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HAMPTONS DOG Celebrating the Healthy, Active, Outdoor Lifestyle of East End Dogs and Their Owners







Lisa Hartman

HAMPTONS DOG Celebrating the Healthy, Active, Outdoor Lifestyle of East End Dogs and Their Owners


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Flordeliz Ranola EDITORIAL

Lisa Hartman Cindy Bressler Gaby Douzet Gigi Douzet PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lisa Hartman Shannon McLellan Trebor Barry Meet Nova, Andy, and Bamboo in The Life Aquatic



Bamboo, a former Puerto Rican street dog, aboard Heron. Photo by Lisa Hartman © 2016 LDH Publishing. All Rights Reserved

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It controls our life on the East End. From the sea we swim in, surf in, and play in to our backyard pools. Bringing our dogs to the beach or bay for a morning run or swim before even coffee is a favorite way for many of us to start our day, myself included! But water is life. For some people, it is a way of life, The Salt Life! It would be impossible for me to not do an issue entirely dedicated to the lifestyle and reason many of us endure traffic jams, long lines, and packed restaurants. The struggle is real, but worth it. The Hamptons inhabitants and our love and respect for the ocean is why we are here.

In this issue you will meet boaters and their dogs who call the ocean home. We shine the spotlight on people making a difference. We offer tips on training for dogs in our unique Hamptons environment. As always, beautiful photography of dogs and authenticity are staples here! I hope this season fulfills all your summer fantasies, and your dogs are happy, healthy, and salty!

PHOTO BY Shannon McLellan

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Belle is my first pet; well, actually my second. My first pet was a fish but fish are boring. The day we got Belle, we didn’t even know we’d be adopting a dog. The night before, our parents told us something very big was going to happen the next day. All day we waited and waited but everything we did was normal. That evening, we had to go to an event with our parents and grandparents in Water Mill. Once we arrived, our mother told us we had to come with her because this was a Last Chance adoption event and we were adopting a dog. I had a wonderful time at the event but I really just wandered around until my sister came to take me to a tent. At the tent, there was a dog with golden fur and she was two years old. We adopted the dog and named her Belle. We chose that name because Belle stands for Beautiful in French and I am half French. Plus, she had already been named Bell. We soon learned that she is strong and that she tends to run away. She loves her freedom! It has been 4 years since we adopted Belle and now l am strong enough to hold on to her without her getting loose. On the 20th of June, Belle turned six years yet she still looks like a puppy.


I had no idea what was in store for me. We had just had lunch with a friend and now we were in the car going to my mom’s friend Marcy’s house. When we finally arrived, I noticed there were huge balloons and I didn’t know why until my mom announced: “we’re going to get a dog!” I thought she was kidding. My sister and I walked in and saw Belle. We decided to adopt her. She was everything our parents had said they preferred not to adopt: she’s big and she’s a dog who sheds a lot. BUT she was the sweetest, most cuddly, wonderfully snuggly dog and that is why she won our hearts. Our lives changed from there on out. The first month with her was difficult. Belle would pull us on walks instead of us walking her. Belle would also vomit on the carpets and mark her territory everywhere. She wouldn’t listen when called and our grandparents dog wouldn’t accept her. We learned to have a firm grip, how to clean any doggie stain and our trainer Lisa helped the dogs get along so that our summer could be peaceful doggie-wise. it’s just magical what a dog can do to your life.


A strange phenomenon happens when dogs get their first taste of the Hamptons; they go NUTS! Like their human counterparts, the smell of the salt air, view of rolling sand dunes and swimming pools send them into a state of suburban euphoria. For our dogs however, there is more to it than meets the eye. I am fortunate to work with some lovely dog trainers in the city who recommend me to their clients who are leaving the Urban Jungle for the East End Bush. “It’s Like he lost all his training”, the dog owners cry.”He doesn’t listen here at all”.

Well of course he doesn’t. He can’t, and it’s not his fault. His urban life is probably very structured: leashed walks several times per day around the same time. A Possible trip to Starbucks or a dog park on weekends. A stroll to a doggy daycare or the groomers. All in a hustle and bustle atmosphere of passing noise and feet where he can’t get too far from you. Well get ready, because Fido is on vacation now in the Hamptons and on Safari! Rabbits and foxes and deer, oh my! You can almost see the dog’s thoughts through their eyes. “You unleashed me on the beach to run FREE? What’s that scent, groundhog poop? What’s a groundhog? Chickens and fresh eggs in backyards? I don’t know why but I must chase that large brown running animal, later mom and dad!” The struggle is real here folks, and while there isn’t enough room in this column to give all the how to’s to get your dog back responding to you, I will offer tips and food for thought.

Start small and go back to basics.

Allow your dog time to acclimate to the new surroundings, house and yard. Show him where to access the yard to potty. When he is settled in go over some Training 101 in the house where it is less distracting to start. Ask him to sit before you feed him meals. Call him to come to you from the bedroom to the living room for some delicious and tasty rewards. Eventually ask for behaviors he knows in the yard. He needs to get in the habit of listening and responding in new situations.

Manage the dog until you know how he will react and what to expect.

Deer will magically appear in your fenced yard or at the beach. They run across traffic at lightning speed. Bunny families may live in your bushes. Party people sadly leave food, broken bottles and hot bonfires on the beach after they leave. Four wheelers drive on the beach. Manage your dog well until you understand the lay of the land. Keep him on leash. Check fencing often for holes or parts trampled by dear. Landscapers too will forget to shut gates. Supervise around the pool at all times. Always practice safety first.


Competing motivation.

Remember you are competing against the environment, whose smells and enticements are far more exciting to your dog than you probably are at the moment. Calling him to come inside, stop squirrel chasing or leave the beach may seem like a punishment. You have to learn to become more interesting and valuable in your dogs eyes and work as a team in training.

What your dog needs to know:

A solid recall. You need to get the dog to respond and come to you no matter what the distraction. Many dog’s predatory/ chase instincts are hard to fight, but it can be done or you will at least improve with advanced training.

Leave it/drop it. If Fido spies a half eaten

cupcake on the street you will want him to leave it, and if he already has a chicken bone in his mouth you will want him to drop it. Both cues should be trained to fluency (the dog

understands them regardless of place or object). Desensitization to the lifestyle: Yes some dogs will be taking private planes and helicopters to the Hamptons, while others come in limos, Jeeps, or yachts. While it is always good to expose dogs young to new experiences, you also want to do it right. A training program to desensitize them to the sounds and vibration of air travel, boat engines and long car rides can be enormously helpful.

Be Friendly. The Hamptons is a very social

environment for dogs and owners alike. Starting when your pet is young to show him the world is a great place is not always possible, particularly if you acquired an adult dog or have a sudden change in lifestyle. Busy Main Street and the off leash dog beaches are not the places to bring a dog with an aggression problem or other serious issue. Even if your dog is on leash, an off leash dog or child is free to run up to your dog and you will not have control of the situation. Work with a qualified trainer to remedy issues before entering high traffic areas. With a little training help and time to acclimate you and your dog will survive the Hamptons Wild. See you out there!

Lisa Hartman is

a Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist in the Hamptons and Palm Beach. You can reach her at Lisa@ LisaTheDogTrainer. com; (786) 9427387.

Life Aquatic The

For some lucky dogs and their owners the ocean isn’t just a place to visit.


All Hamptons Dogs live the good life. Visiting beaches, bays and boating is a way of life here. But there is a certain subset among us that have taken the term “Salt Life” to a whole new level and have given true meaning to the term “Salty Dog”. They live and work on boats. They seem to live on vacation and love every minute of it. Endless sunsets, swims and play dates are the norm for these happy canines when not at work or sea. They swim and hop from boat to boat to greet their buddies with the grace and confidence of seasoned dancers. While some live on water part of the year, others call their boat home year round, sailing to warmer climes in the off season.

When husband and wife Captains Cameron and Shannon McLellan set out to find a dog to join their family they thought long and hard about what characteristics in a companion would work for their unique lifestyle. The McLellans live aboard Heron, their 65 foot luxury catamaran they charter for private sails from Sag Harbor and Montauk in the summer months and the Caribbean in the winter. They knew they wanted a dog under twenty pounds that could fit in a Sherpa bag in case they needed to fly. There

were also long offshore passages, customs, immigration and quarantine to consider. Contrary to most people, they wanted a dog that wasn’t housetrained, as they knew housetrained dogs typically won’t go on boats, viewing the whole vessel as “inside”. Shannon planned to train the dog to use a “Pet Loo” on board.

Visiting the Animal Care and Control in St. John, US Virgin Islands Cameron and Shannon found the dog they named “Andy Jane,” a copper

Cpt. Cameron McLellan and First mate Andy In Sag Harbor.

haired type of Caribbean mixed breed known as a “Coconut Retriever”. The shelter allowed them to test her on board so they can see how she would do, and they decided they wanted her. A few days after her adoption, Andy joined them at sea for the 1400 mile sail to Sag Harbor. After a short adjustment and training period to get her used to engine sounds and other boating issues, Andy took to boat life so well the McLellans had to install safety measures to stop her from taking unsupervised swims.

Andy was the inspiration for Starlight’s Captains Toby Stull and Will Bishop to search for a dog of their own to live with them aboard their 52 foot luxury sailing yacht. After knowing Andy, Toby knew he wanted to rescue a Coconut Retriever once they sailed to the Virgin Islands. With an estimate of 200,000 stray dogs in Puerto Rico alone, the situation there is dire. They found Bamboo, then “Bambi” on Petfinder. com at the same shelter the McLellans adopted Andy from. Toby brought Shannon to see the shy four or five year old “Sato” (Puerto Rican

Fun in St John, USVI

street dog) he had his eye on that had been at the shelter for seven months. They brought her home to Starlight to see how she would do and Andy came over to show her the ropes of living aboard. With little effort she turned into the most wonderful, goofy, and gentle dog. Since finding her forever family Bamboo has visited almost fifty islands, sailed 15,000 miles, and loves going wild on the beach. “She has met hundreds of charter guests between Sag Harbor and the Virgin Islands, loves little girls best, and I hope has raised awareness for the plight of Satos and Caribbean dogs” her proud owner Toby states. “People actually book our charters when they see her. They like to guess what breeds are in her makeup, but we decided not to test it because for us she is just our Boo”. Nova, an Aussie also known as “Poppy” was rescued by Trebor Barry, the harbor’s diver two summers ago. He’s who you call when you need anything done below the surface. During season he and Poppy live aboard the Maya B, named after Trebor’s late dog, and migrate to


Florida’s west coast for the winter months. Poppy loves to ride on the bow of his Boston Whaler, and hilariously runs along the top of the jetties for exercise.

Barrels, an affable Wheaten Terrier is owned by Ken Deeg, owner of the Sag Harbor Launch. He and his wife Brittany live aboard “Launch Pad” in the summer months. Barrels assists taking passengers around the harbor to other vessels anchored offshore. Look for him this summer and the Deeg’s newest addition Bean!

When off ship you can find these seaworthy salty dogs going for long walks in town, shopping for provisions and visiting with land lubbing friends for runs in their yard. But after they are ready to return to their favorite place, home. Heron Yacht Charters (631) 875-3611 Starlight Sailing Charters (917) 399-0686

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When these animal lovers saw a need, they took matters into their own hands and created solutions themselves. Bill Bickley: Pet Artificial Limbs and Supports (PALS) In 2012 Bill and Christina Bickley decided to combine their passion for their chosen career fields with their love of animals. Bill, a board certified and Texas licensed prosthetician and orthotist, and Christina, a board certified orthotist and physical therapist created their own company to provide the same help to animals they do to people, and PALS was born.

Orthotics is the term used to describe a brace or type of external support. Prosthetics describe devices that replace a missing limb. Each PALS prosthetic or orthotic is created specifically for the individual animal, and the team works closely with referring veterinarians. To date PALS has created supports and limbs for not just dogs but cats, ducks, turtles, flamingos and horses to name a few.



Debra Jo Chiapuzio: The Emma Zen Foundation The Emma Zen Foundation was founded by Debra Jo Chiapuzio in Anaheim California in 2010 after learning that her local fire department didn’t have the equipment or pet specific training to save animals. A Pet First Aid and CPR instructor herself, Debra really just wanted to make sure her own dog had the same emergency procedures available to her that she did, but what she wasn’t expecting was that everyone else would feel the same way.

That is where social media took over. Emma Zen, a Labrador Great Dane mix, shelter survivor, and name sake to the foundation had quite a media following of pet lovers. Debra Jo posted in 2010, “my city isn’t trained to save


my dog”, and with that she and Emma Zen were invited to a training meeting at their local fire station, and the request to do the same in other towns took off.

Six months later they were a nonprofit organization. While taking the steps to form a successful nonprofit isn’t easy, the beneficiaries of this organization could just possibly be in your own back yard. Funds are raised for fire departments because pet safety equipment is not required by law to be on each apparatus. Therefore, stations only receive life saving equipment for pets if it is purposed through their own funds or donated. Pet oxygen masks will always be Emma Zen Foundation’s number one campaign and they can help standardize a fire station by you.


Richard Couto: Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) Perhaps no one is more inspiring, prolific and profound than Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto. He is the Founder, Chief Executive Director and Lead Investigator of The Animal Recovery Mission (ARM). Before ARM’s inception in 2010, Kudo was a board member and investigator for the local SPCA where he was responsible for shining the light on illegal animal and horse slaughter farms in South Florida.

During a cruelty call assisting law enforcement, Kudo and the SPCA arrived at an illegal slaughter farm. It is here that he met his future and destiny in the form of a thoroughbred racehorse named Freedom’s Flight. After researching Freedom’s lip tattoo , the horse traced back to being a descendant of Secretariat – one of America’s famed racehorses. Freedom’s Flight was found tied to a tree, left begging to die and riddled with disease and the racing injury that ended his legendary reign. He was next in line to be butchered alive before Kudo, along with the SPCA, arrived that day.

RICHARD COUTO Kudo established ARM in 2010 after SPCA workers and board members started receiving death threats and political threats from high ranking public officials. Kudo has educated himself in every law and matter relating to these illegal operations in the USA and is highly regarded professionally and publicly. His knowledge of these crimes relating to animals has become invaluable to official departments and he is now an advisor to City, State and Federal agencies.

Once a one man crusade, Kudo has now evolved ARM into an unstoppable force and voice for abused and tortured animals worldwide. He is experienced and qualified in undercover operations as well, an essential skill and the key to ARM’s successful missions. His main role in the organization is as the Head Investigator, spokesperson and the leader of the pack. www.

The Paw List

Sassy Buoniconti

Callie Gelber

Riley Saidenberg

Sadie Peterson

Chip Bennett

Gretchen Tobin Bruno Mars

Max Martin

Kaya Appoldt

Bullet McGough


Andy DePaola

Florence Wright

Kaya Appoldt

Charlie Picard Mabel Wright Sailor Maines

Dougal Bennett La Ti Da

Mochi Glabus

Hercules Vargas Shanti Barket Gita Barket Vic Coff

Bamboo Stull

Andy McLellan

Nova Barry

Emma Zen

Barrels Deeg

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Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing identification. Pets spend much more time outdoors during summer months so it’s important to have ID if they get lost. They can also escape from the house or the yard when guests are going in and out while you are entertaining.

Check outside temperatures and groom pets often. Consider your pets’ paws when walking on hot sand or sharp gravel. Paws can burn and be sore when dogs walk on new substances that they are not used to. Frequently groom pets to clean fur of sand, salt, and chlorine. Check for ticks and fleas often, and discuss prevention with your vet.

D r. C i n d y ’s


Puppy proof/pet proof your summer home. Check screens and have safety gates around the pool. Treat the lawn for ticks and fleas. Make sure no poisonous plants are on the lawn; make sure there aren’t bee hives in the yard. Teach your dog to swim. People assume dogs just know how to swim and do the doggie paddle, but it’s not true. Buy a life jacket, show them the pool teach them where the steps are and how to get out, get in the pool with them and supervise swim time.

Learn pet CPR in case of accidents like choking, drownings, burns. Get a pet first aid kit. Know where the closest emergency hospital or emergency vet is. Enjoy your summer!

CINDY BRESSLER is a House Call and Emergency Vet in the Hamptons and New York City. Reach her at drcindybressler@, (631) 255-8556.


Jay-J, Ocean Road Bridgehampton


Marley, in Southampton


Henry, Rose Elliston Park


Foxy and Bowie in East Hampton Photo by SALLY HERSHBERGER


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Claudia, Logan and Copper; Len and Lola; David Gribin and Ginger, Richard and Kody


Profile for Lisa Hartman

Hamptons Dog Magazine July 2016 online  

Have a look at Hamptons Dog Magazine's beautiful Salt Life issue! Meet dogs that live and work in the Hamptons on boats. Our editor and Pet...

Hamptons Dog Magazine July 2016 online  

Have a look at Hamptons Dog Magazine's beautiful Salt Life issue! Meet dogs that live and work in the Hamptons on boats. Our editor and Pet...