➤ National Black Cat Appreciation Day
➤ International Homeless Animals’ Day
➤ National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
➤ National Dog Day
➤ Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
CPR American Red Cross
Canine First Aid/CPR American Red Cross – Instructor Dawn Lowery, Certified Red Cross Leader will hold a class at the Pet Degree Dog Training Center, 100 Corporate Drive B101, Trumbull, CT 06611, on Saturday April 25, 2009, 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. Reservation required, space is limited.
$60 — Includes Class fee, Book/DVD (highly recommended) along with Certification Certificate, $40 — Class fee and Certification Certificate. Classes also through Valley Adult Education www.vrae.org and Grooming Finalists, Monroe, CT. Information; 203-268-BARK(2275), www.PetDegreeDogTraining.com.
AKC Offers New Training Program
To Make Your Puppy The S.T.A.R.
The arrival of a new puppy is an exciting time for any household. But what happens if your cute, cuddly pup turns into a chewing, barking, digging, and eating machine? Before long it becomes clear that your new arrival means there’s a lot for you to do, and even more for him to learn.
To help all dog owners properly train their puppies, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has introduced the AKC S.T.A.R.sm Puppy Program. “S.T.A.R.” stands for what every puppy needs–Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner. The program, a natural precursor to becoming an AKC Canine Good Citizen, provides all dog owners with the early guidance needed to get their puppies off to the best possible start in life and set them up to thrive as adult dogs. For information go to www.akc.org/starpuppy.
GNHCP Casino Bus Trip
The Greater New Haven Cat Project, Inc. is sponsoring a bus trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, April 25, 2009. The bus will depart Branford promptly at 4 p.m. and the Casino at 11:00 pm. Ticket cost is $30 per person, ($10 food voucher + $20 coin bet = free transportation to the casino). There will also be a 50/50 Raffle on board. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 782-CATS. All proceeds fund spay/neuter program.
A Wolf’s Story Staring A Local Vet
Trips to the veterinarian can be traumatic, though usually not for the vet. It could have turned out otherwise when a crew from Westchester County’s Wolf Conservation Center invaded Fairfield County’s Norwalk Veterinary Hospital last month to bring in an 11 year-old Mexican Gray Wolf, F516, to have her ovaries removed. Luckily, the veterinarian in question, Charles Duffy, wasn’t fazed at all when 6 WCC members, most of them armed with still or video cameras to record the procedure for posterity, marched in.
While the eleven year old is a remarkably healthy and spirited wolf, she is too old to be able to successfully carry pups to term. Spaying will help protect her health, but there was a little more to the operation than that. F516, is a Species Survival Plan wolf, one of 23 Mexican Gray Wolves at the WCC that may one day be used to increase the numbers of wolves in the wild. Since she is so genetically valuable, the directors of the federal program asked that her ovaries be preserved after the operation so that any viable eggs (oocytes) could be harvested.
It’s rarely easy to get any animal, even the “mushiest” golden retriever to the vet, but everything had gone smoothly right from the start of the day, with wolf curator Rebecca Bose successfully luring F516 into a holding enclosure, and then a team of volunteers led by Chuck Dyckman safely coaxing her into a traveling crate.
Dr. Duffy, who has rendered invaluable assistance to the WCC for years, flawlessly performed the operation while patiently explaining what he was doing to the crowd of wolf paparazzi. The WCC is truly grateful to have someone like him as a friend. After the operation, there was word that 67 viable eggs had been successfully harvested, even more than were expected.
As for F516, she came through with flying colors. Once back in her enclosure she quickly emerged from her crate, took a few bites of snow and then, after a seemingly disdainful glance, walked away on slightly unsteady legs.
Greenwich Kennel Club Show
The Greenwich Kennel Club will hold its 77th AKC All-Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trials on Saturday, June 6th. This prestigious dog show will showcase more than 1,500 pre-entered purebred dogs representing more than 150 unique breeds competing in conformation, obedience and rally trials at Taylor Farm Park in East Norwalk, CT.
This show has drawn purebred dogs from all corners of the United States and Canada giving dog enthusiasts a unique opportunity to see their favorite breed in action. Whether they are in the conformation rings or competing with their handlers in the obedience and rally rings, these fierce competitors will do their best to win the coveted Best in Show award for conformation or the High in Trial award in obedience.
Jam packed with special events, this show will delight the entire family. They include:
Both conformation and performance judging will start at 8:30 a.m. with the Group competition starting at 3:00 p.m. culminating with Best in Show about 6:00 p.m., rain or shine. Admission with parking is $10 per car. For further information go to www.GreenwichKC.org or e-mail JSBrewster1@earthlink.net or phone 203-426-1173.
Spring into the Zoo this Season!
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the state’s only Zoo, is pleased to release their calendar for April and May 2009, which includes exciting spring vacation programming for children of all ages. The Zoo has fun events for the entire family all year round, most of which are free with the cost of admission.
April 4: Pet Awareness and Adoption Day
April 13-17: April Adventures, 9:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m. Children ages 6-11 will take part in animal encounters and special craft activities each day. April 13-17: Backyard Beasts, 1:00 p.m.
April 18-19: Party for the Planet, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Join Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 39th annual Earth Day!
April 28: Tiny Adventurers, 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Children ages 3-5 (and one caregiver) will learn about an animal or area of the Zoo by visiting a Zookeeper and having a special talk.
May 15th is nationally recognized as Endangered Species Day. Come learn about how Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo helps save some of the most endangered species on the planet.
May 23-25: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Country Fair, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. At our Country Fair, you will see amazing animals, learn about New England farming, and have fun along the way.
For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org.
Passport to Nature, Family Fun, at Fairfield’s Audobon Center
Sundays from now through June, Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield offers families its Passport to Nature with afternoon adventures from noon to 3:30 p.m.. Families pick up a self-guided activity packet and a passport in the Nature Store. In the packet, there are a variety of activities to choose from: read a book together, create a simple craft, follow the scavenger hunt and see where it takes you–inside and out. Activities have different themes each month and are designed as family projects. Finish the activities, have your passport stamped and be eligible for a prize. Suitable for all ages and free.
For More Information: 203-259-6305, www.ctaudubon.org/visit/fairfield.htm.