Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

By the Staff at Petagogy

Halloween is just around the corner! While you’re gathering together your costume, stocking up on candy and transforming your yard into a graveyard, remember that holidays like Halloween can be stressful times for your pets. Pets don’t understand why their best two-legged pals are wearing funny masks, or why people keep ringing the doorbell over and over again.

To keep Halloween fun and safe for everyone in the family, consider the following pet safety tips:

•    If you and your children are going to dress up in costume for Halloween, allow your dog and cat to see and sniff the costume before putting it on to prevent them from being frightened.

•    Keep candy, especially chocolate and gum, away from your pets––chocolate, candies containing Xylitol (a sugar-alcohol sweetener), wrappers and other ingredients can be poisonous and even fatal for pets if they ingest it.

•    Don’t bring your dogs trick or treating––the costumes, noise, music, yelling kids, lights and decorations can be frightening and stressful for many dogs.

•    Beware of outfitting your home or yard with decorations that can cause a hazard to your pets, such as cobwebs, glowsticks and plastic decorations (which can look like toys but are a choking hazard). Also, be sure to cover and hide all electrical cords.

•    If you are giving out candy on Halloween night, consider keeping your pets blocked off from the front door by either putting a pet gate in the doorway or sequestering them in another room of the house. The constant doorbell ringing and kids yelling in costume might be stressful and cause a dog or cat to escape out the front door. Also, fear may trigger your normally friendly dog’s instinct to bark, possible scaring your young Halloween visitors.

•    Make sure your pets have proper identification, including tags and/or microchips, in case they do escape out of an open door so they can be safely returned home.

•    If you dress your pet in costume make sure it fits well enough to allow for breathing room and visibility. Also, be aware of loose or hanging parts that your pet can reach, chew and possibly choke on.

•    Keep candles (free standing and those in pumpkins or luminaries) away from pets to prevent them burning themselves and/or starting a fire. 

Petagogy (pronounced pet-uh-go-jee) specializes in premium and natural pet foods, treats and supplies for dogs, cats and small mammals. Petagogy is located at 5880 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit their website at

Make a Double Difference with Animal Friends!

Make a DOUBLE difference! Tomorrow, October 27th, is National Make a Difference Day and you can help our shelter residents by giving them a double gift! The Retail Store at Animal Friends has partnered with several companies to match certain items that our residents so desperately need. Check out our web page ( for matching specials on dog items such as pressed rawhide, bristle bones, nylabones and kong toys. 

You can also click this link ( to donate a 40lb box of litter AND 25lbs of cat food for just $20 and your gift of cat litter will be matched! That's 80lbs of cat litter and 25 lbs of cat food for just $20!  

Just click to make a difference tomorrow! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Bunny Connection: Reflections of a Mom

Guest Blogger: Jane Miller, Volunteer

    It was during the Chinese Year of the Rabbit in 2011 when our daughter, Beth, had a creative idea for a Girl Scout leadership project. She wanted to write parody lyrics to a popular song and film animals acting it out to promote adoptions at Animal Friends.

    She was too young to handle dogs (need to be 18) or cats (16 for that), but at age 13, she was just right for the bunnies, provided a parent came too. No, I wasn’t kicking and screaming, because she is our youngest, and I realize the importance of nurturing our children’s dreams. So we signed up for Rabbit Wrangling I through IV, including Bun Runs--when all the rabbits jump around freely as visitors pat them--and a “Bunny Spa,” where we learned brushing, toe nail clipping and how to clean out rabbits’ scent glands.  I could have passed on that last one, but one more item added to my life’s resume!

    I wasn’t prepared for how those little bunnies would work their way into my heart. At the orientation we learned rabbits can be litter trained like a cat, and if it is bonded to a mate, it is for life. Calamity Jack was the first rabbit I wrangled. It turned out he was the most skittish, but a bunny mentor taught me to place one hand in front of his face and stroke his ears. He then trusted me to hop into a cage to be taken for a “Bun Run.”

    That was the best part. We met other child/parent teams, who mostly wanted to care for an animal that is prey to almost every other creature. We needed to attend a lot of bun runs, since Beth wanted to photograph the bunnies in action. It required a lot of patience on her part. After all, you can’t say, “Sit!” and offer a treat. Sometimes I arrived thinking, oh, I have so much to do at home, but often got caught up in watching the funny antics.

    I noticed each rabbit had a unique personality. Sunday, a black lop with a white heart on her nose, would run and skid to a halt and Calamity Jack loved the attention of children. We all  rejoiced the day he got a home! Our new friends loved the video clip where Beth said, “Come on Mig, run through the tunnel.” And he did!

    I also noticed something else. The times when I had a hard time letting go of whatever it was that troubled my mind, it seemed the rabbits never came near. When I let go of wearisome thoughts, it seemed that was when a little furry creature quietly, and at first unnoticed, came by my side.

    “Last Friday Night—The Bunny Edition” with parody lyrics to the song by Katy Perry is finally finished and ready to launch on Animal Friends' YouTube channel. We plan to continue volunteering with the bunnies. We no longer rush by them on our way to visit the dogs or cats. I will always treasure our memories of our “Year of the Rabbit” and their lessons in gentleness, as well as patience, they taught both of us.  

Monday, October 22, 2012

How To Become a Foster (Fur)Parent in 10 Easy Steps

By Volunteer (and foster mom): Susan Gottfried 
My journey into rescue began, really, in the spring of 1994. My sister, the vet, called me. She was still in vet school at the time and I was finishing up graduate school. For my graduation present, she was going to adopt me a kitten, one of the many who were given to the vet school with the instruction: adopt it out, or put it down.

Sister-the-Vet debated on various kittens, but in the end, she picked a Devon Rex for me. When she called to tell me about him, she mentioned that he had a sister and, if no one else claimed her, I was going to have two.

I didn't argue...much. And sure enough, I soon got a phone call: "I have your kittens!"

Sister-the-Vet fostered my kittens until I moved back to Pittsburgh. For her, they were merely the latest occupants of her foster room. She was saving lives, and I vowed that one day, I'd do the same thing.

It was when that second kitten, the one I originally wasn't going to have, succumbed at age 16, after a six-year battle with Irritable Bowel Disorder that I called Animal Friends. Without his sister, Cooper was desolate. Fostering, I thought, would give him some companionship. After all, he'd never known life as an only cat. 

Unfortunately, I was still going through the training when Cooper died, literally, of a broken heart.
But that's when things got good. I fostered two adult cats before adopting two more kittens at an Animal Friends kitten shower. Lucy and Milo now share their home with me and my two kids and a host of foster kitties. 

At first, my foster room was my home office, complete with a spiffy screen door. Then, as life changed, a second home office turned into my new foster room. A better one, where I didn't have to inhale litter pan fumes all day. The downside, though, was that I didn't get to have the foster baby (or babies, as the case often was) in the room with me. On the other hand, the things in my office tend to stay put.

Over the next few weeks, months, or beyond, I'll bring you the adventures of a foster mom. I'm no one special, just a published writer and freelance book editor. I'm not a cat behavoralist, although I'd learn to be, and despite medicating a cat daily for six years, I'm not a trained vet tech. I'm just a cat lover with room in my home and my heart to help the cause.

So I invite you to join me as I introduce you to my cast of foster babies, all feline, and all wonderful and amazing. And, as soon as I return them to the shelter from the comfort of my house (and bed and couch), all adoptable.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pumpkin Pie, Beer, and Jules the Cat

By Jeff Geissler, Communications Assistant

Pumpkin Pie. This flavorful treat is synonymous with this time of year. Its nutmeg- and cinnamon-infused custard with a buttery crust makes the perfect hearty fall day delight. Pair a slice with a brisk and clove-ingrained pumpkin ale and you’ll have the ultimate fall treat.

Why am I writing about pie and beer so early in the morning? Because, like many of my mornings, I was greeted by Jules the Cat. His perky cheeks and slightly rounded ears make for the most lovable pie-shaped face. And he’s an orange tabby with shades of light tan ringed by darker tints of amber that perfectly resemble a tall, flavorful pint of harvest brew.

Jules is a domestic cat rescued from a feral cat colony. He came to us injured, sick and matted with car grease. With the tender care of our medical staff, and the loving attention from our volunteers, Jules is now healthy and living in one of our free roam rooms. And every morning he greets me with his pumpkin pie-face and relaxed, mellow eyes.

So in the spirit of the season we invite you to visit Jules and take in his autumn-like angelic looks, his sweet and savory character, and his intoxicating affection.

Click here to learn more about Jules!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Animal Friends Offers Free Straw for Cold Outdoor Pets

In preparation for plummeting temperatures, Animal Friends is once again offering free bags of straw to anyone who cares for outdoor pets or feral cats.

Animal Friends urges pet owners to make their pets part of the family and keep them inside the home. Dogs, cats and domestic rabbits are social animals, and just like humans, they suffer without interaction and companionship. Animal Friends offers many programs, including low cost spay/neuter and behavior training, that may help overcome issues that sometimes prompt a pet owner’s decision to house a pet outside. Call 412.847.7000 to learn more about these options.

However, recognizing the reality that many pets do live outside, Animal Friends urges those pet owners to obey the law by ensuring that outdoor pets have access to proper food, drinkable water and warm, dry shelters. 

Because blankets, towels and pillows will only get wet and freeze, straw is the best insulation against the cold and wet winter. Free bags of straw can be picked up at Animal Friends, located at 562 Camp Horne Road in the North Hills, just 0.5 miles west of Exit 8 off I-279.  

A car mat or rug should be used as a flap over a doghouse door to keep the inside free of wind, snow and rain. If you are in need of a dog house, please contact Animal Friends to inquire about availability.

Extra care must also be taken to provide unfrozen water in not-metallic bowls and extra food at all times during cold weather.

Frequently check your pet's paws, ears and tail for signs of frostbite, a very common occurrence.  If you suspect frostbite, your pet will need to see a veterinarian immediately.  Check your dog's chain often to make sure it is not frozen to the ground or tangled.  A tangled, too-short chain can cost your pet his or her life in bad weather. Also be mindful of salt and other snow-melting chemicals that can injure their paw pads.

Animal Friends' annual straw drop is also an important opportunity for feral cat caregivers to insulate feral cat shelters. Animal Friends is selling a limited supply of winter shelters for feral cats. The cost is just $5, and the houses will be available at Animal Friends, Mondays through Fridays between 11am – 5 pm.

For more information, call Animal Friends at 412.847.7000 or visit

Monday, October 15, 2012

Join Team Animal Friends for the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon

Do you love running? Do you love animals? Do something you love while helping homeless animals this year with the Pittsburgh Marathon and Animal Friends. 

If you or a loved one are planning to participate in the May 5, 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon races, consider joining Team Animal Friends!   Donations raised will go towards sponsoring spay and neuter surgeries and providing critical medical care for sick and wounded animals. 

To sign up to be a part of Team Animal Friends, you must first register at  When you register, you will be asked to choose what you want to run (i.e. full marathon, half marathon, 5k etc).  Make your selection and finish your registration.  After you are registered, visit our CrowdRise page at and make an account to start fundraising!

CrowdRise allows you to create your own personal fundraising page and share it with family and friends through email or your Facebook or Twitter page. You can set your own fundraising goal, post photos and share a personal story of why you are running for Animal Friends.

We’ll also be offering some awesome prizes and raffles throughout the fundraising season so be sure to check back frequently.

The first prize is a big one: an Exclusive Pittsburgh Marathon VIP Pass to the marathon. This prize is sponsored by Pittsburgh Marathon and is open to all fundraising participants.  What will a VIP pass get you?  Well…

- Early access into Expo
- Exclusive access to Post- Race VIP party
- Exclusive access to Pre & Post-Race VIP areas
- VIP seating for the best view of the race
- Pre-race continental breakfast
- Private gear check
- Post-Race buffet
- Sheetz coffee & smoothie truck
- Complimentary massage by Massage Envy
- Private photo area with one free photo
- Private restroom.  Really.
- And, lots of other awesome stuff... 
All you have to do to be entered into this raffle is to make your own fundraising page on CrowdRise and donate or raise any amount.  Even one dollar will get your name in the drawing!

Hurry though!  This contest only goes until 10/28. The winner will be contacted by email.

Run for a reason and support Animal Friends this year in the annual Pittsburgh Marathon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Shelters Unite for "$30 @ 3" Dog Adoption Promo!

Pittsburgh’s three major shelters – Animal Friends, the Animal Rescue League (ARL), and the Western PA Humane Society (WPHS) – have stepped up in a united front to save pets caught in the middle of a licensing suspension at Triangle Pet Control Services. As a result, the 3 shelters are at capacity with dogs. They are asking for immediate help from the public. All 3 shelters are running a $30@3 adoption special, meaning any dog over the age of 2 years is available for just a $30 adoption donation – at all 3 shelters.  All adoptions will be thoroughly screened to ensure loving, lifelong matches.

David Swisher, President & CEO for Animal Friends, stated: “Animal Friends’ kennels are constantly filled at 100% capacity. Still, we have been committed, from the start, to providing safe haven to the pets caught in the middle of Triangle’s licensing suspension. Shelter adoption is always a lifesaving option, but now, more than ever, we need adopters to make room for more pets in crisis. The pets in our community need a lifeline, and we hope the $30@3 promotion will encourage families to adopt and be a part of this effort.”

“Since the closure of Triangle Pet, the Animal Rescue league has seen a spike in surrenders of both dog and cats. We are at the point where all of our cages are full, animals are being housed in offices, and all of our current foster homes are at capacity,” says ARL Executive Director, Dan Rossi.  

David Janusek, the Executive Director at WPHS, echoes that sentiment.  “In the past 3 days we had 34 dogs surrendered to the Western PA Humane Society North Shore Shelter.  We adopted out 15 dogs during that same time period.  We are very full.  We need the dog lovers of Western PA Humane Society to step up and help with adopting, fostering, and donating – food, supplies, or funds -- to care for these many animals.”

On October 1, 2012, Triangle Pet Control’s license to operate was revoked and the business was ordered to no longer provide animal control or kenneling services for dogs.  Animal Friends, the Animal Rescue League, and the Western PA Humane Society came forward to rescue pets from Triangle or offer veterinary assistance.  More then 20 dogs were transferred to Animal Friends and Animal Rescue League, while the Western PA Humane Society impounded a dead dog found on Triangle’s property.

On October 10, The Western PA Humane Society Humane Chief Humane Society Officer, Ron Smith filed citations against the owner of Triangle Pet, Bernard Dudash and Kennel Manager Paul McIntyre, for failure to provide veterinary care for a pit bull that had been in their custody since September 11 of this year.  According to the citations, the dog died in its cage on the morning of October 4 and was never taken to a vet, despite being told to do so by the Allegheny County Dog Warden on October 1.

For more information, visit the shelters’ websites at,, and  Pittsburgh’s animal shelters are non-profit organizations that rely on donations and community support.


About the organizations:

Animal Friends
Animal Friends is a non-profit companion animal resource center serving the needs of pets and people since 1943.  Our progressive programs have been nationally recognized and include humane rescue, shelter and adoption services, humane education, pet behavior classes, pet-assisted therapy, wellness programs and more. At Animal Friends, we know that shelter and adoption programs, while important, are a reactive solution to pet overpopulation and will never solve the overpopulation crisis. That's why Animal Friends has developed a comprehensive, community-wide spay/neuter initiative. By providing low or no-cost spay/neuter surgeries to low-income pet owners, feral cat colony caretakers, Pit Bull owners, and shelters and communities that lack spay/neuter programs, Animal Friends is well on our way to spaying or neutering over 30,000 pets in three years. Through these efforts, our goal is not just to relieve pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia in southwestern Pennsylvania—but to end it.  Animal Friends is supported by donors, volunteers and a staff dedicated to ensuring the well being of companion animals, while ending overpopulation, abuse and unwarranted euthanasia. For more information, visit

The Animal Rescue League of Western PA
Our mission is provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to all abandoned, neglected and injured animals brought to us by the community; to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for them, and educate the public about humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation.

The Western PA Humane Society
The Western PA Humane Society is proud to be an Open Door Shelter. This means we never turn away an animal in need. We currently take in over 13,000 animals each year. We have been helping people and their pets for over 135 years. We are proud of our role in the community and are always looking to improve the concept and perception of open door shelters. The Western PA Humane Society is not directly funded through local, state, or federal tax dollars and receives no financial support from donations made to any regional or national animal welfare organization. You can help in many ways. Consider adopting a pet. Make a monetary donation. Become a member of the Western PA Humane Society. Volunteer your time. Foster an animal waiting for a new home.  For more information, please visit our website at or visit one of our two shelters.


Scrub-a-dub-dub...Dirty Dogs in our Tubs!

Calling all dirty dogs! Did you know Animal Friends holds a “Dog Wash” fundraiser every month? Our volunteers will bath, blow-dry, clean ears and cut nails on any size dog (or as much of these services that fit within the 1 hour time slot) for just $25. No professional trimming is available during this program, but we promise your dog will be clean! A perfect solution now that the weather is too cold for outside baths.
If your dog has never been groomed before, we will do as much as the animal allows us to, as safety is our main concern. Clients are asked to remain on site or available by cell phone during the appointment, as the volunteers will bring your pooch to the lobby as soon as services are finished. Pets must have proof of current rabies vaccinations. Call the Retail store to make an appointment at 412.847.7022. 

There are available dates every Sunday in October, between 8:30am and 11:30am.  You won’t even miss any Steelers games! (We planned accordingly.)

A Love Story: Romeo and....Gucci?

By: Stephanie Buckley, Adoption Counselor

We have a wide array of animals that come into Animal Friends. Some small, some large, and even some extra large! Right now, we have two very special little dogs that we like to refer to as one of our “odd couples.” Their names are Little Gucci and Little Romeo, which are very big names for their very big personalities!

This odd couple consists of Little Romeo, a 10 year old Maltese, and Little Gucci, who is a 3-6 year old Pomeranian mix. They came into us together through our Humane Investigations department where they were found housed in a dog crate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They both looked as if they never had any proper grooming in their lifetime and possibly no proper veterinary care. Luckily, they came into the loving arms of our veterinary and animal wellness staff to receive proper care and finally feel safe, warm and loved. 

At first, we separated Gucci and Romeo and found that they were both, understandably, very stressed when they weren’t with each other. We then started housing them in the same kennel, and it is so sweet to see them all snuggled up next to each other in their beds. They have such a strong bond with each other that they keep their eye on each other's every move when walking on our trails. Even at offsite events, they always check in with each other when they are separated.

These two are “Little” dogs have very different personalities which compliment each other beautifully. Romeo is a snuggler and he likes to sit on your lap and relax, while Gucci has a very sparkly personality! Gucci is very playful and goofy but will also relax and sit on your lap after a play session. Romeo has reportedly done very well with other dogs that he’s been around. Gucci can be a bit of a bully, showing some dominant behaviors with the other dogs.

Although they’re adorable and very sweet, they are having a hard time finding a home together. If you’re looking for two easy going “Little” dogs, they’re here at the shelter waiting for a loving, safe home, together. Romeo found his Juliet (excuse us, Gucci!) and now they’re waiting for their forever home. Could it be yours?

Throughout the month of October ('til October 31st), all dogs ages 2 and up will be available for a reduced requested donation of $30!  As always, our thorough adoption process still applies to ensure lifelong, loving homes. If you are interested in opening your home to our "little" guys, please contact our Adoptions Department at 412.847.7002.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Shelters Unite to Rescue Pets from Triangle Pet Control

Pittsburgh's three major shelters - Animal Friends, the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, and the Western PA Humane Society - have stepped up in a united front to save pets caught in the middle of a licensing suspension at Triangle Pet Control Services in McKees Rocks.

On Monday, Triangle Pet Control's license to operate was revoked and the business was ordered to no longer provide animal control or kenneling services for dogs.  Animal Friends, the Animal Rescue League, and the Western PA Humane Society, all with longstanding histories of rescuing pets slated for euthanasia at Triangle, immediately came forward to rescue pets from Triangle or offer veterinary assistance.

Initially, Triangle Pet Control turned away the shelters' offers to assist and reported that all of the pets were being transported to a rescue group across the state.

On Thursday, October 4, the local shelters learned that due to a delay more than 20 pets were still waiting for a lifeline at Triangle Pet Control. Some were sick and in need of veterinary care.  The shelters quickly mobilized to help.

That same day, Animal Friends rescued nine dogs from Triangle. On Friday, October 5, the Animal Rescue League rescued nine additional dogs.  The remaining animals have been scheduled to be reclaimed by their owners.

The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is investigating the death of a mixed breed dog who died in its cage at Triangle. The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is awaiting necropsy results, which are expected in 1-2 days. Pending the results of the necropsy, charges may be filed against Triangle.

All three local shelters have been committed to helping the pets in need at Triangle Pet Control from the onset of this situation.  Animal Friends, Animal Rescue League and Western PA Humane Society remain committed to a collaborative effort to ensure the safety of the
pets at Triangle now and in the future.

As the appeal process for Triangle's license proceeds and discussion about the business' ownership continues, the shelters will watch closely and support real and positive change for the animals in our county.

The rescued pets, three of which are currently under supportive care at a local emergency clinic, will be medically and behaviorally evaluated, spayed or neutered, and made available for adoption into loving homes.

For more information, visit the shelters' websites at, and  Pittsburgh's animal shelters are non-profit organizations that rely on donations and community support.

About Animal Friends
Animal Friends is a non-profit companion animal resource center serving the needs of pets and people since 1943.  Our progressive programs have been nationally recognized and include humane rescue, shelter and adoption services for over 2,400 pets annually, humane
education, pet behavior classes, pet-assisted therapy, wellness programs and more. In addition, Animal Friends is leading the way towards ending pet overpopulation in western Pennsylvania through comprehensive, community-wide spay/neuter programming. Animal Friends is supported by donors, 700 volunteers and a staff dedicated to ensuring the well being of companion animals, while ending overpopulation, abuse and unwarranted euthanasia. For more information, visit

About the Animal Rescue League
ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF WESTERN PA's mission is to provide temporary shelter, food, medical attention, and comfort to all abandoned, neglected and injured animals brought to us by the community; to restore lost animals to their owners or seek new homes for them, and to educate the public about the humane care of animals with a goal of reducing overpopulation. 


Friday, October 5, 2012

Maintaining Your Pet's Dental Health

By the staff at Petagogy

Good dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health and well being. Too much plaque and tarter can erode your pet’s gums, creating pockets for bacterial infections. These infections can cause tooth and bone decay, sometimes leading to more serious health issues. Many times, bad breath is a sign of too much plaque and tarter. It’s best to help control plaque and tarter before it builds up. Contrary to popular belief, kibble does not clean teeth; that’s like humans eating crackers to clean our teeth instead of brushing. Chewing a protein-based kibble may help remove some plaque near the tops of the teeth, but it is not very effective along the gumline where plaque and tarter do the most damage. Plus, poorer quality kibbles containing lots of carbohydrates and fillers can actually contribute to plaque buildup.

Brushing your pet’s teeth with a special pet toothpaste and toothbrush is great; unfortunately, squirming dogs and cats can make it difficult to effectively brush their teeth. There are several non-invasive, toothbrush-free dental products that can help prevent plaque buildup, as well as remove any existing plaque and tarter:

Raw bones and chews––One of the best ways to keep your dog’s teeth healthy is by regularly giving him things to chew on like raw meaty bones, rawhide, bully sticks or sweet potato chews made by reputable companies like Primal, Vital Essentials, Wholesome Hide, Barkworthies, Sam’s Yams and Snook’s. Regular chewing helps polish and scrape teeth as the dog crunches and gnaws.

PlaqueOff––PlaqueOff’s seaweed formula is clinically proven to reduce, help control and prevent plaque, tarter and bad breath in dogs and cats. The granulated formula can be easily added to your pet’s food daily.

Grin Daily Treats
––These easy-to-digest treats contain premium natural ingredients–– chlorophyll, anise, green tea and FOS––to improve your dog’s health by supporting fresher breath, tartar control and healthy digestion.

PetzLife––When used daily, the all-natural ingredients in PetzLife Oral Care Gel or Spray safely remove plaque and tartar, promote healthy gums, brighten teeth and kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Tropiclean––Tropiclean gel, dental chews and water additive help give dogs and cats fresh breath and clean teeth without the hassle of brushing.

Bowser Breath––Made with a blend of breath-freshening herbs and a mushroom extract, Bowser Breath works by reducing levels of potentially harmful chemicals that may be contributing to your companion’s bad breath, while adding a minty odor to his mouth.

Wysong DentaTreat––DentaTreat is an alternative, natural approach to maintaining pet oral health using cheeses, probiotics, minerals and other natural ingredients. DentaTreat can be sprinkled directly onto food, or it can also be used with a toothbrush as a tooth cleaning powder.

Maintaining your pet’s oral health can help prevent more serious health issues down the road. It’s never too early to start cleaning you pet’s teeth, but it is especially important for older animals that may already have plaque and tarter buildup. Make caring for your pets’ teeth part of your daily or weekly routine––you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the difference it makes!

Petagogy (pronounced pet-uh-go-jee) specializes in premium and natural pet foods, treats and supplies for dogs, cats and small mammals. Petagogy is located at 5880 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit their website at

Monday, October 1, 2012

Animal Friends' Home-To-Home Adoption Program Presents....Buddy!

Buddy is a five year old neutered male tabby.  He has beautiful markings and bright green eyes.  People always comment on how handsome he is and how bright white his "socks" and tummy are.  Buddy is a very independent guy who is very loyal to his human and freely gives "head butts" and purrs like a chaninsaw!  He loves to be rubbed and petted.  He easily complies with having his nails trimmed, since this smart guy knows he will get a treat afterward! We have never had any problems with Buddy scratching…he loves to use his "cat equipment" including scratching posts. He enjoys sleeping on his human's head and snuggling at night.  He is very affectionate and tolerates being picked up, but prefers to be petted than carried.  He is very quiet unless he's hungry…then he will rub around your legs and meow until his demands are met!


Buddy needs to be an only cat with a devoted mature care giver.  While he is very friendly and inquisitive with children, he sees them as competition for his attention and would be much happier in a childless home.  He has grown to be very unhappy as our family has grown with more children.  He is such a sweet cat that he deserves a devoted human who will make him a priority in life. 


Thank you for your help.


You may contact me (Elizabeth Musi) at 412-364-8011 or