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Puppy Mills Exposed Skip the Shop: Adopt
In Case of Emergency
Dealing with Unexpected Bumps and Bruises
Explore the Benefits of Animal Massage
All Paws on Deck
Boating Safety for Your Furry First Mate
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Brehmer Barks Summer again—can you believe it? As the temperatures soar here in North Carolina, there are a lot of things you can still do with your four-legged friend. This issue focuses on some of those activities, such as taking your dog hiking and keeping your dogs safe if you take them out on the lake with you. It also includes information on a fun hobby called geocaching—an adventure for the entire family! In addition to activities with your dog, we focus on a serious matter in this issue: puppy mills. Recently, many puppy mills have been “busted” and we want to shed some light on this horrifying, over-breeding practice that includes dogs living in deplorable conditions, sometimes without proper food, water, and medical care, owners breeding dogs repeatedly, and selling the puppies without any regard to their health or lineage. There are many groups who do so much to help stop these facilities, but because the laws are not strong enough in North Carolina, we are seeing them more and more. That is why we are utilizing this issue to bring awareness to the topic in our cover story, as well as in our Tails from the Heart section about Laila Ali, a puppy mill survivor who is trying to make a difference. If after you read Laila Ali’s story you feel you want to do more, visit http://ncvaw.org to find out how you can contact your House Representative and Senator to tell them your thoughts on tougher puppy mill legislation. You can also see the PSA in this issue to find out more. In addition, you can find the usual columns in this issue: Natural Dog, why canine massage is more than just pampering; Safety 101, what 12 emergencies you should know about; and Dogs @ Play, why you should give the fun sport of Rally-O a shot. As we are well into our second year of publication, we want to again thank all of our readers and supporters for your continued support. We are thrilled to continue this journey with all of our fellow dog lovers in the Triangle, and want to hear from you so we can partner in creating a better life for your dog. Until next time, Chuck & Angie Brehmer (and Morrie, Millie, Elsie, and Cindy Lu) Publishers/Editor-in-Chief
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Departments: 4 Publisher's Note 5 Table of Contents 6 Masthead 8 Contributors 24 Ask the Groomer 28 Triangle Happenings 32 Ask the Vet 36 The T-Dog ‘Round Town 39 Picture This!
Columns: 12 Shelter Spotlight:
13 Adoptable Dogs:
18 Nutrition: What’s in the Bag: Protein 20 Animal Health & Wellness: A Disease of the Heart
22 Dogs @ Play: Tally-ho! Have You Tried Rally-O? 26 Pet Friendly Business: A New Leash on Life in Hillsborough
30 Let’s Cook: Grillin’ Time
14 Buyer Beware: Dog Breeding in NC is an Industry with Little Oversight by Sean Drummond
34 Safety 101: Top 12 Animal Emergencies & How to Handle Them
38 Natural Dog: Benefits and Applications of Animal Massage
41 Destination: It’s Turtle Time Somewhere 44 Canine Careers: A Walk in the Park 45 Training: Petiquette 101 46 Tails from the Heart: The Journey of Laila Ali
10 Take a Hike!
by Donna S. Elliott
19 A Nose for (Treasure) Hunting by Allison Bennett
21 Just Add Water by Tara Lynn
40 Where are They Now? by “Cover Dogs”
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Donna S. Elliott Diana Garside, Ph. D. Dr. Jennifer J. Goetz Beth Johnston Dr. Brian Lapham
Heidi Schmidt Barbara Shumannfang, Ph.D., CPDT Karen Smith Allison Snyder Kelly Strowd
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5. 6. 1. Allison Bennett Originally from Indiana, Allison moved to Fayetteville, NC in 2010 with her husband, her lab/pit Angel (who’s never met a stranger), and her Walker Coonhound Sophie (who’s afraid of her own shadow). She received her B.A. in English from Purdue University and currently spends her days tutoring students as a Writing Consultant at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, and writing.
2. Sean Drummond Sean Drummond is the stay-at-home parent of three human children and two canine kids. The dogs are both rescues from different organizations. In the midst of childcare and dogcare, he attempts to maintain a freelance writing career. You can read his blog about his adventures with his children in the Triangle at http://besteducateddad.blogspot.com.
3. Donna S. Elliott For 15 years, Donna S. Elliott was blessed to love a little brown dog named Reason, and now she shares her love with her two dogs, Jules and Luna, who continue to teach her how to live with an open heart and a happy tail and to be grateful for every smile. Donna volunteers with animal welfare causes and strongly supports making low-cost spay and neuter available to low-income families as a means of reducing pet overpopulation and ending the unnecessary euthanasia of pets in shelters. She serves on the board of directors for AnimalKind, a local non-profit dedicated to the spay/neuter cause.
4. Diana Garside, Ph.D. Diana Garside is the owner/operator of Healthy Paws, LLC, a company created to enhance the lives of animals through the
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practice of massage. Diana was certified as an animal massage practitioner in 2008 after attending the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA and has been practicing animal massage in the Triangle area ever since.
5. Jennifer J. Goetz, DVM When Jennifer J. Goetz graduated from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, there were two things she knew about the direction for her career and life: she never wanted children and never wanted to open her own veterinary practice. Today, Dr. Jenn Goetz has a five-year-old child, Celeste, and is the owner of Animal Hospital at Brier Creek. Her life is just one exciting moment after another and she has never been so happy.
6. Brian Lapham, DVM Dr. Brian Lapham received his veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 1999. His true passion lies in preventative care—preventing disease before it can manifest itself as cancer, osteoarthritis, epilepsy, or the like. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Lapham is often occupied spending time with his family, woodworking, completing home improvements (which never seem to end!), and running. Included in the mix are his menagerie of pets, currently including two cats, Pia and Kitten, and Elizabeth the guinea pig. Dr. Lapham’s daughter is still vying for a puppy—coming soon!
7. Tara Lynn Tara Lynn is a news reporter with WRAL. She is also a local pet and family photographer and owner of InBetween the Blinks Photography. Tara spends most of her free time volunteering with the SPCA of Wake County, where she takes photos of the adoptable dogs for their online gallery and for the SPCA Pit Crew. Tara and her husband adopted their beagle-mix Baxter four years
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ago after seeing his photo on an online adoption site. Baxter is Tara's inspiration behind her photography business and volunteer service.
8. Debbie Pell Debbie Pell is the Administrative Assistant of the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE). Prior to her position at SAVE, Ms. Pell was the Administrative Secretary of the Communication Department at North Carolina State University. She graduated from Virginia Western Community College in Virginia with a degree in Data Processing. Her passion for animal welfare has led her to Rescue UR Forever Friend Animal Rescue, where she fosters and rehabilitates rescued animals. Ms. Pell has written articles for The Triangle Dog and The Garner Citizen.
9. Heidi Schmidt Heidi Schmidt is the former owner of a pet retail store and a recognized CGC trainer and evaluator. She has been a professional dog trainer for over 15 years. Heidi has been featured on television and in newspaper articles for her dog training knowledge.
10. Barbara Shumannfang, Ph.D., CPDT Barbara Shumannfang is a dog trainer, writer, and Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) evaluator. She wrote Happy Kids, Happy Dogs: Building a Friendship Right from the Start to help families decrease stress and cultivate friendship between dogs and children. Helping people and dogs enjoy and understand each other better is one of the most rewarding parts of her work. For free dog training and behavior tips, please visit Barbara at the Top Notch Dog Blog, www.topnotchdog.com.
11. Karen Smith Karen Smith is a Triangle-area dog trainer at All Dogs Allowed, Inc. Training since 2000, she has counted not only dogs as her students, but also horses, sharks, and tigers, just to name a few! If she can train an 800 lb male tiger to stretch on command with a clicker, she can train your pint-sized pup. Karen specializes in obedience training, fun sports, and canine activities. She is recommended by area veterinarians and rescue groups. She loves snuggling one of her five dogs, three cats, or assorted other menagerie members—husband included—and tromping through the woods with a handful of dogs in tow. Visit her at www.AllDogsAllowedInc.Com.
12. Allison Snyder Allison Snyder has written food essays and recipes that have appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer and The News of Orange County. She has also co-authored a cat memoir. She lives in Hillsborough, NC, with her husband, daughter, and Jack Russell Terrier, Millie.
13. Kelly Strowd Kelly Strowd owns and operates four Fetch! Pet Care locations in North Carolina, including North Raleigh, Wake Forest, Chapel Hill—Durham and Apex—and Cary. Kelly’s staff of over 70 pet professionals provide pet sitting and walking services, including home visits, overnight care, private boarding, cat and small animal care, and more to their customers. The proud pet parent of five dachshunds, she currently resides in Wake Forest and enjoys spending time outside with her dogs, traveling, and watching movies.
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Take a Hike!
by Donna S. Elliott
encounter a pig on the trail, and I didn’t anticipate that my dog might be frightened. Plan for an emergency and make sure your dog wears his tag with your name and number on it in the unfortunate circumstance he becomes separated from you. Just as you carry water for yourself, carry water for your dog. Don’t be tempted to let him drink from water sources you encounter. Just as you can be sickened by contaminants in the water, so can your dog. Collapsible water bowls are easy to carry along. Keep your dog hydrated and be mindful he doesn’t become overheated. Obey the leash laws, for your safety and your dog’s safety. There could be other dogs, wild animals, snakes, drop-offs, sharp fallen stumps, or strong river currents—any of which can put your dog in danger. Keeping your dog on a leash also protects the native wildlife. In her book Best Hikes with Dogs, North Carolina, author Karen Chávez discusses lots of considerations you should keep in mind to make hiking with your dog safe and fun. I love hiking with my dogs. Enjoying the peace and beauty of the outdoors is a wonderful activity to share with our canine friends. In the Triangle, we are fortunate to have not only Umstead State Park with its endless miles of trails, but also Eno River State Park. A quick search online reveals plenty of parks and trails around the Triangle area. Avid hiker and author Allen De Hart offers suggestions in his book Trails of the Triangle, which lists 200 hikes around the Triangle area. It is important to contact the park you plan to hike in to familiarize yourself with all the park rules. I was reminded of the necessity of planning ahead when I took my dogs with me on a recent stay in a cabin at a state park. Upon check-in, I was asked for my dogs’ vaccination records. I didn’t have them, but fortunately, my vet was able to fax the records to the park’s office. It is also very important that your dog is prepared for hiking. Make sure he is in the proper physical condition to go on a hike. Keep his weight and age in mind. Ease your dog into the fun of hiking. The trails and sharp rocks can be rough on his feet. The hilly terrain may be new to your dog. Know your dog and his ability, as well as his comfort level. Once, on a hike, as my dog and I came up a hill, we heard a far-off snorting sound approaching us. As the sound drew closer, my dog ran off the trail in utter surprise at seeing a pot-bellied pig in a harness, hiking with his owners. Be prepared for the unexpected— from both your hike and your dog. I didn’t expect to 10 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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Remember to “leave no trace.” Stay on the trail and be certain that neither you nor your dog damage the plant life. Be sure to clean up after your dog. Yield to fellow hikers by taking your dog to the side of the trail and allowing them to pass. Be a good steward of nature and a good leader for your dog.
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The Biscuit Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit, allvolunteer organization founded in 2008 in Burlington, NC. Our mission is to assure pet owners’ peace of mind by providing short to long term care in the event of a pet owner’s terminal illness, hospitalization, recovery from surgery, or sickness. The Biscuit Foundation began with Debbie Fuller who started Pampered Pets Grooming and Boarding kennel in Haw River, NC in 1984, serving clients and their beloved four-legged babies. She began to see a unique need for pets that found themselves homeless due to their owners becoming ill, entering a nursing home, or passing away. Our commitment is that no companion pet be surrendered to a shelter or perhaps face euthanasia due to these circumstances. The story of Ginger and Cagney show how sickness and death can break a family apart and how people find the strength and courage to rebuild their lives again. Ginger and Cagney’s 52-year-old owner was diagnosed with an aggressive stage of cancer. Sadly, she passed away, leaving a five-year-old son and two dogs. Previous arrangements had been made for her son, but Ginger and Cagney were left homeless. The Biscuit Foundation quickly stepped in to help. A lady and her two sons who were rebuilding their lives after a bad divorce adopted Ginger. An older gentleman whose wife of 50 years had passed away was looking for a pet companion and adopted Cagney. Since starting the foundation, we have discovered that many senior pets whose owners have passed away are often surrendered to a shelter by family members who 12 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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cannot care for them. Many of these pets are in good health and have been someone’s faithful companion. We all hope in our senior years we can rely on a place to live with peace and dignity, but the truth is there is no safe haven for senior pets. Nubby and Little Girl were two pets that found themselves in this situation. Nubby, a 15- year-old Rat Terrier was surrendered to a shelter shortly after his elderly caregiver passed away. Although in good health, his age would sadly decide his fate unless a rescue organization could help. The Biscuit Foundation stepped in to save this older fellow that nobody wanted. Little Girl was a 13-year-old Pomeranian mix who had been a loving companion to an older woman. Upon the woman’s passing, Little Girl went from a safe, secure life to an unsure future. We were contacted and informed of the dilemma Little Girl was now facing. She went from being in a loving home to entering an over-crowded shelter in one day. We couldn’t let her life end like that; we knew we had to help! These are some of the ways the Biscuit Foundation is helping people with their pets. We are committed to offering hope to pet owners when faced with making these life-changing decisions concerning the future of their beloved pets. We strive to build a strong network of supporters who believe in our purpose and cause. We are always looking for new people to join us to help build our foundation. We are funded solely by donations and fundraising events. For more information, please go to our website at www.biscuitfoundation.org
adoptable dogs Photos by Tara Lynn of In Between The Blinks
Prissy is one of the latest pets to be taken in by our foundation. Her owner went into the hospital for some tests and ended up passing away, leaving his beloved pet behind and alone in his house for over 2 weeks before a neighbor contacted anyone about her. She had lost weight and was very scared when we took her in. In the time we have had her, she has gained weight and is starting to trust us a little more day-by-day. She has tested negative for heartworm, has been put on heartworm prevention, has had all shots updated, and has been de-wormed. Our next step is to have her spayed before finding her a new forever home.
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Prissy is a long hair Chihuahua that is around 3 years old. She is a little shy but very sweet and gets along well with other pets her size. She loves to lie on the couch and watch T.V. She has a beautiful soft coat and has the prissiest little walk. We are working on her housetraining and teaching her that walking on a leash can be fun. We feel she will do best in a quiet home with a fenced-in yard.
The saying goes "age is just a number" and Tippy, a 15-year-old male Chihuahua mix, definitely fits the bill. He was surrendered to our local shelter after his owner passed away. The shelter contacted our foundation to see if we could help this fellow find a way out because only rescue organizations can pull senior pets, as they are deemed unadoptable. Well, you could not ask for a better pet! Tippy is in good health, housebroken, and full of himself. He is very happy, friendly, and sweet and will beat you to death with the wagging of his tail. He is a lover who has never met a stranger and does great with other pets. This dog never has a bad day! If you have the "right stuff" to adopt a senior pet, please consider Tippy to join your home. But be warned—Tippy will steal your heart and leave you amazed by the happiness he can bring to your life.
Ruff is an energetic 3-year-old neutered male Beagle Blue Tick Hound mix whose owner suffered a fall and severely fractured his ankle and had to undergo major surgery. Due to Ruff's owner's age and state of health, Ruff was surrendered to our foundation in March 2012. He is a smaller boy, only weighing around 20 pounds. He gets along with other dogs, walks well on a lead, but will definitely need a fenced-in yard, as he is a true scent hound—his nose is always on the ground.
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Dog Breeding in NC is an Industry with Little Oversight
If you’re in the market for a new puppy, you might have gone to a breeder’s website and seen pictures of puppies playing in large, fenced-in areas among rolling hills and stately old barns. Kim Alboum, North Carolina State Director of the Humane Society of the United States, can tell you that those scenes are not always as they appear. While there are certainly reputable breeders in the state of North Carolina, there are also unscrupulous ones who run unsanitary puppy mills. “If you’re a dog breeder who doesn’t want any restrictions and don’t want to pay [income] taxes, North Carolina is your state,” said Alboum. Currently, the only restrictions on dog breeders in North Carolina apply to those selling dogs to pet stores and research labs. But as Alboum attested, over 90% of North Carolina breeders are selling to the general public, in which case there are no laws or licensing procedures to govern the practices of breeders. Nineteen states have passed laws setting standards for commercial breeders, but North Carolina is not one of them. In North Carolina, a breeder can only be shut down if the conditions of the breeding facility degenerate into animal cruelty. And even at this point, a complaint must be filed by a member of the general public for an investigation to take place. Animal cruelty is a misdemeanor offense in North Carolina and usually results in probation for the offender. During that probation period, the offender is barred from owning an animal. 14 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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A Puppy Mill Bust In February, a Stokes County breeder had all of their dogs seized in a raid by animal control officers. According to Alboum, the Stokes County facility was a “classic puppy mill.” High ammonia levels from standing urine had caused many dogs to have eye ulcers. Advanced periodontal disease had affected many of the dogs to the point that one puppy’s jaw broke upon examination. Other animals were suffering from severe fur matting due to lack of proper hygiene. Alboum would like to see the laws in North Carolina changed so that breeder conditions do not have to become animal cruelty before animal welfare officers can get involved. “We would like to have a complaint driven legislation where an officer could respond to a complaint about a breeder and shut down that breeder if they can’t make improvements,” explained Alboum. The regulations that the Humane Society would like to see enacted would define safe housing for dogs and require breeders to provide fresh food and water for their animals, as well as veterinary care for sick or injured animals. Alboum insists that these standards would be very basic and similar to the standards that state-run kennels and shelters must follow. Prior attempts to pass anti-puppy mill legislation in North Carolina have been made and the cause has bi-partisan friends in the North Carolina legislature. In the past, Republican State Senator Neal
Hunt has supported efforts to pass commercial breeding legislation. An aide to Senator Hunt commented that “if legislation is introduced, and he agrees with it, he would support it.” Representative Rick Glazier, a Democrat, has also sponsored past legislation that would ensure the adequate care of dogs in breeding facilities. In light of the high-profile puppy mill busts of late, Representative Glazier believes more tools should be given to authorities to shut down puppy mills. “It is clear present laws are insufficient to prevent these abuses and a more expedited closure capacity of these facilities and removal of the animals who are in danger is needed,” Glazier commented by email. Despite the efforts of Hunt, Glazier, and others, no legislation regulating commercial dog breeding has been able to pass both the Senate and the House. The Humane Society’s proposed legislation not only faces opposition from lawmakers, but also from special
interest groups. According to Alboum, the Pork Council and the Farm Bureau have fought against such legislation saying—as Alboum put it—“it’s the camel’s nose under the tent.” Or, in other words, if legislation is passed to monitor the treatment of dogs, then legislation monitoring the treatment of farm animals can’t be far behind. To this criticism, Alboum argued that while the Humane Society disagrees with certain animal husbandry practices of the farming community, it is only interested in passing legislation pertaining to dog breeders. The American Kennel Club (AKC) has also opposed such legislation in the past. When contacted for this story, Lisa Peterson, the AKC’s Communications Director in New York, was reluctant to comment outside of saying that breeders in North Carolina should run their operations in compliance with the cruelty standards of the state. The AKC does conduct inspections of breeders’ facilities if breeders are registering their dogs
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with the AKC. According to their website, inspections by AKC officers are conducted randomly or in response to “written, signed and substantiated complaints.” And as Peterson confirmed, AKC field agents have the right to “notify federal, state or local agencies of unsanitary and/or unhealthy conditions found during any kennel inspection.”
A Breeder’s Tale Chrystal McCullen, a breeder from Wayne County, has been raising small breeds like Yorkies and Shih Tzu’s for 11 years. With a ten thousand dollar loan, she converted the 32x32 foot shop building on her property into a nursery. McCullen welcomes more legislative oversight of commercial dog breeding in North Carolina, saying: “dog breeders need to be held accountable.” In fact, her business expanded when she rescued about 35-40 dogs from another breeder that she felt was running a puppy mill instead of a breeding business. When she visited the breeder, she was surprised to see so many dogs in such a small, confined space outdoors, without adequate shelter. “It looked more like a herd,” she noted. In the interest of transparency, she
When John and Sandy Maher adopted Lucky Lucy, an English Bulldog from the Wake County SPCA, they had some experience with puppy mill dogs. Their seven-year-old Boston Terrier was also a puppy mill rescue. Despite the money they spent getting their Boston healthy, they were not afraid to take on another puppy mill dog. John says that his son had always wanted an English Bulldog and when his wife Sandy heard about the Stokes County bust on the news, they got in touch with the Wake County SPCA to find out how to adopt one of the seized dogs. Lucy has had her share of problems to overcome. Besides being malnourished, Lucy underwent three separate surgeries—two were critical to helping her breathe easier—after her removal from the breeder. She was kept completely indoors at the puppy mill, so she has had a difficult time housebreaking and acclimating to the outdoors. She is also still adjusting to a regular feeding schedule. But with all of her setbacks, Lucy is a happy dog who loves attention and likes to chase squeaky toys. 16 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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welcomes customers to see every part of her facility and is also regularly checked by the local animal control. She currently has 39 dogs on site and disagrees with any type of limit on the number of dogs a breeder can keep. A Happy Ending Justin Senechal heard about the Stokes County raid from a friend’s Facebook feed and afterwards began emailing and calling local shelters to find out where the dogs would be placed. Once he and his wife Jennifer found out that 11 seized French Bulldogs would go to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, they began following the shelter online. “We knew getting a dog from a puppy mill we could get a real damaged dog,” admitted Justin. But the couple believed they had the patience, experience, and rapport with the breed to offer a good home. The adoption process required the couple to drive from their home in Apex to the shelter in Greensboro
to deliver their application in person. After reference checks and a home visit by a representative of the Humane Society, the Senechals again made the trip to Greensboro and were given a lottery number to choose their dog. “Bee was our first choice,” Justin asserted. The couple noticed that, unlike the other dogs up for adoption, Bee—or Honey Bee Badger—was aloof and not submissive when greeting people. Justin explained that they chose her because it “looked like her spirit had not been broken.” Bee is fitting into her new home quite well and adjusting to life with the Senechals’ existing French Bulldogs. The only carryover that the Senechals have noticed from Bee’s puppy mill days is a strange gait. Justin also noted that Bee over-reacts to seeing things like balls being kicked, but she has learned to trust her new owners. The couple continues to follow the Guilford County Animal Shelter online and posts pictures of Bee in her new home to the shelter’s website. The Triangle Dog
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nutrition by Heidi Schmidt
What’s in the Bag? Protein Source So, the bag has pictures of choice cuts of meat, plump, whole chickens, sheaves of whole grains—all the nutrition your dog will ever need! But is that what’s really in that bag of dog food? Don’t be taken in by the advertising and the “glamour” of the packaging. One of the most popular dog foods has a beautiful bag, but it contains one of the least nutritional foods on the market. Read the list of ingredients and get to know the jargon the pet food manufacturers use to describe their products. As in human foods, the ingredients are listed by the weight of each used from most to least. So, in a list that reads meat, rice, and bran, the first ingredient (meat) will be the largest component (by weight) of that product. However, here is where problems arise. Many ingredients are listed by names that don’t actually describe the item being used! The easiest to recognize is the whole meat listing i.e. beef, lamb, chicken, venison, etc. It is usually listed first. At first glance, this seems great! But whole meat is weighed BEFORE processing. After processing, when all the water and fat have been rendered, its weight is considerably less and falls to the fifth or sixth ingredient. So what started out as beef, rice, rice bran, corn, etc. becomes rice, rice bran, corn, beef, etc. A better choice for the first ingredient is a meat meal. A meal is the term used to denote whole meat AFTER processing. The meat is cooked, the water and fat removed, and the remaining meat is extruded (pressed through a grinder). When meat meal is listed as the first ingredient on the bag, it remains there throughout. A whole meat meal, i.e. beef meal, lamb meal, chicken meal, is a superior protein source. The 18 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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next best is poultry meal. This ingredient denotes a mix of chicken, turkey, and any other poultry product. However, poultry meal can be problematic for dogs with an allergy to any of the components. As a result, it’s best to watch for the whole meat meal. Another interesting term used in the ingredients list is “meat by-products.” This item is used to lump together the remainder of the animal carcass that is not used in human food. This combination can include bones, blood, intestines, lungs, ligaments—any part not consumed by humans! This ingredient can also be listed as “meat and bone meal.” The last descriptive term used in the ingredients list is “meat-digest.” A digest consists of the floor sweepings. It can contain blood, bone, feces, hooves, intestines, and anything else that might fall on the floor during the butchering process. These scraps are collected at the end of the day and cooked known into a “digest.” The protein composition of this product varies from batch to batch and is quite questionable. Next time you reach for your best friend’s food, take some time to read the ingredients. You might be surprised at what’s really in the bag!
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A Nose for (Treasure) Hunting
• Gather your geocaching essentials: a GPS device or smartphone, a pen or pencil, small items to replace anything you might take from a cache, hand sanitizer, sunscreen (for both you and your pup), and bug spray. • Pack plenty of water and snacks for both you and your dog. It’s easy to get engrossed in the activity of finding caches, so make sure you keep an eye on your dog and allow lots of water breaks. Also, make sure you balance time in the shade with time in the direct sunlight (remember that black pavement can be hot on paws!), and always keep an eye out for heat exhaustion. My husband waved his phone in front of him, glancing from the screen displaying a wavering compass needle to the tangle of trees ahead. With a backpack on his back, our dog at his side, and a look of determination, he led the way as I followed with our other dog in tow. “Shhh!” I whispered as I instinctively crouched down. All four of us paused as the sound of conversation drew closer, remaining motionless until the unaware park visitors passed along the path we had only recently left. “Muggles,” I mouthed silently to my husband. He nodded in understanding. After we were sure they had passed, we continued our trek deeper into the woods. What were we looking for? A geocache, of course.
• Make sure you’re up-to-date on your pet’s flea and tick treatments and heartworm prevention, as you’ll likely venture off the beaten trail. • Check weather reports. If you’re planning an outing in a park, make sure you’re familiar with park rules and consider printing out a park map. • Keep a flashlight handy, especially if you’re going to be out at dusk and into the evening hours. You might also want to invest in a reflective leash and/or collar for your dog. For more information on geocaching, check out geocaching.com.
Over the past 12 years, according to geocaching.com, geocaching has amassed more than 5 million treasure seekers attempting to locate over 1.6 million active geocaches worldwide—and counting. Geocaching is a modern-day, real-world treasure hunt. Using GPS coordinates, members of the geocaching community locate caches hidden by fellow geocachers. The inexpensive hobby is a great excuse to get outside and look at the world around you differently. And, who better to bring along than your furry friend who has a nose for finding things? The beauty of geocaching is that you can do it anywhere, anytime: on a summer vacation, in a local park, or even in your own neighborhood. For example, I’d be willing to bet that there is at least one cache within a few hundred feet of your favorite dog-walking route. Warmer temperatures with days full of sunshine tend to make explorers out of us all, and the Triangle area has thousands of geocaches hidden inconspicuously, waiting to be found. So what do you need to keep in mind when hunting caches with your dog during the summer? The Triangle Dog
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ANIMAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
A Disease of the Heart by Jennifer J. Goetz, DVM owner, Animal Hospital at Brier Creek How do dogs become infected with heartworm disease? A mosquito feeds on an infected animal that has baby heartworms, called microfilariae, in the blood. During the next 10-14 days, the microfilariae mature within the mosquito to the infective larval stage. After that, the mosquito bites a dog or other susceptible animal, and the infective larvae enter through the bite wound. It then takes a little over six months for the infective larvae to mature into adult worms. In dogs, the worms may live for up to seven years. Microfilariae cannot mature into adult heartworms without first passing through a mosquito. Studies have shown that mosquitos may be present in North Carolina year-round due to the warmer winters. What are the signs of heartworm disease? Signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages. The number of heartworms in an animal tends to accumulate gradually over a period of months and sometimes years. Recently-infected dogs may exhibit no signs of the disease. Heavily-infected dogs may eventually show signs, such as mild persistent coughing, reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite, and weight loss. How is heartworm disease detected? Heartworm infection in apparently healthy animals is usually detected with blood tests for a heartworm substance called an antigen or microfilariae. However, a dog will not test positive for heartworm disease until seven months after infection. Heartworm infection may also occasionally be detected through ultrasound and/or x-ray images of the heart and lungs. These tests are usually used in animals already known to be infected. How is heartworm disease prevented? Because heartworm disease is preventable, the American Heartworm Society recommends that pet owners take steps now to talk to their veterinarian about how to best protect their pets from this dangerous disease. Heartworm prevention is safe, easy, and inexpensive. While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking weeks for infected animals to recover. There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection, including daily and monthly tablets and chewables, monthly topicals, and a six-month injectable product available for dogs only. These medications interrupt heartworm development before adult worms reach the lungs and cause disease. All of these methods are extremely effective, and when administered properly on a timely schedule, heartworm infection can be completely prevented. In North Carolina, heartworm prevention should be administered monthly, yearround. Even if your dog never leaves the house, mosquitoes still come inside. For more information on heartworm disease, visit www.HeartwormSociety.org 20 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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by Donna S. Elliott
Just Add Water
Photos by Tara Lynn, owner, InBetween the Blinks Photography
by Tara Lynn owner, InBetween the Blinks Photography
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Your bathing suit is on. Sunscreen is packed and sandwiches and cold drinks are loaded in the cooler. And the dog...well he's already hopped in the car ready for a day on the water. You're prepared and so are the kids, but is your dog? Just like humans, dogs can overheat, become sick, and even get sunburnt, but they don't have the words to tell you something is wrong. One of the most important supplies to keep handy while on the water with your pup is plenty of fresh water. Drinking too much salt water can lead to diarrhea, nausea, and further dehydration said Dr. Rick Fish, associate professor at the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. If you're at the lake or the pond, there's a chance the water could contain chemicals from run-off. He said a good rule of thumb is for dogs to have one ounce of water per pound of body weight a day. Also, provide a shaded space for your pet to rest from the sun and avoid overheating. Excessive panting and drooling could mean your dog is too hot. In addition, "severe heat stroke might involve vomiting or weakness," explained Dr. Fish. Shade can also help your dog avoid sunburn, said Dr. Barbara Sherman, also with the College. "You can use a zinc type sunscreen on a dog's muzzle. In some dogs, that area is not as densely haired," she added. Also, check to make sure the boat’s deck or the sand isn't too hot. Dogs' foot pads can easily burn. Both veterinarians agree that when boating, you should have a "dog overboard plan," and know how you can get your dog back on the boat if he or she jumps off. One option is to fit your dog for a life jacket. Most pet
lifejackets have handles on the top so you can lift your dog out of the water. "They [lifejackets] have to be fit properly. If it's too loose it can be dangerous. If it forces their head down into the water it can be dangerous. Try it out on them in small doses," Dr. Fish advised. "You don't want to play games where the dog can jump off the boat at any time. Have some safety rules in place," advised Dr. Sherman. She suggests having a mat or towel on board and training the dog to stay there so that the mat becomes his or her “safe spot." "Using a leash to train dogs and teach them where to go is always helpful, but you don't ever want to tie a dog to the boat," she cautioned. If you plan to spend all day out in the sun, plan potty breaks for your dog. If there won't be dry land around for a while, consider training your dog to use a puppy potty pad while on the boat. Keep in mind that as much as you enjoy the water, not all dogs do. Introduce them to the water and the boat slowly and in small doses. This assimilation will help keep you and your family safe during summer fun in, on, and around water. Sources: Richard E. Fish, DVM, Ph.D., DACLAM, Associate Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine and Barbara L. Sherman, Ph.D., DVM, DACVB (Behavior), Clinical Associate Professor, both of North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. The Triangle Dog
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DOGS @ PLAY by Karen Smith, owner, All Dogs Allowed, Inc.
Tally-ho! Have You Tried Rally-O?
When I first heard someone talking about rally-o classes, I thought they were speaking some sort of British “pirate speak.” I gave them my best Jack Sparrow impression, finished off with a “TALLY HO!” and needless to say…I got a few strange looks. Thankfully, I’ve learned quite a bit about rally obedience since then, but, looking back, I don’t feel all that alone in my initial ignorance. When rally comes up in conversations, I still see a lot of question marks and most folks step in to ask, “What’s rally?”
So, what IS rally (aka rally obedience, aka rally-o)? Rally is an obedience-centered sport in which a team of one handler and one dog navigate through a course that has been set up by an instructor, judge, or friend. The course is made up of anywhere from 10-20 stations, and each station has a sign waiting for the team. The goal is to perform the skill(s) on the sign seamlessly and quickly, and let each sign navigate you in the correct direction to go and find the next one. It’s almost like a maze— correctly following each sign lets you know whether you need to go left, right, or straight to reach the end. Completing the tasks on the signs requires some common obedience skills and commands. A strong sit is a must, and your dog’s down, stay, and front cues are also going to come in handy. Loose leash manners are key and most teams perform in heel. Depending on your rally instructor, there may be an obedience prerequisite before joining a rally class. Rally has three levels: novice, advanced, and excellent. Signs become more difficult as you progress into each
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level, and once you pass novice, the team is expected to perform off leash. Don’t panic: this activity is easier than it sounds with the right type of training and you can use treats in class until you are ready to gradually fade away from them. Rally is so enjoyable that most dogs will quickly learn to navigate a course treat-free, just staring up at their human with a big grin on their face—of course, knowing they might get a cookie at the end may have something to do with that smile! Rally can be just for fun, or it can strengthen obedience skills, help you bond with your dog, or allow you to compete. Many organizations, including AKC, APDT, and UKC offer rally trials around the country, yearlong. If you’ve ever been interested in competing for a ribbon with your dog but didn’t have the confidence or know how to get started, rally can be an excellent foot in the door. Young dogs and new teams can quickly be trained for a novice rally trial, and getting started in the show ring is relatively easy—no professional handler is needed, spaying and neutering is allowed, and most other competitors are starting at your level, so you have a great chance to win and title after just a few months of practice with your instructor or coach. So if you’ve been looking for a new sport to try with your dog, do consider rally, and do go back and re-read this article in a smashing British accent—I will consider it a personal tribute. Tally ho and good training!
ask the groomer
Beth Johnston is a life-long animal lover who, at 10 years of age, first groomed the family dog in the driveway and has been grooming animals for over 20 years, working with dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses. She has also successfully competed in canine events including conformation, rally obedience, and agility. She was a foster mom for the Central Carolina Poodle Club and helped rehabilitate and place poodles in forever homes. She is a certified member of the National Dog Groomers Association of America and is certified with the American Red Cross in Canine First Aid and CPR. Beth currently owns, and can be found grooming her canine friends at, Beth’s Barks N Bubbles, LLC in Durham.
My lab sheds a lot in the summer time; there is hair all over the house! Do those “stop shedding” products really work? Should I shave him? ~C. Walters, Chapel Hill, NC
Shaving is not the answer, I'm afraid! You will end up with the same problem, just with shorter hairs; not to mention, it can take a very long time to re-grow correctly. Most all breeds of dogs shed, some more than others. Shedding is regulated by the change in season (affected by daylight) and certainly some dogs can shed yearround if they are exposed to a lot of artificial indoor light—as in the case of most indoor pets. The hair is going to fall out, so your best bet is to groom your pet daily, and remove the hair that is falling out with a grooming tool such as a brush. Place the excess hair in the trash, so you will not see it “decorating” the interior of your home. If you think your pet’s hair loss is greater than it should be, consult your local grooming shop or veterinarian for advice. Other conditions can cause excessive hair loss, so if you think your pet is shedding more than usual, have the skin checked for ailments such as allergies, ringworm, or skin infection. If your pet is checked for abnormalities and nothing is found to be wrong, it may be that your pet could benefit from a fatty acid supplement or heavy conditioning treatment at your local grooming shop. Finally, check with your groomer to ensure you are using the correct equipment for your breed. Oftentimes we discover owners are putting in a lot of effort on their pet's coat with lackluster results because they are using the wrong tools for the job. 24 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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How can I clean Millie's tear stains? They seem to have gotten worse as she has gotten older. ~Angela B., Durham, NC
First of all, it is helpful to understand that tears in dogs normally run out of the nasal passages through tear ducts that run from the eye. Sometimes tear ducts become blocked, and in some cases the ducts can actually be closed off or misshapen, causing tears to drain out of the eye. Tears, like saliva, can really stain the coat and also cause irritation or even infection. It is important to discuss your concerns with your veterinarian, especially if there is an infection or very foul odor. Also, discuss breed appropriate grooming options with your groomer to trim excess hairs away from the eyes and/or use tear-free, stain-fighting shampoo formulas to lighten the stains on your pet’s face. It is important to note that no product can safely remove all tear stains from your pet’s face; in most severe cases, stains are only lightened. Before purchasing any product either online or at a pet store, ask your groomer or veterinarian if it is a safe product and what sort of results to expect. Again, keeping the area clean and dry will go a long way in keeping the stains to a minimum and also preventing infection or other problems.
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pet friendly business by Allison Snyder
A New Leash on Life in Hillsborough Looking to find a few cool, summer bargains for yourself and your pet, in the same store? Then head on over to Paws4Ever (P4E) ReSale Store with your four-legged friend. Having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, this relatively new addition to the Triangle thrift shop scene has been a resounding success, using 100% of its net profits to support P4E, the Mebane-based animal sanctuary that receives adoptable cats and dogs that would otherwise be euthanized at local animal shelters. The store’s decision to be pet-friendly flowed naturally from an organizational mission that seeks to promote the welfare of animals. All well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to visit and browse with their people. Store manager Andrea Johnson’s smooth-coat collie mix, Sebastian, is a frequent visitor and can often be found lounging hospitably near the checkout counter. What treasures can you expect to uncover at P4E ReSale? Their inventory is 100% gently-used and carefully-screened donated items. About two-thirds of the products are a fun and eclectic blend of people stuff: housewares, books, DVDs, rugs, small furnishings like chairs and end tables, lamps, and small appliances. I also spotted some beautiful vintage-looking costume jewelry—the fashionably sparkly kind that lights up displays at Belk and Nordstrom, but for a fraction of the price—and a classic, Greek-key-bordered area rug that caught my eye as soon as I walked in the door on a recent visit. The remaining inventory is devoted to pet products, such as dog and cat beds and leashes, and fish, bird, rabbit, and even chicken supplies.
Paws4Ever ReSale Store
115 John Earl Street (behind Bojangles’ on S. Churton Street, right off of I-85 South) P4E is an animal welfare Hillsborough, NC 27278 919-245-0445 organization first, but they clearly delight in connecting Hours: Thursday & Friday and strengthening people-to- 11 am – 6 pm; Saturday people relationships as well. 10 am – 5 pm For example, store volunteer Gerri Robinson uses her time and skills at the store to nurture not her love of animals, but her husband’s. At Christmas, P4E sponsors pictures with Santa. They have also made their space available as a meet-up place for a local motorcycle group and hope to do the same for an area cycling group.
The store has established partnerships with similar thrift businesses in order to maximize markets for their stock. For example, they have a consignment account with My Secret Closet (locations in Mebane and Hillsborough) for clothing and larger furniture items for which they do not have space in their store. They also have accounts at Play It Again Sports in Durham and The Red Hen, a consignment shop for children’s clothing, furniture, and maternity clothes in Chapel Hill. And if you consign any of your items to these business partners on your own, you can designate all or a portion of your proceeds to support P4E. What can you donate that will sell? Anything mentioned herein is welcome, but pet items, good-quality household items, musical instruments, and furniture all move well. See their website for a complete list of accepted donations: http://paws4ever.org/page/ReSaleStore. Please call ahead if you have large items to donate. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
But if you see something you like, buy it, because it won’t be there for long, advised P4E board member Trish Rafalow. Indulge your thrill for the hunt, she said, and put the store on your list of weekly stops, like so many of their customers do. The store was the brainchild of Rafalow, who got the idea for it from having volunteered at a similar place in Raleigh. Once open, its biggest initial obstacle was no ad budget. However, the store has thrived through word of mouth and a reputation as a good community establishment that values and serves both pets and people. 26 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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PUT A LITTLE HOUND IN YOUR HEART Triangle Beagle Rescue of North Carolina
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JULY Pints4Paws July 4, 2012 Join your friends for a mid-week drink at the Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar in Carrboro, NC and help out the animals of Paws4Ever. On the first Wednesday of every month, Spotted Dog will donate $1.00 to Paws4Ever for every pint of beer sold that night. Make it a new tradition, gather your friends, and enjoy a night of FUNdraising. www.paws4ever.org/media/50517/pints4paws-1.pdf CARE Yappy Hour July 16, 2012
Golden on the Green Charity Golf Tournament August 18, 2012
CARE Yappy Hour
Please join Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue for the 10th Annual Golden on the Green Charity Golf Tournament. Enjoy a great day of golf at the beautiful River Ridge Golf Club in Raleigh, NC. It is Captain's Choice with a shotgun start at 1:30 pm. Individual registration is $95 (plus $3 online processing fee) and team sponsor levels are available. Lunch, dinner, cart, and range balls are included. Two beverage carts will be on the course supplying you with refreshments for donations throughout the tournament. You can register as a team or as an individual. As an individual, we will do our best to place you on a team. Registrations are requested by August 6, 2012. Last year the tournament filled to capacity, so register early!
Yappy Hour is a great time to meet and mingle with likeminded dog lovers and their canine companions. You and your pup get a chance to renew old friendships and make new friends at this FUNdraising event hosted by the Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro, NC. Your donation supports Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE) and our mission to promote the health and safety of all dogs and cats in Chatham County. We rely on your participation to make this event a success. Join us for a ‘Paws’itively good time! www.chathamanimalrescue.org/showevents.php Dogtopia of Raleigh Charity Dog Wash July 22, 2012 We will be hosting our annual charity dog wash on Sunday, July 22 from 11 am-3 pm with all proceeds benefitting the Raleigh Police Dept K9 unit.
AUGUST Pints4Paws August 1, 2012 Join your friends for a mid-week drink at the Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar in Carrboro, NC and help out the animals of Paws4Ever. On the first Wednesday of every month, Spotted Dog will donate $1.00 to Paws4Ever for every pint of beer sold that night. Make it a new tradition, gather your friends, and enjoy a night of FUNdraising. www.paws4ever.org/media/50517/pints4paws-1.pdf Annual Auction for the Animals August 10, 2012 Come out for the 12th Annual Auction for the Animals. This year's theme is "Love is in the Air." The auction will be held at The Royal Banquet and Conference Center in Raleigh, NC. www.secondchancenc.org
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www.goldenonthegreen.com CARE Yappy Hour August 20, 2012 Yappy Hour is a great time to meet and mingle with likeminded dog lovers and their canine companions. You and your pup get a chance to renew old friendships and make new friends at this FUNdraising event hosted by the Carolina Brewery & Grill in Pittsboro, NC. Your donation supports Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE) and our mission to promote the health and safety of all dogs and cats in Chatham County. We rely on your participation to make this event a success. Join us for a ‘Paws’itively good time! www.chathamanimalrescue.org/showevents.php
SEPTEMBER Pints4Paws September 5, 2012 Join your friends for a mid-week drink at the Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar in Carrboro, NC and help out the animals of Paws4Ever. On the first Wednesday of every month, Spotted Dog will donate $1.00 to Paws4Ever for every pint
The Woofstock Experience K9 Event October 7, 2012 Hosted by Durham Parks and Recreation at Durham Central Park. www.thewoofstockexperience.wordpress.com SPCA Fur Ball 2012 October 7, 2012, 6:00 pm–10:30 pm
of beer sold that night. Make it a new tradition, gather your friends, and enjoy a night of FUNdraising. www.paws4ever.org/media/50517/pints4paws-1.pdf
Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 7th, 2012 for the 17th Annual SPCA of Wake County Fur Ball—the most important night of the year for homeless pets in Wake County. Fur Ball tickets will be available online in late August at a cost of $125 per person. The evening promises fabulous live and silent auctions, heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, live music, and the most "unstuffy" black-tie event of the season. www.spcawake.org
2nd Annual Skyhoundz Local Championship September 8, 2012 Contact Lewis Holloman at 252-329-4551 for more information. Woof-a-Palooza September 15, 2012
Music for Fences October 13, 2012 Music for Fences will be held (rain or shine!) at Durham Central Park in downtown Durham, NC (534 Foster St). Doors open at 4:00 pm. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for comfy seating! Be sure to check out updates on Facebook, too!
Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc.’s (CARE’s) annual walk for the animals of CARE and Chatham County.
Skyhoundz Local Championship October 13, 2012, 11:00 am
DogGoneFast Flyball Tournament September 15-16, 2012 Join DogGoneFast Flyball Club for their fall tournament. Dogs and people alike go wild over this relay race! Saturday 9:00 am–5:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am–3:00 pm. Free admission. Holshouser Building at NC State Fairgrounds. www.flyballdogs.com/dgf
OCTOBER Pints4Paws October 3, 2012 Join your friends for a mid-week drink at the Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar in Carrboro, NC and help out the animals of Paws4Ever. On the first Wednesday of every month, Spotted Dog will donate $1.00 to Paws4Ever for every pint of beer sold that night. Make it a new tradition, gather your friends, and enjoy a night of FUNdraising. www.paws4ever.org/media/50517/pints4paws-1.pdf
Skyhoundz Local Championship, D/A Only at Wrightsville Beach Park, NC, 321 Causeway Dr. Rain date Sunday, October 14 at 1 pm. Spooky Splash October 27, 2012 Do you know what's even more fun than a Golden Retriever dressed up like a Ladybug? A wet Golden Retriever dressed up like a Ladybug! Are you having Rescue Reunion withdrawal? Well, you are in luck! Please join us for our Fall Fundraiser, the Spooky Splash! We’ll be combining the costumes and creativity of our annual Halloween party, with the wet and wild of our Rescue Reunion. All proceeds support the medical care and rehabilitation of rescued Goldens. So bring your Golden and your Golden friends, and join us for some Spooky Fun! www.goldenrescuenc.org
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let's cook by Angela Brehmer
Grillin' Time Ah, the sweet sounds of summer—birds chirping, kids playing, dogs barking. What better way to spend a hot summer day than outside with a bunch of friends having a few cold drinks and eating good food. And as long as everyone is already outside, why heat up the kitchen with the stove when you can cook on the grill? If you do decide that this is the way you want to spend a hot afternoon, don’t forget about Fido. Your dog can enjoy grilled entrees just as much as you can—you just need to make sure the ingredients you are using are as good for your dog as they are for you. One great option to consider when grilling for your dog is to make a kabob. There are so many ingredients that you can put onto a kabob, such as chicken, beef, shrimp, peppers, potatoes, mushrooms, or pineapple. You could even put oranges, broccoli, or cauliflower on them. The possibilities are endless, but be sure not to include onions, as these would not be best for Fido. Below is a kabob recipe that we made up for our pups and boy did they enjoy it—after it cooled down a little, of course! 1 chicken breast, cubed 1/4 green pepper 1/4 red pepper 4 mushrooms 1 skewer Put all ingredients onto the skewer (any order will do). Place skewer on grill and cook until meat is done and vegetables are soft.
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ask the vet
Dear Dr. D.,
I have a 5-year-old Boxer named Evander, and just found a bump on his back. Should I be worried? ~ Mike Dr. Diane Deresienski , VMD, DABVP A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Diane Deresienski has been with Bowman Animal Hospital since 1993. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches veterinary students about exotic animal practice. Dr. Deresienski has always had an interest in wildlife conservation and is a founding and past board member of the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham, NC. In 2000, Dr. D (as she is affectionately called) became a specialist in Canine and Feline Practice by passing an extensive certification exam. She is one of only a few with this designation throughout the state of North Carolina. She enjoys general and orthopedic surgery, and has a special interest in Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis. In 2007, she received her PennHip Certification, qualifying her to perform the unique testing methods that can identify dogs at risk for hip dysplasia while they are only 4 months old. As an exotic veterinarian, Dr. D treats a variety of pets ranging from birds and reptiles, to small mammals such as rats, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Dr. D lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and an interesting menagerie: an African Budget frog, a ball python, a kitty named Looney Tunes, and a dog named Zeb. When not working or teaching, Dr. D enjoys yoga, getting away to the coast, and her season tickets to the North Carolina Ballet.
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Since you said Evander is a Boxer dog, I must say that I would investigate any lump he develops. Unfortunately, Boxers have a higher rate of cancer than most breeds, so any lump or bump should be checked. That is actually my recommendation for any lump on any dog, but it is especially important in Boxers. When you bring him to your veterinarian, he or she will likely recommend a needle aspirate or biopsy of the bump. A needle aspirate is less invasive and involves passing a needle (attached to a syringe) into the mass. Then the vet will draw back on the syringe plunger and attempt to pull cells into the needle. These cells are then squirted onto a slide for microscopic reading. This process is called cytology and often requires a pathologist’s interpretation. If the number of cells is low, or if the bump doesn’t “exfoliate” well (it’s too firm to allow cells to escape into the needle), then a definitive diagnosis may not be able to be determined. If, however, there is a good sample of cells, then the pathologist can make a presumptive diagnosis by the type of cells he or she sees on the slide.
The other diagnostic option is a biopsy of the mass. This option has a much better chance of giving you a definitive diagnosis, but it is more invasive and requires some level of surgery. A “punch” biopsy utilizes a small circular blade called a biopsy punch instrument that can be applied to the bump with pressure and then turned while holding pressure to make a circular cut into the tissue. This procedure can be done with local anesthesia like bupivicaine (think novacaine) and some pain medication to avoid general anesthesia. It yields a 2-4 mm (pencil eraser) sized biopsy to fix in formalin and send to the pathologist for microscopic sectioning and reading. The other alternatives for a biopsy are surgical wedge excision of a piece of the mass or complete surgical excision of the mass. These procedures usually require general anesthesia, but can be curative as well as diagnostic if the entire mass is removed, thus saving money and anesthesia time for the dog. I use the following analogy when explaining the difference in microscopically reading a cytology versus a biopsy. When we send a cytology slide to a pathologist, it is akin to tearing up a map and then giving the pieces of the map to the pathologist to read. When we give them a biopsy, they have the whole map in one piece to read. Therefore, it is much easier to get a complete diagnosis with a biopsy. That said, some bumps are very common, such as lipomas, which are benign fatty deposits under the skin and most veterinarians can recognize them by sight and palpation. We may say “that looks like a lipoma, but let me aspirate it just to be sure.” Some cancerous skin tumors, such as Mast Cell Tumors, have very obvious cell types and exfoliate well, so they can be easily diagnosed by cytology. Bottom line: an experienced veterinarian can tell you what the best option would be for your dog, should a lump arise. The Triangle Dog
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safety 101 by Brian Lapham, DVM of Southpoint Animal Hospital
Top 12 Animal Emergencies Bite Wounds Approach the pet carefully to avoid getting bitten. Muzzle the animal (see below). Check the wound for contamination or debris. If significant debris is present, then clean the wound with large amounts of saline or balanced electrolyte solution. If these are not available, then regular water may be used. Wrap large open wounds to keep them clean. Apply pressure to profusely bleeding wounds. Do not use a tourniquet. Call your veterinarian immediately.
Bleeding Apply firm, direct pressure over the bleeding area until the bleeding stops. Hold the pressure for at least 10 straight minutes (continually releasing the pressure to check the wound will hamper the clotting). Avoid bandages that cut off circulation. Call your veterinarian immediately.
Breathing Stops Check to see if the animal is choking on a foreign object (see Choking). If an animal is not breathing, place it on a firm surface with its left side up. Check for a heartbeat by listening at the area where the elbow touches the chest. If you hear a heartbeat but no breathing, close the animal's mouth and breathe directly into its nose—not the mouth—until the chest expands. Repeat 12 to 15 times per minute. If there is no pulse, apply chest compressions at the same time. The heart is located in the lower half of the chest, behind the elbow of the front leg. Place one hand below the heart to support the chest. Place your other hand over the heart and compress. To massage the hearts of small pets, compress the chest with the thumb and forefingers of one hand. Apply heart massage 80-120 times per minute for larger animals and 100-150 per minute for smaller ones. Alternate heart massage with breathing. Call your veterinarian immediately.
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Do not place an ice pack directly on the skin. Wrap the pack in a light towel or other cover. If the animal has large quantities of dry chemicals on its skin, brush them off. Water may activate some dry chemicals. Call your veterinarian immediately.
Choking Be sure to protect yourself as well as the animal, as the pet will likely be frantic and may be more likely to bite. If the pet can still partially breathe, it's best to keep the animal calm and get to a veterinarian as quickly as possible. Look into the mouth to see if the foreign object in the throat is visible. If you can, clear the airway by removing the object with pliers or tweezers, being careful not to push it farther down the throat. If it is lodged too deep or if the pet collapses, then place your hands on both sides of the animal's rib cage and apply firm, quick pressure. Or place the animal on its side and strike the side of the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand three or four times. Repeat this procedure until the object is dislodged or you arrive at the veterinarian's office. Call your veterinarian immediately (see Breathing Stops).
Diarrhea Withhold food for 12–24 hours, but not water. Sometimes pets that appear to be straining are sore from diarrhea rather than from constipation. Your veterinarian can help you decide which it is and what will help. Trying at-home treatments without knowing the real cause can just make things worse. Call your veterinarian.
& How to Handle Them Fractures Muzzle the pet and look for bleeding. If you can control bleeding without causing more injury, then do so. Watch for signs of shock. DO NOT TRY TO SET THE FRACTURE by pulling or tugging on the limb. Transport the pet to the veterinarian immediately, supporting the injured part as best you can.
Heatstroke The symptoms of heat stroke are rapid or labored breathing, vomiting, high body temperature, and collapse. Place the pet in a tub of cool water, gently soak with a garden hose, or wrap it in a cool, wet towel. Do not overcool the animal. Stop cooling when rectal temperature reaches 103˚ Fahrenheit. Call your veterinarian immediately.
Poisoning With various types of poisoning, you will often see vomiting, convulsions, diarrhea, salivation, weakness, depression, and/or pain. Record what the pet ingested and how much. Immediately call your veterinarian or poison control center. Do not induce vomiting. In case of toxins or chemicals on the skin from oils, paints, insecticides, and other contact irritants, request directions on if and how to wash the toxin off.
Seizures A seizure can appear in many different forms, but the classic seizure includes salivation, loss of control of urine or stool, violent muscle twitching, and a loss of consciousness. Move the pet away from any objects that could be harmful during the seizure. Use a blanket for padding and protection. Do not put yourself at
risk by restraining the pet during the seizure. Time the seizure. They usually last only two to three minutes. Afterwards, keep the animal calm and quiet. Call your veterinarian immediately.
Shock Shock may occur as a result of a serious injury or fright, and appears as irregular breathing, dilated pupils, weakness, and collapse. Keep the animal gently restrained, quiet, and warm, with the lower body elevated. Call your veterinarian immediately.
Vomiting Withhold food for 12-24 hours. Give the pet ice cubes for two hours after vomiting stops, and then slowly increase the amount of water and foods given over a 24-hour period. Call your veterinarian for further instructions.
If you need to muzzle your pet: Use a strip of soft cloth, rope, necktie, or nylon stocking. Wrap around the nose, under the chin, and tie behind the ears. Care must be taken when handling weak or injured pets. Even normally docile pets will bite when in pain. Allow the pet to pant after handling by loosening or removing the muzzle. Do not use a muzzle in a case of vomiting. Small pets may be difficult to muzzle. A towel placed around the head will help control small pets.
If your pet can't walk: A door, board, blanket, or floor mat can be used as a stretcher to transport injured or weak animals. If your pet's emergency is not covered here, or there is any question as to the treatment, please contact your veterinarian or a veterinary emergency hospital immediately. The Triangle Dog
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Grapes for Goldens Grapes for Goldens was a fantastic event held February 24th in Raleigh, NC. The event featured wine tastings and silent auction items that included autographed sports paraphernalia and vacation getaways. One lucky raffle winner took home $10,000! The sold-out event benefitted the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue.
Pit Bull Palooza Saturday, April 14th was a day gone to the dogs at Historic Oak View County Park. Blue skies cleared the way for pits as their people learned about being responsible pit bull owners. Dogs had a chance to be microchipped, vaccinated, and dressed with a new collar, and their owners received vouchers for spay/neuter surgeries. This was the second year The Positive Pit Bull hosted the event!
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Superheroes to the rescue! More than 3,000 people laced up their shoes and leashed up their dogs for the SPCA's K93K. Moore Square was full of activity April 21st for the annual event that raised about $250,000 for homeless pets in the Triangle. This year’s theme celebrated pet owners’ superhero efforts to save lives. Dogs also competed for best kisser, largest dog, smallest dog, and best costume.
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natural Dog by Diana Garside, Ph.D., Certified Animal Massage Practitioner
Benefits and Applications of Animal Massage Photo by Julia Stockton
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Have you ever had someone give you a massage? Until that moment, you probably didn’t realize how “tight” you were or how good it would feel. Well, the same is true of dogs. As an animal massage practitioner, I give the gift of muscle relaxation to dogs in various states of health of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Like us, my canine clients tend to hold their stress in many of the same places, especially around their shoulders and lower backs. And, like their human counterparts, they experience the same stiff and achy joints as they age.
him with an unsteady gait. Bimonthly massage has slowed the progression of his hip joint deterioration by keeping the muscles of the affected leg toned and the joint stabilized and mobile, allowing this pup to now keep up with his peers. Regular massage sessions have also alleviated the strain on his lower back muscles, caused by the back twisting unnaturally as his body compensated for the weaker back legs.
Depending on a dog’s lifestyle, breed, age, and activity level, each may exhibit a variety of ailments, such as hip joint pain, lameness, muscle atrophy, and muscle tension, or each may have sustained an injury, all of which may limit the range of motion and significantly diminish the quality of life. Older dogs that once bounded around the park or jumped onto the couch, for example, may now be more reluctant to pursue these favorite pastimes. The good news is, with the aid of massage, aching muscles can be relieved, knots released, toxins flushed away, and joints kept supple. Similarly, working dogs or dogs that perform in agility or conformation shows are susceptible to sports or work-related injuries. Massage can help these athletes maintain optimal muscle tone to prevent injury, correct a poor gait due to muscle strain, and aid in the recovery of an injury that may have been sustained during the course of vigorous activities. To illustrate how massage can benefit dogs of varying needs, two cases, both involving hip dysplasia, come to mind. The first is of a young dog that developed symptoms of this condition at an early age, leaving 38 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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The second case involves an elderly dog who was no longer able to enjoy his long walks with his owner due to hip dysplasia. Eventually, this dog was barely able to walk around the block before beginning to drag his feet on the home stretch. I am glad to report that, with massage, our senior pet is now mobile again, able to enjoy his daily outings, albeit at a slower pace. Even bedridden animals can experience the benefits of massage therapy. In my practice, I have had several clients who, for varying reasons, were on bed rest. The use of massage gave these dogs relief from bedsores, kept their joints moving, and kept their muscles oxygenated. Additional benefits of massage for dogs include improved skin and coat condition, decreased blood pressure, improved digestive health, improved lymphatic function, and promotion of trust and relaxation. Massage, clearly, is not just for pampering or for old arthritic dogs, but has a wide range of applications to help improve the quality of life of our furry friends. Considered as part of a healthy lifestyle, massage should be used in combination with qualified veterinary care.
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Where are they now?
by "The Cover Dogs"
Photos by Diane Lewis Photography
Randolph Randolph graced the cover of the first issue of The Triangle Dog magazine back in 2011. His affinity for cars and adventures around the Triangle entertained us all. Randolph is truly a happy fella and continues to wag his tail at everyone. Many people have stopped by and said what a great disposition he has and taken a picture of him holding his stuffed “Berner” toy in his mouth. I often give them a copy of The Triangle Dog issue that featured his story, which they seem tickled to get. Since the article, Randolph has a new silver gray Kia Soul ride and another 1999 M-3 BMW convertible, which is also silver. One thing I do have to explain often is who Randolph’s master is. Because Randolph is pictured in the magazine with a man named Joe Johnson, people have assumed Joe is his dad, but indeed, I, Bruce Mueller, am his master. Joe is just a friend Randolph likes to visit at First South Bank.
Ellie Ellie was featured in our second issue. Ellie shared the page with her owner, Kate Boynton, as Kate chronicled her journey to become a veterinarian. Since Ellie’s last cover shoot, she has continued her life as a treasured, pampered member of the Boynton family. She spends her days lounging in plush and luxurious beds and trading naps with her feline brother, Tutters. In order to maintain her model physique, Ellie runs with her father every day. Her mother, now working as an associate veterinarian, keeps Ellie comfortable in front of the camera with a weekly dose of photos that are then sent to family and friends. Ellie is eagerly awaiting the construction of her new home. Rumor has it she will have plenty of room to chase squirrels in a large fenced-in backyard!
Gordon and Max These two characters brought awareness to the Durham APS in the third issue of The Triangle Dog. They proved it’s possible to go from shelter dog to cover model! Gordon and Max are doing well since their photo shoot with The Triangle Dog. Gordon, the cover model, was even recognized while out walking one day! A neighbor was driving by and pulled over to congratulate him after seeing the magazine at a local newsstand. It was quite an exciting time after the cover hit the stands. Currently, Gordon and Max are helping us foster Trista, a wonderful dog from the Durham APS shelter. They are showing her the ropes and getting her prepped for her forever home. They hope to see you (and your dog) around Durham sometime!
Dosie and Zipper North Carolina’s “First Dogs” shared the spotlight in the first issue of 2012. They gave us a first-hand account of life in the Executive Mansion with owners Governor Bev Perdue and First Gentleman Bob Eaves. Warmer weather means Dosie and Zipper are eager to go out for a walk and hard to convince to come back inside. They are getting excited that they’ll be able to spend more time at their New Bern home, where they can run freely. Dosie, who is very protective, seems to have finally gotten used to having a lot of people in her house (the Executive Mansion) and doesn’t bark at the gentlemen who work here nearly as much as she once did. They are doing wonderfully! 40 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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Destination by Julie Randle Photo by Diane Lewis Photography
Bald Head Island (BHI), North Carolina is a pet owner’s paradise. The island is an expression of natural, subtropical beauty and is one of my favorite places to take my granddog Miles, or as we call him, MTD, for Miles-the-Dog. My son Casey adopted MTD from Adopt-A-Pet when he was about five months old. He is so handsome with his black, glossy coat and as best we can tell he is a mixed breed— perhaps black lab, hound, Weimaraner; regardless, he has a wonderful, gentle spirit, and is a great swimmer, runner, and diver.
As we are now officially on island time, or as BHI residents say, we are now operating under “turtle time,” we begin to make memories! We turn off those electronic devices and start to enjoy nature. The island offers seamless beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean, miles of creeks winding through salt marshes, and an enchanting maritime forest. I always feel so whimsical on the island and am always on the lookout for the natural, non-human residents, like the gray foxes, American alligators, loggerhead turtles, butterflies, birds, and bottlenose dolphins.
When I take MTD to Sabal Palms, our cottage on BHI, we first experience a 20 minute ride on the ferry as we travel from Southport to BHI across the Cape Fear River. As soon as we arrive at the dock, we hear him speak to us with excitement; he howls like no other and gets so excited and makes lots of noise. He knows he is on his way to the island and is ready for a fun vacation. I love to see him dive off the sand dunes into the lagoons.
Normally, MTD and I will get up early in the morning and do a slow run around the island to see what other creatures are up so early. We run close to six miles each morning, then rest a little, have lunch, walk again on the beaches, and in the evening head back to South Beach and watch the sun set and the moon rise. I consider BHI one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It truly is a magnificent island! MTD seconds that statement.
Once off the ferry, we take the tram service to our cottage and then we are ready to explore the island on our sixpassenger golf cart (no cars are allowed on the island). MTD has his own seat at the rear of the cart, which he has claimed as his space.
Please come and visit the island soon! You and yours are always welcome in our pet-friendly Sabal Palms Cottage. Please visit my website at www.JulieRandle.com for pictures and more details about our cottage and the island.
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canine careers by Kelly Strowd, owner, Fetch! Pet Care As an animal lover, working in the pet care industry can literally be a walk in the park. However, in order to be successful, it’s important you are passionate about animals, while also being professional and well-organized, to ensure your four-legged clients and their owners know they are getting the best care possible. After working as a police officer and detective for 11 years, I decided I wanted to move on and open my own business. I have loved animals my entire life, so when the opportunity to work with Fetch! Pet Care and open my own franchise location came around, I jumped at the chance. Being able to work with animals every day is enjoyable and rewarding, not to mention a little bit less stressful than working at the police department. My staff and I always treat our clients’ pets like they are our own, and knowing that both the pet and his or her owner are completely satisfied with the care we provided is a perk of this job. From walking all different breeds of dogs, to going to the owners’ homes when they are away, to playing with their pets until they are tuckered out, we always have a smile on our face at the end of the day (we like to think the dogs are smiling, too). Being in the industry has also allowed me to be more involved with various pet rescue groups in the area, which is very important to me. Just like any other job, it’s important to be professional and follow guidelines to be successful, no matter how large or small the business. In the pet care industry, this means doing research on the different breeds and types of all animals you plan to take care of and knowing about eating habits and comfortable walking distances for all. I have learned so much in my 6 years in business; most importantly, I have learned about keeping our clients’ pets safe, using safe walking practices, and being
A Walk in the Park careful when taking dogs to the park, as they encounter strange dogs and people. Probably the most important thing I have learned is that pets are unpredictable, as are people! Being insured and bonded is a must! I can honestly say becoming a pet sitter/dog walker was the best decision I have made! What could be better than working with 4-legged clients, giving belly rubs, and ending my day with lots of sloppy kisses? It’s the best job in the world!
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by Barbara Shumannfang Ph.D, CPDT If there were a Miss Doggie Manners, she would tell us that petiquette is about doing our part to help others feel comfortable. Good petiquette dictates that we ensure our dogs do not bother others or encroach on their space. Fortunately, it is easy to be a polite dog owner with a mannerly mutt. Charm School Basics Clean up your dog’s poop. Dogs are wonderful, but dog poop is not. It is no fun to get a whiff of an abandoned pile, or to be out hiking and see a mound of poop just in time to avoid stepping in it. And of course stepping in it is one of the more disgusting ways to put a damper on an outing. Good petiquette means not subjecting others to the sight, smell, or mess of your dog’s waste. Savvy dog owners use portable bag dispensers or tie a baggie to their leash so they are prepared. Instead of saying “Peeew!” your fellow travelers will say “Thank you!” Obey leash laws. It is healthy, humane, and fun for your dog to enjoy off-leash time. However, to practice good petiquette, use dog parks, rotate doggie playtime in friends’ fenced-in yards, or get permission to use private land for off-leash romps. Joggers, hikers, other dogs, children, or those who may be afraid of dogs should not be subjected to the sight of your loose dog (keep in mind that dogs are one of the top ten biggest fears of Americans). It does not matter how friendly or harmless your dog is. It’s poor petiquette to put others in this position and it risks dogs being banned from public spaces. If your dog happens to be off-leash and you encounter other humans, dogs, or wildlife, before your dog has a chance
to approach them, good petiquette means always calling and leashing your dog. Be a good neighbor. Is your dog quiet in your apartment or yard? Unless you ask your neighbors directly (which you should), you may not realize his vocalizing is driving them barking mad. Repetitive barking that upsets others is usually caused by dog owners failing to adequately exercise their dogs, offer outlets for their dog’s behavioral needs, or provide their dog mental stimulation. Nearly all dogs need aerobic exercise (for example, 20-30 minutes of trotting, brisk enough to elicit panting, twice a day). Dogs also need and deserve a chance to express their natural behaviors (for example, by scavenging a meal from a hidden, food-dispensing toy or digging for biscuits in a sand pit). And it is only fair to teach them how to meet mild mental challenges (for example, through tricks training or learning to relax when over-excited). For more petiquette training tips, please visit the Top Notch Dog Blog. Mind Your Manners Your dog is depending on you, and so are your fellow humans. To practice good petiquette, follow the Charm School Basics and address your dog’s daily needs. Not only will you have a much happier dog, but others will be happy to have him around, too.
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tails from the heart by Debbie Pell
The Journey of Laila Ali I was ready to die. I was a 10-week-old Boxer pup weighing a mere three pounds. My hind leg was badly infected, I hadn’t eaten in days, and I was so weak from hunger I couldn’t lift my head. Just a few more days and I would be at peace, suffering no more.
inept, tripod Boxer pup could come into her own and reach for the stars. Enter the Kreem Family. The Kreems already owned a tripod, Liam (a Boxer/Pit Bull mix), and had recently lost their beloved Aussie, Apache. With a little trepidation and broken hearts, they opened their hearts and home to me. As my personality and health blossomed, their hearts began healing, for I live each and every second to the fullest!
But unbeknownst to me, my life was about to change. The backyard breeder who owned me either had a twinge of conscience or wanted me euthanized, for she took me to Quail Corners Animal Hospital. The veterinarian persuaded my breeder to surrender me to Wake County Animal Services (WCAS) and my journey began. Phones rang, emails flew, and within hours I traveled from WCAS to Cindy Moore of Rescue UR Forever Friend (formerly the dog division of Paw Prints Animal Rescue). Moore took me to Dr. Sandy Albright of Crossroads Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Albright began emergency treatment to save my leg and my life. For five days, I stayed at Dr. Albright’s home, struggling to survive; for five days, Dr. Albright fed me via tubes, bathed my infected leg, and willed me to live. As I fought the fight of a lifetime, I was given a name: Laila Ali, daughter of the greatest boxer in the world, Muhammad Ali! Just as he fought, so did I, with every bit of determination and energy my body possessed. Under Dr. Albright and her daughter Alex’s care, not only did I survive, I THRIVED!
Today, it’s time to fulfill my destiny and tell my story to help other animals. I travel all over North Carolina to share the need for Commercial Breeder Legislation. Voters demanding puppy mill laws will assure that other puppies receive medical care when needed, that mother dogs will no longer be bred to death, and that we will no longer have dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens crammed in fecesencrusted crates stacked one on top of another. We must simply stop this inhumane treatment of animals! Please help me fulfill my destiny—visit me at my Facebook page: h t t p s://w w w.f a c e b o o k . c o m/?r e f= l o g o #!/ p a g e s/L ail a - A li/ 328949623790653 to follow my journey and help me save others. ~ Laila Ali
Unfortunately, as I grew stronger, so did the infection in my leg. Eventually my leg had to be amputated. Leg eliminated, infection controlled, and my strength and spirit renewed, I was relocated to the foster home of Emilea Burton, North Carolina State University (NCSU) vet student. Burton loved me, tended my wound, and helped me realize that there are wonderful people in the world. With my recovery underway, I needed a permanent home, but not just any home. I needed a home where a socially 46 Volume 2 • Issue 3
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