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Paradise Pets Magazine is published by Publish In Paradise for the purpose of uniting and supporting our communities. 10% of all net advertising revenue is donated to local animal rescue organizations. For advertising inquiries, please visit us online or email © 2016 Publish in Paradise Paradise Pets Magazine Publisher: Angela J. Richards Contributors: Gretchen Moore Angela J. Richards

On the Cover: Gepetto, a Ketchikan rescue pet. See his story on page 15.

With summer upon us there are quite a few opportunities to enjoy the beautiful weather along with your pets, such as going on family vacations, road trips, swimming at the lake, boating, Fourth of July celebrations, and so much more. Along with the fun comes an increase in responsibilities as pet parents, if it’s hot for us, it’s hot for our beloved pets. Be sure to be alert of your pet’s needs and surroundings during this season of fun in the sun. If you are going on vacation, don’t forget to pack what your pet will need, including any medications, travel pet food dishes, water bottles, pet tents, and anything else your pet may need. As well as checking out what is available for your pet, pet friendly places, pet daycare centers, pet lodging, etc. Your pet is part of your family, be sure he/she is part of your planning. Be sure to send us your fun summer pet pics. You can upload them right on our website or tag us in your Instagrams @paradisepetsmag, we just may put your pet on the cover of our next issue! Enjoy your summer.

Features 4

Keep Pets Safe from Summertime Threats


Smooth the Ride for Dogs with Motion Sickness

Departments Pet Parents 8

What Happened to Brady?

13 Rescue Tails: Gepetto's Story 16 BARK Pets Awaiting Parents

Pet Health 10 Keep Your Pet Happy & Healthy 17 Ketchikan's NEW Dog Park! 19 Resource Guide

PARADISE PETS MAGAZINE DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational and interest purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Veterinarians cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make medical recommendations for your pet without first establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Your pet's medical protocol should be given by your local holistic veterinarian.

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Just as humans are exposed to certain risks when temperatures rise, hot weather creates the potential for both emergency threats and everyday dangers that can affect pets. From weather-related emergencies to fleas and ticks that can threaten even the healthiest animals, special care during the summer months is essential to making sure your pets stay safe. The makers of Adams(tm) Flea & Tick Control have teamed up with Code 3 Associates, a national non-profit that rescues animals during disasters, and their spokesperson, Tony Stewart, to offer these tips to help pet owners steer clear of trouble this summer:

● Never leave a pet in the car, even with the window cracked. In fact, every year hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked cars. Especially during the summer, pet owners should be mindful that temperatures inside a car can increase almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. ● Protect against flea and tick infestations. The summer heat triggers flea and tick outbreaks and products like Adams(tm) Flea & Tick sprays and shampoos help keep pets free from fleas and ticks - and as an added benefit, from 4/1/2016 through 9/30/2016, for each bottle of Adams(tm) shampoo and Adams(tm) spray sold by US retailers $1, up to

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$150,000, will be donated to Code 3 Associates to help animals in need during times of disaster. ● Provide plenty of water and shade to help protect pets from overheating. ● Save outdoor play time for mornings or evenings when it's cooler. ● Make a pet disaster kit including water and food for seven days, water and food bowls, leashes and ID collars, a first aid kit, medications, medical records, familiar toys, muzzle, cleaning supplies and a contact card. ● If living in a disaster prone area, designate a family member to be in charge of your pets. Formulate a buddy system with a neighbor or friend who

can check and care for your pets if you are out of the area and cannot return. ● Keep current frontal and profile photographs of each of your animals. If an animal has an identifying mark, take a photograph and keep it with you. Use this as positive ID if you need to reclaim a pet who is separated from the family during an emergency. Learn more about summer pet safety at

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Because the symptoms of canine motion sickness can mimic several other problems, many pet owners may not realize their dogs suffer from this condition. However, a recent study conducted on behalf of Zoetis found that up to 23 percent of dogs experience motion sickness. The study also found that some pet owners feel that motion sickness weakens their relationship with their dog because it often forces them to leave their dog at home. Recognizing the symptoms and understanding treatment options can help ease your dog's discomfort and ensure a smoother ride for the entire family. Motion sickness may at times be difficult to recognize, but it is a real medical condition that affects the centers of the brain that control balance and motion. This condition may also be exhibited as fear and anxiety about car rides. Dogs suffering from motion sickness may show a variety of signs, including drooling, dry heaving, excessive lip licking, excessive panting,

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inactivity, pacing, restlessness, shaking, vomiting, whining or yawning. However, especially during warmer months, some of these signs, such as excessive panting and whining, can mistakenly be attributed to other things, such as overheating. That's why it is important to pay close attention to the onset of signs that could indicate motion sickness and note any correlations with travel, including anxiety or avoidance behavior like resistance to getting in the car. Sharing this information with your veterinarian can help isolate the cause. If you determine that your pet is indeed suffering from motion sickness, you can

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take several steps to make your next trip together more comfortable: ● In addition to providing the basic necessities like food, water, bowls, grooming supplies and medications create a soothing environment with a favorite blanket, bed and toys, along with an appropriate restraint device, travel crate or carrier. ● Talk with your veterinarian about a medication that has proven to be helpful in treating motion sickness in dogs. CERENIA(r) (maropitant citrate) is the only FDA-approved medication for the prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs. A CERENIA tablet can be easily administered two hours before the car ride and doesn't cause drowsiness, so you don't have to worry about a sleepy pup after the car ride. All other motion sickness medications are formulated for humans and are not approved by the FDA for use in dogs. Human medications may also be more difficult to dose for dogs, may not effectively control motion sickness and/or may have unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness. ● Make frequent stops, especially if traveling long distances, so your dog can relieve itself, drink water and exercise. ● Maintain your dog's regular feeding and exercise schedule as much as possible during your trip to reduce any anxiety it may feel about being away from home.

● Carry your leash and collar with up-todate ID tags (with your cell phone number), microchip information and rabies tags. Also carry proof of vaccinations and consider scanning your dog's medical records onto a USB device in case you end up visiting an emergency veterinary clinic away from home. Find more resources for traveling with a dog that has motion sickness at

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Use CERENIA Tablets for acute vomiting in dogs 2 months and older, and for prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs 4 months and older. Safe use has not been evaluated in cats and dogs with gastrointestinal obstruction, or those that have ingested toxins. Use with caution in dogs with hepatic dysfunction. In people, topical exposure may elicit localized allergic skin reactions, and repeated or prolonged exposure may lead to skin sensitization. See full Prescribing Information at All trademarks are the property of Zoetis Services LLC or a related company or a licensor unless otherwise noted. (c)2016 Zoetis Services LLC. All rights reserved. CER-00218 Source: Cerenia | Family Features

Paradise Pets Magazine would like to encourage pet parents to seek out holistic approaches when treating their pet. But we also want you to be informed of other options as well.

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By Angela J. Richards

On Sunday, April 24 of this year, Brady came to Ketchikan to live with his new pet parent, Liz Martin, who had adopted him from Angels ‘N’ Paws Rescue in California. The following day, Brady went missing. There have been many speculations as to how he “disappeared” and the search has been ongoing. Many Ketchikan residents have been searching for Brady since his disappearance, to no avail. According to Royce Bordes, CEO and Founder of Angels ‘N’ Paws, Gretchen Moore of BARK has been very helpful in Brady’s search, and she added that she has met some wonderful Ketchikan folks who have been out searching for Brady daily. There are few clues to go by, but some of the facts remain: ● Brady arrived on April 24 ● Brady went missing on April 25 ● He was out on a walk with the son of his new pet parent and did not return

Brady went missing on April 25, 2016. Photo courtesy of

● Despite the best efforts of many of our residents, Brady is still missing. If you know of his whereabouts or any information as to what happened to Brady, please contact BARK Alaska Rescue Ketchikan. There is also a Facebook group where more information can be found: Ketchikan has always been a strong loving community and the outpouring of support for Brady has not been a surprise, after all, we are Ketchikan and we love our people and our pets.

Brady went missing 4/25/16 in Ketchikan, Alaska. BARK Alaska Rescue Ketchikan is the local contact if you have seen Brady or have any information, please call BARK at 907-225-3647

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or many people pets are a part of the family. Owning a pet is a rewarding experience, but also an important responsibility. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help keep pets healthy.


This checklist from veterinarian and author Dr. Jessica Vogelsang will give pet owners the peace of mind they need to take care of their furry families, whether within the comfort of home or during a vet or kennel visit:

Just like their human counterparts, pets are susceptible to bacteria and viruses both within and outside the home. There are some highly contagious and dangerous illnesses like parvovirus, canine influenza, rabies and adenovirus that pet owners should be aware of.

Vaccinate -

All dogs need to be

vaccinated for parvo, distemper, rabies and adenovirus. Cats should be vaccinated for panleukopenia, calicivirus, feline herpes virus type I and rabies. Your veterinarian is the best guide in

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determining the timing of vaccinations for dogs, cats and other pets.

Discover -

Before fighting germs at

home, you must first identify where those germs are living. Make a list of every place and every object your pet has been or touched. Be sure to think like a detective, too. If your canine counterpart enjoys drinking from the porcelain throne, be sure to add that to your list of culprits.

Disinfect -

To disinfect hard,

nonporous surfaces and accessories like crates and toys, use Clorox Regular-Bleach on a regular basis. You can use a solution of one-half cup of bleach in one gallon of water. To eliminate the risk of infection from dangerous bacteria and diseases such as parvo, soak the items in the solution for 10 minutes, then rinse and air dry.

Be informed -

Germs can

survive in certain environments for a long time. This is especially true in spaces where pets are constantly coming in and out. Before dropping your beloved at the vet or a kennel, don't be afraid to ask what measures they are taking to prevent the spread of germs.

Make it routine -


important to always keep your pet's health in check - from basic teeth cleanings that eliminate germs living in their mouth to monthly heartworm prevention medication to keep their hearts healthy. "As a veterinarian, I know keeping pets happy and healthy is very important," Vogelsang said. "Fortunately using Clorox Regular-Bleach can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like parvo within both animal shelters and hospitals, as well as within your own home."

To find more simple tips for keeping your pets safe, visit

Source: Clorox | Family Features

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Personalized Keepsake Pet Magazines are a great way to showcase your beloved pet to friends, family and colleagues. Whether your pet is a professional show pet or a cuddly lap dog, your fur baby is a member of your family. A Keepsake Pet Magazine is also a great way to remember and honor a beloved pet who is no longer with you.

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By Gretchen Moore


epetto, has my heart, and all who know him are wrapped around his little paw. Several years ago, while stopping by the veterinary clinic on a routine errand, I found tuned into the cries of a little dog while I was waiting. Over and over I could hear a strange moaning sound. It wasn't just a cry out, but a continual distressed moan coming from within the dark surgery room at the clinic. It was different than anything I had ever heard in my 30-plus years of working with animals. I couldn't help but listen and wonder. I needed to find out more about this moaning cry and caught my heart telling me to check on this distressful sound. I inquired about this dog and about his story, and found myself asking if I could go in to see him. The staff told me I could enter quietly and check on him, but i was


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told not to handle him or touch him. They told me that he would begin screaming out when interacted with. I stepped silently into the darkened room, prepared to maintain a quiet, nonstimulating atmosphere. And there he was, in a tiny litter pan on the floor, a little puppy covered with blankets, laying motionless on a warming pad. The only movement was his little head crying in a strange way. See “Gepetto” next page…

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Gepetto cont‌

I got closer, and soon I found myself sitting down beside him. I was told not to touch him but I couldn't help myself and did it anyway. I slowly and carefully reached out and I softly caressed his tiny ear, gently rubbing it between my thumb and finger. I was told that touching him would agitate him, but instead his moans softened as I gently rubbed his ear. I think I may have sat there for an hour, rubbing his little ears and whispering soft words of comfort to him alone in the dark room. Suddenly staff came, in unaware that I was still there comforting this little puppy, as his moans subsided and he relaxed beside me. Everyone was surprised to find this distressed puppy suddenly quiet and being touched without causing him stress. It was then that I asked about his situation.

He was brought in after being found with numerous injuries, many offering a grim outcome. I was told his chances of survival were poor and that he required around-theclock attention. Sitting there, finally somehow bringing him relief, I asked if I could take him home. I was elated when the staff agreed and knew that he had formed a bond with me and would hopefully survive. The first five days with Gepetto were touch-and-go. Half the time, I was positive I was doing the right thing and reassured myself that I was helping him, the other half, I felt sick with anguish and felt I was being selfish by keeping him alive.

Gepetto was just two pounds and was unable to lift his head or walk. I had to carefully hand-feed him tiny amounts every hour to make sure he got enough nutrition. He remained at my side around the clock while I hoped for a miracle. I carried him in my arms during the day while at work, and he slept at my bedside with one hand in his basket. He only moaned if no one was around and needed someone comforting him at all times. He soon showed small signs of improvement and my hope only grew. He allowed me to put him in a crate for small periods during the day and he started playing with my fingers, intrigued like a normal puppy. His progress continued slowly but steadily and he started walking. Each triumph brought more joy to me. Right when I thought he was on the path to a total recovery and certain that he was going to be okay, he started to have violent seizures. I was completely devastated by this setback and my heart broke as I held his tiny body through sporadic episodes. I was so hurt, knowing I had put so much love and care into saving him and felt devastated that this new setback may cause me to lose him. I had worked with him with every ounce of my heart invested into helping him recover, and I felt that if I lost him after so much work I would never want to do rescue again. With love brings loss, but I couldn't bear the thought of losing him. However, in his true form he proved to be very strong-willed and never gave up. Gepetto fought to live and even pulled through a violent seizure, during which he aspirated. His survival was a miracle!

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Today Gepetto is managed with medication to control his seizures. He has brought tremendous joy to our hearts. He surpassed my goals and is even potty trained, despite brain damage. He is also very smart and had managed to "Gepetto Train" both my husband and I, with complete accuracy. We must comply with his wishes or he will squeal with unhappiness until he gets what he wants. He is more spoiled than a salmon on the banks of Creek Street in September! His brain injury has left him with unique and quirky traits that only add to his adorable personality. Before performing any task, no matter how simple or basic (like going through a door, getting food, greeting friends, coming when called, or preparing to potty) he always turns a few times in a clockwise circle. He loves to be dressed up, have hair cuts, be groomed, and he especially likes

to eat and beg for treats. He is also skilled in playing piano, hugs, and most importantly: cuddling. He despises baths, kittens, car rides, and is jealous beyond words of Eska. He made it very apparent that he did not approve of the addition of a cat in our home. The two of them compete to be the center of attention. He gets anxiety riding in the car and hates being left alone even more. He goes everywhere with me, even with all of the other dogs, but complains loudly during the whole ride. Luckily, we only travel two miles to and from work each day. He prefers to ride shotgun by my side with the other pups in the backseat. He was encroached upon by one of his most disliked things: a cat. More specifically, Eska. They now ride in the front seat together, and Eska enjoys her two-mile ride twice a day, antagonizing Gepetto, and forcing him to share the seat. Perhaps most strangely of all is both of them demand to have prime viewing position, when neither have eyesight. Gepetto is left only seeing shadows and has no meaningful vision left, and has some hearing loss. But what this four-and-a-half-pound pup of love lacks in size and abilities, he makes up for in his incredible and unique personality and continues to enrich each day of my life, keeping my heart wrapped around his tiny paw.

Read Eska’s rescue story in the Gepetto, doing very well despite his brain injury. Photo courtesy Gretchen Moore

Spring 2016 issue (Vol. 1 Issue 2).

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If anyone is interested in adopting from BARK Alaska Rescue Ketchikan, they ask that you come to the shelter to meet their available animals at anytime. Come and visit your potential new pet at 12034 N. Tongass Hwy., Ketchikan, AK 99901 or give them a call at (907) 225-3647.

225-3647 This is Sparky. She had been at the shelter 4 weeks shy of a year, except for a brief adoption at the end of November (incompatibility with existing cat). Sparky has been long overlooked. It's her turn to find that perfect home. Sparky has had one home in her 12 feline years. Her first home loved her so much, his last wish as he dropped her off, in tears, was for her to get a second chance. Her senior owner had no choice but to give Sparky up, as he was moving into long term care. Sparky is looking for a quiet home with no other pets. She would be just fine as the only Princess! Sparky was a favorite at the shelter and anyone who visited or cared for her. Please help this sweet girl with plenty of SPARK in her BARK and PEP in her STEP make that wish come true. Let's show Sparky how much we care. SPREAD THE WORD!

Fudge & Mira. We would like to tell you a little bit about a very special pair of kitties here at BARK Alaska, and their unique bond has led to a very unique adoption offer. As many know, we brought momma Mira from the shelter with her three beautiful kittens. They live here in the kitty rescue area together with Fudge. Fudge had a very special rescue story. He was a feral caught that Bev, our cat whisperer, rehabilitated. It's almost impossible to believe that this sweet guy used to be totally feral! He is now a very sweet and affectionate kitty who loves the love of people. But there's more to his story. Fudge has befriended little baby Luna. He loves her and they're very close friends. He loves to groom her and look after her and they've taken quite a liking for one another. They spend a lot of time together and we'd like to keep these two together. Fudge is a young adult male and Luna is a very young kitten. Both are spayed and neutered but really want to be adopted, together. If you have a special space in your heart for these two beautiful buddies, we'd like to waive their adoption fee if you're able to keep them together.

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On Sunday, June 25 the Ketchikan Dog Park celebrated their “Soft Opening” in celebration of completing phase one, which is the small dog park, but for now will be the ALL dog park until the other phases are complete. According to their website, the dog park is roughly 4.5 acres in size and is commonly referred to as "The Plateau". This park is located off of Revilla Highway, opposite of the Ward Lake turnoff. Learn more by visiting their website.

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Ketchikan, AK BARK Alaska Rescue Ketchikan Ketchikan’s non-profit, no-kill animal rescue shelter. 12034 N. Tongass Hwy. Ketchikan, AK 99901 907-225-3647 Ketchikan Humane Society 907-821-0274 Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals 907-254-7632 - Ketchikan Ketchikan Dog Park (KDP) Ketchikan’s Only Dog Park

Juneau, AK


Gastineau Humane Society 7705 Glacier Highway Juneau, Alaska 99801 907-789-0260 Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals 907-957-9059 - Juneau


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In this issue: Keep Pets Safe from Summertime Threats; Smooth the Ride for Dogs with Motion Sickness; What Happened to Brady?; Keep Your Pet...