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The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations at AVMA

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The International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations (IAHAIO) will first the first time ever meet at the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and in fact for the first time ever share their accumulated science at a U.S. meeting (July 19-23, 2013 in Chicago). I talk with Dr. Rebecca Johnson, IAHAIO president and has the... Read more »

Animals for LIFE Summit

I was just a litte embarrassed, Sparky Weilnau, president of Animals for LIFE Foundation Board of Trustees was the first speaker. He was a very good speaker, better than I would have thought....Since I thought Sparky would be a dog. I must say, though, a tad disappointed.  I wanted to see a dog offer the opening remarks, that would have been impressive.
Animals for LIFE Foundation held their first summit on March 20 in Columbus, OH. Speakers included Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University (and famously subject of a made-for-TV movie), Dr. Jeanette O’Quinn of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University and Association of Shelter Veterinarians and myself among several others. Animals for... Read more »

Pets Are Good for Us, Human-Animal Interaction Experts Meeting

Pets Are Good for Us, Human-Animal Interaction Experts Meeting
The magic solution for good health has four legs and a tail. It turns out that sharing your life with a pet is good for you. “We know that there are positive neurochemical changes that occur by merely walking down the street and seeing a dog,” says Rebecca Johnson, president of the International Association of... Read more »
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Pets May Console After Sandy Hook School Shooting

Pets May Console After Sandy Hook School Shooting
Families who lost children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CN are undoubtedly going through emotional upheaval beyond imagination. Incomprehensible. Of all the possible horrors – there likely is nothing so awful as losing a child, particularly so unexpectedly. Still, having a pet at home might help to comfort even these grieving families, particularly... Read more »

American Humane Association Remembers Our Dog Lucy, Supporting Hero Therapy Dogs

American Humane Association Remembers Our Dog Lucy, Supporting Hero Therapy Dogs
You might think of this gymnasium-sized room at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago as being a sad place. There’s a teenage gun shot victim learning to walk again, an older women working hard to come back from a stroke, a young boy recovering form brain surgery and a young man dealing with a spinal cord... Read more »

Clark G Spokesdog for American Humane Hero Dog Awards

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The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards has a new official spokesdog – Clark G, the world famous talking dog. Dogs may be nominated for the Hero Dog Awards in eight categories: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs... Read more »
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Westminster Winners Behind the Scenes

Westminster Winners Behind the Scenes
NEW YORK CITY — Here are reports on two winners of this year’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden, held Feb. 13-14. Neither dog won Best in Show, Best in Group, or even Best in Breed. Still, among the 2,000 dogs competing at the show, they’re very much winners in an ‘event’... Read more »

2011 WGN Radio Petcasts

Upon returning to WGN, my first Petcast - Chicago dog trainers Wendy DeCarlo and Dennis Damon from the Dog Obedience Group. "I remember Ethel when she was so small," said Dennis as he walked into the studio. "And she still loves me." Wendy added, "But Dennis, she loves everyone."
Here are 11 of the GREAT folks I was honored to have in-studio for Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio Petcasts (podcasts for Pet Lovers) in 2011.  Check them out, you can listen – it’s free…right HERE. Which was your favorite? Hard to say for me, but I do tell some behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

Dog Show Guru David Frei's Angels, His New Book, Angel on a Leash on Therapy Dogs

Dog show guru and announcer David Frei talks about his Angel, and his book Angel on a Leash, and his therapy dog organization Angel on a Leash. David is the voice of the National Dog Show, Presented by Purina and also the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards Preview

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On 11 – 11 – 11 – easy to remember, on the Hallmark Channel, American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards, presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine.
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