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“Stand up straight, dear.” “Don’t mumble.” “No one finds that frown attractive.” “Be a lady and stick to your principles.”

My mother’s words still ring in my ears. Through my childhood, teens, and college years, her advice and her role model of grace, kindness, and quiet strength were instrumental in preparing me for an effective and successful life.   I had no idea, however, that her advice was also preparing me to be a dog trainer!

The animals on our farm were also my teachers.  In their own way, they taught me the true nature of power and influence.  The Queen of the Herd, the Lead Horse, and the Top Dog all got there without serious fighting or confrontation.  Instead they used body language, boundaries, focus, and quiet determination to achieve and hold their positions of power.  Had my mother been talking to them, too?

When I started my dog training business over twenty years ago, I did house calls. It was usually women who sought out my help because they were being overwhelmed by the family dog.  They were either mad and yelling, or being overly permissive and smothering which made them ineffectual and the dogs ran their lives.  Because these were house calls, I also got to observe their kids. Invariably, the women that could not control their dogs, could not control their kids.

Something started to click in my brain.  The very skills these women needed to control their dogs were the SAME ones they needed to control their kids… and probably other parts of their lives as well.

  • Don’t yell; stay calm
  • Set the boundaries and then enforce them
  • Be a leader, not a friend, a follower or a doormat
  • Power is achieved through control, not confrontation  (fights and confrontation in the animal world are the exception, not the rule)
  • Leadership is about being effective, not being loud (the dog doing the barking and the woman doing the yelling are not powerful or effective; the leaders are the quiet ones that simply get the job done)
  • If you don’t set your boundaries, no one respects you – not your peers, or your dog.

Because the vast majority of the dog-owning families leave dog responsibilities to us women, literally thousands of you have come to me over the years – feeling powerless, frustrated and defeated.  You assume that dog training requires either masculine strength and bravado (which you do not possess) or endless cookies and treats (which you are reluctant to use or have not solved your issues).  You are desperate for help.

I am passionate about helping women and saving dogs. If you have a dog that seems beyond control, don’t give up!  Read this book.  Your dog is not impossible; he’s just confused because you are not communicating in his language.  He ignores your frustration and yelling because he sees it as weakness, not strength.  Learn the secrets of calm, effective power and leadership in this book and you will be amazed at the turnaround in your dog.  Try it on your kids, your husbands and your co-workers while you’re at it!   What makes LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH special is that it points out the profound parallels between canine behavior and that of human beings.  We are all connected! The nature of power, how it is achieved quietly, and how clever leadership uses that power to influence (not force) the behavior of others is the real message of LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH. Dog training becomes a metaphor for life!

By focusing on a woman’s special challenges in dog training, and revealing her hidden strengths, LIPSTICK AND THE LEASH can help you discover your Inner Leader, train a dog that will make you and your family proud and, ultimately, give you a road map for getting more of what you want in life.

Enjoy.

Findings also indicate strong opposition to “ag-gag” legislation 


NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that a newly released poll conducted by Lake Research Partners reveals that 71 percent of Americans support undercover investigative efforts by animal welfare organizations to expose animal abuse on industrial farms, including 54 percent who strongly support the efforts. Accordingly, almost two-thirds (64 percent) of Americans oppose making undercover investigations of animal abuse on industrial farms illegal, with half of all Americans strongly opposing legislative efforts to criminalize industrial farm investigations, commonly referred to as “ag-gag” legislation.

The nationwide survey also reveals that 94 percent of Americans feel that it is important (81 percent “extremely important”) to have measures in place to ensure that food coming from farm animals is safe for people to eat, and 94 percent agree that animals raised for food on farms deserve to be free from abuse and cruelty.

“We are very encouraged that the public recognizes the importance of these investigations and the threats that ag-gag bills pose to American values,” said Suzanne McMillan, director of the ASPCA’s farm animal welfare campaign. “Americans deserve to know where their food comes from and how it is produced, and the industry should welcome that transparency.”

Ag-gag bills seek to criminalize investigations on farms, often declaring it illegal to take photos or videos on industrial farms. Some of these bills would even go so far as to criminalize the possession and/or distribution of such videos and photographs, a serious First Amendment threat that effectively bans whistleblowers—including employees—from exposing illegal and unethical practices at industrial farms such as sexual harassment, worker and environmental violations. In addition, these bills have the potential to shield slaughter plants and puppy mills from legitimate investigations.


According to the survey, opposition to the criminalization of undercover industrial farm investigations is strong across every key demographic and geographic group, including political affiliation:

  • Gender:
    • Men: 65 percent
    • Women: 63 percent
  • Age:
    • Under the age of 55: 65 percent
    • Fifty-five and older: 63 percent
  • Region:
    • Northeast: 75 percent
    • Midwest: 63 percent
    • South: 58 percent
    • West: 65 percent
  • Political Affiliation:
    • Democrats: 69 percent (55 percent oppose the ban strongly)
    • Republicans: 59 percent (50 percent strongly)
    • Independents: 62 percent

The ASPCA and its members lobbied strongly to prohibit these provisions from passing in Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and New York in 2011. This year, ag-gag legislation is being considered in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah. Ag-gag proposals were also being considered as part of two bills in Florida, but lawmakers in January decided to remove the controversial language after pressure from constituents and animal protection groups.

For more information on the ASPCA and to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.


Lake Research Partners designed and administered this nationwide survey with 798 American adults. The survey was conducted over the telephone (n=605; 20% via cell phone), using professional interviewers, and over the Internet from a national sample of Internet users (n=193). The survey was conducted January 12-19, 2012. The margin of error for the total sample is +/-3.47 percentage points, and larger for sub-groups. The data were slightly weighted by gender, race, age, and region to ensure a comprehensive representation of the adult U.S. population.

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.

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Doris Day Animal Foundation Grant for World Spay Day Helps Subsidize Spay/Neuter Costs

WASHINGTON (Feb. 17, 2012)— In celebration of World Spay Day, The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life program announced it will work with local partners to provide $75,000 in free pet spay/neuter services in underserved communities. The services will be provided throughout February as a result of a generous World Spay Day grant to The HSUS from the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

“Thanks to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, we are able to do even more this month to extend the critical services provided by our local animal welfare partners to even more people and pets who need them most,” said Cory Smith, senior director for Pets for Life. “This funding will help us build more humane communities and improve overall companion animal health and welfare by providing life-changing assistance for pet owners who cannot afford or access to these essential services.”

Pets for Life is an ongoing program that extends the reach of animal welfare services, resources and information to people and pets in underserved communities. In addition to funding the services, The HSUS’ PFL program helps communities effectively target resources to pet owners who would otherwise be overlooked. PFL also helps to provide transportation when needed, and conducts in-depth follow up to ensure that each scheduled spay/neuter appointment is positive and successful.

The following is a list of Spay/Neuter events being sponsored by Pets for Life:

Atlanta:

  • The HSUS’ Pets for Life Atlanta program and LifeLine Animal Project are holding a “Free Fix for Pits” campaign throughout February to provide free spay/neuter services for 100 pit bull type dogs from Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton counties. PFL Atlanta will also sponsor $4000 worth of cat sterilizations for low-income owners and feral cats at Furkids throughout February.

Chicago:

  • Pets for Life Chicago and PAWS Chicago’s Lurie Clinic will sponsor spay/neuter surgeries throughout February for pit bull type dogs and other animals from underserved communities.
  • On Feb. 28 PFL Chicago will host a World Spay Day celebration at PAWS Chicago’s Lurie Clinic where they will provide spay/neuter information and offer free surgeries for animals from select zip codes.
  • PFL Chicago will sponsor spay/neuter surgeries at The Anti-Cruelty Society for underserved pet owners from the Pullman, Pilsen and North Lawndale communities. These owners signed up for the surgeries at vaccine clinics in their communities, done in collaboration with Chicago Animal Care & Control, the ASPCA, Safe Humane Chicago, PAWS Chicago and the Anti-Cruelty Society, as well as the alderman in each of the communities.
  • PFL Chicago and Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue will offer free spay/neuter surgeries at the Woodlawn Animal Hospital in South Side Chicago for persons who cannot otherwise afford the service for their pets. 

Los Angeles:

  • Pets for Life Los Angeles, the Found Animals Foundation and Spay LA will host a one-day mobile free spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip clinic in Boyle Heights on Feb. 26.
  • PFL Los Angeles will also sponsor vaccines and sterilization surgeries at the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles clinic in Van Nuys from Feb. 27-29.

Philadelphia:

  • Pets for Life Philadelphia will sponsor free spay/neuter and vaccination services provided by the Pennsylvania SPCA and the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society for low-income pet owners during the month of February, most reached through HSUS community outreach efforts.
  • PFL Philadelphia will also sponsor spay/neuter surgeries of animals brought into clinics by local trap neuter return groups throughout the month of February.

For more information about these events, visit worldspayday.org.

As part of its merger with Continental Airlines, United Airlines has announced that on March 3 it will drop its current flat rate for pets that are checked as excess baggage and instead require all animals to be shipped as cargo. For those changing duty stations in the Pacific, the change could mean paying about $1,440 to $3,869 to fly with an animal back to the United States, depending on its size. Currently, United charges $283 for most pets, according to estimates provided Tuesday by Continental customer service.

This is a huge blow to many military families with pets. A lot of families will be forced to either abandon their pet, or accrue a large debt in order to keep a beloved member of their family. This is an ill advised decision to those at Continental/United Airlines.

This will also cause a ripple effect on international relations. Think of the amount of families who will be left with no choice but to abandon their pets in countries our servicemembers are stationed such as Korea, Japan, Italy and Germany just to name a few. Is it really fair to not just the families, but the pets as well for this to happen? It will put America in a bad light to countries that host our military when we are the cause of a stray dog problem.

Also, military families have been dealing with separation for the past twelve years with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now this will cause families to be further separated from their loved ones when they receive orders for such overseas destinations as Korea or even Hawaii or Alaska. Haven't our military families spent enough time apart without something as small as how much it cost to fly a dog to cause it to happen once again? Our servicemembers and their families sacrifice enough as it is, yet we dare to ask them to sacrifice even more?

I ask today that you know how much your pet would do for you, now what are you willing to do for your pet? Take a stand against Continental/United today and sign the petition! Don't forget to share with your friends and fellow pet lovers!

Sign the Petition at the link below - thanks...

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/advocates-against-raising-airline-fees-for-pets/

Top Ten Reasons You Need an Air Purifier

  1. You make Fido's tail wag. But does Fido make your house smell bad and leave you with lots of pet hair/fur and dander to deal with? Use a Honeywell Air Purifier where your pet sleeps to help reduce pet odors, hair/fur and pet dander.
  2. Airborne particles such as pet dander, molds and spores might be might be microscopic, but they can really decrease the indoor air quality at home. Combat those little culprits by using an air purifier to help clean the air.
  3. Whether you have a dog, cat, parakeet, or iguana, you love your pet. But let's face it–they don't always smell so great. Use an air purifier to help reduce those unpleasant household pet smells–from wet dog to bird cage odor.
  4. Even if you keep your home extremely neat, pet hair, fur and dander can quickly collect on surfaces. Need help controlling what your pet is shedding? Put a Honeywell PETCleanAir™ air purifier in your room. These powerful air purifiers can help capture up 95% or more of the pet hair, fur and dander that passes through its filter.
  5. When springtime comes, your dog loves it when you open up the windows so they can feel the warm breeze. But because you have seasonal allergies, you don't exactly like letting in the tree and grass pollen. Use an air purifier to help capture the airborne allergens that find their way into your room..
  6. While your pet loves the smell of anything you cook, even they may walk away from burnt toast and the grilled fish that you didn't intend to "blacken". Need help dealing with nasty cooking odors? Use an air purifier to help reduce burnt food odors and smoke particles in the kitchen.
  7. You live in an area that has had flooding or nearby wildfire. Use a Honeywell Air Purifier to help reduce potentially harmful smoke particles or mold spores that may be trapped in your house.
  8. Your brother–in–law Bob comes over to visit and has a habit of tucking the newspaper under his arm and heading to the bathroom. Use an air purifier to help reduce Uncle Bob's lingering odor.
  9. You like to burn candles (to cover up the fish odor from #6) but don't like the smoke that rises up when you blow out the flame. Use an air purifier to help reduce smoke particles from tobacco smoke, candles, cooking and fireplaces.
  10. Using an air purifier in your home helps keep the indoor air as clean as possible so you can breathe with confidence.

http://www.honeywellcleanair.com/air-purifiers/pet-owners/

Findings also indicate strong opposition to “ag-gag” legislation 


NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that a newly released poll conducted by Lake Research Partners reveals that 71 percent of Americans support undercover investigative efforts by animal welfare organizations to expose animal abuse on industrial farms, including 54 percent who strongly support the efforts. Accordingly, almost two-thirds (64 percent) of Americans oppose making undercover investigations of animal abuse on industrial farms illegal, with half of all Americans strongly opposing legislative efforts to criminalize industrial farm investigations, commonly referred to as “ag-gag” legislation.

The nationwide survey also reveals that 94 percent of Americans feel that it is important (81 percent “extremely important”) to have measures in place to ensure that food coming from farm animals is safe for people to eat, and 94 percent agree that animals raised for food on farms deserve to be free from abuse and cruelty.

“We are very encouraged that the public recognizes the importance of these investigations and the threats that ag-gag bills pose to American values,” said Suzanne McMillan, director of the ASPCA’s farm animal welfare campaign. “Americans deserve to know where their food comes from and how it is produced, and the industry should welcome that transparency.”

Ag-gag bills seek to criminalize investigations on farms, often declaring it illegal to take photos or videos on industrial farms. Some of these bills would even go so far as to criminalize the possession and/or distribution of such videos and photographs, a serious First Amendment threat that effectively bans whistleblowers—including employees—from exposing illegal and unethical practices at industrial farms such as sexual harassment, worker and environmental violations. In addition, these bills have the potential to shield slaughter plants and puppy mills from legitimate investigations.


According to the survey, opposition to the criminalization of undercover industrial farm investigations is strong across every key demographic and geographic group, including political affiliation:

  • Gender:
    • Men: 65 percent
    • Women: 63 percent
  • Age:
    • Under the age of 55: 65 percent
    • Fifty-five and older: 63 percent
  • Region:
    • Northeast: 75 percent
    • Midwest: 63 percent
    • South: 58 percent
    • West: 65 percent
  • Political Affiliation:
    • Democrats: 69 percent (55 percent oppose the ban strongly)
    • Republicans: 59 percent (50 percent strongly)
    • Independents: 62 percent

The ASPCA and its members lobbied strongly to prohibit these provisions from passing in Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and New York in 2011. This year, ag-gag legislation is being considered in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah. Ag-gag proposals were also being considered as part of two bills in Florida, but lawmakers in January decided to remove the controversial language after pressure from constituents and animal protection groups.

For more information on the ASPCA and to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit
www.aspca.org.


Lake Research Partners designed and administered this nationwide survey with 798 American adults. The survey was conducted over the telephone (n=605; 20% via cell phone), using professional interviewers, and over the Internet from a national sample of Internet users (n=193). The survey was conducted January 12-19, 2012. The margin of error for the total sample is +/-3.47 percentage points, and larger for sub-groups. The data were slightly weighted by gender, race, age, and region to ensure a comprehensive representation of the adult U.S. population.

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.

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With more than a half a million pet books in print and hundreds of articles on pets and their care and training to her credit, Nikki Moustaki is considered one of the country's leading pet experts. She also is an award winning freelance writer, animal trainer, and pet industry expert, and her tireless work feeding shelter pets with her innovative website, The Pet Postcard Project, along with her hands-on rescue efforts and vocal advocacy for homeless animals has led her to be dubbed "Saint Nik."  

Nikki Moustaki is also considered an "Urban Dog Guru," specializing in training city dogs for their particular needs. She has published more than 42 books of nonfiction, primarily on the care and training of pets. Her pet books and articles have been translated into 5 languages. Along with working as a dog trainer, Nikki is one of the country's foremost experts on parrots, having authored more than 24 books on birds and their care and training. Her expertise in pets ranges from dogs and cats to fish and hermit crabs, and everything else in between.

 

An energetic, lively and personable TV and radio guest, Nikki currently hosts a pet-related cable show on The Beach Channel in Miami Beach, and she hosted, co-produced, and co-wrote the national NBC/MSN show, The Celebrity Pet Dish, with her Miniature Schnauzer, Pepper, as her co-host. Nikki has appeared on CNN, Howard Stern (XM Sirius Radio), NBC News, ABC News, Inside Edition, South Florida Live, Inside South Florida, FOX News, CBS News, Martha Stewart Radio, BBC Radio, Animal Radio, Pet Talk Radio, Dog Cast Radio, Bloomdaddy Radio, and Talkin' Pets Radio, among others, and was the animal handler for the second season of the Tony Danza Show, where she often appeared on-air along with her parrot and dog. Nikki has also been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, Glamour Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, The Humane Society Magazine, and Dog Fancy, among others. She is also a regularly featured expert trainer on video on TeddyHilton.com and writes a weekly blog for DogChannel.com called MUTTerings

Owners looking for an extra edge can visit Annie Germani, the pet psychic working in the Hotel Pennsylvania’s conference room. She said she charges $1 per minute for a reading and claims to have predicted the Best in Show victory by a dog named Uno in 2008.

But while Ms. Germani touts her powers of prophecy, she prefers to remain vague when giving readings. “Why ruin the surprise?” she asks.

Talkin Pets News
Saturday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2012.
There are 331 days left in the year.

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