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Charlotte Reed is a popular pet expert that routinely brightens up television screens, graces radio waves, appears on best selling authors' lists and can be found lecturing at sold-out seminars.

As the fore-most expert on everything pet related, Reed counts her unique entrance into the pet industry as a source for her excitement, knowledge and dedication. Feeling a bit under the weather one afternoon, Reed decided to cut her day short working as a securities attorney at a Wall Street firm. Upon returning to her apartment, Reed was surprised to find her friendly, male dog walker…wearing an expensive gown and voguing (highly stylized modern dance characterized by photo model-like poses integrated with angular, linear and rigid arm, leg, and body movement) in a full-length mirror as her dogs watched the dance performance for the loft above. It was right then that Reed decided that the care of her Katie and Kidder, two American Cocker Spaniels, was only to be trusted to a genuine pet professional, not a male, Madonna wannabe. After not being able to find one, Reed left her job on Wall Street and founded the ultimate pet care firm, Two Dogs & A Goat Incorporated.

Reed’s story did not end there but has been chronicled in pages of New York Magazine, Smart Money and others. Her story has grown to become an New York City legend. A few years ago, Reed was attending a lavish party at the Gramercy Park Hotel when a well-known agent launched into a crowd pleasing story. Unbeknownst to him it was about Reed’s run-in with the dancing dog walker. Reed promptly offered up a few corrections of the story, shocking both the agent and his entertained audience. When asked how she knew the details, she responded that she was the story’s canine champion. Hence, the laughter never stopped; but, neither has Reed’s pet-friendly career nor has she failed to hear her story told again and again.

From the day of the incident, Reed has advised, suggested and advocated on behalf of pets and their people. Whether it was an famous songstress wanting her Maltipoo styled for a woman’s magazine photo shoot; an owner of a lost pet seeking advice how to find his dog; an award-winning pianist needing expert training tips for his three Labradors; a favorite, court house waitress desiring a solution her cat’s constant scratching; or even, a global pr firm requiring help understanding pet consumer behavior, Reed continues to provide the solution-oriented and cost-effective answers to lead happier and healthier pet lifestyles.

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Lisa has embraced the sport of purebred dogs for nearly 25 years as an owner/breeder/ handler of Norwegian Elkhounds. As a former journalist, Lisa regularly speaks to the media as an expert on purebred dog breeding and canine legislation as well as helps AKC clubs develop their own PR strategies.

Media Appearances:
  • NBC's Today Show – multiple appearances
  • Fox News Channel – The Big Story, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Live.
  • Martha Stewart Radio, NPR, GMA Radio
  • Quoted Expert in New York Times, USA Today

DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs

People around the world were touched by the loyalty and resolve of the Search and Rescue Dogs who worked tirelessly to recover victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of the attacks, the American Kennel Club coordinated efforts to assist the SAR handlers and dogs at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In a continuing commemoration of the heroism of those SAR teams, the AKC established The American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Corporation Canine Support and Relief Fund, a charitable fund to support professional and volunteer canine search and rescue organizations throughout the United States. The fund was launched with DOGNY, America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs, a hugely successful public art initiative. We encourage you to explore these pages to learn more about DOGNY and the dogs and handlers it honors.


January 15, 2010

Dear Dog Lover,

We are pleased to inform you of a decision made by the AKC Board at the January 11, 2010 meeting, which will enhance the AKC Canine Partners program. This exciting new program allows mixed breed dog owners to list their dogs and participate in AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally events starting April 1, 2010.

While each club’s participation in the AKC Canine Partners program will remain voluntary, clubs may now choose to allow mixed breed participation at any AKC Agility, Obedience or Rally event. Mixed breeds will compete in the same classes and earn the same titles as their purebred counterparts.

This decision was made following a lengthy discussion and review of feedback from enrollees, delegates, clubs, show and trial chairpersons, current purebred exhibitors and potential mixed-breed exhibitors, prompting a reevaluation of the current program. AKC staff took into consideration the prior feedback received from the AKC Delegate body about the program and contacted each individual member of the AKC Delegates Committee for Obedience, Tracking and Agility and others regarding this feedback.

After taking into consideration staff recommendations; compelling feedback from dog owners, clubs and fanciers; and the long lead time for event applications, AKC decided it was best to move quickly and change the program format so a majority of clubs would have the option to take advantage of the opportunity to allow mixed breeds to compete in existing Agility, Obedience and Rally events beginning April 1, 2010.

This positive step forward for AKC and dog owners enables us to share our passion for dogs and our commitment to responsible dog ownership with an even greater audience. It will simplify the planning and management of club events, while benefiting mixed breed dog owners by giving them more opportunities to participate in events in their local areas.

Please contact AKC Canine Partners if you have any questions or comments you would like to share. Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PSCPets Skin and Coat Soft Chews for Dogs - Medium & Large Dogs - 240 gm (approx. 60 ct)


PSCPets Skin and Coat is formulated to help  promote a healthy skin and coat in dogs of all breeds and sizes, including non-shedding breeds! Vitamin E, Omega Fatty Acids and minerals work together to promote hair growth, luster and skin tone.

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Peggy Frezon is an author, pet columnist, and multiple award-winning freelance writer from New York. She contributes regularly to Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is published in more than a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her work can also be seen in magazines such as Woman’s World, Teaching Tolerance, Pockets and others, and in books including The Ultimate Dog Lover, Miracles and Animals, Soul Matters, and David Jeremiah’s Grace Givers. She writes two web columns, Pawsitively Pets and Animals 4 People, is a staff writer for Be the Change for Animals, and blogs at Peggy’s Pet Place. Her first book is Dieting with my Dog (Hubble & Hattie, 2011).

Kelly--photo by Jennifer May

photo by Jennifer May

A native of the Green Mountain State of Vermont, Frezon studied Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Writer’s groups include the League of Vermont Writers and Marbleshapers. Peggy and her husband Mike have two children, and share their home with their spaniel-dachshund rescue dog, Kelly.

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A new era of the pet / art awareness site, Dogs for the Paws (DFP) has begun with a very unique 2012 awareness theme, "DFP Bark Forces...Mission Awareness". The


"Bark Forces" program will be engaging, educational and fun as well as using the popular pet themed art of national artist, Missy Johnson as a call to action to inspire others to help make a difference for animals in need. Through the "Bark Forces", fans will continue DFP's dedication to helping raise awareness for animals in need across the US and beyond by posting and sharing pets across social media sites and the DFP blog. Missy has created a unique custom military themed logo, badges and promotional materials that fans will be able to post, share and purchase to show their support of "DFP Bark Forces"and helping animals in need.


The Central Bark Command of the "Bark Forces", hidden away in their East Coast bunker will be posting challenges and interactive games to promote awareness as well as educating fans how they can make a difference for animals in need, whether it be rescue, fostering, donating, adoption, or volunteering. There are different virtual badges that fans will be rewarded with when they take part in the various challenges the "Bark


Forces" will issue over the next year. Two very special fans, who go above and beyond the call of duty will be awarded a special recognition at the end of the year. Challenges have 3 levels of participation ranging from a simple act (Level 1) of donating old linens to a shelter to a higher level badge (Level 3) for fostering a homeless pet.


The "Bark Forces" program offers a diverse fan base for advertisers as well as an active group of over 12,000 fans across Facebook, Twitter and the DFP blog. Sponsors will be able to promote and share their products which DFP fans are always asking for...new tips, products and ideas to having happy and healthy pets. All of this done through a fun and educational way that helps build a growing network to share the issues of rescue, abused, neglected and homeless pets.


Are you and your pets ready to serve their country and help animals in need?

Obey the Paw!

For more info or to join the "Bark Forces" - www.dogsforthepaws.com


Various agencies collaborate to place current shelter population
with rescue groups throughout region

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), through its Shelter Response Partnership program, is transporting more than 30 dogs from the Humane Society of Henderson County in Henderson, Ky., to several shelters and rescue groups throughout the region. Officials at the local shelter requested the ASPCA’s assistance in the transfer and placement of the current shelter population to enable them to house animals that were seized during a recent criminal investigation and allow the dogs a chance for adoption at other shelters through the transport operation.

The ASPCA Shelter Response Partnership program is a network of national and local animal welfare organizations that assists the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team by providing a second chance for animals rescued from overcrowded facilities and cruelty investigations.

“The ASPCA is grateful for our response partners who stepped up to help a shelter with limited resources and offer to help transfer and place the animals in permanent homes,” said Joel Lopez, senior manager of operations for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The transport and placement plan will allow the Humane Society of Henderson County to continue its daily operations without overcrowding its facility.”

The dogs—which include a variety of different breeds such as Labrador, shepherd, boxer and hound mixes—were medically examined and behaviorally evaluated by ASPCA responders in the past week. Dr. Pamela Reid, vice president of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior team, reported that the majority of the dogs were very friendly and will make great companions for individuals and families looking to add a four-legged member to their home.

“The ASPCA stepped in to ensure that the recent string of criminal court cases and seizures did not overpopulate our shelter, putting adoptable animals at risk,” said Joshua Cromer, shelter director of the Humane Society of Henderson County. “We are grateful that the ASPCA provided resources to help in the placement of our animals, and I’m confident that they will be placed into loving homes. We will be able to continue to do our work in speaking up and protecting homeless, neglected and abused animals that don't have a voice in our community.”

The ASPCA animal transport trailer, a custom-built 60-foot-long vehicle, will be making several stops during the transfer operation. Agencies assisting the ASPCA with placement include: Kentucky Humane Society (Louisville, Ky.); Capital Area Humane Society (Hilliard, Ohio); and SPCA Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio).

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.



Natural Healing for Cat, Dogs, Horses and Other Animals

Arizona to Alaska

Born in Phoenix, Lisa lived in numerous Arizona towns as a child and later spent several years in California. By young adulthood, she was in Alaska and started mountain climbing. She climbed in South America on different expeditions, seeking summits in Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. She also traveled solo through Europe and Asia.


From Fire to Shield to Evergreen

Climbing left Lisa wanting strong first-aid skills and she signed-up for an Emergency Medical Technician course. The class included a ride-along with the Fire Department which exposed her to the rewards of helping people in crisis. She moved to Oregon for training and was soon back in Alaska, pulling 24-hour shifts as a paramedic.


“Paramedicine is physical and autonomous and demanding and technical. I loved it.”

After a number of years, she transferred to the Police Department. Her second career started with the position of street officer and she still claims it is the most demanding job in law enforcement. After a few years, she became a detective, working in the Vice unit and later in Crimes Against Children, with a special assignment as a Hostage Negotiator. She went back to the street as a sergeant and later returned to investigations, supervising Internal Affairs.


“All those years in emergency services made the city a map of memories, many of them very sad. I wanted to move…a couple of thousand miles.”


Riding, Writing and Running

Lisa and her husband relocated to the Evergreen State and adopted two former racehorses from a rescue facility. She turned to writing, working on both mysteries and mainstream novels. One novel was selected as a finalist in the 2007 Malice Domestic contest and another made the Top 100 in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Lisa also began competing in the obscure sport of Ride and Tie, a back country trail race that combines running and riding, covering distances of 20-35 miles.


“Writing is such a sedentary pursuit, it would be dreadful without the promise of hours on trails.”


Miles alone on the million acres that is Washington’s Olympic Peninsula left Lisa wanting protective company. She found a German Shepherd at a pet rescue site and taught him tracking, as she had with her previous dogs.


“My last shepherd earned the FH title twice. This was before the existence of the FHII and VST titles. He also earned the Schutzhund III with decent scores, but we never V-scored”. (The FH, or FährtenHund, is a German sport tracking degree. A V-score is a judge’s rating at or above 96%.)


She resurrected the training log (the Canine Scent Work Log) she had created and used when teaching her previous trackers. Her rescue dog V-scored at his first trial and she sent the log to Alpine Publications. Alpine released the book in 2007

Saturday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2012. There are 338 days left in the year.

Man pleaded guilty to dogfighting, weapons possession and distribution of drugs

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that Jonathan Kennard Williams, 27, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for charges related to dogfighting, weapons possession and drugs distribution in connection to the April 20, 2011 investigation where 41 dogs were seized in Halifax, Va.

In addition to conspiring to sell dogs with the intent for the animals to participate in dogfighting, Williams pleaded guilty to several counts of distributing drugs and weapons possession. Williams was also sentenced to six years probation after his release from prison in U.S. District Court in Danville, Va. yesterday.

“Dogfighting is a heinous crime that has plagued America and become both an animal welfare and public safety issue,” said Terry Mills, Blood Sports director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “Dogfighting is often associated with other illegal activity such as drugs and weapons,” he added. “Thanks to the diligence of the ATF, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the local agencies, Mr. Williams was held accountable for exploiting these innocent animals. We hope to continue our work in investigating organized dogfighting and protecting our nation’s animals from this brutal form of cruelty.”

On April 20, 2011, the ASPCA dispatched its Field Investigation and Response team to assist in the rescue, veterinary care and forensics evidence collection of 41 dogs associated with dogfighting. Working under the authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office and in conjunction with Halifax County Animal Control and Campbell County Animal Control, the ASPCA discovered many of the dogs exhibited scars consistent with fighting. The animals did not have access to clean water and appeared to have suffered from various medical conditions.

Following the seizure, the dogs were triaged Dr. Rachel Touroo with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and later behaviorally evaluated by a team led by Dr. Pamela Reid, vice president of the ASPCA’s Animal Behavior Center and a leading expert in the evaluation and rehabilitation of fighting dogs. The ASPCA worked with its shelter response partners to place some of the dogs with individuals and rescue groups; the remaining dogs were placed through Halifax County Animal Control.

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has rescued countless animals from animal fighting investigations across the nation and launched its Blood Sports unit to investigate dogfighting and cockfighting in December 2010. Dogfighting is a blood sport where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture. It is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to stop dogfighting, please visit http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/dog-fighting/

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

 – Breed is Sixth Coonhound to Gain Full AKC Recognition –


New York, NY –The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) expanded its litter of registered breeds on January 1 to welcome the Treeing Walker Coonhound, growing AKC’s family to 174 breeds.


"The Treeing Walker is a fast, hot nosed, sensible hunter with a clear, ringing bugle voice," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  "The AKC welcomes this exceptional hunter to our family of breeds.”


The Treeing Walker Coonhound was bred originally -- like the other five AKC recognized coonhounds (American English Coonhound, Black and Tan Coonhound, Plott, Bluetick Coonhound and Redbone Coonhound) to help put food on the table.  See coonhounds recognized prior to 2012 on the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship which will be telecast on ABC Network Television on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Check local listings for airtimes. 


Historically the Treeing Walker Coonhound hunted raccoon, a principle source of fur and meat during the 19th and 20th centuries.  The breed assisted its owner in the hunt by “treeing” its quarry and announcing to the hunter with its bark that it had been found.  In fact this coon-hunting jargon is the basis of the present day idiom “barking up the wrong tree.”


Diane Lewis for AKC

Today the Treeing Walker is known as a fast and sensible hunter with superb endurance. The breed's coat is short, glossy and tri-colored - white, black and tan and requires minimal upkeep.  Intelligent, confident and sociable with family and friends the Treeing Walker thrives with regular exercise.  Be warned though, coonhounds are bred to be heard so if you are considering adding the breed to your household, be prepared for a voice loud enough to carry for miles through the woods.  For more information about this breed, visit the www.akc.org.

Diane Lewis for AKC

To become an AKC recognized breed there needs to be a certain number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S. and an established breed club to watch over them.  Breeds waiting to gain full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®).  More information on the process can be found at the AKC’s Web site.


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The American Kennel Club (AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. 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 nearly 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. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.


AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.


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