The Virginia-Maryland Dog Fall 2012

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Nick White: Man on a Mission Aches & Pains of Aging Healthy Ears 101 Happy Hiking in the Great Outdoors



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Weekend Getaway:

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The Widow Kip’s Country Inn


Weekend Getaway:

”Divo” is seeking his forever home. He is available through the Baywater Animal Rescue. Additional information regarding “Divo” may be found on Page 46.






Alternative Therapy: Kneading Animals


Rescuing a Regal Breed of Dog


Training: Who’s the Boss


Aches and Pains of Aging




A Hip to Repair: A “Vetside” Chat with Dr. Anke Langenbach


Featured Business


The Incredible Lightness of Breathing

“Divo” is sporting a beautifully designed made in the USA, and generously donated collar available through The Artful Canine

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Healthy Ears 101

Natural Preventatives to Treating Cancer

New Alexandria Ordinance Prohibits Electronic Dog Collars in Public Areas




Calendar of Events


United for Change:


Seeking a Forever Home

Happy Hiking in the Great Outdoors

HeARTs Speak


VCA Veterinary Referral Associates

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contributors Charlene Logan–Burnett

Deva Khalsa, V.M.D.

When not writing, Charlene Logan Burnett devotes most of her time to animal rescue. She is an area coordinator for NorCal Collie Rescue and is caring for a growing brood of collies while finding them forever homes. She is a service professional member of HeARTs Speak. Her website is charleneloganburnett/rescue.

Dr. Deva Khalsa V.M.D. practices with a blend of sophisticated holistic techniques designed to best enhance the natural strengths of her patients. Aside from her impressive career and dedication to teaching, Dr. Khalsa has authored, ‘Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog’, a book best described as a ‘holistic bible’ for dog owners and has designed a comprehensive preventive supplement for Deserving Pets.

Hillary Collyer, Esquire Hillary Collyer is a Virginia lawyer whose practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation. She received her law degree from the George Washington University Law School and is licensed to practice before the Virginia Supreme Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Hillary works at a law firm in Old Town Alexandria where her fourteen year old Shih Tzu-Mix “Lady” accompanies her to work each day.

Inez Donmoyer, BA, CEMT, IARP Inez Donmoyer is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist/Bodyworker and Reiki Master Practitioner. She has a strong interest in wellness and creating a healing environment, specifically as it relates to the animals we share our life and world with. Inez is also a member of the Animal Reiki Alliance.

Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT Dr. Erwin, a life-long Loudoun County native, owns a house call practice called Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services that focuses on offering in-home acupuncture, rehabilitation, pet hospice, and euthanasia for her clients. Dr. Erwin is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.

Kelly L. Gellasch, DVM, DACVS, DAAPM Kelly is a native of Royal Oak, Michigan. She relocated to Frederick in 2010 to start Crossroads Animal Referral & Emergency. Dr. Gellasch received her DVM at Michigan State University; she then traveled to the other MSU, Mississippi State University for an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Back up north at the University of Wisconsin Dr. Gellasch did her surgical training. She received her board certification in surgery and a few years later received credentialing in pain management. She practiced for eight years in Ohio at a multispecialty clinic.

William Given William Given has owned, exhibited, and bred purebred dogs for more than 25 years. He has competed in conformation, obedience, and rally. William is an AKC licensed judge for Junior Showmanship. He also has a background in disaster management and emergency preparedness for pet animals and livestock.

Laura Jones Laura S. Jones is a freelance writer and editor and part time staff writer for SWIMMER magazine. She had a fitness column in The Daily Progress and has been published in The Washington Post. Jones maintains a blog at and lives with her husband, two adored pit bull mixes and two very tolerant cats in Charlottesville.


Tom Lacy, Dog Obedience Instructor Tom along with his wife Pat are the owners of Dog Lovers Obedience School located in Richmond, Virginia. Tom joined efforts with his wife Pat Lacy in 1983. Tom trained his first dog 25 years ago. He is an instructor, as well as a writer and counselor.

Amanda Meighan, Intern Amanda is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English with cum laude honors. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in English Secondary Education. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters and humane societies, hiking, and traveling

Patrick Miller, Intern Patrick graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in 2008, and is currently finishing his undergraduate degree in English Literature at Virginia Commonwealth University. Outside of school, Patrick sings and plays guitar for the band Amateur Thieves, and can be found at any Richmond venue giving lectures on why people should not bring their dogs to punk shows.

Darleen Rudnick, BSW, MHN Nutritional Pet Consultant Darleen Rudnick holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition. She counsels pet owners worldwide and supports animals with a complete holistic approach. As a nutritionist, her focus is nutrition and building programs for pets suffering from all ailments and offers natural supplements and herbal remedies.

Anne Stoneham, DVM, DACVECC Dr. Stoneham is an emergency and critical care specialist at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD where she is Director of the Emergency Department. Dr. Stoneham completed her veterinary training at three different institutions: veterinary school at Cornell University in NY, internship at the Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Oregon, and residency at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dr. Stoneham’s interests include emergency surgery, acute kidney failure, sepsis and hypoadrenocorticism among others.

Merrill Crist-Warchal Merrill Crist-Warchal is the owner of PetStructor(SM), a company dedicated to pets and those entrusted with their care and well-being. In addition to teaching pet CPR, first aid and care, Merrill is an animal Reiki Practitioner, a canine massage therapist, and an animal medical intuitive.

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We welcome the fall season, which provides us with a much needed rest from the heat and humidity that seems to have consumed most of our summer months. Fall is a great time of year to get outdoors with your four-legged best friend and take a hike in the woods, or a stroll along the Virginia and Maryland beaches.

Art Director Kalico Design, Kim Dow Senior Editor Kimberly Holmes Photographer Fuzzypants Photography, Carina Thornton Copy Editor Matt Neufeld Advertising Director Pamela Wahl Production Coordinator Diane Weller Web Site Design/Manager Kalico Design, Kim Dow Business Manager Cathy Wahl Contributing Writers: Charlene Logan–Burnett Hilliary Collyer, Esquire Inez Donmoyer, BA, CEMT, IARP Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT Kelly Gellasch, DVM, DACVS, DAAPM William Given Laura Jones Deva Khalsa, VMD Tom Lacy, Dog Obedience Trainer Amanda Meighan, Intern Patrick Miller, Intern Darleen Rudnick, BSW, MHN, Nutritional Pet Consultant Anne Stoneham, DVM, DACVECC Merrill Crist-Warchal The Virginia-Maryland Dog Magazine 1 College Avenue Frederick, MD 21701 Tel: (301) 514-2804 Fax: (301) 576-5079 Copyright 2012 No part of this publication may be reproduced without expressed written permission of the publisher. No part may be transmitted in any form by any means, including electronic, mechanical photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission from the publisher. Publisher accepts no liability for solicited or unsolicited materials that are damaged or lost. Views expressed by editorial contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher.


With the change in season, many canine-related events occur throughout Virginia and Maryland. Many of these events are organized by non-profit rescue and shelter organizations. These events assist in providing the much-needed funds necessary to help, support, feed and find homes for the many homeless animals. We hope that you will take a look at our events calendar in this issue, as well as at our website, and subsequently plan to attend one of these events, thereby helping these organizations. Our fall cover features a wonderful Hound-mix named Divo. This beautiful dog is available for adoption through the Baywater Animal Rescue, located in Cambridge, Maryland. Additional information about Divo, as well as several other dogs in need of adoption, may be found on Page 46 of this issue. As an update to our featured summer cover dog, Honey, we are thrilled to report that Honey has found her forever home. Honey’s new owner spotted her on our summer cover, made a visit to the Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) to meet her in person, and, lo and behold, it was a match! It was a joyous and tearful day at MHF when Honey drove off into the sunset with her new owner. After spending one year and ten months at the Foundation, this story with a happy ending is proof that there is a hope for others like Honey. We at The Virginia-Maryland Dog hope that our record of success in assisting organizations such as the Middleburg Humane Foundation by placing dogs like Honey on our covers, and within the contents of our publication, will continue. The magazine hopes to provide our readers with one more place to potentially find your four-legged BFF (best friend forever). The Magazine would like to sincerely thank The Artful Canine, who generously donated the beautifully designed collars for our cover dog, Divo, as well as the adoptable dogs found on Page 46 of our Seeking a Forever Home page. We also wish to thank The Whitehaven Hotel, a historic bed-and-breakfast, for providing superior hospitality and accommodations, as well as gorgeous backdrops for our fall cover shoot. The generosity provided by these organizations is greatly appreciated. We hope that you find our fall issue to be filled with educational and enjoyable information, which is always our goal. Pamela Wahl, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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“Spring” is seeking h er forever h ome

Rescuing a Regal Breed of Dog “Medic”

The Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue works to help abandoned, abused and stray German Shepherds

By William Given The beautiful and regal German Shepherd is the second most-popular canine breed in Photos Courtesy MAGSR

the United States, according to the American Kennel Club. So, naturally, and sadly, it’s not surprising to see that there are so many German Shepherds being given up to shelters and rescue facilities—all across Maryland and Virginia. Most of the dogs that come to the Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue organization come from shelters. And in tough economic times, the number of dogs being relinquished by owners continues to rise. The Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue (MAGSR) was founded in September, 1999, by several volunteers from what was the Maryland German Shepherd Rescue, explains Tammy Shiprak, the fundraising chairman and a board member of MAGSR. The organization is dedicated to providing a second chance for German Shepherds, and other mixes, that have been sadly abandoned, abused, lost, strayed or surrendered. Since MAGSR started operations nearly 13 years ago, they have rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed more than 2,700 dogs!

The Cost of Rescue The bill for veterinary care in 2011 added up to about $142,000. In the first half of 2012, MAGSR has already tallied nearly $34,000 for veterinary care for the dogs rescued since January. The cost of providing medical care to the dogs rescued is the single greatest expense of MAGSR. “Every so often we do get a dog with more complex medical needs,” said Ms. Shiprak. “It only takes a few positive heartworm tests or surgical procedures to make a serious dent in the budget, and of course we just never know what kind of medical care or treatment the next dog rescued might need.” “Our need for monetary contributions is severe,” says Ms. Shiprak. Monetary contributions allow MAGSR to meet required and necessary expenses based on priorities. You can make a donation to the organization online or by mail.

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Solid Numbers The numbers add up to success. In its first year of operation, MAGSR saved 201 dogs and placed about


189 in adoptive homes. In 2011, 235 German Shepherds and mixes were rescued, and 215 were placed in forever homes with new families. That is a success rate of 91 percent. In the first six months of 2012, MAGSR has rescued 70 dogs and has found forever homes for 58, with several adoptions pending.

MAGSR currently has 40 active foster homes, including one incredible woman, Pat Walraven, who stopped counting at 50 and has fostered more than

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70 German Shepherds during the past 12 years. She started fostering puppies with MAGSR, and in 2001, she started fostering older dogs with medical issues. Pat’s current foster dog is receiving hospice care and will very likely be with her until he crosses over the rainbow bridge. Pat is not just a foster for MAGSR--she is also the rescue organization’s bookkeeper. And she works a full-time job. So after getting home from work and taking care of dogs, she sits down to spend four to six hours per evening doing the books and paying bills for the organization. Our thanks go out to this extraordinary woman. The world needs more people like Pat. The more foster homes a rescue organization has, the more dogs they can save. “Our need for foster homes is endless,” said Ms. Shiprak. “If we had another 20 foster homes, I would have to wish for more.”

Adopting a MAGSR Dog Most of the MAGSR dogs can be adopted out to any rural or urban residential situation, including apartments and condos, as long as the adopting parents are committed to providing the dogs with an outlet to meet their exercise needs. MAGSR has a $15.00 non-refundable application fee. The adoption fee, also non-refundable, is $250.00. MAGSR dogs are not placed on a “first come, first served” basis, but rather with the home that best meets the dog’s need. It would surely be advantageous to submit an application, be approved, and watch for dogs you may be interested in adopting.

Pros of the Breed The German Shepherd is arguably the most versatile of all the working breeds. He is extremely intelligent, learns commands very quickly, and can be trained to do almost anything. German Shepherds are loyal, bold and courageous. They are self confident, utterly fearless and they are not a dog to back down when challenged. The average life span is 12 to 14 years.

Cons of the Breed

complete blindness. There are several causes of retinal dysplasia, but the condition arises from an abnormality in the development of the retina, which causes blind spots. The German Shepherd has a double coat of medium length. Grooming may be a major concern, as he is a heavy shedder. You will find clumps of hair everywhere. A thorough brushing daily will remove the loose hairs so it won’t find its way onto the floor, the carpeting and anywhere the dog goes.

Special Dogs Like most rescue groups, MAGSR almost always has one or two dogs with special needs. These German Shepherds and mixes are often older seniors or younger dogs which have significant medical concerns. MAGSR currently has a 2-month-old white German Shepherd named Medic available for adoption. Adorable and cuddly, Medic was quite literally one sick puppy when he was surrendered. He had been vomiting every time he ate. He was in pain and his young family acted quickly and rushed him to the veterinarian. The symptoms originally had the vet suspecting that Medic had a hernia, and that he required surgery. Also, the excessive vomiting caused Medic to develop aspiration pneumonia and he had to be stabilized before surgery could be performed. In surgery, it was determined that Medic’s stomach had slid into his esophagus. The surgeon slid his stomach back in to the correct position and tacked it down. Medic is at home now and recovering nicely with his foster family. Spring is a 4-year-old black and tan spayed female. She came to MAGSR through a shelter where she had been surrendered. Her left ear is crumpled, caused by chronic ear infections that had been left untreated. The right ear was also infected, though it is not nearly as bad. She is being treated with antibiotics and steroids. It is hoped that the infections will clear up during the next few weeks so that she can have surgery. The veterinarian believes that partial hearing can be restored.


In general, the German Shepherd is a healthy dog. The breed’s body, like all dogs his size, does wear down over the years. German Shepherds are legend for getting hip dysplasia. This is a condition in which the joint of the hip does not fit properly in its socket. This leads to a loss of cartilage, and the afflication becomes increasingly more painful as the dog ages. German Shepherds also commonly suffer from two eye defects: progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and retinal dysplasia. PRA is a condition in which there is a gradual deterioration of the retina. This initially causes night blindness, with the end-result being

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Aches and Pains of Aging By Kelly L. Gellasch, Many animals come to Crossroads Animal Referral and Emergency for evaluation of “arthritis� DVM, DACVS, and pain management. Most are older dogs that are having a hard time rising and are stiff when DAAPM walking. Owners are concerned because they cannot go on long walks anymore. A significant number of these animals have degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis. Managing this condition long-term can provide an improved quality of life for our beloved animals. Weight management plays one of the important roles in improving clinical signs of arthritis. Dogs should have a noticeable waist behind the ribs, and the ribs should be felt under the skin. Decreasing the amount of food and snacks can be a start to weight loss. Replacing snacks with carrots and apple slices can also help slim your buddy down. Regular exercise and activity can help with weight loss and joint health. A veterinarian can determine calories that are appropriate for your pet to help them lose weight and the vet can also recommend an exercise plan. Diets that are high in omega 3 fatty acids are recommended. Omega 3 acts as a natural antioxidant, and they also have an anti-inflammatory effect on the joints. Most of these diets have glucosamine, to help create healthy joint fluid, and to have a high protein-to-calorie ratio, to help maintain lean body weight. Supplements called nutraceuticals can be a benefit for joint function. Products that are readily absorbed from the intestine are helpful. A veterinarian can make a recommendation as to which are the best products for your pet. Supplements with high quality chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are best, and substances


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with natural anti-oxidants are also recommended. Oral and injectable forms are available. This class of medications is not FDA-regulated, so it is important to get a recommendation about which products to try and which are the most reputable. Pain management is also important to keep your pet moving. It is difficult to exercise when you are uncomfortable. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories are used commonly. Also, narcotic-like drugs (tramadol) and drugs that stop the transmission of pain in the spinal cord (gabapentin) can be used. Monitoring blood work regularly when your pet is on pain management is important, and this should be done every six to nine months. Therapeutic laser treatment is also becoming essential, and this can lower oral medication doses, or, in some instances, eliminate the need for oral pain medications. This is important in some older dogs that may have other health problems and medication contraindications. Laser treatments are done several times a week, or every few weeks, depending on the needs of the patient. The treatments are soothing to the animal and most dogs become very relaxed during the treatments. Results are usually seen after two to three treatments. Degenerative joint disease affects many of our pets. It is important to investigate all modalities of pain relief to give your pet the best and most comfortable life possible. Surgery may be necessary. However, medical management may be an option, too. Keeping pets comfortable as they age keeps them interacting with the family as long as possible.

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Marine Corps veteran Nick White still lives the motto “semper fidelis.” Although now he is always faithful to his canine clients. Well to their owners, too, but his first love is dogs. White wants to help all dogs live their lives to the fullest, just as he has. As a Marine in Iraq, White’s mission was to protect our freedom. As a dog trainer, his mission is still to protect freedom: a dog’s freedom to enjoy life and an owner’s freedom from worry. His path from warrior to civilian dog trainer is interesting and unique and it shows how a love of dogs can unite many different fields. White, 29, is the founder and owner of Off-Leash K9 Training, which he opened in March, 2009. A true dog lover, White says the dogs usually do better than the owners in his training classes. “It takes them longer,” he says of his human clients, in the kindest possible way.

In the Beginning, There were Dogs. And a Cock-a-too: White’s love of dogs didn’t begin in the military, although it certainly grew in that cauldron of intensity. Born and raised in a small town in Ohio where his parents and brother still live, his childhood dog was a German shepherd mix named Deputy. White enjoyed teaching him tricks, and he applied the same reward-based training principles to his cock-a-too with impressive results. Those skills lay dormant as he finished school and had to figure out what to do with his life. As a child, White also enjoyed re-runs of “Lassie” and “Flipper” on television. This was a man meant to work with animals, to bridge the gap between them and us. Always a dog and animal lover, it was his experience with military dogs that showed him that dogs had nearly unlimited potential, and that opened his eyes to a path to helping people create their own wonder dogs.

The Marines and Secret Service: White joined the Marine Corps at age 18, just after graduating from high school. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, and he also lived in Okinawa, Japan, for a time. But it was during his seven months in Fallujah, Iraq, where his unit was the first to go into the city for seven long months of combat operations, that White saw how amazing dogs could be. “Dogs are all over in Iraq, no matter what unit you’re in. I thought it was amazing that

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While in the Secret Service, White came to believe he could start training regular household dogs to have the same level of obedience, discipline, and instant responsiveness of the dogs he had worked with in the military and law enforcement. He began by helping even more friends and family, ending up training more than twenty dogs per week on top of his full-time work. White decided to take the leap and Off-Leash K9 Training was born officially in March, 2009. They now have numerous locations throughout the United States, and Yahoo News even flew a production crew from New York just to do a news story on them.

Nick and his beloved dog Duke.

dogs could sniff bombs in the ground,” he explains. White received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his heroic actions in Fallujah, but he saw dogs as the true heroes. Gen. David Petraeus would certainly agree. He has been quoted as saying the following about military working dogs: “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine. By all measures of performance their yield outperforms any asset we have in our inventory. Our Army (and military) would be remiss if we failed to invest more in this incredibly valuable resource.” During his time in the Marines and after completing his duties, White would spend his off-time with the military dog handlers to learn everything he could about how they worked with their dogs. Military, police and personal protection dogs have to be well-behaved. They have to listen without question and without letting their own interest in a squirrel or other distraction deter them from complying with an order. After serving four years in the Marines, White was hired to do executive protection, and then he went to work for the Secret Service, where he spent three and a half years protecting Vice President Cheney and President Bush. He subsequently served on President Obama’s detail. Dogs play a large role in the Secret Service too, and White continued his dog training education by working with the Secret Service canine handlers on the side. He was learning so much that he was able to informally help friends out with their dogs. His business simply grew, organically, out of what he saw and learned.


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White attributes much of his success to his military training. Surely, that is where he was exposed to all that dogs could do, and how happy and confident training made them, and how well any of them could then fit into our lives. But he was happy to move on, taking the best of his time in the service with him.

Running a Business is Harder than Training Troubled Dogs: “Going from the Marines to the Secret Service wasn’t a big change,” White says of his first professional job change. “The big transition was going from being a government employee to running your own business.” He decided to make the leap into business because he realized he’d “much rather work with dogs all day than stand outside of a building watching the president give speeches for the next twenty years.” He named his business Off-Leash K9 Training because that is a big part of his philosophy. He explains it succinctly on his website: “We specialize in private lessons, dog behavior consultations, and teaching the owners to understand why their dogs do the things they do. This helps create a strong bond between the owner and dog. Your dog will benefit tremendously! Most behavior problems (biting, chewing, jumping, etc.) are based off of a lack of exercise, discipline, and out of boredom! With this training, your dog is receiving top-quality obedience training, which in turn, allows you to give your dog freedom to run around OFF-LEASH and play! So by doing this training your dog is not bored because it is learning and being stimulated, it is running freely off-leash so it is getting exercise, and it is getting obedience/discipline! Not only does all of this greatly benefit your dog, but it also benefits you and your family!” “Dogs are my full-time job,” White states plainly. They are also his life. “My personal dog now is Duke, a Belgian malinois. He knows over 30 commands in both English and German,” White says proudly. “He

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is bite trained. He does pretty much everything a dog can do, all the basic and advanced skills, including barking on command and playing dead.” Dogs are also clearly White’s passion, and he relishes the opportunity to be successful. He clearly applied his military training to his business and has a strong work ethic. (If one can manage in Iraq, they must have a good foundation for hard work!) While White invested a lot of time reading and listening to business books and CDs, he says his best business training has been “100 percent on the job.” And he humbly admits that he is “still learning and figuring things out.” The hardest part, White says, was trying to “block out all the negative people.” People thought he was crazy to go from a job with great benefits and pay to relying totally on himself. So he had to cultivate in himself the same calm confidence he tries to help owners instill in their own dogs. The second hardest part is that there is never an end to the workday, he adds. Still, he takes on even more work to help rescue dogs.

Giving Back: In addition to working with dogs in his business and working with his own dog, White makes time for helping homeless dogs in need. “We work with Prince William County [Virginia] animal shelter evaluating troubled dogs and helping people avoid surrendering dogs by offering significant discounts on training.” Well-behaved dogs don’t go to shelters and are not returned after adoption. So in a sense, White is still saving lives in a different type of war zone. White also works with Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, an organization based in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a Virginia branch in Charlottesville. They have foster families throughout both states and pull animals from shelters in four states, explains Cassie Walsh, the treasurer for Southeast German Shepherd Rescue. Walsh connected with White on behalf of the rescue after using his training services to help her fearful dog.

After her successful experience, Walsh talked with White about helping other dogs, those dogs who wouldn’t have a chance otherwise. Fearful dogs do particularly poorly at shelters, especially when they are dominant breeds like a German Shepherd. Fear is often exacerbated by a kennel environment, Walsh says, and it can manifest as aggression, leading to bad outcomes. So White’s Jacksonville, North Carolina, office will be working with the rescue dogs taken in by Southeast German Shepherd Rescue who would otherwise be candidates for euthanasia. “It’s our rehab program,” Walsh says. “Nick is giving us an unbelievable discount.” The partnership goes beyond training. White is working with Walsh to get leashes—from clients who don’t need them after completing training--donated to the rescue organization. One of the benefits associated with White’s business getting larger is that he can help more dogs. Looking into the future, White hopes that “ten years from now I will still be training dogs and have 30 to 50 locations.”

Down Time: In his precious down time, White enjoys boating, and because his dog Duke is so well-trained, he can accompany him. White also likes to maintain his marksmanship skills, and he takes shooting practice when he can. He keeps himself in good shape with Brazilian jujitsu, which even connects to being a good pet owner and trainer. “All my trainers are in good shape, and it certainly helps when training, especially [with] a feisty or stubborn dog,” White says. Respect, high expectations, hard work and love. Those ingredients are the key to any kind of success with dogs or humans, and it’s White’s recipe for helping dogs survive and thrive.


The relationship started when Walsh was at her wit’s end. “I have two recued German Shepherds,” she says, “and one was just terrified. She would stay outside for days, even in the snow, and not come to me. Honestly, some days I would just cry. I had seen about five different trainers, and Nick was the only one who could help me. [My dog] was so terrified of everything, and now her confidence is through the roof. Her demeanor after each training session is so great, I want to keep taking her.”

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his business, visit White has published a book about training dogs,”Raising the Perfect Dog: Secrets of Law Enforcement K9 Trainers.”

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A Hip to Repair?



A “Vetside” Chat with Dr. Anke Langenbach By Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT

Welcome back to The Virginia-Maryland Dog’s friendly “Vetside” chats! For this issue, the magazine discusses canine hip diseases. Anke Langenbach is a veterinarian and the owner and chief surgeon with the Veterinary Surgical Centers in Northern Virginia, and she recently spoke with the magazine about this topic.

Q: How long have you been a surgeon? hip joint, normally a tight “ball and socket,” doesn’t fit A: I graduated from the University of Munich, College of Veterinary Medicine, in Germany in 1992. During my studies, I was fortunate to spend time at Kansas State University, the Ohio State University, Cornell University, and the Animal Medical Center in New York City. I completed my internship and surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. I became a board certified veterinary surgeon in 1998.

together properly. When this happens, the ball moves loosely inside the socket and there is incongruity in the movement. This leads to pain and discomfort for the dog. Over time, this incongruity can also lead to degenerative changes called osteoarthritis. Most of the time, hip dysplasia affects both rear legs but, occasionally, it may affect only one leg. Hip dysplasia is a congenital, hereditary disease in which exercise, nutrition, and the dog’s environment play a role as well.

Q: What made you want to become a surgeon?

Q: What are signs of hip dysplasia?

A: Lots of things! I always had a huge love for animals and was always trying so save and help injured animals. I also love being able to solve puzzles and to repair and fix things when they are broken. Repairing toys and working in my grandfather’s tool shop were some of my favorite things to do growing up. I am grateful to have the technical skills necessary to help my animal patients--it gives me a great sense of satisfaction and gratification to help and repair those in need.

Q: What kind of hip problems do you see in your patients?

A: We see various types of hip problems in dogs. These can range from hip dysplasia to traumas/dislocations to tumors. However, the vast majority of hip issues I see are due to hip dysplasia.

Q: What exactly is hip dysplasia?

A: Hip dysplasia can be defined as coxofemoral joint laxity, or looseness of the hip. This means that the


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A: Usually, I see three groups of dogs that come to me for assessment of hip dysplasia: young puppies, middle-aged dogs, and older dogs (i.e., greater than 11 years old). Usually, these dogs are short-strided and walk with their rear feet close together. They also tend to be rather straight legged when they walk, like a soldier. They have difficulties getting up from a laying position, difficulties going up the stairs, and difficulties getting into the car. These guys will walk up to me in the exam room and then plop down because they cannot stand for long periods of time. When they run, they usually “bunny hop” and they may sleep for long periods of time after exercising. When they get up after resting, they may be much more stiff and sore. In extreme cases, the dogs may cry at night because they are so painful.

Q: How do you screen for hip dysplasia? Should I be aware of this before I get a dog? A: Yes, of course, you should be aware of this condition when looking for a new dog! Certain breeds are more prone to hip dysplasia. For instance, large and

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giant-breed dogs tend to be over-represented. If you are looking for a pure-bred puppy, I would encourage you to see if the parents have been screened for hip dysplasia with either OFA or PennHip (see below) X-rays, and what their scores are. I believe that every dog should be assessed by a veterinarian when you first bring him or her home. You can ask your veterinarian to do a quick evaluation of the hips during that first visit. Keep in mind that young puppies may appear normal initially, but may still go on to develop hip dysplasia. It is impossible to “promise” that a young dog will not develop problems. However, this initial evaluation can help to assess for any major issues. Diagnosis of hip dysplasia usually starts with a physical examination and careful history. Sometimes, we need to do a sedated exam to assess for an Ortolani sign, which is an indication of laxity in the hip joint. This is similar to how doctors assess human babies for hip problems. We may also need to look at radiographs to assess the hips. This can be done by your regular veterinarian. In regards to X-rays, there are two ways of assessing the hips: the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) or PennHip. In both instances, the X-rays are sent out to radiologists for assessment. PennHip evaluation may be more beneficial because it compares specific measurements of your dog’s hip conformation to other dogs of the same breed. This leads to a more objective view of your dog’s hip health. It can also be done earlier than OFA. PennHip can be done reliably once your dog is 4 months old, whereas OFA cannot be done until after a dog is 2 years old. A preliminary OFA score can be done at 12 months. Your veterinarian can help to assess which type of radiographs are best indicated to diagnose any possible hip conditions.

I would encourage pet owners not to panic if there is a diagnosis of hip dysplasia! Many dogs have hip dysplasia and their owners never even know about it. Many dysplastic dogs may only need occasional rounds of pain medication, or no medicine at all. I have seen national field trial champions that have evidence of hip dysplasia on their radiographs. However, these dogs have still gone on to win national championships, because they had minimal clinical signs and were physically fit. In fact, good muscle mass seems to help prevent signs of pain from hipdysplasia. Therefore, it is best to pursue a balanced exercise program to help protect muscle mass and to manage pain in mildly-affected dogs. I would say that the majority of hip dysplasia dogs would fall into this category. Unfortunately, there will always be dogs that have severe changes in their hips that do warrant surgery.

Q: If my dog needs surgery, what are my options?

A: There are several different surgeries that can be done for dogs with hip dysplasia. Sometimes, the surgical decision is based on the pet’s life stage. However, I must also take into consideration the financial and time commitment abilities of the pet parent when making my recommendation. For young puppies where the growth plates aren’t closed yet, we may be able to do a Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO), a procedure where different cuts are made to help reposition the pelvis and provide a better socket for the ball to fit into. For smaller Dr. Langenbach assessing an x-ray. Photo by Dr. Krisi Erwin

Q: How do you manage a dog with hip dysplasia? Do you always need to do surgery?

A: Once a diagnosis of hip dysplasia is made, we make a treatment decision based on the severity of disease, the expectation of physical activity for that individual dog, age, weight, breed, and also the time commitment of the pet parent. Initially, pain medication, such as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, may be prescribed to help provide comfort care, as well as a rehabilitation plan to help keep the muscle mass on the limb. If a pet is fairly severely affected, then different surgeries may be chosen based on that pet’s life stage.

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dogs, a procedure called a Femoral Head and Neck Osteotomy may be all that is required. In this procedure, the ball part of the joint is actually removed and the dog is able to function normally with a false hip joint made up of the surrounding muscles. For larger dogs, a total hip replacement might be recommended. This surgery is similar to that done in humans, and involves a metal implant to replace the ball part of the joint and an artificial socket placed in the pelvis to give the pup secure hip movement that is pain free.

Q: As a pet owner, I would have concerns about surgery. How successful is surgery? How long does it take to recover?

A: Remember, for most dogs, hip surgery is considered a salvage procedure and is reserved for pets that are so debilitated that they cannot perform their day to day activities comfortably despite proper management. The only time surgery is not considered salvage is in the young puppies where a TPO may help them to grow better, preventing hip issues down the road. Time becomes of the essence for these guys, as the surgery must be done before the growth plates have closed. For the other hip dysplasia dogs, I recommend that you don’t wait for surgery until your dog doesn’t have adequate muscle mass left. It is important to have at least some muscle present to have a good recovery.

Q: Would rehabilitation help my dog’s recovery?

A: We will always do a rehabilitation program in conjunction with surgery. It has been shown in people and animals both to help speed up and improve the quality of recovery after a surgery.

Q: Would rehabilitation ever be a substitute for surgery?

A: I believe that rehabilitation can sometimes be good enough to eliminate or postpone the need for dogs that are more borderline from needing surgery. It plays a huge role in maintaining muscle mass, which is paramount to helping to control clinical signs and prevent pain. It can be very important in promoting our dogs’ health and well-being.


A: There are various products out there such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate that can help to support joint health. Your regular veterinarian can help you determine what products might prove useful. However, please remember that weight management is a huge deal! Pet parents often feel that a chubby dog is a comfortable, happy dog, and it is hard to deny him or her extra food and treats. However, a study done by Purina (http://www.longliveyourdog. com) has shown that thinner dogs have less arthritis, live longer, and actually have less cancer. It is overall much healthier for a dog to be on the thin side versus the chubby side. You can use the body condition scoring system that is now available to help assess your pet’s weight and to know what an ideal weight should be (

Dr. Langenbach with “Owen”. Photo by Dr. Krisi Erwin


If I have a patient that is so severely affected with hip dysplasia that medical management, weight control, and physical rehabilitation cannot keep him comfortable, then I will recommend surgery. In my experience, 85 to 90 percent of dogs that require surgery do very well. Recovery time will vary based on the procedure done and may range from 2 months with a TPO, to 3 months with a total hip replacement.

Q: What else can I do to help support my dog’s hip health?

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The Widow Kip’s Country Inn Where Pets are Part of the Family The Widow Kip’s Country Inn is a drive down I-81, and as many Virginians know, that journey, with its majestic scenery, prompts an immediate sense of relief from the feelings of being overworked and overstressed. Those feelings of relief start to settle in hours before drivers reach their destination. But a weekend getaway in the Shenandoah Valley can still be stressful, despite the region’s display of breathtaking natural beauty, for anyone who has left their favorite four-legged pal at home. So why leave your best friend behind? In the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Betty and Bob Luse have extended their welcome to you and your beloved canine, and they invite you to stay at the Widow Kip’s Country Inn in Mt. Jackson, Virginia. The Luses’ attention to detail brings life and sophistication to the restored 1830 Victorian homestead, which includes five guest rooms in the main house and two restored cottage suites. The interior of the main house is filled with antiques and decorations that recall the Victorian Era. Considering how many Victorian artists like Thomas Sidney Cooper and Sir Edwin Henry Landseer were famous for their paintings of animals, especially dogs, the Victorian age is a fitting era for this pet-friendly bed-and-breakfast to emulate. For a small deposit, pets are allowed to stay with their owners in the two cottages. The “Sow’s Ear” is an English-style cottage with a queen bed, 1930sera furniture, cable television, and a private bath. The slightly more upscale “Silk Purse” features 1920s-

style furniture, a television, private bath, and a second bedroom and a full kitchenette. The Inn is within sight of the Shenandoah River, which is about 50 yards away. Within minutes, guests can find themselves enjoying many of the attractions the Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Throughout the inn’s seven rural acres, dogs can frolic and bound through picturesque landscaped grounds and a five-acre fenced field. If you are looking to venture beyond the bed-and-breakfast, why not take a nature hike alongside your best buddy in the Washington-Jefferson National Forest? Also nearby is Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that spans the entirety of Shenandoah National Park. This National Scenic Byway is highly recommended to anyone who is planning a trip to Widow Kip’s this fall, as the scenery is sublime when the leaves are changing colors. Drivers will find themselves awestruck by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, while your canine companion will also enjoy the natural setting.

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For more information: Widow Kip’s Country Inn 355 Orchard Drive Mount Jackson, VA 22842 (800) 478-8714

The Luses encourage all potential guests at Widow Kip’s Country Inn to call for references to many past guests who have enjoyed a stay with their four-legged friends. After their stay, guests are equally encouraged to write their own testimonial in the Widow Kip’s Guest Book. This journal boasts more than ten years worth of testimonials from satisfied guests who spent happy vacations there with their dogs. Both scenic and serene, the Widow Kip’s Country Inn is the destination for pet lovers who just can’t stand to leave a friend behind. You can take it directly from the owners themselves, who insist that any past guest will tell you that at Widow Kip’s, pets are “part of the family.”

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Savage River Lodge:

A Relaxing, Pet-Friendly Getaway By Patrick Miller Photography Courtesy of Savage River Lodge

Located just near the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania, the natural scenery of the Savage River Lodge in Frostburg, Md., gives visitors a break from the hardships of the workweek–without the heartbreak of leaving behind a beloved four-legged friend. After purchasing 45 acres of the Savage River State Forest in 1990, owners Jan and Mike Russell began construction on the Lodge, which now offers a wealth of activities for you and your pup. Pets are welcome in 14 of the Lodge’s 18 two-story, private log cabins, each of which features a loft with a king or queen sized bed, a main sitting floor with comfy chairs, a queen sized sleeper sofa, private bath, gas-log fireplace, and a front porch complete with a rocking chair–all quite perfect for a relaxing afternoon. But what amenities can your dog expect to enjoy during their stay? For starters, the Lodge offers the Pet Basket, which includes homemade dog biscuits, breath mints, toys, and treats. If your best friend has a taste for fine dining, he will just drool over the Bone Appetit menu, which features entrées like the “Canine Casserole” and “Mutt Meatballs,” as well as dessert items like “Frozen Pupsicles.” Those really looking to pamper their pup can do just that with the Pampered Pet Package, which includes the Pet Basket plus a two-course Bone Appetit meal and a bandana emblazoned with a map of the forest’s 14mile Bodhi Trail. Savage River Lodge also offers several recreational activities for nature-lovers of both human and canine


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persuasions. Your dog will love romping through the forest, wooded with more than 700 acres of Red Spruce conifers. Saturdays at 3p.m., more sociallyinclined pups can play off leash--if they can behave themselves--in the forest’s verdant meadow, along with fellow canine guests, during “Yappy Hour.” Or why not spend a day kayaking or canoeing with your best bud at the nearby Savage River Reservoir? You can also take your dog with you on a hiking or birdwatching expedition along the Bodhi Trail, named after the Lodge’s late resident Yellow Lab, who passed away in 2008. Bodhi’s memory lives on through the Lodge’s annual Bodhi calendar and Bodhi: The All American Lodge Dog, a hardcover collection of pictures and

stories about the Lodge’s most popular resident. The proceeds from the book and calendar sales all go to the Bodhi Relief Fund, established in 2008 to help cover veterinary costs for less-fortunate pets and owners. After two long years without a Lodge Dog, Jan and Mike finally welcomed not one, but two new Yellow Labs into the Savage River Lodge family. Kokopelli and Karma “have a lot to learn as ambassadors of the Lodge and big paw prints to fill,” says Jan, “but let’s just say they’re definitely up to the job.” If you can bear to leave your buddy behind for a few hours, there are many other activities nearby, including horseback riding, biking the Great Allegheny Passage, and whitewater rafting. During the winter, the Lodge offers numerous winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the Forest. And in the spring, guests can participate in Mike’s Maple Camp and help collect sap for syrup-making. Just one weekend stay will show any loving pet owner that the term “pet friendly” does not even begin to describe Savage River Lodge, where Jan and Mike Russell have made pets a priority. Savage River Lodge 1600 Mt. Aetna Road Frostburg, MD 21532 (301) 689-3200

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Bring your furry friends and enjoy wine tastings and Pet Costume Contests at this award-winning winery. Costume contests begin at 2:30 pm. Visit our website: for more details. All proceeds benefit Wags for Hope. Rain or shine

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Healthy Ears 101 By Deva Khalsa, In a healthy ear canal, yeast and bacteria live in delicate balance. When there’s excess wax, oil VMD, CVA, FBIH or moisture in the canal, the microclimate is altered. When this happens, infections are prone to occur. When yeast overgrows in the ear canal, you will often find a dark, brownish-black


substance that smells like yeast. Many people think that this is normal ear wax but it’s not. In fact,


it’s yeast with the strange name of Malassezia pachydermatitis. It takes full advantage of any waxy, oily or moist conditions in your dog’s ear. By disrupting the balance and overgrowing in the ear canal, the yeast creates inflammation and discomfort.

When yeast overgrows in the ear canal, you will often find a dark, brownish-black substance that smells like yeast. Many people

think that this is normal ear wax but it’s not.

Malassezia in the ear is very irritating and itchy, so dogs with this problem often scratch at their ears. If you put your finger into a paper tissue and put it deep in the ear it will come up with some of this sweet- smelling brown yeast on it. You can also use a cotton ball for this. You’re getting just the tip of the iceberg when you do this, because the ear canal is very long, with a right angle turn, so you can’t see how deep into the ear it really goes. Only a small fraction of a dog’s ear canal can be viewed, as it’s made up of two canals that sit at an angle to each other--the vertical and horizontal canal. Because of this, the problem is often undetected, or mistaken for dirty ears or waxy buildup. Infections are typically treated for a week or two, with the treatment only clearing up the problem at the very top of the ear. So the infection that came back never actually went away. The good news is that there are some easy ways to treat this problem. Zymox enzymatic ear medication and Zymox enzymatic ear cleaner can be purchased online. This medication should have directions on the bottle. There is also the Miracle Ear Solution, which is in my book, “Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog:” Four ounces of either rubbing alcohol or Tris EDTA, if the ears are swollen, red or irritated.

One Tablespoon of Boric acid powder. Four drops of Gentian Violet 1 percent solution All ingredients, except the Tris EDTA (on the web) can be purchased at a local pharmacy.


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Mix all of these ingredients together and shake well. Place in a dropper bottle. Make sure your dog’s ears are not inflamed or ulcerated before you use this product. Use Tris EDTA if your dog’s ears are generally sensitive. If your dog exhibits pain, or great discomfort, after the application, discontinue use immediately

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Administer twice a day for a week, then once a day for two weeks, followed by twice a week for one or two months. You need to be consistent and persistent with this regime, as you want to get to the bottom of the problem.


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Dr. Roses Skin Treatment Salve works wonderfully for irritated ear flaps. The Zymox enzymatic products are also great for irritated ear flaps. After the infection clears up, dogs prone to ear problems should have their ears cleaned with an ear cleaner to retain balance and remove debris. Ideally, any ear cleaner should limit the growth of yeast and bacteria and remove the excess wax and oils. A mixture of half-warm water and half-hydrogen peroxide can be place in the ear canal and rubbed in. Your dog can then shake his head and any accumulated wax will be released. Clean whatever is left over with a few cotton balls, and do one ear at a time. A natural product, DermaPet Malacetic Otic Ear Cleanser, contains an acetic acid (vinegar) and boric acid solution which has proven effective against Malassezia and certain bacteria.

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Natural Preventatives to Treating Cancer Some people may believe that cancer is different from other diseases, in that it acts like a fire, and you can’t stop it once it has started. Therefore, some believe, people have to cut it

Tobacco Smoke Second-hand tobacco smoke can be a cause of cancer, some medical officials believe. Hereditary Factors

By Darleen Rudnick, B.S.W., M.H.N. Nutritional Pet Consultant

out, or radiate it, or chemically destroy every cancerous cell in the body since it can never become normal again. Nothing could be more wrong. Cancer is a treatable disease and a disease we should not lose hope about. By taking a look at the factors that cause cancer, and looking at what feeds this disease, you can control and treat it.

Some Factors That May Cause Cancer Exposure to Harmful Radiation There is no such thing as a safe dose of radiation. Your pet’s risk of genetic and immune system damage correlates with the total amount of radiation they have received during their lifetime. Therefore, do not agree to X-rays unless your vet can make you understand why they are necessary. Ultraviolet Radiation From the Sun Ultraviolet light damages DNA cells in the skin, which ultimately can lead to skin cancer. Pets love being out in the sun on a beautiful day, and they should not be denied that opportunity. However, be aware that at certain times of the day, and at certain times of the year, sunlight is very dangerous

Prevention Plan For Treating Cancer Naturally A prevention plan is a simple method of enhancing the level of nutrition and making lifestyle changes. It is an attempt to address any special needs your pet may have. Keep in mind that this program does not apply to every pet, and therefore, it is important to have your pet thoroughly examined by a veterinarian Feed Your Pet A Healthy Diet Poor nutrition is a direct cause of many major and minor diseases. Therefore, a commitment to optimum health and longevity for your pet must include a high-quality diet. Research has shown that a low-quality diet loaded with chemicals, fillers, stabilizers, coloring agents, sodium nitrate and by-products, can lead to allergies, hypertension, diabetes, weight problems, dry skin, and other ailments.

Exposure to Harmful Chemicals Chemical carcinogens are responsible for more cancer than radiation. Therefore, before purchasing a product, carefully read the label. If it states, “Hazardous to Humans and Domestic Animals,” the product may cause cancer.

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A homemade diet is recommended, as this is the best you can do for your pet, some pet-care officials believe. Home-cooking does not fit into everyone’s lifestyle and if this is the case, it is essential to choose a high-quality dry food. Because of the ingredients that go into pet foods and those that are not included, it is important to know how to read labels, and it is important to know the history of the company that manufactures pet food. Structure meal times When you feed your pet one meal a day, your pet’s body produces insulin. When insulin is not stable in the body, it throws the hormones and brain chemicals out of whack, and in turn, the body starts storing fat to save itself. Therefore, it is extremely important to feed your pet three to four times each day. When you feed several small meals a day, the body burns fat more effectively.


Air fresheners Plastic bowls Plastic releases undetectable fumes, especially when heated. This out-gassing means the fumes can pass into the foods that are served or stored in the bowl or container. Stainless steel or glass bowls are recommended. Cheap ceramic bowls Fumes from bathroom cleaners Fumes from bleach Fumes from dusting products Toxic flea products If the product states “Hazardous To Humans And Domestic Animals,” it is hazardous to your pet. Toxic shampoos Toxic flea collars Rawhides Many are dipped in a solution of salt and bleach.

Supplements Although medications can be very effective, some may cause side effects that can eventually lead to other symptoms. Many pet owners are now looking into other, alternative methods of treating cancer.


Blood & Lymph Support This activates the immune responses for conditions associated with a buildup of catabolic wastes in tissues, resulting in cancers, tumor growth, cysts and skin ulcerations.

Exercise Exercise has anti-cancer effects and increases the efficiency of the immune system. A well-conditioned body will work and perform better and increase the ability to carry blood and oxygen to muscles.

Eliminate Toxins in the House, Yard and on your Pet Many household cleaners contain formaldehyde, which could cause severe irritation to eyes, throat and skin. Some floor polishes contain chemicals that can cause cancer, as well as damage to the heart, kidneys, liver and central nervous system.

Be sure your pet gets at least an hour of exercise everyday. However, age, health and weather should be taken into consideration when exercising.


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Avoid the following: Carpet powders

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Pet Owners -- Take Care of Yourself! It is very important how an owner lives, how he or she feels, and how he or she acts, as these factors influence a pet’s outcome. Cancer is a very powerful disease, causing pain, distress and feelings of helplessness. Therefore, it is very important to be positive with your pet. Seek a caring professional who is well versed in traditional and natural alternatives, so you can make the best choices for your pet. For a list of some of the best and worst pet foods, as determined by one company, and for some suggested pet food recipes, contact the author at





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Kneading Animals? Healing More than Muscles By Inez Donmoyer, “Kneading animals” is a play on words to serve BA, CEMT, IARP as a reminder that having an animal as a pet may provide therapeutic support to the human need for companionship. Humans may also perform functions that are therapeutic to their animal companion needs. What type of functions, you ask? Massage therapy, of course!

Why Massage? As more and more people are realizing the benefits of massage in their own healing and wellness, they are also realizing that their animal companions can also benefit from the therapeutic effects of massage and an improved quality of life. Massage is a holistic approach, which means that to create an environment for wellness and health, the whole animal must be considered. This includes the animal’s mind, body and spirit. Massage is one of the oldest forms of healing known to man. The first known documentation of massage occurred in 2700 B.C., by the Chinese. In 1975, Jack Meagher, a physical therapist and massage therapist, who is known for bringing the art of sports massage to the national forefront in the United States, started working on horses. He is credited with formally bringing massage to the animal world in the U.S., and he is considered the father of equine sports massage. Today, many of our animal companions benefit from massage therapy. The same techniques used in human massage may be applied safely and effectively to animals. Massage is used on horses, dogs, cats, elephants, and many other animals to provide physical therapy, emotional bonding, and as preventative care for the athlete and family companion alike. The healing function of massage therapy accelerates recovery from injury and contributes to the overall economy of the body and the body’s ability to function efficiently and healthfully.


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What is Massage Therapy? Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) to achieve specific goals of drainage, pain reduction, rejuvenation, increased flexibility, relaxation and stimulation. It also supports and resolves issues in the musculoskeletal system, and works to break up adhesions in the muscles and the fascial system. A muscle is a band of fibers that stretch and contract. Anytime a muscle is not functioning optimally, muscle guarding, or splinting, will occur, and the body will pull from another area to compensate. This will affect the movement of the body, and will be felt and seen in the musculoskeletal system. For example, a horse that is sore on a front leg will compensate by using other muscles, which may then lead to this horse having issues on his opposite hind leg as he works to guard or protect the original, injured leg. These spasms and adhesions manifest in the fascia layer and within the muscles themselves. Fascia is the tough connective tissue that creates a 3-dimensional web which extends without interruption from head to toe. Think of fascia as a tightly woven net or spider web; it surrounds and infuses every muscle, bone, nerve, blood vessel and organ, all the way down to the cellular level--it “holds” the body together. An example is the white, glistening fibers that are present when pulling a piece of chicken skin from the meat.

Indications for Massage We, humans, can often “make do” with the pain, seek medical help, exercise, or medication. An animal is dependent on his human counterpart to provide relief. To tell us they are in pain, animals may turn to non-verbal communication. Resistance--in the form of bucking, rearing, pulling, hollowing their back and increased agitation in horses--or refusal to obey normal commands, coordination difficulties, increased lethargy and short-stepping in dogs--are an attempt to express pain and discomfort. There is generally a fine line between the animal’s expression of stubbornness and pain, and often these qualities are linked.

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Nine year old “Bentley Wently Wentworth” receives regular messages and Reiki treatments from Inez to help with emotional concerns and to keep his active body healthy (Photos by David Kapper)

Benefits of Massage Many of the benefits humans receive from massages also extend to animals. These include: Boosting the immune system Enhancing muscle tone and range of motion

owners should note that massage is not a substitute for veterinary care. Contraindications include: fever, open wounds, acute trauma, skin problems of fungal origin, infectious diseases, and abnormal heat and swelling. Severe conditions require diagnosis and treatment by your veterinarian.

Reducing inflammation and swelling in the joints

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Promoting the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying excessive fluids and toxins

The purpose of massage therapy is to enhance the overall health and well-being of the recipient. One of the best things about massage is that it can be used as a preventative, and the animal doesn’t need to be ailing to receive and benefits from massage. So go on—consider massage therapy for your pet. The benefits provide healing for more than just their muscles.

Creating a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles Helping to maintain the whole body in better physical condition


Assisting in balancing the body by treating it as a whole, rather than individual parts

Massage has also been beneficial to those with arthritis and hip dysplasia. There is evidence that massage therapy helps with the production of synovial fluid, a valuable element in joints and muscle. Massage therapy moves fluids through the muscles and takes tension off the tendons surrounding the joint. Regular massage during the life of your pet may help prevent the stiffness and pain that contributes to arthritis. In addition to the physical benefits, there are also emotional benefits from massage. Animal massage may improve the pet’s trust in their human, help to encourage bonding, help to lessen behavior problems and help ill pets and pets with chronic pain. Massage therapy works well in conjunction with traditional veterinary care, acupuncture, Reiki, aromatherapy and other integrative modalities. Pet

Right: “Gracie”, available for adoption at the Baltimore Humane Society. (Photo by Inez Donmoyer)

Today, many of our animal companions benefit from massage therapy…Massage is used on horses, dogs, cats, elephants, and many other animals to provide physical therapy, emotional bonding, and as preventative care for the athlete and family companion alike.

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Who’s the Boss:

Some Tips for Establishing Pack Leadership Over Your Dog Dogs are pack animals, and unless an owner does something to establish pack leadership over the dog, the dog will establish pack leadership over the owner. The dog’s instincts prompt such behavior. This behavior does not mean there has to be a conflict between the owner and the dog.

By Tom Lacy, Dog Obedience Instructor

One of the first steps in teaching pack leadership is to include in training exercises every member of the dog owner’s family who is three years and older and everyone who is able to handle the dog. Adults need to apply hands-on assistance in transferring ultimate pack leadership to a child. Some techniques employ treats, clickers, and pronged or pinch collars. Another suggestion is to give the dog a verbal command, place them in the position you desire, and then praise them when they complete the command. Dogs often work for verbal and patting praise. Here is a step-by-step procedure to establish leadership by an adult and a child for a dog:

1. An adult handler places the dog on their left, facing the same direction as the handler. The dog should be wearing an appropriate training collar and leash. A child should stand directly in front of the handler, also facing the same direction. 2. The adult handler places their left hand around the back of the child’s left hand and places their hands on the dog’s shoulders. The adult places their right hand on the back of the child’s right hand and they grip the leash close to where it attaches to the collar, with the thumb under, and the fingers curled over the leash 3. The adult instructs the child to say, “sit,” as they lift the leash with the right hand and apply a little pressure on the dog’s shoulders while the left hand guides the dog into a sitting position. 4. With both sets of hands still in the same position, the adult and child kneel beside the dog facing the same direction as the dog.

5. The adult will continue to hold the child’s left hand

on the dog’s shoulder. The adult and child will release their hands from the leash while moving their right


fore arms behind the dog’s front legs. They then say “down,” and with a sweeping motion forward take the front legs from under the dog causing the dog to lay on the floor. Keep the left hand firmly on the dog’s shoulders and say, “stay.” Say “down” only once, even if you have to struggle to keep the dog down. The dog should learn to respond on the first command. The owner may repeat the word “stay” as often as needed to keep the dog in a down position. “Stay” is a reinforcement command, not a position command.

6. Keep the dog in a down position for 30 minutes.

If the dog gets up, put them back down immediately, using the word “down.” If the dog struggles, but does not get up, use the reinforcement command “stay.” Thirty minutes is not an arbitrary length of time. That is the length of time it takes the dog to settle down and submit.

7. Repeat this exercise daily (not back-to-back), by every family member, until the dog will lie still without struggling to get up. 8. When the dog is obeying the verbal command, place a doggie mat in a desired location and teach the dog to stay on it while the family may be eating, having company, or during times when the family would prefer that the dog be seen and not felt. 9. If you cut corners on this exercise, you will get less than the best performance from the other commands–sit, stay, come and stand. An adult may have to teach the 30-minute down exercise fully before expecting some children to master the exercise. For more Information: Dog Lovers Obedience School 1127 Gaskins Road Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 741-DOGS

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New Alexandria Ordinance Prohibits Electronic Dog Collars in Public Areas By Hillary Beginning September 1, 2012, one of the area’s most dog-friendly jurisdictions will require that all Collyer, Esquire dogs be restrained by a physical leash—not an electronic collar–while in public. At a public hearing held in June, the Alexandria City Council unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance that prohibits the use of electronic collars and similar electronic devices as a form of physical restraint for dogs in public areas. Thus, the new law goes into effect on September 1, 2012.

The ordinance to exclude electronic collars, which are also referred to as shock collars, was initially proposed by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in November, 2011. Concerns arose after several instances in which electronic collars failed to prevent dogs from running into roads and from attacking other animals. The objective of the ordinance is to protect public and canine safety in a densely-populated community where dogs are prevalent. Electronic collars may still be used in the city’s eighteen dog parks, at sanctioned obedience training classes, and on private property. The sale of electronic collars will not be affected by the ordinance. The law simply states that all dogs must be restrained by a physical leash while in public. Those who violate the new ordinance face a fine of up to $100. Further information about Alexandria’s new e-collar ordinance may be found at


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VCA Veterinary Referral Associates When it comes to providing specialized and/or emergency care for your dog, it is important to seek qualified experts whom you can trust to take the greatest care of your companion pet. The veterinarians, veterinary technicians, administrative staff, and other employees of VCA Veterinary Referral Associates have proven themselves to be the caring experts that pet owners have come to trust and respect. Located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, this specialty hospital receives endless praise for their quality of care from those who have received their services since the hospital opened 25 years ago. But don’t let this hospital’s age fool you—this referral center is consistently upgrading and renovating its services and equipment in order to stay on the edge of medical advancements. VCA VRA boasts a wide range of services that include all levels of surgery, ophthalmology, medical oncology, rehabilitation, neurology, radiation oncology, counseling, critical care and emergency care, among others.

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Though the pet patients are their passion, the VCA Veterinary Referral Associates also accommodate the pet owners in a gracious manner. Counseling for clients begins the moment the pet owner enters the waiting room and continues until the individuals determine their counseling and medical care is no longer necessary. The unyielding bond an owner shares with his/her pet is recognized by the staff. When an owner is feeling uncomfortable, overwhelmed, or is grieving, they are given the option to spend some time in a ‘comfort room’. This room, which includes soft furniture, no interruptions, and even a walk out garden area, provides more solace than any exam room can compete with. It is no wonder many clients joke about wishing to be treated at the VCA Veterinary Referral Associates animal hospital, themselves. For more information: VCA Veterinary Referral Associates 500 Perry Parkway Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (301) 340-3224


With a passion for animals, it is understandable why those who work for VCA Veterinary Referral Associates take such exceptional care of their patients. The experts at VCA VRA understand what pets mean to their owners because the majority of these experts are pet owners themselves. Each pet that VCA VRA cares for is treated in a unique and benevolent manner. As Dr. Steve Steinberg, Chief of Staff, explains, “Our protocols are condition-specific and skewed to the unique personality possessed by each dog (and cat).”

pieces of medical equipment in order to provide the most efficient care for their patients. As Dr. Steinberg articulates, “Every hour lost may result in less of a chance of recovery of our patients.” It is evident that the services of the VCA VRA are performed with precision and with the motivation to produce results in the shortest amount of time possible.

Not only does VCA Veterinary Referral Associates seek and hire only the most professional and qualified staff, they also have access to specialized equipment that other specialty hospitals lack. VCA VRA is equipped with both a CT machine and an MRI machine in-house that are used for advanced imaging. A full time radiologist, who specializes in reading these studies, is also highly skilled in performing abdominal ultrasonography, which allows him to view details of the abdomen while the animal is awake. The In-House Stat Laboratory allows for immediate, accurate results is especially important in cases of very ill animals. VCA VRA recognizes the importance of staying up to date on specialized

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Happy Hiking in the Great Outdoors: Some Helpful Tips for Making Fall Hikes with Your Dog More Safe and Enjoyable By Merrill CristWarchal

With the onset of fall and cooler temperatures, the anticipation of hiking with our four-legged friends often drives many of our weekend plans. In addition to being great exercise, the opportunities to bond with our pets are endless. With a little preparation beforehand, these autumn adventures can be great fun and bring satisfaction to everyone on the trail. Before venturing into the great outdoors, think about taking Fido in for a check-up. Combine annual veterinary visits with pre-hiking visits to prevent added veterinary office costs. Make sure your pet is up-todate on their vaccinations, particularly rabies. Flea, tick, and heart worm prevention is important as well, whether as holistic or traditional treatments. Be aware of the fitness level of you and your dog. If you have been more active during the summer months, slower hikes, initially, will enable your companion animal to build up his or her muscles and endurance, and will help their paw pads to become acclimated to different substrates. Booties, to protect paw pads, are made commercially, and they can vary in material, from latex to cloth. For rough ground or strenuous hikes, make sure your pet is suited for the exercise, both physically and mentally. Older pets and those with arthritis or other medical concerns may benefit from slower and shorter walks. Always check with your veterinarian if you are unsure. Make sure your hiking route allows pets. Even if your dog can legally be off leash, don’t chance having unfamiliar sights, smells, and sounds become overwhelming enticements to wander off. A 12-foot lead attached to a harness will allow your dog the freedom to explore without the fear of becoming startled and running away. It is always a good idea to have a picture of the two of you. Even with preparations, things happen. A picture will support ownership, as well as provide a visual reference for others in case the two of you become separated.


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Find out which areas allow hunting, and avoid them. If hunting areas abut non-hunting areas, invest in a red vest for both of you and wear them! Hiking burns fuel. Have enough food and snacks for you and your pet. It is important that whatever sustenance is brought is appropriate for each of your dietary needs. Water is essential when hiking. Offer it frequently to your canine companion. A hydrated dog will be less likely to drink from streams or ponds on the trail, thus reducing the risk of contracting diseases such as Giardia. Rest when needed. If your pet is too tired to drink, take a break immediately. If your dog is large and strong enough to carry her own supplies, purchase a backpack that is specific for dogs. When packing and unpacking, be mindful that unbalanced packs can create muscle strain; which, over time, can result in more serious concerns such as spinal misalignment. Evenly-distributed packs allow for optimum support. Bring a pet first aid kit on walks or hikes. In addition to the basics, it is recommended that when hiking, include towels, to wrap smaller injured animals, or to use as added padding to control bleeding. You should also have a strong blanket, tarp or a piece of canvas to make a stretcher, should your pet become injured and unable to walk. Additionally, a credit card doubles as a form of payment and a means to remove ticks. Finally, make sure that the name, number, and location of the nearest pet emergency room is easily accessible. For more information: Merrill Crist-Warchal, PetStructor (SM) (410) 309-3304

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The Incredible

of Breathing We were expecting this. The veterinarian had called ahead to tell us that the puppy had a pneumothorax (air around the lungs which effectively prevents the lungs from expanding and

By Anne Stoneham, DVM, DACVECC

causes internal suffocation) and he (the vet) was unable to remove enough air to allow the puppy to breathe easily. So, you ask, if the puppy couldn’t breathe well at the veterinary clinic (which was at least 30 minutes away by car), how was he going to make it to our hospital?

Good question and one that we had been asking ourselves. The answer: the vet was in the car suctioning the air from the puppy’s chest during the entire car ride to VRA. Gus, neck stretched out and gasping for air, was wheeled into the emergency room at VRA. He was only seven months old; up until yesterday, a healthy, crazy German shorthaired pointer puppy who lived on a farm and had never coughed or had trouble breathing before this morning.

sis. This was exactly what the vet had been doing: a needle was advanced into the chest and air was removed. As we pulled air out of his chest, Gus relaxed visibly, his gums turned pale pink and his breathing became less labored, although it didn’t normalize. Usually, we suction until the chest is empty and there is no more air. In this case, we never reached a point when there was no more air.

That day, he was using every ounce of energy to try to breathe, but his chest was expanding only a small amount with each breath. His gums were grey instead of the nice, healthy pink they should have been. We placed an oxygen mask in front of Gus’s face and then Dr. Williams and I performed a thoracocente-

If we stopped the thoracocentesis, his chest would fill with air again. So, while we continued to suction Gus’s chest, the ER technicians gathered all of the equipment we needed to place a chest tube. Chest tube placement requires a minor surgery to place a tube into the chest so we can remove large volumes of air. Gus was anesthetized and laid on his side. Dr. Williams prepared the side of Gus’s chest and advanced a tube (about a quarter-inch in diameter) into the chest. We immediately got a very large volume

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of air out, but once again, we could not empty Gus’s chest. In fact, the air was building up in his chest so fast that we couldn’t keep up with it even with the chest tube. I had not been expecting that! I had never before seen a pneumothorax that I could not stabilize. We quickly reviewed our options: One, we could place another chest tube. Two, we could image the chest (with a CT scan) to identify the cause of the leak. Or, three, we could go directly to surgery. Options one and two were really a prelude to three, and with the amount of air that Gus was producing, we didn’t think we could keep him stable or alive through option two. So surgery was our next step. While I continued suctioning (now using a combination of the chest tube and thoracocentesis), Dr. Williams spoke with one of the surgeons (Dr. Saylor) who, with the help of his team of surgery technicians, had Gus in the operating room within 10 minutes. Dr. Williams and I continued to suction air out of Gus’s chest in the OR until Dr. Saylor had opened the chest. At that point, there was no more pressure on the lungs and the ventilator machine was helping Gus breathe.


Pneumothorax is either spontaneous or traumatic. In a young dog, the most common cause is some traumatic event: kicked by a horse, hit by a car, attacked by an animal. But Gus had no history of any recent trauma. Spontaneous pneumothorax can result from abnormal lung tissue that forms a bulla,

or blister, that ruptures and leaks (most common in arctic breeds like huskies, but this can occur in any breed). Spontaneous pneumothorax can result from inhaled foreign objects (like bits of grass) that damage the lung, from lung abscesses or tumors, and from migrating parasites. At surgery, Dr. Saylor found a hole about the diameter of a pencil in one lung lobe. The lung lobe was removed, and we found that there was an abscess at that location. It is amazing to me that a dog could have an infection severe enough to result in a gaping hole in his lung and yet have shown absolutely no signs until it popped. After surgery, Gus was treated with intravenous antibiotics, fluids and pain medications. His chest tube was left in place for a few days because the postoperative inflammation stimulated fluid production around the lungs. Too much fluid around the lungs also causes lung collapse so, using the tube, we removed it several times per day. As the inflammation subsided, so did the volume of fluid, and four days after surgery, we were able to remove the tube.


We cultured the lung and grew two different types of bacteria. A biopsy of the lung revealed no additional abnormalities. Gus was put on a course of antibiotics for two months. He is in his third week of treatment now and is, once again, acting like a crazy, happy and healthy pointer puppy on the farm.

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yesterday, a healthy, crazy German short-

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ited for change The cornerstone of HeARTs Speak is its professional artist members. They are photographers and painters, writers and musicians. They are people who use their artistic gifts to raise awareness of, and promote adoptions for, homeless and unwanted pets.

HeARTs Speak—Synergy in Action By Charlene Logan Burnett Imagine: Animal shelters are never full. They are havens for the lost and homeless. Here, old dogs are valued for their wisdom. Frightened dogs have time to heal. Weaned puppies all find homes, while their mothers, initially overlooked, will soon be adopted by loving families, too. Lisa Prince Fishler has imagined all of this. She is the founder of HeARTs Speak, a nonprofit organization that connects people who are passionate about animals with shelter and relief organizations. The cornerstone of HeARTs Speak is its professional artist members. They are photographers and painters, writers and musicians. They are people who use their artistic gifts to raise awareness of, and promote adoptions for, homeless and unwanted pets. Many of the artists photograph animals inside shelters. Member Mary Swift teamed up with the Baltimore Humane Society and volunteers her time and skills to help animals find their forever homes. A good portrait makes a difference, and no matter what has happened to a dog, a talented photographer can find the light in his or her eyes. When potential adopters are skimming through pictures on an adoption website, such as, they are looking for their next best friend. People want to see a dog’s personality, and they want to notice that spark in the dog’s face. Adopters who connect with a dog or cat’s photo online always seem to comment about the head tilt and the eyes. Adopters say they feel, from a photograph, that a particular animal was the one they were going to adopt. HeARTs Speak members are from many locations, and they are united in their purpose to raise awareness of homeless animals. Lori Fusaro has photographed street dogs in South Central Los Angeles. Ken Miner compiled a book on street dogs in the villages and towns of Thailand. After a vacation in Puerto Rico, Stephanie Madeline was inspired to travel the world and document stray animals.

ing for animal welfare. Membership is growing, with HeARTs Speak artists living in the United States, Canada, Australia, Chile, South Africa, Italy, and other countries. Lisa started HeARTs Speak in January, 2010. Overwhelmed by the number of adoptable animals euthanized each year—more than 4 million in the United States alone—she set out to find a new way to encourage people to adopt from a shelter. “Passion is the spark that ignites change,” she says. “And change and enlightenment are always possible when we give of ourselves for the greater good.” The organization’s flow chart is a circle—no top or bottom, no sides or corners, no beginning or end. All members and partners benefit from the collaborations within the creative and social circle. HeARTs Speak endorses and lends support to its members. Artists can then spend more time offering their services to shelters and rescues, and ultimately save more animals’ lives. This results in a significant in-house collection of images, artwork, and stories, which are a valuable resource for the media, websites, magazines, as well as educational institutions. Income and funding flows into the circle. If you are an artist, an animal advocate, an educator, or just someone who is passionate about helping animals, visit the HeARTs Speak website ( Membership categories include service professional members, aspiring members, junior members, and ambassadors. Lisa is also actively seeking to expand mutuallysustainable partnerships with organizations that share her vision. Community and corporate sponsors are invited to join in on the synergy of HeARTs Speak.

While photographers tend to be HeARTs Speak’s most visible members, Lisa envisions a global team of multi-disciplined artists and ambassadors, advocat-

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not just my dog, she was the best companion I’ve ever known. She was with me through the toughest times and best times of my life. She was always exactly who

I needed her to be, always complimenting my every mood…ready to play when I was and always happy

to just lay with me when I was feeling down. She was the only one who would go camping with me when it was snowing. She was always ready to go fishing, hiking or just for a ride at a moment’s notice. No matter what, life was better when she was around. She was also the most well behaved dog. She was very obedient but rarely needed to be told how to act. She stayed in the yard, campsite or whatever area we were in without fences, leashes or even being told what to do. I often got misplaced compliments for how well she was “trained” but she deserved all the credit. She always got along with other dogs and loved every person she met.

Smart, Athletic, Happy, Beautiful, Loyal, Honest, Compassionate, Friendly and most of all Loving…we would all be better people if we were more like this dog.

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In Virginia:

Thursday, September 13th Noon to 7 p.m.

11th Annual Puttin’ for Paws Charity Golf Tournament Cypress Point Country Club Virginia Beach, VA For more information: Virginia Beach SPCA

Sunday, September 16th Noon to 4 p.m.

Aldie Peddler Fall Wine Tasting Event Middleburg Humane Foundation Meet & Greet Aldie, VA For more information:

Sunday, September 16th Noon to 8 p.m. Foglianai Golf Tournament Old Trail Golf Course Crozet, VA For more information: Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

Saturday, September 22nd 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rippon Lodge 10th Annual Harvest Heritage Festival – P.A.W. Express Adoption Event Rippon Lodge Historic Site Woodbridge, VA For more information: Prince William County SPCA


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Peninsula SPCA Paws for A Cause 5K & 10K Run The Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News, VA For more information: Penninsula SPCA

Friday, October 5th 6 p.m. 14th Annual Fur Ball The Jefferson Hotel Richmond, VA For more information: Richmond SPCA

Saturday, October 6th 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

2012 Critter Ball Slaughter Recreation Center, UVA Charlottesville, VA For more information: Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

Saturday, October 6th 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Mid-Atlantic Dachshund Phest Prince William Fairgrounds Manassas, VA For more information:

Sunday, October 7th 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bark in the Park & 5K Doggy Dash Chesapeake City Park Chesapeake, VA For more information: Chesapeake Humane Society

Saturday, October 13th 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

3rd Annual Fluted Hoot Music Festival Middleburg Community Center Middleburg, VA For more information:

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3rd & Nov. 4th 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer! Benefit: Ohio State University’s Greyhound Health & Wellness Program (GHWP) Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center Fredericksburg, VA For more information:

In Maryland: Thursday, September 20th 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Yappy Hour at Quiet Waters Dog Park Annapolis, MD For more information:

Saturday, September 29th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bark in the Park Jonathan Hager House & Museum Hagerstown, MD For more information: Washington County Humane Society

Saturday, October 20th Noon to 5 p.m.

Howl-O-Wine – Wags for Hope’s 3rd Annual Wine Tasting & Halloween Party Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Dickerson, MD For more information: Wags for Hope

Saturday, October 20th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walk-N-Wag Baker Park Frederick, MD For more information: Frederick County Humane Society

Sunday, October 28th 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

2nd Annual K9s in the Vines Linganore Winecellars Berrywine Plantation Mt. Airy, MD For more information: Animal Welfare League of Frederick Cnty

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Divo was brought to the Baywater Animal Rescue as a stray. Not a lot is known about his background. Breed/Mix: Mix (Hound) Approximate Weight: 42 Pounds Approximate Age: 15 Months Activeness: Very Active Good w/Other Dogs: Yes Good w/Children: Children over 8 years of age (recommended) Housebroken: Unknown Medical Issues: None Feeding Issues: None Special Needs: None Vaccinations: Prior to adoption, the Baywater Animal Rescue ensures that all dogs are current on vaccines, dewormed, heartworm tested, & spayed/neutered. Fun Facts: Although Divo is considered very active due to his young age, he can also be a very quite and calm boy. He loves to play and to visit the local dog park.

Baywater Animal Rescue Baywater Animal Rescue is a regional, No Kill animal shelter providing rescue, shelter, and adoption services for homeless and abused pets. Located in Cambridge, MD, Baywater Animal Rescue has rescued animals from as far away as Alabama and placed animals in loving homes from Virginia to Massachusetts. Baywater Animal Rescue believes that every life is precious and provides medical and behavior rehabilitation to the animals when needed. There is no financial support from the government or national animal welfare groups. Baywater Animal Rescue also assists the community with low-cost spay/neuter services and operates a pet food pantry. Please visit their website to find a new best friend or make a donation.


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Genesis Revisited Many of the past Solid Gold articles talked about our new dog food, Solid Gold SunDancer dry dog food with curcumin and chia to control gas, also tapioca and quinoa, SunDancer has no grains and no gluten. Today’s focus is on our Solid Gold SeaMeal powder supplement, which has 19 types of sea vegetation, and only one type of kelp. Dogs are 11% trace minerals and only 4% vitamins. Without the trace minerals the vitamins don’t work. SeaMeal activates the hormone, enzymes and immune systems of the body. These systems grow coats, help with tear staining, for ear infections, help to prevent allergies, and aid in preventing bladder stones. SeaMeal is especially for Oriental and Arctic dogs and dogs developed in England, Scotland and Ireland for hundreds of years, (Terriers, Spaniels, retrievers, water dogs, poodles, white, near white and light colored dogs). If you don’t feed a fish-based dog food and sea vegetation to these types of dogs, you are not supporting the DNA of the body and you will have problems. We used to import our kelp from Norway. But in1985, the Russian nuclear disaster at Chernobyl spread. Now, we get our kelp from New Zealand. When a dog is eating allergic dog food, his front legs may become inflamed and this acid condition causes his feet to swell and burn. He licks his feet because saliva is an alkali. An acid-based ingredient is white rice (listed as rice). Solid Gold uses brown rice, an alkali. Other acid ingredients are corn, wheat, soybeans, sugar beet pulp (companies forget to list it as sugar), and peanuts or peanut butter. Solid Gold doesn’t use these acids. These acids may cause a normal dog’s cells to become abnormal and produce malignant cellulose cells that do not correspond with the immune system and may cause leukemia or cancer. Excess acidity in the blood causes white cells to increase and red cells to decrease - causing liver disease, kidney disease, epilepsy and diabetes. Arthritis may also occur. See book by Herman Aihara, Acid / Alkali Balance of the Well-being Ranch in Harper, TX. All of our Solid Gold dog foods are fish-based. Fish is the best food for people and dogs. Big fish eat smaller fish, which eat little fish, which feed upon sea algae. Algae color is very important. The red algae supports the blood circulation and immune system. During the Japanese tsunami/ radiation disaster, the U.S. sent tons of red sea algae to Japan. Brown algae is for bones and the support system. Green algae with chlorophyll makes healthy new cells and lungs. Blue/Green algae can be a mixed blessing. Some are good, but others grow so fast that it clogs up waterways, so that the ships can’t get through. Now for GENESIS REVISITED Prior to Noah’s Ark, people lived to be 900 years or more. Adam lived to be 903 years, Enoch 905 years (see foot note about Enoch), Cain 910, Methuselah 969 and Noah 950. After God brought the flood to destroy mankind, except for Noah and his family, mankind died at a younger age. After the flood, the waters receded with an almost total erosion of the earth’s crust. This in turn, washed the mineral rich top surfaces to the bottom of the ocean, which became fish food algae. By taking away the minerals, man’s life was dramatically shortened. You can replace your dog’s shortage of minerals with Solid Gold SeaMeal. People ask us why we don’t put the SeaMeal in with our SunDancer and other dog foods. We mix pro biotic digestive enzymes with our SeaMeal. Probiotics are killed at 120˚. Dog food is cooked at around 300˚. All the digesters would be destroyed. Other dog food companies list lines of probiotics in their ingredients lists. Guess they didn’t do their homework. Why are you paying for something you are not getting. These companies may say that they lower the temperatures and spray the enzymes on. Don’t believe it! When you lower the temperature, the oils cool and don’t hold the trace minerals and enzymes. How do we know? Because we tried it. If it didn’t work for us, it doesn’t work for them. Now for the Story In 325 AD, the Council of Churches met on the island of Nicea and threw out 67 books of the Bible - including Adam Part I and Part II. They left in Genesis, but threw out Enoch I and II, Jubilee, etc. In the New Testament, they threw out the books of Philip, Thomas, Judah and the five books of Mary. When the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, the missing books were found. Ask your local pet store for a free catalogue. If they don’t have a SunDancer catalogue, call us at (619)258-7356, M-F, 10am to 5pm Pacific time. Or e-mail us at sarah@ You can also visit our website at

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