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A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog. He watched the game in astonishment for a while. “I can hardly believe my eyes!” he exclaimed. “That’s the smartest dog I’ve ever seen.” “Nah, he’s not so smart,” the friend replied. “I’ve beaten him three games out of five.”

Community Leaders: Meet our own Paige Neiman!

Paige Neiman is the office manager of the Bernville Veterinary Clinic. We recently asked her to tell us about her background and why she cares so much about our local pets.       How long have you been working at Bernville Vet? 11 years Where are you originally from? Royersford How long have you been in the area? 26 years Describe your role in the area pet community? I manage the daily operations of our Veterinary clinic and Spa/Boarding facilities to ensure the health and welfare of our “clients” to the satisfaction of their owners. What would you say is the most important impact that your organization has?Keeping pets healthy and happy through proper and diligent client education. Was would you say was the one greatest pet related, community accomplishment that you have had? Educating friends and family on the importance of neutering their companion animals and catching/releasing of feral cats that they are feeding. At what point in your life did you realize that you had such a deep connection with pets? 13 when I started working on a local horse farm List your pets and names throughout the years (including childhood ones):
  • Poochie: Poodle
  • Brittany: Brittany Spaniel
  • Zac: Doberman
  • Maggie & Ranger: German Sheppard
  • Lucy, Bonnie & Clyde: Jack Russell
  • Tinker: Spaniel Mix
  • Lilly, Skittles & Willie: DSH Cat
  • Tigger: DMH Cat
  • Dolly & Linus: DLH Cat
  • Buddy, Rocky, Toby, Johnny, Rowdy, Banjo
  • Limo : QHorse
  • Impy: Thorobred Horse
  • Peyote: Paint
  • Koko: Shetland Pony
What kind of food do you feed your pets? Hills Science & Prescription Diets /Purina Horsemans Edge PERSONAL QUESTIONS What is your favorite movie? Too many to choose! What kind of music do you like? Old rock, old country, blues, classical What was the last book that you read? The Horse Whisperer Where was your last vacation? Cruise-the Caribbean What is your favorite restaurant? Too many to choose!        


To REPORT a lost or found pet, click here You should do certain things in advance to increase your chances of recovering your pet if he or she becomes lost:
  • Always make sure your dog has a license. Over 90% of dogs are reunited with their families when wearing a license.
  • Bernville Vet can eaily and quickly have your pet microchipped or have your pet tattooed.
  • Have color photos of your pet. They should be full body and close-up from the front and side.
  • Contact all animal shelters (see below for list) in your area and all surrounding areas. Call the police department. Fill out a lost pet form (see above). Also, visit all animal shelters providing each with a photo and and an accurate description of your pet. The ARL has a bulletin board for these fliers.
  • Contact veterinarians in your area and surrounding areas including emergency animal hospitals who handle off hour emergencies.
  • Post fliers with pet’s photo IMMEDIATELY!
  • Place a lost ad in all local newspapers.
  • Contact local radio stations.
  • Search your neighborhood. Walk or drive slowly around your neighborhood several times a day. Call your pet’s name and listen. Your pet may be injured or frightened or unable to come to you. After you call their name, wait to see if your pet comes to you.
  • Ask neighbors & delivery people if they have seen your pet. Hand out fliers to these people.
  • Place items with your scent outside your home. This can be a shirt that has been worn by a loved one, a cat or dog bed which can attract a lost pet.
Don’t give up your search. Animals who have been lost for months, even years, have been found. IF YOU FIND A PET, DO THE FOLLOWING:
  • Complete a Found form (see above) through the ARL and other local shelters.
  • Check ALL newspapers in the Lost and Found section (review papers from the previous week and old newspapers).
  • Place a FOUND ad in all local newspapers.
  • If unable to keep the animal, bring the animal to your local shelter where they can provide food and shelter for him or her.
  • Take the animal to your local shelter or veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip.
  • If you have found a pet with a tattoo (typically found inside one of the rear legs) contact the Berks County Treasurer’s office ( 610-478-6640), Berks Radio (610-655-4911) or the Animal Rescue League (610-373-8830).
  • Contact all animal shelters (see below for list) and veterinarians including emergency animal hospitals in your area and surrounding areas.

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Berks County Community Foundation

Berks County Community Foundation to Buy New K9

The first grant from a fund created in memory of a local hero will replace another local hero, Jynx, the sheriff K9 that was retired by the Berks County Sheriff’s office after the death of his handler, Officer Kyle Pagerly. In January, the Darell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund was established by bequest at Berks County Community Foundation. Grants from the endowed fund will provide financial support to governmental entities in Berks County for the acquisition, training and ongoing maintenance of their K9 Corps. The first grant for $10,500 will buy a new sheriff K9 for the Berks County Sheriff’s department and pay to train the dog and its handler. “Gloria created the fund through her will to honor her husband’s heroism and to provide support for local K9 units,” said Susan N. Denaro, Esq., who is administering the estate. “Shortly before she died we talked about Jynx’s retirement and she was heartened to know that her fund would help to replace other K9s in the future. As it turns out, the very first grant from her fund will be used to replace Jynx.” After the estate is settled, the Darell and Gloria Rank K9 Corps Fund is expected to top $300,000. The sheriff’s department is also collecting donations for its own Friends of the Berks County Sheriff K-9 Fund. “The department created the fund to maintain and enhance the Berks County Sheriff K9 Unit and to provide education and awareness for local residents,” Weaknecht said. Donations should be made payable to the Berks County Sheriff’s Benevolence Fund and mailed to Friends of the Berks County Sheriff K9, Attn: Sgt. Matthew Mendenhall, 633 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601.

The ARL is Looking for a Home for Elroy

Please help the Animal Rescue League of Berks County find a home for Elroy. Elroy is a 7-month-old male Jack Russell/Beagle mix. He’s a young boy and a mix of two very energetic breeds and he LOVES to exercise and play! He resembles a Sheltie puppy, only with shorter hair.  

Humane Society of Berks County presents: Art for Arf’s Sake

The Humane Society of Berks County (HSBC) announced that it will hold its annual Art for Arf’s Sake Art Auction on May 12th, 2012 at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 136 N 6th St, Reading. The area’s premier arts and animal event, Art for Arf’s Sake raises more than $100,000 for the animals and programs of the Humane Society, which serves Berks and surrounding counties. For more information, go to

Chase Utley at Bernville Vet?!!

(not exactly) In the spirit of the new Phillies 2012 season we wanted to share information about a great organization with you! The Utley Foundation was established to bring awareness to the increasing epidemic of animal cruelty. Its mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering. For more information, go to

ARL – Paws and Pose Champagne Brunch and Fashion Presentation

On Sunday, April 29 the Animal Rescue League of Berks County presents: Paws and Pose Champagne Brunch, Fashion Show & Auction at The Barn at Flying Hills The event will be from 12:00 – 12:45pm, champagne reception, 1:00pm brunch and fashion presentation and the cost is only $35 per person! The Bell Tower, Carriage House, Doris Berry Shoppe and Hutcheson Fine Jewelry so far have agreed to participate in the fashion show. Dori Martin Catering will be catering the event. Purchase tickets on-line: Paws and Pose Tickets Please note that you will not receive an email confirmation or tickets; we will have your name at the front door. For more information, call the Animal Rescue League of Berks County or go to their website at: