October 2010 Pet of the Month!

At first sight, Mr. Charlie Marley, a two-year-old Maltese Poodle mix, looks more like a stuffed animal than a real pooch. But when his little tail starts to wag a mile a minute and he bounces all over the place to greet you, there can be no mistaking his liveliness! A true angel, Mr. Charlie Marley is as good as gold, having only one instance of chewing one shoe when he was three-months-old (just a baby!) His greatest past times in life include playing fetch, snuggling like there is no tomorrow and playing with his 25 plush toys from sunrise to sundown.
However, Charlie knows the importance of balancing play with work, having modeled various dog harnesses and won many photo contests. His photograph was even published in the Palm Beach Post and he has aspirations of breaking into Broadway some day! A ball of love, this tiny 5lb fellow has a huge heart and is willing to share it with everyone he meets.
Congratulations Charlie Marley! October 2010’s Pet of the Month!


Babs E. Keller

Tag! Tag! Tag! Chase me or let me chase you, it doesn’t matter! It’s all fun to me!

My stuffed animals — all 25 of them, because it’s impossible to choose! I also really like balls and will play fetch forever! (Seriously, I challenge you to keep throwing!)

Dogswell ‘Happy Hips’ Chicken Breast Strips are delicious!

It’s more like a mischievous marathon, if I’m being honest. I like to try and throw my stuffed toys behind the couch, down the side of the couch or push them underneath the couch out of reach. Then I have no choice but to cry for Mom to come and help me get them out again! Don’t ask me why… I mean, can you explain your mischief?

When I was three-months-old, Mom tied bells on a string to the front door knob, then whenever nature called, I called Mom by ringing the bell to go out! Everyone was really impressed!

Easy! My birthday and Christmas will soon be here! Maybe I’ll get a new stuffed animal for my collection?

CATCH PHRASE: I’m just so lovable… and I love everyone!

If you would like to nominate your pet friend for next month’s “Pet of the Month Contest,” please email submissions to info@pawsh-magazine.com

Best Dressed Halloween Pooch

What makes a sensational costume? It’s ingenuity? It’s originality? Or it’s overall ‘aw’ factor? We think it’s a bit of all three, which was brilliantly captured by Buster and Suki this Halloween! Check out the amazing Star Wars themed attire that these pooches hit the streets in. Darth Vadar and Yoda are headed your way! Cute, are not they?

The Cutest Costumes

By Cindy Orti
Another Halloween is on the horizon. The moon is bright, the pumpkin is carved, the house is decorated in true ghoulish fashion, and buckets of candy sit by the door awaiting trick-or-treaters. It looks like it’s going to be a fabulous evening of chills and thrills and everything is in place of a fun festive time. But just in case you were still wondering what to dress up as this year, we thought we would show off one or two more ideas.  So, here are a few extra cute costume inspirations that stole our hearts and are sure to make a statement at any Halloween function.

A bee-uatiful alternative to vampires and witches, this bright and cheerful bumblebee costume is a lovely way to celebrate the season, but remember to watch out for the stinger!
By Cindy Orti
Your dog will be the hottest pooch in the neighbourhood with this adorable and delicious hot dog get up. The only question remaining will be ketchup or mustard?
You’ll be able to trick-or-treat from the ‘second star to the right, straight on until morning’ as Peter Pan and Tinkberbell. Just make sure you use Tink’s pixie dust to wish for lots of candy!
Happy Halloween everybody! And remember, send in photos of your amazing costumes to PAWSHmagazine@gmail.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !

Candy is Dandy, But Toxic For Pets

By Stephanie Heim
 Halloween is a great time to celebrate the spooky and scary side of life and with so many amusements haunting this festive time of year, like Halloween dances, haunted walks, and hay mazes, it’s hard for us humans not to find something to do. However, human beings aren’t the only ones who can have a little fun when witches and goblins come out to play. Your pets can also enjoy the Halloween spirit with you this year, but as with any celebration it is important to keep safety in mind.

  1. COSTUMES: There are very few things cuter than seeing a dog dressed up as a pig. However, there are certain things to keep in mind when selecting a costume for your pet. First of all, make sure that they enjoy wearing their costume. Trust me, they’ll let you know if they are unhappy so you shouldn’t force that witch’s hat on your cat. The costume also shouldn’t constrict their movements, sight, or breathing and make sure it’s not too tight either. Be careful there are no loose ends on the costume for them to chew on and make sure they don’t overheat as well. If your pet loves the attention that a costume gives and it fits them perfectly, you can find great costumes and even dress up with your pooch, like this! 
  2. SEASONAL COLLARS: Maybe the costume is a bit much for you or your pet, so instead you could always spring for a fun Halloween collar. That way pets can still be seasonally stylish and you still still somewhere to attach their tags so they can be safely returned in case they manage to get loose while trick or treating.
  3. REFLECTIVE GEAR: Another great idea if you want to take your dog out trick-or-treating for a bit is reflective gear. You might think it will ruin their oh-so stylish costume, but safety should always come first and be top priority. On Halloween especially it is important to make sure your pets are as safe as possible and some reflective gear will ensure that they are easily spotted by vehicles as well as any spooky creatures that are afoot. In fact a reflective vest is something that will help keep them safe all year round.
    By Stephanie Heim
  4. CHEW TOYS: A excellent way to keep your pet amused for the night are fun chew toys! There are Halloween themed rubber bones, monster chew toys and even a Thing in a Bag which will amuse your cat for hours. Go ahead! Spoil them rotten!
  5. SAFE TREATS: Much like humans, pets love a little tasty treat on Halloween. However, chocolate and sugar is unsafe for our four-legged friends; although you can find treats that would be both safe and delicious for them. From these ‘Growl-o-ween’ cookies or even just some special treats from your local PetSmart, your pets can have a fun night trick-or-treating too!
  6. SAFETY GATES: Perhaps you would rather keep your pet home for the evening to make sure they are extra safe (which is a very good idea, especially if you own any black cats). Make sure they hang out in a safe area, away from any opening and closing door that they could make a run for when scary visitors coming calling. The sight of people dressed up as goblins and demons may upset some pets and cause them to bolt, so a pet safety gate is a good idea as an extra precaution.
Whether you’re taking your pet along for some good old fashioned fun or enjoying their company at home, there are lots of good ways to treat your pet this Halloween. Have a happy (and safe) Halloween!

By Allison Vorstenbosch

Welcome to HollyWoof

By Stephanie Heim
If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that some dogs have much cooler jobs than I do. I suppose it’s hard to compete with those little furry bundles of fun, especially when they are talented as well. Probably the coolest job for a dog, just like with humans, is being a movie star, so if a pooch has an open mind and a nose for learning tricks, celebrity status can be within paws’ reach.

One of the first big animal stars was Rin Tin Tin, a German Shepherd. Rescued by an American serviceman from France just before the end of World War I, Rin Tin Tin starred in over 20 films, including hit titles such as Where the North Begins, also starring silent film actress, Claire Adams. His movies made so much money that he is credited entirely with saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy. At the height of his career, he was making $6000 a week, a tidy sum for 1926. He also had a personal chef, who would prepare his daily lunch of tenderloin steak, which he would eat while listening to classical musical to aid his digestion. It certainly was a dog’s life for Rin Tin Tin.
Terry, a Cairn Terrier, also achieved quite a level of fame, but you probably know her better as Toto. Yes, she is the famous dog from The Wizard of Oz. She not only attended the premiere of the movie at the infamous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, but made almost $125 a week during the filming of The Wizard of Oz – more than most of what the human actors in the film were earning. But sadly, it wasn’t all glitz and glam for Terry. Her foot was broken on set when one of the witch’s guards accidentally stepped on her. Terry recuperated in the home of Judy Garland who became quite attached to her and wanted to adopt the small bundle of fur, but was not permitted to by Toto’s trainers. She even has her own biography called I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog Who Was ‘Toto’ which came out in 2001, nearly 56 years after she passed away.
One of the most infamous animal actors is Pal, a beautiful Collie, better known as Lassie. Despite being male, he had no problem playing the female lead in seven movies. However, Pal did far more than just star in the earliest Lassie movies, he also sired the line that would continue to play that coveted role up to this day! And if somebody tries to cast a non-Pal bred dog in the role, there’s quite the uproar. What’s more, the Weatherwax brothers, who were Pal’s trainers, also trained Spike, the star of Old Yeller.
By Stephanie Heim
Now not all canine stars are in those warm and fuzzy family friendly classics. Sometimes they take a trip to the darker side. Cujo, for instance, is a tale that revolves around a St. Bernard who is driven insane by rabies and starts turning on people, based on, of course, the Stephen King novel of the same name. The title role was played by five different dogs, but sometimes a mechanical head or a guy in a dog costume stood in when needed during some of the most intense scenes. Watching the movie, it would be hard to believe that any of the dogs were enjoying themselves, but actually they were having so much fun that they kept wagging their tails all the time. Eventually their tails had to be tied down to keep them from looking so happy!

Animal acting is a serious business in Hollywood and great measures are taken to ensure the well being of these creatures on set. We’ve all seen the disclaimer that no animals were harmed in the making of the movie, which ensures that animal actors’ safety is the top priority. The American Humane Association has a set of strict guidelines and will have a representative on set to make sure that they are all met. So to make a happy and well trained dog look like the rabid Cujo, they would use tricks like throwing the animal’s favourite toy in the car so when he went to retrieve it, it looked like he was attacking the car.
Dogs aren’t only successful on the big screen. Not many sitcoms can pull off an animal co-star, yet Eddie become quite popular on Frasier. Moose, the famous Jack Russell Terrier, was given up by his original family because he was ‘too much to handle’ but managed to snag this now infamous role after only six months of training. In order to get Moose to lick his co-stars, sardine oil would be applied to the actors’ faces. If he needed to nuzzle somebody, then liver pate would be rubbed behind their ears. Just imagine how much the other actors appreciated this! Though Moose was mostly a TV dog, he did have one movie role: the old Skip in My Dog Skip. The younger Skip character was played by his son Enzo. After retiring from the biz, Moose lived with his son, their trainers and Jill, the dog from As Good as it Gets.
Canadian animals have their own share of fame too. Due South was a popular show in the 1990s about a Mountie living in the States, who solved crimes with the help of his faithful companion, Diefenbaker, part dog and part wolf. Finding a dog that looks like a wolf isn’t exactly easy but for the first two seasons, a Siberian Husky named Lincoln was the main Diefenbaker. Bought as a puppy, Lincoln had only four months to be trained before the filming started. After two seasons, he retired and lived happily at home for the rest of his life. For the third and fourth seasons, the role was taken over by another Canadian born star, Draco. He was seven months old when he got the job and his sister Cinder was his stunt double. Lincoln and Draco were both so successful in their role that at one point, they were even receiving more fan mail than their human co-stars.
Maybe there are some dogs out there that are more successful or famous than me. That’s when I have to remind myself that although they might make more money, I have opposable thumbs. So perhaps I’ll stick with all the writing and let them do the acting. Besides, who doesn’t love curling up to watch a great movie with some lovable animal actors.

Written by Allison Vorstenbosch