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Issue 8 Jun - Jul - Aug


A Welcome Note from the publisher Founder & Publisher

SIRENA JOHNSON Graphic Designer | Art Director


Contributing Writers




of Reflective Photos & Member Photographer of HeARTs Speak

I can hardly believe that July marks two years in publication! This magazine is my heart's passion and I feel so blessed to continue on what has been an amazing journey thus far. With continuous growth, I am pleased to announce a redesigned, improved website, launching mid-June! The new is loaded with content such as dog friendly parks and trails, animal shelter and rescue info and a pet services marketplace. You can find out what pet events are happening near you or flip through the pages of each digital issue of Paw Print. We will continue to strive to be the “go to” source for Hudson Valley pet lovers and will be constantly adding more info and resources! Please visit often! Thank you for reading and have a pawesome Summer! Love for the animals~

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Sirena Johnson Founder & Publisher ON THE COVER Fozzy is a personable young cat who is FIV positive. Since his immunity is compromised, he needs a high quality diet and regular vet visits. Other than that, he is very easy going and sweet and is awaiting his furever home at Mid Hudson Animal Aid in Beacon, NY. ( Featured as this issue's Rescue Spotlight on page 15)

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Summer 2016 the K9 kind A Match Made in Heaven  4 - 7

the dinner dish Proper Nutrition Improves Pet Health  8 - 9

local tales Savannah's K-9 Lifeline  10 - 13

DIY Lavender Coconut Dog Shampoo  14

rescue spotlight Mid Hudson Animal Aid  15

what's up dog? Pet Events Calendar  16

pet resources Helpful Contact Information  19

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the K9-kind

A Match Made in Heaven

How to Find the Perfect Doggy Partner

You’ve made the decision to add a four-legged love into your family. An adorable furball with a wet nose and wagging tail, who will bring you so much joy and be there for you when you get home from work.

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What kind of

dog is the right fit for you?

the K9 kind You’ve made the decision to add a four-legged love into your family. An adorable furball with a wet nose and wagging tail, who will bring you so much joy and be there for you when you get home from work. But before selecting your new best friend, you have some research to do… what kind of dog is the right fit for you? Maria Huntoon began working with dogs 17 years ago and has spent the past 12 years in canine behavior. She trained guide dogs for the blind for 9 years and now her biggest passion is helping people understand their pet dogs (particularly rescues). She offers private sessions and a holistic approach to create harmony with your best fourlegged friend.

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According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.9 million dogs end up in shelters or rescues every year. People acquire a puppy when he’s cute and innocent, but then don’t like the dog he has become once the allure has worn off and he’s showing who he really is. Rather than cause you both heartache, it’s really important to do your research about various dog breeds to determine which breeds would be a good fit for your personality and lifestyle before heading to the shelter or breeder. Here are some things to ask yourself:

What kind of family situation do I have?

Where children are involved you will want to do careful research before bringing a new dog into your home. Is the dog familiar with children and does he like them? Which breeds tend to be more gentle/tolerant with children than others?

Do I have other pets?

Dogs with a high prey drive, like a Rhodesian Ridgeback or one of the many sighthound breeds, may be relentless at chasing smaller animals that scurry or dart – anything that moves quickly gets their attention and the thrill of the chase is an extremely rewarding action that plays to their instinctive nature. Some breeds, such as Australian Shepherds and Border Collies, thrive on having a job to do (like herding) so they usually make fantastic farm dogs and can co-exist with larger pet breeds such as horses, cows, and even goats.

What is my ideal size limit?

A Yorkshire Terrier may be “pocket-sized” and easily transportable, but very tiny dogs also require an extra eye to ensure they do not get stepped on or taken over by other animals or children in the household. Some larger breeds – such as Newfoundlands and Great Danes – may not fully know their own size or strength so may require an extra eye around babies and small children.

How do I feel about barking?

Some breeds (like many terriers and hounds) are more vocal than others. They feel it’s their job to alert you to every moving object outside your home, or they just have big personalities and big opinions to go with it. Other dogs are perfectly content hardly letting out a peep. If barking is on your “will not tolerate” list of pet peeves, it’s generally not a good idea to indulge in a Beagle or Chihuahua. ▲

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What is my energy level like? How much time am I willing to devote to exercising my dog?

Some breeds are well-known for having a lower energy level. Bassett Hounds, English Bulldogs and Bull Mastiffs typically tend to be happy with a short walk daily. Then there are dogs that have high energy and don’t know how to sit still for very long. They really like being busy and need to be taught to settle (it doesn’t come naturally). These dogs are your Pointers, Jack Russell Terriers and Siberian Huskies, to name a few.

Can I provide strong respectable leadership?

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There are some breeds that are known for being independent-minded and like to do things their way, such as the Dachshund, Akita, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. These breeds need consistent training from the beginning and a strong leader, as they can be stubborn and will easily try to rule the roost. Without a strong leader, they can develop behavior issues. On the other hand, some breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and Bichon Frises are known for being loyal people-pleasers. They just like to see you happy and will do whatever it takes!

What kind of common health concerns am I willing to deal with and can I afford to take on?

Many health concerns are universal among dog breeds, but there are some health risks that are more common in specific breeds. For example, Pugs and English Bulldogs are susceptible to respiratory problems due to their short muzzles. Doberman Pinschers may be predisposed to heart problems and might require annual screenings. Boxers tend to have a higher risk of cancer than other breeds. Just about every breed has at least one, so it’s important to know what you might be getting into before getting your new pup.

What are my requirements for grooming upkeep?

Grooming requirements are certainly different for every breed. And it isn’t always dependent on the length of the hair – some Pit Bulls shed as much as Collies. Some breeds such as German Shepherds, Corgis, and Alaskan Malamutes all have a thick undercoat of fur which requires regular de-shedding. Finer-coated breeds like Poodles, Airedale Terriers and Cairn Terriers require regular clipping to ensure 6   Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine | Summer 2016 

their hair doesn’t get matted. Maintaining regular grooming practices is important for the health of your dog. Don’t like any hair? There are a few hairless breeds, such as the Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless) and Chinese Crested Dog, which offer minimal plumage of any kind.

Keep in mind

Selecting a dog because he’s cute and smart is not a good enough reason and could cause you serious problems later on. Before choosing a breed, you must consider the size, average life span, grooming requirements, temperament traits, energy level, ideal living situation, and common health risks for each breed you are considering. It’s also important to remember that even within the same breed, all dogs are individuals. While understanding the traits of the breeds you are considering will give you a better chance at selecting a dog that will fit with your lifestyle, it’s not a guarantee that your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be like all the other Cavs you’ve seen. This speaks to how important it is to get to know your puppy options before selecting one, and scheduling a visit to meet the pups prior to adopting will give you a chance to get to know them all a bit and make the wisest decision. If you’re not sure about which breed might be the right fit for you, ask a trainer or behavior consultant. Some might even be willing to visit the shelter or breeder with you to help pick the best pup for you.

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PawTip The more often you trim your dog's nails, the more the ‘quick’ ( a blood vessel that runs down the middle of the nail ) will regress into the nail, allowing you to cut them shorter each time.

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I would like to see carnivores like dogs and cats eating a species-appropriate diet. Whenever you have a system designed for a certain fuel, it’s best to use that fuel. If you have a car that runs on gasoline, it’s not going to run better on hydrogen or diesel. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about a mechanical or biological system. Now you might be able to switch fuels, say unleaded gasoline in a car that requires leaded gasoline (remember those cars?), and it would probably run...but not well. It wouldn’t run optimally. The same thing applies for dogs and cats. We can put

the dinner dish

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PawFact Cats can’t taste sugary foods due to a faulty sweet receptor gene.

kibble and grain-based diets in their system, we can give them generic canned dog food and cat food, and their machinery can run on it, but it won’t run optimally. It will be prone to malfunction and disease and other problems. We want to feed what is most appropriate for their bodies, and that means coming as close to raw prey as we can. Dogs are a little more omnivorous, while cats are obligate carnivores, but in any case primarily they’re both carnivores.

Cats Don't Drink - Kibble Kills Cats

Cats are a desert species – they have descended from a species adapted to desert living. They have the special physiological adaptations for conserving water, and they get all of their hydration needs met through their food. Cats generally don’t have a sense of thirst.



Cats have a great problem with dry food. Dry food kills cats. If you have a healthy cat on a healthy diet (no dry food), you’ll find that he or she virtually never takes a drink of water. If you keep something tasty like a little broth or milk around, they’ll drink it because it tastes good, but they will not be driven to drink out of thirst. Any cat that is drinking is ill – either from dehydration due to a dry food diet, or from some other condition like cancer, kidney disease, thyroid disease, etc.

Feed A Species-Appropriate Diet

So what is a species-appropriate diet? For dogs and cats both, the closer you come to imitating raw prey, the better they do. Mostly this means providing meat (raw is best) with a high quality grain-free commercial pet food and/or pureed veggies. 9 

Life for this precious little girl can be interrupted by seizures anywhere from 30 to 100 times a day, even being on an average of eight different medications."

A Canine Lifeline for Local Girl with Epilepsy Article & Photography by Dorothy Wills-Raftery Photo captions from left to right: Savannah Whitaker smiles while reading a FiveSibes™ Tales book, starring Wolf and the FiveSibes, including big brother, Gibson, who is an epileptic dog. Wolf of the FiveSibes gives paw to Savannah Whitaker and her mom, Ashley. Savannah Whitaker and Wolf of the FiveSibes.

At first glance, kindergarten student Savannah Whitaker, daughter of Ashley and Ryan Whitaker of Kingston, NY, is like any other child—she rides the school bus, loves to play outside (especially in mud), enjoys reading, is fascinated by airplanes, counts macaroni as one of her favorite foods, and says purple is her favorite color. However, life for this precious little girl can be interrupted by seizures anywhere from 30 to 100 times a day, even being on an average of eight different medications, because Savannah has Epilepsy. At age two, Savannah was diagnosed with absence seizures. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, “An absence seizure causes a short period of ‘blanking out’ or staring into space. Like other kinds of seizures, they are caused by abnormal activity in a person’s brain. They can begin and end abruptly, lasting only a few seconds….” Savannah’s seizures continued to worsen as she grew older, and in February 2015, she had a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure and was hospitalized. Her mother says she initially was diagnosed with idiopathic generalized seizures and Refractory Epilepsy, which according to John Hopkins Medicine means, “medicines don't work well, or at all, to control the

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local tales seizures.” Her diagnosis recently changed from idiopathic generalized seizures to atonic seizures with a clonic component. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, when a person has an atonic seizure, the “muscles suddenly lose strength. The eyelids may droop, the head may nod, and the person may drop things and often falls to the ground. The person usually remains conscious.” Clonic seizures are, “rhythmic jerking movements of the arms and legs, sometimes on both sides of the body.” “When Savannah was diagnosed with Epilepsy our world fell apart,” recalls Savannah’s grandmother, Debbie Chambers. “How could this perfect, happy, funny little girl with a smile that would light up the world, be so sick? What started out to be five to 10 seizures per day, ended up being in the hundreds during her recent hospitalization.” Savannah’s family tries to stay strong for her, but with a child having so many

chronic seizures, they live in constant fear. “Savannah is at risk for SUDEP, Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy,” states her mother. “It’s scary. When she had the grand mal seizure, before it happened, she said, ‘Mommy, help me.’ Then she dropped and started seizing. Epilepsy, it’s a nasty, nasty disease. And no one talks about it either. I wish more people talked about Epilepsy.” Savannah’s grandmother says that, “Getting a seizure response dog will be Savannahs K-9 lifeline.” In an effort to help her granddaughter, Debbie started researching and studying Epilepsy. She joined support groups on Facebook and connected with the Chelsea Hutchinson Epileptic Foundation. “Julie Hutchinson, who lives in Colorado, started this Foundation when her daughter passed away from SUDEP. She has been a wealth of knowledge. This group has made me feel that we are not alone,” says Debbie. “I started reading how these seizure dogs have saved lives. Sa-

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vannah’s doctor agreed this was a great idea, so the search started.” With the help of the Foundation, she discovered Domesti-PUPS (, a nonprofit organization located in Lincoln, Nebraska that provides service dogs who are trained rescued dogs. The Whitaker family applied, and Savannah has now been approved for a seizure response dog that will be trained specifically for her needs. “This new addition to our family will give us all peace of mind,” says Debbie. “The dog will be trained for commands and will be with Savannah at all times to protect her if she falls. During the night, there is the potential for her to sieze while sleeping. The dog will be able to alert an adult and prevent what could be a devastating outcome .”

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And just how important is it to Michelle to have a seizure alert dog? “The bond you have with your service dog is incredible. Trumpet is my life. He’s my lifeline in a furry body.” continues on the next page

Can a seizure response dog really help a person with Epilepsy? Absolutely. Just ask Michelle Nain of Illinois. “My life depends on him,” she says of her Epilepsy alert dog, a Basset Hound named Trumpet, who knows approximately 50 commands. “He is with me everywhere we go.” Rewind to November 2006, while at work as an exercise rider for racehorses in Kentucky, Michelle was injured in an accident when the horse she was riding broke her leg, somersaulted, and landed on top of Michelle. She sustained a broken back, incomplete spinal cord injury, neurogenic bladder, right side paralysis, and traumatic brain injury. Days after the initial accident, she had her first seizure. “A tonicclonic,” recalls Michelle, who was hospitalized for months and officially diagnosed with Epilepsy. Through the years of rollercoaster rides known as seizures, Michelle credits Trumpet with saving her more than once. “He has been with me through all of my Epilepsy adventures, kissing away the tears, cuddling away the fears, getting me through the difficult days, and motivating me during the good.” Michelle says he alerts her by “barking, pacing, panting, nudging, and licking me all over my face. He senses a seizure coming on me even hours ahead of time.”

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As for Savannah Whitaker, mom Ashley is hoping a seizure response dog will provide the same for her daughter—a canine lifeline—in the hopes that “Savannah can be safe and just be a kid again.” Savannah’s parents and grandmother are very appreciative of all the support from family, friends, the local community, and even strangers from as far away as New Hampshire. To date, $11,000 of the $30,000 needed for Savannah’s seizure response dog expenses has been raised. Donations are being collected by the not-for-profit Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc. (RCAL, www.rcal. org), located at 727 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. Checks should be made payable to “RCAL-Savannah’s K-9.” Savannah’s family has also set up a GoFundMe page (, and on July 30, 2016, Nancy and Michael Jubie, owners of the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, NY ( are hosting a fundraising event and auction. For more info, tickets, and updates on Savannah’s journey, be sure to check Savannah’s K-9 Lifeline Facebook community page at:

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Animal Advocacy Day Legislative Office Building, Albany 6th annual bi-partisan event to further protect our companion pets from cruelty. Mickey’s Mile Dog Walk East Fishkill Community Center, Hopewell Junction 10th annual walk and fundraiser for canine cancer research. Vendors, food and music! Curtis Lumber's PetAPalooza Select Curtis Lumber locations 7th annual adoption event. Hundreds of animals from over 80 shelters and rescue groups will be available for adoption! Paws in the Park Walk & Community Day Siena College, Albany The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society's 7th annual dog walk and community day - A day of family fun featuring vendors, demos, prizes, giveaways, entertainment & more! Pars Fore Purrs Charity Golf Tournament Casperkill Golf Club, Poughkeepsie 7th annual tournament to benefit the Mid Hudson Animal Aid. Lunch and 18 holes of golf, followed by cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and evening award program. Savannah’s K-9 Lifeline Fundraiser Headless Horseman, Ulster Park Auction to help raise funds for a Seizure Response Dog for Savannah, a five year old girl with Epilepsy. National Mutt Day A day of appreciation for mixed breed dogs, otherwise known as "Mutts". The majority of shelter dogs waiting for homes are Mutts. Putt Fore Paws Apple Greens Golf Course, Highland 4th annual golf tournament to benefit the Ulster County SPCA. 18 holes of golf with breakfast, lunch, & awards ceremony to follow. Hudson Valley Pet Expo Mesier Park, Wappingers Falls 1st annual event to benefit the Dutchess County SPCA and Hudson Valley SPCA. Contests, Raffles, Car Show, Motorcycles, Entertainers, Food Vendors, Shopping, and so much more! Mountain Top Dog Day C.D. Lane Park, Maplecrest DOGGIE FUN ZONE will be one of many happenings! Bring your dogs, a water bowl, your chairs and spectators. A day full of fun! For further info on these and other events in our area, see our calendar on

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