Cinnamon, a mix of retriever (golden and Lab) and chow, landed at BARCS last year and at 9 years old, she wouldn't be an easy adoption. Luckily, her story struck a chord with BARCS volunteer Vicky Jenkins the minute the dog was posted on the shelter's website.
"I saw Cinnamon's picture and the notation that she was 9 years old and given up because her owner had to go into assisted living," says Jenkins. "The story tugged at my heart."
Jenkins, her husband, Thomas, and son, Cody, 19, adopted the dog and brought her home to Middle River, where she quickly adapted to lazy afternoons watching ducks from the pier and playing with Chloe, the family's Shih Tzu.
"Cinnamon likes a quiet household and I think ours was the perfect fit for her," says Jenkins. Cinnamon loves being petted and lays her "20-pound paw," as the family says, on her humans' knees to ask for more. Not a big fan of toys, she enjoys a nightly biscuit and is fearful of thunderstorms.
"She is the gentlest dog we've ever owned," says Jenkins, "and she's loved by everyone who meets her. Senior pets are a joy to adopt."
She hopes Cinnamon's previous owner might see her story and take comfort knowing their sweet friend is happy in her new home. "I've tried without success to find her previous owner so we could assure him or her that Cinnamon is well cared for in a loving home," says Jenkins. "I hope maybe this will find them and bring peace."
To have your pet - including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like - considered for Collared, email information to email@example.com.
- Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo /July 8, 2014)
I learned the hard way that I should care for/brush my cat's teeth when my rescued cat needed to be sedated and have her teeth cleaned (which was very expensive) because the tartar was so bad. She is not a good patient. What should I do for her teeth and how often?
Answer: Dental disease is very common, with the majority of cats being affected by age 3. It causes significant discomfort, difficulty eating and ultimately results in the loss of teeth. Tooth brushing is considered the best method of home dental care and ideally is performed daily. Supplies to have on hand include toothpaste formulated for cats and a pet tooth brush - -these come in various designs. Remember that cats are very inquisitive creatures and enjoy exploring their environment at their own pace. The first step of acclimating your cat to tooth-brushing is getting your cat accustomed to you touching his or her face, lips, gums and teeth. Slowly begin introducing toothpaste, which comes in a variety of tempting flavors. Next, allow your cat to investigate the toothbrush with the paste applied to it. When your cat is comfortable with the supplies involved, begin by brushing along the gum line, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth. Keep the experience positive for your cat, and be sure to offer a reward!
As pet caregivers, we have the opportunity each day to positively affect our cats’ dental health, and the rewards are substantial in terms of your cat's overall well-being and health. There are numerous alternative methods of caring for your cat's teeth if your cat is resistant to tooth brushing. Your veterinary office can advise you on options such as diets designed to clean the teeth, oral hygiene chews, rinses or gels, and water additives. It is important that your veterinarian assesses your cat's teeth every six months to monitor for changes. Keep in mind that professional cleaning and treatment is an important and often necessary step that aids in the efforts you are making to keep your cat's smile beautiful!
This week’s expert is Katie John, veterinary technician at the Cat Hospital at Towson. Submit your questions to Sun.Unleashed@gmail.com.
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more
about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service
. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.