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Welcome Pet Lovers Wow – what a fantastic reception to our spring/summer edition! Thank you for all the comments, criticisms, and praises. And, thanks to all of the pet stores, vets, groomers, grocery stores, and others who are getting the magazines into your (our pet-lovers’) hands. On to a new season and a new edition – fall/winter. A magical and sometimes stressful time of year. With this new edition, we hope we can help ease some of your stress levels. Maybe with just a heartwarming rescue story, a neat place to visit, or some great pet gift recommendations. After reading about the amazing one-of-a-kind jellyfish tank in Kentucky and about horses being so relaxing, you may just hop a plane to Lexington to do some sightseeing or horseback riding. We are so happy to include Kacey from WHUD in this fall edition. Talk about relieving stress; turn on her show in the morning for a smile or laugh and follow her Health and Happiness show on Sunday mornings. Read about her pack of four, how she acquired them, and how meaningful they are to her life. Pets, what would our lives be without them? They are so loveable, rewarding, and seem to make our lives – just better. Whether it is a new furry pet or a fish, check out the small animal and goldfish articles. A ferret or bubble-eye fish might be in your future. What better way is there to relax than by playing with or observing a carefree pet? So let’s take in all the season has to offer. Football, yard work, long walks with your loved ones, art and craft festivals, holidays, and large family gatherings. You can do it all, and more, in our area. But, don’t forget to spend some quality time with your pets, and, most of all, quality time for yourself. We hope you enjoy this jam-packed fall/winter edition. It has definitely been a labor of love for us at NY Pets. We want to share our love and passion for the animal world with all of you and hope you enjoy what we have to offer. Please remember to support our advertisers and all our distributors who are making this magazine possible. Wishing you, your families, and your pets a healthy and happy season.

So let’s take in all the season has to offer…but, don’t forget to spend some quality time with your pets, and, most of all, quality time for yourself.



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38 Features

25 Made to order Largest privately owned jellyfish aquarium in the world 29 Kacey’s PacK Heartwarming dog stories from WHUD host 38 Let there be Light More to caring for your reptile than you think 49 a sPeciaL caMP Unique place for children with special needs 57 rover to the rescue 2

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Special project by renowned photographer Andrew Grant



NYpets Publisher Alan Luff AssociAte Publisher Doreen Luff contributing Writers Robyn Bright John Carlin Sam Draiss Dr. Suzanne L. Fox Dr. Andrew Frishman Amanda Hedlund Sarah Hodgson Gail Cirlin-Lazarus Bonnie Martin PIJAC Laura “Peach” Reid Katya Sniderman Doug Staley Robert Stephenson Dr. Andrew Thayer Joanne Willard





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Published by NY Pets is published four times a year by AKUSA Publishing Inc. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Phone: 845-721-5765 Fax: 845-268-7844 Email: doreen@nypetsmagazine.com Advertising: alan@nypetsmagazine.com

Departments 4 Winning Products Great holiday gift ideas for your favorite pet

42 return Policy New legislation protects consumers and pets

8 A cheer for our VeterinAriAns Where would our pets be without vets?

43 equi-PeAce The therapeutic benefits of a horse

12 the story on goldfish Hardy and colorful, these fish are a popular choice 18 critter chAtter Finding the right-sized home for your fish 20 smAll gift Choose the right pet this holiday season 34 hAPPy host Take the stress out of the holidays

46 the mAgnificent AlAskAn mAlAmute Rambunctious and fun-loving 54 Welcome BABy Helpful tips to prepare your dog for your newborn 66 trends New products for care and play 69 for the Birds Attracting feathered friends to your backyard FALL/WINTER 2014 | NY PETS MAgAzINE


PET ProducTS

Winning Pet Products Six items that can enhance the life of your pet Doug Staley

As we are deep into the fall season, it is no secret that the holidays are quickly approaching. In keeping with my last article, I will discuss another six items that can enhance the life of your pet. I will also touch upon how they might make a great gift for that special pet this holiday season. This past summer, I had the privilege of being a “dog nanny” to a group of active canines of various sizes; some my own pack and others visitors. My mission…to ensure their welfare and well-being and to also make sure, like any child going to camp, that they had loads of fun! Many of the products I will discuss were used with great success on my campers. I also now know what to pass on as holiday gift ideas. Let’s take a look:

Sometimes if a chew is consumed too quickly it can cause stomach upset; this product helps alleviate the problem. RuffHides Refillable wRap toys This product serves a dual purpose and is a saving grace to a common pet owner’s problem. By simply inserting a chew into a natural rubber wrap, it slows down the time period that your dog consumes it. Sometimes, if a chew is consumed too quickly it can cause stomach upset; this product helps alleviate the problem. Another benefit is that by having the messy chew on the inside of the rubber toy, you no longer have the mess on your carpet, upholstery or floor. Great idea, right? The minute I tried this product, I liked what I saw. And, the dogs were in their glory! I let them on the leather couch to play and there was NO gooey mess left behind. The really cool part was they would chew on the rubber and also the treat encased in the wrap; two toys in one. It is available in three colors and three sizes and is dishwasher safe. Refills are available and it is made in the U.S.A. This is a great gift for chewers big and small and helps to extend the chew time for all users. It also comes in a nice package perfect for holiday giving. This product is made by Pawabunga and comes with a 100 percent American beef pizzle or a Himalayan Dog Chew made from yak and cow milk.


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Doggie Shotz is a liquid-food topper that while being low in fat also contains vitamins and minerals.

doggie sHotz liquid food topper I use this product while feeding my pets dinner. Doggie Shotz is a liquid-food topper that, while being low in fat, also contains vitamins and minerals. It is available in six flavors and provides the taste and smell of a gourmet meal. What dog would not love that? I tried all the flavors and each was a success. With Doggies Shotz tasting like “bacon n eggs,” “3-cheese,” “BBQ baby back ribs,” “bacon cheeseburger,” “chicken stir fry,” and “turkey ‘n’ mash,” is it any wonder why they licked their bowls clean? I even squirted some on their “cookies” as a new treat. This is a fantastic product for even the most finicky of eaters. It is made in the U.S.A. and would make a great stocking stuffer.

taking probiotics helps the body populate the intestinal tract with good bacteria that we often lose and also helps to support good digestion. HealtHy essentials probiotic food spray Let me start by saying probiotics are the key to good health. Taking probiotics helps the body populate the intestinal tract with good bacteria which we often lose, and also helps to support good digestion. It is how I start my day, so why not my dogs’ day also? This product is unique. It is in a spray form which sticks to wet or dry food without the hassle of traditional powder. Formulated by canine nutritionists, it uses natural and holistic ingredients and contains eleven strains of live and viable bacteria. The dogs loved it. You only use one spray for a small dog, two to three for medium, and four to five for large dogs. It is extremely affordable to use at about five to nine cents per spray. To me, it is well worth the price for the enhanced health of a pet. Healthy Essentials is sold exclusively through independent-pet-supply stores.

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Extensive and quality line of toys that i highly recommend. Multipet international dog toys Multipet International is one of the smartest toy companies in the pet industry – you could write a book on all the terrific toys the company has to offer but, for time constraints, we will only mention a few. The Loofa dog line is one of the “all-time” winners. Of course, the singing birthday cake and talking gefilte fish are no slouches either. They have it all. Holiday themes, unstuffed, rope, tug, licensed plush like Woody Woodpecker, Garfield, Odie, and even a latex Mr. Bubble to name a few. My dogs share their Multipet toys with their doggy friends and they always have a blast. An extensive and quality line of toys that I highly recommend. Check out their website and ask your favorite pet retailer for them. Each is loved by dogs as well as humans. A great gift any time of year.


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these toys are all made of durable materials that the dogs seemed to enjoy. Nerf dog toys Hasbro has teamed up with Gramercy Products for a line of pet toys under its Nerf dog brand. New to the market, the line has over 20 different types of toys including chew, tug, crinkle, treat, and agility toys. There is also a long-distance ball thrower that is designed to reach up to 250 feet or nearly the length of a football field. Man, that makes me salivate and I am the human! These toys are all made of durable materials that the dogs seemed to enjoy. They especially got a kick out of the whistling flying disk that whistles when thrown. As of this writing, I am still awaiting the Extendable Ball Launcher since it will make for some great canine fun. The line varies in price and is a great gift idea or stocking stuffer. The perfect toys for that fall day in the yard or park.

My clients cannot stop raving about how clean and sweet-smelling their dogs are after a les Poochs bath.

Les Poochs shamPoos aNd fragraNces I am going to let you in on a little secret. If you want the cleanest, greatest smelling dog in the world (and one that lasts longer than any other scent), pamper your dog with Les Poochs shampoo and fragrances. Les Poochs shampoos are considered by top breeders and styling professionals to be the finest shampoos in the world. Used exclusively in our grooming salon, as well as at my home salon, dogs dance and owners go crazy for the smell and feel of their pet. Each scented male or female, and you will be amazed at the results these products provide. My clients cannot stop raving about how clean and sweet-smelling their dogs are after a Les Poochs bath. I, as a groomer, would not think of using anything but Les Poochs. There really is that much of a difference. After a bath, or in between, try their fragrances. They are incredible to the point where “Le human” wants to try some too. Good dog or bad dog, there is a scent for every dog. Bringing pets and humans closer together; that is the Les Poochs way. The products are sold exclusively in grooming salons and boutiques. NYP

do you have an idea for a great product for review? e-mail doug at dpetguy@mac.com. Doug Staley aka “d’Petguy” is a groomer, breeder, pet sitter, pet petailer and multiple pet owner. A graduate of the Nash Academy of Animal Arts, his passion for animals has spanned almost four decades.

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It’s a Dog’s LIfe

ask some key questions before buying or adopting By Dr. Andrew Thayer So, you’re thinking about getting a new dog. Congratulations! I recommend you begin by doing some research. Adding a new member to your family is a decision that should be thoroughly thought out and planned. Impulse purchases or adoptions often lead to incompatible situations in which a family’s lifestyle does not fit with the temperament of a breed. This is an exciting time, but your commitment is for years – don’t rush into anything. Your first step should be to research breeds and to think about how they will fit in with your family. Is your family active? You will not want a breed that likes to sleep on the couch all day if this is the case. Do you live in a house or an apartment? You will want to take the size of the pet into account. A Great Dane is better suited for a house versus a studio apartment. Do you have allergies? Some breeds are less allergenic than


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others. Some breeds need lots of daily exercise. If you work long hours, this type of breed may not be suited for you. If you choose a breed based on looks instead of understanding the needs of the breed, it can lead to behavioral or medical problems. I would recommend first deciding what size dog you are interested in: small, medium or large. This decision should be based on personal preference and the space you have available. Then, I would consider how active you are, how much time you have to spend with your dog and temperament. Some breeds are better with children, some can be stubborn and others can be shy. There are many

Some breeds are better with children, some can be stubborn and others can be shy. There are many websites and books available to help in your decision-making research.

websites and books available to help in your decisionmaking research. Now you have made your decision; you have picked the right pet to fit in with your family. Before you actually get your pet, you will want to purchase a few things. You will need a bowl for food and one for water. You will need some type of crate. The crate should be based on your dog’s projected size. It should have a movable “wall” inside if it is a puppy. In this way you will be able to make it smaller for this stage of your pup’s life. Lastly, you will want some safe toys for your dog. I recommend you never leave your pet unsupervised with any type of toy. One of the first things you are going to want to do is set up the initial veterinary visit. If you are unable to schedule an appointment shortly after you get your pet, here are a few things to hold you over until your appointment. First, most puppies have intestinal parasites (“worms”). Your veterinarian will perform a fecal exam to determine if it does and, if so, what type. You and your family can get these para-

sites by inadvertently ingesting your pet’s stool. Obviously, nobody is going to do this intentionally. The two major ways to minimize this is to carefully wash your hands after picking up after your pet and to not allow your pet to kiss you on your mouth. This applies to all age pets, not just puppies. The second thing to be concerned about is where you are keeping your pet. I recommend a gate in the kitchen as there are fewer dangers. There are usually no loose electrical cords, toys, or socks on the floor. The floor is generally linoleum, tile, or wood, which makes it easier to clean up accidents. Today is the day of your first veterinary visit. The initial visit should be a combination of information, physical examination, possibly vaccines, fecal examination, and deworming. It is strongly recommended that you bring a fresh stool sample. Before examining your pet, your veterinarian should discuss: chew toys, parasites, teething, taking care of the teeth, bathing, socialization, dangerous foods/plants, eating objects, feeding, crating, and where your pet should be kept. You and your veterinarian should then develop a plan for a typical day. I realize this amount of information can be overwhelming. You may want to bring a pad and paper, or video your veterinarian with your smart phone to help you remember everything. Your veterinarian will then ask you medical history questions prior to examining your pet. The physical examination comes next. u

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The physical examination should be a thorough head-to-tail examination where your veterinarian listens to the heart and lungs, examines the ears, eyes, mouth, lymph nodes, palpates (feels) the abdomen, checks the skin, and looks for congenital abnormalities. This should be a thorough head-to-tail examination where your veterinarian listens to the heart and lungs, examines the ears, eyes, mouth, lymph nodes, palpates (feels) the abdomen, checks the skin, and looks for congenital abnormalities. Depending on your pet’s age, it may be started on a heartworm and flea and tick preventative. If your pet was vaccinated, you should receive clear vaccine reaction instructions. Ask your veterinarian what to do if your pet is having an after-hours emergency. Some veterinarians will meet you at their office; others will refer to the local emergency hospital. You should feel comfortable with your veterinarian and he/she should encourage you to ask questions. Before you leave, you

should schedule your puppy’s next visit and be informed as to what is going to happen during the visit. If you chose a cat as your new pet, much of the above still applies. You will want to prepare for your new feline friend by having food and water bowls, a litter box, litter, a scratching post, and a few toys. To me, it is not important if you choose clumping or nonclumping litter, just that you don’t switch back and forth. You will still want to set up a veterinary visit as soon as possible and make sure not to forget a fresh stool sample. There are few things as enjoyable as a new pet. Simply watching them puts a smile on your face. A little work up front will go a long way to ensure your continued happiness. Again, congratulations and enjoy. NYP

Dr. Andrew Thayer received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He has worked at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Hospital as a staff veterinarian, animal hospitals in Westchester County and Fairfield, Connecticut as well as emergency veterinary facilities. Andrew established the Hartsdale Veterinary Hospital in 2002 and has been the head of medicine for the last 11 years.


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The STory on

Goldfish Hardy and colorful, these fish make a popular choice Laura “Peach� Reid

Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus) are frequently the first choice of fish for freshwater aquarium hobbyists and are often suggested to the new aquarist as easy to maintain. There are many types of goldfish and so many ways to keep them that enthusiasts of all knowledge levels can enjoy them. Goldfish come in many colors, varieties, and sizes. They can be kept in a bowl, preferably in an aquarium, or in a pond. They can be kept in cold water or temperate water. They can be kept indoors or outdoors. They can cost anywhere from less than a dollar to 20 and even hundreds of dollars for the true aficionado. For all these reasons, goldfish remain ever-popular with so many and have for a very long time. 12

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oldfish were first domesticated in China over a thousand years ago. They are a member of the carp family (which also includes the koi carp). Through the centuries, much selective breeding has been done—primarily in China but also in Japan—which has produced the many various colors and body shapes one sees available in the trade today. Goldfish colors are silver/gray, blue, brown/chocolate, red, orange, yellow, white, and black. Body shape types address the tails, eyes, dorsal fins, and heads. Aside from the common single-tail standard goldfish or comet, there is the fantail (double-tailed) and the exotic veil tail, with long, flowing tail fins. Goldfish with “bug eyes” are called telescopes and bug eyes that that look upwards are named celestial eyes. Bubble-eye goldfish have fluid-filled sacs at

the base of their eyes and there are lion heads which do not have a dorsal fin. And, we cannot forget the ever-popular orandas which have “hoods” or a fleshy growth on their heads. Like all fish, the conditions of the water in which goldfish are kept is of utmost importance. Remember, water is their home. Poor

water volume and the filtration helps to remove the nitrogenous waste. A fish bowl is able to accommodate one or two small goldfish for a good amount of time. However, this is only if feeding is restricted, the water is changed frequently (remember to de-chlorinate, either naturally or with a product manufactured for this purpose), and any residue is consistently removed from the bottom of the bowl. Since goldfish can withstand much lower temperatures than tropical fish, it is not necessary to use a heater. In fact, their metabolism is slower in cooler water, meaning they require less food and there is subsequently less waste produced. In an outdoor pond, just be aware of water getting too warm in the summer. The higher the temperature, the faster their metabolism, meaning more oxygen is used and more food is eaten (the higher the nitrogenous waste produced). Additionally,

Poor water quality (ammonia and other nitrogenous waste products) can result in the sickness or demise of goldfish. water quality (ammonia and other nitrogenous waste products) can result in the sickness or demise of goldfish (any fish for that matter). This can occur within a short period of time, making water quality an extremely important factor. A fish tank or pond with filtration is far more desirable than a fish bowl. The increased

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bacteria grows quicker in warmer temperatures, which could lead to disease. Siphoning out a good percentage of water and replacing it with fresh and cool tap water (de-chlorinated) will rectify this situation. The use of waterfalls and/or bubblers in a pond will help oxygenate the water. Goldfish are capable of surviving in an outdoor pond during the winter; they actually do hibernate. They float to the bottom of the pond below the winter ice, usually hiding under leaves where their metabolism is greatly reduced. The more common types; comets (which come in several colors, including the popular canary yellow as well as the red and white) and shubunkins are the hardiest. But, in a pond having an area with a depth of three feet or more (as long as the water is kept oxygenated), even the fancier types have a good chance of pulling through the winter cold. By either keeping the pond’s waterfall or bubbler operating, it will keep an area of the pond ice-free for the exchange of gases with the atmosphere. If there is not an area of the ice cleared for oxygenation, the fish and any decaying organic material and nitrogenous waste will use up all the available oxygen, causing the fish to suffocate.


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Nutrition is as equally important in the keeping of healthy goldfish. Goldfish are omnivorous and have a very specialized digestive processes; some of this based on their in-breeding. There are many foods designed especially and even exclusively for them. Goldfish-specific foods have less protein and more carbohydrates than a conventional tropical fish diet. Goldfish food is available in both the flake form that floats and pellets that sink. Goldfish also love to eat algae growing in their bowl, aquarium or pond. They will readily eat plants too. Only types like Anubias and Java Fern are safe from being devoured. Treats like brine shrimp or bloodworms are also beneficial. Following the basics of maintaining good water quality and providing the proper nutrition will guarantee your success in keeping your beautiful goldfish for many years. Enjoy the aquarium hobby…visit your local pet store. NYP Laura “Peach” Reid is owner and President of Fish Mart Inc., the Northeast’s largest wholesale distributor of aquatics and small companion animals, reptiles, and birds to retail pet stores in the region.She is also on the PIJAC Board of Directors.


Goldfish: • Can survive in cool or temperate water and can live indoors or outdoors • Are Omnivores • Need good water quality for survival • Can live in a bowl but would much prefer a larger tank or pond • Have been known to live for 12 years

A Cheer for Our


Where would our pets be without vets? Dr. Andrew Frishman

As a child growing up in Westchester, I was active in sports. I played throughout grade school, high school, and even at the college level. Anyone who has played sports competitively knows one must be dedicated and committed to perfecting one’s skills. Practices are often grueling and time-consuming. When “game day” comes, all your time and training becomes second nature and you just perform. u Fall/Winter 2014 | nY Pets Magazine



ne of the most satisfying aspects of sports competition was the cheers of encouragement I would hear from fans, teammates, and cheerleaders. If I played well, colleagues and friends would stop me and congratulate me on my performance. Veterinary education is one of the hardest academic degrees to obtain. Being a practicing veterinarian requires 100% dedication. You must commit every ounce of energy to gaining cutting-edge skills and education in order to be the best veterinarian. My education and training didn’t stop when I finished veterinary school. I went on to become certified in acupuncture and herbal therapy. All practicing veterinarians are still required to complete continuing education and hands-on surgery labs. There are countless hours of studying and traveling to sharpen skills and knowledge. With my constant academic training, and lifelong commitment to veterinary medicine, I know that I am a skilled and competent veterinarian. After all the training and success I have


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all practicing veterinarians are required to complete continuing education and hands-on surgery labs. had, it sometimes would be nice to have a cheer, or even a round of applause (every so often) to confirm my hard work. Sampson was an eight-year-old male Siamese cat that was presented to me at my clinic for weight loss and inappetence. On examination, we discovered a yellow color of

the gums and the whites of “Sampson’s” eyes. The medical name for this condition is called “icterus.” There are a variety of causes for inappetence and icterus in a middle-aged cat. Using my experience and judgment, we ran blood and urine tests and determined the illness to be localized to Sampson’s liver. The next step was to determine if the liver illness was the result of an infection, cancer, or a metabolic imbalance. Diagnostic imaging was performed. A plain film x-ray revealed normal size and shape of the liver. The next step was to perform a sensitive imaging test called an ultrasound. An abdominal ultrasound uses a sensitive handheld probe to scan all of the abdominal organs and the intestine external and internal architecture. Based on the ultrasound, I determined that a highly sensitive and diagnostic noninvasive procedure, called an ultrasound guided needle biopsy, needed to be performed. The exact location of the biopsy was carefully chosen and the needle biopsy was performed with precision, under anesthesia. The tissue sample was sent to the lab and

evaluated by a pathologist to reveal a condition known as a “fatty liver.” The quickest way to cure this condition was by aggressive feeding, including medication, herbal supplements, and acupuncture. Due to the fact that Sampson was not eating, an esophageal feeding tube was placed in his neck. The tube must be placed with surgical care and precision. Working with animals and their owners in today’s technologicallyadvanced society can sometimes be challenging. I find that people are used to instant results. With the Internet, the world seems to be at your fingertips. If a computer or iPad/iPod breaks, it is dropped off and usually fixed in a day or two. I often have to remind my clients to have patience. In nature, things take time. If one sets a broken bone, it takes months to heal. If you plant a seed, it takes weeks before it blooms into a flower. Sampson’s owners became frustrated with the lengthy time and effort it took for him to make a full recovery. Despite the own-

I could hear some cheers of encouragement from the cheerleaders. NYP Dr. Andrew Frishman approaches veterinary medicine from a scientific perspective. He scrutinizes the latest developments in veterinary care, and when he’s convinced of their value, he adopts them. As a result, his Progressive Animal Hospital offers the most advanced veterinary diagnostic practices and care available today. Because of his interest in holistic health, Andrew studied how it could be used to enhance veterinary care, particularly when treating chronic conditions. He became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist by attending the Chi Institute, and earned a Certificate of Proficiency in Western Herbs from the Australian College of Phytotherapy. He is also one of the first veterinarians in Westchester-Putnam to offer Pulsed Signal Therapy to treat osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal disorder as well as genetic testing to identify and prevent disease and chronic age-related illness, particularly in breeds predisposed to specific maladies. www.progressive-vet.com 914-248-6220

er’s impatience, Sampson made a gradual improvement (over four weeks, with medical care and tube feeding). At the end of the day, I take pride in the fact that all of my training and education has paid off. I can see the appreciation in Sampson’s eyes – although I am still wishing

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Critter Chatter

our human friends ask the following questions Peggy in Colonie asks:


“I am new to fish-keeping and have a 15-gallon tank that has two small panda cory cats and not much of anything else at this time. The pH is around 7.0 and my temperature about 74 degrees. I am looking for colorful fish to add to my tank. I do not like painted, tattooed or even the popular glofish, which I find too active. What do you suggest?”


Most people want to purchase tropical fish with lots of color. Natural color is always an added bonus. There are a lot of aquarists who don’t care for the painted, tattooed or genetically-engi-


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neered-colorful fish out on the market today. One of the most common freshwater community fish kept in aquariums is the neon tetra. They are simply beautiful and “all natural.” Generally reaching 1 ½” (though some

have been known to reach 2 ½”) in length, they have a light blue back with a red stripe in the middle of their body. They should generally be kept in a school of five or more and are mid-tank swimmers. You can always find them following, swimming and surrounding one other in a tank. They are so much fun to watch and their color, striking. They are a member of the Characidae family and love a well-planted or decorated tank to show off their colors. They also prefer a few hiding spaces. Neon tetras have been known to live for up to ten years in captivity with the proper care. Aquarium water can be 68 to 77 degrees as they are pretty adaptable little guys. A pH around 6.8 would be good, but they will survive if it is a little different in either direction. These fish are omnivores and will eat high-quality flake food. They also love brine shrimp; freeze dried bloodworms, micro pellets, and various other frozen foods. The one thing to remember when keeping neon tetras is to introduce them slowly. They are very sensitive to rapid water changes. When doing water changes, make sure you only do small amounts at a time and try to match your existing conditions. They also do not like ammonia and nitrite build ups. For this reason, it would not be recommended to use neon tetras for cycling/starting any tank. You should aim to keep neon tetras with other peaceful tetras. They would do well with rummy-nose tetras, glo-light tetras and will school with cardinal tetras. The neon tetra should do well with the panda cats already in your tank; but keep an eye as the cats grow. Neon tetras are usually always available in your favorite fish/pet shop. They are beautiful and generally hardy fish that would be a welcome addition to any peaceful community tank that contains small-sized fish. NYP


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Choose the right pet this holiday season Robyn Bright It’s that time of the year again when shopping is a necessity and finding that right gift seems to be an almost impossible task. Have no fear, pet stores are here. How do you know which pet is the right one for the person who will be receiving it? Learning about the general traits and characteristics of a pet is important.


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Other important factors are trainability, cleanliness, health issues, and even personalities, although these can be as individual as the animals themselves. Small animals can make wonderful pets for both children and adults. They are perfect for someone who cannot have an animal that runs around the house free-

ly all of the time. The most commonly kept small pets include: ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats. Choosing the right small animal for a gift will depend on the animal’s general characteristics and needs, as well as taking into consideration the age of the person and what they are looking for in a new pet. Allergies to rodents are fairly rare but it can happen. Some people have been known to be allergic to rabbits. It’s hard to know unless the person has been exposed. Handling a pet before purchasing is always a great idea. Ferrets are like a kitten and a puppy put together. They can be very energetic and playful one moment and out like a light the next. They usually get along well with dogs and cats and can be allowed to run around freely in small areas as long as they are supervised. Ferrets can get through a very small hole – if the head fits then the body can follow. Caution must be taken so they cannot get into a bad situation where they could be hurt. But, they will make you laugh like

Choosing the right small animal for a gift will depend on the animal’s general characteristics and needs, as well as taking into consideration the age of the person and what they are looking for in a new pet.

no other small animal with their bounces and vocalizations. Ferrets need to receive vaccines just like a dog or cat. They also have a bit of a smell even though they will be descented (and neutered) before leaving the breeding facility. They can be litter-box trained, which is great. If they are running around a large room, more than one corner box should be used since they will not travel far when they need to go to the bathroom. They are more work than any other small animal, but they give a lot in return. Ferrets are perfect pets for families with older children looking for an energetic pet and adults wanting an animal with lots of personality. Guinea pigs are the best pets for very young children, older children and adults looking for a mellow and sweet animal. They generally do not bite or get aggressive. Guinea pigs will not easily get lost in a house; although, usually, they are not allowed to run around freely. You can put your pig into an exercise ball or playpen. They grow to approximately the size of a woman’s slipper, enjoy company and can be easily sexed. This will eliminate ending up with a pair. They do squeak and squeal a bit but are not loud or overly vocal. They can be a bit messy and will need their cage cleaned more often than other small animals (except ferrets). Rabbits are also excellent pets for younger children,

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although they must be picked up properly with their rear end supported or they can seriously injure themselves. Like dogs and cats, there are many breeds of rabbits with some staying small, approximately twoand-a-half to three pounds while others can grow to over 12 pounds. Most pet stores and breeders will sell the smaller breeds for pets including the Netherland dwarf, Polish, Dutch, Mini Rex, Lionhead, Holland and Mini-Lop. The lop-eared bunnies are considered the best pets for young children, as they are quieter than other bunny breeds. Like ferrets, it’s usually a good idea to get the rabbits neutered, although not always necessary. Generally, they are healthy and do not need a veterinarian visit unless there is a health concern. Rabbits are fairly neat animals and don’t need as much cleaning as a guinea pig or ferret. They can also be litter-box trained to keep the cage neat. Rabbits can be let loose in a room. Keep in mind, however, that they do love to chew on everything (electric cords and any good furniture should be kept away or protected from a pet rabbit). Although all rabbit breeds can be kept outdoors, in a properly protected hutch, it is better to keep the smaller breeds inside where they will not have to deal with the elements. Hamsters can make great gifts for older children


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who understand that a hamster can bite out of fear until tamed. Patience is key. A child must understand that they look huge and scary, like a giant monster, to a small animal. A larger Syrian breed of hamster, called a Bear, can be a bit mellower than the common smaller breed, but once tamed, they both make excellent pets. These types of hamsters must be kept alone. Adults will hurt or even kill each other if kept in the same enclosure. If someone wants more than one hamster, they should purchase a dwarf hamster. A few dwarf hamster species are available for sale and all of them stay less than three inches long and can be kept in pairs or groups. These hamsters generally are not inclined to bite. The dwarfs are much faster moving and far more energetic. Exercise balls are great for all hamster species since they can easily disappear in a home environment. Hamsters are fairly clean pets and do not need their cage to be completely cleaned as often as a guinea pig

You need to be sure that the type of pet being given is truly wanted before the animal is even purchased.

or ferret. In fact, they usually use one corner of their cage for a bathroom. Small litter boxes also are made for hamsters that they sometimes will use if placed in a corner. Note that unlike most other commonly kept small animals, hamsters are nocturnal; meaning they are awake at night and sleep during the day. If someone is looking for an animal that is small like a hamster but more active during the day, they should get a gerbil, rat, or mouse. Gerbils are very social animals; therefore they should not be kept alone. They are the perfect gift for someone wanting more than one small and active animal. Although gerbils are not inclined to bite, they do like to move around a lot. Gerbils are better suited for older children. They should never be picked up by their tail because it can pull off if grabbed at the end. It will never grow back. Some people who do not like the look of a bare tail on rats and mice might not mind a gerbil’s since it is furry. These animals are desert creatures and are considered

one of the cleanest of the commonly kept small pets. Rats and mice make fabulous pets for all ages, especially for younger children. They are very smart and the only small animal known to recognize their owners. Both rats and mice are very intelligent and can learn tricks easily. Both can be very sweet. Often owners of rats and mice will train them to ride on their shoulder or in their pocket, although it’s best not to let them run around freely. You can also use a harness/leash to prevent loss. It’s too bad that mice and rats have gotten such a bad reputation from the media, as they truly are one of the best small animals for anyone wanting an intelligent and wonderful pet. Doing some research, plus talking to pet store employees and pet owners, is the key to being sure that your holiday gift of a pet will be one that will be treasured for years. Of course, you need to be sure that the type of pet being given is truly wanted before the animal is even purchased. But once the okay is given, there is no doubt that pets can make great gifts for both kids and adults alike. What other present can give so much to a person than a wonderful pet? NYP Robyn Bright has worked in the pet industry for over 35 years in retail, wholesale, writing, and photography. She has a Master’s degree in animal behavior and has written and produced photos for magazines, products, and websites. You can contact Robyn at rbrightsun@yahoo.com.

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inal and cool enough that people would feel they were seeing for free; an attraction they would normally expect to pay to see. Since Cheddar’s restaurants almost always include a large aquarium, it seemed natural that they would consider an aquatic attraction. They turned to Bruce Davidson, owner of Sandy’s Pet Shop in Louisville. “They called me in when they had the initial drawings. I go into the board room, and there’s the drawing and it’s this grand thing with an aquarium right in the center of the restaurant. And, then the whole board looks at me and says, ‘What do we do?’” Bruce had seen the elegant jellyfish aquarium featured at The W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The attraction, designed and maintained by Reef Aquaria Design of nearby Coconut Creek, seemed like it might be what the Greers were looking for. They boarded a plane for Florida with Bruce and met with the aquarium’s creator. “Jeff Turner took us out to see two different aquariums that he had set up with jellyfish in it. We had lunch at Steak 954 inside The W Hotel right in front of their large jellyfish aquarium and that really sealed the deal,” Bruce said. The Greers decided Coba Cocina’s focal point would be a two-story cylinder located at the center of the restau-

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hen you think of Lexington, Kentucky, you’re more likely to think of horses than jellyfish. After all, it’s only 80 miles from Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Even the usually drab Interstate is lined with white board fences, brown horses, and Kentucky bluegrass. Yet, the talk of the town lately has been the new Coba Cocina restaurant and the immense, two-story jellyfish aquarium that can be seen from nearly every table and barstool. “We may go broke and have to go out and look for another job or have to sell my house, but I’m going to tell you what we are going to have the coolest jellyfish tank in the world,” Greer Companies CEO Phil Greer said during the construction of the 12,000-square-foot eatery. It’s not very likely the Greer family will be selling their homes anytime soon, since they own and operate a chain of over 30 Cheddar’s Restaurants, as well as Hilton and Marriott hotel franchises, and a burgeoning line of their own original restaurants including Mint Julep, and now, Coba Cocina. At first, they weren’t sure exactly what they wanted as Coba’s centerpiece. They wanted something orig-


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rant. The aquarium was so large, and architecturally so demanding, that crews poured the foundation for the aquarium and ran the initial plumbing before work began on the rest of the building. There was literally a cement slab and some stubbed-in pipes sitting in the middle of an empty lot. As work began on the restaurant, Jeff and aquarium engineer J.R. Corvison went to work re-inventing nearly everything they knew about jellyfish aquariums. After all, they were tasked with creating one of the biggest jellyfish tanks anywhere and, ultimately, the largest privately-owned jellyfish aquarium in the world. “We took a short tour around the country, batted a bunch of ideas around – month’s worth of design,” said J.R., who explained the special challenges of keeping jellies. “They need us to keep them suspended in the water column. In nature, the ocean does it for them. Ocean currents carry them, feed them and take care of their waste. Here they are relying on us to do it.” Not only that, but the aquarium would need to be accessible so workers could clean it. Lighting needed to be bright enough to illuminate the jellies even at the bottom of the 17-foot-deep structure. There were also feeding and temperature concerns. All of these were addressed in the months that followed. The project reached a pivotal point in July of 2012. The aquarium arrived on a flatbed truck, from which it would be hoisted and eventually dropped through the still-open roof of the restaurant. “These crane operators are good,” said Jeff, minutes before his creation would be lifted more than 100 feet in the air, extended out over the middle of the building and dropped among those original stubbed-in pipes. u

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And, true to form, the crane lowered the aquarium to the exact location the planners intended. Workers commented that the unit, still clad in protective white plastic, looked more like a spaceship landing in Coba Cocina than a jellyfish aquarium. With the aquarium inside, workers were able to finish the roof and enclose the building. While crews worked seven days a week to turn the place into a world-class restaurant, Jeff’s team did the same with the jelly project. Once everything was connected to the on-site filter room, located in a corner of the restaurant, the system was filled and tested with freshwater. They followed that with salt water and a few “test jellies,” so J.R. and Jeff could adjust the valves controlling the currents essential to keep the delicate creatures afloat. Satisfied that all systems were in order, Jeff ordered four boxes of aquacultured jellyfish in late February of 2013. A large crowd of workers gathered to watch him release them from atop a scissor lift. Among them was Greer Companies President Lee Greer. “It exceeds our expectations, exceeds our imaginations. We joked earlier that everyone thinks we are crazy! We just gave ‘em the proof,” he said, laughing. When the grand opening finally arrived, the weekend of March 16,

2013, the restaurant was ready and so was the aquarium. Hundreds of invited guests, dressed in coats and ties and little black dresses, tested the menu in the restaurant and sipped Kentucky bourbon specialty drinks in the two bars, while Jeff, J.R., and others who had worked on the aquarium, sat back and watched others gaze in amazement as 100 moon jellyfish drifted happily; their gelatin-like bodies changing from blue to orange to red under the LED lighting – the highlight of the evening. “Since we delivered the aquarium, it’s been about six months of constant work and testing. Lighting, dusting, up and down the lift a zillion times – just an incredible amount of effort to get this one-of-a-kind aquarium up and running here in Kentucky,” he said. “And the best part,” exclaimed Jeff, who admits he enjoys the challenge of building something new almost as much as the aquatic side of the business – understanding and meeting the needs of the creatures that call his creations “home”— “is the people watching.” As he sipped one of the bartender’s Makers Mark specials, Jeff said, “I just love to watch other people enjoying our work.” NYP John Carlin is a news anchor for WSLS-TV Roanoke. Also a Peabody and four-time Emmy Award winning journalist who just happens to own an aquarium maintenance business. He is based in Roanoke, Virginia.

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uring the past 13 years, if you have ever listened to WHUD in the morning you will be familiar with Kacey Morabito Grean. She is the female half of Mike and Kacey in the Morning airing weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on 100.7 FM. Kacey also has her own health and happiness show airing 6:30 on Sunday morning called Kacey on the Radio. u

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Having learned that Kacey and her husband, Mike Grean, have four rescue dogs and a cat, we wondered how a woman with such a hectic work schedule, coupled with being so active in community and charitable events, had the time to acquire this fun-loving pack. “Well,” Kacey says, “it is a long story, but here it is. Five years ago, my husband and I purchased our house from a woman who had four dogs. I said many times; what type of crazy woman would own four dogs? Well, today….I am that woman.” So, we get comfortable on her patio, complete with four dog beds, which faces a fenced yard with lots of green grass, toys, and space for dogs to run with excitement.

Kacey starts her story while keeping an eye on her kids at play. “For most of my life, I was not a dog person at all. In 2000, I started the morning show at WHUD and found myself in a very large, lonely apartment near the radio studio. I soon started to imagine a little bundle of doggie love greeting me when I came home from work. Yes, I surprised myself.” “I happened to mention this thought to a neighbor who was very involved in animal welfare in Putnam County, New York. Within days, she called me to say that another neighbor had a two-year-old boy and a new puppy. She pointed out that this woman did not have enough time in the day to train both. I stopped in to meet this neighbor. She

was very energetic and her son was a handful. The fawn pug penned in the kitchen looked crazed. I started to back away when she handed me the dog’s “papers.” This was something I knew nothing about but the mother of the puppy was named Big Hearted Kacy. I scooped the pup up and brought him home. “Berto was pug number one and he was my best friend and closest companion for seven years. After I married my husband, Mike, in 2008, we started to talk about getting Berto a ‘little sister’. We would have hypothetical conversations about Rosalita. (We had her name all picked out.) “My radio partner, also named Mike, mentioned he had met a woman who was Fall/Winter 2014 | nY Pets Magazine


LEFT: Kacey with her four rescue dogs - Rosalita, Mini Kooper, Ella and Chevy. RIGHT: Ella drove her first owner crazy.

fostering a female pug puppy. I followed up on his lead and came to adopt a little tangerine pug. When we took her to the veterinarian, we looked at her papers more closely – would you believe her mother’s name was Rosalita’s Girl?” Kacey gives Rosalita a huge hug and continues with her story. “We adjusted to being a two-pug household but, sadly, Berto got very sick and passed away quickly. For months I did little more than work and go back to bed. I was heartbroken. Today, I still find it very hard to talk about. But, one spring day I awoke from a dream and just knew another dog was on its way. “I gathered my husband, Rosalita and Bela (our cat who is an entire story in itself ) and said another dog is coming. The spring flew by and July arrived. I had a very strong feeling that a dog was coming on


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a particular Monday. The day came and went, but no dog appeared. But, the feeling was stronger than ever. On Friday, I walked into my hair salon and my hairdresser said to me, “Kacey, thank God you are here; you are a pug person, right? I got this puppy on Monday and it is driving me crazy. Do you want it?” Of course, I said sure and that is how we got Ella, our black pug. Life was great with Ella and Rosie. We were one happy family.” “My husband was walking the dogs one morning when a neighbor stopped him and said she had a friend who had a pug and could not take care of it anymore. Her kids were grown and she was working fulltime. I told my husband ‘No way!’ Two days later, the same neighbor was standing behind my husband in line at the deli. He came home to tell me that Mini Kooper was coming over for a play date. When the

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i walked into my hair salon and my hairdresser said to me, “Kacey, thank god you are here; you are a pug person, right? i got this puppy on Monday and it is driving me crazy. Do you want it?” Of course, i said sure and that is how we got Ella, our black pug. Life was great with Ella and Rosie. We were one happy family.”

day came, I took one look at the dog and said, ‘I am in trouble now!’ needed to put him out of the house every now and then when Chevy Mini Kooper was the spitting female image of Berto. Mike also took a got to be a pest. When Chevy left, I cried. look at her and started crying. That is how we got three pugs and life “The following Friday I got a phone call from a woman who had was sure fantastic.” learned about my finding and returning Chevy on Facebook. She found Watching Mini Kooper, Rosalita, and Ella play tug of war with some Chevy playing in traffic two days after I rescued him. She wanted to keep type of martian-shaped toy was hysterical. They each pulled an arm him but her husband would not allow it. She did not want to return the and were shaking their heads feverishly, but, there was another dog dog to the owner so she brought the dog to me. I called the police dein the mix – a beagle. How did the beagle make its way into Kacey and partment and the humane society and everyone said, ‘Lady, you seem Mike’s home? like a nice person, but you have to return the dog.’ I honestly don’t know Kacey gave us the last piece of her dog story. “One day I was drivwhat came over me; I ended up calling the owner and said I had the dog ing down Route 9 in Cortlandt and there again and did not want to return him. Chevy Kacey and MiKe’s pacK have was a beagle sniffing furiously along the was playing in my fenced yard with my three their own FacebooK page white line. I was terrified that he was gopugs and everyone was happy. They agreed You can follow them at: ing to get hit. I pulled over and he jumped to let me keep Chevy and that is how I behttps://www.facebook.com/LuckyDogsRanch right into my lap. I drove him back to Cold came the lady with four dogs.” Spring and through social media, I found Kacey does admit that having four dogs his owner within six hours. My husband brings lots of challenges so she and her was surprised to meet a beagle when he husband turn to Cesar Millan on television came home from work that day. When the for help. They watch Cesar every evening owner came to pick up Chevy, I made it and have seen him twice at live events. quite clear to him that the beagle needed “Thanks to Cesar, we’ve become pack leada collar/tags and a fenced yard. I stuffed ers and our pack is happy and peaceful. my phone number into the owner’s hand Dogs fill a place in my life and my heart, but and said to call me if you need to find this I am most grateful that I know how to fulfill dog a home. He thought I was crazy, I am their needs with exercise, discipline, and afsure. He loved the dog, but his mother fection – in that order.” NYP

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Happy Host Take the stress out of the holidays Sarah Hodgson

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or dogs and other pets, holidays are exciting but a bit confusing. Trees – normally perfectly good places to pee near or graze upon – are brought indoors. Soft, colorful ornaments dangle temptingly. Visitors come and go, kids are wound up and daily routines get shaken up like a snow globe. It’s enough to make even the most laid-back pet wonder what all the fuss is about. What to do? Take a moment to extend some holiday compassion your pet’s way. Let’s

look at how the holiday chaos appears from a dog’s perspective. Our pets don’t experience a lot of flux in their lives: some don’t get out much, if at all. Their life centers on daily schedules which follow a relatively consistent pattern. When we plan events like parties or other social gatherings, there is not only the event itself, but the buildup. Let’s think about all the stressful organizing that preoccupies your time and your attention. The party planning does not

go unnoticed by anyone, least of all the family pet who often ends up at the bottom of the attention chain. I believe the two hardest things for a pet to understand when a “big day” arrives are the enticing aromas of food cooking and the exciting influx of visitors. Your home may be your castle, but it’s your pet’s sanctuary. A parade of noisy strangers (to your pets) grabbing all the best food is very unsettling. Even the bestbehaved dogs or cats may suddenly see an Fall/Winter 2014 | nY Pets Magazine


Holiday Tips I invite you to come share your stories and post your tips during this holiday season on my Huffington Post blog (www.huffingtonpast.com/sarahhodgson). I’ll leave you with my top three.

Presents for your Pets Don’t wait until crowds have ceased to give your pet gifts this season. Choose a favorite toy (rope bone, squeak toy or ball) and a choice chewy (bully stick, reindeer antler—especially popular around the holidays, compressed rawhide or nylon bone) and buy multiples of them all wrapped up with a bow—preseason. I call these obsession toys: think of them as specials to offer your dog/ puppy when you’re too busy to train, play, or interact with them. A hollowedout toy stuffed with peanut butter can be a true favorite; one that you perhaps only share when visitors arrive. Drag LeaD The demands of December often derail even the steadiest of pets and people. Dogs are so attuned to your household’s rhythm that they only misbehave to off-set their own agitation. Using a drag lead (an e-book on its use can be found on my website: WhenDogsTalk.com) allows calm interference and redirection.

Most importantly, try to work in a nice long walk or play period prior to your guests’ arrival. Your undivided attention will soothe your pet’s tension, help head off mischief, and make him/her tired. opportunity to steal food, beg, or jump. While you may want to blame your furry friend and punish naughty behavior, try not to. Put yourself in their paws for a moment and take steps to avoid confrontations like this. Dogs Offer your dog plenty of favorite snacks and a few prized chews to help pass the time. Keep an eye on well-meaning guests who


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may want to share canapés with your dog. And, most importantly, try to work in a nice long walk or play period prior to your guests’ arrival. Your undivided attention will soothe your pet’s tension, help head off mischief, and make him/her tired. If you can take the time, a longer walk will help both of you work off that holiday stress. If your dog is territorial, preferring family to friends, consider tucking your pet away after the walk. Choose a back

Pre-Party PLanning Dare I say that most dogs, not all—but most, would prefer to be off your party’s roster? If your guest list will exceed 10, consider an alternative activity for your pet. Perhaps a well-respected daycare in your area or family friend would host them for the afternoon or evening. I remember my terrier Hope was quite the curmudgeon in her twilight years and preferred an upstairs bedroom with a bone and Seinfeld reruns playing to drown out the unfamiliar noises. If your dog is a social bug – basking in the attention – then I do agree she would glow in the arrival of friends, family and even strangers. In this case, make sure she gets a good romp. If you will be very preoccupied, you may want to consider hiring a dog walker to help handle your dog while you entertain.

room away from the hub-bub and either crate or safely enclose your pet. Then, turn on some music to drown out the unfamiliar sounds and don’t forget to leave a savory chew toy. If you envision a stressful night for your dog, consider asking a friend to watch him/her or board overnight with a pet sitter or kennel. Cats When cats feel stressed, they like to escape to higher ground. In my household we have four dogs, a cat and three cat trees. Surprisingly, the numbers add up to one happy feline who lords it above the dogs. They cannot, for the life of them, figure out how the cat scaled to the top of the 12-foot-high TV cabinet. As both predatory and prey animals, cats sense danger in the weirdest places—a room full of unfamiliar faces may cause their emotional undoing. While it’s best to safeguard your cat/cats in a sequestered room during holiday gatherings, also consider an “uplifting” gift for your

cat. In addition to being removed from the falderal, your cat can climb into a pseudotree as well. Stressed cats claw and spray to relieve their anxiety. Nothing blends with the scent of pine and candles more poorly.

Other Pets Most other pets are kept in enclosures. While you may wish to share your bird, reptile, or rodent with happy onlookers, keep a tight hold on them to prevent escape. Few things can compete with uplifted holiday sprits, but a free-range iguana or a distressed macaw might just put a damper on your event. Better to throw a blanket over the front of their den with a sign that says “I’m napping now – please come to see me another day.” Here’s to a great holiday season for you and your pets. Relax, enjoy and keep the health and safety of all in mind. NYP Sarah Hodgson is an expert in group and private dog training and does phone and e-mail consultations. Her website is WhenDogsTalk.com. The Lifestyle Coach for Dog Lovers, Sarah is an author, NYPets columnist and has a blog in the Huffington Post. She can be reached at sarah@ whendogstalk.com or 914-241-1111.

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There is more to caring for your reptile than you think Robert Stephenson

Light is one of the essential sources necessary to support life for almost every plant and animal organism on the planet. Light affects humans in many different ways – and, we can only see three colors of the spectrum. Long gone are the days of screwing in a 50-cent household light bulb from the local general store to heat and view our reptiles. Corrective lighting in reptile keeping has become big business and it’s no gimmick.


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hen we think about light, most people think about the section of the spectrum deemed “visible light.” What a lot of us fail to understand is that this is the only section of the spectrum humans can see but it is not the case for animals. When trying to understand “light” we must first realize that there are seven fields of electromagnetic wavelengths generated from the sun that reach us on earth. They are gamma, X-ray, ultraviolet, “visible light,” infrared, microwave, and radio/TV. I’m sure you see a couple of names which look familiar. We use electromagnetic wavelengths to do many different things. We use them to heat up TV dinners and to light up the flat screen in the living room. The fact is, the human eye can only see one section; the section called visible light, which is broken down even further into nine color categories. Humans, being trichromats (only having three types of cones in the eye) and reptiles being tetrachromats (having four types of cones at work), don’t necessarily see things – wait for it – eye-to-eye. In fact, the human eye is limited to the colors it can pick up. Humans only see red, green, and blue. All other colors we see are actually mixed in our brains and perceived as the different glorious colors we observe. Reptiles, however, having the extra cones in their eyes, can see all that we see with the addition of ultraviolet. In fact, some boas and pythons with heat-sensitive pits at the front of their faces can even pick up a fifth, known as infrared. What this means is that reptiles are more sensitive to correct lighting. A change in UVA, or “visible light,” for us means “Oh, what a pretty light,” or “Oh, what an ugly light.” For reptiles, it can throw off feeding and breeding by altering their ability to identify food materials and different species. It can even impair their ability to tell the opposite sex of their own species. If this were the case for humans, can you imagine how well-lit bars would be? u NY Pets MagaziNe


Many reptiles also have a parietal (or third) eye on the top of their heads. It looks like a clear spot right on top of the skull. This “eye” cannot see like the others but it helps regulate sense of time and season (or photoperiod). I hope this has helped you to understand the psychological aspects and benefits of proper UVA (visible light spectrum) lighting for reptiles. But now, let’s discuss the even more pressing issue of the physiological side of things. First of all, we know that reptiles are ectotherms. They use the heat from the sun to warm their bodies. The act of moving in and out of the rays that create heat is known as thermoregulation. Have you ever passed a


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pond to see numerous turtle legs sprawled on felled trees basking in the bright sunlight? That’s thermoregulation. They are soaking up the infrared and ultraviolet rays. When they get too hot, they take a leisurely dip in the water and then return to the trees to warm up. What a life. Animals from drier, desert conditions, as well as canopy animals, tend to need stronger heat (infrared) and UVB as they are out in the open and strong rays of the sun most of the day. Animals from jungles and more temperate areas normally need smaller levels as they are often found in the shadows of tall trees or in areas away from the equator where the heat and UVB are not as great.

Now, on the topic of UVB, this is the section of light that allows reptiles to manufacture vitamin D in their skin. Vitamin D is absolutely essential to help reptiles metabolize calcium in their systems. In other words, proper UVB lighting is beneficial to reptiles. It promotes health and bolsters their immune system and prevents one of the worst killers of reptiles: Metabolic Bone Disorder. The only animals that don’t necessarily need the same amounts of UVA and UVB are animals that are nocturnal or carnivorous. Nocturnal animals spend their lives in darkness and carnivorous animals get vitamin D from animals they consume. However, recent studies have shown that even these animals

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reptiles, however, having the extra cones in their eyes, can see all that we see with the addition of ultraviolet. in fact, some boas and pythons with heat-sensitive pits at the front of their faces can even pick up a fifth, known as infrared.

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benefit from the lighting we’ve mentioned because a lot of them are exposed to trace amounts at dusk and dawn when they start to forage or hunt. I hope this has helped you understand the basics of proper lighting. Without proper lighting, many if not most, reptiles will decline in health and ultimately perish. When you decide to take on a captive animal, you take on the responsibilities of proper husbandry and skimping on the right items may save you in the wallet but a reptile may end up paying with its life. NYP Robert Stephenson has been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 25 years. He is the former Eastern United States Regional Manager for the largest reptile product manufacturer in the world, Zoo Med. He is also an avid explorer, writer, and photographer who leaves the country several times a year in pursuit of adventure and the perfect reptile photo opportunities. Gotham Reptile, https://www.facebook.com/gotham.reptile

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RetuRn Policy

New legislation protects consumers and pets


he Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), in its ongoing mission to protect consumer interests, increase animal welfare standards, and advance the pet industry, was a strong supporter for the passage of significant legislative initiatives in New York that do all three. The pets of New York owe a debt of gratitude to Assemblywoman Amy Paulin for her unyielding advocacy on their behalf. Senate Bill 3723 and Assembly Bill 5144 expand the timeframe for consumers, up to six months from the previous 14 days, to return a pet, should the animal be diagnosed with a congenital defect adversely affecting the animal. Retailers responsible for selling a pet that becomes ill will be required to refund the purchase price, including taxes and reasonable veterinary fees incurred by the customer. In addition, this legislation requires that pet dealers disclose the name and addresses of both the pet brokers and breeders, as well as the location of where they receive their dogs. The current law already includes this information with the sale of cats. Senate Bill 3955 and Assembly Bill 1205 address negligent or abusive pet dealers more stringently than current law. This legislation allows for the commissioner to hold a hearing to consider the suspension or revocation of a pet dealer license if the licensee has three consecutive inspections in which the licensee has failed to correct deficiencies of a critical nature. PIJAC was proud to support the recently passed legislation which promotes the enforcement of New York’s Pet Dealer Act by guaranteeing the welfare of animals and strengthening the rights of consumers. It’s a win for pet retailers, who not only adhere to a strict standard of care for the

Senate Bill 3723 and assembly Bill 5144 expand the timeframe for consumers, up to six months from the previous 14 days, to return a pet should, the animal be diagnosed with a congenital defect adversely affecting the animal.


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animals they sell, but often set the bar for it. It’s a win for consumers, who benefit from the additional protection the new laws provide. And it’s a win for pets by guaranteeing the care they receive prior to going to their forever home. nyP

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Equi-PEacE The therapeutic benefits of a horse Dr. Suzanne L. Fox

As my wheels hit that bumpy gravel road, my grip softens and I feel myself take a big breath. The stress of the day seems to be settling like the dust behind my tires as I continue up the long driveway. I step out of the car and instantly smell that heavenly scent that has become addictive to me. Walking into the little red barn, I catch a glimpse of my boy. He sees me, quickly raises his head, pricks those little chestnut ears forward and flutters his nostrils, letting out a deep, but gentle whinny. All is well in my world. u

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or me, there is a magic moment each and every time I swing my leg over a horse and sink down into the saddle. It’s as if time stands still for a second, yet all of my senses come alive. Even when my mind has been racing with a zillion different thoughts all day long, this very moment always seems to quiet the noise. An overwhelming feeling of gratitude quickly fills my soul, for I know that this moment, I get the privilege of experiencing Heaven on Earth. As a healthcare professional, I am all too familiar with the role that stress plays in creating illness and pain. Seventy to eighty percent of all visits to a doctor are for stress-related and stress-induced illnesses. That startling statistic illustrates the importance of having a stress-management system in your life. Having such a system has become a necessity to thrive in our fast-paced society, and something I encourage and assist my patients with creating in their lives. Why not include some equine therapy into your routine? A horse may not be able to give you a diagnosis, or take your insurance, but peace of mind is virtually guaranteed with every session. Horses are unlike any other animal, although it’s safe to say that I’m obviously biased. Dating back to ancient times, many civilizations realized that horses have a unique ability to heal. They seem to bridge the gap between existing and living; creating healing paths that otherwise wouldn’t get paved. Most people are aware that animals provide stress relieving and healthful benefits. However, when you factor in the physical, kinesthetic connection that comes with riding a horse, it skyrockets them into a league of their own. When I was a young girl, I had the opportunity to volunteer for a therapeutic riding program. This experience really expanded my concept of the therapeutic capacity of a horse. As if I wasn’t already in awe of these magnificent creatures, seeing the intuition they used to care for their riders and the sheer joy gained from being in their pres-

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ence, was truly profound. Today, many people around the world, especially children, reap the innumerable benefits of equine therapy. Horses play an integral role in improving physical functioning, such as coordination, balance, motor and sensory skills, as well as facilitating emotional development such as improving self-esteem and confidence, teaching responsibility, and learning empathy. From therapeutic riding, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and troubled teen programs, to a college course at Stanford University entitled Stress Reduction in the Presence of Horses, more and more equine-assisted programs are being created and yielding excellent results for their participants. Regardless of the type of program or equine experience you choose to take part in, one thing is for certain, “There’s nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse” (Ronald Reagan). Whether you’re

ing world. Begrudgingly I walk out of his stall, saying one last “I love you,” and put one foot in front of the other to make my way out of the barn. If only time could stand still in the rest of the world, like it does for me when I’m with my horse. Almost out of sight, I look back one last time just to see those big, brown eyes still following me. For now, my kind friend, I say goodbye, but know that I will be impatiently waiting until I see you again. NYP As an avid equine lover, Dr. Suzanne L. Fox has enjoyed the company of horses and the privilege of riding them, for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science and then continued on to receive her Doctor of Chiropractic degree, as well as her Diplomate in Nutrition. Dr. Fox currently practices with her husband, Ryan, in their Chapel Hill, NC office. They have a two-year old son, Evan, who also shares her love of horses.

[Horses] grace and peace are aweinspiring. they place a sort of “spell” on you from the first time you encounter them, that reels you in for life. When in their presence, you feel grounded and safe, yet inspired and enlightened. riding, grooming, feeding, or even driving by them in a field, you can’t deny the captivating power of a horse. Their grace and peace are awe inspiring. They place a sort of “spell” on you from the first time you encounter them, that reels you in for life. When in their presence, you feel grounded and safe, yet inspired and enlightened. I go through my culminating routine, overdoing the carrots, apples, hugs, and kisses as usual. This is my coveted time to thank my horse for letting me in to his amaz-

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The temperament of a malamute with people can be wonderful. They will usually roll over at your feet. Outgoing and individual personalities are the norm. They are by no means guard dogs and will usually greet everyone with tongues and paws flying. Happiness abounds and they are always looking for a treat. The best way to train a malamute is through its stomach. They are quite happy to work for anything you hand out. Train in small intervals as the malamute will bore easily; mix the training with some fun.

Alaskan Malamute

Rambunctious and fun-loving Bonnie Martin A LittLe History….. The Alaskan malamute is one of the earliest known sled dogs; getting their name from the Inuit “Mahlamuit” tribe which lived in the Kotzebue Sound of Alaska. They were also called “wolf-dogs” because of their appearance. Malamutes worked at pulling sleds full of gear and food. They existed in subfreezing temperatures with very little to eat. These dogs assisted the French in WW1 and are famously known for the Alaskan Serum Run of 1925 when 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs relayed the diphtheria antitoxin 674 miles in five-and-a-half days. These dogs and their drivers saved Nome and its neighbors from an epidemic. Fame was also bestowed when they assisted in the Byrd Expedition of 1928.

A VersAtiLe Breed…. Malamutes make wonderful family pets, getting along with young and old alike. They are fun and fun-loving. They excel at agility, rally, conformation, weight-pulling, back packing, hiking, skijoring, sledding, and obedience. And, if you have one that likes water, there is dock diving! They are also excellent therapy dogs. But, a bored malamute can get into trouble and can be destructive. This is why they are not the breed for every family. They have been known to chase cats, squirrels, and other small prey. A fenced yard is an ideal way to keep them out of trouble. Malamutes are an active breed. If they are left alone for long periods of time they may rearrange the house for you... and not in a good way.

oH tHe Fun…. It’s been said by many that this breed is addictive once you have one in your life. Of course, you are going to need patience and a good sense of humor to own one. Malamutes are known to have selective hearing, except when you open the treat jar. They will make any of “your” space “theirs.” This includes your bed, with all its blankets, and the entire couch. And, when you’re mad at them, they will do the silliest things to make you forget why. Owning a dog, not just a malamute, is a huge endeavor to consider carefully before purchase, adoption, or rescue. To be a responsible pet owner, you must be responsible for the life you are accepting. Remember to consider the time, effort, and patience needed for the type of dog you are considering. NYP

At SnoCreek Alaskan Malamutes, Bonnie Martin and her husband have raised and shown these dogs for almost 20 years, enjoying every minute. It’s an honor to have such magnificent dogs in our lives, from showing them to having our puppies featured on Animal Planet’s “Too Cute” episode. They have brought people from all over the world into our lives and given us wonderful opportunities. They own our heart & soul. There is never a dull moment with a malamute and we wouldn’t want it any other way! They are also involved in putting on dog shows with numerous kennels clubs and the Alaskan Malamute Parent Club. www.snocreek.com


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oH tHe HAir….. The Malamute does not shed on a daily basis, but “blows” its coat once or twice a year. The dogs have what’s called a “double coat” (an undercoat and a guard coat). The guard coat is the course top coat that shows off the color of the dog. When the dog blows its coat, all the undercoat comes off and sometimes the guard coat does also. This can leave the malamute looking like it’s wearing a bikini. And, it usually does not matter what time of year it is. They can completely drop their coats in winter as well as summer. Malamutes come in a variety of colors. They can be different shades of grey, to black, white, red, sable, seal, and rare blue. The malamute is a large breed dog with males weighing 85 to 100 pounds and females 65 to 85 pounds.

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Pet Centered Conversations Lead to Healthy Insights Pet ownership brings people together. We rally to help shelter dogs and cats, participate in parades, compete in agility events, and swap stories about our pets in neighborhoods and parks. Countless discussions take place about food, treats, and the latest dog park improvements. These special encounters cultivate friendships among owners and their pets. Pet parents talk openly about the health and well-being of their dogs and cats. Concerns range from picky eaters, to an overweight Beagle, the Labrador with itchy skin and the cat who barely touches the water bowl. For a picky eater, I suggest eliminating frequent snacking and the temptation of sirloin steak in the bowl. Select a high quality natural dog food and feed according to the weight of the dog. Rotate recipes like Halo’s Spot’s Stew Wild Salmon, Chicken or Lamb to introduce new flavors and variety. We do not eat the same dinner all the time, why should our pets? What about the pudgy Beagle? Did you know that pet obesity has reached epidemic proportions? According to a recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats are overweight or obese. That equals approximately 80 million U.S. dogs and cats at increased risk for weight-related disorders such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, hypertension, and many cancers. Unfortunately many pet owners do not even realize their pet is overweight. Can you see your dog’s waist or feel its ribs? Exercise and proper nutrition are as important for dogs and cats as it is for us. Knowing the ideal weight of your pet is an important step in managing daily food intake. Age, breed, and activity level should also be considered. If un-

sure how much to feed, check with your veterinarian. Hounds like the Beagle can easily gain weight. Healthy weight diets, like Halo’s Grain-Free Healthy Weight are designed to work with the pet’s metabolism, giving a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Itchy and dry skin can occur for various reasons and your veterinarian is the best resource to identify the source. Food treats and

supplements with ingredients like salmon oil provide essential fatty acids to promote healthy skin. Grain-free diets are suitable options when ingredient sensitivity is suspected. Halo’s Grain-Free Surf 'n' Turf is a great tasting highly digestible choice. For skin conditions, do not rule out environmental causes including lawn treatments or house-

hold cleaners. Dogs and cats are closer to surface areas and their paws and bellies can be irritated by chemical substances. How important is water to your pet? The amount of water your dog or cat requires and consumes can be very different. You may not even think of water as the most important nutrient you can provide for your pet to achieve optimal health. Water bowls adorning your kitchen may frequently require refilling or not. The question you need to ask - Is your pet drinking enough water on a daily basis? We measure food, but how many of us measure the amount of water provided daily? Have you found empty bowls and never realized how long they have been empty? Pet water requirements are influenced by factors such as size, level of activity, local climate, health conditions, and the kind of food being fed. As pet parents we control what our dogs and cats eat and drink. Start each day with a fresh filled water bowl so that by the end of the day you can observe how much has been consumed, becoming aware of empty bowls requiring replenishment. On a daily basis, do you dish out moist food from a can, a scoop or two of aromatic kibble or possibly a combination of both? Proper food and water management promotes great health. Canned diets help increase more water consumption by your pet. To learn more about how to combine wet and dry diets, visit: www.halopets.com. We know that drinking 8 glasses of water a day promotes our good health, let’s also keep in mind the benefits of water to insure our pets are happy, healthy, and wel-hydrated. By Bettie Hamilton, VP Product Development Halo, Purely for Pets® | September 2013

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A Unique Place For Children

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Tucked away in Rockland County (Stony Point) is a sprawling 14-acre patch of real estate that beckons to children of all ages. It is known as the Camp Venture Summer Camp and the Camp Venture Equestrian Program. This is a full-service year-round therapeutic riding facility and also a very unique summer camp. This not-for-profit “Place in the Sun� was started by the love for children, the love of animals/horses horses, grants, donations, and some very special individuals. u Fall/Winter 2014 | nY Pets Magazine



athy Lukens was a very special individual who saw her dream come true many years ago. She wanted a free summer camp for children with autism and other developmental challenges to go to and have fun. Through her efforts and those of many other community members, Camp Venture was opened in 1969. Living in Rockland County all my life, I did not even know that this beautiful place existed. At first glance it is warm and inviting. A forest setting with amazing architecture and


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green, green grass as far as you can see. Pulling into the property and being greeted by a 14-year-old border collie named Liz made this a very comfortable place to be. Liz was anxious for us to meet her owner, Ken Freson (supervisor of the facility), and was as eager for us to see the state-of-the-art indoor riding facility known as the Sen. Thomas Morahan-Ken Freson Therapeutic Equestrian Center. You can see from Ken’s demeanor and expressive conversation the years of blood and sweat he has put into his work. And, you

can also tell that there is nowhere else he would rather be. Opening the huge white doors to the riding center, you see everything you would imagine. Rubber footing, mounting ramps, tack room, viewing area of the arena, saddles, and riding helmets all await the curious rider. But also waiting is a specially-trained-volunteer staff who are the heart and soul of this program and who want to share their love of horses and riding with their community. These wonderful individuals receive continuing spe-

cial training. The instructors and assistants to instructors maintain required certifications in First Aid, CPR, and OSHA. They also attend trainings throughout the year dedicated to working with the developmentally challenged. Ken explains that the volunteers are the backbone of the program and he wants to spread the word that they are always looking for volunteers for the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Being an indoor facility, riding is possible all year. There is also a wonderful outdoor arena that was unbelievably assembled in a few days by dedicated volunteers and a fantastic community. They do say “all it takes is a community.” Ken pointed out that routine is such an important part of a developmentally challenged child’s day. It is hard for youngsters to understand why they can’t ride. They don’t understand the re-adjustment of a day’s schedule. So, now there is no worry. If it rains or snows, there is always inside. Venture equestrian offers riding and animal programs

for all levels and special needs. They have been training individuals with developmental disabilities in the equestrian arts for more than 22 years. Ken, in the beginning, “just wanted the agency to put a tin roof over the edge of the outdoor arena so children could ride while it was raining. This building is something I could have never imagined.” This place is a monu-

ment to Ken and to all involved with the equestrian program. At an event honoring Ken, Daniel Lukens, now Executive Director, went on to praise Ken and his work. “Kathy talked about the pride and elation that a person with little power over their life might feel as they put a large animal through its paces, but it was Ken who steadied the reins and lifted them to their mount. Ken brought the dream to life. He made it work and, more importantly, he made it an enduring legacy.” Not only do the children learn how to ride, but grooming and feeding are also on the agenda. The program is “hands on” and geared toward each child’s ability. Some will just sit in the saddle to gain strength, mobility, and balance and others will ride and command their horses with empowerment. Each child receives personal instruction and there are always “side walkers” present if needed. As is evident by children who have received awards for outstanding horsemanship, you can see that Ken and Camp Venture have indeed embodied the spirit with which the

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camp was first formed. Ken continues to kindle the spirit of children every day in his work and it certainly rubs off on the rest of the volunteers. Once out of the riding area, you immediately notice the other animals at the “farm.” My favorite, Lord Chauncey, a 24-year-old llama. There is also a herd of Katahdin sheep (hair sheep), Indian runner ducks and some mini-horses. While the children get to interact with all these animals, I must point out my impression; the farm is unbelievably pristine. There are free roaming animals with no locks on their barn doors. The children learn how to feed the sheep, llamas, and ducks, and learn how to groom the mini-horses in the correct up and down manner. Every animal looked great and enjoyed being in each other’s company. For hot summer days, there are also swimming pools, art

and craft huts, and homey facilities to keep the children out of the rain. Once the tour was over, there was one thing I needed to see more closely. At the entrance to the arena was a huge beautiful

giving-tree sculpture. On it, the names of all individuals who have given donations to these great and much needed programs; there were so many and so beautiful to see. My day in the sun was over and I could not have been filled with a more happy feeling. Seeing what Venture accomplishes on a daily basis is truly amazing. Saying goodbye to Liz and Ken, I realized that no one could every leave here with a cloud over their head – it is impossible. NYP If you are interested in donating or volunteering with Venture, please contact Ken Freson. There is always a need for volunteers and funds. Venture is also available for birthday parties. Think about giving your child a riding birthday party complete with farm animals, a party room, and birthday cake; it will help support this wonderful and giving “place in the sun.”

Camp Venture | Morahan-Freson Therapeutic Equestrian Center | 15 Fernald Road, Stony Point, NY | 845-786-3929 Ken Freson, Supervisor 845-709-4073 horseprogram@campventure.org

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dog meets baby Helpful tips to prepare your dog for your newborn Gail Cirlin-Lazerus

Bringing your new human baby home to meet your “first-born� canine baby can be a worrisome event. Our furry babies own a special piece of our heart and we want to make the transition easy, painless, and stress-free for everyone (furry and non-furry) involved. 54

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our new baby will bring with it an intriguing world of sights, sounds, and smells (oh, the smells) for your dog. Your dog’s routine might be altered and some dogs may have a difficult time with all the changes. If your dog has never experienced newborns before, it may think they are very strange. To make things go more easily and more smoothly, it is important to take some time helping your dog to prepare for the new loud, weird, stinky, attention-seeking arrival. The ASPCA recommends focusing on a few things: • Teaching your dog the skills he’ll need to interact safely with your new family member • Helping your dog adjust to the many new changes and experiences ahead • Teaching your “old dog new tricks” Teaching or reinforcing basic manners will be of great benefit. If you are able to control your dog with some verbal commands, it will greatly help you manage the needs of both dog and baby. If your dog does not know these already, or if you have a hard time teaching your “old dog new tricks,” consider taking a

there is a fine line between dog and baby toys; start putting your dog’s toys in a personal basket now. this will help distinguish the items later. dog-obedience class. Some important basic skills that will help you and your dog are: • Sit and down • Come and stay • Leave it and drop it • Proper greeting for new people • A relax command (‘’go to your mat/bed/ crate”) • Fetch

Sibling RivalRy Some dogs will experience anxiety in response to various changes after baby’s arrival. Canine siblings can benefit greatly from advanced preparation to get them adjusted for your new arrival. Practice some of the changes that may occur in your daily routine in advance. For example: • Y ou can begin a slow transition toward a less rigid meal schedule, a different nap schedule or perhaps a different walk time. • Put a dog bed in baby’s room, in a corner perhaps, and keep a container of treats handy. Every so often leave some of the treats in the dog’s bed and he/she will soon associate the room and spot with something it loves. It will be a comfortable safe place for your dog. If you plan on nursing your newborn in the baby’s room, spend some quiet time in the room with the dog. You can give the dog a toy or treat to keep busy while you practice quiet time. • Babies come with a lot of stuff. Start taking some items out of their packages Fall/Winter 2014 | nY Pets Magazine


and set bigger items up before the baby comes. The dog can smell and get familiar with the items, particularly the noisy, larger ones. • There is a fine line between dog and baby toys; start putting your dog’s toys in a personal basket now. This will help distinguish the items later. • Start to use a little bit of the baby’s soaps and lotions on yourself so your dog can associate the smells with a familiar family member. • A baby’s cry can be a frightening sound for some dogs. Consider purchasing a doll that cries or playing a CD with baby cries and other sounds (some baby sounds can be downloaded from various online sources). When you play the recordings, give your dog attention, treats, and favorite toys. Do this a few times a day. This will decrease your dog’s fear of these sounds and will associate it with getting attention and treats. • Practice holding a doll in your arms. It’s important that your dog does not jump up on you when you are doing this. You can utilize some of the commands mentioned earlier to curb this behavior before the baby is born. Again, consider a professional dog trainer if your dog needs a little more assistance in this area. Dogs are pack animals and with a little preparation, you can help your dog welcome the new baby into the pack. All of your “babies” can live in peace and harmony. With a little time, love, and preparation. your family can make a smooth transition to include furry and nonfurry members alike. NYP Gail Cirlin-Lazerus, LMSW, CD(DONA), LCSW, CLC, is a Licensed

Social Worker, Certified Birth Doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Certified Lactation Counselor. Gail is the owner of Mother’s Intuition in Rockland County, NY, where she provides childbirth and parenting classes, birth doula services, breastfeeding support and new mother support groups. Gail is also the proud mother of one canine fur-baby and two human varieties. You can see more about Gail and her services at www.mothersintuitionbirth.com, catch her on her Facebook page at http://facebook. mothersintuitionbirth.com.

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Photographer Andrew Grant uses his talents to raise money for pet rescues Article by Amanda Hedlund Photography by Andrew Grant Photography

Did you know that six to eight million animals end up in shelters every year and half are euthanized? These stats influenced commercial photographer Andrew Grant to take action and use his talents to raise money for pet rescues. Non-profit shelters and rescues are always in need of funding, but during the recession, along with foreclosed homes, animals were being abandoned, leaving rescues overwhelmed with even more helpless companions. u Fall/Winter 2014 | nY Pets Magazine



he urgency to help shelter efforts led to the creation of Rover, a museum-quality, coffee-table book with over 500 up-close dog portraits that capture the charm, beauty, and souls of all types of dogs – big, small, mixed and purebred. Nearly all of the companions featured in Rover once lived in a rescue or shelter.

RoveR StoRy Andrew is a life-long lover of “fidos” and felines. He was surprised by the staggering statistics: more than four million cats and dogs are euthanized each year — approximately one death every eight seconds. “Shortly after learning about these sobering facts in 2009, I was shooting an ad campaign for Chef Works in San Diego,” Andrew says. “The owner’s two French bulldogs kept walking into the set and instead of shooing them away, I photographed them. The funny thing was, they were looking straight into the


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camera as if they were supposed to be there. Then it struck me. I should create a book of dogs to help raise money for organizations in need.” Little did he know at the time, the two dogs in the ad campaign were far more cooperative than most, but he was up for the challenge. Andrew claims to have a lot of serendipity in his life, which may be true as two weeks after his realization, he started production for the first book – Rover. A year later, Rover – Woof Edition was released and featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show twice. Ellen had given the book to Oprah for Christmas and listed the book as her “Pet Friendly Read” in an interview with OK! Magazine. Her support increased momentum and exposure for the book and soon after, Grant was receiving pleas from rescues and dog photo submissions from across the country. Even celebrity pet parents Heidi Klum, Mario Lopez, and Ewan McGregor have featured their furry friends published in Rover. RoveR to the Rescue JouRney What was intended to be a one-year project is now in year four and currently in production for the fourth edition of Rover. Andrew is currently on a 20-city national tour hosting photo shoots and raising money for rescues. “Our goal is to raise over $1 million for animal organizations this year while educating the public about the importance of spay/ neutering, encourage people to check their local shelters and most importantly, reduce the rescue pet population,” says Andrew. “Approximately 25 percent of dogs living in rescues are purebred. My goal is to discredit the stigma of shelter pets by illustrating that there are smart, healthy, loving dogs availFall/Winter 2014 | nY Pets Magazine


able for adoption everywhere.” The initial thought of the Rover project was to photograph dogs currently living in a rescue or shelter. Andrew has photographed several cats and dogs this year that are available for adoption. He hopes the photos will help increase their chance of adoption by promoting a photo of the animal’s true personality on their website, social media and external resources – plus a nice takeaway for their newly adopted family. “Once we take the dog out of their kennel and spend some time with them in the studio, their appearance changes. They are enthusiastic, eager, and happy to have that one-on-one interaction. I’ve taken before-and-after photos and it is hard to believe it is the same dog. It’s night and day,” says Andrew. “Cats are a little trickier, but I’ve gotten some very compelling shots.” Although he is persistently asked to produce a cat book, Andrew says that may happen down the road if he was able to figure

out a way to make them feel comfortable and willing to stay still for a few moments. Regardless of whether you prefer cats or dogs, Rover is a compelling book for animal lovers of all ages.

Gift the RoveR expeRience Want to see your dog in the next Rover book? Submit your pup for consideration to be included in the next edition of this beautiful dog book. If your animal is selected, a donation is then made by you to a partnering rescue and Andrew will photograph your dog in a studio and include him or her in a two-page spread. Having your best friend featured in Rover is an incredible opportunity. The holiday season is soon upon us and the Rover photo session makes for the perfect gift for the hard-to-buy pet lover – a gift they will treasure for a lifetime. Rover to the Rescue will be photographing dogs in New York City and Long Island again this spring. Visit their website www.RoverToTheRescue.com for tour dates. NYP Amanda Hedlund is Director of Marketing and Operations at Rover to the Rescue. You can contact her at www.RoverToTheRescue.com to purchase Rover; a great holiday gift. And, to find out more about having your friend featured in an upcoming edition.

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Animal Pantry 137-20 Cross Bay Blvd Ozone Park, NY 11417 (718) 845-8400

Pet Lovers Outlet 238 Passaic Ave. Fairfield, NJ 07004 (973) 808-1128

Animal Rescue Ark PO Box 345 Patterson, NY 12563 (845) 319-7701 www.animalrescueark.org

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Baldwin Place Animal Hospital 21 Miller Road Mahopac, NY 10541 (845) 628-0191 www.bpahvet.com Bark & Meow 9A South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914) 524-7373 www.barkandmeowinc.com Barking Zoo 172 Ninth Avenue New York, NY 10011 (212) 255-0658 www.thebarkingzoo.com u

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Benson’s Pet Center 12 Fire Road Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518) 373-1007 www.bensonspet.com

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Brusarah Pet Grooming 904 South Lake Blvd Mahopac, NY 10541 (845) 621-2405 www.brusarahpetgrooming.com Camp Bow Wow Rockland 101 Route 304 Nanuet, NY 10954 (845) 507-0068 www.campbowwow.co/rockland Canis Minor Gramercy Park 238 3rd Ave New York, NY 10003 (212) 228-4848 www.canisminor.net Canis Minor Tribecca 106 Reade Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 219-1632 www.canisminor.net


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Ferals In Peril www.feralsinperil.org Fred’s Pet Center 11 Spring Valley Marketplace Spring Valley, NY 10977 (845) 425-4848 www.fredspets.com Furry Fiends 630 West 207th Steet New York, NY 10034 (212) 942-0222 Furry Rascals 3915 Brodway New York, NY 10032 (212) 923-0000 GE Masten Feed Store Inc Route 44 & West Road Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 (845) 635-2553 www.mastenfeed.com Goldens Bridge Veterinary Care Center 15 Anderson Lane Goldens Bridge, NY 10526 (914) 232-8800 www.goldensbridgevet.com Guchi Dog Grooming 114 Gleneida Avenue (Rte. 52) Carmel, NY 10512 (845) 225-5999 www.guchidoggrooming.com Happy Days Kennels AKC Registered #0216 1395 Route 6 Carmel, NY 10512 (845) 225-2463 www.happydayspetresort.com Happy Paws Pet Resort 316 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012 (212) 431-6898 www.happypawsinc.com Hartsdale Veterinay Hospital 193 East Hartsdale Avenue Hartsdale, NY 12533 (914) 723-4006 www.hartsdalevet.com Haverstraw Animal Hospital 153 Route 9W Haverstraw, NY 10927 (845) 429-3693 Healthy Pet Center 154 Delaware Ave Delmar, NY 12054 (518) 487-4587 www.healthypetcenterny.com Healthy Pet Center 235 N. Greenbush Road Troy, NY 12180 (518) 283-4027 www.healthypetcenterny.com

Heritage Feed & Supply 2812 Route 17K Bullville, NY 10915 (845) 361-4081 www.heritagefeedsupply.com Hudson Highlands Veterinary Medical Group 22 Lime Kiln Road Hopewell Junction, NY 10512 (845) 221-2244 www.hudsonhighlandsvet.com Hudson Valley Animal Hospital 4 Old Lake Road Valley Cottage, NY 10989 (845) 268-0089 K-9 Caterers 82-02 Cooper Avenue Glendale, NY 10915 (718) 894-2416 K9 Korral Dog Run 85th Street and Park Lane South Woodhaven, NY 11421 (917) 337-7613 K-9 Express 687 Glen Cove Rd. Glen Head, NY 11545 (516) 676-5282 Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center 546 N. Bedford Road Bedford Hills, NY 10507 (914) 241-7700 www.vcahospitals.com Le Pitou 107-25 71st Road Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718) 674-6496 www.lepitou.com Le Pitou II 113-24 Queens Blvd Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718) 896-3333 www.lepitou.com Liberty Agway Home Garden/Pet 11 Bon Jovi Lane Liberty, NY 12754 (845) 292-1255 libertyagway.com Little Acres Aviary 2235 Route 208 Montgomery, NY 12549 (845) 457-1617 Little Creatures 770 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025 (212) 932-8610 www.littlecreaturesnyc.com Little Creatures 525 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025 (212) 877-4300 www.littlecreaturesnyc.com

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Lucas Pet Supply 30 Joys Lane Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 331-2469 www.lucaspetsupply.com

Pet Ark 700 Columbus Ave. on 95th St. New York, NY 10025 (973) 808-1128 www.petark.net

Pets NYC 594 Ninth Avenue New York, NY 10036 (212) 757-2924 www.petsnyc.net

Mac’s Farm & Garden World 145 Route 32 North New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-0050 www.newpaltzagway.com

Pet Ark 3450 Broadway New York, NY 10031 (212) 368-8200 www.petark.net

Pets Place II 120 East Route 59 Nanuet, NY 10954 (845) 623-5565 www.petsplaceII.com

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Pet Ark 5008 Broadway New York, NY 10034 (212) 544-2300 www.petark.net

PetScentrix Grooming & Supplies 9 Old Lake Road Valley Cottage, NY 10989 (845) 268-4817

Millerton Veterinary Practice 199 Route 44 Millerton, NY 12546 (518) 789-3440 www.millertonvet.com

Pet Ark 5662 Broadway Bronx, NY 10463 (718) 543-7300 www.petark.net

Pet-Topia 17 North Center Street Millerton, NY 12546 (518) 592-1379 www.pet-topia1.com

Moriches Dog Grooming 333 Main Street Center Moriches, NY 11934 (631) 878-9496

Pet Ark 2959 Riverdale Ave Bronx, NY 10471 (718) 708-6500 www.petark.net

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Pet Country 6830 Route 9 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-9000 Petcountryusa@frontiernet.net

Pleasantville Animal Hospital 479 Marble Avenue Pleasantville, NY 10570 (914) 769-3700 www.pleasantvillevet.com

Pet Goods 1895 South Route 9 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 297-3600 www.petgoods.com

Pleasantville Grooming 53 Wheeler Avenue Pleasantville, NY 10570 (914) 449-6836

Mt. Kisco Veterinary Clinic 474 Lexington Avenue Mt Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 241-3337 www.mtkiscovetclinic.com Mutts & Butts 2076 Merrick Road Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 379-3456 www.muttsandbutts.com New England Equine Practice 2933 New York 22 Patterson, NY 12563 (845) 878-7500 Pampered Paws Inc 811 Chestnut Ridge Road Unit N Spring Valley, NY 10977 (845) 350-0443 www.ppawsny.com Pamper Ur Pets 225 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 (212) 255-5523 www.pamperurpets.com PatterPaws Animal Hospital 76 Route 22 Pawling, NY 12564 (845) 319-9331 www.patterpawsvet.com Pawling Animal Clinic 550 New York Route 22 Pawling, NY 12564 (845) 350-0443 www.pawlinganimalclinic.com

Pet Goods 1125 Central Park Ave Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914) 472-6050

Progressive Animal Hospital 149 Route 202 & Lovell St Somers, NY 10589 (914) 248-6220 www.progressive-vet.com

Pet Menu 191-15 Northern Blvd Flushing, NY 11358 (718) 939-4738 www.petmenu.com

Progressive Animal Hospital 110 South Kensico Avenue White Plains, NY 10601 (914) 461-3353 www.progressive-vet.com

Pet Menu 743 Hillside Avenue New Hyde Park, NY 11040 (516) 352-4738 www.petmenu.com

Puppy Paradise 2082 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, NY 11234 (718) 252-7877 www.puppyparadise.com

Pet Nutrition Center 115 E. Route 59 Nanuet, NY 10954 (845) 623-3214

Purrfect Pet 19-15 Mott Ave Far Rockaway, NY 11691 (718) 868-4949

Pet Palace of New City 174 South Main Street New City, NY 10526 (845) 638-1378 www.petpalaceonline.com

Putnam Humane Society 68 Old Route 6 Carmel, NY 10512 (845) 225-7777 www.puthumane.org u

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Rockapup 145 Beach 116th St. Rockaway Park, NY 11694 (347) 619-5369 www.rockapup.com Rockland Holistic Veterinary Care 626 Route 303 Blauvelt, NY 10913 (845) 348-7729 www.rocklandholisticvet.com Roosevelt Veterinary Center 393 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 202-7129 www.rooseveltvet.com Roosevelt Veterinary Center 1515 New York 22 #3D Brewster, NY 10509 (845) 279-6578 www.rooseveltvet.com Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital 170 North Street Rye, NY 10580 (914) 921-2000 www.rhvh.com Sand Creek Animal Hospital 130 Wolf Road Albany, NY 12205 (518) 446-9171

Sarah Hodgson (914) 241-1111 www.whendogstalk.com Shirley Feed 675 Montauk Highway Shirley, NY 11967 (631) 281-2152 www.shirley.feed.net

Spring Valley Animal Hospital 151 Route 59 Monsey, NY 10952 (845) 356-8616 Stephanie’s Pet Services (914) 270-3175 Stephspetsitting64@gmail.com Serving Putnam County

Somers Animal Hospital 352 Route 202 Somers, NY 10589 (914) 277-3686 www.somersanimalhospital.com SPCA of Westchester 590 North State Road Briarcliff, NY 10510 (914) 762-8312 www.spca914.org Spoiled Brats 4 Bennet Avenue New York, NY 10033 (212) 543-2202 www.spoiledbratsmyc.com Spoiled Brats 340 West 49th St New York, NY 10019 (212) 459-1615 www.spoiledbratsmyc.com

Sun Que Healing Animal Sanctuary P.O. Box 606 Pine Bush, NY 12566 (845) 268-0403 www.sunquhas.com Steve’s Wonderful World Of Pets 5397 Sheridan Drive Williamsville, NY 14221 (716) 634-3397 www.stevespets.com

The Complete Aquarium 736 N. Bedford Road Bedford Hills, NY 10570 (714) 244-9174 www.completeaqua.com The Dog Obedience Girl (D.O.G.) (914) 419-8958 www.thedogobediencegirl.com The Natural Pet Center 609 Route 208 Gardiner, NY 12525 (845) 255-7387 info@thenaturalpetcenter.com The Pet Pub 717 Bedford Road Bedford Hills, NY 10507 (914) 241-3059 www.thepetpub.net

Sue’s Zoo 18 New Paltz Plaza New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-5797 www.sueszooandmore.com

Towne & Country Canine 3 Colonel Ferris Road South Salem, NY 10590 (914) 815-0098 www.towne&countrycanine. vpweb.com

The Barn Yard Feed & Pet Supply 462 Route 28 Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 339-2287

Total Pet Care 780 Broadway Ave Holbrook, NY 11741 (631) 218-7680 totalpetcareny.com


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The Vet At The Barn 790 Chestnut Ridge Road Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 (845) 356-3838 www.vetatthebarn.com

Wags & Whiskers 392 King Street Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-0244 www.wagschappaqua.com

Treat Your Pet 4397 Austin Blvd Island Park, NY 11558 (516) 670-0470

Walden Animal Deli 145 Hepper Street Walden, NY 12586 (845) 778-5252 www.loveallyourpets.com

Tri-State Aquarium 191-8 Rt. 59 Suffern, NY 10901 (845) 918-1707 tsaquariums@aol.com Trixie’s Pet Food 575 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn, NY 11225 (718) 282-4499 www.trixiespetfoods.com Valley Cottage Animal Hospital 202 Route 303 Valley Cottage, NY 10989 (845) 268-9263 www.valleycottageanimalhospital.com Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics 709 Bedford Road Bedford Hills, NY 10507 (914) 864-1414 www.avianexoticsvet.com


Westchester Champion Dog Training (914) 224-6110 http://www.westchesterchampiondogtraining.com/ West End Veterinary Office 41 Fullerton Avenue Newburgh, NY 12550 (845) 565-0804 www.westendvetoffice.com Yorktown Animal Hospital 271 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (914) 962-3111 www.vetsnyc.com Yorktown Pet Grooming, Inc 1903 Commerce Street Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (914) 962-4464


D’s Bagels & Brunch 49 Lake Road Congers, NY 10920 (845) 589-0777 Midway Wine & Liquors 973 Central Park Avenue Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914) 874-5444

Big Apple Car Brooklyn, NY (718) 236-7788 www.bigapplecar.com Cefola’s Auto Lube 143 New York 303 Valley Cottage, NY 10989 (845) 268-3138

NickBee’s Eco Store 1 John Street Millerton, NY 12546 (518) 592-1177 www.nickbees.com

Chris’ Automotive Center 349 New York 52 Carmel, NY 10512 (845) 225-3054 www.chrisautomotive.com

Pine Grove Dude Ranch 30 Cherrytown Road Kerhonkson, NY 12446 (845) 626-7345 www.pinegroveranch.com

DeCicco Family Markets 50 Independent Way Brewster, NY 10509 (845) 278-0836 www.deciccos.com

Wings Over Water 1511 New York 22 Brewster, NY 10509 (845) 279-9525 www.wingsoverwater.com

Depot Wines And Liquors 100 Independent Way Brewster, NY 10509 (845) 279-0112 www.depotwines.com



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Pet trends Our roving reporter found these new and upcoming products at a recent industrywide pet show. These products might make caring for your pet a little easier. Katya Sniderman

Critter Mazes Tired of not being able to find a great new maze for his rats, the creator of Critter Mazes made his own. Critter Mazes modular design allows you to create mazes of your own and interact with your small animals. Critter Mazes can be made into a multilevel maze and multiple kits can be added together to create even larger mazes. The maze is expandable and can easily be disassembled and put away when not in use. Critter Mazes are best for rats, hamsters and mice. Critter Mazes are proudly made in the USA. www.crittermazes.com

CyCle doG Handmade in the USA and eco-friendly (made out of old bike inner tubes), Cycle Dog products are a great-looking option when looking for a collar and lead for your pooch. These collars are made with a patented Latch-Lock airline style metal seatbelt buckle, which is four times stronger then a plastic buckle. These collars are also “no-stink solutions” for your dog. Unlike nylon collars, the rubber backing material keeps mold and mildew out. This means no more smelly collar — dog parents rejoice. And to top it all off, the Pup Top bottle opener/leash attachment is a fun feature you will only find on Cycle Dog products. Look for the new MAX Reflective collection coming out this fall. The entire surface is reflective and comes in five colors. www.cycledog.com


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GloFish Whether you are new to the world of freshwater fish or a seasoned pro, these beautiful, easy-to-maintain fish make a great addition to any aquarium. GloFish are available in three different species: Zebra Danios, White Tetras, and Tiger Barbs. GloFish come in six vibrant colors: Starfire Red, Electric Green, Sunburst Orange, Cosmic Blue, Galactic Purple, and Moonrise Pink. GloFish also has over 60 optimized accessory products to help consumers everywhere “Experience the Glo!” www.glofish.com

Sherpa With the holiday season just around the corner, many pet parents (and pets) have a lot of traveling to do. In 2012, over 25 million Americans traveled with their pets. Keep your pet safe and comfortable with the Sherpa carrier. Sherpa comes in many different sizes and styles to meet the needs of your pet as well as yourself. Sherpa worked exclusively with pet-friendly airlines to create Guaranteed On Board (GOB), a guarantee that the carrier will be allowed on the flight. Sherpa have the only carriers that are GOB. Sherpa was also the first soft-sided pet carrier to be endorsed by major airlines. Sherpa has recently released two new Fashion lines of pet carriers: the Sherpa Tote Around Town and the Sherpa Park Tote. Want to learn more about Guaranteed On Board速? Visit this website: www.FlyGOB.com www.sherpapet.com

iFetch This is a fun new way to play fetch. iFetch is an interactive toy which automatically launches balls for your pet to retrieve. How does it work? Your pet (or you) places the ball into the larger funnel and iFetch shoots the ball from the smaller funnel. iFetch automatically turns on when the ball is dropped into the tray and turns off once the ball has been thrown. The iFetch has three different distance settings (between 10 and 30 feet) and can be either battery or AC powered. The iFetch is designed for small- to medium-sized dogs. This product will be available for purchase January 1, 2014. NYP www.goifetch.com FALL/WINTER 2014 | NY PETs MAgAzINE


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Birds Attracting feathered friends to your backyard Sam Draiss


Feeding wild birds is one of the most popular hobbies throughout the world. Bird feeding and bird watching are high on the list of outdoor activities for Americans; ranking number two.

illions of people enjoy watching birds right outside their living room windows. Watching finches, sparrows, and woodpeckers dining on a selection of seeds that we supply is both rewarding and relaxing. Feeding these creatures is an easy task to complete. It will not take much effort or work to entice backyard birds. It does not matter if you live in the city or the suburbs. It just takes a bit of time for the birds to discover your feeder. It

does not have to be an expensive store-purchased feeder, though they come in some great shapes, sizes and colors. It can also be a makeshift feeder such as a plate or a small bowl. Anyone can turn their backyard, apartment balcony, or a garden into a bird haven. Follow these quick and easy steps to start a bird feeding paradise. First, find a suitable place to set up your bird feeder. There should be an area of shelter nearby where the birds can hide if a pred-

ator were to attack. Be careful of areas where cats may hide waiting for an opportune time. The feeder should be placed close enough to your home to be easily viewed, but not too close where your movements could startle the birds. Also make sure your feeder is not placed too close to your window as birds might crash into the glass. Try to keep your feeders free of water and moisture, as seed can become moldy. A thorough cleaning of your feeder should also be performed on a Fall/Winter 2014 | nY Pets Magazine


a good choice to serve your birds is black-oilsunflower seed. You can find this in almost any garden, farm or pet store. This will bring a nice variety of birds.

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regular basis. The type of seed you feed the birds will make a huge difference in the types of birds you attract. There are also seeds that have slices of almonds and apples for fat, energy, and taste. Different types of birds like different seeds. For example, birds of the finch family will devour thistle or nyjer seed. A good choice to serve your birds is black-oil-sunflower seed. You can find this in almost any garden, farm or pet store. This will bring a nice variety of birds. You will also find that there are different mixes of various seeds which will range in price. Don’t rush for the least expensive mix. Check the ingredients. Many supermarket mixes can have a huge amount of red millet and milo, which a large number of birds do not particularly like. Another great addition to your bird garden would be a suet or hummingbird feeder. Suet is basically melted beef or animal fat. It sometimes contains birdseed, nuts, peanut butter, or berries. If you like hummingbirds, you can easily attract them with a special feeder to hold sugar water. Sugar water mimics the natural nectar hummingbirds get from flowers. (To make your own sugar water, boil one part sugar to four parts water. Do not add honey, powdered drink mixes, or red dye to the nectar because it can lead to liver failure in hummingbirds). You can

also purchase pre-made hummingbird nectar from your favorite bird/pet store. Some hummingbird nectar has beet juice added for color. Beet juice satisfies our need for red color without harming the birds. You can also create a simple natural hummingbird garden. Any tubular flower which is red will definitely catch a hummingbird’s eye. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see hummingbirds immediately. It will take them time to find your garden or feeder even if they are in the area. There is a story of one person spending 10 years trying to lure hummingbirds before getting any results. Do not be disappointed if you don’t see birds swarming feeders as soon as you put them up. It may take days or weeks for birds to find your feeder and investigate its possibilities. In the beginning, birds may consider a new feeder an intruder. Bird feeding is a great hobby. By just putting a simple feeder out, you can attract many birds. You might just see a BlackCapped Chickadee or a Pileated Woodpecker. Birds are amazing creatures; to be able to watch them up close is even more amazing. Why not consider buying a feeder today? You’ll be glad you did. NYP Sam Draiss is an avid bird watcher and, with his father, owns Better Birding. They build nest boxes from rough-cut-locally-harvested woods, like hemlock.



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Doggy Hotel What to know before you board your pet Joanne Willard, Dip.CBST, Dip.ACN


“Oh, Billy’s sleep-away camp? No, I don’t really know anything about it. No, I haven’t visited. No, I don’t know anyone else who’s gone there. I just saw an ad/Googled it/drove by and saw the sign. I’m sure he’s fine.”

f course you wouldn’t send little Billy off to a sleep-away camp you knew nothing about. That would be crazy. Yet this is what some people do with their dogs every day. You assume your dog will be fine – safe and happy and well-cared for – but that’s not always the best assumption to make. There are a few things you should know before sending your dog off for boarding. Decide how you want your dog to be boarded. There are lots of options, and the one you choose will depend on a number of factors; price, your dog’s temperament, age, health, and energy level to name just a few. Here are some of your choices: • Your vet: At your vet’s office it may be inexpensive, but your dog may sit in a cage most of the day, with just a few short walks by the staff. This might be good for an elderly dog, or a dog with health issues, but for a young, energetic dog it’s going to be uncomfortable and stressful. • A traditional boarding kennel: At a kennel, the dogs are usually kept in individual runs; most with a door that leads to their own personal outdoor area. Your dog should be able to go in and out when it chooses but probably won’t have any interaction with other dogs. Many kennels offer things like walks, hikes, playtime with the staff, “cuddle time,” treats, etc. for an additional fee. • A “dog spa:” Dog spas are usually set up very similarly to kennels, in that your dog will have his own room, but they’re waaaaaay


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fancier. Your dog’s “room” will usually have a comfy bed, sometimes a television set, and the dogs usually get much more individualized attention from the staff. Often, they’re allowed playtime with other dogs as well and some spas even have pools. • “Family-style” boarding: This is usually done at a person’s home, or sometimes in a facility set up for groups of dogs. The dogs spend their days playing with the other dogs, supervised by staff who’ve been trained to recognize appropriate and inappropriate behavior among groups of dogs. If your dog is well-socialized, has a lot of energy, and likes to play with other dogs, this is a good choice. Overnight, the dogs are either crated or just sleep free, depending on the facility. Make some calls. Call the places you’re interested in and ask questions about how long they have been in business, are they accredited, staff training, how are dogs treated/exercised, customer referrals. Pay them a visit. Pick your top three choices and ask for a tour. Finding the right place for your dog to stay is as important as finding the right place for your family; after all, your dog is a part of the family, right? That way you can have a great vacation, knowing your dog is in good hands, safe and happy. NYP Joanne Willard is a certified canine behaviorist, trainer and nutritionist who owns a boarding, training and day care facility called The D.O.G. in Putnam Valley, NY. www.thedogobediencegirl.com, 914-419-8958.

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NY PETS - Fall/Winter 2014  

We hope you enjoy this jam-packed fall/winter edition. It has definitely been a labor of love for us at NY Pets. We want to share our love a...

NY PETS - Fall/Winter 2014  

We hope you enjoy this jam-packed fall/winter edition. It has definitely been a labor of love for us at NY Pets. We want to share our love a...