Seacoast Bark Magazine Feb/March 2019 Issue

Page 1


8 6. 8.

animal lover's profile

Our Loyal Paw-tners



i want to work here


k9 university

Bow-Wow Bones


10 18. society tails 20. fun things to bark about 22. work like a dog 24. food for thought 16.

26. 28. 30. 31.

health notes let's pawty

Ristorante Massimo


Artisans, Eateries, Merchants

flips + flops


publisher Nancy Dewar 603.498.3237

Publisher’s Note

design Mrs. and Mr. Design

director of sales & marketing BlakeLee Greene (978) 317-5846

thanks to our contributors… Stephen Bottomley Dawn Price Ellen Ratner

With the first day of Spring right around the corner, we thought this was a perfect cover. “Can we go out and play now?” We’ve just completed our first full year of publishing. The positive comments and emails are remarkable and so appreciated. Many of our partners tell us that they often hear, “I saw your ad in Seacoast Bark!” What fun to be able to share good and happy news. The joy that animals bring to our world…what a gift! cover photo Jim Stott

Thanks to all for being part of our pack. With much gratitude…

Cheers + Chow…


Published by Bark Media Group LLC six times a year. Hampton, NH Copyright © 2019 Bark Media Group LLC

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL PAW-TNERS! Let’s Take a Ride Bournival Jeep

Let’s Do Home-Stuff Allen Wayside Furniture Linda Cloutier Kitchens & Baths Home ReNewed Platinum Fence RE/MAX on the Move Coldwell Banker/ House Finch Team Diane Crespo Fine Art Knowles Tree & Mulch Excentrique Route One Antiques The Collector’s Eye

Let’s Go Out Smuttynose Brewery

Let’s Look Out for Our Animals The Natural Dog

Sea Dog Brewing Company

Canine Cupboard

Plum Island Coffee Roaster

The Beach Dog Daycare

Souffles Commune Ristorante Massimo

In-Dog-Neat-O 2 Grooming Studio

Interested in advertising with us? Have a good story idea or a suggestion on a great animal or person to feature? Please email Nancy Dewar/Publisher (603) 498-3237

The Equestrian Shop

Let’s Listen

Holistic Animal Healing Clinic

Do Not Shout Delivered

Newburyport Veterinary Clinic

Let’s Get Pretty

Let’s Be Healthy

Plum Island Flower Shop Paco And Company

Seacoast Bark is distributed at stores & businesses in: Portsmouth, Exeter, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Greenland, Stratham, Seabrook, Kittery, Newburyport, Rowley, Ipswich & everywhere in between!

Center for Wellbeing Zeff Plastic Surgery 4

acoast Bark Want to get Se Visit our in the mail? bscribe! website to su

agazi SeacoastBarkM 5

animal lover's profile

Our First Loyal


We are proud to highlight the animal-lovers who came on board as marketing partners in our very first issue…and who have loyally remained with us!

Alissa Bournival

Alissa owns and operates Bournival Jeep located in Portsmouth. A native of New Hampshire, she grew up with Golden Retrievers and Shepherds. Then Chihuahuas wound their way into her heart, and she’s had many over the years. Her pack appeared in numerous TV commercials for the dealership. Most of her dogs are rescues, and Alissa is a strong advocate and supporter of many rescue groups. Her current Chihuahua pack includes “Bebe” and “Pico B.” Fun Info: Alissa says she loves Chihuahuas because they are little, which means she can have more of them.

Doug Abrams

Doug and his wife Jenn own Allen Wayside Furniture with stores in Portsmouth, Conway, Plaistow, Wolfeboro and Hampton Falls. Both are huge animal lovers and deeply involved in supporting several rescue organizations. They are big proponents of rescuing ‘senior’ animals, with first-hand experience. Doug and Jenn adopted their beloved Toy Poodle “Toto” when he was ten. Toto crossed over the Rainbow Bridge late last year, though will be in Doug and Jenn’s hearts forever. Fun Info: On days when Toto wouldn’t take his meds, Doug and Jenn would hug to make him jealous and get his attention.

Pam Bailey

Bill Girard

Bill and his wife Maribeth own the Canine Cupboard located near Market Square in Portsmouth. In addition to hand-made, all-natural dog treats, their wonderful store also offers food, collars, leashes, toys and more. The Canine Cupboard is “Portsmouth’s Original Dog Store,” having been in business for 18 years. For 14 ½ years customers were greeted by “Quincy,” their handsome yellow Lab. The store’s new mascot is “Calvin,” a rescue from Georgia who joined the Girard family a year ago. Fun Info: Calvin’s inner-hound comes out when goes to his Nose-Work class where he’s a star at finding hidden treats.

Pam is a licensed Associate Broker at RE/MAX on the Move in Hampton. She moved to the Seacoast 19 years ago and has been in real estate for 15 years. Pam is an ardent animal lover. She resides in Hampton with her very special rescue cat “Gracie,” and is a staunch supporter of the NHSPCA. For the past ten years, Pam has purchased a table at the highprofile and important NHSPCA Annual Auction so friends and clients could enjoy this special event. Fun Info: Gracie thought that watching the Kitten Bowl VI on the Hallmark Channel was much more fun than watching the Super Bowl.


animal lover's profile Blake Chichester

Blake is the proprietor of Platinum Fence which has been serving the Seacoast and Northern Massachusetts for over 20 years. He resides in Hampton with his wonderful wife Martha and their handsome English Lab “Brody.” As a pup of empty-nesters, Brody truly has the life of Riley! Blake grew up in Rye and served in the U.S. Navy for three years. In addition to being a big animal lover (especially Labs), Blake is also a big supporter of many local organizations. Fun Info: A bit of irony. There isn’t a fence at their home, as Brody likes to stay in his own yard unless their neighbor is grilling.

Massimo Morgia

Linda Quinn

Linda owns Home ReNewed, a wonderful home furnishings consignment shop located on Route One in Hampton. She and her husband Chip moved to Hampton in 2015, and Linda opened her store in July 2017 following a career as a consultant in the natural gas sector. The shop offers great, upscale home furnishings and accessories. Prices are reduced by 10% every 20 days, and the inventory changes often. The Quinn’s are big animal lovers and have three rescues; “Sonja,” “Juju” and “Karma.” Fun Info: Over the years Linda and Chip have had four Beagles. And if you know anything about Beagles, they aren’t the easiest breed in the world.

Massimo owns the fabulous Ristorante Massimo located in a cozy historic building in downtown Portsmouth. He was born in Pontecorvo, Italy and moved to the states when he was five. He attributes his love of Italian food and culinary skills to his Mother, having grown up surrounded by a large loving family and fresh Italian cuisine. Massimo is a strong supporter of many animal rescue groups and his dog “Mia” is the love of his life. Fun Info: Massimo said that he could probably have a lake house by now with all the he spends on Mia’s care (that periodically includes a driver to pick her up from daycare!).

Dawn Price

Dawn lives in Danvers with her husband Jeff, their two children (Teagan & Quinn) as well as “Bentley,” a 4-yearold Hound mix and “Tucker,” a 1-yearold Lab mix. Dawn owns The Natural Dog in Newburyport, a wonderful store that offers a wide variety of natural and holistic products for dogs and cats. She is a registered dietician and worked in the pet food industry for years prior to opening The Natural Dog in 2005. Fun Info: The store has a resident rescue cat named Froto who has been heeding Dawn’s advice and is now down to about 16 pounds from his original 27.

Pam Doherty

Pam owns The Beach Dog Daycare, a full-service daycare, grooming and training facility located in Newburyport. The Beach Dog offers a valet service, picking pups up within a ten-mile radius; and her staff are experienced dog handlers who are certified in pet CPR and first aid. Pam is a huge animal lover, and dogs have always been part of her life. Pam left the corporate world in 2011 to explore pet-related business opportunities and opened The Beach Dog in 2013. Fun Info: Pam’s first foray in the pet world was with a company called Doody Calls where she was a “poop guru” and quickly learned this wasn’t for her. 7


Live and

Let Live By Steve Bottomley – Rye, NH

As a little girl, Teresa Paradis knew she loved animals. For years, she would help out a horse trainer who lived nearby her family’s home in Manchester, NH. Her love of horses was so great that she quit school at the age of sixteen and found work at Suffolk Downs in Boston. It was here that she got a view of what goes on behind the scenes at a race track. She saw how poor the conditions were for the horses and how they were abused by staff who didn’t have the same regard for these animals that she possessed. It was then that she knew her life’s calling was to work at a facility that would rescue, take care of and foster horses.

Eventually she would meet Gerard Paradis who would one day become her husband. Gerard had a 75-acre tract of land in Chichester, NH which he was planning to develop into a 29-lot subdivision. That project never came to fruition. Instead, he cleared the land and in 1999 Live and Let Live Farm Rescue & Sanctuary was born. It started with just four horses and has expanded over the years into becoming one of, if not the largest, horse rescue facility in the Northeast, currently housing over 70 horses and many other types of animals. The facility has grown to three barns, an indoor rehabilitation center, four round pens, a series of corrals with run-in shelters and an outdoor riding ring.

Live and Let Live Farm meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary rescue facility, providing humane and responsible care of all animals. They are a member of The Global Federation of Humane Societies. GFAS’ definition of “sanctuary” is any facility providing temporary or permanent safe haven to animals in need while meeting the principles of true sanctuaries: providing excellent and humane care for their animals in a non-exploitative environment and having certain ethical policies in place. There must always be someone living on the property.

There are three people who are on the farm’s payroll earning part time wages for what is often a seven-day, 60-80 hour a week job. In addition to Teresa, who is the Executive Director, there is Sharon Morey, who is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations and Jason Costello who does animal care, some


medical work, plowing, building maintenance, computer work and vehicle maintenance. Don’t let their titles fool you, they all do whatever needs to be done! When asked what made them want to work there, the answer is the same, “Somebody needs to be here for these animals.”

There is a closely-knit volunteer network of over 500 people putting in 50,000 hours a year helping at the farm. Their responsibilities are to feed, care for and rehabilitate the animals 365 days a year as well as learn and teach humane education and horsemanship. One cannot become a volunteer until they have been on a tour of the facility. As Teresa said, “We want them to see what they are getting into first!” The farm works with school districts, nonviolent prison rehabilitation programs, youth groups and other programs to implement partnerships that will give people an opportunity to work with horses that they wouldn’t normally have. The benefits of building relationships with horses and people--including physical, emotional and mental aspects--have been well documented and can lead both animals and people to having more productive lives.

Live & Let Live Farm is not just a horse sanctuary. While they adopt out an average of 30-40 horses per year, they also adopt out 500800 dogs and 300-400 cats… not to mention caring for just about any other animal you can


name! There is an extensive adoption process to ensure their animals are going to good homes. They survive completely on monetary and non-monetary donations. In addition to individual and corporate donations, all vehicles and much of the equipment on the farm is donated. Marketing is by word of mouth through their volunteer network as well as through Facebook, Instagram and a YouTube VLOG entitled Herd Bound. A recently created documentary film about one of the most incredible rescues in Live & Let Live Farm’s history, by Rebecca Howland, entitled Voices in the Dark sold out its February 2018 premiere screening and has been picked up by several film festivals. The hope is that it will be in local community theatres soon. There are weekly tours of the farm every Sunday at 2:30PM. It’s a working farm so unscheduled visitors are not allowed. When you visit, you won’t find state-of-the-art equipment or facilities. This farm isn’t about human comfort or flashy buildings, it’s about “creature comfort.” All their money, time and energy go into feeding and caring for all the

animals on the property. It takes almost half a day to feed, water and give meds to all the animals. In the winter it takes 10 hours just to plow the property once! If there is a birth or a sick animal, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is, there is always someone there with that animal. If there’s a rescue to be made, the trip can go anywhere from across the state to 1,500 miles away. Their pledge is that every animal that can’t be adopted, will have a home for the rest of their days at Live & Let Live Farm. It’s truly a labor of love, and no one does it better than these folks. (

A note from the Executive Director…

Horses and all animals of the rescue come from endless circumstances. We work with the State Dept. of Agriculture and various towns on animal cruelty and neglect cases. Our last case with them was from the town of Acworth where a few horses had previously died. The situation was discovered because a young starving, dehydrated colt broke loose and went for help, ending up at another horse barn whose owners were in shock to see such a grossly starved 9

animal. Authorities were called, and the state police followed the hoof prints back to where the colt came from finding more starving horses. A large portion of animals are from loving owners that can no longer care for them due to loss of job, loss of home or from owners becoming ill along with cruelty, neglect, abuse and abandonment. Often when people call us directly for help, a loving animal was taken well care of, but they no longer can do so. Sometimes they are in extremely poor condition. If they surrender the animal, we take care and rehabilitate the animals and adopt out when able. Otherwise, the animals live out their lives with us here at the sanctuary. We’ve begun working with a new organization named “Trainers Helping Horses in Need " (THHIN Fund). Six of our rescue horses are going for 90 days of training with the “THHIN Rescue Challenge.” Its purpose is to help horses become more adoptable by training them in order to help find a new home for them. We are excited about this new partnership on behalf of horses in need. ( Blessings…Teresa Paradis

I want to work here

Bow-Wow BONES By Nancy Dewar - Photography by Jasmine Inglesmith Photography

If you happen to be familiar with the these adorably-packaged dog biscuits, chances are you’re not familiar with the wonderful story behind them. They are made, with love, by a group of young adults with disabilities, a.k.a. “the bakers.”

Bow-Wow Bones began eleven years ago as part of the ‘transition program’ at Portsmouth High School; a program for disabled 18- to 21-year-old students who can remain at school until they are 21. Two teachers came up with the idea (and the peanut butter recipe) as they wanted their students to be involved in running a business.

We are thrilled that Massimo Morgia, owner of Ristorante Massimo, suggested this story. Gail and Bob Brown of North Hampton and their daughter Chelsea have been special clients of his for years. Massimo met Chelsea when she was a child. She’s now thirty and an enthusiastic and dedicated baker! The Bow-Wow Bones school program stopped eight years ago. So, Gail, Nancy Clayburgh of Portsmouth, Sharon Thagard of Ports-

mouth and Nancy Splaine of Rye relaunched the program in 2012 as a real business! “Yes, we pay taxes,” Gail said laughing. Nancy’s 29-year-old son Michael is also a baker.

Every Thursday the bakers meet at Bethany Church in Greenland, accompanied by their direct support professionals, and work for about three hours in the church kitchen (graciously donated by the congregation). The number of participants varies weekly, but there are usually around eight to ten bakers on hand. Nancy and Gail manage the team each week to ensure the bones are baked and packaged. Recently the bakers had Massimo join them for a ‘cooking class’ on making dog biscuits…and let his dog Mia be a taste-tester! Massimo arrived with big gift bags that, along with a lot of kitchen accessories, contained adorable dogprint aprons and chef hats.

They have their production down pat and work hard. The process begins at 8:30 with Step 1; making the dough. Pre-


measured ingredients are placed in the large commercial mixer. They are blended by hand a bit before turning the mixer on. Nancy and Gail learned this step the hard way. The first time they used the big mixer, they simply turned it on, and the ingredients flew out of the bowl…covering them and everything around them! Step 2 is rolling and isn’t as easy as it looks. The dough is thick and hard to roll; one must press down hard. It’s rolled so all batches are uniform in thickness. In their early days, this was a challenge as “everyone has their own version of thick and thin,” Nancy explained. They overcame this when Gail went to a cake store and learned about ‘fondant’ rolling pins, a roller with guides at each end to ensure uniformity.

The dough is then cut by the bakers with their favorite cookie cutter shape. Chelsea’s favorite is the heart; Amanda’s, the dog bone! Shapes are switched out to match seasons, and they even create a special “Light House” package for the Nubble Light Gift Shop in York, Maine each summer.

I want to work here

Next step…baking & cooling! Once baked, the dog treats are rolled into the freezer to cool down a bit before being placed in large storage bins. Gail said, “This step is key for the production of the bones!"

While many are busy in the kitchen, there’s another production line happening in the lobby. Biscuits made the previous week are weighed, placed in the packaging and sealed by the other bakers. The weekly goal is a “triple batch;” 100 bags of product. The last step of the process is cleaning, which the bakers also do well. The team has the process down pat, and bakers choose which functions they want to do. However, there’s a heck of a lot more work that goes on before the actual baking. Gail does the shopping and pre-measures all the ingredients to make things easier for the team. She also prints the labels with expiration dates. Nancy preps all the packaging. They then lug all to the church every Thursday…and lug the newly baked batches home. I asked them, “Is it just the two of you?” Their reply, “It’s a team effort.” While Massimo was busy learning to make dog biscuits (and Mia busy tasting them), I had fun visiting with the team and learning more about them. Chelsea told me that her favorite part is “rolling out the dough and cutting it with cookie cutters.” I asked if she had a dog. “No, but I want a small black Lab and will name it Maggie.” (Did you hear that Gail and Bob???!!!)

Amanda has three dogs who “love peanut butter.” Her favorite part of her job? “I like to cut and place the dough on cookie sheets.” Tory, Amanda’s roommate, told me that she used to have Huskie/German Shepherd…and that “being with my favorite staff ” is her favorite part of the job.

Photos on left page from left to right: Adorable Packaging, Baked Treats Ready to Store, Bow Wow Treats. Above photos clockwise: Mia Taste Testing with Chelsea, Chelsea Mixing the Dough, Amanda & Tory, Lewis Placing Treats in Bags, Nancy Clayburgh, Chelsea with her Mother Gail. 11

I want to work here Russell used to work at Home Depot. “Having solid employment” is what he loves most about his job at Bow-Wow Bones. And Lewis, who was busy bagging, told me that he loves “helping the dogs, working hard and then going home!”

And speaking of going home, Massimo, Jasmine (our wonderful photographer) and I didn’t want to leave! What an extraordinary group of people we met. We had such fun with the bakers, Gail, Nancy and all the others. At the end of the ‘cooking class’ we all agreed - ”I want to work for Bow-Wow Bones!” Please visit their website to learn more about Bow-Wow Bones and where you can purchase them. (

Photos from left to right: Mia, Massimo, Chelsea & Gail, Matt Placing Treats in Bag, Amanda Rolling the Dough.


k9 university


Owner of Quinn’s Canine Cafe

“Quinn, HELP! My dog won't stop barking. He sees humans, he barks; he sees dogs, he barks; the doorbell rings, he barks. I don't know what to do.” If I had a dollar for every time I have heard this plea from my human clients, I could retire to the Keys. It breaks my heart because I know how frustrating it can be. My Jack Russell mix, Pip, loves to bark. But wait, who doesn’t love to bark? Kids run around hollering on the playground, we get loud and animated while watching sporting events, and dogs bark when they get excited. Eventually we all tire ourselves out and become calm again. The difference between the humans and the canine is that humans learn our social contract as to when it’s okay to bark and when it is not. For dogs, barking is just a part of being. It is our responsibility to train our canine companions the time and place to bark.

The most challenging part of training your dog is controlling yourself. Remember that dogs don’t speak English, Spanish or French. They learn sounds. So, when the dog barks for the umpteenth time, our nerves are on edge, and we have had it! Stop. Take a deep breath. Know that soon the dog will stop. How? This is where the magic happens…


Your dog is in your house going berserk at some unknown, invisible (or non-existent) thing outside.


Take a deep breath. Hide high value treats in your hand or pocket. (These should be your dogs’ most favorite yummy in the world. According to my clients, that would be Quinn’s Canine Cafe Liver Chews!) As you walk to the door, or window, talk with your dog in a calm voice, “well let’s see who’s there”, or “did you hear something, let’s check.”

When you check the area and there is nothing there (not a surprise), turn to your dog and say, “Hmmm... nothing there. [insert dog’s name] ‘hush.” We soften our approach, which throws the dog into a different way of being and thus behaving. Typically, they will stop barking. It is at this EXACT moment you give them their very special treat. When the dog begins to bark again, simply say their name and “hush” in a gentle and calm voice. When they stop making noise, treat again.


It is important that you NOT show the dog the treat to get them to stop. That defeats the purpose of a reward; we’ll talk about that

another time. The magical treat must appear for doing what has been requested.


When the dog has learned that if they bark and then are silent, they will get a reward; that’s when you should layer on another trick (laying down, paw, spin, any trick they do well) before they receive their reward. This will help them associate the new trick with the reward instead of barking, and over time will simply stop at “hush.”


“Hush” sounds different to a dog, when said in a calming voice. Try saying it now - “Hush.” Now try some of the commands you usually give to stop the barking. Say them out loud. “Stop It.” “Quiet.” “Knock it Off.” “*#@! Dog.” How do those words sound?

To a dog, the sharp, explosive commands sound like you’re barking WITH them. They amp up the dog’s energy, which makes them bark more, which ramps up your energy causing you to “bark” more, and the circle continues. I am willing to give up the Keys for a few more years, if you’re willing to give this a try. Let me know how it goes. I’m at QSoine@

Quinn Soine owns Quinn’s Canine Café with locations in Newburyport & Haverhill. In addition to creating delicious homemade dog treats worth woofing about, Quinn also offers private training sessions. You can learn more at her website (


"HOW I MET MY TRUE LOVE" love stories about real dogs + their humans

By Pat Cannon – Owner of Beach Plum Flower Shop – Newburyport, MA

It was love at first sight. It was a chilly, damp winter day when I found myself surfing the internet searching for a very special friend. A friend who I could talk to, a friend that I could laugh with, travel with, dance around the kitchen with. A friend I could trust, that I could confide in and a friend to just emulate love. As the day was drawing to a close and I was just about to turn my computer off, I found Cleo – the page said “Cleo – is a love bug!” I knew this was it!

The All-American Dachshund Rescue website and two large brown eyes were looking straight at me—I knew this was it! My husband had dachshunds when he was growing up – the family always told stories of their strength, character, protective instinct and love. I called immediately and was heartbroken when they stated that Cleo was on her way to Vermont. She had been in a “puppy mill” since birth, and now at the age of 9 she had finally been rescued. I inquired about other pups, but my heart was imprinted with this little love bug. After a few weeks, I called again and Cleo was available. The adoption had fallen through,

and the amazing All-American Dachshund Rescue volunteers quickly interviewed me and transported her thousands of miles to our family.

It was love at first sight! This malnourished, dappled dachshund tweenie with a sparkle in her eyes was filled with love. Pure love; unconditional love. We renamed her Lilly, truly a name that encompasses who she is. Lilly means “my God is abundant” and is the symbol of innocence and beauty. When she came into our home, she immediately brought a sense of unconditional love and purpose.


Now that she is approaching the age of 20, my daughters carry her from place to place and sleep with her. She goes to many soccer games and school outings. She loves to go to parks and up until recently, she travelled on our family vacations. They created fun nicknames – like Derm, Dermie, Lilly Pie -- and their friends immediately fall in love with her.

Lilly’s heart is meditative and she loves the quiet of the day; snuggling with us daily. She truly is a blessing for our family with her love, strength and cuddling personality.

society tails


Have the winter blahs? Need to get out of the house? Looking for something to do with your pooch? Well, Smuttynose Brewing Company has just the answer! They created Snouts-Out Sundays in response to the need for dog-friendly indoor spaces during the winter months. They wanted a place for dog owners to come and enjoy some pints with their human friends, as well as their four-legged buddies. So, their retail store welcomes dogs this winter!

Rebecca Burlem of Tender Pups with Henry

Two Cute Snouts

Every Sunday local dog-related vendors sell their wares from 11 am -7 pm. Recently, Gunther’s Goodies, Coco Chew, and Tender Pups sold their dog treats, toys and accessories. The vendors change weekly, so no Snouts-Out event is the same. Head on over any Sunday for some cold-pops in their warm, inviting brewery…and don’t forgot your dog! Smuttynose Brewing Company – 105 Towle Farm Road – Hampton, NH (


New Best Friends

Nice to Meet You


Chris Lovell of Coco Chew

out and about

Wines & Accessories at Drinkwater Flowers

Micah’s “Dog Paddock”

fun things to

Linda Cloutier’s Lovely Model-Dog “Sophie”

Sea Dog Collar & Leash

Dogs Who Love the Sea

If your dog happens to be a water-dog, you’ll love the “Sea Dog” leashes and collars available at Sea Dog Brewing Company in Exeter. They come in an array of colors to match your pup’s personal style. The brewery also offers fun sea-dog themed T-shirts featuring whimsical illustrations by Maine artist Robert Cochran. And be sure not to miss their “Walls of Dogs” that feature photos of loyal patrons’ pooches. If you want your dog’s mug on display, email a hiresolution picture to photos@SeaDogBrewing. com. And be sure to stop by for a cold mug of brew…plus live every music Thursday through Saturday. ( (

A Dog Paddock

Blake Chichester, owner of Platinum Fence, has installed hundreds of beautiful fences throughout the Seacoast; many to keep dogs from

Cat Yoga Mat


ABOUT roaming from home. He recently completed somewhat of a different type that is more like a dog paddock! Blake’s client contacted him, as she has a young Czech German Shepherd (a breed known for their incredible jumping abilities). The breeder had warned her it could be hard to contain the puppy as it grew bigger. So, regal ‘Micah,” now has a 6’ high custom play area! As often said, “There are no such things as problems; just the opportunity for solutions!”

Wine Time for Dog Lovers

If you’re looking for a fun gift for a wine-loving friend (or yourself), stop by Drinkwater Flowers in Hampton. In addition to gorgeous flowers, the shop also offers unique gift items and some great wines. Owner Angela Bramante recently added “Fred’s Red” to her wine list. Produced by California-based McNab Ridge Winery, the winemaker’s notes call it “a ball-


fetching, car-chasing, doggone good red wine.” The vintner’s website states, “We make wines that get people to ask for a second glass.” And you can find the perfect wine glass at Drinkwater Flowers, as well!

Yoga for Cats

The humanization of pets becomes more interesting (and fun) by the day! There’s now a Catnip Yoga Mat for cats. It’s made of the same material as humans’ yoga mats but with one extra accessory; a catnip toy attached with a sisal rope. The catnip offers hours of playful fun for your little feline…all on the comfort of their very own mini mat. (

A Dessert Worth Barking About

Kudos to Massimo Moragi (Ristorante Massimo) and his pastry chef Jasmine Inglesmith

out and about

Bentley, Toyota’s New Mascot

Goat Fund Me

Ristorante Massimo’s Black Forest Cake Dog Bark Park Inn

for their sweet February fundraising event for the NHSPCA. Jasmine collaborated with local artist Megan Stelzer of Stelzer Metalworks. Megan designed a stunning silver and brass jewelry box in homage to the Celts, who originated in the Black Forest in Germany. Jasmine then created a special Black Forest Cake (Torta di Argento), replicating the box design in precise detail. $10 from each dessert purchased through Valentine’s Day was donated to the NHSPCA, and the jewelry box was auctioned with the winning bid also donated. Massimo is a huge animal lover. One of his favorites quotes is: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.”

Next Generation of Mascots

For many years, collies Harley and Tucker

were the well-known mascots of Toyota of Portsmouth. This handsome duo was featured on billboards and on TV, barking about the great dealership they represented. The dealership now has a new spokesman, Bentley, who can be seen on their new outdoor boards. It’s always fun to welcome another generation of “spokes-dogs,” and rumor has it that Bentley has a new bro named Seamus. Bet we’ll also be seeing him in some advertising soon!

Goat Fund Me

Nevada City, California, a town of 3,100 people located near the edge of Tahoe National Forest, has launched a unique fundraising event to help combat fires. They aim to clear the forest of underbrush to reduce the risk of fires by setting goats lose on the city’s 450 acres of forest land. A herd of 200 goats can munch through approximately an acre of un- 21

derbrush a day. The plan is to rent out herds from local ranches, which can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per acre. Their goal of $30,000 would just about cover this, and it seems to be going well. At press time, they had raised $22,800 in a month. Go Goats! (

Dog Bark Park Inn

This is one of the most unique B&B’s we’ve ever seen! The Dog Bark Park Inn is built in the shape of a beagle, making it a famous landmark in the state of Idaho. “Sweet Willy,” as the big beagle is called by locals, stands 30’ tall and sleeps 4. Their website states, “Responsible pets arriving with their wellbehaved humans are welcome.” If you can’t visit Idaho, visit their online store where you’ll find wonderful wooden carved dogs in almost every breed…a great gift idea! (

work like a dog

Shared Vision By Ellen Ratner – Greenland, NH

I forget that Gia is a guide dog. She belongs to my friend Katharin, who I forget is vision impaired and relies on Gia, a sixty-pound German shepherd, to go everywhere. The two walk so naturally, so confidently together; that I forget they’re actually working when they stroll into Market Square or down State Street to Prescott Park in Portsmouth. Lost tourists even stop the pair to ask Katharin, who has been legally blind since age 19, for street directions. “We’re really a team,” she explains while sipping coffee in the colonial-era house where she and her husband, Gerry, raised their two daughters. For the record, Gia is Team No. Seven (of all her guide dogs) and a likely reason why Katharin muses, “I don’t feel like myself when I don’t have a guide dog.”

Katharin & Gia

Katharin & Gwen at Baxter State Park in ME

“From the beginning,” Katharin says, “I knew a dog’s working life is eight to ten years, so I knew there’d be a series of dogs.” She also knew each dog would be hers, not the family’s pet. So in 1990 when Katharin, a clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice, applied to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, she understood she’d be the sole person responsible for her dog’s meals, exercise, grooming, playtime and vet appointments. “I realized it would be a lot of work. The training, the dog hair, that’s the hard part. But knowing it would go everywhere with me, that was the good part.” Katharin made two timeless discoveries with Raz, a small shepherd with a shiny black coat. “The connection happens so quickly. There’s the love that you feel almost right from the start.” And there’s one fleeting worry: Is this dog really going to do what it’s supposed to? “The first couple of weeks are scary because you don’t know the dog. It takes a while to trust that they know what they’re doing.” During that orientation period, she continues, “I’m glad I’m with a trainer.”


Raz guided for eighteen months before Katharin learned she nipped people. Fidelco whisked the dog back to Connecticut “for reassessment,” while Katharin waited for a reunion that never happened. “The whole Raz thing was so traumatic, just awful. There was no time to think about losing her, because I didn’t know Raz wasn’t coming back. When Cita moved in two months later, I had to let the whole thing with Raz just go.” Quirky Cita. The dog plopped in puddles on hot summer days, crept oh-sogingerly on shiny surfaces, avoided street grates, and quivered all through airplane takeoffs and landings. She also accompanied Katharin home on at least one occasion with a dead critter in her mouth, prompting Katharin to comment, “It’s a nice surprise at how well the dog does its job, ’cause it’s… a dog.” After seven years of guiding, Cita decided on her own and out of the blue to retire. She was done. Guide dogs arrive at age two, bringing a renewed energy to the team. Still, Katharin points out, “That transition

work like a dog

Daughters Amanda & Erin with Katharin & Gwen

Katharin & Gia at Japanese Gardens in Portland, OR

from one dog to another is really tough. It’s hard to make that change, to let go of the one you’ve been working with. There’s a feeling that you become like one, and when a new one comes you feel a little bit disoriented.” Some dogs pull harder than others. (King, Cita’s replacement, was a puller early on.) Some walk too fast, others too slow. “You figure it out together. How you work with the dog is how things feel.” Katharin still marvels at King’s Zenlike discipline that got him through eight hours in the air on a particularly snowy flight. But a dangerously close encounter with a Rottweiler ultimately wracked the dog’s confidence. He became fear aggressive. He lunged and barked at other dogs. He had “little fits” in the veterinarian’s waiting room. Unwilling to give up, Katharin spent the next year working with a professional trainer until it became clear King was too damaged to guide.

Enter Gwen, a regal, auburn-eared German shepherd that passersby often confused with a

Quilla off-duty & ready to play

wolf. Now with her fourth guide dog, Katharin zipped through Fidelco’s orientation. But, of course, that’s just the introductory phase. From the countless walks to the weekly lesson in intelligent disobedience, Katharin stresses, “You’re working almost all the time. Some people think that the person has no input or makes no effort to work with the dog. Others think that you tell the dog where you want to go, and it takes you there - they’re not a GPS!” Gwen guided well into her senior years, even once squaring herself in front of Katharin to protect her from a car backing up in a parking lot. “The most emotional part of the transition is deciding to get a new dog. Gwen wanted to keep working, but she was getting slower, and sometimes I was worried if she was paying attention. But, it’s so hard to put myself in that mindset and think about giving up the present dog. That was the hardest part of losing Gwen and getting Rex.” The new dog outweighed Gwen by twentyfive pounds, too big for petite Katharin. “I knew right away Rex was not my dog.” He left, Quilla arrived, and Katharin soon noticed, “She always wanted to play and slinked away into the corner when she saw me going for the 23

harness.” Off the clock the dog whined, was overly excitable and required three different trainers to pay visits. “Quilla was not meant to be a guide dog,” Katharin concedes, “but it’s a huge deal to make a change, and I didn’t want to go through that change again.” After fourteen exhausting months Katharin notified Fidelco, “I’m done, but I’ll keep her till you get me another dog.” Which brings us back to Gia, who still bolts from the yard occasionally when she’s out of harness and carries her food bowl around the house requiring Gerry to go on a seek-and rescue mission. Yet, on a recent walk when garbage bins strewn across the sidewalk transformed their familiar route into an obstacle course, Katharin commanded, “Gia, find a way.” The dog, all concentration, determined their safest route and led Katharin home - just like Raz, Cita, King, Gwen and even Quilla. “They all do the same job, but they’re all so different,” Katharin reflects. “If they told me they could fix my eyes and give me my sight back, I’m not sure I’d do it. This is now my life. Maybe thirty years ago I would have, but then I wouldn’t have had the dogs.” Go team!

food for thought


Winter Weight Maintenance By Dawn Price, Registered Dietitian

Owner - The Natural Dog Newburyport, MA

During winter, our dog’s activity level may be decreased compared to other times of the year. Exercise restrictions means lower caloric expenditure and less food to meet their dietary calorie needs. If the same dietary calorie intake is maintained during less active months, this will result in winter weight gain.

Shorter daylight hours cause changes in your dog’s metabolism. Shorter days signal to the dog brain that winter is coming. This sets off hormonal changes to slow metabolism and conserve calorie expenditure. Typically, the domestic dog is not subject to the harshness of winter. A decreased metabolism will mean they gain weight if fed the same as other times of the year. Dogs protected from the harshness of winter need less food to compensate for this hormonal metabolic change. In some cases, dogs that are housed outside or spend a lot of time exercising outdoors during the winter months may require additional calories to maintain weight. In these dogs their metabolism will increase in order to burn more energy to keep warm. How much food your dog requires depends on age, sex (if lactating), breed and exercise levels. The level of food consumption in winter to maintain the same weight can be greater or lesser depending on if you…reduce walks, leave your dog outside or even if your house temperature is significantly lower. Monitoring a dog’s weight is vital to its health.

How to Identify Ideal Weight

Ribs are palpable, without excess fat covering them. Waist can be observed behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdominal tucked up when viewed from side.

How to Help Your Dog Maintain a Healthy Weight

Know How Much Food Your Dog Needs Most kibble (dry food) contains a lot of calories in a small quantity of food. It is very easy to over feed kibble and pack the weight on quickly. Not all have the same number of calories. Most range from 350-500 calories per cup. Though one brand could have almost double the calories of another. Kibble can pack on the weight quickly by just overfeeding as little as ¼ cup extra per day. For this reason, it is important to know how many calories your dog requires to maintain a healthy weight and to measure each serving to avoid over feeding.

Choose the Right Nutrient Mix Dogs have no nutritional requirement for carbohydrates. They are carnivores who can tolerate grain, but they should have 80% plus animal-based food for optimum health. Not only is a meat-based diet better in quality and digestibility, it’s also much less calorically dense than kibble. Therefore, it is more difficult to pack on the weight as quickly. For this reason, a meat-based diet is a good choice when considering healthy weight maintenance.


Adjust Calories When Necessary As routines vary, adjust dietary intake accordingly. Your dog doesn’t need the same number of calories on a day that was spent lounging on the couch as would be needed if spent outside all day playing in the snow. Similarly, if there are days when activity is limited and you offer a meaty bone or special treat to keep your dog mentally stimulated, skip a meal or two during that day. A good tip is to offer the special treat during meal time and substitute it for the meal. Their internal clock will tell them it’s time for dinner, even though they don’t need the extra calories. This is a good way to avoid fussing and begging during meal time. Keep Active! Daily exercise provides incredible physical and mental benefits. A good dog is a tired dog!

Dawn Price has a BS in Nutrition & is a Registered Dietitian. She worked for many years as a dietitian at Massachusetts General Hospital & Lawrence General Hospital. She decided to pursue her passion for animal nutrition & joined the sales team of a large pet food distributor. She was promoted to Sales Manager & was responsible for covering New England & Canadian territories providing nutrition seminars to retail stores & veterinarians. Dawn was also the instructor of Canine & Feline Nutrition at North Shore Community College for many years. She opened her store, The Natural Dog, in 2005.

Integrative Veterinary Medicine By Anne Lamoriello


According to Google, Integrative Medicine (IM) is “a standard of healthcare that focuses on the individual and addresses the whole person --mind, body, spirit and environmental influences that impact a person's health. IM combines Western modern medicine with appropriate natural medicine therapies to achieve optimal health and healing and is tailored to the individual focused on health maintenance, prevention, education and healing while recognizing the body's innate ability to heal itself."

if there are no other options available or if he thinks that it is a sensible thing to try based on experience. "Integrative is what consumers say they want." And that doesn't mean just doling out vitamins.

otics. Also, they're trying to treat things by reestablishing health rather than just suppressing symptoms.

He says practicing integrative medicine is a "time-consuming and high-effort thing." In the beginning it's unfamiliar and you have to learn some new terms especially in Chinese medicine where you have to learn Chinese!

Anne Lamoriello is the Hospital Administrator at Holistic Animal Healing Clinic in Exeter where the highlight of her day is meeting & greeting clients and their pets. She is also a freelance writer/ photographer and writes for a variety of publications covering the gamut from equine events to professional sports.

Palmquist says integrative medicine is gaining momentum with veterinary schools incorporating holistic medicine into their curriculum. "And I think as the evidence builds, they will definitely include it but there are some barriers politically and economically."

We spoke with a well-known authority on the subject of integrative veterinary medicine, Dr. Richard Palmquist, past national consultant and research chair of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), chief of Integrative Veterinary Health Services at Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood, California, co-author of the book, Integrating Complementary Medicine Into Veterinary Practices, Realizing Your Pet's Hidden Health Potential, as well as numerous published journal articles, and whose work has been featured on CBS and ABC.

Palmquist didn't always think either holistic or integrative methods had a place in veterinary medicine. In the early 1990's when he moved to California, he was exposed to alternative medicine. He was fresh from Colorado State University where he won the prestigious Upjohn The key barrier is improving research which is award for clinical proficiency in Small animal expensive. The AHVMA is working on raising Medicine. funds. "As those projects are done, the profession will incorporate more of these things into "I thought it was quackery," he says of alterna- practice." Watch for more traditional practices tive medicine. "In fact, I flew from Los Angeles to incorporate beyond acupuncture and chiroto New York to get a guys license revoked for practic. "Actually, this particular kind of meditreating one of my patients. (You can check out cine is growing in the United States because that case on Huffington post by Googling Dr. veterinarians and consumers are both using Palmquist's name.) While in New York he was them and finding out they're helpful and then surprised to find out there was real help avail- talking about that and sharing their experiencable to patients. During that trip he actually saw es in various places like conferences, online and a paralyzed dog, that was "declared hopeless" social media. That's driving a lot of interest." by the top neurologist in the United States, be- In the final analysis, "We make the profession more respected...and it's all about the animals gan to walk after one acupuncture treatment. and creating better help."

The term 'holistic' medicine is similar to integrative medicine with the difference being integrative veterinary medicine actually has some degree of scientific evidence. "I'm really a blend between holistic and integrative," he says. He will use a therapy that doesn't have research

Upper most on people's minds today are vaccines--what kind and how much. Palmquist says in an integrative practice fewer vaccines are given. Research shows that many vaccines do not need to be given on a yearly basis. And that things like blood tests can check levels of vaccinations thereby giving fewer risky vaccines. Vaccines are given in, what he says, 'a more individualized way to protect patients against the threats that they actually have to deal with." And herbs are favored over antibi-

"An integer is a whole number not a fraction," says Palmquist. "Integrative medicine is feelingoriented medicine that takes into account the whole person or pet including all aspects of lifestyle. The concept behind the term integrative is that we actually use anything that would be beneficial for that patient taking into account lifestyle, emotional issues, how we eat, drink, how we relate to others as well as what we swallow in the way of food or medication."


Anne’s Champion Boxer “Iconic”

health notes

Integrative Medicine Gaining Momentum 27

let's pawty

Doggone Grrrrr…eat Entertaining A Bit of Italy…for Pups! Sponsored by Ristorante Massimo “Authentic Italian Food Is More Than Our Passion… It’s Our Life’s Work.” Photography by Jasmine Inglesmith Photography

Early Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, Massimo Morgia! I bet you didn’t know that Father’s Day is celebrated in Italy on March 19th rather than in June, like we do here. It’s on St. Joseph’s Day (father of Jesus), a day of celebration that, of course, includes delicious Italian cuisine…with the most popular traditional foods on this day being cakes and biscuits. So, in honor of my Dad…here’s a wonderful Italian Biscuit recipe for DOGS!

Italian-Style Dog Biscuits Recipes from


Ingredients 1 ½ C whole wheat flour 3/4 C unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 t ground basil 1 egg 1 C water 1 can (6 oz.) pure tomato paste 1/2 C shredded mozzarella cheese 1/3 C parmesan cheese



Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk flours together in large bowl. Add rest of ingredients to flours. Knead with hands to form a rough dough. Roll out on lightly floured surface to 1/4” thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Can be stored in air-tight container or refrigerated for about a week. (Note: Do not make this recipe if your dog is lactose-intolerant.)

59 Penhallow – Portsmouth (603) 436-4000

Massimo’s Mia

Upstairs at Massimo’s Wine Bar focuses on small plates of appetizers, salads and pasta along with eclectic meat, cheese and condiment choices. It also offers the same superb wines and cocktails as served downstairs. The artful, innovative dishes served upstairs, as always, capture Massimo’s passion for exquisite Italian cuisine. Massimo is not only passionate about food, but also his adorable Mia, a 2-year old Maltese/Shih Tzu! And Mia shares her Dad’s passion for food. So, a big thanks to Mia for sharing a bit of Italian cuisine to be enjoyed by pups! Grazie…bravo cane! (Thank you…good dog!)


We couldn't do it without our furry friends! Lexi, Rufus, Jax, Layla, Ruby, Bailey and Newman

137 Portsmouth Ave Stratham, NH 03885 603-775-7444


BARK~IT place-

marketplace for artisans, eateries, merchants & more

All Pets Need a Good Home!

OUR ANTIQUE STORES offer a trove of treasures. Please stop in & feel free to bring your greatest

Looking for the best coffee in Newburyport? We’ve got you covered!

treasure…your DOG

10-Year Supporting Sponsor of the NHSPCA Keep your furry family safe. Call Pam for a complimentary “Please Rescue Our Pets” window cling. Pam Bailey RE/MAX On the Move Cell: (603) 770-0369 Office: (603) 964-3300

54R Merrimac Street

ROUTE 1 Antiques 106 Lafayette Rd. Hampton Falls, NH 603-601-2554

Do Not Shout Delivered

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” Hearing Aids Customized to Each Patients’ Individual Needs Family Owned & Operated Since 1978 by Tony & Darrylin Wasiuk Request an In-Home Appointment. (978) 466-8888

132 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham, NH 603-772-6205

Pastel Pet Portraits

Never miss another bark or conversation! We Come To You

Bella & Stella Wasiuk

The Collector’s Eye

(in the boatyard between Michaels & NBPT Lighting

14 Market Square 33 Pleasant Street (in historic downtown)

“We bet you know one girl who would rather tumble off a horse than fall for a boy!” Unknown

Great Gift Idea Downtown Portsmouth in Market Square Directly Above Book & Bar Thurs & Fri Noon – 8pm Sat 10 – 7 Sun 11 – 4 40 Pleasant Street – Suite 202 - Portsmouth (603) 493-1677


Tack, clothing & accessories for all sizes & ages. 40 Essex Road Ipswich, Massachusetts (978) 356-1180

doggy thoughts

FLIPS + FLOPS By Flip-Flop

Editor’s Note: These are simply musings from Flip-Flop, an exuberant & opinionated shaggy dog. They are not any sort of product endorsement or “dis” by this publication or any member of our editorial team. Just a bit about stuff she likes (Flips) and stuff she doesn’t (Flops)!

Flip Flop Super Bowl Parties

Super Bowls

I’ve had a lot of dog bowls in my life…some cooler than others. But I have to say that I discovered my all-time favorite while my Mom and I were visiting our dear friends in Ohio. They had the most amazing super bowl that continually bubbled water UP, making drinking more fun than ever! I think they’re called Drinkwell 360… makes sense to me, as I sure did drink well in Ohio! (

Photo Credit Petsafe

I know you peeps love Super Bowl parties! But to me they’re a total flop. Why? Who do you know that has ever hosted a Super Bowl party and invited us dogs? Not many, I’m sure. Last year I sat at home alone, howling to myself when New England won. Once again, this year I woofed it up home alone, and again howled in joy with another great game by the Pats! But I have to admit that the Clydesdales are always my favorite part of the game.

Dog Mops

‘Cat Smell’ Hand Cream

Photo Credits Felissimo

Being a shaggy dog, of course I fell in love with these shaggy dog mops the minute I saw them! Not only are they adorable, but I think they would make cleaning a lot more fun too. Who wouldn’t smile while “walking” these cute creatures around their house picking up fur balls and more? Dog mops…a total flip in my book! (

How could anyone have come up with this? ‘Cat Smell’ hand cream…really? Who in the world would want to smell like a cat? They tout the wonderful “popcorn” smell, which I guess people think cats smell like. Popcorn??? They smell like cats to me. Though this one is a Flop in my book, I have to admit that this website has some funny stuff (if you can figure out how to get to the English translation). ( Photo Credit Felissimo

“Our stock pile from our doggone generous bank.”

Fast Food Drive-Thrus

Bank Drive-Thrus

Going through a bank drive-thru is amazing. For my Mom it’s all about the money, something that means absolutely nothing to me. But for ME it’s all about the treats! I simply sit in the back seat, and they shoot me a few biscuits at the end…every time…for doing nothing except sticking my head out the window! I often wonder why my Mom doesn’t at least get a mint?

So, we canines get treats at a bank, but at a fast food drive-thru we get NADA! What’s up with that? We can sniff out food miles before we get there and after all of those sensory delights…anticipation…almost there…at the drive-thru… NOTHING! Truly, think about it. When was the last time your pup got a treat at a drive-thru restaurant? With all the money they spend in advertising, why hasn’t some brilliant exec thought of this one? Make pups special by giving them a treat…and their peeps will follow. 31