Monthly Archives: August 2012


One of our favorite parts of Labor Day is the amazing food! When it comes to the food, here are some tips for keeping your pet safe: Don’t give your pet “people” food. It may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill, but many foods can be hazardous. Keep your pet on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can lead to severe indigestion and upset stomach. Examples of everyday hazards include avocados, grapes, raw/undercooked meat and onions. Never leave your dog unattended with a barbecue pit while it is in use. That delicious food might be too much for them to resist. An overturned pit could cause serious damage to your pet in the blink of an eye. It is also a potential fire hazard. There are a few barbecue staples you need to keep out of your dog’s reach. Alcoholic drinks have the potential to poison pets. Matches and lighter fluid, if ingested, can cause harm to pets. Lighter fluid can cause skin irritation as well. Citronella candles, insect coils and oil products can cause stomach irritation and possibly damage a pet’s central nervous system.


Dobbie at the Bernville Pool

It was great seeing some of you at the pool on Sunday! For those of you who missed it, this past Sunday the Bernville Pool opened up its gates to a whole breed of water lovers. As an annual fundraiser they opened the water up to our furry family members. The money raised benefited the Bernvillle Pool and the Berks Humane Society. In this picture, one of our very own, Dobbie is cooling off in the kiddie pool with his mom, Desiree. Dobbie is new to the water and this was his first swim in a pool. He and some of the smaller dogs splashed around in the small pool while leaving the large pool for the Labs,Poodles and one very large Great Dane named Killian.

To learn more about the Berks Humane Society, go to:


We asked our friend Kel Hatt to share his story about some of the amazing things that he does in our community. We are continuously moved by his experiences and efforts :
  • Where are you originally from? Gouglersville, PA…I’ve lived in Berks County all my life.
  • Where did you go to school? Governor Mifflin and then West Chester University/Alvernia College
  • What pet related organizations do you support in the area? Locally I support the Berks County Humane Society whenever possible and also No Nonsense Neutering. I’ve been a proud Vanguard Society member of PETA for many years and just became an ARC Angel for the Animal Rescue Corps in Washington DC.
  • Was would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? Six and a half years ago I decided to become a vegan (vegans do not consume or use ANY animal products of any kind). By doing this I spare at least 100 animals a year from needless pain and suffering.
  • At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? Probably at a very early age since my family always had a dog and we would take in any young or injured wild animal and care for them until they were ready to be released back into the wild. However, my animal rights activism has really blossomed since going vegan.
  • List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones): Very early childhood – Garm (dog) childhood – two different Penny’s at different times (dogs) Lucky – my beloved main guy who was the family dog for years and then just him and I for years after our parent’s passed away, Lucky joined our parents this past May 17 currently – Lady and Chance (dogs), Stinker, Abby, and Minnie (cats), and Issac (bird)
  • What kind of food do you feed your pets? Science Diet, which I highly recommend.
  • What kind of music do you like? Classic R&R and New Age
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Dosie Dough, a little bakery/eatery type place in Wyomissing that makes me a special vegan wrap that is fantastic.
  • If you could meet with anyone in the world, who would it be? My beautiful and loving posthumous wife Lori. We were engaged to be married, but three months before our traditional wedding day she was killed back in March 2011 while we were walking Chance. We had a posthumous wedding on what would have been our traditional wedding day in June 2011. Posthumous weddings are legally recognized in about three countries but unfortunately not in the U.S.
  • Other personal facts or hobbies that you think might be interesting: I’m a certified dog trainer through the Animal Behavior College in CA. I enjoy helping dogs and their human companions to treat behavioral problems rather than teaching basic obedience cues. I go to the gym a few days a week and take Lady and Chance for daily walks. Also, even though I’m allergic to cats, I spend time each day with Stinker, Abby, and Minnie who were Lori’s children when we met.

This Coming Sunday is National Dog Day!

National Dog Day
National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. You can celebrate by planning a fun activity with your dog or contacting one of the local shelter/rescue groups in our area to learn about the various ways in which you can help them. A few of our favorites are   Some

Winner of the Dr. A. Wayne Mountan Memorial Media Award: Our Own Dr. Lee Pickett!

PAVMA Award Winner: Dr. Lee Pickett
Each year, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association presents the Dr. A. Wayne Mountan Memorial Media Award to the news media of Pennsylvania for excellence in communicating veterinary medical contributions to animal and public health to the public. THIS YEAR’S WINNER IS: Dr Lee Pickett!!!! Lee Pickett, VMD, has written the weekly newspaper column “Ask the Vet’s Pets” for 10 years to educate animal lovers and encourage them to visit their veterinarians regularly. Joining her are pets Daisy Dog and Christopher Cat, along with occasional ferret, rabbit and other guest columnists. Dr. Pickett, the medical director of Bernville Veterinary Clinic, practices companion animal medicine and acupuncture, and she writes magazine articles on pet health care. She developed and taught a community college course on Veterinary Medicine for Pet Owners, co-founded PetNet to provide foster care for animals affected by domestic violence, and served on the boards of directors of the Humane Society of Berks County and Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue. Dr. Pickett is the recipient of many awards, including the Maxwell Medal from the Dog Writers Association of America and the University of Pennsylvania Mikus Prize for proficiency in veterinary medicine and upholding the principles of veterinary medical ethics. She graduated from Hartwick College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. A. Wayne Mountan was a 1951 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Following his graduation, he practiced both large and small animal medicine in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. For more than two decades, Dr. Mountan was actively involved in organized veterinary medicine. One of the most respected veterinary practitioners in Pennsylvania during his lifetime, Dr. Mountan was Chair of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association’s Public Relations Committee for several years and firmly believed that good relations with the media are essential to public understanding of the care and treatment of all animals. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, go to  

International Service Dog Week Announcement: Open House at Canine Partners for Life!

Just 1 month away! Bring your family and friends to the annual Open House at Canine Partners for Life. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of the fantastic service dog recipients, puppies in training, and ask questions, all while learning about CPL and the special care these special dogs bring to a person’s life. As the afternoon starts to wind down you will begin to smell a special something in the air. That special something will be the day’s main attraction – Cow Bingo! What exactly is Cow Bingo? Simply put, the playing field is marked with randomly assigned squares and, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the cow is turned loose to do its thing. The first square fertilized with a “cow pie” will be the lucky winner of $5,000! The cost of a ticket is $10 each and there is no limit on the number you can purchase, but there are only 4,000 squares available. To learn how to buy tickets, go to  

This Week is International Assistance Dog Week!

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family. During International Assistance Dog Week, we recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities. There are many great assistance dog organizations and companies in the area including: To learn more about International Assistance Dog Week, go to: