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Welcome to Petapalooza and the Chestnut Hill Local’s special supplement about the Petapalooza event and all things pets! This section is to let you know all the attractions and resources for pet families our area provides. More pet coverage is available each week in The Chestnut Hill Local and To subscribe call (215) 248-8813.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

How to help your dog stay healthy in really hot weather by Dr. Caroline Patten

graduated from Princeton University and earned her VMD and PhD (in Neuroscience) from the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian.

Dr. Patten is the owner and veterinarian of Liberty Veterinary Clinic, 8919 Ridge Ave., close to Bells Mill Road in upper Roxborough, a full-service animal hospital offering wellness t is HOT out! Recently the heat care, emergency care, soft tissue and and humidity have been bad, and orthopedic surgery, dental procedures, dogs are very susceptible to heat digital radiology, in-house bloodwork, ultrasound and much more. Dr. Patten stroke. Unlike people, dogs are not able to sweat to cool themselves.


A PET WALK WITH ART will take place Sunday, July 9, starting at 2 p.m., on the grounds of Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.This fun event is offered in conjunction with the Chestnut Hill Business Association and Weavers Way Co-op's annual Petapalooza, a celebration of all things pets. Dogs, cats and other leashed pets are welcome! The event is free and open to the public. For more information:

Dogs rely on panting to cool themselves, which is not always very effective. In addition, dog breeds that have a shorter face, such as any bulldog breed, are even worse at cooling themselves. Signs of a dog being overheated may include refusing to finish a walk, lying down, excessive panting, restlessness, agitation and increased body temperature. These signs may progress when a dog develops heat stroke. With heat stroke a dog may collapse, be unable to move or have respiratory arrest. If you think your dog is getting overheated, take a break and cool off in the shade. Provide plenty of fresh, cold water. If your dog requires more cooling methods, you can soak your dog with a hose. If you think your dog may be suffering from heat stroke, seek immediate veterinary care. Heat stroke is an emergency situation in dogs and can lead to multiple organ dysfunction and even death. So please be cautious with your dogs in the heat. (Ed. Note: Following are excerpts from an article in the Local March 5, 2015, about Liberty Veterinary Clinic, which opened in December, 2014:) “What I wanted to do with this clinic is create a really good family atmosphere,” said Patten, (then) 37,

Dr. Patten is surrounded by her best friends — Baxter, 16, a terrier mix (left); Mabel, 5, chocolate toy poodle (center) and Penelope, 6, a black standard poodle.

“where you feel like you're part of the The new location provides Patten family when you come in.” the opportunity to run the clinic the way she thinks best, allowing her to take elements of clinics and hospitals where she's worked in the past and apply the best of them to her own office. According to Patten, growth has been great so far and has occurred through word-of-mouth. A mother of two boys, one seven, the other 22 months, Patten, who lives in East Falls, realized, “There really isn't a convenient time to open your own clinic.” She had been commuting, sometimes over an hour, to her three difEach week in The Local and online in our ferent jobs, including one in the PetFriendly section on Northeast and two over the bridge in Jersey. “Eventually I just got tired of there are pets looking for homes and postponing it.” The new clinic has cut down on the latest on the ongoing search for her driving time, too. Patten says that Liberty is a family place, meanpet-friendly parks as well as information ing that she and her staff take the time to get to know patients and from veterinarians, animal hospitals, pet sitters their human owners, too. It means and other pet-friendly businesses. recalling where you work or that your hobby is running through the Wissahickon. It also means that “when you call, and your pet's sick, we'll fit you in.” While a Ph.D student in a lab, doing molecular-based research on how cells regulate food intake and how certain foods might become addictive, Patten found it repetitive. There was little human interaction. She started volunteering in the emergency room at U of P's veterinary hospital. That's where her love of animals — which inspired her to lobby her parents for months as a child until she got her first terrier mix — resurfaced like a guide, leading her life in TELLING THE STORY OF ARTS AND ARTISTS a new direction. She enrolled in a combined program, allowing her to earn her veterinary medical degree alongside her Ph.D. She finished vet school in 2009. Raised in Washington D.C., PatSunday, July 9 at 2:00 pm ten first came to the tri-state area to study at Princeton University. She Spend a summer afternoon with your pets and enjoy an married Bret Asbury, now a law prooutdoor tour of Woodmere's beautiful grounds and fessor at Drexel University, in 2005. Patten hopes the customer service at sculptures. This fun event is offered in conjunction with Liberty will set her clinic apart from the Chestnut Hill Business Association and Weavers other veterinarians. Way Co-op's annual Petapalooza, a celebration of all Thus far, she has partnered with things pets. different neighborhood groups, offering services to organizations like Brenda’s Cat Rescue and Pibbles & Dogs, cats, and other leashed pets are welcome! The More Animal Rescue (PMAR). Patevent is free and open to the public. ten has provided medical needs to their rescued animals. ĊĂĀāƫ!.)*0+3*ƫ2!*1!ƫđƫ$%( !(,$%ČƫƫāĊāāĉ Working with animals and being an integral part of a community “just gives you a good feeling,” she said. For more information, call 215-4831066 or visit

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Tears still being shed for Governor Monkey after a year by Adina Silberstein

a day without looking at Governor Monkey’s photo. But, much like when I had a puppy and that taught me how to empathize better with my puppy-owner clients, I now have the experience of the wrench in my heart, having lost a dog whom I loved with every ounce of my heart. So, this post goes out to my incredible, dedicated staff members who have loved and lost along with me, and all of the pet parents that share in my grief this year — and all the years in the past. To Governor Monkey, Indy, Riley, Max, Maddie,


know that 90% of us can agree that 2016 will go down as one of the worst years we can remember. For me, it’s not because Prince died or George Michael and not even because of the election, though these things certainly didn’t help. For me, 2016 will forever be the year that my dog, my heart and my first baby, died. It will also be the year that my professional pet care company, Queenie’s Pets, turned 10 years old. While I was so excited to proudly boast that the company I built from nothing had survived a decade in an industry where most companies survive maybe three years, it hadn’t occurred to me that it was also the year that, when one works with animals, all of my original clients would begin to leave this world and cross the “Rainbow Bridge.” Compassion exhaustion, the phenomenon of becoming sad, depressed, overwhelmed or just lifetired due to the amount of compassion and love you give out daily in your work as one who gives care to others (be they human, animal or communities in general), is incredibly real. It is a major reason that so many do not survive working in the pet care industry; pets come into our lives and leave us all too soon. As their caregivers, we aren’t officially their family, but it feels like we are, given that for many of these pets, we see them almost every day and/or we are their family when their families are away. We have given love, comfort, medicine, food; we have cared for them when they’ve been sick; we have watched them joyfully play and grow and change. We have communicated with their families about their well-being and their experiences, and we have

Adina, who started Queenie’s Pets 11 years ago, passed up a career in Washington politics to surround herself with canine energy. She is seen here in a 2015 photo with her own rescue dogs MeloDrama (right) and Governor Monkey, who died last year.

changed our care routines for them in their decline. When you see a cat or dog as a spry, playful, silly young puppy or kitten, help them through their awkward “teenage” years, teach them not to eat things they shouldn’t and to play nicely with others, it strikes you when you are also with them as they have to be carried up the steps, or fed through a syringe to keep up their strength, or forget where they are supposed to go potty. Yet working with animals, this all happens in the span of our employ. While most pet care givers don’t necessarily last in the industry to see a pet’s entire lifespan, my company — and my dedicated staff — has a longer-than-usual retention rate…which is amazing to say as the company owner…but it also means we see all of their life stages — and their passing. I don’t know whether people not in the industry can quite grasp the connections we make with the pets

that enter our lives. When you walk a dog every weekday for many, many years, it truly feels like he/she is your own dog. When you spend hours with a cat on your lap, giving it love when its family is out of town on a very frequent basis, it feels like your own cat. You even start to feel at home in the homes of your clients. You’ve got your own favorite chair you sit in. You care that things are left neat and tidy. You leave the radio on for the pet so it is less lonely between your visits. You even feel the joys and sorrows of the human families as they welcome new babies or go through a divorce or pack up their home for a move. It’s just funny. It’s the stuff you never think about when you first sign up to be a pet sitter. I will blog separately about the loss of my own dog. That’s still too painful to put in black and white, despite it now having been one full year. Though I cry less now, my heart hurts every day, and I never go

Zena, Nigel, Quincy, Bunny and many others — all Queenie’s “originals” we lost this year…here’s to nothing but fun, love and comfy snuggles on the other side of that bridge. We miss you so much and carry you in our hearts forever. For nine years Adina Silberstein operated Queenie's Pets out of her home in Mt. Airy, but early in 2015 she moved her business into a storefront at 7174 Germantown Ave., at the corner of West Mt. Airy and Germantown Avenues. For more information: or

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

4th annual Petapalooza great fun for animals and people


alling all animal lovers! Philadelphia’s Garden District of Chestnut Hill and Weavers Way Co-op are joining forces once again to celebrate our four-legged friends. On Sunday, July 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Fourth Annual Petapalooza will take place along Germantown Avenue with a variety of activities for both animals and their favorite humans. Petapalooza is a celebration of all things “PETS� with a paw reader, pet caricaturists, arts & crafts activ-

ities, a bouncy house and more. Visit dog training exhibitions as well as on-site veterinarians and pet service providers. For those guests without a furry friend, pet rescue organizations such as the PASPCA, the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, The Philly Kitty, New Leash on Life and Tiny Paws Rescue will be on location with animals looking for their forever homes. Participating Chestnut Hill restaurants and bars will offer “Yappy Hour� specials starting at 3 pm. The new Chestnut Hill Beer Gar-

den at the Market at the Fareway (behind the Chestnut Hill Hotel) will also be open to pets and their people. New for 2017, treat Fido to an afternoon of culture as Woodmere Art Museum presents Pet Walk with Art, a pet-friendly outdoor tour of the museum grounds and sculpture garden beginning at 2 p.m. Both the tour and the festival are free (with pay-as-you-go activities) and family-friendly! Petapalooza is part of the seasonlong celebration of Chestnut Hill’s

20th anniversary as Philadelphia’s Garden District. For more information on Petapalooza or the Garden District celebration, head to Join the

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ADOPTION ADVICE: Dog lover Carol Aronoff and her buddy, Lola, will likely be among the many area residents enjoying Petapalooza. There will be, among other things, pets available for adoption. But according to, “Any dog you get should be suitable to not only your lifestyle but your surroundings. If you live in a shoebox apartment, then a large dog is not a good choice.You don’t want your dog to develop health issues, be bored or destroy things. Large dogs really belong in big places with lots of outdoor space ‌ If you are not often at home, and you really want a dog, you probably should invest in a dog walker‌ â€? (Photo by Mina Dragani)

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She provides Labradoor-to-door ser vices Mt. Air y ‘home visit’ vet: how not to be ‘ticked of f’ by Stacia Friedman


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania has a dubious honor. Our state is number one for ticks and Lyme disease. Ticks are carried by deer and mice. Both these populations have increased in Northwest Philadelphia. This comes as no surprise to veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Muller, of West Mt. Airy. “The problem isn’t limited to the deep woods,” she said last week. “Dogs and cats in our area can pick up ticks in their yard.” Muller explains this isn’t just a seasonal problem. “The only time ticks aren’t active is in the dead of winter,” she said. “There are many over-thecounter products for cats and dogs, but not all products are effective in preventing disease. For instance, ticks can continue to feed on a dog treated with Frontline for up to 48 hours. “That is enough time for your dog to develop tick-borne diseases like Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. K-9 Advantix repels ticks, but it comes with a warning in the state of California that it contains ingredients known to cause cancer.” (That warning states: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Makes you wonder what California knows that Pennsylvania doesn’t!) Dr. Muller, who requested that her age not be mentioned, adds, “You need to be especially careful about over-the-counter products for cats, since some products marketed for cats and sold at grocery, drug or pet supply stores cause toxicity. For cats, it’s especially important to obtain flea and tick preventative from a veterinarian.” Reading the fine print of some of these products could alarm you. What’s a responsible pet owner to do? “I offer an annual Lyme vaccine for dogs and recommend staying up to date on the rabies vaccine. Even so, you need to check your dog’s whole body regularly because the Lyme vaccine is not 100 percent effective,” said Muller. “If you find a tick, chances are it’s already bloated with your pet’s blood, and there may be swelling and irritation at the site. Even if you don’t find a tick on your dog, be on the lookout for the symptoms of Lyme disease that can present weeks after the tick is removed: joint pain and limping, especially in the front legs, lethargy or fever. Some dogs display no symptoms. In the worst cases, there is kidney damage.” Muller suggests discussing your pet’s symptoms with a vet and get-

STRAY CAT SPAYING: Best Friends Animal Society along with Petsmart Charities is partnering with Philadelphia Animal Care and Control (ACCT Philly) in The Community Cats Project until November. The project is working to humanely reduce the number of cats living on our streets. Humane traps are also available. To report a stray for humane spaying: 215913-6013 or

Dr. Jennifer Muller, a West Mt. Airy veterinarian who makes house calls, relaxes with her own dog, Banana, a 17-year-old terrier mix. (Photo by Todd Bernstein)

ting a Lyme disease test if your dog shows signs. “If Lyme disease is present, the standard treatment is doxycycline, an antibiotic that fights the bacterial infection,” said Muller, “but even with treatment, the symptoms may recur months later, and the dog may need to be re-treated.” Originally from Long Island,

Muller majored in American Civilization at Brown University and studied wildlife for a semester in Botswana in southern Africa. Before entering the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Muller focused on other careers, including serving as White House Domestic Policy Adviser to Vice President Al Gore, and even had a stint in Hollywood as a scriptwriter. The one constant in all these transitions? Muller’s love of animals. She is an advocate for animal rescue and lives with several rescued dogs and cats. There is no doubt about Muller’s passion for protecting dogs. Muller was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to serve on Pennsylvania’s Dog Law Advisory Board and to Chair the Commonwealth’s Canine Health Board, helping to create policies that have drastically improved the regulation of, and living conditions at, Pennsylvania’s commercial dog breeding kennels. After earning her Veterinary Medical Degree in 2007, Muller worked at a veterinary clinic in New Jersey but quickly realized that it wasn’t the right fit. In late 2008, she went out on her own as a mobile vet, making house calls.

“I like seeing pets in their natural environment. They are calmer with less stress and anxiety. Their heart and respiratory rates are lower,” said Muller. “Seeing animals in their homes also gives me an opportunity to observe their range of motion, how they navigate a staircase or use

their litter box. Plus, I can spend more time with owners than in a veterinary office.” Dr. Muller has no website. “My clients are mostly word-of-mouth,” she said. She can be reached at or at 215704-9009.

A TRIBUTE TO LOLA: Mt. Airy artist Stacia Friedman, also a novelist whose articles appear regularly in the Local, painted this watercolor as a tribute to her Siamese cat, Lola, who died over a year ago at the age of 18.“Immortality is a small gift for all she gave me,” said Stacia. “When I first saw her, she was a 7-year-old purebred who had wandered into my yard. I managed to locate her owner and was surprised to learn she was ‘looking for a good home.’ Lucky me!”

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Who belongs in the doghouse — boyfriend or the Bichon? by Roz Warren


’m breaking up with my boyfriend because he refuses to let my Bichon share the bed with us when he sleeps over. I’ve had Maggie for 10 years but have been with the boyfriend for just a year. I told him that she was here long before he was! A Bichon Frise is a small white dog, poodle-sized but fluffier. Fans of the breed love our “fluffs” for their bright, engaging natures and their extreme cuteness. But our attachment to these dogs can present challenges. For example, one Bichon owner recently posted that lament on a Bichon-related Facebook group. “There’s an interesting dilemma,” I thought, anticipating that her post would spark a lively online debate. I was dead wrong. Within a day, she’d received 400 comments, every one of them supportive. The clear consensus among the Bichon crowd? A boyfriend who wouldn’t bed down with a Bichon should be kicked to

Now who would not want to sleep with this adorable, soft Bichon pup? Someone who has to be kicked to the curb.

the curb. The posted comments expressed this sentiment in a variety of ways: “A choice between a boyfriend and a Bichon? You call that a choice?”

“Love me, love my Bichons. Out you go!” “Boyfriends come and go. Bichons are forever.” “His loss, your gain. More room in the bed for you and Maggie!” “Bichons before boys, I always say.” “What is he — nuts? NOBODY gets between a girl and her Bichon.” “Kick him out. But tell Maggie to wee in his shoes first.” “Well, look who ended up in the dog house … Adios, boyfriend!” “A dude who dislikes dogs? Be VERY suspicious!” “You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats your dog.” “If he doesn’t treat Maggie well, he probably won’t treat you well either.” “Always choose your dog over a man! You won’t ever regret your decision.” “Bichons are smarter than most men anyway. And far less aggravation.” “The more I know about men, the

A group of dog lovers are seen with their best friends at last year’s Petapalooza in front of the Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop.

more I love my Bichon.” “No man will ever be as honest as your dog or as loyal or as caring. He might claim that he’ll be there for you. But you KNOW that Maggie will.” “You don’t need a man in your life to make you happy. You need just two things. Yourself and your dog.” “Mr. Right will love both you and your dog!” “Peaches and I are a package. End of story.” “I made the same decision with my ex. He said choose … and I did! Lilo has shared my bed since she was a puppy. Eight years and counting.” “When my husband proposed, I told him that my dogs, who had shared my bed long before he did, would continue to do so. And if he hadn’t been okay with that? I wouldn’t have married him.” “I made the same call a decade ago. Best decision I ever made because I met and married a man who loves both me and my dogs.” “I can’t sleep without Buttons.” “My hubby doesn’t like sleeping with our dog on the bed either. When he complains, I tell him to go sleep in another room. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary.” “Betsy is the best contraceptive I’ve ever used.”

“You can’t share your bed with too many Bichons!” “No fluff in the bed? Is he insane? I sleep with four cuddly Bichons, and I love it.” “My husband and I sleep with three. We don’t accept people in our life who don’t love our furkids.” “We currently have nine in our bed (four adults and five puppies).” “Who needs a man who is jealous of a dog?” “He wants to come into your home and tell you what to do? I don’t think so.” “Anyone who doesn’t embrace my Tippy doesn’t have a chance with me.” “You go girl!! I’m on my own at 51 because unless I met someone who accepted my fluff Sheldon (and no one has), then they are NOT for me! I would rather have my dog by my side than a guy like that ANY DAY!!” “Get another Bichon to get over him.” “Get two!” “Better yet — go to the dog park and find a man who loves dogs.” Roz Warren, a local librarian and regular contributor to the Local, is the author of “Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor.”

BREWING BUDDY: Chestnut HIll Brewing Company owners Lindsay Pete and Ralph Gunderson would not be without their Newfoundland mascot, Ralph, in the Market at the Fareway. (Photo by Mina Dragani)

FAITHFUL COMPANION: You will never see Chestnut Hiller Jack McMeekin on the Avenue, by foot or by car, without his super-friendly Golden Retriever, Lilly. (Photo by Mina Dragani)

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1st Annual Dog Days of Summer Saturday, July 22, 2017 1pm to 4pm The Terrace at Chestnut Hill 495 East Abington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

‘PAWS FOR READING’ is the perfect program for new readers to build their confidence! Kids can practice reading to therapy animals, which helps develop their skills in a relaxed, non-judgmental setting. It will take place Wednesday, July 12, 2 to 3 p.m., at the Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, near the Mann Music Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 215-578-5182 or visit

Please join us for a fun filled afternoon for you and your amazing dog! There will be pools for your BFF to cool off and fetch a new toy; Vendors with special treats; A dog washing station and more! Please call to RSVP so we can make sure we have enough doggie treats for all!

215-247-5307 PETAPALOOZA, HERE WE COME: Vicky Hall and her black lab, Buddy, are most likely looking forward to all the great pet-centric events and vendors at the Petapalooza. Visit dog training exhibitions as well as on-site veterinarians and pet service providers. For those guests without a furry friend, pet rescue groups such as the PASPCA, the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance,The Philly Kitty, New Leash on Life and Tiny Paws Rescue will be on location with animals looking for their forever homes. (Photo by Mina Dragani)

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