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Saturday, April 18, the 108th day of 2015.
There are 257 days left in the year.Pet Owners Independence Day is celebrated on April 18, 2015. It's a holiday for all of those who have pets. If you are a pet owner, be proud and celebrate yourself on this day!Coming Up This Week: April 22, 2015: Earth Day.Today In History: 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning American colonists that the British were coming.Crew:
Jon Patch - Host
Jillyn Sidlo - Co Host
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Zach Budin - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:
Dr. Jose Arce DVM from the AVMA will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/18/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss Canine Flu
Jose Duarte - Product Development Director for Airfree Air Purifiers will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/18/15 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away an Airfree P1000
Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder - President and Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc. will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/18/15 at 7 PM EST to discuss the contest and the Stree Free give aways from Oster


Here at Talking’ Pets we love hearing about companies that go out of their way to bring awareness to animal is one of my favorite websites to check in with, curating news related to pet health, hot products and featuring pet experts. GoodNewsforPets has announced the launch of their 15th anniversary contest series!

The company will have fifteen—that’s right, fifteen—giveaways in conjunction with celebrating their original site launch. For the next two weeks of the show, Talkin’ Pets Radio is going to join in on the fun and give out two “Stress Free” kits from Oster, in addition to the three “Stress-Free” kit giveaways currently being featured on

What does that include? Oster Calm Clips, the Gentle Paws Premium Nail Trimmer, the Oster ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool for Dogs (for both long and short coats), and the Oster Shed Control Shampoo.

Plus, if that isn’t exciting enough, a sterling silver convertible Goodnewsforpets Heart-Paw charm by jewelry designer Elena Kriegner is also being given away with each kit AND a donation will be made to the local shelter or rescue of each winner’s choice.

To enter this Grrrreat celebration, visit the Contests page on


Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA is President & Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc., a New York City-based public relations firm and founder & publisher of, now celebrating its 15th year with a series of contests for pet owners. Our good mutual friend, the legendary Mordecai Siegal was one of the first columnist on the site.

She is a member of the national Women Presidents Organization, Women in the Pet Industry, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Cat Writers’ Association of America.

Germinder is an accomplished, creative public relations veteran and a writer who has interviewed dozens of veterinarians, behaviorists, pet and pet lovers. She has launched over 125 campaigns introducing pet products and addressing issues in veterinary medicine. She has also worked in several other key categories including food & beverage, sporting goods, development, banking, jewelry and international trade.

Germinder started working in the pet industry at twelve years old in her late stepfather’s import/export business of hobby fish. She helped introduce hydroponically grown plants to fish owners as well. She was an early proponent of the power of the Internet, beginning work in this area in 1995 when she created a campaign called “Pets Need Dental Care, Too!” with one of the first niche pet web sites,

Germinder began her career as a marketing coordinator at a sales promotion agency with incentive company E.F. MacDonald, now Carlson.

She and her team have won dozens of awards, including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, one of the highest national public relations awards. Other awards include the American Animal Hospital Association's Gold Key Award. She has won three Business Marketing Association Fountain Awards.

Germinder was named a Honoree for Enterprising Women and was named Top 25 "Women Who Mean Business."

Germinder grew up on Long Island, New York. is an accredited Fellow of PRSA, one of the most prestigious honors in public relations that recognizes her strategic counsel and early adoption of Internet.

To contact Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Airfree’s mission is to combine the best technology and design, to turn their clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.

The History of Airfree

Airfree’s technology was developed through the initiative and creativity of a father in an effort to find an effective way to ease his son’s allergy attacks. The Portuguese businessman scoured the market trying to find an air purifier that would help his son’s respiratory issues but found nothing that suited their needs. He then began to develop Airfree. The first prototype Airfree air purifier was developed for a natural way of using heat to destroy airborne allergens. After successful testing at the INETI microbiological laboratory in Portugal, the idea of large-scale production of the devices began to take shape. More families worldwide would be able to enjoy the benefits of a simple, effective concept.

In 2004, after a few adjustments had been made to improve electronics and capacity, Airfree was born, marked by the launch of its P air purifier range, attractive and modern in design. A groundbreaking brand was on its way to conquering world markets. Airfree has continued to grow, manufacturing a variety of models of air purifiers in Portugal, intended for use not only in the home but also geared towards trade and industry.

The Benefits Of Airfree Air Purifiers

Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen, and tobacco odors. SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company,and dozens of other international laboratories have proved the effectiveness of Airfree air purifiers at reducing the amount of microorganisms and harmful substances from the air. The TSS technology used is an exclusive and patented technology used in Airfree’s air purifiers, is established in over 50 countries worldwide, and is completely silent. With no fans or turbines, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed.

Only Airfree combines high efficiency with an award-winning design that beautifully complements the appearance of your home. Airfree air purifiers do not require any maintenance or replacement parts and generates no waste. There is no need to change filters or moving parts. It uses less energy than a 60w light bulb, is easy to transport, weighs less than 5 lb, and takes up very little space.

The Unique Airfree Process

Airfree’s exclusive technology works by eliminating microorganisms and allergens, destroying them in a fraction of a second. Depending on the model, between 4,000 and 6,000 gallons of air pass through the Airfree device every hour, treating all the air in the room in a very short space of time.

The process works in much the same way as sterilising water by boiling it; when water is boiled, the microorganisms it contains are eliminated. In similar fashion, Airfree continually draws in air, heating it to over 390ºF and instantly sterilising it. The purified air is then cooled inside the device before being returned to the room. The entire process is completely silent and requires no maintenance, not even the occasional replacement of parts. All you have to do is switch the device on and leave it to get on with the job.

All tests performed on the Airfree air purifiers are available on their website at

United States Air Purifiers


Airfree P1000

Air purifier recommended for rooms up to 450 sq. ft.


Airfree Platinum 2000

Air purifier recommended for rooms up to 550 sq. ft.


Airfree Onix 3000

Air purifier recommended for rooms up to 650 sq. ft.


Talkin Pets Radio Show News
Saturday, April 11, the 101st day of 2015.
There are 264 days left in the year.
Today In History  in 1970, Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasted off on its ill-fated mission to the moon.April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
This event is an effort by the American Red Cross to draw attention to the need to know specialized pet first aid.Today is National Pet Day - Pet parents are invited to celebrate their furry, finned or fine-feathered family members on National Pet Day.  Held on April 11th, the pet holiday was established in 2007 as a way to promote the option of pet adoption.
Crew:Jon Patch - HostBarry Siebold - Vet Tech/Co HostJenna Winters - ProducerZach Buden - Network ProducerBob Page - Executive Producer Special Guest:
Hour 1:  Kathy Smith – President and Founder of Dog Tag Heroes
Hour 2:  David Sokolitz and David Codd of Sit Treats – Sweet Potato Dog Chews 

It was the fall of 2012 when we came up with the idea of a healthy treat for our dogs that only had a single ingredient.  The frustration of going to a pet store looking for a treat that would not pile on the pounds, was good for them and that did not have a whole bunch of additives / fillers.  Toss in that it was not made in the USA and we knew we could not continue to buy these types of products for our best friends.  We went to work and after months of perfecting our first product we introduced our “Sweet Potato Chews”   We are selling our treats through distributors so if you’re here to buy our product we kindly as you to ask your local retailer or have them contact us and we will provide them with the information to get our product.

What makes our product different?  First we source only USA grown potatoes from familiar states like North Carolina and Louisiana.  Second we peel our product as mold can easily find its way on the peel of a sweet potato.  We dry it for hours bringing the moisture content down and making it more like rawhide then a potato.  Dogs can tell the difference and the benefits of our product are numerous.

We would love to hear from you and get your thoughts about our product.  Please email us @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please add us on Facebook at Click here for our Facebook Page



SMITHTOWN, NY – (April 6, 2015) – Most people are aware that we have soldiers overseas in Afghanistan. But what most are not usually aware of is that many times they become attached to dogs that they find roaming in the area. For some, it’s the bond they create with those new pets that keep them feeling happy and hopeful. Yet when their tour of duty is over and it’s time to go back home to the U.S., they find themselves having to break that bond and leave the dog behind. Guardians of Rescue, an international animal rescue organization, works to change that by reuniting soldiers with the dogs they had to leave behind.

"Through our No Buddy Left Behind Program, we have helped numerous soldiers to be reunited with the dogs they were caring for in Afghanistan,” stated Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “It’s the least we can do for these soldiers, who miss the dogs and worry about their fate. But we can’t do it alone; we need the public’s help in order to make it a successful mission.”

There are costs involved in bringing the dogs back to the U.S. from the Middle East. This expense is one reason that Guardians of Rescue reaches out to the public for donations in order to help make it possible. The group is working with the only Afghanistan-based animal shelter, Nowzad, to make the mission possible and successful. The dogs will be flown into John F. Kennedy International Airport at the end of April, and then will be transported on to Portland, Ore., where they will be reunited with the soldiers they were with in Afghanistan.

The dogs being reunited were found and rescued by a couple of U.S. Army soldiers. When they spotted the mom she had four puppies and a wounded paw, and they saw the way other stray dogs had been mistreated in the area. They decided to help nurse the wounded leg back to health, and went on to care for and bond with the mother and her puppies. The platoon medic will be adopting her, while another soldier takes two of the puppies, and a third soldier has expressed interest in another one of the puppies.

“These soldiers have given us so much, the least we can do it is reunite them with these dogs they bonded with,” said Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “Every little bit helps, and it all adds up to meaning so much for them and the dogs. Together we can save them!”

The cost to bring the dogs back to America and deliver them to the soldiers is estimated at $6,000. Guardians of Rescue is seeking donations from the public to help with this mission. Those who would like to learn more and make a donation can do so by logging onto:

About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at

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Talkin Pets Radio Show NewsCrew:Jon Patch - Host Maria Ryan - Trainer/Co Host Lexi Lapp - Producer Zach Buden - Network Producer Bob Page - Executive Producer and Birthday Boy Special Guest:
Ann Martin, Executive Director of The House Rabbit Society will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/4/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss the Easter holiday and rabbits as or as not pets

Rabbits at Easter

Jan 10, 2013 by

A smiling child in an adorable outfit clutches a cute baby bunny in her arms. What’s wrong with this picture? Contrary to Eastertime hype, rabbits and small children are not a good match. The natural exuberance, rambunctiousness and decibel-level of even the gentlest toddler are stressful for the sensitive rabbit. It is the rare child who will enjoy and appreciate the rabbit’s subtle and sensitive nature.

Another misconception is that rabbits are passive and cuddly. They are ground-loving creatures who feel frightened and insecure when held and restrained. Children like a companion they can hold, carry, and cuddle, just as they do their favorite stuffed animal. It is unreasonable to expect a child to be able to take full responsibility for the care of a rabbit, or to make a 10-year commitment to anything! All too often, the child loses interest, and the rabbit ends up neglected or abandoned.

Some people think rabbits are a “low-maintenance” pet. In fact, they require almost as much work as a dog. They must be housetrained. The house must be bunny-proofed, or Thumper will chew electrical cords, rugs, books, and furniture. They must be spayed or neutered, or they will mark your house with feces and urine. They must live indoors, as members of the family. Rabbits kept in hutches outdoors have an average lifespan of about one year; house rabbits can live 8 to 10 years. Predators abound, not only in rural areas but in urban and suburban locations as well. Outdoor rabbits become bored and depressed from isolation. To consign these sensitive, intelligent, social animals to life in a hutch is to miss all the joy of sharing your life with a rabbit. Unless he’s part of your daily routine, you will not have the opportunity to really get to know his subtle personality.

Clearly, rabbits are not for everyone! Are you a gentle adult who lives in a quiet household? Are you eager to get to know rabbits on their own terms – to spend time down at their level, on the floor; to allow the rabbit to initiate gestures of friendship and trust? If you think you are one of those rare individuals who would enjoy sharing life with a rabbit, please visit your local animal shelter or rabbit-rescue group. As rabbits have increased in popularity, they are suffering the same fate as our other companion animals – abandonment. You can also check your local veterinary clinic and “Pets” classifieds of your newspaper. It’s a sad fact that no matter where you live, you are within 10 miles of a rabbit who needs a home. The effort made to find that special bunny means you are saving a life.

So if little Susie is pleading for a bunny for Easter, do a rabbit a favor, and buy her a toy rabbit that she can snuggle to her heart’s content. Let’s make Easter a joyful time for our long-eared friends.

Women Owned-and-Operated Company, Treat-ibles, Makes Pooches Feel Pleasant with CBD!

With cannabis in the daily news, people have grown accustomed to stories about legalization and medical cannabis. But few Americans hear stories about Cannabis and Hemp products saving the lives of dogs. 

Pet owners throughout California are learning that Treat-ibles' cannabidiol-infused (CBD) pet treats have a place in overall wellness. 

“I was going to bring my dog to the vet today for anesthesia,” said a crying customer. “I couldn’t bear to watch her suffer with the pain anymore! I had an appointment to do it at 11am - but I postponed it until 5pm. I needed more time with her. She couldn’t walk with her bow legs; and the pain had gotten so bad that she wouldn’t get up. My son, who works at a dispensary in Los Angeles, heard about the Treat-ibles and sent me four of them. Within an hour she stood up and even jumped up on the couch. I couldn’t believe it! I was literally preparing myself to let her go. Now, I feel like I have my best friend back.”

This story, and many others like it, inspire the small staff at Treat-ibles to continue baking their products in hopes of helping thousands of dogs throughout the state. While the FDA doesn’t have a position on the medical implications of CBD, pet owners everywhere are noticing a difference in their dog’s attitude and well-being. In fact, while many companies have received letters asking the manufacturers to remove medical claims from their promotions, Treat-ibles has simply deferred to the research and trusted the opinions of their customers.

“It’s hard to deny them,” said Julianna Carella, Founder of the Oakland, California-based company. “These people make me cry every time! Their emotions are overwhelming on the phone. It’s hard not to get choked up.” 

While few veterinarians understand cannabidiol, pet owners find confidence in the fact that CBD is nontoxic and plant-derived. Treat-ibles makes their proprietary blend of CBD extracts from a responsible hemp resource to ensure the whole-plant extract contains the subtle compounds also found in the plant. The company also follows a rigorous quality-assurance protocol instituted by CW Analytical Labs to ensure their products are held to high standards. These careful considerations have helped elevate Treat-ibles as a quality brand. While some other CBD pet products, independently tested by a third party, prove to contain very little CBD (merely a few milligrams in the entire bag!) the Treat-ibles consistently tested at 1mg of CBD per treat. 

Due to the lack of knowledge and regulations surrounding products infused with cannabidiol, the Treat-ibles team have engaged with CW Analytical Labs to help them maintain an elevated level of consistency, purity, and safety. “This industry is truly unique,” said Carella. “California has very few regulations surrounding cannabis production with THC - but nothing about CBD! We’ve turned to the health department and pet food regulators to maintain best practices.”

“Dogs are our best friends,” said Carella. “Treat-ibles is our way of showing them how much that bond means to us!”

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