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Victims of neglect and abuse, the Michael Vick Dogs are given a second chance thanks to Best Friends Animal Santuary. By Debra J White


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recently had dinner with a lovely couple. They met on one of those websites where they match you up based on compatibilities, likes and dislikes, hobbies, taste in food, movies, etc., etc. Being inquisitive by nature I figured that I should try this too, so I logged on to the website and filled out the application with all the personality traits I was looking for in my perfect match. My criteria was very simple; here’s what I was looking for: Someone that thinks I am the greatest thing walking the earth, always happy to see me when I come home, doesn’t care what‘s on TV as long as it’s on, can eat the same food for months on end and not get tired of it, enjoys long walks in the park, car rides to nowhere, digging in the garden and lazy days around the house. By the way, I do not like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. I was so sure that I was going to find a perfect soul mate, until I got an email two weeks later from the matchmaking website saying I need to get a dog! Just as I suspected, a perfect match! Our Spring issue is loaded with great articles from our stable of talented writers and expert advice from our contributors. It just so happens that this edition of The Pet Planet Magazine features “A Perfect Match” by Mike Shamp of Barkbusters. This article has great tips on selecting the right dog for you and your family. Rescue advocate Debra White writes the cover article. Debra’s passion for rescue shines in this follow up story on the Michael Vick dogs, one year after being taken in by Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. We are happy to be joined in this issue by both Dr. Dwayne Zagrocki with his “Stable Advice” and Dr. Jason Palm with his “Ask a Vet” column. Arden Moore, The Pet Edu-Tainer™, is back with her ”Oh Behave” column, as she helps us understand just what our pets are trying to say. “Barks & Nibbles” wouldn’t be the same without Arden sharing her tail-wagging, lip-smacking recipes that you and your pets can make and eat together. Our editorial staff sniffed out some excellent new products at the 2009 APPA Global Pet Expo last month. Be sure to check out our “Product Guide” section for a few of these featured pet-friendly goodies. We have local events in our community section that you and your furry friends just may want to enjoy as we welcome the spring season. The “Pet Planet Pix” section is chock-full of our readers’ pets’ photos, plus, we have a wonderful book review for you. We are proud to announce that beginning this summer, our entire publication will be available to our readers online: Be sure to take the time to curl up with your soul mate(s) and enjoy all that the Spring issue of The Pet Planet Magazine has to offer. As always, feel free to send pictures, positive reinforcement, or discipline to: All of us here at The Pet Planet Magazine wish you and yours a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009!

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ermites…just the name alone sends shivers up and down the spine of Florida home owners…These stealthy invaders enter our homes from underground and hide in our walls causing thousands of dollars in damage long before we even know they are there! The question is; how do we protect ourselves from this unseen home invasion? And how do we know if they are in our homes already? With dogs of course! That’s right-dogs! Armed with two rescued brace beagles and a bag of dog treats, Dean’s Pest Control of Leesburg, Florida, will enter your home with these specially trained dogs and literally sniff out the termites. These dogs can detect the presence of termites long before humans could ever see them visually. The brace beagles, Eve and Dom, utilize their extensive training and natural ability to smell every nook and cranny in a home or commercial building and will alert their handler if termites are found. The dogs work on a treat and reward system and their accuracy level is constantly near 90% or better! Ty Jones, President of Dean’s, tells us that this type of termite detection requires true dedication on the part of the handlers as well as the dogs; in fact the dogs go home with the handlers at the end of the day so the working bond is always being reinforced. In addition to their constant in-house training from Dean’s Pest Control Eve and Dom are recertified each year through the University of Florida,

and J & K Canine Academy who originally trained them. “Having the dogs is a valuable asset to our company,” says Ty Jones, “if you are paying another company up to $800.00 to renew termite treatment, we can perform a termite inspection and if the house is termite free, Dean’s can maintain treatment and save you money with our low cost renewal fee.” Dean’s Pest Control is a family owned and operated business located in Leesburg Florida, Servicing Lake, Orange, Marion & Sumter counties. (left) James Shead and Dom (right) Gary Hinebauch and Eve of Dean’s Termite and Pest Control.

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Christa is an avid pet lover and active animal rescue director of a not-for-profit organization. She has been involved with animals extensively for many years. Her passion for writing lies in the topics of animals. She hopes her abilities to convey their world through words wil benefit animal lovers, pet owners, animal rescues and the animals themselves. She is thirty years old, a graduate of the University of Missouri in St. Louis and the wife of an army pilot. Christa has a 6 year old son and 4 of her own furkids.

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 author of 20 books on dogs and cats, Catnip editor, Fido Friendly editor-atlarge and host of the weekly “Oh Behave!” show on Pet Life Radio ( Visit her website:

Jason graduated from Louisiana State University Veterinary School in 1999. He has been at Hiawassee Veterinary Clinic since 2002 and has been a partner since 2003. Dr Palm’s special veterinary interest include treating senior related diseases, pain management and providing clients with options for treatment of pets with cancer. His hobbies include writing and recording music in his home studio, gardening and fitness.




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Debra J. White had a lifechanging experience in 1994. After a lengthy recovery due to an accident, she came home to a different world. She eventually took up creative writing and is now an award-winning writer. Debra is widely admired for her passion to help homeless animals, and has volunteered in animal shelters since 1989. She also finds time to sit on the Board of the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition. Debra lives in Phoenix with her four rescued dogs, Midnight, Luke, Dharma and George.

Dwain lives with his wife and two sons in Clermont, Florida. Dr. Zagrocki graduated with Departmental Honors and General High Honors with a B.S. in Biology from the military college of South Carolina. He graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1984. He is the owner and president of All Care Animal Hospital, located in Minneola, Florida. Contact info: 352.394.7444

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The Letter Box Dear Editor, Hi, my name is Jenny Harper and I live in Orlando, Florida. My gorgeous 9 1/2 month old male chocolate Labrador, Jack is absolutely amazing. Not only is he the sweetest little boy, but also he is extremely intelligent. At his young age he has learned to get a soda out of the refrigerator, retrieve a tissue when someone says “Achoo,” pick up the phone when ringing and the list goes on. I am so proud of him and love him so much. I really think the least I could do is get him recognition in The Pet Planet Magazine. Can you help, please? Sincerely, Jenny

Dear Jenny, Thank you for sharing Jack’s photos and special talents with us. It sounds like he is an extraordinary dog. Please check our “Pet Planet Pix” section where you will find a photo of Jack and Gunner together. We also encourage Jack to apply for a full-time position with The Pet Planet Magazine by emailing his resume to: ourteam@ We could use some extra “paws” around the office.

Hello Pet Planet Editor, My name is Tiffany. I just moved to Dahlonega, Georgia from Sunrise, Florida. I’m submitting a couple photos of my beloved pets. Can I get copies of The Pet Planet Magazine up here in Georgia? We would love to see our pets published in your magazine! Thank you for your time, Tiffany Avery

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Hello Pet Planet, My name is Estela Clevinger, I live in Port St. Lucie, Florida. I have a two month-old Rottweiler and enjoy reading your magazine & using your helpful tips. Keep up the good work! Thanks, Estela

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Events Calendar South Florida Events WHAT: Worth Ave Pet Parade WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 9:30am WHERE: Registration in the Gucci Courtyard - 256 Worth Avenue INFO: There will be oodles of poodles and other precious pets on hand when The Worth Avenue Association presents its annual Pet Contest. Pet lovers are invited to “paws” and enjoy the day. Pets are encouraged to dress to impress for their 15 minutes of fame on the runway in the famous Gucci Courtyard. Festivities will include contests, glamour pet photography and pet goody bags! The funds benefit local pet charities.

WHAT: Barkapalooza WHEN: March 22 2009 / 10:00am- 6pm WHERE: Markham Park 16001 W State Road 84 Sunrise, FL 33326 INFO: Families enjoy two days of fun filled with pet activities for the entire family, including the “barking” children! This is a FREE event for everyone, although the park gate admission of $1.50 per person (except children under age 5) will be in effect.

WHAT: Third Annual Wine Tasting Event WHEN: Thursday, March 26 - 6:30 P.M WHERE: Vino Hollywood 1910 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL INFO: Dog Beach of Hollywood invites you to our 3rd annual wine tasting event. Unwind, socialize, savor & taste an array of seasonal appetizers provided by Vino & Fulvio’s restaurant. To purchase or reserve tickets, you may call 954 928 5455 or email Helena at


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WHAT: Canine Art Exhibit WHEN: June 19, 6pm–9 pm - Opening reception. Exhibition runs through August 16, 2009 WHERE: The Arts & Culture Center in Hollywood INFO: The Arts & Culture Center in Hollywood will have several Dog exhibits. DBOH has been invited to be part of this event by exhibiting a collage of dog beach pictures; we will also be showing a video of the Dog Beach in action. All pictures submitted will enter a contest for “best picture”- all visitors will have the opportunity to vote. If you have a fabulous picture of your pooch at DBOH, submit it early to ensure that your dog will be part of this wonderful exhibit.

Central Florida Events

WHAT: 6th Annual Doggie Art Festival WHEN: Sunday April 5th / 10-4pm WHERE: Downtown Baldwin Park 4915 New Broad St, Orlando, FL 32814 INFO: Featuring pet related artists, vendors, and adoption organizations. Benefit for the Sebastian Haul Fund.

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Doggone grrr-eat meals sure to cause your dog to drool with delight! Bone Appetit! Pet expert Arden Moore knows her way around a dog food bowl. In fact, her book, Real Food for Dogs (Storey Books), ranked as high as No. 6 among ALL books on – and for good reason. All 50 recipes were analyzed and approved by a top veterinary nutritionist and two-thirds of the recipes are fit for people, too – saving you time and money. Moore happily shares a couple of recipes that are palatable for pets – and people:

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Your treat-welcoming canine will be your best four-legged friend when you offer these homemade goodies. Best news is that you can make a batch and freeze some to s-t-r-e-t-c-h treat time.

(This recipe is fit for people, too!) Dogs, just like people, get plenty of health benefits from meat and vegetables. Here’s a hearty recipe to dish up for you and your favorite canine chum.

INGREDIENTS 1 pound sliced beef liver (save the juice) ¼ cup water 1 small box corn muffin mix

INGREDIENTS 2 cups brown rice, uncooked ½ pound ground chuck hamburger 1 teaspoon vegetable oil ½ cup finely chopped carrots ½ cup finely chopped broccoli

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a food processor, blend the liver one slice at a time on high until liquefied. Add a little water as you add each slice. 3. Pour the corn muffin mix into a large bowl. Then add the liver liquid and mix thoroughly. 4. Spray an 8 ½- by 11-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. 5. Pour the liver mix into the pan. 6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the middle springs back at your touch. 7. Cool and cut into small cubes. Store the cubes in resealable plastic bags in the freezer. 16

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The Vick Dogs: One Year Later by Debra J White


ars flattened and her scarred body trembling, Merrill, a corn-flakecolored pit bull who once ripped apart other dogs in the ring, sat inert as workers at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, lured her out of a crate. Merrill and 21 other pit bulls, fighting dogs that belonged to fallen NFL star Michael Vick, now had a second chance. Representatives from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA) wanted these dogs destroyed. Best Friends saw it differently. Trouble for the Vick dogs, as they become known, started not long after Michael Vick became a top pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL draft. Flush with cash, Vick bought a chunk of land at 1915 Moonlight Road in Smithville, Virginia. There was no house but that didn’t bother Vick. He never intended to live there. Tucked beyond the trees, however, stood five sheds painted entirely black. No one could see in or out. Shabby wooden doghouses and wire cages were strewn about. Car axles stuck out from the ground. That backyard mess became the Bad Newz Kennels, an illegal dog-fighting operation bankrolled by Vick. For the next six years, while Vick racked up wins for the Atlanta Falcons and earned millions from football and commercial endorsements, pit bulls like Merrill shredded each other in front of raucous crowds, betting on which bloodied or battered dog would die first. Poorly performing dogs were killed by electrocution, drowning or by being slammed to the ground. Dogs lived outside with little or no protection from inclement weather. Many were tied with chains thick enough to haul a Buick. They had no social skills. Veterinary care was likely non-existent. Food and water bowls were reportedly filled with algae and other debris. Breeding females, not used for fighting, were secured in a rape stand so dogs could mate without causing harm to each other. Vick’s puppies probably fetched top dollar.


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Cherry starts trusting humans. Photograph by Best Friends photographer, Molly Wald.


Eventually, the local furor died down.

Lance and Meryl taking a car ride. Photograph by Best Friends photographer, Gary Kalpakoff

It all came crashing down on April 25, 2007 when law enforcement officials raided the compound. All the dogs were taken to local animal shelters. Investigators sifting around for evidence found dead dogs buried on the property along with assorted equipment for fighting. Vick and his co-conspirators, also football players, Tony Taylor, Quanis Phillips and Purnell Pearce were soon arrested. They all pled guilty and sentenced to jail with Vick receiving the longest sentence of 23 months. Vick is expected to be released in July 2009 and he will likely return to the NFL. A few teams have already expressed interest. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ordered Vick to pay nearly $1 million for the care of his 49 surviving dogs. The judge asked that each dog be evaluated individually. One dog was euthanized for temperament. Another was later euthanized for health issues. Valparaiso University law professor Rebecca J. Huss, an expert in animal law, served as court-appointed guardian for the Vick dogs. Huss selected Best Friends as one group to evaluate the dogs for possible rehabilitation. Trainers at the popular Utah sanctuary jumped at the opportunity. Says Best Friends dog trainer Michelle Beshemn, “After all they went through, we thought they deserved a second chance for a better life. Our facility had staff and the expertise to handle them.” So, on January 22, 2008, nearly eight months after their nightmare ended, 22 pit bulls arrived by chartered jet at the 3,700-acre sanctuary stretching across the rolling red hills of southern Utah. Initially, there was some local opposition to the dogs’ arrival. Rumors swirled that Best Friends took in “man-eaters.” In some communities even owning a pit bull is against the law. The County Sheriff later accepted an invitation to view the precautions taken by Best Friends and felt satisfied. 20

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A huge undertaking awaited Best Friends. Under agreement with the Kane County sheriff, two dogs must live out their lives at the Sanctuary. None can be adopted to residents of the county. Only staff can have contact with the dogs.

Before the big arrival, staff converted an octagonal kennel in an area known as Dogtown with separate cages so dogs had their own space. For the first time in their lives, each dog received soft bedding, chew toys, and regular nutrition. A veterinarian examined the crew and dispensed vaccinations. Despite years of gross neglect, only one dog, Denzel, had to be treated for a parasite. Then the dogs were bathed, had their nails clipped, and were brushed. Best Friends ramped up security to prevent breakins. Although the facility is located in a remote section, break-ins were still a concern. At least one staff member slept with the dogs every night as a precaution. The sleepover was also intended to slowly transition the dogs to people. Once the dogs passed through the intake stage, staff members had a lot to accomplish. None of the dogs were named. That wasn’t important to Vick. So Best Friends staff came up with names:“Merrill,” “Denzel,” “Georgia,” “Cherry,” and “Handsome Dan” are just a few examples, but every dog eventually had a name. Assistant Dogtown Manager John Garcia, along with dog trainers Michelle Beshemn and Ann Allums, started working with the dogs right away, evaluating each of them to develop an appropriate behavior program. “One of us works with the dogs every day,” says Garcia. “We work on modification to undo all the bad behavior they learned. We have to earn their trust as well. Remember, their only purpose was to fight and breed.” Garcia says there is one trainer for every eight dogs. The goal is for each dog to pass the AKC’s Canine Good Citizenship Test, a program established by the American Kennel Club in 1989. Dogs are tested for basic obedience skills and good manners. Upon completion, they receive a certificate. So far one dog has passed. Garcia and staff have high expectations that all the Vick dogs will eventually pass the Good Citizenship Test.

Socialization was a hurdle for many of the dogs. Merrill and Cherry were nearly shut down when they arrived. Isolated for years from humans, except when thrown into the fighting ring, Merrill and Cherry were scared of everyone and everything. Trainers started with basic obedience skills such as “Sit” and “Stay.” Leash training is also part of the daily regimen. So are alternatives to lunging.

zel, Merrill, and the other dogs. Even though Merrill is under legal agreement to remain at the Sanctuary, the staff still wants her to come out of her shell so she can exist among other dogs and enjoy a good quality of life. After a year at the Sanctuary, many of the dogs have made excellent progress. “Denzel, the dog with the parasite, is now healthy,” Garcia says. “He is also dog-friendly and spends time living in staff offices. He gives kisses and likes his belly rubbed.”

“We had to slowly teach them that humans were good and meant them no harm,” Allum says, “and they have to learn that other dogs are there as compan“These dogs mean the ions, not to fight as they were world to me and to all taught.” Every day, the dogs meet new people as part of of us who have come their gradual introduction to to know and love them. normal living.

Trainers Allums and Beshemn report similar progress. “Merrill is a totally different dog now,” Allums says. “She plays with other dogs. She’s over 100 new people, They were worth saving.” met which was part of our rehaLiving on the Vick compound bilitation plan. We take her on gave them no reason to trust hikes throughout the Sanctuhumans who consistently deprived them of food, ary. A lot of the Vick dogs swim in the creek and water and companionship. It is likely these dogs have fun.” were also beaten for trivial reasons. Quanis Phillips, a Vick co-conspirator, once said he thought it Cherry romps around with other dogs. He snoozes was funny to watch the dogs kill each other. in staff offices during the day. Georgia appeared on “The Ellen Show” in December 2008. After meetGarcia, Beshemn and Allums work with diligence ing a popular celebrity, this dog that once spent her and patience each day with Cherry, Georgia, Den- days on a chain in a back yard slept that night in

Cherry when she first arrived at Best Friends Animal Santuary. Photograph by Best Friends photographer, Molly Wald.


a posh Beverly Hills Hotel—truly a rags-to-riches story. About half the dogs are considered dog friendly. They were moved out of the special unit and now live together in the general population kennels at the Sanctuary. Pit bulls, especially those used for fighting, have a high arousal rate. Altering that behavior will take time, if it can be done at all. Best Friends won’t give up on the Vick dogs. Says Beshem, “We’re still working with some dogs to reduce their canine aggression. All of them are great with people. Some need more time than others but considering what they went through, we’re pleased with how far they’ve come.” Seven days a week, each dog will continue a training regimen until they can pass the Canine Good Citizenship test. Adoption is the ultimate goal. Dr. Mary R. Burch, a certified applied animal behaviorist from Tallahassee, Florida, has not examined the Vick dogs but offers this advice about adoption. “If any group decides to adopt out a pit bull with a history of fighting they should understand there is a risk. If the dog goes to a home with children or other pets, every precaution should be taken to ensure procedures are in place to maintain everyone’s safety.”

According to Garcia, that’s exactly what Best Friends has planned. Anyone wanting to adopt one of the Vick dogs will be carefully screened and evaluated. The dogs will not be placed with just anyone. The first adoption is in the works. A staff member, who lives outside Kane County, took home a Vick dog named Halle. After a few months, Halle moved in with a potential owner. In six months, by court agreement, the adoption can be finalized and Halle will have a forever home. Although Best Friends took most of the Vick dogs, other rescue groups pitched in too. BAD RAP, a private group in the Bay Area of San Francisco dedicated to saving pit bulls, took in ten. “The dogs were pretty scrawny when we first met them. Their coats and teeth were in bad shape,” says Donna Reynolds, executive director. BAD RAP worked diligently to rehabilitate the dogs through similar training methods used at Best Friends and watched the dogs make slow, steady progress. Reynolds scoffs at her critics. “It’s unconscionable that any animal welfare organization would frown upon efforts to help the victims of abuse, particularly when reputable advocates can provide evaluations and absorb select dogs into their waiting programs. Judge Henry Hudson did every pit bull in this country a favor by demonstrating that compassion should extend to every breed.” Was it worth the cost and the time? Best Friends received about $400,000 to rehabilitate the Vick dogs. Once that money is spent, the Sanctuary will absorb the costs. According to Garcia, the public has been generous with donations. “We’ve received a lot of blankets, toys and cash to help with the Vick dogs.” To their critics who said the Vick dogs should have been euthanized, Beshemn says, “These dogs mean the world to me and to all of us who have come to know and love them. They were worth saving.”

Meryl when she first arrived at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Photograph by Best Friends photographer, Molly Wald.


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It’s a matter of time before Vick will emerge from prison. At his sentencing, he apologized to his family, friends and fans but never for the pain and suffering the dogs endured. Did Vick learn a lesson or just pass the time until he could play football again? Only time will tell. Dog fighting remains a serious problem. The Michigan Humane Society responds to at least 5,000 calls every year for animal cruelty in Detroit and the surrounding area; at least 125 calls are for dog fighting. The shelter takes in around 2,000-2,500 pit bulls and pit mixes annually. But according to

Nancy Gunnigle, spokesperson for the shelter, “The Vick case has certainly increased public awareness of dog fighting activities which, in addition to causing suffering, often endangers the community with guns, drugs, and gambling (of) large sums of money.” Pit bulls like Merrill, Denzel, Cherry, and Georgia nearly died because of Michael Vick. Instead, they have a kinder, gentler future because of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. “We proved the critics wrong,” Allums says. “We’re blessed to have

them.” Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, founded in 1984, is home to at least 2,000 animals, mostly dogs and cats. But goats, rabbits, burros, horses and other farm animals also call the Sanctuary home. Best Friends is a no-kill facility where animals are euthanized only in cases of terminal illness or extreme suffering. The Sanctuary is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization and relies entirely on contributions. For more information please visit their website at:

Halle’s adoption is official. Here, she sits with one of her trainers, Whitney. Photograph by Best Friends photographer, Molly Wald.


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ith those sporadic winter cold snaps behind us and the pleasant sun-warmed spring days upon us, our pets are more than ready to return outdoors. Spring is probably the most enjoyed and welcomed season in Florida. However, we need to keep in mind that with the change in weather and increase of outdoor activity comes an increase of dangers for our beloved pets. After being cooped up in the house all winter, our pets, especially our dogs, just cannot wait to get outside and burn off all of their pent-up energy. Knowledge and awareness lay the foundation for prevention, so before letting our pets run completely wild this spring, let’s explore some of these springtime dangers, some of which can have fatal consequences. The first thing many of us like to do when we are sure those winter freezes are gone for good is get our yards back in shape. It is common knowledge that many fertilizing products can cause serious problems if ingested by animals or humans. However, there are more problems lurking in our gardens and lawns which are less apparent. Many people use mulch to complete their landscaping project. Most people don’t realize that there are several types of mulch that pet owners should not use. Cocoa bean much, for example, is known to have fatal effects if ingested by animals. This mulch is made from the hulls of cacao beans, which gives it a rich chocolate aroma that entices animals to eat it. Chocolate contains a caffeine-like substance called theobromine that is toxic to animals and can even kill them. This is one reason to be careful of leaving Easter candy around where animals can eat it or children can feed it to them. Baker’s chocolate, due to its more concentrated chocolate, is even more lethal than the milk chocolate commonly used for Easter bunnies. Don’t take any chances. Flowering plants, both indoors and out, can create a wonderful springtime ambiance, but there is a wide variety of popular seasonal plants that are also poisonous if ingested by your pet. According to Dana Farbman, spokeswoman for the Animal Poison Control Center of the ASPCA, all parts of lilies, even a tiny amount, can cause kidney failure in cats. All parts of tulips and daffodils, the bulb being most toxic, can cause intense gastric irritation, cardiac and central nervous system problems, even seizures. Amaryllis can also cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, depression and tremors. “Azalea and rhododendron, while most poisonings involve cattle, horses and other grazing animals, the plant can be harmful to small animals as well,” said Farbman. “They contain toxins, which if ingested, can often have damaging effects on the heart and nervous system.” Some safe alternatives may be Easter orchids, daisies, violets or Easter cactus. Your local garden shop should be able to tell you which plants are safe for your pets. Fertilizers are often used to get those springtime plants and lawns looking their best, and even though it may seem common knowledge that fertilizers can be deadly if ingested by pets, we still need to pay close attention to the product labels. “Often times the when you see the term ‘natural’ on a label, it does not always mean the product is non-toxic.” Farbman said. It is also important to check the labels for exceptions and warnings, as certain products labeled for use in one species of animal could be harmful to others. With the yard free of toxic fertilizer and deadly plants, there is still the increase of insects and other pests to consider. In Florida, we are all too familiar with an out of control flea population, masses of mosquitoes, and anthills taking over our lawns. Rain puddles and stagnant water are huge breeding grounds for mosquitoes. They are also places where heartworm and other parasites hide. Seek out and eliminate any buckets of water or puddles from which your pet could drink. Get your pets checked for heartworm. Farbman suggests that pet parents should consult with their veterinarians to get guidance on appropriate flea control programs for their pets.


Susan Blake Davis, a certified clinical nutritionist, usually believes in holistic methods to keep pets healthy. However, when it comes to flea and tick problems, she stresses that pet owners do use preventative medications found at a veterinary office. “Not all topical brands are the same,” Davis said. “A lot of the cheaper products found in retail stores are harsher and can actually do more harm to pets than the ones you can get from a vet’s office.” With spring comes Florida’s long rainy seasons, and rain brings Bufo toads. “Bufo toads can be very harmful, or in some cases fatal, for those curious little K9 hunters that can’t resist their instinct,” said Kelly Whitt, the staff manager at Hammocks Veterinary Hospital in Miami. When these creatures feel threatened, they secrete a milky neurotoxin from glands on their back. Signs your dog has been affected by a Bufo toad include excessive drooling, “foaming” at the mouth and even seizures. If you suspect your dog has encountered a Bufo toad, Whitt stresses that you should immediately seek veterinary attention. For many children, Easter means egg hunts, Easter baskets—and chocolate bunnies. Chocolate, we learned earlier, is poisonous to dogs if ingested. If planning an outdoors Easter celebration, be careful to use natural materials to fill baskets instead of the plastic grass that comes in many pre-made baskets. If ingested by your dog, cat, or child, this material could have fatal consequences. Also be aware of other decorations commonly found at Easter celebrations to include cellophane wrapping, ribbons and balloons. Changes in the weather can increase skin irritation and allergies in animals just as in many humans. Due to the blooming of so many different things, allergic reactions can be high at this time of year. If you notice your dog or cat scratching, flaking, or constantly licking he or she may have developed an allergic reaction and should see a vet, who may give you a medication or suggest the use of Benadryl.

and prevented in many cases, by putting pets on hypoallergenic diets. Corn, soy, gluten, milk products and foods that contain peanut butter should all be avoided. Davis recommends also adding a generous amount of Omega 3s, digestive enzymes and a probiotic. Fleas and ticks are a major concern in South Florida. “Tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme’s disease and Ehrlichia may hospitalize your pet,” Whitt said. “Flea-borne diseases, such as Bartonella, can also be detrimental to your pet’s health.” There are many different products on the market to help control these little bugs that can harm your pet, so be sure to consult your veterinarian or a knowledgeable staff member at your pet supply store. You may have a pet that likes to cool off in a pool or other body of water when the weather turns warmer. While splashing about can be a lot of fun and a good form of exercise, it can cause ear and skin problems. Whitt recommends flushing your pet’s ears with products from your veterinarian. Keep pets on a good diet with essential fatty acids for a strong and healthy coat. Springtime is not only a time for beautiful blooms, but also a celebration of life. And it is this time of year that is often the breeding season for many animals, including dogs and especially cats. Each year animal shelters and rescue organizations around the country are overpopulated by litters upon litters of kittens people have discarded. It is very important to keep any un-neutered pets safely confined and to seriously consider having them neutered or spayed.

Davis, who answers questions for concerned pet owners on, believes that allergies are caused not just by a pet’s environment, but are accumulative and could be associated with the foods they eat year round. Many times when pets have underlying allergies related to food, their owners assume it is a seasonal allergy problem and treat the pet with cortisone, antibiotics, antihistamines, or other topical treatments. The problem is that when those medicines wear off the symptoms quickly return, Davis says this can all be avoided, 28

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t is Saturday and unusually cold even for a January day in Florida. I am attending the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando. Like a young boy having preplanned his activities for summer camp, I wait for the conference to start with the multitude of lectures I scheduled to attend. While waiting in the convention center lobby and scanning the lecture syllabus, a puzzling thought comes my way. The syllabus is organized into specialties, with gifted speakers from each providing the latest information to all of the two thousand veterinarians in attendance. I notice that the list of specialties has grown over the last few decades, and the complexities of each have increased while the focus has narrowed. Present at the conference are the Comparative Respiratory Society, the small animal surgery and small animal internal medicine specialist, the Wound Management Society, colleges for specialties in ophthalmology, food animal medicine, exotic veterinary medicine and many, many more. The puzzling conundrum I find myself in is, how do I, in this modern age, define my place in this wonderful profession of veterinary medicine? True, I am a general practitioner in the field of small animal and equine medicine, but how does this profession —and more importantly how do you—define a veterinary general practitioner? What is our value? 32

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What are the expected contributions we are meant to supply to our patients and clients? What is our future in our profession? My first thought is to compare myself to a human general practitioner. With great bravado, I proclaim we are the first line of defense in the care of our patients. A great comparison, but after a little thought, I realize we differ in several major ways from our human-tending brethren. A typical veterinarian general practitioner usually treats more than one species of patient. Most of my veterinary colleagues provide dental and surgery treatments, and radiographic and in-house lab analysis to a much greater extent than the human general practitioner. Cost of care is important in all forms of medicine, but it is often the primary concern in veterinary medicine. Often there is no insurance coverage for our procedures. The “average” veterinary general practitioner directly participates in what the human medical world considers the controversial practices of abortion and euthanasia. This is not to take anything away from my fellow general practitioners in the human arena. Our human counterparts must retain a vast knowledge of disease pathology, and increasingly are the doctors responsible for the coordination of many separate specialty treatments. Human pa-

tients are, on average, seeing many more specialists. It is not uncommon for a human hospitalized patient to be seen by three to four specialists. So, as I finish my lecture on small animal urine analysis and proceed to the “State of the Art Equine Laminitis Treatment” lecture, I stop to ponder my identity and worth as a veterinary general practitioner. The veterinary general practitioner, like his human counterpart, must be able to understand many disease pathologies. He or she must know when a specialist is indicated. However, at the same time, he must be able to provide treatment options for his patients and clients. A general practitioner can not ethically abandon his patient if the owner is incapable of accepting the “A” treatment, especially if that treatment is unobtainable due to logistics, economics or ethical governed choice. I see my own role increasingly as a pet health educator. I must be able to not only relate disease pathology to my clients and discuss both the prevention and treatment of illness, I must be knowledgeable in what treatment options I can offer and just as important, what treatment options others in the veterinary health care community can provide. The reality is that there are many ways for a veterinary general practitioner to define himself or herself. The freedom that modern veterinarians have to define their role in the profession is greater now then ever before. The innate potential problem is when your viewpoint, as a client, of what you expect from your veterinary family doctor differs from how she defines her role. Does your vet believe in referral only as a last resort, or does he refer his patient to specialists for anything beyond a cold? Is emergency care important to you, and does your veterinarian supply it directly, or by referral to a centralized emergency center? Does your veterinarian have the equipment and skill to offer meaningful diagnostic and treatment options? Does your veterinarian provide ancillary care such as physical therapy? These questions are best answered by communication between you the client, and your family veterinarian. Find a veterinary general practitioner who views his or her role in veterinary health care with the same focus that you do, and you will ensure the best health care for your furry family member. As always, until we meet again, I wish you and your pets the best of health. Sincerely, Dr. Z

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Ask a Vet

with Dr. Jason Palm


he new year is upon us and the faltering economy is on many of our minds. I empathize with clients who are having difficulty affording basic veterinary services. Many clients must work within a fixed budget, and I in turn must prioritize their pets’ health care needs. This is the perfect time to go through what my experience has shown me are the most important veterinary services for dogs and cats. Core Vaccinations Preventative medicine should be the focus of any pet’s health care plan. In many cases it is worth making an initial investment in preventative medicine to avoid higher costs associated with treatment down the line. A perfect example of this is vaccinating puppies and kittens. Your veterinarian should be recommending core vaccinations for all young pets. For example, I routinely see cases of both canine and feline parvo, a virus that violently attacks the intestines. Many cases are fatal, and the treatment plan for affected animals can be quite expensive and involved. Yet a simple series of vaccinations is close to 100% effective in providing immunity against this disease. Vaccine protocols have evolved over time, and your veterinarian should be recommending a strategy that is both safe and effective. Heartworm Preventative Mosquito-, flea-, and tick-borne diseases are common in our subtropical climate. All animals, both young and old, should be on preventatives for these diseases. ALL dogs should be on heartworm preventative whether they frequently go outside or not. Even for large dogs, this medicine is quite affordable through your veterinarian. Treatment for 36

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this potentially fatal disease, however, is expensive and painful. Flea and tick preventatives may be more expensive but are equally important with regard to your pet’s health. Not only can these parasites transmit serious infectious diseases, but eradicating these organisms from your home and backyard can be prohibitively expensive. Senior Wellness Exams and Bloodwork As animals age, certain diseases become much more prevalent, including kidney dysfunction, diabetes, and cancer. These problems can effectively be treated or even cured IF CAUGHT EARLY. Therefore senior wellness exams and bloodwork should always be the cornerstone of any older animal’s health care plan. Treatment of these patients with advanced diseases is very expensive and not always successful. But if the problem is caught early and has not caused organ damage, something as simple as a diet change can make a big difference. Work With Your Veterinarian Many of us treat our pets as members of the family, and would do anything within reason to keep them healthy. But the current economic crisis has affected all of us, and in some cases has prevented many of my wonderful clients from being able to afford ideal veterinary care. Please be up front with your veterinarian about what you can afford. It is then his/her responsibilty to provide you with a health care plan for your pet that works within your budget. But always remember that an initial investment in some of the important services described above may end up saving you a great deal of money and preventing your pet from a great deal of suffering.

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Jackass Acres K-9 Korral: America’s First Eco Friendly Dog Park By Debra J. White


sustainable dog park in the Arizona desert? Built from recycled or reused material? Going green has gone to the dogs.

On March 1, 2008 Jackass Acres K-9 Korral, the nation’s first environmentally friendly dog park, celebrated their grand opening in front of a crowd of tail-wagging dogs and their curious owners. If Jackass Acres were a building, it just might qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Anthem Pets, a non-profit group, based in Anthem, Arizona, north of Phoenix, spent years organizing, fundraising, and planning for the unique park so dogs could exercise and owners could socialize in a safe, environmentally friendly setting. Situated on two acres of property known for years as Jackass Acres, Anthem Pets president Barbara Ward-Windgassen wanted to follow local tradition. “So the name stayed,” she says. “Local history remains intact.”

“We sold bricks, solicited donations, and held fundraisers,” Windgassen says. “The community wanted a dog park and they rallied around us to build one we could be proud of.” Yearly membership is $35 per dog, $50 for two or more dogs. Fees are used for maintenance and upkeep. Dogs must be licensed and current on their vaccinations. Besides maintaining Jackass Acres, Anthem Pets reunites lost pets with their owners. They find homes for unwanted cats and dogs in the Anthem area. Their hosting of licensing and vaccination climics and spay/neuter programs support responsible pet ownership. “We believe in giving back to our community,” says Windgassen. In the past year, Anthem Pets reunited 140 lost pets with their owners and found homes for 82 unwanted dogs and cats. For a determined group of volunteers, Anthem Pets found an outstanding way to help pets, people, and the environment in northern Maricopa County, Arizona.

When Anthem Pets took over, volunteers removed weeds by hand, careful not to disturb native plants or trees. In keeping with the desert motif, the park has no grass. It is landscaped with gravel that’s not rough on dogs’ paws. Water fountains, misting systems, and lights operate by solar power. Benches and tables are carved from fallen tree limbs. An artist donated the metal animal sculptures that come from recycled auto parts. The flagpole supporting our stars and stripes is an old TV antenna. The park is handicapped-accessible for wheelchair-bound dog owners and guests. Like most dog parks, Jackass Acres is divided into two sections, one for smaller and less active dogs, and one for the canine that loves to romp and roll. A few areas have artificial turf that comes from the NFL. Summer monsoons can soak the region so the park was designed so that excess water runs into the trees. Poop stations offer biodegradable bags, but Windgassen hasn’t found a market yet for recycled dog doodoo. “We’re working on it,” she says with an impish grin. Some dog parks cost over $200,000 to build, but Jackass Acres was assembled for a mere $50,000.


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Third Annual Dog Bowl Third Annual Dog Bowl, to benefit Boxer Friends Rescue, held at TY Park in Hollywood, FL. Over $1500 was raised for boxers in need and a wonderful time was had by all! To view more photos from this event, visit

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Every year, thousands of soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan return as amputees, blind or with brain or spinal injuries. Despite their ailments, many of our returning heroes don’t receive the necessary assistance to return to productive lives. A non-profit group, Vets Helping Heroes, was founded last year by Irwin Stovroff and Jerry Kramer, (neighbors, veterans, and Palm Beach County residents). Their goal is to provide professionally trained service/guide dogs to our disabled heroes. More than 300 people attended the gala November 9. Major General Gale S. Pollock (retired) served as the keynote speaker. The million dollar, plus check was presented to America’s Vet Dogs to fund training and provide dogs to disabled veterans.

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o the question, “Is Dr. Rusty on the ward?” some lucky patients at military bases in Kuwait would answer with a resounding “Yes!” Rusty, a rescued Protecting Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) dog, is now Dr. Rusty the therapy dog, providing canine caring at the main U.S. military hospital, and other clinical facilities on bases in Kuwait. For those who may be unfamiliar with the concept of animals as therapists and healers, pet therapy is a program tried and tested throughout the world, with animals as a regular part of special services offered to the elderly, the disabled and the seriously ill. Patients, young and old, have shown measurable benefits both physically and psychologically in hospitals which run Pets as Therapy (PAT), programs. The PAT program began in the United Kingdom and the charity is currently celebrating its 25th year. PAT provides healthy, temperament-tested dogs and cats, accompanied by trained, registered volunteers, to hospitals, hospices, residential care homes

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and special needs schools providing comfort, companionship and therapy. There are currently over 4,500 PAT Dogs and 90 PAT Cats working to benefit people of all ages every week in the UK with many more groups established internationally. In the United States there are more than 8,000 registered therapy dogs, according to Therapy Dogs International, with many working with terminally ill patients in hospices. In particular, severely handicapped or traumatized children, often trapped in a world of silence, blindness or with other special needs respond remarkably well to animals. Sometimes their first communication is with a pet, in preference to a fellow human. At PAWS’ shelter, it has been noticed that some of the largest, liveliest dogs calm down within seconds, instinctively understanding, all boisterousness gone in the presence of an autistic child. Animals, particularly dogs and cats, possess a sixth sense which human evolution discarded long ago. Whether it is through guide-dogs for the blind,

Rusty with Jesse and the HAB Medical team at a military hospital in Kuwait.

horse-riding for the disabled, or the popular PAT calm and gentle, his only desire is to spend time programs, animals’ special qualities are not only and provide love to everyone he meets. Whether it recognized but valued and utilized in medical facil- be a quiet moment spent with a busy medic or with ities and residential homes throughout the world. a bed-bound young soldier, Rusty walks the wards In Kuwait, the program which Rusty is part of dispensing his unique “medicine” unreservedly. is known as the HAB scheme, or “Human Animal A therapy dog’s most important feature is his Bonding.” The philosophy behind HAB starts with disposition. Rusty is friendly, patient, confident, at the acknowledgement that the hospital environ- ease in all situations and always gentle. He can be ment on a military base can be conducive to severe hugged tightly by a young child or patted clumsily stress. This includes both patients whose physio- by a soldier recovering from serious injuries. Quite logical and or psychological status a résumé for a dog thrown out is compromised, but also medical of an SUV in 2004. The vehicle professionals whose roles as caredown just long enough to “Is Dr. Rusty slowed givers can be challenging. The benpush Rusty out before it sped off. efits are well documented ranging It was this boy’s lucky day that from physical improvements in ar- on the ward?” a PAWS volunteer was there to eas such as pain management, stress rescue him. relief and in the companionship the Rusty’s only fault? Well, he relationship provides for those suffering from any has his favorites and once or twice has had to be form of trauma. Animals help to alleviate feelings asked politely to leave one bed and spread the love, of loneliness and isolation in both patients. and in as each ward eagerly waits for a big velvet-coated the clinical team of which Rusty is a key member. dog to continue on his rounds, bringing calming Rusty was put through a battery of stringent reassurances with him as he trots along, diligently temperament and physical checks and this charm- carrying out his duties. It’s Dr. Rusty, at your sering dog passed all his exams with flying colors! So vice; or as Rusty’s human companion and PAWS’ what makes this five-year-old Dalmatian so special? Board member Jesse Ruiz would say in his LouisiRusty is not temperamental or demanding. Always ana drawl, “that’s my boy!”

Wendy with Rusty. With thanks to Ltg. Wendy McDaniel for her foresight and vision in implementing the HAB therapy scheme in Kuwait.


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!” Canine Vocals


My dog is a very vocal miniature Schnauzer. It seems like we are actually carrying on a conversation at times. I never knew that dogs could make so many different sounds. She has different barks; she whines, and she even makes singing sounds. How I can better understand what she is saying?


Miniature Schnauzers are among the chattiest of dog breeds. They, like many of their terrier cousins, were originally bred to bark—or speak up—as a way to alert their owners whenever rats and other disgusting rodents had entered the home. Beagles and other hound breeds use their barks to answer back to their two-legged hunting companions. Corgis, Australian Shepherds, and other herding breeds yap as a way to control the comings and goings of sheep, cattle, and other livestock Although dogs communicate a lot with nonverbal body language, they are capable of a wide range of sounds. There is always a purpose for their barks, even if the reason is sheer boredom. These sounds are consistent in their meanings, based on the pitch, pace, and overall tones. Let’s run down a list of some common dog sounds: High-pitched bark. A dog will unleash this ear-irritating sound when lonesome or worried. 44

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Quick, high-pitched repetitive barks. A dog wants to play or give chase. Low, repetitive barks. A dog feels protective or defensive toward the approach of a stranger. A single bark or two. A dog is saying, “Hey! I’m here and interested in what you’re doing.” Growling with teeth exposed and tense body leaning forward. This is a verbal warning to back off. Growling with body crouched low. A dog is telling you that it is feeling defensive or afraid. Sing-song howling. This is a dog’s version of the telephone. Howling is used to contact other dogs. Squeaky, repetitive yaps or whines. A dog speaks this way when he feels worried, scared or stressed.

CANINE TRIVIA BOX Sir Yap a Lot The world record for non-stop barking belongs to a Cocker Spaniel who was officially documented barking 907 times in 10 minutes.

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Our household contains a Border Collie, a Poodle, and an Abyssinian. Those two dog breeds are known for their intelligence, but my Aby, aptly named Mensa, is no slouch when it comes to brainpower either. She comes on cue, walks on a leash, and goes to the kitchen and sits politely when asked if she wants a treat. How smart are cats and how do they learn?


If there were a pet version of the popular game show “Jeopardy!,” your trio would trounce the competition, paws down. You pack a lot of brainpower in that furry bunch, but as you may realize, cats learn differently than dogs and people. Cats possess both short-term and long-term memories. That explains why they can head for the litter box or food bowl kept in the same locale (long-term) or adjust if these feline necessities have been moved to a different room (short-term). Just like people and dogs, cats learn by observing, imitating and trial and error. Mensa seems to act like a dog when she performs those tricks on cue, but in reality, cats are big believers in the what’s-in-it-for-me philosophy. Whereas dogs tend to perform to please us and to reap the treats, cats decide what they’ll do and when they’ll do it. If they can reasonably determine that you will come through with an acceptable reward, then they may participate in coming when called, sitting for a treat, or doing some other trick. Cats also learn by paying close attention to what’s going on in the house. For example, some smart cats watch their owners open doors and then try to duplicate that feat. A friend of mine has a Siamese who learned how to paw the doorknob that opens into the garage. To keep her cat from fleeing when the garage door opens (fortunately, Sheba has not discovered the location of the garage door opener mounted on the wall), my friend had to add a deadbolt lock to this door. Evolution plays a role in how each species behaves. For instance, your two dogs may dig a shallow hole in your backyard on a hot, humid day as a way to cool their bellies. This instinctive behavior has been passed on from one canine generation to another. Cats, however, aren’t hardwired to dig to cool down. They are more apt to seek a shaded secluded place where they can keep an eye on predators while cooling their bodies. And, being the fastidious groomers they are, they are not so keen about rolling in the dirt and getting their coats messy. Finally, cats are masters at manipulating us. Creatures of habit, they tap into their powers of observation and learning by association to use the

household routine to their advantage. Callie, my calico, has trained me better than I care to admit. At least once a day, while I am working in the kitchen, she perches on a step midway down the staircase, poses charmingly while looking at me with soft eyes and emits a soft mew. That’s my cue to walk to the pantry, open the door and dole out a pinch or two of her favorite dried fish treat. Of course, she didn’t come down the stairs one day thinking, “I want a treat and know how to get one,” but the first time she paused and mewed at me on the stairs, and I jumped up to bring her a treat, she knew she was onto something good. Her position is strategic – it is at the same level as the pantry door. I know I am being manipulated but happily comply. Callie is clever enough to recognize my weak spot and works it to her advantage. Who’s the truly intelligent being now? Can you dig it?


I have a five-year-old German Shepherd/ Lab mix named Greta. She has completely destroyed my garden with her digging. My yard looks like a minefield. I don’t know what to do to stop her. As soon as my husband fills up the holes, Greta digs them up again. Why is she so obsessed with digging, and how can we make her stop?


Many dogs love to dig in soft dirt or sand. If you’ve ever watched a dog digging away, you may have noticed how much they enjoy this activity. In the wild, wolves dig to provide dens for their pups, or to create cool places to rest during the summertime heat. The instinct to dig remains strong in many dogs. They dig to burn off energy and relieve boredom. However, in most cases, digging is also destructive behavior that leaves owners frustrated and dogs in big trouble. Before you can fix Greta’s digging problem, you need to understand her motivation for digging. Is she spending a lot of time alone in your backyard? Do you take the time to play with her? Both German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers are high-energy breeds that need fun and mentally stimulating activities to help wear them out. If you don’t provide something for a dog like Greta to do, she will make her own fun, most likely in a way you don’t appreciate. This is probably why she has taken up digging. Digging can be a difficult habit to break because dogs find it to be so enjoyable. The key to fixing this problem is to give Greta another way to burn off her energy while also discouraging her


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from tearing up the yard. Start by protecting your garden. One method is to put large rocks on top of the areas where Greta likes to dig. Dogs usually prefer large areas of soft dirt to carry out their excavations. Fill in the holes that Greta has dug, and place rocks on top of these spots. Cover up any other large areas of soft dirt as well so she doesn’t decide to simply move to a new spot. Take Greta to a groomer or veterinarian and have her claws trimmed. This will also discourage her from digging, at least until they grow out. Next, enroll Greta in a dog obedience class, if she isn’t already obedience trained. Most dogs need a job to do to occupy their minds, and both German Shepherds and Labs have a strong work ethic. Teaching Greta to obey obedience commands will help you gain more control over her while also giving her something to think about besides digging. If you have time, consider getting involved in one of several fun competitive canine activities like agility or fly ball. Greta would no doubt love to get involved in one of these high-energy sports. Also, start working on getting rid of Greta’s excess energy. If you need to leave her outside in the yard while you are away at work, play a rigorous game of fetch with her before you go to help tire her out. Because she is a high-energy dog, she may also need a diversion in the middle of the day to keep her from wanting to dig. Hire a professional pet sitter or dog walker, or ask a neighbor to come and play ball with Greta or take her on a long walk. Relieving her boredom and making her tired will go a long way toward discouraging her digging instincts. Final tip: compromise a bit and give Greta her own turf to tussle. Consider taking a plastic kiddy pool (available at major discount chains for under $10), filling it with dirt and placing in a few doggy biscuits for Greta to sniff out and discover through digging. She will be more apt to ignore the rest of the yard and revel in her own real estate filled with goodies.


Cats are masters at masking their pain, because their survival might depend on it. As small creatures who are vulnerable to larger predators, cats can’t afford to disclose any weakness. With obvious injuries or illness, they become easy targets, which explains why they instinctively mask signs of pain or sickness, even from the people who love and protect them. Unfortunately, this is why many of my veterinarian friends relate stories of clients who bring in cats who are just not “acting right” only to discover that their pets are in full-blown stages of cancers or kidney failure or other serious health problems. Since cats prefer to hide any signs of weakness, we need to be attuned to any subtle signs of illness. Here are some clues to look for and to report to your veterinarian: Inappropriate elimination Changes in eating habits Eating litter Sudden weight loss Bad breath Changes in normal activity level Changes in grooming habits Becoming more vocal Suddenly hiding and declining attention

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I was shocked the other day to discover a deep gash near my longhaired cat’s hind leg. When my veterinarian shaved the area and examined it, she told me it was an infected cat bite. She cleaned the wound, closed it with stitches, and prescribed antibiotics and pain medication. It was obvious that Freckles was in a lot of pain, but she never gave me any clues that she was hurting. Why wouldn’t my cat let me know that she was hurt? 46

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dog’s breed and temperament, combined with your lifestyle and personality, all play an important role in determining what kind of dog is the best fit for you. For instance, a slight or shy person could find a large-breed dog—especially one that is boisterous or hyperactive—difficult to control. On the other hand, a timid little dog may not be a suitable match for an adventuresome, outgoing, or loud person. So with all the choices available, how do you go about selecting the right dog for you?


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Deciding between a puppy and a full-grown dog If you are considering adopting a dog, first determine whether you want a puppy or an adult dog. Adopting a puppy has certain advantages—you will be able to choose one with the best temperament for you and ensure it gets a proper education before behavioral problems or bad habits develop. But puppies bring added responsibilities, too. During the first few months, a puppy requires more of your time than an older dog. •Puppies should not be left alone for extended periods of time. •They need to be fed several times a day, constantly monitored, and handled with care. •Owners must fill the void created when they take a puppy away from its mother and littermates. •Attention is required to properly house-train the puppy. •Other training is required with goals suitable for the puppy’s age. (Training goals will change as the puppy matures.) If you do not have the time required for a puppy, consider adopting a full-grown dog that has already gone through the puppy stage. •Usually an older dog will be housebroken and less likely to chew anything and everything within reach. •More advanced training can begin immediately. •As a newcomer to your family, however, even older dogs require attention and understanding while they become oriented to a new environment. Before adopting an older dog, learn as much as you can about its background, such as details of its diet so you can be sure any change in diet will not be abrupt. If adopting a dog from another home, ask for a favorite item, such as a toy, a blanket, or a pillow that the dog can take with him. This will help in the transition. Understanding the importance of temperament Temperament has nothing to do with a dog’s size, breed or upbringing—temperament is something innate in a dog. A dog’s temperament has a lot to do with how easily it can be trained and, while good training can improve certain traits in a dog, training cannot change the dog’s temperament. There are a variety of temperaments in dogs, and some dogs can have a combination of temperament traits, but generally speaking, dogs have four basic temperament types:

1.Nervous – This bottom-of-the-pack dog requires more effort and perseverance on your part to train. An older, nervous dog can act in a variety of ways around strangers. It might bark but then back off, or circle while barking and growling. Another nervous type might settle down when the stranger is seated but bark and possibly try to attack when the visitor gets up to leave. Its fear of strangers makes a nervous dog a challenge to train. 2.Timid – Also a bottom-of-the-pack dog, a timid dog will hold its ears back, squirm, put its tail between its legs, or roll onto its back. You can easily train this type of dog once it recognizes you as its leader. 3.Dominant – This top-of-the-pack dog requires owners to demonstrate their own dominance through a consistent and committed effort to train the dog, no matter how long it takes. When around strangers, this dog stands its ground and, under some circumstances, attacks. It will not relinquish its leadership position easily and, if you move too quickly with training, it might bite you. With professional help and a lot of determination, even the most dominant dogs can be trained. 4.Middle of the pack – This dog is easy to train because it wants to please its owners out of respect for them as the leaders of the pack. Usually friendly toward strangers and not aggressive toward other dogs, this type of dog is delightful to own. Spotting a puppy’s temperament Even if the puppy is very young, you can tell its temperament. Within the litter, watch how the puppies run and play to determine where each puppy stands in the litter’s pecking order. More dominant puppies act bossy by standing over the other littermates. Less dominant puppies act submissive by rolling over or lowering their heads. Then, observe the individual puppy you are considering adopting when it is alone with you. A well-adjusted puppy will follow you freely when you lead it. Then drop a soft glove or cloth near the puppy and watch its reaction: •A confident puppy will approach the object immediately to investigate. While this puppy could grow up to be a well-adjusted dog, it is likely to be strongwilled and might be a challenge for a soft-natured person. •A less-dominant pup will jump and move away when the object is dropped, but it will usually return fairly quickly to investigate. Less bossy than the more con-


fident puppy described above, this puppy will make a great pet. •The puppy that takes longer to approach and runs around the object acting as if it is alive and might attack is a little timid but still will make a wonderful pet with proper, gentle training. •The puppy that barks at the object, runs away and crouches down or refuses to return to the spot has a more nervous temperament and could be a difficult pet. More patience will be required during training. Finally, lift and hold the puppy in your arms. A pup that settles in and sits still is far more acceptable than one that wriggles and tries to escape. Choosing the best breed for your personality In addition to recognizing an individual dog’s temperament, you would do well to investigate the breed that best suits your needs. Listed here are some of the most popular breeds and, based on our experience with hundreds of thousands of dogs worldwide, how their personalities and characteristics might match the requirements of different types of owners. While some breeds do have tendencies toward a certain temperament, keep in mind that this is not absolute. Use the information as a guide, but we recommend you make your final decision based on background information and observation. Sociable dogs with soft, even temperaments These breeds are typically less demanding and more docile, making them perfect for elderly people and families with children. They are loving and respond well to lots of attention, and prefer to not be left alone. American Cocker Spaniel Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Golden Retriever Lhasa Apso Poodle West Highland White Terrier Whippet Dogs that require more discipline Often exuberant, many of these breeds require more discipline and exercise—but are great for people with lots of energy. Their loyal, loving natures still make them wonderful family pets. Afghan Hound Boxer Bull Terrier English Cocker Spaniel Dachshund Dalmatian Doberman Pinscher 52

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German Shepherd Great Dane Miniature Schnauzer Rottweiler One-person dogs Protective of their homes and owners, these breeds are perfect for people who live alone. Not in all cases, but these breeds tend to be less suitable for families. Chihuahua Chow Chow Maltese Pekingese Shih Tzu Mixed breeds Generally hardier and less prone to hereditary faults, mixed breeds can be pets that are just as good—and sometimes better—than purebreds. Still, some are better than others. As a basic guideline, a pup is likely to inherit its size from its mother but be slightly smaller than its largest parent. Designer dogs Designer breeds, a cross between two purebred dogs, were developed to create a mix of the best characteristics of each breed. For instance, the Goldendoodle combines the family-friendly traits of the Golden Retriever with the non-shedding, hypoallergenic traits of the Poodle. Some of the more popular mixed hybrids are the: Puggle (Pug / Beagle) Schnoodle (Schnauzer / Poodle) Labradoodle (Labrador / Poodle) Chorkie (Chihuahua / Yorkshire Terrier) Just like people, dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. A dog’s breed and temperament, combined with your lifestyle and personality all play an important role in determining what kind of dog is best for you. Do a bit of research first, then visit your local shelter. There is a dog with the perfect temperament for everyone. Mike Shamp is one of five Bark Busters’ dog behavioral therapists and trainers serving the Orlando-area. Bark Busters is the world’s largest dog training company. Bark Busters trainers, who have trained more than 400,000 dogs worldwide, are renowned authorities in correcting dog behavior with all-natural, dog-friendly methods. Bark Busters training is the only service of its kind that offers guaranteed lifetime support. For more information, call 1-877-500-BARK (2275) or visit

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Pet Friendly Flooring

Pet stores & Boutiques

Absolute Flooring............................ 954 - 515 - 6247

Broward / PalM BeaCh

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(MoBile Pet store)

Pet Friendly Pest Control

Pawsch, Inc. WEB: 954 - 480 - 8604

Pioneer Pest Control........800 - 334 - 5917(ext. 278)

Pet insuranCe & More Atlantic Auto Insurance, 5062 N. Dixie Hwy., Ft. Laud. WEB: 954 - 493 - 8331 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 55

Pet PhotograPhers & artists Broward County Brooke Trace Gallery, 4478 NE 11th Ave., Ft. Laud. WEB: 954 - 667 - 0668

Broward / dade / PalM BeaChes Animal Portraits by Donna Kazo..... 954 - 474 - 8194 See my Ad on page 29

Extraordinary Photography.............. 561 - 945 - 6363 See my Ad on page 53

Pooch Portraits by Tracey Hagen...... 305 - 695 - 9288 See my Ad on page 37

Whimsical Canine Folk See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 55

Pet sitting & dog walking Broward County Pet Sitters and More, LLC............. 954 - 894 - 1234 See my Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 54

Broward County / PalM BeaCh County A1A Pet Sitters Inc........................ 954 - 422 - 8738 Affectionately Yours-Serving East Boca Raton & Deerfield Bch. WEB: 561 - 265 - 9700 Dogs Go See our Ad on page 47

Palm Beach Pet Services WEB: 866 - 648 - 1150 south

Broward County / dade County

Dogs Go See our Ad on page 47

Heaven Scent Pet Sitting WEB: 954 - 864 - 3047 60 The Pet Planet Magazine SPRING 2009

Fort lauderdale Animal House................................... 954 - 763 - 7977 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 55

The Doggy Store............................... 954 - 828 - 9229 See our Ad on page 37

lake worth Wet Kisses Pet Company................... 561 - 439 - 0114 See our Ad on page 53


PalM BeaCh

Exotic Pets & More............................. 561 - 366 - 7272

PalM BeaCh gardens Hey Pup! Unique Dogtique.............. 561 - 691 - 1170 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 55

PoMPano BeaCh Fiesta Pet Deli.................................... 954 - 971 - 2500 See our Ad on page 5

Pet transPortation Heaven Scent WEB: 954 - 864 - 3047

Veterinarians & aniMal CliniCs Coral sPrings Coral Springs Pet Resort and Medical Center WEB: 954 - 341 - 4123 See our Ad on page 17

deerField BeaCh Backos Bird Clinic, 447 South Federal Highway 24 Hour Emergency (on call)............... 954 - 427 - 0777

PoMPano BeaCh All Aboard Animal Hospital, 1413 S. Dixie Hwy. WEB: 954 - 785 - 7780

RESOURCE DIRECTORY BeaChes For you & your dog Canine Beach, Ft.Lauderdale...........954 - 761 - 5346 Hobe Sound Beach..........................772 - 546 - 6141 Jupiter Beach........................A1A & Xanadu Road Dog Beach of Hollywood ~

Bird resCue Avian Protection Society........................................... WEB: Feline-N-Feathers S. FL Rescue...... 954 - 943 - 5455 Lucky Parrot Sanctuary, Inc...................................... WEB: Safe Haven (Avian Placement Services)................... WEB: 727 - 712 - 8012

Cat resCue organizations Carlow Cats..................................... 561 - 667 - 7779 Cats Exclusive................................. 954 - 975 - 8349 Feline-N-Feathers S. FL Rescue...... 954 - 943 - 5455 Stray Aid and Rescue.............................................. WEB: 954 - 816 - 0799 The Cat Network...........................305 - 255 - 3482

Cat & dog resCue A Second Chance Rescue................. 561 - 333 - 1100 Allen Babcock Rescue Inc............... 954 - 474 - 8198 Animal Rescue Force of South Florida, Inc........ WEB: Chesed Rescue................................. 561 - 213 - 5773 Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue... 954 - 462 - 8840 Raining Cats and Dogs.................. 561 - 929 - 0759 Rescue Rehab Home...................... 561 - 241 - 3676 Stray Aid & Rescue Inc.................... 954 - 816 - 0799 Tri-County Humane Society........... 561 - 482 - 8110

dog Parks oF south Florida (leash required)

Birch State Park, Ft. Lauderdale.... 954 - 564 - 4521 Easterlin Park, Oakland Park........ 954 - 816 - 0799 John Prince Park, Lake Worth, 2700 6th Ave South Markham Park, Sunrise................. 954 - 389 - 2000 Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield........ 954 - 360 - 1315 South County Regional Park, Boca Raton............... 561 - 966 - 6600 Tree Tops Park, Davie..................... 954 - 370 - 3750

oFF leash ~ dog Parks Bark Park/Snyder Park, Ft. Laud... 954 - 828 - 3647 Boca Raton Dog Park....................... 561 - 393 - 7821 Colohatchee Park, Wilton Manors.... 561 - 393 - 7821 Lake Ida Dog Park, DelRay Beach.... 561 - 966 - 6664

PET PLANET PAGES dog resCue organizations Adopt-A-Bull Rescue, Inc........................................... WEB: 954 - 802 - 1442 Alaskan Malamute..............................561 - 241 - 2347 Australian Shepherd Rescue....................................... WEB: 561 - 945 - 6363 Boston Terrier..................................... 561 - 495 - 4920 Boxer Friends Inc......................................................... WEB: Buddies thru Bullies...........................305 - 666 - 8870 Chihuahua Rescue...................................................... WEB: 954 - 989 - 9766 Cocker Spaniel................................... 954 - 566 - 6634 Dalmation Rescue....................................................... WEB: 305 - 940 - 3320 Florida Doberman Rescue.................. 954 - 581 - 9198 WEB: English Bulldog Rescue...................... 561 - 964 - 6070 305 - 666 - 8870 Florida Keeshond Rescue................... 904 - 223 - 6591 French Bull Dog.......................................................... WEB: 305 - 935 - 6106 Friends of Greyhounds Inc.................. 954 - 578 - 0072 Golden Retriever................................ 561 - 715 - 0477 WEB: Great Dane........................................954 - 389 - 5389 561 - 748 - 4017 Greyhound......................................... 954 - 925 - 7758 Greyhound Adoption League.............561 - 615 - 0818 Greyhound Pets of America...............561 - 737 -1941 K94U Rescue.....................................954 - 349 - 5859 WEB: Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida Inc............... WEB: Magnolia Setter Rescue......................352 - 821 - 2155 Old English Sheep Dog.......................954 - 434 - 4970 Pug Club.............................................954 - 785 - 2515 Pug Rescue (CPR - east coast).......... 305 - 653 - 6531 Planet Pugs Rescue............................. 561 - 963 - 4554 Rescue Rehab Home...........................561 - 241 - 3676 Rottweiler Rescue........................................................ WEB: 954 - 815 - 6363 Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue.........305 - 634 - 1212 ShihTzu Rescue................................954 - 680 - 6456 South Florida Siberian Husky Rescue, Inc............... WEB: - 540 - 7373 Saint Bernard....................................561 - 689 - 1911 Sunshine Airedalers Club.................561 - 707 - 8028 Sunshine All Breed Rescue Inc.........954 - 612 - 0794 Yorkie Rescue...................................954 - 476 - 5918 Yorkie Friends Rescue....................... 239 - 574 -9253 61


Wildlife emergency numbers

Broward Ferret Rescue....................954 - 977 - 4583 WEB: Ferrets in the Sun Club and Rescue........................ E-mail:

Broward County Health Dept....... 954 - 467 - 4804 Pelican Harbor (Sea Birds)............305 - 751 - 9840 Rascals Wildlife Care.....................954 - 779 - 0364 Wee Care........................................305 - 248 - 0947 Wildlife Care Center......................954 - 524 - 4302 Wildlife Research Team ~ WRT WEB: - 554 - 5902

loW cost spAy & neuter A.R.F.F..........................................954 - 615 - 2733 Discount Spay and Neuter............. 954 - 989 - 9879 Humane Society of Broward County...................... 954 - 463 - Spay Spay Shuttle..................................561 - 233 - 1200

otHer importAnt numbers A Rescued Pet is Wonderful............954 - 566 - 5069 Abandoned Pet Rescue................... 954 - 728 - 9010 Adopt A Pet....................................305 - 257 - 2275 Adopt A Stray.................................954 - 966 - 8382 Animal Aid Inc...............................954 - 730 - 8398 Broward Cnty Lost and Found........954 - 359 - 1318 Broward Ferret Rescue...................561 - 988 - 2635 Broward Sheriff ’s Office Animal Abuse Unit......... 954 - 321 - 4830 Pets In Distress..............................954 - 472 - 8667 Born Free Pet Shelter..................... 305 - 361 - 5507 Companion Animal Rescue...........305 - 895 - 8514 Find Lost Pets and Investigate Cruelty................... 800 - 877 - 8729 Friends Forever Rescue.................786 - 229 - 9002 Hobo’s Wish..................................954 - 983 - 4769 Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League..................... 561 - 686 - 3663 Pet Rescue Inc...............................305 - 621 - 8354 Pets and Animals in Distress.........954 - 202 - 9991 Pets at Risk Rescue........................305 - 940 - 3320 Pets in Distress of Miami Dade County................. 305 - 234 - 4536 Redland Rescue Inc...................... 786 - 243 - 1890 Report Animal Cruelty................. 954 - 493 - TIPS SAD SAC Inc................................561 - 736 - 1313 Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary............................... (Ext. 2) 561 - 747 - 1598 Save the Pets..................................954 - 304 - 2213 South Florida Partners for Pets... 786 - 263 - 1709 The Florida Humane Society.......954 - 570 - 7678 62

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Purr-fect Fence WEB: 888 - 280 - 4066

pet medicAtions (fleA & tick) 800 - Pet - Meds

pet products Anxiety Wrap~ Stop Storm Fear....... 877 - 652 - 1266 See our Ad on page 53

Chilly Dog ~ Ultimate Snuggle Bed.......... 888 - 482 - 5031 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 56

Friendly Dog Leash............................. 888 - 701 - 4083 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 56

Golden Paws Online..................... 800 - 672 - 6868 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 56

Go Packs ~ Be Prepared! See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 56

Jazzy See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 56

pet stores & boutiques All Designer Pet Products ~ Calif......408 - 497 - 4897 WEB: See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 56

pet trAvel Furry Travelers, Inc...................... 866 - 553 - 8779 See our Ad on page 35

Pet Travel Store................................... 877 - 241 - 0184 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 56

CENTRAL FLORIDA - ADVERTISERS AlternAtive / HomeopAtHic HeAltH Rocky’s Retreat Canine Wellness.... 407 - 758 - 8309 See our Ad on page 17

The Natural See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 56

boArding & doggie dAy cAre Rangers Pet Outpost & Retreat....... 407 - 894 - 4884 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 57

Pet Resort of Apopka.................... 407 - 884 - 8924 See our Ad on page 47

nAturAl & Holistic pet products Pookie’s Pet Nutrition & Bakery..... 407 - 622 - 7387 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 57

pet friendly products & services Dean’s Pest Control........................... 352 - 787 - 5300 See our Ad on page 9

pet grooming orlAndo

Rangers Pet Outpost & Retreat....... 407 - 894 - 4884 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 57

veterinAriAns & AnimAl clinics clermont

All Care Animal Hospital...............352 - 394 - 7444 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 57

orlAndo Hiawassee Veterinary Clinic.............407 - 299 - 3969 See our Ad in the Business Card Directory, page 57

cAt & dog rescue A Better Life Pet Rescue....................407 - 595 - 7720 ...........................................................407 - 616 - 5634 A New Beginning Pet Care & Rescue, Inc. ...........................................................407 - 251 - 5458 ARNI Foundation.............................904 - 267 - 0277 Greyhound Rescue............................407 - 332 - 9209 Guardian Angels Pet Rescue, Inc.....407 - 568- 8168 Houndhaven Dog Adoption........................................ WEB: 352 - 243 - 9795 Operation Catnip.............................. 352 - 380 - 0940 Polk County Animal Control Svcs....863-499-2600 South Lake Animal League.......................... WEB: - 409 - 7231

dog pArks of centrAl floridA 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.


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.


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.


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.

dog rescue orgAnizAtions Greyhound Pets of America - Orlando 407-332-4754 Humane Society ~ Central Florida.... 407-836-3111 Humane Society ~ Lake County........ 352-589-7400 Humane Society ~ Leesburg.............. 352-669-3312 Humane Society ~ Marion County.... 352-854-8230 Humane Society ~ Orlando............... 407-351-7722 Humane Society ~ Polk County......... 863-324-5227 Humane Society ~ Seminole County.. 407-323-8685 Humane Society ~ South Brevard...... 321-259-0601 Humane Society ~ West Volusia........ 386-734-2450 Yorkie Friends Rescue........................... 239 - 574 -9253

loW cost spAy & neuter South Lake Animal League......... 352 - 409 - 7231 Wildlife emergency pHone numbers

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge........ 407-568-5138 ............................................................... The organizations listed in these pages are believed to be no-kill organizations, but please for the sake of the animal, make certain when you call that you ask their specific policy pertaining to the lives of the animals they rescue or shelter. If you find that an organization is not as we believe it to be, please email us at editor@ so that we may remove that organization from our listing. These numbers are meant to give direction to people wanting to adopt a pet or needing to relocate a pet. In no way is The Pet Planet Magazine offering these numbers as a referral to any of these organizations. Please do your homework, as we are not responsible for the outcome of your contact with them. 63

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