t Re so r in Pet t Kever Volume 5, Issue 2 March/April 2004 Paw Prints Breed of the Month: The Schipperche It certainly is not uncommon for dogs to love the water, and in fact, many dogs like traveling by boat! However, one breed in particular, is so well known for his duties aboard large barge boats that he earned himself the name “the little captain.” That dog is none other than the Schipperke—a small, black, tailless dog with a unique silhouette, curious manner and energetic personality. The Schipperke originated in Belgium, and owes its existence in part to laws passed in the 14th century by the French ruling class that restricted the owning of large dogs to the aristocrats. Still, the average person needed dogs for protection and for work. That is why the Schipperke, being a small dog with a big personality, became so popular. The Schipperke is one of the hardiest of all small dogs. He is a wonderful watchdog, while at the same time being very gentle with children and being completely devoted to his family. In addition, boats are not the only mode of transportation that the Schipperke loves— cars will do for this breed as well, which makes him an excellent traveling companion. Schipperkes, while primarily companion dogs today, still enjoy the challenge of being a working breed. They are active dogs with high energy levels, love agility and are excellent obedience dogs. However, the Schipperke’s attitude and level of cooperation is greatest when he is socialized as a puppy and experiences training from a young age. He is a wonderful pet for anyone who can give him the attention he deserves and who can keep up with his energy! Inside this issue: Walkathon for Olivia Crowley Stop shedding this spring Obedience Classes Obedience Classes Adopting a Pet 2 2 3 3 3 Feline Facts 3 Pet Personals 4 Did you know? • Schipperke means “little captain of the boat.” Schipperkes were used on the canal barges to guard the boat and catch vermin. The adult Schipperke Another experience for continued education Recently, Kay, Andrea and one of the newest members of our Kevertin crew, Corinne, spent a weekend in Frederick, MD at a two-day grooming seminar. The seminar featured several workshops on different grooming techniques and standards. The girls participated in a scissoring workshop to refine their scissoring skills. Brittany Clear actually went along to the workshop to be the lucky “guinea pig” for the event. The workshop must have been successful because Brittany came home with a very stylish do! In addition to the instruction that Kay, Andrea and Corinne received over the weekend long seminar, they gained insight into the newest techniques in the filed of grooming. Over all, the seminar was a success as Kay believes you can never learn, or relearn, too much!! • Schipperkes are sometimes called “the best house dog” and are very fond of children. Kevertin’s First Ever Walkathon In honor of Olivia Crowley On June 5, 2004 Kevertin Pet Resort will be hosting a Walkathon in honor of a very special little girl. Olivia Crowley, the granddaughter of Joan and Richard Crowley, whose loveable “Riley,” frequents our resort, is a nine-year-old 4th grader at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Olivia is a normal little girl who loves soccer, Harry Potter and having fun with her friends and family. Olivia, however, also suffers from a rare form of cancer called PNET, a form of Ewing's Sarcoma, which was discovered in 2002 when she was only seven-yearsold. Olivia has been in the property as well as in the and out of treatments in wooded area. Not only will the past two years, and this benefit a wonderful although she has her bad cause, it will give you a days, her family reports chance to take a beautiful that her spirits are high nature walk with your dog. and she seems able to There will also be an agility find a positive side to demonstration held, along Olivia Crowley at age 7 whatever life throws her with other fun events for way. Kevertin’s walkyou and your dog to particiathon will help benefit pate in. In addition, Andy St. Jude’s Children’s Research HospiLarrimore will holding a demonstration tal in honor of this courageous little on his training techniques and Todd’s girl. The event will take place between Market of Easton will be serving com9 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be walking plimentary refreshments for the day. paths available in the front portion of Call today to find out more details! Spring is in the air! So is excess pet hair!!! Spring is finally here! The air will be warming, the birds will be returning from the south, the flowers and trees will begin to bloom and of course, your pet will begin to shed! While spring is a wonderfully beautiful season with so much to look forward to, that last joy of spring that I mentioned could cause havoc on house and home by the end of the season. This spring, however, don’t let your pet’s shedding get in the way of enjoying what the season has to offer, stop shedding before it starts! There are several steps you can take to combat shedding during the spring and summer months. First of all, you can avoid the problem simply by removing what causes it. That’s right, shaving your pet down to very short lengths has been a popular method for keeping pet hair in one place. This also has another advantage because it will keep your pet cool and dry throughout the summer and will STOP!!! Before you have your dog face the clippers to stop summer shedding, think about the FURMINATER!!! still grow back before the cooler m o n t h s r e t u r n . If you can’t imagine taking off all of your pet’s beautiful hair, another method you can use to decrease the amount that your pet sheds is to brush, brush, brush your pet! Daily maintenance on your part can greatly reduce your pet’s shedding. If you plan to combat pet hair this way, it would be well worth your while to purchase a good slicker brush, and for owners of shorthaired dogs, such as Labs, a stripping blade will be a smart buy. Please remember, however, when brushing your pet, use short gentle strokes as to not “burn” the skin. Also, overusing a stripping blade will result in a pet with bald spots, so be careful when using t h e s e t o o l s ! Finally, the last method we will suggest to you is the FURminator. You may have heard about it from previous Paw Prints, but the success we have had using this treatment is amazing. The FURminator is designed to stop the shedding where it begins— in the undercoat of your pet. This revolutionary grooming device utilizes a unique blade that removes loose hair while leaving your pet with a shiny and healthy coat. The results have been amazing! Try it for yourself today! Whatever method you choose to use, good luck, and have a wonderful spring! Page 2 Paw Prints Windyworks K-9 Obedience Classes—Now in Session! With Andy Larrimore Trainer, Andy Larrimore is offering an additional set of obedience classes for all dogs on the Eastern Shore. The classes, which began on March 21, will be held on Sundays at 10 a.m. Like Andy’s other training classes, this Sunday class will consist of eight sessions, one session a week. All but one of the classes will be held at Kevertin Pet Resort in the “Club Mutt” play area. The seventh week of class will be held at 6 p.m. at the Queenstown Outlets. This “field trip” will allow your pet a chance to work under distraction and to build his confidence. This trip will also give Andy a chance to observe your pet outside of Brittany Clear enjoying the “Club Mutt” enviherself during her training ronment and to know what skills he will need to emphasize with your pet in week eight. The price for the level one obedience class is $125 due at the beginning of the first class. Andy has been conducting his obedience classes at Kevertin for a few months now and the results are wonderful. To take advantage of this great Sunday morning time slot, or just to get more information on the programs, call us today at 410-822-8161. Pet Adoption: A wonderful way to make an addition to your family If you're looking to add a pet to your life, consider adopting a homeless animal from your local shelter. Whether you want a puppy or a more mature dog, a purebred or a one-of-akind mixed breed, your shelter has the best selection of animals anywhere—all screened for good health and behavior. There are thousands of animals in shelters just waiting to know the happiness of a loving home. Just to give you an idea of how many animals need a home, according to Petfinder.com (just one out of a hundred adoption sites), there are 450 Labs and 291 Golden Retrievers that need a home on the Eastern Shore alone—with that being the case, just imagine how many there must be throughout the entire US! While some shelters now practice a “no kill” policy, which means they do not euthanize animals that do not find homes in a certain amount of time, many shelters still destroy animals that are not adopted out after awhile. With so many animals running out of time in shelters, adoption is worth looking into. I adopted my dog when she was nine years old. Yes, I missed out on puppyhood and can only imagine how adorable she was as a tiny ball of fluff, but I am able to give her the best years of her life when it counts the most! We are inseparable and I can’t imagine having a puppy in her place. It is the best feeling to know that my dog, who was once malnourished and caged outside year round as a guard dog, now has a plush pullout bed and would not dream of spending a n i g h t o u t s i d e . Although adoption is not for There are 450 everyone, it is defiLabs and 291 nitely something to Golden Retrievers look into if you want an awesome addi- that need homes tion to your family. on the Eastern There are hundreds Shore alone. of shelters throughout the states to choose from (another indication of how many animals need homes) so it will be easy to find the perfect pet for you and your family. A cat's sense of smell is 14 times stronger than a human's! Fun Facts about Felines! Cats have 244 bones in their bodies! (About 40 more than humans!) Cats have 32 muscles in each ear! Cats only sweat from the pads of their paws. To drink, a cat laps liquid from the underside of its tongue, rather than the top! Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound! Cats have about 100 different vocalization sounds. In comparison, dogs have about 10! In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal! Page 3 “Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through the snow.” Jeff Valdez Volume 5, Issue 2 Kevertin Pet Resort 8623 Mullet Branch Road Easton, MD 21601 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Easton, MD Permit No. 314 Phone: 410-822-8161 Fax: 410-822-4472 Email:Kay@shorenet.net Check out e Web! our new site on th esort.com www.kevertinpetr Picture Perfect Pets is coming APRIL 19, so call today to schedule your appointment!! Kevertin Pet Resort’s Customer Updates Passings We were very sorry to hear about the passing of all of our great friends: Penny and George William’s Dachshund, Winston. Jane and George Tyler’s Mix, Brandy. Emilee McWilliams Mix, Sigrud. Len Howard’s Cocker, Amber. Glenn and Elaine Orme’s Lab, Bo. John and Diana Mautz’s Boykin, Chocolate Moose. Mary McGowan’s Mix, Pixie. The Teneza Donut. Family’s Cocker, Mr. The Teneza Family’s Cocker, Sugar Bear. Ralph Brown’s Beagle, Buddy. Jane and George Tyler’s baby, Gypsy. Sean and Tracy Connolly’s Mix, Lady. Stephen Boomer. Rector’s Jack Russell, New Arrivals Vickey and Ray Taylor’s welcome a Beagle puppy into the home Burt Davis’ Jesse. Australian Shepherd, Delores Candel’s Pomeranian, Gizmo. The Wrightson Family’s Lab, Shiloh. Andrea Cheezum’s Poodle, Talouse.
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