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Happy Tails

by Chris Leclerc

One evening this past week, I was sitting on 
the back porch with my dog “Molly” when we 
heard a sudden outburst of coyotes yelping and 
howling nearby. It just so happened that the 
moon was hanging brilliantly in the sky above 
us, and I thought how appropriately the sound of 
the coyotes fit the scenario of the near-full moon 
lighting up the sky. Of course it goes without 
saying that my Molly felt the need to join in with 
the pack, adding her own low baritone grumble 
to the “looney tune” being sung by our local 

 Most of us have heard the word “lunatic” often 
used to describe one who acts in an eccentric, 
reckless or insane manner. The term itself was 
first recorded as part of the vernacular in the 
13th century AD, defined: “affected with periodic 
insanity, dependant on the changes of the 
moon.“ Do the phases of the moon really have 
an affect on our behavior, or is this nothing more 
than just a myth made up to explain otherwise 
unexplainable occasional abnormal behavior?

 Many people do believe that animals (and 
humans) are indeed affected by the position of the 
moon, but other more skeptical thinkers would 
beg to differ. Me? Well, I tend to go by apparent 
changes I have experienced within myself and 
those I have observed in my pets, and based on 
my own experiences and observations, I believe 
we are affected by the various lunar positions that 
occur throughout the calendar year. 

 If you ask Astrologer Dana Haynes about her 
opinion on the subject, she’ll tell you that lunar 
phases most definitely affect the way we and our 
pets feel and behave, without a doubt. Haynes has 
studied animal behavior as it is impacted by the 
moon‘s positions for many years, and she came 
up with a very specific list of the ways each lunar 
phase affects animals both domestic and wild, as 
well as how they affect humans. Here is what she 
has to say about this rather controversial issue: 
(Source - Article by Dana Haynes, How Does the 
Moon Affect Your Pet: Lunar Phases & Animals, I find it very interesting, and 
I hope you do to.

 FULL MOON - The Full Moon influences the 
psyche of animals with noticeable intensity. It has 
been said to increase chaos and even 
cause the Earth to shake. Veterinary 
staff and Animal Control keep very busy 
during this phase. When an animal is 
upset during the full moon, they tend 
to be restless. Dogs and wolves are 
known to howl during the Full Moon 
phase, while birds become agitated and 
disoriented. Cats hide. The Full Moon 
tends to rattle both humans’ and our 
pets’ emotions.

NEW MOON - For a sensitive 
animal, the New Moon, not unlike the 
Full Moon, supports intention and 
therefore it is a time to change old habits which 
block awareness. It is a time to tune into nature’s 
vibrations-which many cats, dogs, other domestic 
animals and wild animals may do. Animals seem 
to naturally tune into the New Moon phase, 
understanding it is a time to chill even though 
this can be a challenge. The animal’s senses are 
heightened and sensitivity will be seen in each 
New Moon phase.

 SUPER MOON - Unlike a Full Moon or New 
Moon, this phase is when an alignment of the 
Sun, Moon and the Earth called perigee-sizing 
occurs when the Moon is at it’s closest to Earth 
(perigree). Animals tend to be ultra sensitive 
during this time of a very big full moon. Like 
humans, the power of the electromagnetic fields 
during a Full Moon phase interacts with our own 
magnetic field increasing the ability to sense of 
feel the stress around us. Animals tend to notice 
the interaction quicker, as it is part of their 
survival instincts to stay away from danger or 
snuggle with a caregiver.

 WANING MOON - Waning Moon is a time 
when sensitive animals will tune into their sixth 
sense and know it is time to hunt, gather food, and 
build their homes in order to protect their family 
and be prepared for the future. The Waning 
Moon, unlike Full, New and Super Moons acts 
like a brake. For an animal, domestic or wild, it 
is a time to put natural instincts and the nesting 
mode into action for self preservation.

 BLUE MOON - The Blue Moon occurs when 
there are two Full Moons in one months. In 
other words, the lunar phase is much like the Full 
Moon and repeats its patterns. The difference 
between the two Full Moons comes from the 
astrological sign the moon is passing through, 
therefore the intensity of one Full Moon would 
affect an animal’s psyche in one area of life and 
the second one in another area of life. It is like 
our companion animals and wild animals get 
a double dose of the Full Moon and its intense 
vibrations on Earth. But note, emotions are no 
more on edge than at any other Full Moon.


By David Finstrom from HUTdogs

We work with many different businesses and non-
profits. Each is unique, yet they all have something 
in common. Every business needs to stay in touch 
with their customers, supporters, influencers, fans 
as well as the curious.

 It is surprising how often that simple task – staying 
in touch – can become overwhelming, over-
thought and under delivered. As business people 
we need to make it routine. So let’s simplify it and 
take action.

 Here are 5 things you can do today to reach 
your audience:

 - Share a post on Facebook from one of your 
customers. Note, this implies that you are actively 
listening to your audience.

 - Send an email campaign to your customers 
and simply thank them.

 - Plan an event and invite your customers and 
ask them to invite a friend or two. It could be 
as simple as meet me for coffee or come to our 

 - Reward your customers with a special discount 
or exclusive access. Let them know about it 
by sending them an email and posting on social 

 - Share an interesting article or blog post about 
your industry, your community or your business.

 - So take a note from Adele and say, “Hello, it’s 
me” and see what happens.

 About MJ: MJ and her brother David own 
HUTdogs, a creative services and digital marketing 
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By Sean Kayden

“10 Cloverfield Lane” could be deemed a pseudo 
spin-off/part of the same universe as 2008 hit film, 
“Cloverfield.” However, it’s never been publicly stated 
that it is despite sharing the title in its own name. This 
film, which was directed by the fresh new talent, Dan 
Trachtenberg, is about a young woman that gets into 
a horrific car accident and awakens in a shelter with 
two men, one of which claims the outside world is 
affected by a widespread chemical attack. Think of last 
year’s “Room” with more thriller/mystery elements. 
Now the original spec script that sold was called “The 
Cellar” and it had a very different ending (the last 10-
15 minutes). J.J. Abrams bought the script and hired 
Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) to rewrite the ending 
in more of a J.J. Abrams type of film. For better or 
worse, the ending has seemed to have people become 
indecisive about it. Personally, I thought the film was 
really strong until they altered the ending. Instead 
the audience is left with the same old tired, common 
ending we’ve seen hundreds of times before. Does it 
work? Sure. Is it great? Not even close.

 We are first introduced to Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s 
character Michelle as she is abandons her new home 
and leaves behind her engagement ring behind. She is 
on the road unsure to where she is headed. No dialogue 
has been used until her fiancé Ben calls pleading with 
her to come back. After she hangs up on him, he calls 
again. Reluctant to answer the phone, she is sideswiped, 
tumbling violently off the side of the road. She awakens 
chained to a wall inside a small windowless bunker. 
Confused and terrified, she soon meets Howard (John 
Goodman). At first, he seems like someone that saved 
her life, but he isn’t willingly to let her leave. His reason is 
because there was an attack, an airborne attack of some 
sort. It might not be safe to go outside for a year or two. 
With no one knowing where she is and her cellphone 
having no service, Michelle is stuck at the mercy of 
Howard. Soon later, it is revealed another man is inside 
this underground backhouse. We are introduced to a 
local named Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.) that Howard 
took in as well. Emmett believes Howard’s theory about 
what is going on outside yet Michelle is very skeptical as 
she tries to escape a few hours later. It’s interesting that 
Howard would want another man inside the shelter just 
in case he proves to be a threat. At the same token, it 
leads you to believe maybe Howard is right about what 
is going outside as he wants no one to leave or entering 
his fortress of sorts. 

Directed By: Dan Trachtenberg

Written By: Josh Campbell & Matthew Stuecken 
and Damien Chazelle

Rated: Rated PG-13 for thematic material 
including frightening sequences of threat with 
some violence, and brief language

Release Date: March 11th, 2016 

When Michelle fails to escape and realizes something 
is certainly awry outside, she ends up making the best 
of her time with Howard and Emmett despite the dire 
circumstances. She even strikes up a friendship with 
the two, especially with Emmett and that seems to 
cause some hostility with Howard. When we find out 
more about Howard, the audience can sympathize 
with him, but still be a bit weary of his intentions. 
With that being said, there’s a menacing side to him 
as well when he’s under the impression something is 
not right. The best surprises of the film come with the 
unpredictable behavior of Howard. John Goodman 
is terrific here. He’s absolutely a true highpoint of this 
small time, contained thriller. Like I mentioned before, 
three-fourths of the film will truly hold your interest 
and many people will still like the ending—fanboys of 
the genre and supernatural enthusiasts come to mind. 
Nonetheless, from what I’ve read online, I much rather 
would have seen the seemingly better, more grounded 
original ending (that still had a twist/surprise to it). But 
we didn’t get that film. Instead we were given a good 
and what could have been truly inventive film until it 
underwent a last minute procedure changing it to the 
most unoriginal, uninspired, and cliché ending as they 
come by.

 Grade: 3.5 out of 5



Munchies is a 
darling 10 year old 
American Staffordshire 
mix with lively brown 
eyes and a black and 
white coat resembling 
a delicious mocha 
cream treat! Although 
considered a senior dog, 
Munchies has plenty 
of pep to her step and 
lots of puppy energy to 
chase tennis balls and 
go for jogs around the 
park. Though not big 
in height, this lovely girl 
is a strapping ball of 60 
pounds of love, wet kisses, 
and doggie hugs. She just 
loves to love her people!

 Munchies enjoys hanging out with her human 
friends and playing with squeaky toys. She 
especially likes toys with stuffing in them because 
she is an expert toy-destuffer! She is a great 
example of a dog’s ability to learn new tricks at any 
age as she has learned her sit command and how 
to catch treats while sitting. 

 This lovely girl came to the shelter when she 
was surrendered by her previous owners because 
they moved to a place where dogs are not allowed. 
Despite losing her home at10 years of age, 
Munchies hopes to find 
her forever home with a 
loving family who she can 
share her golden years 
with. If you’re that special 
family please stop by and 
meet Munchies!

 Her adoption fee is 
$145 and includes spay 
surgery, vaccinations, 
microchip and a 
free wellness exam 
at a participating 
veterinarian. Feel free to 
call us at (626) 286-1159 
for more information on 
Munchies. She currently 
resides at the San Gabriel 
Valley Humane Society 
located at 851 E. Grand 
Avenue in San Gabriel. We are located off San 
Gabriel Blvd, north of Mission and south of Las 
Tunas Drive. To arrange a ‘Meet and Greet’ with 
Munchies, please stop by any time from 10:30am 
to 4:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. Website: We are always looking for 
hard working, dedicated animal lovers to join our 
team to fulfill our goal of ‘Putting People and Pets 
Together’. If you have what it takes to succeed in 
our life-saving work, we want to meet you! Check 
out our employment opportunities at http://


Roxie is a sweet and 
deserving little soul in 
need of a new home! 
Roxie (A4927576) is 
a two-year-old white 
female Tibetan Spaniel 
and Chihuahua mix who 
was surrendered by her 
owner to the Baldwin 
Park Animal Care Center 
on March 12th along 
with her companion Baci 
(A4927579). Roxie is a 
compact 15 pounds and 
appears to have a very 
even keeled demeanor. 
She walks well on leash 
and likes other dogs. 
Both Roxie and Baci are 
bonded to each other and we would love to see 
them adopted together (but they can also be 
adopted separately). Roxie has adorable ears, 
one ear that sticks straight up and another that 
is folded over. She is overwhelmed in the shelter 
environment, but once she was out of her kennel 
and in the arms of her handler she was polite 
and very sweet. Roxie is confused on why she 
in is the shelter, but we believe once she is in 
a loving, calm home she will make an awesome 
family member. To watch a video of Roxie, 
please visit the following 

 To meet Roxie in 
person, please see her 
at the Baldwin Park 
Shelter, located at 4275 
N. Elton, Baldwin Park, 
CA 91706 (Phone: 
626-962-3577). She is 
currently available now. 
For any inquiries about 
Roxie, please reference 
her animal ID number: 
A4927576. The shelter is 
open seven days a week, 
12 pm-7 pm Monday-
Thursday and 10am-
5pm Friday-Sunday. 
This is a high-intake shelter with a great need for 
adoptions. For more information about Roxie 
or the adoption process, contact United Hope 
for Animals Volunteer Adoption Coordinator 
Samantha at To 
learn more about United Hope for Animals’ 
partnership with the Baldwin Park Shelter, as 
well as the many dogs of all breeds, ages, and 
sizes available for adoption in local shelters, visit

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