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Emmy Award-Winning Journalist & Host Maria Menounos and Her Dog Whinnie Team up to Encourage Dog Owners to Join Purina’s #DogThanking Movement.
MARIA MENOUNOS, Emmy Award-winning journalist and host of Apple Podcast “Conversations with Maria”
In celebration of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the nation to share why they are thankful for their pet, using #DogThanking and tagging @Purina. This November, Purina wants to recognize the four-legged friends who make our lives so special, especially those pets that act as service animals to veterans across the country.
From November 9-25, for every unique post shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that includes @Purina and #DogThanking, Purina will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Pets and Vets program. This amazing program helps pair shelter pets with veterans coping with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, and other service-related challenges as they transition back to civilian life following their service. Additionally, through Veterans Day, the Purina Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign is also paying tribute to our armed forces and the loyal dogs that serve them by sharing their stories and donating up to $500,000.
The National Dog Show will premiere on Thanksgiving Day on NBC at noon in all time zones. In its 17th year, the show celebrates man’s best friend and continues an established family holiday tradition. The show will crown one of America’s great dogs as its 2018 champion, bringing canine competition and entertainment to more than 20 million viewers. More than 2,000 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors. Beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld, will serve as show co-host, along with veteran dog show analyst David Frei. NBC sports commentator Mary Carillo will also be participating as a National Dog Show correspondent.
MORE ABOUT MARIA MENOUNOS:
As a journalist, Emmy Award Winner, Maria Menounos, holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family: an interview touted by ABC News as the top defining moments leading to Obama’s victory. Maria’s achievements have thus far set numerous like industry milestones. Her groundbreaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person ever to host “Entertainment Tonight.” She would go on to do the same for the “Today” show and “Nightly News" AND become the first person in the history of Hollywood to report for network news and star in a wide-release feature film. Currently, Maria hosts the leading female Apple Podcast, 'Conversations with Maria!’ Maria is also THE most viewed face in all of American cinema as Host and Producer of NCM's 'Noovie', the cinema pre-show seen daily, before each and every feature, on 70% of America's movie screens.
Many years later, I was visiting friends. They had just gotten a Rottweiler puppy from the people at the bottom of the hill, and she sure was cute!! After hearing me say so, our friends took us to visit the puppies. It wasn’t my intention to get a dog. I had never even considered owning a dog. Yet when I sat down to play with the puppies, one leaped into my lap and chose me. Repeatedly, he returned to my lap, even when he was put with the other puppies. And so, Woodrow was mine. And I was his.
- If you treat dogs like family, they believe they are.
- Dogs are good judges of character. Their reactions to strangers at the door should be taken seriously.
- Stereotypes don’t necessarily apply. Rottweilers are only mean dogs if you raise them to be mean dogs. But not Woodrow; he loved the mailman, the vet, kids, and dressing up for Halloween!
- Dogs teach us life-changing lessons: the meaning of unconditional love, how to greet someone with enthusiasm, and how to enjoy simple pleasures such as the sights, sounds, and relaxation that can be found in the back yard or a walk down the street.
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Praise for Mark Winik's Debut Novel The Dog Healers
FINALLY! A truly powerful heroine. Mark Winik’s debut novel is the suspense packed story of a fierce young healer named Isabella who can breathe life into ailing dogs and turn race horses into champions.
In the tradition of Eva Peron, she ignores her Argentinian culture's ideas about female roles, plunging into the shadowy reaches of the horse racing world where thugs would turn her gift into riches. To her, money is just the means to her dream: creating a haven for all dogs, be they wretched, ill or aggressive. Isabella wields wit and charisma among society ladies, twisting gold-braceleted arms for donations, exerting a still greater spell on men.
This includes her handsome protégé Carlos, who yearns for the love Isabella shares with her dogs. But her dogs are her allies as villainous threats mount. Isabella faces the fight of her life, but when you've got dogs at your back, you're never alone.
Mark Winik is an entrepreneur and an internationally recognized, award-winning author of The Dog Healers. His inspiration for the story struck him on a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina with his wife Norma where he met a dog handler named Carlos.
Carlos taught him an Ancient Tibetan technique on his dogs called Kum Nye. This gift of healing so captivated Mark that he knew he had to write about his experience and share it with others. Since its publish, The Dog Healers was awarded 2017 Pet Novel of the Year at The New York Pet Fashion Show and has received praise from Hampton Pet’s Publisher Gregg Oehler, NYC Mayor’s Alliance for Animals, Pet Philanthropy Circle and appeared in the summer reads “Editors Picks” in New Haven Magazine.
Mark has been interviewed by Pet Life Radio’s Animal Writes with Tim Link, DogCast Radio and Top Dog Tips. Mark is also the conceptual artist for his collection of The Dog Healers cartoons in collaboration with his illustrator, Ivan Camilli, and is also working on a documentary related to the book that aims to share the stories of individuals who have overcome significant trauma or life difficulties with the support of their therapy dog. The Dog Healers Facebook page currently entertains more than 30,000 followers.
Talkin' Pets News
October 13, 2018
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus - Humane Society Tampa Bay
Producer - Zach Budin
Reporter - Georgi Malpartida
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Social Media/Producer - Bob Page
Special Guest - Ken Foster author of "City of Dogs" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 10/13/2018 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book
Historic “Yes on 13” Campaign Launched to End Dog Racing
Constitutional Amendment to Phase Out Greyhound Racing by 2020 Will Appear on November Ballot
TAMPA—Humane advocates will launch an historic campaign to phase out greyhound racing in Florida this morning, with a press conference at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. State Senator Dana Young, a steadfast advocate of greyhound protection issues in the legislature, will announce the campaign along with Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, campaign volunteers, and rescued greyhounds.
“Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane,” said Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 Co-Chair Kate MacFall. “Thousands of dogs endure lives of confinement and substandard treatment at Florida dog tracks, and every three days a greyhound dies.”
Following the kick off, the campaign will hold thirteen grassroots meetings across the state. Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 recently launched a digital campaign to inform voters about the cruelty of greyhound racing. The campaign will communicate to voters directly via a dedicated website, Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram account.
“This will be a true grassroots campaign,” said Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 Co-Chair Joyce Carta. “We are confident that when Floridians see the way greyhounds suffer in this industry, they will vote Yes for the dogs.”
The campaign has chosen to make this historic announcement at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, one of the leading animal welfare organizations in the state.
“We are proud to host this historic announcement,” said Sherry Silk, Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Dogs play such an important role in our lives, we consider them family, and they deserve to be protected.”
Serious animal welfare concerns have been documented at Florida dog tracks. Thousands of greyhounds endure lives of confinement at these facilities, kept in warehouse-style kennels in rows of stacked cages for 20 to 23 hours per day. Also, according to state records, 458 greyhound deaths have been reported at Florida dog tracks since 2013.
Commercial greyhound racing is illegal in 40 states, and two-thirds of all remaining dog tracks nationwide are in Florida.
About the Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 campaign
Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is a grassroots campaign working to end the cruelty of greyhound racing in Florida. Protect Dogs – Yes on 13 is being sponsored by greyhound protection group GREY2K USA and the Humane Society of the United States. To learn more, go to ProtectDogs.org, or visit the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the Humane Society of Tampa Bay
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator since 2008, designated a Platinum Participator with GuideStar, recognized as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, affordable veterinary services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and wellbeing of animals across Tampa Bay. HumaneSocietyTampa.org.
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RALEIGH, NC (September 19, 2018) –The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has extended their matched funding opportunity for the 2018 Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative. To date, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has matched $250,000 in donations made to CHF’s Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative. In early August, the Golden Retriever Foundation (GRF) generously pledged to match donations up to an additional $50,000. Now the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation (FCRF) pledges another $25,000 in matched funds. This brings CHF’s matched fundraising opportunity through the Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative to a total of $325,000.“By collaborating with the AKC and breed foundations such as the Golden Retriever Foundation and the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation, we will continue to find and fund the best research to address this devastating cancer in dogs,” states Dr. Diane Brown, CHF CEO. “We are committed to finding new options for dog lovers and their canine companions affected by this disease.”Hemangiosarcoma is a rapidly progressing cancer of the cells that line canine blood vessels. It most often affects a dog’s spleen and heart. Since 1995, CHF has invested in research to better understand the biology and progression of canine hemangiosarcoma in an effort to design new and effective approaches for prevention and treatment. CHF will continue to expand its hemangiosarcoma research funding opportunities through this initiative as part of its diverse portfolio of more than 140 currently active canine health research grants. "The Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation is committed to a vision of future generations of sound and healthy Flat-Coats,” states Cheryl Kistner, FCRF President. “We are proud to partner with the AKC Canine Health Foundation on their Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative to provide hope for the future good health of Flat-Coats and all dogs.”"The Golden Retriever Foundation is committed to finding a cause and cure for hemangiosarcoma, a horrible cancer that defies early detection and lacks a remedy,” states John Cotter, GRF President. “We hope this extended match will allow individuals and organizations who have been adversely affected by hemangiosarcoma to participate in eradicating this disease.”Since 1995 CHF has awarded more than $13 million in grants for canine cancer research. These research grants have helped scientists study cancer at the cellular level and provided breakthroughs in diagnostic and treatment options, allowing veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. The Hemangiosarcoma Research Initiative was started in January 2018 to focus on a better understanding of the biology and progression of this aggressive cancer. Thanks to the generous support of its donors and the collaborative efforts of the AKC, GRF, and FCRF, CHF will continue to invest in canine health research so that all dogs can live longer, healthier lives. To learn more and to join us to meet this match, visit www.akcchf.org/hemangiosarcoma.
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About AKC Canine Health Foundation
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. The Foundation funds the highest quality canine health research and shares information on funded discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility as demonstrated by their four-star rating from Charity Navigator and Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.About the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation
Founded in 1998, the Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation (FCRF) funds research into cancer and other health problems affecting Flat-Coated Retrievers. Their funded projects fight existing diseases and study inherited problems to provide breeders with the information necessary to make wise breeding choices that will produce future generations of sound and healthy Flat-Coats. FCRF also funds rescue efforts to ensure that abandoned Flat-Coats can be well cared for and placed in good homes. Learn more at www.fcrfoundation.org. About the Golden Retriever Foundation
The Golden Retriever Foundation’s mission is to foster and promote the public's knowledge and appreciation of dogs in general and Golden Retrievers in particular; to further understanding of the diseases, genetic defects, injuries and other ailments that afflict dogs in general and Golden Retrievers in particular; to promote and assist the development, publication and dissemination of educational materials about the proper care, treatment, breeding, health, development and training of Golden Retrievers; and to foster and promote the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of displaced Golden Retrievers. Learn more at www.goldenretrieverfoundation.org.
New Ware Pet website is now live, in celebration of the company’s 25 years of leadership in fun, innovation and the celebration of the incredible bond between pets and their people
PHOENIX, AZ - (MARCH 14, 2018) Ware Pet Products(formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.), an industry leader in fun, smart and stylish pet product solutions, announces the launch of its new website http://www.warepet.comas it heads to Global Pet Expo 2018in Orlando, FL March 21-23, 2018 and the celebration of the Company’s 25thAnniversary.
“It’s hard to believe that Ware Pet Products (formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.) is twenty-five years old! When you love what you do every day, it never feels like ‘work.’ We are honored to partner with incredible retailers, distributors, and our own employees to create and serve the pet product industry and pet-parents everywhere with product-solutions that promote a fun, happy and healthy lifestyle. On behalf of our family owned company, we are proud to continue the growth that we’ve established over the past 25 years and we celebrate an unwavering commitment to innovation as we head towards what we know will be a bright future,” states Terri Ware, Co-Owner of Ware Pet Products.
About Ware Pet Products
Founded in 1993 and still privately owned, Ware Pet Products is led by an innovative team of professionals that are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. We are passionate about our mission to continuously offer new and exciting products that enhance the lives of pets and their owners alike. After all, we love our pets, too - and have quite an assortment among our team members, ranging from reptiles, to dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and more. We even have three office cats! We also are proud of Ware Cares™, as we are concerned about the carbon pawprint we leave as a company and are committed to using recycled and recyclable material in the manufacturing of our packaging and pet products. For more information, please visit www.warepet.com.
Ware Pet Products (formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.) Announces the Launch of New Product Innovations at Global Pet Expo 2018
New Ware Pet Products will be unveiled at the largest pet product trade show in North America March 21-23, 2018 in Orlando, FL
PHOENIX, AZ - (MARCH 14, 2018) Ware Pet Products(formerly Ware Manufacturing, Inc.), an industry leader in fun, smart and stylish pet product solutions, will unveil new products at Global Pet Expo 2018in Orlando, FL March 21-23, 2018.
In conjunction with the company celebrating its 25thAnniversary at the show, the new products reflect the growth and evolution of the trusted Ware Pet brand of solutions for dogs, cats, birds, small animals/critters, chickens, bees, and the people that love them. Several of the new products featured below are being featured in the show’s prestigious New Product Showcase, making them eligible for 2018 Product of the Year Awards in various categories.
Committed to innovation, fun and celebrating the incredible bond between pets and their people, the company’s new tagline is ware pets play. Graphic: WARE PETS PLAY
Continuing a strengthened commitment to fun and innovation, Ware Pet Products is also unveiling a new “R.T.A.” (Ready To Assemble) collection of cat furniture and playscapes that encourage a dedicated space to play, rest and eat. A leader in the category, Ware will incorporate USA Carpet Tough™ – trademark pending – which is durable cat furniture made with carpet from the USA.
“As a leader of innovation in multiple categories of pet product solutions, we feel that the move from Ware Manufacturing to Ware Pet Products more clearly conveys what our company is all about and what our solutions offer pet-parents across the country: functionality, fun and safety.” states John Gerstenberger, Vice President of Product Development for Ware Pet Products.
New Ware Pet Products launching at the prestigious Global Pet Expo 2018 include:
R.T.A. (Ready To Assemble) Cat Furniture featuring USA Carpet Tough™:Ware’s newest collection of cat furniture offers the same great features and benefits of Ware’s existing pre-assembled cat furniture as a spot to rest, play and dine, but new for 2018 is Ware Pet’s R.T.A. (Ready To Assemble) feline furniture line with USA Carpet Tough™ - durable USA carpet in a 4 colors (tan, brown, grey and cream) chosen to best complement most home decors. The 4 structures available include: The Plateau Palace, Contemporary Skyline, R&R Palace, and the 4 Level Condo Palace. AnRTAfurniture option offers cat owners an easier way to transport the furniture from the store to their home, and also offers retailers a space-efficient solution for the cat furniture section of their stores.
Photos (2, examples):
- Ware - The Plateau Palace: MSRP $199.99
- Ware - Contemporary Skyline MSRP $299.99
- Ware - R&R Palace MSRP $249.99
- Ware - 4 Level Condo Palace MSRP $269.99
Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout: Soft and secure for small “critters”, this product serves the rapidly growing small animal pet owner population. The Tabby Cat Hamster Hideout is resistant to stains and odors. MSRP: $8.99
Kapok Build-a-Bed + Kapok Build-a-Hut + Kapok Build-a-Nest: Softest bedding to keep a small critter cozy; Eco-friendly, the packaging for these products actually transforms into the product itself…turning into a bed, a hut, or a nest. Each product is printed with vegetable based inks making this product convertible, efficient and safe to chew. MSRP $3.99
Critter Crackers: A 3-pack of wholesome chews, made from high fiber timothy hay, offers a terrific and healthy option for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small animals.Available in sea creature shapes or zoo creature shapes for added fun. MSRP: $6.99
Lucky Flyer and Cruise-N-Snooze: Naturally safe to chew, this small animal item is great for hiding, resting or nesting.MSRP: $7.99
Chill Stone: Chew proof dolomite construction helps keep small animals and critters cool and comfortable. Much lighter weight than granite. MSRP $9.99
PHOTOS for Small Animal:
Ware Kapok Build-A-Bed - click HERE
Ware Kapok Build-A-Nest - click HERE
Ware Pet Loofah Salad (assortment) - click HERE
Ware Pet Health-E Bouquet - click HERE
Ware Pet Health-E Cone with Timothy Hay - click HERE
Ware Pet Health-E Shroom - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Banana Healthy Chew - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Bouquet - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Bread Man - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Carrot - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Cookie - click HERE
Ware Pet Krunchy Sunflower - click HERE
Ware Tabby Cat Hideout - click HERE
Coop Control for Chickens: Reduces “fowl” odors, Coop Control is 97% Bio-Based organic carbon and safe for chickens to ingest. Sprinkle in pen to minimize odors, and USDA certified Bio-Based. MSRP: $16.99
Walk In Chicken Coop: This Walk in Chicken Coop includes 4 nest boxes and features predator-resistant hardware for added safety and security. Accommodates a height of 5’5”. MRSP $669.99
(and what you have is the Ware Belgian Barn Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/5_14059_chicken_coop.jpg
Insulated Chicken Water Cooler– To be featured in the New Product Showcase, this insulated water cooler is a great offering for the growing number of pet lovers that are adding pet chickens to their family.
Sideways Sipper Cooler Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/SidewaysSipper_InsulatedCooler.jpg
Sideways Sipper (single) Photo: http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/SidewaysSipper_largeNips.png
Bird Central: 2 versions (1 for cockatiel and conure and 1 for parakeet and finch), this easy-fill control feeding station with toy access, and a pull out toy for quick and easy cleaning. MRSP: $99.99 for Parakeet/Finch and $$129.99 for Cockatiel/Conure)
Photo : Bird Central for Parakeet / Finch http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/17322_BCC_ParakeetNFinch.jpg
Photo: Bird Central for Cocktaiel/Conure http://propelcommunications.com/sites/default/files/media-items/17323_BCC_CockatielNConure.jpg
High Resolution Logos + New Product Images, please click to access:
- ware pets playtagline (new!): click HERE
- WareLucky Flyer: click HERE
- WarePurrfect Penthouse: click HERE
- WareRTA Cat Furniture collection:
- - Contemporary Skyline (Grey)
- - The Plateau Palace (Brown)
- - 4 Level Condo Palace (Cream)
- - The R&R Palace (Tan)
- WareKitty Corner: click HERE
- WareTabby Cat Hamster Hideout: click HERE
- WareWalk In Chicken Coop: click HERE
- WareKapok Hut: click HERE
- Ware Kapok Build a Nest: click HERE
About Ware Pet Products
Founded in 1993 and still privately owned, Ware is led by an innovative team of professionals that are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. We are passionate about our mission to continuously offer new and exciting products that enhance the lives of pets and their owners alike. After all, we love our pets, too - and have quite an assortment among our team members, ranging from reptiles, to dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and more. We even have three office cats! We also are proud of Ware Cares™, as we are concerned about the carbon pawprint we leave as a company and are committed to using recycled and recyclable material in the manufacturing of our packaging and pet products. For more information, please visit http://www.warepet.com.
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New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund is proud to announce the winners of the 19th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). These awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities.
One award is presented in each of the following five categories: Uniformed Service K-9, Service, Therapy, Search and Rescue and Exemplary Companion dog. This year’s winners range from a therapy dog who helped comfort students after a school shooting to a family pet who helps a young boy battle autism.
“Whether saving lives or providing comfort, these five ACE recipients serve as testimony to the immeasurable ways our canine companions touch our lives every day,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund. “Each dog’s loyalty and dedication to their work and community is an inspiration to dog lovers everywhere. We’re thrilled to honor their achievements with an ACE Award.”
Each ACE recipient will receive $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year pet insurance policy from AKC Pet Insurance, and an engraved sterling silver medallion will be presented to each at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida held on Saturday and Sunday, December 15-16, 2018. The 2018 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence are proudly sponsored by EUKANUBA™ Pet Food.
This year’s ACE winners are:
Uniformed Service K-9: “Copper,” a Black and Tan Coonhound handled by Officer Christopher Hattaway of Cocoa, Florida
“K-9 Copper,” officially known as Oak Hills Above and Beyond by Brenmaur, is a two-year-old Black and Tan Coonhound serving the Cocoa Police Department with his handler, Officer Chris Hattaway. He is a registered therapy dog and is trained to track missing persons. One of the most significant parts of his job as a Cocoa Police K-9 is community engagement and public relations. Copper’s role in the department has helped bridge the gap between the Cocoa community and the police. Copper’s presence during police interviews changes the atmosphere
for people who have been traumatized, including children, victims of sexual or domestic abuse, the elderly and more. Copper’s warm and comforting energy helps put victims’ minds at ease while interacting with police and telling their stories. His participation in interviews gives police the ability to create a bond and build trust with victims.
When Copper is not at work with the Cocoa Police, you might find him in the Conformation ring at a dog show or representing the Black and Tan Coonhound at the AKC Meet the Breeds booth at the AKC National Championship in Orlando. K-9 Copper has become somewhat of a local celebrity in his community and he also poses as an ambassador for his breed and his police department.
Service Dog: “Sampson,” a Golden Retriever owned by Joey Ramp of Foosland, Illinois “Sampson” is a three-year-old Golden Retriever certified by Paws Giving Independence. After a life-altering accident in 2006, Joey Ramp was left recovering from a brain injury, mobility complications and nerve damage. She was also struggling with the onset of complex-post traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD). As Joey’s service dog, Sampson assists with mobility, bracing, climbing stairs and retrieving items, among other tasks. He alerts Joey to an elevation of PTSD symptoms, like panic and anxiety. When Ramp went on to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience she was faced with the challenge of her university not allowing service dogs in laboratories. Joey and Sampson fought the university policy to overcome service dog access obstacles. Sampson is now the first service dog to gain access to a biology and research laboratory at the University of Illinois. This big change in the university’s policy is now promoting change in other universities nationwide. The pair is currently working to launch a two-year research study to measure the impact a service dog has in a laboratory environment in hopes that it will help develop a national model for service dog accommodations. Joey has also developed a template for the American Chemical Society outlining service dog accommodations in chemistry laboratories and has designed chemical resistant outerwear for service dogs. When Joey and Sampson are not in a laboratory, they volunteer at community organizations to promote service dog awareness. As peer mentors, the team visits mental health, domestic violence and Veteran organizations to spread awareness. Together, Joey and Sampson have been able to break barriers and inspire others to help promote equal access for service dog teams in educational institutions and the work place. Therapy Dog: “Kol,” a Golden Retriever owned by Jane Eisenberg of Boynton Beach, Florida
“Kol,” an eight-year-old Golden Retriever, officially known as GCHB CH Gemini's House Of The Rising Sun CDX BN RAE JH THDD CGCA TKA, is certified by Paws for Assistance and owned by Jane Eisenberg. Kol is an AKC Grand Champion and has earned many AKC titles including the AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD) by completing at least 400 therapy dog visits. Jane and Kol have spent the past six years comforting people who have experienced trauma, but nothing was quite like their last assignment. They spent almost four months at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, Florida following the devastating shooting that occurred on February 14th.
Jane and Kol arrived to meet MSD students the day after the tragedy and braced themselves before entering. They spent the next few days comforting students, parents and faculty, but the team knew the grieving wasn’t nearing an end any time soon. They eventually were situated in room 723, directly across from where the shooting occurred. Kol greeted students as they
entered the classroom and would make his rounds, lending comfort to anyone in need. Many students were overcoming different struggles, including but not limited to: stress, anxiety, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some of the students were even injured in the shooting. Room 723 became a place of peace and calmness, thanks to Kol. During classroom changes, Kol would gather his favorite stuffed animal and proudly strut through the halls of the school. As he walked down the hallways, Kol was greeted by students and would often bring smiles to their faces. Although Jane and Kol’s time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas has come to an end, the incredible pair has helped heal some wounded hearts along the way. Search and Rescue Dog: “Inspector Gadget,” a Bloodhound owned and handled by Robert Wells of Lancaster, California
“Inspector Gadget,” officially known as CH Inspector Gadget Sniffs Spottyacre, is an eleven-year-old Bloodhound. He is a Volunteer Mission Ready Search and Rescue Dog with the California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA). Inspector Gadget and his handler, Bob Wells, have deployed dozens of times to assist in locating the missing and bringing them home. The pair has dedicated thousands of hours to training and performing searches throughout the southwest. Inspector Gadget has established himself as an outstanding tracking dog in the field. In one case, Bob Wells and Gadget were deployed to Nevada to help locate a missing person. After trailing from the vehicle and following up on possible sightings, Gadget was able to lead the search team to the location of the subject. His tireless work on this case helped grant closure to a grief-stricken family. As a member of the Search and Rescue team, Inspector Gadget also attends community events to spread awareness and education.
Aside from Inspector Gadget’s rewarding work as a Search and Rescue volunteer, he also excels in the Conformation ring, earning himself an AKC Champion title. Although Inspector Gadget has a notable resume under his belt, he is first and foremost a loving family pet whose favorite spot is asleep on the couch.
Exemplary Companion Dog: “Teddy,” a Standard Poodle owned by Terri and Spencer Pardee of Harbor Springs, MI
“Teddy” is a six-year-old Standard Poodle, officially known as Jed’s Theodore Roosevelt SH CD BN RE TD TDU CGC. He is owned by Terri and Spencer Pardee and has helped Spencer gain confidence through his ongoing battle with autism. Spencer was adopted from Guatemala by the Pardee’s at just eight months old. He was highly intelligent with extreme anxieties and fears, later to be diagnosed with “high-functioning autism”. His fears even extended to their family Golden Retriever. Terri Pardee, a psychologist who focused heavily on animal-assisted therapy, wanted desperately to bring a dog into her son’s life. She brought him to 4-H events to help get him acclimated with dogs. However, rather than participating in training exercises, Spencer spent much of his time sitting under a tree, holding onto a leash with no dog at the other end. When the family Golden Retriever passed away, Pardee knew it was time to get another dog.
The Pardee family went on to purchase a Poodle puppy, Teddy, from a breeder nearby and life was never the same for them. Teddy and Spencer began bonding right away and Teddy slowly helped Spencer break out of his shell. The boy and dog duo began competing in various AKC sports like Obedience, Tracking, Rally, Agility and Junior Showmanship. The boy who once held an empty leash was now earning AKC titles and competing at events with hundreds of people. He was able to give an Obedience demonstration in front of a classroom of students who he was once afraid to sit with. Teddy opened up Spencer’s world and helped him face his fears in a way that may not have been possible without him.
The AKC Humane Fund, Inc. unites animal lovers in promoting the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. The Fund provides financial grants to domestic violence shelters and Breed Rescue organizations and awards scholarships to students pursuing professions that strengthen the human-animal bond. The AKC Humane Fund’s Awards for Canine Excellence are given each year to promote the important role dogs play in our lives. Contributions to the AKC Humane Fund are fully tax deductible as allowed by law under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. For more information, visit www.akchumanefund.org.
The American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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