The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA
The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA
The Source for Pet and Animal Information in Lancaster County, PA
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8 Pet Rabbits These cute, fuzzy pets seem like the perfect family addition when spring approaches. Learn more about what it takes for rabbits to live happily in your home. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
16 Internet Celebrity Meet Lancaster’s very own internet superstar & founder of #TacoTongueTuesday, Taco the cat. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR
Letter From Editor One Year Anniversary
Tips Quick facts about animals, from the equine industry to goat companionship
Events Local events from April-June, 2016
The Good Stuﬀ Our favorite products from around Lancaster
Pet Lover Aspen, a horse that rehabilitates veterans
Community Interview with Tina Ovensen, owner of PetWatch Plus
Meet the Breed A happy-go-lucky dog breed, the cocker spaniel
Seasonal Spring tips & dog park information
Health Why Your Cat is Not a Vegetarian or Vegan
Rescue Highlight 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue
Fun Focus Lure Coursing, a fast-paced sport for dogs
Pet Places The cats of Art & Glassworks
Nutrition Why pet obesity is a problem
Therapy KPETS volunteers touch lives & warm hearts
Vet Insights Laser Therapy Q&A with Dr. Keller
Behavior & Training Leash Walking Tips
Pet Services Information on various local businesses
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Around Lancaster Spring pet photos provided by LCP readers
Information Pet Resources and contact information
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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY A year ago Lancaster County Pet’s premiere issue was released. It has been a tremendous year of growth for LCP. Our magazine has gotten bigger, our connections have spanned wider, and our fanbase is stronger than ever. We are excited to continue growing with Lancaster’s pet community. We love all of our supporters, both the two-legged and four-legged, who have followed our journey. And, of course, we look forward to more people and pets joining our LCP family as we move forward! Over the last year, we covered a variety of topics. Our main features included the Lancaster City Mounted Unit, the Long’s Park Petting Farm, UDS Service Dogs and Cat Fostering. We have had such a great time gathering stories and learning from our county. We have attended pet events, visited a variety of rescue groups, and have enjoyed all the time spent with individual pet owners and businesses in the area. There is nothing we enjoy more than spending time with pet people and spreading valuable information and stories. We wanted to dive into our second spring edition with a symbol of spring itself, rabbits. Also featured is an internet sensation from Lancaster, a horse named Aspen that rehabilitates veterans, and a rescue that helps animals in otherwise hopeless situations. We also continue to bring quality information from credible sources in Lancaster - from veterinarians to species specialists. Our magazine has gotten larger this edition to include more departments so you can gain even more knowledge from Lancaster’s very own experts. Please enjoy our new sections on training and medical concerns. As with every edition, we love getting out there and exploring the endless wealth of knowledge and experiences our county has to offer. I cannot say enough about the Lancaster County pet community and all you have brought to us. I hope we have brought plenty of entertainment and resources to you in return. We want to celebrate our one-year anniversary edition by saying thank you to everyone who has supported us through our ﬁrst year. We couldn’t do this without all of the organizations, people, and pets in our community. Here’s to another fantastic year forward with our incredible readership. We hope you enjoy this edition and will continue to grow with us. Happy Spring 2016.
Throughout our magazine you’ll ﬁnd informative bubbles.
FLEAS THRIVE IN TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 65º AND 80ºF AND IN CONDITIONS OF HIGH HUMIDITY. SPRING 2016
TipS to Tails Quick Facts About Pets
IGUANAS CAN LIVE TO BE 15 TO 20 YEARS OLD.
DID YOU KNOW? A female cat may have four to six kittens every three months.
THE EQUINE INDUSTRY OF PENNSYLVANIA is the second largest animal agricultural industry in PA and directly accounts for over $10 billion of economic activity for our economy. There are currently 216,000 horses, mules, donkeys and burros raised on 31,000 diﬀerent locations across the state. Equine owners devote 1.14 million acres of land in PA for equine purposes with associated assets totaling nearly $8.27 billion. (source: Penn State)
57.8% OF ALL CENTRAL PA HOUSEHOLDS OWN AT LEAST 1 PET. GOAT COMPANIONSHIP While not a traditional pet such as a dog, cat, bird or ﬁsh, goats can actually make good companions. They are very aﬀectionate, loyal, intelligent, curious and loving.
Recycled Bedding Do your research to ﬁnd which bedding suits your small pet. Most wood shaving beddings, such as cedar, are harmful to small pets and should be avoided. Paper-based beddings are a great alternative and are generally composed of recycled materials. Help your pet and the environment by choosing bedding wisely. 4 LANCASTER COUNTY PET
Due to the correlation between animal abuse and human abuse, the FBI will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty nationally this year. Animal cruelty will be divided into four categories of abuse. The data collected will help both people and animals by spreading awareness of patterns of abuse.
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Events DELAWARE VALLEY GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE
9 VOLUNTEER DAY
1 PANCAKES FOR PUPPIES
THAT FISH PLACE - THAT PET PLACE 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster thatpetplace.com
LEO’S HELPING PAWS 1032 S. State Street, Ephrata leoshelpingpaws.org
HORSE TRAINING CLINIC NOBLE HILL RESCUE 2002 Noble Road, Kirkwood noblehillrescue.org
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KPETS That Fish Place - That Pet Place 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster kpets.org
CLASSIC HORSE SHOW QUENTIN RIDING CLUB 2500 Quentin Road, Lebanon quentinridingclubpa.com
BEST FRIENDS FUREVER, INC. PA United Church Center 900 South Arlington Avenue, Harrisburg bffpa.org/petapalooza
22-24 MAPACA JUBILEE
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ALPACA SHOW MID-ATLANTIC ALPACA ASSOCIATION PA Farm Show Complex 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg mapaca.org
HONORING RESCUES FEATHERED SANCTUARY EXOTIC BIRD RESCUE 1674 Kirkwood Pike, Kirkwood featheredsanctuary.com
23 PACER 5K FOR PETS
14 ART FOR ARF'S SAKE
LANCASTER COUNTY SPCA Lancaster County Central Park 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster lancasterspca.org
AUCTION HUMANE LEAGUE OF LANCASTER 500 Museum Road, Reading humaneleague.com
23 PINK MOON TOUR
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WOLF SANCTUARY 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz wolfsanctuarypa.org
THE WOLVES WOLF SANCTUARY 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz wolfsanctuarypa.org
24 DESIGNER BAG BINGO DVGRR 138 W. Main Street, Reinholds dvgrr.org
30 BARK FOR LIFE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Indian Echo Caverns 368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown relayforlife.org/barkpahha
LANCASTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE K-9 MOTORCYCLE RIDE LANCASTER KENNEL CLUB 101 Champ Blvd, Manheim lkc.club
CAUSE FOR PAWS 5-K RUN & WHEELCHAIR ROLL UDS SERVICE DOGS 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster udservices.org
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20 ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ UDS SERVICE DOGS 501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster udservices.org
21 LANCASTER BIRD EXPO SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA EXPO 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster lancasterbirdexpo.com
THE PART OF A HORSE’S MANE THAT LIES ON ITS FOREHEAD IS CALLED A FORELOCK.
The Truth About Rabbits Before spring fever has you jumping for a rabbit, learn more about their intricate lives written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
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KOI, A RABBIT ADOPTED FROM THE LCSPCA, ENJOYS A VARIETY OF FOODS! DID YOU KNOW RABBITS HAVE SPECIFIC DIETARY NEEDS? RESEARCH PROPER RABBIT DIETS TO ENSURE YOUR BUNNY IS GETTING WHAT HE NEEDS.
ertain images pop into our minds when we hear the word “rabbit,” such as the Easter bunny, cottontails hopping through ﬁelds, and rabbits resting among ﬂowers. They are symbolic of spring, and while they are cute, there is deception in what many people believe about rabbits. They are not as simple as these common scenes. They are much more interesting! Rabbits are Social & Energetic Perhaps the most time-consuming part of owning a rabbit is providing them with the necessary social interactions they need to thrive. Many believe small pets are content sitting in cages their entire lives. This belief is a falsehood, as many of them are highly social. Rabbits are no exception. They do much better and are happier when they have quality time with others, be it another rabbit or their people. Bunnies also need plenty of time out of their cages, which can satisfy their need for exercise as well as their need for interactions. Watching them “binky” around your living room is one of the most adorable sights you will ever see. Because of their need for space to adventure, run, and hop, it is imperative that you have a bunny proof area, preferably one where you spend your time. When the weather is nice, rabbits also enjoy time outdoors in a secure area under close supervision. Remember, they are diggers and can escape typical pens!
Rabbits are Fun, Intelligent & Diverse There are other ways to satisfy your rabbit’s need for exercise and socializing while also working their minds. These activities are great bonding experiences, too!
Rabbits are Long Term Commitments While many of our small, furry friends have relatively short life spans, rabbits can live as long as the average dog. That’s right, it’s not uncommon for bunnies to live 10+ years! This is amazing news for those who have the time to commit to rabbit ownership. For those who are unsure about ownership, however, it is a long time to care for an animal. Rabbits have daily care requirements. From cleaning their cage to feeding and watering, to providing them quality one on one time, they require more than a few minutes each day. Depending on the breed, grooming is also an essential part of the care routine. That being said, every moment you spend with your rabbit is rewarding. They are relatively inexpensive pets, which makes ownership easier. “Owning a pet rabbit can be as cheap as a dollar a day,” said Sarah Houseal, owner of Rustical Rabbits. The initial costs for the rabbit himself and the cage set up are the costly part. Vet care is minimal, as they are generally very healthy animals. However, ﬁnding a good vet that cares for rabbits is necessary and can be difficult. Thankfully, there are bunny friendly vets in Lancaster County. 10 LANCASTER COUNTY PET
“Rabbits are very intelligent! They like to solve puzzles, especially if there is a treat at the end,” Sarah said. She also explained that they love activities that provide physical and mental exercise, such as learning various tricks. Discovering which tricks your pet enjoys and learning how to train them adds to the fun of owning them. Agility and Jumping competitions are fun hobbies that both rabbit and handler will enjoy! If you’re interested in the show world, there are rabbit shows where judges compare entrants to their breed standard. There are so many activities you and your bunny can do together - the hard part is ﬁguring out which activity you both love! Every bunny differs in the care they need. Some are content to sit on laps while others are in constant need of physical and mental stimulation. In addition to diverse personalities, rabbits also have various physical characteristics. There are many breeds - from tiny Netherland Dwarves to large Flemish Giants. They can have lop or straight ears and long or short fur.
Owning a pet rabbit can be as cheap as a dollar a day.
They also come in a large variety of colors and patterns, all depending on the breed. Due to their diversity, there is a bunny out there for just about anyone.
Rabbits are Great Family Pets “I love everything about bunnies! I love that the sight of a bunny can melt the hardest of hearts and brighten anyone’s darkest day,” Sarah said. There is no doubt rabbits make excellent family pets. They can ﬁt into any home environment and are fun companions for the entire family. They make such fun pets that once someone gets started on these little ﬂuff balls, it’s difficult to turn back! However, many bunnies also end up in shelters due to unknowing families adopting them without realizing the commitment they signed up for. Often, this occurs when they are for kids. “I would advise that the parents be more interested in the animal than the child before purchasing a rabbit as a pet,” Sarah said. For older kids, rabbit companionship can improve their lives. "Many teenagers ﬁnd the company of a bunny in their lives as a comfort and a source of relaxation,” Sarah noted. Regardless of age, ensure the entire family is ready for the commitment in case the rabbit’s care needs to fall into someone else’s hands. Do not be discouraged if you want to bring a rabbit into your home! Do your research on breeds and plan out how you will care for your new friend. When provided with the proper care, time, and patience, rabbits are wonderful, social animals that will provide any home with years of happiness and companionship. Written in partnership with Sarah Houseal, owner of Rustical Rabbits. Sarah is a registered veterinary technician who breeds rabbits and homes rescues on her farmette in Lancaster.
ADDITIONAL FACTS: M Bunnies are born hairless after around 30 days in the womb. M Some rabbits can jump more than 3 feet high. M Depending on the rabbit, they can be leash trained with a harness.
M Rabbits are delicate pets and handling should be kept to a minimum, especially with younger kids who may not handle them properly. Learn proper ways of handling and teach them to kids, too. M If you are looking for your ﬁrst bunny, try a shelter! Rabbits are fairly common in shelters and rescues, and you can ﬁnd a personality that suits you more easily through adoption. M Rabbits can live anywhere, including apartments, so long as they are given space to roam. M For mental stimulation while you are away, provide your rabbit with toys!
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Our favoriteS Products from local businesses
1 HAY WHERE’S THAT Fungus Amungus Antifungal Leg and Body Wash. Helps prevent and kill broad spectrum skin infections • 16oz. • $17.25 Winky Wash N Udder Stuff. A Gentle Conditioning Sheath & Udder Wash. Removes Smegma and Irritating Crud • 16oz. • $16.75 That Blue Stuff. Clears up hopple burns, chaﬁng, saddle sores, coronary band fungus and can be used on the horse’s face for skin problems 16oz. • $21.50 Cross Road Tack Shop 38 W. Main St., Lebanon 717.228.2502 • crossroadtack.com
AQUADUO SEMI - CIRCLE GLASS AQUARIUM KIT A mini-aquatic ecosystem that gives you the unique opportunity to choose between two types of ﬁltration 3gal. • $93.49 (Clip Light attachment not included.) That Fish Place - That Pet Place 237 Centerville Rd., Lancaster 717.299.5691 • thatpetplace.com
3 CAREFRESH COMPLETE CONFETTI BEDDING
Made with reclaimed wood pulp paste 50L • $24.49 That Fish Place - That Pet Place 237 Centerville Rd., Lancaster 717.299.5691 • thatpetplace.com
BUDDIETAGS™ KEEPSAKES Made with white bronze, for durability, with a special hypoallergenic coating. There are three styles available, with 2-4 lines of engraving included (depending on style), and additional engraving is available for a fee per line. 1”W x 1 15/16”L • Prices start at $110 Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz 717.560.5100 • snyderfuneralhome.com
5 CATTY WHACK ELECTRONIC SOUND AND ACTION TOY Play hide and seek with your cat! • $34.99 Keystone Pet Place 100 W. Main St., Mount Joy 717.492.0027 • keystonepetplace.com
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a straight line, either. He signals to the rider that there is something they need to change about themselves. When they are not in control of themselves, they cannot be in control of their horse. Through Aspen and other horses in the TTR program, soldiers are given the opportunity to learn once again how to control something in their lives when they often feel everything is out of their control. “They have paid a large price for us,” said Laura, “so if we can do anything to help them, we will.” Aspen, along with other horses, will continue to help soldiers battling with PTSD, chronic pain, addiction, and depression among other challenges. Since the military program began in 2015, three groups of soldiers have beneﬁtted from the program. While Aspen is an amazing therapy horse today, he didn’t start out that way. “He was clueless when he ﬁrst came here.” Laura joked. When Aspen joined their program in October of 2014, he didn’t even know how to interact with other horses. He also had a bit of a naughty streak. His love for jumping, for example, was discovered when he would jump out of his pasture. However, with help from volunteer trainers, he quickly became a great asset to the program. For example, his love for jumping was turned toward activities such as show jumping. In addition to riding skills, Aspen is also trained not spook in reaction to gunshots, tarps, and other often “scary” objects and sounds that would frighten the average horse.
Aspen A well-loved horse helping soldiers reintegrate into home life written by Samantha St.Clair
soldier’s life does not return to normal just because they are home. The war for many soldiers continues, and while it may be a diﬀerent war, it is just as important. With the help of therapy animals, many soldiers are ﬁnding ways to truly return home. Aspen, a beautiful blue-eyed pintaloosa horse with the Triangle Therapeutic Riding Center (TTR) program, shows how much animals can help our nation’s heroes.
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“He is so kind and patient. And he’s a real love bug,” said Laura Rutledge, executive director of TTR. She explained that while he is an aﬀectionate horse, he also brings a much needed challenge to the soldiers in their military program. He is the perfect balance between sensitive and calm. He helps by becoming a mirror for the soldiers. If they are tense, Aspen will throw his head up, swoosh his tail and stomp his feet. He will not walk in
“Aspen has been nothing but loved,” Laura said. Many dedicated people participated in Aspen’s journey. Through his original owner and the Reinholds VFW, he found his way to TTR with the intention of being part of the military program. While he loves everyone he meets, he has an especially strong bond with Laura. He will run to greet her when he sees her and participates in competitions with her. “He is totally my boy,” she said. However, she proudly shares him with people of all ages that have various needs. He is a gentle and playful horse who has touched several lives through TTR’s assorted programs.
If you would like to learn more about Aspen or Triangle Therapeutic Riding Center, visit them online: triangletr.org
Lancaster’s Internet Sensation A photogenic cat and his loving owner create the perfect combination for internet success written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
eet Oliver Taco, founder of #TacoTongueTuesday, who has nearly 150,000 followers on Instagram. This internet sensation feline is a Lancaster County native. He was adopted from the Humane League of Lancaster in October of 2006 as a small kitten - the perfect story of a shelter cat blooming into something incredible.
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“It wasn’t my decision to get a cat,” Brianna Kibler, owner of Oliver Taco explained. “I didn’t even like cats. My mom got him for me as a gift.” Brianna had wanted a dog at the time. She was only 15, still at home, still attending high school, and still looking for a furry best friend. Because her sister already had a dog, her family didn’t want to take on a second one. Instead, Brianna wound up with a cat. “He’s the best gift I’ve ever gotten,” she said, her heart changed by Taco’s charm. She quickly fell in love with Taco as he proved to her that cats can
be just as good of companions as dogs. They grew up together Oliver growing into a celebrity, and Brianna growing into a selfproclaimed crazy cat lady and soon to be vet tech graduate. Since receiving Oliver, her new found love led her to take on two more cats. They are Dexter, another cat adopted from the Humane League, and Thor, a hospital cat she adopted from PETS. Nothing has been crazier in their journey together than Taco’s fame. “It started after I made his Instagram. I was just posting tongue pictures all the time since he sticks his tongue out when he relaxes.” On February of 2013, #TacoTongueTuesday was born, and the duo hasn’t looked back since “It was crazy, honestly. I love my cat, and I think he’s the best, but I didn’t expect other people to love him so much. I was excited when he hit 1,000 followers, and look at where we are now. Just seeing the response from people worldwide is mind blowing,” she said. Taco even has celebrity followers, something Brianna never thought would happen. The hashtag #TacoTongueTuesday has people from all over posting their “tongue out” photos. The subjects of these photos range from cats to babies, dogs, and even snakes. Aside from the constant attention, being a celebrity has other great perks. Taco has worked with major pet food and pet store companies, as well as smaller businesses. He receives gifts from
OPPOSITE: DAPPER TACO (ABOVE) AND TACO WEARING A TACO COSTUME (BELOW) ARE JUST TWO EXAMPLES OF MANY OUTFITS HE OWNS. THIS PAGE: DEXTER (ABOVE) AND THOR (BELOW) SPORTING BOW TIES, THE BEST COSTUME PIECES FOR CATS. TACO FEELS LIKE A KING IN HIS LION’ COSTUME. (BELOW) DEXTER AND TACO, RELAXING AMONG HANDMADE TACO TOYS GIFTED TO TACO. (BELOW) TACO WEARING ONE OF MANY KNIT HATS. (RIGHT SIDE) TACO’S SIGNATURE #TACTONGUETUESDAY, TONGUE-OUT POSE THAT STARTED IT ALL.
those businesses as well as from adoring fans. However, the biggest bonus of all for them is all of the friends they’ve made along the way. “It’s great meeting other people who have the same passion for animals as I do," Brianna said, "and I love seeing the photos of their pets." And what makes Taco so special? Brianna believes it’s his personality. He is a mellow cat who enjoys any and all attention given to him, even if it means getting dressed up in silly hats or costumes. His two comrades, Dexter and Thor, are good examples of most cats - they tend to freeze when dressed up. Not Taco. He sits proudly while adorning sock monkey hats and struts while wearing his perfectly matched taco costume (sized for medium dogs - he’s a big cuddly boy)! In addition to cuddling, he loves to go for walks. Anyone who wishes to see Taco may have a shot at catching him at local parks or pet stores. He frequents Longs Park particularly. Paw-parazzi are welcome to appreciate Taco! Brianna and Taco love when people visit with them, and Taco especially loves to get attention from his younger audience. While Taco has fans worldwide, Brianna says it’s locals that have the biggest impact. “When people locally say they love him, that’s what really gets me.” And if you ask Taco what he thinks of his fame? He’d probably say he just enjoys his life, which shows in all the photos that get posted on his social media accounts. And he’d probably say he enjoys taking this journey with his favorite person, who matters to him more than anything. The connection between him and Brianna is evident; he is truly a member of her family. It’d be difficult to say who loves who more. “I’m very, very attached. I know I’ll never have another one like him," Brianna said. Brianna wishes to share some advice with those who are inspired to start social media accounts for their pets. “Deﬁnitely do it. Have fun with it. Every pet has their own personality, so let that shine through in your videos and photos.” Want to follow the adoring antics of Oliver Taco, Dexter, and Thor? Follow @OliverTaco on Instagram and Twitter, and visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/olivertacocat
TINA ENJOYING HER TIME WITH ONE OF HER FAVORITE BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG CLIENTS.
LCP: Which pets have touched your life that you’ve pet sit? TO: I have met so many amazing pets through this job. Ripley, a Newfoundland, is one I helped raise and still care for. He was challenging and needed special attention from the start. He’d jump on your back and grab you like a bear. He also tore the house apart, and was very headstrong, but I grew to love him. Since November, he can no longer walk on his own, but still wants to, so I help him with that. LCP: What do you love about your job? TO: Every night I go to bed exhausted, but I wake up loving what I do. I realize pets with special needs need a stable home environment, and I love being able to provide that for them even while their owners are away. The other wonderful beneﬁt is I have made such great friends. This job is not just about pets - I love the people I meet, too.
More about TINA OVENSEN M DETAILED: Tina takes time during interviews to ask a lot of questions. By knowing everything from daily routines to tiny details, she can make sure pets are as safe and happy as possible from day one.
Q&A Tina Ovensen
M EXPERIENCED: She takes her job seriously and continues to learn more about pet health and care. Tina started off taking classes in holistics and herbal therapies.
(Owner of PetWatch Plus) written by Samantha St.Clair
PETWATCH PLUS is a pet sitting service that provides quality care to pets while their owners are away. Over the last 21 years of service, Tina has studied pet care and health extensively to ensure she provides the best care to all pets, no matter their needs. PetWatch Plus allows pets’ lives to remain as normal as possible while their owners are away.
LCP: Why did you decide to get into pet sitting? TO: I started April Fools’ Day in 1995. I discovered there were no pet sitters in Ephrata when I tried calling sitters in the area and no one would respond due to the distance. I read a book on pet sitting for proﬁt, realizing there was a need in the area. However, I started the business out of love, not out of getting rich.
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LCP: What makes your pet sitting service diﬀerent? TO: A lot of vets refer clients to me because they know I can take care of special needs pets. This job is very detailed. Each pet has individual needs, and each client has diﬀerent ways of taking care of their pets. It’s a lot to keep track of, but I love caring for cherished pets. While it can be tiring, it is deﬁnitely rewarding and enjoyable – every day is playing with animals!
M RELIABLE: Clients have learned that Tina will take care of their home and pets while they are away. She has noticed health problems before owners, preventing serious illnesses due to her vigilance. M PETS: While she considers every pet she works with to be a part of her family, Tina does have some pets of her own. She has four dogs and three cats, with a fondness for Westies.
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Cocker Spaniel written by Samantha St.Clair
hose who live with cocker spaniels explain life with them as fun and entertaining. With tails always wagging and big, soft eyes, this breed knows how to melt hearts. As the most colorful and smallest sporting breed with a large variety of looks and personalities, a cocker spaniel can ﬁt into just about any home - that is, if the home has what it takes to be a cocker spaniel owner! Depending on the type of cocker spaniel, grooming takes a considerable amount of time. There are two breeds of cocker spaniel: the American Cocker Spaniel, which is smaller and more popular in the United States, and the English Cocker Spaniel. Within those breeds, there is the show" or "bench" type and the "ﬁeld" or "working" type. While ﬁeld bred dogs have shorter coats and require less frequent grooming than bench style dogs, they also have a higher energy level. Although dedicated grooming time is a must for longer hair, the cocker spaniel’s beautiful coat does not disappoint. No matter the type, cocker spaniels are great “all around dogs” that can perform many tasks. With their loving personalities, therapy work is an excellent option with the right dog. Dogs with too much energy for therapy work excel in a variety of sports such as agility and ﬂyball. As an intelligent and athletic breed, it is important to give them a job, even if it is just as a good walking companion. The cocker spaniel is a dog with limitless devotion which makes them easier to train. However, don’t be fooled by those innocent eyes, they will test their boundaries occasionally. Consistent training, as well as love and praise for good behaviors, will ensure a well-mannered cocker spaniel. Nothing makes this breed happier than to see happy owners. While they are wonderful companions for many people, they are not suitable for all homes. They need a decent amount of exercise and thrive on companionship, so they should not be left home alone all the time. Since cockers have the tendency to be shy, socializing early is critical. While many turn into social butterﬂies, others are more content in their home environments. Because cocker spaniels can have personalities as varied as their abilities, adoption is the best option for people looking for a particular disposition. Whether you adopt the cocker spaniel of your dreams or start fresh with a puppy, when given the training and attention they thrive from, you can be guaranteed a partner that will do anything for you.
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Information courtesy of Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center Inc. M Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center Inc. is a non-proﬁt rescue focused on rescuing and rehoming cocker spaniels. If the cocker spaniel has captured your interest, contact them to learn more or to adopt your very own!
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Seasonal Bird Tip Shop Fresh! Shop Local! Take advantage of fresh seasonal foods to feed your birds. Spring means a huge assortment of tender greens, beautiful vegetables and a lot of choices they haven’t seen in a while. Spring is the time to check out the Farmer’s Markets for wonderful fresh food there for the picking. Get some collard greens, squash, water cress, red cabbage, parsley, leaf lettuce or hot peppers for your birds. They’ll thank you for the healthy vegetables in their diet. Happy Shopping! Courtesy of Patricia Sund, Pet Birds Writer birds.about.com
Some points to keep your pets safe this season.
SPRING has sprung Lancaster County has some of the state’s best dog parks. Here are a few:
BEAU’S DREAM DOG PARK AT BUCHANAN PARK 901 Buchanan Avenue, Lancaster facebook.com/BeausDreamDogParkBuchanan In 2012, Lancaster resident Angela and her dog Beau won the $500,000 Beneful Dream Dog Contest. The Buchanan Park includes a small and large dog area, both with splash pads, a doxi tunnel on the small dog side, and a tennis ball tree that launches tennis balls on the large dog side.
OVERLOOK PARK 1241 Lititz Pike, Lancaster • overlookdogpark.org The Manheim Township Dog Owners Group (MTDOG) was formed to make this the best dog park possible. Their mission is to provide a safe, friendly area where dogs can exercise and play and where dog owners can meet to improve their sense of community. Admission to the park is restricted to registered dog owners only.
DOG PARK MOUNT JOY Rapho Township Community Park, 960 Strickler Rd, Mount Joy dogparkmountjoy.com A non-proﬁt, community planned, community funded and maintained venture. The three-acre play area will be divided into three sections: one for dogs over 35 lbs, one for smaller dogs, and a 1000 square-foot bricked vestibule connecting the two play yards. Memberships will be on a rolling calendar schedule for an annual fee of $50 for the ﬁrst dog and $25 for each additional dog per family unit. Records of immunizations and clear fecal exams are required for membership.
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M It’s time for Spring Cleaning. Many household cleaners are harmful to pets. Read labels and if you see Caution or Danger on the bottle, it can cause injury to you and your pet.
M With the fresh Spring breezes, we start opening our windows. Be sure to install window screens snuggly and securely to prevent cat or bird escapes or falls.
M Spring also brings seasonal allergies. Pets can suffer from allergies just like we do. If your pet has itchy skin, irritated eyes, or respiratory troubles, it may be allergies. Talk to your vet about the best course of action.
M It’s also the time we start getting our lawns into lush shape. Fertilizers may contain herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides which increase the risk of poisoning. Use pet safe fertilizers for lawns and gardens.
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Why Your Cat is Not a Vegetarian or Vegan written by Meghan Leah Gage
plant sources. One of these includes taurine, an ingredient only found in muscle and organ meats, that is completely essential to a cat’s diet. Without this, a cat can suﬀer from blindness, heart problems, and even death. Important saturated fatty acids are also found in meat in useable forms. Fatty acids are important for hormone production, energy, cell membrane formation and protection of vital organs. Saturated fatty acids in animal-based proteins range from around 80-90% whereas plant based proteins only contain around 10-20%. Meat also contains higher amounts of water. Many cats are put on a diet primarily consisting of dry cereal grains. Just like their Savannah inhabiting ancestors, domesticated felines tend to retain water despite the quantity available to them. If they do not get adequate water from the water bowl, and their kibble contains only 10% moisture, then where are they getting it? This lack of water eventually results in many common illnesses such as chronic kidney failure and urinary tract infections.
ust like our food industry, the pet pet food industry follows fads. Unfortunately, these trends tend to be heavily inﬂuenced by humans based on personal views and ideologies. Recently there has been a new emphasis on switching to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. These options may be viable for us, but it is certainly not so for our feline companions. Anatomically speaking, unlike dogs and humans, cats are obligate carnivores. This means they are designed to consume and thrive on meat. Starting at the mouth, if you look at the teeth of a cat they are sharp, pointy and jagged, meant for holding, tearing, grinding and crushing. All of this is indicative of a meat based diet. Systematically, unlike humans, felines have a very short digestive tract so food passes very fast and must be readily absorbable to be useful. Plant material takes much longer to be digested and
broken down, so more times than not it is passed through the system almost untouched. Enzymatically, cats do not have the enzymes responsible for breaking down carbohydrates which include grains, fruits, and vegetables. They do, however, have the enzymes for breaking down meats. Meat, the main component of a feline appropriate diet, contains proteins essential for healthy muscles and organ integrity. It contains amino acids that help the body function in every imaginable way including metabolism, brain function and healing. Meat is said to have a complete amino acid proﬁle, meaning all the amino acids needed to function can be found in meat; this is not true of plantbased proteins. Dogs and humans can turn many plant proteins into the needed amino acids. However, cats do not have this ability. Meat also contains important vitamins and minerals, some that can only be found in animal protein, not from
Meat also has high bioavailability, or an ingredient’s potential to be absorbed and used by the body. Meat sources are 90-95% bioavailable versus only around 70% in plant proteins. This is why you often ﬁnd that companions on dry cereal based diets have large, smelly stool; it’s because they are not completely absorbing what they are taking in. In short, despite human views and lifestyle choices, obligate carnivores like cats cannot thrive on diets of grains and vegetables. For humans, becoming a vegan or vegetarian is usually for health or ethical reasons, but those beliefs should not be imposed on your feline companion. A vegan or vegetarian diet fed to a cat can result in detrimental health concerns, if not death. Choose a species appropriate diet for your cat to help them live longer, happier lives.
MEGHAN LEAH GAGE is the owner of The Nutrition Code educating animal lovers “Today for a Thriving Future tomorrow” in Ephrata.
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2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue Saving dogs by rescuing those that are often overlooked written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair
eginning in 2011, 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue has grown to over 90 foster homes that have helped countless dogs. Some canines are from local surrenders while others are pulled from high kill shelters in areas such as Philadelphia. Often times, those shelter dogs would otherwise face euthanasia. The rescue aims to never turn away dogs based on health and to help heal those that can recover.
Foster networks have many advantages over kenneled rescue settings. The dogs receive personal care, which thoroughly improves recovery rates. It is also easier to determine a dog’s disposition when they are in a home setting with real life situations. This helps adopters ﬁnd suitable companions which lessens the chance of dogs returning to the rescue. Whether an adopter falls in love with a dog’s online proﬁle or submits an application to have the rescue ﬁnd them a dog, anyone working with 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue has assurance in knowing the rescue does its best to create lasting bonds. There are many ways to help. Fostering is always needed, as the number of dogs rescued is dependent upon how many homes are in the network. Volunteering is an option for those who cannot foster. Volunteers perform various tasks such as fundraising and doggy sitting. Donations are always greatly appreciated since medical costs are high when saving ill and injured animals. Alternatively, the rescue hosts many events throughout the year that people can attend to both have a good time and show their support. 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue provides a sanctuary for dogs that would otherwise be forgotten. They do their best to ensure those dogs ﬁnd new, permanent homes. It takes a dedicated group of people to pour so much time, effort, and care into a rescue of this sort. Whether an owner surrender or a shelter pull with signiﬁcant medical problems, the bottom line remains the same - save them all, even if it seems hopeless.
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BELLA IS A 3 YEAR OLD BOXER/HOUND MIX THAT IS FULL OF ENERGY AND LOVE! IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A COMPANION THAT WILL KEEP YOU MOVING, SHE WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT CHOICE. THIS LOVELY GIRL FOUND HER WAY INTO THE RESCUE TWICE NOW AND HAS BEEN SEARCHING FOR ANOTHER HOME FOR ABOUT A YEAR. COULD YOU BE BELLA’S PERFECT FIT?
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CARMAN & DAKOTA WERE SURRENDERED TOGETHER. DESPITE THEIR AGES OF 8 AND 14, THIS ADORABLE PUG PAIR IS STILL FULL OF SPUNK! THEY ARE BOTH VERY FRIENDLY DOGS THAT LOVE PEOPLE AND OTHER PUPS. THEY MAY BE ADOPTED APART AS LONG AS THEY GO TO A HOME WITH ANOTHER DOG. EVERY HOME NEEDS A PUG (OR TWO)!
Pups Ready for Homes Interested in adopting? 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue receives many dogs - from purebreds to mixed breeds of all sizes and personalities.
Learn more and view more dogs at: 2ndchance4liferescue.org
ACE IS AN APPROXIMATELY 5 YEAR OLD CHIHUAHUA MIX THAT WAS FOUND ABANDONED IN AN AMISH APARTMENT WITH HIS BROTHER. WHILE HIS BROTHER WAS ADOPTED, ACE IS STILL LOOKING FOR HIS “FUREVER” HOME. HE LOVES PEOPLE, BUT WOULD PREFER TO BE THE ONLY DOG.
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Lure Coursing A canine game of speed and determination written by Samantha St.Clair
s spring brings warmer weather, it also brings plenty of fun. There is one warm weather activity that is sure to tire your dog out while you get to relax and watch the action. That activity is lure coursing, a ﬂag chasing game that dogs love.
For dogs that aren’t so sure about chasing a bag, some play and encouragement with the ﬂags before having the dog run the course will often get them into the game. Since the machine can go at any speed, older dogs with less stamina can also enjoy the sport with a calmer run.
The lure coursing track consists of a string and pulley mechanism that pulls ﬂags through a course of varying twists and turns. The ﬂags are generally white plastic bags - something that toy chasing enthusiasts simply can’t resist! While most run a course with several turns that make the chase more engaging, newer and younger dogs will run straight lines until they are physically and mentally ready for the real challenge.
For those who are really into the game, competition level lure coursing may be a good challenge, too. While the atmosphere is far more serious than fun run events, dogs get the same enjoyment while working toward titles. The AKC lure coursing competitions are for sighthounds only, though there is a special category for other breeds and mixes called the Coursing Ability Test (CAT).
Lure coursing is a diverse sport in that it allows dogs of any age, breed, size and energy level to enjoy it. From howling basset hounds to tiny Chihuahuas, dogs with the drive to chase toys often pick up lure coursing with little to no training since chasing the ﬂags comes naturally.
For most, ﬁnding a place for casual play is the best route to pursue. Owners get to enjoy watching their dogs run the course while relaxing in a stress-free, fun, and exciting environment. Those with dogs that have a lot of energy to burn, or those who just want get their dogs out of the house, are encouraged to try it out!
MORE INFORMATION M Barkby Plungers offers many opportunities
for lure coursing both in and around Lancaster. They travel with their lure coursing equipment and hold event fundraisers for various organizations. Visit their website to learn more about their upcoming events and to discover when you can try this fun sport with your dog: barkbyplungers.com
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Who’s That Kitty In the Window? Feline workers bring joy to both shop employees and visitors written by Samantha St.Clair
Most likely the cat sitting in the front window surrounded by delicate glassworks is Eﬃe, the “queen of the shop” an experienced worker. He enjoys simply hanging out, and while you may not see him as often as Eﬃe, he too loves attention from guests. He will often greet people by meowing and rubbing against their legs. Like many older fellows, he is quite the talker and has many stories to tell.
s you window shop in Lancaster City, don’t be surprised to see a cat staring back at you when you come across Art & Glassworks on Queen Street. Just like regular employees, the cats there have important jobs in the shop. Most likely the cat sitting in the front window surrounded by delicate glassworks is Eﬃe, the “queen of the shop”. Eﬃe’s job is to greet customers - and she does a good job luring them in, too. Eﬃe has been at her job since a very young
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age, brought in at four weeks old after the shop owner’s son found her in a box outside six years ago. She enjoys the perks of the job, such as turkey at lunch time, aﬀection from customers, and sunbathing on breaks. While she did have her rambunctious kitten years, and miraculously didn’t break any glass in those times, she is now calm and serious about her duties. Even calmer is the “grandfather” cat of the shop, Mickey. Mickey was adopted and has spent many years with Art & Glassworks. Now at 13 years young, he is
There is a third cat at Glassworks, Morris, who maintains a job as a mystery cat. A white and orange beauty, Morris keeps track of the back stock room and isn’t seen by many. To have Morris greet you is something special! He only has a certain few he will come out to see regularly. Although shy, he does know how to have fun. He loves to play in water and enjoys napping with his best friend, Mickey. Shop animals bring life to their environment and make both working at and visiting shops more enjoyable. If you’re in Lancaster and get a chance, stop by and meet these feline workers! They already have regular visitors maybe you can be their next fan!
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Is Your Dog a Pudgy Pooch? Overweight pets are plagued with preventable health problems written by Laurie Yost
ogs are our furry family members, and we want them to be healthy and live long lives. Obesity is the number one nutritional problem and health threat of pets today. Overweight pets are typically uncomfortable since they may have labored breathing, diﬃculty walking and increased lethargy. Less activity means lower metabolism which in turn leads to more weight gain. It can be as vicious a cycle as it is with humans. So what can you do to help your pudgy pooch? To be fully eﬀective there are several steps to this equation. A healthy diet that consists of a premium quality dog food and equally healthy treats are key factors. There are many wonderful foods on the market, many of which are designed speciﬁcally for overweight dogs. Please educate yourself; many foods that are advertised as healthy or organic are far from good food choices. Diet combined with exercise is the best way to burn calories and lose weight, and it needs to be a long-term lifestyle change to avoid the yo-yo eﬀect of weight loss and weight gain. Take your dog for a walk, play ball or Frisbee or learn a dog sport like agility, ﬂyball or dock diving. The health beneﬁts will be great for you and your dog. Your dog should have an appointment with a veterinarian to assure he is in good physical condition and is healthy enough to begin a new, more active lifestyle. Our dogs give so much to us every day… love, devotion, companionship and even laughter; isn’t it only fair to give them the very best life in return?
AN ESTIMATED 54% OF DOGS AND CATS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE.
LAURIE YOST is the owner of Playful Pups Retreat and founder of Pitties.Love.Peace, both located in Elizabethtown.
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PETS registered therapy team Carol Hopwood and her dog, Maggie, loved to visit Acadia, a facility for those with brain injuries. Each week they would visit in a group setting where the ‘clients’ practiced following instructions and cooperating together while playing with Maggie. During this time, the cognitive therapist engaged these clients in conversation about Maggie: discussing her behaviors, if she needed a drink, if she would like to continue playing or if she wanted to rest. She would also challenge them with memory exercises about Maggie.
WHILE MAGGIE HAS SINCE PASSED, MANY DOGS ARE CONTINUING HER LEGACY OF TOUCHING LIVES AND WARMING HEARTS.
However, there was one behavior that really made an impression on the therapist. You see, her name was Maggie, too. Even though “human” Maggie worked with these people day after day, the clients would not remember HER name. When Carol and “canine” Maggie arrived, they all knew the dog’s name was Maggie. “Human” Maggie took no oﬀense; she was elated that the clients worked so well with Maggie and could recall her name. She would always comment on how much more cohesive everyone was when Maggie joined them. Maggie is a prime example of how therapy pets improve lives.
KPETS volunteer teams visit many settings. Initially starting in retirement health-care settings, KPETS has expanded into a wide variety of venues.
Touching Lives, Warming Hearts!
KPETS teams share their pets with patients in hospice, serving the staff as well as the family members during difficult times. Therapy dogs motivate patients in physical, occupational and speech therapies. For example, children with special needs or stroke survivors may need to practice balance and/or endurance by standing for periods of time. This is made enjoyable by playing fetch with the dog. Holding a brush to groom the dog or unzipping pockets on the dog’s vest will strengthen ﬁne motor skills. Children in schools and libraries practice reading to KPETS therapy pets, making reading FUN. KPETS visits are a welcome comfort to patients receiving their hours-long chemo treatments. Colleges use KPETS teams as part of freshmen orientation to encourage student interactions. Visits during exam week provide stress relief. KPETS teams are on-call to offer solace for abuse cases.
That is what KPETS volunteers and their pets do each time they venture out on a therapy visit
There are many medical studies that prove the beneﬁts of Human/Animal Interactions (HAI). This is something KPETS volunteers witness regularly.
To ﬁnd out how to become a volunteer, request our service or donate, visit kpets.org.
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required to prevent damage to the eyes of all involved. Dogs with conﬁrmed cancer should be carefully screened as the laser stimulates cells and the healing process, but can stimulate growth of these cancer cells as well.
5. Which pets make the best candidates for laser therapy? Almost any pet old or young that has pain, acute or chronic, or is dealing with an injury of any kind. Some speciﬁc cases we have noted great results with include chronic neck and back pain arising from disc issues (looking at you Dachshunds!), arthritic animals that haven’t responded fully to other treatments, and animals that have had recent surgery or are recovering from a soft tissue injury (bruise, sprain, bite wound, etc.).
Q&A DR. KELLER (Landisville Animal Hospital)
1. What is laser therapy and what is it used to treat? High Power Laser Therapy is an exciting emerging treatment that relies on light energy to stimulate the healing process in damaged cells while also helping to decrease the sending and creation of pain signals in tissue. This is NOT the same as Laser Surgery, which uses focused lasers to actually cut and dissect tissue. Laser therapy has been shown to be beneﬁcial in a variety of diseases and medical problems in both the human and veterinary ﬁelds. In both clinical studies and cases seen in our hospital, we have seen dramatic results in decreasing pain, speeding up healing times, and reducing inﬂammation.
2. Why would you recommend laser therapy over more traditional treatments? The beauty of laser therapy is that it works as a stand-alone treatment but also works very well as an adjunctive or additional treatment with other therapies like pain medication and physical therapy.
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However, it is of particular use when there might be medical reasons that other therapies such as pain medication might be dangerous, like cases of dogs or cats that are in liver or kidney failure.
3. What is the treatment process? Fast, easy and painless! Actually, the laser produces a warming sensation on the skin (or fur!) that can help alleviate pain as well. Most machines have treatment protocols built in for speciﬁc problems and locations, and sizes of animals. For instance, the technician might select Stiﬂe (knee), chronic musculoskeletal pain, and 70-80lbs for a Labrador with arthritic pain. The length of time and power of the laser is adjusted automatically for each patient and problem. Treatment usually takes between 3-20 minutes.
4. What are the risks of laser therapy? There have been virtually no risks or contraindications of laser therapy noted in clinical trials or anecdotally in practice. Adequate eye protection, for technician or doctor, owner, and even “Doggles” for your dog or cat undergoing treatment are
We do offer Laser Therapy here at Landisville Animal Hospital, but please consult your own veterinarian if Laser Therapy is an appropriate therapeutic option for your pet that may be in chronic pain or is recovering from an acute injury. For more info and testimonials, go to MyKLaserPet.com
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+ B E H AV I O R & T R A I N I N G
Leash Walking Tips with Wendy Jordan of Dog Sense Learning Center written by Samantha St.Clair
etting pulled around by your dog is not only embarrassing in a crowded park, but it’s also detrimental to your and your dog’s health. A pulling dog is more than an inconvenience as the tension from pulling strains your arms, shoulders and back. For your dog, pulling can cause lasting damage to his neck when using a collar, or chest and shoulders when using a harness. Certainly the other dangers are not to be forgotten. Leashes can snap or slip out of your hands with enough force, causing your dog to escape.
“The better relationship is the dog that follows the owner,” said Wendy Jordan, a Lancaster trainer that hears all too often of the feats of dog walking. Leash training should be a fun bonding experience, not a chore. Creating a strong bond will create a dog that looks to its owner for direction. Starting small is the key to success. Begin by teaching your dog to look at you. Have a reward your dog likes, be it a toy or treat or aﬀection, and have a sound signal that tells the dog they’ve done something right. Sound signals, more formally known as a behavior marker, help your dog learn more quickly. Once your dog learns how to focus on you, you can move to leash work. Try practicing “heel” in your yard or even in your home before moving to bigger, more exciting areas such as parks. Teaching heel should begin by letting your dog know pulling will not get him anywhere. If your dog pulls, stop and wait until there is slack in the leash before continuing. In the end, your dog should be beside you. Is your dog heeling like a pro? Take him out to a park! If your dog decides to misbehave, even after he’s been walking
well on the leash for a while, start from the beginning with regaining his focus. Positive praise, consistency, and remaining calm are all key points to training, regardless of what your dog is learning. If you’re still ﬁnding it diﬃcult to walk your dog, and your training is not going as intended, the best way to ﬁnd success is to contact a trainer. In the end, all your eﬀorts will be worth it when you get to enjoy the beautiful weather with your companion happily by your side this spring.
“Teaching heel should begin by letting your dog know pulling will not get him anywhere.” – Wendy Jordan
WENDY JORDAN is dedicated to dogs of all types and personalities. Visit the Dog Sense Learning Center website to learn more about Wendy and the facility, and to possibly schedule a needed training session with your dog: dogsensewithwendy.com
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Sit and Stay
THE WORLD’S SMARTEST DOGS ARE THOUGHT TO BE (1) THE BORDER COLLIE, (2) THE POODLE, AND (3) THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER
Below are just a few of the many businesses in the area
Dog Friendly Restaurant Tips 1. Ensure your dog can follow basic commands. They should be able to sit, lie down, come and stay. Since they need to be out of the way of paths and other patrons, they need to stay near you and these commands help. 2. Bring a water bowl. While most dogfriendly places provide water bowls, it is always best to be prepared. 3. Be aware of your dog at all times. There are many temptations, such as sneaking food or begging at other tables. 4. Always call ahead. Some restaurants are seasonal in allowing pets as they only allow them in outdoor areas.
PET FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
If your canine or feline friend is in need of some fur and nail styling, there is no shortage of passionate and professional groomers here in Lancaster.
It’s hard to ﬁnd places that are doggy friendly. These restaurant have outdoor space that allows dogs. We suggest you call in advance.
Deb the Dog Groomer 1027 Dillerville Road Lancaster, PA 17603 717.394.8134 debthedoggroomer.com
Four 54 Grill Dogs welcome on outside deck, leashed. 454 New Holland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17602 717.390.2626 454grill.com
D’tails 850 Milton Grove Road North Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.361.8245 facebook.com/Dtails2011 Drake’s Pet Place 1874 Lincoln Hwy E Lancaster, PA 17602 717.290.1131 facebook.com/Drakes-Pet-Place Renee’s Pet Grooming Salon 117 Oak Ridge Drive Mountville, PA 17554 717.285.3330 reneespetgroomingsalon.ieasysite.com
PET SITTERS You will ﬁnd these experienced and passionate pet care professionals are happy to watch over your furry family members.
Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli Dogs are welcome on outside patio, leashed. 25 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 717.394.5544 isaacsdeli.com Lancaster Brewing Company Dogs welcome on outside deck, leashed. 302 North Plum Street Lancaster, PA 17602 717.391.6258 lancasterbrewing.com Prince Street Cafe Dogs welcome on outside deck, leashed. 15 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17602 717.397.1505 princestreetcafe.com The Fridge Dogs welcomed on outside deck, leashed. Water provided. 534 North Mulberry Street Lancaster, PA 17603 717.490.6825 beerfridgelancaster.com
When looking for a fantastic place for your four-legged friend to frolic and socialize, these reputable kennels provide a safe and healthy environment.
Deb’s Pet Buddies Lititz, PA 17543 717.283.4438 debspetbuddies.com
Playful Pups Retreat 850 Milton Grove Road N. Elizabethtown, PA 17022 717.689.3408 playfulpupsretreat.com
Peace of Mind, LLC Lancaster and Lititz areas 717.435.6241 peaceofmindllc.net
Marco’s Restaurant and Pizzeria Dogs allowed on outside patio, leashed. 1410 River Road, Marietta, PA 17547 717.426.2210 marcos-pizza.net
Your Place or Mine Pet Sitting 811 South 16th Street Columbia, PA 17512 717.330.6519 facebook.com/ yourplaceorminepetsittingpa
The Waterfront Dogs allowed outside on deck, leashed. 680 Millcross Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 717.390.8777 thewaterfrontlancaster.com
Gochenauer Kennels, Inc. 995 Fruitville Pike Lititz, PA 17543 717.569.6151 gochenauerkennels.com
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+ AROUND LANCASTER
Marty McFly taking a window seat in Mountville.
Molly still prefers her socks in Lancaster.
Penny posing on the Northwest River Trail near Marietta.
Finding that sweet spot, Chiro in Ephrata.
M Flipping for attention, Walter in Mountville.
18 year old Miss Emily Rose is ready for Spring in Penryn.
Rudy chillin' in Manor Township.
Looking quite adorable, Champ in Pequea.
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Pebbles and Misty in Marietta.
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ANIMAL SUPPORT AGENCIES 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue Foster network for dogs P.O. Box 549 Elizabethtown, PA 17022 2ndchance4liferescue.org Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Golden & Labrador Retrievers, Goldendoodles and Labradoodles rescue 60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds, PA 17569 • 717.484.4799 dvgrr.org Furever Home Adoption Center, Inc. All volunteer, no kill, cage free facility 5984 Main Street East Petersburg, PA 17520 • 717.560.6400 fureverhomeadoptioncenter.com
Operation Scarlet Shar-Pei rescue P.O. Box 8463 Lancaster, PA 17604 • 717.397.6362 operationscarlet.com PAWS Cat Rescue No-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter Petsmart 1700 Fruitville Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 • 717.957.8122 pawsofpa.org Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Helping avoid the surrender of a family pet due to the lack of resources 26 Millersville Road Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.983.8878 petpantrylc.org
BIRD RESCUES Humane League of Lancaster County Shelter, Adopt, Educate & Protect 2195 Lincoln Highway E. Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.393.6551 humaneleague.com
Feathered Sanctuary Exotic Bird Rescue 1674 Kirkwood Pike Kirkwood, PA 17536 • 717.529.2966 featheredsanctuary.com
Lancaster C.A.R.E.S Coalition for Animal Rescues, Education and Services 5984 Main Street East Petersburg, PA 17520 • 717.983.8878 lancastercares.org
Lair of Dragons Bird Rescue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.431.8599 lairofdragonsbirdrescue.com
Lancaster County SPCA Shelter, humane care and adoptions of stray and unwanted animals 848 South Prince Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.917.6979 lancasterspca.org Leo’s Helping Paws Financial assistance to dog rescue groups 1284 Wheatland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.475.9621 leoshelpingpaws.org Lost Paws of Lancaster Animal Rescue P.O. Box 551 Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.725.3136 lostpawsoﬂancaster.org
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ORCA Organization for Responsible Care of Animals 401 East Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.397.8922 orcarescue.org
PETS Pet Emergency Treatment Services 930 North Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.295.7387 lancasterpetemergency.com
LARGE ANIMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT Large Animal Protection Society Large Animal Abuse/Neglect Reporting P.O. Box 243 West Grove, PA 19390 • 610.869.9880 largeanimalprotectionsociety.org
SERVICE DOGS UDS Service Dogs Training Programs 1905 Olde Homestead Lane Lancaster, PA 17605 • 888.837.4235 udservices.org
THERAPY SERVICES KPETS Pet Enhanced Therapy Services 630 Janet Avenue Lancaster, PA 17601 • 888.685.7387 kpets.org
WOLF RESCUE Wolf Sanctuary of PA 465 Speedwell Forge Road Lititz, PA 17543 • 717.626.4617 wolfsanctuarypa.org
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It is the mission of Happy Tails Animal Hospital to provide exceptional patient care through client education and complete health maintenance throughout the life of each pet. Our goal is to provide the very best preventative care not only to keep your pet healthy, but also to provide the highest quality medicine in times when your pet’s health is ailing. Below is a list of some of our hospital services. We are excited to show you all that we have to offer. We are proud of our hospital, and would love to take you on a “behind the scenes” tour upon your request. • • • •
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