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PUBLISHER/EDITOR Casey Dean Casey@SanDiegoPetsMagazine.com COVER PHOTO Claire Harlin
WRITERS/COLUMNISTS Mark Carlson Claire Harlin Arden Moore Judith Pierce Mimi Pollack Stefanie Schwartz, DVM
Restaurant Guide See Page 11
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Dr. Exotic Has a New Home The Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital celebrates its 25th anniversary with a move to its new location. See Page 6
Saving Two Lives at a Time Shelter to Soldier rescues dogs and trains them as service animals for military men and women in need. Read about how one local company plans to bring this non-profit to new heights. See Page 9
The Heart Behind Pet Lounge TV In this special installment of Four Legged Life, Columnist Arden Moore introduces us to creator of Pet Lounge TV, Jude Artenstein. See Page 16
Barbara Fuscsick Puppy Paws Productions www.puppypawsproductions.com
The Restaurant Racket Columnist Mark Carlson sheds a tale about his confrontive Labrador who gets what he wants...or else. See Page 20
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Dr. Exotic Caring for rabbits, tortoises, snakes and other critters for 25-plus years
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e has been called the "father of rabbit dentistry" and hailed for making surgical breakthroughs for tortoises. He's been the resident doctor for flamingos, sloths, porcupines, a mountain lion and hundreds of monkeys — including one 300pound chimpanzee named Jim who never left home without his roller skates on — and he's happy to take on any animal patient that doesn't bark or meow. (Except he did say he once turned away a rattlesnake after the first visit.) Jeffery Jenkins, DVM, is a household name in the veterinary world, running for 26 years his Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital, which just moved from Mission Valley into a new, much larger facility at 1276 Morena Blvd., which he 6 MAY 2013 | www.sandiegopetsmagazine.com
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designed specifically to suit the needs of his clientele. Being the oldest standing all-exotic animal hospital in the country, Dr. Jenkins has treated more than 60,000 patients over the years, and at least 15,000 of them, he says, are pets from recurring loyal clients — like the "rabbit people," he said, or the people who have had their family parrots for decades or the many San Diegans who couldn't bear to get rid of their ferrets when they moved to California, even though it's against state law to own them. "The real reason we are here is for the bird people, the kids with their hamsters and their guinea pigs," says Dr. Jenkins, who has also acquired the name "Dr. Exotic" over the years.
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"They're the people who come in here every day." The past quarter-century has been anything but mundane for Dr. Jenkins. He's seen trends and changes in the industry of exotic pets, which was very new when he began. They weren't even teaching exotics in vet school at the time — and he's been a medical pioneer as well, embarking on uncharted territory in discovering new treatments over the years as new pets have become popular and new pharmaceuticals have emerged. "There aren't always answers for everything and you have to investigate and research and do tests," he says, adding that he was one of the first to remove bladder stones in tortoises
some 30 years ago and he also discovered a new antibiotic treatment and defined a new disease in rabbits. He also had rabbit patients flying in from all over the country during the early 1990s, as he was the first to disprove the medical misconception that rabbit incisors couldn't be removed and was willing and able to perform surgery on the delicate creatures, which were just emerging as sought-after domestic house pets. Dr. Jenkins said the veterinarians who he trained with years ago were the very first exotic vets â€” so that makes Dr. Jenkins "second generation," so to speak. He has also gone on to train at least 100 interns and externs during his career, and he has also mentored veterinarians to teach them the ropes of opening hospitals. Furthermore, he's been featured as an expert source on dozens of radio and TV shows over the years, and he's got a recurring role on the new "Pet Lounge" TV show, which in April began broadcasting in San Diego, Santa Barbara and Orange County on Cox Channel 4. The interac-
tive, call-in question-and-answer show covers topics from behavior to new discoveries to nutrition, and airs Mondays through Thursdays at 9 p.m. and on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Jenkins relishes memories formed over the past 26 years, such as being flown with his entire staff to Palm Springs in the 1990s to spay a 100pound mountain lion, a task that involved transforming the kitchen of the big cat's owner into a surgery facility by hanging sterile drapes. "The owner was a neurosurgeon, so he knew what he was talking about when he said it would work out," says Dr. Jenkins. "Along with that, we got a nice resort hotel, and I'm sure that was hardly comparable to the cost and risk of transporting her back and forth." He also remembers having two red tegus (similar to monitor lizards) measuring about five feet in length live at the hospital for a couple years, where they would greet people at the door like dogs â€” giving the occasional startle to some clients â€” and keeping staff members company during the day.
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"They were like a pair of twins," he said. "Where one would go, the other did too." But perhaps the most sentimental of memories came to life between 1993,
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when Dr. Jenkins hired his office manager, Lisa, and 1997, when he married her. It was Lisa's first job in veterinary medicine, but coming from a background in management at Sharp Healthcare, she excelled in the role and still runs the hospital today. The two also live happily together with their five chick-
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ens, five tortoises, three cats, five dogs and one snake. Dr. Jenkins says he remembers like yesterday when he first opened Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital. He saw more than 100 clients in the first year â€” despite the fact that he started out working on card tables in a tiny room with cardboard boxes strewn about and makeshift walls built from animal cages. "I needed a loan to do the building, but to get a small business loan, I had to prove I was in business," he says, adding that he found out quickly in his first year that he didn't want to work with dogs and cats for the rest of his career. Luckily, his business partner didn't want to work on birds, so the two split ways and Dr. Jenkins has been loyal to his exoticsonly specialty ever since. But even as a kid, it was apparent Dr. Jenkins would go that route. He used to read "Dr. Doolittle" as if it was a training manual. He was breeding and selling rabbits at age 10 and he even tried to raise a wild raccoon once. "In high school, people would always call me Dr. J because they knew I wanted to be a veterinarian," Dr. Jenkins says, adding that he even remembers the first time he went to a veterinary clinic, and the experience influenced him greatly in the design of his new, brightly-colored, 2,700-square-foot facility, the only one of its kind in the area to feature a rabbit-boarding center. The first time I went to a veterinary clinic, it was dark and dingy and dirty. I thought, 'This isn't how it's supposed to be.' That influenced me my whole life." For more information, visit www.drexotic.com.
Schubach Aviation representative Kimberly Herrell visits with Shelter to Soldier Founder Graham Bloem and his volunteers Karen Baskin, Lisa Johnson and Lynn Ramsey at Schubach Aviation's Palomar Airport hangar, and gets to meet for the first time Ty the service dog and Corporal James Norvell, one of the first beneficiaries of Shelter to Soldier's program. Herrell presented Bloem with a check for $2,300, representing funds raised during the first quarter of Schubach Aviation's "One Cent Per Mile" fundraising campaign, which will benefit Shelter to Soldier through the end of 2013. Pictured left to right are: Karen Baskin, Kimberly Herrell, Graham Bloem, Corporal James Novell, Ty, Lisa Johnson and Lynn Ramsey.
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his is about a remarkable program called Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) find true independence through the love of a dog. The methods of psychiatric therapy and drugs have come under some criticism in the last few years, especially with thousands of young soldiers returning from the Middle East with serious mental traumas. For many young veterans stricken with PTSD and TBI, their future holds pain, frustration and an increasing sense of isolation. But thanks to people like Graham Bloem, there is hope. The president of Shelter to Soldier, Bloem has been a certified dog trainer in San Diego for more than 12 years. “Over the years training dogs for profit, I trained dogs for veterans, but when it came to telling them what their cost would be, many were not able to pay. That was really upsetting. So after many years of disappointing people because I had no choice, I decided I wanted to use my expertise to help veterans get service dogs for their needs,” Bloem says. Bloem founded Shelter to Soldier in August, 2012 as a 501c (3)
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non-profit organization. “Our mission is to provide trained service companions from local rescues at no charge to our combat veterans.” On the board of directors is Marine Major Brian Dennis, who has a dog who Bloem trained. “Brian and my family came along in support of the organization. Then came a really wonderful man named Henry Schubach. He said ‘We want to sponsor you for a whole year’,” Bloem says with a smile. “Henry owns an air charter company up at Palomar Airport. He saw a Channel 8 news teaser about us on the news, but they never got to the story. So he did some digging and found us.” “I’m a dog guy,” Schubach says. “I thought it was so cool and I wanted to help them. The VA had just cut funding for dogs for veterans.” Bloem adds, “Schubach is helping market our name and arrange fundraising events. They set up a ‘One Cent per Mile Program’ such that for the year 2013, one penny for every mile they fly comes to us.” For a company that regularly flies thousands of miles a month,
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that adds up to serious money for Shelter to Soldier. “I felt so lucky and happy about Henry coming to us,” says Bloem. “He really took it to heart. They really care about what we are trying to do.” Bloem is the only employee of Shelter to Soldier. “We have volunteers for animal handling and care. We have administrative volunteers. Everyone does this for a good cause because they really want to make it a success.” The requirement for an application is that veterans with either PTSD or TBI have a medically documented need for a trained service dog. “Our board of directors, which includes Cate O’Reilly, a social worker, screens the applications and medical reports,” he says. “The application process takes about four weeks. All of our dogs are rescues from local rescue groups and shelters. We train the dogs to a very high level and graduate them as certified service dogs, place them with the veteran, and then do follow-up, to assure the veterans are able to care for the dog. This is provided to the veterans at no cost.” Regarding breeds, Bloem commented, “I don’t have any breed preference. I choose a dog who is healthy and has the right temperament. I don’t match a dog with a veteran until the dog has been through at least half the training, which takes about five to seven months. When we have a sponsor for a particular dog, we go to the rescue or shelter, adopt a dog who fits our criteria, and take the dog to our partner facility, Fon Jon Pet Care Center in Pacific Beach. They care for our dogs at a discounted boarding rate and allow us the use of the yards and property to train our dogs as well as hold handling classes for volunteers and veterans.” Bloem’s goal for the next 12 months is to place one dog a month. “We receive referrals from Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital, Wounded Warriors and the VA Hospitals,”Bloem says. He is currently working with Corporal James Norvell, USMC. Norvell was diagnosed with both PTSD and TBI after being wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
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Getting a service dog to back into a seating bay of an aircraft to accompany his owner on trips takes special training. Bloem had the opportunity to work with Corporal Norvell and Ty aboard Schubach Aviation's Challenger 601 jet to show them how to accomplish this maneuver.
“When I read Novell’s letter and application I was very moved,” says Bloem. “When he first came to meet me, he was very quiet and introverted, but after he met his new dog, Ty, he started to open up. He relaxed, smiled, made jokes and told me ‘You have no idea how much I look forward to the days with Ty.’ No matter how my days have gone by after our sessions, I am not stressed or worried, I have a smile on my face.” Any way you look at it, Shelter to Soldier is a win-win situation. Dogs and veterans are both given a new life. “We set ourselves apart by rescuing dogs and changing the lives of veterans. We have a strong military component, people who care about veterans with PTSD and TBI.” Corporal Norvell once texted Bloem, saying “Graham, thank you for what you are doing for me and other fellow combat veterans, sir. You have a special place saved in Heaven for you, sir.” For more information on how you can help to rescue dogs and save our wounded heroes, go to: www.sheltertosoldier.org
Restaurant Guide PET FRIENDLY
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San Diego is home to hundreds of top-notch restaurants and bars, and it is no surprise that the city — which is said to be one of the most pet-friendly in the world — would also have dozens of dog-friendly patios where you can enjoy a meal and drink with your best friend.
Extraordinary Desserts 1430 Union St., Downtown, (619) 294-7001
Hi I'm Jack! This is me at my favorite restaurant, Besta - Wan Pizza House in Cardiff. Here, dog friendly is an understatement! Always as many dogs as are people on the patio. They have heat lamps, water bowls, and dogs of all sizes dining daily. Incredibly well-behaved creatures ... and the dogs are friendly, too! Great beer, great food, and great prices! If you’re looking for a fun place to dine - check out Besta- Wan and be sure to follow my San Diego dog blog BarkingBeast.com to hear about the dog-friendly restaurants and retails stores in San Diego I rave about! Bark on! — Jack
Anthony’s Fish Grotto 1360 N. Harbor Drive, Little Italy, (619) 544-0555, www.gofishanthonys.com Serving fresh seafood in a home-style atmosphere for more than 60 years, both the downtown location and the La Mesa location, located at 9530 Murray Drive, go above and beyond to make you and your pet feel welcome.
of life. That’s why they allow guests to share a meal with their pets on the outdoor patio.
Burger Lounge 1101 Wall St., La Jolla, (858) 456-0196
www.burgerlounge.com Dogs are welcome at this gourmet burger chain, where it’s easy to share with your furry friend.
This boutique dessertery offers an extensive menu of sweet drinks, ice creams and cake — as late as midnight — and getting to sit with your dog on the patio is, well, icing on the cake!
Fig Tree Café 5119 Cass St., Pacific Beach, (858) 274-2233
www.figtreecafepb.com This primarily outdoor restaurant has a large, pretty, pet-friendly terrace, shaded by a large fig tree, where many dogs and birds share their humans’ breakfast and lunch. Open Thursdays-Sundays.
La Jolla Brewhouse 7536 Fay Ave., La Jolla, (858) 456-6279
Dogs are more than welcome at this casual establishment, which offers its own house brews in addition to trivia on Tuesdays and local specials on Wednesdays. The Brewhouse also offers a special “canine cuisine” menu, and check in with the restaurant for occasional “yappy hour” events as well.
This casual hot spot, with its two dog-friendly outdoor patios, is the place to be for sports games, happy hour, nights out or weekend lunch dates.
Known for their free-range chicken, prime natural angus beef, natural baby back ribs and home-style sides. All four-legged guests will receive a complementary water bowl and a doggie treat.
955 Harbor Island Drive in the Sunroad Marina, Harbor Island, (619) 220-0455
Beachside Bar & Grill 806 S. Coast Hwy 101., Encinitas, (760) 942-0738
Besta-Wan Pizza House 148 Aberdeen Dr., Cardiff, (760) 753-6707
www.thebestawanpizza.com At this laid-back eatery, guests can enjoy beers and choose from an extensive menu of pizza and traditional cuisine while the kids hula hoop (yes, they have hula hoops) and the dogs relax on the patio.
Bistro d’Asia 1301 Orange Ave., Coronado, (619) 437-6677
Bushfire Grill 40665 Winchester Rd, Temecula, (951) 296-0190
Maria’s Café & Deli
This café, offering sweeping views of San Diego Bay and boats from its two terraces, provides dogs with water bowls and serves mainly breakfast and lunch, with dinner on weekends.
This casual bistro, which has garnered national recognition for the quality of its dining experience, welcomes well-mannered dogs at its sidewalk café.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
675 L St. in the lobby of the Omni Hotel, East Village, (619) 645-6545
Café Chloe 721 9th Ave., Downtown, (619) 232-3242
182 E. Main St., El Cajon, (619) 440-5687
The owners of this Asian fusion and sushi restaurant believe sharing a meal with family, even furry family members, is one of the greatest pleasures
This friendly East County eatery hosts dogs on its patio and offers tacos, ribs and fajitas, with live music several evenings weekly.
www.mccormickandschmicks.com Dogs may join their humans for patio dining at this San Diego bastion of the national chain.
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Mission Brewery 1441 L. St., Downtown, (619) 544-0555
www.missionbrewery.com There may be no better place to fulfill your beer craving after a downtown dog walk than this nationally acclaimed brewery, situation just east of Petco Park. And on May 19, the venue is even hosting an event, benefiting The Barking Lot, in which guests can “Walk a Dog in Need.”
na hangin’ Kenji & Dian Brewery at Missio
Pacifica Del Mar & Pacifica Breeze Café 1555 Camino Del Mar in the Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar, (858) 792-0476, www.pacificadelmar.com The fine-dining upstairs restaurant (side patio) and its casual downstairs café provide outdoor petfriendly dining, complete with breath-taking ocean views.
O’Bistro Café 4934 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach, (619) 223-2202
www.obistrocafe.com This typically laid-back OB eatery offers a varied, casual menu and an outdoor dining room filled with happy, relaxed canines.
Pacific Coast Grill 2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Solana Beach (760) 479-0721, www.pacificcoastgrill.com Dog-loving owners can enjoy oysters and other fresh seafood with their pooches on the downstairs patio of the newly renovated beachfront bar and grill, which has been a staple in the community for nearly two decades.
Po Pazzo 1917 India St., Little Italy, (619) 238-1917
host the occasional Humane Society benefit event, such as the San Diego Corgi Lowriders Day.
Po Pazzo and its sister Busalacchi group restaurants, Trattoria Fantastica at 1735 India St., Café Zucchero at 1731 India St. and Zia’s Bistro at 1845 India St., all welcome mannerly dogs on their terraces while their humans enjoy well-crafted Italian dishes. Call (619) 450-2462 for central reservations.
One Market Place at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Embarcadero, (619) 358-6740
The Patio on Lamont Street 4445 Lamont St., Pacific Beach, (619) 412-4648
www.thepatioonlamont.com Local beer, craft cocktails and eclectic food choices are the signature of this vibrant pet-friendly restaurant, which has been making regulars of PB locals since it opened last year.
Sally & Henry’s Doghouse Bar & Grill 3515 5th Ave., Hillcrest, (619) 501-8638
www.sallyandhenrysdoghouse.com Serving American-style breakfast, lunch and dinner — brunch on the weekends — this new addition to the Hillcrest/Banker’s Hill neighborhood has a huge outdoor courtyard for dogs to dine with their people, and the dog-loving owners of this venue even 12 MAY 2013 | www.sandiegopetsmagazine.com
Sally’s Seafood www.sallyssandiego.com In addition to having a dog-friendly patio and killer lobster pot pie, this venue offers 50-percent off lunch, between 11: 30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., for guests who come dog in hand.
St. Germain’s Cafe 1010 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, (760) 753-5411
www.stgermainscafe.com Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (4 p.m. on the weekends) and specializing in brunch, this North County staple is a great place to dine sidewalk-style with your dog and observe Highway 101 passers-by.
Stratford Court Cafe 1307 Stratford Ct., Del Mar, (858) 792-7433
www.stratfordcourtcafe.com This all-outdoor restaurant is a hidden gem for brunch, offering specialty waffles and a to-die-for eggs benedict. Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (4 p.m.
on the weekends), this off-the-beaten-path spot is a neighborhood favorite for those who stop in for coffee with the dog or enjoy breakfast served all day.
Tender Greens 2400 Historic Decatur Rd. in Liberty Station, Point Loma, (619) 226-6254
www.tendergreensfood.com Serving hormone-free meat, quality local produce and artisan breads, this chain bistro values the connection between the consumer and the food source — and in addition to bringing the outside in, it also offers a comfortable outside seating area for people and their pets.
The Wine Pub 2907 Shelter Island Drive, #108, Point Loma (619) 758-9325, www.thewinepubsd.com In addition to weekday happy hours from 4 to 6 p.m. offering $4 house wine and draft beers, this neighborhood hot spot holds the occasional dog-centric event, such as a “Best in Show” contest featuring food and beverage specials. On the pub’s poochfriendly patio, a well-behaved pup may be served up a delightful treat at the owner’s discretion. (Note the portrait of the pub’s “owner,” Clarence the beagle, on the bar.)
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Behavior Bytes Stefanie Schwartz,
DVM, MSc, DACVB Veterinary Behavior Medicine email@example.com
id you know that your cat or dog would normally eat about a dozen small meals each day? Mother Nature rarely provides wild animals with the bonanza that our companions enjoy. They may work for hours on the trail of a rabbit, only to have to settle for a cricket, a mouse and small tidbits each day. No wonder there is an epidemic of obesity among American pets. They eat too much, don’t have to burn any calories in hunting for their meals, and rarely get enough exercise or fulfill the function for which they were bred. Then again, neither do we. So does that mean that we should feed our dogs and cats 12 times a day? On the other hand, is it fair that they see us eating three meals (with snacks in between, c’mon admit it)? Most veterinarians recommend two daily meals for the average pet over six months of age. Especially for dogs, as this helps with house training. Get in the habit of taking dogs out for a walk after they eat when they are most likely to have a bowel movement. Since most drinking occurs after a meal, their bladders will be full then, too. Remove the uneaten portion after they’ve stopped eating so they won’t eat more than their fill, or get in the habit of guarding their food bowls from competing housemates. This also facilitates portion control for weight management. Many pet owners free feed their pets, but this often results in pets who are overweight, or regress in house training. In multi-pet homes, free feeding makes it difficult to know if one pet is off their food; this can make health monitoring more difficult as well. By controlling meals, you can give your pets something to look forward to each day. We keep these domesticated animals captive, and it is up to us to help compensate for the activities and entertainment they would have had without us.
Practice obedience before you give your dog dinner. Make her sit/stay or down/stay for every meal and treat. This gives your pet extra practice and reminds her that you are in charge. Get your cat to ‘hunt’ for his kibble by leaving little trails around the house or playing ‘fetch’ with a portion of his meal. Food balls that dispense dried kibble through holes also provide challenges for pets. Feeding is an activity we should all look forward to. By taking the right steps, you can make meal time a healthy one for your pet.
Dr. Stefanie Schwartz is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist based in Southern California. She sees patients at California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad and at The Veterinary Neurology Center in Tustin, CA. For more information, please call (949) 3426644 or visit http://petbehavior.org/.
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The Heart Behind the Show
ACCBC, ADCBC Pet trend, behavior and safety expert Arden@FourLeggedLife.com
uriosity introduced itself to Jude Artenstein when she was a young girl riding in the backseat of her family’s sedan on a road trip taking her to new places all across the country. “My favorite memories as a child were in our car,” recalls Artenstein. “My Dad was in the Navy. We grew up in the East Coast, but we came to California – Coronado – when my Dad was stationed there. My earliest childhood memories are of being on the road, wondering what is going on with the people in these small, dusty towns. What are their hopes, their dreams, their aspirations? Her drive to discover has made her into an award-winning filmmaker and producer. But it was her beloved departed dog, Scout who steered her toward the path to help pets and their people. Artenstein learned long ago never to underestimate the power – or influence – of pets on people. When she fell and broke her wrist and smashed her right knee several years ago, she underwent a year of intense physical therapy to progress from being in a wheelchair to using crutches to finally walking again. At her side for every step of improvement was her dog, Scout, who passed away last year. “During the whole time of my recuperation, he never left my side,” she recalls. “I never experienced anything like that in my life. I believe a dog can 16 MAY 2013 | www.sandiegopetsmagazine.com
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Jeff Krapf hosts the new Pet Lounge TV show co-produced by Jude and Isaac Artenstein.
sense the emotional journey you are on. It was during this period that I came up with the idea to do a documentary called Rescue Me – a film about people who rescue dogs and the dogs who rescue them back. And it was then that I came up with the idea to create Doggie Street Festival.” Southern California’s largest pet adoption festival will take place July 14 in Los Angeles at the Westfield Century City and July 28 in San Diego area – with the exact location to be announced soon. Last year, this event placed 150 dogs in loving homes. Comfortable in her role as a documentary producer, Artenstein decided to take on a new challenge: producing a pet television show. Co-produced with her husband, Isaac, the Pet Lounge television show premiered April 8. It airs four times a week in San Diego County on Channel 4 on Cox Cable and on Channel 4 on Time Warner Cable as well as Orange County and Santa Barbara with plans to expand to Las Vegas and possibly, Phoenix. “I love making documentaries, but wanted to do something in my medium that is a little more immedi-
ately – like a TV show. How hard could that be?” laughs Artenstein. I first met Artenstein when she and her film crew arrived at my Oceanside home to record a series of short segments on pet first aid. I’m a master certified pet first aid/CPR instructor with Pet Tech. Often joining me in my hands-on training classes are my fourlegged teaching assistants: my dog, Chipper and my cat, Zeki. Both performed their pet first aid tasks on cue in front of the cameras, much to the amazement of Artenstein. “I have to admit when you called out for your cat, Zeki and she strolled into the room and jumped on the table and allowed you to wrap her up in a bath towel, I had to keep myself from yelling in amazement because we were filming,” says Artenstein. “I’ve never seen a cat do that.” She and her small crew – that included her lovable 3-year-old dog, Bogart — arrived at 9 a.m. that day. Before her head hit the pillow that night, she directed the filming of dogs kayaking in Shelter Island, dogs enjoying water taxi and gondola rides in Coronado, interviewed a landscaper in Encinitas
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Jude Artenstein (left), creator of Pet Lounge TV, visits Four Legged Life columnist, Arden Moore, seen here with Chipper and Zeki.
who creates safe gardens for pets, filmed an artist who paints only dogs, polled pet people at Balboa’s dog park and featured the cattery at the San Diego Humane Society. Yes, all of this in one day. “Just when you feel like you’re running out of energy, you meet the next guest on the show and their energy revitalizes me,” says Artenstein. “Pet Lounge was born out of my desire to learn more about the pet community. I enjoy spotlighting the extraordinary things people are doing for the extraordinary animals who influence our lives.” Now, instead of riding in the back of a family sedan, Artenstein is behind the steering wheel, chronically our life with our pets. Learn more about the magic Artenstein performs in front of and behind the camera by visiting the Pet Lounge TV site (www.petloungetv.com) and the Doggie Street Festival site (doggiestreetfestival.org).
Founder of Four Legged Life.com and creator of National Dog Party Day, Arden Moore is an animal behavior consultant, best-selling author, professional speaker and certified pet first aid master instructor. Enroll in her pet first aid classes to earn certification. Each week, she hosts the award-winning Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio. To learn more, visit www.fourleggedlife.com, www.petfirst aid4u.com and www.petliferadio.com/behave.html. www.sandiegopetsmagazine.com | MAY 2013 17
Adopt a Recycled Rabbit Your New Green Companion
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You’re vegetarian, you shop with your own recycled bags and work hard to keep your waste out of the landfill, so it make sense that you are leaning toward an animal companion who matches your green lifestyle. Look no further – rabbits are one of the most planetfriendly pets around!
Rabbits Create a Very Small Carbon Paw Print Like you, rabbits are herbivores. They eat only plants and grasses. They are “local” consumers, enjoying fresh hays and greens available locally. Shop at your local farmer’s market for their daily salad and enjoy an extra bonus; ask for the “trimmings” from carrots, beets, turnips, etc. and get them for free! Hay can come from your local feed store or from the House Rabbit Society’s community hay sales program, decreasing the “food miles” required to sustain your rabbit companion. A rabbit’s waste is comprised of broken down hay fibers, which is clean and free from bacteria that are harmful to our environment or us. This makes them cleaner, fresher smelling, and easier to care for than most other animal companion species. Your rabbit’s litter box waste can go straight
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Rabbits Love Recycled Rabbits love “green” toys. Cardboard boxes make great hideouts and are fun to chew. Empty tissue boxes or toilet paper tubes stuffed with hay make yummy treats. Old magazines and phone books translate into hours of shredding fun. Empty paper bags create fun hiding places. No need to spend money on expensive new toys—just share your junk mail and paper-based waste with bunny!
Bucket playing in the garden. Photo by Judith Pierce
onto your compost pile, your outdoors plants (the droppings can go into your indoor plants), or into the green waste bins collected by your trash company. If you use a rabbit-friendly paper or wood-based litter box filler that, along with bunny’s droppings and hay, makes wonderful compost material. Love to garden? Plant a vegetable and edible flower garden to feed you – and your rabbit – and use bunny’s litter box contents to fertilize the plants and act as mulch to protect roots and hold in moisture. You don’t even have to compost it first; rabbit waste is nutrient rich and safe to use right from the litter box. If you belong to a garden co-op or a gardening club, your rabbit’s litter box waste will be like “gold;” everyone will want some!
Rabbits also love babies’ toys. Heavy plastic chew toys and rattles are fun to fling, rattle, and chew. Toddler playhouses from Little Tikes make great bunny play areas. Pick these up at resale shops for children.
Green Cleaning Use non-toxic cleaning products for your rabbit. Vinegar and water make the best cleaning solution for your bunny’s washable bedding, toys, and litter box. Not only is it completely safe, vinegar has been proven to kill bacteria. Also keep your yard and home free from pesticides and fertilizers that can harm bunny – and you. Instead, use Diatomaceous Earth (available at nurseries or online) to kill fleas, mites and other pests.
Adopt a Recycled Rabbit Adopt – don’t shop for your new rabbit companion. Visit your local shelter, humane society or rabbit rescue when looking for a bunny friend. Thousands of rabbits end up with local animal welfare agencies, in need of a good home, especially after Easter. Don’t shop at a pet store or breeder when so many pure bred rabbits are available through rescues. When you purchase from a breeder or pet store, you are contributing to the problem of animal overpopulation as there are not enough homes for every bunny born. To learn more about adopting a “recycled” rabbit, visit
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t can happen very unexpectedly. One day he is just a furry friend. ...Then somehow, some way, you come to realize that this little creature has nuzzled his way into your heart; and now you are forced to face the unforeseen, unavoidable, incontrovertible facts: you’re looking at your new family member. Such was the case for a San Diego Humane Society volunteer, Keyla, when she met a rabbit named, Titus. Titus had a job at the Humane Society as a Pet-Assisted Therapy animal. Keyla explains, “I have to say that it was something that happened gradually (like a lot of things in life). One thing I know for sure is that I found myself looking forward to spending time with Titus. There was something that drew me to him...the biggest reasons were how sweet-natured and gentle he is. And he’s always up for a nose rub!” Love finds us. Oftentimes, (especially with those of the furry persuasion) when we aren’t even looking. And for Keyla and her, this unexpected family member could not possibly have been a happier surprise.
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About the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
The San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent animal cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals. www.sdhumane.org.
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The French Fry Protection Racket
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y dog is running a protection racket. For those of you who don’t remember the old gangster films of the 1930s, a protection racket is where a couple of thugs go to some small business and tell the owner that if he don’t pay them some money on a regular basis, ‘Somethin’ bad might happen to his business.’ Well, my Labrador has apparently been watching late-night Turner Classic Movies. But he don’t want no money. He’s after French fries. Musket is a retired Guide Dog, but when he was working, I took him everywhere, including restaurants. As an Assistance Animal, he had access to all public places. He always behaved as a well-trained dog. He never caused any trouble. He was welcomed in restaurants from coast to coast. Patrons were impressed by how quiet and sweet he was and often commented on this. Sometimes they didn’t even know he was there until it was time to leave and he poked his big head out from under the table. “Hey, I didn’t even know he was down there!” Well, that’s what an Assistance Dog is supposed to be. Unseen. Okay, fine. But there’s a minor hitch, in my case. First of all, Musket, like most Labradors, loves food. Right? Nope, not even close. I think, given a choice between breathing and food, he’d give up breathing. When I took Musket into a restaurant, his nose immediately began to twitch. It buzzed so fast it sounded like a hive
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of angry bees. He knew this was a magical place where nice people brought you food for nothing. Of course, like any other kid today, he knew nothing of paying for food. I never let him have the credit card. Food just appeared. After being led to my table, I told Musket to go underneath and lie down. He did this right away. Then I sat down and discussed my order with the waitress. “By the way,” I usually said, “my Guide Dog is under the table, so if you feel something licking your ankle, don’t freak out.” Most often the waitress was enchanted
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by Musket and asked if he would like some water. Once that was settled, I ordered my food. I’m a typical American guy. I like hamburgers. Since I like to keep things simple I ask for French fries rather than a baked potato or rice. Soon the order arrived and was placed before me. And that’s when the thug under the table made his move. “Hey pal. Nice place you got here. I wouldn’t want nothin’ bad to happen to it.” “What do you mean, Musket?” I was trying to be calm, but I felt a tiny chill. The pressure was being applied. “Well, things happen, y’know? I mean, suppose somehow something bumped your elbow just as you were picking up your cup of coffee. That would make a mess, wouldn’t it?” “Yeah, I guess it would. I’ll have to be careful, huh? Heh, heh.” For a long moment, no sound came from under the table, but the buzzing of a cold nose. “Yeah, but no matter how careful you try to be, you can’t anticipate everything. I might, ah, ‘accidentally’ grab the tablecloth with my teeth and pull it down. Just think of the
mess that would make.” Now I was really sweating. I tried to eat, but the food had lost all its flavor. “I think I understand what you’re saying. So what do I do?” “It ain’t much. Really, you’ll never notice it. Just ‘accidentally drop a few fries on the floor. You’re a blind guy, so no one will pay any mind.” “Um…okay. But you remember, the Guide Dog school says you’re never supposed to have people food. It’s not good for you.” It was weak, but it was all I had. “Oh,” came the silent but determined voice from under the table. “I see. Well, if you want to take the chance…” “No!” I almost blurted out. “I didn’t mean that. I’m responsible for your health. And fries aren’t healthy for you.” I swear I heard a snort. “And that double bacon chili cheeseburger with extra mayo is health food? What would Mommy say?” He had me there. “You win,” I said, finally wilting. I had no choice. As bad as his ‘accidents’ might have been, I couldn’t have him telling Jane about my little culinary indulgence. “Okay, but just a few.” “That’s fine, pal. Nothin’ bad will happen.” After I’d paid up, the meal went fine. But you know the lesson. ‘Once you’ve given in to them, you’re theirs for life.’ At least I got to eat my burger in peace. Until the next time.
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Note: This is a humorous satire. I don’t encourage anyone to give dogs food at the table, and certainly not people food. So stop dialing the ASPCA and PETA. And for dog’s sake, don’t call my wife! MARK CARLSON lives in San Diego with with his wife, Jane and Guide Dogs Musket and Saffron. A docent at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and aviation historian, Mark writes for several national aviation magazines. He is a featured speaker for many local adult education programs. His first book, ‘Confessions of a Guide Dog – The Blonde Leading the Blind’ is a humorous memoir about the adventures of life with Musket. It is available online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and iUniverse.com. Contact Mark, Musket and Saffron at www.musketmania.com.
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Tami’s Tender Touch B y
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f you are looking for a groomer who specializes in giving personalized service, along with a homey, artistic atmosphere, Tami’s Tender Touch is the place for you. Tami’s Tender Touch is owned by Tami Dahl, who is not only a caring dog and cat groomer, but also a talented artist. The jewelry that she creates is on display near the front desk where you will also find copies of San Diego Pets Magazine. What makes this place so special? The people who work there and the caring service they provide. When you walk in, you are greeted by Alyce Jones, a delightful woman who is also Tami’s mother. She is 74 and could be retired enjoying her golf games, but she loves her work and plans on being at Tami’s as long as she can. Tami’s Tender Touch has grown into its third location. They do not advertise, but rather rely on word of mouth. As a mom-and-daughter business, competing with large corporate groomers, they keep their prices low and the quality of service high. Tami’s present location is large and airy with room to expand if need be. She first opened Tami’s Tender Touch in 2000. Alice came on board in 2002. As her reputation and clientele grew, she moved two more times until arriving at her present site. Another thing that makes this place special is the loving atmosphere. Be-
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sides Tami and her mother, there are nine people working there, seven full time, including Myrinda who has been there since Tami opened, Katie, Heidi, Paula, Tia, Kyle, and Harley. Except for Myrinda, Tami has trained all of them, and they are a close knit group. They are also all artistic, and many of the customers have bought their origami mobiles and cross stitch pictures as well as Tami’s jewelry and scarves. Tami listens to her customers, takes notes, and keeps sheets on all the dogs. Tami’s serves around 6,000 customers with 30 to 40 dogs arriving daily. She also grooms several cats. The place is very organized and there are different rooms for bathing and air drying the
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animals. She has a special tub to bathe large dogs, and uses large carpet dryers to dry them off making sure the temperature is just right. Tami wants both her employees and the dogs they groom to be comfortable and happy. There are chairs near the front where customers can sit and read while they wait for their pet. Many like to peruse the collars, leashes and various items that are for sale. They can also admire the gifts from customers that are on top of the fireplace. Come and visit them soon. Tami’s Tender Touch is located at 8841 La Mesa Blvd near Jackson in La Mesa. Their phone number is (619) 465-7387.
BUSINESS LISTINGS List your Business, call (619) 573-5615 Behavior Buddies by Camp BowWow
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Do-It-Yourself•Service•Accessories 4933 Voltaire St., San Diego, CA 92107 (619) 523-1700 http://www.dogwash.com
Dog Walking, Pet Sitting & Dog Training Bonded and Insured (619) 889-7767 www.myhomebuddies.com/LaJolla
California Veterinary Specialists
EasyTurf A Field Turf Company Request a FREE DESIGN consultation 2750 La Mirada Dr, Vista, CA 92081 1-800-550-7270 www.sdpets.easyturf.com
Professional Pet Sitters Experience with Special Needs Animals Certified Pet First Aid & CPR (858) 352-6988 • KittycareLJ@att.net
2310 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008, (760) 431-2273 • 7 days 24 hrs. www.CaliforniaVeterinarySpecialists.com
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Four Legged Life
Leashes and Love
Pet event speaker Arden Moore Dog/cat behavior consults Host dog parties • (760) 433-3480 www.fourleggedlife.com
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Company Serving San Diego and surrounding areas
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You’re My Dawg, Dog
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A LEXICON OF DOG TERMS FOR PEOPLE
The new book, You’re My Dawg, Dog gives us fascinating etymologies and vivid examples of familiar phrases like “dog days”, “dogfight”, “Dogfish”, and the “dog collar” worn by clergymen. Colorful dog terms are defined, like “black dog” which was Churchill’s nickname for his bouts of depression, “tough dog to keep on the porch”—Hillary’s descriptive for Bill, and “doggie style,” which the author coyly explains is not “Vogue for Airedales and Cocker Spaniels.”
Dogfight (n) A no-holds-barred brawl. “When Herb found Josiah with his fiancée Sally at the party, it turned into a scene out of Amores Perros—the two of them on the floor, Herb biting Josiah’s ear like he was Mike Tyson.” 2. One-on-one aerial combat. Two famous dogfighting aces from World War I were Eddie Rickenbacker and Baron Manfred von Richthofen. Battles with the latter were famously parodied by Charles Schulz with the legendary Snoopy fighting from the roof of his Sopwith Camel doghouse.
Lucky dog (n) A very fortunate person, sometimes used to imply undeservedly so. “Herb, that lucky dog, won the lottery the same week his company Amalgamated Schmaltz was awarded a no-bid, cost-plus military supply contract for Iraq, and Paramount gave him a million dollars for the rights to his story.”
From You're My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People by Donald Friedman & J.C. Suarès. Welcome Books. Text* © 2013 Donald Friedman. Illustrations © 2013 J.C. Suarès. www.welcomebooks.com/dawg
Leash Your Fitness Fitness class for you and your DOG. Classes / events throughtout San Diego. 619-822-3296 http://www.LeashYourFitness.com
Linda Michaels, MA Victoria Stilwell-licensed Private/Customized Force-free Dog Training La Jolla to Carlsbad (858) 259-9663 www.DogPsychologistOnCall.com
National Cat Protection Society
A shelter whose mission is dedicated to the protection and welfare of cats. 9031 Birch St. • Spring Valley (619) 469-8771 • http://natcat.org
Pet First Aid 4 U
SD House Rabbit Society
Dog and cat 1st aid, CPR classes Hands-on training. Earn certificate. Throughout S.D. • (760) 433-3480 www.petfirstaid4u.com
(858) 356-4286 www.SanDiegoRabbits.org
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education 887 1/2 Sherman Street, SD, CA 92110 Wildlife Information Line 619-225-9453 www.projectwildlife.org
(619) 299-7012 www.sdhumane.org
Puptown Doggy Daycare
The Total Dog, Swim & Gym
205 16th Street. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 234-5278 www.puptown.net
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COMMUNITY RESOURCE GUIDE
Emergency Hospitals BONITA/CHULA VISTA Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of South County (619) 591-4802 885 Canarios Court, #108, Chula Vista, CA 91910 www.PESCSanDiego.com
CARLSBAD California Veterinary Specialists 7 days 24 hours (760) 431-2273 2310 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008, www.CaliforniaVeterinarySpecialists.com
Animal Shelters & Humane Societies
Rescue & Adoption
ACCEPT STRAYS & HAVE ADOPTION
A Passion For Paws (Akita Rescue) (818) 925-4827 www.APassionForPaws.org
BAY PARK/MISSION VALLEY County Animal Services
Baja Dog Rescue (619) 407-9372 www.bajadogrescue.org
5480 Gaines St., CA 92110 (619) 767-2675 www.sddac.com Hours: Tues-Sat 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The Barking Lot (619) 796-2253 www.thebarkinglot.net
BONITA County Animal Services 5821 Sweetwater Road, CA 91902 (619) 767-2675 www.sddac.com Hours: Tue-Sat 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
CAMP PENDLETON Camp Pendleton Animal Shelter
VCA North Coast Veterinary & Emergency (760) 632-1072 414 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024, www.VCANorthCoast.com
CARLSBAD County Animal Services
4th St. Area 25 Bldg. 25132 CA 92054 (760) 725-8120
Cat Adoption Service (760) 550-2287 www.sdcats.org Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego www.ChihuahuaRescueofSanDiego.com Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue www.forgottenpaws.org
2481 Palomar Airport Road, CA 92011 619) 767-2675 www.sddac.com Hours: Tue-Sat 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Furry Foster 858-848-PETS (7387) http://furryfoster.com
Animal Urgent Care of Escondido 7 Days 24 hours (760) 738-9600 2430-A S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025, www.AUC.US.com
CHULA VISTA City of Chula Vista Animal Shelter
German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue www.GSP-Rescue.org
130 Beyer Way, CA 91911 (619) 691-5123 www.cvacf.org Hours: Sun & Mon Closed, Tue-Fri 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Greyhound Connection www.GreyhoundConnection.org
CORONADO Animal Care Facility
Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc. https://sites.google.com/site/idtdinc/
Animal ER of San Diego (858) 569-0600 5610 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego, CA 92111 M-F 6 p.m.-8 a.m. Sat/Sun 24 hours
LA MESA Pet Emergency & Specialty Center 7 Days 24 hours (619) 462-4800 5232 Jackson Drive #105, La Mesa, CA 91942, www.PESCSanDiego.com
MISSION VALLEY VCA Emergency Animal Hospital 7 Days 24 hours (619) 299-2400 2317 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108 www.VCAEmergency.com
MURRIETA California Veterinary Specialists 7 days 24 hours (951) 600-9803 25100 Hancock Ave. #116, Murrieta, CA 92562, www.CaliforniaVeterinarySpecialists.com
OCEANSIDE Mission Animal & Bird Hospital 7 Days 24 hours (760) 433-3763 655 Benet Rd., Oceanside, CA 92058 www.missionanimal.com
1395 First Street, Coronado, CA 92118 (619) 522-7371 Hours: 7 days 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
EL CAJON City of El Cajon Animal Shelter 1275 N. Marshall Ave., CA 92020 (619) 441-1580 Hours: Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
ESCONDIDO Escondido Humane Society 3450 E. Valley Parkway, CA 92027 (760) 888-2275 www.EscondidoHumaneSociety.org Hours: 7 days 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
OCEANSIDE San Diego Humane Society-North (For dogs) 2905 San Luis Rey Road, CA 92058 (619) 299-7012 www.SDHumane.org Hours: 7 days 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Diego Humane Society-North (For cats) 572 Airport Road, CA 92058 (619) 299-7012 www.SDHumane.org Hours: 7 days 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
ACCEPT OWNER RELINQUISHED ANIMALS BAY PARK/MISSION VALLEY San Diego Humane Society-San Diego Campus 5500 Gaines Street, CA 92110 (619) 299-7012 www.SDHumane.org Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Animal Emergency Clinic (858) 748-7387 12775 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064 M-F 6 p.m.-8 a.m. Sat/Sun. 24 hours www.AnimalEmergencySD.com
Friends of Cats 15587 Olde Highway 80, CA, 92021 (619) 561-0361 www.FriendsofCats.org Hours: Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
SAN MARCOS Veterinary Specialty Hospital (760) 466-0600 2055 Montiel Road, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069 www.vshsd.com
SORRENTO VALLEY Veterinary Specialty Hospital 7 Days 24 hours (858) 875-7500 10435 Sorrento Valley Road., San Diego, CA 92121 www.VSHSD.com 24 MAY 2013 | www.sandiegopetsmagazine.com
Itâ€™s The Pits (Specializing in the Bully Breeds) (858) 484-0985 http://itsthepits.rescuegroups.org Last Chance at Life All Breed Animal Rescue (760) 433-3763 x224 (Schedule an appointment) www.lastchanceatlife.org List Srv 4 Therapy Dog Teams firstname.lastname@example.org Open Arms Rescue (Dogs under 15lbs) (760) 470-7643 www.openarmsrescue.org Operation Greyhound (619) 588-6611 www.OperationGreyhound.com Paws of Coronado (619) 522-7371 www.PawsOfCoronado.org Pit Bull Rescue of San Diego (858) 693-7331 www.PitBullRescueSanDiego.com Rescue House (760) 591-1211 www.rescuehouse.org San Diego House Rabbit Society (858) 356-4286 www.SanDiegoRabbits.org San Diego Spaniel Rescue (619) 922-0545 www.sdsr.org
San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society (619) 593-2123 www.SDTurtle.org
Rancho Coastal Humane Society 389 Requeza Street, CA 92024 (760) 753-6413 www.sdpets.org Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tue 11:30 a.m-5 p.m.
Second Chance Dog Rescue (619) 721-3647 http://secondchancedogrescue.org
RANCHO SANTA FE
Upward Dog Rescue (858) 345-2434 www.upwarddogrescue.org
Helen Woodward Animal Center 6461 El Apajo Road, CA 92067 (858) 756-4117 www.AnimalCenter.org Hours: 7 days 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Westie Rescue of California (619) 579-6395 www.WestieRescueCA.com
National Cat Protection Society 9031 Birch Street, CA 91977 (619) 469-8771 www.NatCat.org Hours: Tue-Sat noon-5 p.m.
Wee Companions (619) 934-6007 http://WeeCompanions.org
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An Unexpected Start with the Gift of an Angel
American Therapy Pets, a recently established animal assisted therapy organization in San Diego, finds all things happen for a reason.
A broken iPad led Judi Wells, USO volunteer and American Therapy Pets (ATP) director of operations, to the local Apple store where something unexpected was found: A seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, named Angel. One of ATP’s therapy dogs is a male Belgian Malinois, so Wells immediately recognized the breed and started a conversation with the owner. What happened next is an exceptional story. The owner, a young 22-year-old woman had found herself desperate to find a home for Angel as she was moving and could not take her dog. Within hours, ATP went into action, not as a therapy pet organization, but as a rescue effort for Angel. Otherwise, Angel would be dropped off at an animal shelter with an unknown fate. Wells and Joel Kordis, the director of business development for ATP, spent the next three days putting together a plan for finding Angel a new home. Angel was staying with Wells and her husband, Art, while efforts were underway. While doing work at Camp Pendleton, Wells met Staff Sergeant Justin Brown who was wounded during combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq in 2005. Now medically retired, SSgt. Brown and his family reside in Stafford, Virginia where he works with wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.
After a conversation with Wells, SSgt. Brown was convinced Angel was meant for him. Angel and SSgt. Brown met recently, and it was a match. SSgt. Brown went into action and arranged for Angel to accompany him back to Virginia where he will be training Angel as his service dog. ATP is a non-profit, charitable organization and depends on donations for its’ operations. In addition to providing animal-assisted therapy at hospitals, senior care facilities and schools, ATP is the official therapy dog service for USO San Diego and the only USO program of its’ kind in the United States. ATP is actively recruiting teams to join their organization.
For more information, visit
Angel’s first day with Art and Judi.
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 3 pm - 7 pm
Walk for the Animals NCT Park at Liberty Station
PAWS 20th Fiesta Celebration
This year’s Walk for Animals will be held at a new location – NCT Park at Liberty Station! www.sdhumane.org
Come celebrate the roaring 20’s! Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome. RSVP via phone or online by May 27 or tickets may be purchased the day of the event at the door. See ad on page 17.
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm
22nd Annual May Party Super Hero Pugs!
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9 am - 3 pm
This year's theme is Pug Super Heroes so let the costumes begin! Join the Pug Rescue San Diego County for raﬄe, boutique, contests, venders and so much more at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. www.pugbutts.com
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 9:30 am - 1 pm
Encinitas Pet Health Expo Get free spay and neuter coupons, lowcost shots, microchips and your pet licenced. Enjoy plenty of fun activities, exhibitors and even a best trick contest. www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
5th Annual Bandit’s Blood Drive Honoring San Diego Heroes! Continuing Bandit’s legacy of making a difference in life while helping to save lives. This blood drive, to benefit the San Diego Blood Bank, is a family festival, with free BBQ for all, VIP lounge for blood donors, live music, special guests, entertainment for kids, plus it’s dog friendly! www.sandiegoharley.com/event_calendar.asp
All proceeds beneﬁt Second Chance Dog Rescue. See ad on page 14. www.DogPartyDay.com
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Loews Surf Dog Competition The Loews Coronado Bay Resort’s Surf Dog Competition will take place in Imperial Beach California. South of the Pier this year. www.loewssurfdog.blogspot.com
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 4 pm - 8 pm
3rd Annual Pints for Pups A dog-friendly event that will be fun for the whole family. Food trucks, “Dog Shack” and “Mangia!Mangia!” will be onsite serving up American and Italian fare. $1 from every pint purchased will be donated back to New Leash on Life a organization that raises and trains guide dog puppies for future blind companions. www.facebook.com/events/483958624991618/
Friday, June 21, 2013
National Dog Party Day Don’t just sit and stay – buy your tickets today to attend the PAW-Tee of the year.
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Be Your Pet’s Health Ally!
Pet First Aid/CPR classes with a real cat and dog! 760-433-3480 www.petﬁrstaid4u.com
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Meet Dr. Exotic: The Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital celebrates its 25th anniversary with a move to its new location. Plus, Saving Two Live...