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'First Look': Pet of the Week features energetic puppy

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    An energetic chihuahua mix puppy jumped, chewed and charmed his way through an appearance on “First Look with Scott Cox” Friday. Marv the puppy joins Scott Cox and City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center director Julie Johnson.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

An energetic chihuahua mix puppy jumped, chewed and charmed his way through an appearance on "First Look with Scott Cox" Friday.

He jumped around a table in front of simulcast host Scott Cox and City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center director Julie Johnson. He chewed on some paper. But in the end, while Cox said the puppy is "a pistol," he also rallied for his adoption.

The Pet of the Week -- Cox decided to call him Marv -- prompted proper notation of his energy.

"This is a vicious little monster of a dog," Cox said with his characteristic laugh.

Even Johnson said Marv could be "a little destroyer for your house."

But it was all in fun. You can see Marv and other pets at the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center at 201 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. or call 832-7387.

Johnson also reminded the public about pet safety during her visit.

The animal care center receives a lot of calls about heat stroke. Help prevent it, she said, by keeping your dog out of the hot sun, making sure your dog has plenty of water and offering good spots for animals, especially those with long hair, a place to cool off and rest.

In other animal news, Johnson said:

* There will be a volunteer orientation at the Animal Care Center on Mount Vernon Avenue on Saturday. Volunteers are needed, especially to walk dogs in the summer.

* A rabies, distemper and parvo vaccination clinic will be held May 10 at Heritage Park. Microchips and licensing will be available.

* The center is receiving a lot of kittens right now, and bottles and special milk for them are appreciated.

* The center now has a new website where you can see adoptable pets. Go to www.bakersfieldcity.us/acc/.

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