Pet Care

Respect the dog! Respect the cat!

Many times we hear complaints about pet owners being rude and non-compliant to ordinances. Sometimes it’s true. Here's a reminder of ways to care for our four-legged companions:

Please leash and pick up after your dog. License and provide identification for your pets. Spay and neuter your pets. Microchip and keep that current. Foster, adopt and donate. Help educate and advocate for lost and homeless pets. Provide proper shelter.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.21.2021

Bay Village animal updates

Volunteers for The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel recently completed the annual cleaning, inventory and restocking of the kennel. FOBVK serves as a volunteer support function to the Bay Village Police Department and Animal Control.

With warmer weather and more residents adopting and walking dogs, please be reminded of the city leash laws and pick up the dog waste ordinances.

Please also know that state law requires that your dog must be licensed. You can purchase a dog license online through the county at or at Discount Drug Mart. It’s a free ticket home if your dog gets lost. Bay Village Police can search a dog license number on a found dog. A complete list of Bay Village animal ordinances is available at or through the law department.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:29 AM, 07.06.2021

Hot cars can leave pet owners in hot trouble!

With the weather warming up, it's important to remember the safety of our four-legged friends when going for a ride. Bay Village police will respond to calls to mitigate for the safety of animals locked in cars or those left in hot cars, even those with cracked windows on warm days. They request that they be contacted immediately if you see an animal in distress. Give a description and location of the vehicle. Stay if you can and they typically handle it as a lockout.

If you are the pet owner you can likely expect a strong warning and/or charges. With the animal laws and fines changing you might even face animal cruelty charges. Ohio animal cruelty laws are changing and we will always have Goddard’s Law, amendments and new laws to be grateful for this.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.04.2021

Friends of The Bay Village Kennel launch new Facebook page

This is Angel, the pretty little girl that Bay Village residents saved in December and thought she had missing puppies.

She did not have any missing puppies but was truly very neglected by whoever owned and abandoned her in Bay Village. Thanks to the many people who donated to help Angel, she is now well cared for and happy in her new fur-ever home with a Bay Village family.

The Friends of The Bay Village Kennel (FOBVK) would like to thank you for your support and all of your help with animal medical expenses, the kennel and events.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.20.2021

Kitten season is foster season

Bay Village resident Nancy Brian moved here about 16 years ago to be near her children and grandchildren. The children and grandchildren moved away, but Nancy stayed. About eight years ago, she saw a posting online seeking help with a litter of tiny kittens. A nursing momcat had been hit by a car. Knowing there were kittens, the rescuer searched for them and found a litter of four kittens two to three weeks old in an adjacent field. The orphaned kittens needed to be bottle fed, and the poster just couldn’t keep up.  

Bottle feeding kittens is onerous; little kittens may need to be fed every two hours. Kittens younger than three weeks cannot even eliminate waste on their own. Because it is so difficult to successfully care for baby kittens, experts advocate against disturbing kittens you may come across outdoors unless it is absolutely necessary – unless the kittens are in immediate danger or you know, as in this case, that they are orphaned.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:31 AM, 04.06.2021

Spring safety tips for pets

It’s that time of year to pay extra attention to a few items that could impact your pets' safety now that nicer weather is here.

  • Ensure window screens and storm doors are safe and secure so no one can escape, and uninvited guests can't enter.
  • Check fencing and gates, make sure latches are working properly and consider a "close the gate" sign. Remind contractors to please close gates. Check electronic fencing and batteries. Never use generic or inexpensive batteries. Only use manufacturer suggested products.
  • Watch for flags where fertilizing and weed spraying has been done. Keep these and other chemicals alway from children and pets.
  • Check pet collars for wear and tear. Make sure tags are current and on a proper fitting collar. Replace broken retractable leashes with safer cloth or leather leashes. Replace tattered soft cloth leashes too.
  • Finally, be considerate of the neighborhood you walk your dogs and please pick up their waste and dispose of it in a city trash can or your own at home.

For additional pet suggestions please visit the Facebook page for The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:35 AM, 04.06.2021

Welcome, pups, to Westlake, U.S.A.

"From the moment we saw DaYi on YouTube arriving at the JFK Airport, we knew he was our dog," said Westlake residents Gary and Marie Blatter. "We named him Shiloh, which means tranquil, and that is his personality. The happiness he shows with his smiling face and the fun he has playing with our other dogs makes us so happy he came into our lives.”

Gary and Marie adopted Shiloh after he and other mistreated dogs were rescued from a Chinese meat market by Golden Treasures Rescue in Bath, Ohio, in partnership with a nonprofit organization called China Rescue Dogs.

"All of us have heard something about puppy mills," said a volunteer with Golden Treasures Rescue. "More and more rescues are taking in dogs from these horrid conditions and we are no exception! Puppy mill survivors are unique in so many ways and now is the time to share the reasoning behind our expectations for the homes they need. A securely fenced yard is extremely important, as a loose mill dog will most often result in its death. Keep in mind, they know nothing about the dangers of traffic, nothing about survival and they will not wander up to a neighbor for help. Your entire family must be totally committed to the safety and rehabilitation of your dog. This process takes time and our first rule of thumb is to always keep your dog in a secure environment."

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 10:27 AM, 03.16.2021

Animal hospital gives back to the community

Vince, Timmy and Cash – the current Westlake Police K-9 Officer Unit – have been receiving their routine medical care from Dr. Greg Cunningham and staff at Detroit Dover Animal Hospital for approximately four years. They are a Dutch German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois purebreds.

The duties of a canine law enforcement officer include searching for drugs, explosives, search and rescue, finding crime science evidence, and attacking people targeted by the handler. The most commonly used breeds are the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd. Police dogs must remember multiple hand and verbal commands. Their training is intense and is never completed until they retire.

According to Westlake Police Officer Denny Funari, who has been with the K-9 unit for 22 years, the average working span of a K-9 officer is 6-8 years. Most recruited are males with high prey drives.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.02.2021

Local canine cancer survivor thrives with alternative treatment

Meet Turbo, an adult male golden retriever who is owned by Ed and Jackie Noonan of Bay Village.

Turbo is an 8-year-old rescue dog that was adopted at the age of a year-and-a-half from Love-A-Stray Dog Division in Avon Lake.  

The popular and beloved golden retriever was originally bred in Scotland. They were originally bred to retrieve for hunting purposes. The breed is one of the most popular family dogs in the world. They have been trained in multiple capacities such as search and rescue, disability dogs, hunting dogs, detection and show dogs. Goldens love water and are easy to train. Their long coats do require regular grooming.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:08 AM, 02.16.2021

Donations pour in to help rescued dogs

The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to send a huge thank you to all of the people who donated to the collection of pet-related items and financial donations to The Friendship APL in Elyria. Also to the Bay Village safety forces for donating and promoting the cause. A big shout-out goes to the Bay Village Police Department for allowing the front of the station to be a drop-off location. A car load of items was taken almost each day.

In addition to the donated items, Dennis Driscoll and Susan Murnane presented a check from the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel in the amount of $500 to Greg Willey, executive director of Friendship APL. Please visit the Facebook page of either organization for updates.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:07 AM, 02.16.2021

Westlake Meals on Wheels receives grant to aid pets

If you are a pet owner, you understand how important pets are to our families. For many senior citizens, they are a great source of companionship and support, especially during this past year of extreme isolation. Westlake Meals on Wheels received a grant from Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities to assist their recipients with pet food, treats and supplies. 

Like many Americans affected by the pandemic, some seniors have had to make difficult financial decisions, including choosing to feed their pets before themselves, or sharing their food with their pets. This grant allowed Westlake Meals on Wheels to help with that financial burden.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:06 AM, 02.16.2021

Meet Ernie: A Bay Village Celebrity

Almost each day at the Village Project headquarters in Bay Village, you can be certain to be met by Ernie! Ernie has served as the non-profit organization's mascot for the last eight years.

Barb Harrell, Executive Director and owner/mom to Ernie, stressed she absolutely loves rescue dogs but it was important to have a hypo-allergenic dog because most clients are immune compromised.

Ernie is a an 8-year-old Mini Goldendoodle, a cross between a Golden Retriever and a miniature poodle, who has been trained as a service dog and involved in promotions and events along with greeting everyone that has visited the Village Project office and Project Shoppe located on West Oviatt Road. He even was falsely arrested by Sgt. Mark Gillespie of the Bay Village Police Department as part of a fundraising effort. Ernie's bail was met and the BVPD donated the funds along with helping promote a T-shirt sale leading up to the big event to the Village Project.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 10:13 AM, 02.02.2021

Pets need your help

The Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County (Friendship APL) in Elyria often helps Bay Village and Westlake residents with pet problems and now they need your help. 

On Jan. 22, Friendship APL received more than 50 sick and vulnerable dogs and puppies. About 20 of the dogs are in emergency care for parvovirus; three have already died, and about 30 dogs and puppies are in isolation because they have been exposed to the highly communicable and deadly disease.

Friendship APL is a private, independent non-profit humane society that receives no government funding. They are in dire need of supplies to help these and other vulnerable animals including: unopened bags and cans of food for dogs and cats of all ages; pet treats; leashes, collars, toys, clean blankets and towels; cleaning supplies such as bleach and disinfectant wipes; crates and carriers. Friends of the Bay Village Animal Kennel (FOBVK) has placed a blue bin for donations in the lobby of the Bay Village Police Station, 28000 Wolf Road. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, Feb. 13.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 10:14 AM, 02.02.2021

Pet scams

The recent the increase of pet adoptions and purchases has also brought the scams.

According to Bay Village Police Department Detective Ed Chapman, he and his fellow staff members are  currently investigating puppy scams. This is when an individual goes online believing they are dealing with a reputable breeder, give a significant deposit or credit card for a purebred puppy and the online poster and puppy disappear. This activity also occurs on publications like Craigslist. The Better Business Bureau also has been documenting and monitoring this activity too.

Detective Chapman equates this type of criminal activity as similar to the “grandma scams”  that we hear about where seniors are being preyed on. Law enforcement receives regional reports which reflect that pet scams and theft are increasing.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 9:38 AM, 01.05.2021

Microchips for your pets

Microchipped pets are 50% more likely to be returned to their owners than those without a microchip. If you are looking for one of the best gifts you can purchase for your beloved pet all year long, consider spending a few minutes of your time getting your pet microchipped at a veterinary office or pet store. The process is inexpensive and non-painful.

Microchips are tiny electronic devices the size of a piece of rice injected under the skin with a hypodermic needle. When a scanner is passed over a pet's skin, it emits radio frequencies that activate the chip, which transmits a unique identification number back to the scanner. It is imperative that the pet's owner keep the chip updated with changes and renewals with company chip is registered to. Microchips are available for both dogs and cats.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.15.2020

Open enrollment for dog licenses is Dec. 1 to Jan. 31

"Having a license for your dog isn’t only a law, but it’s also a lost dog's ticket home," says Mindy Natichionni, director of the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. When your dog has its license attached to its collar, its assigned license number is all that is necessary for the shelter to identify the dog's owner. If you do not buy your dog’s license during the open renewal period, Ohio law requires a late fee equal to the cost of the license.

Ohio Revised Code 955.91 states that all dog owners are required to purchase a license in the county in which the dog resides. A recent inquiry to local shelters and social media shows a growing number of dogs without any identification including a required license. This causes delays in safely reuniting pets with owners.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 9:58 AM, 12.01.2020

Car wash leads to rescued dogs finding new homes

An article published in the Observer in August shared the story of dedicated educators, their students and parents that helped less-fortunate four-legged creatures have a happy ever after. Bethesda Childcare Center in Bay Village held a car wash on July 24, raising $750 for Lucky Paws and Golden Treasures animal rescues.

Golden Treasures golden retriever rescue was able to secure and accept dogs from a meat market in China. Their journey was stressful. Some of the dogs were relinquished by family, others were rescued from packed dog-meat farms and off the streets.

A dedicated rescue group in China legally coordinated their complete vetting, boarding and transporting to arrive safely in the U.S. Several more dogs will be arriving in the next few months.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 9:28 AM, 11.03.2020

Shine bright, little Peanut

I am heartbroken to share that our beautiful little Peanut, our rescue poodle that had taken shelter in a small hole within the rock wall of Porter Creek, passed away on June 6. She passed while sleeping in bed with me curled around her and her family by her side. She was prescribed pain medication the morning before and it carried her through the night without pain, which is what we had wanted for her.

Driving home from Peanut’s service on Wednesday, we had gone through what seemed to me one of the worst storms. Once getting back into Bay Village, the storm calmed and we were greeted by a double rainbow. Peanut’s favorite song is "Rainbow Connection." I would hum it to her to help her get to sleep and it always brought her peace. This song means so much more to us now.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:47 AM, 06.16.2020

When it comes to kittens, mom knows best

With spring turning to summer, outdoor kittens will be coming out to play, and well-meaning people may think the kittens need rescuing. Most of the time Momcat is around, and the best thing you can do is to leave the kittens to her tender care in their outdoor home.

Kittens have their best chance at survival in their mother’s care. Very young kittens are completely dependent on their mothers. They nurse very frequently and cannot even eliminate waste on their own for several weeks. Young kittens may not survive even in the care of an experienced kitten foster, and very few rescue organizations have enough experienced volunteers to foster very young kittens.

There is a real danger that un-weaned kittens will be euthanized if taken to a shelter – even a “no kill” shelter – because they cannot be properly cared for. Therefore, it is best to not interfere with young kittens unless they or their mother are visibly injured or ill, and there is no realistic alternative.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:37 AM, 06.02.2020

Bay Village 'Bow Wow Bingo' kennel fundraiser postponed

Long-term care provided to two abandoned dogs drained kennel's budget

In August of 2019, the Bay Village Police Department responded to an unsecured and abandoned home to encounter two very dehydrated and starving dogs. One of the dogs resembled a greyhound but it was in fact a young, male Bullmastiff. It stood in a secured cage, filled with urine and fecal matter. The other dog, a male Husky, was roaming inside the house, also filled with dog waste and debris. Neither one had access to food or water. A utility worker had arrived to disconnect utilities and when he saw the dogs, notified the police. A hero for the dogs!

Officers immediately removed the neglected dogs from the environment and placed them in the Bay Village kennel. The animal control officer transported the dogs to Avon Lake Animal Clinic. It was determined they were both young, un-neutered males and malnourished. Vaccine history was unknown.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 11:28 AM, 05.19.2020

Jackieís Journey

Allow me the privilege of introducing you to my new friend, Jackie.

She is unable to speak. Jackie is a sweet 6-year-old golden retriever from Golden Treasures Rescue. Many others like her have shared a similar journey.

When I first met Jackie her head hung very low and tight, she drooled, constantly circled and panted. Jackie was not willing to wag her tail. When introduced to others she would shy away. Extremely skittish. she clearly was a breeding mom from an Ohio Amish breeder.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:03 AM, 04.21.2020

Tips for when your pet is missing

Crazy things can happen to make a domesticated pet seize the moment to leave the security of a fenced yard, electronic containment or home. Here are some safety tips to help ensure that does not happen, but what to do if it occurs.

If you use traditional fencing, secure your gate with a lock, signage and check your fencing on a regular basis for low/high spots and weak boards. If your dog is a fence jumper or scaler consider safe tethering away from the fence as to not cause harm to the dog, or set up an electronic containment within your fenced area. Check on a regular basis for breaks in the electronic fence lines and replace the collar batteries as directed. Use their brand battery not some inexpensive one as they tend to be ineffective or have a short cycle.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.17.2020

Two local APLs will bring furry friends to Bay antiques show

In Bay Village, along with surrounding communities, pets, owners and strays are very fortunate to have the established pet partners, neighboring rescues and establishments that rally when an animal search and rescue is needed, injured, in distress or needs placement in a home, rescue or shelter.

The Cleveland APL, formed in 1912, is a private, nonprofit humane society and progressive leader in animal welfare.

The Cleveland APL has facilitated 5,945 adoptions. They have responded to 6,747 cases of suspected animal cruelty and rescued 1,135 animals from neglect and cruelty. More than 4,600 animals have received medical care, with another 4,324 receiving diagnostic tests and 4,909 treatment/surgeries. Over 10,000 have been spayed/neutered; 3,688 community cats came through the trap, neuter, return program. Volunteers have donated more than 115,000 hours.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.03.2020

Helping your new pet adjust to your home after adoption

Pet experts agree that most rescue pets, new puppies and kittens take three weeks to adjust and acclimate to the new environment and family members' routines. They also need time to figure out the pecking order in the home. If there is not one they will seize it.

Preparing your children, home and yard to create a safe environment are a must. Reputable rescues will do a home visit and sometimes require pictures of your home and yard with an online application or interview.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 AM, 02.18.2020

Winter pet protection tips

Here are tips to consider to keep both you and your pets safe and comfortable this winter:

Check the hood of your car. Felines often sleep in wheel wells for warmth.

If your cat is an outdoor community cat, offer shelter. Amazon has heated cat houses or you can provide them with a dry, draft-free shelter that the cat can move around in freely, stuffed with straw and raised a few inches off the ground.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.04.2020

The two extremes of apartment cat life

Life for an apartment cat can be quite boring or melodramatic. A nice quiet apartment on the top floor can make for a very bored cat, while a cat on a middle floor will experience all sorts of intrusions on their day. It may be the dog next door incessantly barking, the kids running up or down the hallway, or even the movers of another apartment may trigger an episode of anxiety in your apartment cat.

These situations often have overlapping ways to resolve themselves. The first thing you need to recognize is if your cat is indeed bored or stressed out.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.21.2020

A St. Francis attitude all year long

Typically in October, Christian churches honor the famous, beloved St. Francis of Assisi by having pet blessings. But did you know that St. Francis is not just the patron saint of animals, he is also the patron saint of stowaways, the environment and ecology? He was a friend to the poor, calmed and blessed an attacking wolf and his quotes are well documented and used each day.

Researching St. Francis' biography, I learned that he was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. St. Francis is considered one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:18 AM, 08.20.2019

Skipper Isabelleís dog boating safety tips

Isabelle is a well-weathered skipper on a boat located along the shores of Lake Erie. The word "boat" sends her into a tail wagging and jumping frenzy and is clearly in her mind better than any treat at the moment. The increase of canines aboard boats nationwide and on longer journeys is on the rise. In fact some families find a stray or adopt while yachting.

Canine safety and preparation are a must for the skipper and crew embarking on any yachting adventure on any type of boat.

Catamarans, sailboats and power boats are a lifestyle that many canines enjoy with family and friends. Research shows 70% of Americans boat with their dogs.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:17 AM, 08.06.2019

Taking care of your pet's dental health

"Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems," states the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy."

Just like humans, pets are prone to broken teeth, infections, abscesses and periodontal disease. Some pets are born with bad teeth and may require quick surgery to remove puppy teeth that did not fall out on their own.

A routine dental appointment at a veterinary clinic will include blood work to ensure your pet is able to handle anesthesia, oral X-rays if needed, tooth scaling and scraping to remove plaque and any tarter buildup, and finish with a polish. The procedure takes less then an hour unless multiple teeth need to be extracted.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.16.2019

Boom! Doggy storm phobia!

It's a really good thing my storm-phobic dog can't read Facebook. The "boom" postings would totally send her to the moon and back!

Are you fearful and reactive to thunderstorms? Sometimes we can unknowingly displace our personal fears of storms on our dogs. Dogs read humans' and other animals' body language. Odors can be given off that we do not smell but they do, causing them to react or respond. Some dogs are genetically predisposed to be extremely sensitive and their natural response to fear most times is to flee.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.02.2019

What does this warning sign mean to my family and pets?

Have you really ever investigated what it says on those little flags that are put on residents' lawns after chemical applications? Or questioned the lingering smell or residue after bug spray inside your home? The consequences of traps and deadly bait?

How long should those flags be displayed? Just what does the real warning to "stay off" mean to people, pets and our environment? Were you crazed by the ants you found in the house and just started spraying or signed up for a service without digging deep into the potential chemical consequences?

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.18.2019

What to do if your dog's been skunked

Spring brings us pretty flowers, chirping birds, and litters of kittens that come from roaming unneutered cats. Other wildlife comes out of their winter nests to forage for food and mating too. Typically this activity is at a peak in early spring and fall when the weather is warmer.

One of the most active critters that we see or smell the entire spring and summer season is the little black-and-white varmint known as a skunk. They are typically active at dawn and dusk. 

No matter their size, skunks can secrete from their specialized anal sacs for several feet a potent and foul smelling oil that sometimes can be harmful – even deadly – to dogs if the spray gets in their eyes, nose or throat. Skunks have tested positive for rabies in the United States and Canada. This is another well-documented reason why our pets need to be current on immunizations.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:29 AM, 06.04.2019

What is your dog's bike style?

The growing popularity of pups participating with biking enthusiasts has evolved into a growing industry in recent years. A variety of smart and safe canine biking accessories, books, websites and even travel destinations are available for the potential barking buddy biker.

Barking bikers of all sizes can now safely join family members and friends on this adventure because of education on precautions to take including the importance of training, conditioning and proper equipment.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.21.2019

Clean it up and be responsible

Two recent dog incidents prompted me to write this to educate readers about a couple of dog laws that, if not complied with, can lead to health and environmental issues.

Incident number one: A Bay resident found significant bags of dog waste tossed over a bridge and in a creek as he was doing yard maintenance. This prompted the resident to look back on home security footage to witness the repeat offender daily tossing dog-waste-filled bags in the creek. This person was less then two blocks from a park entrance that greets everyone with trash cans.

Incident number two: Bay Village Police received a complaint about an adult walking dogs on a regular basis during the day and repeatedly putting full dog-waste bags in a street sewer.

The Bay Village codified ordinance states: "It shall be the duty of all persons having control of animal to curb such animal and immediately remove all feces and dispose of same in sanitary and safe manner."

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:17 PM, 05.06.2019

Do not let Fido get you a ticket!

According to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer, just under 1,200 dogs are current on 2019 county dog licenses for both Westlake and Bay Village combined. That is a significant decline from previous years. At this time the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is monitoring communities that are or have become non-compliant with keeping current licenses on dogs.

However, our dog population has not declined with dogs walking in our communities, visible in our parks, animal hospitals and other professional pet care providers caring for new and multiple pet family members.

Alarming is the frustrating and growing presence of "no tags or collar" in animal facilities and on social media.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.16.2019

Protect your pets this spring

Please remember to check gates and fencing as sometimes they are left open or not properly secured by lawn care professionals, heavy winds and other individuals entering the premises. Consider attaching a sign that reads “please close gate.” You can also secure gates with bungee cords (which might be chewed), locks or clips.

This is also a good time to inspect fencing and to insure electronic containment is working properly and to mark it for landscapers.

Check around your fencing for low areas where animals may have dug in or the ground has shifted around your fencing.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.02.2019

Westlake Rec hosts dogs night out event

The Westlake Recreation Center's Howl at the Moon event is back by popular demand! This year's event will be held on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. Come join us for an evening walk around our trail with your four-legged companions. We will have ice cream, an agility course, Westlake K-9 Unit, and various pet-friendly vendors.

All monetary proceeds are donated to Westlake Animal Shelter. Bring a pet food or treat donation for entry into our raffle. These items will be donated to the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, who will be on site with adoptable dogs. Admission is a $2 donation per person.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.01.2018

Are there nuisance dogs in Bay Village?

As many Bay Village dog owners are aware, the Bay Village City Council is conducting an overall review of the Chapter 505 ordinances regarding dogs. Consideration is being given to enacting a new classification or classifications of dogs – “nuisance dog” or “potential nuisance dog” – to the existing classifications of “dangerous dog” and “vicious dog.”

The purpose in enacting this new classification is to deter a minor animal incident from escalating to a serious animal incident. In considering this new classification, it is important that the classification be effective, while not overburdening or overly complicated.

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Volume 8, Issue 22, Posted 9:49 AM, 11.15.2016

Itís kitten season again

Warm spring weather has returned, and soon kittens born to stray and feral cats will be coming out to play in the sun. Many people mistakenly think that such kittens are lost or abandoned, but that is usually not the case. Most of the time the kittens are not in need of rescue; their mother is around and taking good care of them. In fact, trying to rescue “stray” kittens may not be the best thing for them. The best course is to go slow, and try to do no harm.

When you see a kitten, the first thing you need to do is determine the kitten’s age. Alley Cat Allies has useful charts that will help you determine a kitten’s age at A kitten taken from its mother too early will need to be bottle fed, and rescue organizations are overwhelmed. They will not be able to help you with that. Watch the kittens but do not interfere unless you are certain that they are orphaned or abandoned, and unless you are prepared to take responsibility for caring for them yourself. Your veterinarian will be able to help you obtain the necessary supplies and show you what to do. Even with the best care, a kitten separated from its mother too soon may not survive, so do not take this course unless it is absolutely necessary.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 05.03.2016

Community effort brings lost dog home

On Saturday, Sept. 19, I returned home to find Tess, our rescued Chihuahua, missing. I began calling the local police departments, and was told that she was just reported running along I-90 in Rocky River: our worst nightmare. My husband and I immediately drove to the location, but she was nowhere to be found. We hardly knew where to begin.

We hired an online company to create a lost dog flyer and send out a lost dog Amber Alert by telephone to residents in the area. Flyers would be mailed to all local animal hospitals and shelters. My husband and I walked the neighborhoods around our home in Westlake and put up flyers.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:43 AM, 10.06.2015