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Advertising Information (843) 284-3094 Communications Gillian Nicol gillian@lowcountrydog.com Contributing Writer Kelly Rae Smith Staff Photographer Laura Olsen www.lauraolsen.com Accounting Carrie Clark Financial Services (843) 367-9969 carriecl@comcast.net Lowcountry Dog Magazine PO Box 22 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465 Web: lowcountrydog.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/leahengland Facebook: facebook.com/lowcountrydog

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august/september 2013 fido’s friends 4 Tina Whetzel 35 years of saving lives 6 healing species teaches compassion 8

This magazine is printed on 100% recycled paper. Continue the green process by recycling this copy. Lowcountry Dog’s mission is to be the leading local resource for dog owners regarding regional events, health and wellness information, trends, style and lifestyle choices. We also strive to be a mouthpiece to the public for various dog related non-profits and promote pet adoption and other responsible pet care practices. Dog lovers can pick up the bimonthly magazine for free at most area veterinarians and pet stores throughout the lowcountry, as well as numerous restaurants, coffee bars and retailers. A full distribution list is posted to the magazine’s web site, lowcountrydog.com. Subscriptions are also available. Please call 843-478-0266 for more information.

a final gift 12 marked 14 calendar of events 21 training 22 Will work for Clicks health & wellness 24 Golden Years preparing for a new companion 26

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F ido’s Friends: Tina Whetzel

Occupation: Owner, CrossFit Mt Pleasant Dogs in Household: 3 - 2 French Bulldogs and 1 English Bulldog Na med: Frenchies - Pebbles and Nutmeg, English Bulldog - Cletus Lives: Mt Pleasant

1. What’s the best owners must have? A lint roller/brush is a must! thing about owning a dog? They love you always 7. If your dog were some other sort of animal, and forever. what would he be? A pig. Cletus wallows in the dirt and 2. What do you find the most frustrating about your dog, or struggle with as a dog owner? The

constant maintenance - it’s definitely a love hate relationship.

3. All time favorite memory of your dog?

Bringing Cletus home from the breeder’s house. He snuggled on my lap the entire time. Whenever we went to pick him out, he picked us! He just snuggled up to my neck and went to sleep.

4. Favorite place to hang out with your dog in Charleston? Beach. 5. With what aspect of your dog’s personality do you most identify? His bullheaded-ness and stubbornness. 6. In your opinion, what’s the one item all dog photos by Laura Olsen Imagery

snorts just like a pig

8. How does your dog inspire you? Or what has your dog taught you about life and work? Work hard but take time to stop and smell the roses. Don’t take


yourself too seriously and love everyone around you.

9. How do you KNOW you and your dog are best friends? We are always at each other’s side and we would both give our lives to protect each other.

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35 Years of Saving Lives “I became engaged because I wanted to make a difference. I looked around my community and was so discouraged by what I saw. So, I hiked up my sleeves and got involved in animal welfare. This was the mid 70’s, a different world. I became more determined to make change, from animal welfare ordinances to just speaking out, as no one seemed to want to change and everyone said it couldn’t be done. The euthanasia rate was astronomically high and everyone seemed content with this reality. It was just the way it was and I think at first, they thought I was just a crazy animal person. Well, I couldn’t stomach the death. I refused to accept the status quo, so I began a journey which is far from over, and I think we have changed our community. If you are an animal, Charleston is a far cry from what it was. We are a humane community and it has been a long walk.” -Pet Helpers Founder and President Carol Linville So began the story of Pet Helpers, born out of necessity and forged by an evolving community and proactive, forward-thinking leadership. “In the beginning, it was mostly just Bob [Linville] and I, but slowly we grew and became a movement” recalls Carol. Pet Helpers beginning was a simple Pet of the Week column that Carol assembled for a local publication. Frustrated by the lack of momentum behind driving down the rate at which animals left the shelter system alive, Carol decided she had to do more. It began by pulling cats and dogs from high-kill shelters and placing them in foster homes, and in fact more often than not the Linville residence and car dealership. “I knew I was in trouble when the back office [at the Linville Car Center on Folly Road] began looking more like a zoo than an office. 35 years later I still have a house full of foster cats and dogs. When Carol sets her mind to something, God help anyone who gets in her way” muses Bob Linville. For years, Pet Helpers served as the only no-kill organization in the Lowcounty and eventually became the only no-kill shelter in the Lowcounty when Pet Helpers moved into a renovated house at 1340 Folly Road on James Island. “It really was just a house stuffed with cats and dogs, but by this time the word was out and Pet Helpers was making a real difference.” Mary Chrisanthis, a longtime Pet Helpers volunteer and Board Member remembers, “We were still small, a humble shelter, but we knew we were making a big difference. People began to seek us out to adopt and volunteer. You could feel a sea change, and Pet Helpers was driving that change.” As Pet Helpers grew it continued to codify itself as a national leader in proactive animal welfare and Carol became recognized as a statewide crusader and leader in the prevention of animal suffering. “Pet Helpers wasn’t just a shelter. it was a force. We were the first in Charleston to trap, neuter, and return cats” Carol Linville states. “We were the catalyst behind the enactment of a number of local and state laws designed to protect animals. When it came to thinking

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differently and pursuing out-of-the-box solutions, we were the group the community looked to.” The organization recognized that if Pet Helpers was going to make the impact envisioned a new facility was required. As if it were written in the stars, animal-lovers and philanthropists Hank and Laurel Greer had recently joined the Pet Helpers board. Carol Linville raves, “The Greers joining the Pet Helpers family really did change our world. Their generosity, focus, and compassion inspired everyone. Their considerable business acumen didn’t hurt either.” So, Pet Helpers began the campaign to raise the needed 6 million dollars to construct the state-of-art facility the leaders envisioned. “We were so happy to find Pet Helpers. It was already an amazing organization, but the potential was skyhigh. We could see what could be, so Hank and I invested and dedicated our retirement to animals in our community” recalls Pet Helpers Vice-President Laurel Greer. As a result of public and private generosity Pet Helpers' new Linville/Straney Adoption Center and Greer Spay/Neuter Clinic opened its doors in March of 2008. “It was revolutionary. A building that was cutting edge and rivaled by few. We could now not just save more animals but we could now more effectively prevent their needless suffering through the clinic. It was a triumphant day for Charleston.” Pet Helpers' journey is far from over. Pet Helpers is poised to rescue more than 2,000 animals this year and the organization has seen double digit increases in animal saved and adopted. They continue to spay and neuter thousands of animal annually. Pet Helpers launched a number of new initiatives ranging from Unchain Charleston to Livi’s Library. Pet Helpers is doing more than ever before. Executive Director Kevin Ryan says “We are increasing our footprint every year at an exponential rate. With this increase in mission delivery comes an increase in cost. We are also spending more than ever before, more in medical expenses, more in public assistance, more in behavior modification. What we can do is limitless – we need the continued and expanded support of the public and we can become the most humane community in America.” This is not hyperbolic exaggeration – Pet Helpers will spend in the neighborhood of 1.8 million dollars this year which is approximately $150,000 a month and around $5,000 a day. “What we do is expensive, but essential. We are the personification of Charleston’s humanity and compassion. We are second chances and we are the last opportunity for so many. We use money as effectively and efficiently as possible and our donors are and should be proud of the return on investment that Pet Helpers provides. What we do is priceless, but has a price. We live in perpetual gratitude of our donors, volunteers, adopters, and advocates.” States Kevin Ryan. “I hope all Charlestonians can become Pet Helpers, with us, or with a group close to their hearts. We are saving the vast majority of animals in our community and with a little love and elbow-grease we can save them all” gushes Carol Linville. “The future is so bright for Pet Helpers and Charleston. We are at the cusp of something incredible. A model of a humane community in the deep south” opines Laurel Greer. “15 years ago this was almost unimaginable and now seems inevitable. A dream come true.” What a difference 35 years makes.


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Healing Species Teaches Compassion by Kelly Rae Smith

As inhumane acts of violence increasingly take precedence in headlines and television news coverage, we often turn our heads away from the bleakness, wondering how could one attempt to turn it all around? Is humanity too far gone? One South Carolina woman is resolute that no, it’s not too late, and she’s on a mission to literally get to the heart of the matter. A dog named Gravey inspired attorney and humanitarian Cheri Brown Thompson to start Healing Species, an organization that uses rescue dogs, with their own stories of neglect and abuse, to teach students about compassion, empathy, advocacy, and empowerment in order to fundamentally build character, discourage violence and bullying, and thus change lives. The curriculum is designed for elementary school kids but also expands to middle and high school-age students, and it involves one 45-minute session taught weekly for 12 to 13 consecutive weeks until an entire grade level is covered. Right now, there are three Charleston elementary schools that are involved in and have found success with the program, along with one Berkeley school and one also in Dorchester county. “Our program focuses on violence and bullying prevention through compassion education,” Adele Little, director of Healing Species, says, “realizing that a child’s actions are determined by their thoughts, which are determined by their heart—what they think and feel. So if we can change a child’s heart at an early age, then we can change the way that they think, and that changes their actions. It gives them power to turn things around.” Thompson realized she could help give children this power

and founded Healing Species 15 years ago after two occurrences. One: As a law student, Thompson was struck that there is such a thing as depraved-heart crimes, which are murder, rape, and violent assault. The direct connection between animal cruelty and human violence became apparent, and her thesis concluded that 99 percent of depraved-heart criminals were abused or neglected as children, and then those people eventually took out their aggression on the only things they could control: animals. And that of course morphed into violence on humans. Equipped with the knowledge that crime is a matter of the heart, Thompson began to ponder how she could get to the root of problem. And then came the second occurrence: Gravey. Thompson was on her way to class at The University of South Carolina Law School one day in 1999 when a stray dog caught her eye. Emaciated, covered in mange, and nearly dead, the dog’s appearance caused Thompson to pull over and cry her eyes out. She offered all she had, a Pop-Tart, but the timid creature was understandably distrusting. That didn’t stop Thompson. She came back for the dog she named Gravey every single day for a month, until Thompson’s kindness broke the barrier, and a reassured Gravey let the heavy-hearted law student take her home to be cared for. photos by Laura Olsen Imagery

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Sadie gets lots of love as Chicora Elementary students show empathy and responsibility for the care of another. Casey, a dog available for adoption at PetHelpers, comes with Jessica Branton, to help teach humane education lessons such as how to approach a dog.

And that’s how the idea for this nonprofit was born. Thompson knew the hearts of the children had to be reached before they were depraved, and who better to teach them about abuse and neglect than animals who have experienced, and survived, these circumstances themselves? “Each dog that enters a classroom with an instructor has their own story of abuse or neglect,” Little says. “Somebody didn’t want them at some point. Healing Species has a rescue and adoption as part of the outreach, and we rescue dogs that nobody is taking care of. They’ve all got a story of being abused or neglected. That story is the very first story that is told, and immediately the kids are engaged because you have this live visual aid that is teaching about the beginning of a story and the ending of a story.” There are carefully outlined lessons involving games, vocabulary words, activities, and animals that are followed each week, including one called Keep Your Heart. It explains that people who have lost part of their heart could try to hurt you, but you must not use that to throw away your own heart. Keep Your Heart encourages children to one, keep their heart strong by telling a trusted adult if they have been hit or abused, and to, two, grieve if they’ve been hurt rather than keeping it in only to take it out on someone else later on. The third instruction is to give love. “And that’s the best part,” Little says. “That’s when we get to practice in the classroom and give love to the dog. We want to start giving love right away after somebody has hurt us because that is going make us stronger.” Instructors also explain that there’s fake power that’s based on fear, control, and weakness, and then there’s true power that comes having respect for others. The students learn lessons about 10

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bullying: why people bully others, why they may themselves bully others. And they’re taught, with the help of the live dog there, to make choices based on empathy and compassion, based on what they would do to help a dog. “We have those teaching moments all in the classrooms where they start to identify not only do animals have feelings, but then the kids become more sensitive to the person next to them and their feelings, and then it just grows.” The result? Schools say the kids have less behavioral problems and more empathy as a result of the program. And before they leave for middle school, Healing Species goes back to the kids in the fifth grade for two booster lessons, reminding them of the tools they’ve gained that could pave the way for a great life. “Healing Species gives them empowerment to overcome barriers such as abuse or neglect or bullying in their own lives, how to see a future for themselves. They learn the steps that it takes to make responsible choices, choices that make them feel good about their lives. It gives them hope.” One story of hope that the kids have proven to remember for years and years to come? Gravey’s story. And although Gravey has passed away now, it is still an encouragement to know that, thanks to Thompson and her ability to really see and heal Gravey’s heart, the majority of her 13 years were full of love.

What Else? So far, Healing Species expands beyond South Carolina, and into Wisconsin, California, Texas, Missouri, and even New Zealand. Trident United Way partnered with Healing Species last year with a matching funds grant. Pet Helpers has also partnered with the nonprofit to assist with services, connections, field trips, and matching funds. Join the cause: Visit the Get Involved section of www.healingspecies.org to learn about volunteer opportunities and ways to help costs.


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A Final Gift by Robin Maggy

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Sometimes the dying leave us gifts, gifts of wisdom, faith and love. That is exactly what Bark Avenue is to me. It was the final gift from the man I loved for 10 years. After 15 years as a magazine publisher, I decided it was time for a career change. I love dogs and cats and have a tremendous passion for all animals. Therefore, it seemed only natural to go from writer to dog wrangler. I spent nearly a year creating the image of Bark Avenue and working on a business plan. During this time I worked as a vet tech and groomer to gain experience and volunteered at the aquarium, where I cared for the birds and alligators. After creating magazine layouts for all those years, it was fun to create a business like Bark Avenue. Finally in the summer of 2007, we found the perfect property located on Clements Ferry Road, near Daniel Island. Joey worked in construction and had a natural eye for design. I was amazed with his ability to transform a space. The home’s garage became large 6x8 runs and a grooming room. A sitting room became 8x7 suites and the laundry room. The large living room became my front desk and greeting area. My idea of a boutique-style boarding facility was coming into fruition. After three months of hard work, it was time to let everyone know about Bark Avenue. On a rainy Sunday morning we drove to Clements Ferry to put up the street sign. Opening day was drawing near and I was excited. But suddenly everything changed. As we hoisted the large streetlight-style sign into position Joey collapsed in the road. I rushed to him and helped him to his feet as he clenched his side in pain. We rushed to the hospital and it was there we heard a diagnosis we never expected. Joey had Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer and tumors had spread throughout his body.

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Although he would try an experimental chemotherapy, he was given three to five months to live. I returned home alone and crumpled in a pile at the foot of the bed and prayed. All I heard was the doctor saying, “If you had to get cancer, this was not the one you want to have.” He continued to build Bark Avenue between chemotherapy and oncology appointments. Equipment had to be installed, tile laid, walls and ceilings painted, cabinets redone, front desk built and more. There were days I would find him on his knees struggling to get up, but he refused to stop working. He was going to finish Bark Avenue for me. Finally opening day arrived. It was not how I imagined it would be. The evening before we learned the chemotherapy had failed. To me a huge clock started to tick inside my heart. I would give anything for a minute to feel like a day and a day to feel like a year. Every moment mattered and that morning he was unable to get out of bed. I had pictured what opening day would be like and fought the feeling of disappointment. Quietly I drove to the office and unlocked the door for the first time. There were no balloons like I imagined. No congratulating each other. No excitement when the phone rang for the first time and I booked my first appointment. I realized it was only one of many moments I would miss having with him. A few weeks later he decided to go to a local hospice. His best friend John laughs when he recalls that day. Why? Because Joey faced death “his way.” He asked John to pick him up and take him shopping. He then proceeded to buy a new bag and fill it with new pants, shirts, pajama bottoms, socks and shoes. The hospice nurses told me he strolled into hospice as if he was entering the


Four Seasons for vacation. To this day that memory makes me smile. I struggled emotionally between having to be at the new office and spending time with him. The answer was simple to me but he told me over and over I needed to be at the office because when he was gone Bark Avenue would be there for me. During those last two weeks many angels passed through the doors of Bark Avenue. People I never met before came by and talked to me. One decorated the bathroom and hung an angel wind chime in the kitchen window. One gave me a book that gave me insight on how to talk and listen to hospice patients. Through this book I was able to know the day Joey would pass away by carefully listening to him. “I’m taking a trip,” Joey told me one day as I visited on my lunch hour. I looked up. “When?” I asked. He replied, “Thursday.” I smiled at him, held his hand and said, “It will be a beautiful trip.” He died early Thursday morning. Joey is still with me every day at Bark Avenue. I have since moved from our home, so Bark Avenue is the last place where I spent time with him. Together we built something. Something I still have and it’s a piece of him. This gift has brought much love to my life and best friends. My clients are like family and my four-legged clients photo by EuroMagic

are like my children. I am stronger because of Bark Avenue. I am a better person because of Bark Avenue. Change brought about change and I am very blessed. Bark Avenue thrives and I was able to open up my heart again and I’m in love with a wonderful person. Each day Bark Avenue is a gift to me. On many mornings a male cardinal will fly over to my car as I park and sit on the driver’s side mirror. I turn off the car and sit for a moment just looking at him. “Hi JoJo,” I say. Bark Avenue Pet Resort is located at 2471 Clements Ferry Rd in Charleston. Robin Lee Maggy is a writer, entrepreneur, stunt woman, actress, commercial model, and a believer.

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When LINK entered Hayleigh Osborne’s life the big impact the small dog quickly made on his owner’s heart was the stuff of legend. Named after the 1987 video game The Legend of Zelda, LINK’s named conjured up Hayleigh’s happiest childhood memories, a good start for a little one taken from its mother too soon. And much like his namesake, LINK faced numerous challenges, such as epilepsy, allergies and severe separation anxiety, but courageously triumphed over each and every one. LINK was also the pivotal force behind what is now a pack of five. He seemed to be happier and healthier in the company of other dogs. He’s the pack protector now, and it was this protective and determined spirit which ultimately lead Hayleigh to Kimberly Reed, a tattoo artist based in Savannah, for the tribute to LINK which now graces Hayleigh’s right arm. “Tattoos are a very personal thing, and mine is no exception” explains Hayleigh. “ I don’t see a lot of pet art on people’s bodies, but I can say LINK will not be my last one.” These little dogs pack a punch: LINK Olan, 4, cream Hagrid Eden, 3, Blue or gray Petey Neville, 2, white w/ black patches Albvs Dobby, 2, chocolate long haired WarWick Batista, 1, half and white with tan patches

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Joshua Simon’s tattoo doesn’t just represent Bishop, his 5-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, who is soon to be a certified therapy dog, but the amazing companions Pit Bull type dogs are capable of being with proper love and training. Inspired by the Philadelphia based group, Pinups for Pit Bulls, which uses photos of pinup girls and pits to sell calendars and t-shirts supporting breed rescue, Joshua was determined to show the world how important Bishop and breed education are to him. “Bishop opened up my eyes into avoiding stereotyping and making judgment before you know all the facts about a person, or even a breed of dog!”

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“Cruz, my first champion, was my once in a lifetime dog, and I was inspired to tattoo his likeness on my right leg as a constant reminder of the love and loyalty he had given to me,” explains Nancy Blanchard when asked about her unusual leg tattoos. Balancing out the equation, Nancy also tattooed Croix, her “do anything girl” with 4 titles to her name on her left leg. Finding the necessary courage to “get over the idea of the pain” at 45 years old, Nancy traveled to Lloyd South’s Empire Tattoo in Glens Falls, NY to accomplish the tattoo she and a friend planned together for many years. For Nancy, the tattoos are not only just a way to immortalize a beloved pet, but also to open up conversation with strangers about pet rescue. “People stop me to remark on how lifelike my tattoos are, especially the eyes. This gives me the perfect opportunity to educate people on avoiding puppy mills and to consider rescue. No matter what breed you love, consider rescue. Save a life!” Nancy poses with two of her dogs, Solo and Vegas both offspring of Croix.

For Nancy, her beloved dogs are not only in her heart, but permanently inked on her body for the world to see. A bold profession of love!


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Mary Smith’s angelic Pit Bull tattoo represents the tragedy of dying young, but the hope in knowing there is a place without pain and regret.

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Cash, a bright and playful puppy of only 6 months died from complications after ingesting poison or suffering a possible snakebite. Mary was unable to afford the costly tests and treatment for the illness and Cash was humanely euthanized. “His sudden death was a traumatic experience for me; he had already made such an impact on my life.” To help with grief, Mary first memorialized her favorite photo of Cash’s face on her back, then added the wings because she believes his “soul rests in heaven.” After the second wing is shaded, Mary plans to add the Green Day lyric: “Its something unpredictable, but in the end its right. I hope you had the time of your life.” When anyone comments on Mary’s tattoo, it offers her the chance to impart the lessons she learned through Cash’s brief time, “Look at the bigger picture. Embrace life at full speed and love every moment.”

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cas volunteer orientations august 13th and 17th at noon. Learn to become a volunteer by attending one of our two-hour volunteer training sessions. It’s easy and we will give you all the tools and training you need to become a successful volunteer! Visit www. charlestonanimalsociety.org for more information and times.

second sunday on king August 11th and September 8th 1:00-5:00pm. The 2nd Sunday on King Street has something for everyone. From Calhoun to Queen walk the street! Bring your pooch and stroll down King Street! enjoy the street activities, outdoor cafes, incredible shopping and wonderful people. Your dog will meet the nicest dogs and people in Charleston at this event! FREE parking vouchers! Ask at our info booth. Contact: susan@ kingstreetmarketinggroup.com More Info: http://susanlucas.typepad.com/ secondsundayonkingstreet/

anniversary at the Tin Roof, Charleston to celebrate the life of a beautiful man who dared to shake his pelvis, the man who didn’t even love bacon as much as his mama. Songs that Elvis made his own will be performed throughout the night by a star-studded cast of Charleston music royalty, including: Lily Slay, Mackie Boles, Joel Hamilton, Johnnie Matthews, Jordan Igoe, Lindsay Holler, Tim Edgar, Kevin Hanley, Ballard Lesemann, Danny Infinger and Jessa Vaughan, Brett Nash, Jim Faust, Justin Allen and more... Big Heavy (Mark Hudgins) will MC the eve and hilarity will surely ensue. Dress dramatically for the night in anything from Hawaiian shirts to bedazzled bell-bottoms to gaudy gold glasses

Otter Bay to cool off from the summer heat Learn more at www.ccprc.com Whirlin' Waters Waterpark U.S. 78 Ladson, South Carolina 29456

september 18th canines for therapy class PetCo, No. Charleston. This is a 6-week course meeting once per week for 6 weeks. The dog must be at least one (1) year of age and have lived in the handlers home for at least 6 months prior to participation. Dogs must know strong and reliable basic obedience (sit, down, stay, recall and walking on a loose leash) and have completed AKC Canine Good Citizens prior to class registration. Neck buckle collars, cloth martingale collars or head harnesses (i.e. Halti, Gentle Leader, Snoot Loop), are the only acceptable equipment allowed. A six (6) foot leash is mandatory; no retractable leads. Class dates: 9/18-10/23 once per week. www. caninesforservice.org/CFT_Registration_ CHS.html

There will also be: AN ACTUAL PELVIS OFF, so get to watching Ed Sullivan reruns and give us some good gyrations

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november 23rd 14th annual cas celebrity chili cook-off & oyster roast! Over 1,000 animal

PHOTO OPPS with a life-size Elvis and the official Elvis Eve Photog, Bob the Boss ELVIS DRINK SPECIALS involving bananas and inevitably peanut butter PREPARTY Elvis movie viewing: Viva Las Vegas @7pm $5 at the door. Door proceeds to go to Healing Species. For more details contact Kelly Rae Smith at krsmith@gmail.com

september 8th dog day afternoon at whirlin waters waterpark Celebrate the dog days of summer with man's best friend on September 8, 2013 at Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark. Large dogs will have a blast in the wave pool, while smaller dogs can take a dip in

supporters from all over the Lowcountry will fill the grounds of the Joe Riley Park to witness the spirited rivalry between local celebrities and other notables for the coveted champion robe, all while tasting the award winning chili, shucking endless oysters, enjoying local beers from Palmetto Brewery, listening to music from amazing local musicians, and supporting a great cause. Tickets are just $35 in advance for adults and $25 for kids. www. charlestonanimalsociety.org

Questions? Comments? Call 843-478-0266. Want to submit event information? Visit www.lowcountrydog.com and click on Add an Event. We will do our best to include your event as space allows. Our online calendar lists all events in full.


Will Work for Clicks by Cindy Carter Clicker training was first widely used to train marine mammals. In order to work with these animals, trainers had to devise a way of communication that did not rely on physical manipulation and punishment. They used a whistle. Dog trainers have adopted the same principals using a clicker. Clickers are now used with many other species: horses, birds, cats, elephants and even Olympic athletes. The clicker gives us a clear, concise way to communicate with a species that does not speak the same language. The sound of the clicker is unique and means the same thing every time. It is an event marker which is paired with a reward to tell the animal the instant he gets it right. The premise of clicker training is simple. See a behavior, mark it (with a click) follow with a reward. It is crucial that the click is paired with a reward. In the beginning, you want to keep the rate of reinforcement high, so you’ll find lots of things to click and reward. 22

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Using a clicker allows us to provide information to our dogs. They become partners in the training process. They gain confidence by being rewarded for getting things rights instead of being punished for getting it wrong. Along with confidence comes joy in the learning process and trust in their humans. A winwin situation for everyone. When using a clicker, it becomes the responsibility of the human to look for and reward desired behaviors instead of punishing incorrect behavior. These behaviors can be as simple as "sit" or as complex as helping a blind person navigate a busy city street. Using a clicker fosters a relationship built on trust and respect. Not only does the animal gain confidence but so does the human. Since the clicker always sounds and means the same thing, it allows an inexperienced trainer to mask his anxiety from the dog, making both feel more comfortable.

Using a clicker allows us to capture behaviors that are offered naturally. We simply click and reward something that we like, maybe a "down." Once we have clicked and rewarded the behavior several times, we name it. Now we have a dog that downs on cue. We don’t have to stop with the practical. We can catch our dogs offering play bows, stretching, shaking, or rolling over. The only limitations are our observation skills and desire to “play” with our dogs. Clickers are used to shape behavior. Shaping is simply breaking a behavior down into tiny pieces, rewarding at each step until you get the finished product you envisioned. Maybe you want to teach your dog to shake. You might start by clicking and rewarding any paw movement, no matter how small. Gradually you would raise your criteria: clicking a higher paw raise, reaching toward your hand, touching your hand with a paw. In this way, the dog is learning to try new things,


working in harmony with you to reach a goal. Again, you are only limited by your imagination. Want to teach your dog to go to a mat when the doorbell rings? How about teaching your dog to do a hand stand? What about training perfect heel position for competition obedience? Maybe you want to teach tight turns for agility or a perfect retrieve? All of these skills can be taught with a clicker and without corrections. Clickers are powerful tools that we can use to help dogs with behavior issues, as well. Maybe you have an extremely shy dog. We can use a clicker to teach him to touch a strangers shoe or wave hello. We can help reactive dogs learn to walk politely on leash or settle down around other dogs. Clickers are very useful when working with dogs that have problems focusing, allowing us to shape the attention that we want. What happens after you have taught a behavior using a clicker? Do you always have to always a clicker or treats? The

answer to both of these questions is no. Once the dog knows a behavior, truly knows the behavior, the clicker is no longer needed. All behaviors need to be periodically reinforced or they will cease to exist. How long would you continue to go to your job without a pay check? For me, the best part of using a clicker to teach is the joy of seeing that light bulb moment for the dog. We are allowing, encouraging our dogs to try something new, to figure out what they can do to make the click happen. We are encouraging them to be problem solvers, in control of their own actions. We are truly becoming partners with the animals we chose to share our lives.

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as they used to be. While this can be part of aging, it could also be an indication of arthritis or another underlying illness. Other agerelated concerns are eyesight, hearing problems and behavioral changes, such as confusion, anxiety, excessive vocalization, or eliminating in the house. Some common problems dogs face as they age are cognitive dysfunction (similar to dementia in people), arthritis, obesity, dental disease, and cancer. Loss of hearing can occur with our pets just as it does with us. You may notice your dog sleeping more soundly and not waking to noises. The doorbell may ring and the Jack Russell that used to bolt to the door barking may not respond. If you are concerned about hearing loss, have your veterinarian examine your dog’s ear canals to make sure there is not a medical problem. Once any medical problem has been eliminated, there are a few things you can do to keep him safe. Be sure to let your pet see you approach him/her; sneaking up from behind could startle him/her. Use hand signals to communicate; this way your pet will still know when you want him/her to come, sit, or stay. Also keep your pet confined in a safe area outside or be with him/her on a leash since they will not hear vehicles coming or other sounds that would normally signal danger. Eyesight may also fail as a pet ages. You may notice a blue-gray haze to your dog’s eyes and assume your dog has cataracts. This may be true, but they could also be a very common condition called nuclear sclerosis. The good news is nuclear sclerosis does not usually cause visual problems. Cataracts, however are the most common cause of visual deficit in older dogs. This can be surgically corrected. So, catching it early can make a difference. Dogs generally compensate well as they lose their vision. Oftentimes they are so familiar with their environment that you may not even realize they are blind. Keeping hallways clear and furniture in the same location will help them navigate

by Cara Daniels, DVM While everyone loves the spunky, cute puppy, I can’t help but fall for the older dogs that I see. I love seeing the special bond that many years bring to the dog and his/her owner. There are stories to be told, and they know each other so well. Having recently lost my dog of twelve years, I truly came to appreciate my “senior” dog. I loved her the day I brought her home, but I would find myself reflecting on how wonderful she was more and more in the past couple of years; she was patient, loyal, fun, sweet, and so much more. Her walks had gotten slower and shorter, but we still enjoyed them. She would still greet us at the door, go to the beach with us, and loved hanging out with us wherever we were. She was so wonderful to us, which made it very easy to give her the extra TLC she needed as she grew older. One of my favorite sayings is “age is not a disease”. Although this is true, with age, comes degeneration, and problems are more likely to arise. By being proactive, many ailments associated with age can be treated or managed. Teaming up with your veterinarian for twice yearly examinations, where they will assess your dog from head to toe is a great start. Routine examinations help catch and address abnormalities sooner. Routine bloodwork and urinalyses can help us find liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, Cushings, urinary tract infections, and much more before you may even notice any problems. By catching these problems sooner, less damage is done, and it is more likely that we can treat or reverse some conditions. If your dog’s exam and bloodwork is normal, that is excellent! Normal exams and bloodwork gives us a baseline to go by for next time. If abnormalities are found on exam or bloodwork, more tests may be needed, such as x-rays or more specific bloodwork to determine the best way to help your pet. As pets age, I commonly hear people say, they have “slowed down” or is not as active

without much problem. You can also use sounds for audio cues, such as a radio near a food and water bowl to help guide them. While obesity is a lifelong concern, as dogs slow down or become less active, they use less calories. Obesity can lead to difficulty moving, loss of muscle mass and balance, which leads to accelerated aging. A couple of extra pounds can increase the likelihood of arthritis as well as heart problems. So, it is important to cut calories accordingly, watch the treats, and make a point of regular controlled exercise such as walks or swimming. Some dogs may not want to move as much because of arthritis. Pain relief can be an important part of your pet’s care. Usually one of the first signs of arthritis is a dog “slowing down”. Hesitating to go up or down stairs or not jumping up on things anymore can also be signs of arthritis. Keeping your dog at an ideal weight can help. Supplements, such as glucosamine/ chondroitin and omega 3 fatty acids give the joints the building blocks they need to help maintain the joints and prevent further degradation. Adequan injections can help increase the fluidity of the joints. Laser therapy and acupuncture may also help relieve pain and promote bloodflow to sore areas. Massage is something you can do at home that will help keep muscles toned and loose, as well as increase circulation and lymphatic drainage to the area. Regular controlled exercise is extremely important in maintaining muscle mass, joint mobility, and the overall wellbeing of your dog. Short, frequent walks and swimming are great. Sidestepping or walking on an incline can help strengthen the larger, supporting muscles that your dog uses for standing, walking, and running. Your veterinarian or a canine rehab therapist can help you with exercises that are appropriate for your dog. You want to be careful not to cause injury with these kinds of exercises. We certainly cannot forget about pain medication. Pain medication can make a world of difference. There are many different types of medication which can be safely used alone or in conjunction. Again, it is important to consult with your veterinarian about what is best for your individual dog. continued on page 29

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Cognitive Dysfunction is a condition similar to dementia in people, which is caused by deposits of a substance called beta amyloid in the brain which causes free radical oxidative stress at the mitochondrial level. Your veterinarian will try to differentiate this from lesions on the brain such as a tumor. Brains can start to degenerate as young as 6 years old in a dog. This can lead to changes in sleep patterns, confusion/less aware of surroundings, decrease in purposeful activity, loss of acquired knowledge such as housebreaking, and an increase in anxiety. Anxiety can cause panting, vocalization, shivering, barking, or “clinginess”. Supplements such as sam-e, omega 3 fatty acids, and a variety of other vitamins and anti-oxidants can help with cognitive dysfunction as can medication. Environmental enrichment and behavioral modification, including ongoing training, playtime, and socialization are also important. Having a predictable routine so they know what to expect can ease anxiety and confusion. Keeping things in the same location,

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Preparing for A New Companion By Dr. Shannon Barrett, Island Veterinary Care

A new dog comes with a lot of joy and often, a lot of questions. Whenever adopting a new pooch, there are three major topics you should discuss with your veterinarian: diet, preventative care and training. If you have brought a new puppy into the house, it is very important that you have him checked out by your veterinarian and discuss a vaccine schedule. Puppies should have their first set of vaccines at 6-8 weeks of age and then receive vaccines every 3-4 weeks until they are at least 16 weeks old. Until they receive their final vaccine series, which includes rabies, they are not fully vaccinated and should not be taken to public places. Prior to the final vaccine series, they are still at risk for many diseases including parvovirus, which can be very difficult and costly to treat. Once they receive their final vaccines however, they can be socialized and visit restaurants, parks and the beach! Socialization and training are very important for all new dogs, whether a puppy or fully grown dog. Training classes at PetCo or PetSmart allow for group training whereas some local trainers offer one-on-one training. The most important part of training is using the techniques learned during class on a daily basis and getting your pooch out in public. Public socialization is crucial so they can learn to obey commands amid distractions and be exposed to new sights or sounds. The lowcountry has lots of dog friendly restaurants and events for you and your new friend! Keeping your dog active will also keep them from becoming overweight, which can extend their life spans. Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of your dogs care. Feeding your dog a high quality diet is vital to their good health. Some of my favorite brands are Royal Canin, Wellness, Blue Buffalo and Science Diet. Avoid feeding table scraps, especially if they are high in fat. If you like giving “people� food as a treat, there are some

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acceptable items such as raw baby carrots, raw green beans and cheerios (avoid the honey nut type). Establishing good eating habits as soon as you bring your dog home will help keep them healthy, and prevent unwanted begging. Along with proper nutrition, your veterinarian will also discuss heartworm and flea prevention. There are several products available. My favorite is Trifexis which is monthly pill that prevents heartworms, fleas and some intestinal parasites. New puppies can be started as early as 8 weeks of age as long as they are an appropriate weight. Adult dogs should be tested for heartworms prior to starting preventative. Dogs in the lowcountry need this pill every month, even in the winter months! It is also very important to have your new dog or puppy screened for intestinal parasites. Many of these parasites can be spread to humans and have the potential to cause severe disease such as seizures or blindness. All new dogs should have an intestinal parasite screening at their initial visit and then every year thereafter. One of the most important things you can buy for your pooch is pet insurance. This should be one of your first purchases. I have pet insurance on my dog and it has already paid off. I like VPI but there are also many other good insurance options. Make sure your insurance covers breed related diseases. For instance, certain diseases that are common in German Shepherds would not have been covered if I did not have an insurance company that covered breed specific diseases. The cost to insure my 4 year old dog is about $200 a year. He just tore the ACL ligament in his knee and required surgery. I took him to the specialty hospital for surgery and the cost was around $3,000. VPI reimbursed me $2600 – I was very glad I had insurance! The only caveat is that new policies do not cover preexisting conditions; therefore it is important to get a policy as soon as you adopt a new dog, before any injuries or illnesses occur.


Whether you have added a puppy or adult dog to your family, you have many years of laughter and sloppy kisses ahead of you. Make sure you start off on the right paw with good training and preventative care. Remember, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”. For more information on Island Veterinary Care, a housecall service, visit www.islandvetcare.com or call 843-6281941.

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Bonjour, Mon Cheri. Je m'appelle Paris. I'm a 5 to 6 year old female standard Schnauzer mix. Won't you consider giving me a loving forever home? Contact the good folks at Pet Helpers, www.pethelpers.org

Why hello there, I’m Balto, a good Siberian husky mix available through Pet Helpers. I’m approximately one year old and searching for a good home Will I find it in you? www. pethelpers.org

Hola! Me llamo Tobal! Have you ever met a bilingual dog? No? Then you should come by Pet Helpers and say hello to me! As a young perrito (pup), I am full of energy and anxious to have someone to play with! I am very affectionate, but definitely benefit from frequent exercise! www.

Meet Bella. This beautiful girl is approximately 1 year and 7 months, and is an undeniably scruffy cute terrier mix. Won't you consider finding a place in your home for this sweet soul? She is available through www.charlestonanimalsociety.com

Rusty is a Chihuahua mix currently being treated for heartworms. We recommend Rusty to be in a home without children since he is scared of fast movements. We know there is someone special out there for him! www.charlestonanimalsociety.org

Shelby is 10 year old Jack Russell terrier mix and would prefer to go to a home with older children. She's also housebroken! If you are interested in adopting/meeting Shelby please contact www.charlestonanimalsociety.org

Roscoe is a 6 year old Pug Pomeranian mix. He is heartworm positive and is currently going through heartworm treatment. He should be done with his treatment around the beginning of September. Learn more at www.summervillespca.org

To-To is heartworm positive and needs to go through heartworm treatment. We are currently looking for a foster home for To-To so that he can go through heartworm treatment. The cost of this treatment is paid for with our Foster Medical Funds which come from donations. Learn more at www.summervillespca.org

Gracie is an easy to care for, house broken hound mix. She is well adjusted, loves people, other dogs, cats, and kids. She is easily teachable, very smart, loves play, walks, water, and socializing. Please check her out at www. summervillespca.org

My official name is Tom Sawyer, but my friends call me Sawyer! I dance in circles when my leash comes out, love to go for long walks and I like meeting new dogs. I'm a champion snuggler, it's one of my best skills! Learn more about me at www.daisysplace.org

Hi there! I'm Waffles and as you can see, I'm a big beautiful 12 year young chocolate Labby. ! I've got pep in my step and a wiggle in my walk! I even try to jump up in the big car to go for rides - but sometimes I need a little help up! I LOVE everyone. Learn more about me at www.daisysplace.org

I’m Willow! As you can see, I’m a beautiful yellow Labby and I might not be a pup anymore, but I’m very young at heart and in spirit! I’ve got great energy, but I love to cuddle up, too. If you're looking for a sweet, easy going, playful girl, I just might be the one for you! www. daisysplace.org

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continued from page 24 especially if their eyesight is failing is also beneficial. Most importantly is to be patient and understanding. As dogs age, their bladder and urethral tone can weaken, causing urinary incontinence. The good news is medication can often help. First, other medical conditions such as a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or kidney disease need to be ruled out by your veterinarian. House-soiling due to cognitive dysfunction and loss of house training may also occur. Reverting back to a crate may help with cognitive dysfunction. With conditions such as kidney disease where they produce a lot of urine, make a point of taking your pet out more frequently. You can also use “diapers” if you need to. Just be sure to change them frequently and try to keep them off for a period each day to prevent urine scald. It may seem kind of sad or depressing to think of your dog having to deal with all of these problems, or maybe you have recently been through this with your dog. Although I hate to see dogs suffering from any ailments, and especially a multitude of them, there are things you can do to make your pet’s golden years happy, enriched, and comfortable. Over half of the dogs in the US are over 6 years old (middle aged), and on average 1 year of a dog’s compares to 7 seven human years. Being preventative with regular twice yearly exam, bloodwork, and other diagnostics as needed, and some good team work between you, your dog, and your veterinarian can make the difference between a painful, decrepit dog and a happy, healthy “senior citizen.” Dr. Cara Daniels is the lead veterinarian at Tidewater Veterinary. Learn more at www. tidewaterveterinary.com


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