Talkin' Pets News
May 12, 2018
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Karen Vance - Agility and Trainer
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Executive Producer/ Social Media - Bob Page
Special Segment Guests - Theresa A. McKeown, author of 3 new children's books, including "The ABC's of Living Green" and "How to Eat Your ABC's" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/12/18 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her books
Amy Hegy, Red Cross Volunteer, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets on 5/12/18 at 630pm ET LIVE to discuss the current situation on the Big Island of Hawaii
Gail Miller Bisher, Director of Communications for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/12/18 at 720pm ET to inform us about the judges for the 143rd event
Saving America’s Vets and America’s Pets
New National Initiative by American Humane Seeks to Help Stem Tide of Veteran Suicide and Euthanasia of Shelter Animals
First Class of Highly Trained Service Animals Graduates, Helps Give Veterans and Veterans’ Families Their Lives Back, While Providing a Second Chance to Abandoned Dogs
American Humane’s Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs has launched a new initiative to harness the healing powers of the human-animal bond to help our brave veterans and more of America’s beautiful, adoptable animals. Every day, 20 veterans struggling with the invisible wounds of war take their own lives, and 670,000 dogs are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year. Vast anecdotal evidence and a growing body of scientific research show that specialized PTS and TBI service dogs can offer life-changing—and often lifesaving—support to affected veterans. However, there are obstacles standing in the way for veterans in need of service dogs: Waiting lists are long and the training process is time-consuming and expensive, costing upwards of $30,000 per dog.
To help begin turning the tide of veteran suicide and save the lives of more adoptable animals facing an uncertain future, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, is announcing the first graduating class of service dogs and retired warriors in its new national “Shelter to Service” program. The initiative rescues shelter dogs and specially trains them to become lifesaving service animals for military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). American Humane’s new canine training center provides specialized PTS and TBI service dogs to veterans in need, at no cost to the recipient.
American Humane is introducing the first class of service dog graduates at the Hamptons, Long Island home of philanthropists Jewel and Robert Morris amid a sea of some 200 humanitarian and celebrity advocates for America’s veterans and animals, including country star and longtime supporter of the military Naomi Judd, NHL star Matt Martin, former PepsiCo Restaurants International CEO Tim Lane, Hallmark Channels President and CEO Bill Abbott, New York City socialite Jean Shafiroff, and many others.
Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, said: “As an organization that has worked for more than a century to help both these groups, American Humane was compelled to provide help and healing, and created a nationwide model based on our development of the country’s first national training standards to help ensure veterans an adequate quantity as well as quality of lifesaving service dogs.” Veterans now face wait times of a dangerously unacceptable 18- to 24-months.
“With 20 veterans committing suicide each day and PTSD cases continuing to increase at alarming rates in the veterans community, it is unconscionable that we have not been taking advantage of every possible mechanism to reverse this horrific tragedy,” said internationally renowned philanthropist and American Humane board member Lois Pope. “It is equally tragic that hundreds of thousands of dogs are euthanized in shelters each year. Given that it is well-known that dogs have an indelible connection with humans and have served as therapy and service companions for people with physical and emotional afflictions for so many years, the Shelter to Service initiative is a perfect solution to both problems. That is why I’m pleased that through the Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs, American Humane has pioneered and is taking the national lead on partnering veterans with shelter canines in order to help them heal from the invisible wounds of war.”
American Humane began working with the U.S. military more than 100 years ago when they deployed to the battlefields of World War I Europe to rescue more than 68,000 wounded war horses every month. Following World War II they advanced the field of animal-assisted therapy to help returning veterans cope with the invisible wounds of war, and aided children of military families during their parents’ deployments. Recently, they helped change the law to make sure we bring our military hero dogs home to U.S. soil when their service to our country is finished. They also work to reunite these four-footed warriors with their former handlers, and provide them with free specialized healthcare so they can enjoy the happy and healthy retirement they deserve. This newest initiative seeks to save the lives of more veterans, as well as those of abandoned, adoptable animals.
Program Made Possible by Committed Friends and Generous Sponsors
American Humane’s Shelter to Service program has been made possible thanks to a wide range of committed supporters and generous sponsors, including, among many others, The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Zoetis, Hallmark Channel, NCR Foundation, Banfield Foundation, Adtalem Foundation, Kriser’s Natural Pet, Matt Martin Foundation, Door Automation Corp., Kyrus Charities, Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, The Philly Pack, Monster Energy, Marta Heflin Foundation, Red River Charitable Foundation, Nora Roberts Family Foundation, All About Dogs, LLC, and Merck Animal Health. American Humane is grateful to all of them. Without their support, this program would not be possible.
“I am so pleased to be supporting their newest effort to save America’s vets and America’s pets by pairing our retired warriors with trained service dogs who are themselves rescues from shelters,” said country singer, longtime military supporter, and American Humane board member Naomi Judd. “In this way, we can save lives on both ends of one healing leash.”
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.AmericanHumane.org.
Palmetto, Fla. (April 13, 2017)—Ruby is an exceptional golden retriever currently living and working with her visually impaired handler Francis “Frank” Goossens of Sarasota. But before she became Frank’s life-changing guide and eyes to the world, Ruby was born in the old puppy kennel at Southeastern Guide Dogs alongside her siblings Nell, Gussie, Ellen, Cody, Cashew, Dove, Ava, Clifford and Pinkie. Every year about 250 tiny superheroes-in-training are born and trained on Southeastern Guide Dogs’ 33-acre campus in Palmetto, Fla. For the first 10 to 12 weeks of life, the Labradors, golden retrievers and goldadors are tenderly cared for along with their mothers, brothers and sisters in a strategically designed program of health, early education and socialization where every paw-step counts on their journey to greatness.
But the puppy kennel that served Ruby and the organization so well for more than three decades eventually became too small and in need of constant repairs. It just plain wore out. Now, with the opening of the Grant & Shirle Herron Puppy Academy, newborns, moms and growing puppies will flourish in a purpose-built home during the first semesters of their Southeastern Guide Dogs experience—from birth to pre-school to kindergarten graduation—before being sent out to the loving homes of their volunteer puppy raisers.
Donor Shirle Herron of Sebring, Fla. provided the lead gift for the $4.7 million structure, which features about 15,000 square feet of climate-controlled interior space and about 5,000 square-feet of covered exterior. Every inch is designed with a focus on functionality, efficiency and sanitation, and is hurricane ready: built to withstand winds up to 150 mph. In addition, Southeastern Guide Dogs is unique in inviting the public to participate in the puppies’ early development via a creative and fun Puppy Kindergarten Adventure curriculum described here.
Noise and stress reduction elements, abundant natural lighting, comfort features and an enclosed outdoor gymnasium demonstrate the careful attention paid to the puppies’ and their moms’ physical environment. Key spaces include: Genetics & Reproduction; Whelping and Neonatal Care (Newborns to six weeks); Preschool (Newborns to six weeks); Clinic (All ages); Kindergarten and Enrichment (six to 10 weeks);and a small outdoor splash park funded by Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy raiser volunteers. The facility also contains a gift shop selling merchandise that supports the free programs Southeastern Guide Dogs provides to visually impaired students and veterans with PTSD.
“From playtime to training time, from specialized medical procedures to whelping and neonatal care, with attention paid to public interaction and educational enrichment, the Puppy Academy anticipates and exceeds the needs of staff and our young puppies,” says CEO Titus Herman. It is a beautiful facility built with "frugal quality" that reflects both our commitment to superb stewardship as well as exceptional care. In this environment enhanced by warm sunlight, privacy and serenity, our staff and volunteers will perform their cutting-edge work, while our future superheroes will learn and grow into their very special destinies.”
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Employing the latest in canine development and behavior research, the national organization trains guide dogs, service dogs and companion dogs for people living with significant challenges including those with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities.
All of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services – which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime graduate follow-up – are provided at no cost to the recipients. The charity relies 100 percent on private donations and receives no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. www.GuideDogs.org
Talkin' Pets News
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jeremy Miller
Producer - Amanda Page
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Edward Meyer from Ripley's Believe It or Not will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/12/16 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away their new book "Unlock the Weird"
Founder of Down Dog Snacks Jessie Walker will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/12/2016 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away her dog snacks
“Our community is involved with the raising and training of exceptional puppies destined to make life better as a service dog for someone with psychiatric disabilities.” – Founder Abby Hill
Newtown, CT, October 28, 2016 – - With The Exceptional Partner Service Dogs’ (TEPSD) pilot program successfully underway since January 2016, the non-profit organization has announced the arrival of Noodle, a 12-week-old Labradoodle. She joins the original five TEPSD – 10-month-old Labrador Retriever puppies -- all being trained to become Psychiatric Service Dogs for those in need throughout the region.
The mission of TEPSD is to transform lives by raising and training Psychiatric Service Dogs to match -- at no cost -- with children and adults suffering from psychiatric disabilities, while engaging and educating the community of Newtown in the process. This is done with the help of Newtown schools, teachers, students, and families who are an integral part of raising and socializing the dogs as well as educating their peers about mental illness.
According to Abby Hill, Founder and Executive Director of TEPSD, “What we do has two purposes. First, to properly prepare and train exceptional service dogs who, in two years, will go on to help make someone’s life significantly better. Second, we engage and involve the Newtown community in the program, where they learn about the job of service dogs and about people with mental illness who will depend on the dog to help them live their lives to the fullest. In the process, these kids reap the benefits of having a dog at their school every day – being a part of something truly life-changing. The educational and emotional impact has already been significant.”
Noodle was generously donated to TEPSD this month by Blueberry Cottage Labradoodles and, like the original five Labradors, she comes from a well-sourced, highly established service dog breeder who breeds meticulously for temperament, workability, structural soundness, and health. TEPSD puppies are exposed to early neurological stimulation that makes them ideal for this job.
“Bringing Noodle to TEPSD is a great opportunity for us because she is a hypoallergenic dog and can go into classrooms during training at schools with our teacher puppy raisers, where there may be students with severe allergies to the fur on the Labradors. We look forward to continuing to add more dogs to the program and help as many people as possible. Each dog costs $25,000 to raise for their first two years before being placed with their handler. With proper funding and support across the country, we want to keep expanding. Lives can be changed for the better with a service dog and there is absolutely no time to waste,” Hill adds.
The first five puppies – Bella, Blue, Harry Jake, and Taco - are almost halfway through their two-year service training, while Noodle is just getting started. TEPSD aims to raise enough funding to consistently have dogs at every stage of the process -- some coming in to teachers’ homes and schools to be trained, and others matched with their human handler and well on their way to making someone’s life easier. “And, while all of this is happening, Newtown gets to be an important part of the process. Everyone benefits,” says Hill.
About The Exceptional Partner Service Dogs: Founded by Certified Professional Dog Trainer and dog behavior specialist Abby Hill in 2016, the 501(c)(3) non-profit raises Psychiatric Service Dogs in Newtown, CT for civilians struggling with mental illness. While the dogs are being trained and raised in Newtown, they will be equally considered for service to applicants struggling with mental illness throughout the region. The Exceptional Partner solely depends on donations to operate. The cost of adopting, raising, training and providing proper healthcare for service dogs for the first two years of their life prior to placement is approximately $25,000 per dog. Learn more about the program and how to apply for a service dog at www.newtownservicedogs.org.
PET PHILANTHROPY CIRCLE ANNOUNCES
The 2016 "PET HERO AWARD WINNERS"
Alison Eastwood, actress, daughter of Clint Eastwood, and Founder of the Eastwood Ranch Foundation, is the Animal Advocate of the Year, recognized for her outstanding success with saving animals from kill shelters in Southern California.
Dr. Robin Ganzert, will be accepting the Outstanding Animal Welfare Organization award as CEO of the American Humane Association whose efforts have impacted hundreds of millions of animals. The Petco Foundation is being awarded the Foundation of the Year for helping 4.9 million pets find homes. Katie Cleary, Executive Producer and Writer of the movie, Give Me Shelter on Netflix, President of Peace for Animals, and Founder and Editor in Chief of the Animal News Network is receiving the Animal Welfare Spokesperson Award.
The Heart Organization has earned the Animal Welfare Education Award for their national youth education program that teaches compassion and respect for all living beings. Jamie’s Rescue in Miami brings focus on the challenges of rescuing street dogs in inner cities and is awarded the Rescue Organization of the Year.
Outstanding Junior of the Year, Matthew Talbot, proves we are never too young to make a difference in saving animal lives. The Outstanding Pet, Amazing Grace, a dog destined to a gruesome death in a gas chamber survived and inspires humans to end this cruel, unnecessary way of eliminating dogs. Tributes for all Pet Hero Award winners are available on the PetCircle.org website.
"Humanitarian of the Year".... .......Naomi Judd
"Foundation of the Year"...............The Petco Foundation
"Animal Welfare Spokesperson Award"....Katie Cleary
"Rescue Organization of the Year"....Jamie's Rescue
"Outstanding Animal Welfare Organization"...American Humane Association,
The Pet Philanthropy Circle will commemorate this special 5th anniversary with a VIP Cocktail Reception, the Awards Program, the Alex Donner Orchestra and entertainment by Beau Hulse. This optional black tie event will be Co-hosted by Jewel Morris, Founder of the Pet Philanthropy Circle and David Frei, NBC Commentator and former Westminster Dog Show Host.
Sponsors are welcome and currently include Subaru of America, the Park Lane Hotel, The Petco Foundation, American Humane Association, Hamptons Magazine, and Hamptons Pet "The Luxury Global Pet Magazine".
By showcasing these outstanding contributions, the Pet Philanthropy Circle hopes to inspire everyone to become involved in defending the rights of animals. Honorees and guests fly in from around the country to attend this enlightening and entertaining celebration of animals and the causes that protect them.
For tickets www.petphilanthropycircle.com/tickets or call 631 255- 7911
When things get tough, it’s often the simple things that make the greatest impact on our lives.
Kathy Smith knows that only too well. She lost her husband Dennis to the effects of Agent Orange exposure he received while serving his country in Viet Nam. Dennis never complained, instead he was proud to have served his country.
After losing Dennis, Kathy wanted to make his life and his service to our nation meaningful so she founded a non-profit called Dog Tag Heroes to help veterans and their families with quality of life issues, which other organizations often overlook.
Kathy realizes the importance of helping them get back into the mainstream of society and has used the "simple things" to help that happen. Something as practical as taking care of a pet while the veteran is in the hospital or making sure the person has a Christmas tree can mean a great deal. Other examples may include providing home furnishings, assisting with their short term financial needs, or providing a bicycle to make it possible for them to get to work, a bus station, a doctor’s appointment or just get to the store.
Because of Kathy's personal involvement, she has single-handedly impacted more lives than veteran organizations that are much larger. What makes her efforts even more remarkable is that she has been performing her generous acts while taking intense chemo-therapy for pancreatic cancer. She is still battling the cancer, although it is currently in remission.
Despite her personal challenges, Kathy remains focused on her mission to help our veterans by opening a thrift store called Veterans Exchange Store. This will enable Dog Tag Heroes to be self-sustaining while providing expanded services to our veterans and their families.
Dog Tag Heroes needs to raise $175,000 dollars to make it happen. Your generosity will make it possible to keep Kathy’s dream alive to help America's veterans for years to come.
Dog Tag Hehoes - to donate: 727-577-5455 or link to PayPal on Facebook: www.facebook.com/dogtagheroes
Here is my reply. It's a little long, not sure if/how they will use it. I am anxious to see the other responses, too.
The AKC should begin by lobbying the government agency responsible for ADA enforcement and encourage them to create a system that can provide proper identification and authorization for legitimate service dogs. I know and appreciate the challenges with that, but it can not go on the way that it is.
Separately or additionally, the ADA needs to clarify the rules and principles and issues pertaining to service dogs, and after it does, the AKC can help get that information out. This would include explaining the difference between service dogs (they have rights of access) and therapy dogs (they do not).
Next, the AKC can help the government shut down these bogus websites that offer service dog vests and IDs in exchange for a couple of dog treat box tops and a few bucks.
The AKC can help educate the people who work at the airport ticket counters and security checkpoints as to what might be happening. Let's emphasize sensitivity for legitimate service dogs and their humans, but let's weed out the base stealers.
The AKC can create an internal campaign discouraging dog show people from scamming their way into airplanes (a felony, by the way) to transport a dog to a dog show. Make everyone aware that this is a crime, that it is immoral and unethical, that it is an act that jeopardizes service dogs and their human partners, and that it does not reflect well on our sport and the people in it at a time that we need all the friends we can get. Let's talk about what service dogs mean to their people and that jeopardizing their work jeopardizes the safety, health, well-being and daily functionality of their humans. Building awareness about this can create some peer pressure, perhaps, and make someone think twice about getting on that airplane under phony premises.
Next, the AKC should work with the airlines to encourage them to provide realistic fees, services and safety for carrying our dogs.
Does it really have to come to this? Do we need to suggest that someone be stationed in the airport with a camera on dog show weekends? Flying your dog as a service dog when it is not a service dog is a disgusting practice. I know all the reasons that people use to justify it, and I don't dispute them. But to have that result in bringing your dog (or your client's dog) on an airplane as a service dog can not be tolerated. By the way, I put something on my Facebook page recently about this topic, and had a response that I have never experienced before, both in volume and in stridency. This does not reflect well on the dog show world.
The AKC mantra is that we are the dog's champion, and that "we" includes all of us in the sport and those dogs that we champion include service dogs.
And one more thing: please, if you are among those dog show people doing this, do not show up on one of my flights.
SMITHTOWN, NY – (June 12, 2013) – Stolen from his parked car last August, in Jacksonville, Florida, Adalida, the Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler mix therapy dog owned and loved by an Iraqi war veteran, is still missing. While helping his mother with groceries, Sgt. Kenneth Chambers spent only four minutes away from his best friend, only to return to the car and find her gone. Pet theft has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, but this particular theft is more heartbreaking than most, as Sgt. Chambers suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD,) and Adalida is his therapy dog.
After being designated an official diagnosis in 2010, PTSD affects many returning soldiers serving in combat zones, and therapy dogs have been credited with aiding the healing process the vets must go through to overcome this illness.
After Adalida's disappearance, Chambers passed out countless fliers, posted signs on his truck, created a Facebook page and took out a billboard. Guardians of Rescue, a non-profit organization based in New York, is dedicated to the rescue and aid of all animals in need, and the therapy dogs are no exception. The rescue group is also offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads up to her safe return.
“For veterans suffering from PTSD, they are very dependent on their therapy dogs to maintain their daily lives,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are going to do everything possible to get Adalida back to Kenny.”
It's been almost a year since she's been gone, but Chambers is still just as determined to have her back, and Guardians of Rescue is stepping up to make this happen. "She's more than a dog and is my heart and soul,” he says. She is his best friend and he credits her with saving his life, a relationship that many vets suffering from PTSD attest to.
Sue Perry, a former law enforcement officer and current licensed private detective in Florida, where Adalida went missing, has been secured by the Guardians of Rescue. Together with the Guardians "Watchdog" program, she will serve as lead investigator of municipal animal shelters in the U.S. to solve this case.
"I just want my dog back,” says the distraught Chambers, and Guardians of Rescue is doing everything they can to make that happen.
Guardians of Rescue, is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. Guardians “Watchdogs” is a recently implemented program to investigate municipal animal shelters nationwide to uncover cruelty and animal abuse. Guardians also founded Paws of War to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist in post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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