TAILS Food Lion Dog How She Became a Johns Island Legend
Cat Scratch Fever Why Declawing is Such a Hot Topic
Bone Appétit The Coolest Dog-Friendly Restaurants
Avoiding Cat-astrophe Cat-Prooﬁng Your Christmas Tree
A Charleston Animal Society Publication
New Treatment Puts Lowcountry on the Map
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Contents FALL 2014
Hope in Pet Cancer Fight
The Food Lion Dog: How she brought an entire community together
Ask the Trainer
Declawing Cat Scratch Fever
Bone AppĂŠtit: Cool Dog-Friendly Restaurants
Holiday Gift Guide
Most Dangerous Leftovers for Pets
Santa Paws: Have Your Pet Delivered!
Myths About Black Cats
Avoiding Holiday Cat-astrophe
Dog Hero: Kurt Taylor
Kids Zone: Time to Play!
Welcome Dear Friends, Well, here we are, three months later, with our second issue of Carolina Tails! The response to our new publication has been overwhelming, enabling us to grow from 36 to 44 pages in this short time period. We found that our features on anti-cruelty, the best dog beaches, and cat decor generated the most response from our readers. In this issue we hope you will enjoy our articles about: • Declawing: the pros and cons of this very controversial surgery procedure. Charleston Animal Society is officially opposed, but we know that vets facing real-life situations often perform this procedure to keep cats in their homes. • Leftovers: Many of us think that we may be adding nutritional value to our pet’s diet, but we all need to know which leftovers are absolute poison for our pets. • ECT: A brand new treatment for cancer in pets that’s offered in Charleston, the only place in the Southeast where you can find it. • The Five Pet Apps You Need to Download. As we move into the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah, when many of us value our time with friends and family, I would like to leave you with two other stories, showing how our community works together as a family to take care of the animals in our midst. Many people on Johns Island knew about the “Food Lion Dog.” The drycleaner put out blankets, shoppers donated money and food, the insurance salesman made sure she was fed, and one shopper stopped by every evening with a casserole. Eventually, the dog was able to be re-homed on a nearby farm and Charleston Animal Society was able to come into the picture to give her the appropriate medical treatment. One little dog united a score of people, none of whom knew each other at the outset, but who all joined together, in our No Kill Community, to take care of this little dog until they could get her into a home. Thank you to all of you who saved this sweet life! And finally, one of our stories describes Charleston Animal Society’s Christmas Elf program, where pets are delivered for the holidays! I had the best Christmas ever in 2013 when I became an Elf and delivered a kitten, Jingle Bells, on Christmas morning. I was fortunate to be able to participate in this lovely family’s joy at the arrival of this cute kitten and to know that this sweet creature was going to be part of a great home. I then floated home on a cloud of happiness to my own family for the rest of Christmas day. Needless to say, I am already signed up as an Elf for this Christmas as well. Please enjoy this issue of Carolina Tails and let us hear from you about animal topics that we need to explore and report. With kind regards,
Elizabeth Bradham, President, Charleston Animal Society
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NEWS:: You Can Use
TIP LL You S For r Pe ts
Photograph by Jason Bennett
4 Pet Apps You Need Right Now •
My Talking Pet brings photos of your favorite pet to life. We promise you’ll crack up when you see your dog or cat tell your husband his chores for the weekend! Snap a photo, record what you want to say and the app does the rest. Out comes a hilarious video that you can easily share, showing your dog or cat talking.
Bring Fido is a must have for anyone who’s hitting the road with their dog or cat. The app puts thousands of petfriendly hotels, restaurants and parks at your fingertips. Bring Fido keeps getting better and now includes petfriendly events that you can join when you’re traveling.
Tagg isn’t cheap, but boy is it cool! You have to buy a collar clip-on device ($99.95) and a subscription ($9.95/mo) to make the “free” app work, but if you have a dog that always seems to be getting out of the yard, Tagg could be for you. The GPS tracking built into the collar clip-on allows you to check on your dog’s location 24/7. It will also track his activity level and if your dog tries to bolt, he won’t get far.
NORAD Santa Tracker is by far the most reliable way to keep track of Santa’s reindeer on their Christmas Eve journey around the world. Your children will love to follow the route on radar provided by the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Charleston Named Best Dog Town in Southeast! It was front page news in Charleston after Dog Fancy, the world’s most widely read dog magazine, named Charleston the best dog town in the Southeast! The publication’s annual award is given in recognition of America’s best cities for dogs and their human champions. Each year, Dog Fancy asks readers to nominate an American city that represents the very best in dog-friendly accommodations. The editors then carefully research each city and name the winner based on the presence of dog-centered activities, dog parks, veterinarian specialists, pro-dog legislation, rescue programs and even dog-friendly restaurants (see our list on pages 20 - 22). Charleston Animal Society nominated the Holy City for the award and is extremely proud Charleston was named a regional winner. Charleston’s progressive programs on adoption and rescue played a large part in the application process. “People take their dogs everywhere in this town,” said Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore, “and that’s what makes Charleston County such a wonderful place to live.” OTHER TOP DOG TOWNS: ● Austin, TX
● Gettysburg, PA
● Eureka Springs, AK
● Minneapolis, MN
2014 Most Popular Breeds DOGS: 1. Labrador Retrievers 2. German Shepherds 3. Golden Retrievers 4. Beagles 5. Bulldogs CATS: 1. Persian 2. Maine Coon 3. Exotic 4. Siamese 5. Abyssinian 6 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
Prescription for Controversy? Premarin is a popular drug for women undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for menopause. What many women may not know is that the drug has been mired in controversy for years because of the way it’s made. The drug is manufactured from the urine of pregnant horses. The Horse Fund, an international equine education and intervention group says the mares are kept conﬁned, pregnant and milked for their urine. According to The Horse Fund, Belgian Quarter Horses are typically used to make Premarin and are “kept in stalls so small that they cannot turn around or take more than one step in any direction.” Other HRT drugs using mares’ urine include Duavee and Prempro. The ASPCA lists NOT buying Premarin as one of its top 10 ways people can help horses. Charleston Animal Society urges women using Premarin or similar drugs to check with their doctor to see if they could substitute their HRT regimen with a more “humane” protocol, such as HRT drugs made from plant derivatives.
2015 Firefighter Calendar a First of its Kind! The 2015 Charleston Area Fireﬁghter Calendar is selling like hotcakes. Sales are hot because the hunky ﬁremen (and two female ﬁreﬁghters) are posing with pets that have all been rescued. But an even bigger reason is the interactive technology that’s gone into this year’s calendar. “As far as we can tell, this is the ﬁrst interactive ﬁreﬁghter calendar featuring pets, in the entire world,” says Charleston Animal Society Director of Development Caroline Eller. To make your calendar come to life, all you have to do is download an app called “Layar.” Once downloaded, simply point your phone or tablet at the calendar month picture and you will see it come to life in the form of a video. Calendars are on sale now and can be ordered at CharlestonFireﬁghterCalendar.com. All proceeds go to Toby’s Fund, Charleston Animal Society’s medical fund.
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DEAR CAROLINA TAILS: “My issue came yesterday. It is not only informative, it is classy and professional in every way. We need to spread the word to support the advertisers and make sure they know we saw their advertisement. Congratulations CAS on a job well done.” –Joanne Rabinowitz Schwartz “I just got my ﬁrst issue. I love it! I read it 3 times so I wouldn’t miss anything. I have 3 cats, Garﬁeld, Mac and PopTart. Susan Payne’s story about cats was great. And “Three Things My Senior Dog Taught Me” was beautifully written. Also, the picture of the cat reading the book with glasses! It’s on my fridge collage! Keep up the great work.” –Trudy Baldwin “I received mine on Thursday, too. Read it from cover to cover last night and love it!!! Thank you!” –Mary Beth McKain Dew
Event Calendar Photograph by Ada Samonte
Blessing of the Animals October 4 • 10am - Noon Marion Square in Charleston Charleston Animal Society invites you to join hundreds of other pet owners and their animals for a special nondenominational event taking place all over the country on the same day.
Pet Expo October 11 • 10am - 3pm North Charleston Convention Center One of the largest pet events in the Lowcountry. Find everything you need for your pet.
Second Sundays on King October 12 • 1pm - 5pm King Street, Charleston Come visit Charleston Animal Society’s booth on King and pick up a Charleston Fireﬁghter Calendar! 8 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
October 16 • 4pm - Sunset James Island County Park Reward yourself and your pooch after a long day at the office! Enjoy music from Whiskey Diablo and beverages at James Island County Dog Park.
Dogtoberfest October 19 • 1pm - 5pm Freshﬁelds Village Kiawah Island Community Association’s annual pet adoption event, Dogtoberfest, is back! Sponored by Charleston Animal Society, the even beneﬁts animal rescue organizations and feature delicious wine, seasonal beer and great food.
Bark in the Park October 20 • 11am - 4pm Wannamaker County Park It’s a pet fest with a Bavarian ﬂair! Pets are encouraged to bring their owners to one of Charleston’s newest Oktoberfest celebrations. Costumes are welcome!
Second Sunday on King Street November 9 • 1pm - 5pm King Street, Charleston Come visit Charleston Animal Society’s booth on King and pick up a Charleston Fireﬁghter Calendar!
15th Annual Celebrity Chili Cook-off & Oyster Roast November 22 • 1pm - 5pm Citadel Football Stadium in Charleston Come enjoy all the chili and oysters you can eat as more than 100 teams compete in South Carolina’s largest chili cook-off. It’s one of Charleston Animal Society’s largest fundraisers with all proceeds going to their medical fund, “Toby’s Fund!”
Consign Charleston Shop 'n Shuck December 6 1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, West Ashley Come ﬁnd some great holiday bargains and enjoy some live music. All the proceeds beneﬁt Charleston Animal Society. $20 includes all the food you can eat, or $5 lets you in to just shop.
Second Sunday on King Street December 14 • 1pm - 5pm King Street, Charleston Come visit Charleston Animal Society’s booth on King and pick up a Charleston Fireﬁghter Calendar!
Holiday Pet Deliveries December 24 & 25 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston Come pick out your pet at Charleston Animal Society before December 22, and Elves will deliver the pet for you on Christmas Eve or Christmas!
BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY IN FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
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BY DAN KROSSE TOP: Dr. Kerry Rissetto demonstrates how ECT is administered using Hudson, a bulldog, as a model. BOTTOM: Ziggy underwent ECT treatment for an aggressive cancer tumor that shrunk to just a scar after several weeks
CANCER KILLS ONE OUT OF EVERY two pets over 10-years-old. It’s a sobering statistic for anyone who is worried about their aging cat or dog. On the bright side, Charleston is now home to the only vet practice in the Southeast offering a cutting edge cancer treatment called “electrochemotherapy.” Dr. Kerry Rissetto, DACVIM, traveled all the way to Rome for training on this incredible medical innovation. “This technology is very exciting and we are proud to bring it to the Lowcountry,” Rissetto said. How it works: Electrochemotherapy (ECT) delivers trains of electrical pulses to cancer cells shortly after injection of chemotherapy drugs. The pulses open pores in the tumor cell membranes making them more permeable and enabling better penetration of anti-cancer drug molecules to increase tumor cell kill. Animal patients undergo very light, short anesthesia before the 5-10 minute procedure and typically require just two or three treatments, compared to radiation, which can involve more than 30 sessions.
“Because ECT makes tumor cells more sensitive to therapy, it allows us to use lower doses of chemotherapy drugs, so systemic side-effects are very unlikely,” according to Rissetto. Ziggy was the first animal in South Carolina to receive ECT. The 11-year-old cat had an aggressive fibrosarcoma on her head that had recurred and now wrapped around her nose, dangerously close to her eyes. But after one ECT treatment this summer, Ziggy’s cancer had gone from a large tumor to just a scar (see photos). “We were so happy we had this treatment so nearby,” said Debbye Graf of Wando. She and her husband had already been through three surgeries with Ziggy trying to eradicate the cancer. ECT will cost about $500 per treatment, yet it’s a price Graf said is well worth it, “This procedure was a God-send to us,” Graf said. Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is one of only six practices in the U.S. to be awarded a Level 1 certification by the Veterinary Emergency /Critical Care Society.
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DOG How Johns Island’s Famous Dog United an Entire Community
BY ELLIE WHITCOMB PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON BENNETT & ELLIE WHITCOMB PAYNE
LEFT: The Food Lion Dog takes a moment to pose for Carolina Tails. BELOW: The Food Lion on Johns Island where she met hundreds of caring people.
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hey call her Gypsy, May, Maybank, Buddy, and Reckless, among others. It depends on who you talk to. Every name a reflection of her relationships with her many people. By any other name, she is the Food Lion Dog. No one really knows where she came from or where she stayed at night. Two years ago, maybe closer to three, she just showed up. She’d trot into the Johns Island Food Lion parking lot from the woods behind and make her rounds. And almost magically, when it was cold, a freshly dried blanket would be outside the cleaners. When it was hot, cold water could be found outside the liquor store. Her people at the Edward Jones always had some fresh food. She liked this place. She was happy to be the Food Lion Dog.
FAT CAT By all accounts she was the best fed dog on Johns Island. Slight, but not skinny, with floppy ears and a friendly stance, she would get just close enough so that you’d notice her, but nowhere near enough to pet. To the regulars she showed a guarded trust. “I called her Maybank,” reflects Tommy Stelling of Stono Liquors. “She appeared one day about two years ago. She looked hungry and would follow everybody around. It was cool how everyone came together and showed so much compassion; there were food and blankets everywhere!” Next door is Island Cleaners, owned by Chuck Ashley. “She has a special place in my heart. She was the smartest dog I ever saw. The way she would play these people in the parking lot for food; they would bring her hamburgers and deli meat. I got to where I quit feeding her dog food because she would just pee on it and go on about her business!” Patrons, concerned for the health of the Food Lion Dog, would give the businesses money and food. At one point, Joe Hauhn of Edward Jones boasted of nearly 400 pounds of donated dog food! The village was truly raising this pup. Many took an interest, but maybe none so intently as Babe Jobkar and her niece Olivia. “I heard from someone in the parking lot that she had been abused and abandoned,” says Babe. “I felt I needed to help this dog.” Even though she knew people were feeding the stray, she explains that she just had to know that the dog had a full belly every day. “I am just funny that way,” says Babe. And so Babe was there every day, with fresh biscuits and casseroles. Even after back surgery, there wasn’t a day that passed when Babe didn’t come to see her “Buddy.” She would talk to fellow patrons and the business owners about the pup’s past and was overwhelmed with appreciation for what she saw. “I met hundreds of people in that parking lot, talking to those who loved this dog. I realized there are a lot of caring people on Johns Island.” FALL 2014 | CAROLINA TAILS
HOUDINI Well-fed perhaps, but there was ever present danger: harsh weather, disease and traffic. The odds were stacked against the pup and her people knew it. But the Food Lion Dog refused to give up her freedom. Joe Hauhn, financial advisor for Edward Jones, is a veteran of dog rescue. “She would have been my 50th rescue. I felt like I knew what I was doing but everything I ever did didn’t work.” The dog couldn’t be lured with food and proved too smart for traps. Even the local animal control and shelters couldn’t catch her. “She was very aware of her surroundings,” says Joe. “If she would have ever made a mistake, we would have had her. I was out there one day with a cast net. Here I am, dress shoes, dress pants, and I’m walking around the parking lot with this cast net chasing this dog. It must have looked ridiculous! This was early on; the winter of 2012.” That winter was cold. One Saturday a group met early in an empty parking lot, armed with hundreds of feet of landscape netting, determined that this crowd of 10 could capture this one little dog. After two hours of setting up netting around the perimeter to block her normal escape route, ‘Houdini’ shows up. 12 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
“We lined up 10 feet apart and slowly pushed her that way. She ran into the netting. The holes were big so she didn’t see it at first. We started to move in and close the gap. You could see it in her eyes: it was going to be a race.” The group wasn’t closing in fast enough. Joe made a sprint with netting in hand to reach the gap before her, but she slipped through the opening and was gone. She wouldn’t be cornered again. “It was heartbreaking,” says Joe. “That was when I realized this was one I wasn’t going to save. In that environment it was only a matter of time before something happened.” So, life went on. The pup would make her rounds, and then she’d slip off into the woods when the sun set.
“We knew it would take more than one person to achieve a No Kill Community. This is the perfect example.” – Aldwin Roman, Charleston Animal Society Then, the Monday after Father’s Day in 2014, Buddy just wasn’t there. Tuesday. Wednesday, no Food Lion Dog. Her people knew the worst had happened. She lived a good life. She was a good dog. Across busy Maybank Highway, Richard Kerr and Brenda Garren pulled into their driveway Sunday evening after a short vacation. Brenda’s sister, who had been feeding their four dogs, had told them that a stray had shown up on the property. “My sister said ‘I think that’s the Food Lion Dog,’” says Brenda, “she had seen her at
LEFT: Babe Jobkar was ecstatic to reunite with the Food Lion Dog. BELOW: Brenda Garren sharing treats with her three dogs including The Food Lion Dog. RIGHT: Brenda Garren and Richard Kerr enjoy peeking out their Johns Island window watching their newest addition frolic in the yard.
the grocery store before.” A few days later Brenda gets a link to a craigslist post looking for information about the Food Lion Dog. She called the number and it was Babe’s nephew. “I got the call Wednesday night at 8:00 and at 8:30 I was pulling in Richard and Brenda’s driveway,” says Babe, ecstatic to see the dog. “Buddy ran up to my car and I just went to my knees. I couldn’t believe my eyes!” “I came in one day,” says Joe, “and saw this picture of May on my desk. I said, ‘it can’t be!’ If we wouldn’t have gotten that picture, I wouldn’t have believed it.” The Food Lion Dog was alive!
EMILY No longer asphalt under her paws, but soft earth, with acres of live oak canopy overhead. Her new owners accepted her with open arms, but didn’t know quite yet just how special she was. “I think her and Bubba just bonded,” says Richard Kerr of one of his other dogs. “I think that had a lot to do with her staying. And she’s relaxed now. The other day, she let me pick her up, put her on my lap and rub her belly.” “That says so much about how much she trusts these people,” remarks Babe, “for Richard to be able to do that! She felt so comfortable the day I came over to see her, that first day, I was able to pet her for the first time. I thought to myself, ‘I’m finally able to touch the dog that touched my heart.’ You can’t even imagine the feeling.” Babe, Brenda and Richard are now good friends. She was home but not out of the woods yet. She was heartworm positive and needed vaccinations. Moved by her story, Charleston Animal Society offered to treat the dog as well as spay her. “People took responsibility for the care of this dog,” says Aldwin Roman of Charleston Animal Society. “We always knew it would take more than one person to achieve our No Kill Charleston initiative. The whole community needs to be involved. This is the perfect example of that.” Richard agrees, “The story of the community coming together, this is the first time I have ever heard of anything like it. Every day I meet someone new who knew the Food Lion Dog.” Odds are you know someone who knows the Food Lion Dog, but now they call her Emily.
TRAINING TIPS:: Sit. Heel. Stay
Kristie Allen, CPDT working with a dog in an obedience class. “I know from first-hand experience the difference dog training makes in the relationship between dogs and owners,” Allen says.
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ASK THE TRAINER QUESTION: I RECENTLY RESCUED A Doberman who was constantly tethered on a leash by his prevous owner. Needless to say, she won’t go near a leash now. I want to take her for walks but it is nearly impossible without a choke chain. How do you retrain a dog to love a leash? – Nicole ANSWER: The secret here is to attach the leash when good things happen. For instance, when the dog is eating her breakfast or supper, attach the leash and that’s it, nothing else. Basically what you want to reintroduce is the leash being associated with good things. If she won’t accept that at ﬁrst, then I would simply place the leash near the food bowl. You have to ﬁnd a threshold and then work from there. More examples of attaching the leash when good things happen include belly rubs, ear scratches, time on the couch, whatever the 14 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
dog really, really likes -- that’s when the leash comes out. Dogs are associative learners and it sounds like in her past life, she learned the leash was a bad thing, so we need to break that association and make it a good thing for her. Also, instead of a choke chain, I would work with a front-clip harness, such as an “EZ Walk,” a “Senseation” or a “Freedom, No Pull.” KRISTIE ALLEN, CPDT The Learning Canine Kristie is one of several certiﬁed trainers offering dog training through Charleston Animal Society. “I am a dog lover ﬁrst, and a dog trainer second,” Allen says. Her company is The Learning Canine. You can book a class online at CharlestonAnimalSociety.org.
THINGS OVERHEARD IN TRAINING CLASS: • Stay Positive • Wait for Eye Contact • Set Your Dog Up for Success • If Frustrated, Take a Break • Let Treats Rain from the Sky • Good Boy! • Good Girl! • Woof!
Find the perfect training class at: CharlestonAnimalSociety.org
FUN FACTS • Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, the only way they can discharge heat is by panting. • Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw. • Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears. • A cat can jump as much as seven times its height. • There are more than 350 different breeds of dogs worldwide.
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CAT SCRATCH FEVER
HOT TOPI C
DECLAWING DEBATE HEATS UP
BY HELEN RAVENEL HAMMOND
o my friend Dan thought that declawing a cat was about the same as clipping someone’s nails, “Kind of like a manicure,” he said. Now before you go all cat-crazy on him and demand to know his email so you can blast him for his ignorance, realize that there are a lot of Dans out there. Many people, millions of people, who just aren’t educated on the topic. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says scratching is a normal feline behavior and is a means for cats to mark their territory both visually and with scent. Scratching is used for claw conditioning (“husk” removal) and as a stretching activity. Onychectomy (declawing) is a controversial issue. One that is whispered about in vet offices across the country—while being loudly decried by animal advocacy groups.
“CRUEL” Joe Elmore, Chief Executive Officer of Charleston Animal Society and Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, doesn’t waste any time getting his organization’s opinion across, “Declawing cats is cruel and should be ended once and for all.” Elmore points out that almost two dozen countries, including England, Australia and Japan, and multiple U.S. cities have prohibited or severely restricted veterinarians from performing the procedure. And far from a manicure, declawing is described as “an amputation” and “major surgery” by The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Charleston Animal Society falls in line with the ASPCA, Humane Society of the United States and a host of other animal welfare groups that all oppose declawing. Some of the groups, like the ASPCA do make an exception when the health and safety of the guardian would be put at risk, as in the case of individuals with compromised immune systems or illnesses — where a scratch could lead to serious infection.
“DECLAWING CATS IS CRUEL AND
SHOULD BE ENDED ONCE AND FOR ALL. – Joe Elmore Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer
THE REAL WORLD But are the animal advocates living in the “real world?” A place where veterinarians often run into clients who warn if their cat doesn't stop scratching their $3,000 couch, the cat may soon be homeless. Dr. Marci Sauls of East Cooper Animal Hospital says she will only do the surgery on the rare occasion with the right set of circumstances, “If the surgery keeps the cat in the home and prevents him or her from ending up in the shelter, or the surgery could improve chances of an adoption, then I am in favor.” Sauls estimates that she has performed five onychectomies in the past year-and-a-half. Dr. Perry Jameson with Veterinary Specialty Care is opposed to declawing, but agrees with Sauls, “If the choice is euthanasia because a home cannot be found, or to declaw so the cat can be adopted, I would declaw the cat and find it a home. Declawing is the lesser of the two evils,” he said.
THE DECLAWING PROCEDURE The Folly Road Animal Hospital website explains that declawing is a simple and relatively painless procedure, provided the proper care is maintained post-surgery. Folly Road Animal Hospital recommends that the surgery be performed when cats are between four and six months of age. Although older cats can also be declawed, younger cats seem to recover much faster from the procedure with little to no pain. The hospital also says that older cats seem to have mild to moderate pain that is controllable with opioid-type pain management.
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IF THE SURGERY KEEPS THE CAT IN THE “HOME AND PREVENTS HIM OR HER FROM
ENDING UP IN THE SHELTER, OR THE SURGERY COULD IMPROVE CHANCES OF AN ADOPTION, THEN I AM IN FAVOR. – Dr. Marci Sauls
Here is how the $180 procedure is described: under full anesthesia, the kitten’s bone is removed at the joint connecting the first and second bones of the toe. It is necessary to remove the first bone, or else a new nail will grow back. Only the front claws are removed-- never the rear claws. After removal of the bone and nail, surgical glue is used to close the incision. No sutures are needed and the glue is typically absorbed. Cats are generally managed post-operatively in the hospital overnight with bandages removed the next day, and pain control is administered for the first 3-5 days. Dr. Sauls explained that there are three different types of methods that vets use when declawing a cat: the guillotine technique (guillotine-style nail trimmer), the laser technique and the scalpel technique. According to Dr. Sauls, all cats she operates on get a “ring block/nerve block” with long-acting local anesthetic, injectable pain medication, oral pain medication, post-operative treatment laser therapy to minimize inflammation and pain, and a minimum of two nights in the hospital to rest and recover. “I feel like I can do the surgery without excessive trauma,” she said, adding that it is a positive if it keeps a healthy pet in a healthy household. “I would not be comfortable doing surgery that was uncomfortable or inhumane,” she said.
SIDE EFFECTS Dr. Ryan Gipe with Ohlandt Veterinary Clinic knows that there is a lot of controversy with declawing cats and strongly suggests not getting the procedure done unless it is an absolute necessity. Dr. Gipe says that while the surgery technique continues to improve, there can be long-term complications and risks. He says a declawed cat’s paws might look the same after the surgery. “But this is in fact an amputation of sorts, and at times, there can be lameness issues in cats after declawing,” he said. The Humane Society of the United States also warns about foot pain, back pain, scar tissue and behavioral changes like biting. Dr. Gipe reminds those considering declawing that the decision means your cat should always live indoors. “It limits their ability to defend themselves and escape from predators when outdoors,” he said. Bottom line: declawing is not a simple procedure. Heavy consideration and education should be made before removing your cat’s claws. 18 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
+ other alternatives About the only thing both sides agree with is that people should consider other alternatives and get educated on the subject of declawing. The Humane Society of the United States offers these ideas for problem scratchers:
• Keep your cat’s claws trimmed to minimize damage to household items. • Keep different scratching posts and boards around your home made of different materials like carpet, sisal, wood, and cardboard. • Ask your veterinarian about soft plastic caps (like SoftPaws®) that are glued to the cat’s nails. They need to be replaced about every six weeks. • Attach a special tape (like Sticky Paws®) to furniture to deter your cat from unwanted scratching.
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DOG OUTINGS:: Chow Time
BONE APPÉ TIT
SNIFFIN’ OUT CHARLESTON’S COOLEST DOG-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS BY TERI ERRICO PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON BENNETT
IN JUNE 2014, CHARLESTON, SOUTH Carolina named the most dog-friendly city in the Southeast by readers of Dog Fancy Magazine. One reason for the award? All of the great restaurants you can share with your dog. Carolina Tails’ Teri Errico sniffed out some of the best dog friendly restaurants in the area. And whether you want BBQ, brunch, seafood, steak or drinks, Charleston never disappoints.
1. POE’S TAVERN 2210 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island Edgar Allen Poe called Sullivan’s Island his home when he enlisted in the army, and this restaurant pays homage to him from décor you could get lost viewing to an aptly named menu. Sit with your pup on the patio and people watch along Middle Street while savoring the spot’s aptly named burgers: Raven, Gold Bug, Annabel Lee, etc. Our favorite? The Tell-Tale Heart, which features a fried egg, cheese and applewood bacon on your burger.
2. PAGE’S OKRA GRILL 302 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant This Mt. Pleasant place wants to cook you good Southern food in a cozy spot that feels like home—and that includes having your pup nestled beside you. Pets aren’t just allowed, they’re encouraged to join you in experiencing Page’s great value meals. Water bowls and snacks are provided for your pooch, and you can order all the delicious fried green tomatoes you want.
3. DIG IN THE PARK, NORTH CHARLESTON
TOP: Dogs love to chill at Poe’s Tavern on Sullivan’s Island. BELOW: Hipsters and their dogs abound at DIG near Park Circle in North Charleston.
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1049 East Montague Ave., North Charleston DIG in the Park has it all, including an outdoor dog-friendly space that’s almost double the size of the indoor restaurant— and somewhat fenced in. The most popular happy hour spot in Park Circle, DIG’s large tables accommodate big groups and with
two bars your hands are never empty. Play cornhole out back, watch college football on the big screen projectors inside or on the number of TVs facing outdoors, and order the hilariously named bar food with both your friends and man’s best friend partying beside you. There are daily specials!
4. SHELTER KITCHEN & BAR 202 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant It’s hard to miss the bright red canopy sign on Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant, near Shem Creek. The patio deck is always packed with people and their pets having a good time, enjoying some good food and watching traffic whiz by. Don’t miss the 1/2-price burgers on Tuesdays and their NFL menu on game days. The Shelter was developed by three area builders who say they couldn't find the perfect hangout—well, mission accomplished guys!
5. FUEL CARIBBEAN CANTINA 211 Rutledge Ave., Downtown Fuel has one of the coolest backyard patios downtown. If you’re craving a Caribbean vacation, but can’t afford the getaway, chill under the ample-sized hut, kick back at the outdoor bar or even play a round of bocce. And best of all, your dog is invited to this destination. For brunch with a kick, the huevos rancheros are supreme. If a flavorful, fresh dinner is what you desire, be sure to pair your entree with sweet potato fries. Fido will especially love them.
6. LOST DOG CAFÉ
8. RED’S ICE HOUSE
106 W. Huron Ave., Folly Beach You needn’t look further than Lost Dog on Folly Beach, if you’re in the mood for a mouth-watering brunch with a laid back atmosphere. Though you may wait in line for up to an hour, it’s worth it to sit on the airy back porch breathing in equal scents of Folly Beach and sticky cinnamon buns. With the three-letter word in its name, you can be sure Lost Dog loves having man’s best friend around. But we warn you, he will try to snatch up all your breakfast bacon.
98 Church St., Mt. Pleasant 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd, Seabrook Island Red’s Ice House is the perfect spot to mingle while enjoying carefree fun, scrumptious seafood and sightseeing everything from paddle boaters to yachts. For pup owners, it only gets better as the sweetest seats in the house are outdoors and dog-friendly. Buy a beer. Listen to live music. And share some fried fish with friends, and maybe your canine companion if he’s lucky.
7. DUNLEAVY’S 2213 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island “Céad Mile Failté” to your pup, which means one hundred thousand welcomes for him to join you as you pal around with old friends and new at Dunleavy’s. The familyowned restaurant is famous for its wings which are never frozen and never fried— and never denied by a four-legged patron who the owners hope will join you out front. The New England-style pub has been around 20 years, so you know it’s good! Plan time for a walk on the beach afterwards—the restaurant is two blocks from the waves.
9. PAOLO’S GELATO ITALIANO 41 John St., Downtown Dessert for two sounds even better when your pet can get his very own dish. Paolo’s makes a frozen gelato-soy based treat for both dogs and cats so you don’t have to worry if either steals a slobbery bite when you aren’t looking.
TOP: Boys and their dogs are a common sight at Red's Ice House in Mt. Pleasant and Seabrook Island. RIGHT: Enjoying the breeze is free on Shem Creek at Red’s Ice House.
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DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS 10. PARSON JACK’S CAFÉ 3417 Shelby Ray Court, West Ashley It’s pretty obvious why Parson Jack’s Café in West Ashley is Charleston’s favorite dogfriendly restaurant. It has a great menu, it’s kid-friendly, there’s live music four nights a week, and it’s the only “off leash” dog patio in town thanks to its fencing. Be sure to stop in for the bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary buffet brunch, and take a tour of Parson’s pretty talented dog art.
11. TRIANGLE CHAR BAR 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant Having a nap takes on a whole new meaning at Triangle, but it will surely induce one when you’re finished! The signature grassfed beef “Nap” burger with bacon and American cheese is bookended between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Luckily you can snag high-top tables outside so your dog can’t get to your plate, but in the event you don’t finish your meal, there’s no doubt your furry friend will help you lick the platter clean. (There are plenty of healthy choices from the skinny menu, too!) 22 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
12. DOG & DUCK 624 Long Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant Ask anyone and they’ll tell you Dog & Duck has great dogs. No, no, not all the cute pups of their countless patrons—though we’re sure they’re well-trained. The pub is one of the few places that serves all-out, all-beef Nathan’s hot dogs. You won’t be able to resist the delicious Doggie Brasco, which is “overwhelmed with thinly sliced corn beef,” grilled sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese, or the Tijuana Street Dog wrapped in applewood smoked bacon then deep fried in sliced jalapenos, Pico de gallo and more. Beware what you share or your actual dog will be begging for seconds.
13. STEEL CITY PIZZA 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant 8600 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston Proudly dubbed “builders of food,” the owners of this pizza joint were raised in The Steel City, aka Pittsburgh, PA., and they wanted to bring a taste of home to the Lowcountry. Their dream is simple: to provide a neighborhood place where you
can sit around a fresh, hot pizza and sip a pitcher of cold beer. They value family most of all, and they know that includes your dog, so bring them by the patio and enjoy a slice of pie, and a slice of the good life.
14. EAST BAY DELI 334 East Bay St., Charleston 1120 Oakland Market Rd., Mt. Pleasant 858 Savannah Hwy., West Ashley 9135 University Blvd., North Charleston When it comes to deli sandwiches, this place has definite street cred—winning Best Deli in Charleston the past 11 years. The menu has something for everyone, including a great salad bar for non-carnivores. Your dog is always welcome out on the patios.
Holiday gift guide Like children, cats and dogs love new toys to nibble on, scratch at and entertain themselves. So spread joy this season by giving your four-legged friends some of the greatest gifts in town. Best of all, these perfect pet presents can be found at local stores. If you prefer to shop on Amazon, please do so by visiting. www.smile.amazon.com, where you can select to donate proceeds of your purchases to Charleston Animal Society.
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Dog... 1. PET LOUNGER: $129.99 6.
Hairy Winston 1605 Palmetto Grande Drive, Mount Pleasant www.hairywinston.com - 843.881.0800
2. MINI MEN TREATS: $7.50 FOR 8 OZ. TIN 7.
The Good Dog Bakery 1750 Savannah Highway, West Ashley (inside Rocco’s Bakery) www.thegooddogbakery.com - 843.763.2055
3. HOLIDAY GATOR: SM. $10.59 LG. $15.99 All Is Well 3417-B Shelby Ray Court, West Ashley 1409 Folly Road, James Island www.alliswellpet.com - 843.795.2001
4. KANNON DOGGIE BALL LAUNCHER: $29 PetSmart: Locations in Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and West Ashley www.petsmart.com
5. MAGIC MUSHROOM: $10 - $30 Available at Bark n’ Meow, Hairy Winston, Doolittle’s
6.LOCALLY DESIGNED COLLARS: $14 - $23 Lauren Shuler Designs Charleston Farmers Market on Saturdays 843.270.8962
Cat... 7. INTERACTIVE FEEDER: $31.95
Doolittle’s Locations in Mount Pleasant, James Island, Summerville www.doolittles.com - 843.852.5811
8. COTTON ROPE MOUSE CAT TOY: $10 Harry Barker - www.harrybarker.com
9. WRESTLE & SCRATCH: $12 10.
Bark n’ Meow 3575 Maybank Highway, Johns Island www.barknmeow.net - 843.559-5001
10. YEOWWW! Cat Nip: $2.50 Available at Bark n’ Meow, Hairy Winston, Doolittle’s
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5 HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS YOU NEVER WANT TO SHARE WITH YOUR PET BY HELEN RAVENEL HAMMOND
“TIS THE SEASON TO BE MERRY! It is a time of celebrations, gift-giving and other gestures of goodwill–but don’t think feeding your dog from the table is one of them. Here are the 5 most dangerous table scraps that could ruin your pet’s holiday (and yours):
ONIONS & GARLIC
While we love them in our stews and stuffing, onions and garlic impact red blood cells and can cause anemia in your pets. Dr. Kelsey Harris of Veterinary Specialty Care warns the ingestion of onions or garlic of more than 0.5% of a dog’s body weight is potentially toxic. Here’s the math — if your 30-pound beagle eats just 2.5 ounces of onion or garlic, call the Pet ER! Cats and Japanese breeds of dogs (Akita, Shiba Inu, etc) are even more sensitive to the effects.
2 FRUIT CAKE Fruit cake is synonymous with the holidays and packed inside are raisins — a true pet danger food. According to Dr. Marci Sauls of East Cooper Animal Hospital, raisins (or grapes) can cause kidney failure in dogs and cats. Bottom line: keep Aunt Mary’s fruitcake to yourself — no sharing with your pets. It could be a fatal decision. 26 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
All the stories you’ve heard about the dangers of chocolate with pets are true. Vets tell us dogs can’t metabolize the chocolate, which can spike your pet’s heart rate and blood pressure and many times results in death. And experts tell us, the darker the chocolate, the more danger it poses.
HOLI NO-N DAY Os!
Santa’s belly looks like a bowl full of jelly and may that always remind you how dangerous Jell-O’s main sweetener, Xylitol, can be for your cat or dog! In fact, any kind of sugar-free sweetener (often found in candy) is dangerous and can cause a drop in blood sugar and even liver failure in pets, according to Dr. Harris. So keep the Halloween and other holiday candies sealed up tight at all times.
Dogs love bones. Chicken bones, turkey bones, pork chop bones, you name it. But unless you want to see a perforated GI track before dessert, keep the bones away from your dog. “Just don’t do it, I assure you it’s not worth the cost and heartache that retrieving them often involves,” warns Dr. Heather Graham, of Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. The same rings true for cats — bones can splinter in their throat and cause problems.
SIGNS YOUR DOG GOT SNEAKY WITH THE LEFTOVERS • Vomiting • Abdominal Pain
If your pet is experiencing these symptoms, call your veterinarian.
• Cramping • Diarrhea
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline: (888) 426-4435
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ADOPTION:: Save A Life
HERE COMES SANTA PAWS!
for S Hol the iday s
BY HELEN RAVENEL HAMMOND
WANT A PET FOR THE HOLIDAYS? Charleston Animal Society delivers! For the third year, Charleston Animal Society will be hosting the “Home for the Holidays” adopted pet deliveries all over the Lowcountry. “We are always overwhelmed with animals who need homes,” said Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore. “This is one of the best things we have ever done,” explaining that folks come in ahead of time and pick out an animal to deliver to a loved one on Christmas Eve or Day. Charleston Animal Society volunteer Cindy Branscome said that it took no convincing to play “Santa Paws.” Branscome tells us she will always remember her Christmas morning ride with Brutus on his way to his new home, to serve as a surprise for a man’s fiancee. On this “joy ride,” Branscome said the dog somehow knew he was going to a new, safe place. “It was a very special day in that we changed the lives of two humans, but more importantly, a dog who was at the shelter.
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Brutus knew something exciting was happening on his Christmas morning ride. A new home was waiting for him!
He was adopted, placed in a home with another dog and immediately embraced by the other dog and the family,” said Branscome, “Who wouldn’t want to be involved in something like this?” Charleston Animal Society delivered more than 20 animals last year and hopes to do just as many, if not more this year. Elmore cites research that shows people who receive animals as gifts actually keep them longer. “If you know someone very well, this could be the perfect gift,” he said. Even Charleston Animal Society Board President Elizabeth Bradham got in on all the fun, delivering a new tabby kitten, “Jingle Bells” to a West Ashley family. “This is what Christmas is all about,” she said. Bradham now plans to make pet deliveries a tradition in her family every year. If you would like a pet delivered for Christmas, be sure to visit Charleston Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston between December 15 and December 22 to pick the new pet out. The elves will take care of the rest!
ADOPTION:: Save A Life
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SHATTERING MYTHS ABOUT BLACK CATS BY HELEN RAVENEL HAMMOND
THE WEATHER IS STARTING TO GET crisp, the kids have gone back to school and the drug stores have already started putting the Halloween candy out. A huge component of this spooky holiday, of course, is the black cat. Whether it is to adorn your door above your carved Jacko’-lantern, your favorite “go to” costume (I still have the same cat ears and tail from fourth grade and pull them out every year), or simply incorporating a black cat into your kids’ favorite craft, the black cat screams “Halloween.” You might have read that black cats are adopted out on Halloween only to help out witches and Satan worshipers with their rituals. That should send shivers down anyone’s spine. But Kay Hyman, Charleston Animal Society’s Director of Community Engagement, said, “The idea that people
adopt black cats for the wrong reasons around Halloween are based on urban myths -- not on facts.” According to Hyman, these superstitions just aren’t true. Hyman said that in the 21 years she has been with the Charleston Animal Society, there has not been one documented case of ritualistic abuse
involving a black cat around Halloween. Hyman says the important thing people need to know is that black cats are actually the most difficult to get adopted year-round. “That’s the real scary truth about black cats,” Hyman said. “Personally, I love black cats. I think they are the sweetest,” Hyman said.
THE ASPCA LISTS A FEW GOOD REASONS TO ADOPT BLACK CATS: • • • •
Their fur won’t show on your little black dress. You can tell your kids you adopted a mini-panther. Black cats go with everything. In most cultures, black cats are a sign of good luck.
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PET HEALTH:: What’s on Your Mind?
Dr. Lucy Fuller performing a Spay/Neuter procedure.
ASK THE VET IN THIS ISSUE, VETERINARIANS FROM Charleston Animal Society tackle three very different questions involving grumpy holiday cats, worries over ACLs and whether heartworm infection in dogs is contagious. Email your questions to us at magazine@ charlestonanimalsociety.org. I love the holidays, but it seems like my cat Geronimo hates this time of year and acts out more than normal. Is he a grinch? Shannon – Summerville No, I’m sure Geronimo is not a grinch! Whether we know it or not, the holidays can cause anxiety in people and dogs and cats can sense our stress and often react to it in different ways. Some pets will resort to behavior changes such as urinating in abnormal areas, chewing abnormal things, hiding, or running out the door when otherwise they would not. To help with holiday pet stress, try to keep your pet’s daily routines as normal as possible during the hectic holiday season. If traveling or throwing a holiday party it is best to set up a warm, quiet place with food, water and a favorite blanket either in a separate room or a crate where your pet can escape when feeling stressed. MARGARET MORRIS, DVM Associate Director of Public Health
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Dr. Sarah Boyd examining a bulldog that was rescued.
My friend recently adopted a dog that is heartworm positive and is now on heartworm preventative medicine. I am worried about my dog visiting and drinking out of the same water bowl. Can dogs give it to each other? Michelle – North Charleston We are so happy your friend chose to adopt, and for opening her home to a dog that has heartworm infection. If your friend’s dog has undergone heartworm treatment, then those heartworms are being eliminated from his circulatory system by Immiticide and will continue to be prevented by giving prescription heartworm preventative from your veterinarian. Heartworms live in the right side of the heart and their larvae live in the bloodstream. Mosquitos biting a pet that is not on heartworm preventative is the mode of transmission. In other words, they can’t get it from drinking from the same bowl. Also, to protect your dog from those dangerous mosquito bites, be sure your dog is on a heartworm preventative. SARAH BOYD, DVM Director of Shelter Health and Wellness UC Davis - ASPCA Shelter Medicine Fellow
I have a chocolate lab who is almost one year old. I keep hearing stories about torn ACLs in labs and am very worried. Is there a way to prevent this from happening in my dog? Charles – West Ashley Charles, thanks for your question. Cranial cruciate ligament disease in dogs (also called ACL disease in humans) is a common problem, especially in larger breed dogs like yours. It occurs when one of the ligaments in the knee is damaged and the knee becomes unstable, causing pain and arthritis. We aren't 100% sure why otherwise healthy dogs suddenly develop problems with their ligaments, so nothing is guaranteed to keep your dog “safe,” but there are certainly things you can do to lessen the chance of disease. Most importantly, keep your dog at a healthy weight! This is crucial; even 5 extra pounds can put undue stress on a joint and make it more likely to develop problems. Secondly, keep him/her active. Exercise like swimming is great for joints, as it is low impact and helps control weight gain. Labs typically love the water, so hopefully this is a good option for you! Lastly, keep your regular checkup appointments with your vet. Certain health problems make ligament rupture more likely, so staying on top of your dog’s health is extremely important as well. LUCY FULLER, DVM Director of Public Health and Spay/Neuter Initiatives Dr. Margaret Morris bandaging an injured cat.
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HOLIDAYS:: Cat Mischief
AVOIDING CHRISTMAS TREE CAT-ASTROPHE! BY TERI ERRICO
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P TOP CHRISTMAS TREES ARE MAGICAL. Their green branches inspire feelings of joy, their ornaments and lights stir up delightful memories and warmth. But for some cat and dog owners, these cheerful evergreens can invoke anxiety or laughter depending how you look at a fallen Christmas tree. “My husband and I haven’t put up a tree since we adopted our cats five years ago,” Lowcountry resident Erin Billmayer said. “The first time we tried, my cats Hibachi and Daisy climbed up it within hours and made it their home, breaking ornaments along the way.” After it repeatedly happened, Billmayer and her husband gave up and now simply place a foot-high fake tree atop the table. The Billmayers aren’t alone, Christmas tree shenanigans are commonplace as cats love to swat at light bulbs, climb branches and nibble décor. Carolina Tails Facebook follower Chelsea Leininger admitted that she finds stray holiday ornaments under the furniture all year long, thanks to her pet. 32 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
While cats and Christmas trees may not mix, West Ashley PetSmart Trainer, Kelly Fischer, said there are some things you can do to make your house a bit more habitable for both, and hopefully a bit less damaged.
“If your cat climbs the tree, try putting it up in the middle of the room, away from furniture, or back it into a corner,” Fischer suggested, “and if you can, securely anchor it to the floor or wall.”
For residents like Leininger who find ornaments everywhere, another suggestion from Fischer is to hang only soft, unbreakable adornments to avoid anxiety over your pet and decorations being harmed. That’s good advice for Cathy Philips, whose Chi-Pom, Rusty, would lay under the tree in the manger scene all season and snack on the knick-knacks. “He found some red heart ornaments to be very tasty,” Philips recalled. “I still have two that survived with teeth marks.” Ornaments aside, the trimming you most need to prevent your pets from chewing is lights. If they gnaw on the electric strands, rethink what you string around your tree for both your cat and your house’s sake, Fischer heeded. Using garland can be just as festive if you get creative.
And though nothing makes a tree merrier than stuffing presents beneath it, hold off until Christmas Day before placing them. “My basset hound likes to unwrap presents one by one,” said Lowcountry dog owner Maggie Cammack, whose pup then hoards his findings. Draven Franco confessed his pet has a theft problem as well, but instead of stealing presents, Jack swipes bird ornaments from the tree. “Jack likes to steal the doves, rip off their heads and leave them on the counters as a gift. He then hides the heads in the couch,” Franco said. His inventive solution is to hang special ornaments on a holiday wreath out of his pet’s reach. A final great safety tip from Fischer is to replace all ornament hooks with ribbons to ensure your pet doesn’t accidentally swallow the sharp, shiny metal pieces should he knock them down. If all else fails and your pet still won’t leave your tree be, you might have to reluctantly go the route of the Billmayers and find other festive ways to decorate your house. But however you decide to decorate: – Happy Holidays from everyone at Carolina Tails!
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RESCUE:: Adopt, Don’t Buy!
TAKE ME HOME
Whether you’re looking for a cat, kitten, dog or puppy, make CHARLESTON ANIMAL SOCIETY your first stop. View the current animals available for adoption online at charlestonanimalsociety.org. Or, better yet, come visit us at 2455 Remount Road in North Charleston.
I’m Delilah, but most times I think my name is “Awwwww!” Because when people see my adorable face, they immediately say, “Awwwww!” I’m a 6-year-old Golden Retriever mix who promises to make you very happy.
Hi, I know it’s hard, but focus on my eyes and not my beautiful tiger-like striping. I’m warm and cuddly and love to play. Ask for Sammie. They’ll know who you’re talking about.
Oh yeah, the Phantom of the Opera joke. Good one. NOT! My name is Melvin and if you’re going to consider changing my name to Phantom, we may not be a good match. What’s that? I can have my own scratching post? Deal! Phantom it is!
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They call me Momma because I’m one hot mama! I’m a 2-year-old staffie mix and lookin’ for love with a brand new family. Hope to see you soon!
Hello, I’m Shaggy. You caught me just as I was leaving the boudoir and coming to see what they’re serving for lunch today here at Charleston Animal Society. Despite what you’ve heard, I’m really not high maintenance, plus I’m covered in perfect fall colors. Come see me today and adopt!
Hi, I’m Ebony, a beautiful 3-year-old female lab mix who loves to stay active. If you need a swimming buddy, I’m your girl!
MEET OUR CELEBRITY ADVOCATE “I’m supporting Charleston Animal Society, because they won’t rest until they save all of Charleston’s healthy and treatable animals. Join me in making No Kill Charleston 2015 a reality.” – JENNIE GARTH Actress
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RESCUE:: Family Addition
ANIMAL LOVER Kurt Taylor BY HOLLY FISHER
DESPITE BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR A $431-million county budget, 4,400 full-time and part-time employees, a wife and two children--Charleston County Administrator Kurt Taylor has still found time to adopt three animals from Charleston Animal Society. Two of the three were “special needs.” It all began 14 years ago when Taylor was a lawyer in the Charleston County attorney’s office. He was working with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Animal Control Office and wanted to become better acquainted with the local programs. At that time, the animal shelter was a much smaller operation and those interested in adopting could write their preferred breed on a card should one end up at the shelter. Taylor ﬁlled out a card: Pug and Jack Russell. A week later he got a call about a puppy that was a Pug and Chihuahua mix. Gracie joined Taylor, his wife and two children where she was a wonderful companion until Gracie passed away in December 2013. Fate intervened again about ﬁve years ago when Taylor made an impromptu stop at the Charleston Animal Society to look at the dogs. “I went home and the next day I had a feeling to go over there.” This time, Taylor spotted Cocoa, a Weimaraner and chocolate Lab mix. Cocoa had been found wandering the Isle of Palms. Taylor said he thinks the owner just couldn’t handle her aggressive behavior. But he was up for the challenge and put Cocoa through an obedience class at Charleston Animal Society. Now, six years later, Cocoa has mellowed into the sweetest big dog, he said. 36 CAROLINA TAILS | FALL 2014
Charleston County Administrator Kurt Taylor with wife Melody showing off their two “special needs” rescues, Polly and Cocoa.
Taylor’s most recent adoption is thanks to his soft spot for Pugs. More than a year ago, the Charleston Animal Society posted a “beautiful little pug face” on its Facebook page, he said. But the post added, “This pug was going to need special care.” Taylor didn’t hesitate and typed, “I’ve got dibs on that” in the comment box. The tiny pug, named Polly, had been hit by a car, suffering brain damage and the
loss of her left eye. “Polly was deﬁnitely special needs,” Taylor said, explaining how the pug would shake her head and right paw at the same time and she was afraid to pass through doorways or go up the stairs. But with the Taylor family’s TLC, Polly is perfectly ﬁne. She now spends her days playing with Cocoa, who is six times her size. And at night, Taylor says Polly barks at the television and sits in Taylor’s lap. “She’s a tremendous companion,” he said.
AROUND TOWN PHOTOGRAPHY: Reese Moore Jason Bennett Ada Samonte
Nothing makes Nicole Ponton smile like her dog Saatchi, caught enjoying a moment together downtown.
Trish Nicklas with her Sheltie Howie catching a spectacular beach sunset.
Erica Bennett and her Yellow Lab Craig have a quiet walk down a boardwalk on Sullivan’s Island. Jeff Durity and his dog Shorty enjoy one last gasp of Summer at Dog Day Afternoon at Wannamaker Park in North Charleston.
Lindsay McWhirter and her Red Standard Poodle Kimo enjoy the water at Dog Day Afternoon at Wannamaker Park in North Charleston.
Kala Turpin with her best friend Ella enjoying Charlestowne Landing.
Nick Milak with Achilles and Emma Fitzpatrick with Lola near Charleston’s Waterfront Park.
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TIME TO PLAY! Kids are some of the best animal advocates so weâ€™ve devoted this space to young pet lovers.
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WHAT AM I?........
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My vision is 6 times better than yours I keep my coat very clean I live in almost every part of the world I’m playful, and I have a good memory I’ve been honored by artists, writers, & sculptors. (the largest statue of me is 66ft tall) ■ My skeleton is made up of about 250 bonesthat’s 44 more than you have ■ In ancient times, people shaved off their eyebrows after I died- just to show they missed me. This mystery critter is a CAT. Cats have about 250 bones in their body, but the exact number depends on the length of their tail. (Cats' tails are really an extension of their backbone.) With good care, cats live an average of 12 to 15 years. They were first tamed at least 4,000 years ago and were cherished by ancient people, much as they are today.
Peek-a-boo Box Cats love to hide, so go ahead and make them a peek-a-boo box! 1. Find a good-sized box. 2. Cut holes of different shapes and sizes in the sides of the box. 3. DECORATE DECORATE DECORATE! The more “things” you can attach, the more fun kitty is going to have!!! 4. Keep you cat interested by hiding toys in the box. You can also use cat treats, ping pong balls, or crumple up a small wad of newspaper with catnip inside. 5. Sit back and watch your cat have lots of fun!
ANIMAL ARTISTS... DOG HAS THE BLUES: Megan Meekins 4th grade, Ms. Trott’s class Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary I LOVE CATS: Santau Masindet 4th grade, Ms. Trott’s class Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Want to see your animal artwork in a future issue of Carolina Tails? Send us your picture! EMAIL: magazine@CharlestonAnimalSociety.org
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