Carolina Tails Mag | 2015 Fall/Winter Edition

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Decision 2015: Mayoral Candidates Talk Animals

TAILS Best Apartments: Where Dogs & Cats Are Welcome

Pets Caught in the Middle: When Domestic Violence Strikes

Is Your Pet Psychic? Holiday Gift Guide FALL 2015 A Charleston Animal Society Publication








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2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406 (843) 747-4849 President: Elizabeth Bradham Vice President: Julie Bresnan Vice President: Ann Long Merck Vice President: Matt Watson, CPA, CVA Secretary: Perry Jameson, DVM Treasurer: Hilton Smith, III

Contents FALL 2015




Pet Pointers


Pets Caught in the Middle When Domestic Violence Strikes


Charleston Mayoral Race Where Do Candidates Stand on Pet Issues?


North Charleston Mayoral Race


Pet Friendly Apartments Where Dogs & Cats are Welcome


Horse Slaughter Myths


Pet Heroes: A Singer Leaves Legacy to Animals


Ask the Vet


Holiday Pet Gift Guide


Is Your Pet Psychic?


Take Me Home: Adoptions


Through Your Lens: Football Season!


Ask the Trainer Dealing with Separation Anxiety


Pigs for Pets?


Kid’s Zone

Members of the Board Kiara Barnett Mary Black Joe Waring, Esq. Sarah Hamlin Hastings Cynthia Hayes Andrea Ferguson Helen Pratt-Thomas Eugenia Burtschy Nancy Worsham Britton M. Hawk, Esq. Gerri Greenwood Dean Riegel Hal Creel, Esq.

John Cawley Johnny Maybank Tara Gerardi Bob Rife Elliott Summey Jeff Webster Meg Phillips Ellen Harley Aussie Geer Tami Zerbst Hank Greer Laurel Greer

Chief Executive Officer: Joe Elmore Media & Marketing Consultant: dpk media solutions

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s we gear up for the fall, I hope everyone will truly focus on the mayoral race in Charleston. As we look forward to new leadership, we now have the opportunity to elect someone who understands that our mission is not just about dogs, cats, horses, etc., but about families. Our mission is about insuring that those family members with no voice are truly protected, and honored and respected for the love, comfort, fun and companionship that they bring to our lives. I hope you will read our two articles on the mayoral races in Charleston and North Charleston, and that they will increase your knowledge not only of the differences and similarities among the various candidates, but of the consequences for our mission and organization. As we continue our 141-year fight against animal cruelty, we thought it was important to see how animals are often caught in the middle of domestic violence cases. Psychological and criminal research at many universities has proven that animal abuse is the tip of the iceberg in domestic violence cases. Abusers move from animals to children to women and elders. And often, abusers use the threat or actual animal abuse to frighten and control those around them and in their household. We believe that by stopping abuse where it begins with animals, we are stopping abuse before it moves on to other members of the family, and thus protecting the entire family. As we see increasing recognition that animals are members of our families, we are seeing more apartment complexes become pet friendly, so please read our article on the best pet friendly apartments in our area. And finally, as the holidays approach, please consider making a gift on behalf of the animals in our community. My nephew recently asked his friends to make a gift of a dog toy, treat or leash to their local animal shelter in lieu of birthday presents on his tenth birthday earlier this year, a pretty amazing act of compassion on the part of one so young. So instead of a picture of me, I have included a picture of Matthew, his sister Mary Branch and their new friend, Honey, (who they just adopted) on Honey’s first road trip to Florida! Be well,

Elizabeth Bradham, President, Charleston Animal Society



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Clear the Shelter “Clear the Shelter” packed the house at Charleston Animal Society on August 22nd and it filled the hearts of 164 families who adopted kittens, puppies, dogs and cats at the shelter. NBC aired a 30-minute special nationwide, focusing on animal adoptions. Locally, Charleston Animal Society sponsored the event on News 2, which carried the program. “This was an historic television event,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore. “Never before has a national TV network devoted this kind of attention to the plight of homeless animals. It was fantastic.” Other area shelters also saw a jump in the number of pets going to new homes, including Francis R. Willis SPCA in Summerville, which adopted 62 animals during the “Clear the Shelter” event.

Mount Pleasant residents Tom and Roseanne Hayes never intended on turning their home into a cat sanctuary 20 years ago. Each had successful careers, Tom working in the water business and Roseanne working as a Registered Nurse for 26 years. Burnout ensued, and a pet-sitting business was a natural career change for the devoted animal lovers. Everyone knew of their devotion to the four-legged creatures in the community, and their neighborhood’s Homeowner’s Association asked for their help with the 40 feral cats in the neighborhood. Almost Home Feline Refuge was born in October 1995. Their first set of kittens was rescued from a drainage ditch; they did lots of adoptions in the beginning. However, Roseanne says, Almost Home Feline Refuge is not really an adoption center. Most of the cats are in their teens with health issues and are not adoptable. There have been as many as 150 felines and they still have some of the original 40 feral cats. Roseanne explains, “when people tell you that you cannot tame a feral cat, you can but you must give it time.” For George, (one of Almost Home’s feral cats) it took four hours a day for two years to finally get to the point where Roseanne and Tom can touch him. “We have given our lives, our home and our finances to this cause,” she says. It costs $5000 a month to run their sanctuary. The Hayes’s have paid out of their own pocket for shots and vaccines for the cats. Fortunately, their local vet gives them a 25 percent discount. To help fund their refuge, the Hayes make pumpkin decorations by hand for their annual “Purr-Snickety Pumpkin” fundraiser. The kitty-faced painted pumpkins will be sold through October on the weekends at Page’s Okra Grill and at West Ashley Petco, as well as at the Pet Expo on October 10. To learn more on how you can support Almost Home Animal Refuge, you can visit

Columbia Goes All-in for No Kill In August, the City of Columbia passed a resolution to make Columbia a No Kill Community by 2018. Right now, 60% of animals taken in by the city's shelter are euthanized. City officials have established a blue ribbon committee to implement life-saving strategies to bring that euthanasia rate down below 10% within three years. Pawmetto Lifeline is leading the charge for a No Kill Community, in Columbia, much like Charleston Animal Society did in the Holy City. 6 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2015

It’s Chili Time! The Citadel football field is filling up, but there’s still time for you to squeeze in on the fun for the 2015 Celebrity Chili Cook-off & Oyster Roast. It benefits Charleston Animal Society’s medical fund (Toby’s Fund). Chili teams will line the entire football field from 1pm -5pm. You can sign-up to form a team or donate to one of your friend’s at CharlestonAnimal For every $25 you donate to a team, you gain entry into the event. You can also buy a ticket in advance, or at the gate. Come have fun and save an animal’s life while doing it!

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Florida Law Would Save Pets in Hot Cars Florida lawmakers are considering a new law that would let Good Samaritans break a car window to save a pet locked in a hot car. In South Carolina, like most states, the law only allows a concerned citizen to call police or animal control and then hope they get there in time to save the animals. Let’s hope our state lawmakers follow Florida's lead to protect our animals.

Calendars Going Like Wildfire The 2016 Firefighter Calendar was unveiled to a packed house of screaming, enthusiastic fans at Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston on October 1st, and now the calendars are selling like wildfire! “We’ve already sold almost 5,000 calendars, so order your calendars now and heat up your holidays,” said Charleston Animal Society’s Director of Special Projects and Calendar Producer, Caroline Eller. All calendar sales benefit Toby’s Fund at Charleston Animal Society. Last year a calendar sold on every single continent including Antarctica! “We took it up a notch for year three, I can’t wait for everyone to see our 2016 Calendar,” Eller said, “you will not be disappointed.” 15 area firefighters are shown in locations like Folly Beach and Boone Hall Plantation; each posing (and flexing) with a rescue animal! “The rescuers with the rescued – it just works,” said Eller. And Caitlyn the dog fans will be excited to learn she’s featured in this year’s calendar. Order Your Calendar at




Event Calendar Lowcountry Paws & Claws Pet Expo OCTOBER 10 10am – 3pm North Charleston Convention Center 5000 Coliseum Drive North Charleston Sponsored by the Post & Courier, don’t miss the Lowcountry’s #1 event for you and your furry family members! Door prizes and adoptable pets, plus the latest animal care exhibits.purchase on-site. Outside food, alcohol, and coolers are prohibited.

Dogtoberfest OCTOBER 10 1pm – 6pm Freshfields Village Kiawah Kiawah Island Community Association and Freshfields Village are teaming up to help Lowcountry animal rescue organizations with the annual Dogtoberfest Wine Tasting and Pet Expo. Dogtoberfest is sponsored by Charleston Animal Society. Halloween costume for dogs are encouraged!

Blessing of the Animals OCTOBER 10 North Charleston Convention Center 5000 Coliseum Drive North Charleston Pet owners of all faiths are welcome to receive blessings on their pets at this annual celebration of how our animals are an instrumental part of our lives.

KIA Country Boo and Bark OCTOBER 31 10am – 2pm Kia Country 2361 Savannah Highway Charleston Boo and Bark promises to be the best Halloween pet party in town. Stop by Kia Country of Charleston for a Halloween Pet Costume Contest, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded. You can also enjoy a pet-only trick-or-treat. The price of admission is a donation of dog or cat food for Charleston Animal Society’s Pet Food Bank. 8 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2015

Charleston Cup NOVEMBER 8 9am – 5:30pm Stono Ferry 5000 Old York Course Hollywood Sanctioned by The National Steeplechase Association, the Cup has become one of the premier sporting events in the Carolina Lowcountry, offering spectators the opportunity to experience live horse racing at its finest. Come visit our booth and have your Charleston Firefighter Calendar signed by one of the 2016 firefighter calendar models. See you there!

2014 Chili Cook-off winner Cris Oxford celebrates with a hug from his daughter.

Celebrity Chili Cook-off & Oyster Roast NOVEMBER 21 1pm – 5pm Citadel Football Stadium 68 Hagood Avenue Charleston Come join us at the Citadel Football Stadium in Downtown Charleston. 4,000 animal lovers came out to show their support at last year’s cook-off and everyone had a great time. Thanks to your support, $250,000 was raised for Charleston Animal Society’s medical fund! Please join us this year as a guest, a team or a sponsor — our community’s animals are depending on you.

Consign Charleston Shop-n-Shuck DECEMBER 5 1pm – 5pm 1610 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard Charleston Consign Charleston is hosting it’s “Shop n Shuck” benefitting Charleston Animal Society. All of the entrance fees plus a portion of the sales will go to help the animals we are trying to save. Shop, eat and enjoy live music. You’ll love the bargains!

Blessing of the Animals 2014.

Share the Love Adoption Event DECEMBER 12 8261 Rivers Ave North Charleston Crews Subaru will have the best looking dogs and cats from Charleston Animal Society for adoption at their annual Share the Love Adoption Event. Stop by the dealership, test drive a Subaru and adopt!

Christmas Eve Pet Deliveries DECEMBER 23, 24 & 25 Charleston Animal Society 2455 Remount Road North Charleston Have your new adopted pet delivered by elves from Charleston Animal Society and Hendrick Charleston. Just visit the shelter anytime between December 16 - 23 and pick out your new cat or dog and your bundle of love will be delivered to your home in time for Christmas!



PET SAFETY:: Domestic Violence

Pets Caught in the Middle


When Domestic Violence Strikes BY V.K. HANSEN


sk a battered woman if she’s been abused and you will likely face a wall of silence, cemented with shame and fear. But ask about her pet, that source of unconditional love, and you just might touch the tender underbelly, sore and raw. “Those questions open up a floodgate of what’s really going on in the households,” said Phil Arkow. He’s the coordinator for the National Link Coalition, an organization that works to stop violence against people and animals. “When people are scared or they’ve been in the system or they’ve had to deal with bureaucracy, they clam up,” said Arkow. “When you ask about their pets, they love to talk.” Pets, he says, can offer insight in domestic violence cases. He says they often get caught in the crossfire, are used as weapons and become victims themselves. “The dynamics of power and control which mark domestic violence often include animals as pawns,” said Arkow. The American Humane Association and the National Coalition against Domestic Violence report more than 70 percent of women who go to shelters say their abuser has injured, maimed, killed or threatened the family pet. “It’s another form of control,” said Elmire Raven. She’s the Executive Director of a Lowcountry women’s shelter, “My Sister’s House.” “It’s psychological control and the ability to coerce them into doing what they want them to do.” Raven says calculating abusers threatening, harming, even killing pets is nothing new.


“A lot of times women stay because they’re afraid to leave their animals.” The National Link Coalition’s website tracks and shares stories of horrific abuse. “Every day new ones cross my desk.” There’s the California man caught on video, accused of intentionally running over a pet Chihuahua, its body left bleeding and convulsing. The estranged wife believed it was in retaliation for not signing over the house in a divorce settlement. Then there’s an Alabama man police say texted his estranged wife a photo of the family dog with its throat slashed and a voice mail saying, “your day is coming”. Arkow calls these kinds of animal abuse manipulation, intimidation and retaliation. “It sends the message she’s next,” said Arkow. “It warns the family that he’s really in charge. It creates a landscape of terror. It removes the only source of comfort she has.” Arkow says victims go to great lengths to save their pets. “There was a case in Fort Collins, Colorado where a woman lived in her car with her dog for four months until a space was available at a pet friendly shelter.” What is relatively new, both say, is communication between those who care for animals and those who help people. “For a long time it was not the case,” said Kay Hyman. She is the Director of Community Engagement of Charleston Animal Society. “Communication between human services and animal services for many years was radio silent.”

PET SAFETY:: Domestic Violence

So what changed? For Arkow, a former reporter who worked in animal shelters for more than 20 years, it was piece of paper that crossed his desk from a familiar place, his old school. “A woman writing a paper for the University of Pennsylvania compared the Buck County welfare agency and the Buck County SPCA case records and found in 9 percent of the cases they overlapped.” “They were dealing with the same people,” said Arkow. “But they were not talking to each other.”” “It’s part of My Sister’s House screening process now,” said Raven. “Because we’re discussing what is going on in their homes and in their relationship.” Once abused herself, Raven says asking about pets has become part of the puzzle. Partnerships with local animal shelters, she says, help put the pieces together. “Basically they agree to house or sometimes find a foster family for that pet for the amount of time that woman is with us.” Kay Hyman says Charleston Animal Society has had an unwritten partnership for years. “We are here to help in any way we can for someone not to feel trapped in a situation.” She remembers a case where a woman packed up her two dogs, a Husky and a Chihuahua, in the middle of the night. Hyman says they slept on her own bed at times and stayed with a foster family for months. Ultimately, they were reunited with the victim. “It was obvious they were a big part of her life,” said Hyman. “A lot of times people will go back to their abuser, but what happened in this case is that it gave her the strength and the courage to stay away and strike out on her own.” “She knew she had to do what was right for her animals.” But it’s not just pets at risk. Children are too. Studies show kids who grow up in abusive homes are not only more likely to have violent relationships, but harm animals themselves. “It does affect their children,” said Raven. “Their children begin to hurt animals. So that’s why we tell women that domestic violence is a cycle that needs to be broken.” She urges women to call their hotline, any time (800-273-HOPE). “If he is attacking helpless animals, it is not your fault,” said Phil Arkow. “He is not going to get any better and you are in fact next. It’s time to go.” Arkow advises victims to have a plan. “Have everything ready to go at a moment’s notice, valuable papers, photographs, and medication, anything the kids are going to need.” “Know where your pet’s favorite hiding places are,” said Arkow. “Have all the paperwork handy.” He also says it’s important to have all paperwork on pets put in the victim’s name.

70 percent of women who go to shelters say their abuser has injured, maimed, killed or threatened the family pet. “We now have 28 states in which a judge can include pets in protection of abuse orders,” said Arkow. South Carolina is one of them. “We are making strides in our state that are specifically toward animals and their care that are unprecedented in our history,” said Hyman. Hyman was surprised how the case of Caitlyn the dog last spring resonated with domestic violence victims. Caitlyn, a pit bull mix, was found with her mouth bound so tightly in duct tape, her tongue was trapped between her teeth. Police say the man responsible laughed and bragged she barked too much. Her story got national and international attention. The world watched as she underwent several surgeries and learned to eat and drink again. “A dog that abused is usually fearful, unable to trust again,” said Hyman. But not Caitlyn, her tail soon wagged from the love of strangers. “We got messages from abuse victims who said they found hope in her eyes,” said Hyman. “And they saw her courage and her love and it helped them feel brave about leaving an abusive situation that they were in.” It’s a message Hyman hopes resonates with readers today. “No matter what you’ve endured abuse wise,” Hyman said. “Love wins.”

What To Do If You Or Your Pet’s Abused • Seek help. Both “My Sister’s House” (800-273-HOPE) and “Liza’s Lifeline” (843-991-9085) partner with Charleston Animal Society. • Get everything ready; valuable papers, photographs, medication, anything your kids need. • Put all of your pet’s paperwork in your name. • Know there is a state law that allows judges to include pets in orders of protection (SC Code 20-4-60). • Learn more from the National Link Coalition at



PET POLITICS:: Candidate Spotlight

Charleston Mayoral Race



For the first time in 40 years, the City of Charleston will have a new mayor. Joe Riley is stepping down after first taking office in 1975. Who will lead us, and our pets, into the future? We asked each of the six mayoral candidates three questions to help you decide. BY TERI ERRICO

Ginny Deerin

John Tecklenburg 12 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2015

William Dudley Gregorie

Leon Stavrinakis

Toby Smith

Maurice Washington

Tell us about yourself, your family (including any pets) and why you are running for Mayor of Charleston. Ginny Deerin: My family includes two kids and two grandsons. And up until a year ago, Mallie, our black Lab. My professional track record is one of thinking big and getting stuff done! One example is founding WINGS for Kids, an afterschool program that helps kids succeed. I ran WINGS for more than 16 years. Over 90% of participants see their test scores, grades, or attendance improve. WINGS was named one of the best managed nonprofits in South Carolina. I am running for mayor to preserve and protect the Charleston we love, and that includes our animals. My priorities are transportation and education. John Tecklenburg: I guess you could say that I have Charleston in my bones. I was born here. I’ve built businesses here. My wife Sandy and I raised our five children, and many beloved family pets, here. In short, Charleston is my home. And I’m running for mayor because I believe we need to start making livability and quality of life Job One in our city. That’s not a knock on tourism and economic development. They matter, too. But my first priority as mayor will be to protect and preserve our citizens’ quality of life.

William Dudley Gregorie: I was born in Charleston and live here with my wife. We’ve had six dogs over time, and I love pets. I think I am the best candidate given that I am a current Council Member and have an established rapport with the existing City Council and Mayor. I would bring great experience to the job given my established relationships. I’m running because I feel that it’s necessary to focus on the people and the problems we face on a daily basis. Affordability and livability are priorities, and all of them center around smart and sustainable growth.

Toby Smith: I am the executive director of a nonprofit and live in West Ashley with my two nieces. I’ve had dogs, fish, rabbits, and loved them all. I earned a degree in Government and International Studies from USC. As mayor, I want to raise the needle of reconciliation. Charleston has a unique history and I want to talk about it. We also have a lot of communities that are watching all of this booming prosperity but they’re not part of it. I’d like to bring them to the table. I want to see West Ashley return to glory, and open the International AfricanAmerican museum.

Leon Stavrinakis: I am a lifelong Charleston resident. I have served as a prosecutor, Chairman of County Council, and state legislator. My wife Anne and I live in West Ashley with our three young children, two Italian Greyhounds, and our cat. As Mayor Riley retires from City Hall, we must ask ourselves what we need for our city to continue to be the enviable, livable and special place we love. I believe we need a hands-on mayor, a proven leader focused on delivering the best city services and producing results that improve people’s lives through less traffic, great schools, safe streets and excellent neighborhoods.

Maurice Washington: I was born and raised in Charleston. My wife Violet and I have four children and four grandchildren. Currently, I am President and CEO of a financial consulting services company. Throughout the years, I have committed to being a voice for the public. I was elected to the Charleston City Council in 1991. In 1992, I was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Charleston. As a community leader, I have received awards and recognitions from both civic and non-profit agencies, including the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Under 40” award and the Political Honoree for the MOJA Arts Festival.

How would you address the overwhelming opposition (based on recent polls) to animal-drawn vehicles in Charleston? Ginny Deerin: The Charleston Animal Society’s request for an independent investigation into Blondie’s incident is necessary and important. I am pleased Mayor Joe Riley concurred. Future practices must ensure horses, employees, residents, and visitors are safe. A critical element of accountability is independent oversight to assure adherence to the law. Currently, too much responsibility is given to the carriage companies, creating a “fox guarding the hen house” situation.

William Dudley Gregorie: Animals have been doing this for centuries. It has always been a part of the culture. As for Charleston, the horse drawn carriages are a part of the ambiance. I do think we do a very, very good job in protecting the horses, and if those laws are not adhered to, we enforce penalties as necessary. But I am in favor of continuing the carriages in our city because they are such an essential part of our branding. We just have to strongly make sure that we have enough laws to protect the animals and that they are enforced accordingly.

Toby Smith: This is a tough one. People love the romantic notion of a carriage ride. I’ve been on one myself. But we have to ask if we are doing everything we can to make sure the horses are treated fairly and taken care of. There’s a report that’s about to come out that will further address the issue and I’m very curious to see the results. More investigation is definitely needed. The picture of the horse in the street who couldn’t get up is heartbreaking. We need to be sure we’re going in the right direction.



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John Tecklenburg: First, it’s important to say that we, as people and as a city, have a solemn duty to treat all animals humanely. Period, full stop. That's why I so strongly favor the formal review Mayor Riley recently announced. As The Post and Courier said in an editorial, this independent investigation is essential. It will give us the information we need to make responsible decisions going forward. And, as mayor, that's exactly what I will do, based on the best studies and the best evidence available.

Leon Stavrinakis: The city is currently conducting an investigation of the recent horse carriage incident and a study on how noise affects the carriage horses in town. It would be inappropriate to draw any conclusions until the results of the investigation and the study has been released. I support our hospitality industry but as Mayor, I will not tolerate any inhumane treatment of the carriage horses in our city - period.

Maurice Washington: If regulations aren’t being enforced, we need to enforce them. If they are being enforced and yet they are not adequately addressing animal cruelty issues, such as what we saw most recently on the streets of Charleston, then we need to step up our priorities in a very thoughtful way. We may need to begin the conversation of phasing that part of the tourism industry out. We need to bring people to the table and have a thoughtful conversation about changing that industry in time. It’s important we are willing and prepared to take things to the next level.

In light of the recent mauling of a Charleston County resident by an unneutered dog and fatal attacks on children, would you support mandatory spay/neuter for animals? Ginny Deerin: This is an important issue and thanks to the Charleston Animal Society, I have become better educated on the subject. I understand our goal should be for our pets to be spayed or neutered. The Charleston Animal Society, and others, should be applauded for their education and low cost services for pet owners—two key components of getting us to our goal. I believe that mandatory spay/neuter should be seriously considered. As mayor, I will commit to developing a course of action during my first six months in office. John Tecklenburg: That was a terrible tragedy and we must do all we can to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future. With regard to mandatory spay/neuter, I share the ASPCA's concerns about possible unintended consequences. We just don't seem to have enough data yet in terms of its impact on shelter intake or other related issues. So, for now at least, I would strongly encourage the practice, but not make it mandatory. I would also commend the Charleston Animal Society for the more than 12,000 spay/neuters it performs every year. That makes a huge difference for our community.


William Dudley Gregorie: Well, as a City Councilman, I know we already do that with feral cats, and I do think there is a need for it with any kind of mauling, biting or aggressiveness towards people and other pets. I strongly consider spaying or neutering those animals. I would of course be in favor of organizations like the Charleston Animal Society offering free spay and neutering services. Leon Stavrinakis: As Chairman of County Council, I was proud to pass and implement a county-wide ordinance mandating that animals found at-large be spayed and neutered for the safety of the community and animal welfare. I was also proud to work to provide millions of dollars in funding for new facilities for the Charleston Animal Shelter while I was chairman. However, I do not support forcing mandatory spaying and neutering on responsible and lawabiding pet owners.

Toby Smith: At this stage in the game, I’m supportive. When I read reports about children being mauled, that concerns me. I walk with my girls a lot and am always in the back of my mind wondering, “What if…” Where we live people are very good with their pets. There aren’t a lot of situations where animals run up to us and we feel threatened, but it’s a concern and at this point I’m supportive. Things can happen so quickly. It only takes a second, and with children, they’re naturally curious and they’re going to go toward and not think about the danger. Maurice Washington: I’m not sure that spaying/neutering will prevent attacks. It controls the reproduction of stray animals, but it can’t control the issue at hand. If there are well documented studies that show that it does, I’m inclined to be supportive. However, if there have not been appropriate studies that indicate that it does decrease the amount of attacks on citizens, then I’m not 100-percent on board. We need to find solutions that are humane to animals, and those decisions should be made in an inclusive environment, such as hearing from animal rights groups. It shouldn’t just be made from a political office.



PET POLITICS :: Candidate Spotlight

North Charleston Mayoral Race



Incumbent North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey is up for re-election and faces three other candidates, Rev. Chris Collins, John Singletary and Clifford Smith II. We wanted to learn where they stand on issues involving animals. BY TERI ERRICO

Tell us about yourself, your family (including any pets) and why you are running for Mayor of North Charleston.

Rev. Chris Collins

John Singletary


Clifford Smith II

Keith Summey

Rev. Chris Collins: I currently live in North Charleston with my family and our fish, dog and cat. I’m running for mayor because I want to make a difference in the lives of young people, working families, single parents, everyone in North Charleston and make them feel like they’re a part of the city. One plan is to create more small business opportunities, and a business resource center to educate people how to start, write plans, and apply for loans. I’m also interested in creating a job center. When men and women make $10 an hour, they can’t save, travel, invest, or meet basic needs. John Singletary: I grew up in North Charleston and I’ve always had pets. Currently, I have a Dottie and a German Shepherd. I have worked for Fortune 500 companies, such as Chick-fil-A and Microsoft, and I’m running because under the current administration, there is a huge disparity when it comes to jobs, contracts and community resources. I can do a much better job than what’s being done now. When you look at North Charleston, the population is 50% African-American, 38% Caucasian and 12% Hispanic. The only way for local whites, blacks and Hispanics to be a part of the prosperity in the government is to create change.

(continued from page 14) Clifford Smith II: I am running for mayor because we need to revitalize the Southside neighborhoods while continuing to provide extraordinary services for all of North Charleston. I was the CEO of a successful corporation for the past 20 years and I have also served as a town manager and commissioner. I am a veteran of the USAF and have experience as a board member for many organizations. My last pet, Sir Winston of Waterloo, was a slightly eccentric and lovable Chow, and was my friend from the age of 4 weeks old until he passed away. I love the arts and North Charleston.

Keith Summey: I was born in Cottageville, SC, and moved to North Charleston in the early 60s. I was first elected Mayor of North Charleston in 1994 and since then, have proudly served the community I love. Working side-by-side with the residents and businesses here over the last 21 years, we have made our great city a better place to live, work, and play. My wife and I have a son and daughter, and four grandchildren. We have always had pets in our home and currently have two Labs, Willie and Molly, and a Silky named Becky who is definitely the boss of the house.

With more than 10,000 unwanted animals entering the Charleston County sheltering system each year, how would you address this continuing public safety and health issue?? Rev. Chris Collins: My last two pets came from a shelter and we support adoption. Free pet adoption weekends are great incentives, as well as free rabies shots and pet education. The more people know, the better they can do to support and care for their pets. John Singletary A lot of people would like to adopt pets, but it’s like having another child, and right now we have a lot of single parent families. With 50% of the population here in North Charleston making $24,000 or less, it’s difficult for them to afford the necessities at home, let alone a pet. So I would try to make sure the job disbursement is more evenly done, which would allow them to adopt pets. I’d approach it from that standpoint, as well as reaching out to other states and other programs that may not have the same problem, that may have a shortage of pets.

Clifford Smith II: The animals must be spayed and neutered, and rigorously offered for adoption. We must seek partnerships with municipalities and major media groups to ensure that this happens. Owners must be held accountable, and stray animals must be collected, given medical attention and, in some cases, cats can be returned to the neighborhoods. Euthanasia should not be an option unless in the rare situation when it is strictly for the mercy of the animal. Keith Summey: Continual support of the Charleston Animal Society is key in addressing the area’s pet population. Through their proven programs and the adoption of No-Kill Charleston, we are slowly, but surely, seeing an improvement. However, no one organization can solve this problem. It must be reiterated that community education and outreach are also vital in decreasing the number of unwanted animals within the shelter system. Working together, we can make the Charleston region a better place for all of us, including our pets.

In light of the recent mauling of a North Charleston resident by an unneutered dog and fatal attacks on children, would you support mandatory spay/neuter for animals? Rev. Chris Collins: It just depends on the situation. I couldn’t say yes or no. I’d say yes to stray animals that they should be neutered and spayed, but I’d have to think about it for someone who takes care of their pets and is responsible. John Singletary: I don’t see a problem with mandatory spaying or neutering for stray animals. I would be in favor of it for strays. Clifford Smith II: I totally support a spay/neuter program for any animal that is randomly reproducing or to any degree poses a danger to people, most especially children. Keith Summey: Responsible measures should be taken to ensure these horrific act do not take place. The Charleston Animal Society is doing a wonderful job controlling our pet population, and through collaborative efforts with neighborhoods, municipalities, and the county, we will continue to make positive strides. Spay and neuter programs are an integral part of pet population control, but community education and awareness are just as important.



Pet Friendly Apartments BY DEIRDRE C. MAYS


LIFESTYLE:: Give Me Shelter


ne of life’s simple pleasures is coming home to a happy, whiskered face faithfully waiting by the door. For those pet owners, the thought of moving anywhere without their faithful companion is unimaginable, but many people find themselves in just that situation — they can’t find a place that allows animals — and that is one of the top reasons why they are surrendered to shelters. Fortunately, the Lowcountry has an abundance of residential options that welcome our furry friends. In addition to realtors or renting agencies, you can search countless sites such as, or, which will allow you to refine your quest to include a home where you can curl up with your beloved dog or cat. North Bluff Apartments Located in a woodsy setting in North Charleston, North Bluff Apartments is another centrally located property that features a lot of outdoor amenities. It is operated by one of the area’s largest allies of pet-friendly homes and apartments -- Darby Development Company. They have 12 different complexes spread across the Lowcountry from Mt. Pleasant to Moncks Corner where animal companions can find home sweet home. Victoria Cowart, vice president of operations, is proud of their lighthearted approach to new residents: “We welcome your furry family members, too. We are pet-tested owner approved and ‘purrrfect’ for your next home.” At North Bluff you can walk with your dog, watch the children play in the tot lot, or just enjoy a great book in the hammock park. Sawbranch Apartments Sawbranch Apartments in Summerville feature a lot of open space – something animals will enjoy. The tennis courts will definitely offer viewing entertainment for dogs and they’re sure to find a stray ball every now and then. When prospective residents visit a model, Cowart said they will notice pet bowls and a stuffed animal to show that their dog or cat has a welcome place, too. Thicket Apartments Feline friends are sure to love the Thicket Apartments in Mt. Pleasant. The units feature screened-in porches or balconies where they can sit and watch the world. Managers know how much people love their pets, Cowart said, and they want their residents to be happy.

The Grove at Oakbrook Apartments Located in Summerville, the Grove enthusiastically welcomes pets, according to property manager Rachel Dubois. “We accept two pets per apartment and that includes dogs that weigh up to 100 lbs. Cats too, but not that large, Dubois laughed. “We have a fabulous dog park,” she said. “It’s shady, there are two park benches and it’s long, approximately half an acre, so dogs can really run.” They offer events such as pet costume contests, cutest pet contest, and have brought in a dog whisperer and mobile dog groomer. People can even bring their companions into the clubhouse. In addition there are plenty of places to walk, and The Grove offers doggy bags at cleaning stations around the property.



LIFESTYLE:: Give Me Shelter

Windjammer Apartments in West Ashley is another pet friendly complex, where the staff loves to meet new wagging tails as much as new residents on move-in day. The site added a dog park a couple of years ago and residents stop by the leasing office on the way for a cookie from the treat jar. “Some dogs know that's the only reason they are in the office,” said Assistant Property Manager Allie Mitchell. Parks at Nexton Apartments in Summerville has miles of green space for pets, with lots of trails to walk or ride. The network of paths is designed to connect residents to area businesses, dining and shopping. River's Walk in Mt. Pleasant is only three miles to downtown Charleston, five miles to MUSC, and just 15 minutes to Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Boeing. Pets are welcome at River’s Walk. The Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant is a mixed-use apartment and retail community. Overlooking Coleman Boulevard, this site features all the modern conveniences including a pet park. Pet owners are also close to Sullivan’s Island and Memorial Waterfront Park – great places to take your canine for a walk! Greystar Daniel Island Village is located on the banks of the Cooper and Wando rivers with access to Charleston Harbor. This pet-friendly complex is located near plenty of green spaces, where you can exercise and play with your animals. Heron Reserve Apartments Located West Ashley, Heron Reserve regularly welcomes pets to their residences, and Property Manager Jenny Bradley and her coworkers love it when pets visit the office. Their site boasts a large fenced-in dog park, and they host contests and a "Yappy Hour" where residents can meet and mingle while enjoying refreshments and goodies. Heron Reserve allows two pets per apartment weighing in at no more than 65 lbs. each, but ground floor units are allowed to go up on that weight limit. They also have pet stations throughout the property with waste bags available. Bradley said a nature preserve surrounds them so there’s plenty of room to walk. “We all love animals,” Bradley said, so much so that she has even adopted a stray kitten that was found on the property. 20 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2015

Springs at Essex Farms Apartments is a gated community with amenities that include a leash-free dog park and a pet spa area. Located in West Ashley, every apartment has a ground level, private entry. Abberly Crossing Apartment Homes is a resort-inspired complex in North Charleston with its own dog park. Abberly Crossing is adjacent to Palmetto Commerce Park and across the street from the new Joseph R. Pye Elementary School. Colonial Grand at Quarterdeck on James Island is minutes from Folly Beach, and handily located near James Island County Park, which features a doggy park with a lake!



HUMANE SPOTLIGHT:: Horse Treatment


HORSE SLAUGHTER SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION Horse slaughter, the killing of horses for human consumption, is a brutal and terrifying end for animals who are raised to trust people. It is motivated by greed, not compassion.


he ASPCA® believes we should not allow American horses to be subjected to the tremendous cruelty of slaughter, either within or beyond our borders. Horses simply are not food animals in this country; we don’t breed them for human consumption. The American public overwhelmingly supports a ban on horse slaughter precisely because horses have a special place in our heritage and are beloved companions to millions. The last three U.S. horse slaughterhouses—two in Texas, one in Illinois, all foreign-owned—were shuttered in 2007. Americans generally do not eat horses, so the meat produced by these facilities was shipped overseas to countries including France, Belgium and Japan. While no horse slaughterhouses currently operate in the United States, the threat of their return looms constantly, and American horses are still trucked over our borders to slaughtering facilities in Mexico and Canada. We are fighting to end this practice by working with the U.S. Congress on the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, a full federal ban on both the international and interstate transport of horses intended for human consumption. Over the past several years, different bills that would have achieved this ban were introduced in Congress, and even though each one 22 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2015

had strong bipartisan support, none has yet made it over the finish line and become law. Until such a law passes, it is critical that we not allow the horse slaughter industry to gain a foothold in the United States. Horse slaughter can be a divisive issue: some animal lovers mistakenly believe that it’s a “necessary evil” for a segment of the horse population that they fear might otherwise be neglected or abandoned. Because we understand that a considerable amount of misinformation circulates around this sensitive topic, we would like to set the record straight by debunking a few common myths. Myth: Horse slaughter is a form of euthanasia. Fact: Horse slaughter, whether in U.S. or foreign plants, never was, and we believe never will be, humane due to the nature of the industry and the unique biology of horses. “Euthanasia” is defined as a humane, gentle, painless death provided in order to prevent suffering, whereas slaughter is a brutal and terrifying end for horses. Horses bound for slaughter may be shipped for more than 24 hours at a time in crowded trucks without food, water or rest, and often suffer extreme injuries in the process. Long-distance transport is an inherent aspect of this industry because the demand for horse meat is too low to warrant having a horse slaughterhouse in every region. Once the horses reach their final destination, the suffering intensifies as the methods used to kill them rarely result in quick, painless deaths. The captive bolt method of stunning is the method

most commonly used at slaughter plants abroad, was the method used in horse slaughter plants in the U.S. in the past, and is the method proponents intend to use if horse slaughter plants reopen here. A captive bolt gun is a device that has a small, connected, metal bolt that shoots out to penetrate an animal’s brain, rendering the animal unconscious, and then retracts back into the gun. They were designed for cattle, not for horses, who have intense fight-orflight responses and long necks that they toss when frightened, making accurate stunning very difficult. As a result, horses often endure repeated blows and sometimes remain conscious during dismemberment. Horses with no other options should be humanely euthanized (which costs approximately the amount of one month’s care for a horse) by a licensed veterinarian, rather than crowded onto a truck to be cruelly transported and then butchered. Myth: We should allow horses to be slaughtered in the U.S. because at least it would be regulated and therefore more humane than horse slaughter occurring over our borders. Fact: Cruelty was rampant in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-inspected horse slaughter plants, and there is no reason to believe it would be any different now. Footage shot at these facilities and documentation gathered by the USDA exposed horrific suffering: employees whipping horses in the face, horses who flipped over backward and were injured due to rough and abusive handling, and horses remaining conscious and thrashing while shackled and hoisted by their rear legs to have their throats cut. USDA inspection reports and photos obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request show horses with open wounds, broken bones protruding from their bodies, and eyeballs hanging by threads of skin. The answer is not to subject our horses to abuse and unacceptable conditions at plants in the U.S. to enable a practice we don’t want or condone. The answer is to ban horse slaughter and the export of horses for slaughter altogether and provide our horses with decent lives and, when necessary, decent deaths. Myth: We have no other options for the horses currently going to slaughter each year. Fact: If we banned horse slaughter today, the vast majority of those horses would go to good homes from the same auctions where slaughterhouse buyers currently are outbidding potential owners. The USDA found that more than 92% of horses sent to slaughter are in good condition and could have lived out their years productively in good homes. Unfortunately, many potential owners and equine rescues are currently unable to compete with slaughter buyers, who patronize local American auctions to fulfill their contracts with foreign-owned plants. Slaughter puts horses who should never be in danger at risk of cruelty. It also diverts the resources of our rescue communities, which could focus their entire efforts on other needy cases if horse slaughter is banned in the U.S. The 150,000 American horses being sent over our borders to slaughter annually represent one percent of the entire U.S. horse population; if slaughter ceased to be an option, the horse industry would be forced to adopt responsible breeding and long-term care practices, and the remaining number of horses could be reabsorbed into good homes and assisted by our nation’s hundreds of equine rescue organizations. To that end, the ASPCA offers workshops, webinars and grant funding to help rescues and sanctuaries grow and become more sustainable, including our Rescuing Racers Initiative, which supports agencies

across the country that work to rehabilitate and find second chances for retired racehorses of all breeds. Myth: Horse meat is safe to eat. Fact: The routine administration of toxic substances to horses should disqualify them from ever being slaughtered for human consumption. Horses are raised to be companions or partners in work or sport and are routinely given medicines that are USDAbanned for use in livestock/food animals because they are toxic to humans when ingested. These medicines include phenylbutazone or “bute” (horse aspirin), dewormers and fly sprays. It is unrealistic to think that horse owners would stop using hundreds of products that contain substances banned for human consumption in order to make horse meat consumption safe. Every horse is a pet, riding companion, race horse, show pony or work partner. Each horse may be transferred by any number of owners and be treated by any number of veterinarians, and every horse is just one bad sale away from slaughter. The shocking discovery of horse meat in “beef” products in the United Kingdom and the European Union foreshadowed the threat to American health that could result if horse slaughter proponents succeed in bringing this grisly business back to the United States. Myth: Horse slaughter plants would provide jobs and stimulate local economies. Fact: Horse slaughter plants are proven economic and environmental burdens. These plants can damage the environment by polluting local water and filling the air with a foul stench, decrease property values and drain local economies. The last three horse slaughter plants in the U.S. offered only a few dangerous, poorly paid jobs that did little, if anything, to bolster local economies. These plants wore out their welcome long before they closed in 2007. The minimal financial contributions of horse slaughter facilities are vastly outweighed by the enormous economic and development-suppressing burden they present. The relationship between human and horse is a unique one. Horses are significant icons and our country deeply treasures that connection. Our nation was explored and settled, our wars were fought, and technology was advanced on horseback. As Americans, our respect for horses runs deep in history, and we continue to take great pride in our association with the horse. The greed of a few corporations should not be allowed to destroy America’s relationship with, and love of, the horse, which has existed for as long as the United States itself. Please join us in fighting to keep horses off the slaughterhouse floor, now and forever. Reprinted with permission from the ASPCA.



COMMUNITY:: Giving Back


PET HERO Joan Terry Leaves Legacy to Charleston Animal Society BY HELEN RAVENEL HAMMOND

TERRI PARKS’ HEART NEARLY explodes with love when she talks about her late aunt, Joan Terry, who lived until she was 96 and accomplished more than most could dream of. Joan lived a glamorous life filled with movie stars, music and lots and lots of rescue animals. And in the end, she left a bit of her legacy with Charleston Animal Society. Through the 25 to 30 photo albums she has, Terri relays stories about her beloved aunt and the colorful life she lived. “She was my friend, my mentor and my confidante,” says Terri. Both women shared a love of pets. “She and I had this connection with animals,” Terri explains. Both were involved in animal rescue for 40 years. In fact, Each of Joan’s seven rescues were poodles – including two from Charleston Animal Society. “Everything about her life was her dog,” said Terri about her aunt. “Martini Martin” is Born Joan found herself in show business by accident. While working in San Francisco, a friend asked Joan if she wanted to go on a blind date. The mystery man was none other than Academy-Award winning actor, Jimmy Stewart, who took her to a club where he knew some of the acts. During the evening, someone decided to have an amateur show and Joan got up to sing. Joan was introduced to an agent and hired as an intermission singer with the piano man! Soon, she found herself 24 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2015

LEFT: Joan Terry publicity photo. TOP: Bon-Bon was a big part of Terry's onstage act. BOTTOM: Terry performed countless times for the military.

headlining from city to city, singing in clubs, and she was given the stage name “Martini Martin.” “The girl with the intoxicating torso” rubbed shoulders with the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Buddy Ebsen (Joan’s journal says his dog stole the show), Mickey Rooney and Timothy Leary. American jazz singer Billie Holiday wrote on a photo, “To Joan, Stay happy always.” Because of her love for her brother, Hy, who was killed in combat at 21, Joan had a strong adoration for the military, performing for servicemen and visiting them in hospitals. She received thousands of fan letters from all over the world. Bon-Bon Part of Her Act What set “Martini Martin” apart from other performers was the inclusion of her dog as part of her act. Her fifth poodle, Bon-Bon Bumatay, which she got in 1962, was what she referred to as the “genius of the pack.” The dynamic duo traveled across the country together, even venturing onto a Turkish Navy ship. Bon-Bon wanted to be wherever Joan was, often living in hotels and motels. Joan even taught her dog how to dress himself. When he went into the theater, wrote Joan, he always received a shake of the paw and then returned to his kennel in the dressing room.

Joan Discovers Charleston Animal Society From 1976 until she passed away in April 2015, Joan and Terri exchanged five letters a week between South Carolina and Los Angeles (where Terri lives), many detailing Joan’s adoration of her canine companions. “As far back as I can remember, she always gave money to Charleston Animal Society,” Terri recounted. “My aunt was very loyal. The animals gave her so much love, and she did such a great job taking care of the animals,” said Terri. When Joan got too old to take care of a pet, Terri would be sure to take Joan on trips to Charleston Animal Society, whenever she came to visit. As part of her final wishes, Joan left $10,000 to Charleston Animal Society in her will. Due to her work with the troops, the organization is going to memorialize her legacy by creating an area around the flagpole as a memorial to all animals who died while in service to our country. “She was really a special and amazing person,” said Terri. PLAN NOW TO LEAVE YOUR LEGACY TO ANIMALS: It’s never too early to plan how your estate will be shared when you leave. To learn more about Planned Giving, email Jennifer Winchester at



PET HEALTH:: What’s On Your Mind?

ASK THE VET IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE to ask the veterinarians at Charleston Animal Society, please email us at CarolinaTails I have a cat she’s 15 years old and she has been losing weight is this normal? Or serious? – Lisa Marie Lisa, thank you for your question, this is such an important topic. Unintentional weight loss in your cat can be a serious issue at any age. It is frequently a sign of an underlying medical problem, in which evaluation by your veterinarian is recommended immediately. Being able to determine if your cat’s appetite has decreased, increased, or stayed the same as usual will help narrow the potential causes. Blood work would help evaluate the body systems and give valuable information to help determine or rule out the possibilities. A decrease in appetite, known as anorexia, can be caused by a number of medical conditions. Acute anorexia is very dangerous because cats are prone to a condition called hepatic lipidosis. Hepatic lipidosis can be life threatening, and occur in only a few days. Other conditions such as hyperthyroidism or neoplasia, may cause an increase in appetite and weight loss at the same time due to the animals inability to keep up with its metabolic needs. In summary, it is important to consult with your veterinarian any time unintentional weight loss is noticed. Your veterinarian can also help you determine your cat’s ideal body weight and help you plan out an appropriate feeding regimen to meet your cat’s needs. ANGELE BICE, DVM Charleston Animal Society


T’S A H W OC? UP D My black cat has dandruff. Since she’s black it’s very noticeable what can I do to fix the problem? – Eren Harris Eren, this is a tricky one as dandruff could mean a multitude of things in the cat. Cats and dogs, like people, shed their skin cells, which may be easily seen in a black cat more than other cats. If you are able to brush your cat and/or he/she is grooming normally, it should decrease the dandruff. If this is a new problem or your cat has stopped grooming, I would be concerned with an underlying medical condition. It is important to have a conversation with your veterinarian about other signs that may narrow down the list of reasons for the dandruff so the most appropriate treatment/solution could be provided. If your cat is overweight, he may not be able to fully groom himself. Itchiness, losing hair, excessive licking, redness to the skin, weight loss, and a decreased appetite are additional clinical signs that may indicate a medical condition. Depending on the other signs, your veterinarian may recommend blood work and/or skin testing for ectoparasites such as lice or mites. There is even a mite with the nickname “Walking Dandruff” (Cheyletiella spp.) Cats can have allergies to fleas, particular food, or environmental factors similar to dogs. The allergy presents as itchy skin that could lead to secondary bacterial and fungal skin infections. If your veterinarian does not find an underlying cause to the dandruff, he/she may recommend a certain kind of food or nutritional supplementation. MARGIE MORRIS, DVM Charleston Animal Society

My dog licks non-stop. It’s almost like she wants to stop when I tell her to, but it’s such a compulsion, she can’t! – Jacque Martinez Jacque, thanks for your question. Licking behavior can be an indicator of a medical condition, or it can be a compulsive (behavioral) problem. Your dog would need a veterinary exam and probably some blood work and radiographs to rule out a medical reason for the licking, such as a sore foot or itchy skin. Itchy skin is a common problem in dogs, especially in the South. Allergies in dogs often manifest as itchy skin and ear infections, so you’d need to make sure that allergies weren’t causing the problem. If the problem turns out to be a compulsive and not a medical one, it is possible to try medications and behavioral therapy to help the problem. Compulsive behaviors in dogs can be exacerbated by anxiety and/or stressful situations, so talk to your vet about possible reasons for your dog to be anxious. Regardless of the cause, constant licking (especially in one small area) can cause medical problems like lick granulomas and deep infections. LUCY FULLER, DVM Charleston Animal Society






HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Elves from Carolina Tails went shopping for some of the best Holiday Gifts for your four-legged family members. Please support these pet retailers who in turn, support Carolina Tails and Charleston Animal Society!






1. ANTLER DOG CHEWS: $15 - $20 5.

100% natural, North American deer or elk antlers are ideal for puppies, aggressive chewers and large dogs because they last extremely long and won’t splinter or chip. Indigo Creek Pet Supplies: 1314 Stuart Engals Blvd., Mount Pleasant

2. HUGGLE HOUND KNOTTIE DRAGON PLAY TOY: $41 1t's cute, super durable, soft, has multiple squeakers, comes in multiple sizes and it's machine washable. Bark n' Meow: 3575 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island

3. Yeowww! Catnip Banana: $8 Your cat will literally go bananas over this catnip toy which is 100% organically sourced with no fillers. All is Well (Two locations): 1409-D Folly Road, James Island. 3417-B Shelby Ray Ct., West Ashley


4. DOG GONE SMART BED: $52 - $103 Hand-sewn durable cotton canvas fabric that repels liquid, dirt, coat oils, bacteria and is 100% safe and comfortable. All is Well: 440 Old Trolley Rd., Summerville

5. CHLOE'S CRICKET DOG TREATS: $9.99 These cricket protein treats will have your dog jumping for joy since they're all-natural, grain free and are great for dogs with allergies. Hairy Winston: 1605 Palmetto Grande Dr., Mount Pleasant

6. TAGLINES PET CARDS WITH MESSAGE TAGS: $9 These clever greeting cards are paired with detachable engraved aluminum message tags. The company is locally-owned and they're available at local pet stores. Visit to see a listing of retailers


7. THE FURMINATOR: $52 (MEDIUM) Pricey, but worth it! The furminator will leave your dog (or cat) lookin' good! A weekly "furmination" can reduce your pet's shedding up to 90%. Charleston Animal Society Retail Shop: 2455 Remount Rd., North Charleston

8. DOG BOWTIES: $22 8.

These stylish hand-crafted bow-ties are locally made and will have your pooch looking sharp! Southern Paws: 159 Church St., Charleston



TELEPATHIC:: Pet Mediums



Is Your Best Friend Trying to Talk from Beyond the Grave? BY ANONYMOUS

SO SOMEONE I'M VERY CLOSE TO IS A medium. With my deceased Bernese Mountain Dog. For years, when my Bernese was alive, this person would channel his voice -humanizing his thoughts out loud in the most hilarious and often poignant ways imaginable. It was always in good fun. Nothing serious. At least I didn't think so. Then one day the "signal" vanished. It signed off with a chilling, shocking, "Why is everything so dark?" when my Bernese died. For a moment, I thought this person had lost it. Had so given into grief, he cracked. I left it alone. We both slowly moved past the loss as all pet owners do, sharing our sadness and focusing on our other animals, our jobs, our families, and as they say, life went on. But that voice. I came to miss it so much. Now was I the crazy one? I thought this whole scenario was interesting and perhaps unique, but one of those kinds of things that was better left unexplored. You know how Southerners are. But I couldn’t help myself. A quick Google search returns pages of information on pet mediums, including a book available on Amazon that will tell you if your pet has that "sixth sense." And who can forget Sonya Fitzpatrick? She helped put Animal Planet on the map with her "Pet Psychic" show every Monday night in the early 2000s.

Audience members would bring a collar or a brush or a picture and Sonya would soon be telling a sobbing audience that "Kiki is very happy. She forgives you for that time when you threw her favorite blanket away." I would howl with laughter. So why, after that last transmission from my Bernese, did I crave more? In my search for answers, I looked for someone who I knew wouldn't be sympathetic. A therapist, who would set me straight. Surprisingly, Diane Langston, LPC admits to seeing what she thought was her yellow lab out of the corner of her eye after he passed, but quickly adds, "It’s a coping mechanism. I wouldn’t validate a psychic connection.” That should've answered it for me. But I persisted and ran into other folks in the Carolinas who, unlike me, aren't at all bashful about their psychic relationships with their pets, both dead and alive. Rachel Ballenger’s family lost their 10year-old Lab Marley last St. Patrick’s Day after a long illness. Ballenger says Marley came to her in a dream about a month later, “The details of the dream were so vivid. She had this thing that she would do where she scrubbed her face in the rug and she was doing that on my chest in my dream. I woke up able to feel the pressure of where she had been on my chest. It was as if she was letting me know that she appreciated that I took away her suffering.”

“56% of dog owners and 37% of cat owners told interviewers that, yes, they believe their pet is sometimes telepathic.” 32 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2015

Carol Strom, from Charlotte, is a highly educated ICU Registered Nurse. But when she lost her Bullmastiff, science went out the window. She tells us she said one prayer as Chelsea passed away: Carol wanted a sign that Chelsea had made it to the beyond safely. Several nights later – Carol woke up and had to calm her husband down, because he insisted he heard Chelsea whining. One night later, it happened again. Finally, on the third night, Carol heard Chelsea whining too, “I could pinpoint it about a foot from the ceiling in the middle of the bedroom it was her! I know she was telling us she made it back to God. That's the truth.” As for science, there have been research projects on animals and their psychic powers. One completed near Manchester, England involved 394 respondents. 56% of dog owners and 37% of cat owners told interviewers that, yes, they believe their pet is sometimes telepathic. (This may also explain another study I found that shows cat owners are more intelligent than dog owners). My story has a crazy, happy ending. Crazy because my boyfriend once again got the "signal" back about six months after the last transmission. Happy because I don't know if I believe it's a true psychic connection and I don't really care. All I know is it gives me a good chuckle-- and a sense of comfort. Plus, now I know my Bernese forgives me for that time when....





RESCUE:: Adopt, Don’t Buy!



As the Holidays approach this year, please consider making room for one more! Our pets come spay-neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and each are evaluated for their behavior. Come visit Charleston Animal Society today at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston or go online to:

Bertha here, I’m a shepherd mix and a big ol’ sweetie. I love to play and while it’s great here at Charleston Animal Society, I bet you’ve got a sweet pad too. Let’s visit.

Hi, I’m Rosie. I know, my ears are a little pointy, but it’s just because I like to always look alert and excited when I’m pawing at you to wake up in the morning. I’m Louise and I love to smile. I promise to be there with a big grin when you wake up in the morning, and I’ll be the first at the door when you come home from work.

Hello, I’m Sable and currently loving life in my foster home, but am officially available to move into a forever home. Just ask for Sable! My name is Pepper and I’m looking to add a little spice to your life. Come see me and we can spend some time in one of Charleston Animal Society’s visiting rooms.

Hey y’all my name is Dakota and I’ve been struggling to find that special someone to make memories with. I’m a great dog, love to run and play – come give me a chance.





We think Ozzy would make a great defensive end. Maybe the Gamecocks could use him this season? Kristen Atwood rescued Ozzy four years ago.

Are you ready for some football?! These dogs and cats are more than ready as you can see in the pictures below. Thanks to everyone who sent in a photo. We love to see your pet photos and you can always share them at

Curry, a 4 year old Golden Retriever, spent 3 years at USC with her mom, Mallory Molony, a recent graduate. Curry says "Go Gamecocks!"

Matthew Darby caught this candid of his cat Kolo drinking it up to a good season for the Clemson Tigers.

Bok says Roll Tide! Thanks to Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore for this fan shot.


Ruh roh. Bethany Hill sent in another Mountaineer fan! Dozer looks like he’d be tough out on the gridiron.

OK y’all, we know Flash is posing by a baseball cap, not a football helmet, but that’s not his fault. His mom Christy Bennett swears he loves him some football.

TRAINING TIPS:: Sit. Heel. Stay.


QUESTION: How do I cure bad separation anxiety? My 5-year-old boxer destroys our house if he's left out of the crate when we're not home. He gets plenty of exercise so he's not just hyper. He’s extremely attached to me when we're at home. Please help! – Birgit Bordelon Huggins ANSWER: Birgit, separation anxiety is one of the most challenging behavioral issues to address, but please do not lose faith. A remedy is often possible. Defining Separation Anxiety vs. Isolation Distress Isolation Distress or Anxiety is different than Separation Anxiety. Though it too takes patience and planning to treat, it is more easily addressed. This means the pet cannot be left alone, but can thrive in a familiar environment with known people or sometimes animals as company. In Separation Anxiety a dog is stressed when a specific person to whom they have bonded is absent. No other person will be of comfort. They become hyper-vigilantly stressed until that person returns. It is important to assess his symptoms based on the definition of Separation Anxiety. Renowned veterinarian and Applied Animal Behaviorist, Karen Overall, defines Separation Anxiety as “A condition in which animals exhibit symptoms of anxiety or excessive distress when they are left alone.” Symptons can include: • Destruction of the environment or themselves in attempts to escape • Extreme whining, barking or howling • Inappropriate elimination in an otherwise house-trained animal • Excessive salivating, drooling or panting • Suspension of drinking or eating • Great difficulty with or refusal to be crated or confined

What Can You Do? Along with behavior modification work, the following items should be in place to create a strong foundation from which to work. • De-Stress the Environment - Minimize or remove stressors. Loud noises? Play soothing music. Traffic outside? Add glass privacy applications found at hardware stores. Use only no-force training tools. Items such as choke or prong collars and harsh physical or verbal punishment are not needed and are especially stress inducing for anxious animals. • Exercise - Vigorous play is a must. As a mentor, Pat Miller, wisely says, “A walk is an hors d’oeuvres” for your dog. Exercise before departures. Allow 30 minutes for your pet to relax before you leave. • Natural Calming Support - We’ve seen positive effects with Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP), Lavender oil, Melatonin and many other naturally calming items available. Consult your vet and a professional behavior trainer for options. • Departures and Arrivals - These should become “non-events.” Minimal talking or touching when leaving or arriving. Ignore your pet upon return until they are calm then approach and keep greetings simple and calm. • Departure Cues - We alert our pets to planned departures via routines; showering, grabbing keys, etc. Mix it up. i.e., Pick up keys then sit down and watch TV. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Change the order of your departure cues. i.e., place your keys in your pocket before the morning walk. • Special Treats - Stuff a Kong or other food toy with super tasty dog-friendly food. Provide it about 5 minutes before leaving. This will become a welcome

TOP: C.C. Bourgeois with Rocco and Valentino. BELOW: Birgit Borderlon's 5-year-old Boxer's trail of destruction caused by his anxiety.

sign of your impending departure and help distract him. • Pet Care Services - Pet sitters, daycare, friends and family need to be on speed dial. It takes a village and you need to be open to using their support to watch your pet. Offer to return the favor. You may find a very welcoming participant Get Help from a Pro A professional experienced in treating behavior issues can guide you through the very specific process to rehabilitating your pet. Remember, animals live in the moment. He is not being destructive or difficult on purpose. He is truly panicking and needs your help. This will take work on your part but commit to it and you will see progress in his quality of life and your own. C.C. Bourgeois and Susan Marett own Purely Positive Dog Training. To discover more about them and their behavior and training services visit






OTIS DEL RAY WAS QUITE A memorable wedding gift, a thirty-pound piglet perfect for cuddling. “It was actually the wife’s idea,” reflects Mick Collins who lives on James Island. “She wanted one of those teacup pigs.” On day one, however, it was obvious that Otis Del Ray was not into cuddling. And he was no “teacup.” Over the next year he grew bigger and bigger. “That’s when we learned there’s no such thing as a teacup pig,” says Mick. No amount of Internet research could have prepared them for the hard lessons ahead. Lesson one: pigs like to eat! Mick feeds his pet a diet of seed and vegetables, but promptly after breakfast, Otis waddles through the large doggie door to the backyard. Fresh pecans, wild blueberries and other treats are easily sniffed out. By lunchtime, new aromas beckon him back inside. Some insistent headbutts on Mick’s leg yield a few scraps for lunch, then a nice long nap. It’s no wonder he put on some weight; nearly 230 pounds at his biggest! The fat actually grew over his eyes making him mostly blind. A strict diet was necessary, but, as Mick would learn, it’s a fine line between a healthy diet and a hungry hog. “If he’s hungry he can be pretty destructive. He’ll plow his snout and turn up 38 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2015

about a 20 square foot area of your garden looking for grubs.” So, like clockwork every day, Mick makes sure he is home to set out the rations, helping his friend to shed the pounds. Lesson two: Otis quickly tires of company. Pigs in a group will establish a hierarchy where everyone has a place. A lingering guest can become a threat and Otis will want to protect his number two position. A challenge could be an intimidating lunge or a full-on ram with his snout, which can do some damage. Otis knows Mick is boss, but if friends stop by, Mick is on alert. “I have to separate the pig or I put myself in between him and [company]. I don’t know he’s going to hurt them, but there is that possibility.” Despite some minor cuts and bruises, the occasional back yard trench, and the broken pedestal sink (yea that happened!), life with Otis is satisfying. “He’s a grumpy old sod but I’m fairly attached,” chuckles Mick. Over the last five years, they’ve developed a special bond. “I can pet him and … put my face near him… there’s no one else on this planet that can do that.” Otis obeys commands, when he wants to, and has a very large vocabulary. “He gives off this contented, high pitched hum when I brush him. Sometimes, when

LEFT: Mick spending some quality time with Otis Del Ray and one of his chickens. BOTTOM: Mick and Otis Del Ray enjoying the ocean breeze together.

asleep, he will wrinkle up his snout and sigh and I know he is completely relaxed.” The cute little gift that became a way of life seems happy in his suburban home. Satisfied with his privileged yet demanding friendship, Mick cautions others considering a pet pig. Too often, pigs are surrendered to shelters because families cannot care for them. That little piglet you purchase could grow to be a cuddly companion that greets you at the door. Or, it could be Otis Del Ray.



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