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Hello fellow pet lovers! We are pleased to present the November/December issue of Pet Lovers Magazine. In this issue, we give you the story of Turbo, the runaway macaw, and his family’s determination to help him get safely home again, while providing tips on what to do if your pet bird flies away. We introduce you to a great team of dogs, trained by the inmates at Tomoka Correctional Institution, who are looking for forever homes where they can put their canine good citizenship to good use. We give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the glamour of a CFA cat show and introduce the Dragon Li, a rare breed of cat which, until recently, could only be found in far-away China. Our expert behaviorist explores the idea that pets try to get revenge on their owners and offers insight into the true motives of our canine companions. Our calendar lists upcoming holiday events that you and your pet can attend, or that can make the holidays much happier for homeless pets. Does your pet have a New Year’s resolution? I wish my Jack Russell, Jack, would resolve to stop eating our cat’s food, but I’m afraid his true resolution would be to jump over the cat in three successive leaps without getting clawed. Send us your best pet photos and tell us your pet’s resolution for the new year, and you may see your pet on the pages of our January/February issue. Send submissions to: info@We-R-PetLovers.com Until then, have a wing-flapping, fin-flashing, whiskerquivering, tail-wagging good time with your favorite animal companion! Shannon Teper, Editor
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Turbo, a female blue and gold macaw, made a dangerous solo flight one summer afternoon. As Jarrett Johnson, eleven, carried Turbo on his arm to her outdoor pen, the Johnson family’s terrier jumped up and spooked the macaw. Turbo’s fight-or-flight instincts kicked in and she fled to the tree tops. Jarrett called his parents, Autumn and Jason Johnson, who rushed to help. The family searched the trees surrounding their home and spotted Turbo perched twenty feet above in a scrub pine. “At first she seemed to be having a good time, hanging by her beak and flapping her wings,” said Autumn. Beneath the tree, Turbo’s family, worried and frustrated, shook her food bowl and called to her, trying to entice her to come down from her high perch. 4 Pet Lovers Magazine
Even if she weren’t enjoying her adventure, it would be hard for Turbo to return to her family. For a pet bird with little flight experience, soaring down from a high branch can be frightening. The Johnsons called a tree service to help, but as the tree climber reached Turbo, the macaw took flight, landing in an even taller pine. As the sun set, the family brought Turbo’s cage outside to entice her to come home, but Turbo chose to roost in the pine. Night fell and the Johnsons continued their vigil, using a flashlight to watch over Turbo until long after midnight. Early the next morning, Turbo was already on the move, and the family took turns keeping an eye on her as she flew from tree to tree within their neighborhood. Turbo was beginning to look tired and
hungry, but she was also moving farther from home. Knowing that, if Turbo decided to really stretch her wings, she could be miles away in moments, the Johnsons made people in the surrounding area aware of the escaped macaw. “We posted fliers on every stop sign and telephone pole we could think of,” said Autumn. The Johnsons also called J.G. Pasterjak of Parrots in the Park, who put them in touch with Orlandobased avian behaviorist Corene Fry. Corene helped the family predict the macaw’s movements while tracking Turbo on a Google map of the Johnsons’ neighborhood. By the third day of her adventure, Turbo seemed homesick. When Autumn shook a canister of seed at her, the hungry macaw followed Autumn back to the Johnsons’ yard.
Turbo asked to, “Step up!”--her way of saying she’d like to be picked up. There was nothing the Johnsons would have liked better, but Turbo still perched far out of reach in a tall pine. Every half hour, Jarrett poured food and water into her bowls, making familiar sounds a hungry, thirsty bird longs to hear. The family felt encouraged that Turbo would soon fly down. But, when Jarrett stepped inside for only a moment, Turbo vanished. Not having seen her fly, he had no idea where she went. The Johnsons tried a new tactic and brought an Amazon parrot that Turbo was familiar with into the yard to see if his raucous calls might lure her home. Unfortunately, the normally noisy Amazon chose to keep his beak tightly closed. The family searched the We-R-PetLovers.com 5
neighborhood until well after dark, their spirits slowly sinking...until the phone rang. Turbo had plummeted in for a landing in a nearby yard, where neighbors recognized the macaw from her picture on a flier. The Johnsons dashed to the scene. Wrapping a towel around Turbo, Autumn plucked her from a
bottlebrush tree, holding on tight as she lifted the macaw to safety. “Her feathers were a mess, she had pine sap on her feet, she was hungry and thirsty,” said Autumn. “But she was home!” Reunited with the Johnsons, Turbo seemed overjoyed to be home again. The family rushed her to their avian vet who reassured them Turbo was unharmed, while freshly clipping her wings. Turbo now wears a new neon pink bird harness when she goes outdoors. “Watching her fly was so beautiful,” said Autumn. “But I don’t ever want to see it again.” Jarrett Johnson is reunited with Turbo.
The Johnson family did all the right things while trying to locate Turbo, but her escape could have been prevented. To keep your bird safe: 6 Pet Lovers Magazine
• Keep flight feathers trimmed. Just because his or her wings are clipped, it doesn’t mean your bird can’t fly--your bird just can’t fly upward. • Always use a carrier, harness, or flight suit when taking your bird outside, securely attaching your pet’s harness to your belt or wrist. • Take photos and make an audio recording of your bird. Ask your avian vet to microchip your bird. If your bird flies away... • Start your search immediately. Try searching at dusk and at dawn, times when birds fly and forage. • Scatter seed on your roof or the hood
of your car--places your hungry bird can easily see it. A stainless steel container of water will sparkle in the sun and catch your thirsty bird’s eye. • Alert the neighbors, particularly those who keep feeders filled. • Only climb a tree to retrieve your bird if your bird is very tame. Most birds fly away as you approach. • Talk to your pet. Put his or her cage in the yard, food dish filled with a favorite food. Bring your bird’s favorite avian companion into the yard on a harness. Play the recording of your bird, invoking memories of happy playtimes. • Hang signs everywhere possible within a fifty mile radius and put up posters at area animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and pet shops.
• Call on a bird club in your area or an expert who specializes in finding lost pets. • Register your lost pet at a website like www.911parrotalert.com or www.birdhotline.com. The most important thing to remember is: never give up on finding your lost bird. Tame birds have been returned safely to their owners after weeks, months, and even years of being lost. Birds don’t have a homing instinct, like dogs do, to help them find you again. It is up to you to find them. So keep searching and, with luck and persistence, your story, like the Johnsons’ and Turbo’s, will have a happy ending. We-R-PetLovers.com 7
by James A. Quarterman III The Boxer Bash is a time to celebrate the beloved dog of Germany--the Boxer. The Boxer originated as a cross between the Brabanter Bullenbeisser, a Belgian hunting dog, and the English Bulldog, both bred in Germany in the early 1800's. In the past, Boxers have worked as hunting dogs, guards dogs, police dogs, seeing-eye dogs, and even served as couriers during World War I. Sad to say, they have also been used in dog fighting. As pets, Boxers are loyal, protective, patient with children, and make great family dogs. Their friendliness and athleticism make them one of the top ten most popular dog breeds in the U.S. The Boxer sports a smooth, shorthaired coat in fawn or brindle color, and white markings on the head, chest, and feet. A black mask adorns its undershot lower jaw. Its ears are cropped to stand erect. Its tail is docked. In short, the Boxer is a medium-sized, sturdy, squarely built, 60-70 pound essence of elegance. I am always struck with awe by the Boxer’s graceful, yet powerful, aura. My first encounter with a Boxer was a rescue named Goldie. When I asked her
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owner why he called her Goldie, the retired serviceman referred to his duty during the early 1990’s on the USS Boxer, a ship lovingly known as “The Golden Gator”. Sympathy and pride swelled in my heart as he told me the USS Boxer had a trophy of sorts on its mast that read, “Honor, Courage, Strength”, traits that encompass the very essence of the Boxer breed. To attend a celebration of any breed is a moment to brag on your prestigious accolades from show...or to consider how happy you are to nestle your feet beneath your dog’s belly as it watches the latest chick-flick or football game with you. Now add hundreds of fanciers, just like you, chatting it up over cold beverages and barbecue, surrounded by frolicking Boxers. The mission is to celebrate the Boxer, to raise awareness of proper care and training, and to raise funds and find forever homes for rescue dogs. Whether you own a purebred, mixed breed, or refurbished rescue, I strongly urge you to attend. Not only will you and your dog make new friends, you just may open your heart and help homeless Boxers.
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Deborah Birmingham is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Canine Behavior Counselor. At Paw Print Canine Services in Palm Coast, she specializes in diagnosing and solving canine behavior issues. Deborah is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. She is also the Official Dog Trainer of Flagler Humane Society.
ne of the most interesting misconceptions that I deal with is that some owners are convinced that their dog is doing something bad to get back at them for something. For example, a typical statement is: “He pees on the bed because he is angry that I left him alone.” Sometimes, when I explain that dogs don’t have a vindictive bone in their bodies and don’t think in that way, I get incredulous looks. People are stunned that I don’t agree with them. Nowadays, dogs are often dressed, carried, and spoken to like children. Because of this, I find it trying having to convince owners that their two pound Chihuahua in the pink dress thinks like a dog, not a person. This is true no matter what the size or breed. It is really an insult to this wonderful species that we project our own species’ complicated, sometimes vindictive and cruel, revenge thought processes onto them. Just think of the Golden Retriever (mine is lying on my feet right now), bred for assisting man in hunting small game and birds by finding and retrieving the fallen animal and bringing it back to his owner unscathed and uneaten. No Golden would refuse to fetch or stop to eat the bird because he is annoyed at his owner’s new girlfriend and is getting his own back! The dog that does these things is not sending the hunter a complicated message, but probably just has not been trained properly. Remember, if your dog ‘forgets’ his housetraining and poops on the rug, either you have not completely house-trained him in the first place or there is another physiological explanation. Maybe he has a tummy bug and can’t help it, maybe he is not old enough to physically hold it as long as you want him to, or perhaps he is too old and is losing control of his bowels. What is definitely NOT happening is that the pile of poop is meant to punish you or send you a message for something you did. Dogs simply do not think that way.
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Stem Cell Therapy Showing Remarkable Results The future of veterinary medicine has arrived in Central Florida. A cutting-edge stem cell technology is bringing new hope to pets suffering from painful and disabling injuries and diseases. It's a procedure that's giving pets a second chance at a pain-free life. For the first time, this procedure is available as a same day, in-house treatment which has greatly increased its effectiveness while lowering the cost at the same time. This all natural procedure now gives owners a better option of care for their pets who suffer from debilitating diseases. Stem cells are the basic building blocks of life, the cells upon which tissue grows and bodies are built. Stem cell regenerative therapy can lengthen and rejuvenate the quality of life for adult dogs, cats, and horses suffering from osteoarthritis, SAME DAY PROCEDURE EFFECTIVE AND DRUG FREE REDUCES MEDICINE DEPENDENCY 14 Pet Lovers Magazine
hip dysplasia, ligament and cartilage injuries, and similar ailments. There are currently studies being performed to monitor the effects of adipose stem cell therapy on diseases such as diabetes, renal failure, irritable bowel syndrome, and atopy to name a few. “I believe MediVet America’s Adult Stem Cell Technology signifies the biggest breakthrough in veterinary medicine I have seen since entering the field 24 years ago.” – Dr. Mike Hutchinson, DVM
FOR MORE INFORMATION: If you have any questions regarding stem cell therapy, you can visit the MediVet Services website at www.medivetservices.com or call 386-748-4251 to arrange a free local veterinary consultation. IMPROVES MOBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY REDUCES PAIN AND SUFFERING AFFORDABLE TREATMENT We-R-PetLovers.com 15
by Shannon Teper
Looking for a highly-trained, fully-vaccinated, well-groomed dog who is eager for a loving home? You’re in luck! The most recent graduating class from the Prison Pups N Pals program will soon be available for adoption. This group of ten homeless dogs from Halifax Humane Society began their quest for forever homes with a seven week training program taught by inmates at Tomoka Correctional Institution. Each pup teamed up with a prisoner assigned to help his new canine pal become a well-behaved companion to a fortunate new owner. Living full-time in their trainers’ cells helped dogs learn the social skills every indoor pet needs to have. Through daily practice sessions, prisoners also taught their pups to follow basic obedience commands,
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like ‘come’, ‘sit’, and ‘heel’, working toward the goal of earning the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Certificate.
“They are street dogs and they become little ladies and gentlemen,” said Allyn Weigle, from West Volusia Kennel Club, who, along with Marj Blomquist, is a founder and coordinator of Prison Pups and Pals. The idea behind the program is to find good homes for dogs who might otherwise be overlooked by potential adopters.
When the Halifax Humane Society selects the lucky dogs who get to participate in the program, they look for dogs that are hard to place, not because they are aggressive or ‘bad dogs’ in any way, but simply because of appearances. So many lab mixes wind up in shelters that it’s hard for them to stand out to potential owners. A dog who is a bully mix has to contend with an undeserved negative stereotype. The bright dogs selected for Prison Pups N Pals show their true colors and get welldeserved attention as they quickly learn not only basic obedience commands, but how to do tricks, maneuver an agility course, and even track a scent. The current class is the program’s eighth. With each group of dogs, the men at Tomoka Correctional Institution become more experienced trainers and are able to teach
additional skills to their class of canine students. “Day-by-day, month-by-month, year-by-year, we’re getting better and better,” said James Quarterman, Lead Trainer, who turned down a transfer so he could stay with the program. “For me personally, it’s about seeing the dogs excel.” The prisoners involved in the program are committed to the training and care of their dogs. They have to be--it’s an around-the-clock job. In addition to taking on responsibility for each dog’s training,
prisoners are also taught to groom their pups and monitor their dogs’ health under the direction of a veterinarian from Halifax Humane Society, who treats any medical problems that occur.
“I learned to take care of a dog when it got sick,” said trainer Zachary Miller. When his dog MaciLou developed a bacterial infection and began swiftly losing weight, he lost many nights of sleep caring for her until she became her usual fiftyeight pound robust self again. The men at Tomoka Correctional Institution learn new job skills through the program that will later benefit them, making them more marketable as they rejoin the work force. In July, when former Lead Trainer Franklin Delph was released, he immediately found a job at a Humane Society in his home state doing what he loves best--working with dogs. “I get a lot of personal gratification out of this,” said James Quarterman. “I’ve seen dogs who wouldn’t have a chance learn to do tricks. They’re finding homes because of us--it’s a win-win program.” If you would like to adopt a dog from the Prison Pups N Pals program, contact the Halifax Humane Society at 386-274-4703. There is a $70 adoption fee, well worth the value. Graduates of the Prison Pups N Pals program are crate-trained,
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housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-todate on shots, current on heartworm preventative and flea drops, microchipped, and have received a Canine Good Citizen Certificate. In addition, you receive a free seven week training program teaching you how to use the commands the dog has learned and helping you to get the most out of working with your new companion.
Della Sheridan bonds with her newlyadopted pup, Captain, just after his successful graduation from the program.
Pets who board at Dog Dayz Inn probably wish their owners would go on vacation more often. An allinclusive pet resort, providing fun and friends, Dog Dayz Inn is the perfect place for dogs and cats to enjoy their own holiday when owners must leave them behind. Dog Dayz Inn is cage free. “The dogs have free rein to do anything they want,” says owner Kelly Spiros. “My goal is: quiet. When dogs are barking, they want something. We find out what they’re barking for and give it to them right away.” This might be anything from a tummy rub to a rollicking game of ball. Barking is rare. After all, what more could a dog want? Airconditioned rooms have TVs playing, comfy beds, and toys enticingly scattered about, creating a home-like feel. Outdoors, dogs roll in the grass, swim in the splash pool, or dig in the sand pit. A room devoted to cats provides climbing opportunities and a window seat for viewing birds. Kelly’s inspiration to begin Dog Dayz Inn came when she saw how dogs were boarded in typical kennels– housed in cage-like concrete runs, separated from contact with other pets. Most boarding accommodations couldn’t be more unlike the home 20 Pet Lovers Magazine
environment dogs were used to; while owners were on vacation, their pets were stressed and miserable. Owners who entrust their pets to Dog Dayz Inn can fully enjoy their vacations, knowing their pets are also enjoying themselves. While clients are away, the staff e-mails them photos of pets having just as great a time as they are. Some pets have so much fun, they visit Dog Dayz Inn even when their owners aren’t travelling. Dog Dayz Inn offers daycare for dogs and cats whose owners work, so pets can play with friends rather than spending the hours alone. The staff at Dog Dayz Inn administers medications to pets with health issues and accommodates special-needs pets. The staff includes an expert trainer, offering group and individual classes, and a professional groomer, providing spa treatments. In the future, Kelly plans to add an enclosed gym for active dog play on rainy days and a catarium where indoor cats can safely enjoy the feel of the great outdoors. Her goal is to keep the pets in her care safe and content. If wagging tails and noisy purrs are any indication, the cats and dogs at Dog Dayz Inn couldn’t be happier.
by Veronica Martin The recent CFA Allbreed Cat Show, hosted by Tropical Cats, drew crowds of cat fanciers to the Volusia County Fair and Expo Center in DeLand.
Tolerating much combing, spraying, and application of eye make-up is all part of looking purrrfect for the judges.
Ongoing action attracted spectators to six judging rings.
Prize-winning cats and their owners leave the judging rings with welldeserved rosettes.
Charming the judges and winning prize ribbons is such hard work, it inevitably requires a cat nap.
Exhibitors show off their cats and chat about their breed’s standards and history.
Visiting a cat show gives spectators a chance to meet many breeds they may never have seen before.
Guest of honor at the CFA Cat Show was Sam, one of only four Chinese Dragon Li cats, all male, that have recently arrived in America. There are no females currently in the U.S., so the Dragon Li cannot yet be bred here. “The Chinese want to see we’re showing our commitment to their breed, then they’ll entrust us with females,” said Jacqui Bennett, Sam’s owner. “It’s a cultural exchange.” Sam came to the U.S. in March 2011 and, at just over a year old, he is the youngest Dragon Li in America and the only cat of his breed east of the Mississippi. The unofficial national cat breed of China, the Dragon Li is also known as Li Hua Mau, which means “fox flower cat”, a name based on the breed’s flower, or broken mackerel, pattern, and on its resemblance to the wild Chinese fox. In 2003, the first Dragon Li debuted in Beijing, China. By
2010, the Dragon Li was accepted for showing at the CFA and became acknowledged as an officially recognized breed. According to Jacqui, the breed is thousands of years old and originates north of Beijing. Dragon Lis are believed to be domesticated from the Chinese mountain cat. They were participants in the very first agility competitions ever, held in the Imperial Gardens. In these contests, Dragon Lis raced one another and hunted birds. Today, Sam only hunts furry stuffed mice, but his wild origins are evident in his powerful, muscled body and slightly tufted ears. Dragon Lis are known to have an above-average awareness of their surroundings, a trait that may be a throw-back to their wild origins. Intelligent, playful, and loyal, they revel in being the center of attention. As ambassador for his breed, Sam seems right at home surrounded by adoring fans at the CFA cat show.
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...going everywhere with my master. I hate to stay by myself, and, of course, he cannot stand to be without me. If he goes to Burger King, I get a Whopper Jr., and, if he goes to Golden Corral, I get a nice piece of stew meat or a sausage. Once I even went to a funeral and caused a few smiles at that otherwise sorrowful occasion. - Buddy
...people’s toes. They are always wiggling and moving, so it’s an exciting challenge to catch and bite them. I’m very fast and enjoy sinking my teeth into my victims, just like my namesake vampire from Twilight. - Jasper
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...approval. My gentle, loving lady never scolds when I herd her while we’re walking. She just laughs and says I’m a Border Collie to the bone. She even lets me sleep by the wall on my back with my legs in the air, and when my feet fall over and scratch the paint, she just says, “Laddie, you are something else!” I don’t know what else, but it’s alright, she smiles. - Laddie
...being adopted by my wonderful family eleven years ago from the Ohio Boxer Rescue. My favorite playtime is when mommy takes me and my best friend Rex, a Boston Terrier, to the beach in Palm Coast. I love to hunt for treasures in the sand! - Macy
...dawdling. I’m a senior dog, and though I can’t walk very well, see or hear very well, I can still smell super well! So I’m thankful for a missy who takes me on long, slow walks--she calls it dawdling--and lets me sniff up everything for as long as it takes me. I come home stuffed with smells--but I’ll still have room for some of that Thanksgiving turkey. - Luna
...tennis balls. If only they lasted longer between my gnashing, mashing teeth. Even though I’m almost fourteen years old-- that’s a hundred and forty in people years--I still love to chase the ball. If only I could bring myself to return the ball to my owner, instead of chewing it to shreds. It brings the fun of a rollicking ball game to a premature end, but I can’t seem to help myself. It’s my one guilty indulgence. - Baskerville
...sanctuary. As a small wild kitten with one clipped ear, I got shooed away from house after house. I’m thankful for the missy who took me in. I still run from anyone but her. She says that in spite of my low beginnings I’m as beautiful as a pedigreed cat, so she’s named me Plum Duff; but she calls me Plumey, for the fluffy black tail I groom every hair of every morning. - Plum Duff, a.k.a. Plumey, formerly feral
...soft couches and sleepy family members. I’m a Jack Russell, but I’m not always on the go. I’m happiest when I get to cozy up with my people and take a morning, afternoon, or evening nap. Any time of the day is great for snoozing. Sometimes I snore. - Jack
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by April Lang
Like most kids, I’d always wanted a puppy. I’d wanted a puppy right up to the Christmas morning of my fifth year. Running into the living room, softly aglow from the bubbling lights on our decorated green tree, I looked eagerly around. No puppy. Each other wonderful present I opened still seemed a little disappointing, until finally my daddy said, “What’s that? Did you hear something?” Listening hard, we heard a faint jingling. “It sounds like it’s coming from my kitchen,” my mama said. “I’ll go see,” said Daddy. “There’s a chimney in there, too,” Mama hinted, while I waited wideeyed. Daddy returned carrying a bulky bundle loosely swathed in white tissue paper and set it down for me. The tissue paper concealing its mysterious contents trembled, and from within it came the jingling we’d barely heard before.
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Tearing the tissue paper open, I found an adorable fluffy black and white puppy, looking up at me with dark brown eyes. Her tongue reached out to my chin for a kiss as her tail wagged the rest of the tissue apart. I scooped her up into my arms and into my heart, my very first puppy, named for that merry little symbol of Christmas Santa had attached to her collar: Jingle Bell.
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CALeNDAr NOVeMBer NOV. 7 Dogs Night Out - Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Port Orange, 7:00-10:00pm. NOV. 12 Halifax Humane Society’s 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off - Cubs Stadium, Jackie Robinson Ballpark , 11:00am-3:00pm. Children’s activities, dog activities, food, drinks, music, chili cook-off & judging.Tickets include unlimited sampling. Advance tickets $12 per adult/ $6 per child, at the gate $15 per adult/ $10 per child. Do you have the best chili? Sign up for a cook team. Business $60/ Individual $30. First place wins $500!
NOV. 12 Craft Bazaar - West Volusia Humane Society will be offering beautiful craft and pet-related items for sale at the Grace Episcopal Church Bazaar, Grace Episcopal Church, 4110 S. Ridgewood Ave. Port Orange, 9:00am-3:00pm. Support WVHS and join them for some early holiday shopping! NOV. 12 Barks and Recreation PIcnic - Flagler Humane Society, 1 Shelter Drive, Palm Coast, 10:00am-4:00pm. BBQ, community picnic and open house.
Best Kept Secrets Arts & Crafts Fall Extravaganza - Proceeds benefit Chloe's Paw. 440 North Nova Rd, Ormond Beach, 10:00am - 4:00pm.
NOV. 21 Parrots in the Park - Bulow Plantation Ruins, Old Dixie Highway, Flagler Beach. Bring your parrot out to play! 11:00am-2:00pm. Check theparrotperch.blogspot.com for updates.
DeCeMBer DEC. 1 Fur Ball Gala - Halifax Humane Society, 6:0010:00pm. Cheat on your diet…have a chocolate affair! Hilton Oceanfront Resort. Cocktail Attire. Dinner, Dancing, & Chocolate Lounge. Silent & Live Auction. Purchase tickets at www.halifaxhumanesociety.org. Contact Jessica Yelvington at 386-274-7403 ext 328. $75.00 per person.
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NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2011 DEC. 3 Boxer Bash - Sponsored by Coastal Boxer Rescue,10:00am-4:00pm, Wickham Park, Melbourne DEC. 4 & 5 Gold for Paws - Benefits Southeast Volusia Humane Society. On Sunday from 12:00-4:00pm & Monday from 4:00-8:00pm, cash in your gold, silver, old jewelry, silver flatware, and diamonds while the dealer donates 10% (no extra cost to you). We will have door prizes, refreshments, and a free drawing for a diamond ring!See you at Lizabeth Carol Jewelers, 201 S. Ridgewood Ave. #11, Edgewater, 386-428-0103. Come join the fun and help the furry friends of SEVHS. Donations of pet food/supplies welcomed but not required. DEC. 5 Dogs Night Out - Ritter’s Frozen Custard, Port Orange, 7:00-10:00pm. DEC. 6 Greyt Plates Culinary Tasting Event-benefits Greyhound Pets of America. Top chefs from Orlando’s finest restaurants offering culinary specialties, live auction, beer and wine. Holy Trinity Reception and Conference Center, Maitland, 6:30-9:30pm. Advance tickets $30 each or 2 for $50. Tickets at the door $35. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal at greyhoundpetsorlando.org or at the GPA/GO office at 1260 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood.
Food & Entertainment at Gifts With Humanity - 318 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach. 10% of all purchases on the 17th benefit the Southeast Volusia Humane Society. From 6:00-8:00pm there will be wine, cheese, and music. Come enjoy the food, wine, and entertainment while supporting SEVHS!
DEC. 19 Parrots in the Park - Bulow Plantation Ruins, Old Dixie Highway, Flagler Beach. Bring your parrot out to play! 11:00am-2:00pm. Check theparrotperch.blogspot.com for updates. Dec. 19-26 Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays Southeast Volusia Humane Society. Visit www.sevhs.com for details.
Send your pet-related Jan. - Feb. events to: info@We-R-PetLovers.com