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Zin A Border Collie Rescue Texas success story

DAS and Dallas CAP leading the way to a

No Kill Metroplex

Go Dog Go! traveling with your pet

Rescue Angel:

Pet portraits help the helpless

Animal Law Crazy laws from across the country Metroplex Meow all the feline mews you need

Tugg Tales

‘Twas A Night at Tugg’s House

December 2011/January 2012

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erry Christmas, happy holidays, happy New Year’s, happy Hanukkah and peace be with you!

The holidays seem to have raced in and taken their rightful place at the end of our calendar year. But, it seems like only yesterday the blistering months of summer were upon us. Now, it’s time for those thick winter coats and it’s the season of funny looking sweaters. Winter, and Christmas also means that many people are busier than most other times of the year. If you are one of those people who seems to be busier, remember to schedule time to be with your pet. After all, you may have all the parties, shopping and other things to do and attend, but your pet only has you. You are the world to your pet. When your pet is excited to see you when you finally get home, remember they have been waiting all day just for you! Better yet, if you can, take your pet with you. Whether you’re just running an errand down the street, or going cross-country, we’ve put together a handy guide for traveling with your pet. Pat Gibson talks all about what you need, and how to make traveling as easy as possible, starting on page 24. A lot of people also seem to count their blessings this time of year, and are in a more giving mood — even with a down economy. Giving, charity and caring, either to your fellow man or to any creature that walks, crawls, flies or swims, shouldn’t happen just in this season for giving — but this is a great time of year to start, if you haven’t already! Some animals and people that could use some extra help right now are Dallas Animal Services and the Humane Society of North Texas. DAS has made the pawesome decision to try to become the first major shelter in the North Texas area to become no kill — something that can’t happen without your help. You can read about what they are doing, and how you can get involved starting on page 6. As an organization run completely on donations and adoption fees, HSNT is used to accomplishing many things with far less money than some other municipal shelters that are run with tax dollars, but when their intake monthly now equals almost what it was last year, their resources are being stretched very thin. You can see how they are still doing great work, including being the only shelter with two stand-alone adoption centers, and the only shelter that handles equine and other livestock, starting on page 8. Speaking of people who care and who are all about helping the animals, Border Collie Rescue Texas has been helping Border Collies all over the state for

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a number of years. Many times, they spend more money on each dog, than what they get for adoption fees — they love their dogs that much. You can read one of their success stories, Zin, starting on page 18. The month of December also finds me busy, since I will be traveling to Orlando to receive the American Kennel Club Award for Canine Excellence — that’s sort of like a person winning the Congressional Medal of Honor. Then, of course, I have two appearances at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. So, because of my busy schedule, we have decided that we are going to skip the January issue here at Texas Digs & Cats. Never fear, we will be back with our February issue, and I’ll be sure to share all of my Florida and holiday adventures with you then. That’s also our Valentine’s issue, so, if you would like us to print your valentine wish, please e-mail them to me at dfw@texasdogsandcats.com but, please keep them brief — a couple of lines or less. We will run your valentine in our special Furry Valentine story. And finally, since we’re talking about stories, I must close this Dog-In-Chief column with my special Christmas story. If you “like” my page on facebook at www.facebook.com/TuggBullTerrier you may be following along as I reveal my Christmas tale two lines a day, but you get to jump ahead and get the whole thing in this very issue, starting on page 20. Merry Christmas everyone!

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12 16 6 Dallas Animal Services sets sights on becoming no kill

16 Rescue Angel

10 Know the Law

20 Tugg Tales

What pet owners need to know about Texas law.

12 Metroplex Meow Play time! 4

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Jenny Froh — helping the helpless by taking their portraits. ‘Twas the night at Tugg’s house... On the cover: Zin is a red and white border collie owned by Jenn Phoenix of Border Collie Rescue Texas. Photo by Jenny Froh. See page 18 for more.


Tugg’s Texas Dogs & Cats — Fort Worth/Dallas Vol. I Num. 4 December 2011 Publisher Kim Ovard dfw@texasdogsandcats.com Editorial Director Blake Ovard dfw@texasdogsandcats.com Ad Sales 817.658.8490 Proof Reader Randie Blumhagen Senior Writer Rebecca Poling

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28 Rescue Resource

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

Find a rescue or a shelter, help a pet in need.

24 Click & Treat

30 Around Town 2

The holidays are around the corner.

We saw that!

29 Around Town Photos of pet events around the Metroplex. {December 2011/January 2012}

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Shelter sets ambitious goal Dallas Animal Services leads the way by becoming the first large shelter in the area to strive to be “no kill”

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allas has officially joined the ranks of cities and towns across the country that have taken on the challenge of ultimately becoming “no kill.” The killing of healthy, adoptable animals, or solving what some call the “pet overpopulation problem,” is an issue animal advocates, animal shelter workers and even some politicians have been discussing for years. So, following the success of other cities like San Francisco, Austin, New York and Richmond, the city of Dallas created an official task force — the Dallas Companion Animal Project (Dallas CAP), charged with developing a blueprint to make Dallas a no kill community. “The city of Dallas is ready to make the move towards no kill” said Interim Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata. “We have a new mayor who firmly believes that Dallas should have the goal of becoming no kill, a city council committed to supporting the task force and a new shelter manager, Jody Jones, who played a leading role in making Richmond, Va., a nokill community.” Over the years, Dallas Ani-

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mal Services, the city’s taxpayer-funded, open-admission shelter, and private non-profit animal shelters and animal welfare organizations across the Metroplex, have worked hard to increase the number of animals that are adopted, and the number of lost animals that are returned to their owners. But the statistics are staggering. Despite their efforts, more than 70,000 homeless companion animals ended up in shelters and rescue groups in the Metroplex last year, and nearly 70 percent of them were euthanized because there was no more room and no one wanted to adopt them.

Animal Project task force plans to focus heavily on decreasing the number of animals entering those shelters and rescue groups to begin with. To do that, they’ll be focusing on getting the community more involved on all levels • Reducing the number of animals given up and abandoned by their owners. • Making it easier and more affordable for owners to spay and neuter their pets. • Increasing the number of stray and loose animals returned to their owners. • Offering options to people considering giving up their


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porations, associations, nonprofits, advocacy groups and animal-welfare organizations — all working with Dallas Animal Services staff, and the mayor and city council. “We’re fortunate to have DAS Manager Jody Jones on this task force,” said Poling. “Ms. Jones is a proven leader who led the effort to turn Richmond, Va., into org. Texas Dogs and Cats magaa no-kill community. “Our other task force mem- zine is proud of the leadership bers represent public and pri- Dallas Animal Services and vate animal shelters, all-breed Dallas CAP is showing in this and breed-specific rescue area, and gladly partners with groups, animal shelter assis- them in their efforts to create tance programs, feral cat pro- a no-kill community. We hope grams, animal advocacy groups, other cities will look at this exneighborhood associations, vet- ample and take similar steps to erinarians, the Animal Shelter help solve this growing probCommission (the official, city- lem. With everyone’s caring and appointed advisory board) and help, we can solve the problem. the Dallas Police Department.” Dallas CAP is looking for kustom tattoos, piercings, autoclave steralization, clothing, kustom tattoos, piercings, autoclave steralization, individuals, businesses, corporations, associations, nonprofits, advocacy groups and animal-welfare organizations willing to be a part of this effort by lending their names and encouraging others to do the same. For more information, visit their website at dallascompanionanimalproject.

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pets. • Increasing the number of animals adopted and those transferred to other shelters and humane organizations. “Ending the killing of adoptable animals is not about any one shelter becoming no kill,” said Rebecca Poling, chair of the task force and a member of the Animal Shelter Commission. “It’s about the entire community coming together and embracing all the components of a successful plan — spay/ neuter, education, adoption and rescue, owner retention and responsible pet ownership. Our goal is to guide the community in identifying and increasing easily accessible programs that will allow us to stop the killing of healthy, treatable companion animals.” If the whole community becomes involved, a dramatic reduction in the number of adoptable, homeless cats and dogs euthanized will be the result — and it will be done without allowing critically injured or terminally ill animals to languish needlessly, jeopardizing the public’s safety or causing any increase in the number of strays. It’s a difficult challenge, and no single agency or organization can possibly be responsible for all the components necessary. That’s why it’s important Dallas CAP lead a cooperative effort, a “new breed” of no-kill, that brings everyone together — individuals, businesses, cor-


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Dallas / Ft Worth Horse Trainer Helps Humane Society of North Texas

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he down economy and skyrocketing hay prices caused by the Texas drought are exerting financial pressures on horse owners.

Many horse owners cannot afford to feed their horses so horses are being abandoned in epidemic numbers. The lucky ones end up in horse rescues. With the influx of so many horses in need, horse rescue organizations are overcrowded and their budgets are stressed to the limit. “The horse industry is in a desperate state,” says Joe Weitekamp, owner of Weitekamp Horse Training in Venus. “Horses are a big part of my life so part of my philosophy in business is to give back to horses. As a professional horse trainer, the best way I can contribute is volunteering to work with horses in need to make them more adoptable. I evaluate the horses and try to fill in some of gaps in their training to make them more attractive to people looking to adopt.” “The number of neglected horses has grown to staggering amounts,” says Sandy Grambort, Equine and Livestock Program Coordinator for the Fort Worth based Humane Society of North Texas. “We used to take in 20 or 30 horses a year, now we take in that many nearly every month. We have never said “no” to a horse owner or a horse in need, but we are coming quickly to the point where our limited resources can no longer handle every request for help. We don’t know of a horse rescue in Texas that is not already full, just when Texas horse owners need their help the most. Every horse adopted lets HSNT and other rescues help another horse.” “We are doing all we can, but donations and adoptions are both down, and the horse industry in Texas is in a crisis situation,” Grambort continues. “We have recently turned to good

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trainers like Joe to evaluate our rescue horses, give them a little training time, and hopefully be able to offer potential adopters a horse that meets their needs. In a way, the current crisis is a benefit to anyone looking for their first horse or hoping to add another to their family herd. Unlike a “sale barn,” HSNT, the leading animal welfare organization in Tarrant, Johnson, Denton and Parker counties, and a few other Texas horse rescue groups are working hard to provide potential new owners with solid, dependable family horses who can become lifetime members of their new family.” “Many of the horses landing in rescues are victims of hard times,” Weitekamp explains. “I’ve been surprised at the number of well-bred horses and nice riding horses I’ve seen ending up in rescues. It’s not the horse’s fault, it’s the tough economy. I would encourage anyone thinking of getting a horse to consider adopting a rescue horse.” And, with holidays quickly approaching and more than 30 horses and donkeys still in need of finding a forever home, all help is appreciated. Please see the HSNT website at http://www. hsnt.org for information on how you can help by making donations or adopting an animal in need.


Starr, a lil’ black angel, wants you to know... that all God’s creatures, great and small believe in Tugg’s message! And let us all give thanks in all things.

10 Rules for winter pet care • Don’t forget the TLC. Take time every day for a few minutes of quiet relaxation with your pet — it will benefit both of you! • Know where your pet is before you start your car. A cat or other small animal may crawl under your car for shelter and warmth near the engine. • Hide electrical cords. Puppies and kittens will often bite cords, resulting in burns or electrocution. • Use pet-proof holiday decorations, including holiday plants. Poinsettia, mistletoe and holly plants can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach irritation and diarrhea. • Don’t feed your pet holiday foods or chocolate! Fatty or spicy foods may cause digestive disturbances and chocolate can be toxic even in small doses. • Be aware of your pet’s changing nutritional needs. Outdoor dogs need more calories in the winter to produce body heat, so increase the amount you feed. • Don’t let your animals drink from unknown sources. Antifreeze is toxic to dogs and cats and can cause coma, kidney failure and death. • Walk slowly and carefully on slick surfaces. Injuries are common results of falls on ice, especially in older dogs with brittle bones. • Guard your pet’s paws against frostbite. Ear tips and paws are susceptible to freezing injuries which can result in pain and disfigurement. • Don’t leave your unattended pet outside in cold weather. If your pet must remain outside, provide adequate shelter with insulating material, and water source that remains unfrozen. {December 2011/January 2012}

In this season of giving, explore the opportunity to assist rescuers of all kinds — exotic rescues, equine rescues, fowl rescues or any rescue organization that may “tugg” on your heart strings.

“Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever” (Psalm 148:5) “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together: and the little child will lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)

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s the holidays fast approach, I thought it would be fun to take a look at animal laws across Texas — and the country — that make me wonder what was in the eggnog when these were passed: Texas:

• In Kingsville, it’s illegal for two pigs to have sex in the city’s airport. • Across the state, it’s illegal to put graffiti on someone else’s cow. • Wherever you are in Texas, it is still a “hanging offense” to steal cattle — that’s “cattle rustlin’.”

Across the country:

• In New Jersey ducks aren’t allowed to quack after 10 p.m. • French Lick Springs, Ind. passed a law requiring all black cats to wear bells on Friday the 13th. • Madison, Wis. will not allow joint custody of a family pet when a couple gets divorced. • In Palding, Ohio a police officer may bite a dog to quiet him. • In Zion, Ill. it is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats and other domesticated animals kept as pets. • In Ventura County, Ca-

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lif. cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit. • It is illegal to educate dogs in Hartford, Conn. • People who make “ugly faces” at dogs in Oklahoma may be fined and/or jailed. • It is “legal” to hang a person for shooting your dog on your property in Nevada, but it’s not legal to drive a camel on the highway. • In Campbell County, Ky, dogs may not molest cars. • It is forbidden to imitate an animal in Miami, Fla. • In Sterling, Colo. it is unlawful to allow a pet cat to run loose without


a taillight. • Cats must wear three bells to warn birds of the cat’s whereabouts in Cresskill, N.J. • Wherever you may be in Alaska, it is illegal to tie a dog to the roof of your car. • Cats are not allowed to chase dogs up telephone poles in International Falls, Minn. • In Oklahoma, dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. • School bus drivers in Florida are relieved because it is against the law to put livestock on a school bus. • Miniature boxing ring makers have fled the state of North Carolina, because it is against the law for dogs and cats to fight. Most of these laws are outdated and probably wouldn’t be enforced today. The context and intention may be difficult to understand now, but many of these laws were the knee-jerk reaction many communities, and community leaders, passed due to one specific issue or incident. This type of reaction makes for poorly created laws and can have an impact on people or animals it wasn’t intended to have an impact on. The creation of laws and ordinances must be a careful, well-planned out process. Taking steps such as involving animal stakeholders — such as animal welfare and rescue groups, veterinarians, police, health, other shelters and most impor-

tantly residents — in public meetings is vital in adopting the best ordinances’ for a community. The best ordinance for one community doesn’t necessarily mean it will fit all communities. The process must involve everyone at all levels and be careful not to be the knee-jerk reaction law that could possibly land your community on a list like the one we all just had a good chuckle at. Keane E. Menefee is a Texas Animal Control Association and Texas Animal Shelter Coalition past president and former Animal Care and Control Manager for 13 years.

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Play Time Helps Cats Cope with Holiday Stress

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ll the hustle and bustle of the holidays may be fun for you, but for cats, who thrive on routine and familiarity, the holidays can be a very stressful time. You can help your cat cope by setting aside some special time for a little “Play Therapy.” According to Jackson Galaxy, self described “cat listener,” and star of Animal Planet’s new show My Cat From Hell play therapy — regular, structured, sessions of interactive play with your cat — can help overcome a number of emotional and behavioral problems, all of which are stress-related. Play therapy can eliminate aggression, calm shy or fearful cats and ease tensions when introducing a cat to anything new and different — another cat, a new family member, a new home or the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Young cats who bite or attack their owners often do so because they are bored and have too much pent-up energy. Play therapy helps redirect that energy in a positive manner. Shy cats often benefit from play therapy because innate behaviors like jumping, stalking and pouncing help them build confidence. Play therapy can also be used to distract a nervous cat from whatever he/ she is afraid of. Even easygoing, welladjusted cats can

benefit from the much-needed exercise play therapy can provide. Warren Eckstein, renowned pet expert and host of The Pet Show agrees with Galaxy, “The fact that we keep them in our homes and safe indoors, which I recommend, means it’s up to us to provide the mental stimulation that they would receive in the wild.” These are some our top picks for the very best interactive cat toys. Most are available at local pet supply stores and online. • Da Bird is a feather teaser toy that simulates the motion of a bird. Set on a swivel, its feathers look, sound and feel like real bird wings. Each Da Bird includes a fiberglass wand, nylon string, and one feather dangler. Additional and replacement feather danglers are also available. Da Bird is designed to be used by you to play with your cat, and not for your cat to play with alone. • Cat Dancer is a simple toy that few cats can resist. It is a 4 foot length of wire with some twisted brown paper bits on the ends. But the stiffness of the wire is the key — it is the perfect gauge so that when you hold it lightly, even the lightest tap of your cat’s paw will send it bouncing and flying like a moth caught in a light. Cat Dancer is designed with a soft paw-


shaped wall mount so your cat can enjoy it even when you’re not around. Do not let this toy’s simplicity fool you. It is one of the best on the market. • Cat Charmer is another simple teaser cat toy by the makers of the Cat Dancer. A 16 inch polycarbonate wand holds a 46 inch ribbon of rainbow colored fabric. The Cat Charmer can be dangled and swirled on the ground or flipped quickly through the air. Cat Charmer is also designed to be used by you to play with your cat, and not for your cat to play with alone. Unsupervised, a cat could eventually tear through the fabric and ingest it. • If you’ve never tried a laser pointer, you are truly missing out on some of the best fun you and your cat can have. Whether you get an inexpensive laser pointer from a pet supply store, a professional pointer from an office supply or an automatic laser light toy like Frolicat’s Bolt, you

and your cat can expect hours of fun. Simply shine the laser light on the floor, move it back and forth and watch as your cat pounces, chases and bats at


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the laser light. Just remember, never shine a laser into your cat’s eyes. In addition to interactive toys, “thinking toys” help keep cats mentally and physically occupied while you’re busy, and this time of year, isn’t everyone? Below are our favorite “thinking toys” for those days when you just don’t have time for an interactive Play Therapy session. • The Bergan Turbo Track, which we featured in our September issue Marketplace, is basically just a track with a ball in it. But, what makes it different from other cat tracks is that you can arrange it into any configuration you want. Each piece twist-locks together with any other piece, making the possibilities endless. You can even combine multiple track sets to make a larger track that will keep your cat entertained for hours.

• The SmartCat Peek-aPrize Toy Box helps encourage your cat’s natural predatory habits. Just hide a few of your cat’s favorite toys inside and watch what happens. This is a great way to keep your cat occupied during long daytime hours when you’re at work and your cat is home alone. You can drop almost any appropriately sized cat toy inside the box — or if your cat is motivated by food, try dropping a few treats inside instead. • Panic Mouse 360 is an electronic and robotic interactive cat toy that creates random “mouse-like movements,” changing directions in unpredictable jerking motions. The Panic Mouse 360 is sure to amuse both cats and owners alike. It has a digital timer that can be set to turn the unit off from 15 minutes to 2 hours. The Panic Mouse 360 is the next best thing to interactive play.

• Zanies Furry Mice are a hit with almost every cat. They will provide hours of fun and exercise and are a healthy outlet for your cat’s natural hunting instinct. Each mouse measures approximately three inches long, including tail, and come in a variety of colors. Leave a few hidden around the house for your cat to find while you are gone. They simply aren’t able to resist these authentic-looking furry mice! Remember, take a break this holiday and spend a little quality time playing with your cat. You’ll both be glad you did. Safety Tip: Remember, never leave feather toys, string toys, rubber bands, or any interactive toy around an unattended cat or kitten. Once you are done playing, put the toy away someplace safe where your cat cannot reach it, and don’t bring it out again until you are ready to play. Besides, if you leave it out all day, it’ll eventually become boring and your cat will lose interest.


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{rescueangel} BY REBECCA POLING

Photographer Uses Talent to Help Homeless Pets

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enny Froh loves to give back to the community and help homeless pets, so it didn’t come as a surprise to her friends and family when she agreed to foster two, 8-month-old puppies for a local rescue group. What happened next, though, was anything but usual. A litter of six mixed-breed puppies, whose mother was said to be a cross between a St. Bernard and a Great Dane, had been transferred from a local shelter and divided up between two volunteer foster homes. But, after only one day in foster care, all six puppies became critically ill. The puppies were later diagnosed with Parvo, a serious, and often deadly, viral infection that can be costly to treat. Life Is Better Rescue out of Colorado quickly stepped in to help the puppies and take responsibility for their mounting vet bills, but despite everyone’s best efforts, two of the puppies passed away. Jenny ended up fostering the remaining four pups — who required subcutaneous fluid injections, force feeding and more than six injections per puppy per day: antibiotics, anti-nausea and anti-diarrheal drugs. One of the puppies was so ill that she was unable to walk for almost two weeks. But Jenny never gave up, and slowly but surely, all four of the orphaned puppies recovered.

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Silas, one of the rescue pets photographed by Jenny Froh, is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Flower Mound.

Jenny is a professional pet and portrait photographer in Flower Mound, and once the puppies recovered, Jenny created professional portraits of the four litter mates — Beau, Paisley, Portia and Bella in order to help them get adopted. On a whim, she entered one of the photos in Bark Magazine’s Smiling Dogs contest, where it caught the eye of Claudia Kawczynska, the magazine’s co-founder. Bark’s editors were so moved by the puppies’ story, and the “lens-shatteringly adorable” images, they rewarded Jenny by using her photo for the cover of the issue. Three of the puppies were eventually adopted, but Portia, Jenny admits, is a “foster failure,” and has become a permanent member of Jenny’s family. Portia joins Jenny’s family that includes her husband and three boys, ages 9, 10, and 12.

“They are very passionate about animals,” Jenny said of the boys. “They always want to keep every foster we have. One day a lady came to our door passing out flyers of her lost cat. All three of my boys immediately hopped on their bikes and started scouring the neighborhood for her cat. That was a very proud moment for me!” The family also includes a senior Border Collie mix, named Sadie, a pug called Olive, a pug mix named Felix, and a 14-yearold Ragdoll cat named Razzle. Jenny started fostering for American Bull mastiff Rescue about two years ago, shortly after her own Bull mastiff passed away. But an aging Border Collie, who is not very tolerant of other dogs, has made fostering difficult. “It was such a rewarding experience that I really wanted to


continue to volunteer in some way.” She said. “So instead of fostering, I started offering my services to various group doing pre-adoption home checks and photographing the dogs in their foster programs. “Everyone can do something,” according to Jenny. “If you can’t foster, donate. If you can’t donate, do home checks. If you can’t do home checks, volunteer at events. There are so many ways to help. Just contact your local [rescue group] or humane society and ask. It so very, very rewarding!” In addition to the American Bull mastiff Rescue Association, Jenny now volunteers with the Humane Society of Flower Mound, DFW Pug Rescue, Great Plains Mastiff Rescue, and

Big Dogs Huge Paws. Stacy Smith, vice president of Animal Advocacy for the Humane Society of Flower Mound, said Jenny has been volunteering with the organization for about a year — as a foster and as a photographer. “Several times when we’ve taken in special groups of animals, she has dropped everything to make time to come take ‘before’ pictures of them to help document their progress.” Stacy said of Jenny. “She photographed the dogs we took in from the Kaufman puppy mill seizure earlier this year, and she fostered and photographed a beautiful litter of kittens left in a box outside our office one night.” Jenny has recently begun photographing some of the

harder-to-place animals, like Silas (shown here), to help demonstrate to the public what beautiful animals they are, both inside and out. She is also currently fostering two kittens, BZ and Linus for the group. “Jenny has a generous spirit and a true love for all animals. We are truly lucky to have found her and have her join the HSFM family,” said Stacy. Jenny says she loves giving back to the community and volunteering her photography skills to help find homes for shelter dogs and cats. And we love what she’s doing. Jenny also did the photography for this month’s cover dog, Zin. (See page 20 for more about Zin and Border Collie Rescue.)

Jenny’s husband helped wrangle the puppies into position for their portrait. Three of teh four were adopted, but one became a “foster failure” and lives with Jenny and her family.

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Meet

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Border Collie Rescue Texas

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ost of the time, getting thrown out of a moving car is probably one of the last things a cruelly treated dog might experience, but for a border collie named Zin, it was just the beginning.

Bystanders in Carrollton caught Zin, and called the police on the fiend responsible for the horrific act. Zin was taken to Animal Control and put up for adoption — and was adopted very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that a former Border Collie Rescue Texas adopter saw the red and white border collie at the shelter, but by the time volunteers with the organization got to the shelter, he was already being adopted.

Success Story

But, as many times happen with highly intelligent and active dogs, Zin was returned to the shelter two days later. This time, Jenn Phoenix, an area coordinator with BCRT took Zin into the group as a foster dog. As part of BCRT, and organization that is completely volunteer run, with more than 40 volunteers across Texas and a few “strays” in Louisiana and Oklahoma, Jenn never considered the possibility that Zin just might be going home to stay with her and her family. “But mine he now is, and he’s an incredible dog,” Jenn said laughing. “Zin was brought out from the back room on leash, and his eyes went right to me and wouldn’t look at anyone or anything else in that very busy room.” And Jenn wasn’t the only on in the room who noticed that Zin had chosen her. One of Jenn’s companions commented to her, “Hey, that’s your dog!” Jenn answered that, yes, Zin was going home to be her foster dog until she could find the perfect home for him. But the other people could see what Jenn didn’t realize yet. “‘No,’ they replied, ‘he is YOUR dog. As in, he is your very own dog who will n e v e r leave your


house,’” Jenn recalled. Although she has fostered more than 35 border collies since 2000, she had never had a red border collie and, I “honestly wasn’t sure I wanted one,” Jenn said. Now, there is nothing her red and white boy does not do with Jenn. He walked in the New Year’s Day parade in Dallas with her, sits with her when she mans the BCRT booth at the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Maverick Stadium in Arlington, and at many of the other festivals and gatherings BCRT sets up at to inform and educate people about border collies, and participates with her in her favorite sport — agility. “Zin now runs in Elite and Excellent classes at agility trials and is racking up the agility titles,” Jenn says smiling. Jenn, who has been doing agility since 1999, has competed in the world championships Grand Prix and has been ranked in the top 30 (by jump height) two years in a row. The holiday season also reminds her of some of the many successes she has had as part of BCRT. She smiles every time she receives a holiday card from a former adopter — many of which are

Our name says it best.

also “signed” by the border collie who was adopted. “We’ve got to work on their penmanship,” Jenn joked. And without a rescue organization like BCRT, Zin might never have found his nirvana at the Phoenix household. But what is it that makes Border Collie Rescue Texas such a special organization to work with? “The unimpeachable ethics and incredible people are what make this organization work so well — and we have the best people around,” Jenn said. Border Collie Rescue Texas was started in 1996, when one special senior dog named Bianca changed the lives of those who came in contact with her. The most public face of the board of directors for BCRT is Sam Ford. “As the mover and shaker of the canine sport Flyball, Sam has networked, funded and finagled amazing placements for our special Texas Border Collies all over our state, neighboring states and as far away as Canada,” Jenn said. “Sam maintains great relationships with BC rescue organizations from Florida to California, and is the backbone of the organization.”

Members of the group can be found most anytime there is an animal event going on, and many participate in agility, flyball, herding and therapy work with seniors and special needs children. All dogs that come into the foster program in a BCRT house are totally vetted, have hip x-rays to screen for hip displaysia and are fostered in individual homes while being cared for as a member of the family. Out of all the dogs she has had the pleasure to get to know, what makes Zin so special? “I couldn’t ask for a better friend,” Jenn said. “And the fact that he still looks at me like the sun rises and sets on me — you just can’t buy that type of love, and I adore him.” BCRT rescues and fosters typically cost the group more than is made back from adoption fees. If you would like to help out with a donation, please see the Border Collie Rescue Texas website at: www. bcrescuetexas.org If you can’t help financially, there is always room for more volunteers and foster homes who understand and delight in the quirky and wonderful Border Collie nature.

www.BullTerrierRescue.org

We area group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing Bull Terriers in crisis and placing them in loving homes throughout California, Oregon and Nevada. Visit us on Facebook today — we’re here to help: www.facebook.com/BullTerrierRescueInc P.O. Box 320253 • San Francisco, CA 94132 • (415) 672-7391


{tuggtales} BY BLAKE OVARD

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‘Twas The Night at Tugg’s House

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was the night before Christmas, and over at Tugg’s place,

The time machine was a whirring, and spinning in space. There were flashes of light and whistles galore, With no room for more gadgets, well, maybe one more. The pups were snuggled in, fast asleep in the beds, While dreams of cookies and bones danced in their heads. Tugg tinkered with this and adjusted the that, And hoped before morning he would get a small nap. When up in his workshop there arose such a clatter We, and all the animals, bound up the stairs with our teeth all a chatter. One step, two steps, then three and then four, When we reached the top, we flung open the door. Ajaxx sat in the corner with a box on his head, And Tugg fastened the nut on the last screw thread. The light flickering from the control panel board Bathed the room in a light none could ignore. Tugg had packed his bags and suitcases with all of his stuff, Just in case the journey through time might turn rough. A trip through the cosmos was high on Tugg’s list, To help steer the contraption, he needed an assist. Ajaxx jumped from the corner and hucklebutted around the room, While Bizzy and Ditto cheered on with shouts of, “vroom, vroom!”

Tugg fitted his cape, a super hero was he, Ajaxx adjusted his hat and his goggles, his eyes wide open with glee. With a crack, and whiz and a boom and a pop, The time machine disappeared, and was no where in the shop. A few moments later in the corner we saw, Another dog who looked like Tugg, but he was too small. He was dressed in red and pink from his head to his paw, And on his shoulder sat a tiny, miniature, rainbow colored macaw. His eyes, how they twinkled, his smile how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose a heartshaped cherry! From another dimension the small dog said he came, A rip in the fabric of time had caused the


crossing of plains. Although he was small, his name was Tugg too, And in his world he led the Christmas band, a band of kazoos. Suddenly in a flash our Tugg and Ajaxx appeared, Each dressed in strange clothes and sporting new beards. “We have presents for all,” Tugg exclaimed, Then saw the new guest, the guest yet unnamed. He said, “I’m Tugg from a small alternate plane, To fix my own time machine a small wire I need to obtain.” Maxx and Scoop went to the pile of left over and spare parts, And brought over a thing with wires and tarts. The thing with wires fit in a place that started small Tugg’s machine, And small Tugg jumped in like a small jumping bean. “Before I go, there’s something you must know, I thank you, I thank you, so I left you a present, and you can’t say no.” “Under the tree in the living room below, You’ll each find your name on a package with a bow.” And with that, his craft lifted from it’s small hiding place, And started to whirl and spin into space.

But we heard him exclaim as he flashed from sight, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Tugg night!” Blake Ovard is an award winning journalist, author, artist, photographer and dog trainer — although not always in that order. You can “like” Tugg’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/TuggBullTerrier .


DECEMBER DenTex Agility Club AKC Agility Trial 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney

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Rescued Friends Home for the Holidays adoption event 12:00pm - 5:00pm Ridgmar Petsmart, 1300 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth

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Dog Star MEGA Adoption Event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Buffalo Exchange & Avenue Barket, 3418 Greenville Avenue, Dallas Mazie’s Mission Adoption Event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 15942 W Eldorado Pkwy,
Frisco Paws in the City Photos with Santa 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Lucky Dog Barkery, 8413 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas DFW Rescue Me meet and greet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Three Dog Bakery, Southlake 1251 E. Southlake Blvd. Ste. 323, Southlake Garland Pawsibilities Adoption Event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Firehouse #2 - Future Firehouse Adoption Center
3136 South Shiloh Rd., Garland

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Miniature Schnauzer Res cue Santa photos 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Garland PetSmart 5401 N Garland Ave, Garland HO HO HO! Santa is on his way - but not before he visits MSRNT! Join us for our annual Santa Pet Photo Benefit and have your pet’s photo taken

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with the jolly old elf himself! Photo packages are $9.95 each and contain one photo along with a special holiday frame. PetSmart donates $5 of the proceeds to MSRNT for our rescue efforts. Come join the photo fun and help support our precious Miniature Schnauzers!

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Mutt Mixer 6-8 p.m. Three Dog Bakery, Southlake 1251 E. Southlake Blvd. Ste. 323, Southlake Join us for a howlin’ good time! We have ‘yapp’etizers for your puppies as well as appetizers and dogthemed adult beverages for you.

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Obedience Training Club of Wichita Falls AKC Agility Trial 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wichita Falls MPEC Center J.S. Bridwell Agri-Center Building 111 N. Burnett Street, Wichita Falls Animal Rescue of Texas (ART)Meet and Greet 11a.m.-2 p.m. City Pet Life, 6025 Royal Ln. #111 (NE corner Preston Royal Shopping Center next to the Purple Cow), Dallas

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Metroplex Mutts Pet adoption 11:15am-3:30pm City Pet Life, 6025 Royal Ln. #111 (NE corner Preston Royal Shopping Center next to the Purple Cow), Dallas Dallas Dog and Disc Club play day 9 a.m – until Walnut Hill Park, 10011 Midway Road, Dallas We start at 9:00 am at Walnut Hill Park. 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. Books and a Bark! 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 2nd J. Erik Jonsson Library Children’s Center, 1515 Young St, Dallas Join a registered therapy dog to read barking good books at the Central Library! What could be better than snuggling up with a good book and a friendly pup? Free Santa Doggie Pictures at Canine Country Club Day Spa 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Canine Country Club 5019 Mckinney Ave., Dallas Get your pooch’s photo with ol’ St. Nick for FREE! There will also be half priced HomeAgain microchips ($35-the 1st year’s membership is included in this price) for anyone who brings an unchipped animal. Available Paws in the City cats and dogs will also be on hand and looking for their forever homes. Buster Tells it All: Stories from Pony Creek Ranch 2-2:45 p.m. Bookmarks, NorthPark 8687 North Central Expressway, Suite 1514, Dallas Buster Tells it All: Stories from Pony Creek Ranch presented by Author Carolyn Berry. Come on out to Bookmarks and meet head dog and foreman of the animal reserve where animals from around the world live together as a family without fences or fear! Author Carolyn Berry and Buster will be present to read you a story about ranch life and rescue followed by a q and a and book signing. Proceeds from the book sales will benefit Teach for America and the SPCA.


CALENDAR Greyhound Adoption League meet and greet 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Three Dog Bakery, Southlake 1251 E. Southlake Blvd. Ste. 323, Southlake

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Dog Star Santa Paws Toy Drive & Fundraiser 11 a.m.-3 p.m. B. Thompson Gazebo in Harry Myer’s Park 815 E. Washington St, Rockwall Mazie’s Mission Adoption Event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petsmart, 3333 Preston Road, Frisco City Slickers Business mixer Benefiting the Humane Society of North Texas and Cook Children’s (this is for 2-leeged guests only please) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Omni Hotel, 1300 Houston Street
Fort Worth Please bring an unwrapped toy for a special child or furry friend RSVP to Mary Stallings: marystallings@yahoo.com, 817-229-1307

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Rescued Friends Home for the Holidays adop tion event 12:00pm - 5:00pm Burleson Petsmart 12930 South Freeway, Burleson

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Mazie’s Mission Adoption Event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Petco, 15942 W Eldorado Pkwy,
Frisco Read to Rocky 2 p.m.-until Audelia Road Branch of the Dallas Library, 10045 Audelia Rd., Dallas Children read to Heart of Texas

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therapy dogs. Grades K-5th. Read for fun and to improve reading skills. The dogs are good listeners. Bring your own book or use the library’s.

Shepherd Club 30 Australian of Texas ASCA Agility Trial -1 First dog on the line at 7

DFW Rescue Me meet and greet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Three Dog Bakery, Southlake 1251 E. Southlake Blvd. Ste. 323, Southlake

p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday - Rendon Indoor Arena 7230 Stephenson-Levy Road, Rendon(10 miles south of downtown Fort Worth)

Garland Pawsibilities Adoption Event 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Firehouse #2 - Future Firehouse Adoption Center
3136 South Shiloh Rd., Garland

DFW Lab Rescue meet and greet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Three Dog Bakery, Southlake 1251 E. Southlake Blvd. Ste. 323, Southlake

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Mutt Mixer 6-8 p.m. Three Dog Bakery, Southlake 1251 E. Southlake Blvd. Ste. 323, Southlake Join us for a howlin’ good time! We have ‘yapp’etizers for your puppies as well as appetizers and dogthemed adult beverages for you. Animal Rescue of Texas (ART) Meet and Greet 11a.m.-2 p.m. Petco, 5301 Belt Line Road, Dallas

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Weimaraner Rescue of North Texas meet and greet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Three Dog Bakery, Southlake 1251 E. Southlake Blvd. Ste. 323, Southlake

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To have your event listed in our events calendar, please send us the name of the event, time, date, place of the event and any other relevant information to: dfw@texasdogsandcats.com.


{clickandtreat} BY PATRICIA GIBSON

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Go! Dog! Go! — with apologies to Dr. Seuss

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wanna go, I wanna go… can I, can I, puhleez? I heard you pick up the car keys!

I don’t know about you, but I have difficulty leaving my house without at least one of my two dogs in tow. I’m not one of those insecure people afraid to go anywhere alone. No, I live with two briards who are quite sure that they are supposed to be with me all the time. Around the house that becomes only mildly annoying. After all I am the mother of three children, so I became used to always having someone at my side for most of my waking hours. Even if I thought I could steal away to the luxury of a bubble bath to wash away the cares of the day, it rarely happened. Let’s not even discuss the idea of going to the bathroom by myself. I figured that once my children left home I would be in solitude - at least while my husband was at work. I also figured that my days of traveling with enough equipment to go on safari for three weeks would be over too. Let’s face it, babies require enough stuff to fill a moving van. Going to visit the relatives for the holidays was more like moving house! I longed for the day I could have a cute little sports car again. I would no longer have to drive the White Whale (a 1987 Volvo station wagon with seating for seven) or Claravan (a claret colored Dodge Grand Caravan). Oh yes… I couldn’t wait. Fast forward — daughter goes to college, we adopted Lorna Doone. Five years later, my children gave me BB. I had said that for my 50th birthday I really wanted a VW Beetle convertible — almost a sports car — or a Briard puppy. Well, bless their hearts, I got the puppy. With two woofs, each one the size of a large child, my life reverted back to full-time mom. The puppies’ schedule became my schedule. My car was no longer decorated with Cheerios and tennis equipment. No, now I have dog

toys and MilkBone crumbs, nose prints instead of finger prints and carpet that once again bears the stains of — well, I’ll spare you further description. But you know I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would still like to have bathroom privacy, but at least the dogs don’t ask “momma, whatcha doing?” Traveling with the furkids is a little easier too, but they take just about as much preparation and equipment. At least there isn’t a canine equivalent to a diaper bag, unless you want to count the boat bag I carry with poop bags, travel water bowl, bottled water, etc. And just like children, safety is a huge concern in the car. Crates are the animal version of car seats, and just as important. So as you make your lists and check them twice before leaving for holiday travel, take time to make your pet’s travel as easy as possible. Some things are vital for safety and comfort, some make life on the road easier for everyone. Even if you are just taking your furkids with you on your errands, this list is


for you too! • Collar with identification — make sure your pet is wearing a correctly adjusted, non-choke collar with your current contact information. Ideally the phone number should be your mobile or one where someone can always be reached. Ideally your pet should be micro chipped, so that in the event a collar is lost his identity is known. Lost pets are routinely checked for chips at shelters, so this could save a life! • A sturdy short lead. Flexi-leads are very popular, especially with tiny dogs, but they do not provide adequate control. It is unfortunate, but dogs have been hit by cars when the length of their lead allowed them to dart into traffic. Pets should not travel with leads attached to their collars. Make sure that you snap one to their collar before any door is opened on the vehicle! • Poop bags. Be a good pet parent and clean up after your dog. There is not much worse that stepping in poo, particularly if you are not a dog person. Most people do clean up, but some people leave dirty diapers in parking lots too. Now really, poo is poo. • Water bowl and water. Remember to bring water from home to prevent diarrhea. Sudden changes in food and water can cause tummy troubles. Bottled water, available almost everywhere, is an acceptable alternative. • A crate or your pet’s bed. Just as hard as it is for people to adjust to different beds, it is worse for pets. Their bed provides a familiar setting and creates a sense of security. Crates provide security. Pets should not be left loose in an hotel room or in an unfamiliar house. At the hotel, let the staff know you are traveling with a pet. It is too easy for the pet to escape when housekeeping enters; and it is easy for a bite to occur if a pet is startled by an unfamiliar person. Stressed pets can destroy a hotel room in a very short time. Travel is expensive enough without having to pay for damages. Even at grandma’s house a crate is a good idea if it is a place the furkids don’t regularly visit. • Dog toys. A bored dog can be a destructive dog. A stressed dog will look for an opportunity to

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relieve stress. Chewing is like a dog’s pacifier — it’s very soothing. If suitable chew toys aren’t provided, your dog could choose to chew on anything he can find and this can prove very dangerous! Always be sure to puppy proof any place your dog will be. If this isn’t possible, keep an eye on him at all times or place him securely in his crate. • Food and treats. Keep your pet on his usual diet and don’t allow ‘special holiday treats’ unless it is meant for pets. The number one emergency vet visit during Thanksgiving and Christmas is due to pancreatitis caused by dogs eating rich, fatty food! Don’t allow your pets to eat leftovers and make sure trash cans are out of reach. Pancreatitis is extremely painful, sometimes fatal, and is preventable. • Any medications your pet regularly takes. If you pet is on any prescription medication make sure you take it with you! Some medicines require refrigeration — make sure to keep them at the proper temperature. • Health records. This is particularly important if you are traveling out of state. At very least travel with your pet’s current immunization records. Your


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vet will be happy to provide you a copy. I find it very handy to use a pencil bag with a vinyl window for each dog. You can find these in the school supply section of any store in many different colors. Each of my dogs has her own color-coded bag. In it there is a current photograph, health records, and contact information for both me and ICE (In Case of Emergency). My dogs don’t go anywhere without these bags. I keep them on rings, but they also fit in notebooks - either way they are easy to take with you. • First Aid Kit. You can buy pet-specific first aid kits at pet stores or you can put one together yourself. Visit the avma.org website for the complete list of supplies to include and for a searchable list by state of emergency veterinary clinics. Should

Give a Pet as a Gift? Never a Good Idea

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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. Giving 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

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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. Editor’s note: This article appeared in last months issue as well, but we received so many requests to re-run it, we decided to include it in this December issue too. If you would like to e-mail us for any reason, our e-mail is: dfw@texasdogsandcats.com.


your pet ingest anything unusual call Animal Poison Control at 888-426-4435. • Muzzle. Should your animal be injured, muzzle him before handling. Any pet can bite if they are in pain. A nylon stocking or a piece of gauze may be used in an emergency. If you pet has difficulty with motion sickness, consult your veterinarian for advice on medications. You can help them get used to being in the car by taking them for short rides around town, gradually progressing to longer ones. Remember to keep your pets safely restrained in your vehicle. There are many options to choose from, including a crate, a barrier keeping larger dogs behind the front seat or in the rear of a vehicle, harnesses that connect to human seat belts, and even booster seats (with harness) for smaller furkids. Like children, they need to be properly secured while in your vehicle. Be mindful of weather conditions. Cars can become very hot very quickly when parked in the sun, even in the winter. In the summer your car quickly becomes an oven. Never leave your pet unattended in your vehicle in warm weather! And just like traveling with children, your dog will appreciate frequent potty breaks. Keeping to your dog’s regular schedule of meals and walks will help him adjust to being on the road. If you keep all these things in mind you and your furkids will enjoy traveling together. There are books available that detail pet-friendly locations and lodging. Just in case you are wondering, I now drive a Honda Element - chosen for Lorna and BB’s comfort. They love to go for C-A-R R-I-D-E-S. I have to spell in front of them. They most definitely know what those words mean. Don’t even think of saying “go” in front of them unless they are included in your plans. My husband cannot pick up the hat he always when he goes hiking without Lorna running to the door, waiting to join him. I could go on with stories about their adventures, but BB is waiting to go to the post office and then the bank. She gets to go in at both places and she gets yummies too. It sure makes errand running more fun and I’m never lonely!

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2012 is almost here! You need a calendar to keep track of the days! Get your daily Tugg dose with his 2012 calendar!

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AREA RESCUE RESOURCES {allpet} Animal Rescue of Texas (ART)

4447 N Central Expressway, Suite #110, PMB116 • Dallas TX • 75205 (214) 276-7802

Rescued Friends, Inc.

682-777-0757 http://rescuedfriends.weebly.com/ www.petfinder.com/shelters/TX632. htm

DFW Rescue Me

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

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{bullterrier}

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

P.O. Box 2286 • Coppell TX • 75019 214-855-1515

Texas Gulf Coast Bull Terrier Club

P.O. Box 190473 • Dallas TX • 75219 214-559-2817 (voice mail)

Bull Terrier Rescue of Virginia

Paws in the City

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

gulfcoastbtc@earthlink.net www.texasbullterrier.org/rescue_info. html

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

Bull Terrier Rescue Inc.

Lone Oak TX • 75402 • 214-729-7555

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

P.O. Box 132 • Waxahacie TX • 76041 972-937 -1000

{miniaturesnauzer}

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

Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of North Texas

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

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Rickles Ranch of Rescued Rovers Tails of Hope Pet Rescue

Lost Paws Rescue of Texas

Animal Guardians Of America, Inc

Curly Canines Rescue

940-841-1062 www.curlycanines.petfinder.com

Metroplex Mutts

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

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

Dallas-Fort Worth Dachshund Rescue

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

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Mazie’s Mission

Border Collie Rescue of Texas

Take Me Home Pet Rescue

{pitbull}

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

Great Dane Rescue of North Texas

PO Box 118725 • Carrollton Texas • 75011 817-651-2336

Lone Star Labrador Retriever Rescue

P.O. Box 802846 • Dallas TX • 75380 940-465-4688

Education and Animal Rescue Society (EARS)

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Dallas Fort Worth Labrador Retriever Rescue

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

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

Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue

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{greatdane}

www.DogStarRescue.com • 214-718-8287

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc.

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

{scottishterrier} Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.

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

{pomeranian} Recycled Pomeranians and Schipperkes www.RecycledPomeranians.com 214-778-7758 e-mail: ruffdogpictures@yahoo.com

{weimaraner} Weimaraner Rescue of North Texas

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

{pug} DFW Pug Rescue

P.O. Box 2591• Grapevine, TX • 76099 (817) 481-2004 • www.dfwpugs.com

{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


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Howl-O-Ween at Dallas Animal Services Dallas Animal Services, Dallas Loves Animals and The Petropolitan held a Howl-O-Ween Carnival and Pet Psychic Fair Saturday, Oct. 29 at the shelter. The event featured a pet psychic, a kissing booth, games and contests. In all, 59 pets found homes that day – a new one-day record for the shelter.

Dallas Animal Services volunteer Molly DeVoss introduces a kitty to the puppy manning the kissing booth.

“Muffin” won the small dog costume contest.

“Clark Kent” was just one of the dogs entered in the costume contest.

Give a Dog a Home Collin County Humane Society’s annual “Give A Dog A Home” Gala took place Friday, Oct. 21 at the 42nd Floor at Cityplace. Money raised from the event went toward a capital campaign to raise money to build an adoption center for CCHS.

Hairballs & Hair Bands Paws In The City held its 3rd annual ‘80’s themed holiday party, Hairballs & Hair Bands on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Shops at Park Lane. Proceeds benefit their rescue and adoption programs.

Antonia Hubert, Paws In The City president Tara Harper and Nicole Hutchison.

{December 2011/January 2012}

ABOVE: Animal Rescue Corp’s Scotlund Haisley, CCHS President Molly Peterson, CCHS Vice President Tressa Broadhead, and American Dog Rescue’s Arthur Benjamin. LEFT: Auction items donated to CCHS by Animal Rescue Corps.

Bad to the Bone Texas Humane Legislation Network and Operation Kindness hosted the 1st Bad to the Bone fundraiser Deborah Nixon and an adorable maltipoo that was available for adoption at Bad To The Bone. Special Bad to the Bone event shirts were available at the event.

and silent auction benefit Saturday, Oct. 22 at the home of Kelly and Scott Hershman, of Dallas.

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SPCA Open House Saturday, Oct. 22, the SPCA of Texas held a Howl-o-ween party with a sneak peek at their new facility off I-30 in Dallas.

New kennels for adoptable dogs at the SPCA’s new shelter.

The facade of the new SPCA of Texas shelter is visible from I-30.

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

The main lobby of the new SPCA of Texas shelter.


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Texas Dogs & Cats Dec 11 DFW  

Texas Dogs & Cats Magazine- DFW. December 2011 issue!

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