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he blistering months of summer are gone, I got bags and bags of Howl-O-Ween candy, the World Series is over — and I hope the team you were cheering for won — and the year is winding down. Does that mean we can set everything into “auto pilot” and cruise to New Year’s? Oh, no. Not by a long shot! The holidays are just around the corner, and by holidays, I mean all of the holidays they didn’t know what to do with, so they stuck them on the calendar at the end of the year. You know, the little ones like Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you haven’t made your plans yet for those holidays, look through this issue, and I’m sure you’ll get some ideas. Want to know what kind of meal you should prepare for your pet, or things you need to be on the look out for as holiday guests come over? Flip on over to page 24 and our Click and Treat section to get some great ideas, learn some nonos and find out some great recipes. Speaking of recipes, a couple of local rescues really have learned the recipe for success — setting an example some big city shelters could learn from — and we highlight a few of those successes in this issue. Have a look at what Take Me Home Pet Rescue has been able to accomplish starting on page 14. Also, you can see some photos of the first ever 24-hour adopt-a-thon, and other events that have been going on around town on pages 27 and 29. You might even see someone you know. Someone you should know is Pit Boss Shorty Rossi. He, and his crew, including Ashley Brooks and Hercules, made a stop in the Metroplex to help out Animal Rescue of Texas (ART) and Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue. Rock-A-Bully was a blast, and if you missed it, you can find out what it was like starting on page 6. If you were there, I want to say a personal “thank you,” to you. And, you can turn to page 6 too, just to re-live all the cool things that happened. Since the weather has been nicer, more of us dogs have been able to get out and do things with {November 2011}

our owners. We really wuff to do things like that. And, starting on page 16, you can find out some of the pet friendly bars, restaurants and eateries you can take your favorite four-legged friends to. In closing, I would like to thank you for reading Texas Dogs & Cats magazine. It is truly a labor of love for us to produce and we look forward to telling you the latest on what is happening around the Metroplex and telling the stories you want to hear about. And, of course, we do this to help all the rescues out there who need us. To help us help rescue animals, can I ask you a favor? When you hear of an event, a happening or a story we need to know about, send us an email or give us a call and let us know. If you are a pet friendly business, and want all the pet lovers in the Metroplex to know about you, consider taking an ad with us. Also, let’s not forget to give thanks for all the many blessings we have each day. OK, now, who is making the turkey dinner, and where can I go for a good glass of egg nog?

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14 27 6 The Pit Boss takes the Metroplex 10 Know the Law What pet owners need to know about Texas law.

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14 Shelter Spotlight Take Me Home Pet Rescue

16 Yappy Hour Life on the patio is good for pets and their owners.

20 Tugg Tales 12 Metroplex Meow Solving litterbox problems. 4

What is a hero? On the cover: Elise Bissell, of Bissell Photography, took this shot of Lilly, a cat ready for adoption through Take Me Home Pet Rescue. See page 14 for more.


Tugg’s Texas Dogs & Cats — Fort Worth/Dallas Vol. I Num. 3 November 2011 Publisher Kim Ovard kim@texasdogsandcats.com Editorial Director Blake Ovard blake@texasdogsandcats.com Ad Sales 817.658.8490

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What’s going on — and where it’s happening.

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30 Going to Work

The holidays are around the corner.

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Star power helps out local rescues

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ocal rescue dogs, particularly pit bull type dogs, got a big visit by one of the bigger personalities on Animal Planet — Luigi Rossi. Never heard of him? That’s because he doesn’t go by his first name. He goes by his more familiar middle name, Shorty. Shorty, as in “Pit Boss” Shorty Rossi. And make no bones about it, Shorty’s T.V. show is one that people either agree with or disagree with, love it or hate it, but they watch it. And that has given Shorty the opportunity to travel the country, and the globe, to inform and educate people about one of his passions — pit bulls. “If there’s anyone who understands a thing or two about being misunderstood it has to be Shorty,” event organizer Mia Bissette said. “And he doesn’t let that get him down, nor will he put up with it for the pitties.

There is no other person on the planet that I would have wanted here in Dallas to be at our RockA-Bully event. Shorty is a true hero of mine.” “Why do I like Pit Bulls? Basically they are misunderstood, just like little people. We don’t take no crap,” Shorty said. “I got my first Pit Bull when I was in Jr. High, but I didn’t get involved with rescue until 2001, because one of my dogs, that I still have — her name is Geisha — she’s 12 years old.” Shorty’s pit bull rescue has rescued more than 400 dogs since it began in 2001. It seems that the Rock-ABully event was tailor made for a guest appearance by Shorty, his dog Hercules and his crew — and to a certain extent it was, but it was much more than that. It was a chance for a couple of local dog rescue groups to host an event, get the word out about how many dogs are in need and do some much needed fundraising at the same time. “I just knew there would be lots of people in the Dallas area who would love to meet Shorty and wondered if I could organize an event that he would attend,” Mia said. “When I asked him if he’d come to Dallas he said I should set it up and that he would come. There was no turning back from that moment on. I knew with Shorty being in Dallas, we could raise some much

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Shorty Rossi and his pit bull, Hercules, are stars on Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss.”

needed money for the breed of dog who needs it the most — the Pit Bull type dogs.” And turn out they did. More than 525 people, many bringing their own dogs, braved the first real storms in months in the DFW area to attend the event and meet Shorty. Some even came from as far away as Longview, in East Texas, just to attend. But early in the day, Mother Nature finally let the Metroplex have the rain we have been missing. And while the rain was good for vegetation in need, it wasn’t so good for the chosen original location for Rock-A-Bully, Lee Harvey’s. Lee Harvey’s is a mostly outside venue, and even with gravel to keep it from being as muddy as a dirt lot, the downpour turned the area — at least for a little while — into several small, a few inches deep, ponds. Kathy Corbin, a member of


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“As chaotic as the day began, and as anxious as I was about the venue change, when I saw people begin to enter the building and the event start to take place my anxiety didn’t exactly go away, but it transformed into joy and gratitude,” Mia said. “I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes the entire time as this event was unfolding before me. I couldn’t have

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the first band scheduled to play at Rock-A-Bully, called Mia at about 11:30 a.m. with concerns about the event, which was scheduled to start at 3. The two talked, and Kathy said she might be able to secure an alternate venue — Sue Ellen’s, a two story, indoor except for a small cover patio location. “Finally at about 12:30 and while standing under the small roof at Lee Harvey’s watching the rain turn everything to mud, we went with the decision to move Rock-A-Bully to Sue Ellen’s,” Mia said. “Jimmy, the wonderful manager at Lee Harvey’s, put up signs for us and answered the many incoming phone calls and informed people of the change in venue and the new location’s address. And, RockA-Bully opened its doors at 3pm. It honestly was nothing short of a miracle.” “Switching venues was a scary thing, but there was no way we could do it outside,” Kali Harris of Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue said. “It was a gamble that I am glad we did. Sue Ellen’s ended up being perfect and had plenty of room. Plus, it was the first year doing this so you never really know what’s going to happen until the day of.” The two rescues chosen to participate in the event were Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue and Animal Rescue of Texas, but they weren’t the only groups involved. There were raffle prizes, so many area businesses donated prizes, photographers, musicians, volunteers, pet psychics, trainers, Pinups for Pitbulls and Shorty and his crew all did their part to make sure the event was a rockin’ success.


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more (pit bull) supporters out and all organizers at Rock-Athere than we thought. It’s been Bully agree it needs to be done great meeting so many new peo- unless there is a medical reason not to. Spaying and neutering is ple in the rescue community.” Educating people on pit bull the number one thing that can issues is one of the things Shorty help bring down pet overpopustrongly believes in. lation. “If one person learned to “It’s not the dog. Nine out of 10 times, the idiots who own spay or neuter their pet that day, the dog are the reason why we’re then one litter of puppies won’t having this travesty,” Shorty said. be born and then those puppies “I tell people, ‘educate yourself can’t have puppies — which will and pick up a book and don’t over all help reduce the pet popbe so ignorant.’ A lot of people ulation,” Kali said. “I am a firm supporter of spay don’t know you have a one in 15,000,000 chance in the coun- and neuter,” Shorty said. “You try to be bitten by any breed of need to do it. There’s a lot of free been happier or more proud of dog. And, only six to eight per- programs if you can’t afford it. the hard work and dedication cent of that is a pit bull. And Get your dog spayed or neutered. that both rescue groups put into we’re killing this breed because I have six of them, and Hercules forming this event with me. To of that six to eight percent. But is the only one hanging. I want see so many people having so you have a one in 12 chance, this everyone to do it. Unless there is much fun along with lots of pit year alone, to be victimized of a a medical reason, there is no reabull type dogs and children was violent crime. Why are we kill- son they should not be fixed.” the best feeling ever, especially While he spoke to the gathing the wrong animal?” because I knew it would be a “It’s a people problem, not a ered crowd, Shorty announced day that we succeeded in helping Rock-A-Bully will be an annual pit bull problem,” Mia agreed. the pitties in need and educating Spaying and neutering is an- event, and Mia said she is ready some people on the facts of the other item high on the education to undertake the planning. And, Pit Bull type dogs.” agenda at most rescue events., while she hopes next year’s event Not only was Rock-A-Bully a chance to put on a great fundraising event, but it was also a chance for people in many of the smaller rescue groups to meet other people interested in rescue. “The rescue community is great,” Shannon Patrick of Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue said. “Dog Star is a small group and we have done all this on own our for so long — we never realized until this year that our little group could actually get bigger and Rock-A-Bully organizer Mia Bissette shares a special momnent and a kiss with Tugg the bull terrier. have such an impact. There were


things pit bull owners know, that non-pitty owners might not, that was most revealing. “It was great seeing so many people have fun and lots of pitties just doing their thing,” Shannon said. Mia agreed. “What came as no surprise, at all, was the way so many pit bull type dogs were all gathered at one indoor event and we never once heard so much as a grumble from one of them. I know that the pit bulls, who were in attendance themselves, taught doesn’t start off with as much chaos as this year’s many people the greatest lesson of the day — that they are not mean and vicious killers but wonderevent, Mia has learned a little of what to expect. “I’d have to say always have a plan B! Other ful companions that have every right to have a than that, choosing the right people who you want place in our society.” to have around you to take on a big project such as the Rock-A-Bully event makes all the difference in the world for your success or failure,” Mia said. Shorty may have been the biggest name at the event, along with Ashley Brooks and his crew, but one t d e s a few dog celebrities, and their families, were also Vot he be the of t ers in x! in attendance. Mel, a pit bull who is a Michael Vick g le bur etrop survivor, and his family, along with Tugg the bull M terrier greeted attendees and posed for photos. “Tugg happened to be sitting next to me one of the many times I began to cry, and he suddenly put his paw on my arm when I wasn’t even looking at him as if to say ‘It’s OK Miss Mia.’ His soulful eyes looked right into mine as I turned and looked at him. That may have been my favorite personal moment of the day,” Mia said. Shorty, in addition to his popular T.V. show, his Hollywood entertainment business and his pit bull rescue, has an autobiography set to hit stores shelves just after the new year. Chronicling his life from early childhood, through some bad decisions that landed him in prison for 10 years to the entertainment business and dog rescue, Shorty said the book, Four Foot Tall and Rising, covers it all. “It comes out January 17th and it has a lot of stuff in it that you haven’t seen on the show,” Shorty said. “It’s going to make a lot of people mad, and a lot of people happy.” The first-time event held a few surprises, as first time events usually do, but Mia said it was the {November 2011}


{knowthelaw} BY KEANE E. MENEFEE

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The Risk of Rabies

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here have been some questions e-mailed in regarding the risk of rabies involving dog and cat bites, so let’s discuss the topic.

Dogs and cats over the age of 16 weeks must be vaccinated for rabies. This law has been in effect since 1979. According to the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 826 Rabies Control Act and Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 169 Rabies Control and Eradication; any dog or cat involved in a bite/scratch of a human must be quarantined for 10 days or their brain tissue submitted to a Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory for specimen evaluation. Most people have two different views when it comes to rabies. One side believes rabies is much like smallpox and has been eradicated as a public health concern in our society, and the other believes rabies is everywhere and any wild animal or stray dog or cat is infected. Of course neither is the case and a lack of education on the topic of rabies leads to the two very contrasting views. Hollywood hasn’t helped with stories such as Old Yeller, To Kill a Mockingbird and who can ever forget Cujo. Rabies is still very prevalent in our state and our country, but fortunately it is mainly restricted to the top five suspects in our wildlife community — bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons and here in North Texas the top offender, skunks. You notice rats, squirrels, opossums, dogs and cats are missing from the usual rabies suspect list. The reason is simple, the lesser wildlife aren’t serious rabies risks because they are normally dinner for the high risk rabies carriers, and our domestic buddies — dogs and cats — have been undergoing mandatory rabies vaccinations for 30 plus years. Rabies is also drastically down in dogs and cats

because of effective animal control programs controlling stray animal populations and effective quarantine programs requiring observation or testing of animals that may have exposed a human to the virus. Maybe it’s time that we re-evaluate the quarantine process. In 1953 there were 1,000 cases of dog rabies across Texas. So far in 2011 as of October there were five cases of dog rabies in the state. That is a great measure of rabies control success, but in the name of public health, thousands of dogs and cats are being euthanized for rabies testing and even more are being turned over to animal shelters, or left at shelters after their quarantine expires. In 2010 the State Laboratory received 6,748 dogs and cats for testing, of which 35 had rabies, or ½ of 1 percent came back positive. In 2010 the population in Texas was 25,145,561*, with an estimated dog


and cat population of over 13.5** million pets. The current ratio would be one rabid dog/cat for every 385,714 owned animals. In 1953 there were 1,000*** cases of dog rabies, with a human state population of 8,366,000**** and an estimated dog population of 2,114,925**. The odds of a dog being rabid in 1953 were 1 to 2,114. It was 182 times more likely for a dog to be rabid in 1953 than in 2010. Quite a significant difference in almost 60 years. More dogs and cats now, more people, less rabies ­— which is a great success story. The sad and unspoken side of this story is that the 10-day quarantine costs at shelters and veterinarian clinics can be several hundred dollars, which encourages owners to relinquish their pets — which for a bite animal is an immediate death sentence. If the owner can afford the quarantine process they are without their pet for 10 days, and in many cases their pet leaves the shelter with a life-threatening disease due to exposure to all of the stray animals. I know it’s easy to dismiss the euthanasia of bite animals as them being aggressive and a danger — which I agree, dangerous animals have no place in our society — but in the far majority of bite/scratch cases this isn’t the situation. Remember, state law requires all bites/scratches be reported, and the dog/ cat quarantined, not just the ones that cause serious bodily injury. This means that when your puppy is playing tugof-war with the sock and misses the target and gets your finger, they are supposed to be quarantined. Or, when our cat is feeling frisky and decides to run across our lap and scratches our leg they are supposed to be quarantined. Common sense and re-evaluating the odds of rabies risk needs to take place. This isn’t the 1950’s. We’re better educated on pet care and our own health needs. It’s time we look into other alternatives such as less stringent processes for home-quarantine, veterinarian checks, shelter

programs for reduced fees, etc. The numbers are clear, the risk isn’t what it was, and it shouldn’t mean tens of thousands of dogs and cats every year are destroyed for such an almost non-existent risk. Keane E. Menefee is a Texas Animal Control Association and Texas Animal Shelter Coalition past president, former 13-year Animal Care and Control Manager and currently the Code Compliance Superintendent for the city of Fort Worth. * http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html ** http://www.avma.org/reference/marketstats/ownership_calculator.asp *** http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/rabies/history.shtm **** https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ref/abouttx/census.html

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Seven Steps to Solving Litter Box Problems

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nimal shelters and rescue groups often get calls from people ready to give up their cat because he won’t use his litter box.  But no one is going to adopt a cat with poor litter box habits, so when it happens, the cat’s options are very limited.  He may wind up in a shelter for life, unwanted and unadoptable – or worse.  If your cat has developed a habit of urinating or defecating outside the litter box, here are seven steps you can take to help solve the problem, before it becomes a matter of life and death.

• Take your cat to the vet.  A lot of people skip this step, but inappropriate elimination is often just a cat trying to communicate to its owner that something is wrong.  Even if your cat looks healthy and acts normally, a trip to the vet is a must, because if your cat is ill, nothing else you try will solve the problem.  For your sake, and the cat’s, make a trip to the vet first. •  Put on your detective’s hat and consider what might have changed.  Did you move the litter box?  Did you switch the type or brand of litter?  Have you added a plastic liner or hood you didn’t have before?  It cannot be said enough: Cats don’t like change.  If you switched the type of litter you are using, switch it back.  If you added a liner or hood, simply removing it should be enough to restore peace and harmony to your home.  If you’ve moved the litter box, your best bet is to move it back, at least temporarily.  Then if you absolutely, positively, have no choice but to move it, do it slowly, no more than a foot every day or two, until you get it where it needs to be. •  Speaking of moving litter boxes, where you put the box is as critical as what’s in it. A litter box needs to be in a quiet, out of the way place that provides the cat with a feeling of privacy.  Bathrooms are usually good because they’re

only used for short periods during the day.  But a busy bathroom shared by a group of teenagers probably isn’t going to be quiet or private enough for most cats.  Laundry rooms are another popular spot, and for a small family that only uses their washer and dryer once a week or so, it may be perfect.  Just be sure you never turn on the washer or dryer when your cat is using the litter box.  You don’t want a loud noise startling your cat, because that will make retraining much harder. Some people keep their litter box in the garage, but that can be a very bad choice as well, and for the same reason.  If you’ve ever been standing in a quiet garage when someone drives up and hits the garage door opener, you know how loud it can be.  It’s ten times louder to a cat. • Safety and security mean a lot to a cat.  Is your cat’s litter box located in an area where he feels safe?  Even in otherwise peaceful multi-cat households, a young cat that wants to play or chase can easily startle another kitty when it is in the litter box.  This is especially true with hooded litter boxes because hoods allow one cat to sit on top of the box and harass the cat inside.   A cat that feels threatened may very well stop using his litter box.  The solution is simple, though.  Remove the hood so it can’t happen.  Dogs are another safety concern.  Few cats feel secure in a litter box with a dog watching.  If your dog doesn’t let your cat do his business in peace, you may want to consider elevating the box so it is out of the dog’s reach.  Garages, here again, are not a good choice.  Too many cat owners have lost beloved companions because their cat was using the litter box in the garage when someone opened the garage door, frightening the cat, who darted outside and never returned.   • A litter box needs to be accessible 24/7.  If you put the litter box in a bathroom and then close the bathroom door, you’re going to have problems.  The same goes for the laundry room, garage, or any room of the house.  If the cat can’t get to the box, he’s going to use whatever he can find.  A pet


door leading to a bathroom or laundry room is sometimes a good way to provide accessibility, but only if your cat is willing to use it.  If the flap is too heavy, or the cat is frightened by it, you’re going to have problems. •  If you’ve got a cat that only occasionally misses the litter box, or has very recently started missing the box, using a product like Cat Attract cat litter may be enough to get him back to the box.  Feliway is another product that may help if you suspect your cat’s shyness or marking behaviors may be the root of the problem.  Feliway is a synthetic version of the pheromone cats instinctively use to mark their territory, and it can help some cats feel safe and secure.  Also, be sure that you’re using the right product to clean up any accidents.  Don’t use ammonia based cleaning products – to a cat, they smell like urine and your cat will be drawn to that same spot repeatedly.  Instead, use a product specifically for cleaning pet accidents, such as Nature’s Miracle, Just Rite, or Zep. • Finally, please don’t declaw your cat.  Not only is it much more cruel than most people realize, it can be the root of a litter box problem.  If the procedure is not done properly, or recovery is rushed, a declawed cat’s first visit to

the litter box can be painful, and once a cat associates litter with pain, retraining becomes very difficult, and in some cases impossible.  Declawed cats are often surrendered to shelters due to litter box problems. Whatever you do, remember never to rub your cat’s nose in an accident, scold your cat, or drag him to the litter box.  That will only make the situation worse by associating the litter box with the punishment.  Positive reinforcement works wonders with most cats, so if you succeed in getting your cat retrained, be sure you reward him with treats, praise or petting.  If you’ve considered all the above, and your cat still has a litter box problem, then contact your vet, a behaviorist, or your local humane society.  They may suggest other techniques to help restart litter box use, or  prescribe an anti-anxiety drug for a cat that’s nervous or flighty.  Never let a litter box problem go unchecked for long.   The quicker you address any problems, the better your chances of correcting it.  Cats belong in loving, permanent homes.  Knowing how to deal with litter box issues when they crop up can help keep them there.


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A Family Affair: Take Me Home Pet Rescue

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n 2008, Elise Bissell, and Pam Nachajski, two Richardson mothers frustrated with the number of homeless pets being euthanized at area shelters, created Take Me Home Pet Rescue. Pam, a mother of two, and Certified Genetics Counselor, and Elise, a mother of three, and a professional photographer, were convinced there was more that could be done Kyle Welgehausen comforts a puppy taken in by Take Me Home Pet Rescue to help homeless pets.  care books, a meeting/training room, offices, a groomNow, three years later, thanks to two very supportive husbands, five great kids and a core group of more than 20 committed volunteers, Take Me Home Pet Rescue has helped more than 650 homeless pets find forever homes.  A foster-home based group with no physical shelter, Take Me Home Pet Rescue recently secured an empty veterinary clinic space in Richardson which they are working to transform into a Community Adoption Center. The facility will serve as a site for weekend adoptions, and will include a large lobby, a retail and resale space, a pet food pantry, a small library of pet

Braden Bissell keeps a watchful eye on Riley, one of the many dogs rescued.

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ing area, volunteer break room, a large, cage-less getacquainted area for cats and a photo studio. Eventually, they expect to add isolation areas and a treatment room where they can offer low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics as well.  Take Me Home takes in animals destined for euthanasia at local shelters, stray dogs and cats and even pets with costly, but treatable medical issues.  They also offer a self-fostering program to help owners who can no longer keep their pets find and screen potential adopters.  At Take Me Home, pet rescue is definitely a family affair, and it’s not unusual to see older kids and teens helping out after school and on weekends. Including their kids in the rescue business wasn’t something these two mom’s thought a lot about — it just came naturally to them. Their children, Kevin, Andrew and Braden Bissell, and Alexandra and Kyle Welgehausen, grew up with animal rescue in their lives — watching, helping and eventually emulating the compassion demonstrated by their mothers on a daily basis. According to Elise, “I was dragging Braden (her oldest son) to the shelter, to dog-washes and to fundraisers of all kinds when he was just 9 years old.  We simply told them that we have to do what we can to help the animals or no one else will.”   Today, all five kids play essential roles in fundraising, socializing pets and helping with adoption events. They are quick to educate friends and classmates about pet overpopulation, puppy mills and responsible pet ownership. They also manage to persuade many of their friends to get involved, along with their families — a theme that seems to define this organization.  While other groups may be hesitant to allow volunteers under the age of 18 because of liability concerns, Elise and Pam encourage it at Take Me Home Pet Rescue.  First,


Andrew Bissell takes some “bottle babies” for a short walk..

they  enlist interested adult volunteers, then encourage them to include their families after the volunteers have learned what to expect, are comfortable with the risks and understand they’ll need to work hand-in-hand with their kids. As a result, Pam says, the  kids  have a greater appreciation for life, adding, “Kids that are sympathetic to pets learn compassion for other kids and for adults as well”.   Like any non-profit organiza-

Kevin Bissell shows some fo the donations taken in on a food drive.

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tion, Take Me Home Pet Rescue operates on a shoe-string budget, relying almost solely on donations from their supporters.  The group get no money from the city, the state or the federal government.  Monthly operating costs for the small, all-volunteer, non-profit are expected to run about  $3,000 a month once the adoption center is open, which includes rent, utilities and supplies. That amount is expected to jump to nearly $7,000 a month once the spay/neuter clinic is up and running — sometime in 2012. In addition to cash donations, they still need Tidy Cat brand cat litter, a working refrigerator, used veterinary equipment, and folding wire cages. And, they need volunteers. The Community Adoption Center will serve as a weekend adoption center but is not intended to house homeless pets, so their biggest need remains families willing to foster homeless pets. Take Me Home Pet Rescue can only save an animal in need if the group has someone willing to provide a temporary foster home until the pet is adopted.  The group also needs a volunteer to update and maintain their website, organized volunteers with administrative skills to help with scheduling and coordinating other

Alex Welgehausen hugs a rescue. Sometimes love is what is need most for a foster dog.

volunteers and adoption dates, and people to help with fun, easy fundraising efforts like restaurant charity nights and special events.  The Take Me Home Pet Rescue Community Adoption Center, located at 561 West Campbell Road, Suite 303, is expected to open in mid-November. But, if you’re looking for a new pet for your family, you don’t have to wait until then. Take Me Home Pet Rescue has dogs available for adoption 9:30 am. - noon, every Saturday morning in the courtyard at II Creeks Plaza, 2701 Custer Parkway, in Richardson.  Cats are available for adoption at PetSmart, 16821 North Coit Road, just north of Campbell in far North Dallas.  For more information, visit the Take Me Home Pet Rescue website at www.takemehomepetrescue.com.


Party on the Patio Some businesses welcome pets with open arms

Greg Tierney, owner of Tierney’s Cafe’ & Tavern in Lewisville, poses on the patio with his dog, Lexy. Tierney’s hosts a mothly social gathering on the patio for pet owners.


This problem may present itself to you frequently, or you may have just gotten your first pet, but the good news is, you have plenty of options. No matter in what part of the Metroplex you live, there are establishments that want your business — and they don’t mind you bringing your pet along for the ride. At Hunky’s, in Dallas, not only is their patio dog friendly, but the restaurant is certified by the city of Dallas as being a pet friendly restaurant — which means the staff has proven they have undergone additional training about diners with pets, including not handling pets while working, using disposable dog dishes and basic hygiene. But Chris Everard of Hunky’s said that’s just the beginning. “They (the staff) are trained to bring the menu out and do the running back and forth. So if you come by yourself with your animal, it’s still OK,” Chris said. Sure, most bars, restaurants and eateries could do just fine without a space for pet lovers to bring their pets with them, but having a patio where people can come with their animals is something the businesses want to do. “For a lot of people, it’s their children,” Chris said. “We want them to feel comfortable and that their kids have a place to be.” “We have an amazing patio, it’s big and we love dogs,” said Leslie of EatZi’s, a Europeanstyle eatery, in Dallas. “All of the managers here are dog lovers.” Sometimes word of mouth gives business owners the idea of catering to pet owners. Such was the case with Tierney’s, in Lewisville, when they decided to host a “Yappy Hour” get together {November 2011}

on their patio for pets and their owners. “We’ve always been dog friendly, and hearing about another event that happened in Dallas, we figured that we have the opportunity here,” said Greg Tierney of Tierney’s. “Not only is it a great opportunity for people to come out with their animal family, but also it’s a great opportunity to let people know we are dog friendly all the time.” In addition to Yappy Hour, Greg said the restaurant is trying to do more to help rescues. The program the restaurant runs can vary from week to week, but there is always a designated beneficiary — whether the donations be pet food or monetary. “Last week, everyone who brought in a bag of pet food got discounted appetizers,” Greg said. “That food (brought in by customers) went to the North Texas Pet Food Bank.” At Lee Harvey’s, in Dallas, the outside area makes up a majority of the space available for patrons, and many rescue groups and dog lovers have taken notice. While the eatery does have a large patio, the entire lot is fenced in with picnic tables in the yard. Lee Harvey’s regularly lets rescue groups host dog-friendly events at the restaurant and bar. “And if they (rescue groups hosting the event) get wrist bands and put them on the people that donate, I’ll give them reduced prices on some drinks,” Jimmy Sinclair of Lee Harvey’s said.

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he sun is shining, the temperature is just right, and you are ready to grab a bite to eat, get a cup of your favorite coffee drink or and adult beverage. The only catch — you also have your dog with you and you want to spend time with your fury friend too.

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{petfriendlyplaces} “Not only do we never charge for the venue, we try to partner with them to help them get more donations.” Like Lee Harvey’s and Tierney’s, EatZi’s is not only pet friendly, but the eatery tries to give a venue for rescues as well. They recently held their third pet adoption day. “It’s once a month,” Leslie said. “We’ll see what happens going into the holidays, with the weather and everything.” And, with the changing of the seasons in North Texas, there will be some days that are more suited to enjoying a meal or drink on the patio with your pet, and there will be some days not many patrons will be on the patio at all. “Fortunately here (in North Texas) it’s really good weather most of the time.” Chris said. “We’re very seasonal,” Jimmy said. “The weather affects us a great deal. Ninety percent of our seating is outside, but in the winter we’ll enclose the patio and put heaters in there.” “We’ve only had month that

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was a little light, and that was August when it was 109 degrees,” Greg said. “So we’re excited about the fall months being here.” Glen Keely of Poag Mahone’s Irish Pub, in Fort Worth, wishes he could let patrons bring pets inside, but limits pets to the patio for the pet’s safety — not because of the weather. “We’ve always been pet friendly,” Glen said. “The only reason we limit it to the outside is we have tile floors, and in case there may be broken glass, I don’t want dogs to get hurt.” But even with large patios for diners to lounge on with their pooches, sometimes problems arise from the great outdoors itself. “We do have a problem in that we need a bigger patio,” Greg said. It’s not just the people who get to eat at many of the establishments. Don’t be surprised if you look around and find a pet enjoying its own meal.

“Every dog that comes here gets a bowl of water, and it has ice in it. We really do take care of the dogs,” Chris said. “A lot of people also get just a beef patty for their dog. That’s just $2.” Patrons at Lee Harvey’s also like serving their four-legged friends a beef patty. “People sometimes buy the dog burger, which is just a patty. I think that’s normally $3.50,” Jimmy said. “We have half-price burger night on Tuesday.” And, at other establishments, a full dog menu may be not far out of the picture. “We have dog treats, but we don’t actually have a dog menu,” Greg said. “But I’ve thought about it. I think that would be kind of cool.” What pet-friendly places want people to know is not only do they want your business, but they want you to be able to enjoy your time out with your pet at their business. “I’ve always believed that dogs are part of the family,”


Greg said. “Why shouldn’t they be able to go out and enjoy a night on the town with the family?” “They’re welcome all the time, as long as they’re on a leash,” Jimmy said. “Sundays they can be off the leash because the gate is shut and they can’t run out of here.” “Bring your animal down. Welcome, we’ll take good care of both of y’all,” Chris said. “Come on over, park it on the patio and we’ll get you a couple of suds and a nice big bowl of water for your dog,” Glen said.

• Where to go: • Eatzi’s Market & Bakery, 3403 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas Phone: 214-526-1515 Hours: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. • Hunky’s, 3940 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas Phone: 214-522-1212 Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. • Lee Harvey’s, 1807 Gould St., Dallas Phone: 214-428-1555 Kitchen Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.; Sat 3 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Sun 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. • Poag Mahone’s, 700 Carroll St., Fort Worth Phone: 817-529-9141 Hours: Mon-Sat 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.;Sun 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. • Tierney’s Café & Tavern, 208 E. Main St., Lewisville Phone: 972-353-2109 Kitchen Hours: Mon-Thur 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri-

Sat 5a.m. - 11p.m.; Sun 10a.m. - 10 p.m. If you know of, or are affiliated with, a restaurant, bar or other establishment in the Metroplex that is pet friendly, that you would like to see in a future story of Pet Friendly Places in Texas Dogs & Cats, send us an e-mail to: blake@texasdogsandcats.com.

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am frequently amazed by some of the things my dog, Tugg, does on a regular basis. I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised, after all, he is a super hero. Things many of us find astounding simply fall into the category of, “ordinary” for super heroes. And, sometimes it is the most simple of things that can be extraordinary. Tugg and I were at a school, doing a presentation about self esteem and anti-bullying. The room was full of fourth, fifth and sixth-grade children, and we were to the part of the program where we answer questions directly from the kids. One little boy, in the back of the room, raised his hand slowly. “I want to know why it seems there are no more heroes in the world and all the bad stuff happens every day,” he said. Tugg thought for a moment, then walked up the aisle toward where the student was in his chair. When Tugg got to the boy, he sat in front of where the boy was seated and put his head in the boy’s lap. After what seemed like a long time, but was probably only a minute or so, the boy reached down and pet Tugg softly. Tugg looked up at the boy and told him he too could be a hero, if he wanted too. The student said he thought it wasn’t possible, because he didn’t have any super powers like Tugg does. And then, the amazing part of this story happened. Tugg walked back down the aisle and sat next to me, prepared to address the gathering. He sat for almost a minute, just gathering his thoughts, and letting the students wonder about what he would say. “Some may say that you must have some special ability or power in order to be a hero, but I’m going to tell you that isn’t true. I will tell you that to be a super hero, yes, you must have something. But, to be a hero, no. “Look around you, there are heroes all around each one of you every day! What about those men and women at the firehouse? Or police?

They would, and do, risk their lives on an almost daily basis. Why? Just so you can be safe. What about that crossing guard who helped you cross the street to get here this morning? There’s a hero no one talks about. “What about those people out there who drive around and deliver meals to people who can’t get out of their house to get something to eat? Aren’t they heroes? What about the nurse that comforts a patient that doesn’t have any family to come see them? What about the pastor who comforts a family left behind? Aren’t all those people heroes too? “I’m telling you that each one of you can be a hero to someone else. But, it won’t be easy, and you probably won’t ever get any money from being a hero. But, if you are someone’s hero, you will get something more valuable than money.” That school visit was several months ago. Re-


cently, Tugg and I were at a food outreach, helping to serve meals to many hungry people. As we finished up for the day and were getting ready to leave, one of the volunteers came over to us. I couldn’t quite remember where we might know him from, but Tugg knew right away — as his tail started wagging. “I want to thank you and Tugg for coming to my school,” they boy said, and I remembered him as the boy in the back of the room who thought there were no more heroes. “If it wasn’t for you, I might have given up hope that my family might not have found a home to live in, but we did a few weeks ago! Now I can give back too, and

be someone’s hero like the man that helped us! Thank you so much.” The boy gave Tugg a big hug and a pat on the head. Tugg gave him one of his special kisses. Sometimes it is the simple things that mean the most. Who’s hero will you be during this coming holiday time? Blake Ovard is an award-winning writer, editor, photojournalist, artist and dog trainer — though not always in that order. When he’s not busy with those things he sometimes dons a sidekicks costume and fights crime along side Tugg.


NOVEMBER Moonlight, Mutts & Sangria - Hosted by Metroplex Mutts 6:00-8:30 p.m. Cafe Lago, 9219 Garland Road # 1102, Dallas

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USDAA Agility Trial Rendon Arena, 7230 StephensonLevy Road, Rendon Come see many sizes and breeds of dogs running various agility courses, including gamblers, standard, snooker and jumpers, featuring six different jump heights. First dog on the line at noon. This is the perfect venue for first time competitors to come out and ask questions. 4-6

ASCA Agility Trial Rendon Arena, 7230 StephensonLevy Road, Rendon Come see many sizes and breeds of dogs running various agility courses, ranging from novice to elite difficulty levels. First dog on the line at 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

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USDAA Agility Trial Center For Canine Sports, 300 S. Kirby Street, Garland Come see many sizes and breeds of dogs running various agility courses, including gamblers, standard, snooker and jumpers. First dog on the line at noon. TDAA Small Paws Over Texas Agility Trial Horse Stall Barn, Myers Park &

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Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney Come see the small dogs enjoying agility as much as the big ones! Dogs smaller than 16 inches will be running various agility courses, including Tunnelers, Standard, Heinz 57, Dealer’s Choice, Rekoons. First dog on the line at 8:45 Saturday, 8:30 Sunday. Animal Angles Poker Run and Party for the Paws 8:00 am - 4:00 p.m. 5920 S I-35 Denton Starting at American Eagle Harley Davidson/ Buell in Denton and ending at the Parker Bros Trail Dust Steakhouse in Aubrey. First bike out at 9 a.m. Cost - $20 Driver $10 passenger and includes Poker Run/Ride Pin and 1 raffle ticket. Non Ride participant - $10 for the Party of the Paws starting at noon and includes 2 free raffle tickets. Contact: Cathy Vance, 214-403-7053 or cathyvance01@ yahoo.com. Website: www.animalangelstexas.org

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Dallas Dog & Disc Club Playday Starting at 9 a.m. Walnut Hill Park 10011 Midway Road, Dallas Bring a chair or you can sit on one of the park benches. Remember to bring plastic baggies to pick up doggie poop. Be prepared to keep your dogs on leash or in a crate (when not chasing down discs). As friendly to people as

most of our dogs are, they are not always friendly to each other. Fun Fall Fur Fest 10 a.m.-2 p.m. White Rock Lake Dog Park, 8000 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas Bring your dog out and support a good cause! If you don’t currently have a dog, no problem! There will be several rescue/adoption groups with pooches that will steal your heart. Petapalooza 10a.m.-4p.m. Plano Animal Services, 4028 West Plano Parkway, Plano Come out, support adoptions and find your new best friend! Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience 9:00 am - 4:00 p.m., 11am4pm Will Rogers Memorial Center, Poultry Barn, 3409 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth Funky Finds: A Holiday Shopping Experience is a free two-day indoor event that will showcase the work of over 115 talented artisans. This is the perfect opportunity for shoppers to purchase unique hand-crafted gifts, accessories, clothing, pet goods, home decor and much more. The family and pet-friendly event features a charitable raffle benefiting Toys For Tots and The Humane Society of North Texas. The Marines will be in attendance

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CALENDAR accepting new, unwrapped toys and The Humane Society will be facilitating pet adoptions throughout the event. Raffle prizes include items from all participating artisans & sponsors. The first 75 people each day to purchase a minimum of five $1 raffle tickets will receive a tote bag full of free swag. Attendees that donate a new unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots will receive one free raffle ticket. Admission is FREE. Contact: Jessica Dougherty at 903-665-7954 or info@funkyfinds. USDAA Agility Trial Sexton/Prospering Farms, 350 Equestrian Way, Prosper Come see many sizes and breeds of dogs running various agility courses, including gamblers, standard, snooker and jumpers, featuring six different jump heights. First dog on the line at 8:30 a.m. Pinups For Pitbulls, Pitbull Awareness Day BURLESQUE GALA & Calendar Release Celebration 7:30 p.m. — until The Lodge, 15030 Spangler Road, Dallas Advance tickets available at http://dallaspfpb.eventbrite. com, tickets also available at the door fro $25. Featured performers include: Angela Ryan, Athena Fatale, Courtney Crave, Blaze and hosted by Violet O’Hara. Pinups

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AKC Agility Trial Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney Come see many sizes and breeds of dogs running various agility courses, including standard and jumpers with weaves. First dog on the line at 8 a.m.

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AKC Agility Trial Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney Come see many sizes and breeds of dogs running various agility courses, including standard and jumpers with weaves. First dog on the line at 8 a.m. Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue Meet & Greet 12:00pm - 3:00 p.m. Canine Commissary 1301 Custer Rd., Plano Texas Italian Greyhound Rescue has a Meet & Greet for people to come meet our foster dogs and talk to our foster people — or talk to our dogs and meet our people! Contact: www.txigrescue.org

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{clickandtreat} BY PATRICIA GIBSON

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t’s that time of year – summer has given way to changing leaves, football games, and cooler weather – and the season of holidays and parties is upon us! How can Christmas be so close already? Where I live people have started decorating their houses as much, if not more, than they do for Christmas! That’s been making my daily walks with the woofs a bit challenging. If you think giant monsters, glowing jack-o-lantern eyes, shrieking sound effects, and those inflatable yard decorations are scary for small children, think about how your dog feels to be suddenly confronted with these things. By the time you read this all those ghosties and ghoulies should be long gone, but no doubt they have been replaced by giant Santas, reindeer, wisemen, snowmen, and other holiday figures. I’m not sure if your dogs (and cats, if you walk yours) have the same reaction as my two, but they really don’t appreciate all these new intrusions into their neighborhood. It may just be me, but I swear BB and Lorna look at me as if to say, “What were those people thinking?” Every year I do not want to get caught up in the decorating frenzy, yet despite my best intentions, I try to transform our house into one of those perfect places featured in magazines. You know, the ones where each room coordinates with the next, each more spectacular than the one before. Hmm, maybe that’s an occupational hazard seeing as how I do write for magazines. Throughout most of the year the only coordinating theme in our house is dog hair. So I walk the aisles of stores, lured by tempting displays of elaborate decorations, picturing how wonderful it would be to have a perfect holiday — ribbons, Christmas balls, burning candles, lush greenery and beautiful plants, tinsel and glitter… [insert sound of screeching brakes] What am I thinking? Holidays present a time of great upheaval and confusion for many pets. Our perfectly mannered and wellbehaved cats and dogs are presented with temptations and challenges at this time. Home should provide a safe environment that is a haven for our pets. Animals prefer continuity in their environment, which is why rearranging your furniture can prove stressful to many pets. Bringing in a giant tree has to be puzzling. The outside is now inside. Where do I pee? Why can’t I climb to the top of the tree? I do that outside. And, there are the hidden and not so hidden dangers to consider. Electrical cords get strung everywhere providing a serious chew hazard. Tinsel which looks so pretty draped from branches is a tempting treat cats find hard to resist. It’s so nice and crunchy — but it can cause choking, intestinal blockages and possibly be toxic. Shiny ornaments are usually

round like balls. Imagine how enticing your Christmas tree looks to a dog that loves to fetch. It’s covered from top to bottom with his favorite toys ever! Dangling ornaments catch the eye of a cat faster than a mouse scampering across the floor. And then there are the birdies. Fake birds and shiny dangling things can transform the most inactive cat into Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Make sure your tree is securely anchored to prevent CATastrophe. Gifts can present another set of problems. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and they can detect food no matter if it is well wrapped and sealed. Inadvertent poisonings can easily occur. Raisins, chocolate, macadamia nuts are frequent ingredients in cookies — all three are dangerous if consumed by either cats or dogs. Xylitol (an artificial sweetener) is a frequent ingredient in sugar-free gum and candy and is toxic to dogs. Alcoholic drinks, coffee and liquid potpourri also present risks. All are common liquids especially accessible during parties. Small parts of toys, puzzle pieces, batteries (extremely dangerous, particularly “button” ones found in toys and hearing aids!) are hazards too. And just one more thing to add to the list — fabric softener sheets. We use those to make everything smell good, but they aren’t meant to be eaten. Dogs and cats are like toddlers, sooner or later everything goes into their mouths. And just like babies, they cannot discern what is harmful or inedible. Poinsettias are gorgeous, but they also present a risk. While they are not toxic, as is commonly thought, they can cause serious gastrointestinal upset. Mistletoe berries are poisonous. So are amaryllis bulbs, American yew and holly. As a rule of thumb keep all live plant material out of reach of pets. Make sure no berries fall to the floor where they can be consumed. Use artificial mistletoe just to be sure. Another poisoning hazard is the water in Christmas tree stands. Do not allow Fido to drink that water as it may be contaminated by preservatives or pesticides used


on the tree. If you have any question about whether or not something your pet has gotten into is poisonous, call ASPCA Pet Poison Control at 888-426-4435. And if all those warning aren’t enough, guests present another set of challenges. Even well socialized dogs can become overwhelmed in a party situation. It is best if they can have a quiet retreat away from the hubbub. If they don’t have a crate, placing them in a room where they will be undisturbed may be the best. If you have house guests, keep an eye out for doors accidentally left open, purses and shoes left where they could become chew toys, hearing aids or glasses in the reach of a curious pet and medicines that might be at pet level. Remind visiting children how to behave around your pets if necessary. All holidays seem to revolve around food and drink. Getting families together around the table is an essential part of all holidays. Norman Rockwell’s paintings of overfilled tables and gorgeous turkeys are iconic. My turkey never looks like that, but it sure does taste good. It’s natural to want to share all that deliciousness with our furry family, but even that is fraught with danger. Foods that taste so good to us can easily make our pets ill. The most frequent illness seen by veterinarians during the holidays is pancreatitis. This extraordinarily painful condition can be caused by the ingestion of one high-fat meal, particularly if a dog is used to a low-fat diet. Feeding turkey skin or fatty meat is the number one culprit, but anything — or combination — that is high-fat or rich can

make a dog sick. Symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, anorexia, collapse, drooling, fever and abdominal pain. It is a serious, potentially fatal illness. Take your dog to a veterinarian immediately. If you wouldn’t eat something because it is too fatty, your pet shouldn’t be eating it either. Show your love to your pets by fixing a healthy meal using one of these recipes, or buy a can or two of gourmet pet food. Don’t tell BB and Lorna but I bought cans of Merrick Turducken for their Thanksgiving dinner!

Thank You for Being Such a Good Dog Feast 1 Tbsp olive oil 2 c Mashed potatoes 3 c Turkey, diced, cooked, with all skin and visible fat removed 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 c frozen mixed vegetables (peas, corn, carrots & green beans), cooked

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ow many of us asked for a puppy, or a kitten, or a pony for Christmas? I bet everyone of us did at one time or another. TV commercials that depict the “Kodak moment” when children discover their new pet propagate the belief that the gift of a pet makes the perfect present. It’s so tempting to relent to a child’s plea. Or maybe it seems like a great idea to give an elderly parent a companion to fill lonely hours. It’s hard to resist those images of gift-wrapped puppies waiting under the tree. I particularly love the commercial that features a puppy covered in wrapping paper – his wagging tail is wrapped too. But that’s not reality! The holidays are the worst possible time to bring a new pet home to your family. Choosing to add a cat or dog should be done with careful consideration, at a time when full attention can be paid to the needs of your new pet. Giv-

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ing someone a pet is never a good idea, as you don’t know that they can provide for its needs. There may be a very good reason why their home is without an animal. Cats and dogs require a commitment to feed, house, exercise and care for their health. It can be expensive. Is it in your budget to do that for the next 10 to 15 years? Do you have the time to devote to their emotional and physical requirements? Many animals wind up in shelters right after the holidays – thrown away like wrapping paper. If you are ready to add a kitty or dog to your family, wait until after the holidays. Instead of the actual pet, wrap a stuffed version! Give the recipient a collar and leash, dishes, a crate – all supplies that will be needed. In addition you could add books about training and care, a gift certificate for training classes or grooming, or a gift card to your local pet supply store. The best gift you can possibly give is a forever home to a shelter dog or cat.


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Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc.

PO Box 680 • Addison Texas • 750010680 972-503-4258

IGCA Rescue (Italian Greyhounds) www.igrescuetexas.org igletsunderfoot@gmail.com

P.O. Box 323 • Lovettsville, VA • 20180 202-643-9325 http://www.btrva.org/

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Tails of Hope Pet Rescue

P.O. Box 320253 • San Francisco CA • 94132 • 1-800-282-8911 www.bullterrierrescue.org/

PO Box 551265 • Dallas TX • 75355 e-mail: Rescue@scottiekingdom.com Website: www.scottiekingdom.com

Lost Paws Rescue of Texas

{miniaturesnauzer}

Animal Guardians Of America, Inc

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of North Texas

3506 Cedar Springs • Dallas TX • 75219 214-522-5112

Rickles Ranch of Rescued Rovers Lone Oak TX • 75402 • 214-729-7555 P.O. Box 132 • Waxahacie TX • 76041 972-937 -1000

PO Box 116256 • Carrollton TX • 75011 972-394-9373 • 972-692-7672

Bull Terrier Rescue Inc.

Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.

{pomeranian}

Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes

PO Box 112341• Carrollton TX • 75011 206-333-0156

www.RecycledPomeranians.com 214-778-7758 e-mail: ruffdogpictures@yahoo.com

Curly Canines Rescue

{dachshund}

{weimaraner}

Metroplex Mutts

Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue

Weimaraner Rescue of North Texas

7000 Independence Pkwy., Ste 160 PMB 169 • Plano TX • 75025 972-398-2123 www.animalguardians.com 940-841-1062 www.curlycanines.petfinder.com

4925 Greenville Ave. #200 Dallas TX • 75206 www.metroplexmutts.org www.facebook.com/metroplexmutts

Petite Paws Pet Advocates Inc.

P.O. Box 1001 • Rowlett TX • 75030 E-mail: petitepawsadopt@sbcglobal.net http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/ TX831.html

Mazie’s Mission

P.O. Box 2651• Frisco TX • 75035 www.maziesmission.org drshults@maziesmission.org

Take Me Home Pet Rescue

561 West Campbell Rd. Ste # 303 • Richardson www.takemehomepetrescue.com

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PMB 352 3100 Independence Pkwy. #311 Plano TX • 75075 • 972-881-5544

www.DogStarRescue.com • 214-718-8287

P O Box 1892 • Colleyville TX • 76034 817-481-9272

{shihtzu} DFW Tzus and More Rescue

P.O. Box 1519 • Euless TX • 76039 888-290-3335

{bordercollie} Border Collie Rescue of Texas

P.O. Box 1338 • La Porte, TX • 77572 www.bcrescuetexas.org

{pitbull} Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue

4347 W. Northwest Hwy, Ste 120, Box 184 Dallas TX • 75220 • 972.994.3572

{cats} Feral Friends Community Cat Alliance

P.O. Box 832857 Richardson TX • 75083-2857 • 972-6710429 http://www.feralfriends.org/ To have your rescue, organization or shleter listed in our Rescue Resources, send all important information to: dfw@texasdogsandcats.com


The grand opening for Frisco’s new Ruff Range Dog Park was held on Sunday, Oct. 2. The park is open to the public and is located at B.F. Phillips Park, approximately 1 ½ miles west of the intersection of Lebanon and Legacy in Frisco. — Photos by William Orr.

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Rough Range

Fall in Love Fur-Ever Adopt-A-Thon Mazie’s Mission hosted the first ever 24-hour Adopt-a-thon event. Along with MOKA’s Dog Rescue, HART, North Texas Cat Rescue, the Humane Society of North Texas and the city of Seagoville, the event saw more than 89 adoptions take place in the 24-hour period — an amazing feat Several pet friendly vendors were also on hand with the dedicated volunteers, to help make the event a great success. Sponsors included: Three Dog Bakery, Shelter Chic, Doggie’s Wonderland, aReal Bookstore and Freebirds burritos. — Photos by Erin Shults, Rebecca Poling, Michelle Stockton.

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{takeyourpettowork}

Working with Emma Belle Australian Cattle Dog goes to Work Daily at Frame Shop Emma Belle has been going to work with owner Judy Cummings for almost every day of her life. Judy owns Framedesign, a picture frame shop, on Wilshire in Burleson. She greets customers at the door, and visits other shops in the shopping center. And, Emma knows that greeting everyone is her job. Emma Belle isn’t the first dog Judy has had that went to work at the frame shop. Before Emma was Blue, and Australian Shepherd. Blue worked with Judy until she couldn’t any more. Now, Emma Belle is always at the shop, greeting customers as they come in.

Shelterhearts is a volunteer group for the Bowie Animal Shelter. We have adoptions the first two weekends of the month. For information on our pets, or how you can help, contact us at the numbers below.

Saturday 8-3 Sunday 9:30-2 First 2 weekends of the month. 1508 Wise Bowie, TX 76230 Adoptapet.com 940-872-BARK

Bowie Animal Shelter Deniece Lindsey 940-781-4440 Melodye Massey 940-366-1207 www.facebook.com/shelterhearts


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