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MAKING MEMORIES MY DOG TUCKER WILL BE 13 ON AUGUST 22ND. I AM THANKFUL EVERY DAY THAT HE IS STILL WITH ME DESPITE numerous medical battles. He just achieved his Novice Trick Dog title and will be going for higher levels soon. He still plays daily. He has never changed, no matter what life has put him through. But I changed a lot. I learned from his health scares that life is too precious to waste time or put adventures off. After his diagnosis and recovery, I made making memories with him my number one priority. I think we all should be doing that every day. Try something new. Enjoy something old. Cherish every second because, with our pets, time is far too limited. I have a lot of dreams and goals left to achieve with Tucker. Just recently, I took him to see the ocean for the first time at my favorite beach in Assateague. I had never taken him with me before because he’s always been a shy dog, but he surprisingly flourished there. I was so proud to see him running freely with the endless waves behind him. It reminded me how beautiful life is, and how every little second matters more than we ever realize until it’s too late. I know now for the rest of my life I will never go to that beach and not see Tucker there, and I am glad for that. We have so many adventures ahead of us, and I cannot wait to keep trying new experiences with my best friend. In this edition of Lancaster County Pet, we explore many stories of those who have made lasting memories. Our main feature is on a sweet pup who was saved from a life of abuse as a fighting dog. Her name is Honey, and she and her guardian are doing what they can to make sure other dogs only have happy memories. We also meet an adventurous cat who makes a lasting impression on the city of Lancaster with his visits to the Central Market. Additionally, we feature a horse rescue working to change the future of auction horses, a trainer who encourages playing with your dog daily, and many more stories that point to a bright future for people and animals. So ask yourself, what memories do you want to make with your family? What have you always wanted to do with your pet but haven’t yet? Time is valuable, and we should spend it with the ones we love, making memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy your pets as you embark on new summer adventures, and let us know what goals you’d like to achieve, or some of your favorite memories with your pets you are thankful to have. Hug your babies tightly as you settle in for this edition of Lancaster County Pet.

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A general rule of thumb is that TEN GOATS will clear an acre in about one month. Utilizing goats to clear land offers several advantages to machinery, herbicides and livestock. Before introducing goats to a browsing area, walk the area to scout out any problem plants. How Oxygen Masks for Dogs Can Help


During an emergency disaster like a fire, dogs will often try to hide out of fear, which makes him or her very vulnerable to smoke. The dog inhales it and too much can lead to death in many cases. Dogs and many other family pets cannot take regular oxygen because our human masks are built too large to fit their faces. According to the AVMA, about 40,000 pets die each year from fires and this is primarily because of smoke inhalation.

Did you know? One of the Pet Pantry’s goals was to be able to reach out further into the community. In 2018 the Pet Pantry accomplished that goal by obtaining their mobile spay and neuter unit, the S.S. Pantry. With this unit, they are able to conduct more TNR clinics where the need is greatest, thereby helping to control the cat population in Lancaster County.

Lancaster County Harnessing Horse Power! In the early 18th Century the Conestoga River area in Lancaster County gave birth to the wagon and horse that was commonly used for hauling freight. The use of the specialized Conestoga Wagon that was built to carry heavy loads and be suited for hauling in bad weather along with the “Conestoga” horse were the means of transportation from Lancaster County to points eastward toward markets in Philadelphia. Over time, these wagons were increasingly more customized to suit the purpose for long distance travel to markets nearly 100 miles away. In addition, the “Conestoga” horse became known as the very first breed of horse bred to pull these large wagons. These large stocky horses with their longer and ample leg power, strong muscled bodies, and calm demeanor made for the perfect match of driver, wagon and horse. The Conestoga horses pulled the wagons with precious goods from the early 1700s until the early 20th century. Eventually, the horse and wagon faded into history when modern technology came to the forefront later in the century. It is thought that the breeding of this magnificent animal stemmed from crosses of other large horse breeds from within the United States and breeds imported from Europe, but to this day the factual lineage is not known if there are any. Source and for more information about the Conestoga horse:




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Honey’s RAID The incredible story of Honey and the organization that raises awareness in her name by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR Photos by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

EVERYONE HAS HEARD OF ORGANIZED DOGFIGHTING, BUT IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE HOW CLOSE TO HOME IT EXISTS. While stories of dogfighting ring busts in large cities such as Philadelphia are well known, thinking that such a brutal and cruel activity is right here in and around the Lancaster area is hard to fathom. However, Honey, a dog found in York, is proof that smaller cities and countrysides can still be home to this cruel act. Because of her struggles, Honey’s RAID (Raising Awareness in Dog Fighting) was formed to expose dogfighting that occurs without notice in Pennsylvania.



HONEY’S STORY One of the most amazing characteristics dogs possess is their ability to love despite past traumas. Honey is a happy, carefree bully breed mix bounding with joy and enthusiasm for life. However, she wasn’t always happy and healthy. What remains today are scars of a much larger battle to stay alive. One night in York in 2012, a Humane Officer found three dogs in and around a dumpster in the city. One had sadly died before they arrived, and the other two were in a critical state. Honey and the other dog who miraculously survived despite their vast injuries and blatant neglect were taken in by the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance where they received the medical attention they needed. Honey had only bare bone showing on her bottom jaw, numerous bite marks, and was only 16 pounds when picked up from the city. She also had babesia, also known as the dogfighting disease due to its transmission through blood and prevalence in dogs associated with fighting. The suspected explanation for her terrible condition was dogfighting, which was shocking to locals when her story surfaced. “It took over $7,000 in surgery costs to graft skin from her neck to her jaw,” Jen Crider, founder of Honey’s RAID explained. “She had to be fed through a feeding tube for three months while her jaw healed.” She also had to go to a specialist for her babesia infection, which is something she will have to be tested for every year for the rest of her life. “My mom and I have volunteered with rescues for a long time. I followed Honey’s story and fell in love with her. I was the first one to apply to adopt her,” Jen said. “I had recently lost my yellow Labrador when I saw her on TV. She came at the right time. We needed each other.” Jen helped Honey through the rest of her recovery until nothing more than scars remained. The sweet pup now weighs 46 pounds and is an extraordinary companion who is full of love. “She has never been aggressive with humans or dogs. She loves everyone and everything about living.” She didn’t have that chance before but now lives a much deserved, spoiled life with Jen and her other pets. While Honey has long forgotten what happened to her seven years ago, there are still many unfortunate souls trapped in the world of organized dogfighting. Many are not lucky enough to escape, and often, justice is never served. “Whoever mistreated Honey and the other dogs was never caught. We need to change how suspected dogfighting activities are handled.”


Change always starts with awareness. Jen didn’t know much about dogfighting when she first adopted Honey, either, but she took an interest in what happened to her new companion and wanted to do something to prevent more dogs from facing a similar or worse fate. “Honey brought it to the forefront that this is happening here,” Jen said. “It’s up to the community to speak up, look out, and advocate for dogs here and across the nation facing this horrific act.” While the dogs are more than enough reason to end the cruel “sport,” removing this illegal activity from the area also reduces other crimes. “Dogfighting is associated with a multitude of crimes we don’t want in our community,” Jen explained. By catching and prosecuting those responsible for dogfighting, drug activities, possession of unregistered firearms, and other criminal activities are also reduced. “It needs to be a bigger priority for police to do full investigations and arrest the people responsible. People who participate in cruelty to animals should be punished to the fullest extent.” Jen also stresses that it’s up to the community to be aware and watchful. “Dogfighting doesn’t just happen in cities. It also happens in barns and is so well hidden and underground that it is hard to catch.” Jen noted many signs to look out for in your community, such as seeing many bully breeds tied out on thick chains and noticing when multiple pit bull type dogs enter a building and never leave it. Reporting suspicious activity immediately to the police or an anonymous tip line is the best course of action. For many, the best way to help is to push for stronger laws that make fighting dogs less profitable and therefore, less worth the risk. It’s crucial to make law enforcement officials understand that dogfighting is an important issue in the community.

HONEY’S RAID The primary goal of Honey’s RAID is to educate people on dogfighting and share the stories of ex-fighters. These dogs are found abandoned, near death, and with near-fatal injuries. They also come from dogfighting busts, where they may have a plethora of emotional and physical traumas to overcome. While some are suitable for family life, others are too ill-affected by their past. What they all have in common is that they were part of a brutal industry that should no longer exist in our country and our communities. “We want to educate people on dogfighting so we can work together to end it,” Jen said. The organization provides free presentations, including classes for children on how to care for and treat animals. Honey’s RAID will also attend events and provide an educational booth or speech at events. The organization also does some investigating and will accept anonymous tips and leads from concerned citizens before escalating it to police.

Honey was fortunate to ďŹ nd her way to a loving forever family. It is up to everyone to make sure more dogs do not have to suffer. Visit to see a full list of signs to look out for and to donate and participate in educating the public on this hidden, but all too real activity. If you suspect anything, you can report anonymously to 717.434.0577.



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Lancaster City Kitty A rescued cat who loves downtown strolls by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

INLEY, OR FINN, IS A FELINE who went from living outdoors to enjoying pampered stroller rides through downtown Lancaster. Finn was found living with his two siblings when Kitty Colony, a Lancaster County cat rescue, caught him and brought him under their care. As a foster based rescue, they needed someone to take care of and socialize this 3-month-old kitten who knew nothing about living indoors with humans. By fate, Dahlia Walton had just decided to try fostering when Finn joined the rescue. He was her first foster who quickly became her permanent best friend.


“I thought fostering would be a good opportunity to see if having a cat was a good fit for me,” Dahlia explained. While Finn was shy at first, and an expert at hiding in couches, in the attic, and under beds, he warmed up and became Dahlia’s


dream companion. “Finn is the sweetest cat ever. All he wants to do is spend time with me. I knew by day two he was going to be mine.” Today, Finn is back on the streets, only this time in the safety of a cat stroller. Dahlia, having just moved back from Germany where she walked everywhere, wanted to get back to walking city streets again. Their inseparable bond led Dahlia to the decision to take Finn with her during her weekend trips to the Lancaster Central Market. “I see small dogs in strollers, so I thought, why not a cat?” Finn quickly fell in love with the routine. “He loves watching cars go by,” she explained. “He gets excited to go for walks now. I am fortunate to have him.” Dahlia and Finn go to the Central Market on Fridays or Saturdays to pick up fresh greens for Dahlia’s two rabbits. “He does


get a little demanding on our walks. He hates when I stop, so he tells me to keep moving.” Walks are a great way to provide Finn with enrichment. “He’s an Oriental mix, so he’s energetic, social, and intelligent. Walking is a great way to give him an outlet for all of those traits.” Finn gave Dahlia a walking companion while he received an incredible life in exchange. At home, he follows her around like a dog, enjoys his kitty roommate, Ollie, and has plenty of his favorite ball toys. “He likes to sit next to my keyboard while I work, and snuggle with me on my time off,” she said. While Dahlia is not fostering at the moment, she encourages others to try it. “It is very rewarding, and there are so many cats in need of foster homes.” Had Dahlia not fostered, she never would have met her best friend. “I wouldn’t have any other cat than him. I love him more than anything.”

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Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit Celebrating 40 years as a positive presence in Lancaster by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR /// PHOTOS by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR 21 HORSES HAVE BEEN PART OF THE MOUNTED UNIT SINCE 1979.

HISTORY Lancaster is full of history, and since 1979, the Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit has been part of it. Mayor Albert Wohlson paved the way to including horses on the police team in an effort to reduce growing crime rates. “Crime was high, and Mayor Wohlson wanted to increase police presence on foot and on horseback,” Officer Eric Lukacs said. In 1980, three mounted police officers and their horses began the task of revitalizing the downtown area. The horses provide a multitude of benefits for Lancaster City. In the city, it is much easier to travel on horseback, as officers 16 LANCASTER COUNTY PET

can reach areas that aren’t as accessible when in patrol vehicles, such as alleyways and parking garages. Additionally, due to their high vantage point, riders are able to see and be seen a greater distance away. “We can see 2-3 blocks while on our horses,” Officer McDonald explained. “The horses are a great crime deterrent. They are also perfect for crowd control. At large events, people often won’t move for a medic, but they will for the horses.” Mounted officers and their horses have a phenomenal effect on the way people view the police. Everyone is attracted to the horses, which opens a conversation with police officers that would usually never happen. “Animals provide a great buffer

between police and citizens,” Officer Lukacs said. Over the years, the mounted unit has obtained a large following of people who appreciate the services they provide. With the help of the horses, Lancaster was able to grow again and become a favorite place for locals and tourists alike. The whole downtown area benefits from their presence, including businesses, bars, restaurants, and the convention center, all of which have assurance in knowing someone is securing the streets of Lancaster.

TODAY’S UNIT Today, the Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit maintains its traditional duties. They work full-time, and the majority of their job is about being in public. Their tasks include crowd control, missing children searches, arresting criminals, issuing parking tickets, assisting at traffic accidents, investigating complaints, and providing community outreach. The force consists of Officer Eric Lukacs and his horse Liam, Officer Scott McDonald and his horse Ozzy, Officer Greg Berry and his horse Charlie, and Duke, a partially retired Percheron. One aspect that has stayed the same over the years is the bond between horse and rider, and the motivation to always do what is best for the horse. “We are assigned a horse and build a relationship with them,” Officer Lukacs explained. Officer Lukacs has worked with Liam for 12 years, while Officer McDonald has worked with Ozzy for ten years and Officer Berry has worked with Charlie for four years. The officers groom, feed and train their horses. They also play a significant role in helping them recover from injury or illness. “We have an open stall mentality here, which is unique. A lot of mounted unit programs keep the horses stalled for safety, but we think it’s worth the risk to let them be horses. It makes them eager to get back to work when they get freedom in their downtime.”


When the officers are not there to perform care tasks, it is city employees Dawn Sanders and Deb Martin Berkoski who dedicate their time to caring for the horses. “In the 40 years that the mounted unit has operated, it has never run as smooth as it does now thanks to them,” Officer Lukacs said. The unit started its 40th year with some exciting new promotional opportunities, including a children’s book titled “What Does A Police Horse Do?” that features Officer Lukacs and Liam. The book teaches children about the ins and outs of being a police horse and creates yet another positive outlook on the police force. Additionally, they have 40th-year celebratory items listing all horses in the program’s history.

The Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit wouldn’t exist without the generous support of the community. While officers have salaries paid by the city, all of the horses’ care relies on funding from the public. All donations and fundraising proceeds go straight to veterinary bills, food, and other care costs. SEND DONATIONS TO: Lancaster City Police Foundation, c/o Mounted Police PO Box 10171, Lancaster, PA 17605-0171 Or contact Deb at: or text or call 717.989.3698 to purchase “What Does A Police Horse Do?” or 40th-anniversary t-shirts or drinking glasses.




Q&A CHRISTINE FLOMERFELT (State Farm Insurance Agent) CHRISTINE IS A STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENT dedicated to helping people manage their risks and make the best choices regarding home, auto, property, business, life, and health insurance, along with banking and investment planning. Christine has a great team of employees, including four full-time agents who work with her to provide accurate insurance needs in a friendly and caring atmosphere.

More about CHRISTINE... M EXPERIENCE: Christine has over 32 years of experience. M PETS: She owns two Havanese named Coco and Savvy. M HOBBIES: Christine considers work as her hobby, but also loves spending time with her family and pets. M DONATIONS: $1-$10 of every quote goes back to the community, so get yours now!

LCP: What do you love about your job? CF: It’s a position where you are continually helping, educating, and guiding people. I get to help people every single day and develop trusting relationships. We form friendships and treat clients like they are part of the family. The best part about it is I am making a difference in people’s lives either by helping them restructure their insurance plans, or making sure they are protected from losses. It’s a position where you never know what is going to walk through the door, so it keeps you on your toes.

LCP: What makes your services stand out among similar services? CF: State Farm agents have a built-in radar to help people. We have a genuine interest in providing people with a positive experience. All clients are seen as individuals with differing needs. 18 LANCASTER COUNTY PET

LCP: I heard pet insurance is in State Farm’s future! Can you tell me more about that? CF: It’s available in about six states right now, and it is coming to Pennsylvania, though we do not know the exact time. We do currently offer a different level of animal insurance at the moment, though, to protect show animals and animal equipment. When we get pet insurance, it will be outsourced through Trupanion and will be medical insurance for pets.

LCP: How does your office currently support the pet community? CF: An agent in another area had the idea to partner with non-profit organizations in what is called Quotes for the Good. For every quote people request, we put a dollar amount on it that goes back to a charity organization. There is a higher dollar amount for quotes initiated through the non-profit. I represent an organization for a two-month cycle, and at the end of that cycle, I present them with a check. Right now, I am working with Fairytail Acres, which is a pig rescue. Before that, I worked with KPETS, and the next non-profit we are planning to sponsor is Building Bridges, an equine-assisted therapy program.

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The Lancaster Barnstormers’ General Manager, Mike Reynolds, was thrilled to initiate Wiener Wednesdays last season and is looking forward to another season of Wednesday home games spent with canine companions. Reynolds is a lifetime pet lover who has a 13-year-old German shepherd and two cats. “My dog is my best friend and all of our pets are a great part of the family,” he said. Wiener Wednesdays provide a great time for you to spend a night out with your best furry friend. “Dogs love it,” Reynolds said. Dogs enjoy the adventure, are all wags about spending the evening with their family, and, probably more than anything, love the 1$ hotdogs. Games have hosted upwards of 60 dogs with their people enjoying the atmosphere of meeting new pet parents while enjoying an entertaining ball game. Sitting out on the lawn with your pup by your side is an experience you don’t want to miss, so bring your canine out to any Wednesday home game and share the excitement with them!

GOATS AND CHICKENS Living in Pennsylvania has its challenges with the weather. With the coming of summer think about how you feel with the heat and humidity. The same applies to your furred and feathered friends. They react to the heat and humidity also. It can really stress them. Both goats and chickens can’t sweat. Just like a dog, they will pant. Give chickens and goats plenty of fresh water and shade. Frozen treats, such as watermelon, are a great way to beat the heat. For goats, give them access to minerals and plenty of salt. A mineral salt lick in most cases is all you’ll need. As the weather eases into fall, be careful of what foliage your goats have access to. Leaves from cherry trees pose a poisoning hazard. Just an FYI, if you own a buck or wether, don’t feed them any type of grains or feed, as it can cause urinary crystals and they won’t be able to pee. This is a very painful condition requiring immediate veterinary care. These simple tips will help give you many years of enjoyment with your critters. Courtesy of Peggy Broome

Provide your pocket pet with natural spring water rather than tap water. Tap water may contain chemicals and heavy metals that can have an impact on your small pet’s tiny system. If you choose to use treated tap water, run it through a de-chlorinating treatment and make sure it is filtered. 20 LANCASTER COUNTY PET

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Fresh Is Best Fresh food improves your pet’s overall health by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

PET'S DIET AFFECTS THEIR overall health, which is why pet parents are taking a closer look at their furry family members' dinner plates. Without a wholesome, nutritional diet, pets are more likely to become ill. However, with fresh ingredients added to your pet's daily meals, they can thrive in ways you may find surprising.


"Food provides whole body benefits," Dr. Sarah Urban, a veterinarian at Always Helpful Veterinary Services explained. "The right diet can prevent allergies, improve joint health, lower inflammation, provide gastrointestinal benefits, and enhance dental health." Diet is also linked to cancer, where fresh, nutritional foods can offset cancer growth. Pets love variety when it comes to food, and by giving them natural choices, they can gain energy and a greater enthusiasm for their meals. "Generally, canned and bagged pet foods are a dead nutrition source. For them to last long, they have to be cooked at

extreme temperatures to kill bacteria. However, in this process, key nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals are also eliminated," Dr. Urban explained. By supplementing at least a portion of their daily food intake with fresh food sources, the dead nutrients in conventional pet foods are replaced. While it would be ideal to eliminate kibbles and canned food, you don’t have to provide all fresh foods to see benefits. “Swap out one meal a day, or top their meals with veggies or meat” Dr. Urban suggested. Meal changes can be as simple as adding carrots, green beans, or other vegetables dogs love, or topping their kibble with tripe, canned sardines, or cooked ground beef. Making meals from scratch is not always feasible, so be informed about the kibble brands you choose to feed and know the ingredients they contain. "I think part of being a good pet parent is being aware of what your pet is eating," Dr. Urban said. "Choose a high-quality kibble if you want

to continue feeding kibble, be aware of recalls, and make improvements that you can by adding some simple ingredients." When you're at a local produce stand to get yourself delicious summer produce, think about grabbing some extra to share with your furry companions. Always ensure that the foods you plan to purchase are safe for your pet's consumption, and check with your veterinarian before making drastic changes to your pet's diet. When you start adjusting their diet, start with small portions to allow their bodies to adapt to the new food. When you give your pet the nutrients they need, you give them a longer, healthier life. Your pet will surely appreciate sharing some summer goodies with you!

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All In Rescue Committed to rescuing horses from auction by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR PHOTOS by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR


LL EQUINES HAVE A STORY, AND IT is All In Rescue’s mission to not let their journeys end at the auction house. Some horses entering auctions were prized competitors, and others were beloved lesson horses. Some are young and green, while others are old and tired. To All In Rescue, their past doesn’t matter. When space allows, any horse, donkey, or pony with a dire need to find a home is given another chance. “I have always loved horses, and when I got involved with rehoming a slaughter bound horse, I looked further into horse slaughter and kill buyers,” All In Rescue’s Founder, Aileen Stevens, explained. Aileen began AIR in January of 2018 to enable her to save more horses as a non-profit. With the help of Walder’s Way Equestrian Center providing space, Aileen went from social networking to protect animals, to having a place she could rehabilitate and provide for more of them. The rescue has saved over 75 horses in its year and a half of operation. “We pull a lot of horses that are pretty damaged,” Aileen said. “They are all great companions, though some are not rideable.” Horses that are too old, or have injuries that make riding unfavorable are adopted as field companions to live out their remaining years with love, attention, and spoiling. Others are rideable, and their experience levels and abilities vary.



One of the hardest parts about rescuing horses from kill pens is choosing who to save. “I try to pick horses that no one else is saving. I go off what my heart says while I’m there, and usually, it leads me to the old and ill.” It is impossible to save them all, but even one life saved is progress. For Aileen, it’s watching that one soul grow tremendously with a second chance at life that makes it all worthwhile. “I love seeing the light come back into their eyes. When you first get them, they are either depressed or anxious. Within a couple of weeks of consistent love and attention, you see a difference in their eyes. I love that transformation.” ADOPTION PROCESS When Aileen pulls a horse from a kill pen, the horse goes into a 30-day quarantine to receive testing and medications when needed. Once the horse is sound, Aileen brings them to AIR’s stables to begin building trust with them. “These horses have been through a lot. They often need groundwork to be comfortable with humans. We work to restore the human-animal bond and teach them that people do love them.” Once they are vetted and their disposition is understood, they become available for adoption. “I don’t want them to end up in an auction again, so I am thorough when finding the best home for each horse,” Aileen said. AIR requires people to sign an adoption contract with a no sale and no lease clause. Equines are only adopted to forever homes who intend to allow the horse to live out its life with them. “We meet with potential adopters, let them meet the horses they are interested in, assess their riding abilities, and visit their facility to see where our horses will be living.” It can take up to a year for some horses to get adopted, but Aileen’s primary goal is finding them permanent families, even if it means waiting longer to adopt them out. HOW TO HELP Rescuing one horse costs $3,000 if they are healthy, and the majority of equines entering AIR need medical care. Monetary and supply donations fulfill a lot of the rescue’s needs. “We have three forever horses with too many medical needs to adopt them out, so we would love to have people sponsor them,” Aileen said.

“We also appreciate people who want to volunteer. We are working on adding volunteer opportunities to suit everyone interested in helping.” Currently, the rescue relies on those with horse experience, though there are plans to give people with less horse experience a chance to interact with horses and learn about them and their care. “We plan to start hosting volunteer days for those without experience, so people who cannot have a horse can still be around them and learn.” Aileen also hopes to start youth programs. “Horses are so therapeutic, and we want them to be able to help each other.” If you are interested in adopting, donating, or volunteering, visit to get involved!



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LVS Transforming Pet Health in Lancaster by DAMON B. RODRIGUEZ, DVM, DACVIM

Lancaster Veterinary Specialties (LVS), formerly known as Specialized Veterinary Referral Services, has been serving Lancaster County since 2012. LVS opened a new state-of-the-art veterinary referral hospital on March 4, 2019. Because LVS is a specialty hospital, we only see pets who need advanced diagnostics and medical care. The doctors at LVS have advanced medical and surgical training consisting of at least 4 years beyond traditional veterinary school and have achieved board certification in their respective specialties. Currently, LVS offers consultations in internal medicine. Internists at LVS help diagnose and manage complex medical conditions such as endocrine (e.g. diabetes, Cushing’s), liver, kidney, pulmonary, infectious, and gastrointestinal disorders. LVS acts as a partner with your family veterinarian to ensure your pet receives the care it needs. Specialists in other disciplines such as surgery, oncology, cardiology, and emergency will be joining LVS very soon! Pet owners should speak to their family vet about seeking an opinion whenever their pet is experiencing a significant medical or surgical condition. LVS is very excited to bring computed tomography (CT) to Lancaster and the surrounding counties! CT allows specialists to obtain advanced 3D imaging of complex structures such as the chest, head, abdomen, and bones to diagnose hidden conditions. Clifford is a 10-month Golden Retriever that was recently seen by LVS for a swelling on his face that would not resolve despite antibiotics and dental care provided by his family vet. After evaluation at LVS it was determined that a CT would provide valuable information. CT allowed us to see a small lesion such as a blade of grass that






penetrated the skin and had become lodged deep within the soft tissue. The body formed a deep abscess that was causing the external swelling. With the guidance of the CT and doctors at LVS, the lesion was finally removed surgically. Clifford is now a happy boy at home with his mom!

wound to his paw, resulting in tissue sloughing with exposed bone. LVS partnered with Gabe’s family veterinarian and he is in the process of receiving 25 HBOT treatments combined with wound management. Gabe is now on the path to accelerated healing and return to function. LVS is honored to serve the pets and clients of Lancaster and surrounding counties. If your pet is experiencing a significant medical or surgical condition, be sure to ask your family veterinarian for a referral to LVS. We are here to work with your family veterinarian to get your friend on the road to recovery! Please call to schedule a consultation today.

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Windsprite A beautiful and petite sighthound by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

INDSPRITES ARE A SMALLER SIGHTHOUND breed known for intelligence, speed, and a love for their family. Their name sounds like something out of a fairytale, and they are indeed magical little dogs. Enchanting, elegant, and gorgeous, those graced by a Windsprite believe there is hardly a flaw in the breed.


Windsprites were developed in the 1960s by a breeder in Massachusetts, and are likely the result of mixing whippets with shelties. Originally called longhaired whippets, they were renamed after the kennel that developed them. While the AKC does not recognize them yet, they have been breeding true for many decades, and are registerable under the International Windsprite Club. Over 1000 Windsprites have been registered in the United States with the IWC. The breed is currently recognized by three national kennel clubs in Europe, with more registered internationally with other Windsprite clubs. Windsprites rarely look away from their owners, unless they see something interesting to chase. These sweet companions ranging in weight from around 20-35 pounds are incredibly versatile dogs who love to have fun with their family. From agility, to lure coursing, flyball, hiking, dock diving, nose work, and obedience, Windsprites are ready to partake in any activity. There is nothing quite like watching these hounds run, so participating in fastpaced sports with them is mesmerizing. The breed is adaptable to living in apartments or countrysides, and while they benefit from exercise, they are also content to cuddle on the couch and watch TV.


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The breed is a healthy breed when bred by those who are aware of genetic conditions present in them. Collie eye anomaly (CEA) and multidrug resistance mutation (MDR1) are possible but very rare as genetic testing can easily prevent litters from being affected. Well-bred Windsprites can live 15 or more years with only common old dog ailments affecting them. They are smart and very quick to learn, and love to show off. But while they are fun to train, they tend to be soft dogs and do not respond well to harsh corrections or multiple repetitions, so it's essential to take it easy when working with these sensitive canines. Positive training methods are required, as even a simple scolding can upset some of them. If you have small pets in your home, you will want to work with your Windsprite from day one to train them not to chase your cat or pocket pet. These friendly dogs are wonderful family companions who are pleased to be their guardian's shadow. They are loyal and regal hounds that can excel in sports one moment, and lounge with their favorite person the next. With gentle guidance, these dogs will do anything for their people and are the “best-kept secret” in dogs.

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What benefits does it provide pets and their guardians? Everything is centered around the pet and their caregiver. The owner can decide where to euthanize their pet. The procedure can take place anywhere: in the yard under their favorite tree, in front of the fireplace, on their bed, or anywhere else they loved in life. The pets are not stressed, and owners can spend as much time as they need saying goodbye.


How do owners know it’s time? No one knows their pet better than those who care for them every day. It can be tough to decide when it’s time. Three main signs to be aware of include a significantly decreased appetite, disinterest in interacting with the family or taking part in activities they love, and of course an inability to control bowels or urine. It’s ok for pets to have difficult days here and there, but you have to be able to honestly say that the good days far outnumber the bad. When I visit homes, it’s not entirely uncommon to talk with the family after watching and examining their pet and say that today doesn’t have to be the day. I will always counsel owners to be very careful about not holding on too long. We are all human which unfortunately makes this so easy to do. I don’t want people to have to experience the regret that comes with grasping on for more time when their pet’s quality of life is no longer there.



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Why choose in-home pet euthanasia? When the end of a pet’s life is near, dog and cat owners hope their pets will pass peacefully in their sleep. In a very real way, this is what euthanasia provides. Dogs, cats, and their owners are simply more at ease in the familiar surroundings of their home. Because of this, we grieve in ways we aren’t as likely to in the vet office. I have had pet owners who sing to their pet, spoon their pet on their bed as


they drift to sleep; some who talk to us about a lifetime of memories before we ever even begin. In 20 years of being a veterinarian in both private practice and in the ER setting performing euthanasia, I can tell you it’s not quite the same: the love that pours out during an at home euthanasia is truly different than what we see in the office setting and I believe that has everything to do with the comforts of being at home.

What made you decide to provide this service? After ten years in daily practice, I have now also worked as an ER vet for over ten years. There will always be euthanasia in day practices. There will always be euthanasia in the ER setting. I truly never realized how beautiful at home euthanasia can be and I am honored to provide this option to owners.


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Living with Hamsters Choosing and caring for these favorite pocket pets by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

HERE ARE MANY POCKET PETS to consider when looking for a tiny, lower maintenance companion, and hamsters are among the best. These easy to care for critters are wonderful for beginners and come in a variety of colors, sizes, and personalities. The hardest part about owning one is probably choosing which to get!


When it comes to picking a hamster, there are several considerations. Hamsters are commonly divided into Syrians, also known as teddy bear or fancy hamsters, and dwarves, which come in many breeds including Russian, Chinese, Djungarian, and Roborvski hamsters. If you have younger children or are looking for an easier to hold hamster, the much larger Syrian is a popular pet choice. Syrian hamsters come in just about any color you can imagine, from solid black to spotted to tricolored. They also come in short and long coated varieties, with the longer coats requiring regular brushing. These hamsters are less adaptable and don't appreciate their people waking them up during the daylight hours. However, they are calm and sweet pets if you allow them time to wake up before taking them out of their home.

Chinese and Djungarian hamsters are the calmest of the dwarf breeds and are more readily woken up and prepared to interact. They are also among the friendliest of the differing types of hamsters. The dwarf breeds are more energetic than Syrians and are harder to hold due to their tiny sizes, so they aren't always the best option for small children. As with any hamster, though, you should play with them on the ground rather than holding them to prevent injuries from a fall. No matter the type of hamster you decide to get, all hamsters have primary care needs to consider. Hamsters are solitary animals that must live alone. A 20-gallon long tank is the smallest habitat you should provide, though you can add tubes and other small enclosures for more decorating fun! Hamsters thrive on enrichment such as tunnels, wooden chews, hiding places, and foraging toys. Cleaning should take place at least once a week with spot cleaning in between. These critters can be litter trained to use one corner or a hamster potty, which makes cleaning a breeze. Feeding them quality hamster food, along with regular fresh fruits and veggies, is essential.

Hamsters are great little companions for even the busiest of households. They are flexible pets that love spending time with you but do not need daily play time to be happy so long as their environment is engaging, and they still get fresh food and water. Hamsters are generally sweet pets who are entertaining and enjoyable companions for all ages.

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Curly Tails Pug Meetup Where pugs can be pugs by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

HAT’S BETTER THAN SNUGGLING A PUG? Try snuggling dozens of snorting, happy, tail-wagging pups at Lancaster’s very own pug gathering, Curly Tails Pug Meetup. Organized by Aftin Eisenberg, this group seeks to bring pugs and pug enthusiasts together where everyone feels comfortable among like-minded individuals. While dog events are fun, the Curly Tails Pug Meetup is proof that breed gatherings are in a category of their own!


This sort of program was missing in Lancaster,” Aftin explained. “I belonged to a meetup before in New York for seven years and knew how special it was to have a bunch of crazy pug people and their dogs together.” The group is possible thanks to Aftin’s mother, Dawn, husband, Anthony, and fellow pug lover, Marcia, in addition to the many members who help with all aspects of making the group a success. The meetups began in March and have been a huge hit.


“There’s nothing like taking a pug out of a dog park type of environment and putting them with other pugs,” Aftin explained. “They shine when they are among their breed. Their personalities come out, often to the surprise of their people. The dogs who are usually afraid at other pet events open up and feel comfortable here. Pugs love pugs.” It is for that reason that this meetup is exclusive to pugs and pug mixes. It is a time for pugs to romp and beg for snacks together where they don’t have to feel intimidated by larger or more energetic canines. “Every response I get from people who attend is that they are excited to have this opportunity in Lancaster.” The group continues to grow with every monthly gathering. The number of pugs and people attending is already over 70. During some months, holiday celebrations, pool parties, and other themes make this extra special experience even more engaging. While there will not be a themed event happening during every meetup, even the simple get-togethers offer everyone involved a chance to unwind, enjoy friends, and obsess their dogs among others who do the same. Aftin does have plans for future growth, too. She looks forward to partnering with rescues to give back to the community through this already heartwarming experience. While there are not many breed gatherings in the area yet, perhaps the success of the Curly Tails Pug Meetup will encourage other breed caregivers to start forming more gatherings. It’s a great way to make friends, meet dogs, hear stories, and learn more about the breed you love all while giving your dog a fantastic time among others of their kind! There is a $5 fee per person and pug to attend the meetups to cover facility costs and future meetup activities. Visit or find them on Facebook to learn more and RSVP to the next meetup!

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Training with Games Transform your relationship with your dog through games! by SAMANTHA ST.CLAIR

RAINING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE serious, even if your dog has a serious problem. Pulling on the leash, barking at dogs and people, and not coming when called are all widespread behavioral problems, and you can manage all of them through games! In gamebased concept training, you work with your dog through 3-minute activities that teach them concepts, including confidence, calmness, focus, grit, impulse control, and so much more.


Each of these concepts can be useful in guiding your dog to better behavior. For example, calmness prevents jumping, and impulse control tells your dog to stay with you rather than chase that squirrel across



the park. “Whatever your dog lacks, that’s what you focus on,” concepts trainer and owner of Sits and Tricks Training, Raquel Neighoff explained. The skills your dog needs to focus on will help you decide what to play with your companion. This means every dog has a unique lineup of games that will benefit them the most, and while games are incredibly fun, they all serve a purpose. “Unlike some other methods of training, every interaction in game-based concept training is a positive one,” Raquel said. By playing games with your dog, rather than commanding them or punishing them, you create a special bond. “You always have to compete with your surroundings,” Raquel explained. “Through this method of training, your dog is taught that everything fun radiates from you. It teaches you to become a team.” Canine companions learn that other dogs and people in the park are not as fun as the activities you do with them. They learn that jumping on people when they visit your house is not as fun as being rewarded for choosing not to jump. “Dogs are constantly making choices, and these games help them decide which one is the right one.”

Games can be as simple as dropping treats in succession as your dog heels by your side or having your dog chase a toy or search for treats. Typically treats and toys rank fairly high on the reward chart. However, if your dog is not highly motivated by them, Raquel recommends ditching their food bowl. “None of my dogs eat from a bowl. They get their daily food ration through playing games, learning, training, and practicing calmness. Every time they make a great choice, they get rewarded.” Those great choices can be as basic as staying on their bed when you want them to relax. From puppies to seniors, and dogs who have never been trained through this approach before, any dog can participate. Every game is short, which makes it easy to squeeze training sessions into any part of your day. See how your relationship with your dog can change by trying some out - if nothing else, you will surely have fun!

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Water time for Dublin.

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Harley taking a break.

Goose and Zinnia ready for a walk.

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Luna Marie checking it out.

Ruger chilling.


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Darwin looking for love.


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