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June 2017
Tri-State Area Pet News

Your pet. Our purpose.

Inside:
Lobby 101 page 3
A Common Sight page 9
Canine Critic is Back page 10 Summer, Lanesboro, MA
Tick Tips page 11
Art around Town page 15
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Lobby 101: Making a Difference
for Massachusetts Animals

On May 9, several hundred animal advocates from throughout the state, including the Berkshires, traveled to the State
House in Boston for Lobby Day for Animals. We networked, met with our representatives, enjoyed a delicious feast
catered by the acclaimed restaurant the Red Lentil, and celebrated awards given to the legislators who are most active
on behalf of animals.

Back home in western Massachusetts, members of Berkshire Voters for Animals difference for animals by lobbying for certain bills. We also encourage our mem-
(BVA) have been holding additional meetings with our representatives, educat- bers to maximize their impact by adhering to best practices for lobbying.
ing them about the many bills that affect the welfare of animals throughout the For example, signing a petition is better than nothing, but not by much. While a
state. long list of names on a petition may move businesses to change their practices,
In preparation for all of this activity, BVA recently hosted a Lobby 101 webi- it just doesn’t have much effect on how legislators vote. They are looking for
nar provided by the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals input from voters who care enough about an issue to give it a little bit of effort.
(MSPCA). Participants learned about how bills become law and how we can use So, for the biggest impact, pick up the phone. A call to your legislator’s office
our voices most effectively. is by far the most effective way to be heard. And it’s not as scary as it sounds.
How a Bill Becomes Law Your call will go to either voicemail or to a legislative aide. You can simply state
that you are asking your representative to vote “yes” (or sometimes, we are ask-
Deciding which bills to support during the legislative session is no small task for
ing for a “no” vote, depending on the issue) on a bill. Give the number and name
Massachusetts representatives. More than 6,000 bills are filed each session. Each
of the bill. You’ll also be asked for your address. And that is pretty much it. If you
bill has a legislator who acts as a sponsor and the bill is filed in both the House
wish to share a little detail about why the bill matters to you, that’s fine, but it’s
and the Senate.
not necessary. Your legislator really just wants to know if a bill has support
Massachusetts residents have many opportunities to build support for certain
among his or her constituents.
bills throughout the legislative process. In the earliest stages, we can ask our rep-
If you can’t call, the next best approach is to send a personal email. If the
resentatives to co-sponsor certain bills, providing additional support and visibil-
MSPCA or BVA has sent you a suggested template for the letter, personalize it
ity. Once a new bill is assigned to a committee within the House and Senate, it
by changing a few words. Your representative will know that you are truly en-
is given a public hearing. Anyone can go to the hearing and present testimony.
gaged with the issue. And of course, it goes without saying (but we’ll say it any-
For example, some of our members went to a hearing several weeks ago for a bill
way!) – be polite. And use your spell checker.
aimed at ending the use of animals in circuses throughout Massachusetts – sim-
Finally, if you want to be a power lobbyist for the animals, consider making a
ilar to the one we passed in Pittsfield last year.
phone call and then following it up with an email. Once you get in the swing of
If the bill is passed favorably out of this first committee, it begins a journey
making these calls and sending emails you’ll realize that it takes just a minute or
through a series of additional committees. Our goal is to keep the bill moving fa-
two out of your day. It’s hard to believe that such a small effort could have an im-
vorably through these committees until it finally reaches the floor of either the
pact on the treatment of animals. But as we watch animal welfare laws changing
Senate or the House for a vote. A favorable vote sends it to the other branch and
all over the country, we realize that it can. And it does.
then finally to the governor’s desk. Needless to say, with so many steps in a bill’s
journey, there are many, many opportunities for animal advocates to make our
For more information on how to lobby effectively for animals or to get
voices heard. With the help of the MSPCA and other organizations, we follow the
involved with the efforts of Berkshire Voters for Animals, please contact
process closely and contact our members at crucial points, requesting that they
us at BerkshireVotersforAnimals@gmail.com.
contact their own legislators or the committee chairs.
You can also follow us at facebook.com/berkshirevotersforanimals.
Your Voice Makes a Difference
Ginny Messina is member of Berkshire Voters for Animals.
We look to the MSPCA for guidance on which bills to focus on. Their experts
consider things like the potential costs associated with a new law, how many an-
imals are likely to be impacted, and how much support a bill is likely to garner.
With this kind of careful consideration, we feel confident that we can make a

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Lost Angels
Jody Chiquoine, CCRT
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Summer heralds the greatest amount of time we spend with our beloved canine • If your dog is ever lost the microchip will be scanned and you will be immedi-
friends in the outdoors! Hiking, swimming, visiting friends and vacation travel ately notified.
are the few activities with share with our dogs. • Microchips are very helpful if the ID Tags and collar are ever lost.
However, the fun quickly turns to panic if our canine family member gets lost. I • Read the tag carefully! Is all information current? If possible have 2 phone num-
was reminded of the panic about 2 weeks ago when a dog, Angel, was lost. The bers, a cell phone and land line.
family had been walking their dogs in the evening near Woods Pond in Lenox. • If you are searching for your dog you may not be in cell phone range but a mes-
Upon return to the car the dogs were loaded into the car. The couple thought all sage can be left at home.
the dogs were in the car but their small dog was not. When they arrived home, • If possible have someone stay at the land line while others are search-
only several minutes away, they realized what had happened. They re- ing.
turned to look for her and could not find her. Worries of coyotes and • As a dog lover, if you ever find a tag on the trail, call the
other nocturnal creatures sickened them. She had a collar with a tag owner. Let them know their dog is without identification.
but the cell phone number wasn’t current. Fortunately, this story Ideally, return the tag!
had a happy ending. A person living near Woods Pond found her. • Always have a current picture of your dog. A head shot
Knocking on the doors of this nearby house revealed she had is ideal. If your dog is lost have posters made and dis-
been found. The owner was able to take Angel home and every- tribute to local veterinarians and post in the area the dog
one was happy and relieved! was lost.
Many times, Lost Angels aren’t so lucky. A dog that has a read- • Place posters in a Transparency so the seal is closed at

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able ID tag will be returned quickly, with little effort for all in- the top. This will weather- proof it.
volved. Without an ID tag, there is no way to identify the dog so • Sequence the posters so there are 5-6 posters spaced about
there are long 75 feet apart [(1 telephone pole) per sign] this catches atten-
delays, frustrations tion and allows peo-
and complications for ple to read the poster as
the return. Be sure your dog they drive.
doesn’t become a Lost Angel, • On the poster adding Reward: Lost
here is what you can do! Dog may increase attention and solicit
Celebrating Our 20th Year!
Your pet. Our purpose.

more assistance.
Publisher/Owner • Check your dog’s ID tag’s • Place your phone number in giant font
Kim Arre-Gerber every month. Put this check at the top of the poster near the picture.
aladvertising@aol.com on the calendar for the entire • If your dog is lost, immediately call
year or time the check with animal control and the local police de-
monthly heart worming. partment. Then call all surrounding vet-
Contributing Writers

• Tags become worn. Read all erinarians and shelters.
Iris Bass
Fran Martino the numbers and be sure every • Focus your search near where the dog
Carol Lew number is legible. Check the was lost. Most dogs will stay in that


Yoanna Y. Maitre tag hook for security. vicinity for several days. Let people in that area know your dog is lost. Speak with
Kathy Heinz • Get a good quality metal tag. them and/or leave a poster in their mailbox.
Karen Karlberg Plastic tags are adequate short
Rebecca Stanard term but the numbers wear off
Leea Foran with daily use.
• Consider (2) forms of ID to
be on the dog at all times. Use Check your dog’s ID tag’s every month. Put
Circulation
Fred Speyrer & Martha Chiorgno 2 tags, place each one on dif-
ferent rings of the collar. Or this check on the calendar for the entire year or

time the check with monthly heart worming.
Cover photo by
Charlene Lambert, Greylock Canine Club have the collar embroidered
with name and phone number
For advertising rates or
plus a dog tag.
information call 413-459-5894
• Microchip your dog. If you
Mailing Address: have a rescue dog it is proba- Now you can enjoy safe summer fun with your Angel.
9 County Court, Pittsfield, MA 01201 bly micro chipped when you
www.animallifeonline.com sign adoption papers. Have Jody Chiquoine is the owner of Fitter Critters, Canine Rehabilitat ion & Aquatic
the Microchip data immedi- Therapies in Lee, MA. She is actively involved with Great Pyrenees Dog Rescue
ately changed to your contact
A Paw Print Division of Animal Laughter Studio®.
All original content copyright® 2017 Animal Life. for North East Pyrenees Rescue.
information. If your dog does
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not have a microchip speak to
without written permission of the publisher.

your veterinarian and have
this done as soon as possible.

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Optimal Wellness
Sometimes Life Throws You A Curve Ball!!!!!
As I was preparing to write my June column, family and personal circumstances
came front and center full force at the same time. I usually prioritize and get it all
done but this time was more emotionally draining and time – consuming. I would
“ “Until one has loved an animal, a part of
one’s soul remains unawakened. ”
– Anatole France.

like to share some of what has weighed heavy on my heart and mind this month
{May}. My June story has been moved to July.
Mika, a lab mix, was almost 13 and in good health. She was a rescue from a
most appalling situation as a puppy. She had routine veterinary care and good liv-
ing conditions. For a few days she would regurgitate her food so I tried smaller
meals, elevated bowls, and different textures without success. She went in to see
Dr. Carey where she had x-rays and lab work. With obvious sadness on Dr.
Careys’ face, she shared with me that Mika was in complete renal failure and her
labs were very critical. We gave her some subcutaneous fluids and long acting
nausea medicine and she came home for the night to say good bye to her siblings
and sleep in her chair for the last time. Her night was uneventful and early that
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next morning we sent her to the Rainbow Bridge.
During the same time frame my young pittie, Sally, was waiting on some cy-
tology results from a tumor on both her arm and flank. A result showed Mast Cell
and surgery was needed to remove and grade it. Sally had her lengthy surgery
and came home on medication wearing the ‘lampshade’. Sally who at the time was
in training to be my distance running partner needed to be kept fairly quiet and
M am a C a
leash walked. Results of pathology showed low grade Mast Cell with appearance
t a nd M o
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of complete tumor removal. Sally is still in recovery status today and anxiously
waiting to get back running.
My mother who is terminally ill coupled with memory issues has a cat that is
her 24/7 companion, her therapist, and her reason for living. This cat who has
been dealing with some thyroid and heart concerns took ill rather suddenly a cou-
ple weeks ago. Off to the hospital she went. She had to spend 3 nights in the hos-
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pital. Mom was very teary and needed a little more attention. The cat which my
mom calls “Mama” was diagnosed with liver failure. Cat now needs more med- und mix
ication and a variety of foods and liquid to assist the liver in healing itself. I am is b la c k lab ho
Mika
delegated to attend to the task of medication administration and feeding more
often since I live closer than my brother. As of this writing, Mama Cat seems to
be improving. With this improvement of the cat, comes a better outlook on life for
my mom. We hope for Mama to have a good recovery and return to her previous
baseline.
I thank you all for allowing me to share some of my inner feelings and con-
cerns. My wishes for all the readers are health and happiness.
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Happy Tails Until Next Month!

Kathy Mikaniewicz Hynes, RN BSN is a veteran AirForce Flight Nurse and has done
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research on the Human-Animal Bond as well as used her rescue dogs as work partners .
She is the owner/operator of Got Spots : an organization to promote optimal wellness
through the human-animal bond. The organization is pending 501c status. She is presently
employed as a psychiatric nurse for the Veteran Administration and a substitute nurse
and teacher for the City of Pittsfield. D
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this side of purradise
The Best of Both Worlds
Iris Bass

While I “interviewed” a cat called Angel at Purradise on April 19, for my May At Wild Birds Country Store, you will find not live birds but feeders, houses, and
column, a family was conducting its own meet-and-greet in another area of the seed, and a multitude of bird-themed gift merchandise, from jewelry, objets d’art,
shelter, trying to decide whether a large Maine coon named Moose was the boy stationery, and toiletries to books and toys. But look closely: nestled among these
for them. Meanwhile, Jody and Dave Soules, proprietors in Wild Birds’ warren of small rooms are also
of Wild Birds Country Store, located at the other end of cat-themed items, including cards, magnets, and book-
Great Barrington (see box), wanted fervently to adopt a marks; clocks, mirrors, and wall hooks; and even
Maine coon. As it happened, the other family placed a some items from the popular “Grumpy Cat” product
“hold” on Moose, marking him for their imminent adop- line. Purchasable representations of other small
tion of him, only to withdraw it by the weekend after critters native to the Berkshires can also be spotted
deciding that he might not be happy in their active here and there.
household. As soon as she received word that Moose
was fully available, Jody dispatched Dave up the road to Stop by Wild Birds Country
Purradise to meet him, to ensure they would not miss Store, 783 South Main Street,
their chance. By the next day, Moose’s becoming a four- Great Barrington, MA—open
footed Soules was a done deal. Mon., Wed.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Why the urgency? Jody and Dave had lost a Maine and Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (closed
coon named Bear (a rescue cat obtained through Animal Tues.), phone 413-644-9005, or
Dreams) last autumn to sudden illness. Not only did they visit www.wild-birdstore.com.
miss Bear, but so did their remaining cat, Boggart
(adopted from Purradise’s “mother” shelter, the Berkshire This series follows the special human-feline bond at
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and Bear had especially relished their mealtimes Adoption Center at 301 Stockbridge Road,
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Introducing the two boys went smoothly, beginning with their being separated Iris Bass, coauthor of the Cat Lover’s Daily Companion, shares her Lee home
by a glass door, then placing their bowls across the room from each other...and with five shelter cats.
moving the dishes closer. They were eating side by side, said Jody, in just three
days’ time. And when I interviewed her on May 24, she informed me that the cats
had just started to sleep together on the Soules’ bed.
Now Boggart has a new friend, and Jody, too, feels the space left by Bear’s pass-
ing beginning to fill in with thickly furred affection. She related to me how
Moose’s already settling down beside her when she reads, to share quiet time to-
gether, is a reminder of how Bear had chosen her one day when she was volun-
teering for Animal Dreams with adoptions she used to do at the store: “Bear came
in and sat with me, and we decided, ‘You’re coming home with me.’” Although
what might seem to some to be a snap decision to adopt Moose, his joining the
Soules’ family has worked out very well for everyone, both human and feline.
Jody told me that people sometimes express surprise, even dismay, that, as
co-owner of Wild Birds, she is such a strong advocate of cats, given their
proclivity for hunting birds, but her answer is simple: support birds’ natural out-
door habitat while keeping feline pets indoors. In his new home at the couple’s
New Marlborough residence, Moose has access to a screened porch that keeps
him safe from predators...and that protects any wildlife that he might otherwise
chase if permitted to roam outdoors—allowing him and his new adoptive family
to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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A Common Sight at Williamstown Commons
“They’re my babies,” says Russell Blake. He beams
with warmth as he watches Taco, a three-year-old


guinea pig, squirm inside a cloth tunnel. The little
animal is a deep, chocolate brown with bright eyes.
He squeaks playfully, wiggling his nose as he pokes
his face through one of the soft fabric ends. “They
calm me down,” he continues. “If I get nervous,
upset, I come in and talk to them. I put them to bed

If I get nervous, upset,
each night.”
Russell is one of 152 residents at Williamstown
I come in and talk to them.
Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Located near the borders of both Vermont and New
York, the Massachusetts facility spreads across I put them to bed

eight acres, providing rehabilitation and long-term
care to its residents. One type of rehabilitation of-
each night.
fered is pet therapy, which encourages residents to Taco and the parakeets live at
interact and spend time with animals – Taco, two Williamstown Commons perma- that cat to visit the facility and test it out. It can be a
parakeets, and – until recently – a cat name Jas- nently. Their cages occupy the ac- really great opportunity for the cat - they don’t all
mine. tivity room on the second floor of thrive in the shelter environment. The cat basically
“Jasmine just went home today!” says Janice Paque- the rehab unit. Residents can visit on their own or has to be ‘bomb proof.’ It’s going to encounter all
tte, the activity director at Williamstown Commons work with them in groups as part of their therapy. The kinds of stimuli and meet all kinds of people and other
who oversees the animal programs and related activ- animals are also brought to other parts of the build- animals, so it has to be a resilient cat that thrives in
ities. “Russell was the first person I went to tell.” ing to spend time with other residents. that sort of novel environment. And it really has to
“I taught Jasmine to come get in my lap,” he says. “The cat has free rein of the second floor,” says Jan- love people.”
ice. “During the day, this room is the busy area. It’s
“She was one of my babies.” Jasmine, who was as nimble as she was social, was
The popular and friendly feline was part of the where food, water and litter is. In the evenings the cat
often found perched on top of the bird and guinea pig
facility’s Foster Cat Program, which began partner- tends to go out toward the nurses’ station, because
cages or near the fish tank. She would sometimes
ing with Berkshire Humane Society a few months that’s where people are. And they bed-hop. They find
sleep in the gardening container by the window, or on
ago. The program was started by Janice in 2003 and residents to sleep with.”
top of the piano. And she developed a friendship with
has been enormously successful, both in enriching the Russell recalls a cat that singled him out and spent
Taco.
quality of life for residents and in helping find the cats most of its time in his room. Janice flips through the
“Jasmine was a cat who liked to help,” explains Jan-
forever homes. book, looking for that particular cat.
ice. “When it was time to feed Taco, she would jump
“Jasmine was number 51,” says Janice, looking “Helix,” she says. into the play pen and lay down. She’d watch Taco pull
through three large photo albums, each documenting Russell confirms this. “I lived across the hall then. his food into his castle, and sometimes she’d pull the
the past 14 years of cats, guinea pigs, birds and other That cat found me and would stay with me all day,
food out - it was really funny to watch. Sometimes
small animals. “She is number two from Berkshire cuddled at my feet.” He smiles, watching Taco. “I’ve Taco would chase her around the pen. Then she’d lay
Humane because we just began our relationship with made friends with just about all of them. Some take
down and Taco would come over to her. They built a
them. Of those 51 cats, 43 were adopted. Seven or so longer than others. Once they love you…” He thinks rapport. That often happens with our animals.”
went back to the shelter for various reasons. One for a brief moment, then says, “that’s it!”
“They bring so much joy to people,” she continues.
actually had a stroke while it was here, which was a If Russell’s apparent bond is any indication, the Fos- “It can be surprising - you don’t expect to see a cat
little traumatic. We’ve had several cats stay for a year. ter Cat and pet therapy programs are clearly working, walking down the hallway in this environment, and
Then there was one cat who was here two days and for both the animals and the people. you don’t always expect to see someone holding a
then she got adopted.” “Every single time an animal comes,” says Janice, guinea pig on their lap, or hear birds. And it’s a de-
A tall man shuffles into the room. He peeks at the “everyone always says, this is the best one! Right now
stressor for our staff. So many people make it part of
cages and then eyes the cat condo. Jasmine is on all our minds, and we’re thinking,
their day to come see the animals. We’re really proud
“Jasmine went home,” Janice tells him. Jasmine was the greatest cat. But if I look back
of these programs.”
“Ah!” he exclaims, shaking his head. “There’s noth- [through these books] at my pictures and notes, I’ll
Russell, who volunteers to assist Janice in their daily
ing to pet today!” The man is smiling, but his remember, oh that cat was so great. They go to really
care, adds this about the cats: “They can sense your
disappointment is evident. good homes. Sometimes they go to employees, fam-
feelings. They can feel that you are nervous or upset.
“I know, I’m sorry!” Janice calls as he leaves the ily members, employees’ family members. People in
Especially if they get to know you. It’s like having a
room. the community that know we have this program, they
brother or sister.” He pauses again, perhaps remem-
The pet friendly facility facilitates animal interaction, come here and ask to meet the cats.”
bering Jasmine. “So far, we’ve been lucky,” he says.
and many of the residents visit Taco and friends mul- Berkshire Humane oversees the entire adoption
“The cats have been adopted to good, nice people.”
tiple times a day. Many had pets of their own, either process, handling the paperwork and ensuring the
in the past or just before they were admitted. Some match between cat and new home is a positive one.
Elizabeth Nelson
still have their companion animals at home, and their “It’s a great relationship,” says Cheryl Truskowski,
Marketing Communications Manager
family members are allowed to periodically bring Berkshire Humane Society’s shelter manager. “When
Berkshire Humane Society
them for a visit. we have a cat we feel is appropriate, we’ll arrange for
enelson@berkshirehumane.org

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The
Canine Critic
Bentley's Day Out
Rebecca Stanard

Hello everyone! It's me....Bentley! Mya decided to let me write the column this was the one all the way in the back.
month, seeing as though I just had my 1st birthday. I know it has been awhile This room was full of freezers. Tina explained to my mom what was inside each
since you have heard from us, but we have been one and my tail was wagging like never before. The
very busy. I, for one, have been busier than ever freezers held all kinds of raw foods, for dogs and
chewing on whatever I can find and looking for new cats. Tina explained to us about the importance of a
ways to annoy my sister! But enough about that...let raw food diet and that she carries supplements, as
me tell you about the amazing trip I took with my well as freeze-dried dehydrated foods. Any ques-
mom one sunny day. tions my mom had, Tina answered completely. Mom
It started with one of my favorite things: a ride in has a hard time buying me bones since I am a com-
the car!! We drove with the windows down and the pulsive chewer and have really strong jaws. I always
breeze blowing through my fur. But before I knew end up destroying anything Mom gives me. In one


it, Mom had slowed the car and pulled over. Before of the freezers Tina showed my mom some bones
even getting out of car, I knew this was going to be that would be safe for me to chew and ingest, and
an amazing place! I could smell lots of interesting that would not harm me. Tina really is a raw diet
things: dogs, cats, and most importantly...food!!! specialist!
The sign out front said BensDotter's Pet, but it Before we left, Mom bought some treats for Mya
should have said heaven! I could not wait to get in- out of the large selection of treates in glass jars. I
side!! Tina explained to us about wanted some too, but Mom said I could only have

the importance of a raw food diet began to get busy. Everyone seemed to know Tina
As soon as Mom opened the door, we were imme- the bones. As we were getting ready to pay, the store
diately greeted by the owner, Tina. She welcomed
us inside and I ran over to greet her. I jumped up
and that she carries supplements, there and she knew everyone by name and what they were
and put both paws on the counter. I was just that ex-
cited! I wasn't sure if I was going to get into trouble, as well as freeze-dried
“ pressed
for. I was really im-
with the care that
dehydrated foods.
but the most amazing thing happened. Tina reached was shown to each and every
down and got me a treat!! I could not believe my customer and I can see why
eyes! I was in love! BensDotter's is so special. I
After having my snack, I took the time to really look around. We were in a large highly recommend stopping in to see Tina if you have any
room that had a whole row of jarred treats, bones, chews, antlers, hoofs, etc. Any- pet questions or needs, or if you just want a treat!!! And
thing and everything that any dog would love. It was a whole buffet that made make sure to tell her that Bentley sent you! BensDotter's
my mouth water and tummy rumble. There were also bags and cans of food, Pet is located at 940 Main St. (Rte 7), Great Barrington,
leashes, collars, toys, and even doggie shoes so that our paws don't get wet and MA
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Tick Tips
There are several factors that play a role in the increase of the tick population
this year. The milder winters, increased mice and deer populations and the
your Stuff
Strut
bumper crop of acorns from two years ago mean more ticks this year. The
acorn crop from two years ago was bountiful causing a dramatic increase in
the white foot mouse population last year. Ticks survive very well by feed-
ing on mice over other animal hosts and the tick population correlates to the
number of mice.
Ticks have a two year life cycle, feeding from hosts three times during that
time. With so many mice as the ideal hosts, more ticks survive to the nymph
stage. In most cases, nymph stage ticks are the ones to transmit Lyme dis-
ease. It is expected that by next month we will have an unusually large amount
of infected nymph-stage ticks. Nymph-stage ticks are very small and hard to
detect, averaging about the size of a period.
On average only 10-30% of nymph-stage ticks are infected, so being bitten
does not necessarily mean you or your pet will
contract a tick borne disease. It takes 24-48 hours
for the transmission of Lyme disease on average
but in some cases as little as 6 hours. After being
bitten by a tick, symptoms of tick borne disease
may not manifest for 7-21 days or longer. Com-
mon symptoms are lethargy, change in behavior,
loss of appetite, acute lameness and fever.
While there are effective vaccines available to
protect our dogs from Lyme disease, preventa-

this summer
tives such as topical or oral products are essential for preventing tick borne
diseases such as Anaplasma or erhlichiosis. Avoiding, repelling and killing
ticks also decreases the number of ticks that are carried into our homes-lim-
iting our exposure.

Key points on how to avoid ticks on your pet.
D Avoid tall grass, leaf piles and wooded area. Remain in the center
of walking and hiking trails. our water treadmill exercises
D Check your pet daily for ticks, especially behind the ears, paws,
armpits, belly, and around tail and head. will improve:
D If you find a tick remove it right away by using a tick puller.
D Reduce tick habitat in your yard by keeping grass short, cleaning Strength Mobility Weight Loss
up leaf piles, and trimming over grown brush.
D Have your veterinarian do a tick check at each exam.
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D Use a tick preventative product on your dog. There are many
products available to use: dusts, topical treatments, sprays, oral
treatments and collars. Talk with your veterinarian to decide the
best product for you and your pet.

By keeping these tips in mind, hopefully you can enjoy
the summer tick free!
Sources: CDC, Cary Institute, “Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast”, Veterinary Team Brief.

Donna Bragdon, C.V.T.
VCA All Caring Animal Hospital

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Cat Dash
First Annual Animal Dreams

A pub run and relay race combined.

May 21 was the first annual Cat Dash (yes, we're hopeful they'll do it again next year). This was a unique and exciting
fundraising idea put on by some friends of Animal DREAMS to help us obtain a $1000 matching grant. What is a Cat
Dash, you ask? It's basically a pub run and relay race combined. It took place in Dalton where, conveniently, there are six
pubs, restaurants, or bars located in about a 3-mile radius. Zip’s Bar and Billiards, Dalton VFW, Dewey’s Public House,
Dalton American Legion, Jacob’s and Paddy’s were the very-accommodating and hospitable locations used.
Every team had a member stationed at each of the locations. The start and finish was at Zip’s Bar and Billiards. At ex-
actly 3 PM the team members located at the start drank a 16 ounce beverage of their choosing, took their baton (which
was a toy cat) and ran as fast as they could to the next station where they handed the baton over to their teammate who
then drake a 16 ounce beverage and went onto the next location and so on and so on until the last team
member crossed the finish line and placed their cat on the bar. Each team paid $100 to participate in
the fun. At the end of the race was an after-party that featured a big raffle, food, and music. All teams
had a spectacular time and were asking to do it again next year. Total funds raised for Animal DREAMS
through team registration, raffle ticket sales, and general donations was $1,460.00. This far exceeded
our goal of $1,000.00 to obtain the matching grant of the same amount.
Thank you to all the participating locations and A HUGE thank you to the friends who made this all
happen; Stephanie Lawton and Libby Hall for obtaining awesome raffle prizes; Joe Dewey of Dewey's
Public House for the very yummy food; Barbara Schmick for taking fantastic photos; Allen P. Harris
and Ashley Leonard for volunteering their day to help out; CJ Rolfs for coordinating the entire event;
Ron “Zip” Carver and Nick Tate for letting us use their establishment and for coming up with concept;
Tierney Rolfs for volunteering her time to tend bar. And all the team captains and racers – you made it
a fun and exciting day!!

THANK YOU ALL Photos by Barbara Schmick Photography

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hoof beat
Trailer Safety
Yoanna Y. Maître, DVM, DABVP

The arrival of summer means trail rid- In addition to the trailer, the towing light failure (see photo). the trip to do this. Always drive safely
ing and horse show season is here, and vehicle must be properly maintained. When parked on flat pavement and and cautiously and minimize distrac-
you and your horses may be thinking Check for adequate oil, brake fluid, viewed from the side, your rig should tions by mapping your trip or program-
about hitting the road. To transport transmission fluid, coolant, and wind- look level. If there is too much weight ming your GPS in advance, keeping
your trusty mount safely, be sure to fol- shield wiper fluid levels. Make sure on the tongue it will bend the hitch as- your cell phone out of reach, and not
low these basic guidelines and safety that the brakes, air conditioning, lights, sembly down; if the weight is unevenly playing loud music. Also allow plenty
tips. of time to get where you are going.
Many of you probably have trailers If you do breakdown or have an acci-
that sit around in the weeds until they dent, it is important to have the follow-
are needed. With all the show and ing: warning triangles and/or flares,
travel preparations, don’t neglect the reflective safety vests, spare tires (prop-
most important one: be sure that the erly inflated) for trailer and tow vehi-
trailer is safe and road worthy before cle, tire irons, chocks and jacks. US
each trip. The same holds true when Rider provides roadside assistance


you are buying a used trailer. Inspec- specifically for horse trailers
tions and maintenance are critical for (usrider.org). Most typical roadside as-
the safety of you and your horses, as sistance programs will only cover the
well as those on the road around you. tow vehicle, and provides no assistance

With all the show and travel preparations, don’t
Start with a thorough evaluation of the in repairing the trailer or arranging for
trailer floor. Injuries sustained from a stabling or veterinary services.
failed floor are among the most horrific
neglect the most important one: be sure that the
“ Also carry a first aid kit for you and your

trailer is safe and road worthy before each trip.
I have seen as a veterinarian, and en- horse (refer to last month’s column for
tirely preventable. The floor can be how to assemble a first aid kit for your
made of wood or metal. If the floor has horse), and carry copies of important
a rubber mat, be sure it is not loose or tires, batteries and windshield wipers distributed to the rear the hitch will rise. documents such as Coggins and vaccina-
torn, and remove the mat to inspect the are all in good working order. Match Poor weight distribution or improper tion certificates, insurance papers, emer-
surface underneath. Trailers that are the trailer to the strength of your tow- hitch elevation can lead to increased gency and veterinary contact info, and
not cleaned regularly are more suscep- ing vehicle. Just because you can pull sway, poor handling, uneven tire wear, veterinary treatment guidelines and con-
tible to rust and rot. Don’t forget to it doesn’t mean you can stop it or han- and possible failure at the trailer con- sent forms for emergency responders in
crawl under the trailer to check for rust, dle it in an emergency (swerving, etc). nection. In a straight load two-horse case of an accident (in bright envelope in
oxidation, metal fatigue, and loose, bro- Calculate loaded weight, which in- trailer, the single or heavier horse glove box and inside trailer door).
ken, or missing bolts and rivets. Inspect cludes the weight of the trailer itself, the should be loaded on the left side, since
the interior of the trailer for any sharp horses, and all your tack, feed, and most roads are crowned and this keeps Dr. Yoanna Maître is the owner of Berk-
edges or exposed hooks, latches, or tie equipment. the trailer in a more level position. shire Ambulatory Veterinary Services,
rings. Be sure there are no gaps be- Make sure the coupler is the same size The driver should be experienced a mobile clinic that provides on-farm
tween the floor, dividers, walls, and as the ball (a 2-5/16” coupler will rest enough to hitch, unhitch, back, turn, medical and surgical care to horses and
mangers. Also check that the roof vents on a 2” ball, but will not remain there and control the rig, and not just depend farm animals in Berkshire County and
and windows open and close properly once you hit a bump!) and that it has a on someone at the beginning and end of neighboring areas of New York State.
to allow for ventilation. If the trailer locking pin. Two safety or breakaway
has a ramp, check again for rust and chains should crisscross under the
metal fatigue. Hinges, latches, and trailer tongue and attach to the tow ve-
springs should be lubricated and opera- hicle. They must be long enough to
tional. allow the combination to turn, but
Trailer tires should be replaced at least should not drag on the ground. These
every five years even if the tread does- chains in combination with a break-
n’t appear worn. Whenever possible, away braking system will keep your
replace the original ST tires (trailer trailer in line behind your vehicle if the
service only) with heavier duty tires, hitch becomes uncoupled (the crossed
and always maintain tires at proper in- chains prevent the trailer tongue from
flation pressure. Have the wheels, hitting the pavement). Verify that the
axles, and leaf springs of the trailer in- electric connections are working prop-
spected. If they are worn out they will erly to activate the lights and brakes.
cause a very bumpy and uncomfortable Additional conspicuity tape (reflective
ride for the horse, and place more strain tape) is critical to improve trailer visi-
on the hitch and the driver. bility, especially at night or in case of

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Art
around Town
Berkshire Humane Society Show Face Them to open at
Richmond West Stockbridge Artists' Guild

( a part of Art 'Round Town
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Exhibit features Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Craig Walker and Na-
The Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists' Guild and Berkshire Humane tional Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer.
Society are please to offer you a rotating show of paintings and photo- (Pittsfield, Mass.) The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts announces Face Them,
graphs and a few mobiles. a group exhibit featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning and former Berkshire Eagle
photographer Craig Walker. The exhibit opens June 2 with a reception dur-
Many of the works are available for purchase. ing First Fridays Artswalk from 5-8pm.
See them at Collage artist Barbara Arpante is the curator. "This exhibit is an opportunity
214 Barker Rd, Pittsfield MA 01201 to gather artist intelligence through several mediums in one gallery," states
10-4 Tuesdays through Saturdays Arpante. "By placing pertinent topic images of today before the viewer that
may make one feel moved not of our imagination, but of our reality."
5pm-8pm Thursday evenings, 1-4 Sunday afternoons
Topic images include: Animal Cruelty; Global Warming; Gun Control;
Human Trafficking and Population Explosion.
Featured Artists

Annual Art Exhibit
The Berkshire Regional Art Guild
Barbara Arpante, Curator, Collage Artist
Peggy Braun, Photographer, Printmaker

of Paintings
Roselle Chartock, Writer, Educator
Thom Smith, Writer, Naturalist, Berkshire Eagle
John Stanmeyer, Photographer, National Geographic
Craig Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer, The Boston Globe
June 4th -30th
M-Sat. 9:00am-4:30pm With special guests the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Cheryl Jones, 6-
year-old artist Eric Nuciforo and Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuar-
Miller Art Supply ies.
Opening reception to the public with refreshments Face Them is sponsored by the Pittsfield Cultural Council. The exhibit runs
will be held on through Saturday, June 24.
Saturday, June 17, 2017 • 5-8pm About the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
(awards @ 7:30pm). Located at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District, the Licht-
enstein is free and open to the public. It is open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-
Miller Supply Company, Inc. 4pm. The Office of Cultural Development manages the Lichtenstein. For
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1st Annual
Bark N Brew
The Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter is hosting their first Annual
Bark N Brew, Sunday, June 25th from 12 to 5pm at the
Controy Pavillion on Onota Lake, Lakeway Drive, Pittsfield.
We will have paddle boarding for you and your dog sponsored by
Berkshire Outfitters, Winstanley Partners are sponsoring Berkshire Photo
Booth, The Upbeat K9
Adoptions in the tri-state area

will be on hand to do
disc demonstrations and
tricks. Dress your

Snickers
pooches in Bikinis and
enter to win a prize for
“Best in Show”. 1-year-old, Female, Tiger Shorthair Mix
Beer and Burgers will
be available from Wan- Hi, I’m Snickers! I might be a little shy at first, but
dering Star, Big Elm,
once I get to know you, I’m a super sweet girl. I
love being petted and I’m friendly with other cats.
Balderdash Cellars, Shire Breu-Hous and Spirited Wines. Ideally, my new home has older children or teens.
Rock with the Ukeville String Band. Vendors, Raffles, Agility Course, cus- Are you looking for a new cuddle buddy?
tom dog tags and homemade ice cream from Scoop . A $10 suggested do- Come meet me at the shelter in Pittsfield!
nation per person, kids and dogs free! Sponsored in part by Greylock
Canine Club and Love Us and Leave Us.
Berkshire Humane Society
Bring the family for a fun afternoon by the beautiful Onota Lake!
Don’t forget your four legged family members too! 413-447-7878

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Adoptions
At the
Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter

Ginger
Ginger is a beautiful longhair mix cat. She is about
three years old and medium size. One look into
those beautiful eyes and you will fall in love. She
is housetrained and very sweet. Please stop in
in the tri-state area and meet this gorgeous cat, you will be hooked.

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Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter Berkshire Humane Society
Sonic
Sonic is deaf, but that does not slow him down. He is
Etta
Hi, I am Etta. I am supposed to be a Bull Terrier mix and
working on learning hand signal commands and is a maybe I am or maybe I am another breed mix. I can tell
total love. He is new here and is a bit anxious and over-
you I am a sweet, social and super energetic girl! I love
whelmed but is settling in. Sonic will need a patient and
to play and play and play some more. I love all kinds of
understanding home that can continue to work with him
and help him to settle into life outside the shelter. We toys and I can sometimes retrieve, but usually I like to
are looking for an adult only home preferably with expe- play keep away with them. I am a nice medium size of
rience working with behavior issues. Stop down and see 33 pounds. I am not sure about my background since I
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Meme
Sugar Hi! I am Meme. I am a Chihuahua looking for an adult
only household. I am not fond of children. If you take
your time and let me get to see you and feel you out a
bit, then I will be a great friend and cuddle bug. I like to
take long walks and when I am done I like to sit in your
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At the
Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter

Clarice
Clarice is still patiently waiting for her forever home.
She is a 3-4 year old American Fox Hound! Foxhounds
If you can give Sugar a loving, caring home, make great pets for active individuals, families, expe-
rienced dog handlers, people living alone, and those
Please contact Harriet Clark Koss at 917-670-3892 who enjoy the outdoors. She loves her crate and since
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413-637-2223
Susan & George Clark 518-764-1320

pet stores
Harriet Koss

D (917) 670-3892
hckoss@aol.com

Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter
Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital
24 Hour Emergency care, animal chiropractic,

BensDotter’s Pet
acupuncture and dental care.
Open Tues.-Fri. 12 to 6pm, Sat. & Sun. 12 - 5pm
John C. Reynolds, DVM, Madeleine Hoog-Crellin, DVM
Closed Mondays
Quality Foods & Supplies, Raw Diet Specialists. 413-448-9800 • www.sonsinianimalshelter.org Michelle P. Looney, DVM, Bridget E. Pope, DVM
940 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 63 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA Carmen A. Swinson, DVM, , Lindsay M. Cermak, DVM
www.BENSDOTTERS.com Hours: Daily Mon-Fri. 8am to 8pm,.Sat. & Sun 10am-5pm
413-528-4940
Little Guild of St. Francis 1634 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield
413-499-1580
Chez Pet
285 Sharon Goshen Turnpike, W. Cornwall, CT
860-672-6346
www.pittsfieldvet.com

volunteer
www.littleguild.org

NE Basset Hound Rescue, Inc.
Premium foods and treats. A neighborhood pet
supply store with everything you need for
a healthy pet. Special orders welcome.
Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Rd., Lenox, MA Dawna Hartman, Intake Coordinator,

413-637-0800 • www.chezpet.com
DART
68dawna@gmail.com, www.nebhr.org
(508) 243-3622 MA

Meow Growl NE Pyreness Rescue Berkshire Disaster Animal Response Team
Reducing risk for pets during disasters and more!
All organic-Natural Dog & Cat Food (toll free) 877-528-0637 Corrine McKeown, Director
Self Serve Dog Wash Stations! www.nepyresq.org

Purradise
D www.WMDART.com

Help Wanted
59 Main St., Lee, MA • www.Meowandgrowl.com
413-243-1220

Ultimate Dog Spa & Boutique
Open Wed. & Fri. 10am - 4pm, Thurs. 10am - 6pm,
Sunday 12 - 4pm
301 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA
Boutique, Full Service Dog Grooming 413-717-4244 • www.berkshirehumane.org

grooming
Dog Daycare in
Self Serve Dog Wash Stations!
9 Academy St., Salisbury, CT 06068
860-435-8353
Williamstown, MA.
kennels
D Meow Growl Weekends, evenings, and holidays a must.
Self Serve Dog Wash Stations!
Stonewood Kennels 59 Main St., Lee, MA Part-time 20 hours per week,
413-243-1220 with full time potential.
Excellen Bloodlines • AKC Registered
German Shepherds
Becket, MA
413-446-8261
www.Meowandgrowl.com

Poochinis Pet Salon
D Previous dog/horse experience required.

From Bubbles to Special Services Call Charlene at 413-884-6097
Dawn Gardina, Owner
Copake Lake, Craryville, NY to schedule an in-person interview
518-325-4150 or 518-821-3959

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