• Dock Diving Tampa Florida

    Thursday, December 17, 2009

    Cool, cool, cool. Dock Diving in the Tampa Bay Area at one of the best training schools in the state of Florida, Courteous Canine. Owned and operated by Angelica Steinker, Courteous Canine is a cut above all the rest. What Fox Tampa Bay didn't show in this clip is how the trainers at Courteous Canine teach the dogs to be comfortable in the water. First with doggie life jackets and the owner in the water, building up to the launch, all very carefully trained at the dogs comfort level. The tag line says Courteous Canine, "No Force - Just Fun", and they mean every word of it.

    Coverage on Channel 13

  • Holiday Party with Pasco Hernando Veterinary Medical Assoc

    Monday, December 07, 2009

    Join us for fun and silent auction fundraising for community events
    Type: Party - Holiday Party
    Network: Global
    Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Rapscallions Restaurant
    Highway 41
    Land O' Lakes, FL

    Tickets are $20 per person and includes dinner. Buy 6 tickets and get one ticket free. Full bar available. We will have a silent auction with great items you can bid on for last minute holiday gifts (including original artwork, Buccaneers Tailgate Items, Florida Estates Winery Gift Baskets, Hotel Stays, etc.) Bring your staff and friends. Proceeds from the auction will be used to support the PHVMA's 2010 Community Service projects that include Veterinary/Agriculture Lectures to 4H, Pet Therapy for Domestic Violence Shelters, Oxygen Masks for Pet First Responders, Scholoraships for Vet Assisting and Vet Tech Students, etc. See www.PHVMA.com for more information or to join PHVMA for 2010.
  • Petfinders Click to Give Contest

    Thursday, December 03, 2009

    "If you start with the idea that the holidays are about really giving a part of yourself rather than STUFF, and spreading joy, and celebrating what we have, you instantly start to eliminate the nonessential and stressful." Ellen Silverman
    Unwrapping the holidays: alt- gift. November's blog, Improvisedlife.com

    Giving this holiday season - click to give.

    Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter Challenge together with Petfinder.com

    Seventy-three grants will awarded for a total of $100,000 to eligible Petfinder.com members. Voting starts each year on September 14 and ends at midnight (PST) on December 20.

    Look for other clicks on the site.

  • The Name of the Game in Philanthropy

    Thursday, December 03, 2009

    Maddie's Fund shares the spotlight with the 25 best givers, Gates, Omidyar Network, A Glimmer of Hope, and Robin Hood Foundation to name a few rated by Barron's.


    "When David Duffield was creating Peoplesoft, he made a promise to his beloved miniature schnauzer, Maddie: If he struck it rich, he would give to her and her kind. In 1998, he gave $200 million of PeopleSoft stock to set up the Maddie Foundation, which finds homes for some 70,000 dogs and cats each year and fights euthanasia at shelters. It has given $70 million to animal-welfare groups, veterinary establishments and others, making the Duffields the most generous donors to animal rights.
    Better Shelter: Launched a program at Cornell University that trains veterinary students in medical practices for animal shelters.
    Fur-Splitting: Philanthropy means "love of mankind." Man's best friend also counts."
  • Under the radar organizations

    Wednesday, December 02, 2009

    GOOD Good.is/ asked "What are your favorite under-the-radar projects & organizations pushing the world forward? They can be for-profit, non-profit or individual."

    The Association of Pet Dog Trainers

    Training without pain and intimidation with sound scientific principles. Teach the children, our next generation - compassion - coping skills - conflict resolution. All this can be learned through kindness of training the family dog.

  • Holiday Cards That Give

    Wednesday, December 02, 2009

    Merry Christmas ~ 2009

    Puppies Behind Bars
    Guide Dog Foundations

    Find a card that gives this year.

    And remember the shelters in your own neighborhood. SPCA's and Humane Societies in your own backyard are independent of the ASPCA (NY) and HSUS. In addition to local shelters, rescue groups, each county has a government agency that houses animals as well. Call ahead to find out what's on their wish list. Food, supplies, bedding, litter, toys, leashes, collars, or volunteer your time.

    A gift of time is so rewarding.

  • Foster a lonely pet

    Tuesday, December 01, 2009

    Christmas 2006 A Visit to the Shelter

    "Don't look at the dogs," I warned myself. Of course I didn't listen.I looked.
    I saw a lab puppy in one of the adoption runs. Since I volunteered for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, LRRoF, I wondered if I could take this puppy home for the holidays. Instead of a hard concrete floor; a warm bed. Instead of isolation; socialization, and basic manners including potty training.
    After a conversation with the local coordinator, I was told that the puppy I saw was in the process of being adopted, but there was another puppy about 6 months old that we could "pull" for private adoption. Her name? Lillie.
    A Black Lillie Lab for Christmas! She stayed with me for one week.Her adoptive family drove three hours to see her, and fell in love.The family stayed for five hours as we talked and trained Lillie. Lillie knew a lot for only living with a dog trainer for one week,and the family stayed to learn what Lillie knew.
    The two children were giggling about their new dog as they gave treats to Lillie. She paid attention to every little request such as Sit! Lie down.Come! and Let's take a walk! What Lillie learned in this week was to take treats gently, not to jump on people, good house training, where to go potty, and her name. Most importantly Lillie learned that people can be a very good thing with treats and smiles!
    For four years, each Christmas there has been a foster dog under the tree in my home. Lillie was a special holiday treat this year for me and her new family! A special holiday indeed.

    Best Wishes,
    Maureen, Jet, Lillie, Annabelle and Milk Dud

    Find an animal shelter or rescue group near you with a holiday pet fostering program
  • Honesty and Transparency in Animal Control

    Monday, November 23, 2009


    I am a volunteer at animal services.

    I am a Charter BoD (past) of Friends of Pasco County Animal Services.

    I am looking forward to change right here in my community.

  • High Euthanasia Rate Pasco County Animal Services

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    We are grateful to PHVMA for taking the lead in investigating and solution based meeting today concerning the high euthanasia rate at Pasco County Animal Services.

    LAND O' LAKES - "Saying the county animal shelter'sadoption rateis "alarmingly low," a localveterinary groupwants to reduce the number of animals euthanized each year.

    The newly formed Pasco HernandoVeterinary Medical Associationwill meet today withcounty administratorsand members of the Animal Services advisory board to find solutions to the county's growing number of stray and unwanted animals.

    In the past year, Pasco County euthanized 5,386 cats - 85 percent of the cats brought to the shelter. Nearly 60 percent of 4,314 dogs brought to the shelter were euthanized during the same time period." For full article see link below:

  • Why Do Dogs Bark

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    It was/is widely thought that dogs bark for a number of reasons, such as defending the home front against intruders, or to say "come play with me", just to name two examples. This new study sheds light on an old age question "why do dogs bark?" Conflict at the core of it all.

    "Dogs bark more because they are put into conflicting situations.", Kathryn Lord.

    Study by Kathryn Lord and colleagues at UMass Amherst http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090714210137.htm

    This was posted previously - lost