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L E T T E R F R O M T H E S TA F F “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”



- Benjamin Franklin

From all the staff at PICM, we hope you have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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A New Year brings new beginnings, and as we ring in 2013 we resolve to face these new beginnings with vigor and determination. That’s why this issue of PICM focuses on resolutions you can set to help your companion animal stay healthy and happy.


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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Genevieve Campbell EDITOR IN CHIEF Elizabeth Cornwall OPERATIONS MANAGER Megan Waller SALES & ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Deborah Myers WEBMASTER Jennafer Martin STAFF WRITERS / MARKETING Heidi Gertsch Jennafer Martin James Maughan Megan Waller CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. Jess Anderson David E. Jensen Dr. Lynn McCarron Chanté McCoy RonaLeigh Wheelright GUEST WRITERS Dean Scott Susan Douglas Silver Johanna Teresi PHOTOGRAPHER Chris Dickinson CIRCULATION Shane Myers GRAPHIC DESIGNER Michelle Bellinger mashiaragraphics@gmail.com


3 LETTER FROM THE STAFF 5 ON THE COVER Chris Dickinson Photography 6 EXPERTS’ ADVICE ON THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF YOUR PET Resolve To Get Your Pet In Shape - Dr. Jess Anderson Feline Nutrition - The Dry Food Dilemma - Dr. Lynn McCarron 9 PET PEEVES Disposable Love - Chanté McCoy 10 SAVING LIVES IN THE CITY Patches - Reader Submission - Dean Scott A Prologue To “Soren The Horse With No Tail” - Letter From A Reader - Susan Douglas Silver 12 MADAME TABU’S PET HOROSCOPE 13 RESCUE ME 14 SAVE A LIFE WHILE SAVING MONEY The Value of Pet Insurance - Roxie’s Story - Megan Waller 18 ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS Where Does Utah Rank? - James Maughan 19 REPTILES The Slithering Companion - David E. Jensen 20 A GUIDE TO HIKING WITH YOUR DOG - Chanté McCoy 21 7 TIPS FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR BIRD - RonaLeigh Wheelright Last Month’s Issue: 22 OH YES, CAT TRAINING! Reader Submission - Johanna Teresi ay Holid 24 SAYING GOODBYE 25 ANIMAL TAILS A Man & His Dog Part 5 - James Maughan ISSUE: 27 FAMILY FUN Quiz: What’s Your Pet’s New Year’s Resolution? “Hiss-Terical” Crossword Puzzle 30 OUR PETS IN THE CITY PHOTOS 31 OUR STAFF’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Always Free

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A RESCUE PLEA Pets In The City Magazine is dedicated to and encourages rescuing companion animals of all types. There are thousands of animals in Utah and across our nation needing a forever home. If you are interested in rescuing a companion animal, there are over 100 animal rescues in Utah. A good resource is petfinder.com, a nationwide database for companion animals of all types. A rescued animal can be rewarding and lead to a forever grateful love.

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Pets In The City Magazine © 2012 is an independent, free monthly magazine published by PICM Publishing. For information regarding PIC Magazine visit www.petsinthecitymagazine.com Any and all articles in PIC Magazine are submitted for reading enjoyment only. Please consult a professional and make wise personal decisions regarding health and safety issues of pets and family.

Chris Dickinson Photography Chris’ obsession with photography began when he was a child with his mom taking him to the library. There he would look and study the pictures he found in Life and National Geographic. While it doesn’t sound like much, it’s everything when you just use your imagination. It wasn’t until later in life that Chris took his obsession and ran with it. When Chris and his wife opened their dog training business, it was a natural fit and outlet for his photography. Almost all of Chris’ images include an animal of some sort, whether it is a dog or a horse or something in between! Chris specializes in family, animal, event, and adventure (think 1200ft waterfalls or 160mph on the Salt Flats) photography. Chris and his wife have three dogs and a cat (who rules the house). Since 2009, Chris has led a non-profit movement in Utah called Help Portrait, which is a global movement of photographers giving back their time and talent to give, not take, portraits during the holiday season to those in need. Chris also continues his education in a continual effort to refine and hone his skills by attending workshops with some of the most renowned portrait photographers. In addition, Chris is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Intermountain Professional Photographers (IPPA).

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! From, The Pets In The City Staff Pets In The City Magazine would like to thank Chris Dickinson Photography for this wonderful photo!

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New Year’s is a time for celebration, and a time to reflect on what we would like to do better in the coming year. Among the many factors that affect our pets’ health, there are some we really can’t control. We can’t control our pets’ genes or their age and we can try to prevent accidents, but we can’t predict or eliminate all risk. There are, however, a few things we have a lot of control over. One of those is our pets’ body condition. Body condition is another way of talking about how fit our pets are, and is determined by evaluating fat accumulation and body silhouette. Health and quality of life are both heavily influenced by body condition.

maintained at an ideal body condition. Lean pets live happier, more active lives. A very large percentage of pets are not in ideal body condition. Because we are used to seeing overweight pets, many people think pets in ideal body condition look too thin. Take a look at the body condition-scoring chart on page 6 to get an idea of how a pet in ideal condition should look. For most pets, achieving ideal body condition involves restricted feeding. Restricted feeding means that pets are given less food than they would eat if food were always available. Weight loss can be achieved without switching your pet’s diet, but there are special diets available that may make weight loss easier. Talk to your veterinarian at your next visit about your pet’s body condition and how to achieve an ideal weight. Make a resolution to get your pet into his ideal body condition. With diligence, consistency, and monitoring, this is something you really can achieve.

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In 1988, Purina Nutrition began a landmark study investigating the effect of body condition on health and longevity in pets. The study took 14 years to complete. In the study, 48 Labrador Retrievers from 7 litters were separated into two groups. One group was fed ad libitum, and the other was fed 75% of what their counterparts ate. The results of the study showed the dramatic effect that body condition has on overall health. The lean fed dogs seemed to age slower than free fed group. They developed clinical arthritis later in life. While both groups of dogs required treatment for age-related conditions later in life, the heavier dogs needed treatment on average two years earlier than the lean dogs. It even took longer for the leaner dogs to get grey hair. The leaner dogs enjoyed better health throughout their lives. And they lived longer; on average almost two years longer than their counterparts.

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Feline Nutrition –

The Dry Food Dilemma Lynn A. McCarron, DVM, Diplomate ABVP

n the last decade, significant research has been done in the area of feline nutrition. The long-standing belief that dry food was better for cats has been shown to be false. Cats are carnivores, which means their metabolism is designed to process mainly protein, and they lack specific enzymes to metabolize carbohydrates. As dry food is composed mostly of carbohydrates and fat, more and more cats are having medical issues related to poor nutrition and obesity. When cats eat a high carbohydrate meal, their blood sugar goes higher and stays higher longer than people or dogs. High blood sugar causes body fat to accumulate, and is toxic to the pancreas, which produces insulin. Eventually the pancreas cells may not recover and diabetes may develop. Protein has the benefit of satisfying the appetite; carbohydrates don’t, so cats snack all day long. As fat accumulates on your pet (and on people), it produces chemicals that increase appetite, lethargy, and inflammatory chemicals in the body. Reducing body fat can reduce many chronic inflammatory diseases in the cat, such as inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, cystitis or bladder pain, and diabetes. Veterinary nutritionists recommend all cats should have canned food included in their diet if possible, especially if they have health issues. Canned food in general is lower in carbohydrates than dry food, and has higher water content, fewer calories, and is animal-based protein, which is better nutritionally for cats than plant based protein, such as soy or glutens. The average 10 pound cat requires about 200 calories per day. Most 5.5 oz. canned foods have about 150200 calories per can. Many dry cat foods contain as much as 400-500 calories per cup. Cats that have been on dry food for their entire life may be quite resistant to the diet change and may take several weeks or longer to make the transition to a healthier diet – so be prepared to be frustrated…..patient…..and more stubborn than your cat! Dry kibble is commonly coated with yummy animal fat to make it appealing to cats. Just as kids will pick chips and candy over vegetables, many cats will prefer dry food. Veterinary nutritionists often refer to dry food as “donuts in a bag”!

Tips and tricks to help transition your cat from dry food to canned food: • If your cat is used to having dry food available free choice, begin by putting a full bowl down for several hours a day. Then later in the day offer them several tablespoons of canned food. • Crush some dry food and sprinkle it on top of the canned food. • Occasionally cats will vomit canned food when they are first adjusting to it, but most cats will stop this charming habit after a few weeks. • Try various brands and flavors, and be prepared to throw away a fair amount of food until they become more accepting and you find what they like. Many cats may reject “higher end” foods at first, remember the initial goal is to get them used to eating canned food and not kibble. • Many cats may lose some weight during the transition if they are overweight. They should never lose weight too quickly; no more than one pound per month. We recommend that you weigh your cat periodically. Never allow your cat to go longer than 24 hours without eating. • The average cat should eat 4 to 6 ounces of canned food per day. • Remember to be patient. You don’t have to accomplish this in a day, or a week, or even in a month. The health benefits of carbohydrate reduction for both healthy cats and those with medical issues can be quite significant! Dr. Lynn McCarron is the owner of the University Veterinary Hospital and Diagnostic Center. Originally from Ohio, she has been practicing in the 9th and 9th district for more than twenty years, is a board certified Veterinary Practitioner in canine and feline practice, and a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

PET PEEVES Disposable Love

on correcting a behavioral problem, or sign up for a training class to train you. It’s all about positive reinforcement.

Ah, disposable pets…. or should I just say “pets” as the terms seem interchangeable for so many. After all, they’re cheap and easy to dispose of when no longer cuddly or too much a “chore.” First, pity the goldfish bought to “teach children a valuable lesson,” only to be flushed within the month, and perhaps replaced with a lookalike so no one is the wiser. Then, the hamster, a fluffy interactive handful, soon relegated to a corner and ignored, until found stiff as a board. Next, maybe a floppy-eared rabbit, a colorful bird, or an exotic reptile. But, more likely, a cat or dog is next on the shopping list.

Two, set aside a half-hour a day for your pet. Skip a TV show

and go for a quick walk or toss a ball around the yard. We all have time; it’s just a matter of how we use our time, which reflects our priorities. If not for your pet, do it for yourself per the American Heart Association’s 30-minute recommendation for daily exercise.

Three, find a home that

accommodates all family members. Take the extra time, if needed. Also, consider that a cross-country road trip is less traumatic to your pet than a kennel at the shelter.

Make it work. Your pet would never abandon you, even if you didn’t flush the toilet or became sick. You’d be hard pressed to match such adoration. Be worthy of their love and give it back.

Unfortunately, that purchase is often impetuous. Many are bought on whim – oh, it’s so cute! – with little thought to the commitment involved, until Fluffy soils the carpet, chews on a shoe, or shreds an armchair. Or, Max needs more exercise and attention than is convenient. Or, gosh, time to move and taking Buddy is such a hassle.



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Doesn’t a child require attention? Would you toss aside a child for misbehavior? Would you leave a child behind because you were moving and the potential new landlord didn’t like children?


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I’m not talking about cruelty but about the casualness in which many view animals as consumer goods. No animal is disposable. As in having a child, you make a commitment to its well-being. Fluffy and Max are relying on you for food, water, basic care, and training. And cats and dogs are as innocent as any child, adoring you from the first moment, loyal, trusting, and ever so dependent on your good will.


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Saving Lives Patches Reader Submission Dean Scott

“That is the ugliest cat I have ever seen.”

We had major problems with Patches urinating all over the house. After ruling out any medical problems and not being able to resolve the issue over several months, we decided it was probably best to have Patches put to sleep. My wife, son, and I took Patches to the vet to discuss our decision and see if there were any remaining options. Our vet suggested putting Patches on a daily low dose of Valium for a month to see if it would reduce her stress. It was a last ditch effort to give this cat a life, so we agreed to the recommendation. My son and wife went in one car to go shopping and I took Patches with me to the pharmacy.

Those were my first words to my pet sitter, who was throwing a guilt trip on me in order to save a cat’s life. We were looking for a companion for our orange tabby I dropped the prescription off that had lost his feline sibling a at the drive-up window. The couple of months earlier. pharmacist said it would be ready in thirty minutes, so I left to pick Patches was a gift to an elderly lady up the dry cleaning. who did not like cats. The lady kept Patches four years but neglected A different pharmacist helped us her, and then took her to the vet to when we returned to the drivebe put to sleep. The owner agreed up window. She looked at the to surrender Patches to a rescue prescription and the kennel carrier organization. She was extremely scared, highly stressed, and did in my car, and asked, “Is Patches in not let anyone handle her. She was the car with you?” a torti-bobtail with what seemed like a permanent scowl on her I said, “Yes,” and turned the carrier face. She had an irritating screech so the pharmacist could see of a meow that made fingernails Patches. on a chalkboard sound soothing. The pharmacist said, “I know After a lengthy wait the rescue this will sound strange, but I organization concluded Patches am required by law to say this: was not a good pet for adoption Patches should not drive, operate and should be euthanized. Our heavy equipment, or make any friend at the vet’s office asked important decisions while she is for another week to find a home taking this medicine.” for Patches. That was when she introduced Patches to me. She I turned to Patches and asked, felt we could give Patches a chance “Do you agree to not drive the car, because our home was calm. In operate heavy equipment, or make spite of my initial comment, I any important decisions while you agreed to bring Patches home. are on this medicine.”



Patches meowed. I turned back to deeply imbedded cancer that the pharmacist and said, “Patches would reappear in as little as two agrees.” weeks or as long as two years. We discussed a number of options The customers inside the store over the next few days, including who overheard the conversation amputating the leg where the stared at us and started laughing. cancer was embedded. After We paid and went home. considering the challenges that a fourteen year-old cat would have Patches followed the pharmacist’s with only one rear leg, I decided advice the entire time that she was to bring Patches home until the on Valium. She did not drive the cancer reappeared. car, operate heavy equipment, or make any important decisions, I had wondered what we other than the decision to use the accomplished during the two litter box. weeks between the time the tumorO was discovered and when I madeb Patches never wanted much the decision to not amputate the attention. One to two minutes of leg. What happened was this shy, stroking or sniffing was her limit. scared cat - ignored the first four More pets came into the family. years of her life and afraid to be They respected Patches as a senior loved the next ten years – finally pet, but had little to do with her. realized she was loved. One morning I noticed small splotches of blood on the carpet. I checked each of the cats and determined it was coming from Patches rear paw. I took her into the vet. While performing the examination, a tumor ruptured through one of her toes. The vet told me it was most likely cancerous. Given Patches age – fourteen – and the fact she was never a sociable cat, we discussed euthanasia. I finally said I wanted to know for sure if the tumor was cancerous before having Patches put to sleep. The vet amputated the toe and stitched Patches’ foot so she could come home the next day. The diagnosis came back a week later as Fibro Sarcoma – a

Patches lived another thirteen months before her cancer reappeared. She let me give her more attention in those months than she allowed the previous ten years. I was sad to see her go, but thankful she crossed the Rainbow Bridge knowing she was cherished and would always be remembered.

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Whether it’s a new trick to get a treat or a new way to keep the cat in line, make a goal to learn something new this month in order to keep your keen mind sharp.

Leo (July 23 – Aug 22) Your natural charm usually makes you the leader of the pack, but be sure to make balancing all that responsibility with some playtime; one of your New Year’s resolutions.

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This month tap into your love of organizing and find a new system for keeping track of your balls or mapping the holes you’ve dug in the backyard.

Take advantage of your love of mysteries and investigate something new in your home this month. Find out what that new smell is or find a chew toy that’s been missing for a while.

A New Year is a great time to help improve your community. Get together with the other dogs in the neighborhood to help your humans out in a humanitarian project.

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You already have your goals and resolutions in line for the New Year, so I won’t give you another one here. Instead, use this time in January to embrace fun and silliness to help balance out your serious nature.

Home is where your heart is, and January is a wonderful month to curl up with a good bone and enjoy the warmth of home.

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If the bleak January weather is getting you down, curl up with your favorite human and dream of warmer days to pass the time.

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Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21) Have some new adventures in the New Year! Dig a hole in an area you never have before or take a new route on your daily walk to keep things fresh and new.

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is a six year old Siberian Husky. Sadly, due to untreated glaucoma, Kirra is now left with only one eye. Thanks to a very generous donation of services by Dr. Ponce at the Avenues Pet Clinic in Salt Lake City, and to the work of Cause for Paws Utah and Arctic Breeds Rescue, Kirra has been treated with preventative eye drops in her good eye. She is a very happy, outgoing dog who adores to be with people, but she gets a little nervous around some dogs (because she has a difficult time seeing them). She enjoys going for walks, hikes, and playing with toys. She would love to be your cross country ski or snow shoe companion, and wants nothing more than a new forever home and people to call her own. Kirra is spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped. For more information on Kirra contact maren@arcticrescue.com.

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is an adorable eight month old Aussie/Heeler mix. He is a sweet, incredibly shy dog pup. Seymour is crate trained, good on a leash, and is doing great learning his basic commands. Seymour would do best in a home with at least one other dog, and with a family who is willing to be patient with him while he learns trust. Seymour does great with cats, and would be best in a family with older children because he can be frightened easily. Seymour is neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. adopt@causeforpawsutah.org

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SAVE A LIFE WHILE SAVING MONEY The Value of Pet Insurance Megan Waller


“Roxie 6 months after abdominal surgery.”

oxie was rescued from Waggin Tails Rescue on Thanksgiving of 2009. She was 8 months old and the perfect match for us. Roxie’s new dad Paul immediately knew which veterinary clinic he wanted to use, Willow Creek Pet Center. This clinic has an amazing reputation for unprecedented animal care in the state of Utah. However, with amazing care comes a relatively high cost. Just as humans, if you want the best care then you need to be willing to pay. We immediately began looking for pet insurance. We wanted our new baby to have top notch care. We researched many options for pet insurance and finally chose one that fit our needs. Our pet insurance plan consists of $14 per month payments, $250 per claim deductible, and 80% coverage up to $2500 per claim. Pet insurance soon became the single most important decision we made in the journey of being parents to Roxie. Our first year with Roxie was an amazing adventure. She quickly showed us her aptitude for learning, her love for kids, and her eagerness to show her dad she could be a professional hole digger. We enjoyed leaping in the snow while snowshoeing during our first winter together and went hiking and swimming in the summer. Roxie was an active dog and nothing could stop her. She was so active that we had to purchase a treadmill to keep her occupied on days that we couldn’t take her out for an hour or more. As we neared Roxie’s year anniversary of joining our family, everything changed. During that winter we slowly began to notice changes in Roxie’s personality and behavior. She preferred napping to running and leaping in the snow. Her excitement to play waned. She rarely

Pet insurance soon became the single most important decision we made in the journey of being parents to Roxie. ate unless coaxed to do so. Her love for digging completely stopped. When she started vomiting, having diarrhea, and losing weight rapidly, we knew something was wrong. Roxie went in to her vet for several visits. Each visit resulted in puzzled veterinarians due to the little showing on simple X-rays and blood tests. When we mentioned to the staff we had pet insurance and would do whatever it took to get her better, our world of opportunities to diagnose and treat her changed. It was then we were told that many veterinarians do not mention several available options to pet owners since they are so expensive. They do not want to get the owner’s hopes up, only to have them dashed by the reality of the bill many cannot afford.

Why Pet Insurance? 1. Veterinary visits can be expensive. 2. Pet insurances offer choice. Most insurance plans allow you to choose your vet. 3. Accidents happen: you never know what mishaps can befall your pet. 4. Predisposed conditions: many animals are genetically prone to having medical problems. 5. Care options: you can have peace of mind knowing the cost of the bill will not keep you from getting the best care and the most options. 6. Veterinary costs are on the rise. With amazing advancements in veterinary care, the cost also goes up. 7. It just may save your pet’s life.

What Animals are Covered? It depends on the insurance company. Most companies cover just dogs and cats. There are a few that cover a full range of exotic animals from guinea pigs and sugargliders to snakes and lizards.

What is the cost?


The average cost is $10 to $35 a month depending on your deductable. Deductables can range from $50 to $500 Roxie’s recovery was quick. She was soon per claim. You can choose anywhere from back to her olds ways. Our little family was 70% coverage to 100% coverage. Most happily active and making new memories companies allow you to create a plan that as the next year passed. However, that is best for your pet and your financial all changed again the spring of 2012. situation. Most companies reimburse As summer was approaching, Roxie’s behavior and personality began to change Roxie is on the mend. She’s running up the within a week. (In the case of stairs again and “digging holes to China.” Roxie, we were reimbursed again. This time was different than the We are forever grateful for the opportunity in 5 days.) last. Her eating habits were normal, but

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Roxie’s condition worsened over the next two weeks. Eventually she couldn’t even go up or down the stairs. When the question of pet insurance came up again, the staff at the clinic let out a collective sigh of relief. She had already been x-rayed, inspected by orthopedic specialists, received therapy, and more. The entire staff knew we needed to take her to the next level of care. This was going to be expensive, but we had the option because we had pet insurance. Roxie was taken by pet ambulance up to the University of Utah Hospital where she received an MRI. The results of the MRI showed she had Spinal Stenosis and was slowly being paralyzed. Roxie was taken into surgery immediately that day. A veterinary neurosurgeon was flown in from Seattle, Washington. Roxie had part of her spine removed and spent several days at the vet with amazing 24 hour care again. This recovery was significantly longer. We had to forgo our summer hikes, but got to swim for therapy. This was the second time pet insurance saved our dog’s life. We saved $2500 and had the best care for her in the western US.

pet insurance gives us to take care of our doggy daughter. We hope there are no more hardships for Roxie, but if there are, we know she’s covered.

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Roxie was immediately scheduled for an abdominal exploratory surgery. After the surgery and numerous recovery days with 24-hour vet care, she was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or Doggy Crohn’s Disease). Roxie was put on a regiment of medicines to bring her out of her disease’s flare and will be on a maintenance drug for the rest of her life. Without the exploratory surgery we would never have found a treatment for Roxie. She would not be with us today. This was the first time pet insurance saved our dog’s life. We saved $1500; an amount that would be difficult for most families to pay.

her physical activities plummeted. Roxie’s Crohn’s Disease was not to blame for this latest incident. It started slowly. One evening Roxie squealed in pain as she got up off her doggy bed. We thought maybe one of us accidentally stepped on her paw. The squealing and whimpering in pain increased throughout the next week. She cried going in and out of her dog door. She squealed going up the stairs. The digging stopped. We took her to the vet several times, and again the veterinarians were stumped with their traditional low cost methods.

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Animal Protection Laws

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Utah Rank?

Have you ever noticed a neighbor’s dog tied up for more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period? In Salt Lake County, this act is considered a misdemeanor. It’s equally unlawful to hobble or abandon livestock or other animals. Leaving an animal in a vehicle without adequate ventilation is also forbidden. Torturing, maiming, whipping… immoral and illegal.

In 2011, ALDF found that a majority of states had shown improvement over a 5-year period, with Utah demonstrating a remarkable growth rate of 56%. Despite the overall 5-year improvement, Utah slipped in the 2011 national rankings from the middle tier to the bottom. Why? Because two other states strengthened their protection laws while Utah stayed the same.

Compared with its fellow states, Utah now ranks in the 28th percentile. In other words, its animal protection laws are weaker than 72% of other states. When it comes to animal protection laws, Utah is failing.

It is unlawful for an owner or handler of an animal to withhold food, drink, care, adequate space from such an animal which is reasonably necessary to maintain such an animal in good health comfort and safe from potential hazards. – Salt Lake County Municipal Code

Utah Law Animal cruelty and protection laws differ between cities and counties. Each area has numerous regulations to deal with everything from care responsibilities to mistreatment and physical abuse. These laws provide guidance as to where animals are allowed, minimum guidelines for food and shelter, and required permits. It is unfortunate that such clarification is necessary. Why would anyone knowingly harm an animal? Reasons include retaliation, expression of aggression, to shock others, and even to make money, such as dog fighting. While city and county codes vary, Utah law defines basic regulations concerning care and protection of companion animals. Necessary food and water must be appropriate and essential, based on the species, age, and condition of the animal. Also, shelters must adequately protect against extreme weather conditions. Likewise, state law defines acts of cruelty. Such behavior is heinous, atrocious, and exceptionally depraved. The legal consequence of animal torture is a misdemeanor in the cases of animals categorized as livestock, and a felony concerning companion animals (defined as a domestic dog or cat).

National Comparison How does Utah rank compared with other states concerning animal protection laws? The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) analyzes local laws and organizes states into three levels, based on 14 legal guidelines. Bottom-ranking states apply misdemeanor charges in cases of animal cruelty, whereas top-ranking states administer felony charges and provide better follow-up. In 2009, Utah was placed in the middle tier.

A Call to Action

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According to the Humane Society, the number one factor contributing to animal abuse in Utah is a lack of simple education about the care and needs of domestic and farm animals. Around 60% of complaints deal with inadequate food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, even as the legislature provides protection laws, they also put up roadblocks. During the 2011 legislative session, some Utah politicians attempted to allow citizens to humanely shoot or kill an animal “…if the person doing the shooting or killing has a reasonable belief that the animal is a feral animal.” (http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/hbillint/hb0210.htm)

Rather than simply executing possible feral animals, local rescue agencies, such as Best Friends Animal Society, advocate a no-kill alternative. They promote Trap, Neuter, and Release programs to eliminate needless killing while reducing the feral population.

How You Can Help The key to legally protecting companion animals and livestock is to contact your local legislators. They can pass laws to protect companion animals. Let them know how you feel about animal protection laws. To contact your local legislator go to http://le.utah.gov/ If you suspect animal cruelty or negligence, please contact the Utah Humane Society. Usually, they can educate owners and handlers about their responsibilities, or inform local law enforcement in extreme cases. No animal should have to endure cruel and inhumane treatment.

REPTILES The Slithering Companion Why snakes make great pets, too. David E. Jensen

As a snake lover, it’s my humble opinion that a house isn’t truly a home without at least one snake in it. With that in mind, I offer the following advice for the first-time snake keeper:

It’s been said dogs have masters and cats have slaves. If that’s true, then snakes are a piece of cake, and they come with many benefits. Think about it. A snake won’t claw your furniture or bite the mailman; it won’t bark and annoy the neighbors or poop in your potted plants. You won’t have to fence your yard or pay for licenses, collars, vaccinations and microchips, and you’ll never have to send it to obedience school. Best of all, people with allergies aren’t allergic to reptiles. Have I convinced you yet?

Exotic snakes are best left to experienced keepers. If you must have an exotic snake a ball python is a good choice. They are small and very docile. • Size is an important factor when choosing a snake. Sure, the baby reticulated python at the pet store is cute as can be, but it’s going to grow two to three feet in its first year and at least a foot a year after that. Within five years you could have a snake that is 9 or 10 feet long and eating rabbits. Is that really what you want?

Next month I’ll discuss the care and maintenance of snakes. In the meantime, have fun choosing your new pet snake. Happy New Year! David E. Jensen is an Education Consultant at Utah’s Reptile Rescue Service.

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• The best snakes are often the ones found right here in North America. King snakes and corn snakes are among the most popular species in the pet trade. They are small, hardy and attractive, they won’t eat you out of house and home, and they typically have very good dispositions and can even be handled by children. Bites, if they occur at all, are superficial

• Look for an active and well-fed snake. Ask the pet store clerk to feed a snake before you buy it. They may make you pay for the rodent, but it’s worth it to know that you’re getting a healthy animal.

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On the downside, a snake won’t fetch your slippers or keep you warm at night, but that’s why you also have a dog or cat, right? On the other hand, a good lap snake will keep you company while you read a book, do homework, or watch TV. In warm weather, you can even take him for a walk. Just drape him over your shoulders or let him hold on to your wrist. If he gets restless, just put him inside your shirt. (Make sure it’s tucked in first!)

• Choose a species that is easy to care for. Many exotic snake species have very specific requirements for lighting, temperature and feeding. Some of them do poorly in Utah’s arid climate and may develop upper respiratory ailments or skin infections, making it hard for them to shed.

and pose no danger. Just wash them off with soap and water.

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It’s a new year, a clean slate, and a fresh start! As an animal lover, pets are an important part of your life. Are you a dog person or a cat person? Do you value the selfless loyalty of man’s best friend, or do you prefer the apathetic independence of the feline persona? Have you ever considered a reptile as a pet? If not, the start of a new year may be the time to think about it. After all, many reptile species make great pets, and snakes in particular are one of the easiest pets to care for.

Corn snakes make excellent pets. This baby corn snake will grow to about four feet in length and can live 10 to 15 years.

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A Guide to Chanté McCoy

tah’s mountains are destinations for world travelers. Their Leash laws allure is multifold: panoramic views, picnic destinations, wildlife watching, wild flower extravaganzas, and Leash laws vary. Millcreek, for example, alternates days on leash waterfalls. Fortunately for us, they’re in our own backyard. requirements: leashes off on odd days, leashes “on” on even days. American Fork Canyon allows dogs off leash on trails. Inquire You don’t need to be a hard-core mountain goat to enjoy the trails, about regulations for your particular destination. nor a specimen of perfect health. I’m certainly not. I have bum knees, and a foot and ankle that bore the weight of a dropped Of course, having your dog off-leash also depends on whether 800cc motorcycle, which—four surgeries later—can only flex a they’re well behaved. If they’re inclined to run off, chase wildlife, few degrees. jump on people, or nip or growl at strangers or other dogs, best to keep them on leash. If Fido wanders off, he can also pick So don’t be deterred by love handles and aging joints. up oils from poison Start out easy. It’s beautiful outside, and hiking (and ivy and other plants snowshoeing in the white stuff) is fun. Add your dog to and transfer them the mix, and the enjoyment multiplies for all involved. to you. Plus, he runs a greater chance of On “dog friendly” trails, I take my hiking buddy, Elvis, encountering wild a six-year old, natural-eared Doberman. I enjoy his animals, including companionship and clownish antics. Meanwhile, hiking rattlesnakes. exercises the 110 lb. canine in a way that the neighborhood jaunt never can. Trail Etiquette Here are some quick tips for hiking with your dog: Dog-friendly Trails Being in dry Utah, most mountain canyons are closed to dogs to protect watersheds. However, most of the national forests are open to dogs, provided they’re not overlapping those watersheds. ••••• Dog friendly destinations along the Wasatch Front: Bonneville Shoreline Trail

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Protocol for cleaning up after your dog involves carrying plastic bags (such as a grocery bag), scooping up the offending matter, and tying off the bag to deposit in a trash receptacle. Some hikers, if returning along the same route, leave their baggies by the trail side to be retrieved later. If you do so, please remember the bag. Otherwise, tie the bag to the leash or deposit in a backpack. Keep complaints from other trail users to a minimum, so we can continue to take our dogs along on the few trails open to them. Water

Always take at least one bottle of water for you, and one for your dog. Elvis carries water in his own backpack (highly recommended!). Make sure your pup drinks at least every half hour. He’s working hard too. Take along a collapsible cloth water bowl for dispensing the water.



for the HEALTH of your BIRD

7. The economy has been financially strenuous. Sometimes it is difficult to find the monetary means to care for your bird. Be sure you are financially able to properly care for your new companion bird prior to bringing him home.

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In nature, birds do not exhibit signs of illness for self-preservation purposes. A flock will shun or pick on a bird that is demonstrating illness. Because of this, it is important to know that a bird will instinctively hide any sickness from you. Here are a few health tips I’ve learned throughout the years:

1. Because birds are more likely to become ill when they are under

stress from a move or a change of routine, keep the bird you adopt quarantined for the first 30-45 days. Any underlying illness will show up during this time period.

2. One of the most important ways to ensure your bird’s good health is to develop a good rapport with your veterinarian. Find a veterinarian you’re comfortable with and who takes the time to answer your questions. Keep in mind, research in exotic bird diseases started as recently as 1986. Even when we have the best veterinary care and diagnostics we still don’t have all the answers. with a baseline of blood values when the bird is healthy. If your bird does become ill, these baselines will make it is easier for your veterinarian to diagnose and treat the problem.


The healthiest bird can succumb to death during routine grooming. Be sure the bird’s crop is empty two hours prior to a car trip or grooming to avoid aspiration of food into his lungs.

5. Nobody thrives in a filthy home or eating from dirty dishes.

6. The cage is your bird’s home and sanctuary. Make sure it is

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spacious enough for your bird. It should also be fitted with the correct size perches, and appropriately sized enrichment toys. The cage should be placed in a central location where the bird can interact with family.


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Poor husbandry or improper and unhealthy diet can lead to stress and disease. Fresh, filtered water should be provided daily along with a balanced diet.

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3. Ask your vet what tests are recommended. You should start

We are excited to welcome Dr. Douglas W. Folland, DVM, a Board Certified Avian Specialist, and his bird, Buckwheat to our magazine! Don’t miss Dr. Folland’s article in the February issue of PICM!

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Oh Yes,


Cat Training!

Reader Submission Johanna Teresi

Training companion animals is a challenge: it takes dedication and commitment, especially if training involves more than one animal. However, if a family has enough love and perseverance, even rival animals can form peaceful, lasting bonds. Such was the case with Laurie, Don, and their two daughters. Laurie and her two daughters rescued Molly from the Humane Society of Utah three years ago. They couldn’t resist such a cuddly cat. To Laurie’s surprise, Molly was already ten years old! Instantly attached to the cat, Laurie decided that Molly was a great fit for her family regardless of her age.

Two months ago, Laurie and Don adopted Marley during the annual Pet Super Adoption. He is about nine months old. The couple didn’t hesitate about adding a dog to the picture, since their previous dog, Katy, had gotten along extremely well with Molly. In fact, Molly played the role of the alpha female, and Katy had no problem following orders. Katy was not allowed upstairs without Molly’s consent. Unfortunately, Marley wasn’t so accommodating. Right away, Marley attempted to befriend Molly. It only took a couple of playful leaps in her direction for Molly to feel threatened. She then retreated to the attic.

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Laurie, the biggest cat lover of the family recalls how sad and guilty she felt. The bond the two animals is decreased only when Laurie was right. When she filled the tub in that the family had formed over several Molly seems comfortable with the current the bathroom, Molly came in and began years with Molly seemed lost. distance. splashing the water with her paws (yes, a cat that loves water!). Don, another Desperate, the family contacted me at Although the training process between member of the family, works Four-Legged Scholars in order to develop Marley and Molly is just beginning, from home. When he goes to a training plan for Marley. Some of the after only one session, I could see Molly his office, he always brings a training was adapted to include cat training. emotionally thaw and become more cup of water with him. The plan was to perform Tellington T-Touch relaxed, physically. While Don on Molly, with the goal of making her feel would work, more at ease in Marley’s presence. I believe in time the two animals will Molly loved become not only tolerant of each other, to sneak up T-Touch is a type of massage that relieves but perhaps grow to be friends. It may to the cup, and stress in animals and increases endorphins. take a year or more before a significant tip it over to watch Once Molly is relaxed from the T-Touch, shift is seen – training takes dedication the water spill. the owners offer her food in Marley’s and commitment. However, this family Her owners presence, albeit at a safe distance. By only has demonstrated they have enough love couldn’t help providing this delicacy in the presence and patience to hopefully create a more but laugh at of Marley, Molly’s brain should begin to peaceful life for Molly. such antics. associate Marley with pleasurable food Molly seemed to instead of fear. In time, the distance Johanna Teresi, a professional reward-based be adjusting well between Marley and Molly will gradually dog trainer, owns Four Legged Scholars LLC to her new loving decrease in a process called systematic (http://www.FourLeggedScholars.com) home, until Marley, an Australian desensitization. The process is slow, and and has been training since Cattle Dog, came into the picture. can be frustrating. The distance between elementary school in 1986.

A Man and His Dog — Part 5 The Conclusion James Maughan

“Look, Dad! That dog just pooed!” exclaimed Noah, as he

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eagerly pointed toward the steamy chunks on the linoleum floor. I nodded and sighed. Why are we doing this? I thought. Do I have “Seriously. Who is going to take care of it?” I implored. to start shoveling crap like my dad did – except from my own dog? “We all are. It’s a member of the family,” she explained. The small mini-Doberman wagged his tail proudly, while his oblivious, massive, hobo-like owner leaned on the small window- “Well, he’s not living in the house!” I proclaimed. counter at the animal shelter, waiting for some sort of process to be processed. As I tried to keep Noah from stepping on the poo, “No way!” she objected. “I don’t want an outside dog! I had one or antagonizing the giant birds in the cages, a million thoughts when I was little and he never wanted to play with us! And if you’re worried about a messy dog, we definitely can’t have it living troubled me. outside!” How do I take care of a dog? What if he won’t behave? What if “What about hair?” I reasoned. “I don’t want he bites Noah? What if he pees in the kitchen? What should I do, hair all over the place!” besides put him outside? What if…? My wife Abby returned from the “It’s hair,” she scoffed. “No big deal. We bathroom. Her smile calmed me. “Are just have to get it groomed.” you ready for your dog, Noah?” she asked, sweeping him into her arms. After multiple discussions, I relented. As I said, I had always sort of wanted a dog. The four-year old grinned and yelled, My idea of a dog was a mountain man dream. “Oh, yeah!” He would be my hardy, trustworthy, companion and I would be his rugged, adventuring master (in addition to my imaginary I smiled weakly and sighed again. A middletrusty horse). If I were injured in a snowy accident, he would go aged woman in scrubs rounded the corner with our new dog. find help (an imaginary sled-dog runner). If bandits were trying to get my gold, he would scare them off (yeah, punks!). In every “Cody!” Noah shrieked and darted toward the eager beagle. I case, he would remain loyal – and obedient. lurched out of the seat in case anything happened. With his tail flying back and forth, the agreeable dog seemed to smile as the In exchange, I would feed him, and provide comfort and shelter. boy wrapped him up in a hug. He had reportedly run away from home, and his owner, when contacted through information on When I came home from a long day’s work, I would shower him with affection. When I relaxed by the fire, he would lie at my feet Cody’s implanted micro-chip, said he didn’t want him. and enjoy the same fire. The idea started to grow on me. Several weeks earlier, Abby and I had decided to get a dog. I began to research dogs and check out rescue ads. We tried several Although I never had a dog growing up, a part of me always contacts, but none seemed to be a good fit for a four-year-old. At the animal shelter, while fighting off a terrier who seemed a bit too wanted one, but they made me nervous. hyper, we met Cody. He was a happy dog, and not overbearing. His tail never stopped wagging. “They’re messy,” I argued. Continued on page 25...

Sam was a sought out kitty. When I was 13, I decided I needed a cat just like Garfield. Sam was exactly that cat! Sam was rescued through Summit County’s Friends of Animals. Upon entering his foster mom’s house, Sam made his presence known. He batted his way through all the other kittens to show me how he could bounce in and out of a bowl on the table. As an impressionable thirteen-year-old, I knew this crazy kitten was just the cat for me. As a kitten, Sam had a lot of spunk. He showed his acrobatic skills by literally climbing the walls and hanging from the doorways. He loved to torment our dog Charlie with his sneak attack May 1993 - June 2012 from behind. As Sam aged, his Garfield ways became evident. Our little girl loved being held by her mamma and Sam remained very active, but being first to the kitchen when it was time to eat. She he put on the pounds. From lived a long, loving life until her little body began to behind he looked skinny, but from the side his belly sagged to shut down from old age. We can’t wait the ground. Sam’s vet explained to see you again! this as, “Naturally occurring fat

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to be a great guard dog! I realized.

“Okay. What should we do?” I asked. “So how much is he going to shed?” I asked, suspiciously. “Wash him – he smells like the rescue center.” “He’ll probably shed a couple of times of year,” she assured us. “How often does he have to be groomed?” I asked, still suspicious. I have to admit he smelled a lot better after a washing. Next, we had to set up boundaries. The backyard is fenced, but beagles are “Well, I groom my dog once a week, but that’s because he sleeps diggers. I would have to keep a close outside eye on him. Since with me,” she admitted sheepishly. it was decided he would be an inside dog, we had to focus on interior boundaries. “Sit!” she commanded. He did, tail swishing. He was rewarded with a treat. Noah was still young, so I had installed a metal gate at the top of the stairs to block off access to them. Also, we had a removable “Down!” she ordered, as he lied down and accepted another treat. plastic gate to improvise an enclosure for toddlers. After setting Great, I thought, we’re going to go through a lot of treats! But I was out water and food dishes for Cody, I secured the plastic gate impressed with his obedience. Maybe this could work… in the entryway from the kitchen. He was now isolated in the kitchen. Any sort of unexpected (yet planned-for) mess would With much trepidation, but equal eagerness, I agreed to adopt be confined to one room – a room with tiles (easy clean-up). Cody. With papers and leashes and boxes of biscuits spilling out of our arms, we headed for home. Cody was not okay with this. He began whining. Incessantly. “He stinks,” announced Abby, as we watched the snuffling, pacing And he tried to knock over the gate. Seriously? What does he hound investigate every corner and crevice in the house. He’s going expect? He was in a shelter!? Continued on page 26...

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A Man and His Dog — Part 5 Continued... I noticed that he didn’t bark – that’s a plus! Great, I thought, what are we going to do now? He had a comfy little doggy bed. Why didn’t he just relax? After several excruciating minutes of gate-crashing, the whole thing came down, and Cody waltzed into our room, eyed the situation, and flopped onto the floor. There was no way a dog was going to sleep in our bed, but as long as he was on the floor, I had no problem with him in our room. He just wanted to be part of the family. Satisfied, I slept. The next few days I refused to leave him alone in the house because I had no idea what he would do. I knew of horror stories where dogs destroyed pillows, toys, shoes and couches, and I wasn’t even going to give him a chance. If I went anywhere, Cody came with. In the car he liked the window lowered a few inches so he could poke his nose into the scent-filled world. I grinned as his floppy ears waved like banners in the wind. After a week or so, we figured he should have some alone time. An hour later, we found a living room full of torn-up, plastic window blinds, some with blood on them.

Then came the 4th of July. This was the year the legislature decided to extend firework times and legalize war-like explosions. Cody was safe in his crate when we left for the fair. When we returned after dark, he still seemed fine. But, while Noah and I were washing our faces in the bathroom, a tremendous barrage of fireworks exploded in the neighborhood. Cody, who had been perching in the doorway, began peeing uncontrollably, all over the wood floor. “Damn dog!” I shouted, tossing my washcloth. Grabbing his collar, I pulled him into the hallway and then the kitchen, as he skidded on the urine-covered the floor. No way was he going to do this in my house!

Prepared to haul him into the yard, I paused. I realized Cody was trembling. Not just trembling, but shaking with terror. He’s scared to death! What would it feel like to be a dog in this situation? I would have done worse than he’s done!


Shocked, I knelt down and gathered my frightened companion into my arms and held him as he shook. “Shhhhhh – it’s okay, Cody,” I whispered.


This dog needs us, and we need him.

Cody is the perfect dog for me. He never stops wagging his tail and is always eager to play. He never “Really?” I puzzled out loud, “he has accidents in the house and can’t figure out that the blinds are rarely destroys anything. He follows cutting his gums?” me around, but I think that’s because I feed him. I can’t leave the gate open or he’s I was outraged, yet I could understand his gone. The only time he barks is when a stranger confusion – he’s a dog. Luckily, a crate was on sale at the local pet shop. Equally lucky, Cody was crate-trained. We left approaches (guard dog – yeah!). He really is an awesome him alone in his crate for several extended periods of time, just to companion animal, even if I have to shovel his poop from time to time. make sure that he could handle it. My journey of acceptance had started with disdain learned from my father. Through multiple adventures, I learned to overcome my fears and uncertainty to openly inviting a loving four-legged Things were going well with a dog in the house. He did his duties companion into my home. Our family wouldn’t outside, rarely barked in the house, and had only destroyed the be complete without Cody! blinds. No problems.


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Our animals can also make resolutions to start the year off right. Take this quiz and find out what your pet’s New Year’s resolution would be . . . 1. When at the park, your companion animal . . .

a. Runs laps the entire time b. Sniffs all the other animals c. Does tricks for all the other humans d. Searches for discarded toys e. Plays with their human or familiar animals

7. When encountering a new animal, your companion animal typically . . .

a. Begins playing immediately b. Starts grooming the other animal c. Sniffs and sizes up the other animal 2. At meal time, your companion animal . . . d. Guards their toys and treats from a. Eats an appropriate amount and skips treats the other animal b. Offers their meal to another animal e. Makes sure everyone is included c. Eats with the big wigs in the family d. Eats enough to fill his appetite and save the 8. What did your companion animal do on New Year’s Eve? rest a. Enjoyed the night, but watched e. Waits to eat with the family what they ate b. Found the perfect animal to lick at 3. What was your pet’s favorite holiday present? midnight a. Treadmill training c. Schmoozed with high ranking animals b. Grooming gift certificate d. Refurbished an old collar from the c. A new shiny collar previous year d. Recycled toys e. Played games with friends and family e. All the family festivities and traditions

a. Beckham or Venus b. Fabio or Baby c. Trump or Oprah d. Scrooge or Penny (pincher) e. Sunny or Joy

5. Your companion animal’s favorite pastime is . . .

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As the New Year approaches, we are all forced to reflect back on our year. What can we improve? What should we change? What would we like to include in the upcoming year?


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Across 1 A hole or tunnel in the ground used as a dwelling. 3 The long, sharp, hollow or grooved teeth that are connected to a small sac in the snake’s head behind its eyes. 4 A venomous group of snakes that use a heat sensing system to find prey in the dark. (2 Words) 7 A snake’s scales are made up of this fibrous protein, also found in fingernails and hair. 8 The set of horny rings at the end of a particular snake’s tail, when shaken makes a dry buzzing sound as a warning. 12 Because snakes’ eyes are missing these, snakes do not blink. 13 To spend the winter in an inactive state. 17 Snakes absorb this through the ground to determine the size of its prey or potential danger by its movement. 18 A large, nonvenomous, semiaquatic, snake belonging to the boa family, and found in tropical South America. 19 Describes an animal that is dependent on external sources of body heat, also known as cold-blooded. 21 To move smoothly over a surface with a twisting or oscillating motion. 24 A rod with the snake wrapped around it, and is a symbol of healing and physicians throughout the world, is known as the “Rod of ___________________“. 25 A large and typically boldly marked snake that kills its prey by coiling around it and asphyxiating it. (2 Words) 27 An Egyptian mythological snake-god that coils around the sun god Ra during his journey through the night. 28 A motion often used by snakes to move on loose or slippery surfaces like sand or mud.

Down 2 A cold-blooded vertebrate that has dry scaly skin, and typically lays softshelled eggs on land. 3 A tongue split in two distinct prongs at the tip. 5 An American pit viper with a series of horny rings on the tail that, when vibrated, produce a characteristic warning sound. 6 A common North American snake that typically has well-defined longitudinal stripes and favors damp habitats. (2 Words) 9 A famous gorgon in Greek mythology whose gaze turns flesh into stone. 10 A large, smooth-scaled constrictor found in North America, and typically has shiny dark brown or black skin with lighter markings. (2 Words) 11 The Indian Python character in Rudyard Kipling’s book, “The Jungle Book.” 14 When a snake coils around its prey in order to suffocate it. 15 A poisonous fluid injected into a snake’s prey causing paralysis or death. 16 Small, overlapping plates protecting the skin of a snake. 20 An organism that derives its energy and nutrition from a diet consisting exclusively of meat. Also known as a “meat-eater”. 22 Because a snake’s nostrils are used only for breathing, it uses this to smell. 23 When a snake stays with its eggs, keeping them warm and safe until they hatch. 26 When one layer of skin comes off to be replaced by another one that has grown underneath.

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