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BAYPATH HUMAN SOCIETY OF HOPKINGTON
Elmer now
Read all about how sweet Elmer is doing in his foster home.
Welcome to Baypath Humane Society’s Fall Scoop!
 
Fall is always an exciting time at the shelter. We have a lot of events on tap, including our annual 5K run/walk through gorgeous Hopkinton State Park, a yard sale where someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure, and our popular pet photo pageant. We also are looking forward to finding our current dogs and cats, such as sweet Elmer and cuddly Staywell, forever homes as well as greeting new arrivals. If you have any questions or comments about this edition of the Scoop, please email Sandra Gittlen at sandy@baypathhumane.org. Happy reading!
 
 
EVENTS
 
Huge Fall Yard Sale
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (No early birds, please.)
Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Road, Hopkinton, MA
 
Get ready to find some amazing gems in this twice-annual event. Furniture, artwork, electronics, crafts, toys, pet supplies, linens, you name it. We’ve got the deals of the century waiting for you. All proceeds go directly to support the shelter and our wonderful dogs and cats. If you’d like to donate items, please drop them off at the shelter between August 29 and September 15, 2011. Check out our Web site for details about what we can and cannot accept.
 
 
Paws & Claws 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, October 23rd at 11 a.m.
Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, Mass.
 
Grab your friends – two-footed and four-footed – and head on over to Hopkinton State Park for the annual thrill of the Paws & Claws 5K Run/Walk. This USATF certified course winds through beautiful Hopkinton State Park where fall foliage will be on full display. Even if you aren’t a runner or walker, you can come and root on the hundreds of participants that will be raising money. Create a Web page today to start gathering donations individually or with a team. Can’t wait to see you there!
 
 
2nd Annual Pet Photo Pageant
Going on now!
 
Think your four-footed friend has “the look” for our annual calendar? Then head online , create a custom Web page, and ask your friends, family and coworkers to vote for your furry pal. Each vote costs a $1 (5 vote minimum) and the winning photo will be displayed on the cover. The top 12 vote-getters will each adorn a month and receive a free calendar. Contest ends 12/1/2011 so make sure to round up votes early and often. More details are available at www.baypathhumane.org/photocontest .
 
Make Baypath Your Organization’s Charity

It’s back-to-school time and that means classrooms, clubs and organizations are looking for charitable causes to help out. Baypath is the perfect match for your needs. We can give an engaging, interactive presentation (no animals, though) about our no-kill rescue mission and inform your students or members about the dogs and cats at our shelter. We also can provide a list of items that can be donated and are among the shelter’s everyday, critical needs. If you would like more information, please contact Sandra Gittlen at sandy@baypathhumane.org .
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Elmer then
Elmer when he arrived at Baypath
UPDATES
 
 
Earlier this year, we met our beloved Elmer for the first time. This gentle soul was a sad sight, weighing only half what he should. He was riddled with a variety of worms, had severe infections, and suffered from Lyme disease. A lack of food and clean water left this sweet boy with a horribly weakened immune system. Though he badly needed it, our vet wasn’t sure he would make it through advanced heartworm treatment.
 
Elmer had been spotted alone in the woods in western Massachusetts. For weeks, people had tried to round him up, but he was too scared. Exhausted, he finally gave up and his rescuers brought him to Baypath.
 
It was immediately evident that Elmer had never experienced the kindness and love that was about to be bestowed upon him from shelter staff and volunteers. He was shy and wary, but despite everything, gave a wag with each meal and touch. We were getting through to him.
 
Elmer’s recovery is long and involved, but thanks to an attentive foster home, he has started healing. He has found joy in hanging around with other dogs and has kept close watch over Baypath’s newest litter of puppies. With a heart of gold, Elmer is learning to trust again, including coming inside when he used to find the idea too overwhelming. His tail, which had been damaged, now wags constantly and he is a bright, happy boy.
 
Elmer (see his "now" picture at the top of the newsletter) is the gold standard for Baypath’s mission. A dog that other shelters would find not worthy has been given the affection, time and devotion that he needed to return to a stable state. He still has quite a journey in front of him, but thanks to his medical care and everyday care, he is ready to find his forever home. To learn even more about Elmer, including how to donate to his ongoing care (as well as other extraordinary medical cases at Baypath) or how to adopt him, please visit our Web site.
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Kelly and Louie
Kelly and Baypath alum Louie
MEET A VOLUNTEER
 
Kelly Hulyk
 
If you ever come through the shelter early on a Sunday morning, you’re bound to bump into Kelly Hulyk. Kelly, just 23 years old, had always wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter as she didn’t have any pets at home – other than a short-lived Betta fish. As soon as she graduated from college last year, Kelly signed on at Baypath.
 
It wasn’t too long before Kelly was eyeing everything from senior dogs to puppy litters as they came through the doors. After much pestering, her family granted her permission to bring home a four-footed. In March, she adopted the ever-more-handsome Louie (formerly Chester). The playful Beagle mix has been her companion ever since. She says, “Louie makes me laugh -- always getting into trouble or doing something goofy. He likes to steal things and run away with them. He does it with shoes, dirty laundry, even his biscuits. Or if he's upstairs and something exciting is going on down below, he'll go down the stairs so fast he ends up missing a step and sliding all the way down. Never a dull moment.”
 
She encourages new pet owners to be patient with the animal and yourself. “Not everyone gets it right the first time, and even if you do, you probably won't get it right the second time. Don't be afraid to ask questions or seek advice,” she says.
 
Kelly says the best part about volunteering is meeting fellow animal lovers. She also prides herself “on becoming less and less bothered by poop.”
 
If you'd like to volunteer, please go online and find out more information.
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ASK THE TRAINER
 
I have a female, 8-month-old Yellow Lab. She is still jumping on people. A squirt bottle, knee and snapping on the leash will not work. Any ideas?
 
Lucky you – you are smack dab in the middle of adolescence! You are essentially living with a hormonal teenager who doesn’t speak English. Can you think of anything more fun? First of all, good for you for addressing this issue sooner rather than later. The majority of dogs who end up in shelters or worse, end up there simply because their owners have not helped them to become well-mannered dogs. Second, it is important that you immediately enroll your dog in a positive-based (more on this in a moment) training class at a well-respected, professional facility. Learning how to communicate with your dog will help you navigate through this challenging period.
 
Squirting the dog with water, kneeing the dog and/or jerking on the leash are now considered to be archaic, “old school” training techniques. The science of understanding and communication with dogs has made giant strides in the last two decades and we now know there are much more effective ways to help dogs learn what we expect them to do without our causing additional or more serious problems. Here’s what can potentially happen with the techniques you have been using so far:
 
Someone comes to visit – the dog is excited and wants to go see the new person. New person approaches and as dog jumps up to get close to person, dog gets kneed in the chest or squirted with water. This consequence is unpleasant and/or painful. This scenario repeats itself over and over again, each time the dog jumps on someone. Now, while the behavior may stop (dogs are pretty good at understanding cause and effect – in this case they learn that jumping up generally results in a painful result) you now will likely have a new and much worse problem; the dog is now associating people coming in with a painful experience. Depending on the temperament of your particular dog you now have a dog that either becomes fearful of people approaching or she takes a proactive role and starts growling as people approach. Either way you’ve created a situation that requires a behaviorist’s help rather than just a simple fix. Essentially you’ve jumped out of the frying pan right into the fire.
 
So, given all that, how can you fix the problem without creating a nightmare? The answer is pretty simple. When looking at undesirable behavior (in this case, jumping on people) instead of thinking about what you DON’T want your dog to do, think about what you DO want your dog to do. Perhaps you want your dog to sit when people come in, or stand quietly or go and get a toy. From now on when someone comes in, have your dog on a leash, ask your dog to sit as the person approaches you and reward the dog with a treat if she remains seated. If the dog gets up, the person backs away. Ask your dog to sit and have them approach again. If the dog stays seated, reward. If not, person backs up. The goal is to work this in small steps, building to the point where the person comes all the way over to the dog and the dog is still sitting. In this scenario th e dog is getting rewarded for the behavior we want and makes the association that people approaching is a great thing (Yay! Someone comes near me and I get a cookie – this is great!) You are also giving your dog very clear information about what you DO want and expect, rather than causing your dog arbitrary pain for doing something instinctive (jumping up to be close to the person.)
 
Give your dog a chance to show you how smart she is – you’ll be amazed at how quickly she learns! And remember, she can’t know what you want her to do if you don’t give her the information. Training this way is fun for both of you and results in a happy, well-mannered dog which in the end is what we all want.
 
Beth MacLeod is a certified trainer and behaviorist on staff with Baypath. She teaches classes full time and is available to help with any training issues you may have. She can be reached at 508-361-8850 or bmacleod63@verizon.net .
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Make sure your pets are part of your disaster evacuation plans.
ANIMAL CARE
 
Disaster Planning
 
For many of us, Hurricane Irene was our first experience with this type of disaster. It’s critical for people to include their pets in their extreme weather and other disaster preparations. The MSPCA recommends:
 
*Preparing ahead of time and not waiting until it is too late.
*Creating a disaster plan that includes an evacuation kit, identifying alternate sources of food and water, and making sure your property manager or landlord knows you have pets.
*Pre-placing stickers on your front and back house doors to let rescuers know that there are animals inside. Also, designate a neighbor that can take care of your animals in case you are not home when a disaster strikes.
*Gathering identification of your animals, including rabies and license tags, so that you can be reunited with your pet if you are separated. Also have on hand proof of ownership, important veterinary records, and emergency contacts.
 
For more extensive tips, visit the MSPCA's Web site .
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Staywell
Cuddly and cute-as-a-button Staywell is available for adoption.
SHOUT-OUTS
 
Our donors are the best around. From kids that ask for donations for their birthdays to tradesmen who help with shelter maintenance, we are incredibly fortunate. We appreciate all donations of time, money and supplies. Without you, we would not be able to fulfill our no-kill rescue mission.
 
We’d like to give special thanks to plumber Bob Scobie, owner of A Custom Co. in Bellingham (508-883-8375), for assisting us with our cat litter run. Bob transported 19 litter barrels from Foxboro to the shelter. His help was greatly appreciated. In addition, his wife, Tina, and her sister, Dr. Lovely of Medway Animal Hospital, donated a large amount of canned dog and cat food as well as other much-needed supplies.
 
If anyone would like to volunteer for our next litter transport, please call Elaine at the shelter. Also, our wish list of typical donations is available online and we post urgent needs on our Web site and on Facebook.
Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton • 5 Rafferty Rd • Hopkinton MA, 01748

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