Zipper the poodle has been known to prance around Hamden in a bright pink sweater that says "Princess" on it, which is a far cry from the shelter in Mexico where his journey began.
Gina Foringer, Laura Laing and their daughter, Zoe Foringer-Laing, found Zipper through PetFinder after a Homeward Trails volunteer rescued him from a shelter in Mexico in September. He quickly settled into their Mount Washington home, which also includes cats Pickles and Zenia. "He chases Pickles, which she doesn¿t like," says Foringer, "but Zenia holds her ground."
Now 7 months old, Zipper has adopted a stuffed Eeyore toy that he carries around inside; sticks make a fine substitute while out and about in the neighborhood, where he¿s become quite the social star. "On The Avenue, he checks for treats at the Parisian Flea and Kiss N¿ Make-Up," says Foringer. "He stops in to see the staff of Breathe Bookstore Cafe and plays with Lila at Charlotte Elliott."
While he¿s doing great in obedience classes, Zipper is still confined to a crate at night or when alone, which brings a mighty objection from the little dog. "There¿s a whiny protest and sometimes a wicked howl to let us know he¿d rather be on a couch or cushy chair," says Foringer. Alas, he enjoys chewing up paper rolls and shoes too much for that.
Bedtime aside, life is good for this tiny pooch. "He¿s so glad he has immigrated successfully from Mexico into a loving Baltimore home," Foringer says.
--Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun (Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo /December 2, 2013)
Keep your pet happy during the holidays, Maryland SPCA experts say, by following some basic tips when it comes to holiday feasting:
*Let them eat turkey: Only give pets well cooked and boneless portions of the bird though.
*Don't let them overdo it: Too much feasting can upset pets' stomachs or lead to pancreatitis.
*Skip the herbs: Sage and other herbs can also upset pets' stomachs and even cause central nervous system depression.
*Instead of offering pets people food, give them Nylabones or chew bones. A little peanut butter or sweet potato may be an appropriate treat.