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8: Protecting Lancaster’s Wildlife While pets mean everything to us, it’s important for us to take care of our local wildlife, too. Learn how you can save and protect the critters that share your backyard. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

16: Canine Mobile Blood Bank When medical emergencies strike, there is often a need for donated blood for our pets. Discover how your dog can help save lives by becoming a volunteer blood donor. BY SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

Rescue Highlight

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Letter From the Editor Appreciating Nature

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Tips Quick facts about animals, including breeds of goats and how to report animal abuse

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Events Local events from April-June, 2018

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The Good Stuff Our favorite products from around Lancaster

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Pet Lover Introducing cows as pets

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Community Interview with Maddie Walder

20: Meet the Breed A turtle species, the diamondback terrapin

22: Seasonal Spring tips and facts

24: Rescue Highlight Humane League of Lancaster County

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Fun Focus Cat Walking

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Training and Behavior In-Home Training

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Health Reptile Vet Care

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Expert Insights Pet Friendly Flooring

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Pet Services Information on various local businesses

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Around Lancaster Spring pet photos provided by LCP readers

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APPRECIATING NATURE WHEN YOU PICKED UP THIS ISSUE OF LCP, THE SKUNK ON THE COVER MAY have been a bit of a surprise when there’s usually a familiar species of pet looking at you. We decided to change up our main article this edition to be about wild animals. It has always been part of our objectives moving forward to include bits and pieces of nature articles, and there’s no better time than spring to add some love for the undomesticated creatures of our county. If it’s an animal, we want people to be informed about it, even if it's not an ordinary, suitable pet.

Our cover skunk is an advocate for wildlife. Her name is Tapioca, and she’s an educational animal with Raven Ridge Wildlife Center, who we were privileged to work with for our main feature on saving and preserving wildlife. Tapioca travels to various events spreading knowledge about the beautiful native creatures of Lancaster County. There is a surprising amount to learn about these animals. They are a part of our ecosystems and play vital roles such as keeping pests in check. For example, a little known fact about opossums is the sheer amount of ticks they eat per season. I don’t know about you, but I value an animal who keeps ticks off me and my pets! Appreciating nature goes beyond respecting wildlife. As spring sends us all on walks, have a good look around at what the outdoor world has to offer. The parks you enjoy and the hiking trails you and your dog look forward to are aspects of our county that are often taken for granted. Many small actions ensure we keep these beautiful areas amidst growing city developments. Keeping these areas clean, picking up after your pets, and refraining from disturbing nature are all minimal, but necessary actions that will keep our natural landscapes thriving. The remainder of this edition is full of fun and important pet information and stories. Articles include topics on dog blood donors, reptiles, cows, and some amazing people and businesses in our county. We hope you can enjoy some time sitting outside with your pets as you read this edition of LCP. As we’d love to develop more exciting and diverse articles to come, please do keep sending us ideas for future topics you think people would benefit from hearing about. We thank you for your continued support.

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THROUGHOUT OUR MAGAZINE YOU’LL FIND INFORMATIVE BUBBLES.

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TipS to Tails Quick Facts About Pets

Do Alpacas and Llamas Spit? YES THEY DO! Alpacas and llamas are known to spit at other camelids and at humans. This unusual trait helps them to communicate and establish dominance within their herd. Females may spit to ward off the advances of an unwelcome male, and both males and females express displeasure through spitting. Alpacas and llamas who have formed a close bond with a human family may feel comfortable spitting at their caretakers to signal annoyance just as they would a fellow alpaca. Confined spaces like petting zoos can make an alpaca feel unsafe, and spit at another alpaca or the nearest human. Watch out for flying-and partially digested-food! (livingthecountrylife.com)

BREEDS OF GOATS Reporting Animal Abuse in Lancaster County and Pennsylvania To report suspected animal cruelty, contact:

• The local municipal police department

Here a goat, there a goat. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to breeds of goats and learning about their features. A dairy goat is also called a milk goat, meaning that it produces more milk than needed to feed its young, or kids, until they are weaned, and in turn provides a household its milk to drink or use in making dairy products. Dairy breeds: Alpine, La Mancha, Nigerian Dwarf, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, Sable and Toggenburg.

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A meat goat is bred for food consumption. Goat meat is popular in countries outside the U.S. The meat is easier to digest than red meats, and is lower in cholesterol, saturated and total fat and calories than most meats. Meat breeds: Boer, Kiko, Spanish and Tennessee.

tipline: animalabuse@co.lancaster.pa.us

Fiber goats produce luxurious and durable fabric for clothing and home textiles. Soft and warm, the fiber is high quality.

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• Pennsylvania State Police @717-299-7650 • Lancaster County District Attorney’s IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE TIPLINE: Abuse in progress should be reported to respective police departments. The tipline does not offer immediate assistance or response. General complaints about a shelter or rescue group should not be sent to the tipline. Tips can be made anonymously.

PENNSYLVANIA SPCA TIPLINE: cruelty@pspca.org For large animals, contact Crge Animal Protection Society (LAPS): lapspa@hotmail.com or 610-869-9880 If this is an emergency (active crime being committed), please dial 911. If this is not an emergency, please dial 717-664-1180.

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NUMBER OF LITTER BOXES VERSUS NUMBER OF CATS IN HOUSEHOLD... VETERINARIANS RECOMMEND HAVING ONE MORE litter box in your house than the number of cats you have. The following medical and behavioral issues may result from having too few litter boxes: n Inappropriately urinating around the house, especially

on furniture and fabrics n Spraying n Urinating or defecating right outside the box n Increased risk of developing feline lower urinary tract

disease (FLUTD) and feline urethral obstruction (FUO) Providing multiple locations and litter boxes helps to ease the anxiety of more timid cats who might welcome a box in a more private and quieter location in the house. TIP: Place puppy pads under litter boxes to protect your floors.


EVENTS: 4/4 - Local Brewery Spotlight Featured: Collusion Brewing in York 4/14 - Captain Morgan’s Cancer Auction Music: Chapmans & The Rodman 4/15 - Third Sunday Bloody Mary Brunch Jazz w/Tom Hilliker Duo 5/2 - El Tesoro Tequila Sampling Event

Take the short drive to Historic Marietta . . . Along the Susquehanna River Trail! Open Sunday 12 noon - Monday thru Friday 11:30 a.m. (Saturdays are available to rent for a private function.) * Rotating Craft Taps * Upscale Irish Whiskeys, Bourbons & Tequila * Patio Seating * Fresh Tavern Menu * Live Music: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday * Bicycle Rack Available

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5/12 - Muttinee for Animal Rescue (Benefits local no kill shelters) Live Music 5/13 - Mother’s Day Dinner & Bloody Mary Sunday 5/19 - Marietta Day Block Party Live music, Yard games. 5/20 - Third Sunday Bloody Mary Brunch Jazz w/Tom Hilliker Duo 5/23 - Local Brewery Spotlight Featured: Stoudt’s Brewing in Adamstown 6/2 - Marietta Music & Beer Festival Live music all over town. Check our website or Facebook for event times.

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Red Rose Classic Weekend May 12 & 13 Lebanon Expo Center Saturday Course Ability Test (Lure Coursing) 9:00 AM & 1:00 PM Rally Trials – 9:30 AM Admission Free Sunday 73rd Annual All Breed Dog Show 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Rally Trial – 8:30 AM Obedience Trial – 8:30 AM $5 Parking Fee – Show Admission Free Vendors and Concessions Available. Only Dogs registered in the Show can be on site

Sheriff’s K-9 Motorcycle Ride June 10 Emergency Preparedness Training Center Responsible Dog Ownership Day September 16 Amos Herr Park

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BARK FOR LIFE OF HUMMELSTOWN HERSHEY AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY Schaffner Park (Boro Park) Poplar & Water Streets, Hummelstown relayforlife.org/barkpahha

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APRIL DREAM DINNERS FUNDRAISER FUREVER HOME ADOPTION CENTER Dream Dinners Lancaster 1577 Manheim Pike, Lancaster fureverhomeadoptioncenter.com SHELTER BEHAVIOR SEMINAR DELAWARE VALLEY GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESCUE DVGRR 60 Vera Cruz Road, Reinholds dvgrr.org

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BASKET BINGO PAWS AND THE DOGS’ DEN Hummelstown Fire Hall 249 East Main Street, Hummelstown pawsofpa.org

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PENN MOBILE BLOOD BANK KPETS That Fish Place - That Pet Place 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster kpets.org

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LANCASTER KENNEL CLUB ANNUAL RED ROSE CLASSIC LANCASTER KENNEL CLUB Lebanon Valley Exposition Center & Fairgrounds 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon lancasterkennelclub.org

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ART FOR ARF’S SAKE! HUMANE PENNSYLVANIA Santander Performing Arts Center 136 N 6th Street, Reading humanepa.org

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PETAPALOOZA Central Penn College 600 Valley Road, Summerdale petapaloozapa.com

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FELINE SOLUTIONS THAT FISH PLACE - THAT PET PLACE That Fish Place -That Pet Place 237 Centerville Road, Lancaster thatpetplace.com

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ANNUAL SPRING TRAINING CLINIC NOBLE HILL RESCUE, INC. 2002 Noble Road, Kirkwood noblehillrescue.org

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KPETS ORIENTATION KPETS 2120 Oregon Pike, 2nd Floor, Lancaster kpets.org

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DUE TO THEIR LOW BODY TEMPERATURE, IT IS RARE FOR AN OPOSSUM TO CARRY RABIES.


Protecting Lancaster’s Wildlife How you can help preserve local wildlife As spring approaches, the chance of coming into contact with wildlife increases as ospring enter this world. Lancaster is home to a variety of species, including squirrels, raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and a plethora of feathered friends, all of which are a privilege to have in our backyards. written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair


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It is our responsibility to take care of the creatures we have remaining around us, whether that means helping an injured animal, or knowing that it is important to keep wildlife in the wild. Fortunately, Lancaster County is blessed with an experienced wildlife rehabilitation center that is here to provide information as we move forward into the season where nature is in full bloom.

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sure to follow their instructions very carefully to minimize stress, prevent further injury to the animal, and keep yourself safe. If you think you can rehabilitate an animal yourself, just remember there is a reason getting a wildlife rehabilitation permit is difficult. It is illegal to harbor an animal in your home to raise or rehabilitate it yourself without a permit and it often leads to a worsening condition for the animal. “People have good intentions but end up doing more harm than good,” Tracie explained. “We get cases where someone tried to rehabilitate at home and then realized the animal was dying. By the time that animal makes it to us, sometimes there is nothing we can do anymore.”

Founded in 2015 by Tracie Young, Raven Ridge Wildlife Center rehabilitates roughly 2,000 animals every year. From opossums hit by cars to raptors injured by chicken wire, they put time, dedication, and love into their efforts to make animals ready to return to the wild.

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“I began this effort after I wanted to help at an oil spill and couldn’t since I was not a licensed rehabilitator,” Tracie said. “Becoming licensed was a huge dedication, but I didn’t want to miss out on helping again.” The difficulty of becoming a wildlife rehabilitator is part of why there are only 29 rehabilitators in Pennsylvania. Several hundred hours of volunteering, followed by a letter of recommendation is only the start. “I am one of only 13 in the state that can take rabies vector species (RVS), which includes bats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes, and groundhogs.”

The best way you can help wildlife is to keep them where they belong and minimize their contact with humans. “The interactions you make with an animal will determine that creature’s fate,” Tracie said. “Feeding, for example, is one of the most detrimental and widespread practices. Say you like raccoons and decide to feed them so you can see them more. In turn, you train them to be in people's yards searching for food. Most people see raccoons approaching them and assume rabies, not that the animal has been trained to look for food from humans. Just because you appreciate an animal, it does not mean all of your neighbors will.”

Being a wildlife rehabilitator is a 24/7 responsibility. “I get calls on holidays, weekends, and in the middle of the night. When it comes to spring, it gets rough because the baby season starts. Some young animals need bottle feeding three to five times a day. It’s exhausting work, but it’s also gratifying,” Tracie said. “However, this is not something for everyone. We are not playing with animals; we are saving lives.” Raven Ridge covers around seven counties and is not funded by state, federal, or local funding.

“Direct contact with animals is another action to avoid. People see cute animals, especially babies, and they want to pick them up and cuddle them. These interactions disturb wildlife and can become harmful to the animals and people,” Tracie said. During spring, there is also the temptation to capture young animals to keep as pets. Not only is there a fine of up to $1,500 per wild animal harbored in the person's home, but, if the animal is a rabies vector species, it must be euthanized and tested for rabies in accordance with state health official guidelines.

WHEN TO INTERVENE Everyday citizens have roles to play in the lifesaving work done “The moment you start teaching animals to be dependent on peoby Raven Ridge Wildlife Center, but these responsibilities may be ple is the moment you start jeopardizing lives,” Tracie explained. a bit different than one imagines. “Appreciate animals from afar, and when Instead of harboring a wild animal in you must intervene to help them, do so their home to try and save it themselves, with as little contact as possible. I underOBTAINING WILD it is imperative that people only interstand they are cute, but they are meant ANIMALS AS PETS vene when necessary and interact with to be wild.” the animal as little as possible. “A lot of people think animals are injured when they are not,” Tracie said. Especially with offspring, people think they need help because they appear abandoned. An orphaned baby is rare, though. Moms often leave their young somewhere safe and return for them later. Always start by looking for blood injuries and call a rehabilitator before you start interfering with an animal. If you tell us what you are seeing and send us pictures with your phone, we can tell you if the animal needs our attention.” If a rehabilitator determines that the animal needs assistance, be

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WHILE YOU CAN OBTAIN MANY WILD ANIMAL SPECIES FROM THE PET TRADE, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THEY MAKE GOOD PETS. MOST OF THEM ARE HIGH MAINTENANCE, DIFFICULT TO CONTROL AND TRAIN, AND DESTRUCTIVE IN A HOME ENVIRONMENT. WHILE SOME OF THESE ANIMALS, SUCH AS SKUNKS, ARE LEGAL WHEN OBTAINED THROUGH A BREEDER, REMEMBER IT IS ALWAYS ILLEGAL TO TAKE AN ANIMAL OUT OF THE WILD TO KEEP. DO THOROUGH RESEARCH BEFORE CONSIDERING ANY OF THESE CRITTERS FOR YOUR HOME. OFTEN TIMES WILD SPECIES BOUGHT AS PETS END UP IN WILDLIFE CENTERS AFTER THEIR OWNERS REALIZE THEY ARE NOT AS CUDDLY AND TRAINABLE AS A DOG OR CAT.

WHY PROTECT WILDLIFE? “On the opposite end of appreciation for wildlife, we hear a lot of: ‘Well, it’s just a squirrel! Why put the time and resources into saving it?’” Tracie said. “I remind people who question the point of saving wildlife just how delicate the balance of nature is. Everyone always says there are so many of these creatures, but that can change. Just an opossum or just a skunk may be something we take for granted and lose out on in the future. We raise and release animals so they can partake in the vital roles they play in our ecosystem. Every animal has a purpose and a right to live.”


Raven Ridge promotes wildlife by hosting informational displays for people to see their education animals up close. During these public outreach sessions, guests can learn more about the creatures that inhabit their backyards and what Raven Ridge does for the community. If you are interested in learning more about wildlife, Raven Ridge, and how you can become an ambassador for wildlife, visit Raven Ridge online and ďŹ nd when you can participate in an educational event: ravenridgewildlifecenter.org


Licking keeping you up at night? Skin allergies and skin infections are ranked at the top of the list among dog insurance claims submitted in the country. Itchy pets are hard to ignore. Itchiness presents in many different forms in dogs and cats, and they are not always so obvious to the untrained eye. So often we hear owners say “they keep me up all night chewing and licking themselves” or “he licks his paws, it's just something he has always done”. Allergy symptoms in dogs and cats can include but are not limited to itching, red/irritated/crusty skin, chewing paws, and hair loss. Allergies can be caused by many things such as, pollens and dust mites, food, and even fleas. Identifying and treating the source of an allergy can be tricky, and there is no quick fix. Luckily, there have been new advancements in veterinary medicine to help improve the quality of life for you and your itchy pet. Cytopoint is a newer product that we offer. It begins working within 1 day, safe for all ages, and can be used in conjunction with other medications. Schedule your pets wellness exam today!

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Flexible arms dangle toy balls above a cubby retreat and a resting bench with sisal-wrapped supports and designer print fabrics. McCracken’s Pet Supply and Feed Store 700 North Market Street, Elizabethtown 717.361.8300 • mccrackenspetfoodandsupply.com

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NO TWO HOLSTEIN COWS HAVE THE SAME SET OF SPOTS! EACH HAVE THEIR OWN UNIQUE PRINTS.

Unusual Companions /

Introducing cows as pets

written by Samantha St.Clair

HEN IT COMES TO COWS, there are a lot of misconceptions about their friendliness, intelligence, and viability as pets. Often deemed as nothing more than producers of meat and milk, people often overlook the social and sweet side of these animals. After over ten years of owning cows, one Lancaster County family wants to remind people that these animals deserve love just like any other pet. Amanda and her mother, Deb, rescued twin Holstein calves, Bonnie and Clyde, who would have otherwise gone to market. They bottle fed them and watched them grow over the last two years. Now weighing over 1,000 pounds, these twin cattle may not be climbing on laps anymore, but they still crave affection from their owners and surrounding neighbors.

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“Everyone who meets them enjoys them,” Deb said. “We have neighbors who come

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over and feed them treats. They love treats - cookies and other sweets are their favorites. When I come out to feed them all I have to do is call ‘babies’ and they come running to see me.” While these large animals are not suited for indoor life, cuddling on the couch, or going for walks, they bring joy in other ways. Both cows come up to greet people, enjoy their snacks, and will stick their heads over the fence expecting people to pet them. “If you give them interactions and nurture them, they are great to have around,” Amanda explained. “There is a big difference in their behaviors when they aren’t treated like a commodity and left to their own devices in a field. They are like oversized, powerful dogs who are full of personality. Bonnie is more on the shy side, while Clyde will take any and all attention people want to give him.”

While these adorable animals can be sweet tempered with the right socializing, they are still large farm animals that have specific requirements not everyone can meet. They require one acre per cow minimum in space, property that is zoned as agricultural, secure fencing, around 80 pounds of feed a day, and a cautious handler. “They are not typical pets,” Amanda said. “However, I think it’s important to spread a message that they are also not just farm products. If people spend time with them and give them the chance to flourish, they are amazing and social animals. They are very personable and easy to get attached to. We give our cows the best life we can give them because they deserve to be spoiled.”

“We have neighbors who come over and feed them treats.”


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Canine Mobile Blood Bank Pets helping pets when emergencies strike written by Samantha St.Clair photographed by Samantha St.Clair


There are many ways people can help animals, but did you know your dog can volunteer in a charitable mission too? Often overlooked is the need for animal blood donations, a vital resource when it comes to medical emergencies. From surgeries to traumas, autoimmune diseases, and acute blood loss, the need for blood never goes away. Donating is simpler than one may think, especially when we have a mobile blood bank that visits our county quarterly. Penn Animal Bloodmobile In the early 90s, the University of Pennsylvania’s Animal Blood Bank introduced its first mobile donation clinic. “We realized our facility is not the easiest to get to and can be quite a travel for people who would otherwise be interested in their dog donating blood, so we started a mobile clinic,” Kym Marryott, head nurse of Penn Animal Blood Bank said. “We travel to locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, so long as they are within a two-hour window from our facility since we only have 6-8 hours to get the blood into proper storage.” These donations go toward life saving medical treatments. “We use just about everything we collect, and we collect around 25 units of blood a month,” Kym said. Those units can translate to 75 animals helped as each donation can assist up to 3 critically ill animals. The Penn Animal Bloodmobile is the first and only traveling blood donation service for animals in the nation as far as Kym is aware. They travel about once a week to selected areas where they visit for several hours. Every January, April, July, and October, KPETS hosts the Bloodmobile at That Fish Place - That Pet Place so Lancaster area dogs can take part.

Donation Process Around 150-200 donors are currently in the program, though the need for more is never ending. Only around 20% of dogs who receive screening have the correct universal blood type and can donate. To be considered, an animal must weigh at least 55 pounds, be between the ages of one and six years old, be in excellent health and up to date on vaccines, and be without medication use other than flea, tick and heartworm preventatives. The Bloodmobile has been coming to Lancaster for three years now and still doesn’t have the desired 12 regular donors due to these factors. “It’s an ongoing process to find the right dogs for the program,” Kym said. “In addition to these guidelines, we never force an animal to make donations. They have

to be a compliant patient since we do not use sedation or muzzles. These qualifications make it even trickier to find donors, but their comfort comes first.” The process is straightforward. You must pre-register, and when you arrive a nurse will perform a brief exam and go over your dog’s health history. Following this is an initial blood screening that will determine your pet’s blood type and hemoglobin level. If your pet is the right type and is not anemic, they will give a donation that takes roughly 3-4 minutes. Approved donors should donate at least 3 times a year. “Animals do not have the same anxiety and anticipation we do when we donate blood,” Kym explained. “They don’t pass out and get dizzy like we do, either.” All donations end with a tasty treat and a sticker signifying the pup donated. “We have never encountered any complications since we will only take blood from healthy animals,” Kym said. A restful day following the procedure is recommended.

The Benefits of Donating “A lot of people do not realize how important blood donations are in animals,” Kym explained. “But they are just as needed as they are with people. I think one of the main reasons people enjoy having their animal participate is they realize they are helping another pet and its family in a situation they could face someday. Medical emergencies are never something we want to deal with, but they happen.

When blood is available, these situations are a little less stressful since we can immediately start care for the animal.” The benefits of donating go beyond helping animals in need. Every qualified donor receives a full blood panel workup and, once your dog donates, they are qualified to receive free units of blood equal to the amount they have donated should they ever need a transfusion. They also go home with a bag of food as a thank you. If you think your pet may be an eligible candidate and you want to support pet families facing emergency medical situations, consider making your dog a supporter for dogs in need. You can learn more about local donations by visiting kpets.org/penn-vet-canine-blood-bank

WHAT ABOUT CATS? Due to cats’ less tolerable dispositions, they are not so easy to collect from on the go. Cat donors are all in-house donors who are adopted from Penn’s local SPCA. These are spoiled cats who live like kings in a cat colony that is frequently visited by University of Pennsylvania veterinary students. The cats donate blood as often as any other donor and are adopted into forever homes after a couple of years of service.

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LCP: What is one of your most memorable achievements? MW: One of my most memorable achievements was one of my first cross country shows on my pony, Junior. I didn't learn the dressage test until an hour before my class because I was still new to the way cross country shows run. On top of that, my pony never schooled over a cross country course consisting of logs and water jumps which is spooky to a new horse. We ended up winning the whole thing. LCP: What do you love about horses and how important is the bond between horse and rider? MW: Everything! I love all their good qualities and even their not so good ones. Every horse has a quirk that makes them special. Having a partnership with your horse goes far beyond just riding, and this cannot be forgotten, especially at a high level. Horses work so hard for us and put so much trust in us, why shouldn’t we give respect back by caring for them and listening to their needs?

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Q&A MADDIE WALDER (Rider & Trainer at Walders Way Equestrian Center) MADDIE WALDER, at only 18 years old, competes at high ranking horse shows such as The Devon Horse Show and Garden State Horse Show. Her work in the equine industry doesn’t end at riding. Maddie rehabs injured racehorses, trains young horses to be ridden for the first time, assists mares in foal and after foaling, and helps other riders achieve milestones through her work at Walders Way Equestrian Center. While the road to being a top competitor is challenging, Maddie encourages everyone to follow the path of never giving up on their riding dreams.

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LCP: How did you get started in riding? MW: I have always loved animals, but what really broke the ice for me getting into riding was when horses from a nearby farm broke loose and ended up in our backyard. My family helped round them up to get them back to the farm. Since then I wanted to be around horses every day, so my parents signed me up for riding lessons.

LCP: How did you get to where you are at in your equine career? MW: To get to where I am at I had to put in a lot of dedication! In 6th grade, I left public school and started online school so I could spend more time training. I ride anywhere from 4-7 horses a day and only take one day off from riding a week. I am lucky enough to be able to train in an indoor arena, so weather doesn't stop me from my grind.

M ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Some of Maddie’s achievements include training a young stallion to be ridden, training a polo pony to be a jumper, and being reserve champion at the Garden State Horse Show. M EXPERIENCE: Maddie has 15 years of riding experience and loves helping others learn about bonding with their horses. M HOBBIES: Outside of horses, Maddie enjoys riding her dirt bike, spending time with her dogs, and bull riding. M FUTURE: Maddie’s goals include working with a quality breeding farm to be part of the process of bringing superstar horses into the world.

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Dog Boarding, Daycare, Training and Spa Since 2000 Wendy has brought quality training classes and daycare services to dog owners in Lancaster County. Our new location has allowed us to expand our successful day care program by offering both indoor and outdoor play, swimming, activities such as barn hunt, and the ability to also care for your dog while you are away. Our facility is climate controlled and offers a full sized obedience ring with rubber flooring for comfort and safety.

(717)509-5652 | www.dogsensepa.com

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Diamondback Terrapin

written by Samantha St.Clair

A turtle companion NATIVE OF EAST COAST BRACKISH WATERS and saltwater marshes, the diamondback terrapin is a beautiful and unique reptile. They are one of the most diverse turtle species when it comes to appearances, and for one local family, their terrapin, Squirtle, is the talk of the neighborhood and a friend to all.

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When Squirtle’s family adopted him 17 years ago they never imagined he would be as important to their family as he is today. Squirtle was so small he could fit in a shirt pocket at the time he joined them, and while today he is a bit larger, he is still as friendly as ever. Squirtle’s mannerisms are somewhat similar to a dog in the way he follows them around the house and seeks attention from everyone, including house guests. His family attributes his friendly nature to adopting him at such a young age and having him around people consistently from the very start. While Squirtle is a highly interactive and fun pet, it is crucial to realize families should thoroughly study diamondback terrapin care before obtaining them. These turtles should be purchased

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as captive bred hatchlings to get the most docile outcome possible. They grow quickly and require a decent amount of space by the time they are adults, so you should be prepared for tank sizes that give your aquatic reptile plenty of space for a water area and a large basking section. Larger enclosures are better as these turtles can be quite active and will appreciate prospering in a spacious habitat. As a saltwater inhabitant, they will need special care when it comes to water treatment. While they feed on a variety of creatures in the wild, captive diamondback terrapins will often be just fine eating commercial turtle diets with some fresher snacks such as shrimp or fish mixed into their meal plan on occasion. While you should do extensive research before considering a diamondback terrapin as a pet to ensure you give them optimal care for them to thrive, they are not incredibly difficult keepers once you have a proper setup in order. Other turtle options are out there for beginner caretakers who are unsure about the specific requirements diamondback terrapins need. This species can live for over 20 years, so they are not a commitment to take lightly, but that is a potential of over 20 years to have a beautiful and fun companion!


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Red Rose Pet Care Center Accepting New Patients Affordable & Compassionate Care FULL SERVICE VETERINARY CLINIC 20% off Exam/Surgery/Dental • Multiple Pet Discounts Competitive Prices • Off Street Parking • No Coupon Necessary Dr. Nasir Shah, DVM Providing experienced service since 1983 Former owner of Willow Street Animal Hosp.& Lincoln Hwy Vet Clinic

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SPRING 2018 EMERGING VECTOR-BORNE AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES PREVENTATIVE CARE IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF VETERINARY MEDICINE. The roles of veterinarians in controlling arthropod pests, i.e. mosquitoes, fleas, lice, mites, ticks, and others, are becoming more significant as diagnostic procedures have improved. Urban expansions are leading to increased exposure of pets to infected wildlife or wildlife reservoirs, thus increasing the opportunity for direct contact to vector-borne diseases, such as heartworms, rocky mountain spotted fever, lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, rickettsiosis, Bartonella, leptospirosis, and other viruses. Canine and feline heartworm is prevalent all over the country and needs year round prevention. Experts say that dogs with heartworms can be treated, but will never be the same again. It is a myth that ticks disappear in the winter season; there are some species of ticks that are active in the fall and winter. Other than mosquitoes, ticks are the second most prevalent vector on the planet. It is said that 80% of the world’s cattle are infested with ticks. Fleas and ticks have no place on pets, so why do so many pets continue to go unprotected? With effective preventatives available in oral, topical, and injectable forms, veterinarians and pet owners have the tools to keep parasites off pets. Clients must seek help from local veterinary professionals to solve this important problem through their up to date knowledge on various new products and with proper use, it will bring effective control of these parasites, rather than relying on big box stores and Dr. Google. Courtesy of Dr. Nasir Shah of Red Rose Pet Care Center

Wild Weather Changes. When riding in the early spring, significant changes in our daily weather play havoc with our horse’s internal processes. Particular attention must be paid when the horse is involved in training. The rider should allow for proper warm up and cool down procedures with the use of coolers and temperature appropriate blanketing afterwards. Ensuring proper hydration is of utmost importance to the horse as well. FULL SPEED AHEAD! Courtesy of Walders Way Equestrian Center

Two Pups Pastries Biscuit Mix A perfect trail snack! n ¼ Cup Peanut Butter n 1 Egg n ½ Cup Water Mix well for 5 minutes, roll out to ½” or thinner and bake at 275° for 45-60 minutes or until hard. Keep refrigerated for maximum freshness. Batch makes approximately 20 biscuits. Two Pups Pastries are available at Lancaster Brewery!

THE FELINE CALICIVIRUS is a common upper respiratory infection that occurs in cats. The infection can occur in cats of any age, although young kittens are most susceptible to the disease. The Calicivirus is highly contagious, and cats can contract the virus by coming into contact with another infected cat or by environmental exposure to objects that have been contaminated with the virus. The virus presents with symptoms such as sneezing, eye and nasal discharge, and oral ulcers which may cause a loss of appetite due to pain in the mouth and/or drooling. At first sight of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian. While there is a vaccine for this virus to help protects cats, it does not necessarily prevent infection. However, it can reduce the severity of the virus. To prevent your kitty from contracting the Calicivirus in the first place, avoid letting them come in contact with other cats that may carry the virus. The virus is most common in areas where cats gather in close quarters such as boarding facilities and animal shelters.

Courtesy of Kristine Spangler, Rescue Manager, Pet Pantry of Lancaster County

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We believe in providing the most advanced care for the most reasonable prices, understanding that pets are also family, but nobody has unlimited funds. We feel the same way about our pets. Basic Grooming • Boarding Dental Care Vaccinations & Wellness Care Micro-chipping Digital Radiography Routine & Specialized Surgeries Surgical & Therapeutic Lasers We offer 20% off dental only (not extractions or meds)

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Humane League of Lancaster County Helping Lancaster’s animals for over 100 years written by Samantha St.Clair | photographed by Samantha St.Clair

HE HUMANE LEAGUE OF LANCASTER COUNTY, a Humane Pennsylvania partner, is a leader in improving local animal welfare. From its beginnings in 1917 as an entity set out to prevent cruelty, to its first shelter for homeless animals in 1937, to the more recent development of a fully accredited veterinary hospital, the Humane League has gone through many transformations to provide needed services in the area. Despite its many adjustments, the primary goal of helping animals and the people who love them has never changed.

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Keeping Animals at Home Widely known as a shelter, the Humane League has shifted its primary focus from rehoming animals to keeping them in their homes. “The number we adopt out is not our total number of animals saved,” Karel Minor, President & CEO of Humane Pennsylvania, said. “We help thousands more every year who never have to enter a shelter thanks to our services.” The Humane League’s thriving veterinary hospital is at the heart of their recent developments, with over 6,000 client visits in 2017. Veterinary costs cause an overwhelming amount of animals to end up in shelters simply because their owners cannot afford their care. “We have a sliding scale for payment options based on a family’s income,” Karel said. “It is important to remember that we can do this thanks to clients who pay regular costs.” In some instances, the organization provides families help at free or extremely reduced costs, another service that regular client visits subsidize. 24 LANCASTER COUNTY PET


“THE NEED FOR DONATIONS IS CONSTANT AND INCLUDES MONETARY DONATIONS AS WELL AS ITEMS SUCH AS OFFICE SUPPLIES, FOOD, AND PET TOYS.”

“While we provide low cost care to those in need, we are a standard veterinary practice with high quality services,” Karel explained. “We provide wellness exams, vaccines, general surgery, x-rays, and dental cleanings.” The hospital is one of only 21 non-profit vet hospitals in the nation that are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. The Humane League also supports its own pet food bank, Ani-Meals, and has a program called SAFE Haven, which provides free, emergency foster services to those facing domestic violence, hospitalization, or other situations that leave them unable to care for their pet. SAFE Haven’s foster care eliminates the need for people to unnecessarily give pets up over a temporary situation.

Rescuing Animals While the primary goal is to keep animals at home, the need for rescuing never goes away. Combined adoptions of cats, dogs, and other pets at the Humane League was 1,313 in 2017. While the Humane League does not have the volume of animals it had before the change to a no-kill facility, the shelter is steadily increasing their numbers. “We are starting to take on a growing number of health and behavior related cases. It’s all been an adjustment,” Karel said. Changes to the shelter’s building are soon to come, including renovations to move cats into the same building as the dogs for one central adoption building. “We also want to create new meet and greet areas that are more friendly for potential adopters. 2018 is going to be a big year for us.” Adopting from the Humane League is stress free and rewarding. “We want all adoptions to be as successful as possible, which means we are there to support our adopters. Be it a behavior problem, health problem, or just small concerns, we gladly assist adopters for the remainder of their adopted friend’s life.”

How to Help Whether it is the veterinary hospital, SAFE Haven program, or rescue efforts, volunteers and advocates make it all possible. Roles include anything from animal care and socialization, to fostering, admin work and event assistance. The need for donations is constant and includes monetary donations as well as items such as office supplies, food, and pet toys. AS THE HUMANE LEAGUE CONTINUES TO TRANSFORM THIS YEAR, YOU CAN STAY UP TO DATE BY FOLLOWING THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE OR SIGNING UP FOR THEIR E-NEWSLETTER AT HUMANEPA.ORG.

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+ FUN FOCUS

USE A COLLAR AND ID TAG IF YOUR CAT WILL BE SPENDING TIME OUTSIDE.

Cat Walking A warm weather activity for adventurous felines written by Samantha St.Clair

OR LOCAL INTERNET CELEBRITY Oliver Taco, spring means breaking out the leash and harness and hitting the local parks. It’s something he’s known for, and something he and his pet parent, Brianna, look forward to in the warmer months. He gets to enjoy walks, attention, and duck watching in nature all while receiving the added benefits of mental stimulation and physical exercise. If you think your cat could never walk on a leash or visit a park, you may be surprised to learn leash walking is not difficult to train if your outgoing cat has any indication they want to go outside.

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“I always recommend that you start by putting their harness on indoors first,” Brianna explained. “Most cats do not like having anything on them, so making them comfortable in their harness is important.” By desensitizing them to the feeling of having a harness on in the safety of their home, you’ll remove one stressor down the line when you take them out. Every step may be a slow process, but it prevents your cat from associating walks with negative experiences.

Once your feline is content with their walking gear, you can start by taking them out for short periods. Some cats will love outdoor life, while others, having been indoor cats their whole lives, may get spooked by all the sights, sounds, and smells surrounding them. “Patience is the key, and not every cat is going to like exploring,” Brianna said. “You need to know your cat and pay attention to their behaviors. It is important that you never force them into situations they don’t enjoy.” There are some additional points to remember before you make cat walking a habit. Unlike walking a dog, cats are a bit more challenging to direct. “Taco goes at his own pace. If you want to go for a continuous, long walk, I wouldn’t recommend taking a cat with you,” Brianna said. You also need to be aware of your surroundings so you can avoid your cat’s stressors which may include dogs, loud vehicles, and crowds of people. “Any time I see something that I know Taco doesn’t like, I pick him up and head in another direction,” Brianna explained. Other safety precautions include making sure your cat’s harness is appropriately sized

so they cannot escape, avoiding roads due to cats’ notorious nature to stop and sit mid-walk, and respecting your cat’s comfort levels. If you train your cat in a force-free, positive way, you may be walking them in no time. Just be aware you will probably be stopped by a lot of adoring people who do not see cats out and about very often!

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Full Service Pet Grooming Salon We Welcome Big Dogs & Cats too!

A Pooch PArlor The Unique Boutique & Pet Spa Monday: 8:00am — 5:00pm Tuesday: 8:30am — 3:30pm Thursday & Friday: 8:00am — 4:00pm Saturday: 8:00am — 4:00pm

1200 Corporate Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601 717-285-5826 apoochparlor.com

Petting Zoo • Buggy Rides • Countryside Bus Tours 1805 Farmhouse Tours • Lunch Tours • Dinner Tours • Group Tours

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Our guides are an educated staff of current and retired professionals that will share their knowledge of authentic Amish farm lifestyle. Enjoy our wonderful selection of farm animals, many are rescues, in a loving and healthy environment. Farm only passes for families that have small children, so bring your family for a stroll around the entire farm. SPRING 9AM-5PM OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK SUMMER 9AM-6PM

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Now is the time to stock up on Earth Animal’s Flea & Tick Program herbal products. They are safe for you & your pets and they smell great! “Visit” IZZY

17 WEST MARKET STREET, MARIETTA Monday & Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday & Thursday: 10a.m. – 6p.m. • Friday: 10a.m. – 5p.m. Saturday: 10a.m. – 3p.m. • Sunday: 11a.m. – 3p.m.

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+ T R A I N I N G / B E H AV I O R

In-Home Training Bringing good behaviors to your doorstep written by Samantha St.Clair

HERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF DOG training options out there, from board and train to group classes, all with their advantages and disadvantages. While those are great options for some dogs and their owners, some circumstances call for more individualized and focused training, in which case in-home training may be the best option. Whether your dog has trouble in public or you simply don’t have the time to travel for group lessons, in-home training brings an expert to your doorstep to help you work out your canine’s troubles.

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“It took owning a challenging dog for me to realize there are probably a lot of people out there dealing with dogs with behavioral problems that group lessons or board and train options simply won’t work for,” Virginia Houser of Gray House Dog Training said. Virginia has been working with dogs for over 15 years. She owned and fostered Norwegian Elkhounds and learned about training in the process, later offering her knowledge and experience to her friends and acquaintances in need of help with their dogs. Then came her adopted Doberman, Rictus, who she has been helping through some social problems. “He is the one who made me decide to start training professionally.” “In-home training requires a lot of responsibility on the owner to work with their dog,” Virginia explained. “I give my clients the knowledge and support they need to get their dog to where he or she needs to be.” Virginia creates a plan of action at a pace that will best set the dog up for success. In some instances, such as a case of dog aggression at parks, Virginia will help owners in the environment the dog is

WANT A TIRED DOG? TRAINING MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY EXERCISES YOUR DOG.

struggling in by meeting them elsewhere. Sessions typically last 1-2 hours once a week while the rest of the week is up to the owner to complete homework. “Dogs should be part of the family, not a disruption. I work on bringing families together,” Virginia explained. “I don’t just give them tools and techniques; I help them learn their dog and what their dog needs from them. Every dog is different, and in-home training allows for that

one-on-one time that some families need.” Virginia provides a free consultation before training starts so she can discuss goals, go over what the owner has already tried with their dog, and get a good feel for the dog.

If you feel your pup would benefit from the individualized, professional attention that in-home training provides, you can contact Virginia at grayhousedogtraining@gmail.com or 717.814.8527.

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Scales, tails, and claws (oh my!) A passion for reptile medicine written by Dr. Bill Lewis

Y INTEREST IN REPTILES started decades ago when I adopted a red-tailed boa named Lazarus. This started a lifelong a passion for all reptile medicine.

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At Lincoln Highway Veterinary Clinic, we typically see three families of reptiles: turtles/tortoises, lizards, and snakes. These pets range in size from an anole weighing a few grams, to a Burmese python weighing 120 pounds. Each one presents their own unique health issues. Often times it may be as simple as management problems like the wrong foods, temperatures or humidity, to more complex concerns such as respiratory infections, egg retention, or even bladder stones. Some of these conditions require diagnostics testing, others surgery.

good family. We now have a rescued bearded dragon named Larry who is cared for by techs Meghan and Ashley. Check out his antics on our Facebook page. Petco, That Fish Place - That Pet Place, and Petsmart have all entrusted Lincoln Highway Vet Clinic for reptile care for everything from anoles to bearded dragons, turtles, chameleons, ball pythons and red-eared sliders.

For years I worked at the North Museum at Franklin and Marshal College in Lancaster, providing care for their reptile collection and doing education seminars for them. I love to teach people about these unique creatures. Call us today for any concerns or questions —we will be happy to see your reptile friends.

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MThis article was written by Lincoln Highway Veterinary Clinic, located in Lancaster. Visit them online at lincolnhwyvetclinic.com to learn more.


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What options do you have available and what qualities do these options have? What makes carpet pet friendly is the proprietary barrier that is added to the backing of the carpet. This keeps liquids, like pet urine, from seeping through the carpet into the pad and subfloor. The liquid will eventually dry, but the odor causing ammonia compounds have now permeated your carpet, pad, and subfloor. A professional cleaning will clean the carpet, and may reduce the urine smell for a period of time, but even the best cleaning services cannot extract all of the urine from the carpet pad, and the cleaning does nothing to address the seepage that penetrates to the subfloor. Sheet vinyl and Luxury Vinyl, LVT/ LVP products are also available as pet friendly options.

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When I narrow my choices down to pet friendly flooring, do I lose having a lot of variety when it comes to colors and styles? Waterproof carpet is still relatively new, so the color and style options are still somewhat limited. For those who want more style and fashion in their carpets, there is also a carpet pad or cushion that has a moisture barrier and odor reducing enzymes. This works well, but not quite as well as installing one of our waterproof carpets. When it comes to hard floors, there are hundreds of styles and colors to choose from and if you make sure you get the carpet pad with the moisture barrier, your choice in carpeting is not limited either.

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TONY CARROLL (Martin’s Flooring)

Why would I love having pet friendly flooring? I think peace of mind is one of the main reasons why. An investment in new flooring can cost several thousand dollars. You should purchase a floor that was manufactured with our furry friends in mind.

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SINCE 1985 MARTIN’S FLOORING has offered quality flooring products and reliable flooring services to Lancaster and Berks county and surrounding areas. Today, Martin’s Flooring has showroom locations in Fivepointville (Denver), Lancaster and Wyomissing (Reading). It also has a Flooring Outlet in Fivepointville. Martin’s specializes in all types of flooring installations and applications including carpet, hardwood, vinyl, laminate, tile, window treatments, natural stone, glass tile and porcelain tile installations, as well as carpet cleaning and hardwood refinishing.

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Why should I get pet friendly flooring – what makes it different from “regular” flooring options? An accident from your beloved pet could ruin a brand new floor. With pet friendly flooring you are getting flooring that is easy to maintain and will look beautiful for years to come. The difference is in the actual construction of the product. The leading flooring manufacturers have incorporated water and stain resistant materials in the products themselves. In hard surface products like Luxury Vinyl Planks, the improved locking system between the boards creates a water resistant barrier to prevent leakage under the floor.

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How can I get started if I want to replace my flooring? You can contact any of our Martin’s Flooring stores either by phone, through our website, or by stopping in one of our award winning showrooms. Our experienced team of flooring consultants and designers can guide you through the process of creating a beautiful space unique to your tastes and needs.

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Bret Greenberg DVM and Associates, Companion Animal Clinic is a 6000 square foot state of the art veterinary facility featuring digital xray, ultrasound, KLaser therapy, in house labwork, and oering a full range of routine care, medical, surgical, and dental services. We pride ourselves in client education and tailoring all of our vaccination and treatment protocols to the individual needs of the patient, not treating all dogs and cats as if they were the same.

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Sit and Stay Below are just a few of the many businesses in and around Lancaster County, PA

DOG TRAINING These professional trainers can make life much more harmonious between you and your canine companion.

Gray House Dog Training 717.814.8527 grayhousedogtraining@gmail.com Bark Avenue K9 Academy 717.575.0615 • barkavek9.com DogSense LLC 440 Stoney Lane, Lancaster, PA 17603 717.509.5652 • DogSensePA.com

GROOMING 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.

Deb the Dog Groomer 1027 Dillerville Road Lancaster, PA 17603 717.394.8134 • debthedoggroomer.com Drake’s Pet Place Lincoln Highway East Lancaster, PA 17602 717.290.1131 facebook.com/Drakes-Pet-Place Elite Canine Spa Mobile Grooming Salon Serving Lancaster and Eastern York Counties 717.672.6779 • elitecaninespa.com Renee’s Pet Grooming Village Center at Mountville 117 Oak Ridge Drive, Mountville, PA 17554 717.285.3330 reneespetgroomingsalon.ieasysite.com

A SCHOOL OF GOLDFISH IS KNOWN AS A “TROUBLING.”

PETTING ZOOS AND FARM ANIMALS The following locations host a healthy and loving home for these farm dwelling furry and feathered friends. These petting zoos create a wonderful educational environment for humans and animals to bond.

Why is in-home dog training more beneficial than other types of training?

Amish Farm and House 2395 Covered Bridge Drive Lancaster, PA 17602 717.394.6185 • amishfarmandhouse.com Cherry Crest Adventure Farm 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572 717.687.6843 • cherrycrestfarm.com Good ‘N Plenty 150 Eastbrook Road Smoketown, PA 17576 717.394.7111 • goodnplenty.com

Dogs are known as contextual learners, which means that when you teach your dog to do something they understand it in that environment.

Kleen Acres Farm 390 Blue Lane, Columbia, PA 17512 717.471.8634 • kleenacresfarm.com

When you go to a class or training facility to have your dog trained, you will run into the issue of your dog being very well behaved in the class or facility but not at home.

PET-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES More and more local businesses are welcoming pets to their locations.

Wheatland 1120 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603 717.392.4633 • lancasterhistory.org (Leashed dogs welcome on the grounds) Kitchen Kettle Village 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike Intercourse, PA 17534 717.768.8261 • kitchenkettle.com (Leashed dogs welcome) Strasburg Toys and Collectibles 3461 Old Philadelphia Pike Intercourse, PA 17534 717.929.0277 • strasburgtoys.com

You will have to re-teach your dog. You may also have to go about it in a slightly different way. By having an in-home trainer, you will learn everything you need to know to work with your dog in every environment. Having a trainer teach you in your home will help to dramatically improve the relationship between you and your dog. Creating a strong bond will help to create structure in your dog’s mind, which they desire more than anything, giving you an obedient and confident dog. When you have an in-home dog trainer, they can see the dog in their own environment where the dog will be themselves. This allows the trainer to give you the best possible advice to deal with the issue. In-home training will give you the well behaved, balanced dog that you have always desired.

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Dreamy sweet eyes of Gertie in Leola

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Ellie and April are sitting pretty in Conestoga

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Jax, from Marietta, is looking cool

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A baby Beau wins the “cuteness” vote in Mount Joy

Bella is all ears and happy in Marietta

A handsome Manokin Bear in Mohnton

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Bella and Gracie looking at Spring flowers

A posing Priscilla in Middletown

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Lucky Lou is looking at you from Leola

Maximillian and Lorelei having a little egg fun in Lancaster City

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Pet resources

ANIMAL SUPPORT AGENCIES 2nd Chance 4 Life Rescue Foster network for dogs PO Box 549 • Elizabethtown, PA 17022 2ndchance4liferescue.org Angels Among Us Animal Sanctuary Senior dog rescue PO Box 1063 • Quentin, PA 17083 facebook.com/AAUseniordogs/ Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Golden & Labrador Retrievers rescue 60 Vera Cruz Road • Reinholds, PA 17569 717.484.4799 • dvgrr.org Doberman Pinscher Rescue of PA, Inc Doberman Pinschers Rescue Oxford, PA 19363 • dprpa.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 Helping Hands for Animals Caretakers of stray and feral cats Lancaster, PA • 717.687.7297 helpinghandsforanimals.org Humane League of Lancaster County Shelter, Adopt, Educate & Protect 2195 Lincoln Highway East Lancaster, PA 17602 • 717.393.6551 humanepa.org

Lost Paws of Lancaster Animal rescue PO Box 551 • Lititz, PA 17543 717.725.3136 • lostpawsoflancaster.org

United Against Puppy Mills Elimination of puppy mills PO Box 7202 • Lancaster, PA 17604 unitedagainstpuppymills.org

ORCA Rescue any ill, or injured, or in-distress animal (domestic or wildlife), stray or abandoned 401 E Orange Street • Lancaster, PA 17602 717.397.8922 • orcarescue.org

BIRD RESCUES

PAWS No-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter Petsmart • 1700 Fruitville Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 • 717.957.8122 pawsofpa.org

LARGE ANIMAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

Pet Pantry of Lancaster County Meeting the needs of animals/families 26 Millersville Road • Lancaster, PA 17603 717.983.8878 • petpantrylc.org Phoenix Assistance Dogs Training assistance dogs for people in need 230 Manor Avenue • Millersville, PA 17551 padcentral.org PSPCA Lancaster Animal shelter 848 S. Prince Street • Lancaster, PA 17603 717.917.6979 • pspca.org

Feathered Sanctuary Exotic Bird Rescue 1674 Kirkwood Pike • Kirkwood, PA 17536 717.529.2966 • featheredsanctuary.com

Large Animal Protection Society PO Box 243 • West Grove, PA 19390 610.869.9880 largeanimalprotectionsociety.org

THERAPY SERVICES Day by Day Pet Caregiver Support Pet loss grief support PO Box 633 • Drexel Hill, PA 19026 484.453.8210 • daybydaypetsupport.com KPETS Pet enhanced therapy services 2120 Oregon Pike • 2nd Floor Lancaster, PA 17601 888.685.7387 • kpets.org

Lancaster C.A.R.E.S Coalition for Animal Rescues, Education and Services info@lancastercares.org Leo’s Helping Paws Assistance to dog rescue groups 1284 Wheatland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603 • 717.475.9621 leoshelpingpaws.org

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