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Camp Bow Wow wants your dog hair

Camp Bow Wow in Columbia — always happy to have your dog come in for a stay — is now accepting just your dog’s hair as well.

One of many groups and businesses across the country that have joined in the effort to collect dog and human hair to help combat the gulf oil spill, Camp Bow Wow is offering several options.

You can bring your pup in for a de-shedding treatment, or collect your dog’s shed hair and drop it by. Also, Camp Bow Wow will accept donations of human hair, if you know of any hair salons or barbers that want to pitch in.

The hair — as we explained last week, and as the video above shows — is being used in the making of oil booms that are being used to help absorb the oil.

Feathers, fur and other natural fibers, such as used nylon stockings are also used to make the booms, and Camp Bow Wow is accepting donations of those as well.

All the donated items collected — as well as cash contributions — are being passed on to Matter of Trust.

Thousands march for animals in Baltimore

marchforanimalsMaryland SPCA officials say the turnout for yesterday’s March for the Animals rivaled that of last year’s, with thousands showing up to walk their dogs and raise money for the SPCA’s shelter and other programs.

Not all walkers had dogs, as the Baltmore Sun’s Jill Rosen reported on her blog “Unleashed.”

Diane Bateman marched with a picture of her beloved beagle Molly pinned to her chest. The dog died six years ago at 14. While she was alive, she never missed a chance to joing the march, Bateman said.

“It’s a nice way to still do something with Molly and to support a great cause,” Bateman said.

Thousands of others showed up at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park for the event, which is the SPCA’s largest annual fundraiser.

SPCA Executive Director Aileen Gabbey said that, though figures weren’t available, the event might have drawn more people than last year’s, when an estimated 5,000 showed up, bringing in more than $360,000.

(Photo: Baltimore Sun “Unleashed”)

Maryland SPCA announces major expansion

A major expansion of the adoption center at the Maryland SPCA was announced last week.

“We need facilities to reflect the changes that have enabled us to adopt out every healthy pet in our adoption program for the last two-and-a-half years,” Mary-Ann Pinkard, board president, said at the March 11 reception where the announcement was made.

The expansion will include creation of the Morton Gorn Center for Animal Adoption, a new area for adoption interviews, a waiting area, office space and two “animal showcases” for dog and cat housing of “long-timers” to promote their adoption.

A new animal intake center, separate from the adoption area, is also planned, including spaces to  assess animal behavior and a dog exam room.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, and work is expected to be completed within six months.

Other projects announced will be an expanded cat room, fire safety improvements, and improved accessibility.

The new adoption center is being named in memory of Morton Gorn, a real estate developer who cherished his dogs and his horses. The gift to name the center in his memory was made by his widow, Arlene Gorn, who was introduced to the Maryland SPCA by her daughter, Karen Colvin.

“Mrs. Gorn and the Colvins motivated and inspired us to move forward with this project at a time when many people were pulling back because of the economy,” said Aileen Gabbey, SPCA executive director. “Their generosity was an important cornerstone to making this project happen.”

The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million.

Becoming Waldo

waldoJennifer A. Carle  had a pretty good idea of what she wanted her newly adopted dog to become.

It wasn’t her.

She wanted a dog that, unlike her, was calm and easy-going. What she got was Waldo, an at-times unruly mutt who she noticed, the more the two bonded, was acting more like her — which, by her own admission, is in the higher reaches of the laid-back to high-strung spectrum.

In her second dog book, Carle recounts her first year with Waldo, adopted from the Maryland SPCA after her earlier dog — and the subject of her earlier book, “Finally Winsome“ – died.

Becoming Waldo” (Tate Publishing, $11.99), in addition to chronicling Waldo’s early years, and her quest to determine just what breeds he is a mix of, provides an interesting look at how dog and human absorb each other traits — sometimes, but not always, a good thing.

As relaxed as Waldo seemed at the shelter, once home with Carle he became less calm. He’d bolt out the door and down the street, nip at the heels of her sons and bark at the slightest provocation.

At times during his upbringing, Carle questions if he is becoming as neurotic as her, and whether it’s because of her.

With the help of a trainer, Carle learns that caring for Waldo is much more complex than she imagined. But she learns, too, that it’s worth all that effort. For while Carle teaches Waldo a thing or two, he teaches her much more, as the book’s subtitle suggests: “How Being My Dog Would Make Me a Better Person.”

(For more news and reviews of the latest dog books, visit our Good Dog Reads page.)

Orioles calendar dog Cuji found safe

The Maryland SPCA confirms that Cuji, a pit bull mix featured in the organization’s 2010 Oriole’s calendar, has turned up, unharmed, at BARCS.

Cuji, featured in the Orioles Calendar with Koji Euhara, went missing last week. Her owner, Brian Willis feared the dog had been stolen from his yard.

Willis, who adopted the dog in June, was notified that Cuji had been recovered, and identifed through his microchip.

The dog was to be picked up by its owners from Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter tonight.

Maryland SPCA unveils 2010 calendar


The Maryland SPCA  held its final “Wine & Wag” event of the season last night, a monthly happy hour for people and their pets that includes Ace’s (that’s not him) favorite new activity — bobbing for hot dogs.

paintpawThe event featured Jen Carle, signing her book “Finally Winsome,” the unveiling of the 2010 Maryland SPCA calendar and wine, beer and hors d’ouvres h’ors d’oeuvres appetizers for humans, who were not required to bob for them.

Ace also tried his paw at paw painting, romped in the “fun run,” and got to  meet a lot of new friends. It’s a great opportunity to socialize your dog, yourself and help the cause.

The Maryland SPCA’s 2010 calendar is a colorful wall calendar, featuring pictures of dogs, cats and other animals submitted by area animal lovers.

cal2010covThey cost $15.90 each, including tax, and will be sold online, at the SPCA and at local retailers. They will be available for purchase online and at the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road, starting today

Maryland SPCA offers free pets to seniors

People 60 and over can adopt a pet from the Maryland SPCA for free throughout the month of September.

Under the promotion, made possible by Bravo Health, senior citizens will also receive a special giveaway with each free pet.

On Friday, September 18, the Maryland SPCA will be at the Sandtown Winchester Senior Center from 11:00 a.m. to noon and the Waxter Senior Center from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. as part of Senior Citizen Pet Adoption Month.

The events will feature adoptable pets and a question and answer session with an SPCA veterinarian. Founded in 1996, Bravo Health provides Medicare beneficiaries access to high quality, cost-effective health care.

Carjacked and dogjacked, she gets one back

JoJoAn Easton woman was reunited with her dog today, but not her car, after losing both to carjackers earlier this week.

Amy Gaffney, 46, says she rolled down her window to ask for directions from two young men in west Baltimore when one of them reached in and grabbed her Lhasa Apso-poodle mix, Jojo.

When she jumped out of her car to try and get her dog back, someone else jumped in and drove the car away. In only about a minute, both her dog and car had disappeared from sight.

Gaffney filed a police report and got a ride back to Easton, according to the Baltimore Sun.

At about 2 a.m. the next night, Melissa Garland found a dog wandering the street in west Baltimore. She coaxed the dog out from under a car and took him home. The next morning dropped the dog off at the Maryland SPCA.

Gaffney, meanwhile, had called the SPCA that morning to file a missing dog report. SPCA staff alerted her that her dog had been found, and she arrived to pick it up this morning.

“His tail was wagging like crazy and he was kissing me,” Gaffney says. “I was crying and so happy.”

After the story appeared in the Sun, several readers questioned what the Easton woman might have been up to in that section of the city — and some even went to the trouble of looking up her criminal record, which includes some drug charges.

As the Sun’s blog, “Unleashed” points out today, Gaffney admits to some run-ins with the law, but it’s still a heartwarming story.

Maybe something less than thorough — newspaper management these days prohibits reporters from that luxury –  but still slightly heartwarming.

Wasting away again in Barkaritaville

The Maryland SPCA invites you to waste away in “Barkaritaville,” with a doggie happy hour that lasts two hours — from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 14.

Guests are invited to dress in tropical attire, in keeping with the Barkaritaville theme.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the gate of the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road. Dogs are admitted free, but only one per person.

Tickets can be purchased in advance on the SPCA’s Wine & Wag page (advance tickets are encouraged).

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Lebanese Taverna and Cabot Cheese, will be served. There is a suggested donation of $5 for margaritas, $3 for beer and wine and $1 for beer and wine provided by The Wine Source .

Activities include a treasure hunt for great doggie prizes, bobbing for hot dogs, musical chairs, paw painting, a canine pool party and off-leash play in the fun runs.

Ride for Animals to benefit Maryland SPCA

The first annual Ride for the Animals, benefiting the Maryland SPCA, will be Sunday, August 30.

The ride begins at noon at The Harley-Davidson/Buell Store, 8845 Pulaski Highway, in Baltimore. It ends at Padonia Station, 63 E. Padonia Road, in Timonium.

Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. and is $20 per person.

Entertainment at Padonia Station, starting at 2 p.m.,  will feature a raffle, silent auction, food and beverages for purchase and The Fabulous Skunkpuppie Band.

You don’t have to have a motorcycle to join the party at Padonia Station. However, no pets are permitted.

Email for more information.