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Berkshire Animal World The Premier Berkshire Communities Monthly All Pet AniMagazine August 2020 FOR THE LOVE OF ALL OUR PETS Animals of The Pandemic Centerfold SHELTERS RESCUES INSIDE SHOP LOCAL ADOPT LOCAL READ LOCAL

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BERKSHIRE HUMANE SOCIETY ADOPTION IS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT Virtual Josh Billings Runaground Benefits Berkshire Humane Society Harley is a 7 year old spayed female mixed breed She is a large tan dog who was surrendered because she did not like a new baby that was brought into the home She s a bit shy at first but warms up when she gets to know you Harley should be the only pet a household without young children We re hoping to find a good home for this sweet girl Contact Berkshire Humane Society at 413 447 7878 extension 126 for more information about Harley SKY is a stunning black and white 3 year old spayed female rabbit Sky needs to go home with someone who has a lot of patience She likes to be in charge but with love and time she will warm up to you Contact Berkshire Humane Society at 413 447 7878 extension 124 to learn more about Sky and how to care for her We remained open by appointment during initial stages of COVID 19 social distancing but now our main shelter at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield and our Catwalk Boutiques in Great Barrington and Lenox are open People interested in adopting an animal no longer need an appointment to view our adoptable animals but an appointment is recommended Everyone entering our facilities must wear a mask and observe social distancing and building capacity limits Our Family Dog School is back up and running and we are catching up on our low cost spay and neuter program for cats 214 Barker Road Pittsfield MA 01201 2 12532 State Route 22 Canaan NY 12029 413 446 5423 pshack413 yahoo com Hours Mon Wed Fri 8 15 5 45 Tues Thurs 8 30 4 30 Find Us on Facebook ThePackShack This year the Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon is going to the dogs and cats and bunnies The popular bike paddle and run event in Berkshire County is virtual this year and is intended to be more of a community fundraiser for local charities than an athletic competition For the first year participants and teams in the Josh are encouraged to raise money for Berkshire Humane Society We are honored to be chosen as a charity the Josh supports said John Perreault Executive Director of Berkshire Humane Society Our whole mission is about community helping homeless animals and helping pet owners keep animals in their homes This year Josh teams have from August 15 to September 13 to complete the Josh anywhere and in anyway they can Details can be found at JoshBillings com Participants can raise money for Berkshire Humane Society by choosing it as the charity to which they donate their registration fee upon registration and by soliciting donations from their friends and family Donations can be made directly to Berkshire Humane Society s Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon page at https berkshirehumane org josh billings where entrants have the option of creating their own donation page The Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon is named after humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw a humorist born in Lanesborough whose pen name was Josh Billings Billings wrote many pithy folksy sayings such as A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself In other news for the month of August Berkshire Humane Society is teaming up with WNYT NBC13 out of Albany and GreaterGood org for Clear The Shelters Desocupar Los Albergues an annual nationwide pet adoption campaign spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations a division of NBCUniversal Adopt an animal from Berkshire Humane Society in August and receive a special goody bag PAW FESSIONAL PET CARE SERVING CENTRAL COUNTY Dog Walking Daily and Overnight Pet Sits Pet Taxi Services Other Services as Requested Certified Trainer Owned and Operated Dog Daycare and Training Facility located with 6 beautiful acres on the border of Canaan NY and West Stockbridge MA MARIDAY GEYER Bonded Insured Certified Professional Pet Sitter 413 446 3336 shakerpaws gmail com www shakerpaws com

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Paws to Reflect Hello Everyone I hope everyone is healthy and safe A sincere reader pointed this out to us that something in one of our articles was insensitive In no way would we want to hurt anyone s feelings for any reason Generally we are a vehicle for writers and businesses and if we see something we deal with it We understand how powerful the written word is These times are a bit chaotic and we will keep both eyes open Thank you to our readership Please drop bywww berkshiremountainanimalworld com and like us on Facebook If you are looking for a specific animal or service call us or email We are here to help Don t forget our local businesses at this time and Stay Safe Healthy Give all your pets an extra hug from me Gayle We Are Now On FACEBOOK LIKE US Animal World Founder G Schechtman Editor Jane Nicole Writers Iris Bass Meg Caron Colleen Carpenter Charlene Marchand Thom Smith Deborah Tuttle Linda Clayton Catherine Hibbard Ron Meredith Dr Debra Primovic DVM Robert Welcome P O Box 1842 Lenox MA 01240 413 496 8188 Anlife aol com Berkshire Mountain Animal World 2018 2020 All rights reserved Berkshire Mountain Animal World is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced rewritten or photocopied without permission of the publisher Distribution is FREE in all of Berkshire County and areas in Pioneer Valley Massachusetts Northwest Hills Connecticut Columbia Rensselaer Counties in New York and the border towns of Vermont Advertising rates are based on monthly distribution Berkshire Mountain Animal World Publication is not responsible for advertising claims The advertiser is SOLELY responsible for content Berkshire Mountain Animal World reserves the right to refuse any advertising for any reason Berkshire Mountain Animal World is not responsible for errors in content made by any writers Berkshire Mountain Animal World does not endorse what is printed Year 2 Edition 25 Photo Credit pages 10 11 Top Left Stefan Heesch Top Right Jon Tyson Middle left Gabe Pierce Bottom left Christopher Furlong Bottom right AP Photo United Nations Cartoon unitednations talenthouse com CRATE OF CONTENTS Berkshire Humane Society 2 Newsbites 3 Dog Barks Dining With Your Dog By Meg Caron 4 Chatham Animal Haven Rescue to Freedom Spotlight 6 7 Tails to Tell Mitzie Pt 2 By Bob Welcome Tails to Tell This Side of Purradise By Iris Bass Columbia Green Humane Society CENTERFOLD FACES OF ANIMALS SPOTLIGHT From out Readers 8 9 10 11 12 Bird Bath Feathers By Michael Corral 13 A Guide To The Vets of Berkshire County A Guide To The Local Shelters 14 14 Freedom By Linda Clayton 14 Rescue Leagues 15 Animal Shop Marketplace 15 Animalectory 16 17 Cat s Meow Clipping Your Cat s Nails 17 18 Dog Wags Breeds Belgian Malinois World of Animals The Red Eft By Thom Smith Eft Fun Facts Websites for KIDS 18 18 19 Visit Your Community Lifestyle AniMagazine at BerkshireMountainAnimalWorld com Kindly Tell Our Wonderful Advertisers Where You Saw Their Advertisement Front Photo Credit Zetong Li from Sunnyvale California Orig inally from China works in the Silicon Valley on improving healthcare operations with Machine Learning and Software and enjoys photography 3

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www berkshiremountainanimalworld com Monthly Flipbook with Live Links Berkshire Mountain Animal World Simplebooklet com Specializing In Your Dog Services Include Day School Obedience Canine Education Day Care Day Train Options Board Train Options Group Obedience Agility Classes All of Your Canine Needs including Leashes Collars Toys Food Dishes Foods Organic Treats Unique Boutique Items and More Gift Certificates Available 200 Main Street Williamstown MA 413 458 6087 www nbk9 com Exciting Things in a Box for Young Animal Lovers Berkshire Humane Society has a new program for Look For Our Unique Directory called ANIMALECTORY on page 16 17 Websites that provide information about people and animals during Covid 19 www AKC org www avma org cdc gov www AAHA org www americanhumane org AKC CHF Coronavirus Information for Dog Owners FOOD HELP FOR PEOPLE WITH ANIMALS Berkshire Humane Society Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Columbia Green Humane Society www petpartnersberkshires org Check with Your Local Food Pantries www foodpantries org www foodbankwma org Animal Wellness Crematories children ages 8 to 12 the Compassion Club This monthly subscription is a box full of treasures for kids who love animals According to Humane Educator Lizzy Filkins We wanted to create a distance learning program that didn t involve a computer screen So inside each box are activities games a craft and much more Each month we ll partner with another non profit to enhance the curriculum The first box is offered with Mass Audubon in Lenox A subscription is 20 per month and signing up for multiple months is available Enrolled families pick up the boxes at Berkshire Humane Society s main shelter at 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield To register and for more information visit https berkshirehumane org education compassion club contact Filkins at 413 447 7878 extension 129 or email her at efilkins BerkshireHumane org 4 Doggie Day Care Dog Breeds Your Neighborhood Pet Supply Store featuring Food and Supplies Made in the USA Foods Treats Toys Essentials Gifts Natural and Organic Products Lots of Fun Stuff Dog Training Goat Products Grooming Pet Protection Pet Sitting Veterinarians Monday Friday 10am 5 30 pm Saturday 10 am 4 pm OPEN Sundays 11 am 4 pm Lenox Commons 55 Pittsfield Road Lenox MA 413 637 0800 www chezpet com Contact us at P O Box 1842 Lenox MA 01240 413 496 8188 Email at either Anlife aol com or bmanimalworld aol com

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Dog BarksDining With Your Dog By Meg Caron A s the warmer months are upon us we re able to spend more time with our dogs than ever One of my favorite pastimes is to take my pup to the nearby restaurant and sit outside and sip some beer and munch on some dinner As people pass by and notice how well behaved my pup is they offer her a pet or two This interaction is so important for her socialization She is a true ambassador for her breed as people remark at how they have always feared a Doberman and can t believe that she is so beautiful and gentle I agree Several weeks ago I convinced my daughter to take her new puppy a Chesapeake Bay Retriever out to lunch with us The two dogs sat under the table while we chatted and passed the time eating lunch This exposure for a new puppy is critical in their development The puppy modeled her behavior after the older dog So what does it take for you to take your dog out to lunch with you Many people are concerned about their dog s behavior in a public place and hesitate to embark on this awesome journey Here are four essential tips for success with this month s task 1 Feed them first If you arrive at a restaurant and your pup is hungry it may act up This could look like whining barking and begging behaviors If your dog has had their meal already they will be less likely to beg from your plate Try to avoid giving your dog food from your plate in the restaurant This will only encourage that begging behavior not only from your plate but from those you are dining with and other customers nearby 2 Make them tired This is a great first step before you do anything with your dog Your dog has been home all day waiting for you and they have stored up a lot of energy Consider what your dog looks like at home when full of energy and imagine the challenge in a tight space at a restaurant Waitstaff will become frustrated with a dog that is pacing and whining Managing to expend some of that excess energy makes your pup more likely to fall asleep under the table 3 Do a little research I have discovered my new favorite app It s called BringFido This app will help you locate great places to bring your dog complete with reviews of the locations Even without the app if the location has outdoor seating you can call ahead and ask if the location is dog friendly There is also a website dogfriendly com that will list restaurants beaches and parks that are dog friendly If you are someone that travels with your dog these two apps are invaluable 4 Bring your own bowls and distractions Some waitstaff will provide you with a bowl for your dog but don t count on it Having your own bowl for water is an outstanding idea Sitting still while you and your companions enjoy a leisurely meal can get boring for most dogs Having an indestructible chew toy or a tough to chew treat will keep your pup satisfied when times get a little boring Having a favorite toy will also make the situation a positive one for your dog Being still with a lot of noise strange people and tantalizing scents all the while being on their best behavior can become stressful for a lot of dogs Having a favorite toy will only make the situation more favorable for your dog Know your dog The basic commands of sit stay down should all be reliable for the dog A dog that jumps at you while eating at home is a guarantee that they will do it at a restau rant at you and others Any dog in this situation should always remain on a leash regardless of how well trained they may be Remember that you are representing all dog owners The proprietors of restaurants are not required to offer the privilege of eating out with your dog and can withdraw that offer at any time An unpleasant experience with someone s pet can ruin it for everyone Be prepared to leave if things are not working out Having a positive experience is critical to success Perhaps your first visit is only for fifteen minutes If it is successful that means you ll be able to go out for twenty minutes next time Alpha K9 can help you with developing the skills to bring your dog out in public Many obstacles can crop up that provide opportunities for training and socialization Check out our Facebook page at Alpha K9 and tell us your favorite restaurants to take your dog in this area For any more information or questions please contact Meg Caron of Alpha K9 Meg has been a professional trainer and behaviorist in the area for over 20 years Meg offers personalized instruction to address all behavior problems that might come up for you or your dog You can reach Alpha K9 at 518 392 0263 or mcaron592 gmail com Mention that you saw this article and receive 15 off your next training appointment 5

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Open 7 days a week VCA All Caring Animal Hospital Conventional Holistic Veterinary Medicine Acupuncture Class 4 Laser for Healing House Calls on Tuesdays 440 Stockbridge Road Great Barrington MA 413 528 8020 www vcaallcaring com Offering Salon Services Playcare and Training for THE TRI STATE AREA S PETS SALON 75 YEARS COMBINED EXPERIENCE 2 CERTIFIED PET AESTHETICIANS ON STAFF COMFORT GROOMS A SPECIALTY CAT GROOMING AVAILABLE PLAYCARE STAFFED WITH CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS OPEN 5 DAYS WEEK TO APPROVED DOGS TRAINING 6 WEEK SESSIONS RUN CONTINUOUSLY THROUGH THE YEAR EARLY PUPPY BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED OBEDIENCE AND MORE For more information on our services please see our website www bowmeowregency com Check us out on Facebook Contact us at 413 229 0035 or by email at bowmeowregency yahoo com 6 Chatham Animal Haven Rescue to Freedom Spotlight Last October Chatham Animal Haven received a call about a flock of bantam chickens that were desperate for a home Their people had been suffering with health issues and were no longer able to take care of them There were eleven Mom and dad and 9 babies EIGHT of the babies were roosters A big snow storm was slated for the area very soon so we quickly cleaned up a temporary area for them They currently had no shelter and no way of getting in out of the cold and snow and we knew they would probably perish in the impending storm Taking in that many roosters together can be dicey especially if there are also females Luckily for all involved the boys all got along very well till Spring A few skirmishes here and there but nothing that seemed deadly to anyone However having 2 females amongst 9 males is not very kind to the girls As the weather turned warmer we began looking for homes for some of the boys Artemus and Alfons joined an all female flock locally and are in seventh heaven in their new home They have loads of space and lots of girlfriends who dote on them constantly Rudy joined two hens at Colleen s house He and Lacey are inseparable and are the cutest couple you could ever hope to see Randy and Dandy went to Colleen s mom s barn where they joined a couple hens a goat 2 turkeys a potbelly pig and a pigeon They are happy and comfortable in their new home The parents Mr Darcy and Pepper are still at the Haven with sons Edwin Yankee Doodle the Reverend and daughter Sitta They enjoy an enclosed run safe from predators and bad weather We never knew bantams were so full of personality These guys are SO friendly some more than others here s looking at YOU Edwin and are such a joy to cuddle and love on They really enjoy being held and pet We are only able to take in animals such as the bantams with continued financial help from the community Please consider a tax deductible donation today PO Box 49 Chatham NY 12037 or thru paypal using our email address chathamanimalhaven gmailcom Thank you

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Tails to Tell A Cat Named Mitzie By Bob Welcome Part II What a transformation I could hardly believe the way she finally accepted me Mitzie was developing into a nice pet On another occasion she had acquired an unusual neighborhood animal friend a skunk To see them together their body shapes and the way they walked side by side the only thing they had in common was their colors both black and white We learned of her having a skunk friend when one particular evening they walked together out from behind some bushes then walked within a few feet of us myself Janice and two neighbors then they strolled together through the neighborhood Mitzie reached a point where there was no question about her being pregnant And she was building a nest It was in a darkened area on the floor of a hardly used closet Every evening she would disappear for about an hour So I followed her and saw her nest It was a job well done She had managed to find some paper tear it into small pieces and form a two inch thick fluffy bedding for her yet to be born kittens We wondered and never knew where she got the paper to make her nest until a few months after her kittens were born Near her nest on the floor of the closet was an old large book about 12 by eight inches and two inches thick Mitzie managed to open the book which had a thick heavy cover The she d scratch tore and chewed only the inside area of the pages These pages were extensively shredded into hundreds of small pieces Then she had closed the cover With the cover closed no one could tell that the inside was gutted all the outside areas of the pages were completely untouched Very clever for a cat But why There s a lot of room for thought here We have to wonder why Mitzie thought it necessary to close the book Maybe she had a conscious mind set to make the book look the way it was before unspoiled Her nest was on the floor a few feet away from the book One thing for certain she was a resourceful and intelligent cat And she became an exceptional pet one of the family This other behavior of Mitzie s is also interesting When she was ready to deliver her kittens she wanted me to know and to be with her She came into our kitchen area where I was sitting having my supper And she was meowing non stop Then she made head motions looking at me and then toward where she was going So I followed her She took me to her nest and started delivering her kittens Mitzie definitely had bonded with me and the family as well She was very protective of her kittens One day two dogs entered our backyard and approached the kittens She furiously went after them her front legs and sharp claws flailing in the air at their faces The dogs were completely taken by surprise with Mitzie s speed and wildness They were both yipping One had a bleeding nose They left in a hurry Considering Mitzie s more domestic nature she liked it when I would wiggle a string in the air and on the floor She would try to catch it and hook it with her claw Then it would be a tug of war If I would say Mitzie let s play string games she knew exactly what it meant and would go sit by the area where I kept the string in a drawer She also liked to box If I said Mitzie let s box She would spring right up on her hind legs with remarkable balance This I did not do very often because I had to wear thick gloves And even then her sharp claws would sometimes come through the gloves She was a natural born outstanding boxer As Mitzie got older she had arthritis in her shoulder and hip joints So while watching TV in the evening she would come to my chair to be picked up and put on my lap Because of the pain in her joints I would pick her up slowly and carefully Then I would massage her joints And sometimes I would cover her with a small blanket She greatly enjoyed the warmth and the special massage treatment It eased her pain When she was about 18 19 years old our veterinarian informed us that Mitzie had cancer And it was systemic spreading throughout her digestive and intestinal systems She was suffering with continual pain Therefore Janice and I decided to have her put asleep She died peacefully It was emotional for both of us She came to us in 1984 and passed on in the winter of 2003 And now after 17 years we still miss having her as one of the family So Mitzie lives on within us in lasting phantom memories More than anything else Mitzie showed me or taught me a lot about animal and human interactive behavior I hope for her that she is in cat spiritual heaven if there is one We have learned that animals have emotional feelings and souls Wood Hill Veterinary Clinic OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK Like us on Facebook 650 ROUTE 295 OLD CHATHAM 518 392 6224 WOODHILLVETCLINIC COM 7

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Tails to Tell This Side of Purradise by Iris Bass When Kitty Is Your Coworker Remember My dog ate my homework Well for some it may legitimately have become My cat deleted my file or chewed my recharger cord or hid my mouse No joke If studying or working from home is new to you it may be difficult to establish boundaries that will create the least distraction for you and the safest environment for both Kitty and your equipment Speaking as a publishing professional who has worked from home for decades here are some tips that I ve employed even pre pandemic The ideal is to have a dedicated pet free room in which to study or work But if this isn t possible make it a priority to catproof your busy zone Closely observe what kinds of mischief Kitty may get up to there both while you are working and after you have left the area Some cats chew on wiring or paper or disconnect plugs others may eat such things as rubber bands or make off with small objects still others like to crawl into spaces where they don t really belong in the photo Baby adopted years ago from NYC s Bide a Wee shelter tried filing herself away Especially disruptive to computers or phones is a cat that presses touch screens buttons or keys Baby s twin Sophie loved to sit on my lap and to pound on the keyboard just like Mama My solution Swiveling her to face ME Many issues have simple solutions from keeping small items likely to be swallowed or stolen in a container or drawer Kitty can t open to covering papers or small devices not in immediate use with an overturned pan or bin Wiring can be blocked off or concealed ask hardware stores for appropriate tubing and check out their babyproofing aisle too I ve found inexpensive wire closet kitchen shelving easy to position remove using binder clips the perfect means to fence off outlet areas etc while permitting air flow A fleece blanket kitty bed or cat size carton placed close by along with some toys may satisfy your cat s need to be near you without begging for your attention Other items could do the trick Daphne pictured in last month s column loves to sit even sleep on a pair of my slippers If it is hard to video conference without Kitty stealing the show you may need to relegate your cat to another area entirely during such times even if you share your workspace when the camera s off Or see whether you can schedule these communications for periods when Kitty customarily naps e g early afternoon Whether you have a pet or not it is important to take breaks from your work to stretch rest your eyes or just mentally unwind a bit Especially if you are the only human sheltering in your home it s healthy physically and emotionally for both you and Kitty to connect wirelessly via talking playing petting grooming and snuggling together Who knows sharing the same space for so much longer a day than before may open up all new aspects of your relationship And if you DON T have a feline companion isn t this a good time to adopt one Iris Bass coauthor of the CatLover s Daily Companion shares her Lee home with five shelter cats Her articles follow the special human feline bond at Purradise the Berkshire Humane Society Cat Adoption Center located in Great Barrington MA For adoptions please contact Berkshire Humane Society located in Pittsfield MA directly at 413 447 7878 or check out its website at https berkshirehumane org 8 STONEWOOD GERMAN SHEPHERD KENNELS Where quality puppies come to life Breeding for Good Temperament Excellent Bloodlines AKC Registered Mark Newton Like Us On Facebook 413 446 8261 markspetcare gmail com 37 Johnson Road Latham New York 12110 518 785 3756 Animal Support Certified Essential Oil Coach Offering Essential Oil Therapy to Animals Education Referral Service In Home Therapy Sessions Raindrop Technique 518 929 5870 www TheArtofDropping gmail com Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Erica Bell 413 269 6249 southernberkshirepetsitting com

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Soft Paws By Charlene Marchand 125 Humane Society Rd Hudson NY 12534 518 828 6044 Open daily Tuesday Saturday 11 30 4 https cghs org Boarding and Daycare remain the same and the food bank is open 7 days a week Please call with any questions Dogs love dens They go together like kids and candy They re meant for each other My wolfy babies love to stretch out under tables and scrunch under bureaus and beds if they can squeeze in When outside they curl up under trees with low hanging branches big bushes and the small space under the back stoop When my pups were three weeks old I put chairs and small doorless crates in the play room and consistently find the kids snuggled under and in these man made dens In my family room a Great Dane crate with the door open is a permanent fixture When the gang comes in after dinner my new to the household guests are amused and fascinated to watch four adult German Shepherd Dogs trying to cram into the crate first to claim ownership Many years past the advent of the crate as a housebreaking tool revolutionized early potty training Most raised in the home breeders like myself introduced the little ones to nighttime crating at seven to eight weeks of age My pups were put to bed on newspapers and a soft towel accompanied by their bit sized shank bones Each animal had his or her own den never two pups in the same crate Whimpers alerting us to the call were responded to by lights on followed by the potty run With luck we d all settle in for another 2 to 3 hours of shut eye Occasionally there was a miss the misses were ignored the not so silent signal to go was consistently rewarded and our overachieving canine kids were well on their way to learning the intricacies of bowel and bladder control i e to hold it In addition to a positive and effective housebreaking tool most crate trained pups grew up to be relaxed and reliable house dogs with or without access to their youthful cherished dens Unless and here comes the inevitable unless this practice was carried to the extreme the old too much of a good thing motto Like the delicate juggling act which must be rehearsed daily for us to maintain balance in all things responsibility must be assumed by us for our beloved companions especially where crating and time decisions are concerned Those beautiful accurate visual images of a den of wolves coyotes foxes and more instinctual by nature can be tainted by inappropriate and excessive confinement decisions made on behalf of our domesticated dogs We are presently facing a crating crisis an epidemic called too much of a good thing gone bad Crates are safe havens with consistent rewards never to be used as punishment The cardinal rule is always one dog per crate Separate and equal make for pack compatible living relationships among multiple canine households Don t overdo a good thing Feel free to call us with any questions at 518 828 6044 or visit our website at www cghs org Our Food Bank is open to any from the public in need of pet food or for those wishing to donate food from 11 30 a m to 4 00 p m daily All of our cats and kittens are Furrever Free with all expenses paid Spay neuter clinics for cats are 86 00 male or female including a rabies vaccination and a 5 in 1 feline distemper combination vaccination Nail clipping services are available every Saturday from 10 to 11 a m at the shelter for a donation of 10 for cats and 15 for dogs currently prepaid only Charlene Marchand is the Chairperson of the Columbia Greene Humane Society SPCA Board of Directors She may be contacted at cghsaaron gmail com Meet Keelee a strikingly good looking Domestic Shorthair tiger cat pictured with CGHS SPCA Animal Care Technician Olivia Elliot If you re looking for a snuggly feline companion to keep you company during quarantine and for years after Keelee is the cat for you She s four years old litter trained and super affectionate She s made CGHS her home for the last two weeks having to come here due to her owners having to relocate We think that Keelee will fit right into any household Meet Capone aka the sweetest dog on the planet picturedwith CGHS SPCA Adoption Counselor Andrea Balli Capone is an 8 year old American Staffordshire Terrier who if given the chance will snuggle with you all day long He s incredibly friendly with other dogs and wants to make all the friends he possibly can Unfortunately he prefers an adult household being too active for small children We re sure that after just one meeting with him you ll fall head over heels for this sweet guy http www taizeshepherdkennel com 9

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The United Nations in Quarantine 10 www unitednations talenthouse com

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Animal Faces of Covid and people too 11

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From Our Readership Memorial Thomas J Rosselli from Dolly May May 1 2005 Aug 7 2020 Family Chatham Animal Haven Latham New York owner of Georgios Hair Salon in Latham Her name is Josie she is Thomas s second fur baby named after my mom Josephine Her birthday was July 4th and she just turned a year old Gigi his first fur baby was on the cover of Animal World last year in April Gigi s mother and Josie s mother are sisters so they are first cousins They are purebred Havannese breeds and they are definitely the love of his life Reliable Pet Sitting Company PET SITTING DOG WALKING Maryann Hyatt Owner INSURED BONDED 413 329 5127 P O Box 232 Pittsfield MA 01201 mhyattreliablepetsitting gmail com Serving Berkshire County since 1997 12

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BIRD BATHElizabeth Tullett DVM Feathers By Michael Corral F eathers are the unique characteristic of birds all birds have feathers Birds are egg laying like reptiles and warm blooded like mammals but it is the feather that sets them apart Active animals must be ready to go at all times to do so https www freepik com macrovector they need to maintain a constant internal temperature In cool weather most reptiles are rather sluggish but one group over 160 million years ago evolved to keep their temperature constant and therefore be active in any weather These reptiles evolved into birds So feathers evolved for warmth but their light strong structure allowed their forelimbs to create enough surface area to glide and eventually fly Feathers can also be highly colored and take fantastic shapes which allow them to display like no other group of organisms Evolutionary structures that serve more than one purpose give an added edge to survival feathers give birds warmth flight and the ability to communicate and that has made birds the most successful of land vertebrates The feather emerges from the skin in much the same way as the reptilian scale except the avian scale in the form of a sheath eventually splits open and a tightly rolled structure the feather unfolds Like the scale in reptiles or nails in mammals the blood supply is cut off and it remains embedded in the skin as a non living product of a cell All feathers are built around a central structure called a rachis and attached to both sides are vanes made of many barbs The most easily observed feathers are those covering the body called contour feathers In these feathers the barbs have small projections on each side that allow them to attach to each other velcro style forming a vane on each side of the rachis The other common feather lies underneath the contour feather the down feather In these feathers the rachis is soft and short and the barbs do not attach this makes them fluffy and able to trap air down feathers are very good insulators Although designed to be light feathers add considerable weight to a bird the Bald Eagle has over 7 000 feathers which weighs more than twice the skeleton When not eating flying or sleeping birds attend to their feathers in a number of ways The most common is preening Removing dirt straightening and zip locking contour feathers is part of their daily routine many times after bathing in water or dust Birds also use their beak to apply oil to their feathers Unlike humans who have oil glands spread throughout their skin birds have one large oil gland on their rump and it is the oil from this gland that keeps feathers supple and shiny But even the cleanest feathercoat harbors a host of parasites called collectively feather mites These mites must be annoying because birds actively try to rid themselves of them by some very odd practices like sunbathing hanging upside down and every more peculiar anting Birds have been observed to pick up ants and rub them deeply into their feathers and also disturb an ant nest so the ants will attack the bird in the process they either eat the mites or release formic acid which will kill the mites Even with the best of care feathers get worn out and most species replace their feathers in a process called molting at least once a year Probably the most simple method of molting is done by penguins who haul out on land after the breeding season and in the space of three weeks have their new feathers replace the old Like penguins most birds molt after the breeding season but their molt is more complicated because they still need to fly so over a month or two they gradually replace their feathers We shall see in the next article called Color Camouflage and Communication the important role feathers play in the life of birds 289 Dalton Avenue Pittsfield MA 01201 Phone 413 443 4949 Fax 413 443 8500 Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture www allenheights com BREEZY NOOK PET CREMATORIUM LTD Established in 1997 Where your feelings are understood and your presence is always welcome 452 Presbyterian Hill Road Stephentown New York 12168 518 733 9896 Georgi Beebe Jack s Galore Matching you with the right rescue Jack A family run Jack Russell Terrier Rescue Bebe Suzie Find us on Facebook or jacksgalore org 13

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A Guide To The Veterinarians of Berkshire County Go to individual websites for full information and all services Allen Heights Veterinary Hospital 289 Dalton Ave Pittsfield MA 413 443 4949 www allenheights com Berkshire Barks Purrs Advanced Mobile Vet Care 833 VET BARK 838 2275 www berkshirebarkspurrs com Animalkind Inc Sand Road Animal Hospital 721 Warren Street 136 Sand Road Falls Village CT 860 824 5223 www sandroadanimals com South Street Veterinary Hospital 864 South St Pittsfield MA 413 443 9069 www southstreetveterinaryserBerkshire Veterinary Clinic vices com 720 1 2 Crane Ave Pittsfield VCA All Caring Animal MA Hospital 413 499 2820 440 Stockbridge Rd www berkshirevet com Great Barrington MA Bilmar Veterinary Services 776 Main Street Great Barrington MA 413 528 1180 www bilmarvet com Blandford Animal Hospital 40 Woronoco Rd Rt 23 Blandford MA 413 848 2057 www blandfordanimalhospital com Greylock Animal Hospital 1028 State Road North Adams MA 413 663 5365 www greylockanimalhospital com Hilltowns Veterinary Clinic 133 S Washington State Rd Washington MA 413 623 5329 wwww hilltownsvetclinic com NEW LISTING OUR LOCAL SHELTERS 413 528 8020 www vcahospitals com Wood Hill Animal Hopital 650 NY 295 Old Chatham NY 518 392 6224 www woodhillvetclinic com Hudson NY 12546 518 822 8643 Berkhire Humane Society 145 N Whitney Street Amherst MA 01002 413 253 4894 Dakin Animal Shelter 43 Sczgiel Road Ware Ma 413 967 9088 214 Baker Road Pittsfield MA 01201 413 447 7878 171 Union Street Springfield MA 413 781 4000 163 Montague Road Leverett MA 413 548 9898 Columbia Greene Humane 111 Humane Society Road Hudson New York 518 828 6044 Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter 875 Crane Ave Pittsfield MA 413 448 9800 Everybunny Counts Rabbit Rescue 618 Matthews St Bristol CT 06010 Facebook Everybunnycounts Animal Communication with Linda Clayton Geminis Pampered Greyhounds Luluherself gmail com Blog animalstalk2me wordpress com 3 Oakland Ave Menands New York 12204 518 434 8128 Mutt Rescue 102 Grove Street Chicopee MA 01020 413 594 8144 Greyhound Options House Rabbit Connection PO Box 2602 Woburn MA 01888 781 431 1211 Kanes Krusade P O Box 1085 East Longmeadow MA 01028 Lttle Guild of St Francis 285 Sharon Goshen Turnpike West Cornwall CT 860 672 6346 Second Chance Animal Center 1779 VT 7A Arlington Vermont 05250 802 375 2898 Thomas J O Conner Animal Control Adoption Center 627 Cottage Street Springfield MA 01104 413 781 1484 Westfield Homeless Cat Project Mohawk Hudson Humane Society 1124 East Mountain Road Westfield MA 01085 413 568 6964 Rhonda s Reptiles We Rescue Reptiles in Need Reptile Birthday Parties Events RhondasReptiles com Rhonda Leavitt New Lebanon NY 518 794 0078 Reading With a Female Shepherd a 7 Month Old Puppy Even before I ask her to come in she does She is a crazy pup So much energy She shows me immediately she wants to be the only animal in the house She wants you to herself I skip over this and ask her how she s feeling She points out something in her lower neck on the right side near her chest Nothing serious She has very keen hearing She pays attention to this I ask her how she is doing Needs Lenox Cat Hospital 450 Pittsfield Road Lenox MA more exercise Wants to run Jump Be wild outside Wants to bark Be crazy Chase herself around She shows me she wants agility training when she can She would be good at this She is smart She figures 413 551 7251 things out My note to the family You have your hands full with this girl www lenoxcathospital com She asks if you can ride a bike and have her on a leash next to you She yells at me let s go She North County Veterinary also flashes me images of herself with horses I think she might have an interest in being with horses if there are any near you She shows me a large turtle I feel she is showing me a companion animal She Hospital 838 Curran Memorial Highway is not showing me anything about the other animals in your house She shows me that people are wearing hats but I think she means masks and she thinks this is funny N Adams MA She would like a fuzzy bed She would like it to be in a light blue calming color No reds She likes 413 664 4570 listening to soft music with you but won t stay long She has things to investigate www northcountyvet com I ask if there is any other message for you Eat a banana You Her Don t get a sunburn Watch your tires on your car especialPittsfield Veterinary Hospital ly front left Let s go out at night sometime I ll watch you I m not scared 1634 West Housatonic Street She loves you and thanks you She says she knows she s much but hopes you ll stay with her The reading fades I send her healPittsfield MA ing calming energy 413 499 1580 This is a great reading for folks who don t know how smart dogs are This amazing dog commented on her person s car tire She showed me which one needed attention and when I read this to M she let out a scream She said they were just deciding what to do www pittsfieldvet com about the tire and she had put off having it repaired Animals know so much more than we tend to think they do 14

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CANINE RESCUE LEAGUES WEBBED SIGHTINGS Looking for a dog Look here or contact us and we can help 413 496 8188 anlife aol com AFFENPINSCHER RESCUE OF AMERICA Donna Wolfe http www affenpinscherrescue org AIREDALE TERRIER New England Airedale Rescue www newenglandairedalerescue org AKITA Akita Rescue of Western New York www akitarescuewny com ALASKAN MALAMUTE Alaskan Malamute Rescue of New England www amrone org 413 4297286 MA AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER PittieLove Rescue www pittieloverescue org Out of the Pits www outofthepits org Albany NY area info outofthepits org The Simon Foundation Inc thesimonfoundation org 860 519 1516 CT AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD Northeast Aussie Rescue Placement Helpline ARPH www arphinc com 877 ARPH 779 BASSET HOUND New England Basset Hound Rescue Inc nebhr org BEAGLE B O N E S Beagles of New England States www bonesbeagles org admin bonesbeagles org 508 473 2228 MA BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG Bernese Education and Rescue Northeast Region www bernerinc org BICHON FRISE Bichon Frise Club of America www bichonrescue org 866 473 0722 Linda Ferrullo 845 561 7004 NY BLOODHOUND NorthEast Bloodhound Rescue www bloodhounds com tbn nebr html BORDER COLLIE New England Border Collie Rescue www NEBCR org ME NH VT MA CT RI upstate NY northern NJ info nebcr org 800 760 1569 Nutmeg Border Collie Rescue Jalyn White 860 742 6349 CT BOXER Northeastern Boxer Rescue www BoxerRescue com contact boxerrescue com all New England The Boxer Rescue www theboxerrescue org info theboxerrescue org MA CT RI 800 471 2030 Second Chance Boxer Rescue www secondchanceboxer com all New England juliescbr gmail com 877 281 3146 shelter calls or urgent issues only BRITTANY New England Brittany Rescue www nebrittanyrescue org BULLDOG Bulldog Club of America Rescue Network BCARN www rescuebulldogs org rescueroster rescueroster htm CHIHUAHUA Yankee Chihuahua Rescue www YankeeChihuahuaRescue org yankeechirescue gmail com Connecticut rescueconnecticut gmail com Massachusetts rescuemassachusetts gmail com Vermont ycr vermont gmail com COCKER SPANIEL Cocker Spaniel Rescue of New England www csrne org info csrne org 603 547 3363 NH COLLIE Collie Rescue League of New England www crlne org crlneinfo aol com Hotline 802 222 5124 VT DACHSHUND Dachshund Club of America National Rescue guiness7 comcast net 904 217 7698 DALMATIAN Dal Rescue of Upstate New York StoneHillDals aol com Dalmatian Club of America www thedca org DOBERMAN PINSCHER Doberman Rescue Unlimited www dru org doberman dru org NH MA RI CT VT ME 603 8871200 NH ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL English Cocker Spaniel Club of America www ecsca org rescuehome html ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL New England English Springer Spaniel Rescue www essrescue org GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG German Shepherd Rescue of New England www gsrne org all New England states info gsrne org hotline 978 443 2202 MA GOLDEN RETRIEVER Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue New England only www ygrr org Hotline 978 568 9700 MA GREAT DANE Great Danes Around New England Rescue www gdaner org Carrie Loholdt MA VT NH CT RI ME gdanerescue aol com 207 321 2771 ME GREAT PYRENEES Northeast Pyr Rescue www nepyresq org 877 528 0637 GREYHOUND Greyhound Friends www greyhound org New England NY NY 508 435 5969 MA Greyhound Rescue of NE www greyhoundrescuene org adopt greyhoundrescuene org 508 478 1617 MA Greyhound Pets of America Massachusetts www greyhoundpetsmass org IRISH SETTER Irish Setter Club of New England www iscne org JACK RUSSELL TERRIER Pauline Clark www jacksgalore org LABRADOR RETRIEVER Labrador Retriever Rescue www labrescue com MA ME NH RI VT Hotline 978 356 2982 MA Labrador Retriever Rescue CT www labrescuect orglabrescuect gmail com 860 767 0381 CT NorthEast All Retriever Rescue www nearr com email nearr nearr com Hotline 617 824 4278 MA MALTESE American Maltese Association Rescue www americanmalteserescue org MASTIFF Friends of Rescued Mastiffs www mastiffrescue org 800 200 5287 Mastiff Club of America Rescue www mastiff org MCOARESCUE htm RydalmMastiffs aol com OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue www neoesr org 781 259 8173 MA PEKINGESE Pekingese Rescue Network Inc NJ NY CT MA NH RI ME VT www pekerescue petfinder com POMERANIAN Bay Colony Pomeranian Club Rescue baycolonypomeranianclub org POODLE Poodle Rescue of New England www poodlerescuene org PoodleRescue poodlerescuene org 617 628 1425 MA Poodle Rescue of Vermont www poodlerescuevt org 802 497 4144 VT info poodlerescuevt org PUG Pug Rescue of New England www pugrescueofnewengland org Green Mtn Pug Rescue www greenmtnpugrescue com Curly Tail Pug Rescue NY CT NJ www curlytailpugrescue org RAT TERRIER Ratbone Rescues www ratbonerescues com ratbonerescue ratbonerescues com ROTTWEILER North East Rottweiler Rescue www rottrescue org toll free 866 392 0102 SAINT BERNARD Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation www saintrescue org SAMOYED Minuteman Samoyed Club Rescue www doghows org flash mscr info samoyedrescue org SHIBA INU National Shiba Club of America Rescue www shibas org rescue html rescue shibas org NYC Shiba Rescue http nycshibarescue org email shibas nycshibarescue org 917 591 3408 NY SHIH TZU American Shih Tzu Club Rescue contacts www americanshihtzuclub org rescue_committee Shih Tzu Rescue of New England www petfinder com shelters MA304 html STRNE1 gmail com WELSH TERRIER welshterrierrescue org YORKSHIRE TERRIER Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Rescue Inc www ytca org rescue html The Marketplace ANGORA RABBITS FOR SALE For Sale Newest litter ready for homes Visit them on www llamafanatics Grow your own luxury fibers We handle our bunnies from birth so they make good pets as well as producing loads of beautiful fiber Pedigreed Giant Angoras and Giant Hybrids 413 275 2230 Diane Laurel Ledge Farm Fibers The Animal Shop Marketplace Email your for sale ad to bmanimalworld aol com Mail us your ad to P O Box 1842 Lenox MA 01240 or call 413 496 8188 15

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ANIMALECTORY Animal Wellness TRUE BALANCE Animal Wellness The Canine Aquatic Gym 413 429 6879 Home visits and swimming for your canine companions Equine Myotherapy www truebalanceanimalwellness com Crematory BREEZY NOOK PET CREMATORIUM LTD 452 Presbyterian Hill Road Stephentown New York 12168 518 733 9896 Sienna Sky Pet Cremation Services DIGNITY COMPASSION ASSURANCE 65 Downing Road Ghent NY 12075 518 816 2092 info siennaskypetaftercare com siennaskypetaftercare com Doggie Day Care Offering Salon Services Playcare and Training for THE TRI STATE AREA S PETS BOWMEOW REGENCY www bowmeowregency com 413 229 0035 bowmeowregency yahoo com GINA S K 9 BED AND BREAKFAST 518 329 4675 Quality Care Pet Sitting in My Safe Comfortable Home Copake NY 12516 Fully insured member NAPPS PACK SHACK Certified Trainer Owned and Operated Dog Daycare and Training Facility 12532 State Route 22 Canaan NY 12029 413 446 5423 Hours 8 6 M F Find Us on Facebook ThePackShack 16 Dog Breeds STONEWOOD GERMAN SHEPHERD KENNELS Breeding for Good Temperament Mark Newton Excellent Bloodlines AKC Registered 413 446 8261 markspetcare gmail com Like Us On Facebook Dog Training Control Cooperation Connection OUR CCC CLASSES CAN HELP Contact Mariday Geyer Shaker Paws LLC 413 446 3336 shakerpaws gmail com www shakerpaws com www theconnectionpuzzle net Foranimals LLC Leea Foran 413 445 8843 Taize Shepherd Kennel Positive Reinforcement Dog Training Private and Group Classes Charlene Marchand North Chatham New York 518 766 3804 www taizeshepherdkennel com Food Supplies BensDotter s Pet 940 Main Street Great Barrington MA 413 528 4940 Quality foods Equipment and Supplies Mon Fri 10a 6p Sat Sun 10a 4p CHEZ PET Your Neighborhood Pet Supply Store Behavior Consultations Private Training Group Classes Lenox Commons 55 Pittsfield Road Lenox MA 413 637 0800 www chezpet com Monday Friday 10am 5 30pm Saturday 10am 4pm OPEN Sundays 11am 4pm www trainingforanimals com MEOW GROWL Pet Supplies Unleashed Northern Berkshire K 9 Services Include Day School Obedience Canine Education Day Care Day Train Options Board Train Options Group Obedience Agility Classes 200 Main Street Williamstown MA 413 458 6087 www nbk9 com 15 OFF Alpha K9 Dog Training Dog training in the comfort of your home All ages breeds and behaviors 518 392 0263 mcaron592 gmail com Stonehill Kennels All Breed Dog Training Dog Boarding Companion Dogs for Sale K 9 Professional Services 345 Sharon Turnpike Goshen CT 06756 860 491 2202 K 9one4u msn com 59 MAIN STREET LEE MA 413 243 1220 www Meowandgrowl com Grooming Custom ID Tags Pet Supplies Gifts Large Selection of Natural Organic Dog Cat Food We now Carry Horse Chicken Feed SELF SE DOG RVE WASH Goat Products Gray Raven Farm Country Store New Location 65 North Main Street Lanesborough MA 01237 Handmade Goats Milk Soap Lotions Much More 413 496 3300 grayravenfarm verizon net www grayravenfarm net Grooming Critter Clippers Becky Owner Stylist Renee Stylist By Appointment 518 477 7748 4162 State Route 20 Schodack NY 12033

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Cat s Meow Pet Protection The No Fear Way To Trim Animal Support Certified Essential Oil Coach Offering Essential Oil Therapy to Animals Your Cat s Nails While at Home During Covid it may be hard to decide what to do for your cat s nails You may not be able to get out to the vet or a groomer to have your cat s nails trimmed Trimming your cat s nails does not have to be stressful with a few simple tips you can quickly and easily keep those nails short and neat and save your furniture Nail trimming is often feared by owners who are worried about trimming them too short or are dealing with a wiggly feline The best way to calm your fears is to ask your vet or a professional groomer to train you in the proper techniques for nail trimming The best way to calm your cat s fears is to train it from a very young age to be comfortable with the process If you don t feel comfortable trimming your cat s nails your vet or groomer will be happy to do this regularly Some cats can have nails that grow around and into the pad so these do need to be kept short In some cats the nails will catch on carpet and furnishing and can lead to distress and trauma Types of nail trimmers There are many different types of nail trimmers Buy good quality trimmers that are sharp and designed for cats They should be concave at the cutting edge to avoid crushing the nail Blunt or poor quality trimmers will split and crush the nail If the nails aren t that long but are sharp you can simply file them or use a pumice stone to take off the tips How to trim the nails The first step is to get some treats make the whole experience positive and don t feel like you need to be a hero and trim all the nails at once Start with one reward and come back later if you or your pet is nervous In cats simply trim the hook off the end Don t try to cut them extremely short just cut the tip off The quick is the pink area within the nail where the nerves and blood vessels are similar to the area underneath our nails This is the area you want to avoid when trimming nails Cats have retractable claws so to get the nail out simply push on the top of the foot so that the nails come out of their little sleeves This allows you to fully visualise the nail and avoid the skin around the nail If your cat is a bit of a fidget wrap him in a towel or enlist the help of a friend to hold him Try not to pull your cats foot into uncomfortable positions while trimming those nails and ideally stop before he gets too cranky with the process Even if you just do one nail a day while he is relaxed and sitting with you on your lap it will still be better than fighting with him and having him run for the hills as soon as he sees you with those nail clippers Black nails If your cat has black nails you will notice that the base of the nail is roughly triangular and it comes out to a pointy hook There are no nerves or blood vessels in the hook so it is perfectly safe to cut the tip off Another trick of the trade is to apply gentle pressure with the nail trimmers without actually cutting where you think you need to cut If your cat reacts to the pressure most likely you are too close to the quick and you will need to more the clippers further down the nail Education Referral Service In Home Therapy Sessions Raindrop Technique 518 929 5870 www TheArtofDropping gmail com Pet Sitting Reliable Pet Sitting Company Maryann Hyatt Owner INSURED BONDED 413 443 0443 or 413 329 5127 mhyattreliablepetsitting gmail com SHAKER PAWS PET CARE SERVING CENTRAL COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS MARIDAY GEYER Bonded Insured Certified Professional Pet Sitter 413 446 3336 shakerpaws gmail com www shakerpaws com Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Erica Bell 413 269 6249 southernberkshirepetsitting com Veterinarians ALLEN HEIGHTS VETERINARY HOSPITAL 289 Dalton Avenue Pittsfield MA 01201 Elizabeth Tullett DVM Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture Phone 413 443 4949 www allenheights com Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital Shaker Hill Pet resort 413 499 1580 1634 West Housatonic St Rt 20 Pittsfield MA 01201 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK www pittsfieldvet com VCA All Caring Animal Hospital Conventional Holistic Veterinary Medicine Acupuncture Class 4 Laser for Healing 440 Stockbridge Road Great Barrington MA 413 528 8020 www vcaallcaring com Michael Delliere D V M Gwen Hood D V M Wood Hill Veterinary Clinic OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK 650 ROUTE 295 OLD CHATHAM 518 392 6224 WOODHILLVETCLINIC COM Like us on Facebook What if I make the nails bleed If you accidentally cut the nails too short you can use styptic powder or simply use a clean bar of soap and run it under the damaged nail The soap will plug the vessel and stop the bleeding Usually if you have made your cat bleed they will be a bit nervous next time so make sure you have lots of treats at the ready and take it slow the next time you try trimming those nails Work on gradually regaining your cat s trust and confidence with the nail clippers and just do one nail at a time very gently As your cat is more comfortable you may be able to do a couple of nails Old cats or deformed nails Older cats tend to end up with longer thicker nails and often a greasy exudate around the nail bed This can be cleaned off with a dilute chlorhexidine solution or gentle pet shampoo if it is difficult to remove Older cats are also more likely to have problems with the nails growing into the pad Thickened nails or deformed nails can also be a sign of underlying health problems so if your cat has started growing unusually thick nails particularly if this is combined with an increase in thirst please get your feline friend to the vet for a check up Nails can also grow back a bit deformed if there has been some sort of trauma to the nail bed such as when the dew claw has been caught in something and torn And if you are not comfortable with this process give your veterinarian or grommer a call and see if they can help Gray Raven Farm Country Store New Location 65 North Main Street Lanesborough MA 01237 Handmade 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CUB S DEN TheNational WAnimals orld Of Animals From Around the World Nigeria Nigeria Oman Webbed Sightings of All Critters for Kids starfall com kids nationalgeographic com kidsknowit com www allaboutbirds org www animaldiversity org Black Crowned Crane Dog Wags Eagle Arabian Oryx Breeds from A to Z Belgian Malinois The Belgian Malinois is a sturdy dog and an elegant breed with very proud head carriage The overall impression is of power without bulkiness The gait is smooth and easy seemingly effortless rather than hard driving Such a gait gives the impression of tirelessness The coat is fairly short straight and hard with a dense undercoat The expression is intelligent and questioning The breed is used as a working dog for search and rescue tasks and detection They have been used by the Secret Service and patrolling the White House Due to its history as a working dog the Malinois can vary greatly in appearance The acceptable colors of pure bred Malinois are a base color of fawn to mahogany and tan with a black mask and black ears with some degree of black tipping on the hairs giving an overlay appearance Well raised and trained Malinois are usually active intelligent friendly protective alert and hard working Belgian Malinois exhibit energy levels that are among the highest of all dog breeds Typical Malinois will have puppy like energy until the age of three though it is not uncommon for them to exhibit this energy level until the age of five Many have excessively high prey drive Some may be excessively exuberant or playful especially when young This hardy healthy breed has no major health concerns Some minor concerns that have been seen are skin allergies eye problems excessive shyness excessive aggressiveness and occasionally hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia They can be destructive or develop neurotic behaviors if not provided enough stimulation and exercise This often causes problems for owners who are unfamiliar with the breed and are not prepared to provide the exercise they require or a job for them to do They are medium sized strong dogs that require consistent obedience training and enjoy being challenged with new tasks They are known to be very easy to train due to their high drive for rewards 18 www batcon org knowledgekids ca www lpzoo org www pbskids org www sciencekids co nz kids sandiegozoo org www storyplace org www allaboutfrogs org www discoveryeducation com www brainspace com Babybug Magazine www audubon org www rangerrick org www livescience com www zooborns com www education abc net au dinosaurlive com www worldwildlife org ARKive https www wildscreen org www switchzoo com

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CUB S DEN Red Eft Picture and Text by Thom Smith Not all animals are designed by Mother Nature to be pets but can be cared for at home for a few days One such creature is the Red Eft And no you are not having problems with seeing colors for the Red Eft is not red but orange and just why I do not know Just recently I was in the woods following a light rain and the mostly hidden little salamanders were wandering about the wet mosses and fallen tree stumps looking for something to eat You may have seen them in shallow cool ponds such as Berry Pond at the top of Pittsfield State Forest only those in the know probably call them Red spotted or Common Newts They are mostly greenish above and yellowish below with small red dots And they look nothing like the smaller salamanders that are orange and found in cool damp woods The strange thing is they are the same and the orange red Eft is a juvenile that I compare to a teenager It is born from an egg hatching into a tiny larval stage we can call a polliwog After about three months it leaves the pond and wanders about the woods for two to five years It then finds a pond to change to its adult form where it may live up to fifteen years What an interesting life Like other amphibians this egg pollywog eft newt is truly an amphibian meaning it is able to live in water and on land When they are larvae they eat tiny insects like dragonfly larvae This is a different food that frog pollywogs eat Frog pollywogs do not eat insects or animal food when youngsters but algae the green slimy stuff Adult newts will feed on a wide variety of aquatic animals like aquatic insects and larvae and sometimes earthworms This behavior may cause them to make the mistake of falling into the water That is what I fed the adult Red Spotted Newts that I kept as a youngster and continued with the same diet whey I worked at The Berkshire Museum s Aquarium Adult newts are easier to keep that the Efts and maybe in another issue I will discuss keeping them Unlike the Efts they do well in captivity Thom Smith now retired was offered the position of Children s Department Head at The Berkshire Museum in 1960 and began developing live exhibits before the end of the decade He helped design build and opened the museum s aquarium zoo in early 1970 and in 1985 relocated the expanded aquarium and vivarium in 1985 to a larger space For nearly 50 years continued work with animals at the museum eventually earning the title Natural Science Curator Red EFT Fun Facts Newts are amphibians They are a type of salamander There are more than 100 species of newts They are found in North America Europe North Africa and Asia Newts are semiaquatic spending part of the year in the water for reproduction and the rest of the year on land While most species prefer stagnant water bodies such as ponds ditches or flooded meadows for reproduction some species such as the Danube crested newt can also occur in slow flowing rivers During their terrestrial phase newts live in humid habitats with abundant cover such as logs rocks or earth holes Most newt species have lifespan about 10 to 20 years They are usually less than 20 centimeters 8 inches in total length and many are less than 10 centimeters 4 inches Eft COLORING Hi I m Zeke I m a 7 year old boxer mix I ve been told that I m a cool laid back happy dude I love walks and equally enjoy just hanging out on the couch I love to cuddle and I will gladly stretch out across your lap I have lived with kids and I really like them I ve also lived with a female dog before I cannot go to a home with cats as I have a strong urge to chase them I do have a minor skin condition but it doesn t slow me down I always have a grin on my face when I m with people Contact the shelter for more info on me and come visit me soon Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter 875 Crane Ave in Pittsfield MA 413 448 9800 www sonsinianimalshelter org 19

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BENSDOTTER S PET 940 MAIN STREET GREAT BARRINGTON MA In case you haven t noticed We re back to almost normal business hours Monday thru Friday 10 00a 6 00p Saturday 10 00a 4 00p but still closed on Sunday for now at least