Vol. 8, No. 20 – July 8–July 21, 2015 – Professor Scamp

scamp SavanaFoto: “What time does this bar open?”

A friend of mine (who lives by the beach) lets his four year old kitty cat “Blackie” play in the sand by his house. Recently a Pierpont neighbor saw his cat killed by an off leash dog on the beach. So please keep your dog on a leash (which is also law) even if you think that they are very friendly and not a threat to other animals.

Sometimes even the most friendly dog will run after a cat if it is running. And how will you know if your dog poops if it is far way on the beach?

The Foothill Food Truck Fest takes place on the first Tuesday of each month at Ventura’s Poinsettia Pavilion from 5-9pm. Dining options range from their fresh maine lobster delivery, to grilled cheese sandwiches to homemade desserts. Beer, wine and margarita sales are available and diners have the option to dine indoors or eat outdoors while watching the sunset over Ventura.

Proceeds from the free monthly Foothill Food Truck Fest fundraisers, which have grown in size and popularity since being launched in 2014, help fund much-needed capital improvement projects at the Poinsettia Pavilion. Established in 1954, the facility is one of the oldest public venues in Ventura. It serves the local nonprofit community by providing affordable meeting and event space to non-profit and charitable. The historic venue, which includes a panoramic view of the city and Channel Islands, is available for public or private events. For more information, call 648-1143.

On Tuesday, July 7 the Poinsettia Pavilion combined the array of food trucks with the opportunity to adopt a new furry family member at their monthly Foothill Food Truck Fest event. The event included on-site dog adoptions hosted by several local animal rescue organizations that included the Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.), Paw Works and the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, Inc. (SPARC).

“Our hope is that Foothill Food Truck Fest attendees will stop by to enjoy a delicious meal with us and also decide to open their hearts and homes to a homeless animal patiently waiting to be adopted,” said Carol Shiells, Poinsettia Pavilion Executive Director.

On June 20th Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) launched its new ‘Pit Crew’ Program and website, at the Ventura Harley Davidson, located in Camarillo.

Ventura Harley Davidson stepped up as a “Powered By” sponsor for the Pit Crew, which educates the public on responsible pit bull ownership and the many fallacies that surround this breed. The partnership with Harley Davidson seemed a natural one to Animal Services Director Tara Diller.

The new website www. VCASPitCrew.com is a resource for pit bull pet family members.

The Pit Crew Mission is to re-brand the pit bull in our community. By informing the public and dispelling commons myths, promoting spay and neuter, as well as sharing responsible ownership facts, area residents are given the opportunity to make informed choices when choosing their next forever family member.

In 2013 an orange house cat by the name of Kevin went missing from Anderson, South Carolina. Very recently he was united with his buddies and found his way home! After hitching a ride on a U-Haul trailer to Riverside County Kevin was found hiding in the trailer during a regular routine inspection at the Arizona border. Once found, the very dehydrated tabby was taken to the Blythe Animal Shelter, and then animal-control officials were able to track down the owner, Cheryl Walls. She told animal control that Kevin had been an outdoor cat and one day he didn’t come home. She said that she is looking forward to Kevin’s return.

It’s so nice to hear a beautiful story like this. Savana was very happy when I told her. We’re all so happy that Kevin finally found his way back home!

by Victoria Usher

Paw’s Corner by Sam Mazzotta

Dear Paw’s Corner: You recently put out a notice about a new strain of dog flu that was affecting dogs in Chicago. Now I’m hearing about it everywhere. Can you update us on this virus? — Jane in New York City

Dear Jane: This strain of flu, classified as H3N2, has now spread to at least 10 other states in the continental U.S. How concerned should dog owners be? Well, they should certainly stay alert, but it is not a cause to panic or to drastically change your dog’s daily routine. For example, some media outlets are recommending that owners stay away from dog parks. That isn’t exactly practical advice for urban dwellers, as no one knows how long this outbreak will last. Instead, let common sense rule. If your dog is healthy, by all means take it to the dog park. Keep an eye on the other dogs, and if one seems unhealthy, don’t let your dog near it. If you have a puppy or a senior dog, you already know that they don’t have strong immune systems. So visits with strange pets or other situations where they can be exposed to illness — not just canine flu but other infections, too — should be off the table anyway.

Monitor your pet for signs that it may be getting ill. A cough, sneezing and runny nose are typical symptoms of H3N2. Consult your vet right away if these symptoms show up, or if your dog has a fever or other symptoms like a lack of appetite, lethargy or weakness. (c) 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.

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