events, visit

section for details.

Henrietta on The Gala Season


he waiting is finally over.

shelters like the

thought…no, no, just kidding lil’ sis!

It’s been ruff but I’m

ways crazy fun and

Big Three, our

thrilled to announce that

by attending,

city would be

the social season is officially upon

you are help-

us! It’s the most exciting time of

ing homeless

strays and our land-

must say the strut watching can be

the year and I for one can’t wait to

animals all

fills would be full of

quite entertaining, especially from

see if I still fit in my Bulldog Mis-

over Houston

chika black evening gown with “tail

because PetSet

accommodations”. The only part I

donates over $100,000

don’t look forward to are the panty hose. Try getting four legs into

a wasteland of

carcasses. Also, mom would have never

There’s more to the social season than just the fancy “strut your stuff” parties (although I

under the table). “Mark a spot” on your calendar for the PetFest in


Old Town Spring the weekend of

annually to qualifying chari-


October 24. It’s casual, entertaining

ties. Get on your dancin’


and you can bring your dog too. Be

those tiny pieces of nylon without a

shoes and boogie to the


sure to look for me. I won’t be hard

claw run. Very difficult.

sound of saving animals…


to “spot”. I’ll be the one at the front

my brothas and sistas of


of the funnel cake line.

the world!


The first stop on the social fundraising train this year is the


The PetSet Soiree is al-

One more thing. My amazing

annual Houston PetSet Soiree

Next, the “Big Three”

on September 11 at Hotel ZaZa .

(HHS, Houston SPCA and

For just $125, you can go to one of

CAP) are gearing up for

the rockinest parties in town with

their Fall Balls. Each of these

dancing, libations, food, libations,

organizations relies on their

issue. Remember to bring this copy

meeting other pet lovers and did I

annual gala as a major source

of Houston PetTalk and get Cesar’s

say libations?

of fundraising. Without animal



snooping skills have uncovered


some interesting scoop. I heard Ce-

ety. On

sar Millan will be in Houston soon.


Watch for details in the October

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Happenings Carter’s Pet Depot Hosts Saturday Adoptions This Fall

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97.5, KHJK 103.7, and KRBE 104.1

26, Carter’s Pet Depot will hold

will be onsite to provide additional

pet adoptions in conjunction with


Citizens for Animal Protection

featuring Jud Johnson Band! KFNC

The Petapalooza kickoff party will

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be held on September 11th at Hard

adoption dates include Oct. 10, Oct

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costume contests, parades and more.

12th at Discovery Green, 1500

Tickets are $10 for one person/dog.

McKinney. From 9am – 2pm, pet

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Leader of the pack Creating Great Dogs With Cesar Millan By Michelle Mantor, Photography by Todd Spoth,


Are you often at odds with your dog? Do you want him to stay and instead he jumps on you with muddy paws? Does he pride himself on relandscaping your yard? Are you hoping for a mannerly “sit stay” when the doorbell rings and instead he jumps on your guest, covers them with slobbery kisses and “sniffs” in inappropriate places?


mm. These scenarios are familiar to many dog owners and if your dog rules your house, then we invite you to sit,

stay and read about the man who has changed the face of dog and owner relationships, Cesar Millan. Recognized by the moniker, “Dog Whisperer” from his hit TV show with the same name, Cesar has become the darling of dogdom with a success story that is inspirational and an impact that is no less than cosmic in the world of dog training. Understanding that the antics of many well- intentioned, healthy and sound-minded pets have landed them in animal shelters, Cesar brought an awareness to pet owners that bad situations can be turned around by rehabilitating the dog and training the owners.

Cesar during interview with Houston PetTalk editor Michelle Mantor and Marketing Director Desiree Lonsway

The Man Himself

have made him an international sensation. But Ce-

body language, attitude and voice that he is the

It takes just a few minutes with Cesar Millan to

sar admits he has not come this far without a great

pack leader… there is simply no need to challenge

understand that he is special. He has an ability

team around him, including his family. His wife,

it. It’s this very philosophy and understanding

to see the world through the animal’s eyes and

Illusion, is very involved in the mega-brand “Cesar

of how to function as the pack leader that Cesar

this knack for communicating with them and

Millan” and he also gets support from his sons,

teaches the multitudes of dog owners that are

understanding their needs has made Cesar one

extended family members and a great team at the

experiencing behavioral issues with their pet.

of the most renowned experts in his field. It’s as

National Geographic Channel where his show is

if he is a “medicine man,” a term used by Native

produced. When asked, Illusion readily offers a

Americans to describe a person that has unusual

personal perspective on Cesar that she serves up

If you are not fulfilling the role as leader, your

capabilities in communicating with animals.

with a grin, “He’s human, he makes mistakes and I

dog will take on the role as necessary because

keep him in check. But on a serious note, we share

they are naturally programmed to need rules,

ability to lead a pack of unruly dogs? His unique

challenges and rewards. Cesar has a soft side and

boundaries and limitations for survival in the

talent first developed on his grandfather’s farm in

he is a very compassionate man .”

wild. Leadership creates stability as the dog looks

So where did he develop his style and uncanny

Mexico. He literally “blew” into the world… born during a hurricane that lifted the roof off the house. “I

Cesar’s Way

learned very early from my Grandfather not to work

From an early age, Cesar was nicknamed “El

against Mother Nature”, says Cesar with a smile.

Perrero,” Spanish for “The Dogman,” by the locals

With a lifetime spent around animals, Cesar

The message he espouses is this: Dogs are pack animals and packs need leaders.

to the leader for guidance and the leader does not need affirmation from the pack to make decisions and set rules. OK, now you KNOW you need to be the leader

because he always had a pack of dogs following

in order to get your dog to behave the way you

knew at an early age that he wanted to use his

him. It became evident by his teenage years that

want them to in your “human world” but HOW do

knowledge and ability with dogs to become the

he had a primal connection with canines that led

you do it? The behaviors you need to exhibit are:

best dog behaviorist in the world. “Yes, that was

him to pursue a career as a dog trainer.

• Be calm

my goal”, he says. “When you wish for something,

For those that have watched Cesar in action on

• Be assertive

it’s organic, you put it on earth and you believe it,

his TV show Dog Whisperer, it appears that dogs

• Be consistent with rules

then it becomes reality”.

just become calm and follow his lead because

• Take responsibility for your dog’s need for

Believing in himself and pursuing his dream

they recognize through this communication of

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Want More Cesar? Fetch These! Cesar’s fourth book,


their needs as nature intended them to be.” Balance seems to be a key element of Cesar’s

as the second important action we should utilize with our dog. Set boundaries, be consistent


way. But what does he mean by “balance”? Again

and give your dog a job to do, just like they are

Puppyhood and Beyond is

referring to Mother Nature, Cesar describes a

expected to do in a pack surviving in the wild.

on sale beginning Tues-

balanced dog as “a calm-submissive pack follower,

Exercise has relieved excess energy and now

day, October 6.

who is fulfilled physically with exercise; psycho-

dogs need direction on what their purpose is…

logically with rules, boundaries, and limitations;

or in other words, “Am I supposed to be doing

and emotionally with affection from its owner.”

something other than digging, counter surfing

Season Six of “Dog Whisperer with Cesar

Unbalanced dogs are they typical cases you

or chewing the carpet?” If you don’t have a job

will see Cesar working with on his show. Manifes-

for your dog, Cesar suggests fitting them with a

October 9 on the National Geographic Channel.

tations of fear, aggression, obsessive-compulsive

backpack to carry around (appropriate for their

The premiere of the new season is the documen-

disorders and the like are common fare. Cesar is

weight and size) and your dog will view this ac-

tary companion to the book, also titled “How to

what one would call an expert “dog behaviorist”

tion as their job.

Raise the Perfect Dog.” Be sure to watch for the 4

which is different than a dog trainer. Typically, a

episodes filmed in the Houston area!

trainer will teach the dog basic obedience skills

is affection. Here’s where many dog owners go

Millan” premieres Friday,

Most of this list seems self-explanatory, right? Well, it is but there are many pet owners who struggle with following these leadership behaviors. Cesar notes “Many of my clients call their dog their soul mate or their baby, but the dog tears up the furniture and drags them all over the neighborhood on a walk. Why doesn’t the dog listen when the owner begs, cajoles or offers treats to get the desired behavior? Because dogs are dogs, not humans. In the wild, dogs don’t need humans to achieve balance. They have a pack leader, work for food, and travel with the pack. But when we bring them into our world, we need to help them achieve balance by fulfilling

Affection: The third element for fulfillment

such as sit, stay, come, down and so on. Obedi-

astray. We hug and love on our pet first before

ence commands are good fundamental skills for

we do anything else. By making affection the last

our dogs to learn because they establish control

thing we do with our dog, they learn to “earn” our

and communicate what we want our dog to do at

attention or we can use it as a reward for good

certain times.


However, many other problems occur that are

Now we have an “order” to how we should

behavioral such as aggression, jealousy, bullying,

approach the relationship with our dog. This

etc. Such problems require rehabilitating and

formula will help establish the human as the pack

that’s where Cesar unleashes his knowledge

leader. Being the leader sounds simple but to

and experience. In Cesar’s world, he espouses a

some of us, it’s perplexing. How do leaders act?

formula for success to create a “well-balanced

What actions or body language show leadership?

relationship between human and dog.”

Cesar strongly connects leadership to energy.

Exercise: The formula touts exercise first

And before you can truly understand Cesar’s

and foremost. Dogs need exercise everyday, rain

“way”, you must take a quick lesson in Cesar

or shine. Fulfilling a dog’s physical needs will

“speak” about energy.

put his mind and body in a more ready state to participate in our family “pack.” Discipline: Next, Cesar points to discipline

He explains, “animals do not speak through words; they communicate through constant energy… the ‘beingness’ of who and what you are at every moment. Dogs sense energy from other dogs or humans when you enter their space. So our dog acknowledges our mental state because we are constantly projecting energy.” The obvious lesson here is to think about your mental state when you are with your dog and what you are projecting. You must see yourself as the leader and project that image with your energy. Again, project a calm, assertive demeanor. The other important thing to remember about a dog’s energy is that each dog has energy that can be classified into one of four levels. Cesar notes, “Dogs have natural energy that is very high, high, medium and low.” In addition to energy levels, dogs can also be dominant or sub-

Cesar during filming at Houston area doggy daycare.


missive. You can better control your dog if you

Cesar’s Tips: Find a canine solution.

Often, the solution we would use for a human is totally wrong for solving a dog’s issues. For example, when a human sees a scared or nervous dog, he or she will first offer comfort and consolation. This would never happen in the animal world and can make the problem worse instead of better, because it reinforces unstable behavior. Speak the animal language. When dogs come into our homes, they meet emotional energy for the first time. We shower them with affection and babble at them in high-pitched baby-talk, so they see us as excited energy. This is why many dogs don’t listen to their human caretakers. Their mothers never acted this way; where did that calm-assertive leadership go? Treat your dog like a dog. We often develop a different agenda for our dogs. We want to make puppies our babies. From day one, many humans forget to fulfill and understand their dog’s needs and instead project their own needs and desires on the animal. Be the pack leader! In the absence of a clear leader, a dog, even a submissive one, will seek to fill what they see as the vacant leadership role. The dog will ignore the owner, act out, and can lead to serious behavior issues.

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understand their energy level and dominance

we also create. For example, Cesar notes that

level. For instance, Cesar recommends that a high

dogs are not aggressive in nature… they dominate

energy, dominant dog walk on leash “behind” the

to kill and eat. There is not hate as in the human

self… stay grounded, balanced and in touch with

human with a backpack to establish leadership

world, which is an act of aggression. Therefore,

Mother Nature, then apply your formula:

and focus on a job.

many of the undesirable behaviors found in pet

Now, one last important element to Cesar’s

dogs are created by humans. Yes, that’s right. We

thought process about dogs. Personality is some-

have taken dogs into our homes, now we must

thing we “give” dogs. And many of their “actions”

learn how they think, communicate and their


natural tendencies if we are to live in harmony. Taken straight from the Dog Whisperer him-

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Inside the Mind of a Veterinarian By Michelle Mantor, Photography by Evin Thayer Studios


o you have a burning question for your veterinarian? We thought you did! We asked Dr. Mark E. Silberman (MES) of Southwest Animal

Clinic to share his thoughts with us regarding a range of topics. For more of our interview with the Doc, visit If you want inside Dr. Silberman’s mind and you have a question we didn’t ask, just email him at Dr. S’s practice is at 4570 Bissonnet, 713.668.4466.


HPT: It seems that pet owners have a view that veterinary medicine is expensive and they are skeptical of those costs. How would you enlighten them about the expenses involved? MES: If I had a dollar for every


One reason pet owner’s feel

time I hear “Sometimes I think I

Hip replacement in a human -

they are paying more for their pet’s

spend more on my pet’s health than

$20,000-50,000 (2001 data)

health care than for their own is

I do my own!” I could reduce my

Relatively speaking, veterinary

because generally a third party pays

fees. The cost of veterinary care

health care is a great value.  Vet-

for human health care. People with

has risen very little over the past 20

erinary fees are a reflection of the

health care coverage don’t pay the

years, especially when compared to

costs of maintaining suitable facili-

entire bill for each doctor’s visit.

human health care.

ties, sanitary practices, equipment

For example:

One other observation is that

and technical support personnel

whether we are doing an X-Ray or

a. Spaying a dog - $150-300

to provide the level of care that pet

a MRI for a dog or human, the cost

b. Hysterectomy $7,000-15,000

owners expect in animal medicine

of the medical equipment, drugs,

a. Office visit for a vet - $35-55

today. Remember, too, that the origi-

etc. is the same or even more for

b. Office visit for a physician -

nal cost of the animal has no bear-

veterinary medicine. For example,

$155 (average, 2004 data)

ing on the cost of services delivered

you don’t have to sedate humans for

Hip replacement for dog -

by your veterinarian.

an MRI so the cost is less.

HPT: There appears to be a wide range of prices for the “same” procedure among veterinarians. Why is that? MES: This can be puzzling

as drugs, anesthetics, antibiotics,

to people but each clinic is an

medical techniques, which have a

independent business. Fees are

bearing on the cost of the services.

based on expenses such as salaries

For example, a spay that is consider-

for technical staff, rent, equipment,

ably less expensive probably does

etc. Often, the different fees do

not include pre-anesthetic blood-

not reflect the same set of services,

work. The difference could also be

although there may be certain

in the quality of suture material or

basic procedures in common. Fees

anesthesia. More often than not you

are based on varying criteria, such

get what you pay for. Houston PetTalk Magazine


HPT: What do you say to those who believe that veterinarians are pushing remedies, like flea control products, heartworm preventative or pet diets because they are “in cahoots” with the food and pharmaceutical companies? MES: In Cahoots? I haven’t

applications that don’t work as well

condition that is being managed.

heard that term used in a while.

and can be deadly if used on cats.

Pet owners may not realize that the

Sounds like a city in west Texas. In

As far as pet foods go, veterinarians

margin on a bag of dog food is only

fact I think I bought a pair of boots

have no allegiance to any particular

a couple of dollars so we obviously

in Cahoots. Anyway, veterinarians

pet food. We carry prescription

are only taking time, storage capac-

are constantly detailed about new

type foods for specific conditions

ity, etc. to provide a service to our

products. We pick the ones we like

(Diabetes, Bladder Stones,etc) in

clients, not to make money on food.

and recommend them if we believe

the dog or cat. The pet food compa-

Our clinic recommends that

they’re safe and efficacious. The

nies like Purina, Iams, Hill’s Science

clients understand what the nu-

flea products we recommend, for

Diet, and Royal Canin have done

tritional requirements are for their

example (Frontline, Advantage,

a lot of the research on nutrition

particular pet, how to read an ingre-

Revolution, Comfortis, Vectra), are

in animals and they have come up

dients label, what the guaranteed

safer and more effective than over

with the prescription diets. We are

analysis and the AAFCO (Asso-

the counter “spot on” treatments.

not in the business to sell pet foods

ciation of American Feed Control)

Most spot on OTC treatments are

as a whole, just offer our clients a

stamp means and buy the best food

nothing more than pyrethrin type

diet that supports their pet and the

they can afford.

HPT: Seems like every time we come to see the vet with a problem they want to run blood work or another test. Why is that? MES: It’s the best way to ac-

ians use blood tests, X-rays, EKGs,

curately diagnose the problem.

Ultrasound, etc. to create a series of

Animals spend an inordinate

“rule outs”. There are times we may

amount of energy trying to convince

want to re-run a test a few days later

us that they are perfectly fine. They

to see if there has been a progres-

cannot show weakness in the wild.

sion of a disease. Tests we ran 4

Although sometimes heroic, it tends

weeks ago do not apply to a current

to work against them. Veterinar-


For more Q&A With Dr. Silberman, Visit 22

Animal Chiropractor* HPT: What would you like for pet owners to know about veterinary medicine that you feel they may not currently understand? MES: Dogs are not simple

to know a lot about a lot. Every

creatures. Cats are not small

species is different. Every Breed

dogs. Horses, cows, sheep, goats

is different. From the physiology

and pigs are all different. All

to the anatomy to pharmacology,

birds taste like chicken. [Laughs]

we need to know it all. Couple

HPT: Don’t you think you will

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that with all of the medical dis-

get in trouble for that “tastes like

ciplines, dermatology, gastroen-

chicken” remark?

terology, neurology, hematology,

MES: Yeah. Probably. Hope-

“For dogs that want to enjoy life.”

ophthmology, dentistry, im-

fully most people know it was a

munology, endocrinology, ortho-

joke. It’s like saying “There is

pedic and soft tissue surgery…

more than one way to skin a cat.”

you get the idea. Diagnosing a

Or “It’s a dog eat dog world.”

disease can be complicated, time

Just a play on words. Anyway,

consuming and costly and with

back to the question of what I

no guarantee of success.

would like pet owners to know. First of all, veterinarians need

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Tips for success: To help your pet orient towards the steps, place a plant or large object near the steps as a point of

Use treats or a toy to reward the dog for paddling his legs. Always make swimming a positive experience. Never throw your dog in the water as you may traumatize him and he could panic and possibly drown. Keep the sessions short as swimming is exert-

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ing. There is no guarantee that he won’t panic

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Practice swimming slowly, getting him comfortable with the water. Try to keep him level. If he paddles franticly with only his front legs, his rear could sink in the water causing him to paddle

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The Maine Event

Bring Your Pet, Relax, Cool Down at Inn By The Sea


By: Michelle Mantor

hh…cool breezy days,

many trails throughout the state or

and voted #1 for “Best Maine Inn,”

There are very few hotels that I’m

crisp nights, fresh sea

meandering along the beach watch-

by the Maine Sunday Telegram.

aware of that do not charge fees

air and plentiful lobster;

ing for whales or seals. In the winter,

Inn By The Sea offers luxurious

for pet guests. Inn By The Sea has

the hallmarks of Maine. There are

a good romp in the snow is always

amenities including a full-service

designated specific rooms and suites

many reasons for Texans to visit this

refreshing and if your dog is like

spa, a restaurant offering exquisitely

for pets and plenty of goodies await

pristine New England state but two

mine, it can be quite funny to watch

prepared, authentic Maine culinary

including cozy blankets, pet mas-

come to mind readily…the climate

them encounter that foreign “white

dishes, a pool and cozy rooms, suites

sages, signature treats at turndown,

which is so contrasted to our Texas

stuff” and all the antics they perform

and cot-

dog walking and daycare services

heat (and drought this year) and the


and a gourmet menu.


Dog daycare is available in case


you need to be away from the Inn for

for travelers

the day, however, the beauty of tak-

with pets.

ing your pet on vacation is to spend quality time with them and Inn By

Situated in the farthest

The Sea’s proximity to the beach and

corner of the

walking trails doesn’t disappoint in


this area. The beach is visible from

United States,

the Inn

Maine is

and just a

sometimes a

short jaunt

forgotten charm

down the

when travelers


are looking for a

to the soft

relaxing escape.

sand. Pets

With its rocky

are not al-

beaches, lush foliing to figure out

age, abundance of wildlife, great seafood and friendly yet hardy people, Maine should

what to do with it. Attesting to the love of animals

be on everyone’s “to-do” list. Well

and nature for Mainers, pet friendly

worth the visit, Maine offers such

accommodations are plentiful. How-

enticements as Acadia National

ever, one beautiful Inn that is espe-

Park, historic lighthouses dotting

cially welcoming to pets is Inn By

the shoreline and in the winter, both

The Sea in Cape Elizabeth. Located

downhill and cross-country skiing

just seven miles from the City of

are readily available.

Portland, Inn By The Sea is situated

Maine is not only the perfectly

on Crescent Beach and has recently

juxtaposed vacation for a two-legged

undergone a multi-million dollar

Texan but it’s also a paradise for the

renovation, elevating the property

4-legged Texans too! The weather is

to a premier luxury destination with

such a treat for pets with fur coats.

accolades including selection in the

In the summer and fall, the tem-

top 100 hotels in the US and Canada

peratures are perfect for hiking the

by Travel & Leisure readers for 2007


lowed on


the beach



The staff is incredibly friendly and efficient at spoiling guests, including the furry ones! Yet, this beautiful retreat truly is set apart from the rest in two categories: pet amenities and eco-friendly practices and products throughout the Inn and grounds. As one of the first luxury hotels to accept pets over 15 years ago, Inn By The Sea has been pampering guest’s pets much before it was the “inn” thing to do! The pampering begins with a warm welcome…at no charge.

the spring and summer season but there is still plenty of areas adjacent to the beach to walk or play fetch. Also nearby to the Inn are walking trails and freerange park areas. Because Inn By The Sea has set a long-term standard for welcoming pets, the hotel has become a destination for pet owners who return year after year. Many of the pets are welcomed by name as they come in the front door because they are “regulars”. Often, when staying with a pet in a hotel, it may feel a


little uncomfortable when you seem to be the only one taking advantage of the pet friendly policy but not at Inn By The Sea. You will be among numerous other pets meandering the property and you feel right at home with your dog, no matter how large or small. Pets are not the only animals on the minds of the staff at Inn By The Sea. With their dedication to envi-

bon Neutral thru offsets (2007) • The first hotel in new England to have dual flush toilets • One of the first hotels certified by

ing and a salt/chlorine system for

Portland or Boston (approximately

the pool, 22 nesting boxes and 6 bird

110 miles from Boston). You can fly

feeders on the property, rooms are

in-cabin with your pet if they are

cleaned with non-toxic Green Seal

small enough or if you have a larger

ronmental preservation, PR Director

Maine’s Department of Envi-

products, they recycle and use post

pet, your pet can travel via Conti-

and head of Green Programs, Rauni

ronmental Protection as “Green

consumer paper products (there are

nental Airlines PetSafe program

Kew notes, “We strive to blend luxu-


recycling bins in the rooms) and

offering same day, airport-to-airport

guests use recycled paper green key

delivery designed especially for your


pet’s safety and comfort (learn more,

ry, service and an exceptional guest

In addition to the “firsts”, Inn By

stay with sustainability, minimizing

The Sea is a recognized leader in the

the impact of hotel operations with

greening of the hospitality industry

our eco friendly initiatives and an

and the Inn is designated a Wildlife

of reasons to plan a visit to Inn By


appreciation of all things local”.

Habitat. Guests can take weekly

The Sea and enjoy the breathtaking


So as you can see, there are plenty


To understand how serious the

tours of the 5-acre indigenous

natural beauty of Maine along with

Inn is about being green, take a look

garden (there are programs for

your extended family members.

or it’s winter, spring, summer or

at the “firsts” the Inn has accom-

kids too), which provides food and

Vacationing at a property that is so

fall, all you have to do is call Inn By


habitat for wildlife. The sheet and

committed to you, your pet and the

The Sea and make a reservation to

• T  he first Hotel in Maine to heat

towel program helps protect the en-

environment in such a well thought-

a world of relaxation and beauty at

dangered monarch butterfly. Other

out way is truly a treat.

1-800-888-4287 or visit innbythesea.

with Biofuel • T  he first hotel in Maine to be Car-

green initiatives include solar heat-

It’s easy to get to…just fly into

Whether your pet is large or small

com. Houston PetTalk Magazine



Every Dog Has Its Day

A Well-Deserved Ground Breaking For CAP On Sept. 17


Groundbreaking Cel-

grants. The Robert & Jane Cizik

ebration for Citizens

Foundation provided the lead gift for

for Animal Protection’s

the new shelter, and the facility will

(CAP) new animal shelter and pet adoption center is planned for

be named in honor of Jane Cizik. CAP Exec. Dir., Kappy Muenzer,

Thursday, September 17. Located at

states, ”In addition to increasing

17555 Katy Frwy (77094), the event

sheltering and adoption services, the

will begin at 10:00 AM. Festivities

facility will enable CAP to expand

ing a 4-star rating for sound fiscal

pets and people in the Greater Hous-

will include The Blessing of the

other service programs benefiting

management with www.Charity-

ton and Katy areas.

Animals and guests are encouraged

the community such as humane edu- for the 7th consecu-

to bring their pets.

cation, rescuing injured or trapped

tive year. Only 1% of the charities

as they break ground on a well de-

animals and providing foster care

rated nationwide have achieved this

served new shelter that has become

for special needs animals.”

exceptional distinction.

reality through the hard work and

Designed by PBK Architects, the $7.5 million state-of-the-art 21,000 sq. ft. facility will be built on 3.5 acres.

CAP has received numerous

The new shelter will enable CAP

Please come and support CAP

dedication of donors, employees and

Funding has been provided through

awards for its shelter operations

to meet the ever-growing demand

volunteers. Visit CAP online at www.

private donations and foundation

and has the distinction of earn-

for their services benefiting both See you there!



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In The Doghouse

It’s A Good Thing...At Demi’s That Is!


By: Michelle Mantor

t’s finally a good thing to be in

formation and cute stories about the

that the pups enjoy being rotated

sonalized to the Dog House service

the doghouse…at Demi’s Dog

pets as owners pick them up daily.

to and from throughout the day for

offering is the Sleep Overs.  Rather

continuous entertainment.

than a typical kennel or boarding en-

House.  Under new ownership

since early 2009, Demi’s is a great

Demi’s offers both inside play space and an outside pooch patio

Something else unique and per-

resource for Midtown dog owners. Offering a boutique-style doggie daycare for pet owners that prefer a more personal, intimate setting for their pooch, Demi’s is well worth checking out. Located at 239 West Gray, the building has recently undergone a facelift both inside and out which re-

vironment, pets get to go home with the owner for an in-home slumber

See what the buzz is about and take advantage of the coupon offer in Demi’s Dog House advertisement (page 11) for 50% off the first day of daycare for new customers! Visit or call 713.942.0688.

party! As one would expect, this special service has become quite popular with pets and clients alike!  In addition to the pampered, personal service offered in daycare, Demi’s has just announced the addition of Lacey Trevino who joined their team as a professional groom-

flects the fun and light operating at-

er. Lacey grew up learning the ropes

mosphere the owner, Nicole Felsher,

in her mother’s own grooming busi-

employees and clientele enjoy.

ness and began learning the basics

What makes Demi’s Dog House

of grooming as early as age 6!  If

unique is the personalized service

your dog also needs a new ‘do or just

they offer clients. Your dog does not

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get lost in the shuffle and they are

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Pets & Politics

Pets On Planes Rules, Policies & Trends


By: Dusty Gilbert , Founder of bareCommunications

eading out of town?

board and they are free to impose ad-

As cargo, pets can travel on the

Whether you are plan-

ditional restrictions and fees, the first

large aircrafts (not commuter jets) of

ning a weekend getaway

and videos on preparing your pet for travel on

step when considering pet-friendly

most airlines. Whether traveling as

In the news, the first pet-only air-

or extended stay, chances are you

air travel is to familiarize yourself

checked luggage or cargo, your pet

lines, Pet Airways, is making waves

have considered bringing your pet.

with the policy of the airline.

will travel in a pressurized and tem-

in the US. With perks including

perature controlled compartment.

airport lounges, pre boarding walks,

But, before packing up the chew toys

In the cabin, most airlines will

and taking off, there are a few things

allow one pet per passenger (up to

Note: You will need an Acclamation

in flight “check-ups” and first class

pet owners should consider.

2 per flight) on trips less than six

or Airline Veterinary Certificate

fares starting at $149, this animal

hours. Pets must be housed in an

verifying your pet is healthy.

only airline is a cost effective way to

As pets board jumbo jets in Houston and nationwide, some pet parents

approved carrier that fits under the

have justified concerns about flying

Continental Airlines recently

transport your pet safely in the sky.

seat in front of you, has a waterproof

teamed up with

Although Houston isn’t on the map

the friendly skies. The USDA is the

bottom, ventilation on all sides and

to help pets stay comfortable on their

yet, we hope the Space City makes it

primary regulatory body governing

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Saving Toby An Unusual Case


By: Dr. Robin Robinett, Veterinary Chiropractic Rehabilitation Clinic,

ust before Christmas, a

earlier and was chewing on his tail.

I asked the owners about his be-

fellow veterinarian called

His tail chewing had turned into a

havior, environment, where he slept,

me about a case she wanted

all tried with no response. On initial exam, the only abnor-

compulsive-obsessive behavior and

his diet, and what his normal person-

malities found were Toby’s tail and

to refer of a dog named Toby, a

he had injured his tail so severely it

ality was like. The behavior change

mental state. On chiropractic exam,

Bichon mix. Toby’s owners were on

had to be amputated. Even with an

coincided with their house being put

his back seemed painful and sensi-

the verge of euthanizing him but my

Elizabethan-collar, he’d managed to

on the market and packing to move

tive at the thoraco-lumbar junction

colleague had talked them into refer-

get the collar off and sutures out!

along with a flare up of Toby’s flea

or at the back of the rib cage and the

allergic dermatitis. I reviewed his re-

lumbosacral area; his neck was stiff

ring the dog to me for acupuncture

When my colleague told me

and chiropractic as an option. The

about Toby, I thought euthanasia for

cords and was surprised that none of

on the right side; and he was reluc-

owner’s were moving in two weeks

his problems sounded a little drastic

the medications had helped. X-rays

tant to extend the left hip and stifle.

so I had a time restriction as well.

until I met him. Toby was not a

showed that he had some arthritic

His tongue was red and dry. His

Toby is a 12 yr. old neutered

normal dog. He didn’t acknowledge

changes called discospondylosis in

pulses were weaker on the left side.

male with a history of skin problems

his surroundings or respond to his

the lower lumbar vertebrae and a

The owner had told me that Toby

secondary to flea and inhalant

name. He did not sniff or explore. He

course of non-steroid type anti-

was normally a very friendly dog

allergies. He had a flare up of his

was not sleeping or eating much and

inflammatory medication and a pain

who liked a lot of attention and was

allergy problems about two months

had lost weight.

medication and anxiety drugs were

very outgoing. With these findings,

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Natural Medicine

my Traditional Chinese Veterinary

TCVM, the tongue and pulses along

not Toby, he just kept going around

chiropractic adjustment and another

Medicine (TCVM) diagnosis for

with clinical signs are used to deter-

in circles! I scheduled a recheck ap-

acupuncture treatment using points

Toby was Shen Disturbance and

mine a pattern diagnosis and then

pointment for Toby in one week.

for arthritis and kidney problems,

Kidney Yin Deficiency. In Chinese

treatment is tailored to the pattern

The next week Toby came in

medicine Shen is the mind, so a

and the personality type.

Shen disturbance is a mental distur-

First, I treated Toby by perform-

and was wagging his tail with no bandage and it was almost healed.

points to tonify Qi, and some points for anxiety and Fire. Toby’s owners called to tell

bance. Toby’s personality type would

ing a Chiropractic adjustment to

He was happy to see me and I didn’t

me that he was doing great and I

be a Fire type, which are prone to

help with the pain and stiffness in

have to ask how he was feeling!

referred them to a veterinarian certi-

Shen disturbances if they become

the back and then with acupuncture,

This time on exam, his neck was

fied in acupuncture near their new

unbalanced. Problems with bone and

using points specific for pain, kidney

not as stiff and he was less painful

home. Toby’s problems were due to a

arthritis relate to the Kidney organ

and arthritis problems and points

in the back. His tongue was a pale

combination of skin problems, aller-

and meridian in Chinese medicine.

that help for anxiety and stress

pink color and moist. His pulses

gies and stress due to changes in his

The pulse being weaker on the left

disorders and points for his Fire

were stronger but slightly weaker

home life. This unusual case dem-

side of the body and the tongue

type personality. Most dogs tend

on the right side. These findings

onstrated how well TCVM works in

being red and dry would be due to

to get very relaxed and sleepy with

led to a diagnosis of Kidney Qi

cases where western medicine did

Yin deficiency and excess heat. In

chiropractic and acupuncture, but

deficiency. Treatment was a second

not solve the problems.

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e’ve all heard of

Mobile grooming is a niche

By: Judi Cantu uling and capacity of a mobile

(older, geriatric) can take more time.

television movies

service that thrives on pre-planning,

groomer, consider these aspects of

Then add in the drive time between

purchased through

route scheduling and by coming

the business: Most mobile groomers

appointments. All of these factors

our cable provider called “On

to your door, it’s also a service

work 5 days a week. Either Monday

will determine how many dogs can

Demand”, meaning you can have

that will cost a little more for the

through Friday, or Tuesday through

be groomed in an eight-hour period.

the movie served up to you anytime

convenience. It may seem like you

Saturday. Starting the day at 8am,

If you are interested in mobile

you like. Although many pet owners

should be able to waive

an experienced groomer

grooming, do your homework on

would like to have mobile grooming

them down and slide

offer the same “on demand” service,

into their schedule

the nature of this “in demand”

that day but in re-

service makes it impossible to be

ality, they have

“on demand.”

will schedule a groom based on their knowledge of the breed and

what grooming service will best meet your needs and call for an appointment at least one to two weeks prior to the time you want your pet


the time

groomed. If you wait until the last

It goes something like this. You

their day/

required to

minute or attempt to flag them down

look out the window and the mobile

week per

bath, dry and

as they pass by your house, you will

groomer is in your neighbor’s drive-


groom (allow-

most likely be disappointed. The

way. You look down at your scruffy

made days or

ing a bit more

convenience of grooming at home

pooch and realize it’s time for a

weeks earlier. It

haircut so you head out the door on

may be frustrat-


ers but any business that provides

a mission. You knock on the mobile

ing but it’s the

Next, they must

house calls must work from a well

groomer’s door and inquire about

only way that mobile

getting your pup’s hair done next.

grooming can thrive. They

No? What does she mean I have to

must be efficient in their route cut-

that are over-grown (more than 6

call or email to make an appoint-

ting down expenses associated with

weeks since last hair cut), pets that

ment? She’s already there, your right

drive time, gas, etc.

are not used to being groomed (hard

for Judi, she can be reached at

to handle), or have special needs

next door…

To better understand the sched-

time for a new

consider the condition of the particular dog. Pets

is a great service for many pet own-

thought-out schedule. Not planning routes and schedules to be efficient would simply be “shear madness”. If you have grooming questions

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Avoid Tragedy by Preparing for Baby’s Arrival


he arrival of a new baby

and act up. A simple curiosity about

into the family can create

a strange new creature in the home

well before baby arrives. A well-

unanticipated problems

can make him a potential danger.”

trained dog who obeys your com-

for dog owners. The story of the

Refresh your dog’s training skills

By: Best Friends Pet Care him in a doggy day camp program a few days a week. Supervise every interaction.   No

mands is one of the best safeguards

matter how well-trained, a dog’s

for your new baby. Enroll in a basic

reaction to a baby is unpredictable.

training or a refresher course and be

Never leave them alone together.

loved family pet can be a serious, if

Holloway recommends the following:

sure to practice with him. Be sure

Know where your dog is at all times

unintentional, threat.

Introduce the sounds, sights and

your dog knows the “down” com-

and don’t give him freedom to

Those dangers can be avoided

smells of a new baby well in advance

mand and that you use whenever

roam. Closely watch his reaction to

with advance planning, according

of the due date. Play a recording of a

baby enters the room.

baby; if you see any sign of stress or

to Scott Holloway, a dog trainer

baby crying and the musical toy you

with Best Friends Pet Care. “It’s

plan to use in the crib.   Use a doll to

spend with your pet. You’ll have less

sional trainer. If serious behavioral

important to include the family dog

role play how you will hold and care

time for him once baby comes and

problems can’t be resolved, it may

in preparations for the new arrival,”

for your baby. Apply baby powder

a gradual shift will make the transi-

be best to find a new home -- both

he says. “Otherwise, he may become

and baby lotion to your hands and to

tion. If you have a high-energy dog

for the safety of the newborn and the

anxious about his role in the family

the doll so he gets used to the smell.

that needs lots of exercise, enroll

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Breed Profile


Profile of A Clothes Crazy Poodle


By: Michelle Mantor

e typically profile

Mom Natalie says that Muffy

thing pink to wear, have some of

she is once again spoiled with her

a particular breed

loves dressing up, especially in the

her favorite treats including cheese,

fave treat “snackies” and a new outfit

of dog or cat but

all-American fashion statement...

pickles, watermelon and her Sunday

from Target or Build-A-Bear. Thanks

we couldn’t resist profiling a true

the t-shirt. “She even sticks her head

favorite, eggs. Next, lay by the pool

Mimi! Back home, Muffy jumps on

FURshionista - a new breed of dog

through the hole to get the shirt on

wearing her designer sunglasses

the computer to send out her daily

that loves fashion and a

Tweet. Find Muffy on

two-legged lifestyle.

twitter at www.twitter.

Meet “Muffy” Silva,

com/super_muffy. Then

who sports a wardrobe

off for a rest in her very

that would make Paris

own Princess Bed com-

Hilton jealous. With a

plete with headboard and

closet full of clothes,

all the frills.

shoes, doggles, and accessories (mostly all pink!), Muffy

Hmm. I wonder if Natfaster”, laughs Natalie.

is easy to spot as she rides around

A day in the life of Muffy goes

H-town secured in her own carseat.

something like this: Pick out some-

to protect her beautiful eyes while

alie would like to adopt a magazine

sipping a Poodle Colada. Then off

editor? I know one that loves pink,

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