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The Holiday

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Holiday Pet Safety The Dream - Midlands Humane Society Fall-Winter Pet Events The Leopard Gecko New Omaha Dog Ordinance Holiday Wildnights at the Zoo

November/December 2008

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Shopping. Cooking. Decorating. Party-planning. The list goes on and on. During this time of year when the intent is to revel in the joy of the season, the hustle and bustle often creates more chaos in folks’ already hectic schedules. But, this time of year also offers us the gift to look back on the year and give thanks for who we love and what we have, and celebrate with those most important to us. I, myself, am thankful for so many things. My boyfriend, my family, my friends, my career at the magazine, and of course, my pups! The past six months while working on PE Mag, I’ve seen how important pets are to so many people. And, as you and I know, you don’t need a designated time of year to celebrate that love. But, just in case you needed a reason, this issue is full of fabulous gift ideas, in addition to safety tips and fun holiday information. As always, thank you for reading and supporting PE Mag. I look forward to continuing on this wonderful journey with you into next year. Happy Holidays to everyone!

Dawn Pieke

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We got Mookie from Tully’s Kennel in Omaha in February 2002. We had called several rescue groups in the area, but we could not find any pugs. The breeders all had waiting lists, some up to 2 years. Mookie was not chosen at Christmas time when so many other dogs were purchased/adopted, so I think he was meant to be ours. I knew adding a new family member was a big commitment, so I visited him many times before we decided to get him. Bringing Mookie home was the best decision of my life! PE Magazine is wonderful! I always read it immediately when I get it, but I often pick it up again. I just can’t get enough! It is a great resource for all the local events; it serves as my “Blackberry” for Mookie’s events. I also love the product section; I have already gotten several Christmas ideas. The pictures are always adorable, and the stories are educational, as well as interesting. I am definitely a dog lover, but I also appreciate the diversity in PE Mag.   I would like the donation to go to the Midwest Pug Rescue group. There are so many incredible and deserving organizations and shelters, but I have seen this group in action, and I have a weakness for pugs. In times of hardship, animals are among the first to feel the effects of the economy, and it breaks my heart. I appreciate PE Mag’s support!

Celebrating Winter Holidays with Pets by Naomi Greelis-Mattos

As Mother Nature slows down for winter, families and friends come together to spend time with each other during the holidays. For many, their special pets are an integral part of these festivities. Here is a look at three celebrations that your best buds may partake in: Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights spanning over eight nights, is a time to reflect on the victory of the Maccabees and the Jerusalem Temple’s rededication. Although Chanukah is not a high holiday, pet owners may celebrate their pets this year from sundown on December 21 until sundown on December 28. Furry friends can sport collars adorned with menorahs, dreidls, gelt, or the Star of David, and Moishe can lick his lips from Chanukah latkes and kosher doggie treats. Animals play a significant role in the story of the Christmas Holy Night, including the donkey that carried Mary to the stable. In nearly all depictions of the Nativity scene, camels, horses, sheep, donkeys, and cows surround the newborn king. Pet owners can involve their animals in the holiday spirit by taking Thumper to the local pet store for a photograph with Santa, hooking up Champion for a sleigh ride on Christmas Eve, or entering Digger in a Christmas dog sled race. When family members open their gifts on Christmas morning, cherished pets are often included. Chipper may get a new seed stick in his stocking, and Nibbles may chew through the gift wrapping to reveal a new hamster ball to roll her way into new adventures. Winter Solstice, or Yule, occurs on December 21 and is celebrated by multiple cultures and nations. This solstice marks the death and rebirth of the sun and is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Some families may take their pets to enjoy a pleasant, natural setting as the sky fills with magnificent colors at sunset. Others may prefer to simply to commemorate Winter Solstice with their pets by offering them a new bowl or accessory. Pets, not unlike their human counterparts, look forward to spending time together with their companions and showing how much they appreciate them. Regardless of which celebrations pet owners observe, when they look into the eyes of Snowball or Princess, they know there is a special place in their hearts for them that lasts long after the menorahs and Christmas trees are taken down and the sun has set. PE

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Fundraising begins in earnest for new Council Bluffs Humane Society

By Tess N. Sykes

he Midlands Humane Society – A 20,000 square foot building that would bring Pottawattamie County and Council Bluffs animal control activities under one roof, and a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for homeless animals. A public-friendly, clean facility open at convenient times for adoptions. Medical staff. Education and training programs. An expanded core of volunteers to help keep things running smoothly. That is the dream. It is doable. The county and city are on board. Two and a half years of research are done. Preliminary sketches have been made. A grassroots, non-profit organization is up and running. Volunteers are being recruited. The ball is starting to roll. Now, funding is needed. Melanie Milner, Chair of the Midlands Humane Society Board of Directors, said $2.5 million has already been raised between capital contributions from the city and county and a grant. Another million is needed to meet the goal of breaking ground in the spring of 2009, and the total must meet $5 million to complete the project. “The more we’re talking about it, the more people who are genuinely interested are stepping forward with offers to help,” Milner said. Their first fund raiser – a dog wash at Cellar 19 Wine and Deli – was


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unsolicited. “They just kind of offered to do it,” she said. In the end, more than 100 dogs were scrubbed clean and a few dollars banked. Currently, Council Bluffs has no humane society. It does have an animal shelter staffed by animal control personnel, a division of the public health department. For the last four years, Pottawattamie County has also maintained an animal control shelter for similar purposes. The county recently sold the ground its shelter sits on. The city has outgrown its facility and lacks additional room to expand. It only makes sense to put the two under one roof and add the benefits a humane society can bring, said Donn Dierks, Council Bluffs Director of Public Health. “We can stress the enforcement element, while the humane society focuses on adopting, education, vaccinations and spay and neuter programs.” Currently, when an animal is adopted from the shelter, the adoptees are given a refund if the animal is spayed or neutered. With a permanent facility in place, Dierks hopes one day a staff veterinarian will be able to spay or neuter animals and address any other health issues as they come in, rather than after they go out. Preliminary designs of the facility provide space for county and city animal control staff, 6 full-time and 4 part-time humane society staff, the capacity to hold up to 100 dogs and up to 125 cats at one time, medical treatment rooms, a quarantine area, training room and a safe,

“ The more we’re talking about it, the more people who are genuinely interested are stepping forward with offers to help. ”

Midlands Humane Society Board above Back row: Brenda Mainwaring & Earl Barton. Front row: Jennifer Westfall, Melanie Milner, Terri Gach-Mils, Shane Harrer & Heith Paulsen. Not pictured: Molly Gordon. Photo credit: Sue Paulsen of Hot Shots Photography

24-hour drop-off area. The seven-acre site also has room for a planned dog park. Dierks said the current leash law does not allow residents to let their dogs run in open spaces. The planned dog park would have separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, allowing owners to socialize their animals and play off-leash games. Durable, easy-to-clean surfaces, an inviting atmosphere and an organized staff will make the proposed facility an inviting place for volunteers. Milner said they hope to form a partnership with the Iowa Western Veterinarian Tech program. The school is a short drive down the road from the building site. The facility will be constructed to minimize noise and odors, and will also include a specialized HVAC system to reduce airborne viruses and maximize fresh air intake.

a committee or volunteering for future events. “This just seems like a natural fit for Council Bluffs,” Milner said. “This is the time to bring this balance and these services into the community.” For more information on the Midlands Humane Society and to discover opportunities to volunteer or donate to the project, go to or call 712-256-2929.


It’s beautiful on paper, Milner said, but the time has come to make it a reality. They have until next spring to raise $1 million and get the project off the ground. They’re under the gun a little because the county has already sold the ground their current animal control shelter is situated on. A solution is needed. “A little pressure is a good thing,” Milner said. The Midlands Humane Society Board of Directors is starting to plan the next fundraisers now, and building on people-capital at the same time. About fifty people showed up to the first town-hall style meeting called by the group in September. More sent in e-mails asking to be put on

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Mutt Strut a Success in Glenwood, IA

Pictured: D’Artanyn as a lion with owner Sherri Distefano during the costume contest.

Over 200 people and their pooches (and even a cat on a leash!) experienced an outstanding day at the Loess Hills Humane Society’s 2nd Annual Mutt Strut. “We really wanted to work with people to show them how much fun they can have with their four-legged family members, and in some cases, stress basic care and training,” says Jane Susgin, ARFS President.



Feline Friendz in Nebraska, with support from Pro Plan’s Rally to E Rescue, celebrated National Feral RB U G S R O U N Cat Day a few days early on October A 11th. Volunteers from their organization provided the following services: advice on cat adoptions and how to introduce them into their new home; demonstrations on humane trapping; distribution of literature about feral cats and their humane treatment; a summation of the benefits of spay/neuter; and finally, tips on how you can help your neighborhood strays.



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According to Jane, “ARFS (now Loess Hills Humane Society, Inc.) formed fifteen years ago and has helped animals on an individual basis for about twelve years, and also started a very well-used spay/neuter program about six years ago. Our big push to actually build our shelter and provide animal control for Mills County only became a reality two years ago when we were able to purchase land and start a capital campaign. It’s been a very busy couple years! The county is working with us to develop ordinances and put in countywide licensing before we open. We are also working with the seven cities of Mills County to improve their ordinances and also contract with them for animal control. We are hoping to be open before the year end. The Mutt Strut is our only major fundraising event this year, and we have lots of money to raise for equipment, vehicles, kenneling, etc., and so much to celebrate.” For additional information, visit the Loess Hills Humane Society website at PE

In addition, they also held a microchip clinic for only $25.00. The low-cost service was made available to anyone who wanted their cat or dog to have a microchip. For the children who attended the event, face painting was offered. A raffle was held as part of their fundraiser to pay for medical care for their foster cats. This event was sponsored by Pro Plan’s Rally to Rescue, who donated some of the material for this event. A special thank you goes out from Feline Friendz to PETCO for allowing them to use their facilities for the event. Check out the Feline Friendz website at For more information on feral cats (Alley Cat Allies) go to: PE


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Saturday Nov. 1 – Noon – 4pm

Microchipping Clinic Loess Hills Humane Society Prairiewyn Obedience Building 20382 Ingrahm Rd - Pacific Junction, IA $25 for microchipping & registration Tel. 712-527-0753 for more information

Sunday Nov. 2 – 11am – 4pm

Christmas Photo Event Bonafide Dog Academy - 14840 Grover St., Omaha. Benefiting Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue and Nebraska Dachshund Rescue All breeds welcome. Cost of 5x7 photo is $20 ($15 to rescues). Must Register Christmas%20pictures.htm

Sunday Nov. 3 – 7pm - 9pm

Nebraska Companion Animal Conference Join us via satellite at locations throughout the state for this conference. For more information: Lisa Karr-Lilienthal Tel. 402-472-6458

Saturday, Nov. 8 - 1pm – 4pm

NE/IA Saint Bernard Rescue’s Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Trinity Lutheran Church, 330 W. Halleck Street, Papillion Raffel & Silent Auction Tickets: Adults - $8.00 Children 5yrs and older - $5.00 Children under 5yrs donations $1.00 off for advance tickets For advanced tickets, please contact: Sabrina Wright - 402-208-0563 or Donna Erickson - Tel. 402-731-1730

Sunday, Nov. 16 – Noon

Dogs Across America Walk/Run Benefiting the Papillion Police Department K-9 Unit Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area – Hwy 370 & 96th St Papillion, NE DAA_Poster_2008.pdf

Nov. 16, 18, & 20

Pet Pictures with Santa 16th – 11am – 3pm 18th & 20th – 6pm – 8pm Create a lasting memory when your pet meets Santa during the Holidays. Digital photos are taken by Wal-Mart One Hour Photo. You will receive 2 4x6 photos. The cost is $25.00 for the first pet and $5.00 for each additional pet in the photo. All photos will be taken at the Capital Humane Society. Proceeds will help the animals spending time at the shelter. To schedule an appointment, call the shelter at 402-441-4488 or email

Wednesday, Nov. 19 – 5pm-7:30pm

2nd Annual GRRIN Kibble and Bids Wine Tasting and Silent Auction event. Shoppes at Aksarben 1110 South 71st St., Omaha (SE corner of 72nd and Pacific Street) $20 advance tickets available now by calling 402-330-6680 or emailing GRRIN at files/2008KibbleAndBids.pdf

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Saturday, Dec. 6 – 9am-11am

Santa Paws is Coming to Town Take your Pet’s picture with Santa Paws. Donation is cost. Please bring your own Camera A.V. Sorensen Community Center 4808 Cass Street, Omaha Tel. 402-444-5596 endar/798987934?view=Detail&id=101281


YAPPYTIME 10:30am - 12:30pm All Dog Group Ralston Vet Clinic - 6880 S 78th St Yappy Pack provides a supervised location where your dog can play and get socialized.

Saturday, Dec. 6 - Noon - 4pm

Canine First Aid Certification Class covers symptoms and care for common ailments and emergencies Bonefide Dog Academy , 14840 Grover St. - Omaha For more information, please visit or call 402-250-9452 (No walk ins and do not bring dogs)

Saturday, Dec. 13

Red Cross Dog & Cat First Aid Class covers symptoms and care for common ailments and emergencies Red Cross Headquarters, 2912 S. 80th Ave, Omaha, NE Cats – 8:00am – 10:30am Dogs – 10:30am – 1pm $55 for both or $35 for one Sign up required. Please call 402-343-7730 (No walk ins and Do not bring animals)

Sunday, Dec. 14


Fall -Winter Pet Events

Doggie Christmas Pictures with Santa. Sponsored by PetSmart. Proceeds go to MABTR Oakview Mall PetSmart (Center & 144th) – 11am – 1:30pm Shadow Lake PetSmart (Hwy 370 & 72nd) – 1:30pm – 4pm

Monday and Tuesday Nov. 10 and 11

6:30pm - 8:30pm Canine First Aid Certification Class covers symptoms and care for common ailments and emergencies Bonefide Dog Academy , 14840 Grover St. - Omaha For more information, please visit or call 402-250-9452 (No walk ins and do not bring dogs)

Saturday, Nov. 15 - 6am-9am

Younkers Benefit Sale for the Capital Humane Society - Lincoln Call the Capital Humane Society at 402-441-4488 or 402-441-4481 for more information.

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Behavior IMPROV by jill morstad


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Politics Of Dog Ownership and the Perils of Not Paying Attention

happened to smokers’ rights when the smokers failed to appreciate just how well-organized the opposition turned out to be. What’s at stake is public access, and the real issue here is the respect people have for one another. Respect for your neighbors is nearly impossible to legislate and, consequently, difficult to enforce. But if respect for one’s neighbors in the form of responsible dog ownership doesn’t catch on quickly, the result will be more laws that seek to define and restrict dogs and dog owners themselves.

Before the big tornado struck, the town of Spencer, South Dakota (pop. 376) was home to three generations of my mother’s family. Many of the The American Kennel Club keeps data on its webpage that documents stories I heard about Spencer from my mother, my grandparents and my how some communities have responded to irresponsible dog owners. great-grandparents were stories involving the “town dogs”. Some cities have breed-specific bans targeting Rottweilers, Akitas and bull breeds of all types, including Boxers. Other cities argue over where These dogs ran singly, or in small groups, and were generally dogs can go and when, or what constitutes ‘problem barking’, and identified as belonging to someone. There was the Kremer’s dog, the these questions result in new and stricter laws about fencing, muzzles Peppmueller’s dog and the Kirby’s dog, although the dogs didn’t really and leashes. Offending owners are subject to fines and imprisonment. seem to have owners the way we think of it today. Rather, they lived in Offending dogs are often euthanized. The legal landscape for dog owners the yard, on the streets and the city park, managing as town dogs would is evolving, and each time a state or local jurisdiction is asked to address by hanging out with local kids, soliciting affection and food, accepting a dog bite or other incident via the courts, the legal precedents that result handouts and stealing from garbage cans. Once a year by law, they were have the potential to affect us all. rounded up and vaccinated for rabies. Otherwise, they rarely saw a veterinarian, wore a collar or leash, or learned sit, stay and come. These debates will continue in City Council meetings and on editorial pages, as neighbors argue about whose rights supersede whose, or what Without formal training, the dogs were friendly and approachable constitutes cruelty (or kindness) to animals. There will be shouting and enough, but the stories about the dogs were almost never anger and seemingly little hope for resolution. All the while, stories of their triumphs, only their tragedies. dogs will bite or run loose, and many will meet tragic Dusty the Weimeraner died under the wheels ends. Better for the dogs and for our communities of a car. Skipper the Cocker Spaniel ate if we come to recognize our changing roles gopher poison. Ranger the Husky-mix as pet owners, and guard our neighbors’ was shot for running livestock. rights as jealously as we do our own.


When the town blew away in May of 1998, many of its residents and the town dogs left, too. But what didn’t blow away was the quaint and antique notion that the happiest dogs are country dogs—dogs who live in rural environments; dogs who have “room to run”. I say antique because the reality, of course, is that ours is an increasingly urban society. According to American Demographics magazine, more Americans live in urban areas that rural ones, even in predominantly rural states like South Dakota. An urban culture means that we live in closer proximity to each other, and it also means that dogs, who once were working companions or outdoor residents, are increasingly indoors and unemployed. With fewer sheep and cattle to herd, Border Collies chase Frisbees. When there is no rat population to manage, terriers go on the dole. And since we get our food from the grocery store, for gun dogs and their hunting companions what once was real daily work is now simply recreation.

Jill Morstad, PhD, is a dog trainer, radio talk show host and college professor. She lives in Lincoln, NE, with her husband and daughter, two dogs and a cat. Email questions or comments to:

But our thinking about dog ownership has not yet caught up with the new realities of our increasingly urban environment. The happiest dogs are not country dogs, if we rely on the old definition. Like active and intelligent kids left unsupervised, the untrained and unemployed dogs running at large in Nebraska communities (both large and small) are bound to get into trouble. The truth is: dogs don’t need “room to run”. What they do need is regular exercise. There’s a difference. Understanding that difference lies in our definition of responsible dog ownership. Responsible dog owners choose a puppy with care. They see to its socialization and training, take it to the veterinarian regularly, and have it spayed or neutered. They provide sufficient exercise, but they do not permit the dog to run at large, to chase children or livestock. These owners recognize that their dog’s actions are always their responsibility. They further recognize that not everyone likes dogs, and that their neighbors should not have to tolerate excessive barking, dog feces on the sidewalk, or trash cans tipped over. Dog bites, dogs at large, and dog waste ALL constitute a threat to the quality of public health in the community. And, like smokers, it’s the things we leave behind that upset our neighbors and other dog-owners or non-dog owners alike. Our collective dismissal of the importance of training and responsibility makes us vulnerable. There are some who regard dog owner’s rights as analogous to smoker’s rights, and we know what www. P E - m ag az i n e . c om


Pet Medicine Animals As Healers

All pet owners have had, at one time or another, an experience in which their pet, whether golden retriever, kitten, horse, or iguana, recognized their suffering and offered comfort. Animals, both wild and domesticated, have the ability to sense changes in the body and mind and can positively influence humans in many ways. They can inspire playful thoughts in those discouraged and remind us of the need to nurture both ourselves and others. They can even affect profound physical changes in humans, by lowering our blood pressure and reducing stress. The gentle purring of a cat or a friendly nuzzle from a warm lizard can be a form of healing, and all animals, even those in the wild, are natural healers. A house pet can tell you many things, if you observe. Your pet will choose to sleep in the places in your home that have the best energy and, when you’re ill, may concentrate its attention on the area of your body that needs healing. Stroking soft fur, a smooth, scaly back, or downy feathers can enhance memory, shorten recovery time after an injury, help curb depression, open lines of communication, and even increase a person’s chance of survival after a heart attack. For many years, schools, nursing homes, and even prisons have let their charges visit with specially trained animals periodically because a visit with a pet both calms and cheers people. With the elderly, the love of an animal can heighten cognitive ability, movement, and quality of life. Wild animals, too, have their own healing powers. The antics of a silly squirrel can lift the spirits while the industrious ant is an inspiration. A chance encounter with a dolphin or manatee can be life changing.

“A house pet can tell you many things, if you observe. “

In mythology, the centaur was the keeper of the art of healing and the Egyptian god Anubis was the healer of the gods. It is not surprising that so many people keep pets or enjoy watching animals in nature. Animals transform us and their unique and beautiful modes of healing are as natural as they are. PE Reprinted from DailyOM- Inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day. Register for free at

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An Update on Canine Parvo Virus with Dr. Monte Pauli

In 1978, a new parvo virus was diagnosed and named type 2. It began to cause a high death loss in infected puppies. Some variant changes occurred in 1982 and 1984. A wide range of hosts were found to be involved and included the ferret family, raccoons, as well as members of the cat family. Parvo virus infection in dogs is characterized by loss of energy, lethargy, in-appetence (lack of desire for things, such as food, etc.), vomiting and diarrhea with blood that may progress to severe dehydration and death. Recently young canines that are not adequately immunized and are exposed to a new parvo strain, 2c virus, are endangered of severe illness. This virus is highly contagious and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated stools, environments or people. The virus can easily contaminate utensils and kennel surfaces, as well as any item that attracts organic material. The parvo 2c has been diagnosed in fourteen states. The clinical appearance, as mentioned above, also includes significantly lowering of two important types of cells involved in the immune defense system. Veterinarians who have observed the new parvo virus 2c have heard of puppies sluggish on one day which progresses to sudden death within twenty-four hours. Testing to determine the presence of the parvo virus may be a problem, but clinicians normally may treat a case of parvo if it looks and smells like one. Treatment will, of necessity, need to be aggressive and instituted early. Of paramount importance is the environmental treatment and cleaning in attempt to sterilize the premise. Bleach diluted at one ounce per quart of water is sufficient. Due diligence must be accomplished to effectively apply bleach to remove organic material.

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Prevention is the challenge to veterinarians, breeders and kennel owners, as well as humane shelters and boarding facilities and pet owners. Parvo virus is found everywhere. A dentist was quoted as saying (in regard to teeth) “Floss the ones you want to keep”. It is imperative in today’s world to stimulate active and solid immunity in puppies before they are exposed to the wild virus. We must avoid exposure in young dogs because a vaccineinduced protection can be overwhelmed by excess wild virus. The most current immunization protocol calls for parvo immunization at five and seven weeks of age, and distemper parvo virus at nine and twelve weeks, followed by a final CPV or parvo booster at sixteen weeks of age. Companies with CPV Strain 154B and CPV 2b have conducted tests on protection of puppies against CPV 2c and demonstrated protection of all vaccinated pups. The protected puppies did not shed the canine parvo wild strain after use of Galaxy® vaccines (CPV 2b) Intervet/Schering-Plough’s Continuum Vaccines. It is important to remember that puppies need to be socialized from acquisition up to twenty-plus weeks. This can be accomplished by exposing the puppy to humans, other pets and canines, but only in a protective environment by co-mingling with vaccinated, healthy, adult dogs.


Dr. Monte Pauli earned a B.S. in Animal Nutrition at Colorado State University and went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a D.V.M. degree in 1971. He has worked in clinics in Wisconsin, as well as Lexington, NE. Dr. Pauli and his wife Connie reside in Wahoo, NE, where he has owned a veterinarian clinic for the past 28 years.

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Taking a Look Back and Heading into the Winter Three and half years ago, Hope Wicken met Renee Adams at a playgroup at PetSmart. Following an incident that led to the discontinuation of their dog play times at PetSmart, they met with the store manager of PETCO about having a playgroup there, and thus, Yappytime was born. They stayed at PETCO until they remodeled the store and lost the room to dog food storage. The summer after they lost their designated spot at PETCO, they met at each other’s homes. That fall Hope started looking for another location for Yappytime and found a prospect at the Ralston Vet Clinic. Hope and Renee met with Janine Formanek of RVC, who gave them permission to use the training room. They started at RVC in January 2006 and have been there ever since. According to Hope, “It grew out of the need to socialize our own dogs and grew into a passion to help other dog owners with that same need. We also try and help dog owners with specific socialization challenges. Renee and I volunteer our time – the group operates off donations. RVC provides us the room free of charge; however, we provide our own cleaning supplies, toys, printing costs, etc., that we might need.” For the last two years, Hope and Renee utilized the “YAPPY PACK” to raise funds for the Nebraska Humane Society. The members of Yappytime have organized canine bake sales and dog washes. They have even created a canine recipe collection. All of the proceeds go to the Humane Society. “It’s been a great opportunity for our dogs to be around other dogs and other people. It’s also been a great way to make some fantastic friendships with people we probably would never have met otherwise,” states Hope. Yappytime has had well over 300 dogs come through their doors since they have been at RVC. To help your pup attain socialization in a warm and fun environment this winter, visit Yappytime on Saturday mornings from 10:30-12:30 at the Ralston Vet Clinic – 6880 S. 78th St in Ralston.

Kingdom Kennel Offering Personal Touch to Pet Care When it comes to having someone else taking care of your pet while you are gone, there are many things to consider, such as the type of services a kennel provides, the cleanliness of the place, what the kennel charges for the varying needs of the pet, etc. According to Kim Minge, owner of Kingdom Kennel in Raymond, NE, she feels that offering one low price for all of the care associated with a pet is best. “I feel charging people for every little thing may be a good business move but may make the customer feel taken, maybe even punished, for having a dog that needs medication, or “guilted” into paying for a dog walk.” Kim set up a one-standard price option with senior discounts. Walks/exercise is included in the care. “This one I feel very strongly about. The more exercise and social play that a dog gets, the more rested and peaceful they are in the kennel.” She also provides frequent potty breaks, a climate-controlled, raised sleeping area, fresh water, wading pools in the summer and acres for your pet to let loose on. Kingdom Kennels is located on twenty acres north of Branched Oak Lake in Raymond. They have a large offleash pen to play in, and dogs are often found in the lobby with kennel owner, Kim, while watching the news or working on the computer.


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Pawz Pet Services, LLC Opens In Omaha!! Pawz Pet Services, LLC, is a quality, comprehensive pet services company that specializes in obedience training, grooming, in-home services, as well as doggie transport and pet supply delivery. The company is located at 11819 Stonegate Circle next to Camp Bow Wow, which is just off 120th and Maple. The Pawz Pet staff includes certified pet dog trainers, professional groomers, and pet services specialists who enjoy abiding by the company’s motto of providing “All Inclusive Services Under One Woof!” Pawz Pet Services offers both group and private training options to pet owners at a myriad of different stages with their dogs’ training. Group training classes are developed by nationally certified pet dog trainers and taught in a positive, fun and educational manner. Private sessions are conducted on-site and/or at the owner’s home to work on dog issues that do not fit within the realm of the group classroom setting. One hour training seminars with topics such as “coming when called”, “potty training”, and “jumping cessation”, to name a few, are available as quick-training brushup sessions for the busy owner. The company also offers several supervised, structured socialization play dates for dogs to attend with their owners to encourage well-balanced pets. Proceeds from play dates are donated to rescue groups and shelters to help homeless pets in need of forever homes. The heaven-themed salon is a relaxing place for pets to receive pampering and grooming. Transportation to and from the salon, as well as to and from doggie boarding and daycare, is available. Pets can easily be groomed and then transported home, or spend the majority of the day playing at daycare before being groomed and transported home in style. In-home service options help busy owners by lending an extra set of hands to walk pets who would otherwise be home alone all day, jog with rowdy dogs who need extra energy release, clean up messy yards, and a whole host of other services to help the pet owner streamline their bustling days. The full list of in-home services is available at

Schering-Plough & Intervet Together For Better Care Throughout its history, Schering-Plough has focused on discovering and developing innovative new therapies in the human prescription, animal health and consumer health customer segments. The new combination with Intervet strengthens the animal health portfolio in several areas and brings together complementary lines of pharmaceuticals, biologicals and innovative services. Their companion animal activities are aimed at improving the length and quality of life of pets and fostering the human-animal bond. Their goal is to develop innovative vaccines that address unmet needs and improve disease protection, as well as the duration of that protection. In the specialty pharmaceutical area, they target complex diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. To be the preferred partner for veterinary professionals, they also provide innovative programs such as their chiller units (a device for storing and dispensing vaccines) and HOMEAGAIN® (their pet recovery system). Their approach in the CA market is to partner with their clients and provide useful Added Value Programs such as MyVetOnLine®. MVOL offers the clinic a dynamic website, as well as in-clinic educational tools. For more information about Intervet and Schering-Plough Animal Health visit the following website: www. P E - m ag az i n e . c om



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Giving a Pet for the Holidays May Not Be the Best Idea

by Tess N. Sykes

Nothing is cuter than a brand-new puppy or kitten – that is, except a puppy or kitten in a holiday bow or too-big Santa hat surrounded by other presents under the tree. But cute doesn’t cut it in January when the snow falls and it’s time to potty train or when it’s time to pay for shots, or when Aunt Sarah’s best dress shoes are located near the dog basket with holes in the toes on New Year’s Eve. “It’s kind of like giving people a car and handing them a payment book,” Lori Reidler of Town and Country Humane Society in Sarpy County says. “Who’s going to pay the vet bills and buy the food? Or toys? Or bedding?” She used one of her children as an example. The child received a free fish at an event. The cost of all the equipment to properly feed and care for the pet, plus some decorative items for the fish tank? Around $400. From fish to puppies or a pot-bellied pig, giving a pet as an unannounced present is unfair for the animal and the family. Welcoming a pet into the home is a serious, long-term commitment that requires careful thought, research, budgeting and discussion among everyone involved. Reidler said that every year a few animals are abandoned, usually in February and March, that started as surprise Christmas presents and ended up as unexpected burdens. Even parents purchasing a surprise pet for their children might be better off waiting until after the holidays before bringing the animal home. Holidays often mean changes in the regular schedule, new people and busier evenings, all disruptions that make it more difficult for an animal to adjust to an unfamiliar environment. Regular feeding schedules, bathroom breaks, play times and opportunities to explore the environment without loud noises or unfamiliar guests are important when introducing a pet to a home.

Some alternatives for those who are sincerely interested in giving the gift of a pet include: 1. Giving a gift certificate. Many of the advertisers in Pet Enthusiast magazine have gift certificates that can be used toward adoptions or pet supplies, or make your own gift certificate “redeemable for the pet of your choice” at a later date. 2. Giving pet supplies. A dog dish, kennel, cat toys, food, and other items are a practical gift for families planning to welcome a new pet after the holidays. Take a picture of an animal up for adoption to put in the kennel or include a stuffed, plush “pet” for the time being. 3. Make an animal’s holiday brighter by giving to area shelters or rescue organizations during the holiday season. Many of these organizations are in dire need of help with an increase in animals that are being surrendered. Local animal shelters, rescues and animal organizations are listed on Pages 30-31. Helping these animals and the people that give them temporary homes will be a wonderful gift that will never be forgotten!


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Featured Breeds Bengal cat

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By Corey O’Shaughnessy

If you have ever dreamed of owning the 7 to 10 pound range, with males in the 9 to 12 pound range. an exotic cat, then the Bengal may be the one for you. No, The coats and markings of these beautiful cats are the not a Bengal Tiger, but primary reason for their increasing popularity, and it’s the Bengal Cat, which easy to see why. There are eight different color and is a cross between a striping patterns Size: 7-12 lbs domestic cat and the that are accepted Health: susceptible to food Asian Leopard. The by the breed poisoning more than any other cat Asian Leopard is a standard, along small, wild cat that with different Training: easy averages around background Feeding: high quality pet food fifteen pounds and colors. Most have Temperament: exhibits the beautiful some combination intelligent, confident, markings you would of spots, also called active, vocal expect from a leopard. rosettes, usually on the back and flanks, In Asia, as far back as the with striping on the late 1800’s, there are records of legs. Their coats are attempted crossbreeding but shiny with a rich satiny without lasting results. In the feel, and they are the only United States, it was not until domestic cat to exhibit a gold around 1970 that a focused or pearl dusting effect, which is effort was made to create the referred to as glitter. Bengal Breed. Finally in 1985, the Bengal Cat was As a companion, the Bengal is a displayed at cat shows gentle, occasionally vocal and affectionate to an overwhelmingly pet, that is trainable, with the same care positive response. As a requirements of any domestic cat except that they result, the first breed standard are more susceptible to food poisoning more so than any was written in 1986, and there are other domestic cat. Like their wild forebearers, they still show many breeders currently contributing to the advancement of the a great love for climbing trees and are quite adept at it, rarely breed. needing assistance getting down. These feline athletes also love a good romp in the water, something many domestic cats Many people make the assumption that the Bengal is a large cat; definitely do not appreciate. With proper care and nutrition you however, they typically fall within the average size range for a can expect your exotic pet to live between 12 and 16 years. domestic cat. The Bengal is a sturdy, large-boned cat that is also considered somewhat muscular. Females tend to be smaller, in

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Basenji By Melody Falcone


The Basenji is one of the world’s oldest “pure” breeds, surviving unchanged in nature for thousands of years, dating back


are highly intelligent, resourceful t Basenjisproblem solvers with a strong hunting

as early as 3600 B.C. The breed was introduced to the United States in 1937, but continues to exist in its native land - the Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan. They can be found anywhere from remote

instinct and a true love of the chase.

Size: small - medium 16-17 inches 20-25lbs Grooming: minimal Exercise: active Feeding: undemanding Temperament: intelligent, affectionate, aloof with strangers

If there is something they want, they will figure out how to get it. Some people equate strongwilled with untrainable, which is not the case. Although independent thinkers, a Basenji can be trained using positive training techniques. Additionally, a bored Basenji can be a destructive Basenji.

forest areas

Toilet paper strung from room to

living with

room, trash cans emptied on the floor

native tribes

and dirty laundry scattered about are all

who use them

signs of a bored Basenji. Also, they are

for their hunting

notorious shredders - stuffed toys may

abilities, or in urban and

quickly become an empty “carcass”

suburban neighborhoods

with their stuffing strewn throughout

as household pets.

the house. And yes, they can get

A small, clean, barkless dog with

into the cupboards and onto the

short hair and no “doggy odor”,

countertop. For these reasons,

it can be the ideal house pet. While the

crate training is strongly

Basenji is known for being “barkless”, this does not mean mute. They can make a variety of sounds: a simple whine, the endearing yodel or crow, an ear-piercing scream, and the rare, single “fox-like” bark. Though not a reliable guard dog, their alertness will definitely let an owner know if someone or something is outside.

recommended, and many Basenji owners crate their dogs when they are not at home. Basenjis are not outdoor dogs. For these escape artists’ own safety, they should never be allowed to roam outside off leash, and fenced yards are a must. They need human companionship and do enjoy spending time outside running and playing, but most strongly dislike wet or cold weather and will only go outside to “do their business” in these inclement conditions. For the right family, they can be a loving and charming addition. Most Basenjis that have been well-socialized get along fine with well-behaved children, but overall, it depends on the individual dog and families with small children should take care in selecting their dog. Talk to a reputable breeder or breed rescue group. They will be happy to help match the dog that will be best suited for your family.

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Butter - Marvin G; Council Bluffs Bandit of Burly Hollow

Izzaboo Michele T Dixie Dawn B

Jerry & Susie B

Sophia & Charlotte Heather I

Bubba Ashley L & Rydel F

Paw-Paw-Razzi ChaCha - J. Coleman; Chicago

Diamond & Dakota

Bailey - Cindy H; Omaha Bingo Dawn B

Atticus Michelle T

Budda Jamie M

Abby - Nancy & Wayne C; Omaha Mr Widdles Michaela C Heidi C Zoey - Kim G; Council Bluffs Dozer - Troy G; Omaha

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Rhett Rich & Devin C

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- Pam B; Omaha

Zoe Kristen P

Wrigley Eva A

Gertie - Jan & Bill K; Omaha

Gus - Jean P; Omaha

Gracie Lisa B Hilde - Lynne S; Omaha

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Lenny - Jessie C; Omaha

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Maggy & Sunny - Ami H; Omaha

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Natasha Connie D - Brook C; Omaha Max

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Meadow - Kim C; Omaha

Primo - Jamie D; Omaha

Hercules Angela W Lola - The Byrnes’; Omaha

Porche Connie D

Gracie Angela A

Sophie - Rick & Debbie A; Omaha

Cooper Angie H Sir Marley - Jaimie V; Omaha



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Spike & Fabio - Classsroom pets at Lillie’s House Child Care Center; Omaha

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Clementine Stephanie D

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Keely Mia & Beckham Erin & James S Adam & Amber B Scooby & Sammy Dave & Ginger G; Omaha


Karma - April U; Bellevue

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LEOPARD GECKO The leopard gecko is a great beginner lizard, and I like knowing that most have been captive bred and not taken from the wild. They are very cute; however, they are a commitment, as it’s been said they can live up to twenty years in captivity. So, before their sweet smile wins you over, here are some of the things you should consider before purchasing a leopard gecko. Food: They require live food. You can feed them crickets, meal worms, and wax worms, although wax worms should only be used as a treat, as they are high in fat. You should feed your insects and give them a recommended vitamin powder dusting (found at your local pet store) before feeding them to the gecko. Water: They need a constant supply of fresh water. Use a shallow dish that will allow the gecko easy access. You should also put a rock in the dish to keep wandering crickets from drowning and dirtying the water. Housing: They do not climb, so their cage should be long. At least

Recipes Turkey Treats for Dogs 1 lb. ground turkey (pure turkey, NOT turkey sausage) 1 cup oatmeal 1 egg ½ cup parmesan garlic powder Mix all ingredients together using hands and pat into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 3035 minutes. Cool *thoroughly*, then cut into thick strips (these do not hold together when slicing into small squares); freeze unused portions and keep the portions you’re using refrigerated. Has the consistency of meatloaf.

down a ten-gallon aquarium is suggested. You should provide a cave of sorts for them to sleep under. They live well on artificial turf, newspaper, or paper towels. You can use sand, but it’s harder to clean and the lizard might ingest it with its food, causing impaction problems later on. Lighting/Heating: They are nocturnal, so the need for UV light has been argued. Many owners use a red light bulb for nighttime heat. Also, a reptile heating pad under the cage is good for digestion, but you have to make sure there are no real hot-spots, so that the gecko will not get burned. Handling: If done gently, they don’t mind being handled as much as some other reptiles do. Their tails are very delicate and could easily break off if they are restrained by them. Another will usually grow back, but it won’t be as nice as its original. As always, consult your veterinarian, local pet store owner, and do some research online before making your final decision. To keep your pet healthy and happy, you should arm yourself with as much information as you can, as there is more to ownership than just the basics above. In doing so, you should enjoy a rewarding experience with your very own leopard gecko.


Linda Witfoth has been a reptile lover for over 35 years. She has experience taking care of iguanas, geckos, skinks, frogs, newts and turtles, and is an avid self educator on how to best take care of veiled chameleons.

Holiday Cat Cookies 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup soy flour 1 tablespoon catnip 1 egg 1/3 cup cat milk 2 tablespoons wheat germ 1/3 cup powdered milk 1 tablespoon molasses 2 tablespoons butter or oil Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix flour, catnip, wheat germ, and powdered milk together. Add molasses, egg, oil, and milk. Stir and then roll out flat onto oiled cookie sheet and cut into small pieces. Bake for twenty minutes. Take out and let cool, then store in fridge.


By Tess N. Sykes When dark falls on Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo this December, the holiday lights go on. Frogs leap. Penguins dance in a full spectrum of beautiful bulbs. Indoors, animal exhibits like the Wild Kingdom Pavilion and Scott Aquarium are open for visitors. The public can also stop for a drink of hot cocoa and purchase a few last-minute holiday presents, including some original artwork created by the animals. For some of the Zoo’s animals, painting is a form of enrichment; an activity designed to provide environmental stimuli. According to Teresa Shepard, assistant supervisor for the Lied Jungle, behavioral enrichment activities, like painting or manipulating a specially designed toy to find food, help increase physical activity, stimulate natural behaviors and prevent or reduce unwanted behaviors. This leads to a better overall quality of life for animals in captivity. When it comes to art, the technique, the timing an the pacing really depends on the animal. To start, the zoo keepers provide a canvas panel, either 16-inches by 20-inches or 18-inches by 24-inches, and a non-toxic children’s finger paint. From there, Shepard said, different animals move the paint in different ways. “Penguins walk through it, tigers roll in the paint, primates use their fingers and snakes slither through the colors.” Painting activities began four years ago at the Zoo. In 2007, a total of 140 of the animals’ unique creations were sold for $25 each at Holiday Wildlights. Paintings are also offered at other special events during the year. Proceeds from the sale of the paintings help support the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK)— Omaha Chapter. AAZK supports a large variety of worldwide conservation projects and zoo keeper continuing education. During Holiday Wildlights, December 12-30, 2008, (except for December 24 and 25), the Zoo is open from 5-8 p.m. The entrance fee is $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers. For more information on the Wildlights program, visit




What happens when a cat eats a lemon? It becomes a sour puss! What do you get when you cross a parrot with a centipede? A walkie talkie! Joey: I lost my dog. Lauren: Why don't you put an ad in the newspaper? Joey: Don't be silly! He can't read

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Dear Santa

A Pet’s wish list By Tess N. Sykes

In 2007, United States consumers spent $9.8 billion on pet supplies, including toys, clothes and over-the-counter medications. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, estimated spending in 2008 in the same category is likely to top $10.3 billion. Trends show that people are continuing to pay for luxury items for their pets and include them more and more often in holiday gift giving. So what does the discerning cat or dog put on a holiday list? Treats, of course. And something to wear. The newest lines of pet clothes include lights and/or rhinestone accents. A new toy to match the festive season is always fun, or perhaps a present aimed more at the owner than the dog. Everything from key chains to clothing can be personalized with the dog’s name or a picture of the breed. PetSmart is offering a Living Picture Aquarium made to look like a flat screen TV, or the Star Wars R2D2 aquarium for pet owners who may think they have everything. Sharon Dowell, owner of Just Dogs Gourmet located in Westroads, said customers can choose from a variety of treats in cute Christmas shapes. She sells treats ranging from soft to hard textures to please any palate. Other popular holiday items are an angel costume, Mrs. Santa Claus suit or Mr. Santa Claus suit. For the more practical, sweaters are a good choice in cold weather. Just Dogs Gourmet sells sweaters for large and small dogs, but Dowell suggests that customers looking for clothing for larger dogs call in advance. To correctly size a pet for clothing, Dowell said three measurements are important. Measure from the neck to the tail along the back, measure the diameter of the neck and measure the diameter of the chest at its widest point. Krystal Fleming, owner of Three Dog Bakery at Village Point, said the winter holiday fare will include the popular “Beast Feast,” a catered four-course meal for dogs. Beast Feasts are available at all of the holidays and can be ordered ahead of time. The meal includes: an appetizer, such as a Rotti Roll; a casserole designed specifically for dogs (with your choice of vegetable); bakery blend dog food; and a dessert. Fleming said a portion of each Beast Feast sold is donated to the Nebraska Humane Society. Holiday-themed cookies, including personalized cookies, toys and bandanas are also popular choices. “We're pretty good at suggesting possible gifts if people come in the store,” Fleming said. It does help if shoppers know the size of the pet they’re buying for and a little bit about its temperament or activity level. “We don't want to sell people a toy that the animal is going to destroy in a few seconds.” Toys top the list for birds, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. Consider a toy that requires the bird to learn a trick to open a compartment and receive the treat inside. Fish owners can be surprised with new tank ornaments or backgrounds, including Disney themes or pebbles specifically designed to bring meaningful elements of Feng Shui into the home. PE


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PET LOSS Faithful Friends Animal Ministry Provides prayers and comfort for people and their loving animal companions. Illness, loss, and memorial support. Contact Chaplain Clarke at

Holiday Gift Ideas PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Homemade Pet Snacks Gift baskets, dog cakes, holiday specials. Nellie’s Pet Snacks 1 blk so of 48th & Pioneers - Lincoln Tel. 402-416-4810

KICK IT! Equi-Spirit Soccer Ball Great for free-play, horse training or mounted games such as “equine soccer”.

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Animal Shelter & Rescue Group Directory ANIMAL SHELTERS


Capital Humane Society 2320 Park Blvd Lincoln, NE 68502 Tel. 402.441.4488

Dog Rescue Groups by Breed

The Cat House 1935 Q St, Lincoln, NE Tel. 402.441.9593 Council Bluffs Animal Shelter (S.O.L.A.S.) 2821 S. 15th Street Council Bluffs, IA 51501 Tel. 712.328.4656 Hearts United for Animals Auburn, NE Tel. 402.274.3679 Loess Hills Humane Society Mills County, IA PO Box 571 Glenwood, IA 51534 Midlands Humane Society Tel. 402.541.5125 or 712.310.8554 Nebraska Humane Society 8929 Fort Street Omaha, Nebraska 68134 Tel. 402. 444.7800


Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption (ATRA) Susan 402.896.5208 Pat 402.332.5806 American Brittany Rescue Omaha, NE Nancy & Harlan Vogel Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland Kansas Tel. 800.332.9416 Border Collie Rescue Bellevue, NE Karen Battreall Tel. 402.292.5958 Mid-America Boston Terrier Rescue Omaha, NE Jennifer Misfeldt Tel. 402.510.1346 Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue Omaha, NE Jennifer Spencer Tel. 402.691.0576 or 402.210.6540

Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter 18670 Applewood Rd Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Tel. 712.366.1143 pottcountypets.html

Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue Kansas, Missouri

Town and Country Humane Society 14110 S. 84th Street Papillion, NE 68046 Tel. 402.339.5355

Nebraska Dachshund Rescue Omaha, NE Tel. 402.850.1123

Friends of the Jeanette Hunt Animal Shelter Erin Schuerman, Secretary Tel. 402.533.4540

Doberman Rescue of Nebraska Omaha, NE Holli Sampson-President Vicki Pearrow-Vice President Tel. 402.614.4495

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Clumbers In Need

English Springer Rescue America, Inc. Lisa Holladay, Nebraska Coordinator Tel. 303.663.9019 French Bulldog Rescue Network Lizzie Countryman Tel. 402.934.5664 German Shorthair Rescue NE Janelle Ford Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska (GRRIN) Judy Hartlieb, Board President Tel. 402.330.6680 Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, Inc. Lori Rice, President Tel. 303.552.0484 Nebraska Italian Greyhound Rescue Scott B Tel. 402.580.0686 Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Kerry Dahlheim Tel. 402.963.9722 Heart of America Newfoundland Rescue NE, KS, MO, SW IA, OK Marty Swindell Tel. 816.690.3449 Nebraska Poodle Rescue, Inc. PO Box 34375 Omaha, NE 68134 Midwest Pug Rescue Lisa Farrell Tel. 913.530.7689 Rottweiler Rescue PO Box 71 Morsebluff, NE 68648 Tel.402.666.5679

NE/IA Saint Bernard Rescue Al & Sabrina Wright Tel. 402.208.0567 or 402.208.0563 Midwest Schipperke Rescue Mark Rossignol, Volunteer Tel. 402.466.5596 or 402.617.4150 midwestschipperkerescue.html Sheltie Shack Rescue of Kansas Mark Rossignol, Volunteer Tel. 402.466.5596 or 402.617.4150 New Beginnings Shih Tzu and Friends Rescue Jayne Samp - NE Coordinator Heartland Weimaraner Rescue Heather Crossley, NE Coordinator Tel. 402.203.0668 Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue

Cat Rescue Groups Cat Spay/Neuter Connection PO Box 27927 Omaha, NE 68127 Tel. 402.964.2287 Feline Friendz in NE PO Box 641818 Omaha, NE 68164 Tel. 402.778.1111 shelters/NE54.html Lifeline Cat Sanctuary 168th & Center Omaha, NE Tel. 402.614.5657

Additional Rescues and Animal Organizations

Coalition for Animal Protection P.O. Box 11760 Omaha, NE 68164 Tel. 402.573.0233 shelters/NE43.html Domesti-PUPS Lincoln, NE Tel. 866.515.PUPS Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) Valley, NE Tel. 402.359.8830 Helping Hand 4 Animals Debbie David Tel. 402.556.6327 http://www.petfindercom/ shelters/NE23.html Hooves & Paws Rescue, Inc. 27821 US Hwy 34 Glenwood, IA 51534

Nebraska Parrot Rescue PO Box 1609 Bellevue, NE 68005-1609 Tel. 402.350.9923 No Pets Left Behind Omaha, NE Tel. 402.895.5850 shelters/NE70.html Papillion 911 Rescue and Adoption Papillion, NE Erika Dey Tel. 402.214.7315 Pig Placement Network Omaha, NE Lisa Zentz Tel. 402.213.7234



Consider donating to the wonderful groups below for the holiday season. There has been an increase in surrenders due to the economy. Your help would be a great gift. FOSTER HOMES NEEDED. CASH DONATIONS. PET SUPPLIES.

Rick’s Reptile Rescue Lincoln, NE Tel. 402.432.6878.

Iggy Iguana Rescue and Bird Sanctuary, Inc Stephanie Barclay, Director Tel. 660.707.5472 Little White Dog Rescue Omaha, NE Midwest Dog Rescue Network Council Bluffs, IA 51501 Tel. 402.659.9228 www.midwestdogrescuenetwork. com Nebraska Animal Rescue Nebraska Kennel Club

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Issue 3 - November/December 2009 Pet Enthusiast Magazine  

Enriching the lives of pet owners in Nebraska and Iowa.

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