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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brilliant(!) New Book on Puppy Socialization Written by Caryl Wolff  
The buzzword today in dog training is Puppy Socialization – acquainting puppies to the “real world” before they are 16 weeks old through positive associations.  Puppy owners have previously been told to wait until puppy shots were completed before taking them outside – which is equivalent to keeping a child housebound until he is 12 years old!  Veterinary behaviorists now emphasize that the more positive exposure a puppy has before vaccines are completed, the more balanced and behaviorally fit the puppy will ultimately be as an adult dog – that first 16 weeks is critical.
With contributions from top dog experts, this book is endorsed by trainers, owners, and veterinarians, this book gives tips to breeders, owners, and rescue groups on how to socialize puppies safely and effectively.
“Puppy Socialization – An Insider’s Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness”
 Dispels many untruths and myths about socialization  Bases its recommendations on scientific evidence  Offers hundreds of tips and suggestions for breeders, owners/guardians, rescue groups, and trainers on how to properly socialize puppies
“I wrote this book,” says Wolff, “so more dogs will be behaviorally fit and have good doggie manners as adults so that fewer dogs will be relinquished to shelters for behavior issues, many of which would never even appear if they had been properly socialized as puppies.”
About the Author 
Author and dog trainer/behavior consultant Caryl Wolff is the first dog trainer to be certified by five dog trainer organizations.  She has written seven books about dog training and behavior.  She lives in Los Angeles with her two adopted dogs and a 42-year-old blue-and-gold macaw, which she has had since he was a fledgling – she confirms that he is her longest relationship….  
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--On June 27, Animal Planet, the ASPCA® and PAWS Chicago Present a Free Festival Hosted by Eugene Mirman and Featuring Stars from Animal Planet’s PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES, MY CAT FROM HELL, TREETOP CAT RESCUE, DOGS 101, Lil BUB, Manny the Frenchie and Music from JC Brooks and Uptown Sound and The Suffers--

--Register for WOOFSTOCK Today at AnimalPlanetWoofstock.comand Use Hashtag #WoofstockAPL--

--Bring Your Furry Friends and Help Set the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Adopted Pets--

 

(Silver Spring, MD)-It’s widely known that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is one of the most renowned and influential independent bands of the last decade, however, it’s less known that they love animals as much as they love music.  That’s why they are headlining the first ever WOOFSTOCK: ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL in Chicago on June 27.  WOOFSTOCK: ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL is a free festival hosted by Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers) at the Stadium Green at Soldier Field from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM and is open to the general public - and their dogs.

Individuals with rescued dogs are encouraged to being their furry friends, as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “largest gathering of adopted pets,” at 2:30 PM. For specific rules and guidelines for the World Record attempt and to register for WOOFSTOCK please visit AnimalPlanetWoofstock.com. WOOFSTOCK is presented with special support from AT&T U-verse®, which carries Animal Planet on Channel 252 in SD/1252 in HD, as well as PAWS Chicago, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), Lagunitas Brewing Company, and DogVacay.

The main stage hosted by Mirman offers a full day of entertainment featuring Animal Planet stars; including MY CAT FROM HELL’s Jackson Galaxy, PIT BULLS AND PAROLEES’ Mariah, Kanani and Moe, Shaun Sears and Tom Otto from TREETOP CAT RESCUE; as well as some other spectacular bands, including JC Brooks and Uptown Sound and The Suffers.  The day also offers additional surprises and animal attractions; including pet advice from Andrea Arden of DOGS 101, a Puppy Bowl reenactment, and special appearances by internet sensations Lil BUB and Manny the Frenchie.

Beyond the stage, WOOFSTOCK features an array of attractions, including “The Beer Sanctuary” presented by Lagunitas.  A collection of Chicago’s finest food trucks also will be onsite to delight a diverse array of pallets and appetites.  Four legged guests will have a ball with doggie obstacle courses, pet swag bags, and booths from PAWS Chicago, the ASPCA, and DogVacay.  Your dog also will have the photo op of a lifetime at the replica PUPPY BOWL field.

Throughout the event, homeless pets will take center stage, as PAWS Chicago hosts on-site adoptions featuring more than 40 dogs and puppies waiting to find their rock star families.  The WOOFSTOCK celebration continues throughout the weekend at PAWS Chicago’s Lincoln Park and North Shore Adoption Centers, where Animal Planet will cover adoption fees for special “Rock Star” dogs and cats.   Check the PAWS Chicago website for details.

WOOFSTOCK is the culmination of a successful 17-city ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL tour that found forever homes for more than one thousand animals from Baltimore to San Francisco. So, mark your calendars today, as Animal Planet, the ASPCA® and PAWS Chicago will bring together thousands Chicagoans, dog owners and pet lovers for an unforgettable event!

For updates leading into WOOFSTOCK visit Facebook.com/AnimalPlanet and Facebook.com/PuppyBowl. And, follow @AnimalPlanet on Instagram and Twitter for all #WoofstockAPL information. 

New Book By Dogtology Prophet Asks If You Are Among the Faithful?

                       

DOGTOLOGY

Live. Bark. Believe.

By Jeff Lazarus

What if GOD made DOG in his own reflection to give MAN the constant happiness, content feeling, and unconditional love that he really needs on earth? With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this is how the “Greatest Story Ever Told” begins when God convinces Dog to help him with “Project Man” for a little task he was working on a couple of weeks AFTER he created earth. DOGTOLOGY: Live. Bark. Believe by Jeff Lazarus (Publication: May 2015; Greenleaf Book Group Press; Pets/Dogs/Humor; Hardcover: $19.95) tells the story of man’s longstanding, fanatical devotion to dog. Dogtology is a belief that recognizes Dog as a genuinely “elevated” being. Just like the author, Dogtologists aren’t just fond of dogs – they laud them and plan their days/nights around the needs and wants of Dog.

A whimsical, satirical celebration of the relationship between dogs and humans patterned after a religious text, Dogtology will resonate with dog lovers from all walks of life and every creed. Each chapter in Dogtology reveals additional proof that humans have a deep need to believe in something more ideal than themselves. With twelve illuminating chapters with titles such as:  The Book of Bones, The Book of Barks and The Book of Realizations, the devotees of Dogtology will see themselves illustrated in the same system of rituals, practices and behaviors personified by Dogtologists the world over. Oh My Dog!

Author Jeff Lazarus notes that “Dogtology,” as understood by practicing Dogtologists, can be defined as:

The unconditional, loving belief in Dog as a superior being and, in many ways, Man’s savior

Do you count yourself among the hundreds of thousands of DOG followers? Are you drinking from the dog water bowl? Author Jeff Lazarus asks the reader to be honest with themselves. Are YOU experiencing these symptoms of Dogtology:

  • You relentlessly email, Facebook post, Pinterest pin dog photos, dog-toons, dog videos and dog PowerPoint slideshows to everyone on your contact lists on every social media platform regardless of the thundering silence and lack of “likes” you receive in response.
  • Your dog groomer knows that the concept of “drop the dog off” does not apply to you, and you are allowed to wait in the staff lounge where you are given status reports every 15 minutes
  • You give holiday gifts to and from your dog – and spend more time getting these exactly right than you do your gifts for humans.
  • You happily purchase high-priced “gourmet” treats, such as “pupcakes” and “tail mix bars” for your hound while you live on Ramen Noodles to save on costs.
  • You understand the sole purpose for which cell-phone cameras were invented: to capture cunning and hilarious shots of dogs behind the steering wheels of cars … wearing sunglasses … and wearing Scottish beanies!

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The veritable shrines humans build to their dogs—in their homes, around their communities, and in the media ---are proof positive that Dogtology is indeed a bone-a-fide belief system that stands proudly alongside all the other great –isms and –ologies of the world. Chew on that!

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About the Author:

Inspired by his BFF, Roamy, Jeff Lazarus bonded with this stray pup who had the cutest face ever – and a personality to match. Olympic athlete, President of the Canine Mensa Society, the James Dean of dogs, and a performer, much like himself. Jeff notes, “he became my confidant, my sidekick. I found I could be truer with him than with anyone else; so I wanted to hang with him day and night. He became my refuge, my sanity, my partner in crime.”

Jeff has an MBA from Pepperdine and a B.A. in speech communication from Cal State. With over twenty years’ experience in sales, marketing, and scientific consulting at Merck & Co. Inc., Lazarus has been inducted into the Merck Hall of Fame and is a five-time winner of the Vice President’s Award. He has taught public speaking and marketing at the university level, performed in various theater groups, played in a rock band, and coached championship youth baseball and soccer teams. Dogtology: Live. Bark. Believe. is the first in a series of humorous pet books, with his next title, Listen Like a Dog: And Make Your Mark on the World publishing next year. For more information about his books and other Dogtology-themed products by Jeff Lazarus, please visit his website: www.Dogtology.com

DogTology: Live. Bark. Believe.

978-1-62634-138-8 Hardcover

978-1-62634-139-5 eBook

$19.95; 192 pages; Humor/Pets/Dogs; illustrated

Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press: May 2015

Talking with Dogs and Cats:

Joining the Conversation to Improve

Behavior and Bond with Your Animals

by Tim Link

Foreword by Victoria Stilwell

New Book Teaches How to Talk and Listen to Your Pet in

Order to Connect and Solve Behavioral Issues

“Communicating with our animals is one of the most important aspects of our human-animal connection, and it can also be the most fun, as demonstrated in this lively, practical book by Tim Link, Talking with Dogs and Cats. You’ll discover ways to solve common pet problems and make interacting with animals more meaningful. The perfect book to enhance our lives with these amazing creatures who share our world.”

—Marty Becker, DVM, America’s Veterinarian and the chief veterinary correspondent for Dogster

“Tim Link is the best friend any dog or cat ever had — providing an insightful, heart-warming guide to teaching us what our pets are truly thinking and feeling. The more you read it, the stronger the connection between you and man’s best friend.”

— Glenn Plaskin, bestselling author of Katie Up and Down the Hall

Animal lovers often wonder what their pet’s meow, bark, tweet, or stare means. Why the incessant meowing after Kitty has been fed, petted, and played with? Why is Fido barking up a storm or digging as if his life depended on it? Pet owners want to know, and Tim Link, an expert animal communicator, teaches readers how to find out. The author was surprised to find himself communicating with the pets of family and friends. Because Link was caught off guard by his own gift, he is adept at helping readers first hone their communication skills, using the spoken and the visual and also learning to “listen”. From there, the book focuses on particular behaviors. Unlike most training methods, Link’s approach respects the personality and feelings of animals. His methods, simple and accessible to all, facilitate the understanding that all animal lovers crave and create a back-and-forth communication that will enhance the lives of both animals and humans.

TIM LINK, nationally syndicated radio host, animal communicator, and Reiki practitioner, created his Wagging Tales consulting practice upon discovering his “talk to the animals” abilities. He often works with animal-rescue organizations and lives in Cumming, Georgia. His website is www.TalkingWithDogsandCats.com

Talking with Dogs and Cats:

Joining the Conversation to Improve Behavior and Bond with Your Animals

By Tim Link * Foreword by Victoria Stilwell

Animals * Pub Date: June 2, 2015

$14.95 * Trade Paperback/ebook * 240 pages * ISBN: 978-1-60868-322-2

Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

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Time to Go Out! and Where's The Ball?
Dog Tricks Kits
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Trick training is a great way to bond with your dog and help him integrate into your family. It keeps him mentally and physically challenged and helps to establish paths of communication between the two of you.
Many tricks build skills needed for common dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work. Based on the bestselling 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance, these all-in-one kits will give you everything you need to teach your dog!
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Kyra Sundance is a world-acclaimed stunt dog show performer, dog trainer, and internationally best-selling author. Her dog team performs live acrobatic shows on premier stages internationally; at circuses, professional sports halftime shows, and on movies and television shows such as The Tonight Show, Ellen, Entertainment Tonight, Worldwide Fido Awards, Animal Planet, Showdog Moms & Dads, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. Kyra and her dogs starred in Disney's Underdog stage show and in a command performance at the palace in Marrakech for the king of Morocco. Kyra has written numerous popular dog-training books including the international best-selling 101 Dog Tricks, and hosts a line of award-winning dog-training DVDs. She also set-trains dog actors for movies and TV and lectures on positive dog-training methods. Kyra is nationally ranked in competitive dog sports, having trained, competed, and titled in a great number of dog sports. Her methods foster confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than ones fearful of making a mistake. She shows us how to develop joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm with self-control. Kyra and her Weimaraners Chalcy and Jadie live with Kyra's husband on a ranch in California's Mojave desert.
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For Immediate Release

“This book should be mandatory reading for all men everywhere.”
—Michelle Lee, editor in chief of Nylon

Menswear Dog Presents

THE NEW CLASSICS

Fresh Looks for the Modern Man

by David Fung & Yena Kim

Men’s fashion is all about choosing essential garments and finding the right fit. But even when navigating these basic rules of dressing, many guys could use a friendly guide to help them out. Enter man’s best-dressed friend. In THE NEW CLASSICS (Artisan Books; April 21, 2015; Hardcover / $16.95), Bodhi, the sharp-dressing Shiba Inu behind the Internet sensation Menswear Dog (@mensweardog), helps men distinguish timeless styles from passing trends and build a personal wardrobe for all occasions.

THE NEW CLASSICS shares the practical style secrets behind the savvy canine’s best looks, teaching men how to dress, how to shop, and how to guarantee a perfect fit for their clothing. Seasonal outfits are built around foundational garments like blazers, jackets, and tailored shirts. In spring, try a floral shirt (p. 25) with a gray suit jacket, tassel loafers, and wayfarer sunglasses. Summer’s warm weather calls for a linen suit with a knit tie, a floral pocket square, and walnut oxfords (p. 57). For fall, layer a cardigan over a flannel shirt, selvedge jeans, and chunky work boots (p. 81). And in winter, it’s time for a fisherman’s sweater (p. 121) with a navy peacoat. Helpful cheat sheets in each section show the essential garments you’ll wear all season long.

The book features a smart mix of designer labels, heritage brands, and budget-conscious choices that will help men to build their wardrobe without breaking the bank. Helpful commentary throughout THE NEW CLASSICS explains the details that make for an enduring wardrobe staple. Learn what makes a Levi’s Original the definitive denim jacket (p. 15), and why a notch lapel is the best bet for your go-to gray suit (p. 79). You’ll also find the wardrobe game plan for all of life’s most important sartorial moments. Learn how to dress correctly for the office (p. 98), ace your outfit at a summer wedding (p. 62), stay cool at the gym (p. 20), and turn it out for your next black-tie event (p. 126). To help readers put this advice into practice, the book is rounded out with an essential guide to sizing, packing, shopping, and clothing care.

THE NEW CLASSICSlays out the 10 commandments for fashion, Bodhi’sMenswear Dogma.”

  1. 1.Invest now; save later.

A sturdy peacoat (p. 113) or bomber jacket (p. 133) will last a lifetime.

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  1. 2.Classics are timeless for a reason.

Check out the enduring panache of a Breton striped shirt (p. 49), a seersucker suit (p. 61), or a leather motorcycle jacket (p. 83).

  1. 3.Find yourself a good tailor.

That perfect gray suit (p. 79) will never be quite right off the rack, but a great tailor will make this closet staple fit like it was made for you.

  1. 4.Fit trumps price every time.

So learn the basic points of making sure your dress shirts, suits, T-shirts, and jeans fit where it matters (p. 138). If clothes make the man, fit makes the man look good.

  1. 5.Take care of your clothes.

What do all of those symbols on your shirt tag even mean (p. 147)? How do you deal with that coffee spill on your pants (p. 149)?

  1. 6.Clothes should be fitted, never tight.

Even at the gym (p. 20), it’s never okay to rock a skintight look.

  1. 7.It’s okay to copy your fashion idols.

The book lays out style cheat sheets for cribbing famous looks from Steve McQueen or Harrison Ford (The Globe-Trotter, p. 30), Paul Newman (The Mariner, p. 54), John F. Kennedy (The Ivy Leaguer, p. 86), and Ernest Hemingway (The Outdoorsman, p. 118).

  1. 8.Learn how to properly tie a tie.

It’s called a “four-in-hand,” and it’s the only knot you’ll ever need (p. 139). And while you’re at it, explore the power of a slim knit tie (p. 101).

  1. 9.When in doubt, keep it simple.

The white dress shirt (p. 33) is the Swiss army knife of the gentleman’s wardrobe.

  1. 10.If it doesn’t make you feel good, don’t wear it.

From floral prints (p. 25) to bright colors (p. 89), fashion should be fun.

With THE NEW CLASSICS, guys now have their own personal style guru to help them dress their best and stand out from the pack.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Husband-and-wife duo David Fung and Yena Kim, graphic designer and fashion designer/photographer respectively, are the creative force behind Menswear Dog, a one-of-a-kind blog featuring photos of their dog Bodhi, a Shiba Inu, styled in serious menswear. Bodhi has appeared on Anderson Cooper Live, E! News, and The Rachael Ray Show, and in national publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Details, Esquire, GQ, and Time. He has appeared in campaigns for Bloomingdale’s, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Purina, Revlon, and Victorinox Swiss Army, among others.

MENSWEAR DOG PRESENTS THE NEW CLASSICS

By David Fung & Yena Kim

Published by Artisan Books on April 21, 2015

Hardcover; $16.95; 160 pages; 400 photographs and illustrations

ISBN: 978-1-57965-616-4

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DR. BRIAN HARE
Dog Scientist
Is Your Dog a Genius?
 
Dr. Brian Hare has dedicated his life to understanding the psychology of man’s best friend. As a sophomore in college, he worked with his dog Oreo to disprove the theory that only humans can spontaneously use and understand human gestures. The quest to better understand the brain behind the bark continued from there.
 
Today, he is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center, the first dedicated Canine Cognition Center on a college campus.
Dr. Hare used his knowledge and studies to co-found Dognition, a revolutionary tool for dog lovers to understand their best friend’s unique intelligence . The cognitive science-based games help people discover the unique way that their dog sees the world. By encouraging citizen science, all of the data collected helps scientists like Dr. Hare make new breakthroughs in dog cognition, contributing to the greater good of all dogs.
Dr. Hare and his wife compiled everything they know about dogs into his best selling book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think.
In 2004 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under age 40. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under 36.
He has a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University.
Dr. Hare is the host of the new Nat Geo WILD special Is Your Dog a Genius?, premiering Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT as part of Barkfest Weekend. The three-part special helps owners understand their dogs better so that they can unlock their full potential.
 
Is Your Dog a Genius?
Permiering Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT
Dog scientist Dr. Brian Hare uses his groundbreaking research to help dog owners better understand their canine companions. He introduces at-home games that assess both dog and human, and he presents extraordinary dogs with remarkable problem solving abilities.  The interactive series will help dog owners everywhere unlock their dog’s true potential.
 
BarkFest Weekend on Nat Geo WILD invites you to celebrate all things canine and to learn more about the brains behind that bark. Tune in Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 16 for all dogs all the time.
 
 
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Dr. José Arce, DVM

​District IV AVMA Board of Directors Representative 

AVMA Officers
Biographical Sketch

Dr. José V. Arce was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. During his undergraduate years, Dr. Arce worked as a veterinary assistant in Burbank Veterinary Hospital in Baton Rouge and participated in student activities, serving as president of the Pre-Vet Club. After obtaining his bachelor degree, he worked as a research assistant at the Caribbean Primate Research Center. While in veterinary school, Dr. Arce was the class treasurer and a SCAVMA representative for four years and LSU’s SCAVMA treasurer during his sophomore year. He completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency treatment at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, Mass.
 
In 1998, Dr. Arce moved back to Puerto Rico. Early in his career, he worked as a veterinarian at the Avian and Small Animal Hospital, San Juan Municipal Shelter, Dorado Veterinary Hospital. For seven years, he also worked at the Diaz Umpierre Veterinary Clinic. In 2003, he founded Miramar Animal Hospital, of which he is president and co-owner. His special interests include dermatology, ophthalmology, and ultrasonography.
 
As soon as he moved back to his beloved Puerto Rico, Dr. Arce became active in the Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico (PRVMA) and was named to the Ethics and Grievances Committee in 1988. In 1999, he was selected to represent the PRVMA to the AVMA Leadership Conference. In 2000, he was elected as the alternate delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates, a position he held until 2010 when he was elected to his current position as delegate. Dr. Arce has been a board member of the PRVMA since 2000. Since 2001, he has been an active member of the Legislation Commission, of which he has been secretary for the past four years and has lobbied actively for the passage of legislations dealing with veterinary medicine matters with local senators and representatives as well as with US congressmen on behalf of the AVMA. He has also been an active member of the PRVMA Convention Committee since 2009 and has helped achieve record number of participants in the last two annual conventions.
 
Dr. Arce still maintains strong ties to his alma mater. In 2009, he was selected to participate in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Stakeholders Summit.
 
In 2011, Dr. Arce was chosen and took part in the AVMA House of Delegates Leadership Development Program. In 2012, he was selected and participated in the AVMA Summit on Governance.
 
Dr. Arce has also been very active in his community of Miramar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He currently serves on the Board of the Miramar Residents Association, is the PTA President of Perpetuo Socorro Academy, is Assistant Scoutmaster of Miramar’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 29, and has been active for the past 12 years in the pro-statehood New Progressive Party and currently serves as Miramar’s Precinct Electoral Commissioner. He is also active in the sport of soccer, both as a player and team representative. Having served from 2010 to 2012 as Director of the National Masters (over 35) Soccer League of Puerto Rico, he still plays and is team president of the Club de Internacional de Futbol. He lives with his wife (and fellow veterinarian) Dr. Anik Puig and son Diego in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When things get tough, it’s often the simple things that make the greatest impact on our lives.
     Kathy Smith knows that only too well. She lost her husband Dennis to the effects of Agent Orange exposure he received while serving his country in Viet Nam. Dennis never complained, instead he was proud to have served his country.
     After losing Dennis, Kathy wanted to make his life and his service to our nation meaningful so she founded a non-profit called Dog Tag Heroes to help veterans and their families with quality of life issues, which other organizations often overlook.
     Kathy realizes the importance of helping them get back into the mainstream of society and has used the "simple things" to help that happen. Something as practical as taking care of a pet while the veteran is in the hospital or making sure the person has a Christmas tree can mean a great deal. Other examples may include providing home furnishings, assisting with their short term financial needs, or providing a bicycle to make it possible for them to get to work, a bus station, a doctor’s appointment or just get to the store.
     Because of Kathy's personal involvement, she has single-handedly impacted more lives than veteran organizations that are much larger. What makes her efforts even more remarkable is that she has been performing her generous acts while taking intense chemo-therapy for pancreatic cancer. She is still battling the cancer, although it is currently in remission.
     Despite her personal challenges, Kathy remains focused on her mission to help our veterans by opening a thrift store called Veterans Exchange Store. This will enable Dog Tag Heroes to be self-sustaining while providing expanded services to our veterans and their families.
     Dog Tag Heroes needs to raise $175,000 dollars to make it happen. Your generosity will make it possible to keep Kathy’s dream alive to help America's veterans for years to come.

Dog Tag Hehoes - to donate:  727-577-5455 or link to PayPal on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/dogtagheroes

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