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GETAWAYS FOR YOU & YOUR DOG KNOXDOGS.COM | LIVING THE DOG-GONE GOOD LIFE IN KNOXVILLE | ISSUE FOUR
WALLY PHOTO: WES HARDIN
CONTENT SUMMER 2011, ISSUE 4
3 What Makes a Community Dog Friendly? 4 Worth Barking About Canine News
6 Calendar of Events 8 KnoxDogs Gallery Happiest Hounds in Town
10 Doing Good Work Saving One Dog at a Time
18 Both Ends of the Leash Helping Fearful Dogs
20 Health & Wellness Veterinary Acupuncture
22 Dog Patch Books | Art | Media
25 Look What We Dug Up Cool Canine Gear
26 Community Resources Businesses | Services | Charities
28 Happy Tails Second Chances for Lucky Dogs
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ON THE COVER: DAKOTA PHOTO: JENNIE HUETTEL
Getaways For You & Your Dog SUMMER 2011 | 1
Living the dog-gone good life in Knoxville WALLY PHOTO: WES HARDIN
When we chose photos
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for this issue, Wally kept turning up as a good fit for multiple spots. He’s a rescued dog—a kind person did good work when she picked him up from the side of a road in Anderson County. Oak Ridge Animal Shelter
gave him a temporary home until he found a new family. Then the intrepid traveler went to South Carolina, where he dug in the sand and ran like the wind. We hesitated about giving Wally so much exposure—would it go to his head? On page four, he looks us straight in the eye as if to say “Relax, you over-think these things.” Wally exudes living in the moment and making the best of what life has to offer, so we used his photo four times to remind ourselves to do the same thing. We have a city full of dogs like Wally and we hope the rest of the country knows it soon (see page 3). If you’re ready for a road trip, you’ll find an assortment of destinations on page 14 that appreciate dogs as much as you do. The other side of the pet‑friendly coin is that there’s a tremendous amount of work to be done in any community that wants to stand and deliver for animals. Turn to page 10 to learn how you can help save one dog at a time. There’s hope for fearful dogs on page 18, where Nelle Wyatt and Julie Albright shed light on a canine behavior issue that challenges many owners. Mili Bass writes about veterinary acupuncture on page 20 and from the looks of her patient, dogs benefit from this ancient medical art as much as people do. Read about Michael Samstag’s first experience at fostering puppies on
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his resolve to fill a gap that’s desperately needed by shelters and rescue groups. We hope your summer is as enjoyable as Wally’s appears to be. Thanks for reading KnoxDogs!
PHOTO: TINAH UTSMAN
WHAT MAKES A COMMUNITY DOG FRIENDLY?
Yappy Hour at Union Jacks
Bark in the Park
PHOTO: TERRI SWAGGERTY
Ask the party hounds in these photos what makes a dog-friendly community and they’d say yappy hours and revelry on Market Square. Dogs just want to have fun—and we can learn something from that—but there’s more to being a dog-friendly community than merrymaking. We’re eager to see what Dog Fancy’s
welfare in all its forms—rescue,
then head to The Shed to howl with
idea of a canine-friendly city is.
sheltering, adoption, spay-neuter,
our hounds at a blues concert. Life is
This spring, many of us nominated
animal welfare legislation, education,
good in our dog-gone friendly city.
Knoxville to win Dog Fancy’s
awareness, and community, government
Who needs a contest to tell us that?
“DogTown USA” contest. Initially, we
and business support? We think
were worried about the competition
Knoxville and Knox County have that
DogTown USA Contest
(probably a city in the Rockies or
part covered, too.
some charmer in New England). Then we caught a glimpse of
The winner of the “DogTown USA”
the entry submitted by the Most
contest will be announced this fall.
Pet‑Friendly Community committee.
If Knoxville doesn’t grab the title, we’ll
Most Pet-Friendly Community
It was impressive! Our town has quite
be polite and not bark for a recount.
the list of canine amenities, necessities
We’ll just drown our sorrows in a cold
and everything in between.
brew at one of the more than 40 restaurant patios that welcome dogs,
Some elements of a dog-friendly
spend a few hours in one of the four
community are hard to describe on
local dog parks (with two more on the
a contest entry form. How do you
way), partake in a little retail therapy
quantify the amount of effort and
in one of the dozens of stores that
commitment that goes into animal
allow our four-legged friends inside,
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WORTH BARKING ABOUT Canine News
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
Visit smokymountainservicedogs.org to
Young‑Williams Animal Center are part
Preparing a service dog to assist
learn how you can help.
of the new Animals in Action show at
Raising and placing one dog requires
Tennessee Izaak Walton League
Porter share the stage with exotic
approximately two years, $20,000 and
Poop is a problem and ignorance
birds, among them Einstein, an African
1200 hours of training. Most people
is not bliss. Piles of dog feces can
grey parrot with a sizeable vocabulary,
would find those numbers daunting,
cause insect infestation, bacteria
and a crowned crane with an
but not the volunteers with Smoky
growth and wash into waterways.
eight‑foot wingspan. The canines hold
Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD), a
We applaud the local chapter
their own with their intelligence and
newly formed nonprofit group based
of the Tennessee Izaak Walton
athletic ability, proving that adopted
League for taking a proactive,
dogs make excellent companions.
common sense approach to
Catch the show Tuesday through
the issue. After conducting a study
Sunday at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.
the Knoxville Zoo. Bob, James and
a disabled person is no small feat.
With impressive credentials and a broad range of experience, the Board
in downtown Knoxville, the Izaak
of Directors of SMSD are on a mission
Walton League partnered with the
to provide service dogs for disabled
city and local businesses to install
Union Ave Books
military veterans and others with
pet waste bag dispensers in parks
We’re head over paws about
physical or psychological disabilities.
and other public areas. More than
Union Ave Books, a newly opened
Five dogs are currently in the program.
20 Mutt Mitt stations are maintained
and dog-friendly business in
Lucy, a Labrador Retriever, will be
and refilled regularly by the League.
downtown Knoxville. Specializing
placed later this year. Four younger
Dog owners use about 30,000 bags
in new and used books, Union Ave
dogs are living with puppy raisers,
from the stations every year to clean
carries a diverse inventory of local
getting socialized and learning
up after their pets.
and regional titles, best-sellers and children’s books. Owners Flossie
obedience skills. Visit tnike.com to find out how you
McNabb and Melinda Meador want Union Ave Books to be a gathering
Individuals and businesses are
can support the effort to keep our
generously stepping up to support
parks and waterways clean, or go to
place for downtown shoppers
SMSD’s cause. Dr. Johnny Gobble,
muttmitt.com to purchase a Mutt Mitt
and residents. The store will host book
the Monroe County Animal Shelter
station for your home, neighborhood,
signings, holiday events and activities
and UT Federal Credit Union have
apartment building, or business.
for children. Make your visit to Union Ave Books at 517 Union Avenue a
sponsored dogs. Volunteers are
Animals in Action at the Zoo
family affair—four-legged buddies are
funds for supplies and vet care.
Three dogs adopted from
WALLY PHOTO: WES HARDIN
serving as puppy raisers and donating
K9 Cancer Walk An estimated 50% of all dogs will battle cancer and it’s the number one cause of death in dogs over the age of two. Leash up your pooch and walk for the cure in the Morris Animal Foundation’s
Dog Days of Summer Shelter Supply Drive
K9 Cancer Walk on Sunday, September 18, at Knox County’s Concord Park. Proceeds from the walk will help fund canine cancer research. Visit k9cancerwalk.org for more information and registration.
Dog Days of Summer Shelter Drive & Pet-A-Palooza Enrichment Federal Credit Union (EFCU) is hosting its third annual Dog Days of Summer Shelter Drive to benefit homeless animals in our community. During the month of July, EFCU offices in Knox, Anderson, Roane and Claiborne counties provide collection boxes for items needed by
Donate the following items or make a cash donation at any of 8 area Enrichment FCU locations during July:
Purina dry dog/puppy food Purina dry cat/kitten food New/gently used towels New/gently used fleece, or other soft blankets
local shelters, including dry dog and cat food, towels and blankets. If you prefer to make a cash donation, you’ll receive a “Dog Days Shelter Drive” t-shirt with a minimum contribution of $20.
All monetary donations welcomed! Make a monetary donation of at least $20 and get a Dog Days Peace•Love•Adoption tee-shirt (at left) in your choice of heather black or heather blue!
In the 2010 shelter drive, more than $7,000 and stacks of blankets, towels, food and toys were collected. With help from its members and the community at large, EFCU hopes this year’s drive will be even more successful. If you stop by to make a donation, your dog can even go with you—EFCU offices are pet-friendly. Visit the credit union’s website, enrichmentfcu.org, for locations and a list of shelters that benefit from the drive.
100% donations and proceeds will benefit area shelters and humane societies in Knox and surrounding counties
For complete details
Another EFCU event, the fourth annual Pet-A-Palooza, will be held at the West Branch, 9210 Kingston Pike, on Saturday, August 27, from 10 am to 2 pm. Area vendors will be on hand with information and discounts on grooming, photography, pet day care and other services. Stop by to
865.482-0045 • 800.482.0049 www.enrichmentfcu.org 8 area locations
meet animal rescue groups and enjoy a day filled with prizes, education and children’s events.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The Humane Society Inc. Flea Market Fridays, 8:30 am - 12 pm Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm 372 Warehouse Road, Oak Ridge. For more information, call 865-381-1550.
The Humane Society Inc. Flea Market Fridays, 8:30 am - 12 pm Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm 372 Warehouse Road, Oak Ridge. For more information, call 865-381-1550.
SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Dog Wash Sat, July 16, 8 am - 11 am Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, 395 Belgrade Road, Oak Ridge. Visit shelteranimalsrescue.org for information.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Aug 2 Lakeshore Greenway, Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Pancake Breakfast Sat, July 16, 7 am - 10 am Applebee’s, 6928 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Enjoy a pancake breakfast for only $5.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, July 19 US Cellular Soccer Complex, 875 Cornerstone Drive, Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information. Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Wed, July 20 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, July 26 Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information.
Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Tue, Aug 9 Bean Station, Preregistration required. Call 423733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Aug 9 Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Road, Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Meeting Wed, Aug 10, 7 pm - 9 pm City of Knoxville Animal Control Office. Young-Williams Animal Center Second Saturday Pet Food Pantry Sat, Aug 13, 8 am - 10 am Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street, Knoxville. For Knox County residents. Visit knoxpets.org or call 865-215-6599.
Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Monthly Meeting Tue, July 26, 7 pm EarthFare (Community Room), 10903 Parkside Drive, Knoxville.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Aug 16 US Cellular Soccer Complex, 875 Cornerstone Drive, Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information.
Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, July 28 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.
Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, Aug 18 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.
SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Dog Wash Sat, Aug 20, 8 am - 11 am Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, 395 Belgrade Road, Oak Ridge. Visit shelteranimalsrescue.org for information. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Aug 23 Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information.
Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Monthly Meeting Tue, Aug 23, 7 pm EarthFare ( Community Room ), 10903 Parkside Drive, Knoxville.
Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, Aug 25 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.
Enrichment Federal Credit Union Pet-A-Palooza Sat, Aug 27, 10 am - 2 pm EFCU West Branch, 9210 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
The Humane Society Inc. Flea Market Fridays, 8:30 am - 12 pm Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm 372 Warehouse Road, Oak Ridge. For more information, call 865-381-1550. Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, Sep 1 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.
Oak Ridge Responsible Dog Ownership Day Sat, Sep 3, 11 am - 5 pm A.K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge. Celebrate responsible dog ownership. Come visit area rescue groups, local dog organizations and watch agility, rally, and obedience demonstrations.
Sevier County Humane Society - Sevier County Fair Dog Show Fair dates, Sep 5 - 10 Dog show date TBA Visit www.sevierhumane.org for more information.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Sep 6 Lakeshore Greenway, Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information.
Young-Williams Animal Center Second Saturday Pet Food Pantry Sat, Sep 10, 8 am - 10 am Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street, Knoxville. For Knox County residents. Visit knoxpets.org or call 865-215-6599. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Sep 13 Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Road, Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Meeting Wed, Sep 14, 7 pm - 9 pm City of Knoxville Animal Control Office. Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, Sep 15 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.
SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Dog Wash Sat, Sep 17, 8 am - 11 am Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, 395 Belgrade Road, Oak Ridge. Visit shelteranimalsrescue.org for information. Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk Sun, Sep 18 The Cove at Concord Park, 10901 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville. For information and to register online, go to k9cancerwalk.org.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Sep 20 US Cellular Soccer Complex, 875 Cornerstone Drive, Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Sep 27 Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Visit www.loveadoptplay.org for information.
Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Monthly Meeting Tue, Sep 27, 7 pm EarthFare ( Community Room ), 10903 Parkside Drive, Knoxville.
Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Wed, Sep 28 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.
Union County Humane Society Annual Big Biker Benefit Sat, Oct 1 Visit unioncountyhumanesociety.org for information. AnimalWorks Pet Party Sun, Oct 9 The Cove at Concord Park, 10901 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Join the Pet Party. Visit www.animalworkstn. org for more information
SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Pet Showing Fri, July 8, 4 pm - 8 pm PetSmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Belly Rubs Basset Rescue Meet & Greet Sat, July 9, 2:30 pm 4:30 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville.
Greyhound Pets of America: Tennessee Chapter Meet & Greet Sat, July 9, 12 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee Meet & Greet Sat, July 9, 12 pm - 2 pm PetSmart, 214 Morrell Road, Knoxville. Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Adoption Event Sat, July 9, 10 am - 4 pm Walmart, Maryville. East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue Adoption Event Sat, July 16, 10:30 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. E-mail Suzanne West at email@example.com or visit ETBCR at bordercollierescuetn. com for more information. Greyhound Pets of America: Tennessee Chapter Meet & Greet Sat, July 16, 12 pm - 2 pm PETCO, 169 Brooklawn Street, Farragut. Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, July 16, 10 am - 12:30 pm Petsmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Collie Concern Rescue Adoption Event Sat, July 23, 1 pm - 3:30 pm Wild Birds Unlimited, 7240 Kingston Pike #164, Knoxville. Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Adoption Event Sat, July 23 PetSmart, 219 Hamilton Crossing Drive, Alcoa. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Meet & Greet Sat, July 23, 12 pm- 2 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville.
Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Adoption Event Sat, Aug 6 PetSmart, 219 Hamilton Crossing Drive, Alcoa.
Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Meet & Greet Sat, Aug 27, 12 pm- 2 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville.
Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, Aug 6, 10 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Pet Showing Fri, Aug 12, 4 pm - 8 pm PetSmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Belly Rubs Basset Rescue Meet & Greet Sat, Aug 13, 2:30 pm 4:30 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee Meet & Greet Sat, Aug 13, 12 pm - 2 pm PetSmart, 214 Morrell Road, Knoxville. East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue Adoption Event Sat, Aug 20, 10:30 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. E-mail Suzanne West at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ETBCR at bordercollierescuetn. com for more information. Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Adoption Event Sat, Aug 20, 10 am - 4 pm Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson, 1820 West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.
Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, Aug 20, 10 am - 12:30 pm Petsmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Collie Concern Rescue Adoption Event Sat, Aug 27, 1 pm - 3:30 pm Wild Birds Unlimited, 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville.
Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, Sep 3, 10 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group) Pet Showing Fri, Sep 9, 4 pm - 8 pm PetSmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Belly Rubs Basset Rescue Meet & Greet Sat, Sep 10, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee Meet & Greet Sat, Sep 10, 12 pm - 2 pm PetSmart, 214 Morrell Road, Knoxville. East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue Adoption Event Sat, Sep 17, 10:30 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. E-mail Suzanne West at email@example.com or visit ETBCR at bordercollierescuetn. com for more information. Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, Sep 17, 10 am - 12:30 pm Petsmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Collie Concern Rescue Adoption Event Sat, Sep 24, 1 pm - 3:30 pm Wild Birds Unlimited, 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Meet & Greet Sat, Sep 24, 12 pm- 2 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville.
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KNOXDOGS GALLERY Happiest Hounds In Town
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SAVING ONE DOG AT A TIME
DOING GOOD WORK There are legions of people in our community working to save dogs. Thousands of pet lovers—you may very well be one of them—do good work every time they adopt homeless dogs. Savvy social networkers use Facebook and Twitter to alert friends to the plight of homeless animals. Volunteers with dozens of rescue groups are tenaciously fostering and re-homing hundreds of animals every year. Dedicated shelter employees and volunteers are chipping away at the problem with vigorous education, awareness, spay-neuter and adoption programs. In the last two decades, tremendous strides have been made in sheltering and spay-neuter programs across the country, but dogs need our help as much as ever. In 2008, an estimated 4 million animals in U.S. shelters were euthanized. Research by the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy and the ASPCA found that nearly one-third of all dogs and cats that enter shelters are relinquished by owners. Study after study has shown that a lack of owner knowledge and unrealistic expectations about pet ownership are key drivers behind these grim statistics. The most common reasons for owner
1. If you know a dog who isn’t sporting his name and address, get him an identification tag and give him a way to phone home. Only 15% of stray dogs and cats who enter shelters are reunited with their owners. 2. Make a donation to a breed rescue group. Saving dogs isn’t cheap. Volunteers often spend their own money on food and veterinary care. 3. Consider fostering a dog. Foster homes are desperately needed by rescue groups and shelters. Talk to several to see if your home and their needs are a good match. 4. If you know someone who is struggling with an out-of-control pooch, chip in for obedience lessons. Even one in-home visit with the right trainer can work wonders. You’ll be doing everyone a favor. 5. If friends or family are planning to get a dog, encourage them to adopt from a local rescue group or shelter (see page 26 for a list). 6. Share adoption tips with people considering new pets and help them be successful. Most of us, even if we’ve had umpteen dogs, aren’t canine experts and could use some advice.
Saving the large number of homeless dogs in our community can seem overwhelming—until you look into the eyes of the one you’re about to help. Lend a hand to a paw in need. You’ll be glad you did.
ADOPTION TIPS Before you make the commitment to share your life with a dog, take a few minutes to read through these tips. Share them with others in your household before the new family member comes home.
HT QUESTIONS ASK YOURSELF THE RIG Are you ready for a long-term commitment? Do you anticipate any lifestyle changes that would impact having a dog? Will you be able to spend quality time with your new friend and ensure he has enough exercise and companionship? Are you willing to invest time in training your dog? Are you prepared for the cost, which will easily top $1,000 in the first year? Have you done your breed homework?
surrender are behavior problems, the cost of pet upkeep, moving or landlord issues, lack of time for a dog or a change in lifestyle. Most surrendered for less than three months, a strong indicator that education about pet ownership is critical in the battle to keep dogs out of shelters. Here are a few of the ways you can help save dogs, whether you’re ready to adopt or just have time to lend a hand or share some knowledge.
OLLIE PHOTO: WES HARDIN
animals have been with their owners
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DOING GOOD WORK Does a high-energy dog that needs a
E CHOOSE THE RIGHT ON
lot of exercise fit with your family, or
Establish the house rules. Will he be allowed on the couch? Where will
is a laid-back breed more appealing?
Tuck in the heartstrings as best
he sleep at night? Are there any
Some breeds are strong-willed
you can when you go to a shelter.
rooms in the house that are off limits?
and others are more easily trained.
You’re choosing a new best friend for
Consistency is the key to training dogs,
A good place to learn about breed
life, so take your time and try to make
so be sure all the humans are on the
characteristics is akc.org/breeds.
the decision with your head more than
DAY PREPARE FOR THE BIG
your heart. Exercise caution if you have young Staying in the back of the run or
children in the house. Be aware that
Be sure everyone in the family knows
leaping at the door may be the result
puppies and children may not play
that there will be new responsibilities
of confinement and not a true indicator
when the pup comes home. Explain to
of a dog’s personality. See how he acts
your children what is involved in
when you take him to a separate room
or exercise area.
Be prepared for sibling rivalry and pick up anything your resident dog might guard. Even if your dog has never
Create a simple schedule and decide
Ask what is known about the dog’s
exhibited possessive tendencies over
who will handle such tasks as morning
behavior since he’s been in the shelter
food, toys or beds, introducing a new
walks and feeding. Dogs love routine
and any past history. Try to get more
hound to the pack can be stressful.
and it’s a good way to get everyone
than one person’s opinion. Is the dog
involved in caring for the new family
protective of food or toys? Has he
There are countless ways to help lost,
member. Have a plan for housetraining.
been around other dogs or cats and
abandoned or surrendered animals.
Decide in advance where the outdoor
what was his reaction? Does he react
Even the smallest act can make a
potty area will be and educate yourself
differently to men or women? Has he
difference, so join the fight. Be one
on how to housetrain a dog.
been around children?
of the thousands of people in our
Stock up on supplies—a collar and leash,
Proper training can fix leash pulling,
food and water bowls, toys, grooming
jumping, excessive barking and many
tools and an identification tag. Try to
other canine behaviors. Other issues
community who are saving one dog at
buy the same brand of dog food that
such as separation anxiety or
he’s already eating. If you want to
aggression take time to alter and may
change foods, mix the old and the new
require professional help. Be sure you’re
together and make the switch gradually.
up for the challenge if you choose a pet with special needs.
Make a veterinary appointment for a health check, vaccinations and spay
If you already own a dog, arrange a pre-
or neuter if not already done. If you
adoption meeting in an outdoor, neutral
already have animals at home, make
area to see how they get along.
sure they’re up-to-date on shots.
ME WELCOME BUDDY HO
Find a dog or puppy obedience class and sign up.
Try to plan the arrival for a weekend
Dog-proof your new friend’s
days and spend quality time together.
environment. Put small items that
Give your dog time to adjust to his
or when you can be home for a few
are easy to ingest away (such as
new surroundings and be reasonable in
children’s toys) and electrical cords and
chemicals out of reach.
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GETAWAYS FOR YOU & YOUR DOG TOP TO BOTTOM: ROWDEE, KYLEE, FOSTER PHOTO: JENNIE HUETTEL
Whether you’re looking for an
Just five minutes from downtown,
the river) and a boat launch for canoes
afternoon hike, a city excursion or some
Knoxville Botanical Gardens is a
and kayaks, this refuge is a favorite
retail therapy, you and your dog can
44-acre oasis filled with walking
spot for bird and wildlife watching.
find plenty of pet-friendly destinations
trails, distinctive stone walls and
Leashed dogs are welcome.
within a short drive from Knoxville. If an
whimsical buildings. You and your dog
overnight stay is on the itinerary, careful
can explore the gardens, greenhouses
shoppers can find deals on lodging.
and secret paths 365 days a year, from
Look for online discounts or call the
dawn to dusk. Admission is free.
hotel to find out which nights have cheaper rates.
House Mountain State Natural Area 9601 Hogskin Road Corryton, Tennessee
Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge
2809 Kelly Lane
Kodak, Tennessee knoxcounty.org/parks/seven_islands
Knoxville Botanical Gardens 2743 Wimpole Avenue
Hike to the 2,100 foot crest of House Mountain and you’ll see the Cumberland range 30 miles in
A 360-acre wildlife sanctuary on a
the distance. You may also spot hawks,
peninsula along the French Broad River,
warblers and wild turkeys in this
Seven Islands is only 20 minutes from
500-acre natural area a short drive
downtown Knoxville. With mountain
from Knoxville. Four miles of dog-
vistas, seven miles of trails (some along
friendly trails have scenic views, rock
take your buddy on a retail road trip to
Only a two-hour drive from Knoxville,
Sevierville and get him some gear, too.
this historic inn overlooks the Blue
Bass Pro Shops
access to restaurants, art galleries
3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place
and dogfriendly hiking. The affable
innkeeper doesn’t charge a pet deposit,
Ridge Mountains and offers easy
but you’ll be responsible if Fido does
Orvis Company Store
136 Apple Valley Road
701 Club Drive
Coleman Factory Outlet Store
Named the number one small resort
2270 Two Rivers Boulevard
in the mainland U.S. by Conde Nast
Traveler, Keswick Hall is at the foot of
the Blue Ridge Mountains. This tranquil
600-acre property is a five-hour
Charlottesville and wine country.
outcrops and a
Hot Springs Resort & Spa
the swimming pools, tennis courts,
variety of bird
315 Bridge Street
nature trails, croquet green, spa and
Hot Springs, North Carolina
drive from Knoxville, near Monticello, Keswick Hall loves dogs and you’ll love
and plant life.
Did you know that natural hot mineral
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
waters are about 90 minutes down
the road? The Cherokee Indians
used these legendary springs more
1820 West Lamar
Tennessee 37801 865-977-1669 smh-d.com/shed Enjoy bluegrass, blues and rock at
than 200 years ago and believed in their healing powers. At Hot Springs
If your dog wants to feel the wind
Resort and Spa, a continuous flow of
and salt spray on his face, then let
The Shed, an open-air music pavilion
mineral water is piped through modern
him loose on Isle of Palms beach in
at the Smoky Mountain Harley-
Jacuzzi-style hot tubs located on the
South Carolina. From 5 am until 8 am,
Davidson dealership. Bring your
banks of Spring Creek and the French
April 1st through September 14th, dogs
own chair and your own dog, then
Broad River. Tubs are for humans
can romp on the beach unleashed.
purchase food and beverages on-site.
only, but dogs are welcome in the
During the rest of the year, off-leash
Upcoming shows include Grammy
campground and on the hiking trails.
award winner Kentucky Headhunters on September 3 and the Smoky Mountain Blues Society festival on September 10.
hours are 4 pm until 10 pm. (You must have your leash in your hand
The Yellow House Bed & Breakfast
and your dog under voice command.)
89 Oakview Drive
Isle of Palms is a six-hour road trip
Waynesville, North Carolina
from Knoxville and only 20 minutes
theyellowhouse.com When you live in an area rich with hiking, camping, boating and fishing,
It’s worth some advance planning
you’re going to need equipment.
to book the only pet-friendly room
These outfitters welcome dogs, so
at The Yellow House in Waynesville.
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St. Augustine Beach, Florida
you may get to sample the delicious
pimento cheese on raisin toast.
Charleston Place Hotel 205 Meeting Street Charleston, South Carolina
St. Augustine Beach, Florida, could
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America, the beach is quiet, has no
the Charleston Place Hotel, located
high-rise buildings and welcomes
in the heart of the downtown district.
your leashed buddy. There’s plenty to
You’ll find art galleries, historic sites,
do in the area, from historical tours
museums and fine dining nearby—if
to kayaking to fine dining. If you like
you can pull yourself away from
live music, the island Amphitheatre
the hotel’s spa, rooftop pool and
hosts such talent as Toby Keith and
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The Nashville Convention & Visitors
Bureau welcomes you and your four-
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a “Woof it Up” vacation package. This boutique hotel in the heart of
It includes a stay at your choice of pet-
Atlanta is dog-friendly (no deposit, no
friendly hotels and a map to dog parks
weight limit) and easy on the budget.
and pet-friendly restaurants. You can
Escort your buddy to the hotel’s
add a Music City Total Access Pass
Canine Cocktail Party held every
to the package and choose from four
Tuesday during the summer, then dine
attractions to visit for $50, a savings
on the pet-friendly restaurant patio.
of up to 50%. The offer is good until
The historic Fox Theatre is across
January 3, 2012.
the street and the High Museum and Georgia Dome are short walks away.
The Hermitage Hotel 231 Sixth Avenue North
Olde Harbour Inn
508 East Factors Walk
Named one of the best hotels in the country by U.S. News, the Hermitage
Built in 1892 as a warehouse, this
extends southern hospitality to you and
charming inn with eight pet-friendly
your four-legged traveling companion.
suites is located in the center of
Your dog will enjoy a custom bed, treats
Savannah’s historic district. You’ll love
and nightly turn down service at this
the river views, the park directly in
downtown establishment. Dog sitting,
front of the inn, and the easy walk
walking and massage services are
to restaurants, galleries and shops.
If you’re at the inn for happy hour,
LIFE’S ABUNDANCE SUPPLEMENTS Although nutritious food makes an enormous impact on your dog’s health, dietary supplements are important, too. Differences in breed, health, age and activity level make every dog unique. Life’s Abundance has three supplements to target specific needs—joints, skin and coat, and overall health. Agility Formula is a natural multi-action joint support formula that helps maintain joint cartilage, connective tissue and synovial fluid. Skin and Coat Formula for Dogs and Cats provides a source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids plus Vitamins A, D and E. Wellness Food Supplement for Dogs is formulated with a broad array of nutritious ingredients sourced from foods such as poultry, liver, cranberries, carrots and eggs. (865) 603-0772 www.HealthyPetBeacon2.com
SUMMER SAFETY TIPS Never leave your dog in a car. Open windows don’t provide enough airflow when the inside of a car can reach 150° in a matter of minutes. Sidewalks and pavement can be too hot for the pads of your dog’s paws. If the sidewalk is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it’s too hot for your buddy. Keep your dog indoors during excessive heat. If you don’t have air conditioning, or you turn it off while away, give him access to the coolest part of the house. If he has to be outside, be sure he has adequate shade and plenty of fresh water at all times. Take extra precautions for dogs that are elderly, overweight or snub-nosed. Always have a disaster plan in place for you, your family and your pets.
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BOTH ENDS OF THE LEASH
Helping Fearful Dogs by Nelle Wyatt, Behavior Technician, LVMT, CPDT-KA, with contributions by Julie Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB (Diplomate American College of Veterinary Behaviorists) Most puppies start life boldly—they’re not afraid of anything. At about seven weeks of age, they naturally start to exhibit a recognizable fear response. Without this adaptive and innate emotion, most puppies wouldn’t survive adolescence. A healthy dose of caution helps keep them out of trouble. On the other hand, a puppy under seven weeks that appears excessively timid may be genetically predisposed to having a fearful personality. Phobias, such as separation anxiety or irrational fear of storms, are maladaptive fears and signs of severe distress. Treating most phobias requires specially designed behavior modification programs and in some cases, psychotropic medications prescribed by a veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist can be helpful. Fear in dogs is sometimes exhibited as aggression. A fearfully aggressive dog can appear very confident and his body postures can be confusing to interpret. In the past, aggression in dogs was often attributed to dominance. Although dominance aggression certainly exists, current research indicates that most aggression is fear based. There are many other reasons for aggression besides dominance and fear, so consult your veterinarian for treatment advice. Great care should be taken in managing dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior. Dogs frequently exhibit fear in non-aggressive ways. They may be afraid of getting into a car or going through a doorway, or shy away from certain types of people. Although there are genetic, biochemical and medical conditions that can cause fear, many dogs are just mismanaged and misunderstood. If your dog is a rescue, you probably don’t know what past life experiences helped shape his behavior. He may have been in a situation where he received adverse punishment or experienced harsh training methods. Force can cause anxiety and a dog’s response could be avoidance or fear. Recent studies have shown that some of the dog’s neurological pathways are not that different from our own. Dogs aren’t driven by pure instinct, but are cognitive beings. How a dog is handled by humans can have long-lasting emotional effects.
You can help a fearful dog overcome his anxiety with patience and a positive approach. Reward-based training removes the force factor and makes your dog want to do what you ask of him. Archer, for example, was an 18-month-old rescue who was terrified of doorways. He obviously wanted to go out or come in, but would whine or dart away from the door. The first step in his training was to ensure that no other dogs or people were nearby—nothing to cause distraction or fear. While on a leash, Archer was encouraged and rewarded with praise and treats, never pushed or pulled through the door. When he was comfortable going through the door both on and off the leash, the next step was to teach him that it was safe to enter with other dogs or people around. By being allowed to progress gradually, he was set up for success. It took about a year for Archer to totally overcome his fear of doorways and there were temporary relapses, but never to the degree that he had originally suffered. You may never know exactly why your dog is afraid of something, but with humane training techniques, you can help him through it. Seek advice from your veterinarian or professional trainer and follow your own instincts. With dogs or people, the basic reaction to fear is fight or flight. Forcing anyone into a scary situation won’t help, but encouragement from a friend and a few cookies can work wonders. Nelle Wyatt is a Behavior Technician with the Animal Behavior Clinic, University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Julie Albright is the PetSafe Chair in Small Animal Clinical Behavior Research, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, visit www.vet.utk.edu/AnimalBehaviorClinic
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
VETERINARY ACUPUNCTURE by Mili Bass, DVM
How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves. Very fine acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points
Acupuncture is the act of sticking
In veterinary medicine, acupuncture is
needles into specific points on the
most often used to complement other
on the body. These acupuncture points impact various parts of
body to aid in self-healing. The ancient
practitioner tools in treating disease.
the nervous system—central and
art has been used on both people and
Pain management is probably the
peripheral, somatic and autonomic.
animals for more than 3,000 years
best-known use of this ancient healing
Each acupuncture point causes one or
and remains the treatment of choice
art, but a wide variety of conditions
more specific actions when stimulated.
for more than one quarter of the
can benefit from acupuncture,
The response produced by “needling”
world’s population. Today, the practice
including arthritis, spinal disease,
alters the body’s biochemical and
may also incorporate tools such as
other neurological disorders, heart,
physiological properties, affecting
electrodes to provide a stronger
kidney, liver, gastrointestinal or
the musculoskeletal, hormonal and
stimulation or laser beams to augment
cardiovascular systems. Several points
or replace needles at certain points.
may be used together, depending on the condition being treated.
Does acupuncture hurt? Although “needling” a particular point may give a twinge when the needle goes in, the actual process is not painful. The twinge, if it occurs, is momentary.
How often does my animal need acupuncture? Frequency of treatments depends on the persistence or severity of the condition and the individual response of the patient. With an acute condition, the sooner a patient can be treated, the better the response.
DR. MILI BASS AND ZOE PHOTO: TERRI SWAGGERTY
The effects of acupuncture are cumulative. In many situations the animal is started at one to two acupuncture treatments per week. After four to eight treatments, the frequency is reduced as needed. An animal with intervertebral disc disease, for example, may be treated twice daily for two or three days, then receive weekly, then monthly, then quarterly or biennial maintenance therapy. A treatment for hip dysplasia can last four to six months, with periodic
maintenance treatments to keep the
quality of life is subjective, people
Chi Institute and the International
often report that their geriatric pet
Veterinary Acupuncture Society offer
shows a renewed interest in the
well-established programs for training.
Why are you sticking needles in the back legs when my animal has a front leg problem?
acupuncture treatment. Interaction
A graduate of the University of
with family increases, facial expressions
Tennessee College of Veterinary
Many types of acupuncture points
change, ears perk up, eyes are brighter
Medicine, Dr. Mili Bass is a Certified
are used in treating specific problems.
and tails wag again. The geriatric
Veterinary Acupuncturist and a
For example, local points around a painful joint incision may be used.
world around him or her following
animal receiving acupuncture often just “feels better.”
Other points stimulate circulation,
Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, with a dual Canine/Feline specialty. She practices acupuncture and pain management at
surrounding nerves, or the central
Who can perform veterinary acupuncture?
nervous system. The choice of
Acupuncture is a very safe
Tennessee in Farragut, Tennessee.
blood or lymphatic flow, local or
points will depend on many different
procedure when performed by a
factors, including temperament of the
trained practitioner. In Tennessee, as
patient, acuteness or persistence of
in most other states, acupuncture on
the problem being treated, and the
animals may only legally be performed
acupuncturist’s training and experience.
the Veterinary Referral Center of East
by a licensed veterinarian. In the U.S., Colorado State University, the
Does acupuncture cure conditions? In most chronic conditions, acupuncture is not going to “cure” the condition, but it can effect significant changes. For instance, the relief provided by acupuncture can reduce the need for pain medications, and in so doing, reduce or eliminate the side-effects of these medications.
How is acupuncture used to maintain health or improve quality of life? Acupuncture can also be useful for maintaining health, as opposed to treating a disease. Many owners of working animals, for example, report that regular acupuncture “tune-ups” enhance the performance of agility dogs. Post-surgical acupuncture has been shown to speed healing in animals of any age. Older animals seem to benefit the most from acupuncture, especially in terms of improving quality of life. Although determining an animal’s
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Books | Art | Media
Bad Dog: A Love Story Martin Kihn
Dog Stories Diana S. Tesdell, Editor
Whiskey with a Twist Nina Wright
You Had Me at Woof Julie Klam
This book rounds up a pack
Whiskey Mattimoe’s Afghan
Julie Klam is thirty, single
of vivid and colorful stories
hound Abra has many
and working as a parttime
writer and journalist Martin
by a wide range of great
talents: stealing purses,
clerk in an insurance
Kihn reached rock bottom
writers, from Mark Twain to
consorting with criminals
company. She wonders
in 2008. Drunk most of
and farting, to name a
if she’ll ever meet The
the time and separated
P. G. Wodehouse writes
few. Now Abra’s been
One—someone she could
from his wife, Kihn’s only
of a cheerfully naïve
chosen to participate in
spend the rest of her life
companion was an out-
watchdog who just wants
the prestigious Midwest
with—and then it happens.
of-control dog with an
everyone to get along and
Afghan Hound Specialty as
She meets the irresistible
appetite for life, trash
a tale by O. Henry recounts
a Worst-in-Show example
Otto, her first in a long
and an occasional nip of
a dissatisfied lapdog’s
of how not to train an
line of Boston terriers,
escape. In Tobias Wolff’s
Afghan. Suddenly a prize-
human flesh. Although he knew nothing about
“Her Dog,” a widower shares
winning pooch disappears,
and falls instantly in love. “You Had Me at Woof” is
dogs, training Hola became
his grief for his wife with
an owner is murdered, a
hilarious and unexpectedly
Kihn’s lifeline and he set
her grieving pet. These
handler turns up dead and
poignant—a heartfelt chronicle about learning
his sights on earning
writers and others—Ray
Abra vanishes. Back at
a Canine Good Citizen
Bradbury, Doris Lessing
Whiskey’s office, suspicious
the secrets of love, health
and Rick Bass among
e-mails circulate. Could
and happiness from four-
funny and painful, this
her colleagues be involved
memoir is a raw and deeply
and empathetic portraits
in the canine crimes?
sincere look at the highs
of humanity’s most
Something doesn’t smell
and lows of canine and
right—and this time it’s not
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Book reviews by Carol Swaggerty
With a strength in composition as well
When we talked with Terri Swaggerty
as artistry, she began winning state
about her latest art projects, we
and national awards. Focused primarily
learned that she spent years perfecting
on weddings for the past 14 years, she
techniques that now enhance her
also creates portrait, family, pet and
stunning portraits. She began her career
art photography. Using re-touching
as a sidewalk portrait artist, then went
techniques like adding oil paints to
on to photo retouching, using air brush,
the surface of a photograph, she can
dye work and pencil to hand-color and
create images with an extra dimension,
restore original heirloom photographs.
transforming them from a simple
Complementing her studies in fine
photograph to a work of art.
art at the University of Tennessee, Terri earned the Artisan degree in
You can see Terri’s work at Southern
photo restoration and enhancement
Market, 5400 Homberg Drive, Knoxville,
from the Tennessee Professional
or visit swaggertyportraiture.com
to commission photography, a hand‑painted photograph or a fine art
Inspired by her experience in the photo
industry, Terri got behind the camera.
DOGALICIOUS RECIPES Fido’s Peanut Butter Pupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
17 minutes or until cakes spring back
canines, it’s time to venture into new culinary territory. Whip up a batch of
Reprinted with permission from
a wire rack. Place in freezer 8 to 10
these biscuits or pupcakes and impress
Southern Living: The Half-Hour Hostess.
minutes or until completely cool.
If you haven’t tried cooking for
when touched. Remove from pans to
Cream Cheese Frosting
Cheese & Peanut Butter Biscuits
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 (8-ounce) package low fat
Mast General Store in downtown
2 teaspoons baking powder
Knoxville prepares and serves these
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
biscuits to its canine customers.
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons honey 1 cup grated cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup creamy peanut butter
12 paper baking cups
12 small dog biscuits
2 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together
Beat cream cheese with an electric
1 teaspoon baking powder
flour and baking powder in large bowl.
mixer until fluffy. Add flour and honey,
Combine 2 cups water, applesauce and
beating until smooth. Spread frosting
next 3 ingredients; add to flour mixture.
on tops of pupcakes and top each with
on floured surface and cut into
Beat at medium speed with an electric
a dog biscuit. Store in airtight container
mixer just until blended.
in refrigerator up to two days.
Mix ingredients together. Roll out
Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Store up to
Place baking cups in a 12-cup
3 days in airtight container or in freezer
muffin pan. Spoon batter into cups,
for up to 3 months.
filling three-fourths full. Bake at 375° for
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Books | Art | Media
Memory Game, Track an Elephant
Is an Oven” (cracking the windows
Summer is here! A long, sultry day is
or Explore the Amazon. It’s a fun
doesn’t cut it) or the Trip Planner.
an open invitation to play hooky and
way to beat the heat and slip in a bit
Enter your destination in the planner
you’re overdue for some fun. So ditch
to get driving directions and a list of
the to-do list for the afternoon—you
veterinarians along the route.
have photos to take, games to play,
Duke Canine Cognition Center
trips to plan and greetings to send.
Graying Muzzles Calendar Contest
sanctuaryforseniordogs.org/id31.htm The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in
Cleveland, Ohio, rescues older dogs that have been abandoned in shelters.
Watching videos of dogs playing
To help support their work, the
games is another great summer
Sanctuary has published and sold
pastime, especially if you’re tuned
Scan this code with a QR code reader on your smartphone to get travel tips. Jacquie Lawson Dog E-Cards
Graying Muzzles calendars for the past
into the Canine Cognition Center at
eight years. A photo of your senior
Duke University. Dr. Brian Hare and his
These beautiful e-cards are animated,
citizen ( age seven or older ) could
team have been studying dog cognition
set to music and rated among the best
be chosen as one of the powerful,
for fifteen years. Currently they’re
on the web, Lawson’s canine collection
poignant images for the 2012 calendar.
looking at how dogs solve problems,
is perfect for dog lovers. Although you
Entry deadline for the contest is
understand human gestures and form
can preview cards for free, you have to
September 1, 2011.
trusting relationships with people.
join the site to send a greeting. For $12
Dr. Hare says he’s studying pet dogs
per year, you can personalize and
AAA Petbook & Photo Contest
because “they solve problems more like
send as many cards as you like—an
we do, in many cases, than our closest
economical way to remember birthdays
Updated annually, this fact-filled guide
relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos.”
and other special occasions.
will help you and your buddy prepare for a smooth trip. Purchase a copy at
bn.com or AAA offices and find listings
Scan this code with a QR code reader on your smartphone to see an interview with Dr. Hare.
for more than 13,000 pet-friendly hotels, campgrounds and attractions. If you want your pal to be on the cover of next year’s edition, enter a picture of his most memorable travel moment in AAA’s PetBook photo contest by November 30, 2011. Two winning photos will be featured on the cover and spine in 2012.
Animal Planet Pet Games & Interactives
AAHA Healthy Pets Travel Information
healthypet.com/RelocationAndTravel/ Travel.aspx We love web sites that provide clear,
concise information and don’t make
Your kids (and you) will love the
Hospital Association (AAHA) site, you’ll
variety of puzzles, quizzes, web
find useful, quick-read travel tips that
us dig for it. On the American Animal
and downloadable games on the
every pet owner should know, whether
Animal Planet website. Try Canine
you’re going across town or across
Concentration, the Pet Detective
the country. Don’t miss “Your Car
WALLY PHOTO: WES HARDIN
LOOK WHAT WE DUG UP
The Beacon Safety Light
FLOR Modular Carpet Squares
Clip this safety light to your dog, your kid, your jogging
Floor covering can be a challenge for dog owners.
spouse or anyone who needs to be seen during
Entire carpets may have to be replaced if one spot is soiled
low‑light activities. Lightweight and compact (only 1.5 x
or damaged. FLOR has the solution with an innovative
1.5 inches), the Beacon creates a halo of high-visibility red
system of coordinating modular carpet squares. The squares
light that can be seen for ½ mile. Better yet, the lifetime
come with easy-to-use, non-toxic FLORdots that stick to
LED blubs never need replacing.
the underside of each tile, not to the floor underneath, and
secure the tiles to one another (no nails, padding or glue). If one of the tiles is damaged, just pull it up and replace it.
FLOR carpet squares come in a wide range of colors, textures
If your dog loves the water but you don’t love the smell of a
and styles. For more information, visit flor.com.
wet collar, try this L.L. Bean canine accessory. The material is easy to clean, waterproof, won’t hold scents and stays flexible
Shop for a Cause at Best Friends
in cold weather. With a brass plate that can be engraved
You can shop for dogs, cats and humans at the Best Friends
with your pet’s name and address, the collar comes in green
Animal Society store. There’s a wide variety of brand name
items available, from books and clothing for people to
collars and treats for dogs. The proceeds support the work of Best Friends, an organization dedicated to reducing the
Uncommon Phone Covers
number of dogs and cats that are euthanized in shelters.
Make your iPhone, iPad or iPod even more fun to use
Best Friends works with animal welfare groups to set up
than it already is. Create a customized cover for your
spay-neuter, shelter and adoption programs in communities
technology gear by choosing artwork from the online gallery
across the country and leads animal rescue efforts following
or uploading a favorite photo (surely it would be one of
natural disasters. Best Friends also manages a sanctuary in
your dog!). Position, rotate or scale the image exactly how
Utah, home to 2,000 animals that come from shelters and
you want it and have a one-of-a-kind cover in no time.
rescues around the country.
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COMMUNITY RESOURCES Dining – Dogs on Patios Agave Azul Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar Aubrey’s Restaurant The Back Door Tavern Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria Bella Luna Restaurant Blue Coast Burrito Chez Liberty Chick-Fil-A Cool Beans Bar & Grille Coolato Gelato Cru Wine Bar & Bistro Downtown Grill & Brewery Downtown Grind French Market Crêperie Gourmet’s Market Grill at Highlands Row Koi La Costa Latitude 35 Mellow Mushroom Nama Sushi Bar Niceley’s Tavern Ollantay’s Havana Nights Oodles Plaid Apron Pelancho’s Preservation Pub Rick’s Place Neighborhood Sports Bar Rita’s Ice Sangria’s Sapphire Knoxville Shono’s in the City Soccer Taco Stir Fry Café Tomato Head Trio Café Union Jacks Urban Bar & Corner Café Veg-O-Rama
Dog Parks Dogwood Park at Victor Ashe Park 4901 Bradshaw Road
PetSafe Dog Park at Tommy Schumpert Park Fountain City Road PetSafe Downtown Dog Park Corner of Summitt Hill Drive and Central Avenue PetSafe Village Dog Park 10424 Electric Avenue
Rescue Group Adopt a Golden Knoxville 865-940-0688 www.adoptagoldenknoxville.org Belly Rubs Basset Rescue bellyrubs.org Blount County Animal Rescue Effort 865-556-0315 | blountcare.org Collie Concern Rescue 865-292-0282 | collieconcern.org Dachshund Rescue of East Tennessee 865-671-9597 | dachshund-rescue.org Dames for Danes Great Dane Rescue 865-963-9273 or 423-340-0391 damesfordanes.org East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue 865-435-6125 bordercollierescuetn.com East Tennessee Pit Bull Rescue 865-202-2520 | etnpitbullrescue.org Greyhound Pets of America Tennessee Chapter (Knoxville area) 865-671-2749 | gpatn.org Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee 865-690-0009 or 865-539-9942 www.greyhoundrescue.org Grreat Dog Rescue 865-579-0260 | grreatdogrescue.com
Majestic Giants Great Dane Rescue 865-803-6143 majesticgiantsrescue.com facebook.com/ MajesticGiantsGreatDaneRescue Mid-South Eskie Alliance 931-259-5869 midsoutheskiealliance.rescuegroups.org Noah’s Arc 423-586-2293 | noahsarc.petfinder.org Pets Without Parents 865-771-3728; 865-755-2913 pwpshelter.com Shelter Animals Rescue Group 865-483-8146 shelteranimalsrescue.org Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee 865-426-3955 | sbret.com Smoky Mountain Bulldog Rescue 865-688-2270 discoveret.org/smbc/index.htm Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue 877-647-6437 smokymountaingreatdanerescue.org The Stray Connection 865-671-4564 petfinder.org/shelters/TN265.html Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue | 865-558-3100 | tvgrr.com Wolf Creek Weimaraner Rescue wcweimrescue.org
Service Groups & Charities Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee (CAIT) University of Tennessee 865-755-2182 | www.vet.utk.edu/cait Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) University of Tennessee 865-974-5633 | www.vet.utk.edu/habit
Humans & Animals Learning Together (HALT) University of Tennessee www.vet.utk.edu/halt Smoky Mountain Service Dogs 865-408-3070 (general info) 865-691-8091 (puppy raiser info) smokymountainservicedogs.org Wilderwood Service Dogs www.wilderwood.org
Shelters Animal Works 3377 Regal Drive, Alcoa, TN 37701 865-379-2227 | animalworkstn.org Blount County Animal Center 233 Currie Avenue Maryville, TN 37804 865-980-6244 www.blounttn.org/animal.asp Blount County Humane Society 1005 East Broadway Avenue Maryville, TN 37804 865-382-7652 blountcountyhumanesociety.org Grainger County Humane Society PO Box 229, Rutledge, TN 37861 865-567-0050 graingercountyhumanesociety.org
Loudon County Animal Shelter 250 Jamie Drive Loudon, TN 37774 865-458-5593 loudoncounty.com/animalshelter
Spay & Neuter Clinics
Loudon County Humane Society 701 Concord Road Knoxville, TN 37934 865-671-8654
Feral Feline Friends PO Box 32121, Knoxville, TN 37930 feralfelinefriends.org
Animal Works 3377 Regal Drive, Alcoa, TN 37701 865-379-2227 | animalworkstn.org
Maryville Animal Shelter 426 Home Avenue, Maryville, TN 37801 865-681-2241
Humane Society Fix-A-Pet 10421 Chapman Highway Seymour, TN 37865 865-579-6738 | fix-a-pet.com
Newport Animal Shelter 420 Humane Way , Newport, TN 37821 423-623-1010 petfinder.com/shelters/TN142.html
Planned Pet-Hood 3699 Harriman Highway Harriman, TN 37748 865-882-9966
Oak Ridge Animal Shelter 395 Belgrade Road Oak Ridge, TN 37830 865-425-3423 www.oakridgetenn.org/deptas/AnimalShelter/Home
PPAW Spay / Neuter Clinic (People Promoting Animal Welfare) 6869 Morganton Road Greenback, TN 37742 865-856-7729 | ppaw.us
Roane County Animal Shelter 296 Manufacturers Road Rockwood, TN 37854 865-354-7387 roanecountyanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Humane Society of Jefferson County 310 Landfill Road Jefferson City, TN 37760 865-475-8930 | humanesocietyjctn.org
Sevier County Humane Society Animal Shelter 959 Gnatty Branch Road Sevierville, TN 37862 865-453-7000 petfinder.org/shelters/TN97.html
Humane Society of Roane County Rescue Team 109 Bream Lane, Kingston, TN 37763 865-376-2474 petfinder.com/shelters/TN391.html
Union County Humane Society 719 Hickory Star Road Maynardville, TN 37807 865-992-7969 unioncountyhumanesociety.org
Humane Society Adopt-A-Pet 6720 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919 865-584-0496 humanesocietytennessee.com
Young-Williams Animal Center 3201 Division Street Knoxville, TN 37919 865-215-6599 | knoxpets.org
Sevier County Humane Society Animal Shelter 959 Gnatty Branch Road Sevierville, TN 37862 865-453-7000 | sevierhumane.org Spay and Neuter Clinic 2436 East Magnolia Avenue Knoxville, TN 37917 865-329-2536 Spay Tennessee PO Box 995, Cookeville, TN 38503 866-355-7729 | spaytennessee.org TN Spay & Neuter Hotline 866-907-SPAY (7729) Young-Williams Animal Center Spay Shuttle | 865-215-6677 knoxpets.org/whyspay.asp
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SUMMER 2011 | 27
Second Chances for Lucky Dogs
Michael Samstag is an award-winning filmmaker, president
A veterinarian came to my house to examine the dogs and
of KnoxvilleFilms.com, and creates mini-documentaries for
said they were sick, too sick to go on a transport plane
nonprofit agencies. He also finds time to foster puppies—very
or anywhere else and had to be quarantined. My vision of
large puppies. Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands and others
hosting a cute puppy for three days turned into caring for
come to him from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, often several at
twelve sick animals for two months. It was tough, but things
a time. The day we visited, resident dogs Fozzy, Juno and
did get better. When the dogs were finally healthy, I flew
Kobe were lounging on the couch while two foster pups
with Pilots N Paws to take them to New York for adoption.
played in their own room ( heated and air-conditioned, with a
We filmed the new owners getting their pups at the airport
doggie door to the fenced backyard ). When Michael shared
and several said that it must be hard for me to let the
the story of his first fosters, we learned that his initiation into
puppies go. It wasn’t nearly as hard as they thought!
the rescue world was not quite this peaceful. I know a LOT more about dog rescue after that trial “A friend told me about Pilots N Paws, a group that helps transport rescued animals to new homes. I thought it would
by fire. There are always foster puppies here—a nonstop stream—and it seems much easier now.”
make a great documentary so I started flying with the pilots to film their missions. When our distributor saw the film’s
preview, she asked about including puppies in the story.
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Easy enough, I thought. I heard about someone in Sevier
on your smartphone to see Michael’s
County who wanted to find homes for “some adorable Husky
film trailer “Tales in Flight” or go to
mixes” and I offered to take them. When I got there, I wasn’t
prepared for what I found—at least 30 dogs running loose, all growling and barking. With the owner’s help, I managed to get a dozen puppies loaded, but I knew I was in way over my head.
KnoxDogs.com FOZZY, KOBE, MICHAEL SAMSTAG, JUNO PHOTO: TINAH UTSMAN
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