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3/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

• CLEVELAND — Doug Gelbert, author of 23 books on hiking with a dog, has released the ebook “Doggin’ Cleveland: The 50 Best Places to Hike With Your Dog in Northeast Ohio.” The ebook sells for $4.99 but can be downloaded for free from Kindle through March 24. Visit www.hikewithyourdog.com for more information. The book discusses the best dog-friendly parks and trails in the area and also covers the parks that don’t welcome dogs, dog-friendly campgrounds, tips on outfitting a dog for a hike and tips on practicing low-impact hiking with a dog.

• KENT — Researchers in the Psychology Department at Kent State University invite families to participate in a new study of children’s relationships with their pet dogs. The goal of the study is to understand how children’s relationships with a pet dog might be related to their relationships with people and to their adjustment. Researchers are particularly interested in whether pet dogs can alleviate children’s distress. The study is lead by Kathy Kerns and is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Families are eligible to participate if they have a child in fourth or fifth grade, at least one dog in their home and one parent who can participate in the study. All information from the family will be collected during one visit to the family’s home. The study involves filling out questionnaires and having children participate in different activities, and families will be compensated for their participation. For more information about the project or to volunteer, call the Kerns Research Lab at 330-672-2139 or email Amanda Koehn at akoehn@kent.edu.

• BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick Library, with help from Bob Evans restaurants, is planning a Pet Foodraiser event to benefit Save Ohio Strays (SOS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless pets destined for euthanasia. The all-volunteer animal rescue group has saved more than 2,350 lives in eight years, according to SOS officials. From March 30 to April 13, donations of quality pet food, dog and cat toys, hard nylon chews, cat litter and pans, and paper towels may be dropped off at the Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. The event will end April 13 with a Pet Palooza event at the library. During this event, area pets and their families can enjoy pet-themed fun, including a breakfast courtesy of Brunswick’s Bob Evans Restaurant for pet food donors. Preregistration is suggested by calling 330-273-4150.

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