July 2014 Issue of “Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine”

July 2014 issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections magazine.
July 2014 issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections magazine.

We’ve published the June issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine and it’s available at distribution points around Pittsburgh as well as on our website.

I have one article in this issue plus my usual feline resource list:

This month’s featured rescue is FosterCat, Inc. on page 26. You’ve certainly read about FosterCat here a time or two, but it’s always good to spread the word about a dedicated group of individuals who run a no-shelter collection of foster homes with very high standards and much success for cats.

The remembrance this month is again from our rescue group, in memory of a member’s unique first cat, recently passed, on page 36.

This issue also includes informative articles about a new TNR option in Washington County, the WAHS Colony Cat Project. The Washington Area Humane Society in coordination with the Fluffyjean Fund for Felines will identify colonies of community cats and focus on TNR and any necessary veterinary care for the whole colony at once. returning the cats to their caretakers and monitoring the colony’s progress.

The Fluffyjean Fund for Cats was founded and is maintained by Faith Bjalobok, PhD, a Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and last fall hosted the seminar “The Invisible Cat”. Fluffyjean was a beloved barn cat and the project was founded in her memory to provide low-cost spay and neuter and veterinary care to barn cats and community cats. The Fluffyjean Fund has been providing low-cost spay and neuter at monthly and bi-monthly clinics for years and in this project has begun to work with the shelter closest to where Fluffyjean is based.

Other articles this month include the veterinary specialty care feature on patent ductus arteriosisin dogs, also dealing with grouchy dogs, myths about conventional pet food, and more.

About the magazine

Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine focuses on the bond between humans and animals both within our own homes and in society. Topics range far beyond the Pittsburgh area, but the magazine also offers resources for companion animals and their caretakers available in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Articles cover traditional and alternative veterinary practices, behavioral information, spiritual direction, stories and commentary for humans and their animal companions including cats, dogs, house rabbits, birds, horses and exotic pets written by local veterinary, behavioral, alternative and spiritual practitioners.

I have been contributing articles to this magazine since September 2012, and since February 2013 began a freelance relationship as the Chief Editor of the magazine, proofing and editing all copy as well as contributing  original articles in each issue, and also acting as the Content Manager for the website working with the managing editor, organizing and posting the articles from each magazine, plus blog posts and other articles and notices.

Available on our website

The Pittsburgh PetConnections (PPC) website keeps up to date with timely articles and notices, plus blog posts written by some of the same authors and more. PPC also invites local shelters, rescues, animal-focused organizations and animal-themed businesses to build an online presence on the site and to post to the community calendar.

The Human-Animal Bond………………………..8
Heart to Heart Communication with Pets

Event Calendar……………………………………….9
Upcoming Pet Events

Community Feature……………………………….10
Washington Area Humane Society Introduces Their New Colony Cat Project

Animal Health & Wellness………………….14-15
Mending Broken Hearts: Treatment of Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) in Dogs

Animal Behavior………………………………..16-17
Grouchy Dogs

The Aquatic Hobbies………………………………20
Our First Aquarium

Featured Business………………………………22-23
BelaCoop Animal Hospital of North Park

Holistic Care…………………………………….24-25
Six Myths About Conventional Pet Food

Featured Rescue…………………………………26-27
FosterCat, Inc: Savings Lives, One Cat at a Time

Kitty Korner………………………………………….28
Cat Rescue Resource Guide

Equine Affairs……………………………………32-33
Chewing the Reins Out of the Rider’s Hands to Develop a Soft Mouth in Your Horse

In Remembrance……………………………………36
In Memory of Tessa

Advertiser Locator Map………………………18-19

 

Distribution

The print magazine is distributed free to shelters, animal-oriented businesses and dozens of other places around Pittsburgh—click here to find the map of current distribution sites. Mailed subscriptions are also available, click here to read more.

Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine logo
Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine logo

More about Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine

Pittsburgh PetConnections, LLC was formed in 2012 by Carla Mader, who began her career in veterinary study but decided on hospital management instead. With nearly 20 years as a veterinary hospital manager she began studying holistic care for animals in 2007 and attended a Healing Touch for Animals workshop, then began coordinating them in Pittsburgh. From this she founded the non-profit organization Human-Animal Advocacy and Wellness Centers (HAAWC), which in turn led to founding Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine to help spread the concept. The magazine has been publishing monthly since August 2012.

For people living in or near Pittsburgh, the magazine brings together information about and from the area’s veterinarians who practice holistic medicine for small and large animals, exotic animals and wildlife as well as holistic behavioral consultants and intuitive practitioners, each discipline comprising traditional and alternative modalities.

Carla is Managing Editor, while I am Chief Editor. Local animal professionals who frequently contribute articles include holistic veterinarian Dr. Doug Knueven of Beaver Animal Clinic, veterinary neurologist Dr. Susan Wagner, Feline and Canine Behavioral Consultant Judith Levy M.Ed, CEHP. RMT, always an informative article from one of the specialty veterinarians at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Clinic, “hoof lady” Nancy Frishkorn CHCP, BA, Kristin Hermann of Coventry Equestrian Center, Tena Parker of Success Just Clicks Dog Training and myself, as well as others who contribute occasionally.

Click here for the link to the full July 2014 issue, or browse the website. Click here to see an archive of my articles which have been posted to the website.

Magazine cover and logo used with permission.


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