RALEIGH, N.C. (July 25, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces a second round of new grants awarded through its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. This comprehensive Initiative addresses important health concerns that include Lyme disease, bartonellosis, and ehrlichiosis, through much-needed research in diagnostics, disease pathogenesis and prevalence.
Edward B. Breitschwerdt, DVM, DACVIM, of North Carolina State University, will study “Enhanced Testing for the Diagnosis of Bartonellosis in Dogs.” Bartonellosis is a potentially life-threatening zoonotic disease distributed throughout the world by approximately ten different Bartonella bacteria species. Bartonella bacteria are transmitted to dogs and humans by ticks, fleas, lice, mites, and sand flies. Due to a lack of sensitive and reliable diagnostic tests, definitive diagnosis of bartonellosis in dogs remains a significant problem. Because these bacteria invade cells and infect tissues throughout the body, this chronic intracellular infection is difficult to cure with currently used antibiotic regimens. Dr. Breitschwerdt and his team aim to develop improved blood tests for bartonellosis in dogs that can also be used for world-wide sero-epidemiological prevalence studies, and to establish early and accurate diagnosis.
Pedro Paul Diniz, DVM, PhD, of Western University of Health Sciences, will study “Broad-Range Detection of Canine Tick-Borne Disease and Improved Diagnostics Using Next-Generation Sequencing.” Currently available tests for vector-borne diseases in dogs rely on previously known DNA sequences of each pathogen, with little room for detecting new or emerging organisms. This results in false negatives for tick-borne diseases, leaving veterinarians and dog owners frustrated by a lack of definitive diagnosis. Using an innovative approach, Dr. Diniz and team will employ next-generation sequencing (NGS) to overcome the limitations of current diagnostic technology. Testing samples from dogs naturally exposed to tick-borne diseases, NGS will detect not only new organisms but also characterize genetic differences among known organisms. The resulting dataset of a large number of DNA sequences of known tick-borne organisms and previously undetected organisms in naturally-infected dogs will support the development of diagnostic tools to simultaneously advance canine and human health.
In addition to these two new grants, earlier this year the AKC Canine Health Foundation awarded three grants through its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. The three grants address Lyme disease, vector-borne disease testing for canine blood donors, and ehrlichiosis.
Funding for CHF grants comes from a number of sources, including: corporations, dog clubs, and individuals who are committed to the betterment of canine health through scientific research. During 2016, all donations to the Tick-Borne Disease Initiative are being matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club (up to $250,000). Make an impact and double your donation today: www.akcchf.org/ticks.
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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 www.akcchf.org.
- Tyson's Place Animal Rescue, a Michigan organization dedicated to helping terminally ill people care for--and ultimately, find homes for--beloved pets like Bosco, a 14-year-old rat terrier mix currently up for adoption.
- Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary on theBig Island of Hawaii, where dogs like 13-year-old Pono, who recently found his forever home, are treated to therapeutic swimming pool visits as part of their medical care.
- Austin Pug Rescue, where the breed’s special medical needs are a priority. 11-year-old Ebenezer, who had to have all of his teeth removed due to severe periodontal disease, is now feeling fresh-mouthed and fine!
Degenerative myelopathy is a degenerative disease of the spinal cord that begins in older adulthood and progresses slowly until dogs are no longer able to walk unassisted. The cause of the disease is associated with a mutation in the SOD1 gene. It is not known exactly how the mutation of this gene leads to degeneration of the spinal cord in dogs, but the disease does interfere with the brain’s communication to the limbs, resulting in difficulty walking.
Dr. Beth Boudreau, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, further explained the disease. “In degenerative myelopathy, the pathways that carry neural information in the spinal cord lose their insulatory coating and begin to fragment, and eventually the neurons that produce those signals also begin to die,” she said. “This results in a loss of motor control that begins in the hind limbs, but can spread to involve the front limbs as well as the pathways that control breathing, urination, and defecation. Currently, these changes are irreversible. Advanced cases may cause difficulty breathing as well. The disease is considered to be eventually fatal.”
The signs of degenerative myelopathy often begin around eight to nine years of age in larger breeds, and small breeds may have a later onset of signs around eleven years of age. Initially, mild stumbling, weakness, or incoordination of the hind limbs may be apparent. Although both hind limbs are usually affected, one is often weaker than the other. The signs slowly progress over a period of weeks to months and the disease does not cause the dog any apparent pain.
Testing for the associated mutation is an important part of the diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy. However, some dogs that have this mutation may never develop the disease, so a positive result of the genetic test alone cannot be relied upon for diagnosis. Additionally, other health conditions may share similar signs of degenerative myelopathy.
“Compared to other common causes of chronic spinal cord injury in older dogs, degenerative myelopathy often has a slower onset and progression, and it is not painful,” Boudreau said. “However, other spinal cord diseases, such as chronic intervertebral disc herniation, and even some tumors, may appear clinically similar. A complete evaluation with diagnostics and performed by a neurologist is recommended to rule out diseases that can mimic degenerative myelopathy.”
Currently, there is no known effective medical or surgical treatment for degenerative myelopathy. However, physical rehabilitation therapy at veterinary clinics has been shown to result in longer survival times for dogs affected by the disease.
“Unfortunately, this disease progresses, with most dogs becoming unable to walk within six to nine months after the first signs appear,” Boudreau said. “Because this condition does not appear to be painful, many dogs can continue to have a good quality of life even after they become unable to walk, if provided good supportive care. Dogs that cannot walk will need an assistance device, such as a cart or harness, to help them move about.”
Additionally, severely affected dogs may need assistance to void their bladders. Regular passive exercise of the limbs, turning, and cleaning are needed to prevent limb contractures and bedsores. Although many dogs tolerate the necessary nursing care very well, it is important for owners of dogs with degenerative myelopathy to regularly communicate with their veterinarian and assess their pet’s quality of life.
Atglen, PA—Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Senior Dogs Across America by Nancy LeVine. Anyone who has ever loved a dog, young or old, will warm to this stirring tribute to our best animal friends. Award-winning photographer Nancy LeVine has traveled the length and breadth of America—from Kauai to Martha’s Vineyard, from Seattle to Natchez—to meet and photograph some of our most endearing senior canine citizens. These gallant companions ride on our tractors, doze on our couches, happy to be in our company. They remind us of the best in ourselves, and as they lose their vigor and youth, they reflect our own inevitable aging with
courage and calm. Nancy’s photographs perfectly capture the enduring appeal of these elderly dignified beings in the places where they belong—all across
America. As “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, says, “These images can make you laugh, cry, and simply feel the nobility of elder dogs.” Nancy LeVine is an award-winning photographer who has traveled worldwide on a variety of assignments. Her project “Senior Dogs Across America” has
been featured on The Today Show and a number of blogs around the world, including the New York Times LENS Blog, BBC, and Lens Culture. The Bark magazine has presented this work. A solo show of these photographs opened at the Houston Center for Photography in 2012. Nancy completed her MA
degree at NYU/ICP. She currently works on assignment in New York and Seattle.
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of highquality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal,
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These images never cease to put a smile on my
face and bring tears to my eyes. Like with any good
portrait, the personalities of these elderly dogs
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—Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot
Nancy’s extraordinary images result from her
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Dogs transported to temporary shelter to receive medical care
Madison, Tenn.—At the request of Metro Animal Care and Control, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today removed 41 dogs from Happy Endings Animal Rescue (HEAR), a self-described no-kill dog rescue eight miles north of Nashville, Tenn. The Nashville Police Department executed a warrant Tuesday morning for the removal of the dogs, and the owner was arrested on charges of animal cruelty.
The seizure is the result of numerous public complaints about conditions at HEAR, which has been operating for 19 years. HEAR’s website states it is “the largest privately run non-profit animal rescue in Nashville”.
The dogs—including Chow, Pit Bull, Shepherd mixes and other medium to large breed dogs—were living in feces and filth inside an overcrowded house and outdoor kennels. One room alone held 22 dogs, with feces covering the floor. The dogs were suffering from medical issues including emaciation, dental disease, and severe hair loss. Some were not spayed or neutered and had no access to food or water.
“What we found here is horrific,” said Kathryn Destreza, Investigations Director for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “This facility claimed to be a safe place for animals, but the truth is these dogs were suffering greatly, both physically and mentally. Our immediate goal is to get them much-needed medical attention at our temporary shelter.”
“We are glad to have the expertise and experience that the ASPCA brings to this case,” said Rebecca Morris spokesperson for Metro Animal Care and Control “We are pleased that the animals will be receiving the necessary medical care and attention they deserve.”
The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team is removing and transporting the dogs to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location, where they will receive medical exams and behavioral assessments. The ASPCA will continue to care for the dogs at the temporary shelter until their custody is determined by the court. They will also provide ongoing legal support until resolution of the criminal case.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (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 www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Lindy & Company Launches Pet Treats That Help Homeless Teens & Young Adults
Dayton, OH –Summer 2016– officially announced today the launch of Lindy’s Bakery brand of gourmet pet treats. It’s not just dogs & cats that end up on the streets after being abandoned. In the United States alone, there are close to 2 million teens and young adults without a place to call home. Created by the nonprofit Daybreak, Lindy’s Bakery is a gourmet pet treat bakery that teaches homeless teens and young adults valuable work skills so they will never be homeless again. 100% of proceeds from the sale of Lindy’s Bakery pet treats go directly to Daybreak. These funds provide emergency shelter, housing, and support for over 500 homeless teens and young adults each year.
The launch lineup of Lindy’s Bakery gourmet pet treats includes 10 SKUs with many more in development. The line includes indulgent flavors as well as grain and gluten free offerings. Treats range in price from $5.99 to $6.99 and comes in unique flavors such as Apples & Cheese Please and Grain Free Carrot Cake. To learn more and support a great cause, please visit .
About Lindy & Company
Created by the nonprofit Daybreak, Lindy’s Bakery is a gourmet pet treat bakery that teaches homeless teens and young adults valuable work skills so they will never be homeless again. 100% of proceeds from the sale of Lindy’s Bakery pet treats go directly to Daybreak. These funds provide emergency shelter, housing, and support for over 500 homeless teens and young adults each year! Please visit for more information.
Daybreak is a non-for-profit that provides emergency shelter, housing, and support for over 500 homeless teens and young adults each year! Daybreak’s program is designed to move homeless teens and young adults out of homelessness, poverty, under-education, and crisis and into housing, financial independence, educational achievement, and self-sufficiency. Daybreak’s employment program helps Daybreak youth develop the skills necessary to get and keep jobs. Work-readiness training is provided at , Daybreak’s gourmet pet treat bakery. In addition, youth receive job assessment and job placement services. Please visit for more information.
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Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
The Secret Life of Pets
Universal Pictures, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network, Illumination Entertainment present a PG, 90 minute, Animation, Comedy, Family, film directed by Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney, written by Ken Daurio and Brian Lynch with a theater release date of July 8, 2016.
How My Dog Saved Me from Myself
“A heartfelt page-turner about depression and how dogs can save us from ourselves.”
“DOG MEDICINE simply has to be your next must-read.”
“Every word in this book is as honest and courageous as any I've ever read, and I've read a lot. I feel very lucky that I had the opportunity to read this book. You will, too.”
—Robin Oliveira, New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Mary Sutter
DOG MEDICINE: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself (Penguin Books; July 19th, 2016; 978-0-14-313001-7; $17.00)captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. At age twenty-two, Julie Barton was living her childhood dream: living in New York City, working at a publishing company, and surrounded by a group of interesting and supportive friends. Yet, a year into her dream life, Julie had a complete breakdown, collapsing on her kitchen floor and barely having the strength to call her mom for help. Within twenty-four hours, Julie was on her way back to Ohio, slipping further into a black hole with seemingly no escape. After weeks of intervening by her parents, psychiatrists, and medication, Julie decided to try a different kind of therapy: bringing home a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker that changed her life forever.
DOG MEDICINE is as raw and unflinching as it is heartwarming. It follows Julie through her difficult relationship with her brother, unhealthy romantic relationships, and the depression that always simmered just below the surface. Bunker helped Julie feel the safety and comfort that she had been waiting for her entire life. With him by her side, she decided to try again at life and love.
Originally published by Think Piece Publishing in November 2015, Penguin Books is thrilled to be bringing Julie Barton and DOG MEDICINE to more readers.
About the Author:
Julie Bartonholds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in women's studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and small menagerie of pets.
Julie Barton will be touring to:
San Francisco/Pleasanton, CA Towne Center Books July 19/ 7:00PM
San Francisco/Oakland, CA A Great Good Place for Books July 20/ 7:00PM
St. Louis, MO St. Louis County Library July 21/ 7:00PM
Milwaukee, WI Boswell Book Company July 22/ 7:00PM
San Francisco, CA Book Passage /Corte Madera July 24/ 4:00PM
La Jolla, CA Warwick’s July 25/ 7:30PM
Boulder, CO Boulder Bookstore July 26/ 7:30PM
Denver, CO Tattered Cover July 27/ 7:00PM
Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Bookshop July 28/ 7:00PM
Miami, FL Books & Books August 1/ 7:00PM
Asheville, NC Malaprop’s August 2/ 7:00PM
Duxbury, MA Westwinds Bookshop August 4/ 7:00PM
New York, NY The Strand August 5/7:00PM
How My Dog Saved Me from Myself
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Our canine companions also serve in the line of duty and under fire, whether helping police protect our home turf or accompanying soldiers on missions abroad.
In Paws of Courage: True Tales of Heroic Dogs That Protect and Serve (ages 10+, $12.99), readers will cheer for the hero dogs featured in this collection, profiled with stunning photos and inspiring tales of bravery, friendship, heroism, and devotion. From Sergeant Stubby, the first dog to be given a rank for his work during WWI, to Spike, who served on more than 100 combat missions in Afghanistan to dogs who serve closer to home at places like Ground Zero, the Seattle Police Department and in airports across the nation, canine heroes are spotlighted in five different sections that detail the various roles dogs have played throughout the years.
Opening with a forward from Ronald L. Aiello, President of the U.S. War Dogs Association, the book also features text boxes with questions that kids would ask paired with answers from military-dog handlers and each section concludes with information on related topics.
"The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover......will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives" -- Booklist
Reviews for PAWS OF COURAGE:
This compact, photo-filled book celebrates service dogs of all kinds as Furstinger profiles more than 20 real-life combat, rescue, police, and tracker dogs, among others. Furstinger explains how various breeds’ physical, behavioral, and biological characteristics enable them to excel. Descriptions of the powerful bonds between service dogs and their handlers, as well as happy service dog retirements, contribute to a lively and touching narrative.
Myriad canines loyally serve in a variety of roles aiding their human companions; National Geographic portrays the efforts of 24 working dogs. The photographs will make this highly appealing to dog lovers who will also find the brief text and short chapters easy to manage.(Nonfiction. 9-14)
The bonds between more than 20 military and law enforcement dogs and their handlers are lovingly and proudly shown in this compact, fact- and photo-filled offering. The narratives are heartfelt, and there are enough photographs of the pooches in action to please any dog lover. [This book]... addresses a wide range of interests and age levels and will make readers want to go home and hug the doggie heroes in own their lives.