➤ Happy Healthy Cat Month
➤ National Disaster Preparedness Month
➤ Deaf Pet Awareness Week
➤ National Deaf Dog Awareness Week
➤ National Dog Week
➤ World Rabies Day
➤ National Fire Pup Day
➤ National Black Dog Day
➤ National Walk Your Dog Week
➤ Animal Welfare Week
First, the fun starts Thursday, June 7th and goes through Sunday, June 10th at the south east corner of Taylor Park with the ever -popular Doggie Fun Zone (Fee $12). A scaled down obstacle course for dogs,
Second, The Greenwich Kennel Club Show’s date is June 9, at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk. Judging starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day with Group Competition starting at 3:00 p.m. culminating with Best In Show at 6:00 p.m., rain or shine.
Third Is your dog “dapper in denim” or perhaps “pretty in pink”? For the first time this year, along with Chic Runway Doggies, the GKC will have a judged Haute Couture K-9 Fashion Show of travel inspired original dog fashion designs created and presented by local fashion designer-members of the New England Fashion Design Association. This is an open invitation to all pet lovers to dress up and strut their fashionable doggie divas down the GKC runway for the world to enjoy. Dogs must be on 4′ or 6′ leash and under control.
Plus, at the Club Tent you can meet and learn about the new advances in animal cancer prevention and research from veterinary oncologist, Gerald S. Post, the founder of the Animal Cancer Foundation. ACF is launching their 2012 Pet Cancer Awareness Campaign this year at the Greenwich Kennel Club show and we’re honored to have the distinguished veterinarian return to bring us up to date on new advances in canine cancer research.
While at the Club Tent you can also “Meet the Author”, Jane Paley and her Labrador Retriever Hooper the star of “Hooper Finds a Family”: A hurricane Katrina Dog’s Survival Tale. Jane will be selling her books and will be glad to autograph one for you.
So scrap your image of the old fashioned dog show that’s just for breeders and handlers and join in a fun-filled day of activities and events to delight the whole family. For further information contact: Show Chair, Joy S. Brewster at 203-426-1173.
Volunteer Of The Year
The Stratford Animal Rescue Society is pleased to present their “Volunteer of the Year”. Nominated and voted on by her fellow volunteers, Carrie Burr, was selected for this honor and presented with a plaque at STARS Annual Banquet Dinner. Carrie’s love for animals shines through with the countless hours she spends at the Stratford Animal Control Facility every week. Carrie tirelessly walks, trains and socializes the homeless animals everyday. She does not hesitate to step up to the plate to clean the facility, organize donations/supplies and work at all fund-raising activities.
Carrie makes a difference in the lives of Stratford’s abandoned and neglected animals. To volunteer visit www.stratfordanimalrescue.com.
Newtown Veterinary Specialists
Newtown Veterinary Specialists, formerly Animal Emergency Clinic of Danbury, will be opening under new management and ownership. Newtown Veterinary Specialists will be located at 52 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470. The new 15,000 square foot facility will provide specialized surgical, medical, and oncologic care with an in-house emergency center staffed 24/7/365.
Public Open House is scheduled for May 5th.
More Doggie Fun Zone
Doggie Fun Zone will be held May 11th — May 22nd at Cassio Pet Resort-Training Ctr. on Route 6 at Bethel-Newtown Border.
This is the same The Doggie Fun Zone — Challenge Course that will be at the Greenwich Kennel Club’s June Show. The Challenge Course is designed for all temperament and size dogs, from Miniature Dachshunds to Great Danes. This event requires no prior training or experience. For $12.00 the dog can run the course twice, once for practice and the second for time. Great fun for all! Open daily weather permitting, 10 a.m. – Dusk. Phone the Cassio office for further information, 203-426-2881.
Solid Gold Helps Animal
Shelters Feed Thousands Of Pets
Solid Gold Health Products for Pets has proudly donated over $1 million dollars’ worth of its super premium chicken and fish dog food product, Sun Dancer, to fourteen animal rescue organizations across the country. Solid Gold applauds the continuous efforts of these organizations to provide food, veterinary services and adoption opportunity to homeless animals. For further information: 800-364-4863 or, Hound@SolidGoldHealth.com, www.SolidGoldHealth.com.
H3 Pet Supply Opens 2nd Store
H3 Pet Supply, located in Shelton, celebrated its fourth anniversary in January. In March, they expanded and opened their second store in Stratford.
H3 Pet Supply has long been active in animal rescue and adoption work and this will now take on another dimension. H3 is partnering with the Stratford Cat Project to have cats and kittens available at the store for adoption during store hours.
For more information, please contact Cynthia Socha or Lisa Gay.
Gone To The Birds!
The Bark Stops Here Training is branching out to offer in-home parrot behavior and care consultations. Having lived with twenty-one parrots over the past forty-three years, her passion for parrots is second only to my love of dogs.
Parrots typically live in five homes during their lifetime. Longevity, plus behaviors like excessive screaming and biting, contributes to these highly intelligent birds being bounced about so often. Companion parrots retain all of their feral drives and must traverse two cultures to survive. Positive reinforcement, only, is used. A personalized write-up will be emailed following each session.
For more information contact Jody Rosengarten.
Birds Of Prey Day
Green Chimneys will reach a major milestone this June when “With Wings and a Prayer”, its annual Birds of Prey Day, celebrates 20 years! The popular day of fun, flight and falconry will take place on Sunday, June 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Green Chimneys, 400 Doansburg Road, Brewster, NY, and feature more than 100 birds of prey on display with falconers from across New York and Connecticut. High points of the day will include free-flying raptors, live animal demonstrations and the ceremonial release of a rehabilitated bird. Join top wildlife experts, environmental experts and celebrity guests to honor 20 years of Green Chimneys’ wildlife conservation and birds of distinction.
Green Chimneys’ renowned Farm & Wildlife Center is home to nearly 300 animals, including 51 birds of prey. An Andean condor; Griffon vulture; numerous hawks, falcons, and owls; several crows; and permanently disabled bald and golden eagles are under the care of expert wildlife staff. Spring always brings large numbers of fledgling birds that need care, and the goal is to return them to the wild as soon as possible. The students of the Green Chimneys School have some special needs of their own and through the rehabilitation and care of these animals they learn compassion, encouragement, and the true meaning of stewardship. Visit www.greenchimneys.org.