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Archive for May 6th, 2009

Dog Show: McClintock is back with more

Artist Robert McClintock is celebrating the launch of “DOGS THAT I KNOW, Part 3,” the latest additions to his series on Charm City canines, with a reception at his Fells Point gallery on Thursday, May 7.

The public is invited from 5 to 9 p.m.

The evening will feature art, food and entertainment, with a portion of the proceeds donated to Recycled Love, the Baltimore-based rescue organization. Admission is free.

“They have one mission in life which is to make humans smile, ” McClintock says of dogs. “All they ask in return is to be loved.” One of McClintock’s most treasured portraits featured at the show is of “Jasmine” (above), a pup rescued from convicted dogfighter Michael Vick and now living safely with her adopted family in Baltimore.

“DOGS THAT I KNOW” continues to be McClintock’s most popular series, featuring pooches of every shape and size, mixed breeds and mutts. Select pieces are being published and sold internationally by New World Graphics in Richmond, Va.

Gallery visitors attending the opening will be offered a chance to enter a drawing to win a selected work from the artist’s collection.

The gallery is at 1809 Thames Street in Fells Point.

Accused dog-taper allowed home for summer

The college student accused of taping her boyfriend’s dog to a refrigerator will be allowed to spend the summer at her mother’s home in Chicago — even though her mother has a dog, a judge has ruled.

Abby Toll, 20, an environmental design major at the University of Colorado, will be required to participate in a monitored sobriety program in Chicago as a condition of her release on bond. “I think the defendant’s mother can look out for the family pet,” a judge in Boulder said.

Toll was arrested in April on suspicion of felony animal cruelty. She is accused of binding her boyfriend’s 2-year-old shiba inu, Rex, in packing tape and sticking him upside down to the refrigerator during an argument. She also faces a felony charge of drug possession after police said was found with a trace amount of heroin while being booked into jail.

Her boyfriend, Bryan Beck, also faces a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. He is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial conference Thursday, according to Coloradodaily.com.

Rex is living with a Denver-area foster family awaiting adoption. Another dog living with Toll and Beck, a Chihuahua named Peanut, remains in the care of the Humane Society of Boulder.

Wondering where the Greenies went?

If you’re not noticing Greenies on your store shelves these days, that’s because their maker, Nutro Products, Inc., has restricted those selling them to veterinary hospitals and pet specialty retailers.

In a press release issued last week, Nutro announced the change applies to Greenies canine and feline dental chews, Pill Pockets and Smart Biscuits.

“…We believe that pet medical professionals at veterinary hospitals and well-trained, knowledgeable staff at pet specialty stores are best equipped to answer pet owners’ questions about our products, and to make the right recommendation, said Carolyn Hanigan, Vice President of Marketing, Nutro Products, Inc.

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