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Caring about animals – always in style for Dorrie!

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Dorrie!🍀🍀🍀

For the Love of DaVinci

By Dorrie Maynard

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DaVinci – an awesome dog!!!❤❤❤❤

First, I would like to say that although I have never owned a pit bull – in a perfect world – someday I might. I am used to my small (under 10 pound
dogs), and I am not sure I could
handle the strength of a pit. Also, unfortunately, I don’t think I have
the lifestyle that it takes to maintain such a powerful dog. They like
to go for long walks, need plenty
of exercise and eat lots of food.

Some background: Pit Bulls, known as American Pit Bull Terriers, were originally called the “Nanny” dog because of their unparalleled love
and devotion for children. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century that was their primary use – a family dog for a family with kids. Some may remember Petey, the pit bull of the 1930s movie shorts and later for TV show, The Little Rascals. He was a loyal and well loved pit bull. And for the record, The United Kennel Club does
not recommend using pit bulls as guard dogs because they are too friendly with strangers.

I remember when my son came to visit me and told me he had a“terrier,” I had no idea he was talking about a pit bull terrier. I was nervous about my small dogs and cats. I had never really spent anytime around a pit. Needless to say, that within half an hour of meeting Lacey, she was up on my bed and loved the company of my small dogs and they really enjoyed her playfulness. The cats kept their distance, but only because of her size – they were not used to being around such a large dog. But Lacey the pit bull had no real interest and never went after either of my cats. Within time if Lacey had been at my house for for a longer period, I am sure the cats would have been fine.

On to the story of Davinci.

He was a pit bull scheduled for death row along with two other dogs. Dr. Marty Becker put a plea on his site for help with the placement of these three dogs. They had been at an animal shelter that was closing. The volunteer that sat at the shelter desk took personal ownership of the dogs so they could be placed. Sweet Pea Rescue stepped up and took the dogs in. They came to the rescue on October 31, they were schedule to be euthanized on November 1, 2014.

I met all three of the dogs while volunteering at Sweet Pea before their horrific 2015 fire. Stella and Davinci were the only two dogs that did not perish in the fire! It was touch
and go for awhile after the fire, as they both had major health issues they were now faced with. But their determination to live never allowed either of them to give up.

The the dedication of the volunteers from Sweet Pea who visited the dogs and the staff at West Side also played a
huge part in their recovery and rehabilitation. Both Stella and Davinci had “issues” and needed to be
placed as the only animal in a home.

After the fire, they both had health problems that further complicated their
ability to be adopted, as they both needed long term medication and regular veterinarian exams. After almost a year in boarding, Stella was able to find her forever home, but Davinci was not been so lucky. Since the fire, he was being boarded at West Side and had regular
visits from dedicated volunteers from Sweet Pea. He was taken on long walks and drives and had special treats of ice
cream cones. Unfortunately, he was attacked by an off leash dog and bit the volunteer that was handling him. He bit her as she was trying to get him under control. Because of his bite history, West Side was unable to keep him as a boarder at their facility.

And so the scramble started. What could be done with Davinci? He was such a survivor and everyone had worked so hard to keep him alive! He was now facing an
uncertain future. SP had days to find an alternative situation for Davinci. I was not a part of the brain storming that took place, but within the small amount of time that was allotted, a dog trainer stepped up who is backed by an established 501c3. They have taken custody of Davinci with the goal of helping him to get back on track and hopefully find that forever home that he so deserves!

Rumor has it … that Davinci is now living in a home environment and even has a couch to call his own – for the time being.

This spring, please send
Davinici loving thoughts as he is more than deserving of love and a home with a loving owner/s. We wish him luck on what we all hope to be his last leg of a very long journey … home!

Happy Trails, Davinci! All the best! There are so many who love you and are praying for you every step of the way!

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Adopting your next dog or cat – always in style! …Meet Chef Joey’s crew … and take a look at his cinnaroll pics💚💛☕

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Below: Chef Joey’s crew, all homeless and hurtin’ before Joey adopted them. Abby was thrown out of a car window! Vinny was abused and became a bellicose teddy bear❤!… Mikey needed a home so so badly! ALWAYS ADOPT!
– R.T.

Photos by Chef Joey

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Vinny and Mikey

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Kitty Kong and CK

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Got these cinnaroll pics from Chef Joey today. Here’s his recipe (one more time💙) to go with his photos! – R.T.

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SUPER BOWL YUM YUMS🏈🏈🍻

Text, recipes and photos by Chef Joey

Super Bowl is amongst us again, and we are Massachusetts – the “Football Nation.” People are chatty, bets are being placed, and team spirit is at an all-time high.

So snacks are appropriate to have during the game, and what’s better than finger foods, right?

The pictures you see are of roll ups. I made these two for a sweet side, one with sugar and cinnamon, the other I added rum-soaked raisins. The joy of this snack is the fillings are endless!

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For a different kind of snack, you can smear the middle with pesto and fresh mozzarella, provolone and pepperoni, Italian sausage and cheddar – the list is endless, and they can be all your favorite foods!

The whole recipe takes an hour and a half – start to finish – including the dough rising. If you are in a hurry, buy pre-made dough, but a 10-pound bag of flour is cheaper, and yeast lasts a while.

For the dough:

1 pound of dough (4 cups of flour) makes 2 rolls that yield about 14 slices each.

Dough:

4 cups flour

1 packets active dry yeast or 4 tablespoons if you buy the money-saving jar

1 TBSP sugar

3 TBSP oil

1 TSP salt

WARM WATER (This varies from flour brand – for real! I like King Arthur.)

Add all the ingredients to a bowl EXCEPT THE WATER in a large bowl. Plan on 2 cups of super warm water but not hot, as you do not want to kill the yeast.

Keep adding the water until dough is malleable and basically dough-like.

Add additional flour if necessary.

Kneed for a few minutes until smooth – cover and place in a warm spot and let it rise for 30 minutes.

Punch the dough down, roll it out and cover and fill with your favorite filling.

Roll the dough up like in the pictures and cover it again and let it rise for another ½ hour.

Place in a pre-heated oven 375 degrees and bake for approximately 15 minutes.

Let cook and slice and serve! So easy! A recipe for life!

💖 Go ahead and make a pizza crust or form it into a loaf of Italian bread!

For the bread brush with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan, or add pitted Kalamata olives for a rustic bread – your possibilities are endless. A 10 pound bag of flour for $8 makes a good 20 loaves or 30 pizzas or 20 roll ups – cheap – easy and DELICIOUS!

Breakfast Rolls:

2 sticks of butter melted – ½ cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon – mix and spread it our between the 2 rolls roll and when they are baked – brush with a glaze of ¼ cup melted sugar and 1/16 cup water – brush on cooked buns and serve.

2016 was a good year for animals

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Rose rescued Cece in 2016 …  pic: R.T.

The Worcester Animal Rescue League on Holden Street is where Rose got her Husky-Mountain Feist cross “Jett,” the late great Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever “Bailey” and beautiful brindle greyhound-lab cross “Grace.” All homeless dogs that needed to be rescued!

If you can’t adopt a homeless cat or dog – do the next best thing: VOLUNTEER on behalf of animals. There are infinite ways to help! A good place to start is  WARL (open to the public 7 days a week, noon to 4 p.m.)! To learn more and see their dogs and cats up for adoption, CLICK HERE!       – R.T.

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Lots happened in 2016 besides the election

By Jennifer O’Connor

Most Americans are still feeling a bit frayed by the divisiveness of the presidential election. It’s easy to feel jaded and worn out, and many commentators are happy to see the end of 2016.

But while it was easy to get caught up in the more lurid headlines, a ton of uplifting things happened in the past year, particularly for animals used in the entertainment industry.

Let’s begin with elephants. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has been forcing elephants to travel and perform for more than a century, pulled the animals off the road in May. They will no longer be chained up and hauled around in fetid boxcars. When a circus as big as Ringling makes a decision like that, you know the days of performing elephants are numbered.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore also made a precedent-setting decision: It will send the eight dolphins currently in its possession to a coastal sanctuary. Animal advocates around the world have called on aquariums and theme parks to stop exhibiting marine mammals—and this is the first step. Protected sea pools afford dolphins and orcas room to move around and some degree of autonomy and self-determination. They’re able to see, sense and communicate with their wild cousins and other ocean animals — and they finally get to feel the tides and waves and have the opportunity to engage in the kinds of behavior that they’ve long been denied.

SeaWorld is starting to see the writing on the wall. In May, the corporation announced that it would stop breeding future generations of orcas, who would have to spend their lives in cramped tanks. But kind people everywhere are calling on the corporation to release all its animals into coastal sanctuaries. As the public’s condemnation of captive marine mammal displays continues to grow, there’s little doubt that protected sea pens are the wave of the future.

Travel giant TripAdvisor recognized the trend towards compassionate tourism and stopped selling tickets to most excursions using animals for entertainment, including cruel “swim with dolphins” programs, elephant rides and tiger photo ops. Since many facilities dupe visitors into believing that they’re helping animals, many vacationers unwittingly support cruelty by patronizing them. But by informing travelers about the dark underside of these excursions and refusing to offer them, TripAdvisor’s new policy will have a very real impact on animal exploitation in tourist traps.

Nearly a half-dozen roadside zoos — where animals suffered in filthy, ramshackle cages — closed their doors in 2016. Families are turning their backs on exhibits in which bears are confined to concrete pits and tigers pace in fetid pens.

But progress for animals hasn’t been limited to the U.S. In Argentina, a judge found that Cecilia, a chimpanzee languishing in a Mendoza zoo, isn’t a “thing” but rather a sentient being who is “subject to nonhuman rights” — and ordered that she be sent to a sanctuary. Countries as disparate as Norway and Iran banned exotic-animal acts.

Argentina passed a ban on greyhound racing, sparing countless dogs a short, grim life in the “sport.” India’s Supreme Court upheld a ban on a cruel pastime called jallikattu—in which bullocks are raced and often struck with whips and nail-studded sticks to make them run faster. And the annual Toro de la Vega “festival” — in which a young bull is chased through the streets of Tordesillas, Spain, and stabbed with darts and spears — was banned.

While 2016 was a good year for animals, there’s always more to be done. We all have the power to spare animals pain and suffering in the year ahead—and beyond—simply by making kind choices about what we do for entertainment.

Greyhounds … so elegant! But they NEED YOU!!!

Story and photos by Rosalie Tirella

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We visited one of my favorite places today, Greyhound Friends Inc., in Hopkinton. A beautiful, miracle of a shelter/haven for “retired” greyhounds, gorgeous canine racers labeled, by the dog racing industry, “past their prime” and disposable at just 2 or 3 years old.

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I am PROUD to say InCity Times played a part in shutting down this cruel, dog-soul-sapping “sport” in MA!!!!!

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We worked for YEARS with the various groups to END dog racing in our state! A special THANK YOU to ICT WRITER STEVE BAER!! (We – all the animals! – love you, Steve!)

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Rescued, “retired” greyhounds need so much love! Truth? All the earth’s animals are at mankind’s mercy! What a tragedy! Into the forest, prairie, field or canyon, we stupid humans descend, killing and capturing and degrading everything in sight! We go to the oceans to strip their denizens of dignity! Of life! We murder whales and dolphins and seals. We create unending living hells for animals on our factory farms, in circuses, fairs or on streets…they are our “beasts of burden” and know the blood encrusted lash or die pulling heavy wagons up hills (Leicester’s steep Dead Horse Hill was not named for nothing!). Racing … fighting…there is no end to what we humans do to them. All the suffering! Even when they are our companion animals, “pets,” many of us still abuse or neglect them!

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My first dog, Grace, was half greyhound – brindle colored. I adopted her at the Worcester Animal Rescue League on Holden Street. What a beautiful first ever dog! Sweet, gentle, loving, patient … she was with me for 10+ years. She was a dream come true! And a natural athlete! I loved to watch my Gracie run! Her joy! Her adrenaline rush kicking in during her wild dashes! Her loose-limbed calm after her race around the Woo! park! Her easy, slack jawed canine “smile.” In her prime, Grace could outflank any dog she was playing/running with – except for purebred greyhounds!

The greyhounds that are trucked into Greyhound Friends (they also place Beagles and hounds of all stripes)…

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… break your heart when they come off the trucks, driven in from race tracks from all over the country/world: the dogs don’t know how to play, are uncomfortable standing on grass or in the sunlight! They are skittish and very shy.

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They just wanna hide in their kennels because that’s all they know: living, eating, peeing, shitting in small cages, sometimes stacked on top of each other. They eat a horrible liquid diet, so their teeth are rotted when they are at the end of their racing days. Many have to have lots of their teeth pulled! GF sends most of their dogs to their special dentist when they first come to them (the dogs also visit GF’s veterinarians for all their vaccines, etc.).

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The dogs are emotionally, as well as physically, deprived! They have had no one to cuddle them or give them a loving home life. They look so miserable and shell-shocked standing, on lead, in the middle of GF’s beautiful, open field when they first trot off those big, long trucks! I’ve seen it! A few are even afraid of umbrellas and such because they’ve been hit with things. We can only guess what kind of objects! The poor animals can’t talk to us! Tell us humans how sad or lonely we make them or how scary and violence-ridden their past lives were!

Jesus loved the animals, as he loved the children – His Innocents!

Won’t you please visit Greyhound Friends today and adopt one of their beauties?

Thank you!

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GREYHOUND FRIENDS

167 SADDLE HILL RD.

HOPKINTON

508.435.5969

www.greyhound.org

Did you know the Worcester Animal Rescue League practically has a mini-store dedicated to animals?

Inside WARL! All proceeds go to help their precious babies!

Here is a bunny up for adoption:

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Some items they sell!

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Leashes, pretty collars, pup clothes, books, cards, calendars – it’s all here!

At the Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL) at 139 Holden St., Worcester!

Open 7 days a week from noon to 4 pm

Phone: (508) 853-0030

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Rosalie says, Yeah! She got 3 of her 4 dogs at WARL!

The happy happy happy Lilac is a rescue from Tenn. Wag that tail, girl!!
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If you’re not ready for the intense commitment of owning a dog, buy some stuff at WARL, and that way you can still help Worcester’s homeless pups and kitties!

Thank YOU!

Pics/text: Rosalie Tirella

I visited the Worcester Animal Rescue League today! They have the cutest tees!

Buy one today and help Worcester’s homeless pups and kitties!

They’re located at 139 Holden St., Worcester!

Open 7 days a week from noon to 4 pm

Phone: (508) 853-0030

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Long-sleeved, too, for chilly summer eves:
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These babies need homes:

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Please! Open your heart – to all animals, great and itty bitty!

Visit WARL’s website: worcesterarl.org

Pics/text: Rosalie Tirella

October is national Adopt A Shelter Dog month!

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Jett and Lilac, both shelter pups!

Jett and Rose’s two other dogs, the late-great Nova Scotia retriever Bailey and the elegant greyhound mix Grace were all adopted from the WORCESTER ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE ON HOLDEN STREET, Worcester.

WARL is open to the public 7 days a week, noon to 4 p.m. CLICK HERE to see their pups that are ready for adoption! 

What to ask when adopting a shelter dog

October is national Adopt A Shelter Dog month. Here are some tips to prospective pet parents as they take the big step of adding another member to the family.

Thousands of lovable dogs in shelters are eagerly waiting families to give them forever homes. But that does not mean every dog is a good fit.  So adopting families should ask as many questions as possible about a shelter dog’s history.

And don’t stop there. It’s just as important to ask some questions of yourself.

Ask:

Has the shelter done a behavioral assessment of the dog?

It’s standard procedure at many shelters, and can give you valuable insight into whether a certain dog is right for you, and whether you are right for that dog.

Ask for as much information as possible about the dog’s history.

Dogs grow up to be less anxious if they are exposed to a wide range of new and pleasant experiences before the age of 16 weeks, the puppy’s socialization window. Less anxious, less fearful dogs are not nearly as likely to become aggressive as adults.  Your shelter dog will likely be older than 16 weeks, and this is one reason you want to learn about the dog’s background.

You have to ask yourself:

What’s my home like?

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Rose had to teach Lilac to respect the Queen – April!

How will my other pets respond?

What are my needs?

What’s my time investment?

Prepare a list of questions about a potential pet. And then ask a lot of good questions about the dog’s history. Why was he surrendered? Was he found as a stray? Was he surrendered from another shelter? Any information that you have can help you better understand how well that animal will fit into your household.

Ask if you can spend a little time with the dog in the shelter.

Especially in a quiet setting, away from a noisy kennel.  If the dog is friendly and playful, that’s a great sign. If the dog is standoffish and nervous, that’s something to take into consideration. But remember that even wonderful shelters can be stressful environments for dogs. A dog’s behavior can change after getting to your home.

Consider your own family’s ability to care for a dog.

If you have small children, it might not be the best time to adopt a dog who tends to be nervous, aggressive or needs a lot of time-consuming training. On the other hand, if you’re single with time to devote to training, this might be a challenge you can take on.

Prepare your family for their new dog.

Children, with their rapid movement, high-pitched voices and a tendency to jab fingers anywhere, can be alarming to some dogs. This can sometimes cause dogs to become anxious and snap. So involve your children in the care of your dog – such as helping with the food or water, or having the kids train the dog in basic tasks such as sitting or lying down. But also teach children when to back off – not to hug dogs while they’re eating, for example.

Give the pooch a little space.

After bringing your dog home, you might keep them in a laundry room or a confined kitchen and not immediately throw them in with all your other pets, if you have other pets. Establish relationships and give them and other pets some time to acclimate.

What if in spite of everything, my dog acts aggressively to family members or neighbors?

Seek help from your family veterinarian, or a veterinarian who is trained in behavioral medicine.