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Winter 2008-09 Issue

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  • Pets As

    Presents

    Raise a Puppy Change a Life

    Bedtime StoriesStarring Bugsy the Guinea Pig

    PET EVENTS

    ASK A VET

    COOL PET PRODUCTS

    OH BEHAVE with ARDEN MOORE

    Pets People Culture Behavior Rescue

    2008/2009 WINTER

  • SPAY &NE

    UTER&

    Help Them L ive a Longer,

    Heal th ier L i fe

    Most countries have a surplus of companion animals and are forced to euthanize or disregard their great suffering. The surplus is in the millions in the United States alone.

    By having your dog or cat surgically sterilized, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens and you will enhance your pets health and quality of life.

    Both female dogs and cats benefit from spaying, which eliminates their heat cycles and generally reduces the negative behaviors that may lead to owner frustration and, ultimately, a decision to relinquish the pet to a shelter. Most importantly, early spaying of female dogs and cats helps protect them from serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer.

    Neutering male dogs and cats reduces the need to breed and can have a calming effect that makes them less inclined to roam and more content to stay at home. Neutering your male pet also improves his health by reducing the risk of prostate disease, testicular cancer and infections.

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  • CONTENTS

    WINTER 2008/2009

    RAISE A PUPPY, CHANGE A LIFELearn how you can help change someones life through CCIs raise a puppy training program.By Patrice Shields

    PETS AS PRESENTSFind out why giving pets as presents is a bad idea!By Christa Grunzinger

    FEATURES18

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    EVENTS CALENDARCheck out this winters most talked-about events.

    PAWS FOR LIFEA non-profit organiza-tion that is dedicated to helping thousands of homeless and helpless dogs and cats.

    THE HEMINGWAY HOUSE CONUNDRUM Read about the perfect solution that saved the Hemingway cats.

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    COMMUNITY

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    16 BARKS & NIBBLESArden Moore shares with us a recipe from her best-selling book, Real Food For Dogs. Also, tuna treats your cat will love.

    ASK A VETDr. Jason Palm talks about understanding end of life issues in pets.By Jason Palm, D.V.M.

    FOOD IS NOT LOVEOverfeeding our pets is not the best way to show our love and affection.By Tina Valant-Siebelts

    WELL-BEING

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  • CONTENTS 22

    WINTER 2008/2009

    BOOK REVIEWRead about a parrot who thought she was a dog.By Terri Schlichenmeyer

    22 PHYSICAL VS. MENTAL STIMULATION The importance of physical and mental excercise.By Susan McNichol

    OH BEHAVE!In her Q&A column, Arden Moore delivers the real truth about cats, dogs, and you!By Arden Moore

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    8CULTURE

    PUBLISHERS LETTER

    CONTRIBUTORS

    THE LETTER BOXOur readers write

    PRODUCT GUIDEBe sure to check out this great selection of pet products!

    PET PLANET PIXThe Pet Planet photo album

    DID YOU KNOW?Fun animal facts

    BUSINESS CARDDIRECTORY

    RESOURCEDIRECTORY

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    BEHAVIOR

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    Thank you advertisers, contributors, and readers. We love hearing from you. Your continued input and support of The Pet Planet Magazine is important to us and very much appreciated!

    The Pet Planet Magazine is published seasonally. Publisher reserves the right to refuse, revise, edit and / or comment editorially upon any submitted material. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. Publisher assumes no warranty or responsibility as to longevity, completeness and accuracy. Reproduction of The Pet Planet Magazine in whole or in part is strictly prohibited without prior written consent. Publisher may not be held liable or responsible in any way for any actions ensuing from advertising or content supplied.

    PUBLISHER Paw Print Publishing Co.

    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Shannon Henegan

    MANAGING EDITOR Stacey Richard

    MARKETING DIRECTOR Seth Richard

    CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERSEric Althin

    Tracey HagenJames Kellogg

    Tina Valant-Siebelts

    Letters and pictures to:editor@petplanetmagazine.com orP.O. Box 121790, Clermont FL 34712

    Advertisement inquiries to:advertise@petplanetmagazine.com

    General inquiries or comments to:customerservice@petplanetmagazine.com

    or tel: 352.394.8578

    Websitewww.petplanetmagazine.com

    ILLUSTRATIONEric Althin

    DISTRIBUTIONDominion Distribution

    CONTRIBUTING EDITORDonna McVicar Kazo

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    PET EVENTSTASTY TREATS

    COOL PET PRODUCTS

    Pets People Culture Behavior Rescue

    2008 SPRING

    DOGSand

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    WORLD WIDEWEB

    UNITINGthe Pet RescueCOMMUNUNITY

    How to select a Top Notch

    Doggie Daycare

    Foiling PhobiasHow to rid your pets of their anxieties and phobias

    PET EVENTSNEW! ASK A VET

    COOL PET PRODUCTSOH BEHAVE with ARDEN MOORE

    Pets People Culture Behavior Rescue

    2008 SUMMER

  • Publishers Letter

    The newest member of our family,

    Gizmo.

    Welcome fellow pet lovers, to The Pet Planet Magazines 2008 / 2009 winter edition. In this issue you will find a full slate of articles with an array of topics that are sure to keep you entertained and informed. Our cover article features a heartwarming story of dedi