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Mutt March Festival and Waterfest Organizers Planning Two Family-fun Events in One


Stuart - More than 1,000 pet passionate people and their dogs are expected to participate in the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s 17th annual Mutt March. The event will be held jointly with the City of Stuart and Students4H2O’s Waterfest event on Saturday, March 28, at Memorial Park, 300 SE Ocean Blvd. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free to both events.

Prior to the event openings, the HSTC will host a 5K race. Registration and check-in begin at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. The cost to participate in the race is $35.

The Mutt March is the largest pet walk on the Treasure Coast. Jennifer Ross of Sunny 107.9 FM will emcee the event live and Rev. Jude Denning of Unity of Stuart will conduct a blessing of the animals before a leisurely walk around the park begins.

Other activities include shopping the flea-'less' vendor market, a lure course for dogs, a memory-making photo booth, food trucks and more. Plus, the canine costume contest always bring laughs as dogs of all sizes and breeds compete for prizes in the categories of best overall, funniest, cutest and most original. Music also will add to the festive atmosphere.

On the other side of the park, WaterFest and Students4H2O will reach out to guests by educating them about the benefits of water conservation awareness and environmental stewardship. Various exhibitors and school groups will provide activities, demonstrations and contests.

Companies that are sponsoring the Mutt March include Apex Pavers & Pools, Carl’s Buick GMC, Ralicki Wealth Management, Stryker Electric & Air, Stuart Fence Co., and Your Florida Loan.

For Mutt March vendor Information and event details, contact Courtney Zanetti at or 772-600-3211 and Candace Callahan at or 772-600-3216 for sponsorship information.

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Hunter is one of our longer-term resident pooches; he has been with us since late July! He is looking for a very special home where he can be the only pet in the home and younger than any of his human siblings. At this time we do not recommend for Hunter to live with children under the age of 10 years old but he does very well with older children and adults of all ages. Hunter is a stunning four and half year old Catahoula Leopard Dog Mix with tons of energy. He knows several basic commands and may be completely housetrained. He enjoys toys – especially ones he can chew, chew, chew on! Hunter and all of his available friends can be viewed online at

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Roxie is 10 years young and has been looking for the purr-fect family since July! She came to use when her owner passed away and family members were unable to care for her. She has adjusted very well to being here at the shelter and is a very sweet lady. She is currently hanging out in the Cat Feature Room with her feline friends Guacamole and Disco.
We think Roxie has been being overlooked here at the shelter because she has chronic rhinitis; this means she is always a little bit congested and sneezes a lot. Roxie’s adoption fee has been sponsored by a very generous donor! If this sweetie pie sounds like the kitty for you, stop by the HSTC main shelter to meet her!
Deidre Huffman - Adoption Manager
P: (772) 600-3204
F: (772) 220-3610


Water Fest 2020 Exhibitor Registration Now Open WaterFest

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Stuart – The City of Stuart, Students4H2O, and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast are once again joining forces to combine their signature events — Water Fest and Mutt March — into one free event on March 28, 2020 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Memorial Park.

Organizations interested in becoming a Water Fest Booth Exhibitor, free of charge, can complete a registration form before March 13, 2020. A tent, table, and two chairs will also be furnished for each booth. Exhibitors need only to bring booth supplies and handouts.

The 8th annual water and environmental festival is designed to educate the public on the value of water and the importance of protecting our water resources and the environment. Attendees can expect to have fun while learning at more than 45 booths as exhibitors provide environmental lessons via hands on activities, games, contests, and crafts for any age. WaterVentures, Florida’s Learning Lab, will also be a key feature at this year’s event. The 53-foot semitrailer is a traveling science center, which contains interactive learning stations such as the “Awesome Aquifers” contoured table and the “Florida Wetlands” diorama.

The Mutt March is an annual event produced by the Human Society of the Treasure Coast focusing on family and four-legged friendly event activities including a 5k Race, pet photo booths, canine costume contest, mini derby races, and more.

To download a copy of the Exhibitor Registration Form or for more information on Water Fest 2020, please visit:

For more information regarding Mutt March, contact Courtney Zanetti at or (772) 600-3211.

Call Adriana Mancini at (772) 220-0279 or email her at regarding Students4H2O.

Anne Ellig is the Program Manager at the City of Stuart and the Water Fest event contact. She may be reached at (772) 600-1206 or via email,

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The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets Run For Fun

Stuart - The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets was the setting for their awesome event "Run Fur Fun". This event benefits the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. The Run Fur Fun offers an interactive day for the dogs and their owners while raising money for HSTC. Lots of activities, a raffle, silent auction, vendors, music and food! The MC for the event was Jay Spicer, Martin County Fair Manager!

Outside, there were two (2) Doggie Fun Zone Lure Courses, which were appropriate for any size dog. There was a Swim Party in the resort’s bone-shaped salt-water pool. Inside, movies ran all day, and the popular "No Jump" Clinic returned to help those with the pesky behavior of jumping on others.

Run Fur Fun Raffle Tickets could be purchased for $10 each, or you could purchase three (3) for $25. Each ticket entered you into a drawing to win a pair of round-trip tickets anywhere in the continental USA or a $500 VISA Gift Card and your dog could even win a luxury stay at The Fur Seasons.
It's was also only $10 to have your dog run either course or participate in the Swim Party.

The event was free and there was lots of parking for everyone who came out to the event.
For more information about The Fur Seasons Resort for Pets call (772) 286-8283.

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Article by: Latasha Ball

Does your dog have food allergies? Here’s why a limited ingredient formula may be the best way to accommodate her dietary needs.

Is your dog licking her paws excessively? Does she seem to be itching her ears or body at every available moment? Chances are she may be suffering from food or environmental allergies. But how do you know for sure? And if it is a food allergy, what type of diet is best for your pup? Let’s look into this further.
Food allergies: what are they and how do they affect my dog?

Food allergies are immune system reactions to a certain ingredient that your dog is exposed to. Symptoms can include itchy skin, hives, upset stomach, swollen facial features, and reoccurring ear or paw infections. Typically, food allergies develop when a dog has been exposed to the same ingredient repeatedly throughout her life. “Some think that rotating protein and fiber sources in your dog’s diet may help to minimize the occurrence of food allergies,” says veterinarian Dr. Bradley Quest. “Although this is not scientifically proven, it may help some individuals because the dog’s immune system is not constantly exposed to the same food ingredients all the time.”

According to Dr. Quest, a food intolerance – as opposed to an allergy – can occur at the initial exposure to a specific food ingredient and is usually not a result of an immune system reaction. “Food intolerances usually manifest as gastrointestinal symptoms,” he says. Gastrointestinal symptoms in dogs consist of but are not limited to a change in appetite, changes in stool quality or quantity, weight loss, and abdominal pain.
How to know if your dog has a food allergy

The best way to know if your dog has a food allergy is to talk with your veterinarian. He or she knows your dog best, and can properly diagnose your pup. Once the diagnosis is made, your vet may put your dog on a food elimination diet – a diet that involves feeding your dog a single protein and a single fiber source for anywhere from 8–12 weeks as needed. If you notice during this period that your dog’s allergic symptoms do not surface or reoccur, then you can rule that the allergy was not the result of the ingredients she was eating.

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Do Dogs Dream?

Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chewing jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder what our dogs are dreaming about.

What we know about dogs and dreams

While our knowledge on this topic is very limited, the following known information helps us believe that dogs do indeed experience dreams. When we observe our dogs as they sleep, it’s just about impossible to imagine that they are not dreaming. Just like the rats studied by Wilson and Louie, it is tempting to believe that our four-legged best buddies are reenacting their recent experiences; playing at the dog park, sniffing in the woods, chewing on a treasured bone, and chasing squirrels.The National Institutes of Health says that Sigmund Freud theorized that dreaming was a “safety valve” for our unconscious desires. Perhaps he is correct, and, when our dogs sleep, they dream about catching the neighbor’s pesky cat, continuous belly rubs in conjunction with unlimited dog treats, and stealing the Thanksgiving turkey from the dining room table.

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1 Organic Pasture Raised Egg

3/4 Cup Unsalted Almond Butter

1/3 of an Organic Banana

1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon


Pre-heat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Use a fork to mash the banana in a medium/large size bowl. Once mashed, add in the rest of the ingredients and mix together with a fork until blended. The batter consistency should be very thick and gooey – this will not resemble your normal treat dough.

Spoon out dime sized dollops onto your parchment paper and place in the oven for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn the pan and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool. These should last for approximately 5-7 days.


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This Might Be the Best Way to Entertain a Bored Dog on a Rainy Day

Article by: Justin Palmer

If your dog is like mine, they are not at all fans of inclement weather!
The moment the rain starts, my dog’s personality changes and she becomes restless. If the rain lasts long enough, she begins to act depressed, moping around, begging me for something to do (or better yet, something to eat!)

About 6 months ago, I discovered a tactic that forever changed our activities when the weather sours.
Why “Nose Work” Can Be Your Dog’s Best Friend During Stormy Weather

For a dog, their sense of smell is absolutely crucial to their mental and physical health.
The term “nose work” was created to define the professional canine scent detection training activity translated to pet dogs. It’s an easy-to-learn, fun activity to engage in with your pet and has even become a competitive sport.
Nose work can help build your dog’s focus, confidence, and enhance general obedience training. Overactive dogs can use nose work to focus their energy into a productive activity (great for bad weather!).
Our Favorite Way to Get Your Dog Started with Nose Work
Our Favorite Way to Get Your Dog Started with Nose Work
While you can hide treats anywhere, my dog LOVES the Sniff Diggy™ Nose Work Mat, which was specifically designed to make sniffing out treats just challenging enough.

Simply hide treats inside the durable cloth fabric, and watch your dog use their nose and brain sniffing them out.
You can hide kibble or small treats in between the strips.


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Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News/

There is a very special place where beloved pets go after they die. This is only a temporary location. But there are trees and grass and lakes, and everything they love. Here they can play and eat and sleep, even better than they did, before they died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.

All health is restored completely, and all injuries are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like youngsters, and they do not have time to feel lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special wisdom that animals have, they trust that this condition will get better. And they confidently wait as they frolic.

A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in the middle of playing they will suddenly feel something is different. And all their senses will be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They will sniff the air and look off in the distance where they recognize that dearly loved special presence. Then they will call out in elation, and with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.

The bond that we form with animals can be very deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal can have an impact on us that is as great, or even greater, than the loss of a family member or friend. This bond is what makes our interactions with animals rich and rewarding, but also what makes the grief process so complicated. The grief can seem to come in waves, may be brought on more intensely by a sight or sound that sparks your memory, and may seem overwhelming at times.

After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal and private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience, and not everyone experiences them all or in the same order.Anger and guilt often follow denial.

Your anger may be directed toward people you normally love and respect, including your family, friends or your veterinarian. People coping with death will often say things that they do not really mean, unintentionally hurting those whom they do not mean to hurt.

Depression is a common experience after the death of a special pet. The tears flow, there are knots in your stomach, and you feel drained of all your energy. Day-to-day tasks can seem impossible to perform and you may feel is isolated and alone. Many depressed people will avoid the company of friends and family.

You will come to terms with your feelings. You begin to accept your pet’s death. Resolution has occurred when you can remember your pet and your time with them without feeling the intense grief and emotional pain you previously felt. Acceptance and resolution are normal and do not mean that you no longer feel a sense of loss, just that you have come to terms with the fact that your pet has died. Everyone experiences the stages of grief, grieving is always a very personal process. Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.

Memorializing a pet can be a healthy part of the grieving process. A framed photo or a photo album can help remind a pet parent of their pet. Some people keep the ashes of their pets and bury them in a spot favored by their pet. Creating a journal that includes stories about the things your dog did will help you focus on the good times you spent together.   Photographs record those special moments and lock them forever in time. Have a professional portrait painted as a memorial to your dog companion. If you enjoy gardening, plant a tree, perennial, bush or shrub in memory of your dog. Donate to an animal organization in your dog’s name.  Some pet lovers place a brick or stone with their pet’s name painted on it in their gardens or they buy specially designed and inscribed grave markers if their pet is buried on their property.

Realizing that a seemingly trifle, yet possibly most-significant part of pet ownership is doing the right thing for our pets at the end of their lives. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things we can do. Loving animals teaches us something about ourselves and so does letting them go…

Out2 Bark Byte is dedicated to Robin Hall’s – Owner of Out2News best friend “Teddy”. RIP 8/4/2015



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