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South Shore Pet Expo: Warm & Fuzzy

By Karen Price, Pet Gazette Contributor

   What began as a raw, wet and gloomy Sunday in June involved into a warm and fuzzy pet festival  as The South Shore Pet Expo got under way at The Marshfield Fairgrounds on June third.

   For the third year, Co-Chairs Karen Price of South Paws Doggie Daycare and Marlo Manning of Fairy Dog Parents organized this free pet event to pay homage to non-profit pet organizations and showcase local vendors of pet related business and services.

   This years festivities included a demonstration by The Plymouth County K9 Police Unit and a “Mutt Strutt” to introduce some adoptable dogs looking for new homes.

   “I was amazed to see how many people and pets turned out despite the constant drizzle.” Says Kathy Noone of Pembroke who calls herself a “Crazy Cat Lady.”

   “It was heartwarming to see how much people care about their own pets and how eager they are to meet other pets and owners,” said Noone.  “It’s a great social outing and lots of vendors and exhibits for those who are looking for products, services or adoption!” 

   Eric Majeran of K-9 Contain & Train, which debuted at the Expo, called the event fantastic!  “The atmosphere was filled with dogs and dog lovers. Being dog lovers ourselves, we know that most people want to involve their dogs in activities that they can enjoy together.”

   “It is truly amazing to see so many people that want to help critters find their forever homes and they’re all volunteers,” said Linda from Pembroke who brought her mother and husband to the Expo. 

   “The misty day was a great day for four footed and two footed visitors…..not too hot, not too cold,” said this Pembroke resident. “Pet people are very special. You could see that with the bond people have with their animals, large or small, with fur, hair or feathers….everyone that I stopped to chat with had a bird or critter with them and a story to share about their pet.”

 Marlene Bernhardt, a volunteer for Beagles Of New England (BONES), a Beagle rescue group, and first time booth attendant for the Expo attends many events throughout New England educating the public about the Beagle adoption. “Many of the visitors to our booth were unaware of the need for Beagle rescue in Massachusetts,”she said. “I was glad to spread the word of our organization and gab about our adorable adoptable Beagles.” Several people were interested in adopting, fostering and volunteering with BONES.

  Janet LeBerge of Pembroke said the best thing about the pet event this year was “meeting and adopting Pepper and Ebony,” two rescued dogs brought to the expo by Schultz’s Guest House in Dedham. LeBerge has already renamed her new pets, Rita and Roxy.

  “The folks at Schultz’s Guest House were wonderful to adopt from,” said LeBerge who raved about Schultz’s “beautiful facility in Dedham for all of their dogs awaiting new homes.” LeBerge also picked up a new bumper sticker  at the Expo for her truck that says it all: “Who Rescued Whom?”

 

Gourmet Dog Biscuits

 

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Housebreaking: Key for a happy home

Is that puppy or older dog STILL not housebroken? If you are serious about housebreaking, you need to take some consistent actions and relatively easy steps to resolve the problem.

Puppies and older dogs that are not housebroken should be confined or closely watched. You need to create situations that are either self-correcting (sitting in a messy crate) or that enable you to give the dog an immediate, verbal correction.

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2ND ANNUAL HERO DOG AWARDS


The American Humane Association and Hallmark Channel are pleased to announce that nominations are officially open for the second annual installment of the "American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards". Dog lovers are encouraged to visit www.herodogawards.org to nominate their heroic canines in any one of eight categories: Law Enforcement/Arson; Service; Therapy; Military; Guides; Search and Rescue; Hearing; and Emerging Hero Dogs, a category reserved for ordinary pets who do extraordinary things. The broadcast of the 2012 Hero Dog Awards will air on Hallmark Channel next fall.

 

Little Dog Nannies

West Hartford Connecticut's youngest entrepreneurs may in fact be Abby and Keely Hughes. After working for over a year to get their own puppy, a tiny Pappillon named Rasa, they decided they love dogs so much that they wanted to help others care for their dogs.

Second annual ‘Paws for Celebration’

The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Cape Cod branch announced that it will hold its second annual “Paws for Celebration” fundraiser on Sunday, May 6 from 12-4 PM at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans.  Nauset Pet Services in Eastham has signed on as the 2012 Presenting Sponsor in honor of its 40th anniversary.

Housebreaking: Key for a happy home

Is that puppy or older dog STILL not housebroken? If you are serious about housebreaking, you need to take some consistent actions and relatively easy steps to resolve the problem.

Shelters battle canine Flu

Nearly one million doses of the NOBIVAC Canine Flu H3N8 vaccine were donated to approximately 1,400 animal shelters and rescue groups in 49 states as part of the “Building Community Immunity” Program, a joint effort between the Petfinder.com Foundation and Merck Animal Health. The grant was designed to help build community immunity against the canine influenza virus (CIV), better known as dog flu by encouraging vaccination of all adopted dogs and through wellness education and collaboration between the animal sheltering and local veterinary communities. Each grant recipient received up to a four-month, two-dose per dog supply of the vaccine.

Paws for Celebration to benefit the Animal Rescue League on Cape Cod

All are invited to the Animal Rescue League’s second annual “Paws for Celebration” fundraiser on Sunday, May 6 from 12-4 PM at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans.  The event is presented by Nauset Pet Services.

Pet Gazette Changes Hands but Labor of Love Continues

Dedicated to our Buddy Dog Spice!

Dedicated to our Buddy Dog Spice!

With this month’s issue, I am privileged to take over the reins of The Pet Gazette. The magazine will continue to serve the south shore and Cape Cod. A longtime community and regional news hound, I have published and edited several weekly newspapers in Massachusetts since 1986 including, most recently, The Provincetown Banner and Cape Cod Magazine.

Nominate a Hero Dog

The American Humane Association and Hallmark Channel are pleased to announce that nominations are officially open for the second annual installment of the “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards”. Dog lovers are encouraged to visit www.herodogawards.org to nominate their heroic canines in any one of eight categories: Law Enforcement/Arson; Service; Therapy; Military; Guides; Search and Rescue; Hearing; and Emerging Hero Dogs, a category reserved for ordinary pets who do extraordinary things. The broadcast of the 2012 Hero Dog Awards will air on Hallmark Channel next fall.