K9-Tea is THE FIRST Pet Beverage Brewed in a Single Serve Coffee Brewer­­­

Exciting new pet product lets you enjoy a cup of tea with your dog!

K9-Tea is 2.0 Compatible!

Olympia, WA: K9-Tea™ like the name implies is tea for dogs! What you may not know is how it is brewed … just slip the k-cup®* into your single serve brewer press a button and you have a healthy tea made for your dog, let it cool and pour over their food.

BARK BLEND™ is the first blend being produced and is packed with antioxidants and vitamins from herbs such as Green Tea, Echinacea and Dandelions. This is the simplest way to boost your pet’s intake of healthy foods!

JUMPING JACKS™ will be produced in 2017 and will be a calming and anti-inflammatory blend for helping with joints and senior needs.

ABOUT US: The owner of Pet Spa, Llc has been raising puppies on raw, organic, cooked, whole foods and has documented the incredible change she has seen in the health of her puppies. For 20 years she has gained knowledge and consulted with numerous pet experts from pet foods, veterinarians, cancer clinics, and dietitians. Through her research and now having 3rd generation organic dogs, she is constantly fighting to get healthier foods into her dogs and into her client’s hands. “It’s one thing to have a healthy dog these days and another to keep them healthy”. This was the impetus to create the K9-Tea™. She now has a patent pending for this wonderful product that is actually fun to make and share with your pet.

Ingrid Sutton won the 2001 BBB Most Innovative Business of the year for Washington State for her store called Pet Spa which featured her K9Spa’s, this is the next big product of her career! From Intel to Internet sales she is inventing the future and it is local and home grown!

You can find K9-Tea™ on-line (www.K9-Tea.com) and order from there, but we expect the product to soon be sold across the country in pet stores and supplied in higher end hotels and dog day cares.

*k-cup® is a registered trademark of Keurig and not affiliated with us (K9-Tea or Pet Spa, LLC)

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November Sales of Neutricks Benefit The Grey Muzzle Organization

In September, we launched a new program that is designed to help benefit select senior dog organizations in their efforts to care for and find foster homes for senior pets.  During November and December, sales of Neutricks will go to help The Grey Muzzle Organization.

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It's Adopt A Senior Pet Month

All November long, Neutricks is helping promote Adopt A Senior Pet Month. It's the perfect time to consider bringing and older pet into your life!

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Pet Medical Insurance Beginner's Guide

As dogs and cats gets older, is pet medical insurance something that owners should consider? Like the many other insurance policies, there are numerous options available to choose from. Neutricks is helping owners get educated on this topic.

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Our Research is now Easier to Find

Our research has always been available in the vet portal on our website.  However we've gotten feedback lately that it was still hard to find.  So last month, we added a link to "Research" right at the top of our site in the main navigation.  This is a shortcut to the vet portal and gives you a quicker way to access the research section.  We hope this change will make our research more convenient to vets and other animal professionals.

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Dogs from 49 States and 100s of International Exhibitors

Will Vie for Best in Show

NEW YORK, NY (November 22, 2016) – The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin has drawn record entry numbers in its 16th year. An entry of 4,710 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 17 and 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, AKC National Owner-Handler Series Finals, NADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship, and the Junior events, the overall show totals top 7,000 entries, making this the largest dog show held in the United States since the AKC 1984 Centennial event and the largest dog show North America.

“The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin is a one-of-a-kind experience for any dog lover,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and Show Chairman.  “With more than 1,000,000 square feet of event space, top canine athletes competing in a wide variety of dog sports, tons of vendors selling unique dog-themed items in time for the holidays, more than 150 AKC Meet the Breeds® booths and more, there is nothing that can compare to this canine extravaganza.” 

Other events in the one million square feet of canine-centric event space during the week of December 13-18, 2016 include the:

2016 Highlights:

Judges: Judge Dr. Anthony DiNardoof West Hartford, Connecticut will select the AKC National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s) of the BIS winner will receive more than $50,000. Dr. Robert Indeglia of Narragansett, Rhode Island will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show from over 1,000 Bred-by-Exhibitor entries (dogs being shown by their owner/breeder). Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show will receive $15,000.


Television and Streaming Coverage: The AKC National Championship evening competition will be streamed live beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night on www.akc.org, www.royalcanin.com/akcdogshow and live on Fido TV. The show will be televised on the Hallmark Channel on January 23, 2017 6-9 PM ET/PT. The Bred-By Exhibitor groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, Best Miscellaneous, agility and obedience will be taped and available on demand at www.akc.org.


AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals: The AKC NOHS Finals Best in Show competition will be judged by Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, Missouri on Saturday, December 17. This invitation-only competition is open to the top ten ranked dogs in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series in each breed/variety from the 2016 qualifying year and drew an entry of 711 dogs. The NOHS Group Finals will be taped and available on demand at www.akc.org.


  • All 190 AKC recognized breeds are entered to compete.
  • 4,710 entries in the AKC National Championship
  • The largest entries include:
    • 141 Golden Retrievers
    • 127 Dachshunds (all varieties)
    • 117 Labrador Retrievers
    • 94 Australian Shepherds
    • 89 Chihuahuas (both varieties)
    • 81 French Bulldogs
    • 68 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    • 68 Poodles (all varieties)
    • 59 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
    • 56 Rottweilers
  • 711 dogs are entered in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals.
  • 121 juniors, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.
  • More than 700 dogs will compete in the North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship.
  • 248 entries in the two-dayAKC Obedience Classic, including 62 breeds from 35 states, Canada and Puerto Rico
  • 34 Junior Obedience entriesand 38 Junior Rally entries in the AKC Juniors Classic (Saturday, Dec. 17th for Obedience and Sunday, Dec. 18th for Rally)
  • 700 entries in theAKC Agility Invitational, including 161 breeds from 44 states and four countries
  • 77 entries in the AKC Junior Agility Competition (Friday, Dec. 16th)


To purchase tickets or get more information about the show, visit us at www.akc.org/events/national-championship/ or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

Dear Jon,

We here at LBWF would like to wish you and your family a very Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving. The last few years have provided many challenges. and we are incredibly thankful for the support our friends and loved ones have shown us throughout it all. We could not have made it this far without your help and guidance. So, we here at LBWF, are VERY THANKFUL FOR YOU!Our focus continues to be bringing awareness to the many dog related issues plaguing our great nation. We hope to bring to light the troubles with breed ban legislation, puppy mills, reducing euthanasia in our city shelters by providing support to our communities (launching spay/neuter programs, affordable veterinary care, training, etc), and much much more. With your continued support, we can make a difference in our communities and across the nation.In the spirit of the holiday season, we encourage you to reach out to your fellow neighbors in need. Now, more than ever, they need your empathy and compassion. A peaceful Thanksgiving to you all.... Sincerely,
Linda and your LBWF Team
Your Donations Make a Difference! Please visit our Crowdwise Campaign to see our Fall Fundraiser and your Donations in Action! 
Holiday Pet Safety Tips
With the holiday seasons upon us it's important to keep your four legged loved ones safe! Here are a few tips to keep you and yours happy and safe this holiday season!
  1. Be mindful of cold weather products such as de-icing products, salt, and anti-freeze! When walking your pet outside during the snow and ice be sure to wipe their paws and undersides thoroughly when returning inside. This will ensure your pet is safe from any skin irritations or more serious conditions. 
  2. Keep all holiday decorations out of reach such as tinsel and ribbon. Ingestion of these materials could cause serious health complications for your pet.
  3. There are lots of beautiful holiday plants out there but many of them are dangerous to your pets if ingested. Keep lilies, mistletoe, ivy, holly, and poinsettias out of reach!  
  4. We all love our fur friends very much and want them to enjoy some of the same yummy treats we do but keep in mind that turkey bones can be very dangerous to our pets and could cause obstructions. Holiday sweets such as chocolate are dangerous too! Keep the yummies out of reach of your furry friends.  
  5. With the holidays come lots of visitors and/or out of town trips. It's important to ensure your pet is properly tagged and micro-chipped in the event they become spooked during this holiday season.
Ways to Help LBWF!
Did you know there are a number of ways you can help LWBF this holiday season just by doing things you already do? Many of you will hitting the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals to complete your holiday shopping. You can help LWBF and our rescued dogs in need with little effort by doing your regular holiday shopping!

Amazon has a great program called Smile! Click on the image below and select the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation as your charity of choice. Smiles gives .5% of the proceeds directly to helping dogs in need!

Healthy Thanksgiving Day Meal Alternatives
Linda in the Garden
Everyone looks forward to the Thanksgiving Feast all year round. This year we hope you'll try some of our wonderful Thanksgiving Day Meal Alternatives. They are yummy, good for you, and animal friendly! For a list of all our Feast Recipes - click HERE!

Linda's Tofurkey and Gravy

First available in 1995, the Tofurkey roast is a remarkably tasty and nutritious turkey alternative for those who choose a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.  Tofurkey is renowned for its ease of preparation and turkey-like texture and flavor.  One bite and you'll understand why Tofurkey is the number one choice of vegetarians during the holidays and year-round!

Ingredient List:
  • 1 Tofurkey roast (in the grocer's vegetarian frozen section)
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and quartered
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage
Preheat oven to 350 F Make the baste:
  • Whisk together soy sauce and sage, then set aside
Prepare the roast:
  • Remove roast from packaging & set gravy aside to thaw
  • Place the roast in a casserole dish (dish must have a tight fitting cover)
  • Place carrots and onions around the roast (celery may also be used, if you wish)
  • Whisk baste again and them pour half over the roast
  • Cover tightly to keep steam in
Cooking Instructions:
  • Cook at 350 F for 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Remove from the oven, uncover the casserole and baste with remaining half of baste mixture
  • Return to the oven and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes
Gravy preparation:
  • Pour thawed gravy into a small saucepan
  • Whisk over low/medium heat until simmering
  • Water may be added to create a thinner, smoother gravy
Thank you for your continued kindess and support!

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We are in dire need of winter supplies to help keep our rescued LBWF dogs warm through the winter. We could use the following items:
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Cozy Dog Beds
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts

Toys, dog treats, food, water bowls, food dishes and the like are always welcomed too!



Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to make a much needed in-kind donation. We could also use financial contributions, which you may do securely through Paypal (email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by clicking here or mailing to:The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation
10061 Riverside Drive #1003
Toluca Lake, CA 91602Thank you for your continued support.
The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation has many wonderful dogs for adoption. Some have been waiting for their forever homes much longer than others. We hope that you will share some of their stories in hopes that they may find themselves nestled up close to their very own families this holiday season.


You can see all our LBWF adoptable dogs by visiting out website  www.lindablaiworldheart.org
Not ready to adopt, LBWF is always looking for wonderful volunteers to help out a the foundation, at events, with fundraising, etc. If you are interested in volunteering, please email
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We would love to have you join our team!
Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, 10061 Riverside Dr. Suite 1003, Toluca Lake, CA 91506


Philadelphia, PA— The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s Therapy Dog Ambassador Team will add four new members in 2016, with Aladdin, Butler, Xena and Willow joining the five returnees from last year.

This seven-year tradition now brings together a dynamic team of nine canines, who make regular visits to hospitals and healthcare facilities, including the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, where they help to comfort patients and their families. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Shows involve the canine stars as members of its Therapy Dog Ambassador Team to promote the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and the annual dog shows hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia each November.

The 2016 National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team includes:

v  Lil’ Abner, age 6, and Stella, age 8, are Dogues de Bordeux who together create a memorable 280-pound experience whenever they walk into a room. Lil’Abner won a blue Ribbon in the novice Dogue de Bordeaux class at the 2011 National Dog Show. Abner and Stella are owned by Steven & Donna Kramer of Langhorne, and Steven is a certified evaluator for Therapy Dog International.

v  Waylon, age 11, is a Belgian Sheepdog and son of the late, former Therapy Dog Ambassador, Eli. He is a retired show dog and visits each summer at the Ronald McDonald Camp in the Poconos. He is owned and handled by Sherry Hanley of Allentown, a retired Lehigh County deputy sheriff.

v  Vivian, age 6, is a Staffordshire Terrier mix who was named the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union’s Neighborhood Hero for 2014. She spent time with the New Leash on Life USA program, being socialized by incarcerated individuals before their release back into society. Vivian is owned and handled by Michele Pich, a grief counselor at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine, who has been directing the VetPets Animal-Assisted Activities program at the Ronald McDonald House since 2010.

v  Benny, age 2, is a 57- pound English Bulldog who regularly visits the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House as well as St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Along with Abner and Stella, Benny is owned by Steven & Donna Kramer.

v  Aladdin, age 5, has been recognized by American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards and was a finalist in the Hero Dog of the Year in the Therapy Dog category. He is the ambassador for nationwide animal abuse campaign Show Your Soft Side. Aladdin is owned by Michele Shaffer-Stevens, who is chairperson of the National Dog Show Gala organizing committee.

v  Xena, age 3, Shih Tzu – Yorkie mix and Willow, age 2, rescued Shih Tzu – Poodle mix. They visit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House on a weekly basis and are also active members of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pet Therapy program. They also make home visits to kids in hospice care. Xena and Willow are owned and handled by Emily Martin of Philadelphia, PA.

v  Butler, age 4, Shepherd mix, is a spokesdog for American Humane Association and the official therapy dog of The Weather Channel. Butler serves as a first responder for both organizations, providing comfort to children and families whose lives have been adversely affected by disaster. He was rescued from a shelter by owner and handler Dr. Amy McCullough, national director of Humane Research and Therapy for American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization.

The National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team was founded by the late Rufus, the accomplished, Colored Bull Terrier who retired to a celebrated career as a therapy dog after winning the National Dog Show Presented by Purina in 2005 and following that up by triumphing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show three months later in New York City. Rufus was joined two years later by the late Eli, the Belgian Sheepdog who showed in Philadelphia before retiring to therapy work. Eli was one of the last few living therapy dogs who comforted victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

All nine dogs play a vital role in helping to make a difference in people’s lives. In addition to their weekly work at hospitals, nursing homes, and institutions, the Therapy Dog Ambassadors will be making therapy visits and media appearances in conjunction with National Dog Show activities in Philadelphia and New York City.



After 27 years of exploring the wonder of man’s best friend with millions of dog-loving television viewers around the world as the broadcast co-host, David Frei said goodbye to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past February with nary a tinge of sadness or regret.   

“The dog world is a big place,” Frei offers gleefully from his new home in Cannon Beach, Oregon. “Much bigger than when I started and growing still. And now I’m a part of guiding that growth for the good of the sport.  This is that rare moment in time when I truly have the best of both worlds.” 

One of those worlds is The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, the now 15 year-old NBC Thanksgiving Day special that has become appointment television for millions of families together for their traditional, November holiday celebration.  Another is Frei’s newest challenge, The Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina, a newly-minted endeavor hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills, headed for USA Network television screens in 2017 – on Easter Sunday. 

Where he once had limitations about what he could and could not work on (Frei was also the fulltime Director of Communications for Westminster), he now has the freedom to survey the landscape, pick his spots and apply his decades of marketing, public relations and television knowledge to projects that embody his passion for pets. 

As the expert analyst of The National Dog Show, he is known as the voice of the dog show world, but he recently hosted a cat show on the Hallmark Channel, The Kitten Summer Games.  He is the executive in charge of the Beverly Hills project, able to marry his passion for the sport to its appeal to the masses through television.  His newly-liberated schedule includes advocacy work as America’s leader in the growing therapy dog movement, judging at dog shows across the United States and appearing regularly as a spokesperson for the sport, responsible pet ownership and the importance of the human-animal bond. 

“Anyone who spends time with dogs will tell you those are their best moments of the day,” Frei asserts.  “I’ve seen miracles in hospital rooms when an ill child encounters the love, innocence and energy of a trained therapy dog. I get to work with dogs.  I get to work with dog people.  And I get to do it in new and different ways while continuing in my role as an on-air commentator talking directly to the audiences.” 

Frei’s relationships in the dog world have been particularly useful as he develops this newest TV product with a celebrity component in America’s entertainment industry capital of Hollywood.  John O’Hurley, the popular Seinfeld and Dancing With The Stars personality and host of The National Dog Show, lives in Beverly Hills and is playing a role in recruiting celebrity dog lovers for the project.  Kennel Club of Beverly Hills officials are thrilled with the TV exposure on tap for their annual show and appreciate working with Frei, who speaks their language and understands the intricacies of producing the Best In Show competition among thousands of entrants encompassing more than 200 breeds and varieties. 

“My dogs have changed my life,” Frei says. “And they have changed the lives of a lot of other people, too -- formally as therapy dogs but also informally, ‘on the street,’ through their spontaneity and unconditional love for everyone. I want to inspire people to get their own dogs out there doing something for people in need.  

“The dogs are truly the stars in my world. And our shows on NBC and USA Network are truly a celebration of the dogs in our lives -- show dogs, therapy dogs, purebreds and mixed breeds. We should thank them every day for letting us be on the other end of their leashes.” 

“David Frei unplugged,” the subject mused.  “Okay. Unplugged. But with the electricity and excitement of our canine friends energizing me every day.” 


Snack. Play. Namaste.

Longmont, CO, October 17, 2016 -- Snack. Play. Namaste. These are the three words that are prominently displayed on each of the five flavors of Colorado-based Down Dog Snacks’ new, brightly brilliant colored packaging.

According to Jessie Walker, owner, “Our new packaging was designed to reflect the personality of each of our current five flavors - Peanut Buddha Bones, Sweet Pawtato Pups, Apple Berry Zensations, Banana Bliss and Peas, Love & Carrots.  We now have a BIG 16 oz. bag of BIG Peanut Buddha Bones for large size breeds too! Our dog treats are grain-free and plant-based.  They do not contain any dairy, corn, soy, eggs, sugar or wheat -- just wholesome, limited, human-grade ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. We do use local honey so we call ourselves bee-gan.” 

Walker boasts that the company only uses pronounceable and recognizable ingredients.  “Oh, and you can snack on them too! After all, you are what you and your dog eat,” she notes. 

A former Ad Executive and current Yoga Instructor, Walker has expanded her family's business across the country to Colorado, where she founded these gourmutt treats. Walker’s family owns a dog treat business based in New Jersey, Fat Murray’s Doggy Treats. Murray was Walker’s big boned basset hound that sadly passed away several years ago.

“Down Dog Snacks was created to keep your Barking Buddhas happy and healthy. I knew I wanted to stay in the family business of dog treats but ‘basset hound,’ ‘fat,’ and ‘Colorado’ didn’t seem to jive. Thus, I infused my love for dogs, yoga and health and created my own grain-free, plant-based enterprise. Yes, my career has gone to the dogs.”

Each treat is baked by hand with all-natural ingredients that keeps your dog zen, one snack at a time. And now these treats can be found in brilliant, bold and colorful packaging. Special holiday packaging is also available.

For more information visit Down Dog Snacks at http://downdogsnacks.com.

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Each month we deliver content that helps you be the best human you can be for your pet. This month we're spotlighting our support of The Grey Muzzle Organization, our new senior wellness guides and more.


Introducing November/December's Featured Organization: The Grey Muzzle Organization

As you already know, we love our furry senior friends. A LOT.

But there may be one thing that we love even more: the organizations around our country who take in, care for and find homes for our furry senior friends.

That reason is why each month, every purchase of Neutricks benefits a selected organization's efforts to care for senior pets.

For November and December, we are featuring The Grey Muzzle Organization, whose mission is to improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide.

Have you checked out our Senior Pet Wellness Guides yet?

As part of our mission at Neutricks to spread the word about Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome and overall care for our furry senior friends, we want to be sure their human parents have all the information they need to provide a comfortable, safe and healthy home.

We recently released a couple of downloadable guides that offer a collection of tips and advice to help you make sure you're doing everything you can for your senior pet.

If you're a senior dog parent, get our Canine Wellness Care Guide.

If you're a senior cat parent, get our Feline Wellness Care Guide.

November is Neutricks Month!

Every month at Pet Living (owned by our BFF Kristen Levine), they promote the month's pet holidays, focus on a central theme, and back it all with a sponsor.  Neutricks is sponsoring November, and we can't wait to help out!  Watch our Facebook and Twitter all month long for holidays and other Pet Living-related posts!


Tell your friends to help us support The Grey Muzzle Organization this month!
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“Our community is involved with the raising and training of exceptional puppies destined to make life better as a service dog for someone with psychiatric disabilities.” – Founder Abby Hill

Newtown, CT, October 28, 2016 – - With The Exceptional Partner Service Dogs’ (TEPSD) pilot program successfully underway since January 2016, the non-profit organization has announced the arrival of Noodle, a 12-week-old Labradoodle. She joins the original five TEPSD – 10-month-old Labrador Retriever puppies -- all being trained to become Psychiatric Service Dogs for those in need throughout the region.


The mission of TEPSD is to transform lives by raising and training Psychiatric Service Dogs to match -- at no cost -- with children and adults suffering from psychiatric disabilities, while engaging and educating the community of Newtown in the process. This is done with the help of Newtown schools, teachers, students, and families who are an integral part of raising and socializing the dogs as well as educating their peers about mental illness.


According to Abby Hill, Founder and Executive Director of TEPSD, “What we do has two purposes. First, to properly prepare and train exceptional service dogs who, in two years, will go on to help make someone’s life significantly better. Second, we engage and involve the Newtown community in the program, where they learn about the job of service dogs and about people with mental illness who will depend on the dog to help them live their lives to the fullest. In the process, these kids reap the benefits of having a dog at their school every day – being a part of something truly life-changing. The educational and emotional impact has already been significant.”


Noodle was generously donated to TEPSD this month by Blueberry Cottage Labradoodles and, like the original five Labradors, she comes from a well-sourced, highly established service dog breeder who breeds meticulously for temperament, workability, structural soundness, and health. TEPSD puppies are exposed to early neurological stimulation that makes them ideal for this job.


“Bringing Noodle to TEPSD is a great opportunity for us because she is a hypoallergenic dog and can go into classrooms during training at schools with our teacher puppy raisers, where there may be students with severe allergies to the fur on the Labradors. We look forward to continuing to add more dogs to the program and help as many people as possible. Each dog costs $25,000 to raise for their first two years before being placed with their handler. With proper funding and support across the country, we want to keep expanding. Lives can be changed for the better with a service dog and there is absolutely no time to waste,” Hill adds.


The first five puppies – Bella, Blue, Harry Jake, and Taco - are almost halfway through their two-year service training, while Noodle is just getting started. TEPSD aims to raise enough funding to consistently have dogs at every stage of the process -- some coming in to teachers’ homes and schools to be trained, and others matched with their human handler and well on their way to making someone’s life easier. “And, while all of this is happening, Newtown gets to be an important part of the process. Everyone benefits,” says Hill.


About The Exceptional Partner Service Dogs: Founded by Certified Professional Dog Trainer and dog behavior specialist Abby Hill in 2016, the 501(c)(3) non-profit raises Psychiatric Service Dogs in Newtown, CT for civilians struggling with mental illness. While the dogs are being trained and raised in Newtown, they will be equally considered for service to applicants struggling with mental illness throughout the region. The Exceptional Partner solely depends on donations to operate. The cost of adopting, raising, training and providing proper healthcare for service dogs for the first two years of their life prior to placement is approximately $25,000 per dog. Learn more about the program and how to apply for a service dog at www.newtownservicedogs.org.



New York, NY-The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 AKC® Lifetime Achievement Awards: Patricia W. Laurans (Conformation), Elizabeth (Tibby) Chase (Companion Events) and Jim Campbell (Performance).

The Awards, created by AKC President Dennis Sprung, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy. The finalists and winners, based on nominations from AKC member clubs, have impacted the dog sport on a national level through club involvement, judging, exhibiting, breeding and teaching.



Patricia W. Laurans, of Newtown, Connecticut, has been active in dogs for over 50 years as an exhibitor, all-breed handler and breeder of Best in Show, National Specialty winning and top producing German Wirehaired Pointers.

She has served as Delegate for the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America for over 30 years. During that time she was elected to the AKC Board of Directors and started an AKC Breeders Education program and helped establish the Junior Scholarship program.

When Pat left the Board of Directors in 2000 she was elected to the Parent Club Committee and has served as its Chairperson from 2000 to the present. During this tenure she helped establish the Parent Club Conference Program and chaired three National Parent Club Conferences. In 2013 she helped establish the AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Trailer Program and serves as its co-chairman.  Read more

Companion Events

Elizabeth (Tibby) Chase, of Monson, Massachusetts, desperately wanted a Welsh pony as a child, but her sensible parents presented her with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This little dog introduced Tibby to the challenging world of dog training and was her first high in trial dog in 1961. She has been involved with dogs, dog training and Corgis ever since.

While obedience is her first love, Tibby has successfully trained and shown dogs in rally, tracking, agility, herding, and conformation. One ‘special’ Pembroke, “Tyler”, Ch. Heronsway Free Style UDT ROMX, is one of a few obedience titled dogs to win the breed at Westminster. In very limited breeding, Tibby produced several Pembroke champions and others that excelled in obedience, herding and agility. Read more


Jim Campbell, of Marrero, Louisiana, grew up in in rural Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s. Rabbit hunting with grade beagles instilled in him a love for the sport. In 1978 he got his first AKC registered beagles. After moving to New Orleans he met Maurice Ellis, Rannie Ladner and Tommy Moffet. Jim gives credit to them for teaching him what to look for in a hound and how to condition them. His first good dog was Jazztown T-Beau, who had a great nose, outstanding line control and check work that set the standard for what he looks for in a dog to this day.

Jim has bred many worthy hounds over the years, seven of which finished as AKC field champions. He finished four field champions himself, two of which went on to win the AKC SPO Nationals. FC JO's Hustler won the Southern States Championship twice. FC Huff's Riverland Charter won the SPO Nationals in 2007, and to date has produced six field champions. Jim also owned Tommy's Talking Deacon and Blue Ann. The latest field champion that he finished is FC JO's Shaq. Read More

The honorees, who were selected from votes cast by AKC member clubs, will receive engraved Revere bowls on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Delegates luncheon held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida. A sterling silver Tiffany and Co. bowl, engraved with the names of all recipients past and present, is on permanent display at AKC headquarters in New York City.

For more information on the recipients, go to http://www.akc.org/about/awards-and-honors/lifetime-achievement/recipients/2017/

Pet Me Happy Gifts & Treats
Holiday Gift Guide 2016


SANTA CLARITA, California, October 17, 2016 [Press Release]From all-natural dog treats to fun, useful gifts, thePet Me Happypet gifts and treatsonline boutique at http://www.PetMeHappy.comhas the perfect holiday gifts for Pet Parents and their dogs or cats, for all the special occasions celebrated between Halloween and the New Year.

Almost everyone has a pet they’re crazy about. What better gift than something for their special furball?

Gift-givers can choose from all-naturalArtisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries, quality pet-shaped gifts by Charm Ceramics, and the Original and Deluxe editions of the innovative Pupper Pouch dog leash accessory.

Made in the U.S.A. from the finest ingredients and materials, Pet Me Happy’s products are definitely worthy to give as holiday gifts.Read the customer testimonials.

In the holiday spirit, Pet Me Happy is offering a 20% discount on purchases made online through December 31, 2016, using the coupon code “ARTISAN” at checkout.

All-Natural Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries

All-natural, just 10 ingredients – no wheat, corn, soy, chemical additives, artificial preservatives or by-products. For stocking stuffers, the 2 oz. re-sealable bags are just $4.99 each. For larger gifts, the 6 oz. size is $8.99 each – great for families with two or three dogs. For even larger packs of pups, there are 12 oz. bags at $14.99 each. Larger sizes available.

Pupper Pouch – Original and Deluxe

For the dog parent who has everything, the Pupper Pouch dog leash accessory makes a useful gift. It’s a small, wallet-sized nylon pouch that clips easily onto a dog’s leash or harness during a walk or a run. Phone, keys, cards and cash slip inside the pouch, secured by a Velcro flap, keeping hands free.

The single-pocketOriginal Pupper Pouchis just $19.95 and comes in black. Thedouble-pocket Deluxe editioncarries twice the stuff and comes in black, red and blue for just $25.95.



Cat-Shaped Salt & Pepper Shakers

Cat parents love Shiro & Kuro, Pet Me Happy’s cat-shaped ceramic salt and pepper shakers. They’re dishwasher-safe, made from tough, high-quality restaurant-grade materials, and stand 3-3/4” tall. Shiro & Kuro are $26 per pair.As featured on BuzzFeed!

Tasteful Memorial Urns

Anyone who’s lost a pet, especially around the holidays, can appreciate the thoughtfulness of a gift like a ceramic memorial urn for a grieving Pet Parent. Like Shiro & Kuro, these tasteful cat and dog memorial urns were created by a gifted ceramics artist exclusively for Pet Me Happy. The cat urn is black, 8” tall, holds about 8 fl. oz., and lists for $65. The dog urn is white, stands 7-1/4” tall, holds about 14 fl. oz. (for small- to medium-sized dogs), and is $80.

About Pet Me Happy Gifts & Treats

Pet Me Happy Gifts & Treats is an online pet supplies retailer founded in Santa Clarita, California in summer 2015 by three passionate Pet Parents – Stephen K. Peeples, his wife Nadine A. Peeples, and his longtime website development collaborator Paige Hagen.

Pet Me Happy’s premiere products are Artisan Dog Treats with Oregon Blueberries, the Pupper Pouch dog leash accessory, and exclusive pet-themed ceramic gifts created by Charm Ceramics. All Pet Me Happy gifts and treats are made in California, U.S.A. by pet-loving humans. For more information, visit PetMeHappy.com.

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