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The Dynamic Premier Tri-State Community Monthly All Pet AniMagazine™BerkshireJuly, 2021™HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!DOg PLAY BeHAviORPAge 5Animal WorldSee OUR ALL PeTAnimALecTORYnew LiSTingS! PAge 16SHOP LOCAL, ADOPT LOCAL, READ LOCALARe PigSgOOD PeTS?PAge 15

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2Nassau Pharmacy518-766-27073541 US Route 20, Nassau, NYOpen Mon-Fri: 9-6, Saturday: 9-4Does your pet nd it difcult to takemedications? Do you have to struggle with your pet everytime?LIQUID, GELS & TREATSfor an easier way to give your pets their medication *Save $5.00 NOW!* $15.00 Mininum Purchase. New Prescriptions OnlyWE TURN YOUR PETS’ MEDS INTO FLAVOREDAsk our Pharmacy about llingall your pets’ prescriptionsH e a lt H & W e l l n e s s C e n t e rLEARN MORE ABOUT COMPOUNDING AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOUwww.theconnectionpuzzle.net• Positive methods• Small classes• Personalized attention• A Unique ApproachOUR CCC CLASSES CAN HELP!Improve your relationshipEliminate pullingLearn relaxationBuild focusand have FUN!CCC LINSTRUCTORMariday GeyerShaker Paws LLCBerkshire County, MA413-446-3336shakerpaws@gmail.comwww.shakerpaws.comPulling?Distracted?Wish you & your dogunderstood each other better?Join us today fora CCC classor private lessons.See what’spossiblefor you & your dog!Nassau Pharmacy

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Paws to ReectHello Everyone,New Business Newsbites 4 Dog Barks-Play Behavior In Dogs 5Chatham Rescue to Freedom 6Grooming Table-Pro Tips: Brushing at Home 6Columbia Green Humane Society 7Cat’s Meow-This Side of Purradise 8Adoptables All Around 9, 11 Horse Corral-Equine Advocates in Chatham, New York 10Animal Art Spot 11Animal Websites For Kids! 12Critter Hutch-Potbellied Pigs 13Food Bank Listing for Animals & Covid Information 13Cub’s Den-Ocean Going Hermit Crabs Part 2 14Potbellied Pig Fun Facts 14Guide To Our Local Shelters 14Bird Bath-Classication 15Animalectory 16-17Animal Communication-JB the Dog 19Rescue Leagues & Cat Trainers 18Dog Wags-Monthly Breed– The Bearded Collie 19Animals Around the World 19Berkshire Mountain Animal World™ 2018-2021. All rights reserved. Berkshire Mountain Animal World™ is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced, rewritten, or pho-tocopied without permission of the publisher. Distribution is FREE in all of Berkshire County and areas in Pioneer Valley, Massa-chusetts, Northwest Hills, Connecticut, Co-lumbia/Rensselaer Counties in New York and the border towns of Vermont. Advertising rates are based on monthly dis-tribution. Berkshire Mountain Animal World Publication™ is not responsible for adver-tising claims. The advertiser is SOLELY re-sponsible for content. Berkshire Mountain Animal World™ re-serves 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 3, Edition 36 Founder: Gayle SchechtmanEditor: Jane NicoleWriters: Kendra BakerIris BassMeg CaronLinda ClaytonGordon FontaineHenry LevinKaren B. LondonCharlene Marchand Thom SmithDr. Debra Primovic - DVMMargie WilsonBerkshire Animal WorldBerkshiremountainanimalworld@gmail.comCRATE OF CONTENTS3Front Photo Credit P.O. Box 1842Lenox, MA 01240anlife@aol.comTIMELY ADOPTABLES ALL AROUND!March Issue Adoptables are from:• Columbia Green Humane Society • Berkshire Humane Society • Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter • Mohawk Hudson Humane Society • Second Chance Animal Center • Out of the PitsCheck out our Canine Rescue League DirectoryI take animal holidays seriously. I love celebrat-ing about all creatures whenever possible. Every month, there are many pet holidays and new ones being created! But at face value, some of them look silly and I have to laugh.Behind the name, is usually something very serious.Here’s my favorite for July!July 21-is Take a Monkey to Lunch Day. In 1925, John Scopes was convicted on this day, for teaching evolution. This was immortalized in the movie Inherit the Wind with Spencer Tracy. July 10-is Don’t Step on a Bee Day. As silly as it sounds, it is to remind us how important bees are and that the fate of the common bee lies in the balance.July 17-25- National Moth Week-A worldwide citizen science project studying and recording the populations of moths. There are more than 150,000 moth species!We offer free ads for anyone who has lost a pet.Give all your pets an extra hug from me!Enjoy the summer! See you in August! GayleBark!Bark!www.berkshiremountainanimalworld.comHAPPY FOURTH EVERYONE! My name is Wafes and I need a home. I’m so happy and I’m being taken care of by Out of the Pits in New York and I’m not a Pitbull. I think I am part Jack Russell. They’re so nice to me but I really want to go home with someone who will treat me special and love me! info@outfthepits.org

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4Business NewsbitesLiving the EO Way Living the EO Way was created several years ago when Susan was faced with decisions regarding her health. She needed to drastically reduce her stress and wanted to explore a more natural path. She be-gan her training with Aromahead Institute. Realizing what an impact essential oils had on her health and wellbeing, she decided to share her knowledge with others. That decision led to the creation of Living the EO Way. Her vision was to educate people on the safe usage of essential oils to reduce stress, anxiety, sleepless nights and uplift their spirits. During that time she began to create her product line, which now includes lotions, soaps, aromatherapy mists, sugar scrubs, bath salts, and her trademark product, Hiker’s Haven Bug & Tick Spray. Susan’s daughter, Samantha Revett, has been involved with the busi-ness since the beginning, attending craft fairs and farmers’ markets and helping create the website. Susan then expanded the Hiker’s Haven Bug & Tick spray to include a child formula and also one specically designed for Dogs. Keep in mind that the dog formula cannot be used on our feline friends because cats have a high sensitivity to essential oils. All products are made with 100% pure essential oils. People who used Hiker’s Haven asked if they had a child’s formula or one for dogs, so Susan started researching and discovered a safe combination, with the right dilution that works for dogs. She also did the same for the child’s formula which uses child safe oils and is designed for children specically ages 2 to 8. It is DEET free and contains no harsh chemicals. The Dog formula contains Lemongrass, Cedarwood Atlas and Lavender essen-tial oils, all shown to deter ticks, mosquitos, black ies and eas. As with any items made from essential oils, they should never be left in direct sunlight or in a hot car. Sunlight, over time, can break down the essential oils and they loose their therapeutic qualities. Her products are available at Inspired Creations, 475 North Main Street, Lanesborough, MA 413-358-1267 or via her website www.livingtheeoway.com, available soon. 650 ROUTE 295, OLD CHATHAM WOODHILLVETCLINIC.COMWood HillVeterinary ClinicOPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK518-392-6224Like us on Facebook!Our Furever Friends Pet ServicesCAT-TACULAR SUMMER SPECIAL! Are you a feline parent planning a summer vacation? Our Furever Friends is offering discounted prices ALL SUMMER LONG for you cat lovers! 30 minute visits will only be $15 ($18 regular price) until September 1. You can go away knowing that a caring profes-sional, Brian Whitman, will be checking on your kitty and texting you after each visit to let you know that all is well. Each visit includes love and attention, feeding/water, clean litter box, water plants, bring in mail, check windows and doors. Give Brian a call at 413-822-7467 for more info or to book the days that you’ll need, any-where in Central Berkshire County.Brian Whitman, Owner/Operatorourfureverfriendsaz@yahoo.comServicing Central Berkshire CountyOur Furever Friends Pet ServicesCAT-TACULAR SUMMER SPECIAL Our Furever Friends is offering discounted prices ALL SUMMER LONG for you cat lovers! 30 minute visits will only be $15 ($18 regular price) until September 1. Give me a call at 413-822-7467 for more info or to book the days that you’ll need me to visit.Your NeighborhoodPet Supply Store featuring:• Made in the USA Foods & Treats• Toys • Essentials • Gifts• Natural and Organic Products• Lots of Fun Stuff!Monday - Friday 10 - 5, Saturday 10-4Closed SundaysLenox Commons • 55 Pittseld Road, Lenox, MA413-637-0800 www.chezpet.com289 Dalton AvenuePittseld, MA 01201Phone:413-443-4949Fax:413-443-8500www.allenheights.comElizabeth TullettDVMCertied inVeterinary Acupuncture

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5Dog Bark––SPOTLIGHTBenet of Play Behavior in DogsBy Meg Caron Doggie play dates have be-come our new normal. Owners bringing their dogs to the dog park to get their pup “socialized.” It seems important to new dog owners that their dog plays with others. Many owners will say the dog park, or doggie daycare, is how they best exercise their dog. I have no qualms with either facility. In fact, I believe they serve a valuable purpose and have even used them myself. Sometimes owners will enter the dog park with little knowledge or understanding of basic canine be-havior. At times there can be that one dog that enters the park with too much energy and poor canine manners. It doesn’t take long for this dog to receive discipline from the more assertive dogs in the park. There are dogs that want to assert their authority over every canine that walks into “their” space. Owners will often misinterpret canine play, assuming that normal play behavior is too aggressive, or not responding to, what can become aggressive behavior. Understanding the canine rules of play behavior is vital to anyone who encourages their pup to play with others. Dogs will run into each other, grab each other by the neck or back of the legs, they mount each other, play tug, and steal each other’s toys. Certain breeds will play differently than others. Bully breeds sometimes will slam into other dogs, using their chest and bouncing on their front legs, herding breeds like to (you guessed it), herd, and sight-oriented breeds will love the chase. Dogs will get vocal with each other, but it should be easy to tell the difference between vocalization and aggression. Play behavior in puppies is an important part of development. It is through the socialization of their siblings and older dogs that puppies learn basic life skills. Puppies learn manners and how hard they can bite and when to back off and settle down. Playing amongst dogs allows them to learn good social skills, this will often carryover into the human dog relationship too. Often when I work with a new dog, the owner will describe how their dog doesn’t interact with them or play. Some owners will describe a dog that is much more interested in their envi-ronment then their owner. I will instruct play as a very import-ant part of the relationship that is under development through training. As mentioned in previous articles, the training program is all about the relationship. When you go to a dog park, I want your dog to be responsive to you then the other people or dogs in the park. You are part of their team; you are their pack. As a natural trainer, looking at the behaviors that are an everyday part of play for our canines allows me to teach owners the best ways to get that enthusiastic engagement from their dogs. There was a theory, many moons ago, about not allowing your dog to play tug of war. I have even engaged in that theory once upon a time. Now, after several years of experience, I have learned how to use play behavior and incorporate training. Everyone wins. Let’s take this game of tug. Some dogs lunge and grab, they pull, and will not give the toy back. This demonstrates poor give and take behavior of dog play. We can use the commands of give/drop it, take it, wait, and easy. This teaches the dog to interact with you, and yes, it’s ok for the dog to win. With plenty of practice, an owner should be able to transfer this to everyday life. The dog understands and accepts the command to leave it, this allows us to get dogs to ignore objects on the walk. Another great game to play with your dog is hide and seek. This teaches your dog to use his nose, a natural behavior, and to come when called. The more training takes on the role of play, the more the dog becomes invested in following its owner. Play behavior is a natural outlet for our dogs’ energy. As a trainer that works with the dogs’ in-nate instincts my goal is to have owners become the most attractive object in the dog’s universe. By identifying the game your dog likes to play, and engaging with that dog, the owner redirects that dog’s energy toward them. By playing a variety of games with our dogs, we teach them to control themselves, without the use of punish-ment, even when at the highest level of excite-ment. They learn that being excited can be a de-sired trait. Playing with your dog has a twofold effect. Playing reduces the daily life stressors that we encounter as humans and the samePhoto Credit: Dog Playing at Bowmeow Regency in Shefeld, MA.is true for your dog. Whenever I train a dog, I inform the owner that training should be fun for ev-eryone. Chances are that if you’re not having fun, neither is the dog. So just remember that playtime isn’t just a luxury–it’s a necessity for your pet’s health and general wellbeing. Whatever your pet’s unique personality, playtime should never feel like a chore. Being creative, having fun benets you both. Playing with your dog is one of the most enjoyable things about having one as a pet. So, get out there and have some fun playtime together!! Meg Caron is a certied canine behaviorist and dog trainer. She is the owner/operator of Alpha K9 professional dog training services. Meg has been working with canines in the Hud-son Valley and Berkshires for over 20 years. Meg focuses on incorporating basic obedience into the home to address basic behaviors problems. Alpha K9 personal dog training/mcaron592@gmail.com (518) 392-0263.

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6CHatHam animal HavenRescue to Freedom SpotlightPro Tips: Brushing at HomeBy Kendra Baker Have you ever brought your Long Coated dog to the groomers with a specic style in mind and been told it was not possible due to tangles and matting? Even when you sacriced hours or days trying to brush your pup to prevent those tangles? How about those wiggly and mischievous dogs who are masters at escaping the brush? You are not alone! Our dogs don’t come with handbooks and most are excellent at getting their person to stop doing something they don’t like. Usually once we have tried and failed a time or two, we unwittingly adopt a new body language and tone of voice that alerts our dogs to what we’re planning to do and sends them running. Most dogs would prefer to do just about anything else, and can make brushing at home almost impossible (even though the professional has very little trouble). So, how can we change this scenario? Let’s start with a clean slate! Step One: Find a ‘Work Space’. It’s not fun having something ‘done to you’ but it’s another story when you are ‘doing some-thing together’. Entering a ‘Work Space’ sets your pup up to know what to expect. They will feel less ambushed when there is a consistency in where grooming work occurs. For small dogs, a mat on a counter or washing machine works nicely. Get a groom-ing lead to secure them, and prevent jumps or falls. I recommend making a loop that goes over the head, then slide one leg in, so the loop is going across the chest. This prevents neck injuries. Large dogs can be groomed on the oor but pick a spot and stay with it. Place a mat down for them so there is a change that makes your place a ‘Work Space’ while it’s there, then remove it once done. Use a grooming lead in the same way. Installing a simple O ring in the wall gives you a place to tie the lead to, allowing you to use both hands.Step Two: Change your approach. You remember that happy moment when your dog made you so proud by.... Well, take that feeling, ll up with it. Look at them with that feeling! Use that tone of voice! They need to see, sense, feel and smell the positivity from you. (They can smell the chemical changes in your brain, so they know what you feel regardless of how well you disguise it). Get a dish of their favorite treats (small ones) and set it within your reach and out of theirs and be gen-erous with them. 10 seconds is a long time for a pup who is ‘doing something’ for you, so reward them. As you both get better at this you can space out the treats more. Remember that you don’t have to do all the work in one go. It’s better to stop for the day and start again tomorrow, than to force through and have a bad experience.Step Three: Learn How. Unfortunately human brushing techniques don’t work on dogs. We can set the brush on top and pull down and through and we have done a good job, but dogs have a lot more surface area to brush and so we need to take a more 3D approach. In order to brush all of the coat, all the way to the skin, we need the proper tools and techniques. You will need a high quality Slick-er Brush, a metal Greyhound comb. Bristle brushes are NOT recommended as they generate static which causes tangles. Start on an area your dog doesn’t mind, such as a leg or the rib area and start low. Use your non-dominant hand to lift the coat, and brush the coat down little by little with your slicker. If you nd a tangle, pinch it to protect your pup while you brush. If it is a mat (big tight tangle ball) brush in this pattern: north-south-east-west, until it’s worked out. Use doggy condition-er spray and avoid brushing too hard, easy does it. When detangling to let the skin rest as you brush, to prevent Brush Burn (a rash caused by repetitively scaping the brush against the skin), so brush 5 times then move to a nearby spot for 5 brushes, then move back. When you think you are done, use your comb to check for remaining tangles. Never use your comb to detangle, it hurts.Grooming your dog can be a great experience, increasing your bonds and improving their health.For tool recommendations and product supply please contact me at kendra.groomer@gmail.com or Call. Kendra Baker is the owner and operator of Give a Dog a Bath Dog Grooming in North Adams, MA. (413) 663-4819 Established in Jan of 2020. Before opening her own Salon, she was a manager and groomer at Barks N Bubbles Dog Grooming in Woodland, WA. She is Certied in The Science of Skin by Iv San Bernard, AKC S.A.F.E., and IPG’s PPGSA Standards of Care, Safety and Sanitation, among others. Visit Give a Dog a Bath Online at www.giveadogabath.com for more information about her career.BABIES! Chatham Animal Haven has three babies who are growing like weeds! Little goatie twins, Silas and Harriet, are now six months old. Where does the time go? They were born about a week after we took in the parents Snowake and Loki when their owners moved to Texas and the adoption we had arranged did not work out. Silas was moved to a temporary foster at 10 weeks old. Young goats can breed very young and we did not want to take the chance this could happen. It also isn’t advisable to neuter male goats until they are six months old, therefore he had to be separated from his mother and sister. Allowing babies to mature reduces the risk of urinary calculi when they get older. Since he reached the age at which we were comfortable neutering him, we had Jamie Butler, our farrier, come out and do it using the Burdizzo method. No blood, no incision, no recovery time needed. He acted as if nothing had happened, which was a big relief! Silas will stay in the foster home for at least another month to allow his hormones to subside. Hopefully he can join the rest of his family then!Baby girl Harriet is just shy of being the same size as mom Snowake. We had been waiting for her to get big enough to be able to join her Daddy Loki again. A couple of weeks ago we moved them all in together. Loki is happy for the company and though they are still establishing their places in the little herd, things are going well. Her little horns are growing and she is happy to use them to playfully headbutt her parents.Bantam baby Moon Pie is also getting so big! Interestingly, her coloring is not like any of the other bantams. It is so much fun watching her grow. She has made great friends with the rooster Edwin and he dotes on her. Nights nd her roosting in between him and her mama. She is getting braver and becoming more independent every day.So though we do not encourage breeding and would never intentionally breed any of our animals, these three babies are such a blessing. Watch them as they grow on our Facebook page!

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7Soft Paws-By Aaron Clause You may well have seen a critter in a pet store or elsewhere (like Craigslist), specially caged, just waiting to be the hit of every cocktail party or football game you invite friends over for. It may have two, four, six, eight or more legs – or none at all. It may eat other live animals, making it extra intriguing. It may come in splendid colors, or be black as night. It may have fangs or venom, pinchers or stingers, claws or stink glands. In the pet “industry,” as well as in the realm of sheltering, these animals are termed as “exotics.” Exotics can be found in specialty pet stores, by people advertising their sale (or their free giveaway after the tank has been outgrown), or in the wild. One of the trends of the last couple decades has been to collect the most unusual, unique, gross, smelly, danger-ous, creepy, slimy, sharp, insatiable creature one can nd, plop it in a sh tank with a heat lamp and some wood shavings, put a screen over the top and show it off as though nature has been personally circumvented. Many victims of the exotic trade include reptiles (for ex-ample, snakes, turtles, etc.), birds, amphibians (frogs and salamanders), arachnids (such as tarantulas, scorpions), arthropods (e.g. centipedes), insects, and even many wild mammals (hedgehogs, skunks, squirrels, monkeys, etc.) Though the research, discovery, and nature of all of these creations are important scien-tically and ecologically, it has been demonstrated time and time again that the household maintenance and display of these animals was never meant to be. I’ll say that again: these types of animals were NOT meant to be companions! Aside from the many lethal attacks, bites, stings, etc., however, there is another aspect to consider. Less aggressive and non-le-thal exotics, like some species of birds and many small mammals, are just not designed for indoor residencies. First, there is the issue of veterinary care. All “pet” animals, exotic or not, require adequate wellness care (such as food, water, a suitable living environment, regular veterinary check-ups), as well as veterinary care when they are ailing. Exotic vets are few and far between; most vets will not take the risk of dealing with exotics. If you nd one, they will most likely be specialized in one exotic type, such as birds or snakes. Try nding a vet for your sick Vietnamese centipede! Second, let me backtrack a hair to where I mentioned adequate wellness care. For even “simple” dog and cat wellness, shopping can sometimes be difcult, just picking the right food or supplements, or utilizing effective anti-parasitic medications. The research has to go ve times deeper for exotics, however, as their habitat must be completely recreat-ed in an indoor sanctuary for them to survive, let alone thrive. While some birds and small mammals can accept room-temperature surroundings, cold-blooded reptiles, amphibians, insects, etc. have to be equipped with specially temperature-monitored cages. Food is a whole other issue, between nding a diet that works for an exotic, then lo-cating where food can be purchased and delivered from to maintain health. All of this also bows to the fact that there is no way to bring the great outdoors inside – you can’t possibly build a cage, crate, or fence large enough to give an exotic the acreage they would have in their natural habitat. Let’s be realistic. There’s nothing you can give your chinchilla, squirrel, box turtle, iguana, or toad that will make them be-lieve they are “right at home.” Containing exotics is simply making them “cope” for the exchange of human pleasure. Dogs and cats, opposingly, thrive on the companionship they receive in caring homes, and their future without such an existence would be bleak. It is for all these reasons that I vehemently proclaim that exotic animals should absolutely not be pets. Let them live in the world they have been created for. Instead, come rescue a cat or dog who can give you abounding payback for the favor! 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 pub-lic in need of pet food or for those wishing to donate food from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. 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). Aaron Clause is an Admin-istrative Assistant at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA. He may be contacted at cghsaaron@gmail.com.BREEZY NOOK PET CREMATORIUM, LTD.“Where your feelings are understood and your presence is always welcome.”452 Presbyterian Hill RoadStephentown, New York 12168Georgi Beebe 518-733-9896Established in 1997Gray RavenLLCCBD oilHandmade CBD LotionMany other CBD Products Goat Milk ProductsHandmade SoapLocal Raw HoneyTeas and SpicesCoffeeGrayraven413@gmail.com413-496-330065 North Main StLanesborough, Ma 01237www.grayravenfarm.com

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8Tails to Tell™ This Side of Purradiseby Iris Bass Brother and Sister In my last column, I discussed a feline mother and son who had come to Berkshire Humane Society in Pittseld as a semiferal pair. Now, we have the interesting situation of year-old littermates (around six had arrived as a group) who had lived in a quiet home with just one person. When brought as a group to the main shelter, all the siblings had clearly developed a semiferal frame of mind, reluctant to so-cialize cross-species, due to their having had little interaction with their human caretaker even while sharing the same residence with him. Their other siblings now adopted out, Tommy and Honey Bear—both orange and white—have been relocated to the cats-only Purradise shelter in Great Barrington. The goal: placement in a more emotionally supportive environment than where they had spent their sibling-packed kittenhood. When I spoke with her on June 18, staffer Jane lled me in: Brother and sister need to be adopted as a pair, as they are very closely bonded and love to snuggle together. Tommy has really opened up, she says: braver, more outgoing, playful. His sister Honey Bear is shyer, more inclined to retreat from humans. Of all the siblings, Jane says Tommy and Hon-ey Bear are “the easiest-going…really, they have a lot of potential.” With the help of the shelter’s staff and volunteers, working hard to increase the pair’s socialization, brother and sister “denitely have come along.” Despite their identical coloring right down to their pointed white bibs and white paws—and on their respective forehead, the typical tabby “M” in addition to muted stripes else-where—the two are easy to tell apart: as you can see in their photos, Tommy is shorthaired, while Honey Beat has slightly shaggier fur. Being as they are so close, Jane advocates for the pair to stay togeth-er a quiet, predictable home. They will surely blossom from receiving patient, slowly increased attention, be it progressing from their new human’s subtle, calm proximity to overt invitations to climb on a lap or into bed, to their person’s actively joining in or initiating play and engaging in conversation with them (even simply praise in a pleasant voice can go a long way toward making them feel present and appreci-ated in your life!). If you take it slowly, letting them adjust at their own pace to develop trust and welcome interaction, they will realize that being a loving threesome—with, eeek! a human being—could be even more rewarding than being wrapped up in only each other’s ineffable, exquisite catness. Iris Bass, coauthor of the Cat Lover’s Daily Companion, shares her Lee home with four shelter cats. Her articles follow the special human-feline bond at Purra-dise, the Berkshire Humane Society Cat Adoption Center. Located at 301 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA, Purradise has reopened for adoptions or boarding, Sun 10–4 and Mon–Sat 9–4. Please contact Purradise at (413) 447-7878, to conrm its hours before heading over, or check out https//:berkshirehumane.org to view more photos of Tommy and Honey Bear [or the other cats currently available for adoption from the main shelter at 214 Barker Road, Pittseld, MA (413- 447-7878].Tommy (left) and Honey Bear (above.) Photo © courtesy Berkshire Humane Society.Specializing In Your Dog!Services Include:• Day School• Obedience & Canine Education• Day Care & Day Train Options• Board & Train Options• Group Obedience• Agility ClassesAll of Your Canine Needs including Leashes, Collars, Toys, Food Dishes, Foods, Organic Treats, Unique Boutique Items and More!Gift CertifiCates available200 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 413-458-6087 • www.nbk9.comRhonda’s ReptilesWe Rescue Reptiles in NeedReptile Birthday Parties & EventsRhonda Leavitt • New Lebanon, NY • 518-794-0078RhondasReptiles.com

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9BERKSHIRE HUMANE SOCIETYOur main shelter is now open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday Timely Adoptables All Around3 Oakland Ave. Menands, New York 12204(518) 434-8128 • www.mohawkhumane.orgBerkshire Humane Society214 Barker Rd, Pittseld, MA 01201Phone: (413) 447-7878Berkshirehumane.orgAt this time, all cat and small animal adoptions are being con-ducted by appointment only. Please click the link on our Adopt page (by species) to make an adoption appointment.Hi! I'm PIPER and I sure am charmed! I'm part of the dynamic duo of Piper and Logo, and we need to go home together. I'm a friendly girl that likes to be with people. I enjoy lots of pets, but I get nervous when people reach over my head. I am food motivated, which makes training me a breeze. I don't seem to like other canines, with the exception of Logo.Hi. I’m LOGO. My buddies here don't know much about my life before I got to the shelter, but they are working hard with me to see that the world is not such a scary place. I need to nd that loving, patient owner with a quiet, adult only home.info@outofthepits.orgLogoPiperBerkshirehumane.orgCOLE is a great all-around cat. This 11-year-old brown tiger neutered male was surrendered because his owner had personal problems. He loves to be held and will sit on your lap, yet at 11 years old he is still playful and requires extra play time. Because he can get overstimulated, he should not go to a home with young children, but he gets along with other cats, and even dogs! As a cat over 7 years old, he qualies for a senior discount. This loveable kitty needs a lot of attention – are you the person who can give it to him? Please call the cat room at 413-447-7878, extension 124 if you are interested in Cole.CHARLIE is a 2-year old tan male boxer/lab mix who loves to go for rides in the car, play fetch and walk outdoors. He’s a bit shy and jumpy when meeting new people, so a home without small children would be best for him. Our volunteers are working with him to help him overcome his fears and gain condence. He should not live with other dogs or cats as he did not get along with a dog in his previous home and he has a high prey drive. After a good play session or hike, Charlie is content to go inside and relax. Please call the Berkshire Humane Society kennel at 413-447-7878, extension 126 if you are interested in Charlie.PRISCILLA PRESLEY is a two-year old black spayed female rabbit. Like her namesake, this pretty French Lop mix has had an unsettled life. She was transferred from another animal shelter that had too many small animals. Priscilla has been at the Berkshire Humane Society since February, so it’s time this bunny has a home of her own! If you are interested in Priscilla Presley, please call our small animal department at 413-447-7878, extension 124.Octavia is about 2 years old, and a svelte 45 lbs. She was mama to 7 beautiful pups, and now is ready for her human family to nd her. Octavia has been learn-ing all the things about being a proper lady of the house. She is 100% potty trained to go outside; sleeps all night in her crate, and even knows to head for her crate right away when she hears “Octavia, time for bed.” She is very smart; highly motivated by treats and loving attention, and learns new skills quickly. She has gotten along great with dogs of all sizes whom she has met. She is a natural athlete, and will appreciate regular chances to run in a fenced yard. She has been enjoying the company of a large male dog, and a medium striped cat, in her foster home. She does need occasional reminders to leave the cat alone (lest she get her nose batted). She loves meeting new people; will need consistent cues to learn to greet new people calmly, without tasting them all over right away. In foster, she has improved her manners in every way, and will keep going with this progress under gentle guidance from her new humans.

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Horse Corral10Back in the Saddle: Equine Advocates to reopen to the publicBy Alex Valverde, Social Media & Communications Manager for Equine Advocates Out in the paddocks, Tina, a Mixed-Breed Mare, and Pete, a Standard Don-key, playfully run circles together. Jasmine, a Cleveland Bay, eats grass while her pasture mate Wiatt, a young Shire, waits for someone to walk by with treats. In the Main Barn, Alice and Lisa, two adorable Miniature Donkeys, lay down to relax. Despite their different personalities, they all have one thing in common – they’re ready to see visitors return to Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary. “Last year was difcult for us, but we are really looking forward to welcom-ing visitors here again and resuming our popular Public Open Day Program,” said Susan Wagner, Equine Advocates’ President and Founder. Many aspects of life hit the pause button during the coronavirus pandemic, but animal care never slowed down. While the sanctuary has been closed to the public since April 2020, our staff has been working hard to care for our 80+ residents, which include horses, ponies, mules, and donkeys (and even some goats). We even welcomed four new horses – Kachina, a Wild American Mustang; Mark, a Draft Cross and for-mer urban carriage horse; Wiatt, a Shire, the world’s tallest horse breed; and our resident veteran, Tyler, a Quarter Horse, who, for nine years, helped lead the caskets of U.S. Military members to their nal resting places at Arlington National Cemetery. We could talk for hours about the enjoyment and satisfaction we get out of caring for these incredible animals, but some things are better seen for yourself. We welcome anyone to visit the sanctuary and meet our remarkable equine residents in person during our Public Open Days.Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of our 140-acre farm and learn about every resident, includ-ing how they came to stay at Equine Advocates, by reading their bios on new graphics put up by their areas. The sanctuary has rescued animals from a variety of situations. We have former race-horses and urban carriage horses, PMU mares from Canada, and Wild Mustangs from out West. We do not breed, but we occasionally rescue pregnant mares, which is why a few of our horses are related. As you walk around, you’ll read that some of their stories are heartbreaking, while others are inspirational. Whatever emotion you feel, we hope learning more about their backgrounds helps you understand why we advocate for these animals. Every equine who lives out the rest of his or her life at the sanctuary is an ambassador for others in need and represents the issues Equine Advocates ghts for. From the smallest resident, Casey, a Miniature Donkey, to the largest, Zack, a Belgian Draft Horse who weighs over 2,000 pounds. (Don’t be intimidated by his size though – Zack is a sweet-tempered and beautiful horse.) You’ll get the full experience when visiting Equine Advocates – fun and educational. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the pond and we’ll have some souvenirs available to purchase so you won’t forget your visit.2021 Open Day Schedule – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Saturday, July 17Sunday, August 15Saturday, September 25Sunday, October 24Saturday, November 13 The sanctuary is located at 3212 State Route 66, Chatham, NY. All visitors will need to sign a release form upon arrival. Masks will be required while inside the Welcome Center. As much as we love animals, no pets are permitted to protect our residents. Admission is free, but please consider making a tax-deductible donation. We hope to see you here!

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11Mia (Female, Age 7)Beaufort (Male, Age 9)Julie (Female, Age 7) Snickers (Female, Age 7)Pootie (Male, Age 14) Roscoe (Male, Age 5) The Sonsini shelter has a lovely collection of senior cats looking for their forever homes. These sweeties will make your heart whole! Call the shelter at 413-448-9800 for more information on each senior cat.Animal Art SpotAlishatrimble.com125 Humane Society Rd, Hudson, NY 12534 • (518) 828-6044Open 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. CGHS/SPCA Adoption Counselor Alexa Caunitz is pictured with our sweet Shiba-Inu, Phoebe. Phoebe is about 7 years old and has been here for three months. Phoebe would do best in a household with no other animals, as she prefers to be the queen. She loves human affection and really just wants someone to pet her nonstop! She is going to need a household that’s prepared to give her a little extra TLC, as she does have a medical condition which our adoption counselors would be more than happy to re-view with a new adopter. It doesn’t cause her any discomfort, and has been reviewed carefully by our veterinarians. Please contact us if you’re interested in this sweet girl!

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13All Critter HutchPAW-FESSIONAL PET CARESERVING CENTRAL COUNTYMARIDAY GEYERBonded & Insured Certied Professional Pet Sitter• Dog Walking• Daily and Overnight Pet Sits• Pet Taxi Services• Other Services as Requested413-446-3336shakerpaws@gmail.comwww.shakerpaws.comDo Potbellied Pigs Make Good Pets? Looking for a pet that’s intelligent, hypoallergenic, and undeniably adorable? A potbellied pig could be the new four-legged friend for you. Read on for an-swers to your questions about the basics of housing and caring for a pet pig.Are Pigs Good House Pets?That depends. Pigs are in-telligent creatures, boasting the brain power of young children. This makes them relatively easy to train and socialize. At the same time, however, that intelligence and curios-ity can get pet pigs into trouble. When they’re bored or unhappy, pigs may act out by root-ing, pouting, or begging. They’re also known to try and outsmart owners in search of snacks. Pigs are most denitely not a good choice for owners who don’t have the time and patience necessary to build a strong bond.Do Potbellied Pigs Get Along with Other Pets?Pigs are social animals who enjoy spending time with one another. As pets, they’re also gen-erally happy to share space with cats. Dogs, on the other hand, don’t tend to get along with pigs. Canines are natural predators who may bully their hoofed housemates. Pigs are also known to act aggressively toward dogs, particularly during meals.How Big Are Potbellied Pigs?It’s important to remember that the tiny piglet you purchase or adopt won’t stay that size for long. Potbellied pigs are much smaller than the hogs you’ll see on farms, but they can still grow to a fairly impressive size. What’s more, the genetic diversity of potbellied pigs and other small-sized pig breeds means that the weight and height of full-grown animals can vary considerably. Typically, potbellied pigs weigh anywhere between 75 and 200 pounds and stand between 14 and 20 inches tall. That means your “mini” pig could weigh nearly as much as a Newfoundland!What Do Pet Pigs Eat?Potbellied pigs are omnivores who require a different diet than their larger, farm-based coun-terparts. While some human foods are safe for porcine consumption, snacks from the table and pantry should never make up the bulk of their diet. Only specially-formulated foods are guaranteed to provide the full range of nutrients that pigs require to thrive. Your veterinarian can help you develop a diet that’s suited to your pig’s unique nutritional needs.How Long Do Potbellied Pigs Live?Potbellied pigs live for an average of 15 to 18 years, and some can live well past 20 years. For maximum longevity and the highest possible standard of living, pigs require a complete and balanced diet, as well as routine veterinary care.Should I Spay or Neuter My Pig?All potbellied pig owners are encouraged to neuter their male pets to avoid unwanted behaviors like excessive rooting and mounting. Male pigs reach sexual maturity by 10 weeks of age and begin emitting an unpleasant odor, and females are mature by week 12. Males should be neutered between 8 and 12 weeks of age. While spaying is less com-mon, pigs typically undergo the procedure between their 12th and 16th weeks.Do Pigs Need Vaccines?According to Veterinary Centers of America (VCA), vac-cination for pigs is a controversial subject. There are no specic requirements and your veterinarian’s recommen-dations will depend on factors including your location and your pig’s lifestyle. Vaccinations typically begin around eight weeks of age with annual boosters following after-ward. At minimum, VCA writes that most veterinarians will recommend vaccinating piglets against tetanus, erysipelas, and leptospirosis. Other common vaccinations include: • Parvovirus • Rabies • Rotavirus • BordetellaWhat Health Issues Are Common for Potbellied Pigs?Pigs’ voracious appetites can make them prone to weight gain and obesity. When they’re overheated, pigs often become sullen and pant excessively. Pale porkers are apt to get sunburned and develop skin cancer as well.Since pigs can’t sweat, they are considered exceedingly vulnerable to the elements. A shallow mud pit (also called a wallow) can serve multiple purposes for a pet. A pit will cool them down, protect them from insects, and soothe their dry, aky skin. Regular hoof trimming is recommended to avoid diseases of the foot, hoof, and leg. https://americanminipigassociation.com offers resources for pet lovers hoping to learn more about pig ownership, as well as those ghting to overturn local ordinances.FOOD HELP FOR PEOPLE WITH ANIMALS:Berkshire Humane Society • Mohawk Hudson Humane SocietyColumbia Green Humane Society • www.petpartnersberkshires.orgCheck with: Your Local Food Pantries: www.foodpantries.org • www.foodbankwma.orgWebsites that provide information about people and animals during Covid-19:www.AKC.org • www.avma.org • cdc.gov • www.AAHA.orgwww.americanhumane.org • AKC-CHF: Coronavirus Information for Dog Owners

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14POTBELLIED PIG FUN FACTSCUB’S DENAnimalkind, Inc.721 Warren StreetHudson, NY 12546518-822-8643Berkhire Humane Society214 Baker RoadPittseld, MA 01201413-447-7878Columbia Greene Humane111 Humane Society RoadHudson, New York518-828-6044Dakin Animal Shelter171 Union StreetSpringeld, MA 413-781-4000163 Montague RoadLeverett, MA413-548-9898Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter875 Crane Ave.Pittseld, MA413-448-9800Everybunny Counts Rabbit Rescue618 Matthews St.Bristol, CT 06010Facebook@Everybunnycountseverybunnycounts@yahoo.comGeminis Pampered Greyhounds145 N. Whitney StreetAmherst, MA 01002413-253-4894Greyhound Options43 Sczgiel RoadWare Ma413-967-9088OUR LOCAL SHELTERSHop On Home info@hoponhome.orgSaratoga, New YorkHouse Rabbit ConnectionPO Box 2602Woburn, MA 01888781-431-1211Kanes KrusadeP.O. Box 1085East Longmeadow, MA 01028Lttle Guild of St. Francis285 Sharon-Goshen TurnpikeWest Cornwall, CT860-672-6346Mohawk Hudson Humane Society3 Oakland AveMenands, New York 12204518 434-8128Mutt Rescue102 Grove StreetChicopee, MA 01020413-594-8144Second Chance Animal Center1779 VT-7AArlington, Vermont 05250802-375-2898Thomas J. O’Conner Animal Control & Adoption Center627 Cottage StreetSpringeld, MA 01104413-781-1484Westeld Homeless Cat Project1124 East Mountain RoadWesteld, MA 01085413-568-6964Part 2 Ocean Going HermitsText and photo (saltwater hermit crab) by Thom Smith When I was just a kid, we would go to New London Connecticut for a few days to a week almost every year. I remember the year when I was probably eight or nine years old, and in those days, we were allowed to explore as long as our parents had an idea just where we were going, and why, and how long. My answer was prob-ably over to the shallow channel to catch crabs and if lucky maybe a horse (what I called a seahorse). Other kids might gath-er a few and place them on the hot sand so that they would dry up. Not me, who would keep one in a pail of sea water and watch it for a while; I learned the rst time that it was impossible to keep one alive for any time and never long enough to get it home and into an aquarium. I probably never thought; Where would I get the ocean water for it to swim in? So, I enjoyed watching it. Then I gave him or her a name and then released it. As there were other things to catch, like those crabs that lived in different kinds of shells. I would handle the small ones, dip it in water every once and a while and then when I thought I had been gone long enough I would place it along the edge of the ocean, close enough for it to scuttle back to its home. Race ahead some 25 something years to when I cared for the live animals at The Berk-shire Museum that sometimes included live ocean-going hermit crabs. They are not dif-cult, especially if you have had land crabs; at least you would know that their shells are borrowed, and like our shoes we need to get larger ones as our feet grow. And hermits need larger shells as they grow, and sometimes even like to change into different shells from time to time even if they do not need a larger one. When we began keeping sea creatures, I would have the railroad get us fresh sea water from the peat at the end of their Boston run. Then the synthetic sea salt mix was developed, and we purchased that, and the aquarium still gets its salt by mixing it as needed. Keep your marine hermit crab in at least a fteen-gallon or larger aquarium for one or two and larger for a two more. They do not often get crabby! Fine aquarium sand should be placed on the bottom, and sea salt mix should be mixed with tap water a few days before purchasing your hermit crab. If all goes well get another “Pet” crabs the following week. You can add a piece of coral and even some coral reed rock. This will keep the water in bet-ter condition, and give the crab(s) something to explore. My suggestion is to have the pet shop make suggestions for ltration. These hermit crabs have gills and can only breathe un-der water. Like the land hermits they need an assortment of shells to accommodate growth. And they like to switch shells from time to time. I believe that they get bored! There are tools like a hydrometer to check the salinity of the water, and a thermometer to make sure the water is the right temperature between 75 and 80 degrees. Be sure to have these “tools” and from time to time bring to the pet shop a sample of your tank water. Of-ten, they will test the water for customers. And don’t forget to learn all you can on both the internet but also informative booklets the pet shop may have. 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 relo-cated 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. • Potbellied pigs are native to Southeast Asia and since the 1980s have been imported into the United States as pets.• They are highly intelligent and respond well to clicker train-ing. • They are very sensitive to the sun. It is not as if they need sunscreen spread all over their body, but because they have very little hair on their bodies, you will have to keep an eye on your potbellied pig (and provide plenty of shade) while it is outside. In the wild, potbellied pigs wallow in the mud to protect their skin.• Potbellied pigs are actually a sub-species of the farmyard pig and wild boar. • Potbellied pigs have dismal eyesight. Still, you probably will not be able to sneak up on them, though, as their sense of hear-ing and smell are exceptional. • A potbellied pig are some of the most social creatures. Potbel-lied pigs like to form big herds in the wild, mainly as a form of protection. • Despite advertisements by breeders or websites, the concept of teacup pigs or mini pigs is a myth. These ultra-tiny pigs go by many names, but they are all one and the same species — potbellied pigs. Most healthy adult potbellied pigs weigh between 120 and 180 pounds.

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15BIRD BATH-Open 7 daysa week440 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 440 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA 413-528-8020413-528-8020www.vcaallcaring.comwww.vcaallcaring.comHouse Calls onTuesdays!!Conventional & Holistic Veterinary Medicine & AcupunctureConventional & Holistic Veterinary Medicine & AcupunctureClass 4 Laser for Healing Class 4 Laser for Healing vCa all CarinG animal HospitalClassication By Michael Corral Ever since we were kids we put things into categories and named them; yellow balls, or blue cubes, green trian-gles, with the green triangles more closely related to the blue cubes, or are they? So it is not surprising that adult biologists do the same thing with the 20 million plus living things on earth. Called taxonomy (not taxidermy) and sys-tematics, the description and classication of organisms. The Modern System of Classication originates from the 1700s with Karl von Linne, the Linnean System of Classi-cation. Although this might seem like a dull and tedious task using unpronounceable names and obscure character-istics, it is the world’s largest puzzle and it actually can be quite controversial and impact our view of the entire histo-ry of the earth. The Linnean System used Latin names for species, a dead language and unchanging, known to few and can be used in every language. We were assigned the name Homo sapi-an , homo meaning one and sapian, wise. A dog is Canus domesticus, while a wolf is Canus lupus. All species then can be viewed as a leaf on the tree of life. With one trunk dividing into the ve Kingdoms, these to large branches, Phyla, then dividing to progressively smaller projections, Class, Order, Family, Genera and nally a leave with a assigned name. The dog and wolf leaves would be close to each other while Homo sapiens in the same Class but a dif-ferent Order and Family. Birds are relatively easy to classi-fy and their branching is very orderly compared with other Classes. This is because birds are easy to identify, they have one distinguishing characteristic, feathers. Except for maybe penguins, a question like is that salamander a reptile or amphibian? Or how can a mouse and a whale be in the same Class. Is not asked about birds. There are 31 Orders of birds, one Order, Falconiformes are hawks and eagles, another Piciformes, woodpeck-ers. All orders end in -iforms so it makes it easy. In most Orders, there are Families, falcons are Falconidae, while eagles are Accipiitridae. All Families have the ending -idae, easy right? I say most because some Orders like Gavii-formes, four species of loon, are all in the same Family, Gaviidae and Genus. Then they are given put in a genus and give a second name to t into the system. The Common Loon in any language is Gavia immer. When Linne started classifying and naming plants and animals it was a much simpler world. Few of the species from the tropics were known and there just not so many European plants, animals, fungi and microscopic organ-ism were just being discovered. So his job was relatively easy. He took a pigeon and named it then other pigeon-like birds, doves, etc, were compared and named, if they were very similar, they were put in the same genus, less similar they had a different genus. But what about loons and say a merganser, they looked similar but were not classied together because loons have webbed toes while mergansers swim with webbed feet. What about an enormous albatross and an ocean-going petrel, the size of a pigeon, the do not look alike at all but share a common characteristic, a tube on the top of their bill, this was a characteris-tic that showed relatedness more than size or color or body shape, so are classied together into the Order Procellariiformes. Linne saw the world as xed and unchanging, but 100 years later Charles Darwin gave us a very different view. Just like mountain ranges and river valleys have changed over millions of years, so to have living things. Darwin called it divergent evolution, one species evolving into many, but as they evolved the carried with them certain key characteristics, the tubenose or the lobed toes. These are markers that show relatedness. The reason that a loon and a merganser look similar is because they both dive from the surface of the water for sh, so their shapes have converged. Loons and ducks are not closely related, either are long-legged herons and cranes, likewise hawks and owls. So Linne’s classication tree has become Darwin’s evolutionary tree and with it much debate among the wise ones about our place and our connection to our fellow travelers in space and time. Michael Corral Master’s Thesis was on Red-winged Blackbird song. He has contributed to a number of scientic journals, written a text on Ornithology and wrote many articles for Animal Life Publication. 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18CANINE RESCUE LEAGUES WEBBED SIGHTINGSLooking for a dog? Look here or contact us and we can help! 413-496-8188, anlife@aol.comAFFENPINSCHER RESCUE OF AMERICADonna Wolfe, http://www.affenpinscherrescue.org/AIREDALE TERRIERNew England Airedale Rescue www.newenglandairedalerescue.orgAKITAAkita Rescue of Western New York, www.akitarescuewny.comALASKAN MALAMUTEAlaskan Malamute Rescue of New England, www.amrone.org 413-429-7286 MAAMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERPittieLove Rescue www.pittieloverescue.orgOut of the Pits, www.outofthepits.org, (Albany NY area) info@outoft-hepits.orgThe Simon Foundation Inc, thesimonfoundation.org, 860-519-1516 CT AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDNortheast Aussie Rescue & Placement Helpline (ARPH) www.arphinc.com 877-ARPH-779BASSET HOUND-New England Basset Hound Rescue Inc nebhr.orgBEAGLEB.O.N.E.S./Beagles of New England States www.bonesbeagles.org ad-min@bonesbeagles.org 508-473-2228 MABERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGBernese Education and Rescue Northeast Region www.bernerinc.orgBICHON FRISEBichon Frise Club of America, www.bichonrescue.org, 866-473-0722Linda Ferrullo, 845-561-7004 NYBLOODHOUNDNorthEast Bloodhound Rescue www.bloodhounds.com/tbn/nebr.htmlBORDER COLLIENew England Border Collie Rescue www.NEBCR.org, (ME/NH/VT/MA/CT/RI/upstate NY/northern NJ), info@nebcr.org, 800-760-1569Nutmeg Border Collie Rescue, Jalyn White 860-742-6349 CTBOXERNortheastern Boxer Rescue www.BoxerRescue.com contact@boxerrescue.com (all New England)The Boxer Rescue www.theboxerrescue.org info@theboxerrescue.org (MA/CT/RI) 800-471-2030Second Chance Boxer Rescue, www.secondchanceboxer.com, (all New England) juliescbr@gmail.com, 877-281-3146 (shelter calls or urgent issues only) BRITTANYNew England Brittany Rescue www.nebrittanyrescue.orgBULLDOGBulldog Club of America Rescue Network (BCARN) www.rescuebulldogs.org/rescueroster/rescueroster.htm CHIHUAHUAYankee Chihuahua Rescue www.YankeeChihuahuaRescue.org yankeech-irescue@gmail.comConnecticut - rescueconnecticut@gmail.comMassachusetts - rescuemassachusetts@gmail.comVermont - ycr.vermont@gmail.com COCKER SPANIELCocker Spaniel Rescue of New England www.csrne.org, info@csrne.org, 603-547-3363 NHCOLLIECollie Rescue League of New England www.crlne.org, crlneinfo@aol.com Hotline 802-222-5124 VT DACHSHUNDDachshund Club of America, National Rescue, guiness7@comcast.net, 904-217-7698DALMATIANDal Rescue of Upstate New York, StoneHillDals@aol.comDalmatian Club of America, www.thedca.org DOBERMAN PINSCHERDoberman Rescue Unlimited www.dru.org/ doberman@dru.org (NH/MA/RI/CT/VT/ME) 603-887-1200 NH ENGLISH COCKER SPANIELEnglish Cocker Spaniel Club of America, www.ecsca.org/rescuehome.htmlENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIELNew England English Springer Spaniel Rescue www.essrescue.org/ GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG German Shepherd Rescue of New England www.gsrne.org (all-New En-gland states) info@gsrne.org, hotline 978-443-2202 MA GOLDEN RETRIEVERYankee Golden Retriever Rescue (New England only) www.ygrr.org Hotline 978-568-9700 MA GREAT DANEGreat Danes Around New England Rescue, www.gdaner.orgCarrie Loholdt (MA, VT, NH, CT, RI, ME) gdanerescue@aol.com207-321-2771 ME GREAT PYRENEESNortheast Pyr Rescue www.nepyresq.org 877-528-0637GREYHOUNDGreyhound Friends, www.grey-hound.org (New England/NY/NY) 508-435-5969 MAGreyhound Rescue of NE, www.greyhoundrescuene.org, adopt@greyhoundrescuene.org 508-478-1617 MA Greyhound Pets of America/Massachusetts, www.greyhound-petsmass.org, IRISH SETTERIrish Setter Club of New England, www.iscne.orgJACK RUSSELL TERRIERPauline Clark @www.jacksgalore.orgLABRADOR RETRIEVERLabrador Retriever Rescue www.labrescue.com/ (MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) Hotline 978-356-2982 MALabrador Retriever Rescue-CT www.labrescuect.orglabrescuect@gmail.com, 860-767-0381 CTNorthEast All Retriever Rescue www.nearr.com email: nearr@ne-arr.com Hotline 617-824-4278 MA MALTESEAmerican Maltese Association Rescue, www.americanmalteseres-cue.org, MASTIFFFriends of Rescued Mastiffs, www.mastiffrescue.org, 800-200-5287Mastiff Club of America Rescue www.mastiff.org/MCOARESCUE.htm, RydalmMastiffs@aol.comOLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOGNew England Old English Sheep-dog Rescue www.neoesr.org,781-259-8173 MAPEKINGESEPekingese Rescue Network Inc (NJ, NY, CT, MA, NH, RI, ME, VT) www.pekerescue.petnder.comPOMERANIANBay Colony Pomeranian Club Res-cue, baycolonypomeranianclub.orgPOODLEPoodle Rescue of New England www.poodlerescuene.org Poo-dleRescue@poodlerescuene.org 617-628-1425 MAPoodle Rescue of Vermont, www.poodlerescuevt.org, 802-497-4144 VT, info@poodlerescuevt.orgPUGPug Rescue of New England, www.pugrescueofnewengland.orgGreen Mtn Pug Rescue www.greenmtnpugrescue.comCurly Tail Pug Rescue (NY/CT/NJ) www.curlytailpugrescue.orgRAT TERRIERRatbone Rescues www.ratbonerescues.com, ratbonerescue@ratboneres-cues.comROTTWEILERNorth East Rottweiler Rescue www.rottrescue.org, toll free 866-392-0102SAINT BERNARDSaint Bernard Rescue Foundation, www.saintrescue.orgSAMOYEDMinuteman Samoyed Club Rescue, www.doghows.org/ash/mscr/ , info@samoyedrescue.orgSHIBA INUNational Shiba Club of America Rescue, www.shibas.org/rescue.html, rescue@shibas.orgNYC Shiba Rescue, http://nycshibarescue.org, email: shibas@nycshibares-cue.org, 917-591-3408 NYSHIH TZUAmerican Shih Tzu Club Rescue contacts, www.americanshihtzuclub.org./rescue_committeeShih Tzu Rescue of New England, www.petnder.com/shelters/MA304.html, STRNE1@gmail.comWELSH TERRIER-welshterrierrescue.org.YORKSHIRE TERRIERYorkshire Terrier Club of America Rescue Inc, www.ytca.org/rescue.htmlPositive Reinforcement Cat Trainers in Western Mass and Beyond! Paws of Nature Dog and Cat Behavior & Training ServicesServing Northern CT and Western MACall 413-642-5442Pet Behavior ConsultingCertified behavior Consultant for cats and dogsGranby, Ma413-230-9873ForAnimals: Positive Pet Training techniques for dogs and cats(See ad page 12)The MarketplaceFor SaleRabbits For Sale• ANGORA RABBITS FOR SALEGrow your own luxury ber!Our bunnies are handled from birth. Excellent support before and after sale.Visit them at www.llamafanatics.comDiane Droescher, Laurel Ledge Farm413-275-2230

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19CUB’S DENtHe WorlD of animalsNational Animals From Around the WorldNEPALNEPALBRAMAN BABY COWBARBARY LIONMOROCCODANPHEwww.berkshiremountainanimalworld.comDog Wags-Breeds from A to ZDog Breeds The Bearded Collie dog breed was developed in Scotland to herd sheep and cattle in any weather or terrain. They function today as excellent fam-ily companions, show dogs, working sheepdogs, or even all three. It is essentially a working dog—bred to be hardy and reliable, able to stand up to the harshest conditions and the toughest sheep. The working Bearded Collie has become less common in the last few decades and risked dying out; however, thanks to the efforts of a few shepherds, the “working Beardie” has survived and is becoming more popular. It has been exported to Australia and the United States and nds favor among those looking for an independent and intelligent sheepdog. The Working Bearded Collie Society’s mission is to preserve the working abilities of non-registered working dogs from “bearded” ancestors. The Bearded Collie’s enthusiasm is displayed in his bouncy nature. It’s said that Beardies working in thick undergrowth in Scotland would bounce up to see where the sheep were and that when confronted by stubborn sheep, they bark and bounce in front of it to get it to move. Whatever the case, Bearded Collies bounce along through life with a constantly wagging tail and an upbeat, clownish attitude. Because of their energy and quickness Bearded Collies are well-suited to competing in obedience, rally, agility, and other dog sports. They’re highly affectionate and can even make good pets for novice dog parents. They do, however, need a good amount of exercise and would prefer a fenced-in yard to run around in. And make sure that fence is secure because these pups can be excellent escape artists! They also require regular grooming; weekly brushing is mandatory for keeping their long hair mat-free. Some Bearded Collie owners opt to keep their pets in a “puppy cut” haircut, which reduces (but does not eliminate) the need for brushing. A loyal and family-friendly dog, the Beardie can add years of pet-ownership enjoyment to the home. The Bearded ColliekinDly tell our WonDerful aDvertisers WHere you saW tHeir aDvertisement!

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