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The Chinese developed four branches
of TCVM to treat disease and maintain
health. The first is acupuncture, which
involves the insertion of hair-thin, ster-
ile needles in specialized points along
the meridians to increase the transfer
Qi/energy throughout the body. Recent
scientific evidence indicates that en-
dorphins are released in the body as a
result of acupuncture. The second is
herbal medicine, which uses Chinese
herbs in combination to treat diseases.
Third is food therapy, which uses con-
cepts of food energetics to counteract
imbalances within the body. The fourth
branch is Chinese massage called Tui-na.
These four modalities of TCVM can
be used in combinations to treat a wide
variety of conditions and diseases, in-
cluding, but not limited to: muscu-
loskeletal problems such as hip and
elbow dysplasia, arthritis, and ligament
problems; heart, liver, kidney, and gas-
trointestinal disease; behavioral issues
such as separation anxiety and thun-
derstorm phobias. TCVM is also used
to speed recovery after surgery and can
be in integral part of hospice care.
The goals of TCVM and Western
medicine are identical - both aim to
promote the good health of your pet,
and to prevent disease. Each system
has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Western medicine deals well with acute
cases such as broken bones, perform-
ing x-rays and blood testing, and treat-
ing infections. TCVM works well on
chronic diseases, especially those that
Western medicine can only control and
not cure. TCVM treatments also cause
very little unwanted side effects. Inte-
grating Western medicine and TCVM
provides the most complete care for
your pet.
So how does all of this relate to your
pet? Lets say you have a 10-year-old
lab who is currently being treated for
arthritis. She is on anti-inflammatory
and pain medications, which are giving
her some relief, but she remains less ac-
tive than in the past. You and your vet-
erinarian decide acupuncture may offer
her additional relief. Your TCVM vet-
erinarian will spend some time with
you discussing your dogs personality,
her behavioral traits, and her clinical
signs in order to understand her as an
individual with unique needs. With this
knowledge, your TCVM practitioner
can then perform the appropriate
acupuncture treatment, which usually
lasts between 10-20 minutes. Most
likely, your dog will doze off during
this period, especially if she is in the
comfort of her own home. Over time,
your dog will be getting up easier, will
be able to go on longer walks, will gen-
erally be feeling better. The addition
of herbal therapy, proper diet, and Chi-
nese massage can bring additional
long-term relief. TCVM cannot cure
your dogs arthritis, but it can improve
her quality of life.
If you would like more information
about acupuncture or TCVM, you can
contact Dr. Stephanie James or Marcia
Arland at Berkshire Veterinary
Acupuncture LLC, which provides in-
home TCVM care. They service Berk-
shire County, northwestern CT and
northeastern NY. Dr. James also works
at Sand Road Animal Hospital in Falls
Village, CT
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can be viewed at
Acupuncture and Traditional
Chinese Veterinary Medicine
raditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) has been
around for nearly 2000 years. Long before Western medicine
developed any of its current diagnostic and treatment modalities, the
Chinese were able to diagnose and treat pain, internal diseases, and
behavioral issues in animals. At the foundation of TCVM is the
concept of Qi (pronounced chee), which is the vital force or energy
within the body, and it travels through pathways or meridians to sup-
ply the body with energy for everyday life. A second significant
concept is that of the YinYang, which describes opposing forces
that are interconnected and work together to create a balance. When
the Yin-Yang of the body is in balance and the Qi is strong, the
animal is healthy. When the Qi becomes weak or the flow of Qi is
blocked, and the Yin-Yang is not in balance, disease occurs.
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trap ,and that's also when he
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they have resumed their more
distant relationship, which is more to
Feral's liking.
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by Joanne Kuskin
any people are animal lovers.
More and more people are pet
parents. The pet industry is blossom-
ing, as are diverse services for our ani-
mal friends. I did not know about
play care (off-leash play) for dogs.
Now I can hardly keep images like this
one out of my thoughts: a group of
dogs, diverse breeds and sizes, play ac-
tively together in a supervised, secure
group, happy to have the chance to be
the pack animals that they really are.
Finding someone to come into your
home to care for an animal when you
go away is one aspect of an owners re-
sponsibility (more later). But an en-
tirely different dimension of being a
good pet parent is discovering and
using facilities for your dog that are to-
tally animal oriented to the dogs best
interests. Grooming, boarding and
other services besides sitting are
available---you just need to know about
the possibilities. More and more places
are instituting dog parks where an
owner can bring a dog to play with
other dogs. The owner supervises the
Suppose you have a dog that needs
more active time than you can give it.
Even an hour walk may not be enough.
You can drop off your dog person to
play care/day care after the initial
carefully designed interviews and ini-
tial visits. Then it can enter into an
active group of dogs to play for the en-
tire day! Naps can be taken. Each fa-
cility has its own well-thought out
guidelines and regulations.
Owners of places like Bow Meow
and Love Us and Leave Us observe
that dogs play so hard they are ex-
hausted when they get home, and often
need to rest up the next day. Most own-
ers do not leave their dogs in play
care all week. Play care is distinct
from boarding or animal-sitting in
your home. It is a way to provide your
best friend with a chance to romp ac-
tively, engage with other dogs in a
friendly, supervised way, and play and
play and play. Many dogs have never
had such an opportunity, but once they
get into the swing of things, they par-
ticipate actively in playing and mess-
ing around, all under supervision that
guarantees high spirits do not slip over
safety lines. Just as with human chil-
dren, time outs are occasionally nec-
essary. The dogs often develop best
friends. Behavioral mentor dogs
help a newcomer learn whats OK and
whats not. Owners all too often inad-
vertently reward dogs undesired be-
havior---the mentors set good examples
and guide newcomers.
The application from Bow Meow
asks for information about the dogs
history, degree of socialization, possi-
ble issues particular to your dog, etc.
Honor Blume has been in business 18
years. Her facility is so popular she is
planning an addition. Dogs can play in-
doors and out, weather permitting. A
dogs day there could typically run
from 8 to 6:30. She notes that such
playgroups are not for every dog---.
some dogs are not social . She uses
some experienced dogs as mentor
dogs, who help introduce newcomers to
joining the group situation. (Honor no
longer boards cats, but she will groom
them, so she has not changed her busi-
ness name.) [Bow Meow Regency
Kennel 413 229 0035]
Renee DeRagon runs Love Us and
Leave Us. She describes her place as
dog vacation/day care [413 464 9200].
Both she and Honor sound so happy
when describing what they do that I
believe them when they say they love
their jobs!
Researching aspects of animal care
like day care, giving animals care in an
owner's home, and boarding reveal dif-
ferent needs and different concerns.
The latter two are designed to take over
when an owner cannot be there to pro-
vide regular food, routine and exercise.
The movement to dog day/play care
(and dog parks) reflects a growing
trend that emphasizes how important
dogs are as part of a human family---
They are family members now---and
therefore they deserve expanded op-
portunities. While they have long ac-
commodated humans by becoming
domesticated and willing to work at
jobs, their own nature is to be active
members of a pack. This growing play
movement is now giving them a
chance to enjoy their heritage.
Pet sitting provides a service that own-
ers need when they are unable to pro-
vide regular care. Maryann Hyatt of
Reliable Pets [415 243 3040] goes
into homes, of course, but also into
retirement facilities to help older peo-
ple manage their beloved animals. She
describes herself as heart based.
Owners must ask many questions.
What animals can be cared for? Some
people will sit for chickens, rabbits,
horses. Ask! Are the sitters insured,
bonded perhaps, etc? Many sitters will
also do minor housekeeping tasks like
watering plants, bringing in mail, etc.
Some will administer medications. Ask
your vet for recommendations. Some
take your animal into their own homes,
but the general feeling is that the ani-
mal will be less stressed if kept in its
own home when the owner must be
In this age of instant communication,
some animal care providers will send
videos and photos to the owners/par-
ent.. Watching a video of your dogs
playgroup while you work in your of-
fice would be a treat.
Mary Oliver, renowned as one of the
greatest American poets, says, What
would this world be like without
dogs? More and more people agree
with her, and are determined to provide
their best friends with the bes care they
can--- enrolling them in playgroups is
growing as a way to do just that.
Editors Note:
Bow Meow Regency will be holding
an Open House, June 1st 11am to
2pm. Tours, giveaways, games, a
photographer and a microchip
Love Us and Leave Us is holding a
Tags for Wags Tag Sale on May
17th. Proceeds to benefit Eleanor
Sonsini Shelter
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A day packed with fun
playgroups are not for every dog.
some dogs are not social

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t Berkshire Humane Society
(BHS), were so appreciative of all
our adopters who lovingly bring ani-
mals into both their homes and hearts.
With the number of homeless animals
in shelter and rescues across the coun-
try reaching an estimated 4-5 million,
we believe giving any of these animals
a new life is an act of immense com-
passion and kindness. Every once in a
while, though, we have some special
adopters who made a special commit-
ment to some special animals, and wed
like to share their stories.
Kyra came into Nicole and Erics life
15 years ago as a one-year-old sheltie
mix with soft floppy ears and a long
tail. Nicole, who had never lived with
an animal before, was hesitant about
having a dog, but Eric, who was a long-
time animal lover, was persistent.
When they received a call from Diane
Briggs, administrative assistant at BHS
and a family friend, about the perfect
pooch, the young couple hurried down
to the shelter. Unfortunately, Kyra did-
nt make a good first impression. As
Nicole explained, She was very shy
and skittish, and there was no informa-
tion about her as far as her temperament
or training. Concerned that she
wouldnt be a good fit for the family,
Nicole and Eric left without her.
But Diane was convinced that Kyra be-
longed with Eric and Kyra. And another
phone call and visit later, Kyra did find
her way into their hearts. We decided
that no animal would be perfect, and we
had to take a leap of faith, said Nicole.
As she was signing the adoption papers,
Nicole remembered Kyra jumping up on
her as if to say Mom, lets go home.
According to Nicole, Kyra proved to
be a challenge for quite some time. On
the stormy afternoon that Kyra came
home, she refused to go inside the
house and then spent several weeks hid-
ing behind furniture. Eventually Kyra
relaxed and became what Nicole called
The Queen of Country Club Avenue
the couples first neighborhood For
the next few
years, though,
Nicole ac-
knowl edged
that Kyra had
lots of puppy
in her
meaning many
chewed shoes,
holes in the
backyard, and
other puppy
no-nos. But
Nicole and
Eric were un-
fazed. In our
minds, said
Nicole, she
wasnt just an
animal, she
was part of our
family, our
first baby. In
fact, when I
was pregnant, I
told Kyra she
was going to have a little sister!
And Kyra was the perfect big sister
to Kelsey as well as a source of great
joy and comfort to Nicole and Eric.
She went through so many life
changes with us, recalled Nicole,
adding that We were made so much
better by having her.
Recently, the family lost Kyra to liver
and kidney complications. Always a
trooper, she let Kelsey pet and hug her
until her last hours. At some point, the
family will invite another dog into their
lives because they cant imagine not
having another one. But just not now.
Fifteen years is a long time to love
something, explained Nicole. Kyra
was a gift well never forget.
Thanks to Ruth and Fred, Ellies life
gets better and better every day. Shes
one of the sweetest cats Ive ever had,
said Ruth, who has shared her life with
a variety of other cats.
In so many ways, Ellie epitomizes the
resilient and forgiving nature of ani-
mals. After being neglected and then
surrendered to BHS last year as a mor-
bidly obese 8-year-old, staff placed her
on a strict diet and exercise routine for
several months. Although she dropped
almost 5 pounds, her
mobility was im-
paired, and she
had to have
extensive sur-
gery includ-
ing over 100
sutures to re-
move folds of
loose skin that re-
sulted from her huge
weight loss.
When Fred, who is vice
president of BHSs
Board of Directors, was
first introduced to Ellie
at the shelter, he imme-
diately knew his and
Ruths home would be a
good place for her.
Some animals come
and go quickly, but Ellie
could have been there
forever, he said.
After her surgery, she
was not a cover girl. But
I saw a sense of alert-
ness and a desire for comfort and com-
panionship in her.
And Ellie has, indeed, become a won-
derful companion. Shes committed to
us in the same way that were commit-
ted to her, explained Ruth. According
to her, Ellies routine often consists of
following Ruth around the house, find-
ing new spots to nap and sunbathe, and
watching birds. Despite concerns about
her ability to navigate the three-story
house, she runs up and down the stair-
well several times a day an excellent
form of exercise.
Since living with her new family, Ellie
has continued to lose weight. Despite
her often persistent demands for extra
portions, Ruth and Fred keep her on a
strict diet. Once weighing 23 pounds,
shes now slimmed down to 16 pounds
and has even developed a small waistline.
As Fred explained, All animals are in-
teresting and wondering beings. For
him and Ruth, theyre not that different
from humans in that they need to be
cared for and respected. Therefore,
when special ones such as Ellie come
into their lives, Ruth and Fred do what
they consider right assume responsi-
bility for them.
He had my heart, explained Monica
after her first meeting with James. He
had the sweetest look on his face, and
he came right up to me. It seemed so
simple, especially considering that
James was an 18-year-old cat who had
been at the shelter for several months
after he and an assortment of other cats
and dogs were abandoned in an apartment.
Last spring, Monica and her family had
come to BHS to visit with Thomas, a
younger cat, and ended up adopting
him. But neither she nor the rest of her
family could forget about James. So a
few weeks later, they returned to bring
him home too. We have three kids, so
I considered that this might not be the
best place for him, said Monica. But
I saw his age and thought poor thing
he needs a home. Plus you cant just
leave with one!
James easily became part of the fam-
ily, even getting along with their other
cats. A very senior citizen, he spent
much of his day sleeping. But he had
bursts of energy, jumping in sinks and
romping up and down the stairs. He
was more active than I ever imagined,
remembered Monica. And he was
quite a character for being an 18-year-
old cat. (A post-adoption photo that
Monica sent to BHS staff shows James
napping in her daughters doll bed its
one of our all-time favorites!)
According to Monica, adopting a sen-
ior animal required a certain dedication
and a willingness to provide a little
extra care and attention. Important,
too, was helping her children, Josiah,
Samuel, and Mabel, understand that
James would not be with the family for
a long time. I explained to them that
we were taking on the job of giving him
a loving home for the rest of his life
no matter how short or long that was,
said Monica.
Last summer, James passed away sur-
rounded by his family. Because their
time with him was so meaningful, they
decided to continue their commitment
to other senior cats in need of homes.
Not long ago, Monica and her family
adopted Gizo, a 16-year-old cat who
was surrendered to BHS flea ridden and
terribly underweight. Now named
Tuukka, hes healthy and happy.
Theyre such loving animals, especially
given what some of them have been
through, said Monica. I cant imagine
them not being a part of our family.
Mary A. Koncel is the Humane
Educator at Berkshire Humane Society.
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y relationship with DREAMS
began in 2008. On Christmas
Day that year, I lost a friend to pancre-
atic cancer. Only 55 when she died,
Leslie Smallridge was an incredible
woman with a kind and gentle heart
who was also an avid animal lover. For
seven years, she cared daily for a group
of feral cats who lived at our local
transfer station (otherwise known as the
dump). All the cats were black or black
and white. Their numbers ranged from
four some years to just one or two. New
England has some severe winters but
because of Leslie's care, these cats lived
relatively well in a snug little igloo
packed with hay, and always had fresh-
thawed water and food.
Thanks to Berkshire Animal
DREAMS, all of the cats were trapped,
neutered or spayed, and had their basic
shots. Leslie worked closely with
DREAMS and together they made a
huge impact on the quality of life for
these stray or abandoned cats.
While Leslie was alive, I filled in for
her in caring for the cats on many oc-
casions-- once I got to actually stroke
the soft little head of one feral kitty.
After Leslie's passing, I became the
cats main caregiver. There are only two
beautiful black cats left. On many days
of bitter ice and cold, I must chip
through frozen water to make room for
fresh but I never miss a day because I
know I will be greeted by those soft
pale green eyes that become more trust-
ing every week. I promised myself Id
honor Leslies memory by continuing
to care for the last two feral cats for the
rest of their lives.
But I wanted to do more. As an artist,
I began contributing a portion of my art
sales to DREAMS while seeking a way
to make an even greater impact.
The inspiration for my Run For The
Critters came out of mourning for an-
other incredible woman. When my
mother passed away in February 2010
after a long slow "dwindling away," I
worked out my feelings of grief and
loss by running in earnest on our quiet
country roads. Having also lost my twin
sister, my older brother, my mother-in-
law and my father, grief was not foreign
to me but this loss hit me hard. My
friend Mark Hundley, in his book
Awaken to a Good Mourning, suggests
that we become a new person when we
begin to climb out of the dark valley of
grief and back into the light of living.
As I was out running one morning, a
month or so after mom passed away, I
began to feel like I was finally climb-
ing out of that dark valley. Then I was
suddenly bowled over by a strong sense
of gratitude. I was grateful that I could
still run at my age, that I could run in
such beautiful countryside like the
Berkshire Mountains, I felt grateful for
many things. I wanted to give back
somehow. Then an idea hit me: I would
run for the critters! I could set a goal of
running a six-mile race while raising
money for animal charity -- because,
aside from my family and art, animals
are what I love most. For as long as I
can remember I've had a special rapport
with critters so running to raise money
for animal charity seemed like the per-
fect challenge and the perfect way to
give back.
In September 2010 I ran in a 10 Kilo-
meter race. I won 2nd place in my class,
but felt I won even before I began the
race with $1,500 raised for animal char-
ity. Since 2010, I've done four more
Runs For The Critters and raised $6,568
for animals.
Please join me this year in raising
money for Berkshire Animal
DREAMS through my Sixth Run For
The Critters! Ill be running in a half
marathon (13.1miles) on May 25,
2014 and I hope to raise $10,000 for
feral cats and the memory of Leslie,
their original protector.
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can be viewed at
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This year I am raising money for
Berkshire Animal DREAMS with my
Sixth Run For The Critters.
My goal is to raise $10,000 for DREAMS
by May 25, 2014.

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by Sheila Heflin
or the past three years, sixth grader
Nicholas Boardman of Sheffield
has been celebrating his birthday by
helping his favorite cause: animals.
Nicholas will be at Wild Birds Country
Store in Great Barrington from 11 to 2
on Saturday, April 26, collecting dog
and cat food to be donated to the Berk-
shire Humane Society. (Donations for
Nicholas can also be dropped off at
Wild Birds Country Store at any time.)
Nicholas and Trigger, his golden retriever.
Nicholas 3rd Annual
Pet Food Drive
to Benefit the
Berkshire Humane Society
Rescue horses:
Home needed
for three elderly horses
ast fall, three horses Dusty, Poppet and Rusty had to leave their home in Adams,
Ma. after many years. The owner had passed away and the farm had changed
hands. The horses had to leave the farm. We had already been volunteering our
services to care for them for several years including all vet bills, grain, etc.. We
were able to secure two temporary homes for them, one last Fall, the other thru
the Winter months. Now the horses have to move a third time. We do not have the
funds for boarding them. If you know of anyone who might be willing to house
and share the care of these three elderly travelers, Please give us a call. Ideally the
location would have plenty of pasture, fencing, a water source and a run- in shed of
some kind. Adams, Cheshire or North Berkshire would be ideal, but would be open
to other possibilities.
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a multiple seller tag sale on their front lawn at 1525 West
Housatonic street in Pittsfield. Sellers will make a $20 donation to
the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter to be able to participate. The
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18 Animal Life rApril 2014
hen I stopped into Purradise on
March 21, the shelter was draped
in blackbut by no means in mourn-
ing! Instead, by happy coincidence, all
but one of its kitty residents was every
possible variation of black cat: all-
black, tuxedo, black with white
patches, and white with black patches...
and, no, most of these beautiful crea-
tures were not even related! It was just
one of those flukes of fate.
Twins Rosa and Ruby, who spent my
entire time there sprawled in identical
poses on their respective cat bed, were
nearly identical, but for a white patch
on Rubys chest. As often occurs when
the shelters cats are related or even just
good friends, the pair shared connected
condos that permitted them to each
have her own space, as well as to snug-
gle or play together as they pleased.
They would likewise find a new home
together just days after I met them:
when Sadie (pictured) and her family
came to Purradise on the 27th, they left
with the two sisters in tow.
Affectionate and chatty Mary, whose
tuxedo coloring extended to white all
the way through her belly and front
paws, has also since been adopted, hav-
ing captured the heart of a man who ar-
rived seeking a good companion of the
feline persuasion.
Interestingly, although the genetic
makeup that creates black cats is a little
more prevalent in males than in fe-
males, still other condos offered Beauty
and Charlotte, and the uniquely marked
Miss Flower, whose otherwise all-black
face was punctuated by an unusual
white spot on her chin (what in humans
might be called a soul patch or jazz
spot). Yet another girl, who was curled
up fast asleep the whole time I was
there, was Ash, whose mostly white fur
was patched only just occasionally with
black, including an adorable tiara-like
pattern on her forehead.
Over in the Sunshine Spa, large, mis-
chievous all-black Brutus made up for
the gender gap, cavorting to his own
delight from one cat tree to another
until a volunteer arrived to give him a
recess period on her lapeven big
guys like Brutus appreciate being cud-
dled and petted. (Earlier that day,
staffer Tracy informed me, he had also
spent time romping with Rosa and
Ruby in the sun porch, so he had not
lacked for kitty companionship, too.)
Brutuss profile card was already
marked adopted; he was basically
just biding his time in the spa, waiting
for his newly contracted human to re-
turn to the shelter to take him to his
new home.
Extending the black-cat theme,
Purradises windows, front and side,
were ornamented with still more black
catslarge metal silhouettes of the
kind that might be
hung in gardens.
These were unlikely
to fade in the light,
but they brought to
mind an interesting
fact about black cats
that I have observed
in my own adoptees:
Did you know that
sunlight can give
black cats a tan? In-
deed, it can: the rays
can have the curious
effect of turning their
fur a coppery brown,
a phenomenon called
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might consider en-
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change his or her po-
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directions, to at least
even out the effect!
This series follows the special human-
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Humane Society Cat Adoption Center
at 301 Stockbridge Road, Great Bar-
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