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October 01, 2014
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Pets

Ticks and dogs

Well, it looks like spring has finally sprung, and after this long, cold winter I for one am glad and am looking forward to getting out and doing some hiking with the dogs. Each season has its own potential dangers for dogs that are out and about, and with the warming up of the earth comes the awakening of the ticks. Once the ground thaws, ticks emerge in search of warm-blooded animals for their next meal. Oftentimes, that meal is our dog and even possibly us. Ugh!  Read more

The scent of spring

It’s been a long, cold, snowy winter, but now spring is in the air, and as the days get longer and the warm air melts the snow, many of the creatures that have remained hidden over the winter are making their presence known. Hungry from their long winter’s nap, skunks and porcupines are now actively searching for easy food sources such as compost piles and trash cans.  Read more

The lost toy

All young animals get into trouble; it doesn’t matter if it’s a dog, a cat, a parrot, a goat, or a calf. With their naturally curious nature, they like to investigate, and this often leads them to get into trouble, including eating things they shouldn’t. Some of the typical things that animals will ingest include clothing, strings, ropes, bones, rocks and toys. By luck, if an animal ingests a foreign object, they may pass it without complication. However, there is also the unfortunate chance when the ingested item can cause a complete obstruction.  Read more

Chewy dog toys: Not just for teething

Sully is almost five months old now. He is growing by leaps and bounds. He has also started teething—in full force.  Read more

Training in real life

There’s a new puppy at our house! Yep, going against all of the recommendations that the holidays are not a good time for a new pet, I did just that. On Thanksgiving morning, I made the trek to Syracuse, NY to pick up this newest member of our canine crew. Sully was just eight weeks old when I brought him home.  Read more

Humane Society of Port Jervis and Deerpark announce date for Paw Jam

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Humane Society of Port Jervis and Deerpark have announced a date for Paw Jam, a dinner and dance event to be held February 15 at The Erie Trackside Manor. Paw Jam will feature a live band and a small raffle of unique opportunities and items. Raffle items are currently being donated by businesses in the area.  Read more

New session of dog obedience classes to begin

SHOHOLA, PA — A new session of classes will begin with orientation, Monday, January 13 at 7 p.m. at the Tri-State Dog Obedience Club (TSDOC) facility at Shohola Business Center, Rte 6. TSDOC offers a wide variety of classes, held days and evenings, Monday to Friday. Registration prior to orientation is recommended. For a schedule of classes and times, and an application form, visit www.tristatedogobedienceclub.org or call 570/296-5594 and leave a message with your address.

Vaccine breakdown

After all the presents are given out and we clean up from the holiday festivities, many are left with a gift that keeps on giving everyday—that gift of a new puppy or kitten. The most important thing to consider with a puppy or kitten whether they are adopted from a local rescue group, purchased from a pet store, or from a local breeder. It is vital that you review all the paperwork provided to you when you pick up your new pet. Many agents will tell you that the animal is current on their vaccinations; however this may not always be the full picture.  Read more

Happy howlidays; A season for giving

Tonight, as I am writing this article, my four dogs are lounging on the couch, there’s a fire in the stove, our house is toasty warm and all their bellies are full. They are lucky dogs, and I imagine that many of The River Reporter’s readers’ dogs are living the same type of life. I find that many dog lovers think of their furry friends as family, and treat them as such. Our dogs don’t want for much, they receive routine veterinary care, quality food, toys, and they often accompany us on our travels about town. It’s not surprising then that most of us will include our dogs on our holiday gift list. Like I said, our dogs are lucky.  Read more

Pets as gifts

Have you considered giving a pet as a gift? Or perhaps you have received a pet as a gift? This time of year loved ones are always grappling with what to give during the season of gift giving and cheer. I have noticed that this time of year pets have become a common gift to give to children, adults, parents or grandparents. Recalling the classical Normal Rockwell rendition of a young child wanting their first puppy for Christmas many people feel compelled to give puppies for Christmas.  Read more

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