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IN's 1st Annual Pet Issue by Joani Delezen

Pet lovers are a special breed. We can attest to that fact because most of our staff are pet lovers and owners. We think nothing of dropping cash on silly things like sweaters for our four-legged friends. Or important things like hip surgery. We buy the highest-quality, organic food for them we can get our hands own (even though we eat crap like Easy Mac). We gladly take them for walks around the same dog park week after week. We take more photos of them than of our significant others (and even our children in some cases) and we never tire of showing people those photos. We can't help it—we're just that in love with our pets. We created this Pet Issue with that special, one-of-a-kind love in mind. From Q&A’s with vets, to do-ityourself pet food recipes, we tried to include everything that matters to us as pet owners. Plus we had some fun. We talked to a pet psychic, got some confessions from "crazy" cat ladies and trolled the Internet for the best pet blogs around. We also got some adorable reader submitted pet photos, plus photos of each of our staff pets—so get ready for that cuteness. Most importantly, we talked to area shelters and rescues on the importance of adopting a pet and how you can actually go about doing it. So even if you aren't a totally in love pet owner yet, you can be.

Tucker / photo by Samantha Crooke August 23, 2012


"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." —Louis Sabin

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that matter, doesn’t mean they aren’t loveable. And for those who are looking to bring home a particular breed of dog, check out the local shelters and rescue groups first. “Twentyfive percent of the dogs that come in are purebred,” Humlie said. “They’re just wonderful, loving pets that need a home. When you take home a dog or cat from a pet store you kind of create a demand for an unnecessary demand.”

“I’m most looking forward to showing Scooter the ropes of belonging to a family and getting him ready to be a great addition to his very own forever family,” Kelly Blackwell

NETWORKING WITH SHELTERS Scooter / courtesy photo

The Importance of Adopting Your Best Friend The difference between adopting and purchasing a pet—you save a life. “Dogs and cats that you get from a shelter, they know that you rescued them,” said Sarah Humlie, managing director at Humane Society of Pensacola. “It creates a bond like no other.” Humlie said her family pets have all been adopted from local shelters.

“There are many more pets than loving homes and with that surplus, we encourage people to come and see the pets that need homes at the Humane Society,” Humlie said. She’s only been at the Humane Society since July, but Humlie, obviously an animal lover, took home a dog after two weeks on the job. “They found him the day I got hired,” she said. “He and I came to the Humane Society together. We already have a cat at home, so now we’re a happy family. It’s hard not to go home with more.” Just because a dog or cat is staying at the Humane Society shelter—or any shelter for

The Humane Society networks with shelters and rescue groups in the area. When a spot is open, you can bet that they are looking to fill it to keep pets off the streets and out of kill shelters. According to Delfi Messinger, manager of Animal Services, in 2011 Escambia County had, on average, about 11,000 animals that arrived at the county shelter. “Most animals are brought in by private citizens,” she said. “Last year, the shelter adopted out 2,000 animals, sent out over 400 animals through rescue organizations and returned over 600 animals to their owners.” Messinger said there is no set time limit for an animal’s stay at the county shelter. “If an animal is in adoption, it will remain there until it is adopted or sent our through a rescue organization,” Messinger said. “The only exception would be illness or behavior

that made it unsuitable for adoption.” That doesn’t stop the Humane Society from acting fast. “When we have spots open, we go to the county shelter and pick up a few dogs,” Humlie said. “August has been a really good month for us. We’ve been able to bring in a few dogs. In a year, we’ll have adopted out 530 animals.” Located by the train tracks on North Q Street, the Humane Society doesn’t have the most convenient, or easy-to-find location. But frequently, the shelter holds adoption events at PetSmart and Petco. The next one will be at Petco on August 25. Although Humlie said there is no reason good enough to give up a pet, some pet owners do find themselves in the heartbreaking position of having to give an animal up. Even if the Humane Society is at capacity, they find a place for the animal through the network. “It could be anything from the owner passing away or going to a nursing home, to military relocation to the cost of pet ownership,” Humlie said. “The owners can know that we’ll take care it the pet. That’s a comfort. It’s an important service for the community.”


In Loxley, Ala., SouthBARK is a “last resort” agency, networking to encourage adopters, shelters and rescue groups to take in pets from crowded kill shelters. If there is no place for them, SouthBARK opens its doors. “We are also passionate about saving dogs that cannot be adopted out by the public because of breed specific policy, such as pit bulls, wolf hybrids, chows and any other ‘bully breed’ mix,” said Emily Thompson, president of SouthBARK. “It’s incredibly important to ‘adopt, not shop.’ Millions of perfectly wonderful pets are euthanized every year.” Founded two years ago by “a handful of concerned citizens,” SouthBARK has found homes for about 1,400 dogs.

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“The dogs we save are the ones no one else will,” said Charlene McCuller, rescue coordinator, who has a house full of rescued dogs. If you have commitment problems and cannot adopt a dog, you could try to foster a dog while it waits for a permanent home. With just one “like” on Facebook, you can see all the dogs that need shelter and love. It’s hard to watch idly by and not do something— or at least it was hard for Kelly Blackwell. “I see how many dogs and cats that are in need with nowhere to go and it breaks my heart,” Blackwell said. “With Facebook being so widely used by rescues and shelters now, these precious babies are always in my news feed.” It wasn’t too long before she was opening up her home to a foster dog. She already has two rescued animals in the house—a lab/ whippet mix from Alabama named Florida

“because ‘Roll Tide is not allowed in this house,’” and a cat. “I’m most looking forward to showing Scooter [her foster dog] the ropes of belonging to a family and getting him ready to be a great addition to his very own forever family,” she said. “If I foster this animal then one more space is opened up for another needy animal. I cry yes, and do get attached, but knowing I may have saved two lives for the time it takes to love just one—it’s exponential really—then how could you not?” SouthBARK regularly has adoption events in Pensacola. This month they were at Mellow Mushroom with great success. There are more adoption events in the works including more locations such as PetSmart and World of Beer. “We adopted out four puppies and one adult dog, which during the typically slow

summer adoption season, is a great day,” Thompson said.


While you may not always get the puppy of your choice when adopting from a local shelter, you do get the satisfaction of changing a dog’s life for the better. Humlie notes that the community is very generous to the Humane Society and lots of volunteers offer up their time and love. But, these pets deserve more. Take for instance, Luger who’s lived in the Shelter since 1999, practically his whole life. “He just breaks my heart,” Humlie said while she pets Luger through the chain link. Adopting is also less expensive. At the Humane Society, the fee is $75 for dogs, $50 for kittens and $35 for adult cats. At SouthBARK, the fee is $95. All pets are

spayed and neutered, a major savings for adopters. The decision to adopt a pet starts at home. “Make sure you’re ready to have a pet, that you have enough time to socialize with them,” Humlie said. “Meet them and make sure the personalities fit well. Talk to the staff about your lifestyle—like if you’re looking for a jogging partner or you need a dog that’s good with kids.” McCuller adopted because her house was too quiet. “I didn’t know if the UPS man was coming,” she said with a laugh. However, her adopted family members have been more than just alarms for visitors. “If I’ve had a bad day, they surround me,” she said. “They know that you saved them and they turn around and save you right back.” {in}


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These Are The Pets of Our Lives Meet The IN's Beloved Staff Pets

In general, the IN staff are pet people. It's not a requirement for getting hired or anything, it just sort of worked out that way. Our mutual love for our pets fuels a lot of our office banter most mornings and served as the primary inspiration for putting together this Pet Issue. So, of course, we had to take up some time (and valuable page space) and show some love to our personal pets. And yes, we did take professional studio photos of each pet, so if you know any of us personally get ready to see these photos again and again on Facebook, holiday cards and maybe even a coffee mug or two… Photos by Samantha Crooke

My name is: Tucker My mom is: Joani Delezen, Production/Website/Advertising Manger & A&E Editor She loves me because: I've got those classic puppy dog eyes. How I spend my time: Watching “The Newsroom” on HBO, napping and playing tug of war with my main man Forrest. My best trick is: My "gimme a treat" dance that includes spinning around and dropping it low. I'm also real gassy—it's not a trick per se, but it does entertain Joani from time to time. I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: Turkey bacon

My name is: Sake My mom is: Samantha Crooke, Art Director & Photographer She loves me because: I give everyone kisses on the mouth, even strangers. How I spend my time: Plotting ways to sneak food from my human baby brother, Donovan. My best trick is: Catching bubbles mid-air. I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: Please, I get treats all the time, but ice is my all time favorite.

My name is: Elvis My sister is: Jennie McKeon, Staff Writer & Office Manager She loves me because: I let her hold me up like Simba in "The Lion King" How I spend my time: Flirting My best trick is: I can do aerobics. I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: Anything in sight

My name is: Charlie My dad is: Ed Banacia, Freelance A&E Columnist He loves me because: I dig beautiful holes in the backyard. They're works of art really, but also functional storage space for his flip-flops. I'm so thoughtful. How I spend my time: Well, when I'm not digging those holes he loves, I'm usually scouting around for something to eat. I like to taste everything my dad eats, just to make sure it’s good enough for him.  My best trick is: Retrieving things. Duh. I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: BACON!

My name is: Marlin (named after a White Marlin) My mom is: Kate Peterson, Freelance A&E Writer She loves me because: I'm courteous and loving, and just want to be in your lap How I spend my time: Chillin', going to the camp and swimming in the river My best trick is: Giving a high five I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: Fresh Yellowfin Tuna scraps (but really, I get 'em all the time)

My name is: Baby Red My mom is: Hana Frenette, Freelance A&E Writer She loves me because: I try to sleep on her head at night and I'm really cute. How I spend my time: Lounging atop bookcases, attacking anything with feathers on it, and hiding in shoeboxes and laundry baskets My best trick is: Jumping really high and biting people a little when they pet my belly I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: Turkey, from the deli. None of that prepackaged crap.

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Pictures (and Painted Portraits) Really Are Worth 1,000 Words

The only thing better than taking an adorable photo of your pet is showing off said adorable photo on Facebook. But anyone who has ever owned a pet and tried to capture their cuteness can tell you that it's not as easy as it sounds. So if you're going to subject your friends, family and co-workers to regular pet updates or holiday cards with their mug on it, we suggest you look into getting some good photos taken. Or maybe even a professional portrait painted. Or both.


If you're tired of your dog looking away every time you pull out your iPhone, it might be time to enlist the help of a pro to get some good photos.

ALLISON SHAMRELL My name is: Mouse My mom is: Hana Frenette, Freelance A&E Writer She loves me because: She has to. And I have a pretty spotted coat. How I spend my time: Eating, even things that aren't food, and sleeping. Especially on coats or things that look expensive. My best trick is: Knocking everything off the coffee table at once. I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: Cat Nip!

My name is: Lucy My mom is: Ashley McLain, Copy Editor She loves me because: I'm the best wingwoman and no one is as sweet as me.  How I spend my time: Visiting the grandparents, patrolling for cats, and going on weekend car rides.  My best trick is: Giving hugs. I also do a mean helicopter-tail.  I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: Anything fancy from 3 Dogs and a Chick in Ft. Walton Beach. Or just plain ol' bones—I'm an easygoing pup. 

One quick romp around Allison's blog and you'll be asking yourself "Why don't I have professional photos of my dog yet?" She does natural light, on-location sessions and studio quality photos.


Wedding and portrait photographers who also take on the tough task of pet photography. Check out their site for a slideshow sample of their work.


If you really want to go all out and immortalize your pet in style, how about a custom portrait? We were surprised by how many local artists we found that offer this service once we started looking.


All you need to commission a portrait of your beloved pet from Heather is a good snapshot and deposit. She's got work on display at Blue Morning Gallery so you can check out her style there to see if it's what you're looking for.


Kate does oil and pastel pet art commissions. She also does cartoon style prints and caricatures of dogs. You can find her at The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery Sept. 14 for Gallery Night.

KATHERINE JOLINE TUCKER My name is: Sammy My mom is: Sarah Kathleen McCartan, Freelance A&E Writer She loves me because: It's no secret she loves blondies. But I think it's mainly because I am the cutest, cuddliest Craigslist find ever and have a heart of gold. I've even been told I look like a muppet. Oh, and my ears blow in the wind. How I spend my time: I like taking all of my stuffed animals outside at once and running laps in the yard with them. I also enjoy cruising through the drive-thru at the Rave Starbucks for some treats and attention from my favorite baristas.  My best trick is: Sure, I'll sit and shake and jump and flip, but who doesn't these days? Not sure how tricky it is, but I do like to sit with Sarah while she plays piano; I put my paws on the keys and sing along. I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: What do you mean I don't always get treats? Of course I do! I even get to go to the store to pick them out. Since I love peanut butter just as much as my mom does and eating healthy is important to me, my favorite treats are Oven Baked All Natural Peanut Butter Biscuits by Three Dog Bakery.  August 23, 2012

My name is: Ubu     My dad is: Jeremy Morrison, Staff Writer He loves me because: I’ve taught him some good stuff. How I spend my time: Exploring, barking and sleeping My best trick is: When I was young I liked to wrestle, now I flip biscuits off my nose. I don't always get treats, but when I do I like: Pasta, burgers, chicken vindaloo—whatever’s leftover from the dinner table.

"If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either." - Unknown

Caricatures or sketches from your pet's photos, available in 8x10 and 5x7 prints, note cards, greeting cards, memo sets, and bookmarks.


Fine art and commission portraits


Painted by hand by Mary W. Smith. They also offer custom pet memorial pendants.


For the fun-loving, hands on pet owner, Painting With A Twist offers a class called "Paint Your Pet." The next one is Saturday, Sept. 29 3-6 p.m. The classes are pretty popular and have been known to sell out, so early registration is encouraged. "Paint Your Pet" can also be done as a private party with a minimum of 10 painters and a maximum of 15. 13

"I still love sparkles and grocery shopping and really old cats that are only nice to you half the time." —Taylor Swift

Cat Lady Confidential by Hana Frenette

by prince charming, or is the cynical friend warning the star against love and retiring home to a plethora of feline friends. I believe the crazy cat lady stereotype to be a manifestation of society’s fear of dying alone, with nothing but an old tabby in your lap while you rock back and forth in a chair. People who even mildly represent this or the possibility of the evolution to this are to be made fun of and kept at a distance, so as not to infect the minds or the lint rollers of those around them. That being said, I usually go home after work and sit in my favorite chair with my two baby cats. The chair isn’t a rocker though, so I think I’m in the clear. Some people just don’t like that cats don’t need them, and therefore have a disconnect with the people that prefer that kind of pet ownership. Some people want a pet that howls when you leave and then slobbers all over you when you get home. Which is fine, if you’re into clingy. So what makes a cat lady? One cat, two cats? Nine cats? “I think saying the words ‘cat lady’ is like saying the word feminist or homosexual,” AshleyAnne Palmer said. “How can you just define one type of person or animal lover and give them all these distinct qualities?”

Palmer owns two cats too and is often hassled, jokingly, by friends for being a cat lady. Of course, these days it’s easier than ever to acquire the label, what with Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter allowing the perfect opportunity for users to share a plethora of adorable pictures of their cats.

Until I start bathing myself in my own spit and hissing at the neighbors, I will proudly declare my sanity, as well as my overt love for cats.

Taylor Swift with Meredith

Modern Day Cat Lovers Embrace Their ‘Crazy’ Until I start bathing myself in my own spit and hissing at the neighbors, I will proudly declare my sanity, as well as my overt love for cats. The stereotype of the “crazy cat lady” has been growing and changing in the past

few years and is developing into something that seems to be a little more on the positive side—at least part of the time. Wikipedia has its own entry for “cat lady,” and describes the title as a single woman who dotes upon her cat, is usually romance “challenged,” or too career oriented and “cannot find a man.” Movies have been making use of the cat lady stereotype for years. Either the said lady is the star of the movie, soon to be rescued from scooping her kitty litter

Teach Me How to Brushy Dental hygiene is a major component in both cats’ and dogs’ health. “You can detect cardiac problems or kidney problems,” Dr. Laura Tonetti Hall of East Hill Animal Hospital said. She recommends daily brushing as well as dental check-ups, which can be done with a yearly exam. An antibiotic may even be prescribed. “Any product with C.E.T. is recommended,” Dr. Hall said. “C.E.T. is an enzyme that breaks down tartar.” Large dog breeds may not need dental cleanings until nine or 10 years old, like a German shepherd. While smaller dogs like terriers, Chihuahuas or dachshunds may need earlier intervention. Bottom line: no matter how old or 414 1

young or what breed your cat or dog is, keep those chompers clean to promote a long, happy life. “Pets with chronic dental disease have a short life expectancy,” Dr. Hall said.


The following are signs that your dog may have a problem in his mouth or gastrointestinal system and should be checked by a veterinarian: • Bad breath • Excessive drooling • Inflamed gums • Tumors in the gums • Cysts under the tongue • Loose teeth (From


1. Place a toothbrush or your gauzewrapped finger at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and clean in small, circular motions. 2. Work on one area of your dog’s mouth at a time, lifting their lip as necessary. The side of the tooth that touches the cheek usually has the most tartar, and giving a final downward stroke can help to remove it. 3. If your dog resists having the inner surfaces of her teeth cleaned, don’t fight it—only a small amount of tartar accumulates there. Once you get the technique down, go for a brushing two or three times a week. (from

“I only take pictures of them when they do cute things!” Palmer said. And I’m sure they only do cute things every hour, so it’s ok. I think the status of a cat lady rides on the ratio of time spent on human relationships, versus time spent with cats. Equal amounts of time are acceptable. Until your Friday night revolves around trapping neighborhood strays, the title should remain inapplicable. Even famous people are becoming feline obsessed lately. Taylor Swift updates her Instagram regularly with pictures of her Scottish Fold cat, Meredith, eating, napping, or posing. Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s creative director, was cat-sitting Choupette, a lovely white Himalayan kitten for a model friend and when she returned, he simply refused to give her back. Lagerfeld has grown so attached, he has hired two maids for her, one for day and one for night, and they both must write down everything the kitten does. They currently have 600 pages and Choupette is less than nine months old. So what this means is that cat crazy never looked so fabulous, or was so openly acceptable. Suddenly it’s ok to embrace the love you have for your cats. Photograph them. Talk to them. Hire maids for them. In ancient Egypt, cats were considered to be as important as their owners and were often entombed alongside them—even with mummified mice for them to chase in the afterlife. Cleopatra reportedly had over 14 cats; her favorite was named Tivali. Cleopatra has long been thought of as a sex symbol, and recently it turns out, a cat lady. It’s time again to merge those stereotypes and let women—and men—bask in their love for cats, and live proud and without being scrutinized for their devotion. {in}

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." —Groucho Marx

Really? Pet Myths Explored Humans primarily contact the parasite by eating uncooked meats. Very few cats are infected and those that are only shed eggs for two weeks in their entire life. It takes 24 to 48 hours for the parasite to infect a human. Main thing is: don’t eat raw meat, wash your hands after you scoop the cat box and don’t chew your nails when they have cat poop on them. Daily hygiene is all that’s required. IN: Do dogs sweat? DR. HENLEY: Yes, their sweat glands are in their feet. You’ll see their little wet paw prints on my exam tables.

Dr. Stephanie Henley / courtesy photo

With Stephanie Henley, DVM, Owner of Davis Animal Hospital IN: If you let your dog swim at the Bayview Park dog beach, will they get diarrhea? DR. HENLEY: As far as all dog parks go, dogs can pick up hookworms, giardia—a type of protozoan parasite that’s waterborne. They’re frequently found in Florida and treatable. But dogs are at risk in all dog parks, there’s nothing particular about Bayview Park. IN: Can dogs only see in black and white? DR. HENLEY: Dogs have very little color vision, but they do have some. They rely heavily on hearing and scenting. There’s even an iPhone app that’s $.99 called Dog Vision that shows you what your dog sees.



Mary Nash is the co-owner of Doggy Stylz Grooming Salon. From fleas to nail trims, here she gives pet owners a guide to grooming. IN: What grooming routines should I absolutely not skip? August 23, 2012

IN: Do cats always land on their feet? DR. HENLEY: Absolutely not. I have proof with my clinic cats that fall out of windows! When they’re sound asleep and fall off the windowsill, they fall on their back, not feet. IN: Does one human year really equal seven dog years? DR. HENLEY: To a certain degree. Tiny dogs age a bit slower and larger breeds age faster, but seven years is a good average.

IN: Is chocolate really that bad for dogs? DR. HENLEY: Yes, it is toxic. Dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate are the most toxic. It’s really the theobromine and caffeine that’s bad for them. The chocolate can cause irregular heartbeat, hyperactivity, seizures or death. Milk chocolate is the least toxic. If they recover, they can develop pancreatitis, which is life threatening. But if it’s caught early, we can treat them. I had a patient once who ate dark chocolate cherry cordials, I got to her right away and treated her and she was fine! IN: What are some other human foods that cannot be given to pets?

IN: Are some "Crazy Cat Ladies" really crazy? DR. HENLEY: Absolutely! I’m on my way to becoming one myself, I just need 16 more cats and I’m joining the club. In fact, I’m going to be one for Halloween.

IN: On average, how often do you need to see a pet? NASH: Most of our clients bring their dogs in between four to six weeks depending on the dog’s hair growth. Lots of people just don’t have the time to brush

IN: What are some crazy pet myths you’ve heard from patients in the past? DR. HENLEY: If you leave a cat’s dew claws, it prevents them from snake bites. That’s an urban myth I’ve heard around here, not true. Motor oil treats mange—definitely not true. If you cut the hair away from a long-haired dog’s eyes, like a sheepdog, they’ll go blind—not true. Inside dogs and cats do not get heartworms—absolutely false. A dry nose means absolutely nothing. A dog’s nose temperature varies greatly. A dogs mouth is cleaner than human’s—false. Open a poodle’s mouth that hasn’t had a dental treatment. When a dog eats grass, he or she has an upset stomach. Most dogs eat grass periodically. It’s a normal, common behavior. And my favorite myth is that pets don’t feel pain. I don’t know how anyone can believe that. {in}


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IN: Is there any truth about the articles that say the t. gondii parasite, which can be found in an infected cat’s intestinal tract, make women crazy? DR. HENLEY: The toxoplasma gondii parasite has nothing to do with crazy cat ladies. NASH: A conscientious pet owner would always want to get their pets nails clipped or Dremeled on a regular basis. Letting the nails get too long can run into all kinds of issues and can be quite painful for a dog.  A pet owner should always brush their dog out completely before bathing, as tangles get worse if left in during a bath.

DR. HENLEY: Grapes, raisins. Anything with xylitol, this is found in sugar-free gum and diabetic diet foods. We’ve seen several cases of dogs getting into sugar-free gum. Garlic and onions, many people think it’s good for flea control, but it doesn’t work and could lead to death. And never give a cat Tylenol. This is kind of a blue-haired lady phenomenon, but it causes very rapid liver failure. It’s treatable when caught early, but most don’t admit it until it’s too late. And watch your pets outside to make sure they don’t eat any sago palms. If they eat any part, they have an upset stomach for one to two weeks and later their liver shuts down.

their dogs coat out on a regular basis so they rely on us to do it.

your pet in Dawn dish-washing soap or mixing garlic into their food to kill fleas. Do any of those actually work? NASH: Dawn is the worst thing you can do for a dog. It dries out the skin and then you have all kinds of itchy problems.  You have to always use a product that is PH balanced and recommended for a dog. {in}

IN: In your experience, what's best way to combat fleas—on your pet and in your home? NASH: Use a monthly flea application whether it’s a topical on the neck or an oral pill. The fleas are so bad in this area that everyone has to stay on top of it constantly.  I will add that some products on the market do work much better than others. WHERE: 2909 E. Cervantes St. CONTACT: 470-0702 IN: We've read some strange "home remedies" like washing



"The dog is mentioned in the Bible 18 times—the cat not even once." —W.E. Farbstein

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Mayeur. “There’s so many weird food allergies that dogs get you wonder if human food is actually better for them.” Her recipe is very simple too. “I just fill a pot with water, boil a whole chicken until the meat falls off the bones and add collard greens, rice, and a little olive oil to add some fat,” she said. “She likes collard greens, she’s a southern dog.” Amber Rushing just began cooking for her two cats, Boris and Bruce. Like Mayeur’s dog, the cats had bad allergies. It’s only been a week that the cats have been on their new diet. Rushing’s vet told her it could take up to three months to see a difference. “The cats get excited because they know it's for them and they are involved in the taste testing process,” Rushing said. “It's very rewarding knowing that my cats are eating as well as I am.” Cooking for pets isn’t new to Mayeur, she cooked for her previous dog as well. “She liked scrambled eggs and chicken gumbo—and she lived until she was 18,” she said. You can spoil your pets too with recipes from Ashley Dickerson of The Spotted Dog and Rushing.



Pet Approved Recipes The way to your pet’s heart may be through their stomach. Whether your pet has a food allergy, is a picky eater or just deserves to be spoiled (don’t they all), you’re not the only one who’s making home-cooked meals for your pets. “I guess the word got out that I’m a crazy woman who cooks for her dog,” said Marie Mayeur. Mayeur began cooking for her 13-year-old dog about a year and a half ago and she’s seen improvement in her pet’s health. “It used to be that you’d feed your dog table-scraps until they were full,” said Marie


“It's very rewarding knowing that my cats are eating as well as I am.” Amber Rushing

Boris and Bruce / courtesy photo

cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool in oven, and store in a container. Good for 2-3 weeks.


1 cup oat flour (You can use wheat flour if you don't have oat or brown rice) 1 cup whole wheat flour (substitute with Brown Rice flour for a "wheat free" treat) 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup unsalted peanut butter 1 ripe banana 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup water Preheat oven to 325F. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. In another bowl, mash banana, then add peanut butter and water and mix well. Then make a well in the flour and pour in banana mixture. Add water if needed to form a ball of dough. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut with a bone shaped cookie cutter. Place on ungreased

10 Chicken hearts with fat still attached (I get mine from Green Acre Farms) 1/4 cup wild red rice 2 cups water 1/2 inch slice of pork liver, chopped (also from Green Acre Farm) 1/3 tsp Marmite or Vegemite (a hydrolyzed yeast extract) 1 wedge Laughing Cow swiss cheese (optional) 3 Tbsp plain gelatin* Put the first 3 ingredients in a small pot and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the rice is full cooked. Drain the pot. Reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid and add the gelatin to it. Stir until dissolved. Put the hot hearts and rice in a food processor or Ninja and pulse until a chunky puree. Add liver and the yeast extract to the hot puree an pulse until incorporated. The heat of the hearts and rice will gently cook the liver. Cool a spoonful and let your cat try it. Give them a few minutes. If they don't eat it, add the cheese to the mix and let them try it again. Now blend in your gelatin mixture, portion into sealable freezer safe portion cups (I use 4oz.), put one in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. *Some gelatin is stronger than others. If you find your cat food doesn't set up after being in the fridge overnight, just add another tablespoon to the next batch. {in}

Pet Events Calendar


HUMANE SOCIETY OF PENSACOLA PET ADOPTION Dogs and kittens are ready for adoption on Saturdays at Pet Smart or Petco. For more 616 1

information call the Humane Society at 4324250 or visit HSOP’s web site at to see photos of animals available for adoption.

customers who present the Humane Society newsletter or flyer that is available at or by emailing kim@



Every last Thursday of the month, stop by The Spotted Dog, located at 124 S. Palafox from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy wine and cheese while your dog snacks on treats while listening to a guest speaker and trying out free samples of new products. For more information, call 438-2008 or visit


Every Wednesday night in August and September, visit Angus at 1101 Scenic Hwy. and dine with your dog. Angus will donate 10 percent of sales to the Humane Society

Every third Saturday of the month at Your Dog’s Business, located at 4771 Bayou Blvd. Unit 15. Let your dog indulge in pet friendly smoothies from 12 to 3 p.m. Call 466-3057 or email for more information.


Purchase a Jury-Duty bumper sticker and get spotted. You can win great cat and dog prizes when someone contacts the Jury-Duty office to say they saw your bumper sticker. For more information, call 438-FIXX (3499) or visit


The annual seated dinner is one of the main fundraising events for Jury Duty, which honors groups and individuals that support needy pets in the community. The event includes silent and live auctions. One of the most coveted prizes is the bid for a spot on the Paws and Purrs Calendar. Although the event just passed, call 438-FIXX (3499) or visit, for details on next year’s Fur Ball.




Humane Society dogs and kittens will be available for adoption from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Petco, 1670 Airport Blvd. For more information, go to

"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it's the size of the fight in the dog." Dwight D. Eisenhower

A Sample of The Best Dog Treats in Town Anybody who reads the IN knows we're advocates of staying local whenever possible. So, of course, we had to figure out how to shop local when it comes to treating our beloved pups, too. It was actually much easier than we anticipated. One trip to Palafox Market on a Saturday morning offered up not one, but two homemade treat options. Plus our office is conveniently located just a block away from The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery— which is like puppy shopping heaven right on Palafox Street. Fresh baked treats, toys, grooming supplies—you name it and think your pup needs it, they've got it. Buying local when it comes to dog treats

1 Variety of fresh baked

treats from Bunny's Bakery at The Spotted Dog Pet Boutique and Bakery including Fido's Sweet Tooth, Healthy Fish Hearts, Ginger Snap Brownies, Sniffer Doodle, Healthy Fish Heart, Twisty Cheese Stick They also take special orders pet friendly cakes, birthday bones and specialty treats. 124 S. Palafox, 438-2008 or

2 Pup Cakes from Oh Snap! Cupcakes 707 E. Cervantes St., 466-3363 or


Snaps and variety treat bag from Tessie Ringer purchased at Palafox Market.

4 Grandma Lucy's Lamb

Blend Trail Mix, Peanut Butter Flavor Buddy Biscuits, Happy Howie's Turkey Sausage and Woof Stix from Your Dog's Business They offer tons of healthy, holistic and grain free pet food and treat options, plus obedience training. 4771 Bayou Blvd. Unit 15, 466-3057 or

5 Fresh baked treats from 3 Dogs & a Chick in Ft. Walton Beach

Stop by The Spotted Dog, located at 124 S. Palafox and visit friendly dogs and puppies in need of a permanent, loving home. For more information, call 438-2008 or visit



Tickets are $20 per person. Groups of four to six compete for a trophy and $100 gift certificate for a team dinner. Other August 23, 2012

isn't just a feel good thing for you as an owner either. Most of the local treat options we found are actually better for your dog, too. According to Ashley Dickerson from The Spotted Dog "there are no added preservatives, flavors, or colorings and we only use sugar and salt free ingredients. Because these treats are natural and free of artificial preservatives, they are healthier for the dog than processed treats from the store." The Spotted Dog also makes sure and lists all ingredients clearly “so you can pick and choose which treats would be best for your dog. So whether your dog has a wheat allergy or egg allergy, you can choose the treats without those ingredients.” Good luck finding that kind of quality and information down at the average grocery store dog food aisle. Here's a sample of the best of what we found. And just in case you're wondering— they were all taste tested by the IN staff pups and passed with flying colors.

3 Homemade Ginger



The Local Treat Treatment

*We know this is a little bit out of the IN's usual coverage area, but two of our staffers actually live in the Ft. Walton Beach/ Navarre area and take their pups here for treats from time to time.

130 Miracle Strip Pkwy. (850) 243-7297 or

6 Variety treat bag including peanut butter buddy bones, bacon balls, savory turkey meatballs, parmesan pleasures and bacon bursts from Diggin' It Treat Bakery purchased at Palafox Market More information and online ordering options at

activities include door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a team costume contest and a bake sale table. Mulligans, Buy a Strike, Buy a Gutter Ball and Protection Cards will be available for purchase at the event. For details and information about sponsorships or entry forms visit or email



Pet friendly smoothies available at Your Dog’s Business, located at 4771 Bayou Blvd., Unit 15 from 12 to 3 p.m. Call 466-

3057 or email for more information.



One-hundred percent of proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge. The music fest will take place from 12 to 10 p.m. in Gulf Place on the corner of 30A and Highway 393. Tickets are $25 general admission, $10 for children under 12 and $125 for a VIP pass, which includes lounge seating, complimen-

tary food and beverages and musician meet and greets. For more information, go to or call 243-1201.



Humane Society of Pensacola’s premier fundraising event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Seville Square and Fountain Park. There will be raffles, contests, bake sale table, t-shirts for sale and of course, dogs. For more information call the Humane Society at 432-4250 or visit HSOP’s web site at 17

"The idea of calm exists in a sitting cat." —Jules Renard

Pet Psychics: Showing You What You’re Missing by Jessica Forbes

ing Eddie regularly clobbers her, typically when she is peacefully asleep. Since the big attack, I have been worrying that she may want to pack her cat bags and leave for good. Redding visited our home and immediately drew attention from both cats. It turns out the familiar crystal ball-carrying caricature does not represent the actual definition of a “psychic,” which is simply a person who is sensi-

Eddie and Cami / courtesy photo As a pet owner with two cats in my home, I feel I usually have a good sense of what my cats are trying to communicate. Most of their messages are undoubtedly food-specific, as with the nightly “It’s 9:00pm, where is my wet food?” meowing. They purr, that means they are content; they hiss, they must be angry. But am I missing something? Every now and again, pets do things that seem to defy understanding. For many of us, pets are like our children, and it is easy to forget that we are living with a member of a different species. We can put as many sweaters and Halloween costumes on them as we like, but our pets are still animals and will occasionally respond as such, no matter how human-like they often seem. To aid people who are having difficulties with a pet, Rebecca Redding works locally as a pet psychic. Redding assesses owneridentified behavioral issues by conducting home visits, and observing a pet in their usual environment. While at first I was dubious as to what a pet psychic could tell me about my pets that I didn’t already sense, for the purposes of journalism (and curiosity) I committed to seeking psychic pet-help. I contacted Redding to inquire about what I considered the boorish behavior of Eddie, my male cat, towards Cami, a female. The two had lived together about eight months when, last March, Eddie aggressively attacked Cami after an exchange with a stray cat through a window. Prior to that incident, I was concerned that Cami may not love living with us consider818 1

Redding grew up with cats and dogs as pets, and her grandparents had a farm where she spent time interacting with animals. Pets always favored Redding, and she learned at an early age that she was able to perceive emotions and understand responses to which others around her were not sensitive. With a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Redding’s interest in language evolution dovetailed with her interest in animal behavior and communication. While her emotional sensitivity and ability to connect with animals is part of her identification as a psychic, Redding is also very interested in understanding behavior from a scientific perspective. Redding supports what she senses about an animal with evidence and examples from her readings and experience. In our session, she shared helpful information about cats in general and each of mine specifically. Our case’s conclusion: Eddie attacked Cami in March because she happened to be within reach and he couldn’t get to the stray cat, the real object of his aggression. As the more serious and authoritative cat, he asserts dominance over Cami, who concedes to him in the spirit of “Yeah, yeah, you’re the male, you can dominate.” Cami is not afraid of Eddie, and Eddie likes her,

We can put as many sweaters and Halloween costumes on them as we like, but our pets are still animals. tive to influences or forces of a nonphysical nature. In other words: a highly sensitive and perceptive individual who can sense and read non-verbal cues. Perfect for figuring out pets that can’t actually speak to us.

regarding her as his “girl,” pestering her for attention. If this doesn’t sound like a couple of humans, really, then what does? Redding also shed light on Eddie’s separation anxiety, which is the reason I adopted a second cat. Despite the rap they get as aloof pets, most cats require shorter periods of focused human attention, whereas dogs prefer more sustained but maybe less intense human interaction. When left entirely alone Redding explained, indoor cats are prone to stress and worry about when their companion will return, which can manifest in various ways (I won’t name Eddie’s, but it required cleaning the carpets. You’re welcome.). Thanks to having a cat friend around, Eddie’s anxiety has calmed, though he would prefer more catnip in the house, particularly when I travel. Duly noted. So, if your pet seems angr y or out of sorts and you cannot figure out why, Redding and other pet psychics could hold a solution to your problem. Like communicating with humans, each of us interprets a pet ’s actions through our own filters, which might be skewing their intended message. Pet psychics can provide an intermediar y, someone who can pick up and interpret signals our pets are sending while helping us understand the behavior and what we can do to help a pet through it. For more information about local pet psychic services, you can search “Pet Psychic” on and click “Pick Your Own Pros” to find Rebecca Redding. {in}

Parks for Barks

Maybe you can’t take your favorite pup to Pensacola Beach, but that doesn’t mean you guys can’t enjoy the outdoors. Here’s a list of dog-friendly destinations.


LOCATION: 3151 Fenceline Road AMENITIES: Benches, large and small dog areas, pick-up bags and water PARK HOURS: Sunrise to sunset CONTACT: 436-5670


LOCATION: 900 S. Old Corry Field Road AMENITIES: Benches, pick-up bags and water

PARK HOURS: Sunrise to sunset CONTACT: 436-5670

ASHTON BROSNAHAM DOG PARK LOCATION: 10370 Ashton Brosnaham Road AMENITIES: Bench, large and small dog areas, pick-up bags and water PARK HOURS: Sunrise to sunset CONTACT: 436-5670


LOCATION: 2130 Summit Blvd.

AMENITIES: Benches, small and large dog areas, pick-up bags and water PARK HOURS: Sunrise to sunset CONTACT: 436-5670

LOCATION: 600 Shoreline Drive AMENITIES: Pick-up bags PARK HOURS: Sunrise to sunset CONTACT: 934-5140



LOCATION: 2001 E. Lloyd St. AMENITIES: Benches, covered seating, large and small dog areas, pick-up bags and restrooms PARK HOURS: Sunrise to sunset CONTACT: 436-5670


LOCATION: 8840 High School Blvd. AMENITIES: Large and small dog areas, restrooms, benches and water PARK HOURS: Sunrise to sunset CONTACT: 983-1940

"Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat." —Robert Heinlein

Vet Talk: Laura Tonetti Hall, DVM, PA DR. HALL: We should at least see your pets annually for rabies vaccines. The annual visit is very important. We can pick up on dental or heart issues the owner doesn’t notice. That’s the same for dogs and cats. Preventative care is the way to go—yearly shots, heartworm and flea tests, dental exams and wellness blood work will help detect problems early such as diabetes or kidney problems. IN: How often do you need to see my pet? DR. HALL: Puppies or kittens will need to be seen more often—when they get spayed or neutered and for their four sets of shots. Vets probably see puppies and kittens four to six times in a year and then they can follow-up annually. As pets age, especially pets over the age of 10, they need to be seen more often, about two times a year. Dr. Laura Tonetti Hall / courtesy photo IN: Let's say I'm a loving pet owner, but kind of lazy. What check-ups and wellness routines should I absolutely not skip?

IN: I'd never leave my dog in a hot car (honest), but how much should I worry about their heat sensitivity in general? DR. HALL: Don’t leave your pet in the car. If it is an absolute emergency and you

have to leave your pet in the car, leave the key in the ignition. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes, your pet still could have a heat stroke. Use extreme caution, it’s not recommended you do this ever. IN: What's your take on pet insurance? Do you recommend it? DR. HALL: You don’t need it until you need it. With pet insurance, you pay the vet and the insurance company pays you back. Those who can afford pet insurance can afford to put a bill on their credit card and pay it off the next month. Pet insurance isn’t very common. IN: 1-800-Pet Meds—is it legit? DR. HALL: Some are medications that are legitimate and some come from other countries and don’t have to pass the same Federal Drug Administration regulations. If you’re ordering because of convenience, East Hill Animal Hospital fills prescription orders and can have it shipped to your door. I

would also use extreme caution in going to a traveling vet like the Pet Care-A-Van [mobile vets you see at Walgreens]. Owners take their pets when the Care-A-Vans are in town because it’s cheap, but you get what you pay for. The vaccinations they use are sub-standard. I speak for the Northwest Florida Veterinary Association that it’s not recommended. Instead of going to a traveling vet, have an honest discussion with your vet about what you can afford. Every vet I know will work with you. {in}


WHERE: 805 E. Gadsden St. BUSINESS HOURS: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. CONTACT: 437-9932


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"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." —Josh Billings

Cuter Than Your Average Pet IN Reader Submitted Pet Pics

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We asked you to send us photos of your precious pets and you more than delivered. Initially we were going to pick some winners— like Cutest, Best Dressed, Best Celebrity Look-ALike—but we quickly realized that would be a nearly impossible task. We couldn't deny the lovableness of any of those sweet faces. Some of you went a little overboard, sending in what we can only assume is every photo of your pet ever taken. While we love and can relate to your enthusiasm, we had to edit down. You understand, right? If you sent in a photo and don't see it, it's probably because something was a little off with the photo quality (too small, too blurry, too dark for newsprint, etc..) We were not playing favorites or judging your pet’s cuteness, trust us. Just brush up on your photography skills and try again next year. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to email us. Our first ever Pet Issue wouldn't have been nearly as much fun—for us to make or for you to look at—without all these adorable photos.

Belle Owners Jacob and Holly Carter

Bambi Owner Suzanne Sawyer

Bear Owner Marolyn Middleton

Bella Owners Jared and Kelsey Granger

"Big Baby" the cat Owner Jeannine Bonnen

Bigsby Owner Nathan Dillaha

Brooklyn Belle Owner Heather Weatherly

Chewbacca Webster Owner Alex & Lori Webster

Cola Owners Thy and Will Batton

Ed Owners Nora Jones and Justin Emling

Eddard Bark, Lord Of Wimperfel (or Ned for short), Owners Micheal Waters and Nathan Deakle

Eli Owner AshleAnne Palmer

Flo-ridah aka Florida Owners Kelly Blackwell & Nicolas Pauwels

Gin Owners Peyton Cook and Chris Abbot

Gus Owners Laura and Eli Sullivan

Gypsy Owners Nikki Turman and Chris Mayo

Izzy Owners Jerry Ahillen and Michael Schulenberg

Jack Owner Daniel Hatcher (a Pensacola native currently living in Brussels, Belgium)

Jade Owner Jessica Cowart Parsons

Jester Owner Will Pranchak

Kouga Owner Jessica Cowart Parsons

Lilly Owner Jenny Diamond

Lucky Owner Mychaela Ballwey

Mellow Owners Jon and Holley Moore

Mistah Biggz Owners ShaLonda and Raymond W. Palmer

Roo Owner Jane Reale

Rummy Owners Tom and Tricia Coady

Sophie Owner Lacey Anne Berry

Tebow Owners Whitney and Adam Fike

Trudy Owner Katy McHenry

Winston Owners Jerry Ahillen and Michael Schulenberg

The Internet Is For Pet Lovers

Nothing makes a long day at the office better than checking out a cute puppy pic or two. Here are some of our favorite addictive pet-centric time sucks. Try looking at just one of them and not saying "ahhhhhh, how cute!"— we dare you.

Our Favorite Totally Adorable Time Sucks

One thing everyone can all agree on, pet owner or not, is that precious pet photos have practically taken over the Internet. You just can't avoid them. But really, why on earth would you ever want to? August 23, 2012

CELEBRITY DOG WATCHER Did you know Steven Tyler has a Yorkie and a Morkie? Or that Miley Cyrus and Rumor Willis both adopted puppies from Walmart parking lots? If you followed this blog you would.

CUTE ROULETTE Pet videos done right.

BUZZ FEED ANIMALS The biggest and best home for all things animal on the Internet.

PITCHFORK PETS ROCK GALLERY Pitchfork (yes, that Pitchfork) has teamed up with Purina ONE to bring you a Pinterest-like collection of pet pics. It's hip to be cute, you know?

cute, cute and even more cute until you hit overload and have to leave in order to be a productive member of society again.

TEXT FROM DOG "My dog sends me texts. I post them here. Yeah. It's weird." How could anyone not love this Tumblr?

TUMBLR TERRIERS Daily round-up galleries of the cutest kittens and puppies online—it never gets old. Not a blog per se, but it's Joani's favorite way to puppy stalk online. She likes to check it regularly and make sure her Boston is cuter than the ones featured.



TERRIBLY CUTE The name pretty much sums it up— The only thing better than cats?

Cats with money.

F U, PENGUIN Fight back against the cute and "telling cute animals what's what."

GIANT GEORGE Giant George is the world's tallest living dog and, of course, he's doing his web presence right—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even a fan club.

THE CHIVE'S "CAT SATURDAYS" AND "ANIMALS THAT DON'T SUCK" Awesomely funny photo galleries that will keep you looking and laughing way too long.


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