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WRITTEN BY LAURA T. COFFEY                                                                 PHOTOGRAPHY BY LORI FUSARO

“MY OLD DOG: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts” just might be the happiest book you’ll ever read. It shares success stories that show how blissful retirement can be for older dogs who get rescued, and how life-changing senior dog adoption can be for the humans who do the rescuing.

“No Dog Should Die Alone” was the attention-grabbing — and heart-stirring — headline of journalist Laura T. Coffey’s TODAY show story about photographer Lori Fusaro’s work with senior shelter pets. While generally calm, easy, and already house-trained, these animals often represent the highest-risk population at shelters. With gorgeous, joyful photographs and sweet, funny, true tales of “old dogs learning new tricks,” Coffey and Fusaro show that adopting a senior can be even more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. You’ll meet endearing elders like Marnie, the irresistible shih tzu who has posed for selfies with Tina Fey, James Franco, and Betty White; Remy, a soulful nine-year-old dog adopted by elderly nuns; George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, Einstein; Susie, the funny little senior dog who got adopted by “Humans of New York” creator Brandon Stanton; and Bretagne, the last known surviving search dog from Ground Zero. They may be slower moving and a tad less exuberant than puppies, but these pooches prove that adopting a senior brings immeasurable joy, earnest devotion, and unconditional love.

This special book became a national bestseller and went into its second printing very quickly. It won the prestigious Best Book Award from the Dog Writers Association of America and a gold INDIES Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews. “MY OLD DOG” has been showcased in numerous media outlets, including the TODAY show, People, PARADE, Huffington Post, Upworthy, WGN-TV, multiple CTV Television Network shows in Canada, and many more.

“MY OLD DOG” features a foreword by singer/songwriter Neko Case, caregiving and training tips by Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker, and a comprehensive resource guide that outlines all sorts of ways to help older shelter dogs across North America and around the world. It’s available at book stores everywhere and at Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

Positive reviews keep rolling in! Here are some excerpts:

“If you love dogs, or if you like dogs, or if you’ve ever heard of dogs, or if you’re from planet Earth, you will love this book.”
— David Rosenfelt, author of “Dogtripping” and “Lessons from Tara”

“Not only is ‘My Old Dog’ an idea whose time has come, it is a truly heartwarming celebration.”
— Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell”

“Pages and pages of … adorable dogs who found happiness in their golden years.”
PEOPLE.com

“’My Old Dog’ is a truly wonderful book….Every story reminds me just how resilient dogs are and how strong the human-animal bond can be.”
— Victoria Stilwell, dog behavior expert and star of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog”

“Full of wonderful color photos, this beautiful work does a great job of advocating for adult and senior dogs.”
— Library Journal

“This book is a loving celebration of old dogs and of radiant souls that shine through aging eyes.”
— Francis Battista, cofounder of Best Friends Animal Society

“Demonstrates how meaningful it can be to give older animals . . . a second chance.”
PARADE

“My new favorite book. . . . Absolutely beautiful. One time, while I was reading a particularly uplifting chapter on a crowded subway, I found myself actually kissing the book.”
Barkpost.com

“This most amazing and inspiring book . . . will move you to tears of joy.”
Psychology Today

“Journalist Coffey and photographer Fusaro make a strong case for rescuing elderly dogs.”
— Publishers Weekly

“This book is a wonderful tribute to our ‘sizzlin’ seniors’!”
— Jill Rappaport, animal advocate and NBC News correspondent

“If you love soulful seniors or you’re in need of a reminder of the wonderfulness of people (i.e. those adopting one of the many senior dogs in shelters), you’re going to love this book.”
Modern Dog

“I fell in love with these dogs, and their stories serve to remind us that old dogs are like fine wine — they only get better with age. Four paws up!”
— Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane

“Who knew that old dogs could teach human beings some new tricks: compassion, companionship, healing, random snacking, and the power of second chances. Laura Coffey and Lori Fusaro have given the beasts of the world — human and canine — a map for graceful aging and a full and happy life.”
— Roy Peter Clark, author of “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” and Vice President and Senior Scholar at the Poynter Institute

‘My Old Dog’ highlights the beautiful compassion of those who choose to love, support and respect our older animals instead of throwing them away. The book is a look at how we can become better people.”
— Michael Harney, actor on “Orange Is the New Black,”  “Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue” 

“I could not put this book down, and I don’t think anyone could read it and not be moved to go out and help an older dog.”
— Jennifer Kachnic, president of the Grey Muzzle Organization

“This exquisite, eye-opening book needs a place on every dog lover’s shelf.”
— Maria Goodavage, New York Times-bestselling author of “Soldier Dogs” and “Top Dog”

“Infused with vitality.”
Mashable.com

“All of the dogs whose stories are told in My Old Dog will move you (off the couch, and over to your dog to give them a hug).”
Huffington Post

“Outright heart-melting stories that’ll make you want to go adopt a senior dog. Like, right now.”
Upworthy.com

“This is easily the best dog book I’ve read — ever.”
Kings River Life Magazine

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Woof! Woof!

 

RALEIGH, NC (November 5, 2019) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) announces another year of growth in grants awarded for canine health research.  In 2019, CHF has awarded 46 new research grants totaling over $2.8 million to benefit canine health. CHF currently manages 135 active grants representing funding of more than $10.8 million, bringing their total funding to $52.9 million for canine health research and educational programs. Outcomes from this funding have resulted in more than 775 publications in peer-reviewed journals since their founding in 1995.In addition to addressing overall health concerns for all dogs, CHF’s ongoing hemangiosarcoma, tick-borne disease, and epilepsy research initiatives provided expanded funding opportunities for these important diseases during 2019. CHF and their donors continued funding for new educational grants to support the American Kennel Club/AKC Canine Health Foundation/Theriogenology Foundation Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program, and their Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program.As part of the educational outreach component of their mission, CHF sponsored five webinars by CHF-funded investigators on topics such as CBD oil use for dogs, updates on canine influenza, canine degenerative myelopathy, early maternal influences on puppies being raised as service dogs, and discussion of spay/neuter on overall health, providing continuing education for veterinary professionals, dog owners, and breeders. Also, CHF hosted the National Parent Club Canine Health Conference in St. Louis, MO in August. The biennial event, sponsored by Purina, brought together researchers, American Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Club members, breeders, veterinarians, veterinary residents, and veterinary students to discuss the latest findings in canine health research.“We are honored to collaborate with the best scientists, breeders, veterinarians and dog lovers to achieve better health for all dogs,” states CHF CEO, Dr. Diane Brown. “As we enter our 25th year in 2020, we look forward to creating more opportunities to advance canine health research."CHF earned a highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator again this year and maintained its platinum rating from GuideStar, demonstrating programs excellence and that it exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency, and outperforms most charities in its category.Matched funding opportunities provided a means for CHF donors to double their impact on canine health in 2019. The AKC continues to match donations from new and lapsed donors and the American German Shepherd Dog Charitable Foundation is matching donations for hemangiosarcoma research.With gratitude for their donors’ support, CHF continues to achieve its mission to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding humane scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Donation information can be found at akcchf.org/donate.

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About CHF

Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. With more than $52 million in funding to date, the Foundation provides grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information on the discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as demonstrated by their highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.

Talkin' Pets News

8/24/2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Suzanne Topor - Livingston Animal & Avian Hospital

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Andrew Moerschel

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Cathy Symons CVT, CCRP, and author of "Blind Devotion" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/24/2019 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book

Cathy Symons wrote Blind Devotion: Enhancing the lives of Blind and Visually Impaired Dogs after her first dog, Booda, lost his sight at 7 years old. In it, Cathy uses her vast experience as a veterinary technician and canine rehabilitation practitioner to offer advice on caring for a blind dog. Cathy educates the reader on what it means to be blind, how to keep your pet safe, stimulating other senses, making life enjoyable for your pet and developing new commands. She also discusses difficult topics such as quality of life, commitment, anxiety, enucleation, and addressing owner emotions.

Several years later, Cathy adopted another blind pug named Digger and wrote a children’s book Watching Out for Digger, which she uses as a teaching tool for young children to learn about living with a disabled dog.

After fifteen years of practice as a vet tech, Cathy went on to study canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. In 2003 Cathy was one of the first of thirty-six people in the country to become a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner.

Shortly after obtaining her CCRP Cathy was instrumental in establishing the first veterinary rehabilitation center in Massachusetts and continues to follow the latest options in rehabilitation including Digital Thermal Imaging and Laser Therapy.

Cathy has devoted her life to being an advocate for physically and sensory impaired dogs.

Understanding Predators Big and Small

Every year more than 500,000 sheep, goats, and cows are lost to predatory animals in the United States, resulting in both financial and emotional losses for farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and backyard-animal raisers. [ML1]The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators by Janet Vorwald Dohner teaches readers how to protect their livestock and pets from harm by learning to identify threatening species through their habits and habitats.

Through profiles of more than 50 [DB2]of the most common predatory animals, Dohner’s in-depth guide explains how these animals think and behave, where and how they live, and how they attack and kill prey. Readers will learn such skills as [DB3]how to know when a wolf is ready to attack, how to distinguish a coyote’s vocalizations, and how to react if they ever encounter a bobcat[DB4]. This hardworking reference also includes details on nonlethal methods for keeping predators away, including electric fencing and livestock guardian animals; a list of predator threats by region; and a key to identifying animal tracks and scat. The book features a Damage ID guide for each predator, to help readers determine whether an attack was by a coyote (most common), a domestic dog (next most common), or another animal, from grizzly bear to possum, eagle to alligator.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                                                                                       ____

Janet Vorwald Dohner is the author of Farm Dogs and Livestock Guardians. She has 35 years of experience on her small family farm and has relied on livestock guard dogs and corgis to protect her sheep, goats, and poultry. Dohner writes for Modern Farmer and Mother Earth News and speaks regularly on predator control and livestock guardians at conferences. She is a board member of the Kangal Dog Club of America and a member of several learning communities for working dogs.       

 

The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators

Janet Vorwald Dohner

Storey Publishing, May 2017

Full-color; photographs and illustrations throughout

288; 8 x 10

$24.95 paperback; 978-1-61212-699-9

$34.95 hardcover; 978-1-61212-705-7


Talkin' Pets News

August 3, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jasmine Johnson - Jasmine the dog trainer - Tampa Bay, FL

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Produce - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Producer - Bob Page


Zak George's Guide to a Well-Behaved Dog

By Zak George and Dina Roth Port |

ON SALE JULY 9TH, 2019

Does Your Dog Bark A Lot, Pull On The Leash, Hate To Be Left Alone, Or Have Accidents In The House?

Celebrity trainer and YouTube star Zak George to the rescue! In this problem-based guide, he makes it easy to look up and solve the exact behavioral issue that’s driving you crazy – whether you’re dealing with a new puppy, an adult dog you’ve had for years, or a recently adopted rescue. Packed with case studies and examples from his videos so you can see his tactics in action, this book contains step-by-step instructions for dealing with chewing, jumping up, play biting, begging, not listening, thunderstorm phobia, resource guarding and much more!       

About the Authors:

ZAK GEORGE is the founder of YouTube’s number one dog training destination, Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution. He has also starred in Animal Planet’s SuperFetch as well as the BBC’s Who Let the Dogs Out, and he is the coauthor of Zak George’s God Training Revolution: The complete Guide to Training the Perfect Pet with Love. He lives in New Orleans. Visit www.youtube.co/zacgeorge

DINA ROTH PORT is an award-winning author and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Glamour, Self, Prevention, WebMD, and dozens of other national publications. This is her third book. She lives in Boca Raton. Visit www.dinarothport.com

Talkin' Pets News

July 13, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media/Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Anthony Ferraro - Sales Director Green Gobbler 20% Vinegar Weed Killer

DOG WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

DWAA Writing Competition Is Open!

It's the most wonderful time of the dog writing year! The DWAA official writing competition is now accepting entries.

This year, we have a brand new website and a streamlined process. In the Special Awards categories, so far we have 22 special categories totaling almost $14,000 thanks to our amazing sponsors, which you can view below. Good luck! Heads up: Annual event and awards tickets go on sale on 08/01/19. 

 
Enter Now
 

AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best article in a national, regional or local AKC club publication in magazine or newsletter format. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant.

 

AKC Reunite Microchip Awareness Award
Sponsored by AKC Reunite for the best article on how microchips can be used in pet recovery. Articles can include recovery stories of how dogs were identified or returned to owners, permanent identification in cases of theft, uses of microchips to confirm identity of dogs in competition, etc. The award is a $1,000 cash grant. For information about actual recovery stories, writers can contact AKC Reunite at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award goes to the writer of a print or online feature article that best educates pet owners about responsible dog ownership. The award consists of a plaque and a $500 cash grant. To enter, submit one article, which must also be entered in this year’s contest in one of the regular categories.

 

The AKC Family Dog Award
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is for the best writing (including books, articles and blog posts) about any or all of the good manners programs under the AKC Family Dog umbrella, including AKC Therapy Dog, AKC Trick Dog, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Community Canine, Urban CGC and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy. While participating in these activities that are fun for both dogs and people, dogs become well-socialized and develop a lifelong bond with their owners. This award consists of a $500 cash grant.

 

The Canine Scribbles Award
Sponsored by Canine Scribbles, LLC, this is awarded for the best article that promotes the reasons to own a purebred canine. The fiction or nonfiction article of 1000 to 1500 words must be published in a print or online publication. The focus of the article should exemplify the virtues of owning a specific purebred dog. A high-resolution .jpeg (at least 300 dpi) should accompany the article that depicts the canine about which the article is written. The article should be clearly and succinctly written, and should outline the advantages of purebred dog ownership, with a unique journalistic voice. $350 cash grant.

 

The Captain William Lewis Judy Award
Sponsored by American Legion Post #348, Brick Township, N.J. and Lisa Begin-Kruysman. For a submission in any form of media that educates the public about the important role our military dogs play in our Armed Forces, including issues affecting their emotional and physical care during their training, active service and retirement. The award consists of a $350 cash grant.

 

Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health Award
Sponsored by Dr. Harvey’s Fine Health Foods for Companion Animals, this award is for the best online blog post written by a dog blogger that exemplifies good health and wellness for dogs. The award consists of a $500 cash grant.

 

The Dogster Health & Wellness Award
This award recognizes the article/column that did the best to promote home-care health awareness — identifying health and wellness best practices that dog owners can carry out at home for the dogs they love. Dogster helps dogs by helping dog owners and wants to recognize an outstanding written piece that does the same. $500 cash grant.

 

The Fidose of Reality Dog Blogger Award
Sponsored by Darlene and Carol Bryant on behalf of FidoseofReality.com, this award is given to a non-corporate dog blogger. Composing a quality dog product or service review is an art. The winning dog blog post exemplifies the elements of a solid dog product or service review that go above and beyond the basics. Entries will be judged on writing style, grammar, punctuation, imagery/video, and the overall way the review is presented. The award consists of a $300 cash prize and a trophy.

 

DWAA Junior Writer Award
Sponsored by Karen Petit, an author of children’s books, for writers under 18 years of age. This award is to recognize and encourage young writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness, dedication and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related topics. Award: $400 cash grant, DWAA Maxwell Medallion and lapel pin.

 

DWAA Robert H. McKowen Memorial Friends of Rescue Award
Sponsored by his family and friends. For the best article describing the rescue process: adoption, fostering, transporting, home visits or other aspects of rescue. $300 cash grant.

 

The Fear Free Pets Award
Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media format that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates the importance and benefits of taking a dog to a Fear Free certified veterinary professional. This may also include how a dog’s emotional well-being can play a role in all aspects of its life and health, including veterinary care, how decreasing fear, anxiety, and stress is beneficial to the patient and owner both during the veterinary visit and at home, a focus on Fear Free applications pre- and post-veterinary visit, successful case studies/stories of how a dog went from fearful to Fear Free during or throughout the course of a single or series of veterinary visits, positive experiences working with a Fear Free certified veterinary professional or anything that highlights how Fear Free and what it stands for is all around better for staff, patients, and clients. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

 

Fear Free Dog Enrichment Award
Sponsored by Fear Free, LLC, this is awarded for the article, book, blog, TV segment, radio spot, video, column or other creative media formats that best educates, promotes, or demonstrates how enrichment activities (exercise, food puzzles, scent training, etc.) can benefit a dog’s emotional—not just physical—well-being and the role that has in their overall health. This may also include topics relating to how the resulting benefits of such enrichment to the dog’s emotional well-being can help set them up for more successful veterinary visits in the future, thus living a happier, healthier life. This award consists of a $2,000 cash grant and a one-of-a-kind commemorative award.

 

The Good News For Pets Award
Sponsored by GoodNewsForPets.com in celebration of the digital platform’s 20th anniversary, this award is for the best digital story – online video, blog post or online article with photography that best demonstrates the bond between people and their canine companions. The content must be demonstrated as having been shared through digital media. The winner will receive a $500 grant.

 

The Harrison Stephens Inspirational Feature Award
Named in honor of Harrison Stephens, a newspaper editor who wrote thought-provoking features marked by journalistic integrity and humor until his death just before his 100th birthday. This award is for a feature article that highlights the human-canine bond and leaves the reader with a smile. Potential topics include working dogs (or a lazy dog with a winning personality), or dog-centric nonprofits that promote positive outcomes for pets and people. The award is sponsored by Sally and Tom Reeder and consists of a $300 grant.

 

The Heroes for Healthy Pets Award
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, this award is open to all forms of media that cover topics on infectious diseases that affect dogs. The winner will receive a plaque and a $1,500 cash grant.

 

James Colasanti, Jr. Poetry Award  
For the poem/poetry which best exemplifies the unconditional love of a dog. Sponsored by James Colasanti Jr. The award is a $200 cash grant.

 

The PSI Professional Pet Care Award
Sponsored by Pet Sitters International (PSI), this award is presented to the entry that best educates pet owners about the benefits of using professional pet sitters. Qualifying online or print entries include newspaper or magazine articles and blog posts. This award consists of a $300 cash prize.

 

The Rio Award
Sponsored by Jen Reeder and Bryan Fryklund in honor of their beloved Labrador retriever mix, Rio, this award is for an article, book or essay that profiles a dog who changed someone’s life in a profoundly positive way. The award consists of a $300 cash prize.

 

The Sleepypod Pet Safety Award
Sponsored by Sleepypod, this award is for the best article or book that shares tips for pet safety during travel and/or anecdotes of dogs helped by owners who take safety precautions. The award consists of a $500 cash grant.

 

The Vet Candy Award
The Vet Candy Award will be presented to the writer with the most inspiring story about a veterinarian or veterinary professional in a newsletter, magazine, or blog post format. The award consists of $300 and a plaque.

 

The Walter R. Fletcher Memorial Award
Sponsored by The Westminster Kennel Club in memory of legendary dog show reporter Walter Fletcher, this annual award goes to the reporter who best exemplifies continued press coverage of dog shows in America. The writer must have written a bylined article in a print or online general interest publication about a dog show (or shows). The winner will be honored with a reserved seat in the Walter Fletcher Memorial Chair for both nights of the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The chair is located at the end of the front row, in the working press section, on the arena floor of Madison Square Garden. The winner will also receive $300.

 

Dogwise Best Book Award
Sponsored by Dogwise Publishing. $500 to the author of the best book. The winner will be chosen by the president of DWAA from the winners of all the book categories. The award is a $500 cash grant. Do not apply for this award.

 

DWAA Distinguished Service Award
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award honors extraordinary achievement and communications excellence. It recognizes the person who, by word, deed, exemplary conduct, public communication and professional excellence, best promotes the interest of the sport of dogs. The award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 cash grant. Do not apply for this award.

 
Click here for more information or to enter:
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As always, we depend on our professional members to volunteer as judges! If you can spare a few hours in late September/early October, please email Contest Chair Darlene Bryant:

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Thank you and good luck!

 
 
 

Dear Jon,

All of us at the Doris Day Animal Foundation have been truly overwhelmed by your outpouring of love, condolences and donations for the “precious four-leggers” in memory of our dear Doris. She was a beloved friend and mentor to us and an inspiration to the world -- especially the animal welfare community. Your support meant the world to her and makes it possible for DDAF to continue its crucial work, funding other non-profit animal welfare organizations and programs that directly improve the lives of animals.

DDAF’s small, long-time staff and board of directors were personally selected or approved by Doris many years ago because we share her passion for making this a better world for the animals. We have dedicated a good part of our lives to Doris’ great cause and are just as invested in the important work we do as she was. We conscientiously strive to reduce expenses to cut overhead so that your donations can go to programs that directly benefit the animals. 

Please visit our Facebook page for stories and testimonials from our grantees so you can see specifically where your donations are put to work. Our annual IRS Form 990 can be found on our website, and if you haven’t visited lately, we invite you to get re-acquainted with our staff and our work. In short, we assure you that DDAF will continue to operate under the same rules and guidelines, dedicated to Doris’ vision and purpose to make her proud, as always.

While Doris’ tremendous career legacy will live on thanks to the technology of film, television, iTunes and YouTube, she founded DDAF and DDAL to carry out her life’s mission and the cause closest to her heart: helping animals and the people who love them. This was the legacy she wanted to leave the world, and all of us at DDAF are committed to keep her dream alive by continuing the critical work she started 41 years ago, per her wishes. Of course, we can’t do it without you, so on behalf of the millions of animals we’ve helped in the past and plan to help in the future, we send a big thank you for your support!

Gratefully yours,

 
 
 
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