Coyotes in the Neighborhood

Officer Moore answers Maggie Mae's questions about staying safe from coyotes.

Officer Moore answers Maggie Mae’s questions about staying safe from coyotes.                                      Photo by Ronni Diamondstein

People are very concerned about coyotes. Three years ago I wrote a column about it in the Inside Chappaqua Magazine September/October 2012 issue. Here it is with information that can still help dogs stay safe.

Last fall I heard our neighbor Dana leave a message on our answering machine, “Please be careful when you take Maggie outside. I just saw a coyote walking on the road in front of your house.” Other neighbors had told my owner that they heard coyotes howl at night, but we had never seen one. As soon as I could, I contacted Officer James Moore, the New Castle Animal Control Officer to find out what my owner and I could do to stay safe.

Officer Moore said that the coyotes probably already knew where I lived. He had some great suggestions for what we could do when we go out in the early morning when it is dark and see a coyote: carry a whistle, make noise and never turn your back on them. If you run away, they will think you are prey and go after you. He also put me in touch with Kevin Clarke, Wildlife Biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. “Coyotes are part of our environment, “ he said “and we can peacefully co-exist with them.”

Knowing that coyotes are out there, Clarke says, people need to modify their behavior so people and dogs, especially small ones, don’t have a negative interaction. He said to stop doing the things that attract them to our homes such as feeding pets or stray cats outside, using bird feeders, composting food items and not covering your trash. Then when you do see a coyote you need to make it afraid of you. He also said to make lots of noise and to throw rocks or sticks, wave your arms and make yourself look scary. Don’t let them just hang around and feel comfortable. “Most coyotes around the state do exhibit a healthy fear of humans,” says Clarke, “but in more urbanized areas they are comfortable around people and become more bold and curious in their behavior.” He says the likelihood of an attack on a human is very low. “However, recorded incidences from around the country have involved young children.”

“To keep pets safe, keep cats inside and keep dogs on a leash or in a fenced enclosure. Invisible fences are not a good way to keep them safe as coyotes will often come into a yard to kill a dog,” Clarke says. He also told me that small dogs like me should stay on a leash and in closed quarters—or bulk up. Coyotes don’t usually attack larger dogs (35-45 pounds.)

Over the summer, while I was writing this story, I was very upset to hear that a little dog was killed by a coyote right in her own backyard in our town. The scary part was that the dog was right near the house.

Clarke says to enjoy wildlife from a distance. “We can never predict the behavior of wild animals with 100% certainty.” The best advice he offers is to change our behavior so we don’t attract coyotes and make them comfortable around us. You can find out more about coyotes and other things you can do around your home to keep them away from you and your pets by visiting the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6971.html and the Westchester County website http://health.westchestergov.com/coyotes

Now I hear there was a Black Bear in right near the Duck Pond. I’d better find out what to do about them.

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae's Pet Peeves, Maggie Mae’s Scoop, One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae

Great News! Arts Westchester Photo Exhibit!

I have news for you!

I have news for you!

My owner will have a photo of me, Maggie Mae Pup Reporter in the  ArtsWestchester’s exhibition Through the Decades:  Picturing 50 Years in Westchester.  Through the Decades opens with a reception from 4:00-6:00PM on October 4th

It’s me and our County Executive Rob Astorino who ran for Governor last year. So excited!  Stay tuned for more details.

 

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae’s Scoop, One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae

Winter Storm Juno: Blizzard on the way

Looking for Juno, the blizzard on its way

Looking for Juno, the blizzard on its way

Out today before the blizzard arrives. WNBC 4 NY added me to their gallery. I’m #4 (Just click on the #4)

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae’s Scoop, One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae

Happy New Year!

 wishing you joy from season to season

art by Sophie Mendelson
Wishing you joy from season to season

 

 

Look for more posts  and pet peeves on http://www.maggiemaepup.com in 2015!

Happy New Year!

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae's Pet Peeves, One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae

My Neigbors, the Clintons!

President Clinton smiles with pride at then – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Memorial Day Ceremony in May 2006 © Ronni Diamondstein, All Rights Reserved.

President Clinton smiles with pride at then – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Memorial Day Ceremony in May 2006 © Ronni Diamondstein, All Rights Reserved.

Maggie Mae Pup Reporter gets a shout out in WAG Magazine this month.

My owner wrote this article in WAG magazine about our neighbors in Chappaqua and I got a shout out!

 

My neighbors, the Clintons–by Ronni Diamondstein

Synergy is a word that comes to mind when I think of Hillary and Bill Clinton. They are a formidable team. Both with impressive resumés of years of service, most recently, the tireless work they do for The Clinton Foundation and its many worldwide initiatives. Both have had many titles, too, but no doubt one that brings them much pleasure is their latest, “grandparent.” However, there is one title that those of us in Chappaqua are quite fond of: neighbor.

Fifteen years ago this month the Clintons made Chappaqua their home. Over the years they have become part of the fabric of the community and I have had the pleasure to talk to them and observe them around town.

Read more…

 

 

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae's Pet Peeves, Maggie Mae’s Scoop, One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae

Why Halloween May Not Be a Treat for Your Dog: Safety Tips from Maggie Mae

Sporting my Ladybug costume for Halloween

Sporting my Ladybug costume for Halloween

Halloween is a happy time but it may not be so much fun for your furry friends. While you and your family are decorating your house, making your Halloween costumes and party arrangements remember that we pets are around and you need to be careful about us. I like being around people and I wear a costume. But not all dogs and cats are like me, so I got some hauntingly good advice from Jeremy Tubbs, DVM of Millwood Animal Hospital in New York. Here are some tips that can help you and your entire family have a Happy and safe Halloween.

1.  Dressing up is not for every pet: You need to know your pet. I don’t mind wearing a jacket so I am happy to don my ladybug costume for the day. “Costumes are fine as long as they are not restrictive,” says Dr. Tubbs, “and be sure they don’t get overheated.”  And he says, “Make sure you try it on beforehand. And don’t leave your pet unsupervised.” Be careful of small decorations on the costume that can fall off and your dog could eat them. And if your pet has allergies, some of the materials that the costumes are made from can be a problem

2.  No Tricks or Treats for your pet: I love treats, but candy is never a good treat for us canines. “Chocolate and xylitol, an artificial sweetener, are toxic to pets. And most dogs do not tolerate sweet food items very well. These treats can cause gastrointestinal distress,” says Dr. Tubbs. Your dog could choke on a candy wrapper or a lollipop stick too. Keep candy away and have some low calorie dog biscuits on hand for us. I love a little bit of cooked pumpkin which is good for my digestion but a Halloween pumpkin is not good to eat. If your dog does snatch a treat you can call your vet or the Pet Poison hotline, 800-213-6680.

3.  Watch Your Front Door: I love visitors but not all dogs or cats do. “Constant ringing of the door bell and strange costumes can be very scary and cause a great deal of anxiety,” says Dr. Tubbs. So unless they are like me it’s a good idea to crate us dogs (that’s the place I go to be safe) or put them in a separate room. “If you are not sure how your pet would tolerate these situations, I recommend that you err on the side of caution and just remove them from the stressors,” says Dr. Tubbs. This also keeps them from running out the door when Trick or Treaters call. And in case they do get out, be sure they have an ID tag with up to date information.

4.  Decorations can be scary: Last night I heard a scary noise outside. When I went for my walk I saw creatures I had never seen before and heard screeching sounds so I barked. My owner said it was just Halloween decoration and not be worry. And just like candy, some of the Halloween symbols are not good for your pets. A flickering jack-o-lantern is fun but it might scare a dog (I don’t like candles or flashlights) and a curious cat might try to swipe the flame. “Also realize that your decorations may look like fun chew toys to them but may be very sharp, hot or cause unforeseen complications,” says Dr. Tubbs. Also, for a chewer like me it is wise to keep wires and cords out of reach.

You and your pets can have fun on Halloween if you just take a little extra care. I know I will have a good time, so here’s wishing you and that your dog or cat a stress-free happy haunting holiday too!

 

What are you planning to do for Halloween?

 

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae’s Scoop, One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Pet Health Information

Birthday!

Today day is my birthday! Here I am celebrating with my good friend Mia!

Today is my birthday! Here I am celebrating with my good friend Mia!

Another year older and hope to be a wiser pup! Enjoying my seventh birthday celebration. And no, I did not eat a chocolate cupcake. That was for the humans. I had an extra treat!

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae’s Furry Friends, One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae

Pet Peeve: Please Pick Up Your Poop

I can read this, so I don't understand why some people don't heed this sign.

I can read this, so I don’t understand why some people don’t heed this sign.

Maggie Mae’s Pet Peeve: This is something I just don’t get. I see a lot of unpicked up poop in my neighborhood and when I walk in the town–even on the sidewalk. I can’t pick up my own poop, so my owner carries bags with her all the time and even a flashlight at night so she can see it in the dark. My owner carries a pouch that is attached to the handle of my leash so she always has something to use to pick up the “you know what”.  She’s right there next to me when I do my business and I even get a “Good Girl,” when I am finished.

What’s your Pet Peeve?

Maggie Mae Pup Reporter wants to hear from you! This is a series of posts about things that are on my mind. I am a very happy dog and get along well with kids and adults of all ages. But there are some things that bother me.  I  will let you know what is on my mind and if  you have something you would like to share, just let me know.

You can contact me at maggiemae10514@gmail.com if you have your own pet related peeve!

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae's Pet Peeves, Pet Health Information

Pet Peeves: A New Series from Maggie Mae Pup Reporter

Writing my first Pet Peeve!

Writing my first Pet Peeve!

A series of posts for people from a pup’s point of view.

Maggie Mae Pup Reporter wants to hear from you!

I am about to launch a new series of posts. I am a very happy dog and get along well with kids and adults of all ages. As I am getting older and wiser I have noticed that there are some things that bother me.  I  will let you know what is on my mind and you have something you would like to share, just let me know.

You can contact me at maggiemae10514@gmail.com if you have a pet related peeve!

 

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in A Day in the Life of Maggie Mae, Maggie Mae's Pet Peeves, Maggie Mae’s Scoop, One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae

Hanging out with other writers!

Cuddling up with award-winning children's book author Roni Schotter

Cuddling up with award-winning children’s book author Roni Schotter

Yesterday I had the best time hanging out with other authors at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival.  It was fun to be with other writers to inspire me. And of course, reading is very important for kids of all ages. I was named for Maggie from the book “Wait for Me! Said Maggie McGee” by Jean Van Leeuwen who was at the festival yesterday.

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in One Day in the Life of Maggie Mae
Categories
Archives
Follow Maggie Mae Pup Reporter™ on WordPress.com
%d bloggers like this: