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s summer ends and the fall season approaches we give thanks for the up coming change in the weather. The fall 2010 edition of The Pet Planet Magazine features some great events for you to enjoy with your friends, family and pets, so leash-up Fido and get ready for a day of fun in the sun. For a complete list of events please check the “Community” section of our website... www.petplanetmagazine.com We also have our regular slate of featured departments and articles for your entertainment and reading enjoyment. While we are in the mood of giving thanks, The Pet Planet Magazine gives sincere thanks to the advertisers, our tireless staff and especially you, our Pet Planet readers, whom without; all these worthy causes would not be possible. Please consider adopting a pet in need and always pet responsibly! See rescue listings on page 31. As always feel free to send us treats or discipline to editor@petplanetmagazine.com. Happy Tails, Stacey Richard, Managing Editor and The Pet Planet Magazine Family

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Pet Food Xpress (PFX) serves the pets of seniors who live in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties that meet specific criteria. We also have a brand new program that offers short term assistance for approved pet owners who need temporary help caring for their pets. The program is a partnership between the SPCA of Central Florida, Osceola Council on Aging, Seniors First of Orange County, and Meals on Wheels Etc., Seminole County. Currently, we serve 91 needy seniors and their 192 pets. This translates into a monthly distribution of approximately 1,500 lbs of dry pet food, plus canned food and treats when available. That’s a lot of kibble! Our goal is to help as many seniors as possible‌to enhance the quality of their lives and keep their pets in homes where they are loved. Good health for people can often be facilitated by the touch of a cold nose or the wag of a furry tail. You can help by donating any brand of 4-10 lb bags of dog and cat food, canned food or treats to the SPCA of Central Florida. Donations can be dropped off at either our Sanford or Orlando locations, 7 days a week. Please visit www.OrlandoPets.Org for address and hours of operation.

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Barron is my big friend, although he’s not my dog. He loves to play tug-a-war and chase me through the morning fog. My sister hangs with Barron and me, together we romp and folly. She likes my great big furry friend, because he’s a gentle Collie. Barron is my big friend, I’ve taught him tricks he loves to do. He sits and shakes, and speaks for treats. All this I’ve said is true. He follows me to school each day and lies beside my chair. My teacher says that he can stay quietly resting there. Barron is my big friend that slurps and slops his sloppy joe. But in his eyes there’s beauty like the rose of Jericho. My mother says, “He can’t stay here. He’s a neighbor’s dog you know. You cannot keep him my daughter dear. So put him out and make him go.” Barron is my big friend, he loves to cuddle and run free. I cannot send him back to being tied up to his owner’s tree. The neighbors moved away today taking Barron with them. They broke my heart. I cried a lot for it’s the last I ever saw him. Barron was my big friend and wherever he is today I know he’s probably missing me, and the games we used to play. Near a playground or a school, I pray my big friend lives. -LSTILI¿RHWEGLMPHXSJVMIRHGEYWI&EVVSRLEWQYGLPSZIXSKMZI 

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From Baghdad to America

By Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, United States Marines Corps (Retired) A review by Debra J. White important lessons he’d taught me. That I still had the ability to love. That love would find me. That life matters,” Kopelman says.

A feral puppy in the killing fields of Iraq is spared the harsh, grueling life that most dogs and cats eke out in the Middle East, where few live as pets. Some herd sheep or other animals. Others serve as guard dogs. Hardly any know kindness or compassion. The Lava Dogs, a Marine unit from Hawaii, save the frightened puppy, as they search an abandoned house looking for insurgents. That’s how the pup gets his name, Lava, after the Marines who rescue him from an empty 55 gallon barrel. Why save Lava when so many strays scratch out a living in Iraq? Why not, says Kopelman. Lava’s rescue stretches halfway around the world involving reporters in Iraq, friends in the U.S. and Jordanian and Iraqi contacts. But Lava finally makes it to the U.S. and lives with Kopelman who chronicles the dog’s amazing story and the Marines who save his life in a best seller called “From Baghdad with Love.” From Baghdad to America is Lava’s life in America. The former combat Marine witnesses death, destruction and mayhem serving in Iraq. Friends lose their lives. IED (improvised explosive devices) leave fellow Marines with severe injuries including loss of limbs, blindness and brain trauma. War is ugly. Lava’s life could have ended any number of ways but it didn’t. He could have starved to death, been run over by a tank, been blown up by rockets, shot by the Defense Department extermination team to rid the area of strays, or flattened by a supply truck. The Helen Woodward Animal Center in Southern California is instrumental in Lava’s return. So naturally they give him a complete medical examination when he arrives stateside. As a stray from a war torn country, Lava has never had vaccinations or regular food. His lineage is feral. But he is amazingly healthy for a dog that survived on garbage scraps. The packaged food (MREs) the Marines feed him is the best he’d ever eaten. Lava started life as a worthless dog in a country hammered by violence. But his life matters to a small group of Marines and to Kopelman. “Lava embodied the most 18 The Pet Planet Magazine CENTRAL FL FALL 2010

Life was not a bag of bones for the pair once they return to the U.S. One day Kopelman walks Lava off leash. Lava ignores Kopelman’s commands and dashes out into traffic. A car hits him, causing serious injuries. He recovers after emergency surgery and a lot of TLC. Kopelman meets his wife Pam thanks to Lava. At a dog park, Lava grabs hold of a boy’s hand, probably intending to play. His mom—Kopelman’s future wife—accuses Lava of biting her son. Kopelman freaks, fearing Lava will be euthanized. Instead of finding blood, a little boy’s hand is covered with dog spit. A romance ensues. They marry and have another son. Lava struggles to fit in despite regular exercise and family socialization, something he never experienced in Iraq. Sometimes he behaves badly, although never around the Kopelman children. Doorbells and other loud noises set him off. He barks at even the tiniest disturbance. He has a few altercations with people although none that cause serious harm. A behaviorist works with Lava. Perhaps he experiences Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? Somehow the small fluffy puppy survived amidst the killing and carnage in major battles. The experience must have affected him. Finally, a veterinarian places Lava on medication and his behavior improves. From Baghdad to America is a compelling story about a Marine’s life after the war and the stray dog he and his unit work so hard to save. I had the pleasure to meet Kopelman and Lava at a fundraiser in Phoenix. Lava is a lucky dog thanks to caring dedicated Marines who risked their lives while violating military rules. Feeding animals or keeping pets on bases is strictly prohibited by the military. Animal lovers, veterans or anyone who enjoys inspirational stories will enjoy From Baghdad to America. The story is a raw, honest, and emotional account of war and how one stray dog brings joy and happiness to a Marine unit far from home. And he still brings meaning to a former Marine. Kopelman is a public speaker, television guest, and active with veteran’s causes. He founded the Freedom is Not Free Foundation that raises money for wounded veterans and their families.


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PLEASE ADOPT! Everyone has seen commercials with dogs and cats locked up in a shelter. There is a sad song playing in the background and the voice urges you to adopt. While these videos tug at the heartstrings, how many of us actually take the time to visit a homeless animal with the intention of providing a home? The need for pet adoption is real. And the recent economic crisis has forced even more dogs and cats into despair. More animals than ever are being left behind, thrown out or even intentionally harmed. We are doing everything possible at Hiawassee Veterinary Clinic to assuage this new epidemic of homelessness. Two years ago, we noticed an influx of homeless animals in need of medical care. We have since established Cane’s Crossing, Inc., a non-profit organization intended to provide assistance to the animals that need it most. We then use our existing clientele and social networking tools to try and place these animals into new, caring homes. My staff and I always get a profound sense of satisfaction whenever we help an animal that would otherwise have no chance at a happy life. We 20

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have treated very young kittens that were trapped in a wall for days, helped many dogs with heartworm infections., and we have treated dogs and cats with hair so badly matted by fecal matter they could barely walk. If you read the adoption section, “Operation Planet Rescue,” in the back of the magazine you can learn about our most recent rescue, “Balto.” He is a very special dog who has been medically treated and is currently up for adoption. For more information regarding Cane’s Crossing, please visit the Hiawassee website at www.hiawasse-vet.com. Once there, scroll down to the lower right hand corner and click the button marked “Cane’s Crossing.” You can also become our fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/canescrosssing) to receive the most current updates regarding adoptable pets and events. All other questions or concerns can be directed to the Cane’s Crossing email account at canescrossing@hotmail.com. We are heavily committed to making pet miracles come true and we are very proud of our success!


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by Debra J. White

Before Ranger or any agricultural detection dog goes on patrol, the selection process comes first. CPB searches shelters and rescues for potential candidates although breeders donate some Beagles. Dogs must be young, usually one to three years. Sex doesn’t matter but dogs must be friendly, impervious to noise, and pass a physical evaluation. An ideal detection dog according to Smith is one with a high search drive. “Will the dog keep searching or give up easily? They must show enthusiasm for the work,” says Smith. After basic obedience training, Beagles and sometimes Beagle mixes are ready for the next level where they learn to discern between various smells. Once they master a scent, another one is added. All detection dogs train at the national center in Atlanta, Georgia. Training level varies depending on the type of work involved, such as narcotics or bomb detection, but the agriculture program usually lasts about six months. Dogs learn to sniff out certain foods and plants, depending on where they’ll be assigned. In Phoenix for example, thousands of travelers enter from Mexico. Foods such as prickly pear cactus and manzano peppers are prohibited. So a Beagle patrolling the Miami airport may not be trained to sniff out these foods because CPB say they are more likely to enter through the Southwestern United States. Continued on page 26...


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Oh Behave! Confounded by your canine? Frustrated by your feline? Relax. Pet expert Arden Moore, America’s Pet Edu-tainer™, is here to deliver the real truth about cats, dogs…and you, with her column appropriately called, “Oh Behave!”

Okay to Growl in Play?

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When I play fetch with my 2-year-old Golden Retriever, she sometimes lets out a little growl when I reach for the ball. She looks at me sideways, seems to have an open-mouth grin, puts her butt high in the air, and stretches her front paws out. Even though she is growling, is she being playful? Or challenging?

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From the body postures you describe, your dog is thoroughly happy to be playing with you. She is showing you the “play bow” position (front legs splayed out, head lowered, rear end elevated). Her alert expression and throaty noise are friendly invites for you to continue trying to grab the ball from her and tossing it. She regards you as a valued playmate. Playtime with your dog provides a golden opportunity to improve your communication and practice good manners. When your dog is in a playful mood, use the chance to reinforce some basic behaviors, such as sit, wait and leave it. Have her heed these cues before getting a reward, in this case, the tennis ball. Finally, you decide when the game is over, not your dog. This reinforces your position as leader.

Savoring Sleepy Times

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My cat, Chuckles, is quite the jokester. He loves to play and dash around the house. He also insists on trying to perch his big body on the narrow window ledge in the living room. He is always jumping up and falling off. Why does he insist on trying to sit on a ledge that is clearly too narrow for him?

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Chuckles knows where he can view the best action in the neighborhood. Cats are nosy neighbors. They love to spend hours eyeing

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what’s happening in your yard and at the next-door neighbor’s yard. Chuckles is clearly telling you that he wants to check out what’s going on outside your living room window. He probably wants to see birds, squirrels and other critters. The easy solution – and one that can still blend into your home decor – is to install a window ledge that can handle his wide girth. Don’t worry. You won’t have to do any drilling or poke any holes in your drywall. Many sturdy, stylish window ledges fasten securely with suction cups and sticky strips. They also feature plush or fleece-lined covers that come in a variety of colors and can be easily machine washed. If you don’t want to add a cat perch to your windowsill, consider placing a cat post with a platform next to this favored spot so that Chuckles can sit in comfort. Treating Chuckles to a comfortable perch or post in the living room benefits both of you. He gets to occupy a lot of his home-along time scouting the neighborhood and he will be less apt to perform any unwanted behaviors out of boredom. While you are at home, he may even meow you over to catch a glimpse of a rare bird or to check out the funny socks that your neighbor is sporting. Arden Moore, an animal behavior consultant, editor, author and professional speaker, happily shares her Oceanside, Calif. home with two cats, two dogs and one overworked vacuum cleaner. She travels all over America to help millions of people better understand why cats and dogs do what they do. She is the founder of Four Legged Life.com, an online pet community, author of 19 pet books, Catnip editor, Fido Friendly editor-at-large and host of the weekly “Oh Behave!” show on Pet Life Radio (www.petliferadio. com). Visit her website: www.fourleggedlife.com.


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...continued from page 22 Training is food motivated. If the dog makes a find, he’s rewarded with a treat. A dose of praise of course reinforces the behavior. So the dog learns that the more items he finds the more treats he gets. And when the dog’s nose is alerted to a forbidden food or plant, he sits down by the luggage. Handlers escort the passenger to the side for further questioning. If needed, their luggage is X-rayed or searched. Officer Smith says that a lot of passengers usually feign ignorance when caught. “Oh, how’d that piece of fruit get in my suitcase?” There are penalties for not declaring food or plant items on a Customs form that every passenger fills out when entering the U.S. It’s almost impossible to collect from foreign travelers but American citizens face fines that range from $175 for the first offense to an appearance in Federal court for the third. Food rewards are strong incentive to keep these highly trained dogs going under adverse conditions. Airports are crowded, noisy and hectic. A few irritated passengers, especially those from countries that consider dogs as vermin, do not appreciate dogs sniffing their personal belongings. Smith says most passengers tolerate Ranger, but now and then some try to push him away. Working dogs are protected by Federal law and passengers who assault them can face fines.

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Ranger is new to CPB and only on the job for a few weeks. His confiscations are minimal but he’s expected to step up. His predecessor, Sprite, piled up an impressive record. The Beagle mix, a former stray, made over 3,500 fruit and 800 meat seizures in her first two years alone. Sprite is retired and lives a comfortable life in the Phoenix area. Ranger works five days a week sniffing out contraband plants and food at Sky Harbor Airport. He’s eager and ready to protect the United States from dangerous pests and plant diseases. That’s not bad for an unwanted dog saved from a rescue. In 2009, agricultural canines intercepted 4,291 prohibited plants, meat and meat by-products from entering the U.S. at airports and entry ports. According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, there are currently 115 agriculture detection dog teams working around the U.S. mostly in international airports, seaports, land border ports of entry and international mail facilities. Mandatory retirement age is nine. Dogs are not sent to shelters but rather placed into good homes, most often with their handlers. During their career, they receive regular veterinary care, food, and are not worked to exhaustion.


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LAKE COUNTY

Pear Park - Go north on Hwy 27 past Spanish Village, make your first left on University Blvd. Go about one mile; Pear Park is on the left. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. Fenced in park with one side of the park set aside for larger dogs and another for smaller dogs. Open Daily. Dog Park - Take Highway 27 north to SR 19 north. Go through Howey in the Hills; make a right at the stoplight and continue on SR 19. Proceed four miles to Lake Idamere and turn right (across from the large Boat Storage) Dog Park is on left.

ORLANDO - DOWNTOWN

Take the 408 to the Mills Road exit and turn right to Anderson. First parking area on the right. Park is around back. Urban Wetlands Park is next to a cemetery. Dog Park has a few nice ponds, walking trails and grassy hills.

ORLANDO

Barnett Dog Park, 4801 W Colonial Dr. open 8am to 8pm,, 407-836-6248. Turn off Colonial Dr. where you see the giant 4801 Barnett Park sign at the west end of the Fairgrounds. Head north onto Ferrand Dr., then turn left onto Dolores Dr. and go west until the short road ends. You’ll see a small footbridge just north of the parking. Cross the bridge and you’ll find Barnett Dog Park!

WINTER GARDEN

Go west on Highway 50 toward Winter Garden; turn left on Beulah (street is between Mobil Gas Station and Shirley’s Antiques). Go under the overpass to Beard Street and turn left; Dog Park is on the right, directly behind West Orange High School. Park is fenced in.

WINTER PARK

Take 436 to Aloma, left to Lakemont. Turn left; pass by the hospital on the left. Continue straight through two lights, Dog Park is on the left. Park is fenced in and has a nice lake, grassy area, boat ramp, picnic area with grills and bathrooms.

WINTER SPRINGS

The Hound Ground is located in Central Winds Park, 900 SR 434, from Tuskawilla and SR 434, go west to Heritage Park St, right into Central Winds Park. Go left at stop sign and follow to Hound Ground. Opem daily, (closed Wednesday for maintenance). Enjoy lovely views of the lake at this fenced, off-leash dog park, includes separate large dog and small dog areas, training area, water fountains, shade trees, and benches. www.petplanetmagazine.com

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Operation Planet Rescue “Adoptables” Balto the Great: A True Wonderdog Story ADO Palm, D.V.M. PTE Jason canescrossing@hotmail.com D If you’ve never had the chance to meet a real life superhero, meet Balto! Balto, a one-year-old mixed breed, came to us severely wounded from a lawnmower accident in his own backyard. On a typically hot and stormy Florida afternoon, his previous owners decided to complete some much needed yard work—with Balto still chained and frolicking through the yard. Things quickly took a turn for the worst when Balto’s chain was fed through the blades on the lawnmower, taking his front right leg with it. Presumably, Balto’s owner had come too close to the dog while mowing the lawn. The prognosis wasn’t good. The resulting wound was so severe the injured leg had to be removed. Balto Being the trouper he is, Balto championed through his surgery and was back on his paws in no time. His recovery speed has been phenomenal—but would you expect anything less from a super-dog? These days, Balto is ready to conquer the world and his “can do” attitude inspires the team at Cane’s Crossing, Inc. to continue their vigorous crusade to help animals in need. As a veterinarian at Hiawassee Veterinary Clinic, founder of Cane’s Crossing, Inc., I, and all of our dedicated staff, work for stories like this. Just like anyone else, Balto has days where he feels down—but those moments don’t last very long. He works each day to exercise his mind and overcome the phantom sensations left behind from his amputation. “I refuse to let the memories of what used to be slow me down,” says Balto. “I still love to spend time outside because I can fully immerse myself in nature and be a role model to other animals like myself.” We don’t know about you guys, but that’s the kind of attitude we like to see in our wonderdogs!

Sadie

Sadie is an AKC registered Lab, born 10/29/00. She is a beautiful fox red lab (a type of yellow lab) who lived with another dog and a 15-month-old baby until she came to Houndhaven in 2006. Her family was expecting another baby, and with both parents working, there was no time for Sadie. We adopted her to a retired couple, but much to our dismay, they returned her three years later because they said she doesn’t like to travel with them anymore. (She seems to like to travel with us just fine!) Sadie gets along with cats and is okay with other dogs as long as they don’t pick on her. She is housebroken, rides well in a car, sits on command and walks well on a leash. She knows lots of tricks and can roll over, balance a bone on her nose, etc. Sadie is very smart and easy to train. She likes kids, and her foster family reports that she is a terrific houseguest. She is spayed, micro chipped and is now up to date on all vet work. If you think Sadie may be the girl for you, please review our adoption policies today. Houndhaven, Inc. www.houndhaven.org

Tyson Hi, I’m Tyson! I’m a great boy, a one-year-old male American Pit Bull Terrier and am looking for my forever home. I am also a “Star Pet” here at the Orlando Shelter for having been here longer than any other dog. I hope this helps get me noticed. I’m a big boy, but very gentle. I’m neutered, have good manners, love kids, and I am great with other dogs. All SPCA Staff and Volunteers love me. I really love them too, but I really want my own family. I am looking for my forever home. I want YOU! SPCA of Central Florida, Orlando Shelter, 2727 Conroy Road, Orlando, FL 32839 / orlandopets.org

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