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Vol. 11 No. 4 Thank You Sarasota Pet Owners... ...for making Serving Florida s Suncoast Dr. Kate s Pet Clinic the Publisher & Founder Candace T. Botha 1 New Veterinary Clinic in Sarasota 4816 Glenbrooke Drive Sarasota Florida 34243 941-961-0303 941-203-8508 Communication. Compassion. E-Mail Address suncoastpetpublisher Web site Graphic Designer Angela DuVall Russo Phone (727) 455-6830 Web site http Editorial Contributors Marisa Roman & Vanessa Semrow Senior Account Executive Tim Karau Cover Photo by Suncoast Pets Photography Phone (941) 348-0155 Web site Come and See Why We re 1 Commitment. Dr. Kate s PET CLINIC Kate Cole DVM 3900 Clark Road Building M Sarasota FL Same Plaza as Millie s & Chianti s Restaurants HOURS Monday Wednesday & Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday 7 30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 941-343-2597 JOIN US for an Open House & Barbecue Saturday July 8 11 am to 3 pm ORTH IVER Animal Hospital Braden River Animal Hospital is Proud to Announce the Opening of its Brand New Sister Facility in Parrish North River Animal Hospital Opening Day Tuesday August 1 2017 HOURS SIGN UP for our Monday Tuesday Thursday & Friday Pet Portal 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mobile App Today ALL RIGHTS RESERVED COPYRIGHT 2017 No part of this publication can be reproduced or duplicated without the publisher s permission. 12805 County Road 675 Parrish FL 34219 Office 941-845-4448 Fax 1 (941) 845-4795 contact July August 2017 3 D Celebrating 10 Years of Helping Our Friends Keep Their Pets Healthy &Happy From Our Family to Yours... A Hearfelt Thank You for Placing Your Trust in Us...It s Been Greyt Come Groom With Us It is Our Honor to be YOUR Neighborhood Store We Look Forward to Caring for Your Fur Babies for Years to Come 5275 University Parkway University Park FL 941-359-1010 Hours Monday - Friday 10 AM - 6 PM Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM Closed Sunday Locally Owned c Lovingly Operated Photos by Connie Summers 4 July August 2017 on t you just love dealing with Corporate America Recently I made the switch from Frontier to Comcast Xfinity to save a significant amount of money each month on my Phone Internet Television service. I was assured in making the switch that the telephone number that I have had for Suncoast Candace T. Botha with her Pet for at least 7 years could easily be pups Toby Lucy & Rikki ported over to the new provider. Well needless to say Suncoast Pet now has a brand new phone number because alas the other number could not be ported after all. Here is the new number 941-203-8508. You will find this telephone number as well as my cell phone number on the masthead as well. As always this issue of Suncoast Pet is chock full of interesting and important information for area pet owners. Many of our readers especially those who own or frequent area day care and boarding facilities or are involved in agility competitions and other dog sports are aware that Canine Influenza increasingly has become a cause for concern here in Florida. In this issue two of our animal experts Dr. Anne Luther of Sarasota Animal Medical Center in Sarasota and Rick Yocum executive director of Humane Society of Manatee County have addressed this health concern in their articles on pages 12 and 20. Here you will learn more about Dog Flu and what you can do both holistically and conventionally to protect your pups from exposure to this virus. It was my privilege and pleasure in putting together the July August issue to have a chance to spend time with Clare and Audrey KavanaghRay the owners of Wet Noses on Main Street in downtown Sarasota AND a new second location in Gulf Gate Within less than two years of ownership Clare and Audrey have put Wet Noses back on the map by making the shop one of the go-to spots in Sarasota for all of your pet s needs...and grooming too If you haven t stopped by the Main Street shop since Audrey and Clare took over the shop pop on by you couldn t meet two friendlier women who are ready to help you with your pets You can read all about Wet Noses and its new shop in Gulf Gate in the Community Spotlight that begins on page 36. And there s more BIG news On August 1 2017 Braden River Animal Hospital owned by Dr. Terry Clekis is opening a new sister veterinary clinic in Parrish called North River Animal Hospital. Here clients and patients will receive the same excellent care that has been the hallmark of Braden River Animal Hospital since it first opened 15 years ago. You can read all about both Braden River and North River animal hospitals in the Community Spotlight you ll find on pages 40-43. Have I got news for you Jingle Paws Jubilee presented by Suncoast Pet will be back again this year and it promises to be bigger and better than ever Sarasota s largest holiday pet celebration shopping & adoption event animal group fund-raiser will be held at a BRAND NEW location... Phillippi Estate Park located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Sunday December 3 from 12 Noon until 5 p.m. Why the new venue Well the event has outgrown Twin Lakes Park and downtown Sarasota was just a bit too crowded last year. What s more we can have roadside signage on Tamiami Trail a full week before the event so I am anticipating record attendance this year If you would like to sponsor the event or participate as a vendor you can sign up online at Local animal groups of course are welcome to participate and should also sign up online. As always I hope that you will remember to tell Suncoast Pet s advertisers that you saw their ads in the magazine. It is because of their support that the magazine can continue to keep you up to date on all that is happening in our animal community. Until next time... 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Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for your quick response and compassion You are an angel Emergencies Regular Vet & Specialist Visits Transport to from Boarding Day Care Grooming Compassionate Home Pick-Up of Pets That Have Passed Affordable Help When You Need it the Most FREE Transport After Emergency Care F O JuliannaVazquez1 941-592-5131 24 HR 365 DAYS YR VETERINARIAN RECOMMENDED E R U . PET EMS .C For 590 you will receive professional hair and makeup and 2 digital full-resolution images. Come in with 5 outfits and we will choose the best options for your shoot. Use your Personal Branding images for 2010 N IVE R S I T Y PA R K . L L July August 2017 5 Traveling With Pets to feed your pets but they do need water and to stretch their legs every two hours during your travels. Bring bowls and water as well as favorite toys and comfortable bedding. By Dr. David T. Smith Be extremely careful about Sarasota Veterinary Center temperature. Large dogs will not do well in the back of a large vehicle with only the ets are included in more than two thirds of all family vacations. After all they are part of the family as well. A little windows down for ventilation Dr. David T. Smith Sarasota Veterinary planning can go a long way to insure that they travel safely and while driving they do require Center. Photo by Keith Millard air conditioning. And of have a good time too. The first thing to do to safeguard your pet is to schedule a check-up course NEVER leave a pet alone in a car when it is hot outside. with your veterinarian to make sure that your animal is healthy and Airlines have different rules so be sure to call ahead of time to will not have problems with stress or underlying illnesses. check. Plane rides work best for small pets that can go in the cabin While at your veterinarian s office be sure to update any needed with you provided they are quiet and do not freak out. Pets that vaccinations. Protection against diseases such as the highly stress easily should not travel because the plane contagious canine influenza virus is very importride coupled with a long stay in a different ant considering the fact that travel may environment can lead to illness. On the stress your pet s immune system. other hand a pet with a more laid-back A health certificate is required personality can handle such trips with by many states and countries. ease. Obtaining a certificate from Remember that baggage can be your vet offers him or her an exposed to extreme temperatures opportunity to discuss potential or delays and may even get lost so parasites diseases and other think twice about traveling by air with precautions that you may want to large pets that must be transported in take before you travel. the cargo area of the plane. Instead you While planning your family trip you may want to look into professional pet shippers may want to consult travel guides or the that will safely take your four-legged friends from door Internet for a directory of hotels that allow pets. to door. Next make sure that your pet has a rabies tag and a current ID Make your decision based on your pet s health size and tempertag with your telephone number on it. ament. If your pet is a nervous traveler remember that one option Consider having your pet microchipped in order to help others find you in case your pet gets lost in a strange place. The Home Again is to board your pet at a veterinary facility. I highly recommend this option for pets with medical problems or in case of an emergency. I microchip includes Amber Alert-type bulletins in a 25-mile radius of feel strongly that it is a more controlled environment which is safer. wherever your pet is lost. It also includes current vaccination and Always ask to visit the veterinarian s boarding area where your pet medical alert data which is important if your pet ends up in a shelter. will be kept and inquire about walks feeding schedules monitoring Another nice feature of the Home Again microchip is that it includes free use of the National Animal Poison Control hotline should playtime and baths. With the right accommodations you can rest assured that your beloved friend will be well taken care of so you can your pet pick up or eat something dangerous. I recommend this enjoy your vacation guilt and worry free. microchip not only for travelers but for all pet owners especially in hurricane-prone areas such as Florida. If you are traveling by car get your pets acclimated to road trips Dr. David T. Smith has been a veterinarian in Florida for 29 years. His with a few practice rides around town. Some states require restraints practice is the Sarasota Veterinary Center on Cattlemen Road south to protect pets in case of an accident and to protect you from of Bee Ridge Road next to the Burlington Coat Factory. Dr. Smith is a dangerous pet distractions like a cat between your foot and the brake past president of the Broward County Veterinary Medical Association pedal or a dog on your lap licking your face while driving 70 miles per where he was previously the medical director of two emergency and hour on an interstate Depending on the size and personality of your critical care centers as well as several veterinary hospitals. More pet (some get nervous or sick while others relax and enjoy the ride) recently Dr. Smith is a past president of the Southwest Florida Vetyou may want to use a carrier that can be buckled in a special pet erinary Medical Association. 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She is dead set on grain free and fights me over the fact that I think she can t prove it s any better than anything else. Who s right Jason A Boy this is a hot topic and more like a dirt road full of land mines. Grain free has been the new got-to issue for a lot of clients. Many feel that Whole grains are just fillers Grain-free diets are carbohydrate free Grains cause food allergies Grains cause gluten intolerance All of these beliefs are just misconceptions. Fillers suggest there is no nutritional value to grains when in fact they are a source of protein vitamins fatty acids and minerals. Grain-free diets certainly are not carbohydrate free they have carbohydrates from other sources such as sweet potatoes. This is an energy source. Food allergies are another topic. According to several dermatologists the main allergen in food is the meat chicken beef and even dairy. When we address food allergies we recommend vegetable or fish diets. Gluten intolerance or celiac disease in humans is an inherited auto-immune problem related to the gluten proteins in a variety of sources like barley rye and wheat. According to Kara Burns from the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians this is very rare in dogs and does not exist in cats. In truth we need to spend more time focusing on the nutrition of our pets diets and not so much on the individual components. Every pet needs a completely balanced diet. Food allergies are rare but they do exist and an effort should be made to define the exact allergen. I think it is easier to just not feed a diet with meat in it to an allergic dog. When a client raves about needing a grain-free diet for his or her pet I take these concerns under consideration but try to make sure their choices are the optimal nutritious source for their loved one. Q Dr. Reinhart my wife and I have embarked on a journey to turn our yard into a show place but I am concerned about potentially poisoning my dogs from the ornamental plants we get. A neighbor advised us to watch out for the Sago Palm. We have many of these plants outside and we also have one inside. Is it a problem Mark A Well Mark you couldn t have chosen a more toxic plant This plant is a nightmare for me because I am limited in my ability to help a Sago poisoning. Other palms equally as problematic include Coontie Palms and Cardboard Palms. By name these are known as Cycads. There are three different toxins in these plants Cycasin beta-methylamino-l-alanine (bmaa) and a third toxin yet to be identified. All parts of these plants are deadly especially the seeds. The problem is there is no real antidote. Dr. Michael Reinhart Jacaranda Animal Hospital Depending on the situation vomiting and activated charcoal may be the first choices but since liver failure and gastrointestinal issues are the main problem trying to treat symptomatically may be the only option. Poisoning can be acute but it can also be delayed so an asymptomatic patient needs to be watched for several days. Signs of poisoning can include vomiting diarrhea inappetence abdominal pain depression hypersalivation and icterus (jaundice). Either way this plant can be fatal. I would not have one inside my house and because I love my adopted dogs so much I just removed one that s been outside my home for 20w years. When I look into their longing eyes I can t think of losing them to something that insignificant. Dr. Reinhart is the owner of Jacaranda Animal Hospital located at 725 Shamrock Boulevard in Venice. 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Most dogs do not have any immunity to this subtype of influenza since they have not been exposed to it before which means that any dog regardless of breed or age could become infected if exposed to this virus. Dogs with a social lifestyle that includes day care boarding dog parks dog shows and other events where dogs gather are most at risk. Humane Society of Manatee County has an infectious preparedness plan in place for our veterinary clinic and shelter to reduce any potential for risk of infection. All shelter dogs have received the H3N2 H3N8 vaccines and in 2 to 4 weeks they will receive the follow-up booster shot. Any dog being considered for intake will be required to receive the vaccine two (2) days prior to arriving at our shelter. Isolation kennels are dedicated in both the clinic and shelter if the need arises. Availability of providing the vaccine during appointments or vaccine clinics at our veterinary clinic will be posted on our Facebook page ( Humane Manatee) and our website ( Symptoms include fever lethargy decreased appetite and general malaise and these are often present before the signs of respiratory illness begin with nasal discharge and dry or wet cough. The infection is spread by close contact but the droplets from a coughing dog can travel up to twenty (20) feet. Anything the droplets land on can become a source of infection such as bedding toys bowls and clothing. The virus can live in the environment for 48 hours and on clothing and hands for 12 to 24 hours. The virus can be killed with ordinary soap and water so frequent cleaning and hand washing is a must. A small percentage of dogs will develop secondary bacterial pneumonia that may need to be treated in veterinary hospital with antibiotics IV fluids and supportive care. While the majority of infected dogs can recover at home in two (2) weeks they are considered contagious for four (4) weeks and need to be isolated from other pets. While this influenza strain does not affect humans cats also are susceptible to the virus and will show signs of respiratory illness including sneezing and nasal discharge. It is not known to be fatal in cats but use supportive care and keep them isolated. There is no vaccine available for use in cats. The H3N2 vaccine may not completely prevent the infection of a dog it does make it much less likely and also lessens the symptoms and reduces the length of the infection. In many cases the vaccine does offer protection against a dog developing pneumonia. If your dog is exhibiting symptoms of the Dog Flu DO NOT go to a veterinary clinic without first calling. Staff at the clinic will advise you about their procedure for treating your dog and give you detailed information on how to proceed. This influenza strain is cause for concern and extra precautions should be taken to help protect your companion animals. You should contact your veterinary clinic to inquire about the availability of H3N2 H3N8 vaccines and available appointments. ...any dog regardless of breed or age could become infected if exposed to this virus. Dogs with a social lifestyle that includes day care boarding dog parks dog shows and other events where dogs gather are most at risk. Humane Society of Manatee County is located at 2515 14th Street West in Bradenton and can be reached by calling 941-747-8808. The Adoption Center is open Tuesday through S aturday from 10 00 a.m. to 5 00 p.m. The HSMC Veterinary Clinic is located at 2415 14th Street West in Bradenton and can be reached by calling 941-747-8088 Option 1. The veterinary clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 00 a.m. to 5 00 p.m. and Saturday from 8 00 a.m. to 4 30 p.m. For additional information visit or send an e-mail to info Join Us for the Grand Opening Celebration of Our New Gulf Gate Location on Ribb ng i t t u C Saturday August 26 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6526 Gateway Avenue Sarasota FL 34231 Be a Part of the Fun & Festivities Raffle Prizes & Giveaways Costume Contest Hosted by Susan Marie & Miss Olive of The Doggy Diva Show Animal Adoption s ents Refreshm Pet Photos Special Discounts FREE Treats Music WET N SES Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return Better for Community Cats Better for Communities By Special Contributor Peter J. Wolf Cat Initiatives Analyst Best Friends Animal Society F ew local issues can be as contentious as what to do about our feral cats (many of whom are actually former pets). After years spent failing to reduce their numbers through impoundment communities across the country are embracing a more humane more effective alternative trap-neuter-vaccinate- return or TNVR. Best Friends Animal Society operates more large-scale TNVR programs than any other organization in the country. As such we are in a unique position to comment on the positive impact such programs have not only on the cats but on animal shelters and the communities they serve. And the successes we ve seen in our own programs and others echo the findings of research studies demonstrating both the effectiveness of targeted sterilization programs to stabilize and reduce the population of cats at a local or colony level and the broad public support such programs enjoy. In Randolph County North Carolina for example a long-term study documented a 36 percent average decrease among six sterilized colonies in the first two years while three unsterilized colonies experienced an average 47 percent increase over the same period. Four years into the study one colony had been reduced from 10 cats to none and at seven years another colony originally containing 10 cats had been reduced to just one cat. We see similar results in communities across the county. By contrast a recent study provides compelling evidence that low-level ad hoc culling of feral cats (killing any cat that can be trapped with little effort) which is not so different from the approach taken by many animal control agencies is not only ineffective at reducing their numbers but might actually lead to their increase. In addition these targeted TNVR programs offer a number of public health benefits and are endorsed by the American Public Health Association s Veterinary Public Health Special Primary Interest Group. Although claims that targeted sterilization programs are incompatible with sound public healthy and safety policy still persist these claims are simply not supported by the wealth of data available. 14 July August 2017 Because targeted TNVR programs can reduce the number of community cats in an area they re generally the most effective way to reduce Peter J. Wolf Cat Initiatives Analyst the risk of wildlife predation. Best Friends Animal Society Unfortunately this common-sense observation is often lost in the debate in part because reports of alleged impacts are often wildly exaggerated making them media-friendly stories that attract a lot of attention. Reviewing dozens of predation studies however researchers have concluded There are few if any studies apart from island ones that actually demonstrate that cats have reduced bird populations. Community cats are healthier than many people realize. Of the 2 366 cats admitted to a two-year high-impact community cat diversion program in one Alachua County Florida zip code for example only 16 (0.7 percent) were ineligible for the program due to health issues. In San Jos California where more than 10 000 community cats were sterilized and returned over a four-year period as part of a shelter-based community cat program it was observed that impounded feral cats are surprisingly healthy and have good body weight. Finally in addition to humanely managing and reducing the population of community cats targeted TNVR programs offer the benefit of reducing nuisance complaints. The surgical sterilization of cats (i.e. spaying females and neutering males) eliminates production of the hormones estrogen and testosterone thereby reducing the likelihood of various mating-related behaviors (e.g. yowling fighting spraying etc.) that can lead to such complaints. According to researchers with the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs It seems to be widely accepted that male cats will be less likely to roam urine spray vocalize and fight when they are sterilized. Given all of these benefits it s no wonder that TNVR programs are increasing in popularity across the county and internationally. They re not only better for the cats they re better for the whole community. For additional information please check out our Community Cat Program Handbook ( ccphandbook). Feral cat photos by Sarah Kichas Cat Depot is a Best Friends Animal Society Network Partner. 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Due to recent high tides causing flooding in numerous mangroves the Salt Marsh Mosquito population has exploded the mosquitoes even have been found up to 12 miles off shore. These and other species of mosquitoes are the carriers of microfilaria and as such transmit heartworm disease. At this point I m sure you re asking what microfilaria are and how your dog may contract heartworm disease. Microfilaria are the microscopic baby worms that circulate within the bloodstream of an infected dog. When the mosquito bites a dog infected with heartworms it picks up these baby worms which then mature into the infective stage inside the mosquito about 2 weeks later. Once this mosquito bites another susceptible pet these infective worms are deposited into their new host. They can remain in the skin for up to 2 months before traveling into the bloodstream. Once inside the pet it will take another 4 to 6 months for these infective worms to mature into adult heartworms. As they mature they can travel through the bloodstream and into the heart. Testing for Heartworm Our most common heartworm test is a snap test that can be performed in the hospital and only takes about 8 minutes to get the results. Unfortunately this only tests for the adult worms which is why if a dose of prevention is missed we need to retest in 6 months as it may take that long for the baby worms to become adults. There also are tests we can perform to check for the presence of microfilaria which can be done by a technician who uses a microscope and a slide with a drop of blood on it to look for the microfilaria. Once adult heartworms are present they can live within the pet for 5 to 7 years. It is within this adult phase that they can then produce microfilaria. These microfilaria if not taken up by a mosquito can survive in the bloodstream for 1 to 2 years. This means that a pet unknowingly infected with heartworms could be Dr. Leigh Samanowitz of potentially spreading disease for up University Animal Clinic with to 7 years. her dog Chloe. Photo courtesy This is in fact one of the reasons of University Animal Clinic veterinarians and the American Heartworm Society recommend testing all pets yearly for heartworm disease. The sooner we can diagnose a pet with heartworm disease the better their prognosis is with treatment. In the early stages of heartworm disease your pet will likely show no signs. The symptoms associated with heartworm disease vary and include Coughing Reluctance to exercise Decreased appetite Weight loss At more progressed stages heartworm disease can include signs similar to that of heart failure such as A swollen belly due to fluid Heart murmur Difficulty breathing Dark bloody urine This end-stage heartworm disease is called Caval Syndrome and can become life threatening quickly. Heartworm disease is preventable and this is why it breaks our hearts to see pets dying of a disease so easily avoided. There are numerous options available now for prevention ranging from a monthly chewable (Heartgard) a monthly flea-and-heartworm combination tablet (Trifexis) and even an injection that provides prevention against heartworms for 6 months (Proheart). Talk to your veterinarian about which prevention is best for you and your pet and how we can make sure your furry family is safe from heartworm disease. Dr. Leigh Samanowitz is the owner at University Animal Clinic. The AAHA-accredited veterinary clinic is located at 8239 Cooper Creek Boulevard in University Park. 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The first recognized outbreak of H3N2 canine influenza in the United States occurred in 2015 and since then outbreaks have occurred in a number of areas throughout the country and thousands of dogs have been confirmed positive for the H3N2 virus. Outbreaks are more commonly seen in situations where groups of susceptible dogs are in close contact such as shelters kennels dog day care facilities agility trials and grooming or boarding facilities. Canine influenza is spread via coughing barking and sneezing contaminated objects (such as food and water bowls or collars and leashes) and people moving between infected and uninfected dogs. The virus can remain viable (alive and able to infect) on surfaces for up to 48 hours on clothing for 24 hours and on hands for 12 hours. The incubation period is usually 2 to 4 days from exposure to onset of symptoms. The highest amounts of viral shedding occur during this time so dogs are most contagious during this 2-to-4-day incubation period when they are not exhibiting signs of illness. Viral shedding can occur for up to 26 days. Therefore dogs infected with H3N2 should be isolated for at least 21 days. Because this is still an emerging disease all dogs regardless of breed or age are susceptible to infection and have no naturally acquired or vaccine-induced immunity when first exposed to the virus. If the virus enters a kennel or other closed group a high percentage of the dogs may become infected and many of these dogs will be symptomatic. Approximately 20 to 25 percent of infected dogs are expected to remain asymptomatic but can Anne Luther DVM MS BA CVA still shed the virus and spread the Sarasota Animal Medical Center virus. Although most dogs have a milder form of canine influenza and recover without complications some may develop severe pneumonia. In the mild form the most common clinical sign is a cough that persists for 10 to 21 days despite treatment with antibiotics and cough suppressants. Affected dogs may have a soft moist cough or a dry cough similar to kennel cough. Nasal and or eye discharge sneezing lethargy and anorexia also may occur. Many dogs develop a yellow nasal discharge and fever up to 104o F to 105o F. The nasal discharge is usually caused by secondary bacterial infections. Some dogs are more severely affected with pneumonia and a high-grade fever (104 F to 106 F) with increased respiratory rate and effort. Cats infected with H3N2 display signs of upper respiratory disease including nasal discharge congestion malaise lip smacking and excessive salivation. Canine influenza cannot be diagnosed solely on clinical signs because the symptoms (coughing sneezing and nasal discharge) are similar to those associated with all of the other respiratory pathogens and cannot be differentiated from them. Antibodies to canine influenza virus may be detected in the blood as early as 7 days after onset of clinical signs and the virus may be identified in nasal or pharyngeal swabs during the first 4 days of illness. Veterinary expertise is required to establish the best course of treatment. As for all viral diseases treatment is largely supportive. Providing fluids and nutritional support are important to help pets mount an effective immune response. Herbal supplements and homeopathy prescribed by a holistic veterinarian may speed recovery and prevent life-threatening complications such as pneumonia. Is Vaccination a Viable Option You may be wondering whether you should vaccinate your dog against canine influenza. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) the canine influenza vaccine is a lifestyle vaccine and is not recommended for every dog. In general the vaccine 20 July August 2017 is intended for the protection of dogs at risk for exposure to the canine influenza virus which include those that either participate in activities with many other dogs or are housed in communal facilities particularly where the virus is prevalent. Until recently the only vaccinations available were for the H3N8 virus. The most recent outbreak is due to the H3N2 strain. The vaccines for the H3N2 strain are only conditionally approved which means that studies of the vaccines are still in process so we don t have any data about the efficacy and safety of them. Every vaccination comes with risks. Some of the known immediate side effects of the flu vaccines are fever pain and swelling at the injection site vomiting and diarrhea respiratory distress and anaphylaxis (a fatal allergic reaction). In addition to these side effects all vaccines contain substances like aluminum mercury formaldehyde and foreign animal proteins. These can cause long-term chronic diseases in dogs such as allergies joint disease hypothyroidism autoimmune diseases and even cancer. The other problem with flu vaccines is that they re not very effective. This is because flu viruses mutate year after year. For humans the manufacturers change the vaccines every year in an attempt to keep up with the mutations. Even then human flu vaccines aren t very effective The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) track flu vaccine effectiveness each year and it s usually around 50 to 60 percent. For dogs it s probably even worse because they don t update the vaccines every year so the shots don t keep up with mutations in the viruses. So if you vaccinate you re trading all the risks of vaccination for an extremely low level of protection... all for a disease that has very low mortality rates and in most cases is easily treatable. Dr. Jean Dodds a world-renowned veterinarian has written extensively on the H3N8 and H3N2 flu viruses and vaccines. In a recent update she reports In regards to influenza you probably should allow nature to run its course since the symptoms are generally mild and the fatality rate is extremely low. Your pet will more than likely develop natural immunity that will help protect against further adaptations to similar viruses. In summary the best protection for your pet is to stay away from boarding facilities dog parks and any other crowded situation until the current threat has lessened. Anne Luther DVM MS BA CVA is the owner of Sarasota Animal Medical Center located at 3646 Birky Street in Sarasota. In addition to conventional medicine Sarasota Animal Medical C enter also offers alternative therapies such as acupuncture herbs and cold laser therapy. To schedule an appointment please call 941-954-4771. For more information visit Photo jaromir Chalabala VETERINARY CLINIC Compassion. Commitment. Community. High-Tech Digital X-ray Services Now Available Dental Services Prices Dogs - 250.00 Cats - 225.00 Includes Basic Exam Sedation Complete Blood Count Pre-Anesthesia Blood Work Antibiotics IV Fluids Scaling Polishing Minor Extractions Our Veterinary Clinic is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 2415 14th Street West Bradenton For appointments e-mail clinic or call 941-747-8808 Option 1 July August 2017 21 A Gentle Farewell to Our Shoe Box Kitty By Special Contributor Barbara Bounds Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory O ur Shoe Box Kitty that s how our Woobie and his brothers entered our lives. Yes the three tiny kittens had been placed in a shoe box poked with air holes and sealed with duct tape. At the tender age of only four weeks they were anonymously left at the front door of a local veterinary clinic. Filthy and flea-ridden they were quickly cleaned up and promptly arrived home with our daughter Jes who as a high school student at the time worked at the clinic as part of the kennel staff. I fondly remember that day she brought them home and proudly proclaimed Mom you can raise them and when they are about six weeks of age they can go back to the clinic and be placed up for adoption. And Oh just use the bathtub as a nursery and pad it with some old towels and newspapers and they will be fine. Ugh I thought what was my kid thinking when she signed me up for this job I have enough things to do now I must help raise kittens And when the six weeks were up and the kittens were placed up for adoption only one remained and well you can pretty much guess the rest of the story. Fast forward 13 years and our precious Woobie has been diagnosed with a large mesenteric abdominal tumor. For a cat who was always healthy the news that he had a terminal illness was a bombshell. Due to the extent of his cancer and the lack of treatment available the veterinary oncologist recommended euthanasia. At that moment however we were not emotionally ready to let him go so we declined and brought Woobie home. As our family digested the horrible news we decided that we would not extend his life by way of any medical intervention but instead we would spend the approaching weekend loving and treating him to lots of spoils while saying our goodbyes. All too soon however we realized that Woobie was fading quickly and the euthanasia was likely 22 July August 2017 to become necessary a lot sooner than we had imagined. And on top of that the effects of anticipatory Barbara Bounds grief were already rearing their ugly Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory heads. It was heart-wrenching to say the least. In an effort to keep his transition to the Rainbow Bridge as calm and stress free as possible we elected to schedule the euthanasia to take place beside the pool of our home a special place where Woobie often loved to sit and listen to the sounds of nature. This also allowed everyone in our family to be present in a private setting as we experienced what we all knew would be an emotional event. It was the best decision that we had made. Not long after his passing it occurred to us that after years of helping other grieving pet owners we suddenly found ourselves in the vulnerable position of needing pet loss grief support. It s a given that the very nature of our business exposes us to a vast amount of pet death. Some would think that in a sense dealing with death on a daily basis would cause us to become somewhat immune to the pain that we feel when we lose one of our own. That however is never the case. Instead collectively the experiences have taught us ways in which to successfully navigate our own way along the grief path so that we don t become overwhelmed and stuck in our grief. One of those ways that was immensely helpful during our deep grief was to create a journal of loving caring remembrances that we did for Woobie during his last days. The pages are filled with simple phrases such as You were a brave kitty We will share your story with others who we know will understand and Your memory and love will live in our hearts forever. This journal and its expressions of love and gratitude help remind us that we were good pet owners who did our very best for Woobie. It also offers us an opportunity to reflect on these loving and heartfelt sentiments during the times that we are having particular difficulty with his loss. Despite all that transpired from the moment we received the diagnosis to our final farewell the one precious gift that we gave Woobie during his last days was that of our time. And for us those moments and days spent with Woobie have been beneficial in our healing journey before during and after he passed. We are truly grateful for the time we spent together. And with that I will end with this Until we meet again Woobie... we will love you forever. For 28 years Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory has been serving the veterinary and animal community on Florida s Gulf Coast by providing dignified after-care services that include pet cremations grief resources and personalized pet products. In 2013 Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory opened its new larger pet memorial center which is l ocated at 2122 Whitfield Park Avenue in Sarasota. For more information call 941-751-5044 or visit BelspurOaks.Com. 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July August 2017 23 813-634-7294 Adopt-A-Palooza Manatee County s Largest One-Day Adoption and Pet Expo to be held Saturday August 5 in Palmetto T his summer area residents in search of a new fur-ever friend have an exciting opportunity to meet and greet more than 100 adoptable puppies dogs cats and kittens from Manatee County Animal Services local shelters and animal rescues all under one roof and available for adoption at AdoptA-Palooza the largest one-day adoption and expo-style event held each year in Manatee County. Now in its third year Adopt-A-Palooza will be held Saturday August 5 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center located at 1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto from 11 00 a.m. to 4 00 p.m. The family-friendly adoption and pet expo will include retail vendors selling a variety of pet products as well as information tables with special pricing on services such as spay and neuter chipping vet services and more. According to Sarah Brown division chief of Manatee County Animal Services Adopt-A-Palooza is a one-stop adopt-and-shop event for residents of Manatee County and surrounding areas. It s all the riches of our community resources under one roof. It s also a celebration of finding your new best friend and learning how to be a responsible pet owner. During the event the FELD Monster Truck Monster Mutt and favorite FELD characters will be on hand and there also will be a demonstration by the Peace River Search and Rescue K9 team. Food and beverages raffles silent auction items and a Fun Zone for kids also will be available throughout the afternoon. All attendees are asked to bring pet toys and treats as donations. The proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) the newly formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as a fund-raising arm working hand in paw with Manatee County A nimal Services. The funds raised by FoMCAS go directly to help with initiatives at the shelter as well as heartworm prevention and medical expenses for the shelter pets along with much-needed supplies such as dog beds turf for the yard and cat crates. FoMCAS Board President Rebecca St. Jean states We are excited to be hosting Adopt-A-Palooza this year. If you are looking to adopt or foster we know you will find the right pet. And even if people are not looking to adopt we hope they will come out to help us help the animals of our county. Admission and parking are FREE. All pets available for adoption will be spayed or neutered vaccinated and micro-chipped. Manatee County pet license tags also will be for sale. For details on sponsoring the event or donating a raffle or auction item or for more information please contact Caryn Hodge by sending an e-mail to carynhodge or by calling 941-713-3105. Additional information about Adopt-A-Palooza also can be found online at Above the FELD Monster Mutt truck will be on site at The Third Annual Adopt-A-Palooza at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto Above event organizers and volunteers from Manatee County Animal Services gather for a photo at Adopt-A-Palooza in 2015 Photos courtesy of Friends of Manatee County Animal Services Manatee County Holds Third Annual Large-Scale Adoption Event 24 July August 2017 Online Pharmacy for Small Animals er D.V.M. h lla a G lle te Shaun ing D.V.M. n ow r B . M h Tera . Brown D.V.M . 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Ellen DeGeneres does it. Even Justin Timberlake has done it now and again. Okay fess up You ve done it too. Admit it you ve stood in front of the mirror holding a hairbrush in your hand as you lip- synched the words to your favorite tune Here s your chance to put all that practice to good use by helping to raise money for senior dogs at the 2nd Annual Lip Sync Competition hosted by Vintage Paws Sanctuary Mark your calendar the competition will be held Saturday September 16 from 7 00 to 10 00 p.m. While the event will once again be held at Florida Studio Theatre in downtown Sarasota this year a new venue the Goldstein Cabaret located at 1241 North Palm Avenue has been reserved. The Goldstein Cabaret is a free-standing theatre with a separate entrance in close proximity to a parking garage says Jennifer Hummel founder of Vintage Paws Sanctuary and co-owner of ACE Pet Resort and ACE at Braden River. The cabaret also has a full bar a large stage and a very intimate ambiance. Like last year both solo and group performances will be included in the evening s entertainment. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Best Solo Performance and the Best Group Performance. The cost to compete is 35 per person. Performers can register to participate in the event online at Not ready to get up on stage No worries Ticket prices to watch the lip sync competition also are 35 per person and include one drink ticket and an array of appetizers. THE E V SA TE DA Tickets go on sale in August and can be purchased online by visiting In addition to the musical entertainment the evening will include an exciting assortment of terrific raffle prizes. Proceeds will benefit the veterinary fund at Vintage Paws Sanctuary a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a safe loving environment for senior and terminally ill dogs as well as older dogs that have been abandoned or deemed unadoptable due to their age or medical conditions to ensure that no senior dog ever dies alone. Now caring for approximately 55 senior dogs that are in forever foster homes Vintage Paws Sanctuary anticipates spending as much as 180 000 on medical expenses including ER visits and veterinary bills this year alone. Vintage Paws covers all of our senior dogs veterinary care until they pass away Jennifer says. We are trying to do everything we possibly can to make the quality of life of each of the dogs better. You can planning on sponsoring participating in or attending this laugh-out-loud event The chance to watch friends from our pet community perform and be silly onstage promises to make the lip sync competition an entertaining event for all Jennifer says. Everyone had such a good time and lots of laughs last year it s just a great night out and it s all for a good cause. For more information about the lip sync competition to become an event sponsor or to donate a raffle prize call 941-921-4355 or visit VINTAGE PAWS SANCTUARY PRESENTS SOLO & GROUP PERFORMANCES TO COMPETE 35 PER PERSON (REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.VINTAGEPAWS.ORG) TO ATTEND 35 PER PERSON (INCLUDES ONE DRINK TICKET & APPETIZERS) 2ND ANNUAL LIP SYNC COMPETITION SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16 2017 7 00 PM - 10 00 P.M. 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I m just soooo happy to be rescued adopted and living free and loved Speaking of the Fourth of July there will be fireworks aplenty and yummy foods at all those summer barbecues...Yikes To ensure that you and your pets have a fun and safe holiday (and summer) we have some helpful tips for please Never Use Fireworks Around Pets Exposure is dangerous and can result in burns trauma and many contain toxins to pets. Avoid Firework Displays Loud and Crowded Celebrations Pets can become frightened and or disoriented by loud sounds. Please keep your pets in a quiet and safe escape-proof room. Try soothing music ( to help calm anxious pets. Consider natural calming treats or speak with your veterinarian regarding medication for your pets with severe stress and anxiety. Francesca the Canine Contessa Miss Olive Diva Delights from Miss Olive Be Prepared Be sure your pets ID information (ID tag and microchip) is current and your pets are wearing collars harnesses with ID tags at all times. Say No to Extra Food & Goodies Keep your pet on his or her normal diet (no party food please ). Sudden changes to diet and giving pets fun human food can cause tummy aches severe indigestion and possible pancreatitis. Avoid the Heat NEVER leave your dog in a parked car even with the windows cracked open. Temperatures inside the car can soar within minutes placing your pup at risk for heat stroke and possible death Keep Pets Away From Insect Repellents Ingestion of these products can be toxic to pets. Only use pet-safe repellents. For more information regarding holiday and summer safety for your pets visit Contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding your pets health or medications and or in case of an emergency. Speaking of IDs...July 1 is National ID Your Pet Day If you have not yet had your pets microchipped now is the time Make sure all current information is on your microchip ID contact information and include an out-of-state contact person and phone number. This is soooo important in case of power outages (or worse) if your pet is lost and the local cell towers are down an out-of-area contact is necessary. Thank you Auntie Colleen and Uncle David for being out-of-area contacts for my sisters and are so special I love to wear diva dresses with my pretty collars (and my ID ) and I am so excited to be invited to wear some really pretty dresses to some paw-tastic events in July and August One in particular is a fashionista s dream come true I will be hosting a diva-licious fashion show at the Grand Opening of Wet Noses in Gulf Gate on Saturday August 26 at 6526 Gateway Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yipee For all that you need to know about the other big events going on for pets and parents please see the Calendar of Events on pages 52 and 53 of this issue of Suncoast Pet As we celebrate the Fourth of July I also celebrate my rescue adoption and freedom as I live in my forever home with my loving family and friends. But other homeless pets looking for forever homes are not so lucky... It is so important to remember these homeless pets are looking for the same love that I found. Please consider visiting your local shelter or rescue to adopt foster and donate and also check out the Rescue Me section on pages 48 through 50 to pay it forward and save a life. You will be so glad you did I am sending diva sparkles and (quiet and safe ) fireworks full of love to all of my fellow pets pet parents and those pets looking for their furever homes. Let Freedom Bark I also want to send a very special bark out and lots of kisses to my sister and co-author of Diva Delights Francesca who is recovering from bad owwies ... so rest up Frannie...we ve got this...and we all love you very very much... Love and Kisses Miss Olive The Doggy Diva Show MISS OLIVE S FAVORITE THINGS Just in time for the lazy hazy days of summer Miss Olive has searched the global pet marketplace and pored through new reads in the publishing world to discover exciting goodies just for you Here are a handful of Miss Olive s latest finds RESCUE ME A CAUSE FOR PAWS Listen up This fun and inspiring CD is a compilation of heartfelt songs produced by Blue Night Records that have been donated by a handful of the most respected acoustic music artists in the industry. Profits from sales and downloads of the CD will be donated to animal welfare organizations (YAY ). Although all of the 12 dog and cat songs are purr-fect Miss Olive soooo love s Best Dog by Amy s so special Visit to purchase your CD or download the tunes AND pay it forward MY SOPHIE ROSE THE DOG THAT SAVED A FIREMAN Author Christian Randolph Hill a fireman has written his own heartwarming story about a small yet special abandoned puppy he found and the unbreakable loving bond that would last a lifetime that he formed with the pup named Sophie Rose. This is a true story of unconditional love..and well worth the read The book is available online at PORTRAITS FOR GOOD - Artist Alix Greenberg founded Portraits For Good a company that sells custom artwork and limited prints by select artists to benefit both art lovers and the company s charity partners including the ASPCA and the North Shore Animal League America. This is such a special way to have custom art framed and ready to display delivered to your door And with every purchase a donation of part of the proceeds is made to the nonprofit organization of your choice so you can pay it forward (YAY ) To learn more about the company and to order one or more custom prints of your own visit POUND FOR POUND A STORY OF ONE WOMAN S RECOVERY AND THE SHELTER DOGS WHO LOVED HER BACK TO LIFE This inspiring story written by bestselling author Shannon Kopp is a personal account of her own recovery from a serious eating disorder that was made possible with the help of homeless animals. Shannon also is the founder of SoulPaws Recovery Project a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to offering holistic and therapeutic support to sufferers of eating disorders while also rescuing and celebrating the healing power of shelter animals. Learn more about celebrating the healing power of the paw by visiting www.soulpawsrecovery. org. You ll find the book online at ESTHER THE WONDER PIG CHANGING THE WORLD ONE HEART AT A TIME Best-selling authors Steve Jenkins and Derek Walker along with Caprice Crane share the entertaining story of Esther the Wonder Pig the social media superstar and friend to so many along with a moving tale of how loving families really do come in all shapes and sizes. We loved reading about the funny charming attractive and inspiring Esther as well as Steve and Derek s adventure from reluctant pig parents to farmowning advocates for animals (YAY ). It is no wonder that MILLIONS love Esther (Miss Olive is one of them ) who is a true phenomenon with an inspiring love-filled message for the world. To learn more about this little piggy visit PET FASHION INDUSTRY PATTERNS BY LAURREN DARR Laurren is the founder of the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals and a best selling author. Pet Fashion Industry Patterns combines Laurren s love of animals and fashion and details how this important connection has led her to a profound understanding of both worlds inspiring and guiding those in the pet world to successfully incorporate her unique insight into pet trends and marketing plans Pet Lifestyle Market and Micro trends great graphics fun and informative facts...a must have for anyone in the pet business...or if you want a BEAUTIFUL coffee t able book that will spark a bark out this is the book for you Check out The Doggy Diva Show s Facebook Page for a BIG giveaway of a signed copy of Pet Fashion Industry Patterns. You ll find the book online at and Photos of Francesca and Miss Olive by Connie Summers Meet Dok Our Cover Contest Winner By Candace T. Botha In May of this year S uncoast Pet hosted the 1st Annual Beautiful Bird Contest with hopes of finding a stunning winged creature to feature on the cover of the July August issue. Pamela Donushi practice manager at Bayshore Animal Hospital was one of the first people to enter the contest submitting a photograph of Dok a handsome Hyacinth Macaw one of the largest species of parrot in the world who is the office mascot at the veterinary clinic located at 1511 Florida Boulevard in Bradenton. At 25 years of age Dok is about 40 inches yet he weighs only 3 pounds He dines on a diet that primarily consists of fruits nuts and veggies. His beak which can crack the hardest of nuts is strong enough to break open a coconut Known for their intelligence Hyacinth Macaws also mimic human speech and can have quite a vocabulary. Even at the age of 25 Dok is still considered a young adult. Hyacinth Macaws actually can live to the age of 80. Many of these Dok has quite a fan club here at Bayshore Pamela says. For the past 25 years children have been coming to the clinic to visit him and now that they are grown they are bringing their children in to meet Dok. According to Pamela Doctor Mossler has been treating birds at Bayshore Animal Hospital since 1973. Born in Wisconsin and raised in St. Petersburg Dr. Mossler worked in the kennel at Bayshore Animal Hospital which originally was built by Dr. H.A. Stevens in 1962 when he was in high school. After finishing his secondary education Dr. Mossler attended St. Petersburg Junior College before graduating from University of Florida where he majored in animal science and agriculture. He then was accepted at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama where he earned his degree in veterinary medicine. After completing his studies Dr. Mossler was offered a position as a veterinarian at Bayshore Animal Hospital and he eventually bought the practice from Dr. Stevens in the 1970s. Under Dr. Mossler s supervision the veterinary clinic which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 flourished transitioning from a canine feline-only practice to a veterinary clinic that also treats exotics avian and wildlife as well as rabbits and chickens. Since 1965 Bayshore Animal Hospital has retained its status as Above Pamela Donushi practice manager at Bayshore Animal Hospital and Dok. Photos by David Wilson of Suncoast Pets Photography exotic birds also have a wingspan of up to 5 feet While Hyacinth Macaws are found in parts of Eastern Bolivia Brazil and northeastern Paraguay a majority of the remaining population lives in the Pantanal region of Brazil because of the bird s preference for lightly forested areas palm swamps and flooded grasslands. That s right the remaining population. Hyacinth Macaws are endangered as a result of over-collection for the pet trade and exploitation of their natural habitat. There are only 5 000 Hyacinth Macaws now living in their natural habitat in Brazil Pamela says. Although Pamela has helped raise Dok since he was just a baby the bird actually was given to Dr. Mike Mossler then owner of Bayshore Animal Hospital as a Christmas gift. One of the veterinary clinic s clients had a Hyacinth baby that was suffering from a serious illness Pamela explains. For months and months Dr. Mossler nursed the bird back to health and saved its life. At Christmas that year the client gave Dr. Mossler a second bird egg as a gift and that was Dok she adds. In fact Pamela still has Dok s eggshell from 25 years ago Until he was 9 months old Dok had to be hand fed every few hours. And since he was 8 weeks of age Dok has been coming back and forth to Bayshore Animal Hospital with Pamela nearly every day. 34 July August 2017 an AAHA Accredited veterinary hospital meeting more than 900 standards of veterinary excellence established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). In addition to Dr. Mossler Bayshore Animal Hospital now has two full-time veterinarians and one part-time veterinarian on staff. Pamela has been with Bayshore Animal Hospital since 1982. Originally from Des Plaines Illinois she moved to Florida in 1979. She has degrees in both nursing and history. When asked why she has stayed with the clinic for more than 25 years P amela says I love animals and I like working with people so spending my time at a veterinary clinic is an easy place to be. In celebration of Dok s 25th birthday on October 27 2016 Bayshore Animal Hospital hosted a spectacular party to honor the Hyacinth Macaw. Staff the clinic s clients and Dok s fans and friends gathered together to mark this important milestone in Dok s life. In addition to being a celebrity at Bayshore Animal Hospital Dok is now a cover model too Bayshore Animal Hospital is located at 1511 Florida Boulevard in Bradenton. For information about the clinic or to schedule an appointment call 941-756-5544 or visit the clinic online at Help us raise 300 000 September 19-20 Noon to Noon Gifts Matched to 150K Donate or Pledge For more information on becoming a business sponsor call 941-366-2404 ext 302 or e-mail claudiah July August 2017 35 WET N SES Times Two... A Second Location in Gulf Gate is Now Open W By Candace T. Botha hat would inspire two successful women one a former police officer and the other a seasoned corporate career woman to sell their homes in the United Kingdom where they had spent most of their lives pack up only those personal belongings that could fit in a shipping unit the size of a two-car garage and leave friends and family behind to move across the pond to Florida to take over ownership of a pet store in the heart of downtown Sarasota For Audrey and Clare Kavanagh-Ray the move to Southwest Florida in September 2015 marked a new chapter in their lives a chance to not only realize an ambition they had held for many years but also to navigate a self-propelled course into the exciting realm of independent business ownership. A deep-seated entrepreneurial spirit could no longer be contained it was time to stop dreaming and start doing. Now the proud owners of Wet Noses located at 1465 Main Street in downtown Sarasota Audrey and Clare have parlayed the pet boutique and grooming spa into a highly successful business increasing sales by 80 percent in less than two years. What s more the two women have extended Wet Noses reach in the community by opening a second shop in Gulf Gate at 6526 Gateway Avenue this past March. Originally established on St. Armands Circle in 1996 Wet Noses has a long-standing tradition of serving area pet owners on Florida s Suncoast. In its 21-year history ownership of the shop has changed hands three times and a move was made to downtown Sarasota s Main Street about eight years ago. But it is now under the masterful management of Audrey and Clare that the charming boutique is returning to its original glory becoming a destination in downtown Sarasota and Gulf Gate that is once again a favorite among area residents and their pets. Partners in both business and in life Audrey and Clare may have traveled different career paths but they have long shared a deep love for animals and a quest for adventure. Born and raised in Dublin Ireland Audrey moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 20. Before relocating to Sarasota she served as a police officer in the United Kingdom for 25 years. From the time I was a little girl I always wanted to be a police officer I thought I would be able to help make the world a safer and happier place Audrey says. I genuinely enjoyed the work but it was both demanding and challenging because I worked in a socially depressed inner city area and had to deal with everything from broken families and drug problems to domestic disputes. What I enjoyed most was being there for the residents of the communities I served and giving back to my community she adds. Originally from Tamworth in Staffordshire England Clare has had a diverse background in the corporate world. After earning a bachelor s degree in mathematics and statistics she received her Master of Science degree in biological chemistry. I originally wanted to be a geneticist and I was offered a doctorhood in England Clare recalls. But then my mum became very ill and I stayed close to home to help take care of her. Clare s work resume reflects a varied and impressive career including nine years in the IT field at Charles Schwab. My job involved very technical work and included systems and data analysis as well as systems architecture Clare remembers. It was only a handful of years ago that both Clare and Audrey decided it was time to make a major change in their lives. We decided we each wanted to be our own boss Clare says. But whenever you buy a business it has to represent something about which you are truly passionate. Audrey and I both knew any business venture we decided to undertake would have to involve animals. For Clare and Audrey who were married in Central Park in New York City in 2012 their passion for animals begins at home. They are the proud companions of three Chihuahuas NuNu who is 8 years old Willow a 5-year-old pup Audrey rescued on a drug raid while working as a police officer and Miss Moneypenny who is about 3 years old. Both NuNu and Willow traveled from the United Kingdom to live in the United States with their mums while Miss Moneypenny was a rescue pup that had been taken in by the Humane Society of Sarasota County and overlooked for adoption time and time again. One of our customers who has become a friend of ours insisted that we take her because he was convinced we could make Miss Moneypenny happy Clare says. Our friend was right it didn t take long before we fell in love with her. Prior to finalizing their move to the United States Audrey and Clare developed a five-year plan to make their dream of opening a pet business of their own come true. We saved every penny we could in fact we had zero social life for those five years Clare says with a laugh. Originally the women had decided to look for a business in the St. Petersburg area and at one point they also considered purchasing a llama farm in Central Florida We have been vacationing in Southwest Florida for years and we always loved coming here Audrey says. Then in 2015 we were on a working vacation in downtown Sarasota and we spotted Wet Noses which we knew was for sale. We simply drove past the shop on Main Street looked at each other and said Yeah okay and we bought the shop without ever setting foot inside the front door. On September 30 2015 Audrey and Clare became the proud new proprietors of Wet Noses Pet Grooming and Boutique in downtown Sarasota. Within the first month of ownership Audrey and Clare did extensive cleaning and renovations throughout the store and restocked the shelves with a fun and unique selection of goods for pets and animal lovers. They also brought in a brand new team of professional groomers to ensure that every pet receives the highest quality of care possible at their new shop. In stocking the store Audrey and Clare were very selective with the food toys and treats that they purchased for their customers. We have done our research Clare says. We only select holistic foods that offer optimal all-natural nutrition for pets and all of our treats are made in the USA or Canada. We also have an extensive selection of USAmade toys. We now offer a wider selection of pet accessories and everyday items that pet owners need Audrey adds. Even the doggie fashions that we have selected are both fun and practical. Audrey points out that clothes designed for dogs change from season to season just like men s and women s fashions. We carry this season s doggie wear for both big and small dogs and we have something that fits everyone s budget she says. Of utmost importance is the quality of merchandise at Wet Noses. We offer only the highest quality goods that are reasonably priced to appeal to all of our customers Clare says. And what a selection there is From colorful T-shirts and outwear and leashes collars and harnesses to unique pet bowls strollers original art toys and an extensive assortment of tasty treats the walls are lined and the shelves are stocked with an array of unusual selections for dogs and cats. Here you ll also discover only top-name holistic foods from canned products and kibble to raw foods that have been carefully analyzed and hand-picked to sell at the boutique. Despite the fact that Wet Noses has a Main Street location the shop owners are quick to assert that they do not charge downtown prices. We have done extensive research to ensure that our pricing is very competitive with other local shops big box stores and even online shopping venues Audrey says. Our products and services simply do not have a downtown price tag. Among the many changes made at Wet Noses grooming at the Main Street shop has received the utmost attention. What is Audrey and Clare s top priority for the shop s grooming clients The safety of each and every animal always comes first Clare says. Equally important is making each dog or cat s grooming visit at Wet Noses a peaceful and happy experience by eliminating all of the chaos and stress that animals often suffer when they visit the groomer. For many dogs and cats going to the groomer can be as intimidating as a visit to the veterinarian Clare comments. Grooming is not doggie day care nor is it the optimal environment in which a pet should be left all Continued on Page 38 Opposite page Audrey and Clare Kavanagh-Ray the proud proprietors of Wet Noses in Downtown Sarasota and Gulf Gate. Photo by Candace T. Botha This page from top to bottom Located at 1465 Main Street Wet Noses downtown Sarasota pet boutique and grooming spa has experienced a dramatic renaissance under the management of its current owners who have restocked the shelves with the highest quality foods treats toys and accessories for dogs and cats and transformed the shop into a friendly and welcoming destination. Photos at right by Julianna Vazquez Studio 2201 Photography July August 2017 37 Continued From 37 Although owning a second shop wasn t on our timeline we knew day it is never in any animal s best interest to be dropped off in the we would regret it if we didn t take advantage of this opportunity morning and picked up eight hours later. Audrey says. There already was an expert groomer available along At Wet Noses we like to get our grooming clients in for their with a decent customer base so we decided Let s just go for it. appointments and back to their mums or dads as quickly as we All of the stars aligned and because our numbers were up in can Clare continues. We ask all of our pet parents how long it takes downtown Sarasota we knew that we easily could manage two them to get to the shop and we will give them a heads-up call at shops Clare adds. the time they tell us so they arrive for pick up when their dog or cat So in the middle of February Audrey and Clare took over owneris ready to go home. ship of the Gateway Avenue grooming shop and after completing We are quite passionate about our appointment system Clare much-needed renovations and sprucing up the interior rooms with a adds. With three groomers on staff fresh coat of paint Wet Noses in Gulf at our downtown location we do our Gate opened the first week of March. best to groom our clients to perfection Within just a few short months the Wet Noses Hosts a Grand Opening and have them ready to go home as retail shop and grooming salon has Celebration at New Gulf Gate Location soon as possible in some cases pets received a very positive response. can be picked up within an hour. We are already doing three times Join the festivities on Saturday August 26 from However don t mistake Wet Noses the business that the former salon did 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when Wet Noses hosts a Grand interest in a quick turnaround for last Christmas which always is the busOpening Celebration at its new Gulf Gate pet grooming clients as a shortcut of any iest time of the year Audrey says. sort. Some of Wet Noses regular customboutique and grooming spa located at 6526 We are not a conveyor belt ers in downtown Sarasota are equally Gateway Avenue in Sarasota. operation that is grooming simply pleased. The gathering will include a ribbon-cutting to get them in get them done and We had quite a few pet owners ceremony animal adoptions music pet photos get them out Audrey asserts. We coming from Gulf Gate to Main Street refreshments raffle prizes & giveaways free always take the time needed to ensure to shop and have their dogs or cats that every dog and cat receives plenty groomed Clare says. They completetreats for pups and special discounts throughout of TLC and looks his or her very best ly trust the groomers at both locations the boutique when he or she walks out the door. so they go back and forth between the Bring your leashed pups and be sure With more than 40 years groomtwo shops depending on appointment to enter the costume contest hosted ing experience DeeDee heads the availability. by Susan Marie and Miss Olive of grooming team at Wet Noses With four groomers working at the downtown location. two shops Alivia has been charged The Doggy Diva Show DeeDee truly has a heart of gold with managing the grooming team in It s s s a celebration and is all about an animal s comfort Gulf Gate. Clare says. Even the most anxious or Unlike the grooming shop that foraggressive animals respond to her it s merly occupied the Gateway Avenue like nothing I have ever seen. location Wet Noses expanded the business by setting up a retail Offering full grooming and spa services Wet Noses has an boutique in the shop filling the colorful space with many of the same extensive menu of expert treatments for both dogs and cats. fun unique and practical items and accessories as well as the holistic The full-service dog groom which includes a bath blow dry nail foods and treats that can be found at Wet Noses on Main Street. trim and ear cleaning is priced according to each dog s weight. Now for the first time Gulf Gate pet owners no longer have to travel Additional services including de-matting teeth brushing flea baths far to find the high-quality products their dogs and cats deserve. nail trims creative coloring and re-moisturizing treatments also are In addition to managing the two shops Clare and Audrey also available la carte. have extended Wet Noses services to include a variety of pet sitting Does your dog just need a bath That can be arranged too and dog walking and cat playtime amenities. Offering a complete menu Puppy s First Groom services also are available. of affordable options for pet owners who are at work away for the For felines comb outs and de-matting as well as T-cuts and Lion day going on vacation or staying at one of downtown s hotels Clare cuts are included on the menu. Audrey and Lauren who works part time at Wet Noses also offer pet Can t fit a grooming appointment into a busy 9-to-5 work schedtaxiing services poop-a-scoop yard clean up and in-home overnight ule Well the good news is that Wet Noses is open seven days a stays. week with grooming appointments available on Sundays. Spending time at a kennel a pet resort or a day care facility is Managing a business that is open seven days a week is no easy not for every animal Clare says. Some dogs or cats are just more feat but clearly Clare and Audrey are up to the task. comfortable and far less stressed if they can stay in their own homes. In fact since March of this year they successfully have been Our goal in offering pet sitting and dog walking services is to build managing two locations the downtown Sarasota shop and a second a rapport with local families and their pets and to develop long-term boutique and grooming spa they opened in Gulf Gate. Opposite page from top to bottom Located at 6526 Gateway Avenue While the idea of opening a second shop was something that Clare in Sarasota Wet Noses second location is both a retail boutique and a and Audrey had contemplated but never seriously considered the grooming spa. Like its sister shop in downtown Sarasota the Gulf Gate closing of a grooming salon in an enviable place in South Sarasota s shop is both colorful and charming with an array of foods locally made Gulf Gate community fueled the idea to bring Wet Noses to a second treats fashions art pet accessories and more for animals and animal lovers. All photos by Julianna Vazquez Studio 2201 Photography location. relationships Clare continues. Audrey Lauren and I personally provide these services within the community. Both Clare and Audrey are rightfully proud of the success they have achieved at Wet Noses since they assumed ownership just 21 months ago. Audrey and I both believe that the 80 percent increase in business can be attributed not only to the quality of merchandise that we now carry in the shop and the professional groomers that are part of the Wet Noses family but also because the shop is now a friendly and welcoming destination in downtown Sarasota where people look forward to stopping by to chitchat. In fact the friendships that Clare and Audrey have formed with their customers have brought the two women the most joy in their career changes. We have quite a few regular customers that have become good friends Clare says. They no longer come in just when they need to shop or have a grooming appointment they stop by just to say Hello and spend a few moments with us. For many downtown residents and visitors to the city Wet Noses is an important part of their Saturday routine. Countless people come downtown to stroll through the Farmers Market and then they stop in at Wet Noses to buy cookies and treats for their dogs before heading home Audrey says. It seems dogs visiting downtown Sarasota also love to stop in the shop. The number of dogs that tug on their leashes and lead their owners through our front door is amazing Clare says. They too know that Wet Noses is now a friendly place to spend some time. It is Audrey and Clare s commitment to genuine customer service that has transformed Wet Noses into a favorite shopping and grooming destination in both downtown Sarasota and Gulf Gate. We want both four-legged and two-legged visitors to enjoy their shopping and grooming experiences at Wet Noses Audrey says. Pet owners in Sarasota have come to realize that we are extremely knowledgeable about what we are selling we are not out to just make a sale but to help our customers find the very best foods and products for their pets. We recently had a customer who wanted to buy a harness for her puppy Audrey continues. We advised her not to make the purchase until her pup got bigger because the dog would have outgrown the harness within a couple of weeks. When asked what these warm and friendly entrepreneurs would like community pet owners to know about Wet Noses Clare is quick to reply. We want people to know that we bought Wet Noses on Main Street and have made it our business and we have opened a second shop in Gulf Gate because we absolutely love what we do she says. We genuinely care not only about the dogs and cats that are entrusted to our care but also about their owners. Granted it is a lot of hard work and the hours can be excruciating at times but it also is very much a labor of love she continues. We want people to visit and make this their happy place Clare adds simply because Wet Noses is now our happy place. Wet Noses Pet Grooming and Boutique is located at1465 Main Street in downtown Sarasota and 6526 Gateway Avenue in Gulf Gate. During season the Main Street shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Off season the shop is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During season the Gulf Gate shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Off season the shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to make a grooming appointment contact the Gulf Gate location by calling 941-929-PAWS (7297) and the downtown location by calling 941-388-DOGS (3647). Or you can visit the shop online at Braden River Animal Hospital Celebrates August 1st By Candace T. Botha C lients who have visited Braden River Animal Hospital during the past several months may have noticed that there are quite a few new faces mingling among the seasoned staff members at the veterinary clinic. Not only is the animal hospital which is located at 5012 State Road 64 East in Bradenton expanding the staff to meet the demands of its flourishing client base but the clinic also is training a new team of employees in the practice culture established at Braden River Animal Hospital to fully staff a sister veterinary clinic North River Animal Hospital when it officially opens in Parrish on August 1 2017. Earlier this year Dr. Terry Clekis founder and owner of Braden River Animal Hospital had an opportunity to purchase the building of a recently closed veterinary practice in Parrish located at 12805 County Road 675. After the clinic in Parrish shut its doors Braden River Animal Hospital received numerous referrals from the former practice owner leading Dr. Clekis to realize that purchasing the vacated building would allow him to better serve his new Parrish c lients as well as other pet owners in the city which is experiencing a tremendous growth rate in its population as well as an impressive newhome construction boom. Since opening Braden River Animal Hospital 15 years ago Dr. Clekis and his staff always have made the relationships with the clinic s clients and patients their 1 priority and the core value of the veterinary practice. At all times the doctor-client-patient bond is held in a sacred place which has proven time and time again to be the foundation of and the impetus for the Bradenton veterinary clinic s continuing growth. As a testament to the quality of care provided at Braden River Animal Hospital it is interesting to note that through the years the staff has experienced a significantly low turn-over rate which is unusual at most veterinary clinics in the area. Here there are employees that have been part of the staff for 12 to 20 years or more. In fact every staff member and every veterinarian that is moving to the new veterinary clinic is a veteran employee who has work experience at Braden River Animal Hospital. For Dr. Clekis one question needed to be answered before he would even consider undertaking the start-up of a second veterinary practice Could the standards of care that have been the hallmark of Braden River Animal Hospital for the past 15 years be replicated at the new veterinary clinic With assurances that the values of care and compassion for both clients and patients would be carried over to the new practice plans were put in place to open a veterinary clinic in Parrish. The 4 000 square foot clinic now named North River Animal Hospital has been completely remodeled with new floors and a fresh coat of paint throughout. Even more importantly the clinic has been equipped with brand new state-of-the-art equipment for optimal accuracy in the diagnosis Photo top left Braden River Animal Hospital located at 5012 State Road 64 East in Bradenton. Photo opposite page top right North River Animal Hospital located at 12805 County Road 675 in Parrish is Braden River Animal Hospital s new sister veterinary clinic which is scheduled to open for business on Tuesday August 1 2017. 40 July August 2017 Opening of New Sister Veterinary Clinic in Parrish and treatment of its patients. One of the most innovative technologies at North River Animal Hospital is the introduction of digital client files and paperless transactions two significant industry trends now in use at more than half of the veterinary practices in the country. With the move to digital files measures to prevent any kind of breach in security become even more critical so the clinic has adopted a three-fold database-protection system to meticulously safeguard all medical information. In time North River Animal Hospital also will serve as home base for the introduction of other new technologies that will minimize many of the time-consuming details that are inherent in the practice of veterinary medicine thus allowing the veterinarians and the veterinary technicians to focus on and spend more time with their clients and patients. Any new technologies that are successfully and seamlessly incorporated at North River Animal Hospital will then be brought to Braden River Animal Hospital. While the new veterinary practice will officially open on Tuesday August 1 2017 North River Animal Hospital will be hosting an Open House on Saturday July 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Please see the sidebar below for more information about the Open House.). North River Animal Hospital to Host Open House on Saturday July 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. North River Animal Hospital is in fact being branded as Braden River Animal Hospital s sister practice as the staff works diligently to transfer and extend the culture of excellence for which Braden River has long been recognized to the new practice in Parrish. It is that culture of excellence and the widespread recognition of Braden River Animal Hospital s unparalleled standards of care and customer service that have made the veterinary clinic the recipient of several prestigious awards in our community. In 2013 Braden River Animal Hospital was named the Best Veterinary Practice in the Bradenton Herald Herald-Tribune s People s Choice Awards. And this year the veterinary clinic was honored as a finalist in Sarasota Herald-Tribune s Best of the Best Readers Choice Awards. Despite the fact that the two veterinary clinics will operate as Continued On Page 42 Residents of Parrish and surrounding communities are invited to attend an Open House that will be held at North River Animal Hospital located at 12805 County Road 675 in Parrish on Saturday July 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to touring the new state-of-the-art veterinary clinic attendees also can enjoy an outdoor barbecue while taking advantage of an opportunity to meet and greet the clinic s veterinarians and staff members. A variety of vendors who also will be participating in the Open House will be handing out pet-related information and samples. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact North River Animal Hospital by calling 941-845-4448. July August 2017 41 Continued From Page 41 Internal Medicine Laser Surgery separate entities with two distinct client databases clients are Dermatology Endocrine Diseases encouraged to sign up at both clinics so they can visit either practice Behavioral Medicine Urological Conditions for their veterinary care. Acupuncture Anesthesiology Of special interest at Braden River Animal Hospital (and soon at Dental Services Digital Radiology North River) is the Pet Portal Mobile App which allows the practices clients that have signed up at either or both clinics to schedule apWith five doctors at the veterinary clinic Braden River Animal pointments order prescription refills view patient records and more Hospital s staff also includes 15 veterinary technicians 6 front-office all from the convenience of their smart phones or home computers. personnel and 4 kennel assistants. The mobile app is especially popular with millennials between Debbie Carmichael who has served as the clinic s practice the ages of 18 and 32 manager for nearly seven years of age who have years has witnessed exceeded baby boomers phenomenal growth at the as the largest pet owner practice during her tenure. population in the United While there has been States. significant growth in With nearly 1 800 Bradenton and surroundfollowers Braden River ing communities the Animal Hospital s Faceclinic s continuing success book page is a favorite can be attributed to the examong area pet owners cellent attention to detail especially seniors who provided by the veterinarhave embraced the social ians and staff as well as media platform as a way the client relationships we to stay connected not have developed through only with the community the years she says. but also with the world. In my role as practice Staying connected manager interaction with by engaging and commuthe clients is an important nicating with clients the part of my job Debbie way that they prefer is continues. They know me a key component of the and even ask about my practice culture at Brafamily that s how personal den River and now North our relationships are. River animal hospitals. Debbie also points out As a practicing veterihow Dr. Clekis leads by narian for 34 years and a example by spending clinic owner for the past longer-than-average three decades Dr. Clekis personal time with each Photo top left Dr. Terry Clekis owner and founder of Braden River Animal Hospital holds is well-respected in the client and patient. the plaque the veterinary practice received as one of the 2017 finalists in the Readers communities in which he Choice Best of the Best awards presented by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Above right Dr. Dr. Clekis genuinely serves. Clekis and his wife Laura have three dogs and two cats of their own including Puggle loves people and their Born and raised in animals Debbie says. the pup pictured here. Bottom right Dr. Clekis consults with staff members about the care Great Neck Long Island of one of the clinic s patients. Photos courtesy of Braden River Animal Hospital Many times I have seen Dr. Clekis attended the him get down on the floor College of Charleston in South Carolina where he first received his in an examination room to get to know his patients that s when I undergraduate degree in biology. He then attended the University knew Dr. Clekis was the veterinarian with whom I wanted to work. of Georgia receiving a master s degree in reproductive physioloWhile tending to clients and patients always has been Dr. Clekis gy for animals before continuing his education at the U niversity priority he also has been extensively involved in the veterinary of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his community at large with active memberships in the Southwest degree in veterinary medicine in 1983. Florida Veterinary Medical Association the Florida Veterinary MediIn 2002 after working for several years at a veterinary clinic in St. cal Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Petersburg Dr. Clekis purchased a veterinary hospital that originally Most notably Dr. Clekis who is a dedicated advocate for vigilance operated from the small house that sits at the front of the property in developing a plan for people and pets to safely weather hurrinow owned by Braden River Animal Hospital on State Road 64 East. canes and other natural disasters also serves as the committee Five years later in 2007 the veterinary practice expanded chair for the Disaster Preparedness Committee of the United States dramatically with the construction of its current location a 5 000 government s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The square foot state-of-the-art building that sits farther back on the committee meets annually with representatives from a variety of property just a stone s throw away from the original clinic. organizations to ensure that comprehensive and up-to-date disaster Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year Braden River Animal preparedness plans are strategically in place throughout the United Hospital s spectrum of veterinary services is extensive and includes States. 42 July August 2017 For many years Dr. Clekis and his staff have had the prestigious reaching his 15th anniversary at Braden River Dr. Clekis says Early opportunity of conducting numerous clinical trial studies at Braden on we established a decision-making tree or a value system at River Animal Hospital. Selected to participate in these trials because Braden River that was defined by our belief that if the animals we of the level of excellence and standards of practice demonstrated treated always came first that success with the practice would follow. at the veterinary clinic the practice now conducts about six to eight In growing the veterinary clinic I have surrounded myself with clinical trials each year. smart caring people Dr. Clekis continues. Every person on our Serving as Braden River Animal Hospital s clinical research coorditeam at Braden River who personally is a pet owner values our nator is Janice Badgley who has worked with Dr. Clekis for the past clients and the animals we treat. 22 years. It also always has been our philosophy to have a good time at We have become very good at picking quality trials for products work and that translates into being friendly with our clientele Dr. that actually make it to Clekis adds. Above all the shelf and Dr. Clekis there is a culture of qualand I are very proud of ity medicine and concern that Janice says. We for animals at Braden have conducted studies River that is at the very on antibiotics and vaccore of our practice. cines as well as medi There s no doubt that cations for heartworm Parrish is a communiarthritis ear conditions ty that is experiencing and more. tremendous growth Although clinical trials Dr. Clekis says. Many of can be detailed and difour clients already come ficult Janice makes the to Braden River Animal process seamless. Hospital from Parrish so Our involvement in we want to reach further clinical trials gives us into the community by an opportunity to work establishing a presence closely with clients to there. bring newer and better My goal for North products to the market River Animal Hospital is to and to our patients provide the same quality Janice says. Our clients of care that has been the really enjoy participating cornerstone of Braden in the trials and through River Animal Hospital for the years we have built the past 15 years Dr. Clemany wonderful and kis continues. The new lasting relationships. veterinary clinic actually Doing whatever is will be an extension necessary to cultivate of Braden River that Photo top left The installation of new floors at North River Animal Hospital is one the relationships he has continues our mission component of the complete renovation of the building. Top right Dr. Clekis wife Laura developed with his clients of providing quality who has been overseeing the renovations at North River Animal Hospital examines the and patients and expand medicine and unparalnew baseboard moldings that will be used to finish the walls and floors. Bottom right A the services he has ofleled customer service. before photo of one of the rooms at the veterinary clinic that will be refurbished with fered always has been the North River promises new floors and a fresh coat of paint. Photos courtesy of Braden River Animal Hospital backbone of Dr. Clekis to be an opportunity to veterinary practice. share our mission in a booming community Dr. Clekis adds and we It was in fact in August 2016 that Dr. Clekis officially expanded the definitely want to be a part of that. pet services available on Braden River Animal Hospital s campus by building a new 5 000 square foot building adjacent to the veterinary clinic. Here Jennifer Hummell co-owner of ACE Pet Resort in Sarasota opened a brand new day care and boarding facility called ACE at Braden River Animal Hospital is located at 5012 State Road 64 Braden River and Diva Dogs Grooming a successful grooming busiin Bradenton. The veterinary clinic is open Monday through Friday ness that formerly occupied the house at the front of the property from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm. For more moved next door. information or to schedule an appointment call 941-745-1513. But it is at home in Bradenton that Dr. Clekis has found his true calling in his day-to-day practice of veterinary medicine. Braden River Animal Hospital always has been what we call a North River Animal Hospital is located at 12805 County Road high-touch clinic Dr. Clekis says. We spend a lot of time with our 675 in Parrish. The new veterinary clinic will open on Tuesday clients and patients and have developed very close relationships with August 1 and the hours will be Monday Tuesday Thursday and them that s what has built this practice and made it successful. Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to schedule an When asked what his greatest joy and satisfaction has been in appointment call 941-845-4448 or visit July August 2017 43 Y Let the (Birthday) Parties our dog s birthday is just around the corner and you and your family want to celebrate this special day in a big way What can you do Where can you go to hold a birthday party complete with decorations party favors and a delicious dog-friendly cake to honor and celebrate another important milestone in the life of your favorite four-legged friend Since first opening its flagship luxury pet resort and spa in Sarasota five years ago Bayside Pet Resort has offered its clients and their pets a place to celebrate canine birthdays in a festive and fun atmosphere. But here s the best news of all You don t have to be a regular client at Bayside Pet Resort to host a birthday party for your dog All community residents are welcome to host birthday parties for their pups at any of Bayside Pet Resort s three locations in Sarasota University Park and Osprey says Angeline Pantazis administrative director at Bayside Pet Resort. Our doors are open to help you celebrate this very special day in your family s life. For the safety of all of the party goers as well as the pet resort s own canine day care and overnight boarding guests all dogs that attend birthday parties at Bayside are temperament tested and double checked to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines. At Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota located at 8154 North Tamiami Trail parties are held in the Event Room that is adjacent to the main lobby. Here it is not unusual to see staff members stop and linger outside the oversized plate-glass window to sneak a peek at the party guests chasing balls or rubbing noses with their best buds. At Bayside Pet Resort in University Park located at 8405 Honore Avenue birthday celebrations are held in the Parisian-themed day care room complete with a replica of the Eiffel Tower. And at Bayside Pet Resort of Osprey which is located at 718 South Tamiami Trail in Osprey birthday parties can be held in the Community Room or poolside on the shaded lanai at the resort s enclosed water park. Community residents really enjoy hosting birthday celebrations for their pets at Bayside and they take these parties seriously says Julie Dejnowski general manager of Bayside Pet Resort s Sarasota location. Some folks have come back year after year to host parties for their dogs. The parties aren t just fun and exciting for the dogs but for the staff at Bayside too. Even when we are having a busy or stress-filled day it s always pretty awesome to see the guest of honor and his or her friends romping and playing at a birthday party Angeline says. Party guests usually include the birthday boy or girl s day care buddies at Bayside. Usually our pet parents know who their dogs pal around with while they are here at Bayside Julie says. And if dog owners need help filling out the guest list our staff is more than happy to offer suggestions. Above In May Trixie Perten a regular day care guest at Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota celebrated her fourth birthday with her closest friends who are waiting patiently to enjoy a piece of birthday cake at the Bow Wow Luau-themed party. 44 May June 2017 Begin at Bayside Pet Resort By Candace T. Botha Photos by Julianna Vazquez Bayside Pet Resort offers two Party Packages from which pet parents can choose the Birthday Bash for 10 guests which is affordably priced at 55 and the Birthday Celebration for 5 guests which is priced at 30. What s more there are seven party themes from which pet parents can choose Sweet 16 Bow Wow Luau Masquerade Ball and Poker Night as well as a Princess a Minion and a Sports theme. All party packages include invitations that are given to the parents of the guest of honor s day care buddies as well as themed decorations and party favors that include colorful leis for the Bow Wow Luau parties and tutus for the Princess parties. Every party also includes a birthday cake made with wheat-free all-natural ingredients topped with yogurt frosting and baked in a bone-shaped silicone pan by the Bayside Pet Resort staff. Our larger canine guests that have attended several birthday parties know that cake always is a part of the festivities and they will run into the party room and put their front paws up on the table to sniff the cake Angeline says with a laugh. Then when the cake is served all the guests gather around the table to enjoy their special snack. And of course the birthday boy or girl always gets the first piece Partygoers are welcome to bring the guest of honor a small gift such as a bag of treats or a toy which is really fun for the pets and their parents too Pet owners too can attend their dogs birthday parties. If however they are unable to be there they can see photos and a video of the festivities online at the Bayside Pet Resort s Facebook page where the party was held ( BaysidePetResort baysidepetresortofosprey or www.facebook. com baysidepetspa ). Bayside Pet Resort s clients and community residents alike are asked to book their pets birthday parties two weeks in advance to save the date and allow plenty of time for party preparations. As more and more pet owners value the important role dogs play in our family life celebrating a birthday with a party has become second nature. And for you and your four-legged loved ones when it s time to celebrate their special days Bayside Pet Resort in Sarasota University Park or Osprey is the place to be Bayside Pet Resort has three Southwest Florida locations Sarasota 8154 North Tamiami Trail 941-351-0730 University Park 8405 Honore Avenue 941-355-DOGS (3647) and Osprey 718 South Tamiami Trail 941-244-4930. For more information about booking a birthday party for your pup call the Bayside Pet Resort location of your choice or visit Photos from left to right Trixie the guest of honor wears a tropical party hat as she celebrates her special day at her Bayside birthday party the staff at Bayside Pet Resort makes an all-natural and wheat-free cake topped with yogurt frosting for each birthday celebration Stravos a beautiful female Huskie paused from her partying to look out the plate-glass window of the Event Room. May June 2017 45 On the Road with The Roamans These Little Piggies Went to Rescue By Marisa Roman & Vanessa Semrow One of the best parts about being on the road and visiting local animal shelters and rescues is being able to spend time with the people who have dedicated their lives to advocate for animals who don t often have a voice within our society. Recently while in Texas we heard about a pig rescue on the outskirts of Austin that is run by a young couple with the biggest hearts. It wasn t until we were actually able to spend time at the rescue ourselves and enjoy an afternoon of piggy enlightenment and wonderful conversation that we confirmed what we heard was true Dan and Brittany of Central Texas Pig Rescue are a true inspiration and a wonderful gift to the animal community. The mission of Central Texas Pig Rescue a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization is to advocate educate and rehabilitate on behalf of the pigs that often are abused neglected or unwanted. As we took a tour of the farm in Bastrop County we were amazed at how well crafted and well kept this rescue was especially when caring for as many pigs as they now have wasn t really the end goal. Speaking with co-owner Brittany we learned that she never had envisioned a life of pig rescue when she was planning her future. Who knew growing up that being a stay-at-home pig mom was a job option Brittany says with a laugh. However after the animal-loving couple adopted a pet pig named Eleanor both Brittany and Dan fell in love with how smart curious and kind pigs are and how their intelligence has not always been appreciated within society. Brittany notes that the couple s interest in pigs began with people simply asking questions which 46 May June 2017 Vanessa Semrow and Marisa Roman of Photo by Luis Cromeyer inspired a desire to learn more about these interesting creatures themselves. Take the micro-pig and teacup trend for example. Did you know that there is no such thing as a micro or teacup pig Most people actually think that these are special breeds of pig that won t grow much bigger than a soccer ball in size but you are actually looking at a malnourished pig who will end up with extremely life-threatening health issues down the road. Brittany and Dan have a few recovering teacup micro pigs that they have rescued now living at their sanctuary. These pigs are now considered special-needs pigs because they were deprived of food for so long in an effort to maintain their diminutive size. Imagine only being fed 2 tablespoons of food every day...that s a fun-size candy bar for each meal What Brittany and Dan soon realized was that the amount of information available to pet owners about pigs in general as well as about having pigs as pets was sparse and the type of information that was out there was either wrong or misleading. They also quickly learned that one of their main goals when launching Central Texas Pig Rescue would first be to educate people about the proper care that is critical in having a happy healthy pet pig and then to help people understand pig behavior and how to adapt the care provided to a pig s needs instead of the other way around. The process of taking in and rescuing pigs for Central Texas Pig Rescue is very particular. After receiving an influx of inquiries from people who made uninformed decisions by buying piglets for their children only to see the pigs double in size and require much more care than say a puppy Dan and Brittany made a choice to educate to counteract a seemingly endless number of owner surrenders. While the couple does maintain a re-homing network as part of their Facebook page for those who no longer want to care for their pigs (Some pig owners even have offered to pay just to get rid of their pigs ) the main focus of the rescue is to provide a more informational approach to these animals. The truth is simple Not only do breeders mislead potential pig owners but the process of re-homing a pig is extremely scary and stressful for the pig. Brittany notes that one of the rescue s priorities beyond providing a safe environment for the pigs is to create a knowledge and awareness for people who aren t always awarded the necessary information. Central Texas Pig Rescue provides a happy home for those pigs who may not have a chance otherwise and for those who need proper rehabilitation and love. Recently one of the worst pig cruelty cases to make headlines in Central Texas left 68 pigs homeless and without proper care. The pigs rescued in this seizure were so malnourished and mistreated that 24 pigs passed away within 10 days from a range of health issues that included bacterial pneumonia starvation and neglect. Dan and Brittany ended up with 40 pigs from that seizure that they simply could not say no to and knew they had to bring them back to health and give them a chance at a happy life. As soon as the pigs were transported to Central Texas Pig Rescue the couple s trusted farm veterinarian paid a visit treating every single new pig and helping to guide each one on the road to recovery. Vanessa and I spent some time with those rescued pigs some of whom were a rare breed from New Zealand called Kune Kunes who with an abundance of hay and mud to roll around in seemed to be the happiest pigs we ve ever seen. That seemed to be a recurring theme during our visit to Central Texas Pig Rescue All of the animals seem truly happy. Not only are we talking about the 90 pigs that call Central Texas Pig Rescue home but also the other animals that Dan and Brittany have taken on. June and Julep a mother daughter pair of mini ponies the couple is boarding short term for some close friends were happily trotting around and rolling in the dust tails swishing about. And then there were the donkeys and chickens roaming the property and grazing at their leisure. Wilbur one of the pigs that Brittany and Dan have dubbed the Chief Socialization Officer makes sure that each guest on the tour is greeted appropriately in return for head scratches and belly rubs (In truth the belly rubs are Wilbur s favorite ). There was a harmony that seems to have been cultivated at the rescue starting with the care and conscientiousness of owners Dan and Brittany. Central Texas Pig Rescue has grown by leaps and bounds in the past year swelling from 3 to more than 90 pigs in just a year s time. This growth has to do with the fact that pigs often are misunderstood and that only 2 to 5 percent of owners who buy a pig as a pet actually keep it. Brittany notes that part of the enjoyment in rescuing these animals is connecting with them. The challenge of discovering the fundamental needs of each animal [was] a reward unto itself she says. The goal of Central Texas Pig Rescue is to eventually purchase a larger parcel of land and open up a second sanctuary. With crowd-funding events like Amplify Austin which raised more than 16 000 and Snouts in the City a pig-themed Sex and the City cocktail party the rescue should be well on its way to reaching that goal soon. For more information about Central Texas Pig Rescue or to make a donation you can visit the rescue online at Above from left to right Dan Brittany and Marisa at Central Texas Pig Rescue. All photos by Vanessa Semrow Marisa Roman and Vanessa Semrow left their home in Miami in early September 2015 to travel the country in their RV Maude and explore the USA v isiting animal shelters from coast to coast to share what other groups are doing to help save the lives of animals. You can follow The Roamans travels around the country by subscribing to their blog online There you can buy these adventurous young women a cup of coffee and they will donate 10 percent to the animal group they are spotlighting. Or you can become a featured sponsor and support their travels and have your logo included on the blog For details about donating or becoming a sponsor visit contact-us. Central Texas Pig Rescue is located in Bastrop County Texas. For more information visit www.central May June 2017 47 Me Kiwi Rescue Sam Sponsor 4 Years Old Male Labradoodle Canine Castaways 863-491-MUTT Audrey Sponsor AlphaBasicTrainingforDogsandHumans Canine Castaways 863-491-MUTT Longleaf 3 Years Old Male Australian Cattle Dog Mix 2 Years Old Female Sponsor Pomeranian Yorkie Mix Sponsor 941-592-5131 Canine Castaways 863-491-MUTT 941-351-0730 Nate s Honor Animal Rescue 941-747-4900 Hansel Azul Sponsor 2 Years Old Male American Staffordshire Mix Sponsor Vincent & Lynn Billi Photo by Connie Summers Photo by PR Kane Satchel s Last Resort Sanctuary 941-924-5070 Shylah Sponsor 3 Years Old Female Hound Mix In Memory of Sweet Jude 1 Year Old Female Dachshund Mix 5 Months Old Male Hound Mix 941-355-2884 Satchel s Last Resort Sanctuary 941-924-5070 Sterling Sponsor 2 Years Old Male Pit Bull Terrier Mix 941-323-1330 Satchel s Last Resort Sanctuary Satchel s Last Resort Sanctuary 941-924-5070 941-924-5070 48 July August 2017 Bella Between 5 & 6 Years Old Female Chihuahua Mix Ellie Sponsor About 1 Year Old Female Terrier Mix Sponsor 941-745-8511 Underdog Rescue of Florida 941-746-WOOF (9663) Torrie 8 Years Old Female Manx Mix Sponsor 941-746-7599 Cat Depot 941-366-2404 Gia About 2 Years Old Female Sponsor 941-451-PETS Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch 941-361-1071 Rocky Sponsor 847-347-4738 Vintage Paws Sanctuary Inc. 941-921-4355 Alfie 727-421-5505 Jazz Sponsor About 8 Years Old Female Boxer Boxer Rescue Angels of Florida Inc. 800-847-5196 14 Years Old Male Italian Greyhound Sponsor 941-795-PETS (7387) All Kitty Korner landerson53 9 Years Old Male Min Pin Mix Florida Italian Greyhound Rescue igrescuefl Jewel 5 Years Old Female Shar Pei Sponsor 941-964-0440 Tank s Legacy 941-421-2805 July August 2017 49 Fancy Alby Sponsor 3 Years Old Male Greyhound 3 Years Old Female Greyhound Sponsor 941-359-1010 Racing Dog Retirement Project 941-359-1010 Racing Dog Retirement Project 941-379-3278 941-379-3278 Maya Bess Sponsor 8 Years Old Female Pit Bull SunCoast Real Estate 941-779-0202 Sponsor 1 Year Old Female Pit Bull SunCoast Real Estate 941-779-0202 Royal Pet Rescue Royal Pet Rescue 941-720-1411 941-720-1411 Colleen Abbey 2 Years Old Female Sponsor Anastasia Sponsor Walde Pool LLC 941-794-1543 Moonracer Ambassador Dog Moonracer Animal Rescue http 941-345-2441 Keera Moonracer Animal Rescue http 941-345-2441 Kourtney Kat 2 Years Old Female Labrador Retriever Mix Sponsor 4 Years Old Female Pitbull Terrier Mix 4 Years Old Female Sponsor 941-795-PETS (7387) Moonracer Animal Rescue http 941-896-4874 I have a stubby tail Moonracer Animal Rescue http 941-345-2441 941-345-2441 50 July August 2017 Sarasota Obedience Training Club (SOTC) We offer classes to help you teach your dog basic manners and recalls or to learn obedience rally flyball agility or nosework Positive reinforcement techniques. Puppy & beginner both daytime & evening classes. Advanced obedience rally and flyball. Agility classes for 6 levels. Register today 7505 CR675 Manatee County FL (Hwy 70 & CR675 East of Lakewood Ranch) 941-377-5984 Veterinary Emergency Center Bradenton s Local Pet ER Open 5 00 PM - 8 00 AM Monday & Friday Open 3 00 PM - 8 00 AM Tuesday Through Thursday Open 24 Hours Saturday Sunday & Holidays 941-896-9420 3915 Cortez Road West Bradenton FL 34210 We Now Offer WELLNESS CARE to Help Keep Your Pets Healthy NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY Wellness Clinic Hours Tuesday & Wednesday 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Located in Wildewood Plaza between 34th & 43rd Streets Across the Street from the AMF Bowling Alley July August 2017 51 JULY & AUGUST 2017 beloved pet are invited to attend this support group that is hosted by Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory and meets monthly. Walk-ins are welcome. LOCATION Unity of Sarasota 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. TIME 7 to 8 pm. For details call Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory at 941-751-5044. EVERY TUESDAY IN JULY & AUGUST SATURDAY JULY 29 calendar Cat Depot Hosts a Read to Rescues Program Cat Depot has introduced a brand new Read to Rescues Program that is open to all current Brownie or Junior Girl Scout troops throughout the state of Florida. Young girls have an opportunity to practice their literary skills as they help to socialize Cat Depot s adoptable cats. Participants are asked to bring their favorite books and cans of cat food. LOCATION Cat Depot 2542 17th St. Sarasota. TIME 5 30 to 7 30 pm. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For details please visit activities reading-to-rescues.aspx. To participate in the program visit Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida http content gsgcf en events event-list.html to register or view available dates. Cat Depot s Community Food Bank Opens Its Doors Cat Depot s Community Food Bank helps community residents supporting feral cat colonies or in need of wet and dry food for their personal pets. Cat Depot has basic requirements that must be met to be eligible. LOCATION Cat Depot 2542 17th St. Sarasota. TIME 11 am to 1 pm. For details as well as income requirements please visit or send an e-mail to info AUGUST 2017 SATURDAY AUGUST 5 Racing Dog Retirement Project (RDRP) Hosts an Open House Retired Greyhounds make wonderful pets Come walk with the Greyhounds and meet our wonderful volunteers. Open your heart fall in love and adopt a forever friend. Beverages and light snacks will be served. LOCATION Racing Dog Retirement Project 1801 Verna Road Myakka City. TIME 1 to 3 pm. For details leave a message at 941-379-3278 or visit the group online at Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) Hosts the Third Annual A dopt-A-Palooza in Palmetto Looking for your new forever friend Come out to this special event where more than 100 adoptable pets from Manatee County Animal Services and area animal groups will be waiting to find their forever homes In addition to adoptions there will be specialty retailers information tables with special pricing on services. License tags will be available for sale and food and beverages will be available for purchase. The FELD Monster Truck Monster Mutt and favorite FELD characters will be at the event which also will include a demonstration by the Peace River Search and Rescue Team. There also will be raffles and silent auction items as well as a Fun Zone for children. All proceeds will benefit FoMCAS the newly formed fund-raising arm of Manatee County Animal Services. SPONSORSHIPS OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE LOCATION Bradenton Area Convention Center 1 Haben Blvd. Palmetto. TIME 11 am to 4 pm. COST Admission and parking are free. All attendees are asked to bring pet toys and treats as donations. For details on sponsoring the event or donating a raffle or a uction item contact Organizer Caryn Hodge by calling 941-713-3105 or send an e-mail to carynhodge For additional information about the event visit and see the article on page 24. FRIDAY JULY 14 THROUGH SUNDAY JULY 16 SATURDAY AUGUST 12 JULY 2017 SATURDAY JULY 8 Braden River Animal Hospital Hosts Open House at New Sister Clinic North River Animal Hospital Take a tour of Braden River Animal Hospital s new practice in Parrish and meet and greet the veterinarians and staff. Enjoy an outdoor barbecue during your visit LOCATION North River Animal Hospital 12805 County Road 675 Parrish. TIME 11 am to 3 pm. COST FREE. For details see the article on pages 40-43. SUNDAY JULY 9 Cat Depot Hosts Classics Adoption Event Take advantage of this opportunity to adopt one of Cat Depot s senior cats (ages 8 and older) during this special weekend-long adoption event All senior cats will have a reduced adoption fee of only 25 Families who adopt a senior during the event also will receive a 30 gift certificate to be used for a wellness exam in the Rose Durham Cat Care Clinic along with a Kitty Care Package valued at 40 that includes a cat bed toys and treats. LOCATION Cat Depot 2542 17th St. Sarasota. For details visit http events cat-depotclassics-adoption-event-july-14-16.aspx. SATURDAY JULY 15 THROUGH SUNDAY JULY 16 Cat Depot Hosts Florida State Animal Response Coalition (SARC) Operations Level Class This class is for those who have already gone through the Awareness Level training and it expands on basic daily care of animals. This is the next step to becoming a leader in Emergency Animal Sheltering. LOCATION Cat Depot 2542 17th St. Sarasota. For details visit http www.catdepot. org news florida-sarc-operations-level-class florida_sarc.aspx. To register visit http register event oeidk a07ee2ki8hs7763e94c&llr cmn8hziab. SATURDAY JULY 15 Vintage Paws Sanctuary Presents The Fourth Annual Pins for Paws a Fun-for-the-Family Bowling Fund-raiser Lace up your bowling shoes to support abandoned senior dogs at Vintage Paws Sanctuary The cost to attend includes shoe rentals two hours of bowling one raffle ticket and one drink ticket. Prizes will be awarded for first second and third Turkey (three strikes in a row) An assortment of great prizes also will be raffled off. SPONSORSHIPS OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE LOCATION AMF Gulf Gate Lanes 7221 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota. TIME 6 to 8 pm. COST 26 per person. For details visit THURSDAY JULY 20 Sneaker s Ark Pet Loss Support Group Area residents grieving the loss of a 52 May June 2017 Cat Depot Hosts Florida State Animal Response Coalition (SARC) Awareness Level Small Animal Emergency Sheltering Class Please join the Florida State Animal Response Coalition team and with your help we can be there to provide shelter and care for Florida s animals before during and after a disaster. Attendees must be 18 years old to participate. LOCATION Cat Depot 2542 17th St. Sarasota. For details please visit http news emergency-animal-sheltering-course awareness-level-emergency-animal-sheltering-course-at-cat-depot.aspx. SUNDAY AUGUST 13 Racing Dog Retirement Project (RDRP) Hosts an Open House Retired Greyhounds make wonderful pets Come walk with the Greyhounds and meet our wonderful volunteers. Open your heart fall in love and adopt a forever friend. Beverages and light snacks will be served. LOCATION Racing Dog Retirement Project 1801 Verna Road Myakka City. TIME 1 to 3 pm. For details leave a message at 941-379-3278 or visit the group online at THURSDAY AUGUST 17 Sneaker s Ark Pet Loss Support Group Area residents grieving the loss of a beloved pet are invited to attend this support group that is hosted by Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory and meets monthly. Walk-ins are welcome. LOCATION Unity of Sarasota 3023 Proctor Rd. Sarasota. TIME 7 to 8 pm. For details call Belspur Oaks Pet Crematory at 941-751-5044. SATURDAY AUGUST 26 Wet Noses Hosts Grand Opening Celebration at New Gulf Gate Location Join the festivities as Wet Noses officially celebrates the grand opening of its second Sarasota location The festivities will include a ribbon cutting animal adoptions with Canine Castaways a costume contest hosted by Susan Marie and Miss Olive of The Doggy Diva Show (with prizes too ) refreshments music pet photos free treats raffles and giveaways special store discounts and more LOCATION 6526 Gateway Ave. Sarasota. TIME 10 am to 2 pm. COST FREE For details see the article on pages 36 - 39. Cat Depot s Community Food Bank Opens Its Doors Cat Depot s Community Food Bank helps community residents supporting feral cat colonies or in need of wet and dry food for their personal pets. Cat Depot has Basic Requirements that must be met to be eligible. LOCATION Cat Depot 2542 17th St. Sarasota. TIME 11 am to 1 pm. For details as well as income requirements please visit or send an e-mail to info DOG TRAINING CLASSES JULY 2017 TUESDAY JULY 11 Beginners Level 1 Classes for Dogs Five Months of Age or Older Offered at SOTC This class teaches handlers to train their dogs using basic cues in group situations. Only positive training methods and positive reinforcement are taught. LOCATION SOTC 7505 C ounty Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 10 30 am. COST 95 for classes that are 50-60 minutes and meet once a week for 6 weeks. For details visit or call 941-377-5984. Puppy Level A Classes for 9 TO 15 Week Olds Offered at SOTC Puppies learn basic obedience skills in classes that are 50 to 60 minutes and meet for 6 consecutive weekly sessions puppies attend all six weeks. Motivational and positive methods are used in puppy socialization basic cues and problem prevention will be covered. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 12 pm. COST 95. For details visit www.sotcdogtraining. com or call 941-377-5984. Puppy Level B Classes for 16 to 21 Week Olds Offered at SOTC This class is an AKC STAR (Socialization Training Activity and Responsibility) puppy class taught by certified STAR instructors. This class covers basic cues and problem prevention. All training is done on a flat buckle collar. Classes are six weeks puppies attend all classes. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 6 30 pm. COST 95. For details visit or call 941-377-5984. Puppy Level B Classes for 16 to 21 Week Olds Offered at SOTC This class is an AKC STAR (Socialization Training Activity and Responsibility) puppy class taught by certified STAR instructors. This class covers basic cues and problem prevention. All training is done on a flat buckle collar. Classes are six weeks puppies attend all classes. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 1 30 pm. COST 95. For details visit or call 941-377-5984. Puppy Level A Classes for 9 TO 15 Week Olds Offered at SOTC Puppies learn basic obedience skills in classes that are 50 to 60 minutes and meet for 6 consecutive weekly sessions puppies attend all six weeks. Motivational and positive methods are used in puppy socialization basic cues and problem prevention will be covered. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 7 45 pm. COST 95. For details visit www.sotcdogtraining. com or call 941-377-5984. Platforms for Obedience and AKC Trick Dog Classes Offered at SOTC This class focuses on learning how to teach all the exercises for obedience titles using platforms. Learn how to teach ring side tricks for competition warm-up exercise as well as the tricks required for the AKC Trick Dog titles. PREREQUISITE Dogs must have completed the Beginner 2 class or have instructor approval. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 3 pm. COST 95. For details visit or call 941-3775984. TUESDAY JULY 25 Novice Open Competition Class Offered at SOTC For handlers getting ready for competition this class focuses on AKC rules and regulations. Novice (CD) exercises are taught and fine tuned during the sessions and open exercises are introduced. Classes are 60 minutes and meet weekly for 6 weeks. LOCATION SOTC 7505 C ounty Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 6 30 pm. COST 95. For details visit or call 941-377-5984. AUGUST 2017 THURSDAY AUGUST 3 Advanced Flyball Classes Offered at SOTC This class is designed for dogs that have completed Introduction to Flyball Flyball 1 and Flyball 2 and have the instructor s recommendation. Topics include continued box turn work passing drills when ready-teams running side-by-side and handling dogs in the run-back area as well as box loading pass calling and team building. Work on striding approach to box and in full run for jumps for return to handler. Classes are 60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 5 pm. COST 95. For details visit e-mail sotcflyballregistrar or call 941-377-5984. Ready for Tourney Classes Offered at SOTC This class focuses on getting ready for a tournament. Drills will include running line ups as well as singles and pairs racing along with a focus on perfecting box turns passing and striding. Classes are 50 to 60 minutes and meet weekly for 6 weeks. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 5 pm. COST 95. For details visit e-mail sotcflyballregistrar or call 941-377-5984. SATURDAY AUGUST 5 Beginners Level 2 Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Classes Offered at SOTC This class expands on Level 1 skills and introduces additional behaviors while teaching Canine Good Citizen skills. The AKC Canine Good Citizen test will be offered at the end of the class (taking the test is not mandatory). Classes are 50 to 60 minutes and meet once a week for 6 weeks dogs attend all classes. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 9 am. COST 95. For details visit or call 941-377-5984. THURSDAY AUGUST 24 Advanced Flyball Classes Offered at SOTC This class is designed for dogs that have completed Introduction to Flyball Flyball 1 and Flyball 2 and have the instructor s recommendation. Topics include continued box turn work passing drills when ready-teams running side-by-side and handling dogs in the run-back area as well as box loading pass calling and team building. Work on striding approach to box and in full run for jumps for return to handler. Classes are 60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 3 30 pm. COST 95. For details visit e-mail sotcflyballregistrar or call 941-377-5984. Advanced Flyball Classes Offered at SOTC This class is designed for dogs that have completed Introduction to Flyball Flyball 1 and Flyball 2 and have the instructor s recommendation. Topics include continued box turn work passing drills when ready-teams running side-by-side and handling dogs in the run-back area as well as box loading pass calling and team building. Work on striding approach to box and in full run for jumps for return to handler. Classes are 60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 6 30 pm. COST 95. For details visit e-mail sotcflyballregistrar or call 941-377-5984. SATURDAY AUGUST 26 Advanced Flyball Classes Offered at SOTC This class is designed for dogs that have completed Introduction to Flyball Flyball 1 and Flyball 2 and have the instructor s recommendation. Topics include continued box turn work passing drills when ready-teams running side-by-side and handling dogs in the run-back area as well as box loading pass calling and team building. Work on striding approach to box and in full run for jumps for return to handler. Classes are 60 minutes long and meet once a week for 6 weeks. LOCATION SOTC 7505 County Road 675 Manatee County. TIME 4 30 pm. COST 95. For details visit e-mail sotcflyballregistrar or call 941-377-5984. 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