Paws in Print

Rub Noses with the Princess

Run for Rescues, October 5, 2014, Voice of America Park, West Chester

Princess Gentle Paws Adopts Feral Cat Colony

On my way to do the Rescue Radio show, I overshot the building and had to turn around in a gas station lot. There I saw five adolescent cats huddled on a wet, icy piece of cardboard.

They are beauties—different shades of orange, peach and cream with pretty round eyes—obviously from the same litter. People had thrown food on the pavement, and they would scramble for it when I backed far enough away. With temps heading into record lows, I knew couldn’t turn away, or they would surely freeze to death Four multi-cat feral shelters, bales of replacement hay and a steady delivery of food later, it would appear PGP has adopted a feral cat colony.

The ultimate goal is to trap, spay/neuter and release them, so as to prevent the birth of yet more unwanted, unloved animals. For now, getting up the hill in 6 inches of snow to care for them is proving to be enough of a challenge!

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Gail Wunderlin Guests on ClassX Pet Connection and Rescue Show

Colt and I had the privilege and honor of appearing on the Pet Connection and Rescue radio show on ClassX radio to talk about GRRAND (Golden Retreiver Rescue and Adoption of Needy Dogs). Debby Manning, host of the show, and fellow rescuer, provides a great forum for rescues to promote their efforts, to discuss topics relevant to all rescues and to educate the public.

During my segment we discussed puppy mills (if you buy a pet store puppy or a puppy from a “back yard breeder”, you ARE buying from a puppy mill), hoarding, how rescues get involved in the re-homing of animals involved in court cases– in addition to golden rescue-specific information. Many thanks to ClassX for devoting time each Friday to saving the lives of animals! Animal essay you can read on paperhelp.

Princess Gentle Paws and Lakota Hills Animal Clinic Team Up to Keep Pet Bowls Full

Princess Gentle Paws Pet once again teamed with the Lakota Hills Animal Clinic to collect pet food for the “Fill Their Empty Bowls” pet food campaign, sponsored by the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry.

This campaign helps needy families feed their beloved pets. By providing food to these families, they are able to keep their companion animals. This is good for the family, and greatly reduces the number of animals that wind up in shelters or rescues, or worse, simply abandoned. This program is a win/win and I am thrilled to help the Lakota Hills Animal Clinic support this worthwhile program.

Princess Gentle Paws clients and friends from as far as Florida supported this campaign, allowing PGP to meet our 500-pound collection goal.

I simply can’t be happier! I am humbled that so many folks stepped up to support this campaign… one bag at a time; we hit our goal of 500 lbs of food! As you can imagine, I received quite a few interesting looks at the grocery store!

Hot Spots and Dogs

It’s getting to be fall in Cincinnati, and humans aren’t the only ones to have allergic reactions to the changing seasons. Dogs can develop skin allergies, and can develop one particularly annoying condition—the “Hot Spot”—Colt just had his first one, below his left ear, and it was a doozie! Hot Spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis are most common in longer, thicker- coated dogs and generally are found on the head, chest and hip. Hot Spots are extremely irritating to the dog, and a spot the size of a dime in the morning can be inches long and wide the same evening. They are very “itchy”, and while the scratching provides temporary relief, the wound continues to grow and become angrier and painful. Hot spots are typically very red and wet looking, and may have a puss-like appearance. Once the scratching starts, they quickly become bloody and infected. If your dog is excessively scratching, biting or licking, take a careful look at the skin in that area. If you see what appears to be a Hot Spot, call your vet. Chances are that your dog will be treated with a special cleanser, antibiotics and steroids, and will earn a few weeks in the “Cone of Shame”.

Pet First Aid for Client Pets

I am excited to announce that I will be receiving my PetSaver™ pet first aid certification in late September. This is an intensive class that will allow me to help your pet in event of an unforeseen medical emergency. I hope I never have to use any of the skills that I will be learning, but am thrilled that I can offer yet one more assurance to my clients that their companions are in excellent hands! Here are a few of the areas that I’ll be trained in:

  • Restraining & Muzzling
  • Primary Assessment
  • Rescue Breathing
  • Canine & Feline CPR
  • Choking Management
  • Bleeding & Shock Management
  • Snout-To-Tail Assessment for Injury & Wellness
  • Assessing the Pet’s Vitals
  • Insect Bites & Stings and Snakebite
  • Heat & Cold Injuries
  • Seizure

For more information on pet first aid training in the Cincinnati/Dayton area, go to