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4 {Letter From The Editor}

Published by:
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Stephanie Georgia exciting (and some-
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Paul O'Hearn
Stephanie Georgia
It seems like only yesterday
Maureen Harmonay that I was putting together
Amanda DiSanto
Katenna Jones our winter issue and plan-
Mike Fink
Scott Dolan ning my new year resolution.
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and Animal Print Advertisers when you make your purchases.
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Moves To Providence Written by Amanda DiSanto
The nationally recognized and prestigious Bay Colony sweaters, pet exercise equipment, gourmet treats, and
Dog Show is moving to Providence! In its 98th year, handmade toys.
the American Kennel Club show, as a result of the
closing of the Bayside Exposition Center, has Next year’s show at the Rhode Island Convention
chosen the Rhode Island Convention Center as its Center in Providence is scheduled to be held Decem-
new venue. “We are very excited about moving the ber 3-6 and will feature the professional and majestic
Bay Colony Dog Show to Providence... to this world- presentation of 155 breeds and, as always, a diverse
class facility in the center of this very vital city, array of activities including festive holiday shopping,
surrounded by restaurants, shopping, and entertain- hands-on demonstrations, and a variety of educa-
ment,” stated Theodore Hollander, Show Chair and tional and entertainment exhibits. The show is in-
member of the Eastern Dog Club. tended for dog lovers young and old and Providence
is delighted to expect more than 8,000 competitors
The Bay Colony Dog Show, one of the largest in the and over 20,000 dog enthusiasts, vendors and
country, presents about “2,500 dogs coming from all attendees.
over the country to compete” including “many of the
top dogs competing at Westminster,” said Hollander. For more information about the history
Volunteers from AKC dog clubs the Eastern Dog of the Bay Colony Dog Show or for
Club, the Ladies’ Dog Club, the Middlesex County information about next year’s show in
Kennel Club, and the Yankee Golden Retriever Club Providence, please visit
organize and present four spectacular days of agil-
ity trials and conformation trials as well as obedience
competitions and competitions for “Best of Breed”
and “Best in Group.”

The show is very family oriented, especially in

its most recent event this past December 4-7
at the Bayside Exposition Center, during which
adults and children took part in interactive demonstra-
tions including a “Meet the Breeds” event, and were
delighted by police and working dog demonstrations,
and a rescue parade. There were also educational
exhibits for anyone interested in taking part in dog
shows, or other such volunteer and career opportuni-
ties, as well as rescue and adoption programs. More
than 100 vendors exhibited dog-related holiday and
specialty items for purchase including hand-knitted

Locally and Around The Globe…

Guess who got Dogs prove more

a puppy! effective than pills!
Sorry, no. Not the Obamas. It was Vice
President-elect Joe Biden, who picked out a
German Shepherd puppy from a breeder in
Chester County, Pa., last weekend.
The story was first reported by the Local
Daily News in West Chester. Biden’s wife
Jill had promised her husband he could
have a new puppy if he and Barack Obama
won the election. She even taped photos
of various dog breeds on Biden’s campaign
The Bidens won’t take delivery of the new
dog until after the inauguration next month Research shows that dog owners make
-- and after he’s undergone some training fewer visits to the doctor and have a more
by the breeder. Biden’s granddaughters active lifestyle. UBC professor and author
will pick a name. Stanley Coren says dogs work better than
Photo by Linda Brown OK, now it’s the President-elect’s turn. Prozac, a prescription antidepressant -- and
that’s no exaggeration.
According to a study published recently in
the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, the
Dog Trainers Seminar Comes to RI positive effects of having a familiar, friendly
In the spring of 2009 the Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club Inc. will host its first dog close by include lowered blood pressure,
“The Little Rhodie Bully Breed Club Inc. Presents: The Dog Trainers Depot” slowed heart beat and more relaxed muscles
quarterly seminar in an effort to provide educational workshops for anyone -- all signs of reduced stress.
interested in learning about dogs. Trainers, behaviorists, vet technicians, Unlike prescription medications, the positive
groomers, dog sports enthusiasts and the general public are invited to join us effects of having a beloved canine close by
at the Cranston Country Club in Cranston, RI for a sit-down luncheon buffet are also achieved much faster than pills. It
and a fun, informational session on all things dogs. Session topics include took only five to 24 minutes for people to ex-
training and handling techniques, holistic care, shelter management, pet hibit signs of reduced stress when they were
photography, information on dog-related enterprise, and much more! All with their dog, compared with the days
proceeds go to helping homeless bully breeds in need. For information on or weeks it can take before people benefit
speaking at a seminar, or sponsoring our event, please contact Susan Parker from the effects anit-depresants, according
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George originally won the cover position when his mom Brooke bid on the
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cover once again.
We recently caught up with George on one of his daily outings with Scratch &

Sniff Dog Excursions. We met George and the Scratch & Sniff folks on their
private fields in Rehoboth, MA. When George arrived, he excitedly hopped
from the sniff mobile and immediately began greeting us, his own personal
photo crew. Of course we were no match for what he was really there for, a

full on frolic fest with his other dog buddies! After some time, things began
to settle down and George let us know he was ready for his close up!

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Why Do You may be sitting around this holiday

season…with a few days off…avoiding
holiday shopping. In your procrastina-
tion, you may notice your pet doing weird

They Do
things. Or maybe you’ve always seen these
things and have just wondered “why do
they do that?”

Well, this article is intended to provide you
some quick answers so you can get out
there and buy your pet some new toys for
under the tree.

Why do dogs walk in Why do dogs kick out behind

a circle before they them after they urinate
lie down? or defecate?
There are a few thoughts behind this
This is probably an evolutionary one. One is that the dog is trying to
behavior left over from wolf spread around the chemical message
ancestors. Wolves instinctively circle they just deposited, for maximum
to create a nest in brush, snow, grass, communication possibility to anyone who
or other bedding. Some believe the may come upon the location. Whether it’s
circling also allows them to scan for feces or urine, excrement contains a lot of
danger, but since wolves will not curl up information. Another thought is that the animal
and sleep soundly if they sense danger, this is leaving a visual marker on the ground with all that
theory is not likely. Your dog is essentially flattening disrupted earth that will signal others to come over and
an evolutionary nest in brush that isn’t really there. check out this spot. A third thought is that the kick-
ing is a visual signal to anyone who might be looking.
Many dogs will kick out and hold their legs out and
Why do cats breathe with their head high and look around as if to say: “Everybody see
mouth slightly open after smelling that? I just crapped on the grass! Yeah, that’s right, it’s
my grass now! You see that?” Personally, I believe it’s
certain smells? all of the above.
This is called a Flehmen response (I call it smell
tasting!). Many animals do it, including horses and
elephants. The animal is curling back their upper lip Why do pets lick themselves?
to transfer molecules from the chemical signal they Pets don’t typically use toilet tissue after they relieve
have detected, like urine, to their vomeronasal organ themselves, so they may just be cleaning up. The other
(VNO) or Jacobson’s organ. The VNO is a chemical answer? Because they can! Yes, animals masturbate
receptor that provides certain information about the – they just aren’t very private about it. I had a client
animal who left behind the chemical signal, such as whose female dog would get excited whenever guests
estrus, physiological state of an animal, how long ago came over and she would sit in the dining room and lick
the animal passed by, etc. You can try this yourself,
herself (the dog would, not the owner).
but you’ll just look really odd because humans do not
They called it dinner and a show!
have a VNO.
Why do dogs howl at sirens and all. Powder smells great to us; rotten squirrel
smells great to a dog.
or music?
Dogs and wolves howl as a form of long-distance com-
munication to gather as a group, identify the group, or Why do cats knead soft things?
indicate loneliness. When one howls, the others often Kittens instinctively knead their mommy’s belly to
instinctively join in. When dogs hear sirens or music stimulate milk production during nursing. This behavior
(particularly from reed instruments), the sounds may is often retained into adulthood, and when a cat steps
contain certain characteristics similar to a howl that on something soft they may automatically start knead-
triggers the dog to howl along. Some dogs are more ing. No, they aren’t waiting for milk to come out of the
prone to this, while others will never do it. It is inter- couch – it’s more like a comforting feeling. “Ahhhh,
esting to note, that you can always hear a dog when yeeeeessss, that’s nice….” I especially enjoy it when
it howls along with a siren or singing or music. Why? my cat kneads on my stomach…makes me think about
Dogs purposefully change the pitch or tone of their howl joining a gym…
to be different from that which they are howling along
with. This is probably to allow others to identify mul- Our pets display many odd behaviors that captivate
tiple participants within the group howl. and intrigue humans. Pay special attention to your pet
this holiday season and watch out of interesting behav-
iors. You may just be seeing evolutionary behaviors in
Why do dogs roll in dead things? action. Or your pet may just be really odd…Either way,
Dogs are predators, and predators instinctively do not happy holidays to all, and to all (circle, circle, circle) a
want to be detected. What prey animal would be afraid good night.
of a dead bird? Or a pile of horse manure? Dogs love
to roll in stinky things to cover up their own scent. This Katenna Jones, ScM, Associate CAAB, CABC, CPDT
is especially true of hunting dogs, and even more so
Humane Educator, AHA (
after they have just returned from the groomer. There’s
Owner, Best Behavior, LLC
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Feral cats spend their whole lives outside. They can be With the cold weather upon us, there are a few simple steps you can
found all over the country, from cities to farmland and New take for the outdoor cats in your neighborhood to ensure a safer and
England is no exception. They are members of the domestic warmer winter this year.
cat species, but are not socialized to humans, and so they
live amongst their own in “colonies.” Step one:
Build an outdoor shelter.
While these hardy felines are accustomed to the outdoors, Shelters built specifically for feral cats guarantee a warm spot to
Americans still care about them. My organization, Alley Cat escape the harsh winter weather and help deter the cats from places
Allies, estimates that millions of people help these cats, by they are not wanted. Shelters are easy and inexpensive to build. You
setting out food or water or organizing Trap-Neuter-Return can use the plans available at, or modify a pre-built
programs to improve their lives and stop the breeding cycle. dog-house.

If you don’t believe

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you’re already an advocate.
Over 70% of cats who enter
our nation’s animal control
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That number jumps to virtually
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Go to
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A good-sized shelter is about two feet by three feet and 18 inches high. The door
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Step three:
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Use insulated containers to keep canned food from freezing, or replace it with dry
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Try to keep to a regular feeding schedule every day. The cats will come to expect
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Step four:
Get educated.
Educate your family and your neighbors about the habits of outdoor cats during
the winter. Check under the car before starting it, as cats will sometimes crawl into
the engine or hide underneath for warmth. Remember that antifreeze is lethal to
cats and other animals, so keep it out of reach.
Prevent another “kitten season” by getting the cats neutered now. Cats have a
63-day gestation period and usually mate in winter. A local volunteer group
practicing Trap-Neuter-Return may be able to help. Or visit our web site, www., for more information about starting a Trap-Neuter-Return program
in your community.

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”There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. ~Henry David Thoreau

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that we can take to help the plight of animals in our state. ate floor; however, the bill, along with many other bills, was
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For example, Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield,
North Smithfield), a longtime champion of animal rights in Nonetheless, in spite of political roadblocks, there has been
the Senate, has re-introduced a bill relating to the matter of meaningful legislation introduced and important animal pro-
tethering dogs outside, penned, or caged for extended periods tection laws brought to the forefront in recent years in Rhode
of time in temperatures that are beyond the standard as Island, including the gas chamber ban in RI, which made RI
defined by the Tufts Animal Care and Condition Scale. Senator only one of a half dozen states to place a ban on that barbaric
Tassoni recently stated, “It amounts to nothing short of cruelty method of euthanization as well as a law making spaying/
when someone tethers a dog outside for long periods of time, neutering cats mandatory in RI. Rhode Island is the first state
unsheltered, in extreme temperatures.” to have a mandatory spay/neuter law.

Now, we have a tethering bill also called the 24/7 bill that
will be re-introduced this year. Senator Tassoni’s bill will have
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the special bond that exists between humans and Nancy Messinger, who has lived in Seekonk for
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organization established to benefit the animals at editor, and her articles have appeared in The Western
the Seekonk Animal Shelter. You can purchase the Horse, New Mobility, The Providence Sunday Journal
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January 15th, 2009

of the Year
We all know someone who has given of themselves, their
time (and of their wallets) to help a dog, cat or other ani-
mals in need by volunteering at a shelter or rescue. We
think it’s time we all let them know just how appreciated
they are! So get out those pens and nominate the person
you feel deserves to be VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR!

Here’s how to win!

Write a short and to the point endorsement (500 words or
Please mail your nominations to:
less) about the man or woman you would like to nominate as
The Animal Print Magazine • P.O. Box 212
The Animal Print’s Volunteer of the Year! Make sure you tell us
Raynham, MA 02767 Or email them to:
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wonderful! The entries will be judged by a panel of professionals
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Trey is a 2 year old border collie mix .You can Emma is a beautiful border collie cross. Emma Emily is an angel with fur. She just wants to be Benny is a darling little lab/hound mix. He is
see the joy in his face and you can tell that de- is very much a lady, good in the house, with around you and cuddle. She has many years of playful and funny to watch, and he is a pure
spite his handicap, his spirit has not been bro- other dogs, cats, children, in her crate and in love left to offer. Please come by and meet this puppy. We believe that Benny would be abso-
ken. He minds very well and gets along with the car. Once she gets to know her people, sweetie. I dare you not to fall in love. Emily is lutely fabulous for some energetic kids. Please
cats, other dogs and children. Please fill out you can expect an exuberant, happy, lively fully housetrained. This girl will put a smile on fill out our adoption application on www.jen-
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Winnie is an 8-week old purebred pit bull Tyson is a big SWEETHEART! If you ask any- Sasha is absolutely gorgeous! At only 10 Sheshi is a 9 month old Brindle. We have yet
puppy. She even tries to play with the big one, they will tell you that. He loves cuddling weeks of age, Sasha is an absolute love! Her to introduce Sheshi to anything that she does
dogs and occasionally lets out her little barks and adores getting attention from his foster favorite pastimes include cuddling in warm not absolutely adore - She is great with chil-
at them. Winnie LOVES attention. At only 8 mom. Luckily for him, his adorable face makes laps, licking faces, playing with her new foster dren, cats, and dogs. This girl is FULL of love!
weeks old, this girl is full of kisses and love. everybody want to snuggle with him forever! brothers and, oh yes, eating. Sheshi is also very gentle and would do well
Trust us, this little boy will steal your heart in with children of all ages.
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Brockton Blue Dog Shelter - Brockton, MA • • 508-436-6446

Pilot is a 6 month old Pointer mix. Pilot is an Sophie is a sweet, energetic yellow lab puppy, Lizzie is a sweet kitty was abandoned as a Smokey is a happy, playful boy about 4 months
active dog, with a lot of energy for long walks about 8 months old. She loves children and baby outside our dog shelter and now wants old who needs a good home. He is ready for
or runs on a leash. He gets along great with playing with people and other dogs. Sophie a real forever home of her own. Now a happy, adoption. Please come to meet Smokey or any
other dogs, and as been around children as has had some obedience training and would playful 4 months old, Lizzie is ready for adop- of the other kittens during any regular shelter
young as 7 years old. He is still learning crate love to have a new family that can continue tion. hours.
training and housebreaking. Pilot would make her training and give her lots of love and ex-
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Mansfield Animal Shelter - Mansfield, MA • 508.261.7339 •

Tank is a one year old, male, lab mix. He’s a Hollister is approximately two years old. He Panda is a year and a half old, black and Pocus is a sweet, two year old female Domestic
friendly boy, but he will need some training. is very friendly. He is waiting for the perfect white, Border collie mix. She knows basic Short Hair. This pet is up to date with routine
Tank still has lots of puppy energy. Tank gets family to save him this holiday season. This pet commands like “down” and “up.” Panda gets shots. This pet is already house trained. This
along with children, and with most dogs. is up to date with routine shots. This pet has along with children and with some dogs, but pet has been altered.
been altered. not as well with cats.

Charlestown Animal Shelter - Charlestown, RI • 401.364.1211

Joey is a handsome 5-year-old orange and Hi, my name is Coda and I’m a 4-year-old Sunshine is a handsome orange tabby about Henry is a 5 year old Treeing Walker Coon-
white male cat. He is a very sweet guy. He is male Australian Shepherd. My only goal in life 2-3 years old. He is very playful and friendly. hound. He likes people, enjoying long walks
ready for to move on to a forever home where is to please my owner. I love long walks and Already neutered and up to date on routine and would be a wonderful addition to your
he will have special people of his own. to be brushed. I am already crate trained and vaccinations. home.
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Scituate Dog Pound - Clayville, RI • 401.647.7200 •

Shane is a very sweet boy, all white with beau- Margo is about a year old. She is a very friend- Betty Boop will sit on command if you offer Blossom is quiet senior lap cat that purrs very
tiful blue eyes. He is however very timid in his ly kitty. She is looking for her forever home. me some yummy treats and I take them from loudly with contentment and enjoys human
foster home and needs a quiet loving patient Could you be her forever home? you very politely. I am a sweet girl. I even let companionship. She is a very lovable and af-
soul to help him feel secure safe and loved one of the volunteers here slip my head and fectionate kitty. Blossom still has spunk left in
again. He has live with many cats and dogs paws into one of those doggie sweaters so we her. She will follow you around when she’s not
in the past. could go out in the cold, but it was too small sleeping and loves attention, petting and giv-
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Protect your Pet from

The Animal Print along with the
Humane Society of the United States
urges pet owners to take extra precautions
this winter to ensure the safety of their
companion animals. Here are a few tips
to help you do just that! 

Don’t Leave Pets Outdoors Keep Away From Antifreeze

When The Temperature Drops. Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that can at-
Dogs and cats are safer indoors, except when taken out for tract animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and
supervised exercise. all household chemicals) out of reach. Better yet, use antifreeze-
coolant made with propylene glycol, which is less toxic in small
1. Regardless of the season, shorthaired, very young, or old dogs amounts than traditional ethylene glycol antifreeze.
and all cats should never be left outside without supervision.
2. Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the Provide A Dry Dog House.
No matter what the temperature, wind chill can threaten a pet’s
winter because keeping warm depletes energy.
life. A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If
3. You might also want to put a sweater on your older or short your dog spends significant time outdoors, however, he/she must
haired pup - and it’s not just a fashion statement...they can get be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse that is large enough to
cold too allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably, but small enough to
4. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches
is fresh and unfrozen. off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The
house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the door-
5. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the way should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.
Check Your Car. The best prescription for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat
Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are those who
may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside
bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your the rest of the time. Dogs and cats are social animals who crave
engine. human companionship. Your animal companions deserve to live
Wipe Those Paws. indoors with you and your family.
The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate
the pads of your pet’s feet and may be harmful if ingested. Wipe the
feet with a damp towel before your pet licks them to remove snow
packed between your pet’s paws. Pet-friendly ice melts are available A portion of this article was reprinted with permission from the
at many pet supply stores across the nation or online. US Humane Socity. For more info visit
{Wandering Tails} by Mike Fink
haunted by a horse
M y phantom album includes pet pony. She inscribed it on her
canaries and rabbits, doves tea-cup, as her
and dogs, parakeets and personal logo. She identified with
goldfish, mice and things rescued its will to work, no matter the
from the biology lab. But this weather, with blinders on, within
story is about a pet horse that I a routine of service. She crafted a
met only in ghostly form. As a large mosaic table to stand by the
family memory. As a story told by hearth, the way her childhood horse
the fireside, and written and illus- had stood by the open fire at the
trated in an article due to appear in stove on long, bitter nights. Her
a magazine dedicated to gentle care character, like her younger brother,
for horses of all kinds. My tale was deeply influenced by that mild
begins in wintry Montreal. but mammoth ally from the north-
My grandfather had moved to land. Betty never, ever, complained
Quebec from a village in Rumania, about the winter, she strode through
near the border of Russia. He the snow with zest and zing, like
depended upon his pet horse for that beloved being from her
his work as a coal merchant. But girlhood.
the faithful beast added warmth Do I exaggerate? Or am I exploring
and character to the house as well. the spirit of the proud but patient
Through the long Canadian win- steed? Ah, what have we lost in sur-
ters, a horse can pull a wagon over rending what is natural to all things
the snow, and its friendship can mechanical, technical, convenient
add spiritual companionship and without responsibility, disposable
physical heat to the dwelling shared without regret? In the bible, and
by man and animal. in folklore, the horse can speak
This grandfather had daughters and illustration by herbert l. fink and give good counsel. And so, that
one son, his lastborn, charged with the job of feeding the breathing hot-blooded but kindly creature from a frigid
oats and hay to the large creature by the stove. “Now, space says out of its time to me, “Remember how close
don’t just throw the grasses at him. Hand them politely, we were, once upon a time, thou and I, and be proper and
courteously. He helps us and we must respect him and thoughtful to all who share your places upon this planet.”
treat him with affection.” My only maternal uncle often I welcome the pets I have shared with my children and
reminded me of that boyhood theme of his recall. And cared for as best I could. I learned how to save the life of
he was a fine narrator of such yarns, patient and quiet in a goldfish or a squirrel. How to grieve for the victims of
the delivery. He learned his personality from the horse. cruelty or neglect, or just the speed of passing cars
In a way. on a busy road. I have rescued cats abandoned on a
Now, my mother (her name was Betty, in its American major highway.
version) moved to Rhode Island when she married. Like But my grandfather’s horse haunts me privately, with regal
so many in our state who spoke some French from the dignity above them all and with nostalgia, and I pen these
provinces, mixed with the proverbs and old sayings. And phrases to bring back its soul, to inspire me through the
she missed the horse. And so, she drew and painted the cold months and in the dark moments before us.

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The Magic of Animal

Whether you know it or not, your animals are communicating But Marcie wasn’t feeling sorry for herself, not one bit. She
with you all the time. You may not be “hearing” them, because had a lot of other things to say, including the fact that she
their language is a silent one. It’s the language of telepathy, and liked pizza! I honestly thought that I must have misinterpreted
though it doesn’t necessarily express itself in familiar words, it’s this part of Marcie’s message, and was hesitant to share it with
our animals’ native tongue. Sandy. But I always try to accurately convey the information I
receive from an animal, even if it doesn’t always seem to make
As a professional animal communicator, my role is to translate sense, so I told Sandy about Marcie’s pizza vision. She laughed,
animals’ telepathic messages into everyday language, and to and said that at her house, Friday is “pizza night,” and as soon
open a window into their minds and hearts so their human as the steaming pie is served, Marcie jumps into the warm pizza
companions can better understand how profoundly their pets box and luxuriates there, while everyone else is eating!
understand them. By listening to the silence of the animals,
I am almost like their therapist: someone who can really hear My conversations with animals have taught me that it’s virtually
their thoughts and sometimes, literally feel their pain. impossible to keep a secret from them, and conversely, that they
will confide your secrets if given the opportunity!
The stories they tell me can be funny or amazing, but they
always demonstrate that animals have a sensitivity and sensibil- A few years ago, a young couple, John and Carol, asked me to
ity that exceeds anything we might have imagined. communicate with their two cats, Joe and Vito. Joe was very
sick, and the couple wanted to get his, and Vito’s, perspective on
A few months ago, during a session with a black cat named what was happening in the household.
Manny, who has cancer, I perceived that he was showing me
an image of a bridge. I assumed that perhaps he might be able During my session with Vito, he told me that he was worried,
to see a bridge from the window of his urban apartment, and because he knew that John and Carol were thinking about
mentioned that to his person, Lisa. getting another cat. When I told them about it, John and
Carol were in disbelief. They acknowledged that they wanted
“No,” Lisa said, “we can’t see a bridge from our window, but to introduce another cat into the family, but told me that they
I have been reading the poem, ‘The Rainbow Bridge,’ to him, had been extremely careful never to talk about their intention in
to let him know that it’s okay with me if he needs to go there.” front of Joe or Vito! In fact, they had only discussed it on the
Even though Manny had never actually observed an actual phone, from their respective offices, or when they were outside
bridge, he “saw” the bridge that Lisa had described in this poi- the house.
gnant poem, and let me know that he understood her message.
I explained to them that it didn’t matter one iota that they had
All I knew about another cat, Marcie, was that she had been never actually talked about the new cat out loud, because Vito
diagnosed with a terminal illness. Her person, Sandy, had not had done what cats are so good at: he had read their minds.
shared with me the nature of her cat’s physical ailment, but as He was completely aware of their plans, in spite of their efforts
soon as I connected with Marcie, she showed me that she was at secrecy!
receiving subcutaneous fluids. I was astonished when Sandy
confirmed that in fact, Marcie was suffering from Chronic When it comes to keeping your own secrets safe, I’ve learned
Renal Failure, and that she received the sub-q fluids that animals won’t necessary cooperate. We all know that ani-
every other day! mals have incredible memories, but what most people may not

realize is that animals can describe, in very vivid terms, situations in which they
were abused or badly treated, even when the mistreatment happened months or
years in the past. The perpetrator who hits a dog in the privacy of his own home
or yard may assume that no one will ever know anything about it, but given a
chance, the dog will tell all.

One of my canine clients, a feisty Scottie named “Freddy,” told me that he wanted
desperately to play with his human “brother,” Chad, and his friends, but he
showed me that when he tried to join their games, the boys smacked him on the

nose or on the side of his head, in the hopes that it would make Freddy so away. deliciously
I realized that this was a potentially dangerous situation for all concerned, and I

knew that I had to share Teddy’s story with Chad’s mother. When she received rsel

the transcript of my session with Teddy, she printed it out and showed it to Chad,
who seemed very surprised at being “caught in the act,” and exclaimed, “I’m

Chad had never stopped to think that he might really be hurting his dog, but
when he read Teddy’s uncannily accurate description what had been happening, it
touched his heart. By revealing their “secret,” Teddy had helped Chad realize that
he deserved to be treated with respect and kindness, just like any other member of at
the family. ff!

Maureen Harmonay is an animal communicator whose practice is called, “Animal

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{In Memory}

One last Kong (with peanut butter
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I will miss you…
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He made me smile and feel loved everyday...

I will miss him more then words could

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