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by Penny Paine Why brushing is important for our dogs too and why finding them a dentist is not so easy.






by Jackie Powell Rover “rollover” – what fun

FLYBALL – Florida’s Fastest Growing K-9 Dog Sport


by Vicki Noonan Proving that dogs can fly

PAWtrait of John Grogan


by Carla Genender Meet the author of Marley & Me

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From the Publisher From the Editor

WOOFS & GROWLS Readers let us have it and an important Bufo Toad update


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Out of town and abroad – attitude is everything

WANTED Help these cuties find forever families

HAUTE HOT DOG Products to bark about


ON THE COVER Photographer, David Massey delights us with his perfect portraits of Abby and Arthur, from Buddies Thru Bullies. See page 50 for the Lights, Camera, Action Makeover. Visit for more compelling photography from Massey and his team.

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Very important points about what makes your dog itch

ABOUT TOWN BARKER Readers share their pictures

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Pawsitively Styling Runway Pics

DOGS IN HISTORY Rin Tin Tin – a legacy and bloodline dating back over 100 years



Oh, so nice to come home


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Canine Acrostic

HOGAN’S CORNER The ‘scoop’ on your canine’s most compelling questions



Pool safety and how to teach your dogs to swim



Not a simple rescue remedy for two enigmatic English Bulldogs from Buddies Thru Bullies


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Quick reference to the best of the best

BARKING NEWS Marlin’s Bark at the Park “For the Love of Dogs” exhibit opening reception at The Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

What you might want to know and do and include your dog too...

ODDS & TAIL ENDS Did you know? Read it here...

BocaDogTM Magazine AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2007

Publisher Jan Bond Managing Editor Penny Paine Contributing Editor Gregg Sekscienski Contributing Photographer David Massey 850.527.6200 Associate Publisher Brenda Lopez 330.837.5915 Advertising and Merchandise April Stickel 954.579.1695 Contributors Kayleigh Donahue Carla Genender Paul H. Jaffe, D.V.M. Jerry King

Sandy Merritt Siobhan Reilly Mullally, CPDT Vicki Noonan Jackie Powell Scarlett Schiraldi

Special Thanks to: William K. Crispin, Esq. Kim Norton Advisor Chandra S. Mishra, Ph.D. Printer Synergy Printing and Graphics, Inc. Pompano Beach, FL For subscription orders or inquiries contact: P.O. Box 812485, Boca Raton, FL 33431 561.305.3351, fax 954.596.5304 Email: ŠBocaDog Magazine 2007. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be duplicated or distributed without express written permission of the managing partners of BocaDog Magazine. BocaDog Magazine (ISSN# 1558-593X) is published bi-monthly. Subscription rates: one year, $18; two years $35. Unsolicited manuscripts, photos, etc. should include a SASE, otherwise they will not be returned. Send all inquires, address changes or subscriptions to: P.O. Box 812485, Boca Raton, FL 33431; 561.305.3351. BocaDog Magazine is not responsible for inaccurate information or statements made by contributors or advertisers.

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from the


Who Doesn’t Deserve a Makeover?


e are often asked why we do makeovers of rescue dogs for our Lights, Camera, Action Makeover feature, when rescue dogs don’t necessarily need one to make them adoptable. Most are just fine the way they are. “Action,” is the operative word in the Lights, Camera, Action Makeover. We give these dogs a chance to be in the spotlight, to get a little TLC (and who doesn’t love that) and help promote the rescue that has so lovingly saved their lives and has given them a second chance. Our makeover is simply intended to provoke a response – one of considering adopting a pet.

Jan Bond

What we are presenting is attitude and around here we call it BocaDog Attitude. Our pages are devoted to promoting responsible and informed pet ownership – from straightforward veterinary care and training tips to lavish products and the hottest fashions. We are continually fascinated with the new and exciting developments in the world of dog, to share with you. Whether it is with a dab of doggie cologne, or a glint of rhinestone, or simply the ability to “sit” nicely when dining out – all dogs have attitude. We also believe that every dog, whatever its heritage, has celebrity potential. Whether scruffy or chic, let’s face it, dogs are just adorable. That is why we welcome your photographs and “ooh” and “aah” over each and every one. BocaDog Magazine shines the spotlight on dogs and their wonderful impact on our lives. So keep reading our pages and get some BocaDog Attitude of your own.

Jan Bond Publisher

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“Whether scruffy or chic, let’s face it, dogs are just adorable.”

from the


I Would Just Like to Thank...


hen I began researching this issue’s Dogs in History article, I had no more idea than many of you that Rin Tin Tin was greater than a smart German Shepherd Dog, in a 50s’ television series. I became fascinated with the story and realized we would need permission to report the facts. So began my correspondence with Miss Daphne Hereford, the contemporary perpetuator of the century-old bloodline and holder of all Rin Tin Tin copyrights. We are very grateful to Miss Hereford and Rin Tin Tin Incorporated for allowing us unlimited access to information and for use of photographs from the Rin Tin Tin Museum.

Penny Paine

And talking of museums – the Cornell Museum reported a record attendance of 526 at the opening reception for their summer-long exhibit, sponsored by BocaDog Magazine. “For the Love of Dogs” is an eclectic collection of, yes, dog art by national and local artists. Please visit the museum without your dog but check their ad and the Barking News calendar for dog-friendly events. I have to thank one of our long-time subscribers, Claudia Rubio, for suggesting we feature an article about Flyball. Vicki Noonan’s account of this high-speed canine sport is enough to stir the most dedicated couch-potatoes. Then Carla Genender’s interview provides an insightful look at Marley & Me author, John Grogan. I also have to thank Jan Bellows, DVM, the veterinary dentist and his patient Hammer – and his mom Lisa Holland of Fins, Furs and Feathers. While I’m at it – thanks to all of you for reading us too. WOOF.

Penny Paine Managing Editor

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woofs &

growls to the editor

Dear BocaDog Magazine, I enjoy reading BocaDog Magazine and have to comment on the Bufo Toad article (June/July 2007). I’m a veterinarian with many years experience in treating dogs that have been poisoned by toads. I am most concerned that the article suggested wiping away the toxic substance from a dog’s gums, when the most efficient and potentially life saving action is to flush out the dog’s mouth. Acute poisoning can result in death in as little as 15 minutes and the smaller the dog, the more susceptible they are to the toxin. I recommend the following action: Bernie is ready for the ball

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Don’t panic. Immediately flush toxins from the dog’s gums using a garden hose. It is important care is taken not to choke the dog, so make sure that the water flow is directed down and away from the dog’s throat and back of the mouth. Continue cleaning the dog’s mouth until symptoms subside. Take the dog to a veterinarian without delay.

If any of your readers would like more information or advice about the treatment of Bufo Toad poisoning, please contact me at 954.538.9938. Mary Schooley, DVM, Sunset Lakes Animal Clinic, Miramar, FL Editor’s note: We appreciate readers comments and it helps us all when we can share informative feedback from professionals. Thank you Dr. Schooley. Kodi and I loved the last issue we received. We especially enjoyed the article about the Bufo Toads. It is so important to get that information out there. Claudia, Fort Lauderdale, FL Your magazine is absolutely wonderful. We welcome your letters. Please send them to or mail to P.O. Box 812485 Boca Raton, FL 33431 6 – AU G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 7

Pam, Boca Raton, FL Aromatherapy for dogs (June/July 2007)? I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Thank you for providing so much interesting and fun information. Jeni, St. Francois, MO

ROVER Reporter ABROAD IN ISRAEL Subscriber Karla Garcia completed a Rover Reporter assignment on her recent trip to Israel. Garcia traveled the country visiting the cities of Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Jerusalem and Nahariya, among many others. “People in Israel LOVE their dogs,” reported Garcia. “I saw dogs of all sizes, shapes and breeds. What impressed me the most is the number of adopted mixed breeds. I saw dogs walking on leashes or jogging with their owners, walking by the beach and playing in doggie parks. I didn’t see any stray dogs in the cities that I visited.”

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Karla Garcia in Haifa, Israel

Garcia took the time to visit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Haifa, where she spoke with the shelter director. “He said they operate much the same as in America, through a volunteer workforce. The city of Haifa provides a nominal amount of money to help maintain the shelter. Other funding is gained through private donations. The Haifa SPCA has a community outreach program that includes educational sessions at local schools. Their dogs look healthy and are playful. I learned that they have an 80% turn around of adoptions a month. That’s amazing!” Garcia concluded.

Buddy and dad at a Marlins game

We love global pictures of people with their dogs, their bandanas and BocaDog Magazine.

Moony, Oliver and Lolita

Selania Andino and Hazel Castro

SATURDAY IN THE PARK Central Park, New York City Selania Andino and Hazel Castro moved back to Manhattan, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in February. They still enjoy reading BocaDog Magazine and are pictured here enjoying a spring morning in Central Park with their Cockapoos Lolita, Moony and Oliver.

Send us more photographs of you, your dogs and your BocaDog Attitude; at national and international monuments, and in far-away, famous, places. Email your photojournals to: or snail mail to: The Rover Reporter BocaDog Magazine P.O. Box 812485 Boca Raton, FL 33431

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WANTED Forever Homes

Daisy is 11 years old and was abandoned by her family. She needs a loving home to live out her Golden Years. Daisy does need to lose a little weight and have regular exercise. Contact Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Florida, Inc., at 954.434.4970.


Meet Popsicle, a threemonth-old spayed female Papillion mix – a petite girl with a lot of love to give. If you’re looking for a lovable lap warmer; she’s your girl. Contact the Humane Society of Greater Miami/AdoptA-Pet at 305.696.0800.


DAISY Pepper is two years old and loves to play soccer. He is good with older children. If you are looking for an intense Border Collie with a drive to work, Pepper is the one for you. Contact Southeast Border Collie Rescue, Inc., at 386.479.3178.


Winston is almost two years old and is well mannered for his age. He loves to play tag and ball. Contact Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Florida, Inc., at 954.434.4970.

Midnight is a two-year-old spayed female smooth coated Retriever mix. She can’t understand why she’s been waiting for two years to be adopted. She is housebroken, obedient with good leash walking skills and is an affectionate loyal friend. She will need regular grooming to look her best and would prefer to live with older children who won’t tease. Contact The Humane Society of Greater Miami/Adopt-A-Pet at 305.696.0800.



High energy Cookie is a sweet, one-year-old girl looking for her forever home but not one with children. Cookie can’t wait to please. Contact Southeast Border Collie Rescue, Inc., at 386.479.3178.

BocaDog Magazine asks that you take a good look at these animals in need of loving homes. If you cannot adopt or foster, please share these stories with anyone you know that might be able to help. We also remind you that any of the rescues featured in the magazine would welcome donations and the help of volunteers and fostering.

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“Hey, Mimi, what’s with the wings – it’s not Halloween yet?” “Ah, mes amis, why wait ‘til Halloween – when I hear Flyball is an all year sport.”

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Dr. Paul H. Jaffe

Skin - the body’s largest organ. A wonderful thing when it is healthy. It guards against injury, disease and ultraviolet light and keeps the internal body parts from becoming external body parts.


kin diseases account for almost 25% of the cases seen by small animal veterinarians. The skin is constantly under attack from foreign objects – licking tongues, nibbling teeth, scratching feet and external parasites – as well as from internal infections and autoimmune deficiencies. Allergies are also very common. The most widespread causes of skin conditions in dogs include: • • • • • •

Parasitic skin diseases Hormonal skin diseases Bacterial/yeast skin infections Fungal skin infections Allergic skin diseases Immune-mediated skin diseases

Parasitic skin diseases include pests such as fleas, ticks, mange, lice and ear mites. Many of these parasites can easily be picked up from the environment or from other dogs. Some are even transmitted to people. One particular type of mange, called Demodectic mange is often a sign of underlying internal disease or a hereditary problem. This type of mange can be managed; however, it remains with the animal for life. Proper diagnosis by seeing either the parasite or from skin scrapings will direct your veterinarian to appropriate treatment. Hormonal skin diseases are often difficult to diagnose. Excessive or deficient hormone levels from the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, pituitary glands, testicles and ovaries can all result in changes in the skin and hair coat. Hormonal skin diseases in dogs can be much more serious than just a “skin problem.” Proper diagnosis of these conditions is essential to not only resolving your pet’s skin condition but to ensure the pet remains healthy. Some of these conditions include hypothyroidism, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease) and hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease). Bacterial infections also referred to as pyoderma, can affect any area of the body. Bacteria do not usually cause disease on normal skin but along with other underlying conditions, skin changes can surface, making it susceptible to infection. Since pyoderma is usually secondary to an underlying problem, it is often important to diagnose and treat the primary problem while treating the pyoderma. Most bacterial skin infections result in itchiness. It is this itchiness that leads to secondary trauma of the skin from licking, chewing and scratching. A “hot spot” is an isolated area of skin that is so itchy that a dog chews and scratches extensively, resulting in a severely infected wound. Yeast organisms can also infect the skin, especially in the areas that are dark and damp such as the axilla – the equivalent of the human armpit – ears, groin and between the pads of the feet. Yeast organisms are typically found on healthy skin but an underlying condition may alter its integrity. Then yeast organisms can invade the skin resulting in an odor and itchiness. Determining the underlying cause is just as important as treating the condition to reduce the likelihood of recurrence.

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Fungal skin infections, also referred to as Ringworm, are caused primarily by two species of fungi. The head and legs are most commonly affected although the disease may spread over other parts of the dog’s body if not treated. A fungal culture is used to diagnose this condition. Ringworm is highly contagious to humans, particularly to children, as well as other household pets. Treatment can be as long as two to three months and infected animals should be kept separate from other pets and children until the infection is cured. Allergic skin diseases, or allergies, are very common. Many of the previously discussed skin conditions are caused by underlying allergies which affect the overall health of the dog’s normal skin. An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction to allergy-causing substances known as allergens. Dogs can develop allergies at any age and the signs can appear suddenly. Usually dogs that have allergies have more than one type. A thorough history is important to determine the likelihood of allergies when your dog has a chronic skin condition or recurring skin problems. Unfortunately, there is no cure for allergies and it is usually a life-long problem. The goal is to control the allergies and improve the quality of life of your pet. A good management program is essential and your veterinarian can help with this. Allergies tend to be separated into four categories: Insect bite allergies are fairly common. The most common allergy dogs develop is to flea saliva. A single flea bite can trigger intense itching, resulting in the dog causing secondary damage to their skin. Proper parasite control is essential to reduce the risk of this type of allergy.

Contact allergies are usually due to things our dogs come in contact with such as carpets, soaps, flea collars, shampoos, etc. Any time you put something on your dog there is a chance of an allergic reaction. Atopy, or allergic inhalant dermatitis, is an allergy or are allergies caused by environmental challenges. Atopy can develop in response to inhaled particles such as house dust, molds and pollens. A specific diagnosis of atopy is based upon the results of intradermal skin testing and/or blood testing. Many medications can affect these tests and, therefore, it is important that your veterinarian knows all the medications your pet has taken prior to running any tests. Food allergies result when pets develop specific hypersensitivities to components of their diet. The allergen usually is a major protein or carbohydrate ingredient such as beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy. Food allergies affect the pet’s entire skin health and can therefore result in chronic skin problems and chronic itchiness. Ten percent of dogs with atopy also have food allergies, while 80% of dogs with food allergies also have atopy. The only accurate method to diagnose a food allergy is by performing a food trial. A food trial involves feeding a specially designed hypoallergenic diet for eight to 12 weeks. No other food stuffs can be given to the dog during this time; including flavored chew toys, treats, snacks or oral heartworm preventative. Even the smallest morsel of another food will contaminate the trial and not provide accurate results. While on a food trial your pet may need to be treated for other underlying skin conditions, such as infections or generalized itch, to prevent further problems. Although a food trial is time consuming, it is usually the most productive in finding the underlying cause of your pet’s skin problems.

Immune-mediated skin diseases occur when the body’s own immune system attacks the layers of the skin. These include the blistering diseases of the pemphigus complex. Different types of pemphigus involve different areas of the skin. A full-thickness skin biopsy and histopathology is necessary to diagnose immune-mediated skin conditions. This is the most severe of all the skin conditions. Treating skin conditions effectively requires identifying the underlying cause to be able to start the appropriate therapy. Just treating the itch instead of the underlying cause is only applying a “band-aid” to the problem. In the past, steroids were commonly used to stop itching; however, the long-term detrimental effects of this type of treatment have shown this method as hazardous to a pet’s health. During treatment, it is important to remain in contact with your veterinarian and keep all scheduled follow-up visits. Treatment failure is usually the result of not following directions or from stopping treatment too soon. Skin conditions can be the most aggravating to deal with, especially if allergies are involved, but the long term benefits to your pet’s quality of life make it well worth the effort.

Paul H. Jaffe, DVM Past President Palm Beach County Veterinary Society, Inc. Jaffe Animal Clinic 950 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton 561.395.4030

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MOVIE Review

UNDERDOG Walt Disney Pictures in association with Spyglass Entertainment are bringing Underdog to the silver screen in an all new live-action, re-imagination of the classic cartoon. BocaDog Magazine recently remembered Underdog in “Dogs in History: The history of canine cartoons (December/January 2007).” Now the superhero canine with a gift for rhyme returns, flying in to theatres “to save the day” on August 3rd.



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After an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage), an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with unimaginable powers and the ability to speak. Armed with a fetching superhero costume, Underdog (voiced by comedian Jason Lee) vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City and, in particular, one beautiful spaniel named Polly Purebread (voiced by Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams). When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad (Patrick Warburton) threatens to destroy Capitol City only Underdog can save the day. Underdog also stars Jim Belushi, Alex Neuberger, Taylor Momsen, John Slattery and Brad Garrett.

The main dog playing Underdog is Leo, an abandoned Beagle rescued by Beagle Buddies in Orange County, California. Leo is a “Lemon” Beagle, a rare color variation of the breed with a light yellow coat, not unlike the original, yellow-tinged cartoon character. Animal Coordinator, Boone Narr, discovered Leo loved flying in the special apparatus designed just for him. Of course, it wouldn’t be Underdog without Polly Purebread, played by Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The underworld boss Riff Raff is portrayed by three Rottweilers who went straight from city shelters to this major movie role. In total, some 10 trainers and 25 dogs were involved in the making of the movie. American Humane was on the set every day overseeing all the animal action and making sure both human and canines were safe. Says Jone Bouman of American Humane: “Underdog is about a hero dog who positively affects a family and that’s a message we think is outstanding and the film got all of our support.”

“There’s no need to fear. Underdog is here!”

Director: Frederik Du Chau Screenplay By: Adam Rifkin and Joe Piscatella & Craig A. Williams Story By: Joe Piscatella & Craig A. Williams and Adam Rifkin Based on the Television series: “Underdog” Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Jay Polstein, Jonathan Glickman Executive Producers: Eric Ellenbogen, Bob Higgins, Todd Arnow Boc a D og Magazine – 17


Bernie Sage and Coffee

Bowzer Ammy and Zena

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Andy, Felicia and Peanut

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BocaDog Magazine’s Second Annual

Enter your pooch for a chance to win a Celebrity Spotlight in BocaDog Magazine and help rescued dogs.

All proceeds will benefit Hailie’s Angel’s – a non-profit, 501(c)(3) pending organization assisting homeless pets in need of specialized medical care Enter by mailing your dog’s photo, their story and entry fee of $25.00 (payable to BocaDog Magazine) by September 30, 2007 to:

Celebrity Spotlight Contest P.O. Box 812485 Boca Raton, FL 33431

The winner will receive: • A professional photo shoot • Feature story in the December issue • A color print of your dog on a representation of the cover of BocaDog Magazine

Hailie’s Angels “We cannot change the world but we will make a difference ...” Our mission is to provide funds for the specialized medical treatment of animals that have no apparent ownership; to promote pet adoption and advance responsible pet ownership. Contact Hailie’s Angels at 561.789.9669 or write to 19215 Skyridge Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33498 to find out how you can help. Note: If you would like your materials returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. One entry per dog please.

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DOGS in History

to learn more about the German Shepherd Dog breed. At the end of the war, Duncan and his pups traveled to Los Angeles, California but, sadly, Nanette was to succumb to distemper before reaching home. Knowing of Duncan’s love of the breed, Mrs. Wanner – a premier GermanShepherd breeder of the time – sent him one of her finest female puppies to take the place of Nanette. So began Duncan’s mission to define Rin Tin Tin and the German Shepherd breed as the most intelligent, able and dedicated working dog.

Rin Tin Tin VIII at the park

Rin Tin Tin – The Legacy by Penny Paine


in Tin Tin is perhaps most fondly remembered as the highly intelligent, German Shepherd Dog star of the television series, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, first aired on ABC from 1954 to 1959. In fact, Rin Tin Tin is an 108-year-old canine lineage; a historic bloodline dating back to World War I. The Rin Tin Tin legacy would not exist, were it not for the passion and dedication of Corporal Lee Duncan; and Duncan’s insistence on his battalion checking out a bombed war dog kennel in Lorraine, France on September 15, 1918. The two, five-day-old puppies rescued by Duncan, were named after tiny French puppets that children gave to the American soldiers for good luck. The brother and sister progeny of Betty des Flandres and Fritz de la Chasse Royale, were named Rin Tin Tin and Nannette. Duncan was enamored by the performance of the German war dogs and their feats became the model for Rin Tin Tin’s and Nanette’s training. Duncan went so far as visiting the imprisoned German kennel master, 2 4 – AU G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 7

Rin Tin Tin’s magnificent 11 foot, 9 inch leap

Rin Tin Tin’s abilities proceeded to awe people and, at a dog show in 1922, it was his 11 foot 9 inch jump that initiated his new career. After seeing the show, Charles Jones asked to capture Rin Tin Tin on his camera that took moving pictures – and pay $350 for the privilege – prompting Duncan to launch his protégé in the movies. Duncan’s persistence in promoting Rin Tin Tin was a success. Rin Tin Tin made 26 pictures for Warner Brothers and was one of Hollywood’s top stars, receiving some 10,000 fan mail

granddaughter, Daphne Hereford, inherited the legacy in 1988.

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letters a week. Duncan, the studio and Rin Tin Tin’s fans were devastated by his sudden death on August 10, 1932. By then, Rin Tin Tin had sired several litters and Duncan had named one of the puppies Junior. Although not the image of his father, Junior was a good dog and Duncan was persuaded to take a tour, in 1933, promoting him as the son of Rin Tin Tin. Junior was to be the first dog to take a commercial air flight and would go on to win the hearts of fans across America and abroad. At the onset of World War II, Rin Tin Tin III and his master became head trainers at Camp Hahn, California – the training camp for military dogs initiated by Duncan. Rin Tin Tin III was an enlisted soldier, with his number tattooed on his leg, and trained 5,000 dogs and handlers. After the war, dogs were re-trained, or untrained, so they may be returned to the families who had donated them for the war effort. Duncan concentrated on the development, progress and betterment of the German Shepherd

breed as a whole. He was listed as breeder of Champion Tasso of Villa Marina, Register of Merit, the grandson of International Champion Grand Victor Odin von Buescher Schloss, FH (herding) and the 1936 SV (German) Champion. Odin was the grandsire of the dog registered as Rin Tin Tin II by Duncan. It was Rin Tin Tin II and his son Rin Tin Tin IV that appeared in the television series of the 50s. Only one of the many individuals interested in continuing the Rin Tin Tin lineage was chosen by Duncan to be responsible for continuing his heritage. For her dedication to perpetuating the legacy, Jannettia Brodsgaard Propps, of Bodyguard Kennels in Houston, Texas, received her first son of Rin Tin Tin IV in 1957. Propps was to receive four more dogs and Duncan’s endorsement before Duncan died on September 20, 1960. Rin Tin Tin V, nicknamed “Rinty” at Propps’ kennels, began the preservation of the heritage of primarily intelligence, secondly a sound working structure and, overall, the dog’s ability. Propps’

Hereford had lived with her grandmother since 1955 and had quickly acquired Propps’ dedication to the Rin Tin Tin lineage; learning not only the qualities of the bloodline but all aspects of breeding and showing dogs. Hereford’s faithful adherence to Duncan’s definition of his beloved German Shepherd Dogs has ensured the Rin Tin Tin family tree continues into the 21st century. The ancestry and pedigree of Rin Tin Tin X and his father and forebears, is traced back through Junior and Rin Tin Tin III, to their father, the original Rin Tin Tin. Hereford confirms, “Now, more than 50 years later, I have served the lineage longer than either Duncan or my grandmother. I have a working knowledge of the bloodline that will continue to produce dogs both would be proud of, as they are a true tribute to their namesake and identical in every way. There will always be a Rin Tin Tin!”

Many thanks to Rin Tin Tin Incorporated for providing access to the facts. Rin Tin Tin is a registered Trademark(s) of Miss Daphne Hereford, P.O. Box 27, Crockett, Texas 75835. © 1998-2007 Miss Daphne Hereford All rights reserved. For complete information about the Rin Tin Tin legacy visit Photography courtesy of The Rin Tin Tin Museum. Boc a D og Magazine – 25

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lthough the end of summer everywhere can be stormy, in South Florida it is the worst. I can almost guarantee that everyday at four o’clock it is going to rain. That doesn’t stop me from going outside though, especially after my mom found my sleek, reversible East Side Collection Rain & Shine Coat from DoggieVogue. The raincoat is pink, accented with a black collar and belt with pink flowers and white polka dots – my own doggy version of my mom’s trench coat. Once the rainy season clears and the nights get a little cooler, all I need to do is turn my raincoat inside out and voila! – I now have a fall coat. The black jacket with pink flowers and white polka dots is cinched with a light pink belt, making me the prettiest pup out for an evening walk.

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Hey Rover – Rollover Jackie Powell, Volunteer Trainer with Doberman Rescue League, Inc.

Don’t forget to put FUN in your training. Teach your dogs some tricks. They give young dogs an outlet for their energy and they keep old dogs young and, at any age, give the mental stimulation they need. While performing, the dog also receives lots of praise, approval and attention – not to mention treats. A simple trick to teach your dog is “rollover.” To teach “rollover,” choose a soft surface for the dog like a carpet or a towel, to make it more comfortable for your dog to learn. Then get those tasty treats out for reinforcement.


Begin by instructing your dog to lie down on the soft surface. Take a treat in your hand and hold it by the dog’s nose. Keeping your hand low so the dog is not tempted to get up, move your treat hand to the side by the dog’s shoulder. This usually causes the dog to roll to one side as he follows the treat. Now give the dog the treat and praise him. Repeat this several times so that the dog will roll to his side to get the treat.


The next step is to keep the treat in your hand and move it over the dog as he is nibbling at it, to cause him to roll on to his back following the treat. Begin saying “rollover,” to give the action a name as the dog is rolling. Continue to move your treat hand over the dog until he eventually rolls over completely. Be patient. Some dogs need a little help in the beginning, so reinforce his attempt with lots of praise. Treat the dog when he rolls over completely. Eventually your dog is rolling over easily and you can start to phase out using the treat as a lure. Finally, only treat the completed act of rolling over.


Practice “rollover” in short sessions of less than five minutes, several times a day and practice in different places with different distractions. Your dog learns by your verbal cue, “rollover,” and the circular motion that you made with your treat hand will soon become the hand signal for “rollover.” Tricks are great. Everyone will say:

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Florida’s fastest growing K-9 Dog Sport

by Vicki Noonan


t’s nose-to-nose competition and they are safe so far. However, they have three more teammates that have to do the same thing. If they run clean, with no mistakes, they finish first. They win. Whew, it is such a rush for the dogs as well as the handlers. Flyball is energetic, very noisy and very fast – a high-speed K-9 sport – where it is not the ball that flies but the dogs. Two teams, comprised of four dogs on each team race in a relay, compete 51 feet jumping over hurdles to retrieve a ball from a spring-loaded box. After releasing and catching the ball, the dog launches itself from the box – to race back another 51 feet, over the hurdles to get to his handler so the next teammate can run. All the time the dog can hear the crowd of handlers and supporters offering encouraging shouts and applause. Keep in mind that the overall course is completed by four dogs in approximately 20 seconds – less than 18 seconds for a 1st Division Team. Currently, Rocket Re-

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lay, of Ontario, Canada holds the record at an amazing 15.4 seconds that’s less than 4 seconds per dog. The sport originated in southern California in the late 1960s, when a group of trainers created scent discrimination hurdle racing and added throwing a ball to the dog as an incentive. Herbert Wagner is credited with developing the first flyball box that allowed the dog to launch the ball. It was his Flyball demonstration, back in 1970, on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show that attracted public interest. In 1984 the North American Flyball Association (NAFA) was formed and a year later produced the first rulebook. I began Flyball in 1999, with my Border Collies, Scotty and Cagny, as they both needed a job and I needed my sanity. We ran and trained with Stacey Santerone’s Wave Runners Flyball Racing Team for a little over a year. I started training Flyball in 2001, when a group of us went on to expand the

teams and further promote the sport of Flyball in South Florida. That was the beginning of Storm Warning Flyball Club and the Storm Warning Flyball Racing Team, which was to become the Storm Riders Flyball Racing Team. As the sport grew, each group divided one more time in 2002, to make two more teams – Too Hot To Handle and Raiders of the Lost Bark. This move created four new Flyball racing teams in Miami, Davie and Fort Lauderdale. In the process of promoting Flyball, I met and worked with Cherise Williams of Broward County Parks. We have put together many Flyball demonstrations in the parks and held the first Flyball tournament in Markham Park. This is now a yearly event along with Frisbee and pet adoptions. It is wonderful that any breed and mixed-breed dog can and will excel playing Flyball. The worldwide Flyball community is a family oriented group

comprised of teams of all different age groups. For example, my granddaughter Sarah is 10 years old and has just received her junior handler’s pin. Sarah worked her way up by attending practices and helping with small things like ballshagging – picking up tennis balls as they get tossed back during a tournament. Now she runs my dog, Cagny. Sarah has learned how

her dog, Rosie, from her wheelchair. Storm Riders had their best tournament ever. We were in Division 3 of five divisions. We placed second on Saturday and on Sunday we placed first, achieving our best time of 21.1 seconds. A great result, especially since we were running what we call a brand new, “green” dog. It

Vicki Noonan is President of the Storm Warning Flyball Club and owner of the Storm Riders Flyball Racing Team. For more information about Flyball, visit For more information about the North American Flyball Association (NAFA), visit

Box Sequence Featuring Deuce Courtesy of Swift Bennett Photography

to hold on to Cagny, so she will not race down the lane before her time and hurt or be hurt by another dog. Young people are welcome to join us, as long as they keep their grades up, take responsibility for their dog and respect their team members. If a team member needs help we are there for them. This time last year Diane Fuller was in a car accident on the way to a Flyball tournament and had to be airlifted to the nearest hospital. It is reported that Fuller’s dogs survived the crash because they were secured in their crates. Her team, Express Delivery from Tampa, withdrew from the tournament to be at the side of Fuller and her dogs, as we wished for a safe recovery. Fuller continues her rehabilitation in a wheelchair, so the Flyball training facility and our teams worked out a way we could all race together at a recent tournament. At the Summer Beach Party, held by the FAX Flyball Team in Lakeland, Florida, it brought everyone to tears watching her run

was awesome. Storm Riders Flyball Team, sponsored by Storm Warning Flyball Club, is a not-for-profit club, which means it’s not a business. We are able to provide free lessons to the public due to the generosity of the City of Plantation, Florida, and the use of their training area at Happy Tails Dog Park. We train every Sunday morning, rain or shine. We are here for the love of dogs and teaching people that their dogs need a job and how to work with Deuce takes a break them – besides the fact that we love this K-9 sport. I can honestly say I am addicted to Flyball and will train and play the game with my dogs and all dogs until I can’t do it anymore. Happy Flying.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Inkwood’s Took a Second Look, call name Deuce, is Storm Riders “height dog,” the smallest on the team - meaning the team dogs jump nineinch hurdles. Deuce is owned by Val Torres and holds three titles; CGC (Canine Good Citizen), FM (Flyball Master, 7052 points - NAFA league) and TF-III (Top Flier 3 - U-FLI League). Boc a D og Magazine – 33

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Finally, dogs can get the ‘scoop’ on their most compelling questions.

Wet Dog Dear Hogan, My mom and especially her kids seem to get worked into a lather about my “stink” every time I get wet. “Ewww! Wet dog smell,” the kids yell. She usually shouts at me to jump off the couch or go back outside. What’s the deal? By the way, I have noticed I do smell a little more, um, “ripe” when I get wet. Is there something I can do to help out my family? Signed: Molly, Sausalito, CA Dear Molly, Dogs do have a peculiar odor to many humans. Of course to us, how things smell is the essence of how we learn about the world. We never use deodorant but most humans do every day. But they really don’t understand smells that well. Their sense of “strong” pales compared to ours. If only they could imagine smelling everything in a two-block radius all the time. That’s what we get every time we sniff. So I would tell your mom to take it easy. However, there are times when a dog’s odor is indicative of something wrong and you should have your mom talk to a vet about you if it is something strange. But if it is just “dog” smell after getting wet, humans can try a quick rub down with a towel. That helps a lot. They can also lather you up for baths more often but not

more than once a week for any dog. Bathing even less for some breeds or specific dogs that may be more sensitive may be best. Many vets recommend once a month.

The Future is Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

Dear Hogan, The other day my mom strapped dark goggles on my head. It seemed to make her happy but I was rather Harness vs. Collar annoyed and scratched at them so hard, my mom had to take them off Dear Hogan, There’s this dog at the doggie park again. I’ve seen other dogs, much that wears straps that go around smaller than me, wearing them. I his shoulders and down to his chest. thought it was because they had little When his owner brings him in, the bug-eyes that needed protecting. I’m leash is clipped to the top of the strap a Golden Retriever. Why do dogs instead of to his collar, like my human need goggles? Should I give in and does with me.What’s the matter with wear them too? Signed: Blondie, Ashville, NC him? Is his neck hurt or something? Signed: Colin, the Collie, Clearwater, FL Dear Blondie, Well, most importantly, goggles are Dear Colin, Many dogs and their owners decide cool. Humans have worn sunglasses for years and seem to think they add to use different types of collars when an aura of mystery and allure. Whatwalking on a leash. Some smaller dogs ever. They are kind of cool, though. have a problem with what is called a Many dogs actually have specific eye “collapsing trachea.” If these dogs are problems for which goggles can prowalked on a leash with just a regu- vide relief. Goggles help shade the lar collar and they tend to pull, they eyes from strong light and also procould choke. Lots of dogs pull when vide protection from foreign objects. they are walked and the harness-type Think of your goggles as another accollars are a good idea for those dogs. cessory, like a bandana around your Constantly pulling on a collar round neck. Be sure to tell your mom to your neck can cause severe damage be careful – if you are scratching and to your airway and throat. If you think pawing at the goggles, you may actuthis might be a problem for you or ally hurt your eyes with your paws. a friend, have your human talk to a Maybe your mom could work on vet about it. training you to wear them. Treats and reward are great tools for getting us dogs to do what humans want. My editor regularly rewards me for each answer I finish.

He’s a GREAT Dane so you can ask Hogan anything. E-mail: or write to: Hogan, BocaDog Magazine. P.O. Box 812485, Boca Raton, FL 33431 Boc a D og Magazine – 35

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Author of the #1 best-seller Marley & Me, Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by Carla Genender One of Grogan’s dreams was to write a novel but he couldn’t seem to find the right topic; that is, until shortly before Marley died when he began to think that maybe Marley’s story was the story he was meant to tell. Two weeks after the farewell column appeared he took the leap of faith and followed his dream writing Marley & Me as a labor of love. The first week it was #10 on the best seller list. After three months it was #1, where it stayed for 23 weeks. In the title of the book, you describe Marley as the “World’s Worst Dog.” What are some of the worst things Marley did? What didn’t he do might be a better question. Marley slammed into our lives like a hurricane. He was expelled from obedience school after the second lesson when he dragged the instructor across the lot while she shrieked at him to heel.

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Grogan was a columnist for the South John Florida Sun-Sentinel for more than a decade. He left in 1999 to move to Pennsylvania where he became the editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening Magazine. After three years he returned to newspaper journalism as a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. During his years with the Sun-Sentinel and the Philadelphia Inquirer, Grogan wrote a number of hilarious columns about his dog Marley, a rambunctious Labrador Retriever. These columns consistently evoked more reader responses than most other topics. When Marley died, Grogan wrote a touching farewell to Marley in his column, for the first time giving readers a glimpse of Marley’s good side. The response was overwhelming; Grogan received more than 800 voice mail messages and e-mails.

Marley’s tail cracked window panes and cleared table surfaces. He devoured everything: shoes, eyeglasses, insulation, wiring, mattresses, parts of doors, chunks of flooring and walls, cones out of new stereo speakers, my wife’s pregnancy test strip and so forth. Once he swallowed an 18-karat gold necklace I had given my wife. I followed him around for days with a big shovel and eventually was able to retrieve it. Another time I had to pry my paycheck from the roof of his mouth. Your farewell column was devoted to Marley’s good side. What are some of the best things Marley did? Marley lived with optimism and exhilaration. He never met a living thing he didn’t like. I never heard him growl or saw him bare his teeth. He had a soul that was pure and good that made it all worthwhile. Marley showed us what mattered and what didn’t. Marley didn’t care what kind of car we drove, what zip code we lived in, what race people were, what social class they came from, how they dressed. He taught us so much about life and commitment and unconditional love, about accepting people – flaws and all – about empathy, about caring and responsibility, about getting older and, ultimately, about death.

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If you had it to do all over again, what would you do differently with Marley? I would crate him from the beginning. A lot of his behavior came from separation issues; when we weren’t home he would get into trouble. He was also afraid of thunder and living in Florida there is a lot of thunder. Thunder, when he was home alone, was when the worst happened. If he had been crated when he was left alone or when there was thunder, there would have been fewer problems. We didn’t try crating him until he was three years old and by then it was too late. Is that the advice you give others who have a Marley-type dog? Absolutely; a crate is a necessity for this type of dog. I would also tell them to recognize the good side of their dogs, not to let the bad side keep them from seeing the good. Actually, I have donated copies of Marley & Me to a number of shelters. At these shelters, when someone comes in ready to give up a dog with behavior problems, they lend them a copy and ask them to read it before making a final decision. Many of them return the book and keep the dog. The book is very sad when you describe Marley’s decline and then his death. Why did you go into so much detail? As I said before, one of the things Marley taught us was about death. Actually, a dog’s life cycle is very much like a human’s, except it is so much more compacted. Watching Marley deal with the aging process with dignity, yet keeping the sense of mischief that made him uniquely Marley was also a lesson. What’s the most important message you wanted to communicate in Marley & Me? The book is about commitment, to marriage and to family. Marley taught us this. He taught us the value of unconditional acceptance, not just with dogs but with the people you love. Accept them for who they are and don’t try to change them into some idealized version that you would like them to be. He taught us to be patient and not to give up on those you love. You now have two children’s books based on Marley & Me. Why did you write them? Marley, a Dog Like No Other is for children from eight- to 12-years of age. I was surprised and 3 8 – AU G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 7

delighted when kids came up to me at book signings and told me how much they liked Marley & Me. But I was somewhat concerned because I feel that some of the content is too adult for them, like the chapters on my wife’s miscarriage and our efforts to get pregnant again. So Marley, a Dog Like No Other is an age-appropriate version with simplified language and minus the adult content. Bad Dog Marley is an illustrated book for three- to seven-year-olds. It’s a fictional story about a bad dog who can do no right. Both teach the same lessons of being loved and accepted for who you are, about not having to be perfect and about redemption when you do something wrong. Is it true that Marley & Me is being made into a movie? If so, what is your role? The film rights were purchased by Fox 2000 Pictures. My role is purely a consultative one. Do you know who will be in the film? Not yet, except for Marley. Six dogs in Florida are currently being trained to play Marley at different ages. I understand you are working on your next book. Is it another dog book? No, it is a memoir of growing up, and of my relationship with my parents. But like Marley & Me, it’s a story about a family, and it’s a chance for me to share part of my soul with readers who can identify with it. Is there anything else you want to tell the readers of this interview? If you have dreams, follow them – don’t listen to naysayers. Take a risk and write a book, record a CD, climb a mountain. Do as Marley did and leap through life with gusto!

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ON COMMAND Siobhan Reilly Mullally Summer Swim Time


ot all dogs take to swimming naturally and some you just can’t keep out of the pool. Whether they don’t like to go in or you can’t keep them out, you can teach dogs to swim and you can teach them when to swim. It is great exercise for all ages, especially the young and the old, because it is easy on the joints and growth plates. In all cases it is important to teach pool safety. Getting Them In Introducing your dog or puppy to the pool should be a pleasant experience. One way to start is to sit on the pool step with your pooch, pet him and give him some treats. Then encourage him to come in a little further. You can do that by tossing a treat into the water a few feet in

front of him or by stepping out a few feet and calling to him enthusiastically. Alternately, if he retrieves toys, you can toss a toy a few feet in front of him. Cheer every effort he makes and remain confident that it will work. This reinforces the behavior you desire. Many dogs need help learning to keep their rear end from sinking. As he tries to swim, if his rear starts to sink, hold it up gently by the tail. Utilize the same fashion as you would hold the seat of a bike for a child who is learning to ride with no training wheels. In no time you’ll find your dog swimming happily on his own. But beware...

In any case, all dogs should be taught how to get out of the pool. To do this, first teach your dog to swim without sinking. Then put him into the pool at different spots and teach him to swim to the steps to get out. Get in your pool and put your head just above the water, in the same position as your dog’s head is while swimming, to see if the steps are obviously visible. If they are not, consider putting a visual marker there, such as a flag or a potted plant, so he can see them. Use treats to reinforce him for finding the steps each time. If your pool does not have steps, consider a pet safety exit ramp available online or at pet stores.

Keeping Them Out Some dogs just won’t stay out of the pool. This can be a problem because every time you let them outside they jump in the pool. In addition to the headache of constantly drying off your dog, there are health complications that can develop such as skin and ear infections. If this is the case with your dog, there is hope. He can be taught not to go into the pool without permission. You could also train him to stay out of the pool entirely, if you prefer. The most feared pool safety issue is drowning. Most often drowning occurs when a dog is knocked into the pool accidentally by another dog while playing. Do not assume they will find the pool steps. If they can’t get out, they may swim in panic but they will eventually tire out, sink and drown. The best way to prevent this is a child pool safety fence.

Also be aware that chlorine can dry your pup’s coat, so a rinse with the hose will help after a dip. Light colored dogs can get sunburned; you can put sunscreen on the top of their nose to prevent it. Water in dogs’ ears can cause infections, so clean and dry the inside of their ears after they’ve been swimming. And last but not least, watch for fatigue. Just like kids, some dogs will swim until they can barely breathe. Have fun this summer and teach Fido to swim.

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ABOUTTOWN Barker “For the Love of Dogs” Opening Night at Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

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Special events during Old School Square’s Dog Days of Summer: July 14 & August 25 - Family Fundays - Saturday, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Featuring “Lessons in Kindness” presented by the Tri County Humane Society July 27 & August 31 - Friday Night Flicks - 8:30 p.m. Dog-themed outdoor movies; free admission. Please, no pets on movie nights. August 16 - Doggie Duds & Fashion Stroll - Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Dogs (and owners) welcome! $5 entry fee benefits 2 dog rescue charities. Theme: “Lookin’ Cool During the Dog Days of Summer.” Prizes in several categories. This event is part of Delray’s Art & Jazz on the Avenue (6-10 p.m.) - free admission. Please call or visit our website for more information. Artist credits: Delaney McDonough (“Max in Red”, oil), Lee Gordon (“Abbey,” photograph), Carol Ann Sherman (“I’m All Ears”, watercolor)


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FEATURE STORY Dog Day at the Dentist by Penny Paine

“Dog’s breath” isn’t inevitable and may be a sign your best friend needs to see the dentist. A regular check of your canine’s canines is as essential to their overall health as it is for humans. Dogs suffer the same oral health problems as humans, from gingivitis to periodontitis to cavities and oral cancer. A toothache for a dog is just as painful as for any human and they have no way of telling us when they are in pain. You might notice facial swelling and your dog might be listless and panting excessively. By then, your pet has a serious abscess, which has been aching for some time. You need to take a trip to your veterinarian as soon as possible. It is important to pay attention to our dogs’ mouths, not the least because they don’t brush their own teeth. Unchecked periodontal disease causes the loss of teeth and can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, causing damage to internal organs. Tumors can develop – malignant or benign. They need to be removed. Most owners don’t know that steak bones and hard toys like nylon bones, cows and horse hooves and even ice cubes can break dogs’ teeth.

Pets Dental Clinic in Weston. Hammer needed extensive treatment including root canal therapy and a crown. Now he can really flash a smile with his shiny combination of titanium, chromium and stainless steelcrowned tooth. Bellows has been a veterinarian for 31 years. In 1986, he attended an educational seminar, and was enthused by the presentation of a veterinary dentist from Vero Beach. Bellows persuaded a human dentist, near his animal clinic, to share his knowledge and so proceeded to learn about dentistry. In 1990, he became one of only four veterinarians certified in veterinarian dentistry in the state of Florida. There are less than 100 worldwide. From the sublime to the celebrity, Bellows’ patients include gorillas at Disneyworld, lions at Lion Country Safari, chimpanzees and tennis star Serena Williams’ dog, Bambi. Bellows teaches other veterinarians interested knowledge and skills in this specialized field. fill the void of animal dentistry education in Bellows’ goal is to improve the oral assessment,

Fractured upper 4th premolar exposing the nerve.

Taking a bite of such an item is how Lisa Holland’s Rhodesian Ridgeback, Hammer, fractured both his back molars – the very important teeth that are used to break up food. Hammer was one unhappy puppy until Holland took him to south Florida’s only full-time veterinarian specializing in pet dentistry, Jan Bellows, DVM, of All 4 4 – AU G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 7

in expanding their His passion is to veterinary schools. treatment and pre-

Root canal therapy performed on the saved part of the tooth.

vention of oral disease in animals. “If your pet’s breath doesn’t smell like roses, their teeth need attention,” he confirms. “Only ten percent of the country’s veterinary practices take intraoral x-rays which are essential to diagnose pet dental problems. There are only a handful of certified veterinary dental hygienists in veterinary medicine, so it is important for pet owners to talk to their veterinarian about cleaning their pets’ teeth. It is the owner’s responsibility to establish a routine of checking their pets’ gums and teeth and keeping them clean. Pet owners need to insist their veterinarian inspects their pets’ mouths at regular checkups or visit a veterinary dentist yearly for an evaluation.”

Bellows confirms an appropriate balanced diet is necessary to support healthy teeth and gums. He opposes the notion that wild animals chew bones without problems, so why not our pets? “Neither humans nor animals should chew on anything harder than their own teeth,” he says. “Kong® toys and Greenies® have now been formulated to bend. Recent published research from Africa reports the leading cause of death in tigers was starvation from broken teeth caused by chewing on bones.” For our pets, as for humans, plaque control is the key. “There is no real substitute for a good brushing,” Bellows says, “as you need friction to clear away plaque. However, some pets do not like this process and, fortunately, there are veterinarian-approved products available to help control plaque and tartar.” He recommends visiting the Vet-

erinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) website,, which lists products research has shown help maintain oral health in dogs and cats. It is a good idea to start brushing a dog’s teeth while they are still puppies but it is possible to get older dogs used to the process. Review the techniques detailed on Bellows’ website under “Brush my Dog’s WHAT?” found at (See box for an abbreviated version.) Regular home checkups and full examinations at the veterinarian, at least twice yearly, are important for good overall health. This will ensure we are caring for one of our dogs’ most important aspects of well being and keeping their smiles pearly white. Our best friends will thank us. Brush my Dog’s WHAT? Most pets accept brushing if they are approached in a gentle manner. It’s easier if you start when they are young but even older pets will accept the process. Start slowly, using a washcloth or piece of gauze to wipe the teeth, front and back, in the same manner you will eventually be using the toothbrush. Do this twice daily for about two weeks and your dog or cat should be familiar with the approach. Then take a pet toothbrush, soak it in warm water and start brushing daily for several days. When your pet accepts this brushing, add toothpaste. Step one: Pick an appropriate pet toothbrush. The ideal dog toothbrush will have a long handle, an angled head to better fit the mouth and extra soft bristles – even more so than a child’s toothbrush. Another option is the finger toothbrush that fits over the tip of your finger. Step two: Select an appropriate pet toothpaste. The best contain enzymes that help control plaque. Try to avoid toothpastes with baking soda, detergents or salt sometimes found in human pastes. Fluoride may be incorporated to help control bacteria. Place the toothpaste between the bristles to allow it to spend the most time next to the teeth.

Metallic crown used to protect the saved tooth.

Step three: Put the brush with toothpaste into your dog’s mouth and begin brushing. The toothbrush bristles should be placed at the gum margin at a 45 degree angle, where the teeth and gums meet. The movement should be in an oval pattern. Gently force the bristle ends into the area around the base of the tooth as well as into the space between the teeth. Complete 10 short back-and-forth motions, then move the brush to a new location. Cover three to four teeth at a time, concentrating your attention on the outside of the upper teeth. In summary, small animal home care should include daily (or at least every other day) brushing, using an enzymatic pet toothpaste. Taking an active role in the care of your dog’s dental needs will help reduce dental disease, bad breath and potential life threatening heart and kidney disease. Everyone wins.

Jan Bellows, D.V.M., Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College All Pets Dental Clinic 17100 Royal Palm Boulevard, Weston, FL 33326 954.349.5800 • Boc a D og Magazine – 45

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There’s more in here than meets the eye

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It’s No BULL, These Dogs Need Your Help


espite their image as tough cookies, English Bulldogs are delicate creatures. They can get too hot and too cold. Breeding has produced as many wrinkles as a Sharpei and a body shape that makes it awkward, if not downright impossible, to access most of its own body parts with its tongue. They need daily attention to their multiple skin folds and creases. Bulldogs slobber and snore loudly. They are also predisposed to Dry Eye, a sight threatening condition. All that said English Bulldogs are one of the most courageous dog breeds and one of the most loyal, gentle and affectionate. The fact that Bulldogs are “cute as buttons” as puppies, leads to people taking on a breed they are not prepared to care for as adult dogs. A sad fact that supports the need for the Buddies Thru Bullies (BTB) not-forprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and their rescue and foster network.

Arthur likes to share

Since 1995, BTB has been saving English Bulldogs from neglect, abuse and abandonment and from families that can no longer care for their pet. BTB cares for their “Bullies” through volunteer families that give their homes, time and commitment to their charges until Mmmm... they can find their special, forever

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, Action Makeover the business opening, Schettino’s bold venture snowballed. It has been featured on The Montel Williams Show and in Time magazine and Camp Canine has now sold its first franchise.

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homes. Some Bulldogs may never be adopted but BTB’s organization still affords them veterinary care and a nurturing environment. BTB has now grown to include national membership and provides education about English Bulldogs through community outreach and those who love, admire and own the breed. English Bulldog owners and ambassadors are a sociable crowd who support BTB through many fundraising activities such as the NONevent of the year, the Zero-K Run. It’s a fun get-together where people are encouraged to sponsor Bulldogs to do absolutely nothing – a special event for these special dogs, at the hottest time of the year. (See Barking News Calendar page 57.) As the BTB brochure states, “The group’s goal is to raise sufficient funds for the purpose of saving 5 2 – AU G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 7

each Bulldog that would otherwise be euthanized.” The funds are needed to maintain the 30 or so dogs that are being fostered at any one time. BTB’s president, Donna Subramanian says, “For each one of us at Buddies Thru Bullies, caring for and nurturing these wonderful dogs is a special calling. We spare no effort or expense to give them the lives they deserve. Giving these dogs a new lease on life is the best feeling in the world. The foster homes, vets and volunteers that make it all happen are the very heart of our foundation.” We met foster-parents Lisa and Conrad Smith, Abby and Arthur and their Bulldog foster-brother, Basil, at Camp Canine, the Doggie Daycare, Country Club and Spa, at the East Boca location. Lisa Schettino, a life-long animal lover and advocate, founded Camp Canine in 2000 because she wanted to be in a business she loved and where her dogs were welcome at work. Within a year and a half of

Schettino is proud of her Camp Counselors’ training in how to keep the dogs content and happy. They use temperament tests and appropriate ways of introducing all dogs to the playful pack environment. Schettino confirms, “People love the concept, including our bus pick up and delivery. We are very happy to help responsible owners that work and now know they can have a dog too.” Schettino was happy to host the makeover. “We believe in giving back to the community and supporting the efforts of rescue groups.” Camp Canine regularly donates to rescues and attends their events. And every Halloween 10 to 15 specially selected dogs are taken in costume, on a field trip in the Camp Canine bus, to entertain handicapped children at Children’s Therapy Services in Coral Springs, Florida. We have never seen two dogs enjoy a bath as much as Abby and Arthur did, in the expert hands of Master Groomer Sandi Pereira. Pereira started his career at 14 years of age, under the tutelage of his uncle. His experience and knowledge of the breed was displayed in the gentle attention he showed to every crease, nook and cranny of the Bulldogs’ many folds of skin. Abby and Arthur were in English Bulldog heaven as Pereira rubbed, scrubbed and massaged the pair. Soon the two pristine pups were ready to take on the camera. Abby and Arthur are brother and sister, nine years old, and have been fostered by the Smiths for nearly a year. They told us the siblings were


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somewhat obese when taken in and were only able to walk to the corner of the block. Now they happily trot out around a block or two, to be continually greeted by the many individuals who find the breed so compelling. Subramanian states, “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our donors and fund raisers. Our organization survives because of the generosity of many. Like the famous line from A Streetcar named Desire, we too ‘depend on the kindness of strangers’.” On an average BTB adopts out five dogs a month to permanent homes. Locating the right families to adopt rescued English Bulldogs, especially two, is not easy. So BTB waits to find that special home so our cover stars, Abby and Arthur, may remain together.

Special Thanks to: BTB Volunteers Christina Soto, Lisa & Conrad Smith Camp Canine 201 SW 1st Avenue Boca Raton, FL 33432 561.392.9099 Lisa Schettino, President Sandi Pereira, Master Groomer Vicky Fiore, Assistant Groomer and all the Camp Counselors at Camp Canine

Roberta Rogell, Little Girl’s ex-foster mom, is happy to report that our June/July cover star has found her forever family. Little Girl now answers to Gretel, in her new home in Wilton Manors, Florida. Dobie-lover Susan Orlosky says Gretel is now proudly guarding a canal and her front fence. And she is letting all approaching humans and trespassing iguanas know “who’s the boss.” Orlosky says Gretel is doing well in her obedience class and, when not working, she thoroughly enjoys her favorite game – chasing bubbles – and sleeping on Orlosky’s bed. Way to go Gretel. Gretel was adopted from:

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Fans Say When. Fans Say Where. Cesar Millan introduces his On Demand Webimars Suntrust Sunday Jazz Brunch First Sunday of every month Leashed dogs welcome 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Riverwalk, Fort Lauderdale 954.828.5363 Single Women in Boca Raton, FL This is an opportunity to meet new women friends in the community. Free membership. group/singlewomeninboca

AUGUST August 3 Yappy Hour at Furballs & Fleabags 5 – 7:00 p.m. Featured product: NUPRO 4056 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 954.354.0297 August 16 Art & Jazz on the Avenue A Downtown Delray Open House 6 - 10:00 p.m. Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach, FL

August 16 “For the Love of Dogs” Doggie Duds & Fashion Stroll 7:00 p.m. To benefit Hailie’s Angels and Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, Inc. South Lawn of Old School Square The Cornell Museum Old School Square 51 N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach, FL 561.243.7922 August 18 2nd Annual Zero K Run To benefit Buddies Thru Bullies Calling all couch-potatoes for The NON-Event of the Year At the Hottest Time of the Year Sponsor Dogs to Stay Still and be Cool Grand Marshalls – Schnap & Associates Deputy Marshalls – Cover stars Abby & Arthur 305.666.8870 Dog Days of Summer 2007 Take your dog to the game and see the Jupiter Hammerheads vs. Daytona 6:05 p.m. (Game dates/times subject to change) Roger Dean Stadium 4751 Main Street, Jupiter, FL To benefit Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League For the Peggy Pass call 561.775.1818 or visit continued on page 58 Boc a D og Magazine – 57

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Mark Your Calendar August 21 The Yappy Hour @ Pampered Pup™ Cocktails for a Cause $10 donation to benefit Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 4550 PGA Boulevard Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561.625.8088 August 25 “For the Love of Dogs” Family Funday 2 – 4:00 p.m. A tour, art activity, refreshments and “Lessons in Kindness”, a one-hour program for children presented by the Tri County Humane Society, Inc. The Cornell Museum, Old School Square 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 561.243.7922 August 31 “For the Love of Dogs” Friday Night Flicks 8:30 p.m. The Cornell Museum, Old School Square 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 561.243.7922 SEPTEMBER

Doggie Duds & Fashion Stroll August 16 “For the Love of Dogs” Doggie Duds & Fashion Stroll 7:00 p.m. South Lawn of Old School Square 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 561.243.7922 OCTOBER October 7 Best Ball Scramble Golf Tournament 6:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start To benefit Abandoned Pet Rescue Many contests and prizes Grand Prize donated by Nike Golf at Jacaranda Golf Club 9200 West Broward Boulevard Plantation, FL Contact Warren Drucker at 954.562.6783 NOVEMBER November 3 The Dog Walk To benefit Hailie’s Angel and the Florida Humane Society 9:00 a.m. Registration • 9:30 a.m. Walk Mizner Bark 751 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 561.789.9669/954.570.7678

September 8 POSH Pups 9:00 a.m. To benefit the Humane Society of Broward County Raffles, vendors and more POSH 110 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 954.763.3553 September 25 The Yappy Hour @ Pampered Pup™ Cocktails for a Cause $10 donation to benefit Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 4550 PGA Boulevard Palm Beach Gardens, FL 561.625.8088 5 8 – AU G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 7

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Pet Friendly Places OUTDOOR RESTAURANTS Boca Raton Bangkok in Boca - 500 Via De Palmas Café Joley – 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Doc’s 3rd Base Bar & Grill - SE 1st St & Mizner Blvd. Courtyard Cafe - 2650 North Military Trail Einstein Bros Bagels - 9795 Glades Rd. Ichiban Japanese Restaurant - 8841 Glades Rd. Jamba Juice - 1400 Glades Rd. Lion and Eagle English Pub - 2401 N Federal Hwy. Boynton Beach Pacific Grill - 1610 S. Federal Hwy. Coconut Grove Senor Frog’s - 3480 Main Hwy. Deerfield Beach Muddy Waters - 2237 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Baja Café Dos - 1310 S. Federal Hwy. Delray Beach Boston’s on the Beach - 40 S. Ocean Blvd. Cabana Delray - 105 E. Atlantic Ave. City Oyster - 213 E. Atlantic Ave. Henry’s Restaurant - 16850 Jog Rd. Starbuck’s - 205 E. Atlantic Ave. Fort Lauderdale Cheeburger Cheeburger - 708 East Las Olas Blvd. China Yung Restaurant - 1201 N. Highway I Einstein Bagel - 3200 N. Federal Hwy. Grill Room on Las Olas - 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. Indigo Restaurant - 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. Japanese Village Steak House - 350 E. Las Olas Blvd. Samba Room - 350 E. Las Olas Blvd. Shizen - 716 E. Las Olas Blvd. Shuck’s on the Water - 2528 N. Federal Hwy. Starbucks - 6781 W. Broward Blvd. Starbucks - 2519 East Sunrise Blvd. Stromboli Pizza - 801 S. University Dr. The Ugly Tuna Saloona - 300 SW 1st Ave. Zona Fresca - 1635 N. Federal Hwy. Hollywood Beverly Hills Cafe - 4000 N 46th Ave. Harrison Street Sushi Jazz - 1902 Harrison St. Nakorn Japanese & Thai Restaurant - 2039 Hollywood Blvd.

Miami Van Dyke’s - 846 Lincoln Rd. Palm Beach Gardens Habitat Cafe - 11682 US Highway 1 Plantation Cort’s Coffeehouse - 801 S. University Dr. First Watch - 6903 West Broward Blvd. Pompano Beach Dandee Donut Factory - 1900 E. Atlantic Blvd. La Veranda - 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd. Panera Bread Company - 2101 N. Federal Hwy. Red Fox Diner - 3640 N. Federal Hwy. Ronnie B’s - 1600 N. Federal Hwy. Starbuck’s - 1800 N. Federal Hwy. Starbuck’s - 423 S. Federal Hwy. West Palm Beach Buddy’s Cafe and Deli - 2431 Beach Ct. Mediterranean - 200 Clematis St. Outback Steakhouse - 871 Village Blvd. Rooney’s Public House - 213 Clematis St. Weston Cheeburger Cheeburger - 1793 Bell Tower Lane Wilton Manors Dairy Queen, 1950 Wilton Dr. BEACHES Canine Beach - East End of Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Jupiter Beach - A1A at Xanadu Rd., Jupiter Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge North Beach Rd., Jupiter Island DOG PARKS Amelia Earhart Park - 401 E. 65th St., Hialeah Pine Tree Park - 4400 Pine Tree Dr., Miami Beach Woodville Dog Park - 500 SW 83rd Ave., N. Lauderdale Bark Park at Snyder Park - 3299 SW 4th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale Poinciana Dog Park - Dixie Hwy. and Plunkett St., Hollywood Happy Tails - 6600 SW 16th St., Plantation Oakland Dog Park - 971 NW 38th St., Oakland Park C.B. Smith Park - 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines Pembroke Pines Dog Park - 9751 Johnson St., Pembroke Pines Barkham at Markham Park - 16001 West St. Rd. 84, Sunrise Coral Springs Dog Park - 123rd Ave., Coral Springs Dr. Paul’s Dog Park - 7460 Wiles Rd., Coral Springs Greenbriar Park - 2975 Greenbriar Blvd., Wellington Mizner Bark - 751 Banyan Trail, Boca Raton Lake Ida Dog Park - 2929 Lake Ida Road, Boynton Beach Boc a D og Magazine – 59

ODDS & TAIL ENDS Did you know? Why Small Dogs are Small: Ancient Genetic Material Soon after humans began domesticating dogs 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, they started breeding small canines. Now, scientists from the University of Utah and seven other institutions have identified a piece of doggy DNA that reduces the activity of a growth gene, ensuring that small breeds stay small. 2007 Newswise. Dog Washing No Longer a Pain in the Neck (and Back) Imagine an eye level dog wash where your pooch goes from dirty, to clean and dry in approximately 12 minutes. And you don’t have to get a bath too. Pet Clin is a coin and bill operated, do-it-yourself pet wash booth that was recently introduced to the United States, following its success in Europe. In easy steps that include an optional flea rinse, your dog is washed and rinsed in warm water and dried.The process is simple and safe, using veterinarian approved shampoo and flea removal products. Look out for a Pet Clin booth coming to a venue near you soon. For more information, and owner/investor opportunities visit One County, 32,000 Dogs and Cats Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services is responsible for enforcing Chapter Five of the Metropolitan Code, as well as Florida Statutes 828, which deals primarily with animal cruelty issues. Each year, the shelter impounds more than 32,000 dogs and cats.The goal at Animal Services is to reunite lost pets with their families or find life-long homes for as many families as possible. To find out more about adopting a pet and adoption hours visit or call 305.884.1101. Picking up Dog Poop Now there need be no more family arguments over whose turn is it to undertake the backbreaking, stinky chore of picking up after your pooch. By hiring a professional dog waste removal service, your yard can be returned to a clean, sweet-smelling haven for playing, parties and barbeques. U Lucky Dog offers many levels of service from one-time to regular attention to your poop problems. Visit for more details. In Lieu of Flowers... Archie, the Old English Sheepdog Rescue mascot, is now a certified therapy dog because of a chance meeting with Lewis Koch. Koch’s daughter, Barbara Keener, saw how happy Archie made her 86-year-old father when they were first introduced. At Keeners’ request, Archie went to visit Koch in rehab, where the dog’s special abilities became obvious. Archie’s new career began. When Koch recently passed away, Keener and her brother wanted to honor their father and his wishes, so Archie proudly attended Koch’s military funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that contributions be made to Old English Sheepdog Rescue, Inc., in acknowledgement of Koch’s request and his affection for Archie. If you would like to contribute to Archie’s rescue organization, call Old English Sheepdog Rescue of Florida, Inc., at 954.434.4970. 6 0 – AU G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 0 7

The Alice Alert Lost Pet Network There is a new network, named for lost Greyhound, Alice, geared to reuniting lost pets with their owners. This is a FREE service, which relies on the collaborative effort of individuals, rescues and shelter organizations, veterinarians and other interested parties who are contacted by people losing pets or those who find animals with no apparent ownership. Dogs and cats are likely to roam a wide area, so the wider the network the greater the chance of reunion for them with their owners. When a pet is lost, their distressed owner may waste precious minutes in panic. The network will know exactly what to do and who to call. Flyers will be printed and distributed without delay. Network members in the neighborhood will be on the lookout for the pet immediately. Anyone finding an animal can review lost pet information and post information about the pet they have found. The success of The Alice Alert will be based upon the size of the network. Don’t wait until your pet goes missing – register today. Pre-load your pets’ pictures and profiles...just in case...we’d love to see them. Be part of the network. Email for more information or visit to register.

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