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am both pleased and excited to introduce you to our premier issue of Pet & Animal Enthusiast Magazine. I have had a lifelong passion for animals of all kinds; I believe that pets and wildlife play an important role in our lives and that they have much to teach us as well.

It’s a privilege to be a part of an ongoing commitment to bringing our region information that facilitates caring for and interacting with these wonderful creatures. As we begin a new journey with Pet & Animal Enthusiast Magazine I realize the importance of Andrea & Sophie, adopted 6-25-2010

our mission, which is to serve as a local source of information, education and inspiration for pet guardians, animal welfare advocates, and animal lovers.

All of us here at PAEMag, and those who share our commitment to animals, are dedicated to being a positive influence for the pets & animals in our community, by encouraging responsible pet guardianship and serving as a reliable and convenient pet & animal information resource. We will strive to better connect and unite our community of animal lovers, promote animal-friendly events throughout the greater Omaha & Lincoln areas, and support local rescue, adoption, wildlife and animal welfare efforts. Please accept this invitation to visit to learn even more. Our content is aimed at serving animal lovers and advocates with a desire for connection with the broad community of like minded individuals and organizations seeking ways to make a positive difference for pets and animals. Our community is filled with pet lovers who appreciate an emphasis on pet care, health and nutrition, pet and animal safety as well as enjoying quality time with their pets. We invite you all to be a part of the PAEMag family and in the months to come will invite you to share your stories, photos and memories with us about your animal companions. We would also love to hear from you! Let us know what kind of coverage you would be most interested in seeing. I hope you find this inaugural edition of PAEMag informative, and our accompanying site at, both enjoyable, and useful. Andrea L. Hoig


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7 Holiday Contest Winner Katie Jane Kit Kat Snow


8 Top 10 Cover Contest Runner-Ups 12 Winter Activities with your Whimsical Pooch 13 Cold Weather & Your Dog’s Safety 13 Just For Fun: The Most Ridiculous Gifts for Pet Fanatics 22 Pet Loss & Grief During the Holidays


3 Letter From the Publisher 6 FAB FIVE sponsored by Three Dog Bakery: Everything You Need to Pamper Your Animal Companion 10 PET SAFETY: Safe for the Holiday-Keeping Your Pet Safe and Stress Free During This Busy Time of Year 16 PET OF THE MONTH: Himalayan Cat 17 BOOK REVIEW: Staff Favorites for the Holiday Season 18 HEALTH & WELLNESS: Nutrigenomic for Animals 19 RECIPE CARD: Two Easy to Make Pet Treat Recipes 20 Event Scrapbook: Highlights from Local Events for Animals


14 A Different Breed of Shelter: Hearts United For Animals

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DECEMBER ISSUE 2011 VOL. 1 NO. 1 PUBLISHER/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Andrea L. Hoig ART DIRECTOR Vikki Reed ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Dawn Pieke Katie Fourney ADMINISTRATION Francesca Peterson WEB CONTENT MANAGER Megan Olson PHOTOGRAPHERS Mona Kay Ashley Wall Dan Flanigan CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Molly Garriott CONTACT PET & ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST P.O. BOX 241611 / OMAHA, NE 68124 402-333-7499 ADVERTISING/SALES INQUIRIES PRESS RELEASES/GENERAL INQUIRES OUR MISSION: To serve as a local source of information, education and inspiration for pet guardians, animal welfare advocates, and animal lovers. OUR COMMITMENT: To make a positive difference for the pets & animals in our community by encouraging responsible pet guardianship and serving as a reliable and convenient pet & animal resource. We strive to better connect and unite our community of animal lovers, promote animal-friendly events throughout the greater Omaha area & Lincoln and support local rescue, adoption, wildlife and animal welfare efforts. Contents of this magazine are copyrighted by Pet & Animal Enthusiast Magazine in their entirety. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means – electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise – without the prior consent of the publisher. Copyright 2011 Pet & Animal Enthusiast Magazine All rights reserved


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1. Glowdoggie Lighted Collars: A must-have for your best friend and walking buddy! You’ll keep them safe and make your evening walks less stressful and more enjoyable for both of you, with these lighted collars. You’ll feel safe knowing that they can be seen easily. Stay visible, stay safe, and don’t worry about the weather either, because they are 100% waterproof!

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2. The Paw Wash: Let it snow…and rain…and let your pets have fun without worrying about their little paws ruining your floors. There is absolutely no need to get your floors messy this winter. The paw wash helps get dirt, mud, and other chemicals off your dog’s feet easily and safely.

Everything you need to pamper your animal companion... from gourmet food, to baked treats, to packaged treats, to toys and accessories or a day at the doggie spa! Village Pointe • • Midtown Crossing


3.Goodies for Fido: Three Dog Bakery has everything on Fido’s gift list this year. There is a large variety of packaged and fresh baked treats. One favorite is the always “pup”ular personalized stocking cookie. Also shown are a few of our wholesome packaged treats that every dog loves. Get your pup in the holiday spirit with our selection of holiday toys and accessories!

4. Dog Breed Magnets: The perfect way to decorate the fridge. Artist, Ursula originally hand painted a series of dog breed prints in oil. She recently had the paintings reproduced as magnets that everyone can enjoy. There are over 90 different breeds to choose from, so you will surely find one for all the dog lovers on your list.

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Three Dog Bakery never forgets about their kitty friends. Check out our most popular cat treat We Pitty the Kitties available in salmon or chicken. There are also lots of cat toys, food and other accessories that are “Purrfect” stocking stuffers for all your feline friends.


PHOTO CONTEST WINNER Katie Jane Kit Kat Snow Submitted by: Jennifer Snow Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 2 1/2 years old


PHOTOGRAPHER Mona K Photography

atie Jane loves laps. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are known for this quality, having kept Queens’ and Ladies’ laps warm in cold castles way back when, and Katie Jane is certainly no exception. Whenever family members have been home for awhile bustling around the house, Katie Jane regularly elicits laughter as she follows them around with big sad eyes as if to say, “Will you please sit down so I can sit down?!” Once someone in the house does sit down she promptly claims their lap as her new sleeping area (even if that person’s lap is too small or their legs are in a position such as crossed legs that can’t accommodate her.)  Though her chosen lap may appear uncomfortable, with half of her legs hanging over the edge, and her body regularly slipping off, she remains persistent – Katie Jane doesn’t care, she simply must be in someone’s lap!   This special spaniel also loves holidays because they typically include a small bowl of special scraps for her Christmas Dinner.  Theo, the Snow’s Doberman,  gets his own larger bowl of yummy holiday dinner as well!  Once, when lamb chops were the holiday fare, both were supplied lamb chop bones to chew outside on the back deck.  The Snow’s joke that you could hear dogs from all over the neighborhood howling in misery, as if to say, “The Snow Dogs have Lamb Chops, No Fair!” with appropriate howls for effect.   Katie Jane and Theo also share another special holiday tradition, they both receive a special ornament each year from Santa Claus in their stockings which hang from the Snow family Christmas Tree.  

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Holiday Contest Pet Pics We had so many great submissions in our photo contest, it was really hard to choose just one. Here are the ten finalists… looking their cutest. AVA Husky Mix, age 12. Owner: Margaret Bruch. “Ava loves the snow and a new frisbee. Once the present opening is done, she is pratically throwing her frisbee onto anyone willing to play with her. Our Christmas treat to Ava is taking her to the dog park so she can play with her new Christmas gift.”

are opening their present with her Santa hat on.”

PENNY & ROSIE Penny is an Irish Setter; Rose is a Vizsla, both are under a year. Owner: Jeff Lonowski. “They have never experienced the winter holidays, but they were fascinated by their first snowfall.”

ELLIE Basset Hound, age 10. Owner: Patricia

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Sturm-Gonsior. “Ellie likes to dress in Christmas bandana’s and anxiously awaits opening her stocking full of her favorite treats. One thing Ellie really enjoys is the Christmas wrapping paper. Once everyone has opened their gifts, she will haul off the scraps and chew them up piece by piece (if you don’t catch her.)”

Owner: Kelly Sare. “He’s a puppy through and through and just can’t help himself... everything is a toy.“

GRACE Golden Retriever rescued from Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska, age 12. Owner: Judy Rippe. “Grace is very calm; but also loves attention from visitors. I took the picture because all she wanted for Christmas was a forever home. We decided to keep her!”

JEAU Standard shaded red long haired Dachshund, age 9.5. Owner: Noelle Buscher. “Jeau LOVES snow! He is praying for a white Christmas! His favorite game in the world is to chase a small rock. Correction: his favorite game in the world is to chase a small rock and try to find it in the snow. That’s how he ended up with the snow all over his face”

LOLA Red, black fringed Long haired standard Dachshund show dog. Owner: Julie Siebler. “Lola loves the holidays! She goes to the Christmas Tree and has to sniff everyone’s present as well as sit with people when they 8 | pet & ANIMAL enthusiast


PEANUT & COUDBURST Miniature Horses, Age 2. Owner: Debbie Garcia-Bengochea. “Known as ‘The Santa Ponies’ they are members of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses. They visit adults and children inside hospitals and assisted care programs for Alzheimer’s patients during the holiday season. They also visit children in homeless shelters.”


GRACIE Smooth Dachshund, wild boar colored. Owner: Julie Sieble.r “Gracie patiently wore her Santa suit for this photo. She needed to wear a sweater to keep warm, but I’m sure she could have done without the hat. She was a wonderful old girl who never complained about anything. She ran to the Rainbow Bridge on March 15, 2010 in a room filled with caring people.”

KIWI Resued from a hoarding situation, age 13.5. Owner: Pauline Balta. “When Kiwi was with me, she absolutely LOVED being dressed up in whatever I put on her--from her little Christmas sweater to her frilly Christmas dress. She passed away in 2010 from congestive heart failure. She left a mark forever on my heart!”






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Keeping Your Pet Safe and Stress Free During This Busy Time of Year


t’s the holiday season and that means lots of decorations, yummy foods, and toasty gatherings by the fireplace. But all this fun can be spoiled with a trip to the animal emergency room, if you don’t take precautions. As a matter of fact, during the holidays vet clinics and especially animal hospitals see an increase in toxicity and injuries of family pets. Taking a few precautions can help ensure your pet has a safe and happy holiday too. So here are some tips from the ASPCA to help keep your pet safe during the holiday season. O CHRISTMAS TREE Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

NO FEASTING FOR THE FURRIES By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.

FORGET THE MISTLETOE & HOLLY Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies, can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

TINSEL-LESS TOWN Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.


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TOY JOY Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Choose safe gifts. • Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallowing the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. • Long, stringy things are a feline’s dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together. WIRED UP Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth. LEAVE THE LEFTOVERS Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways. PUT THE MEDS AWAY Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.

THAT HOLIDAY GLOW Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out! HOUSE RULES If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session. CAREFUL WITH COCKTAILS If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure. A ROOM OF THEIR OWN Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the hubbub. NEW YEAR’S NOISE As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. Find more helpful pet and animal tips at : pet & ANIMAL enthusiast |



Winter Activities With Your Whimsical Pooch WRITTEN BY Margherite Cermak


e tend to forget that during the winter our dogs don’t get as much exercise as they normally would during the warmer seasons. That’s why it’s important to find things for you and your pet to do when it’s cold outside. Lack of exercise can put on extra winter weight that might be hard to burn off come the spring. Also, keep in mind that fluctuating weight gain and loss can lead to some serious health risks and complications. You want to maintain a healthy lifestyle for your dog all year long, so here are some suggestions for fun in the snow with your pooch. Dogs, like children, love to run through fresh fallen snow and while they don’t make snow angels, they will still have a good time if you let them run loose through a field of snow covered grass. You might consider taking your excited pup down to the park or playground where there are slides. Lead your dog up to the top of the jungle gym and guide them down the slippery slide into a mound of snow. You may have to clear the slide first, and it might take a try or two to show your dog how to do it, but once he or she gets the hang of it they’ll be running back for more. Sledding is also fun for dogs. No, I don’t mean put your dog in a sled and drag them down a hill. Dogs love to tug on things, and that makes them perfect for sled pulling. Large breeds across the world are even trained to do this professionally. If you have a child, let the child sit in the sled and encourage your family pet to take off up and down the hills of let’s say a golf course. Granted, smaller breeds can’t really pull large or heavy things, but they too have options. Medium and small breeds are ideal for winter hunting, but if that’s not your thing then a Frisbee will suffice just as well. Just like in the summer if you toss an item your dog loves they will chase after it, and most certainly bring it back to you. If you’re fortunate enough to have a significant amount of property, or a patch of land where you can take your pet for a walk you might want to bury their favorite toy somewhere and encourage them to sniff 12 | pet & ANIMAL enthusiast

it out. This will both exercise your dogs concentration skills, and their bodies. Not to mention, they’ll be pleased to have a reward for their efforts under the snow. Everyday your pet should have at least twenty minutes of running or jumping around but should not exceed forty-five minutes in the snow. A dog can get carried away when he or she is having fun, and may not realize that they are getting too cold. Of course you can always reduce the risk of over exposure to the cold by picking up a nice warm doggie jacket, or some puppy snow boots. There are a number of dog accessories that will adequately protect your pet from harsh weather conditions. You definitely want to keep your dogs paws protected, especially large breeds, and you should avoid going in and out of the house or car multiple times in the day. Just like us, the constant change of temperature can cause the sniffles. More importantly never leave your dog unattended in a car or vehicle. In the summertime the inside of your car can become an air tight inferno leading to heat stroke, but in the winter that same car can become an ice box very quickly leading to hypothermia and even death. So keep your pets safe, and healthy this winter. While your at it, make sure that you have fun with your whimsical pet. If they see you’re happy, they too will be happy. Article Source:

Cold Weather & Your Dog's Safety WRITTEN BY Kelly Marshall

While birds fly south for the winter, people shop for winter wardrobes, weatherize their homes and even prepare their cars for protection against cold weather. When preparing for dropping temperatures, it is equally important keep dogs warm and safe. While many dogs live outdoors in kennels or in doghouses, there are ways to keep them warm and safe from the elements, even in such shelters. In particular, arthritic dogs should be given special attention in cold weather. Dog clothes or other protective items should be used to keep them warm during the day and at night.


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The Most Ridiculous Gifts for Pet Fanatics Some animal lovers will go to any length possible to express the love they have for their pet. From tattoos to $3 million dog collars, pet owners spare no shame flaunting the love they hold for their furry friend. Here are few over-the-top items that are available this holiday shopping season.

If a dog lives outside in a kennel, consider covering the top of the kennel with a water-resistant tarp, or other protective covering, to insulate the dog from the elements. Another option is to consider placing a doghouse inside of the kennel, so that the dog has safe shelter from rain and snow. The dog’s bedding should also always be slightly elevated to keep from becoming wet or frozen. Special heaters or heating pads may also be added to the kennel or doghouse to provide additional warmth. If using a heating device, be sure it is designed for use in pet shelters, as regular space heaters are never to be used in animal shelters or enclosures. If it gets too cold outside, consider bringing a dog inside, especially during the evening hours, and prepare a warm space for them to sleep through the night.

DOGS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Whether the dog lives indoors or outdoors, aging pets often develop arthritis. Arthritic dogs can experience painful joints in cold, damp weather, just as humans do. To help alleviate the effects of the cold on a dog’s arthritis, consider dog clothes to help provide additional warmth during the winter season. A dog sweater is advisable to keep their joints warm and to make sure arthritic dogs are as comfortable as possible in severe weather.

WALKING OUTSIDE: Remember that paws can become irritated when they come into contact with cold surfaces and salt used on icy surfaces. Special boots that are made for dogs are advisable when walking a dog in the snow or on icy surfaces. This can also help keep the dog from sliding on such surfaces. However, be patient with dogs that aren't accustomed to wearing boots, as it may take some time for them to adjust.


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FISH WALKER Have you ever wanted to take your fish for a walk? Apparently some people do. Luckily for them there’s a fish walker – more specifically a bowl-fish walker. Complete with transparent handle, this bowl allows you to whisk your fish away wherever your day should call. For those who feel an unconditional bond to their goldfish, this device allows marine life to go where the Homo sapiens are. Now, even gills can’t get in the way of your time together.

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KEEPING DOGS HEALTHY IN WINTER During the winter months, dogs often need to eat more calories to help them generate sufficient amounts of body heat for themselves. Consulting a veterinarian on how to increase the dog’s caloric intake, without overfeeding, is the best way to accomplish this. If a dog ever begins to shake or shiver from cold temperatures, make an effort to slowly, but steadily, warm her, as persistent shivering is a sign of hypothermia, which can be very dangerous to both dogs and humans. A dog’s temperature is always slightly warmer than the average human’s temperature. When forecasts get too chilly, a few special precautions are all that’s generally needed to make sure that you and your dog are comfortable on winter days.

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PROTECTION FOR INDOOR DOGS: For indoor pets, a good way that an animal is comfortable is to allow your dog to sleep in warmer parts of the house, while making sure their bedding is kept warm. Remember, never leave a dog unattended in a room with a space heater or with an open fireplace.

The makers of “Pants for Dogs” is now offering, to the dismay of your pooch, dog thongs. Created in bright, eye-catching spandex, the thongs are offered in four sizes, six colors and two styles: regular and bikini; although, “bikini” sounds like a fancy way of saying “dog panties.” Just like human thongs, dog thongs serve virtually no purpose except to provide discomfort (and, perhaps humiliation) to your dog.

Ooh, la la. You’ll be broke after picking up this treat for your pampered pooch. Les Poochs’s V.I.P. dog perfume clocks in at a cool $3,000 a bottle. But, just because you are willing to drop that kind of dough to douse your dog in the scents of sandalwood, vetiver, orris and Osamanthus flower, doesn’t mean you can. This product is in such demand that it’s only available for purchase by invitation.

DOG SNUGGIE. As if humans didn’t get harassed enough for owning one, Snuggie now caters to the canine world. Despite their natural fur coat insulation, this blanket with sleeves adds an additional layer of warmth for your dog to fight off cold winter chills. A selling point? Dogs sure do look a lot cuter in them than humans.

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A DIFFERENT Breed of Shelter

Hearts United for Animals is an award winning animal shelter that services its rural Nebraska surroundings… and the rest of the country. WRITTEN BY Molly Garriott

Fourteen miles south of Nebraska City sits a haven -65 acres of grassland and trees with five large buildings that serve as homes for abused and abandoned animals. This campus is the “heart” of Hearts United for Animals. What began with a handful of local volunteers rescuing homeless dogs and cats has grown into a national organization of eminence. James Lipton has done community service announcements on HUA’s efforts, and Katherine Heigl has hosted a red carpet fundraiser for the organization in Los Angeles. HUA is run by an all-volunteer administration and operates without any government

remain in its care for years before being adopted. Some live out the rest of their lives there. “The important things for animals here are comfort, freedom, and love and attention from people,” asserts Wheeler. There are fenced-in exercise yards, allowing for plenty of exercise in a safe environment. Those who have amiable personalities have roommates, a socialization practice which reduces stress. And dogs that find their way to the shelter often come from stressful situations. One of the organization’s priorities is rescuing dogs from “puppy mills.” Since 1996, it has rescued nearly 10,000 dogs and is responsible for

The important things for animals here are comfort, freedom, and love and attention from people. assistance but still currently houses over 400 animals. Hearts United for Animals was founded in 1989 by Carol and Dennis Wheeler in response to a need for animal rescue in rural areas. “Dogs found abandoned in the country had nowhere to go,” Wheeler explains. “Some counties surrounding the shelter still have nothing at all. The nearest humane society is 60 miles away. The whole area was a disaster for lost or abandoned animals, and without HUA, it still is.” HUA is a no-kill facility. Dogs may 14 | pet & ANIMAL enthusiast

closing countless puppy mills in the Midwest. Commercial kennels are a big business, and Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas are leading states in this business. Hearts United for Animals defines a puppy mill as “a commercial breeding facility that seeks to maximize profit by reducing cost.” Dogs are kept in bare steel cages, denied exercise and human affection, and are often malnourished and mistreated. Puppy mills are not to be confused with reputable breeders

who care for their animals. Reputable breeders will not sell unhealthy or genetically defective animals as puppy mills do, and they will not sell to pet stores, one of the largest consumers of puppy mill dogs. These rescued dogs are often in dire need of extensive care. The cost is no trivial amount. HUA employs 25 caregivers, many of whom are Peru State College students. Veterinary expenses averages about $17,500 a month, and the average monthly food bill for resident animals totals about $8,000. But with concentrated care from veterinarians, staff, and volunteers, many of the rescued animals are cleared for adoption. Through HUA’s Smithsonian Award winning Jet Set Dogs Program, rehabilitated animals have found homes all over the United States and Canada. Still, health, age, or behavioral issues prevent some dogs and cats from being adopted. These animals live the rest of their natural lives as permanent residents and are dubbed “Sanctuary Sweethearts.” Most things in life worth doing present challenges. With its army of volunteers, Hearts United for Animals will continue to care for mistreated animals regardless of cost. Says Wheeler, “I think that we have often operated on leaps of faith, at times taken on rescue missions that were almost impossible, and with the help of good people, it has always turned out well.”

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I think that we have often operated on leaps of faith, at times taken on rescue missions that were almost impossible, and with the help of good people, it has always turned out well.

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Himalayan Cat Himalayan is a breed of long-haired felines. It is a very popular and pretty cat. The cat originated in 1930 in United States through breeding Persian and Siamese cats. The objective was to create a breed with the long hair of the Persian and the points of the Siamese. Indeed it is referred to today in European countries as the Colorpoint Persian. Accepted colors include blue, brown, chocolate, cream, flame, lilac and red. Fur is long, flowing and often thick. Overall build of the cat is stocky with short limbs and large round paws. Head is round, somewhat big and supported by a short neck. Ears are small, though eyes are big, bright and round, in varying shades of blue. Himalayans require regular grooming and baths. They have watery eyes often requiring their face to be wiped as the coat is brushed. Himalayan health concerns include breathing difficulties, eye tearing, malocclusions and birthing difficulties due to the head size and the flat face of the extreme Himalayan. Reportedly, traditional Himalayans tend to have fewer of these health problems. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), which can cause kidney failure, is also known to exist in some Persian and Himalayan lines.

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Quick Facts Name:Himalaya n Origin:North Am erica Average Wei ght:10lbs Average Life Span:14 years Colos:Blue, Lilac , Fawn, Cream Temperamen t:Easy-going, calm and playful

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Our staff favorites for the holiday season “THE PUPPY THAT CAME FOR CHRISTMAS” By Megan Rix

Megan and her husband, Ian, found a surprising answer when they began training golden retriever pups to become service dogs for people with disabilities. But opening their homes and hearts up to Emma, and then Freddy-only to have each move on after six months-eventually took its own toll. Megan and Ian didn’t know if they could continue. Then, one Christmas, little Traffy came along ... and stayed. An instant U.K. bestseller, The Puppy That Came for Christmas is a heartwarming and inspirational story that will captivate dog lovers everywhere. Publisher: Penguin Group 0/25/2011


By Michael McDermott, Michael Parker, May Parker Sing along with an excited little boy as he dashes out of bed one Christmas morning to discover a meowing box with his name on it. The meowing multiplies as more Christmas cats enter the scene-ending in a frenzy of frolicking felines for the boy and his sleepy little sister. Original feline photography mixed with hand-painted art make this one of the season’s most surprising and fun books. Following the tradition of the 12 Dogs of Christmas, join in the Jingle Cats chorus-coauthored by a 9-year old boy and his mom-for this silly carol about our purry, furry friends. Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc. 10/21/2004 For ages 2 - 5 Years

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Nutrigenomics for Animals: How it can help your pet WRITTEN BY Peter Lopatin for WebVet


he field of nutrigenomics is now being applied to animals. How can this help your pet? First, a basic primer in DNA:

Every living thing, whether plant, animal, or human, is what it is because of the genetic material -- DNA -- in its cells. DNA is active throughout the life of an organism, not just in its formation. It is DNA -- specifically, segments of DNA called genes -- that guide each of your cells (and those of your pet) to perform their special functions. But in the “micro-world” of genes, as in the “macro-world” of machines, nothing is ever perfect. Every animal’s genome -- its unique genetic endowment -- makes it susceptible, to one degree or another, to certain illnesses. While your pet may have a gene that makes some illnesses -- say, arthritis or diabetes -- more likely, it doesn’t mean that that illness is inevitable. In the language of genetic science, if a diseased gene is not “expressed” -- ie, switched on -- it won’t cause illness. So, the big questions are: 1. H  ow do we keep the bad switches from being turned on? 2.  If such a switch is turned on, can we turn it off? ENTER, NUTRIGENOMICS The full answer to question #1 is still a matter of intensive s cientific investigation. But it is becoming increasingly clear that diet can have a direct and dramatic effect on the expression -- or suppression -- of certain disease-causing genes in animals (and probably in people, as well). The answer to question #2 appears to be “yes,’’ at least sometimes. Nutrigenomics involves the use of nutrition to affect the expression or suppression of certain genes to prevent or treat certain diseases. The science of nutrigenomics is still a new one, 18 | pet & ANIMAL enthusiast

but it has already resulted in practical dietary approaches to the prevention and treatment of particular diseases in dogs and cats. GETTING SPECIFIC At this summer’s annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association, several papers were presented on the use of nutrigenomics for the treatment and prevention of some common pet diseases, as well as for health maintenance in both senior pets and puppies and kittens. OSTEOARTHRITIS Ron McLaughlin, DVM, and Kevin Hahn, DVM,  gave a presentation titled “Cracking the Code: How Nutrigenomics Can Benefit Your Patients.’’ Their findings were exciting and encouraging. McLaughlin and Hahn reported that for both dogs and cats, switching to a diet supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil), anti-oxidants, and the cartilage-protecting substances glucosamine and chondroitin can produce clinically significant improvement in osteoarthritis in both dogs and cats. They emphasized, however, that this regimen should be combined with a program of weight control, appropriate exercise, overall good nutrition, and pain medication, if necessary. Hahn reported that the addition of these supplements can reduce the expression of the genes associated with the breakdown of cartilage that characterizes osteoarthritis. SENIOR PETS Wayne Carter, DVM, and Susan G. Wynn, DVM,  reported on “Genomics and Senior Pets.’’ They noted that the expression of certain genes associated with the loss of mental function in senior dogs can be reduced

and cognitive function improved with the use of a diet supplemented with vitamins E and C, lipoic acid, flavanoids, and bioflavanoids. Carter and Wynn cited a study of 48 beagles, divided into a control group fed a base diet and a test group fed a base diet with various supplements. The dogs fed the supplemented food “showed enhanced learning ability [and] reduced oxidative damage.’’ PUPPIES AND KITTENS Steve Zicker, DVM (principal scientist at Hill’s Pet Nutrition) and Mitchell Abrahamsen, PhD, Hill’s vice president for research, presented their findings on “Feeding for the Future: Genomic Insights and Puppies and Kittens.’’ Their findings suggest that in puppies fed diets supplemented with specific omega-3 fatty acids, the expression of genes associated with a number of diseases, including muscular diseases and cancer, was decreased, while the expression of genes associated with proper muscle contraction increased. Other studies have shown health benefits in kittens, as well. SO, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Take the question up with your vet. If your pet is old, sick, or infirm, ask if nutrigenomic supplementation or switching to one of the commercially available, therapeutic, nutrigenomic diets might be helpful. Finally, remember that as exciting as these developments are, it is a serious mistake to attempt to treat your pet’s illness or supplement your healthy pet’s diet without first consulting your veterinarian. This is a developing area of veterinary science, and your pet’s health is too precious to experiment with.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Cat Chow Cookies



• 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use another type of flour if your dog is sensitive to wheat) • 1 cup rolled oats • 1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth • 1 1/4 cups hot water Additional flour for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix dry ingredients together. Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Knead the dough well. Roll out the dough into 1/4” thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight. The cookies get very hard, just the way dogs like them! Biscuits will last in a sealed air tight container at room temperature for one week. You can store them in the refrigerator for 3 weeks and in the freezer for up to 6 months.

recipe card Homemade treat recipes can be excellent gift ideas for friends or family members with pets. There are a number of ways to utilize homemade dog treat recipes as gift ideas for the animal lover on your gift list. One cute way to give a gift of homemade dog treat recipes is to include the ingredients in an attractive jar similar to those used to give cookie recipes and ingredients as a gift. For this gift, you include all of the dry ingredients necessary and provide instructions for creating the homemade dog treats. The instructions should include any necessary ingredients that need to be added as well as the temperature of the oven and the cooking time required. You should also include a list of ingredients that were included in the jar in case the recipient’s dog has any allergies that you are unaware of. You can complete this gift by tying the jar with a holiday ribbon.

• 1 C. whole-wheat flour • 1/4 C. soy flour • 1/4 C. milk • 1/3 C. powdered milk • 1 egg • 2 T. wheat germ • 2 T. molasses • 2 T. margarine • 1 t. organic catnip

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flours, liquid and dry milk, egg, wheat germ, molasses, margarine and catnip. Lightly flour a rolling pin. Roll out the batter on a greased cookie sheet. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Bake 20 to 22 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in a cool place. From “Real Food for Cats: 50 Vet-Approved Recipes to Please the Feline Gastronome” by Patti Delmonte


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oping with the loss of a beloved pet near the holidays is heartbreaking, and takes the joy out of the season. There are moments when you may feel overwhelmed with grief. If you’re mourning the death of your dog or cat at Christmas, you may find it difficult to get excited about Christmas preparations, parties, and presents. These five tips may help you cope with pet loss at Christmas, and still have a peaceful, happy holiday. 1. SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND. If you talk about the death of your dog or cat at holiday parties or family functions, don’t spend time with people who can’t relate to your feelings of loss. You’ll feel worse if you feel you have to defend yourself, which will increase your feelings of grief. To cope with pet loss near the holiday season, find support in people who have experienced similar situations. 2. LET YOURSELF GRIEVE. If your dog or cat has died during the holidays, you need time to mourn. Give yourself permission to do less, because the last thing you need to worry about is sending cards on time or baking your special gingerbread cookies. Coping with pet loss during the holiday is about giving yourself more down time – and focusing on things that are really important. 3. FIND A CREATIVE OUTLET FOR YOUR FEELINGS. To express your feelings of grief – which will help you grieve your pet loss

during the holiday. Journaling, painting, or creating a scrapbook memoir of your pet’s life can help you deal with their death. 4. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. Research has shown that volunteering improves your emotional and physical health, and it’ll take your mind off your loss. Consider spending time with adults with disabilities, seniors who need company, or kids who are hospitalized. If you want to be with animals, check with your local shelter – they may need extra help over the holidays. 5. LET YOURSELF GRIEVE IN YOUR OWN WAY. Tune in to how you grieve. Do you withdraw to spend time alone? Do you talk about your pet and the circumstances surrounding the death? Would you prefer to listen to how others coped with pet loss? To cope with pet loss, figure out what your grief process is and accept it – without letting others tell you how you should cope with pet loss during the holidays.

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