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Misty Pines Gazette

December 2016
Volume XIII: Issue 12

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Upcoming Events for:












CGC/TDI Prep Class


DownStay Cafe

Starter Orientation

CGC/TDI Prep Class

Book Signing

Puppy Orientation


Multi-Level Class

Open 8 - 11:30am


DownStay Cafe

Saturday, December 10th
12:00 - 3:00 PM

Location: The South Side BBQ Company on 17th Street on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

For the past 13 years the 17th Street Cafe (now The South Side BBQ Company) has been partnering with us in our endeavors to raise money for great causes while providing a high quality dog-friendly dining experience for many of our clients. This year will be no exception. Please read below for details and a printable form to mail in with your information and payment.

  • Beneficiary | P.A.A.R.T (Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team)
  • Tickets are $50 ($21 for lunch & gratuity, $29 for the beneficiary)
  • R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, December 7th to Misty Pines.

The PAART team is passionate about saving animals. Whether it be by land or by air the team is on constant standby, ready to mobilize at a moments notice. Over the last few years our missions have varied in both size and scope. Every mission has unique circumstances and challenges. From large land rescues, to spur of the moment air missions, to humanitarian missions, the team is ready and willing to go to any lengths to leave "No Dog Left Behind".

Click here for more information about P.A.A.R.T.

Holiday Kids & Family Dog Training Class

Wednesday, December 28th @ 1:00 - 1:45 PM

This class is an all levels dog training class for kids and their families designed to teach kids dogs handling skills and dog safety using games, obedience training and agility. Kids will learn to safely and properly handle their dog. This is a fun, informative, and entertaining class for both humans and dogs. Friendly dogs can be supplied for your child. Please pre-register.

Quail Release Program

Quail in a covey.Our Fall/Winter bobwhite quail release program is advantageous for all our young bird dogs. Dogs are much happier performing their job they were bred for with their master.

The bobwhite quail release program gives bird dog owners the opportunity to work their dogs on six controlled released quail for an hour for $40. During this time the dogs begin to learn how to use their nose to find birds and their owners learn how to interpret their body language and identify when the dog becomes "birdy" and is working a scent cone.

We rely on them to remain uninjured so that their family members can call for them to return to their coupe. Then some of the family (Covey) members can be released again to continue to work for the dogs. There is no shooting; this is nose work only. The bobwhite quail release program runs from August to April.

If you would like to learn the disciplines to train your bird dog up to a Master Hunter level, call us for more details and to schedule an appointment.

Click here for more information on the Bobwhite Quail.

Price Changes for 2017

    Dog training class prices will change beginning January 1, 2017 as follows:
  • Regular weekly classes will be $18.
  • Agility and CGC/TDI Prep Classes will be $20.
  • Nuisance Behaviors Class and other specialty classes will be $25.
  • Class passes will be $180

When Misty Pines changes prices we continue to honor class passes as payment for a class without requiring additional money to make up the difference. If you've ever thought about getting a class pass or if there's someone you know who would like one for Christmas, now is the time to buy! Purchasing a class pass before January 1st will be $150 for 11 class which will be the equivalent of getting 2 1/2 free classes at the new price. Most people go through enough classes to fill out at least one class pass. Get ready for 2017 and get your class pass today!

December Specials

Up to 50% Off Remaining Filson Stock

Misty Pines is no longer a Filson dealer.

The Filson clothing line has been a Misty Pines staple for over 15 years and though we will continue to recommend their products we are no longer going to sell them. We have listed below the items that are available at the time of this e-mail along with the sizes and color options available for each item. If interested, please call our office at 412.364.4122 or stop in. Items will be sold on a first come first served basis, however we will hold items for a short period of time.

These items will make excellent presents this holiday season but at these prices they'll go quick so get yours today. You will NEVER find Filson clothing at this price!

Item Description Qty Color Sizes Available Orig. Price Sale Price
Cuff length white socks 3 Natural XL $19.50 $10.00
Full Fingered Merino Wool 1 Gray M $35.00 $20.00
Original Goatskin Gloves 1 Yellow XL $95.00 $50.00
Lined Leather Mittens 1 Brown M $110.00 $60.00
Feather Cloth Cap 1 Yellow M (Adjustable) $29.50 $15.00
Security Wallet 1 Black N/A $52.00 $28.00
Lap Robe 1 Red/Black N/A $185.00 $95.00
Original Oil Finish Wax 1 N/A N/A $9.00 $5.00
Cork Insole 1 N/A N/A $17.00 $12.00
iPhone Sleeve 1 Black N/A $88.00 $44.00
Cover Fishing Short 1 Khaki 36" $97.50 $59.00
Rain Pant 3 Otter Green XXL-36" XL-31" S-31" $150.00 $85.00
Safari Cloth Pant 1 Olive 34" $85.00 $47.00
Travel Vest 3 Khaki M, M, S $245.00 $120.00
Wool Packer Coat 1 Charcoal 46 $495.00 $250.00
Mackinaw Cruiser 1 Navy 46 $340.00 $170.00
Double Mackinaw Cruiser 1 Gray 42 $465.00 $220.00
Duwamish Bomber Jacket 1 Red/Black L $265.00 $140.00
Portage Bay Jacket 1 Tan L $375.00 $200.00
Merino Wool Shirt 1 Burgundy LG $155.00 $90.00
Zip turtleneck 2 Burgundy XL, XL $197.50 $110.00
Dog Collar 14-16" 1 Brown 14 - 16" $65.00 $22.00
Dog Coat 2 OG w/R&B M, M $75.00 $50.00

Product Spotlight

The Magic of Misty Pines is Back Again

Ten years ago the Magic of Misty Pines book was created by Mary Beth Aiello. Mary Beth and her husband Bob have been clients and friends of Misty Pines for over ten years. With Mary Beth’s photography talents she depicted Misty Pines through her photos and compiled them into a beautiful book. We are thrilled that after ten years she has created a Magic of Misty Pines book 2 called The Joy of Misty Pines. The book contains photographs from events, doggie daycare, training, boarding, grooming and even a memorial for some of the dogs that were in the first Magic of Misty Pines book. We are looking forward to seeing book 2 and invite you to a book signing and gathering on Saturday December 17 beginning at 1:00 PM. Books will be available for purchase that day for $64 (there is no markup, this is our cost of the book when ordered in quantity). We will have a limited number of books available signed by Mary Beth and once we run out, books will be available to purchase individually online for $102.99. If you would like a book please preorder yours today to be sure you get the best price and receive it on December 17th. We are honored to have such a special person create such a special book that represents Misty Pines. It will be exciting to see the finished product and to share it with all of you who give Misty Pines its MAGIC!!!

Please preorder by visiting our online store or calling our office at 412.364.4122. All preorders must be received by Friday December 9th at 1:00 PM.


CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, December 3rd @ 8:00 AM


Saturday, December 10th @ 8:00 AM

Cafe DownStay

Friday, December 10th, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, December 17th @ 8:00 AM

Book Signing w/Mary Beth Aiello for The Joy of Misty Pines

Friday, December 17th beginning @ 1:00 PM

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24th | CLOSED

Kids & Family Holiday Dog Training Class

Wednesday, December 28th | 1:00pm

New Year's Eve

Saturday, December 31st | Office open for:
Boarding from 8:00 -11:30 AM
Daycare from 8:00 - 11:45 AM

Multi-Level Class

Saturday, December 31st @ 10:00 AM


CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, January 7th @ 8:00 AM


Saturday, January 14th @ 8:00 AM

CGC/TDI/Service Dog/Public Access Prep Class

Saturday, January 21st @ 8:00 AM


Saturday, January 28th @ 8:00 AM

Top 5 Winter Nutrition Tips For A Healthy Dog

by By Amy Shojai of

Give Your Dog What They Need This Winter

Winter signifies more than just a change of season. It also signifies a change in your dog's daily diet. Many pet parents are unaware the importance of switching up their dog's nutritional regimen this time of the year. Let us here at PetCareRx help you keep your dog healthy during the winter months.

When winter rolls around dogs, like their owners, may change exercise and eating habits because of the weather. In fact, It takes more calories to keep dogs warm in chilly temperatures. And while some dogs enjoy wearing sweaters and eating bigger meals, others hate dress up. Small breed dogs often have trouble munching enough nutrition to stay healthy.

At the other end of the spectrum, dogs can turn into couch-potatoes when they get less exercise. Less exercise translates into more poundage, and a fat dog is not healthy. Here are 5 winter nutrition tips to help your dog stay healthy.


For dogs that spend a lot of time outside, increase the amount of food they eat. You can do this by switching from one meal a day to two or even three small servings. Adding a drizzle of warm, no-salt chicken broth to dry food often increases food intake by about 10 percent, or feeding a puppy ration to adult dogs can increase the calories. Or simply change the food to a more calorie dense “super premium” food that is the equivalent of canine rocket fuel.


When your dog has a poundage problem during the winter, reducing the amount of food can keep their waist trim. This may be as simple as curbing the treats, or switching to healthier low-calorie treats instead. You will need to measure the amount of food you put in the bowl, and meal-feed instead of filling up the buffet for all day grazing.


You also can switch pudgy pooches to a weight reducing food. Like humans, weight loss in dogs must be gradual and dogs won’t enjoy the process if they’re hungry all the time. Be aware that different brands won’t have the same amount of calories and that a “diet” food from one might even have MORE calories than the “regular” food from another brand. A diet food can only be counted on to have less calories compared to that same brand’s “regular” diet.


Most commercial dog foods provide claims that they are “complete and balanced” for a dog’s specific life stage. But some dogs still benefit from a supplement that helps them with digestion, for example, or that aids with creaky arthritic knees. Consider glucosamine or chondroitin supplements if your dog's joints could use an extra boost.


It’s great to adjust your dogs’ diet during the winter to help them get the best nutrition possible. But switching the diet too abruptly can lead to diarrhea or vomiting, or simply prompt your pooch to snub the bowl. Instead, offer new foods slowly. Mix the new with the old food 50/50 for the first several days, and then gradually increase the new and decrease the old. Do this over a period of a week to ten days to reduce the chance of problems.

Winter Safety & Comfort for Dogs

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Many parts of the country experience extremely cold weather that presents challenges for dog owners. Familiarity with cold weather health hazards can keep your pet safe while allowing both of you to enjoy the outdoors.

Temperature Related Conditions

Puppies, senior dogs and dogs with certain disease conditions (such as thyroid conditions) are more susceptible to cold temperatures. Temperature related illnesses require immediate removal to a warm, dry environment and medical attention by your veterinarian.

  • Hypothermia can result from extended exposure to cold and is a life-threatening condition. Watch your dog for signs of shivering, shallow breathing, weak pulse or lethargy.
  • Frostbite is a temperature related tissue injury and most commonly occurs on ears, tails, scrotum or feet. Signs include discolored skin (red, pale, or grayish) swelling, or blisters. Check your pet often for signs of frostbite which may be hidden beneath fur.

Cold-weather Chemicals

  • Antifreeze - Ethylene Glycol, car antifreeze, is a deadly poison and has a sweet taste that appeals to dogs. As little as 1-2 teaspoons can be lethal to a small animal. Clean up all spills and consider switching to a Propylene Glycol product that is safer.
  • Ice Melters - Salt and ice-melters can act as a skin irritant. Make sure to wash your pet's feet off after coming indoors. Dogs with long fur and /or short legs should have their stomach areas cleaned off as well.

Winter Grooming

  • If you normally have your pet's fur clipped or shaved, keep the length longer in winter to keep your dog warm.
  • Nails may require more frequent trimming since your dog is spending more time indoor on soft surfaces.
  • If you bathe your dog at home make sure he is completely dry before going out. You may even want to switch to a waterless shampoo for the winter.
  • Examine the pads of your dog's feet for signs of cracking or irritation. A pet-specific foot balm will help condition the pads.

Cold-Weather Outings

  • Dogs with short coats or low body fat (Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, miniature Pinschers etc.) will benefit from a water-resistant sweater or coat when outdoor temperatures drop.
  • Boots are a good way to protect feet and pads from salt and chafing.
  • Keep your pet on a leash in cold weather - more dogs are lost in the winter than in any other season. Unleashed dogs may also run onto partially frozen bodies of water.
  • Limit the duration of your outdoor trips to minimize chance of frostbite or hypothermia.
  • Don't let your dog eat snow. The snow may cause stomach upset or there may be hidden objects in the snow.

Special Considerations for Outdoor Dogs

  • You should bring your dogs inside for the winter if at all possible.
  • If bringing your dogs inside for the season is not possible your dogs must have warm, windproof shelter - preferably heated.
  • Dry, clean bedding is essential to keeping warm and straw or bedding needs replenished all winter season long.
  • Water & food can easily freeze. Use heated bowls to prevent freezing and make sure that the electrical cords are out of reach of your pets.
  • Outdoor dogs will burn more calories (up to 30%) and need extra food. Make sure that you are feeding additional rations during cold temperature.

Winter Training Tips

Basic obedience training and cold weather safety practices will allow you and your pet to enjoy winter weather conditions safely.

  • Make sure that your dog or puppy is comfortable with having their feet wiped & handled. Keep towels near the door and making foot-wiping part of your daily routine. Reward your pet for allowing you to examine the condition of pads, check for ice in between toes, and trim fur (if required.)
  • Obedience training for loose leash walking will make slippery walks safer for both pet and owner.
  • Commands like "leave it" can save a dog's life when confronted with a pool of antifreeze or an unknown object in the snow.
  • Recall (coming when called) can keep a dog from running onto a partially frozen body of water or away from another winter hazard.

Additional Resources


Fixing The Winter Doldrums

This time of year we look out the window and into the winter's ravages: it's cold, dark, snowy and icy, and we have a hard time environmentally exercising the dog in the outdoors. We want to cozy up in front of the fireplace instead working the dog. This often means that Fido may lose or have shorter daily walks and become bored, and unruly.

Misty Pines can help! We have training programs designed to keep your dog fit and in top condition all winter long. Exercise is essential for the general well-being and mental health of our canine companions, not to mention for healthy weight management. Bring your dog in for Daycare and indoor facility to visit with staff and other friendly dogs that are visiting Misty Pines.

If you aren’t able to take advantage of our facility’s services then we have some recommendations for you. Engage your dog and provide the mental and physical stimulation he or she need at home. Dogs that have jobs are more content than those that don’t.


Why a treadmill you ask? You can infinitely exercise your dog indoors, which means that you are no longer governed by the weather. At Misty Pines we say that a well-trained and well-exercised dog is a good dog and by working your dog on a treadmill you are accomplishing both at the same time; working your dog mentally and physically.

What kinds of dogs do well with treadmill training? All dogs! Honestly. From large dogs to small, dogs can benefit for a variety of reasons. The training program can vary depending on breed, ability and age.


Retrieving is one of the handiest behaviors you can teach your dog. When your dog will reliably retrieve an object there is no end to what you can do. This goes beyond simple playing fetch with a ball, this is locating, picking up and bringing objects to you.

Sitting on the couch and the remote is across the room…Fetch it up!

It’s double over-time, next point wins the wins the cup, you’re borderline dehydrated and your bottle of water is in the kitchen…Fetch it up!

There’s a lot more you can do than just have your dog bring you things but this opens up a whole world of possibilities that were previously unexplored. One fun idea would be to teach your dog to put away its toys. It’s a good practice to put all your dog’s toys and bones away every few days and let them work their mind as they get them out to play, and it would be even more stimulating to have them put them all back as well!

Scent Work

Every dog is equipped with an amazing tool: their nose! Olfaction, the act or process of smelling, is a dog’s primary special sense. Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose, while humans have only 5 million! Teaching dogs to use their nose to identify a target odor offers many benefits.

Why scent work? This fun, stimulating activity can be enjoyed by dogs of any age, breed, or temperament and owners of any experience level or physical ability may participate. This is one of the few activities that can be practiced inside in small areas; it’s great for winter or foul-weather training plus your dog will learn a skill that has practical value in real-life.

Examples of targets include: Birch, clove, and aniseed oil (used in scent work trials), deer antlers, plants or mushrooms, a missing sock, a favorite toy or your kids

Tight Quarters Heeling

When working a dog in a tight space the heel can become sloppy because the handler is focused on the obstacles and path rather than working on keeping the dog where he needs to be. Take this winter to work on a heel when walking around the house, perhaps even setup a course to navigate through consisting of tables, chairs, couches and other furniture. Though this may sound like a novice exercise, with the proper creativity, this can be a very challenging task. When Spring rolls around you can show off your improved heel when taking back to the streets and trails and be proud of your accomplishment.

Parlor Tricks

Everyone loves to show off their dog’s best skill or trick, that’s why every dog friendly event has a Best Dog Trick competition. What is your dog’s best trick?

Army crawl under the table? Put down the toilet seat? All of these behaviors/tricks and more are possible. Whether it’s a useful trick or just for fun the goal is to keep your dog mentally stimulated and physically worked when the great outdoors aren’t so great.

Prolonged Release Interactive Food Dispensing Devices

Other cures for the winter doldrums that we recommend are prolonged release interactive food dispensing devices. These help give your dog a work-out while doing something when eating their breakfast or dinner. Our domestic canine’s ancestor, the Canis Lupus, works hard both mentally and physically for each meal. How hard do our canine companions work for their meals? Problem solving work outs can be more tiring than physical exercise so switching between a few different prolonged release interactive food dispensing devices could be a good way to keep your dog mentally sharp while giving them some much needed stimulation. We recommend Bob-a-Lots, Kongs and a few other specialty items that can be found in our retail store.

A private lesson with one of our trainers will help you learn to work your dog and minimize the winter doldrums. Enjoy this winter and remember to continually integrate training into your daily lives.

Therapy Dog Visits

Locations To Visit

Once your dog has passed their Therapy Dog International certification, it's time for the fun to begin. Read below for a list of places that are always looking for registered therapy dogs to brighten the day of the patients and residents:

Interroom Hospice
Contact: Barbara Hammil - 412-371-3726.

Washinton-Greene Alternative Residential Services
Contact: Valerie Loughman - 724-228-7716.

Community Options
Contact: Jessica Kubas - 412-431-7079.

Heritage Hospice
Contact: Erica Kinkade - 724-334-6600.

Contact: Bethanne Petrylak - 570-579-8700.

Contact: Tina - 412-477-0901.

Cranberry Township Library
Dog reading program. Looking for 3-4 dogs, the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Contact: Annemarie Lamperski.

Baden Memorial Library
Dog reading program. Need volunteer for 2 Thursdays per month from 5:00pm - 6:30pm
and 1 Saturday per month for 1 1/2 hours.
Contact: Kathleen Wagner

Gateway Hospice
Contact: Sr. Linda Larkman OSB, Volunteer Coordinator - 412-737-0969

West Haven Manor
Contact: Karen Zimmerman, Coordinator of Volunteer Services - 724-727-3451

North Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center
Contact: Teri A. Slimick - 724-935-3781

McGuire Memorial
Contact: Susan Matlock - 724-843-3400

Excela Health Home Care and Hospice (Westmoreland County)
Contact: Joan Roth, Volunteer Coordinator - 724-689-1653

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 coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations.
To join their therapy group or request visits 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

Heartland Hospice
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

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. Click the link below for teams that are interested in visiting those in need of therapeutic visits from their furry friends:

Pets With Heart, Pet Therapy
Sister Sharon Costello: 724-869-6545

Western Pa. Humane Society coordinates visits to multiple locations in the community with volunteers who have Certified Therapy Dogs.
Contact: Joy Kealey.

Animal Friends coordinates a Pet Assisted Therapy program that visits multiple locations.
To join their therapy group or request visits contact Ann Cadman - (412) 847-7031.

"The golden gift is this: Intimately connected with his own emotions, the dog cannot lie. What he feels, he expresses. What he shows in his body posture is true, without guile, completely and utterly honest. Distanced from our own feelings, bound by our fears, we treasure and are amazed by this quality of complete truth in our dogs."

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