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Virginia is for Dog Lovers! Summer 2011 Volume 2

Issue 2

pack the pups

for summer fun in the sun


Wineries & Vineyards



Shopping Rescue Style

At the Helm of the

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: Susanne Kogut, Doing Her PART



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Summer 2011

Volume 2

10  Now Offering Canine Massage –

33  Featured Business

12 Cover Story

34  Health

A Sign of the Times

At the Helm of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: Susanne Kogut, Doing Her PART

16  Weekend Getaway

Miracle Farm Bed & Breakfast, Spa & Resort

18 Weekend Getaway

The Richard Johnston Inn

20  Summertime & the Living’s Active A Guide to Getting out there and Getting Fit with Fido


Shopping Rescue Style

24  All is not Sweet with

Artificial Sweeteners


Dog-Friendly Wineries & Vineyards

28  Law

Dining Out with Fido in Virginia

30  Fido Friendly Eateries

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Petzlife Products, Inc.

Ode to the Picky Eater

36  Nutrition

Irritable Bowel Disease


Dog Training I’ve Got this Dumb Dog…

40  Dog Training

Caring for Senior Dogs in Their Golden Years


Safety Pack up the Pups for some Summer Fun in the Sun

43  Upcoming Events Calendar 44  Extraordinary People Jackie Poe

46  Editor’s Note:

A Clarification – Hilleary Bogley – A Life Devoted to Animals


On the Cover Susanne Kogut


Director Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Charlottesville, Virginia Cover Photo By Janet Hitchen

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[Contributer’s] Fred Wolfson L.Ac

Randy Barbour, DVM

Fred Wolfson is a Maryland licensed and board certified acupuncturist as well as a certified animal acupuncturist. He trained at The Midwest College of Oriental Medicine and did his animal acupuncture training at Tai Sophia Institute. He is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible healthcare for people and pets. Fred also brings his experience as a masters degree counselor and a massage therapist.

Randy Barbour is a native of Vinton, Virginia. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy in 1981, and The Virginia-Maryland School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. After working in emergency and small animal private practice for four years, he founded the Yellow Springs Veterinary Clinic in 1990. Today, Dr. Barbour serves as medical director and enjoys the challenges and rewards of helping our cherished patients live the healthiest life possible.

Hillary Collyer, Attorney

Anne Stoneham, DVM, DACVECC

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. She works at a law firm in Old Town Alexandria, where her fourteen year old shih tzu-mix, Lady, accompanies her to work every day.

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

Krisi Erwin, DVM

Pat Lacy, Dog Trainer

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. She also practices part-time at Leesburg Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Erwin is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.

Pat Lacy founded Dog Lovers Obedience School in 1976 in Richmond, Virginia. She has 55 years training experience. Her specialty is working with families including children age 3 and up. Pat taught a two-year college course for dog obedience instructors. In l984 she founded Therapy Dogs & Associates servicing nursing homes, hospitals, etc.

Tom Lacy, Dog Trainer

Jo Grigsby

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. Under Pat’s supervision, Tom trained his first dog 25 years ago. He is an instructor, as well as a writer and counselor. Tom established the New Hope Counseling Service for premarital, marriage and family crisis counseling. As a writer, Tom has published several books, articles and assisted others in doing the same.

Jo has been working with Yellow Springs Veterinary Clinic for the last 20 years. She started out as veterinary assistant/ receptionist, and for the last eight years has been the practice manager. Last year she received her certification for Canine and Equine Massage Therapy from Equissage in Leesburg, Virginia. This new skill has been utilized at Yellow Springs Veterinary Clinic to enhance the care given to their patients, and needless to say it is keeping her extra busy. However, she still finds time to massage her two dogs and three horses.

Jean Scherwenka

Laura S. Jones

Jean Scherwenka is a freelance writer living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband Tim and their rescued Lab mix Maggie. Jean’s articles appear in Clean Run, Fetch Magazine, Dog Fancy, Natural Dog, The Herb Companion, Pawsitive Life, and Animal Wellness.

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.

Janet Hitchen

Lauren Hagan

Janet Hitchen is a full time photographer living with a “herd of rescue animals” on her farm in Millwood, Va.. After Graduating from the University of Maryland, studying at the Corcoran in Washington.D.C and Photoworks in Glen Echo, Maryland, she took up photography along with maintaining a very active Horse Show business for approx. 25 years. She now writes for several publications and specializes in Taking photos of families and their pets as well as their horses.”

Lauren is originally from Mahwah, New Jersey. A junior at Hood College, she is pursuing a double major in both English Literature and Communication Arts. In her spare time at Hood, she is a radio DJ and the Co-Director of Promotions at Blazer Radio. Lauren’s internship with The Virginia Dog allows her to work around animals, as well as sharpen her journalistic skills. A dog lover since she was young, Lauren is also the owner of a mixed breed dog, Trooper, 7, whom she rescued from an abusive home.

Christina Selter, Pet Safety Expert

Darleen Rudnick, Nutritionist

Christina Selter is the founder of Bark Buckle UP®. Known as the “Pet Safety Lady,” Christina works with first responders nationwide teaching pet safety and has buckled UP more then 10,000 pets. Education is the first step to show that pet safety is connected to human safety, which helps to save lives. Christina has been featured in more then 372 news segments, directed and produced several pet safety PSA’s and created Be Smart Ride Safe-take the pledge Buckle UP the whole family.

Darleen Rudnick has been studying nutrition since 1987. As a degreed professional in Social Work, she has continued her education at Colorado State University majoring in Nutrition and Care of Companion Animals and Basic Nutrition for Pets. She supports animals with a complete holistic approach. In 1994, Darleen began offering her services to those in need. She has done extensive work with A.A.R.F. (Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation) in Richmond, VA, conducted workshops on nutrition, contributed information to the book, “Canine Epilepsy, An Owner’s Guide to Living With and Without Seizures.”

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[Publisher’s Not e]

The rock band War once wrote about summer: “Young boys playin’ stick ball in the street/Fire hydrants help to beat the heat/Old man feeding pigeons in the square/ Nighttime finds young lovers walking there… ‘Cause it’s summer/Summer time is here/Yes it’s summer/My time of year.” Who doesn’t feel that summer is his or her time of year? The temperatures are warm and inviting, it’s time for vacations, kids are out of school, the beach beckons, and there’s just no better time of the year for those much-talked-about long walks in the park, and other activities more conducive to summer weather, such as camping, hiking, fishing, boating, running, or just plain being outside clad only in T-shirts, shorts, sneakers and baseball caps! Well, you’re not going to enjoy these great summer months alone—of course, you’re going to bring your pets along with you! And if you’re interested in enjoying two great summer pastimes with your dogs— well, you can. Why not add a day at a Virginia winery or vineyard to your list of summer things-to-do? And, at the end of the day, how about taking a nice stroll down some city sidewalks to one of Virginia’s many eateries that also welcome pets on their outdoor patios? To assist you with planning a great summer day and evening with your pup, The Virginia Dog, in this summer-oriented issue, has conveniently compiled a list of dog-friendly wineries and vineyards that welcome your four-legged furry friend, as well as a list of eateries that welcome both of you within their outdoor seating areas. In addition to information about these fun summer destinations, this issue is packed with information and tips about other summer-related topics—how to keep your canine fit and trim as they head outside more often, and what to bring, what to do, and what to remember when you bring your pooch along with you on your summer vacation! And, of course, we have our usual host of other educational and useful articles in this issue. The photo below includes our resident Virginia Dog mascots after a day of hiking. Each of them is sporting their lightweight utility backpacks designed by Doodie Pack. In keeping with the philosophy that dogs need a job, these packs allow them to carry necessary items during hikes—including a leash, a small first aid kit, and a supply of water. We at The Virginia Dog are proud to promote Doodie Pack in their efforts to give back to those individuals and organizations who are working toward making a difference in the lives of our canine companions, as the company donates 5 percent from the sale of every pack to Rescue Groups who partner with them. To learn more about this helpful, generous program, please visit their website at So, pack a lunch, gather up your best friends, both human and canine, and hit the road for a day of adventure, because, as the song goes, “When you feel those balmy breezes on your face/Summer time is the best time any place.”


Pamela Wahl Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief

Publisher/Editor in Chief Pamela Wahl Director of Operations Gene Wahl Art Director Kelly Mayer Senior Editor Kimberly Holmes Photographer Janet Hitchen Photo Editor Kelly Mayer Copy Editor Matt Neufeld Advertising Director Pamela Wahl Production Coordinator Diane Weller Distribution Manager Alex Steinlen Web Site Design/Manager Jen Griggs-Sebastian Business Manager Cathy Wahl Contributing Writers Randy Barbour, DVM Hillary Collyer, Esquire Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT Jo Grigsby Lauren Hagan Janet Hitchen Laura S. Jones Pat Lacy Tom Lacy Darleen Rudnick Geof Ruppert, DVM Jean Scherwenka Christina Selter Anne Stoneham, DVM, Diplomate, ACVECC Fred Wolfson, L.Ac. The Virginia Dog Magazine 1 College Avenue Frederick, MD 21701 (301) 514-2804 Copyright 2011

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[Now Offering Canine Massage]

A Sign of the Times by Jo Grigsby

If you walk into the veterinary office where I work, you will see a sign that reads, “Now Offering Canine Massage.” These four words have drawn the attention of clients and an array of great questions. So, I thought it befitting to target the frequentlyasked-questions that I receive regarding canine massage. “They do that now for dogs?” Well, dogs do have muscles! No matter if it is the muscle of a human or a dog, a muscle is a muscle. Many of the muscle groups of humans share the same names, attachment, composition, and importance as those of dogs. Dogs can also suffer the same muscle ailments that we do. A few of these ailments are tight muscles from overexertion, muscle tension from stress, muscle spasms from muscles unable to repair themselves, and muscle strain from compensatory efforts of injured joints, arthritis, and post operative recoveries. “Why would you massage a dog?” Now that we understand that a muscle is a muscle, we can treat a dog’s muscle like a human’s muscle through therapeutic massage. Massage provides multiple benefits for dogs. Massage allows tight muscles to regain their ability to contract and release effectively. Eliminating the pain of tight muscles allows the dog to once again have proper range of motion, which will help prevent muscle atrophy and help the dog regain muscle tone and flexibility. In addition, massage stimulates circulation, and in the process, releases the body’s own pain-killing endorphins. It also promotes natural healing by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles and helps with the elimination of toxins. “How would you massage a dog?” I usually perform my massages on the floor. Dogs can stand, sit or lie down—often, there’s a combination of all three. The important thing is for the dog

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to feel relaxed, to maximize the benefits of massage. A beneficial massage cannot be forced upon the dog. It has been my experience that initially dogs become uncomfortable with the massage because it is a different type of touch than they are accustomed, and often the treatment of the trigger points and muscle spasms can be tender. However, once they realize the relief that this brings, they begin to relax—sometimes falling asleep or lifting a leg to let me get to a sore spot. “I already massage my dog myself.” Yes, indeed you do, but usually not a massage that actually treats trigger points and spasms. The massage is a formulated process. It is the application of specific strokes in a particular sequence. The process requires warming a group of muscles, palpating for trigger points and spasms, applying treatment to the affected area, and then closing the treatment to allow muscle recovery to begin. The knowledge of what the muscle functions are, and where they attach, is paramount to a successful massage. A massage therapist can teach basic techniques that the owner can do at home to help expedite healing. “What is this world coming to—massages for dogs?” Massage for humans and animals date back to the ancient Egyptians. Over time, as drug therapies became more prevalent, people forgot that massage had therapeutic benefits. It became just a feel-good spa item. Now, with concern about unwanted side effects of some medications, people are turning back to this modality as a therapeutic treatment. Massage therapy is a great way to help the body heal itself. With dogs referred to as not just our pets, but as distinguished family members, it seems natural to see signs that read “Now Offering Canine Massage.”

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[At the Helm of the Charlottesville-

photo by Janet Hitchen

Albemarle SPCA:]

by Laura S. Jones

Do you read stories about animal abuse and shudder? Are your spirits then lifted when you hear about a dog rescued from a burning building or a blind kitten finding a loving home? Well, imagine facing that much sadness and joy 20 times a day, thousands of times a year. What kind of person can do that? Meet Susanne Kogut, the Executive Director of the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle SPCA, who does the hands-on, agonizing and uplifting work of saving as many animals as she can every day. Passion, empathy and hard work are the key ingredients in her recipe for success, says Kogut. It enables each of the staff and volunteers of central Virginia’s premier no-kill organization to do their PART. PART, explains Kogut, stands for “keeping a Positive attitude, being Accountable for our success, having Respect for the animals and people, and working as a Team.”

From Success to Significance You need more than a big heart to run an animal welfare organization. You also need a big brain. It’s like Kogut got to ask

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for two gifts from the Wizard of Oz. How she decided to take those gifts out of the corporate world and into the non-profit sector is an interesting story, and her faith in God played a large part, as did a dog named Murphy. “I worked in the Northern Virginia—Washington D.C. area for over 14 years, first as a corporate attorney at two different law firms, then as a lawyer and business manager in the business operations division of Capital One. At that time Capital One was a growth company, a company that was never satisfied with small goals but rather set audacious goals and achieved them. The leadership at Capital One focused on building a world-class team. In many ways, I see what I learned there as a significant factor in my success as a leader of the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle SPCA.” “I consider myself very blessed to have had good opportunities in life and to have made something of them. But in 2001 I decided that I wanted a change, I wanted to do something with my life where I could help others.”

[Susanne Kogut, Doing Her PART] Kogut gives a lot of credit to the book Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance by Bob Buford as helping her form her plan for the “significant” part of her life. But she gives the lion’s share of the credit to a much beloved former dog, Murphy. The loss of him, after he had been such a big part of her life, and her search for a new canine companion led her to want to give back to all dogs in the name of her first dog, Murphy. Kogut is clearly uncomfortable talking about herself too much, although most people credit her for making the SPCA into a no-kill community in less than two years. Asked how she did it, Kogut responds: “I just try and do the best with what I have. I don’t claim to be perfect, but I am determined beyond belief.”

Walking the Walk If Kogut could, she would wrap her arms around all the homeless dogs in the world. Since that option is not available to any single individual, she has done the next best thing: inspire her community to do their part. She has even recruited her oldest dog Mason to help. Kogut lives with six dogs, but Mason is the leader. In her words: “After a tough start in life, Mason came to live with me when he was two years old. Since that time, his foster siblings have included a paralyzed Shih Tzu, an aggressive German Shepherd and her 11 puppies, dozens of young adult dogs with behavior problems, shy dogs, and litter after litter of puppies. He has even cured a few people of their fear of pit bulls.”

spent time cleaning kennels and cat cages, working in the clinic and the front desk. By getting dirty, I was able to get to know what and who worked and what and who needed to change. It was not always easy but our organization has really come together to achieve great things.”

The Statistics Over the course of a year, the SPCA provides care for about 4,000 animals. “At any given time, we have 100-125 dogs, about 80 of which are available for adoption,” Kogut says. The rest may be waiting for their owners to claim them, or undergoing behavior training programs, or receiving medical attention from the in-house veterinary clinic. Just as she doesn’t see perfection in herself, Kogut does not expect it of others, including adopters. “You can’t save animals if you hate people. I can’t take 5,000 dogs home. I have to trust other people. People can love their pets differently. Our job is to help people be more responsible pet owners.” With that attitude, since embarking on their no-kill mission in 2005, Kogut and her staff have found homes for more than 20,000 animals, and have spayed and neutered over 22,000, provided life-saving medical care for 12,000 more, and maintained a 90% community wide save rate. The accolades have followed yearly:

In 2006 – Animal Shelter Director of the Year Award from the No-Kill Advocacy Center

In addition to her canine help, Kogut has “the right people on the bus.” Her staff, she says is amazing. Each member of the senior staff has been with the organization for many years. Kogut is especially grateful to have the assistance of Jennifer Hall, Director of Operations, and Beth McPhee, Business Manager, who have been with the SPCA for 10 and 25 years respectively. “No one works here to get rich,” says Kogut. “They are all here because they love animals. They are incredibly hardworking individuals.”

In 2007 – The Compassion Award from the Virginia Federation

The same goes for Kogut, who began her tenure as Executive Director getting to know the operation from the bottom up. “I

In 2010 – The Ayshire Award for spay/neuter works form the

of Humane Societies

In 2008 – The

Prestigious Lifesaving Award from Maddie’s Fund

In 2009 – The Henry Bergh Leadership Award from the No-Kill Advocacy Center Virginia Federation of Humane Societies

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Facility

photo by Janet Hitchen

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[Susanne Kogut, Doing Her PART] photo by Gregory Brun

photo by Janet Hitchen

Lexi and Parker enjoying time in the wading pool

Success Stories A few years back, Kogut and a long time volunteer, Faye Brown, were discussing Parker, an Australian Shepherd mix with a slew of issues. They were having their conversation in an outdoor play park with Parker splashing joyfully in a baby pool. Another staff member was walking by with Lexi, a relatively new resident of the SPCA who was a lovely, but painfully shy, black and white pit bull. The three introduced the dogs, but Lexi huddled in a corner while Parker played. Slowly, she became curious about why Parker was having so much fun. Within minutes, she and Parker were taking turns racing through the baby pool and splashing water on all the humans within twenty feet. Both dogs were soon adopted.

recent sunny afternoon, I stopped Nicky Mitchell, a third year student at UVA, and asked her why she liked to walk dogs at the SPCA. “Why don’t I like to walk dogs? It’s my favorite thing to do,” she said. “It’s like a great kind of therapy that also helps dogs that really need it. I like working with them to help them learn better behavior or that people aren’t scary so they can get adopted. It’s the best feeling in the world.” “Dogs can make people so happy,” Kogut explains, even when they are only a small part of someone’s week. “It’s why we have the Love Somebody theme. It’s about the love between the dog and the person, not just the love of a dog. Dogs need their person to give unconditional love to.”

To take the time to figure out what a dog needs is something everyone at the SPCA does every day. Luckily, many of the dogs who come through their doors don’t need special attention, just love and food and shelter. They are easy to adopt.

Here’s the chorus to Schulyer Fisk’s song, “Love Somebody,” which you can download from iTunes. All the proceeds support the SPCA, which means Fisk has followed in her mother Sissy Spacek’s footsteps as another wonderful supporter of the SPCA.

Little Mo was not one of the easy ones. “Most people would have thought there was nothing they could do for him,” Kogut says. He was a near-feral small hound mix who came to the SPCA terribly afraid and ready to bite anyone who came near him. Kogut housed Little Mo in an employee bathroom for part of each day so he could get used to human company. With a baby gate across the doorway, he could watch the comings and goings from a safe place. Slowly but surely, he started to trust, and then he became the best part of everyone’s day, travelling from office to office to greet staff. The saddest and happiest day, Kogut remembers, was when he got adopted. Without compassion, patience, and the resources to give Little Mo the time and attention he needed, the world would have been deprived of a very special little dog who ultimately made a family very happy.

“Always know the way to make my dark skies sunny Cause everything’s better when you love somebody”

And there was Rochelle, a tiny Shih Tzu who came to the SPCA two years ago in critical condition after being hit by a car. She was unable to walk and had a big stick embedded in her back. Instead of giving up, the on site veterinary staff gave her immediate care and saved her life. Rochelle remained paralyzed though, and Kogut took her home to foster her for a while. It didn’t take long, Kogut remembers, for Rochelle, a ten pound dog with only two good legs, to assume control of Kogut’s entire dog pack. Kogut still laughs with amazement as she recalls the little fighter, who quickly found a loving permanent home.

The Community “Passion becomes infectious. You can’t fake it,” explains Kogut. The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA welcomes volunteers, including a regular group from the University of Virginia. On a

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The Future Kogut has a broad and hopeful vision for the future. “Our organization wants to do everything it can to help other animal welfare organizations achieve success. I see no reason why Virginia cannot become a no-kill state. We don’t want to be special. We want everyone to save animals; our goal is for what we do to become the norm.” Not satisfied with changing her own life and community, Kogut wants to encourage other business people to take the leap into the animal welfare world. “A personal passion of mine is bringing more people from the corporate-business-legal environment to the non-profit world. They may not make as much money, but their lives will be so much better. If you love animals and every day you get to help another one….well, there is nothing better. Often people with the talent needed are afraid they won’t be able to deal with the emotional side. But those are exactly the kind of people the animal welfare world needs. It is an emotional roller coaster, and it is painful to see an animal hurt or starving. But that is made up for by your ability to help that animal, to feed that animal. It may be a cliché, but it is true at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: It takes a village. For more information visit: And you can check out their Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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Twenty years ago, Karen Osborn and Ed Cohn wrote down their wildest dreams: Become Self-Sustaining. Rescue Animals. Cook With Fresh Ingredients. Give Massages. Teach Fitness. Develop A Non-Profit. Go “Green.” This cocktail of dreams is now known as the Miracle Farm Bed and Breakfast, Spa and Resort, located in Floyd, Virginia. This bucolic bed-and-breakfast, spa and resort can be found on 25 country acres filled with cottages, bamboo groves, wildflowers and hiking trails, and they are all intersected by the New River. This is where Innkeepers Karen and Ed began their business and pursued their dreams. The Miracle Farm is a “green” and self-sustained non-profit organization— and it is home to rescued animals! There is a relaxing bed and breakfast, yes, but it is two-legged and four-legged visitors. When you stay there, your vacation is a donation to the organization. Cats and chickens and other animals roam the grounds, making the property their own cozy home. “Animals just love it here!” Karen assures guests. Dogs are particularly attracted to the safe waters to swim in and the winding trails to explore. After a long day of exploration with pets, visitors are welcome to book hot stone massages with Karen, who has more than 20 years of experience with health and fitness, particularly massage and Pilates. “People arrive looking worn out,” Karen says. “They may stay just one night, but they look entirely different the next day!” All of the food at Miracle Farm is fresh from the backyard. Ed is proud of his garden, and he is happy to teach visitors about

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creating a garden of their own. Organic breakfast comes from the Farm’s own produce, and each morning there is a mix of “savory and sweet” foods for breakfast—all vegetarian. After breakfast, guests can hike to the vast New River. The river intertwines throughout Floyd and flows down to nearby cities such as Blacksburg and Roanoke. Homes to Virginia Tech and Roanoke College, agriculture students from these schools often volunteer at the Farm to get hands-on experience in their majors. As May approaches, the Miracle Farm will check-in families attending graduation ceremonies at these nearby colleges. The Miracle Farm accommodates up to 12 guests comfortably in the cottages nestled on the property. These guests can experience seasonal activities like Floydfest, a music festival that draws between 20,000 to 30,000 visitors. “If you talked to everyone you met in Floyd, most people play music or have some kind of art they do,” Karen says. Immerse yourself—and your pet— in this culture-rich, eco-friendly environment. Bring your pet along. Listen to the flowing trickle of water outside an intimate cabin. For a summer activity, the Farm offers “a cozy and healthy retreat and environment for people and animals,” Karen says. For more information, contact: Miracle Farm Bed & Breakfast, Spa & Resort Karen Osborn & Ed Cohn 179 Ida Rose Lane, Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 789-2214

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The Richard Johnston Inn

Where History and Memories are Made by Lauren Hagan

In an antique bedchamber off the vibrant courtyard of The Richard Johnston Inn, a youthful bride slips into her summer gown of white with assistance from her attendants. Sunlight streams through the windowpanes, illuminating the antiquated furnishings that have seen years of visitors. Originally built in 1770 by John Taylow, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the home to Richard Johnston, the 19th-century mayor of Fredericksburg, VA where the building is located, The Richard Johnston Inn has walls that whisper history. In contrast is the bride, who awaits a fresh beginning and prepares to embark on a history she will help write for herself. Summer, the season of weddings, is here. As the wedding weekend comes to a close, Monday arrives, toting corporate executives that utilize the inn’s wireless Internet connection and other ideal amenities for their conference. While the suit-clad business people sip coffee and pitch ideas, a family traveling from Florida to New Jersey checks in with their cocker spaniel and children in tow for a comfortable, educational, and relaxing stay as they travel north. Whether it is used as a wedding venue, a host to a business conference, a pleasant stop on a vacation, or a getaway of any kind, The Richard Johnston Inn is an ideal summer stop with “something for everyone,” and for pets, says Innkeeper Bonnie De Lelys. There is one thing that all of the above-mentioned guests have in common—they have their furry friends along with them at the Inn. Since Bonnie was 19 years old, she has worked in the hospitality business, and she knows that the Inn is an ideal “niche market” for guests with pets. Two rooms, The Kitchen House and Isabella’s Suite, accommodate pets. They are conveniently located off of the spacious courtyard. Pets require an extra $25 fee and must be on a flea control medication.

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Bonnie herself has two dogs that call the Inn home. Her Miniature Schnauzers are Bailey, 1, and Scooter, 7, two very sociable and hospitable dog hosts. “Bad boy Bailey is confined to the kitchen,” whereas Scooter is “very laid back and lovable,” Bonnie says. Bonnie, Bailey, and Scooter are happy to offer four-footed guests dog biscuits at check-in, and to suggest all the dog-friendly activities in the area. Kybecca Wine Bar and Shop and Bistro Bethem offer prime outdoor seating that welcomes dogs, which is perfect for warm summer evenings. On June 4, visitors can expect five to six blocks of one-of-a-kind cars for the Antique Car Show. As fall approaches, Oktoberfest and the Halloween Parade are two fabulous outdoor festivals to attend, as well. As the summer weddings move indoors and brisk fall breezes descend, The Richard Johnston Inn will be honoring the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Police and firefighters will be able to stay the Saturday of the anniversary weekend and receive Sunday night free. As historic Fredericksburg is home to the Civil War’s Battle of Fredericksburg, the Inn honors tragedies of past American history, and more recent tragedies. Today, the Inn is available for pets and people for any occasion. For more information, or to book a reservation at the historic and pet-friendly inn in downtown Fredericksburg, contact: The Richard Johnston Inn Bonnie De Lelys 711 Caroline Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (877) 557-0770

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As an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association, we are dedicated to providing excellence in small animal care. Our hospital is evaluated regularly by AAHA to ensure that we meet or exceed the association's standards of excellence. AAHA standards are recognized around the globe for quality care in veterinary medicine. Doctors’ hours are by appointment during the following times: Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 am to 6 pm Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 am to 8 pm Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 am to 8 pm Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 am to 8 pm Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 am to 8 pm Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 am to 12 pm

Dr. Randy Barbour & Dr. Geof Ruppert own and operate the hospital as a team. Dr. Michelle Kluchurosky also joined the practice in 2007! Phone: (301) 663.8353


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[Summertime and...]

A Guide to Getting Out There and Getting Fit With Fido By Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT

Ah-summertime... The days are longer and the sun is warmer. Kids are hitting the pool and families are heading to the beach. People and their pets are emerging from their houses, stretching their arms and legs, and getting more active. What a great time of year for re-engaging with the world around us! In the past few issues we’ve discussed some of the high-tech gadgets and gizmos that can help pets to live longer, more comfortable lives. But remember, you don’t always need to rely on these things to keep your dog fit. In this time of renewed vigor, I’d like to stray from these discussions and challenge each of you to get out there with your dog and get moving with some good, old-fashioned exercise. Trust me-you’ll both feel better and your bond will become all the stronger. As you can see, it’s a win/win situation! Obesity is a huge problem for people and their pets. But take heart! Studies show that dog parents tend to live healthier, more active lifestyles. Here are a few tips to help you improve your dog’s physical fitness and overall health to help prevent some of the more common orthopedic issues associated with a sedentary lifestyle such as cranial cruciate tears. We all know that diet and exercise go hand in hand. In order to stay fit or lose weight, calories “in” need to be proportionate to calories “out.” If you’ve noticed that your pooch has gained a few pounds, you should work with your veterinarian to develop a comprehensive weight management plan. If you find that your dog is resistant to weight loss, have your veterinarian check to make sure that there are no metabolic problems such as hypothyroidism contributing to obesity. Here are a few basic tips to help your dog maintain a healthy weight:

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 ortion control: Make sure to follow the guidelines P outlined on your pet’s food bag. Always make sure to use a 1 cup measuring cup so that you can be sure you are measuring out the food appropriately. If your pet is used to “grazing” throughout the day, you can figure out your pet’s daily requirements and then offer ½ that amount in the morning and ½ in the evening. reats: One of the biggest mistakes that pet owners T make is offering their pets too many treats. Jerky treats

[...the Living’s Active!]

and milk bones are rather like getting a candy bar. Instead, you should try offering healthy alternatives such as: baby carrots, snap green beans, ice cubes, apple wedges, plain rice cakes (with no salt or sugar added), or even just 4-5 of your dog’s daily allotted kibble per day. You can also make healthy treats by mixing plain canned pumpkin and non-fat plain yogurt in equal portions and freezing them into bite sized snacks! It is important to remember that even too much of a good thing can be bad, so offer these treats in moderation. Please stay away from grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, and raisins as they can be toxic.

 he “Green Bean Diet”: Most dogs do enjoy green beans T as a treat. As you decrease the amount of kibble that your dog is eating, he or she may act hungrier. You can offer fresh, frozen, or no-salt added green beans along with your pet’s meals. This will help to add filler to your dog’s diet and allow him or her to feel more full without ingesting too many calories.  iet Choice: Many pet parents feel that they are doing D their dog a good service by feeding diets labeled “Weight Management,” “Healthy Weight Formula,” and “Calorie Control.” Don’t be fooled by these labels. These foods are not regulated in regards to a standard amount of calories per cup. Only diets that are labeled “Light” or “Lite” are reduced calorie and helpful in a weight management plan.

Now that you have “tweaked” your dog’s diet and checked with your veterinarian to ensure your dog’s overall health is good, you can start to implement an exercise program. A balanced exercise program generally has 4 components:

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 kill training such as: obedience exercises and agility S sequences.  trength training such as:. running up and down hills, S retrieving games, and hikes in the woods.  roprioception training to help with coordination and P balance. These activities can include: walking over ground poles or changing terrain on a walk.

 ndurance training such as: trotting for 20 minutes or E swimming for 10 minutes.

One of the easiest ways to get moving with your dog is to get out there and walk. A walking program for you and your dog should build over time and needs to be based on your dog’s general fitness level. If Fido spent all winter on the couch, start slowly with shorter walks on even terrain at a mild to moderate pace. Gradually build your walks over a course of several weeks to incorporate longer distances to build stamina, variable terrains to help maintain balance, and variable hills and slopes to build muscle. Monitor your dog very closely for signs of fatigue and soreness. Signs of fatigue may include: lagging behind and excessive panting, especially if accompanied by an extremely broad, flat tongue. If your pet seems worse after a walk, decrease that level of activity by half and try to build up again more gradually. A good goal for an average, healthy dog would be a 20 minute brisk walk at a trot. As you set off on your new, more active lifestyle with your dog, try to avoid these pitfalls:

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If your dog has been a couch potato all winter, don’t expect him or her to run a marathon right away.  ftentimes, dogs need time to build up their paw pads O prior to long runs or walks on pavement. Also, dogs can burn their pads on hot pavement so please be careful!  lder dogs with stiff joints may benefit from shorter, O more frequent walks to help keep their joints more fluid and mobile.

This is a great time to get out there and start building a new fitness level for you and your dog. Have fun and enjoy the special time together...who knows, maybe both of you can be “the biggest loser!”

For More Info Contact: Krisi Erwin, DVM, CVA, CCRT Wholistic Paws Veterinary Services

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[Shopping Rescue Style] With the economic slow down that has occurred in recent years, many rescue, adoption and non-profit animal organizations that rely heavily on donations in order to operate have found themselves suffering. As a result, they are functioning on very limited budgets, and they are overflowing with animals that have been given up by their owners due to the mortgage crisis or unemployment. Thus, organizations are trying to make shopping as easy as possible for patrons. Many rescue and non-profit animal organizations offer an opportunity to shop online. And some of these organizations operate thrift stores, with budget pricing, that are operated by volunteers. Both online sites and thrift store shopping offer a variety of items and gifts, with the proceeds benefiting the care, feeding and housing of animals. So, the next time you’re in the market for pet and personal items, you can use the organizations listed below, with their contact information provided in a convenient chart. The proceeds, as always, benefit our four-legged friends.

national A Voice for Animals


The Animal Rescue Site

Best Friends Animal Society Store

Humane Society of the United States

North Shore Animal League

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Virginia Organization Telephone # Web Address Online/ On Location Animal Allies Gift Shop P.O. Box 1040 Fairfax Station, VA




On Location


On Location

703-691-HART shopanddonate.aspx


Humane Society of Fairfax County “Second Chance 1” Thrift Shop 4055 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA


On Location

Humane Society of Fairfax County “Second Chance 2” Thrift Shop 929 West Broad Street Falls Church, VA


On Location

*Richmond SPCA “Lora Robins” Gift Shop 2519 Hermitage Road Richmond, VA


On Location

Roanoake Valley SPCA RVSPCA Logo Merchandise 1340 Baldwin Ave., N.E. Roanoke, VA



Southside SPCA “Tail Waggers Thrift Store” 425 Railroad Avenue Keysville, VA


On Location

Virginia Beach SPCA “Second Chance” Thrift Shop 5193 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA


On Location

Virginia Beach SPCA VBSPCA Logo Merchandise 3040 Holland Road Virginia Beach, VA



Winchester SPCA Thrift Store 2225 Valley Avenue Winchester, VA

540-450-2710 thriftstore.html

On Location

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA “The Rummage Store” 943 Preston Avenue Charlottesville, VA Friends of Homeless Animals “Treasure Hound Store” 14508-D Lee Road Chantilly, VA Homeless Animal Rescue Team P.O. Box 7261 Fairfax Station, VA

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[All is Not Sweet...]

by Anne Stoneham, DVM, DACVECC

Sugarless foods have become very commonplace products on the grocery store shelves. From gum to ice cream to baked goods, sugarless foods are there so those of us that are diabetic, or those that don’t want sugar for other reasons, can still enjoy the sweet taste without the negative effects of foods with a high glycemic index. Xylitol is one such sweetener, and it is used in several different products: sugarless gum, jams, jellies and baked goods. It can also be purchased as a powder to be used in cooking. Xylitol does not have the aftertaste that we notice with aspartame and saccharin, so it has become very popular.

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Unfortunately, dogs do not tolerate xylitol the way people do. Emmy found that out the hard way. Emmy, a previously energetic and healthy Labrador Retriever, was eight years old when she discovered a bag of xylitol while her owners were out of the house. She only had a two-hour window to get into it, but that gave her plenty of time. As far as her owners could tell, she ate approximately eight ounces of the sweet stuff and, by the time they got home, she had started to vomit. Her owners brought her to an emergency clinic right away that night, and they found that she had a low blood sugar level. This is one of the first of several toxic effects that we see,

[...with Artificial Sweeteners]

and we see it with nearly every dog that ingests products containing xylitol. Depending on how low the blood sugar is, the dog may look completely normal, be a bit lethargic, or be in a grand mal seizure. Emmy was immediately treated with intravenous fluids supplemented with dextrose (sugar). During that first night, her blood sugar continued to drop, and the doctors had to increase the concentration of dextrose in her intravenous drip to maintain her levels in the normal range. Initial blood work also revealed that she had some elevation of her liver enzymes. She was transferred to our hospital the next day because she had started vomiting again and, when the liver enzymes were rechecked, they were too high to register on the chemistry machine in the emergency clinic. At our hospital, we found that she was also suffering from the second of the main toxic effects of xylitol—and this one was serious: Her liver was failing. Within 24 hours, we saw a completely healthy lab develop total liver failure; all because she ate an artificial sweetener!! I dread seeing this. The liver is just one of the organs of the body, but it’s no less important than any other, and the organ has many, many jobs. Without it, Emmy was unable to form blood clots, so she was at risk for hemorrhage. Her blood proteins started to drop, her blood sugar levels continued to drop, her liver enzymes skyrocketed, and she developed significant abnormal neurologic signs. That last one is secondary to the liver’s inability to detoxify the bloodstream. The bacteria in the intestines produce substances (such as ammonia) that are normally removed by the liver. If they pass by the liver, they get to the brain and cause it to malfunction a bit. With liver failure, we also know that the liver can’t perform its duties of removing bacteria from the blood stream, reducing acid secretion from the stomach (resulting in gastrointestinal ulceration), and providing antioxidants. Liver failure is such a serious condition that if she had been a person, she would have been immediately added to the liver transplant list.

Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to obtain livers for transplant for our patients. You can’t live without your liver, so if it’s being donated, you’re probably as far from healthy as you can get. That’s why there are not too many liver donor volunteers! In veterinary medicine, since we don’t have a willing and ready pool of donors, our focus is on providing medications to support liver function in the hopes that enough liver can regenerate in time to save the patient. Since the liver’s functions are so far-reaching, there are several medications required, and they must be provided in the hospital. These patients are critically ill; and cutting corners on monitoring them or treating them ends in disaster. The first day Emmy was in our hospital, she needed five units of plasma to provide her with enough clotting factors (proteins that her liver could no longer create) to improve her clotting times. That is an amazing volume of plasma, and even with all of that plasma, the clotting times did not normalize; they only improved. She was also treated with vitamin K to help her liver make clotting factors. The rest of her treatments were aimed at taking over some of the liver’s function and at supporting the liver while it healed: intravenous fluids supplemented with dextrose and potassium, antibiotics to prevent infection and to prevent further neurologic abnormalities, antacids to prevent acid build-up, anti-vomiting medications and an intravenous antioxidant. Once she stopped vomiting (her third day in the hospital), we were able to add oral antioxidants and a medication to reduce the amount of ammonia that was absorbed by the intestines. Emmy was a very lucky dog. Her liver was able to regenerate in time, and she did not die. Emmy left the hospital on the ninth day after her admission. She has been back for re-check visits—and she is completely back to normal now. I know that because she is a lab, she will eat more things that she shouldn’t. But I know that she will never get into xylitol again. Emmy’s owners were more than happy to get rid of all of the xylitol in the house. Now, they use plain old sugar!

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[Dog-Friendly Wineries & Vineyards] Consider these dog days of summer also as the days of wine and noses. So you want to take advantage of the beautiful summer days and nights, our regional abundance of fun, tasty—and tasting-filled—wineries, the fruitful and satisfying array of fine local wines, and our dogs, who you want as companions for wining, instead of whining? Well, fortunate for us, and for that aforementioned list of summerrelated, wine-related goals, the state of Virginia is filled with generous, fun, dog-friendly wineries! Following the lead of restaurants, bars, inns, hotels, workplaces and other locales that are increasingly opening up their locations to dogs as well as to humans, these local wineries are just fine with your dogs joining you on visits to their vineyards. Please note that each winery or vineyard have their own specific protocol as to where dogs are allowed. Therefore, you may wish to call ahead to obtain this information prior to your visit. Blue Ridge Area: Chateau Morrisette
 287 Winery Road SW 
 Floyd, Virginia 24091 Phone: 
540-593-2865 West Wind Farm Vineyard Winery
 180 West Wind Drive Max Meadows, VA 24360 Phone: 
276-699-2020 Central Virginia: Afton Mountain Vineyards
 234 Vineyard Lane 
 Afton, Virginia 22920 Phone: 
540-456-8667 Albemarle CiderWorks
 2545 Rural Ridge Lane 
 North Garden, Virginia 22959 Phone: 
434-297-2326 Altavista Vineyards
 620 Level Run Rd. Hurt, Virginia 24536 Phone: 
434-324-4160 Bodie Vineyards
 1809 May Way Drive 
 Powhatan, Virginia 23139 Phone: 
804-598-2625 Byrd Cellars 
 5847 River Road West Goochland, Virginia 23063 Phone: 
804-457-WINE Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery
 9423 Batesville Road 
 Afton, Virginia 22920 Phone: 
540-456-8400 Castle Gruen Vineyards and Winery 1272 Meander Run Road Locust Dale, Virginia 22948 Phone: 
540-229-2498 Cooper Vineyards
 13372 Shannon Hill Rd 
 Louisa, Virginia 23093 Phone: 

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DeVault Family Vineyards 247 Station Lane 
 Concord, Virginia 24538 Phone: 

Lazy Days Winery
 1351 N Amherst Hwy Amherst, Virginia 24521 Phone: 

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery
 500 DelFosse Winery Lane 
 Faber, Virginia 22938 Phone: 

Leo Grande Vineyards & Winery
 1343 Wingfield Drive 
 Goode, Virginia 24556 Phone: 

First Colony Winery
 1650 Harris Creek Road 
 Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 Phone: 

Mountfair Vineyards
 4875 Fox Mountain Rd 
 Crozet, Virginia 22932 Phone: 

Flying Fox Vineyard
 27 Chapel Hollow Road 
 Afton, Virginia 22920 Phone: 

Peaks of Otter Winery
 2122 Sheep Creek Rd 
 Bedford, Virginia 24523 Phone: 

Grayhaven Winery
 4675 East Grey Fox Circle 
 Gum Spring, Virginia 23065 Phone: 
804 556-3917

Pollak Vineyards
 330 Newtown Road 
 Greenwood, Virginia 22943 Phone: 

Hickory Hill Vineyards Winery
 1722 Hickory Cove Lane Moneta, Virginia 24121 Phone: 

Prince Michel Vineyard
 154 Winery Lane 
 Leon, Virginia 22725 Phone: 

Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
 2800 Berry Hill Road Nellysford, Virginia 22958 Phone: 

Rebec Vineyards Inc
 2229 North Amherst Hwy 
 Amherst, Virginia 24521 Phone: 

Horton Vineyards
 6399 Spotswood Trail 
 Gordonsville, Virginia 22942 Phone: 

Sans Soucy Vineyards 
 1571 Mt Calvary Rd 
 Brookneal, Virginia 24528 Phone: 

James River Cellars
 11008 Washington Hwy. 
 Glen Allen, Virginia 23059 Phone: 

Virginia Wineworks
 1781 Harris Creek Way 
 Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 Phone: 

Keswick Vineyards
 1575 Keswick Winery Drive 
 Keswick, Virginia 22947 Phone: 

Wintergreen Winery
 PO Box 648 
 Nellysford, Virginia 22958 Phone: 

Aspen Dale Winery at The Barn
 3180 Aspen Dale Lane 
 Delaplane, Virginia 20144 Phone Number: 

King Family Vineyards
 6550 Roseland Farm 
 Crozet, Virginia 22932 Phone: 

Woodland Vineyard
 15501 Genito Rd 
 Midlothian, Virginia 23112 Phone: 

Barrel Oak Winery
 3623 Grove Lane 
 Delaplane, Virginia 20144 Phone: 

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Chesapeake Bay Area: Athena Vineyards & Winery
 3138 Jesse Dupont Memorial Hwy 
 Heathsville, Virginia 22473 Phone: 
804-580-4944 Belle Mount Vineyards
 2570 Newland Rd 
 Warsaw, Virginia 22572 Phone: 
804-333-4700 Ingleside Vineyards
 5872 Leedstown Road 
 Oak Grove, Virginia 22443 Phone: 
804-224-8687 Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery 8215 Oak Crest Drive 
 King George, Virginia 22485 Phone: 
540-663-2813 White Fences Vineyard Winery
 170 White Fences Drive 
 Irvington, Virginia 22480 Phone: 
804-438-5559 Eastern Virginia Region: Chatham Vineyards
 9232 Chatham Road 
 Machipongo, Virginia 23405 Phone: 
757-678-5588 Holly Grove Vineyards
 6404 Holly Bluff Drive 
 Franktown, Virginia 23354 Phone: 
757-442-2844 Heart of Appalachia Region: Vincent’s Vineyard
 2313 East Main St Lebanon, Virginia 24266 Phone: 
276-889-2505 Northern Virginia:

Breaux Vineyards
 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane 
 Purcellville, Virginia 20132 Phone: 

Lake Anna Winery
 5621 Courthouse Rd 
 Spotsylvania, Virginia 22551 Phone: 

Sharp Rock Vineyards
 5 Sharp Rock Rd 
 Sperryville, Virginia 22740 Phone: 

Fincastle Vineyard & Winery
 203 Maple Ridge Lane 
 Fincastle, Virginia 24090 Phone: 

Casanel Vineyards
 17956 Canby Road 
 Leesburg, Virginia 20175 Phone: 

Lost Creek Vineyard and Winery
 43277 Spinks Ferry Rd 
 Leesburg, Virginia 20176 Phone: 

Sunset Hills Vineyard LLC
 38295 Fremont Overlook 
 Purcellville, Virginia 20132 Phone: 

Lexington Valley Vineyard
 80 Norton Way 
 Rockbridge Baths, Virginia 24473 Phone: 

Chrysalis Vineyards
 23876 Champe Ford Road 
 Middleburg, Virginia 20117 Phone: 

Loudoun Valley Vineyards 38516 Charlestown Pike 
 Waterford, Virginia 20197 Phone: 

Swedenburg Estate Vineyard
 23595 Winery Lane 
 Middleburg, Virginia 20117 Phone: 

North Mountain Vineyard & Winery
 4374 Swartz Road 
 Maurertown, Virginia 22644 Phone: 

Corcoran Vineyards
 14635 Corkys Farm Lane Waterford, Virginia 20197 Phone: 

Marterella Winery 8278 Falcon Glen Road 
 Warrenton, Virginia 20186 Phone: 

The Winery at La Grange
 4970 Antioch Road 
 Haymarket, Virginia 20169 Phone: 

Rockbridge Vineyard
 35 Hill View Lane 
 Raphine, Virginia 24472 Phone: 

Crushed Cellars
 37938 Charles Town Pike 
 Purcellville, Virginia 20132 Phone: 

Mediterranean Cellars
 8295 Falcon Glen Road 
 Warrenton, Virginia 20186 Phone: 

Three Fox Vineyards
 10100 Three Fox Lane 
 Delaplane, Virginia 20144 Phone: 

Twin Oaks Tavern Winery
 18035 Raven Rocks Rd 
 Bluemont, Virginia 20135 Phone: 

Doukenie Winery
 14727 Mountain Road 
 Purcellville, Virginia 20132 Phone: 

Narmada Winery
 43 Narmada Lane 
 Amissville, Virginia 20106 Phone: 

Unicorn Winery 489 Old Bridge Rd 
 Amissville, Virginia 20106 Phone: 

Virginia Mountain Vineyards 4204 Old Fincastle Rd 
 Fincastle, Virginia 24090 Phone: 

Fabbioli Cellars
 15669 Limestone School Road Leesburg, Virginia 20176 Phone: 

Old House Vineyards
 18351 Corkys Lane 
 Culpeper, Virginia 22701 Phone: 

Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
 38906 Mt. Gilead Road 
 Leesburg, Virginia 20175 Phone: 

Wisteria Farm & Vineyard
 1126 Marksville Rd. 
 Stanley, Virginia 22851 Phone: 

Gadino Cellars
 92 Schoolhouse Road 
 Washington, Virginia 22747 Phone: 

Pearmund Cellars
 6190 Georgetown Rd. 
 Broad Run, Virginia 20137 Phone: 

Hartwood Winery
 345 Hartwood Road 
 Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406 Phone: 

Philip Carter Winery of Virginia
 4366 Stillhouse Road 
 Hume, Virginia 22639 Phone: 

Hidden Brook Winery
 43301 Sprinks Ferry Rd. Leesburg, Virginia 20176 Phone: 

Shenandoah Valley: Barren Ridge Vineyards
 984 Barren Ridge Road 
 Fishersville, Virginia 22939 Phone: 

Wolf Gap Vineyard & Winery
 123 Stout Road 
 Edinburg, Virginia 22824 Phone: 
540-984-3306 Southern Virginia Area:

Blue Ridge Vineyard
 1027 Shiloh Dr. 
 Eagle Rock, Virginia 24085 Phone: 

Annefield Vineyards
 3200 Sunny Side Road 
 Saxe, Virginia 23967 Phone: 

Potomac Point Winery
 275 Decatur Road 
 Stafford, Virginia 22554 Phone: 

Bluemont Vineyard
 18755 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia 20135 Phone: 540-554-VIEW

Bright Meadows Farm
 1181 Nathalie Road Nathalie, Virginia 24577 Phone: 
434 349 5349

Hillsborough Vineyards
 36716 Charles Town Pike 
 Purcellville, Virginia 20132 Phone: 

Quattro Goombas Winery
 22860 James Monroe Hwy. 
 Aldie, Virginia 20105 Phone: 

Bluestone Vineyard
 4828 Spring Creek Road 
 Bridgewater, Virginia 22812 Phone: 

Hunting Creek Vineyards
 2000 Addie Williams Trail 
 Clover, Virginia 24534 Phone: 

Hume Vineyards
 5396 Washwright Rd. Hume, Virginia 22639 Phone: 

Rappahannock Cellars
 14437 Hume Road 
 Huntly, Virginia 22640 Phone: 

Cave Ridge Vineyard
 1476 Conicville Rd 
 Mt. Jackson, Virginia 22842 Phone: 

Molliver Vineyards & Winery
 2046 Waller Rd. Nathalie, Virginia 24577 Phone: 

Hunters Run Wine Barn
 40325 Charlestown Pike 
 Hamilton, Virginia 20158 Phone: 

Rogers Ford Farm Winery
 14672 Rogers Ford Road 
 Sumerduck, Virginia 22742 Phone: 

Crooked Run Cellars
 1685 Crooked Run Rd 
 Mt Jackson, Virginia 22842 Phone: 

Rosemont Vineyards & Winery
 1050 Blackridge Road 
 LaCrosse, Virginia 23950 Phone: 

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Law Dining Out With Fido in Virginia

by Hillary J. Collyer Esquire

Summer is finally here, which means that restaurant patrons will soon be heading to outside dining areas at eateries across Virginia. In many localities, particularly Old Town Alexandria, it is common to see furry family members accompanying their people on patios at restaurants offering outside facilities. Although state health codes usually prohibit dogs and other pets from being inside restaurants, many jurisdictions permit dogs in outdoor dining areas. The rules regarding pets on restaurant patios can vary from one jurisdiction to another, and from restaurant to restaurant. Often, there is no specific law on the books outlining whether or not pets are permitted on restaurant patios and under what circumstances they could be there. Rather, the rules regarding dogs at outdoor dining areas often grow out of ordinances addressing other behavior, local practice, and the preferences of restaurant owners. Laws pertaining to restaurant health and safety originate at the state level. There are no federal laws governing the issue of allowing or prohibiting dogs in restaurants, other than the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that restaurants permit service and guide dogs at indoor and outdoor dining areas. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes what is known as the Food Code. Rather than being an actual set of laws, the FDA Food Code is a model, which provides

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recommendations for states and localities to follow. Many jurisdictions, including Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Alexandria, adopt and incorporate portions of the FDA’s Food Code into their local laws. The FDA Food Code prohibits live animals, other than service animals and patrol dogs accompanied by police or security officers, in retail establishments where food is served. While states and localities often adopt the Food Code with minor amendments, such localities do not necessarily promulgate specific statutes or ordinances addressing whether pets are permitted to accompany their owners on restaurant patios and they do not outline the parameters for pets being present if they are allowed. Instead, restaurants often create their own rules regarding whether pets will be allowed at outdoor dining areas and under what circumstances they are allowed. Additionally, jurisdictions may seek to indirectly regulate pets at outdoor restaurant facilities through ordinances dealing with some other activity, such as the tethering of dogs. In the end, what often occurs in many jurisdictions is the interplay between local ordinances regulating dogs in general, local customs and practices, and restaurant owners’ preferences regarding whether dogs will be allowed at outdoor seating areas.

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[Fido Friendly Eateries] One of the many joys of summer is the ability to dine outdoors. For most of us our dining experience would even be better if we could bring along our best four-legged furry friend. To assist you in locating a venue for you and your canine companion The Virginia Dog has compiled the following list of dog-friendly restaurants in Virginia that offer outdoor seating areas. bone appétit! Alexandria: Misha’s 102 South Patrick Street Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 548-4089 Rustico 827 Slaters Lane Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 224-5051 Le Refuge Restaurant 127 North Washington Street Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 548-4661 Chadwicks 203 The Strand Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 836-4442 Bastille 1201 North Royal Street Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 519-3776 BGR: The Burger Joint 106 North Washington Street Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 299-9791 Warehouse Bar & Grill 214 King Street Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 683-6868 Pat Troys Irelands Own 111 North Pitt Street Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 549-4535 Caboose Cafe & Bakery 2419 Mt. Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 566-1283 www.caboose-café.com Joe Theismann’s Restaurant 1800 Diagonal Road Alexandria, VA Tel: (703) 739-0777 Arlington: Mexicali Blues Inc 2933 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 812-9352 Whitlow’s on Wilson Bar & Grill 2854 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 276-9693 II Raddiccio 1801 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 276-2627

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Carlyle 4000 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 931-0777

Jaleo 2250A Crystal Drive Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 413-8181

Delhi Club 1135 North Highland Street Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 527-5666

Rhodeside Grill 1836 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 243-0145

Ping by Charlie Chiang’s 4060 South 28th Street Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 671-4900

T.H.A.I. in Shirlington 4029 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 931-3203

Cassatt’s Cafe 4536 Lee Highway Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 527-3330

Eventide Restaurant 3165 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 276-3165

Tandoori Nights 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 248-8333

Boulevard Woodgrill 2901 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 875-9663

Guajillo 1727 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 807-0840

Restaurant 3 2950 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 524-4440

Ristorante Murali 1201 South Joyce Street Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 415-0411

Village Bistro 1723 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 522-0284

Gua-Rapo 2039 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 528-6500

Ri-Ra Irish Restaurant Pub 2915 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 248-9888

Rockland’s Barbeque 3471 Washington Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 528-9663


America Seafood Corporation 4550 Lee Highway Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 522-8080

Minh’s Restaurant 2500 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 525-2828

Capital City Brewery 4001 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 578-3888

Extra Virgin 4053 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 998-8474

Eleventh Street Lounge 1041 North Highland Street Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 351-1311

California Tortilla 2057 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 243-4150

The Liberty Tavern 3195 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 465-9360

Bertucci’s 2700 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 528-9177

Vapiano 4401 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 528-3113

Faccia Luna Trattoria 2909 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 276-3099

Caribbean Breeze 4100 North Fairfax Drive Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 812-7997

Me Jana 2300 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 465-4440

Fire Works Wood Fired Pizza 2350 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (730) 527-8700

Brooklyn Bagel Bakery 2055 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA Tel: (703) 243-4442

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L’Auberge Provencale 13630 Lord Fairfax Highway Boyce, VA Tel: (800) 638-1702 Centreville: Border Cafe 5825 Trinity Parkway Centreville, VA Tel: (703) 266-4400 Charlottesville: Miller’s Downtown 109 West Main Street Charlottesville, VA Tel: (434) 971-8511 Marco & Lucas 112 West Main Street, #15 Charlottesville, VA Tel: (434) 295-3855 Chap’s Homemade Gourmet Ice Cream 223 East Main Street Charlottesville, VA Tel: (434) 977-4139 Christiansburg: Dude’s Drive In 1505 Roanoke Street Christiansburg, VA Tel: (540) 382-7901 Chincoteague: Saigon Village 4069 Main Street Chincoteague, VA Tel: (757) 336-7299



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South Riding:

Woody’s Ice Cream 10435 North Street Fairfax, VA Tel: (703) 273-8977

Joe’s Crab Shack 1974 Power Plant Parkway Hampton, VA Tel: (757) 262-1560

Aromas Specialty Coffees 706 Towne Center Drive Newport News, VA Tel: (757) 240-4650

Rangoli 24995 Riding Plaza, #120 South Riding, VA Tel: (703) 957-4900

Coastal Flats 11901 Grand Commerce Ave. Fairfax, VA Tel: (571) 522-6300




Turcuisine 13029 Worldgate Drive Herndon, VA Tel: (571) 323-3330

Carrot Tree 411 Reed Street Norfolk, VA Tel: (757) 246-9559

Hunter’s Head Tavern 9048 John Mosby Hwy. Upperville, VA Tel: (540) 592-9020

Dolce Vita 10824 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA Tel: (703) 385-1530 Red Hot & Blue 4150 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA Tel: (703) 218-6989 Temel 3232 Old Pickett Road Fairfax, VA Tel: (703) 352-5477 Bernie’s Delicatessen 4328 Chain Bridge Road Fairfax, VA Tel: (703) 691-1269 Falls Church: Open Kitchen 7115 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA Tel: (703) 942-8148 Clare and Don’s Beach Shack 130 North Washington Street Falls Church, VA Tel: (703) 532-9283 La Caraquea 300 West Broad Street Falls Church, VA Tel: (703) 533-0076 Duangrat’s 5878 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA Tel: (703) 820-5775 Fredericksburg: Truluv’s A Modern American Bistro 1101 Sophia Street Fredericksburg, VA Tel: (540) 373-6500 Allman’s Bar-B-Que 1299 Jefferson Davis Highway Fredericksburg, VA Tel: (540) 373-9882

Pollo Campero 496 Elden Street Herndon, VA Tel: (703) 904-7500

Kincaid Fish, Chop and Steak House 300 Monticello Ave. Norfolk, VA Tel: (757) 622-8000



Fire Works Pizza 201 Harrison Street, SE Leesburg, VA Tel: (703) 779-8400

Tigris Grill 2946 Chain Bridge Road, #P Oakton, VA Tel: (703) 255-5950

Emilio’s 19308 Promenade Drive Leesburg, VA Tel: (571)333-3350 Lightfoot 11 North King Street Leesburg, VA Tel: (703) 771-2233 Dock at Lansdowne 19286 Promenade Drive Leesburg, VA Tel: (571) 331-4747 South Street Under 203 Harrison Street SE Leesburg, VA Tel: (704) 771-9610 Manassas: Jesspresso 9882 Liberia Ave. Manassas, VA Tel: (703) 393-1700 McLean: Kazan 6813 Redmond Drive McLean, VA Tel: (703) 734-1960 cafe taj 1379 Beverly Road McLean, VA Tel: (703) 827-0444 Mechanicsville:

Allman’s Bar-B-Que 2022 Plank Road Fredericksburg, VA Tel: (540) 373-9882

Nacho Mamas 7610 Left Flank Road Mechanicsville, VA Tel: (804) 730-7311



Pop’s Drive-In 6555 George Washington Memorial Highway Grafton, VA Tel: (757) 898-6870

Red Horse Tavern 122 West Washington Street Middleburg, VA Tel: (540) 687-6443

Purcellville: Magnolias at the Mill 198 North 21st Street Purcellville, VA Tel: (540) 338-9800 Reston: Cafe Montmartre 1625 Washington Plaza North Reston, VA Tel: (703) 904-8080 Clyde’s 11905 Market Street Reston, VA Tel: (703) 787-6601 McCormick & Schmick’s 11920 Democracy Drive Reston, VA Tel: (703) 481-6660 Richmond: Acacia 3325 West Cary Street Richmond, VA Tel: (804) 354-6060 Brio Tuscan Grille 9210 Stony Point Parkway Richmond, VA Tel: (804) 272-2255 Baker’s Crust Cafe 11800 West Broad Street Richmond, VA Tel: (804) 377-9060 Roy’s Big Burger 5200 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA Tel: (804) 262-8775 Roanoke: Surf & Turf 1329 Grandin Road Roanoke, VA Tel: (540) 342-4995

Vienna: Konami 8221 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA Tel: (703) 821-3400 Sushi Yoshi 101 Church Street, NW Vienna, VA Tel: (703) 242-1350

Virginia Beach: Abbey Road Pub and Restaurant 203 22nd Street Virginia Beach, VA Tel: (757) 425-6330 Kokomos 2100 Marina Shores Drive Virginia Beach, VA Tel: (757) 481-3388 Bella Pizza 1400 Atlantic Ave. Virginia Beach, VA Tel: (757) 491-6180 Williamsburg: Aromas Coffee House & Bakery 431 Prince George Street Williamsburg, VA Tel: (757) 221-6676 Blue Talon Bistro 516 South Henry Street Williamsburg, VA Tel: (757) 476-2583 J M Randall’s Restaurant and Lounge 4854 Longhill Road Williamsburg, VA Tel: (757) 259-0406 Winchester: Brewbakers 168 North Loudoun Street Winchester, VA Tel: (540) 535-0111 Woodbridge: Bistro L’Hermitage 12724 Occoquan Road Woodbridge, VA Tel: (703) 499-9550 Yorktown: Smokin Joe’s BBQ 5619 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA Tel: (757) 875-7774

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[Featured Business] Take A Bite Out Of Cat And Dog Dental Troubles by: Bud Groth

Here’s an idea to chew over: You are now able to prolong your pet’s life while improving its health and breath. How? By protecting your cat or dog from oral disease. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3. Besides causing receding gums and tooth loss, the infection may enter the bloodstream, potentially infecting the heart, liver and kidneys. “Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for pets,” agreed Dr. Henry Childers, DVM, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. What are the symptoms indicating potential problems? Bad breath, pain around the mouth, swelling or irritation of the gums, bleeding, swelling around the jaw or nose, fever, lethargy, pain when eating, or refusal to eat. A solution: Until recently, the only way to remove plaque and tartar has been a visit to the vet for a dental cleaning. This usually involves the use of a general anesthetic, and that can be a problem. Anesthetic reactions can cause injury and even death. Statistics indicate that over 50,000 dogs and cats die every year, and 1.3 million are injured (some permanently), just from anesthesia! “Fortunately, we now have an additional tool in our dental tool chest,” states Dr. Joann Baldwin, DVM for 30 years at Cardinal Animal Hospital. “Now there’s a safe and efficient way to control plaque and tartar without your pet undergoing anesthesia.”

Bud Groth is getting a licking from “Lucas,” Michael Vick’s former champion fighting dog rescued by Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Lucas is licking away Groth’s tears, shed at the sight of the dog’s fighting scars. Groth loves pets and says, “Pet owners should be concerned if any pet product uses the statement ‘Not for human consumption.”’

“Safe and effective dental health products, like PetzLife Oral Care, are part of the missing link in holistic pet health care,” states Animal Doctor syndicated columnist Dr. Michael Fox. Used daily, PetzLife Oral Care spray or gel can help remove plaque and tartar, control bacteria and eliminate bad breath, and you don’t have to brush. The active ingredients are a blend of herbs and oils including grapefruit seed extract, a natural compound known for killing bacteria. The ingredients are 100 percent natural and “human grade,” so they’re perfectly safe for dogs and cats. Over 1.5 million bottles have been sold without one injury or death, and are now available in over 10,000 retail stores and all PetSmarts and over 6,000 vet clinics. PetzLIfe also produces @-Eaze Calming Support for Pets. When applied directly or mixed with foods or treats, @-Eaze works within minutes to help promote a restful relaxed state without causing reduced alertness. It helps relieve stress and anxiety in pets. In addition, the company also offers a complete line of shampoos, conditioners, aromatherapy mists, flea and tick repellent, de-wormer and low fat treats. Made in USA

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[Ode to the Picky Eater] by Jean Scherwenka

Is your dog finicky about his food—sometimes loving it, but other times refusing to eat? Before labeling him a picky eater, you should assess what’s going on and what may be affecting his appetite.

In reality, he’s scavenging and finding whatever he can—a bird, a mouse, a rabbit. Because dogs are scavengers, they are survivors, and they’re meant to exist on whatever they can find. But that’s existing, not thriving.”

According to Dr. Chris Bessent, a holistic veterinarian in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, many reasons can explain a dog’s picky eating habits. “If your dog has been eating well and abruptly stops eating, that’s a medical issue, and you need to seek veterinarian care. If the dog’s been eating fine, stops abruptly and has gurgly gut, vomiting, diarrhea, or acts lethargic, there may be medical issues that need veterinarian attention.” Dr. Bessent also warns against waiting it out for your dog to eventually get hungry and eat, because that’s hard on the liver. However, if your dog is happy, playful and looks great, yet some days he’s just not interested in food, he could simply be a picky eater.

As odd as it may seem, overfeeding can also cause picky eating. “As a scavenger carnivore in the wild, a canine eats a big meal and is satisfied for a while,” explains Dr. Bessent. “For a day, or maybe longer, they won’t actively seek out food because they’re not hungry. So overfeeding can decrease your dog’s appetite because he’s so full.” If you’re feeding your dog too much, Dr. Bessent recommends gradually decreasing the amount until his system gets used to having fewer calories.

If you’re one of the lucky people who found the perfect food for your dog, the one he loves to eat every time you offer it, then you probably won’t appreciate the following advice: you need to change up that diet now and again. Yes, like humans, dogs prefer and need variety. It gives them a balance of nutrients and a healthy interest in their meals. “A varied diet also gives their digestive system some exercise and keeps it fit,” according to Beth Taylor, a pet food consultant and a part-owner of Natural Pet Productions. “Dogs should be able to eat different things every day.” Taylor recommends a variety of no-grain kibble with mid-range amounts of vegetables and protein. Kibble with higher amounts of veggies and protein require water from the dog’s body to process, and that will stress his kidneys. “This is not natural. Those kibbles are good for part of a rotation, but not the best for every-day feeding,” advises Taylor. She recommends adding 15% fresh food—lean meat, ground up veggies, sardines or canned salmon—to a healthy kibble. “From the fish, they get vitamins A and D along with really good proteins, and from the veggies, their vital nutrients. I also add probiotics, digestive enzymes, and fatty acids from animal sources.” According to Taylor, rotating kibble brands also minimizes the amount of toxins one or more of the available brands might contain. “Sometimes your dog won’t eat because his food is bad. I mean actually bad food. If it is bad, then who would eat it?” This is another reason she recommends grain-free foods. “They just don’t have the same spoilage avenues. And those toxic grains can kill slowly, or they can kill fast.” For variety and balanced nutrition, Dr. Bessent agrees with Taylor and recommends changing kibble brands from time to time. “You want to make sure he’s getting different vitamins and minerals from different types of food,” she explains. “The true scavenger carnivore isn’t going to come across a dead rabbit every day.

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Certified pet dog trainer (CPDT) Jan Blue agrees. She sees overfeeding as the most common cause of picky eating habits. “They’re eating all the time, and they are not really hungry,” she says. For healthy dogs, Blue suggests offering a one-serving portion of food in the morning, and if the dog hasn’t eaten after 15 minutes, pick the food up and don’t offer it again until evening. At that time, again allow only 15 minutes before picking it up. “By the end of the second day, unless the dog is sick, he will have eaten whatever he needed 90 to 95 percent of the time,” says Blue. “If any is left, it was probably too much to begin with.” Blue also suggests giving your dog a “weight test.” Stand facing your dog’s side and look for a “scoop” from the chest up toward the back. It should be there. Then, looking down from the top, you should see a waist just before the hips, and when you touch your dog’s ribs, you need to feel them without having to push through any flesh. Blue’s dogs are all athletes with phenomenal appetites and no weight issues. “Exercise is a way to stimulate the appetite, that’s for sure!” she says. “With a sick dog, it’s different,” says Blue. “You need to keep trying different tasty treats until they’re finally hungry enough, or maybe feeling a little better.” Dr. Bessent agrees. “It’s really important to get food into a sick dog so he can battle his illness. As soon as he stops eating, he loses the battle.” “Smiling Dog Kibble Seasoning”, a new product on the market developed by Dr. Bessent and her company Herbsmith Inc., offers a solution for picky eaters. Whether your dog is no longer inspired by his food, is simply a picky eater, or in his senior years and has a withering desire to eat, this product will stimulate his appetite. A sprinkle of seasoning on your dog’s kibble not only enhances the appeal of his food, but also raises its level of nutrition with a tempting recipe of freeze dried meats and complimentary fruits and vegetables. For more information about Smiling Dog Kibble Seasoning, please visit: or call 800-624-6429. It’s available at various retail locations nationwide.

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Irritable Bowel Disease
 Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in pets. It is a term that describes a chronic inflammation disorder of the small or large intestine. When suffering from IBD, the body’s normal rhythmic contractions of the digestive tract become irregular and uncoordinated. This interferes with the normal movement of food and waste material, and that leads to the accumulation of mucus and toxins in the intestine. This accumulated material sets up a partial obstruction of the digestive tract, trapping gas and stool, which in turn causes bloating, distention, and constipation. Factors that contribute to IBD are poor eating habits, stress, food allergies, the overuse of antibiotics, bacterial and viral infections and parasites.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease:

• Diarrhea is usually in small volumes, but frequent. The morning bowel movement may be normal, but followed by successively loose bowel movements throughout the day. In some cases, constipation and diarrhea alternate.

by Darleen E. Rudnick, Pet Nutritionist

what other people think is right. Some pets suffering from IBD do very well on a raw diet, others do well on a home cooked diet and others only do well on dry or canned food. Every case is different, so it is a matter of experimenting and sticking to what works best. There is not one diet that works for every IBD pet. However, when choosing a dry food, avoid synthetic preservatives such as butylated hydroxyanisol (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propyl gallate, propylene glycol and ethoxyquin. Avoid animal fats, high fat treats, processed foods, spicy foods, sugar and dairy products. These foods may aggravate the problem. Eating the wrong combination of foods can also trigger symptoms. For example, when proteins and grains are eaten together, the grains start to ferment and cause gas. Also, as the combination slows the process down, proteins start to putrefy and cause toxins to be released into the system. Therefore, you may need to eliminate grains. In many cases, feeding a very simple diet helps. Diets that seem to be beneficial are chicken and one vegetable, or ground meat and one vegetable. Some pets only do well when brown or white rice is added to the diet. In other cases a dry food containing beet pulp is beneficial because it hardens the stool.

• Abdominal pain, with severity from mild to severe.

• Nausea, sometimes vomiting.

• Flatulence (gas)

• Bloating

• Anorexia

Feed small, frequent meals instead of one large one. Offer all food at room temperature for best digestion.

• Intolerances to certain foods

Recommended feeding schedule:

Because IBD is triggered by many factors, it is important to have a thorough examine done by a veterinarian. If you decide to seek natural methods, please contact Purely Pets for recommendations. You can reach our on-staff nutritionist at darleen@ or you can call (804) 748-7626.

Treatment for Irritable Bowel Disease Feed What is Right for Your Pet
 The most important thing to remember when choosing a food for your IBD pet is to choose a food that is right for your pet, not

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Structure Meal Times:

Breakfast: High

quality pet food, raw or homemade


Lunch: High quality pet food, raw or homemade food. Midday: Light snack. Use Bottled Water Toxic metals such as lead, copper, mercury, and aluminum are often found in drinking water, and some pets are very sensitive to these metals.

Nutrition Rule out a Parasite Infestation
 A parasite infestation is a very common problem with dogs and cats. Symptoms of an infestation are: vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, inability to absorb nutrients, bad breath, skin problems, chronic ear infections, yeast infections, foul odor to the stool, and many other minor and major ailments. Giardia causes Irritable Bowel Disease! Giardia is a gastrointestinal infection caused by a parasite called Giardia lamblia. This is a common parasite causing gastrointestinal illness. It is found in the stools of many animals, including rodents, dogs, cats, cattle, and wild animals. A Giardia infection can be acquired when your pet ingests food or water that has been contaminated with the parasite. It then multiplies in the small intestine. The infection can also be spread person-to-person when hands, which are contaminated with an infected person’s stool, are brought in contact with the mouth. Swallowing as few as ten parasites can cause the infection. Symptoms of Giardia are diarrhea, foul, greasy stools, abdominal cramps, bloating, increased gas, weakness, and weight loss. These symptoms are very similar to IBD symptoms, so it is essential that your pet be tested for this parasite. This test is normally not done by your veterinarian, so you need to request it. This simple and inexpensive test can save you hundreds of dollars and invasive testing. Giardia is usually diagnosed through a laboratory examination of a stool sample. Your veterinarian will forward the stool sample to a laboratory that will use a microscope to look for the parasite. Several stool samples need to be examined to detect the parasite.

to your pet’s diet is very important. A lack of enzymes can lead to decreased energy, excessive gas, allergies, poor skin condition, loose stools, consumption of their own stool, foul breath and/or body odor. Without digestive enzymes, even the most nutritious foods will not be of any use to the body. Yucca Intensive
 Yucca is a natural steroidal supplement containing steroid saponins which are nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory agents. This product reduces pain without gastric side effects and is effective for arthritis, bone and joint problems, soft tissue swelling and digestive and bowel problems. Mega Pet Daily
this is our most outstanding multiple nutritional supplement. Higher potency, easy to feed gel cap provides daily support of important vitamins and minerals, including the A’s, B’s, Selenium, Chromium, Zinc, and Choline, all the vital nutrients for optimum immunity and health.

Exercise Your Pet Daily
 Exercise increases the efficiency of the immune system and helps with muscle development, digestion and overall health. A well-conditioned body will work and perform better and increase the ability to carry blood and oxygen to muscles. Be sure your pet gets at least an hour of exercise every day. However, age, health and weather should be taken into consideration when exercising. Do not over exercise older pets, or pets suffering from hypoglycemia, epilepsy or heart problems.

Conclusion and Tips for Treating Irritable Bowel Disease:

• During bouts of diarrhea, Pedialyte and baby food may help. Rice can be helpful for bouts of diarrhea, but this is not true in all cases.

• Large breeds that eat off the floor from a bowl are forced to gulp down their food and this may cause bloating and slow down digestion. Raising the food bowl for them eases the digestive process and causes less discomfort.

• Feed small, simple meals throughout the day.

• Test for Giardia and other parasites at least three to four times in a three-to four-week period.

• Rule out a blockage.

• Eliminate any food or supplement which seems to upset the digestive tract or aggravate the symptoms.


• Exercise your pet regularly, as this helps with digestion.

Although medications can be very effective, some cause side effects that can eventually lead to other symptoms. Many pet owners are now looking into other methods of treating IBD. A more natural approach is outlined below. The supplements recommended are:

• Give supplements to strengthen the immune system, and most importantly, give digest enzymes before or during each meal.

• Avoid using toxins on or around your pet.

• Offer only bottled water.

Eliminate Toxins in the House, Yard and on your Pet
 Because IBD can be triggered by stress, it is important to put as little stress on the body as possible by avoiding toxins that may deplete the immune system. Eliminate the following: Carpet powders; air fresheners; fumes from all 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; cheap painted pet toys; red food dye; ethoxyquin.

Giardia & Parasitic Cleanse
provides an excellent compound, containing bitter principles which activate digestive secretions. Can be used safely to clean out the colon, when parasites are suspected as a trigger. Digest Zymez
since IBD can be triggered by an inadequate amount of digestive enzymes, adding them

For More Info Contact: Darleen Rudnick Purely Pets Tel: (804) 748-7626

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I’ve Got This Dumb Dog… by Tom Lacy, Dog Obedience Instructor

Frustrated pet owners have called during the past 27 years with similar statements: “I’ve got this dumb dog that stays outside for 30 minutes, then does his ‘business’ as soon as he comes in the house.” “I’ve got this dumb dog that won’t come when called.” “I’ve got this dumb dog that gets into trash cans.” “I’ve got this dumb dog that won’t leave the cat alone.” I’ve met dogs that weren’t trained in obedience, but dumb? Never. This misunderstanding regarding a dog’s intelligence is a breakdown in communication that pet owners can cure. Basic obedience classes that include behavior modification training can cure these issues. However, no matter the quality of training, pet owners fail to communicate with dogs in ways that the dog understands. Dogs learn best, and quickest, through consistency and repetition. Everyone saying the same words the same way enhances dogs’ understanding and training. My wife, Pat, trained her first dog 55 years ago, and taught obedience instructor courses on a college level. To see how well you communicate with your dog, try one of her fun and informative training exercises: Instruct someone to put on a coat. Though they may know how, they only move in exact accordance with your instructions. It isn’t as easy as it sounds. If it isn’t easy to communicate with people who speak the same language, should we expect dogs to understand what we say? In dog training, as much as possible, use one-syllable, common sense words: Sit, Down, Stand, Come, Stay, Heel, Quiet, Off. Eliminate slang and baby talk. These mean something to you, but they mean nothing to the dog. To lay a foundation, train your dog in proper-fitting dog-training equipment. To teach dogs to “go” outside, don’t send them outside expecting them to “go,” rather than chase the postman. Take them out on a leash. Stand in one place. Allow them to go to the end of the leash. Don’t let them choose the blade of

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grass they will honor. Give a command, “go quick.” If they don’t go in five minutes, take them inside and put them in their crate. Repeat the process every 10 to 15 minutes until they go outside. Bring them in, give them a treat and give them supervised playtime. The Cardinal Rule: Don’t tell a dog to come if you can’t make them. Use the word “come” only when the dog is under your control. Reel them in on a leash, like a fish, and have them sit directly in front of you. The word “come” is mostly for your convenience or an emergency. Dogs trained to come on a leash never learn that they do not have to come when they are not on a leash. Always make “come” the happiest occasion in the dog’s life. Keeping dogs out of trash cans is done without words. Spray the contents of trash cans with Bitter Apple or a mild solution of Texas Pete and water. One taste usually discourages the dog for life. Never leave untrained dogs and cats together unsupervised. If the cat has claws, they may deal with this issue on their own, but don’t depend on it. Train dogs not to bother the cat with the dog on a leash. When the dog attempts contact with the cat, say, “Play easy,” as you gently tug and release the leash. Repeat this until the dog responds to the words without you tugging. Restraining is not training. Consistency and repetition trains a dog. Employ common sense tactics and words. Prevention is always better than cure. For more info contact: Tom & Pat Lacy Dog Lovers Obedience School Richmond, VA Tel: (804) 741-DOGS or (804) 749-4050

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Caring for Senior Dogs in Their Golden Years by Pat Lacy, Dog Obdience Trainer

Oh, the excitement—I remember the night we brought our white, fluffy miniature poodle home. He was seven weeks old, weighing in at a whopping two pounds, and promising to keep me entertained and busy. He lived up to his promise. He gave us unconditional love, and he was a beloved family member, therapy dog and special friend for the next 17 years. There were special needs as a puppy, of course—housebreaking, teething, training, and vet visits. Throughout his life, there were times of special needs for health issues, exercise, time and attention and grooming. He taught us much about the meaning of unconditional love. He was always ready to adjust to our lifestyle, whether at home or while traveling. He was quick to sense our needs to be quiet, and he was very sensitive to times when we were sick or sad. He knew when we needed to be cheered up, and he taught us to laugh when we thought we couldn’t. He ran the pack, and was the Camp Counselor keeping our pack and the visiting pups in line. He was a real trooper—bouncing back when you thought he couldn’t. He refused to accept being an “old man.” He loved life and watching the news in Dad’s lap in the recliner, and he never gave up jumping up on his spot on the sofa. He played with toys like a puppy, and teased his pack mates­—right up to the last night. Seventeen years seems like a long time—like we’ve always been together—and yet it was far too short for this aching heart. The senior dog needs for you to learn to read his signals for special help to make life a little more comfortable for him or her. The eyes become dim, maybe with age and possibly because of cataracts. Moving furniture and changing familiar routines

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may present him or her with challenges. Going up or down steps and jumping on his favorite furniture may become difficult, especially in dark or shadowed areas. Getting on and off the bed might be dangerous, as bones get old and more brittle, and such movements could put too much pressure on arthritic joints. Leaving a light on and adding a set of doggy steps to the furniture might add to his safety and security. Seniors often benefit from eye drops to help with the burning and itching of dry eyes. Eyes that run often are signs of dry eye problems. Daily drops will add to his comfort. When hearing is lost, it can be scary, not knowing the usual routines like when you come home, or when people knock on the door. If he is asleep when you come home, you need to gently touch your dog to wake him or her. It can be startling if someone walks up unexpectedly. Just think how it must be for him when he doesn’t hear the normal daily household sounds like the television, washing machine, dishwasher, family voices and the barking of other family dogs. He doesn’t just refuse to come when called—he doesn’t hear you, and this can be dangerous. He cannot hear the engine or horn of an oncoming car. Senior dogs need to be in safe, fenced-areas. They need to be walked on a leash for safety reasons. Baby gates might need to be used to block him from dangerous areas like basements and decks. Even though he has always been very obedient and trusted off his or her leash, now your dog needs you to protect him from dangers he doesn’t know exists. It can be very confusing for your dog when he or she doesn’t understand why you aren’t talking to him anymore. He wants to communicate with you, and he doesn’t know what you want him to do. You might need to use some hand signals.


It’s important to help him by keeping his routine normal and his food and water bowls in the same place. This is true for his toys, too. Help him play fetch or help with other favorite games. You need to help him find the toy, and don’t throw it so far from him. Dogs are creatures of habit, and they like routines. Scolding him can be very upsetting when he doesn’t understand why he is being punished. Senior dogs often become depressed when they feel left out of the familiar family activities, and they feel unloved and become insecure. This can cause personality changes and even aggression because they don’t know how to handle all of these changes. He definitely needs lots of extra touching, petting and close eye contact to help him feel he is still loved and secure. Riding in the car might become uncomfortable for him. He should be secured in a seatbelt harness to help with balance and a feeling of security. His walks need to be adjusted to shorter, slower paces to keep from over-exerting muscles and causing cramping. As he becomes arthritic, it can cause inflammation in the joints. Adding glucosamine might help with repairing the cells, and could give some relief of joint pain. As he gets older, talk to your vet about whether a regimen in pain medicine might make him more comfortable and increase his quality of life. Eating becomes a problem for seniors sometimes due to dental issues. Keep a check on when he needs his teeth cleaned, and pull any bad teeth to keep him from having infection from bacteria. Teeth and gum problems can cause pain and difficulty in eating. Not eating causes them to lose weight and have other health issues. Sometimes it becomes necessary to change to soft foods—canned or dry food

soaked in hot water to soften. Canned food sometimes can cause loose stools and it might be good to add softened dry food to add fiber. Adding pumpkin, or grinding the dry food in a coffee grinder into powder, is also helpful in keeping their stools regular and normal. Seniors need to have a place of security out of the way of too much activity and movement where they can rest peacefully when they need to. When you have extra people, children, other dogs or unusual activity, they need to be put in their safe zone. They need to adjust to staying home more, as they cannot handle long outings and can’t tolerate the heat and cold as they did when they were young. Be sure that they are enjoying the outings that you take them on. And be sure they aren’t being pushed beyond their comfort level. Frequent vet visits are important to check on lumps, areas that might be licked due to itching or aching, anal glands, and watch for signs of aging needs. Be sure to have your vet do a blood test panel yearly, or more often as needed. This and X-rays are the tools that give your vet the ability to help you keep your pet more comfortable. Your vet isn’t a mind reader, and he needs the use of the technology available to him to best treat your pet. If only our dogs could talk! Remember to respect your senior pet just as you would your grandparents and great grandparents. Love them, help them be as active as they can comfortably be, but also recognize their limitations, and protect them from the dangers they might not recognize for themselves. Love them, and be thankful for their golden years, and you’ll know when its time to let them go gently and with dignity.

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Pack up the Pups

for some Summer Fun in the Sun by Christina Selter, Pet Safety Expert

photo by Christopher Selter If you could ask your pet if he or she wanted to go on vacation with you or stay in a loud kennel with strange animals and caretakers, how do you think they would answer? We’re thinking “take me with you!” is the likely answer. And the good news is that keeping your pet safe and happy during your vacation is easy— with just a little planning involved. First, whether your vacation destination is the beaches of Florida, the mountains of Alaska, or anywhere in between, your pet is going to need current and accurate information on his or her ID tags. So one item that you need to order is your Free Bark Buckle UP pet safety kit to keep in your glove box. If your pet gets lost, this is what will help reunite you and them in a quicker manner. Next, you will need to have a collar, or harness, and a leash. For the protection of you and your pet, and for the safety of others, most states require you to keep your pet on a 6-foot-long leash. The leash allows plenty of room for you and your pet to walk, while also being short enough for you to gain better and quicker control if he or she decides they don’t like what’s coming near them. Of course, you need to have the proper food on hand for your pet during your vacation. People can always stop for a quick and easy and convenient cheeseburger and fries while traveling on the road, but feeding that to your pet is certainly not the healthiest option for them (or us, really). Packing food and bottled water, along with travel bowls, in the car will keep your pet full, hydrated and happy. If your trip involves hiking or camping, a backpack for your dog is a great way for them to carry their own snacks and water. People do it, so dogs won’t mind either. People don’t always think about safety, but what fun is a vacation without it? People should make sure that they pack the proper gear for themselves. Some hikers wear safety vests and hiking

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boots. At the beach, people wear shoes or sandals so their feet don’t get burned. The same goes for Fido! A pet reflective safety vest will help your pet be seen by other hikers, campers or rescue workers in the woods. And don’t forget their feet, because you don’t forget to wear shoes or sandals when you leave the house. Doggie boots help protect the pads of pets’ feet from becoming irritated by hot sand or sharp rocks. A dog with sore feet is a very, very unhappy, and sometimes unmovable, pet. If an accident does happen, a first aid kit is essential when vacationing with a furry family member. Every now and then someone will end up with a scraped leg or a bee sting and if that happens to you or your pet, you’ll want to be prepared. Some of the best vacations will include a dip in the water. Whether it’s in a pool or in the ocean, keep in mind that not all animals are great swimmers, and a personal flotation device or a pet life vest may be needed to help keep them safe. It’s also important to rinse your pet after they get out of the water. Rinsing will keep them from getting hot spots or infections. This in turn will keep their skin and fur healthier. And finally, after a day of hiking, swimming and playing, a good night’s rest is in order. After all, we want to do it all again the next day. Bringing along your pet’s favorite, comfortable bed is a great way to keep them, and you, happy. Our pets are a very important member of our family, and with them at our sides, our vacations will be the most fun possible. For more info: Bark Buckle Up (949) 361-Bark (2275)

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The 16th Annual Walk for the Animals (Rain or Shine) Saturday, May 14th; 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Bluemont Park 601 North Manchester Street Arlington, VA Sponsored by the The Animal Welfare League of Arlington to help raise money for homeless animals in their community. For more information:

Dog Days at Breaux Vineyards Saturday, May 14th; 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Breaux Vineyards 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane Purcellville, VA Join the Dog Day Celebration. Free admission. Live music from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Peninsula SPCA’s 5th Annual Paws for a Cause Dog Walk, Festival & 5K Fun Run Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22, 2011 Mariners’ Museum Park 100 Museum Drive Newport News, Virginia. For more information:


Lucy’s Weekend at Cooper Vineyards Saturday, May 28th & Sunday, May 29th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Join the Richmond SPCA and Cooper Vineyards for Lucy’s Weekend, named in honor of the winery owner’s lovable found hound.

Animal Communication Workshop Saturday, May 14th, & Sunday, May 15th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

For details contact: (540) 894-5253

World-renowned Animal Communicator Carol Gurney ( will personally conduct a two-day Workshop detailing how you can learn to hear and speak to your beloved animal companions.

4th Annual Bark & Wine Sunday, May 29th 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

For more information: contact Mary Stephens –, or via phone at (703) 757-9353.

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Bark in the Park Sunday, May 15th; 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

The Potomac Nationals Baseball Team will be having a Bark in The Park day to benefit a local animal rescue charity. Admission is $1.00 per dog. For more information: (703) 590-2311 or email:

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2011 Walk for the Animals Saturday, May 21, 2011; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Blessing of the Animals – 9:50 am) Goose Creek Studio, Bedford, Virginia (starting point), Ending point–Bedford Bulletin (402 East Main Street). All proceeds benefit the Bedford Humane Society. For more information: (540) 586-6100 Strut Your Mutt, Woofstock Festival 2011 Saturday, May 21st; 10:00 am



The 7th Annual Horse & Hound Wine Festival Saturday, July 9th; 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Johnson’s Orchards 2122 Sheep Creek Road Bedford, VA

Benefiting The Bedford Humane Society and The All-American Mutt Rescue. For details contact: (540) 586-3707, or email:


SPCA Northern Virginia Annual Dog Wash Saturday, August 6th; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Weber’s Pet Supermarket 11021 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA Proceeds to help homeless animals.

Loudoun Valley Vineyards 38516 Charles Town Pike Waterford, VA

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Portions of the proceeds from the dog walk portion of the event to benefit HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team). For more info:

K9 Fun Walk & Doggie Expo Saturday, June 4th, 9:00 am


Herndon Community Center Bready Park 814 Ferndale Avenue Herndon, VA


Paw Power in the Park Sunday, August 21st; 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Forest Hill Park 4001 Forest Hill Avenue Richmond, VA For more information: (804) 397-1998, or email:


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Middleburg Humane Foundation’s 17th Annual Black Tie Silent Auction Dinner Dance Saturday, June 25th

4th Annual Mutt Strut Dog Walk & Festival Sunday, September 18th; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sleepy Hole Park 4700 Sleepy Hole Road Suffolk, VA

Ayrshire Farm Upperville, VA

Rotary Club Woodmont Avenue & Elm Street Bethesda, MD

Music by Mary Ann Redmond Band. Catering by Ayrshire Farm Catering. Fabulous silent auction, full buffet dinner. Tickets $225 per person.

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Photo by Janet Hitchen

Jackie Poe

Jackie with her beloved “Meatball.” This little guy was saved from the “euthanasia line” at a local shelter by Sue Gilbert of Friends of Homeless Animals. He was slated to be destroyed because they had labeled him as aggressive. Jackie says that he doesn’t have an aggressive bone in his body. He’s one of the sweetest pugs she’s ever had. She was told that in some shelters they test their aggressiveness by withholding food for a day, then giving them a bowl of something yummy to see if they growl when you try to take it away. “They sure guessed wrong on this little guy. I wonder how often a mistake like that is made!”

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by Janet Hitchen

Extraordinary People

Visiting Jackie Poe always reminds me of walking into “Wonderland.” Her artwork is everywhere. There are charming murals with chipmunks, squirrels, birds, flowers and lovely landscapes. She is an accomplished painter, specifically in oils, specializing in animal and sporting art. You will find her art hanging in many galleries and homes throughout Loudoun County. Wherever you look in her home, you see something beautiful. Amidst all the art, of course, is her family of dogs and cats. Jackie is a Pug lover and they are happily languishing everywhere you look. “You always know how cold it is outside,” smiles Jackie, “by the number of cats asleep on the couch.” She has quite an elaborate doggie-kitty door with a ramp going down to the back yard and barn area. The cats come and go as they please, she tells me, but the dogs are wherever she happens to be. She has a terrific little poem posted in her kitchen that goes like this: “My dogs live here, they’re here to stay/You don’t like pets, be on your way/They share my home, my food, my space this is their home, this is their place/It gripes me when I hear you say just how is it you live this way/They smell, they shed, they’re in the way/WHO ASKED YOU? is all I can say/They love me more than anyone, my voice is like the rising sun, they merely have to hear me say ‘C’mon, time to go and play’ then tails wag and faces grin, they bounce and hop and make a din/They never say ‘no time for you’ they’re always there, to GO and DO and if I’m sad?/They’re by my side and if I’m mad?/They circle wide and if I laugh, they laugh with me, they understand, they always see.” There’s not much that Jackie has set out to do in life that she has not accomplished. An animal lover from the get-go, she grew up in Louisiana and began riding horses at an early age. She achieved quite a reputation for herself as an accomplished horsewoman by the time she was in her teens. She rode everything from western horses, gaited horses and race horses (at a time when women were not at all accepted in the racing world) to show hunters and jumpers. By the time she settled in Northern Virginia in the early ‘60’s, she was well on her way to a reputation as one of the finest riders in the Hunter-Jumper world. She also was sought-after as a judge for the American Horse Show Association. While competing at a horse show in Atlanta, Bertram De Nemethy, the coach of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team, spotted her and he asked her to try out for the team. She had to decline because her son was only eight or nine at the time, and going off to train with the team was not an option. “I was so thrilled to have been asked; probably my most exciting moment as a rider!” She later became involved in fox hunting, and she was on the staff for the Fairfax and Middleburg hunts for more than 25 years. As with many horse people, Jackie’s dogs were always a big part of her life. She remembers getting her first dog about the age of five. He was a Springer Spaniel named Freckles. A series of Cockers, Dalmatians, and wonderful “mutts” followed, until one day, while driving through Ashburn, Virginia she spotted a small dog with a pushed-in nose. It was the first time she had ever seen a Pug. She had no idea what it was; she only knew that she had to have one. She went home, did some research, found out that it was indeed a Pug, and she was soon the proud owner of “Snuffy.” “I’ve never looked back,” she says. The wonderful thing is that most of her dogs have been rescues, and she’s had quite a few. “Too many to count” she smiles again.

Does she have a favorite? She gets a little teary, and talks about Cheddar, who she lost in 2010 at the age of 15. The anniversary of her death is this month. “I’ll never get over losing her,” Jackie says. “She did everything with me, even rode on the tractor and lawn mower. She even helped raise a tiny kitten we were bottle-feeding. At first, she would cuddle with the kitten. One day, much to her amazement, Jackie noticed that Cheddar, a spayed female, was actually nursing this little tyke! The two remained the best of friends throughout Cheddar’s life! There is, of course, a pet cemetery right on the farm, anchored by a statue of Saint Francis. Jackie says of her Pug family, “their only agenda is to love you, nothing else. I think they are the greatest companion animal you can have.” About sixteen years ago, Jackie received a phone call from Dr. Nancy Hall, at the Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates in Purcellville, Virginia. Would she consider coming to work with them? Having been recently divorced, she decided it might be just what she needed. And so she started another aspect of her career. Originally, she worked in the kennel, and performed general chores around the hospital. “I was quite a bit older than the rest of the staff and had no formal training,” Jackie says. “I loved being there and was terribly impressed with their expertise. I began doing some assisting with surgeries. One day I was told that Dr. Valerie Campbell had chosen me as her surgical assistant. I can’t tell you how proud I was. In my opinion, you can’t find a better veterinarian. The woman is brilliant. It’s been so rewarding and it’s an honor to work with her.” As a result of working at Blue Ridge, Jackie has become the “savior” of many needy critters. Many of her dogs and cats have been animals that, for one reason or another, were given up by their owners and had nowhere to go. She has taken in many dogs and cats, but she has also “rehabbed” many fawns, raccoons, squirrels and foxes. She is tireless in her pursuit of kindness. One wonderful story is the tale of “Bumpy.” Bumpy was a tiny kitten, so small he could fit in the palm of a hand. Some kind soul saw this kitten pulling himself across the road somewhere in West Virginia. He was totally paralyzed in his hind end— someone had shot him with a pellet gun. He was taken to the Pig Sanctuary, which was nearby and through appeals on the Internet; so many kind people saw his story that they were able to raise $5,000 for his care. He was sent to Blue Ridge, for surgery with Dr. Tom Walker, a leading orthopedic surgeon. Of course, you guessed it—after his surgery, Jackie volunteered to take him on. (Incidentally, all of the money, except for Dr. Walker’s reduced fee for his surgery was given back to the sanctuary to help with other needy animals). Bumpy would never regain the use of his hind end, but he would be comfortable. He is the most amazing cat. Now four years old, he gets around just fine. He goes out the kitty door, plays around in the back yard and comes back in when he feels like it. He loves Jackie (of course). She does everything for him. He doesn’t know he’s not a “normal“ kitty. The power of love is an amazing thing. You only have to spend a little time with Jackie and her crew to see it in action. In addition to everything else going on at Jackie’s animal kingdom, she still takes in brood mares to foal for their owners, and she provides a home for Ann Mercer’s Ginger Snap Horse Rescue. To say that she has made a huge difference in the animal world would certainly be an understatement!

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[Editor’s Note: A Clarification] Hilleary Bogley - A Life Devoted to Animals Photos by Janet Hitchen

The Virginia Dog would like to note a correction to the article entitled Hilleary Bogley – A Life Devoted to Animals that appeared on Pages 44 and 45 of our Spring 2011 issue. In this article we inadvertently referred to Dr. Jack Love and Dr. Janet McKim as volunteers, when in fact they are veterinarians and owners of the Middleburg Animal Hospital. In addition, we have included photos of Ms. Hilleary Bogley, which were not printed with the original article. 46    Summer 2011

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When you get to the Pearly Gate of Heaven, don’t forget to look down to the base for the Doggie Door because all dogs go to Heaven. Doggie Door If you read the last Solid Gold ad explaining the damage that GMO (not God Move Over) but genetically modified organism did to chickens/ eggs and crops, then you know that there are far-reaching consequences. 90% of all corn has been Genetically Modified to be unable to reproduce (called Terminator Corn). This forced farmers to buy new corn every year rather than saving this year’s seeds to plant next year. This Terminator Corn was fed to some chickens in the mid-west, it weakened their immune systems. Their eggs became infected with salmonella poisoning and the eggs were recalled. Soon after, the chickens died of salmonella poison. The farmers ground up the chickens and sold them to some dog food companies. Solid Gold has never had a chicken-based dry dog food. A few years ago, we were going to put one out. But then came the bird/avian flu and chicken-based foods were pulled off the shelves. Solid Gold waited for years for safety reasons. In the spring of 2010, Solid Gold Sundancer chicken-based dog food was being developed. Suddenly, the news warned that chicken-based dry dog foods were pulled off the shelves due to chicken salmonella poisoning. Two well-known American dog foods were banned worldwide. Then, things got worse. Some mills didn’t clean out their machines after they made the chicken-based dog foods. So when the venison, duck or rabbit food became cross-contaminated with salmonella, dogs got sick. They were told to clean out their warehouses and ran big sales to get rid of the food quickly. They couldn’t tell which were contaminated and which were not. If you had a dirty pot in your kitchen, you wouldn’t put food into it until you cleaned it out. But some dog food companies did just that. History – In 1975, Solid Gold produced the first natural dog food in the U.S., Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken (lamb & fish). It had been a top seller in Germany for 20 years. Then, other dog foods copied us. In 1985, Solid Gold produced the first holistic dog food in the U.S. Fish is the only source of protein at 18%. It is called Holistique Blendz and it is suitable for older dogs and dogs with a white coat, who do well on reduced protein due to photo-aging. Other dog food companies copied us. In 2000, we produced the first bison and salmon dog food – Wolf King, Wolf Cub and Just a Wee Bit for the smaller dog. We used only hook and line caught wild salmon. If small salmon were caught, they were thrown back. Other companies copied us. But they used big nets. Soon, Alaskan wild caught salmon were fished out. We were told that only farmed salmon was now available. We said “NEVER.” Farmed salmon are fed GMO Terminator Corn. The corn can’t reproduce. The salmon which were fed this, are sterile and cannot reproduce. The dogs fed this salmon also may not be able to reproduce. That was the end of wild caught Alaskan Salmon. A lady who raises Pomeranians said that for the last two years, she had not been able to get any litters. She had fed a salmon based dog food, which was fed GMO corn. Solid Gold now gets its fish from the cold-waters of the East Coast- nothing farmed. (Atlantic salmon oil) Some poultry farms sold the chicken manure to farmers. Within a few months, cilantro and celery from these farms were recalled for salmonella poisoning. Some dairy farms bought the chicken manure for their pastures. The cows developed pus in their udders, developed cancer tumors and died young. Whenever Solid Gold feels that chicken is safe to use, you will see our sparkling purple Sundancer bags. We are also introducing Chia/Salba ingredients into the food. Chia is called the Ancient Grain of the Future. Chia is frequently seen as a clay head with green grasses growing out of it. But it is much more than a decoration. Chia has the ability for endurance, and when mixed with water, it heals wounds. It helps with diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions and bone and joint problems. Solid Gold uses hermetically sealed/vacuumed packaged bags, so we don’t use any chemical preservatives. After you open the bag, close it with a clothes pins or bag clips. Do not pour the contents out into another container. Pouring exposes it to air. Solid Gold is the best pet food you can feed your dog. Look for Sundancer this spring. To receive a free catalogue and a list of stores near you, call (619)258-7356, M, W, F 10am to 5pm, California time. NOW FOR A CUTE STORY Farmer Jones was the most negative man in the world. Farmer Smith was his next door neighbor and a very happy fellow. “Ain’t a beautiful day?” Farmer Smith would smile “Huh! “replied Farmer Jones “If it don’t rain soon, the corns going to burn” Next day: Ain’t’ it nice it’s raining? asks Farmer Smith, “Huh! If it don’t stop soon the corn’s going to drown” replied Farmer Jones. One thing the two had in common was their love of duck hunting. They would compete vigoursly every day and took pride in their hunting dogs. Yes, every year Farmer Jones proved to be the best man with the best dogs. Then, one year, Farmer Smith got the best hunting dog he had ever come across.“Just wait until Farmer Jones sees this-he’s gotta say something positive.” And so they went duck hunting. As luck would have it, a flock of ducks flew overhead, Farmer Smith took a shot and a duck dropped right in the middle of the pond. “Watch this.” he grinned at Farmer Jones. “Dawg-go get that duck” he ordered his new dog. The dog ran nimbly to the edge of the pond, and without breaking stride, walked on top of the water, picked the duck up, walked back to shore and deposited the duck at Farmer Smith’s feet, with not a feather out of place. “Well” smiled Farmer Smith “What do you think of my new dog?” “Huh!” answered Farmer Jones “dumb dog can’t even swim.” Solid Gold is the only dog food company that is a member of the Organic Trade Association, the American Nutraceutical Association, the Medicinal Food Association, Nutraceutical Foods Association and the Life Extension Association.

For a catalog or store near you, call or email us at: (619) 258-7356 or (619) 258-1914 (M-F 10-5 PST) or E-mail us at or Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, the Holistic Animal Nutrition Center 1331 N. Cuyamaca El Cajon, CA 92020

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