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two cents worth: A specialist’s view is more than just a second opinion By Karin Cannizzo  DVM, MS, aCViM, Southern ColoraDo Veterinary internal MeDiCine

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Health and well-being are priceless commodities. We all want the best for our pets, and when they are ill or injured we want to know we are doing all we can. As a veterinary internist, I specialize in advanced medical care for pets and I see pets every day who have been struggling with their illness. Many pet owners are reluctant to inquire about a specialist because they so highly value their primary care veterinarian that they do not want to offend them, but out of concern for their pet will see another veterinarian on the “sly.” This is a true second opinion and it usually does not provide the insight that your pet needs, because most veterinarians are good at their jobs, and a second opinion often finds the same roadblocks as the first.

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Join us for a tail-wagging good time at our first family fun run. All family, including the furry ones, are encouraged to come walk, run, or dash with us along the Greenway Trail. All proceeds benefit the Treasured Paws Fund. To register, visit To learn more about how the Treasured Paws fund helps both pets and their people, visit treasuredpaws. So why is a specialist’s opinion not just a “second opinion?” By the nature of our training and expertise, specialists provide further opinion rather than a second. The prior evaluations by your primary care veterinarian are an important part of our work. We review your pet’s history, signs and prior evaluations to try to provide guidance in the next steps and will discuss with you whether the next steps will be diagnostic tests or treatment options. Some of these options might be available through your veterinarian, but many are best performed by specialists. Most of my new patients are referred by their primary care doctors, but many come to us only after the initial second opinion, as either the owner’s worry continues or the second veterinarian recommends a specialist.

“But why didn’t my veterinarian refer me sooner?” Some veterinarians might hesitate to recommend referral as they are unsure how the recommendation will

be received. We became veterinarians because we love and value the animals in our lives, including our patients. No vet wants an owner to think they are giving up on a difficult case by having the pet cared for elsewhere. This might mirror your own fears that your veterinarian might think you have given up on them if you ask for a specialist’s opinion. This is outdated thinking on both ends. When your pet is struggling, who better than you and your veterinarian to recognize that more help is needed? With the advancement of veterinary medicine, just like human medicine, your primary care veterinarian can no longer expected to provide the all the care needed for every condition. If you are thinking about getting a second opinion for your pet, it will help to adjust your mentality and instead ask your vet about a referral to a specialist. Southern Colorado Veterinary Internal Medicine 5520 N. Nevada Ave. #110 719-272-4004

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HemoSolutions in desperate need of life-saving canine blood By HaNNaH BLIck  PETacULaR

Becky Nusbaum was alone in her office, catching up on emails, when a man walked in off the street and right up to her desk, holding a box of chocolates and a card. “Is this HemoSolutions?” he demanded. “Yes,” she said hesitantly. He thrust the chocolates at her and smiled. “I just wanted to thank you for saving my dog’s life. The vet told me the blood they used in the transfusion came from here. Thank you so much.” Nusbaum let out a sigh of relief and graciously accepted the token of gratitude. She and her staff so rarely receive recognition or contact with the lives they help save that it had caught her off guard. But moments like this remind Nusbaum her work matters — more now than ever.



HemoSolutions is the largest commercial veterinary blood bank in the U.S. that relies strictly on volunteer donations. But despite its ability to help save canine lives, Nusbaum said there is a widespread shortage of donors, causing the blood bank to run out of precious, life-saving blood for dogs in need. “It’s typical to have a shortage of negative blood, but now we’re even having a problem with positive blood,” Nusbaum said. “Every single blood bank across the nation is having the same problem. We’re doing the best we can, but it’s getting hard.” And Nusbaum knows the consequences. “Dogs are dying,” she said. “I really couldn’t tell you how many people we have to turn away because we don’t have blood for them.”

Nusbaum has been with HemoSolutions since its humble beginnings in 2004 and took over ownership in March. The bank, located at 3775 Airport Road, started out as a blood bank for the Animal Emergency Care Center next door, with only employees’ dogs donating blood. Now, the bank collects various blood types from more than 300 volunteer canine donors and ships supplies across the country, a majority to the East Coast. Two full-time and four part-time employees coordinate four or five blood drives each week in five different locations. HemoSolutions sponsors blood drives in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Pueblo and Longmont. HemoSolutions requires all volunteer dogs to go through a screening process before they can

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donate; this ensures the dogs are healthy and that donating will not put them at any risk. Nusbaum said is it extremely safe for dogs to donate, and though the screening process coNTINUED oN PaGE 16

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No BullyiNg ZoNe: Train your cats to respect each other in your home By Sara FerguSon  Happy CatS Haven

Sweet little Abby cat first disappeared from the bedroom where everyone slept, seeming to prefer the office. Then she disappeared from the office and could only be found downstairs on a bed. Then she could only be found under the bed. At night, the family could hear their other cats fighting with her. Abby didn’t choose to stop being a part of the family. She was pushed out. When we bring new cats into our families, our resident cats don’t have a choice in the decision. Introducing cats too quickly or abruptly can make them fearful or anxious. This can set someone up for bullying. Cats are masters at subtle communication, so they pick up on signals that humans might miss. Here are some types of bullies you might encounter in your own cat family.

tHe Litter Box BuLLy Kittens can be fascinated with watching an older cat use the litter box. This might be only mildly annoying when the kitten is little, but as he grows, it might just take a few times of chasing the older cat out of the box for her to start avoiding it. The result might be litter box issues for older cats, but this is not their fault.

tHe Food network BuLLy Some cats are extra sensitive to others when they eat. Even a sideways glance by a bully can push a lower-status cat away from the bowl. Loud (or not-so-loud) kitchen noises or walking by the bowl as the cat is trying to eat can also leave a shy cat hungry.

tHe JoCk BuLLy Some cats take playtime very seriously. If one cat is bigger or more confident than the other (or just acts like he is!), the chances of a smaller or shyer cat being bullied increase. At the least, the lower-status cat is simply be left out of all the fun.

tHe goLdiLoCkS BuLLy This cat is always looking for a better place to sleep, usually where someone with less status is already sleeping. Getting them to move can

be as simple as sniffing at a tail or staring, forcing the lower-status cat to find another nest. This can go on until that cat is stuck in the least valuable place in the house. Bullies don’t have to take over. If you suspect you have a bully in your house, there are steps you can take to shift the situation. Repairing the damage from bullying can take time, but resources and rewards can help you bring harmony back to your home. Here are five anti-bullying techniques for cats: 1. Provide Extra Resources If you have one cat and you bring home another one without adding resources, you have just halved your first cat’s territory. Resources (their stuff) include not just litter boxes, but scratchers, bedding, nests, feeding stations, toys and most importantly, you as their human family. The best way to keep many cats happy is to make sure they have more than enough resources. Cat status can shift daily. Each cat should have his or her own things, plus extras, so even when the status shifts each cat stays secure. 2. Beyond the Box One of the quickest ways to start a bullying situation is to keep all the resources in one place, like all the litter boxes in one room or all the food bowls together. This is setting up your cats to have to compete for their basic needs. Because cats in the wild tend to be solitary, providing plenty of space between boxes and food bowls and scratchers will give them less reason for conflict. 3. Step In Gently Temple Grandin, doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University said cats’ guardians play a parental role. We should think of ourselves as cat moms and approach conflicts over status the way a mother cat would with her kittens. Stay calm and quiet. If your bully is actively picking on another cat and you step in loudly, stomping or pushing, you will not only terrify or anger the bully but you might harm your relationship with your nonContinued on page 7

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Natural sweetener can be toxic for pets

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Summertime is adventure time — even for your pets. With all of my housecleaning and emptying out of the garage, I am concerned about my animals getting into all sorts of things, including potentially poisonous items like Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener derived from natural sources; it is also produced in the human body as a byproduct of a normal metabolism. In a handful of everyday products, the sweetener can be a deadly and debilitating toxin, especially for dogs. The most common commercial sources of the natural sweetener are corn stalks and corn cobs, but it can also be found in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. Other sugar alcohols like sorbitol and mannitol do not have the same toxic effects on dogs as Xylitol, but can cause diarrhea. Artificial sweeteners like saccharin, aspartame and sucralose are generally regarded as safe and should not cause significant illness if large amounts are ingested.


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Xylitol can also be found in sugarfree candies and treats, baked goods, some pharmaceuticals like children’s elixir and dental products like mouthwashes, mints and toothpastes. You should also check labels for children’s vitamins, Omega 3 supplements and nicotine gum for traces of Xylitol. If you see or suspect that your pet has ingested a product containing Xylitol, contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center immediately. Try to remember how


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much your pet consumed to let your vet know. If you need to estimate, always round up to be safe. Signs of toxicity can appear as quickly as 30 minutes after ingestion. Xylitol causes a rapid release of insulin, causing a sudden decrease in blood glucose. This can cause vomiting, weakness, ataxia, depression, electrolyte imbalances, seizures, coma, liver dysfunction/ failure and coagulopathy problems. After an initial examination, your veterinarian will most likely obtain baseline blood work. Based on the amount of Xylitol ingested, they will initiate a treatment plan for your pup. They will need to monitor blood glucose concentrations every one to two hours for at least 12 hours and recheck the other tests every 24 hours for at least 72 hours. If hypoglycemia develops, your dog will be administered a bolus of dextrose (sugar) intravenously followed by a continuous infusion of fluids dextrose in order to maintain normal glucose concentrations. If electrolytes are abnormal, specific medications will be added to the fluids. Treatment will continue for 12 –24 hours or until glucose and

electrolyte values are maintained without additional supplementation and treatment. If there are abnormalities in liver values or coagulopathy, it is recommended that dextrose treatment be started immediately, whether or not hypoglycemia has set in. Liver protectants and antioxidants are added in most cases and plasma transfusions, blood transfusions, or both might be needed if a coagulopathy develops. The prognosis for uncomplicated hypoglycemia is good with prompt treatment. Mild increases in liver enzyme activities usually resolve within a few days with supportive care. On the other hand, if severe elevation of liver enzymes, especially bilirubin, and coagulopathy develop, the prognosis might not be as encouraging. In addition, elevated phosphate levels in the blood give your pet a poor prognosis. The toxicity of Xylitol in cats and other species is not documented at this time, although there is evidence that ferrets react to Xylitol in a similar manner as dogs. I recommend that Xylitol should not be ingested by any pets.

Some catS take playtime very SeriouSly, and when one cat iS bigger or more confident than the otherS, he can take over. Photo courtesy of Happy Cats Haven

confident cat. A mother cat “corrects” with a glance or a small sound. The act of simply stepping between two agitated cats (no hands, please!) will usually break the line of sight between them, the first step to neutralizing the conflict. You can gently push away a bully by slowly walking them backward. 4. Treat and Treat Again Once you have stopped the aggression, turn your attention to the lowerstatus cat. Give her a treat or a pet or some quiet playtime, whatever she prefers. This increases her status while removing the bully’s reward of pushing her around. This has to be done consistently and over time. If it is, the bully will learn that the only thing he gets from being mean to the lowerstatus cat is an increase in her status. Once the two cats can be in the same area without conflict, you can start rewarding the bully for his or her good behavior. 5. Level the Playing Field Cats need daily playtime just like dogs need daily walks. However, trying to engage a group of cats to play all at once can be a setup for the more confident cat to bully the less confident. Cats hunt solo, so they do better if they play solo, too. The most effective play is when each cat has dedicated playtime away from others, even if behind a closed door. If you must play with two cats at a time, use two different toys and keep some distance between them.


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Survival of the fittest

Tough pup endures RV wreck, 5 days in desert before reuniting with family By HannaH Blick  PETaculaR

Zena’s family will never know her full survival story — just the beginning and the end. But that’s enough for them to be amazed she’s alive. It was 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Chris Lind had woken up before the rest of her family to a cool, summer morning full of anticipation. She and her husband Jim Lind were driving their RV to California, with a daughter, granddaughter, and 10-year-old schnauzer-sheltie mix Zena in tow. The Linds had pulled out of Colorado Springs the night before, determined to make it in time for their daughter’s medical school graduation in Yucca Valley. “I thought I’d go for coffee, just get us to breakfast,” Chris said. “We wanted to be there by noon.” Chris was maneuvering the through a construction zone, but the RV


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got sucked into the backdraft of a semi-truck driving just ahead. Chris knew enough about the physics of the situation to brace herself for what happened next. “He was going so fast, I just knew it wasn’t good,” Chris said. “I locked my arm in the steering wheel, held on and turned; I didn’t know what would happen to us, but I just knew I didn’t want to kill anybody else.” There are parts the Linds remember vividly, and other moments lost in the chaos of the accident. The RV flew off and then back onto the road, rolled violently, and landed on its side. The Linds were saved by the fiberglass siding and the sheer miracle that the 100 gallons of fuel in the RV’s tank didn’t ignite a deadly explosion. They had broken ribs, arms and inches of flesh scraped off, but they were alive.


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“There was only one drawer in the RV kitchenette that stayed shut while we were flipping,” Jim said. “It was the knife drawer.” Zena had been in the passenger seat when the RV spun out of control, and it’s likely the force of the wreck blew her out of the front of the RV and onto the highway. “I remember seeing her out the busted windshield,” Chris said. “She seemed to turn and look back at us, but she was in shock; so was I.” But when the paramedics pulled the Linds out of the destroyed RV, Zena was gone. Jim drove around with the local deputy sheriff for more than an hour looking for the dog. “The deputy sheriff said to me, ‘You’re probably not going to get her back. She’s hurt and alone, the coyotes will make short work of her,’ Jim said. “Five days later, she walked onto a ranch with a pack of dogs.” Zena ended up outside of Fort Lupton, New Mexico, on a ranch owned by the Chee family. Their 19-year-old son recognized Zena from her photo on the local Humane Society’s website and called the Linds. A neighbor was checking the Linds’ phone messages while they were recovering in California, and called Wednesday night, five days after the wreck, to let the Linds know Zena was alive; they were thrilled to receive some good news in the midst of their exhaustion. Jim called the Chees to confirm they had Zena; it was her. He arranged for a friend to drive him to New Mexico and cried when he walked into the Humane Society in Gallup and saw his pup.

“This girl brought her out to me and she said ‘I can tell you’re her daddy!’ the way Zena was jumping around in her arms, we were all just so happy,” Jim said. Jim and Zena made one more stop by the Chee ranch. He hugged the boy who found the missing dog, thanked him for being so observant, and rewarded him with $100 for helping bring Zena home. But the road to recovery had just begun. The Linds credit Anne Pierce, DVM at High Plains Veterinary Hospital, with saving their dog’s leg. Zena had severe road rash that had scraped off most of the soft tissue from the side of one of her back legs. Her bone was exposed and she had likely lost a significant amount of blood. “She needed antibiotics and daily wound care, but her body did most of the work putting itself back together,” Pierce said. “Sometimes the most horrible, scar y looking wounds heal far better than you’d expect them to. She’s a tough little dog.” In a few weeks, Zena was back to her playful self. Pierce said she expects Zena to live a long, healthy life, with only a scar to remind the Linds of her ordeal. Almost one year after their horrific accident, the Linds find themselves reflecting on their long road to recovery and what Zena must have endured to be with them. “It’s a miracle that she survived in the desert for five days with no food, no water, and she’s afraid of thunderstorms and there was a real bad one that first night,” Chris said. “I wish she could talk, because I want to know her story.

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Pink Magazine teams up with popular pooch event to expand pet community reach By HannaH Blick  PETacular

Each fall, a sea of pink gathers in Garden of the Gods and the pooches have their day. This year will be no different, just bigger and better than ever. Pooches in Pink and the Susan G. Komen® Southeastern Colorado affiliate is joining forces with PETacular for the pet event of the year from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on September 6 in beautiful Garden of the Gods. Just one day before the 2014 Komen Race for the Cure, Pooches in Pink PETacular will bring the pet community together to raise awareness of breast health and

education, said Nancetta Wescott, executive director of Susan G. Komen Southeastern Colorado. “Many survivors who go through treatment find that their pets, especially dogs, are always there for them when they come home from chemotherapy or radiation,” Wescott said. “We often honor the cosurvivors — husbands, wives, friends, family — I think this is a way we can honor and acknowledge the dogs who do their part in the healing process.” This is the 20th race and 10th year of PETacular, so it only seems fitting to celebrate these milestones

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CREMATION I found out that most equine cremations are done in a small cat/dog furnace. So, you want to ask this difficult question, “Can you cremate the whole horse?” Some equine crematoriums tout that they have the ability to cremate an entire horse. Obviously, this is an gut wrenching.) From the blog important question to ask. Another way to know Today I found several options for cremation, and I “Horse and Man” for sure is to ask to inspect their equipment. Then wanted to tell you about them. I know it is a rather you will know whether the whole horse will fit in the in Pink would like to thank its past sponsors and supporters. We look forward sad topic, but to me, it is important to thinkPooches ahead crematory. FOR MORE INFORMATION about this. Having lost a horse recently, the last to partnering with you to make the 2014 Pooches in PETacular a success! Some Pink facilities offer the option of allowing the thing you want be thinking about is how to bury OR TOtoRESERVE ownerNorth to watch the and cremation. Academy Briargate They do this your friend. It is an awful, hectic time and I think it Bark Busters Home Dog Training because notoriously, are not always yOUR is best to know yourSPOT, options before the time comes. Bear Creek Veterinary Care Veterinary crematoriums Hospitals trustworthy to cremate your pet and/or give youPet theSalon ashes&ofBakery your own pet – if you Canine Design Salon & Country Club Old Town contact Kelly Nesbit at FIRST THINGS FIRST The first thing to do is locate a service in your area. It is know what I mean. So reputable crematoriums offer this service. Clear Channel Pals Forever important719-636-0125 to understand what You want to find a or services each facility provides. Dublin Animal Hospital Paw Pals that is large enough to P.S. ~ Here at Homeward Bound,, we have a crematory local service because they do charge to pick up your friend. Most will pick up from a Range Dogwant Runnersaccommodate the entire horse. We provide Peaceful a privatePartings cremation for each animal, veterinarian or an equine hospital, a boarding facility or yourFront home. But, you & Dog with the remains returned in an urn of Pet yourPantry choice. We Wash work with a reputable to figure out the pick up restrictions (gate size, area from truck to Furry horse,Friends strategic up your friend from Living any location Humane Society of the Pikes Peaktransport Region company who will pick Rock Ledge Ranch Historythat can be details). Also, you want to know how much they charge if you are out of their area. CHECK OUT accessed with his truck and trailer. Liberty Bell Mobile Groomer Safeway Lucky Dog Rescue and Resort Upstream Imaging Wagand N’ Wash Healthy Pet Center Skye M. StevensMy has99.9 been a co-owner of Homeward Bound Pet Memorial Center Crematorium in Colorado Springs for over 18 Nature’s SelectVeterinary of Southern Colorado Woodmen Kennel/Sunrise Kennels years. She has a degree in Animal Health Technology and worked as a Certified Technician for 20 years. She continued her education while managing her husband’s veterinary hospital, and obtained a BS in Management/ Accounting followed by an MBA in Finance/ Accounting from Regis University. She passed the CPA exam in 1992 and was as an accountant in private practice for several years. She assumed the chief executive duties for Homeward Bound in 2004, and she and her husband, M. Bruce Cottrell, DVM continue to operate the memorial center and crematory. Skye received certification as a Pet Loss Professional and a Grief Companion through the Pet Loss Professional Alliance in 2011. and Homeward Bound Pet Memorial Center & Crematorium

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arted as a volunteer, became dinator, and is now a board n Winburn began volunteering , and is now a full staff member. pted dogs through the store! iting is continuous. There is work to require 3-4 staffers on act that their dogs are welcome real draw for volunteers. It also any people enjoy shopping at non-profit SupplieS liSt: et their “doggy fix!” It’s a rare at least• one dog on duty as One (or more) disposable food

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Lee Bathelt started as a volunteer, became and score X shapes inside the volunteer coordinator, and is now a board member.drawn circles with the utility knife. Robbyn Winburn began volunteering one shift a week, and is now a full staff member. Both have adopted dogs through the store! Use these openings to insert Volunteer recruiting is continuous. There is scissors and cut out the circles. easily enough work to require 3-4 staffers on every shift. The fact that their dogs are welcome After cutting the openings, remove in the is a real draw for volunteers. It also is a reason many people enjoy shopping at any leftover marker with rubbing RHUB---they get their “doggy fix!” It’s a rare day there isn’t at least one dog on duty as alcohol. greeter.


s typical• donated thrift store Utility knife sed (and• new) clothing, purses, Sharp pair of scissors decorative items, books, CDs, Rubbing alcohol ems, pet• supplies, and jewelry. • ntiques andLighter collectibles. Donors t for tax • purposes. Select new Small, adhesive rubber casters purchased for resale, including 5. Burn the cut edges of the • Small cat toys/ball, at least one The store sells typical donated thrift store plies. Diapers and belly bands items---gently used (and new) clothing, purses, openings. This will smooth them with a bell for stimulating sounds ade by volunteers, as are dog shoes, furniture, decorative items, books, CDs, out so your kitty’s paws will be • Cat kibble or treats sing recycled fabrics. During DVDs, kitchen items, pet supplies, and jewelry. There are also antiques and collectibles. Donors urniture annex was opened in receive safe. a receipt for tax purposes. Select new mall, allowing for the storage of merchandise is purchased for resale, including 6. Gather any small toys, balls or 1. Flip the container upside down and seasonal items and donated pet gifts and pet supplies. Diapers and belly bands

are made by volunteers, as are dog secure adhesive rubber casters to for dogsfound objects and put them in and cat beds using recycled fabrics. During the container. You can also add a each corner. This will help stabilize the summer, a furniture annex was opened in the same strip mall, allowing for the storage of handful of small treats to the mix. the puzzle on hard flooring. more furniture, seasonal items and donated pet food. 7. Place the lid on the container and 2. Use shot glasses or any round key to knowingobject to draw shapes onto the lid where they The long-delayed website recently launched, watch your cat enjoy his of rescue groups in the area, with opportunities for people locally and around ve as many members. They the country to support our groups and causes. new puzzle! with a marker.

under the radar. The idea is as well as extra fund-raising

upporter of two larger groups approach to dog rescue, All g and Lucky Dog Rescue. heir custody, they go through aining. This practice aids ate. Both groups help the issues that might arise, to ng returned. In addition to arts helps cat, horse, reptile, as well as Hamlett Spay and

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You can also cut additional holes in the lid or sides of the container to make it easier on your kitty. If you have multiple cats, it is a good idea to make several puzzles for each have their own.

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June 3, July 1 & August 5

Yappy Hour sponsored by Camp Bow Wow Bring your four-legged friends and enjoy an additional $1 off when you sit on the dog-friendly patio! 5–7 p.m. Pikes Peak Brewing, 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive in Monument For more information, visit

June 8

Because We Care Pet Fair Enjoy low-cost and free pet-related services and activities including wellness exams, vaccinations, vendors, dog washes and more. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Intermountain Coach, 3204 E. Platte Avenue Free admission, call 719-362-6335 or visit for more information.

June 8

Kitty Kindergarten with Happy Cats Haven Bust the myths and learn 12 truths to help you raise your kitten to be a

happy cat companion. 2–3:30 p.m. Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane Call 719-635-5000 to register or visit for more information.

June 15

Click with Your Cat with Happy Cats Haven Learn clicker play: the best technique for teaching your cats, enriching their lives, strengthening your bond and sharpening communication. 2 –3:30 p.m. Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane Call 719-635-5000 to register or visit for more information.

August 2 & 3

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center Critter Rescue Roundup Four free admissions to museum if you adopt an animal! 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 201 S. Fairview Street, Woodland

Park, CO 80863 For more information, visit

August 9

All Breed Rescue & Training Romp in the Park Free to the public, all friendly, leashed pets are welcome to this family friendly event! 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Norris Penrose Indoor Arena, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road For more information, call 719-264-6460.

August 16

9th Annual Bark at Briargate This outdoor pet expo is free to the public and will feature trainers, groomers, veterinary practices, pet businesses and businesses who want to reach pet lovers. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. For more information, call 719-265-6264.

September 6

Pooches in Pink PETacular The Pooches are ready — are you? PETacular is teaming up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for this

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Staycationentertainment Bear Creek Dog Park has a new canine agility training area. Located in Bear Creek Regional Park at 21st and Rio Grande Streets, the area includes 11 obstacles and allows five people and their dogs in at one time. For more information, please contact El Paso County Parks at 719-520-6983. LEFT: Paula adams takes her blue heeler-beagle mix, banjo, through bear Creek dog Park’s new Canine agility training area. righT: david stePhenson and his rough Collie, kenna. Photos by Mason Trinca, The Gazette

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donation quota, their vet receives a credit in the donor’s name. The credit is anywhere from $75-$150, based on the type of blood donated. The credit can then be applied to the dog’s regular vet appointments or any necessary medicine or treatments. Nusbaum said this is also an incentive for vet clinics to refer patients to HemoSolutions. If you need any more convincing that being a blood donor is a rewarding experience, just ask Nusbaum herself. Her malamut Sitka passed away this spring at 14 years old, but before she retired from the program she donated 66 times and likely saved countless canine lives. Because of dogs like Sitka, Nusbaum knows that HemoSolutions is making a difference in the community, even if every pet owner doesn’t show up in her office with chocolates and a thank you. “We don’t hear that very often, but that’s why we do what we do,” Nusbaum said.


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Providing multiple, elevated locations to perch can increase feelings of safety and comfort. Cats love to watch the world go by from above. Window perches also work well and give your cat a safe place to sun. Cats need multiple scratching locations, and it’s best to use objects that don’t feel like your good furniture. Sisal (twisted rope) and cardboard scratchers are two great options.

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The cats are moving in. Over the last 20 years, there has been a significant movement of cats into the house as full-time, indoor residents. While there is no question that indoor cats live longer and are safer from injury and disease, including fight wounds and infections, they still need to be stimulated by their environments. Experts have studied the best methods for meeting developmental needs for zoo animals, and just as environmental enrichment is beneficial for wild and exotic animals, the same is true for house cats. When domestic cats don’t have an enriched environment or adequate stimulation, they get bored and lazy without much to do besides eating, sleeping, and (if you are lucky) using the litter box. But boredom often equates to stress and anxiety for cats, which can lead to health issues like urinary tract disease, obesity and behavioral problems. Cats are curious and inquisitive creatures and need mental and physical stimulation to be happy; enrichment is about fulfilling these needs. If you and your cat need some inspiration, try some of these tricks to stay active and engaged around the house.

Reduce anxiety Place resources (food, water, litter boxes) in quiet and comfortable

places away from disturbance. Also, make changes slowly — most cats are creatures of habit and change is stressful for them. The more slowly you make changes (type of food, amount of food, new litter), the easier it will be for your cat to accept.

Petting and brushing are great ways to interact with your cat. Each cat will let you know where it is most comfortable being touched (head, chin, lower back.) Training with treats is another great way to interact, and clicker training can teach your cat while getting the whole family involved.

Fishing rods, a feather on a string, and laser pointers can provide hours of entertainment — for you and your cat. Make sure to rotate toys, even simple ones, and be careful about creating an obsession. If your cat seems to be fixated on one toy, put it away for a while and try something else.

contRolled outdooR activity Be careful with this one. Cats can develop preferences for things they like and be ver y insistent about getting them. To avoid this, don’t allow your cat get used to being outside. Outdoor time is best with cat fencing, through a cat door. Cats can let themselves out into a safe, confined area.

caRing FoR Multicat households Make sure there are enough resources for each cat and that they are located away from each other. Cats should be fed from individual bowls, have multiple places to hide, rest, curl up, and perch on; these should be spread out around the house. Your number of litter boxes should always be one more than the number of cats in the home, and they should also be in various locations.

Feeding Vary the locations for your cat’s meals, like on a shelf or in the laundry room. Place them in spots your cat has to search for or figure out how to get to. You can also use food puzzles, as simple as a cleaned carton or box with a small hole cut in it to let a little food out at a time, or as complicated as a store-bought puzzle. Placing small amounts of food in multiple locations around the house will also stimulate your cat. When you vary the locations it will be like “going on a hunt” for your kitty! Just remember not to increase the total daily volume of food.

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A tAle of two terriers Microchips can mean the difference between lost and found pets BY PEGGY SWAGER  SPECIAL TO PETACULAR

turned to Craigslist, but the dogs less than a week to be found. Two small weren’t listed as missing. I posted Jack Russell details about the dogs and alerted DAY ONE: TIME IS TICKING Terriers were local veterinary clinics, uploaded HSPPR was unable to pick up the rescued from info to HSPPR’s website, and kept my dogs that evening, but Brad could street traffic on fingers crossed. drop them off. He had planned a Friday night to host a Bible study in his home in a Gleneagle PEGGY SWAGER, DAY THREE: CONNECTIONS that evening, so he would have to neighborhood TRAINER AND AUTHOR By Sunday, we still had not heard drop the dogs off the next day. My by Brad Frieden. from an owner. That afternoon, I got a husband Ken left for the study and Neither dog had a collar, tags, or call from Kathleen Kellogg, who had came home with the terriers. any other type of identification on seen my post on Craigslist. She helped them. Brad was unable to keep the reunite dogs with their families during DAY TWO: THE SEARCH IS ON dogs, so he contacted the Humane the Black Forest Fire and she offered to I couldn’t keep the dogs for long, Society of the Pikes Peak Region. “When Mike and I began volunteering for Safe Place we never expected to need their post the info on her Facebook page. but agreed to try and reunite them HSPPR is able house dogs for up services. But when we did, we knew that Beau would be cared for and loved. That That night, I got a call at 11. The with their owners. With no tags to five days for owners to retrieve. gave Mike a lot of peace in his last days.” dogs’ ownerDuncan was panicked; she or collars, finding an- owner is not After that, any unclaimed dogs are Kate Harvey, fiancée of Michael had been out of town and the dogs impossible, as long as the dog has put up for adoption. If dogs display had escaped from her backyard. been implanted with a tracking any behavioral issues, or require Fortunately, a neighbor found my microchip, which has a remarkable extra training and care, HSPPR must New Center Opens Craiglist post and the mystery was record of reuniting pets and Manitou euthanize them to make room for Pet Adoption solved. Safe Place for I took the dogs to Palmer Lake canines that have a higher chance of Having served the local community for the past 17 years as a virtual nonprofit, Veterinary Clinic, located at 790 finding homes. While the terriers were Pets has recently achieved the enormous goal of opening its doors to the public for the very first DAY REUNITED Highway 105. Veterinarian Jensencenter sweet, they didThe squabble withSprings other facility time. Manitou will serve as a shelter,Jan adoption andFOUR: new home for our The owner came pick up her helped scan the dogs — no chip. I dogs over food, which meant they had organization. Assisting both people and pets in El Paso and Teller counties, Safe Place istodedicated topets finding


and I suggested she get her pups implanted with traceable microchips, should they escape again. She had purchased the terriers from a breeder and figured if implanting microchips was necessary, the breeder would take care of it. Ensuring a pet has an implanted microchip is the owner’s responsibility and should not be dismissed as an extra cost or unnecessary step. Databases have reunited dogs and owners, even when pets have managed to cross state lines. It’s a powerful tool and can quickly take pets from lost to found. To get your pet implanted with a microchip, please contact your veterinarian or local shelter today. Peggy Swager is a behaviorist and dog trainer. Her books and articles have won writing awards and her DVD on Separation Anxiety received a DWAA nomination. For more information, please visit loving, forever homes for the pets of

terminally ill owners. Founded in 1996 by local hospice nurse Joanne Bonicelli our all-volunteer team has found loving homes for hundreds of bereaved pets by providing veterinary care and other quality-of-life needs.

The generous gifts received over the years combined with past GIVE! Campaigns have made it possible for Safe Place to develop new programs to aid in the adoption of its furry friends. These funds have allowed us to support the health and wellness of the often traumatized, grieving pets entering our program. Many of our animals require medical procedures or behavioral training before they can be adopted. Safe Place is dedicated to offering peace of mind to families and their pets dealing with the complexities and sorrows of terminal illness. PET Our FOOD WASH WellnessDOG Program for Pets $ 00 Self Serve helps cover expenses related to an animal that has been surrendered to Off $ its owner. Our goal is to provide comfort and us, but is still living 2 forwith 16 (20lbs or Larger) assurance for both the beloved pet and their owner facing an end-of-life (Reg. 12 each) One large Bag EXPIRES 6/15/14 illness. EXPIRES 8/15/14 EXPIRES 6/15/14 8/15/14




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With volunteers being the real heartbeat of Safe Place for Pets, we must thank our foster Follow us on Like us on twitter facebook families and the fantastic network of 100plus hard-working, compassionate supporters that have helped us fulfill We are unable to accept animals on a “walk-in/drop-off “basis. our unique mission. “Our Safe Place for Pets volunteers are passionate about providing our clients and their pets with the best possible quality of life during the most difficult time of their lives. Every adopted pet is summer 2014 Petacular someone’s best friend saved,” says Ann Davenport, President of the Board of Directors for Safe Place for Pets.

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