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Berkshire Animal World W hat s I n a B ath S ee page 6 G uinea P ig T raining O ur C enterfold Listening To Our Dogs See page 17 Adoptables From Cats to Rats See Our All Pet Animalectory Page 16 March 2021 The Real Premier Tri State Community Monthly All Pet AniMagazine

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ADOPTION HOURS Bronx Breed Pit mix Age 2 Closed Monday Tuesday Friday 12 6pm Saturday Sunday 12 5pm P 413 448 9800 875 Crane Avenue in Pittsfield MA Phone 413 448 9800 staff sonsinianimalshelter org Hey there I m Bronx Could you be the lucky person who will take me home I love playing both fetch and tug I will need to go to an adult only home without cats I also require a fenced in yard I am looking for someone who has experience with bully breeds and who will enroll me in training classes The shelter staff has been working with me on recall staying and waiting as well as dropping and trading my toys I am a quick learner and I am eager to work for treats I can get excitable and will sometimes jump up and be mouthy I will need someone who can work on correcting this behavior I will make a great hiking partner Getting me all tired out will help me be the sweet loving companion that I can be Call the shelter if you re interested in me Nassau Pharmacy H e a lt h W e l l n e s s C e n t e r 518 766 2707 3541 US Route 20 Nassau NY Open Mon Fri 9 6 Saturday 9 4 Does your pet find it difficult to take medications Do you have to struggle with your pet everytime LEARN MORE ABOUT COMPOUNDING AND HOW IT CAN HELP YOU Ask our Pharmacy about filling all your pets prescriptions WE TURN YOUR PETS MEDS INTO FLAVORED LIQUID GELS TREATS for an easier way to give your pets their medication Save 5 00 NOW 2 15 00 Mininum Purchase New Prescriptions Only Hi Rusty Rusty was one of many lost or abandoned kitties who was able to make life saving use of the programs and services that the Columbia Greene Humane Society SPCA has continuously available to the community Read a little more about his story in this week s Soft Paws column 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

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Paws to Reflect Hello Everyone Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month I just discovered a Guinea Pig Shelter It s in Salisbury MA and it s called guinespigsanctuary org It s a sanctuary for the sweet little critters and also seems to adopt some out I love reading about people s committment to specific critters in addition to cats and dogs like guineas rabbits or reptiles because it takes so much work and love to keep things going especially nowadays Check out the centerfold for Guinea pig training tips and adoptables LOTS OF ADOPTABLES THIS MONTH We offer free ads for lost pets in a wide distribution area Our publication is also seen on social media and as a Flipbook Please like us on Facebook Check out our Animalectory for the best animal businesses in the Berkshires and Beyond and drop by www berkshiremountainanimalworld com Spring is almost here and and hope is in the air Hope everyone is safe and busy Give all your pets an extra hug from me Gayle Berkshire Animal World Berkshiremountainanimalworld gmail com Founder Gayle Schechtman Editor Jane Nicole Writers Kendra Baker Iris Bass Meg Caron Tina Dow Gordon Fontaine Charlene Marchand Thom Smith Deborah Tuttle Linda Clayton Dr Debra Primovic DVM P O Box 1842 Lenox MA 01240 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 3 Edition 32 CRATE OF CONTENTS Newsbites Near and Far Dog Barks Collars on Dogs 4 6 5 6 Grooming Table Is it Really Just a Bath Part I 6 Cat s Meow This Side of Purradise 8 8 Chatham Rescue to Freedom Columbia Green Humane Society Tails to Tell My Best Friend Forever Adoptables All Around 7 9 11 14 19 SPOTLIGHT On Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month 10 11 Animal Websites For Kids 12 Bird Bath Migration Part 2 13 Cub s Den Fire Goby Fire Goby Fun Facts Dog Wags Monthly Breed The Biewer World of Animals 14 14 15 Animalectory Guide To Our Local Shelters 15 16 17 Healing Are Dogs Empaths 17 17 Rescue Leagues 18 Cat Trainers 18 TIMELY ADOPTABLES ALL AROUND March Issue Adoptables are from Columbia Green Humane Society Berkshire Humane Society Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter Ba k Mohawk Hudson Humane Society rk r Ba Second Chance Animal Center Out of the Pits Check out our Canine Rescue League Directory Kindly Tell Our Wonderful Advertisers Where You Saw Their Advertisement This is Timothy Hall age 5 at the time with Oscar the cat age 3 He is the Stepson of the owner Tonya Hall of The Spicy Purrito a homegrown cat toy business in Schnectady New York Her products are available in her store and on the web for purchase see ad page 12 Front Photo Credit 3

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Dog Barks Collars and Dogs By Meg Caron As a trainer I will often get the question What kind of trainer are you The underlying question here is Do you use punitive training methods to motivate dogs I consider myself a natural trainer That definition essentially allows me to consider all methods of training in order to develop that partnership between owner and dog The dominance theory shows that a dog is always seeking the leader within the group and essentially becoming the leader if one doesn t emerge I believe that is partially true I believe dogs are pack animals but instead of attempting to fit within a particular hierarchy they want to work within a team The relationship goes poorly when the dog doesn t look at you as part of the team but views you as the proverbial water boy It is critical that your dog respects you and works alongside you not against you or for you In order to achieve this there frequently needs to be some positive and negative reinforcement As an owner you must communicate your likes and dislikes finding what motivates your dog and what discourages your dog In my time as a trainer close to 25 years I have probably used every imaginable tool I have used the martingale collar traditional slip chain collar gentle leader prong collar and an electronic collar Some of my owners will initially cringe at my toolbox but find out that I use whatever tool works for the owner dog combination I m not only working with the personality and temperament of the dog but of the owner and how the two work together I have a multitude of examples where one method excelled over another I have examples of how the biggest toughest meanest dogs caved with a snap of my fingers and a poke to get attention and how some of my happiest friendliest dogs needed the highest level of correction to get their attention That is the key to the entire equation How do I get your attention what does it take to get you to turn away from that squirrel and look up at me And once you do here is the other half of the equation how do I get you to continue focusing on me Sometimes it is a treat sometimes it is just praise sometimes it s a squeaky toy Every dog is different and every training program is different Today I met Percy Percy is a labradoodle But Percy has a lot of anxiety Percy is four years old and has developed some nasty behaviors to what he believes is protecting himself He doesn t look to his owners for protection he doesn t trust that they can He believes he is on his own and whenever they attempt to maneuver him he bites But Percy is a sensitive guy If I put a prong collar on Percy or even an e collar I would send him into a pure anxious state of mind and he would become even more aggressive With Percy we have worked alongside a veterinarian Copake Animal Hospital to provide him with some anti anxiety medication He will have about a month before we return to assess the effectiveness Today we focused on teaching Percy the place command and worked with the owners to learn how to read his anxiety We are increasing exercise and establishing routines For Percy it isn t about the collar it s about communication Now there is Rumi Rumi is a nine month old very happy playful Golden Retriever Rumi has young energetic owners They throw the ball all day for Rumi When Rumi gets overly excited she will become naughty She jumps at her owners she grabs their arms legs whatever she can get ahold of Rumi doesn t like to come when called she doesn t want to stop playing Rumi is a pup that is going to benefit from the electronic collar Her worst behaviors come about when she is off her leash and she believes she is free Rumi has very good owners They have engaged in a full training program they are practicing every day and they have purchased a long 30 foot leash to encourage those off lead recalls And only after all this practice has occurred will we introduce the e collar to Rumi I believe that this makes Alpha K9 excel over other trainers in the area I come to you I work in your home and I will customize a program to fit the dog owner combination I tell every potential customer to interview other trainers before picking one But be sure that the trainer you choose is open to all options When we limit ourselves to one method we do just that we limit ourselves I m proud to say that I have everything under the sun sitting in my toolbox I don t belong to any camp I m not an exclusive positive reinforcement trainer and I don t believe that every behavior requires a punitive correction I don t believe in one collar over another I believe in the relationship I believe in creating that emotional bond between the dog and the owner Spending time with owners teaching them how to play with their dog Once that connection is established than the obedience can begin If you d like to learn more about my methods please contact us For anymore 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 3920263 or mcaron592 gmail com Mention that you saw this article and receive 15 off your next training appointment Wood Hill Veterinary Clinic OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK 518 392 6224 Like us on Facebook 650 ROUTE 295 OLD CHATHAM WOODHILLVETCLINIC COM Certified Essential Oil Coach Offering education on Essential Oil safety for people and pets Raindrop Technique 518 929 5870 Deborah zigzagtozen com https oily life zigzagtozen 5

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Tails to Tell Chatham Animal Haven BABIES Rescue to Freedom Spotlight Who doesn t love babies Human dog cat pig cow But GOAT babies They make our hearts flutter a little faster than the others Known as kids they are one of the most active and mischievous of all the babies And cute Oh how cute are they Last month we introduced Snowflake and Loki who came to Chatham Animal Haven after being surrendered by their people who were moving to Texas Loki lived at Little Brook Farm a local horse rescue for about a month until he moved to Colleen s house He was neutered on New Year s Eve Happy New Year but NO MORE BABY MAKING His and Snowflake s babies were born late on January 2nd Fortunately we had made the right decision having Snowflake stay at our farrier s house Shout out to Butler s Farrier service if you need a good goat or sheep farrier A good size baby girl came first then a smaller boy who was a breech came second He needed some help being born safely and Jamie made sure he was Breech births can have problems with fluid in the lungs so he was swung to clear them Snowflake was instantly a great first time mom Mid January the three moved to the Haven The babies are growing like weeds and running jumping and getting into everything they can It took almost seven weeks but they finally got names Silas and Harriet Silas will need to be separated from his mama and sister in the next two weeks since goats can breed very young The other option would be to have him wethered neutered It is much better to wait until 5 or 6 months to let his body mature Males that are wethered very young are more likely to have problems with urinary calculi in the future So little Silas will be heading off to join another young male at a friend s house until he can be reunited with his family sometime this Summer Harriet will be staying with mama We are hoping Loki can come over to the Haven and join our Samson another very large and horned goat until the time we can put all of them in together At least that is our goal Stay tuned In other news Cooper and Heidi the two little goats we also wrote about last month who have been staying at Little Brook since the Fall have found a good home and will be going there soon 6 Is It Really Just A Bath Part I By Kendra Baker We ve all been there and if you haven t yet you will be one day We have a dog whom we love very much and we want only the best for We cherish and dote on them and cuddle with them Sometimes we see or smell something amiss A They got into SOMETHING B They picked up some nasty hitchhikers fleas ticks C They sport the Dog Funk odor and are turning our fingers grey The list goes on Now we all know a bath is coming but what do we use Can t we ask a friend or look it up on the internet Perhaps we can just figure it out ourselves as we go Maybe we have a bottle of doggy shampoo from the supermarket on standby Simple right First let s consider what we are working with and go from there When we wash our pets we are removing the excess oils dirt old skin cells and dead hair as well as potential allergens irritants and environmental pollutants from the surface of the skin How we go about this and the products we use can have an enormous effect on our pets health Here s how The skin is the largest organ of the body and serves as the barrier As all living things have needs for survival so does the skin These needs are Nutrition Hydration Protection and Oxygen and all but the last are fulfilled by something that is produced in the hair follicle called sebum basically oil Yes oil is actually our friend This oil sebum not only feeds waters and protects the skin it also keeps the fur healthy shiny and easy to brush What do I mean when I say it protects It keeps bacteria fungus yeast parasites and harmful UV rays at bay Obviously this is some pretty important stuff Now what do we use to bath our dog Suggestions abound from the internet to friends and family and old conventions Very commonly suggested product types are baby shampoos because they sound gentle and smell nice and dish detergents because they clean very well and will knock down fleas Here s the reality about human products they are formulated for an animal that has a completely different type of skin and hair than dogs Our dog s have a pH of approximately 6 5 while human s average around 4 9 5 5 What that basically means is our skin and the products we use on ourselves are more acidic than the skin of our dog s and the products we should use on them Using these human products will disrupt the delicate balance of the skin barrier Also our dog s are not all built the same different breeds vary greatly in the type of coat they have The products you use must meet the needs of coat type you are bathing There are different kinds of moisturizers that do different jobs and human products are not balanced for canine use Our conditioners are often ill suited and insufficient to restore our dog s skin barrier Dish detergents more extreme as they are designed to completely cut through all the grease and oil of whatever you wash with them Meaning our dogs are left with dry itchy and compromised skin Now we all have a presence of bacteria and fungi in low levels on our skin They balance each other out and the

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population stays low because they are in competition with each other for resources to survive Once the skin is stripped of its protective layer those populations suddenly have a lot more resources and they grow Remember that the oil made by the skin protects the skin from these guys Our dogs scratch because their skin is dry this weakens the skin more and the bacteria and fungus can move deeper A dog with skin like this stinks much more quickly too These detergents may kill fleas by removing their oil layer and suffocating them in the detergent We can tolerate these products to some extent but let s be honest we can get dry cracked hands from using dish soap We must remember our dog s skin is 6 8 times thinner and more sensitive than ours because they have that fur to protect them so imagine how dry cracked and irritated these soaps leave your dog s skin Please don t use these products on dogs Clearly there is more to the story than wash and done So how do we safely bathe our dog and keep their skin healthy We use a high quality mild dog specific shampoo followed by the appropriate conditioner made by a company that understands the unique needs of our dog s skin The ingredients will be effective and will not strip the oil we want to keep Avoid cheap supermarket shampoos the marketing can look so appealing but has the product inside had the same treatment as the label design It is easy to make something that looks good is produced cheaply and sells for a high profit There are a lot of these out there Usually what is inside are harsh products and will result in a dry itchy dog whose signature Dog Funk smell quickly comes back often leading to a trip to the veterinarian which they commonly diagnosed as allergies and an expensive fix that doesn t address the cause You will also see an increase in shedding because dry skin can t hold healthy hair IMPORTANT Don t skip the conditioner That s right dog conditioner is essential to replace what the shampoo removes Part II next month will discuss conditioner Kendra is the owner of Give A Dog a Bath on Ashland Street in North Adams MA Website giveadogabath com Soft Paws By Charlene Marchand I wanted to use this anonymous submission this week to help all our readers see the ongoing importance and impact that the programs and services at the Columbia Greene Humane Society have on our community A few weeks ago I looked over to see an orange cat looking in my neighbor s glass door Being familiar with all the animals that my neighbors have I knew that none of them owned cats they let outside So the question became how did Rusty as we began calling him come to be here Did he somehow become lost from his owner Was he abandoned because his owner could no longer care for him due to financial constraints Or was he simply not wanted anymore We featured him on local social media and called the Columbia Greene Humane Society SPCA to report him as a found cat and to inquire whether anyone had reported any lost cats that fit Rusty s description unfortunately with no matches We borrowed a Have a Heart trap to assist us with catching him and made arrangements to surrender him to the shelter once we were successful in securing him We set about making sure he was as safe as we could make him until we could rescue him He was utilizing the neighbors open wood house as his shelter We knew that wasn t adequate shelter for him against the frigid February temperatures we were experiencing so a heated insulated box was constructed for him We fed him multiple times throughout the day and made sure he had access to fresh water from a heated water bowl Although Rusty wouldn t let us touch him we were convinced he was a cat that had once been owned because of his behavior of coming when called meowing back to us when we talked to him seeking out contact with my dog and his overall sweet demeanor Our efforts to capture him accelerated when we noticed that he was limping and I m happy to say we were successful in trapping him the next day I notified the shelter we had secured him and they made arrangements for us to bring him in When the shelter staff handled him they found a badly infected wound The shelter quickly made arrangements for his veterinary care which resulted in a surgery to repair and place drains from the abscessed wound He then returned to the shelter to begin his recovery Had Rusty not received the care he did it is almost certain he would have succumbed to a painful death as a result of sepsis We ll never know how Rusty arrived at my neighbor s door but what we do know is that if he was no longer wanted by his owner options are available If his owners couldn t afford his care but wanted to keep him the Columbia Greene Humane Society offers a free food pantry as well as access to low cost veterinary care If these options didn t meet the owner s needs Rusty could have 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 been surrendered to the shelter where he would have been safe and received the care he needed to start whichever of his nine lives is next If someone you know is experiencing hardship with maintaining their pets please encourage them to utilize the programs and services available at CGHS 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 7

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Tails to Tell My Best Friend Forever by Iris Bass I grew up in a rural Vermont village population 800 in the 1950s The village school was four rooms for eight grades and when you graduated from first grade to second grade you simply moved from one side of the room to the other Every other year you d move to the lower grade side of another room Many of the kids at the village grade school were farmers kids and lots of classroom seats would be empty during harvest time because the kids were needed at home I wasn t a farmer s kid we were village dwellers My dad was a Dartmouth and Tuck School of Business grad who married a Vermonter and then settled into becoming a Vermonter when he became the business manager of the local copper mine The anomaly of a copper mine in Vermont drew together a diverse group of transient but close knit adult village dwellers from across the country and from around the world but kids my own age were very few and very far between Warm weather playdates consisted of going with my mom to one of the outlying farms to pick up supplies of fresh milk eggs vegetables and fruits While my mom shared coffee and gossip in the kitchen I d roam the farm with the farm kids I knew from school and visit all the farm animals while pulling fresh warm eggs from beneath the chickens and searching for kittens in the haymow By contrast the winter months were long and cold but none of that mattered on those crisp bright winter mornings when Mr Bushway would bring his daughter Carol down from their farm in a horsedrawn farm sleigh and pick me up for a ride to school Those idyllic early years hold many fond memories but the memories that are the most vivid and that I cherish the most are those of Fluffy a big gray and white tom cat who quite magically appeared at our house one day and who quickly became my constant companion and indeed my very first best friend But even more than that Fluffy became and remains perhaps the single most enduring and endearing influence on my life When the weather was warm and dry Fluffy and I would spend the day wandering the fields woods and river banks He taught me to be silent observant and peaceful Fluffy was my Zen master When the weather was cold or wet we d snuggle safe inside and I d read aloud to him He encouraged me to be articulate learned and self confident Fluffy was my patient tutor And if I was ever sad mad or scared I d take Fluffy under the bed with me to allay my tears anger and fear Fluffy was my solace And now as I reflect back over my seventy years I realize what a truly lucky child I was to have had Fluffy in my life to have had Fluffy to love and I loved Fluffy with all my heart I hope all that Rainbow Bridge stuff is true I d love to be with Fluffy again someday This Side of Purradise Who Is That Masked Cat No it s not the Lone Ranger meet Casper who peeks out winningly from what in fancy dress terms is called a domino mask permanently affixed to the upper half of his face Aged 15 75 in human years but remember cats can live well into their 20s this handsome black tuxedoed gentleman did I say fancy dress is one of some half dozen kitties a few of whom are his younger brothers surrendered recently to Berkshire Humane Society from a single residence Perhaps due to having spent his years in competition for it Casper relishes human attention When we spoke on February 23 BHS staffer Jane noted that he loves to snuggle doesn t mind being picked up enjoys chatting and will probably follow you around just to be nearby She believes he likely would accept another cat or dog who is as laidback as he is indeed personality wise she said he is actually kind of like a dog Rest assured you need not adopt the whole kit and caboodle he arrived with Casper isn t closely bonded them Jane said instead he delights in finally having some space for himself that s understandable imagine sharing the same home with six siblings or their friends for your entire life Like many human elders Casper is beginning to feel his age in his joints and muscles and there s a simple inexpensive solution for that which BHS is currently administering to him glucosamine perhaps already familiar to you as a supplement taken by people to keep their own joints supple A little sprinkle of the kitty version atop his dry food is all it takes see box for more about glucosamine As Casper though active is no longer a young pup he also would probably appreciate having some easily accessible comfy surfaces to call his own while not hopping up to sit or tuck in with you Even as the Covid numbers are coming down we have just passed a sad milestone and it looks as though we humans will still need to mask up for some days to come Follow Casper s lead doing so with good humor and grace and dare I say elegance And if stayat home still looms as large in your life as it does for me who best to stay at home with but this easygoing fellow who at present is all dressed up with no place to go too Qui n sabe YOUR place may be just THE place for you to ride out these life altering times cozily together Per the Mayo Clinic Glucosamine is a natural compound found in cartilage the tough tissue that cushions joints In supplement form glucosamine is harvested from shells of shellfish or made in a lab For use in pets it is available over the counter or from a vet My two caveats in relation to cats are a be sure to use a feline appropriate product in the correct dosage for your cat s weight and b never substitute products dosages marketed for humans or other animals unless with your vet s approval BHS will let you know which product is appropriate for Caspar Iris Bass coauthor of the Cat Lover s Daily Companion shares her Lee home with four shelter cats Her articles follow he special human feline bond at Purradise the Berkshire Humane Society Cat Adoption Center located in Great Barrington MA Due to the pandemic Purradise is currently closed for adoptions or boarding For those services please contact Berkshire Humane Society located at 214 Barker Road Pittsfield MA directly at 413 447 7878 to make an appointment no unscheduled walk ins please or check out https berkshirehumane org to view Casper or other cats currently available for adoption 8 by Kristina Tina Dow Tina is the owner of Bensdotters Pet a quality food and supply store in Great Barrington MA a 2 minute 2 mile drive South from Guidos on Route 7 see ad page 13 and 20

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Timely Adoptables All Around Our main shelter is now open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday At this time all cat and small animal adoptions are being conducted by appointment only Please click the link on our Adopt page by species to make an adoption appointment BERKSHIRE HUMANE SOCIETY Berkshirehumane org DINO AND ANGEL are 1year old short coat guinea pig brothers who were brought to Berkshire Humane Society because of allergies Due to this they did not receive a lot of handling and are quite shy They are sweet boys and would benefit from an experienced home that can help them continue to come out of their shells They love each other very much and must be adopted together 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 find that loving patient owner with a quiet adult only home Berkshire Humane Society 214 Barker Rd Pittsfield MA 01201 Phone 413 447 7878 Logo 3 Oakland Ave Menands New York 12204 518 434 8128 www mohawkhumane org Meet the dynamic duo Dixie is 6 years old and believed to be a boxer Dixie and Rosie pit bull mix She is a very loving little girl who is BONNIE is a six year old lab terrier mix who came to Berkshire Humane Society along with 14 other dogs mostly seniors rescued from a hoarding situation in Georgia The dogs were found living in unsanitary conditions with about 60 other animals in a kennel outside of the owner s home when they were rescued Bonnie is a bit shy at first but warms up quickly She walks well on a leash with her harness and play with her stuffed duckie Bonnie has a high prey drive so a home with no cats or small children would be best Even though she lived with other dogs in the past Bonnie doesn t get along with many of them so she would only be adopted out to a home with another dog after a successful dog introduction If you are interested in adopting Bonnie please give our kennel a call at 413 447 7878 extension 126 Piper Rosie Dixie info outofthepits org house broken and crate trained Even though she is crate trained she d prefer to be with her people Dixie loves to be on top of things her crate back of the sofa the world Rosie is 2 years old and a very special girl Rosie is crate trained and house broken as well She came from what appears to have been an abuse situation She has some scars from what may have been cigarette burns Due to her unknown past she is shy around strangers especially men With a little bit of time she does warm up For this reason it is important that her best friend Dixie goes to her new forever home with her Meet Floki Age 1 2 years Breed Walker Coonhound Size 70 lbs Personality Energetic Playful Friendly Recommended Home I can go to a home with a playful dog and respectful teenage children with proper introduction I m here because I was brought to SCAC by Animal Control Second Chance Animal Center 1779 VT Route 7A Arlington VT 05250 802 375 2898 https 2ndchanceanimalcenter org COMET Age 6 months old Sex Female Breed DSH Color Black Dogs Cats Friendly feline friends Kids Yes Indoor Outdoor Indoor only Talkative sweet playful 9

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Spotlight on Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month Each year Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month educates a few more people about guinea pigs and the rescues dedicated to their welfare Some people don t realize they are great pets but also get abandoned just like other pets Guinea pig rescues are full of sweet critters who have been abandoned outdoors left behind in empty homes seized by authorities in abuse neglect hoarding cases or quite literally thrown away There are pigs who were surrendered because kids lost interest adults lost jobs families had to relocate or caretakers were overwhelmed by the costs and or labor required for the proper care of this species Why adopt and not buy Despite all this rescued guinea pigs remain open hearted to good humans willing to make a serious long term commitment The advantages of adopting these sweet critters instead of purchasing from a pet store are numerous Here are just a few Adoptable guinea pigs are correctly sexed A rescue group won t send you home with a mixed sex pair thinking you are instead leaving with a same sex pair Adoptable guinea pigs have had top notch care Expert handlers know the subtle symptoms of a long list of illnesses and won t send a pig out if they have the slightest doubt about its current health No surprise pregnancies A rescue group will not send a pregnant guinea pig home with an adopter If an unspayed female pig comes into a rescue and volunteers know there s a good chance she d been around an unneutered male she ll be put on pregnancy watch as a precaution Rescue groups typically have guinea pigs of all ages This means you re sure to find the right match whether you have soft spot for seniors or would prefer to have full grown guinea pigs for your kids Rescue groups have bonded pairs of guinea pigs So if you want two you can find two who already get along great A good rescue is not going to let you get in over your head Our primary concern is the welfare of our animals and we re strong defenders of and advocates for them If we think potential adopters need further information and education or think guinea pig care is going to be too much for an already overloaded household we re going to have a diplomatic but firm heart to heart talk with you Humans get over hurt feelings and bruised egos but an animal may not survive a bad home So if you re looking to bring guinea pigs into your home please give a rescued animal a second chance When you adopt guinea pigs you help more than just the critters you take in At any given time there are hundreds of adoption listings on Petfinder for guinea pigs across the U S And for every pig that s in a rescue there s another one needing the same safe haven Capybaras Smart sociable animals capybaras are affectionately called giant guinea pigs but they are not as simple to care for as their smaller cousins Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world weighing up to 170 pounds The capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris is a giant cavy rodent native to South America It is the largest living rodent in the world Also called capivara in Brazil capiguara in Bolivia chig ire chig iro or fercho in Colombia and Venezuela carpincho in Argentina Paraguay and Uruguay and ronsoco in Peru it is a member of the genus Hydrochoerus of which the only other extant member is the lesser capybara Hydrochoerus isthmius Its close relatives include guinea pigs and rock cavies and it is more distantly related to the agouti the chinchilla and the coypu The capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of water It is a highly social species and can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals but usually lives in groups of 10 20 individuals 10

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10 Ways To Train Guinea Pigs Part 1 By Tim Rhodes 1 Train Your Guinea Pig to Respond to its Name The first and initial exercise every pet owner has to do is to give your pet a name Then it is also important to teach your guinea pig to come when called by its name The steps are quite easy Place your guinea pig on the floor not so much distance from you Put a couple of your pets favorite treats in your hands Then call the pet s name and make sure the treat is visible to your guinea pig Do this daily until your guinea pig responds to every call 2 Train Your Guinea Pig to Approach You When Called Dogs are not the only pets that like to come when you call them you can also teach your guinea pig to run after you each time you call them while you hold a treat Make sure you show some patience as this may take some time and that you use treats that they like In order to carry out this training your pet must already recognize know its name Firstly do well to use your pets name often even when you like to play to talk to it Give your pets a treat whenever you call his name to come Then take your guinea pig out of the cage and place him across the room for you Ensure your pet is aware that the treats are in your hands when you want him to come Call your pets name and make sure he comes towards you to take the treat Do this continually until your pet gets fond of his name and running towards you to come to his meal 3 Litter Train Your Guinea Pig Teaching your guinea pig to make use of the litter box will take time and patience from every pet owner When it comes to litter box training guinea pigs expect to experience a few troubles like when your pet mistakenly poops in the wrong spot do not tell your pet off the steps in this training are quite easy to grasp Use a litter box that matches its size and hold a treat near it Pinpoint the area in your pets cage where he likes to poop Add some hay in the toilet area point of your pets cage When your pets use the new hay litter box give him the treat to show appreciation Praise your guinea pig for doing well Continuous appreciation giving treats each time your pet uses the toilet will make the training process easier 4 Train Your Guinea Pig Not to Bite Guinea pigs are cute and friendly in nature just like other animals they tend to bite when they feel a threat Mouthing and biting are two distinct behaviors that don t get mixed up The curious nature of the guinea pigs makes them mouth you which shows they want to know more about you and that they are interested in you They bite when they are scared The ways to train your pet not to bite are Show your pets lots of love and offer healthy treats Ensure you don t get your guinea pig scared with odors of other pets it doesn t like dogs cats Hold your guinea pig gently and softly they tend to bite when they are uncomfortable Make sure your pet understand that he doesn t need to be scared of you give them their favorite treat A sick guinea pig may bite often do well to check the vet Ensure to wash sanitize your hands before handling your pet When you start training your guinea pigs make sure you make time and dedicate to give your best Start by using your hand and get him used to it the guinea pig can sense when they are being trained they re an intelligent animal and an amazing friend that sometimes can be stubborn 5 Training Your Pet to Stand Up This training is fun and one you should teach your pet playmate When it comes to training your guinea pig in order to be successful at this you need your pet s favorite treat to make this work The steps are Hold the treats above your pets heads Ensure your pet is aware of holding the treat then say standup Try to make them stand in their back legs when they are on their back legs give them the treat Do this continually until your pet can stand when you say so If the training is successful your pet will be able to stand up without the boost of their favorite treat 5 more ways next month Part II 125 Humane Society Rd Hudson NY 12534 518 828 6044 Open daily Tuesday Saturday 11 30 4 https cghs org Tippy is a female white brown guinea pig looking for a home Charlie is a black brown female guinea pig looking for the same or a different home 11

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BIRD BATHMigration By Michael Corral Elizabeth Tullett DVM When to Leave and Where to Go Everyone waits for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency to release the forecast for the upcoming hurricane season How many will there be How strong Will they hit land These are all part of their prediction They take data from El Nino the North Atlantic Oscillation wind flow off of Africa and Atlantic water temperature and a super computer crunches the numbers and out comes the predictions Every year they get a little more accurate but there seems to be a simpler way to judge the severity of the upcoming hurricane season ask a Veery A Veery is a thrush that spend its spring and summer in the woods of eastern North America Although we think of them as our birds they spend most of their life in Brazil and their arrival here is marked by their beautiful song Like all thrushes they breed in woodlands and all fill the forest with ethereal sounds the Veery s spiral flute like song sounds like it is echoing through a drain pipe The song is the start of the breeding season in a short time they mate and build a nest and hatch out a brood that will soon leave the nest Some seasons the Veeries will breed again double brood but other seasons they breed only once and will turn and head for South America Christopher Heckscher has studied Veeries for 20 years in the Delaware woods and he has tried to figure out why they leave early or late Is it the food supply predators amount of rain high or low temperatures He has looked at all these factors and there was no correlation then he looked at the last 20 year of hurricanes in the Atlantic On years with severe hurricane seasons they leave early and when there are few hurricanes they double brood and leave late They are able to anticipate the difficulty of their journey back to South America Heckscher surmises that if they leave early they can wait along the Gulf of Mexico during seasons with frequent hurricanes waiting for a window of calm to make the long flight over the gulf It is amazing and mysterious how they know Much of the study of bird migration focuses on the late summer and early fall Birds fatten up for the long flight and many become nocturnally restless Captured Indigo Buntings are active during the day and sleep at night except in late summer when they are up all night and if in nature would be flying south using the north star as a compass Hawks swallows swifts and hummingbirds will fly during the day and feed as they go but most small tropical migrants fly at night and will land in the morning to rest and feed Kept in captivity with no cues as to day length or outside temperature these birds will also become nocturnally restless indicating they have a yearly clock that tells the when to go But where to go That is another mysterious story In the last article we learned that birds have a daily clock that they use with the sun to fly in the desired direction they also have a magnetic compass and now a star compass but unless you know where to go these tools won t get you there They must have a map sense Long thought to be a magnetic research is starting to reveal that they can see the earth magnetic field Proteins in the retina of their eyes become more active when pointed in a particular direction Maybe like a bright line would appear at a certain angle One hypothesis is that when birds are born in the nest these proteins form to indicate the nest s magnetic location When the birds return next spring they need to fly until their position matches that spot Experiments with spring migrants that were captured in route and displaced hundreds of miles east or west then released made the adjustment and found their breeding area apparently following this magnetic view of the world How they find their wintering grounds well that is another mystery waiting to be solved 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 Georgi Beebe 518 733 9896 Michael Corral Master s Thesis was on Red winged Blackbird song He has contriuted to a number of scientific journals written a text on Ornithology and wrote many articles for Animal Life Publication He taught in the Berkshires since 1980 and retired in 2011 He now teaches in Cambodia 13

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CUB S DEN FIRE GOBY Text and Photo by Thom Smith Not exactly a fish for the amateur but one you will easily admire and want for your saltwater aquarium While various fishes have different names this one has a good variety of common names that include fire goby fire dartfish firefish goby red fire goby and magnificent firefish It belongs to the dartfish family and that should be warning enough for anyone keeping one or a mated pair that as a species it darts and may dart right out of the tank and onto the floor not exactly a habitable environment So keep its tank tightly covered This species is caught for the hobby in its native to reefs in Indian and Pacific Oceans In the home aquarium is hardy and relatively easy to keep and best of all it is not aggressive When I say not exactly for the amateur I mean it is important to be accustomed to caring for fresh water fishes first before taking in any marine salt water fish This small fish rarely growing larger than three inches and lives for roughly three years It prefers a sandy bottom and if the sand is deep enough a minimum of 5 inches is best and if it is the right kind it may burrow into it Something I could never accomplish so I cut a section of inch PVC pipe the depth of the sand to make it a safe home More than one is even better In addition to sand they must have other hiding places so a corner of the tank is best outfitted with chunks of reef rock and live rock 7278 degrees F is ideal and preferred by the live rock so called because of the organisms growing on and in it Just remember that this goby likes to hide and needs non aggressive tank mates if itis to get along well Food is not a problem but variety is the best idea like every other fish Offer Mysis shrimp alive or frozen thawed before feeding brine shrimp alive or freeze dried and if available live black worms It is best to feed a couple of times a day rather than a big feeding once a day They have very tiny stomachs Your shop may suggest foods other they feed theirs If you intend to set up a small tank for just a few easy to keep small non aggressive fishes with your goby the minimum size must be no smaller than 20 gallons and larger is always better Once you get to know your goby and it gets to know you you will begin to see just how smart a small fish like this is and with hope it will learn how smart you are 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 BERKSHIRE HUMANE SOCIETY Berkshirehumane org Berkshire Humane Society 214 Barker Rd Pittsfield MA 01201 Phone 413 447 7878 14 We have several white rats available who were brought to Berkshire Humane Society from a shelter in the state that had an overabundance of small animals Rats are smart clean and friendly and should be adopted at least in pairs as the species is social If you are interested in adopting any of our other small animals please call 413 447 7878 extension 124 or stop by Berkshire Humane Society FIRE GOBY FUN FACTS Largest species of goby can grow to the length of 12 inches Most species are usually less than 4 inches long Goby can be transparent or brightly colored covered with various blotches and bands Goby has elongated body that ends with rounded tail Eyes can be large or nearly invisible in some species Goby is a carnivore meat eater It eats insects larva eggs mussels and plankton Neon goby collects and eats parasites from the body of large fish Most gobies are bottom dwellers that use disc shaped sucker fused pelvic fins to attach themselves to the rocks on the ocean floor or to move across the vertical surfaces Some gobies live in the burrows inside the mud or sand Natural enemies of gobies are large species of fish and birds Mating season depends on the geographic location It usually takes place during the warm season Male occupies territory and mates with couple of females Certain percent of males is small sized without typical male features These males are known as sneakers because they sneak near the spawning areas to release the sperm Females always choose to mate with large strong males and this is the only way they can fertilize at least some of the eggs Eggs are usually attached to the rocks shells or corals Male guards the eggs keeps them well oxygenated by mixing the water with its tail and clean he removes detritus from the surface of eggs Transparent larvae emerge from the eggs couple of days later Larvae of freshwater species often travel toward the brackish and marine waters via river currents They usually return back to their native habitats couple of weeks months later Gobies are able to change the gender and transform from females into males and vice versa This transformation happens in only couple of days when dominant male in the group dies or when weak males cannot find appropriate partners due to large number of strong males Gobies can survive from 1 to 10 years depending on the species Gobies in warm tropical waters live longer than species that inhabit temperate waters Reprinted from softschools com Rhonda s Reptiles We Rescue Reptiles in Need Reptile Birthday Parties Events RhondasReptiles com Rhonda Leavitt New Lebanon NY 518 794 0078

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Are Dogs and Cats Empaths By Deborah Tuttle hanced This may manifest as instantaneous healing in some aspect of your life or slow and steady healSHAKER PAWS PET CARE ing progress of some other issue over time However SERVING CENTRAL COUNTY it shows up you ll definitely notice a positive change MASSACHUSETTS for the better in terms of your long term wellness which will also be reflected in your relationship with MARIDAY GEYER 413 446 3336 your animal companions Bonded Insured shakerpaws gmail com Certified Professional Pet Sitter www shakerpaws com As I read that I knew I was on the right path during this time Our animal companions have so much to teach us when we just pause listen and observe They are in our life for a reason a blessing and a gift ALLEN HEIGHTS VETERINARY HOSPITAL I recently lost a family member It tends to shift a person We know in our life it s not a matter of if there will be changes it s when there will be changes The inevitable arrives for all of us On that particular evening when I was walking through my door I was greeted by my one dogs I call her my little empath Normally at this time of night she would have been snoring on my bed with all of her little body fully engaged in her dreams Yet this night she was at my door waiting for me As I entered my house her energy was different I knew that she could sense mine as well She gently 289 Dalton Avenue Pittsfield MA 01201 jumped into me with her paws around my neck and just Elizabeth Tullett DVM hugged me It was undeniable I knelt down on my knees and just enjoyed her being What a gift she gave me I Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture experienced such beauty in the contrast of that evening Animal Support Certified Essential Oil Coach Phone 413 443 4949 www allenheights com She knew just what I needed They can mirror us in many Offering Essential Oil Therapy to Animals ways by our energy our struggles our wins and our losses That night my little empath knew my heart felt loss Pittsfield 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