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December 22, 2014
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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

Holiday happenings at the Humane Society of Port Jervis and Deerpark

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Humane Society of Port Jervis and Deerpark are encouraging animal lovers to adopt a pet this holiday season by offering special prices on cats and dogs.  Read more

Rehabilitating the rescue dog

Lately, it seems that we are seeing more and more animal abuse cases. I’m so thankful for all of our local media bringing to light the plight of these innocent creatures that have suffered in the hands of those who can’t or won’t properly care for their animals. For most of these animals, the lives they led before they were rescued were unimaginable to most of us. Filthy conditions, lack of food and little, if any, positive, friendly human contact force these pets to live in “survival mode.”  Read more

Neglected pets: life after

Have you ever been sitting in your living room and watching television when the ASPCA’s commercial comes on? Do you become flooded with emotions as the camera sweeps past cages of animals that are sick, injured, once abused pets? This is a common response for many. But the biggest question is what happens to those animals once they are recovered from those undesirable situations? Given the current financial state of the economy locally, many animals have to endure such hardship, and as a result many of them require intense veterinary care.  Read more

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