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    Cats Can Kick the Dry Food HabitThe Cost of a Parrot: The Fee for Free

    10 Top Tips for a Healthy Pet

    House Training 101

    Equine Assisted Awareness An Energy based Therapy


    wellness through the human-animal bondwellness through the human-animal bond


    MERCYS DOOR PET RESCUE SPRING FLING WALK!April 17, 201610:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    CHA ANIMAL SHELTERSaturday, May 21stPar for

    ALL LIFE COMMUNITY FOR INTEGRATIVE WELL BEINGSunday May 15, 2016Integrative Health Screenings12 p.m. 5 p.m. integrative-health-screenings/



    Paws in the PlazaWHEN: the first Thursday of every month. (April - Oct.) Starts at 4:30. End time varies according to sunset.

    WHAT: a special evening to spend with your favorite four-legged friend

    WHERE: all around the Olde Gahanna downtown area / Mill Street / Creekside Plaza. (117 Mill St.) (Gahanna Exit/Rt 62)


    Table of Contents

    March/April 2016 VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2

    Easier to read, more durable, and more comfortable than engraved metal tags.

    Includes Links-It to attach tags to collars easily.

    FEATHERED FRIENDS The Cost of a Parrot: The Fee for Free

    12 16


    4 PET HEALTH & WELLNESS 10 Top Tips for a Healthy Pet


    8 HOLISTIC PET CARE Cats Can Kick the Dry Food Addiction

    10 CANINE COMPANION House Training 101


    12 WILDLIFE Lights Can Prove Lethal

    18 WELLNESS FOR GUARDIANS Equine Assisted Awareness an Energy Based Therapy

    20 EQUINE AFFAIRS Unbreakable Bond, Unwavering Mirror

    Inside Back Cover Remembrance Moo

    EQUINE AFFAIRSEquine Colic (Part 2 of 3)


    Human-Animal Bond

    We didnt know we needed a dog. I knew I loved dogs and would like to have one some day. But my husband of 35 years knew just as strongly that he didnt want a dog. He said they were too much trouble. He surely didnt know we needed a dog. Not until Mabel.

    On a snowy December night I stepped out onto my porch near midnight. I heard her nails clicking on the pavement before I saw her. As soon as I turned around and saw her walking up my driveway, I knew she needed someone to help her. I tried calling to her, but she didnt seem to hear me or even see me. She walked straight past me and through our broken gate into the backyard. I now jokingly describe that first impression as a zombie dog. I ran into the house and yelled upstairs for my son to get his shoes and coat on and come outside. We found her at the back fence line, stuck between the fence and an old tomato cage that had been thrown back there. With just a flashlight, we couldnt really tell what we were dealing with. We could tell by her build that she was probably some sort of bulldog. What would she do if we reached for her? Not being experienced dog people, we were a little scared, but we freed her from the tomato cage

    and my son scooped her up and carried her into the house. She was covered in ice and was very dis-

    oriented. We covered her with old towels to

    warm her up and dry her off. Her head just kept sway-

    ing from side to side until she finally fell asleep on the old towels. My son did a midnight run to the grocery store to get some dog food, which she devoured when she woke up an hour later.

    Now what do we do? What kind of dog is this? Is it male or female? How old is this dog. Is this somebodys pet? We had lots of questions, but foremost was what will my husband do when he gets up at 4 a.m. to go to work and trips over a dog in his living room? We concluded that we had an English Bulldog in rough shape. At this point we were being cautious about handling the dog and hadnt determined that she was indeed a she. (That actually took us 4 days to determine. Lol) My son and I stayed up most of the night keeping an eye on our drop-in guest and reading all we could online about English Bulldogs. Fortunately, hubby was understanding when he discovered the dog and agreed that she could stay for a few days until her owner was found. After all, a full bred dog like this had to be someones beloved pet, right? Well, we used the internet to reach out to try to find her owner. It put me in touch with a community of dog lovers trying to help find where she belonged and giving helpful advice. We were getting comments in response to her picture that she appeared to be old and not well taken care of. They begged us not to take her to a shelter because she would prob-ably not be considered adoptable. She had no collar or identifying tags. She wasnt micro-chipped. Her teeth were ground down to her gums and we were able to conclude that she couldnt hear. We couldnt understand why she was having accidents in our house. Surely a dog this old had been house broken. Then one man made the comment that she had probably never been in a house before. How could that be? Who has an English Bulldog

    and doesnt keep it in a house. (After all, my son and I had found out in our research that English Bulldogs are one of the most expensive breeds to buy.) He told us she had probably been used as a breeder dog and kept in a crate outside. It started to make sense to us. Her physical appearance does indicate that she has had many puppies. Whoever had her no longer needed her in her senior years and she had been dumped on a cold snowy night.

    Well, that thought tugged at our heartstrings and we fell in love with this old toothless Bully. Even hubby couldnt give her up after that. We decided as a family that we would work together to take care of her and give her a loving home. Our son offered to pay vet bills to have her looked at and get her shots. As she has been feeling better, she has been a livelier dog (well, as lively as old bulldogs get). She loves to snuggle up next to my husband, the man who was sure he didnt want a dog, and he loves it just as much as her. They have become best buddies. She loves to be petted continuously and will nudge your hand with her short little nose if you stop. She has gained needed weight, maybe even a little too much, because, like all bulldogs, she never thinks she has had enough. But most of all, Mabel is happy maybe for the first time in her life.

    Right from the beginning it became clear that Mabel was a blessing to us by bringing our family together as a team to love and care for her. (We recently worked together to fix that broken gate for Mabel.) Thats why I say we needed her! PC

    MabelBy Karen Lindower

    Mabel, December 3, 2015


    News & Events Thank you, Columbus! The 22nd All American Columbus Pet Expo in Ohio was a great suc-cess! Our recent partnership to produce the show has assisted us in growing in Central Ohio PetConnections. We had a great show with features like our Meet the Rescue Presentations, Mega Adoption Event and featured entertainment with DockDogs, Classic K-9 Show, Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix Show and Matt Bilderback and his High Performance Canines.

    PetConnections will be producing our own annual professional exposition this fall themed, like the magazine, toward education and community. We will offer a symposium on the human-animal bond with our some of our writers and experts on veterinary care, holistic pet care and nutrition. We will featured shelter and rescue organization, as well as a huge shopping gala and benefit and also lots of entertainment! We will announce the final details in the May-June issue!

    Please see our event page on the inside front cover for event listings, including Paws in the Plaza, Equine Affair and more!

    This IssueOur cover for this issue features Louie, a beautiful Mustang enjoying some early spring grass! We honor horses this issue, for all they have done for humans throughout our his-tory. Also see our event page for details about Equine Affair event happening April 7-10. Read about groundbreaking work in Equine Assisted Awareness An Energy based Therapy by Renee Hawley, in our Wellness for Guardian section. Also, Colic in the Horse part 2 of 3, by Dr. Brian Burks, ABVP Board Certified Equine Expert. Also inside, 10 Top Tips for a Healthy Pet, House Training 101, and Cats Can Kick the Dry Food Habit by Dr. Doug, The Wingspan of Parrots. Also, Lights Can Prove Lethal (to migratory birds) in the Wildlife Section, by the Ohio Wildlife Center, and much more!

    We thank our new sponsors, Forever Lawn of Ohio, Pawdentify, Plexidor, Kobi Collars and Glen Highland Farm. Also, thank you to the All Life Community for Integrative Well Being for sponsoring our Wellness for Guardian section. Also, continued support from ASPCA Pet Insurance, Good Nature Lawn Care, Crystal Remembrance, Beaver Animal Clinic, Fundvelopes and Canine Health.

    PetConnections supports local organizations and small business and we have established a community network of readers, writers, advertising sponsors and distribution points. Please support our advertising sponsors! See their locations on the map page. Check out our PetConnections Resource Directories for categorized listings.

    The award-winning Pittsburgh PetConnections edition started publishing mont