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“Sophia”

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New Techniques Developed for Matching People and Cats

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Imagine a system that matches cats up with people based on compatibility—sort of a human/feline match.com. Welcome to Feline-ality, the system uses color coding to assess the personalities of both cats and potential adopters and combines the two for in a match made in heaven! Or, if not made in heaven, at least one with a high rate of success!

How, exactly, does Feline-ality work? According to author Nadia Archuleta in her article, “Cat Personalities: Feline-ality and Meet Your Match”, the system color codes cats into three categories: green cats are adventurous and self-sufficient; orange cats are extremely companionable; and purple cats may be shy and in need of a patient owner.

Potential adopters first fill out a questionnaire that assesses their needs and expectations from a feline companion. Their answers are given the same color codes as those assigned to the cats. The results are tabulated and compatible people and cats brought together for a meet-and-greet. Amazingly, the Feline-ality system has been shown to reduce returns by 40% in some shelters.

Feline-ality isn’t the only system to categorize cats according to personality type. Dr. Laura Finka, a research fellow at the University of Lincoln, studied more than 200 cats and concluded that there are five feline personality types. In an article about her research on the daily mail.uk website, the personality types were as follows:

The Human Cat–a very sociable cat that tends to cuddle, head-butt, and knead its owner with his paws.

The Hunter Cat—a cat with a strong hunting drive characterized by such behavior as clasping a realistic cat toy in his teeth and kicking it frantically.

The Cat’s Cat—one characterized by positive relationships with other cats. He is a good choice for multi-cat households in which the owners are often gone during the day.

The Cantankerous Cat—As its name suggests, a cat who is fairly independent. More effort is required to ensure he is comfortable with his humans, and he enjoys “alone” time.

The Inquisitive Cat—a feline that exhibits an eagerness to explore and investigate anything and anyone unfamiliar. He does well in a home with lots of people coming and going.

Whether you opt to choose your feline companion through matching techniques, or simply through a meet-and-greet, you, too can find your perfect match. Check out Caring Fields Felines to find your soulmate! www.cffelines.org

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Out2News.comHSTC Pets of the Week

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Rhea:

Rhea is one of 9 cats who came to HSTC after being displaced by Hurricane Irma. Their shelter in the Florida Keys was completely destroyed; they are all now safe and sound here at HSTC. It has been quite an adjustment, but they are settling in just fine; we have been affectionately calling these cats The Coconut Crew. Rhea has shown herself to be extremely affectionate and a teensy bit playful. Her adoption fee has been sponsored by Lisa at Loanwise Financial!

If you are interested in adopting any of these cats, please give us a call at 772-223-8822 or stop by the HSTC main shelter!

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Red:

Red’s favorite thing in the world is hugs – he loves to give them and receive them. He is about 6 years old and pretty energetic. He is a true Heinz 57 mutt; it is very difficult to pinpoint a dominant breed for him. We have him listed as a Basenji mix but he does bark (and it is adorable!). Red already knows several basic commands like “sit” and “shake”. Plus he rarely messes in his kennel, so he may be house or crate trained. Red has been on a few outing while in our care and they volunteers always rave about how well behaved he is. He has also done very well in playgroups with other dogs; he plays like a dog half his age!

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Holly:

Holly is our longest resident bunny; she has been in our care since November 2016, just a few days before Thanksgiving! Holly originally arrived with 5 siblings – all of whom were adopted months ago. She has become a staff and volunteer favorite; we would love for her to find a fur-ever family before the holidays roll around again this year.

Holly is an active bun; given enough space, she is adept at Bunny 500s and binkies. She is quite playful and enjoys throwing her toys around. While Holly isn’t terribly fond of cuddling, she is incredibly sweet. She has been described by our bunny groomers as a “happy-go-lucky” bunny with a curious streak. Holly has had a few misadventures when introducing herself to other bunnies; as such we would strongly recommend she be the only bunny in her new home. Holly also has excellent litter box habits and we feel she is an excellent candidate to be a house rabbit. Her favorite treat? A small piece of banana in the morning.

All HSTC rabbits are spayed/neutered and bug (lice and mites) free prior to adoption. The bunny adoption fee is usually $25. However, Holly’s fee is waived to help he find a home before the holidays.

To view Holly and all of the other pets available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, please visit us online at hstc1.org.

Deidre Huffman -Adoption Manager-Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave – Palm City, FL 34990

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Lisa takes good care of me at Paradise Pooch!

Paradise Pooch does lots of things, she does dog grooming,walking and pet sitting,equine care and she is licensed and insured.

Some of the added conveniences of mobile grooming over a traditional salon include:

You avoid taking time from your busy schedule to drop off and pick up your pet(s)…We come to You!
Your pet avoids the stress of traveling in the car and being left in a strange environment.
You and your pet receive the full one-on-one attention from a professional pet stylist.
Your pet is never confined in a cage or kennel.

Book your pet for a holiday pampering with Lisa at Paradise Pooch – 508-237-1601.

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Article by Robin Hall – Out2News

Did you know that Halloween can be a very dangerous and stressful time for critters? Here are seven favorite ways to help protect dogs and cats from ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night. I hope you’ll forward them to friends and family so everyone can stay safe.

Check Out Those Costumes. Some dogs (and a few cats) enjoy playing dress-up, but many others are devout nudists. Remember: fun for you can be misery for us. If you do insist we play dress-up, ensure that fabrics are fire-retardant, non-toxic and free of anything your sweetie can chew off and swallow. Even a pompom can prove deadly when lodged in the throat or intestines. Make certain, too, that costumes are comfortable, don’t chafe, and won’t obstruct vision or cause your little darling to panic and run.

No Candy for Fido and Fluffy! Secure Trick-or-Treat bowls of candy out of the reach of pets, and don’t allow pets to play near kids picking through their Halloween bounty — especially if it’s spread out on the floor. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, treats sweetened with the artificial sweetener Xylitol, and even grapes, raisins and apple seeds can be toxic—even deadly. And too much sugar is as harmful to pets as it is for kids.

If accidental candy poisoning occurs, contact your vet, the nearest emergency veterinary. Make sure you have some fresh (fizzy) 3% hydrogen peroxide on hand — food grade, not the kind for coloring hair. Use it if a veterinarian wants you to induce vomiting. (Warning: Sometimes vomiting is good; other times, bad. Get advice from before inducing it.)

Note: If you assemble a Halloween goody bag for your pets, remember: no chicken jerky (or anything else) from China! Make sure all ingredients are pf US origin. Treats, like cars, can be assembled in the USA, be labeled Made in the USA, but still contain ingredients from other countries. Check with the manufacturer to make sure they’re safe.

Prevent Runaways. While you’re handing out goodies, your pet can panic and dart out the door and become injured or lost. (If you doubt it, just ask emergency clinic vets and shelter managers how often this happens.) Secure all pets carefully before festivities begin. Since clever animals may escape despite your best efforts, attach current tags. For added safety, engrave tags with a cell phone number and the word “Reward” instead of the pet’s name.

Watch Out for Pranksters. Are you going out trick-or-treating? Leave nervous and aggressive pets at home and bring “outside” pets indoors to prevent mayhem and theft. Carousing demons may enjoy painting your cat black or mummy-wrapping your dog, and your tormented or injured pet may bite back (hello lawsuit!) or dash into the street and under the wheels of a passing car.

Outshine the Dark. If Fido tags along for Trick-or-Treat fun, make him easily visible with a dog-safe light or strobe or reflective tape attached to his collar. Better yet, get him a reflective vest.

Beware Deadly Decorations. Candles, even inside a pumpkin, can attract a curious pet and cause painful burns or wax spills. Be especially wary if your dog or cat plays lookout at the window near a lit Jack O’Lantern. Also be wary of decorations that may prove toxic or scary. Those fake spider webs can be especially dangerous if swallowed.

Outsmart Stress. Scary sights and sounds, and strangers at your door, can stress any pet. Take the edge off with a few drops of a calming flower essence (like Bach’s Rescue Remedy) from your health food store. And do you know about music made just to calm dogs: Throughadogsear.com? Still another calming idea is to swaddle your dog in the TTouch Body Wrap, a super-low cost way to comfort your pet. (Or if you’re wrapping impaired, you could buy a Thundershirt or Anxiety Wrap.)

Make Halloween safe and fun for your dog or cat by anticipating and outwitting danger. Whether the festivities are a trick or a treat for us pets, and by extension for our families, is largely up to you and the steps you take before and after the fun begins.

Have a happy, safe Halloween. Boo!

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WHAT IS A PET TRUST?

Out2News.comA pet trust is an arrangement to provide for the care and financial support of your pet(s) upon your disability or death. You fund the trust with property or cash that can be used to provide for your pet based on your instructions in the trust document.

Your pet trust should name a trustee who will carry out your instructions for the care of your pet, including handling and disbursement of trust funds and turning your pet over to the person or entity you designate to serve as your pet’s caregiver. The trustee and caregiver could be the same person or entity.

As with most trusts, you can create your pet trust while you’re alive (an inter vivos or living trust) or at your death through your will (a testamentary trust). In either case, you can generally change the terms of your pet trust at any time during your lifetime to accommodate changing circumstances. If you create an inter vivos trust, you can fund it with cash or property either during your life (needed if the trust is to care for your pet if you become incapacitated) or at your death through your will. A testamentary trust is only funded after you die.

Some of the instructions to consider for your pet trust include: provisions for food and diet, daily routines, toys, medical care and grooming, how the trustee or caregiver is to document expenditures for reimbursement, whether the trust will insure the caregiver for any injuries or claims caused by your pet, and the disposition of your pet’s remains.

You may also want to name a person or organization to take your pet should your trust run out of funds. Also consider naming a remainder beneficiary to receive any funds or property remaining in the trust after your pet dies.

A potential problem arises if your pet is expected to live for more than 21 years after your death. That’s because, in many states, the “rule against perpetuities” forbids a trust from lasting beyond a certain period of time, usually 21 years after the death of an identified person. However, almost every state has laws relating to pet trusts that address this issue in particular and allow for the continued maintenance of the trust, even if its terms would otherwise violate the rule.

Note that there are costs and expenses associated with the creation of a trust.

If you’re looking for an advisor who can assist you in this time of change, give me a call.

Steven W Landwersiek is a Registered Representative with and Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC

6530 S. Kanner Hwy | Stuart, FL, 34997-6396

Office: 772.233.4315 | Fax: 772.233.4316

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Hunting Instinct in Cats Can be Re-directed

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Article by: Shannon Borrego – Caring Felines

Why do cats hunt prey even when they aren’t hungry? To humans the practice may seem cruel, but cats are just following their instincts. Cat’s hunting behavior is explained in an article, “Understanding Your Cat’s Predatory Behavior” on the Perfect Paws website. The article states, “Cats are born with a hunting and chasing instinct. But they are not necessarily born hunters that kill for food. Killing and eating prey are generally learned behaviors.”

You may have seen kittens pouncing on anything that moves as part of their play. This behavior is Mother Nature’s way of preparing the kittens to catch prey later in life. The killing process is taught by the mother cat who begins by bringing home dead prey and progresses to the stage where the kittens are given the task of “finishing off” an animal she has brought home.

While this skill is vital for an animal’s survival in the wild, it is detrimental to both cats and wildlife in a domestic setting. Animal behaviorist, Marilyn Krieger, explains the dangers in her article, “How to Exercise Your Cat’s Predator Instinct Without Letting her Hunt.” In addition to harming the populations of song birds and other animals, Ms. Krieger warns that when ingesting wild prey, cats can also ingest parasites, pathogens, or even second-hand poisons previously consumed by the prey. Furthermore, if the prey fights back, cats can be bitten or scratched as the desperate animal fights for its life.

The best solution to avoiding these dangers is to keep your cat indoors. Ms. Krieger suggests satisfying your cat’s need to hunt by offering games and exercises. Playing with your cat not only gives the cat stimulation, it also helps him keep trim and fit. Try tossing a toy or dangling an object on the end of a stick near your cat. Just be sure to let him “win” some of the time, so he doesn’t become too frustrated.

Treasure hunts are another popular game in which treats are hidden in strategic locations around the house. The game can be customized according to the abilities and personality of your cat.

Although hunting is an instinct, keeping your cat indoors, and providing play activities instead, satisfy his need to hunt while keeping him and his intended prey safe.

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Paradise Pooch Pet Services Opens New Location In Stuart

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Stuart — Your pooch will be the talk of the dog park. At Paradise Pooch Lisa knows that your pets are special member of the family and your best friends. Your pet will be pampered and treated with love and care.

Paradise Pooch brings professional state of the art grooming services to your home. This is a mobile pet grooming salon and pet care company. Lisa comes with a lifetime of experience raising her own pets as well as caring for others.

Paradise Pooch mobile grooming van is climate controled for your pets comfort at all times.The van is fully equipped with a full size tub and hydrolic table. We will accommodate your schedule and come to your home or your office.

Going away or just taking a day trip? Our pet sitting and dog walking services are customized to meet your pets needs. We make visits to your home and take care of all your pets needs while you are away.

Meet Lisa on her website at paradisepoochpetservices.com or FaceBook page for more details.

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If Your Dog Could Talk, He’d Say “Don’t Pet Me Here”

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There’s been a great deal of scientific research in recent years into the ways in which dogs benefit people. And the science confirms what pet guardians have always known — our animal companions have a powerful positive impact on our emotional and physical well-being.

Owners who are closely bonded to their dogs spend a lot of time being affectionate with their pet because it feels good. As it turns out, there’s a good reason for those good feelings.
Feel-Good Hormones Overflow in Closely Bonded Dogs and Humans

In a Swedish study, researchers found that owners who kissed their dogs frequently had higher levels of oxytocin than other owners. And along with kissing, there were two other very important factors that contributed to elevated levels of oxytocin:1

The owners perceived their relationship with their dog to be pleasurable rather than difficult or a chore
They offered fewer treats to their pet, preferring to offer attention and affection instead

In another study, dog guardians were put in a sparsely furnished room and asked to sit on a rug on the floor with their pets.2

For a half hour, the owners were instructed to focus all their attention on their dogs — talk softly to them, stroke, scratch and pet them. The owners’ blood was drawn at the beginning and again at the end of the 30-minute session.

The researchers found that the dog owners’ blood pressure decreased, and they showed elevated levels not only of oxytocin, but also several other hormones, including:

Beta-endorphins, which are associated with both pain relief and euphoria
Prolactin, which promotes bonding between parent and child
Phenylethylamine, which is increased in people involved in romantic relationships
Dopamine, which heightens feelings of pleasure

And believe it or not, all the same hormones were also elevated in the dogs, which suggests the feelings of attachment are mutual!

Based on all the happy hormones surging through the dogs, it’s clear the owners in the second study knew how to touch their pets in a way that maximized their pleasure and contentment. However, that’s not always the case.
Have You Ever Wondered How Petting Feels to Your Dog?

Dog-to-dog interaction involves lots of physical contact. They do it to show affection and a desire for play, but they also make contact when trying to goad or threaten another dog.

This is why some forms of human petting elicit pleasure and a sense of calm in dogs, while other types of touching can send the wrong message.

Unless you’re carefully observing her as you pet her, it’s easy to inadvertently trigger negative emotions in your dog. Different types of petting, for example, a scratch behind the dog’s ear or a pat on the head, feel pretty much the same to us. The dog, however, isn’t necessarily having the same experience.

Recently, a team of researchers set out to evaluate the physiological and behavioral responses in dogs to determine which types of petting felt good to them, and which didn’t.3
How the Study Was Conducted

The study involved 28 privately owned dogs of different breeds, ages, and backgrounds. Some dogs were obedience trained; others were not.

Each dog was fitted with a heart rate monitor and brought into a room where both the owner and a stranger were present. The owner was instructed to ignore what was going on while the stranger interacted with the dog, touching him or her in nine different ways for 30 seconds at a time.

The nine different touches included:

Petting the shoulder
Petting the lateral side of the chest
Petting the ventral part of the neck
Petting and holding the lying dog on the ground
Holding a forepaw
Petting on the top of the head
Scratching at the base of the tail
Holding the collar
Covering the muzzle with one hand

What the Strokes Evoked

When the dogs were petted on the head or paw, they showed appeasement signals and redirected behaviors. The researchers interpreted those reactions as signs the dogs were uncomfortable. It’s worth noting that appeasement signals aren’t always indicators of stress. According to Whole Dog Journal:

“They are important everyday communication tools for keeping peace in social hierarchies, and are often presented in calm, stress-free interactions. They are offered in a social interaction to promote the tranquility of the group and the safety of the group’s members.

When offered in conjunction with other behaviors, they can be an indicator of stress as well.”4

When the dogs were constrained by being held while lying on the ground, held by the collar, or having their muzzle covered, unsurprisingly, they showed freezing and displacement behaviors. These included lifting a paw, looking or moving away, and lip licking. All the dogs also had elevated heart rates — a clear sign of stress.

When the interactions were over, the dogs immediately shook their bodies and stretched, which are signs of relief and further proof they did not enjoy being constrained, no matter how gentle the touch. The touches the dogs liked best? Having their chests and shoulders petted, and getting a nice scratch at the end of the spine just in front of the tail.
Dog Petting Tips

It’s important to note the dogs in the study were being handled by strangers. Most dogs tolerate a lot more from their immediate human family members, including touching that is decidedly unnatural for canines, such as hugging and kissing.

However, it’s not uncommon for dog guardians to miss their own dogs’ stress signals, which can include a quick head turn or lick of the upper lip, as well as freezing in place. It can be easy to miss or misinterpret some of the more subtle canine expressions of distress.

Unfortunately, the result can be a difficult relationship between human and dog that in a worst-case scenario can even become dangerous. Suggestions for enhancing your relationship with your dog through touch:

Let your dog initiate contact most of the time, rather than invading his personal space. Some dogs need a little time to settle themselves before getting physically close enough to be touched.
Pet your dog gently on the chest or behind the ear closest to you (to avoid reaching over her head for the other ear). Always avoid petting that involves reaching over or across your dog.
As a general rule, it’s never a good idea to hug a dog. Some dogs tolerate it, but it’s a form of constraint, which feels threatening to them.
Stop petting your dog after a short time and see if she asks for more, or seems relieved and/or moves away.
Watch for stress signals, including looking away, lip licking, yawning, ears back, “whale eye” (the white of the eye is showing at the corners and/or rim), lifting a paw, tail tucking, freezing, or urination. If your dog is doing one or more of these things, stop touching him and give him some space.
Always ask the dog’s human before interacting with a pet you don’t know.

In all interactions with our animal companions, we should pay attention to the impact we’re having on them. Each dog is an individual, and while one dog may love a vigorous rubdown, another may be completely stressed out by that type of handling.

Additionally, there are some dogs that have anxiety and fear being approached by strangers, in general. There’s an organization trying to promote the identification of these dogs from a distance by using a yellow ribbon on a leash, through The Yellow Dog Project, which I wholeheartedly endorse.

By observing your dog’s reaction to physical contact and following his lead, you can enhance your bond with him and forge a more positive relationship.

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In Memorial Pets

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Their friendship was special—a bond worth honoring and sharing with those who understand.

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All Pets Go To Heaven

Out2NewsArticle by: Robin Hall – Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

There is a very special place where beloved pets go after they die. This is only a temporary location. But there are trees and grass and lakes, and everything they love. Here they can play and eat and sleep, even better than they did, before they died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.

All health is restored completely, and all injuries are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like youngsters, and they do not have time to feel lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special wisdom that animals have, they trust that this condition will get better. And they confidently wait as they frolic.

A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in the middle of playing they will suddenly feel something is different. And all their senses will be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They will sniff the air and look off in the distance where they recognize that dearly loved special presence. Then they will call out in elation, and with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.

The bond that we form with animals can be very deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal can have an impact on us that is as great, or even greater, than the loss of a family member or friend. This bond is what makes our interactions with animals rich and rewarding, but also what makes the grief process so complicated. The grief can seem to come in waves, may be brought on more intensely by a sight or sound that sparks your memory, and may seem overwhelming at times.

After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal and private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience, and not everyone experiences them all or in the same order.Anger and guilt often follow denial.

Your anger may be directed toward people you normally love and respect, including your family, friends or your veterinarian. People coping with death will often say things that they do not really mean, unintentionally hurting those whom they do not mean to hurt.

Depression is a common experience after the death of a special pet. The tears flow, there are knots in your stomach, and you feel drained of all your energy. Day-to-day tasks can seem impossible to perform and you may feel is isolated and alone. Many depressed people will avoid the company of friends and family.

You will come to terms with your feelings. You begin to accept your pet’s death. Resolution has occurred when you can remember your pet and your time with them without feeling the intense grief and emotional pain you previously felt. Acceptance and resolution are normal and do not mean that you no longer feel a sense of loss, just that you have come to terms with the fact that your pet has died. Everyone experiences the stages of grief, grieving is always a very personal process. Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.

Memorializing a pet can be a healthy part of the grieving process. A framed photo or a photo album can help remind a pet parent of their pet. Some people keep the ashes of their pets and bury them in a spot favored by their pet. Creating a journal that includes stories about the things your dog did will help you focus on the good times you spent together.   Photographs record those special moments and lock them forever in time. Have a professional portrait painted as a memorial to your dog companion. If you enjoy gardening, plant a tree, perennial, bush or shrub in memory of your dog. Donate to an animal organization in your dog’s name.  Some pet lovers place a brick or stone with their pet’s name painted on it in their gardens or they buy specially designed and inscribed grave markers if their pet is buried on their property.

Realizing that a seemingly trifle, yet possibly most-significant part of pet ownership is doing the right thing for our pets at the end of their lives. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things we can do. Loving animals teaches us something about ourselves and so does letting them go…

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