The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the second round of the AKC Paw of Courage award recipients, to show appreciation for the many sacrifices that working dogs make while serving and protecting our country. This award specifically recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices of dogs who have been severely injured or killed in the line of duty.
“These canine heroes have proven to be fearless and devoted,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “They continuously put their lives on the line without hesitation and each of these dogs has made a significant sacrifice in the line of duty to protect us. They have truly touched the lives of many and we are proud to honor them with the AKC Paw of Courage as a symbol of our gratitude.”
Any working dog is eligible to receive the AKC Paw of Courage; the award is not specific to purebred dogs. Recipients of the award, or their former human partner, will receive a 2016 AKC Paw of Courage medal along with a certificate. In addition, the recipients will receive a photo and profile on akc.org.
The second round of 2016 AKC Paw of Courage recipients are:
K9 Officer Nicky: of Las Vegas Metro Police Department, NV
K9 Nicky was an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department in Nevada. He had been part of the department for over five years when he was shot and killed while responding to an incident with his handler, Sergeant Eric Kearns. The suspect was walking through a neighborhood reportedly shooting at people randomly. He had murdered two innocent people and was threatening the rest of the neighborhood. Nicky was deployed as officers attempted to take the subject into custody. During the course of apprehending the suspect, a firefight ensued between the suspect and the police and Nicky was killed during the shootout.
At the time of his tragic death, Nicky had only been back on duty for a little over a month after recovering from a previous incident where he was severely wounded. Nicky was deployed to apprehend a suspect who had been barricaded for over 12 hours. He quickly engaged the suspect who was armed with a machete and viciously attacked K9 Officer Nicky. He was rushed to the emergency vet where he underwent surgery to repair the machete wounds to his face, chest and paws. Nicky made a quick recovery and was anxious to get back to work, returning to full duty just 3 weeks after the incident. Sergeant Kearns says that even with scars on his face, it was clear that Nicky was happy to be back at work. During his career, Nicky had 99 apprehensions of suspects who had committed various crimes including burglary, robbery and murder.
Even as a puppy, Nicky’s potential was clear. He began his training in KNVP, the royal Dutch Police Dog Training program where he titled as a PH1 with honors. Nicky was a courageous, strong and driven K9 Officer. He enjoyed his work tremendously whether he was right in the action, searching for and apprehending suspects or just driving around with Sergeant Kearns, patrolling the streets of Las Vegas. K9 Nicky was a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect. Nicky is deeply missed by Sergeant Eric Kearns as well as the entire Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
K9 Officer Aren: of Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, PA
K9 Aren, a five-year-old German Shepherd Dog of the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, was stabbed to death during an apprehension this past January. K9 Aren, along with his handler Officer Brian O’Malley and other officers, had engaged a subject in a foot pursuit following an incident at the Wilkinsburg transit station. K9 Aren located the subject and was released to attempt an apprehension. The subject stabbed and killed K9 Aren before being fatally shot by the officers on scene.
Aren was trained in patrol tactics, and explosive detection as well as SWAT K9 operations. He assisted in numerous arrests throughout the transit system as well as performing daily explosive sweeps. K9 Aren was a treasured K9 Officer and will always be remembered by the Port Authority Police of Allegheny County as well as his partner, Officer O’Malley.
K9 Officer Jethro: of Canton Police Department, OH
Jethro was an AKC registered German Shepherd Dog of the Canton Police Department in Ohio. In January 2016, Jethro and his handler Officer Ryan Davis, responded to an alarm at a grocery store. As the pair entered the warehouse area, Jethro quickly picked up on the presence of a person and went to investigate. The subject was located and when he continued to disobey officers’ commands, Jethro was deployed. The subject opened fire, shooting Jethro multiple times before fleeing on foot. The suspect was later apprehended a short distance away. Jethro was rushed to the Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic where he eventually succumbed to his wounds
Jethro was brought home at 8 weeks of age as a family pet with the intent of possibly becoming a working dog. In November of 2014 Officer Davis’ first partner retired and Jethro had been screened and had begun his official schooling to become Davis’ next partner. Officer Davis and Jethro handled hundreds of calls together including alarms, trouble calls and burglaries. Officer Davis describes Jethro as a giant gentle beast. He says Jethro was “a 105 lb lap dog who could apprehend a criminal and then turn around and play with neighborhood kids.” He says that Jethro was “loyal to the end” and will be missed terribly.
K9 Officer Patrick: of Washington State Patrol, WA
Patrick was a three year old German Shepherd Dog of the Washington State Patrol in Washington. This past April, Trooper Mike Allan and his K9 partner, Patrick, participated in explosive detection training at the AMTRAK Seattle Sounder Station. During the training, Patrick screened two ferry loads of cars for explosives at Coleman Ferry Terminal. After conducting his work, Trooper Allan saw Patrick was in distress and rushed him to a vet. Patrick was suffering from tangled intestines and immediately underwent emergency surgery in attempt to save his life. The surgery was not successful and Patrick had to be euthanized later that night.
Trooper Allan and K9 Patrick started their career together at Lackland Airforce Base in Texas in October 2015. In December 2015, Patrick and Trooper Allan became a certified K9 explosive team and served the citizens of Washington faithfully. Trooper Mike Allan and all members of the Homeland Security Division are mourning the loss of the courageous and loyal K9 Officer Patrick.
K9 Officer Tryko: of Doraville Police Department, GA
K9 Tryko is a 12-year-old German Shepherd Dog of the Doraville Police Department in Georgia. He began his career as a police dog for the City of Doraville in 2006, and is now in his 10th year of service. This past April, K9 Tryko and his handler, Officer Jason Deyette, were assisting the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Taskforce in a search for a man wanted for numerous felonies across multiple counties. Tryko located the suspect hiding in a house and was stabbed in the mouth as he moved in to apprehend him. He lost a great deal of blood and sustained a number of punctures and lacerations to his tongue and mouth. Tryko healed and returned to full duty in about a month. Since returning to work after his injury, he has already had a number of apprehensions.
Tryko is trained in patrol work as well as narcotics detection. Over his exceptionally long career, he has been responsible for approximately 700 suspect apprehensions and 600 drug seizures; being directly involved in recovering nearly one million dollars in drug money. Tryko has met hundreds of children at schools, churches and community functions during K9 demonstrations. He has also been called upon to assist many federal agencies including FBI, DEA, ICE, and the US Marshalls Service. In 2014, K9 Tryko was able to track, locate and apprehend a suspect who had shot and wounded two DeKalb County police officers a few hours prior. To Officer Deyette and the Doraville Police Department, K9 Tryko is considered a legend. According to the department, he is one of a kind and a truly special police dog. The sacrifices that he has made throughout his career are truly appreciated.
Our Story - The Pura Naturals Pet™ Promise
Why do we do things to our best friends, and by that I mean our pets, which we would not do to our worst enemies? Toxins, artificial colors, formaldehyde (yes the embalming elixir for the dead can now be found in shampoos), skin irritants, and chemical fragrances are found in a majority of the products available in the market today. Terrible but true! The FDA and USDA are supposed to be monitoring this category but because cats can’t complain about internal pain and dogs can’t tell you their eyes are burning from the bleach substitute you just used to clean the brown spots from under their eyes, the category is overlooked. Someone needed to be the voice of our pets. Someone shouting from the mountaintops what they are thinking, “I love you unconditionally and deserve better!” - And that is what we did. So we sat down and decided there had to be a better way. It began with products for our own four legged friends and quickly expanded to our friend’s pets and then the entire community. We knew we had something and wanted to share it with the world.
Healthy Pet | Happy You
Our mission is simple. Pura Naturals Pet™ is dedicated to delivering the highest quality products using only the best materials the Earth has to offer. That dedication means we deliver USDA certified organic ingredients, plant based foams and plastics, biodegradable elements that have amazing natural properties – like rice hulls – in every product. The best part is, those ingredients not only make the SAFEST product but also the most comfortable. What does comfortable mean? It means shampoos and lotions that won’t irritate the skin, scents and perfumes that don’t trigger allergies, and materials that are relaxing, safe, renewable and earth friendly. When you combine the Earth’s best with amazing innovation and design you get the intersection of luxury and responsibility.
What to Expect
We are passionate about our pets. We connect with them like we do our children and friends. They know our likes and dislikes, love us unconditionally and are quick to forgive us when we are wrong. We know you are as passionate about your pets and we want to help you show it. That is why we are so dedicated to the products we make and what they stand for. You can be sure that every product we sell has been used by our animals first and has every ounce of our commitment and care behind them.
Quality is a cornerstone of the company. We don’t use China or anyone else, even here in the US, with questionable business practices. In fact, we have become so over the top about this that we changed our vendor relations policy from a complex document to one simple phrase. “We only buy from and trust people we would be friends with”. If they don’t share our values, passion and commitment to everything we believe then we can’t trust them to make our – no – your products.
We believe in this amazing country. We believe in its opportunity, its freedom, and its ability to change the world. So we always try to buy from here. That word “try” sounds like an excuse doesn’t it? We can honestly say that EVERYTHING currently available from Pura Naturals Pet™ and all of its brands is MADE HERE IN THE USA. We promise that if we ever do make something somewhere else, we will always be very open about it and let you know the country of origin clearly and openly. (Unlike some other folks we know)
Presented by the American Humane’s Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs;
Formal announcement at the sixth annual Hero Dog Awards® on September 10th
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 15, 2016 – There are some 2,700 dogs currently in active military service and about 700 who have been deployed overseas, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Like the many thousands who served in the military dating back to World War I, these courageous canines provide comfort and companionship to our troops, detect explosive devices, carry out life-saving tasks, search areas that cannot be accessed by soldiers themselves, do sentry and scout work, and even shield soldiers from flying bullets -- it is widely estimated that each military dog saves the lives of up to 150-200 service men and women. Just as with our human warriors, these dogs get injured, even killed, in combat; many suffer emotional and psychological consequences of war, such as post-traumatic stress. But, for the most part, military dogs have not been given the credit due to them for their heroic acts on and off the battlefield.
Nationally prominent philanthropist Lois Pope and American Humane are setting out to change this and bestow upon them the honor they deserve. They are launching a coast-to-coast effort to design the first American Military Hero Dog Monument, calling on professional and amateur artists, sculptors, designers, veterans, and even ordinary people to conceive of a permanent physical tribute honoring all military dogs for their valor. When completed, the monument will be the first of its kind in Washington, D.C.
The effort will be formally announced at the sixth annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards® on September 10th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
“Dating back to the early part of the 20th Century and the service of America’s original hero war dog, Sergeant Stubby, dogs have served valiantly alongside our troops in wars and conflicts around the globe,” said Mrs. Pope. “While a handful of these animals have been decorated, it is time that a monument forever sits in our nation’s capital to honor them for their heroism. At the same time, we want this monument to educate people of the essential roles that dogs have undertaken in service to America and to remind us that bravery in uniform comes on both four and two legs.”
Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, added, "Soldiers have been relying on these four-footed comrades-in-arms since the beginning of organized warfare and today military dogs are more important than ever in keeping our service men and women safe. At American Humane, which has been working with the U.S. military and military animals for 100 years, we feel it is time to recognize and honor the extraordinary feats and acts of devotion these heroic animals perform every day.”
The national design search will operate under the aegis of American Humane’s Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs. Endowed by Mrs. Pope in 2015, the Center is the first of its kind in the world and comprises an array of treatment, support and research programs and services that help military K-9 teams on and off the battlefield -- facilitating reunions of military dogs and handlers, sending vitally needed care packages to active duty military dog teams; providing veterinary care for retired war dogs; helping returning veterans cope with the hidden wounds of war by providing them with service dogs; conducting groundbreaking research on the important role these service dogs play; and helping children and families of deployed parents with animal-assisted therapy teams.
Earlier this year, Mrs. Pope and American Humane created the American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage, an honor conferred upon military hero dogs who have performed extraordinary service for our country. The inaugural four recipients were honored at a ceremony on Capitol Hill attended by dozens of members of Congress and top military leaders.
The American Military Hero Dog Monument design search is open to all U.S. citizens. Interested parties must submit their designs online via www.Americanhumane.org/military-dog-monument by December 31, 2016. A panel of distinguished judges will choose the finalists, whose designs will be unveiled at the American Humane’s annual Palm Beach luncheon on March 8, 2017.America will then have the opportunity to weigh in on the finalists’ designs. Mrs. Pope and American Humane have sole rights to approve, reject and select design submissions.
The winner, if able and approved by American Humane and Mrs. Pope, may be commissioned to sculpt the monument. Otherwise, an artist will be appropriated a commission to skillfully craft the designed monument. The American Military Hero Dog Monument will be unveiled in Washington, D.C. at a location and date to be determined.
About the Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs
Lois Pope’s commitment to veterans and animals is embodied in her endowment of the Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs under the aegis of American Humane Association. The Center, the first of its kind in the world, comprises an array of treatment, support and research programs and services to cement the bond between the two- and four-legged heroes who have served in our country’s Armed Forces. The Center is the latest manifestation of her leadership on behalf of American Humane Association; she is also the presenting sponsor of the annual American Hero Dog Awards.
About American Humane
American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
From the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes—the inspiration for the PBS documentary—comes a paradigm-shifting bond-based approach to strengthening our connection with our four-legged best friends.
Dogs are social geniuses, second only to humans in their ability to read and understand emotion. Jennifer Arnold understands this better than anyone, having spent the past 25 years training service dogs for people with disabilities at her non-profit organization, Canine Assistants. She is a pioneer in the emerging field of "bond-based" teaching, and her methods are causing a sea change in the dog world. Arnold believes that obedience training and commands like "sit," "stay," and "heel" are unnecessary and counterproductive-- they're actually the root of anxiety and behavior problems in our dogs. Instead, she maintains that only one thing is necessary for a successful relationship with your dog: a secure bond.
Arnold's methodology, Bond-Based Choice Teaching (R), is based on the latest in canine neuroscience. It holds that dogs are social learners, and once they've bonded with us they become experts at reading our signals, and can learn to make good decisions for themselves. Arnold's signature "teach don't train" philosophy leaves outdated reward and punishment methods behind in favor of a model that will revolutionize your relationship with your dog.
PRAISE FOR ARNOLD’S THROUGH A DOG’S EYES
“Transformative . . . [Arnold] shares her methodology and stories of canine intelligence, sensitivity, language comprehension, and prescience bordering on telepathy. . . . Along
the way, she emphasizes choice-based, positive-reinforcement-only teaching methods
and shares valuable insights that every dog owner should know. Engagingly written
with a perfect balance of science and observation, this book . . . is a worthy
tribute to our canine friends.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Arnold’s voice is assertive with experience—her insights into working with dogs are hard-won after years of close interaction. … The author’s storehouse of anecdotal evidence is telling and entertaining, and her demolition of various alpha-model and negative-reinforcement teaching techniques is thorough and lofty.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"Through vivid, memorable, moving stories, Jennifer Arnold provides a scientific argument for what dog lovers everywhere already know: Dogs love, dogs trust, dogs
sense, dogs feel. And they deserve to be treated accordingly. This book’s message
is simply the truth."
— Sara Gruen, author ofWater for Elephants
“There can be no doubt Jennifer Arnold knows her stuff when it comes to training dogs.”
—THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSITUTION
LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED by Jennifer Arnold
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(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 11, 2016--Dr. Janet Donlin has been named executive vice president/chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Donlin will succeed Dr. Ron DeHaven, who is retiring after nine years of service to the AVMA.
Donlin has served as chief executive officer of the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust (AVMA PLIT) since April 2013. The AVMA PLIT is now in its 54th year of dedicated service to AVMA members, providing a wide variety of insurance-related products to veterinarians, veterinary practices and veterinary students.
AVMA President Dr. Tom Meyer cited Donlin’s decades-long service to the veterinary profession and her extensive professional achievements as key factors to her being named the lead executive of a national veterinary association that is approaching a total membership of 90,000 veterinarians from all walks of professional life.
“Dr. Donlin is one of the true champions of veterinary medicine and all it stands for,” Meyer said. “She has an outstanding record of success in both the veterinary association arena and in the animal health industry. She is a skilled strategist with a proven background of diverse AVMA experience and a known reputation for working with leaders from all segments of the veterinary profession, key stakeholders and staff members to drive innovation, growth and success.
“Janet is highly skilled at building teams that can identify member needs and drive programs that deliver the products and services our members want, need and expect,” Meyer continued. “The AVMA is fortunate to welcome Janet to the helm of our national association. She understands the importance of working collaboratively to achieve our shared objectives. She is uniquely qualified to take the role of AVMA executive vice president and chief executive officer.”
Donlin’s hiring marks her return to an association for which she first started working in 1991 as an assistant director in what was then the AVMA Scientific Activities Division. Over the course of the next 17 years, she served as an interim division director, associate executive vice president and assistant executive vice president. Her role as assistant executive vice president required her to work hand-in-hand with the executive vice president to drive execution of the objectives established by the AVMA Board. From 2000-2001, Donlin’s role at the AVMA also included serving as interim CEO of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues, where she oversaw the establishment of the commission as a nonprofit organization.
“My time at the AVMA and my experiences across the profession have reinforced for me time and again that our membership is very diverse, our needs are constantly evolving and our profession continues to face new challenges and opportunities,” Donlin said. “That’s why I’m committed to making certain we continue to build on the AVMA’s core strengths so that we are even more responsive to the needs of our members, and that we advocate with a strong, clear voice on behalf of our entire profession.
“I’m excited to work closely with AVMA leadership and staff, and our colleagues and strategic partners, to advance the AVMA’s mission ‘to lead the profession by advocating for our members and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.’ ”
Retiring CEO DeHaven said Donlin’s hiring will bring skilled leadership, as well as sound foundational knowledge, to an association that continues to evolve in order to best meet its members’ needs.
“Dr. Donlin is an experienced association professional with an exceptional amount of knowledge of, and experience with, the AVMA and our membership,” DeHaven said. “She is exactly the right person to continue what we are doing to meet member needs and to take us to the next level.”
Donlin served as chief veterinary officer in the Global Veterinary Business Channel of Hill’s Pet Nutrition from August 2007 to March 2013, where she provided veterinary insights to drive development of innovative products and services to meet the evolving needs of the veterinary profession and pet owners.
She received both her DVM and her Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from the University of Minnesota. She is also a graduate of the veterinary technician program at the Medical Institute of Minnesota. She is a licensed veterinarian in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and has professional membership in several associations, including the AVMA, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society of Association Executives, and the American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians.
Donlin is the first veterinarian to earn the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives. She is a former trustee of the AVMA’s Group Health Life Insurance Trust (now known as AVMA Life), and she is a former board member of the American Association of Corporate and Public Service Veterinarians.
Donlin will begin her employment at the AVMA September 12.
“I’m passionate about member service, and I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with what I consider to be one of the most important positions in veterinary medicine,” Donlin said.
B & R Pet Treats acquired the pet treat product line developed by Penford Foods and later acquired by Ingredion Incorporated.
Early this year Ingredion decided to spin-off the pet treat segment it had acquired as part of it’s purchase of Penford Foods.
About June 1st, 2016 B & R acquired the pet treat business from Ingredion. B & R has been in the injection molding business since 1967, almost 50 years. For the last 20 years, B & R Pet Treats has molded pet treats for various pet treat marketers, starting with Aspen Pet Products in the late 1990’s.
B & R Pet Treats acquisition consisted of patents, trademarks, formulas and fixed assets. Including the asset purchase were the Indigenous and Pegetable Brands of pet treats. B & R has been the molder of these two brands as well as more than 6 other contract brands.