Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 – December 6, 2016 – Professor Scamp PhD

Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) received an outstanding achievement award sponsored by Destination Marketing Association of the West in their Best Idea Program. VVCB invited six dogs to visit Ventura as part of a familiarization trip targeting dogs who have become Instagram celebrities. Maybe I should become an Instagram celebrity but I don’t know how. Can you help me?
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) received an outstanding achievement award sponsored by Destination Marketing Association of the West in their Best Idea Program. VVCB invited six dogs to visit Ventura as part of a familiarization trip targeting dogs who have become Instagram celebrities. Maybe I should become an Instagram celebrity but I don’t know how. Can you help me?

Scamp-hs•  Jardo, a Boise Police Department K-9, was shot along with two Boise officers while confronting an armed suspect recently.

Jardo was taken to a vet where the veterinarian who performed surgery on him “is hopeful he will be OK,” Boise police report.

Corporal Kevin Holtry and fellow members of the Special Operations Unit were searching for a dangerous felon when Holtry was shot multiple times. His condition continues to slightly improve day by day at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Fellow officer Cpl. Chris Davis and police K9 Jardo are now recovering at home.

•  I’m happy to report that a dog park has been approved by the Fillmore City Council to be located at Two Rivers Park.

The park was approved by a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Manuel Minjares absent .

It can proceed because the city recently received $1 million in fees from developers to improve Two Rivers Park. Over $40,000 of that will go toward the dog park.

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At the Halloween dog contest held at the Harbor the Best in Show was  Beans from West Hills “Pup in a jail bird costume”. Over 75 dogs participated in the competition. My boss was a judge and I sat next to him giving my opinion as to which was the best. I, of course chose a Shih Tzu but was over ruled.

Like most dog parks the park will have a fenced area reserved for small dogs and another area for dogs of any size with play equipment, drinking fountains, trees, benches, and dog waste bags.

I’ve found that most of us small dogs prefer to play in the “any size area” to show that we can take care of ourselves and chase the bigger dogs around to show them who is boss.

•  Paw’s Corner by my friend Sam Mazzotta (Actually I don’t know him but I’m sure that we would be friends if he met me)

Dear Paw’s Corner:

I’m in a dilemma. I’ve had my dog for about five years. “Shera” stays with me in my apartment, and there have been no problems until now. Now, a new owner has bought the house and told me I cannot have a pet: I must either get rid of Shera or move out. What can I do? — Desperate in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Dear Desperate:

I feel for you, and I hope I can give you some useful advice in this limited space. My first tip is to act fast, and the sooner the better. I recommend immediately contacting your state’s legal services or aid resource, if there is one, to discuss the problem. You also could find free or low-cost legal advice through the state’s bar association or perhaps at a local university. Your local library can be a great resource, too — you can get online for free, and the librarians can be very helpful.

Renters have fairly extensive rights in most states. A new landlord usually cannot simply walk in and demand you get rid of your pet. The existing lease typically cannot be changed suddenly, either. And even if you don’t have a signed lease the landlord typically must still give reasonable notice of a change in the terms. If you don’t have a lease he will be able to remove you by following your state’s legal procedures.

You also might try offering your landlord a non-refundable pet deposit. These are sometimes required in rentals that accept pets.

•  Paws for Reading at Foster Library
12/3, 10, 17, 24, & 31 Saturdays @ 12 – 1pm
Read aloud to a registered service dog (sign-up required).

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