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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

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 http://k94life.org/cowbingo  

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: www.k94life.org. To learn more about International Assistance Dog Week, go to: www.assistancedogweek.org  

Next Week is International Assistance Dog Week!

Next week we’ll be running a multitude of stories about International Assistance Dog Week and assistance dog organizations in our area. In the spirit of the Olympics, we just saw this video and we decided to share it with you. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-18832930 Friends Wendy Morrell and Karen Ruddlesden, from Dorset, nominated each other as torchbearers and they were both accepted. Wendy sustained a head injury in a sporting accident and uses a wheelchair, while Karen has Addison’s disease, sometimes referred to as a hidden disability. Both are strong advocates for assistance dogs, saying their dogs Udo and Coco have changed their lives. They carried the flame on Friday afternoon before the opening ceremony: Wendy in Upton and Karen in Poole.

There are 2 Stevie Wonders: A musical genius and a dog available for adoption through Grey Muzzle!

I would like to introduce myself. I am a distinguished older gentleman who is at least 10 years old. My name is Stevie Wonder. I am neutered and I have clean teeth. Well, the few I have left are clean! I am sight impaired, but that doesn’t stop me. I like to be petted and sleep in my little bed. My favorite activity is relaxing. I would be a good companion for an older person or someone with a quiet home. I know I can’t see, but I deserve a home just as much as everyone else! No small kids for me! For more information about Stevie and to learn about other amazing things that Grey Muzzle is doing in our community, go to: http://www.berksarl.org/howtohelp.htm