Pet Treats: Is It Dog Food...or Is It Pate?

Tips For Traveling With Your Pets

(NAPSI)-Increasingly, when pet owners travel, they're taking their pet along for the ride.

Some say it's because they consider their pet to be part of the family, while others say it's because more hotels and motels are adopting pet-friendly policies.

Whatever the reason, according to the owner research experts at Subaru of America, traveling with a pet involves more than just loading the animal in the backseat and hitting the road. The ASPCA offers the following tips to help you prepare for safe and smooth car travel with pets:

• Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier, or see your automotive dealer for a divider that safely separates pets and cargo from the passenger area.

• Get your pet geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.

• Start your pet's travel-feeding schedule with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure and don't feed your pet in a moving vehicle.

• Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a warm day, even with the windows open, a parked vehicle can become dangerously hot.

• Bring your pet's food, bowl, leash and a favorite toy or pillow -plus a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies and medication.

• Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone number, destination phone number and any other relevant contact information.

• Don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. This can subject him to inner ear damage and lung infections, and he could be injured by flying objects.

• If traveling across state lines, bring along your pet's rabies vaccination record, as some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings.

• Bring your own drinking water-bottled or tap-since drinking water from an area he's not used to could result in an upset stomach for your pet.

• If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.

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Don't allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window. This can subject him to infections, and he could be injured by flying objects.

Cat Doctor Allergic to Cats Offers Some Advice
posted by Daphne Sashin

Feline vet Tami Groberg with Bay Hill Hospital has sent in some tips for us animal lovers with allergies. She should know -- she's one of them.

Apparently, in the beginning of her career as a cat doctor, she would get so sick that she couldn't even talk. After years of increasingly bad symptoms, Groberg, who also has four cats at home, finally learned she was allergic.

Groberg relies on allergy shots, but they are not a 100 percent fix. She recommends allergy sufferers check with their doctor about the best treatment, but also offered these tips:

--Create an allergy-free haven in the bedroom, where you spend most of your life. That means keeping pets out of the room.

--Minimize wall-to-wall carpeting, a primary reservoir for pet dander.

--Vacuum frequently.

--Clean hard surfaces with a damp cloth to remove sticky dander.

--Replace filters in the HVAC system monthly with high quality filters—allergen filters if possible.

--Bathe pet to reduce dander. Shaving pet’s fur will not make much difference to allergy sufferers.

--Pet hair generally gets the blame for causing the allergic reactions, but people who are allergic to pets are mainly reacting to proteins made by the skin of the animal, she says.

--Wash pet’s bedding and clean favorite napping spots regularly.

--Use a lint roller to pick up hair and dander. This can reduce the amount of offending proteins.

Smoking Puts Your Pets at Risk, Too
By Dr. Elizabeth Smoots -
You're probably aware that secondhand smoke is harmful to people. But did you know that our furry and feathered friends are often innocent victims of human smoking habits too?

Dogs, cats, birds, and other small animals in our households involuntarily breathe in the smoke. And toxins in tobacco settle out on their fur and feathers. This places pets at just as much risk from the health effects of secondhand smoke as their owners.

Recent research has reported that secondhand smoke is associated with mouth cancer and lymphoma in cats, lung and nasal cancer in dogs, and lung cancer in birds. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

I'd like to delve deeper to examine the health threats secondhand smoke poses to pets.

Toxic exposure

Dogs: Canines that live in smoking households are twice as likely to develop cancer. Long-nosed breeds such as retrievers or German shepherds tend to get nasal and sinus cancer. Toxins in tobacco smoke collect inside the elongated nasal passages of these dogs, where the chemicals slowly but steadily wreak their damaging effects. Dogs that develop the deadly cancers usually don't live for more than a year.

In contrast, short-nosed dogs like boxers or bulldogs tend to get lung cancer. The shorter nasal passages of these breeds make it easier for cancer-causing toxins in tobacco smoke to reach the lungs.

Smoke exposure may create other problems besides cancer. Dogs can develop allergic reactions to toxins that get in their airways or coat their fur. And tobacco-related symptoms such as scratching, biting, and chewing may masquerade as flea bites or food allergies.

Cats: With a reputation for good grooming, felines continue their licking habits even when their owners smoke. The cats are dosed with chemicals from tobacco smoke every time they clean their fur. These toxins can lead to squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth.

In addition, cats that live with smokers have up to three times the rate of feline lymphoma compared to those living in nonsmoking homes. This cancer involving a cat's lymph nodes kills 3 out of 4 afflicted cats within 12 months.

Birds: A bird's respiratory system is extremely sensitive to any type of air pollution. Tobacco smoke can lead to pneumonia, lung cancer or asthma. It can also contribute to fertility problems or disorders of a bird's eyes, skin or heart.

Fish: Nicotine and ammonia in secondhand smoke are highly toxic to goldfish. The chemicals that pollute aquarium water may come from nicotine-stained fingers or from tobacco smoke.

Rodents: Regular exposure to tobacco smoke can place hamsters, mice, rats and other small animals at increased risk for developing cancer and other health problems.

Pet protection

Take some life-saving steps for your pet; after all, your pet's health is in your hands. The best way to help your pet, if you smoke, is to talk to your doctor about quitting. Ask family members and visitors to smoke only in areas physically separate from your home. And don't smoke when your pet is in your car.

Lastly, find safe storage areas for cigarette butts, cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, or nicotine gum or patches. Pets tempted to eat these products may suffer from potentially fatal nicotine poisoning.

For more information: Washington State Tobacco Quit Line, 800-784-8669; American Cancer Society,

Contact Dr. Elizabeth Smoots, a board-certified family physician and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, at Her columns are not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Before adhering to any recommendations in this column consult your health care provider.

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Police: Dog Owner Used Pet as Weapon

MANATEE — Police arrested a Bradenton woman on a charge she ordered her pit bull to attack her roommate during an argument, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.

Officers arrested Karen A. Meslin, 51, on Saturday, on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after the animal bit Meslin’s roommate on both forearms, the report said.

When Meslin and her roommate began arguing in their home in the 2000 block of Fifth Street West, she ordered her dog to attack the victim, according to the report.

The victim grabbed a knife as the dog bit him and stabbed the animal until Meslin pulled the pit bull off him.

The victim then ran from the home and called 911.

The victim was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment, and Manatee County Animal Services took the pit bull for treatment of its wounds.

Meslin has since been released from the Manatee County jail on $2,000 bond.

According to Shelters, These Increasingly Are the Reasons Being Given as More Pet Owners are Forced to Make a Difficult Decision
By Ben Salmon / The Bend Bulletin

If you’re facing a change in housing that may affect your ability to keep your pets, the best thing you can do is begin looking for a solution early. Here are some tips:
• Look for pet-friendly housing with a private owner or property management company.
• If you find housing that typically does not allow pets, ask the landlord or manager if they would consider it.
• Be prepared to pay a pet deposit. Friends and family may be able to help.
• Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations and fitted with an ID microchip.
• Create a pet résumé. Include veterinary records, training classes, your pet experience and references from a vet, previous landlord, neighbors or people who know your pet is well behaved. Take photos of your current home to show you keep it clean.
• If a landlord makes an exception for your pet, document that allowance.
• Above all, make plans early. As a housing change nears, anxiety and stress will increase, and you are less likely to make a rational decision. You may have regrets about where you place your pet.
• Always have a friend, co-worker or family member who is willing to care for your pet.
• Keep the animal within a close circle in case your situation improves and you can have your pet with you.
Other options to consider:
• Return the animal to the breeder or whomever you got it from.
• Contact breed rescue groups. Visit www.nwdog to find rescue groups in Oregon, or call your local shelter for rescue group references.
• Advertise your pet in the classifieds or Be prepared to ask questions and screen potential adopters. For guidance, print the adoption application on the Humane Society of Central Oregon’s Web site.
• Ask your veterinarian, pet store, feed store, co-workers, family and friends for ideas.
Do not
• Abandon your animal, even at or near a shelter or vet clinic. It is against Oregon law.
• Abandon your animal in your house. It cannot survive without food and water, and could ingest things that can kill it.
From the animal’s perspective, it is losing not only the home it’s comfortable in, but also its family. Animals are dependent on humans and do not like change.

In the world of dating, it’s a time-honored tradition.

For Mundee Maki, it was a way to spend one last fun night with her four dogs before sending them in four different directions and moving out of her foreclosed Bend home.

“The last thing we did together was I rented ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua,’ and all the dogs watched it with me and I bought them McDonald’s. I fed them all double cheeseburgers because it was their last night together,” said Maki, 45, who works in the deli at Ray’s Food Place in Bend. “That’s the last thing we did before I packed up the TV and moved it.”

Maki, of course, is only one of many people in the region dealing with a change in housing because of the economic downturn. According to the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office, there were 1,160 foreclosures in the county between Jan. 1 and April 30, compared with 437 in the same period last year, an increase of more than 165 percent.

Maki’s story isn’t unusual. She and her husband, Cris, bought their home on Ocker Drive in east Bend at a time when Cris had plenty of work in building, excavating, logging and snow removal, Mundee Maki said.

But a couple of years ago, the steady stream of work began to slow, then stopped altogether.

At first, the couple worked to reduce their expenses.

“I cut back. I bought groceries different and watched how I used my electricity and made sure my loads in the washing machine were full,” Maki said. “We started being a little more humble.”

Then, last summer, Cris’s unemployment benefits ran out, and Mundee realized her salary would not be able to cover the bills. For seven months stretching from the end of 2008 to the beginning of 2009, Maki scrimped and saved to try to make ends meet. Cris left Bend to look for work, and he has spent most of the past several months out of town. Eventually, Mundee realized that foreclosure of their home was imminent. She made plans to move in with her daughter, who lives in Redmond.

And so, on top of going to work, packing boxes and other responsibilities, Maki began looking for homes for her dogs. She knew she could only take her tiny Chihuahua, Peedy, with her to her daughter’s place.

And she knew her Australian shepherd Jinxy could go with Cris. That left the two black Labs: Poppy and 9-year-old Molly, a “couch potato” of a pooch she had rescued from Knott Landfill in 2003.

She began asking friends, family and co-workers if they were interested. She kept the dogs clean and trimmed their nails. She worked with them on their behavior. She took them individually to meet potential new families.

“I was really exhausted,” Maki said. “I’d been losing weight. I’d get home and cry. I had (very little) food in my fridge. I had my pets, and I was telling them what’s going on. It was sad.

“I talked to those dogs like they were people,” she continued. “I told them, ‘It’s not that you did anything wrong.’”

Eventually, she found a home for Poppy in Sunriver. But she had no such luck for Molly.

Shortly before moving day, the dog was taken to the Humane Society of the Ochocos’ shelter in Prineville.

It was disappointing, Maki said.

“It really saddened me, because I didn’t know what to do with her,” she said. “She wasn’t a bother. She didn’t bark. She just went and laid down. I always said if someone was to rob my house, they’d trip over Molly and the others would bite ’em.

“I wanted to keep her until she got old and died,” she said.

More owners moving

Maki may not have been able to keep Molly out of a shelter, but she can take solace in the fact that she did everything right.

The Humane Society of Central Oregon’s shelter in southeast Bend has not seen a significant or consistent increase in the number of owner-released animals over the past several months, said spokeswoman Lynne Ouchida, but workers at the facility have been hearing more and more people cite relocation as their reason for surrendering a pet.

“There is a change and people are mentioning foreclosure, or this is their last day (in town), their bags are packed and they’re moving,” Ouchida said. “We have them fill out a form, and they list ‘foreclosure,’ ‘can’t afford,’ ‘lost my house,’ ‘eviction.’ Those were terms we never saw before, so we know that it is (increasing).”

Last month, for example, the number of owner-released animals received at the shelter went up, but the number of strays brought in declined, leaving the overall totals flat, said shelter manager Karen Szymanski.

“They just seem to be balancing each other out so far,” she said, before adding that the shelter is getting more questions about low-cost spay/neuter options, vaccines and clinics, and more requests for pet food.

The increases in those types of questions and reasons of relocation began to pick up last fall and have been increasing steadily since, Ouchida said.

“We absolutely feel in our heart it is happening,” she said. “People are having to give up their pets.”

Relocation has long been one of the most common excuses for surrender, Ouchida said. The difference recently has been that shelter workers are seeing people bring in more animals at once than they have before.

“We’re no longer getting one cat, one dog, maybe two cats. We’re getting what we envision to be the entire household of animals,” she said. “For a medium-sized shelter, if we get two people like that in one day, it’s going to make a big impact on our kennel space.”

Pets can be an afterthought for people dealing with the stress and anxiety of foreclosure and moving, Ouchida said. As a result, shelter workers do see people who drop their animals off on their way out of town, their truck already packed.

That’s not the ideal situation for the shelter.

“We try to encourage people (to) bring them in one at a time and let us get that one adopted before you bring in the next one. It’ll help your animal’s chances for (adoption),” Ouchida said. “A lot of times, they just simply can’t.”

The biggest difference between current and former intake patterns — besides the logistical difficulty of taking in, say, four cats at once instead of one or two — is the demeanor of owners surrendering their animals, Szymanski said. In the past, someone giving up a pet because of relocation was more likely to see moving the animal as an inconvenience, she said. They may not have wanted to take the animal cross-country, or look for a pet-friendly home when they arrived at their new place, and so on.

These days, shelter workers are seeing more owners who simply have no choice. As a result, they’re distraught about having to surrender their pets.

“Now, it’s like ‘We’re moving and we can’t even fathom the idea of trying to move and find a place.’ It’s like everything is just piling up on them,” Szymanski said. “There’s more of a desperation behind it, and it’s sadder in this case, because it’s more like, ‘Wow, you guys are really doing something that you don’t want to do, but you feel like you have to.’”

Begin planning early

The Humane Society’s advice for people who may have a pet affected by foreclosure can be boiled down to three words: Begin planning early.

“People know quite a few months ahead that they’re running into problems, so start early when you’re not as stressed and you have the time,” Ouchida said. “When you know that you’re behind on payments, start looking for options for your pet, and you’re going to have a much better chance of having a happy and successful outcome.”

She suggests networking with a close circle of friends, family and co-workers to try to find the animal a new home. Look for pet-friendly housing, and if you’re struggling to find it, call the Humane Society; it may be able to provide guidance.

If you find housing that does not allow a pet, ask the landlord or manager if they’d consider it and be prepared to pay a pet deposit and provide documentation that your pet is well behaved. (See the accompanying list of tips for more information.)

“We encourage people to place their animal on their own,” Szymanski said. “It definitely alleviates the amount of time that we have to potentially take an animal from someone else who has run out of time.”

And don’t abandon your animal. It’s illegal in the state of Oregon, and strays stay in shelters longer than owner-released animals. “People are less likely to adopt a question mark,” Szymanski said.

The best option, of course, is for a pet to remain with its owner, if at all possible. Our animals provide us with companionship, and that can be extremely helpful in a tough time, Ouchida said.

“When you come home, you are the greatest thing in the world (to your pet). They make you smile. They’re happy to see you. And now’s the time when you need to keep your pet,” she said. “It’s going to help you through these difficult times, so if you can figure out a way to keep it (or place it where you can visit it), it’s definitely going to lift your spirits. Those are things that pets do for us that we can’t replace.”

A happy ending

Mundee Maki didn’t have that choice. She kept Peedy, her Chihuahua, because he’s tiny and she knew she’d be living in tight quarters. And she found a place for Poppy and sent Jinxy with her husband.

Only Molly, the black Lab, had to go to a shelter.

“It pretty much separated all of us, because my husband and one dog went to Idaho, one dog went to Sunriver, one went to Prineville and one’s in Redmond with me,” she said. “If those were children, they’re all split up in different places.”

Late last month, however, Molly was adopted after several weeks at the Humane Society of the Ochocos, according to shelter worker Alyssa Bothwell.

Sitting in a booth in the deli at Ray’s, the news brought tears to Maki’s eyes.

It wasn’t the first time she’d cried while telling her story. But this time, it was different.

“I could be crying because I’m happy, too,” she said.

Ben Salmon can be reached at 541-383-0377 or

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Aquarium Fish Tank Safety
By John N Eddie

Many folks think that they're above safety issues in that they subconsciously believe a potential hazard will never happen to them. But the thing is, potential hazards are happening to people even though they were previously aware of that particular potential hazard. And those regarding aquarium fish tank safety are no exception.

Probably the first hazard you may think of is one regarding children, and glass tanks pose a bit of a problem where the kids are concerned. Imagine your child hanging onto the edge of the tank as kids do. Possibility of pulling the whole tank over perhaps? Smashed glass, carpet ruined and fish dead! Imagine a football being accidentally kicked into the glass tank. In my opinion, using an acrylic tank is far safer. That football won't smash the tank, it'll bounce of it.

Then there's the electricity issues. Yes, I know this is obvious but I can't leave it out can I. Do make sure all your electricity is adequately protected against water spillages. There, said it.

Now for chemical issues. Believe it or not, fish food and cleaning solutions usually come in ordinary "twist open" containers which your child can open extremely easily. Again there is no need to spell it out, but please make sure those containers are well out of reach of any kids in the household.

Finally just a warning about disease regarding your aquarium. If a fish has an infection of any kind and you have a recent gash, graze or cut on your hand and that hand goes into the tank, it can become infected itself through the fish infection. What's the answer? Wear suitable gloves and wash your hands afterwards. If your particularly worried get someone else to help you out of course.

There you are, aquarium fish tank safety in a nutshell. There's nothing to it is there. Just plain old common sense and you'll have a long lasting hobby giving you hours of pleasure and satisfaction.

John Eddie has for some time been a keen enthusiast in freshwater fish and their aquarium. He has gathered lots of information, much of which is not readily available at your local pet shop.

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Honest Parrot Breeders Are Easy to Find If You Ask the Right Questions
By Ben Greene

It may not seem like it to most people, but parrot care is a serious matter and raising a parrot as a pet is something that necessitates a great deal of dedication and commitment, not to mention money. To be able to successfully raise one of these amazing birds, loads of patience and compassion is needed. Once you've successfully bonded with your baby parrot however, teaching it will be a source of great joy and wonderful memories for a lifetime (they live as long as people do).

After thinking long and hard about the ins and outs of parrot care and have taken into consideration how much time you have for your pet and how many people are in your household (they're highly social animals and don't do well being alone), then it's time to look for a place to get your parrot. The best way in adopting a parrot to make parrot care a lot easier is to get one from someone you know or from someone that is recommended from a trusted source. This will eliminate lots of guesswork as to what the environment the parrot is used to or what he likes to eat. Of course, this is not always possible and you will have to deal with a stranger. Don't worry though as there are several ways to get in touch with good, honest parrot breeders. You can ask people that run pet shops or check-out bird magazines and advertisements.

The main thing to keep in mind when sorting through your list of parrot breeders is to avoid illegal traders at all costs. Figures say 90% of wild parrots that are caught illegally die before ever reaching adoption. You wouldn't want to support this kind of heartless trade would you? When you've done your research, have asked around and have finally found a parrot breeder that comes well recommended, it's time to break out your checklist.

It's safer to get a baby parrot from an enclosed aviary instead of one that's open. This ensures that your valuable pet is free from avian diseases that can be contracted from the air. Another thing to check is if your pet has been checked for any diseases and if its sex has been determined. You can also ask if it has been hand-fed or raised by its parents. Baby parrots that have been hand fed would be easier to train as they're accustomed to humans already, but this shouldn't pose too big of a problem because it's just as important that parrots socialize with their parents.

Ben Greene is a parrot breeding expert. For more great information on finding honest parrot breeders visit

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Are Pet Psychics for Real?
By: Lisa Chelenza -

If you're skeptical about psychics for humans, imagine what a pet psychic does.

You've probably seen a pet psychic on TV and wondered how they do that and if it is real. Well, meet an animal communicator, and you can decide for yourself.

Janet Ridgeway has been communicating with animals since she was a child, and once she discovered her talent, she wanted to work on developing it further.
“It's something I have had since I was a kid, but really started to notice it as I got older and realized I had the ability to do more than everyone else,” Ridgeway said. “It's just like everything else. It is a learned skill. But, I believe everyone has the capacity to tune into what is going on.”

If you're skeptical about psychics for humans, imagine what a pet psychic does.

Ridgeway works with all sorts of animals from horses to hedgehogs, reptiles, birds, cats, and of course, dogs.

“It does not matter what kind of animal it is. Each communicates a little differently. Sometimes it is a flash. Sometimes it comes in a conversation,” Ridgeway said.

And as you might expect, they have a lot to say.

“Just about anything a person will tell, but usually they are funnier. It's very entertaining,” Ridgeway said.

If you feel that you have a special connection with the animals around you or want to learn more about how you can develop the skills, Ridgeway teaches classes to help you tune into the voices you have yet to hear.

Snohomish WA Police Dog Spared - for Now

SNOHOMISH, Wash. -- The Snohomish, Wash., City Council has spared Dixie the drug-sniffing police dog from the budget ax - for now.

KING5 TV reports the council decided Tuesday night that both the 7-year-old shepherd-collie mix and a commissioned human police officer also considered for layoff are safe until September.

Dixie finds drugs and money for the reward of playing with a chew toy, but she costs about $16,000 a year in vet care, food, grooming, kennel and training costs.

The council hopes more information will be available in September about grant money the police department is seeking.

Is It Dog Food...or Is It Pate?

According to a new study, people apparently can't tell the difference between pate and dog food.

Either our dogs are more discerning than we thought, or pate isn't exactly all that.

The other day the LA Times published a story about a new study by the American Assn. of Wine Economists. When Wine Economists researchers gave 18 volunteers five food samples to try in a blind taste test, just three could figure out the Alpo.

"We have this idea in our head that dog food won't taste good and that we would be able to identify it, but it turns out that is not the case," Robin Goldstein, a co-author of the study told the paper.

Goldstein added that the researchers took care to warn participants that one of the five foods they were tasting was of the canine variety.

The samples ranged from gourmet to cheap and each was processed into a similar consistency. The test foods included duck liver mousse, pork liver pâté, pureed liverwurst, Spam and Newman's Own dog food.

Eight people thought the liverwurst was the dog food. Four pointed to the Spam. Two, most interestingly, blamed the pricey pate.

Toby, a Great Dane, chows down on Pedigree Large Breed dog food. For all he knows, he might be eating pate. Feature Photo Service.

From Remy to Yeats: Most Popular Dog Names in Wellesley
By Ben Terris -

Bailey is the top dog in Wellesley. Lucy is the queen in Newton.

In the battle of dog names, the most popular dog name in Wellesley is Bailey with 38. The most popular dog name in Newton is Lucy with 33. Molly, the second most popular dog name in Wellesley, with 34, doesn’t even crack the top ten most popular names in Newton.

The lists are compiled from the license registrations filed with Newton and Wellesley government. According to figures from local clerks' offices, there are 2,702 and 1,999 dogs registered in Wellesley and Newton respectively.

The top ten most popular dog names in the two communities are similar to national trends. The Veterinary Pet Insurance Company keeps yearly track of the most popular pet names, based on a review of its database of more than 466,000 insured pets. The national 2008 list was topped by Max (eighth in Newton and sixth in Wellesley), and included many Newton and Wellesley favorites like Lucy, Molly, Bailey, Maggie, Daisy and Bella.

A lot can be learned about a town from its dog names, but to get a real feel for Newton and Wellesley you need to dig deeper than just the top-ten list of names.
This being Red Sox territory, dog owners like to name their pooches after just about anything from the Olde Towne Team. Wellesley has 10 dogs named Fenway to Newton’s three. Both towns have three dogs named Remy. There are also a combined four dogs in the two towns still named Manny.

But lest the town’s are accused of forgetting “the other” sports dynasty, Wellesley has eight dogs named Brady, a dog named Tom Brady and a dog named Tedy Bruschi, and Newton has seven dogs named Brady and three named Bruschi. No one has gone so far, however, as naming his dog Gillette.

Both Newton and Wellesley are more than just sports towns, however. Lovers of literature will see dogs named after great men and women of letters. Wellesley’s literary heroes include Shakespeare, Yeats, Hemingway and Shelley. Newton’s include Oscar Wilde and Nietzsche.

Likewise, both Newton and Wellesley appear to have folk music lovers, but the two towns appear to appreciate different generations. Where Wellesley has two dogs named Woody and one named Arlo, Newton has two dogs named Arlo and one named Woody. On the other hand, Wellesley does have four Dylan’s to Newton’s two.

There are fans of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic series in both towns, as Newton has four dogs named Snoopy and Wellesley has three, plus a dog named Charlie Brown. There are also a combined six dogs in the two towns named Peanut, and one in Newton named Peanuts.

For Newton and Wellesley entertainment is more than just music and comics. It is something that should be recognized. So, to recognize the recognition of the arts, Newton and Wellesley have 10 and eight dogs named Oscar respectively, Wellesley has 3 dogs named Emmy to Newton’s one, and Wellesley has a dog named Tony.

As lovers of fine things it’s no surprise that the most popular car brand that became a dog name is Bentley, with five in Newton and four in Wellesley. Similarly, no one will be shocked to know that the most popular beer brand/dog name is Stella with seven in Wellesley and five in Newton (although Guinness is a close second in Wellesley with five.)

Sometimes a dog name is nothing more than an indication of potential size. If this is the case, watch out in Wellesley. With 10 dogs named Bear living in Wellesley, and only two in Newton, you might want to watch out when you are walking down the street in the former.

If you couldn’t figure out that Newton and Wellesley are places where the historical figures and fanciful characters still resonate today, just know that both Caesar and Cleopatra currently reside in Wellesley, and Mr. Bojangles and Maggie Mae live in Newton.

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