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Bark at the Park with Slugger!

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Tug of War — It is a Good Thing!

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Ask A Vet — Feline Obesity

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Cat Lovers — Meet the Cat Daddy!

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Product Showcase

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Grain-Free Foods, When? Why?

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All Aboard — Ready for Summer Travel

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Learn More About the Greys — KCREGAP

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Cinco De Mayo in Kansas City

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Managing Your Dog’s Social Calendar

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So Many Options Heartworm Prevention

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Pawzlle

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Chip’s Next Adventure

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Ask a Groomer — Brushing My Dog

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Blue Blue Berry Berry Bun Buns

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We Love Our Pets

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Pet Services Directory

We Love Our Pets

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PET EVENTS GALORE! As the warm weather starts — so do the pet events! In May you can bring your dog to a Royal's Game — Bark at the Park! In June, you can jog on the Country Club Plaza in support of Dog-n-Jog. And, that is just the beginning. I think everyone is ready to get out and enjoy the sun. Let’s Go! This issue features a rescue group which focuses on greyhounds — KCREGAP! Since its inception in 1990, this group has placed nearly 5,000 dogs into loving homes in the Kansas City metro area. This group is supported entirely by contributions and through the generosity of organizations like Pooches Paradise and Treats Unleashed. Learn more about this wonderful breed and how you can help them; see the article on page 18. There will also be a car wash on Cinco de Mayo in support of two local rescue groups. Students from Shawnee Mission East High School have taken on this project to spread the word about adoptable pets in shelters. see article on page 21. Calling all cat lovers — come hear from the Cat Daddy! This event will be held on May 8 and the PreEvent will raise funds for many local shelters, see article on page 11.

There are also a few must read article in this issue. Check out the informative article on heartworm medication on page 24. It is important that you understand the options — so you can pick the right one for your pet. There is also a great article on grain free food on page 12. Is this the right food for your pet? Learn more so you can make an educated decision. Does your dog hate for you to brush it? Check out the tips in the article on page 30. Do you have an overweight cat? The ask a vet addresses how much you can feed an overweight cat, see article on page 8. As always, we have Chip’s next adventure and the Pawzlle. This month focus on Chip finding his homes — yes the “s” — he had two chips in him!!! The word for the month is integrity— an important word for all of us. Finally, summertime is coming quickly. If you are thinking about taking Fido with you on the trip, check out the article on page 14. It will give you lots of tips to make this decision easier. weather is here. This weather brings thunderstorms and lots of noise. We are still getting awesome pet photos. Check out the latest photos on page 33. Please send us your wonderful photos and we will share them with others.

Sincerely, Barbara Riedel, Publisher P.S. Check out the Pet Services Directory Listing on page 34!

Publishing Policy: Articles printed in the MetroPet Magazine express the opinions of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent the formal position of MetroPet Magazine. Acceptance of advertising does not necessarily constitute endorsement by MetroPet Magazine. Articles: Readers are invited to submit articles for consideration for publication to editor@metropetmag.com. All materials are subject to editorial review. © 2012 MetroPet Magazine. All rights reserved. Request reprint permissions at info@metropetmag.com. MetroPet Magazine is owned and published by ROI Marketing Services, all rights reserved.

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ContributingAuthors Ayana Curren Mike Deathe Pat Hennessy Pawlean Journe Heddie Leger Teresa Miller Cindy Pugh Lisa Richman Mary Sellaro Robyn Stone Irene Schomacker, DVM BelleWead

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Bark

at the Park!

Here’s Your Chance to Bring Your Dog to the Ballpark!

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ark at The Park is back! Don’t miss out on one of the most popular special events out at Kauffman Stadium during the 2013 season! Held on Sunday, May 26, 2013, Bark at the Park gives you the chance to sit beside your canine friend while taking in a day of Royals baseball. Weather permitting, there will also be pre-game parade with vendors located in dog-friendly areas of the stadium. $26 PACKAGE DEAL Please enter through Gate A for this event. • Human and Canine Game Ticket Note: Tickets will be available for pick-up 90 min• Dog Leash utes before the game and until the end of the third • $3.00 from each package purinning outside of Gate A at a designated table. No chased is donated to Wayside Waifs tickets will be mailed or available for pick-up in advance. Additional tickets can be purchased for $15. Seating is limited and subject to availability. Fans with 2 or more dogs must have an additional adult “owner” accompany the canine. For questions, please contact Britt Photos courtesy of the Kansas City Royals. Gardner at Britt.gardner@royals.com.

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TUGof S

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BY MIKE DEATHE

o I have heard over and over that playing Tug of War with your dog can and will create an aggressive dog. Well I am here to tell you that if done correctly Tug is a great game! Now don’t get me wrong if you are that machismo guy with a Rottweiler or Pit Bull and you are lifting your dog off the ground or are pushing or smacking the dog around so that they will growl while they are playing, then yes you might be creating an aggressive dog!

TUG AS A TEACHING TOOL However if you are using the game as a teaching tool then you have nothing to worry about. Just what can you teach while playing tug? Well let’s see, there is: • Saying Please • Teaching Wait — as a way to improve impulse control • Teaching the command Take it • Teaching the command Drop it You had no idea that Tug could be such a useful game did you? Let me describe to you just how a game of Tug should play out… First off you own the Tug toy it belongs to you not the dog. So when Fido wants to play he has to “say please” (in doggy language that means a sit)!

You had no idea that Tug could be such a useful game did you?

SAY “PLEASE” So the first step is simple, you have the toy and Fido comes up and sits to ask if you all can play

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tug, once he has been polite we now move on to Step Two. Wait. At this point I want to work on impulse control, I want to show Fido the toy and then tell him to wait. Fido is still going to get the toy but I want him to be patient. After a brief period of time Step Three comes into play, the command “Take It.” This is where we teach Fido that only when told it is OK may he take an item from your hand. Now Fido has the toy and you begin the game of Tug of War.

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However this is a critical point in the game, Tug is not about over stimulation, do not let the game get out of control. Keep the game short and sweet! After a couple of seconds of tugging, reach into your pocket and grab a yummy treat and hold it right above Fido’s nose and say “drop it” wha-la, Step 4 is “Drop it”! Before Fido has a chance to growl, get over excited or any other thing people claim is wrong with Tug you have ended the game. Now simply repeat these 4 steps over and over and you now have a great game that teaches valuable skills not bad ones!

WORDS OF CAUTION! A couple of words of caution: 1. If at any point during the game if Fido touches you with a tooth (even by accident) the game is over, Period! He must keep the game under control. Fido will lose access to the game for the day — Rules are Rules 2. The tug toy should only come out when you are going to play with Fido. This toy belongs to you and you share it with Fido, not the other way around! 3. This is a game for adults, period! Do not let children play this game. 4. Some dogs can get growly when they are actually having fun. This game is about keeping and staying under control. So I actually always ask for a “drop it” on the first growl and allow the game to calm down before starting again. If I am consistent with this process, then over time I will teach the dog to play Tug without the growl.

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As always if you don’t feel comfortable playing this game, then don’t play it, or call a trainer to show you the right way. This game (if done right) does not create aggression, rather it teaches valuable life skills for both you and Fido! P.S. These are the same rules that should be used with the game of Fetch as well. Mike Deathe is a stay-at-home dad who found his passion as a dog trainer in 2008. He is the author of Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.) Pet Blog, and has written several books on dogs and dog training. As an avid pet lover, he regularly sees dogs and cats that never find a home, so in 2009, he and his wife Kate founded Muttz “R” Us, a t-shirt and pet product company with the motto of “Saving Pets...One T-Shirt at a Time.” In 2010, KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID (KISS) DOG TRAINING was born. Since then Deathe has been teaching dogs and owners at Broadmore Kennels, located in Shawnee, KS. For more information about KISS or Muttz “R” Us visit us on Facebook, twitter or follow the blog at http://muttzmembers.blogspot.com. We can’t wait to help you speak dog as a second language.

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Ask the Vet Feline Obesity:

Feeding a Household Predator

BY IRENE SCHOMACKER, DVM

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How are my cat’s dietary needs different from a dog’s?

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How does this affect my cat’s weight?

Because cats are cute and cuddly it’s easy to forget that they are also natural predators. Household cats, as well as their wild relatives, are “obligate carnivores”, meaning they should eat an all meat diet. They require high levels of protein to sustain optimal health and well-being. In fact, cats have four times the protein requirements of dogs or people. In addition, cats have a shorter GI tract and possess only 10% the digestive enzymes of dogs.. This is ideal for breaking down protein, but makes it difficult for them to break down carbohydrates.

Since cats aren’t efficient at breaking down carbohydrates, their bodies store excess carbs as fat, which can lead to feline obesity. What does obesity mean to my cat’s health?

Feline obesity is considered one of the most common health problems for household pets. Just like people, obesity can lead to more serious conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and fatty liver, just to name a few. How much should my cat weigh?

Your cat’s weight will vary depending on gender, age, skeletal structure, activity level, and breed. Many veterinarians use a scale called a Body Condition Score (BCS) to determine the ideal weight for your cat.

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How much should my cat weigh?

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My cat’s belly hangs down low. Does this mean he’s overweight?

Your cat’s weight will vary depending on gender, age, skeletal structure, activity level, and breed. Many veterinarians use a scale called a Body Condition Score (BCS) to determine the ideal weight for your cat.

Not necessarily. This is a common place for cats to carry some fat. What you want to look for is whether or not the ribs and spine can be readily felt with your fingers without a lot of pressure.

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Ask the Vet A slight fat covering is normal. This should be checked during your cat’s annual well visit by a veterinarian.

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What type of food should I feed my cat?

A low carbohydrate, high protein diet is best for cats. Because dry diets require carbohydrate binders during the baking process to form kibbles, an all canned, or “wet” diet is generally recommended. How much should my cat weigh? Isn’t dry food better for my cat’s teeth?

The truth is cats don’t really chew their food. Cats’ teeth are serrated like a knife and designed for ripping and tearing (remember you’re feeding a highly adapted killing machine). Your cat is only going to crunch the pellets into smaller pieces, or swallow them whole. The dry kibbles bypass their teeth altogether, and don’t provide much benefit to dental health. There are, however, special dry cat treats that are formulated to help with tartar buildup and prevent periodontal disease.

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How much food should I feed my cat?

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If my cat is overweight, how quickly can I expect to see him/her drop pounds?

This will vary depending on the cat and whether there is a need for him to lose or maintain weight. The key to healthy weight loss is portion control. Guidelines on the package label are a good start, but they may lead you to overfeed and cause unnecessary weight gain. You’ll have to consider the calories per cup of food. For example, a 10 lb. cat needs 220 cal/day to maintain weight, but only 176 cal/day to lose weight. A thorough examination by a veterinarian to determine your cat’s BCS, and create a nutrition plan is your best option.

A general rule of healthy weight loss is between 1 and 1 1/2 pounds per year. This might not seem like much, but consider that one (1) pound on a ten (10) pound cat is 10% of its body weight. If an overweight cat loses too quickly, it may cause some serious and life threatening conditions like fatty liver disease. Careful monitoring of weight loss by a veterinarian is advised

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Ask the Vet

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Can I feed my cat meats like chicken or fish?

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How often should I feed my cat?

This seems like a good idea, but these foods don’t provide all of the nutrition your cat needs to stay healthy. It’s difficult to supplement a homemade meal with the vitamin and mineral elements of a balanced diet on your own. That’s why a packaged food is really best.

If you currently have food available for your cat at all times, try feeding 2-3 small meals throughout the day. More frequent feedings will help your cat feel more sat-

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Can you use this therapy on pets of all weights?

Laser therapy can be used on most pets that are five pounds or more.

EXERCISE SUGGESTIONS • Set aside playtime every morning and/or evening for 5-10 minutes. • Play with your cat using cat-safe toys like feather ticklers, laser pointers or furry mice. Avoid using your hands or feet to wrestle with your cat. This can lead to other misplaced aggression issues. • Use your cat’s natural predator instincts to create a “hunt” by hiding his/her food meals in small portions around the house. • Construct or purchase a cat jungle gym for climbing.

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I have one cat that’s too heavy and one that’s too thin. What should I do?

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What role does exercise play in feline weight loss?

This is always a challenge for multi-cat households. Try separating the cats during meal times and only feeding the amount of food that is recommended to each cat. Another option is to separate the underweight cat only and provide extra feedings periodically. You might also be able to identify a location where your overweight cat can’t reach the food, but the underweight cats can, i.e., on a counter, table, or window sill.

Exercise and playtime not only help your cat lose weight, they can help you bond more closely with your feline companion. The trick is being creative with your cat to find ways to increase his/her activity level.

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Dr. Irene Schomacker received her Veterinary Degree from Kansas State University in 1980, and established the Cat Clinic of Johnson County in 1985. Her 30 years of experience in feline exclusive medicine have given her a sensitivity to the special needs of cat owners and the bond they share with their cat companions. Dr. Schomacker is a former member of the advisory board for Veterinary Forum Magazine and has published many articles concerning feline health. Visit the Cat Clinic of Johnson County at www.catclinicofjc.com or by phone at 913-541-0478.

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Cat Lovers — Meet the Cat Daddy! BY LISA RICHMAN he star of Animal Planet’s hit show, “My Cat From Hell” is coming to Kansas City to talk about cats and his book, “Cat Daddy.” This event is presented by Rainy Day Books and tickets for general admission seating are on sale at www.rainydaybooks.com/CatDaddy. Before this presentation, there will be a limited-seating VIP Pre-Event Reception. Jackson will be giving a private “cat mojo” talk to aficionados. This reception will be held at 5 pm on May 8, at Unity BENEFITING SHELTERS Temple on the Plaza. All proThe local shelters benefitceeds from the pre-event ting from the Pre-Event will be donated to six Kansas Reception fundraiser are City area shelters. Great Plains SPCA, the Kansas DO YOU LOVE CATS? City Pet Project, Spay Neuter This is a great opportunity Kansas City, Humane Society for anyone who loves cats — of Greater Kansas City, HELP owners, shelter staff and vol- Humane of Belton and unteers alike. If you want to Wayside Waifs. gain a deeper understanding about what makes cats do the things they do, Jackson’s presentation is a must-see. With over 15 years’ experience as a cat behaviorist, Jackson regularly consults both with owners and shelters to help them develop behavioral and enrichment programs for their cats. Reception attendees will enjoy refreshment, a special Cat Mojo presentation from Jackson, and an autographed copy of the book, Cat Daddy ($15 value). Tickets can be purchased at http://fur.ly/0/CatMojo Ticketholders to the reception will be automatically admitted to the author event.

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When? Why?

Grain-Free Foods

BY TERESA MILLER

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Buzzword — an important-sounding usually technical word or phrase often of little meaning used chiefly to impress laymen (from www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary; accessed 3/29/2013)

s with any industry, there are many buzzwords* in the dog food industry. A few of these words have made it into marketing pitches for just about every dog food on the planet simply because there is no strict definition. What makes a food "natural" or "healthy?" To me, it means no chemical preservatives or artificial colorings, but there are no set standards or guidelines that marketers must follow. One of these buzzwords flying around these days is "grain-free." While it is true that the migration away from certain grains like wheat and corn have helped to improve many pet’s allergy conditions, the replacement of all grains in food has only been around for about a decade. When grain-free products were introduced, the goal was to increase the ratio of meat in the product and to reduce the presence of carbohydrates to give dogs more protein in their diet. Most pet parents started to use this option as a source of energy and muscle for their active dogs. In addition, high protein, low carb foods mean dog owners can feed much less because the kibble is more energy dense. Recently, more and more pet food companies have flooded the market with grain-free options. I strongly recommend that dog parents review their reason for choosing a grain-free food in order to make the best choice for their pet, carefully read the labels of food choices and most importantly, 12 MetroPet Magazine

remember that it always comes back to the quality of the ingredients used in the food! Because I am not a fan of foods that get their protein from soy, corn or wheat, I recommend that your pet gets his protein from a quality meat source. There are three primary reasons to change your pet’s diet to a grain-free food from another quality food that may include grains such as rice or barley.

ALLERGY RESTRICTIONS The first reason is an allergy diet restriction. When your dog suffers from chronic itching or constantly chews on his paws, your veterinarian may diagnose an allergy as the cause. The easiest dietary change to make is to remove grains all together. I

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recommend looking for a food with average levels of protein (25-35%) with quality ingredients. Many brands simply replace the grains with potatoes and that is all right to some extent. However, too many carbs for any pet can lead to problems, such as digestive issues, kidney disease and diabetes, so again, I urge you to read the ingredient panel carefully or talk with the trained associates at your pet food shop.

ENERGY REQUIREMENTS Your dog’s energy requirements should be the second reason for you to consider switching to a grain-free. Does your dog play at the dog park every day? Does he run five miles with you every morning? Do you have an agility champion in your family that practices each week for hours? Dogs with high energy requirements do very well on high protein (over 35%), low carb, grainfree diets because those diets are made with high concentrations of meat, which help build muscle and provide energy.

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The third and final reason for a grain-free diet may be to address a health issue. I’ve seen dogs and cats with cancer, diabetes and other chronic illnesses do very well on a high protein, low carb diet that restricts the sugar generated by the body. Speak with your veterinarian if your pet has issues that may warrant a change in diet to improve his health.

NOT RIGHT FOR ALL DOGS Finally, not all dogs need a grain-free diet, but there are instances where it will improve the health and life of your dog considerably. Do your homework, but don’t swayed by buzzwords that are used simply as a marketing gimmick. Ask questions, discuss with your vet or the specialist at your local pet food shop. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to make the right food choices for your pet. Teresa Miller is founder and president of Treats Unleashed, a natural pet supplies store with a focus on providing healthy choices for pets. While living in New York City, Teresa had grown accustomed to feeding high-quality, all-natural pet food to their two dachshunds, Max and Mickey. After moving back to St. Louis, her hometown, Teresa was unable to find the healthcentric products that she knew contributed to her pets’ good health. Teresa and her husband, Ian, started Treats Unleashed, the natural place for pets, a brick-and-mortar shop for pet parents to learn about holistic choices and alternatives for their pets. Treats Unleashed was started in 2001 and has grown from a small kiosk in a local mall, Treats Unleashed is a thriving company with more than 45 employees, seven retail locations and an active wholesale and online treat business. She and Ian recently adopted a new dashound, Cooper.

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All Aboard!

Ready for S ummer Travel?

to stay back at the resort and chew on a bone by the fireplace — that is probably not an option. Now, if you are going down to a cabin at the lake to get away and relax or maybe do a bit of trail hiking, then Buster is the perfect companion for the trip.

THERE MAY BE MORE TO THINK ABOUT

BY PAT HENNESSY ou have been planning this vacation for quite a while. The time is getting closer and you are getting more excited. As you check things off your list you find yourself down to the decision of what to do about Buster. You think about asking your friend, “what does she do with little Rusty when she travels?” The answer to that depends on several variables. What works for Rusty might not be the best option for Buster.

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Many people choose to take their dog with them when they go on vacation. If you can do it, that’s great! It allows for more quality time with your companion animal. Even though your sweet little Ginger loves to go for rides and always wants to be with you, you need to look at the overall vacation schedule. How long is each leg of the trip? What safety measures do you use for Ginger (is she in a crate or hooked to a harness)? She won’t like being cooped up on a long leg of the journey any more than you want to be strapped in by a seat belt. You will have to make more pit stops. Are you going to a dog-friendly destination? Will Ginger be able to participate in your vacation activities or have to stay back at the motel? If you are going on a road trip, consider the following safety/comfort tips: • Avoid feeding your dog right before you leave on any leg of your trip. • Evaluate your dog’s view out of the vehicle (this is especially important if your dog gets nervous riding — the anxiety could be calmed with gentle touch techniques and/or supplements). • Choose a restraint method that works for your vehicle (crate, harness/strap or car seat). • Be sure to secure a crate if you use one (especially in the back of an SUV). While a crate will confine your dog, it will not protect him from injury during an accident unless it is tied down.

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• Take your animal companion’s food (a bit more than you and provides one-on-one attention. However, working on think you will need, in case you are delayed in returning the separation anxiety in advance of any travel is highly home). You may not be able to find your pet’s food in recommended. There are trainers who can help you with another city, especially if it is a unique brand. techniques for getting your dog used to you coming and • Always keep a current ID on your pet, and bring vaccinagoing. tion records (or copies) with you. • Do you have a multi-pet household? It may be more effi• Remember to bring any medications if applicable. cient to hire an in-home pet sitter. • Don’t forget to bring some poop bags. • Is your dog older and not as active? He would probably be There are many things to take into account regarding travel, more comfortable in his own environment. and while you would love little Ginger to be with you, she may • Does your cat have special needs (i.e. diabetic)? She may be better off with different accommodations (like sending the be better off being boarded at your vet’s office if she needs kids to Grandma’s house). If you decide to make arrangedaily injections. ments for your 4-legged family members to be cared for while OTHER OPTIONS you are away, there are several things to consider which will help you choose the best fit. If you do choose to keep your furry and feathered companions at home and hire a pet sitter (service, friend or neigh• Does your dog get along with other dogs? If not, he may bor), you may be a candidate for an in-home pet viswant to considiting service. er leaving a • Is your dog very active? He may do There are many things to take into radio or TV on better being boarded where he can account regarding travel, and while for some complay with other dogs. forting sound, • Does your dog have separation anxyou would love little Ginger to be to drown out iety? She may do better with somewith you, she may be better off... other disturbone who takes dogs into their home ing noises, and

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PET-FRIENDLY PLACES

for a burglar deterrent. You may want to hold your mail so that deliveries won’t disturb your canine’s or feline’s nap. Our animals will do quite well at home, where they are in familiar surroundings. An added benefit for them would be to leave them with enough items for entertainment. If you have a younger dog

When you are traveling there are times you won’t be able to reach your final destination in one day. Once you arrive, you may need a place to stay for a few nights. Here is a list of web resources for petfriendly lodging. www.dogfriendly.com www.dogfriendlyhotels.com www.officialpethotels.com www.1clickpethotels.com www.petswelcome.com www.pettravel.com www.takeyourpet.com www.tripswithpets.com

who may get bored between pet sitter visits, leave plenty of safe toys around for him to choose from (solid toys that won’t come apart or break easily). Toys that are especially good for younger dogs, or dogs who like to chew, are toys that can be stuffed with treats; they keep dogs motivated as well as occupied.

OTHER OPTIONS There are many pet sitting and boarding options in the metro area for any type of animal and situation. Doggie day care facilities that also do boarding and pet resorts where your pooch will be pampered and get the spa treatment while you are away. Be sure to ask about the ratio of employees to dogs. Private sitters that take pets into their own homes, who usually limit the number they take in so that they can provide personal (one-on-one) attention. Pet sitting services, where they come to your home one to three times per day as required, and will take the dog for a walk and even pick up poop. Boarding services that specialize in large or small breeds and even those who specialize in more difficult cases (e.g. animals that need medication or have behavior issues). 16 MetroPet Magazine

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Whatever you choose, keep in mind what would work best for your companion. The best choices bring about the best results. Trainers that offer board-and-train services, which would be an opportunity to get Duke some lessons in better manners while you are away on business. Whatever you choose, keep in mind what would work best for your companion. The best choices bring about the best results. If you are away having a good time, you want your “best friend� to be having a good time too. Bon Voyage! Pat Hennessy, is the founder of N2paws, LLC, an organization that provides companion animal attunement through behavior analysis, energy work, and Tellington TTouch. Pat is a certified TTouch practitioner and member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and Animal Wellness Association (AWA). You may contact N2Paws via email pat@n2paws.com, phone 816-522-7005, or visit the website www.n2paws.com.

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Learning More About Greys!

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t any particular time, KCREGAP has between 10-15 adoptable greyhounds, ranging in age from around one year up to 10 years of age. Some of these dogs have raced at tracks around the country and then are returned to the breeding farms in Abilene, KS when they are no longer successful racers. Others are come to us directly from these breeding farms if they don’t prove to be racing material, or are former brood mamas. Even though greyhound racing no longer exists in the state of Kansas, there are still many greyhounds in need of homes. We also occasionally get dogs from as far away as Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

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STOP ONE — THE VETS OFFICE When the greyhounds come to KCREGAP, they are provided any needed veterinary care including: spay/neuter, vaccinations, dental cleaning, heartworm preventative, treatment for internal parasites, treatment for tickborne diseases. There are times that we get dogs who need more extensive care or who have serious injuries. Late last year, we got a dog who we named Phantom. Phantom came to KCREGAP with a nasty shoulder wound. The wound had to be cleaned and sutured, then bandaged. Like many of the new greyhounds we get, Phantom initially went to Pooches Paradise, who then transported him to the vet for bandage and dressing changes every other day. He was also on quite a bit of medication, and had to wear a muzzle with an end-cap, as well as t-shirt to keep him from tearing off the May 2013


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bandages and potentially damaging the wound. Because the wound had to be protected and allowed to heal, Phantom wasn’t allowed to go out and play with his grey buddies at Pooches Paradise, and was only allowed to go on walks or go outside by himself while being monitored by Pooches’ staff. Phantom was amazingly stoic and tolerant of the bandage changes, but did start to get depressed having to spend so much time in his kennel. To help him Cameron is one of the current adoptable greyhounds. out of his depression, Phantom got to spend time hanging out in the office at Pooches, making sure that things were running smoothly. As his wound healed, Phantom got to enjoy more supervised play time with his grey buddies. This lucky boy got the best Christmas present ever — a forever home!

mirrors, toys. The foster families teach the greyhounds house manners and rules, making it much easier for the dogs to adjust to life once they move to their forever homes. One of the responsibilities of the foster families is to take the greyhounds to meet and greets. KCREGAP has meet and greet events several times per month, hosted by pet friendly businesses, such as Treats Unleashed, who supports local rescue and adoption groups. In addition to the meet and greet events, Treats Unleashed has also hosted pictures with the Easter Bunny and pictures with Santa, with brave KCREGAP volunteers playing the part of the Easter Bunny and Santa, with proceeds going to the greyhounds to help with such things as veterinary care and kennel expenses.

STOP TWO — FOSTER HOMES Most greyhounds are placed in foster homes as soon as a spot becomes available. They stay with their foster families until they find forever homes. The foster homes are an integral part of helping the dogs successfully transition to their forever homes. Most greyhounds have never lived in houses, so foster homes are often their first encounter with stairs, glass doors,

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and body fat, greyhounds are strictly indoor dogs. Greyhounds are also a fairly healthy breed, not prone to any particular health issues. Greyhounds are sighthounds. They can spot movement up to a half-mile away, and can reach full speed in just a few strides, so can never be trusted to be off-lead in an unenclosed area, no amount of training can undo that instinct. Although they are sighthounds, greyhounds are not are good watchdogs — they’re quite happy to stay on their soft, comfy beds!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS KCREGAP is an all-volunteer organization, and it relies on The Hospital Hill Run 2012 donations, grants, and fundraisSTOP THREE — ADOPTION ers throughout the year to cover the cost of carThe meet and greet events provide an opportunity for the greyhounds to interact ing for dogs. KCREGAP is one of the charity partwith the public. Many people have never met a greyhound in person, and are often ners with the Hospital Hill Run which will take place on June 1, 2013. Not only does this event surprised by how calm and sweet the dogs are. One common misconception about help to raise much-needed funds for the greygreyhounds is that they need a lot of room to run or need a lot of exercise. In realihounds, the greyhounds are able to personally ty, greyhounds are lovingly known as “40 mph couch potatoes”— content to take a thank 10,000 plus participants and their families lap or two around the backyard, then snooze on a soft bed or couch for the remainwho stop by our booth at the pre-race Health & der of the day. This is just one of the reasons that greyhounds make great pets. Fitness Expo, as well as our race day booth in By nature, these dogs are docile, loving and calm. They’re also “low mainteCharity Village. nance” dogs who don’t require much grooming. Because they have so little hair To donate to “Team KCREGAP,” please go to www.active.com/donate/HHR2013. Please email robyn.stone@kcregap.org for more information on this event, or for information about adopting a greyhound or volunteering for KCREGAP. Robyn Stone is the director of Kansas City Retired Greyhounds as Pets. Robyn has loved greyhounds since she was young. She and her husband, Peter Maharry, adopted their first greyhound in 2006, and started volunteering for KCREGAP shortly thereafter. Robyn and Peter share their home with 2 adopted greyhounds, a whippet and an Italian Greyhound, and usually at least one foster greyhound. 20 MetroPet Magazine

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CINCO DE MAYO IN KANSAS CITY! BY AYANA CURRAN On Sunday May 5, 2013, the SHARE volunteering program of Shawnee Mission East High School will sponsor a carwash at the Hy-Vee in Mission, KS. The carwash is intended to engage the public with the “Puppy Pals” project which helps neglected dogs in local Kansas City shelters. The proceeds from the car wash will go directly to two The Cinco de Mayo car non-profit organizations wash will be on May2 that helps animals without from 11:00am - 3:00pm. a home, Unleashed and KC and will offer a variety of Woof Pack. These information on adoption. groups provide for spays and neuters and pull dogs out of high kill shelters. There is also a take home goody bag for all who donate with information on the cause and different ways to help. The project started when students from Shawnee Mission East High School saw the lack of attention being paid to animal neglect. All too often pets become burdens and are abandoned, abused and cast out to an unforgiving world scrounging for food to survive. Many of my friends own dogs and I myself foster many of the very same dogs that are taken right off the street. This car wash is not simply a car wash but a chance for people to get a glance at this unnoticed world and an opportunity to make an impact.

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Managing Your Dog’s Social Calendar BY MARY SELLARO everal years ago, a very good friend jokingly, but with some seriousness, mentioned her dog’s social calendar took more time to manage than her own. When asked for specifics, she gave me of an example of the dog’s upcoming weekly commitments- pet therapy visits, being the “demo” dog for an obedience class, playing Frisbee, a doggie play date and finally, a birthday party. This was a slightly heavier scheduled week than most; however, this Border collie and her human mom were a busy team.

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IS IT REALLY NECESSARY? So, is it really necessary for a dog to have a social life? And is it really that important to keep a dog busy? The answer to both questions is a resounding “yes”. The reasons can be found in the most common spiel of a dog trainer: dogs need a job and a tired dog is a good dog, while a bored dog is an accident waiting to happen. In addition, it is important to research and understand the purpose of your dog’s breed or breeds and their energy level. For example, going back to my friend with the Border collie, she clearly understood the needs of a high energy dog and took on the responsibility of 22 MetroPet Magazine

providing the caliber of activity and stimulation her dog needed.

NO AS DIFFICULT AS IT SOUNDS Finding a job for your dog is not as difficult as it sounds, however, it is not a simple matter of heading towards the Help Wanted section of a job site or newspaper. A variety of dog sports and activities are available, so it is reasonable to find one compatible to fit the dog’s suitability and your schedule. The Internet is a helpful resource to research opportunities in Agility, Herding, Dock Diving, Treibball, Competition Obedience, Carting, Earthdog Trials, Field Trials, Flyball, Lure Coursing, Fun Nosework, Tracking, Rally Obedience, Musical Canine Freestyle and May 2013


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have new experiences, make friends and deepen the appreciation of her dog on a different level. Mary Sellaro has been training dogs since 1990. She has taught group and private lessons from puppy through advanced. Mary has also worked with dog owners on behavioral issues, including aggression. She developed and implemented a training class program for Retired Greyhounds as Pets. Mary has been the temperament test evacuator for the Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Pet Pal Program since 1997. Mary is now the Director of Training for Pooches Paradise Daycare and Resort in the Waldo area of Kansas City. Mary is a certified American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evacuator.

Hiking. It is highly recommended to ask your trainer for a reputable referral to classes or sport specific groups. Keep in mind, every sport or activity has age and suitability requirements; consult and partner with your veterinarian to help determine what is in the best interest of your dog health-wise.

THERAPY DOG? Maybe your dog is a good candidate for Animal Assisted Activity or Therapy? Volunteering with your dog is a very rewarding and positive experience for all involved. Check out local pet therapy group’s websites for temperament and health requirements, temperament testing information and the orientation process. There are some dogs that are happiest at home and in familiar surroundings due to a lack of socialization, anxiety or aggression issues or a rough start in life. These dogs still need an outlet with a purpose to help develop confidence and build trust.

HECTIC TIMES! While having a dog with a busy social life can be hectic at times, there are rewards for their human partners. In the words of a busy dog parent, sharing her dog with the world lead to her to

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Heartworm Preventatives

So Many Options! BY CINDY PUGH ith the growing number of products available to prevent heartworms and kill fleas and ticks, it is no wonder people are confused. When I started in the veterinary field over 25 years ago there were basically 2 options. Today, there are nearly a dozen products for heartworm prevention alone and dozens for fleas and/or ticks. So which one is the right choice for your pet? There are so many commercials and ads claiming their products are best. It is important to know how these medications work. The monthly heartworm products actually de-worm the pet once a month. They don’t prevent your pet from becoming infected with heartworm larvae each time an infected mosquito bites them, but every 30 days when you give the monthly treatment, the larvae should be killed in a 24 hour period of time. It is important to note that no product is 100% effective. There are different drugs used in each heartworm product, and each one kills the larvae only; not the adults. Let’s break this down into groups.

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HEARTWORM PREVENTION OPTIONS Ivermectin was approved for use in heartworm prevention in 1987. It’s used in very low doses and is given once a month. Heartworm infection can occur, but it is halted each month when the preventative is given as mentioned above. Ivermectin is the medication used in Heartgard, Iverhart and Tri-Heart Plus. It also helps to control (not eradicate) hookworm infestations with each dose. An added drug in these products also helps control roundworms. Milbemycin is used to kill the heartworm larvae and suppress the female worm’s ability to reproduce. Milbemycin is the medication used in Sentinel and Trifexis that prevents heartworms. It also helps control intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. Selamectin is the medication in Revolution. It is a topical treatment that is designed to protect pets against heartworms, sarcoptic mange mites, fleas and ticks, and ear mites. It also helps control roundworms and hookworms in cats. Moxidectin is the medication found in Advantage-Multi and Proheart6. Advantage-Multi is a topical treatment that is applied monthly and is available for both dogs and cats. Proheart6 is an injection available to dogs only. The injection is given every six months. Proheart6 actually prevents heartworm larvae infection on a daily basis.

It is important to know how these medications work.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS These are the most common medications used to prevent/control heartworms. As noted above, all of them have additional benefits with the control of intestinal parasites. So here is the question. Which one do I choose? When recommending a heartworm preventative, we try to determine the specific needs of your pet as well as the lifestyle of both you 24 MetroPet Magazine

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and your pet. Do you have trouble remembering to give the monthly pill or administering the topical treatment? If so, Proheart6 may be your best option. With 6 months protection, you don’t have to worry about forgetting, and Proheart6 is designed to prevent heartworm larvae and adults altogether. https://online.zoetis. com/US/EN/Products/Pages/ProHeart%C2%AE6(moxidectin).aspx

COMBO PRODUCTS Do you prefer a combination product — one with heartworm prevention and flea protection? Then Advantage Multi or Trifexis would be an option. Advantage Multi is a topical treatment applied once a month. When used consistently for three straight months, it gives a continuous de-worming to your pet for intestinal worms. www.bayerdvm.com/show.aspx/productdetail/advantage-multi-for-dogs. Trifexis is combined with Spinosad, the medication in Comfortis used to kill fleas. Comfortis is a considered a “green” product that is safe for use on organic farms and dairies. It breaks down safely in the environment. www.trifexis.com/ Sentinel has an additional medication called Lufenuron, also known as Program that is an insect growth regulator. It prevents the flea eggs from hatching which controls infestations. It is like a birth control for fleas. It destroys flea egg development by interrupting a metabolism process found only in insects. A metabolism process that is not present in mammals. Therefore, it is so safe in pets that it can be used with any other product! It is a great product for our health conscience clients. www.sentinelpet.com/about.

antee. Plus, your veterinarian has rebates and coupons from the various manufacturers to assure you get the best price available through them as well as the peace of mind that if your pet should test positive for heartworms or the intestinal parasites they help control, the manufacturer will cover the expenses for treatment. That is as long as these products are purchased through your licensed veterinarian. Your veterinarian will help you decide which product is best for your pet. For more information on internal parasites, go to the Companion Animal Parasite Council at http://www.capcvet.org/. Cindy Pugh is Office Manager at Aid Animal Hospital and loves her job. During her 19 years at the hospital, she has enjoyed the lives of many pets, from the first visit through the golden years. Aid Animal Hospital has been around for over 50 years and currently offers a wide array of traditional and holistic veterinary care for dogs, cats, bunnies, etc. The hospital also offers boarding and dental care. The hospital is located at 8343 Wornall Road and Cindy can be reached at 816-363-4922.

PET TREATS If you love to give your pet treats, Heartgard plus www.heartgard.com/Pages/index.aspx is a tasty “meaty” cube that dogs really like. Has your dog been diagnosed with whipworms? Whipworm eggs stay in the soil for 10-15 years and are not killed by herbicides, pesticides, or environmental extremes. They can easily become a chronic problem. A product that has a whipworm control in it should be considered. http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/whipworms Several natural oils and wipes can be used daily to help repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. These certainly do not have the impact that the products above produce, but they can be used successfully in conjunction with any of the fore mentioned products. Your veterinarian will be glad to discuss safe products and combinations for the environmentally conscience owner. These medications are backed by their manufacturers guarwww.metropetmag.com

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PAWZZLE

BY PAWLEAN JOURNE

For tips on the answers to this pawzzle, read the story about Chip’s Adventure on page 28.

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2. Who answered the phone on the second call by the shelter worker? 3. How long did it seem to take for Chip’s family to pick him up? 4. Everyone was so happy to see Chip they were _________ with happiness. 5. What is the main color of the flag of the state where the shelter is located? 8. The state that Chip is currently in at the shelter? 9. How many days did the family have to come and pick up Chip? 10. What type of event was the shelter going to take Chip to if he was not picked up? 11. The big brown dog was happy to see Chip. How did he show his happiness? 14. Chip could hear the familiar sounds of ____________ as they flew around. 15. How many microchips did Chip have in him? 16. Chip could _____________ his family getting close to the shelter. 20. What is the word of the month?

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What color is the cross on the flag of the state where the shelter is located?

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What type of storm caused Chip to lose his first family and home?

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What sound did Chip make when he knew his family was getting close?

12. How else could Chip tell his family was getting close to the shelter. He could __________ the engine of the car. 13. Chip was very _________________ when he figured out his family was on their way. 15. How many white stars are on the state flag where Chip’s family lives? 17. Chip’s family had to fill out ______________ before he could be released to them. 18. Chip could smell the __________ as they continued to drive. 19. What type of call did the shelter make on the first call to find the owner of Chip from the number on the microchip? 21. What is the prominent color of the flag where Stephanie, Robert, Allen and Penelope live? 22. The family had to have some way to ___________ that Chip was their dog. In this case it was the microchip. 23. What direction did Stephanie drive when she realized Chip was trying to find his family?

Clues for this pawzzle can be found in Episode 4 on pg 28

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE — THAT IS THE QUESTION BY HEDDIE LEGER ow Chip knew he was no dummy, but he was very confused. Two microchips, what could that mean. He vaguely remembered the night during the storm where he lay curled up, wet and shivering in the dark box. Someone had to have put him in the box, but he always thought they put him in the box to get rid of him not caring what happened to him. Could it be that his first family had acted in love and really did care putting him in the box to take him to a safe place, only to find that in the chaos and confusion of the storm the box got misplaced and floated or blew away in the storm and just maybe that first family had him micro-chipped so they could find him again if he got lost. Maybe they had frantically tried to find him. Chip wanted to believe in all his heart that his first family was still looking for him, but then if they found him, what about Penelope and Allen and the family that had been so good to him?

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SO CONFUSED Oh my, “I am so confused, Chip said to himself.” What if they call my first owners and they want me and they find Allen and Penelope and they want me too.” “I could hear the shelter lady making phone calls and telling people they had five days to come and claim me, but it sounded like she left and message as it was not really a conversation.” Then, “I heard her call another number, and this time she got someone. It was Stephanie!!!! My heart skipped two beats.” I kept seeing that flag flying overhead, boy it was windy. There was a regular red, white and blue flag and the other white flag with the St. Andrews cross. I always wondered if this is where I came from, but it does not look like it as I 28 MetroPet Magazine

RECAP FROM EPISODE 3 - 2013 The young girl, found another one of those wand things and ran it over his body again. This time the wand beeped. Not only did it beep once, but it beeped twice. The girl smiled with joy, and called for the older lady to come and look at the wand. They talked for a while and put Chip back in his kennel. Chip just did not know what to think. They seemed happy enough, but he did not know why. What he did not know is the lady had made a promise to herself to find him a home. He had a microchip, he heard her say, and she made a promise to the young girl to do her best to find out where I came from and how to get me back home. But what was the second beep, two microchips, what could that possibly mean? Chip felt like it was a good thing he had a microchip. The way both of the people were smiling, for the first time he felt like good things were going to happen for him. May 2013


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heard the shelter worker say the first call she made was a longdistance all and it was going to cost her department. I also heard her say, it was worth it. She had taken a fond liking to me. I was thankful for that. She waited a day and never heard back. She kept her Quote of the Month hopes up and the Nothing is sacred but the integrity of second call seemed your own mind.” to worth it, and it Ralph Waldo Emerson was not long distance. I heard her talking with Stephanie about picking me up. It was Tuesday she said, and they has until Saturday to come and get me. Since it did not appear that I came from this area, I still wondered where I came from and the state and city I once lived. Perhaps I would never know. Stephanie, Allen, Penelope and Robert lived in a state that had a flag that was mostly red with three white stars dancing in the middle. I hoped it would not take them long to come and get me. The other people never called.

WAITING AT THE SHELTER The shelter worker had decided not to take me to the adoption event. She felt it was not fair to the family that had responded to the microchip call and that they showed responsibility and integrity in their ownership and caring of me. So she honored them and true to her word, kept me until the long awaited day, Saturday! It seemed like an eternity. I could smell them coming and hear the engine of the car even before it got to the shelter. The shelter workers kept trying to calm me down, but they were not successful. I was way too excited to see my friends and family again. They drove up and I almost came unglued. I kept barking and barking….I was so excited. They had paperwork they had to fill out and they also had to prove I was their dog, but when they brought in Hero and then the shelter worker brought me in, there was no doubt in the workers mind that I belonged to the family. What she saw was four crying people, a huge black and brown dog smiling and wiggling his butt so fast, he could hardly stand, and of course, me totally out of control with joy to see them. The workers said it was the most touching reunion they had ever experienced. We all piled in the car and were going to go home, when Stephanie had a thought. “Chip,” she said, “what would have caused you to wan-

DISCUSSION STORY TIPS 1) What emotions were going through Chip’s mind as he listened to the two phone calls the shelter worker made? 2) Why did the five days seem like an eternity? 3) How did the shelter worker act with integrity? 4) How did Chip know his family was on their way? 5) Have you figured out which state Chip is in now? Where do you think they are heading? www.metropetmag.com

INTEGRITY A firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; or the state of being complete or undivided in commitment.

HUMANE EDUCATION POINT “Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”

ACTIVITY Can you remember a time when you stuck to your own ideals and were not swayed by others? Integrity makes up the fiber of good decisions when we know we are on the right path for our own lives. Can you remember a time when you were swayed by the influence of someone else and regretted it? How could you have remained true to yourself, and still remained a friend to the person who swayed you? der so far from home?” “I will bet you were looking for your family, weren’t you?” I looked at her and wagged my tail and smiled at her. She turned the car around and went back to talk with the shelter workers.

A DIFFERENT DIRECTION After they talked a while, she went a different direction, I could tell as the smells in the air changed. She was driving farther south towards the ocean. As we drove, I could smell more familiar smells, I could hear more familiar sounds of birds and a roaring water sound, we were getting near the ocean. Memories started to flood back into my mind. I could hear Stephanie, Robert, Allen and Penelope talking about a hurricane like a memory they did not want to remember, but they agreed it was important for Allen and Penelope and me too, to figure out what had happened to us. So we kept traveling South and then I smelled something I could not believe. I could not believe my nose. It was the last smell I had remembered when my MawMaw disappeared and I was placed in the box. I could not place it yet, but my memory was slowly coming back. Heddie Leger is a Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES). Her lifelong passion for animal welfare has taken her down the path of rescue, rehabilitation, training and rehoming of many animals through the Missouri Puppies for Parole Program. She is a charter member of the Heartland Positive Dog Training Alliance and KC Representative for Animals and Society Institute through the KC-CAN Link Coalition. She can be reached at pawzone@yahoo.com. MetroPet Magazine

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ASK A GROOMER!

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My dog bites the brush, (he bites me), he’s all over the floor and won’t settle down, how can I get him to accept brushing better?

BY BELLE WEAD First, choose a time when you are able to relax as your pet “feels” any emotion or anxiety you may be having. Second, for best results, pick a time when your pet hasn’t just eaten, and has experienced a nice walk or exercise time. It’s so hard to not wiggle when you’re full of energy! Your pet is more likely to be interested in the promise of a treat if he’s not just eaten a meal. Next you’ll want the proper equipment at hand. Slick coated dogs love the Zoom Groom, it’s a soft rubber curry tool. A coated dog will need a slicker brush, I like the orange Wahl Slicker (sold at Wal-Mart) you’ll want a metal comb to check your work, (plastic combs create static and break coat hair creating unhealthy hair that tends to matt

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Pet lovers are passionate about their pets and prefer them to be healthy, shiny looking and pleasant smelling, which requires regular grooming! Here are a few tips from a professional groomer!

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more quickly and become dirtier quicker). A healthy hair shaft is smooth and allows the shedding undercoat to slide off more easily. Have your treats ready, choose a comfortable waist height surface to place your pet on securely — the floor is your pet’s play area. Once your pet is on the table and ready give them a treat and tell them how “Good Boy.” Use an enthusiastic, and slightly higher than normal voice. I usually start at the back of the dog staying out of their “face space” and brush the coat in layers, checking my work with a comb at the base of the hair pulling outwards. If you find tangles, place your hand between the pet’s skin and hold the matted hair in your hand and separate as gently as possible with the brush. I usually work on that for about five minutes with a puppy, offer a treat then remove them safely from the table. Brushing stimulates the oil in your pet’s skin naturally helping the coat shine! After a few frequent sessions, your pet will begin to enjoy brushing plus the time doubles as a great bonding experience for you and your pet!

Happy Brushing!!! Belle Wead is the owner of Best friends Pet with 2 locations: Peculiar Mo and Leawood Ks. Wead is a member of the IPG International Professional Groomers, Inc. Belle’s 30 years of previous grooming experience. Best Friends Pet also offers Pet Chiropractic and Pet Photography. The PetCab service is available for pet grooming pick up and delivery. Call 913-498-1397 in Leawood, KS, or 816-984-5481 in Peculiar, MO, for more information or to schedule an appointment, or visit her online at www.bestfriendspet.us.

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BLUE BLUE BERRY BERRY BUN BUNS Makes a dozen berry, berry delicious muffins Ingredients 1 cup skim milk 1/3 cup honey 2 1/3 cups white flour 1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 egg 4 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

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• Preheat oven to 375°. • In mixing bowl, combine milk, oil and honey. Add egg and blend well. • Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl and add to wet ingredients. Stir together thoroughly. • Add vanilla and fold in blueberries. • Grease a muffin tin and fill two thirds full. • Bake for 20 — 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool before serving and store in a sealed container.

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WELLINGTON BO - A SHEPHERD-COLLIE MIX WHO KNOWS! I adopted Bo from TARA shelter in February at 5 months. He was born to ferrel dogs in the West Bottoms and lived on the streets the first 3 months of his life before being taken in by a shelter. He was very shy at first but has come a long ways since. He’s the chewy dog I’ve ever had but forgive & love him every day.. Submitted by Fran

Wellington will be 15 years this November. He has graced the covers of newspapers and calendars over his lifetime. Recently he had a close call with his health and his kidneys were not doing so well. It was a miracle, but he pulled through. He is so smart and in tuned to everybody. His favorite treats are shrimp and homemade dog cookies. His nicknames are Burger King and Cromwell. Submitted by Angela.

MERLIN GABBY I got Gabby. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, when she was about 9 months from a couple that couldn’t take care of her anymore. She has been baby ever since. She follows me everywhere, sleeps right beside me and never leaves my side. I don’t know what I would do without my Gabby!! Submitted by Mellissa www.metropetmag.com

Merlin the pastel beardie, a member of our family for two years, is a great friend. We are a lot alike. he has a beard just like me and can be temermental. He is named for his beard, an aspect about him most lizards do not possess. Submitted by Trevor

Submit your favorite pet’s photo at www.metropetmag.com MetroPet Magazine

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Pet Services Directory Attorney at Law

KELLI COOPER ATTORNEY AT LAW

201 East Loula • Olathe, KS 913-254-7600 www.kellicooperlaw.com Kelli assists clients with family law, criminal defense and animal law. She is a passionate pet advocate and skilled trial attorney.

Grooming Best Friends Pet 13008 State Line Road Leawood, KS • 913.498.1397 Peculiar, MO • 816.984.5481

www.bestfriendspet.us Best Friends Pet is a full service salon including caring and gentle stylists, a licensed pet chiropractor & a professional pet photographer. Call us today!

Adoption

Pet Food, Supplies, Grooming

Wayside Waifs 816-761-8151

Treats Unleashed 4209 West 119th St. Leawood, KS 913-451-2000

www.waysidewaifs.org Wayside Waifs is Kansas City’s largest and most comprehensive no kill pet adoption campus. It specializes in animal rescue, pet adoption and Humane Education programs and pet memorial services.

Daycare & Boarding Camp Bow Wow, Lee’s Summit 1010 SE Hamblen Road Lee’s Summit, MO 816-246-7833

www.campbowwow.com/us/mo/leess ummit At Camp BowWow your pups reap the benefits of exercise and socialization while having lots of fun romping & playing with their canine friends. Camp Bow Wow, Olathe 1150 W. 151st Street Olathe, KS 913-322-2267

www.campbowwow.com /us/ks/olathe/ Rest assured knowing your camper is well taken care of at all times whether you are gone for one day, overnight or for an extended period. Pooches in Paradise 7200 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO 816-361-3388

www.poochesparadise.com Pooches Paradise was created with your dogs needs in mind. We are dedicated to offering the finest in boarding, daycare, obedience training and spa treatments. New location — one block off Wornall, on 72nd Street.

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www.treats-unleashed.com Treats Unleashed is a gourmet pet specialty store with an in-store bakery. It also offers a full line of pet supplies & food, a self-serve bath area & grooming services.

Pet Food Distribution American Midwest Distributors 820 Atlantic Street North Kansas City, MO • 816-842-1905

www.americanmidwestkc.com A local distributor which supplies local stores with Earthborn and ProPac pet food, and various other products.

Pet Friendly Car Dealership Lee’s Summit Subaru 2101 NE. Independence Ave Lee’s Summit, MO 816-251-8600

www.leessummitsubaru.com This pet friendly dealership offers a wide selection of new and used Subaru’s at low prices. Check out our service department.

Pet Insurance Trupanion Pet Insurance

www.trupanion.com

800-569-7913 Offering outstanding coverage for illness or accident. Simple affordable plans, with 90% coverage and no payout limits.

SHOWCASE YOUR COMPANY IN THIS DIRECTORY.

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Veterinarians Arbor Creek Animal Hospital 15971 S. Bradley Rd Olathe, KS • 913-764-9000

www.acanimalhospital.com We believe that every pet has a different set of healthcare needs. Utilizing a blend of traditional medicine and holistic veterinary gives everyone options! Aid Animal Hospital 8343 Wornall Rd Kansas City, MO 816-363-4922

www.aidanimalhospital.com For 37 years, Aid Animal Hospital has provided quality veterinary medical & surgical services to Waldo and entire Kansas City area. We pride ourselves on quality customer service. Cat Clinic of Johnson County 9426 Pflumm Road Lenexa, KS 913-541-0478

www.catclinicofjc.com A feline exclusive clinic! Your cat is an important part of your family and you want the best medical care available. Our team is ready to provide cutting edge care. Cedar Creek Pet Hospital 23700 College Blvd Olathe, KS 913- 254-1954

www.cedarcreekpethospital.com Cedar Creek Pet Hospital a full-service medical and surgical hospital. We offer boarding, daycare, grooming and pet supplies. Quivira Crossing Veterinary Clinic 11770 W. 135th St. Overland Park, KS 913-647-4141

quiviracrossingvetclinic.com Quivira Crossing Veterinary Clinic is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet.

Veterinary Software Veterinary Pharmacy Reference 1-866-639-3866

www.vpronline.com Interactive, electronic VETERINARY pharmacology software has Interaction Matrix, dosage calculator, client info sheets, etc. Semi-annual medicine database (over 2,488 brand and 864 generic meds) updates. May 2013


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