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.
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
The Berks County Animal Rescue League (you can also contact Grey Muzzle through them) www.Berksarl.org
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
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.
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
Philadelphia Phillies star pitcher Cole Hamels signed a 6 year, $144 Million contract this morning. Go Phillies! Cole and his wife Heidi are very supportive of numerous pet related causes in the area and we are glad that they are staying!
Cody is the the First Whoodle (Wheaten/Poodle) we have seen here at Bernville. Specifically, a Whoodle (sometimes spelled Woodle) is the cross of a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and any size Poodle. This bouncy boy was here for a recheck after his first yearly vaccine boosters. Cody just loved showing off the new tricks he is learning in puppy school. He is getting very good at heal, sit and stay, although at times he gets a little too excited and forgets. Although mom and dog are exhausted from keeping up with him he brings a joy to their home they wouldn’t trade for the world.
July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day. We shudder to think about it, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, each year more than 1,000 house fires are accidentally started by pets. As part of National Preparedness Month, we suggest you take a minute to pet proof your home against potential fire hazards—it could mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.Below are a few tips from the ASPCA about ways that you can protect your pet.
Secure wires and cords. Cats are especially interested in playing with anything that looks like string. Keep electrical wires and power cords secured and out of your pet’s reach.
Blow it out. Don’t leave lit candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock the candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders placed on a stable surface. Want to be really safe? Consider using only flameless candles.
Cover it up. Pets are naturally curious and will investigate almost anything that has a scent. This includes your oven. Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. Believe it or not, exploring stove tops is the number one way your pet can accidently start a fire.
Go crazy with the detectors. There is no such thing as too many smoke detectors. In fact, you should have at least one on each floor of your home. Out a lot? Consider using monitored smoke detectors. These systems send an immediate alert to a call center letting them know smoke has been detected.
Stick ‘em up. Contact your local fire department to get a pet rescue sticker. It alerts rescue personnel that animals are inside your home. Write down the number of pets inside and attach the sticker to a front window or door.
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