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The Cat March 2014 Volume 1 • Issue 6

Making a splash dogs beat the heat With Fun Competitions

Dr. Andre Why is My Dog

“Coughing”? FUN FOR A CAUSE!

Cover photo by Dawn Hamm Photography

March 2014 Volume 1 • Issue 6



The Cat Owner & Publisher Destiny Zivica


Destiny with Calianna

Guest Editor Victoria Scott

Making A Splash: Dogs beat the heat with fun competitions

Adopt A Rescue Pet: Reasons why we think adopting a rescue pet is the way to go


Victoria with Charlie

4 Products That Keep Your Dog Dancing

Creative Director Misty Voitovski

5 Ask The Vet: Why is My Dog Coughing? 11 Trainer Tidbits: Malinda Malone: Potty Training 101 12 Products That Make Your Cat Meow 13 Local Events 14 Rescue Directory NEW! 15 Business Directory NEW!

Misty with Chloe and Rocky

16 Calianna’s Rescue Corner

Contributing Writers Dr. Katharine Andre, Malinda Malone, Kelli McCoy The students at the Arizona Academy of Science in Phoenix recently created Valentine’s cards for the homeless animals at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC). Teachers at the school work hard to instill the importance of community involvement and volunteerism.

If you’d like to get involved in our community and help homeless pets, consider becoming an MCACC volunteer. For a list of upcoming volunteer orientations, visit and click on the Calendar of Events.

Contributing Photographers Dawn Hamm Photography, Melissa Gable, Sarah Goodnick Josh Houda, Pawztography Cover Photo Dawn Hamm Photography Contact Us: (480) 861-0777 Visit our website for distribution locations © Copyright 2014 The Barking Cat, LLC Destiny’s photo by Dawn Hamm Photography


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Ask The Vet Written by Dr. Katharine Andre • Bethany Animal Hospital, 602-242-1657,


oung dogs are more likely to have coughs due to infectious agents- tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) - caused by a multitude of viruses and bacterial organisms. They are less likely to be coughing due to congestive heart failure or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Laryngeal paralysis and heart failure are more often seen in older dogs, and dogs of almost any age may have valley fever (coccidioidomycosis) or heartworm. Collapsing tracheas are more often seen in small breeds. Pneumonia generally causes a softer, moist cough and additional symptoms such as fever. A cough that occurs during excitement or when a pet is tugging on a collar are often due to tracheal irritation or collapse. Dogs with heart disease tend to cough more at night or after exercise. They may also have more difficulty breathing between episodes of coughing, while a dog with an upper respiratory infection may appear normal between episodes. Kennel cough, or infectious tracheobronchitis, is caused by a combination of several infectious organisms, including bacteria and viruses, and mycoplasma. Generally there is a history of recent exposure to other dogs, as these organisms tend to thrive and are easily transmitted in crowded environments with warm moist air and decreased air circulation. Think about the colds from preschools and daycares and kindergartens! Coughing due to kennel cough usually becomes apparent within a week or so of exposure, and sometimes will resolve without any treatment. Some dogs may require antibiotics, others also need cough suppressants. Dogs that have been vaccinated for kennel cough can also show symptoms of the disease, as these vaccines, like flu shots in humans, are not 100% effective. Generally, the illness in a vaccinated dog is milder than that in an unvaccinated dog. Rescue dogs, who have come from a shelter or dog pound, FREQUENTLY have infectious tracheobronchitis, and may be infected with resistant strains of organisms, or be otherwise unable to fight off infections as easily. Since “kennel cough” can turn into more severe disease and lead to pneumonia, it is critical not to assume that a case of kennel cough that does not respond to treatment just needs more time or a different antibiotic. There are other conditions that can look very similar in terms of symptoms. Tracheal collapse tends to occur in miniature and toy-size dogs that have

a flat trachea, instead of a round or “C-shaped,” one. Yorkies with collapsing tracheas seem to be the most common in my practice. When the pressure changes in the trachea, ie. when the dog is breathing more quickly or when there is pressure from a collar around the neck, the tube collapses, which triggers a cough. Then the coughing tends to trigger more coughing- a common problem with tracheal irritation. Treatment may include medication, surgery, or a combination of both. Coughing can be caused by heart disease, which is diagnosed by a chest x-ray and often by an ultrasound, which allows the veterinarian to view how well the heart is functioning and which drugs will do the most to help the patient. Sometimes dogs with heart disease will have heart murmurs or abnormal heart rates and rhythms which can be heard on a physical exam. Congestive heart failure leads to fluid accumulation in the lungs, which generally causes a soft moist cough, especially at night. If heart disease is causing enlargement of the heart, it may be pushing on airways and causing an “airway” cough as well. In Arizona, Valley Fever, or Coccidioidomycosis, is a fungal infection which causes coughing in some patients. It is caused when pets inhale fungal spores which become airborne when the soil that they live in is disturbed. It is generally diagnosed by taking chest radiographs and doing a blood test, and is treated with fluconazole. Heartworm, a parasite transmitted by mosquitos, causes coughing secondary to heart disease as the heart fills up with worms and stops doing its job properly. Intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, have larval stages that migrate through the lungs of the host dog and can cause coughing, especially in young puppies. There are many other reasons for dogs to cough, including lung cancer, allergies (especially to cigarette smoke), or foreign bodies (foxtails) that can be inhaled and get stuck in airways. Disorders that affect swallowing and or the larynx, such as megaesophagus and laryngeal paralysis, are much more uncommon. So, a coughing dog that doesn’t stop coughing in a day or so should be examined by a veterinarian. Don’t panic, but don’t wait until a small problem becomes a big one. A good history and physical examination provide a great starting point; the next steps are generally blood work and chest x-rays. Beyond that, technology gives us the ability to do ultrasounds, to get culture samples from deep inside the lungs, and even to remove heartworms clogging up hearts.


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Dogs beat the heat with fun competitions Written by Kelli McCoy • Photos by Dawn Hamm Photography

For me, only one thing could possibly beat the look of anticipation on my dog’s face as she waits for me at the back of the dock, anxiously waiting for the word “Swim!” to leave my mouth. She gallops down the 40 feet of the dock, barreling towards me. I turn towards the water, and the toy leaves my fingertips. She takes one great leap and soars over the surface of the water only to break it with a splash!


ven through all of those wonderful moments, my absolute favorite part of this entire sport is how proud she looks swimming back to me, toy in mouth, and tail a-waggin’. The entire reason I do this, is for that one look from my very happy dog. “A busy dog, is a good dog.” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this pearl of wisdom! Being the proud owner of four dogs myself, in a household of seven pups total, I realized just how true this statement is! I am sure many dog owners can attest to this realization I have come to. Luckily for me, I have had the privilege of being introduced to the world of dog sports. The bond between my fur-kids and myself has blossomed into something grand; we work as a team doing activities that we all love. There are many different sports for you and your pooch to take part in. This article dives into the world of Dock Diving. DockDogs is a wonderful sport where everyone is out to encourage and aid their fellow competitor. Although the dogs are somewhat competing against each other,

you would never know that based on the level of camaraderie between the teams. This sport encourages dogs of all sizes, ages, and skill levels with divisions such as “lapdogs” for our smaller pups, and “veteran” for our pups who are a little more advanced in years. It also includes handlers of all ages! There are many junior handlers who participate in the sport. Almost two years ago, my vet finally made me face the cold hard truth…. that our Goldendoodle, Teddy, was not just “pleasantly plump” as I had always described. He was, in fact, overweight. Action was necessary. This is when I was introduced to the world of Dock Diving. When I first heard the term, I had no idea what they were talking about! I had to look it up on the ever popular site, YouTube. When I first saw the video of the dog racing down the dock after its beloved toy and into the water with a splash, I thought, “My dog could do that!” Swimming is a low impact, full body work out that I could utilize even during those sweltering summer months we all endure here in sunny

Arizona. I was all over that! We, of course, started with swimming at Partners Aquatic Center in Cave Creek, where we built his confidence in the water. I will never forget his first dive from the dock into the pool! The overwhelming feeling of pride that hit me as Teddy belly-flopped into the water is by far one of my favorite moments with my big goofball. Thus bloomed my love affair with Dock Diving. He is now a happy and fit dog who is crazy for the dock! I have been a swim and dock instructor at Partners Aquatic Center, and a member of Arizona DockDogs for almost two years now. I love sharing my passion for this sport! My German Shepherd, Nessy, and I make up “Team Loch Ness.” Together we travel to events in exciting places like Las Vegas, and we have had the pleasure of making friends all over the country! There are several different organizations who hold Dock Diving events throughout the country; one of the largest of these companies is the Ohio based DockDogs. DockDogs has expanded worldwide, with continued on page 8


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different branches in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. There are events held all over the United States that lead to the World Championship, which is an invite-only competition where the best of the best go head to head! Within each event, there are three different components: Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve. These three disciplines combined make up the Iron Dog Competition. In each area of DockDogs, titles and awards can be achieved! To give you a little more perspective, I will break the events down.

To Say these dogs are athletic is an understatement

Big Air is the distance discipline of dock diving. Competitors can use as much or as little of the 40 foot dock to send their dogs from. The distance of the jump is measured from the end of the dock to where the base of your pup’s tail hits the water. During national events, this is judged by a computer system which is calibrated several times during the event to ensure accuracy; during club events the distance is measured by two DockDogs certified judges. The outdoor world record for this event is a whopping 31 feet. Yep, I said THIRTY-ONE feet! This record was set by a handsome whippet back in 2012. I know what you are thinking… That dog is a freak of nature; there is NO way my dog could hurl himself 31 feet! That’s ok! DockDogs makes the sport fun for dogs with leaps of any length, with divisions. Novice runs 0’ to 9’11”, Junior 10’ to 14’11”, and so on, up to Super Elite which is 25’ and above. So even if your dog only jumps 9 feet, you can still place! Extreme Vertical is the doggy high jump. This competition is by far one of my favorites! The crowd gets so into it, you can hear everyone say “OOOOOO” when the pup misses the bumper, and the cheering when the dog makes the catch! Now what on earth do I mean by doggy high jumping? I mean a pole that extends eight feet out from the edge of the dock, where the bumper (toy) is connected to the rig by magnets. The starting height for this discipline is 4’6,” and the bumper moves up in 2 inch increments after each successful grab. The indoor world record is an astonishing 8’10,” set by none other than a Belgian Malinois! Let’s recap…. That is 8 feet out from the end of the dock, and almost 9 feet high! To say these dogs are athletic is an understatement! Once again, there are divisions within Extreme Vertical, or EV as the DockDogs crowd refers to it. So if your dog does not jump almost 9 feet into the air, you can still place as well! continued on page 10

If you want to check out or even enter some local upcoming DockDogs events, here is a list of some upcoming events in Arizona: • International Sportsmen’s Expo University of Phoenix Stadium February 20-23, 2014 • National Event at Partners Aquatic CenterMay 2-4, 2014 • National Event at Partners Aquatic CenterOctober 3-5, 2014 • Surprise Party – Surprise, AZ December 2014 • Paws for a Wish – Tempe, AZ January 2015 8

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here is no better feeling than knowing a life has been saved, and every time you hear that little heart beating, it’s a reminder of what you did for your fur baby. Animals show their gratitude everyday with unconditional love and tail wags. The excitement they have every time you come home or they hear your voice is truly rewarding. While shelters have many pets to choose from, so do local animal rescue organizations that they often work with. Many rescue groups have relationships with shelters so that they can pull dogs out of the shelter and place them into their rescue organization where they will receive individual attention. These countless animal rescues work tirelessly to provide homes for homeless pets. Rescues are typically funded solely on donations and have many costs associated with rescuing animals. An advantage to adopting a pet from a rescue is that many rescues take the pet to be checked out by a vet, evaluated for different temperament problems, spay or neuter, and give the necessary vaccination shots they need prior to adoption. In some cases, your pet is also micro chipped. This will help you locate your pet if he or she has becomes lost and/or ends up back in a shelter, which is very important. In many cases as shelters are overwhelmed with animals, strays or lost dogs only get a 72 hour hold before they have the potential to be euthanized. It is important to ensure that when adopting from a rescue, your pet comes spayed or neutered before adoption.

(Visit October, 2013 issue of The Barking Cat online to view benefits of spaying and neutering your pet). Adoption fees you pay to an animal rescue go directly towards medical costs, food, and saving another animal in need. Donations to rescues in many cases are also tax deductible. While a common misconception is that shelters only have mixed breeds, they also have pure breeds, puppies, and kitties. Sadly, Pit Bull Terriers and Chihuahuas are abundant in shelters, and are the two most euthanized dog breeds. These amazing breeds are wonderful pets, like the 2013 winner of the Hero Dog awards, “Elle,” the therapy dog. The fact is that many of the dogs and cats are in shelters and rescues because of owner situations and issues (i.e. moving, new baby, no money, old age , no time, health etc.). The animals are often perfectly healthy, adorable, and very friendly. Shelter animals are often litter box/house trained, obedience trained, walk well on a leash, get along with other animals, and have lived around children. Wanting a puppy? Shelters have an abundance of animals of all ages. All wanting a new forever family, and lots of love. A puppy can mean a lot of work, and are not for the faint of heart. Remember just like a baby, puppies need a lot more attention, interaction, and training than that of a dog a few years older. Potty and obedience training can be frustrating but remember there are trainers, and group

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Speed Retrieve is what DockDogs competitors refer to as doggy dragracing! In this fast-paced event, the dog is placed at the 20 foot mark on the dock, and the coveted bumper is hanging at the end of the pool on a magnetic pole. During national competitions, the bumper is rigged to an elaborate timing system with lights that let you know when to deploy your dog, and sensors to detect when your pup successfully pulls the bumper from the magnets. Up on the dock, there are lasers that detect false start and reaction time. The indoor world record for this event is 4.442 seconds. That is 4.442 seconds for the goofy lab mix to run from the 20 foot mark and jump from the end of the dock, splash into the water and then swim all the way to the end of the 40 foot pool to pull the bumper! I would like to see an Olympic swimmer go up against that pup! He would give him a run for his money, that’s for sure.

Last, but certainly not least, to talk about is the Iron Dog competition. You could liken it to a triathlon. Points from each activity within the event are added up and weighed to account for an official score; these scores are used to determine Iron Dog places for that particular event. The way these scores are calculated is a little confusing, but don’t worry. There’s an app for that! How do my dog and I get involved, you ask? There is a fantastic local club called Arizona DockDogs (AZDD) who offers support and practice sessions for their members; I encourage you to join them! Visit their website for more details at AZDD practices at Partners Aquatic Center in Cave Creek, AZ. Classes, private lessons, and pool rental are available through Partners! Even dogs who are scared of the water can, and should, learn to swim! I recommend dogs who are newer to watersports to take a class, or a few lessons, to build that confidence before attempting to dive off of the dock. Visit or call the office for more details at 480-595-6700. For more details on DockDogs in general, visit Keep up to date on the latest and greatest info from all three of these groups by liking them on Facebook!

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Housetraining a dog of any age or breed requires diligence, commitment, patience and good-nature from the owner. With adult dogs, just like with a puppy, you need to supervise 100 percent of the time when they are indoors, until the habit of waiting to relieve themselves until they get outside is firmly established. If you are working with an adult dog or a puppy mill dog who is not used to holding their bladder or bowels, time is needed to develop bladder and bowel control.

Soon, you will know how many times a day your dog needs to do each of those functions. Dogs are not all the same about these needs, and the frequency also changes with age, illness, dietary alterations, and adjustments in schedules – yours or the dog’s. Here are some basic Potty Training Tips • Designate a particular area of your yard as Fido’s ‘Potty Spot’, and always take him there to relieve himself. • Use a crate to help housebreak your puppy. Crate training works WITH your pup’s natural instinct not to ‘mess’ where he sleeps. It’s the simplest, most effective and least stressful (for both of you!) method of housebreaking a puppy. • Supervise your pup whenever he’s not outside or in his crate. Your aim is to prevent any housebreaking accidents, as puppies learn through repetition and you don’t want him to be repeating the wrong things! • Take you little furball outside to go ‘potty’ regularly and frequently. An 8 week old puppy

Confinement of some sort is necessary to keep the dog from making mistakes, which will form the wrong habits on housebreaking. A crate is the size of a dog’s bed, and dogs have a natural instinct to keep the bed clean. The crate is only to be used when no one can watch the dog. Never punish your dog for a housebreaking mistake. He won’t understand, and the punishment can create new problems. Instead, keep your dog in the room with you at all times, when he is not in the special confinement area. Put a leash on the dog and hook it to yourself. This way, he cannot wander off to relieve himself. If you see him start to have an accident, just say, “No, Outside,” as you rush out the door with him. Remember, your goal is to get him to finish outside so you can praise him. Teach him the word “outside” for going out there, and, “Better go now,” or some other phrase for actually relieving himself. These words are taught just by saying them at the right times, until the dog catches on to what they mean. This helps communication, and therefore also helps the training process. If the dog makes a mistake when you weren’t watching him – oops - that was your mistake, not his. He is just a dog, and has no idea why we are upset when he relieves himself in the house. Most dogs can learn, if you are consistent and help him avoid mistakes by being there for him. Consistency is the key for housetraining any dog. Everyone in the family must be onboard so they can do and say the same things. You don’t want to confuse the dog. If you catch a dog in the act, just rush him outside with the goal of getting him to finish there. This gives you the opportunity to praise him for doing right, leaving no time to be mad.

When accidents happen, make sure all spots in the house where the dog might have relieved himself have been cleaned in the right manner. This will tell that keen sense of smell and doggy instincts that the house is not a bathroom. If you don’t do this, the scents a dog can pick up - even though you can’t smell it - will draw him back to use the spot again. White vinegar will work only on a fresh spot that is still wet. Even then, the vinegar must be really saturated, all the way down through carpet and pad. It will smell strongly of vinegar for a day or so. Bacterial enzyme odor eliminator products will work either on a fresh spot or on a spot that was not treated promptly. Deodorants and disinfectants normally used for cleaning don’t remove this special scent that lures dogs to use the spot again. Perhaps the worst thing to use is ammonia, which actually signals to the dog’s nose that this is the spot! Remember, housetraining takes time, patience, consistency, and team work from the whole family. However, you will be rewarded with a well-trained best friend! Best of luck and happy training!


When the dog goes outside during housetraining, you need to go with him every time; this way you can praise at the right moment. This is a lot of work, too. In the process, you get the dog to understand what you want, and figure out his potty schedule. Because you were there, you know whether he has relieved his bowels, bladder, or both.

needs to go outside approx. every 30 minutes to an hour during the day, and after EVERY nap, mealtime and playtime.

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upervising 100 percent of the time means that the dogs are either in a “safe” area where they can’t make a mistake, such as a crate or very small room with a baby-gate, or they are in the room with you and you are WATCHING them at all times. When a dog has a housetraining accident, it’s not the dog’s fault, it means the person failed in the supervision.


tion! • info@elistdogrescu

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Products Reviews on Current and New Cat Products on the Market 1



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Planet Petco Natural Catnip Spray Mist If you are looking to keep your cats off of your furniture, keep them playing, and encourage running around, then this catnip spray is a must-have. It’s great to spray on cat toys and scratching posts. We found it at: Petco, $6.49, 8 oz.

4 WildSide Salmon, Wildside Pet Products Freeze-dried, wild salmon treats that will make your cat go crazy. They are made out of 100% wild Alaskan salmon, contain No GMO’s or artificial anything. Easy to break apart, these freeze-dried morsels can be used as a standalone treat or as a food additive for those picky eaters. Even better, they come in a resealable bag to lock in freshness. We found it at: See Spot Shop, Scottsdale, Glendale, & Cave Creek, $11.99, 3 ounces.


Daily Best, Pet Naturals of Vermont Pet Naturals Daily Best Soft Chews Dog Vitamins and Supplements are a complete multi-vitamin and mineral supplement for dogs with digestive enzymes and antioxidants that provides daily supplemental nutrition that helps promote a healthy dog. They are sugar free. We found it at: Spikes Treats, Fountain Hills, $7.40, package of 45.


Hagen Cat-it Design Senses Play Circuit Hagen Cat-it Design Senses Play Circuit incorporates your cat’s sight, sound and touch senses. Hagen Cat-it Design Senses Play Circuit is specially designed to entice, engage, and entertain a cat while appealing to their natural hunting instincts. Hagen Cat-it Design Senses Play Circuit has four blue and white tracks with 2 ends which can be set to different layouts. Hagen Cat-it Design Senses Play Circuit has additional tracks that can be purchased to enlarge the set-up. SwirlPatterned Ball, Peek-a-Boo track gray and green ball are specifically designed to attract cat’s attention, and the Peek-a-Boo track design allows your cat to see, chase, and swat the ball. We found it at: $13.47.


Kong Cat Cozie Kickeroo Catnip Toy The KONG Cozie cat toy is constructed of ultra-soft plush fabric that cats love to tackle and cuddle. It’s designed with an ultra-soft plush fabric to make it a great active toy and comfort toy all in one, appealing to a cat’s instinctive desire to capture prey. The Kickeroo’s size, shape, and material were specially chosen to promote wrestling and hind paw kicking. The fluffy tail provides movement for extra excitement, plus a generous amount of KONG’s potent North American catnip has been added to further encourage play. Your cat will love you for it! We found it at: Petco, $5.59.

6 SmartCat Peek and Play Toy Box with 2 Toys If you love to keep your pets active, then you should try the Smartcat to keep them occupied with some activity. The Peek and Play Toy Box comes with 2 quality toys to help challenge your cat, as they are on the hunt to find some favorite toys that may be hidden in the wooden box. While fishing for the toys, your cat would develop and enhance its skills, and would increase overall activity. We found it at:, $19.99.



March 2014

Local Events Now–March 31, 2014 Cut’s for Katie-Presented by Haute Hair Salon Studio Donations to support Standing Proud Pitbull Rescue’s Adoptable dog “Katie “. 4251 N. Winfield Scott, Ste. 2 Scottsdale, AZ Now through March 31st, Haute Hair Salon Studio in Old Town Scottsdale will be offering discounted services for Katie’s supporters! 50% of all proceeds from the services listed below will be going towards Katie’s surgery to correct the luxating patellas she has on both knees! $30 WOMENS HAIR CUTS, $20 MEN’S CUTS, $50 COLOR, $55 PARTIAL HIGHLIGHT, $75 FULL HIGHLIGHT, $180 BRAZILIAN KERATIN TREATMENTS (REGULAR $300). Please call/text Abby (847)361-9045 to schedule an appointment.

March 1, 2014 See Spot Shop Grand Opening Celebration Starting at 10:00am 11291 E. Via Linda, Ste. 146 Scottsdale, AZ 85259 For more information, call (480) 451-5225

March 2, 2014 South Mountain Hike with Standing Proud Pit-Bull Rescue Center Starting at 10:30 AM South Mountain 10919 S. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042 Come for a morning hike with Standing Proud Pit-Bull Rescue and our dogs. Join us at the Trail head & Hike with the group and one of our rescue dogs. It’s a great way to give attention to a rescue dog while helping to keep them active. If you’re willing to transport a dog from a foster home email us at standingproudpitbullrescue@gmail. com so we can arrange the pickup/ drop off!

March 8, 2014 Spring Fling Pet Adopt-AThon presented by PACC911

help save more wiggle butts. All proceeds raised will go straight towards Wiggles N Wags. We will have nail groomers, photographers, training demonstrations, adoptable animals, raffle, games, and giveaways.

March 15, 2014 2nd Annual Central Pup AZK9 Festival Hosted by Spoke & Wheel 1:00pm-6:00pm 8525 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85020 Come out and join your F.R.I.E.N.D.S for a pawesome time! Enjoy drink and food specials, animal-related vendor booths, a silent auction, raffle, trivia, great company, and a pet-friendly patio! Hosted By: Spoke & Wheel with Special Guest: The Barking Cat. For registration information, please go to:

March 16, 2014 Boxer Luv Rescue Presents Bikers For Boxers Registration starts at 9:00am 15600 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260 There will be a pancake breakfast at the start, lunch provided at the last stop for all participants, a bikini bike wash at the Dogg, a 50/50 raffle, auctions, gift bags, and giveaways. Entry Fee: $25 Single Rider, $30 Double Rider. For more information & to pre-register, go to:

March 23, 2014 Paws Around the Fountain presented by PACC911 10:00am – 3:00pm 12925 North Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 For more information, visit:

April 12, 2014 C-A-L Ranch Stores 2014 Pet Expo

10:00am - 3:00pm Franciscan Renewal Center 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ Kiwanis Park in Tempe For more information, please visit:

12:00pm - 4:00pm 2350 N. 4th Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86004 This event will promote adoption and responsible pet ownership, with vaccinations and microchip services on site, obedience and agility trainers, breed information, licensing, and spay/neuter information.

March 9, 2014 Woof Wiggles N Wags Rescue Awareness Event

April 12, 2014 The Barking Cat 1st Annual Dog Crawl

11:00am - 5:00pm Balancing Paws - 16624 N. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85032 Join us for anamazing fundraiser to

town. Registration fee is $20.00 and includes an event glass for you to take home. Local pubs will be providing drink and appetizer specials for wristband-wearers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local animal rescue or resource organization. Vote for your choice on The Barking Cat website. The winner of the vote will not only receive a portion of the proceeds but will also receive a 1x donated Quarter page ad in the following edition of The Barking Cat. For more information, visit

May 1st, 2014 27th Anniversary PALS Charities Fundraiser Celebration Hosted at Starfire Country Club

April 26, 2014 Out of the Ruff for Golden’s Charity Tournament

May 17, 2014 Phoenix Pet Expo

6:30am - 2:30pm The Views Golf Club 1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Oro Valley, AZ Phone: (520) 792-4653 (GOLD) Email: Admission: $90/individual or $340/foursome Benefiting: Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue Very fun charity golf tournament organized by Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue (SAGRR), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. SAGRR is 100% locally run by volunteers. Proceeds from this tournament will help to offset veterinary costs for dogs rescued by SAGRR. Here’s what to expect: Scramble Format; Prizes for Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and Hole in One Contests; Team Prizes for Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Teams; For sale to include: Doggie DooOvers, Raffle Tickets, Mulligans, & String Sponsorships! For more information, please call 520-7924653 (GOLD) or email

6:00pm - 9:00pm 11500 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Join us for drinks, food, and anamazing silent auction. Help to raise money for valuable causes of local animal-based non-profits, such as M.A.I.N, Friends of Animal Care & Control, and Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue.

10:00am - 6:00pm Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ Dozens of rescue groups and mega-adoption event, discounted vaccinations, Micro-chipping, heartworm & flea preventatives, free nail trims, agility and obedience demonstrations, live entertainment, author readings and book signings, the latest & greatest pet products, learn about pet care, volunteerism, grooming, pet behavior & training, traveling with your pet, how YOU can make a difference, different types of pets/breeds, veterinarian FAQ, fun activities for you & your pet, and SO MUCH MORE!

8:00pm - 2:00am Old Town Scottsdale A pub-crawl inspired event to give pet parents a night out on the

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March 2014

Lost Paws: Sterilization, Education & Rescue

(602) 663-7144

(623) 396-8466

(480) 213-0447 potatochipspomeranian www.potatochipspomeranian

Freedom Tails Rescue

Pathways Home Animal Rescue

Roxy’s Rescues

(480) 688-6663

Helping Orphaned Hounds (602) 680-0713

(602) 481-3498 Fluffies, Furries & Scruffies

The Pet Knot (734) 834-9685

Potato Chips Rescue

(602) 828-8185

Underdog Rescue (480) 553-9311

Would you like to be part of our Rescue Directory? Please email:

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Crazy Pit-Bull Lady Rescue

Ahwatukee Bella Lunas Pet Resort (714) 403-2730 3820 E. Ray Rd., Suite 16 Phoenix, AZ 85044

Local Pet Friendly Businesses AZ Solar Guy Aaron Heimes, Solar Consultant (602) 770-4986

Photographers Anthem

San Tan Valley Dawn Allen Photography (480) 620-6750

Pet Sitters West Valley Roxanne’s Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Servicing Anthem & The West Side 623-533-6710 Scottsdale April’s Pet Care Servicing N. Scottsdale & Surrounding Areas (480) 238-8314

Dawn Hamm Photography (602) 402-7466

Pet Boarding & Doggy Day Care



Pawztography (480) 269-1322

Happy Pets Palace & Playground (480) 319-1960 1918 E. McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ 85203

Pet Retail Stores Glendale See Spot Shop 3780 W. Happy Valley Road Glendale, AZ 85310 (623) 594-0807 Fountain Hills Spike’s Treats 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd.,Ste,14 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (480) 634-4449 Scottsdale See Spot Shop 11291 E. Via Linda Ste. 146 Scottsdale, AZ 85259 (480) 451-5225 See Spot Shop 32531 N. Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85266 (480) 595-5006

Sarah Goodnick Photography

Would you like to be part of our Business Directory? Please email:

business Directory


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Rescue Corner

Dee Dee Purcell


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These Fur Babies are Looking for a Good Home!



Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue

trinity Helping Orphaned Hounds




AZ Small Dog Rescue

AZ Small Dog Rescue

(847) 361-9045

(602) 506-7387







Helping Orphaned Hounds

Woof’s Wiggles N’ Wag’s Rescue

Potato Chips Rescue

Helping Orphaned Hounds

(480) 213-0447

Dawn Allen Photography

Dawn Allen Photography

(602) 680-0713

Dawn Hamm Photography

(602) 680-0713

Dawn Hamm Photography

(602) 680-0713

(480) 840-4885



E-List Dog Rescue

E-List Dog Rescue

Kitts Kitten Rescue

Kitts Kitten Rescue


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roxie Potato Chips Rescue

(480) 213-0447

The Barking Cat March 2014 Volume 1 Issue 6  

AZ Dock Dogs, Ask the Vet- why is my dog coughing? , The Barking Cat Dog Crawl