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June 2013 Complimentary

Thank Heaven
for our
Volunteers!
Story page 5
Debbie Elovirta of Becket
and Margaret Callahan of Dalton
this side of purradise
Iris Bass
W
hen I visited Purradise on May
25, I met a new adoptee whose
means of arrival put me in mind of me-
dieval foundling wheels, whereby un-
wanted infants were deposited in a
special swiveling compartment in the
outer wall of a church, so whoever
brought them would not be seen by
those on the inside.
During the previous week, as a
Purradise volunteer arrived for work,
she discovered a pretty female tortie
had been left on the doorstep in a car-
rier, along with a brief, unsigned note
saying, We give her up now due to
household and health issues. Included
was only part of an old medical print-
out whose owner/vet contact details had
been cut away. This minimal, outdated
information was less than helpful: she
was terribly thin, had sores on several
areas of her body, and had been chew-
ing at her fur (a sign of stress or perhaps
pain).
Although her former family is to be
commended for not abandoning her to
the streets or wilds, please take note
that a cat that needs a home should be
brought in person not to Purradise but
to its mother shelter, the Berkshire
Humane Societyand not left in a box
outsideso that the animal is protected
from the elements and predators. Please
stay long enough to answer any ques-
tions the BHS staff may have about the
cats social and medical history. There
is no fee for bringing in a cat.
Despite her not arriving there by the
usual route, the Purradise staff admitted
the now renamed Buttercup and
brought her to a local vet for a physical.
By the 25th, treatment had already
begun to fill her out and soothe what-
ever mystery condition had caused
those sores, though she still had some
ways to go to become healthy enough
to adopt out. When I first met her, she
was not ravenously yet determinedly
working her way through a large bowl
of wet food, clearly savoring every
mouthful.
Once she had eaten her fill, with per-
mission of the staff I brought Buttercup
in my arms from her condo at one side
of the building to the Sunshine Spa on
the other, for some intensive one-on-
one. She leaned into me trustingly as I
walked, and on the porch settled on my
lap for a full-body petting session,
switched up every so often with my in-
troducing her to perching on this or that
cat tree so she could appreciate the view
outside and understand that she was
free to go wherever she wished to sit or
climb. Toward the end of our hour or so
together, she was wagging her tail
cheerfully while on my lap; brushing
against my legs while exploring the
floor; and when high on a cat tree, not
only looking with interest at the birds
outside but turning to study my face, to
connect with this human who was
spending this time with her. From poor
little Buttercup she had gone swiftly to
sweet little Buttercup, no doubt feel-
ing she had indeed arrived in par-
adise.
Age ten is considered senior, but is
not old. Once Buttercup has made a lit-
tle more progress in healing inside and
out from whatever situation brought her
there, she will likely prove a devoted
companion, ideally for a kindly mature
individual, who would pay only $50
under BHSs Senior for Senior pro-
gram.
This series follows the special human-
feline bond at Purradise, the Berkshire
Humane Society Cat Adoption Center
at 301 Stockbridge Road, Great Bar-
rington, MA 01230 (413-717-4244).
Open Wed.Fri. noon6 p.m.; Sat. 10
a.m.4 p.m.; and Sun. noon4 p.m.
Iris Bass, coauthor of the Cat Lovers
Daily Companion, shares her Lee home
with five shelter cats.
On the Doorstep
Buttercup.
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cause of the volunteers. To emphasize
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Purradise Cat Adoption Center have
only 22 employees, many of whom are
part-time. We try to keep our staffing
down, so we can give the animals as
much as our resources as possible.
Its no wonder then that volunteers are
such an integral part of BHS and
Purradise. Take, for example, the 45
dog walkers assigned to the kennel.
Besides making it possible for dogs on
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five times a day, volunteers also pro-
vide essential socialization for them.
Just having the dogs see that many
people each week, notes Terry, is so
valuable. Equally important is that the
team of dog walkers free up staff so that
they can work with the dogs on training
and enrichment activities.
Volunteers also offer an extra set of
eyes for the staff a necessity given the
size of the facilities and the number of
animals cared for at BHS and Purradise.
We have volunteers in all areas. They
can give us a wealth of knowledge, so
we can follow-up on something, ex-
plains Terry, whether its letting staff
know that a cat, dog, or small animal
doesn't seem themselves or sending out
a reminder that donations are needed
for the pet food bank.
For the volunteers, the reasons for
their commitment to BHS and
Purradise are as varied as the rewards.
After she adopted her dog Ava in 1993,
Barb Boucher of Pittsfield began her
stint at the shelter helping at fundrais-
ers and adoption events, collecting can-
isters, walking dogs, to name a few of
her many jobs. I enjoy being here,
she says. The staff is great, and Ive
gotten a wonderful education since
coming here. For Barb, BHSs focus
on community outreach is also an im-
portant draw. So many people think
that its just an animal shelter. I like to
tell them that its so much morethe
pet food pantry, the birthday parties, the
humane education in the schools.
Debbie Elovirta of Becket and Mar-
garet Callahan of Dalton began volun-
teering seven years ago. Both came be
found sitting behind the front desk at
BHS every Friday afternoon. Like
Barb, Debbie came to BHS after an
adoption. I got the best cat in the
world here, and after that I started vol-
unteering, she says, adding that she
now has first dibs on any new cats
here! Before BHS, Margaret had a
long career as a school teacher. I
taught teenagers for over 30 years, and
compared to that, this is fun! she
laughs. Actually, they were fun too,
but I love it here. Its like a vacation
being with the animals, the staff, and
the visitors.
To acknowledge the volunteers, the
staff selects a Volunteer of the Month as
well as a Volunteer of the Year. In fact,
this Thursday, June 13, BHS and
Purradise will be celebrating its volun-
teers with a special Volunteer Appreci-
ation Picnic at the shelter as well as
announcing the Volunteer of the Year
for 2013. Its a great chance for vol-
unteers to meet
each other as well
as staff members,
explains Terry.
And staff who
dont get to see
some of the volun-
teers have an op-
portunity to thank
them for all their
time and work.
BHS and Purradise
offer two volunteer
programs. The first
is open to younger
volunteers who are
between 12 and 16
years old; when
working at the shel-
ter, they must be ac-
companied by a
parent or guardian.
The second is for
volunteers over 17
years old. After
completing an ap-
plication, which is
available on-line or
at the shelter, potential volunteers meet
with Terry to discuss their interests and
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"The expansion of the program started
when Jean Dupre and I offered to over-
see the program. As Jean explains it,
"Carol Lew and I had both been foster-
ing for many years, and we knew what
foster volunteers needed in the way of
support. We both had gained a lot of
knowledge of kitten care too, so we felt
like as a team, we could take on the or-
ganizational tasks required. "
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t was late February when we got the
few current foster volunteers to-
gether to meet and discuss the upcom-
ing spring. "I felt it was important that
we find a way for foster volunteers to
feel connected with each other and sup-
ported," Jean says. "Fostering can be an
isolated volunteer job."
When we started, there was only one
litter of kittens in foster care. But spring
is generally when kitten season gears
up, and this spring was no exception! It
seems like every week brings several
more kitten families that need a place
to be cared for until they are ready to
be spayed or neutered and ultimately
adopted. Fortunately, along with cat
calls came calls from people who
wanted to help foster them. These vol-
unteers are outstanding, and include
single men, single women, couples and
families with kids.
Chantal Leven is one of our new vol-
unteers. Her life is more than busy with
work, family, and four pets of her own.
But when she wanted to find some way
to be of service in the world, she called
the shelter to ask about fostering.
Within a day, she was caring for a
mother cat and four rambunctious little
kittens. "The mother is very calm and
friendly and the kittens are just a riot!
They have crazy spells," Chantal says,
"like they are on caffeine. They run
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tervene if necessary. Nothing can beat
this live show. I enrolled one of my
friends and we created a "tunnel" out of
boxes with different side doors. They
spend countless hours running around,
and now that they are big enough they
jump over the boxes surprising each
other. I feel good about being able to
provide them with the love and atten-
tion they need to be great pets for other
people."
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success stories that the foster volun-
teers make possible. For me, one of the
most important aspects of the program
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new home has been spayed or neutered.
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problem that causes so much suffering.
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A great place for your dogs to play, run and hike.
Then after all the fun... they can sleep until the next day
for more Doggie Camp adventure.
Almost 20,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space to play -
24 hour supervision -
Not traditional boarding facility...
No Runs, just Fun!
Call or email for an appointment!
413-298-5300 or
lovecampwagalot@gmail.com
or on the web
www.lovecampwagalot.com
Ginas K-9 Bed & Breakfast
518-329-4675
Copake, New York
Fully Insured & Member of NAPPS-National Association of Professional Pet Sitters
Vet Recommended 15 Years of Experience
No cages or kennels
Dogs participate in family lifestyle
1/2 acre fenced-in exercise yard A creek to swim in
Quality Care Pet Sitting In My Safe, Comfortable Home
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1525 W. Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA
413-464-9200
Serving Pittsfield & Beyond since 2006
RIP Sherpa
You were part of our family.
Animal LiferJune 2013 13
Can I have bright, fun,
youthful furniture and
have everyone think I
don't let my pets on the sofa?
Yes. For many years con-
sumers have been able to get
outdoor fabrics and stain
protectionon living room furniture.
This has always been a good solution
for households with pets. However,
these fabrics were only available on
very high quality furniture and never on
any reclining furniture. So your pet
might not be able to stain the sofa but
your wallet had a real bruise and your
hiney wasn't all that comfortable while
you watch the TV.
Great news! Recently furniture mak-
ers have developed fabrics that are nicer
and more durable to suit our new Amer-
ican lifestyle. This almost seems like
the impossible project: Americans said
Make me furniture that doesn't fade,
doesn't stain, barely needs to be cleaned
and is super comfy. Well, the furni-
ture industry responded! So now con-
sumers can get stylish, comfortable and
even reclining furniture in bold prints
and colorful, bright solids. These are
often outdoor ready fabrics that are fade
resistant and inherently stain resistant.
Virtually worry free, these performance
fabrics allow you to enjoy your your
life without the worry of life's little
mistakes. The best part is that these
fabrics are now totally affordable.
So the next time you wish you could
have fun, relaxed furniture with a bril-
liant beauty that brings sunshine in to
your home, you can. Just ask for So-
larium Fabrics or Sunbrella Fabrics and
watch your home turn in to the dream
home for you and your furry friends.
Donna Riley, LSHC, is the general
manager for Simmons Furniture, Inc. in
Allendale Shopping Center, Pittsfield
and in Adams, MA. Simmons has a re-
tail sales division as well as an interior
design department. She is also a Li-
censed Spiritual Health Coach and a
Biofeedback Specialist.
decorating with pets
Donna Riley
A.
Q.
Make me furniture that doesnt fade, doesnt
stain, barely needs to be cleaned and is super
comfy!

Bright & Durable


Animal LiferJune 2013 15
Kayla Fuller,
Volunteer for Pet Partners
A
s many of you know I do not at-
tend a traditional college. Unity
College has a live animal room with
different types of animals for students
to work with, and some of our courses
include Animal Training, Marine Biol-
ogy, Intro to Captive Wildlife Care and
Education, and Enrichment and Exhibit
Design.
Our classes prepare us to be success-
ful in the world of animal care, we are
taught how to identify animals, how to
train animals, the proper steps to anes-
thetizing or tranquilizing animals. I am
able to preform live reptile shows at
local schools because of the teachings
that my school provides.
I am currently enrolled in the Enrich-
ment and Exhibit design and our final
project this year was to design an ex-
hibit for a specific animal that encom-
passes proper animal care, off-exhibit
care, and keeper facilities. I chose to
make an exhibit for a Komodo dragon,
my teacher provided me with an imag-
inary budget of one million dollars (a
very generous amount) and a total use-
able space of 500 meters squared.
The Komodo dragon is the worlds
heaviest lizard. It is a reptile in the an-
guimorpha superfamily. The An-
guimorphs include the largest species
of lizard and is also the only superfam-
ily that contains venomous species of
lizard. Komodo dragons are Monitor
lizards and therefore have a long neck,
short but powerful legs, a narrow head
and a snout that is pointed, as well as a
very powerful tail.
Komodo dragons can weigh around
155lb, but this weight sometimes dou-
bles in captivity. They are capable of
eating up to half their own body weight
in one meal; but despite this large mass
they are capable of reaching 11mph for
short periods of time. Males can reach
three meters in length while females
are around two.
Like other monitor lizards the Ko-
modo dragon has a long forked tongue
that it uses to help find food by flicking
it out and bringing it back in over the
Jacobsons organ. The preferred hunt-
ing method of these lizards is ambush-
ing prey, which can vary in size from
rodents to water buffalo depending on
the size of the dragon.
I began by drawing out a design on
graph paper and then drew that design
on my foam board by multiplying my
original scale by 2, my final scale was
1 inch=1meter. My group decided that
we would keep two female dragons as
female grow to only 2 meters, com-
pared to a males 3 and they are often
less aggressive.
We provided each animal with a 3-
meter den, a large pool with a current
provided by a waterfall, and plenty of
plant life so that they felt safe and pro-
tected from the visitors view. At night
the dragons are kept off exhibit in
smaller holding areas, also with a small
pool and den so that the animals are
comfortable an receiving the same
quality as when they are on exhibit.
We provided visitors with the immer-
sive ability to see inside of one of the
dens in a special darkened section of
the hallway so that they could get a
look at the Komodo dragon without
disturbing her. We also provided a wall
of interpretation, which is where peo-
ple can look at images and information
and play learning games to further their
knowledge on the Komodo dragon.
This wall includes a general informa-
tion poster, a how do you compare
size chart (the Komodo dragon can
stand straight up and reach a height of
6-feet), and a poster on how Komodos
are being used in science. Currently
scientists are using the saliva and blood
of the Komodo dragons to help make
medicines that will boost human im-
mune systems. The importance of an
interpretive wall is that it allows visi-
tors to connect an animal to themselves
and form a better opinion on the animal
which in turn makes them more likely
to aid in the animals survival.
This project is a wonderful represen-
tation on what I do here at Unity
College and will aid in my success
when I enter the job force. I now better
understand the work that goes into
making an exhibit for both an animal
and the public to enjoy. I thrive on this
type of hands on education and I am
constantly amazed at how much I learn
and how I can connect it to caring for my
own animals.
Kayla Fuller can be reached at forth-
eloveofherpetology.tumblr.com or kay-
lafuller10@aol.com
Enrichment
Exhibit Design
&
I will give attentive loving care to your pet,
giving you peace of mind during your time away.
DExercise D Walks in the park
DSpecial Needs pets welcome DTherapeutic Touch
DC.I.A.T DC.S.T DReiki
Claudine Bogomolow D413-446-8007
claudinebogomolow@yahoo.com
Claudines
Pet Sitting Service
Dog Walks of Canaan
Year-Round Dog Walking Service in Columbia County
(518) 424-0149
dogwalksofcanaan.com
dogwalksofcanaan@gmail.com
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Problem solving and Basic Manners
GROUP LESSONS
Puppy Power(Puppy K) Basic Obedience Level I
Basic Obedience Level II
Also offering Dog Walking, Doggy Day Care
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Gift
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shelters rescue leagues
&
All Pets
Eleanor Sonsini
Municipal Animal Shelter
Dogs and Cats
Hours: Open Daily- Tues.-Sat. 10am-2pm
Open Thurs. Nights 6pm-8pm, Closed Mon.
Located in the Downing Industrial Park
Hubbard Ave., Pittsfield, MA
413-448-9800
Berkshire Humane Society
Dogs, Cats & Small Animals
Tues-Sat. 10am-4pm, Thurs. Eve 5pm-8pm,
Sun. 1pm-4pm, Closed Mondays
214 Barker Road, Pittsfield, MA
www.berkshirehumane.org
413-447-7878
Columbia-Greene Humane Society
A zero-euthanasia shelter for adoptable animals
125 Humane Society Rd, Hudson, NY 12534
518-828-6044
All Pets
Thomas J. OConnor
Animal Control & Adoption Center
627 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104
413-781-1484
NE Basset Hound Rescue
Fostering and finding forever homes for Bassets all
through out the New England States
PO Box 84, Newfields, NH 03865
www.nebhr.org / 508-243-3622
NE Basset Hound Rescue
Fostering and finding forever homes for Bassets all
through out the New England States
PO Box 84, Newfields, NH 03865
www.nebhr.org / 508-243-3622
Dogs
Dalmatian Adoption, Inc.
Rescuing Dalmatians - Plus
website: daladopt.petfinder.com
email: hckoss@aol.com / 917-670-3892
NorthEast Pyr Rescue ( NEPR)
A Regional Resource for
Purebred Great Pyrenees Dogs
Adoptions for local pyrs, in local homes,
with local support.
PO Box 704, Lee, MA 01238
www.nepyresq.org
Toll Free: 877-528-0637
Russell Refuge
Jack Russell Rescue
PO Box 725, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
www.russellrefuge.org
email @ jacksgalore@gmail.com
Pet Partners
Providing food for needy dogs & cats
Reduced rate spay/neuter
Assistance with basic vet care costs
www.petpartnersberkshires.org
518-781-0362
Cats
Purradise
BHS Feline Adoption Center
Open Wed.-Fri. 12pm-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm
& Sun. 12pm-4pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday
310 Stockbridge Rd., Gt. Barrington, MA
413-717-4244
Animal D.R.E.A.M.S.
Adoptions of friendly, rescued Berkshire County
cats & kittens. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
& humane rescue of feral cats.
www.BerkshireAnimalDREAMS.org
441 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
413-997-2287
Rabbits
The House Rabbit Connection, Inc.
Adoptions Education Vet Referrals
P.O. Box 83, Springfield, MA 01101
413-525-9222
www.hopline.org info@hopline.org
Whimsical Pet Portraits
Animal Laughter Studio
Kim Arre-Gerber, Artist
Call 413-464-5994
www.animallaughterstudio.com
Walk In The Park
Dog Walking/Pet Sitting Services In e Berkshires
Member Pet Sitters International
American Red Cross Pet First Aid Certied
Member Berkshire Chamber of Commerce
Certied Professional Pet Sitter
Insured & Bonded Lynn Pfeiler @ 413-655-8721
References Ly25@verizon.net 413-446-0684
GO TO
GUIDE!
The Berkshire County Pet Sitters Network (BCPSN) is a group of inde-
pendently owned pet sitting businesses and individuals who provide
professional pet sitting services to residents of Berkshire County. We
provide professional and educational support for pet sitters and serve
as a valuable resource for pet owners and animal lovers. We partici-
pate in local community events and hold fundraisers for local pet-re-
lated charities. We are an all-volunteer, membership-based non-profit
organization. Our members are committed to providing exceptional
professional pet sitting services, community outreach and promoting
responsible pet ownership in our community.
To Advertise In
Animal Life
Tri-State Berkshires Pet News
Call
413-212-9445
animallife/facebook.com
www.animallifeonline.com
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Friends
of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter
Keith Williams, LMT
152 North St., Pittsfield
413-442-7446
A great massage at a wonderful price
Harold
370 Pecks Rd., Pittsfield
413-395-9550
Joe Nichols, Owner
Meet Rocky, an 8 year old Lhasa Apso.He is charm-
ing and very handsome. Loves to go on walks too!
Sponsored by:
Rocky
392 Merrill Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
PHONE: (413) 997-2006
(888) 232-6072
info@berkshiremm.com
Biscotti loves to show off her manners. Shes
not great with other dogs but is fabulous with
people. She needs help with some
separation anxiety.
Sponsored by:
Biscotti
He is a 4 year old yorkie. He is about the most adorable thing going
on at the shelter. He has an issue with seizures, which were working
on controlling with medications.
Sponsored by:
Animal Laughter Studio
Whimsical Pet Portraits
413-464-5994
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in foster care. She is healthy and mellow and
quiet by nature.
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Each week HADDAD SUARU will be sponsoring a
'Dog of the Week'. If that dog's adopted during that week,
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Favorite Things: Playtime, Walks, Attention, likes to jump in your
lap, snacks!
Least Favorite Things: Loud/sudden noises, men that dont go
slow & take some time for me to adjust can be scary.
What I'm Learning at BHS: to walk on a loose lead with the help
of an easy-walk body harness, sit for greetings.
Pets I've lived with: None
214 Barker Rd., Pittsfield, MA 314-447-7878
Hi my name is Ben and Im 4 yrs. old. I love attention of all
kinds, getting my belly rubbed and being outdoors basking in
the sunshine! I came to Second Chance because my previ-
ous guardian was moving and could no longer keep me. I
would prefer to be in a home with adults and I like older kids
too; preferably teenagers. I would like to be the only dog in
the family but may get along with female dogs upon intro-
duction. I would be OK with cats, too! If I sound like the kind
of guy you are looking for, call Second Chance for more in-
formation and come visit me!
Second Chance
Animal Shelter
Route 7A, Shaftsbury, VT 802-375-2898
www.2ndchanceanimalcenter.org secondch@sover.net
Ben
Hi there! Im Tippy and Im an 8yr. old mature lady who
would very much like to find my forever home!
I came to Second Chance because my previous guardian
could no longer take care of me. Im a very friendly girl
once I get to know you. Id love to snuggle and cuddle
with you and be a forever companion. I would be fine in
a home with children 12 or older and some cats but Im
not too sure about dogs. If I sound like the girl for you,
please stop by and visit me!
Second Chance
Animal Shelter
Route 7A, Shaftsbury, VT 802-375-2898
www.2ndchanceanimalcenter.org secondch@sover.net
Tippy
JULIE IS ONE OF THOSE GIRLS WHO
LOVES ALL TOO MUCH ...
and gets jealous of other dogs stealing her
owner's affection. She would do best in an
adult caring experienced home with a
fenced backyard and no competion (dogs
or other pets) so she could give and get all
the affection and attention. Julie loves to
play with toys and people. She likes some
male dogs but is "too bossy"
Julie
If you are interested in adopting or fostering Julie, Please contact
Harriet 917-670-3892 email: hckoss@aol.com
PETEY is a beautiful 3-4 year old neutered male mix
of dalmatian and staffordshire terrier. He is the most
lovable affectionate boy to people and especially
children. The only thing he loves more than people is
his favorite toy . . . A red ball. Petey would do best as
the only dog in a loving home with a backyard and
some humans who like to throw that red ball.
Petey
If you are interested in adopting or fostering Petey, Please contact
Harriet 917-670-3892
email: hckoss@aol.com
Pablo is 9 years old, and a Australian Cattle Dog Mix. He loves
showing off how smart he is. Loves playing with tennis balls and
squeaky toys and being around humans. Come in and meet me!



















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Boarding
Ginas K-9
Bed & Breakfast
Quality care pet sitting in my safe, comfortable home.
No cages or kennels. Dogs participate in family activi-
ties. There is a one-half acre chainlink-fenced yard to
play in, a room of their own to mess around in, and
family and friends to play with. It is like staying at
Grandmas house. Watch television at night with the
family, help with the gardening outside, or relax and
chew a bone!
349 Farm Road, Copake, NY 12516
518-329-4675
Bow Meow Regency
A Boarding Facility for Dogs
A Grooming facility for dogs and cats. East & west
wings, outdoor dog runs, playtime three times a day.
92 Cook Road, Sheffield, MA 01257
Honor S. Blume 413-229-0035
www.bowmeowregency.com
Grooming
Barking Beauties
Salon for Dogs & Cats
10 years experience, 5 years at Blue Moon Kennel
Staci A. Barrett, Owner
163 Water Street, Lee, MA 01238
413-243-2626
Allen Heights Veterinary Hospital
Dog and Cat Grooming
Amanda Bevens
289 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield, MA
413-443-4949
Ultimate Dog Spa & Boutique
Full service dog grooming-All breeds
Self Serve bathing Section!
Boutique filled with unique items for dogs and
the people who love them!
Chris & Jennifer Tompkins, Owners/Groomers
9 Academy Street, Salisbury, CT 06068
CLOSED SUNDAYS 860-435-8353
Pretty Paws
Holistic and Organic Pet Foods and treats, Unique toys
and accessories. All breed dog grooming. 14 years ex-
perience. Salon quality shampoos and conditioners for
all skin types. Environmentally and pet friendly prod-
ucts. Walk in nail clipping.
765 Tyler Street, Pittsfield, MA
413-443-0191
For Sale
Peacocks $150 413-528-2527
Grooming
Dunking Doggies
Berkshire Countys first fully loaded, self-service dog
wash. All supplies provided. Unique boutique for you
and your canine friend. Canidae, Wysong, Omas Pride
Raw Dog Food. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 9:30-5:00
636 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA
www.dunkingdoggies.com 413-448-8240
Shamrock Professional
Dog Grooming
All breeds full service, 28 years experience, treatment for all
skin types, environmentally & pet friendly products
Limited pick-up & drop off service Senior citizen discount
Anal gland excreted Less stress for you and your dog.
Paula & Tom Phillips, Proprietors
1050 South Street, Pittsfield, MA
Call for an appointment 413-443-9700
Dog Training
Taize Shepherd Kennel
Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
All Breeds, All Ages.
Since 1972 Specializing in the behavior & transition prob-
lems of shelter & rescue dogs. Training and
certification for Therapy Dogs International. Certification
Evaluator for AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and AKC S.T.A.R.
Star puppy programs for purebred & mixed breeds. Home
of: Select AKC champions and K-9 Service Dogs.
Charlene Marchand, North Chatham, NY
518-766-3804
Foranimals, LLC
Positive Reinforcement Training,
Private Behavior Consultations/Training.
Classes: Kindergarten, Beginners, Advanced, CGC,
Tricks, Agility, Rally-O, TTouch.
Leea Foran, CDBC, CPDT
Certified Professional Dog Behavior, Consultant/Trainer
www.trainingforanimals.com
413-445-8843
A Pawsitive Step
DOG TRAINING FOR REAL LIFE
Private Training, New puppy, basic obedience,
problem solving & basic manners. Group lessons.
Dog walking, Doggy day care & Dog sitting.
Rachel Clarke, CPDT
Certified Professional Dog Trainer
apawsitivestep@yahoo.com
413-446-5423
Pet Crematorium
Breezy Nook Pet Crematorium
Established in 1997 Where your feelings are under-
stood & your presence is always welcome.
Georgi Beebe
452 Presbyterian Hill Rd., Stephentown, NY
518-733-9896
Pet Sitting
Camp Wagalot
Boarding, Daycare & Grooming for Dogs
Dogs can play, run and hike, 20,000 sq. ft. of out-
door space to play. 24 hour supervision.
Serving Berkshire County Bonded and Insured
Red Cross Pet First Aid Certified
21 East Street, Stockbridge MA 01262
Email: lovecampwagalot@gmail.com
www.lovecampwagalot.com
413-298-5300
Berkshire Pet Pals, LLC
Certified Professional Pet Sitters
Providing Tender Loving Care When You Cant Be There!
Bonded & Insured. Certified Pet Tech Instructor #1497
email: BerkshirePetPals@aol.com
www.BerkshirePetPals.com
413-243-3040
Walk in the Park
Dog walking/Pet Sitting
Insured & Bonded, References
Lynn Pfeiler, LY25@verizon.net
413-655-8721 413-446-0684
Reliable Pet Sitting
Serving Berkshire County Since 1997
PET SITTING IN YOUR HOME
Maryann Hyatt-Owner, Insured & Bonded
Mhyatt206@yahoo.com
413-443-0443 413-329-5127
413-229-8486
Dog Walks of Canaan
Year-Round dog walking service in Columbia County
dogwalksofcanaan.com
dogwalksofcanaan@gmail.com
518-424-0149
Claudines Pet Sitting Service
Exercise Walks in the park C.I.A.T.
Special Needs Pets Welcome Therapeutic Touch
C.S.T. Reiki
Claudine Bogomolow claudinebogomolow@yahoo.com
413-446-8007
Shaker Paws, LLC
PAW-FESSIONAL PET CARE
Dog Walking Daily & Overnight Pet Sits
Pet Taxi Services & other services as requested.
Bonded and Insured
Certified Professional Pet Sitter
Serving Central Berkshire County
shakerpaws@gmail.com www.shakerpaws.com
413-446-3336
Waste Removal
Shamrock Dog Waste Removal
#1 Dog Waste Removal Service in the Berkshires
We pick up your dogs waste and take it with us.
Year round service Residential & Commercial
Weekly or one time clean-up
Paula & Tom Phillips, Proprietors
1050 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Call for an appointment
413-443-9700
www.Shamrockdogwasteremoval.com
Pet Stores
Pretty Paws
Canidae, Natures Variety, Chicken Soup for the Soul,
Evo, Innova, California Natural, Primal, Stella &
Chewys. Healthy all natural treats.
We take special orders.
765 Tyler Street, Pittsfield, MA
413-443-0191
BensDotters Pet
Quality Foods & Supplies, Raw Diet Specialists.
Open Mon.-Fri.10-6pm, Sat. 10-4pm, Sun. 10-2pm
Closed Memorial, Independence, Labor and
Thanksgiving Days & December 25th-January 1st.
940 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
www.BENSDOTTERS.com
413-528-4940
Meow Growl
All organic-Natural Dog & Cat Food
Self Serve Dog Wash Stations!
Toys, Cards, Unique Gifts, Leashes & more!
Nail clipping available.
Ask about our Delivery service.
59 Main St., Lee, MA www.Meowandgrowl.com
413-243-1220
Chez Pet
Premium foods and treats. A neighborhood pet
supply store with everything you need for a healthy
pet. Special orders welcome.
Open Mon. - Fri. 10am - 5:30pm & Sat. 10am - 5 pm
Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Rd., Lenox, MA
413-637-0800 www.chezpet.com
Horses
H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut
Humane Organization Representing
suffering equines
43 Wilbur Rd., Washington, CT 06777
860-868-1960
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Pet Stores
Bark NCat
Food, Supplies, Gifts
Canidae, Wellness, Chicken Soup for the Dog & Cat
Lovers Soul, Taste of the Wild, Innova, California
Natural, Evo, Merrick (canned). Eco-friendly
toys & accessories, Natural chews & treats,
Specialty Products & gifts.
Open daily Mon.-Sat. 10-6pm
28 Holden Street, North Adams, MA
www.barkncat.com 413-664-7777
Petpourri
Catering to the needs of the well loved pet.
Super Premium Foods Quality Toys
Now featuring Bravo & Abadi Raw Diets
Bedding & Clothing
333 Main Street, Lakeville, CT
Hours--M-F, 9:00 - 5:30, Sat.,9:00-5:00
860-435-8833
Dunking Doggies
Berkshire Counties first fully loaded, self-serve dog
wash. All supplies provided. Unique boutique. Chicken
Soup for the Cat & Dog lovers soul. Canidae, Wysong,
Omas Pride, Bravo & Natures Variety Raw Dog Foods.
Tues.-Sat. 9:30-5:00 www.dunkingdoggies.com
636 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA
413-448-8240
PAWSH
Quality American Made Pet food & Treats
Frozen Raw Diets
Unique Toys and Gifts
67 State Rd., Great Barrington, MA
413-528-550
Veterinarians in MA
Allen Heights Veterinary Hospital
General Practice: medicine, surgery & dentistry
Preventive medicine for all stages of your pets life.
Small animal acupuncture.
Elizabeth Tullett, DVM, Claire Blanchard, DVM,
Yoanna Mairtre, DVM, Dip. ABVP
289 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield, MA 01201
Mon. - Fri. 8am-5pm, Sat. 8am-12pm
www.allenheights.com
413-443-4949
Animal ER of The Berkshires
The primary goal of the ER is to treat and
stabilize sick and injured pets until they can be seen
by their regular veterinarian for definitive
follow-up care.
Fri. 5pm-8am Mon., Holidays-24 hours
AnimalER@nycap.rr.com
1634 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA
413-997-3425
Valley Veterinary Services
Julie Shanahan, DVM, Laura Aylesworth, DVM
920 Pleasant St., Lee, MA
413-243-2414 or 413-243-0757
Bilmar Small Animal Hospital
Claire Blanchard, V.M.D., Donald Gulick, V.M.D.,
Hanan Caine, D.V.M.
Full service hospital, drop off service,
housecalls, early evening hours.
776 South Main St., Great Barrington, MA
Fax 413-528-1763
Call for appointment 413-528-1180
Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Sharon Lynch, Veterinarian
Fred Davis III, CVT
Comprehensive Veterinary Services
Individual Attention Caring & Compassionate
Washingon State Road, Washington, MA 01223
www.hilltownsvetclinic.com
413-623-3211
VCA All Caring Animal Hospital
Barbara C. Phillips, D.V.M.
Vicki June, D.V.M.
Full service veterinary hopsital offering traditional
medicine integrated with alternative veterinary care.
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Homeopathy.
Open 7 Days a week!
440 Stockbridge Rd., Great Barrington, MA
www.vcaallcaring.com
413-528-8020
Family Veterinary Center
Bud Allen, M.S., DVM & Robin Karlin, DVM
Large & small animal care, house calls, farm calls,
chiropractic care, acupuncture & homepathy,
boarding & grooming.
99 Main St., Haydenville, MA
413-268-VETS
Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital
24 Hour Emergency care, animal chiropractic and dental care.
John C. Reynolds, DVM, Laura A. Eiszler, DVM,
Michelle P. Looney, DVM, Melinda M. Payson, DVM,
Carmen A. Swinson, DVM,
Lindsay M. Cermak, DVM, Erika S. OMara, DVM.
Hours: Daily Mon-Sat. Evenings: Mon.-Thur
www.pittsfieldvet.com
413-499-1580
North County Veterinary Hospital
Dr. John C. Reynolds, Dr. Laura A. Eiszler
& Dr. Erika S. Teutsch, DVMs
838 Curran Memorial Hwy, North Adams, MA
413-664-4570
Veterinarians in NY
Hillsdale Animal Clinic
A Complete Veterinary Hospital,
24-Hour Emergency Services.
Dr. Gary Cane, Route 23, Hillsdale, NY
518-325-7200
Large Animal Veterinarian
Berkshire Ambulatory
Veterinary Services
Yoanna Y. Maitre, DVM
Mobile practice providing quality medical and surger-
ical care for horses and farm animals. Vaccination,
deworming, health certificates. Coggins, custom
dentistry (hand & powerfloat). castrations,
dehorning & more. Serving MA & NY, by appoint-
ment & emergencies.
www.berkshirelargeanimal.com
413-637-2223
Fencing
Boundaries for Pets
Invisible Fence
Steve Gomez, dealer. Veterinarian approved,
professional installation & training, outstanding
customer service, over 17 years exp. written
containment guarantee, free on-site estimate.
860-435-0064 800-732-3181
289 Dalton Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-443-4949
www.allenheights.com
Elizabeth Tullett
DVM
Certified in
Veterinary Acupuncture
Hours:
Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat. 8-12
Open: M-F: 7am-7pm and Sat. 7am-6pm
174 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201-6806
(413) 443-9196
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