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OCTOBER 2016 THE SCOOP 7
Canine News and Happenings
TRAINING & BEHAVIOR 10
3 No No’s of Pet Communication
BODY & SOUL 16
World’s First Art Exhibition for Dogs Opens in London
SPECIAL FEATURE 18
What Can An Adopted Dog Bring to Your Life?
PET ADOPTION 22 The Facts and Benefits
RESCUE & ADOPTION 24 Recycled Poms Houston
On the cover
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Sassy poses for photographer Jamie Fincher with Paw Prints Pet Photography at the Mercedes Benz of The Woodlands dealership.
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The Scoop October 2016
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Abandoned Animal Rescue’s 12th Annual Golf Tournament
Gleannloch Pines Golf Club. Includes lunch,
dinner, awards, mulligan, bubba drive, raffle ticket and door prize entry. To register, visit www.aartomball.org OCTOBER 15
Strut Your Mutt
This fun-filled event, hosted by Best Friends
Animal Society and presented by BOB’s from Skechers® is aimed at raising money to help end the killing of pets in America’s shelters. Join a team or donate to one of the team members participating in the strut. www.bestfriends.org OCTOBER 22
Bingo For Beagles
Join Houston Beagle & Hound Rescue for a
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Oak
Meadow Park. Guests will also enjoy a vari-
ety of food trucks, kids’ activities sponsored by The Foundry, pumpkin decorating, trick-
or-treating for pets and kids, roaming entertainment, a magic show, a multitude of pet product and service vendors, pet rescue
groups that will offer on site adoptions and
our annual favorite, the pooch fashion show and costume contest.
www.bridgeland.com OCTOBER 29
Craft Market & Trick or Treat
Last Wishes joins The Purple Cat Resale,
Thrift and Consignment shop for a familyfriendly event. Silent auction, The Love,
Molly Fund pet adoptions and special guests. 2128 W. 34th Street from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. www.lastwishes.com
Your Adoption Story Could Win $100,000 for Abandoned Animal Resue
day of bingo. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each game. $15.00 pays for 12
games. VFW Post 8790, 1560 Foley Street from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. www.hbhr.org
The Petco Foundation, in partnership with
form of more than $750,000 in grant awards to
Bridgeland’s 8th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest 6 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com
Petco, will be granting Holiday Wishes in the qualified animal welfare organizations. This
contest is designed to help the animal welfare organizations save more lives during the holi-
days and year round. So, what does that mean
for AAR? They have a chance to win $100,000,
Rover Oaks Pet Resort and Citizens for Animal Protection Team Up to Help Homeless Pets
but they need your help!
If you’ve ever shared your life with a pet,
you know: love changes everything. It changes your mornings. It changes your routine. It changes your perspective. Tell the Petco
Foundation how your pet brings more joy to
Mark your calendars and start planning your
your life, big or small, and made it better.
lessness and suffering that affects thousands of
your life each day, and how their love changed That’s why the Petco Foundation and this
year’s Holiday Wishes campaign are All for Love.
By submitting your adoption story and giving
AAR the opportunity to take part in this year’s campaign, we have the chance to receive up to $100,000 in grants to continue doing what we do best—saving lives.
If you adopted your pet from AAR, please
consider submitting your story, along with photos and/or video of your pet. Be sure to talk
about how your pet has changed your life and how we helped you find each other!
The deadline to submit your story and nomi-
nate AAR for a Holiday Wishes grant is
October 15, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Only the
first 10,000 submissions are guaranteed to be considered, so please visit holidaywishes.flu-
costumes! Join in the fight against the home-
Houston-area pets every year! Rover Oaks Pet Resort is teaming up with animal shelter and non-profit organization Citizens for Animal
Protection (CAP) to present the first annual Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest benefiting
Citizens for Animal Protection! This is a fantastic opportunity to show off your beloved
pet and win great prizes while making a powerful impact on our community. The contest is open now and ends on October 31, 2016.
Winners will be announced on November 1,
2016. There are three ways to participate in this exciting fundraiser, and anyone can join in on the fun! You can submit a photo of your pet, vote for your favorite picture, or simply support the cause by posting your photo with hashtag #RoverOaks4CAP!
Each year Citizens for Animal Protection
idreview.com to get started as soon as possible.
shelters and cares for over 9,000 dogs, cats and
pets will be announced in December.
people with pet related situations. By entering
The winning organizations and their featured
other small animals and assists thousands of
the Howl-O-Ween Photo Contest, your donaUrban Paws Magazine 7
The Scoop tion will go directly to the animals in CAP's
Houston PetSet co-presidents and prominent
ical supplies, heartworm and medical treat-
Lundquist Faust and Tama Lundquist. Houston
care. This includes the purchase of food, medments and other items needed to care for the animals they receive every day.
Visit roveroaks.com/contest now to join the
fun, show off your pet and support CAP!
Houston PetSet Gift Helps Emancipet Open First Brick and Mortar Clinic in Houston
A new $89,000 charitable gift from philanthro-
Houston animal welfare supporters Tena City Council Member Robert Gallegos, who helped spearhead the city initiative that brought Emancipet to Houston and represents the por-
tion of the East End where the clinic is located, is also expected to attend.
“With our new, permanent location on
Wayside, we will deepen our roots in Houston’s
East End,” says Amy Mills, CEO of Emancipet.
“Since we first opened in 2015, Emancipet
pist Jan Duncan through Houston PetSet will
Houston has served more than 9,000 pets from
spay/neuter and other veterinary services, open
more with a brick and mortar facility,” says Kelly
help Emancipet, nonprofit provider of low-cost
its first brick-and-mortar nonprofit veterinary clinic in Houston’s East End.
Emancipet has been operating in Houston
since spring 2015 from its 48-foot custom trailer at Neighborhood Centers-Ripley House. Its
new permanent location will be 910 South Wayside, Suite 100, also in the East End. The new clinic is under construction and is set to open by the end of September.
The major gift to Emancipet, along with
grants to other Houston animal welfare organi-
zations, was announced at Houston PetSet’s fundraising event and celebration, the Fierce & Fabulous Soirée on September. 9th.
Considered the first event of Houston’s social
season, the soirée honored philanthropist and
animal advocate Don Sanders, and was attended by Prince Lorenzo Borghese, founder of
Animal Aid USA. The event is co-chaired by 8 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com
our temporary clinic. We’re excited to grow even
McCann, vice president of Emancipet Houston
“Emancipet is not just helping animals, but it
is also helping owners keep and care for their pets, and that’s critical,” says Duncan.
Montgomery County Animal Shelter Receives Much Needed Help The opportunity for animals to be seen and
treated at Montgomery County Animal Shelter is much higher now that a pair of experienced veterinarians have recently been added to the staff.
Dr. Jordan Gentry and Dr. Cristalle Martin
have joined the medical team at MCAS, bring-
ing the shelter to a total of three full-time vet-
erinarians. Previously, Dr. Katie Crabbe was the only dedicated veterinarian at the facility,
though shelter director, Dr. Todd Hayden, also
Control, a high volume spay and neuter facility. "The shelter is over capacity at the moment,
but a lot of people, both staff and volunteers, are working hard to make things better," said Martin.
Dr. Crabbe, who has worked as a veterinari-
an at MCAS for the past 18 months, welcomes
the addition of two qualified, experienced doca veterinarian, was available for emergencies.
"We've been limited by staffing in the past,
The announcement was made by Precinct 4
but having three full-time vets is a major plus,"
responsibilities for the facility.
outside, but this shelter has a heart and the
Commissioner Jim Clark who has oversight "Expanding our medical capabilities at
MCAS has been a major goal for some time,"
said Clark. "MCAS is a high volume shelter and
said Crabbe. "It may be hard to see from the
staff really does have the best interest of the animals at heart."
As chief vet, Dr. Gentry's priority is address-
we are behind on spay and neuter services
ing immediate concerns, specifically the spay
Gentry and Dr. Martin will have a beneficial
about establishing long-term goals and estab-
throughout the county. The addition of Dr.
effect on the care we can provide for animals."
Dr. Jordan Gentry, the new chief veterinarian
and neutering backlog, but he is also concerned lishing an action plan for achieving them.
"Our goal is to bring good practices from
at MCAS, is a graduate of Auburn University,
Houston SPCA and other facilities to be able
worked most recently at the Houston SPCA as
cats and dogs at MCAS," he said. "We want to
completed a residency at Texas A&M and a staff veterinarian.
"We have a huge volume of animals on the
waiting list for spay and neutering, but we're
already starting to make progress," said Gentry. "One of our short-term goals is to get this
to offer a higher standard of medical care for offer public education programs and work
effectively with volunteer, foster and rescue
groups to make MCAS a shelter we can all be proud of."
Commissioner Clark agreed, saying a full
under control as quickly as possible and make
staff of veterinarians was a huge piece of the
spayed or neutered."
MCAS, and that he is looking forward to more
sure no animal leaves the shelter without being Also joining the team is Dr. Cristalle Martin,
a native Texan and graduate of Texas A&M. Previously, Martin worked with Texas Litter
puzzle in overcoming a great challenge at accomplishments in the future.
Urban Paws Magazine 9
Training/Behavior 3 No Noâ€™s of Pet Communication
1. Never Be Violent
why they are aggressive.
ing pain, or using physical violence. Dogs, like
Or say your dog has an accident in the house.
to suffer pain as a result.
Unfortunately, the only thing your dog will learn
Let's start with the obvious one, which is inflict-
humans, will make mistakes, and don't deserve Even if you don't actually hit your dog, but alpha roll, or pin him down, you are teaching
Your first instinct is to rub his nose in it. from that is to fear you. You don't want your dog to fear you - you want him to respect you.
him bad habits which he may try to replicate
A dog learns nothing from being struck, and all
ting him into even more trouble. Some people
frustration and anger.
with other dogs and/or even children, thus getare physical with their dogs and then wonder
that you are achieving is a venting of YOUR
By Bob Williams, Bark Buster Home Dog Training
The other two things you shouldn't do are far
never, ever, happen again, and explaining the
want to end up with an obedient, sweet-natured
tendency would be for you to be making full-on
less obvious, but nonetheless essential if you dog that understands you. The techniques can be difficult because they tend to fly in the face of human nature.
consequences of his misbehavior, the natural eye contact just to emphasize how deadly serious you were about the episode.
However, if your dog misbehaves, you will sim-
2. Use His Name Appropriately
ply undermine your correction by maintaining
ing one or other of the kids by yelling at them -
English, so he interprets your lecture as simply
If you are a parent, you may be used to correct-
"Jimmy, stop that now!" In the case of the child,
Jimmy knows you are angry with him, as he has been identified by his name; however, with a dog, using their name has the opposite effect, as
it actually adrenalizes the dog. So when Rover's
owner yells, "Rover, shut up!" - Rover keeps on barking . . . longer and louder. Ironically, he is doing so in a misguided effort to try to please his owner!
eye contact. Your dog doesn't understand
"Okay, I guess I've done something wrong, but I know you love me anyway!" Therefore, if your
dog is misbehaving, you should immediately withdraw eye contact after verbally correcting
him, and that way he will really understand your displeasure.
Finally, a word or two of advice about praising
your dog, and most dogs love this from an owner to whom they are bonded. Here, by all
3. Use Eye Contact Appropriately
means, DO involve both their name and eye-
tact. If you study packs of wild dogs, you will
ture to deliver this praise, then he is sure he is
The last technique governs the use of eye con-
contact, and if you have lowered your body pos-
see repeated instances of when eye contact is
being congratulated, and not corrected. Praise
here is the antithesis of human behavior.
by Rover than any treat on the planet.
either withdrawn or avoided. Again, the rule
delivered in this fashion is far more appreciated
Just imagine your 14-year old son "borrowed" your car one day, and drove all the way to Miami
and back, thus committing a dangerous felony, possibly resulting in (at best) prosecution, and
possibly a life-threatening accident. When making your point to the teenager that this must
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Body & Soul World’s First Art Exhibition for Dogs Opens in London
ntil now, cultured canines have been unable to appreciate fine works of art
held at museums. Blame it on “policy” or “health code violations.” Some dogs just enjoy the finer things in life.
The world’s first contemporary art show curated
specifically for dogs, aptly titled Play More, opened in South London in August. The show was both interactive and immersive, aimed at canine attendees with a range of interactive installations purpose-built for pups
Four of the stand-out works were created by Dominic Wilcox, a British designer, artist and 16 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com
inventor, who often makes interactive installations with a commercial bend.
“Contemporary art has long been an important
source of inspiration and fascination for
humans, but never has it been created with a
view to drawing the same kind of emotions out
of animals instead,” Wilcox said in a statement. “While it’s certainly one of the more interesting challenges I’ve faced in my career, it feels great to have created such a truly unique collection of
interactive artworks for a completely new audi-
ence. I’m looking forward to seeing how many tail wags I get in approval!”
One piece, entitled “Cruising Canines” includes
The show’s curatorial staff consulted vet Robert
and mimics the sensory experience of riding in
provide beneficial “mental and physical stimuli”
a cardboard car with cut-out windows and a fan a car with the windows down. Another brings
dogs’ deepest fantasies to gigantic reality with an oversized dog food bowl, filled to the brim with toys.
The exhibition’s six paintings and drawings act
White-Adams to make sure that the show would for dog visitors.
Unfortunately, the show was only a two-day
pop-up, sponsored by insurance company MORE TH>N.
as an existential musing on the canine experi-
The exhibition was meant to encourage owners
the longing of a chicken drumstick and the
pet, especially doing creative and unique activi-
ence, exploring the unknown of a deep forest,
unbridled joy of a walk in the park. Pay attention to the colors (mostly grays, blues and yellows); they are specifically tailored to a dog’s range of vision.
to spend more quality time interacting with their ties. “I think that play is really important to a
dog’s mental and physical health,” Wilcox said in a video about the exhibit.
Even though the installation was only open for two days, the inno-
vation will perhaps result in the creation of more pooch museums in the future.
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What Can An Adopted Dog Bring to Your Life? 18 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com
here are a million good reasons to con-
sider adopting a dog during American
Humane’s yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” in
October – in fact, it’s a lot more than that. Each year, an estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters for someone to give them a safe, loving
home never find a hero to adopt them and, tragically, are euthanized.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero
American Humane established Adopt-A-Dog Month® in October 1981 as an annual event to
encourage people to save lives and enhance their own lives by adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group. Thirty-two years later, that mes-
sage is as strong, true and important as ever, as millions of dogs in shelters await adoption every year.
and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog
“If you haven’t yet experienced that remarkable
and greatly improving yours. Dogs are amazing,
Humane encourages you to consider adopting a
from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life supportive, and heroic companions who can
make a huge difference in your world as a best friend, an exercise buddy, someone who can be
trained to give animal-assisted therapy and help those with challenges they may face, or simply
be a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work.
power of the human-animal bond, American dog and finding out just how life-changing it can
be,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and
CEO of American Humane. “With so many dogs in shelters all across our country available
for adoption — and many of them never finding a safe, loving, forever home — adopting a dog will make you a hero, too.”
Your local shelter is the perfect place to find
HOW TO CELEBRATE
all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a
ready to open your heart and home to a new
shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-spe-
or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find
dogs of every type, size, age and personality —
particular breed that isn’t currently available at a
cific rescue group in need of adopters like you. In fact, why not help build momentum and spread the word by adding your name to our pledge to make your next pet a rescue or shelter animal and “like” us on Facebook and Twitter.
Adopt from a shelter or rescue group: When you’re
best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter
the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.
Spay or neuter your dog: Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of
unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Urban Paws Magazine 19
Special Feature Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of
certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.
Are you seeking a trusted friend? An exercise buddy? More meaning in life?
ID your pet: By putting identification on your
Consider enriching your world with a dog.
both, you will reduce the possibility that your
adding a furry family member, but they all
dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or
pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only
Dog owners have different reasons for enjoy a daily dose of love, loyalty and laughs.
15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are
If you’ve already decided that a dog is right
is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him
will you find the perfect canine companion?
reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog with proper identification!
Support your local shelter: Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by
for you, only one question remains: Where Adopting from a local animal shelter or rescue group is your best option. Here’s why:
donating time, money or supplies like pet food,
• You’ll be giving a dog a second chance —
what supplies or services are needed most. Even
• An estimated 3.7 million animals are euth-
leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see the smallest effort can make a difference.
or even saving a life.
anized in animal shelters every year, and you’ll be doing your part to address the tragic problem of pet overpopulation.
• Shelters and rescue groups offer a wide
variety of purebreds, mixed breeds, and
big and little dogs, making it easy to find the perfect dog for you.
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Rescue & Adoption Recycled Poms - Houston www.recycledpomshouston.org
Recycled Poms-Houston is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization. We are a small rescue group in the Houston area and a branch of Recycled Poms in Dallas. We take in Pomeranian breed dogs that need help, vet them and adopt to carefully screened homes. Our Poms live in foster homes in the Houston area. We are always in need of fosters. If you feel fostering could be for you, please take a look at our fostering page. If fostering is not for you, please take a look at our donations page. Many of the options do not require any financial contribution, such as Amazon Smiles and Kroger Community Cares Program. Simply link to us and we will get a percentage of your purchase to help us take in more Poms in need.
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Iâ€™m Sassy and I was an owner surrender to Recycled Poms-Houston. I had a severe abscess under my eye from an infected tooth and my owner (an older woman) could not afford the necessary. I am 5 years old and weigh 12 pounds. I would do best with a home that has no children and possibly a single woman's home since men scare me. Because my life has been turned upside down, it takes me a little while to trust. Once I feel safe, I am happy and affectionate. Hi, Pearls here. I was an owner surrender to Recycled Poms-Houston. My owner didn't want to take care of me because I was having seizures. I was having two seizures a month and the vet they put me on Potassium Bromide, which is very inexpensive. My foster mommy gives me my medication every day on a little piece of bread and I haven't had a seizure since. I am 4 years old and weigh 10 pounds. I am a very pretty girl, as you can see by my picture. I love to play with toys and be around my human. I am also wellbehaved and love everyone.
Hi, I’m Magnum. I am a handsome black & tan boy and I’m about 5 years old and weigh 11 pounds. I have not had a good life. I was wandering the streets trying to find water, food and shelter until a nice lady found me and called Recycled Poms-Houston. I got a nice bath, clean water, good food and a warm soft bed. I had heartworms but have been treated and now I am ready to find my new loving' forever home. I am a bit shy when I first meet you, but once I get to know you, I love to sit next to you, go for walks, or just lay in my bed. So, do you think you could love me like I know I could love you?
Hey ya'll, my name is Bones. I'm a real cutie-patootie. I’m about 3 years old and weigh in at 61/2 pounds. I'm super friendly and just want to have fun. I love toys and love to chase balls. I would do best in a home without children because I am so tiny, but kids over 12 would be ok. What do you think? Do you have room for me in your home and heart?
Hello ya'll, my name is Bronx. I'm 10 years young and weigh a whopping 5.6 pounds. My sister and I were owner surrenders and we are so sad. My sister has been adopted, and I'm looking for my new forever home. I am about the cutest thing you would ever want to met. I love being near my human and would love to help keep your lap warm. I would love to go for short walks with you and then chill out on the couch.
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Tail End HappyKids HappyPetsâ„˘ Helps Children Learn Compassion
etty Delman volunteered five years ago at an animal shelter several days a week
for several hours each time. It was so depress-
ing and horrible for the animals, and for her,
dog or cat in a fun and interactive way. The kids don't feel lectured to when lessons come from a pet.
There are four categories: Two of them teach
who had to watch it. She would emotionally get
how to compassionately take care of dogs and
begged her to help them, and that is just what
ter-saving a life, not leaving a dog in a hot car,
in the cage and cry with the dogs and cats. They she did.
Betty started speaking up for them to the
county commissioners, even though she was scared inside. Through a process, three years
cats, such as spay/neuter, adopting from a shelnot tying a dog to a tree, Trap-Neuter, Return,
proper grooming of your cat, etc. So many people don't know how to take care of pets.
In our communities, children face so many
later, a new, kinder shelter was built.
challenges. The other two categories address
passion for others as well as animals led her to
respect for oneself and others, and giving back
Bettyâ€™s same passion to help kids learn com-
create HappyKids Happy Pets, a series of base-
ball-style cards for kids. The front of the card has a photo of all kinds of dogs and cats and the back of the cards have lessons "written" by the 26 www.urbanpawsmagazine.com
bullying, self-esteem, peaceful relationships,
to the communities. These 200+ cards offer advice and solutions to these challenges.
Visit www.happykids-happypets.com to see