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Pleasant Grooming of Armonk

Father and Son Provide More Than Just Grooming
By Emily Sherman

June 7, 2016
Pleasant Grooming is a dog loving place that comforts pet owners and their four-legged friends. The local groomer offers a variety of services, including training and day care.

The most effective training packages can last between 8 to 10 weeks as you drop-off your dog in the morning and pick her up in the afternoon. During that time, training, socialization, and exercise take place with multiple trainers who work with each dog. Simple commands such as sit, stay, lay down, and recall are taught and reinforced. In addition, the dogs learn how to walk and heel at the trainer’s side as they are walked throughout the day. When playing with other dogs they work on social skills.

Another service Pleasant Grooming offers is to locate puppies. Stu and Tyler Zuckerman, co-owners, can assist in the decision of finding the right breed for your family and which breeder to use. They have a vast knowledge in these areas and recommend quality breeders who they respect.

The father and son duo have only positive things to say about working together. They agree that the trust from a close family relationship helps establish a secure feeling. Tyler explains how learning the business from his dad is a valuable experience and the “best working situation” that allows for flexibility, which results in a positive relationship that welcomes dogs and owners alike.

Armonk Dog of the Week
By Emily Sherman
May 26, 2016

Sponsored by Pleasant Grooming

May 26, 2016
Rottweilers have a reputation of being mean dogs, but upon meeting one year old Ruby, a purebred Rottweiler, it’s clear that this stereotype is false. Ruby is a happy and friendly dog, who is also obedient and disproves the stereotypes of Rottweilers. A member of a family with two little girls, Ruby's owner's consider themselves dog people with the help of Adam Mallin Canine Services. Mallin started a dog training service for veterans and the disabled. He now also does private dog training for families.

Ruby is a show dog. She has not been spayed and may go on to become a breeding dog. But due to not being spayed, she is especially protective, although she listens well.

Rottweilers were originally developed by cattlemen at the turn of the century. The dogs carried and protected a cattleman's money bag, holding the bag around their neck. The protective nature of Rottweilers stems from being trained not to let a cattleman take the money out of their bag while they were drunk in pubs, restaurants, or public gatherings.

Mallin gives insight on how people no longer put money bags around Rottweiler's necks, so today the breed "tend to protect toys or anything they feel attached to.”

Rottweilers were first recognized as an official breed by the American Kennel Club in 1931. A Rottweiler is typically large with a robust and strong build. They are known to possess great strength, endurance, and agility. The breed requires little maintenance for their short and usually dark coat. Rottweilers typically need two daily workouts and have the reputations of being healthy dogs.

Armonk Dog of the Week
By Emily Sherman

Sponsored by Pleasant Grooming

May 20, 2016

Cooper is a mixed breed of a wheaten and poodle, otherwise known as a Whoodle. His chocolate brown eyes, pink nose, and white coat of soft curly hair make it hard to say no to petting him. Although a very loving and loyal dog to his owners, Cooper is timid when first introduced to strangers. With other dogs though, he happily wags his tail waiting until he can jump in to play with his new friend. When Cooper is not sleeping on a human's bed, he can be found laying out in the front yard chewing sticks and watching the world around him.

Whoodles are typically a mix of a Standard Poodle and a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, but in special cases can be a mix with a Toy or Miniature Poodle. They are a medium sized dog, ranging from 25 pounds to 45 pounds. Whoodle hair can come in a variety of colors and often a puppy will have a darker coat that will gradually lighten as they grow. Cooper is a few days shy of turning seven.

Whoodles are known as friendly and affectionate dogs that are good with families. They are usually fairly intelligent, a trait that is from the poodle side. As a result they are easy to train, although it is recommended they are trained when young. Whoodles do not shed which makes them easier dogs to care for. Because Whoodles are not purebred, the breed is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, but is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club.

Dog of the Week

By Emily Sherman

Sponsored by Pleasant Grooming

May 12, 2016

Panda is a pit bull currently at Adopt-A-Dog in Armonk. She is almost two years old. She is an excited dog who eagerly sniffs all around her and loves greeting new people. She was found abandoned in a house in Pennsylvania. Today she is a bubbly dog looking to make friends.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is typically a medium-sized dog with a strong build. They are short haired with small to medium ears and a tail that is thick but tapers to a point. They are known for their strength, confidence and agility. Pit Bulls are also known for  loving children and making good family companions. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club by the name of the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Panda is a social young dog, looking for a caring family!

Adopt - A - Dog is located at 23 Cox Avenue in Armonk and can be reached at (914) 273-1674 or .

Armonk Dog of the Week
By Emily Sherman
Sponsored by

Pleasant Grooming of Armonk
Pleasant Grooming Armonk
May 5, 2016

Nike is a four-year-old English Golden Retriever. He has a mellow temperament, is great with kids, and sociable with other dogs.

The English Golden Retriever is shorter, stockier, and more square-faced than the American Golden Retriever, which is American Kennel Club’s (AKC) third ranked most popular breed in America. The English Goldens are known as loyal and make wonderful family pets. Nike fits the breed’s characteristics: he's calm, yet playful and is a loving companion.

He welcomes his daily playmates at Pleasant Grooming and is good company for his owner, dog aficionado Tyler Zuckerman.

Veterinary Care Is Dr. Germano’s Expertise and Passion  
By Rich Monetti

May 11, 2015
Like a lot of little kids, Rick Germano grew quite attached to one particular friend. In the course of normal events, playing veterinarian became one of the games he played. Only his envisioning was a bit more clinical and definitively put him on his career path.
“I was very close to the family dog, and I was constantly making sure he didn’t have any health problems,” says Dr. Germano, owner of Armonk Veterinary Hospital on 536 Main Street. 

Dr. Rick Germano of Armonk Veterinary
Knowing at five years old what he wanted to be as an adult went a long way toward completing his studies. “It’s very demanding, and the passion is what gets you through,” says the Cornell graduate.
The same probably goes for being on-call 24/7. With calls probably coming in once or twice a month at 2:00 a.m., he can advise people through the morning. If that’s not possible, the Armonk resident directs clients to the local Emergency Room, if needed.
Still, Germano does field questions almost every night, and his family accepts the interruptions as a given. “They know it’s part of my job,” says Germano.
A certain percentage of his furry clients feels the same say. “Some are very happy to see me when they arrive,” he says.
Most pets, though, arrive with a different disposition. “Yes, they recognize me,” he says of those with more discerning memories.   
As such, Germano puts the medicine aside to start. Greeting them by petting and rubbing in a pleasing way, “I try to disassociate the veterinary experience from the visit.”    
The building layout was put together in hopes of de-escalating anxiety, too. “We wanted to have wider open spaces where dogs don’t feel so confined,” he says.
Softer colors and having an examination table that automatically goes up is also intended to level off the stress, but he knows there’s no way to get the animals to completely succumb – especially cats. “They are much less trusting,” he says.
He doesn’t hold it against them either way, but since dogs and cats are more likely these days to come from shelters down south, Germano alerts pet owners to the elevated and fatal risk of heartworm.
The same goes for Leptospirosis, which can cause illness in humans if the bacteria migrate. Lyme disease obviously carries that possibility, too, so vaccination and flea/tick preventatives are not just important for the pet.
As for getting off to a healthy start, he recommends a checkup at the outset. “This way we can determine a proper course if there are any problems,” says Germano.
It’s also good to consider pet health insurance because the Affordable Care Act does not provide any waiver for pre-existing conditions.
Urinating on the carpet or gnawing/clawing the couch probably isn’t covered either, but Dr. Germano won’t leave you exposed. “We work with owners on behavioral problems or we can put them in touch with an expert,” he says.
Advanced study, though, isn’t necessarily needed when the end is near – even though his medical opinion is certainly part of the process. “The decision comes down to quality of life,” says Germano.
As such, he tells clients that they will know when it’s time. Still, the facts don’t make the call any easier. “It’s the toughest part of the job,” he says.
Nonetheless, the next day is always ahead. “This is my life. I get up in the morning, I’m a vet, and I wouldn’t know what else to do with myself,” concludes the good doctor.

Armonk Pets
It's Heartbreaking when Dogs Go Missing
By Michelle Boyle

January 31, 2015
Over the past few weeks several dogs in town have been reported missing. Luckily, after several sightings of one of the dogs, he was reunited with his owners by a professional trapper who used an effective search strategy to locate and recover him.

Murphy, a Whoodle, was swiftly tracked and captured by Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery on December 31, 2014. Thanks to the use of social media and posters around town, the owners were able to track his whereabouts. He was missing for five days while he was dragging a leash through Armonk and Chappaqua. Yet two other dogs remain missing.

When lost, dogs can be frightened and may run away when chased. Buddha Dog Rescue & Recovery says, “It is essential to understand the expected behavioral changes of a pet who is lost, distressed, and behaving in a manner much different than you would expect.”

The Connecticut Humane Society says only 14% of lost dogs and 4% of lost cats are reunited with their families. One of the still missing dogs is a small brown Mini Poodle from the Bedford side of North Castle; the other is a Golden Doodle, from the Whippoorwill area. Both families are heartbroken.

My family has two dogs, Louis and Maddy. Both of them are adopted Standard Poodles and are very much a part of the family. They provide constant companionship and unconditional love, as most dogs do. I’ve always had Poodles and can’t imagine our home without them. We had a Standard Poodle, Love, who was like my guardian angel. She followed me everywhere I went. She came from New Mexico and must have loved running on the prairie because I couldn’t keep her in the fenced yard after our first dog died. Love would run in different directions, and I would frantically drive around for hours, searching for her. The first time, the local dog catcher told me to get her some company to keep her at home.

We got another dog. Then both of them would run away together. I remember once I had to pick them up at the IBM complex. Another time they ran down Bear Ridge Road, where a woman stopped her car in the middle of the road to protect them. Yet again, they ran past the Whippoorwill Club into Chappaqua where I met New Castle’s dog catcher who was waiting with this kind woman who wouldn’t let him take them. They used to come home covered with ticks and their paw pads were raw from running on the road. After that we got an Invisible Fence and never had another incident.

But animals will wonder off; that’s their nature. Louis, our big black Standard, loves to explore the woods on our property that are fenced in. His prior owners couldn’t keep him from running away and were fearful that he would be hit by a car. Louis enjoys spending time outdoors. Most of the time he stakes out in the woods where he can capture animals. Only once that I know of, he brought home a mole. Another time he was crying inside by the sliding door because there was a deer outside. I quietly let him out and he quickly ran to chase the deer. He was on her heals, when the deer turned toward him and hissed. Louis came back with salvia that I touched when I pet him. The salvia numbed my hand. I never knew that deer had a numbing salvia. But I digress. We all have stories that we like to tell about our pets.

On Facebook there is local group of neighbors who report coyote sightings and coyote photographs from their yards. There are many coyotes in our area. On cold nights you can hear them howling. Once I saw one strutting across my neighbor’s driveway in the middle of the day. He was huge and looked like a big German Shepard, with a full body of fur. I knew this was his territory, from the way he stood there and looked at me.

By now we all know not to leave our dogs and cats unattended, especially at night since they can be easily preyed upon by other animals.

The prior owners of Louis had a microchip implanted under his skin. The chips are the size of a grain of rice and the insertion is a simple process. Fortunately, we have never had to use the chip, but knowing it's there is reassuring. The company that inserted the chip said if he goes missing to call them. He is registered and they will turn on the tracking device and the likelihood of finding him will be increased.

Connecticut Humane Society suggests to have pets microchipped when they are spayed or neutered.  

Perhaps North Castle Animal Control can consider holding a low-cost pet microchip clinic with a local veterinarian who will microchip dogs as Greenwich Animal Control did in 2013.