Upcoming Events for:
CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Test Prep
Mutt's N Mingle
Dock Diving Fun Trial
For the past few years Msity pines as hosted Dock Diving compeitions during the summer. These competitions are all about fun and spending time with our dogs doing something they enjoy. This year we are having two such events and the first was held on Sunday, June 22nd.
Everyone had a great time and the jumps were fantastic. Briley (gsp) won the first ever Misty Pines TRDD Cup for having the biggest jump of the day at over 25 feet!
We're hoping to have everyone come out for the next event on Sunday, August 24th. Don't forget to come out to use the dock for practice and be sure to attend the Dock Diving Class on Sunday, July 13th to polish those jumping skills.
Below are the winners of each category. Check our Facebook page for pictures.
Till then...keep jumping!
|Georgine with Zoey
|Brandon with Briley
|Tim with Boudie
|Zayne with Brodhy
|Lennie with Toby
|Marie with Ace
|Heather with Gracie
|Johathan with Remi
|Debby with Tasha
|Beronnica with Annelei
|Debby with Stormy
|Rachel with Sebastion
|Brandon with Onyx
|Caroline with jude
Mutts N' Mingle
Maniac Magazine is a local fashion magazine and has a yearly issue with a focus on dogs. Maniac has launch parties for each of their issues so when we were approached with the idea of having one of their launch parites here and benefitting Animal Friends, well, how could we so no?
The party will be held on Friday, July 25th from 6 - 8 and will feature free drinks and food with your $40 admission. Vendors and activities will also be available as well as usage of the park and pond. Come out and support Animal Friends at Maniac Magzines's Mutts N' Mingle party at Misty Pines!
To register, please visit www.ManiacMagazine.com/events.
Last month the Gazette was already ready to go out by the time we had Graduation so here are those that passed their Graduation last month and are now in the next level of classes. Congratulations to all of you!
- Lesa with Koda (shepx)
- Diann with Scout (shepx)
- Alissa with Louie (spin)
- Alan with Sadie (mix)
- Karen with Oliver (schn)
- Cheryl with Allegra (lab)
- Hadley with Fletcher (lab)
- Lisa with Boomer (dane)
- Beth with Vacci (corse)
- Mary with Jack (dane)
- Billy with Sonya (boxX), Skylar (lab) and Bailey (ess)
- Kathy with Fin (lab)
- Cole with Banx (aussie)
- Katie with Bronson (malamute)
- Emily with Ricky (ldood)
- Loretta with Sami (labx)
- Lisa with Bander (staby)
- Gordon with Fritz (aussie)
- Missy with Rawly (bgl)
Swimming and Dock Diving
Believe it or not Summer is here and brought the fun with it. This summer the place to be is the pond at Misty Pines! We've got Swimming, Dock Diving Classes and Dock Diving Competitions planned for this summer and on top of all that, you can use the pond any day of the week when visiting the park. For $6 you'll get full use of the park grounds for 2 hours and that includes full access to the pond.
Take a look below for some of the schedules or you can head over to our Specialty Classes page for a full description and list of dates for each class. If you need a bit of summer right now you can nose around our Facebook page for pictures of dogs having fun in the pond.
Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
$15 per dog
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Visit our Sign-up page to get registered!
This class will encompass all levels of dock diving - from beginners who want to start jumping off the dock to intermediates and advanced who want to work on high jumps, long distance jumps and continued water retrieve.
Registration is limited. The first 10 registered participants will be placed in the 9:00-10:30 a.m. section. If needed, a second section from 10:30a-12:30p will be added for an additional 10 participants. A very limited number of walk-in spots may be made available for $20 if time allows.
*Pre-requesite: Your dog must know how to swim. If you would like to work on your dog's swimming skills, please attend our swimming classes.
Class is taught by Dan Grachen.
Sunday, August 24th, 2014
There will be 2 rounds of jumps. One will be at 10 o'clock, and one at 12 o'clock. Each dog entered will get 2 jumps off the dock. The better of the two jumps will determine the dog’s division and place in that division. At 2 o'clock we will take the top 6 dogs of each division and have them jump for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in their division. The top three places will receive a ribbon and prizes.
Novice Division: 1 inch to 9 feet 11 inches.
Junior Division: 10 feet to 14 feet 11 inches.
Senior Division: 15 feet to 19 feet 11 inches.
Master Division: 20 feet to 22 feet 11 inches.
Elite Division: 23 feet to 24 feet 11 inches.
Super Elite Division: 25 feet and above.
Three Rivers Dockdog Club members will be present to help organize this competition. A practice with the Three Rivers Dockdog members will take place at 8:00 AM, so show up early and they’ll not only help you work on your jumps, but also run you through the process for the competition.
Misty Pines’ facility will be open and we will have refreshments that can be purchased, so come early or stay late and have some fun in the park or take a nice relaxing walk through the trails. Don’t forget to stop by the grill and grab a hotdog, drink and other concessions to get you through the day. If your dogs need a bath the grooming tubs and soap will be available for you to wash your dog at $10 per bath.
No parking will be permitted along the driveway. All parking will be in the parking lots at the top of the driveway. Each handler will need to sign in, pay and obtain a wrist band at the main office before proceeding to the dock.
Participants and spectators are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit along the hillside, which will provide a spectacular view of the event.
Each round of jumps, at 10:00 and 12:00, will have a 50 dog maximum, so be sure to get your spot soon. Participants will be organized into groups of 10 and each group will be assigned a jump time. Upon arriving at Misty Pines, participants will receive a flyer with each groups jump time, instructions for registration and rules for the event and park.
Each handler/dog team needs to be here 1 hour before their dock dive slot, which would be 9:00a or 11:00p.
$15 per entry.
Click here for Official Rules.
Please register for the June 22nd Fun Trial online by clicking here.
Please register for the August 24th Fun Trial online by clicking here.
Swimming Class will be held the First and Third Saturday of June, July and August
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Cost - $15
Does your dog need a swimming lesson? Is your dog a good swimmer but wants to have friends to swim with? We offer a Summer Swimming Class! This helpful class will be sure to get your dog in the water at our dog pond in no time. Be sure to bring a water toy, enticing dog treats, a long leash, your bathing suit or old clothes and water shoes. You Will Get Wet! Please pre-register.
Click here to sign up for our Swim Class Newsletter.
CLASSES & EVENTS
Saturday, July 5th @ 8:00 AM
Saturday, July 5th & July 19th @ 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Kid's Dog Training Camp
Mon. - Wed, July 7 - 9 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, July 12th & 26th @ 8:00 AM
Sunday, July 13th @ 9:00 AM
North Park Class
Tuesday, July 15th @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM
CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class
Saturday, July 19th @ 8:00 AM
Kid's Dog Training Camp
Mon. - Wed, July 21 - 23 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Maniac Magazine's Mutts N' Mingle
Saturday, July 25th @ 8:00 AM
Wednesday, July 30th Test begins @ 6:30
CGC & TDI Test
Friday, August 1st Tests beginning @ 5:30 PM
Clicks are for Tricks
Saturday, August 2nd @ 8:00 AM
Saturday, August 2nd & August 16th @ 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Sunday, August 3rd @ 9:00 AM
Saturday, August 9th & 23rd @ 8:00 AM
North Park Class
Tuesday, August 12th @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM
CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class
Saturday, August 16th @ 8:00 AM
Dock Diving Fun Jump
Sunday, August 24th @ 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM
Kids and Dogs: How Kids Should and Should Not Interact with Dogs
By Dr Sophia Yin
When a child is bitten by a four-legged family member, it can turn the household upside-down. Owners feel puzzled and confused. “They sleep together all the time,” they might say, or, “He’s always been really good. He even lets Timmy sit on him.” In a majority of cases, the bite seems out of the blue. The humans can’t fathom why their once-trusted companion would bite an innocent child. But anyone who reads “dog” or can see life from the pet’s point of view would most likely say, “I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.”
The fact is, a quick perusal of YouTube or a thorough investigation of a bite reveals that often the bite occurs because humans, especially children, are extremely rude. Parents may view their kid’s behaviors as cute and assume that because their dog is tolerating the behavior now, he will have an endless fuse and always put up with it, rather than eventually exploding. In other words, parents expect dogs to behave like saints, even when they are pestered to the point that would try the average human’s patience and cause her to blow up!
For instance, I recall one tragic case where an infant was left at home with the babysitter and the family pitbull. The infant was allowed to incessantly crawl after the dog, tailing the dog as if she was an armed criminal. He followed her from corner to corner as she kept trying to get away from the baby, but the dog had no escape. While the parents were able to take a “vacation” from their child by hiring a babysitter and leaving the house, the dog was left at home to fend for herself. Ordinarily, a person being pestered this way with no way to escape would eventually turn and yell and possibly even resort to violence. A dog might do the same—turn and bark, snarl, or growl. But when all of these early signs are ignored, escalation to a bite can be the next step. Unfortunately, a bite by any large dog at her wits end can cause serious damage to a child, and in this case it resulted in death.
More often than not, cases where the dog bites a young child are tragic—often more so for the dog. The dog may be relinquished to a shelter, where he has a low probability of safe adoption. Or he may be euthanized after a quarantine period. The worst part of the story is that these bites could often have easily been prevented just by understanding the types of actions that drive a dog to feel bullied or pestered so much that he feels he has to bite.
Understanding What the Actions that Might Cause the Family Dog to Bite are Common Sense
In fact, understanding what can drive a dog to bite the family kids is pretty simple. They are the same things that drive humans to need a break from their kids.
Reason 1: For instance, most people dislike it when others stick their grimy hands in their meal. Similarly, dogs want to eat in peace.
Reason 2: We teach children that it’s clearly wrong to steal toys from each other. It’s also rude to steal toys from the dog. Kids should be taught to leave Fido’s toys alone. To build in a tolerance in case the child makes a mistake when your attention has lapsed, dogs should be trained to give up their toy for a reward or even a sequence of rewards. That way, they will willingly give the child the toy instead of feeling possessive. (See Perfect Pup in 7 Days, chapters 1 and 6 .)
Reason 3: Kids frequently can’t help but get in your face. They often have to be trained to maintain the appropriate social distance. Similarly, putting your face into a dog’s face, even if it’s all in the family, can be irritating to the dog, especially when the dog has no control over the child’s behavior.
Reason 4: Most people dislike being disturbed when they are resting or sleeping. But fortunately for us humans, we can often close or lock our bedroom door. Similarly, dogs need a safe location where they can be away from kids and excitement. Kids should avoid bugging them in their “private” location or any time they are sleeping or resting. If they call the dog from far away and the dog chooses to get up and come over to the child, this type of interaction is okay. But if the dog chooses to be left alone, he should be.
Reason 5: Kids dislike being handled roughly, and so do dogs. Dogs can be trained to tolerate or sometimes even enjoy this handling, so that they are not reactive when an accident occurs (See Perfect Puppy in 7 Days, chapters 1 and 6), but in general children should be taught to be polite.
Reason 6: It’s rude to climb on, step on, or otherwise invade someone’s personal space. It’s also rude to do the same things with dogs.
Reason 7: Loud screaming can frazzle humans, imagine its effect on the more sound-sensitive dog!
Reason 8: We often forget that even some friendly gestures, such as pinching a child’s cheeks, may be irritating. In general, dogs dislike being hugged, even by family members. You can tell by the expression on their face. (See the Body Language of Fear and Anxiety in Dogs poster and chapter 7 in Perfect Puppy in 7 Days.) You can train dogs, especially as puppies, to enjoy cuddling and hugging (See Perfect Puppy In 7 Days chapters 1 and 6) and other close handling. But even so, it’s important for children to know the types of interactions their pet likes and also to realize that other dogs may not have the same tolerance as their dog does.
Types of Child-Dog Interactions That are Appropriate
With all of these DON’Ts, it must seem like kids can’t interact with pets at all. In reality, they just need to be taught to be polite and kind to pets, instead of treating their companion like he’s stuffed animal. Parents should also teach their children to read the signs that Fido is fearful or anxious, so that the child knows to back-off.
Once the children understand that they should be kind to their pet, they can be taught appropriate games to play. For instance, fetch where the dog willingly gives the toy and remains polite before it’s tossed is fun for dogs who love to retrieve. Kids and pets love to learn tricks that result in rewards such as yummy treats or bits of the dog’s meal/kibble (See Dog Tricks). All dogs need their exercise, and kids can be a part of this too if the dog is well-trained. Hide-n-seek is a great way for dogs to learn to have fun, and the dog is practicing his search and rescue skills.
Adults should ensure that the dog has lots of positive associations with the kids. The kids can regularly give food rewards for the dog’s calm, polite behavior, such as automatic sits.
Even if the child is generally well-behaved and the dog very tolerant, it’s essential for all interactions to be supervised. Accidents can happen in a split second.
A Final Take-Home Message
The key is to teach both the dog and the children to be polite. Make sure your children interact with your dog the same way you want them to interact with you. Follow these simple do’s and don’ts and everyone will be safer and happier.
What sorts of activities do your kids and your dog engage in?
Bordetella. What you should know.
Last June, area boarding facilities were invited to attend a discussion with Dr. Henry Weinberg of Zoetis, a division of Pfizer, about Bordetella and infectious tracheobronchitis. Misty Pines sent Rob Zielinske (Office Manager), Kelly Lavelle (Pet Care Manager), Dan Kamminzind (Pet Care Technician) and Amanda Morales (Pet Care Technician) to take part in the discussion. Dr. Weinberg was a wealth of knowledge and explained, in detail, how bordetella spreads and causes symptoms. Among other topics we discussed vaccination protocols, 6 months versus 1 year, the time it takes for dogs to show increased titers and build immunity and clinical case studies regarding bordetella vaccination in canines.
Literature that we were given as companion information to the discussion showed charts measuring the build of titers in the blood, which indicates increased immunity and ability to fight the infection. The charts showed that days 1 - 4 after receiving the vaccination the titers were minimal but then spiked on day 5 and then slowly leveling out throughout the next 5 - 10 days until coming to a fairly solid, consistent line of defense between days 10 - 14. The hand out, as well as Dr. Weinberg, recommended a five (5) day wait before allowing a dog back into a public setting after receiving a bordetella vaccination. Dr. Weinberg also commented that he recommends dogs being vaccinated against bordetella every 6 months if they are going to be in public situations on a regular basis or are going to be in situations where they will be exposed to numerous other dogs.
Dr. Weinberg also put forth that dogs vaccinated against bordetella may still develop upper-respiratory issues, such as a cough, from different viruses or bacteria such as mycoplasma. Blood work performed on dogs vaccinated against bordetella that developed upper-respiratory symptoms have shown that it is typically not bordetella that is causing the infection. Zoetis goes so far as to guarantee their vaccine and if a vet so chooses Zoetis will pay for all costs to have blood work ran on a dog that develops upper-respiratory symptoms and has been vaccinated with their vaccine.
Misty Pines would, again, like to thank Dr. Weinberg for all of his information, Karen Quinque for organizing the event and Zoetis for giving us the opportunity to gather more information on a subject that is so important to us: the health and well being of your dogs.
Below is a hand-out that we developed at Misty Pines for our staff and clients. If you would like a printed copy, please request one at our front desk.
Infectious tracheobronchitis, or canine cough, is a highly contagious, upper-respiratory infection that is spread by any one of numerous agents. Parainfluenza, adenovirus, Bordetella or any combination thereof is most often passed on through the air, but can also be transmitted on hands or clothing. The incubation period of the disease is roughly 3-10 days and an infected pet may be contagious for three weeks after showing the first signs of illness or up to 2 weeks before showing any clinical symptoms. The main symptom is a hacking cough that sounds like a goose honk, sometimes accompanied by sneezing and nasal discharge, which can last from a few days to several weeks. Although the cough is very annoying, it does not usually develop into anything more serious; however, just as a common cold, it can lower the dog’s resistance to other diseases making it susceptible to secondary infections, so the dog must be observed closely to avoid complications. Canine cough can be an especially serious problem for puppies and geriatric dogs whose immune systems may be weaker.
Just as in the case of the common cold, canine cough is not “cured” but must run its course; however, any dog displaying signs of a secondary infection should see a veterinarian. Many times an antibiotic will be prescribed as a precaution and sometimes cough suppressants will be used to reduce excessive coughing. Canine cough, just like flu and cold season, is often seasonal. It usually occurs in spring and late fall.
How is it Transmitted?
Airborne organisms are carried in the air by microscopic water vapor and dust particles. The particles, if inhaled, by a susceptible dog, may attach to the lining of the trachea and upper airways. These organisms are easily spread when infected dogs sneeze, bark, cough, or even drool. Some dogs are carriers and can spread the infection for months while not showing any signs. These “carriers” are a source of infection to other dogs. Contact can also occur through hands and clothing. Bordetella can be present at dogs shows, pet stores, your veterinarians office, and even in your own backyard.
Why are the Chances of Catching it Greater in a Kennel?
A dog encounters two conditions in boarding facilities that do not typically occur at home: 1) they are with a number of potentially contagious dogs 2) the stress and excitement of a less familiar environment, both of which can result in lowered resistance to disease. The more frequently a dog visits the kennel, the greater the chance the dog will gain immunity to the disease. Even during a widespread outbreak, only a small percentage of exposed dogs are affected.
How is it Treated?
Many dogs that contract bordetella will display minor signs of coughing that may last 7-10 days and will not require any medication. The majority of dogs will continue to eat and play except for the annoying, dry, non-productive cough.
The dog should be kept warm in an isolated area with good ventilation. It should be free of drafts. The dog can also be put in a steam filled room or use a cold mist vaporizer several times a day. It is important to keep the dog quiet; any excessive barking may irritate the trachea even more. In some cases the dog may develop a secondary infection. The dog may run a fever, not eat, will have a thick yellow or green nasal discharge, and wheezing. The dog may develop pneumonia which will require immediate veterinary care.
How Can I Protect My Dog?
There are 3 types of vaccines for canine cough; intranasal, injectable, and oral. Some dogs will develop mild symptoms similar to canine cough when given this vaccine. The symptoms will last for several days and the dog will not require medical treatment, but they can also spread it to other dogs. This is the main reason your dog should not be around other dogs after receiving the vaccine. The downfall with both of these vaccines is that they have a short duration. High risk dogs should be vaccinated twice a year. A high risk dog would be one that goes to the kennel, grooming shop, daycare, dog park, or is involved in group training classes. Dogs that have been vaccinated can still contact the disease, but the symptoms are usually not as severe and do not last as long. The vaccines allow them to get rid of the infection quicker. The vaccine should be given at least 5 days before exposure around other dogs.
Why Does Misty Pines Require Bordetella every 6 Months?
Immunity of this vaccine has a short duration and has not been scientifically proven to be effective for one full year. The efficacy of the vaccine is anywhere from six to nine months based on the various researches. Since we have implemented this policy, we have seen a substantial decrease in dogs that have developed bordetella while at our facility. Those that have developed it have seemed to have had a shorter duration with milder symptoms and have recovered quickly.
What Does Misty Pines Do When A Boarding Dog Begins Coughing?
We immediately isolate the dog into our quarantine area of the kennel. The quarantine area is set up like the rest of the facility; indoor/outdoor with radiant floor heating and automatic waterers. It has its own heating, cooling, and ventilation system. The quarantine room also has a separate entrance and exit to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination through the rest of the kennel. We also have a footbath that the kennel staff steps into whenever they enter or exit the quarantine area to avoid contaminating the rest of the facility.
The dog will have their temperature taken and tracked twice daily until they go home. The owners or emergency phone number will be contacted so they are aware of the situation. Our policy states that you must have someone available to pick up your dog within 24 hours in the event of them coughing. If we are unable to get in touch with you or your emergency contact, we will contact Dr. Larrimer of Franklin Park Veterinary Hospital who may want to examine the dog and prescribe antibiotics and/or cough suppressants.
Once we have the dog settled into the quarantine area, the cleaning process begins in the area of the kennel that the dog originated. The cleaning consists of dismantling that kennel to ensure that we disinfect every nook and cranny. The kennel gets soaped down with one of our disinfectants which we let soak for 10 minutes. While that is soaking, we soak the food bowls, water bowl, and water bowl attachments in hot, soapy water. While everything is soaking, we will clean the ceiling fans, exhaust fan, and ceiling vents in that section of the kennel. The kennel is then rinsed thoroughly, bowls washed, and everything gets put back together.
An End Note…
It is impossible for us to tell when there might be a dog here that has been exposed to canine cough prior to their arrival. Remember that bordetella is sub-clinical meaning that it does not show visible signs of infection until up to 10 days after being exposed. We are making strong efforts to avoid an outbreak in our facility by requiring biannual Bordetella vaccinations, extensive cleaning and disinfecting procedures in our facility, and public awareness about bordetella. While we make every effort to prevent the occurrence of Canine Cough in our kennel, we are unable to give 100% assurance that someone’s dog will not bring it to the kennel while boarding. This is similar to a teacher being unable to give you assurance that when your child goes to school s/he won't catch a cold or the flu from another student.
Please remember that Misty Pines requires the Bordetella vaccination every six (6) months, so be sure to check your dog's vaccinations and make sure he's up-to-date. Scruffy needs to wait at least 5 days before visiting Misty Pines after receiving the Bordetella vaccination so if you have an upcoming reservation or you wanted to bring him to Daycare be sure to plan ahead and give yourself enough time.
Vaccination Requirements for All Services at Misty Pines Dog Park Co.: All dogs must be current on Rabies, DHPP, and Bordetella (Bordetella every 6 months) vaccinations. The Leptosporosis (Lepto/L) vaccine is not required, however, Misty Pines highly recommends that your dog receives it. All pets must have received inoculations at least 5 days prior to their visit to Misty Pines. The waiting period will allow your dog to build sufficient immunity to the vaccinations which will make your dog less susceptible to catching or transferring any unwanted viruses, bacteria or other bordetella causing agents. This includes new and updated vaccinations. Your pet cannot be over due for vaccinations - NO EXCEPTIONS. For example, if your pet is scheduled to visit Misty Pines on May 14 and received vaccinations on May 11, we cannot accept your pet due to the insufficient 5 day waiting period. Please bring vaccination records with you or fax to the Misty Pines office at (412) 367-PETS (7387).
Therapy Dog Visits
Once your dog has passed their Therapy Dog International certification, it's time for the fun to begin. These places are always looking for registered therapy dogs to brighten the day of the patients and residents:
North Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center
Contact: Teri A. Slimick 724-935-3781
Contact: Susan Matlock 724-843-3400
Excela Health Home Care and Hospice (Westmoreland County)
Contact: Joan Roth, Volunteer Coordinator
Family Hospice Palliative Care
Contact: Pam Tomczak 412-572-8803
Western Pa. Humane Society coordinates visits to multiple locations in the community with volunteers who have Certified Therapy Dogs.
Contact: Joy Kealey
Odyssey Health Care
Cliff Mine Rd., Pittsburgh
Contact: Barbara Coulter 1-800-861-8584
Condordia of Franklin Park
Contact: Carol Kosela 724-935-1075 ext. 103
VA Hospitals in Pittsburgh
Activities Director: 412-688-6000 ext. 3682
Country Meadows (South Hills)
Activities Director: 412-257-4566
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Volunteer Coordinator: 412-690-6508
Animal Friends also coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations. To join their therapy group contact:
Ann Cadman: (412) 847-7031
Allegheny General Hospital
Jennifer Kopar: 412-359-3067
Tail Waggin Tutors at Baden Library
Laura Bain: 724-869-3960
Barb Kralik, Volunteer Coordinator: 412-919-5617
Caring Hospice Services
Brittany Bailey, Volunteer Coordinator: 412-563-3300
Concordia of Wexford
Michelle Moon: 724-935-1266
Passavant Memorial Homes and Subsidiaries
Colleen Perry, Social Services Coordinator: 412-820-1015 ext. 521
Therapy Dog Services & Teams
If you would like to have Therapy Dogs visit your facility, please contact one of the following Therapy Dog Teams or contact Misty Pines to have your facility listed in the above section so that our teams may contact you. The Teams listed below are a small portion of those interested in visiting those in need of therapeutic visits from their furry friends:
Pets With Heart, Pet Therapy
Sister Sharon Costello: 724-869-6545