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Heel … Sit … Stay … Now LISTEN!

New Book Examines How Imitating Canine Communication Behaviors Can Yield Fantastic Relationships for Life and Career

Listen Like a Dog:

And Make Your Mark on the World

By Jeff Lazarus

                   “Listen Like a Dog offers a totally fresh perspective on attaining success in our personal

                   and professional relationship….Take the lead from your dog and reap the rewards.

                                                --Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series;

                                                   creator of The Success Principles series

                   “Jeff Lazarus has given us a roadmap to living a happier and more productive life with

                   this invaluable book…. Your canine companion seriously has much to teach you about

                   how to become a better listener!”

                                                --Dr. Marty Becker, New York Times bestselling author

In a world where everyone is barking but no one is listening, Listen Like a Dog reveals that the real antidote to our communication “faux paws” can be learned from observing our canine companions. Dogs don’t interrupt us, finish our sentences, offer advice, try to top our stories or text us instead of talking to us. Dogs pay extremely close attention by studying facial expressions, observing body language, watching eye movements and listening to our voice patterns. Although they don’t understand our verbal language, dogs listen with their entire being. Brimming with lighthearted humor, LISTEN LIKE A DOG: And Make Your Mark on the World by Jeff Lazarus (Publication: April 25, 2016; Health Communications, Inc.; Self-help & Psychology; ISBN:13-978075318986; Paperback; $15.95) teaches the reader how TRUE listening is the magic ingredient that forges real connections with others – whether it’s a marriage/intimate relationship, with co-workers, friends or family.

Written by the bestselling author of Dogtology: Live Bark Believe, which celebrates the relationship between dogs and humans, Mr. Lazarus guides the reader in LISTEN LIKE A DOG to recognizing ideal canine behaviors that can lead to enormous advantages in a person’s personal life and in business.

A recent study by a Cornell University sociologist revealed that we have fully one-third fewer real friends than we did before the social networking boom. Today, we have more shallow connections with others; our communications are expanding horizontally but shrinking vertically. We are trading quality for quantity and real for virtual. Is anyone really listening?

In Listen Like a Dog, the reader will learn that true listening can enhance every relationship in a person’s life. People want good listeners in their inner circle, they want to do business with them, they trust them, and will share critical information with them. This means the person who masters this skill has enormous advantages, both in business and personal life. Each chapter in Listen Like a Dog focuses on human behavior and compares that with different aspects of canine behavior with light-hearted humor and laugh-out-loud observations. Readers will learn:

  • Violating the Leash Laws: the 11 most egregious mistakes we make when we THINK we are communicating
  • Sniff Around: the importance of casual communications
  • The Power of the Paws (Pause): how to recognize the many benefits of silence
  • Heel, Sit, and Stay: how changing your own behavior can win over others
  • Happiness is a Warm Pup: the importance of being genuine and compassionate
  • And so much more

About the Author:

Jeff Lazarus is a Health Science consultant with one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, serving as a scientific liaison to physicians, academicians, and health educators. He earned a BA in speech communications, with an emphasis in interpersonal and organizational communications, from Cal State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has taught public speaking at the university level and conducted numerous workshops on listening, presentation skills, and customer engagement. Jeff’s love for dogs is portrayed in his 2015 release, Dogtology, a whimsical exploration of humankind’s fanatical devotion to dogs. He resides in Orange County, Ca.

Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World

by Jeff Lazarus

Health Communications, Inc. (HCI)

Publication date: April 25, 2016;

Paperback and eBook; 264 pages, $15.95



Leo's Story

In 2014, LBWF stepped in to help a fellow rescue, as it closed its doors.  Leo was one of the 9 lucky dogs LBWF took on as our own. He had developed allergies from his past life - his beautiful fawn colored fur was in rough shape and it took months to soothe and heal. He benefited from a grain free diet, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and the product, Nzymes. After a year of struggling with his skin issues, we found this to be the magic cure for him, and so many rescued dogs we have here at LBWF that suffer from skin issues due to our dry weather.

Leo was adopted as a cute, fat puppy. He was well loved until his owner left for college! Story sound all too familiar nowadays? Unfortunately the student's parents didn't want the responsibility of this now, very large dog, so they gave Leo away. He mysteriously was found in a field and taken in by a loving family who had taken to caring for all dogs dumped in that particular field. The economy crashed, leaving this kindhearted family with no money to feed the family and pets. Leo, now severely underweight, found a safe haven with a loving rescue. 

Two years ago, they too fell on hard times and had to close their doors. This is becoming all too common in rescue, as the weight of the expenses of caring for all these left behind pets become unbearable.

LBWF stepped in to help Leo and 9 of his canine friends and 10 cats!  We discovered Leo loved to pass the time playing with his ropes and toys, hoping you might notice his joy, and watch him as he shook it side to side and bounced his hippo body around! He was a great walking companion, but still he scared everyone, with his large hippo body! 

We are so excited to announce that this gentle giant has FINALLY found his own forever, loving home! He deserves it. They all do.

Your support & donations to the LBWF rescued dogs allowed Leo, and all the 100 rescued dogs of LBWF, to live and thrive! Now it is his adoption day, April 2016! He has a 3 month old, TINY little Chihuahua sister named Miss Kitty, whom he loves to give kisses too!! We love you Leo! Thank you Grace, Sam and Miss Kitty for bringing Leo into your loving home and giving him the love he as begged for all these years.

Leo is a dog that proves what makes this work so incredible - never give up on them and their loyalty and ability to believe in humans, no matter how many times humans let them down!

Welcome to the world of rescue, we do it for the magical, magnificent friends, called animals. It is us humans, which are lucky to have them in our lives! I call them angels on earth, and feel privileged to serve them in their time of need! We must change laws to better protect them! We must continue to work towards mandatory spay/neuter, harsher penalties for animal cruelty, the end of backyard chaining, breed ban discrimination, and better quality of life for our fur friends.

Your donations go directly to the care of our rescued animals in need. We don't have the overheard the big groups have. We are 100% volunteer run which ensures your funds provide direct medical care, shelter, bedding, toys, grooming, cookies, etc to the 100 rescued dogs at the LBWF Wellness Center.

Your donations also assist us in educating the public on the aforementioned animal welfare topics and ensure we can continue fighting for Leo and all his fur friends we love so dearly.

Thank you for joining the LBWF Family and helping on this journey!

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Dogs now receiving urgent medical care

Elmwood, Wis.—The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Animal Humane Society (AHS) are assisting the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office with the seizure of 48 dogs from a substandard, unlicensed breeding facility in Elmwood, Wis. The dogs were seized from the property Friday morning after warrants were served, and the owner of the facility was booked into the Pierce County Jail for mistreatment of animals, not providing proper food to confined animals and improper animal sheltering.

The 35 adults and 13 puppies, all yellow Labradors, were discovered living indoors in small, filthy travel crates, with no access to food or water. Numerous deceased animals were also found on the property. The ASPCA believes the facility to be a puppy mill--a large-scale breeding operation designed to generate profits at the cost of the animals’ health and well-being.

“What we saw here is no way for a dog to live,” said Kathryn Destreza, director of investigations for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The puppies at breeding facilities are sold for profit, but many people don’t realize that their parents are often kept there for years, subjected to incessant breeding and usually lacking basic care and socialization, resulting in a very poor quality of life.”

“Large scale animal cruelty cases are not something that we encounter often here in Pierce County,” said Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove. “When we are made aware of any animal cruelty issues we do the best we can to investigate and hold accountable those responsible. This case started with a complaint from a concerned citizen who was appalled by the conditions these animals were exposed to. Deputies responded to the complaint and determined the allegations had merit. Citizens are encouraged to contact law enforcement when they are made aware of these situations so they can be addressed accordingly.”   

The dogs have been transported to AHS (Golden Valley, Minn.), where they are receiving urgent medical treatment from ASPCA and AHS veterinarians. At this time, the dogs are considered evidence and will be cared for by AHS responders until their custody is determined by the court. The ASPCA is also collecting forensic evidence and providing legal support to strengthen the case and ensure the best legal outcome for these dogs.

"We’re proud to be known as the go-to resource for investigations in this region," said Janelle Dixon, President & CEO of Animal Humane Society. "Our humane agents investigate hundreds of reports of animal cruelty and neglect each year. As a result, we have the experience and ability to care for large numbers of animals, and the medical and behavioral expertise to provide the specialized care these vulnerable animals need."

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has rescued thousands of dogs from puppy mills across the nation. Furthermore, the ASPCA’s Government Relations department has been active in promoting legislation at both the state and federal levels to strengthen regulations and raise minimum standards of care for dogs in puppy mills. For more information about puppy mills and how to fight animal cruelty, join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade at

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two 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. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



RALEIGH, N.C. (April 25, 2016) –  The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, is honored to announce a one million dollar donation from the estate of Cora Nunnally Miller to CHF’s endowment fund.

Cora N. Miller was a philanthropist, and enthusiastic competitor and breeder of Whippets. She was a founding member and director of the Whippet Health Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors and as President of the American Whippet Club; an honorary lifetime membership was bestowed upon her at the Boston National in 2006. The Foundation’s receipt of this generous donation is timely as the 2016 American Whippet Club National Specialty begins this week in San Diego. 

“Cora was dedicated to the total Whippet. It was never enough for her dogs to have beauty and type. Her goal as a breeder was to produce beautiful, athletic, and healthy Whippets, and she succeeded,” said longtime friend and professional handler Phoebe Booth. To further that goal Cora Miller was an annual major donor to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and she also supported the Whippet Health Foundation.

“We are grateful to the estate of Cora Nunnally Miller for the generous bequest to CHF. This donation carries on Cora’s lifelong commitment to the health and well-being of dogs, and ensures that future generations will benefit from the canine health research funded by the Foundation,” said Dr. Charles Garvin, chairman of the CHF board.

“As an artist, Cora Miller saw the light and spirit in every dog. To her, a beautiful dog was a healthy dog. In gifting the AKC Health Foundation, she was placing her generosity where her heart already was, in the furtherance of the cause of good health for all dogs,” said Cora’s longtime friend, AKC judge and fellow Whippet breeder Sharon Sakson. “She believed in breeding healthy dogs and her gift to the AKC Canine Health Foundation is another way Cora has shared her own deep love of dogs with the world.”

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at


Beco Pets issues ‘Get Fit, Not Fat’ challenge to US dogs,
unveils unique-design SAFER toy to encourage exercise

New Beco Pets Guide: ‘Top 10 Tips For Getting Your Dog Slim and Fit’

** There are approx. 80 million dogs in US **

** 53% of US dogs are overweight or obese, says the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention **

** That’s approx. 42 million US dogs who need to lose weight **

** Fat dogs face risk of diabetes, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular, respiratory & blood pressure conditions, cancer **

** Giving a dog a cookie is the equivalent of a human eating TWO cookies **

** Dogs that maintain their ideal weight live, on average, two years longer **

** Pictured: (L-R) The Beco Flyer; Beco Pets co-Founders George Bramble with Labrador Tarka,
and Toby Massey with Terrier Rupert **

Beco Pets, Great Britain’s biggest manufacturer of eco-friendly pet products, has launched a new product targeting America’s estimated 40 million overweight and obese dogs.

The pioneering firm, whose toys are popular with dog owners in 43 countries, has designed a unique new toy, aimed at encouraging overweight US dogs to take more exercise in a safe environment.

The unveiling of ‘The Beco Flyer’ follows warnings from leading canine health experts in the UK that throwing wooden sticks for your dog to retrieve in the park can cause “horrific injuries” and damage their teeth and mouths.

Now proving a big hit in the UK, The Beco Flyer(MSRP $15.99) is a flying disc dog toy that whizzes through the air to the delight of its canine catchers. Made from 100 per cent natural rubber and rice husks, which makes it durable, non-toxic and flexible enough to be easily carried everywhere, it is designed with an 'easy pick-up wobble' design, and the raised profile of The Flyer makes it easier for your dog to get a good grip when retrieving.

The President of the British Veterinary Association has just warned UK dog owners they could cause their pets "horrific injuries" if they play fetch with sticks. The Beco Flyer’s extra grip helps prevent any injuries as your dog races to the landing point, and the extra-super-soft natural rubber make it softer for dogs to catch without damaging their teeth or mouth, avoiding any nasty accidents.

In Britain, nearly 3 million dogs are not given the chance to exercise off the leash outside the home or garden every day. Worse still, in one investigation, 67 per cent of pet owners in Europe were found to be overweight themselves (source: BBC). Beco Pets is working with veterinary practices to better educate dog owners and is giving away free Beco Flyer toys to owners of fat British dogs nationwide to encourage them to take exercise.

In America, Beco Pets products are already proving a big hit with dog and other pet owners after the British company appointed Pet Product Innovations (PPI) as it Master Distributor in the US.

Beco Pets co-Founder and Design Director Toby Massey, a dog owner for six years and the man who designed The Beco Flyer, said: “We want British dogs to get healthier and stay slim. That’s why we’ve launched our campaign, which is aimed at both dogs and their owners. The Beco Flyer is designed to fly further than a traditional ball, increasing the mileage your pet covers. The Flyer’s bright colours also make it easier to spot as even the best retriever gets a little confused!”

Fellow Beco co-Founder & Sales Director George Bramble became a dog owner three months ago when Labrador puppy Tarka arrived. He said: “It’s vital to keep dogs healthy. I’ve seen research that shows 60 per cent of pets in the UK aren’t ever weighed, and dog obesity is on the rise. We have a duty of care to do better. Owning a dog should be a reason to get outside and get some exercise. Looking after a dog responsibly can be great for both the dog’s and the owner’s waist line.”

As with humans, the risk of a dog becoming fatter increases throughout its life. The medical effects of a dog being overweight include a reduction in its life expectancy, diabetes, locomotion difficulties, circulatory problems, skin disease, respiratory problems, low immunity and a higher operation risk. Dog owners also report that The Beco Flyer keeps even the most energetic dog busy – and you’ll never lose sight of it in long grass thanks to its bright orange or purple colours.

Beco Pets’ ‘Top 10 Tips For Getting Your Dog Slim and Keeping Fido Fit’

  1. BAN  LEFTOVERS: Feeding dogs scraps from your meal table is the greatest single cause of obesity
  2. STOP 24/7 SNACKS: Limit access to food by feeding your dog at the same time, same place daily to create a routine
  3. GET OUT MORE: Set up a regular exercise plan, with walks, play and chase activities. You might enjoy it, too.
  4. LIMIT TREATS: Most dogs would rather have your attention than a calorific treat. Groom or play with them instead.
  5. BOX CLEVER: Use interactive toys so your dog has to work for its food, like a treat inside a rubber Beco bone.
  6. GET WEB-WISE: Download a dog workout chart from the Internet, checking the amount of exercise your breed requires.
  7. WEIGH IN: Track of your dog’s calorie intake, maybe weighing food with kitchen scales. Also weigh your dog regularly.
  8. ASK THE VET: Get your vet to assess whether your dog is overweight by calculating its "body condition scale".
  9. FIGURE IT: Healthy dogs’ ribs, spine and hip bones should be easily felt, and their waist should be visible.
  10. GO A-LA-CARTE: Choose the right diet for your dog, depending on its breed and age. The less processed meat meal and carbohydrates the better and stick to high-quality dog food if budget permits.

Notes to Editors - About Beco Pets (

Beco Pets is a young, fast-growing, award-winning British company based in London. They are focused on creating fun products that are good for the environment without compromising on quality, price or aesthetics. Beco Pets believe that ‘eco’ living doesn’t mean having to go without. They are working hard to deliver a range of innovative, affordable, and eco-friendly pet products that make sustainable purchasing easy for pet owners. The range at Beco Pets has been growing steadily since the company formed in 2009 and now includes products in all four areas of your pet’s life – Fetch, Eat, Poop and Sleep! Everybody will tell you that their products are the best, but the team at Beco Pets really believe that theirs are. Beco Pets take all their products from design concept, (all Beco products are designed in Great Britain), through to shop shelf, which means the team understand what their retailers and customers really want. They pride themselves on making affordable, non-toxic toys and accessories that work just as well as competitor lines and rarely cost any more. The company believes that the foundations of any great product are selecting the right materials, and wherever possible, they use natural, renewable or recycled materials, such as rice husks, bamboo, plastic bottles and recycled cardboard. Beco’s rubber range is all made from their environmentally friendly rubber, containing ethically sourced rice husk, which is a bi-product from rice farming. This means as well as being biodegradable, their rubber is BPA and Phylaphate free. Beco’s plant fibre plastic is mainly made of bamboo, which is one of the world’s most renewable sources. This makes the bowls 100 per cent biodegradable. The Beco plush toy range and Beco Beds are all stuffed entirely of recycled plastic bottles, making their stuffing extra soft! They even recycle their cardboard boxes in the warehouse into packaging for all their shipments.

In what promises to become a Moneyball for dog lovers ― for both breed devotees and adoption advocates alike ― The Dog Merchants is the first book to explain the complex and often surprisingly similar business practices that extend from the American Kennel Club to local shelters, from Westminster champions to dog auctions.

This incredible feat of investigative journalism is the latest from Kim Kavin, author of Little Boy Blue, and in The Dog Merchants she reveals the complex network behind the $11-billion-a-year business of selling dogs. Without judging dog lovers of any stripe, Kavin makes it clear that money spent among these dog merchants has real-world effects on people and canines. She reveals how dog merchants create markets for dogs, often in defiance of the usual rules of supply and demand. She takes an investigative approach and meets breeders and rescuers at all levels, shedding much-needed light on an industry that most people don't even realize is an industry.

Kavin’s goal is to advance the conversation about how all dogs are treated, from puppy mills to high-kill shelters. She shows that a great deal can be improved by understanding the business practices behind selling dogs of all kinds. Instead of pitting rescue and purebred people against each other, The Dog Merchants shows how all dog lovers can come together, with one voice as consumers, on behalf of all our beloved companions.

“Essential reading for all dog lovers, this balanced work will become the standard on this topic.”

Library Journal, starred review

“A hard-hitting exploration of the idea of ‘dogs as a product.’ A scathing indictment of an industry run amok; belongs on every pet lover's bookshelf.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A devastatingly clear-cut exposé. That Kavin manages to accomplish so much without tugging too hard on readers’ emotions is only one of the surprises in this megaton bomb.”—Booklist

“Those who are breeding and raising dogs responsibly will find validation in their endeavors―and consumers seeking to buy or adopt dogs will benefit from the information Kavin has gathered as they make their decisions.” —Publishers Weekly

“Kavin looks at every aspect of the dog market. One chapter examines the AKC, and the good and the bad it has caused throughout the years. It was interesting to read how fanciers of Border Collies reacted to the decision by the AKC to start accepting the breed into the organization’s rolls. It is not what you might expect. It’s quite simple —don’t buy a dog until you read this book!”—Feather and Quill


New guidelines will recommend increased jail time and enhanced penalties for the worst offenses

NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) commends the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) for voting today to strengthen federal sentencing guidelines for animal fighting, including enhancements that specify tougher penalties for extreme offenses.

The new guidelines raise the recommended sentencing range for animal fighting from 6-12 months to 21-27 months jail time—that’s a 250 percent increase in the minimum recommended sentence. The Commission also created a recommended sentencing range of 6-12 months for the new federal crime of bringing a child to an animal fight. Lastly, the revised guidelines explicitly state that causing harm to a large number of animals and performing acts of extraordinary cruelty to animals are grounds for imposing longer sentences.

“Until now the guidelines didn’t reflect the seriousness with which Congress, law enforcement, and the public view this barbaric activity,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “We are grateful to the U.S. Sentencing Commission for voting to give judges the tools they need to ensure the punishment fits the crime.”

These guidelines better represent changes prescribed by Congress in 2008, when it acknowledged the depravity of dog fighting by increasing the maximum penalty for participating in animal fighting from three to five years. Congress strengthened animal fighting statutes again a few years later when they made attending an animal fight a federal offense and added additional penalties for bringing a child. However, federal sentencing guidelines have not been updated to include these increased penalties, creating a discrepancy between what is allowed under federal law and what is expressed in sentencing guidelines. As a result, typical prison sentences for convicted dog fighters averages about six months and most offenders receive probation.

The USSC proposed changes to the guidelines in January, and accepted comments from the public through March. To raise awareness about the need for stronger sentences for convicted dog fighters, the ASPCA launched a public awareness campaign, collecting a record-breaking 50,000 comments – the most ever received by the USSC on a single issue – from members of the public urging the USSC to #GetTough on animal fighting.

Even though dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, it still occurs in every part of the country and in every type of community. In the past 10 days alone, the ASPCA has assisted local, state and federal agencies in four dog fighting cases spanning five states and 17 crime scenes, resulting in the seizure of more than 150 dogs, including the most recent federal case yesterday in Rock Island, IL and Davenport, IA where 64 dogs were seized.

“These new guidelines will go a long way to protect hundreds of thousands of dogs in the United States who are forced to fight and suffer each year purely for the entertainment and financial gain of their owners,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.

In February, U.S. Reps. John Katko (R-NY) and Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced the Helping Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act (H.R. 4613), federal legislation that will enable judges to require owners of animals seized in federal dog fighting cases to be responsible for the costs of their care, which will speed up court processes to allow these animals to be rehabilitated and adopted into loving homes more quickly.

For more information on the ASPCA or to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit  

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two 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. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


ITHACA, N.Y. – Canine parvovirus, or CPV, emerged as a deadly threat to dogs in the late 1970s, most likely the result of the direct transfer of feline panleukopenia or a similar virus from domesticated cats.
CPV has since spread to wild forest-dwelling animals, including raccoons, and the transfer of the virus from domesticated to wild carnivores has been something of a mystery.
“The underlying issue is, how do viruses jump from one animal to another and what controls viral host range?” said Colin Parrish, the John M. Olin Professor of Virology and director of the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University.
Parrish co-authored a research paper, published in the Journal of Virology, with Susan Daniel, associate professor in Cornell’s Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, which contends that a key mutation in the protein shell of CPV – a single amino acid substitution – plays a major role in the virus’ ability to infect hosts of different species.
“That was a critical step,” he said. “It took a lot of changes to allow that to happen.”
He said another key factor in CPV’s infectivity is adhesion strengthening during TfR binding.
“There’s an initial attachment, which is probably relatively weak,” he said. “The thing just grabs on and holds on a little bit, sort of like using your fingertips. And then it looks like there’s a second attachment that is much stronger, where it’s like you grab on and hold on with both hands and won’t let go.”
“We think that the second event, this structural interaction that occurs in a small proportion of the binding cases, seems to be critical,” he said. “We think that it actually causes a change in the virus, that it triggers a small shift in the virus that actually makes it able to infect successfully.”
One of Daniel’s specialties is the investigation of chemically patterned surfaces that interact with soft matter, including biological materials such as cells, viruses, proteins and lipids. Her lab has pioneered a method called single-particle tracking – placing artificial cell membranes into microfluidics devices, fabricated at the CNF, to study the effect of single virus particles on a variety of membrane host receptors, in this case from both dogs and raccoons.
“The nice thing about these materials is that we can design them to have all different kinds of chemistries,” she said. “So in this particular study, we can put the receptor of interest in there, isolated from everything else so we can look at the specific effect of that receptor on a particular virus interaction.”
Daniel’s lab also developed the precision imaging devices used in the study.
“Another piece of this paper is how the parvovirus actually sits down and binds even stronger over time with that receptor,” Daniel said. “That was kind of a new result that came out of the technique itself, being able to look at individual binding events.”
“When this virus infects a young animal, it can be fatal,” Parrish said. “It’s very unpleasant, and if you own a puppy or a kitten, that’s why you should vaccinate.”
This work was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Benebone is a new and growing line of durable chews for dogs.  In 2012, Peter Toolan, a long time accountant and banker, was ready for a career change.  He was ready for an entrepreneurial venture.   What attracted him to the pet space was the passionate bond between pet parents and their pets. 

Benebone’s brand identity is simple:  USA-made, ergonomic design, real flavor, and canine welfare support.  Too many products on pet shelves are made overseas.  While it is true that there has been a big backlash on made-in-China treats, many chew toys are still made in China.  Some other chew toys are flavored – but it’s unclear with what.  We use only real bacon, peanuts or chicken to flavor our chew toys.  Our designs are simple, elegant, even beautiful.  And they are all shaped irregularly for a reason – dog’s don’t have thumbs!

We have two injection mold factories, both in New York State.  They are family businesses that have been in business for decades, and have seen much of their business go to China.  Benebone has been a great partner for these manufacturers, who take pride in the quality of their work.  It’s nice to be a small part of the USA-made manufacturing story.

Benebone is a very small company.  We have two partners:  Peter Toolan (son) and Jim Toolan (dad).  At 76 years young, Dad does everything from processing purchase orders to selling big accounts.  There is nothing more rewarding than working as a father-and-son team every day.  When I think back to my life working for big companies with all of their politics and bureaucracy, I have to pinch myself!    

As Jim mentioned, we are committed to canine welfare, in particular dog shelters and rescues throughout the US.  While we can’t change the world on our own, our products can make a dog’s time in a shelter or rescue just a little bit more enjoyable.  It’s good business for us too, as it builds brand awareness and creates a bond between our company and passionate dog lovers.

We are proud of how far we have come in three short years.  Our flagship product is the number one selling product on Amazon among 9000 Dog Chew Toys.  And we intentionally do not discount online to as to protect our pet specialty retailers.  Our products are found in various pet specialty stores in the Southeast, including Florida, and are distributed in the region by Southeast Pet.

We have 15 SKUs currently (5 shapes, 3 flavors) and for now are not going to expand further.  We have a tight, clean line. Too many companies toss out more product without innovating, in the hopes of “grabbing” shelf space.  Going forward, we are considering durable edible chews, but have not yet decided on that path.  We only want to expand into other products if we can find a way to bring truly better, differentiated, made-in-USA product to our loyal customers.

Email Jon Patch Host of Talkin' Pets before Saturday at 630 pm EST and register your favorite shelter (supply contact person and address) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call the show Saturday from 6-7 pm EST to register a shelter to win 844-305-7800


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